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No candidate yet for minister plenipotentiary

PHILIPSBURG - There is no candidate yet for the position of minister plenipotentiary in the interim-government, former formateur Sarah Wescot-Williams said at a press briefing on Thursday afternoon. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo ...

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Well in advance of the January 29th deadline to possibly present the new National Ordinance Integrity Chamber, ratified on 18 December 2017, to the Constitutional Court for review, the office of the Ombudsman announced in a press release issued Thursday, January 18th, 2018, that the Ombudsman, Dr. Arduin, finds no reason to address the Constitutional Court for review of the new law. 

In other words, having established that the concerns presented to the Constitutional Court, which led to the first Ordinance on the Integrity Chamber being squashed, and the contours offered by the Court for consideration by government in drafting a new law were adequately addressed in the ratified law, the Ombudsman considers the rights of the people sufficiently protected by the law.

In conclusion, the press release states considering that the new law adequately provides for the protection of the rights of the people, the Ombudsman opts in favor of the opportunities the Integrity Chamber can provide the community of Sint Maarten.

It is expected that the Integrity Chamber will run a public awareness campaign once operational under the slogan ‘ Integrity starts with me’.

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Prime Minister Romeo Marlin expresses sympathy to NL

PHILIPSBURG - Newly sworn in Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin has expressed her sympathy to the Government and people of the Netherlands on behalf of Sint Maarten on the passing of 3 persons during the severe winter storm on Thursday January...

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Prime Minister Romeo Marlin visits Departments

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday morning Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin took the initiative to introduce her Cabinet staff to the departments that fall under the Ministry of General Affairs. The Prime Minister accompanied by Secretary General...

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Minister Giterson visits NV GEBE management team

PHILIPSBURG - The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure, Mr. Miklos Giterson, accompanied by his cabinet members, conducted an initial visit to NV GEBE yesterday. Minister Giterson met Wednesday with the...

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Corallo will rebuild Starz Casino in Cupecoy

PHILIPSBURG - Three of the four casinos owned by Francesco Corallo have reopened after they got hit by Hurricane Irma in September. According to a spokesman, the damages to the establishments amount to "millions of dollars." Beach Plaza in...

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Prosecution demands jail time for illegal prostitutes

PHILIPSBURG - "I was caught between a rock and a hard place," Mayoline Joan P. told the Court in First Instance on Thursday morning. The defendant is charged with human smuggling as an employee of the Casablanca brothel and with illegally...

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Demand 4 years for human trafficking & illegal employment

PHLIPSBURG - Mayoline Joan P. stood trial for two different cases in the Court in First Instance on Wednesday: human smuggling and illegal employment of prostitutes when she was a manager of the Hypnotic brothel in Sucker Garden and human...

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Introducing Solange Ludmila York-Duncan, #10 on NA list

Solange Ludmila York-Duncan, a young, strong and progressive professional has made the ultimate decision and postulated herself as #10 on the National Alliance slate. Ludmila was born and raised on St. Maarten and currently holds the position of...

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USP town hall meetings start in St. Peters Tuesday

Philipsburg - The United St. Maarten (US) party will host the first of many town hall meetings for the 2018 campaign on Tuesday, January 23. The meeting will be held at the Rupert Maynard Community Center in St. Peters from 6:30pm to 8:00pm....

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Winair commenced service to Haiti with new aircraft

Airport Road - Winair commenced service to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 utilizing a state of the art Airbus 320. This aircraft is operated by Sunrise Airways, all seats are sold and marketed solely by Winair. This...

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Elektra and Michael Cleaver talk about recovery Winair

PHILIPSBURG - Radio host Elektra was pleased to have Winair's President & CEO, Mr. Michael Cleaver, in an interview in her new morning program Elektra Groovin on Oasis 96.3 started on January 8th, 2018, to talk about the recovery of Winair...

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Another son of the soil about to be thrown under the bus?

Our colleagues over at SMN-News reports that GEBE CEO scored low in his evaluation and therefore the Supervisory Board intends not to renew his contract and to suspend or terminate his position citing arrogance and disrespectfulness. Whether all...

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The man in hiding

The Minister of VSA, Mr. Emile Lee, finally came out from his secure hiding place to appear on the talk show, People's Voice. The Minister used the first part of the program or at least the part that I heard, to blame Prime Minister William...

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Ombudsman finds no reason to challenge new Integrity Chamber

Philipsburg - On January 29th the period provided to the Ombudsman by the Constitution to possibly present the new National Ordinance Integrity Chamber, ratified on 18 December 2017, to the Constitutional Court for review, expires. After all that ...

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On February 26, 2018, a "snap" election will take place. Voters are called to cast their vote to elect 15 Parliamentarians. According to the Constitution of St. Maarten, Parliament has the task to approve concept laws of the Council of Ministers...

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Meeting between Venezuelan and ABC Islands canceled

WILLEMSTAD - The meeting that was supposed to take place between Venezuela and the ABC Islands today did not continue. That was the message from the Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes. This was reported by the Aruban news site...

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Three people are killed as winter storm batters Holland

Two people have been killed by falling trees in the Netherlands as winds of up to 120 kph battered the country on Thursday morning. In Enschede, a 62-year-old person was killed when the car he was driving was hit by a tree brought down in the...

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Zo trok de zware storm over Nederland

Het stormde behoorlijk vandaag en dat heeft voor een hoop schade gezorgd. In het hele land ging het er heftig aan toe en dat zag er zo uit. Vragen, tips of ideeën? Stuur ons een e-mail op Abonneer op ons kanaal:...

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Nature Foundation Intercepts Poachers in Marine Park

Adhering to no fishing rules of the Marine Park important to rebuilding local fish stocks Great Bay - Staff of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation intercepted the vessel Oyster, with registration number SX1438, that was found poaching illegally in ...

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Rolando Brison's district-based tourism

In this week's episode Rolando Brison explains how Tourism dollars can be generated in your very own district and the positive effect that can have for us all. Not only does he explain how this...

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Detectives reach out to community for assistance

Philipsburg - Detectives of the KPSM continue to reach out to the community for information in connection with several ongoing criminal investigations. The latest request is in connection with the ongoing investigation of a shooting which took...

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CPS advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Influenza, better known as the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis, which...

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GED Students ends their first week back at USM

Pond Island - The GED program which also started on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at the USM ended its week on a positive note. The spring semester started with 68 students happy and eager to start, as well as for some continue their GED classes...

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University welcomes missed medical students after storms

THE BOTTOM - Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) opened its doors on January 8 after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Not all students made it back to the island yet. Third year student SUSOM Danika Delay: "I was stuck in Puerto Rico. The school ...

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Credit card use on the up in the Netherlands, boosted by ...

Despite their lack of popularity in Dutch shops and supermarkets, credit card use in the Netherlands grew by 10.3% in 2017 to some 160 million transactions. Online payment by debit card, credit card, iDEAL, PayPal, AfterPay and automatic debit...

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Negotiation results in new CLA for Central Government...

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The Director of RCN has today reached a negotiation result with the trade unions about a new Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) for Central Government civil servants in the Caribbean Netherlands (CN) for a period of three years.

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Netherlands expels top Eritrean diplomat over diaspora tax

The Netherlands has told Eritrea that its highest diplomatic representative in the Netherlands must leave the country. Tekeste Ghebremedhin Zemuy, the chargé d'affaires in The Hague is being expelled because of the country's pressure on Eritreans ...

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