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By Hilbert Haar ~ Should the court grant the public prosecutor's office its wish to conduct a civil inquiry at the port companies? The answer to that question is currently under consideration. On June 26, the Common Court of Justice will pronounce...

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An interesting article caught our attention yesterday.

Why did this article peak our interest?

Dutch MPs have asked Aid Minister Sigrid Kaag to look into the recent sponsorship deal signed between African country Rwanda and London football club Arsenal, broadcaster NOS said on Friday.

In particular, MPs want to know why a country which receives so much aid from the Netherlands is able to invest €30 million Euros in sponsoring the club’s shirts.

VVD MPs want the minister to raise the issue with Rwanda itself. GroenLinks MP Isabelle Diks said it is disheartening to see such payments being made, while the international community is trying to tackle the poverty.

The deal, signed on Wednesday, means Arsenal players will sport ‘Visit Rwanda’ on the sleeves of their shirts for the next three years. The aim is to promote tourism to the east African country, particularly to the national parks.

Rwanda is one of 15 countries where the Netherlands focuses its aid efforts.

Maybe the Netherlands needs to put the World Bank to manage their aid projects in Rwanda as well.


In other inhouse news developments, we have started an online Obituaries publication service at Publication fees start at just $75 US Dollars per year. Sympathy advertisements with condoleance messages can also be published on these pages as well.

We have published two examples of such obituaries. One for the late Roy Rudolf Marlin, whose homegoing is today, Saturday, May 26th, and one for the late Roland Cecil Bryson aka Paben whose homegoing will be held next week Tuesday after a cultural wake on Monday in the Festival Village.

Under these obituaries visitors to the webpages can post condolence messages and 'light candles' for the deceased.

Visit our Obituaries webpage and post your condolence message as well for Roy Marlin and Paben.

Please email inquiries regarding the publishing of Obituaries to

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Cabinet of the Minister of Justice seeks rectification...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Cabinet of the Minister at the Ministry of Justice has sent a statement to the Daily Herald newspaper seeking a rectification to a story that was published in the paper's May 25, 2018 edition.

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Blistering picture of mismanagement at the port

PHILIPSBURG - The attorney for the public prosecutor's office, Rogier van den Heuvel, presented a blistering picture of mismanagement and fraud at the harbor companies on Thursday at the hearing with the Common Court of Justice to obtain the...

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"Politics used harbor as sugar daddy"

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office has dropped its demand that the supervisory board of the harbor group of companies be sent home but it maintains that Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo remains suspended. On Thursday, the Common Court ...

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Court handles request to investigate mismanagement at port

PHILIPSBURG - The court will hear arguments on Thursday morning from the public prosecutor's office and defense attorneys for the harbor about a request by the attorney-general to initiate an investigation into possible mismanagement at the port...

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Library-director Alberts leaves after twelve years - UPDATED

PHILIPSBURG - After twelve years of service Philipsburg Jubilee Library-director Monique Alberts leaves St. Maarten per august 1; she has accepted a job as the manager of the Mongui Maduro Library, established at the historical plantation house...

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Pool versus beach: the agony of choice

by Chris Morvan ~ It always amazes me that in places where there are beautiful beaches and clean, refreshing sea, anyone should choose instead to use a pool full of chlorinated water, and yet the world is full of them. There are resorts right on...

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On the reconstitution of USM

By Antonio Carmona Báez, Ph.D. ~ My recent appointment as President of the University of St. Martin has been accompanied by a warm welcome from many of the island's residents, as well as a strong sense of encouragement and support expressed by my...

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USM promoting registration for cyber security training

"Start a career in cyber security in St. Maarten" says Greg Arrindell PHILIPSBURG - Local businessman and radio personality Greg Arrindell is encouraging people to get into the field of cyber security. The well-known awarded CACCI* Roving...

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New privacy rules come in effect

Small Dutch organisations do not have to fear immediate fines if their systems are not yet properly equipped to deal with new EU privacy legislation known as GDPR, justice minister Sander Dekker has told broadcaster NOS.

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Kooyman is hosting LADIES DIY NIGHT tonight

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Kooyman is gearing up to host its first LADIES DIY NIGHT on Saturday May 26th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm at the Kooyman Megastore in Cay Hill. Kooyman will stay open just a bit longer to give 120 Ladies a chance to experience...

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WIB Online Banking to launch new Version ...

PHILIPSBURG - The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) will be within short launching a new version of its Personal Online Banking Service. The new service will offer some special key features and benefits for WIB customers, including more self-service...

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DFS will be hosting its monthly general meeting on May 31

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - DFS (Dominica Foundation Sint Maarten) is working relentlessly to unite all Dominicans residing on St. Maarten/St. Martin, the motto of DFS is working with each other to create opportunities where members will prosper ...

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SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - Fiery theatre director, Albina Matuzko is doing it again - taking a well-know literary work, ripping it apart in her own inimitable way, and sewing it up together again with clowning antics, wild costumes and...

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More babies with birth defects in Limburg, but reason is ...

The number of babies born in Limburg with a birth defect is far higher than in the rest of the country, according to researchers at Maastricht University. The researchers studied national figures on birth defects and concluded that the rate is...

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SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, in conjunction with the Windward Islands Medical Association, and their Platinum Sponsor, NAGICO Insurances held a conference for medical professionals on the state of Oncology (Cancer)...

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Cultural Manifestation Wake for Roland Bryson "Pa Ben"...

PHILIPSBURG - A wake for the late Roland Cecil Bryson aka Pa Ben or Chimongo will be held on Monday, May 28th 2018 at the festival / Carnival Village from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm. The wake will take form of a cultural manifestation.

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SCDF opens registration for booths early for Carnival 50

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has opened registration for potential booth holders much earlier than it normally does on an annual basis. The foundation announced on Wednesday that registration ...

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Increase in violent arm robberies raises concern for French Law Enforcement

MARIGOT: --- Vice Prosecutor Michael Ohayon and the Gendarmes told reporters on Friday that there has been an increase in violent armed robberies on the French side. Ohayon said that at least seven armed robberies were committed in the in the evening or at night.  Read more... Government News
VSA launched second phase Food Voucher Program

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In the month of April, the Ministry of VSA launched the second phase of its Food Voucher Program, which offers residents most in need with financial assistance for basic necessities in the form of food vouchers.

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Fire Dept./Office of Disaster Management calls on nation ...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - "Remember it only takes one," is the theme of the Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The Fire Department/ODM is calling on the Sint Maarten community to...

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USM to Retake Law Programme Initiative. Hopes to start...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - A team of lawyers and concerned citizens paid a courtesy visit to the University of St. Martin (USM) yesterday in hopes of rekindling the decade-long initiative to start a law programme. USM's administration is hoping ...

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Our Country is often referred to as a State of Law (Rechtstaat). This means that our Country is governed by the rule of law, and that every formal decision of the state must be based on a law and the authority provided by law to make such decisions.

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Minister Martina: Economy is at the turning point

WILLEMSTAD - Minister Steven Martina of Economic Development is not too worried about it. "Curaçao is in a perfect storm. What could go wrong went wrong", it sounds ominous. Nevertheless, the minister is optimistic. "We have reached the point of...

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Handbook Published About Hydroponics in Bonaire

5 By Harald Linkels Kralendijk- Ronald Hoyer and director Junny Josephina from the Krusada foundation have recently received the first copy of the handbook Hydroponics on Bonaire. Ronald Hoyer said to be very happy that all knowledge of...

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Female Employee in Statia Assaulted and Robbed at Home - ...

Oranjestad -- According to information released by the Police Force Caribbean Netherlands (KPCN), on Thursday May 24, 2018, a robbery took place in a house located on the Concordiaweg on St. Eustatius. Two masked men entered the house of the...

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Income Tax Form submission deadline is May 31

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Tax Administration Sint Maarten, (Inspectorate Department), would like to remind the general public that the deadline to file the Income Tax forms 2017 is the 31 st of May 2018.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV is actively reminding companies of their obligations in accordance to the Federal Ordinance for Sickness and Accident Insurance. One of those obligations being the monthly declaration...

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Historic Clean Sweep in Barbados Election

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday May 25, 2018 - Eight years to the day that Kamla Persad-Bissessar led her United National Congress to an election victory and became Trinidad and Tobago's first female prime minister, Mia Mottley followed suit, but in ...

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Former Barbados PM Takes Blame for Party's Election Loss

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday May 25, 2018 - A sombre former prime minister Freundel Stuart took full responsibility for his Democratic Labour Party's (DLP) unprecedented defeat at the polls yesterday and announced his retirement from elective...

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Barbados' Electoral Commission Blames Late Court Ruling...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday May 25, 2018 - As speculation and rumours swirled around the reason for the late arrival of ballot boxes at counting centres following elections in Barbados yesterday, the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (EBC)...

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Jamaica's Opposition Congratulates BLP Victory in Barbados

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday May 25, 2018 - Jamaica's opposition People's National Party (PNP) has been the first political party in the region to publicly congratulate Mia Mottley on yesterday's massive election victory that saw her being sworn in...

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First Female PM Sworn into office in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday May 25, 2018 - Hours after her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) created history by becoming the first political party to secure a clean sweep of the seats up for grabs in elections, party leader Mia Mottley marked her name ...

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Forecasters predict a near- or above-normal 2018 season

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - NOAA's (U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal. Forecasters predict a 35...

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UPDATED: First pre-season Tropical Storm Alberto forms

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - On Friday morning the first pre-season storm formed in the Western Caribbean near the Yucatan Peninsula on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto, is the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane ...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

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The Netherlands, Australia say Russia is liable for MH17

The Netherlands and Australia are both holding Russia liable for its role in the shooting down of flight MH17 in July 2014, Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said in a statement on Friday.

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Bellingcat claims new lead in MH17 probe

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Electric car sales soar in the Netherlands, but hybrid drops

There are now some 22,000 electric cars on the Dutch roads, a 60% increase on a year ago, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday. By contrast, the number of hybrids rose just 1.6% to 97,000, the CBS said.

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