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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