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Editorial - Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Editorial: Justice

The police have apprehended a suspect in the case of the stolen motorbike and the brave security guard who risked his life defending someone else’s property. The suspect is, to be sure, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But we do hope

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

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Election Day 2014: Friday, September 5: Regular elections before the summer not possible

St. Maarten – Unconfirmed rumblings suggest that the fall of the third Wescot-Williams cabinet is scheduled for the end of this month but it is unclear whether this is inspired by the wish to bring about elections before the summer or by other poli

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

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Ministry promotes rights of the worker

St. Maarten – Policy advisor Nikima Groeneveldt-Hickinson presented brochures and a poster depicting the rights of the workers in St. Maarten yesterday morning in the A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall, in the presence of Labor Minister Cornelius de Weev

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

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Court mitigates sentence seventh Vesuvius-suspect

St. Maarten – Andrew Davis, the self-proclaimed advisor of gang leader Omar Jones found some sort of relief in the Common Court of Justice yesterday afternoon. Serving a 6-year prison sentence handed to him in the Court in First Instance and faced

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

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Appeal ruling Middle Region stabbing: Court cuts sentence in half

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice gave Shanieska Alisia Brooks a significantly milder punishment on appeal for stabbing her former friend Kimberly Illidge to death on March 23 of last year. While the Court in First Instance sentenced Brooks

Opinion - Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Opinion: The road to Election Day 2014

Unless someone pulls a political white rabbit out of his hat soon, two important dates are set for this year’s elections. The first one is obviously the one for Election Day: Friday, September 5. Another date is the one for Postulation Day – the

Opinion - Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Opinion: Political tribalism

Very soon the people will be called again to choose, and they will do so overwhelmingly for one direction. There is a better way forward and it is upward. It is time to put an end to political tribalism. It is lamentable that never before have we

Opinion - Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Opinion: A tribute in honor of Mr. J. A. Lambert

Mr. Julius Lambert was born on August 4, 1947, and passed away on March 15, 2014, at the age of 67. We will always remember him as a family man, friend and a true patriarch of St. Maarten. Through his life he was a living testament of what hard

Editorial - Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Editorial: Why bother?

Before the summer or after the summer? That is the question raging through election land right now. From the presentation by Prime Minister Wescot-Williams we understand that the regular procedure will lead to elections on Friday, September 5.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Recognition for St. Maarten’s first social worker: Elaine Gumbs-Vlaun: “Do it with your heart and soul”

St. Maarten – When Elaine Gumbs-Vlaun started her career as a social worker last century in a male-dominated St. Maarten, she had an encounter with a man who refused to pay child support. When he met his social worker, expecting this to be a man, h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 19, 2014

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MP Heyliger against TelEm/UTS merger: Fears workers will lose jobs

St. Maarten – Last week Thursday the management of Telem Group and the St. Maarten Communication Union (SMCU) had a meeting to discuss several matters. The main topic in the four hour long meeting held was the merger of Telem Group and UTS, the SMC

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Elections in first week of September: Minister De Weever remains loyal to Democratic Party

St. Maarten – Member of parliament Petrus Leroy de Weever will step aside if his nephew, Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever, becomes a candidate on the list for the Democratic Party for the elections that will be held in the first week of S

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Opinion: Unanswered questions

The Democratic Party’s press conference made clear that we could be looking at the end of the political career of Petrus Leroy de Weever and that his nephew, Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever will stay on board with the red family. That pu

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Opinion: The new cocaine

The new cocaine might be resting peacefully in your refrigerator or your kitchen cabinet right now. And no, we are not talking about drugs here but about the mafia’s new goldmine – counterfeit food and beverages. It could be the wild salmon you a

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Opinion: Interesting job

Prisoners in Zwolle and Veenhuizen are getting an interesting job from Justice and Safety State Secretary Fred Teeven. They are going to produce the 731 cell doors for a new prison in Zaanstad. The inmates will work for a company with the slightly fu

Editorial - Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Editorial: A big heart

Without any doubt, Elaine Gumbs-Vlaun is The Example of what all human beings ought to be. The lady is – if you’ll forgive us the expression – a woman with balls and a heart so big that you cannot help but just love her. The choice to honor

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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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