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Opinion: Youth criminality

Street robberies are not unique to St. Maarten. The Netherlands has its share of them and in the seat of government, The Hague, the police notes now that the robbers are getting younger and younger. Most street robbers have not even reached the age o

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Opinion: Tough measures

The draft budget for 2014 will be handled by the parliament this month and it promises to be an interesting debate. The measures the government proposes are tough and they will affect many people. The opposition will not like it – hell, the governm

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Opinion: How to lose weight

Is it okay to be fat? Depends how you look at it. It is a bit like smoking – everybody is entitled to his or her own method of voluntary euthanasia. It is almost impossible to open a magazine or to watch a program about health without getting confr

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Opinion: Wrong direction

The idea that the government will cut the marketing budget for tourism – if parliament allows it by approving the 2014 budget later this month – feels like a move in the wrong direction. As our front page story about the rise of Cuba as a tourist

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TripAdvisor reports tourist destination Cuba’s rapid rise

Emil Lee: “We have to make clear that we offer a different product” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The slumbering tourist destination of Cuba is rapidly waking up. The traveler’s website TripAdvisor recently named its capital Havana as

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Drastic measures in St. Maarten’s draft budget 2014

Contribution for healthcare costs, frozen salaries and end to C.O.L.A. St. Maarten – SZV-insured citizens will have to pay a 10 percent contribution for their healthcare expenditures starting this year. This is one of the measures included in

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Delegation-leader Jeroen Recourt concerns

"Concerns remain, but happy with positive developments" St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar - "I have a lot of respect for everything St. Maarten has achieved in such a short time," Jeroen Recourt told this newspaper last night at the end of the first

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New Year’s message St. Maarten Prime Minister

“Openness from the side of government is key” St. Maarten – “Openness from the side of government is key and timely dissemination of information and plans by government should be the norm,” Prime Minister Wescot-Williams stated in her N

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Motivational speaker Les Brown in St. Maarten

“People need a sense of optimism” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The American motivational speaker Les Brown holds court tonight under the tent at Port de Plaisance from 7 p.m. Utilities Company Gebe invited Brown to the island. Yesterday

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Julius Lambert retires after 30 years

“I have always conducted myself in a professional manner” St. Maarten – “By means of resolution of the general meeting of shareholders of GEBE, I have been appointed for my second four years’ term as member of the Supervisory Board of Di

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Unadulterated optimism: Les Brown in St. Maarten

Meeting someone like Les Brown, the motivational speaker that will light up the tent at Port de Plaisance tonight is a bit like getting hit by lightning. Brown speaks like a machine gun if you let him and he bubbles with unadulterated optimism. Th

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Opinion: Rubygate

The Italian political dinosaur Silvio Berlusconi has a 7-year jail sentence to his name since June of last year. A court found Berlusconi guilty of paying Ruby el Mahroug for sex, while the girl was still a minor. There is of course more to be said a