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Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2016

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Opinion: Moody’s downgrading of St. Maarten to BAA2

Is this the result of complacency? Moody’s looming downgrading of St. Maarten’s credit rating to BAA2 seems to suggest this. And mind you, this is serious stuff that is going to cost us dearly unless the government takes decisive action. It is

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2016

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Opinion: High Drama (Unpaid study financing)

In euros the amount sounds still not all that shocking (€25 million), but in guilders it becomes very clear that our students are not all that faithful when it comes to paying back their study financing to the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (Duo) in t

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Opinion: Let common sense prevail (destroying local businesses)

Dear editor, The buzz words in the streets today is that the NA-led government is following in the footsteps of the previous UP-led government. This time around they are doing everything within their power to destroy one of the last business fabrics

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St. Maarten Civil servants move to new building on July 1

St. Maarten Civil servants move to new building on July 1

    St. Maarten News - The signing of the necessary documents to initiate the start of the completion of the new Government Building situated on Pond Island is certainly a step in the right direction and according to Minister of Fina

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Ex St. Maarten students owe more than 50 million in study financing

St. Maarten News – Former students from St. Maarten who received study financing through the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (Duo) in the Netherlands have a combined outstanding debt of €25 million ($28.5 million, or 51 million guilders). Duo-spokesw

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Escaped Prisoner “gets help from people in the community”

Escaped Prisoner “gets help from people in the community”

  Police photo of Kathron Fortune, nicknamed Cuchi. Photo KPSM Police asks again to call the tip line #9300 St. Maarten – Escaped prisoner Kathron Fortune is getting help from people in the community, the police stated in a repor

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Moody’s downgrade: St. Maarten Minister warns

St. Maarten News – Moody’s is about to lower the rating for country St. Maarten from BAA1 to BAA2, Finance Minister Richard Gibson said yesterday. Moody’s decision will affect the investment climate and in would also expose the country to high

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Four youngsters committed eight armed robberies

Trial moved to June St. Maarten News - Four youngsters – aged between 17 and 21 – will stand trial on June 15 for eight armed robberies of which three were committed on the French side. Yesterday the four suspects appeared in court for a pro

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Youngster in court for threatening policeman

St. Maarten News – The prosecutor’s office has charged 19-year old Brian R. with threatening a policeman on October 17 of last year. Yesterday the teenager was in court but the case was postponed until today at 9.30 a.m. because his attorney Bren

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St. Maarten debaters off to Medgar Evers College, New York

St. Maarten debaters off to Medgar Evers College, New York

  From left: Roberto Arrindell, D’Shnay Matthew York, Alexandria Baly and Dwayne Griffith. Photo contributed St. Maarten News – The St. Maarten debate team that finished runner up in the Leeward Islands Debate Competition travels

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Illegal Firearm possession nets repeat offender 18 months

St. Maarten News – After a rather wild story about ill-treatment, threats, sexual intercourse and pregnancy, 26-year old Kevin Chris Leblanc left the courtroom yesterday morning with a conviction for just one charge: firearm possession. Because he

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Minister Lee positive about field trip to Colombia

St. Maarten News – Public Health Minister Emil Lee took a field trip to Colombia to check out the medical services referred patients from St. Maarten receive there. The minister traveled on his own dime and –at his request – received the same t

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Minister Meyers: Businesses are responsible for disposal of commercial waste

  St. Maarten News – Businesses are responsible for the disposal of their commercial waste, Vromi-Minister Angel Meyers said yesterday. Leaving that waste on the streets could result in fines of up to 5,000 guilders, he warned. The mini

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Minister Arrindell: STAT-employee is privately responsible for failed survey

  St. Maarten News – Minister Ingrid Arrindell puts all responsibility for the fraud with a survey of the Royal Dutch Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) at the institute’s doorstep. The survey aimed to examine

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Dr. Asin talks Zika at St. Maarten Fire Department

Dr. Asin talks Zika at St. Maarten Fire Department

  Dr. Asin explains the ins and outs of the zika virus to Prime Minister William Marlin and members of the fire department and the disaster management team. Photo contributed St. Maarten News - With no treatment or vaccine available,

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Fiber optic training conference underway

Fiber optic training conference underway

  From left: Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet, Dr. Natasha Gittens, Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, Helma Etnel, Marcella Henry, Wycliffe Smith and Shadira Lont. Photo contributed St. Maarten News - The University of St Martin’s School of Contin

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2016

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Air France welcomes travelers with the Mighty Dow on St. Maarten

Air France welcomes travelers with the Mighty Dow on St. Maarten

  The Air France flight crew poses with the Mighty Dow (L) and co-pan players at the airport. Photo SXM St. Maarten News - Passengers on Air France flight 498 arriving at Princess Juliana International Airport were pleasantly surprised

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Bracket nominated for best African group - to be perform on St. Maarten

Bracket nominated for best African group – to be perform on St. Maarten

  St. Maarten News – Bracket, the Nigerian duo scheduled to perform at the St. Maarten carnival on April 26 has been nominated in two categories including the Best African Group at the 2016 Kora All African Music Awards, which is largely c

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Karan Hana appointed as Alegria Resort's general manager

Karan Hana appointed as Alegria Resort’s general manager

  St. Maarten News - Veteran Caribbean hotel industry professional Karen Hana has been appointed General Manager of the Alegria Resort in Beacon Hill, one the latest hotels in the Choice Hotels International Caribbean portfolio. Hana, who