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Ninety three candidates for February elections

PHILIPSBURG - It is hard to say whose support was more impressive - that of the newly formed United Democrats (UD) or that of the National Alliance (NA) - during Nomination Day for the February 26 elections at the parliament building in...

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Dear Reader

Yesterday, Friday, January 5th, was Nomination Day. Six parties have presented their list of candidates for the parliamentary elections to be held on February 26th.

All parties presented currently without seats in Parliament - UD, SDM, SMCP and PPA - will need 142 signatures in order to be endorsed to participate in the upcoming elections.

Endorsement Day will be held on Monday, January 8th, at the old Census Office building in what was the Civil Registry section. Persons of the Dutch nationality with a valid ID registered on St. Maarten can endorse but only one party. Any party not obtaining the 142 signatures on Monday will get a second opportunity to do so on the following day, Tuesday, January 9th.

The National Alliance and the USP party are exempted from this procedure. Newcomer, the United Democrats, despite having eight members of Parliament on its list and even one minister, as a new party technically has no representation in Parliaments and therefore will also need to get the required 142 signatures (1% of the total voter turnout in the last election in 2016) on Monday. We predict that the UD will have no problem getting these signature and may even do so in record time.

We are betting men and we think the odds are good that this will be done within an hour. Basically, the question is how fast can the civil registry process 142 persons standing in line to attach their signatures to the UD endorsement list. We will see.

Until then, do have an enjoyable weekend.

The Publisher,

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Pasanggrahan wins lawsuit about beach kiosks

PHILIPSBURG - The government has to remove the six kiosks it placed on Great Bay Beach in front of the Pasanggrahan Hotel before June 6, the Court in First Instance ruled on Friday. The hotel took the country to court because the kiosks block the ...

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Frans submitted list of 19 candidates for USP party

Philipsburg - Leader of the United St. Maarten Party (USP), MP Frans Richardson, submitted a list of 19 candidates to contest the February 26 Parliamentary Elections. Richardson said his team is ready, able and more than willing to continue the...

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A new political powerhouse

By Hilbert Haar ~ The February 26 elections will see the rise of a new political powerhouse if the numbers analyzed are any indication. The merger of Theo Heyliger's United People's party with the Democratic Party into the United...

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There are significant differences between countries in the way in which the Legislative and the Executive Branches are elected and structured. There are three main groups of democratic systems. A Presidential system A Semi-Presidential system A...

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Holland America Line returns to the destination today

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Holland America Line (HAL), is scheduled to return to the destination on Saturday, January 6, with the cruise ship ms Koningsdam. HAL is another cruise line that is showing its commitment to the destination by returning after...

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Police host farewell ceremony for Dutch colleagues

Philipsburg - The Sint Maarten police force held a farewell ceremony for the first team Dutch colleagues on Thursday morning at the Philipsburg police station. This first team, most of who were stationed on the island for 4 months since the...

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Man severely beaten at sea

Simpson Bay - On Thursday January 4th at around 9.00 am, the police central dispatch received a call from the local coast guard, that an incident had taken place onboard a vessel anchored in the Simpson Bay lagoon, that left at least one person...

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Police arrest robbery suspect

Philipsburg - A suspect with the initials J.M.H born in Jamaica, who has been sought by police for some time, was arrested last night during a routine traffic control. The suspect who managed to evade police dropped a firearm on the ground during ...

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Maduro orders closure borders with Aruba, Curacao & Bonaire

CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD - Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced the 72-hour closure of the border with the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire through the activation of the "Sentinel Plan for Sovereignty and Contraband." The president...

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Virtual currency

by Jacob Gelt Dekker ~ In December 2017, Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, announced a new currency. This time not in thick wads of paper bills but virtual. Venezuela will have no cash any longer but only virtual currency said the President....

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Strikes planned at both KLM and Air France next week: FD

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Strikes are on the books for sister airlines KLM and Air France in the course of next week. Part of KLM's cabin crew will strike on Monday 8 January while Air France pilots plan to strike over a security measure,...

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Camiel Eurlings, under fire over domestic violence...

The Dutch representative on the International Olympic Committee has resigned following mounting pressure from athletes and officials over a domestic violence incident in 2015. In a statement issued on Friday Eurlings, a former minister for the...

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CBA moves to Pavilion on Monday as Classes Recommence...

POND ISLAND - The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts (CBA) has notified parents and guardians that CBA will be moving to its new premises on the Pondfill along the Ring Road. "Please be informed that upon recommencement of school, ...

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SIMPSON BAY - The management of the Public Service Center Department hereby announces the re-opening of its branch in Simpson bay on Monday, January 8, 2018. Services however will be limited to the Tax Administration/Receivers' Office. The...

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Community Bulletin Board Notices & Announcements

SCDF announced that its main office of operations, located on Illidge Road (WIB) will be open daily as of Monday, January 8th, from 9am to 5pm. The office will be open to handle payments for booths, season passes and other Carnival related business.

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COCI President's New Year Address (2018)

The anxiously awaited 2018 is upon us filled with our hope that this new year will bring us good in all facets of our lives. As a nation we were tested in an extreme way, to which we responded with love and resilience. 2017 will therefore not...

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Academy moves to PSVE campus Monday. Schools on shift system

CUL DE SAC - St. Maarten Academy schools (academic and PSVE) will on Monday (January 8, 2018) move into a shift system in order to facilitate the rebuilding of the academic campus which was badly damaged during the passage of Hurricane Irma in...

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Curaçao is deporting more Venezuelans than ever before

WILLEMSTAD - More and more Venezuelans apply for asylum in Curaçao. More and more are also being sent back. In 2017, this involved 200 asylum applications via UNHCR, the United Nations refugee organization and more than 1,000 expulsions by the...

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Apple: Chip flaw in all Macs and iPhones

Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips. It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, that could allow hackers to steal data.

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Trump like a child, says defiant author

The author of a controversial book on Donald Trump says that all his White House aides see him as a "child" who needs "immediate gratification". Michael Wolff said his book was based on about 200 interviews, and rejected Mr Trump's claims that it ...

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Saba presents 2018 Event Calendar

The Bottom, Saba- Saba will have a full fledged Event Calendar for the year 2018, outlining all events to take place on the island. "Saba is a small island that forms part of the Dutch Caribbean. Our little island has a rich cultural background...

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TVCARiB Informer - January 5, 2018

TV Carib Informer news broadcast on Friday, January 5th, 2018

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