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It was in the early 1804 that Haiti became the first country to become independent in this hemisphere. The rest of the world thought that Haiti which was a former colony of France was “bold and out of place” to put it mildly, to become an independent country. This resulted in serious sanctions that kept the development of the country down economically More...

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Code of Conduct
By The Publisher On Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Codes of Conduct

A post on Facebook caught our attention today. The topic was Codes of Conduct. Apparently, this was triggered by screenshots of a chat conversation circulating on Whatsapp. For all intents and purposes, the chat More...

Public Prosecutor's Office entrance
By The Publisher On Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Special Report: 7-parts series explaining the Public Prosecutor’s views on the statutes of limitations

This is a special report brought to you by outlining the views of the Public Prosecutor’s Office on the statutes of limitations pertaining to the length of investigations, in particular those More...

Roeland Zwanikken
By The Publisher On Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

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

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 More...

Integrity Directions
By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

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

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

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

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...

By The Publisher On Sunday, June 17th, 2018

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

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...