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Matser faces two years in prison for 2014 election fraud

PHILIPSBURG - The public prosecutor demanded 2 years of imprisonment against Member of Parliament Silvio Matser on Wednesday morning for election fraud committed in 2014. The prosecutor also asked the court to take away Matser's right to be...

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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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Prison director Rohan faces jail time

PHILIPSBURG - Prison director Edward Rohan is facing a 9-month prison sentence, with 3 months suspended and 3 years of probation for his alleged involvement in the 2014 election fraud case. At the request of the "campaigning contractor" Silvio...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean opens new premises

PHILIPSBURG - CIBC First Caribbean International Bank opened its new office at the Emmaplein on Wednesday evening with a festive ceremony in the presence of bank executives, Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo, Minister Jorien Wuite, Mike Ferrier...

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Construction new hospital to begin soon

PHILIPSBURG - Construction of the new general hospital could begin as early as March or April, Minister Emil Lee (Public Health) said at Wednesday's Council of Ministers press briefing. "we have secured financing for 135 million guilders from...

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"Reconstruction-economy is highly non-compliant"

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Photo caption: Lights on at Government Building

Photo caption: Finance Minister Mike Ferrier said last week that all ministries have to find ways to cut costs and that one of the options he is looking at is switching off the lights at the Government Administration Building on Pond Island in...

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UPDATE: TelCell Night of the Hit Makers - VIDEO REPORT

Line-up for Carnival's flagship show announced "live" online Pond Island- Performing artistes, Burning Flames, Jah Cure, T-Vice and local favourites, The Control Band, will be headlining this year's TelCell Night of the Hit Makers flagship show...

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Smart Conversation a Talk Show developed for the community

SMART CONVERSATION, is a thought provoking, interactive, informative and knowledge focused one-hour talk show with two dynamic co-hosts, Dr. Natasha Gittens, Ph.D. and the Real Deal Cuchi the Captain. The show airs every Friday and debuts on...

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Prime Minister Romeo-Marlin gives update on World Bank

POND ISLAND - Last week the World Bank team started its preparatory activities for the recovery and reconstruction of Sint Maarten. The Ministry of General Affairs and especially the Department of Foreign Relations has worked tirelessly to assist ...

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Minister of Tourism De Weever updates international media

PUERTO RICO - Destination Sint Maarten is being represented at the Caribbean's largest and most important marketing event this week in San Juan, Puerto Rico, namely the Caribbean Travel Marketplace. Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs,...

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Signing of the SOFA between the French Republic and SXM

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - On January 30 th 2018, the deputy Minister Plenipotentiary, H.E. mr. Hasani Ellis, was one of the guests of honor at the French Embassy where a reception was held at the residence of the French Ambassador in The Netherlands.

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Minister Wuite gives recap of first two weeks in office

POND ISLAND - "I have now served as your minister of education, culture, youth and sport for two weeks and two days," Minister Jorien Wuite said on Wednesday. "These two weeks have been challenging as many things have been happening...

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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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PAWA must pay US$3 million plus in owed airport taxes...

SINT MAARTEN/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - According to reports, PAWA Dominicana airline, has a debt of more than US$3 million in airport taxes and fees, the Civil Aviation Board announced, and if the suspension of operations is to be lifted, those need...

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Fly All Ways arrives in Brazil with direct flights to...

SAO PAOLO - The airline Fly All Ways arrived in Brazil to offer regular and charter flights to the Caribbean. The routes should be operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with the promise of competitive rates. Founded in Suriname, the company...

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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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Killer of Adriana Morales sentenced to 17 years

Kralendijk- Suspect R.E.G.S. was sentenced this morning to a prison sentence of 17 years. S. received this sentence for the manslaughter of cruise ship employee Adriana Morales de Florencio, committed in April 2017 on Bonaire. Subsequently the...

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Central Bank: EU sanctions

WILLEMSTAD - On 13 November 2017 the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted restrictive measures in view of the continuing deterioration of democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Venezuela. Travel restrictions and an asset freeze can...

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Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath welcomed professors

WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath had the privilege to receive the prestigious "Counsel of Professors" (Raad van Hoogleraren) of the University of Curaçao at the office in Fort Amsterdam. These wise men have the responsibility to...

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PHILIPSBURG - On January 30 th 2018, candidates of the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) gathered at the Party's Headquarters in the Backstreet for their usual Tuesday evening meeting, the SMCP said in a press statement on Wednesday.

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PHILIPSBURG - Foundation Catholic Education St. Maarten (aka SKOS) has been established since 1890. It is the competent authority for seven schools. There are six Primary Schools (four schools that have Dutch as language of instruction and two...

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Cft: Curacao met most requests, majority of objections...

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - During its visit to Curaçao the Board of financial supervision Curaçao and Sint Maarten (Cft) once again emphasized that sustainable measures are necessary in order to achieve a balanced budget once more. Curaçao expects a...

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CPS calls on community to hit germs where they live...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community to hit germs where they live. Germs like to hide out in places and stay there ...

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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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Man who helped mother, 99, to die gets suspended jail...

An elderly man who helped his 99-year-old mother to die 10 years ago has been given a six month suspended jail sentence, by judges in Den Bosch. Albert Heringa (75) was earlier cleared on all charges but the Supreme Court said in March 2017 there ...

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Five women in Oosterhout made complaints against mayor

Five women from Oosterhout in Noord-Brabant have come forward to say that they have been sexually harassed by the town's mayor, who resigned last week, the AD said on Wednesday. The allegations were so serious that the mayor, Stefan Huisman, was...

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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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Innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Implementation of the systemic innovation to generate growth and prosperity was the focus of Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader, mission to Curaçao in the week January 22-26. Mr. von Gesseneck held several...

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