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William: Govt holding back roof repair program

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister William Marlin says government seems to be deliberately holding back the immediate roof repair program initiated by the former government, delaying the mending of the roofs of many residents who are still...

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Who's next?

Louie Laveist, Patrick Illidge, Silvio Matser, Chanel Brownbill and Frans Richardson.

Who's next?

That is the question posed by Hilbert Haar in his opinion piece called " House of Corruption".

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King Moumou burns to signal end of carnival on St. Martin

Marigot - With the burning of King Moumou the end of carnival on French St. Martin came to a close. Described by photo journalist, Milton Pieters, as "people with energy to burn", revellers came out in full force for last lap in ...

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House of corruption

By Hilbert Haar Two things come to mind after the arrest of USp-leader MP Frans Richardson. One: everybody is innocent until proven guilty. That applies to everyone and also to Richardson. Two: there is no smoke without fire. I firmly believe...

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Crime fund management under fire

PHILIPSBURG - The Crime Fund received in 2016 almost 1.3 million guilders from the verdict in the Bientu-case whereby Robbie's Lottery owner Robbie dos Santos was sentenced to a 2-year conditional prison sentence for money laundering, forgery and ...

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Parliament authorizes 50-million guilders loan

PHILIPSBURG - The Parliament approved on Thursday the ministerial regulation that authorizes Finance Minister Mike Ferrier to enter into a 50-million guilders ($27.9 million) loan agreement with the Netherlands. The money will be used to shore up ...

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MP Frans Richardson arrested

PHILIPSBURG - The anti-corruption unit (TBO) arrested member of Parliament and leader of the United St. Maarten party (USp), Frans Richardson, on Tuesday on suspicion of membership of a criminal organization, taking bribes and tax fraud....

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Raised eyebrows

By Hilbert Haar ~ Will we now have to go through a parliamentary elections whereby the leader of one of the participating parties is in jail? Tuesday's arrest of Member of Parliament Frans Richardson makes this a realistic scenario. The leader of...

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Addict to jail for 242 days

PHILIPSBURG - Oswald Dwayne Sherwood had a prominent presence on the docket of Wednesday's court session. His name appeared nine times - four times for petty crimes like theft, ill-treatment and trespassing, and five times for demands to execute...

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Clara Reyes newly appointed head of Culture

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport Jorien Wuite announces the appointment of Clara Reyes as new Head of the Department of Culture. Clara fills the vacancy left by the sudden passing of former department head, St. Maarten...

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William: Govt holding back roof repair program

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister William Marlin says government seems to be deliberately holding back the immediate roof repair program initiated by the former government, delaying the mending of the roofs of many residents who are still...

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PM Romeo-Marlin and Minister Ferrier hold successful talks

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - "It was a great meeting," were the sentiments of Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin and Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier following their meeting with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte on Thursday...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Department of Labor and Social Affairs will coordinate the distribution of seventy (70) water survival kits and four (4) aqua boxes that were donated by the international and regional Rotary Clubs to St. Maarten....

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Civil code amendment "not a watered-down version"

PHILIPSBURG - The draft ordinance containing amendments related to labor contracts to the civil code is not "a watered down version of an initiative-law submitted to parliament in the past," President of parliament MP Sarah Wescot-Williams said...

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Bi-weekly question hour takes off in March

PHILIPSBURG - Parliament will begin to host a bi-weekly question hour with members of the government after the February 26 elections at the beginning of March, President of parliament MP Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Wednesday. While not...

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Sarah and Frans put electoral reform back on the agenda

PHILIPSBURG - Electoral Reform, a pet project of more than one politician since the fall of the second Wescot-Williams cabinet is back on the agenda for two reasons. The first one is that MP Wescot-Williams brought it up on Wednesday; the second...

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New Talk Show - Listen to Win

SMART CONVERSATION, is a fun, thought provoking, interactive, informative and knowledge focused one-hour talk show with two dynamic co-hosts, Dr. Natasha Gittens, Ph.D. and the Real Deal Cuchi the Captain. The show is sponsored by, The Windward...

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Police sends warning to heavy equipment operators/owners

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Police Department is sending a warning to all operators/owners of heavy equipment stating that, in the aftermath of hurricane Irma and Maria a lot of heavy equipment was used in the cleanup of the island. Heavy...

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Qredits is offering 2% microloans to entrepreneurs on SXM

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Qredits is now providing microloans to entrepreneurs on St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius, with an interest rate of only 2%. The Qredits office, located in Miss Lalie Commercial Center, is ready to assists...

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Voyage to the planet Showroom

By Chris Morvan ~ If you want to step into a different world for a while, there is a way of doing it that requires no time travel, no passport and no drugs. It's called buying a new car. Here you will be moving from one sonically muted environment...

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SXM, STX airports moving forward with reconstruction

By Seth Miller Nearly six months after parts of the Caribbean were ravaged by Hurricanes Irma & Maria the situation remains far from normal. Or perhaps it should simply be accepted that there is a new normal in place. And that's not a...

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The Laws of St. Maarten is a five-volume English translation of the original Dutch publication of the Constitution and other laws established for governing the territory of St. Maarten within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

These national ordinances, also called organic laws, were first published in Dutch following St. Maarten’s attainment of an autonomous status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands on October 10, 2010, and appear online in the official National Gazette .

The ordinances in The Laws of St. Maarten are not an exhaustive collection of the government laws but are those that have translated to date in English, the language of the people of the island of St. Martin which, along with Dutch, is one of the two official languages of St. Maarten.

These volumes are thus also about widening the people’s right to access-in book form- the laws of the land, laws about their rights, and legislation and information about the range of the government process relative to St. Maarten’s autonomy.

To the extent that the five volumes of The Laws of St. Maarten keep the people generally in the know about their government, and more specifically about laws passed by the St. Maarten Parliament that govern their lives, may this publication add to the development of democracy and freedom in St. Maarten in particular and the island as a whole.

For the month of February 2018 the five-volume The Laws of St. Maarten can be purchased at the reduced price of US $50.00 per set at Van Dorp Bookstores on Illidge Road and in Simpson Bay.

We encourage every citizen on St. Maarten to buy and READ The Laws of St. Maarten .

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New CLA for Central Government workers Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - On November 30 th and December 1 st ,2017 the employment conditions negotiations for the civil servants started. It was a wish of the unions to have an agreement in time because of the expiring CAO 2016-2017. Negotiations...

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Mike Franco had expected criticism

WILLEMSTAD - Former chairman of the Curaçao Parliament, Mike Franco, expected nothing more than criticism for his appointment as government commissioner for St. Eustatius. That he would join the enemy comes from opposition parties he faced a...

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Malaria: PAHO urges Member States to remain vigilant

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported in a recent epidemiological report about malaria in the Americas, PAHO takes note that following a continued decrease in the number of malaria cases from 2005 to 2014 in...

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Go out and vote

"Go out and Vote" Public Service Campaign from the Government's Department of Communications (DCOMM)

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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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SXM Airport Stresses Island and Hub Partners Are Open

Quito, Ecuador - Thursday, February 15, 2018) - "Still Connecting the Caribbean to the Globe," is the theme of the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, at the 11th Annual Routes Americas conference which is being held in Quito, Ecuador,...

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TelEm Group, regional Telcos testing disaster management app

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - St. Maarten telecommunication provider, TelEm Group is joining other Telcos in the Caribbean in the testing phase of a disaster management App that could soon hit the global market.

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Post hurricane Irma and Maria, Government continues to seek out ways to bridge the current economic and social gaps evolving in our community. The Ministry of VSA and TEATT has partnered with the Sint Maarten Training ...

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PHILIPSBURG - "Lots has been said in the last couple of months, but the sole reason for our motion of no confidence in the Marlin cabinet was to safeguard this Country from spiraling down in craters of irreparable economic catastrophe and human...

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Gifts galore for TelCell SMS "Weekend of Love" Campaign

POND ISLAND - Prizes galore were presented Wednesday to five lucky winners of TelCell's Valentine's Day SMS promotion - "Weekend of Love". The five winners announced in a hail of fanfare, by TelCell Marketing Officer, Cheryl Rismay Wednesday,...

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Chella and the Weird Woman act for primary schools

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Last Wednesday and Thursday the author Loekie Morales visited Genevieve De Weever and the Leonald Connor primary schools to do the 'Chella Act' with the students. Morales will be visiting more schools, Morales said in a...

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Prime Minister Romeo-Marlin has confidence in legal process

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - The news of the arrest of Member of Parliament Frans Richardson has the attention of Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin according to a press release from the Cabinet of the Prime Minister on Thursday.

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - With the economy of St. Maarten being faced with the Post-Irma effects, the Ministry of VSA is very cognizant of the amou...

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Internet entrepreneurship centre to hold its first event

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - A new initiative is being launched this month to help Caribbean professionals get more out of the digital space. The Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center of the Caribbean (VDECC) will hold its first event on...

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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - NV GEBE announced today via press release that they will be commencing its Senior Citizens temporarily relief 62+ program. The program will be geared towards certain eligible Senior Citizens and will aim to reduce the...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) February 16, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy, becoming cloudy at times with a few passing showers. Friday: Partly cloudy and...

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Prosecutor dismisses Wilders' Dutch discrimination claim

The public prosecution department said on Thursday that it will not proceed with a complaint made by anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders that prime minister Mark Rutte is discriminating against 'ordinary Dutchmen'. 'There is no question of an...

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SER recommends state-funded parental leave for mums & dads

The government's key advisory body SER is recommending a shake-up of the current parental leave system in the Netherlands. At the moment new mothers get 16 weeks paid leave and fathers two days paid leave, followed by a complicated system of...

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Three Dutch financials report upbeat 2017 earnings

The three Dutch financial institutions reporting 2017 earnings on Friday were all upbeat about their results. Rabobank reported a 33% surge in net earnings propelled by all its operations in the Netherlands and abroad. Aegon restored its flagging ...

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