St. Maarten News - Posted on May 15, 2012

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Lionfish hunt yield results

St. Maarten - Already twenty seven invasive and poisonous lionfish have been collected by local dive companies Ocean Explorers, Scuba Fun, Dive Safaris, Aqua Mania, Blue Bubbles and Caribbean Dive College for the 2012 Lionfish Hunt which started

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 15, 2012

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Museum Day on Friday

St. Maarten – The Museum on Front Street received a water color depicting museum artifacts from Dutch artist and illustrator Ria Commandeur. Museum director Elsje Bosch (r) and friend of the artist pose with the art work in the museum. Commandeur d

Tallahassee Foundation visits Collectivité de St. Martin

TALLAHASSEE - Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation director Arthur Lugisse assisted eight delegates of the city of Tallahassee during a recent rest and relaxation visit to the island. One of the visits Lugisse coordinated was a meeting with Collectivi

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 15, 2012

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MP Hyacinth Richardson’s mother laid to rest

St. Maarten – Jane Eliza Richardson-Proctor, mother of National Alliance MP Hyacinth Richardson was laid to rest yesterday. “Momma” passed away on May 7 at the age of 91. Saturday evening there was a wake at the deceased’s residence on Mes

French St. Martin News - Posted on May 15, 2012

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Collectivité de St. Martin issues ban on swimming at Le Galion

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The Collectivité issued a ban on swimming at Le Galion for 48 hours yesterday. Due to the heavy rainfall the salt ponds at Orient have overflown and streamed into the sea at Le Galion. This causes potential pollution at Le Ga

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 15, 2012

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Tenth book fair opens with economist Norman Girvan

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT - The tenth annual St. Martin Book Fair, will take place from May 31 to June 2. Coordinator Shujah Reiph said that fourteen guest authors and artists, from Asia to the Americas, will be on hand to celebrate the opening at the Belair

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 15, 2012

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St. Maarten Tourist Bureau teams up with travel writer Greenberg

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau teamed up with travel industry veteran Peter Greenberg for the launch of his new Michelin Guidebook series titled Like a Local (www.likealocalbooks.com) at the New York launch event held at the Varick Room

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on May 15, 2012

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Antilliaans Dagblad: Wilsoe will order Piar to stop Bientu-probe

WILLEMSTAD - Curacao’s Justice Minister Elmer Wilsoe will order attorney general dick Piar to stop the Bientu-investigation, the Antilliaans Dagblad reported yesterday. Wilsoe says that the criminal investigation and the prosecution of lottery boss

Opinion - Posted on May 15, 2012

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Opinion: Dangerous territory

The Bientu-investigation in Curacao has reached new and dangerous territory with Justice Minister Wilsoe’s announcement that he will order Attorney General Dick Piar to put a stop to it. Wilsoe shows with this move that he is not impressed by th

Opinion - Posted on May 15, 2012

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Opinion: Whistleblowers

We all know why many wrongs in organizations are never made right: talking about these situations usually ends badly for the whistleblower. The name of Bas Roorda comes to mind, and we all know how that story ended. In the Netherlands, Socialist P

Opinion - Posted on May 15, 2012

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Opinion: Dismissal

Something good will come off the story about the teacher who lost her job for getting pregnant out of wedlock. For one, the case makes clear – to those who were unaware of it – what the rights of employees are. Faith based schools are perfectl

Opinion - Posted on May 15, 2012

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Opinion: Two events

There are two events on the horizon that deserve everybody’s attention. The nearest one is the National Museum Day. It will offer citizens, school children and visitors alike an opportunity to visit our quaint museum on Front Street for free this F

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Causeway project started, environment ignored

Thompson (Epic): “When were the building permits on public review?” St. Maarten – A dredger dumping sludge and sand into the Simpson Bay Lagoon at the end of the airport’s runway last week set off alarm bells with Rueben Thompson, the inde

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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MP George Pantpophlet: “Avoid the blame for mess the new government did not create”

St. Maarten – “The task ahead for the incoming government is one of humongous proportions. But it is not an impossible one,” National Alliance MP George Pantophlet stated in a press release issued yesterday afternoon. “The statement “all

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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St. Maarten switches to new exit code for international calls

Changes become effective tonight St. Maarten – A new 011 dialing code for international calls out of St. Maarten to other parts of the world will go into effect Monday night – so long as all goes well with the final fine-tuning of various tele

Be Wise kids make eco-hike with basketball coach Arey

MARIGOT - In cooperation with the Réserve Naturelle of Saint Martin and the Brigade for the prevention of juvenile delinquency BPDJ children of the Be Wise Foundation and the Basketball Association of Saint Martin set out for an eco-citizen hike tha

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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South Reward resident wins 6 months free internet

St. Maarten - UTS announced Cavin Bridgewater of South Reward as the winner of 6 months Caribserve Broadband Internet service this weekend. During select nights of Carnival the Chippie promo team conducted a survey in the Festival Village amongst Chi

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Progress committee meets with St. Maarten’s prime minister

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Last Thursday Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams met with the progress monitoring committee. Sint Maarten’s representative on the committee is Richard Gibson Sr. The progress committee was established by Kingdom partner

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Softball Association recognizes mothers and daughters

St. Maarten - As several countries around the world celebrated mother’s day, the St Maarten softball Association has made the day a very special one for a few ladies that have contributed in one way or the other to the development of the game on th

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Mother’s Day karaoke festival brings soulful renditions

St. Maarten - “Come on up and carry your own key” was the challenge issued to all those who attended the Aging With Grace (AWG) foundation’s Mother’s Day karaoke festival. The event was held at the Port-de-Plaisance rotunda on Sunday and w

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Dominican voters come out to support Danilo Medina

St. Maarten– The excitement is growing among voters from the Dominican Republic over the presidential elections that are scheduled for this upcoming Sunday. As the pictures show, support among voters in St. Maarten is in favor on Danilo Medina, his

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Drowned man buried at Cul-de-Sac cemetery

St. Maarten – The identity of the man whose body was found in the Simpson Bay Lagoon last week Sunday has been identified, based on identification papers he was carrying. The drowned man is a Portuguese citizen, Luis Rodriguez, aged 34. He has b

Editorial - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Editorial: Here we go again

Concerns about the way work on the causeway across the lagoon is done obviously create that here-we-go-again feeling. It is that we have observant environmentalists on our island, otherwise contractors would simply do what they do best: ignore all

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Brain storm about health care needs elderly citizens

St. Maarten - Are health care workers in St. Maarten adequately trained to address the rights and specific needs of older people? That was the central question during a recent brainstorming session the Public Health Ministry’s section general healt

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Impressive turnout for Nature Valley Duathlon

St. Maarten - The Nature Valley Duathlon at Le Gallion early yesterday morning provided the perfect opportunity for the young participants to emulate their peers; those that witnessed the series of races were not disappointed. Originally, the orga

Opinion - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Opinion: The sandwich anniversary

We’re addicted to useless information and the following definitely falls in that category: the sandwich turned 250 years of age this weekend. In the southeast of England is a place called – you got that right – Sandwich. The good citizens of

Opinion - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Opinion: A return to tolerance

To say that there is election fever in the Netherlands is an overstatement. There is a long hot summer ahead and for the time being people are more thinking about the European soccer championship in Kiev and about the scary opponents the national tea

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Airport explores business aviation at Swiss convention

St. Maarten - Princess Juliana International Airport will be represented at the twelfth annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva. The convention in Switzerland begins today and concludes on Wednesday. PJIAE operations

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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Court denies Wathey-heirs speedy handling of appeal

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice rejected a request by the Wathey-family to cut the terms for handling their appeal against an April 13-court ruling from two weeks to one week and to plead the case within two weeks. The court ruling is par

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Parliament meeting postponed

St. Maarten – The meeting of parliament scheduled for this morning has been postponed until an unspecified later date so that MPs are able to attend the funeral service for the late Jane Eliza Richardson-Proctor, the mother of National Alliance MP

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 14, 2012

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V-Day in Festival Village on Saturday

Minister calls on citizens to update vaccinations St. Maarten - This Saturday there is a vaccination campaign at the festival village, organized by the Ministry of Public Health Social Development & Labor’s section youth health care in coope

Uncategorized - Posted on May 14, 2012

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St. Maarten surfaces in top-ten island in the world, with stinging side-notes

St. Maarten – Outgoing Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Franklin Meyers said in a press release issued this weekend that he is “very pleased that the country has been ranked ninth among the best islands in the world, according to US News

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 11, 2012

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Samuel murder case moved to June 13

St. Maarten – Both prosecutor mr. Marleen Overmeer, defendant Charles S. and his attorney mr. Cor Merx were ready yesterday afternoon to proceed with the trial about the February 12 fatal shooting of the defendant’s brother Jamal, but Judge mr. M

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 11, 2012

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Departing Education Minister Arrindell turns to gardening

“I was driven by a burning passion to make a difference in the field of education”  St. Maarten – Departing Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth will spend her immediate future on her family and on gardening. Asked yesterday if s

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 11, 2012

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Ministers Meyers and Arrindell receive $210,000 pension in next two years

St. Maarten – The departing ministers from the fallen UP/DP-government will cost the tax payer $210,816 for the next two years per minister that does not generate any other income during that period. With Economic Affairs Minister Franklin Meyers a

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