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Hospital financing agreement: "A dream coming true"

PHILIPSBURG - The timing may suggest it, but both Public Health Minister Emil Lee and Kees Klarenbeek, director of SMMC, made abundantly clear that the signing of the financing agreement for the new hospital was not an election gimmick....

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Dear Reader

And because of that, there will be no school on Monday.

Yesterday, we receive no less than six letters to the editor. We are now pen pals with some of the most avid political letter writers on St. Maarten. The last time we saw so many letters to the editors was in the days of the polemic between the Unpaid Advisor, Gerard Bijnsdorp, and Nation Builder, Leopold James.

All this letterwriting led someone to post the definition of the verb to palter or its present participle paltering on Facebook. We thought this was spot on. It's definitely the season of the paltering polemics. Look it up yourself and see if it doesn't hit the nail on the head.

It promises to be a busy weekend and we will be manning the newsdesks in order to bring you the latest news as it develops this weekend leading up to election day come Monday. Who knows, there may be some last minute revelations that could swing votes in any direction.

In the meantime.... time for some non-election-related matters....

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Frans Richardson released; lawyer says detention unnecessary

PHILIPSBURG - In a statement issued today, the Public Prosecutor's Office confirmed that MP Frans Richardson, identified as suspect F.G.R. (1968), has been released. The statement quickly points out that he remains a suspect in the "Squid" and...

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Hurricane scars still visible at Oyster Bay Beach

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Oyster Pond still shows hurricane scars

PHILIPSBURG - Almost six months after Hurricane Irma devastated the island, many businesses have picked up the pieces, rebuilt and reopened. But in Oyster Pond, where the Oyster Bay Beach Resort is making the best of it, quite some other...

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How late is too late?

By Chris Morvan, A British aristocrat, Lord Bates, recently arrived very late for a sitting of the House of Lords and was so ashamed of himself, he offered to resign. On the strength of this, the BBC (the one that's short for British Broadcasting ...

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Former Minister Maurice Lake sets the record straight

Dear Editor, I understand it's in the heart of an election and some political parties would try to put others into a bad light for their own political gain. When I saw a letter from Fe Hernandez-Liburd of trying to destroy our local companies I...

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MP Claret Connor says Air Lekkerbek's allegations baseless

Dear Editor, As a candidate in the upcoming election, I have observed how political candidates continue to mislead the people in great attempts just to gain political mileage. The latter is evidently the case from the article written by Fe...

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How government ruined Air Lekkerbek. Locals beware!

Dear Editor, In 2002 my wife and I purchased Air Lekkerbek, the plane on the Pondfill that was one of the major touristic attractions on the island and frequented by many residents. The business was bought as a retirement investment so that we...

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Robin Hood

Political satirical cartoon

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We now know what you really think of locals. Thank you Theo

Dear Editor, I have listened keenly to the discussion about the land awarded by former Minister of VROMI Christopher Emmanuel to a number of local persons on the ring road and the issues surrounding the land in Great Bay where a basketball court...

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The litany of unkept political promises

Dear Editor, Every politician knows that the key to winning elections is to make great promises. This is the season where politicians mount platforms and sell cures to all the ills of the country. In the spirit of the election season Sint...

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Tourism offices join forces

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Cornelius de Weever signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday morning with the first vice president of the Collectivité of Saint Martin Valérie Damaseau about the joint promotion of St....

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Minister Lee: New Approach to Management of Govt Vehicles

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The staff of the Ministry of VSA (Public Health, Social Development & Labor) recently received seven (7) of the total of fourteen (14) new vehicles donated to the Ministry as part of Emergency Aid that was requested...

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Creative Industries Forum event to be hosted by Ministry ...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Jorien Wuite, has announced that the ministry will be hosting a Creative Industries Interactive Exchange Forum, CIIEF, on March 21st, 2018 with an aim to encourage...

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MP Connor commends Government and APS...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "I have been following news in which Minister of Education, Honorable Jorien Wuite met with representatives of the APS (Ed General Pension Fund) about their plans to develop affordable housing for civil servants,...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As part of World Bank process to approve funding, a critical requirement is that the proposed projects meet World Bank's bidding or procurement requirements. World Bank representatives have confirmed that the tender...

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William questions logic of launching registration drive...

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister William Marlin says the move by the government to launch something as important as the National Employment Registration Drive this coming Monday, the day of the snap parliamentary elections, seems untimely,...

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The election that nobody wanted is here

PHILIPSBURG - The elections that nobody wanted will take place on Monday in St. Maarten and for the first time ever there does not seem to be a lot of election fever. The election campaign has been limited to some public meetings and to social...

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Silveria Jacobs: NA manifesto is solutions oriented

GREAT BAY - National Alliance (NA) Leader Silveria Jacobs says the party's manifesto is a comprehensive solution-oriented document that addresses the many concerns of residents in the community ranging from the recovery and rebuilding of St....

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Video commercial: "Go out and Vote!"

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

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Valya submits draft amendments to legislation ...

PHILIPSBURG - Valya Lake-Pantophlet, who's contesting the upcoming snap election as the number 5 candidate on the United Sint Maarten Party (USP) slate, submitted multiple pieces of draft amendments to existing legislation to the Government and...

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PSS extends agreement with Moneygram

Philipsburg - Postal Services St.Maarten (PSS) Management and Moneygram Head of Caribbean, Peter Smith, met on Thursday morning. The outcome of the meeting ended positively as PSS will resume Moneygram services until March 6th, 2018. During this...

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Minister of Tourism De Weever welcomes CN-Express Air...

POND ISLAND - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, says he welcomes the news about an agreement that has been signed this week between the Netherlands and Winair ...

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TelEm Group says material shortages causing slowdown in...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group says a chronic shortage of telecommunication material in the region is affecting restoration of services to St. Maarten customers following the passage of Hurricane Irma and Maria in September last year.

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Build Back Better Week on St. Maarten from March 16 till ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to hereby invite businesses to take part in this " Build Back Better Week SXM" (BBB) which will be held from March 16 th to March 20 th, 2018 at the Simpson...

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EPIC recruiting volunteers for tree planting and Sentry...

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - This coming Saturday, February 24th, EPIC invites volunteers to their restoration site at Sentry Hill for a tree-planting and path-making session. The restoration site has been cleared of all invasive plant species,...

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EPIC announces it can now offer the BirdSleuth program ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Developed by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdSleuth is an inquiry-based science curriculum that focuses around birds to engage students in scientific study and real data collection. Environmental Protection in the...

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ASK THE DOCTOR: make the choice and take action to...

COLE BAY - On Monday February 19th, Dr Bell, a medical doctor for over 17 years of which a family physician for seven years, held her first of three 'Ask the Doctor' sessions planned for this week at her practice at Diamond Drive 1 Union Road in...

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Empower the Women and Youth for a stable society

PHILIPSBURG - "For the last couple of weeks, I have been visiting some neighborhoods in Sint Maarten to listen to the concerns of the people', says Lucrecia Morales, candidate # 15 on the National Alliance (NA) slate. "What strikes me the most is ...

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Mauricia-Peterson: We need to start recycling education

Working on recycling laws is a most ~ Cali, Colombia / Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Francelise Mauricia-Peterson the #7 candidate on the St. Maarten Christian party (SMCP) has been doing some research in Cali Colombia on recycling. "While in Cali,...

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Interim Government Installs 'Social Advisory Board'

Oranjestad- The interim-government installed by Central Government in The Hague as installed a so-called 'Advisory Board', representing the population in St. Eustatius. The Advisory Board consists of a total of 15 persons. Currently forming part...

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Press release University of Curaçao: All courses accredited

WILLEMSTAD - The University of Curacao Dr. ir. Moises da Costa Gomez has decided to convene a press conference to clarify the questions asked on the basis of articles that have appeared in the media in recent days (not in Curaçao Chronicle). Dr....

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Following proper procedures

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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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Fresh, one of the longest running youth radio programs on St. Martin, hosted by Y2X, the youth wing of Victorious Living Foundation, hosts its final interview in its election series this Saturday from 6 p.m. via its...

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CARACAS -Venezuela has formally launched its new oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, as it seeks to pull itself out of economic crisis. The Nicolás Maduro government plans to issue a total of 100 million digital tokens, which started with the...

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Building a Climate-Resilient Community Among Matters for ...

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Friday February 23, 2018 - The Caribbean Community's push to build a more climate-resilient community following the devastating 2017 hurricane season is among matters for deliberation by CARICOM Heads of Government at their ...

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Antiguans Put on Notice: Elections Coming Within Weeks

ST JOHN'S, Antigua and Barbuda, Friday February 23, 2018 - Residents of Antigua and Barbuda have been told they will go to the polls very soon. In fact, Prime Minister Gaston Browne proclaimed that "elections will be in a matter of a few weeks",...

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Jamaican Tech Entrepreneur Working on Caribbean Amazon

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday February 22, 2018 - Jamaica's leading information technology magnate has his sights set on starting the Caribbean's first major Internet retailer business, like Amazon or Alibaba, focusing on products from the region.

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Switch To A Digital Wallet And Ditch All These Things!

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday February 21, 2018 - When you carry your cash with you in a digital wallet, you can make your purse, wallet, handbag and pocket much lighter. How come? Because here are the things you WON'T be needing in future:...

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ARIN launches initiative to strengthen computer networks ...

PORT OF SPAIN - A new initiative in the Caribbean will focus on making the region's computer networks better able to defend against natural disasters and cyber attacks. The thrust is spearheaded by the American Registry for Internet Numbers...

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Racist's Name Stripped from Hall of Residence at UWI

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday February 23, 2017 - The oldest Halls of Residence at the University of the West Indies' (UWI) St Augustine Campus has officially dropped the name of a racist British Colonial Governor in South Africa. What was once ...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

DATE ISSUED: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) February 24, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL 06 AM SATURDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2018... WEATHER: Tonight through...

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Fly-in-something in the Caribbean

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ How about Fly-In Banking; like a drive-in fast food operation? No, it's no joke. In the Caribbean? Probably not, but that is not the point. One has to look at the principles of the concept and explore if one could do a...

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Minister ready to get tough on shell companies

The cabinet on Friday gave its approval to junior finance minister Menno Snel's plan to crack down on the shell company industry in the Netherlands in line with international and EU agreements. 'We are going to make serious work of tackling...

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The big freeze is about to hit The Netherlands

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to head for the alpine ski resorts or warmer climes on Friday and over the weekend, as the half term holidays start in the central and northern school districts. The ANWB motoring organisation expects...

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Dutch house prices go through the roof

House prices in the Netherlands shot up by an average 8.2% in 2017, outpacing gains in the rest of western Europe with the exception of Portugal and Ireland. The survey of 17 countries by property valuation company Calcasa revealed that Dutch...

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SXM Daily News February 23, 2018

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