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Editorial - Posted by on August 20, 2013

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Editorial: Another party

With the establishment of the Social Reform Party by former National Alliance-candidate Jacinto Mock the field for next year’s elections has expanded to six contestants – and we suspect that we have not seen the end of this development yet. Sm

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2013

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Opinion: Grand theft

Internet is a great tool, but there is a downside. The worldwide web has given plenty of people the idea that all information ought to be available free of charge. Music was the first victim of this misconception: nobody wanted to pay for it anymore.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2013

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Jacinto Mock establishes Social Reform Party

Jacinto Mock establishes Social Reform Party

Jacinto Mock, leader of the Social Reform Party SRP. Photo Today / Hilbert HaarSt. Maarten – After Lenny Priest launched his One St. Maarten People Party on August 1, there is yet another newcomer in the political arena: the Social Reform Party (SR

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 20, 2013

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GreenTown collaborates with European Investment Bank – Millions for making refinery green

WILLEMSTAD – GreenTown Curacao teams up with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to replace the heavily polluting oil refinery with a lively green waterfront city. The €5 billion ($6.4 billion) cost of GreenTown is consistent with the priorities e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2013

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St. Maarten fastest growing Caribbean destination

GREAT BAY –St. Maarten continues to prove itself as a preferred destination for travelers with a 12.1% increase in Canadian passenger traffic during the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.  The island is also the fastest

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2013

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French side offers better car testing than Dutch side

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – The vehicle control standards on St. Maarten pale in comparison to the stringent tests and controls vehicles must undergo on St. Martin. Today took a trip to the SARL Auto Controle Saint Martin in Hope Estate near th

Editorial - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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Editorial: Whistleblowers

Attorney-General Dick Piar addressed an interesting issue last Friday: the protection of whistleblowers. Why is this important? Piar notes correctly that many people live in a culture of fear and that they simply do not dare to report abuse – wheth

Opinion - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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Opinion: Cheers

Last week we wrote about the trial of Terrence Pantophlet. A couple of days later, Terrence visited our office to explain something, and we gladly share this with our readers. Terrence is a truck driver who delivers Presidente beer for a French-si

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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Piar wants legislation to protect whistleblowers

WILLEMSTAD – “Corruption must be tackled harshly. This is why it is necessary to establish legal guarantees that regulate the position of whistleblowers within our communities in the Kingdom,” said Attorney-General Dick Piar on Friday at the in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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New President Common Court of Justice Van der Poel: “We have reached the limit with budget cuts”

St. Maarten / WILLEMSTAD – The Common Court of Justice had reached the limits of what it is able to deliver with the current staff in terms of quality justice. With that message Judge Evert-Jan van der Poel announced his colors during is installati

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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Copa Airlines adds two flights for high season

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Ted Richardson is happy to report that Copa Airlines will be adding two additional weekly flights in December bringing the airlines airlift to the destination to four. The two additional flights will mean 9,776

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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Lake: Transparency into housing foundation operations a must

St. Maarten – Minister of Vromi Maurice Lake met with the management and supervisory board members of the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) on August 8. Minister Lake has advised the board to execute a quick scan operational a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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Minister Lake looking into issues at kadaster

St. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake has already met with employees, board and management of the Kadaster as well as the Ombudsman regarding operational matters and issues of concern. Minister Lake said on Sunday that he will be following

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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PM holds meeting with board PM: SER essential to inclusive stakeholder dialogue

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams held a meeting with the board of the Social Economic Council (SER) prior to the official opening of their brand new building at Harbor View on Friday. During the meeting the prime minister was pres

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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Wescot-Williams explains developments Constitutional Court

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams gave an explanation on Friday on recent discussions within the community on the developments with regards to the Constitutional Court. Late last week the Constitutional Court heard cases brought by

Editorial - Posted by on August 16, 2013

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Editorial: Perspectives

The Constitutional Court means business, that much became clear from yesterday’s interim ruling. The reference to a ruling from the European Human Rights Court indicates which way the judges are leaning with respect to the perspectives from crimina

Opinion - Posted by on August 16, 2013

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Opinion: Interesting stuff

The only question that did not get a clear answer was this one: why did former Finance Minister Roland Tuitt convene a press conference to vent his opinion about the country’s financial state of affairs? Tuitt has plenty of interesting stuff to off

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2013

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Constitutional Court asks for more information: Interim-ruling addresses life sentence perspectives

Constitutional Court asks for more information: Interim-ruling addresses life sentence perspectives

From left: Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin, attorney Richard Gibson Jr., legal advisor General Affairs Maarten van Rooij and Constitutional Court registrar Maritsa James Christina follow the pronouncement of the interim ruling at the courthouse. In th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2013

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Road-tax dodgers must pay double next year

St. Maarten – “I have news for you,” former Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday at a press conference he convened at the Turning Point rehab center to vent his opinion about the country’s financial matters. That news is for motorists

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2013

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Former Finance Minister Tuitt reveals: “Theonomics and Sarahnomics have cost us 100 million guilders”

Former Finance Minister Roland Tuitt: “Government refused to collect 100 million guilders from one taxpayer.” Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten – Governments that were in office before the National Alliance led coalition took over in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2013

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Not possible to collect old tax-arrears, Tuitt says

St. Maarten – The tax inspectorate is no longer able to collect outstanding taxes prior to 2006. Former Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday that a ministerial decree regulating this matter has been published in the National Gazette. The on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2013

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Tropical storm Erin poses no threat

St. Maarten – Tropical storm Erin, the fifth storm of the hurricane season, does not pose a threat to St. Maarten. The department of disaster management will monitor the progress of Erin which was formed yesterday morning in the Atlantic Ocean s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2013

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Unions to meet today on cost of living

St. Maarten - At 9 a.m., unions that form part of the Organized Consultative Body (GOA) will meet at the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union (WICSU) headquarters on Pondfill. The emergency meeting is being convened to discuss the government’s non

Editorial - Posted by on August 15, 2013

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Editorial: Core tasks of Government

The initiative to do a study into the core tasks of government is a good one, for sure. It is also an initiative that could lead to some unrest in the civil service, certainly after Prime Minister Wescot-Williams floated the idea to outsource certain

Opinion - Posted by on August 15, 2013

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Opinion: Tough measures

That the country is in dire financial straits is no secret and it makes the job for a minister of finance challenging, to say the least. The 2013 budget is still a big pain in the sense that the necessary amendments still have not been approved by

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 15, 2013

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Cockfights, prostitution and early release on the line Constitutional Court rules this afternoon

St. Maarten - In a surprise move, the Constitutional Court will pronounce its verdict this afternoon in the case of the Ombudsman against the government of St. Maarten. Originally the verdict was planned for September 30. The court session begins at

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 15, 2013

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Conditional sentence for attack on racist co-worker

St. Maarten – On February 23, Terrence Denicio Pantophlet gave in to his frustration and anger about a co-worker at the French-side company that distributed Presidente-beer and ill-treated the man who constantly pestered him with racist remarks lik

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 15, 2013

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Minister Hassink wants financial flexibility “Zero budget deficit is a mission impossible”

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Maarten Hassink will put St. Maarten’s financial position into perspective when he makes his presentation to the parliament about the amendment to the 2013 budget. September 2 has been set as a tentative date for th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 15, 2013

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Conditional sentence for attack on prison guard

St. Maarten – Jefferson Ingemar La Pas was back in court once more yesterday. After his involvement in a robbery at Ricky’s pawnshop in 2007 for which he served 22 months and an undisclosed other crime that earned him a 5-year prison sentence, La

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 15, 2013

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Core task study examines all civil service functions

St. Maarten – The core task study the government has initiated could result in outsourcing certain services, but how all this is going to work out did not immediately become clear at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. “The last

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 15, 2013

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Peak period hurricane season starts today

St. Maarten – The start of the peak period of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season starts today and runs until around October 15, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) stated in a press release. It is appealing to residents not to let their guar

Editorial - Posted by on August 14, 2013

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Editorial: Short-term contracts

The Council of Advice played the ball right back at the Central Committee when suddenly a question popped up about the infamous short-term labor contracts. Never mind that in civil law there are only two types of labor contracts: temporary and perman

Opinion - Posted by on August 14, 2013

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Opinion: Attitude

Civil servants do not seem to understand what they are: servants. That impression was once more emphasized by Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin yesterday when she spoke about workshops her office is giving to civil servants. The standard of proper conduc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 14, 2013

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Another fish die-off in Great Salt Pond

Another fish die-off in Great Salt Pond

Workers are being busy to get all the dead fish out of the waters yesterday. Photo Today/Milton PietersSt. Maarten – Water quality tests were carried out by the nature Foundation in the Great Salt Pond from August 7 until August 12  in order t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 14, 2013

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Ombudsman Arduin in Central Committee: “Civil servants have attitude as if they are fourth power”

From left Secretary General Patricia Philips, Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin and legal counsel Marlon Hart. Photo Today / Leo BrownSt. Maarten – Civil servants are taking part in workshops organized by the office of the Ombudsman to educate them about

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