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St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Former ministers fail to submit financial declarations

PM unaware of blank filing by former Justice Minister Duncan St. Maarten – Not all ministers that left office after the fall of the second Wescot-Williams cabinet have filed a declaration of their assets and financial affairs, Prime Minister S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Franklin Meyers about his billboards: “I am not in breach of campaign rules”

St. Maarten – “I am not in breach of any campaign rule,” United People’s party candidate Franklin Meyers told this newspaper yesterday in a reaction to our report that the police will ask the Ministry of Vromi to remove political billboards f

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Dutch Electoral Council wants ban on stemfies

THE HAGUE – The Dutch Electoral Council wants to ban the so-called stemfie – a picture taken by voters in the voting booth showing whom they voted for, the Telegraaf reported yesterday. In March, Minister Ronald Plaster (Home Affairs and Kingdom

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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De Weever warns politicians about requests for “special assistance”

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament, their wives, and candidates in the upcoming elections have been approaching civil servants at the Labor Department to ask “special assistance for their potential voters,” Minister of Public Health, Social De

Opinion - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Opinion: Empty promises of politicians in the elections

Elections bring out the best and the worst in people, candidates and potential voters alike. The traditional mudslinging does not surprise anyone anymore but it is getting old and it does not impress the thinking part of the electorate at all. Sur

Opinion - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Opinion: Blue murder (arrest of former minister and lottery boss)

Gerrit Schotte’s Movementu Futuro Kòrsou and attorney Eldon Sulvaran are screaming blue murder about the arrest of former Minister George Jamaloodin and lottery boss Robbie dos Santos. They use terms like black magic, claim that the prosecutor’s

Opinion - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Associations – Video Game Effects Phenomena

Decades ago our little godson Ryan came to visit us from Northern Ireland. One day, when we were going for a little trip and he sat content on the rear seat in my car, we heard him hum a tune – endlessly. Later we found out that this tune stems fro

Editorial - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Editorial: Public disclosure

That former ministers have to file a declaration about their assets and finances within thirty days after leaving office seemed like a good idea. The reality is that this requirement – even though non-compliance carries a maximum prison sentence of

Editorial - Posted by on July 30, 2014

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Editorial: Beautiful present

The trouble at Caravanserai is not over yet. A third auction is scheduled, and the bank that wants to recoup its investment this way is confronted with the baffling circumstances surrounding the sale of the Dunes Casino to the Corallo-company IFPS.

Opinion - Posted by on July 30, 2014

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Opinion: Election season in full swing

Are we surprised? Not at all. The United People’s party, apparently unable to read the text of a simple permit, has decided that it is not violating campaign rules. This is why party-leader Theo Heyliger still smiles at prospective voters from roun

Opinion - Posted by on July 30, 2014

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Opinion: Summer festival

Curacao’s summer festival is about to kick off with a grand tragicomedy, columnist Jacob Gelt Dekker writes on Curacao Chronicle. “Former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and his gang are cast as scoundrels, and present minister of Justice, Nelso

Opinion - Posted by on July 30, 2014

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Opinion: Sustainability and society

Dear Editor, It is my humble opinion that facilitating St. Maarten’s citizens’ basic needs, including, but not limited to, access to: quality education, employment opportunities, affordable utilities, reasonably priced housing, basic healthcar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2014

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Attorney: “Minister Lake wanted to unwrap a beautiful present for IFPS” Corallo’s IFPS wants to stop Caravanserai auction

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance will rule in summary proceedings on Friday August 8 whether Scotiabank will be allowed to proceed with the public auction of the Caravanserai property in Beacon Hill. International Financial Planning Servi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2014

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DP “walking the integrity walk” Lee pushes for full public disclosure

St. Maarten - On the initiative of Emil Lee, candidate #4 on the Democratic Party (DP) list, the Open Government Partnership agreement has been endorsed by the DP and all candidates on its current slate for the upcoming elections, Lee declared in a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2014

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Suspected of involvement in Wiels-assassination: Robbie dos Santos arrested

WILLEMSTAD – Officers of the Detective Collaboration Team RST arrested Robbie dos Santos yesterday morning at 6.40 a.m. at his home in the Jan Sofat district. He is a suspect in the Maximus-investigation into the principals behind the murder of Pue

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

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Violations campaign rules upset NA

St. Maarten - The National Alliance has expressed grave concern at the move by authorities to disregard parliament’s unanimous call for campaign rules and engage in what appears to be the bending of the rules to suit the political parties that had

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

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Justice Minister sidesteps constitution: UP not in violation of campaign rules

St. Maarten – “The United People’s Party is not in violation of any established campaign regulations pertaining to the placement of posters and other campaign paraphernalia,” said UP leader and Member of Parliament  (MP)Theo Heyliger in a p

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

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Jamaloodin on hunger strike – Attorney: prosecution suffers tunnel vision

WILLEMSTAD – Embattled Curacao politician and former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin has taken a queue from Aruba Premier Mike Eman and gone on a hunger strike in protest of his detention and trial, his attorney Chester Peterson confirmed ye

Opinion - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Mockery of democracy

Dear Editor, Be warned. I am not trying to be funny here. This is one of those rare moments when I am dead serious. Elections on St. Maarten have become nothing less than a big Carnival with many clowns in costume pretending to be something other th

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

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Opinion: Healthcare for everyone

Dear Editor, In this opinion letter I would like to touch on the “care” part of medical health care. We can divide medical health care in two categories: cure and care. The cure part is when you need treatment and/or medicine to get better. Th

Opinion - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Bitcoin crumbles

We haven’t heard much anymore about Ryan Higgins’s initiative to promote the digital currency Bitcoin in St. Maarten. In April, he organized several meetings in Simpson Bay that attracted a select group of people who seemed mostly fed up with the

Opinion - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Another call for legalizing soft drugs

The Editorial Board of the New York Times has jumped on the bandwagon with the proponents of legalized marijuana. On Sunday, the board published the following statement: “It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohi

Editorial - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Editorial: Health insurance

The National Health Insurance plan has been a bit of a running gag for at least the past five years. Now the Democratic Party proposes in its election platform a phased introduction if this system. In March 2010, party-leader Wescot-Williams (then

Editorial - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Editorial: Words into action

The recent Parlatino forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) is a topic with actual relevance and meaning to the social reality on St. Maarten. In light of the recent spree of armed robberies in Cole Bay and Front Street, not to mention the shoo

Opinion - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Cemetery development project

Honorable Minister Maurice Lake, It was with great pleasure that I read in the news on Thursday July 10 about the project to repair the cemeteries on the island. Having been involved in the burial insurance business for over 20 years, I got firsth

Opinion - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: Promote boxing for the youth

Over the weekend, a group of St. Maarteners was chilling out, while having nice discussions on a number of situations on the island. When I joined them, they were just talking about how during political campaigns, many candidates try to outdo each ot

Opinion - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Opinion: The dark side of the sun

Sun, sea, and beaches – that sums up the tourism product St. Maarten has to offer. Okay, there is also nightlife and there are restaurants – but don’t they have that anywhere else in the world as well? The sun as a strong selling point is also

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

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Event will be held at Maho again: Crystal Pineapple Awards set for November 21

GREAT BAY– The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) announced yesterday in a press release that the 9th annual Crystal Pineapple Awards (CPA) will be held on Friday, November 21, at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. Year aft

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

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DUTCH VENEZUELAN TENSIONS EASED WITH RELEASE OF DIPLOMAT

ORANJESTAD – The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said that the Netherlands decided to release the Venezuelan General Hugo “Pollo” Carvajal, who was arrested in Aruba last Wednesday night, says a report in the Curacao Chronicle. Throu

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

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Electoral Council focuses on party finances

St. Maarten -After having completed the registration of the parties desirous of contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections on August 29, the Electoral Council has now embarked on an information campaign to provide information on the financial a

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

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Son of DP co-founder slams party: “Hypocrites from the Democratic Party”

St. Maarten – Al Wathey, the eldest son of the late Democratic Party (DP) co-founder Claude Wathey, slammed the current leadership of the DP at last Thursday’s wreath laying ceremony at the Claude Wathey statue in front of the Government Adminis

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

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Central Voting Bureau allots the blue color to the Social Reform Party

St. Maarten- The Central Voting Bureau has allotted numbers and colors to the political parties during their meeting held at the AC Wathey Legislative Hall yesterday afternoon. During the meeting the United St. Maarten Party was awarded the number 1

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

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UP Leader Theo Heyliger talks trade with Dominican Republic’s president

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – This week United People’s (UP) party leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger met with President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina with the intention of strengthening relations between both countries, accordin

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Aruban budget conflict Bosman warns against emotional statements

THE HAGUE – Rumors and emotional statements are seriously disrupting the relationships in the Kingdom in the conflict between Aruba and the Kingdom Council of Ministers, according to VVD-MP André Bosman. “Be careful with emotional statements tha

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Navarro: “If I drop dead, Schotte is responsible” Argument erupts after Jamaloodin-arrest

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – MFK-parliamentarian Gerrit Schotte is unhappy with the firm statements Justice Minister Nelson Navarro made in a local radio broadcast. The minister said that, if he drops dead on the sidewalk, Schotte would be responsible for

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