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St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Wescot-Williams leads DP in 2014 elections

Democratic Party wants to bring “new ideas and new approaches” St. Maarten - Close to two hundred party members - from sixteen to eighty years old -  held “a boisterous and upbeat meeting” at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel on December

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Ruling on King-murders puts life in jail again on the agenda

St. Maarten– This afternoon, the Common Court of Justice will rule on the Ocean-case – the brutal murder of Michael and Thelma King on September 19 of last year. It is not must another court ruling, because the main suspect, Meyshane Kemar Johnso

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Parents of disappeared student desperate for information

No trace of Manoël Maragnes MARIGOT – The parents of disappeared student Manoel Maragnes are on the island to assist actively in the search for their son. Maragnes arrived from Guadeloupe on the French side of the island on December 10 to promo

Opinion - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Opinion: The focus on us

Dear editor, It has been great to see so many people involved with the wellbeing of others in the last two weeks. Money has been donated to lots of different non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations shared out meals and supported the les

Opinion - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Opinion: Cost of living adjustment

Dear editor,   Sometime ago I wrote an article in which I stated that the Ministry of Finance is in dire need of immediate help, I am right. The Ministry of Finance was not able to find time to prepare and carry out the process for the pen

Opinion - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Comforting

It is comforting to learn that although MP Romain Laville recently announce that he was giving up politics, he still has the tenacity to champion the sister city agreement with New Jersey, He could have said, Hey I will not be around next, so let

Opinion - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Opinion: Challenges 2014 Elections

The Democratic Party had its share of challenges in the 2010 elections, party leader Sarah Wescot-Williams said at a party membership meeting two weeks ago. Those challenges were of humongous proportions and they neatly clipped the party’s wings

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Editorial: Decency

What is it with the Friendly Island and people that just disappear without a trace? We do not have to go back that far in history to find the first such case – Leta Cordes in 2008. In spite of the best efforts by law enforcement and friends, the 49

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Two dead, three injured in shooting incidents – Violent Christmas in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD – It was not exactly a peaceful Christmas in Curacao. Two people were shot to death, among them a 15-year old boy, and three people were injured in shooting incidents. “It’s like swimming against the tide,” Justice Minister Nelson

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Central Bank criticizes SER advice about monetary union

St. Maarten – The Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten contests the position of the Social Economic Council (SER) that Curacao is the sole cause of the monetary union’s deficit on the balance of payments. The SER advised the government of

Opinion - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Opinion: Everything is perception

Why some tax payers are not paying their fare share is a hot topic in St. Maarten. We know that compliance hovers around 35 percent – meaning that 65 percent is basically giving the fax man the proverbial finger – but we don’t know why so many

Opinion - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Opinion: Electoral reform

Electoral reform has been on the menu for quite some time now, yet nothing seems to happen. Here is what we wrote about the subject a year ago. When politicians start thinking about electoral reform, voters need to pay attention. There is nothing

Editorial - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Editorial: Monetary union

The Central Bank has made some critical remarks about the advice from the Social Economic Council (SER) to our government about the monetary union. Already in February, the SER advised the government to leave the union and to switch to the America