St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Oops: whole-wheat bread is not healthy at all

Here is an interesting thought from the Netherlands to chew on – literally: whole-wheat bread is absolutely not healthier that white bread, baker Menno ‘t Hoen wrote in an op-ed in the Volkskrant. This is his story. “A highly dangerous whole

Opinion - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Opinion: Climate change

The impact of climate change will only be evident over the long term, spanning many election cycles, while the costs of preventive actions will be huge and must be paid up front. You cannot wait to see if it will happen, because then it would have al

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Stanley Betrian leads interim-cabinet in Curacao Schotte gives up the fight

WILLEMSTAD – Former Lt. Governor Stanley Betrian became the Prime Minister of Curacao after he was sworn in on Saturday by Acting Governor Adèle van der Pluijm-Vrede, but ousted government leader Gerrit Schotte initially barricaded himself with no

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Good turnout for HIV testing day in Cole Bay

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Aids Foundation tested 145 citizens for HIV on Saturday at the Charles Leopold Bell School in Cole Bay. In all, 66 women (54 percent) and 79 men (56 percent) used the opportunity for a free HIV-test. The Alzheimer’s Fo

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Westin has to lift access-ban SHTA-President Emil Lee

St. Maarten – The Westin Hotel has to admit St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade President and Princess Heights Hotel manager Emil Lee immediately to the public areas of its hotel and to events for which Lee has an invitation, the Court in First Insta

Editorial - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Editorial: Shameful

The first word that comes to mind considering the behavior of outgoing Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte is this one: shameful. That Schotte initially refused to leave his office (literally) after the appointment of Stanley Betrian as interim prime mi

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Opinion: Embracing immigrants

In old murder mysteries it was usually the butler who had done it. In these times of stress and bloated egos the foreigner is more often than not seen as the cause of everything that is wrong in a country. Leopold James who, just like this newspap

Opinion - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Opinion: Turnover tax

One little lesson is to be learned from what happened in the Netherlands: the high tariff of the value added tax went up from 19 to 21 percent. This brings of course to mind St. Maarten’s turnover tax. Remember how the Chamber of Commerce splutt

Opinion - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Opinion: Corruption

The latest news from Curacao: MFK MPs Pisas, Felida and Garmers have accused governor Frits Goedgedrag of involvement in a scheme to bribe Dean Rozier (whose departure from the MFK led to the fall of the Schotte-government) into leaving the MFK for 5

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Pantophlet off to cruise conference

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet, left the island yesterday with a delegation to the annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) conference and trade show that is

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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President of Parliament Samuel wants training for himself

St. Maarten – President of Parliament Drs. Rodolphe Samuel met with Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges, his deputy Henrietta Doran-York and the cabinet staff during his recent visit to the Netherlands. The meeting dealt with the current loca

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Rock the House brings junior DJ competition

St. Maarten - Laugh out Loud productions added a category for junior DJs to its 7th annual Rock the House event after 13-year-old Melanie Steel approached organizers with her interests of performing and competing against big DJs at the event. Instead

French St. Martin News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Overseas territories call for financial assistance

Marigot, St. Martin - There has been a call for a financial plan because of the high unemployment in the overseas territories at a meeting of the presidents of these territories which in the Azores. Collectivité President Alain Richardson said it is

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Social Economic Council attends Aruban silver jubilee

St. Maarten / ORANJESTAD - The Social Economic Council (Ser) attended the celebration of its Aruban sister organization’s 25th anniversary last week. The Aruban Ser was launched in the second year after the island obtained status aparte in 1986.

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Seniors commemorate Day of Older Persons

St. Maarten - The more than 200 members of the Sint Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association will commemorate the International Day of Older Persons today for the third time since the association was established in July 2010. Yesterday SMSPA-sen

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Storybook ending for racing Ohio couple

St. Maarten - When Annette Novak agreed to join her boyfriend Chris Kriebel to compete in the mixed category in the first St Maarten Extreme Duo mountain bike event, she had no idea what awaited her at the end of the race. Seconds after completing

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Appreciation for police force from UP-leader Theo Heyliger

St. Maarten - All those who work in this dedicated and skilled law enforcement agency known as the police force of Sint Maarten, are truly the guardians of the safety of our citizens and our visitors,” United People’s party-leader Theo Heyliger s

Uncategorized - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Cannabis pass stirs controversy

THE HAGUE - The outgoing cabinet plans to continue with the introduction of a cannabis pass for registered users nationwide, justice State Secretary Fred Teeven told reporters on Friday. There is mounting opposition to the new system from city cou

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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St. Maarten Government issues cholera warning

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) which is part of the Ministry of Public Health, continues surveillance for Cholera, and also recommends to travelers Hispanola (Haiti, Dominican Republic), to practice basic hygienic ha

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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CPS calls on seniors to get checked

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), says that worldwide there are around 600 million people aged 60 years and over; this number will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050 – the vast majority of them

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Inspections focus on safety and health

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Two out of six areas that the multi-disciplinary inspection teams will be looking at when they hit the streets today for a series of controls are occupational safety and health at workplaces, and food safety. A healthy work

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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SG Van der Schans concerned about Curacao’s debt to NFI

WILLEMSTAD – Solicitor-General Anton van der Schans is seriously concerned about Curacao’s payment arrears to the Dutch Forensic Institute NFI. Without mentioning exact figures, Van der Schans hinted that the NFI could consider not doing any more

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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St. Maarten Prime Minister congratulates senior citizens

GREAT BAY - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams wishes elderly citizens a happy International Day of Older Persons. The prime minister said in a press statement that the elderly have to be recognized for their contributions to the country and for gu

French St. Martin News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Action against rental cars on Marigot waterfront underway

MARIGOT, St. Martin—It is not acceptable that the car rental companies are taking over the parking facilities at the Marigot waterfront, the president of the Collectivité Alain Richardson says.  “I find it irresponsible and unbearable the way t

Opinion - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Kneejerk

Hilbert Haar's kneejerk reaction to Leopold James letter to the FBI and our valued tourists. Never mind, that the concerns of the majority of St. Martin native people and other law-abiding citizens, about the total out of control illegal migration f

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Street fair makes an impression

St. Maarten - Hundreds of people visited the first of what is to become the annual street fair for the Upper Princess Quarter Community Council Foundation. The event was organized to raise funds, foster unity and the spirit of cooperation and restore

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Curacao and St Maarten share Extreme Duo honors

St. Maarten - After a not so technical start in the first St Maarten Extreme Duo 60 kilometer mountain bike race in Sint Martin/St Maarten, team ‘Oud en Nieuw’ Sebastiaan Ton and Maarten Piek were the first male team to compete in the event and i

French St. Martin News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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St. Martin Collectivité gets millions from France

MARIGOT---The Collectivité of St. Martin has received a financial injection from the French Government of €18 million. President Alain Richardson said that prior to his departure to Paris there was about €100,000 in the government’s coffers wh

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 28, 2012

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Reaction to “fishy” statement about medical tourism – American Clinic CEO Hess challenges George Scot

GREAT BAY – American Clinic CEO Samuel Hess is challenging St. Maarten Medical Center director Dr. George Scot to accept government representatives on his supervisory board and to establish a citizens’ advisory panel. Hess issued the challenge in

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 28, 2012

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Master swindler disappears with money fashion store

St. Maarten – A master swindler, identified to this newspaper as Gabriel Fulgencio Hernandez, has squeezed thousands of dollars out of Dessireé Fashion Glam and out of companies that provided services and goods for the glamorous opening of the sto

Editorial - Posted on September 28, 2012

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Editorial: Fishy

The last word has not been said about the plans the American Clinic has for playing a major role in the development of medical tourism on the island. From all the information we have seen so far it appears that St. Maarten Medical Center Director Geo

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 28, 2012

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Season of giving starts early at Cindy’s Roti Shop

St. Maarten - Over 100 clients from the Sr Basilia Center and I Can Foundation were guests of Cindy’s Roti Shop in Sucker Garden yesterday, a gesture she has been practicing for the past four years. After some words of encouragement and the bles

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 28, 2012

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Antigua’s cruise industry wants to emulate St. Maarten

By Kyle Christian- Observer Media ST. JOHN’S ANTIGUA- At the urging of cruise ship operators, Antigua & Barbuda will emulate the very “successful destination” St Maarten in an effort to improve its own cruise tourism product. Preside

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 28, 2012

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Government departments start business controls

St. Maarten - Six government departments plan to carry out inspections of businesses starting this upcoming Monday. The inspectorates of public health, social development, labor and food safety, the tax and fire department, and teams from Vromi and E

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on September 28, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: A flood of criminal immigrants

I will start by admitting, that crimes occur everywhere, in every country, by all nations and will always occur one way or the other. Also, that the perpetrators of crime, can be of every possible gender and from every social stratification. Therefor

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