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

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Publication integrity-report delayed until next week

St. Maarten – The publication of the integrity-report from the Wit-Committee has been delayed until next week Friday, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams informed this newspaper yesterday. The original publication date of the report plus the comm

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

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Judge Rick Smid replaces Van de Ven to handle criminal cases

St. Maarten – Judge Koos van de Ven will leave his post at the court in Philipsburg per October 1 and return to the Netherlands where he will start working for the court in Amsterdam, the Common Court of Justice said in a press release yesterday. J

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

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Today Newspaper election poll off to a good start

St. Maarten -The Today Newspaper election poll is off to a good start. Within the first couple of days - up to yesterday afternoon -758 Chippie- users had cast their vote. The Chippie mobile network facilitates the poll. Chippie-users receive a text

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

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Presentation National Mental Health Plan “Half of mental disorders begin before the age of fourteen”

St. Maarten – “There will be no more budget cuts to the subsidy for the Mental Health Foundation,” Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever said yesterday in answer to a question from this newspaper at a press conference where Virginia Asin-O

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

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Minister Lake reveals plans for Vorst estate

CAY HILL – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake revealed yesterday in a press release an image of what he envisions could be built on the Vorst property in Cay Hill. “In order for the country to move forward, one has to have a vision,” he said. The p

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

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Notary Parisius liable for damages: Court declares auction Pelican Resort void

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance has declared the auction of the Pelican Resort that took place in December 2010, invalid. In a ruling published on Tuesday, Judge Koen Luijks concluded that the buyer, Belize-based Quantum Investment Trust

Editorial - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Editorial: Diversification

More often than we’d like to hear, people casually throw out words like diversification or diversifying the local economy. Their point is that there is a need to ease St. Maarten’s heavy dependence on tourism as its main supply of income. But tha

Opinion - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Opinion: Day for the Left-handed people

Dang, yesterday I heard for the first time that August 13 is the international day for left-handed people. What are they going to come up with next? I thought. An international day for people that are addicted to Monster? Being left-handed has bee

Opinion - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Opinion: Transparent government

Dear Editor, On July 17, Mr. Gerard Richardson responded to my opinion letter about edu-tourism. I appreciate his step to respond in an open manner to an average citizen via the media. In return, please allow me to respond to the opinion letter pu

Opinion - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Opinion: Unpaid advice to voters

Tuesday night I went as usual to La Bamba's Latin Night. I danced a bachata with my daughter Laura who is for some months back on St. Maarten after sailing around the world for more than a year. It was hot and I was sweating a lot, so I decided to ta

Editorial - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Editorial: Number of cruise ship passengers and supporting them

Is it good news or bad news that the (projected) number of cruise passengers could exceed the 2 million mark this year? To the casual observer this question is a no-brainer. More tourists are good for the economy, right? Well, that depends. Fir

Opinion - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Opinion: Change? (Politicians promising)

The political complaint is now in the home stretch, and the politicians from all political parties have stepped up their rhetoric, promising “change” along with more and more free-stuff.  One of the most important issues for most of us is the do

Opinion - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Opinion: Ebola is not that contagious

Molecular biologist turned science communicator Eva Teuling writes in an op-ed in the Volkskrant why “we” do not have to fear ebola, the disease that has taken already more than a thousand lives in West Africa. Writing from a Dutch perspective he

Opinion - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Opinion: Victimizing the victim

The Amigoe in Curacao carried a remarkable story yesterday that sounds all too familiar. It is about a 31-year-old exotic dancer who “escaped” from a nightclub in San Nicolas. On further reading, it appears that the exotic dancer is actually a pr

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

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Fourth mobile telecom provider is not necessarily good news

St. Maarten – The mobile telecommunications market in St. Maarten is in for a rough ride and an uncertain future after Elwaldo Arrindell’s company Beach Mart NV obtained a concession for the exploitation of a mobile telecommunication infrastruct

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

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Local fisherman help with shark research project

St. Maarten - Locally mandated fishermen are continuing to assist the St. Maarten Nature Foundation with the tagging and releasing of juvenile sharks species in the island’s territorial waters as part of the St. Maarten Nature Foundation Shark Res

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

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Voting in Today election poll now open – Send a free text message to vote

St. Maarten – Starting today, Chippie-users will begin to receive text messages for Today’s election poll. Chippie-users will be able to express their political preference for the August 29 elections via a free text message. Today has once again

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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Unemployed father calls for support with school fees

Anonymous businessman helped him out, but there are others St. Maarten – George Antoine Hodge is an unemployed father who struggles financially. With the new school year beginning today, there are school fees to be paid. He turned to Julian Rol

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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DP removed campaign material in Belvedere, but: Roundabout billboards remain an issue

St. Maarten – The police had to intervene and in the end, the Democratic Party yielded and took down its oversized political billboard at the Belvedere roundabout on Friday. Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte said that officers had checked the situa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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Lenny Priest wants clarity about St. Maarten Medical Center

St. Maarten – Lenny Priest, leader of the One St. Maarten People Party (OSPP), has asked clarification from Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever about the possible construction of a new hospital. In a letter dated August 6 (last week Wednesd

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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UP-candidate Terry Peterson: “A vote for Frans means four more years of Laville”

St. Maarten – “A vote for Frans (Richardson – ed.) and the US Party is a vote for another unstable Romain Laville government,” Terry Peterson, the number 8 candidate on the list of the United People’s party (UP)  stated in a press release

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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Financial supervision (Cft) blames four ministries for delay in 2015 budget

St. Maarten – The 2015 budget will be ready by the end of the month, Finance Minister Martin Hassink told this newspaper last week. That is more than a month after the budget should have been submitted to the Council of Advice and to financial sup

Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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Opinion: The change we don’t need

UP-candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus put two slogans on her campaign billboard that is to be seen, amongst others, at the junction of Zagersgut Road and Coralita Road. The first one reads: The Change We Need. The second one, at the bottom, proclaims:

Editorial - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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Editorial: Budget woes of Country St. Maarten

The 2015 budget follows a familiar pattern. Like in previous years, the budget will not make the deadline of September 1, when it ought to be submitted to Parliament. The deadline for submitting the draft budget to the Council of Advice and the finan

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

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Gebe’s seniors-relief kicks in this month

St. Maarten – Gebe Managing Director Romelio Maduro announced in a press release that the relief for all registered applicants for the senior relief program will be reflected in the electricity bills for July that will be issued this month. The pr

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

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Marlin: “UP is ready to rip the people off”

National Alliance meeting draws a large crowd St. Maarten - A large crowd came out to listen to the National Alliance party candidates as they launched their first political meeting in Sucker Garden on Saturday evening. NA-leader William Marlin c

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

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Michael Ferrier furious about Leonard’s Winair-questions

St. Maarten - Michael Ferrier, former chairman of the Winair ad hoc committee, has lashed out at UP MP Johan Leonard for "recklessly endangering the jobs of 126 Winair employees". Last Friday, Leonard announced in a press release that he had sent a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Wiels murder suspect Fonseca released

WILLEMSTAD – Burney “Nini” Fonseca, a suspect in the Helmin Wiels murder trial, has been released under strict conditions, the Curacao Chronicle reported yesterday. The judge stressed, however, that he is still a suspect. He must turn in his p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Minister Lake: Vromi ready to accept responsibility for Kadaster

St. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake said yesterday that although at the moment his ministry does not have any legal responsibility over the land surveyor and registry office known as Kadaster, he is ready to take over once given the mandate b

Opinion - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Opinion: The marijuana debate

The debate about legalizing marijuana rages on the op-ed pages of the New York Times. The times has put itself squarely behind a move towards legalization, but our Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson said this week that the government is not contem

Opinion - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Opinion: Voter-fraud (An American perspective by David Firestone)

With the elections looming, and the ruling in the election fraud case coming up, the attention moves from billboards to fraud. How virulent is this phenomenon and how do you get a grip on it? David Firestone looks at this issue from the American pers

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 10, 2014

Comments Off on Court declares $1.5 million land purchase again null and void (Even though buyer has a notarial deed)

Court declares $1.5 million land purchase again null and void (Even though buyer has a notarial deed)

Corallo’s IFPS bid to halt Caravanserai auction fails St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance rejected yesterday a request by Francesco Corallo’s company International Financial Planning Services (IFPS) to halt the auction of the Caravan

Editorial - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Editorial: Long lease (Wheeling and dealing)

Follow the money. That is always a wise thing to do when things do not smell right. The court ruling that allows a local bank to continue with the auction of the Caravanserai Resort next week put long lease rights smack in the center of attention.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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MP Leonard questions PM on alleged Winair debt

St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) Party Member of Parliament is seeking answers from Winiar shareholder representative Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams about a supposed debt of $1.4 million owed to a company in Guadeloupe. Leonard said in a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Legal policy advisor takes PM to court over dubious suspension

Social Economic Council implodes under warring secretary-general St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Social Economic Council has virtually collapsed due to a conflict between its Secretary-General Gerard Richardson and legal policy advisor Arj

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