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Editorial - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Editorial: Ulterior motives (of politicians)

It is amazing how suddenly politicians from all walks of life bend over backwards to commend the police for a job well done, and how they suddenly come out of the woodwork with their concerns about crime after almost four years of silence. There a

Opinion - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Opinion: The legacy Laville the politician leaves behind contains just one word. Why?

Why? Independent MP Romain Laville has a checkered political history at best. Last week he topped it off in style with a full page advertisement in which he blew his own horn a little bit too loud. Some would say he provided incorrect information,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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CPC contests Rueben Thompson’s explanation

“Sidelining is insulting and a downright lie” St. Maarten – Secretary Paul Dijkhoffz and treasurer Paul Henriquez are unhappy with the way the now former president of Citizens for Positive Change (CPC) Rueben Thompson has portrayed the proc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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St. Maarten PM receives integrity report

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams received the final report from the Integrity Committee Public Administration on Monday at her Cabinet at the Government Administration Building. Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson, the head of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Police arrest nine scooter riders

St. Maarten – Police arrested nine scooter riders near the airport yesterday afternoon. The group traveled from the French side through the Lowlands in the direction of Cole Bay. When officers ordered the riders to stop, they sped up and fled in th

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Mike Eman cries at press conference: Solution nearby for conflict in Aruba

ORANJESTAD – The governments of Aruba, the Netherlands and governor Fredis Refunjol are negotiating a joint document that will contain new agreements about the Aruban budget, Ariën Rasmijn reports on Caribisch Netwerk. Nicole Hoevertz, the secr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Police find another marijuana plantation

St. Maarten – In the hills south of Richards drive in Middle region the police discovered another marijuana plantation on Sunday. Officers found 331 plants at the location but there was nobody around at what the police describe as a well-maintained

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Endorsement Day: Voters flock to census office to endorse party of their choice

St. Maarten – Party leaders, candidates and supporters gathered at the census office yesterday morning for the final hurdle towards participation in the August 29 elections. Endorsement Day, this occasion ought to be called – the day when citize

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Laville’s scholarships do not exist

St. Maarten – Independent Member of Parliament Romain Laville said his goodbyes to politics last week with a full page color ad in the Daily Herald. However, the vice-president of parliament stretched the truth beyond breaking point in his advertis

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Gracita Arrindell concerned about hunger strike Mike Eman

St. Maarten - “History is about to repeat itself if  the Kingdom Council of Ministers in The Hague, once again miscalculates the passion of the majority of the people of Aruba for their democratically elected leaders. I hope that a timely solutio

Editorial - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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Editorial: Beyond ironic

Our political parties are ignoring the rules the Ministry of Justice has issued for the election campaign practically across the board. We have seen billboards at roundabouts, flags on the Prince Bernhard Bridge and banners on streetlight poles.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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Political parties violate permit-conditions of campaign material along public roads

Chief Commissioner De Witte calls on common sense St. Maarten – Political parties across the board pay no heed to the guidelines issued by Justice Minister Dennis Richardson, it appears from the way parties have placed their campaign billboards

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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CPC board members sidelined President Rueben Thompson

St. Maarten – Secretary Paul Dijkhoffz and treasurer Paul Henriquez pulled the plug on the participation of Citizens for Positive Change in the August 29 elections, it appears from an explanation the party’s founder, president and designated num

Opinion - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Still about positive change: An explanation (CPC)

Dear Editor, Over the past few days there has been much speculation regarding the Citizens for Positive Change Party’s (CPC) decision not to contest the 2014 Parliamentary elections. CPC’s decision was made public in the afternoon of Thursday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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St. Maarten Ministry announces new policy for “commercial sex workers”

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor wants to implement new policy rules for work permits for prostitutes and exotic dances immediately. This appears from a memorandum about “commercial sex workers” that app

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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Streetlight war between Minister Lake and MP Roy Marlin

St. Maarten – The campaign for the August 29 elections has just started and already Vromi-Minister Lake and DP faction leader Roy Marlin are at war. Lake accuses the DP of damaging cables that feed streetlights along the Pondfill. Marlin is callin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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Alexander calls for private sector marketing

St. Maarten - The  solution for economic growth for the island should be done through marketing the island by the private sector, said Lisa Alexander who is the number 5 candidate of the United St. Maarten party. “The private sector will market t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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American company wins waste to energy concession

St. Maarten – The American company Synergy has won the bid for a concession agreement for the solid waste processing plan on Pond Island, Vromi-Minister Maurice lake announced in a press release last night. The council of Ministers and the legal af

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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Police raid marijuana plantation

St. Maarten – On Saturday morning around 10 a.m. police raided a house on Gibbs Drive in Dutch Quarter where officers found a plantation with around 300 marijuana plants. The raid followed after information from within the police department. Whe

Editorial - Posted by on July 13, 2014

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Editorial: Hunger strike

Aruba’s Prime Minister Mike Eman has reverted to the near ultimate measure in an attempt to convince the kingdom that his island is entitled to decide about its budget without outside interference. Until the budget is signed, or until I am no lo

Opinion - Posted by on July 13, 2014

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Opinion: Autism: the great unknown

Dear editor, I feel the need to react to the article you published yesterday on page 4 of your newspaper under the headline Autism – the great unknown. My experience after 1.5 year working with two  groups of children with challenges in an e

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 13, 2014

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Aruba’s PM Mike Eman on hunger strike over budget row

“Until the budget is signed or until I am no longer there” ORANJESTAD – Aruba’s Prime Minister Mike Eman goes on hunger strike over the conflict with Governor Fredis Refunjol and the Kingdom Council of Ministers about the 2014 budget. “I

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2014

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Postulation Day becomes a party after slow start

St. Maarten /By Hilbert Haar  – Postulation Day has at times been a rowdy affair with hundreds of supporters accompanying the party of their choice to the government Administration Building. Somehow, this time around things were different, more su

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2014

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UP-candidate declines to comment on possible prosecution: Maria Buncamper-Molanus stays mum

St. Maarten - UP-candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus reacted after all to this newspaper's questions about the status of her legal predicaments. Well after midnight, so in the early morning hours of Friday her PR-manager Mike Granger responded to the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2014

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Tourist injured in attempt to foil robbery

St. Maarten - One tourist can count himself lucky that he did not sustain more bodily harm after he was assaulted by a group of men that carried out a brazen smash and grab attack at Dazzling Gems, on Front Street yesterday. However, rapid respons

Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Opinion: Questions (to Maria Buncamper-Molanus) unanswered

Feel free to ask anything, UP-candidate # 21 Maria Buncamper-Molanus said on Tuesday evening at the party’s candidate event. A day later, she repeated this in a press statement that we publish today. So we sent her PR-manager Mike Granger yester

Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Opinion: In limbo

The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association has sounded the alarm over the St. Maarten Tourism Authority – and not without reason. For the past twenty years, successive governments have discussed this issue, and the result is zero – zip.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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CPA and CPC drop out of the elections

St. Maarten – The count is down to six parties for the August 29 elections, after the Concordia Political Alliance decided to join forces with the National Alliance and citizens for positive change decided to drop out of the race entirely. Jeffrey

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Avril Gumbs: “Politicians should look at the way people live”

Grassroots Voices kicks off today St. Maarten – This afternoon at 5.30 p.m. the new radio program Grassroots Voices kicks off with host Julian Rollocks on PJD2 1300 AM. “The purpose of this program is to give a voice to low-income earners, the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association fed up with floundering tourism authority

“Time to let the private  sector pull this cart” GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is concerned whether the long awaited St. Maarten Tourism Authority (STA) will still be able to carry out the functions i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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St. Maarten Budget 2015 under pressure

Cft demands compensation of 14 million in deficits St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hassink announced on Wednesday that the draft 2015 budget will have to be balanced at around 440 million guilders. While there is still some discrepancy between th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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St. Maarten Population count lower than expected

St. Maarten – The Bureau for Statistics released last night the results of its household survey that shows that the country’s population is currently 37,224 – much lower than is generally perceived. The St. Maarten Medical Center for instance,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Autism: the great unknown

WILLEMSTAD – “Parents of autistic children often have no idea what autism is,” says Sandra Hollemans in a report by Elisa Koek on Caribisch Netwerk. Hollemans teaches at the Myrna Dovale School. Of the nine children in her care, five have a for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Former PSS-director Richardson: “I believe it when I see it”

St. Maarten - Reading the article published in the newspapers on Tuesday in which Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams indicates that she advised the Council of Ministers to comply with a judgment from the court about me is interesting,” former P

Editorial - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Editorial: Choices (upcoming elections)

Another coalition government or one-party rule? Those the options are currently going around in the minds of our politicians. The UP is after an absolute majority – and therefore one-party rule. Others are not so sure. DP-leader Wescot-Williams

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