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Opinion - Posted by on May 9, 2014

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Opinion: Russian humor

Vladimir Putin has signed a law that prohibits swearing in mass media and in cultural expressions like books, theater productions and movies. The maximum fine for breaking that law could go up to roughly $1,400. Swearing in public apparently does not

Opinion - Posted by on May 9, 2014

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Opinion: Interesting times

We are going towards interesting times, and not just because there will be elections on August 29. We are looking ahead at 2015, the mother of all years (for the time being) in the history of country St. Maarten. Already now the number crunchers o

Opinion - Posted by on May 9, 2014

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Opinion: Cosmetic fairytales

We’d be the last ones to deny the ladies their crèmes and other necessities to stay forever young and attractive, but sometimes it pays – literally – to absorb some information from an unsuspected source that tells you what’s what in beauty

French St. Martin News - Posted by on May 6, 2014

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Tight security at Fish Day

CUL-DE-SAC – Under tight security, the twelfth edition of Fish Day passed yesterday without incidents. For the first time, the event took place in a completely fenced off area near the pier for the ferry to Pinel Island. Members of the gendarmerie

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 6, 2014

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International authors head for St. Martin Book Fair

St. Maarten - “Turkey, South Sudan, Puerto Rico and St. Martin are some of the places writers will be coming from. They will meet with locals and our visitors, exchange exciting books, visit schools, conduct free workshops and give live multilingu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 6, 2014

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Environmentalist Rueben Thompson steps into the political arena

Citizens for Positive Change go for bottom-up approach St. Maarten - Local environmental activist Rueben Thompson will contest the 2014 parliamentary elections with his recently established party Citizens for Positive Change (CPC). “Nothing chan

Opinion - Posted by on May 6, 2014

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Opinion: Remembrance Day

Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk is apparently not a history buff, nor does he seem to be a fervent follower of the lectures the University of the Netherlands broadcasts on a daily basis. Otherwise, Plasterk would have know

Editorial - Posted by on May 6, 2014

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Editorial: Green party

The field for the August 29 elections is becoming increasingly interesting. The traditional contenders – UP, DP and NA – will get company from several upstarts with wildly varying backgrounds. The latest addition is Rueben Thompson’s Citizen

Opinion - Posted by on May 6, 2014

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Opinion: Positive Change

So what is it that Citizens for Positive Change – or CPC, for short - have to offer to our electorate come August 29? The upstart party, with environmentalist Rueben Thompson as its political leader, identifies nine priority areas in its manifesto

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 4, 2014

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Gordon Yee takes top prize – Explosion of color for Grand Parade

St. Maarten - Approximately 25 troupes and several corporate citizens participated in the highlight of St. Maarten's 45th Carnival celebrations, the joint Junior and Senior Grand Parade on Wednesday. And amidst a kaleidoscope of colors, sequins, fea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 4, 2014

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Election fraud case attracts attention in the Netherlands

Court in The Hague handles petition to ban stemfies THE HAGUE / GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s election fraud investigation received unexpected media coverage in the Netherlands yesterday when the court in The Hague dealt with a petition from the P

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 4, 2014

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Carnival court on June 19

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance has planned a special session for Carnival-related offenses on June 19, the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced. Two men who were caught carrying a machete during the Jouvert morning jump up have spe

Editorial - Posted by on May 4, 2014

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Editorial: Stemfies

Are stemfies fun or are they a direct threat to free and fair elections? That question took center stage in a court hearing in The Hague yesterday. Home Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk said in March that he would not encourage the practice, thoug

Opinion - Posted by on May 4, 2014

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Opinion: The Fatca effect

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) is coming to a bank near you real soon. What the implementation of this American fiscal legislation means for account holders in St. Maarten, is explained in this article by Jorik Julsing,  a senior tax

Opinion - Posted by on May 4, 2014

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Opinion: Shame on you, Mr. Plasterk

For years we have been fighting the buying of votes and the Dutch are basically legalizing it by allowing the voters to take a picture of the ballot indicating who they have voted for. Many years ago, people were paid with blocks, cement and zinc to

Opinion - Posted by on May 4, 2014

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Opinion: Unpaid advice to Theo Heyliger

Theo has chosen the color green for his party! I noticed that because in Carnival village he offered me a drink in a green cup! Later I almost caught a green tee shirt Theo was throwing out of his car. I am really wondering why Theo has chosen the co

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