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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

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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

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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