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St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Violations campaign rules upset NA

St. Maarten - The National Alliance has expressed grave concern at the move by authorities to disregard parliament’s unanimous call for campaign rules and engage in what appears to be the bending of the rules to suit the political parties that had

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Justice Minister sidesteps constitution: UP not in violation of campaign rules

St. Maarten – “The United People’s Party is not in violation of any established campaign regulations pertaining to the placement of posters and other campaign paraphernalia,” said UP leader and Member of Parliament  (MP)Theo Heyliger in a p

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Jamaloodin on hunger strike – Attorney: prosecution suffers tunnel vision

WILLEMSTAD – Embattled Curacao politician and former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin has taken a queue from Aruba Premier Mike Eman and gone on a hunger strike in protest of his detention and trial, his attorney Chester Peterson confirmed ye

Opinion - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Mockery of democracy

Dear Editor, Be warned. I am not trying to be funny here. This is one of those rare moments when I am dead serious. Elections on St. Maarten have become nothing less than a big Carnival with many clowns in costume pretending to be something other th

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Healthcare for everyone

Dear Editor, In this opinion letter I would like to touch on the “care” part of medical health care. We can divide medical health care in two categories: cure and care. The cure part is when you need treatment and/or medicine to get better. Th

Opinion - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Bitcoin crumbles

We haven’t heard much anymore about Ryan Higgins’s initiative to promote the digital currency Bitcoin in St. Maarten. In April, he organized several meetings in Simpson Bay that attracted a select group of people who seemed mostly fed up with the

Opinion - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Another call for legalizing soft drugs

The Editorial Board of the New York Times has jumped on the bandwagon with the proponents of legalized marijuana. On Sunday, the board published the following statement: “It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohi

Editorial - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Editorial: Health insurance

The National Health Insurance plan has been a bit of a running gag for at least the past five years. Now the Democratic Party proposes in its election platform a phased introduction if this system. In March 2010, party-leader Wescot-Williams (then

Editorial - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Editorial: Words into action

The recent Parlatino forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) is a topic with actual relevance and meaning to the social reality on St. Maarten. In light of the recent spree of armed robberies in Cole Bay and Front Street, not to mention the shoo

Opinion - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Cemetery development project

Honorable Minister Maurice Lake, It was with great pleasure that I read in the news on Thursday July 10 about the project to repair the cemeteries on the island. Having been involved in the burial insurance business for over 20 years, I got firsth

Opinion - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Promote boxing for the youth

Over the weekend, a group of St. Maarteners was chilling out, while having nice discussions on a number of situations on the island. When I joined them, they were just talking about how during political campaigns, many candidates try to outdo each ot

Opinion - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: The dark side of the sun

Sun, sea, and beaches – that sums up the tourism product St. Maarten has to offer. Okay, there is also nightlife and there are restaurants – but don’t they have that anywhere else in the world as well? The sun as a strong selling point is also

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Event will be held at Maho again: Crystal Pineapple Awards set for November 21

GREAT BAY– The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) announced yesterday in a press release that the 9th annual Crystal Pineapple Awards (CPA) will be held on Friday, November 21, at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. Year aft

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2014

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DUTCH VENEZUELAN TENSIONS EASED WITH RELEASE OF DIPLOMAT

ORANJESTAD – The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said that the Netherlands decided to release the Venezuelan General Hugo “Pollo” Carvajal, who was arrested in Aruba last Wednesday night, says a report in the Curacao Chronicle. Throu

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Electoral Council focuses on party finances

St. Maarten -After having completed the registration of the parties desirous of contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections on August 29, the Electoral Council has now embarked on an information campaign to provide information on the financial a

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 29, 2014

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Son of DP co-founder slams party: “Hypocrites from the Democratic Party”

St. Maarten – Al Wathey, the eldest son of the late Democratic Party (DP) co-founder Claude Wathey, slammed the current leadership of the DP at last Thursday’s wreath laying ceremony at the Claude Wathey statue in front of the Government Adminis

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Central Voting Bureau allots the blue color to the Social Reform Party

St. Maarten- The Central Voting Bureau has allotted numbers and colors to the political parties during their meeting held at the AC Wathey Legislative Hall yesterday afternoon. During the meeting the United St. Maarten Party was awarded the number 1

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2014

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UP Leader Theo Heyliger talks trade with Dominican Republic’s president

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – This week United People’s (UP) party leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger met with President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina with the intention of strengthening relations between both countries, accordin

Uncategorized - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Aruban budget conflict Bosman warns against emotional statements

THE HAGUE – Rumors and emotional statements are seriously disrupting the relationships in the Kingdom in the conflict between Aruba and the Kingdom Council of Ministers, according to VVD-MP André Bosman. “Be careful with emotional statements tha

Uncategorized - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Navarro: “If I drop dead, Schotte is responsible” Argument erupts after Jamaloodin-arrest

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – MFK-parliamentarian Gerrit Schotte is unhappy with the firm statements Justice Minister Nelson Navarro made in a local radio broadcast. The minister said that, if he drops dead on the sidewalk, Schotte would be responsible for

Editorial - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Editorial: University of St. Martin: A step in the right direction

The University of St. Martin (USM) seems to be heading in the right direction with its current degree program arrangement with Monroe College and the Study Financing Department. For too long, USM hobbled along, crippled by both bad internal decisions

Opinion - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Opinion: Coaching math instead of teaching math

Kids have trouble staying focused in our schools. Boys are performing worse than girls and math is the mother of all horrors for many students. But it does not have to be that way. Jordan Ellenberg - a professor of mathematics at the University of Wi

Opinion - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Opinion: Is the death penalty doomed?

St. Maarten does not have the death penalty, but thirteen other countries in the Caribbean still do: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the G

Editorial - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Editorial: Helmin Wiels murder investigation is getting uglier by the day.

With the arrest of former MFK Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin the Wiels murder investigation in Curacao is getting uglier by the day. Two weeks ago, Carlos Monk said he is a suspect in this investigation as well. Monk was a Pueblo Soberano-mini

Opinion - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Opinion: Liabilities (of Ministers signing agreements)

Did Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake overstep his authority when he signed a purchase agreement with the Vorst-family to buy land in Cay Hill for $5.5 million? There is no doubt that the answer to this question has to be a resounding yes. Lake signed t

Opinion - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Opinion by Cor Merx: Noblesse oblige (policy for commercial sex workers)

Below is the reaction from attorney Cor Merx to statements made by Minister of Public Health, social Development and Labor about the new policy for commercial sex workers.  “Please understand that our (owners of the clubs) level of communicatio

Opinion - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Opinion: Open government

Dear Editor, The perception of the power of the politician in St. Maarten stems from the notion to grant privileges and benefits to preferred voters and vice versa.  For that reason, many believe that politicians are not in favor of transparency.

Opinion - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Reader’s opinion: Election Campaign Promises

Dear Editor, I have lived here for over 30 years. I raised my children here and this is my home. I have never written to you before but the time has come to speak up. I am sure we are all tired of hearing the same campaign promises. As I listen to

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Claude Wathey commemoration leaves bitter taste for first time

St. Maarten – The twelfth annual wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Democratic Party founder Claude Wathey left a bitter taste for the first time since it was organized twelve years ago when DP-representatives realized yesterday morning that

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2014

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DP unhappy with criticism on cooperation with French St. Martin

St. Maarten– Democratic Party-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams has reacted disappointed to  a report parliamentarian Daniel Gibbs submitted to the French senate that claims that Dutch St. Maarten is not interested in working together with the French s

Uncategorized - Posted on July 27, 2014

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On suspicion of commissioning Wiels-assassination: Ex-minister Jamaloodin arrested

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Detectives arrested George Jamaloodin, the former Minister of Finance in the Schotte administration, early yesterday morning on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of Helmin Wiels on May 5 of last year, Anneke Polak

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2014

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Remembering A.C. Wathey: The story behind the statue

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Every July 24 some people take the time to remember one of St. Maarten’s perhaps most famous (or infamous depending on whom you ask) sons, placing memorial wreaths at the base of a statue dedicated to the life of

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 24, 2014

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Political parties have to remove billboards from roundabouts

Chief Commissioner De Witte: “This is a learning moment” St. Maarten – “This has been a learning moment,” Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte told this newspaper yesterday about the permit for the placement of political campaign material.

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 24, 2014

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St. Maarten mourns victims of flight MH17

“This tragedy touches all parts of the kingdom” GREAT BAY – St. Maarten observed the national day of mourning for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Flag were half-mast at government buildings. The government has opened a condol

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 24, 2014

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Tricks gets 7 years for two armed robberies

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Leroy Wilson yesterday to 7 years of imprisonment for committing two armed robberies and for firearm possession. On April 6, 2013 Wilson robbed the Golden Island Chinese restaurant of money, c

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