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We are looking for documentation that there used to be guardhouses at the borders between French and Dutch St. Maarten.

Some old folks told us stories about guardhouses manned by uniformed police/customs officers at all the border crossing back in the day.

One reader emailed us that she was told by her great- & grandparents and parents that there were border controls. She also voted Yes in our poll about the border controls.

Apparently, there were certain things one could not take to the French side from the Dutch side. Such as a homemade alcoholic beverages which they called 'contraband'. We assumed the old people were referring to guavaberry liquor.

So we are looking for any evidence of these border controls back in the day. Documents, photographs, etc. Anyone having such, please contact us. We would like to work these into an article about the border control plans.

SHTA wants government do away with redundancy pay for MPs/Ministers. Good luck with that. When Roy Marlin was MP, he submitted a motion to reduce the salaries of members of Parliament. Not one MP signed to second the motion. MP Tamara Leonard was another member of Parliament who wanted to bring forward a motion. Another futile attempt.

Hilbert Haar wrote about this in today's opinion piece entitled Generous unemployment scheme. Who would want to do away with that? The US government gives generous tax breaks to billionaires and millionaires. Apparently, this is widely supported because the notion exists amongst most people that they too will enjoy these tax breaks once they become multi-millionaires as well. We guess the same goes for politicians. We have 93 political candidates vying for these handsomely paid jobs in the upcoming February 26 elections.

What about firemen who risked their lives every day? What do their salaries look like? Tuesday, the Fire Department while battling one blaze in Cole Bay received another call for an electrical fire at Paradise Mall, also in Cole Bay. A fire truck and crew responded from the Cay Hill Fire Station and this fire was eventually extinguished as well.

Kudos, guys! Job well done!

The Publisher

PS: Please email your press releases, public announcements and bulletin board notices to We urge you to include a photo as often as possible. Feature Article

A newcomer's view of St Maarten/St Martin ~ By Chris Morvan ~ The island where I find myself has a split personality. It can't make up his mind if its name is Martin or Maarten. Nor is it consistent about what language it speaks. Look it up on the...

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PM and MinJust visit scene of Cole Bay fire

Cole Bay - Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin and Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever visited the scene of the fire in Cole Bay Tuesday night to get a first-hand view of the situation. At the same time, the aforementioned would like to thank...

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Conference opening remarks Minister of Justice De Weever

The justice conference started on Monday Jan 22 and has been organized by Minister of Justice De Weever in cooperation with the office of the Representative of the Netherlands in Philipsburg. Participating in the conference were officials from ...

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Fire department battled Cole Bay fire on Tuesday

GREAT BAY - The Fire Department had its hands full on Tuesday morning having to simultaneously deal with two fires in Cole Bay. The Fire Department responded with four fire trucks and two water trucks to a fire in a warehouse complex in Cole Bay.

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Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Assists Law Enforcement...

Cole Bay - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation assisted law enforcement officers with battling the Cole Bay Fire on Tuesday Morning. Nature Foundation staff noticed a large fire close to the organization's Cole Bay office and upon responding to...

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Major fire breaks in Cole Bay warehouse complex

Philipsburg - On Tuesday morning, January 23rd, at approximately 10.25 a.m., the first of several calls came in to the Emergency Dispatch about a fire which had broken out in the warehouse complex at Jobco Plaza and Kam's Distributors. Both...

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Police request assistance in connection with armed robbery

Philipsburg - The Special Unit Robbery is requesting assistance from the general public in connection with ongoing armed robbery investigation Le Grand Marche, which took place on November 1st, 2017. Attached to this press release are photos of...

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Generous unemployment scheme

By Hilbert Haar ~ The call by MP Sarah Wescot-Williams to immediately put a stop to the payment of political pensions to ousted ministers and members of Parliament comes at a curious moment. It's election time, remember? The St. Maarten Hospitality..

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WIB took loss of 6 million on hurricane relief

PHILIPSBURG - The Windward Islands Bank has taken a loss of 6 million guilders on the grace period it extended after Hurricane Irma to private clients, WIB-director Derek Downes, chairman of the Bankers Association, said during a meeting of the...

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Parliament meets with market vendors today

Central Committee meeting of Parliament about discussion with the market square vendors, on Wednesday afternoon PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee...

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Photo reportage USP Town Hall Meeting in St. Peters

USp town hall meeting - Tuesday night, Jan. 23rd, 2018.

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SHTA supports Sarah's call to suspend the MP/Minister...

GREAT BAY - The SHTA has taken note of a Facebook message by President of Parliament, Ms. Sarah-Wescot-Williams, in which she explains the law on redundancy pay for MP's and Ministers. According to Ms. Wescot-Williams, redundancy pay works for...

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PJIA SXM Airport: General Progress Update

Simpson Bay - The management and staff of the Princess Juliana International (PJIA) SXM Airport continues its efforts to rebuild St. Maarten's award-winning airport. The Supervisory Board and Management of the Princess Juliana International...

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The Motion of No Confidence

In general a Motion is a question or issue put to a vote in Parliament expressing its position on a particular topic or issue, its feelings or view, a desire or an instruction of Parliament on any particular subject. A Motion must be submitted in ...

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Corporate Governance & The Role of the Supervisory Board of Directors (Part 3)
For our upcoming feature length article about the Supervisory Board of Directors (SBD), we posed the following questions to several experts on Corporate Governance:

  1. What are the specific roles of the SBD?
  2. Can the SBD give the CEO instructions? Can the SBD only advise? Or give guidelines?
  3. Is it normal for SBD members to be in a company on a daily basis, sitting in the CEO's office and giving the staff instructions?
  4. When or under what circumstances can a SBD take over the management of a company?
  5. Politics being what it is on a small island like St. Maarten, how do you view the role of the members of the SBD who has to ultimately answer to their political masters who appointed them to the SBD?
  6. When or under what circumstances can the SBD be held liable for the results of the company?

In answer to question 3 whether it is normal for SBD members to be in a company on a daily basis, sitting in the CEO's office and giving the staff instructions according to Miguel Goede of the University of Governance, the " SBD should meet about six times a year, including four meetings to discuss the quarterly reports. The SBD should not get involved in the daily operations of the company, however the members of the SBD can speak to everyone on the company to gather information to understand what is going on. But the SBD should not intervene with the driving. Doing that is an accident waiting to happen."

This is part 3 of this 6-part series on Corporate Governance and the Role of the Supervisory Board of Directors (SBD). In our next part tomorrow, we will answer the questions when or under what circumstances can a SBD take over the management of a company? Dutch Caribbean News
EU sanctions against Venezuela bad for ABC Islands

BRUSSELS - Restricted sanctions which were unanimously proclaimed by the European Union against Venezuela threaten to reinforce the blockade of the Latin American country against Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. Venezuela is, according to foreign...

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Trade and travel ban between Venezuela and ABC Islands

BRUSSELS - Venezuela continues to block trade and travel with the Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. According to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is in charge of foreign relations for the entire Kingdom, Halbe Zijlstra, the Netherlands will...

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Minister Zijlstra wants new consultation between ABC islands

BRUSSELS - The Netherlands together with Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao wants to consult with Venezuela again. This new consultation round will take place after the European Union has imposed sanctions against Venezuela due to the political crisis in ...

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Delays InselAir due to technical problems Fokker-50

WILLEMSTAD - InselAir's delays are the result of a technical problem with one of the Fokker-50 aircraft. Even today the airline had problems with its schedule. The morning flights to and from Aruba and Bonaire were canceled. The flight to St....

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Saba present at Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht

The Bottom, Saba- The Annual Vakantiebeurs, was held last week, January 9th - January 14th 2018 in Utrecht the Netherlands. This is a travel trade show which Saba has been attending for many years. Unfortunately, this year Director of Tourism...

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Will Members of Parliament ever vote to lower their own salaries and cut benefits?
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Aruba's move towards Venezuela commendable

Earlier I questioned the unilaterally imposed blockade by Venezuela when it closed its borders with the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (ABC). I believed then and still contend that it was a flagrant violation of the World Trade...

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USM, CIVI sign MOU to offer Cyber Security Training with ...

GREAT BAY - The University of St. Martin will be the hub of a series of Cyber Security Trainings courtesy of a strategic partnership between the University, the Caribbean Israel Ventures Inc. (CIVI) and the facilitators of the course, the Mer...

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STB and SHTA hosted Strategic Marketing Summit 2018

Philipsburg - The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau together with the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) recently hosted the Strategic Marketing Summit with the main theme 'Marketing & Promoting St. Maarten Moving Forward'. Amongst the ...

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Control Unit asking public to cooperate

The Control Unit of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications (TEATT) is asking public transportation drivers to adhere to the Public Transportation Ordinance, and have all their paperwork in order during controls to ...

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St. Maarten Entrepreneurs Collaborate to Create SD Lounge

GREAT BAY - Creator of Power Hour, St. Maarten's premier networking event, Ife Badejo and founder of Be Your Own Brand, Kenty Lichtenberg are collabor...

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Mr. Boombastic Shaggy to headline the 38th Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - The 38th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will take place from March 1-4, 2018 and promises a "Legendary Night" to close off...

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Dancer Bianca Dijkhoffz inspires Charlotte Brookson students

PHILIPSBURG - Bianca Dijkhoffz spoke on Wednesday, January 17 th, 2017 about her journey as a dancer in the music entertainment industry to students of the Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performing Arts (CBA).

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Ti Koko and Kush Kush, a "magically" new children's book

GREAT BAY - Ti Koko and Kush Kush by Patricia G. Turnbull from the Virgin Islands (VI) is the newest children's book published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), said Jacqueline Sample, president of the indie press.

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Public Notice from NV GEBE regarding power outage SP Hill

PUBLIC NOTICE January 22, 2018 NV GEBE regrets to inform the general public that the Electricity supply to PETERS HILL (Guavaberry, part of Coco Plum Road and surrounding area) will be interrupted on Wednesday January 24, 2018 from 9:00 am until...

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Press freedom organization protests threat to Cuban reporter

MIAMI - The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has protested threats made by Cuba's political police to Luz Escobar, a journalist with the independent digital newspaper 14ymedio, a situation that demonstrates the restrictions and challenges...

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