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Opinion: Reparation

Two Members of Parliament asked this week for my opinion about reparation – financial compensation for the sufferings Caribbean ancestors had to endure during the slavery era. I do not consider myself a Dutchman, even though I have a Dutch passp

Editorial - Posted by on October 31, 2013

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Editorial: Fighting girls

The story about the girl-fight on our front page today reveals a weakness in the judicial system – one that could have dire consequences one way or the other. Given the sequence of events described in the story it is clear that the two girls wil

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No growth in number of visitors to the Caribbean

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique — The number of travelers visiting the Caribbean from January through July was flat from a year earlier at 15.6 million, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Figures were released at CTO's State of the Indu

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Plasterk: “Gay rights are respected in Curacao”

THE HAGUE – According to Kingdom Relations Minister /Ronald Plasterk there are no indications “that the rights of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders are not respected in Curacao.” The minister writes this in answer to questions f

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Ugly girl-fight gets out of control

Victim’s attorney demands suspect’s immediate arrest St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The mother finally decided to go to the media with the story about the feud between her now 22-year old daughter and a former housemate. It is a story abou

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45 Candidates for Crystal Pineapple Awards

St. Maarten – There are 45 candidates in twelve different categories vying this year for a Crystal Pineapple Award. The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association SHTA organizes the event for the eighth time. Like last year, the ceremony will ta

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Guyana threatens to sue Bibi Shaw over allegations

“Accusations are totally unfounded” GEORGETOWN, Guyana – According to the Demerara Waves Online News site, the Guyanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday denied irregularities during the provision of consular services to Guyanese nation

Editorial - Posted by on October 31, 2013

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Editorial: Time for a gesture

The country is bracing for the austerity measures that will come with the draft 2014 budget. The message from both Finance Minister Martin Hassink and financial supervisor Cft is clear: budget with caution, do not spend more than you get in, and cap

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St. Maarten Government goes after road tax defaulters

Intensive controls begin November 15 St. Maarten – So far, one out of seven motorists – approximately 3,600 – have not paid their road tax for 2013, leaving the government 1.5 million guilders short of expected revenue from this source. Fina

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St. Maarten Finance Minister announces “drastic cost saving measures”

Budget 2014 limited to 420 million guilders St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hassink and the Board for financial supervision (Cft) both commented on the draft 2014 budget yesterday. Hassink will take the Cft’s message to heart and budget with caut

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St. Maarten Parliament condemns RBC Bank (Royal Bank of Canada)

St. Maarten – Parliament yesterday resolved in a motion “to strongly condemn the actions taken by the management of RBC Bank.” In special session of parliament, the recent actions of the bank were roundly condemned by all factions present. Pres

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Three Dutch persons added to committee investigating St. Maarten Govt.’s integrity and corruption

St. Maarten – Rieke Samson-Geerlings, Ronald Bandell and Erik van den Eemster have been appointed to the committee that will investigate integrity and corruption in St. Maarten. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams revealed the names at yesterday

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St. Maarten Police make agreement with bus drivers

St. Maarten - On Tuesday, the St. Maarten Police department headed by Inspector Benjamin Gout (head of the traffic department) and bus drivers met at the Philipsburg police station to continue talks that started on October 22 about the end of the yea