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MP Heyliger foresees $100-million loss at...

PHILIPSBURG - The meeting of Parliament about recovery plans after hurricane Irma was cut short on Thursday, December 7th, when National Alliance MPs left the meeting without a quorum. MP Theo Heyliger, who had just started chairing the meeting to...

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Dear Reader

Two shootings within 24 hours. That does not bode well. It may be just a coincidence. Or it could be the beginning of another gang war on St. Maarten. Continued support from the Dutch National Police with 'meer blauw op straat' is obviously necessary. But so is structural support to the less fortunate and the underclass in our society.

The fight for dominance in the underworld and the drug business is an ongoing battle for many years. Hurricane Irma didn't change anything in that area. Nor will any amount of relief or reconstruction aid. The drug business is just too lucrative for some to ignore. Prison sentences do not stop those incarcerated either.

That being said, it is still possible for some to walk away from that illicit business. The risks are just too great. A sense of entrepreneurial spirit and salesmanship are better used productively in other lucrative but legal areas of business. For the sake of the partners, wives and children of those risking their lives in the illegal trade, is best you use this time of the year to reflect on your future and the positive role you can play in the lives of those close to you, especially the children. Fast and easy money isn't all there is to life.

Easy come, easy go. Is it worth it? Our answer is no.

Something to think about today.

The Publisher, Headline Story
Suspended prison sentence for fatal Henriquez arrest

SCHIPHOL - The court in Schiphol found on Thursday morning two police officers guilty of the ill-treatment of Mitch Henriquez which resulted in the death of the 42-year old Aruban. Both officers get a 6-month suspended prison sentence, the...

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Shooting in Madame Estate

Philipsburg - Detectives are presently investigating a shooting which took place on Guadeloupe road in Madame Estate on Thursday December 21st at approximately 01.45 a.m. One male victim identified with initials E.L. was shot by an unknown person ...

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Shooting in Dutch Quarter

Dutch Quarter - On Thursday December 21st at approximately 06.00 p.m. the first of several calls came into the Emergency Dispatch with the information that a shooting had just taken place in Dutch Quarter opposite the "West Indian Village"....

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Curacao oil refinery nears the point of collapse

THE HAGUE - The search by the government of Curacao for new investors in the Isla-refinery has so far not been successful, John Samson writes on Caribisch Netwerk. But experts doubt that the population will get cleaner air, even if new investors...

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Bonaire: hot spot for money laundering

KRALENDIJK - Politicians and entrepreneurs in Bonaire have to be alert on investors that come with beautiful plans, Gijs van den Heuvel writes on Caribisch Netwerk. The island is attractive for people who want to launder money they made with...

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SMMC increase prices for hospital services per January 1

Cayhill - The Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) would like to inform the public of its price increase for hospital services per January 1, 2018. The last price increase was applied in 2004. A general price increase is now necessary to safeguard...

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Hyundai and Shell Working Together with Motorworld...

SINT MAARTEN/ANGUILLA - The Motorworld team jouneys over to Anguilla B.V.I. (AXA) on Friday, December 22. This forms a component on the ongoing post-hurricane relief efforts to spread cheer as this major community outreach initiative continues....

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Remember Safe Holiday Meals

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - With the clock counting down to Christmas, families have already been looking at their holiday meal shopping requirements. Cooking up a storm for this holiday season is one of the Christmas traditions. Part of the excitement...

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Youth Health Care Closed December 22 and 29

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Youth Health Care will be closed to the general public on Friday, December 22 and 29. Management and staff would like to wish its clients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Ajax suspends three-man coaching team

Keizer was appointed chief coach after Peter Bosz went to Dortmund after just 174 days with the club, despite having a two-year contract. 'We had a difficult summer and a messy start to the season,' club general manager Edwin van der Sar said....

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Once an illegal immigrant, this Amsterdammer aims for...

An Amsterdammer who came to the Netherlands as an illegal immigrant at the age of eight, is now hoping to represent Ghana in the skeleton event at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Akwasi Frimpong, who was raised in the Bijlmer suburb of the...

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Christmas gifts for children ACE Foundation school

Cole Bay - Mid Isle pulled off a feat this week. After hearing that Christmas gifts were needed for children at the ACE Foundation 'All children's Education Foundation School', Mid Isle went into action. With less than 24 hours' notice Mid Isle...

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Tzu Chi donates 65,105 loaves of bread after Irma

Philipsburg - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation played an important role in feeding the community immediately after Hurricane Irma battered St. Maarten with powerful winds on September 6, when many families lost their homes and food and water...

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Rotary Spreading Christmas Cheer

Philipsburg - With a joint effort between the St. Dominic High School Interact Club and The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle we were able to put together two joint projects. Mid Isle headed the project to donate thirty care packages for the...

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Tzu Chi Foundation continues to bring aid to residents

Philipsburg - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation continued its relief efforts to bring aid to residents in need by holding additional "three goods" relief distribution in four districts recently. Relief efforts were done at the Good Samaritan...

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Captain D's Rib Shack distribute goodie bags to MAC...

Betty' s Estate- The Methodist Aggogic Center experienced some Christmas cheer on Monday 18th December 2017. Dino Arrundell and his wife Brenda Arrundell, of Captain D's Rib Shack, surprised 94 Cycle 1 Year 2 students of the Rev. John A. Gumbs...

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It is going to be a busy Holiday Season

Ladies and Gentlemen, This week no column from me. I doubt that anyone would be interested in reading the serious issues that I bring up, during a festive season. I could have waited another 3-4 days with this, but then everybody get stacks of...

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