St. Maarten News - Posted on June 8, 2012

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Civil servants and teachers will get cost of living payment

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt announced on Wednesday that the government will pay out the 2010 Cost of Living Adjustment (Cola). The 17 million guilder expense is not part of the 2012 budget that was approved earlier this year, but th

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 8, 2012

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Heavy equipment owners urged to stick to the traffic ordinance

St. Maarten – The School Bus Inspection Section reminds all motorists to observe the traffic rules especially in the vicinity of schools and school busses. Heavy equipment owners especially are urged to follow Article 60A of the Traffic Ordinance w

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 8, 2012

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St. Maarten’s top gospel artists sing live on Saturday

St. Maarten – The renowned Angie Pantophlet, Don Froston and many more will join the Women’s Ministries Department of the Victory Temple Church of God of Prophecy for an evening of “Hymns of Glorious Praise” featuring hymns of the faith. The

Opinion - Posted on June 8, 2012

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Letter: A moment of sober reflection on the “controversial” billboard in St. Peters

Dear Editor, On May 16, a poster was unveiled at the St. Peters Community Center to “increase awareness about verbal abuse and domestic violence” with the caption: WORDS DO HURT. The poster in question depicts a black male that has inflicted e

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 8, 2012

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St. Maarten Airport raises awareness of foreign object debris

Airport community members with bagged foreign object debris collected during the mandatory foreign object debris walk at airside of the Princess Juliana International Airport. (PJIAE photo)St. Maarten - The Princess Juliana Int’l Airport has la

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 8, 2012

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Civil servants complete SuperHost training course

St. Maarten – Staffers of the Department of Social Welfare and staffers of the Department of Labor Affairs were presented with certificates and pins on Thursday for successfully completing the customer service training offered by St. Maarten Supe

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 8, 2012

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Dance Academy hosts expo June 23

St. Maarten - The school of liturgical and arts movements, Dance and Arts Dimensions Academy (DADA), will be hosting a Summer Activity Expo on June 23, at the Festival Village. It will be free of charge and caters to all age groups. The purpose of t

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Psych Evaluations for study financing candidates

St. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Silveria Jacobs on Wednesday outlined her ministry’s plan to increase the 10 percent success rate for students who are in the Netherlands. One of the first steps will be estab

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Board request Tromp’s suspension

Budget not yet approved GREAT BAY – The Government of St. Maarten has received a request from the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Renny Maduro for the bank’s Director Emsley Tromp t

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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St. Maarten Police gets ever closer to communities

Justice Minister Roland Duncan (right) and Director of Usona’s operations in St. Maarten Angela Dekker (center) sign the financing agreement for the furniture for the police sub-stations that will cover St. Peters/South Reward and Belvedere, wh

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Prosecution schedules two weeks for trial against 7 gang members

Clockwise from top left six of the seven defendants in the Vesuvius-case: Erno L., Charles F., Carlos r., Doniel Th., Omar J. and Ekron M. Milton Pieters Photo collage. St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Court in First Instance set the date f

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Tuitt: Ministers responsible for paying July 1 overtime

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – Justice Minister Roland Duncan believes that he has enough money within his current budget to pay overtime to police officers, prison guards and the like that have to work on the newly created Emancipation Day hol

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Court sentences cocaine smuggler to 5 years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Davonan Sookram to 60 months imprisonment for an attempt to bring 54 kilos of cocaine – worth an estimated $378,000 – into St. Maarten on December 23 of last year. The drug smuggler was acco

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Duncan resubmits “Box” ideas

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan says he will resubmit his ideas on acquiring and using the building known as the Box in Cay Hill as a prison to the Council of Ministers. The minister also wants to construct a 15 bed facility on the pro

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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St. Maarten Government advised to tread carefully with Taxand contract

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt says the government has been advised to “tread carefully” in its handling of the $10 to $14 million contract with Taxand for the development of a new tax system. The legal advice came ahead of a quote

Opinion - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Opinion: Soccer and sex

The European soccer championship is about to begin in the Ukraine. Reason for the science editors of the Volkskrant to search for new answers to a very old question: is sex before a match a secret weapon? Does it lead to weak knees, and missed scorin

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Labega and Richardson discuss airport cooperation

(left to right) Alain Richardson, President, Collectivité of St. Martin (COM), Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, Economic Affairs (COM), Regina Labega, Managing Director, Princess Juliana Int’l Airport operating company N.V., Romeo Fleming, former Comm

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St. Maarten Airport gives men five days paternity leave

Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport Regina Labega (third right) watches as President of Wicsu Derie Leonard, General Secretary of Wicsu William Reed and vice president of ABVO (Curacao) Adrie Williams sign a new collec

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Tuitt initiates comprehensive dividend policy

GREAT BAY – The Government of St. Maarten has yet to create one definitive policy that regulates the collection of dividends from government owned companies. The revelation was made at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing by Prime Mini

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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St. Maarten Government officially establishes development fund

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams (second left) watches as Marinka Gumbs (right) signs the notarial deed establishing the St. Maarten Development Fund (SDF). (L to R) SDF Board Member Joy Arnell, Notary Henry Parisius and SDF President Richelda Em

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Arrindell recommends quarterly report of Parlatino to Central Committee

(Left to right) Second from left President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell, Romain Laville, Roy Marlin and second from right Patrick Illidge standing with other MPs in Ecuador at a Parlatino meeting. (Parlatino meeting)St. Maarten – President o

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Tuitt seeks end to audit requirement

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Roland Tuitt, who used to run an accounting firm, plans to amend the subsidy ordinance to make things easier for all foundations. In its current form, the law requires foundations to give a financial report to governmen

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Welfare Road becomes fully two way again

St. Maarten – The section of Welfare Road from Daily Extra Supermarket will become a two way road again starting at 9:00 a.m on Monday when the Waterfront Road is closed to through traffic. Wrigley Road and other side streets near Waterfront Road w

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Program shutdowns loom at Point Blanche prison

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has promised to systematically shut down programs in the prison if the ongoing strike led by the Point Blanche Inmates Association continues. He also announced on Wednesday that he plans to file a counte

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Health authorities to incorporate new virus into dengue response plans

St. Maarten – Head of the Section General Public Health (SGPH) Maria Henry, and Dr. Grace Spencer - a family physician who contributes to the local sentinel surveillance system - returned from Jamaica over the weekend after attending a workshop on

Editorial - Posted on June 7, 2012

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Editorial: The growing drama

The drama around the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The latest scene is the request by the board to suspend the director Emsley Tromp. The Government of St. Maarten will respond soon, and likely so will

French St. Martin News - Posted on June 6, 2012

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Gibbs calls for high turnout in legislative elections

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Daniel Gibbs, who leads Team Daniel Gibbs, believes a high turnout in this Saturday’s first round of the parliamentary elections will send a clear message to national institutions in Paris that the island wants more attentio

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 6, 2012

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St. Maarten Government’s personnel costs jump 20 percent in July

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – Parliament’s recent unanimous approval of the national ordinance making July 1 – Emancipation Day – an official holiday means government must find an additional 100, 000 guilders to pay police, prison office

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 6, 2012

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St. Maarten Government seeks to reduce loss of driver’s licenses

Replacement licenses to cost 300 guilders St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – The Government of St. Maarten proposes to raise the price of a replacement driver’s license to 300 guilders in order to make it less attractive for people to lose th

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 6, 2012

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St. Maarten bids to host 2014 FCCA conference

President of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Michel Paige embraces Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet (seated) during a family photo that includes FCCA cruise line represe

Editorial - Posted on June 6, 2012

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Editorial: The punishing provision

Don’t lose your driver’s license. That is the message the understandable government wants to send to people with its proposal for higher fees for getting a driver’s license that is lost. While the proposal seems on the up and up, we’re a bi

Uncategorized - Posted on June 6, 2012

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St. Martin introduces Miss Mature pageant

MARIGOT – St. Martin will have its first Miss Mature Pageant in 2013. The event is one of five pageants that the Carnival committee wants to host. All participants must be 28 or older to participate. The Dutch side of St. Maarten was the first to i

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 6, 2012

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Nagico sponsors documentary on St. Maarten

Film student Laura Bijnsdorp (center) accepts cheque from NAGICO’s Executive Marketing Manager; Paul Dijkhoffz (left) and Marketing Assistant Lisa Brown (right).St. Maarten - Nagico Insurances donated $2,319.25 to local film student Laura Bijns

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 6, 2012

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Minister Pantophlet at investment breakfast in New York City

St. Maarten – Economic Affairs and Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet is this morning at an investment breakfast in New York City, organized by digital media company Hard Beat Communications and the Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO. He finds himse

Opinion - Posted on June 6, 2012

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Opinion: The price of freedom

The government presents the approval of another public holiday as a budget neutral matter in the explanatory note to the Emancipation Day ordinance, but the truth is nearly a quarter of businesses that were asked say they anticipate they’ll make le

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