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MP Doran: Unacceptable that Ministers postponing meetings

"The people need answers now" says MP Doran ~ Philipsburg - A continuation of Central Committee meeting of the Princess Julianna International Airport scheduled on Friday 3, August, 2018, to discuss the reconstruction status, was postponed...

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Dear Reader

MP Doran has a point when he states that every minister has a replacement in the event of their absence.

Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin made a point of outlining this clearly during her speech after the swearing of the Council of Ministers. The prime minister explained which ministers would replace each other in the event of absence.

The point is therefore, postponing meetings or any other activity due to unavailability of a minister should not be necessary. The replacement minister should be sufficiently up to date on the minister's dossiers in order to represent that minister adequately. Ministers are appointed based on a certain level of competence and expertise to be capable managers of all ministerial affairs.

At the very least, these ministers should have a workable knowledge of the relevant topics as these matters are also discussed during Council of Minister's meetings. We do not expect highly compensated ministers to be asleep during COM meetings, and certainly not while at the helm of their own or their colleague's ministries.

So there should be no excuse why a replacement minister cannot fulfill the duty of sitting in for an absent minister during, for example, a parliament meeting, on - for instance - the airport reconstruction status. After all, they were all brought up to speed during the briefing the COM received on Tuesday this week, right?.

Stay woke, people!

Best regards,

The Publisher

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Male suspect attempted to board flight with false passport

AIRPORT - During the afternoon hours of Friday July 27th 2018, F.O.M.B. (47) originally from the Dominican Republic, attempted to board a flight at the Princess Juliana International Airport. At the Immigration Check point F.O.M.B. handed a...

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UPG change board members due to lack of government support

PHILIPSBURG:--- Mr. Carlvin A. Brooks will step into the position of Chairman of the Board of the Unleased Potential Group Foundation (UPG) and will replace founder and initiator Raimond Nicodem, who started and built UPG the last 2,5 years.

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Coastal residents advised to have plans in place for surges

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Coastal residents are advised to have plans in place for possible storm surge in the event of a passing hurricane along the south coastal areas of the country. Office of Disaster Management (ODM) says, these...

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Police reports of armed robbery of couple and illegal gun

PHILIPSBURG - Today we received the following police reports from the Communications Department of the St. Maarten Police Force (KPSM) of incidents that occurred over the weekend. Couple robbed at the beach The Special Unit Robbery is presently...

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Islands join scientific research in Save Our Sharks Project

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - As part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance Save our Sharks Project marine conservation practitioners from St. Eustatius and Aruba joined with the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation in learning scientific research...

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You Got Skills' Boxing Clinic Launched

SUCKER GARDEN:--- ‘You Got Skills’, a boxing initiative of Better Opportunity for Talent (B.O.F.T) Foundation, was this week launched to open up the sport to everyone, especially the youth, in the various districts across the island.

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1986-1994 issues of banknotes withdrawn from circulation

WILLEMSTAD - As communicated by the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) on June 1, 2018, all denominations of the Netherlands-Antillean guilder banknotes issued from 1986 to 1994 are withdrawn from circulation as of yesterday, July...

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PUBLIC NOTICE from Milton Peters College (MPC)

To all parents/guardians and students of the Milton Peters College: We would like to inform all parents/guardians of the students attending the Milton Peters College as follows: 1. The schedule for picking up the school books for the academic year...

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License plate controls commence on August 6

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Tax Administration, div: Receiver's Office, hereby informs the general public that in cooperation with Police Dept. (KPSM), controls on payment for Motor vehicle taxes 2018 will commence as of Monday, August 6 th, ...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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WIB Supports "Back to School Drive"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB) supports the "3 rd annual Back to School Drive" spearheaded by student Ki-Mani Olivacce, who has called upon the community to donate school supply items for children in need. WIB...

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Philipsburg Jubilee Library closed for inventory August 6

PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be closed on Monday July 30 th, Monday August 6 th & Monday 13 th, 2018, from 8 am to 5pm, to continue salvaging materials before the peak of the Hurricane season and the possible departure of...

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"Rio goes Green" - regular plastic cups banned from parade

PHILIPSBURG - the 7th Annual Lighted Parade - "Destra Edition" which will take place on August 18th, 2018, in Philipsburg, is promised to be the "Greenest" parade ever, as the Management of Rio Productions has decided to completely ban regular...

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Workers at Curacao's Venezuela-run refinery end strike

WILLEMSTAD - Workers at the Isla refinery operated by Venezuelan state-run oil firm PDVSA staged a brief strike on Wednesday to demand information about their job security, but the refinery and a worker said the labor action ended after a few...

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New on the island: Zigzag lines warn motorists

WILLEMSTAD - On the Grebbelinieweg (road), motorists are warned with zigzag lines that they are approaching a zebra crossing or a dangerous crossroads and have to reduce their speed. The lines have been laid out by the Ministry of Transport,...

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Surgeon Misset must be allowed to work again

WILLEMSTAD - The Public Health Inspectorate wants general surgeon Menno Misset to return to work. If the St. Elizabeth Hospital (SEHOS) does not facilitate the doctor's return, then the hospital must pay a penalty of 10,000 guilders per day. The...

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Police remove tourists on quads from the road

WILLEMSTAD - The police have removed a group of tourists on quads from the road and confiscated their means of transport. That happened at the Ostrich farm on the northeast side of the island. There were many things wrong with the documents. Some ...

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Soup Kitchen to Open on Saturday

EBENEZER - "Brethren, come and join us as we help make a difference in our community! Sovereignty Ladies will be opening their FREE soup kitchen, there will also be FREE clothing available for those whom would like them.

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Christian Fellowship Total Restoration Dance Ministry to ...

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Ever since returning to the island with a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Catherina Carbon of Christian Fellowship Church continues to make waves across the island as...

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Earl Duzong Crowned in 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon'

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Talented actor Earl Duzong will take to the stage once again, this time as one of the wisest kings in the biblical era when he joins the Class 2 of the Cole Bay Methodist Church in 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon'.

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'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon' Comes to the Big Stage

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Better Opportunity for Talent (BOFT) will on Saturday, August 11, 2018 stage the highly-anticipated biblical love drama, 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon', at the L.B. Scot Sports Auditorium.

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Registration Now Open for EXPO section at #SPORTSMATTER...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in collaboration with the National Sports Institute (NSI) is happy to announce to all Sport, Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Businesses on the island that the...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers now rebranded to Grant Thornton

WILLEMSTAD - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the Dutch Caribbean has been rebranded "Grant Thornton." Grant Thornton announced the rebranding on Tuesday, calling it a significant expansion of its network in the Dutch Caribbean. The rebranding...

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Back to School "Smartie" Plan kicking off August month

Pond Island -- TelEm Group’s Marketing & Sales team are hoping parents and mobile customers get “Smart” and take up a brand new “Smartie” Plan to keep their tech-savvy children charged and ready for the new school term.

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European Parliament wants Dutch Caribbean citizens at polls

THE HAGUE - A think-tank, lobbying group, and even a parliamentary motion have all been put in play this year to get the Dutch Caribbean citizens to the polls in May 2019 to vote for the members of the European Parliament. But why exactly, and...

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Coast Guard rescues sailing ship

WILLEMSTAD - The Coast Guard and the rescue workers of Citro have helped a sailing ship in distress on Tuesday. The boat's mast had been broken down between Oostpunt and Klein Curaçao, causing it to drift around. After the report, the coast guard ...

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Police dismantle marijuana plantation

WILLEMSTAD - The police have dismantled a marijuana plantation yesterday. That happened behind a house in Groot Santa Martha. There were almost 1900 marijuana plants under the sun. The raid was related to a drug and arms trade investigation. A...

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CHATA ready for Curaçao Culinary Team 2019

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CPS: Prevent Drowning this School Holiday Season

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is advising parents and guardians to be vigilant when their children are at the...

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CPS: Stay cool and hydrated during extremely hot weather

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Heatwaves are among the most dangerous of natural hazards that have a significant impact on society, Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and...

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CPS Advises: Ensure your Vaccination Status is Up to Date

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Considering circulated news about various infectious and vaccine preventable diseases internationally and regionally, citizens are requested to take preventive actions. There have been international reports and...

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CPS Men's Health 2018: Living a healthier life and more...

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The lack of physical activity is seen as a health threat. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around the world, not enough people are active; one in four adults and four out of five adolescents are ...

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - The Wizards, specializing in computer repairs and onsite services, is now the official reseller for an environmentally-friendly product that has a very unusual feature: A solar powered LED lantern that is a phone charger as...

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CPS calls on communities to clean-up mosquito breeding sites

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, to clean their yards and remove debris in order to prevent mosquito breeding sites.

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Water shortage is nationwide but drinking water not affected

The Netherlands now has an official nationwide water shortage due to the ongoing drought and dropping river water levels, the infrastructure ministry said on Thursday. 'This means there is not only a water shortage on higher ground, but in other...

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Dutch drugs gangs are moving into crystal meth production

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