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Cee Marlin fights illegal occupants of his family's land

Vicky's Keys is a well-hidden hostel in the Keys in Sucker Garden. It is also at the center of a land dispute between the heirs of William Henry Marlin and Victoria Madeleine Marlin-Benjamin, the great-grandparents of Cee Marlin and Leroy La Paix,..

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Dear Reader

With the amount of land disputes we have going on here in St. Maarten, it is no coincidence that we have two interviews in today's edition about property issues.

One written interview with Cee Marlin about his land dispute with Leroy La Paix and a video-recorded interview with Lee Halley about his eviction order to vacate the property he has been occupying or over 32 years.

These two disputes, and many others including the significant amount of unsettled succession land disputes, show that there is an obvious need for a Land Tribunal.

The Ombudsman only deals with government related complaints and the courts only looks at what the law says. The latter often results in outcomes that may be legally justified but not morally just. A Land Tribunal with binding advice may offer a better solution for parties involved.

Something for our legal minds to think and write about. Let's see what our polltakers think as well. We invite you to take the poll below on this topic of a Land Tribunal and give us your opinion.

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The Caribbean demand: obey me or else

By Chris Morvan ~ There is a character trait I've noticed in other parts of the Caribbean that I was dismayed to find exists here: the official's need to be obeyed. By "official" I mean anyone in any walk of life who is in charge of something.

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Lee Halley says no to eviction

SIMPSON BAY - As the deadline of the court-ordered eviction for Lee's Roadside Grill & Deep Sea Fishing was yesterday, Thursday, February 1st, visited the establishment and interviewed an embattled Lee Halley who adamantly...

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CBA students Sint Maarten face daily struggles

PHILIPSBURG - "When it is a windy day, our whole school shakes," Chanel Almonte explains. Almonte is among the 150 students that attend the Charlotte Brookson Academy (CBA). Hurricane Irma destroyed their school five months ago. With nowhere else ...

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Photo by Irving Maduro

Irving Maduro added a new photo taken at Princesse juliana International SXM Airport

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Smart Conversation a Talk Show developed for the community

SMART CONVERSATION, is a 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 airs every Friday and debuts on...

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Minister De Weever announces return of Westjet

PUERTO RICO - WestJet, a Canadian airline, will begin weekly scheduled service to the destination as of April 23 and thereafter every Saturday. In the past the Canadian market was the country's fastest growing market. Acting Minister of Tourism,...

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St. Maarten Development Fund grants 3 million guilders...

PHILIPSBURG - Culminating the closure of its financial year 2017, St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) presented its unaudited financial statements and management report for the year 2017 to Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Leona...

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St. Maarten gets liquidity support, no budgetary aid

THE HAGUE - St. Maarten will be receiving 30 million euros in liquidity support, but there will be no structural budget support to cover the deficits, Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops stated during a...

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SXM-TV15 back on air

POND ISLAND - Cable TV's community access channel, SXM-TV15 made a welcome return to tele-viewers on St. Maarten Thursday with a "soft launch" aimed at attracting the island's popular producers back to the channel. First of the locally produced...

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Dutch cabinet will not help media on Sint Maarten

THE HAGUE - Several journalistic media on Sint Maarten are having it financially difficult because of the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Secretary of State Raymond Knops is not planning to assist them for the time being. ... Some articles are...

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More layoffs at InselAir; MD-80 will not be operational

WILLEMSTAD - There will be more layoffs at the local aviation company InselAir. That's what financial director André Delger told trade union leader Wendell Meulen from UGTK / Cadmu. The airline has informed the union leader of the fact that they...

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PAWA Dominicana faces difficult financial situation

SANTO DOMINGO - Executives of PAWA Dominicana admitted that the airline has a difficult financial situation and that they have an outstanding debt of US $ 3 million. Of this amount, one million 500 thousand dollars is owed to the Dominican...

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Sunrise Airways ticket now for sale at any Cpost branch

WILLEMSTAD - Clients can now purchase Sunrise Airways tickets at any Cpost International N.V. branch on the island. Cpost International N.V and Sunrise Airways recently signed an agreement making this possible. Sunrise Airways flies twice weekly...

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Ombudsman starts Systemic Investigation Rent Committee

Philipsburg - The Bureau of the Ombudsman continues to receive visits from citizens concerned about their housing conditions, as well as complaints about the Rent Committee allegedly not cooperating or responding adequately when addressed by the...

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The Cooperative Association explained

Under the law of Sint Maarten it is possible to form a co-operative association (coöperatieve vereniging, or coöperatie) also called a co-operative. The co-operative is a distinct legal entity, a special kind of association, formed by two or more ...

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The Motion of No Confidence

In general a Motion is a question or issue put to a vote in Parliament expressing its position on a particular topic or issue, its feelings or view, a desire or an instruction of Parliament on any particular subject. A Motion must be submitted in ...

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"Robo-calls" by Hilbert Haar
I’m still not sure whether the guerilla warfare that is currently underway to convince voters to choose a particular party on February 26 is because of Hurricane Irma our political parties do not have wealthy sponsors anymore to finance their expensive billboards or that it’s because we have entered a new era in political campaigning fueled by technology.

This thought came up after reports emerged about robo-calls and complaints to telecom provider UTS about these unsolicited calls. UTS quickly explained that it had not sold its phone numbers to any political party; instead, the provider noted, robots are used to generate random phone numbers. Once they connect and the phone is picked up, the receiver hears a pre-recorded message.

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French developer receives geothermal licenses on Saba/Statia

In a release today, French geothermal developer Teranov, based in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean advises that the company has been recently granted geothermal exploratory licenses by the Executive Councils of Saba and of St Eustatius, two small...

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Training for school management Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The PO-Raad, the Dutch sector organization for primary education, who represents the joint interests of school boards in both the European and Caribbean part of The Netherlands, has partnered with Training Professionals...

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Unemployment increase over the past years

WILLEMSTAD - Unemployment has increased every year in the past four years. In 2017, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) determined an unemployment rate of 14.1 percent, in absolute numbers more than 10 thousand people. The biggest increase in...

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St. Maarten Rotary Mid Isle Awards Vocational Service Awards

COLE BAY - The objectives of Rotary are to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, Rotary Club of St....

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SXM BJJ team had a strong showing in St. Barths

SINT MAARTEN/ST. BARTHS - A total of 30 athletes from St. Maarten's SXM BJJ/Team Renzo Gracie Team along with coaches and family members traveled to the French island of St Barths on the Great Bay Express Ferry out of Bobby's Marina. The...

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Consuming a healthy diet in 2018. Make a healthy weight...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults 18-years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese. 39 per cent...

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Partial Road closure over the Weekend of Front Street

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that Front Street will be partially closed for vehicular traffic. The closure is in connection with remodelling works ...

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The Philipsburg Jubilee Library adjusts their opening hours

In order to facilitate general staff meetings the Library will now open at 10.00 on Mondays instead of 9.00 am. So as of Monday February 5 th 2018, the library will be open on Mondays from 10 am to p.m. and from Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to...

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Minister to get tough on foreign funding political parties

Home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren is planning to put new restrictions on foreign donations for Dutch political parties in an effort to 'prevent unwanted influence on Dutch democracy'. The minister was reacting to a report drawn up by a...

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McDonald's Nederland books new record sales of €811m

Fast food chain McDonald's Nederland booked record turnover of €811m in 2017, a 11% gain over the previous year, the company said on Thursday. Sales also rose 9% in 2016. Director Manu Steijaert said the increase could be attributed to restaurant ...

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Caribbean Micro- and Mini-States

by Jacob Gelt Dekker Hurricane Maria of 2017 posed a tough question to Caribbean islands, to rebuild or not to rebuild. And a far more intriguing dilemma, can Caribbean mini- and micro-States continue to exist? The devastation on Puerto Rico, St. ...

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Hiram Beakes of Saba

by Jacob Gelt Dekker Sex, romance, and true love played out with Hiram Beakes. Hiram Beakes was a young man and a scion of the ruling family on the island of Saba. His story of licentious sex that turned into true love, stolen gold, ruthless...

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Why we are called Civil Servants

Dear Editor, The main motivation when postulating one's self to political party is to serve the people. It's why we are called Civil Servants. Unfortunately, however; not every postulated candidate shares this motivation. Also noticeable are...

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Why yes to Spadaro and not a basketball court for the youths

Dear Editor, Why is this interim cabinet hell-bent to destroy the approval granted by his predecessor CHRISTOPHE EMMANUEL of the NA to build the long awaited and promised basketball court for the youth of Fort Willem and St. Maarten as a whole?...

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Plan of Action for Mental Health Foundation Guided Living

Dear Mr. Editor, As a community spirited person and the former Minister of VROMI who believed in helping institutions such as the Mental Health Foundation, during my tenure I assisted the former with a parcel of land around the zoo to build their ...

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Time to put down the flag

Dear Editor, After hurricane Irma the site with the flagpole was set up. A lot has been said about the flagpole. Mostly about the costs of USD 150.000. Despite all the negative, I find it was good idea. From many areas in Simpson Bay you can see...

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