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Right now St Maarten is dealing with an ongoing issue, the landfill and fires that have become more frequent. Over the years many have "had the solutions" to fix the problem but still the people are, in 2018, inhaling toxic fumes when it ignites. ...

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Dear Reader

Dutch MP Van Raak stirs the pot again.

His article " Het halve parlement van Sint Maarten wordt verdacht van fraude", or as he writes in English in The Daily Herald " How can we ever have a serious debate about integrity?", made the rounds on Whatsapp this weekend here on St. Maarten.

We wonder how the St. Maarten MPs now visiting The Netherlands for the IPKO meeting feel about this article?

Should give one something to think about, right?

We are curious what kind of serious debate will they be having during the IPKO meetings. We will not be surprised if the conclusions and recommendations of these meetings are once again not taken seriously by the Dutch government.


In other inhouse news developments, we have started an online Obituaries publication service at Publication fees start at just $75 US Dollars per year. Sympathy advertisements with condoleance messages can also be published on these pages as well.

We have published two examples of such obituaries. One for the late Roy Rudolf Marlin, whose homegoing was, Saturday, May 26th, and one for the late Roland Cecil Bryson aka Paben whose homegoing will be tomorrow Tuesday after a cultural wake on tonight in the Festival Village.

Under these obituaries visitors to the webpages can post condolence messages and 'light candles' for the deceased.

Visit our Obituaries webpage and post your condolence message for Paben if you have not done so already.

Please email inquiries regarding the publishing of Obituaries to

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Worth every penny

By Hilbert Haar ~ Should the court grant the public prosecutor's office its wish to conduct a civil inquiry at the port companies? The answer to that question is currently under consideration. On June 26, the Common Court of Justice will pronounce...

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Cabinet of the Minister of Justice seeks rectification...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Cabinet of the Minister at the Ministry of Justice has sent a statement to the Daily Herald newspaper seeking a rectification to a story that was published in the paper's May 25, 2018 edition.

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Blistering picture of mismanagement at the port

PHILIPSBURG - The attorney for the public prosecutor's office, Rogier van den Heuvel, presented a blistering picture of mismanagement and fraud at the harbor companies on Thursday at the hearing with the Common Court of Justice to obtain the...

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"Politics used harbor as sugar daddy"

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office has dropped its demand that the supervisory board of the harbor group of companies be sent home but it maintains that Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo remains suspended. On Thursday, the Common Court ...

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Court handles request to investigate mismanagement at port

PHILIPSBURG - The court will hear arguments on Thursday morning from the public prosecutor's office and defense attorneys for the harbor about a request by the attorney-general to initiate an investigation into possible mismanagement at the port...

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Another book of Morales in Papiamento

PHILIPSBURG - The Aruban department of Education wants to translate Loekie Morales' book 'The Magic Wedding Cake' into Papiamento, the Aruban native language, and donate the books to all Aruban schools for reading purposes. In 2012 the book with...

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An island is not a rock

by Chris Morvan There's a blog that I follow, called Women Who Live On Rocks. It's a jovial, whimsical thing, started by a yoga instructor, a good-looking, bikini-wearing type who looks great in photographs. I don't know how she came to be living ...

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On the reconstitution of USM

By Antonio Carmona Báez, Ph.D. ~ My recent appointment as President of the University of St. Martin has been accompanied by a warm welcome from many of the island's residents, as well as a strong sense of encouragement and support expressed by my...

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USM promoting registration for cyber security training

"Start a career in cyber security in St. Maarten" says Greg Arrindell PHILIPSBURG - Local businessman and radio personality Greg Arrindell is encouraging people to get into the field of cyber security. The well-known awarded CACCI* Roving...

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New privacy rules come in effect

Small Dutch organisations do not have to fear immediate fines if their systems are not yet properly equipped to deal with new EU privacy legislation known as GDPR, justice minister Sander Dekker has told broadcaster NOS.

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St. Maarten bids farewell to Roy Marlin

Described a fierce politician, family man but also stubborn.~ PHILIPSBURG:--- Politicians, friends and families bid farewell to long time politician Roy Marlin at the Catholic Church in South Reward on Saturday. Roy Marlin who joined the...

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Ill-treatment results in shooting at SMMC

COLE BAY, Sint Maarten - News reports reaching 721news said that a male patron of Lotus Club, for unknown reasons, engaged in an altercation with a female staff member of the club. The argument became so heated, that the man assaulted the female...

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Child almost drowns at Mullet Bay Beach

UPDATE POLICE REPORT: Little girl almost drowned at Mullet Bay On Sunday May 27th at approximately 04.25 p.m. the Emergency Dispatch received its first call of the drowning of a little girl at the Mullet bay Beach. The caller also stated that the ...

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EXCLUSIVE: MP Wycliffe Smith responds to rumors...

PHILIPSBURG:--- At least two candidates that submitted their names to become Ministers were asked to provide more information so that the screening process could continue, those two candidates are SMCP leader Wycliffe Smith and Democratic Party...

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DFS will be hosting its monthly general meeting on May 31

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - DFS (Dominica Foundation Sint Maarten) is working relentlessly to unite all Dominicans residing on St. Maarten/St. Martin, the motto of DFS is working with each other to create opportunities where members will prosper ...

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SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - Fiery theatre director, Albina Matuzko is doing it again - taking a well-know literary work, ripping it apart in her own inimitable way, and sewing it up together again with clowning antics, wild costumes and...

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More babies with birth defects in Limburg, but reason is ...

The number of babies born in Limburg with a birth defect is far higher than in the rest of the country, according to researchers at Maastricht University. The researchers studied national figures on birth defects and concluded that the rate is...

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SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, in conjunction with the Windward Islands Medical Association, and their Platinum Sponsor, NAGICO Insurances held a conference for medical professionals on the state of Oncology (Cancer)...

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Cultural Manifestation Wake for Roland Bryson "Pa Ben"...

PHILIPSBURG - A wake for the late Roland Cecil Bryson aka Pa Ben or Chimongo will be held on Monday, May 28th 2018 at the festival / Carnival Village from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm. The wake will take form of a cultural manifestation.

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SCDF opens registration for booths early for Carnival 50

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has opened registration for potential booth holders much earlier than it normally does on an annual basis. The foundation announced on Wednesday that registration ...

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Thousands evacuate as Alberto bears down on Gulf Coast

Subtropical Storm Alberto has gained an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, heading toward expected landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast, prompting thousands to evacuate. Though the Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially ...

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USA Today highlights destination in Summer's on sale...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Destination Sint Maarten/St. Martin is once again profiled in a major U.S. media publication, the USA Today. The most recent feature written by Melanie Reffes under the heading, "Summer's on sale at luxurious...

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Stefania Kong-Gumbs Wins Award of Excellence...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Stefania Kong-Gumbs, Head of the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, delegation at the just concluded 12th Annual Is-Lands' Airport Safety Committee, (IASC) conference was presented with the Committee's first ...

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VSA launched second phase Food Voucher Program

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In the month of April, the Ministry of VSA launched the second phase of its Food Voucher Program, which offers residents most in need with financial assistance for basic necessities in the form of food vouchers.

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Fire Dept./Office of Disaster Management calls on nation ...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - "Remember it only takes one," is the theme of the Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The Fire Department/ODM is calling on the Sint Maarten community to...

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USM to Retake Law Programme Initiative. Hopes to start...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - A team of lawyers and concerned citizens paid a courtesy visit to the University of St. Martin (USM) yesterday in hopes of rekindling the decade-long initiative to start a law programme. USM's administration is hoping ...

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Our Country is often referred to as a State of Law (Rechtstaat). This means that our Country is governed by the rule of law, and that every formal decision of the state must be based on a law and the authority provided by law to make such decisions.

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New Prison Project Bonaire Nearing Completion

22 Kralendijk- The new prison in Bonaire is nearly ready for use. The press yesterday received a tour through the new facilities. Today a number of volunteers will spend 24 hours in the new facility to experience first hand how it is to spend the ...

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Handbook Published About Hydroponics in Bonaire

5 By Harald Linkels Kralendijk- Ronald Hoyer and director Junny Josephina from the Krusada foundation have recently received the first copy of the handbook Hydroponics on Bonaire. Ronald Hoyer said to be very happy that all knowledge of...

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Aqualectra to act against defaulters with new system

WILLEMSTAD - Once again the utility company Aqualectra will shut down electricity and water for customers who do not pay their bills on time. In recent months, the January and February accounts have been delivered to many of the customers, but...

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Poll results (16) - " Should Old man Paben get a statue".

Yes - 88%
No - 12%

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Does it make any sense for MPs with integrity issues to go to Holland for IPKO meeting?
No, they should resign
Mosquito Breeding Site Cleaning Up for Pick Up on May 30

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Residents of the districts of St. John's Estate, Mary's Fancy, Saunders, Betty's Estate, Ebenezer and St. Peters, are requested to have any yard/garden debris placed in front of their home to be picked up on Wednesday, May 30 ...

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Income Tax Form submission deadline is May 31

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Tax Administration Sint Maarten, (Inspectorate Department), would like to remind the general public that the deadline to file the Income Tax forms 2017 is the 31 st of May 2018.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV is actively reminding companies of their obligations in accordance to the Federal Ordinance for Sickness and Accident Insurance. One of those obligations being the monthly declaration...

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Aruba Airlines Now With World's Shortest Int'l Flight

Oranjestad, Aruba -- According to the online publication Aviación Al Dia, Aruba Airlines now executes the shortest international flight in the world. Aruba Airlines recently inaugurated a flight between the Reina Beatrix...

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Carnival Cruise Lines Horizon to call for 2018-2019 season

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Carnival Cruise Lines newest class Vista ship, Carnival Horizon, will be making its inaugural call to destination St. Maarten in October for the 2018-2019 high cruise season. The vessel carry's close to 4,000 cruise passengers...

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First visit Freedom of the Seas

WILLEMSTAD - On May 22nd, the cruise ship "Freedom of the Seas" of Royal Caribbean cruise lines visited Curaçao for the first time. During the inaugural visit representatives of the different stakeholders Ministry of Economic development, Curaçao ...

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Venezuela Aserca Airlines ceases all flights after 25 years

WILLEMSTAD - The Venezuelan aviation company Aserca Airlines ceases all flights after 25 years. The economic climate in the South American country is so bad that more and more carriers are giving up. In a comprehensive statement on the website,...

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First Female PM Sworn into office in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday May 25, 2018 - Hours after her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) created history by becoming the first political party to secure a clean sweep of the seats up for grabs in elections, party leader Mia Mottley marked her name ...

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Former Barbados PM Takes Blame for Party's Election Defeat

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday May 25, 2018 - A sombre former prime minister Freundel Stuart took full responsibility for his Democratic Labour Party's (DLP) unprecedented defeat at the polls yesterday and announced his retirement from elective...

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Historic Clean Sweep in Barbados Election

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday May 25, 2018 - Eight years to the day that Kamla Persad-Bissessar led her United National Congress to an election victory and became Trinidad and Tobago's first female prime minister, Mia Mottley followed suit, but in ...

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Forecasters predict a near- or above-normal 2018 season

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - NOAA's (U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal. Forecasters predict a 35...

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Alberto could become a hurricane before making landfall

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto, which does not pose a threat to Sint Maarten or any other Caribbean island, could become a hurricane before it makes landfall on Monday afternoon along the Florida Panhandle, Crown Weather...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

DATE ISSUED: Sunday May 27, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) May 28, 2018 Tonight through Monday evening: Generally cloudy and breezy with isolated showers. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F Forecast Low: 24°C / 75°F...

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KLM pilot arrested in Oslo after failing alcohol test

A KLM pilot has been arrested in Oslo after failing a breath test shortly before a flight to Schiphol, according to Norwegian media. The man, said to be a co-pilot, was caught in a routine check at the airport on Friday morning, local media said.

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Man dies after falling of Amsterdam's crane hotel ...

A 32-year-old man has been killed after falling from the Faralda Crane hotel on the northern bank of the IJ in Amsterdam, the Parool said on Monday. The man, who is said to come from outside Amsterdam, was not a tourist but no further information ...

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Slight rise in sex crimes but 90% of attackers are known ...

Dutch police registered 7,478 sex crimes last year but in most cases the perpetrator was known to the victim, the AD reported on Monday. 'We are afraid if we cycle through dark streets, but in 90% of cases, the attacker is granddad, a family...

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The Dutch are more likely to trust each other and Dutch...

The Dutch developed more trust in both institutions and each other over the past year but the church remains bottom of the list, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday. The police are held in highest regard, with 74.5% of the...

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