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Opinion - Posted by on June 21, 2011

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Opinion: Forgiveness

In St. Maarten it is better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. All real estate developers on the island are familiar with this reality, and most of them behave accordingly. We have seen the example of the Coral Beach Club in Oyster Po

Opinion - Posted by on June 21, 2011

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Opinion: IQ-tests

Submit students who get in trouble with the police to an IQ test. This is a serious recommendation by a Dutch council that advises the government about youth protection and the application of the penal code. Is this something to consider for our J

Editorial - Posted by on June 21, 2011

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Editorial: Opposing objectives

It’s been quiet for a while but the trench ware between GEBE’s managing director ir. William Brooks and his predecessor Julius Lambert seems to be getting a new lease on life. Only this time it does not feel like mudslinging. This time stuff is ;

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2011

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Inspection halts construction of Tango’s Beach bar in Simpson Bay

St. Maarten – An illegal construction on the Simpson Bay Beach in the White Sands area behind the airport has been halted by the Vromi inspection department, Henry Ellis wrote in an email to the St. Maarten Pride Foundation. “All legal measure

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2011

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St. Maarten Police confirm road traffic death

St. Maarten – Police announced Monday that 16 year old Marvin Michael Arrindell was fatally wounded in Sunday night’s accident in front of the Amsterdam Shopping Complex. The teen sustained his injuries after being thrown from a scooter that was

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2011

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Wilsoe refuses to be punished for helping

St. Maarten – Curacao’s Justice Minister Elmer Wilsoe has given further and specific details of his bills to both St. Maarten’s Justice Minister Roland Duncan and Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ivo Opstelten. The bills are for the cost

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2011

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Exterior renovation St. Maarten courthouse complete

St. Maarten – The exterior renovation of the courthouse in Philipsburg, St. Maarten has been completed and yesterday the court celebrated the new look with a simple celebration. The president of the common Court of Justice, mr. Liesbeth Hoefdraad a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2011

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Fear of hanging kept Wilsoe away from free movement discussion

St. Maarten– Curacao’s Justice Minister Elmer Kade Wilsoe says he did not attend Sunday’s discussion on free movement in the Dutch Kingdom, because he believes it would signal that he was considering changing his country’s position. He also b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2011

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Kingdom partners sign new agreement on human smuggling, human trafficking

St. Maarten– The Justice Ministers of St. Maarten, Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands have signed an agreement for the joint combating of human smuggling and human trafficking. This new document replaces the cooperation document that existed betwee

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Wilsoe hands Duncan bill for housing prisoners

Justice Ministers of the Kingdom meet today St. Maarten– Curacao’s Justice Minister Elmer “Kade” Wilsoe has handed St. Maarten’s Justice Minister Roland Duncan an invoice for housing convicts from St. Maarten in the Bon Futuro prison. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Corporate Governance Council won’t take blame for leak or resign

“We remain resolved to continue serving country St. Maarten” St. Maarten – The Corporate Governance Council has refused to take blame for their unsolicited advice on the appointment of Regina Labega as Managing Director of the Princess Juli

Opinion - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Opinion: On the value of agreements

Politics, as we all know, if never straightforward. Just when you think you have made an agreement, you will more often than not find out the next day that there is no agreement at all. It’s a bit like telling a teenager that he will get the latest

Opinion - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Opinion: Dollarization (part 1)

The topic of dollarization has resurfaced and I believe the citizens should have proper knowledge so that they can contribute fruitfully to a debate that should be forthcoming before a final decision is made. Even though I am not a proponent of dolla

Opinion - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: The people of St. Maarten heritage deserve recognition

Dear Editor,   It appears that some in Parliament and in the Council of Ministers are scared even to mention the words “people of St. Maarten heritage”. Let’s look at the facts here. People of St. Maarten heritage are the most swe

Editorial - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Editorial: Bills, bills, bills

Back in the 1990s girl group Destiny’s Child put out a song called Bills, Bills, Bills. Gleeks across the island will have heard the latest cover during the just concluded season of the  popular television show Glee. Though the song is about a man

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Special athletes arrive in Greece for World Summer Games

St. Maarten - Eleven “special” athletes left St. Maarten on Saturday to represent St. Maarten at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. The games run from June 25 – July 4. The delegation returns on July 5. Special Olympics

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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DAE, Korpodeko negotiating airline’s future

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao’s Minister of Economic Affairs Nasseer El Hakim has now left it to Dutch Antilles Express and the Curacao Development Bank (Korpedeko) to find solutions for the airline’s problems. The announcement followed a meeting Friday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Finance Ministry staffers visit Aruba for information gathering, course

St. Maarten – Two civil servants from the Ministry of Finance, section Financial Policy, Taxes and Budgeting, namely Julisa Frans and Catherine Arrindell-Conner, recently returned from Aruba after a two week working visit at the Aruba Ministry of F

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Police investigating robbery at officer’s home

St. Maarten – Detectives are investigating Friday’s 4:00 a.m. robbery at the Cay Hill home of a Royal Dutch Military officer (Marechausee). The male victim, M.F., was awakened by an unusual noise and discovered the two robbers while searching the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Duncan, Dowers and Donner agree on freedom of movement committee

Curacao does not attend discussion St. Maarten –A joint committee of civil servants on freedom of movement in the Dutch Kingdom will be set up to prepare for a meeting of the governments of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten. The ga

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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St. Maarten University’s struggles, role become key talking points at graduation

Arrindell asks, “Is it revenge…” St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell has queried whether it is revenge to want the University of St. Martin’s programs to be accredited in such a way that the stud

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Police investigating spate of accidents

St. Maarten – Police were busy at the weekend dealing with traffic accidents. The latest one was Sunday evening on the A. Th. Illidge Road near the Fresh Market and Abu Ghazi Shwarma. Reports state that a truck hit a man riding a scooter. The drive

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Arrindell calling on youth to build a new St. Maarten

GREAT BAY – The construction of a new St. Maarten and the need for the island’s youth to actively participate in that building project is the red line through speeches Minister of Education, Culture Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell has given at tw

Editorial - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Editorial: Business is business

Business is business, the Westin management must have thought when it told the government yesterday that it wanted cash up front for hosting a meeting of Justice Ministers this weekend. The hotel balked at the idea that the government planned to offs

Opinion - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Opinion: Failure costs

The letter Minister Franklin Meyers sent to GEBE caused some initial confusion about the term inefficiencies. We know now that Meyers was pointing to the failure costs the company has to put up with due to heavy water losses on its water distribution

Opinion - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Opinion: Fuel prices

We received a call about the figures GEBE’s Steve Duzanson quoted in yesterday’s front page article. Our reader doubted their accuracy. Duzanson indicated that two years ago GEBE paid $330 per ton for heavy fuel oil, and that this price has go

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Duncan presses forward with plans for prison facility in Cay Hill, St. Maarten

Residents have security, property value concerns St. Maarten – Minister of Justice Roland Duncan has said he is not implicitly rewarding Sameer Androuwos for illegally constructing a third floor on the facility known as “The Box” in Cay Hill

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Labega’s appointment for St. Maarten airport to be finalized this week

St. Maarten – A formal announcement on the appointment of Regina Labega as the Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport can be expected this week. The Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors of the Princess Juliana Interna

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Minister Meyers clarifies the way forward with GEBE

St. Maarten – Minister Franklin Meyers was caught flat-footed on Thursday night when a local TV-program dealing with that day’s GEBE press conference created the impression that he had been lying at the Council of Minister’s press briefing on W

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Westin St. Maarten demands cash up front for hosting $24,000 meeting

Duncan refuses and Justice consultation moves to Great Bay Beach Hotel St. Maarten – The consultation of Justice Ministers that was set to be held at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa was moved to the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel on Friday a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2011

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Donner and Weekers meet governments

St. Maarten – Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner and Dutch State Secretary of Finance Frans Weekers arrived here Sunday and Monday respectively for working visits to the three countries in the Caribbean part o

Editorial - Posted by on June 17, 2011

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Editorial: The main theme

Consultation and research are no doubt the main theme of our newspaper today. Some of it is good and some of may put storm clouds on the horizon. Among the things to be highlighted is that youth have been given a voice through a Knowledge, Attitud

Opinion - Posted by on June 17, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Summer Tourism: A new St. Maarten mindset

Dear Editor, With the tourist high season behind us and the start of the low season before us, some resorts and other businesses are offering summer specials to attract visitors to the island. St. Maarten Cultural, Music and Entertainment Develop

Opinion - Posted by on June 17, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Come a lot better than this St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation

Dear Editor, Just today – June 15, 2011 – I got the experience of my life that is noteworthy of publication. I believe that some others may have had the same experience and just kept silent. I was called by a very gracious lady at this foun

Opinion - Posted by on June 17, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Country St. Maarten must be of St. Maarten heritage

Dear Editor, If you want to build a country, you first need to understand who is a St. Maartener and not who is considered a St. Maartener. Use your government register and cadastre which was mostly maintain by your Democratic Party for the last 5

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