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

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Prep program participants receive their certificates

Prep program participants receive their certificates

St. Maarten – The National Institute for Professional Advancement (Nipa) issued certificates on Friday to the participants in the prep program that was held last year from September until December. Education Minister Patricia Lourens was present at

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

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The culture of natural hair

Panel discussion on International Women’s Day at the Library St. Maarten - “Hard Hair: St. Martin Women and the Culture of Natural Hair” is a panel discussion set for International Women’s Day on March 8, at 7.30 p.m. at Philipsburg Jubile

Opinion - Posted by on February 21, 2014

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Opinion: Setting the record straight

The Daily Herald licked the feet of gambling mogul Francesco Corallo on Wednesday by devoting almost half a page to the Italian-Dutch businessman’s defense against reporting by the Antilliaans Dagblad and the Today Newspaper. “Corallo sets the re

Opinion - Posted by on February 21, 2014

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Opinion: The devaluation of art and culture

Dear Editor, The furore unleashed by the vicious attack on our national bird, the Pelican, by some talk show hosts on some radio programs recently reveals a very sad and disturbing fact: our propensity to deride, denigrate, and de-value works of a

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

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St. Maarten Airport paid chairman nearly $8,000 for stolen briefcase

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Princess Juliana International Airport paid the chairman of its supervisory board of directors, Clarence Derby, in 2011 almost $8,000 in compensation for a briefcase that was reportedly stolen from him during a trip

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

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Court acquits and releases suspect Hope Estate murder

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice ordered the immediate release of Stevenson Pinder yesterday. The court acquitted the 40-year old defendant from the November 10, 2012 murder of Gaston Gumbs in Hope Estate and of firearm possession. The cou

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

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St. Maarten Police arrest five in drug bust

St. Maarten – Yesterday morning police officers arrested four men and one women during raids at houses in Cole Bay and Sucker Garden. The men are suspected of (international) drug dealing. The police action began around 6 a.m. Officers conducted se

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

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UP threatens to sink the government

Party-leader Heyliger upset about Central Bank agreement St. Maarten –It is not immediately clear whether United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger has a point with his claim that Finance Minister Martin Hassink should have consulted the UP b

Opinion - Posted by on February 21, 2014

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Opinion: Setting the record straight

The Daily Herald licked the feet of gambling mogul Francesco Corallo yesterday by devoting almost half a page to the Italian-Dutch businessman’s defense against reporting by the Antilliaans Dagblad and the Today Newspaper. “Corallo sets the recor

Opinion - Posted by on February 20, 2014

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Opinion: The devaluation of art and culture

Dear Editor, The furore unleashed by the vicious attack on our national bird, the Pelican, by some talk show hosts on some radio programs recently reveals a very sad and disturbing fact: our propensity to deride, denigrate, and de-value works of a

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

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Ministry proposes changes to exotic dancer-permits

Registration at tax office may become requirement St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor is working on adjustments to the foreign labor work permit policy, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s

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

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PM Wescot-Williams: “Add governance as strong pillar to sustainable development”

St. Maarten – “I like the concept whereby governance is added as a strong pillar to sustainable development,” prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said in answer to a question from this newspaper to define sustainable development at yesterday

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

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Robbery and attempted murder punished with 8 years in jail

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Michael-Angelo Labega yesterday to 8 years imprisonment for attempted murder on Keniel McKenzie. The 21-year old from sucker Garden, known under his nickname Gucci shot McKenzie in the neck and in

Editorial - Posted by on February 18, 2014

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Editorial: House of cards

The Court in First Instance did not have a single good word for the election fraud investigation. The investigation itself is incomplete, documents are missing from the case file and the time it took to bring the case to court is setting a world reco

Opinion - Posted by on February 18, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: A giant amongst the boys

Political association is everyone's right. But let it be known, so that people reading articles (in this case editorial commentary) know from which bias the writer comes. The article "Sustainable Development" on the Opinion and Commentary pages of th

Opinion - Posted by on February 18, 2014

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Opinion: Hemp wars

The discussion about legalizing marijuana in the Netherlands is gaining momentum after 35 mayors signed a manifesto that pleads for regulating the cultivation of the soft drug. Not everybody is happy with this trend. In the Volkskrant, a dispute e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 18, 2014

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Trial postponed until April 14: Court severely criticizes election fraud investigation

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance severely criticized the investigation into election fraud yesterday. Judge Koen Luijks ruled that the investigation is incomplete, that documents are missing from the file and that the long time it took to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 18, 2014

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Analysis Antilliaans Dagblad: Francesco Corallo’s attorneys manipulated mafia ruling

St. Maarten – The doubts about the existence of a recent court ruling that bans Italian authorities from linking B Plus and Atlantis World Group owner Francesco Corallo with the mafia gained momentum yesterday with the publication of a thorough ana

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 18, 2014

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Attorney outraged about court decision

Merx challenges Judge Luijks in election fraud trial St. Maarten – Cor Merx, the attorney of Cernick C., one of the five defendants in the election fraud trial, became outraged when Judge Koen Luijks announced the postponement of the trial until

Editorial - Posted by on February 17, 2014

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Editorial: Misleading the public

The attempts by Atlantis World Group and B Plus owner Francesco Corallo to clear his name took another hit with the revelation that the Italian court ruling that prohibits anybody from linking his name to the mafia most likely does not exist. The

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2014

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Opinion: Dillydallying

It is no secret that there is no love lost between the government and the Corporate Governance Council. The sad result is now that the members of the current council have announced that they call it quits. They have had enough of the dillydallying wi

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

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Members are fed up with treatment by government: Corporate Governance Council calls it quits

St. Maarten – All members of the Corporate Governance Council have resigned from their position since yesterday. In a press release, Chairman Louis Duzanson expressed the council’s dissatisfaction with the way the government has handled its manda

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

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DP wants update on motion to lower electricity tariffs

St. Maarten – Democratic Party faction leader Roy Marlin asked this weekend for an update from Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake about the execution of his motion that called for lowering the utility costs for consumers. During the budget debate on Ja

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

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Doubts about existence Italian court ruling: Link between Corallo and mafia still stands

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – There are serious doubts about the existence of a court ruling from the Italian Court of Appeals in Rome that supposedly forbids the Italian Minister of Home Affairs and the DIA – the Italian law enforcement agenc

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

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Minister Lake commends Gebe for green thinking

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake commends Gebe’s newly appointed Supervisory Board of Directors and the managing board for the presentation of their green solar project. GEBE announced earlier in the week that the company is embarking

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

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PM about election fever: “Move away from accusations and politicking”

St. Maarten – “Even in Parliament there are jabs flying left and right and accusing colleagues of all kinds of things. We cannot let our election continue to be clouded under these types of conditions,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said

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

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Veteran unionist Willy Haize hospitalized

St. Maarten – Willy Haize, the founder of the United Federation of the Windward Antilles (Ufa) was hospitalized on Saturday. Tomorrow he will be flown to the Dominican Republic for treatment, Oral Gibbes stated on his Facebook page. Gibbes inten

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

Opinion - Posted by on February 13, 2014

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2014

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Position paper on Bosman-law: Government calls plan unjustified and racist

St. Maarten – An admission and residence regulation for Caribbean Dutch citizens is by definition unjustified and the distinction VVD-MP André Bosman makes in his draft initiative law is de facto racist, the Government of St. Maarten writes in a p

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