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Minister Ferrier irritated by Cft-letter

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Finance Mike Ferrier has expressed his irritation about a letter from financial supervisor Cft that contains complaints about deadlines St. Maarten is not meeting with regards to the 2018 budget and the annual financial...

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Dear Reader

The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public meeting on Friday, March 23.

The plenary public meeting is scheduled for 11.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda points are:
  1. Incoming documents.
  2. Approval Decision Lists Public meetings Parliamentary Year 2017-2018 no. 8, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
  3. Examination of credentials and admission of Members of Parliament.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

Hopefully this will bring some insight into the ongoing formation process as for some the radio silence on that front has been agonizing and the rumors have been rampant with stories that Sarah Wescot-Williams under no circumstances wants to work with the National Alliance being part of any UD coalition. So much so that it is even rumored that Emil Lee has filed charges with the Prosecutor's Office against Christophe Emmanuel and lastly that we may have a new government by this Friday.

It is a slow news period. So even rumors are considered newsworthy.

Let the speculation continue! We look forward to the real news.

The Publisher

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Prison time for possession of weapons arsenal

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Reinier Chun-Bon Cheung on Wednesday morning to 36 months of imprisonment, with 18 months suspended and 3 years of probation for the possession of a small weapons arsenal and 747 gram of...

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Child porn trial to May 30

PHILIPSBURG - The trial against a 59-year old Scotsman for the possession of child porn and for sexual assault on several minors was postponed on Wednesday until May 30. Colin K., who misses the bottom part of his left leg, appeared on crutches...

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Court registrar suspected of "irregularities"

PHILIPSBURG - Two sources have independently from each other confirmed that registrar Maritsa James-Christina is the employee of the court in Philipsburg who has been suspended pending an investigation into irregularities with a third-party bank...

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Court suspends custody of manslaughter-suspect

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance suspended on Wednesday morning the pretrial detention of a 21-year old defendant who stabbed a man to death on December 5, 2017, after an argument about parking space. ... Some articles are restricted...

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Reckless teen gets off light

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced an 18-year old boy to 80 hours of conditional community service and to mandatory anger management training for a stunt he pulled on December 16 of last year. The probation office describes...

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Man sentenced for gun possession

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Leando Aslem Prince on Wednesday morning to 10 months of imprisonment for the possession of a firearm and ammunition. Police officers caught the 26-year old defendant in November of last year...

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Court acquits looting-suspect

PHILIPSBURG - Gerardo Antonio O.V. walked out of the courtroom a free man on Wednesday morning after his attorney Geert Hatzmann successfully defended him against accusations of looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in September of last...

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Only 1 of the 4 commercial developers of Indigo Bay bankrupt

INDIGO BAY - On Monday, March 12th, a bankruptcy notice was published in The Daily Herald announcing that by decision of March 6th, 2018, the Court in First Instance of St. Maarten declared Indigo Bay Development Corporation N.V. bankrupt. A...

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It is better to arrive than to travel

By Chris Morvan Those who were stuck here for a while after Irma because of air travel disruption, and all of us who are now trembling at the thought of paying exorbitant prices (which we pray will eventually come down) may have forgotten the...

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St. Maarten sending delegation to CAC Games

Great Bay - In their quest to have St. Maarten represented in the Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Games which will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, from July 15th to August 3rd. The St. Maarten Sports & Olympic Federation have been busy...

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Delplanaque and Pigeon are overall winners Sunset Triathlon

Maho Bay - For the 5th straight year, Gregory Pigeon has proved that he is still a force to be reckoned with when he emerged as the overall winner of the Sunset Triple Mini Triathlon. Joining him on the podium for the grand prize in the female...

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LU records highest score in Primary Schools Soccer match

Cay Hill - Saturday, March 17th, will be a day the ACE Foundation will always remember, it was the day when some key soccer players from the Learning Unlimited team took full advantage of their skills by scoring 16 goals without conceding one....

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Minister Ferrier irritated by Cft-letter

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Finance Mike Ferrier has expressed his irritation about a letter from financial supervisor Cft that contains complaints about deadlines St. Maarten is not meeting with regards to the 2018 budget and the annual financial...

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Cft criticizes financial management again

PHILIPSBURG - Financial supervisor Cft has advised Minister of Finance Mike Ferrier to hire external technical assistance to put the government's financial administration and financial management in order. Cft-chairman Raymond Gradus gives the...

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Minister VSA Lee Addresses Concerns of Dismissal Committee

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLNAD) - Minister VSA (Public Health, Social Development and Labour), Emil Lee recently countersigned the National Decree appointing the new members to the Dismissal Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC is an advisory body that...

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Introducing to the Business Community

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The National Employment Services Center (NESC) plans to continue with various initiatives to introduce our first premier recruitment tool to be commissioned by the Government of Sint Maarten. NESC, and by extension...

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Grade 6 Students Receive Motivational Talk from PM

SINT MAARTEN (HOPE ESTATE) - On Thursday morning, the Grade 6 students of the Marie Genevieve de Weever School in Sucker Garden that are currently preparing to sit the FBE exams later this year received a motivational talk from Prime Minister...

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16 singers slated for Nagico Senior Calypso Competition

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is ready to host two exciting nights of social commentary from some of the islands most veteran Calypsonians. The Nagico Senior Calypso Competition is back and following...

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Orient Beach is slowly coming back to life

ORIENT BAY - The scars Hurricane Irma inflicted back in September of last year on Orient Beach, once the island's prime tourist destination, are still visible but the place is slowly coming back to life. Tourists are returning and small...

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Students visit Police Head Quarters

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday March 21st, 21 students from the Prince Willem Alexander School visited the Police Head Quarters in Philipsburg. At the police station they were greeted by the Community Police Officers/Inspectors Rensley Henson, Helen...

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The Statia vs Holland Political Dilemma: The Beam In The ...

Up to this day, the existing constitutional and political dilemma between the island of St. Eustatius ("Statia") and the country of The Netherlands ("Holland") has been approached as an "or/or" issue, as a choice between two premises which many...

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Commissioner Franco orders upgrade in Statia's finances

ORANJESTAD - Central Government Commissioner Marcolino "Mike" Franco has ordered a concerted improvement programme in the government finances of St. Eustatius. To this end, he has recalled former interim Head of Finance David Ignacio and...

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InselAir gets green light from CCAA to fly again

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) gave green light to the local aviation company to continue operating its two Fokker 50 aircraft. This is according to the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina. According to the...

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Government will continue with deportations

WILLEMSTAD - The Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath stated in a recent interview that the government will continue deporting illegal immigrants including Venezuelans. "Our current social economic situation does not allow us to take...

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Subsidy for electricity Bonaire granted by the EZK Ministry

BONAIRE - The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) has made a subsidy of 2.34 million USD available to reduce the electricity tariffs on Bonaire. This is necessary because the costs that are incorporated in the tariffs by Water and...

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Which coalition combination is most likely to be formed?

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Ministry VROMI (Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure) is currently accepting application forms pertaining to the UNDP's (United Nations Development Programme) "Cash for Work, Community...

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CPS Invites Parents/Guardians to Vaccination Outreach...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is inviting parents and guardians to its Vaccination Outreach on Saturday, March 24th. Saturday's Vaccination Outreach will be held at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg from...

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SSSD organizes free workshop on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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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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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Low voters turnout on Saba

THE BOTTOM - As expected the turnout was low on the day of the referendum on the new law also known as 'sleepwet' Wednesday. People that did come out to vote, complained about lack of communication. Teacher Rhiannon Jorna on the low turnout...

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Heatwaves, hurricanes, floods: 2017 costliest year ever...

"The start of 2018 has continued where 2017 left off - with extreme weather claiming lives and destroying livelihoods," said Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization ( WMO) said Thursday.

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Curacao meets WINAIR about hub function

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Thursday March 8th, 2018 WINAIR held a Sales & Marketing meeting in Curacao to introduce the services it offers to Curacao. The objective was to raise awareness that WINAIR connects Curacao to their destinations in the...

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NV GEBE staff informs Learning Unlimited students about...

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday, March 22, the world observed World Water Day. "The health and productivity of a nation depends on access to safe water," the WHO (World Health Organization) pointed out. Learning Unlimited students celebrated World...

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Formateur Heyliger meets with APS pension fund about...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Representatives of Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten, APS, recently met with government formateur, Member of Parliament (MP) Theodore Heyliger. During the discussions, held on Tuesday, formateur Heyliger spoke of a...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday March 22, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) March 23, 2018 WEATHER: This evening through Friday evening: Partly cloudy to cloudy with passing showers possible. Forecast High: 28°C / 82°F...

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Dutch MPs to receive information from Cft

THE HAGUE - The Dutch Parliamentary Committee for Kingdom Relations will receive information from the Financial Supervision Council (Cft) next week. This happens annually, but given the current situation this time there will not be a routine...

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Staff shortages Defense can have consequences for Antilles

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - Staff shortages at Defense can lead to pressure on the strength of the armed forces that are stationed in Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. Chairman Jean Debie of the trade union for defense personnel VBM has been warning...

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