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Opinion - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Opinion: Bitcoin-alarm

It has been a bit silent in the Bitcoin corner in St. Maarten after bitcoin-entrepreneur Ryan Higgins started promoting the virtual currency in St. Maarten. At the time, we pointed out the possible pitfalls of using Bitcoin. Now, technology website A

Editorial - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Editorial: Good for everyone (Economic Inspection Department controls)

That the economic inspection department, in coordination with other government agencies, decided to surprise a large hotel and resort in Cupecoy with a control of their business standards is good news. We have all sorts of gurus coming to the island

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Sapphire Beach Club & Resort inspected after complaints: Operation first of its kind on hotel

CUPECOY, St. Maarten – The Economic Inspection Department (TEZVT), along with several other government entities from various ministries, carried out a multidisciplinary control of the Sapphire Beach Club and Resort in Cupecoy recently. The action w

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Divers find gun – possibly used to kill Helmin Wiels

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – During a search in the Waaigat in Curacao divers found a firearm on Saturday morning, Leoni Leidel-Schenk reports on Caribisch Netwerk. Investigators are examining the weapon to see if this is possibly the gun that was used to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Air St. Maarten offers direct flight to Guyana

GREAT BAY - Air St. Maarten will be the first in aviation to launch a direct flight to Guyana from St. Maarten. “This is the best news I have heard,” said a Guyanese national living on St. Maarten. Chief Executive Officer of Air St. Maarten Te

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: Underlying message (slavery in the past and current slavery)

Slavery remains a sensitive topic in the Caribbean. It is again on the agenda now that fourteen Caribbean countries (St. Maarten not included) are going to sue the Netherlands, France and Great Britain for damages. Caricom has set up a ten-point plan

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: Question for the Prime Minister

Dear editor, I have a question for the Prime Minister of Country St. Maarten. Madame Prime Minister can you tell me why no cost of living adjustment for the year 2012 was paid out to pensioners who are members of the General Pension Fund of St. Ma

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: How to eat less

The world is full of fat people (no offense) and it is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. Not only for the fat people themselves (how is it possible to be comfortable if you are heavily overweight or obese?) but also for the society. Productivity

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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National Institute for Professional Advancement (N.I.P.A.) Officially opened

St. Maarten - The campus of the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) was officially opened by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams yesterday with the unveiling of the plaque of the school. In her address to the gathering, which inc

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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World Cup Soccer: Dutch crush Spanish fury

SALVADOR, BRAZIL (AP) — The Netherlands thrashed world champions Spain 5-1 yesterday in the World Cup's first shocker, toying with an aging Spanish team that has dominated global football for the past six years and avenging a loss in the 2010 final

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Prime Minister highlights unity and identity on Flag Day: “This is our flag, our colors, and our St. Maarten”

st. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescott-Williams stressed in her opening remarks the importance the national flag has in the national identity and the role it plays in focusing the national psyche on what it means to be a part of St. Maarten. Sh

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: Youth detention

The rule that minors are not allowed to be detained with adults comes across as humane and loaded with good intentions. There is however a flipside to this policy, because where do these minors end up if they have to be kept apart from adult prisoner

Editorial - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Editorial: Silent citizens

When the police force sent out a press release earlier this week asking possible witnesses of the robbery at the Scotiabank in Simpson Bay to come forward we had a double feeling about this request. First of all, it should not be necessary for the

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: Tipped into poverty

The Editorial Board of the New York Times addressed an issue recently that also plays in St. Maarten’s tourism oriented service industry, but its views did not meet with universal approval. Read and judge for yourself: “When Senate Republicans

Editorial - Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Editorial: Uncertainty about G.E.B.E.’s utilities relief program

The utility relief program for seniors Gebe is offering remains somehow shrouded in a veil of secrecy. The registration form does not give a single indication about the requirements seniors have to meet to qualify for the program. As it stands now, a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Annual report Public Prosecutor’s Office: Fewer suspects behind bars

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office detained 16.8 percent fewer suspects in 2013 than it did in 2012. This appears from the 2013 annual report. “This could be the result of diminishing crime figures and the deployment of community pol

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Ivo Opstelten to Minister Richardson: “Success with your conscience”

WILLEMSTAD / GREAT BAY – During the Four Countries consultation of the ministers of justice in Curacao on Wednesday a curious incident took place that involved the Dutch Minister Ivo Opstelten and St. Maarten’s Minister Dennis Richardson. Anne

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Conditions for seniors-relief on utility bills remain unclear

St. Maarten – The conditions seniors citizens must meet to qualify for Gebe’s utility relief program are still unclear. The registration form applicants have to fill in does not contain a single question about electricity consumption or househol

Opinion - Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Opinion: Honest report of the Public Prosecutor

The Public Prosecutor’s Office is sober but honest in its 2013 annual report. This is not a look-how-good-we-are production but a realistic assessment of the challenges the prosecutor’s office has to deal with. The good news is obviously that

Opinion - Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Opinion: Bottle mania

We are unable to come up with a single initiative – from the government or the Parliament – over the past four years that has something to do with the protection of the environment. Ah, sure, there were motions in Parliament to ban single use pla

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

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Defendant implicates owner Robbie’s Lottery in shooting – Dr. Friday Demand 2 years of imprisonment for firing deadly assault rifle

St. Maarten – David Arthur R. had a compelling story for the Court in First Instance about how he came to possess a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, an assault weapon Colt markets as a variance of the military M16. On February 17 of last year, the defe

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

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Scotia Bank Simpson Bay branch robber

The Scotiabank branch in Simpson Bay was robbed yesterday morning by three armed men in a daring daylight bank robbery. Police are still investigating the matter and details remain sketchy; however, they have confirmed that the bank was indeed robbed

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

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Man sentenced to 30 months for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Sugal Angel Gregorio Canelo Rodriguez yesterday to 30 months of imprisonment for attempted manslaughter on a man on August 26, 2012, and for shattering the window of a house on January 20 of this

Editorial - Posted by on June 13, 2014

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Editorial: Welfare

Minister de Weever’s announcement about the indexation of welfare payments comes at an appropriate moment – days before seniors mark the World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day this Sunday. Financial aid from the government, combined with the old ag

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2014

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Opinion: Guns

It never stops to amaze us how people justify the possession of firearms. Yesterday was a nice example. The defendant did not have just any firearm, no he had one of the meanest assault rifles the world has ever produced after the AK-47 and the M16

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2014

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Opinion: The new Black Peter

Once upon a time, in a country far from here, there was a children’s friend and his name was Black Peter. You never heard about this character, except during maybe the four weeks leading up to the Dutch Sinterklaas-celebration. These days, Black Pe

Editorial - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Editorial: Concrete initiatives

Words are cheap as we all know, and they are the weapon of choice for any politician worth her (or his) salt. This is why we absorbed with interest statements Prime Minister Wescot-Williams made to journalists in New York last week. Remarks that s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Prime Minister Wescot-Williams in New York: “Look at tourism as a tool for social development”

NEW YORK - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams' attendance at Caribbean Week meetings and events in New York last week was a highlight for attendees, ministers and directors of tourism from other nations and journalists from across North America. 

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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G.E.B.E. (Utilities provider) opens registration for seniors relief

Pilot program cut from one year to 6 months. St. Maarten – Senior citizens aged 62 and above can apply for temporarily relief on their electricity bills at utilities company Gebe until Monday, June 30. The company announced the relief program in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Association addresses elderly abuse

GREAT BAY – The Sint Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) will hold a meeting on Thursday at the Senior Citizens Recreational Center in Hope Estate ahead of World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day that is on the calendar for Sunday. SMSP

Opinion - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Opinion: A travesty of justice (Lars de Vries’ notary appointment)

Please allow me some space in your newspaper to comment on a recent article that was written concerning the arguments brought forward by the Minister of Justice, Mr. Dennis Richardson, for not appointing the late Mr. Lars de Vries as the next notary

Opinion - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Opinion: Position statement on immigration

Dear Editor, Legal immigration and illegal immigration result in a number of challenges which need to be addressed structurally and through clear and transparent policy and legislation. These topics are very current and difficult to address due to

Opinion - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Editorial: Code of conduct

The Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (Ipko) in The Hague discussed integrity last week. Unfazed by the lessons the participants could have learned from the Kingdom Youth Parliament that met in St. Maarten last month, the decision was taken to

Opinion - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Opinion: Enough is enough

Philip Polderman is a retired director of a Dutch college that employs 180 personnel and services 1,800 students. Polderman strongly disagrees with the prevailing culture wherein top managers determine each other’s salaries. Someone who earns 52 ti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Police apprehend two armed suspects

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – After a short chase, police apprehended two armed suspects in the Simpson Bay area this past Saturday. According to sources, shots were fired but it remains unclear if any of the suspects were hit. The suspects were carry

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