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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Demand 5 years for beating up little girl

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Tineke Kamps demanded 5 years imprisonment yesterday against 37-year-old Angelo P. for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year-old girl on May 15 of this year. Of the demand, 2 years are conditional and the prosecutor asked the

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St. Maarten Government publishes reaction to Wit-report: Parliament gets to play its part in integrity actions      

St. Maarten – The Council of Minister published yesterday its reaction to Doing the Right Things Right, the report from the Wit-Committee about Integrity in Public Administration. The reaction shows indeed that the government has embraced the repor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Prosecution appeals class justice ruling

St. Maarten – The prosecution filed an appeal yesterday against the ruling in the 2010 election fraud case (the so-called Masbangu investigation). On Monday, the court declared the prosecution inadmissible in the prosecution of three suspects who a

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Investigation at Prosecutor’s office

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson will consult with the chairman of the Law Enforcement Council– former Lt. Governor Franklyn Richards – about a possible investigation into the practice of class justice within the Public Prosecut

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: UP Party causes real estate bubble

Dear Editor, The UP led government has created a real estate bubble that will burst and hurt many real estate investors. Let us take a look at the real estate transaction by Minister Lake of the UP party from an auditor’s view: Before a minis

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: Political wolves

Dear Editor, While watching the political debate on TV Sunday night, I taught I was watching a first-grade question and answer class. All candidates were seated in a row about six inches apart. If one only moved their elbows a little, they would b

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: God and the constitution

Dear Editor, Thank God for the persons who had the good sense to incorporate the following statement as the first line of the preamble of our constitution. WE, THE PEOPLE OF SINT MAARTEN CONFIRMING that we recognize the guiding principles of Al

Editorial - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Editorial: Missed opportunity by Prosecutor’s Office

The prosecutor’s office missed a golden opportunity to save its reputation when it announced yesterday that is has appealed the verdict in the Masbangu-case. On Monday, four defendants accused of election fraud walked out of the courthouse without

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Court allows hearing additional witnesses in Bada Bing case

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance granted yesterday morning close to all requests defense attorneys made last week in the run-up to the Bada Bing bribery trial that is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2015. The court referred the ca

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UP party inadmissible in quest for complete voting register

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance declared the United People’s party and its president Sylvia Meyers-Olivacce inadmissible yesterday in a lawsuit that the party filed in an effort to obtain a full copy of the voters register. The UP, r

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Too close for comfort

St. Maarten - Politicians are not top of the class when it comes to abiding by the rules and that is no secret. The general permit Justice Minister Dennis Richardson published on July 14 states for instance that it is prohibited to place campaign mat

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: Voters register

The attempt by the United People’s party to obtain a copy of the voters register stranded yesterday on formal grounds – the attorneys dragged the wrong parties to court. Maybe there will be a second attempt today, but the lawsuit seems to be pret

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: Mindful moments on mirroring

Mindfulness is paying attention nonjudgmentally. Mindfulness promotes morality, kindness, and the ability to stay with your body, so hence make better decisions for your person and others around you. Our minds are constantly on a journey weaving betw

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Opinion: Mentorship program

Dear Editor, I see the need for mentoring our young people, call it a Big Brother/Sister program if you like - the investment of an adult's time, resources, energy, in the life of young people. I call it living life with an impressionable pre-teen

Editorial - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Editorial: Manifestos

With Election Day approaching rapidly, the electorate has to make up its mind and determine which party is the best option for the next four years. We have no rightwing, leftwing or green parties in St. Maarten and the manifestos the parties have