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Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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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

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

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Defendant tells gangster stories to justify firearm possession

St. Maarten – Gregory Hinds had quite a story to tell in the Court in First Instance yesterday, but that did not save him from a conviction for firearm possession. After a demand of 18 months by prosecutor Karola van Nie, Judge Koos van de Ven sett

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

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St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce celebrates 35th anniversary in style

St. Maarten - For the past 35 years, the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry has acted as the sole representative for the growing business community on St. Maarten and in a simple but yet significant ceremony yesterday, that milestone was ce

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

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PvdA demands fundamental changes: Bosman Law under heavy criticism

THE HAGUE – The debate about the Bosman Law in the Dutch parliament made clear yesterday that the legislation in its current form would not win majority support. Coalition partner PvdA says that the plans to keep underprivileged Dutch passport hold

Opinion - Posted by on March 13, 2014

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Opinion: Why Willem-Alexander and Máxima should go

Joost Smiers doesn’t think much of the moral fiber of the royals and thinks they should go, he writes in a column on the website Dutchnews.nl. Matte Mourik’s impressive documentary The Foolish Son, about Jorge Zorreguieta, set me thinking agai

Opinion - Posted by on March 13, 2014

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Opinion: Reasonable conditions to settle down in The Netherlands

It was to be expected, but the Bosman initiative law that would restrict the admission of Dutch passport holders from St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba to the Netherlands met with plenty of criticism in the Second Chamber yesterday. If Bosman does not p

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 13, 2014

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Opinion: Ceasefire

It would benefit everyone if someone stepped in to put the seemingly never-ending dogfight between Minister Maurice Lake and his predecessor William Marlin to rest. As we wrote before, in normal countries a minister who lies to parliament leaves h

Editorial - Posted by on March 13, 2014

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Editorial: Plain and simple

The Parliament meeting requested by the National Alliance about the airport did not go through last week Thursday due to a lack of quorum. It had to be reconvened within four times 24 hours, so by last Tuesday. This did not happen; the Parliament

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Dr. Dennaoui and family attacked at home

St. Maarten – Police confirmed yesterday that an incident took place Monday night at Dr. Dennaoui’s home in Cole Bay in an apparent home invasion, though at this point they did not release any specific details. According to some local media websi

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

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Minister Lake: Marlin wanted Emilio Wilson documents burnt “An independent investigation is warranted”

St. Maarten – In the escalating battle of words over the Emilio Wilson Estate saga and its fate, Minister of Public Housing and Spatial Planning Maurice Lake took note of statements made by the former Minister of VROMI William Marlin yesterday and

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

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Oral Gibbes puts mental illness in the spotlight Association fights against taboo

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar* – Mental illness is a growing problem worldwide and St. Maarten is no exception. Oral Gibbes Live dedicated its TV-program on Monday to the Mental Health Caregivers and Patients Association (MHCPA) – an organizatio

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

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Parliament president registers to vote in European elections

St. Maarten - The representative of the Netherlands in Sint Maarten Gert Versluis, handed over a bundle of registration forms for the elections for the European Parliament to Parliament President drs. GracitaArrindell. The elections are scheduled for

Editorial - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Editorial: No prosperity without security

No society or civilization in the history of the world has ever prospered without security. Indeed, if a place is insecure, how can its entrepreneurs, scientists, craftsmen, etc, thrive if they feel threatened and constantly concerned about their saf

Opinion - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Opinion: Normcore

It is not even that long ago when my youngest daughter eyed me with dismay, shook her head and said. “Dad, white sports socks. You really cannot do that anymore.” It felt like a repeat, all those years back, when I slipped up and referred to a Du

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

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Opinion: Dutch Passports

We saw somewhere a comment on the price for a Dutch passport in St. Maarten. The question was: why is it more expensive here than in the Netherlands? Good question. The prices for Dutch passports are detailed on the website rijksoverheid.nl. Th

Opinion - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Opinion: Stop blaming the white man

Dear editor, St. Martin is becoming more complex than ever. Most people who are living in St. Martin for the last 20 years see St. Martin different from how the native St. Martin people that care for St. Martin see life. The future of St. Martin i

Editorial - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Editorial: Continuity

Calling a minister a pathological liar is not something we hear politicians say every day. So when National Alliance leader William Marlin dropped that bomb on his successor Maurice Lake at a press conference yesterday, we started wondering about the

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

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Chikungunya-patient Rosalie Williams speaks out

“It felt like someone dropped a brick on my foot” St. Maarten /  By Hilbert Haar – On a Tuesday seven weeks ago, Rosalie Williams, an internal auditor at telecom provider UTS, woke up in the middle of the night and discovered that she was

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Debt collector Kim Huisman serves small and large clients “As an attorney I am able to put pressure on debtors”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Huisman Law and Collection Firm opened its doors for business in September of last year. Located in Maho, attorney Kim Huisman, focuses on debt collection though she practices civil and corporate law. With an approa

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

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NA-leader William Marlin strikes back: “Minister Lake is a pathological liar”

St. Maarten – National Alliance leader William Marlin struck out at Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake in reaction to a press statement about the purchase of the Emilio Wilson Estate. Marlin created a mess and we have to clean it up, Lake said amongst man

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Opinion: Number plates (1)

Dear Editor, With your permission, let me share a pressing concern with you and your reading public. Those of us who are still driving with yellow number plates are guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt. So Rollocks why this article now, one woul

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Opinion: Timeshare (high pressure selling)

Some time ago, we received via our website a cry for help from a French email address. We will not mention the lady’s name here, or the name of any company involved, because they really do not matter all that much. This is a story about doing the r

Opinion - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Opinion: Number plates (2)

Elsewhere on this page, Julian Rollocks pleads for mercy from Finance Minister Martin Hassink. He, Rollocks, wants to give people more time to get their new number plates and pay for their road tax. Our question is: why would people need more time?

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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TBS-measure is law, but facilities are lacking

WILLEMSTAD – “It is not a point of discussion whether we should have a TBS-clinic. The moment you include a TBS-measure in your own penal code, the country has to make sure that the facilities are there,” says Annemarie Marchena-Slot, the dean

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Appreciation for renovation of Raoul Illidge Sports Complex

St. Maarten - The refurbished Raoul Illidge Sports Complex was officially opened with cutting of the ribbon by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs Patricia Lourens-Phillip on Friday aftern

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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New water-production plant Pointe Blanche operational

St. Maarten – The reverse osmosis water-production plant in Pointe Blanche goes online today. Minister Cornelius de Weever said in a press release that the plant will be producing at full capacity – 3,700 cubic meters every day. The Minister has

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Only one patient hospitalized since December – More than one hundred cases of chikungunya

GREAT BAY – Sint Maarten has registered 115 confirmed cases of infection with the chikungunya-virus from the moment the first case was confirmed on December 6 of last year up to February 20. This appears from the surveillance of chikungunya publish

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Vromi-Minister Lake attacks his predecessor over Emilio Wilson Estate

“Marlin left a mess and  we have to clean it up” St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake says his predecessor William Marlin is making false statements in a press release he sent to the media on Friday. Minister Lake said he met with h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Opinion: Three ministries

Dear editor, If one should analyze the situation in Country St. Maarten today, one would conclude that there are three Ministries of Vromi and that they are situated respectively at the Harbor Group of Companies in Pointe Blanche, at the Princess

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Editorial: Saber rattling

The Emilio Wilson Estate saga has now entered the stage where politicians are calling each other to account. The former minister says this, the new minister says that and the citizens who voted their respective parties into office are left watching t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Union loses lawsuit about cost of living adjustment

St. Maarten – The government is under no obligation to pay the cost of living adjustment over the years 2011 and 2012 to civil servants, the Court in First Instance ruled yesterday in summary proceedings. The government does not have to index the s

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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The archeology of art: Uncovering the artist within

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Most people know Jay Haviser as the island’s resident archeologist. But he is not defined by his profession. He does more. “My mother was an artist,” Jay Haviser said in his office in Madame’s Estate as he sa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Lottery ruling victory for My Lucky Day “Smartplay operates without permit”

St. Maarten – Robbie’s Lottery operates in St. Maarten without the necessary permits. This appears from a ruling the Court in First Instance pronounced yesterday in a lawsuit of two companies doing business as Robbie’s Lottery – Smartplay NV

Editorial - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Editorial: No quorum

It is clear that the government coalition does not feel a lot like having a discussion in parliament about perceived irregularities at the airport. All parliamentarians that support the coalition - including independent MP Patrick Illidge and NA-runa

Opinion - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Daylight saving time: yes or no?

For days after “springing forward,” many of us feel a little jet-lagged and cranky. And the research is piling up to show that the time change affects more than our mood. It changes energy use, health, worker productivity and even traffic safety.

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