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Theo Heyliger hears Friday what the future holds for him

Will Theo Heyliger be released on Friday when his second 8-days extended pre-trial detention expires? Or will he be held for another 14 days as the law allows the prosecution to request? In our analysis we point out that he can even be held for 90...

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Dear Reader

A question for our Minister of VROMI: "When will the boat wrecks in the Simpson Bay Lagoon be removed?"

As colorful as they may be, they still need removing.

Read our Editorial about this, complete with a photo reportage of the many boat wrecks still strewn along the Airport Road on the lagoon side.

In the meantime, do enjoy reading our newsletter today.

PS: For a taste of the Caribbean, visit the latest addition to the list of restaurants in Simpson Bay: NICK'S CAFE. Open for Local Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Mondays to Saturday; but closed on Sundays. Visit Nick's Cafe Facebook Page online at


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MP Luc Mercelina remains critical of hospital plan and GHI

PHILIPSBURG - United Democrats MP Luc Mercelina remains highly critical of the plan for the new hospital and of the intention to introduce a general health insurance scheme. "It is a fundamental error to base decisions for the hospital on a...

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New hospital-tender a real possibility

PHILIPSBURG - A new tender for the construction of St. Maarten's General Hospital is a real possibility it appeared during Monday's meeting of Parliament about the financing of this prestigious project. The lenders - among them the general...

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A bit of a disappointment

By Hilbert Haar ~ During the groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital, in early December 2018, everything seemed to be nice and dandy. Alesandro Cambri of contractor INSO was present at this photo opportunity where many dignitaries posed with...

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Theo Heyliger transferred to Bonaire prison facility

The Judge of Instruction ruled today to keep T.H. in pre-trial detention for an additional 8 days ~ Press Release Communication's Office Anti-Corruption Taskforce (TBO) T.H. will undergo his pre-trial detention in the Judicial Institution...

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Karma is a double-edged sword

Will Theo Heyliger eventually be prosecuted and condemned to serve time in prison? Our own Hilbert Haar gives us his opinion on this topic in this premium article available exclusively for our subscribers. You have to login to read the full article.

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Court grants Schotte witness-interview with Pellicano

WILLEMSTAD - The Court in First Instance has granted a request from former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and his partner Cicely van der Dijs to hear the Italian prosecutor R. Pellicano as a witness in a so-called preliminary witness-interview....

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By Hilbert Haar ~ The recently held meeting of the parliamentary finance committee about the situation of insurance company ENNIA and its affiliated entities showed once more how ill-prepared some politicians are for these kinds of meetings. LOGIN...

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An interesting debat

By Hilbert Haar ~ The parliament is in for an interesting debate about the introduction of a national ordinance that aims to regulate the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. So far, two members of parliament have declared..

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Invisible money

By Hilbert Haar ~ De-risking has become a buzzword in the financial world. Banks risk huge fines if they do business with clients that are associated with money laundering. Therefore, they create a risk-profile and if the client does not fit within..

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A party for the happy few

By Hilbert Haar ~ St. Maarten's parliamentarians do not have a strong record when it comes to appreciating the contents of critical reports about the functioning of the government or about the dire straits the country finds itself in after...

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Parliament to discuss police and prison in Central Committee

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, at 10am Parliament is scheduled to discuss the Progress Committee St. Maarten's report on the police department and the prison and the proposed measures to be taken to improve the conditions of these...

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Week of meetings scheduled in Parliament for March 4-8

Parliament of Sint Maarten Monday, March 4, 2019 - OV 23 - 12:00PM The agenda point is: Ontwerp van Landsverordening tot wijziging van de Landsverordening op het notarisambt ten behoeve van de uitoefening van notariële bevoegdheden op Saba en...

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PJL re-opens at new location as of March 4 for the public

PHILIPSBURG - Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) opened its doors in the temporary location above Adolphus Richardson on the Pondfill last Friday evening March 1, 2019, PJL said in a press statement over the weekend. Present for this special...

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Thompson Missing since February 19. Police seeking...

PHILIPSBURG - The Sint Maarten Juvenile Justice Department is asking for the help of the community to locate missing minor Kristoff Thompson, police said on Monday in a statement. Kristoff left home on the 19th of February 2019 and has not...

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Emergency services rescue mentally ill man lost in bushes

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) - On Sunday March 3 rd at approximately 8.00 a.m. a joint search and rescue consisting of members of the VKS, Fire Department, Paramedics and Police Department took place in the area of the Point Blanche Prison to...

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Mobile Communication Unit in Operation at Heineken Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Mobile Communication Unit which has been brought in from the Netherlands since the passing of Irma and which was placed in front of the Police Headquarters in Philipsburg and served as the Emergency Dispatch Center...

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Johnson welcomes visitors to the 39th Heineken Regatta

Great Bay - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications, Stewart Johnson was on hand to welcome the members of the head table, the special invites and members of the media during a press conference which took place at...

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Balance records fastest time around the island

Great Bay - With two days to go before the conclusion of the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, a few boats have placed themselves in a commanding position after securing podium places for the second straight day and it will not come as a...

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Four days of serious sailing and serious fun concluded

GREAT BAY - The 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is now in the books and already the event organizers, the ST. Maarten Yacht Club are looking forward to the 40th. After four wonderful days of sailing, the newcomers will be encouraged to come...

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Though colorful they still need removing

SIMPSON BAY - A colorful but curious aspect during the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was brought to the attention of this past weekend. At least ten boat wrecks can be found along the Airport Road all the way from the...

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Celebration of color, vision and creativity highlighted

MARIGOT - It's that time of the year again when costume designers think outside the box to deliver the masterpiece that will not only be appealing to the audience that lined the route. But also to impress the panel of judges who were...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, March 03, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) March 04, 2019 Tonight: Partly cloudy, hazy and breezy, becoming cloudy at times with a few passing showers possible. Monday: Fair to partly...

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SZV announces reduced medical referrals to Santo Domingo

IMPORTANT NOTICE: REDUCED MEDICAL REFERRALS TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (SANTO DOMINGO) PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (Sunday March 3rd, 2019) - As per April 2nd, 2019 Social & Health Insurances SZV will no longer be sending patients to the Dominican...

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A.M. Best Upgrades NAGICO's Issuer Credit Rating

NAGICO's leadership in catastrophe claims management affirmed as voted #1 insurance company for the 12th year in a row in St. Maarten Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - February 7, 2019 - NAGICO Insurances, a diversified insurance group serving 21...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG -- 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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"Choosing a Career or Study" workshop to be held on March 19

PHILIPSBURG - Every academic school year, many students typically in their last two years of school start to ponder what they will be doing next. In some cases, students who have recently graduated have no idea what they want to do or how to go...

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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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Detention Theo Heyliger extended for another 8 days. Is that really necessary?
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Deadline submission 2018 annual report of political parties

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Electoral Council would like to remind all registered political parties, including those who did not participate in the 2018 parliamentary elections, that the annual report for 2018 must be submitted to the...

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Ombudsman announces Community Outreach Program

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel and her team will be starting a Community Outreach Program during the month of March. The Bureau will be visiting the various districts to seek out the concerns, grievances and complaints...

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Letter by Van Putten: Correcting the Kingdom

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Alarming report about Saba's, Statia's nature

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