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Opinion - Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Opinion: Supervisory directors

Corporate governance and the role of supervisory directors is not only food for thought – if not for action – in St. Maarten. The blundering board of supervisory directors at the postal services (PSS) will cost the company or the treasury (whomev

Opinion - Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Opinion: Electoral reform

Dear Editor, Electoral reform has made the news once again; however, not surprisingly, we shouldn’t expect any electoral reform to occur before the upcoming election. Instead of going into the specifics of the new regulations to establish a n

Opinion - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Opinion: A different path of wisdom

Public functions are under siege. A small error of judgment is enough to kill a career. This is the trend in the Netherlands – one St. Maarten ought to embrace, but for the time being there is little chance that the job-generating machinery of the

Opinion - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Opinion: Treacherous ground

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Wednesday that she “condemns in the strongest possible terms” the act of abuse against “what appears to be more than one of our children.” Hardly anyone would disagree with this statement - if i

Opinion - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Confusing

Dear Editor, I am writing on behalf of my client Ms. Regina LaBega concerning the article you published on page 3 (bottom right hand corner) of your edition of June 19, 2014, under the title: “Investigation into Tourist Bureau embezzlement: Pros

Opinion - Posted by on June 19, 2014

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Opinion: Frankenfood

Mark Bittman opens the attack on big food in this interesting op-ed in the New York Times. “You can buy food from farmers — directly, through markets, any way you can find — and I hope you do. But unless you’re radically different from mos

Opinion - Posted by on June 19, 2014

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Opinion: Downward spiral

Downward spiral Jacob Gelt Dekker is not happy with Prime Minister Ivar Asjes and his performance during his first year in office, he writes in a column on Curacao Chronicle. “During his first year in power, Prime Minister Asjes did not intro

Opinion - Posted by on June 19, 2014

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Opinion: 2014 elections : Business as usual

It will be business as usual for the 2014 elections. The Parliament has been screaming for electoral reform (months ago), yet it has fallen silent in recent months. Prime Minister Wescot-Williams has made some proposals, even made a presentation abou

Opinion - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Opinion: If you know about it – report it

Dear editor, I have heard and read many commentaries on the allegations of abuses against our children, and as a parent, educator and citizen I ask your indulgence to express my thoughts on the matter via this medium. Child abuse comes in many fo

Opinion - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Opinion: Lust for blood

The sexual abuse case involving a local sports coach has once again brought out the worst in those who operate so-called gossip web sites. Without thinking – a capability that is apparently beyond their grasp – the melee writers have published th

Opinion - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Opinion: Ultra cheap (solar) electricity

Utilities company G.E.B.E. better hurry up with its view on future energy resources for St. Maarten. Technological developments threaten to make the current power plan obsolete within the next fifteen years – that is, if we accept what Vincent Dekk

Opinion - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Opinion: Bitcoin-alarm

It has been a bit silent in the Bitcoin corner in St. Maarten after bitcoin-entrepreneur Ryan Higgins started promoting the virtual currency in St. Maarten. At the time, we pointed out the possible pitfalls of using Bitcoin. Now, technology website A

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: Underlying message (slavery in the past and current slavery)

Slavery remains a sensitive topic in the Caribbean. It is again on the agenda now that fourteen Caribbean countries (St. Maarten not included) are going to sue the Netherlands, France and Great Britain for damages. Caricom has set up a ten-point plan

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: Question for the Prime Minister

Dear editor, I have a question for the Prime Minister of Country St. Maarten. Madame Prime Minister can you tell me why no cost of living adjustment for the year 2012 was paid out to pensioners who are members of the General Pension Fund of St. Ma

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: How to eat less

The world is full of fat people (no offense) and it is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. Not only for the fat people themselves (how is it possible to be comfortable if you are heavily overweight or obese?) but also for the society. Productivity

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: Youth detention

The rule that minors are not allowed to be detained with adults comes across as humane and loaded with good intentions. There is however a flipside to this policy, because where do these minors end up if they have to be kept apart from adult prisoner

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Opinion: Tipped into poverty

The Editorial Board of the New York Times addressed an issue recently that also plays in St. Maarten’s tourism oriented service industry, but its views did not meet with universal approval. Read and judge for yourself: “When Senate Republicans

Opinion - Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Opinion: Honest report of the Public Prosecutor

The Public Prosecutor’s Office is sober but honest in its 2013 annual report. This is not a look-how-good-we-are production but a realistic assessment of the challenges the prosecutor’s office has to deal with. The good news is obviously that

Opinion - Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Opinion: Bottle mania

We are unable to come up with a single initiative – from the government or the Parliament – over the past four years that has something to do with the protection of the environment. Ah, sure, there were motions in Parliament to ban single use pla

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2014

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Opinion: Guns

It never stops to amaze us how people justify the possession of firearms. Yesterday was a nice example. The defendant did not have just any firearm, no he had one of the meanest assault rifles the world has ever produced after the AK-47 and the M16

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2014

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Opinion: The new Black Peter

Once upon a time, in a country far from here, there was a children’s friend and his name was Black Peter. You never heard about this character, except during maybe the four weeks leading up to the Dutch Sinterklaas-celebration. These days, Black Pe

Opinion - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Opinion: A travesty of justice (Lars de Vries’ notary appointment)

Please allow me some space in your newspaper to comment on a recent article that was written concerning the arguments brought forward by the Minister of Justice, Mr. Dennis Richardson, for not appointing the late Mr. Lars de Vries as the next notary

Opinion - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Opinion: Position statement on immigration

Dear Editor, Legal immigration and illegal immigration result in a number of challenges which need to be addressed structurally and through clear and transparent policy and legislation. These topics are very current and difficult to address due to

Opinion - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Editorial: Code of conduct

The Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (Ipko) in The Hague discussed integrity last week. Unfazed by the lessons the participants could have learned from the Kingdom Youth Parliament that met in St. Maarten last month, the decision was taken to

Opinion - Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Opinion: Enough is enough

Philip Polderman is a retired director of a Dutch college that employs 180 personnel and services 1,800 students. Polderman strongly disagrees with the prevailing culture wherein top managers determine each other’s salaries. Someone who earns 52 ti

Opinion - Posted by on June 8, 2014

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Opinion: Big soda

We know Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and Big Mac, but there is a fourth player in the market of bad stuff: Big Soda. Two years ago Michael Bloomberg, then the mayor of New York, started the fight against Big Soda. He wanted to ban the sale of half-lite

Opinion - Posted by on June 5, 2014

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Opinion: Concrete jungles

Dear Editor, While fifty years ago Sint Maarten was a tranquil, perhaps somewhat sleepy island in desperate need of development, today the island finds itself at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. Development gains of previous years are dimin

Opinion - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Opinion: Five parties

The August 29 elections appear to become a five-horse race, after the announcement by the electoral council that just five parties met the deadline for registration last week. While the council did not identify any particular party in its announcemen

Opinion - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Opinion: The social cost of the Simpson Bay development plan

Dear Editor, The Citizens for Positive Change Party (CPC), a newly formed political party contesting the 2014 parliamentary elections, is of the firm opinion that the draft Simpson Bay development plan does not meet the internationally accepted cr

Opinion - Posted by on June 1, 2014

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Opinion: Job market discrimination

The job market is a volatile place, especially when you are looking in from the outside. How do you convince employers that you are the best candidate for vacancy X? The phenomenon of job market discrimination is not alien to the Netherlands, or to a

Opinion - Posted by on June 1, 2014

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Opinion: Simpson Bay Development Plan bad for our environment

Dear Editor, The Citizens for Positive Change Party (CPC), a newly formed political party contesting the 2014 Parliamentary Elections, is of the firm opinion that the draft Simpson Bay Development Plan does not meet the internationally accepted cr

Opinion - Posted by on May 28, 2014

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Opinion: Ethnic discrimination (St. Maarten born, Holland born: equal nationality, however…)

The recent death of notary candidate Lars de Vries caused considerable turmoil in Sint Maarten society. Primarily because of the nature of his death, which was self imposed. His family and many friends were shocked and surprised after hearing what ha

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Corallo’s companies continue fight for RBC bank accounts

“Alternative is closure or the creation of a cash economy” GREAT BAY – Atlantis World Management NV and two other companies of which Francesco Corallo is the ultimate beneficial owner demand (again) that the Royal Bank of Canada continues it

Opinion - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Opinion: State secrets

This weekend, we received a phone call from the attorney of pediatrician Martijn Tilanus. He was upset about the fact that, in an article that appeared on Saturday on our front page about the good doctor’s court case against the Sint Maarten Medica

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2014

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Internet Explorer warning against Internet Banking

Here is a warning from the Netherlands that consumers who use internet banking in St. Maarten ought to heed: do not use Internet Explorer for internet banking. The assistant-director of  Betaalvereniging Nederland, Gijs Boudewijn, issued the warn

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