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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

Editorial - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Editorial: Irony (St. Maarten elections)

It’s election time again and boy do politicians think we have a short term memory. The recent statements by the DP leader about being against “one party rule” made us do a double take. What? Is this coming from the same party that has been in p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Moses-Burton escapes tragedy

St. Maarten – Suzette Moses-Burton, St. Maarten’s former HIV/Aids program manager and currently the executive director of the Global Network for People living with HIV, escaped tragedy on her way to the twentieth international Aids conference th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Future keynote speaker in St. Maarten: Leading AIDS expert among dead in flight MH17 crash

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten AIDS Foundation bemoaned the profound loss for the global AIDS community that resulted from the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The plane was en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Maximiliaan Phelipa: In the Garden of Art

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – He waits for me patiently by his gate on Front Street. Philipsburg has settled to a quiet stroll in the late afternoon, and local artist Maximilaan Phelipa is standing near the entrance to the garden of his home. He

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: The color of our skins

Ever met someone who was proud of his white skin? I did. It was 2005 and I was canvassing a neighborhood in California for work. Suddenly, there was this old guy in his garden who started a conversation with me. Forgive me for not remembering the det

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Lost in a dark forest

Hurray! There is trouble in the Caribbean and that is always a good reason for Dutch media to write about the islands. This time, however, political editor Remco Meijer severely criticizes the diplomatic acumen of Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Pl

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Fear of flying

The tragedy with the Malaysian airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that killed all 295 people onboard inevitably triggers questions about aviation safety. How safe is it really to fly? Based on raw numbers taking an airplane is much saf

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Victim Curacao airport shooting was a gang member

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao is still reeling from the shooting at Hato airport whereby two men were killed while six bystanders sustained injuries. The police have identified one of the victims as 35-year-old Erwin Adriano Juliano, a prominent member of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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National Alliance supports expansion medical center

Manifesto: “State of the art equipment and the best physicians” St. Maarten – The National Alliance does not support the construction of a new hospital, it appears from the health and wellness chapter of the parties political manifesto. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Young dance and design talent Deveny Elferink to New York

St. Maarten - Deveny Elferink, one of St Maarten’s top youth dance and design talents flew to New York on Thursday to attend The School of Creative Arts and Performing Arts SOCAPA and the Parson New School of Design. At just 13 years of age, De

Editorial, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Editorial: Tough talk (airport shooting in Curacao)

The airport shooting in Curacao has put Curacao’s Justice Minister Nelson Navarro in overdrive. With a live broadcast speech on TV, he announced tough measures to increase the safety of the island’s population. Navarro announced that the measu

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Basic approach

The Board of the National Alliance hereby acknowledges the decision of the Honorable Minister Maurice Lake to continue with the basic approach of former Minister William Marlin to grant contracts directly to small contractors instead of having them w

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Edu-tourism

Dear Editor, I have read the article of Mr. Andrew Smith which was published in the Today newspaper of Monday July 14, 2014 with regard to his view on “Edu-Tourism”, and have taken great interest. As a candidate on the Democratic Party slat

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Oppression and injustice

Dear Editor, Writer wishes hereby to in the very first place, express his sincere thanks to you for the very great article concerning himself in your well-read Today Newspaper. However there  has been a very dramatic twist in this affair with

Editorial - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Editorial: Shooting is “an isolated incident”….. Dream on

The shooting at the airport in Curacao seems to be related to a war between two gangs. Where gangs are involved, drugs usually are not far away. In this sense, the shooting adds an argument to the debate about the legalization of drugs. If gangste

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Two dead in Curacao airport shooting – “This is a serious blow to our tourism”

WILLEMSTAD – Two people were gunned down in a brazen gangland style shooting at Curacao’s Hato International Airport Tuesday evening. And at least six others were wounded, police said. According to reports, a car drove up to the front of the ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Minister De Weever sticks to expansion plan for hospital

St. Maarten – “Absolutely.” That was Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever’s response to a question from this newspaper whether the government is looking for the expansion and upgrading of the current medical center, rather than opting

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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L’Escargot Restaurant-robber sentenced to 6 years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Franklyn Emmanuel Lake yesterday to 6 years of imprisonment for his role in an armed robbery on the owners of L’Escargot restaurant on October 26, 2012. At the trial on June 26, the prosecution

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Hype-agenda highlights career choices

St. Maarten – Education Minister Patricia Lourens received the first copy of the Hype-agenda yesterday morning from coordinator Zulayka Peterson during a press conference at the government administration Building. The agenda, produced for students

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Opinion: We’re not alone (…there’s life in space)

Good news or bad news? The American space organization Nasa says that we are not alone and that it will prove this point within the next twenty years. The scientists that participated in a discussion at Nasa headquarters on Monday seem to agree that

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Opinion: Vagina art of Rokude Nashiko

She wanted to tear down the taboo that surrounds female genitals, but Japan was not entirely ready for it, Rokude Nashiko said only one week ago in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw. She was right: in the meantime the police have arrested h

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Respect democratic privacy

Dear editor, First of all, I must commend Jeffrey Richardson for his letter to the editor Violation of Privacy of July 16. He dealt with the lack of privacy during the endorsement of the political lists inscribed for the August 29 parliamentary

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Opinion: The promise of a state of the art hospital for St. Maarten

Okay, it is election time and if you want to get the people’s attention, you need a carrot. A big one, if you are able to find it. The United People’s party found such a carrot: the promise to build a brand new state of the art hospital. Let u

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Moving forward positively

Dear Editor, It was of course with great interest that I read the article titled “CPC Contests Thompson’s Explanation” which is based on an interview with the CPC’s Treasurer and Secretary as featured in your publication yesterday July 15t

Editorial - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Editorial: Aren’t politicians supposed to be role models?

The police are opting for a careful approach towards possible violations of the rules for the placement of political campaign material on public roads. It is of course always better to talk things over than to strong-arm citizens into obedience. S

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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D66-MP Wassila Hachchi: “Let Council of State investigate conflict about Aruba’s budget”

THE HAGUE  - The Council of State has to investigate the conflict about Aruba’s budget as soon as possible, D66-parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi said yesterday afternoon also on behalf of the CDA. According to Hachchi the answers Minister Ronald

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Tax bailiff goes after American University

St. Maarten – The bailiff for the tax inspectorate has served a distress warrant to the American University of the Caribbean NV. This entity, owned by Chinese-born American immigrant Paul Tien, sold the university in 2011 for $200 million to Devry

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Police will discuss campaign advertising with parties

St. Maarten – The police will address the placement of campaign material with the leaders of political parties that so far have ignored the conditions set forth in the general permit that allows parties to advertise along public roads. Based on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Minister de Weever declines to accept campaign donations

St. Maarten – Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever, the number 2 candidate on the list of the Democratic Party, will not accept donations for his political campaign, he stated in a brief press release. Instead, De Weever encourages people who

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Violation on privacy

The way the signing of the list was done was definitely an infringement on democracy and on the people's rights to endorse whichever list they wished to without this being known to onlookers that were in the booth observing who signed which list. The

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Opinion: Quality adjusted life years

The United People’s party wants to give St. Maarten a new hospital. At least that seems to be the focal campaign promise of the green party. How much such a hospital will cost and – most importantly – whether this building will provide better m

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Education the way forward

Dear editor, Sint Maarten has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the island was in line with the UNICEF Rights of the Child Act that states “that every child has the right to an education”.  This came with the introduction of the law on

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