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Editorial - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Editorial: Compelling (dissolving St. Maarten Parliament)

It is understandable that politicians are all going to their own corner and see reality through their own rosy glasses. That does obviously not mean that they are right. Last week we saw the ‘might is right’ rule exercised by a so-called new m

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Opinion: Quality of life

Dear Editor, We are often boasting about our economy and being a leader in the region when it comes to our cruise industry, our cargo distribution facilities and being a hub for travelers by air. There is the ever ongoing search for investors on o

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Michael Ferrier writes: Stop the insanity

Five governments in five years - that is Country St. Maarten's claim to fame, and all because we keep trying to work an electoral system that does not and will not function. As long as there are politicians who enter the political arena, who do not m

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Opinion: What a country

In the last two weeks we have had quite some notable events that involved our representatives. As we all heard there was a call for independence from the floor of parliament. There was also a parading of the four prime ministers of the Kingdom only G

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Political analyst Julian Romney: “Perception about constitution is utterly absurd and uninformed”

Political analyst Julian Romney: “Perception about constitution is utterly absurd and uninformed”

  Julian Romney shows his publication about St. Maarten’s constitutional framework. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten – “As reported in the media, the perception that “amending the Constitution is the only solution to stop s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Advice constitutional expert Van Rijn backs Gumbs cabinet “Motives for dissolving parliament are absolutely legitimate”

Advice constitutional expert Van Rijn backs Gumbs cabinet “Motives for dissolving parliament are absolutely legitimate”

  Prof. dr. mr. Arjen van Rijn. Photo www.ovguide.com St. Maarten – The Gumbs cabinet is fully within its rights to dissolve the parliament and the governor has to sign the national decree to this effect. This is the opinion of Prof. dr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Observatory certifies eighty interviewers

Observatory certifies eighty interviewers

From left: Fenna Arnell, Joy Arnell, Ramona Connor, Minister Rafael Boasman, Rosette Gumbs-Lake, Dr. Louis Jeffry, and Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet. Photo contributed St. Maarten – Eighty candidates have completed their training as interviewers for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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UPNext shares info via Facebook

St. Maarten - UPNext, the youth arm of the United People party (UP) will launch its latest initiative today on Facebook. The group of young people has chosen to share vital information with their peers as well as the general social media community on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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St. Maarten Fire fighters install first smoke detectors

St. Maarten Fire fighters install first smoke detectors

  Fire fighters at the home of a family members in Union Farm where they installed their first some detectors. Photo DCOMM St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Fire Department started its campaign to highlight and promote smoke detectors on Octobe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Rotary donates big to third DigiKidz school

Rotary donates big to third DigiKidz school

From left to right: Jeffery Sochrin, José Sommers, and Danny Ramchandani. Photo contributed   St. Maarten - After a recent car raffle the Rotary Club St. Maarten has pledged $15,000 towards the DigiKidz Project of the Foresee Foundation.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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World Teachers’ Day puts focus on empowerment

  St. Maarten – It’s World Teachers’ Day today and it will be held under the theme Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies. The day is about highlighting the importance of empowering teachers to achieve inclusive and sus

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Green brigade tackles seaweed at Cul de Sac

Green brigade tackles seaweed at Cul de Sac

  There is still Sargassum seaweed left on the parking lot in Cul-de-Sac and the place still stinks to high heaven. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar CUL-DE-SAC – The green brigade deployed by the Collectivité d’Outremer de Saint Martin has

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Oyster Pond Fall Festival puts five restaurants on the map

Oyster Pond Fall Festival puts five restaurants on the map

  Preparing food is a lot of fun, as the big smile of this lady at Mr. Busby’s Beach bar shows. Photo Today / Leo Brown St. Maarten - After a Taste of St. Maarten, an initiative of Topper’s Restaurant in Simpson Bay, the island ex

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Reader’s Opinion: Big boss approach

Dear Editor, It was with great interest that I took note of the statement in the media by Island Governor Gerald Berkel where he defends the instruction given by Minister Plasterk on June 10, points out that the government’s administration of Si

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Reader’s Opinion: When donkey sees jackass

Dear Editor, This article is about general knowledge and common sense. If a person shoots another person the first thing we hear is we need better gun laws. They blame the gun. Let us use common sense, if more laws will make people adhere to them

Editorial - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Editorial: Chapeau

The French-side revolts against the Collectivité’s ideas about urban planning bring to mind that St. Maarten has zoning plan-issues of its own. On August 22, 2012 – indeed, more than 37 months ago – Vromi-Minister William Marlin presented a

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Opinion: Corporate elite

“You often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive while making the best-educated more competitive,” Robert Reich, a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley writes in an

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Opinion: Self-imposed curse

Cabalistic oracles and haruspicy are needed to decipher the 10-10-10/10-10-15 episode on the island of Curacao, Jacob Gelt Dekker writes in his column on curacochronicle.com. “In 2010, political fortune-tellers peeped into futurity before the magic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Proceeds go to breast cancer awareness: Pink Sunset Sail attracts 150 generous participants

Proceeds go to breast cancer awareness: Pink Sunset Sail attracts 150 generous participants

  Participants get instructions before they get on board. Photo contributed  St. Maarten - The Pink Sunset Sail, organized by Aqua Mania Adventures to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month raised more than $2,500. The money was donated

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Pool bar owner wins second court case: Marty vs Alegria: 2-0

St. Maarten – Alegria Real Estate lost a second court case against Marty Dijkhuis, the operator of the Dream Pool Bar at the resort on Beacon Hill. Yesterday the Court in First Instance ruled in summary proceedings that “based on provisional judg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Petition supports call for new elections

St. Maarten – A group that calls itself Voice of St. Maarten has started a petition on thepetitionsite.com that supports the decision by the Gumbs cabinet to invoke article 59 of the constitution, to dissolve the parliament and to call new election

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Non au betonnage: The French go to war over urban planning

Non au betonnage: The French go to war over urban planning

  The flyer the association is handing out to citizens on the French side. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar MARIGOT/St. Martin – PLU has rapidly become an offensive word on the French side. The letters stand for Plan Local d’Urbanisme – th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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PMs Whiteman, Eman and Gumbs take a stand: No more cooperation with instructions

ORANJESTAD –If the Kingdom government gives another instruction to a governor in the future, then the governments of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten will not cooperate with its execution, the Amigoe reported yesterday. The three Prime Ministers -

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Financial supervision continues for 3 years

  THE HAGUE – St. Maarten remains for the next three years after 10-10-15 under financial supervision. Based on a proposal from Minister Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) the Kingdom Council of Ministers decided yesterday that the commitm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Auction at Kangaroo Court: Tax office cashes, buyer does brisk business

Auction at Kangaroo Court: Tax office cashes, buyer does brisk business

  Bargain hunters at Kangaroo Court. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – Bargain Hunters came down on the former Kangaroo Court in the Hendrik Straat across from the courthouse Friday morning for an auction of all of its furnishing