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

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Government ready to pay former PSS-director

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams confirmed yesterday that the Council of Ministers has decided to pay former Postal Services managing director Denicio Richardson what is due to him based on a court ruling from June 17. The ruling

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

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St. Maarten Government Draft 2015-budget misses deadline

St. Maarten – The government will most likely not meet the deadline for the 2015 budget. Finance Minister Martin Hassink said at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing that the chance is small, because there is still a gap of 25 million

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

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UP-candidate Claret Connor promotes Economic Park

St. Maarten – A strong economy is the basis for the vision UP-candidate Claret Connor – currently the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce – has for St. Maarten. Yesterday, the day after the UP presented all of its candidates during a

Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: A master narrative

Dear Editor, The representation of Senator Obama as “the first black President to be” was a master narrative but the tallest of tales. Now, with hindsight, it is crystal clear that the failure of Mrs. Clinton; and later, of the Republicans, to

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

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Opinion: Mission Impossible (can UP party get the majority of votes?)

The United People’s party has made one thing clear: it is done with coalition governments. The question that remains of course is whether coalition governments are done with the UP. Let’s run the numbers and see where we end up. The National A

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2014

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CIBC First Caribbean Bank, Cole Bay bank branch robbed

St. Maarten – Three armed men robbed the CIBC/First Caribbean Bank branch on Welfare Road in Cole Bay yesterday morning between 9:50 am and 10 am, police confirmed. They said they received several phone coming into the Police Central Dispatch repo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2014

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The face of poverty: James Maduro’s story “How do they expect me to live?”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – James Maduro is not one to complain, but he loves to tell stories with a glint in his eyes. The 72-year old lives in Belvedere - wheelchair-bound after losing both of his legs to diabetes-induced gangrene. “The d

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2014

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UP-leader Theo Heyliger presents candidates: “There must not be another coalition”

St. Maarten - A large crowd came out last night for the first public event of this election summer in Pointe Blanche on the parking lot across from the Tropical Shipping company - the presentation of the 23 candidates on the list of Theo Heyliger's

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2014

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Opinion: Politics for the rich

As the leader of the Concordia Political Alliance, I have realized that we have laws whereby only big parties and most of all rich parties would be able to contest elections here for parliament on St. Martin. First of all to prove that what I’m

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2014

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Opinion: New generation hurricane

In a feature release last week, the World Bank stated that rising sea levels caused by global warming are forcing Caribbean countries to prepare themselves better to face severe weather events. Arthur, the first hurricane of 2014, hit the eastern

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2014

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Opinion: Different approach

Politics must be accessible to all. That sounds good and sympathetic, but is it really? Jeffrey Richardson answers the question elsewhere on this page: politics is for the rich and for the big parties, he says. If you have great ideas but no money, y

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2014

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Correction: Gebe relief program for senior citizens

Ah, we missed that one. The relief program Gebe offers to senior citizens aged 62 or older gives the invoiced amount as a reduction to consumers who have less than 200 guilders on their invoice. We mistakenly wrote that these consumers get no relief

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Emilio Wilson Estate owners take government back to court

St. Maarten – The owners of the Emilio Wilson Estate will go back to court if the government does not make the agreed down payment by July 31, Mark Meijjer, the attorney for the owners, stated in a press release. The owners, Henri Brookson and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Board of Financial Supervion (Cft) warns Minister Hassink

Insufficient information: no budget-approval St. Maarten – The Board for financial supervision (Cft) has warned Finance Minister Martin Hassink that the draft budget 2015 has to meet specific requirements. “If the Cft does not have sufficient

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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St. Maarten Carnival cleaner wants her money

SCDF keeps 60-year old waiting since May 5 St. Maarten – Florentina Segura was happy to get a job again as a cleaning contractor in the Festival village during this year’s Carnival season. But her happiness has soured considerably, because af

Opinion - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Opinion: G.E.B.E’s 62+ relief program

Is it going to be a relief or a headache? We’re not sure about this, after utility company Gebe announced in a press release that it had received all applications for its 62+-relief program. Maybe it is just us, but the information we receive about

Opinion - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Opinion: One way ticket

One way ticket Postulation Day is rapidly approaching and so far, the ministry of justice has issued no guidelines. That could still come of course – better late than never – but still, one would expect a more pro-active approach these days in

Opinion - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Opinion: Back to court

As was already made public in the daily newspapers of June 26, the owners of the Emilio Wilson Estate offered to make a donation of  $1 million out of the purchase price to be received to be distributed amongst community projects in return for a fix

Editorial - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Editorial: 58 days waiting to get paid

We do not doubt the good intentions of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, but we do question its wisdom and prudence. Our front-page story about the cleaning lady who has been waiting since May 5 to be paid for her services shows tha

Opinion - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Opinion: Postulation Day (Some candidates with a solid history, and some with a dark history)

Among all the horses that will enter the race for fifteen seats in parliament on August 29, there are a couple of candidates with a solid history in terms of winning votes. There are also several dark horses – some with a history that shows they ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Man arrested after police chase

St. Maarten – A man was arrested last Friday after a police chase in Middle Region. He is believed to be the same suspect that escaped police custody after another high speed car chase the day before, police said. At the Philipsburg police station

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Donated prescription glasses go a long way: “It saved my life”

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – “Thanks to Port de Plaisance and all those people who called me,” Swinda Abram said yesterday at the Today office. Abram was accompanied by two other women, C. Christopher and Jaquiline Pemberton, who also recei

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Council of Ministers to discuss Vorst family land deal

St. Maarten -  Prime Minister Sarah Wescott-Williams discussed the ongoing land purchase issue with the public during her live radio call in show One on One with the Prime Minister last Friday on 98.1. The Prime Minister explained that the issue wil

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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8 political parties registered for elections

St. Maarten -All 8 political parties that applied for registration to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections have been registered by the Electoral Council. These parties are now eligible to run in the parliamentary elections on August 2

Editorial - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Editorial: Reform

The statements made by the Prime Minister about the Council of Ministers left us both disturbed and surprised. That there is the possibility under our chosen system of government for ministers to not know what the other is doing once their budgets ha

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Editorial: Responsibility

Responsibility Former PSS-managing director Denicio Richardson threatens to become the victim of a power game played by the government and its postal services. The story of Richardson’s unlawful suspension and subsequent departure in 2013 is

Opinion - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Opinion: Black experience

Novelist, biographer and author of “Sparta” Roxana Robinson hit a nerve with the following op-ed published in the New York Times. The piece triggered almost 170 reactions. An interesting topic that will also ring plenty of bells in St. Maarten.

Opinion - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Opinion: Government building disaster

Dear Editor, Around the millennium several Island Council members had the wonderful idea of building a Government Administration Building on Pond Island. In essence a good idea from a financial standpoint. Their reasoning given at the time: thi

Opinion - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Opinion: Reckless spending of taxpayer’s money

Dear editor, As a taxpayer of this country it leaves me no other choice than to speak out when the taxpayer’s money is being abused. The land deal in Cay Hill that the Minister of Vromi committed Country St. Maarten to, is in my humble opinion,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Suspect escapes: High speed chase ends in crash

St. Maarten – A high speed police chase ensued yesterday morning around 10 am after a driver in a darkly tinted white Nissan Almera, with license plate 5184 AAB, refused to stop when asked by police. The patrol was at the crossing of Zagers Gut Roa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Postal Services unable to pay damages to former director

Court rules on liens placed on government bank accounts St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance will rule this afternoon on a request by Country Sint Maarten and Postal Services St. Maarten NV (PSS) to lift the lien on their bank accounts. Fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Tamara Leonard’s message after breast cancer diagnosis: “Stop being shy about it, you did nothing wrong”

St. Maarten – Tamara Leonard announced at a press conference yesterday that she has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. The former President of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and candidate for the United Peop

Opinion - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Opinion: Shameful that government appealed the court ruling of former Post director

Shameful Politicians in both the executive and legislative branch of government sure do love to talk about giving young, educated St. Maarteners a chance, but they don’t always walk the walk. Case in point: Denicio Richardson. The young St. M

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Opinion: no zoning plan

St. Maarten is struggling with its zoning plans. That has been going on for years and there is no end in sight. While our government is deeply ensconced in drawing up all those little rules its citizenry will have to abide by, the new town of Almere,

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 6, 2014

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Opinion: What happened? Nothing

The tragic killing of Mark Anthony Reid Morgan would have brought closure to the bereaved family – in as far as closure is possible for such a heartbreaking event – if only legislators had done their job. The Common Court of Justice confirmed thi

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