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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

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

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Minister Lee wants study unemployment insurance

St. Maarten News: Minister Emil Lee (Public Health, Social Development and Labor) intends to merge the social services and the labor department to promote integral services.” This appears from the explanatory notes with the draft 2016 budget. Th

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

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Timeshare fees and car rental tax drop

St. Maarten News: Judging by the numbers presented in the draft 2016 budget, the pain for the fledgling timeshare industry on the island is becoming visible. For 2015, the budgeted timeshare fees stood at 5.9 million guilders, but this year the go

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2016

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Know Your Political History for all secondary schools

The legacy of Edgar Lynch St. Maarten News - The book Know Your Political History by Edgar H. Lynch, and co-authored with his brother Julian, will be distributed to all secondary schools and the University of St. Martin in memory of the fifth ann

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2016

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Ministry launches study into education needs

Ministry launches study into education needs

  St. Maarten News – The ministry of education has hired consultancy company I. M. Brace to conduct a study of labor market and community needs. This study will form the basis for the 2017 study financing priority list. The study is a 3-mo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2016

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Syrians still on island

Court denies request to suspend deportation to Haiti St. Maarten News – Three Syrians who traveled from Haiti to St. Maarten on forged Greek passports on November 14 of last year are still on the island. On December 16, the Court in First Instan

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2016

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Slurpy ready for service in Simpson Bay Lagoon

Slurpy ready for service in Simpson Bay Lagoon

St. Maarten News - Boats in and around the Simpson Bay Lagoon can now properly dispose of onboard sewage by using the services of the sewage pump out boat Slurpy.  The boat is owned by the local foundation Environmental Protection in the Caribbean

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2016

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Jeff Berger: “Business is down 25 percent compared to 2014”

Blames bad (and no) decisions in timeshare and cruise sectors St. Maarten News - Dutch St. Maarten has no timeshare owner consumer protection laws. So when timeshare resorts "screw" timeshare owners (to use a word said on-air by the island's most

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2016

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St. Maarten Carnival honors Labega, Carti and corporate sponsor Scotia

St. Maarten Carnival honors Labega, Carti and corporate sponsor Scotia

St. Maarten News: St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has named as this year’s honorees its former president Erno Labega, mainstay reveler Cleo Carti and long-time corporate partner Scotiabank. “There is a huge pool of stakehold

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2016

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Twenty to Soca Rumble finals

Twenty to Soca Rumble finals

St. Maarten News - Montage N.V. has announced the twenty finalists for the carnival’s Soca Rumble Power and Groovy competition on Friday, April 15 in Carnival Village. Each category, Power and Groovy, has ten finalists, eleven when you count the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2016

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Prostitutes become entrepreneurs

St. Maarten News: – Today reported already on January 9, after a presentation by the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (Ipko) that the ministry of justice would not issue any more permits for prostitutes t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2016

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Liat drops fuel surcharge

St. Maarten News – Leeward Islands Air Transport (Liat) announced the complete removal of fuel surcharges on all new tickets booked, effective March 1. Chief Executive Officer David Evans said oil is now trading at a 12-year low, ending a decade o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2016

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DP-leader Wescot-Williams about Constitutional Court:  “A comforting thought to all citizens”

St. Maarten - The President of Parliament, DP leader Sarah Wescot-Williams was present at the Courthouse on Friday morning to observe the proceedings in the two cases put forward for the consideration of the Constitutional Court. In commenting on the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2016

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Misconceptions negate safe sex practices

St. Maarten – The main objective of Qure’s study into sex, sexuality and family planning was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, behavior and perceptions about these issues. The researchers arrive at a rather upbeat conclusion. “The public poss

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2016

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Quarter admits to being forced into sexual acts

Qure study into sexuality St. Maarten – The average age for the first sexual encounter in Sint Maarten is 16.5 years and the age of a partner at that encounter is on average 18.7 years. This appears from a study into sex, sexuality and family pl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2016

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Cosme launches economic diversification study

For Caribbean OCTs TORTOLA - The EU funded Competitive of Small and Medium Enterprises (Cosme) program, launched a regional study on diversification of the Caribbean Overseas countries and Territories (OCTs) last November. The purpose of the study i

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on January 29, 2016

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Sunday March 13: Athletes have ample time to prepare for mini triathlon

St. Maarten News - The first off road cycle race of the season, the ASM Mountain Bike Challenge, scheduled for Sunday February 6 is expected to be an opportunity for participants to get in shape for the annual Sunset Mini Triathlon billed for Sunday

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