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By Hilbert Haar ~ Without further ado, former Finance Minister Michael Ferrier has pointed to the procedures the World Bank uses for the distribution of recovery-dollars from the trust fund to explain why post Hurricane Irma home repairs are...

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Hurricane shelter project closes in January ....

PHILIPSBURG - The shelter former Minister Emil Lee established in Sucker Garden after Hurricane Irma is scheduled to close down by the end of January next year. There are still forty hurricane-victims in the shelter that have nowhere to go....

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Former Minister Ferrier: "The trust fund is failing"

PHILIPSBURG - "If the rules allow hurricane victims to remain homeless after two years, something is not right about the rules," former interim Finance Minister Michael Ferrier writes in a letter to the editor that heavily criticizes the role of...

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Dr. J. Foundation urges community to make a donation

COLE BAY - After Hurricane Irma struck Sint Maarten on September 6th, 2017, people were left homeless - wondering where to go. Now, two years later, there remains about 40 people living in a shelter. In order to help people find homes, the Dr. J....

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Ferrier: It is never nice to say "I told you so"

Dear Editor, "I told you so" is a phrase used when a warning issued in the past is ignored, only to be proven correct in the present. It is never nice to say, "I told you so", but if ever there was a good reason for doing so, it is the shameful...

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Cft budget advice: civil servants and politicians have to...

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten has to take more measures to create a budget surplus, the Board financial supervision (Cft) writes in its advice about the 2020 budget to Finance Minister Perry Geerlings. The financial supervisor notes that expenditures ...

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Room for government revenue to grow, Cft chairman says

PHILIPSBURG - The revenue St. Maarten generates could be much higher "if the increase in tax compliance as a result of restructuring the tax administration is achieved," Raymond Gradus, the chairman of the Board financial supervision (Cft) said...

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MP Peterson to present motion to break the PJIA impasse

GREAT BAY - On Sunday, November 03, 2019, MP Claude "Chacho" Peterson issued the following press release. As announced in my press release of October 28, 2019, I posed 4 questions to the caretaker Minister of Finance, Mr. Perry Geerlings, on the...

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Brison to run as #1 with UP, given full leadership; Theo ...

PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament Rolando Brison on Sunday evening announced in a press release that he will contest the upcoming Parliamentary Elections with the United People Party (UP) in the #1 position and as the new leader of the green...

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MP Franklin Meyers will not contest snap elections

PHILIPSBURG - After much thought and consideration, Member of Parliament Franklin Meyers has decided not to participate in the upcoming snap elections slated for January 9th 2020, but instead gearing up for following elections in the more distant ...

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USP board on Brison's resignation; a complete surprise

PHILIPSBURG - The Board of USP stands behind its principles of inclusion and opportunity for all. As a party, we have always embraced creativity and the promotion of young dynamic candidates, giving all an opportunity to serve their country and...

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Republic Bank Opens Its Doors in Sint Maarten

Philipsburg, November 1, 2019 - Today, Republic Bank (EC) Limited opened the doors of its two-branch network in Sint Maarten, following the acquisition of the operations of the Bank of Nova Scotia by Republic Financial Holdings Ltd. The...

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Republic Bank completes acquisition of Scotiabank operations

RFHL closes acquisition of seven Scotiabank operations ~ Port of Spain, Trinidad - Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) is pleased to announce that it closed its acquisition of seven Scotiabank operations on October 31, 2019. Following...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean Assists Kooyman With Loan & Credit Line

Willemstad -- Kooyman, market leader in our local Dutch Caribbean markets for over 80 years, is making history as the company spreads its wings into the English speaking Caribbean with its very first Megastore in Barbados, where...

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COCI detects two cases of fraud with excerpts

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) would like to alert the business community, government entities, and citizens, that it has detected two cases of fraud with COCI excerpts that are issued to...

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Ombudsmen of the Kingdom meet with the King

The Hague - His Majesty King Willem-Alexander met with the Ombudsmen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon, 30 October 2019. It was the first time that the Ombudsmen had a joint conversation with the King. The interview was...

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Eco-Resort receives endorsement from Tourism Minister

PHILIPSBURG-The St. Maarten Hillside Plantation & Eco Resort was recently endorsed by Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication (TEATT), the honorable Stuart Johnson, as "an innovative vehicle that lays the foundation...

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The Ultimate SXM Side Hustle: Turn your backyard into a farm

PHILIPSBURG - Farm today or die tomorrow. That was the in-your-face text on a billboard in front of the agricultural ministry in Anguilla several years ago. Agriculture in St. Maarten has always been a bit of a sideshow with a few locals - like...

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Hurricane shelter project closes in January – and its residents have nowhere to go. Click here to watch the video interview about this on Facebook and like, comment and share this video by Tim van Dijk.

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