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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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Ministers are indecisive, Minister Lake says

St. Maarten – V.R.O.M.I. Minister Maurice Lake says the indecisiveness within the Council of Ministers is costing government money and sending the wrong message to the youth. “A case in point is Denicio Richardson, former Head of Postal Servi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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National Alliance: hold Minister Lake liable for Vorst Estate land purchase

St. Maarten - National Alliance says UP’s Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake should be held liable for his wrongdoings in the Vorst Estate land deal and for putting the people of St. Maarten in unnecessary expense of having to pay for the significantly ov

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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National Alliance: focus on realistic achievements

St. Maarten – The National Alliance (NA) plans to focus on responsible, attainable and realistic achievements for residents by addressing the issues that directly affect the people of St. Maarten in the next governing period, the party said in a pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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Zebec sues Mingo for $100 million over stalled Harbor Village project

St. Maarten – Zebec Development NV filed a $100 million claim against the Harbor Group of Companies and its Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo for breach of contract, the company stated in a press release. “While we regret having to resort to thi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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Like four years ago – the results next Friday could be different: Today Newspaper poll gives UP majority of votes

St. Maarten – The votes are in, and boy, did Chippie-users grab the opportunity to make their political preference known. Today’s partner in this project, telecom provider UTS received no less than 1,269 text messages from Chippie-users who respo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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St. Maarten’s justice Minister Richardson announces resistance to Kingdom Council of Ministers

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson called on the Governments of Aruba and Curacao yesterday to join St. Maarten on its position not to execute any more decisions by the Kingdom Council of Ministers that violate the law. “The disc

Opinion - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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Elco Rosario: The state of our Nation of Law

Of the reactions to my article of last weekend published in Today under the heading  "Left Behind" the prevailing ones were: 1) government must immediately correct the great injustice caused to this young Sint Maarten student and 2) don’t co

Opinion - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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Opinion: Puff or pass? (Legalization of marijuana)

Any parliamentarian worth his or her salt will fight the legalization of marijuana tooth and nail. One of the responsibilities of a parliamentarian is to help uphold the constitution. (Case in point: Chapter 2,  Article 18 - 1. It shall be the

Opinion - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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Opinion: Mindful moments on emotional education

Mindfulness is tuning into your inside as you operate on the outside. It is the validating of your experience as you have it. It is acknowledging and accepting things as they are or noticing that you do not accept things as they are. Just imagine

Editorial - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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Editorial: St. Maarten Government embracing integrity report

That the government embraces the integrity report from the Wit-committee sounds like a piece of good news. If the government supports “99.9 percent” of the recommendations it feels like there is real change in the air. The way Prime Minister W

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Doing the right things right: Wit-committee presents 40 integrity-recommendations

St. Maarten – Doing the right things right, the final report from the Committee Integer Public Administration chaired by Justice Bob Wit, was leaked to the media yesterday morning from the email-address integritysxm@gmail.com. The leaked version,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten take a stand: “No government can be the judge of its own actions”

St. Maarten – The Presidents of the Parliaments of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten and their respective committees for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations adopted two resolutions during their meeting on Monday. Yesterday they presented the resolution

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Central Bank presents its annual report: Deficits declining, but monitor debt to GDP level

St. Maarten – President of the Central Bank Emsley Tromp said yesterday in press conference that if the current trend continues with St. Maarten’s budget, there will be a “positive and healthy situation soon, with a surplus on the budget.” T

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Opinion by Elco Rosario: The state of our Nation of Law

Of the reactions to my article of last weekend published in Today under the heading  Left Behind the prevailing ones were: 1) government must immediately correct the great injustice caused to this young Sint Maarten student and 2) don’t count on

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Opinion: Historic heritage motions

Dear Editor, In February of 2013 Member of Parliament Frans Richardson called to assure me that he believes in and fully supports the efforts of Sint Maarten Pride Foundation, Epic and the Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation to safeguard and properly

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Opinion: Back to court (Denicio Richardson, ex postal director)

Having been in courts already three times to defend myself on the matter surrounding my settlement package as the former Director for Postal Services St. Maarten NV (PSS) Office, both Government and PSS are taking me back to courts for a fourth time

Editorial - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Editorial: Uphill battle (fixing St. Maarten’s integrity deficiencies)

That someone chose of all options the integrity report from the Wit-Committee as a potential weapon to damage political opponents says something about how integrity is understood in St. Maarten. From what this newspaper has been able to divine fro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Man shot dead Sunday morning

St. Maarten – A man was killed early Sunday morning just outside the Roof Top nightclub in after an apparent shoot out between him and others. Junior Bertin Maurice aka “Juice Boy” was gunned down around 5 am in the club’s parking lot on the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Indian Ambassador to Venezuela visits: Indian Merchants Association snubs Parliament

St. Maarten – In what appears to be a political move, the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) snubbed the Governor and Members of Parliament, including President Gracita Arrindell, on the first visit of the Indian Ambassador to Venezuela, Smita Pur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Lively political debate on Laser 101: Connor (UP) estimates gray economy to be 50 percent

St. Maarten – “The government has a debt of 500 million guilders to the Netherlands, and 200 million to creditors. The 2015 budget is expected to be around 465 million. Unemployment is 11.5 percent. It is your first day in office. What will you d

Opinion - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Opinion by Leopold James: Rotten apples

Allow me to make the following pledge towards all the parties and their candidates, who are participating in the upcoming Parliamentary elections, slated for August 29. In all my comments, as president of the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement,

Opinion - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Opinion: Our Kind of People

While politicians in St. Maarten almost collectively turned their backs on a Central Committee meeting where Justice Minister Dennis Richardson presented his view on the crime situation on the island, the Parliament in Curacao did the opposite. The A

Editorial - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Editorial: Benefit of the doubt

We hope that it was not intentional that the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) didn’t officially invite both Governor Holiday and President of Parliament to their Independence Day celebration tonight with the presence of Ambassador Purushottam, be

Editorial - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Editorial: Done nothing

Two things made us take notice in the paper today. One is the statement from the Democratic Party wanting to eliminate the turnover tax, and the other are the remarks made by former President of Parliament and National Alliance candidate Rodolphe Sam

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Level of political debate SHTA mixer disappoints

St. Maarten - The political mixer organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel began with a disappointment when the leader of the United St. Maarten party did not show up. Prime Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Polling stations increased to 20

St. Maarten - There has been an increase in the number of polling stations for the upcoming elections slated for August 29. This was announced by the chairman of the Central Voting Bureau Jason Rogers at a press conference at the Government Administ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Unacceptable detention conditions give teenaged burglar his freedom

St. Maarten – A 17-year-old boy regained his freedom yesterday, after the Court in First Instance sentenced him to the 130 days of imprisonment he had already served for two attempted burglaries at a timeshare resort. The prosecution demanded 20 m

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion by Leopold James: Growing concern

Reliable information reaching our movement clearly indicates that there is a growing concern within the UP-party of Theo Heyliger about a number of issues. One of these issues is that some candidates on the UP-list are increasingly feeling very un

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion: Roundabouts and election propaganda

The definition of a roundabout seems to escape some of the candidates that are vying for a $125,000+ job for the next four years in our Parliament. The Democratic Party has reluctantly removed a billboard from the roundabout in Belvedere, and Miguel

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion: Very very strange (Emilio Wilson Estate)

On June 30 the budget amendment 2014 was scheduled to be handled by Parliament. That meeting could not go through due to lack of a quorum. Next to the President, only three other Members of Parliament were present. According to MP William Marlin the

Editorial - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Editorial: Racist vandalism

People have vandalized public property since time immemorial and come election time it’s expected that rival and immature supporters of different political factions will attempt to deface their opponents. We don’t condone such actions, of course,

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion by Elco Rosario: Left behind (study financing)

  Juliy would have loved so much to be on the students’ plane that left Sint Maarten on August 3. Not only because of the study financing had she requested from her government to help her among others with the ticket to go to Holland. Also

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion on the elections: Refreshing the memory

Dear Editor, In time of elections, it is always good to refresh the memory of the citizens of this island and compare the performance of politicians when the survivability of this island was at stake. Such a time for me was in September 1995, w

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion on the elections: Three hot topics

Citizens for Positive Change (CPC) may have pulled out of the elections, but it does not mean that the movement has gone to ground in idleness. On the contrary, the CPC-Facebook page has by now collected almost 1,400 likes, so it is fair to say that

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Romaine McNeil – Ambrosia at Axum Art Café

St. Maarten – She is showcasing her art work for the next two weeks at Mosera’s Axum Art Café on Front Street. On Thursday evening Romaine McNeil unveiled her pieces to the St. Maarten public. Her exhibition is called Ambrosia, a collection of

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