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By Hilbert Haar ~ It is tempting to note that integrity issues have soared to the surface again in St. Maarten after the common Court of Justice gave the green light for the prosecution of MP Theo Heyliger. The suspicions are that the good MP...

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Browse our news publications in today's issue of our email newsletter featuring the headline news about MP Theo Heyliger, coverage of the arrest of Checkmate owner O'neal Arrindell and a travelogue from our very own Hilbert Haar titled " The Great Train Journey - part one ".

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MP Brison expressed concerns to Central Bank about ENNIA ...

PHILIPSBURG - At the recent committee of finance meeting on Wednesday August 22nd with the Central Bank, Member of Parliament and USP Faction Leader Rolando Brison had expressed some serious concerns about the various issues the community faces...

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Citizens take Government to Court regarding the dump

On August 24, 2018, Mrs B. Cannegieter, Mr C. Koster and the law firm BZSE Attorneys at Law/Tax Lawyers filed a petition for an injunction against Country Sint Maarten and the operator of the dump. The plaintiffs request the Court to order...

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Nature Foundation Conducts First Water Quality Assessment

PHILIPSBURG - The Nature Foundation carried out water quality tests at seven sites surrounding St. Maarten. These tests, which were conducted for the first time since the passage of Hurricane Irma, were carried out in order to determine the...

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R.M. arrested in The Netherlands by the FIOD for the TBO

The suspect R.M. was arrested Thursday August 23 in Rotterdam by the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) at the request of the Anti-corruption Taskforce (TBO) for bribery, corruption and money laundering in Sint Maarten...

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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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Homeless by choice

By Hilbert Haar ~ My life as a global nomad began on June 26 when I stepped on a plane in Grand Case headed for Paris. Reality did not kick in immediately: I traveled with my wife Myriam from Paris to Amsterdam with the Thalys, then moved on to...

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Venezuelan man arrested at PJIA by Alpha Team for overstay

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday August 23rd 2018 during the evening members of the Alpha Team operating at the Princess Julian International Airport carried out a control on man identified with initials J.A.M.S. who initially came to the airport to...

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Suspect in attempted robbery flee from police

PHILIPSBURG - The Special Unit Robberies of the Police Department in the ongoing investigating of attempted robbery of the Coliseum Casino on August 9, this morning, August 24th, attempted to carry out an arrest of a suspect in the Cay Hill area. ...

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Detectives requesting assistance from community ...

ST. PETERS - In connection with the ongoing criminal investigation which took place on Monday August 6 th, 2018 in the Sint Peters area known as "Haitian lane" during which the victim identified with initials J.R.C. was found shot to death in his ...

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This is not just about Theo

By Fabian Badejo ~ The decision of the Joint Court of Justice to grant the Public Prosecutor's Office permission to prosecute United Democrats leader, MP Theo Heyliger is in line with previous decisions of the same court concerning other sitting...

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

By Fabian Badejo ~ The decision of the Joint Court of Justice to grant the Public Prosecutor's Office permission to prosecute United Democrats (UD) leader, MP Theo Heyliger, continues to generate public discussion. However, the whole judicial...

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

By Fabian Badejo ~ Just recently, my daughter told me, "on St. Martin, you are guilty until proven innocent and even then, you still remain guilty." Her statement jolted my memory and then it came back to me: eight years ago, I had written an...

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Casino staff asks: "Where's the Protection?"

Dear Editor, Foreign Investment is of paramount importance for the future of St. Maarten. Not only does it involve money, jobs and development but for local communities it means stability, growth and an overall better standard of living and...

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Gracita says: "Effective leadership remains elusive..."

Philipsburg, August 23rd, 2018 - Gracita states; " the recent political turmoil that dominated the local air-waves regarding the possible fall of the present 'government', once more reigned supreme at the kitchen tables of residents and visitors...

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Johnson shares vision for the future with TEATT staff

PHILIPSBURG-While sharing his vision for the future of his Ministry, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication (TEATT) Stuart Johnson made it clear to over 100 civil servants on the afternoon of Wednesday August 8th, that ...

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PHILIPSBURG - On Monday, August 20th, Member of Parliament and SMCP Faction Leader, Mr. Claude "Chacho" Peterson and Faction Staff Mr. Benjamin Bell, met with the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Ronald Halman and Secretary-General, Mrs. Joane...

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Kingdom Council of Ministers approves Appointment of ...

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - On Friday August 24, 2018 the Kingdom Council of Ministers approved Sint Maartens nomination of Maria C. Van der Sluijs-Plantz for appointment to the Kingdom Council of State by, the King of the Netherlands, His Majesty...

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The Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating the dump

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School Bus Drivers and School Children: Observe rules...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Section School Busing of the Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication, would like to remind all school bus drivers and school children riding on public school busses, that it is not allowed for ...

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Denise Jacobs new interim head of Landsrecherche St. Maarten

Commissioner of Police Denise Jacobs to be appointed head of the Landsrecherche St. Maarten. In an invited comment Minister of Justice De Weever said that Jacobs appointment has yet to be completed. Jacobs is presently head of the Detective Dept.

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Support from the World Statues Foundation for the ...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Last year September, Sint Maarten was severely hit by the hurricanes Irma and María, leaving many people in a deprived situation. We have gotten support from many organizations and people from the Dutch Caribbean and...

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SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Topper's Rhum Distillery celebrates international rum day in a big way by hosting Everything St. Maarten / St. Martin JMB Website Supporters Summer 2018 Island Party. The well-attended cocktail party was filled with...

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LGS Host First Acres Of Diamonds Conference Introducing...

On August 20th & 21st, Le Grand Solutions (LGS) hosted the first of their conference series called, "Acres of Diamonds." Our first excavation began within our homes, and its value when utilized in a business concept called, "Home Sharing."

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It's BPW International 88th Birthday. We wore yellow proudly

"On August 26 th, 1930, the International Federation of Business Professional Women was founded by Leena Mardesin Philips. Now known as BPW International. She served as President for 18 years. "She was a visionary. She saw that women can come...

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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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SINT MAARTEN/WASHINGTON, D.C. (PAHO/WHO) - While 34 Member States of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) remain measles free, endemic transmission of the virus has now been reestablished in Venezuela. To stop further spread of measles...

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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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Work Conference on Disaster Response in Public Health

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - A three-day health disaster conference concluded last week, which was organized by the Public Health Department of the Ministry of VSA. The work conference is a continuation of the cooperation on health care that was...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, August 26, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) August 27, 2018 Tonight through Monday evening: Partly cloudy and breezy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers. Forecast High: 31°C /...

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More Tremors Recorded After 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday August 22, 2018 - On the heels of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in eastern Venezuela that caused structural damage to buildings in that country as well as in other Caribbean islands, and a warning that there could be...

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KLM adds flight to St. Maarten

AMSTERDAM - Royal Dutch Airlines KLM is increasing the frequency of flights on the route Amsterdam St. Maarten in the coming winter season. From the end of October until late March, KLM will execute three flights per week to the island. With the...

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American Airlines Cuts Service to Haiti; Delta Adds...

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday August 22, 2018 - American Airlines (AA) is cutting direct flights to Haiti's capital from November, while Delta Airlines has announced it will begin a weekly flight the following month. AA said yesterday that...

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Structure of Barbados' Military to Be Reviewed

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday August 24, 2018 - The structure of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) will be reviewed in the coming months to ensure that it is best placed to deal with current and emerging threats to the island's national security.

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Nicky Verstappen murder suspect arrested in Spain

Jos Brech, the man wanted for the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen over 20 years ago, has been arrested in Spain and will be extradited to the Netherlands. Brech was found after a tip-off from another Dutchman, named by the Telegraaf as Erik.

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IT-experts: How can the ministry know info not stolen?

The Hague - For years the cyber-security protecting government information systems on Bonaire, Saba, and Statia was substandard. These information systems also contained information about citizens and companies. IT-experts are questioning whether ...

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