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Minister Giterson: "Dump is a giant murderer"

PHILIPSBURG - "The dump is my biggest problem. It is a monster. I consider it a giant murderer," VROMI-Minister Miklos Giterson said at his first appearance at a Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday. But the dump is not at the top of...

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Dear Reader

Our colleagues over at SMN-News reports that GEBE's CEO scored low in his evaluation and therefore the Supervisory Board intends not to renew his contract and to suspend or terminate his position citing arrogance and disrespectfulness.

Whether all of this is accurate or not remains to be seen. We will soon know for sure in about a week or less. However, there is a pattern here and that pattern is consistent and therefore worthy of our attention and a opinion piece on the matter.

We see another example of a son of the soil appointed to a top position in a government institution or government-owned company without the person in question given proper training, guidance and coaching. Not to mention proper tools, and funding in some cases, to run the organization as its highest executive officer, secretary general or director.

Yet, the same governing board that appointed this person is the same entity that is quick to throw this same son of the soil under the bus when seemingly something goes wrong, allegedly the board does not get satisfactory results and the person in question supposedly does not obey or follow the board's instructions.

Was the CEO given proper guidance, instructions and coaching in the first place? No? Who's fault is that? Who is to blame for that? Who appointed this CEO in the first place? Is this a matter of bad judgement? If yes, shouldn't the board also accept its responsibility in this matter and vacate their position as well?

We at will be monitoring this matter. We sense another court case looming and given GEBE's track record with court cases of this nature, this does not bode well for the company's coffers. intends to interview a person who has been instrumental in appointing various sons of the soil to the highest echelon positions in government, government-owned companies and government institutions. We would very much like to get his take this new developing case.

Until then, please read our newsletter articles today.

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Minister Ferrier: "We have to pick our battles carefully"

PHILIPSBURG - Finance Minister Mike Ferrier picked up on Nico Schoof's statement in his interview with that St. Maarten is in the driver's seat as far as recovery efforts is concerned. "I take him at his word," Ferrier said at...

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First press briefing address of Minister ECYS Jorien Wuite

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister, fellow ministers of the Council, members of the media, Good Morning. Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to the Prime Minister and my fellow council ministers for the opportunity to work with such a vibrant...

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Joint Cooperation Programs discussed by Justice Ministers

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Immediately after having been sworn in as Minister of Justice on Monday January 15 th, 2018 the Honorable Minister Cornelius de Weever traveled to Curacao to participate in the biannual meeting of the four Ministers of...

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Book Storm fundraiser for library nets $12,000 so far

PHILIPSBURG - The action Book Storm, initiated by several librarians in the Netherlands to support the damaged Philipsburg Jubilee Library, has become a nationwide initiative that ends at the end of January. All Dutch libraries support the action ...

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Emil Lee: Investigation into decisions caretaker government

PHILPSBURG - During the next couple of days the interim government led by Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo will discuss recent decisions taken by the caretaker government. "There are some decisions I am not comfortable with," Minister Emil Lee...

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Wuite attends second MRP stakeholders consultation meeting

PHILIPSBURG - On Monday, January 15th, almost immediately after the new Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Jorien Wuite, was sworn in, the Minister and members of her cabinet attended a stakeholder consultation session at the...

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MP Rodolphe Samuel visits NIPA to see hospitality workers

Philipsburg - From the desk of member of Parliament, drs. Rodolphe E. Samuel, we have received the following press release. As a result of the passing of Hurricane Irma many areas on the island were severely damaged. Besides the enormous damage...

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What suitable candidates must have in order to be elected

By Robbie Ferron ~ Dear Editor, I note with interest that persons of very different political hues (The Patriot and Russel Simmons?) are putting their minds to the question of the characteristics and personality of the most suitable candidates the...

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by Hilbert Haar Holding elections is a seemingly simple affair. You establish a party, if you have them you put the maximum of 23 candidates on your list and you are good to go. But during every election we see parties stumble over simple rules....

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MSC Cruises to return in March; 115000 passengers expected

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Based on one-on-one meetings that Port St. Maarten Cruise Business Unit has been having with cruise line executives, MSC Cruises has confirmed that it will be returning to the destination on March 28 with MSC Opera. MSC Cruises ...

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JetBlue celebrates 10 years of service to St. Maarten

ST. MAARTEN - JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) marked the 10th anniversary of service to St. Maarten with local festivities that included its customers, crewmembers and business partners at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). The airline...

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Starting July 2018 daily Copa Airlines flights to Curacao

WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), Curaçao Airport Holding (CAH) and Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) is pleased to announce that as of July 2018 the Panamanian airline, Copa Airlines will ...

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Man sentenced to six months and mental health treatment...

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance handled a number of minor cases on Wednesday morning, including that of Camille Alvirio Schut, 28, who was sentenced to 6 months of imprisonment, with 2 months conditional and admission into the Mental...

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Community service for gun possession

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance handled a number of minor cases on Wednesday morning. Leendert Cornelis Derk Smaal ended up with a 3-month conditional prison sentence, 2 years of probation and 240 hours of community service. Marines...

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Tearful looter sent to prison

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced a tearful Samantha Pereira to 3 weeks in prison for looting electronics that belonged to Boolchand's between September 5 and September 27 of last year. The 35-year old woman had grabbed a TV,...

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Five years for Scotiabank robbery

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced two men who robbed the Scotiabank in Simpson Bay on June 9 of last year to five years of imprisonment on Wednesday. A third man received a 4-year sentence. The court pronounces its verdict...

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Supreme Court is still waiting for 'Babel' file

THE HAGUE - Since the pronouncement of the verdict in the Babel case in appeal in July 2017, the file of Gerrit Schotte and partner Cicely van der Dijs up to and including yesterday did not arrive at the Supreme Court in The Hague for the...

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On February 26, 2018, a "snap" election will take place. Voters are called to cast their vote to elect 15 Parliamentarians. According to the Constitution of St. Maarten, Parliament has the task to approve concept laws of the Council of Ministers...

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Jacob Gelt Dekker's tips to improve Curacao's economy

My recommendations are: Since top-down government for the last 50 years, does not work, I propose to start a bottom-up regime. Measures needed, and easy to implement. 1. Deregulation of licenses and permits; 2. Deregulation of the labor markets;...

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Poll Responses (17): " Do you read political manifestos? "

Yes - 58.8%
No - 41.2%

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Venezuelan President now extends border closure indefinitely

CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD - Venezuela has extended the border closure Aruba and Bonaire and Curaçao again, and now for an indefinite period. There is a draft agreement between the parties involved, but the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro does not...

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Over 100 volunteers show up for Lagoon clean up

Philipsburg - Last Sunday the Simpson Bay Lagoon clean up event organized by the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation and Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) received a massive turn out with more than one hundred volunteers coming together ...

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Miami-based school assists in cleaning up beaches

Philipsburg - Students from the Gulliver Middle School in Miami, with the Support of Hollywood Casino, joined forces with renown Ocean Cleanup Organization 4Ocean and the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation in cleaning up beaches and wetlands in Sint...

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Detectives reach out to community for assistance

Philipsburg - Detectives of the KPSM continue to reach out to the community for information in connection with several ongoing criminal investigations. The latest request is in connection with the ongoing investigation of a shooting which took...

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Transportation permit holders need confirmation letter

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - All Public Transportation Permit Holders needs a "Confirmation Letter" to obtain their 2018 license plate. Effectively immediately all public transportation permit holders can request a confirmation letter....

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Sean Paul in line-up for Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival ...

Willemstad/Philipsburg - The organization behind the Curacao North Sea Jazz (CNSJ) festival announced today that artists Jason Derulo, Carlos Vives and Sean Paul will be attending the 2018 festival in August and September. Also confirmed are...

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Third edition BluesSeas at the end of March in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD - The Blues lovers on the island are back in their element. And by the way, it's for everyone who likes conviviality. The third edition of the BluesSeas Festival is coming. Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March is the day. The lineup is not...

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Heavy Storm coming to the Netherlands on Thursday....

Thought the weather this week was already pretty bad with all those hailstorms? Well, you better prepare yourself because there's a proper storm coming to the Netherlands tomorrow! With wind gusts of 100 to 120 kilometers per hour in the western...

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Airline KLM scraps dozens of flights on Thursday due to...

Airline KLM has scrapped dozens of European flights ahead of Thursday morning's forecast storm. Winds of up to 120 kph are expected to batter the Dutch coast on Thursday and the KNMI has issued a code orange weather warning for the central...

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Sensei Akeem earns Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

COLE BAY - Renzo Gracie St Maarten (SXM BJJ) Muay Thai Instructor Akeem Lewis was promoted to the rank of purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on Monday, January 15th by Head Instructor Melissa Bardfield. Akeem Lewis is the head Muay Thai...

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EXCLUSIVE: GEBE CEO scored low on evaluation

PHILIPSBURG -- CEO of government-owned company GEBE Kenrick Chittick scored poorly during the evaluation process, while the CFO Iris Arrindell and COO Veronica Jansen-Webster met the expectations of the Supervisory Board. Chittick scored a “2”...

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Living with a mental illness in the Netherlands...

The Netherlands is generous to its citizens and inhabitants with a welfare system I myself have benefited from. In my experience, psychiatric care in The Netherlands is to a great extent unavailable and when available often counterproductive....

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No 'Spanish blood' in short dark-haired Dutch, say...

Short, dark-haired Dutch and Flemish people are often told they must have 'Spanish blood' following 'sexual agression' during the 80 years war with Spain, but there is no basis in fact, according to research by the University of Leuven.

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