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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

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Political parties have to remove billboards from roundabouts

Chief Commissioner De Witte: “This is a learning moment” St. Maarten – “This has been a learning moment,” Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte told this newspaper yesterday about the permit for the placement of political campaign material.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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St. Maarten mourns victims of flight MH17

“This tragedy touches all parts of the kingdom” GREAT BAY – St. Maarten observed the national day of mourning for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Flag were half-mast at government buildings. The government has opened a condol

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Tricks gets 7 years for two armed robberies

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Leroy Wilson yesterday to 7 years of imprisonment for committing two armed robberies and for firearm possession. On April 6, 2013 Wilson robbed the Golden Island Chinese restaurant of money, c

Editorial - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Editorial: Hurting ourselves

The good news is that one of the suspects in a daylight robbery of a Front Street store in complete disregard and disrespect of the law and civil norms was arrested, sending a signal to other would be criminals that the police aren’t going to take

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Opinion by Lloyd Beaton, One St. Maarten People Party: Blatant campaign violations

Dear Editor, It was with great astonishment that we read in Today on Friday, July 18, that the police visited all parties over campaign violations. In the same article this daily indicated that four political parties including the One St. Maarten

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Opinion by Bienvenido Richardson: Do the right thing

Dear Editor, Yes, election time is here again, but the question is:  are we willing and able to bring about change? Bringing about change would mean that each and every citizen will have to go out and vote for whichever political party and or can

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Opinion by Iris D. Arrindell, UP Party candidate #19: Family structure

SXM is at its crossroads. We are a young nation solidifying our rightful spot in this world. When we look around in our society today, it seems as if everything is just falling apart. However we also realize it is not only on SXM, but it is a worldwi

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Opion by United St. Maarten Party: The debt crisis

Dear Editor, The United Sint Maarten Party (USP) feels voters have a right to know all the facts, especially about our country’s debt situation, so that they can be well informed to make the right decision before they head to the polls next mont

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Julian Rollocks reflects on the late A C Wathey

St. Maarten – “I worked with him, I learnt from him, and I fought like cats and dogs with him,” former Commissioner of Tourism, local businessman, and current United People’s (UP) Party candidate Julian Rollocks said yesterday of the late Al

Editorial - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Editorial: Perceptions (Criminal court cases in the works against politicians)

As our front-page article shows, the UP may have to take a lot of flack in the weeks before the elections on August 29. There is literally a barrage of criminal court cases in the works and they are all in one way or another linked to the green party

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Mega drug smuggler back to court for new hearing: Supreme Court strikes down denied extradition request

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice will have to revisit the request from the United States of America to extradite drug smuggler Jhon Henry Medina. On September 11 of last year, the Common Court concluded, based on the extradition treaty th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Prosecution UP Candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus for Eco Green remains possible  

Candidate #23 Silvio Matser and UP-rep Roy Heyliger also in legal trouble St. Maarten – There is still no decision about the possible criminal prosecution of UP-candidate #21 Maria Buncamper-Molanus, the prosecutor’s office said in answer to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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UP only party without errors: CENTRAL VOTING BUREAU APPROVES ALL PARTIES

St. Maarten —All five members of the Central Voting Bureau approved the validity of the political parties contesting the upcoming Parliamentary elections slated for this coming August. Even though several of the political parties had received noti

Opinion - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: There we go again

Just like the different seasons show what time of the year it is…so do the ridiculous, polluting, intimidating , clue-less, expensive political posters, banners, flags and other dazzling ‘talisman’ - objects, tell us that it is that time again

Opinion - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Sustainability and the economy

Dear Editor, Lately, the terms economic diversification and sustainable development seem to have become catchphrases amongst current and aspiring decision makers. These terms are often used, but their implementation is sadly seldom truly pursued.

Opinion - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Opinion: Blogosphere

Could the blogosphere – that realm where bloggers rule – indeed contribute to more transparency and openness and to public debate? A darn good question that is. The internet did not literally burst onto the scene – it evolved over a long per

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Autism: Something is the matter with my child

By Myriam Haar “Yes, I noticed there is something not quite right with him but I don’t know what it is or what to do about it.” In the course of the emotional coaching I’ve been giving since January 2013 to groups of children facing var

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

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