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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

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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

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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

Editorial - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Editorial: University of St. Martin: A step in the right direction

The University of St. Martin (USM) seems to be heading in the right direction with its current degree program arrangement with Monroe College and the Study Financing Department. For too long, USM hobbled along, crippled by both bad internal decisions

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Opinion: Coaching math instead of teaching math

Kids have trouble staying focused in our schools. Boys are performing worse than girls and math is the mother of all horrors for many students. But it does not have to be that way. Jordan Ellenberg - a professor of mathematics at the University of Wi

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Opinion: Is the death penalty doomed?

St. Maarten does not have the death penalty, but thirteen other countries in the Caribbean still do: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the G

Editorial - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Editorial: Helmin Wiels murder investigation is getting uglier by the day.

With the arrest of former MFK Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin the Wiels murder investigation in Curacao is getting uglier by the day. Two weeks ago, Carlos Monk said he is a suspect in this investigation as well. Monk was a Pueblo Soberano-mini

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Opinion: Liabilities (of Ministers signing agreements)

Did Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake overstep his authority when he signed a purchase agreement with the Vorst-family to buy land in Cay Hill for $5.5 million? There is no doubt that the answer to this question has to be a resounding yes. Lake signed t

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Opinion by Cor Merx: Noblesse oblige (policy for commercial sex workers)

Below is the reaction from attorney Cor Merx to statements made by Minister of Public Health, social Development and Labor about the new policy for commercial sex workers.  “Please understand that our (owners of the clubs) level of communicatio

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Opinion: Open government

Dear Editor, The perception of the power of the politician in St. Maarten stems from the notion to grant privileges and benefits to preferred voters and vice versa.  For that reason, many believe that politicians are not in favor of transparency.

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Reader’s opinion: Election Campaign Promises

Dear Editor, I have lived here for over 30 years. I raised my children here and this is my home. I have never written to you before but the time has come to speak up. I am sure we are all tired of hearing the same campaign promises. As I listen to

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

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Claude Wathey commemoration leaves bitter taste for first time

St. Maarten – The twelfth annual wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Democratic Party founder Claude Wathey left a bitter taste for the first time since it was organized twelve years ago when DP-representatives realized yesterday morning that

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

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DP unhappy with criticism on cooperation with French St. Martin

St. Maarten– Democratic Party-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams has reacted disappointed to  a report parliamentarian Daniel Gibbs submitted to the French senate that claims that Dutch St. Maarten is not interested in working together with the French s

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On suspicion of commissioning Wiels-assassination: Ex-minister Jamaloodin arrested

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Detectives arrested George Jamaloodin, the former Minister of Finance in the Schotte administration, early yesterday morning on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of Helmin Wiels on May 5 of last year, Anneke Polak

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

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Remembering A.C. Wathey: The story behind the statue

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Every July 24 some people take the time to remember one of St. Maarten’s perhaps most famous (or infamous depending on whom you ask) sons, placing memorial wreaths at the base of a statue dedicated to the life of