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Lee Roadside Grill closed

Simpson Bay - On the Facebook page of Lee's Roadside Grill the announcement has been posted that Lee's Roadside Grill closed its doors at the Simpson Bay Lagoon location after 32 years of business. The post reads "Lee and I would like to thank...

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Dear Reader


Could we not muster a quorum to hold an urgent continuation meeting of Parliament about the important issue of the dump?

Another question...

Did the Prime Minister try to save face for the coalition by having this meeting postponed?

It was Friday. So we guess our esteemed members of Parliament had more pressing matters to take care of. After all, it is weekend. Couldn't be caught dead actually working on a Friday afternoon for that $10K salary.

Hilbert Haar calls that ' a sign of weakness' and urges the voters to remember that on February 26. Click here to read his opinion piece in connection with the Plenary Session of Parliament about the short labor contracts that had to be cancelled yesterday Friday due to the lack of a quorum.

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A sign of weakness

By Hilbert Haar ~ The abuse of short term labor contracts has been a bee in the bonnet for many a politician over the past years. Friday was the time to pass legislation that would have been a good step in the right direction but the opposition...

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Work together and develop an equal Kingdom

By Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, Jordi Halfman and Nicole Sanches When your house is on fire you do not fight about who is to blame or how the fire may have started. Before you do anything else, you try to minimize the damage and then you try to...

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A haven for the globetrotting gourmet

By Chris Morvan ~ You wouldn't believe how excited I was to find a dripping, stinking piece of Brie in a supermarket chiller last week. But then you probably haven't spent the last four years in countries where what you might call "good food"...

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Lee Roadside Grill closed

Simpson Bay - On the Facebook page of Lee's Roadside Grill the announcement has been posted that Lee's Roadside Grill closed its doors at the Simpson Bay Lagoon location after 32 years of business. The post reads "Lee and I would like to thank...

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CFT about St. Maarten: "Additional measures needed..."

Philipsburg - The Cft board has visited St. Maarten and Saba this week. It was the first visit of Cft after the devastating Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. On Saba we discussed financial and reconstruction matters, and concluded that...

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SER calls on Government to tackle Waste Management

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - The Social Economic Council (SER), along with the entire public of St. Maarten, have been affected by the recent two dump site fires that covered Philipsburg and the surrounding neighbourhoods with toxic smoke. The...

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Music video with the calypso song "Fire in the Town"

Music video with the calypso song "Fire in the Town" by Kaiso Genuis.

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Music video "Irma Build Back" by Gavin Kash

Hurricane #Irma #StMaarten Irma Build Back. Hurricane Relief.Song #St Maarten.. (Dancehall 2017 Mp3) (Gavin Kash) #September2017 #STMartin #Dutchside #Frenchside #GavinKash #song #BUild #Back...

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SXM IS NICE (Oh What A Paradise)

Dear Friends of St. Maarten / St. Martin, The song, SXM IS NICE (Oh What a Paradise), was a tribute to the island paradise, St. Maarten / St. Martin, originally recorded by the artist Tonca backed by Friends Band in 1987.

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Man arrested with two large bags of illegal drugs in van

Philipsburg - On Friday February 9th at approximately 02.45 p.m. information came into the Emergency Dispatch of two unknown men suspiciously loading a white panel van with two large duffle bags. While loading the van an object which looked like...

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Basic Police training starts again

Philipsburg - The Basic Police Training (BPO) for the recruits that was postponed last year due to the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria has restarted. Chief Inspector Rob Appelhof from Police Academy in the Netherlands in charge police...

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House search on Cannegieter Street leads to arrest

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - An investigation by different law enforcement groups led to a house search on Tuesday, February 6, by the Arrest Team. It was around mid-day when the Arrest Team showed up in front of an apartment complex on...

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Bulletin Board Notices & Announcements

Dutch Quarter Sewage Pit Maintenance on February 17 GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that on Saturday, February 17 sewage pit maintenance ...

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5.2 Earthquake 77+ miles ENE of Anguilla/Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN - A 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the islands of the North Eastern Caribbean on Friday afternoon at a depth of 43 kilometers, according to a preliminary report from the National Earthquake Information Center of the U.S. Geological...

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SER Advice for Better Waste Management

In December 2016 the Social Economic Council (SER) submitted a letter to Government with an advice for Better Waste Management. Click here to read this letter with the advice on the website of this government advisory council, SER. Photo caption: ...

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Ombudsman starts Systemic Investigation Disaster Management

Philipsburg - With eyes on the effects, recovery and rebuilding in the wake of the hurricanes of September 2017, and considering that in a short four (4) months' time the next hurricane season will be upon us, the Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin (see...

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Ombudsman starts Systemic Investigation Rent Committee

Philipsburg - The Bureau of the Ombudsman continues to receive visits from citizens concerned about their housing conditions, as well as complaints about the Rent Committee allegedly not cooperating or responding adequately when addressed by the...

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The Cooperative Association explained

Under the law of Sint Maarten it is possible to form a co-operative association (coöperatieve vereniging, or coöperatie) also called a co-operative. The co-operative is a distinct legal entity, a special kind of association, formed by two or more ...

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"In support of Independent media"
by Hilbert Haar
In support of our independent media

By Hilbert Haar ~ The Rotary Club Mid-Isle invited me to join in for a club meeting last Tuesday at Wasabi Charley in Simpson Bay. After having turned down quite some previous invitations due to conflicting work schedules, this time I managed to...

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Mike Antonius of Telesur Elected to CANTO Board

SINT MAARTEN/TINIDAD & TOBAGO - Mike Antonius is the newest member on the CANTO Board of Directors. Mr. Antonius who is the Acting Managing Director of Telesur, replaced outgoing Director Opal Neil of Cable & Wireless Communications at the 34th...

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SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - We are happy to announce that James Hunter Six, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions, Selwyn Birchwood, and Thornetta Davis complete the line-up for the 3 rd edition of Curaçao International BlueSeas Festival. The free...

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CBS to Launch National Accounts Survey 2016 in Caribbean ...

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - For the next months, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) will carry out a survey on production revenues and costs in the Caribbean Netherlands: the National Accounts Survey 2016. The survey aims to show the economic development on...

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CPA condemns Dutch overthrow of the St. Eustatius government

The Caribbean Progressive Alliance (CPA) has followed with consternation and disbelief the treatment meted out by the Dutch government on the people of the former Netherlands Antilles, especially the BES islands of Bonaire and St. Eustatius.

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Post-Irma insurance premiums to go up 30 to 60 percent. Fair?
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Facebook testing 'downvote' button

Facebook is testing a new "downvote" button that will let people hide comments and provide feedback about them. However, the social network denied that the new feature was a "dislike" button, which many Facebook users have requested. The downvote ...

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Dutch State Secretary Blokhuis to visit health care...

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Dutch State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Health, Welfare and Sport) (VWS), is visiting Aruba, Bonaire,Curaçao and Colombia from Tuesday, February 13 th till Tuesday, February 20 th. He is introduced to various (youth) health care ...

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Threat to Carnival Activities Twarted in Trinidad

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - Security forces have been carrying out searches after the U.S. Southern Command provided intelligence information to Trinidad & Tobago intelligence services within law enforcement regarding a potential attack on...

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Who is Francelise Mauricia-Peterson Candidate #7 on SMCP

As a God-fearing woman, wife, mother of three, I decided to take up this challenge once again to run for parliament in the upcoming election on February 26, 2018. My reason for doing so is the fact that through the years I have seen a lot of...

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InterCaribbean Starts Sint Maarten-Tortola Service Early

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Saturday February 10, 2018 - interCaribbean Airways yesterday began service between Sint Maarten and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, more than a month earlier than planned. The service, which includes...

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SDM asking for immediate action on landfill

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Governments uncontrolled landfill, located in the heart of St. Maarten is severely contaminating the air but also leaching toxic materials into the ground and the Great Salt Pond, the St. Maarten Development Movement...

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Academy mid-term report evening set for Thursday February 15

EBENEZER - The Management of St. Maarten Academy's academic campus would like to announce that there will be a mid-term meeting for parents of students in Forms 1 - 6 (CAPE) on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:30pm. This meeting is mandatory...

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MHF launches new website. Appointments can be made online

CAY HILL - On Friday, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) launched it's new, now modern website, created by Daphne Wong A Foe - a 19 year old Dutch student from the The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), MHF announced on Tuesday.

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Mental Health Foundation presents Love & Semicolon

CAY HILL - On March 9 th & 10 th, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) presents Love & Semicolon (Friday, March 9 th at 7pm), Green Thumbs Project (Saturday, March 10 th at 9am), and Beautifying M.H.F. (Saturday at 12pm) through SXM DOET.

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

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Clean up the Caribbean

by Jacob Gelt Dekker ~ Six months after the Van Putten-Statia incident, financial mismanagement, abuse of power, fraud, theft, embezzlement of public funds, widespread corruption and favoritism, personal intimidations, threats and insults, and...

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"Mr. Knops, do not disappoint us!"

Dear Editor, Today is a black page in the political history of St. Eustatius. Even in the old days, when the Statia government, without significant support from the National government in Willemstad, had to operate with a so called wenselijkheids ...

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Cabinet effectively pulls plug on DBA freelancer...

The cabinet has agreed not to enforce laws introduced by the previous cabinet to ensure freelancers really are self-employed until January 2020 - by which time it hopes to have come up with new legislation of its own.

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Parents urged to stop pressuring children to avoid VMBO

Education minister Arie Slob is warning parents not to put too much pressure on their children to avoid going to vocational schools ( vmbo). 'The vmbo is not a repository for children who cannot go to pre-college or pre-university secondary...

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