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MP Connor counters attacks by former Minister Emmanuel

PHILIPSBURG - "I have no opinion on his decision to give the land because it is his decision," said former VROMI-Minister MP Claret Connor, currently the number 6 candidate on the list of the United Democrats at a press conference on Wednesday...

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Dear Reader

Truth be told, some ideas are way out there. But thinking outside the box usually is literally 'out there'. On social media and in political advertisements we see a barrage of ideas. So much so that if these candidates do get into Parliament and into Government, the standard governing terms of four years will not be sufficient time to execute all of these ideas.

Social media as an audio-visual platform has become a very affordable but effective marketing and communications tool in promoting ideas. We know from experience that for every good idea presented there are ten others that are equally meritorious, but in practice usually only one succeed in being executed successfully and most often the one executing that idea successfully was the one who spent the least amount of time talking about the idea and focused more on putting the plan into action. At the end of the day, words mean nothing, it is action that counts.

One idea we must highlight in our intro to this newsletter this morning is that of the SMCP to hold St. Maarten's first ever Public Cyber Me eting.

The problem with political rallies and public meetings is that a lot of people do not go to these meetings because they do not want to show their colours, or be seen as supporting a particular party, while they may be very much interested in hearing what that party in general and its candidates - or even specific candidates - in particular have to say. A public cyber meeting offers the electorate the convenience of listening to a party's public meeting in the privacy of their homes with the possibility of interacting with the candidates with questions without having to expose themselves publicly.

In any event, we intend to collect all these ideas put forward by candidates and over time after the elections, whether these candidates are elected or not, follow up with them on the practical implementation and execution of their ideas. Because in reality, one does not have to be elected to put an idea into practice. In other words, ideas should not be left up to only government, or when one is in government, to execute a plan. We tend too often to look to government to do things when in fact everyone outside of government do have the means and the abilities to get things done as well.

That being said... now for some huishoudelijke medelingen...

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MP Matser sentenced to jailtime for vote buying

PHILIPSBURG - United St. Maarten party MP Silvio Matser has to go to jail for committing election fraud in 2014. The Court in First Instance sentenced Matser on appeal on Wednesday to 8 months of imprisonment with 2 months suspended and 2 years...

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How late is too late?

By Chris Morvan, A British aristocrat, Lord Bates, recently arrived very late for a sitting of the House of Lords and was so ashamed of himself, he offered to resign. On the strength of this, the BBC (the one that's short for British Broadcasting ...

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Next hearing in Pompeii-investigation in June

PHILPSBURG - The Court in First Instance set the date for the next pro-forma hearing in the so-called Pompeii-investigation on Wednesday at June 27. The investigation focuses on the exploitation and illegal employment of 21 prostitutes at the El...

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Appeals court also acquits man of attempted manslaughter

PHILIPSBURG - The Common Court of Justice confirmed the verdict the Court in First Instance issued in June 2016 against Calvin Beresford Green, whereby the defendant was acquitted of attempted manslaughter on an arrest team; he was sentence...

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Boy shows remorse for shots with pellet gun

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced a 17-year old boy on Wednesday to 40 hours of conditional community service and imposed 1 year of probation. The boy had fooled around with a pellet gun on Poinsettia Road on November 25 of last ...

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Post-hurricane fencers punished

PHILIPSBURG - The Common Court of Justice sentenced two men on Wednesday on appeal for fencing a large number of items in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Titus Leandro Maynard, 29, was sentenced to 180 days with 28 days suspended; Remi Leon Maynard,...

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Robin (for the) Hood

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In Memoriam Jack Monsanto
Remembering Jack Monsanto

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Friends and colleagues shared their thoughts and memories of the late Jacques "Jack" Monsanto by jotting in the condolence register opened at the Department of Immigration and Naturalization on A. Th. I llidge road...

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Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin signs 10th EDF works...

SINT MAARTEN/BELGUIM - On February 21 st, Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin signed the 4.7 million Euro 10th EDF works contract together with the Director of DG DEVCO Latin America & The Caribbean - Jolita Butkeviciene and the chosen contractor...

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Minister De Weever pleased with Market Vendor consultations

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, on Monday attended a presentation that was organized by Ministry TEATT to inform market vendors ...

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UNESCO donates $50,000 to Public Schools

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - UNESCO has approved $50,000 for the purchasing of learning materials for Public Education that were damaged by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The learning materials that are being referred to are: textbooks,...

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PM Leona Romeo-Marlin meets with members Euro Parliament

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin met with three Members of the European Parliament (MEP) on Wednesday on her mission to Brussels. The Prime Minister met with MEP Esther de Lange, MEP Agnes Jongerius and MEP Lambert ...

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From the SHTA: To all political parties upcoming elections

Philipsburg - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) issued a press statement directed to all political parties participating in the upcoming election containing a series of questions in regards to their parties manifestos. The...

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SMCP to hold first ever cyber public meeting

Philipsburg - The Sint Maarten Christian Party is scheduled to hold its first Cyber Public Meeting on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 7pm. As far as SMCP knows, this is the first ever public political meeting that will be held in Sint Maarten....

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Video commercial: "Go out and Vote!"

"Go out and Vote" Public Service Campaign from the Government's Department of Communications (DCOMM)

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MP Franklin Meyers: "Just do the right thing!"

GREAT BAY - Member of Parliament, Mr. Franklin Meyers, responded to the findings of the Minister of VROMI, Mr. Miklos Giterson, regarding the lease land on the ring road that was giving out by the previous administration's Minister of VROMI. MP...

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Fair distribution of government land in a small island state

Dear Editor, It speaks to our political immaturity when the distribution of state lands takes center stage in the 2018 Parliamentary Election. It was only on the 10th October 2010, with the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, Sint Maarten...

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Island-wide school writing competition for girls, boys,...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The "Letter and Essay Writing Competition" for students and teachers of St. Martin's primary schools and high schools is open until March 2, 2018, said organizer and teacher Rochelle Ward. The island-wide writing...

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Sold out Fundraiser at Holland House Hotel last Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - It seemed like not only a delicious three-course meal was on the menu, but also laughter and music were served last Saturday at the Holland House, the National Institute of Arts Foundation (NIA) said in a press...

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Truck knocks out TelCell mobile service in Dutch Quarter

POND ISLAND - A truck collided with TelEm Group Outside Plant equipment at the entrance to Middle Region Tuesday night causing disruption to mobile voice and data customers close by and as far away as Dutch Quarter. The truck damaged a fiber node ...

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Croton, Caladium, Dieffenbachia Won't Be Rebuilt at...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - SXM Weekly Newsletter of Jeff Berger recently reported that Simpson Bay Resort announced last week that the Caladium, Croton, and Dieffenbachia buildings at Simpson Bay will not be repaired or rebuilt after having...

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SkipJacks Is Rebuilding, But Reopening Will Be a While

SIMPSON BAY - SkipJack's, the iconic award-winning seafood restaurant in Simpson Bay, is indeed rebuilding, with owner George Shetter on-island making sure everything is handled properly, SXM News Weekly of Jeff Berger said this week. "With lots...

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Empower the Women and Youth for a stable society

PHILIPSBURG - "For the last couple of weeks, I have been visiting some neighborhoods in Sint Maarten to listen to the concerns of the people', says Lucrecia Morales, candidate # 15 on the National Alliance (NA) slate. "What strikes me the most is ...

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Mauricia-Peterson: We need to start recycling education

Working on recycling laws is a most ~ Cali, Colombia / Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Francelise Mauricia-Peterson the #7 candidate on the St. Maarten Christian party (SMCP) has been doing some research in Cali Colombia on recycling. "While in Cali,...

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Kingdom coordination meeting 4 countries: NL / BES -...

BRUSSELS - The Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath is on an official visit in Brussels this week. On Monday, February 19, 2018, the Kingdom delegation met at the office of the Permanent Representative of the European Union (PVEU) to...

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BOPEC Bonaire subject to sharpened supervision ILT ...

The Living Environment and Transport Inspectorate (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport) (ILT) will not impose administrative coercion (last onder bestuursdwang) (LOB) to the Bonaire Petroleum Corporation N.V. (BOPEC) for the time being....

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Petition to keep Island Council elections in St. Eustatius

ORANJESTAD - "We do not want to wait until the decision to keep elections on St.Eustatius is made. We want to mobilize the people to fight for their democratic right to elect their own representatives. Therefore, this is an infringement", says...

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CBS: Three-quarters of young Bonairians not in education

SABA/STATIA/BONAIRE - In 2016, most young people between the ages of 15 and 24 living in the Caribbean Netherlands were enrolled in education. This share was highest on Saba at 72 percent. On Bonaire, one-third of young people are no longer in...

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Economic Woes Worsening Malnutrition Among Venezuela's...

CARACAS, Venezuela, Wednesday February 21, 2018 - Amid growing food insecurity and rising malnutrition among children on the back of a protracted economic crisis in Venezuela, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on all actors...

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PAHO Launches New Study on Migration of Health Workers...

WASHINGTON, United States, Wednesday February 21, 2018 - The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has launched a new study that will survey current migration trends of healthcare workers in the Caribbean (CARICOM) ...

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Latin America and Caribbean Focus on Attacking Poverty...

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UN Determined To Support Authorities in Strengthening Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Monday February 19, 2018 - Strengthening the rule of law and improving the national police and the judicial system in Haiti will require political will on the part of the authorities, and the United Nations is determined to ...

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Fly-in-something in the Caribbean

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ How about Fly-In Banking; like a drive-in fast food operation? No, it's no joke. In the Caribbean? Probably not, but that is not the point. One has to look at the principles of the concept and explore if one could do a...

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Amsterdam remembers Johan Cruijff by renaming Stadionplein

Amsterdam's Stadionplein is to be renamed after footballer Johan Cruijff, the city council announced on Wednesday. The Olympic stadium on the Stadionplein was the scene of some of Cruijff's triumphs with football club Ajax in the early 1970s - in ...

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Solar power in the Netherlands is largely in non-Dutch hands

Companies from Germany, Scandinavia, Britain and China are building most of the large-scale solar power farms in the Netherlands, project developers and subsidy consultants have told the Financieele Dagblad. The foreign solar panel park...

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