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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2014

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Former Dutch Justice Minister enlightens at USM: “Lack of integrity is difficult to deal with”

St. Maarten - The third Herman Tjeenk Willink Lecture put on by the Council of Advice and the University of St. Martin was described as “enlightening” by the many state and government officials, private sector employees and members of civil socie

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2014

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Bakker on dollarization

St. Maarten - The Cft neither has a legal mandate nor a professional opinion on the official currency for St. Maarten, Cft Chairman Age Bakker said in response to a question posed by a member of the audience after his lecture at the University of St.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2014

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MP Patrick Illidge remains in custody 8: more days of questioning

St. Maarten – Chief Public Prosecutor Taco Stein confirmed yesterday that independent Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick illidge has been detained for a further 8 days of interrogation in his involvement in what appears to be a case of bribery by Ba

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2014

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Man shot on A T Illidge road – Another stabbed in Dutch Quarter

St. Maarten – A man known to police as “Flamingo” was found in Dutch Quarter bleeding from a wound to his upper right arm yesterday shortly after midnight. Police and detectives were sent to the area. He said he had just left home to go out on

Editorial - Posted by on January 24, 2014

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Editorial: The war on guns

Two disturbing police reports caught our attention. There was a brazen public shooting early yesterday morning, and a teenager was found in possession of a powerful semi-automatic handgun. At times St. Maarten’s headlines become dominated by the sh

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 24, 2014

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Cft Chairman Bakker’s lecture in series

Cft Chairman Professor Age Bakker delivered an interesting and informative lecture Monday night at the University of St. Martin. There is something in his lecture that we can all learn from, and gain a better insight into how the Kingdom functions, a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2014

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Today and UTS Chippie Poll: Name the Causeway

St. Maarten – Starting today, Chippie users will receive an SMS from local telecommunication company UTS to vote in a poll choosing a name for the Simpson Bay Causeway. The poll is a collaborative effort between Today and UTS. The communications pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2014

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MP Illidge to court today: Judge to decide his fate

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed it wants to detain embattled independent Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Illidge for a further 8 days for more questioning in the ongoing Orca investigation in the so-called Bada Bing a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2014

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Electoral Council formed

St. Maarten - The decree appointing persons for the Electoral Council has been established after being signed off by Governor Eugene Holiday and Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. The 5 member council consists of Bert Hoffman (chairman), Anara

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2014

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Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting will not take place

Close call on financial instruction St. Maarten - In a race against the clock St. Maarten barely avoided a financial instruction because of its 2014 budget being approved late, based on the stringent requirements of the Kingdom law on Financial S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2014

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Reader’s Letter: Shame on you parliament!

Dear Editor, The One St. Maarten People Party (OSPP) has listened with keen attention to the 2014 budget debate and has concluded that the information shared with the public as it pertains to the Parliament of St. Maarten was nothing more than a t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2014

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Government cannot renege on previous deal: Emilio Wilson Foundation shows “great concern”

St. Maarten – “The Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation is following the recent developments regarding the future of the Emilio Wilson Estate with great concern,” the foundation said in a press release yesterday. Commitments to purchase 370,000 s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2014

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Dr. Kurt Vreeland and his method: “Using the brain to heal the brain”

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Tucked away in the corner of Great Bay Marina, upstairs from Chesterfield’s restaurant, Dr. Kurt Vreeland offers a “complementary” approach, as he calls it, to traditional Western medicine. It is not an alterna

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2014

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CFT: Fast action needed “Budget 2014 was a race against the clock”

St. Maarten – The budget 2014, recently signed into law by Governor Holiday, will be presented to the Board of financial supervision (College financieel toezicht - Cft) shortly, which is legally required to give its advice within two weeks. Accordi

Editorial - Posted by on January 22, 2014

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Editorial: Tax compliance

Professor Age Bakker, chairman of the College financeel toezicht (Cft), gave an interesting lecture last night at the University of St. Martin. He highlighted the strengths of the island compared to its larger sister countries in the Kingdom. St. Maa

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2014

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Reader’s Letter: Frustrated driver

Dear Editor, It's really getting more and more  inconvenient and extremely costly for the motoring public to continuously have to bear with the deplorable conditions of and lost-of-time congestions on our deteriorating roads here in "touristic" S

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2014

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Cft Chairman Bakker’s lecture in series

Cft Chairman Professor Age Bakker delivered an interesting and informative lecture Monday night at the University of St. Martin. There is something in his lecture that we can all learn from, and gain a better insight into how the Kingdom functions, a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2014

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MP Patrick Illidge detained on bribery charges

St. Maarten – Independent Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge was detained by the Landsrecherche yesterday morning in connection with the Orca investigation into possible bribery and money laundering, the Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed. He

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2014

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Rainforest Adventures fires back: “Allow me to correct some facts”

St. Maarten – Chief Engineer of Rain Forest Adventures (RFA) John Dalton is not taking President of the Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation Reuben Thompson’s recent remarks lying down.  Thompson wrote a scathing critique of RFA in a January 15 lette

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2014

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De Robert: environmentalists need to unite

“Dishonest to lay all the blame on the politicians” St. Maarten - Local environmentalist Stephen de Robert believes that St. Maarten is still a long way from achieving serious action on abusive coastal development. De Robert’s comment com

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2014

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SMCU files complaint on Inspectorate

Questions handling of TelEm labor issue St. Maarten - President of the St. Maarten Communication Union (SMCU) Ludson Evers has registered concern with some of the hiring policies of government-owned TelEm Group of Companies. During a Windward I

Opinion - Posted by on January 21, 2014

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Reader’s Letter: Rollocks talks cruise tourism

Dear editor, Permit me a little space to help enlighten those of us who don't know. As an educator I subscribe to the philosophy that there are no stupid questions. Some of us question our cruise tourism, and wonder why some people get so excite

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2014

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Editorial: Irony

According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word irony is defined as “a contradictory outcome of events as if in mockery of the promise and fitness of things.” By that definition, wouldn’t you say that a Member of Parliament who sits on the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2014

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Professor Salt Ministry launched

St. Maarten - 18 months after he hit the airwaves with his daily Rise and Shine and Sunday Best program on SOS Radio 95.9 FM, Cornelius Darius Marie popularly known as Professor Salt has taken his work out of the studio and into the community. The C

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2014

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Palettes – sources of inspiration for painter Norma Trimborn

LOWLANDS – Imagine lying on a beach looking at clouds that lazily (and on occasion angrily) drift through the sky. Suddenly those clouds take on the shape of something you recognize –a dog, an airplane, your mother-in-law - or something you assoc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2014

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Buncamper-Molanus remains in the crosshairs of justice: Former minister still under investigation

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The office of the solicitor-general still has the intention to investigate possible criminal wrongdoing by former Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor Maria Buncamper-Molanus. The investigation has to

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2014

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Opinion: Equality

According to the law, all citizens are equal, even though some Bible waivers do not consider homos and lesbians as equals, but the first sentence in our constitution says that we are all equal regardless of race, color, religion, hair color or wig si

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2014

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Opinion: A bridge too far

Lenny Priest is not a Member of Parliament but he still wanted to contribute the two cents of his One St. Maarten People party that will participate in the upcoming elections. Had Priest been an MP last week, he would have tabled a motion, of which w

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2014

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Letter: A clean environment: added value to the quality of life

Dear Editor, Please allow us to draw some attention to an ever growing problem on this beautiful island: pollution of our environment. We will be very brief and this opinion letter will be short, because one doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2014

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Editorial: No Doubts (that investigation is imminent of Maria Buncamper – Molanus and Claudius)

There can be no more doubts in the minds of Maria Buncamper – Molanus and her husband Claudius Buncamper – and the public for that matter - about  whether they will be investigated or not for criminal wrongdoing. The Prosecutor’s Office has co

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

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

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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

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