Editorial - Posted on August 26, 2013

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Editorial: Distorted picture

What is it with the Cadastre that subsequent ministers feel they have to intervene? The statement we received yesterday from the Cadastre’s management sheds some light on the situation. For years now the Cadastre has kept employees on the payroll i

Opinion - Posted on August 26, 2013

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Opinion: Responsible journalism

Vromi Minister Maurice Lake flipped when he read a story on SMN News about the imminent fall of yet another government. The story, of course, was baseless as anybody able to read between the lines knew from the get go, but it inspired Lake to call fo

Uncategorized - Posted on August 26, 2013

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Two Bonairean politicians to court in November: Booi confident about corruption-trial

KRALENDIJK – Ramonsito Booi and Burney El Hage will appear in court on November 25 to face charges of corruption, money laundering, forgery and fraud. El Hage is a former Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands Antilles and currently a Comm

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 26, 2013

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Road towards causeway

Causeway roundabout asphalted

The first asphalt is on the ground for the connection of the Union Road roundabout to the causeway across the lagoon. Photo Today / Hilbert HaarSt. Maarten – Contractor Volker Stevin Caribbean NV coated the roundabout that will connect Union Ro

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 26, 2013

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After baseless report about fall government: Minister Lake wants action against yellow journalism

St. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake opened the attack this weekend on Bibi Shaw, a gossip-blogger who operates the SMN news website, after she published an unfounded story about the imminent fall of the government on Friday. The headline

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 26, 2013

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Management adds to Minister Lake’s statements “Resistance employees creates distorted picture of Catastre”

St. Maarten – The management of the Cadastre has taken notice of various articles in the newspapers, in particular Minister Lake’s proposal to appoint a change manager. In support of the minister’s statements, the management issued a statement

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 26, 2013

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Shooting incident in Coralita

St. Maarten – Several shots were fired just over the border in the area of Coralita on Sunday morning, this is according to witnesses a police report stated. The witnesses also stated that shortly after they had seen a vehicle driving at high sp

Editorial - Posted on August 23, 2013

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Editorial: Andre Bosman’s suggestion a cheap shot

VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman seems to have made St. Maarten his personal hobby. Since his Socialist Party-colleague Ronald van Raak apparently has better things to do than spouting nonsense about our country, Bosman has not missed a single oppor

Opinion - Posted on August 23, 2013

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Opinion: Integrity

The government has embarked on an integrity program, as we have heard from Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Wescot-Williams this week. But what exactly does it entail? On the government web site, we found for starters the (government) d

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 23, 2013

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Bosman suggests intervention to solve “mission impossible”

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Maarten Hassink’s remark last week that achieving a zero deficit budget could be a mission impossible has triggered a reaction from VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman. Yesterday Bosman submitted written questions to

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 23, 2013

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Dream Book1

Dream book for King

From left to right: Gebe Commercial Manager, Steve Duzanson, Gebe Communications Officer, Sjadira Gaari, Member Organizing Committee Inauguration (OCI), Mavis Albertina , OCI Chairperson, Anenda Zaandam, OCI Secretary, Emilia Thomas and Member OCI, A

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 23, 2013

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Obesity sky high in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD – Two out of three adults in Curacao are overweight, almost half of all adults seldom exercise and four out of ten suffer from one or more long illnesses or health problems. That is the result of a national health survey; the report was

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 23, 2013

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Realtor released in drugs investigation

St. Maarten – The employee of a real estate company who was arrested last week during a raid in Simpson Bay was released from pretrial custody yesterday. His attorney Cor Merx confirmed the report, but declined to provide further details. Prosec

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 23, 2013

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Efforts to get Aidonia a visa ditched

St. Maarten - The Management of S&C Productions had to give up on their final efforts to get Sheldon Lawrence to join the star studded line up that will be performing at the Arthur Guinness concert this evening in the Festival Village. Lawrenc

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 23, 2013

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Fatum rebrands as Guardian Group

St. Maarten - Fatum has been rebranded along with its sister companies as the Guardian Group. Although a familiar brand to the people of these islands disappears, clients of Guardian Group will hardly notice the changes, apart from a few externals, D

Editorial - Posted on August 22, 2013

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Editorial: Step by step

Attorney-General Dick Piar’s call for legislation to protect whistleblowers has already fallen on deaf ears in St. Maarten. At least, this is how we interpret Prime Minister Wescot-Williams statement that she prefers to take things step by step and

Opinion - Posted on August 22, 2013

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Opinion: Which way, St. Maarten?

“Pressure for change and understanding is most effective when people have access to the facts and can arm themselves with the arguments, that the concept of providing people with a comprehensive right to know about sources of pollution, development

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 22, 2013

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Prosecutor’s Office knows nothing about sex trafficking of local students in Holland

Sources TiP-report remain a mystery St. Maarten – The Trafficking in Persons report the American State Department published in June has the full attention of the government, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s press brief

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 22, 2013

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PM: “Hands full with integrity-program” Whistleblower-law is no priority

St. Maarten – For the time being the government will not take action on Attorney-General Dick Piar’s call to establish legislation designed to protect whistleblowers. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said yesterday that Piar’s remark remind

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 22, 2013

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Archeologist Jay Haviser holds up Amerindian stone axe heads found at various sites on the island. Many such artifacts have been lost due to unsupervised building. Photo Today / Milton Pieters

St. Maarten’s vanished Amerindian past

[caption id="attachment_24638" align="alignleft" width="300"] Archeologist Jay Haviser holds up Amerindian stone axe heads found at various sites on the island. Many such artifacts have been lost due to unsupervised building. Photo Today / Milton Pie

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 22, 2013

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Elshot: Teachers need legal protection against violence

St. Maarten - Just back from the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) 36th Biennial Conference that was held in Georgetown Guyana from August 4 to 9, president of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot says that violence against teachers is a

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 22, 2013

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Men who attacked Chucky go to trial in November

St. Maarten – The four inmates that attacked Omar Smith Nelson in the Pointe Blanche prison on May 4 will stand trial on November 6 for attempted manslaughter. Yesterday, two suspects appeared in court, only to hear that the trial would be postpone

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 22, 2013

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PM criticizes Tuitt’s remarks

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams severely criticized the remarks former Finance Minister Roland Tuitt made last week during a press conference at the rehab center Turning Point. Tuitt blasted the government for the tax deal with t

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 22, 2013

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Teenager killed in Colombia

St. Maarten – Anthony Molanus-Galvez, the 14-year-old son of Dirk Molanus, was fatally shot during a robbery on Tuesday evening in Tualá, Colombia. Reportedly, the youngster was shot in his head and chest before he was robbed of a quad he was driv

Editorial - Posted on August 21, 2013

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Editorial: Bosman-law

Whether André Bosman’s initiative-law goes into effect or not does not make all that much of a difference. According to constitutional law expert Hoogers (see our front page article) it will not solve the problem it claims to address, so at the en

Opinion - Posted on August 21, 2013

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Opinion: Welfare slaves

Now that our socialist political leaders and government have conditioned us into believing we are all helpless victims, victims of the Europeans, victims of rich and the self-reliant they have encouraged an entire culture of “collectivism, dependen

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 21, 2013

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Court declares bankruptcy for Aquarius and Sabra

St. Maarten – Aquarius Company Ltd. and Sabra NV have both been declared bankrupt by the Court in First Instance yesterday.  The court appointed attorney Norbert Hijmans as the trustee in both bankruptcies. Both companies – from Marc and Johnny

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 21, 2013

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Gerhard Hoogers

Constitutional law expert Hoogers: “Bosman-law reeks of symbolic legislation”

HILVERSUM – The Bosman-law will not change the influx of underprivileged Antillean youngsters into the Netherlands, constitutional law expert Gerhard Hoogers says in an interview with Jamila Baaziz of Caribisch Netwerk. “It reeks of symbolic legi

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 21, 2013

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AUC

Decision about AUC-agreement now contested in court – University-owners settled with tax inspectorate

St. Maarten – The former owner of the American University of the Caribbean in Cupecoy dismissed comments by former Finance Minister Roland Tuitt that have created the impression that it evaded taxes after Devry Inc. purchased the university for $23

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 21, 2013

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Cola non-payment could see industrial action – Civil servants meet today

St. Maarten – Unions that represent employees in the public sector are galvanizing their members to determine a formidable way forward in engaging government regarding the payment of the Cost of Living Adjustment (Cola) for 2011 and 2012. As fru

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 21, 2013

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SER meets with Aids Foundation

St. Maarten – The board of the Social Economic Council (SER) met with representatives of the St. Maarten AIDS Foundation on Thursday. As the Social Economic Council continues to provide government with advice pertaining to matters of socio-economic

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 20, 2013

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Experience magazine wins photography award

St. Maarten/MIAMI – HCP/Aboard Publishing was recently honored by the Florida Magazine Association with a prestigious Charlie Award for its annual publication, Experience Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, produced in partnership with the St. Maarten Hospi

Editorial - Posted on August 20, 2013

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Editorial: Another party

With the establishment of the Social Reform Party by former National Alliance-candidate Jacinto Mock the field for next year’s elections has expanded to six contestants – and we suspect that we have not seen the end of this development yet. Sm

Opinion - Posted on August 20, 2013

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Opinion: Grand theft

Internet is a great tool, but there is a downside. The worldwide web has given plenty of people the idea that all information ought to be available free of charge. Music was the first victim of this misconception: nobody wanted to pay for it anymore.

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 20, 2013

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Jacinto Mock

Jacinto Mock establishes Social Reform Party

Jacinto Mock, leader of the Social Reform Party SRP. Photo Today / Hilbert HaarSt. Maarten – After Lenny Priest launched his One St. Maarten People Party on August 1, there is yet another newcomer in the political arena: the Social Reform Party (SR

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