Opinion - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Opinion: Sour grapes

Wow, the grapes are indeed very sour at the United People’s party. We’re the last ones to deny anybody the right to an opinion, but UP-leader Theo Heyliger turned his New Year’s message in a venomous attack on the government. We think that ther

Opinion - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Opinion: The new normal

The Netherlands experienced a quiet transition from 2012 to 2013. At least, this is what one could conclude from a statement by the Dutch insurers association: “It was a quiet turn of the year.” The total damages private citizens sustained dur

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Expiration date SZV-cards extended

St. Maarten  - The expiration date for SZV insurance cards for civil servants and teachers has been extended until March 31, the SZV stated in a press release. Human resource departments ought to report to the SZV to obtain gray mutation forms th

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 3, 2013

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St. Maarten Airport workers sack Abvo

St. Maarten -Less than a year after employees of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) signed a collective labor agreement to guarantee their rights with union representation under the Abvo union, there appears to be trouble in paradise.

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 3, 2013

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VOOC announces 2013 theme: Listen to the Silent Cries of our Children

St. Maarten -The youth based organization the Voice of Our Children announced its theme for the upcoming year as Listen to the Silent Cries of our Children in its ongoing endeavour to stimulate the minds of local youth through the spoken word. “

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Anguilla’s chief minister disputes protocol breach with St. Maarten

THE VALLEY-Anguilla’s Chief Minister and Minister of Finance and Tourism Hubert Hughes is disputing claims posted on social media networks a few week ago, that failed  talks with St. Maarten and breach of contractual obligations with destination m

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Edgardo Lynch winner in Sol photography competition

St. Maarten - The winners of the Sol Scenic Drives photography competition for inclusion in the Sol 2013 Calendar have been announced and the featured photographers have been presented with their prizes in all 13 countries where the promotion was hel

Uncategorized - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Sustainable development key at Boneiru Durodero

KRALENDIJK, Bonaire — Both the business community and the government ask for more support from the Netherlands with the island’s economic development. They made this request at the opening of the first sustainability expo ‘Boneiru Durodero’.

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Gumbs will fight dismissal in court

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Edsel Gumbs, the head of the Intelligence Service VDC in Curacao who was suspended during the rule of Gerrit Schotte, says he will go to court within 24 hours if he is dismissed. Gumbs said that he is unaware of the existence

Uncategorized - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Scheveningen pier declared bankrupt

SCHEVENINGEN – The pier that made Scheveningen famous over the past years has been declared bankrupt after its owners, hotel and catering family Van der Valk, failed to find a buyer. The pier was put up for sale in March but parts of it were clo

Uncategorized - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Young prostitute found strangled

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – A teenaged prostitute was found strangled in her room at the Campo Alegre brothel in Willemstad on New Year’s Eve. The 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic, Rudiliana Perez Perez was found with injuries to her mouth and w

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 3, 2013

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New complaint against Zorreguieta

THE HAGUE – A new complaint against the father of princess Máxima has been made by the families of four people who disappeared during the Argentine junta era, according to Argentine media. Jorge Zorreguieta was Minister of Agriculture during th

Uncategorized - Posted on January 3, 2013

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Renovated Villa Tokara receives its first guests

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Following the recent downpours, the media paid much attention to dilapidated buildings on the list of protected monuments that are neglected by their owners. The renovation of a monument to its original condition is an expensi

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Today’s predictions for the New Year: Still no ring road and no justice park

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – It seems almost too easy: predict what will and what will not happen in St. Maarten in any given year. The Today newspaper made its first predictions in 2010, when we looked ahead at 2011, the country’s first full

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Statia invests $1 million in roads

STATIA - When the year comes to a close it is always good to reflect on the year that has passed and at the same time look forward to what lies ahead of us in the year to come, Statia’s Finance and Economic Affairs Commissioner Koos Sneek writes in

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 2, 2013

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St. Maarten welcomes 2013

GREAT BAY / MARIGOT – St. Maarten welcomed 2013 with a spectacular show of fireworks in Great Bay. The show was not organized by the government, but by the Harbor group of Companies, supported by Holland House, Volker Stevin Caribbean (the contract

Opinion - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Beach replenishment

Please listen to the residents and tourist of St Maarten that want to make Cupecoy Beach the beautiful place it used to be! I have been going to St Maarten two times a year for 25 years and the main reason for my visits is the beaches. PLEASE ask

Opinion - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Brand new year

On behalf of myself and my family I am wishing a healthy and prosperous year to the entire nation of St. Maarten/St. Martin more than anything else a greater sense of safety in our homes and in our streets. 2012 has come and gone most of us the an

Opinion - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Opinion: Impact

You don’t have to be big to be able to take decisions that have an impact on a community. Statia is a nice example. This Dutch public entity has a $1 million budget this year for investment in its road network.  We don’t know the condition of th

Opinion - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Judgment versus vindication

Dear Editor, We tend to react quickly at times and cast judgment sometimes to our own detriment where we end up eating back our own vomit. As of late everyone is quiet and skating on thin ice after the former minister of finance was arrested. Here

Opinion - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Let’s go green in 2013

First of all: We wish each and everybody a prosperous New Year! We hope that we can make a new beginning as a community in which we will help each other to reach our goals on an individual level and as a community. So often we are taking things fo

Opinion - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Sandmen

Dear Editor, The National Alliance is sounding the alarm to their coalition partners and St. Maarten that they will do whatever it takes to remain in government. They have done simple mathematics (10-2=8) to ensure stability. The Prime Minister ha

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 2, 2013

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James about Governor Holiday as his man of the year: “Nomination set off wave of pride and dignity”

St. Maarten – “To say that the public’s response to the grassroots movement’s 2012 Top 5 persons of the Year has been positive would be an under-statement. For many people the choices of the recipients were very surprising - but very meaningf

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Ombudsman sets deadline for old complaints

St. Maarten – The Office of the Ombudsman will no longer handle complaints about issues that date back to before October 10, 2010 after February 1. Citizens who are still mulling over some issue from this period have therefore until the end of Janu

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Cft threatens Curacao with new instruction

GREAT BAY – While St. Maarten is still awaiting the advice from the board for financial supervision Cft on its draft 2013 budget, Curacao received an uninvited advice from the financial supervisor. The Cft thinks that the measures the country has i

Uncategorized - Posted on January 2, 2013

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De Jongh-Elhage resigns

WILLEMSTAD – During a fundraising dinner organized by the political party PAR Emily de Jongh Elhage announced that she will immediately resign as party leader and as member of the parliament in Curacao. Her decision comes after the party lost 50

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Still no sign of missing woman

St. Maarten – The detective department continued its search for missing Annmarie Lynch yesterday morning, but once again the search did not yield any results. Police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson said that the prosecutor’s office is now t

Uncategorized - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Betrian: “There is more to do, but it’s up to the new cabinet”

WILLEMSTAD — Stanley Betrian’s outgoing interim cabinet had its last meeting with the press last weekend. Betrian, Minister of Finance Dr. Jose Jardim, Minister of Economic Development Mr. Cornelis Smits, Minister Transportation, Communication an

Uncategorized - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Hodge: “We’re going to lay foundation for new Curacao”

WILLEMSTAD – “The community of Curacao has invested much in me. I now have the chance to do something in return. We can no longer stand by and watch from the sideline. If we do, nothing will change”, this is how PSB-Bank Director Daniel Hodge r

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Even Haiti is about to open to open a new hotel: St. Maarten’s competitors in hotel sector are on the move

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s competition in the tourism industry is not exactly sleeping at the wheel, as the following overview produced by Gay Nagle Myers in the online newsletter for the travel industry travel weekly shows.  Investors are pourin

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 2, 2013

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Cruise industry invests heavily in upgrades

St. Maarten - As 2013 arrives, the cruise industry can only pray that there is no repeat of the signature event of 2012, Tom Stieghorst writes in the online newsletter for the cruise industry Travel Weekly. His analysis shows that cruise lines will i

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 28, 2012

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NA-leader Marlin about electoral reform: “Every system has its advantages”

St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister William Marlin supports the idea of electoral reform, but he said on Lloyd Richardson’s radio program Voice of the People that the time is too short to put something in place before the next elections in 2014. Ma

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 28, 2012

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Blue Mall Cupecoy finally announces soft opening

St. Maarten – The Blue Mall in Cupecoy was about to become the butt of jokes and the cause of utter bewilderment because the long ago heralded opening did not materialize. But now the first stores have opened for business. Enjoy SXM, Fashion and Ch

Opinion - Posted on December 28, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Walking to Heaven on Reef slippers

Walking twice a day my dogs on Kim Sha Beach I see a lot of beautiful women in devastating bikini’s and sometimes I meet an interesting person. One day I saw a beautiful lady who was also interesting. I got to talk to her because she timidly said

Opinion - Posted on December 28, 2012

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Opinion: Electoral reform

When politicians start thinking about electoral reform, voters need to pay attention. There is nothing wrong with the current system, whereby the votes a party wins translate into seats in parliament. Those seats go to the party-leader and to those c

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