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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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National energy policy hits a nerve in the Netherlands

St. Maarten – The article this newspaper published last Saturday about St. Maarten’s national energy policy has triggered questions in the Dutch Parliament from VVD-MP André Bosman and PvdA-MP Roelof van Laar. Articles about the energy policy al

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Customs officer jailed 7 years for mega cocaine shipment

Court describes defendant as “rotten apple in the basket” St. Maarten – “There is no doubt that several employees of the company Swissport Cargo Services in Curacao, the airport police in Curacao and / or the customs in Curacao and St. Maa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Cft: Stay the course of balanced budgets, keep improving financial management

St. Maarten – The College financieel toezicht (Cft) said yesterday in a press release that the execution of the 2014 budget is running its course on both Curaçao and Sint Maarten. “If the countries continue on this path, their budgets will stay

Opinion - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Opinion: Stealing (Parliamentary) seats – one more time

A Member of Parliament who leaves his faction or who is kicked out of his faction can keep his or her seat. This is the opening line in a brochure of the Dutch government entitled “Van abdicatie tot zetelroof” (From abdication to seat robbery).

Opinion - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Opinion: Look in the mirror

What do you do with a teenager who denies every responsibility for anything he does? Apparently, the parents of the young man who was in court yesterday did not have the right answer – otherwise he would not have been in court in the first place.

Opinion - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Opinion: Insult (main politicians not showing up on ceremonial day)

The opening of the parliamentary year is not for nothing announced as a solemn affair. It is, after all, one of those events on the calendar that pays tribute to the constitutional democracy we all value. The prime servants of this system, our minist

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Editorial: Pay attention

The Cft recently published its report on the financial state of affairs for both Curacao and St. Maarten and there are positive developments in both countries that are worth applauding, while imparting wise words of caution. The good news is that

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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WIFOL contemplates industrial action against Little Switzerland

St. Maarten—Industrial action against Little Switzerland is currently being contemplated by the Windward Islands Federation Of Labor (WIFOL) over what the union views as stalling tactics in negotiating the terms of a Collective Labor Agreement (CLA

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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Employment major concern for prisoners: Inmates Association meets Minister of Justice

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson met recently with the Inmates Association at the prison in Pointe Blanche. The prison director, social workers, and a representative of the Penitentiary Supervisory Committee (Commissie v

Editorial - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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Editorial: Government’s policy challenges and opportunities

Not an outline of the government’s agenda for the coming year, but a focus on policy challenges and opportunities. That was, by necessity, the focus of the governor’s address at the opening of the parliamentary year. This way, the address rema

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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Governor Holiday at opening parliamentary year: “There are real opportunities for economic growth”

St. Maarten – Ravel’s Bolero was once more floating through the parliament building yesterday morning ahead of the official opening of the parliamentary year 2014-2015. What stood out apart from the music was the absence of United People’s par

Opinion - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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Opinion: We still disagree

Ed Gumbs walked into our office yesterday afternoon to react to our opinion headlined The root cause of all trouble. Gumbs maintains that parliament seats won belong to the party, we disagree – and we still do. Gumbs bases his argument on articl

Opinion - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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Opinion: The writing on the wall

Election results never make everybody happy. The UP’s victory turned to nothing real quick, when the other three parties signed an agreement before the sun came up on Saturday, August 30. But in politics like in life – it is what it is. One di

Opinion - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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Opinion by Debbie Zwanikken: Mindful moments on learned optimism

As an ambassador for mindfulness, it is my task to enlighten you to the benefits of taking up a mindful practice. Today, I encourage you to hug someone with complete awareness as you lean in, feel the size of the person, the warmth or coolness, the p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Daylight armed robbery in Cole Bay

St. Maarten —On the heels of two failed armed robberies over the weekend, another armed robbery attempt was foiled yesterday morning. “At approximately 9:45 am several police patrols were sent to Union Caribe money transfer located on Welfare roa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Election result anchored in national decree: Central Voting Bureau confirms the numbers 

St. Maarten - The Central Voting Bureau chaired by attorney Jason Rogers announced in a brief public meeting at the A.C. Wathey legislative Hall yesterday afternoon that it had incorporated the results of the August 29 elections in a national decree.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Gracita Arrindell closes parliamentary year

St. Maarten – Parliament President Gracita Arrindell closed off the parliamentary year 2013-2014 yesterday morning in a meeting MPs used to express countless thank you’s and also to express their respect for each other. Highlight of the meeting w

Editorial - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Editorial: Departure policy

The parliamentary year 2013-02014 closed without any fireworks, or it must be the motion departing DP-faction leader Roy Marlin tabled. That motion urges the prime minister to inform the members of her cabinet not to do anything that would encumbe

Opinion - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Opinion: Educating the people (Parliament or the media?)

One of the poorly understood concepts among the Members of our Parliament – okay, among some of these members – is the role of the media. Yesterday, during the public meeting held on the occasion of the closure of the parliamentary year, we heard

Opinion - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Opinion: The root cause of all trouble (Parliamentarians are free to do as they please)

Are candidates that are elected to Parliament who do not win enough votes to win a seat on their own, enslaved to the party they belong to? This seems to be the gist of the opinion of Ed Gumbs, elsewhere in this newspaper. We disagree. The system

Opinion - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Opinion by Bienvenido Richardson: Three Amigos Coalition

Dear Editor, After yesterday’s press briefing and statements made by Leona Marlin about coming out victorious on leading the pack of wolves, I am wondering really in this coalition partnership, who really is leading the pack? Oh and by the wa

Opinion - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Opinion: Lifting the moratorium on car rental licenses

We’re not confident that the explanation Economic Affairs Minister Ted Richardson gave at the end of last week about his reasons for lifting the moratorium on car rental licenses is solid. It feels too much like departure policy - a decision taken

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2014

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First ever catastrophe risk insurance conference held on St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Henderson Insurances organized the first ever catastrophe risk insurance conference yesterday at the Belair Community Center, featuring special guest and keynote speaker Milo Pearson, chairman of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insuran

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2014

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Man brutally stabbed in Philipsburg

St. Maarten- A man was severely stabbed yesterday afternoon around 4 pm in town near the main office of GEBE. He lost a lot of blood and had to be rushed away to the St Maarten Medical Center. Upon arriving on the scene, a large amount of blood, w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2014

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USp-candidate Leona Marlin-Romeo: “I am not going anywhere”

St. Maarten – Leona Marlin-Romeo is firmly committed to the United St. Maarten party. During a press conference at the  Parliament building yesterday morning, the party’s number 2-candidate laid to rest rumors triggered by a baseless article tha

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 5, 2014

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Incentives for investment in renewable energy

Government publishes National Energy Policy St. Maarten – To achieve that 35 percent of the energy St. Maarten uses stems by 2016 from renewable sources, the government had to take several steps immediately to promote renewable energy. The fir

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 5, 2014

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Smitcoms fire prompts urgent meeting

St. Maarten – Telecommunications Minister Ted Richardson called an urgent meeting yesterday with the Bureau of Telecommunication and Post (BTP), Telem Group, and UTS after the fire at Smitcoms caused a major island wide communications blackout, wi

Opinion - Posted by on September 5, 2014

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Opinion: Voters register

The last word has not been said yet about the voters register. That people did not receive their voting cards – a much-heard complaint –seems to be for a large party due to inaccuracies in the systems, or in the way these systems are understood a

Opinion - Posted by on September 5, 2014

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Reader writes: Listening to the voters

Dear Editor, After reading certain statements made in the media by representatives of the Democratic Party of St. Maarten this week, I had to express my feelings and beliefs to those same representatives and the fellow members and supporters of th

Editorial - Posted by on September 5, 2014

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Editorial: Energy policy

The National Energy Policy is a visionary document that outlines the direction the country has to go to become less dependent on fossil fuels for its energy production. Is this policy long overdue? Certainly, but it is there and it sketches the co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 4, 2014

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Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin cooperate on illegal guns

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – A delegation from Paris, France, on Tuesday visited Philipsburg and had discussions with Governor Eugène Holiday, and with Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson, about crime prevention and the fight against illegal firearms.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 4, 2014

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Johan Leonard squeezes past Buncamper-Molanus into parliament

“Mister 7-UP” sends rival home St. Maarten – Maria Buncamper-Molanus will not become a member of the new Parliament after all. After the Central Voting Bureau had scrutinized yesterday all the ballots the twenty polling stations had deemed

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 4, 2014

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Council of Ministers approves one tablet per child

Education Minister: “Realization of one of my dreams” St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Council of Ministers approved Minister of Education Patricia Lourens Philip’s “One Tablet per Child” project, the Minister announced yesterday in a press

Opinion - Posted by on September 4, 2014

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Opinion: Mindful moments on kindness

When one sits or walks to practice mindfulness, there is a pivotal part of the practice than promotes kindness. As you sit with full attention to feeling your breath in your body, as you ride the breath from inhalation to exhalation and your mind sta

Editorial - Posted by on September 4, 2014

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Editorial: Partial cleanup (of shady politicians in Government)

Drama does not get much better – or worse, depending on which side you are – than it did at the Central Voting Bureau yesterday. The tight race for the seventh seat in Parliament for the UP-faction started with Maria Buncamper-Molanus holding

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