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St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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NA-leader Marlin about electoral reform: “Every system has its advantages”

St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister William Marlin supports the idea of electoral reform, but he said on Lloyd Richardson’s radio program Voice of the People that the time is too short to put something in place before the next elections in 2014. Ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Blue Mall Cupecoy finally announces soft opening

St. Maarten – The Blue Mall in Cupecoy was about to become the butt of jokes and the cause of utter bewilderment because the long ago heralded opening did not materialize. But now the first stores have opened for business. Enjoy SXM, Fashion and Ch

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Walking to Heaven on Reef slippers

Walking twice a day my dogs on Kim Sha Beach I see a lot of beautiful women in devastating bikini’s and sometimes I meet an interesting person. One day I saw a beautiful lady who was also interesting. I got to talk to her because she timidly said

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Opinion: Electoral reform

When politicians start thinking about electoral reform, voters need to pay attention. There is nothing wrong with the current system, whereby the votes a party wins translate into seats in parliament. Those seats go to the party-leader and to those c

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Opinion: Brilliant

It is a pity that the champion of the indigenous St. Maarteners, drs. Leopold James, keeps using the term cultural genocide by substitution. It somehow overshadows the message he wants to communicate. That his grassroots movement has now named five p

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Awesome

Good day, I usually do not write articles but today's article "Christmas on the Hill " prompt me to do so. I felt I must write and say something. Boy I envied you guys. How awesome. I enjoyed every bit of it while reading and was imagining I was t

Editorial - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Editorial: Blue Mall

No joke: the Blue Mall in Cupecoy has announced its soft opening. The first stores in the towering building that has stood a bit forlorn in Cupecoy for a very long time have opened for business, and the management company announced the arrival of ano

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Increased number of private jets at St. Maarten airport

St. Maarten – “Every year there is an increase in requests to park private jets at the airport, and this year has seen even more than last year, unfortunately due to limited space, we can only accommodate so much and no more,” Michel Hyman, ope

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Leopold James in his State of the grassroots St. Martin nation address: “Politicians have abandoned and de facto betrayed us”

FRIAR’S BAY, St. Martin – “We end the year with mixed feelings; there were some positive developments but they were overshadowed by negative and depressing developments for our people,” said drs. Leopold James in his state of the grassroots S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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St. Maarten tourism growth outpaces global average

St. Maarten’s tourism growth is outpacing regional and international results. So says that Travel Daily News International who reported out of New York earlier this week that while other Caribbean and global destination marketers are struggling to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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King Stitchie rings in Christmas with a blast

St. Maarten - Quellitor Drive in Dutch Quarter came alive on Monday night as international reggae gospel artiste King Stitchie blew the roof off of the big gospel tent in a stellar performance. In the process he took the modest audience into the e

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Drake gets down in St. Maarten

St. Maarten- Canadian recording artist, songwriter, and actor Aubrey Drake Graham who goes by the stage name Drake was spotted in St. Maarten last week where he took a much needed vacation after a year of chart topping hits. On Tuesday, December

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Fourth dead from firework explosion

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Yesterday morning in a hospital in the Colombian city of Medellin, the fourth victim of the fireworks explosion, which took place December 15, died. The 45-year-old man was brought there with serious burns. On an industrial

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Entertainment for Leonard Connor School

St. Maarten - “Have a friendly holiday and be proud of St. Maarten” was the message Mr Friendly, the ambassador of St. Maarten Superhost, and representatives of Leonard Enterprises recently shared with pupils of Leonard Connor Primary School in C

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Pedestrian killed in traffic accident

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – A 54-year-old pedestrian was killed in an accident near Boca Sami yesterday morning. The woman was walking around five in the morning to a bus stop together with her husband to go to work, when a car hit her. The driver swerve

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Robbers crack supermarket ATM

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The Albert Heijn supermarket near Zeelandia had uninvited shoppers on Christmas Day who emptied the ATM in the store. It is not known how much money the robbers took. The police in Willemstad told reporters that more than o

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Statia gets smaller prison

STATIA – The new prison in Statia will not have 30 places as previously planned, but only 18. This is due to budget cuts in the Netherlands. Gerard Bakx, director of the penitentiary facility Rotterdam and the project leader for the construction of

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Aruba inaugurates tram

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Last Saturday heavy rainfall spoiled the party, but on Monday Aruba’s tram was able to make a festive inaugural drive through the town. Prime Minister Mike Eman and fellow Minister Benny Sevinger were on board for the occasion

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Drunken Brit drives stolen car on Schiphol runway

SCHIPHOL – A drunken British man was arrested on Tuesday after driving a stolen car on a Schiphol airport runway for a few minutes, news agency AFP reported. Police said the unnamed passenger was on his way home for Christmas when he pushed an e

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Dijsselbloem: no change in mortgage rules

THE HAGUE – Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has rejected calls to be more flexible about new mortgage rules which come into effect on January 1. The senate had called on the minister to make changes, including removing the requirement that

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Oswald van der Dijs begins social justice foundation

WILLEMSTAD – Utilities company Aqualectra dismissed its chairman of the board Oswald van der Dijs yesterday. He will not contest his dismissal. Instead, Van der Dijs will establish a foundation that will expose misdeeds of managers and directors.