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Ship jumper PM

By Hilbert Haar ~ The interim government that will take office on Monday is, as some may agree with me, a curious bunch. For the first time in its history, the country will have a ship jumper in the seat of the Prime Minister - Leona Marlin-Romeo.

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Dear Reader

Yes, it's a curious bunch. And we are curious to see how they will get along. The new interim cabinet ministers to be sworn in on Monday, we are referring to.

Are we to expect more snide remarks from Cornelius De Weever? Will Leona Marlin-Romeo remain calm, cool and collected when pressed for answers to difficult questions from the media? Or will her Toastmasters training finally pay off? And who is to be the Minister of Plenipotentiary in The Haque if Hassani Ellis is to be the deputy?

Shipjumpers have been ultimately rewarded. Albeit, for just a few months. Hopefully.

It seems we are destined never to learn and grow up in our young country. Een kat in het nauw maakt rare sprongen, is another appropriate Dutch expression to describe what could have led to these selections for candidate ministers. Out of desperation to find candidates who could pass the screening, this is what we get. No wonder rumors abound that there are already (g)rumblings in the UD camp.

The period we are about to enter will be very interesting to say the least. We will be watching and enjoying the show. We hope there is enough butter for the popcorn.

Until then, have a great weekend.

The Publisher

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Photo of the Day: Cruise ship seen from Cul-de-Sac...

Photo caption: This morning a cruise ship (Adventure of the Seas from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines) passing Little Bay heading towards Great Bay and the port of St. Maarten could be seen from the Cul-de-Sac valley majestically gliding past...

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Governor receives final report from formateur...

Harbour View - On January 12, 2018, His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten, drs. E.B. Holiday, received the updated final report from formateur S. Wescot-Williams. The formateur has accepted the commission to form an interim new government...

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Constitutional violations

By Hilbert Haar ~ Much has been said and written about the violation of constitutional rules related to the upcoming elections. Those violations have occurred because our lawmakers got lost in the way they have established those rules. It feels...

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Anna Rabess-Richardson clears the air as to why she left USP

Philipsburg - During an official launching event held at the Coffee Lounge on Front Street in Philipsburg, candidate #5 on the National Alliance slate, Anna Rabess-Richardson, explained the reasons why she ended up leaving the USP party....

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Court blocks return of forged ID-papers

PHILIPSBURG - A man with two aliases who is currently detained in the Pointe Blanche prison saw an attempt to regain possession of items the prosecutor's office confiscated twice, strand in the Court in First Instance on Friday. Spas Iliev...

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Court takes looters to task

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance handled several looting-trials on Wednesday. The heaviest sentence was for a man who had made his truck available to transport stolen goods for a neighbor. The court sentenced the man to 4 months of...

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Police searching for armed robber

Philipsburg - Police is still on the lookout for the suspect that robbed Union Caribe on December 8th 2017. Anyone with information that can lead to arrest of the culprit is asked to contact the detective department immediately. In the meantime...

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Delegation to provide destination update to FCCA PAMAC

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Representatives from Port St. Maarten will leave the island on Friday to attend the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Cruise Summit (PAMAC) that will take place from...

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VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne wins Dutch award for best...

Willemstad/Philipsburg - The recruitment campaign 'Lawyer in the Caribbean' of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne was awarded the 'Gouden Toga' (Golden Robe) for 2017. This award for the best legal recruitment campaign is presented annually by the Dutch...

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StatiaNews: Letter from Koos Sneek, Picture of the Day

Dear Editor, Through this medium I would like to comment on the article in The Daily Herald on Wednesday Jan 10th on the visit of the presidents of the first and second chamber, Mrs. Ankie-Broekers-Knol and Mrs. Khadija Arib. Councilman van...

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Venezuela to lift ban after resolution has been signed

ORANJESTAD - Today a meeting took place in Aruba between the countries Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands and Venezuela to find a solution to the measures unilaterally imposed by the South American country. After this travel and trade ban, several...

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Dutch Foreign Affairs: "Venezuelan boycott could last...

THE HAGUE - The trade boycott of Venezuela against the ABC islands 'can still take a while'. This is what the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra expects in the run-up to diplomatic consultations today between the Dutch Kingdom and...

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Venezuela keeps the border with the ABC Islands closed...

WILLEMSTAD - Venezuela keeps the border with Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire closed for at least three more days. That was announced in Venezuela. The meeting this afternoon between the Prime Minister of Aruba Evelyn Wever-Croes and two ministers of...

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Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultation in Aruba completed

ORANJESTAD - A parliamentary delegation from each country in the Dutch Kingdom participated in an interparliamentary consultation (IPKO) in Aruba. This consultation took place on Tuesday, January 9 through Thursday, January 11. During the IPKO,...

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Sunken Houseboat Successfully Removed from Mullet Pond...

Simpson Bay - Sint Maarten's most important wetland, Mullet Pond, was cleared of the massive houseboat that sank after Hurricane Irma on Wednesday. With the help of local dive company Atlantech Divers the Foundation was able to remove the...

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Nature Foundation Makes 100 Facemasks Available to CBA

Philipsburg - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has made 100 facemasks available to the Charlotte Brookson Academy this week. The facemasks were donated on two separate occasions by Nature Foundation Project Manager Melanie Meijer ze Schlochtern ...

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Short-term measures needed for Pond Island Landfill

Dear Editor, This week the Nature Foundation announced that due to the landfill on Pond Island which has been burning for over a month, the non-governmental organization (NGO) has called on nearby communities to start wearing facemasks in order...

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The Governor of Sint Maarten: We Shall Overcome

Philipsburg - His Excellency Governor Eugene B. Holiday delivered his New Year's Message on Friday evening at his New Year's Reception on the Captain Hodge Wharf for dignitaries and invited guests. The Governor's New Year's Message is as follows: ...

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National Day of Prayer on Sunday

PHILIPSBURG - The National Day of Prayer will take place this Sunday at 4 p.m. in front of the new government building on Pond Island, Minister Silveria Jacobs (Educations, Culture, Youth and Sport) announced on Wednesday. The annual event is a...

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CPS calls on community to adhere to hand hygiene and...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community to practice hand hygiene and cough etiquette in order to prevent ...

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CPS calls on community to be observant for chicken pox

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a public health agency of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, has observed based on its communicable diseases surveillance system during the...

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Two triangles

by Jacob Gelt Dekker ~ The cable media may have exhausted you with micromanagement gossip accounts of a dysfunctional President of the United States, so for a change, join me for a very brief review of to-be-expected-global-conflicts. We have two...

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Nine PJIAE employees dismissed for alleged theft from Penha

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Air France Set to Relaunch St Maarten Flights

Source: Caribbean Journal ~ Air France will soon be resuming its nonstop flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle and St Maarten. The nonstop service between Paris and St Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport will resume on Jan. 13, with...

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VIDEO: St Barth's Quick Comeback

By Alexander Britell GUSTAVIA - It's Monday night and Eddy's is hopping. Down the corner, the Caribbean's most creative bar, 25 Quarter, is serving up rare rums from Martinique, and the patio at Le Select is already full. I'm eating accras de...

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NIA ART HEALS Hurricane Relief Arts Program Phase 2 begins

PHILIPSBURG - National Institute of Arts (NIA) announces the reopening of their Interdisciplinary arts program for the year 2018. "We would like all our clients to know that NIA is open for classes and we are ready to receive them with open...

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Norway Renames Itself 'Shithole' In Solidarity With...

(Oslo, Shithole) After being singled out by President Trump as a preferable source of immigration compared to 'shithole' nations like Haiti and many countries in Africa, Norway has taken the drastic step of renaming itself...

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Average sea level rises along the Dutch coast

The average sea level along the Dutch coast was the highest ever recorded last year, according to marine research institute Deltares on Friday. Deltares scientists say sea level reached an average of 11 centimetres above NAP in 2017, two...

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Volcano in Martinique not erupting, assure officials

FORT-DE-FRANCE - The Volcanic and Seismological Observatory in Martinique has sought to dismiss reports of volcanic activity at Mount Pelée. Images were being circulated via WhatsApp yesterday accompanied by claims that the volcanic mountain in...

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Update: Fifth body found

WILLEMSTAD - On the coast of Curaçao, four bodies of Venezuelan migrants washed ashore in Curaçao. They were supposedly Venezuelans trying to enter the island illegally. Today a fifth body was washed up at the same spot. Clothing was also found...

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