Editorial - Posted on January 18, 2011

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St. Maarten and Curacao have a similar problem

One hundred days into their life as countries, both do not have governing program. These documents are basically the government’s guide for the four year term that they are sitting. It lays out specifically what the government will do, when and how

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 18, 2011

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Schoolnews: a tribute to the late Vance James Jr.

St. Maarten – Schoolnews is a one-time publication by Jabez Consulting Group International. The 96-page booklet is a tribute to the late Vance James Jr., and in contains one of the last interviews James gave before his death at age 58 on January

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 18, 2011

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Central Bank lays out reasoning for dollarization

St. Maarten – Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto said on Monday that those present for the presentation on dollarization asked a range of questions covering the pros and cons. Issues such as the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten’s gold rese

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 18, 2011

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No confirmed dengue cases reported yet for 2011

St. Maarten – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a health authority body linked to the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, has reported that no confirmed dengue cases have been reported thus far this year. This could ch

Opinion - Posted on January 18, 2011

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Henri Brookson and Emilio Wilson BV are no longer on friendly terms

We are busy finding out the details, but it appears that the former business partners Henri Brookson and Emilio Wilson B.V. have had a fall-out. From a public notice that appeared in print yesterday we learned that Emilio Wilson B.V. has been summone

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 18, 2011

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Subsidy stop to be used as enforcement mechanism

St. Maarten – Minister of Education Rhoda Arrindell says schools that reject children based on their immigration status will lose their subsidy. According to her this is the one mechanism the government has in its arsenal to make sure that the law

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 18, 2011

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Police arrest three for Billy Folly abductions

St. Maarten – A special team of detectives has arrested and detained R.E.G, I.E.J and N.E.B, all from St. Maarten on suspicion of being involved in two separate abductions they’re investigating. The first abduction took place between Dece

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 18, 2011

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Newly acquired police K9 makes first capture during robbery

St. Maarten - A.P.H., who was recently employed by Sun Color Paint Store, was arrested by police early Monday morning for working with J.S. to rob the store’s location in Philipsburg. The pair was caught in the store by a police K-9 patrol that c

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 18, 2011

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Landlords not allowed to charge turnover tax to tenants

St. Maarten - The Today newspaper received information from concerned tenants claiming that their landlords are forcing them to pay 5 percent turnover tax on top of their rent. According to a spokesman for the tax inspectorate, this is illegal. “T

Opinion - Posted on January 17, 2011

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St. Maarten: Choices and addictions

We read somewhere that gambling addiction is a serious problem in St. Maarten. We immediately wondered if this is really so and who is to blame for it. First of all we note that there are no reliable local figures about gambling addiction – if the

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 17, 2011

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Bankers, Tax Committee to join in today’s dollarization discussion

St. Maarten - The Banker’s Association and the Foundation Tax Committee will also be participating in a meeting the Council of Ministers is having today with the leadership of the Central Bank of St. Maarten and Curacao on the matter of dollarizati

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 17, 2011

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Teachers want clarity on cost of living payments

St. Maarten — President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Claire Elshot says there will be serious consequences for schools if teachers don’t get some clarity on when they’ll be paid cost of living adjustments for 2008 and 2009. The

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 17, 2011

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Police investigating shooting

St. Maarten – Police are investigating an early morning shooting incident that put G.J of Curacao in hospital. The investigation began after police were called to the scene of an accident at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The accident took place nea

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 17, 2011

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St. Maarten Carnival: Second meeting for booths, calypsonians on Wednesday

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will host its second meeting for booth holders and calypsonians on January 19 at the Government Administration Building. The meeting for the calypsonians will start at 6:00 p.m. fol

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 17, 2011

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100 days of being country St. Maarten. Richardson, Gibson concur: We’re getting there.

St. Maarten - By Donellis Browne – Today marks the 100th day since St. Maarten became a country on October 10, 2010 and two senior advisors of government on the process of constitutional change believe things are not going too badly. Dennis Richard

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 15, 2011

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Ombudsman qualifies behavior Cadastre-director as improper

St. Maarten – Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin wants an independent investigation into the registration system at the Cadastre, and a similar investigation into the Foundation’s structural functioning. In a report dated December 30, she recommends to i

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 15, 2011

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St. Maarten looking at developing economic opportunities with China

St. Maarten – Minister of Economic & Tourism Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers has told the Chinese Ambassador to the Netherlands Zhang Jun he will investigate how the economic relationship between St. Maarten and the Peo

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 15, 2011

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Ombudsman Arduin: “No one may leave my office without an answer”

St. Maarten – “I hope they will see me as their ally and not as their enemy,” Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin said yesterday at the end of a press conference about the working of her office. “Before there was nobody looking over their shoulder, bu

Opinion - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Minister’s side-jobs and business deals

While the big storm surrounding the antics of former Public Health Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus is over, the anger among ordinary citizens is still palpable. Certainly, there is a vacancy now in the UP/DP-cabinet, so there ought to be at least a

Opinion - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Self defense or manslaughter?

There are no witnesses, as far as we know, so nobody but the victim and the defendant know what happened on October 18 in a home at Christiansted Drive in Dutch Quarter. Two things are certain: the defendant, a 42-year-old security guard stabbed the

Opinion - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Required reading

The President of our parliament, Drs. Gracita Arrindell was quoted in our newspaper yesterday saying, “It does not state anywhere that being an MP is a fulltime job.” We won’t go as far as calling this a little white lie – that would be too

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Police to draft new policy for St. Maarten airport

St. Maarten – Police high command, led by Chief Commissioner Peter De Witte, has told immigration officers at the airport they plan to create new policies and guidelines on how the officers at the airport work. The announcement follows a weekend in

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Ownership St. Maarten Building Supplies under scrutiny

No side-jobs for civil servants that constitute conflict of interest St. Maarten – Civil servants are not allowed to hold side-jobs “if they are considered a conflict with the position they hold,” Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Government examining Pelican Resort incentive package, short term employment

St. Maarten – Leader of the United People’s (UP) Party Theodore Heyliger says he will not be asking Jules James to choose between his function as a Member of Parliament (MP) and as Managing Director of the new ownership and management company for

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Grace period for driver’s licenses, passport rule waiver not in effect yet

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says her announced grace period to allow people who live on the French side to renew their driver’s license issued on the Dutch side has not yet taken effect. The decree, which will state the beg

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Stern warning for stealing game computer from Divi Resort

St. Maarten – Morrel Odicio Stevens did not have to go back to prison for stealing a game computer from the Divi Little Bay Resort on a historic day – October 10 of last year – but the Court in First Instance sent him on his way with a firm war

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Threatened man sentenced for gun possession

St. Maarten - Alvin Larry Halley had every excuse for carrying a weapon when he was caught with it on October 23 of last year, but he still went down with a 12 month prison sentence in the Court in First Instance. Of the sentence, 8 months are suspen

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Government will tax services purchased from outside companies

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has confirmed the need to amend the law on the Turnover Tax even further. At the weekend the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association issued its analysis of the law and said government had cre

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 13, 2011

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The Buncamper-Molanus pay-out schedule: Income ex-Minister’s husband not deducted from pension payments

St. Maarten –Ex-Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus’ husband Claudius’ income will not be taken into account to calculate the pension rights over the next two years for the fallen politician. Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said yesterday morning i

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 13, 2011

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Female security guard faces 9 years for fatal stabbing

St. Maarten – Sandra Arlene H., a 42-year-old security guard, faces a 9-year prison sentence for fatally stabbing 45-year-old Alexander Radford Seaford on October 18 of last year after a domestic dispute that went out of control. Judge Mr. M. Keppe

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 12, 2011

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St. Maarten Finance Minister agrees on need for fiscal discipline

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says that he is in full agreement with a recent statement by the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten that fiscal discipline must be maintained in 2011 and beyond. The statement was part of the bank

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 12, 2011

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St. Maarten Turnover Tax criticism by SHTA irritates Finance Minister Shigemoto

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association SHTA says recent confusion of the turnover tax amendment could have been avoided if the Minister had met with stakeholders to review the draft legislation before publishing it. They sa

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 12, 2011

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St. Maarten Carnival foundation hopes to submit financial report this week

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is hoping to submit the first of several audited financial reports to the government this week. They’re hoping it will be approved and lead to the handover of owed subsidy for 2

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 12, 2011

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New owners eradicate name of the historic Emilio Wilson Estate

St. Maarten – Henri Brookson, together with the Paas-family the new owner of the Emilio Wilson Estate has renamed the property Golden Rock Estate. This appears from an invitation for the New Year’s party of Ennia. The insurance company invites gu

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 12, 2011

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James cannot participate in debate on Pelican Resort as MP

St. Maarten – “I will not sideline the Constitution and make up things” is the general position taken by President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell on calls for United People’s (UP) Party Member of Parliament (MP) Jules James to choose between

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