St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Central Committee meets on contract abuse, prison and parliamentary crest

St. Maarten – The draft amendment to Book 7A of the Civil Code tabled by the National Alliance is the first point on the agenda of a public Central Committee of Parliament on June 28. The meeting in the General Assembly Chamber begins at 10:00 a.m.

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Over current causes island wide outage

St. Maarten –The island suffered a brief total blackout at 1:18 p.m. because the protection mechanism of one of the transformers that powers the GEBE power plant was activated as a result of an over current. This resulted in an abrupt shutting down

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Tourist office and environmental groups erecting environmental awareness signs

A typical St. Maarten beach scene where environmental awareness signs are to be placed. (DCOMM Photo)GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau collaborates with Love the Lagoon and Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) to place environm

Opinion - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Letter: Emancipation Day blues

In the Day of Emancipation no one should be subjected to labor exploitation. This is the way I think This is the way I do This is the way I show My care and my love for you Sint Martin baby nation You deserve much more than this It is time

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Last week for 2012 Smoya nominations

ST. PETERS – The St. Maarten Youth Council Association is reminding all schools, churches, youth groups, sport clubs and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that nominations for the 2012 St. Maarten Outstanding Youth Awards (Smoya) will clo

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Rate of inflation hits all time high

St. Maarten - The rate of inflation reached an all-time high of 5.5 percent in April 2012. The rate has been steadily increasing since April 2011. This is evident from the data released by the Department of Statistics (Stat) on Monday. “Inflation

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Pantophlet briefed on civil aviation and Winair’s sustainability

Robert Gibbs (Winair’s change manager and interim Financial Director), Michael Cleaver (Winair’s Managing Director), Hans de Jong (representative of the Netherlands) and Gerrit Draai (Representative of the Netherlands on the Supervisory Board

Opinion - Posted on June 26, 2012

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Opinion: How to turn green

How do we turn our paradise in the Caribbean into a truly green enclave? Prime Minister Wescot-Williams is already eyeballing the example of Aruba that struck a deal with entrepreneur Richard Branson and his Carbon War Room to have the complete islan

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Dutch Quarter gets massive upgrade using European funds

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams signs the Single Programming Document for Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for the implementation of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) this afternoon. The main activities

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Expo gives youth summer warm up

St. Maarten - The Dance Dimensions & Arts Foundation - the organizers for Saturday’s Youth Summer Expo - came in for high praise from Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports Silvera Jacobs during the opening ceremony for the Youth Summer Exp

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Thirteen sent home with full pay: Telem begins placing staff in restructured company

St. Maarten – Telem’s management recently asked thirteen employees who have not been placed in its new company to stay home on full pay while the company considers whether to hire them for open functions in the new company. The request is part of

Editorial - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Editorial: Cutting and retaining

Telem has woken to the statement that time and technology waits for no man and no company. The recognition jumps out for all to see from the statement the company’s management issued on Sunday about the ongoing restructuring. In one line it points

Opinion - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Letter: An early perspective on the call to make July 1 a “national” holiday

July 1st must be a holiday* Friday, July 1 (1983 edi.,) marks exactly 120 years since slaves on Dutch St. Maarten were officially proclaimed free. Officially, because unoffi¬cially, three days after slavery was abolished on the French side, 26 f

Opinion - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Opinion: Who are these people?

“In recent years, people from cultures of sex with animals, pedophilia, homosexuality, abortion [the murder of unborn babies] and euthanasia [the killing of old people when they deem them to be not useful to society] came to tell us we can’t own

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Cft advises on budget amendment early next week

St. Maarten – The Board of financial supervision (Cft) has committed to delivering its advice on an amendment to the 2012 budget by July 2 at the latest. The projection is based on the government’s recent submission. The amendment was requested

Opinion - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Letter: Where are the St. Maarteners?

We have many foreign people always insulting the people of St. Maarten/St. Martin heritage but it seems only a few people of St. Maarten/St. Martin get offended. We have foreigners telling us that part of our culture is wrong (cock fighting) but yet

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Head turning performances as Imbali partners with French artist association

St. Maarten - Imbali Centre for Creative Movement and HeadMade Factory inked a collaboration agreement on Saturday night to continue to work towards the promotion of cultural and contemporary artistic expressions in St. Maarten/St. Martin. To celebra

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Elshot wants more “in-house” teacher training

St. Maarten – President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) Claire Elshot has rejected the notion that secondary school teachers who move here from other parts of the region are unqualified. She’s also pointed that it is “the educatio

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Harbour Group places focuses on passenger satisfaction

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies soft opened it Commercial Department recently. The new department, which is housed in the John Craane Cruise Terminal, will be responsible for sales and marketing, yachting and cruise operation

Uncategorized - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Geothermal also a possibility – St. Eustatius and Saba getting wind farms

ORANJESTAD – Commissioner of Tourism and Economic Affairs in St. Eustatius Koos Sneek announced recently that both St. Eustatius and Saba are preparing to construct wind farms as a first step to using alternative energy. The project is being done i

Opinion - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Opinion: School dropouts? Let them go

Culture historian Mirjam Hommes strongly opposes the idea launched by Education Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt to oblige youngsters to stay in school until they are 23. If youngsters want to leave school, just let them go, is her advice in an opinio

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Vromi hosts informative meeting on hurricane cleanup

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, and Infrastructure (Vromi) invites all general contractors and heavy equipment owners to an informative meeting on Wednesday, June 27 at the Ministry of VROMI located in the Savance

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Wescot-Williams eyes Aruba’s alternative energy example

GREAT BAY – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams believes that Aruba provides St. Maarten and the rest of the region with an example of how to move forward on energy issues. She made the statement during an interview with ATV on the sidelines of th

Opinion - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Letter: Culture of deception and destruction

Dear Editor, In the days when I grew up on St. Maarten, we had no ball fields, no basketball courts, no television and one radio station “The Voice of St. Maarten PJD2” with two disc jockeys Brother Maher and Sidney Lejuez. They simply played

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Prime Minister welcomes loan facility for small properties

GREAT BAY - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams issued a statement Sunday congratulating the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Postal Savings Bank (PSB) on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enable smal

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Fifty-five graduate from Hillside’s early stimulation

ST. PETERS - Some 55 students who attended and completed early stimulation at the Hillside Christian Schools graduated last Friday. The students of Teacher Florence Blaize and Teacher Doris George’s classes surprised the audience, which consisted o

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Unions studying policy on employment agencies

St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions is carefully studying a new policy with guidelines for employment agencies with an eye to suggesting potential amendments. Unions united Wiclu believe the agencies contribute to the infringem

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Siba issues hurricane insurance advice

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (Siba) issued an eight point advice on Sunday that covers what people will need to come into consideration for compensation if their home is damaged by a hurricane. The tips include readin

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 25, 2012

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Elshot cites stress as reason for absenteeism

St. Maarten - President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) Claire Elshot has said a stressful work environment is one of the reasons that teachers are absent from the classroom. She also named the continuous introduction of more rules and

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Police officer shoots fleeing suspect

Officers of the Special Robbery Unit and Forensic Department on the scene assessment after an officer shot a fleeing suspect on Thursday. (Leo Brown photo)GREAT BAY – Seventeen year old D.L. will head to the police station from the St. Maarten

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Many signatures against cock fighting come from tourism source market # 1

Unites States represents quarters of all protesters St. Maarten – The online petition against legalizing cock fighting in St. Maarten surpassed 3,000 signatures yesterday afternoon, far surpassing the original goal of one thousand supporters for

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Hillside Christian Schools: Save the Salt Pond

St. Maarten - Twenty six students of sixth grade level of the Hillside Christian Schools presented their end of year project called Save the Salt Pond on Thursday. The students were given the opportunity to choose their own area of interest to resear

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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Methodist Agogic Center holds out on teacher’s employment

St. Maarten — President of the Windward Island Teachers Union Claire Elshot says the teacher who was fired from the Methodist Agogic Center is still waiting to receive her salary that is due to her after she returned from maternity leave in January

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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St. Maarten Government crafting new loan and coaching scheme for businesses

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt had his last meeting with a bank on Wednesday on a new loan facility that will allow especially young people to start their own business. Government is hoping to boost the economy with this initiative tha

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2012

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St. Maarten EMS presents adjusted posters

St. Maarten – Head of the Ambulance Department Cylred Richardson and staff of St. Maarten EMS presented Minister of Public Health Social Development & Labor, Cornelius De Weever with the adjusted Call 912 posters and brochures on Tuesday as part of

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