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Collection long lease fees seems problematic

PHILIPSBURG - The government has issued 2,955 long lease contracts for land that covers 4.87 square kilometers of land; this is 14.3 percent of St. Maarten's total area of 34 square kilometers. The annual lease fee for all these contracts...

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Please review our news recap for Friday.

We continue with our series of draft 2019 budget review articles.

We will be quite curious to see what the court house news brings us today.

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Draft 2019 Budget Review Articles
There is a hole in the budget

POND ISLAND - The draft 2019 budget closes with a deficit of 67.2 million guilders. The government projects 478.8 million in expenditures this year and 411.6 million guilders in revenue. The tax office project requires a 60 million guilders...

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Pension reform possibly into effect per May 1

PHILIPSBURG -- The government aims to let pension reform for civil servants go into effect per May 1 of this year. With the carnival season almost upon us, parliament will have to move swiftly to get this done. LOGIN TO READ MORE... THERE IS MORE ...

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Government cuts electricity budget for schools

PHILIPSBURG - The power consumption at public schools varies wildly it appears from the draft 2019 budget. The government intends to save more than 46,000 guilders ($25,720) in 2019 on the electricity bills at eight primary schools and the...

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Draft 2019 budget closes with 67.2 million deficit

PHILIPSBURG - The draft 2019 budget closes with a deficit of 67.2 million guilders. The government projects 478.8 million in expenditures this year and 411.6 million guilders in revenue. According to the elucidation with the budget, Finance...

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Civil service operates at 70 percent

PHILIPSBURG - The civil service currently employs 1,685 people divided over seven ministries and there are 710 vacancies. If all vacancies were filled, the civil service would be 2,395 strong. This appears from data in the draft 2019 budget; they ...

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Government wants to establish a bodyguard unit

PHILIPSBURG - The government wants to renovate and equip the waiting room and the conference room of the Council of Ministers on the fourth floor of the government building for 800,000 guilders (close to $447,000). This appears from the draft...

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Geerlings offers payment plan on unpaid taxes ...

PHILIPSBURG - Times are still "tough for everyone" and in recognition of this reality, Finance Minister, the Honourable Perry Geerlings, has decided to offer an extension of the deadline for payment of outstanding taxes or create a payment...

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Finance Minister impressed with Oryx Residences

'Construction to be finalised by the end of Summer' CAY HILL - Construction of the Oryx Residences in Cay Hill is at 60 per cent according to its developers the Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten APS and should be completed at the end of summer...

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SZV victim of sophisticated phishing scam

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (Tuesday March 12th, 2019) - Social & Health Insurances SZV has recently been targeted by a seemingly international phishing scam. As a good corporate citizen, SZV takes this opportunity to warn businesses and...

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Majority for returning prisoners to St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - News coming out of The Netherlands reports that a majority in the Dutch Second Chamber in The Hague yesterday rejected a motion to suspend the relocation of prisoners back to St. Maarten. This despite the growing number of reports...

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After-Irma contractor scams more prolific than reported

PHILIPSBURG - A press release issued on Friday, March 8, 2019, by the PR/Communications Department of the Police Force (KPSM) has sparked a number of outcries in the community and on social media. The press release in question stated that the St. ...

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Hundreds of undocumented Venezuelans on Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - Almost six hundred Venezuelans have fled to Sint Maarten. They are staying on the island illegally but are not afraid of being deported by the authorities. A group of them is desperately seeking the government's help in obtaining...

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Will Theo Heyliger spend his birthday in prison?

PHILIPSBURG -- On Thursday, March 7th, 2019, it was reported that the leader of the United Democrats Theo Heyliger (48) will be spending another 8 days in pretrial detention as the Judge of Instruction granted the prosecution their request to...

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Anti-corruption task force investigates all suspicious cases

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office has serious concerns about the financial investigative capacity of the police force. Answering questions from, the prosecutor's office said that the police force has only one...

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NAGICO Group Launches LIVE FIT Plan to Promote Health

GREAT BAY - NAGICO Group, a diversified insurance company serving 21 territories in the Caribbean, is pleased to announce the launch of its LIVE FIT health program in St. Maarten. The health plan will provide gym members and persons that use...

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Whistleblowers need plenty of guts

By Hilbert Haar ~ PHILIPSBURG - The suspicions of bribery and money laundering leveled against United Democrats-leader and now former Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger reveal that there is at least an aura of corruption surrounding the...

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Another missed opportunity

By Hilbert Haar ~ Parliament missed yet another opportunity to make clear where it stands on corruption and money laundering on Friday afternoon. It does not come as a surprise because every time "one of their own" ends up on the wrong side of the...

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Downtown Philipsburg forgotten: 'not everyone benefits...

PHILIPSBURG - Thousands of cruise passengers disembark in Phillipsburg on a daily basis. The water taxis can barely handle the flow of tourists and crew from the cruise ships. It's very busy on the boardwalk but not everyone benefits equally from ...

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Minister Johnson and MP Brison welcome SXM Festival VIPs

AIRPORT - These photos show the impact the SXM Festival internationally, as on Wednesday afternoon Minister of Tourism the Honourable Stuart Johnson greeted the first passengers from American Airlines who arrived on St. Maarten specifically for...

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Alicia's Inn and Baker's Suites become Hospitality Assured

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten - Two local businesses that were part of a pilot Hospitality Assured (HA) program sponsored by the European Union's Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) program for SMEs, have become HA...

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Minister Lee: Job seekers be ready for jobs in hospitality

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of VSA Emil Lee attended the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino job fair on Friday March 8th at the Belair Community Center. The resort is re-opening in phases and is eager to recruit local talent for various departments....

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Ministry VSA and PAHO discuss General Health Insurance

PHILIPSBURG - On Monday March 11 the Ministry of VSA hosted an interactive stakeholder consultation session for local medical professionals facilitated by representatives of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). The topic of the session...

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Fire Department Says Goodbye to Fire Chief Jair Tromp

Kralendijk- The Fire Department (BKCN) has said goodbye to Commander Jair Tromp last Monday. Tromp led the department for over seven years. Tromp received the Bronze Fire Brigade Award out of the hands of chairman Stephan Wevers of the...

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Coast Guard Metal Sharks commissioning

SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten - After two weeks of intensive training, the four new Metal Sharks were officially taken into service today by the Coast Guard St. Maarten. The Director of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, General Peter Jan de Vin, the...

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Concrete blocks damages bus in hit and run

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (KPS) - The Sint Maarten Police Force is in need of the assistance of the community locating a white truck that was involved in a hit and run incident on Monday 11th March, in the vicinity of the Belvedere/ French...

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Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten

Missing Minor MICHELLE MANNING ran away from home after an argument with her guardian on Wednesday 6th March, 2019 and has not returned home since then. She also has not attended school since the...

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Thompson Missing since February 19. Police seeking...

PHILIPSBURG - The Sint Maarten Juvenile Justice Department is asking for the help of the community to locate missing minor Kristoff Thompson, police said on Monday in a statement. Kristoff left home on the 19th of February 2019 and has not...

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Scotiabank receives first hard-copy 2019 Carnival Schedule

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Management and staff of Scotiabank was the first to receive the official hard-copy versions of the 2019 Carnival Schedule of events on Thursday. Scotiabank has been the sponsor of the schedules, otherwise called the...

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Workshop teaches focusing on the positive things

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - On March 11 th - March 13th, the Mental Health Foundation organized the Positive Supervision, Intervention & Conflict Management Workshop given by Drs. Fredrike Bannink and sponsored by Samenwerkende Fondsen at the...

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Sunwing returns to St. Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) -The water cannons from the fire trucks at the Princess Juliana International Airport showered Sunwing's aircraft as it taxied off the runway during its first return flight to St. Maarten post-Irma on Thursday...

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Johnson issues decree for temp restriction of Boeing 737MAX8

PHILIPSBURG - Minister responsible for Civil Aviation on St. Maarten the honourable Stuart Johnson has issued a Ministerial Decree to temporarily restrict the use of Boeing 737 -Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the St. Maarten airspace (Juliana TMA)...

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Ministry restricts the use of drones

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (TEATT) has placed restrictions on the use of drone aircraft in several areas such as the Princess Juliana International Airport, the Harbor, the House ...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) March 15, 2019 Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy. Friday morning through evening: Generally fair and breezy. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F Forecast...

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COCI meets with Economic Affairs regarding vendor permits

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) President Benjamin Ortega headed a delegation of COCI who met with the Department of Economic Affairs which falls under the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs,...

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A.M. Best Upgrades NAGICO's Issuer Credit Rating

NAGICO's leadership in catastrophe claims management affirmed as voted #1 insurance company for the 12th year in a row in St. Maarten Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - February 7, 2019 - NAGICO Insurances, a diversified insurance group serving 21...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG -- NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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SXM DOET is ready for its 5th edition; seeking volunteers

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The 5 th edition of SXM DOET will commence this Friday March 15 th, with over 2.000 volunteers being requested to assist 85 local organizations to successfully execute projects that benefit themselves and, in turn, the ...

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"Choosing a Career or Study" workshop to be held on March 19

PHILIPSBURG - Every academic school year, many students typically in their last two years of school start to ponder what they will be doing next. In some cases, students who have recently graduated have no idea what they want to do or how to go...

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - The Wizards, specializing in computer repairs and onsite services, is now the official reseller for an environmentally-friendly product that has a very unusual feature: A solar powered LED lantern that is a phone charger as...

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Members of Parliament reject proposal to reduce salaries

WILLEMSTAD - A motion to cut the salaries of Members of Parliament by 10 percent did not make it yesterday. Only the coalition party MAN was in favor, but the faction also submitted the motion. The blue party believes that the parliament must...

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Big B Ferry Received with Open Arms on Saba Today

The Bottom, Saba- The new ferry service between St. Maarten and Saba with Big B, a 230 passengers 130 feet vessel owned by Bobby Velasquez, was inaugurated on Thursday. The new service of Blue Peter Charters will run five days a week,...

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Last remaining US diplomats leave Venezuela

The last remaining American diplomats in Venezuela left the country on Thursday, amid deteriorating ties between Washington and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. "I know it is a difficult moment for them," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

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Guyana President writes GECOM regarding elections

CMC - President David Granger Wednesday wrote to the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired Justice James Patterson requesting that the Commission presents him with a work programme in the shortest possible time. In the...

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