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Opinion - Posted on March 11, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Saturday night special

Minister Duncan’s plans to regulate gun ownership by ministerial decree will probably do nothing to curb the circulation of cheap illegal hand guns, commonly known as Saturday night specials. If anything, the regulation will encourage more citizens

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 11, 2011

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Prime Minister, USONA to sign financing agreements

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who is responsible for the Ministry of General Affairs, will sign two financing agreements financed by the Dutch funding agency USONA on Friday. One relates to the Integrity project and the other

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 11, 2011

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Visa list to be expanded

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has announced that the government has sent a request to the Kingdom Council of Ministers to expand the list of countries whose citizens need a visa. No details of what countries will be added were given

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 11, 2011

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Stiffer punishments for Parliament to decide

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has told Members of Parliament that they’ll have a concrete chance to set “stiffer punishments” as a deterrent for crime when he presents them with the new Penal Code. He was responding to question

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 11, 2011

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New Civil Code gives children right to establish paternity

Quarter of kids don’t know who their biological father is St. Maarten – An astonishing 25 percent of children in Curacao does not have a father, Mr. Jan de Boer, a member of the Common Court of Justice revealed yesterday during a presentation

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 10, 2011

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Prisoners want attention for Pointe Blanche shortcomings

Inmates Association complains to Governor and Minister St. Maarten – The Pointe Blanche Prison Inmates Association has petitioned the prison’s parole board, Justice Minister Roland Duncan and Governor Eugene Holiday to draw attention to the co

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 10, 2011

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Parliamentarians express serious concerns about gun licenses

St. Maarten – With the exception of Democratic Party MP Petrus Leroy de Weever, parliamentarians in yesterday’s central committee all had serious concerns about Justice Minister Duncan’s decree that will regulate conditions under which citizens

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 10, 2011

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Man gets contact-ban for ill-treating ex-girlfriend

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Charles Leopold Illidge, 47, to 194 days imprisonment for ill-treating his ex-girlfriend G.L. on June 30th of last year with a machete. Of the sentence, 150 days are suspended. The court also impo

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 10, 2011

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Theo Heyliger signs agreements for infrastructure, more inspectors

St. Maarten – Minister of Housing, Physical Planning, Infrastructure and the Environment (VROMI) Theodore Heyliger signed two financing agreements with USONA on Wednesday for a combined total of 6.2 million guilders. The first project, valued at 5.

Editorial - Posted on March 10, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A word of welcome

A new Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor begins to work today and we have no qualms of telling him: Proceed with caution. Our warning is not because we’re going on the offensive, but simply because the person in this role will

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 10, 2011

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Cornelius de Weever takes office as minister today

St. Maarten – Dr. Cornelius de Weever will be taking the oath of office as Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor today. The national resolution confirming his appointment was signed by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Wedne

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 10, 2011

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St. Maarten Government to request 20 million guilder advance

St. Maarten – The Government of St. Maarten plans to request a second advance on its share of the assets of the former legal entity the Netherlands Antilles, in order to help balance the budget. The measure was announced Wednesday by Prime Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 10, 2011

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Corporate Governance Council to get start-up advance

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has decided to grant the Corporate Governance Council a 400, 000 guilder advance on its budget for 2011 to allow it to become operational. The decision taken on Tuesday and announced on Wednesday now gives the

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 10, 2011

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Arrindell consults young men about GB – 3

St. Maarten – Minister of Youth Affairs Rhoda Arrindell met with a group of young men who wish to be part of the Get off the Block, Get on the Bus, Get Busy (GB-3) project last week. The meeting is part of the heavy focus on consulting the youth t

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 10, 2011

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Government will honor commitments to Westin

PM: General interest is the key St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has been advised to send the management of Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa a letter stating the government’s intentions to honor commitments that were made to at

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Pelican Resort workers jubilant at tri-partite agreement

Pelican Resort workers jubilant at tri-partite agreement

St. Maarten – Workers of the former Pelican Resort said a prayer of thanks in front of the Government Administration Building and thanked their attorneys Maarten Le Poole and Wim van Sambeek on Tuesday afternoon because an agreement has been reac

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Ministerial Foundation wants dress and behavior code for gay cruise passengers

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten United Ministerial Foundation made a solid presentation to the parliamentary committee for Tourism and Economic Affairs yesterday, but spokesman pastor Wycliff Smith did not stick solely to the issue of the “gay cruise

Opinion - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: “Gay marketing”

St. Maarten hangs on to the idea that its economy will grow by 1.3 percent this year, while a solid projection by the respected Central Bank does not get past 0.3 percent. That explains the hole in the budget. Yesterday the parliamentary committee f

Opinion - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: “Protect Timeshare owners”

Dear Editor, If your government does not wake up and protect timeshare owners from excessive maintenance fees and resorts closing the economy of this island will be destroyed. Timeshare people are leaving in huge numbers to places where they feel

Opinion - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: “Make them give something back”

Dear Editor, So Pelican got just what they wanted didn’t they; another set of tax breaks! That was what it was always about and they strong armed government until they got it. So what is stopping other companies from doing the exact same thing?

Editorial - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: The collective psyche of our nation

Tuesday’s tripartite agreement to allow employees of Simpson Bay Resort and Marina to return to work is cause for celebration and proves that the resolution to the matter truly lay in dialogue and not in the courts. In the end willingness for parti

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Calypsonians given one final deadline for music sheets

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has issued one final deadline for all calypsonians and road march singers who have registered for Carnival 2011 Monday, March 14th is the very last day to submit music sheets. Music

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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St. Maarten Justice Minister to brief Parliament on law, policy and crime spike

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament meets with Justice Minister Roland Duncan today concerning several justice matters including the recent spike in crime. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th at 2:30 p.m. in the General

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Cft: Pandt’s statements are not Board’s opinions

St. Maarten - “The Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) has taken notice of expressions of Mr. Max Pandt made in the media. These expressions are of Mr. Pandt's own account and are no reflection of the opinions of the Board.” Those two lines are

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Arrindell supports laws against human slavery and exploitation

St. Maarten – President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell, says she supports the drafting of legislation that would make human slavery and exploitation of persons an illegal act and punishable by law. She’s also outraged after she heard about

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Nagico sponsors Academy’s Wall of Achievement

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Academy will erect a ‘Wall of Achievement’ to motivate and inspire current students at the institution to strive for greatness and excellence. The project, funded by Nagico Insurances to the tune of US $1 500, was an

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Tri-partite agreement reached for resort reopening (Pelican)

St. Maarten – The Simpson Bay Resort Management Company (SBRMC) has committed to reopening Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina within 10 days and taking all 182 members of Wifol back to work. The management

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Wave Donation helps Safe Haven relocate

Wave Donation helps Safe Haven relocate

St. Maarten - The Safe Haven Foundation received a donation of US $2,500.00 from the “Team Wave” Tuesday. The latter competed in the recent Heineken Regatta and used the opportunity to heighten the awareness for abused women. The handover of

French St. Martin News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Fire destroys hillside in French Cul de Sac

Fire destroys hillside in French Cul de Sac

St. Maarten – An early morning fire that kept going well into yesterday afternoon destroyed all vegetation on a hillside overlooking Pinel Island and Orient Bay. The fire started before seven o’clock, most likely on the garbage dump that is loc

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 9, 2011

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Four nation project ends in St. Maarten

St. Maarten - For the first time ever, St. Dominic High has participated in a Comenius project with Germany, Italy, and Sweden. All four countries worked on projects based on the theme “The way we were, the way we are”. Three out of the four meet

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 8, 2011

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25,000 Guilders reward for information about murders

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office is offering a reward of 25,000 guilders, or almost $14,000 for information that leads to the solution of the four murders that shocked the island during the past two weeks. Press officer Mr. Rienk Mud,

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 8, 2011

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“Maybe I do not serve the interest of certain highly paid consultants”

Cft board member Max Pandt speaks out about his tiff with Shigemoto GREAT BAY – “If I am a well respected professional, why the hell did he threw me out?” Tax attorney Max Pandt is still exasperated about the action by Finance Minister Hiro

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 8, 2011

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Inmates Association proposes solutions for prison cell shortage

Pointe Blanche renovation requires relocating 30 inmates St. Maarten – The complicated situation in the filled to capacity Pointe Blanche prison will get even more complicated when the renovation of the facility gets underway. A letter from the

Editorial - Posted on March 8, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Quibbling

Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto thinks of tax attorney, former Lt. Governor and members of the board for financial supervision Cft, Max Pandt, as a respected professional. Yet he found reason to throw him out of a meeting with the Cft because Pandt i

Opinion - Posted on March 8, 2011

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Today’s Opinion 2: “Gun licenses”

Justice Minister Roland Duncan’s decree that regulates the conditions for gun licenses leaves many questions unanswered. That the decree will be a topic of discussion this week, just after the island has been hit by an unprecedented spike in violen

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