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Royal visit: From nature and students to Red Cross and more.

PHILIPSBURG - A slight rain in the afternoon could not put a damper on Saturday's royal visit to St. Maarten by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, but the visit still seemed a bit lackluster because - unlike during earlier royal visits - not ...

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Dear Reader

"Small scale agriculture may not be profitable, but it is the most productive."

That is a quote we read or heard somewhere, but just can't remember where. But it intrigued us quite a bit. So much so, that today, we start a series special about "Agriculture on St. Maarten".

Hurricane Irma has exposed another vulnerable side of our island: the lack of food security. We heard a story about a man who went into Le Grand Marche supermarket to loot food for his three young children. When he came back out carrying the food stuff he had looted, to his surprise he found a friend of his outside the supermarket pushing a shopping cart full of liquor bottles. Talk about priorities.

If these people were farmers growing their own food on their own land, would they have gone and looted supermarkets? We think not. In the first part of a six-part series on agriculture on St. Maarten we talk about animal behaviour when it comes to food and in part two we will talk about why agriculture should be a priority on St. Maarten.
If you are an agriculturist, farmer, planter, grower or interested in growing your own food, vegetables and herbs at home, drop us an email today. We will be very much interested in hearing your opinion and ideas on this topic.

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Government forgives Friday's My Lucky Day 2.1 million debt

PHILIPSBURG - The Council of Ministers wrote off a debt of 2.1 million guilders ($1.17 million) of a debt lottery company My Lucky Day N.V. owed in license fee arrears. Two sources have independently from each other confirmed that the Council of...

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Shocked King Willem-Alexander...

"People are resilient and they believe in the future" ~ PHILPSBURG - "I am still shocked when I see the island. I have never experienced anything like this before. There is a lot of destruction but the people are resilient and they believe in the ...

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How about the rest of us?
The news about My Lucky Day N.V. getting a tax debt write-off of 2.1 million dollars touched a raw nerve among many of the readers reading this report this past weekend online. Whether this debt consisted of fictive assessments by the tax office, or not, due to the company being dormant, or not, the fact remains that there are many other companies out there that also have tax debts, fictive or not, can they get a such debt write-off as well? Click here to read the article about the tax debt write-off in question... Poll

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TelCell Breakthrough Talent Show
HARBOUR VILLAGE -- On December 2, 2017, surrounded by a color theme of blinking Christmas Lights, TelCell hosted their 5th Annual Breakthrough Talent Show event.

The event highlighted an elegant theme and was held at the Port of St. Maarten. Guests were greeted with golden human statutes that exemplified both strength and beauty. A subliminal  message adopted by St. Maarten since Irma. The audience was hyped immediately entering the grounds and all anticipating the marvelous gifts of talent they would see from the twenty-two contestants.   

The show started with a celebratory dance and song presentation by all contestants. The collaborative routine, illustrated an obvious commentary. It was apparent that the Breakthrough’s experience was not all about talent, competition and winning for the youth. It showcased that they realized that unity and teamwork was more important than anything else.  A Theme that so many in this country have prayed for day and night since Hurricane Irma. 

Telem Group’s COO, Brian Mingo, welcomed the crowd and expressed his appreciation for St. Maarten, the youth and particularly the contestant’s determination to ensure the show occurred this year despite the destructive storm.  The show also celebrated prior winners and their blossoming careers since their participation.

CEO, Kendall Dupersoy, raved about the participants talent and informed the crowd that he will seriously consider offering the runners-up winners similar opportunities to the winners, based on their exceptional talent showcased last night.  

The show continues to be a display of hope for thousands of youngsters and injected a positive sense of hope that evening under the stars. We patiently await next year’s newcomers.  

See the news report below for the list of TelCell Breakthrough Winners 2017.
SXM Youth talent rocks TelCell Breakthrough finals 2017

TelCell Breakthrough Youth Talent Show Winners take to the stage with TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kendall Dupersoy (right) and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Mr. Brian Mingo (left) at the end of the event, held at the Habour...

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Agriculture on St. Maarten - The Case of the Illusive Nut
Part 1 – Why we should store up food like animals, but not act like animals

Ever stop to wonder why so many animals store up food for the winter season? This is to help them survive when Mother Nature shuts down on them. Animals understand the seasons of the year and the weather conditions these brings perfectly and they plan ahead of time in preparation for when the going gets tough. You’d be amazed at the variety of animals that store up food in order to survive: ants, squirrels, leopards, camels, birds, beavers, moles and even crocodiles. Us human beings, as so-called ‘higher animals’, are supposedly smarter than animals lower on the food chain. So shouldn’t we be doing things better than animals when it comes to growing and storing food? This is the first of a 6-parts series about the importance of agriculture. Agriculture should help us store up food like animals do instead of us acting like animals after a hurricane hit by looting supermarkets and other businesses. Therefore, in part 2 we will discuss why agriculture should be a priority on St. Maarten. Click here to show your interest in following our case report on agriculture... News Stories
National Alliance Board proud of Marlin's achievements

Dear Editor As a board, we wanted the people of St. Maarten to know that we are EXTREMELY proud of our leader Prime Minister William Marlin. We realize that some people have been trying to discredit him as a politician and a person. We know the...

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Library registration is open for Christmas Market

PHILIPSBURG -The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) will be hosting her annual Christmas Market on Thursday, December 21st, from 10 am to 8pm at the library's parking lot. The Library's annual Christmas Market festivities will be hosting crafters...

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Bervoets Family makes donation to Charlotte Brookson Academy

PHILIPSBURG - Members of the Bervoets Family, both living in Sint Maarten and in Belgium, organized a Hurricane Irma Relief Supply Drive for the Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performing Arts. Renown Belgian actor, Gene Bervoets, who used to...

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Plenary Session of Parliament today at 10am

Plenary Session of Parliament on National Ordinance administrative enforcement PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017 at...

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament today at 2pm

Central Committee meeting reconvenes on status update of Government's finances on Dec. 4th at 2pm PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Central Committee will reconvene in an urgent session on Monday,...

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World AIDS Day Testing by the AIDS Foundation

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten AIDS Foundation held a testing event at Gisela Salon on Cannegieter Street, Philipsburg, to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1st, 2017. It was a much smaller-scale event than the usual World AIDS Day testing the...

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Column "Caribbean Airlift Council" by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert

Airlift is a major Caribbean problem that deserves top priority because it is vital for tourism and trade, subsequently for the economic well-being of all population members of the Caribbean communities. The problem has been acknowledged for many...

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COLE BAY - For the past 6 years, Motorworld Group of Companies (MWG) has been hosting the 'Annual Christmas Car Show', and this year marks another milestone achievement of a successful event. This is particularly remarkable, with consideration of ...

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Fokker 70 from InselAir back to the Netherlands

WILLEMSTAD - A Fokker 70 from InselAir has been taken over by the Dutch Airline Technical Support and has landed In Woensdrecht from Curaςao on Wednesday. This was reported by The aircraft was built for Austrian Airlines in...

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The vindictive Dutch politicians

Dear Editor, The vindictive Dutch politicians have achieved, with the help of local brownnosers, what they decided to make happen and that is the resignation of Prime Minister William MARLIN. The Dutch politicians could not accept the fact that...

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Book launch 'Chella and the Weird woman' on Dec. 8th

Beyond Kultura Events Foundation is inviting the general public to the book launch of 'Chella and the Weird woman' on December 8th at OBA OBA in Palapa Centre in Simpson Bay. Time 6:00-7:30pm. Come...

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With the resumption of flights on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, we are also open to take your flight bookings to and from St. Maarten via SXM Airport.
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