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NA-UP sign coalition agreement to form next government

PHILIPSBURG - The National Alliance and United People's Party on Saturday, January 11, 2020, signed a coalition agreement to form the next government of St. Maarten. The agreement will see the two largest parties coming out of the January 9...

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Publisher's Message
Dear reader,

It has been an interesting 8 weeks journey since I decided to throw my hat into the ring and enter the political arena on Postulation Day, November 21, 2019. Thursday, January 9, 2020, was Election Day. It was a very interesting day.

Our SMCP party lost. But I am not deterred because this was my first step into the political arena and it was a very good learning experience. Now the next step is to set up a foundation to continue my work. The TREY Initiative continues. In the meantime, I would like to thank all the voters that voted for me. Their support is greatly appreciated.

With that I would like to make some administrative announcements.

1) Today we start with the publishing of news articles in Dutch as well. See below in the new section " News In Dutch".

2) has a new writer: Jacqueline Hooftman. You will be learning more about her as time goes by. 

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Finally, I would like to congratulate all the winning parties and I would especially like to congratulate all the candidates (re-)elected to Parliament. I wish you all much wisdom, courage and strength in the execution of your tasks on behalf of the country of St. Maarten and its people.

A worthy and special shout out to Tswana Nunes-Burleson (SMCP), Kedisha Vidal (NA), Anna Richardson (NA), Melissa Gumbs (PFP), Dr. Rhoda Arrindell (UP), Jorien Wuite (UD) and last, but not least, Ludmilla De Weever (UP). All deserving in their own rights to be the people's representatives.

Best regards,

Terrance Rey
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Doran winner, Smith biggest loser in parliamentary elections

PHILIPSBURG - Interim Minister of Justice Jurendy Doran, candidate number 5 on the list of the National Alliance leads the top-ten of vote getters in Thursday's parliamentary elections. Doran improved his score from the 2018 elections by 157...

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NA dominates elections, ship jumpers lose their seats

PHILIPSBURG - The National Alliance recorded a convincing victory in Thursday's parliamentary elections, securing six seats in the new parliament - based on preliminary results. The United People's party came in second for four seats, while the...

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Emmanuel does not sign NA-UP coalition agreement

PHILIPSBURG - Hardly two days after the elections, winner National Alliance (NA) has signed a rather surprising coalition agreement with the United People's party (UP). In the new government, the NA has five ministers, the UP two. Together, the...

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MP Re-elect Drs. Rodolphe Samuel wishes to thank all who came out and voted for him.
Rodolphe Samuel is Committed to Serve - Election News
Governor Holiday holds consultations regarding elections

Harbour View - Today, January 10, 2020, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday was informed by the chairman of the Central Voting Bureau about the proceedings of the January 9, parliamentary elections. Governor Holiday...

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SMCP congratulates winning parties

PHILIPSBURG - The Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) would like to thank the voters of Sint Maarten for going out and exercising their democratic right and voting in the next parliament. The election took place peacefully and orderly. As we...

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Prosecutor's Office: Vote buying/selling is illegal

PHILIPSBURG - As residents prepare to go out and cast their votes on election day, ‪Thursday, January 9th, 2020‬, the Public Prosecutor's Office Sint Maarten reminds the public at large about the country's law on vote buying or selling. This...

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Matser's conviction for tax fraud stands

PHILIPSBURG - Former Member of Parliament Silvio Matser has found no reprieve at the Supreme Court in The Hague where he contested his 2017 conviction for tax fraud. The Supreme Court judges - Willem van Schendel, Matthias Borgers and Annelies...

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CBCS cannot resolve Girobank debacle without assistance...

PHILIPSBURG/WILLEMSTAD -- More than 27,000 affected account holders at the insolvent Girobank NV in Curaçao can only look forward to payment of any remaining balances if the Netherlands comes to the rescue. This appears from an account of Etienne ...

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Instability is here to stay

By Hilbert Haar ~ Based on results, issues like integrity and transparency do not appeal to our electorate. The United Democrats and the St. Maarten Christian Party campaigned on these issues and look where it got them. The SMCP lost its seat and...

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More earthquakes, but risk of tsunamis remains small

GREAT BAY - While another earthquake may rattle Puerto Rico's southwestern coast even more, the risk of tsunamis hitting the Leeward Islands is very slim. Earthquakes below 7.5 or 7.0 usually do not trigger tsunamis. The last time a major tsunami ...

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Hundreds of illegal Venezuelans leave St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - Four months before the introduction of the planned visa requirement for Venezuelans in the Dutch Caribbean, more than half of the group of illegal Venezuelans on St. Maarten has left to return home on their own initiative. An...

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Corruption follows the Venezuelan diaspora

PHILIPSBURG - According to Venezuelans in St. Maarten, corruption at home prevents Venezuelan emigrants from gaining legal status abroad. Many have requested necessary documents from Venezuela without success. "The sad thing is that it is our own ...

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Fire Dept./ODM: Puerto Rico Earthquakes and Tsunami...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - National Disaster Coordinator/Fire Chief Clive Richardson said on Sunday, that due to the continued earthquake activity along the southern coast of the island of Puerto Rico, the aforementioned is causing some...

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Man drowns in Great Bay

PHILIPSBURG - The lifeless body of a man who regularly swims in Great Bay near Holland House was floating in the water this afternoon. A jet ski driver spotted the body and took immediate action. Joseph Carty, from Marigot, works for a local...

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Tax Department offers new "Online Declarations"

PHILIPSBURG - The 2019 income tax returns and the 2020 monthly tax forms will soon be available via the online service provided by the Tax Office. Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion met with the Head Tax Administration of The Ministry of Finance,...

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Honderden illegale Venezolanen verlaten St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - Vier maanden vóór de invoering van de geplande visumplicht voor Venezolanen in de voormalige Nederlandse Antillen is meer dan de helft van de illegale Venezolanen op St. Maarten op eigen initiatief teruggekeerd naar Venezuela. Op...

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Corruptie achtervolgt de Venezolaanse diaspora

PHILIPSBURG - Corruptie in eigen land belet Venezolaanse emigranten om in het buitenland een legale status te verkrijgen. Dat zeggen Venezolanen op St. Maarten die tevergeefs in Venezuela documenten aanvragen. "Het treurige is, dat het onze eigen ...

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CBCS: Girobank kan overleven niet zonder hulp van Nederland

PHILIPSBURG/WILLEMSTAD - Ruim 27.000 gedupeerde rekeninghouders bij de insolvabele Girobank NV in Curaçao kunnen alleen uitzien naar uitkering van eventuele resttegoeden als Nederland te hulp schiet. Dat blijkt uit een relaas van Etienne Ys,...

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