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Post-Irma financial predicament

By Hilbert Haar The St Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association has put its finger on a very sore spot with its analysis of the country's post-Irma financial predicament. That we are - financially speaking - down in the gutter is nobody's fault, but

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Dear Reader

Our apologies for the late delivery today. No internet connection last night.

It seems we may need to get a Telnet internet connection as a backup to our Caribserve internet connection. So we will have to check with our good friend, Kendall.

News coming out of Aruba is that the Kingdom government has placed the Ministry of Finance in Aruba under higher supervision. We hope to have more news on that topic in the next issue.

A question that has been on our mind lately and for which we need to fact-check the figures, is whether Theo Heyliger actually won the elections or was it in actuality Sarah Wescot-Willaims.

According to our information, the DP part of the UD combination now controls four seats in Parliament of the seven seats that the UD won. The real question is who is loyal to whom?

The other question is whether a UD-SMCP or a UD-USP coalition has more chances of being formed the coming days? It seems that the only person who win his seat outright is holding his cards close to his chest in this game of poker in order to make sure the other players don't think they can go all in on him.

One of poll questions below deals with this topic. Bets anyone? Before it is " Rien ne va plus".

We eagerly await the outcome of this interesting poker tournament.

Have a great day!

The Publisher

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YES Foundation event draws hundreds

Phillipsburg, On Wednesday, October 14, 2018 The Youth Empowered for Success Foundation, (Y.E.S.) sponsored a free event for the St. Maarten community titled, "Queens You Deserve the Whole Loaf" held at Belair Community Center. The event drew...

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KENYO BALY - STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN Latest Reggae Hit from St. Maarten's Voice Of Silk Kenyo Baly The video was shot in St. Maarten and displays the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma on St. Maarten and the Caribbean. Since then, St.Maarten...

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The idiot's guide to the Caribbean

By Chris Morvan ~ It's all Christopher Columbus's fault. He was trying to get from Spain to south Asia, but ended up in the Caribbean. Easy mistake to make. Just fail to turn left when you come out of the Mediterranean and you are heading across...

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Human factor the largest stumbling block for formation

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) does not want to be part of a coalition that includes the United St. Maarten party (USp). This appears from the final report informateurs Dr. Nilda Arduin and Jan Beaujon presented to Governor...

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The human factor

By Hilbert Haar ~ The final report informateurs Dr. Nilda Arduin and Jan Beaujon submitted on Monday to Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday is a solid piece of work - the first of its kind in the history of country St. Maarten but it does not contain...

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Minister Gitterson says GEBE customers reconnected to grid

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - All districts with the exception of those homes and or businesses being reconstructed have been reconnected to the electrical grid of public utility company NV GEBE, Minister of VROMI Miklos Gitterson announced on...

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VROMI Minister Gitterson says metal debris to be shipped off

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Miklos Gitterson informed the media that efforts are underway at the hurricane landfill on Pond Island to process metal...

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Temporary Staffing needed for Community Outreach Program

POND ISLAND - The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs within the Ministry of VSA hereby announces that they are in need of temporarily staffing for their upcoming community outreach programs. This endeavor is being...

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Prison is full: no jail for car thieves

PHILIPSBURG - Because the Pointe Blanche prison is filled to capacity, two car thieves got off in the Court in First Instance on Wednesday morning with a punishment of 120 hours of community service and a conditional prison sentence of 2 months....

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Light sentence for baseball bat attack on stepfather

PHLIPSBURG - An argument between a man and his stepfather on August 30 of last year ended in ill-treatment of the latter with a baseball bat and in an attempt to set his car on fire. Stepson Christopher Carel Roosevelt Maccow, 46, stood trial on...

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Panic attack does not save cocaine smuggler from sentence

PHILIPSBURG - A panic attack and fear of having to appear in open court did not save 42-year old Janet Malonier Richards from a sentence for an attempt to smuggle a "considerable amount" of cocaine from St. Maarten to Miami on August 25 of last year.

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Court suspends robbery suspect's pre-trial detention

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance suspended the pretrial detention of robbery-suspect Michael Haze A. on Wednesday afternoon, in spite of objections by the public prosecutor. Michael A. has been charged with two armed robberies on...

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Community service for attack on Marechaussee

PHILIPSBURG - A man who got into a violent argument with an officer of the Royal Marechaussee on November 10 of last year has to pay his victim $862 as compensation for medical expenses. The Court in First Instance also sentenced Sheldon Lee...

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Attorney gets her car back and fence has to pay

PHILIPSBURG - Attorney Dagmar Daal got her car back and the man who was found with it in his possession was sentence in the Court in First Instance on Wednesday morning to 120 hours of community service and to the payment of $5,120 in damages.

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St. Maarten's tourism product in a post-Irma era

Today, in part 3 we review how we need a mixture of culture, history and nature in a post-Irma environment for sustainable integration of these elements in a balanced manner if everything is to work properly and consistently here on St. Maarten...

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POLICE UPDATE: Joseph Prince (12) still missing !!!

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Sint Maarten Police Force is still on the outlook for Joseph Prince (12), who ran away from a foster home on March 6th. If anybody has seen him, please do contact the Court of Guardianship or the Sint Maarten...

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Saba Gets Approval for Water Project Finalization

The Bottom, Saba- The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) has approved Saba's plans for finalizing the water project this year. During a visit from a delegation from Saba to the Netherlands, led by Commissioner Bruce Zagers, the ...

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Kingdom must assist in Curaçao with the issue of refugees

WILLEMSTAD - "If the Venezuelan refugee situation escalates, then the Kingdom of the Netherlands should automatically assume its responsibility for Curaçao." This is according to Lesley Fer, Risk Management & Disaster Policy Director for Curaçao. ...

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Red Cross: Curacao government does not know what to do...

WILLEMSTAD - Because no convention has been signed, Venezuelans are not taken care of in Curaçao. The Red Cross thinks that the government does not know what to do. Henk Stomp of the Red Cross understands this, since Curaçao itself is struggling...

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Curaçao can still claim almost 17 million euros from EU...

WILLEMSTAD, BRUSSELS - There is still almost 17 million euros from the European Development Fund waiting for sustainable projects to be submitted by the Curaçao government. But time is running out, because the Cabinet Rhuggenaath has only two...

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Which coalition combination is most likely to be formed?
Who in the UD party actually won the elections?
Theo Heyliger
Sarah Wescot-Williams
Deadline submission 2017 annual report of political parties

PHILIPSBURG - The Electoral Council would like to remind all 13 registered political parties that the annual report for 2017 should be submitted to the Electoral Council before April 1 st, 2018, as stipulated in article 27 of the National...

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SSSD organizes free Stress, Resilience and Self-care...

PHILIPSBURG - The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is organizing an interactive and inf...

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Election Cay Bay Community Council March 15th

CAY BAY - The Cay Bay Community Care Taker Team is extending an invitation to all residence of Cay Bay to a General Meeting where the members of the Community that postulated themselves for a position on the Community Council will be presented...

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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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Glen Carty to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award...

SINT MAARTEN (MADAME ESTATE) - During this year's National Hurricane Conference that will be held from March 26th until the 29th in Orlando Florida, Glen Carty will be receiving an outstanding achievement award from the National Hurricane Center.

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St. Maarten Serves as a Model of the Caribbean's...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - The official magazine of the cruise industry, "Travel & Cruise," first quarter 2018 edition, featured on its front page, 'St. Maarten Serves as a Model of the Caribbean's Post-Hurricane Comeback.' The four-page feature can be...

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Fire Chiefs conclude meeting on cooperation

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Fire Chief Clive Richardson said on Monday that Fire Chiefs from within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Expert Group, met last week to discuss various forms of cooperation. Fire Chiefs from Aruba,...

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MHF creates awareness about suicide through the arts as...

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Friday 9th, The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) participated in SXM DOET by holding an art workshop, Love & Semicolon, to raise awareness for suicide through the arts.

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Irma: We overcame the challenges of our daily lives and...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Friday 9 March 2018, the Cani T.V Association, in collaboration with Dow Musical Foundation, hosted the Premier of a local movie titled "Irma," and would like to thank all those who came out in large numbers and...

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Chamber of Commerce & Industry: Destination St. Maarten...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During the period March 4 th to 9 th, 2018, Board member of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Friday and Executive Director Anastacio Baker of COCI, attended the Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort...

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Two-day CAP training workshop hosted by Fire Dept. and...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS) in collaboration with the Fire Department, hosted a two-day Common Alert Protocol (CAP) JUMP START training which concluded on March 13. Various government...

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Owner requested to remove boat/trailer wreck in Simpson Bay

SIMPSON BAY, (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby informs the owner of the damaged motor boat Novurania, type Equator, and trailer, located next to Airport road in...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) March 15, 2018 ....A HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FRIDAY... WEATHER: Tonight through Thursday evening: Fair to...

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Security services come clean on phone and internet taps: ...

The Dutch security services AIVD and MIVD have published their first ever phone tap figures, showing a steady increase in phone call interception since 2002. Fifteen years ago, the two organisations planted 559 phone and internet taps, or secret...

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Police plan to use cameras to catch motorists on the phone

Dutch police are planning to use cameras with long distance lenses to try to catch motorists who use their mobile phones while driving, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday. The cameras will be fixed to viaducts and gantries and will take close-up...

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Striking primary school teachers march through Amsterdam ...

Some 15,000 primary school teachers from Utrecht, Noord-Holland and Flevoland joined a protest march in Amsterdam on Wednesday as teachers went on strike throughout the three provinces. The strike is part of a campaign for higher wages and...

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