Is it legal to attach conditions to an offer for financial aid?

Roeland Zwanikken

By Roeland Zwanikken Art. 36 of the Kingdom Charter stipulates that the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten (will) provide each other aid and assistance. According to the Explanatory Notes, countries within the Kingdom will consult, assist and cooperate with each other. Furthermore: they are supposed to consider each other’s justified interests More...

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Integrity Directions
By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
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With the many institutions we already have, do we really need the Integrity Chamber?

Dear Editor, It might be nothing new for us, but it is embarrassing to be constantly reading and hearing about members of the highest governing body on our island being corrupt. Yes, there is corruption worldwide, More...

Philipsburg - Capital of Dutch St. Maarten
By The Publisher On Thursday, July 26th, 2018
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SHTA: Private Sector asks “Why Not?”

At this point focus needs to be on a way forward. The struggle between the private sector and the public sector needs to stop, and cooperation should be the way forward. So why not, at this point have some real More...

Philipsburg Parliament of Sint Maarten
By The Publisher On Saturday, June 30th, 2018
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Incoming MPs must take case to court

~ The Credentials Crisis – How to solve the newest Constitutional Crisis in St. Maarten ~ by Terrance Rey The only solution for the incoming members of Parliament, Tamara Leonard and Claude "Chacho" Peterson, More...

Julio Romney 20130301 - HH
By The Publisher On Monday, June 25th, 2018
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Government Formed: Amidst the threat of the formation process being impeded by informateurs

By Political Analyst, Julio R. Romney As a scholar of Comparative Government & Politics and political analyst the intent here is to merely ask the tough and intriguing political questions and highlight potential More...

Self-insurance
By The Publisher On Sunday, June 17th, 2018
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Is Self-Insurance an option worth considering?

With this raging debate about insurance and the dreaded state of being ‘under-insured’ according to the conclusion of various insurance companies here on St. Maarten in the aftermath of hurricane Irma and the More...

Dr. Antonio Carmona Baez - USM President
By The Publisher On Saturday, May 26th, 2018
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On the reconstitution of USM

By Antonio Carmona Báez, Ph.D.* My recent appointment as President of the University of St. Martin has been accompanied by a warm welcome from many of the island’s residents, as well as a strong sense of encouragement More...

Joe Richardson - RIP
By The Publisher On Saturday, May 5th, 2018
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As we mourn a hero…

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Mrs. Loretta Richardson and the rest of the Richardson family as you mourn the loss of Joe Richardson, a man that was well admired by all over the years for his humble More...

Giant St. Maarten Flipflops
By The Publisher On Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
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Open letter to Pastor Wycliffe Smith

I doubted very long whether I would write this comment. Let me begin by congratulating pastor Wycliffe Smith with his upcoming executive position as Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS). I believe More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Rules and regulations

By Hilbert Haar We have no shortage of laws, national ordinances and rules and regulation in our little country. What we sorely miss is the will to apply those rules. This appears once more from the questions I More...