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St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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Dutch Representative Gilbert Isabella: “Poverty is the most grinding problem”

  Dutch Representative Gilbert Isabella. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Janita Monna   KRALENDIJK – On the table are a plate with pineapple and a plate with ‘speculaas.’ Plain coincidence,” Dutch representative Gilbert Isabella

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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Liat offers online check in

Liat offers online check in

[caption id="attachment_32796" align="alignnone" width="500"] Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) - Bombardier (De Havilland Canada) Dash 8 (DHC-8-311) - V2-LES (c/n 412)[/caption] St. Maarten – Leeward Islands Air Transport (Liat), has launched

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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Warm welcome for Kidz at Sea

Warm welcome for Kidz at Sea

St. Maarten - Kidz at Sea received a warm welcome at the Caribbean Sailing Association's (CSA) annual conference at the Divi Little Bay Resort last weekend. Garth Steyn, founder of the Kidz at Sea Foundation gave a presentation, explaining why and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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SXM DOET launches 2016 project

St. Maarten - The SXM DOET project team announces the official launch of the second edition of SXM DOET, which will take place on March 11 and 12, 2016. SXM DOET is part of the Dutch Kingdom's largest volunteer initiative, hosted by the Oranje Fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Job Fair attracts 150 job hunters

St. Maarten —The Job Fair at the National Institute of Professional Advancement organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association, attracted more than 150 job seekers on Saturday. SHTA Executive Director Ricardo Perez said that the SH

Editorial - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Conspiracy theories

Sensationalism was long the prerogative of tabloids. Overstatement, dramatization and muscle language twisted facts into honey sweet romance, unfathomable terror, or aggrandized drama. The objective was to sell papers; journalistic integrity became t

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Drs. Leopold James writes: Milestone

Dear Editor, Short and sweet. Our congratulations, admiration and sincere thank you go out to all the stakeholders who made Thursday’s, October 22, 2015 people’s massive protest against the PLU a historical and significant achievement. T

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Ominous message about the St. Maarten Budget

There was an ominous message in the address of Finance Minister Martin Hassink on Wednesday and one cannot say that it was hidden. He spoke about tremendous challenges with the 2016 budget (what else is new?) and of the need for serious measures to i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Former Cadastre-director contests his dismissal

St. Maarten – Judge Sander van Rijen gave the Cadastre and its former director Clemens Roos until next week Friday to settle their dispute over unpaid salaries. If parties do not reach an agreement, the court will issue its ruling on November 13.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Marcel Gumbs cabinet tenders resignation on Wednesday

St. Maarten- The Council of Ministers will meet this coming Wednesday with Governor Drs. Eugene Holiday at the Governor’s Cabinet to tender its resignation. At this meeting all ministers will make their positions available and the national dec

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Serious measures ahead to generate more revenue

Draft 2016 budget stands at 485 million guilders St. Maarten – “We have tremendous challenges and we need to take serious measures to increase income and to cut costs,” Finance Minister Martin Hassink said earlier this week. How tremendo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Culture ministry starts identity poll

St.  Maarten - Minister of Culture Rita Bourne-Gumbs announced this week the launch of a National Identity poll started yesterday. The poll will look at the identity of St. Maarteners based on birth, heritage and adoption. A survey dating back to 2

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Labor Minister Boasman indexes minimum wage

St. Maarten - The indexing of the minimum wage will go into effect in January 2016 according Minister of Labor Raphael Boasman said this week. Minimum wage earners will get 8 more cents on top of their current hourly wage of 8.75 and receive 8.83 gu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Port anticipated French-side protest actions

GREAT BAY – Port St. Maarten Management took a number of measures to ensure that the approximately 10,000 cruise passengers that were in town on Thursday, enjoyed their stay on the island without any discomfort.  With the measures, the port antici

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 23, 2015

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Job fair at Nipa opens tomorrow at 10am - Ricardo Perez: “This event will show real unemployment data”

Job fair at Nipa opens tomorrow at 10am – Ricardo Perez: “This event will show real unemployment data”

  Ricardo Perez. Photo contributed St. Maarten – The job fair the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association hosts at the National Institute of Professional advancement (Nipa) in Cay Hill tomorrow in partnership with the labor departm

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 23, 2015

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French St. Martin: Protest against Plan Local d’Urbanisme (PLU) yields results

French St. Martin: Protest against Plan Local d’Urbanisme (PLU) yields results

  A roadblock in St. James. Photo Today / Leo Brown Arnell: “We’ll go back to the drawing board” MARIGOT, St. Martin — The Second Vice President of the Collectivité Guillaume Arnell has agreed to revisit the Plan Local d’Urba

Opinion - Posted by on October 23, 2015

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Chamber of Commerce writes: Undocumented persons: illegal is illegal (or is it?)

Proudly we take note of the news reports that the Immigration Department of St. Maarten conducted successful raids, rounding up undocumented persons for a one-way trip back to their home country. With the Immigration officers many people remark how t

Editorial - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Editorial: A real fight

Now we have a real fight on our hands. While the governor, based on a speedy advice from three judges, seems to offer a way out, Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs does not want anything to do with it. The governor will only sign the national decree to d

Opinion - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Opinion: MP Frans Richardson statement sounds like a broken record

As Minister of Justice, Dennis Richardson is obviously responsible for everything that falls under his portfolio. The call earlier this week by MP Frans Richardson for his resignation came as no surprise and sounded as hollow as it is. The MP seem

Opinion - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Opinion: Unique specificity

Dear Editor, Let it hereby be officially recorded, that the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement fully endorses the initiative to have the so-called PLU (The Plan Local d’Urbanisme – ‘Zoning Plan) completely- and immediately suspended until

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Constitutional advice does not impress prime minister

“The governor cannot tell me what to do” St. Maarten – Based on the advice he received from a panel of three judges Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday confirmed yesterday in a press release that he will sign the national decree to dissolve parli

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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“Judges should stay out of supervisory committee”

Merx objects to structure national security service St. Maarten  – Questions about the Trias Politica surfaced first after Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday decided to ask a panel of three judges to present a clear opinion about articles 33, 40 an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs: “I will not back down”

Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs: “I will not back down”

  Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs (left) makes his position perfectly clear while Ministers Hassink, Sams and Connor look on. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten – “I will not back down,” Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs told this newspaper

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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“Criminal organizations are killing each other”

Justice Minister Dennis Richardson about rising crime: St. Maarten - The recent hike in crime can be attributed to criminal organizations fighting over territory and killing each other, Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson said at the Council of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Neighbor dispute ends with shooting

St. Maarten - On Tuesday after 7 p.m., police rushed to the Marion Evangelien de Weever Hering Drive in Union Farm Estate to respond to a shooting incident. The victim has been identified as Blacks who works as a construction worker. Police confirmed

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Port of St. Maarten offers help with pumping storm water

GREAT BAY – The Port of St. Maarten says that its Great Bay Master Plan 2 includes a one-mile long pipeline that will be hooked up to the storm water pumping system that was put in place to reduce water levels in the Great Salt Pond in the event of

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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SOS Radio and host Billy D mark milestone broadcast

SOS Radio and host Billy D mark milestone broadcast

  Jacques “Billy D” Hamlet at SOS Radio. File photo contributed Marigot - SOS Radio celebrates a milestone today when the radio talk show Talking Point reaches its 2000th edition, according to Jacques “Billy D” Hamlet, the host and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Winair presents enhanced winter schedule

St. Maarten - Winair will enhance its winter schedule with more flights to St. Kitts, Nevis and Tortola, and add the new destinations San Juan and Antigua to its network. The company says in a press statement that it has ensured optimal connection t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Collective Preventive Services issues mosquito alert

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), is calling once more on the community to prevent mosquito breeding. Recent rain showers have the potential to increase the number of mosquitos. Preventative measures are needed and

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Contestants for Little Miss St. Martin pageant

Contestants for Little Miss St. Martin pageant

    Jerinelle Louisa. Photo contributed. St. Maarten – On Sunday November 1, the Philipsburg Cultural Center on Back Street is the stage for the Little Miss St. Martin pageant. Pageant organizer Nzinga Lake introduces the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2015

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“Principles and values” directed Maurice Lake’s decision

[caption id="attachment_24293" align="alignnone" width="217"] Ex-Vromi Minister Maurice Lake.[/caption] St. Maarten – In a statement that runs almost 2,000 words, now independent MP Maurice Lake has defended himself against accusations by Unite

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2015

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Budget 250,000 guilders for St. Maarten Day Celebrations

Budget 250,000 guilders for St. Maarten Day Celebrations

The St. Maarten Day committee at the A.C Legislative hall. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - The committee in charge of organizing the November 11 St. Maarten Day celebrations has been working for the past months to organize and execute

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2015

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Customers received tainted banknotes from ATMs

Customers received tainted banknotes from ATMs

  RBC ATM at the Le Grand Marché parking lot on Bush Road. Photo Today / Andrew Dick Police request citizens to bring in red dyed bills St. Maarten - A number of people have been receiving red dyed money from several WIB and RBC ATM

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2015

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Island Gems donates to No Kidding with our Kids

Island Gems donates to No Kidding with our Kids

  Island Gems members Asha Stevens and Jody Rosen with a foundation representative and some children who benefit from the afterschool program. Photo contributed St. Maarten - Island Gems Charity Foundation recently paid for the installati

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2015

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Sexual diversity conference brings fifty women together

Sexual diversity conference brings fifty women together

  Participants of the Caribbean Woman and Sexual Diversity conference. Photo Contributed St. Maarten - All participants have hailed the third Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference 2015, hosted by United and Strong Saint Lucia/Ca

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