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St. Maarten News - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Tax revenue foreign condo owners possibly 4 million guilders lower

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto’s clarification about plans to collect taxes from foreign condo owners has caused some confusion. While Today’s assumption that the ministry aims to collect 48 million guilders this year was clearly

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Residence permits and gun licenses get a price tag

Minister Duncan announces plan to generate additional revenue St. Maarten – The announcement that the government will start charging for services that are now free in the near future was about the highlight of the first day of the 2012 budget me

Uncategorized - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Regulator confiscates illegal wireless devices

St. Maarten – Some 161 illegal wireless communication devices were confiscated last week during inspections conducted by Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP SXM). The control was aimed at curtailing the sale of illegal wireless co

Opinion - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Opinion: Shaky start

The budget meeting got off to a shaky start on Monday morning because the opposition did not sign in for the meeting. The reason? MP Frans Richardson said that written answers to questions had been received by email about twenty minutes before the st

Opinion - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Opinion: Political crash

Louis-Constant Fleming led his Union for Progress to a clear victory in the 2007 elections for the Territorial Council of the Collectivité de Saint Martin. With 40.35 percent of the vote in the first round, and 48.96 percent in the second round, Fle

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 20, 2012

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RBTT officially becomes RBC

“This is a chance for increased success” St. Maarten – RBC Royal Bank N.V. officially opened its doors in St. Maarten, Saba, Curacao and Bonaire on Monday bringing together the local knowledge of the people in the islands and the internation

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Elderly woman complains about neighbor’s sewage

St. Maarten - An eighty three year old Pointe Blanche resident is appealing to the health authorities to intervene in a case of destruction of property via unabated sewerage and waste water. The elderly French national, who only wished to be identi

Editorial - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Editorial: Price tags

The government needs additional revenue and it will get that extra money by introducing fees for services that were free up to now. Residence permits, gun licenses and permits for public events are among the selected targets for this initiative.

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Meyers confirms fiber optic cable has to land in Smitcoms manhole

St. Maarten – Telecommunications Minister Franklin Meyers reacted in parliament yesterday to results of the lawsuit the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) brought against him in an attempt to force his ministry to allow for the landing of a fibe

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Thieves grab gold chains in Sucker Garden

St. Maarten – The police’s Special Robbery Unit is investigating two robberies that took place in Sucker Garden this past weekend. In both instances the robber(s) took the victim’s gold chain. The first robbery was at 7:45 p.m. on March 16. T

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Lions and organizations want more youth at health fair

St. Maarten - Physical fitness, health awareness and financial planning are just some of the areas that a series of private and public organizations will be collaborating on to make the fourth annual Lions’ Club Health and Wellness Fair a success

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Water cheaper in St. Eustatius

ORANJESTAD - The Island Government of St. Eustatius has decreased the price of drinking water from $12.85 per cubic meter to $11.18 per cubic meter. The decision was taken on February 28 and took effect on March 12. The rate was last adjusted in 2004

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 20, 2012

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Supermarket robbed at gunpoint

St. Maarten – The police’s Special Robbery Unit is investigating the March 14 robbery at Rainbow Supermarket on Sucker Garden road. The victim – K.P.N. – told officers that two unknown young men entered the store at 8:00 p.m. and stole the mo

Opinion - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Opinion: French asphalt

Driving around on the French side of the island we noticed something odd last week: asphalt. Lots and lots of sparkling new asphalt. At first we did not make the connection, until the E-word popped into our head. Elections! And to make sure that vot

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Lambert expresses concerns in resignation

St. Maarten – Chairman of GEBE’S Supervisory Board of Directors Julius Lambert has resigned per July 8, 2012 when his term officially comes to an end. The decision is part of a letter he sent the Chairman of the Shareholder Foundation Ralph Richa

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Runoff expected next week: RRR secures most votes in first round of council elections

MARIGOT, St. Martin / By Andrew Bishop - The youth of St. Martin were praised for their contributions to the electorate which resulted to “the victory” at the polls for the Triple R group which was headed by Alain Richardson. In his address to th

French St. Martin News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Just over 50 percent turnout in French St. Martin Territorial Council elections

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Some 53 percent of the eligible voters in Sunday’s Territorial Council elections exercised their right to vote according to the report on voter turnout. There were reports of long lines throughout the day as people chose the

Opinion - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Letter: One step closer to a Cuban style police state!

Dear Editor, We regret to announce the passing of St. Maarten through the BOB, the so called legislation in the guise of fighting crime. These sweeping new investigative laws can and will be used to target and penalize anyone deemed too successful

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Finance Minister Shigemoto to provide budget clarifications today

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says he will clarify exactly how much government thinks it can collect from foreign condo owners in 2012. The figure for 2012 in additional tax revenues from this item is 21 million guilders. “It is

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Budget discussions begin today

St. Maarten – The plenary session of parliament with respect to the 2012 National Budget, will start today at 10:00 a.m. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament on Wilhelmina Straat #2.1 in Philipsburg. The plenary meeting will

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Imbali hosts family fun day

St. Maarten – Imbali Center for Creative Movement hosts a family fun day on March 24 to raise money that will pay for students to attend the annual French Federation of Dance being held in St. Barth this year. The fundraiser will be at the school a

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Concert and lecture to highlight Antillean music

St. Maarten - Foundation Classical Delight hosts a concert and lecture over two nights in the final week of March. The concert will be at Belair Community Center on March 28 and the lecture will be at the library on March 29. The two events, which a

Editorial - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Editorial: Heading to a run off (St. Martin Elections 2012)

St. Martin is headed to a run off in 2012 Territorial Council elections with one clear message: people are very unhappy with the Union for Progress which is no doubt the biggest loser of this election. The biggest winner here is the RRR led by Alain

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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La Malouine visits St. Maarten/St. Martin

GREAT BAY - The “Pirates of the Caribbean” style brigantine tall ship La Malouine from St. Malo in France came on a week visit to St. Maarten/St. Martin before sailing back across the Atlantic to Europe. The vessel was constructed in 1969 in Gdan

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Lions prepare for fourth health fair

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Lions Club committee in charge of the 4th annual health & wellness fair reminds the community to visit the Festival Village March 24 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., for an opportunity to take various health tests and inf

Opinion - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Opinion: Our BOB (Special Investigative Powers) information campaign

The arguments against the law on special investigation methods we heard in parliament last week show that this necessary piece of legislation is little understood. Especially the so-called concerns about privacy make no sense. All this made one MP ev

Opinion - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Opininon: Not fit? Lower salary

In July of last year Commissioner Carl John announced during the presentation of fourteen new police recruits that the local force will introduce an annual fitness test. That’s about to happen this year, but so far we haven’t heard anything anymo

Opinion - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Opinion: More about psychiatry

Concerns about the consequences of Public Health Minister Edith Schippers’ decision to ask a financial contribution from psychiatric patients for their treatment are rising fast in the Netherlands. The situation warrants our attention because on th

Editorial, Opinion - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Editorial: Paranoid, much?

Continued talk about the far reaching investigative powers that investigators have been given leads to wonder why so many people are scared and fear their privacy will be invaded. We also have to wonder if it means that people don’t trust those cha

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Kingdom Council of Ministers handles police treaty at month end

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has been notified that the Kingdom Council of Ministers will handle a treaty on police cooperation between French and Dutch St. Maarten by the end of the month. The treaty is seen as a concrete tool that

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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TelEm sponsors T-shirts for Lions Club Health & Wellness Fair

St. Maarten - TelEm Group is giving its support to a massive health and wellness fair at the Festival Village on March 24. The day-long event will feature a host of free health tests from different organizations along with the distribution of importa

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Committee prepares for believer’s convention

St. Maarten - Plans are on stream for the hosting of the sixth annual St. Maarten Believer’s Connection Convention. The convention has been slated for April 26 - 30, 2012 under the theme ‘A Time for Divine Breakthrough.’ An organizing committee

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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SHTA auctions stays to drum up business

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association recently launched its travel auction site www.stmaartenauction.com to drive tourism to the destination by offering vacationers the option to bid on hotel stays and activities to create the m

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Students react after touring the hurricane hunter

Facts about Hurricane Hunter aircraft 1- The WC-130 J aircraft, which is part of the U. S. Air Force Reserve 53rd weather reconnaissance squadron, has the ability to fly into the eye of a hurricane. 2-These specially equipped aircraft are responsib

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2012

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Insel Air invests in new customer contact center

WILLEMSTAD – Insel Air invests in its customer relations by announcing a new and improved customer contact center. Interactive Intelligence which is an IP business communications solutions provider and its elite partner - IS360 – will build the n

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