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Editorial - Posted by on November 20, 2013

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Editorial: Military presence

The opening of the headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps detachment is a feather in the cap of Governor Holiday who made the case for permanent military presence on the island an issue shortly after he was appointed in the fall on 2010.

Opinion - Posted by on November 20, 2013

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Opinion: Fearlessness and achievement

Is death entertainment? Dutch TV is in its fourth season of a program called over My Dead Body and in the United States Time of Death follows suit. It’s not really fun to watch though, because the American version follows chronically ill people tha

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

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Casino boss no longer under house arrest in Italy: Corallo’s Bplus up for sale

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Francesco Corallo, the beneficial owner of the Atlantis World Group and the Italian company Giocolegale Bplus, has been under house arrest in Italy until October 14 after he voluntarily returned to the country on Au

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

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St. Maarten Governor opens headquarters Marine Corps detachment

“Military presence creates a sense of safety and security” St. Maarten - Navy corporal Mariska Schippers and sergeant-major of the Royal Dutch Navy Martin Mulder hoisted the Dutch flag yesterday afternoon in front of the headquarters of the Ma

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

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No contract signed yet with Transparency International

St. Maarten – Transparency International and the Government of St. Maarten still do not have a final agreement for conducting a National Integrity System assessment. Chris Sanders, a spokesman for Transparency International in Berlin, Germany, s

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

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Prichard Gibson: Photographer as Artist

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – “Yeah, I started when I was a teenager. I always wanted to get into photography,” the young woman said as she adjusted in her chair and relaxed; her face pensive as she reflected. Prichard Gibson is a professiona

Editorial - Posted by on November 19, 2013

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Editorial: Postal action

The Soab quick scan of the postal services makes clear that PSS did not stand a chance from the get go. Without funding, but with a task to perform, the organization was more or less left to figure everything out all by itself – without any money t

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 19, 2013

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Opinion: How to tame a hurricane

Hurricane, tornado, typhoon – they’re all members of the same family of ugly storm systems. Is it possible to tame such a storm before it created havoc like Haiyan did in the Philippines, or Katrina in New Orleans, or Luis – back in the day –

Opinion - Posted by on November 19, 2013

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Opinion: Wiretaps

Attorney-General Dick Piar was the subject of illegal wiretaps in 2011 we learn from a statement by the AG who will leave office per February 1 of next year. While local newspapers in Curacao report that “Dutch agents” put a tap on Piar’s ph

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

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AG Dick Piar subject of illegal wiretaps

WILLEMSTAD – Attorney-General Dick Piar acknowledges that he has been the subject of illegal wiretaps in 2011. In a brief statement Piar said that he discovered in 2012 that he had been wiretapped the year before. Piar informed the Justice Minis

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

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Jubilee Library marks ninetieth anniversary

Celebration on Friday and Saturday St. Maarten – The Philipsburg Jubilee Library celebrates its ninetieth anniversary this upcoming weekend with  a cultural manifestation Friday evening, a cultural parade on Saturday afternoon and  an apprecia

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

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Postal Services have too many employees

Result of 1-to-1 transfer from NPNA St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The transfer of employees from Nieuwe Post Nederland’s Antillean to Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) in 2010 has had dire consequences for the current organization. This app

Editorial - Posted by on November 18, 2013

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Editorial: Postal services

The Soab report about the Postal Services of Sint Maarten shows that the government took it upon itself to establish an independent postal provider on the island, but that it then hopelessly failed to give the organization the funding it needed to do

Opinion - Posted by on November 18, 2013

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Letter to editor: Budget your integrity

Dear Editor, The Merriam Webster dictionary defines integrity as follows: 1. Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values - incorruptibility. 2. An unimpaired condition - soundness. 3. The quality or state of being complete or u

Opinion - Posted by on November 18, 2013

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Opinion: Participation Act

With the Awareness Week for disabled citizens starting today, and with the Top Promotion Foundation / Be Able committee presentation in the Central Committee just behind us, the idea of creating employment for handicapped fellow-citizens has taken ce

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 18, 2013

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Confidential Soab Quick Scan report: Government’s support to postal services fell short

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The government failed to support the Postal Services of St. Maarten (PSS) in 2010 when it needed a letter of guarantee to obtain loans for critical investments. From the start in October 2010 up to June 2012, the po

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 18, 2013

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Overwhelming reaction to Typhoon Haiyan fundraiser

St. Maarten – The Filipino community of St. Maarten came together this weekend with a lemon-aid fundraiser at Le Grand Marche on Bush Road to support the victims of typhoon Haiyan. Dozens of Filipinos flocked around the entrance and the exit of the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 18, 2013

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“Situation is unacceptable” Still no COLA payment for teachers

St. Maarten – “The Board of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) has received information from reliable sources that no teachers or members of the non-teaching staff employed at the government subsidized schools have received the payment of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 18, 2013

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Wiels did not go through “Dutch screening”

THE HAGUE – The claim by Curacao’s Minister Plenipotentiary Marvelyne Wiels that she has been screened before her appointment by the Netherlands is nonsense, Socialist Party Parliamentarian Ronald van Raak said on Friday. “I heard her say th

Editorial - Posted by on November 15, 2013

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Editorial: Progress

To say that Willem-Alexander’s first visit in his role as king was festive but unremarkable is probably an understatement. While Prime Minister Rutte in July made a firm political statement that basically showed St. Maarten the door, King Willem

Opinion - Posted by on November 15, 2013

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Opinion: Crack

And we thought we had problems, but that was before we realized that St. Maarten is not Toronto. That place has a mayor better fit for Detroit because his name is Rob Ford, a man who looks like a visit to the gym would do him a lot of good. Ford h

Opinion - Posted by on November 15, 2013

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Opinion: Lotteries

Lotteries are a bit like brothels – forgive us for this unfortunate comparison – in the sense that in both industries people want to make money the easy way. They both play on strong human desires: the want for sex and the want for riches. May

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

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It’s business as usual at local Robbie’s Lottery

Dos Santos predicts bleak future for numbers game St. Maarten – Robbie’s Lottery owner Robbie dos Santos has had it with the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Curacao. After a raid on his office on Monday by a team of thirty officers, dos Santos

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

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King praises St. Maarten’s progress

St. Maarten – In a speech Willem-Alexander delivered on the spur of the moment in the Festival Village on Wednesday evening during a cultural evening with performances by students from the National Institute of Arts, the king had nothing but praise

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

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Reorganization UTS Curacao has no consequences here

Carty: “We’ll be choosier with sponsorships and donations” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Telecom provider UTS in Curacao intends to cut its payroll by 33 percent from 600 to 400. Director Paul de Geus said that this is necessary to make

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

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Man tries to blackmail Sunny Foods

St. Maarten – A Guyanese national with a commercial New Jersey driver’s license, Neville Nelson, has tried on several occasions within the past week to blackmail Sunny Foods Supermarket for the sum of $25,000, according to owner Steven Huang. Nel

Editorial - Posted by on November 14, 2013

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Editorial: Lukewarm

The first visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to Sint Maarten will not go into the history books as an event that bubbled over from enthusiasm. On the contrary, the turnout for the opening ceremony was clearly disappointing – or the sq

Opinion - Posted by on November 14, 2013

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Opinion: Marvelous Marvelyne

Curacao’s Minister Plenipotentiary’s attempt to set the record straight during a press conference in Fort Amsterdam yesterday hopelessly backfired. With Prime Minister Ivar Asjes by her side, Marvelyne Wiels offered nothing of substance to feed t

Opinion - Posted by on November 14, 2013

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Opinion: Pride questions parliament’s intentions

On April 18 the Parliament of St. Maarten made history by passing several motions which instructed the Council of Ministers to take measures aimed at protecting the island’s natural and cultural heritage. There was a motion on beach access inten

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

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After a lukewarm start, royal visit gained momentum

St. Maarten – The royal visit got off to a lukewarm start yesterday morning, but in the afternoon there was a nice crowd on Front Street to welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima during their monument walk that led them from the Oranjescho

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

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Girl gets eight years for Middle Region stabbing

Co-defendant acquitted of all charges St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 17-year-old Shanieska Alisia Brooks to 8 years imprisonment for murdering Kimberly Samantha Illidge on March 23 in Middle Region. The court acquitted her c

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

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SHTA’s Davis: St. Maarten restaurants flourishing

St. Maarten / by Jason Lista - “All in all, St. Maarten is still flourishing for the dining that it offers. We offer people great variety,” Valentin Davis of Sheer restaurant said yesterday over the phone when asked about the recent troubles in

Editorial - Posted by on November 12, 2013

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Editorial: A sense of reality

Culture Minister Patricia Lourens gave the St. Maarten Day celebration a sense of reality with her remark that economic cooperation between the French and the Dutch side of the islands will not materialize. At the same time, we feel a hint of resi

Opinion - Posted by on November 12, 2013

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Opinion: Don’t kill the Corporate Governance Council

If it is up to Sint Maarten government, the Corporate Governance Council will die a slow and silent death. Within soon (November 16, 2013 to be exactly) the term for which the five members of the Corporate Governance Council were appointed will expir

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 12, 2013

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Man killed in Sucker Garden

St. Maarten – On Saturday evening Rundell Bobb was gunned down in his car at the carwash located behind Patricia’s Bar in Sucker Garden. The 23-year-old was at the receiving end of what must have been a torrent of bullets. Some witnesses spoke of

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