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Opinion - Posted on September 1, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Gridlock government

Dear Editor, Let me congratulate all the new parliamentarians. This is your chance to make a clear contrast about yourself than those parliamentarians who were before you. The people of St. Martin are the big losers. Let me explain why, second tim

Opinion - Posted on September 1, 2014

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Opinion: Coalition government (Good or bad?)

Are coalition governments bad for a country as Miguel Arrindell writes elsewhere on this page? This is not necessarily so, but the success of such a government depends on the willingness of coalition partners to work together and to listen to each ot

Editorial - Posted on September 1, 2014

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Editorial: Governing program

A hangover for the party that won most of the votes and a tough job ahead for the three parties that intend to form the new government. That sums up the political developments that unfolded on Friday and that continued into the wee morning hours on S

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Demand 5 years for beating up little girl

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Tineke Kamps demanded 5 years imprisonment yesterday against 37-year-old Angelo P. for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year-old girl on May 15 of this year. Of the demand, 2 years are conditional and the prosecutor asked the

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2014

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St. Maarten Government publishes reaction to Wit-report: Parliament gets to play its part in integrity actions      

St. Maarten – The Council of Minister published yesterday its reaction to Doing the Right Things Right, the report from the Wit-Committee about Integrity in Public Administration. The reaction shows indeed that the government has embraced the repor

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Prosecution appeals class justice ruling

St. Maarten – The prosecution filed an appeal yesterday against the ruling in the 2010 election fraud case (the so-called Masbangu investigation). On Monday, the court declared the prosecution inadmissible in the prosecution of three suspects who a

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Investigation at Prosecutor’s office

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson will consult with the chairman of the Law Enforcement Council– former Lt. Governor Franklyn Richards – about a possible investigation into the practice of class justice within the Public Prosecut

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: UP Party causes real estate bubble

Dear Editor, The UP led government has created a real estate bubble that will burst and hurt many real estate investors. Let us take a look at the real estate transaction by Minister Lake of the UP party from an auditor’s view: Before a minis

Opinion - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: Political wolves

Dear Editor, While watching the political debate on TV Sunday night, I taught I was watching a first-grade question and answer class. All candidates were seated in a row about six inches apart. If one only moved their elbows a little, they would b

Opinion - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: God and the constitution

Dear Editor, Thank God for the persons who had the good sense to incorporate the following statement as the first line of the preamble of our constitution. WE, THE PEOPLE OF SINT MAARTEN CONFIRMING that we recognize the guiding principles of Al

Editorial - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Editorial: Missed opportunity by Prosecutor’s Office

The prosecutor’s office missed a golden opportunity to save its reputation when it announced yesterday that is has appealed the verdict in the Masbangu-case. On Monday, four defendants accused of election fraud walked out of the courthouse without

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Court allows hearing additional witnesses in Bada Bing case

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance granted yesterday morning close to all requests defense attorneys made last week in the run-up to the Bada Bing bribery trial that is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2015. The court referred the ca

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2014

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UP party inadmissible in quest for complete voting register

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance declared the United People’s party and its president Sylvia Meyers-Olivacce inadmissible yesterday in a lawsuit that the party filed in an effort to obtain a full copy of the voters register. The UP, r

Opinion - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Too close for comfort

St. Maarten - Politicians are not top of the class when it comes to abiding by the rules and that is no secret. The general permit Justice Minister Dennis Richardson published on July 14 states for instance that it is prohibited to place campaign mat

Opinion - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: Voters register

The attempt by the United People’s party to obtain a copy of the voters register stranded yesterday on formal grounds – the attorneys dragged the wrong parties to court. Maybe there will be a second attempt today, but the lawsuit seems to be pret

Opinion - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: Mindful moments on mirroring

Mindfulness is paying attention nonjudgmentally. Mindfulness promotes morality, kindness, and the ability to stay with your body, so hence make better decisions for your person and others around you. Our minds are constantly on a journey weaving betw

Opinion - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: Mentorship program

Dear Editor, I see the need for mentoring our young people, call it a Big Brother/Sister program if you like - the investment of an adult's time, resources, energy, in the life of young people. I call it living life with an impressionable pre-teen

Editorial - Posted on August 29, 2014

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Editorial: Manifestos

With Election Day approaching rapidly, the electorate has to make up its mind and determine which party is the best option for the next four years. We have no rightwing, leftwing or green parties in St. Maarten and the manifestos the parties have

Uncategorized - Posted on August 26, 2014

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Prosecution inadmissible in election fraud trial: Class justice, judge rules

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance accused the Public Prosecutor’s Office of class justice in its ruling in the election fraud case yesterday, and revealed that United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger deposited $3 million of his own

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 26, 2014

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Party leaders avoid Laser 101 debate: Rhoda Arrindell (UP): “Stupid grievances downed first Wescot-Williams cabinet”

St. Maarten – Party leaders declined to take part in what would have been the last political debate before the elections on Friday yesterday. Radio station Laser 101 had invited UP-leader Theo Heyliger, DP-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams, NA-leader W

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 26, 2014

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Gaming industry hardly subject to controls: Casinos owe millions to treasury

St. Maarten – Casinos owe the treasury approximately 11 million guilders ($6.15 million) in arrears for casino controller fees. The Wit-Committee writes this in Doing the Right Things Right, its report about Integrity in Public Administration.

Opinion - Posted on August 26, 2014

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Opinion: Too many red flags

By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert Residents of St. Maarten know themselves who they are and believe in what they are. Others know what they read about St. Maarten and that’s what they tend to believe in. Are the media to blame for what they read? No! The ev

Opinion - Posted on August 26, 2014

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Opinion: Questions for the UP-leader (Theo Heyliger)

Dear Editor, Please allow me the use of your esteem daily to pose the following questions to the leader of the United People’s Party: Can the leader of the UP tell the citizens of Country St. Maarten, which political party, while in governmen

Opinion - Posted on August 26, 2014

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Opinion: Nationalized bus system

Dear Editor, Over the years I have seen our leaders propose several solutions to help alleviate traffic congestion. Some of the solutions include stop lights, round-a-bouts, bridges, a moratorium on bringing in cars and tunnels. Several of them we

Editorial - Posted on August 26, 2014

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Editorial: They’re all guilty

The court ruling in the election fraud case must be manna from heaven for politicians. No crime was committed; the favorite line of UP-candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus might soon become the mantra of other misguided politicians. The court declare

Editorial - Posted on August 25, 2014

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Editorial: Guns off the streets

The crackdown on illegal firearms by the police is long overdue. There is another epidemic on St. Maarten besides dengue and chikungunya: the gun virus. Thursday’s confiscation of 4 semi-automatic pistols with extended clips and a snub nosed AK 47

Opinion - Posted on August 25, 2014

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Opinion: Wit report confirmation: St. Maarten parliament is not functioning as it should

The Wit-report confirms something everybody knows: St. Maarten's Parliament is not functioning as it should. This does not mean that all parliamentarians are slackers, or that all parliamentarians are taking their jobs way too lightly. We know the ex

Opinion - Posted on August 25, 2014

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Opinion: Cruelty to iguanas

Dear Editor, For years a family in Great Bay has held in captivity some iguanas.  On various occasions I’ve tried to contact the Nature Foundation as well as some animal rescue foundations to remind them about the situation and make a plea to d

Opinion - Posted on August 25, 2014

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Opinion: Open Government part II

Dear editor, After the publication of my first article on “Open Government” the topic has triggered many responses. Please allow me to continue on the platform of Open Government, and I ask the public to be open-minded and decide who they woul

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 25, 2014

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Integrity report presents scathing assessment – St. Maarten Parliament under fire

St. Maarten – Many within and outside of Parliament doubt whether the important task of this institution is currently executed adequately. That is the mildest remark in the integrity report of the Wit Committee about the functioning of St. Maarten

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 25, 2014

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Two more handguns confiscated

St. Maarten - Police confiscated two more illegal handguns yesterday as they continue to execute their plan of action to remove all illegal weapons from the streets and to prosecute those responsible. During a search of two suspect vehicles the pist

French St. Martin News - Posted on August 25, 2014

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St. Martin’s Vice President Guillaume Arnel receives French medal of merit

CONCORDIA—Vice President of the Collectivité Guillaume Jacques Arnel received the prestigious Medal of Merit from the President of the Republic of France. He was pinned with the medal by Prefét Philippe Chopin at a ceremony held at the Chamber of

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 25, 2014

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Report in Atlanta Business Chronicle: Tropical Shipping paid kickbacks to foreign port

St. Maarten – AGL Resources Inc., the largest national gas distribution company in the United States, sold Tropical Shipping for around $220 million to a subsidiary of Saltchuk Resources Inc., a privately owned company in Seattle. The sales follows

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 25, 2014

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DP wants risk assessment by Central Bank – Harbor’s legal team calls Zebec N.V.’s $100M claim “frivolous”

 St. Maarten - The Harbor Group of Companies says that the $100 million claim from Zebec NV against it is “wholly without merit” but the Democratic Party said in a press release that it is “seriously concerned” about the matter. Zebec claim

Opinion - Posted on August 25, 2014

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Opinion: Principles

Is there anybody out there still able to follow the political points of view about the purchase of the Vorst Estate? We certainly have trouble making sense of the reaction from Vromi-Minister Lake after the court sentenced the government to come up w

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