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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 17, 2014

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St. Maarten Parliament approves 2014 budget

St. Maarten – The parliament approved the 2014 budget yesterday evening after two days of marathon meetings with the support of the UP-DP coalition and the vote of independent MP Frans Richardson. At press time the meeting was still in progress.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 17, 2014

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MP Roy Marlin stands alone with initiative to cut salaries

St. Maarten – Democratic Party faction leader withdrew his motion that would have cut the annual salaries of parliamentarians by 12 percent, because it did not get support from any other Member of Parliament. “The motion carries only one signatur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 17, 2014

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Marlin and Heyliger clash over Emilio Wilson Estate

St. Maarten – The budget debate dragged on yesterday and it offered this time some fireworks that involved the leaders of the National Alliance and the United People’s party, William Marlin and Theo Heyliger who went to war over the purchase of t

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New administration building saga: Government ready to move in the fall

St. Maarten – The government intends to move into the new government administration building on Pond Island this year, before the court-imposed term to do so runs out. In November, the government lost a court case against developer RGM whereby de c

Opinion - Posted by on January 17, 2014

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Opinion: Blanket statement

The inter-parliamentary Kingdom consultation (Ipko) in Curacao was a peaceful affair, or so participants wanted journalists to believe when they held a press conference at the end of the exercise on January 10. But it did not take long before stories

Opinion - Posted by on January 17, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Performance

Dear Editor, Two months ago Soualiga Social Movement wrote an opinion letter pertaining to the ever increasing salaries of our ministers. We therefore welcome and applaud the Council of Minister’s initiative to decrease the salaries of ministers

Opinion - Posted by on January 17, 2014

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Opinion: Tackling dengue

We have a darn good team in place in St. Maarten to keep the population posted about the dangers of dengue fever and about the measures citizens are able to take to minimize the risk of catching it. The authorities in Panama are taking the fight agai

Editorial - Posted by on January 17, 2014

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Editorial: Purchasing power

Parliamentarians are not happy with the fact that employees will have to pay a double premium for healthcare insurance this year. The measure will save the government 10 million guilders per year in 2014 and 2015, but the ultimate effect of the measu