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Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Opinion: Questions (to Maria Buncamper-Molanus) unanswered

Feel free to ask anything, UP-candidate # 21 Maria Buncamper-Molanus said on Tuesday evening at the party’s candidate event. A day later, she repeated this in a press statement that we publish today. So we sent her PR-manager Mike Granger yester

Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Opinion: In limbo

The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association has sounded the alarm over the St. Maarten Tourism Authority – and not without reason. For the past twenty years, successive governments have discussed this issue, and the result is zero – zip.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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CPA and CPC drop out of the elections

St. Maarten – The count is down to six parties for the August 29 elections, after the Concordia Political Alliance decided to join forces with the National Alliance and citizens for positive change decided to drop out of the race entirely. Jeffrey

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Avril Gumbs: “Politicians should look at the way people live”

Grassroots Voices kicks off today St. Maarten – This afternoon at 5.30 p.m. the new radio program Grassroots Voices kicks off with host Julian Rollocks on PJD2 1300 AM. “The purpose of this program is to give a voice to low-income earners, the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association fed up with floundering tourism authority

“Time to let the private  sector pull this cart” GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is concerned whether the long awaited St. Maarten Tourism Authority (STA) will still be able to carry out the functions i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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St. Maarten Budget 2015 under pressure

Cft demands compensation of 14 million in deficits St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hassink announced on Wednesday that the draft 2015 budget will have to be balanced at around 440 million guilders. While there is still some discrepancy between th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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St. Maarten Population count lower than expected

St. Maarten – The Bureau for Statistics released last night the results of its household survey that shows that the country’s population is currently 37,224 – much lower than is generally perceived. The St. Maarten Medical Center for instance,

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Autism: the great unknown

WILLEMSTAD – “Parents of autistic children often have no idea what autism is,” says Sandra Hollemans in a report by Elisa Koek on Caribisch Netwerk. Hollemans teaches at the Myrna Dovale School. Of the nine children in her care, five have a for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Former PSS-director Richardson: “I believe it when I see it”

St. Maarten - Reading the article published in the newspapers on Tuesday in which Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams indicates that she advised the Council of Ministers to comply with a judgment from the court about me is interesting,” former P

Editorial - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Editorial: Choices (upcoming elections)

Another coalition government or one-party rule? Those the options are currently going around in the minds of our politicians. The UP is after an absolute majority – and therefore one-party rule. Others are not so sure. DP-leader Wescot-Williams

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Government ready to pay former PSS-director

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams confirmed yesterday that the Council of Ministers has decided to pay former Postal Services managing director Denicio Richardson what is due to him based on a court ruling from June 17. The ruling

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St. Maarten Government Draft 2015-budget misses deadline

St. Maarten – The government will most likely not meet the deadline for the 2015 budget. Finance Minister Martin Hassink said at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing that the chance is small, because there is still a gap of 25 million

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UP-candidate Claret Connor promotes Economic Park

St. Maarten – A strong economy is the basis for the vision UP-candidate Claret Connor – currently the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce – has for St. Maarten. Yesterday, the day after the UP presented all of its candidates during a

Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: A master narrative

Dear Editor, The representation of Senator Obama as “the first black President to be” was a master narrative but the tallest of tales. Now, with hindsight, it is crystal clear that the failure of Mrs. Clinton; and later, of the Republicans, to

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Opinion: Mission Impossible (can UP party get the majority of votes?)

The United People’s party has made one thing clear: it is done with coalition governments. The question that remains of course is whether coalition governments are done with the UP. Let’s run the numbers and see where we end up. The National A