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

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Health authorities monitoring deadly Ebola outbreak closely

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Public Health Cornelius de Weever said on Thursday that public health authorities at the Ministry of Public Health are closely monitoring the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, adding that Ebola does not pose an

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

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Former Mayor Fleming endorses wife and speaks of island unity

St. Maarten - Former St. Martin Mayor Albert Fleming shared his vision for the unification of the northern French side and southern Dutch side of the island. “I am a people person and I love my country,” said Fleming. “Things on the French sid

Editorial - Posted by on August 3, 2014

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Editorial: Annual accounts (of subsidies to foundations)

The government does not have a good track record when it comes to subsidies – and that is being kind. The subsidy ordinance contains one simple rule: entities that request subsidies on an annual basis have to submit an annual financial report over

Opinion - Posted by on August 3, 2014

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Opinion: Old age pensions

Everyone working in SXM pays AOV to the SZV. This fund is a solidarity fund. The working class pays for those who are on pension. The pension amount is set at 1,000 guilders. The basis for receiving this pension is the number of years a person is reg

Opinion - Posted by on August 3, 2014

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Opinion: The marijuana myth

The New York Times has thrown itself full speed on the marijuana debate. This week, the newspaper’s op-ed pages were filled with a thorough overview of the impact this soft drug could have. “For Michele Leonhart, the administrator of the Drug

Opinion - Posted by on August 3, 2014

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Opinion: Election campaign rules a travesty – DP Aplauds them, however disobeys them as well

On Thursday, the Democratic Party applauded the campaign rules Justice Minister Dennis Richardson has put in place. On Friday, the party erected a huge campaign billboard at the Belvedere roundabout smack in front of Roy Marlin’s Delta Petroleum ga

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

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The campaign promises of 2010: Second hospital-plan is already four years old

St. Maarten – The campaign promises are flying far and wide again in the run-up to the August 29 elections. How did our political parties do in 2010? What did they promise and what became of it? Let’s begin with an obvious example: the claim

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

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Quarter of the population is without medical insurance

St. Maarten – Between 20 and 25 percent of the population still does not have healthcare insurance, Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever said at a press briefing of the Democratic Party yesterday. The numbers are improving, because in the rec

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

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 UP-candidate wants end to possible prosecution: Maria Buncamper-Molanus to court on Monday

St. Maarten – The Judge of Instruction will handle the request by United People’s party candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus to terminate a possible criminal investigation against her on Monday afternoon. The hearing takes place behind closed doors

Opinion - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Opinion: True arrogance (of a political party leader)

When on the campaign trail or even outside of campaigning time, you always hear how arrogant William Marlin is. His so-called arrogance is the loudest rallying cry of the other political parties. Now no man is perfect but most of us that know William

Opinion - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Opinion: Manufacturing a scandal (influencing the elections)

Sometimes political scandals are genuine scandals. They are what they appear on the surface: wrongdoing by people in influential positions who have overstepped their bounds or behaved inappropriately. But the world is rarely so clear cut, rarely so b

Editorial - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Golden rule in assessing politicians promises: if something sounds too good to be true…

As our front page article shows, not all promises political parties make before an election become a reality. Not by a long shot. There are all kinds of reasons for this. Government fall, as we have witnessed during the now almost complete term of

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