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Jessurun: salary cut politicians will affect civil servants

PHILIPSBURG - A cut in the salaries of ministers and parliamentarians means a cut in the salaries of civil servants too. That is the opinion of the chairman of the Anti-Poverty Platform. Drs. Raymond Jessurun. LOGIN TO READ MORE... THERE IS MORE...

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Dear Reader

The typical St. Maarten expression " He's a mother's child " comes to mind when we read the plea letter of Theo Heyliger's mother asking for her son to be returned home.

The question is indeed will They Heyliger be returned to St. Maarten so that he can at least spend his birthday on his island close to home and close to his family?

On a related topic, chairman of the Central Voting Bureau Jason Rogers gave quite an elucidation on PJD2 on Sunday during a morning interview with Wendell Moore.

The Constitution of St. Maarten has been on the mind of many these past weeks. People have even begun to call it the 'Cut and Paste' Constitution.

"Attorney Rogers outlined a few very important articles of the Constitution and the Electoral Reform Ordinance. They both go hand in hand. With all the issues with MPs that are constantly surfacing, one should certainly have a read and try to understand that Constitution is not 100% complete. That applies to other laws and regulations also."

The above is taken from a Facebook post by one of our avid readers and the question raised is "When are we going to do what is right for Sint Maarten?"

Her question to the above mentioned and that of others also is: "Who were the members of the Constitutional Committee?"

Another avid reader posed the same question directly to us asking who the members of the Constitutional Committee were and where are they now that the Constitution clearly needs revising and updating.

Another pertinent question our critical reader also posed was "Who agreed to having a CFT overseeing our finances?"

Questions, questions, questions.....

We will search in our archives for the answers and bring you a report on our findings. Of course, we welcome any contributions from our readers and historians. Maybe we will hold a contest who can correctly name all the members and where they are now and what they are doing.

In the meantime, do have a great week!

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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Draft 2019 Budget Review Articles
There is a hole in the budget

POND ISLAND - The draft 2019 budget closes with a deficit of 67.2 million guilders. The government projects 478.8 million in expenditures this year and 411.6 million guilders in revenue. The tax office project requires a 60 million guilders...

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Pension reform possibly into effect per May 1

PHILIPSBURG -- The government aims to let pension reform for civil servants go into effect per May 1 of this year. With the carnival season almost upon us, parliament will have to move swiftly to get this done. LOGIN TO READ MORE... THERE IS MORE ...

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Government cuts electricity budget for schools

PHILIPSBURG - The power consumption at public schools varies wildly it appears from the draft 2019 budget. The government intends to save more than 46,000 guilders ($25,720) in 2019 on the electricity bills at eight primary schools and the...

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Draft 2019 budget closes with 67.2 million deficit

PHILIPSBURG - The draft 2019 budget closes with a deficit of 67.2 million guilders. The government projects 478.8 million in expenditures this year and 411.6 million guilders in revenue. According to the elucidation with the budget, Finance...

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Civil service operates at 70 percent

PHILIPSBURG - The civil service currently employs 1,685 people divided over seven ministries and there are 710 vacancies. If all vacancies were filled, the civil service would be 2,395 strong. This appears from data in the draft 2019 budget; they ...

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Government wants to establish a bodyguard unit

PHILIPSBURG - The government wants to renovate and equip the waiting room and the conference room of the Council of Ministers on the fourth floor of the government building for 800,000 guilders (close to $447,000). This appears from the draft...

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Geerlings offers payment plan on unpaid taxes ...

PHILIPSBURG - Times are still "tough for everyone" and in recognition of this reality, Finance Minister, the Honourable Perry Geerlings, has decided to offer an extension of the deadline for payment of outstanding taxes or create a payment...

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"Government favors businesses over citizens"

PHILIPSBURG -- The government's decision to deny citizens an extension for the payment of road tax and to offer businesses a payment plan for turnover taxes is discrimination, Anti-Poverty Platform chairman Drs. Raymond Jessurun said at a press...

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Anti-Poverty Platform criticizes pension reform

PHILIPSBURG -- The Anti-Poverty Platform contests the notion that civil servants will receive a higher pension once the legislation to amend the pension ordinance. Referring to an article in The Daily Herald that contains this notion, the...

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What will happen to the shipwrecks in Simpson Bay?

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Heyliger's detention extended by 60 days

PHILIPSBURG -- The judge of instruction ruled on Friday that United Democrats leader MP Theo Heyliger will remain incarcerated for another 60 days. This term ends on May 14. LOGIN TO READ MORE... THERE IS MORE TO THIS ARTICLE ... Some articles or ...

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A Mother's Pain - Theo's Mother Breaks Her Silence....

SINT MAARTEN (GUANA BAY) - "The detention of my son has certainly brought me a lot of sadness, frustration and anger," Lillian Agnes Wathey said on Sunday. "I still feel as if Theo was kidnapped. On that night, without formal notice two masked...

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Will Theo Heyliger spend his birthday in prison?

PHILIPSBURG -- On Thursday, March 7th, 2019, it was reported that the leader of the United Democrats Theo Heyliger (48) will be spending another 8 days in pretrial detention as the Judge of Instruction granted the prosecution their request to...

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MP Meyers: "Laws put targets on the backs of our people"

PHILIPSBURG -- United Democrats MP Franklin Meyers made a number of remarkable statements during a broadcast if the Morning Show on Pearl 98.1 FM Radio on March 11 to the program's host Elton Jones. Meyers suggested that the prosecutor's office...

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Whistleblowers need plenty of guts

By Hilbert Haar ~ PHILIPSBURG - The suspicions of bribery and money laundering leveled against United Democrats-leader and now former Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger reveal that there is at least an aura of corruption surrounding the...

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Downtown Philipsburg forgotten: 'not everyone benefits...

PHILIPSBURG - Thousands of cruise passengers disembark in Phillipsburg on a daily basis. The water taxis can barely handle the flow of tourists and crew from the cruise ships. It's very busy on the boardwalk but not everyone benefits equally from ...

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Prime Minister Romeo Marlin joins SXM Doet at Oranje School

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Saturday March 16 th, Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin joined a group of Civil Servants and hundreds of other volunteers throughout Sint Maarten at the annual SXM Doet community event.

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Argument escalates into two major fight and the arrest...

ZORG EN RUST - The Detective Department is presently investigating a case involving numerous persons several of which were arrested after an argument between a couple had taken place and quickly got out of hand, police said on Sunday. This...

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Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten

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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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Causeway Jump Up a Success

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Rotary Sunset Launches Little Free Library At USM

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Sunwing returns to St. Maarten

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Johnson issues decree for temp restriction of Boeing 737MAX8

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Ministry restricts the use of drones

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (TEATT) has placed restrictions on the use of drone aircraft in several areas such as the Princess Juliana International Airport, the Harbor, the House ...

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St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry waives fees ...

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

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Fundraising Movie Night for Boys' & Girls' Brigade March 23

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