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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Lucky Stables/Discovery Farm partners with Powerful You emotional coaching

Lucky Stables/Discovery Farm partners with Powerful You emotional coaching

  Children of the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School will attend emotional coaching classes at the Discovery Farm. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten News - In their search to provide a wider range of experiences to children f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Bracket performs at African Flavor concert

St. Maarten News - For the first time in Carnival’s history an African Flavor night has been included in the calendar. To match this historic event, organizers are bringing one of Africa's musical superstars, Bracket who gave the world the mega-

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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St. Martin Athletes compete in Carifta qualifiers

St. Maarten News - Track and Field athletes from Anguilla, French Sint Martin and Dutch St. Maarten literally stepped on the gas last Saturday during the final event that was organized by the St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association at the Raoul Illi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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St. Maarten Budget debate postponed until February 29

Cft appreciative but requires minor changes to 2016 budget St. Maarten News – Handling of the draft 2016 budget has been postponed until February 29, after Finance Minister Richard Gibson received advice from financial supervisor Cft about a f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Kingdom reappoints Bloyden

St. Maarten – The Kingdom Council of Minister has reappointed Kelvin Bloyden as St. Maarten’s representative on the management council of the Common Court of Justice. The council appointed Hans Janssen as the new member to the management coun

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Curacao & Arube Island survey: Minority support for independence, dissatisfaction with current status

  WILLEMSTAD – A minority of the inhabitants of Curacao and Aruba has complete independence for their countries in mind. In the long run (25 years) more people support independence, but with 14 percent in Aruba and 30 percent in Curacao the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Ambassador Videtič reveals plaque in Middle Region

St. Maarten News - The European Union and Sint Maarten have over the years enjoyed cooperation in a number of development areas. The Head of the delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dutch Overseas Countrie

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Business day at St. Maarten Academy

St. Maarten News – The St. Maarten Academy for preparatory secondary vocational education (PSVE) hosts a business day on Friday March 4. The event challenges students to turn ideas into final products. The academy’s business department wants t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Bomb threat trial in court on Wednesday

St. Maarten News – The Court in First Instance will handle the case of Bryan Andrew R. a 44-year old Trinidadian who stands accused of making a bomb threat against the airport on November 22 of last year. The threat paralyzed airport operations. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Car wreck removal begins in Pelican, Simpson Bay

St. Maarten News – Vromi begins on Monday with the removal of car wrecks from Pelican Key, Simpson Bay and Cape Bay. Abandoned cars, cars with expired inspection and unpaid road tax and cars that are hazardous to public safety will be picked up.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Puerto Rico seizes huge catch of counterfeit products

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations announced on Wednesday the seizure of nearly 10,000 counterfeit products, valued at more than $1.6 million at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. A wide range of counterfeite

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2016

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King Ocean sponsors Foresee Foundation

St. Maarten News - During the past two years Foresee Foundation has shipped a considerable number of technology devices and equipment via King Ocean Shipping. This was reason for Charles Gittens, regional Manager for the Caribbean at King Ocean in

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2016

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Ky-Mani Marley headlines One Love reggae concert on St. Maarten

St. Maarten News – Ky-Mani Marley – indeed, the son of – headlines Carnival’s One Love reggae night concert on April 28 in the Carnival Village. Marley will be joined by lovers rock star Alaine, Romain Virgo and dancehall star Demarco. Co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2016

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Dock Maarten: investigate harbor director Mingo

  St. Maarten News - Brian Deher, Managing Director of Dock Maarten NV, delivered a presentation to the Council of Ministers last Thursday, where he officially requested that government initiate a thorough investigation into the many issues t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2016

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Dutch-French St. Martin cooperation to boost healthcare service

St. Maarten News - Last week Minister Emil Lee (Public Health) initiated a stepped up level of cooperation between the Dutch and French sides of the island with regards to health care. “As St. Maarten continues with its plans for the development of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2016

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Dollarization would free up 250 million for investments

St. Maarten News – Dutch preparedness to assist St. Maarten with the strengthening of the tax inspectorate went only that far and dollarization would free up 250 million guilders for capital investments, Finance Minister Richard Gibson said yesterd

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 9, 2016

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St. Maarten to tourism trade fair in Colombia

St. Maarten to tourism trade fair in Colombia

  Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Ingrid Arrindell. Photo Today / Milton Pieters Minister calls on private sector to join in St. Maarten News: Minister Ingrid Arrindell (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 9, 2016

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Proposal MP Tamara Leonard (UP): Drastic cut in political salaries and pensions

  St. Maarten News: MP Tamara Leonard is the second MP in Country St. Maarten’s history to propose a pay-cut for parliamentarians. On January 16, 2014, former DP-MP Roy Marlin submitted a motion to cut salaries by 12 percent, after the dra

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 9, 2016

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Rotaract Club presents three vocational service wards

Rotaract Club presents three vocational service wards

From left to right: Professional Development Director Micaela Hart, Darren Wilson, Elisia Lake, Paul Bell and Rotaract President Kimberley Duzong. Photo contributed St. Maarten News: The Rotaract Club of St. Maarten Sunrise presented vocational ser

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 9, 2016

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Sint Maarten Government intends to double casino fees

St. Maarten News: The government intends to double the casino fees from the current 50,000 to 100,000 guilders per month over the next three years. Finance Minister Richard Gibson made the announcement during the central committee meeting about the d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 9, 2016

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Finance Minister Richard Gibson: “Shotgun budget has a history”

St. Maarten News: Finance Minister Richard Gibson Sr. spoke of “a difficult delivery” and “a shotgun budget” in the central committee of parliament. He explained in more detail how the budget had come about, but he also put it in its historic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 9, 2016

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Tony Harris explores celebrity-marketing for St. Maarten

Tony Harris explores celebrity-marketing for St. Maarten

  From left: Roddy Heyliger, Bernard Hunt, Tony Harris and Arthur Lugisse. Photo contributed St. Maarten News: Under the umbrella of the Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation and in conjunction with photographer Hassan Kareem, Emmy award win

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 8, 2016

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British millionaire Sir Michael Smurfit spotted in St. Maarten

British millionaire Sir Michael Smurfit spotted in St. Maarten

St. Maarten News – British millionaire Sir Michael Smurfit is in St. Maarten these days. The former CEO of the Smurfit Kappa Group – a global packaging company with 42,000 employees and annual turnover of $6.6 billion (2009) – was spotted on S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2016

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Carnival foundation reacts to subsidy cut “Perfect example of why we engage the private sector”

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Wednesday said that the recent cut in subsidy as announced by government, underscores once again why the foundation continues to seek long-term private partnerships to ensure the s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2016

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New arrest in Casablanca trafficking investigation

St. Maarten News – Investigators have made a new arrest in the human trafficking investigation dubbed Papegaai (Parrot). The suspect is a woman identified in a police report as N.J.P. No further details were provided. On November 16, investigato

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2016

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Sucker Garden Road and Arch Road close

St. Maarten News - Road works will be carried out on Sucker Garden Road and Arch Road starting Saturday until next week Tuesday. The intersection of Sucker Garden Road/Arch Road will be closed for through traffic from both directions.  Concrete

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2016

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Animal Welfare hosts wine and cheese party

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation hosts its annual wine and cheese party at Taloula Mango’s on the Boardwalk this Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55. “We are really looking forward to this event,” says Heather C

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2016

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Finance Minister Gibson: “Major task comes after approval of the budget”

St. Maarten News – Finance Minister Richard Gibson has forwarded a copy of the 2016 budget to financial supervisor Cft to speed up the process of getting it approved, he said at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. The Central committ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2016

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St. Maarten Government meets with Dock Maarten

St. Maarten News:  The Council of Ministers will meet with Dock Marina director Brian Deher today to discuss the dispute about developments in Great Bay, where the port is fighting a building permit Dock Maarten obtained for building a breakwater on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2016

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Finance Minister Gibson: “Very frugal budget with room for expansion”

    St. Maarten News:  The government intends to sell the new administration building on Pond Island for around 50 million guilders to social insurance agency SZV. With the building, SZV will also acquire the adjacent terrain of mor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2016

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Government slashes 2016 travel budgets

St. Maarten News:  The draft 2016 budget that was submitted to parliament on Monday proposes serious slashes in the travel budgets of all government departments. Across the board, the travel budgets have been cut by 16.7 percent. For the high counci

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2016

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St. Maarten Justice-related departments escape austerity measures

St. Maarten News – The austerity-driven 2016 draft budget has hit some departments and organizations pretty hard, but justice-related ones have in general been spared and given higher budgets. Standing out is the national security service VDSM.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2016

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Plasterk about dispute regulation “Kingdom cannot deviate from decisions, unless …”

  St. Maarten News:  The Kingdom Council of Ministers cannot deviate from an advice issued by a dispute regulator, unless such a deviation is properly motivated,” Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk said at a press conference yeste

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2016

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Casinos major contributors to increased state revenue

St. Maarten News: The government projects an increase in state revenue of 3.1 percent this year compared to (still budgeted) 2015-revenue of 445 million guilders. The real revenue in 2014 was 422 million, but this year the government expects to pull

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2016

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Focus on compliance not on higher taxes

St. Maarten News:  “For the time being” the government will not focus on higher taxes to increase state revenue. Instead, the focus will be on compliance, it appears from the explanatory notes with the draft 2016 budget. “In general it is a

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