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St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2015

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Divi supervisors positive about Scell training

Divi supervisors positive about Scell training

  Divi supervisors pay attention during the 3-hour training. Photo contributed St. Maarten  - The School of Continuing Education and Life-Long Learning (Scell) conducted a supervisory training for excellence at Divi Little Bay Beach Reso

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2015

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Lisa Alexander: Canceling national decree is unconstitutional”

St. Maarten – “His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday’s attempt to cancel the national decree of October 29 is unconstitutional,” Lisa Alexander said in a press statement last night. “There is absolutely no provision in the Constitution tha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2015

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MP Maurice Lake: vital role for Gebe in renewable energy

St. Maarten - Independent Member of Parliament Maurice Lake says he foresees GEBE playing a vital role in renewable energy in St. Maarten. “Based on the coalition of eight’s governing program, we will continue where the steering committee within

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 10, 2015

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Big Mack crashes through wall on Poinsetta Road

Big Mack crashes through wall on Poinsetta Road

Containment, was the order of the moment when gallons of diesel began to seep onto the road during the tedious operation to get the MACK Truck removed from the scene of the accident in Betty’s Estate. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten - F

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 10, 2015

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Minister Gibson: “We are in a financial crisis” Increased road tax on hold, just 400 million available in 2016

St. Maarten – While Cft-chairman age Bakker saw ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ during a press conference on Tuesday, Finance Minister Richard Gibson sang a different tune at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing: “We are in a f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 10, 2015

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Police offer free robbery awareness training

St. Maarten – The police department has started offering robbery awareness training to banks, supermarkets, jewelry stores and other businesses at no cost. Last Tuesday Chief Commissioner Carl John was at hand for such training for staff at the Re

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 10, 2015

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Harbor to contribute to street repairs in Philipsburg center

Harbor to contribute to street repairs in Philipsburg center

This puddle of water on Front Street certainly highlights a negative reflection of what this section of Philipsburg should look like. Photo Today / Milton Pieters   St. Maarten - Front and Back Streets are the two most important thoroughfa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 10, 2015

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Vromi opens ring road for out of town traffic

  St. Maarten – Traffic heading out of Philipsburg will soon find some relief as Vromi-Minister Angel Meyers intends to open up the ring road for a one-way out of town. The entrance to the temporary road will be at …..Kitchen. The cur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 7, 2015

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Labor force survey shows: Direct link between education and unemployment

  St. Maarten – There is a direct link between unemployment and education levels. This appears from a labor force survey by the Department of Statistics amount 1,038 households. The highest levels of unemployment are found among citizens w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 7, 2015

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Gebe battles more power interruptions

  St. Maarten - Gebe experienced faults on several transmission cables to the eastern side of the island yesterday. This led to outages from as early as 5 a.m.  “The main transmission cables feeding the two substations in the Philipsburg a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 7, 2015

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Wycliffe Smith about separation of church and state: “Distinct yet inseparable”

St. Maarten – Ever since the Sint Maarten Christian Party announced its participation in the upcoming elections the issue of separation of church and state became debatable. Opinions range from strict separation to a close association between churc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 7, 2015

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St. Maarten Port inaugurates Gottwald crane

St. Maarten Port inaugurates Gottwald crane

  On the left is the boom of the Terex Gottwald Model 6 Crane and the CMA CGM Container Vessel, the largest to dock at Port St. Maarten, MV Marseille. Photo contributed St. Maarten - During the inauguration on Saturday of the newly acquire

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 7, 2015

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Christmas parade cancelled because of heavy rainfall

Christmas parade cancelled because of heavy rainfall

  Former Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Rita Bourne-Gumbs looks into the distance seconds before she guided this group to a place where they were protected by the approaching showers. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 7, 2015

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New parties urge governor to hold February elections

St. Maarten – The five newly established political parties have, as they announced last week, sent a protest letter to Governor Drs. Eugene Holiday, demanding that the elections on February 9 of next year take place and will not be postponed. The l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 7, 2015

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Seminar aims to connect St. Maarten with Africa

St. Maarten - The Africa Caribbean Heritage Alliance Foundation (Acha), closes off 2015 with a seminar on the theme of leadership and positive connections. It is aimed at finding more positive ways to connect St. Maarten and the broader Caribbean wit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2015

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Memorial for pump attendant

Memorial for pump attendant

  A moment of silence for the murdered pump attendant at the Tackling gas station. Photo Today / Andrew Bishop St. Maarten - A memorial was held for the late Gerard Saulveur who was killed during a robbery at the Sol gas station on Monday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2015

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Minister Gibson lowers 2016 budget to 445 million  “Serious reductions in expenditures necessary”

Minister Gibson lowers 2016 budget to 445 million “Serious reductions in expenditures necessary”

  Finance Minister Richard Gibson. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar   St. Maarten – The Ministry of Finance will not devote any more energy to the 2015 budget, Minister Richard Gibson said yesterday. Instead, the focus is on the 2016

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2015

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Dutch Quarter upgrade has again priority

St. Maarten – On June 2012 current Prime Minister William Marlin, then minister of Vromi. promised Dutch Quarter that the district would be “brand new” by the end of 2014. Why nothing happened? “The wrong people were in government,” Marlin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2015

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Six Dutch crime experts for three months to St. Maarten

  St. Maarten – The Dutch Ministry of Safety and Justice has made six experts available to St. Maarten to assist the country with the fight against crime, acting Justice Minister Richard Gibson said yesterday. The six experts will be avail

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2015

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French provider comes with superfast internet

French provider comes with superfast internet

  Technicians conduct tests in the Philipsburg area. Photo contributed St. Maarten – A new internet provider from the French side of the island is working on launching island wide superfast internet connections for St. Martin and St. Maa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2015

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Birds & Bugs event this Sunday at Loterie Farm

Birds & Bugs event this Sunday at Loterie Farm

  Kids and adults get up close with island insects at the bug discovery station. Photo Chemaine Petit-Booi St. Maarten – Sunday's Birds & Bugs event promises a morning of wildlife-themed entertainment and exploration this Sunday at t

French St. Martin News - Posted by on December 3, 2015

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Patricia Chance-Duzant: Restore Grand Case bridge to traditional design

Patricia Chance-Duzant: Restore Grand Case bridge to traditional design

  Attorney Patricia Chance-Duzant (center) holds an enlarged image of the traditional Grand Case bridge design during a demonstration in Grand Case with supporters of the bridge’s restoration. Photo contributed St. Maarten – The tradi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 2, 2015

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Gebe suspends Gartner

Gebe suspends Gartner

  Gebe’s Chief Financial Officer René Gartner at a recent open house at the power plant in Cay Bay. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – The supervisory board of Gebe suspended the utilities company’s Chief Financial Officer Ren

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 2, 2015

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Large oil spill at Gebe

Nature Foundation Manager Tadzio Bervoets, aboard the vessel Yellow Tail, takes a sample of the oil spill. Photo contributed St. Maarten - There was once again a significant oil spill originating at the Gebe power plant yesterday morning. Staff of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 2, 2015

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New political parties balk at postponement of elections

New political parties balk at postponement of elections

  From left Peter Gittens, Daniel Ortega, Loekie Morales, Mercedes van der Waals-Wyatt and Wycliffe Smith. Photo contributed St. Maarten – Five newly registered political parties got together on Monday to discuss the intention by the Wil

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 2, 2015

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TelEm lights up Pond Island

TelEm lights up Pond Island

St. Maarten – Due to popular demand, TelEm Group is once again lighting up Pond Island for the Christmas season by decking out its main building in festive Christmas colors and lights. The building, situated on the Great Salt Pond, opposite the

Editorial - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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Failed job fairs

The initiatives are there but the results are nothing to be proud of. That is not due to the labor affairs department, the SHTA or the hotels who made efforts to bring vacancies and job seekers together. It is not even due to the job hunters who lack

Opinion - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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The terror attacks in Paris have had a Pavlov-effect on politicians

The terror attacks in Paris have had a Pavlov-effect on politicians. Never before was the call for closing the borders so loud. Never before did so few people think that closing the borders is a practical impossibility. People who want to get in, wil

French St. Martin News - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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Daniel Gibbs about the aftermath of Paris: “Our territories deserve the same protection”

Daniel Gibbs about the aftermath of Paris: “Our territories deserve the same protection”

Congressman Daniel Gibbs during yesterday’s press conference. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar MARIGOT, St. Martin – “I welcome that the state of emergency was extended to the overseas territories,” Congressman Daniel Gibbs (Union pour la Demo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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Results of job fairs are disappointing

Results of job fairs are disappointing

  A scene from the Start Here campaign in September. File photo Today / Milton Pieters Many matches, only six positions filled St. Maarten – The department of labor affairs has matched 102 vacancies to 83 suitable candidates who reg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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Robbers kill gas station attendant in Cole Bay

Robbers kill gas station attendant in Cole Bay

  Forensic detectives set up a tent to cover the crime scene at the Tackling gas station. Photo contributed St. Maarten – Yesterday around 6.30 p.m. one of the attendants at the Tackling gas station in Cole bay was fatally shot by an ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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At symposium in Costa Rica: Sekou addresses racism in tourism advertising

At symposium in Costa Rica: Sekou addresses racism in tourism advertising

  From left to right: Lasana M. Sekou, Justine Daniel (Martinique); Geaninni Ruiz Ulloa (University Costa Rica - UCR); unidentified conference participant; Dr. Lancelot Cowie (Trinidad & Tobago); Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla (Argentina/USA);

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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Slurpy gets critical support from Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority

  St. Maarten - The Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) foundation has received critical financial support from the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Corporation to support the operation of its sewage pumpout boat, affectionately nam

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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Canadian watch designer Diane Balit opens new shop

Canadian watch designer Diane Balit opens new shop

  Diane Balit shows some of her designer watches. Photo Today  St. Maarten – Diane Balit will open up her new designer watch shop on Front Street on Tuesday December 10. At this moment the shop is already open, but the official opening

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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Tadzio Bervoets: “Nature is our future”

Tadzio Bervoets: “Nature is our future”

  St. Maarten –Tadzio Bervoets is a young tourism professional who works as the manager of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, the conservation and environmental management organization for Sint Maarten. He is also vice-chair of the Dutch

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