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Judge visits SMHDF homes in Belvedere to assess damages

BELVEDERE - Not many court cases end with a judge personally visiting the site of a case in question. However, on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 11, 2018, a walkthrough of the homes of tenants fighting a court case against the SMHDF took place.

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Dear Reader

In this edition we feature several stories about some citizens who still do not have proper housing or repaired homes to live suitably in despite the fact that a named storm, that can be of possible hurricane strength by the time it reaches our region, is heading our way.

The Rental Committee is even urging tenants to file complaints with the housing committee if they feel they are being victimized by landlords. On the French side the situation is no better for many residents.

Even a judge took the time out in our lead story to personally see the damages of homes in a court case between homeowners and the SMHDF foundation with his own two eyes. He will render a verdict in that case on September 28.

One of our legal minds sent us an article from last year that was written in response to Hilbert Haar's opinion piece about St. Maarten being completely in control when it comes to accepting financial aid from the Kingdom partners. Apparently, that is not the case writes Roeland Zwanikken based on an analysis that is also supported by an opinion piece published by Arjen van Rijn as well. See the articles below with the two opposing views (re)published here for your reading convenience.

Hilbert Haar continues to relate back to us his experiences while on the great train journey through Mongolia in part three of his travel series. Part four will be published this Sunday and part five the week after. Haar also continues to give us his opinion pieces about the going-ons here on St. Maarten despite his limited internet access during his journey.

Happy readings!

PS : Today, Wednesday, September 12, will be a normal working day with schools, businesses and government offices open as usual.


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Residents asked to lodge complaints against landlords...

RESIDENTS ASKED TO LODGE THEIR COMPLAINTS TO THE RENTAL COMMITTEE - if landlords are taking advantage ~ By Andrew Bishop ~ Great Bay - Residents are being advised by the representatives of the Housing Committee that oversees rental housing to ...

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French residents fearful they will not get proper housing

RESIDENTS FEARFUL THAT THEY WILL NOT GET PROPER ACCOMMODATIONS AS PROMISED ~ By Andrew Bishop ~ FRENCH QUARTER - The senior citizens are still waiting on the Collectivité to find proper housing for them following the hurricanes of 2017....

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Nearly $700 Million USD paid out by NAGICO thus far;...

Nearly $700 Million USD paid by NAGICO to insureds in the Caribbean thus far The US$58.2 Million Dollar judgement fully paid to Princess Juliana International Airport by NAGICO Philipsburg, Sint Maarten (September 3, 2018) - National General...

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'Fast forward' fixing houses before hurricane Isaac arrives

PHILIPSBURG - People on Sint Maarten are worried when it comes to hurricane Isaac which is barreling down on the island. Because of this, Sint Maarten will most likely experience extreme weather on Thursday the 13th or Friday the 14th of September.

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The Great Train Journey - part 3

By Hilbert Haar ~ We leave Irkutsk on a Monday morning - rising early because the train leaves shortly after 8 a.m. for a trip of 22 hours to Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Our cabin is more luxurious than the one on the train from Moscow to...

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The great train journey - part two

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Thursday at 3 o'clock in the morning our train rolls into the main station in Irkutsk, with around 600,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in Siberia. Finally we are out of the digital wilderness - we've had no internet..

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The Great Train Journey - part one

By Hilbert Haar ~ This is how it began on a Sunday morning in Moscow. We took a taxi to the Kazanskaia station; that was already quite a little trip through town, but it only set us back 300 roubles, roughly $4.50. While I am sitting on a little...

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The tipping point

By Hilbert Haar ~ Mongolia, South Korea and Vietnam have several things in common that set these countries apart from St. Maarten. And those things offer plenty of food for thought to politicians, educators, parents and individual citizens.

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Is it legal to attach conditions to financial aid?

By Roeland Zwanikken ~ Art. 36 of the Kingdom Charter stipulates that the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten (will) provide each other aid and assistance. According to the Explanatory Notes, countries within the Kingdom will consult,...

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St. Maarten completely in control

By Hilbert Haar ~ It does not happen very often that St. Maarten gets help from an unexpected source on the other side of the ocean. In the middle of the discussions about the conditions the Dutch government has attached to financial aid for ...

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Schools, Government / Private Sector Remains Open Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Schools, Government offices and the private sector can continue to operate as normal on Wednesday. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) met on Tuesday to get an update with respect to Tropical Storm Isaac.

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St. Maarten Guyanese Association elects new board

GUYANESE ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN ASSOCIATION ELECTS A NEW BOARD ~ By Andrew Bishop ~ GREAT BAY - The Guyanese St. Maarten/St. Martin Association has elected Velda Blackett, a teacher at the St. Maarten Academy, to lead the organization for the next...

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Red Cross Sint Maarten will continue to help Irma victims

PHILIPSBURG - "We are much better prepared now if a hurricane passes over the island compared to last year when Irma passed", says Joost Ruigrok from Red Cross Sint Maarten. By Tim van Dijk (Dutch, and English spoken) Ruigrok explains that...

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Jamaloodin finally extradited to Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - At the request of the Public Prosecutor's Office Curaçao, former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin (50) was handed over by the Venezuelan authorities to the judicial authorities of the country Curaçao. Jamaloodin was transferred...

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More than half of InselAir employees have to go

WILLEMSTAD - The local aviation company InselAir has to dismiss another 90 of its employees. That is more than half of all staff. The airline has sent all staff a letter and offers the possibility of voluntary dismissal. If that does not have the ...

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Minister of Justice: "Curaçao does not violate human rights"

WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao has since 2012 sheltered almost 8000 Venezuelans who have been eligible for a residence permit. That is 5% of the total population of the island. In addition, it appears (in anticipation of the results of an ongoing...

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Holland has no legal obligation to intervene in Curacao

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao itself is responsible for implementing an adequate migration policy, says Undersecretary for Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops today on a critical report from Amnesty International about the refugee problem on the...

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Governor's Address at the Opening of Parliament on Tuesday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Madame Chairlady, Members of Parliament, Today September 11th, 2018, we gather here in fulfillment of our constitutional mandate to mark the start of a new parliamentary year. A mandate which, amidst significant...

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Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure (VROMI) Miklos Giterson would like to inform the public on the issues surrounding the Spaceless Gardens project and insinuations that the Ministry is seeking to stop the...

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Smith Makes Second Donation from MP Salary Deduction

Leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP), the Honourable Wycliffe Smith on Tuesday made his second donation from his pledged 15 percent salary reduction from his tenure in office as a Member of Parliament. The funds were used to purchase ...

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Minister of VROMI Issues Statement After Accident

Minister of VROMI Miklos Giterson issued a personal statement of apology after an early Thursday morning accident in the St. John’s area involving himself and a passenger bus. "I would like to state that the rumors of my intoxication at the time ..."

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721 News Director goes to Court for violence and...

By The Daily Herald ~ PHILIPSBURG - Director of 721 News website Gromyko Wilson has been summoned to appear before a Judge in the Court of First Instance on October 24 to answer charges of insult, exertion of violence against on-duty police...

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Exploitation not proven in case of Filipino housekeepers

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - An exploitation claim against Filipino women working on St. Maarten was filed on July 20, 2018. These kind of claims are taken seriously and therefore immediate action was taken. Initially there was suspicion of unfair ...

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UPDATED: Isaac weakens a little. Could be or near hurricane.

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - On Monday Isaac continues to track towards the Lesser Antilles. On Monday evening Isaac was located over 900 miles east of the islands. Isaac has weakened a little and is a tropical storm with sustained wind speeds of 70...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) September 13, 2018 Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy with a local shower possible. Wednesday morning through evening: Partly cloudy to...

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COCI receives presentation about new Tax Application App

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - At the request of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI), a meeting took place earlier this week with Nicole Echobardo and Quincy Lont, who presented the brand-new Tax Application of Meijburg & Co...

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COCI commends initiators of summer events. Focus now...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Executive Director Anastacio Baker, would like to commend the various entities that organized several activities and events during the summer months of June, July and...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, 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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Caribbean Wellness Day/Week promotes good health and...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) was observed across the region on September 8 to promote good health and well-being. In 2011 the CWD was expanded to become Wellness Week in the Americas commencing on September 8...

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SIMVA Volleyball Season Open

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The 2018 season for the Sint Maarten Volleyball Association (SIMVA) games were declared open by the Minister of Education Culture Youth and Sports Wycliffe Smith on Saturday evening at the Great Bay Sports Auditorium. ...

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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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SHTA & Carib Beer Call for Sharing 2019 Events to Show...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and Carib Beer call on companies and NGO's to send in events they are planning for 2019 for their National Event Calendar. The 2018 calendar, published only...

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Hurricane watches issued for lesser Antilles, warnings...

By Caribbean News Now contributor MIAMI, USA - Hurricane warnings were likely to be issued on Tuesday night as Tropical Storm Isaac approached the Lesser Antilles. A hurricane watch is currently in effect for Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique....

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UK Military Ship Positioned and Ready to Assist the Region

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday September 11, 2018 - The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay has departed to assist Eastern Caribbean islands as they brace for the arrival of Hurricane Isaac. Assurance of the assistance came from Commanding Officer of ...

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International Timeshare Company Acquires Interests in Resort

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A wonderful premise

By Hilbert Haar ~ My, my, what a thing! As if our little island does not have enough headaches on its plate, now VROMI-Minister Miklos Giterson has been arrested on suspicion - I repeat: on suspicion - of drunk driving. As an integrity-freak, I was..

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If only

Dear Editor, Many years ago there was a board of directors that took the decision to build a new airport building and they approved the plans to build the airport building. They would have appointed expensive architects and suppliers that...

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Relying on our own strength with the will to support ...

By Elco Rosario ~ It was around September 1998 when I was visited in my notary office on Sint Maarten by two intelligence agents, one from Holland, Mr. Oosterlaken and one from Curacao, Mr. Schuschen. They had come to finish an interrogation which...

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Our views on Theo vs the judicial process

Dear Editor, Lets line up the following facts: 1. The failure of many developing countries, particularly small ones has been caused by the breakdown of effective democracy that has been undermined by various forms of non-democratic behavior...

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The Black must be discharged!

Racism was the bedrock of European colonialism in the Caribbean. The subjugation, oppression and exploitation of African people as 'sub-human' was justified by colonial powers based on race and colour. A crucial fixture of the architecture of...

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ING's CFO quits over money laundering scandal

The resignation comes amid concern about criminal cross-border money flows THE HAGUE - Dutch bank ING said its chief financial officer had resigned after being singled out as responsible for the compliance failings that allowed companies to...

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Money, money, money: Dutch millionaires hit a high

They aren't necessarily known for flashing their cash, but the number of millionaires in the Netherlands has reached a 10-year high. Dutch statistics office CBS tracks the number of people declaring assets of more than €1million to the taxman and ...

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