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St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 28, 2014

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St. Maarten Justice Ministry keeps fighting Dutch-American Friendship Treaty: American employee gets her rights in court

St. Maarten – Consistent court rulings over the past couple of years have given American citizens the right to be in St. Maarten under the protocol of the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty, but according to attorney Vivian Choennie not much has cha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 28, 2014

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St. Maarten Governor submits Government’s interim integrity progress report

St. Maarten –Governor Eugène Holiday submitted the interim progress report of the integrity inquiry to the Kingdom Council of Ministers in keeping with the provisions of the Kingdom Decree of September 30, 2013, his cabinet said yesterday in a pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 28, 2014

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DP registered at Electoral Council: “New approach and philosophies”

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party (DP) registered at the Electoral Council yesterday. The party is now legally eligible to contest the upcoming 2014 Parliamentary elections, the party said in a press release. DP leader and Prime Minister Sarah We

Opinion - Posted by on May 28, 2014

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Opinion: Ethnic discrimination (St. Maarten born, Holland born: equal nationality, however…)

The recent death of notary candidate Lars de Vries caused considerable turmoil in Sint Maarten society. Primarily because of the nature of his death, which was self imposed. His family and many friends were shocked and surprised after hearing what ha

Editorial - Posted by on May 28, 2014

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Editorial: Professional harassment

There is a big difference between being right and getting what you are entitled to. An American woman who works as a sales associate in St. Maarten found that out – after many others before her – when she sought admittance by right to the territo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Daring armed robbery on Front Street

St. Maarten – A brazen daylight armed robbery took place at Swiss Time, which specializes in high end time pieces, on Front Street this past Saturday morning, the police reported. Details of the robbery remain sketchy, as detectives are still piec

Editorial - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Editorial: Reputation damage

The risk of reputation damage for the bank carries more weight than Francesco Corallo’s companies’ interest in having bank accounts. That ruling from October of last year signaled the end of a 16-year relationship between Atlantis World Managemen

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Corallo’s companies continue fight for RBC bank accounts

“Alternative is closure or the creation of a cash economy” GREAT BAY – Atlantis World Management NV and two other companies of which Francesco Corallo is the ultimate beneficial owner demand (again) that the Royal Bank of Canada continues it

Opinion - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Opinion: State secrets

This weekend, we received a phone call from the attorney of pediatrician Martijn Tilanus. He was upset about the fact that, in an article that appeared on Saturday on our front page about the good doctor’s court case against the Sint Maarten Medica

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Internet Explorer warning against Internet Banking

Here is a warning from the Netherlands that consumers who use internet banking in St. Maarten ought to heed: do not use Internet Explorer for internet banking. The assistant-director of  Betaalvereniging Nederland, Gijs Boudewijn, issued the warn

Opinion - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Opinion: Deadlines

Politicians are not very good at deadlines. Sometimes they remind us of Greeks, of whom it is said that the only time they are in a hurry is when they are behind the wheel of a car. It is also said that Greeks will realize that they are going to hit

Opinion - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Opinion: Conchita

Several church leaders in the Balkan claim that the recent floods in the region have been caused by Conchita Wurst, the bearded female winner of the European Song festival. Dozens of people died in the floods in Bosnia and Serbia. Tens of thousand

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2014

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Editorial: Opposite direction (Countries in the Dutch Kingdom yearn for total indepence while the younger generation heads for togetherness.)

When Princess Beatrix leaves Sint Maarten this afternoon, her departure will truly mark the end of an era. Given the princess’s age (76) chances are slim that she will visit our country again in the future, no matter how very welcome she is here.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2014

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Trade mission could be turning point in relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands

St. Maarten - Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams during the 18th Inter Expo Trade Mission which was held at the Westin Resort and Spa yesterday. She described St. Maarten as “the new kid on the block” with regard to the relationship with the Kingd

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2014

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“He said this is discrimination – they wanted a black candidate” Outrage about treatment candidate-notary De Vries

St. Maarten – Family and friends are outraged about the way notary Henri Parisius and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson have dealt with the late candidate-notary Lars de Vries, who took his own life last Friday. Jeanette Warmerdam, a close fri

French St. Martin News - Posted by on May 23, 2014

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Call to boycott EU elections “Make sure the voice of St. Martin is well heard”

MARIGOT—The population of St. Martin is asked to vote blank in the upcoming European Union elections slated for May 24. According to the former president of the Collectivité, Alain Richardson, this election gives the population an opportunity to e

Opinion - Posted by on May 23, 2014

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Opinion: Outrage (on the Lars de Vries suicide circumstances)

It is more than understandable that family and friends of the late Lars de Vries are outraged about the circumstances that resulted in his suicide. To live with the idea of losing a friend to incomprehensible circumstances beyond one’s control is f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2014

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A brief history of Gerrit Schotte (Former Prime Minister of Curacao)

The arrest of Gerrit Schotte, leader of the political party MFK – Movementu Futuro Kòrsou – and his girlfriend Cicely van der Dijs was reason for the Antilliaans Dagblad to revisit Curacao’s history since Schotte became the country’s prime m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2014

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NA pummels Minister Richardson with questions about airport

St. Maarten – The meeting of Parliament yesterday morning about the airport was short-lived because Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Ted Richardson said he needed time to gather information from the airport to answer the barrage of question

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2014

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Lars de Vries was the court’s preferred candidate-notary Minister deviated from advice to offer perspective to locals

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson confirmed in an email to this newspaper that he deviated from the advice from the Common Court of Justice to appoint candidate-notary Lars de Vries in the vacancy of notary Henri Parisius. “It

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2014

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3rd annual VOOC Spelling Bee hailed a success

St. Maarten - More than 40 first, second and third grade students from 17 elementary schools participated in the 2014 Spelling Bee Competition organized by the Voice Of Our Children (VOOC) Foundation. Sponsored by Guardian Group, B &C Beverag

Editorial - Posted by on May 20, 2014

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Editorial: Walking the walk

We’ve noticed the change that Be The Change is making. It’s easy to talk the talk, and not many actually walk the walk. But the $900 donation to the Ujima Foundation will no doubt go a long way and positively impact the lives of young at risk boy

Opinion - Posted by on May 20, 2014

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Opinion: New kid on the block

People have a never-ending ability to destroy themselves. They smoke, they drink and they eat too much. Result: lung cancer, liver disease, obesity. And how do we deal with all this? Cigarettes are freely available, alcohol idem ditto – and in St.

Opinion - Posted by on May 20, 2014

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In memoriam: Lars de Vries

With the tragic death of Lars de Vries, Sint Maarten lost a gentleman, as well as its most competent\talented (candidate)-notary. The days before he decided to come to his extreme act, I had contact with him. He felt offended up till the bone, becaus

Opinion - Posted by on May 20, 2014

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Opinion: Election time

It is an election year and that does not go unnoticed. Political parties are suddenly eager to issue press releases about matters that touch their potential voters. Point in case is the press release from both the United People’s Party, the one fro

Opinion - Posted by on May 20, 2014

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Opinion: A Day Without A Haitian

We read a letter somewhere signed by a proud St. Maartener. His name is Doran Joseph – remember that name. The man raved and ranted for two full newspaper columns about “them.” This way this proud St. Maartener launched an attack on the Hait

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

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Owen Arthur at SER-symposium

St. Maarten - Owen Seymour Arthur, former prime minister of Barbados and present Member of Parliament is the keynote speaker at the second annual symposium of the Social Economic Council (SER). In his speech, Arthur will connect the theme of Inclusi

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

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UP wants more funding for mental health

St. Maarten - The United People's Party (UP) expressed shock in a press release issued last night  after seeing the newspaper photo of a nine-year old school girl on Friday who was brutally assaulted last Thursday morning. The UP also condemns t

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

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Man who ill-treated little girl remains in custody

St. Maarten - The investigation into the severe ill-treatment of a nine-year old girl with initials S.B. is in high gear. The ill-treatment took place on Thursday on Cherry Nut road in South Reward. The girl was ill-treated by a 38-year old man i

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

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Armed robbery on Back Street

St. Maarten – The Trendy Shop on Back Street became the victim of an armed robbery on Friday evening. Two men entered the store asking to use the bathroom, but once inside they pulled a gun, put it to the store manager’s head and forced him to h

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

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Gebe to sign agreement on geothermal energy project

St. Maarten – Utilities company Gebe will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Saba, Statia and TNO on Wednesday during the international trade mission at the Westin that will seal its commitment to a study into geothermal energy. TNO, the D

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

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Fly-boarding show lights up Marigot

St. Maarten- When Frank Zapata invented the Flyboard back in 2011, not even he would have thought that his creation would become a huge spectator sport. During an exhibition last Friday, five professionals demonstrated how they can dazzle the audienc

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

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Candidate-notary commits suicide

St. Maarten – Lars de Vries, a candidate-notary in St. Maarten, took his own life on Friday at his apartment in the Tamarind Hotel in Pointe Blanche. No details have been released about the circumstances of his death. The police, the prosecutor

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

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Audit Chamber’s baseline study Integrity Management: Most regulations are missing

St. Maarten – Almost half of the participants surveyed are not familiar with the code of conduct for civil servants and it is unclear to them who is responsible for which integrity topics within the civil service. These are two of the conclusions

Opinion - Posted by on May 19, 2014

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Opinion: Baseline study

The General Audit Chamber’s baseline study into the state of affairs in the field of institutional integrity management gives plenty of food for thought – and that is probably the understatement of the year. We hear a lot of stories, and we re

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