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Editorial - Posted by on October 3, 2011

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Editorial: Make a choice

It is notable that Minister or Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has signed a resolution to establish a tri-partite committee that will advise the government on the labor market. One has to pause and ask if efforts aren'

Editorial - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Editorial; A professional discussion

The weekend lays ahead and beyond that a meeting of the Central Committee of parliament. That gathering requested by the National Alliance will look at a raft of issues that touch each of us just as much and maybe even more than crime – elements of

Editorial - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Editorial: “Dat doet pijn”

The statement Dat doet pijn (It hurts) is something is a statement that all Dutch politicians and the Queen have used to describe how the world economy has impacted the Dutch government’s budget for 2012. We state today with absolute certainty that

Editorial - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Editorial: Little reassurance

The presentations by the police and the justice minister in Monday’s Central Committee meeting likely did very little to reassure the public that the authorities are serious about dealing with crime. It is good to hear that work is being done to ge

Editorial - Posted by on September 26, 2011

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Editorial: A good example

Friday morning’s capture of two men who were breaking into a gasoline station is proof of what patrolling officers can do. It gives a clear example that more blue on the streets ensures that criminals are caught and is the start of how we lessen cr

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2011

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Editorial: Striking the right notes

The announcement that the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies and Tempo have signed an agreement that will drastically increase the island’s visibility is news that we should all celebrate, especially since it will soon make the destination even

Editorial - Posted by on September 22, 2011

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Editorial: Absolute Care

There’s been an increase in gun related incidents in recent days and this is cause for concern for every law abiding member of the society. Some may find comfort in knowing that as of January 1, they’ll be able to apply for a gun license under th

Editorial - Posted by on September 21, 2011

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Editorial: St. Maarten Off the radar in H.M. Queen Beatrix’s speech

St. Maarten, with Curacao in its slipstream, has fallen completely off the radar in The Hague. A year ago, H.M. Queen Beatrix still had something to say in her annual Troonrede: “Curacao and Sint Maarten may keep counting on the government’s supp

Editorial - Posted by on September 18, 2011

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Preparing for a grand economic storm

News that the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten has increased the reserve requirement for commercial banks should grab every one’s attention. Economists will no doubt have intellectual debates about what it means for the continued economic re

Editorial - Posted by on September 14, 2011

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Editorial: The time for St. Maarten Government to study is over

The government of St. Maarten will spend its second year studying what actions to take. This is the strong impression that we take away from the State of the Nation address delivered by Governor drs. Eugene Holiday on Tuesday. We are disa

Editorial - Posted by on September 13, 2011

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Editorial: Awaiting the State of St. Maarten Nation address

One can almost think that today’s State of the Nation Address by Governor drs Eugene Holiday will be the government’s reply to days and weeks of mounting concern over the state of the country’s economy and the its handling of governance. A true

Editorial - Posted by on September 12, 2011

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Editorial: On punishment and reformation

Skeptics may see Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell’s offer of study financing to an inmate and the request for prisoners to have accredited courses as creating incentives for going to prisons. We immediately disagr

Editorial - Posted by on September 7, 2011

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Editorial: Volunteers

The Volunteers Fair St. Dominic High School organizes this Saturday highlights an often forgotten and undervalued potential. The school has made volunteer work an obligatory part of its curriculum – without it, students will not get their diploma.

Editorial - Posted by on September 6, 2011

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Editorial: Wheels of justice

The wheels of justice may turn slowly, but turn they do. While many people have started wondering aloud whether the prosecutor’s office had silently decided to forget about December’s three million dollar Eco-Green scandal that cost Public Health

Editorial - Posted by on September 5, 2011

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Editorial: Taxes

The BES-islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius & Saba) go through a remarkable experience: their taxes will go down. After complaints about the effects of the new tax system, State Secretary Weekers evaluated the situation and concluded that there is room f

Editorial - Posted by on September 2, 2011

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Editorial: National Alliance parliamentarian to go independent

Independent It is a bit too early yet to draw conclusions about the move by National Alliance parliamentarian to go independent. After all, we have not had the opportunity to hear MP Richardson’s side of the story. However, if it turns out to be

Editorial - Posted by on September 1, 2011

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Editorial: GEBE situation terrible

Yes, the situation at GEBE is terrible, but nobody seems to be able to do something to improve it. The past years have been spent on finger pointing, and on attempts to make managing director William Brooks go away. When that did not work, Brooks’

Editorial - Posted by on August 31, 2011

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Editorial: Disgrace

People are wondering why on earth they are unable to file a complaint at the office of the Ombudsman. Today’s front page story reveals what is happening, or better: what is not happening. Ombudsman Arduin finds herself trapped in a situation taken

Editorial - Posted by on August 30, 2011

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Editorial: Citizenship

Monday was a good start of the week for our local police force. Shortly after six, eight detectives, a phone call: Omar Nelson, a 20-year old fugitive criminal, had been located. Within ten minutes the officers were not only out of bed, they were als

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2011

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Editorial: Emilio Wilson Day

Emilio Wilson is one of St. Maarten’s cultural icons. There is no disagreement there. Celebrating the century anniversary of Milo’s birth date at the park that carries his name, the suggestion was made to name a street after him. Great idea: par

Editorial - Posted by on August 28, 2011

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Editorial: Gloomy perspective

The Central Bank has confirmed once more that the economic outlook for St. Maarten is not as rosy as the government wants people to believe. The 2011 budget was built on quicksand with an economic growth assumption of 1.3 percent. In reality, there w

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on August 26, 2011

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Editorial: Three hot topics (legalization of abortion, euthanasia and prostitution

Parliament will soon have three hot topics on its hands: the legalization of abortion, the legalization of euthanasia, and the legalization of prostitution. Moral crusaders will be up and about, but the truth is of course that our Parliament has onl

Editorial - Posted by on August 25, 2011

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Editorial: Comedy show

St. Maarten and Curacao are apparently not seeing eye to eye, at least if we have to go with vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger’s initiative to ditch his UTS Blackberry and to buy himself a 3G TelEm one instead. The Vice PM will “eat locally” f

Editorial - Posted by on August 24, 2011

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Editorial: Snowflake murder case

The Snowflake-trial may become the most spectacular case in St. Maarten’s criminal history that never took place. This morning, prosecution and defense attorneys will learn the court’s decision about the prosecution’s admissibility. If the ver

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Editorial: St. Maarten’s Civil Code

The changes the new civil code will bring are significant and they are not just about paternity and the inheritance legislation. The code is a complex of rules and regulations that will affect the everyday life of all citizens and the Parliament sho

Editorial - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Editorial: The right direction

It’s been a long struggle, but now it is finally a fact. Minister Franklin Meyers signed the management contract for the Man of War Shoal Marine Park with the Nature Foundation. It is a landmark event on the road to environmental protection in St

Editorial - Posted by on August 19, 2011

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Editorial: Funding Locally

The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and the Victorious Living Foundation have offered another clear example of how non-governmental organizations can attract structured funding for their programs and projects. The other example is the p

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2011

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Editorial: A look at standardized school leaving exams

The idea to create a standard school leaving exam will no doubt cause teachers at the primary schools to breathe a sigh of relief. At the moment many of the teachers at sixth grade level are burdened with preparing students for multiple exams that ha

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Editorial: And now for the minister

Parliament has been hearing from stakeholders in the national economy during meetings it had last week and this week. This is good as it arms parliamentarians with general knowledge that they can use to question the minister using a letter, have a de

Editorial - Posted by on August 15, 2011

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Editorial: The merits of privatization

There is a huge kernel of gold in the admission that Winair will be in a better position if the airline is in the hands of a business person rather than in the hands of the government. One of the reasons for that is government should indeed be busy w

Editorial - Posted by on August 11, 2011

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Editorial: A tale of logistics

The idea to shift Carnival to the month of June in order to create more activities in the slower summer months sounds like an interesting plan and could present some interesting opportunities. One core issue that immediately springs to mind is the l

Editorial - Posted by on August 10, 2011

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Editorial: All together for the economy

Banks, the government and no doubt the wider business community are all keeping their eye on the state of the world economy and trying to figure out how exactly to deal with the impact of financial woes in both the United States of America and in Eur

Editorial - Posted by on August 9, 2011

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Editorial: Looking at St. Maarten’s core business

St. Maarten’s tourism industry is still showing some prestige as the island and businesses here have been selected as nominees in Caribbean Travel + Life’s Best of the Caribbean Readers’ Choice Awards. These are awards that carry a lot of weigh

Editorial - Posted by on August 7, 2011

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Editorial: The need for a real discussion on homosexuality

St. Maarten born artist Jabu Arnell has told attendees at a recent panel discussion in Amsterdam that he gets the feeling that the people of the friendly country are accepting of homosexuals. He quickly adds soon after that he has only visited the is

Editorial - Posted by on August 5, 2011

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Editorial: Normal and necessary risks

Judge Mr. A.N.G.N.E Mijnssen made a salient point in a ruling he made on Thursday in which he turns down a request to block the start of work on the Welfare Road in Cole Bay. The judge tells the plaintiffs - Plutox Distributors N.V. and Saint Martin

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