Editorial - Posted by on November 8, 2013

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Editorial: Happy Sint Maarten Day

On Monday, Sint Maarten will celebrate Sint Maarten Day on home soil for the second time since the island obtained country status in 2010. It is an occasion to celebrate who we are – or who we want to be. The expression one island – one people

Editorial - Posted by on November 7, 2013

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Editorial: Clear warning

The court ruling in the Evmolpia bankruptcy against the Standard Trust Company and its director Corinne de Tullio-Stamm sends a clear message to people who think playing with lots of money is merely a profitable lot of fun and that they are untouchab

Editorial - Posted by on November 6, 2013

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Editorial: Self-cleaning power

Pirates of the Caribbean no longer have the run of the place in St. Maarten. As our front-page story shows, the RBC Bank has terminated its relationship with three companies linked to Atlantis’ beneficial owner Francesco Corallo because it fears th

Editorial - Posted by on November 5, 2013

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Editorial: Bold step by telecom provider UTS to invest millions

Telecom provider UTS has taken a bold step by investing millions in a new network that meets the demands of today’s market. While the company is not saying too  much about this move in the context of a possible merger with competitor TelEm it i

Editorial - Posted by on November 4, 2013

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Editorial: Taxi!

Our front-page story reveals that not all is well in taxi-land. On the contrary, politicians have been distributing so many licenses that nobody in his right mind would want to accept one anymore. There are too many taxis and there is not enough w

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 4, 2013

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Editorial: Unhappy with court ruling in favor of school

The court ruling in the moustache-dispute at Learning Unlimited is, as things stand now, a slam-dunk for the school. The court has ruled that the school is free to make its own rules and that parents are free to accept or to reject them. Exceptions a

Editorial - Posted by on November 1, 2013

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Editorial: Bruised egos

The small islands Saba, Statia and Bonaire seem to have their ducks in a row for the evaluation of the constitutional change in 2015. The islands will have representatives on a committee that will design the evaluation process and thereby have some i

Editorial - Posted by on October 31, 2013

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Editorial: Fighting girls

The story about the girl-fight on our front page today reveals a weakness in the judicial system – one that could have dire consequences one way or the other. Given the sequence of events described in the story it is clear that the two girls wil

Editorial - Posted by on October 31, 2013

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Editorial: Time for a gesture

The country is bracing for the austerity measures that will come with the draft 2014 budget. The message from both Finance Minister Martin Hassink and financial supervisor Cft is clear: budget with caution, do not spend more than you get in, and cap

Editorial - Posted by on October 29, 2013

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Editorial: Lack of info

St. Maarten’s member of the settlement committee had some sobering news for members of the Central Committee yesterday. While parliamentarians wonder why the whole process of dividing the assets and liabilities of the former Netherlands Antilles

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on October 28, 2013

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Editorial: Van der Sloot

Matthijs Voortman’s interview with convicted killer Joran van der Sloot sheds at last some light on the personality of the man who singlehandedly dealt a heavy blow to Aruba’s image in the world, and who caused immeasurable sorrow to the families

Editorial - Posted by on October 25, 2013

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Editorial: Campaign reform

If the statement by Prime Minister Wescot-Williams that 97 percent of the issues independent MP Frans Richardson mentions in his motion for campaign reform is already regulated by law is true, it is indeed time for an awareness campaign. Such a ca

Editorial - Posted by on October 24, 2013

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Editorial: Make love, not war

The demand by the prosecution of 10-year imprisonment against a girl who is just 17 years old sends a strong message to the younger members of our community. It is a strong call on young people to solve their differences in a peaceful manner, not wit

Editorial - Posted by on October 23, 2013

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Editorial: Waste of energy

It seems a bit of a stretch to devote so much ink and energy on the non-discussion about Black Peter – the naughty helper of Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. As we pointed out yesterday, there is a perception of racism and that at least this percept

Editorial - Posted by on October 21, 2013

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Editorial: Alarming diabetes trend

Yes, we all know by now that the diabetes trend is alarming – also in St. Maarten. The question is: what do we do to buck the trend? So far, we have to depend on organizations like the Diabetes Foundation but – with all respect for their effor

Editorial - Posted by on October 18, 2013

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Editorial: One way out

St. Maarten has painted itself into a corner that offers only one way out. The advice from the financial supervisor Cft on the approved amendment to the 2013 budget is far from complimentary and the threat of yet another humiliating instruction is al

Editorial - Posted by on October 17, 2013

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Editorial: Government’s Integrity Investigation now in overdrive

There is no other way to say this: the government has gone into overdrive and is pushing its own integrity investigation with unprecedented enthusiasm and with the proper sense of urgency. In spite of the explanation Justice Minister Dennis Richar

Editorial - Posted by on October 16, 2013

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Editorial: Integrity Quick Scan

The announcement that the government is now suddenly interested in an integrity quick scan is remarkable to say the least, but the suggestion that such a scan would make the integrity investigation ordered by the Kingdom Council of Ministers obsolete

Editorial - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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Editorial: Proper instructions (for attorneys to visit clients at the police station)

The trouble attorneys encounter at the police station when they want to visit their clients seems to be a highly unnecessary complication to the relationship between the partners in the judicial chain. Apparently the frustration with some members

Editorial - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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Editorial: A day for the history books

If you consider that most people find the day they get married one of the highlights of their life, the decision by two men to tie the knot in hostile territory in Marigot becomes more than remarkable. Of course people are entitled to voice their

Editorial - Posted by on October 11, 2013

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Editorial: Making October 10 a National Holiday on St. Maarten

The call for making October 10 a national holiday has some merit. St. Maarten has more with the date it obtained autonomy in the Kingdom than with the meaningless Kingdom Day on December 15. Yet the latter date is a day off, and so far October 10 is

Editorial - Posted by on October 10, 2013

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Editorial: Move on (Dutch Kingdom investigation instruction)

Nothing has changed in the position of the St. Maarten government about the instruction to Governor Holiday. The Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers have met this week with the governor to discuss the issue, but details about these talks do n

Editorial - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Editorial: Transparency

There is plenty of space for improvement in the field of transparency in St. Maarten. We all know this, so it is nothing new really. The government has to be transparent in its decision making and the body that controls the government-the parliament-

Editorial - Posted by on October 7, 2013

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Editorial: The sooner the better (St. Maarten Govt. Integrity Investigation)

Reports about the instruction from the Kingdom Council of Ministers to Governor Holiday – and in particular the reaction to it from the government – have spread like wildfire across the Caribbean. Nearing its third anniversary as an autonomous co

Editorial - Posted by on October 4, 2013

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Editorial: Predicament (Should civil servants follow orders of the PM not to cooperate with the Dutch Integrity Investigation, or follow and obey orders of the Governor?)

Civil servants have sworn obedience to the governor of St. Maarten and they could find themselves in a rare pickle if the government persists in its position that it will not cooperate with the integrity investigation the governor has been instructed

Editorial - Posted by on October 2, 2013

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Editorial: Ambush

Ronald Bandell, chairman of the Progress Committee Sint Maarten has come to the rescue of the government in the controversy over the instruction to Governor Holiday to initiate an integrity investigation. Bandell says that the measure the Kingdom

Editorial - Posted by on September 30, 2013

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Editorial: Clear message

While Minister De Weever was not physically present, he sent a loud and clear message to the community in his address to the Transforming Care congress at the Westin on Saturday evening. We have remained silent for too long about mental health issues

Editorial - Posted by on September 27, 2013

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Editorial: Dispute

The dispute between BZV Curacao and country Sint Maarten about claims to the tune of 16 million guilders show that there are still quite some skeletons in the cupboards of the now defunct Netherlands Antilles. No matter how the court rulings in th

Editorial - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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Editorial: Underlying issue of the gruesome, senseless killing of a baby

There are no words to describe the loss of a baby, especially when the infant is healthy and the pride of his parents. The senseless killing of Mark Reid Jr. in April by a man suffering from religious delusions played out in court yesterday in all

Editorial - Posted by on September 25, 2013

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Editorial: Alzheimer

Alzheimer’s disease is hanging like a dark cloud over the world and apparently the world has no clue how to deal with it. That the number of patients with Alzheimer’s and related diseases will increase at a worrisome pace is a fact, but nobody

Editorial - Posted by on September 24, 2013

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Editorial: Progress in the Helmin Wiels murder case

The Wiels-investigation finally seems to be making serious progress. Obviously the investigators have not been idle since the May 5 assassination of the Pueblo Soberano-leader, but the lack of news has led people to believe until recently that this c

Editorial - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Editorial: Appropriate

The former owners of the American University in the Caribbean knew already in 1993 that they were going to leave their campus in Montserrat, it appears from an interview with former AUC-employee Joe Johnson. It is interesting to note that, apparen

Editorial - Posted by on September 20, 2013

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Editorial: Criminal profits

Crime should not pay even though there are plenty of people who consider breaking the law as the fastest way to get their hands on some real cash. This week defendants with convictions for human smuggling to their name heard the prosecution demand th

Editorial - Posted by on September 19, 2013


Editorial: Ludicrous

A student who says he was not even involved in a fight at the St. Maarten Academy is sitting at home because the school only wants to take him back if his mother signs a contract that sets strict conditions for his behavior. While these conditions

Editorial - Posted by on September 18, 2013

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Editorial: Participating society

King Willem-Alexander’s first King's speech – his address at the opening of the parliamentary year – will go down in history as a change document. The message it contains will have far reaching consequences for many people. The King has anno

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