St. Maarten News - Posted on July 19, 2012

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Richardson expresses concern for orphans

St. Maarten - An estimated 100 children are in the foster care system in French St. Martin. This is of concern to President of the Collectivité of the St. Martin Alain Richardson, who believes that the absence of proper legislation on both sides of

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Ombudsman awaits reaction minister on Cadastre report

St. Maarten – Ombudsman dr. Nilda Arduin is awaiting a reaction from Vromi minister William Marlin on the report about the Cadastre before commenting on criticism from Cadastre director Clemens Roos, her Secretary General Patricia Philips told this

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Long serving justice staffers honored – Justice Ministry focuses on successes during special commemoration

St. Maarten - Countries throughout the world celebrated International Justice Day, yesterday, and in St. Maarten it was no different. While many parts of the world saw protests for more attention to be placed on war, genocide and combating human traf

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Poet declines invitation, but: Lasana Sekou’s poetry at event for Olympic Games in London

GREAT BAY - St. Martin poetry is now among what the London Evening Standard called the pick of the world’s poetry in London for the Olympic Games, set to open in the UK capital on July 27, in spite of the fact that poet Lasana Sekou turned down an

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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MP Jules James withdraws complaint against Laville

St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Jules James has withdrawn his complaint against independent MP Romain Laville, Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos told The Today Newspaper yesterday afternoon. On Monday June 11 there was a confrontation between

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Governor recommends a culture of lawfulness

St. Maarten- Governor drs Eugene Holiday has recommended that St. Maarten adopt a culture of lawfulness and invest in the education of its youth population for a strong, stable and just society. He was speaking at the official ceremony at the Clem La

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Wicsu/Psu pleased with Tuitt’s openness

St. Maarten – The Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (Wicsu/PSU) says Finance Minister Roland Tuitt assured them in a meeting on June 19 that the cost of living adjustment for 2010 will be paid at the end of July. The minist

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Drum Band gets donation from regional cable association

St. Maarten – Through the generosity of the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA), Generation New Status STM Drum Band is the recipient of a $1, 000 grant from the association’s 2012 Community Charities Program. Generation New

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Anti cock-fighting petition close to 4,000 signatures

St. Maarten – The petition against legalizing cock fighting in St. Maarten stood at 3,975 yesterday afternoon. Good2Go and Light Workers SXM founder Elaine Christopher initiated the petition drive that started on June 8. Sylvie Ries from Luxembourg

Opinion - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Letter: Fu Lin Men

No TV! I called Cable TV. Answer: in about three weeks we will come over to see what your problem is. How wonderful! I did not have to wait for a year, in three weeks they were going to solve my problem. O.K, I missed my beloved Wimbledon tennis, I m

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Prime minister opens Independent Baptist Youth of the Caribbean Conference

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the Independent Baptist Youth of the Caribbean Conference on Monday evening at the Browlia Maillard Campus of the Methodist Agogic Center in St. Johns Estate. Governor drs Eugene Holiday and a

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Leopold James – A personal tribute to Eldridge van Putten

St. Maarten – Leopold James, founder of the St. Maarten Nation Building Foundation, pays a personal tribute in the following statement to social activist Eldridge van Putten who passed away last Friday at his Rambaud home. “St. Martin / St. Maar

Editorial - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Editorial: More work needs doing

The justice ministry placed focuses on its successes yesterday, and while we’re sure that will good for morale, we believe that there also needs to be some time devoted to the failings of the system and how those can be repaired. For example while

Opinion - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Opinion: A lost habit

The Opec oil-boycott against the Netherlands in 1973 should have taught the Dutch a couple of things, like not taking prosperity for granted. Gas was rationed, the government introduced car-free Sundays and it advised the population to close the curt

French St. Martin News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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French St. Martin begins converting Dutch St. Maarten driver licenses

MARIGOT, St. Martin - Vice president in charge of the Community and Sustainable Development Guillame Arnell and Territorial Councilor with responsibility for transport Louis Fleming presented Melvin Hunt Jr. and Emile Larmony with French drivers lice

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Kooyman opens temporary outlet

St. Maarten – Kooyman is opening a temporary K-Outlet tomorrow with a wide range of items and offering discounts while it does renovations at the Kooyman Megastore in Cay Hill. The outlet is located next to the Kooyman MegaStore at Cay Hill and wil

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Epic seeks volunteers for mangrove planting

St. Maarten – Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) seeks volunteers to help with planting Red Mangroves along Little Key and other parts of the Simpson Bay lagoon this coming Thursday. The planting has the support of Isle de Sol marina,

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 18, 2012

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Cooperation on driver’s licenses also desired – Richardson presses for Police Treaty’s implementation

St. Maarten - President of the Collectivité de St. Martin Alain Richardson has urged his St. Maarten counterparts to strengthen cooperation between the two sides of the island by swiftly implementing the Police Treaty agreed to by the Dutch and Fren

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2012

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Samuel willing to recall parliament for budget debate

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Rodolphe Samuel is willing to call parliament back from recess to handle the budget if that becomes necessary. The statement is one of the first announcements he made during his first full day working day o

Opinion - Posted on July 17, 2012

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Opinion: Ignore opinion pollsters

Philosopher Hans Schnitzler trained his guns on opinion pollsters in the Volkskrant yesterday and he made a convincing case for the following point of view: don’t trust the statistician and ignore the opinion pollster. The core of his argument: sta

Opinion - Posted on July 17, 2012

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Opinion: Pavlov-reaction

It did not take long for Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels to produce his Pavlov-reaction to the instruction the Kingdom Council of Ministers gave Curacao on Friday. By September 1, the country must present a balanced budget for 2012 and repair sig

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2012

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Editorial: Improper behaviour by a member of parliament

The argument that took place earlier this month at the Cadastre and that this newspaper reveals on its front page today raises questions about the behavior of at least one of our members of parliament. The Cadastre management has recently come und

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2012

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“Do not ** with parliamentarians” MP Illidge argues at Cadastre over documents for first cousin

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – A visit by two parliamentarians to the office of the Cadastre turned ugly earlier this month when Independent MP Patrick Illidge told Cadastre director Clemens Roos “not to fuck with parliamentarians” during a h

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2012

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Imbali Camp enters final week

St. Maarten - Imbali Visual and Performance Art Summer Camp has entered its third and final week. The events this week include getting dance lessons from Evelyn Roberts, who is the granddaughter of Abraham Barry and daughter of Alice Barry. Both Barr

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2012

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Wathey-heirs strike back

St. Maarten– The six heirs of the late Norman Chester Wathey have filed a lawsuit in summary proceedings against Norman Wathey II. They ask the court to suspend execution of the court ruling of April 13 of this year, or at least to suspend the pena

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2012

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St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association presents Tuitt with tax reform suggestions

St. Maarten – Members of the board of St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association had a “very candid and informative” meeting with Finance Minister Roland Tuitt about the current state of the economy on Monday. Tuitt was presented with the as

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2012

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Jehovah’s Witnesses hosts convention this weekend

St. Maarten – “Safeguard your heart” is the theme that the Jehovah’s Witnesses will be using to host their annual convention. The convention has been slated for Friday July 27 until Sunday July 29 at the Kingdom Hall of the Christian group, L

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2012

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TelEm Group upgrading bandwidth capacity

St. Maarten – TelEm Group is upgrading bandwidth capacity to keep up with consumer demands for faster and more efficient broadband-related services. The company already has sufficient capacity from St. Maarten to Puerto Rico through the SMPR-1 –

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2012

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Telcell clears billing backlog

St. Maarten – TelEm Group is once again up to date with its TelCell bills and customers can expect to receive their TelCell bills for the month of June in the coming days. Mobile, landline and international customers have not been receiving their T

Opinion - Posted on July 16, 2012

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Opinion: Heritage

Okay, enough for now about cock fighting. How this could have been a cultural tradition in St. Maarten while the practice was outlawed on the very day in 1863 when slavery was abolished –and is illegal up to this very day - is beyond us, but we’l

Youth central in Bastille Day commemorations

MARIGOT, St. Martin – This year’s Bastille Day celebrations, which was themed “Youth and Excellence”, placed heavy focus on young people. Some 40 percent of St. Martin’s population is under 25 and there are roughly 10, 000 young people in e

Editorial - Posted on July 16, 2012

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Editorial: Truly involving the youth

There is no doubt that President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson is an ideological man. That fact is obvious from the way he mixes convoluted terms into every speech he makes to prove that he has vision and that he wants to take his people some

Opinion - Posted on July 16, 2012

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Marley lives on – under water

We’re not too sure whether Bob Marley would be honored had he lived to see the day that biologist Paul Sikkel, an assistant professor at the Arkansas State University decided to call his latest discovery the Gnathia Marleyi. Sikkel discovered a sm

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 16, 2012

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Samuel takes up chairmanship today

St. Maarten – Drs Rodolphe Samuel will spend his day on the job as President of Parliament today as he takes over from the former chair Drs Gracita Arrindell. The latter was voted out of the function on June 29 – just over a month after 10 MPs ca

Team Dragon Blast wins sand castle competition

ORIENT BAY – Team Dragon Blast beat out eight other teams Sunday to win Lady B’s Sand Blast sand castle competition. They won a golden bucket after their dragon beat out sculptures of a sea turtle and Sponge Bob Squarepants. The competition mean

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