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Opinion - Posted on January 26, 2012

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Opinion: Internet-anarchy

Here is something to think about for our decision makers while they are contemplating the new civil code. European citizens will get the right to remove personal information from the internet if European Commissioner Viviane Reding gets her way. Red

Opinion - Posted on January 26, 2012

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Opinion: Hot water (MP Jules James)

It seems that the dissatisfaction in the United People’s party faction in parliament is growing and that the pressure is mounting on parliamentarian Jules James to make a choice. The rookie MP has been in hot water ever since the row erupted at t

Opinion - Posted on January 26, 2012

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Opinion: Eurohouse

When the Antillean guilder will finally disappear, nobody knows. But we have already a rather interesting idea about what to do with the leftovers. No, it’s not an idea of our own, let’s be honest here, but from an unemployed Irish artist by the

Opinion - Posted on January 26, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Where is the spirit of St. Maarten?

Dear Editor, I have discovered why the spirit of St. Maarten is hard to flourish. We, the native people of St. Maarten heritage, are waiting for some supernatural act that will not happen. We are scared to fight for our rights. We are scared to s

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 26, 2012

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French-side contestants confident ahead of Miss Carnival pageant

St. Maarten - Between now and February 17, the four girls that will be participating in the Miss Carnival pageant on the French side of the island will be expected to go through some mental and physical transformations. On that night in question, it

Editorial - Posted on January 26, 2012

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Editorial: Recession

The International Monetary Fund has warned Europe that a passive attitude in the eurozone could lead to a deep recession with a negative economic growth of a massive 4 percent. IMF-director Lagarde has called on the Union to double the size of its mo

St. Maarten Sports - Posted on January 26, 2012

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Website matches racers with boats for 2012 Heineken Regatta

St. Maarten - There’s more than one way to enjoy the legendary “Serious Fun” that’s become the trademark for the annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the 32nd edition of which is scheduled for March 1 to March 4. Thanks to a website that li

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Coalition stays away from meeting about Jules James

St. Maarten – The entire coalition stayed away from a parliament meeting yesterday morning wherein the opposition National Alliance wanted to discuss the behavior of United People’s party MP Jules James during a meeting on November 17 of last yea

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2012

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St. Maarten SuperHost gets its first government contract

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever and St. Maarten SuperHost’s Managing Director Tamara Leonard sign the contract for St. Maarten SuperHost to provide two years of customer service training to the 25 sta

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Laveist says UP-leader Heyliger supports actions by Jules James

“If this continues labor unrest is unavoidable” St. Maarten – The National Alliance is looking at the complete civil code with regard to labor laws, MP Louie Laveist said yesterday. He criticized UP-leader Theo Heyliger for remaining sil

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Central Committee discusses country expenditures committee and Parlatino

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will meet at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the advice of the Seniorenconvent about the installation of a Committee for Country Expenditures and becoming a member of Parlatino’s Political, Municip

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Central Committee meets environmental and animal rights groups Thursday

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will meet the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, St. Maarten Pride and Epic foundation at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. Later that same day – 2:00 p.m. – the Central Committee will meet, amongst others,

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Laveist blasts government over bad road maintenance

St. Maarten – National Alliance parliamentarian Louie Laveist blasted the Vromi-ministry yesterday morning during an impromptu press briefing at the parliament building about the traffic situation in Cole Bay. “Nobody is paying attention to these

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Sports: Dynamics Track Club dominate senior category

Michel Hunte (center) beats the field in the battle of the ladies down the 60meter track.St. Maarten - The male athletes from the Dynamics Track Club were forced to compete against themselves due to the absence of competition from their French co

Opinion - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Opinion: Road maintenance

We’re not sure where to start, but we have to agree with parliamentarian Louie Laveist that there is something seriously wrong with the maintenance department of public works or whatever fancy name it has these days under the Vromi-ministry. There

Opinion - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Opinion: Inter-racial nudity

Daso, the Democratic Alliance Student Organization in South Africa has stirred up some controversy with a poster depicting a white young man embracing a colored girl. It’s a tasteful poster accompanied by the text In OUR future you wouldn’t look

Opinion - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: The causeway is not a priority

Dear Editor, After listening to the meeting of parliament which was called by the National Alliance to question the minister of VROMI, I have to say: Here goes government once more with not having its priorities set straight. During the meeting,

Opinion - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Opinion: Discrimination

A large majority of manpower agencies in the Netherlands honors requests by employers who do not want Moroccan, Surinamese or Turkish temp workers. Though this form of passive discrimination is declining, currently 76.8 percent of the manpower agenci

Editorial - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Editorial: Morality

The coalition-factions and independent MP Patrick Illidge did not show up for a parliament meeting to discuss the heavily contested voting-behavior of parliamentarian and Simpson Bay Resort general manager Jules James. This is democracy at work: opp

St. Maarten Sports - Posted on January 25, 2012

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Sports: Sierra and Korstanje record victories

St. Maarten - The collective efforts by 39 swimmers in various age brackets resulted in 120.25km recorded when the Carib Swim Team staged their annual six hour Swim A Thon at the pool in Cole Bay on Sunday. The objective of the event each year is

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Shooting Victim arrives at St. Maarten Medical Center

Three men ambushed and shot the man pictured above while he was walking home to Guana Bay with his child. According to reports the men jumped out the bush, demanded the man’s money and valuables before they shot him in his right leg. The man was

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Front Street business-owners nervous after Caribbean Gems heist

The hole that robber(s) created to enter Caribbean Gems. (Julius Goodman photo)St. Maarten - Over $200,000 in cash, jewelry, electronics and other valuables were stolen from Caribbean Gems on Front Street sometime between Sunday night and the wee hou

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Platform wants another five years of AMFO financing

St. Maarten - The three week old St. Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform is asking the Dutch government to extend the life of the Antillean Co-Financing Agency (AMFO) until 2017 and make 45 million guilders available annually for poverty reduction. AMFO wa

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Thompson demands employees get their contracts

St. Maarten – The Worker’s Institute for Organized Labor (WIFOL) has protested that union members are not being given copies of their contracts either as part of a review before signing them or after they have signed them. The union is calling on

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Gottwald cranes still in “pretty good condition”

St. Maarten – Two inspectors from Marine Terminal Services - Anton G. Mendez and Ernesto Davila - have issued a preliminary conclusion that the two Gottwald cranes owned by the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies are in “pretty good condition.

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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St. Maarten Jr. Carnival Queen calls on girls to register

Reigning Junior Carnival Queen Zaysha Sinclair.St. Maarten - Reigning Junior Carnival Queen Zaysha Sinclair is encouraging the parents of little girls between the ages of 7 to 12 years to register to take part in the pageant for St. Maarten Carnival

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Meyers meets Parliament on GEBE Wednesday

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Franklin Meyer will be in Parliament at 3:00 pm on Wednesday for a discussion on developments at GEBE including the generation and distribution of electricity

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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St. Maarten Parliament discusses James’ vote today

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament will discuss the fact that Member of Parliament Jules James voted on a draft motion of the National Alliance from 2011 in which he was specifically named during a public general meeting that begins at 10:00 a.m.

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Tax Forms become available on Wednesday

St. Maarten – The Inspectorate of Taxes of St. Maarten announced on Monday that various forms used for filing taxes that businesses need can be picked up at the tax authority as of Wednesday. The following forms for filing taxes will be available f

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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UFA elections on February 5

St. Maarten – The United Federation of the Windward Antilles (UFA) will be having an election for its executive board on February 5 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The election will take place at the union’s headquarters on A. Th. Illidge Rd. T

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Ferron resigns as Regatta Steering Committee Chair

St. Maarten – Co-founder of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Robbie Ferron is stepping down as the event’s Steering Committee Chairman with immediate effect. The event’s co-chair John Gifford will take over. Ferron is standing down because his

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Rental income foreign condo-owners under fire

St. Maarten – The tax office is busy investigating whether foreign owners of real estate are liable to pay taxes on rental income they collect abroad. “We are of the opinion that this is so,” Geert Bergsma, the manager of the tax office said ye

Opinion - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Opinion: Urgent admissions

Here is another trend our government needs to keep an eye on. A research by Louk van der Post shows that the number of urgent admissions of psychiatric patients has doubled in Amsterdam in the past twenty years. The number of psychiatric patients tha

Opinion - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Opinion: The other Octa

When we read that Prime Minister Wescot-Williams traveled to a ministerial Octa-meeting in Brussels, we wanted to know more about Octa. When we Googled the acronym we fell into something completely different: the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act. This is a ci

Opinion - Posted on January 24, 2012

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Opinion: Is history repeating itself?

The controversy between owners at the Rainbow Beach Club in Cupecoy and the project’s management has a history that goes back to the nineties of last century. Attorney mr. Jairo Bloem described it in great detail last Friday. That day, Judge mr. Di

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