Prime Minister William Marlin Constitution Day 2017...

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister William Marlin on Sunday released his Constitution Day 2017 address. People of St. Maarten, a little over a month ago, we were struck by the most powerful hurricane ever recorded. We are all privileged by the grace of ...

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Dear Reader

As more and more stories, photos and videos of looters committing their despicable acts surface on social media and the shocking realization who some of these looters are, the more we believe that our call to have this behavior researched and analyzed becomes ever more urgent.

In an interview with Hilbert Haar, businessman Michael Ferrier also hits the nail on the head when he says that the country must have “ a long conversation about looting”.

By now the word has gotten around that the management of the TODAY Newspaper company has decided to offer the complete staff a severance package as the structural damages to the main offices and the printery are beyond the possibilities of short term repairs and rebuilding will take months and a significant amount of investment.

The business assessment has also shown that the long term survivability in the present format is also not viable with 85% of our economy negatively impacted by hurricane Irma and the looting and the loss of business revenues in the aftermath with several weeks of curfew.

Hence, serious consideration is being given to continue the newspaper business solely online in a digital format with a subscription-based business model, augmented with an email newsletter ( click here for the archive), a messaging system for news alerts and breaking news and with a Facebook presence.

Our strong belief in life is that everything happens for a reason and we will look to find the positive in this development. Whatever the outcome is, we will keep you updated via this email newsletter and via our Facebook page.

That haven been said, we wish to remind our readers that TelEm is cordially reminding subscribers that the disconnection date for the July 2017 bills is Wednesday, October 11th, and the deadline to pay this bill is Tuesday, October 10th. Click here to read the full details of this disconnection notice.

Windward Islands Bank (WIB) Ltd. has published an advertisement with their branches and ATM machines opening hours. Click here to read the full details of this notice ad.

Finally, we wish you a happy Constitution Day 2017 and we wish you all a joyous reunion with your family, friends and loved ones on Tuesday, October 10th, when the resumed flights bring them back home to us here on St. Maarten.

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The end of an era
The Today newspaper’s run as the country’s most critical and reliable news course ended on Friday, October 6 after seventeen years.

The printed version of the paper has been taken out of circulation, because the company’s ownership could not justify the heavy investments a restart would require after the damages inflicted by Hurricane Irma.

During an emotional meeting in a conference room of the Bute Hotel, located just behind Today’s destroyed office building in Philipsburg, the owner – Finance Minister Richard Gibson Sr. – informed the staff about his decision on Friday afternoon.

He offered staff members three months of salary in exchange for the termination of their labor contracts.

It is with great sadness that I, as the newspaper’s editor-in-chief since January 1, 2008, have to witness how all my colleagues have become jobless. At the same time, I understand the business decision to close down the company.

Today has made its mark over the past ten years. In 2010, a series of articles about ground speculation resulted in the political downfall of the country’s first Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor – Maria Buncamper-Molanus. Together with her husband Claudius, she was later found guilty of forgery and tax fraud in the Court in First Instance.

Another series of articles about the involvement of Justice Minister Roland Duncan with the prostitution sector, also indirectly led to the demise of Duncan’s political career.

In 2013, the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association honored Today with its Public Media Award – the only newspaper on the island to have received it.

While the printed edition of Today is now lost forever, its voice may come back through an online version. Those plans are still under consideration.

My future lies most likely elsewhere: outside the hurricane belt and, if our options materialize, maybe as a photographer for an online travel guide in Asia.

For now, on behalf of the staff at Today, I want to thank all our readers and our clients for their support over the more than ten years I have had the honor of working here.

I also want to thank Mr. Richard Gibson Sr. for giving me the freedom to produce a critical and truly interdependent newspaper for so long.

Hilbert Haar
Editor-in-Chief @ Today
from January 1, 2008 until October 6, 2017

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With the resuming of flights on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, we are also open to take your flight bookings to and from St. Maarten via SXM Airport.
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TelEm Disconnection Notice

For July 2017 Bill deadline for payment is Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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