St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Government seeks help to clear debts

St. Maarten - The Finance Ministry plans to approach the board for financial supervision Cft and Holland to help solve its shortfalls in the 2013 budget. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt called the old debts on Wednesday a “sticky item.” “These w

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Dollar-A-Day participating hotels get marketing material for guests

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) has started distribution of marketing material for its Dollar-A-Day program, as part of plans to “re-energize” the program with a concerted effort on marketing to increase awarene

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Extension for US tax compliance act

St. Maarten - The United States of America has granted St. Maarten a one year extension on the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca). “Since they saw the complications that are taking place as far as this legislation is c

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Doram gets fitting birthday gift

St. Maarten - To be told that you have been selected to play for Holland’s national cricket team against an English A team in India officially one day after your 15th birthday is the best gift a young cricketer can receive and that is what happened

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Leader credit card fraud sentenced to 36 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced three credit card fraudsters to prison sentences from 18 to 36 months yesterday. The three defrauded two electronics stores and a car rental company for more than $12,000 by making payments with s

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Fines for carrying false passports

St. Maarten – Two defendants were sentenced in the Court in First Instance for possession of a false passport. Germene Pierre, a 29-year-old kitchen help from Haiti was sentenced to the standard fine of 300 guilders, but the court made 200 guilder

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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PM hikes with Hillside Adventures on Saturday

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Hillside Adventures host a hike into the South Reward Hills on Saturday. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to local agriculturists about herbs and to learn about growing herbs in the

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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At least 25 contestants for Miss Caraibes Hibiscus title

St. Maarten - A combination of intellect, beauty, stage presence and modeling skills can make the difference when contestants from 25 countries vie for the coveted title in the Miss Caraibes Hibiscus which will take place on December 8 at the Casino

Editorial - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Editorial: Debt relief

St. Maarten has found a bargaining chip after the Dutch Finance State Secretary Weekers asked the country to exempt citizens and companies from the BES-islands who buy goods here from the turnover tax. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt wants to use this

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Reaction to L’Escargot shooting – Indian merchants call for improved street lighting

St. Maarten – Better lighting in and around Philipsburg and constant patrols by the police and Control Unit are very much needed to stave off crimes against residents, visitors and businesses, the Indian Merchants Association (Ima) said in a press

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Procedure closes end of November – Last call for BTA-permits

St. Maarten – Employers have one month left to renew work permits for employees that hold a Brooks Tower Accord permit, the Immigration and Naturalization Department (IND) stated in a press release issued on behalf of the Ministers of Justice and

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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IND holds open house again tomorrow

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) holds Open House again tomorrow from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at its offices on the A.T. Illidge Road. Immigration staff will be at hand to answer questions in English, French and S

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Athlete Omarco Robinson: “I am happy to do something positive as a Jamaican”

St. Maarten - After clinching the top spot in the Fatum Run on St Maarten two weeks ago, Omarco Robinson repeated his winning ways when he placed first in his age group and first overall in the Fatum Loop in Curacao which took place on Sunday with a

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 1, 2012

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Tempo TV Network received already $300,000

St. Maarten - Pan-Caribbean cable network, Tempo, has already received $300,000 from the government for the hosting of Tempo Turns 7 in St. Maarten. The accumulated sum represents two payments that were made to the network since it announced in early

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Shots fired in Fort Willem

St. Maarten – Police arrested three men on Monday evening around 10 p.m. in Fort Willem, Philipsburg after a patrol reacted to a report about gunshots in this neighborhood. At least four shots were fired, according to a police report. When officer

Uncategorized - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Churches pull out of Tempo TV network

GREAT BAY- Churches that had initially put their support behind the hosting of Tempo Turns 7 in St.Maarten have now pulled it. In a move which shocked some sections of society and pleased others, the churches which fall under the banner of the St. M

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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WI-Fi Band collaborates with Dow in fundraiser – Musicians support Senior Citizens Home

St. Maarten - In their efforts to pay respects to the elderly on St Maarten, the Wi Fi Band which is led by Erno York will team up with the Ebony Steel Orchestra for what has been dubbed as ‘Carnival Funday Day and Freedom show on Saturday November

Editorial - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Editorial: Crisis intervention

Minister De Weever’s intention to take crisis intervention away from the Mental Health Foundation and move it to Turning Point seems to make little sense. The MHF is fully equipped for this task, complete with a resident psychiatrist, while Turning

Opinion - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Opinion: Testing marijuana

We understood after making some phone calls that nobody has any idea about the quality of the marijuana people smoke on our island. Okay, okay, we know: that’s illegal, but we’re not looking at this issue from a criminal angle here. The fact is

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Minister Spies during budget debate – “St. Maarten performs better than Curacao

St. Maarten / THE HAGUE – St. Maarten is performing better than Curacao as an autonomous Outgoing Minister Liesbeth Spies made that clear during the handling of the 2013 budget for Kingdom relations. Before 10-10-10, the date when both islands ob

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Revolution

We, the people of Sint Maarten, are hereby granted the opportunities to do whatever it is we want to do. It's now really a free country! Yes, you heard right. If you want to start a business, go right ahead, if you want to build a twenty two story

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Sea turtle population Simpson Bay Lagoon almost non-existent

St. Maarten - Over the past week the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, in cooperation with the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance and Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, has conducted extensive and intensive research into the local sea turtle population. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Education Summit at University – Schools have shortage of qualified personnel

St. Maarten - The Ministry of Education Culture, Youth and Sports hosted the Education Summit for school managers and coordinators. The summit was part of the 3rd installment of the Turning Challenges into Stepping Stones summit series. It was held a

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Minister Jacobs opened slam sports competition

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister Silveria Jacobs opened on Friday the slam sports competition hosted by the Princess Juliana International Airport. The visiting team was from the Aruba Reina Beatrix International Airport. Local teams were fielded by

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Nature Foundation beneficiary of Hublot diver’s watch auction

St. Maarten – On Friday a silent auction of a rare, unique and above all costly timepiece will take place at the Hublot Boutique on Front Street across from the Diamond Casino. Hublot has created a special limited edition St. Maarten Divers piece w

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Ombudsman closed on Friday

St. Maarten – The office of the Ombudsman will be closed on Friday. The closure is related to preparations for the second symposium of the high councils of state.

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Minister Jacobs sees former students graduate

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – On Saturday evening Education Minister Silveria Jacobs attended the graduation ceremony of the St. Maarten Academy PSVE School where 99 students graduated. The theme of the graduation was ‘The past your heritage, the prese

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Mother Nature mars end to Breast Cancer Awareness month

St. Maarten - Due to strong winds, the fire department advised organizers against what was expected to be the climax of the month of cancer awareness on the Boardwalk on Sunday: the lighting of 150 lanterns to commemorate people who have fallen victi

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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About moving crisis intervention from MHF to Turning Point – Caregivers mental patients want to talk to minister

St. Maarten – The Mental Health Foundation informed caregivers in a meeting on Monday about Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever’s intention to move crisis intervention and admission of mental health patients to Turning Point. “Considerat

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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UP-leader wants action against armed robberies

St. Maarten – United People’s party-leader Theo Heyliger expressed his dismay about the armed robbery last Friday on the owner of L’Escargot restaurant in a press statement released last night. “The armed robbery last week Friday of the L

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Local Hip Hop Kings set for two concerts

St. Maarten - Prior to their departure for Europe in November, St Maarten’s Hip Hop Kings that go by the name of 03 Oddyssey will be staging two concerts that will be catering for families and the party animals. The first concert will be held on

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Second round of auditions for Judo Sport Academy

St. Maarten – The National Judo Sport Academy will hold a second round of auditions on Saturday at the Raoul Illidge Sport Complex in Cay Hill. The auditions begin at 7 a.m. and the fee is $25.

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Ser advice: “Make PLJ National library”

St. Maarten – The Social economic Council (Ser) has advised the government to designate the Philipsburg Jubilee Library as the National Library of St. Maarten. “This follows the usual state of affairs in many Caribbean countries, where the mai

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Caribbean Eagles celebrates anniversary with bike fest

St. Maarten - The 4th Annual SXM Bike Fest is just around the corner with the dates set for November 8 to 11. Bikers from around the Caribbean have registered for the event. They will come from Curacao, Aruba, France, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Cro

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 31, 2012

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Hospital in court Friday

St. Maarten - Attorney for the St.Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) Wim van Sambeek confirmed yesterday that the hospital would be moving to the courts again to contest the new sanctions that have been placed on it by the Inspectorate of Public Health. T

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