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Opinion - Posted by on March 11, 2014

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Opinion: Downright scary

Ahw… touchy, touchy. The liberal VVD hit a nerve in Rotterdam by distributing posters with the text: “In Rotterdam spreken we Nederlands” (In Rotterdam we speak Dutch).  If you think only people in the Caribbean are quick screaming discriminat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 7, 2014

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Van Ballekom guest speaker at trade mission in May

St. Maarten – Pim van Ballekom, the vice president of the European Investment Bank will be a guest speaker at the 18th trade mission organized by Interexpo Caribbean NV in St. Maarten from May 21 to 23, organizer Peter Oerlemans confirmed yesterday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 7, 2014

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PM organizes sports event at International Women’s Day

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams organizes a sports event on the occasion of International Women’s Day this Saturday. The day will begin bright and early at 5 a.m. with a walkathon from the Government Administration Building at

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 7, 2014

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Mega drug smugglers receive mild sentence

St. Maarten– John Henry Medina received a 6-year prison sentence in the Court in First Instance yesterday for his involvement in a humongous cocaine transport. The prosecution demanded 15 years against the 34-year-old defendant at the trial on Febr

Opinion - Posted by on March 7, 2014

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Opinion: The right amount of inequality (1)

If we can’t have (and don’t actually want) total equality or total inequality, what is the right amount of inequality? Contributing op-ed writer Thomas Edsall dealt with this question in the New York Times. Today we share part 1 with our readers.

Opinion - Posted by on March 7, 2014

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Opinion: Chikungunya

The question whether chikungunya is life threatening or just another inconvenience has become the topic of heated debate after this newspaper published an article from Jeff Berger's electronic newsletter St. Maarten Weekly News last week. Berger warn

Editorial - Posted by on March 7, 2014

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Editorial: Crime and punishment

The notion that crime pays is obviously a dangerous one because it would tempt more people to choose a career in this field. It is therefore important to have a system in place that deals with crime in a way that does justice to society without tramp

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Bar Association Dean Remco Stomp: “Bosman Law is shameful and racist”

St. Maarten – Racist and shameful. Those are the qualifications for the Bosman Law from Attorney Remco Stomp, the Dean of the Bar Association in St. Maarten. The dutch parliament debates the initiative law from VVD-MP Andre Bosman today. “Much

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Dutch Marines have arrived

St. Maarten – The twenty marines of the new marine detachment Pointe Blanche landed yesterday in St. Maarten. Not by boat, but by plane. During the past six months, 6 colleagues have been preparing their arrival. The marines have a post at the Poin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Francesco Corallo positions himself among the great philanthropists

Public relations offensive by casino mogul on internet St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Out of left field a series of stories have surfaced on the internet that portray Francesco Corallo, owner of the Italian gambling imperium BPlus Giocolegale

Opinion - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Opinion: Philanthropy

It is quite possible that casino mogul Francesco Corallo is supporting all kinds of good causes with the money he makes from his business ventures. Certainly the efforts to support underprivileged children in Guatemala seem genuine – nothing wrong

Opinion - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Opinion: Learning experience

Life is a journey. We all know how it begins and how it ends. What happens in between is what you make of it. Yesterday morning I received a phone call from a lady at the RBC bank who had read the opinion under the headline Senior Line. It was, ehhh,

Opinion - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Opinion: Diversity

The tendency to judge a book by its cover is a flaw in the human psyche. For example, an American state trooper who spots a large, brand new SUV – preferably black – with heavily tinted windows, a black driver and out of state license plates will

Editorial - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Editorial: Bosman Law

Today the Second Chamber debates the Bosman Law. As our front page story with the Dean of the bar association shows, not all Dutch are happy with this initiative that discriminates against Dutch citizens from the islands in the Caribbean. Shameful

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Report Council on Law enforcement: “St. Maarten needs 251 cell spaces”

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten needs at leads 251 cell spaces in its prison system, 108 more than the 143 that are currently available, the Council on Law Enforcement states in its report 'Detention capacity in Sint Maarten’ that council member Franklyn

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Driver speaks about fatal bike accident in French Quarter

“I wished things were different” FRENCH QUARTER-Two days after he was involved in an accident in which one teenager lost his life and one is still in critical condition, M.R, the driver of the Tundra the bike slammed into, is still traumatized f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Bosman Law in parliament tomorrow

THE HAGUE – The Second Chamber will debate the Bosman Law tomorrow. The initiative law of VVD-MP André Bosman sets conditions for Caribbean Dutch citizens who want to establish themselves for more than six months in the Netherlands. The must have

Opinion - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Opinion: Cell capacity

The Council on Law Enforcement has produced a magic number: 251. That is the number of cell spaces St. Maarten needs to meet the demand of the criminal justice system. Currently there are 143 places. Building more prison cells will obviously not d

Opinion - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Opinion: Intimidation

Marvelyne Wiels showed last week that there is nothing wrong with her medium-term memory when she confronted journalist Dick Drayer during an event at a school in Willemstad. Drayer revealed last year how Wiels manipulated her curriculum. To this day

Opinion - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Opinion: Senior line (at RBC Bank)

I have (almost) always appreciated the senior line at the RBC bank. I mean, maybe it's no fun being over 60 years of age, but when I see the younger people with banking business in the other line I have to admit that age has its perks. Imagine this:

Opinion - Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Life in the fast food lane

Life is tough in the fast food industry. Just ask the manager of a McD in Paicoma, Ca. what it’s like. A customer who received only one napkin with his meal – plus a free racist remark -whacked his franchise with a $1.5 million lawsuit. Webste

Editorial - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Editorial: Protecting our wetlands

The initiative to have Mullet Pond and the last remaining wetlands on the island turned into protected parks under the Ramsar Convention of 1971 is good thing and a move in the right direction. It will, hopefully, protect the legacy of the island’s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Three prisoners escape, one killed

St. Maarten – On Saturday night 3 prisoners escaped from the Point Blanche prison, the public prosecutor’s office said in a press release yesterday. The prisoners are L.T.A (26 years old), O.S.N. (23 years old) and Nashon Francis, who was shot de

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Seaborne Airlines, a new airline, starts daily San Juan flights from and to St. Maarten

St. Maarten - Seaborne Airlines, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the region, was airborne from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) as it executed its maiden flight to St. Maarten on Saturday. Met with

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Mullet Pond to be added to International Convention on Wetlands

St. Maarten – Minister of Environment Maurice Lake said efforts are underway to have Mullet Pond protected and recognized under the Convention of Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971). Over the weekend the Minister took a tour of Mullet Pond and Simpson

Opinion - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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The best toolbox

Anthropologist-author-journalist Joris Luyendijk will be one of the headliners of this year’s Dataharvest+ conference that wil be held in London in May. Luyendijk worked as a Middle-East correspondent for a number of years before moving to London t

Opinion - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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A culture of slaves

Families are trapped in poverty by having to pay ‘excessive’ amounts of tax. It is a disgrace the amount of people left so destitute on St. Maarten today that they have to turn to prostitution, begging, welfare, churches and other charity food ba

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Local books reach milestone at Philipsburg Jubilee Library

From 15 published in 300 years, to 100 in last 30 St. Maarten - February saw one of the highest use in recent years of St. Martin books by school children, young people and adults, said Morenika Charles Arrindell, public relations officer at Phil

Editorial - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Editorial: Keep it up

According to a press release from the House of Nehesi (see front page story), at least 100 books have been published on or about St. Maarten in the last 30 years, compared to a paltry 15 over the last few centuries. We think that is something heading

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Young Community Helpers Display Uniforms

St. Maarten - In keeping with their three year tradition, the management of the Lighthouse Pre School & Daycare Center in Hope Estate had their annual community helpers’ day yesterday in which the children were attired in a variety of uniforms

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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DigiKidz Pilot Project Launched

St. Maarten -The Asha Stevens Campus of the Hillside Christian Schools in Cay Hill has been chosen for the pilot project for DigiKidz. This project came out of the 4C Foundation which was described as a very comprehensive project that should be open

Opinion - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Hosophobia

Hosophobia is the fear of dirt or a fear of the impure. This deficiency in the human mind has resulted in the emergence of products like hand sanitizers and toilet seats that produce at the push of a button a cover for the next visitor. In general, t

Opinion - Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Medical Tourism has arrived

Dear Editor, The Cayman Islands Medical Tourism Facility known as “Health City Cayman Islands” officially opened on February 25. The opening of the $80 million dollar facility with 140-beds has been described as the most significant event in

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