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Grapperhaus gets a different taste of St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) got a firsthand taste of the destruction Hurricane Irma inflicted on St. Maarten during his visit to the island that was preceded by stops in Saba and Statia. On Wednesday...

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Social media is here to stay.

Despite privacy issues, people to continue to bare their souls on Facebook and other social media channels. Intimacy between family, friends and loved ones have been exchanged for a permanent link between a person and their smartphone.

Conversations are no longer held in person but via chats, posts, tweets and status updates. Research now identifies dopamine addiction as the main contributor to conversations taken place via social media rather than in person.

However, from a business point of view, social media is now becoming the primary form of marketing contact between companies and their target audience. is no different. We have seen a growth spurt in the recent months that now puts our follower base well over 8000 people. We welcome the new social connections, however at the same time, we wonder about the many inter-human connections lost. Or is there still hope for better communications between people and their friends? Something to think about.

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Rafael Boasman appointed as Quartermaster for setup of IC

PHILIPSBURG - The Council of Ministers has appointed Mr. Rafael Boasman as Quartermaster of the Integrity Chamber with the task of setting up the institution on Sint Maarten. The setup of the Integrity Chamber involves finding an appropriate...

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Settlement of insurance claim for Government building

PHILIPSBURG - Settlement of the insurance claim for the repairs to the New Government Building due to the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria pave the way for reconstruction of the building with an anticipated completion date before the start of ...

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Government turns to EU for additional funding

PHILIPSBURG - The Central Committee of Parliament continued on Thursday with the handling of the 2018 budget in a setting that began in the morning, continued into the afternoon and, after an adjournment trundled on towards the end of the...

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August 8, 1945 - April 29, 2018

On behalf of the Council of Ministers and the people of Sint Maarten, Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin expresses condolences to the family and friends on the passing of Joseph “Joe” Richardson on April 29 th 2018.

Joseph Richardson served the community of Sint Maarten and Saba in many capacities, as a politician, board member on several Government related boards, Civil Servant, Island Council Member, Commissioner in the Executive Council and Administrator of Saba. His contributions are immense, as he has touched the lives of many persons that had the opportunity to interact with him.

The Boards of the United People's Party (UP) and Democratic Party (DP) together with the Board of the United Democrats (UD), also wish to extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joe "Joe 4 So" Richardson with respect to his passing.

"Mr. Richardson was a dynamic hardworking and committed man towards his country. His years of Government experience, service and mentorship to many individuals will never be forgotten," said UD President Stuart Johnson.

We now in deep mourning and join with the entire Sint Maarten community for strength during this time of bereavement, the UD press statement released on Sunday further states.

Joe Richardson passed away at the age of 72.
As we mourn a hero...

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Mrs. Loretta Richardson and the rest of the Richardson family as you mourn the loss of Joe Richardson, a man that was well admired by all over the years for his humble and steadfast personality....

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Leader SMCP remembers Joseph Richardson

Dear Editor, The Board of the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) would like to extend sincere condolences to the wife, family and friends of the late Joseph Emmanuel Richardson, affectionately known as Joe. "As leader of the SMCP, I have a...

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Prime Minister Romeo Marlin signs Condolence Register

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin signed the Condolence Register located at the Government Administration Building Lobby in remembrance of Mr. Joseph Richardson on Thursday, May 3rd 2018. Joseph "Joe" Richardson...

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Enough is as good as obese

by Chris Morvan The waiter doesn't understand a word I say: I have to repeat everything. I find myself getting silly in my irritation: I'll (slowly) have (pause) the (enunciate) crab (yawn) salad (sigh) wrap. He seems to speak good English but...

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SCDF announces dates for Carnival 50th anniversary

Two month celebration being planned ~ The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Wednesday announced April 22, 2019, to May 6, 2019, as the dates for the 50th anniversary of St. Maarten Carnival. "We are going to go all out for...

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Revellers still had extra energy to burn for last lap

Revellers with extra energy to burn turned up in huge numbers to participate in the final event on the 2018 St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, SCDF calendar last evening. From this video...

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The Winning Troupe Leader and her Troupe

Nathalie Parotte's Blue E'Toile won the prize for winning troupe, the 90 member strong troupe was the true representation of color and rhythm. With back up music from the Explosion Band, their explosion of colors could not be missed....

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King Momo burned to mark the end of Carnival

KIng Momo Burns to signal the end of the 49th St Maarten Carnival celebrations.

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St. Maarten News Online Carnival Photos

St. Maarten News Online features a series of carnival photos for your viewing pleasure. Visit our Facebook Page to see Carnival 2018 in pictures. Tag anyone you know and recognize.

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Lions Club presents another free eye screening project

PHILIPSBURG - More than 3,400 elementary school children will take part in a massive eye screening exercise organized by the Lions Club from May 14 to 18 at the Belair community center together with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity...

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WIB to carry out upgrades to ATMs, CashNet and POS Terminals

PHILIPSBURG - Your Partner in Progress, the Windward Islands Bank (WIB), announced on Thursday, that they will be carrying out an upgrade. "In connection with an upgrade of our ATM and CashNet system, from Saturday May 5 at 11:59PM until Sunday...

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BP Seminar after CFT recommends for more Tax Inspectors

PHILIPSBURG - "The management of Directors of Benjamin & Parker (B&P), an elite E-Tax Consultancy firm, will cater a seminar to their SXM Network in SXM after the CFT spokesman recommended more Dutch Inspectors hiring," B&P said in a statement on ...

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Dutch companies suspected of dodging sanctions...

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Seven Dutch companies are being investigated by the justice department for allegedly dodging trading sanctions against Russia. The companies, whose names have not been divulged, are suspected of selling heavy...

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Vector Control Awareness campaign starts May 8th...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The department of Collective Prevention Services recently launched a Vector Control Awareness campaign themed: "If you clean it Up, we will pick it Up". The Ministry of VSA (Public Health, Social Development & Labour) ...

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Government Acknowledges National Administrative Day

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday April 25, 2018, the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers on behalf of the Council of Ministers hosted an interactive information session and expo for civil servants that fall within the job function of ...

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Government recognizes Memorial Day...

This day is recognized throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands in remembrance of military and civilians who died during World War II and military personnel who died during military operations among which peacekeeping missions, since World War II.

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KPSM expresses Gratitude to the community

PHILIPSBURG - "KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force), we would like to thank the general public for a safe conclusion of the 2018 Carnival season. Despite a few minor, expected, incidents throughout the season it was over all a dormant carnival...

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Traffic diversions as trench-work resumes on Monday

PHILIPSBURG - The Carnival season for 2018 is over, the children will be back in school and the trench-work on the W.G. Buncamper road leading from Point Blanche to the Freedom Fighters round about will resume as of Monday May 7 th 2018 at 6.00...

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Santa Barbara Airlines prepares for shutdown in July 2018

CARACAS - Santa Barbara Airlines has informed its workforce that it plans to officially close its doors by July 2018, with 20% of its employees transferred to Aserca Airlines. Santa Barbara suspended operations in November 2017 due to lack of...

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ARIN and Antigua & Barbuda Government to hold workshop...

SINT MAARTEN/ANTIGUA - The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is collaborating with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to strengthen the technical capacity of local network operators. ARIN is one of five registries responsible for...

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Strengthening the Internet of People in the Caribbean

BELIZE CITY - Belize will host the fourth Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, known as CarPIF, on June 13 and 14. Since its inception in 2015, CarPIF has brought together regional and international technology experts and...

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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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American Company Seizes Entire BOPEC Stock

79 Kralendijk- By Harald Linkels Kralendijk- According to still unconfirmed but credible reports, an American company (Conoco Phillips) would have put a lien the entire stock of the Bonaire Petroleum Corporation (BOPEC), making it impossible for...

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The Hague says yes to new Venezuela consul in Aruba

THE HAGUE, ORANJESTAD - After initial hesitation, the Dutch Government has given the green light for the appointment of former general Carlos José Mata Figueroa as the new Consul General of Venezuela in Aruba. Aruba Prime Minister Evelyn...

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Court sets date for case against former Giro Bank Director

WILLEMSTAD - The Court of First Instance decided yesterday that the criminal case against former Girobank director Eric Garcia will be treated on September 14 this year in the morning. Garcia's legal councilor made the request to hear more...

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Ministers of Justice also cheated with admittance rules...

WILLEMSTAD - Several ministers of justice cheated with the rules for admission of foreigners. This is according to lawyer Eldon Sulvaran who is responsible for the defense of Esther Cheri in the Valencia case. The head of the Immigration and...

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Reminder: Hurricane Pass Application Process Ends May 11

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management, would like to remind potential applicants that the application process for the...

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Register on May 11+18 for the Supermarket Voucher Programme

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Red Cross has launched the second phase of the Supermarket Voucher Programme through which families in need receive Red Cross food vouchers allowing them to purchase groceries in participating supermarkets. Enter...

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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Special Airbus Plane Visits Bonaire

154 Kralendijk- Visitors to Bonaire International Airport (BIA) these days can admire a special visitor to the airport in the form of a privately owned Airbus A-319 plane. The airplane carries registration M-Rbus. According to Wikipedia, the...

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Nature Foundation Stocks Coral Nursery...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has started to populate its first coral nursery structures as part of its 'Fragments of Recovery, Coral Reef Restoration Program. The project was recently launched after most of the...

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Public Meeting of Parliament today at 9am

PHILIPSBURG - A Public Meeting of Parliament will be held on Monday, 07 May, at 9.00 am in the Legislative Hall of Parliament at Wilhelminastraat. The public are invited to attend.

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American Airlines adds 3rd daily frequency from Miami to CUR

Starting December 19, 2018.... WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), Curaçao Airport Holding (CAH) and Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) are pleased to announce a 3rd daily frequency of...

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Jamaica's Coast Guard Makes Major Drug Bust

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday May 4, 2018 - The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard yesterday seized approximately 765 pounds of compressed marijuana when it intercepted a vessel off the coast of Westmoreland and held three men - two locals and a ...

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Unemployment in Jamaica at Record Low

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday May 3, 2018 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica's unemployment rate declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January. That is down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the last quarter of 2017,...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Sunday May 06, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) May 07, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Monday: Partly cloud...

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Dutch Kingdom should show more muscles to Venezuela

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands has to show more muscle to Venezuela, says Rob Verkerk. The retired Brigadier General argues for more navy ships or even a submarine in Curaçao. "You show that you have the potential to use this type of resource,...

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Police rule out terrorist motive for triple stabbing...

Three people are in hospital after being stabbed in the street by a 31-year-old man in The Hague in a series of apparently random attacks. The attacker is also in hospital after being shot by police who were called to the incident near Hollands...

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'Future of Air France KLM is at stake' as CEO quits over ...

The future of the Franco-Dutch airline combine Air France KLM may now be at stake after the resignation of its CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac. Janaillac announced his resignation on Friday (May 4) after staff at the carrier's French operations rejected...

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Dutch reported crime rate continues to fall...

The crime rate in the Netherlands continues to fall and the number of reported crimes is now back at the same level as 1980, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday. Last year, 49 crimes were reported for every 1,000 members of the...

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