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

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Kingdom conference avoids hot topics

ORANJESTAD – The second edition of the Kingdom Conference ended with agreements about topics everybody could agree upon, Ariën Rasmijn reports on Caribisch Netwerk. Matters like the free travel of people, the right to cancel Kingdom laws unilatera

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

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Court orders investigation of Taxand’s business affairs

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice has ordered an investigation into the business affairs of Taxand Curacao, the company that once upon a time held a contract with the Government of St. Maarten to design a new fiscal system. The court appoin

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

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Editorial: Cumbersome

How useful is the Kingdom Conference? That is a legitimate question now that the highlight of the second edition seems to be the agreement to establish a task force that must guarantee the rights of the child in the Caribbean countries. This follo

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

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Court wants partner hand scheme investigated: Money laundering case adjourned

St. Maarten– Two defendants in a money laundering case saw their trial postponed yesterday because the prosecution wants further investigation into claims made by the defendants. Jermain Deran J., 32, met Kenroy H., 38 at a party, where the latt

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

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OSPP holds its first congress Sunday “A change must come”

GREAT BAY - The One St. Maarten People Party (OSPP) held their first ever congress last Sunday, in celebration of their first anniversary and as stipulated in their constitution, with the theme “A Change Must Come”. The event was held at the John

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

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Marines patrol St. Peters today

ST. PETERS - The detachment of Royal Dutch Marines stationed here in Pointe Blanche will carry out a regular patrol for training in the vicinity of St. Peter’s today, their communications officer said in a press release. The marines have been ba

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

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Court gives higher sentence for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 20-year old Omar Orian Lewis yesterday to 36 months of imprisonment for the attempted manslaughter on Reyes Vicente, nicknamed Chachito. The sentence is higher than the demand of 30 months prosecu

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

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Merx on Salduz

Yesterday this newspaper reported on this page about the Salduz-arrest and how the Supreme Court is of the opinion that the Netherlands has to regulate Salduz by law. For details we refer to yesterday’s issue. Today attorney Cor Merx shines his lig

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Editorial: Marines

The Royal Dutch Marines are making their presence known on the island. They have already been on patrol in Philipsburg, where they were somewhat of a tourist attraction, with some visitors evening stopping to take pictures with the courteous soldiers

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

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Surgeon Dr. Menno Misset joins staff Medical Center

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Medical Center added Dr. Menno Misset to its medical staff as a specialist in general surgery on Tuesday. “We are happy to welcome Dr. Misset who will bring twelve years of extensive experience to our hospital. He is

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

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Special flag for first King Day

DOKKUM – The Dokkumer Vlaggen Centrale (DVC), the largest producer of flags in the Netherlands, has created a special flag for the celebration of the first King Day. In the Netherlands, this day will be celebrated on April 26, because the king’s

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

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Rotary distributes books to schools for literacy month

St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten marks Rotary Literacy Month by distributing children’s books to all local primary schools. Rotary International has observed Literacy Month each March since 1983 and each primary school will receive six

Opinion - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Opinion: The time is now

Dear Editor, Climate Change: We cannot negotiate with nature. We have to take action now. The time is now. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently visited Greenland where he got first-hand opportunity to see the impacts of climate

Opinion - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Opinion: Salduz under pressure

The Salduz-arrest, a ruling from the European Human Rights Court that gives suspects the right to see an attorney before their first interrogation by the police and to have the attorney present during interrogation, is under pressure in the Netherlan

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Opinion: Know your labor law

Dear editor, It is remarkable to see that the various inspectorates of the department of Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) continue to have difficulties to fully understand the laws of St. Maarten. Not so long ago, t

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Editorial: Two options

St. Maarten may soon be looking at two options: set up its own Central Bank or switch completely to the American dollar. Now that Curacao has indicated a clear desire to have its own Central Bank without St. Maarten it is obvious that the two coun

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

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Suspect in L’Escargot robbery arrested

St. Maarten – A suspect in the 2012 armed robbery of L’Escargot owner has been arrested by the Special Robbery Unit, police reported, after a prolonged investigation. The 26 year old man with initials F.L. has been incarcerated for further invest

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

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SIMPSON BAY GETS MORE THAN RESPECT: Historic Jump Up across Causeway

St. Maarten - The first event to mark the start of the 2014 Carnival festivities across the Causeway will go down in the history books of St Maarten. Apart from being the first Jump Up to pass through Simpson Bay, it’s also the first time that hund

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

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Prime minister: Parliament must sit out its full term

St. Maarten - “Elections, regularly speaking, would have to take place at the time so that Parliament can complete its term of four years based on the constitutional article,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams emphasized during a radio interv

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

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Organization wants new name for Statia’s capital Oranjestad

ORANJESTAD, STATIA – Statia’s capital is named after the royal family of the Netherlands: Oranjestad, but maybe not for much longer. A petition to change the name into something that is not linked to the island’s colonial past is being launched

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

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Prime Minister launches Community Dialogue Program: “It’s about building a nation”

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams launched both the NDP Identity Project and the Community Dialogue program as part of the development of the National Development Plan at the University of St. Martin on Thursday evening. The Prime

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MANOËL MARAGNES’ DISAPPEARANCE: REWARD FOR USEFUL INFORMATION

St. Martin - 24 year-old Guadeloupian student Manoël Maragnes has been missing since December 14, 2013; he disappeared under circumstances that have not been explained so far. He arrived on the island on December 10 for a stay that should have la

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

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Jean Vallette: The eye behind the camera

St. Martin, MARIGOT /By Jason Lista – The trade winds picked up yesterday, and the breeze from the Atlantic swept inside and cooled the interior of the Beach Plaza Hotel just outside Marigot. Jean Vallette and his wife Laurence are waiting in the

Opinion - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Opinion: Sentiment surveys of citizens

St. Maarten does not shine in the field of data collection. A country that needs years to complete a census is hopelessly behind the times. Our 2011 census is still not completed and it does not look like the results will become available any time so

Opinion - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Opinion: Media law

Every now and then slow government benefits citizens. Take for instance the media law. This attempt at government meddling in the media first came to the forefront in 2007 – indeed, seven years ago when Omayra Leeflang, who was then the Minister of

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Editorial: Perception

With three integrity inquiry commissions underway on half of a small Caribbean island, an outsider can be forgiven for getting the impression that this is nothing more than a viper’s den. This would, however, be unfair to the island and the majo

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Editorial: Welcome news

The arrest of a suspect in the near fatal armed robbery of the L’Escargot restaurant owners is welcome news and sends the right signal throughout the community. Even though the crime happened nearly 2 years ago doesn’t mean it was forgotten by po

Opinion - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Opinion: Money has become God

Dear editor, This article is for me and for all people who are not willing to deceive themselves. I love money and it is necessary as reward for work or duties performed. Remember it is men that make money, and when you create something that you v

Uncategorized - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Opinion: I waited, and waited…

Dear Editor, All over the world governments are changed for all kinds of reasons. For governments to change people change political alliances, also for all kinds of reasons. On my island St. Maarten some people take pride in saying, "I never c

Opinion - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Opinion: Terminal City

The initiative by the St. Eustatius Empowerment and Liberty Force (Self) to change the name of the island’s capital from Oranjestad into something else is an interesting one. Self wants to break with the island’s colonial past and with the royal

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