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St. Maarten News - Posted on February 29, 2012

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Harbour Group improves container turnaround time

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies puts its new Bromma container spreader to use in the cargo section of Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities. This is expected to improve efficiency and is part of the harbour group’s ef

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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New central bank row looms

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – Curacao’s Finance Minister George Jamaloodin has held the three statutory directors of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS), the Prime Minister of St. Maarten Sarah Wescot-Williams, St. Maarten’s Finance Mi

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Wifol-lawsuit moved to hearing in March

St. Maarten - Wifol-members eagerly awaiting the ruling in the lawsuit the union had filed against the Simpson Bay Resort Management Company and the Royal Resorts Management Company left the courthouse disappointed yesterday morning. Judge mr. René

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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St. Maarten finance minister asserts ability to collect from condo owners

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has said that Income Tax ordinance gives the country’s tax authorities the ability to request that (mostly) American condo owners pay government a portion of what they generate from renting their cond

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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St. Maarten Government gives up on 143 million in debt relief

St. Maarten – The government is no longer chasing the 183 million guilders in debt relief it has claimed for a long time from the Netherlands. In the draft budget 2012 the number is still mentioned, but only as a point of reference. In answers to q

Opinion - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Opinion: Under the lighthouse it is always dark

The government will implement an energy efficiency program to stimulate consumers to reduce their energy consumption. This is one of the more humorous elements of the draft energy policy. As usual, the government is now going to tall others what t

Opinion - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Opinion: Weather woes

Apart from the more attractive parts of the female anatomy, nothing gets the rightwing Dutch newspaper the Telegraaf going more than the weather. And when it comes to grabbing the attention of its readers even facts about that weather have to take a

Opinion - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Letter: Clear and present danger

Dear editor, There is a clear and present danger in our country. This danger can hurt us as a country in 3 manners. It can hurt us economically, politically and culturally. Please let me explain. Let’s say that our electorate has 5000 Haitians o

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Researcher studies effects of lionfish on local fish

St. Maarten – Tineke Van Bussel a Master’s Degree student researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam began a study in February on the pressure that the invasive lionfish is having on local fish species. The study, which will focus on fish

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Arrindell meets USM on latest developments

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell was briefed on the latest developments at the University of St. Martin (USM) last week during a meeting with the tertiary institution’s President Annelies van den Assem, the Dean of Acad

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Answers speak of 200 vehicles – Government lists almost a hundred cars

GREAT BAY – The government of St. Maarten had 95 cars and trucks on its balance sheet per the end of last year. The vehicles have a combined replacement value of 7.1 million guilders ($3.9 million). After depreciation, the car fleet is on the balan

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Volunteers clean up lagoon shoreline

SIMPSON BAY - The Simpson Bay Lagoon shoreline bordering on Bellevue received a cleanup on Sunday. Several groups of volunteers were hauling away trash from the land bordering the lagoon. Organized by the Sint Maarten Pride Foundation and Budget Mari

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Soualiga Foundation hosts student forum next month

THE HAGUE – Stichting Soualiga Foundation (SSF) hosts its first-ever student forum under the theme: ‘To study successfully and to return successfully’ on April 20. The forum will look at the accumulated complaints from students, guardians and e

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Government seeks financing to finish new government building

St. Maarten – Government is currently seeking finances to do the interior partitions of the new government administration building on Pond Island. This is the latest update Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has given Members of Parliament on the

French St. Martin News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Daniel Gibbs leads in political poll

MARIGOT – If elections were held today, the list of Daniel Gibbs would come out on top, with Alain Richardson finishing a close second, an opinion poll conducted by Qualistat for the French-side newspaper St. Martin’s Week. Senator Louis Constant

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Union President distances herself from pedophilia allegations

St. Maarten – President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) Claire Elshot has distanced herself from allegations that there are pedophile teachers at the St. Maarten Academy P.S.V.E. The charge was made by Hector Ramos - a parent with chi

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Mingo resigns from marine trades association

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies’ Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo resigned as a board member of St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) recently and nominated Richard van der Mark to replace him. Mingo is stepping down be

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 28, 2012

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Turnover tax’s future uncertain Government preparing to shift to indirect taxes

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto believes it is too premature to say whether turnover tax will disappear completely from the country’s tax regime. He said this in written answers to questions in parliament about his overall plans to

Opinion - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Opinion: Community hotline

What a wonderful country we live in. On the day our relentless patriot Miguel Arrindell sent us a letter warning that the island will be overrun soon by Dominicans (though we suspect he may have meant Dominicanos), Jamaicans, Haitians and Guyanese re

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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St. Maarten gets Interpol office

Seminar about counterfeit medical products begins tomorrow St. Maarten –Interpol will establish an office in St. Maarten in the near future. The costs of this office are for the account of Interpol, police inspector Ricardo Henson announced yest

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Efficiency and renewables key in draft energy policy

Minister Heyliger: “Twenty percent renewable resources by 2015” St. Maarten – The draft energy policy for country St. Maarten moves away from using diesel #2 and heavy fuel oil for power production, Minister Theo Heyliger (Public Housing, Ur

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Parking woes in Mullet Bay

MULLET BAY – The demolition of the structures at the former Mullet Bay resort have left beachgoers in a bind, because for unknown reasons access to the property has now been barricaded with heavy pieces of concrete. Beachgoers had an easy time befo

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Huge turnout for bikeathon

St. Maarten - In their renewed effort to stem the flow of violence among the youths on the island, the bikeathon organized by  the  Drug Abuse Resistance Education, D.A.R.E,  attracted scores of participants, some as young as five years old. Th

Opinion - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Opinion: Energy policy

Did we see white smoke coming out of the government building? Is there really an energy policy, albeit a draft, that focuses on efficiency and on renewable energy resources? Wow, we did not see that one coming. We’re of course happy with the idea b

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Personnel costs ministers go up by almost 6 percent

Draft budget 2012 St. Maarten – Ministers will earn more this year if the parliament approves the 2012 draft budget. The seven members of the Wescot-Williams cabinet will cost the state together 125,578 guilders ($69,765) more than in 2011. The

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Prime Minister congratulates local Dominicano community

Dominican Republic celebrates Independence Day St. Maarten (DCOMM/Today staff) – Dominicanos around the world will be celebrating the 168th anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s independence today. “On behalf of the people and the gover

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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TelEm focuses on customer service

Telecom provider chooses red as new company color St. Maarten – TelEm Group management and personnel held a staff retreat at the Divi Little Bay Resort on Friday and came out armed with a new mission to make customer satisfaction their prime foc

Editorial - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Editorial: Too much to ask

The draft budget for this year reveals an average increase in the personnel costs for our ministers of nearly 6 percent. For five ministers these costs are even going up by 7.2 percent. Unlike the risings costs for staff bureaus (where increases coul

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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More than twenty removed from 2012 subsidy list

St. Maarten – A total of 22 organizations stand to lose their government subsidy this year, the subsidy list of the draft 2012 budget shows. Removing the subsidies saves the government 15.9 million guilders (about $8.8 million). The Foundation T

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Concerned parent alleges improper conduct by teachers

St. Maarten – A concerned parent who claims that the St. Maarten Academy PSVE has suspended two teachers for improper conduct with students while leaving a third teacher allegedly involved in the same activities in his position, now claims that the

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Heyliger calls on residents to get involved with community councils

St. Maarten – The Middle Region and Defiance Community Council have approved its 2012 calendar of activities and plans on carrying out its program in its entirety. But that is only possible with the cooperation of the districts’ residents. Vic

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Fashion Night Out shows creations by local designers

GREAT BAY- The atmosphere on the roof of the Privé Lounge, in Simpson Bay took on a subtle tone last Saturday night when a group of aspiring models showcased the line of clothing of Maza Rombley, Marlyn Boasman and Alida Brown. The staging of The

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted on February 27, 2012

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Motiance’s musical theater blows crowd away

GREAT BAY-The energy, talent and passion of musical theater students of Motiance Dance School was on show over the weekend at the school’s production, Blown Away.  Blown Away represented the grand finale for Joost and DJ, two male choreographers/d

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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MPs quiz government’s lack of social programs

St. Maarten - Devoid of fiscal solutions to social ills and lack luster is how many parliamentarians on Wednesday described the close to half of a billion guilders budget that was presented by government for the year 2012. Following Finance Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Draft 2013 budget by September 30 Balancing issues cause late delivery of 2012 budget

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has put down his late delivery of the 2012 budget to parliament to balancing issues when it comes to the operating account and because the requests submitted by the ministries far surpassed the available

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