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Opinion - Posted by on March 12, 2015

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Opinion by Dr. Jay B. Haviser: Defending Fort Amsterdam

As the basis of my commentary here, I remind the reader that one of the most iconic cultural sites of St. Maarten, Fort Amsterdam, was sold to a private sector entity in the 1960s. Even with our legal Monument List status designation, and restricted

Opinion - Posted by on March 12, 2015

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Opinion by Elton Jones: The farce of parity

By now everybody the world over who wished to listen or pay attention to the accusations coming out of Holland would have heard how the people in the islands are not trustworthy or capable of deciding for them what’s good for them. A repetitive lin

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Flamingo arrested after shootout in St. Peters

St. Maarten – After a shootout with several police officers on the Raspberry Road in St. Peters, a man nicknamed Flamingo and two others surrendered on Saturday evening. Flamingo is in custody as a suspect in “several criminal investigations.”

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Guyanese celebrate Phagwah

St. Maarten - The playful coloring of the body, especially the faces with Radha, is an ancient tradition by Hindu’s and in some cases non-Hindu’s worldwide. Over the past few years, the significance of the festival of colors has been growing fro

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Upgrade Dutch Quarter delayed, not forgotten

European subsidy-millions remain available until December 5 St. Maarten – What happened to the European funds St. Maarten supposedly received for the upgrading of Dutch Quarter? Former Vromi-Minister William Marlin announced at a “simply yet

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Causeway jump-up on Saturday

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) hosts its second annual causeway jump-up this upcoming Saturday. It will be the first event of the Carnival season. SCDF and its main sponsor TelEm will also host the first of four

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Freedom Salsa delivered to 18 primary schools

St. Maarten - The book delivering festivities at the Sint Maarten primary schools has come to an end. Between January and the first week of March the Beyond Writing Foundation has visited eighteen primary schools to present and delivered boxes conta

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MP Tamara Leonard calls on women to make it happen

St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Tamara Leonard says the theme of International Women’s Day “Make It Happen” is a call to women on St. Maarten and all over the world to make more happen in their communities and a call to all women to

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National Ombudsman visits Saba and Statia this week

ORANJESTAD / THE BOTTOM - The National ombudsman has visited the islands of Statia and Saba twice in 2014. Each visit saw a rise in complaints submitted by the public and another trip has been scheduled from today until Thursday. The National ombu

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BTP donates laptops to Aids Foundation

St. Maarten - Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten donated three new HP laptops, external speakers and laptop bags to the St. Maarten Aids Foundation for its “Real Talk” and “Girl Power” program last week. The Aids Foundation ne

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Committee discusses beaches, permits behind closed doors

St. Maarten - The permanent parliamentary committee for Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication will meet in a closed door session tomorrow at 2 p.m. to discuss the beach policy and public access to the country’s beaches. The

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Large field for Soca Rumble

St. Maarten - The Soca Rumble "Battle of the Best" on April 25 will feature 24 soloists and three groups or bands that will be competing in Power Soca and Groovy Soca. The winner of each section takes home $10,000. The deadline for participants t

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Reminder from Electoral Council: Political parties have to submit annual reports

St. Maarten – All eight registered political parties have to submit their annual report for 2014 to the Electoral Council before April 1, the council stated in a press release. The last day to submit these reports is Tuesday, March 31. The obli

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Road tax controls began Wednesday

St. Maarten – The Receiver’s Office announced last weekend that controls on payment of the 2015 motor vehicle tax will begin this Wednesday. “All vehicles must carry the 2015 plates and they must be visible to the police. Plates covered with

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New arrest in Wiels-investigation

WILLEMSTAD – On the Road to Fuik police arrested the 28-year-old woman A.W. last Friday morning around 8 a.m. “We are investigation her involvement in the Maximus-case,” Norman Serphos, spokesman for the Public Prosecutor’s Office, told Carib

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Peridot Foundation founder Arrindell: Affordable housing for women is still a serious issue”

St. Maarten - “First I take this opportunity to extend heartfelt congratulations to all the female participants, winners and organizers of the 35th Heineken Regatta on Sint Maarten. Happy International Women’s Day. Greetings go out as well to al

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Three robbery-suspects arrested

St. Maarten – Police arrested three youngsters – 16, 19 and 20 years of age – in Cole Bay yesterday around 6 p.m. after a report came in about a robbery at the Thai Wong supermarket on Wellington Road. Officers found two pistols in the getaway

Editorial - Posted by on March 9, 2015

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Editorial: Sad reality (Politics)

The electoral system is what it is. Hardly any candidate wins enough votes for a seat, so most MPs get their job on the strength of their party list. Should they, as political scientist Julio Romney suggests, be placed under some sort of higher su

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Opinion: Boardroom and bedroom

“IT’S easy to see how women benefit from equality — more leadership positions, better pay at work and more support at home. Men may fear that as women do better, they will do worse. But the surprising truth is that equality is good for men, too

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Opinion: Supernatural power

“I WAS sitting in a commuter train to London the first time I felt supernatural power rip through me. I was 23, and one year into my graduate training in anthropology. I had decided to do my fieldwork among educated white Britons who practiced what

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Judge: “Court not bound by guidelines gun possession”

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance offered a first glimpse at its position towards the guidelines Attorney-General Guus Schram recently issued for firearm possession. Basically, prosecutors in Curacao, St. Maarten and the BES-islands will d

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Scholar Julio Romney; “St. Maarten is not a country”

GREAT BAY – “Sint Maarten is not a country.” That statement from political scientist Julio Romney during the presentation of his book St. Maarten: Our Constituent State Constituent Framework resulted in a heated debate with Acting Governor Reyn

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Jose Lake: St. Maarten is ready for independence at next referendum

GREATBAY—St. Maarten is anticipated to take the leap to being an independent country within the next five years, president of the Independence for St. Martin Foundation Jose Lake said in a press conference yesterday. “We have seen a great incr

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Registration for Soca Rumble closed, music must be submitted Friday

St. Maarten - The promoter of the Soca Rumble "Battle of the Best" concert announced on Thursday that registration for the event is now closed. Promoter Grisha Marten said the response has been overwhelming with 25 plus registrants. She also reminde

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Romney’s draft electoral ordinance prohibits going independent

St. Maarten – Political analyst Julio Romney presented on Wednesday evening his proposal for electoral reform in the form of a draft electoral reconciliation ordinance. The draft contains two key differences with the current system. One is the way

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Labour department and TelEm meet today

St. Maarten —Officials of the Labour Department are carded to meet today with management of TelEm to discuss the Surinamese workers contracted to work for the company, allegedly without proper legal documents. Labour office representatives are

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Mathalympians get warm send off from TelEm

St. Maarten - TelEm Group gave a warm send off to a team of math students from Milton Peters College Thursday, by presenting them with some warm windbreaker jackets and a cash contribution towards their flight. The MPC math wizzes will be putting

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Officer involved shooting being investigated by Federal Police

St. Maarten - The young police officer involved in the shooting death of a young man in Belvedere on Wednesday night, has been questioned and will be questioned again as the investigation continues. However, although the officer accompanied his coll

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Dutch takes human struggling fight to Caribbean

THE HAGUE--At least one person faces deportation from the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, following human trafficking and exploitation inspections that were carried out there on Tuesday March 3. The inspections were a joint operation by the Roy

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Fuel related issue affect production at GEBE power plant

St. Maarten - Trouble with a Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Separator has been identified as the reason Utility Company NV GEBE has had to resort to load shedding during some parts of last week. Consumers in some areas have been receiving brief interruptio

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 9, 2015

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Junior Minister denies misleading parliament over drug dealer payment

THE HAGUE--Junior Justice Minister Fred Teeven has denied parliament was wrongly informed about a deal he struck with a convicted drugs dealer 15 years ago while a public prosecutor. On Wednesday, television current affairs show Nieuwsuur reported th

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Minister Connor and Chamber to better synchronize efforts

St. Maarten - Minister of TEATT Claret Connor met with the board of the Chamber of Commerce based on a February 15th request, and according to reports from the Chamber, the minister outlined his vision on economic development and the role of COCI.

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 9, 2015

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Open atelier route brings art closer to the people

WILLEMSTAD – That visitors and artists engage in conversation with each other, that is the most important thing during the third Open Atelier Route in Curacao, Sofie Custers reports on Caribisch Netwerk. Visitors get the opportunity to pose all the

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E-book workshop at the library Thursday

St. Maarten -  On Thursday, March 12th, the library will host another informative workshop on how to download e-books from the library’s website. “Come and learn about the PJ library’s great selection of E-books, available free of charge to a

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Curacaos Prime Minister Ivar Asjes meets with Bert Koenders to talk about Venezuela

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – During his working visit to Netherlands, Prime Minister Ivar Asjes had a conversation with the Kingdom Foreign Relations Minister Bert Koenders, on the situation in Venezuela. Minister Koenders recently indicated in a let

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