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Consumer protection remains elusive, despite existing laws

PHILIPSBURG - Curacao established its consumer foundation almost half a century ago, in 1975. The Fundashon pa Konsumidó provides information about price comparison and the quality of products and services and it also helps consumers access their ...

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MP Emmanuel draws criticism for questioning airport tender

PHILIPSBURG - Parliamentarian Christophe Emmanuel is at it again. This time he sent a letter of 600 words to the Integrity Chamber with the request to provide an opinion on the outcome of the tender for the airport reconstruction project....

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The airport reconstruction is more important than Chris

Dear Editor, It's becoming a political norm now that whatever the government does, MP Christophe Emmanuel automatically has a criticizing article ready to publish. In his last article that he sent to the entire government, both COM and...

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MP Emmanuel asks IC for opinion on Ballast Nedam selection

PHILIPSBURG - Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Thursday asked the Integrity Chamber to provide its opinion on whether the awarding of the reconstruction of the airport project to Ballast Nedam by the Supervisory Board of...

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Emmanuel questions how Ballast Nedam won airport bid

Says measuring stick is different for Dutch firms ~ PHILIPSBURG - In response to the news that Ballast Nedam has been awarded the contract for the airport reconstruction project, Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel has again...

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Ballast Nedam wins bid for airport reconstruction

PHILIPSBURG - Dutch construction company Ballast Nedam has won the bid for the airport terminal reconstruction project. The Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company (PJIAE) hails de winner of the tender in a press statement as an...

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The Issue of Integrity

Integrity represents striving to always do what is right, even when everything around you is going wrong.

Integrity does not represent a life of perfection, because we will all quickly realize whenever we look into the mirror of our lives that we all represent a past of having made mistakes.

We can all see something in life that we feel is wrong, but it may not be illegal.

Not having Integrity at some point of time in your life is not a death sentence.

All it means is that as long as you are alive, you will always be given the chance, as well as the opportunity again to change, making the wrong right in your life.

Integrity should never be seen as a turnoff to a system that has always been imperfect.

All that it is striving to do is to help us all make the right decisions in our lives.

Achken Roberto Richardson Business News
Sol takes steps to further energize St. Maarten

CAY BAY - Sol Antilles N.V. (Sol), the Caribbean's leading provider of petroleum-based energy solutions has taken a major step towards further energizing the island of St. Maarten. This comes with the recent acquisition of Gulfstream Petroleum...

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Grisha says CPT suggested land tax is 'anti-local-people'

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) -The community of St. Maarten paused this weekend to celebrate the 95th birthday of its longest leader Dr. Albert Claudius Wathey a.k.a. the "Ole Man", who is still today considered the father of modern-day St. Maarten. ...

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Emmanuel: Any recommendation for property tax is DOA

Tackle tax reform before Dutch do it for you ~ PHILIPSBURG - Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Thursday said that the government of St. Maarten has to say once and for all if land and property taxes as proposed by the CFT is ...

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MP Buncamper CFT: All smiles, but no answers

On Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 the parliament members of the Finance committee had a closed-door meeting with the CFT to be informed of the position of the CFT on the financial situation of the island. A presentation was made by the chairman of the...

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Detainee dies in prison. Body confiscated to determine cause

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The National Detectives are investigating the death of a detainee in the holding cells in Philipsburg. On July 22, at 9:30am, police received a notification from the personell of the house of Detention,that during a...

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In depth investigation launched into passing of MHF patient

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Respect and consideration for the family of a patient of the Mental Health Foundation, who passed in a designated cell at the House of Detention in Philipsburg, must be observed in their time of bereavement. The...

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How many more lives must we lose irresponsibly?

Publisher's note: Achken Roberto Richardson writes a letter to the editor after reports were published that a mental healthcare patient was found dead in one of the police cells and a statement by Attorney-at-law Sjamira Roosberg that a mental...

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Simple approach to resolving this revenue-generating matter

Dear Editor, I have been very interestingly following the efforts being made by MP Claudius Buncamper regarding Possible as well as Potential Government Revenue Streams of Income through various levying of Taxes that can be Presented and Approved ...

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Shareholder fires airport board members

PHILIPSBURG - The Council of Ministers has fired Glenn Daniel and Rochelle Hodge from their positions on the supervisory board of directors of the Princess Juliana International Airport Holding Company (PJIAH). With their removal the cleanup of...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean supports Youth Programs

Philipsburg - INDISU Dance Theater of St. Maarten students will be heading to Los Angeles in just ten days to attend the International Festival, Dance Excellence. The festival brings together young dancers from around the world for a once in a...

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Prosecutor Office starts preliminary criminal investigation

CAY BAY - The Prosecutor's Office OM SXM has launched a preliminary criminal investigation into the major oil spill that occurred on Tuesday in the vicinity of the Cay Bay power plant of utilities company N.V. GEBE. The spill has led to an oil...

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Consensus Kingdom Law amendments near completion

PHILIPSBURG - The Prime Ministers of St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba have been participating in Four-Country Ministerial Consultations together with Demissionary State Secretary of Interior and Kingdom Relations Knops since July 15th to discuss...

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BIP SXM submits the Audited Financial Statement 2020

The Bureau for Intellectual Property Sint Maarten (the Bureau or BIP SXM) met with the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication (Minister of TEATT), Ms. Ludmila de Weever last Friday, July 16th, 2021, to...

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Indigo Bay Development one step closer

The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, (VSA) Omar Ottley signed a scope of service agreement (SOS) with Indigo Shores Developments B. V. The SOS brings the vision of this luxurious hotel one step closer to reality. The scope ...

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'Bijna akkoord over Coho'

Premier Sint Maarten klapt uit de school over het Ministerieel Vierlandenoverleg Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad/Philipsburg - Volgens de Sint Maartense premier Silveria Jacobs is na het onlangs gehouden vierlandenoverleg zo goed als een...

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Manipulator, stoker, couppleger of gewoon te kritisch

Den Haag - Heeft politieke partij BIJ1 zich met het verbannen van Quinsy Gario ontdaan van een intrigant en manipulator of is hem, omdat hij de vinger op de zere plek legde, een mes in de rug gestoken? Binnen de partij, zo zeggen ingewijden,...

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Machtsgreep Kabinet Pisas bij Centrale Bank

Willemstad - Het kabinet Pisas is nog maar net in functie of het lijkt de macht over de Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten naar zich toe te willen trekken. Minister van Financiën Javier Silvania (MFK) heeft de zittende leden van de Raad...

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RIVM: Toename corona op Curaçao "alarmerend"

Den Haag - Alarmerend, zo noemt het RIVM de toename van het aantal coronabesmettingen op Curaçao. In het vandaag gepubliceerde weekoverzicht over het Caribisch deel van het Koninkrijk blijkt dat zich ook op andere eilanden (forse) stijgingen...

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Opinie: Centrale Bank

Door prof. dr. F.B.M. Kunneman Internationaal erkende algemene regels van goede governance zoals 'geen politieke inmenging in overheidsgelieerde entiteiten', gelden ook voor onze Centrale Bank. Dit is vastgelegd in het zogenaamde Centrale Bank...

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COLUMN - Pirates of the Caribbean

Politiek Den Haag is met reces. Ook de nieuwe leden van de Tweede Kamercommissie voor Koninkrijksrelaties krijgen de kans bij te komen van een buitengewoon hectische start. Amper beëdigd moesten ze meestemmen over een motie van wantrouwen tegen...

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CPS Closed for COVID-19 Vaccinations on Monday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), would like to inform the public that its offices at the Vineyard Office...

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Immigration & Border Protection Dept. Open Half-day Monday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Immigration and Border Protection hereby wishes to inform the public that Monday July 26, 2021, the Admissions office will be open from 8 am- 12 pm and closed the remainder of the day. All afternoon...

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PJL Library offers grace period July 26th to 31st

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL), would like to inform its patrons that there will be a next grace period from Monday, July 26, 2021, until Saturday, July 31, 2021. If you have your books longer than three weeks, ...

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Coronvirus test average continues to decline

A total of 6,473 new coronavirus infections were reported to the public health institute RIVM in the 24 hours to Friday morning, up 179 on Thursday's total. Nevertheless, the number of positive tests on a weekly basis is down 17% on the previous...

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More capacity needed to tackle environmental crime wave

More capacity is need to tackle the impact of a wide variety of environmental crimes which impact on human and animal health and require taxpayers to pay for clean-ups, according to a new report. The report, drawn up by the police, public...

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More people drowned last year

Last year, 137 people drowned in Dutch lakes, rivers and in the sea, figures from statistics agency CBS have shown. Of them, 107 were officially resident in the Netherlands and 30 were either tourists or not registered as living here, the CBS...

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Germany gets tougher on tourists from NL

Germany has added the Netherlands to its list of risky destinations, the day after the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control placed seven of the 12 Dutch provinces on its highest risk list.

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