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Editorial - Posted by on February 13, 2014

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Editorial: Women

Today is World Radio Day according to UNICEF, and its theme is Women in Radio. Minister of Culture Patricia Lourens-Philip rightly pointed to the female radio celebrities on the island, asking us to celebrate women in broadcast media. It’s often ea

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

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Prosecution demands 15 years for $1.2 billion cocaine transport

St. Maarten – The prosecution demanded yesterday 15 years of imprisonment against three men who were caught with 1,453 kilos of cocaine on March 3 of last year. Prosecutor Tineke Kamps estimated the value of the drugs at an astonishing €900 mill

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

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St. Maarten Prime Minister on European funding “It’s a totally different ballgame”

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams updated the public at yesterday’s Council of Minister’s press briefing on the upgrading of Dutch Quarter through funds from the European Union. She said that funding had been secured at the las

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

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UP-leader Theo Heyliger: “Convicted felons should not be sitting in parliament”

St. Maarten – The Central Committee had an opportunity to give its input to a discussion paper Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams presented yesterday, but instead of adding to the presented suggestions, most MPs seemed not to be ready for it –

Opinion - Posted by on February 13, 2014

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Opinion: Benjamin Franklin, The First American

The year is 1786 and the First American, Benjamin Franklin is contemplating how the executive council of Pennsylvania ought to be paid. Almost 230 years later, his thoughts are still valuable. First of all, Franklin said, the executive should not

Opinion - Posted by on February 13, 2014

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Opinion: Room for improvement

Parliamentarians have a way to speak in a roundabout way. That is the nature of the beast of course, but we think that there is some room for improvement. Parliamentarians enjoy immunity once they are in their seat. In meetings of Parliament, or in m

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Opinion: Discussion paper

Anyone who had expected something from the Central Committee in its discussion about electoral reform went home disappointed yesterday. The suggestions Prime Minister Wescot-Williams put forth triggered mixed reactions at best. Maybe that is a sign o