St. Maarten News - Posted on August 2, 2013

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5 residents receives scholars program awards scholarships

St. Maarten – American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and the University of St Maarten (USM) announced yesterday that 5 St. Maarten residents are the 2013 recipients of the AUC/USM Scholars Program awards. The 2013 awardees

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 2, 2013

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Tourist Authority an TSIS remain elusive initiatives

St. Maarten - Minister of Economic Affairs Ted Richardson has a full plate in front of him. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams referred on Wednesday to the St. Maarten Tourist Authority as one of the issues that requires his immediate attention. "I

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 2, 2013

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WICSU expresses solidarity with hospital workers

St. Maarten -The Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/ Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) has expressed solidarity with the struggle of workers at the St. Maarten Medical Centre. The workers on Wednesday downed tools, and engaged in protest action, a

Editorial - Posted on August 1, 2013

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Editorial: Good move

Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake showed what he is made of after he discovered that a contractor started work on the Foga infrastructure project without valid permits and while there is no budget available to pay for the work. The 6-million guilder pro

Opinion - Posted on August 1, 2013

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Opinion: Not all drivel

Okay, so we know that tax compliance is up for improvement. Last time we heard something about this, compliance stood between 30 and 35 percent, meaning that 65 to 70 percent is evading the taxman. It is not a new story, but it is a persistent one. S

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 1, 2013

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Staff members at the St. Maarten Medical Center protested yesterday morning against the appointment of Pereira as their new director. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Andrew Dick

Union leader says new director Medical Center is corrupt

[caption id="attachment_24292" align="alignleft" width="500"] Staff members at the St. Maarten Medical Center protested yesterday morning against the appointment of Pereira as their new director. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Andrew Dick[/caption] Sta

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 1, 2013

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PM confirms: oversight committee security service established in April

St. Maarten - Without saying it in so many words, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams confirmed yesterday that before April of this year there actually was no functioning oversight committee for the beleaguered National Security Service VDSM. The se

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 1, 2013

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Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake.

Minister Lake stops Foga infra-project: Contractor started work but no funds are available

[caption id="attachment_24293" align="alignleft" width="217"] Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake.[/caption] St. Maarten - Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake has ordered his secretary general Louis brown to draft a letter instructing a contractor that started wo

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 1, 2013

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Head of St. Maarten’s meteorological office Joseph Isaac delivers his presentation at the SHTA’s hurricane preparedness seminar at Carl’s Unique Inn on Tuesday. Photo Today / Leo Brown.

MET Office: conditions favor storms

[caption id="attachment_24291" align="alignleft" width="200"] Head of St. Maarten’s meteorological office Joseph Isaac delivers his presentation at the SHTA’s hurricane preparedness seminar at Carl’s Unique Inn on Tuesday. Photo Today / Leo Bro

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 1, 2013

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Retirement age Curacao increases to 65 in 2018

Report describes tough savings measures WILLEMSTAD - Curacao will increase retirement age from 60 to 65 years a bit more than five years from now, in 2018. This is one of the proposals in a leaked plan of the government to get a grip on its perso

Editorial - Posted on July 31, 2013

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Editorial: Monologue of former Justice Minister Duncan

With a monologue that lasted just four-and-a-half minutes, former Justice Minister Roland Duncan has created the impression that he was forced to step down after the fall of the previous government - and that he is bitter about it. Duncan speaks a

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 31, 2013

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Former minister Duncan bashes PM Rutte: “I cannot listen to Dutch drivel”

St. Maarten - "The Dutch government is hell-bent on making St. Maarten look bad," former Justice Minister Roland Duncan said in a statement to a reporter of the website sxmislandtime.com yesterday. In a rant that lasted four-and-a-half minute Duncan,

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 31, 2013

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Go-fast crew escapes Coast Guard

St. Maarten -  The Coast Guard and the French customs and gendarmerie intercepted this week a suspect go-fast in the coastal waters of French Saint Martin. A Coast Guard patrol plane spotted the go-fast whereupon the chase was on. The station ves

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 31, 2013

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SHTA hurricane seminar: St. Maarten better prepared than ever

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams lauded “the efforts of the SHTA for their raising awareness” yesterday at the association’s hurricane preparedness conference at the convention hall in Carl’s Unique Inn in Cole Bay. The pr

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 31, 2013

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SHTA shows interest in Market in the Park plan

Association discusses issues with Minister Lake St. Maarten - The hospitality and trade association SHTA is interested in the Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake's Market in the Park plan where a space is reserved for a new SHTA-office. The government wil

Editorial - Posted on July 30, 2013

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Editorial: Stumbling blocks

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams call for continued economic growth may have raised some eyebrows in the private sector - the place where that growth has to manifest itself. Seldom have we heard members of parliament say anything positive about the

Opinion - Posted on July 30, 2013

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Opinion: Cleaning companies

What is the difference between a cleaning company and a manpower organization? The Inspectorate of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor discovered that they have a lot in common. That makes it worthwhile for decision makers, union leaders a

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 30, 2013

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Chief commissioner Peter de Witte is happy with the report from the visitation committee. File photo 2010.

Bureaucracy made work needlessly complicated: Financial mandate will make police force more effective

[caption id="attachment_24231" align="alignleft" width="200"] Chief commissioner Peter de Witte is happy with the report from the visitation committee. File photo 2010.[/caption]St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar - Bureaucracy has held the police force b

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 30, 2013

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Lenny Priest returns to politics

St. Maarten - Lenny Priest will launch his purple political party on Thursday in Middle Region. The party's name has not been divulged yet, but the invitation announces the color purple. The presentation begins at 5.30 p.m. Priest's come back to the

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 30, 2013

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Residents petition cabinet against sound pollution Soggy Dollar Bar

St. Maarten - The community of Simpson Bay has about had it with the Soggy Dollar Bar. In a petition signed by 85 residents, they ask for immediate assistance from Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Economic Affairs Minister Ted Richardson. The

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 30, 2013

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Two more shootings, teenager wounded

St. Maarten - After the shooting in the early morning hours of last Friday in the vicinity of the Tantra nightclub in Maho Reef, police dealt with two more shootings during the weekend. On the first occasion, the shooter hit a car with two bullets; t

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 30, 2013

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KeLeHa projects launches cancer awareness event

From left Mecca Moore, Samantha "Sammy B" Black, model Diandra Forrest, photographer Sameer Khan, Keoma Hamer, O.J. Williams and Trevor Pretty. Photo contributed.St. Maarten - KeLeHa Projects, a non-profit foundation aimed at raising cervical can

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 30, 2013

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Warning Nature Foundation: Injuring rays prohibited

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation received numerous reports last weekend about a group of people who were intentionally harming baby rays at the far end of Mullet Bay Beach, the foundation stated in a press release. During the summer m

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 30, 2013

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St. Maarten PM blames Curacao for financial restrictions

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten has to look at the financial developments on the island versus those in Curacao, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said in a reaction to the report by the Central Bank. "In St. Maarten there would be no need for measures regardin

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 30, 2013

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SXM Girls Night Out: Sheconomy event in Maho on Saturday

St. Maarten - “Women are about 80% of the income decision makers in households in the Caribbean," Ogechi Anyanwu said yesterday. She is an event organizer and founder of SXM Girls Night Out. With such a powerful presence in the economy as consumers

Editorial - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Editorial: Integrity issues

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams' remarks about Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's suggestion  to Governor Holiday about an integrity-probe neatly coincides with statements Ronald Bandell, the chairman of the Progress Committee for St. Maarten, makes i

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Airport director LaBega: “Asphalt was really valuable”

Airport managing director Regina Labega welcomes the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the airport during his recent visit. Photo Today /  Leo BrownSt. Maarten / By Jason Lista – The asphalt milling that was taken from the airport was “rea

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Progress Committee chairman Ronald Bandell: “Sometimes comments from The Hague are unreasonable”

St. Maarten - By Hilbert Haar - Politicians in The Hague ignore pertinent information about St. Maarten and the decision to close the book on debt relief was unilateral and unfair, says Ronald Bandell, chairman of the Progress Committee St. Maarten:

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Tearful goodbyes at students’ departure

St. Maarten - As ironic as it may sound, the 70 students who winged out for Holland did so after shedding tears on the shoulders of loved ones, after the KLM flight was showered with water to mark the 18th anniversary of the Fire Department and last

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Governor’s symposium announced

St. Maarten - Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday had scheduled his Governor's Symposium this year for August 23. The theme of the symposium is sustainable development. The location for the event has not yet been disclosed, but a previous symposium was

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Norwegian Getaway comes to St. Maarten

GREAT BAY - The Port of St. Maarten will welcome the Norwegian Getaway in February of next year. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will take delivery of the 146,600 gross tonnage Getaway in late January 2014, earlier than originally scheduled.  The v

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Remain vigilant, PM says about hurricane season

St. Maarten - Remain vigilant for the hurricane season and do not become complacent, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said on her weekly radio program One on One with the Prime Minister. Although the island has thus far been spared, there is stil

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Siba sounds the alarm: Insurance companies drop coverage for scooters

GREAT BAY - The Sint Maarten Insurance Brokers Association Siba has urged the parliament to address several insurance matters. Siba-President Neil Henderson notes in a press statement: "Some insurance companies no longer grant any form of coverage fo

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Shooting near Tantra: one seriously injured

St. Maarten - One man was injured during a shooting that took place on Friday at 4 a.m. in the vicinity of the Tantra nightclub in Maho Reef. The victim, A.T., drove himself to the hospital for medical treatment. There were two other young men in his

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2013

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Prime Ministers Sarah Wescot-Williams and Mark Rutte are all smiles in this July file picture, but in the meantime the mood has changed dramatically. Photo today / Milton Pieters

Wescot-Williams concerned about Rutte’s request for integrity-probe

Prime Ministers Rutte and Wescot-Williams are all smiles at a press conference on Thursday July 18; now the mood has soured. Photo Today / Milton Pieters"Media took independence statement out of context" St. Maarten - The media took comments b

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