St. Maarten News - Posted on March 27, 2012

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Foundation distributes Easter baskets to school goers

St. Maarten - Voice of our Children (VOOC) will treat pupils from a list of selected elementary schools to Easter baskets stocked with goodies during the Easter holiday. This activity, which will cater to 350 pupils, is aimed at shining some light in

French St. Martin News - Posted on March 27, 2012

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New Territorial Council takes office Sunday

MARIGOT, St. Martin – President elect Alain Richardson projects that the new government for the Collectivite is expected to be sworn next weekend and the government should be seated by April 1, 2012. A preliminary calculation gives RRR 17 seats in

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 27, 2012

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Existing loan agreements exempted from credit freeze

St. Maarten – The Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten announced on Monday that loan commitments banks have already made to their clients and loans for projects that strengthen the economies of Curaçao and St Maarten are exempt from its require

French St. Martin News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Triple R wins elections: Richardson expected to be the next president of the Collectivite de St. Martin

Jubilant supporters of Alain Richardson’s RRR jump and wave flags in front of the Collectivite after it became clear they had won the runoff against Team Daniel Gibbs. The party won the runoff by capturing 57 percent (5, 451 votes) of the votes

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Lions holds successful health and wellness fair

St. Maarten - Saturday’s health and wellness fair organized by the Lion’s Club is being hailed a success by all who attended the free event at the Festival Village. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams led the way in a physical fitness routine at

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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“Mr. Androuwos is not my friend” Marlin presses Arrindell and Heyliger on proper procedure

St. Maarten – National Alliance faction leader William Marlin has said that his efforts to point out procedural errors to President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell are not an attack on her because she is a woman. The statement is a reply to a s

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Church service held in honor of Fire Fighters

St. Maarten – A church service was held at the Baptist Church in St. Peters in honor of fire fighters on Sunday as part of Fireman’s Week celebrations. The service is also the official start of a week of activities. The next event of Firemen

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Wescot-Williams wants flexibility in face of new economic reality

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams issued a statement Sunday putting Thursday’s approval of the 2012 Budget in the context of the broader economy. The statement also includes references to several key issues that took center stage

French St. Martin News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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French St. Martin second round voter turnout only slightly higher

MARIGOT, St. Martin­­ – Voter turnout in the second round of the Territorial Council elections was 2.5 percent higher than the turnout in the first round on March 18. Some 53 percent turned out last Sunday but 55.5 percent turned out yesterday.

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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TelEm praises PM for joining Zumba workout

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams (Center) joined a group of 50 Zumba enthusiasts for a fun workout at the Lions Club Health and Wellness Fair at the Festival Village Saturday morning. (Milton Pieters photo)St. Maarten - TelEm Group has showered p

Opinion - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Opinion: Credit freeze

The credit freeze on personal loans announced by the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten offers an unexpected insight in the way we live our lives. Consumer credit does exactly what it says: it consumes. People buy all kinds of stuff with it –

French St. Martin News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Brooks: St. Martin needs a change

MARIGOT - “St. Martin definitely needs a change,” veteran politician Noreen Brooks who has been a member of the Triple R group from the inception said on Sunday.  Brooks who had temporarily moved to Maryland in the United States for the past two

Opinion - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Opinion: Stripping criminals

Is sending criminals to prison enough punishment for their wrongdoings? Herman Bolhaar, chairman of the board of attorney generals in the Netherlands says that it is not. Criminals must also pay for damages they inflict he said last week in an interv

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Editorial: Leaked e-mails

National Alliance leader William Marlin held a press conference Sunday to explain an email that he sent to Sameer Androuwos in 2010. Leader of Team Daniel Gibbs – Daniel Gibbs – has also said he has an e-mail that proves that officials on the Dut

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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St. Maarten Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

St. Maarten – The Fire Department is calling on the community to be careful lighted cigarettes or matches that could result in bush fires due to the dry spell that the island is currently experiencing. Even though there have been some scattered sho

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Imbali focuses on child development at fun day

St. Maarten - Scores of parents, children and supporters attended the Imbali Centre for Creative Movement’s family fun day on Saturday. The event, which was held at the John Larmonie Centre, was a fundraising activity to assist the school in partic

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Leonard: “Use pageant to inspire others”

Tamara Leonard (seated) in discussion with the Teen and Senior Carnival Queen Pageant contestants.St. Maarten - Former queen of several pageants, local entrepreneur and board member of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce Tamara Leonard took some

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 26, 2012

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Lady Grace and SCDF team up for “Carnival Time Again” jingle

St. Maarten - The general public will soon hear an upbeat, energetic 60-second jingle for Carnival 2012 on all radio stations. Entitled “Carnival Time Again” the jingle was the brainchild of veteran on-air radio personality Grace “Lady Grace”

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Guyanese proxy passport clerk: “The whole thing was misconstrued”

St. Maarten - Embattled administrative assistant Dian Douglas has come forward to clear the air on allegations that she misrepresented herself as the authorized Guyana government representative for the processing of traditional and biometric passport

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Heirs take Norman Chester Wathey II to court

GREAT BAY – The heirs of Chester Norman Wathey are taking Norman Chester Wathey II to court in summary proceedings next week Friday. They ask the court to order Wathey II, formerly Stanley Leopold Hughes, to stop publishing “incorrect, unfounded

Opinion - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Opinion: Democracy Now! interviews Ethan Nadelmann (2)

The day before yesterday we published Ethan Nadelmann’s opinion piece about alternative drug policies. Yesterday we continued with part I of his interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez at the syndicated radio program Democracy Now! about the s

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Students plant eight mahogany trees on Tree Day

St. Maarten -  Eight mahogany trees were planted along the Walter Nisbeth Road obliquely opposite the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten by students and volunteers of the St. Maarten Archaeological Center (Simarc) on Thursday. The mahogany tree

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Laveist’s draft-initiative regulates ban on second main job for MPs

St. Maarten – A ban on a second main job for Members of Parliament and cuts in their salaries for an amount equal to half of what they earn from other functions above 12,000 guilders ($6,666.66) per year. That is the gist of National Alliance MP Lo

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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1 Red Nation for Carnival 2012

St. Maarten - TelEm Group mobile provider TelCell and concert promoter Riddim Box will be kicking off the St. Maarten Carnival’s International segment on April 26 with two top reggae acts – Chris Martin and Popcaan - Headlining this grand concert

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Alzheimer Foundation adds new attraction for health fair

GREAT BAY- The St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation (SMAF) will be participating in the Lions Club’s annual Health and Wellness Fair in the Festival Village this Saturday. This will be the third time that the foundation will have a booth to inform and

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Youth Health Care offers vaccinations and dental care at health fair

St. Maarten – Youth Health Care (YHC), which falls within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is encouraging the general public and in particular parents/guardians as well as kids to come out to the Lion’s Club 4th Annua

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Opposition walks out as coalition approves 2012 budget

W. Marlin: “We cannot find ourselves in some elements” St. Maarten – “I look forward to us passing this budget tonight, because the payroll has been sent to the bank.” Those were Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto’s final words in the sec

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Opinion: What a great country

The court ruling against Border Bar owner Angel Priest set a new standard for prostitution in St. Maarten. While some may look at a 54-month prison sentence as a mere slap on the wrist for this modern day plantation owner, the convict will probably h

Editorial - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Editorial: Apology not accepted

A very late apology and no excuses were what United People’s Party MP Jules James offered the people of St. Maarten on Thursday. What they feel about his statement will be revealed as the hours and days go by. Though he apologized for voting on

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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TelEm sponsors Zumba workout

St. Maarten –  TelEm Group is putting some Zumba swing into Saturday’s  Lion’s Club Health and Wellness Fair at the Festival Village – with an invitation to everyone to come out and get fit. The telecommunication provider has recruited the

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Cable TV’s Mailbox location opens soon

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Cable TV anticipates that it will open the new Simpson Bay location before the end of March to accommodate subscribers who are switching to its new digital service. The location was originally scheduled to open earlier this mo

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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“I ask understanding and forgiveness” James offers apology and no excuses

St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) Party Member of Parliament Jules James has apologized and offered no excuses for voting on a November 2, 2011 motion in which he was named. The statement came ahead of scathing accusations about greed he leveled

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Central Bank issued several notices on credit freeze

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – Bankers in Curacao and St. Maarten were informed at least three times before March 14 that the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten was contemplating telling them to freeze giving out private credit for six months. The cen

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Parliament unanimously approves four motions. Duncan ready to draft law on pawn shops

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan says his ministry is ready to implement a legislative motion that requires the drafting of a national ordinance regulating pawn shops and cash for gold businesses. He will consult with the Ministry of To

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 23, 2012

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Inspectors summon consultation on roaming animals

St. Maarten – The Inspection Department TEZVT - Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (LVV), says roaming animals are posing a problem and is calling on owners to take measures by keeping their animals on their premises or property. The department h

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