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Editorial - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Editorial: Clarity needed on the Vorst family land deal

Two issues need greater clarity and Vromi Minister Maurice Lake is the one who is currently responsible for providing that clarity. One issue involves the land deal with the Vorst family who recently dropped their court case against the state. For

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Tropigas loses lawsuit against Sol

St. Maarten– Tropigas and Paul Anthony James Cook lost a lawsuit yesterday they had initiated against Sol Antilles. Tropigas and Cook demanded that Sol lift the liens it has placed on their assets and bank accounts, but the court denied them. Tr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Vorst family vs St. Maarten: contested land deal court case cancelled

St. Maarten – The much-anticipated lawsuit six members of the Vorst family brought against country St. Maarten over the purchase of property in Cay Hill at the location where former Minister of Justice Roland Duncan once envisioned his $100 million

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Artist Mounette Radot: A life extraordinary

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Her favorite story is that of Ulysses, the timeless tale of the epic journey through the ups and downs of life that we all face, full of both hazard and wonder. Mounette Radot is 82, and has lived a life worth tellin

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Belgian schools to charge “Sandwich tax” to kids eating their own sandwiches

Sandwich tax Trust the Belgians to come up with something original that feels at the same time a bit despicable. Flemish primary schools are going to charge the parents of their pupils in September a sandwich tax, according to the newspaper Het La

Opinion - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Staff on the road collecting money? Have control systems in place.

Is our justice system failing our crime victims? That question bubbled to the surface after the trial of a man who is a suspect in an armed robbery at the Tamarind Hotel that took place last year. One of the robbers hit a security guard on the back o

Opinion - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Neighbour troubled by cigarette smoke – smoker court evicted

Chain-smoker When do neighbors become so annoying that a court decides to throw them out of their house? In St. Maarten we live with plenty of noise pollution. People have got so used to the noise and the fact that hardly ever anything is done abo

Editorial - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Editorial: St. Maarten authorities display “standard response” when women escape from brothels

Pavlov reaction We’re not very sensitive to remarks foreign countries make about our behavior, but this one deserves a bit more than average attention. The American Trafficking in Persons report observes that authorities in St. Maarten display a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Prosecution demands 10 years for L’Escargot restaurant armed robbery

St. Maarten - Prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp demanded 10 years imprisonment yesterday against Franklyn Emmanuel L. for his involvement in the near fatal armed robbery against the owners of L’Escargot restaurant in Philipsburg on October 26, 2012. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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The face of poverty: Margret’s story “I would love to buy a new dress sometimes, but I can’t afford it”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Yesterday, this newspaper published the first of a series of stories designed to give poverty in St. Maarten a face. Today the second installment – the story of Margret, a retired cleaning lady. Margret is 70

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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American Trafficking in Persons report 2014: St. Maarten still source, transit & destination for sex trafficking

St. Maarten – Like last year, the annual Trafficking in Persons (TiP) report from the American State Department describes St. Maarten as a source, transit, and destination for women, children and men subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.

Opinion - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Opinion: Upcoming elections: deluge of empty promises

Promises, promises Right, elections are coming and nobody will be able to escape the deluge of empty promises political parties are going to make. Voters, who want to keep their sanity during this siege of political verbal terrorism, ought to keep

Opinion - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Opinion: Political party CPC concerned about the apparent financial mismanagement of St. Maarten since gaining country status on 10-10-2010

Political party Citizens for Positive Change (CPC) has reviewed the General Audit Chamber’s 2012 Financial Compliance Report and is concerned about the apparent financial mismanagement of St. Maarten since gaining country status on 10-10-2010. C

Opinion - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Opinion: The war against the big gulp (large cups for soda drinks)

Big Gulp Super cups. No, we are not talking about soccer here. This is about the mega super cups New Yorkers love or hate. The ones they use for slobbering sodas. The Supreme Court of the state of New York shot down a proposal to ban half-liter cu

Editorial - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Editorial: Understandable

The frustration of former PSS-director Denicio Richardson about the government’s decision to appeal the court ruling that would have given him close to a quarter of a million dollars in compensation for all the injustices he has been put through, i

Opinion - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Opinion: Dementia

Just a bit more than fifteen years from now, in 2030, dementia will have become the number one cause of death in the Netherlands, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) writes in an exploration of the future of public health.

Opinion - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Opinion: The embodiment of evil

I sympathize with all those Americans who, just like me, happen to be non-religious. A survey by the Pew Research Center shows that 49 percent of Americans are unhappy when a direct family member marries someone who does not believe in God. It remind

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Opinion: The end of an era

The Internet is killing the magazine market – at least, large parts of it. While we have no numbers for the interest in magazines (or for the newspapers, for that matter) in St. Maarten, the Dutch circulation-institute HOI has its data down to a te

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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General Audit Chamber admonishes Parliament

St. Maarten – “There was not a single instance known to us whereby government was "questioned" by a Member of Parliament on the basis of one of our reports in 2013,” the General Audit Chamber said in its latest annual report. The chamber lamen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Government appeals postal services ruling Richardson: “Personal battle at the taxpayer’s expense”

St. Maarten – The fight over the situation with the former director of the postal services PSS Denicio Richardson is not over yet, because the government has appealed the June 3 court ruling that ordered it to pay Richardson close to a quarter of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Seniors association contemplates action

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) convenes another meeting at the Senior Citizens Recreational Center in Hope Estate tomorrow afternoon starting at 2 p.m. to decide about a course of action on several issues tha

Editorial - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Editorial: Shared responsibility

The individual responsibility of ministers as we know it in our current system is a seriously flawed concept. When St. Maarten was an island territory, the members of the Executive Council had a shared responsibility. If a majority of commissioners o

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Opinion: Open letter to Emil Lee

Dear Editor, When Mr.Emil Lee was president of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) he was a staunch and big supporter of public private partnerships. In his speech he again mentioned that one of his major goals is to work t

Opinion - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Opinion: Regulating prostitution

A bill introduced in Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government would criminalize buying sexual services but would not necessarily make selling them illegal. It follows a Canadian Supreme Court ruling last year that overturne

Opinion - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Opinion: Zoning plans held hostage

Dear Editor, Sint Maarten Pride Foundation has been following the process to draft and establish Zoning Plans for Sint Maarten closely since the project was initiated in 2011/2012. The foundation has a number of questions and concerns regarding pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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The face of poverty: Christine’s story Living on 6 bucks a day

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Stories about the high cost of living, about children that go to school hungry, and about senior citizens that do not manage to make ends meet are rife and politicians will grab this issue in the coming months to wi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Duncan signed draft lease for contested Vorst-property

St. Maarten - Former Justice Minister Roland Duncan put his signature on draft long lease agreements for pieces of land in Cay Hill that were once destined to become the location of his ill-fated Justice Park. Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said yest

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Laville’s twinning initiative and Dominica-deal seem stranded

St. Maarten - On December 16 of last year, independent MP Romain Laville, seconded by Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Ted Richardson, announced a twinning agreement with the American city of Newark. On March 26, Laville made another announce

Editorial - Posted by on June 24, 2014

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Editorial: Fresh air in local politics

The candidacy of Emil Lee on the list of the Democratic Party is right now just that – a candidacy. But Lee has already brought his flavor of accountability and integrity to local politics before the first ballot has been cast. Long before he ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 24, 2014

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Former SHTA president Emil Lee announces candidacy for Democratic Party

St. Maarten – Former SHTA-President Emil Lee announced his long-awaited candidacy for the upcoming parliamentary elections as a member of the Democratic Party at a press conference in Holland House yesterday morning. Lee said that, irrespective of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 24, 2014

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Dr. Alma Fleming-Rogers school officially opened

St. Maarten—The newly built Belvedere primary school was officially opened by the Minister of Education Patricia Lourens-Philip yesterday afternoon.  The school was named Dr. Alma Fleming-Rogers Educational Center after veteran educator Alma Flemi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 24, 2014

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DP joins NA in call for Parliament meeting on land purchase

St. Maarten - The Democratic Party (DP) faction in Parliament expressed its concern yesterday over the allegations made by National Alliance leader William Marlin over an alleged land deal worth $5.5 million approved by Vromi Minister Maurice Lake,

Opinion - Posted by on June 24, 2014

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Opinion: Politicians will have to get used to intensified scrutiny

The Democratic Party demands that candidates for this year’s elections sign a pledge. That is a document containing agreements between the party and the candidates. While party leader Sarah Wescot-Williams did not go into detail about the content o

Opinion - Posted by on June 24, 2014

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Opinion: Empty churches – full stadiums

Sociologist Ruud Stokvis published an intriguing study about sport and the social functions of religion entitled Empty Churches, Full Stadiums. While soccer players are running behind a ball in Brazil to establish the next world champion, Stokvis say

Opinion - Posted by on June 24, 2014

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Opinion: Abolition laws

The possibility to trade and appropriate Africans and Asians as slaves remained in existence in some parts of the world until far into the 19th century, but protests against the practice kept increasing, Piet Emmer writes in an op-ed in the Volkskran

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