Opinion - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Opinion: And the wind blows ….

Temperatures must be rising in Willemstad, after the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that it is almost ready to go to court with its Bientu investigation. Bientu (Papiamento for “wind”) is everything Justice Minister Elmer Wilsoe does not

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Parisius re-elected president of regional association

GREAT BAY/WILLEMSTAD – Henry Parisius, a notary on St. Maarten was reelected President of the Association of Antillean and Aruban Civil Law Notaries at the body’s recent annual general membership meeting in Curacao. The other members of the b

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Ser joins international body

Ser Netherlands’ director of Economic Affairs Marco Bos, Ser Aruba’s vice-chairman Michel A. Henriquez, Ser Aruba’s Chairman Rudy Geerman, Ser Curacao’s Chairman Stanley Betrian, Ser Curacao’s Secretary-general Josephine Provence, S

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Foreign teachers may benefit from work permit review

St. Maarten -The ministries of education and labour have joined forces to address teacher shortage on St. Maarten. Just before leaving the island, Labour Minister Cornelius de Weever met with Education Minister Silveria Jacobs to discuss a review of

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Holiday discusses Central Bank, education and culture in St. Kitts

Governor drs Eugene B. Holiday poses with Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Sir Dwight Venner in the latter’s office on Thursday. Holiday called on Venner as part of an official visit to St. Kitts that lasted from June 20 to June 2

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Tuitt: Fee changes part of tax structure revamps

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt has placed revamps to the fees that casinos pay in the broader context of revamping the tax system. He has also said government continues to work on the establishment of a Gaming Control Board. “We ar

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Dutch and Sona end cooperation in 2015

WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Representation in Willemstad has confirmed the signing of a new management agreement between the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations and Foundation Development Funds Netherlands Antilles (Sona). Sona announce

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Tuitt confirms Taxand’s payment request

“It was never budgeted for.” St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt confirmed on Wednesday that Taxand has written the government requesting they be paid for services that they rendered to the country. That letter is now being handled b

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Exciting live drill highlights EMS Week 2012

St. Maarten - Close to thirty emergency personnel drawn from the Fire and Ambulance Department, the Police, Red Cross and Windward Islands Emergency Medical Systems (Wiems) foundation responded to a mass casualty scene on the Pondfill on Wednesday. T

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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St. Maarten skips Trip report for second year running

Brothels like the Sunset Retreat Bar aka Border Bar, which was managed by Ignacio Augustin Priest, are a source of concern for officials that deal with the matter of human trafficking. Priest was sentenced to 54 months in prison on March 21 for t

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Numbers fall but Jacobs also deviates

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs has now made a decision on the study financing applications in 2012. Her decision follows a review of the decisions taken by former Minister of Education, Culture, Youth

Editorial - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Editorial: The need for reporting

St. Maarten’s lack of reporting on trafficking in persons may have been understandable in 2010 because the country was newly born and officials here needed to get a clear understanding of their role and the commitments they have to meet. To hear in

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Broke robber gets prison time

St. Maarten– David St. Brice was broke on January 3 of last year and the option he chose to solve that problem earned him a 30 month prison sentence and 3 years of probation. Of the sentence, 10 months are suspended. Together with a man identified

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Tuitt consults on replacing cost of living adjustment

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt met one of the unions representing civil servants and teachers on Tuesday to discuss an alternative for structurally adjusting salaries. The minister wants the unions to think along with the government so

Opinion - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Opinion: Oil prices

Is there some relief underway? One would think so, given the fact that oil prices reached their lowest point in the past one and a half year yesterday. The cause of the dip seems to be the unexpected increase of the strategic oil reserves in the U

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Addicted career criminal to Turning Point – next year

St. Maarten – Emilien Pompelio Kruythoff, a 24-year-old who was according to a report by the Rehabilitation Bureau practically born addicted to drugs, was sentenced to a largely conditional prison sentence yesterday on the condition that he follows

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Arrindell receives audit chamber’s 2011 report

GREAT BAY – Acting Chairman of the General Audit Chamber Ronald Halman along with Secretary General Joane Dovale-Meit presented their 40-page 2011 Annual Report to President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell on Wednesday. The presentation was do

Opinion - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Opinion: Cell phone robbers

What is it with youngsters these days that even cell phones are not safe anymore? Up to a point, one could understand that desperate people go out stealing to feed their families or to feed certain habits most people would consider bad. But steali

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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AUC Student Society donates to Salvation Army

St. Maarten - Close to thirty electronic devices were donated to the Salvation Army by the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) on Wednesday. The donation was seen as timely for the organization that is about to embark on its summer reading and

Uncategorized - Posted on June 21, 2012

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St. Maarten Governor Holiday visiting St. Kitts

GREAT BAY - Governor Eugene B. Holiday begins a two day working visit to St. Kitts today. This is his first official visit to the neighboring Eastern Caribbean country. The governor will hold talks with Governor General Cuthbert Sebastian, Deputy

Opinion - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Letter: In response to your feature story*

Dear Mrs. Granston, Thank you for that beautiful article in your Today edition of today, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, of Charity Sam, on "Hard work truly pays off!" I read it with great emotions in my heart, and I truly wish her the very best, G

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Ambulance fleet down to five

CAY HILL- The St.Maarten Ambulance Department is still fully functional with five ambulances in active service. So says department head Cylred Richardson following a public auction of one of the division’s emergency vehicles. The auction took pl

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Dutch spent nearly 430 million in Caribbean territories last year

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY - Usona has proclaimed success is ensuring that development funds it manages are not under spent. The comment is the core theme in the agency’s annual report for 2012. The organization signed a total of 305 financing agreements

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Teenager gets community service for role in attempted phone robbery

St. Maarten – A conditional 9 month prison sentence, 3 years of probation and 150 hours of community service; that was the punishment for Raymison Railey Prescott in the Court in First Instance yesterday for his role in an attempted robbery on Marc

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

St. Maarten – The Fire Department is once again calling on the community to be very conscious of not throwing out lighted cigarettes or matches that could result in bush fires due to the dry spell that the island is currently experiencing. People,

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Burglar gets community service

St. Maarten – Allon Fernando Brooks came to court without an attorney to face charges for a burglary at the Juliana Bar in St. Peters in the night of April 25 to 26. He admitted that he had broken open the bar with a hammer and that he took a CD

Opinion - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Opinion: Long term thinking

We admit, it’s long term thinking but we’d still like to offer this reason for making the best of one’s school years. Cancer patients with a higher education often receive more far reaching medical treatment than patients with a lower education

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2012

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Tuitt seeks meeting with Jamaloodin on Central Bank

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt is seeking a meeting with Curacao’s Finance Minister George Jamaloodin to end the “kind of impasse” around the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten. Tuitt is especially concerned that the bank’

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 20, 2012

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Jadira Veen: “Monument permit Rainforest park highly questionable”

“Unlawful” procedures outrage Pride Foundation" GREAT BAY / By Hilbert Haar – St. Maarten Pride Foundation President Jadira Veen is outraged about the fact that the former Minister of Culture Rhoda Arrindell issued a monument permit that c

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 20, 2012

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Civil Registry and Vromi look ready to end Plans of Approach

St. Maarten – The last ministerial consultation on the Plans of Approach has agreed that the report the progress committee led by R. Bandell submits in July will be the yard stick to determine which of the seven plans is successfully finished and w

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 20, 2012

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Integrity Bureau by year’s end Ministers and over 900 civil servants get integrity training

Ralston Eric Bennett of Life Transforming Institute leads one of the many sessions he gave to civil servants on integrity dilemnas. (DCOMM photo)St. Maarten - The Integrity Dilemma Training, came to a successful conclusion on June 15. The interac

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 20, 2012

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Few agreements at four way justice talks

ORANJESTAD/GREAT BAY – Tuesday’s meeting between the Justice Ministers of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands has “covered what they needed to cover” and did not explode into major clashes between the parties. Several controversia

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 20, 2012

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Ministry of Vromi is cleaning up its payroll

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi) had during the third quarter of last year still had at least thirteen civil servants on the payroll above its formation. From the progress report

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 20, 2012

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Music recital in Sucker Garden on Saturday

St. Maarten – The 12th Annual Young Artists Music Recital will be held at 7:00 p.m. sharp this Saturday at the Bible Baptist Church on Arch Road in Sucker Garden. The event will be under the leadership of pianist and music pedagogue Dennis Tjon. Tj

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 20, 2012

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Lee voted CHTA’s second in command

MONTEGO BAY/GREAT BAY – President of the St. Maarten Hotel & Trade Association and General Manager of Princess Heights Hotel, St. Maarten Emil Lee was recently elected 1st Vice President of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA).

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