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

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Prime Minister on Emilio Wilson Estate: Parliament missed opportunity

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said during her weekly call-in radio program that Parliament missed the opportunity to have a fruitful discussion regarding the Emilio Wilson Estate. “Generally speaking, the Parliament of St. Maa

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Minister Lake seeks meeting with Simpson Bay Community Council

St. Maarten – Minister of Spatial Planning Maurice Lake said in a press release that he will be seeking a meeting with the Simpson Bay Community Council board regarding the current zoning and development plan process. Minister Lake wanted to re

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Calypso Barbara tribute planned

St. Maarten —The four singers who registered for the Senior Road March competition will be special guests during the Senior Calypso Eliminations on March 29. The Junior Calypso and Junior Road March competition will also be held on that night which

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Opinion: Supersized noise

While politicians in St. Maarten as usual have better things to do, the discussion about noise pollution and the damage supersized noise could do to one’s hearing is reaching a critical point. In Aruba, there is already a push for legislation to re

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Opinion: Dogs on chains—why it’s not a good idea

Dogs that are chained run a much higher risk of biting and are more likely to be the dogs that run off and don't come back when called. Why? Chaining a dog goes against its natural instincts. Dogs were not meant to be tied up. Most become protecti

Editorial - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Editorial: Protecting our reefs

The Nature Foundation has not been idle in its fight to limit the damage caused to our reefs and fish stocks by the invasive and poisonous lionfish. The fight is an important one. The natural beauty of the Caribbean lies below as well as above sea le

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Romare Bearden in profile: African-American soul, Caribbean love

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – African-American artist and writer Romare Bearden is no longer with us. He died in 1988 after a battle with bone cancer, but not before receiving the prestigious National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan in

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Lack of space in Point Blanche prison

St. Maarten - Last week, the Public Prosecution Service had to send home two suspects as a consequence of overcrowding in the prison at Point Blanche. The prison is currently being rebuilt from wing to wing and, as a result, 30 detention places are l

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Questions for the weekend

American researchers have discovered something many people already know: your mood affects the mood of others. If you are in a foul mood, you will quickly ruin the mood of people around you. If you smile, people will smile in return. The research

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Opinion: Communication problem

This week we received a Dutch journalist who writes for a magazine for communication professionals. He asked us whether St. Maarten has a communication problem. Darn good question. We thought about it (for, like, 15 seconds) and then said that ind

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Opinion: Back to basics

The battle cry of mudslinging Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake has reached the Netherlands, where the Telegraaf headlined an article “Back to basics and digital detoxing.” What is this all about? Trend watchers on the other side of the ocean say th

Editorial - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Editorial: Overcrowding

The news that the Pointe Blanche prison is overcrowded and that some convicts and suspects had to be released is disturbing. It raises important issues and important questions, none of whose answers are comforting. What is the core of the problem?

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Editorial: Arrival of Attorney-General Guus Schram

With the arrival of Guus Schram as the successor of Attorney-General Dick Piar crime fighting in St. Maarten and Curacao has entered a new era. It is obviously too early to assess whether the new man will do a better job than his predecessor, but it

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Maho hosts 2 day job fair

MAHO—A large group of people seeking employment attended the job fair that was held at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino yesterday morning. *We conduct regular job fairs for positions available within Sonesta Collection - St. Maarten. We int

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Senior Road March show cancelled: Singers miss deadlines again

St. Maarten — For the second consecutive year the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is forced to cancel the Senior Road March Competition due to lack of cooperation from the singers despite the efforts of the SCDF to wait until Mar

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Attorney-General Guus Schram “Embed the Prosecutor’s Office in a network with countless others”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “The impression that cases are shelved is something I want to adjust. We will have to work faster and act more boldly.” With the arrival of Guus Schram as the successor of Dick Piar as the attorney-general for S

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Opinion: Words of wisdom

Sometimes words of wisdom come from far away but they are still very recognizable. Like this report from India where the eldest politician in the world has announced that he is going to retire. Rishang Keushing is 94 and he is a Member of the Parl

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Opinion: Water leakage

Dear Editor, Around the world liters of water are lost every day through broken and leaking pipes. Water usually drains downwards to the water table, which is the top layer of saturation in a rock. It is then extracted again from the ground or

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Opinion: Serfdom: We have arrived

Below, I’ll give some excerpts and interpretations of Friedrich von Hayek’s book “The Road to Serfdom”. We’ll see a direct reflection of how St. Maarten/St. Martin has already arrived. Now, a “Serf” is a person in a condition of servitu

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Opinion: More votes for all

Manuel Kneepkens, a former faction leader of the City Party in Rotterdam has about had it with the current election system in the Netherlands. Since there are initiatives for electoral reform in St. Maarten in progress, it may be worth our while to g