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Opinion - Posted by on July 2, 2013

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Opinion: Slavery is no excuse (for anything)

Piet Emmer, a retired history professor with a specialization in European expansion, published a book last year about the overseas history of the Netherlands between 1600 and 1800. Before that he published a study about the Dutch slave trade in the p

Editorial - Posted by on July 2, 2013

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Editorial: Reform

Julian Romney’s proposal for electoral reform looks interesting at first glance, but a deeper analysis shows quickly that it does not change anything. The d’Hondt formula for the distribution of seats returns the same results as the system that w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 2, 2013

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All that is needed is political will to pass it - Social Scientist Romney proposes electoral reform

All that is needed is political will to pass it – Social Scientist Romney proposes electoral reform

Political and social scientist Julio Romney. Photo contributed.St. Maarten – Local political and social scientist Julio Romney held a press conference on electoral reform at the University of St. Martin last Friday given the recent controversy surr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 2, 2013

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Master Portrait Artist Griffith decorated with cultural prize

St. Maarten - 94- year-old Cenrick Griffith who has made his home on the island for the last 54 years has been awarded the Culture Prize of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund for his excellent portrait skills as an artist. Among the accolades he receiv

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 2, 2013

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Voluntary Korps of St. Maarten (VKS) turns 16

St. Maarten - Ranks of the Voluntary Korps of St. Maarten (VKS) paraded through the streets of Philipsburg for the organization’s 16th anniversary, over the weekend. It was a bitter sweet exercise as officers are still mourning the loss of long ser

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 2, 2013

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Cock fighting and higher punishments for crimes against tourists at stake – Constitutional Court reviews penal code

St. Maarten – The Constitutional Court meets for the very first time this morning at the courthouse in Philipsburg to address two issues the office of the Ombudsman has submitted for review. Both topics touch on the draft penal code: an article tha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 2, 2013

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Hassink: Tax compliance lax

St. Maarten -Approximately 6,500 are still to pay their road tax with the government collecting close to 6.6 million guilders at the end of June. Finance Minister Martin Hassink believes that it is reasonable to assume that his predecessor’s plan t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 2, 2013

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New telecom provider on the horizon

St. Maarten – Local entrepreneur Elwaldo Arrindell announced yesterday that he intends to launch his mobile telecom service in St. Maarten towards the end of this year. He obtained a license in August of last year from former Minister of Telecommun