St. Maarten News - Posted on June 28, 2012

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The VKS: Built on discipline and integrity

St. Maarten / By Torana Granston - The Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten (VKS) observes fifteen years as a paramilitary organization in the service of the nation today. Commander of the unit, Major Jean Illidge is excited about the numerous activities

Opinion - Posted on June 28, 2012

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Opinion: A harrowing experience

It is good practice for journalists and publishers to take some distance when a topic in the news comes too close to home. Newspapers are not meant to promote personal interests or to highlight things that happen to their staff. So we beg our readers

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 28, 2012

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Small Beginners set for next phase of academic life

The class of 2012 of the New Beginnings Playschool perform on stage for the small but appreciative gathering during the graduation ceremony which took place on Tuesday evening at the St. Joseph School. Milton Pieters Photo.St. Maarten - Even at t

Opinion - Posted on June 28, 2012

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Opinion: Have a nice day

Devon Otto got what was coming to him yesterday when the Court in First Instance sentenced him to 9 years imprisonment for a shooting in the prison in Curacao in September of last year. Otto seriously injured a member of the Kani drugs gang – Lysan

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 28, 2012

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Prominent business figure loses only child

St. Maarten – Vice President of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ludwig Ouenniche and his wife Alba are mourning the loss of their 27-year-old daughter Nour. She was the couple’s only child and the Gendarmerie is investigating exa

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 28, 2012

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Long serving teacher gets emotional farewell

It was mixed emotions during the farewell for Ida Yvonne Hasselbaink yesterday when she was recognized for her 14 years of service to the Methodist Agogic School as a Dutch teacher. Top right, she displays a plaque which was presented to her by H

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 28, 2012

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Common Court rules in August on Simpson Bay Resort dispute

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice will rule on August 31 on the dispute between the Simpson Bay Resort and Royal Resorts on one side and the Wifol union on the other. Yesterday morning parties met again in court for their final arguments.

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 28, 2012

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Tuitt pleads for budget approval

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt pleaded with the Board of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten yesterday to approve bank’s budget. The estimates of revenue and expenses include items like building the branch in St. Maarten.

Opinion - Posted on June 28, 2012

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Opinion: Dirty beaches

Ah no! Every year about 3.5 million people become sick due to the pollution of American beaches. At least, that is the estimate made by the New York-based environmental organization Natural Resources Defense Council. The non-profit organization prese

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 28, 2012

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Prison time for forging Brooks Tower papers

St. Maarten – Josane Rosemarie Antoline Emmanuel denied everything but the Court in First Instance sentenced her all the same to 18 months imprisonment and 3 years of probation for providing fake employer-affidavits and fake labor contracts to clie

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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“This is a celebration of humanity”: Jacobs wants all of St. Maarten’s peoples at Emancipation Celebration

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs has stressed that next Monday’s celebration of Emancipation Day as an official public holiday is an event for all people who live in St. Maarten. Though she acknowledge

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Credit freeze not having desired effect

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – The Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) increased the reserve requirement for commercial banks by 0.25 percent in May. The new reserve requirement is 11.25 percent. The bank chose to use this measure because while

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Italian media keep digging into gambling loan scandal

Online paper links Atlantis/BPlus owner Corallo to Valle-Lampada gang St. Maarten/MILAN /By Hilbert Haar – Italian newspapers keep digging into the scandal at the Banco Popolare di Milan and its alleged connections with Atlantis World Group/BPlu

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Rey tells Hillside graduates: ‘This is just the beginning’

PROUD MOMENT, The valedictorian of the graduating class of the Hillside Christian school, Rhea-Marie Lalbachan smiles for the cameras after receiving a trophy, a cash donation and a framed image of herself from the Executive Director Aahs Stevens. Mi

Editorial - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Editorial: The right side of emancipation

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs is obviously on the right side of history and the right side of the manner in which emancipation/freedom should be celebrated. The minister also makes it clear for all to see in her stat

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Sixty-one marine mammals spotted in annual census

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has concluded its Marine Mammal Census project which lasted from February until June 2012. The goal of this project was to conduct a wide scale census of all marine mammals found in St. Maarten’s territ

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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St. Jago tells PWAS graduates: “Continue striving and setting goals”

ST. PETERS - Section Head Security Guards at the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company (PJIAE) Elsidro St. Jago, delivered the keynote address to some 18 graduates of the Prince Willem Alexander School (PWAS) on Friday. The theme o

French St. Martin does massive promotion in New York

(left to right) President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson and director of the Office du Tourisme Silviane John pose with two of the agency’s staffers in their booth at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Week in New Yor

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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The July Tree: A royal flowering fit for Emancipation Day 2012

The Flamboyant or Poinciana is also called the July Tree in St. Martin. (HNP photo)St. Maarten - From Great Bay to Grand Case, from Lowlands to Lamajo, the Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant appears strikingly lush for its 2012 Caribbean season (May-S

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Teachers recommend institution for special education

St. Maarten - “One of the strongest points that came out of the recently held Educational Summit was the need for a special institution with the teachers that caters to children with special needs,” President of the Windward Islands Teachers Unio

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Arrindell explores MPs having digital access to laws

Nancy Joubert and Alvin Prescod from the Secretariat of Parliament sit in on a briefing with President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell, Rene Mazel (Project Consolidation St. Maarten Laws and Legislation) and Onno Muchall (Center for Governme

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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St. Dominic partners with Comenius College for two years

St. Maarten – St. Dominic High School and Comenius College in Capelle aan den Ijssel in the Netherlands will jointly work on the Chance (Kans) program for the next two years. The program is subsidized by the European Community and aims to contribut

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Voges presents investment opportunities at Carekine Business Summit

Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges presents organizer of Carkine Business Summit Evelin-Pierre Dumfries with a copy of the St. Maarten Golden Book. (DCOMM Photo)Follow-up meetings planned for July and August St. Maarten – Minister Plenip

Opinion - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Opinion: Two kinds of citizens

Every society is divided in two kinds of citizens: the law-abiding ones and the rest. There are criminals everywhere and if things work the way they’re supposed to law enforcement takes care of the bad guys. They end up in jail, and sometimes they

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Curacao business program comes to St. Maarten

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – For the first time in its two year’s existence, the entrepreneurial radio talk show from Curaçao, Hoyer in Business, will broadcast from St. Maarten on Thursday June 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tropixx 105.5. In thi

Opinion - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Opinion: Communication-age

We live in the so-called communication age. The internet, Twitter, smart phones, Facebook, satellite TV – all these options put truckloads of information at people’s fingertips. But there is a difference between the communication-age and the info

Opinion - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Opinion: Private (parts) dinner

You know the silly season has arrived when you read the following headline: Japanese man, 22, cooks his own genitals and serves them up to paying guests at a dinner party. The story comes from the British newspaper Daily Mail, but even the respectab

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 27, 2012

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Report on teachers’ summit being drafted

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs speaks at Monday’s summit for primary school teachers and care unit personnel.St. Maarten – The highly anticipated teachers’ summit for primary school teachers and care unit p

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Consumer prices jump 0.8 percent between February and April

St. Maarten - The consumer price index for St. Maarten has increased by 0.8 percent in the month of April 2012 when compared to that of February 2012. The price index recorded in April 2012 is 121.5.This is evident from the data released by the Depar

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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St. Maarten and EU sign off on Dutch Quarter upgrade funding

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and European Union’s ambassador to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dutch overseas countries and territories Robert Kopecky go over the documents in the presence of Kopecky’s attaché ahead of the

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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“We need to be prepared” St. Maarten and St Eustatius in joint trafficking training

Speakers at the opening ceremony of the five day workshop on human trafficking organized by the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Foundation Windward Islands (Atip), the International Organization on Migration and the United Nations High Commission on

Editorial - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Editorial: The clear priorities

The figures released by the Department of Statistics on Monday should give the just over one month old “Government that is working for the people” a clear idea of what their priorities should be in the coming period – getting the economy moving

Opinion - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Opinion: The mandate of MPs

In St. Maarten it is possible to win 186 votes in national elections, become the faction leader of a party and bring your own government down. If there are, as was the case in 2010, only 13,708 votes cast, and the three party leaders win 5,870 of the

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Prime Minister stresses human dignity in run up to Emancipation Day

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams speaks at the opening of the five day workshop for law-enforcement agencies, government officials and non-governmental agencies that will address the protection of asylum seekers, refugees, victims of human tr

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Cooperating Foundation finances new snoezel room

St. Maarten - Cooperating Foundation (Samenwerkende Fondsen) presented the board of the White and Yellow Cross Foundation with a cheque for 30, 200 for their so-called “snoezel” room in the new Sister Basilia Daycare from funding agency. “Snoez

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