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UD-SMCP coalition is still negotiating portfolios

PHILIPSBURG - The newly formed coalition of United Democrats and St. Maarten Christian Party is still negotiating the division of portfolios in the new government. On Thursday UD and SMCP-representatives met again to discuss the options but so...

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Dear Reader

Watching the above photo with UD leader Theo Heyliger and SMCP leader Wycliffe Smith chatting with each other on top of Sentry Hill's lookout point on the Rockland Estate, this publisher couldn't help make the reference that negotiations between these leaders have now reach the highest point on Dutch St. Maarten, literally!

Apparently, contrary to what was initially reported, the meeting on Thursday was not between the two parties. The UD-faction met alone on Thursday. Theo Heyliger said to that the faction was "...preparing to start governing program discussions with SMCP."

So we look forward to the outcome of those negotiations.

In the meantime, have a great Friday.

The Publisher

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Political analyst Romney: "Informateurs disrupt process...."

PHILIPSBURG - The concept of the informateur disrupts the political process, political analyst Julio Romney said in a broadcast of the discussion program Viewpoint on PJD2 shortly after the elections. That's a remarkable point of view that we...

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By Hilbert Haar

Informateurs disrupt the political process. That’s the opinion of well-respected political analyst Julio Romney (see the above article: Political analyst Romney: “Informateurs disrupt political process"). It is a clear statement but I think that it misses the point.

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Cover up: here come the new Victorians

by Chris Morvan For decades the tourism world has been pandering to the lowest common denominator, accepting the money of anyone who can afford to visit them and putting up with the behavior of the mindless, boorish element. After all, which bar...

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Trust Fund agreement officially presented to Prime Minister

Philipsburg - On behalf of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Chris Johnson, head of the Dutch Representation Office on St. Maarten, presented Prime Minister Leona M. Marlin-Romeo a copy of the final version of the 'Trust Fund'...

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Transition-shelter: a place for privacy, dignity and respect

PHILIPSBURG - "A place where people can live in privacy, with dignity and respect." That's how Minister Emil Lee (Public Health, Social Development and Labor) described on Thursday the transition shelter (or T-shelter, for short) in Sucker...

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Labor dispute advice: mediation, dialogue, compromise

PHILIPSBURG - Between November and February, 114 people applied for legal aid to the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor. Among them were the nine employees of the airport who were dismissed for alleged theft, but the court...

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PM Leona travels to Washington DC for Trust Fund signing

PHILIPSBURG - A delegation of the World Bank is visiting Sint Maarten this week to help with the preparation of the early priority projects. The World Bank delegation is focused on disaster preparedness and emergency recovery projects, such as...

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PM Romeo-Marlin calls on Insurance Sector to settle claims

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - With the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season less than two months away, Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin during the weekly Council of Ministers press briefing, and called upon the Insurance Sector to speedily settle...

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Governor's Speech at the official opening of Rockland Estate

UPDATED WITH VIDEO RECORDING OF SPEECH delivered by H.E. drs. Eugene B. Holiday Governor of Sint Maarten on the occasion of the Grand Opening of the Rockland Estate Sint Maarten, April 11, 2018...

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Minister Lee: "Signs of economic recovery"

PHILIPSBURG - "We are starting to see signs of economic recovery and some jobs coming back to the community," Minister Emil Lee (Public Health, Social Development and Labor) said at Wednesday's Council of Ministers press briefing. "There are...

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Preschel: We will have something more magnificent in 10 yrs

CUL-DE-SAC -- Just when you thought that the 360 degree view from the crest of Sentry Hill, the highest point of the Rain Forest Adventure Park on Rockland Estate, provided the wow factor. The 45 second adrenaline rush trip down the Flying...

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SHTA & Carib end 2018 Event Calendar campaign with...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) and Carib Beer have symbolically ended their 2018 Event Calendar campaign. A final calendar presentation was made to long time Sint Maarten visitor Ms. Penny...

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Reasons small man is taxed and is prime subject for audits

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Benjamin & Parker Tax Specialists says that, "The tax legislation outlines the obligation, responsibilities and compliance specifics hereof. The taxpayer is obliged to meet the Tax ordinances to be considered...

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SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Honda is going to great lengths to ensure the safety of Honda (and Acura) vehicle owners. In particular, there are select Honda and Acura vehicles (2001-2016), that are equipped with recalled Takata airbag inflators,...

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Several Merchants reclaim looted goods

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday, April 6th, 2018, a number of rightful owners of confiscated items, which were looted during and in the aftermath of hurricane Irma, were able to reclaim their goods, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) announced on...

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Police take additional temporary traffic measures...

PHILIPSBURG - As additional temporary traffic measures in connection with the ongoing trench work on the W.G.

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PHILIPSBURG - The Police Force of Sint Maarten is without any doubt doing its utmost, to protect you, your family and your property, in combating crime and criminals. The Public Relations Office of the Sint Maarten Police Force is therefore...

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Preventive searches during Carnival

The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten, will carry out preventive searches during the 2018 Carnival season.

In accordance with the Firearm Ordinance, at predetermined locations, vehicles, bags and clothing of individuals will be searched for firearms.

This measure is being taken in consideration of the high number of illegal firearms in circulation on the island and past statistics which point out an increase in robberies before and during the Carnival season.

The Public Prosecutors Office Sint Maarten and KPSM are mindful that such a measure will impose on the privacy of residents and visitors. However it is in the interest of the general public and tourist visiting the island to heighten safety and security during the upcoming festive season. Entertainment News
"Porkchop" to Play Priest in Carnival Thanks to TelEm

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Popular reveler, Lewis Lambert Richardson, aka "Porkchop" will be fully clad in a priest's habit this Carnival with a little help from the TelEm Group of Companies. "Porkchop", who will be 70 years old this year, has...

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Kenyo Baly Tops ACT Awards 2017

HNP bags Lifetime Achievement Award, Teen Queen Tasyanna Clifton is Person of the Year. SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Kenyo Baly won in the Music Category and also took the Song of the Year title to top the Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards for 2017. ...

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Air Century starts routes to Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten

SANTO DOMINGO - The Dominican airline Air Century announced the expansion of its flight offer, adding to its portfolio the destinations: Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten, which will start its presale from May 2 and will be incorporated into its...

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Minister De Weever: FCCA preparing for Foundation's...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) is in the process of organizing its 2018 FCCA Foundation's Caribbean Children's Environmental Poster Competition. This year's competition, "Weathering the Storm:...

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Orient Beach is slowly coming back to life

ORIENT BAY - The scars Hurricane Irma inflicted back in September of last year on Orient Beach, once the island's prime tourist destination, are still visible but the place is slowly coming back to life. Tourists are returning and small...

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Our Electoral System

Democracy is a system of government in which the citizens exercise their power directly by electing representatives via political parties, to form a governing body, such as Parliament. An electoral system is the set of rules outlining how...

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One in Every Three Saba Residents Highly Educated

23 By Harald Linkels Kralendijk- Among the three islands comprising the Caribbean Netherlands, Saba has relatively many highly educated inhabitants: a share of 33 percent among 25 to 74-year-olds. On Bonaire and St Eustatius, the respective...

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Uniek Curacao Assists with Clearing Statia Trails

10 Oranjestad- Foundation Uniek Curacao has sent three volunteers to assist Sint Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA) with clearing the trails after the hurricanes. The clearing of the 29 km trail network from trees, branches and debris...

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Sabans tired of complaining and in need of more action

THE BOTTOM - "We were promised many things and I was at every town hall meeting. I am just tired of town hall meetings and going around in circles. I need to see action! It's nice for us to sit down and talk but now less talk."

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Ballast Nedam holds lien on Sona in connection with hospital

WILLEMSTAD - Ballast Nedam has placed a 31 million dollar lien on Sona, with the government of Curaçao as a liable party in connection with the construction of the Hospital Nobo Otrobanda. Sona is the financer of the project. The international...

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Carnival License Application Process Extended to April 13

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications) Department of Economic Licenses hereby informs that the deadline to apply for roadside vending licenses for the upcoming Carnival Season has been...

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GEBE temporarily closes Reverse Osmosis Water Tank at...

PHILIPSBURG - NV GEBE in a press release indicated that the (RO) Reverse Osmosis Water Tank located on Soualiga Boulevard in front of the Festival Village will be out of use as of April 16 for approximately 3 weeks. The closure of this tank is...

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CPS: Less Salt, More Health

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Consuming excess salt contributes to high blood pressure, which is the leading risk factor for death from heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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WMO retires Irma, Maria, Harvey and Nate hurricane names

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - Four names from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been permanently retired by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). They are Irma, Maria, Harvey and Nate. The aforementioned names won't be used again due to...

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Jamaica Attempts to Buy Back Shares Venezuela

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday April 12, 2018 - A team from Venezuela is expected to visit Jamaica to continue discussions on the proposal for Jamaica to repurchase the Spanish-speaking nation's 49 per cent shareholding in Petrojam Limited....

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Minister De Weever talks to stakeholders during session...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Stakeholders recently attended a monthly "stakeholder's session" convened by the Managing Board of SXM Airport Ravi Daryanani, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief...

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Ministry of ECYS wishes all a safe and enjoyable carnival

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Honorable Drs. Jorien Wuite, Minister of Culture and Department of Culture Head Clara Reyes would like to wish the general public a happy and safe Carnival 2018! Carnival in St. Maarten has become a cultural force to...

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Minister of Justice De Weever meets with Coast Guard...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Justice, Cornelius De Weever recently met with the Deputy Director of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, accoriding to a statement from the Minister of Justice Cabinet. The Coast Guard in the Caribbean...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), Emil Lee extends congratulations to the nine former airport security officers; employees of Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) who were...

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St. Thomas Port Officials Meets with Minister De Weever

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Representatives of the harbor in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, "The West Indian Company Limited," paid a courtesy visit to Interim Minister of Tourism, Cornelius De Weever on April 12, 2018, according to a statement...

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SINT MAARTEN/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - The Dominican Health Tourism Association (ADTS) and AF Comunicación Estratégica presented the agenda of the 4th International Health and Wellness Tourism Congress, which will take place from September 5 to 7 at...

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Safe Food Preparation during Carnival Helps Prevent...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said on Thursday in connection with safe food preparation at home, or grabbing a bite from food...

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Expert Says Blockchain Technology Could Help Barbados...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday April 12, 2018 - A regional technology industry expert is suggesting that Barbados' dwindling foreign exchange reserves could receive a much needed boost if the island were to increase its use of blockchain technology.

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday April 12, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) April 13, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL AT LEAST MONDAY... WEATHER: Tonight through Friday evening: Partly...

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Senior Amsterdam police officer fired for fraud

Senior Amsterdam police officer Ad Smit has been fired for alleged expenses fraud and leaking confidential information, according to NOS...

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Dutch bye bye Facebook campaign leads 10,000 to leave

Some 10,000 Dutch people have closed their Facebook accounts following a call to action by television show host Arjen Lubach, news website said on Thursday. Lubach, who presents the Zondag met Lubach programme, had urged viewers to take...

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Public Health minister takes health warnings with pinch of..

If every excess glass of wine shortens your time on earth by 30 minutes, is the sum total a joyless life? Dutch public health minister Hugo de Jonge suggested on Friday that he was taking new reports on the damaging effects of alcohol and sunbeds ...

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