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Port: never heard from the SMMTA again

St.maarten - The SMMTA presents itself as “the voice of St. Maarten’s marine industry that works together with other industry groups and all levels of government to provide a strong and consistent say for the marine industry,” Port St. Maarten

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Domestic fight ends with double arrest

St.maarten – Police arrested two men at a home on the Archimedes Road last Saturday after reports about a threat. The men were fighting each other when the officers arrived. They took away a flare gun one of them was holding, before realizing they

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Tasheena Maccow-Thomas interim director at Nipa

St.maarten - Dr. Tasheena Maccow-Thomas has been appointed as the new interim director of the National Institute for Professional Advancement (Nipa) per September 1. “I am honored to be selected as the interim director,” Maccow-Thomas said in a

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Minister Kirindongo concerned about recent criminal events

St.maarten - Minister of Justice Edson Kirindongo expressed in a press release his deepest concern about “the criminal events that took place over the last few days and which unfortunately had some fatalities.” The minister extended sincere words

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Medical Center fully supports plans for new hospital

St.maarten – The St. Maarten Medical Center has been involved in the new hospital project from the beginning, including the development of the terms of reference and the evaluation of the different proposals received from the open tender process, S

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September is sickle cell awareness month

St.maarten - September is recognized as sickle cell awareness month. The Sint Maarten Sickle Cell Foundation says it is important for people to be tested for this inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. Freq

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Prosecution appeals Laville-verdict

St.maarten – The prosecutor’s office has filed appeals against the verdicts in the so-called Zeepaard (Seahorse) and Sardine-investigations. Former Member of Parliament Romain Laville was acquitted on August 24 of making threats against the lives

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Mosquito elimination program continued in Mary’s Fancy

St.maarten – The national mosquito elimination community program Zika virus disease headed to Mary’s Fancy last Saturday. On August 20 the program kicked-off in Saunders where residents were very cooperative with personnel from the Ministry and

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Two armed robberies, two men arrested

St.maarten – Police arrested two suspects in the armed robbery that took place last Thursday at the Fu Yuan supermarket and is busy investigating a second robbery that took place Monday morning around 10.45 a.m. at Divinitii Jewelers on Front Stree

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Christian Party leader Wycliffe Smith aims for at least two seats “We support equal social treatment”

St.maarten – “We feel positive based on the vibes we are getting from people,” says Wycliffe Smith, leader of the St. Maarten Christian Party. “We are anticipating that we will win at least two seats.” Smith retired in 2014 after fourteen

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Carnival 2017 registration opens, process fully online

ST.MAARTEN - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) opened registration for Carnival 2017, a process that will take place fully online. This is the latest preparatory phase as the foundation is getting ready to host St. Maarten’s 48

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“We will spearhead implementation of sustainable development”

St.maarten - The term sustainable development seems to have become a catchphrase amongst current and aspiring decision makers without serious contemplation about what it truly means, Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party MP Frans Richardson say

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Enforcement policy now online

St.maarten – The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications has made the general principles of the enforcement policy 2015 available online on the government’s website. The purpose of the enforcement policy is to ensur

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The ultimate dance party is on for September 24

St.maarten- Indo Guyanese residing on the island and their close Trinidadian and Surinamese friends will be afforded an opportunity to dance the night away on Saturday September 24th during the 'Ultimate Dance Party' that will take place under the te

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Minister Lee presents changes to labor law

St.maarten – The Ministry of Labor has presented plans that make it possible for employees to become permanent after 24 months instead of the current 36 months. Minister Emil Lee presented the plan in a meeting of the central committee on Friday.

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Dutch-side gas now almost 20 percent more expensive

St.maarten – Gas prices went up last Saturday again. Unleaded gas at the pump went from 1.748 to 1.863 guilders (from $0.976 to $1.04). On the French side, gas is at stations that take dollars on a 1:1 parity with the euro still $0.87. This makes g

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Coast Guard officers use an alternative shooting range

St.maarten- Wearing the uniform of any one of the disciplined services on St. Maarten is a privilege, but carrying a fire arm comes with tons of responsibility and that includes knowing how to handle it. In their efforts to ensure that accuracy is h

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Aruba gets ready to debate legalized medicinal cannabis

ORANJESTAD – Worldwide a lot of cancer patients are benefiting from treatment with pure cannabis-oil and if it were up to MEP-MP Glenbert Croes Aruba will consider the use of medicinal cannabis and legalize it. Medicinal cannabis is also used to tr

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RBC facilitates online merchants

WILLEMSTAD/KRALENDIJK - RBC Royal Bank recently launched its online payment solution in the Dutch Caribbean. This service offers local business owners who operate an online store, the possibility to process payments through credit cards directly on t

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Minister Arrindell congratulates essay competition winner

St.maarten – Minister Ingrid Arrindell (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications) congratulated Jacinth Hunkins, a 15-year-old student of the St. Maarten Academy for her first place in the gold senior division of the Florida

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Man sentenced for laundering checks

St.maarten– Martinois Fabio Doralice had to face the music alone in the Court in First Instance yesterday, because court declared the summons of his co-defendant Stephanie S. null and void. The 29-year-old stood trial for fencing and laundering che

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Minister Gibson: “We have struck the jackpot”

St.maarten – One million Chinese tourists every year, the construction of a 326-room hotel and showroom and 450 apartment suites in Belair at the location of the former Barbaron project will change the landscape of St. Maarten’s economy forever.

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Celebration time: budget meets deadline for the first time

St.maarten – “Today is a day for celebration,” Finance Minister Richard Gibson said at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. The reason: “For the first time in history St. Maarten has presented a balanced budget according to the

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Timeshare legislation breezes through central committee

St.maarten – The central committee of parliament supported yesterday the initiative draft ordinance that regulates the time share industry and the ordinance to establish the timeshare authority. First introduced by former DP-MP Leroy de Weever, DP

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Dutch hospitality sector is booming

AMSTERDAM - Dutch hotels, cafes and bars generated almost 5 percent more turnover over the past year, well above the rate of inflation, according to the latest CBS hospitality industry report. The cost of drinks in a café or bar rose by an average 1

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Gebe signs letter of intent for solar panels project

St.maarten—The management of Utilities Company Gebe and Sunshine Real Estate signed a letter of intent yesterday to supply the island with two megawatts of solar energy. Gebe wants to create a solar park at the two parking facilities on the Walter

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English takes over at Dutch universities

THE HAGUE - More than half of Dutch university courses are taught entirely in English, the Volkskrant reported on Friday. The paper looked at 1,632 different degree courses at the country’s thirteen universities and found 60 percent are now in Engl

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Prosecutor’s office goes after mismanagement in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Curacao has asked the Common Court of Justice to declare that there was mismanagement at the government-owned companies Refineria di Kòrsou, Aqualectra and Curoil. The request is based on a report b

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Hurricane map

All is quiet on the weather front right now. One system (the cross to the left of the map) near the Texan border has a 10 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone. Elsewhere tropical depressions eight and nine produce wind speeds of 35 miles per

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 31, 2016

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MP Maurice Lake: “Be realistic about improving the economy”

GREAT BAY – “We got to be realistic about improving our local economy. It is not that difficult. Over the years, government main issues were financial management of the different ministries were they overspent and implemented other revenue gener

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Historic agreement with the Dominican Republic

St.maarten - After nearly three years of discussions between the Dominican Republic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the long awaited Memorandum of Understanding between the two states was signed on Monday by Prime Minister William Marlin on behal

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More people hold multiple jobs

THE HAGUE - An increasing number of people in the Netherlands have more than one job, and working weeks are getting longer, according to a new report by the government’s social policy unit SCP. It studied employment patterns in 2014 and found almos

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Psychotic driver faces eight years in jail

AMSTERDAM - A driver who crashed into another car at 237 km/h, killing a father and leaving two children permanently disabled, had traces of speed and cannabis in his system, a court has heard. Neil van der L. said he was ‘not in control of himself

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Zika-infections may have dire consequences for reproduction

St.maarten- The Zika virus reproduces in the vaginal tissue of pregnant mice several days after infection, according to a study by Yale researchers. From the genitals, the virus spreads and infects the fetal brain, impairing fetal development. The fi

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Justice civil servants get their life insurance

St.maarten - Minister of Justice Edson Kirindongo announced yesterday that Nagico Insurances was selected to provide Group Life Insurance for all 550 civil servants who fall under the justice department. Minister Kirindongo explained that of the fou

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