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SMMTA strikes back: “SLAC is not the problem but port management is”

St. Maarten News: The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) has reacted to the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority’s (SLAC) two page ad in the media on Tuesday March 1 that accuses the association of misinforming the public. “To be clear: SLAC

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Alternative sought for tourist driver’s license

St. Maarten News – The introduction of a driver’s license for tourists is off the books, because the Vienna convention prohibits charging foreigners for such a license, Minister of General Affairs William Marlin said Tuesday evening during the se

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Be the Change donates to Les Fruits de Mer

GRAND CASE - Be the Change Foundation recently presented its first donation of the year to Les Fruits De Mer Association, the Spotlight Project for the month of February. Les Fruits De Mer is a local non-profit association whose core mission is to p

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Police announce parking bans near Kim Sha Beach

St. Maarten News – The police has taken traffic measures to handle the expected crowds around the Heineken Regatta, especially for the events on Kim Sha Beach on Saturday and Sunday. There are parking bans in place for several areas. Parking will

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Youth Employment Fund to give 200 youngsters job

St. Maarten News – Minister of General Affairs William Marlin defended his Youth Employment Fund plan in parliament on Tuesday evening. He said that the employability through training program, initiated in 2011 by then Minister of Labor Cornelius d

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Carnival booth, season pass payments due by March 15

St. Maarten News - Booth holders registered for Carnival 2016 have until March 15 to pay their fees in full or risk losing the leasing rights to a booth. Likewise, everyone who has registered for a Carnival season pass has to pay the price of the pas

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Gender equality theme for International Women’s Day

St. Maarten News - Women’s Desk will observe International Women’s Day under the United Nations theme: “Step it up for Gender Equality” on March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hope Estate Help Desk. The observance will take the form of an award a

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Minister Jacobs congratulates debating teams

St. Maarten News - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs congratulates team Antigua, the winners of the 44th Annual Leeward Islands Debating Competition. Minister Jacobs also congratulates team St. Maarten that defeated the

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Memorial ACTe museum explores the slave trade

St. Maarten News - “An expression of pain and pride is the best way to describe the Memorial ACTe,” said Shujah Reiph on his recent return from visiting the state-of-the-art museum in Guadeloupe. The Memorial ACTe museum was built on the seaside

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UTS Chippie sponsors Heineken Regatta

St. Maarten - Chippie, the mobile service of UTS, will once again be one of the major sponsors of the 36th annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The mobile brand partners with the St. Maarten Yacht Club to support the event that brings many visitors t

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Lisa Alexander writes: Corruption vs. integrity

Dear Editor, Corruption is the misuse of authorized power by individuals placed in positions of trust, to act or not to act in ways that ensure personal enrichment in cash or kind. We must eradicate corruption and lack of integrity at the highest le

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Nipa writes: Unprofessional

Dear Editor, We the staff of Nipa would like to notify the government primarily, the Minister of Education that we do not know when we are going to be paid again. The chairlady of the board resigned about three weeks ago which should have been an in

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Minister Kirindongo: “SXM is one of the safest islands in the Ca ribbean”

St. Maarten News – Crime is down, Justice Minister Edson Kirindongo said on the second day of the budget debate in parliament yesterday. Only murders and attempted murders went up 35 percent between 2010 and 2015. Home burglaries decreased by 104

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Six police officers launch Blue Positive Movement

St. Maarten News - Six police officers headed by community police officer Rensley Henson has launched the Blue Positive Movement, which is geared at giving back positively to the community. “These young police officers are very enthusiastic in givi

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Deadline set for Carnival vendors licenses – April 8

St. Maarten News: (DCOMM) – Citizens interested in vending food, beverages, helium balloons and other typical items associated with Carnival, can now apply for these licenses at the department of economic licenses located at Zoutsteeg 3 in Philipsb

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Furious Five wins bullying debate

St. Maarten News - A debate on bullying and the effects it has on the society by the 7th Grade students of the Asha Stevens Campus was one of the highlights of the Anti-Bullying Month which concluded at the end February. It was seen as an eye opener

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Minister has no knowledge about candidacy Ted Richardson

St. Maarten News – Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ingrid Arrindell does not get involved in decisions about the position of suspended airport director Regina Labega, she said during the second day of the budget debate yesterday evening. “T

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Limited access to Carnival Village for kids under 15

St. Maarten - No minors 14 years of age or younger will be allowed into Carnival Village for adult oriented nights, the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SDCF) said in a press release. These youngsters will only be allowed entrance on yout

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Heineken Regatta pleased with support from hotels

St. Maarten News – The organizers of the Heineken Regatta are grateful to local hotels for donating complimentary hotel rooms. The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) also continued its support for the event. The organizers are

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SintMaartenInfo database launch next week Monday

St. Maarten News – Civil servants of different ministries attended a three-day train-the-trainers database management workshop last week related to the newly developed National Database SintMaartenInfo. The workshop was carried out by Sameer Thapa

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Curacao: Norwin Ferero: “FKP builds on land it does not own”

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Fundashon Kas popular (FKP) is building on land that does not belong to it, says Norwin Ferero of the foundation that lobbies for the rights of the legal heirs to the estate of Sybrecht van Uytrecht. Inadequate colonial and c

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Minister Van der Steur wants to make sex chatting a crime

THE HAGUE - Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur wants to make ‘sex chatting’ with children a crime. In a briefing for MPs yesterday, he said sexualized communication with children should be criminalized, together with sexual extortion (also

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ABC-islands not fond of European Dutch

LEIDEN – European Dutch and foreigners are not always that welcome in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. This appears from new data presented by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean studies (KITLV), John Samson reports on Carib

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Royal yacht “De Groene Draeck” extremely expensive

THE HAGUE - The royal yacht De Groene Draeck cost the Dutch state €1.5 million in maintenance over eleven years, according to the Volkskrant. Princess Beatrix – queen of the Netherlands until she abdicated in 2013 – was given De Groene Draeck y

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Epic’s kayak fundraiser yields a thousand bucks

St. Maarten News - Environmental Protection in the Caribbean, TriSport and FIAC hosted a full moon kayak fundraiser last week that yielded $1,060. The event took place so participants could enjoy the full moon from a different perspective and to rai

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Nature Alliance launches petition to save sharks

St. Maarten - The Save Our Sharks Project of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance launched a petition yesterday calling for better protection of sharks in the territorial waters of Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Saba, the rest of the Dutch Caribbean an