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St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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MPs show concern over practicality of electoral laws

St. Maarten – The Electoral Council of St. Maarten gave a presentation to the Central Committee of Parliament yesterday on its role in the upcoming elections. St. Maarten is the only constituent country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands to have suc

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Innocent suspects Spelonk-murders get almost $2 million in damages

KRALENDIJK – The Common Court of Justice awarded two men who spent years in jail for a double murder they did not commit damages totaling almost $2 million. Kabes Melaan spent 8 years in jail, received a bit more than $1.2 million. Nozai Thomas, wh

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Court handles election fraud trial on Monday August 4

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance set Monday August 4 as the date for the election fraud trial yesterday during a pro forma hearing. In this trial, a representative of the United People’s party, Roy H., is accused of giving money in excha

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After forty months, parliament approves its new rules of order

St. Maarten – Parliament needed another two-and-a-half hours yesterday morning but then the curtain finally fell after around forty months of deliberating about its own rules of order. The ad hoc committee chaired by MP Dr. Lloyd Richardson conclud

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Politics 101

It promises to be another exciting week in politics. As usual, it is hardly possible to get official confirmation of anything, but this is what we heard. The Democratic Party will apparently embrace both Bada Bing expert Patrick Illidge and the sh

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Desired response

Dear editor, Seldom - if ever -  Mr. Hilbert Haar of the Today newspaper and myself agree on things - anything. As a matter of fact, whenever, I submit a letter to the editor to his newspaper, it seems to have the effect of the proverbial 'red c

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Contingency planning

Dear Editor,   The timing of the 26 March Unesco Caribe Wave/Lantex 2014 third earthquake/tsunami exercise was held a week before Chile’s 8.2 earthquake that triggered a six foot tsunami.  24 hours later a 7.6 magnitude earthquake was r

Editorial - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: Rules of order

It took a long time but they are finally there – the definite rules of order for Parliament. The project has been in the desert for around forty months – more than a lifetime in political terms, but now we have some useful changes on our hands.

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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NATIONAL ALLIANCE CONGRESS ATTRACTS LARGE TURNOUT

St. Maarten - A large cross-section of the public turned out to the National Alliance Congress that was held at the Cay Hill Community Center yesterday evening.  It appeared to be the largest turnout for a congress held by any of the political parti

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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DP holds congress “New board reflects party’s vision”

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party (DP) of St. Maarten held its congress last Saturday night. A packed Cultural Center saw the election of a new board against the backdrop of the party’s new logo and to the music of the party’s songs, adaptatio

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CALYPSO LEGEND MIGHTY SPARROW HONORED BY BOTH SIDES OF ISLAND

St. Maarten - After a bout of illness, the Mighty Sparrow - real name Francisco Slinger - is not as active as he once was, but after his superb performance under the tent at the Princess Port de Plaisance last Friday, most would agree that the Calyps

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Mike Ferrier’s message of inclusion

After a tenure of five years, Michael Ferrier stepped down as the president of the Democratic Party during the party’s congress on Saturday. Here is his the unabridged text of his last speech.   “I would like to address this gathering,

Editorial - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: Cooperation between Gendarmerie and St. Maarten Police

The cooperation displayed between the Gendarmerie and the Korps Politie St. Maarten is welcome news; a good sign for the island and a bad one for those looking to exploit the open border nature of the island for illicit purposes. It is one of the wea

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Tripartite consultation books results

ORANJESTAD – The Parliaments of St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao have reached agreements about all agenda points they discussed this week during their tripartite consultation. For some topics, this means further study for continued deliberations l

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Pensioner desperately looking for sponsored new eyeglasses

St. Maarten – Swinda Abram is not alone – there are hundreds like her. The pensioner, who has spent her working life as a security guard, a cleaner and as someone doing odd jobs, needs reading glasses. The problem: she is living on a pension of 6

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Dutch MP van Laar wants strong commissioner for the BES-islands

THE HAGUE – The Netherlands must send a fully-fledged Queen’s Commissioner to replace the current supervisor to the Caribbean islands Bonaire, Saba and Statia. The current system with a Dutch representative does not function, says PvdA-parliament

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Time is of essence

MP George Pantophlet sent us the following press release, as a reaction to remarks made by Prime Minister Wescot-Williams during Wednesday’s press briefing: “Member of Parliament George Pantophlet took note of the remarks made by the Minister

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: New trick

They have invented a new trick to con you of your vote. It is the We-Ready- rhetoric. Money, as usual is absolutely in no supply for their mission. Because by getting enough of your votes they hope to be able - in good tradition - to continue to plun

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Knee-jerk reaction

For whatever reason, this pro-immigrant, anti-native St. Martin Dutchman and editor of the Today newspaper, has from day-one always changed the name of any letter to the editor I ever sent to that paper. In addition, this adventurer from Holland, has

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Campaign spending

National Alliance MP Louie Laveist drew attention yesterday to campaign spending and expressed as his opinion that this type of spending ought to be capped. The argument has a certain logic that is easy to understand. If you have a lot of money at

Editorial - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: Veiled in mystery

Modernizing one’s image is of all times. Companies do it, hospitals do it and political parties do it too. The new logo the National Alliance presented yesterday symbolizes indeed movement. The question remains whether all this is “oude wijn in n

Editorial - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: One shot (Team Reforma) Curacao

A group of reform-minded people in Curacao – united under the name Team Reforma - has presented plans to get rid of the coalition-model, to elect a prime minister directly, and to make seat-robbery impossible. This way, Reforma reasons, a govern

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Court moves trial of serial robber to August

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance yesterday moved the trial of serial robber Dion Olysses G. to August 6 and to have the 23-year-old suspect in the meantime subjected to a psychological evaluation. Between August 1 and December 18 of las

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Hassink to Curacao for talks about Central Bank

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Martin Hassink will visit Curacao next week for a final meeting about the report from Price Waterhouse Coopers about the Central Bank, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said yesterday. Curacao has indicated its wish t

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Laville’s Dominica-memorandum in limbo

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has not yet approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Dominica that independent Member of Parliament Romain Laville accompanied by Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ted Richardson presented with much ado

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Work on Down Street harbor project stopped

St. Maarten – Construction on the Harbour Group of Companies’ much touted Down Street Cruise Heritage Development has ground to an absolute halt. Reports reaching this newspaper are that the funds for the estimated $2 million project have dried u

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Alternative healing

There is plenty to be said against regular medical treatment, especially where medication and its side-effects are concerned. Equally, there is a lot to be said against alternative healing. There are plenty of these treatments around that firmly fit

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Hanged bicycles (Ai Weiwei)

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is a certified pain in the butt of the powers in Beijing. Now Weiwei has done it again: in the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin he has hanged 150 Chinese bicycles. As with all of his projects, there is a mess

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Misleaders

Readers are leaders and misreaders are misleaders, so to speak. This thought came to us when we heard a reaction to the interview we published yesterday with Chief Prosecutor Rick Noordhoek. That reaction came down to this – freely interpreted: the

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: National security

Dear editor,   I was awaiting the continuation of the meeting of parliament pertaining the happenings at the Princess Juliana International Airport, before I write this article, but is seems that this meeting will not continue. During the

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 10, 2014

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Editorial: No law enforcement capacity left

Chief Prosecutor Rick Noordhoek offers a realistic picture of the situation in the local land of law enforcement in the interview we publish today. It is an inconvenient truth: there is not enough manpower, not enough expertise and not enough pris

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 10, 2014

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The challenges of St. Maarten’s Chief Prosecutor Rick Noordhoek: “No capacity left to deal with criminal organizations”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “There is an awful lot to do here, though things work differently than they do in the Netherlands. There are a lot of hardworking people of good will in St. Maarten, but there is also something going on.” These

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 10, 2014

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Curacao reluctant to give up UTS Eastern Caribbean

St. Maarten – The Government of Curacao still has not taken a position on the proposal by minority shareholder St. Maarten to give up 12.5 percent of its shares in telecom provider UTS in exchange for complete control over UTS Eastern Caribbean. Cu

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 10, 2014

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Brains and beauty on display at pageant

St. Maarten - When it comes to pageantry, the combination of beauty and brains can make a huge difference between one contestant and another. Both, however, were on display after witnessing the teen and senior speech and cultural wear competition thi

Opinion - Posted on April 10, 2014

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Opinion: Let the debate take place (Inclusion or exclusion of immigrants)

Leopold James pushes for a debate about his favorite issue – the rights of indigenous St. Maarteners. Let the debate take place, he writes elsewhere on this page, so we take on the challenge and examine what James really has in mind. After a rat

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