St. Maarten News - Posted on July 6, 2012

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Former Miss St. Maarten represents SSS in Rotterdam Summer Queen Pageant

DJ Spy (Group Leader), Aishira Cicilia S.I.U's Queen representative, Geralda James and Bryan Bennet (floor members)GREAT BAY/THE NETHERLANDS - Former Miss St. Maarten Aishira Cicilia represents St. Maarten, Saba & St. Eustatius in the Rotterd

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Government seeking new Tourism Department Head: Pantophlet and Chun differ on new contract

St. Maarten – Both Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Romeo Pantophlet and May Ling Chun confirmed on Wednesday that the latter is no longer serving as head of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau because of a dis

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Fratricide punished with 8 years in jail

St. Maarten – Charles Tristan Samuel broke down in the courthouse yesterday morning after the Court in First Instance sentenced him to 8 years imprisonment for fatally shooting his 20-year old brother Jamal during an argument on February 12. The c

Uncategorized - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Central Bank presents annual report to Central Committee: St. Maarten’s economy contracted 1.5 percent last year

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s economy contracted by 1.5 percent in 2011, and inflation doubled to 4.6 percent, central bank President Dr. Emsley Tromp said in an address to parliament’s Central committee yesterday afternoon on the Central Bank’s

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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No control on truck drivers that ignore banned hours

St. Maarten – “That is a valid comment,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s press briefing in answer to a question by this newspaper about the control on heavy traffic on the roads during hours they are not supposed to b

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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St. Maarten evades ILO blacklist

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten was the first country within the Dutch Kingdom to present its report to the International Labour Organization (ILO) ahead of its 101st session in Geneva from May 30 to June 14. So says Policy Advisor within the Ministry of Publ

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Gas and diesel prices down Friday

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet announced on Wednesday that the gas and diesel prices will decrease on Friday. The adjustment is being made because the price for crude oil

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Achievers Toastmasters Club ends year on high note

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten (SXM) Achievers Toastmasters Club have recorded their best year since being chartered in 2007. The club has just ended the Toastmasters year having met nine out of ten goals set by Toastmasters International. Under the stew

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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St. Maarten tremor rattles but leaves no death or damage

St. Maarten – There are no confirmed reports of death and injury and damage to buildings as a result of the tremor that rocked St. Maarten and its surroundings at 5:29 p.m. yesterday. The tremor measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale and had an epicente

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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St. Dominic high school principal says farewell after 11 years

Former Principal of the St. Dominic High School Jose Sommers (left) stands with some of her students and a colleague during last week Thursday's promotion day and farewell celebration.St. Maarten - Jose Sommers has led St. Dominic High School as its

Opinion - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Opinion: Liability

Employers just love it when their employees go beyond the call of duty. They are the examples that inspire others to get the best out of themselves. But Tomas Lopez, a 21-year old beach guard from Miami found out the hard way that not all employers s

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Liat pilots safely land with one engine

AIRPORT - Passengers travelling on LIAT flight 369 to St. Maarten via St. Kitts had the scare of their lives on Monday evening when one of the engines of the aircraft stopped. Pandemonium reportedly broke out on the aircraft and passengers had to b

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Maxime Verhagen pays working visit to Dutch Caribbean next week

THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I) Maxime Verhagen visits the Dutch Caribbean from Monday July 9 until Friday July 13. He will hold talks on Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire about energy supply an

Opinion - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Opinion: Tragedy

The sentencing of young Charles Samuel to 8 years of imprisonment marks at least a break in what just a few months ago seemed a bright future. Samuel fatally shot his brother Jamal during an argument that went totally out of control on February 12.

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Appointment acting Ombudsman delayed again

St. Maarten – The Central Committee referred a debate about the appointment of Patricia Philips as acting Ombudsman to a future meeting yesterday. The issue was on the agenda once already in June of last year but it was then postponed for technical

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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St. Maarten Council of Ministers receives draft laws

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has received two draft initiative-laws, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s press briefing. The first piece of legislation deals with the abuse of temporary labor contracts, the second o

Letter: R U Ok with this?

French is the official language of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). Since Rene Descartes, the French have always described all manner of existence and meaning of life by putting things in boxes - but not post boxes. This explains perhaps why mail fo

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Princess Juliana International Airport air traffic controllers now certified instructors

PJIAE air traffic controllers’ Certified Training Instructors graduation, (L-R): Gregory Hassell, Manager, PJIAE Control Tower and Flight Information Office, Gabriel Virlan, course instructor, Pan Am Academy; graduates Philmore Watson, Soph

Opinion - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Opinion: Playing cards

How about playing cards for three days straight and going home with something like $18.3 million? That’s what just happened to Antonio Esfandiari, a Iranian-American professional poker player who won the Big One for One Drop charity tournament in L

Opinion - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Opinion: Weigerambtenaren

The Netherlands has one of these weird phenomena: the balking civil servant, or, in proper Dutch, the weigerambtenaar. The main characteristic of such a civil servant is that he refuses to do what tax payers are paying her or him to do. The weigeramb

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Five St. Maarten students find place in higher education

GREAT BAY – Five students from St. Maarten have found a place in the Dutch educational system through the usual lottery system for the available places at universities and colleges. Two students will attend a university and three will go to college

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Lionfish population under control near-shore but increasing in deep water

Nature Foundation researcher Tineke van Bussel presents the findings of her recently concluded research project on the lionfish population and its effects on the local coral reef ecosystem.St. Maarten - Nature Foundation researcher Tineke van Bus

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Parliament may be called back from recess: Tuitt re-balances budget

St. Maarten – The cost of living adjustment payment to civil servants will be absorbed “by positions we are not going to fill,” Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday at the Council of Ministers press briefing. He also announced that his

Editorial - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Editorial: Flexibility

The economy did not fare well at all in 2011. According to the Central Bank it contracted by 1.5 percent – a stark contrast with the previous government that initially based its 2011 budget on the assumption that the economy would grow. While this

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Youth Employment Crisis Boasman: We are not alone in the struggle

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten tripartite delegation that attended last month’s International Labour Organization (ILO) 101st Conference returned from the three week session with the resolve to improve the country’s situation and present an even mor

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 5, 2012

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Gifted Party returns July 28

St. Maarten - Gifted Foundation’s Summer Praise party last Saturday was aglow with young people dancing to the vibes of DJ Kass of NBR radio and live performances by Omalie of Anguilla and guest artiste St. Matthew. Males and females from both th

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 4, 2012

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Government and Cft looking at improving off-season

St. Maarten – Finding a way to bridge the gap between the peak tourism season and the off season is an issue that the government of St. Maarten, the Board of financial supervision and the University of St. Martin are all mulling over at this time.

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 4, 2012

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Opposition submits draft legislation to parliament – UP wants 40 percent increase in stay over tax timeshare owners

St. Maarten – Timeshare owners vacationing in St. Maarten will be confronted with a 40 percent increase in stay over taxes if the parliament approves an initiative law the United People’s party faction submitted to the parliament’s Secretary Ge

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 4, 2012

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Arrindell splits up meeting agenda

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament that was scheduled for Thursday has now been split into two sessions. The meeting was set to begin at 11:00 a.m., but changes have made so MPs can attend the funeral of Nour Ouenniche – the only d

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 4, 2012

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Brooks promises more laughter in 2013

St. Maarten - The dust has hardly settled since the completion of two days of comedy fest and the organizer of Laugh Til Belly Burst Glen Brooks is already planning for the eight edition of the most hilarious event to be held on St Maarten. The two s

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 4, 2012

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Alzheimer’s foundation presents de Weever with newsletter

St. Maarten – President of the St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation (SMAF) Keith Franca and Secretary Raymond Jessurun presented Minister of Public Health Social Development & Labor, Cornelius De Weever with a copy of the June edition of Alzheimer’s

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 4, 2012

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St. Maarten Toastmasters in top three – Romeo-Marlin new Area Governor

St. Maarten -Toastmasters of Area 6 held their installation ceremony for the incoming Area Governor and Club Executives on Saturday at the Community Outreach Mentorship and Empowerment (COME) Centre in the Maynard building. District Governor elect R

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 4, 2012

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Pantophlet’s cabinet gets own telephone line

St. Maarten – The Cabinet of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications (MinTEATT), which had to be relocated from the Government Administration Building, can now be reached by calling telephone numbers 542-2090 or 54

Opinion - Posted on July 4, 2012

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Opinion: Out of left field

Just when you think that everybody is on board as far as overweight and obesity is concerned, someone comes out of left field with a slightly different opinion. That would be Volkskrant columnist Malou van Hintum, who wrote yesterday that “the scal

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 4, 2012

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Imbali all set for summer of folklore and fun

St. Maarten — Imbali Center for Creative Movement began its fifth annual Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp at the John Larmonie Center on Monday, July 2. This year’s program, which focuses on visual and performing arts as a vehicle to celebr

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