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Editorial - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Editorial: Acquittal

The acquittal of businessman Bobby V. did not really come as a surprise to most people who followed the rape trial. But even though the outcome of this ordeal is satisfactory for the accused, there are no real winners in this case. The 16-year-old

Opinion - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Opinion: Destined for failure

The Dutch government comes with one plan after the other that seems destined for failure. While Geert Wilders is holding a machete to the throat of the minority cabinet, ministers go out of their way to please the big bleached leader of the Freedom P

Opinion - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Opinion: Holidays

Should we stick to the Christian calendar for our national holidays and throw in a few Caribbean odd balls? Or should we embrace the multicultural society that the Netherlands has just dropped like a hot potato and move with the times? Already now

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Court acquits Bobby V. of rape charge

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance acquitted businessman Bobby V. of raping his 16-year old niece on March 7 of last year. At the trial on June 15, the prosecution demanded 18 months imprisonment, with 6 months suspended. Judge mr. M. Keppel

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Privatization plans for Telem proceed “according to schedule”

St. Maarten – The government plans to privatize its telecom provider Telem proceed “according to schedule,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said this week in Parliament. The plans have been on the agenda for years and already when interim

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Wescot-Williams: Delays Ombudsman funding caused by Usona procedures

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams reacted in Parliament this week during the budget debate to the plight of the Ombudsman. The PM said that some delays were caused in releasing funds to the Ombudsman “by Usona procedures.”

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Rhoda Arrindell promotes language clubs

St. Maarten – Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell treated Members of Parliament this week to her definition of education. It is, the Minister said, “any experience that forms the mind, character of affects the physical ability of a person. It is t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Summer concert at Porto Cupecoy with Cuban jazz musician Morales

St. Maarten – This Wednesday Porto Cupecoy will begin its summer concert series. At the kick-off concert that starts at six o’clock, a Cuban jazz trio featuring world-renowned musician Fidel Morales will perform. The restaurants and shops at Port

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Arrangement with French St. Martin about Dutch driver’s licenses

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten and the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin agreed in December of last year to a grace period for people with a Dutch driver’s license living on the French side. In 2006 a transitional arrangement was put in place

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Emancipation Day speech Gracita Arrindell

“Some challenges we face could have been avoided” St. Maarten – The President of Parliament, Gracita Arrindell, addressed the Parliament yesterday on the occasion of Emancipation Day. Arrindell said that she is confident July 1 will be an of

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St. Maarten Government building scheduled for completion by October

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said in Parliament this week that the new government building will open before October. The building on Pond Island has been a thorn in the government’s side for years, and it is also a financial

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CPS advises travelers to update vaccinations

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Service (CPS) of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, reminds residents who plan to travel for the summer holidays to Europe and the Americas to make sure their vaccinations ar

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James expresses concern about appointment Lagarde to IMF

St. Maarten - United Peoples party parliamentarian Jules James says that many Latin American countries will be disappointed after Christine Lagarde was appointed to the top position of the International Monetary Fund this week.  Lagarde will take up

Opinion - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Opinion: Slavery is of all times

The traditional commemoration of the abolishment of slavery came too early this year, professor emeritus in the history of European expansion and migration at the University of Leiden wrote in an opinion piece in the Volkskrant yesterday. The indepen