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DP and UP parties unified under one banner: United Democrats

Philipsburg - The leaders of the United People's Party (UP) and the Democratic Party (DP) have unified under one banner and founded the United Democrats, a powerhouse political movement formed to take St. Maarten through the critical...

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Dear Reader

The long expected unification of the UP and the DP parties as the United Democratic Party is official: " United Democrats".

The new party will be submitting their list of candidates this afternoon at 3:30pm at the Main Voting Bureau, which will be holding office at the House of Parliament. Below is a list of times parties will be submitting their candidate lists to the MVB.

With Nomination Day being held today, Friday, January 5th, Mike Ferrier contends in his Letter to the Editor that after today, odds are that finally an interim cabinet will be allowed to be sworn in. You can take today's poll to indicate what you think the odds are indeed.

But the bigger question being implied here is the question whether the snap elections being organized can still be postponed by the incoming interim cabinet. Odds are that with the parties now presenting their lists, the chances of the interim cabinet being able to postpone the elections are zero to none. "Gedane zaken nemen geen keer" they say in Dutch. So what's done is done.

The odds were in our favor that a majority of our poll-takers would vote to have a newscast published daily or weekly by Only one person voted against. We think a mistake was made. We demand a recount. So we have published another newscast today below in this newsletter. This time from SXM Daily News by RIcardo Williams (formerly of AVS News).

With the news that local independent tv producers are left without a broadcasting medium for their programs, we at gladly offer these local producers a platform for their newscasts. Even Andrew Dick with his parody shows are welcome.

We welcome all forms of news entertainment shows as long as they have substance worthy of our readers (and viewers). We intend to use our email delivery platform to not only bring you news, views, reviews and interviews in written form, but also in the audio-visual format as well.

We will continue to refine and develop our product.

Happy Nomination Day!

The Publisher,

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Carrefour Market offers 50 percent more products

PHILIPSBURG - One week after Hurricane Irma struck St. Maarten on September 6 of last year, the transformation of the Le Grand Marché supermarket on Bush Road into a sparkling new Carrefour Market began. It took activities around the clock, 46...

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Gamma's RXPro software adopted by St. Maarten's Pharmacies

Philipsburg - In 2016, local software developer Gamma IT Solutions developed RXPro, a complete AIS system for the distribution of prescription and non-prescription medicines with all necessary functions and complete medical control. The robust...

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First seminar on Business Recovery after Irma calamity

Philipsburg - The management of Masters Tax Consulting in the week of January 15 through 22, 2018, will host a seminar emphasizing business recovery after Irma. The main topics are focused on measurement of corporate losses, taxation and...

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Not a betting man, but......

Dear Editor, I am not a betting man, but what are the odds that the Governor will be able to swear in the Interim Cabinet backed by the new majority of 8 in Parliament after Friday January 5, 2018??? Michael J. Ferrier

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SDM, SMCP, NA, USP, PPA and UD to present candidate lists

POND ISLAND - Nomination Day for the February 26, parliamentary elections is Friday, January 5. The candidate lists will be presented to the Central Voting Bureau on Friday by the parties that will be participating in the 26 polls. Parties to...

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The Andrew Dick Show launches SXM Polotrix 2018

Commentators Devondre Jones and Andrew Dick talk Postulation Day 2018. Program #1

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Alita H. Singh

Nomination Day submission times for candidates lists ahead of Feb. 26 elections.

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Yes, weekly - 21.4%
No - 7.1%

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Rotary Mid Isle announces President and Secretary elect

Phillipsburg - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle has announced their president and secretary elect for the Rotary year 2018-2019. Rotarian Denise Antrobus has been named as President Elect and Aernout Kraaijeveld as Secretary Elect....

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Beyond Kultura Events Foundation highlights accomplishments

Philipsburg - "It is like the day of yesterday, that I recall the establishment of the Beyond Writing Foundation in 2003, now named Beyond Kultura Events Foundation's with the most important aim to enhance reading and storytelling amongst the...

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Police officers appeal Henriquez verdict

THE HAGUE - The police officers that were involved in the arrest of Aruban Mitch Henriquez in June 2015 at the Parkpop festival in The Hague have appealed their convictions, their attorneys announced on Thursday. The two officers, identified only ...

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Critics slam Rotterdam police plan to confiscate clothing

Legal experts and Rotterdam's own ombudsman have slammed police plans to confiscate expensive clothing and shoes from youngsters they suspect of having criminal connections. On Wednesday, the Telegraaf reported that police officers in Rotterdam...

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CBA moves to Pavilion on Monday as Classes Recommence...

POND ISLAND - The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts (CBA) has notified parents and guardians that CBA will be moving to its new premises on the Pondfill along the Ring Road. "Please be informed that upon recommencement of school, ...

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St Dominic High School IB Students help Animal Hospital

REWARD/COLE BAY - St Dominic High School's IB Diploma Class of 2019 used their holiday break to work towards the International Baccalaureate's mission of making this world a better place for our four-legged friends at the Animal Hospital of St....

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Community Bulletin Board Notices & Announcements

SCDF announced that its main office of operations, located on Illidge Road (WIB) will be open daily as of Monday, January 8th, from 9am to 5pm. The office will be open to handle payments for booths, season passes and other Carnival related business.

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COCI President's New Year Address (2018)

The anxiously awaited 2018 is upon us filled with our hope that this new year will bring us good in all facets of our lives. As a nation we were tested in an extreme way, to which we responded with love and resilience. 2017 will therefore not...

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Optimism about category 1 status

WILLEMSTAD - The new Director General at the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority is optimistic about the category 1 status for Curaçao airport. In a column on the Up in the Sky website, Hans de Jonge writes that the airport has one more year to get...

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Jamaloodin will not be extradited today

WILLEMSTAD - The public prosecutor denies that former Minister of Finance, George Jamaloodin is being extradited from Venezuela to Curaçao today. Morning newspaper Èxtra indicated in its edition this morning with the news of the extradition. But...

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Cable & Wireless shareholder sues telecoms giant

KINGSTON - Telecoms company Cable and Wireless is facing a lawsuit filed by one of its shareholders who claims its parent company, Cable and Wireless UK, unlawfully transferred money out of Jamaica for its exclusive benefit. Eric Jason Abrahams,...

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First cargo of alumina ships from Jamaica bauxite refinery

KINGSTON - The first cargo of alumina produced by the Alpart refinery under its new Chinese owners has been shipped from the island. The shipment, which totalled 35,000 tonnes, is destined for China. It is the first following the resumption of...

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New UN Mission to take innovative approach in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE - The head of the new United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti, known as MINUJUSTH, has said the operation will carry out its work in an innovative in the island nation - complete with an unusually tight timeframe and a...

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