St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2014

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Prosecution UP Candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus for Eco Green remains possible  

Candidate #23 Silvio Matser and UP-rep Roy Heyliger also in legal trouble St. Maarten – There is still no decision about the possible criminal prosecution of UP-candidate #21 Maria Buncamper-Molanus, the prosecutor’s office said in answer to

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2014

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UP only party without errors: CENTRAL VOTING BUREAU APPROVES ALL PARTIES

St. Maarten —All five members of the Central Voting Bureau approved the validity of the political parties contesting the upcoming Parliamentary elections slated for this coming August. Even though several of the political parties had received noti

Opinion - Posted on July 23, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: There we go again

Just like the different seasons show what time of the year it is…so do the ridiculous, polluting, intimidating , clue-less, expensive political posters, banners, flags and other dazzling ‘talisman’ - objects, tell us that it is that time again�

Opinion - Posted on July 23, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Sustainability and the economy

Dear Editor, Lately, the terms economic diversification and sustainable development seem to have become catchphrases amongst current and aspiring decision makers. These terms are often used, but their implementation is sadly seldom truly pursued.

Opinion - Posted on July 23, 2014

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Opinion: Blogosphere

Could the blogosphere – that realm where bloggers rule – indeed contribute to more transparency and openness and to public debate? A darn good question that is. The internet did not literally burst onto the scene – it evolved over a long per

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2014

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Autism: Something is the matter with my child

By Myriam Haar “Yes, I noticed there is something not quite right with him but I don’t know what it is or what to do about it.” In the course of the emotional coaching I’ve been giving since January 2013 to groups of children facing var

Editorial - Posted on July 22, 2014

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Editorial: Authorities are treating political parties with kid gloves.

There are many ways to look at the general permit the Justice Ministry issued for political parties on July 8. One could argue, for instance, that the permit’s conditions do not apply to every billboard that was already in place before that date

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2014

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Validity campaign-permit uncertain

St. Maarten – It is not entirely certain that the general permit for political parties is already in effect. This is because the permit has not been published yet in the National Gazette. If this is correct, it means that all political parties tha

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2014

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National Alliance holds first meeting: “It is all about proper representation”

St. Maarten - “It is all about proper representation when people vote,” said leader of the National Alliance (NA) William Marlin at the first contact meeting held at the Pantophlet villas in St. Peter’s on Friday evening. “It is not about th

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2014

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Killer Devon Otto transferred to prison in the Netherlands

St. Maarten – In the company of two guards, Stanley Gumbs-killer Devon Otto left St. Maarten on Sunday to spend the rest of his lengthy prison sentence in a prison in the Netherlands. Already in 2012 then Justice Minister Roland Duncan wanted to t

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2014

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DP wants dollarization and new Central Bank building

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party is a proponent of dollarization and the construction of a new building for the Central Bank in St. Maarten, the party states in a press release that highlights its stance on the monetary union with Curacao and on

Opinion - Posted on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: Old sins (Cigarette producer R.J. Reynolds sued for $23 billion)

Old sins have long shadows, or so the saying goes. Cigarette producer R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company found that out the hard way after a jury in the State of Florida awarded a widow whose chain-smoking husband died 18 years ago, $23 billion in damages

Opinion - Posted on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: Has the world gone mad?

On July 17 192 Dutch, 44 Malaysians (among them 15 crewmembers), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, a New Zealander and a Canadian perished in the airplane disaster in the Ukraine with flight MH17 of Malay

Opinion - Posted on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: Fixing Curacao

Pas als het kalf verdronken is dempt men de put. That Dutch expression comes to mind in the wake of the airport shooting in Curacao: only after the proverbial excrement hits the fan, action follows. Crime is of all times and all ages, not only in

Opinion - Posted on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: A competent Parliament

Dear Editor, Thanks once again for using this medium to express myself. I think that I am one of many people on St. Maarten who has been greatly disappointed in the overall functioning of our Parliament. The cases in which incompetence and disresp

Editorial - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Editorial: Irony (St. Maarten elections)

It’s election time again and boy do politicians think we have a short term memory. The recent statements by the DP leader about being against “one party rule” made us do a double take. What? Is this coming from the same party that has been in p

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Moses-Burton escapes tragedy

St. Maarten – Suzette Moses-Burton, St. Maarten’s former HIV/Aids program manager and currently the executive director of the Global Network for People living with HIV, escaped tragedy on her way to the twentieth international Aids conference th

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Future keynote speaker in St. Maarten: Leading AIDS expert among dead in flight MH17 crash

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten AIDS Foundation bemoaned the profound loss for the global AIDS community that resulted from the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The plane was en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia,

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Maximiliaan Phelipa: In the Garden of Art

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – He waits for me patiently by his gate on Front Street. Philipsburg has settled to a quiet stroll in the late afternoon, and local artist Maximilaan Phelipa is standing near the entrance to the garden of his home. He

Opinion - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: The color of our skins

Ever met someone who was proud of his white skin? I did. It was 2005 and I was canvassing a neighborhood in California for work. Suddenly, there was this old guy in his garden who started a conversation with me. Forgive me for not remembering the det

Opinion - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Lost in a dark forest

Hurray! There is trouble in the Caribbean and that is always a good reason for Dutch media to write about the islands. This time, however, political editor Remco Meijer severely criticizes the diplomatic acumen of Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Pl

Opinion - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Fear of flying

The tragedy with the Malaysian airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that killed all 295 people onboard inevitably triggers questions about aviation safety. How safe is it really to fly? Based on raw numbers taking an airplane is much saf

Uncategorized - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Victim Curacao airport shooting was a gang member

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao is still reeling from the shooting at Hato airport whereby two men were killed while six bystanders sustained injuries. The police have identified one of the victims as 35-year-old Erwin Adriano Juliano, a prominent member of t

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 21, 2014

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National Alliance supports expansion medical center

Manifesto: “State of the art equipment and the best physicians” St. Maarten – The National Alliance does not support the construction of a new hospital, it appears from the health and wellness chapter of the parties political manifesto. The

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Young dance and design talent Deveny Elferink to New York

St. Maarten - Deveny Elferink, one of St Maarten’s top youth dance and design talents flew to New York on Thursday to attend The School of Creative Arts and Performing Arts SOCAPA and the Parson New School of Design. At just 13 years of age, De

Editorial, Uncategorized - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Editorial: Tough talk (airport shooting in Curacao)

The airport shooting in Curacao has put Curacao’s Justice Minister Nelson Navarro in overdrive. With a live broadcast speech on TV, he announced tough measures to increase the safety of the island’s population. Navarro announced that the measu

Opinion - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Basic approach

The Board of the National Alliance hereby acknowledges the decision of the Honorable Minister Maurice Lake to continue with the basic approach of former Minister William Marlin to grant contracts directly to small contractors instead of having them w

Opinion - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Edu-tourism

Dear Editor, I have read the article of Mr. Andrew Smith which was published in the Today newspaper of Monday July 14, 2014 with regard to his view on “Edu-Tourism”, and have taken great interest. As a candidate on the Democratic Party slat

Opinion - Posted on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Oppression and injustice

Dear Editor, Writer wishes hereby to in the very first place, express his sincere thanks to you for the very great article concerning himself in your well-read Today Newspaper. However there  has been a very dramatic twist in this affair with

Editorial - Posted on July 17, 2014

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Editorial: Shooting is “an isolated incident”….. Dream on

The shooting at the airport in Curacao seems to be related to a war between two gangs. Where gangs are involved, drugs usually are not far away. In this sense, the shooting adds an argument to the debate about the legalization of drugs. If gangste

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on July 17, 2014

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Two dead in Curacao airport shooting – “This is a serious blow to our tourism”

WILLEMSTAD – Two people were gunned down in a brazen gangland style shooting at Curacao’s Hato International Airport Tuesday evening. And at least six others were wounded, police said. According to reports, a car drove up to the front of the ar

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2014

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Minister De Weever sticks to expansion plan for hospital

St. Maarten – “Absolutely.” That was Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever’s response to a question from this newspaper whether the government is looking for the expansion and upgrading of the current medical center, rather than opting

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2014

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L’Escargot Restaurant-robber sentenced to 6 years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Franklyn Emmanuel Lake yesterday to 6 years of imprisonment for his role in an armed robbery on the owners of L’Escargot restaurant on October 26, 2012. At the trial on June 26, the prosecution

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 17, 2014

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Hype-agenda highlights career choices

St. Maarten – Education Minister Patricia Lourens received the first copy of the Hype-agenda yesterday morning from coordinator Zulayka Peterson during a press conference at the government administration Building. The agenda, produced for students

Opinion - Posted on July 17, 2014

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Opinion: We’re not alone (…there’s life in space)

Good news or bad news? The American space organization Nasa says that we are not alone and that it will prove this point within the next twenty years. The scientists that participated in a discussion at Nasa headquarters on Monday seem to agree that

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