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Editorial - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Editorial: No policy

The government has no policy in place that regulates what happens when a brief case is stolen from a civil servant during a business trip. Therefore, every case will be judged separately. One may wonder whether this is a wise approach, after today

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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No policy to cover stolen property

St. Maarten – The government does not have a policy in place that regulates compensation for lost or stolen property from civil servants on business trips. This newspaper asked Prime Minister Wescot-Williams at yesterday’s press briefing whether

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Seven years for attempted murder on Devon Otto

St. Maarten – The Court in first Instance sentenced two men to 7 years of imprisonment yesterday for attempted murder on their fellow-inmate Devon Otto on July 20 of last year. Nashon Elwin Francis (29) and Carnicio David Warno (33) attacked Otto w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Prosecution demands on appeal again 8 years for Middle Region stabbing

St. Maarten – Solicitor-General Taco Stein asked the Common Court of Justice yesterday to confirm the 8-year prison sentence for Shanieska Brooks who stabbed Kimberly Illidge to death on March 23 in Middle Region. The prosecution asked the court to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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PM acknowledges criticism of chikungunya-crisis

St. Maarten – The government is aware of the criticism St. Maarten Weekly News editor Jeff Berger expressed about the way it has handled the chikungunya-crisis in American and Canadian media, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s pre

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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One week respite for number plates

St. Maarten – The Ministry of finance will give motorists one week respite after Friday to get their new number plates for the year 2014 on their vehicles. Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said yesterday that this decision is a result of consultation

Opinion - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Opinion: Damned by the curse of oil

“………. sale a marchar mañana sin miedo de nada y con la esperanza de encontrar un futuro mejor” (“……gone marching without fear of nothing and hoping to find a better future,”) . This was the last Facebook-post of Bassil Da Costa, a

Opinion - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Opinion: Venezuela’s impact

“The population of Venezuela is revolting because the socialist State of Venezuela is out of money, rather out of dollars, and since most consumption goods are imported ( 80%) and not locally produced, out of food and everything else. The Bolivaria

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Positive advice Cft on 2014 budget: Questions about stalling tax revenue

St. Maarten – Financial supervisor Cft gave a positive advice about the 2014 budget, though the possibility remains that an amendment will be necessary in the course of the year. The budget projects 427 million guilders ($238.5 million) in revenue

Opinion - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Orca-trial tentatively scheduled for May 7

St. Maarten – The Orca-trial against independent Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge and Bada Bing-owner Jaap van den Heuvel will most likely take place on Wednesday May 7. The date is not set in stone yet, but prosecutor Tineke Kamps confirmed th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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SVOBE wants 4.5 million guilders from Education Ministry Financial woes could lead to closure of secondary schools

St. Maarten – The Foundation for Secondary Education (SVOBE) needs an immediate cash injection of 4.5 million guilders from the Ministry of Education, otherwise the foundation threatens to file for bankruptcy and Milton Peters College and the Sundi

Opinion - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Opinion: Right is might

Benjamin Franklin knew it already in the second half of the eighteenth century: right is might. These days, politicians like to turn that notion around and throw their might-is-right remarks at a majority that is taking decisions they do not like or

Opinion - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Election fraud postponement

Dear Editor, The public prosecutor said the case (UP voting buying allegations – Ed.) was not a difficult one. If this was the case, then why the postponement for 2 months? Why isn’t justice doing time? Now we have seen it all in St. Maarte

Opinion - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Opinion: Double last names in Belgium

To say that Belgians are a weird lot is a blanket statement that we would not want to be responsible for, but the country does have its moments. Take for instance an initiative that seems to have the support of the majority in the Belgian parliame

Opinion - Posted by on February 27, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Cultures of the Caribbean

Dear Editor, The Caribbean is a group of islands stretched in a curve from the southern tip of Florida, United States of America, to the northern coast of South America, close to Venezuela, and embedded in the Caribbean Sea. These islands were col