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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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Dear Reader

Yesterday, we meant to publish a poll asking whether government should set up a Land Tribunal. However, due to some strange technical quirk the previous day's poll got republished instead. We hope the system publishes the correct poll today.

In any event, one of our avid readers was quick to point out in an email to the editor that there are enough institutions already and no need for another one. He pointed out that the case of Mr. Lee Halley has more to do with the corrupt, non-transparent and unbridled issuance of government land in long lease.

Our reader also pointed out that the law has specific regulations regarding undivided succession land. Our reader was of the opinion that instead of yet another institution, one should simply start improving their knowledge of the law.

We wish it was that simple. If it was, there would be no need for lawyers now would there?

The response we received today via email from a representative of the other Marlin family, after our published report about Cee Marlin's fight against illegal occupation of his family's land, shows that these cases are not so easily resolved as the law would dictate.

We hope that the other Marlin family uses the opportunity to tell their side of the story.

In any case, we agree with our reader that we all should acquaint ourselves with the letters of the law and follow proper procedures when it comes to making certain claims. However, human beings are emotional creatures and often sensible solutions can only be achieved when people are willing to sit down and talk things out.

If a tribunal is too bureaucratic an organization to set up, the use of a mediator can also do wonders in helping people reach consensus.

Three judges quickly reached a consensus yesterday in their verdict that the ruling of the court in first instance should be upheld and that the Telem holding company has until February 10th to finalize a manpower assessment for the workers of the St. Maarten Cable TV company and until then, the workers can not be dismissed nor laid off.

So today, hopefully, you have the opportunity to let us know your opinion about a Land Tribunal. See the Poll further down below in this edition of our newsletter.

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The Caribbean demand: obey me or else

By Chris Morvan ~ There is a character trait I've noticed in other parts of the Caribbean that I was dismayed to find exists here: the official's need to be obeyed. By "official" I mean anyone in any walk of life who is in charge of something.

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Port St. Maarten & Stakeholders briefs French CoC

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Last week Port St. Maarten representatives, and stakeholders - Intermar Group/St. Maarten Shipping and Stevedoring NV President George Pelgrim and CMA CGM Managing Director Liliane Hohl, met with representatives of the French...

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Lagoon navigation hazards marked in joint French - Dutch ...

SIMPSON BAY - The Lagoon has just been made a safer place to go boating after the successful completion of a joint French and Dutch initiative to iden...

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TelEm Group Cabinet replacement scheduled for Simpson Bay

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group technicians will be replacing a damaged telecommunication cabinet in the Simpson Bay area between 8:00 am 5:00 pm Saturday, February 3. Residential and business customers located on both sides of the road between the...

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Moon over Real Auto

Tune in Monday for a full report on Real Auto's Night with the Stars event held last night at Porto Cupecoy where visitors enjoyed drinks and snacks and the chance to win several raffled prizes while checking out the newest auto models on display.

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Minister De Weever announces return of Westjet

PUERTO RICO - WestJet, a Canadian airline, will begin weekly scheduled service to the destination as of April 23 and thereafter every Saturday. In the past the Canadian market was the country's fastest growing market. Acting Minister of Tourism,...

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St. Maarten Development Fund grants 3 million guilders...

PHILIPSBURG - Culminating the closure of its financial year 2017, St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) presented its unaudited financial statements and management report for the year 2017 to Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Leona...

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St. Maarten gets liquidity support, no budgetary aid

THE HAGUE - St. Maarten will be receiving 30 million euros in liquidity support, but there will be no structural budget support to cover the deficits, Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops stated during a...

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SXM-TV15 back on air

POND ISLAND - Cable TV's community access channel, SXM-TV15 made a welcome return to tele-viewers on St. Maarten Thursday with a "soft launch" aimed at attracting the island's popular producers back to the channel. First of the locally produced...

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Dutch cabinet will not help media on Sint Maarten

THE HAGUE - Several journalistic media on Sint Maarten are having it financially difficult because of the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Secretary of State Raymond Knops is not planning to assist them for the time being. ... Some articles are...

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More layoffs at InselAir; MD-80 will not be operational

WILLEMSTAD - There will be more layoffs at the local aviation company InselAir. That's what financial director André Delger told trade union leader Wendell Meulen from UGTK / Cadmu. The airline has informed the union leader of the fact that they...

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PAWA Dominicana faces difficult financial situation

SANTO DOMINGO - Executives of PAWA Dominicana admitted that the airline has a difficult financial situation and that they have an outstanding debt of US $ 3 million. Of this amount, one million 500 thousand dollars is owed to the Dominican...

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Sunrise Airways ticket now for sale at any Cpost branch

WILLEMSTAD - Clients can now purchase Sunrise Airways tickets at any Cpost International N.V. branch on the island. Cpost International N.V and Sunrise Airways recently signed an agreement making this possible. Sunrise Airways flies twice weekly...

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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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The Motion of No Confidence

In general a Motion is a question or issue put to a vote in Parliament expressing its position on a particular topic or issue, its feelings or view, a desire or an instruction of Parliament on any particular subject. A Motion must be submitted in ...

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"Robo-calls" by Hilbert Haar
I’m still not sure whether the guerilla warfare that is currently underway to convince voters to choose a particular party on February 26 is because of Hurricane Irma our political parties do not have wealthy sponsors anymore to finance their expensive billboards or that it’s because we have entered a new era in political campaigning fueled by technology.

This thought came up after reports emerged about robo-calls and complaints to telecom provider UTS about these unsolicited calls. UTS quickly explained that it had not sold its phone numbers to any political party; instead, the provider noted, robots are used to generate random phone numbers. Once they connect and the phone is picked up, the receiver hears a pre-recorded message.

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CAft: The financial situation of Aruba is of concern....

ARUBA - The year 2017 is expected to be closed with a financial deficit of 3.1% GDP. According to the National Ordinance on temporary financial supervision (LAft) a financial deficit of 0.5% is allowed. In order to be able to comply with its...

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French developer receives geothermal licenses on Saba/Statia

In a release today, French geothermal developer Teranov, based in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean advises that the company has been recently granted geothermal exploratory licenses by the Executive Councils of Saba and of St Eustatius, two small...

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Local businesses St. Eustatius waiting for relief fund

ORANJESTAD - Local businesses of St. Eustatius are waiting to hear back from the 2.6 million euro relief fund from the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands. "I've sent my application but still no response. There is the need for more...

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Cft: Bonaire, tangible steps are necessary to improve...

BONAIRE - During its visit to Bonaire on January 30 th, the Board of financial supervision Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba (Cft) requested the Executive Council and the Island Council to take the necessary steps in order to get the financial...

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Government should set up a Land Tribunal to deal with land disputes. Agree?
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Sunday is World Cancer Day under the slogan "We can. I can"

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The global cancer community will commemorate World Cancer Day on Sunday, February 4, with the slogan ''We can. I can''. Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body.

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St. Maarten Rotary Mid Isle Awards Vocational Service Awards

COLE BAY - The objectives of Rotary are to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, Rotary Club of St....

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Consuming a healthy diet in 2018. Make a healthy weight...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults 18-years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese. 39 per cent...

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Partial Road closure over the Weekend of Front Street

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that Front Street will be partially closed for vehicular traffic. The closure is in connection with remodelling works ...

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The Philipsburg Jubilee Library adjusts their opening hours

In order to facilitate general staff meetings the Library will now open at 10.00 on Mondays instead of 9.00 am. So as of Monday February 5 th 2018, the library will be open on Mondays from 10 am to p.m. and from Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to...

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3-year old girl may have spent a week alone with dead mother

A three-year-old girl is thought to have spent up to a week alone at home in Rotterdam with the body of her dead mother and a dog before being found by police. The child was found on January 20 by police who had been summoned by the landlord...

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Father of two dies during 'incident' with police

A 39-year old man has died during a 'violent arrest' by police, reports the AD on Friday. The man, who has been named as father of two Paul Selier from The Hague, is apparently seen being repeatedly punched by police as they shout at him to...

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Caribbean Micro- and Mini-States

by Jacob Gelt Dekker Hurricane Maria of 2017 posed a tough question to Caribbean islands, to rebuild or not to rebuild. And a far more intriguing dilemma, can Caribbean mini- and micro-States continue to exist? The devastation on Puerto Rico, St. ...

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Hiram Beakes of Saba

by Jacob Gelt Dekker Sex, romance, and true love played out with Hiram Beakes. Hiram Beakes was a young man and a scion of the ruling family on the island of Saba. His story of licentious sex that turned into true love, stolen gold, ruthless...

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Why we are called Civil Servants

Dear Editor, The main motivation when postulating one's self to political party is to serve the people. It's why we are called Civil Servants. Unfortunately, however; not every postulated candidate shares this motivation. Also noticeable are...

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Why yes to Spadaro and not a basketball court for the youths

Dear Editor, Why is this interim cabinet hell-bent to destroy the approval granted by his predecessor CHRISTOPHE EMMANUEL of the NA to build the long awaited and promised basketball court for the youth of Fort Willem and St. Maarten as a whole?...

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Plan of Action for Mental Health Foundation Guided Living

Dear Mr. Editor, As a community spirited person and the former Minister of VROMI who believed in helping institutions such as the Mental Health Foundation, during my tenure I assisted the former with a parcel of land around the zoo to build their ...

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Time to put down the flag

Dear Editor, After hurricane Irma the site with the flagpole was set up. A lot has been said about the flagpole. Mostly about the costs of USD 150.000. Despite all the negative, I find it was good idea. From many areas in Simpson Bay you can see...

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SXM Daily News February 2, 2018

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