St. Maarten News - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Needs Assessment Survey starts today in St. Peters

St. Maarten – Surveyors will begin interviewing St. Peters residents today to gather information for the Integrated Neighborhood Development Program (INDP). The needs assessment survey and the overall program are aimed at finding out the district�

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Laptop thief gets firm beating and ten months imprisonment

St. Maarten – David Toussaint, 31, was in the process of stealing a backpack containing a laptop from the car of a GEBE-employee on November 10 of last year when the owner unexpectedly turned up. Toussaint got a firm beating from the laptop-owner a

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 17, 2011

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St. Maarten school registration ongoing

St. Maarten – Registration for the 2011/2012 school year for public schools has begun, with special focus on children between six and nine. Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell said starting registration now is meant to give the Ministry time to plan

Editorial - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: National Identity, National Debate

Minister of Education Rhoda Arrindell’s statement on the spelling of St. Maarten has opened the door to restart a discussion on that and other parts of the nation’s identity. This was confirmed Wednesday by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. B

Opinion - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Opinion: Correction: You get the Government you’ve been paid for!

Dear Editor, When I read the title of R. Brison’s letter to The Daily Herald’s editor on Tuesday entitled “Don’t blame Government; You get what you pay for” I was somewhat taken aback, in that from reading the title, I got the impressio

Opinion - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Opinion: Airport cars

The airport has an interesting collection of abandoned cars impounded. Since the airport is more into handling airline passengers than into acting as a second hand car dealer, it published an ad calling on the owners of these vehicles to come and pic

Opinion - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Opinion: Energy bills

We read somewhere that certain schools have a problem with their utility bills. They seem to be sky high and of course this is not the fault of the schools but of the utilities company that charge them commercial rates. We’re just wondering whether

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Entertainer gets community service for beating ex-wife

St. Maarten – Alvin Janvier Lawrence, 63, makes his living as an entertainer but there was nothing entertaining about an encounter he had with his ex-wife Mrs. G. on November 16 last year. An argument turned ugly and Lawrence punched his ex in the

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 17, 2011

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St. Maarten Carnival Booth holder meeting postponed

St. Maarten —The booth holder meetings scheduled for Thursday night, February 17, has been postponed by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF). The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date. “The foundation is still busy putti

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Tongue-lashing for boy who showed up late in court

St. Maarten - A 16-year old boy who had to appear in the Court in First Instance charged with attacking another boy in St. Peters on December 2 of last year, showed up late and got an immediate tongue-lashing from Judge Mr. M. Keppels. “You are la

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 17, 2011

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St. Maarten Budget cuts ahead

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers will discuss proposals to keep country St. Maarten's budget in balance at an extraordinary meeting today. The proposals were tabled in the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, but the discussion was deferred until

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Clarity needed on Jouvert holiday

St. Maarten – Culture Minister Rhoda Arrindell says she is unaware that the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation has requested that April 29 be a holiday to facilitate Jouvert morning. A letter and an email provided by the SCDF say otherwise

Opinion - Posted on February 17, 2011

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Opinion: Minister of Education demand for English spelling of St.Maarten

Dear Editor, It is amazing that Minister of Education Rhoda Arrindell would demand that the spelling of St.Maarten to be in English. As an educator and an editor/member of the House of Nehesi (the best publishing house in the world) the Ministe

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 16, 2011

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(Pelican Resort) Wifol attorneys offer tradeoff for cooperation

St. Maarten – The attorneys for the Workers Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol) Maarten Le Poole and Wim van Sambeek said Tuesday their client will only consider supporting a request for speedy appeal if the resort stays open and the members of W

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 16, 2011

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St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce wants stricter control on business registration

President Carty asks Duncan for extraordinary criminal investigators St. Maarten – The Chamber of Commerce is stepping up to the plate to enforce good governance in the business community. President Glen Carty announced yesterday that he has so

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 16, 2011

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St. Maarten’s Justice Minister’s driver arrested as BTA-suspect

St. Maarten – The driver of Justice Minister Roland Duncan was arrested yesterday morning as a suspect in the ongoing Brooks Tower fraud investigation. The driver is a former female VKS-officer, M.S. Press officer Mr. Rienk Mud confirmed the arre

Editorial - Posted on February 16, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Another arrest

The Brooks Tower fraud investigation netted another suspect yesterday – and again it is someone with a function that is too close for comfort to the political leadership of the country. Having said that, we’d like to stress for the record that w

Opinion - Posted on February 16, 2011

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A Love Letter to the People of St. Maarten

Dear Editor, I was so glad to find that your editor published another of my letters (Feb. 10, page 22). My first letter had been in Today on Feb. 5, page 18. Being published makes me so happy. I am 69 years old and here I find I have a new call

Opinion - Posted on February 16, 2011

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Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell.

A top 25 for Minister Arrindell Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell has decided that her Ministry will refer to the Friendly Country in all written communication as St. Martin. It does not make sense to stick to the Dutch spelling St. Maarten, the Mi

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 16, 2011

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Middle Region ground breaking ceremony postponed

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) announced that the ground breaking ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, February 15 at 3:00 p.m. has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. T

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 16, 2011

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Government approves corrective law for turnover tax

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says the Council of Ministers has approved a change to the turnover tax (ToT) law – corrective law - on February 8th, 2011. The corrective law will now have to go to the Council of Advice and then to

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 16, 2011

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Coast Guard name change approved

St. Maarten – The Kingdom Council of Ministers has decided to rebrand the Coast Guard. In its meeting on Friday February 11, the council decided to adopt the name Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (KWCARIB). The Coast Guard has been known as the Coast

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 16, 2011

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Repeat offender arrested in stolen car

St. Maarten – Police arrested M.L, a repeat offender, on Saturday in a car that was reported stolen in September 2010. The suspect was found asleep in the gold colored Mitsubishi Mirage on Pumpkin Drive at 1:00 p.m. The vehicle had been stripped of

French St. Martin News - Posted on February 16, 2011

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Book launch set for Mother Language day

MARIGOT/ST.MARTIN - A book party for The Frock & Other Poems by Laurelle “Yaya” Richards will be held at the Marigot Waterfront on Sunday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. The event is being organized by the Collectivity’s Department of Culture. T

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 15, 2011

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Dutch rep Lars Walrave returns to Netherlands

St. Maarten – The Dutch Representative in St. Maarten, Lars Walrave returns to the Netherlands next week Friday. He took office on August 1st, 2009 as the successor of Gert Jan Stortelers who returned after a 4-year stint on the island to the Minis

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 15, 2011

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Government slow to void long lease contract with Buncampers

Preliminary investigation into $3 million land deal remains active St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos reconfirmed yesterday that the preliminary investigation into possible criminal wrongdoings by former Public Health

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 15, 2011

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(Pelican Resort) Bloem requests assistance for speedy appeal

St. Maarten – The legal representative for Simpson Bay Resort Management Company (SBRMC) and Royal Resorts Jairo Bloem has requested the assistance of the attorneys for the Workers Institute of Labor (Wifol) in speeding up an appeal of the February

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 15, 2011

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Last meeting for St. Maarten Carnival booths on Thursday

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will host its third and final meeting for booth holders on Thursday, February 17 at the Government Administration Building. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. President of the SCDF

Opinion - Posted on February 15, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Earning the money

Members of Parliament, at least some of them, seems to not have a handle on taking advice and seeing some of the things we print here as our contribution to raising the bar in this our friendly country. We have been told in no certain terms, by them

Editorial - Posted on February 15, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Action

It is now 54 days ago that Public Health, Social Development and Labor Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus announced her forced resignation over a scandal whereby she and her husband Claudius sold the economic ownership of a piece of government-owned la

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 15, 2011

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Celebrity Century Cruise brings 1,800 nudists to St. Maarten on Sunday

St. Maarten – The Celebrity Century cruise ship will dock in Philipsburg on Sunday carrying 1,800 nudists. The cruise is organized by Bare Necessities Tour and travel from Austin, Texas. The vessel left Miami yesterday; it will arrive in St. Barths

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 15, 2011

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Dutch, French St. Maarten Hotels pitch into accommodate Pelican Resort guests

St. Maarten – Six hotels on both sides of the island have allotted rooms to accommodate timeshare owners originally destined for Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina. The property’s management has decided

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 15, 2011

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Richardson says clarity needed on Winair

St. Maarten –National Alliance Member of Parliament Frans Richardson has announced the faction’s intention to call a meeting of parliament to “gain clarity” around events at Winair. He’s also accused Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, wh

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 15, 2011

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MPs slam Minister over teacher’s action

St. Maarten – Members of the Parliament from the National Alliance have chastised the government for unilaterally altering the arrangement for teachers and civil servants to get a 5.3 percent cost of living adjustment in 2011. They also said the mi

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 15, 2011

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St. Maarten Police report strong arrest figures

St. Maarten – The Special Robbery Unit of the police force has solved 40 percent of the armed robberies that took place in January. There were 15 armed robberies in that month in different areas and so far the SRU has arrested six suspects. The po

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