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Checkmate director behind questionable harbor-invoices

PHILIPSBURG - The trial of Keith F. - one of the suspects in the so-called Emerald-investigation - offered a candid insight in the way fraud was committed with inflated invoices at the Harbor Group of Companies on Thursday morning. The 53-year...

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It is after our own Hilbert Haar wrote an article titled " Missing Manifestos" pointing this out to the Electoral Council that they now issue a statement about only one party published manifesto in timely manner.

Wealth redistribution in St. Maarten is taking on odd forms. A contractor in court yesterday openly tells the judge " everything in St. Maarten costs more than $1 million" when asked how much he thought the Walter Plantz Square parking lot should have cost. A parking lot constructed under the auspices of the Harbour Group of Companies whose CEO is accused together with Checkmate Director of orchestrating payments of questionable invoices. Read the news report here>>>.

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Recovery money goes as grant into World Bank trust fund

PHILIPSBURG - The €550 million reconstruction fund the Netherlands has made available to St. Maarten will be deposited as a grant into a trust fund at the World Bank. How the money will be spent and made available - in the form of grants or soft...

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A haven for the globetrotting gourmet

By Chris Morvan ~ You wouldn't believe how excited I was to find a dripping, stinking piece of Brie in a supermarket chiller last week. But then you probably haven't spent the last four years in countries where what you might call "good food"...

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Post-Irma insurance premiums to go up 30 to 60 percent

PHILIPSBURG - Post Hurricane Irma insurance premiums are likely to go up between 30 and 60 percent according to Dwayne Elgin, chairman of the St. Maarten Insurance Association. Elgin mentioned the percentages on Thursday afternoon during a...

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Missing Nathan York found

Philipsburg - The missing 12 year old boy Nathan York who has been missing since Tuesday February 6th has been found. He was found early this morning by his mother in an old abandoned bus close to the home of his father in Middle Region.

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PM Leona Romeo-Marlin & State Secretary Knops visit...

Philipsburg - On Thursday afternoon a delegation including Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin, Minister of VROMI Miklos Giterson and State Secretary Raymond Knops visited 2 of the 480 homes that have been selected for reconstruction in the Roof...

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Sint Maarten Ministry of Finance organized RTC

GREAT BAY - On Tuesday February 6, 2018, the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Sint Maarten organized a Round Table Conference "Sustainable Financial Government," with the Netherlands, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...

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Minister Lee visits temporary shelter SP Community Center

St. Peters - The ensuing smoke from the fire on the landfill created after hurricane Irma prompted the evacuation of the residents of Pond Island, schools and the persons staying in the temporary shelters, and the Government Building. The...

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Ministry of VSA donates vehicles to Mental Health Foundation

Photo caption: Mental Health Director, Eileen Healey seen here with VSA Minister Emil Lee handing over keys the newly donated vehicles to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF).

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SER calls on Government to tackle Waste Management

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - The Social Economic Council (SER), along with the entire public of St. Maarten, have been affected by the recent two dump site fires that covered Philipsburg and the surrounding neighbourhoods with toxic smoke. The...

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Music video with the calypso song "Fire in the Town"

Music video with the calypso song "Fire in the Town" by Kaiso Genuis.

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Election News & Politics
Only one party published manifesto in timely manner

Philipsburg - The Electoral Council would like to remind all political parties contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections that in accordance with the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties they are required to...

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William sets record straight, calls on UD to stop smear....

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister William Marlin on Thursday attempted to clear the air on what he says are outright lies being planted in the community by members of the United Democrats to gain political mileage in the run up to snap...

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Continuation Central Committee meeting about landfill

PHILIPSBURG - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Central Committee meeting on February 9, 2018. The minister of General Affairs as well as the minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor and the minister of Public Housing,...

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SDM asking for immediate action on landfill

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Governments uncontrolled landfill, located in the heart of St. Maarten is severely contaminating the air but also leaching toxic materials into the ground and the Great Salt Pond, the St. Maarten Development Movement...

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CBA and Oranje School can re-open Friday

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin in an update regarding the Pond Island landfill fires on Thursday said based on assessments and discussions with the Minister of Education Jorien Wuite, the two remaining schools ...

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SCDF release vehicles inspection schedule

Philipsburg - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Thursday released the inspection schedule for all vehicles that will be included in Carnival road events. Annually the foundation, together with the police department,...

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Pride sends letter to Governor and Dutch Rep about dump...

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten Pride foundation board members Jadira Veen (president) and Barbara Cannegieter (secretary) sends a letter to his Excellency Eugene Holiday, Governor of Sint Maarten, and to the Dutch Representative in Philipsburg, Chris...

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Mid Isle donate school uniforms to SJIB

Philipsburg - Last week during the visit of Rotary District Governor Robert Leger and his wife Rosa, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle donated 75 pieces of school uniforms to SJIB (Stichting Justitiele Inrichtingen Bovenwinden). These...

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Nature Foundation distributes free facemasks to shelter

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, through the generous support of private individuals and the business community, have distributed close to 500 facemasks to the population on Thursday, including to the shelter...

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Nature Foundation and EPIC organized successful Cleanup

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Last Sunday the St Maarten Nature Foundation, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) and the 'A Bit at a Time' initiative of Mason Chadwick organized a another successful cleanup event. Approximately 70...

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Curaçao to get an Integrity Chamber

WILLEMSTAD - It was one of the main points in the coalition agreement of the new government headed by Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath. An Integrity Chamber. This week the first steps were taken to start the process for Curaçao to have its own...

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New member of the Advisory Board sworn in

WILLEMSTAD - On Tuesday, February 6, Mr. Michael Willem MBA was sworn in as a member of the Advisory Board. He has taken his oath before the Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Lucille George Wout. Mr. Willem has held various positions in the...

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Colombian group will not take over Kura Hulanda Hotel

WILLEMSTAD - The Colombian group On Vacation will not take over the two hotels Kura Hulanda in Otrabanda and Kura Hulanda Lodge in Westpoint. This is according to the Minister of Economic Development, Steven Martina. For a year and a half, On...

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SER Advice for Better Waste Management

In December 2016 the Social Economic Council (SER) submitted a letter to Government with an advice for Better Waste Management. Click here to read this letter with the advice on the website of this government advisory council, SER. Photo caption: ...

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Ombudsman starts Systemic Investigation Disaster Management

Philipsburg - With eyes on the effects, recovery and rebuilding in the wake of the hurricanes of September 2017, and considering that in a short four (4) months' time the next hurricane season will be upon us, the Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin (see...

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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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"In support of Independent media"
by Hilbert Haar
In support of our independent media

By Hilbert Haar ~ The Rotary Club Mid-Isle invited me to join in for a club meeting last Tuesday at Wasabi Charley in Simpson Bay. After having turned down quite some previous invitations due to conflicting work schedules, this time I managed to...

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GPs on Bonaire sign LOI with Healthcare Insurance Office CN

The general practitioners of Bonaire signed on January 27th a so-called Letter of Intent together with the Healthcare Insurance Office Caribbean Netherlands (ZVK). By means of this Letter of Intent, agreements on the future of general...

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Post-Irma insurance premiums to go up 30 to 60 percent. Fair?
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Ehang 184: People are being carried around on drones

Chinese company Ehang offered a glimpse this week of what could lie ahead, releasing its first video of passengers climbing aboard its autonomous drones and taking off with the push of a button. It's one of a bunch of companies racing to bring...

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Safety of private property and modern technology. Safeguard monitoring home security cameras

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Join the race action on the official St. Maarten...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Get close to the action of the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and enjoy the best seats in the house. Go first class aboard the Golden Eagle Catamaran and feel like a real VIP. The official St.

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Benjamin & Parker Corporation Reveals Problem of Tax Refunds

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The research team of Benjamin & Parker Corporation conducted a deep scan in the Tax law refund regulations in Sint Maarten and eradicated the reasons behind the tax refund payment problematic, Master Tax Consulting...

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Bad Governance affects us all says Morales

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Loekie Morales, candidate # 15 of the National Alliance (NA) is like many people in Sint Maarten concerned about the instability of Government and its negative effects on our economy and on social welfare, Morales...

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Academy mid-term report evening set for Thursday February 15

EBENEZER - The Management of St. Maarten Academy's academic campus would like to announce that there will be a mid-term meeting for parents of students in Forms 1 - 6 (CAPE) on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:30pm. This meeting is mandatory...

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Residents on Sint Maarten suffering for the fifth day...

PHILIPSBURG - "My wife and I decided to sleep elsewhere with our three kids last night. The smoke was unbearable", says Sint Maarten resident Alston Lourens. Lourens lives in Philipsburg, the capital of Sint Maarten. Just a little over a...

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Flight frequency TUI Fly to Curaçao to 12 times per week

WILLEMSTAD - The TUI PartnerShip Event 2018 In Curaçao, this year was aboard the cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 docked in Willemstad, this shipping company is also part of the TUI group. Members of TUI Western Region's Board of Directors, including...

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Venezuela resorts to swaps to get imported oil for refinery

WILLEMSTAD - Venezuela's state oil firm PDVSA has resumed crude imports for its 335,000-barrel-per-day Isla refinery in Curaçao after a seven-month pause, as it seeks to turn around falling fuel output, according to internal PDVSA documents....

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Greenforce exports 437 thousand kilos of plastic

WILLEMSTAD - Recycling Company Greenforce exported more than 437 thousand kilos of plastic in 2017. This is according to the company in a press release. That is almost as much as in the seven years before together. During those years they...

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MHF launches new website. Appointments can be made online

CAY HILL - On Friday, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) launched it's new, now modern website, created by Daphne Wong A Foe - a 19 year old Dutch student from the The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), MHF announced on Tuesday.

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Mental Health Foundation presents Love & Semicolon

CAY HILL - On March 9 th & 10 th, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) presents Love & Semicolon (Friday, March 9 th at 7pm), Green Thumbs Project (Saturday, March 10 th at 9am), and Beautifying M.H.F. (Saturday at 12pm) through SXM DOET.

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) February 09, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... WEATHER: Tonight through Friday...

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Clean up the Caribbean

by Jacob Gelt Dekker ~ Six months after the Van Putten-Statia incident, financial mismanagement, abuse of power, fraud, theft, embezzlement of public funds, widespread corruption and favoritism, personal intimidations, threats and insults, and...

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"Mr. Knops, do not disappoint us!"

Dear Editor, Today is a black page in the political history of St. Eustatius. Even in the old days, when the Statia government, without significant support from the National government in Willemstad, had to operate with a so called wenselijkheids ...

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Dutch Winter Olympics target is 15 medals

The Dutch Winter Olympic team aims to bring back at least 15 medals from Pyeongchang, chef de mission Jeroen Bijl said on Thursday. 'If we get 13, you can call us to account,' Bijl, who is leading a 33-strong team to South Korea, said.

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Rabobank settles US money laundering charge for €300m

Rabobank has settled a long-running charge that one of its US subsidiaries - RNA - laundered money for Mexican drugs cartels and deliberately withheld information from the authorities. The settlement means Rabo will not have to undergo...

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