Opinion - Posted on January 22, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Baffled

Dear editor, I took notice of the Social Economic Council advice on an affordable, sustainable and equitable AOV system. I must say that I am completely confused with their recommendation to government to reduce the 45 years to 10 years to be able

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2013

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Chamber-special on TV tonight

St. Maarten (DCOMM)—The Department of Communication airs a special about the Chamber of Commerce & Industry at 6 p.m. today on St. Maarten Cable TV channel 115. DCOMM interviewed the Chamber’s Executive Director Claret Connor about the objecti

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2013

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PM congratulates Obama

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams congratulated American President Barack Obama on his inauguration for a second term yesterday. “I would like to extend Congratulations to President Barack Obama on his second inauguration as pres

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2013

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The Rum that slain King couple invested in debuts in American market

St. Maarten - The rum that American couple Mike and Thelma King invested in before their brutal murder last September in Cupecoy hit store shelves in the United States last week. The slain couple had invested heavily in a rum factory here on the isla

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Jeff Berger: “Plan is invitation to gridlock” Convention Center-plan meets severe criticism

St. Maarten – Economic Affairs and Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet’s announcement that he wants four new 5-stars hotels on the island and a convention center at the harbor has met with disbelief, criticism and sarcasm from Jeff Berger, the edit

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Chamber not ready to establish Consumer Protection Agency

St. Maarten - 2013 will be a challenging year for the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vice President Hubert Pantophlet says, but the new executive is up to the task. Whether the entity that introduced its new executive board last Friday

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Central Bank plan ready in two weeks

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten and Curacao are working on a “durable solution” for the Central Bank. A plan of action has to be ready within the next two weeks, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams stated in a press release that was issued this weeken

Editorial - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Editorial: Worrisome

Minister Pantophlet’s plans for a convention center at the harbor is not well-received everywhere, as our front page article shows. Maybe the minister will come up with a decent explanation for this initiative, and with data that support the feasib

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Dereliction of duty

On Wednesday January 16, some 6 months after the infamous Carnival-coup the NA/DP/I3 - Government coalition program was presented to the public. Interestingly, or perhaps cynically, this long-awaited document carried the name Working for the People-p

Opinion - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Passing the buck

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle” - Winston Churchill – The beauty of owning an enterprise or corporation is in the ability to pas

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Arrindell presents referendum to library

St. Maarten – “I was pleased to donate a collection of newspaper articles, framed posters and other memorabilia to our public library from the first constitutional referendum held on October 14, 1994 and the second referendum held on June 23 2000

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Black eye for customer service

St. Maarten – Customer service on the Friendly Island sustained a black eye when St. Maarten weekly news reported about the experience of a tourist who had bought an iPhone in St. Maarten. “He paid $1,000 in cash for it and when he got home it di

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Carnival season passes on sale in February

St. Maarten - Season passes for Carnival 2013 will go on sale on February 2 for $170. Sponsored by UTS/Chippie, the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation SCDF finalized details surrounding the passes over the weekend. The passes have become “

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Unity Jump-Up on Saturday

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation SCDF and the Festivités Carnavalesques de Saint-Martin (FCDSM) will host the Unity Jump-Up this upcoming Saturday. The annual event, which takes Carnival lovers on a trek involving both s

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Chamber: No position yet on employment agencies

St. Maarten -The discussion about employment agencies remains alive. The Ministry of Labor is expected later this year to table several pieces of legislation that are expected to further regulate the labor sector. Unions contend that employment age

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Fewer tourist-arrivals due to Hurricane Sandy

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten is expected to receive 3 percent fewer stay-over tourists from the North American region in the period until March, the Department of Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication writes in a special edition of its

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Frustrated Americans turn their backs on St. Maarten: Timeshare owners balk at maintenance fees

St. Maarten – Timeshare owners at the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina are complaining about the high additional maintenance fees the resort is charging them to fund a massive renovation plan. Readers of the online newsletter St. Maarten Weekly News v

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Group takes course about investigating sex crimes

St. Maarten – A group of twenty-two participants followed a course last week about investigation sex crimes. The Dutch Forensic Institute NFI in collaboration with Dutch forensic experts gave the training. Among the participants were detectives, pr

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Lack of legislation stalls camera project

St. Maarten - "We were told in the beginning that Philipsburg is camera ready, with the renovations and everything is in place. But then we were stuck with legislation and who is going to monitor. Then where is it going to be? We did not expect all t

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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PM talks with anti-torture committee

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams met with Dutch justice experts Professor Paul Vegter and Juan de Lange for talks about progress with the improvements at the Pointe Blanche prison and the police cells. Vegter and de Lange followed

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Circo Magik performs Silk at Cultural Center

St. Maarten - Circo Magik, the youth circus theater group from Curacao, will arrive on February 8 in Sint Maarten to perform the Chinese legend Silk on the February 11 and 12 in the Cultural Center on Back Street. The public will enjoy a whirling pre

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Student helps politicians with annual accounts

ORANJESTAD – No expensive external consultants for the AVP-faction in the Aruban parliament, but an eager university student. AVP-MP Juan David Yrausquin honored student Leanne Geerman for helping out with the country’s annual accounts. Geerman

Opinion - Posted on January 21, 2013

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Letter to the editor: Granduca

About two months ago I went to the Immigration Office where I left some information concerning illegal workers in restaurants in the Maho area and particularly at Granduca, where several workers have not been paid for several months. They are without

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Mafia-link allegations hurt Corallo’s business

St. Maarten – The letter from Dutch Ambassador Fons Stoelinga to former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte in Curacao that contains references to alleged ties between Francesco Corallo and the Sicilian mafia has had dire consequences for the owner of th

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Cooperation St. Maarten with supervisor is lacking: Cft toys with instruction from Kingdom Council of Ministers

St. Maarten – The board for financial Supervision Cft subtly points out in its advice about the 2013 draft budget that it has options to advise the Kingdom Council of Ministers to give St Maarten an instruction to put its budget in order. The advi

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2013

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“Most illegals are in the hospitality industry” Controls on illegal employees begin

St. Maarten – The mobile unit of the Immigration and Naturalization service IND will step up controls at companies in the search for employees without work permits. Per violation of the law, employers may expect a 5,000 guilders fine. Dur

Editorial - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Editorial: Clean sweep

The immigration department is opening the hunt for illegal employees and warns employers that they will be hit with 5,000-guilder fines for each violation. The actions seem to target especially the hospitality industry since the control unit perceive

Opinion - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Opinion: A salesman’s journey

The presentation by the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) in a Central Committee came across as a salesman’s journey designed to sign up new clients. We hear that National Alliance MP Lloyd Richardson took the initiative for the presentat

Opinion - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Opinion: That’ll be the day (when parliamentarians would take a hard look at their own functioning)

The United People’s party wants to subject changes to the electoral law to a referendum, we understand from a press statement issued by MP Gracita Arrindell. It is a pity that so far we have not heard a lot about which changes politicians have in

Opinion - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Opinion: The budget (of Country St. Maarten)

The publications from the board for financial supervision Cft are practically always more revealing than the press conferences of our finance minister about the same topic: the budget. While Minister Tuitt shed some light on the findings of the Cft

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2013

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UP discusses electoral reform

St. Maarten - The United People’s (UP) parliamentary faction met with attorney and former Lt. Governor Ralph Richardson on Thursday morning to discuss possible changes to the existing electoral law. “We have a Parliament of 15 members associate

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Plasterk arrives Tuesday

St. Maarten – Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk will arrive on Tuesday in St. Maarten where he will meet with Governor drs. Eugène Holiday, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and members of her cabinet. Plasterk ends hi

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Police-search for missing woman

St. Maarten - A massive search was conducted in the Cay Bay area by the police on Wednesday morning for missing Jamaican Annmarie Lynch. But according to Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos, it yielded no results. Lynch, a salad chef of Pineapple Pete Restaura

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Union alarmed about airline project

St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (Wicsu/PSU) wants the government to revise its statement or explain why it is in negotiations to set up an airline here when St. Maarten already owns 92 percent of Winair.

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2013

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Seniors make room for new generation: Revolutionary new board Chamber of Commerce

GREAT BAY- The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry has a new executive board, described by its vice president Hubert Pantophlet as a “revolution” and shift in the face and image of the Chamber. Newly elected president Tamara Leonard yest

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