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William: Extend time for voters to collect voting cards

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister and number 23 candidate on the National Alliance slate, William Marlin, is calling on authorities to extend the period within which voters can pick up their voting cards from polling substations within the...

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Dear Reader

The question is being posed whether in this day and age if we should be afraid of victimization here on St. Maarten.

The idea is that if you publicly open your mouth about injustices, you or your family will be victimized by the powers that be.

The belief is that only politicians have free reign to call out people, institutions or government-owned companies on their behaviour. It is all seen as politics. But if a worker or a private citizen comes forward with whistle-blowing information, the perception is that he or she will quickly be disavowed by all around them. No one wants to go down with a sinking ship.

But like Lee Hallley said in the interview, today it is him, tomorrow it might be you. Think about that the next time you see an injustice being perpetrated and you say nothing for fear of the same thing happening to you. You are just perpetuating injustice. Injustice that might just one day come around and bite you in your butt.

For research into this phenomenon, we encourage our readers to email us cases of injustice and how this has affected their lives, that of their families and loved ones and others close to them.

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Damaseau: "We jamming still despite the circumstances"

Marigot - Just short of five months after hurricane Irma caused major structural damages on both sides of the island, the Festivites Carnalalesque De Saint Martin (FCDSM) has defied all odds to kick the biggest cultural event on that side of the...

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Video: Official opening of the French Carnival 2018

The FCDSM President, Luciana Raspail, who was attired in a full carnival costume, set the stage for the launch of the French Saint Martin Carnival 2018 in this video presentation by freelance journalist, Milton Pieters.

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Voyage to the planet Showroom

By Chris Morvan ~ If you want to step into a different world for a while, there is a way of doing it that requires no time travel, no passport and no drugs. It's called buying a new car. Here you will be moving from one sonically muted environment...

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William: Draft law short term contracts watered down

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister William Marlin says the draft national ordinance to amend the civil code to stem the abuse of short term labor contracts has been watered down to such an extent that the original intention of the law is no longer ...

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SXM Airport opens Departure Lounge under pavilion tent

SXM Airport Opens Temporary Departure Pavilion to Improve Passenger Comfort Simpson Bay - Passengers departing from the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, will as from Friday, February 9th, 2018, have a much improved experience as they...

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Yellow Building set for demolition on February 19th

PHILIPSBURG - The Yellow Building that once housed the Ministry of VROMI and the CIB Department before the passing of Hurricane Irma is now set for demolition on February 19th 2018. The Minister of VROMI Miklos Giterson has secured the commitment ...

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Art in the Park Manifestation
Colors, sound and aroma at Art in the Park manifestation

PHILIPSBURG - The Emilio Wilson Park was the stage for the annual Art in the Park manifestation that brought artists from all over the island together to exhibit their creations. Ruby Bute was there as were painters Stephany Tyhanyi and Tess...

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Dutch & French Side Governments rekindle cooperation

PHILIPSBURG -- On Sunday morning February 11th Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin together with Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier, Minister of Justice Cornelius Deweever, and Minister of VROMI Miklos Giterson lead a delegation of technocrats to...

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Rogers: Distribution of Voting Cards Continues

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - 721 News briefly spoke with Jason Rogers of the Central Voting Bureau regarding the distribution of the voting cards for the upcoming 2018 Parliamentary elections on Monday, February 26, 2018. Rogers stated that the...

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William: Extend time for voters to collect voting cards

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister and number 23 candidate on the National Alliance slate, William Marlin, is calling on authorities to extend the period within which voters can pick up their voting cards from polling substations within the...

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Video commercial: "Go out and Vote!"

"Go out and Vote" Public Service Campaign from the Government's Department of Communications (DCOMM)

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Frans asks GEBE to expedite restoration to parts of Cay Bay

Philipsburg - Member of Parliament and leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party Frans Richardson is calling on GEBE to at least explain to residents of Cay Bay why they are still without electricity 6 months after the passing of hurricane...

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Tamara questions 'hefty' BTP funding for Tourist Office move

The Daily Herald Newspaper St. Maarten - The leading newspaper for St. Maarten and the Northeast Caribbean. News from St. Maarten and surrounding islands. We offer Digital subscriptions classified ads, obituaries, Island news, regional news,...

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Topper's Rhum wins USA Todays' 10Best Rum Distillery

ST. MAARTEN'S VERY OWN TOPPER'S RHUM DISTILLERY WINS USA TODAY'S 10BEST RUM DISTILLERY AWARD World's Best Tasting Rhum Handmade in St. Maarten PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN - FEBRUARY 9, 2018 - If there's one thing the Caribbean is known for as much...

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"Test for evaluating candidates" by Robbie Ferron

Dear Editor, My test for evaluating candidates for the upcoming election is to question them on how easy it is to make things better on Sint Maarten. If they claim it is easy then they drop on my ratings. Much of the conversation about our...

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PM and Ferrier to Brussels soon to seek dump funding

Dear Editor, I read in astonishment that the current Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and the Finance Minister Michael Ferrier will be travelling to Brussels to seek funding for a joint Dutch-side/French-side solution to waste management to...

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Direct Rule: Teaching the Naughty Islanders a Lesson

By Brigher Path Foundation ~ ST. EUSTATIUS/COMMENTARY - St. Eustatius, a Public Entity of the Netherlands was recently placed under direct Dutch rule after the 'Committee of Wise Men' concluded in its report that there is a "gross neglect of...

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British invasion on Statia

by Jacob Gelt Dekker ~ Statia's delusional political leader, Clyde van Putten, insists that St. Eustatius is an easy prey to be ransacked by Dutch Marines. The incident of 1780, was for van Putten as if it happened yesterday. The worst hurricane...

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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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"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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'Silent march Statia was against influx of Dutch policemen'

ORANJESTAD - Over 50 marched in silence to an influx of Dutch policemen that came to the island in preparation of the Town Hall meeting Wednesday afternoon. The protest was made silent to lessen any confrontation between the Statians and armed...

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Koos Sneek (DP-Statia): Black page in Statia history

5 Oranjestad- Former Commissioner and Island Council member for the Democratic Party, Koos Sneek, considers the recent take over of local government by The Hague a black page in the history of the island. "Today is a black page in the political...

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St. Eustatius: A Sad Story of Failed Opportunities,...

By Koert Kerkhoff The past few days a new chapter was written of the history of St. Eustatius, but not a history that anyone would like to tell his grandchildren with pleasure or pride. It is a sad story of failed opportunities, disregard,...

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Landfill Fire: Persons with respiratory challenges advice

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Part of the landfill on Pond Island is on fire. Due to high winds the flames have flared up. The Fire Department, is advising persons living downwind from the landfill fire, to close windows and doors.

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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Tzu Chi conducting repairs to Irma damaged home

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation and its volunteers on Sunday began the process to repair the home of a local resident which was severely damaged by hurricane Irma, which battered the island in September last year.

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SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Tripartite, consisting of the Ministry of VSA, Social & Health Insurances (SZV) and the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) hosted a meeting with the Committee for Financial Supervision (CFT) on Thursday February 8th...

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TelEm Group Pond Island building open to public Monday

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group management called its workers back to their main building on Pond Island, Monday, following last week's emergency closure due to raging fires on the dumpsite nearby.

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Community Mobile Dental Consultations available on Tuesday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Community dental care will be available from the mobile dental bus on Tuesday, February 13 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg where Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the...

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Dominica Gets First Major Cruise Call Since Hurricane Maria

ROSEAU, Dominica, Saturday February 10, 2018 - Dominica recently welcomed TUI Cruises' MV Mein Schiff 3, the first major cruise call to the island and the first vessel to sail into the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth since Hurricane Maria devastated the ...

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Tourism Minister Says Jamaica Got A Major Cruise Boost

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Saturday February 10, 2018 - Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica's cruise sector is poised for even further growth, following commitments and "glowing reviews" from the world's major cruise lines. Bartlett, who...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) February 12, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... WEATHER: Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy...

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Fly-in-something in the Caribbean

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ How about Fly-In Banking; like a drive-in fast food operation? No, it's no joke. In the Caribbean? Probably not, but that is not the point. One has to look at the principles of the concept and explore if one could do a...

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Two-thirds of Dutch businesses have fast broadband internet

Two-thirds of all Dutch companies with a payroll of 10 or more had broadband internet connections of more than 30 megabits per second in 2017, double the total five years ago, national statistics office CBS said on Friday . A full 89% of these...

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Clean sweep for Dutch women in Olympics 3,000 metres

Carlijn Achtereekte was the surprise winner of the gold medal in the 3,000 speed skating event at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Saturday, as the Dutch women swept the board. Achtereekte, who won the race in 3.59.21, narrowly beat team mate...

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Sven Kramer wins gold in the 5,000 metres - for third time

Speed skater Sven Kramer successfully defended his 5,000 metre Olympic title for the second time on Sunday, winning the race in a new Olympic record of 6.09.76. The silver went to Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen, who had an undistinguished career in...

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