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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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AUC inaugurates expansion

“A symbolic bridge between the university and St. Maarten” St. Maarten – In just sixteen months, the American University of the Caribbean in Cupecoy managed to complete the first phase of its expansion plan – a 75,000 square feet building

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Ministers take salary cut in austerity-year 2014

St. Maarten – All members of the third Wescot-Williams cabinet give up 30,000 guilders ($16,760) of their annual remuneration in 2014. This appears from the draft 2014 budget. Prime Minister Wescot-Williams will earn 225,513 guilders ($125,985)

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Residence permits expected to yield 2.3 million in 2014

St. Maarten – The Justice Ministry wants to collect in 2014 2.3 million guilders ($1.28 million) in fees from residence-related permits. The elucidation with the draft budget shows that the ministry expects to handle 6,300 applications this year. O

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St. Maarten ranks fourth in USA Today island-contest

St. Maarten – The USA Today poll for the ten best Caribbean island destinations has landed St. Maarten in fourth place, after winner Puerto Rico, second best Curacao and Dominica. There were 19 islands in the mix for the contest. Cuba, voted by Tri

Editorial - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Editorial: Right move

In a year when the national budget is groaning under austerity measures, it is only right that our decision makers do their part. The draft budget shows that all ministers will give up 30,000 guilders of the remuneration this year. The measure has

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Opinion: Dentists

Twenty percent of people in the Netherlands never go to a dentist according to data from the Central Bureau for Statistics. The dentist umbrella organization NMT says that this is not a reason for concern “because the cost of healthcare are hardly

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Opinion: Emilio Wilson Estate

Yes, there were some doubts lately about the true intentions of then government with regards to the Emilio Wilson Estate. And yes, the purchase price is slightly ridiculous at $17 million. But when it is about commitment, governments of any color hav

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Reader’s Letter: Insel Air and its Monopoly

Dear Editor, Please allow some space in your well read newspaper to complain about the practices of the regional airline Insel Air. Members of the St. Maarten public, including myself, booked reservations on Insel Air a few months ago to go to

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Opinion: Residence permits

Foreigners living in St. Maarten can breathe a little bit easier. In November 2012, Justice Minister Roland Duncan painted a picture that would have driven any foreigner with half a brain to North-Korea. Duncan’s megalomaniac ideas about a $100-mil

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Opinion: Sleeping politicians

St. Maarten has been shooting itself in the foot for years. Not with a hunting rifle of course, and not with a Glock the government accidentally found in the bushes. This is about money. The decision by the government to impose a local driving licens

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Dutch Kingdom Justice Ministers meet and sign agreements

“Shoulder to shoulder we stand together” St. Maarten – The four Justice Ministers of the constituent countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (St. Maarten, Curacao, Aruba, and the Netherlands) held their first four party meeting of 2014.

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Is giving away electronic gadgets vote-buying?

PM: “We need a policy around the law” St. Maarten – “Is giving away electronic gadgets at the launch of a political party a form of vote-buying?” That was the question this newspaper put to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams at yester

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Demand 4 years for attacking Chucky

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij demanded 4 years of imprisonment yesterday against Jermaine Emanuel C. and Gilbert Ch. for their role in a prison fight whereby inmate Omar Nelson, aka Chucky, sustained serious injuries on May 4 of last y

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Council of State did not get involved in integrity-dispute

St. Maarten – The Dutch Council of State declined last year to get involved in the dispute between the Government of St. Maarten and the Kingdom Council of Ministers in the row over the procedure that led to an instruction to Governor Drs. Eugène

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Simple solution

Dear editor, It is no secret that TelEm is a government owned company and government has on several occasions blocked other companies (Scarlet and UTS) from expanding to protect TelEm. The purpose of governments owning any type of company is usual

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Opinion: Sad story

The report we publish today about a former civil servant who has fallen on hard times is a sad story that deserves some attention outside of the realm of the courthouse. Sure, the lady stole a car, and sure, she is going to jail for it. End of story?

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Opinion: Man in the Mirror

Where do we draw the line? At cell phones and computers or at pencil cases? Should we maybe make a law that forbids politicians to give away anything to anybody – ever? That would probably close all the loopholes with one big bang. Right now we

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Opinion: Delighted

We were very delighted to hear that a Member of the Parliament of St. Maarten, namely Roy Marlin is planning to submit a motion during the 2014 budget debate calling for the lowering of NV Gebe tariffs. During our 2014 New Year address, we have indic

Editorial - Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Editorial: Openness

Being a country is a learning process, we are ready to concede that. So it is with some pleasure that we found the government willing yesterday to finally release the information it requested from the Dutch Council of State about the disputed instruc