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Opinion - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Knee-jerk reaction

For whatever reason, this pro-immigrant, anti-native St. Martin Dutchman and editor of the Today newspaper, has from day-one always changed the name of any letter to the editor I ever sent to that paper. In addition, this adventurer from Holland, has

Opinion - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Campaign spending

National Alliance MP Louie Laveist drew attention yesterday to campaign spending and expressed as his opinion that this type of spending ought to be capped. The argument has a certain logic that is easy to understand. If you have a lot of money at

Editorial - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: Veiled in mystery

Modernizing one’s image is of all times. Companies do it, hospitals do it and political parties do it too. The new logo the National Alliance presented yesterday symbolizes indeed movement. The question remains whether all this is “oude wijn in n

Editorial - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: One shot (Team Reforma) Curacao

A group of reform-minded people in Curacao – united under the name Team Reforma - has presented plans to get rid of the coalition-model, to elect a prime minister directly, and to make seat-robbery impossible. This way, Reforma reasons, a govern

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Court moves trial of serial robber to August

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance yesterday moved the trial of serial robber Dion Olysses G. to August 6 and to have the 23-year-old suspect in the meantime subjected to a psychological evaluation. Between August 1 and December 18 of las

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Hassink to Curacao for talks about Central Bank

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Martin Hassink will visit Curacao next week for a final meeting about the report from Price Waterhouse Coopers about the Central Bank, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said yesterday. Curacao has indicated its wish t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Laville’s Dominica-memorandum in limbo

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has not yet approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Dominica that independent Member of Parliament Romain Laville accompanied by Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ted Richardson presented with much ado

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Work on Down Street harbor project stopped

St. Maarten – Construction on the Harbour Group of Companies’ much touted Down Street Cruise Heritage Development has ground to an absolute halt. Reports reaching this newspaper are that the funds for the estimated $2 million project have dried u

Opinion - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Alternative healing

There is plenty to be said against regular medical treatment, especially where medication and its side-effects are concerned. Equally, there is a lot to be said against alternative healing. There are plenty of these treatments around that firmly fit

Opinion - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Hanged bicycles (Ai Weiwei)

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is a certified pain in the butt of the powers in Beijing. Now Weiwei has done it again: in the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin he has hanged 150 Chinese bicycles. As with all of his projects, there is a mess

Opinion - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Misleaders

Readers are leaders and misreaders are misleaders, so to speak. This thought came to us when we heard a reaction to the interview we published yesterday with Chief Prosecutor Rick Noordhoek. That reaction came down to this – freely interpreted: the

Opinion - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: National security

Dear editor,   I was awaiting the continuation of the meeting of parliament pertaining the happenings at the Princess Juliana International Airport, before I write this article, but is seems that this meeting will not continue. During the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Editorial: No law enforcement capacity left

Chief Prosecutor Rick Noordhoek offers a realistic picture of the situation in the local land of law enforcement in the interview we publish today. It is an inconvenient truth: there is not enough manpower, not enough expertise and not enough pris

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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The challenges of St. Maarten’s Chief Prosecutor Rick Noordhoek: “No capacity left to deal with criminal organizations”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “There is an awful lot to do here, though things work differently than they do in the Netherlands. There are a lot of hardworking people of good will in St. Maarten, but there is also something going on.” These

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Curacao reluctant to give up UTS Eastern Caribbean

St. Maarten – The Government of Curacao still has not taken a position on the proposal by minority shareholder St. Maarten to give up 12.5 percent of its shares in telecom provider UTS in exchange for complete control over UTS Eastern Caribbean. Cu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Brains and beauty on display at pageant

St. Maarten - When it comes to pageantry, the combination of beauty and brains can make a huge difference between one contestant and another. Both, however, were on display after witnessing the teen and senior speech and cultural wear competition thi

Opinion - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Opinion: Let the debate take place (Inclusion or exclusion of immigrants)

Leopold James pushes for a debate about his favorite issue – the rights of indigenous St. Maarteners. Let the debate take place, he writes elsewhere on this page, so we take on the challenge and examine what James really has in mind. After a rat

Opinion - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Opinion: Concerns about Bitcoin

Joe Manchin, a Democratic Senator from West Virginia called already in February for financial regulators to ban the virtual currency Bitcoin, according to a report on the website thehill.com. Manchin’s concerns should not go unnoticed in St. Maarte

Opinion - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Opinion: Are we really ready? (St. Maarten Elections)

It‘s election time again on the Friendly Island. The intriguing buzz-word for this election seems to be - We Ready. Oh yeah, really? We ready? Ready for what? Ready for mobs? Ready to once again, try to steal the Emilio Wilson Park for purely selfi

Editorial - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Editorial: The good old days

The Electoral Council may not be armed to the teeth, but it is certainly a refreshing presence in our political landscape. Political parties and candidates for political office will have to play by the rules; if they don’t they will be exposed a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Sea turtle nesting season begins

SIMPSON BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation would like to remind the community that sea turtle nesting season is once again here. “We are urging the limiting of beach bonfires and artificial lighting on nesting beaches,” the foundation said i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Integrity training at St. Maarten Justice Ministry

St. Maarten – Last Friday, Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson officially opened a ministry wide integrity training scheduled to take place for the next 6 months. The Minister expressed his gratitude for having been able to realize this project w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Electoral Council chairman Bert Hofman: “Important for parties to realize that we will publish our findings”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “I expect absolutely more transparency. I also have the impression that parties will carry out the legislation, as long as they have the feeling that the rules apply to everybody. The council is a serious club tha

Opinion - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Opinion: Please no salt

Dear editor, A few months ago I wrote an article under the headline Restaurant You Are Killing Us With Salt in which I highlighted the fact that too much salt is added to the food that is sold to the public. Recently when going through some bor

Opinion - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Opinion: Loud and dangerous

As timeshare owners and annual visitors since 1984, we have enjoyed many days at Mullet Beach, both when the resort was in existence and after Luis. The nature of the beach would radically change with the addition of Jet Ski operations on the site.

Opinion - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Opinion: Keep going (long distance runners die sooner)

More is less. This expression applies to writing and many other fields. Now it has also hit athletics, in particular long distance running. But the research by the American Cardiovascular Research Institute leaves room for many questions about their

Opinion - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Opinion: Cheap prison cell solutions

Now we know why convicts in St. Maarten more often than not return to their illegal habits. Ex-cons tend to break the law more often if they experienced their detention in a negative way. We’re not making this up, we’re divining this from the opi

Editorial - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Editorial: Legal framework

Once more Vromi-Minister Lake is upset about something that was published in what he calls “the blogs.” And once more the minister calls for “a legal framework” to be put in place to deal with new media. Last time Minister Lake was upset a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Democratic Party wants external observers for St. Maarten parliamentary elections

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party has called for the presence of external observers during the upcoming parliamentary elections on September 5. In a press release issues yesterday, the party maintains that the presence of these observers would enh

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Cats musical enthralls audience

St. Maarten– Two months of hard work on the choreography, followed by more hard work on costumes, décor and makeup came together Saturday evening at the cultural center where  the Indisu Dance Theater of St. Maarten put the musical Cats on stage

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Internet-entrepreneur Ryan Higgins: “Bitcoin could be a boon for the tourism industry”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Will St. Maarten become the first Bitcoin-island in the world? Internet entrepreneur Ryan Higgins would love to see this become a reality. On Friday, Higgins gave the second of a series of informal information sessi

Opinion - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Opinion: Voting rights for overseas citizens

Dear Editor, When the cow drowns than we cover the well. It surprises me to read in the newspaper that our honorable parliamentarian is complaining about taking away the right of our citizens residing overseas to come home and vote. When I formed

Opinion - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Opinion: Theomania versus Theonomics

It is a well-known fact that the leader of the UP Party, the honorable Mr. Theo Heyliger, is a promoter of big businesses. He also does not get involved in any social issues. When there is a project with a construction element he is the first to jump

Opinion - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Opinion: Coward comment posters

That the political hunting season is on is no news. Political parties are getting more active than they have been in the past four years to make voters aware of their existence. Mudslinging is also in full swing; some people seem to think that this i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Social Reform Party to elections with just two candidates

St. Maarten – The Social Reform Party will enter the September 5 parliamentary elections with a list containing just two candidates - party founder and leader Jacinto Mock and Keith Hanson. The party held a meeting last Sunday, were Mock was ele

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