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Editorial - Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Editorial: Not to be overlooked

We tend to overlook our Spanish speaking counterparts in the Caribbean, and even view them as somehow not “Caribbean” for some odd reason. Yet the Spanish speaking Caribbean accounts for over 70% of the region’s population when you just factor

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

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Tantra-manager Almirakis: “None of this makes sense” Police interrupt show by 9-year old DJ Ju5tin

St. Maarten – The police interrupted a performance by 9-year-old DJ Ju5tin at the 3 Amigos Restaurant in Maho, twenty minutes after the kid started his show on Friday night at 11 p.m. Earlier the police had forbidden the pre-teen DJ, real name Jus

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

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Theo Heyliger: UP party committed and ready for new hospital

St. Maarten – The United People’s (UP) party is committed to the construction of a new state of the art hospital for the country, said UP leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger in a statement over the weekend. “This will be on

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

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St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce hosts Puerto Rican Trade Mission: “Puerto Rico is open for business”

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a trade delegation from Puerto Rico last Saturday with a business brunch and some social networking at the Sonesta Great Bay Hotel and Casino. The delegation was on a 5 island tour

Opinion - Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Opinion: Supervisory directors

Corporate governance and the role of supervisory directors is not only food for thought – if not for action – in St. Maarten. The blundering board of supervisory directors at the postal services (PSS) will cost the company or the treasury (whomev

Opinion - Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Opinion: Electoral reform

Dear Editor, Electoral reform has made the news once again; however, not surprisingly, we shouldn’t expect any electoral reform to occur before the upcoming election. Instead of going into the specifics of the new regulations to establish a n

Opinion - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Opinion: A different path of wisdom

Public functions are under siege. A small error of judgment is enough to kill a career. This is the trend in the Netherlands – one St. Maarten ought to embrace, but for the time being there is little chance that the job-generating machinery of the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Dr. Nilda Arduin receives excellence award.

St. Maarten - The Ombudsman of St. Maarten, Dr. Nilda Arduin, was presented with one of the most prestigious international social awards, the “Obelisk of Excellence by the Women of Great Esteem Organization.” The award was presented by the founde

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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ROGERS COMPETES IN KING OF KINGS “I intend to give it my best”

St. Maarten - When Ruminni “The Protégé” Rogers leaves to compete in the Leeward Islands King of Kings Calypso competition, he will not only be seeking to win the prestigious title, he will also be looking to follow in the footsteps of Leroy

Editorial - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Editorial: Giving back

There has been a spell lately of corporate and volunteer group donations to worthy causes and individuals, especially to the Art Saves Lives summer program about to begin shortly, and this can only be a good thing. We also read with interest the dona

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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39 graduate from Vocational School

St. Maarten  - Thirty-nine students graduated from the Vocational School during a festive meeting at the Cultural Center on Back Street last night. The graduates finished studies in automotive, care, carpentry, general service, hospitality and netw

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Casino cashier fails to establish her innocence

Court confirms 2013 verdict for embezzlement and filing false report to police St. Maarten - It was déjà vu yesterday in the Court in First Instance for Ruby Valencia Fernandez, a former cashier at the casino in the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. In

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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US Retiree gets suspended sentence for importing five firearms into St. Maarten

St. Maarten - James Matejicka retired to St. Maarten, but he found himself in a bit of a bind when he wanted to ship his belongings from the United States to the island in February of last year. The problem: among those belongings were five firearms

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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UP Next (youth wing of the United People’s Party) launched at Hard Rock Café

St. Maarten - The youth arm of the United People’s Party “UP Next” was launched at the Hard Rock Café yesterday evening. The group is expected to increase in its size as the political party prepares for the upcoming Parliamentary elections th

Opinion - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Opinion: Treacherous ground

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Wednesday that she “condemns in the strongest possible terms” the act of abuse against “what appears to be more than one of our children.” Hardly anyone would disagree with this statement - if i

Opinion - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Confusing

Dear Editor, I am writing on behalf of my client Ms. Regina LaBega concerning the article you published on page 3 (bottom right hand corner) of your edition of June 19, 2014, under the title: “Investigation into Tourist Bureau embezzlement: Pros

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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St. Maarten Burglary prevention tips

During the past three months, the burglary team of the police force has recorded more than twenty burglaries in the Pelican, Simpson Bay and Cole Bay area. The burglar(s) who commit these crimes seem to have no trouble at all to enter the houses they

Editorial - Posted by on June 20, 2014

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Editorial: PM Evasive when asked about bad decisions of Postal Services St. Maarten

Shareholder representative Sarah Wescot-Williams remained evasive when this newspaper asked about the bad decisions of the supervisory board of directors of Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) that led to a court ruling that will cost the taxpayer clos

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

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PM Wescot-Williams repeats: “No decision about TelEm-UTS merger”

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams repeated it for good measure during yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing: “Notwithstanding all that has been said, there is no decision about a merger. UTS has been selected as one

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

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Emilio Wilson Estate purchase is still on

St. Maarten – The Parliament will deal with the budget amendment that is necessary for the purchase of the Emilio Wilson Estate in a meeting scheduled for June 30, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press bri

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

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Electoral reform won’t happen before the elections in August

GREAT BAY – Changes to the ordinances that regulate the elections will not happen before the August 29 elections, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. “Changes to the ordinances is certai

Opinion - Posted by on June 19, 2014

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Opinion: Frankenfood

Mark Bittman opens the attack on big food in this interesting op-ed in the New York Times. “You can buy food from farmers — directly, through markets, any way you can find — and I hope you do. But unless you’re radically different from mos

Opinion - Posted by on June 19, 2014

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Opinion: Downward spiral

Downward spiral Jacob Gelt Dekker is not happy with Prime Minister Ivar Asjes and his performance during his first year in office, he writes in a column on Curacao Chronicle. “During his first year in power, Prime Minister Asjes did not intro

Opinion - Posted by on June 19, 2014

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Opinion: 2014 elections : Business as usual

It will be business as usual for the 2014 elections. The Parliament has been screaming for electoral reform (months ago), yet it has fallen silent in recent months. Prime Minister Wescot-Williams has made some proposals, even made a presentation abou

Opinion - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Opinion: If you know about it – report it

Dear editor, I have heard and read many commentaries on the allegations of abuses against our children, and as a parent, educator and citizen I ask your indulgence to express my thoughts on the matter via this medium. Child abuse comes in many fo

Opinion - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Opinion: Lust for blood

The sexual abuse case involving a local sports coach has once again brought out the worst in those who operate so-called gossip web sites. Without thinking – a capability that is apparently beyond their grasp – the melee writers have published th

Editorial - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Editorial: Path of wisdom

Independent MP Patrick Illidge is right about one thing: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was dead wrong with the reason he gave for not wanting to receive him at a reception in The Hague earlier this month. Illidge now claims he chose the path of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Court orders PSS to pay salary arrears and damages Postal Services blundered with suspension Denicio Richardson

St. Maarten – The Supervisory Board of Directors of Postal Services St. Maarten blundered when it suspended its managing director Denicio Richardson on December 27, 2011 for overstepping his authority to sign checks with a value of more than 5,000

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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MP Patrick Illidge about integrity controversy in the Netherlands: “I chose the path of wisdom”

St. Maarten – Independent MP Patrick Illidge says in an interview with Steven Cyrillien that can be listened to on sxmislandtimes.com that he “chose the path of wisdom” when the controversy erupted about his presence at a meeting about integri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Caribbean cruise passengers look for new horizons “If you’ve seen one island, you have seen them all”

St. Maarten – The cruise industry is St. Maarten’s bread and butter – alongside with the timeshare industry, and competitors are on the move. Tom Stieghorst reports in Travel Weekly, the online newsletter for the cruise industry how the Caribb

Editorial - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Editorial: Slow company (TELEM)

UP-leader Theo Heyliger presented a razor-sharp analysis of telecom provider TelEm in Parliament yesterday. It felt a bit like the wakeup call the company desperately needs. For a company that is required to act fast in a highly competitive and fa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Sports coach accused of abusing minors detained further

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) requested an extension on the detention period of a local sports coach, E.Y. (born 1965), who is charged with the sexual abuse and rape of minor boys. The prosecution is calling on witnesses to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Scientists examine landslide at Tent Bay on Saba “Complete evacuation the only option”

THE BOTTOM, Saba – A large landslide in the vicinity of Tent Bay on Saba has put the authorities on high alert. The Island Council wants to review and improve the monitoring system for volcanic activities, Hazel Durand reports on Caribisch Netwerk.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Telecom 101- Theo Heyliger: “TelEm is a slow technological company”

St. Maarten – “TelEm is one of the most cautious companies we have. It is more reactive than pro-active,” UP-leader Theo Heyliger said yesterday afternoon in a meeting of Parliament about the possible merger of telecom providers TelEm and UTS.

Opinion - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Opinion: Ultra cheap (solar) electricity

Utilities company G.E.B.E. better hurry up with its view on future energy resources for St. Maarten. Technological developments threaten to make the current power plan obsolete within the next fifteen years – that is, if we accept what Vincent Dekk

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