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Editorial - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Editorial: Authorities are treating political parties with kid gloves.

There are many ways to look at the general permit the Justice Ministry issued for political parties on July 8. One could argue, for instance, that the permit’s conditions do not apply to every billboard that was already in place before that date

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

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Validity campaign-permit uncertain

St. Maarten – It is not entirely certain that the general permit for political parties is already in effect. This is because the permit has not been published yet in the National Gazette. If this is correct, it means that all political parties tha

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

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National Alliance holds first meeting: “It is all about proper representation”

St. Maarten - “It is all about proper representation when people vote,” said leader of the National Alliance (NA) William Marlin at the first contact meeting held at the Pantophlet villas in St. Peter’s on Friday evening. “It is not about th

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

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Killer Devon Otto transferred to prison in the Netherlands

St. Maarten – In the company of two guards, Stanley Gumbs-killer Devon Otto left St. Maarten on Sunday to spend the rest of his lengthy prison sentence in a prison in the Netherlands. Already in 2012 then Justice Minister Roland Duncan wanted to t

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

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DP wants dollarization and new Central Bank building

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party is a proponent of dollarization and the construction of a new building for the Central Bank in St. Maarten, the party states in a press release that highlights its stance on the monetary union with Curacao and on

Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: Old sins (Cigarette producer R.J. Reynolds sued for $23 billion)

Old sins have long shadows, or so the saying goes. Cigarette producer R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company found that out the hard way after a jury in the State of Florida awarded a widow whose chain-smoking husband died 18 years ago, $23 billion in damages

Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: Has the world gone mad?

On July 17 192 Dutch, 44 Malaysians (among them 15 crewmembers), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, a New Zealander and a Canadian perished in the airplane disaster in the Ukraine with flight MH17 of Malay

Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: Fixing Curacao

Pas als het kalf verdronken is dempt men de put. That Dutch expression comes to mind in the wake of the airport shooting in Curacao: only after the proverbial excrement hits the fan, action follows. Crime is of all times and all ages, not only in

Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: A competent Parliament

Dear Editor, Thanks once again for using this medium to express myself. I think that I am one of many people on St. Maarten who has been greatly disappointed in the overall functioning of our Parliament. The cases in which incompetence and disresp