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Richardson detained for eight more days

PHILIPSBURG - The Judge of Instruction ruled on Friday that the arrests of USp-leader Frans Richardson and Windward Roads director Janhendrik Boekhaar are legitimate. The public prosecutor extended the detention of the two suspects by eight days. ...

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For the month of February 2018 the five-volume The Laws of St. Maarten can be purchased at the reduced price of $50.00 per set at Van Dorp Bookstores on Illidge Road and in Simpson Bay.
We encourage every citizen on St. Maarten to buy and READ The Laws of St. Maarten . See the advertorial below in this newsletter for more information.
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Minister Ferrier and State Secretary Knops sign 50M loan

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - On Friday afternoon in The Hague Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier and State Secretary Raymond Knops signed off on a 50 Million Guilder loan to Sint Maarten, staving off looming liquidity challenges that Country...

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Sint Maarten Students in Holland meet with Prime Minister

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - On Friday evening a group of Sint Maarten students including youngsters that evacuated from Sint Maarten after the passing of Hurricane Irma, were invited to come to the Sint Maarten House in The Hague.

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House of corruption

By Hilbert Haar ~ Two things come to mind after the arrest of USp-leader MP Frans Richardson. One: everybody is innocent until proven guilty. That applies to everyone and also to Richardson. Two: there is no smoke without fire. I firmly believe...

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Crime fund management under fire - Report available online

PHILIPSBURG - The Crime Fund received in 2016 almost 1.3 million guilders from the verdict in the Bientu-case whereby Robbie's Lottery owner Robbie dos Santos was sentenced to a 2-year conditional prison sentence for money laundering, forgery and ...

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MP Frans Richardson arrested

PHILIPSBURG - The anti-corruption unit (TBO) arrested member of Parliament and leader of the United St. Maarten party (USp), Frans Richardson, on Tuesday on suspicion of membership of a criminal organization, taking bribes and tax fraud....

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Raised eyebrows

By Hilbert Haar ~ Will we now have to go through a parliamentary elections whereby the leader of one of the participating parties is in jail? Tuesday's arrest of Member of Parliament Frans Richardson makes this a realistic scenario. The leader of...

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Extra judge for Sint Maarten due to workload after Irma

PHILIPSBURG/THE NETHERLANDS - Mrs. M.Th. Hoogland becomes a deputy member of the Common Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. She is being deployed for three months as a judge on Sint Maarten to...

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Pre-trial former Prime Minister postponed

WILLEMSTAD - The pre-trial in the case against the former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte and his life partner Cicely van der Dijs for the expropriation of illegally obtained funds has been postponed until 15 March. The defense did not...

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Update: PDVSA's Isla oil refinery operating normally again

WILLEMSTAD - A fire at the Isla oil refinery operated by Venezuela's PDVSA has been extinguished without impacting operations, sources close to the facility indicated today. An explosion at the 335,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) facility was heard just ...

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Explosion and fire erupt at oil refinery's cat cracker

WILLEMSTAD - Last night, just before midnight, an explosion occurred at cat cracker on the oil refinery premises; this blast, felt up to several kilometers, was followed by a trail of fire coming down. Luckily no one was injured. The explosion...

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Curacao seeks Chinese lifeline for PdV-run refinery

WILLEMSTAD - More Venezuelan refugees than crude cargoes are coming ashore in Dutch-controlled Curacao these days, a symptom of the Opec country's economic and political maelstrom that has hobbled the island's oil refinery. Curacao officials and...

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Consultation on border closure without result

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - At various levels there has been contact between the Kingdom and Venezuelan authorities over the continuing border blockade against the ABC islands over the past few weeks. This is stated by The Undersecretary of the...

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KLM ends cooperation with InselAir

WILLEMSTAD - The Dutch aviation company KLM stops the cooperation with the local airline InselAir. As a result, travelers flying from the Netherlands to the ABC islands or Sint Maarten cannot travel on the same ticket with InselAir for the time...

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Curacao's Divi Divi Air launches Aruba ops

WILLEMSTAD - Divi Divi Air has announced it launched flights out of Curacao to Aruba on February 15 and will launch operations to Aruba out of Bonaire on February 17. The expansion signals that Divi Divi Air has now joined Aruba Airlines and...

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SXM, STX airports moving forward with reconstruction

By Seth Miller Nearly six months after parts of the Caribbean were ravaged by Hurricanes Irma & Maria the situation remains far from normal. Or perhaps it should simply be accepted that there is a new normal in place. And that's not a...

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EBS - Executive Business Services

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Police sends warning to heavy equipment operators and owners

PHILIPSBURG - The Police Department is sending a warning to all operators/owners of heavy equipment stating that, in the aftermath of hurricane Irma and Maria a lot of heavy equipment was used in the cleanup of the island. Heavy equipment refers...

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Qredits is offering 2% microloans to entrepreneurs on SXM

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Qredits is now providing microloans to entrepreneurs on St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius, with an interest rate of only 2%. The Qredits office, located in Miss Lalie Commercial Center, is ready to assists...

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Voyage to the planet Showroom

By Chris Morvan ~ If you want to step into a different world for a while, there is a way of doing it that requires no time travel, no passport and no drugs. It's called buying a new car. Here you will be moving from one sonically muted environment...

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The Laws of St. Maarten is a five-volume English translation of the original Dutch publication of the Constitution and other laws established for governing the territory of St. Maarten within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

These national ordinances, also called organic laws, were first published in Dutch following St. Maarten’s attainment of an autonomous status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands on October 10, 2010, and appear online in the official National Gazette .

The ordinances in The Laws of St. Maarten are not an exhaustive collection of the government laws but are those that have translated to date in English, the language of the people of the island of St. Martin which, along with Dutch, is one of the two official languages of St. Maarten.

These volumes are thus also about widening the people’s right to access-in book form- the laws of the land, laws about their rights, and legislation and information about the range of the government process relative to St. Maarten’s autonomy.

To the extent that the five volumes of The Laws of St. Maarten keep the people generally in the know about their government, and more specifically about laws passed by the St. Maarten Parliament that govern their lives, may this publication add to the development of democracy and freedom in St. Maarten in particular and the island as a whole.

For the month of February 2018 the five-volume The Laws of St. Maarten can be purchased at the reduced price of US $50.00 per set at Van Dorp Bookstores on Illidge Road and in Simpson Bay.

We encourage every citizen on St. Maarten to buy and READ The Laws of St. Maarten .

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Petition to keep Elections in St. Eustatius in March 2019

To the Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations Mrs. K. Ollongren: Petition to keep Island Council Elections in St. Eustatius in March 2019

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Island Governor Franco meets Statia Reconstruction Team

ST. EUSTATIUS - On Thursday February 15th, Mr. Mike Franco, Island Governor, met with management of Statia Reconstruction Team where he received an update on the housing recovery of St. Eustatius financed by the Dutch Central Government.

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Malaria: PAHO urges Member States to remain vigilant

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported in a recent epidemiological report about malaria in the Americas, PAHO takes note that following a continued decrease in the number of malaria cases from 2005 to 2014 in...

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Go out and vote

"Go out and Vote" Public Service Campaign from the Government's Department of Communications (DCOMM)

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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Complimentary Heineken-70's BAG for all competitors

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The organizers of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta have teamed up with 70's BAG, an American-Dutch company which focusses on designing fashionable and foldable shopping bags to encourage people to stop using...

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Young entrepreneurs encouraged to apply for the YLAI...

WILLEMSTAD - Residents from Curacao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten are eligible to participate in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) and are encouraged to apply. In 2016 and 2017, a total of four young entrepreneurs from Curacao, three ...

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'I am still in shock': Journalists flee Venezuela

It sounded like another grim chapter in the repression that has gripped Venezuela during the rule of President Nicolas Maduro. Earlier this week, four journalists from the investigative website have been forced to leave the troubled...

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Venezuela's president says oil output up 250000 bpd

CARACAS - Venezuela's president, Nicolas Maduro, said on Thursday the country's oil output was up 250,000 barrels per day at the beginning of 2018. The socialist leader, who is up for re-election in April, also said that a process of bond...

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Internet entrepreneurship centre to hold its first event

PORT OF SPAIN - A new initiative is being launched this month to help Caribbean professionals get more out of the digital space. The Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center of the Caribbean (VDECC) will hold its first event on February 19 at the...

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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - NV GEBE announced today via press release that they will be commencing its Senior Citizens temporarily relief 62+ program. The program will be geared towards certain eligible Senior Citizens and will aim to reduce the...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

DATE ISSUED: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) February 17, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Saturday evening: Fair to partly cloudy and breezy with a passing shower possible. Forecast High:...

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'Trump effect' and tax cuts benefit Dutch multinationals

Large Dutch companies are profiting fully from the drastic reduction of US corporation tax approved at the end of last year, the NRC reported on Friday . Higher profits from the American operations of Dutch multinationals in 2017 ranged from...

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Pension charge pulls airline group Air France-KLM into red

A €1.4bn one-off charge to cure AirFrance-KLM's pension position pulled the group into the red in 2017. The Franco-Dutch airline reported net losses of €274m for the year despite strong operating results, it said in a statement . Excluding the...

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Record numbers of foreign students at Dutch universities

The number of foreign students doing engineering and technical degrees in the Netherlands has never been higher, reports the Financieele Dagblad on Friday. Figures released from international education body Nuffic show that in the 2017/18...

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SXM Daily News - 16 Feb 2018
SXM Daily News February 16, 2018

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