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Editorial - Posted by on March 15, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Justice Tsunami

As the days go by St. Maarten continues to be buffeted by waves of cares. Yesterday we talked about the need for national focus on the country’s finances. Considering the reports today and in the past weeks there is also a very palpable need to als

Editorial - Posted by on March 14, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Budget Tsunami

While Japan reels in the wake of its greatest disaster in 66 years, St. Maarten is reaching out, but reaching out from under a tsunami of its own. The big tidal wave drawing eyes to Philipsburg and causing people here to brace themselves is a man mad

Editorial - Posted by on March 13, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A scandal and an illegality

That government controllers closed down Yan Yang Supermarket in Sucker Garden for carrying expired products is big news on its own. What makes it more of a concern is the conditions under which several of the employees were living. The photos we pu

Editorial - Posted by on March 11, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: What about paternity leave?

It is with interest that we take note of the planned changes to the Civil Code highlighted by Professor Mr. Jan de Boer at an information session on Thursday. One that jumps up is that young people can go to court to establish paternity and that a wo

Editorial - Posted by on March 10, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A word of welcome

A new Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor begins to work today and we have no qualms of telling him: Proceed with caution. Our warning is not because we’re going on the offensive, but simply because the person in this role will

Editorial - Posted by on March 9, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: The collective psyche of our nation

Tuesday’s tripartite agreement to allow employees of Simpson Bay Resort and Marina to return to work is cause for celebration and proves that the resolution to the matter truly lay in dialogue and not in the courts. In the end willingness for parti

Editorial - Posted by on March 8, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Quibbling

Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto thinks of tax attorney, former Lt. Governor and members of the board for financial supervision Cft, Max Pandt, as a respected professional. Yet he found reason to throw him out of a meeting with the Cft because Pandt i

Editorial - Posted by on March 7, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: “Prison cells”

Justice Minister Roland Duncan has his work cut out for him. The prison system is stuck, and finding a solution should now be his number one priority. We credit the Minister for his determination to find funding for the renovation of the old polic

Editorial - Posted by on March 6, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: “Execution”

This newspaper, The Today Newspaper has a policy to refrain from publishing grueling pictures of crime scenes and traffic accidents. The privacy of victims is the more important to us than any form of sensationalism. The picture we published Satu

Editorial - Posted by on March 3, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Off to the races

The Heineken Regatta really kicks into high gear today, bringing with it a weekend of sailing, parties and drinking. The event has clearly established its benefits and the call by Minister Franklin Meyers for the community to support the event is spo

Editorial - Posted by on March 2, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Real Solution

“Crime is at a level because of unemployment and unemployment is at a level because of the low economic turn around that we’re having in our economy right now. I have to do what I have to do as Minister of Economic Affairs to get this economy up

Editorial - Posted by on March 1, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: “Ear plugs”

It’s raining press releases about the upcoming Carnival these days. It’s an exciting time of the year for many people, and even though the grand parade is still 59 days away, Carnival will be a steady presence in the newspapers during that time.

Editorial - Posted by on February 27, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: (Pelican Resort) Back to court

Simpson Bay Resort Owner Company (SBROC) is heading back to court because they’ll fail to meet a deadline today to reopen the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and the Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina. This time it’s for summary proceedings fi

Editorial - Posted by on February 25, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Still Struggling

That the Corporate Governance Council is working is clear. That it also feels that it can function better is also clear. That latter point however requires that the government and the companies and foundations under the body’s supervision meet thei

Editorial - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Let’s Celebrate!

The Workers Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol)  and the representatives of Simpson Bay Resort Owner Company have begun “exchanging views” again. Let’s celebrate! Yes, we think a celebration is in place because of the resumption of talks.

Editorial - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Parallel Tracks

As the nation continues to wait to see what has now become the Pelican saga resolved, we at the Today Newspaper have become reflective. In our backward glance we have come to a conclusion that what is happening with the resort is parallel to St. Maar

Editorial - Posted by on February 22, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Fair warning

The long lines at the St. Maarten Census Office where motorists are queuing these days for their new number plates proved to be a hotbed for political discussion last week. Surprisingly, the topic of heated debate was the 3 million dollar land scand

Editorial - Posted by on February 19, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: (Pelican Resort) Frustration

A planned protest by senior citizens who own timeshare at the former Pelican Resort on Sunday is ill advised. The plan to go to the government building at 2:00 p.m. will have little or no effect, for the simple reason that there’s not really anybod

Editorial - Posted by on February 18, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: On behalf of the workers

It is with interest that we read that the government intends to hike work permit and residence fees at the middle of the year as part of its plan to balance the budget. The measure must be seen in a context and we appreciate that, but there is a caut

Editorial - Posted by on February 17, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: National Identity, National Debate

Minister of Education Rhoda Arrindell’s statement on the spelling of St. Maarten has opened the door to restart a discussion on that and other parts of the nation’s identity. This was confirmed Wednesday by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. B

Editorial - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Another arrest

The Brooks Tower fraud investigation netted another suspect yesterday – and again it is someone with a function that is too close for comfort to the political leadership of the country. Having said that, we’d like to stress for the record that w

Editorial - Posted by on February 15, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Action

It is now 54 days ago that Public Health, Social Development and Labor Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus announced her forced resignation over a scandal whereby she and her husband Claudius sold the economic ownership of a piece of government-owned la

Editorial - Posted by on February 14, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Compromising freedom of speech

Gregory Richardson, a local IT-specialist who owns Secure Tech International, revealed at a conference in Trinidad that a website has published hundreds of emails from an advisor to the government of St. Maarten. Richardson warned that the security r

Editorial - Posted by on February 12, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: (Pelican Resort) Closer to calamity

Friday’s news that the new owners of the former Pelican Resort have decided to close is indeed a national emergency. The reason we say that is the property is the largest time share resort on the island. It accounts for 20 percent of the timeshare

Editorial - Posted by on February 11, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Fight for workers at Pelican Resort not over

On Tuesday there was a hint that the fight for workers at Pelican Resort was not over. That hint became a full blown obvious fact on Thursday when one of the attorneys for the Wifol told the new owners let’s get the people back to work, or we’ll

Editorial - Posted by on February 10, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Community Participation

Today our pages are filled with reactions and urgings from at least three community councils. This is something we believe is positive and worthy of highlight, because it shows that St. Maarten is growing up from the ground level. No matter what you

Editorial - Posted by on February 9, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Hint, Hint

Understandably the set up of St. Maarten’s institution is and will take time, but we cannot help but point out that Parliament has been told again that if certain things are undesirable they should use their authority to present, amend or adopt leg

Editorial - Posted by on February 4, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: The choice before us

Wednesday’s handling of a summary proceedings to secure continued permanent employment for the workers of Pelican has got us thinking. Our thoughts are circulating around the matter of choices and it would seem that everybody likes to talk about th

Editorial - Posted by on February 3, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Gun possession

It is not for nothing that the Court in First Instance uses a standard sentence for anybody who is found in the possession of a firearm. The standard penalty is twelve months imprisonment, and that is just for having a gun. We’re not talking about

Editorial - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: “Let’s work, not talk!”

Today we think we’ll take our lead from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and not talk about winners and losers in terms of the arrangement that was brokered between the government and the unions that represent civil servants and teachers on Wednesda

Editorial - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Be Reasonable

Today marks a great opportunity for compromise in this friendly country of ours after days of back and forth between the government and the unions that represent teachers and civil servants. It could also be a day of deadlock because of the position

Editorial - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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Editorial: National Frustration

The stage seems set for labor unrest in young Country St. Maarten. Teachers and civil servants are unhappy with the decision of government and parliament to spread a 5.3 percent cost of living adjustment over two years and late payment. Next to that

Editorial - Posted by on January 25, 2011

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Civil Servants / Teachers Emergency Meetings

Union Leaders from the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) have made a very big mistake. They’ve announced they’ll be communication with the Finance Ministry in the

Editorial - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Health hazard

Fires on the garbage dump are nothing new – they occur all the time. But that does not mean it is okay to let this situation continue. There is probably nobody ready to disagree with this, yet the reality is that we will most likely have to wait u

Editorial - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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St. Maarten and Curacao have a similar problem

One hundred days into their life as countries, both do not have governing program. These documents are basically the government’s guide for the four year term that they are sitting. It lays out specifically what the government will do, when and how

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