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10-10-10: Setting the record straight

Dr. Lloyd J. Richardson was the first chairperson of the Parliament of Sint Maarten ~ PHILIPSBURG - Looking back on ten years of autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands reveals how fast memories fade. When posed the...

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

We hope you had an enjoyable Constitution Day weekend celebration.

Here is the quiz answer announcement you all have been waiting for....

Only one person - initials D.B. - had the correct answer!
(Congratulations D.B.. We will be emailing you today about receiving your prizes.)

This proves that we need to know more about our island's history. We do not know enough about our own history! We also need to read quiz questions carefully. The question was: Who was the first chairperson of the Parliament of Sint Maarten?

Not who was the first President of Parliament. That was indeed Gracita R. Arrindell. However, before a President of Parliament is chosen in a first meeting of Parliament, that meeting is always chaired by the oldest Member of Parliament in the parliament.

The winner gets a free INSIDER subscription to, a free book about the Constitution of Sint Maarten and as a surprise gift as a bonus, a roll with 20 coins of the new Commemorative 5-guilder Coin for the 10th Anniversary of Country Sint Maarten. This roll of 20 uncirculated coins is worth NAf. 100. See for more info.

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Consolation prize
As a consolation, the first person to email us and tell us what is the highest body in the Legislative Branch gets a free INSIDER subscription and a Free Breakfast compliments of Real Food Strictly Vegan. But first, you have to read this article for the answer:

The next quiz
For St. Maarten Day, we will be organizing another quiz with another great prize. Make sure to read all our published articles between now and November 11, 2020. The answer to the quiz will be in one of these articles.
Constitution Day Messages
Governor's address for 10-10-20 commemoration

Building Our Country: Pivotal Moments by Eugene B. Holiday Governor of Sint Maarten Philipsburg, Sint Maarten Saturday, October 10, 2020 Fellow Sint Maarteners, Good Morning, Introduction Today, October 10, 2020, we observe the 10th anniversary...

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Presentation MP William Marlin for 10-10-20

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the day St. Maarten became "an autonomous country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands" on October 10, 2010, otherwise known as "10-10-10" that Chinese saying comes to mind: "A journey of a thousand miles...

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Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs Commemoration of the 10th

People of St. Maarten, it is my honor and pleasure to address you today on the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of St. Maarten attaining Country status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; a Decade since we embarked on a brand new journey...

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MP Claudius Buncamper: Everyone always progressing

Everyone always progressing" - "Quisgue semper proficiens" My colleagues and the people of St. Maarten a very pleasant good afternoon. In commemorating October 10, 2010, instinctively as a public servant you start to think about your role. You...

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PFP Member of Parliament Melissa Gumbs' Remarks

Good morning Mr. Chairman, Griffiers, my colleagues in Parliament, and those joining us online and via radio, both here and abroad. Mr. Chairman, like my colleagues before me, I do believe that this is a time for critical reflection and...

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St. Maarten commemorates 1st decade of Country Status

On behalf of the Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs hereby invites the people of St. Maarten to join and take part in the Virtual Commemoration of Constitution Day under the theme 'Decadal Growth and Progress', on October 12th,...

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Minister Richardson observes Police and Prison Officers Week

On Friday October 9, 2020 the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) kicked off their annual celebration with the planting of a tree in remembrance and honor of fallen police officers. Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson who attended the...

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Police Union NAPB Public Message for Police Day

PHILIPSBURG - On Saturday, October 10, 2020, the Police Force of St. Maarten is celebrating its 10th anniversary. On the occasion of this Police Day ('Korpsdag'), the police union, NAPB (Nederlandse Antillen Politiebond), is extending the...

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WICSU-PSU Union Constitution Day Reflection

Are the workers better off today than ten years ago? ~ PHILIPSBURG - The labor Union WICSU-PSU is reflecting back on the last 10 years of St. Maarten being a 'Country'. The question that comes to mind is What do we have to look back on?

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Food for thought (part 2)

Dear Editor, I am an eternal optimist. The glass is always half full rather than half empty. My Letter to the Editor of April 9, 2020, entitled FOOD FOR THOUGHT in which I concluded THIS COUNTRY STATUS EXPERIMENT HAS FAILED, for some may have...

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10 recoveries today

PHILIPSBURG - As of October 12th, there were ten (10) COVID-19 recoveries recorded, reducing the total active cases to fifty-six (56). The total number of confirmed cases remains at seven hundred and ten (710). The Collective Prevention Services...

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What's on the Menu Today?

Whatsapp us via +1-721-588-0800 to get the latest menus from our selection of daily chefs and caterers delivering delicious dishes of food to your door. Here is our pick for today, October 13, 2020: REAL FOOD STRICTLY VEGAN Breakfast for Delivery.

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Audit Chamber report reveals abuse of public funds

PHILIPSBURG -- Successive governments since 10-10-10 have been epic failures. That's not an opinion, but a statement based on findings of the General Audit Chamber that are published in its report Retrospective - Ten years of the General Audit...

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Court declares lawsuit Pro Soualiga Foundation inadmissable

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance has declared the Pro Soualiga Foundation inadmissible in its injunctions against the state of the Netherlands and its Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations. The foundation wanted the court to...

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Unfinished business: financial management still a priority

Philipsburg - October 9th, 2020. The General Audit Chamber submitted its report entitled "Retrospective: 10 years General Audit Chamber" to Parliament today. The report presents findings and conclusions about the most influential audits of the...

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Protests against rumored dolphinarium, VROMI denies permit

PHILIPSBURG - Over 100 protestors joined the Dolphin Defenders on Maho Beach, St Maarten at the weekend to demonstrate against rumoured plans for a dolphinarium at the hotel development at Burgeaux Bay, Beacon Hill.

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172 Miljoen voor Girobank

Minister Martina: Kleine crediteuren van hun tegoeden verzekerd Van een onzer verslaggeefstersWillemstad - Met het instemmen met het bij consensusrijkswet te regelen Orgaan voor Hervorming en Ontwikkeling (OHO) komt er vanuit Nederland ook een...

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'Koninkrijk garandeert geen welzijn voor Sint-Maarten'

PHILIPSBURG - De afgelopen tien jaar is een 'overwinning geweest voor Sint-Maarten', vindt minister-president Silveria Jacobs. Sint-Maarten is het enige eiland dat een (virtuele) viering voor 10-10-'10 heeft georganiseerd met prominenten en vele...

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Rendement Caribische student laag

Van onze correspondent Den Haag - Studenten uit Sint Maarten doen het in Nederland in het hoger beroepsonderwijs (hbo) het beste. Arubaanse studenten in het wetenschappelijk onderwijs (wo) doen het duidelijk slechter en hun rendement daalt...

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Analyse redactie: 'Re- en dekolonisensatie' in Staten

Met 11 stemmen vóór en 5 tegen hebben de Staten van Curaçao, die 21 leden telt, in meerderheid een motie aangenomen waarin - kort gezegd - Nederland wordt aangeklaagd bij de Dekolonisatiecommissie van de Verenigde Naties (VN).

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Boek over tien jaar 10-10-'10

Na unieke operatie overheerst de teleurstelling ~ Van onze redactie Den Haag - De Gevolmachtigde ministers van Curaçao, Aruba en Sint Maarten - Anthony Begina, Eddy Paris (plaatsvervangend) en René Volenius - hebben samen met staatssecretaris voor...

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KONINKRIJK OP EIEREN - Download uw eboek hier

REFLECTIES OP 10 JAAR 10-10-10 Het op 10 oktober 2010 tegelijkertijd opheffen van het land Nederlandse Antillen, het stichten van de nieuwe landen Curaçao en Sint Maarten en Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba tot bijzondere gemeenten van...

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Drums and car tires top sources for mosquito breeding

Inspections reveal drums and car tires top source for mosquito breeding sites. One in four households have mosquito larvae ~ GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Mosquito control is considered an essential health service, and the Collective...

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Police Force Recognize Officers Service to the Community

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday, October 9, the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) held a small tree planting ceremony at the back of the Police Station in Philipsburg, a Monday police statement said. During the ceremony, a Flamboyant...

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MINISTER Panneflek Your Mental Health matters

PHILIPSBURG - World Mental Health Day is internationally recognized on October 10th of each year. Many people underestimate the severity of mental health issues until they have been directly impacted by a tragedy. According to the World Health...

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Antigua first to be repaid if new LIAT does not work out

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has made it clear that Antigua and Barbuda will be the first to be repaid if a new LIAT does not work out. It was announced in St. John's last week that it's almost certain now that the Antigua-based regional carrier...

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The cabinet is poised to order all cafes, restaurants and bars to shut their doors for a short period and will ban the sale of alcohol in the evening in an effort to get coronavirus under control, sources have told broadcaster RTL Nieuws.

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Janssen coronavirus vaccine trials halted after illness

All clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Leiden have been halted after one participant became ill, parent company Johnson & Johnson say in a website announcement. 'We have temporarily paused...

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Rotterdam Mayor Aboutaleb in quarantine after positive test

Rotterdam's mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. A spokeswoman for the city council said the 59-year-old mayor was experiencing mild symptoms and would spend the next seven days in self-isolation....

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MPs criticise sale of military weapons

MPs have asked the defence ministry to explain how weapons formerly used by the Dutch armed forces ended up being sold online by a Maltese gun store. The firearms were part of a batch of 800 Glock pistols and Heckler & Koch MP5 semi-automatic...

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