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Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Consumer prices slightly down in December 2015

St. Maarten News - Consumer prices in Sint Maarten decreased slightly in December 2015 compared to October by 0.3 percent. When comparing average consumer prices over a twelve month period (Dec. 2014 to Dec. 2015), an increase of 0.3 percent was reco

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Eight St. Maarten swimmers qualify for Carifta Games

St. Maarten News - Tuesday March 22 will be the day eight athletes of St. Maarten’s national swim team have been waiting for. For the past months they have been training hard to represent the team at the 2016 Carifta games, from March 22 to 26 in M

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Entries pouring in for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Over the years, it has been proven that the number of entries in a regatta is not as important as the quality of the boats that will be competing and while it remains to be seen if this year’s entries will surpass tho

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Cruise lines dump prices

St. Maarten News – Two cruise lines are dumping prices in attempts to fill up their boats. Carnival Cruise Lines offers a 20 percent discount for cruises from May until April 2018 and reduced deposits starting at $49 per person. Bookings must be ma

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Independent MP Maurice Lake: “Restructure Gebe’s board and manag ement”

St. Maarten News – Independent MP Maurice Lake has taken note of the situation at utilities company Gebe and stresses that it “needs to get away from the chaos and bring back a sense of tranquility and ease.” Restructuring Gebe’s board and ma

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Brazil’s attempt to save the Olympic Games : Radiation in fight against Zika-virus

St. Maarten News – While the Zika-virus has not affected the Dutch side of St. Maarten all that much, with just one confirmed case, and while there are now seven confirmed cases on the French side, the war on the Aedes aegypti mosquito has gone to

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Readers are Leaders celebrate Black History Month

St. Maarten News – The Readers are Leaders Club at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library hosts its’ 6th annual Black History Month celebration under the theme Embrace Your Race. This event will be taking place tomorrow from 5 to 7.30 p.m. “All teena

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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For Taste of the Caribbean team: SHTA calls up pastry chefs and bartenders

St. Maarten News – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association announced the open call for pastry chefs and bartenders. The call started on Monday and will close next Monday, February 29. Pastry chefs and bartenders who have registered will

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Attorney Henriquez family upset with prosecution

Pro forma hearing suspect policemen behind closed doors HILVERSUM – Gerald Roethof, one of the attorneys of the family of the late Mitch Henriquez, is irritated by actions of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Pieter Hofmann reports on Caribisch Ne

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Captain Morgan and the Morganettes at regatta

St. Maarten News - The Heineken Regatta parties always bring out the crowds, and the 36thedition will be no different. With an incredible line up each night and Akon closing off the entire weekend, only one thing could make it better, the organizatio

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Groen-Gumbs to become acting secretary-general

St. Maarten News – The central committee of parliament will advise the parliament in a plenary session at a later date to appoint Ann Groen-Gumbs as its first acting secretary-general. Yesterday, the central committee briefly revisited the issue,

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Dr. Samay Nadery about Lupus and Arthritis

St. Maarten News - Although there are certain similarities, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis are two different diseases. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish if rheumatoid arthritis is a separate disease or a symptom of Lupus. Both auto immune dise

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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RST arrests 70-year-old father of Nini Fonseca

WILLEMSTAD – Officers of the Detective Collaboration Team (RST) raided the home of Maximus-suspect Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca in Kraal Specht yesterday morning. They arrested Fonseca’s 70-year-old father in connection with the Rizinia-investigatio

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Curacao drags its feet with subsidy-report

WILLEMSTAD – The policy document that was written in April of last year after the publication of an alarming subsidy-report on September 30, 2014, still has not been approved by the Council of Ministers, Anneke Polak reports on Caribisch Netwerk.

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Legal action made easier against Jihadi-support

ROTTERDAM - It will be easier to take legal action against people who support jihadist movements but do not actually fight for them following a recent Dutch court ruling, a senior justice ministry official told the Volkskrant. The ruling in Rotterda

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Mars recalls 4 million chocolate bars

GREAT BAY - Mars Nederland is recalling four million chocolate bars manufactured at its factory in Veghel following the discovery of small pieces of plastic in a chocolate bar in Germany, the Telegraaf reported yesterday. The products, not only Mars

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 29, 2016

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Amsterdam beats London, Paris and New York

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch capital Amsterdam is in 11th place on the Mercer Quality of Life study for the third year running. Vienna retained top spot as the best city in which to live and Baghdad is the worst. No other Dutch cities are included in the

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Editorial: Vulnerable

We may live on an island but, like Sargasso seaweed, the outbreak of the Zika virus shows that our lives are impacted by what is happening in the world around us. Zika will make a dent in tourism arrivals in the Caribbean – and therefore also in

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Opinion: Claret Connor writes: Keep it simple

Dear Editor, After reading the editorial in one of the local newspaper over the weekend regarding the ongoing outstanding to organizers of two of the largest annual events on the island (the regatta and carnival – ed.), leaves me with the conclu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Safety tips

What is the best way to act in case you become the victim of a robbery? As with everything, it depends, but the best solution we once read about was from a Chinese supermarket owner in, if we remember correctly, Bonaire. “They come in here with a g

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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DP puts Fatca back on the agenda

St. Maarten News – It is not the first time that the faction of the Democratic Party wants to discuss the Fatca – the American Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act – and its consequences for local businesses and banks (see related story on page 3

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Nature Foundation warns: New Sargasso weed invasion underway

Nature Foundation warns: New Sargasso weed invasion underway

  Large amounts of Sargasso seaweed render beaches inaccessible. Photo contributed GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is warning for the potential of large amounts of Sargasso seaweed washing ashore on local beaches. This wo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Science editor separates Zika facts from fiction

  St. Maarten News – The Zika hype has sparked a flurry of stories about the origin of the virus, its symptoms and its threats to public health. The Zika-scare had linked the virus to microcephaly, the paralyzing syndrome Guillain-Barré;

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Zika-virus will impact Caribbean economies

World Bank makes millions available St. Maarten – The economic impact of the Zika-virus on Caribbean economies could be significant in real numbers, according to a report from the World Bank. Last week, the World Bank made $150 million available

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Home Improvement Fair at Kooyman on Saturday

Home Improvement Fair at Kooyman on Saturday

  Scene of a previous Home Improvement Fair at Kooyman. Photo contributed St. Maarten News  - The Kooyman Megastore on the A.J.C. Brouwers Road hosts its second Home Improvement Fair on Saturday. The fair opens at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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VKS trains this weekend

St. Maarten News – The Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten (VKS) will have a bivouac that begins this Friday at 4 p.m. and ends on Sunday at 3 p.m. On Friday, the VKS will be camping on the Emilio Wilson Estate and on Saturday the men will move to the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Debating competition begins on Thursday

  St. Maarten News – The Hyacinth Richardson Educational Awareness Foundation hosts the 44th annual Leeward Islands Debating Competition (LIDC) at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort from Thursday until Sunday. The debating teams are from Ant

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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DP wants meeting about US tax compliance act

St. Maarten News: The Democratic Party faction in parliament has requested the Finance Committee of Parliament to examine and discuss the execution of the FATCA by the local banks on St. Maarten. To this end, the DP has proposed that the Bankers A

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Sailor’s lounge returns to Yacht Club

Sailor’s lounge returns to Yacht Club

  The sailor’s lounge offers an excellent view. Photo contributed St.  Maarten News - The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is known for its variety of venue locations, allowing for sailors and regatta visitors to visit a large part of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2016

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Treasure Seeker mystery unravels

Treasure Seeker mystery unravels

  Captain Ray Hixon Jr. in the wheelhouse of the Treasure Seeker. Photo 2gringos.blogspot.com   St. Maarten News – The mystery of the Treasure Seeker – the pseudo pirate vessel that lost its anchor during Hurricane Gonzalo in O

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2016

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Ife Badejo launches improved Power Hour in March

St. Maarten News – Happy Power Hour is the new and improved Power Hour, a premier networking event for entrepreneurs and professionals. Since its launch in 2013, Power Hour has reached close to one thousand people. Under the leadership of Ife Badej

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2016

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Opinion: Politician tears of the crocodile variety

To see former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte close to tears at the end of his trial in Curacao seems completely out of character. But there it is: even the outwardly toughest nut will crack sooner or later. Schotte’s tears are of course of the cr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2016

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Opinion: The spirit of giving

Sometimes, initiatives that may have started with the best of intentions are raising eyebrows. Such is the case with the “giving back to the community” initiative of parliamentarian Leona Marlin-Romeo – and we’d like to place this in the cont

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2016

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St. Maarten Tourism Minister Arrindell meets FCCA-President Paige

St. Maarten Tourism Minister Arrindell meets FCCA-President Paige

  Minister Arrindell (left) with FCCA-President Michele Paige. Photo contributed St. Maarten News – Minister Ingrid Arrindell (Tourism and Economic Affairs) met on Thursday in Miami with Michele Paige, the president of the Florida Carib

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2016

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Rain Forest Adventures Park ready next year April/May

Rain Forest Adventures Park ready next year April/May

  The view from Sentry Hill puts Cul de Sac and the Great Salt Pond in a different perspective. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar   St. Maarten News / By Hilbert Haar – The excavator that is slowly making its way to the top of Sentry H

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