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Photo Chris Garner featured on front cover FCCA magazine

PHILIPSBURG - "When I first saw the cover, I became so emotional because I was incredibly proud that they would be showcasing the name "St. Maarten" on the cover and with one of my photos. I am not sure what was worse after having found out about ...

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Dear Reader

Apparently, pundits and bookmakers alike are still betting on the possibility of a UD-NA-SMCP combination. What are the odds? 13 to 8 or 13 to 9?

An avid newsletter subscriber points out in an email to the publisher that her apartment in Cay Bay and her home in Dawn Beach are still not yet connected to the GEBE grid in contradiction to the statement made by VROMI Minister Miklos Gitterson on Wednesday.

If just one person has these two issues, what are the odds that there are other home owners with the same problem? We invite persons still unconnected to let us know their situation as well.

The odds are also good that Head of Mission, Nico Schoof, who held a farewell cocktail party at the Pasangrahan Hotel yesterday, will be back on St. Maarten as early as next month. However, this will be in his capacity as chairman of the Progress Committee. The responsibilities of the HOM will be taken over by Dutch Representative on St. Maarten, Chris Johnson.

Finally, we would also like to increase the odds of fewer invalid ballots being incurred by having the Central Voting Bureau, which is an independent authority on St. Maarten, get more budget for a year-round information campaign informing the general public about the election process, how to vote and fill in a ballot, and about the fundamental issues surrounding the question why it is important to come out and vote during the elections.

Last bet...

What are the odds that we will see a stable government last a full term of 4 years?

Here is an incentive for the politicians.

If you all manage to maintain a full term of 4 years, chances are you will be rewarded with an increase from 15 to 17 seats in the Parliament of Sint Maarten, thereby increasing your chances of being re-elected.

Don't believe us? Check this out with the Electoral Council when you are submitting your annual report.

In the meantime, do enjoy reading our newsletter today. In it we learn who the real chess master is, despite Theo Heyliger actually winning the election and solidifying his position as leader of the United Democrats (UD) as the ONLY politician to earn his seat in Parliament outright.

Have a great day!

The Publisher

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Update: YES Foundation event draws hundreds (VIDEO)

Phillipsburg, On Wednesday, March 14, 2018 The Youth Empowered for Success Foundation, (Y.E.S.) sponsored a free event for the St. Maarten community titled, "Queens You Deserve the Whole Loaf" held at Belair Community Center. The event drew...

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KENYO BALY - STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN Latest Reggae Hit from St. Maarten's Voice Of Silk Kenyo Baly The video was shot in St. Maarten and displays the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma on St. Maarten and the Caribbean. Since then, St.Maarten...

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The idiot's guide to the Caribbean

By Chris Morvan ~ It's all Christopher Columbus's fault. He was trying to get from Spain to south Asia, but ended up in the Caribbean. Easy mistake to make. Just fail to turn left when you come out of the Mediterranean and you are heading across...

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The real chess master

By Hilbert Haar ~ While the formation of a new government is a work in progress the results of the February 26 elections are still interesting enough for further analysis. What changed compared to 2016, the year when the United People's party (UP)...

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Subscriber refutes Minister's claims

PHILIPSBURG - In an email to the publisher, a subscriber of refutes the claims of Minister of VROMI, Miklos Gitterson, that the GEBE customers have been reconnected to the grid. In a statement on Wednesday Gitterson announced...

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PM Leona Marlin-Romeo at farewell reception Nico Schoof

Head of Mission Nico Schoof entertained several invited guests at a farewell cocktail party at the Pasangrahan Hotel yesterday afternoon, March 15th, including Prime Minister Marlin-Romeo. Schoof, was HOM overseeing the reconstruction on St Maarten.

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Photo of the Day

Minister of Finance, Mike Ferrier, here captured on camera by with statesman & former minister, Leo Chance, while attending the farewell cocktail party of Head of Mission Nico Schoof at the Pasangrahan Hotel on Thursday, March 15th.

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Minister of Tourism De Weever welcomes news of Copa...

POND ISLAND - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, welcomes the news that Copa Airlines will be returning with weekly flights in June. "This is a significant...

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Minister of Tourism De Weever reminds interested persons ...

POND ISLAND - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, is encouraging interested persons and young people to apply for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)...

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Armed robber sentenced to ten years

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Collin Anthony James on Thursday to 10 years of imprisonment for his role in three armed robberies he committed in Philipsburg in July of last year. James, 30, is detained in Zutphen. During a...

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Prison is full: no jail for car thieves

PHILIPSBURG - Because the Pointe Blanche prison is filled to capacity, two car thieves got off in the Court in First Instance on Wednesday morning with a punishment of 120 hours of community service and a conditional prison sentence of 2 months....

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Light sentence for baseball bat attack on stepfather

PHLIPSBURG - An argument between a man and his stepfather on August 30 of last year ended in ill-treatment of the latter with a baseball bat and in an attempt to set his car on fire. Stepson Christopher Carel Roosevelt Maccow, 46, stood trial on...

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Panic attack does not save cocaine smuggler from sentence

PHILIPSBURG - A panic attack and fear of having to appear in open court did not save 42-year old Janet Malonier Richards from a sentence for an attempt to smuggle a "considerable amount" of cocaine from St. Maarten to Miami on August 25 of last year.

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Court suspends robbery suspect's pre-trial detention

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance suspended the pretrial detention of robbery-suspect Michael Haze A. on Wednesday afternoon, in spite of objections by the public prosecutor. Michael A. has been charged with two armed robberies on...

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Community service for attack on Marechaussee

PHILIPSBURG - A man who got into a violent argument with an officer of the Royal Marechaussee on November 10 of last year has to pay his victim $862 as compensation for medical expenses. The Court in First Instance also sentenced Sheldon Lee...

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Attorney gets her car back and fence has to pay

PHILIPSBURG - Attorney Dagmar Daal got her car back and the man who was found with it in his possession was sentence in the Court in First Instance on Wednesday morning to 120 hours of community service and to the payment of $5,120 in damages.

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St. Maarten's tourism product in a post-Irma era

Today, in part 3 we review how we need a mixture of culture, history and nature in a post-Irma environment for sustainable integration of these elements in a balanced manner if everything is to work properly and consistently here on St. Maarten...

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POLICE UPDATE: Joseph Prince (12) still missing !!!

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Sint Maarten Police Force is still on the outlook for Joseph Prince (12), who ran away from a foster home on March 6th. If anybody has seen him, please do contact the Court of Guardianship or the Sint Maarten...

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Administration of justice is effective, judge says

TILBURG - The administration of justice in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom is just as efficient as it is in the Netherlands, Judge Frank Spreuwenberg says in an interview with Rik Haverman on Caribisch Netwerk. Spreuwenbeg worked as a judge for ...

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Research scientists discover healthy coral reef near Saba

THE BOTTOM - Scientist of Wageningen Marine Research and the Royal Dutch Institute for Sea Research have discovered a previously unknown coral reef off the coast of Saba, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday. The reef with a length of several...

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Man who burned Natalee Holloway's remains stabbed to death

NORTH PORT, FLORIDA - John Ludwick, a close friend of Joran van der Sloot was stabbed to death in the Floridian town of North Port when he attempted to kidnap his former girlfriend. In the documentary The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway Ludwick ...

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Former Prime Minister to appear in court in August

WILLEMSTAD - The lawsuit against former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte will be treated by the Court of Justice on August 1, 2 and if more time is needed on the 3rd. The Public Prosecutor (OM) wants to reclaim 1.8 million guilders from...

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Theo Heyliger - 66.7%
Sarah Wescot-Williams - 33.3%

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Aruba Day March 18 activities by the Chuchubi Foundation

PHILIPSBURG - The Chuchubi Foundation has started their preparations for the annual Aruba Day celebration which will be on Sunday March 18 th, 2018. Due to the severe impact of Hurricane Irma, this year's celebration will be held on a lower scale.

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Benjamin & Parker starts Free Tax Online Consultation as of

PHILIPSBURG - Benjamin & Parker will start on March 19 to 24, 2018, with its yearly free online consultation program. Due to the existing tax panic in Sint Maarten as described by their associates, the management has decided to address this...

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Deadline submission 2017 annual report of political parties

PHILIPSBURG - The Electoral Council would like to remind all 13 registered political parties that the annual report for 2017 should be submitted to the Electoral Council before April 1 st, 2018, as stipulated in article 27 of the National...

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SSSD organizes free Stress, Resilience and Self-care...

PHILIPSBURG - The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is organizing an interactive and inf...

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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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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Toyota Del Peru has held a Hurricane Irma donation drive among their employees with the result of raising USD 10.000 which has been sent to Real Auto St. Maarten, the exclusive Toyota distributor for St. Maarten.

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MAC Students tour the Government Administration Building

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday morning students of the Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC) primary school visited the Government Administration Building and they were given a tour of the facility. The students were given general information...

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SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - KICK-'EM-JENNY UPDATE - During the period 12th March, 2018 to 15th March, 2018 (3:40PM local time), there has been a significant slowing of Kick-'em-Jenny (KeJ) earthquakes. Activity at the volcano has seen such lulls...

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TelCell launch 3rd annual Carnival SMS&WIN Campaign

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group mobile voice and data provider, TelCell, has launched its latest SMS promotion just in time for the start of Carnival preparations - with a host of mouth-watering prizes for the entire family. Last year's winners were...

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TBO shares experience with administration and trust...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Last week, staff members of TBO/OM and TBO/RST held informative talks with directors of several administration and trust offices located on Sint Maarten. In these talks experiences were shared that relate to criminal...

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Island Hoops and Coors Light organizes Senior 3 on 3...

The knockout, scheduled for Sunday, March 18th at 2pm on the Boardwalk at St. Rose Arcade, has a cash prize of $500 to the winning team and is for ball players aged 18 and older. Sunday's event is Island Hoops' first of many planned for 2018.

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Health Care Providers invited to register for STI...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Health care providers are invited to register to participate in a Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) workshop that is scheduled to take place on March 24 and March 25.

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CANTO Launches 12th Annual WTISD - Video Competition on AI

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) spearheaded by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be observed on Tuesday, May 17th 2018. According to the ITU, "The theme for WTISD...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) March 16, 2018 ....A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL MIDDAY ON FRIDAY... WEATHER: Tonight through Friday evening:...

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One in five have trouble sleeping, women have more...

One in five people in the Netherlands have trouble sleeping and women are more likely to have problems than men, according to research by national statistics agency CBS to coincide with World Sleep Day. People on low incomes are also more likely...

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Sales of Dutch government property raises €317m in 2017...

The Dutch treasury became €317m richer last year through the sale of state-owned property. The government sold about 75 buildings including four prisons, four courthouses and 10 office blocks plus dozens of pieces of land, the state property...

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AkzoNobel CEO who 'left' gets €5.5m pay package for 2017 ...

Former AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner who resigned last year is pocketing a total of €5.5m for his services over 2017. This includes €925,000 in severance pay despite the fact the it was his decision to leave the paints, coatings and specialty...

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