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

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Confusion about annual accounts from subsidized foundations 

MHF: “We submit documents every year” St. Maarten – That the board for financial supervision has not received annual accounts from foundations that receive annual government subsidies is in most cases not due to those foundations. This appe

Opinion - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Opinion: Easy bedfellows (Plastkerk and Integrity, realities of political life is that good governance is only an ideal )

We expect good governance and transparency from the Dutch. But Stolte, Isabella and now the secret appointment of a very senior civil servant for the RCN in Bonaire have ruined that perception, Curacao Chronicle writes in a column that bears no auth

Opinion - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Opinion: An uneducated guess

Our front page story about an ugly power struggle at the Social Economic Council is about more than the uncertainty this has brought to its legal policy advisor Arjen Alberts. It is about the integrity and the unshakable solidity of an institution th

Editorial - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Editorial: Fallout (Malaysia Airlines flight MH17) EU/US Impose Sanctions, Russia counters with Sanctions as well

How quickly the attention has faded from the disaster with the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in the Ukraine. The fallout of this human tragedy now continues on the political stage. The European Union and the United States have imposed

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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UP-candidate suspect in money-laundering investigation: Prosecution gets three months for Buncamper-Molanus probe

St. Maarten – United People’s party candidate number 21, Maria Buncamper-Molanus remains the subject of a criminal investigation. The Judge of instruction decided yesterday that the prosecutor’s office has to complete the investigation into su

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Lake’s help to fire victims irritates Minister De Weever

St. Maarten – “We have seen politicians who exploit the system for political mileage and interfere in the process, which makes our job more difficult,” Minister Cornelius de Weever (Public Health, Social Development and Labor) said at yesterday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin released

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The Judge of Instruction in Curacao released former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin yesterday morning, because there are insufficient reasons to prolong his detention, Elisa Koek reports on Caribisch Netwerk. Jamaloodin

Editorial - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Editorial: Roundabouts

What exactly is the perimeter of a roundabout? Believe it or not, opinions differ on this little matter. The Democratic Party has taken the view that the campaign billboard it has erected in Belvedere near the Delta Petroleum gas station is not stand

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: A big loss

Dear editor, The newspaper is a source not only that presents your opinion but also facts that will foster general knowledge to the people of St. Martin. People are confused and do not understand how politicians can leave from one political party

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: Perspectives

Elections are around the corner and, as is the habit every four years, suddenly all kinds of citizens have all kinds of opinions about all kinds of other people. We bicker about where campaign billboards are allowed to be, and where they should not b

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: The clock is ticking

Although, they are not (yet) openly admitting such, an increasing number of politicians in all parties and on both sides of the island are recognizing the importance to define, recognize and create special provisions for native, indigenous St. Martin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Projection: sharp decline in armed robberies

St. Maarten – The crime figures for the first four months of the year are looking relatively good. Extrapolated for the whole year, they show a sharp decline in armed robberies – after murder the most unsettling crimes the island experiences eve

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Milanese prosecutors want to take Corallo to court

GREAT BAY – Atlantis World Group and BPlus Giocolegale beneficial owner Francesco Corallo is one of sixteen suspects the Milanese prosecutors Roberto Pellicano and Mauricio Clerici want to take to court for conspiracy and embezzlement, the Italian

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Defense: false confession from wife of Wiels murderer

WILLEMSTAD – The wife of the man accused of murdering Helmin Wiels made ​​the incriminating statements about her husband in anger, according to Olga Saleh-Kostrzewski, the lawyer of Elvis “Monster" Kuwas. According to the lawyer, Kuwas’

Editorial - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Editorial: Troubled youth

Most of the crime committed on the island is by males, specifically young males. The initiative to intervene in the lives of socially vulnerable youth is a good one, and hopefully the fruits of such an initiative will be felt. How effective the progr

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: Ganja and schizophrenia

People who oppose legalization of marijuana routinely raise the possibility that marijuana may cause or exacerbate episodes of psychosis, including schizophrenia. This is hardly settled science, but it’s not necessarily bogus, either, Philip M. Bof

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: Regulating the soft drug market

As voters and lawmakers in more states decide to legalize marijuana, policy makers will have to answer a fresh and difficult question: How should governments regulate the production and sale of the drug? Vikas Bajaj examines this question in an op-ed

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Something is the matter with my child: The ‘Spectrum’ aspect of Autism.

By Myriam Haar - Why is it called “Spectrum”? The updated 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual on Mental Health Disorders (5th edition or DSM-5), the universal authority for psychiatric diagnosis in the United States classifies Autism Spectrum

Editorial - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Editorial: Undue delay of court cases

Things are the way they are and so it is for the investigations that the National Detective Agency cranks out. Understaffing, limited resources and more urgent matters – they all play somehow against the proper administration of justice. Yesterd

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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DP blames UP and NA for hurricane season elections

St. Maarten – The Theo Heyliger / National Alliance coalition is to blame for the fact that elections in St. Maarten take place during the hurricane season. That is the position of Prime Minister and leader of the Democratic Party Sarah Wescot-Wil

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Election fraud trial: Prosecution wants to revoke voting rights all defendants

St. Maarten – The prosecution has demanded conditional prison sentences, community service and revoking the active voting rights of the four suspects in the 2010 election fraud case. From one suspect, UP-representative Roy H., the prosecution also

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Prosecutor: “This is absolutely not a witch hunt” Attorneys want acquittal for all election fraud defendants

St. Maarten – The attorneys for the four defendants in the 2010 election fraud case all zeroed in on the fact that the prosecution had exceeded the reasonable term for bringing the case to court, and they all asked the court to declare the prosecut

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Prosecution takes election fraud serious: “Defendants put integrity police and country at risk”

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij called the election fraud that allegedly took place in 2010 is a serious wrong. “All defendants work for the police. They should be role models and stay far from morally reprehensible behavior. They put

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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DP presents platform on education: Life-long learning in thinking schools

St. Maarten - The Democratic Party presented its party platform on education on Monday. The party’s vision is predicated on the belief that the development of human resources is vital to the island’s economic development. The focus of the Democr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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To protect sea turtles during nesting season, Nature Foundation announces ban on beach bonfires

St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation, with the support of the fire department, is warning not to light beach bonfires on beaches during the sea turtle nesting season. The fire department for some two years has restricted the issuing of permits for bea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Outpouring of sympathy for deceased unionist Pantophlet

St. Maarten – Unionists and politicians expressed their respects to unionist Patricia Pantophlet who passed away last weekend in Colombia at the age of 57. “Deeply saddened by the passing of a great trade union leader, Patricia Pantophlet, si

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Shouting match with Marvelyne Wiels marks the beginning of Magnus-trial

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Press, family and a small group of curious people gathered yesterday morning at the courthouse in Punda, Jean Mentens reports on Caribisch Netwerk. Fifteen months after the assassination of politician Helmin Wiels the trial in

Opinion - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Opinion: It takes two to tango (Clean elections, clean voting, no vote buying)

It is of course odd, and for some unfortunate, that the election fraud case from 2010 was in court yesterday. The verdicts will be pronounced four days before the elections and they will have, no matter what the outcome is, an effect on the elections

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

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Fire guts four apartments in St. Peter’s

St. Maarten - A large fire gutted at least four apartments in a building complex in St. Peter’s Saturday. Both the fire department and police were dispatched to the area to contain the blaze and ensure the safety of residents. The fire broke out ab

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

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Prime Minister reacts to UP leader:  “No ministerial elections in our constitution”

St. Maarten - “Already you hear politicians and aspiring politicians saying that vote for me and I will be Prime Minister of St. Maarten. That is not what the people of St. Maarten are voting for; they will be voting for the fifteen Members of Pa

Opinion - Posted by on August 4, 2014

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Editorial: Serious flaw (On St. Maarten, parliament cannot fire a Minister)

No political system in the world is perfect, but usually when glaring problems are revealed in the system, its theorists and pundits analyze and critique it, and political players make changes to it. But not here it seems, if its participants even un

Opinion - Posted by on August 4, 2014

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Opinion: Medical tourism

Dear Editor, Some weeks ago I wrote an opinion letter about edu-tourism and why I think that it is something that St. Maarten should engage in. Medical tourism has many similarities with edu-tourism. To mention a few: it attracts foreign currency,

Opinion - Posted by on August 4, 2014

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Opinion: Professor Amadou (Clairvoyant)

The Health Inspectorate has woken up to the fact that mystic magicians like Professor Amadou and Mr. Keita, who present himself as a bespectacled medium, are advertising their trade. Professor Amadou has been around like forever, even though his a

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

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Parents reflect as life changing journey begins for 80 St. Maarten students going to The Netherlands

St. Maarten / By Milton G Pieters - Saying goodbye is not exactly an easy task for parents, especially when that girl or boy is the only child, but considering what they are about to undertake, it’s a sacrifice worth the wait. It was a bitter s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 3, 2014

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Cft warns that government entities have to follow the rules: Massive failure to file annual accounts

St. Maarten – The board for financial supervision Cft has not received a single 2013 annual financial account from government-owned companies and foundations. In a letter to Finance Minister Martin Hassink dated July 4, the Cft demands that the mi

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