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Louie Laveist calls on interim government to take action

COLE BAY - In an interview former Member of Parliament, Louie Laveist, calls on the interim government to take action to help the mentally ill instead of paying lipservice to the problem and asks Minister Ferrier to put his money where his mouth is..

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Dear Reader

When the decision was made to close down the TODAY newspaper, one of the major factors that overwhelmed management was the prediction that the advertising market in St. Maarten would collapse with over 70% of businesses negatively impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Sadly, we must read the news that The Daily Herald can barely keep its head above water due to the lack of advertisements. We thought about not commenting on this development. However, we commend Gordon Snow for sounding the alarm and stating unequivocally that the press in St. Maarten is in danger.

In business, when facing these kinds of situations, it doesn't make any sense to hide one's head in the sand and hope for the best. Problems have to be faced head-on and we in the media must face the reality of the present situation. It will only get worst before things get better.

On our end here at, advertisers have been asking us to bring back the printed version of the TODAY newspaper. But the reality of the matter is that without guarantees that businesses would advertise, it simply does not make any economical or financial sense to do so.

There are new modern digital printing presses on the market that can produce a newspaper for as low as 6 cents per page, however the requisite investments are significant and would only be feasible if a newspaper company had a million dollars in guaranteed advertising dollars locked in on an annual basis.

Suffice to say, won't be printing a physical newspaper any time soon. However, with your support as our daily email reader buying a Yearly subscription at $75 per year, it will be enough to keep us going with one editor, one cartoonist, one webeditor, one webmaster and this one publisher. Funds for badly needed additional staff, such as a video editor, photographer, feature writer, reporter and a webdesigner simply are not there.

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We have a lot of news in this edition. So please do enjoy reading today's issue. Chris Morvan has a new article out this week. Read his take on the Caribbean demand to be always obeyed or else. Our long time freelance writer, Andre Huie, is launching his live Morning Show over in St. Kitts. We wish him much success with that. Finally, with our newest cartoon we are highlighting the recent commendable actions of our brave firefighters on St. Maarten. They are the true superheroes here on St. Maarten.

Have a great week!

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The Caribbean demand: obey me or else

By Chris Morvan ~ There is a character trait I've noticed in other parts of the Caribbean that I was dismayed to find exists here: the official's need to be obeyed. By "official" I mean anyone in any walk of life who is in charge of something.

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Raymond Knops to PM Marlin-Romeo: elections must go on

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG - In a letter dated January 25 addressed to the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Leona Marlin-Romeo, Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops turned down the request of the Sint Maarten Government to have the dissolution decree...

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Statement National Alliance in response to Dutch refusal

Philipsburg - The following is a statement issued by the National Alliance in response to the news that the Dutch Kingdom Government refuses to discuss the annulment of the dissolution decree which led to the snap elections being organized....

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Challenges faced by InselAir and PAWA has attention Minister

POND ISLAND - The challenges being faced by InselAir airlines from Curacao and PAWA Dominicana airlines in the Dominican Republic, has the full attention of Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunications...

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Minister Wuite holds info meeting with school managers

PHILIPSBURG - - On Monday, January 22nd Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Jorien Wuite and members of her cabinet embarked on a series of introductory meetings with critical stakeholders expected to extend over the next several...

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Waterbenders battle Cole Bay fire

Cartoon celebrating true heroes of St. Maarten

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Aftermath of Hurricane Irma: 'Press on St. Maarten in danger

THE HAGUE - The Daily Herald, now the only newspaper that is still being published on Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, can barely keep its head above water due to the lack of advertisements. "That the press on Sint Maarten is in danger, I would ...

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Andre Huie to host Caribbean Morning Live on VOC

St. Kitts-based broadcast journalist and media personality Andre Huie will be hosting a new morning radio show. Caribbean Morning will air live on weekday mornings from 7am to 9am on online radio station Voice of the Caribbean (VOC) Radio...

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Police investigating fatal "Hit and run" in Cole Bay

Philipsburg - The Police Traffic Department is asking the general public for assistance in the fatal "hit and run" traffic incident which took place early Saturday morning on Union Road, Cole Bay, in front of ACE Mega Center. This is where the...

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Man arrested police for verbal threats

Philipsburg - On Sunday January 28th at approximately 11.05 a.m. a young man with initials R.R.S. (17) was arrested by the police bike patrol in the vicinity of Hard Rock Café on the Board Walk. While the officers were preparing to get on their...

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MP Leonard wants to call Minister Lee of Labor to Parliament

PHILIPSBURG -Member of Parliament (MP) Tamara Leonard of the United People's Party (UP) will along with the assistance of other MPs request an urgent meeting of Parliament with the Hon. Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor,...

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A Manifesto or a Governing Program?

Two major documents play a pivotal role in the electoral process. They are a party's political program, popularly known as the manifesto and the governing accord which we call the governing program. By law parties are obliged to present a...

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Christian Party wants cut in politicians' salaries

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) wants to reduce the salaries of members of Parliament by 15 percent - therefore, from $11,539 a month to $9,808. If a motion in Parliament to this extent fails, elected SMCP-MPs will donate 15...

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Ombudsman starts Systemic Investigation Rent Committee

Philipsburg - The Bureau of the Ombudsman continues to receive visits from citizens concerned about their housing conditions, as well as complaints about the Rent Committee allegedly not cooperating or responding adequately when addressed by the...

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The Cooperative Association explained

Under the law of Sint Maarten it is possible to form a co-operative association (coöperatieve vereniging, or coöperatie) also called a co-operative. The co-operative is a distinct legal entity, a special kind of association, formed by two or more ...

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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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NA Candidate #15 - Lucrecia Morales:
"Women & Youth empowerment essential for a strong Sint Maarten"
Philipsburg -- Our Small Island Developing State, is little by little bouncing back from the Irma devastation situation to a decisive attitude. The people of Sint Maarten go STRONG’, Lucrecia (Loekie) Morales stated in a press release yesterday.

‘My vision is to create a stable and strong Sint Maarten when it comes to its political and socio-economic realities. I see Strengthening of our Youth and Women as focal points to rebuilt thee country. I believe that when these groups are strengthened with the right skills and trainings-guidance, they can become more independent in life; Our whole community will be stronger.

A mentally and physically healthy country starts with People doing the things in life they like to do and can do best. Giving people the right training, create initiatives and draft aimed policies (f.e. Vocational Education), depending on what labor market needs, will lower the tension on the labor market.

The youth and women should be strengthening with enhancement of skills in the talents they possess already. Next to that we should enourage them with entrepreneurship trainings, and facilitate them with mentorship, apprenticeship, budgeting courses, parenting (norms & values/etiquette training) and knowledge of the law (human rights, labor laws etc.), so they can become more independent in life.

We need to stimulate and facilitate youth participation in international debates, workshops and conferences, so they can get the sense of being a world citizen and see their ‘island-realities’ in a wider perspective. Our youth should also be stimulated to participate in sports, athletics and Cultural & Arts events, to wider their horizon.

In our educational system we need to bring relevant norms and values (Etiquette trainings), which can work as community engagement and to prevent crime.
We can strengthen our youth by involving them in programs for Tutoring, Counseling and Mentorship by qualified adults.

Sports participation should be compulsory in all levels of education and a part of our daily life. Honoring our top athletes and bringing awareness of sport development to St. Maarten will help to put sports and a healthy lifestyle more in the spotlights. At the same time the tertiary education opportunities via USM and NIPA should be improved and expanded, as well as establishing linguistic and culinary institutes or curriculum.

Realistic? I think it is realistic to reach these goals. An important condition is ‘a strong political will’, that goes hand in hand with prioritizing these themes with the people of SXM. This entails that a broad-based community involvement is needed. In collaboration with the designated NGO’s, the Regional Community-Organization’s (especially for the lessons learnt from the region) and the Private Sector, Sint Maarten can become strong and the paradise it used to be for so many years. Dutch Caribbean News
Dominican Aviation authorities move to suspend PAWA

156 Santo Domingo- Insel Air apparently is not the only Caribbean airline with serious problems. Dominican newspaper El Día writes in an article today that Dominican Aviation Authorities have suspended the operational permit of the airline which...

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Continuation of Insel Air flights no longer guaranteed

Willemstad - BES Reporter reports on their website that flights by Curaçao-based carrier Insel Air no longer seem a given, now that the company is increasingly plagued by operational issues, a lack of planes and a lack of spare parts to keep...

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Corallo finally tried in Italy

ROMA - Francesco Corallo will finally be tried. After his extradition from Sint Maarten, the Mafia boss got house arrest in Italy. In this case Corallo is suspected of money laundering. He is accused of laundering 7 million euros. It will not be...

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Renewed cyber attacks on Dutch banks ABN Amro, ING...

Both ABN Amro and ING are back to normal on Monday morning after a weekend of cyber attacks which crippled the two biggest Dutch banks. Customers were unable to make use of the banks' internet banking, mobile banking and iDeal services, online...

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Information evening on registration of donations

Philipsburg - The Electoral Council would like to invite all political parties and candidates contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections to an information evening on registration of donations. Other interested persons are also invited. This...

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GEBE resumes disconnections of water and electricity

The Management of NV GEBE hereby informs the general public the following regarding disconnection: Disconnection will resume as per February 5, 2018 Customers with outstanding bills are advised to pay prior to the above mentioned date to avoid...

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WYCCF ready for kick off Construction and Care Training

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Just before the end of the year the White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation received generous funding for three projects as part of the Dutch early recovery projects. Two of the WYCCF projects involve the training of two...

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Data continues to show the upcoming 2018 Atlantic...

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - Back on November 30th, Crown Weather released their preliminary thoughts on what the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season may bring. Since then, they have continued to examine, study and analyze many different things that could ...

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Fuel Price increase as of Tuesda, January 30th

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Government of St. Maarten who regulates the prices of petroleum products by imposing a maximum price at which wholesalers and retailers can sell those products on St. Maarten. Due to the ongoing developments on...

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2017 was third warmest year on record

FLORIDA - After three consecutive years of record-high temperatures for the globe, Earth was a slightly cooler planet in 2017. But not by much. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National...

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By: Media Source Once again, St.Kitts-Nevis nationals were appalled at the uncontrollable and despicable behavior of Leader of the Opposition Dr. Denzil Douglas in the National Assembly on Tuesday 23rd January. This was in response to the news...

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Why yes to Spadaro and not a basketball court for the youths

Dear Editor, Why is this interim cabinet hell-bent to destroy the approval granted by his predecessor CHRISTOPHE EMMANUEL of the NA to build the long awaited and promised basketball court for the youth of Fort Willem and St. Maarten as a whole?...

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Plan of Action for Mental Health Foundation Guided Living

Dear Mr. Editor, As a community spirited person and the former Minister of VROMI who believed in helping institutions such as the Mental Health Foundation, during my tenure I assisted the former with a parcel of land around the zoo to build their ...

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Time to put down the flag

Dear Editor, After hurricane Irma the site with the flagpole was set up. A lot has been said about the flagpole. Mostly about the costs of USD 150.000. Despite all the negative, I find it was good idea. From many areas in Simpson Bay you can see...

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Wealth tourism development in the Caribbean

By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ "We want more private and business aircraft coming to our airport." - "You're right," I responded. "We're looking for a mover-and-shaker to do it" - "Good thing," I replied. "We were thinking of you!" - "Who me?". That was...

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Describing investors as "greedy" is not productive

By Robbie Ferron ~ More and more I am hearing investors in St. Maarten described as being greedy and exploitative. A posting on Facebook did this without nuance. Whilst in the early years investors in St. Maarten were welcomed uncritically in many...

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