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

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Baby-killer also gets 15 years on appeal: Court underlines parliament’s failure to effectuate legislation

St. Maarten - The Common Court of Justice sentenced Dalton Danelle Le Blanc this week on appeal to 15 years of imprisonment for killing baby-boy Mark Anthony Reid Morgan in a gruesome manner on April 2 of last year in Middle Region. The judges note i

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

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Court declares interrogation by American DEA-agents unlawful

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice ruled this week that last year’s interrogation of drug smuggler John Henry Medina by agents of the American Drug Enforcement Administration was unlawful. Medina’s attorney Eldon Sulvaran asked the co

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

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Former Postal director wins lawsuit: Court upholds lien on bank accounts country and PSS

Country St. Maarten and Postal Services Sint Maarten NV lost their urgent summary proceedings against former PSS-director Denicio Richardson on all points. Judge Katja Mans denied yesterday afternoon the country’s and PSS’s request to lift the l

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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Editorial: Decision about prosecuting former minister Maria Buncamper Molanus long overdue

The Public Prosecutor’s Office has been unable to take a decision about the criminal prosecution of former Public Health Minister Maria-Buncamper-Molanus for the past three-and-a-half years, and it continues to leave this question in limbo. This

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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The Face of poverty: Adrianna’s story “What happens to me, could happen to you tomorrow”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Forty years ago she started coming from her native Antigua to St. Maarten selling vegetables, paying her own passage and taking care of herself. Now Adrianna is 74, she lives with her daughter in Belvedere and she

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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St. Maarten Parliament reconvenes on Vorst land purchase deal: More sabre rattling as election looms

St. Maarten – The plenary session of Parliament on the Vorst family land deal was reconvened yesterday. And once again the argument became sharply divided along party lines as coalition partner the Democratic Party (DP) sided with the National All

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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Total cost close to $39 million: St. Maarten Government now owns administration building

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams signed on Monday the buy-out agreement for the new government administration building on Pond Island with developer RGM. The buy-out price is $12,387,500. Together with the BOOT-fees the government

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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Fallen minister candidate for UP in August: Buncamper-Molanus seeks absolution from prosecution

St. Maarten – Former Public Health Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus has petitioned the court to order the Public Prosecutor’s Office to put an end to the uncertainty about a possible criminal investigation against her. Solicitor-General Taco Ste

Opinion - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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State of the art (hospital promised, but no consultation with Health Minister

We have the feeling that things do not really gel anymore in the coalition of the United People’s party and the Democratic Party. The upcoming elections are blowing their icy winds through the corridors of power and parties want to distinguish them

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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Opinion: St. Martin politicians: parasites

Parasites Dear editor, Let’s have an honest discussion about our leaders. I call them a parasite and if you make an accusation, in the court of law you have to prove it. A parasite (St. Martin politicians) is an organism (The native St. Marti

Opinion - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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The numbers… for the St. Maarten Government building on Pond Island

The numbers for the government administration building on Pond Island do not look good. Adding up all the numbers we have arrived at a total cost of $38.7 million – and that is an estimate. Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said yesterday that the

Opinion - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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Mindboggling decision of our Prime Minister to appeal Postal Services case

    Dear editor, The Board of the OSPP has been following with keen interest this case of the Postal Services and Mr. Denicio Richardson from the beginning to present. We never understood why he was suspended in the first place see

Editorial - Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Editorial: Education reform

The speech at by Didacus Jules at the Governor’s Symposium hit a nerve, especially when we consider that most crime on the island is committed by the young, in particular young males. The education system here, and across the region, is failing to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Pensioners present petition to St. Maarten parliament

St. Maarten - A petition regarding the concerns of the pensioners and older people was presented to the Parliament of St. Maarten, the Dutch representative, and the Council of Ministers on Monday morning. The seniors braved the heavy downpour of rain

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Third Governor’s symposium at the Westin: “Education is the foundation to sustain democratic way of life”

St. Maarten – Discussions about the best education system, the high level of dropouts, a curricular foreign to the realities of St. Maarten that does not meet the needs of the job market and the language of instruction are the main challenges to S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Keynote speaker Didacus Jules: “Failure in education is systemic”

St. Maarten – Everything is connected to everything, so there must be a whole-system approach to education,” keynote speaker Didacus Jules, director general of the organization of Eastern Caribbean States said at the governor’s symposium Educat

Opinion - Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Opinion: The Vance James jr. Causeway

Recently I got back into the habit of taking an early morning walk with my dog Hero over the causeway. I didn’t do so for several weeks due to a terrible accident my dear companion had, which almost cost him his life. Fortunately for me and the res

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Opinion: Political Hoax

The OSPP does not believe in trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the people. We call a spade a spade. Where was the UP over the last four years and when did they realize that St. Maarten needs a new hospital? The UP party has been in government

Opinion - Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Opinion: Grassroots perspective

For the third consecutive time, I was invited in my capacity as president of the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement to attend the Governor’s Symposium, which I did along with vice-president, Mr. Albert (‘Jesse’) Adams this year’s theme was

Editorial - Posted by on July 1, 2014

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Editorial: Explanation owed.

In 2012, the National Alliance had apparently no problem whatsoever with plans for the financing of a megalomaniacal $100 million Justice Park its Justice Minister Roland Duncan wanted to push through Parliament. The project fell over the insane f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2014

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Ninth edition Laugh Till Belly Burst: Chow Pow sets tone and Trixx does the trick

St. Maarten - Laughter is often referred to as to as the best medicine, but it does not necessarily have to be prescribed by a doctor, over the years comedians have mastered the art and that was evident during the ninth edition of Laugh Till Belly Bu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2014

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UP concerned about timeline new administration building

St. Maarten - The board of the United People’s (UP) party remains concerned about the opening of the new government building located on Pond Island. A bond was recently concluded via the Central Bank of Sint Maarten and Curacao. "We are close

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2014

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PM calls hospital’s lack of cooperation frustrating

“SMMC is grabbing at straws regarding possible financing structures” St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has severely criticized the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and her own Minister of Public Health Cornelius de Weever o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2014

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Terry Peterson announces UP-candidacy, distances himself from the National Alliance

St. Maarten – Terry Peterson announced this weekend that he will be a candidate for the United People’s party (UP) in the August 29 elections. In a statement that runs nearly 1,100 words, Peterson distances himself from the National Alliance and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2014

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Land dispute in parliament: From $100 to $5.5 million – how political perspectives change

This afternoon the Parliament debates the initiative by Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake to buy land from to Vorst-family in Cay Hill for $5.5 million. The opposition National Alliance has requested the meeting, because it considers the price outrageous:

Opinion - Posted by on July 1, 2014

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Opinion: What value do we attach to our national symbols?

By Fabian Ade Badejo Symbols are the sometimes the cryptic representation of a people’s values, ideals, and aspirations. They are the Morse codes by which our history, culture, and highest achievements are transmitted. No society can function pr

Opinion - Posted by on July 1, 2014

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Opinion: St. Maarten Political power game (New hospital or expansion) and political interference

The St. Maarten Medical Center has gone through turbulent times under its departed director George Scott, but the hospital seems to be rapidly heading for more controversy. The United People’s party set off the latest developments when it announ

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