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Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Editorial: Commonwealth

Two Dutch MPs keep hammering on their solution for the constitutional prison they experience the Kingdom to be: a Commonwealth. Never mind that the islands do not feel anything for such a construction. According to Van Raak political parties in th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Dispute

Minister Plasterk has made clear once and for all where the Dutch government stands with respect to the dispute regulation. The minister says that he favors such a system, but at the same time he says that he does not want it. This is because the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: Something’s brewing

We know since last night that Governor Holiday sent a letter to Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs. We do not know the content of this letter, but there is no doubt that this will come out some time today. The past couple of days, two political parties h

Opinion - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Tribute to Mr. Kenneth Blijden

As President of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (Wiclu) and President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union I would like to pay tribute to a great labor activist, an advocate for social justice within the work place, a strong and dedica

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Recolonization

High emotions filled 10-10-10-autonomy expectations. “Freedom at last, delivered from slavery, liberation from colonial oppression.” Political leader Helmin Wiels —as Moses, divinely anointed—” was leading his People to the Promised Land.

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In case governor signs decree to dissolve parliament: DP proposes interim cabinet and elections after one year

In case governor signs decree to dissolve parliament: DP proposes interim cabinet and elections after one year

  From left: DP treasurer Giselle York, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams and policy advisor Emil Lee. Photo today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – In case Governor Holiday decides to sign the decree to dissolve parliament and elections follow on Dec

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Plasterk: “I did not advise governor about elections”

Bosman: Decree to dissolve parliament is valid THE HAGUE – “It is not so that I advised the governor not to hold elections,” Minister Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) said in the Second Chamber yesterday during where he answered questions

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Structural lack of resources affects court and police force

St. Maarten - The Judicial Kingdom Acts Evaluation Committee on 8 October submitted its final report to the Ministers of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and The Netherlands. The four Acts concerned (on the Joint Court of Justice, the Public

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“Stumbling blocks dispute regulations are clear”

THE HAGUE – Minister Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) has proposed to submit all disputes between the Kingdom countries to the Council of State as a trial as long as there is no agreement about a dispute regulation. “This would suspend the measure an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Blogger drops another lawyer

St. Maarten – Blogger Judith Roumou, who will appear in court on October 21 on charges of insulting a lawyer and a policeman has severed ties with attorney Cor Merx, who represented her at a hearing at the Judge of Instruction last week Tuesday. Th

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JCI youth public speaking competition at university

St. Maarten – JCI Live Soualiga holds its first youth public speaking competition for high school students under the age of 18 on Saturday at the university on Pond Island, starting at 6.30 p.m. The topic for this competition is ‘The relevance of

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Casino robber shoots his way to cash

Casino robber shoots his way to cash

The bullet proof window at Rouge et Noir on Wednesday evening, with two bullet holes. Photo Gromyko Wilson St. Maarten - Close to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, a lone gunman stormed into Rouge et Noir casino on Front Street and shouted “everybody do

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Economic growth 2014: 1.7 percent

St. Maarten - The Department of Statistics (STAT) released its preliminary Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates of 2014, at 1.7% growth in real terms. This represents a slight improvement in the overall economy relative to the year before (2013), w

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St. Maarten National accounts survey underway

St. Maarten - The 2015 National Accounts Survey is underway, the Department of Statistics (STAT), stated in a press release. The data-collection phase began a few weeks ago on September 16. STAT has shifted the start-date of the survey to later in t

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Plasterk: “Commonwealth is not an issue on the islands”

THE HAGUE – “I have taken notice of the proposal for a Commonwealth, but on the islands this is not an issue. It is not a topic of conversation,” Minister Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) said yesterday during the handling of the budget for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Peak in gastroenteritis cases on St. Maarten

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) department is calling on the community to take preventive measures against gastroenteritis. For the third quarter of 2015, an increase in cases has been observed.  In the epidemiolo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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“Cuba could accommodate twice as many visitors”

  PUERTO RICO - Cuba: Opportunity or Threat? was the final general session at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) in Puerto Rico over the weekend and the general consensus appeared to be cautious optimism based on expect

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Radio Maranatha apologizes for broadcast interruptions

GRAND CASE- The management of Radio Maranatha apologizes for the constant interruption in its broadcasting that the radio station is presently experiencing. Radio Maranatha, the only Christian station on the island on the French side, has been experi

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St. Maarten Martial artists go international

St. Maarten Martial artists go international

  The team of local martial artists before their departure to Disney World. Photo contributed GREAT BAY – Martial artists from St. Maarten take to the international stage today at the start of a three-day Festival tournament featuring ma

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Warning against swimming in Great Bay

Warning against swimming in Great Bay

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Public Health Department (PHD), and the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), are strongly advising against swimming in Great Bay this morning because of water that is being pumped into Great Bay from the Great Salt Pond.

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Cruise tourism creates more than 9,000 jobs

Cruise tourism creates more than 9,000 jobs

  The cargo and cruise port in Philipsburg. Photo contributed. St. Maarten – Management and the Board of Supervisory Directors of Port St. Maarten are “elated” with the news that cruise destination St. Maarten is number one in cruis

Editorial - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Editorial: Rare protest

When nobody listens, people take to the streets. This seldom, if ever, happens in St. Maarten, but yesterday morning residents of French Quarter showed how this is done. They blocked the route National 7, just outside French Quarter near the turnoff

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: All hands on deck

While the political showdown plays out between the Council of Ministers and the parliamentary majority in the House of Parliament of Sint Maarten, this week the international community of nations were greeted with the news that 2015 will see lower gr

Opinion - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: Speaking time

In meetings of our Central Committee of Parliament MPs usually get 20 minutes in the first round and 10 minutes in the second round. It happens that MPs find this time to short and then they pump it up to, say, 30 minutes in the first round and 20 in

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: Unique situation

National Alliance leader William Marlin made it a point yesterday to refute the Dutch constitutional experts that are currently in high demand by a government that has lost the confidence of the parliament and that has fought Dutch influence on the i

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Second opinion supports dissolution of parliament: Governor Holiday’s decision under increased pressure

  St. Maarten – Governor Holiday’s decision not to sign the national decree that would dissolve the parliament and call for new elections has come under increased pressure, after another constitutional expert joined the chorus of those w

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Marlin calls on Minister Dennis Richardson: “Lead by example”

Marlin calls on Minister Dennis Richardson: “Lead by example”

  National Alliance leader William Marlin. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – National Alliance leader William Marlin has always held Justice Minister and Vice Prime Minister Dennis Richardson in high esteem, he said at an imprompt

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Member of Parliament Silvio Matser trial to March 2016

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice moved the appeal trial of MP Silvio Matser deep into next year. On Wednesday March 2, at 1.30 p.m. the embattled politicians will fight his conviction to 24 months of imprisonment (with 18 months suspended)

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Taxi driver killer gets 10 years

Taxi driver killer gets 10 years

Suspect being escorted back to prison back in May this year. File Photo Gromyko Wilson St. Maaretn—Alcedro Alfredo Ash who shot and killed taxi driver Riley Richardson on May 21 this year, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Justice song festival at Port de Plaisance

St. Maarten - The ‘Justice Song Festival’ that is billed to take place at the Rock House Café, in Port de Plaisance tomorrow is expected to bring out softer, or more emotional sides of the eight participants drawn from five police departments.

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Law Enforcement Council presents recommendations 

Law Enforcement Council presents recommendations 

  From left: Lixzandra Marquez, Inspector of the Council - section St. Maarten; Dennis Richardson, Minister of Justice; Franklyn Richards, Chairperson of the Council; Gerard van Voorst, Chief Inspectorate of the Council - section St. Maarten. P

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Parliament set to elect new president Tuesday

St. Maarten – While the political situation is currently anything but clear, the new majority in parliament intends to elect a new president of parliament next week Tuesday in a meeting scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The parliament is set to elect

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Airport Road hit and run case moved to next year

Airport Road hit and run case moved to next year

C. being escorted to the court house in April. Photo Today / Andrew Dick Court could not find translator for defendant St. Maarten –Kevyn Maurice C. will have his day in court on January 20, 2016. C. caused the fatal accident that took the life

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Police chase ends badly: Man injured by police car

Police chase ends badly: Man injured by police car

The injured man being transported to the medical center for further treatment. Photo Today / Andrew Dick   St. Maarten - One man is now in the hospital after he was hit by a police vehicle that was in pursuit of a white car with heavil

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St. Maarten has one friend left in the Hague: Wassili Hachchi

St. Maarten has one friend left in the Hague: Wassili Hachchi

  D66 MP Wassili Hachchi: “We are all Dutch.” Photo twitter.com Dutch parliament remains critical of Caribbean islands THE HAGUE – If St. Maarten and the other Caribbean islands in the Dutch Kingdom have one friend left in The Hag

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