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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 16, 2014

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UP-leader Theo Heyliger trashes spending habits National Alliance

Emilio Wilson Estate purchase under fire as well St. Maarten – United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger attacked the previous National Alliance-led government for draining the country’s reserves. At the end of 2011, St. Maarten’s liquidi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 16, 2014

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Ousted politicians cost the treasury 1 million in 2013

St. Maarten – Nine former ministers received more than 1 million guilders in political pension last year. Former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto collected 19.5 percent of the total – as bit more than 202,000 guilders. Former Minister of Education

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 16, 2014

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MP Laveist calls salary cut cabinet ministers a gimmick

St. Maarten – National Alliance MP Louie Laveist said yesterday that the Today Newspaper had misquoted him about his stance on the salary cuts members of the Wescot-Williams cabinet are taking this year. MP Laveist then quoted from the editorial

Opinion - Posted by on January 16, 2014

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Opinion: Thompson refutes editorial

Dear Editor,   Board members and volunteers of the Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation (EWEF) read the editorial in the Daily Herald of Friday January 10th, 2014 with a great sense of disappointment and astonishment. The Editor’s poorly rese

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 16, 2014

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Marlin wonders whether arrears in casino fees will be collected

St. Maarten – National Alliance leader William Marlin tackled the outstanding casino fees of 10 million guilders in his address during yesterday’s budget debate. “The public is asked to take cuts – in subsidies, in the promotion of St. Maarte

Opinion - Posted by on January 16, 2014

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Opinion: Little pinpricks

At the time of this writing, it was still unclear whether Members of Parliament would table any motions, whether they would massively vote for or against one or more items in the budget. But, like in previous years, it seems a foregone conclusion tha

Editorial - Posted by on January 16, 2014

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Editorial: Get it Louie?

Member of Parliament Louie Laveist began his address to parliament yesterday by stating, “the Today Newspaper had misquoted me.” MP Laveist then quoted from our editorial that appeared on this page on Tuesday – and that particular piece did

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2014

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Local environmentalist on Mullet Bay dumping: “People should know better”

St. Maarten – In a follow up to the story on the many bags of garbage that were left on Mullet Bay beach over the weekend, Reuben Thompson of the SXM Pride Foundation had more to say. He confirmed that the garbage bags and stray litter had been cle

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2014

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Transparency International begins integrity assessment next month

Vacancy lead-researcher open for five more days St. Maarten – Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has all of its ducks but one in a row to begin with the National Integrity System assessment in St. Maarten. The organization

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2014

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Local Rotary clubs reveal peace monument in March

Rotary Sunrise gets award for Parenting for Fathers St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise received media representatives to its breakfast meeting at Air Lekkerbek yesterday morning. The service club, led by president Angela Gordon,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2014

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Another former National Alliance candidate launches party

“Policy of Social Reform is to benefit entire country” St. Maarten – Under the theme Sovereignty, Economy, Equal Opportunity, former National Alliance candidate Jacinto Mock, who ran with the party in the 2010 Parliamentary elections, offici

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2014

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Healthcare insurance premiums for active civil servants double

Measure saves government 13 million guilders St. Maarten – Civil servants will have to pay 2.1 percent extra for their healthcare insurance in 2014 and 2015. This is due to the government’s decision to scrap the country’s contribution to the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2014

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Pride outraged with garbage left on Mullet Bay beach

St. Maarten - During a site visit by the St Maarten Pride Foundation this past weekend the foundation’s volunteers found that parts of Mullet Bay Beach had been left covered in garbage after a party which was apparently held in the afternoon of

Editorial - Posted by on January 15, 2014

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Editorial: Passing the buck

The budget is on its way to approval by the Parliament today but the question remains how the community will react to the fallout when reality hits home. True, this is a skeleton budget, as Minister Hassink has called it. And true, this is a year

Opinion - Posted by on January 15, 2014

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Opinion: The kindness of strangers

Fancy coming out of a supermarket, minding your own business, carrying one of those ugly black plastic bags holding a couple of Monsters and a chocolate bar. The next thing you know, your flat on your back and you are heavily bleeding from somewhere

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 14, 2014

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Budget cuts affect many organizations

Mental Health Foundation and Safe Haven receive less subsidy St. Maarten – Cuts in the 2014 budget affect many organizations on the island. Notably among those that will have to make do with less money this year are the Mental Health Foundation

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 14, 2014

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Laveist “disgusted” about salary-cut cabinet members

Draft 2014 budget in Central Committee Laveist “disgusted” about salary-cut cabinet members St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament began yesterday morning its deliberations about the draft 2014 budget. Finance Minister Martin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 14, 2014

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“Ministers use company to finance pet projects”

NA-leader Marlin says harbor will buy Emilio Wilson Estate St. Maarten – National Alliance leader William Marlin severely criticized the way the government and the Harbor Group of Companies are dealing with the dividend policy and with the inte

Editorial - Posted by on January 14, 2014

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Editorial: Follow suit

You have to be from a special planet to find fault with the decisions by members of the cabinet to cut their own salaries by 30,000 guilders. Yet MP Louie Laveist found reason to say the decision disgusted him. It is not at all difficult to figure

Opinion - Posted by on January 14, 2014

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Opinion: Cigarettes

That smoking kills is a bit of a no brainer. Everybody knows it and addicted smokers could not care less. The cigarette packages we see in our supermarkets have already rather gruesome messages on them. But in Australia, they have taken things a step

Opinion - Posted by on January 14, 2014

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Opinion: Let’s Travel

Travel expenses were again a topic of discussion in the central committee yesterday and for good reasons. Traveling is expensive and it seems, in the age of video conferencing, ludicrous to travel here there and everywhere without any significant ben

Opinion - Posted by on January 14, 2014

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Opinion: Salary cuts

Making a gesture that simply translates into leading by example is apparently not as simple as it seems. Take the salary cuts the members of the cabinet have slipped into the budget without making a big deal of it. The questions this decision trigger

Opinion - Posted by on January 14, 2014

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Terry Peterson resigns from National Alliance

Dear Mr. William Marlin: I hereby acknowledge receipt of your two emails dated January 8, 2014 with New Year’s Greetings, and regarding the reorganization of the National Alliance, although all our previous attempts to meet on the subject since

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 13, 2014

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A candid chat with realtor Arun Jagtani “We need official real estate statistics”

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Arun Jagtani is outside waiting for the appointment. His face exudes patience, and he smiles as he offers access to his offices in Simpson Bay. Inside, a warmly toned, modern interior contrasts the busy and dusty hus

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 13, 2014

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Draft budget 2014: Limited space for investments

St. Maarten – The wish list of investments by different ministries totals almost 300 million guilders, but there is no money available in 2014 to execute all these plans. This appears from the draft 2014 budget that is scheduled for handling in the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 13, 2014

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Governor’s New Year’s address “Make a firm commitment to the common good”

St. Maarten – “Shaping our nation is a call to all for innovative policies, to secure a quality future for our people. That is particularly relevant in an election year when politics as opposed to policies, - more than normally is the case - beco

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 13, 2014

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St. Maarten Justice ministry announces painful choices

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Justice is heading into a challenging year, due to budget restraints. The ministry’s budget had been cut from 66.9 million guilders in 2013 to 62.3 million this year. “The ministry has significantly less resourc

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 13, 2014

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Editorial: Political Stability

The Prime Minister said something in a press release that ought to be understood by many. Just because there is a misunderstanding in Parliament does not mean that new elections should be called every time. She rightly pointed out that this kind of a

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 13, 2014

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Governor’s New Year address: Shaping our nation’s future

Below is the unabridged text of Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday’s New Year’s address. “Ladies and gentlemen, Good evening and welcome to this New Year’s Reception. Marie-Louise and I are delighted to celebrate the start of 2014 with you,

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)

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

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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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