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Opinion - Posted by on August 14, 2015

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The Council of Ministers: Tough talk

The Council of Ministers showed its teeth yesterday during its first press briefing since taking office on December 19 of last year. The gloves were off, and one minister after the other came out swinging with firm statements, some directed at that f

Editorial - Posted by on August 14, 2015

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Editorial: Stunning facts of Gerard Bouman visit

Justice Minister Dennis Richardson presented what happened in July during his meeting with Gerard Bouman, the chief of the national police in the Netherlands as a matter of fact. But those facts were stunning. Before the summer, Richardson signed

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Bouman persona non grata in St. Maarten: Dutch police chief offends Justice Minister Richardson

  Police Chief Gerard Bouman is no longer welcome at the justice ministry. Photo contributed. St. Maarten – Gerard Bouman, the chief of the national police in the Netherlands is no longer welcome at the ministry of justice in St. Maarten.

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Emotional PM Marcel Gumbs: “Don’t destroy our country”: “If you’re suicidal do it; jump off a plane or something”

Emotional PM Marcel Gumbs: “Don’t destroy our country”: “If you’re suicidal do it; jump off a plane or something”

  The Council of Ministers during yesterday’s press briefing. From left Ministers Connor, Gumbs, Richardson, Hassink and Bourne-Gumbs. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – It was supposed to be a solemn press briefing by the Counci

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Detention of robbery suspects extended: Second suspect identified

St. Maarten - The second suspect in last Wednesdays’ robbery of jewelry store Oro Diamante on Front Street has been identified as 20-year-Jamal L. During this robbery, 23-year-old rapper Kilo Gotti shot and killed police Officer Gamali Benjamin, w

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St. Maarten Budget 2016 needs 50-million trimming

  St. Maarten – Finance Minister Martin Hassink repeated at yesterday’s press briefing what he already confirmed last week in a report that appeared last Saturday in this newspaper: the Kingdom Council of Ministers will take a decision a

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Minister Richardson about financial restraints: “I am prepared to take a few years in prison for our country”

  St. Maarten – “Benjamin was prepared to give his life for his country. I am prepared to take a few years in prison for our country,” an embittered Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson said yesterday at the end of a statement about t

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Condolence Book – Gamali Benjamin

  Citizens, colleagues and politicians flocked to the police station yesterday to sign the condolence register for the late Officer Gamali Benjamin. Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, and the ministers Hassink, Rita Bourne-Gumbs and Claret Connor w

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Editorial: Sentiment

It’s too late to lock the stable door after the horse has bolted, our dictionary gives as the translation for the oh so Dutch expression: ‘Als het kalf verdronken is dempt men de put.’ This is the sentiment in the circles of the civil servic

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CTO looks for regional solution to Sargassum

St. Maarten - The seasonal influx of Sargassum seaweed on Caribbean beaches has got the attention of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and tourism policymakers and practitioners across the region. Sargassum is a natural occurrence believed

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DP reflects on the what to do next: “Crime has broken this island”

  From left: Hasani Ellis, Sarah Wescot-Williams and Emil Lee at yesterday’ press conference. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – “We are in this together and something has to change,” Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams sa

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Erna Mae Francis contributes to “amazing” book: Success from the Heart comes with stunning bonus offer

Erna Mae Francis contributes to “amazing” book: Success from the Heart comes with stunning bonus offer

  Erna Mae Francis co-authored Success from the Heart. Photo contributed St. Maarten – Success from the Heart is a book published by a company called New Peaks. It contains a chapter written by Erna Mae Francis-Cotton of the Victorious Livi

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International Youth Day: “Create opportunities for all”

  St. Maarten - The United Nations General Assembly designated International Youth Day on August 12, 1999. It is observed every year with the aim to celebrate the contribution that youth make to the society. This day also provides opportunit

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Second suspect arrested in Benjamin shooting

St. Maarten - The police has aprehended the second suspect in the  'Oro Diamante' investigation and three others. The suspect was hiding at a home in the St. Peters district when police arrived on the scene, they searched the home and found four pe

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Union criticizes decision makers

St. Maarten -The WICSU/PSU Union extends condolences on behalf of the entire board and membership to Officer Benjamin’s entire family, especially to his father Gilbert, who is also a member of the Union, the officer’s widow and their 5-year-old

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Fundraising for Benjamin family nears $7,000 mark

St. Maarten - The website gofundme has raised $6,790 so far, for the family of police Officer Gamali Benjamin. Radio host and Managing Director of Caribe Broadcasting Network/Island92 Jeffrey Sochrin, had started a site to raise funds to help suppor

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Editorial: The right decision

Our initial reaction to MP Tamara Leonard’s initiative to ban Straight Outta Compton was one of disbelief, but we quickly changed our mind when we realized her motivation. Hollywood dropped disaster movies after 9/11 and with the shooting of pol

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Meeting continues on Friday: MPs discuss crime behind closed doors

  St. Maarten - Yesterday’s closed-door Central Committee meeting about crime will continue on Friday when ministers will answers questions from MPs. The meeting started at 10 a.m. and concluded after 3 p.m. The entire Council of Ministers

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Opposition NA and DP: “Much rhetoric, little substance in governing program”

St. Maarten – Debating the governing program Ready to Work for You “would inevitably lead to much rhetoric, but little substance,” the opposition factions of National Alliance and Democratic Party say in a joint statement. The opposition says t

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King of Soca demands apology after 12 years

  St. Maarten - Twelve years ago, in April 2003 to be exact, Soca superstar Machel Montano and his mother Elizabeth were destined to perform at the Carnival Village for a Soca Blow out show. At the Princess Juliana International Airport, Sec

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Police seek witnesses: Prosecutor warns against assisting fugitive robber

    St. Maarten - Anyone that is assisting the fugitive on the run from police for his involvement in the 'Oro Diamante' robbery, during which police Officer Gamali Benjamin was shot to death, will face criminal charges of six months

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After request from MP Tamara Leonard: Cinema drops showing Straight Outta Compton

  St. Maarten – “No reason,” says Shaun Green, managing director of the Megaplex cinema in Simpson Bay about the decision to drop the showing of Straight Outta Compton. The headquarters of Caribbean Cinemas in Puerto Rico could not be r

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Lenny Priest wants lower Gebe tariffs for schools

  St. Maarten – Lenny Priest, leader of the extra-parliamentary One St. Maarten People Party (OSPP) has submitted a motion to the President of Parliament, Dr. Lloyd Richardson that asks for lower energy tariffs for public and subsidized sch

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Mixed reactions to spike in violent crime: “This is the tip of the iceberg”

  St. Maarten - In the wake of the call by the Ministry of Justice to implement extraordinary measures to curb crimes on St Maarten, a few residents offered their views on the matter. Because of the laws in the Dutch Kingdom, only law enfo