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St. Maarten News - Posted on August 20, 2014

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Doing the right things right: Wit-committee presents 40 integrity-recommendations

St. Maarten – Doing the right things right, the final report from the Committee Integer Public Administration chaired by Justice Bob Wit, was leaked to the media yesterday morning from the email-address integritysxm@gmail.com. The leaked version,

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 20, 2014

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Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten take a stand: “No government can be the judge of its own actions”

St. Maarten – The Presidents of the Parliaments of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten and their respective committees for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations adopted two resolutions during their meeting on Monday. Yesterday they presented the resolution

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 20, 2014

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Central Bank presents its annual report: Deficits declining, but monitor debt to GDP level

St. Maarten – President of the Central Bank Emsley Tromp said yesterday in press conference that if the current trend continues with St. Maarten’s budget, there will be a “positive and healthy situation soon, with a surplus on the budget.” T

Opinion - Posted on August 20, 2014

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Opinion by Elco Rosario: The state of our Nation of Law

Of the reactions to my article of last weekend published in Today under the heading  Left Behind the prevailing ones were: 1) government must immediately correct the great injustice caused to this young Sint Maarten student and 2) don’t count on

Opinion - Posted on August 20, 2014

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Opinion: Historic heritage motions

Dear Editor, In February of 2013 Member of Parliament Frans Richardson called to assure me that he believes in and fully supports the efforts of Sint Maarten Pride Foundation, Epic and the Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation to safeguard and properly

Opinion - Posted on August 20, 2014

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Opinion: Back to court (Denicio Richardson, ex postal director)

Having been in courts already three times to defend myself on the matter surrounding my settlement package as the former Director for Postal Services St. Maarten NV (PSS) Office, both Government and PSS are taking me back to courts for a fourth time

Editorial - Posted on August 20, 2014

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Editorial: Uphill battle (fixing St. Maarten’s integrity deficiencies)

That someone chose of all options the integrity report from the Wit-Committee as a potential weapon to damage political opponents says something about how integrity is understood in St. Maarten. From what this newspaper has been able to divine fro

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 19, 2014

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Man shot dead Sunday morning

St. Maarten – A man was killed early Sunday morning just outside the Roof Top nightclub in after an apparent shoot out between him and others. Junior Bertin Maurice aka “Juice Boy” was gunned down around 5 am in the club’s parking lot on the

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 19, 2014

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Indian Ambassador to Venezuela visits: Indian Merchants Association snubs Parliament

St. Maarten – In what appears to be a political move, the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) snubbed the Governor and Members of Parliament, including President Gracita Arrindell, on the first visit of the Indian Ambassador to Venezuela, Smita Pur

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 19, 2014

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Lively political debate on Laser 101: Connor (UP) estimates gray economy to be 50 percent

St. Maarten – “The government has a debt of 500 million guilders to the Netherlands, and 200 million to creditors. The 2015 budget is expected to be around 465 million. Unemployment is 11.5 percent. It is your first day in office. What will you d

Opinion - Posted on August 19, 2014

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Opinion by Leopold James: Rotten apples

Allow me to make the following pledge towards all the parties and their candidates, who are participating in the upcoming Parliamentary elections, slated for August 29. In all my comments, as president of the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement,

Opinion - Posted on August 19, 2014

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Opinion: Our Kind of People

While politicians in St. Maarten almost collectively turned their backs on a Central Committee meeting where Justice Minister Dennis Richardson presented his view on the crime situation on the island, the Parliament in Curacao did the opposite. The A

Editorial - Posted on August 19, 2014

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Editorial: Benefit of the doubt

We hope that it was not intentional that the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) didn’t officially invite both Governor Holiday and President of Parliament to their Independence Day celebration tonight with the presence of Ambassador Purushottam, be

Editorial - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Editorial: Done nothing

Two things made us take notice in the paper today. One is the statement from the Democratic Party wanting to eliminate the turnover tax, and the other are the remarks made by former President of Parliament and National Alliance candidate Rodolphe Sam

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Level of political debate SHTA mixer disappoints

St. Maarten - The political mixer organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel began with a disappointment when the leader of the United St. Maarten party did not show up. Prime Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Polling stations increased to 20

St. Maarten - There has been an increase in the number of polling stations for the upcoming elections slated for August 29. This was announced by the chairman of the Central Voting Bureau Jason Rogers at a press conference at the Government Administ

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Unacceptable detention conditions give teenaged burglar his freedom

St. Maarten – A 17-year-old boy regained his freedom yesterday, after the Court in First Instance sentenced him to the 130 days of imprisonment he had already served for two attempted burglaries at a timeshare resort. The prosecution demanded 20 m

Opinion - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Opinion by Leopold James: Growing concern

Reliable information reaching our movement clearly indicates that there is a growing concern within the UP-party of Theo Heyliger about a number of issues. One of these issues is that some candidates on the UP-list are increasingly feeling very un

Opinion - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Opinion: Roundabouts and election propaganda

The definition of a roundabout seems to escape some of the candidates that are vying for a $125,000+ job for the next four years in our Parliament. The Democratic Party has reluctantly removed a billboard from the roundabout in Belvedere, and Miguel

Opinion - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Opinion: Very very strange (Emilio Wilson Estate)

On June 30 the budget amendment 2014 was scheduled to be handled by Parliament. That meeting could not go through due to lack of a quorum. Next to the President, only three other Members of Parliament were present. According to MP William Marlin the

Editorial - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Editorial: Racist vandalism

People have vandalized public property since time immemorial and come election time it’s expected that rival and immature supporters of different political factions will attempt to deface their opponents. We don’t condone such actions, of course,

Opinion - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Opinion by Elco Rosario: Left behind (study financing)

  Juliy would have loved so much to be on the students’ plane that left Sint Maarten on August 3. Not only because of the study financing had she requested from her government to help her among others with the ticket to go to Holland. Also

Opinion - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion on the elections: Refreshing the memory

Dear Editor, In time of elections, it is always good to refresh the memory of the citizens of this island and compare the performance of politicians when the survivability of this island was at stake. Such a time for me was in September 1995, w

Opinion - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Opinion on the elections: Three hot topics

Citizens for Positive Change (CPC) may have pulled out of the elections, but it does not mean that the movement has gone to ground in idleness. On the contrary, the CPC-Facebook page has by now collected almost 1,400 likes, so it is fair to say that

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Romaine McNeil – Ambrosia at Axum Art Café

St. Maarten – She is showcasing her art work for the next two weeks at Mosera’s Axum Art Café on Front Street. On Thursday evening Romaine McNeil unveiled her pieces to the St. Maarten public. Her exhibition is called Ambrosia, a collection of

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Publication integrity-report delayed until next week

St. Maarten – The publication of the integrity-report from the Wit-Committee has been delayed until next week Friday, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams informed this newspaper yesterday. The original publication date of the report plus the comm

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Judge Rick Smid replaces Van de Ven to handle criminal cases

St. Maarten – Judge Koos van de Ven will leave his post at the court in Philipsburg per October 1 and return to the Netherlands where he will start working for the court in Amsterdam, the Common Court of Justice said in a press release yesterday. J

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 18, 2014

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Today Newspaper election poll off to a good start

St. Maarten -The Today Newspaper election poll is off to a good start. Within the first couple of days - up to yesterday afternoon -758 Chippie- users had cast their vote. The Chippie mobile network facilitates the poll. Chippie-users receive a text

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 14, 2014

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Presentation National Mental Health Plan “Half of mental disorders begin before the age of fourteen”

St. Maarten – “There will be no more budget cuts to the subsidy for the Mental Health Foundation,” Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever said yesterday in answer to a question from this newspaper at a press conference where Virginia Asin-O

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 14, 2014

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Minister Lake reveals plans for Vorst estate

CAY HILL – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake revealed yesterday in a press release an image of what he envisions could be built on the Vorst property in Cay Hill. “In order for the country to move forward, one has to have a vision,” he said. The p

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 14, 2014

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Notary Parisius liable for damages: Court declares auction Pelican Resort void

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance has declared the auction of the Pelican Resort that took place in December 2010, invalid. In a ruling published on Tuesday, Judge Koen Luijks concluded that the buyer, Belize-based Quantum Investment Trust

Editorial - Posted on August 14, 2014

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Editorial: Diversification

More often than we’d like to hear, people casually throw out words like diversification or diversifying the local economy. Their point is that there is a need to ease St. Maarten’s heavy dependence on tourism as its main supply of income. But tha

Opinion - Posted on August 14, 2014

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Opinion: Day for the Left-handed people

Dang, yesterday I heard for the first time that August 13 is the international day for left-handed people. What are they going to come up with next? I thought. An international day for people that are addicted to Monster? Being left-handed has bee

Opinion - Posted on August 14, 2014

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Opinion: Transparent government

Dear Editor, On July 17, Mr. Gerard Richardson responded to my opinion letter about edu-tourism. I appreciate his step to respond in an open manner to an average citizen via the media. In return, please allow me to respond to the opinion letter pu

Opinion - Posted on August 14, 2014

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Opinion: Unpaid advice to voters

Tuesday night I went as usual to La Bamba's Latin Night. I danced a bachata with my daughter Laura who is for some months back on St. Maarten after sailing around the world for more than a year. It was hot and I was sweating a lot, so I decided to ta

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