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Editorial - Posted by on May 19, 2014

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Editorial: Right direction

The deplorable and senseless attack on an innocent nine year old girl has rightfully shocked and outraged the community. Just what kind of person would do such a thing is beyond us. There is never an excuse that could even remotely justify such a vil

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

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SMART wraps up largest show yet “First time so many delegates attended”

ANSE MARCEL, St. Martin - Some 230 wholesalers representing the United States, South American and Caribbean markets attended the SMART trade show held the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina, and Spa, from Wednesday to Friday. What was noteworthy was that th

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

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Minister Lake condemns attack on little girl “We need proper mental health facilities”

St. Maarten – After hearing about the horrific and senseless attack on a nine year old girl Vromi Minister Maurice Lake on Friday visited her yesterday.Lake spoke with the little girl and her mother at the St. Maarten Medical Center. He also c

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

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Expedia.com: demand for St. Maarten up 20%

“Ideal conditions to grow further as a tourist destination” St. Maarten – The Expedia group, the world's largest online travel company, reported that travel demand for St. Maarten/St Martin hotels grew nearly 20 percent in 2013 when compare

Opinion - Posted by on May 19, 2014

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Opinion: Selfies

We’re egocentric sods, that’s what we are and the selfie – those god-awful pictures people are taking of themselves and then show them to the world thinking they are so cool – is the ultimate expression of our egotism. Look at me! Look at me!

Opinion - Posted by on May 19, 2014

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European utopianism

The European elections are almost here. On Thursday, the electorate in the Kingdom will cast its vote – at least, those voters who are interested in doing so. In Sint Maarten less than one percent of the eligible voters during the 2010 elections, h

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

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PM to Montserrat for OCT-meeting: Territories divide millions for small and medium enterprises

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams left yesterday for Montserrat to attend a two-day meeting of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Council that was established in 2012. Montserrat’s Prime Minister Rueben Meade will

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

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PM about climate change report: “Wow, is this awaiting us?”

St. Maarten – “If we look at the Nature Foundation action plan it is like – wow – is this what is awaiting us in  the future due to our small and low lying geography?” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s shortened C

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

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Nature Foundation report: “Climate change already affects our environment”

GREAT BAY “Climate change is already affecting St. Maarten’s environment, ecosystems and species in many ways. Evidence suggests that the impact will become more severe as climate change continues,” the Nature Foundation writes in its climate c

Editorial - Posted by on May 15, 2014

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Editorial: Good Move

The recent move by the local Chamber of Commerce director to arrange a meeting between the academic dean of USM Dr. Francio Guadeloupe and Dr. Robertico Croes of the University of Central Florida was a good one. For too long USM has been neglected by

Opinion - Posted by on May 15, 2014

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Opinion: The red wine myth

Oh, the praises for red wine and chocolate. One could simply love the stuff, or one could use as excuse for indulging in these products that they guarantee a longer life. Slobber red wine or eat dark chocolate and the golden years will go one like fo

Opinion - Posted by on May 15, 2014

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Opinion: Climate change

The Nature Foundation issued its climate change report smack in the middle of a media hype about the topic. “A White House report says that global warming is threatening every part of the US,” CNN reported. “This is not something in the dist

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

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Trade mission between Netherlands and the Caribbean Region set for May 20 at Westin

St. Maarten - Connecting sustainable business from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Caribbean Region is the theme for the upcoming 18th trade mission which is expected to be held at the Westin Resort and Spa from May 20 to 22. Some 300 invitat

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 13, 2014

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Tim Magno wants independence for Curacao

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The official launch of 1 Tim Magno made clear what this political movement’s focal point is: independence for Curacao. “We just want to be free. Independence, but also decolonization,” says Albert Wiels in a report by An

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 13, 2014

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Stricter drugs policy at Hato

Curacao – The Public Prosecutor’s Office in curacao announced yesterday a stricter policy for drugs trafficking at Hato airport, but it did not specify the date when this policy will take effect. The idea is to detain and arraign everybody who i

Editorial - Posted by on May 13, 2014

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Editorial: Stricter policy against drug mules

The prosecutor’s office in Curacao announced yesterday a stricter policy against drug mules at the Hato airport. That sounds like a battle cry, but is this going to make a difference? As long as security at the airport is so lax that it remains pos

Opinion - Posted by on May 13, 2014

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Opinion: Expiration dates

We’re not sure how many consumers study the packaging of the food they buy in local supermarkets. We see quite some shoppers who just grab what they need and get out of the frigid environment that characterizes most of our supermarkets. We have alw

Opinion - Posted by on May 13, 2014

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Opinion: Curtains in our voting booths

Ah, yes, those curtains in our voting booths. What a hoot that is. DP faction leader Roy Marlin has proposed to remove them and the government is seriously considering it. By removing these curtains, it will become more difficult for voters to take a

Editorial - Posted by on May 12, 2014

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Editorial: Climate Change and St. Maarten

The international scientific community all seem to agree: the world’s atmosphere is warming up and the climate is changing. This past decade has been the warmest since official records began. Cars, planes, factories, etc are pumping out millions of

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

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Court suspends Emilio Wilson decision on appeal: Maurice Lake still in favor of purchasing estate

St. Maarten – Minister of Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Maurice Lake said yesterday that he welcomed the Joint Court of Justice’s ruling on Friday which suspended the earlier court decision of the Court of First Instance that forced govern

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

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Attorney says actions are “Kafkaesque”: Blundering authorities after civil servant for old murder

St. Maarten – Saturday, September 7, 2002, there was a party at the Catherine Mizik Moov bar near the bridge in Sandy Ground on the French side. The party ended in a drama: somebody killed Michel Campanella, a 40-year-old unemployed man who lived

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

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Man hacked with machete

St. Maarten – A man was hacked with a machete in a domestic dispute yesterday, police reported. Around 1 am a police patrol from the Philipsburg district was sent to an address in Low Estate in Belvedere to investigate the fracas. On the scene, th

Opinion - Posted by on May 12, 2014

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Opinion: Political commitment

One of the trending words during the past couple of months has been transparency. Maybe it is fueled by the integrity investigation and by the integrity assessment Transparency International is currently executing. Whatever the reason, transparency i

Opinion - Posted by on May 12, 2014

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Opinion: CPC offers more detail

Dear Editor, Thank you for taking the time to read and offer an opinion on Citizens for Positive Change’s position statements. CPC feels that this is what democracy should be about. The party looks forward to open dialogue about issues and criti

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 11, 2014

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Editorial: Spot on

Dr. Robertico Croes’ remarks at Thursday’s 35th anniversary gala event for the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Westin Hotel were spot on. For too long people have carelessly thrown out vague terms like “diversification” wi

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 11, 2014

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Sculptor Tumay Yalcin: Turkish hands in the Caribbean

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista - At the far end, in the basement of one of the buildings on the island at Princess Port de Plaisance resort, Turkish born artist Tumay Yalcin has her workshop and studio. Walking inside is like walking into a curiosity

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

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Dutch court acknowledges objections but finds no grounds for ban: No ban on stemfies

St. Maarten / THE HAGUE – There is no law that prohibits voters taking pictures of themselves with their ballot to show whom they have voted for (so-called stemfies), a court in The Hague ruled yesterday in summary proceedings brought by the Found

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

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Dr. Robertico Croes at Chamber gala: CLOSE GAP BETWEEN HIGH AND LOW SEASONS

St. Maarten/Dawn Beach - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Ted Richardson has applauded the keynote speaker Dr. Robertico Croes for his inspiring address on “exploring smart tourism pathways” during the 35th Anniversary celebrations of th

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 11, 2014

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Opinion: The lost war on drugs

The debate about the war on drugs took a new turn this week when the London School of Economics published a report with contributions from twenty economists – among them five Nobel Prize winners and the British Vice Prime Minister Clegg - that flat

Opinion - Posted by on May 11, 2014

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Opinion: Stemfies (taking pictures of your ballot showing your vote)

The court in The Hague has spoken and the effect must be palpable in St. Maarten. There is no law that prohibits voters from taking pictures of themselves with their ballot showing whom they voted for. This is true for the Netherlands, but it is also

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 9, 2014

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“Within the party, Helmin (Wiels) does not exist anymore”

On the anniversary of the assassination, Wiels’ brother Aubert speaks: “Within the party, Helmin does not exist anymore” WILLEMSTAD – While Pueblo Soberano revealed the Plasa Helmin Magno Wiels, Aubert Wiels is quietly having a beer wi

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

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First Parkinson Café May 21 at the library

St. Maarten – Anja Bronius has taken the initiative to establish a Parkinson Café – a place where patients, volunteer helpers and others meet to share their experiences. The first Parkinson Café is scheduled for Wednesday May 21, from 10 a.m.

Editorial - Posted by on May 9, 2014

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Editorial: Parkinson’s café

The idea of a minority within society is often first associated with an ethnic minority, but the term has much further reaching implications. A minority, for example, can be someone with a disability, or, in the case of our front page story, a person

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

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Emilio Wilson Estate loan requires budget amendment

Cft: 2015 budget “more or less on track” St. Maarten – The government still has some work to do before it will have its funding to purchase the Emilio Wilson Estate. This appeared from a press conference where the board for financial superv

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

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CARNIVAL FOUNDATION HANDS OUT AWARDS

St. Maarten - While the traditional burning of King Momo signaled the conclusion of yet another successful series of Carnival events, it also set the platform for musicians, booth holders, and jouvert morning revelers to come up with a good plan for

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