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Marlin-Romeo: "I would not say no"

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo remained non-committal to the suggestion that she will stay on her post in the next government. Dutch prime Minister Mark Rutte suggested on Monday with his remark "Leona Marlin and her incoming...

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Dear Reader

One question that immediately comes to mind after reading the article about security measures to be put in place at the dump, including charging an access fee to registered haulers is: Where will garbage end up when haulers do not want to pay the fee to dump the garbage on the landfill? On the French side? Don't think so!

MP Wycliffe Smith, who we are happy to see is writing about his experiences in Parliament, reported on his experiences as a first time Member of the Parliament of Sint Maarten. See article below.

News reaching our desk report that Roland Bryson, also known as Mi-Paben, suffered a heart attack today and is in the hospital in critical condition.

Our prayers goes out to him and to his family, loved ones and friends.

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Dutch Quarter sewage project starts in August

PHILIPSBURG - The long awaited Dutch Quarter sewage project is becoming a reality. Contractor Van Boekel will begin the work with a survey next month and start the actual work in August. The project is scheduled to be completed in a year. But...

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Drastic measures at the landfill

PHILIPSBURG - Drastic measures at the landfill: the contract with the current management company, Robelto and Sons will be "amicably terminated," the appointment of a waste project manager is imminent and the government will beef up security....

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Repairs to police station get priority

PHILIPSBURG - The first emergency repairs funded by the trust fund at the World Bank will begin in June, Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo announced during Wednesday's Council of Ministers press briefing. There is a budget of $55 million for the...

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Smile though your face is aching

by Chris Morvan Everywhere you go these days there are cameras. There's one on every smartphone and many dumbphones. There's one on every laptop. There are security cameras recording us doing everyday things, just in case. The Government...

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Here on St. Maarten doing paperwork is not our strongest point. Yet that is what is absolutely required in order to get the funding from the Disaster Fund for social projects on St. Maarten. See the related story. The conditions are as follows...

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"Start a career in cyber security in St. Maarten"

"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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Suspect in fatal hit and run traffic accident comes forward

PHILIPSBURG -The Police Traffic Department has released information that the suspect in the fatal hit and run traffic accident which took place on Saturday, January 27th 2018, at approximately 4 a.m. on Union Road in the vicinity of Ace Mega...

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Dear Editor, Going through two elections within a mere seventeen months and emerging from that experience as the third highest vote getter with 580 votes, qualified me to become a Member of the Parliament of Sint Maarten. But what does that mean? ...

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MHF foundation signs Care Agreements with SZV

In an ongoing effort to provide Quality Psychiatric Care on St. Maarten care agreements were signed for all insurances managed by SZV those are: OZR, Fzog, ZV, and for Crisis intervention. Also signed was the AVBZ care agreement for patients that ...

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Hammer-wielding police officer gets community service

PHILIPSBURG - Police officer Bernadette Augusta Harrigan saw red during an argument with her sister on September 30 of last year and she took a swing at her sibling with a claw hammer. The sister sustained a slight injury and Harrigan, 43, was...

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Bad birthday: arrested for gun possession

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Bryan Giovanni Henson to 15 months of imprisonment, with 3 months suspended and 2 years of probation, for firearm possession on Wednesday. The prosecution had demanded 5 months straight and...

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Court finds no proof for ill-treatment

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance acquitted four defendants of committing public violence on September 30, 2017, against a man one of them had just thrown out of his apartment. But the court found one of the participants in the brawl...

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Police arrests two suspects in separate investigations

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday May 15th police arrested two men suspected of being responsible for several break-ins in the Philipsburg and Sint Peters areas. The first suspect identified with initials M.J.F has been arrested as a suspect responsible...

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Civil Servants return from World Bank procurement training

SANTO DOMINGO - The World Bank Group recently organized a training on the 'New Procurement Regulations for Investment Project Financing (IPF) Borrowers' within the Caribbean region. The training was held in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic...

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Action plan child protection in the making

PHILIPSBURG - The development of a concrete action plan to improve children's protection though their emergency preparedness by each participant, participating institution or department. That is one of the objectives of a 3-day long child...

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EOC preparing for Atlantic hurricane season

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Emergency Operation Center (EOC) met for its second meeting this year on Monday May 14th at the Fire and Ambulance Department in Cay Hill. The EOC meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister, who is responsible for...

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Starting the development of a resilient building regulation

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Sint Maarten, new building regulation to build back better and be more resilient in disasters is necessary to avoid ma...

Read more Legal Reviews

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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Legitimacy 58.5 Million in Healthcare Expenditures Unproven

19 By Rene Zwart The Hague - The Caribbean Netherlands Healthcare Insurance Agency (ZVK) cannot prove the 'legality' of tens of millions that it has spent providing healthcare to the inhabitants on the three BES-islands. This is noted by the...

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In Spite of Resistance The Hague: FCB Starts Construction

7 Kralendijk - Fundashon Cas Bonairiano (FCB) does not intend to sit with their arms crossed until the dispute with the Ministry of the Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations (BZK) about the financing of new construction is solved. According to...

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Island Council Adopts Motion Against Harmful Sunscreens

137 By Harald Linkels Kralendijk - The Island Council yesterday unanimously adopted a motion, presented by Island Council member Renata Domacassé of the Movementu di Pueblo Boneriano (MPB), calling for a ban per January 1, 2021 for sunscreen...

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William Euson Celebrated 100 Years of Age on Statia

26 By Daniela Richardson Oranjestad- William W. Euson turned 100 years yesterday on St. Eustatius. Mr. Euson, also know as "Uncle Bill", see on the picture alongside Kingdom Commissioner Marcelino Franco of St. Eustatius, was surrounded by family ...

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PM Rutte wants PM Leona Marlin-Romeo back as Prime Minister. Do you agree?
Mosquito Breeding Site Elimination & Cleaning Up...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Mosquito Breeding Site Elimination & Cleaning Up Campaign vector control team members from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) starting in the week of May 14th will be heading into...

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Thursday

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.2.141 per liter; the new price will be Naf.2.177 per liter. The current price of diesel is Naf.1.665 per liter; the new price will be Naf.1.680 per liter. The Government of Sint Maarten regulates the...

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Register on May 11+18 for the Supermarket Voucher Programme

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Red Cross has launched the second phase of the Supermarket Voucher Programme through which families in need receive Red Cross food vouchers allowing them to purchase groceries in participating supermarkets. Enter...

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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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St. Maarten and Curaçao still owe for Coast Guard

THE HAGUE - Curaçao and St. Maarten still have to pay their 2017 contribution to the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. The Dutch government has sent the countries a reminder that payment is overdue. Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom...

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Supervision of islands' finances is inadequate

WILLEMSTAD - The Court of Audit thinks that the financial supervision of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom is seriously inadequate and urges the government to take measures to increase effectiveness. This is evident from the investigation that...

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ConocoPhillips: We want to help think about a solution

WILLEMSTAD - In the lawsuit of the Curaçao government, the refinery owner RdK, utilities and fuel supplier Curoil against PdVSA, refinery operator Isla and especially ConocoPhillips, the latter claims that they do not want to harm the island's...

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ConocoPhillips 'not close' to recouping 2 billion owed

HOUSTON, WILLEMSTAD - U.S. oil producer ConocoPhillips is far from collecting the full value of a $2 billion arbitration award against Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, Conoco's chief executive said this week. Conoco has won court orders...

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Police investigate police officers after alleged abuse

WILLEMSTAD - The police investigate two separate cases of mistreatment by agents of their own corps. In an incident, this happened after the victim had to disembark from an aircraft. In a second case, a father and a son would have been abused...

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Curaçao's iconic shipwreck - The MV Superior Producer...

Since it's sinking on September 30th, 1977, the MV Superior Producer has become one of Curaçao's most popular dive sites, and one of the most popular Caribbean shipwrecks, which is located just west of the Curaçao Main Pier. In fact, in the...

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Venezuela's creditors are cutting its crude-oil lifeline

As President Maduro competes in a Sunday election in which he seems likely to prevail, ConocoPhillips and others target the country's oil shipments Venezuela's leader, Nicolás Maduro, may well retain power after Sunday's presidential election....

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Can Curacao invoke the ‘state of necessity’ exception?

The attachment It goes without saying that the seizure of assets belonging to PDVSA by ConocoPhillips on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St Eustatius can have dramatic consequences, especially for Curaçao. Said seizure...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday May 16, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) May 17, 2018 Tonight through Thursday evening: Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy and breezy with isolated showers possible. Forecast High:...

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Strict Protestant father of 19 is guilty of physical abuse

A staunchly Protestant father of 19 children has been jailed for two years for repeatedly beating his children with a piece of wood and locking them up in the attic, an old potato shed and a shipping container. Henk Koelewijn was arrested in...

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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte condemns US about Iran

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has described the way US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal as 'bullish'. Speaking to broadcaster NOS in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, where he is attending the EU summit, Rutte said: 'After...

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Cash no longer king for the Dutch as electronic payments ...

The Dutch are continuing to use less and less cash when buying goods and services in the Netherlands, new figures from payment association Betaalvereniging Nederland show. In total, 41.4% of payments last year were made in cash, down from 45% a...

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Snooping Amsterdam civil servants broke privacy laws...

An analysis of the Facebook networks of trouble-making youngsters by the Amsterdam city authorities constituted a breach of privacy and should have been reported to privacy monitoring body AP, the NRC reports. The paper found that in 2015,...

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