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Progress Committee discussed risk for public safety with Theo Heyliger ~ PHILIPSBURG - "If action is not taken soon, the prison situation can turn into a serious risk for the public safety." chairman of the Progress Committee Sint Maarten said to...

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Dear Reader

The situation in St. Maarten is slowly becoming untenable.

 Ultimately, we are all responsible for all aspects of the situation we are presently in. No one else to blame but ourselves. We chose to be a country on 10-10-10 and we must all deal with the consequences of having to pull up owr own socks and hold up our own pants, whether we have a belt or not nor the funds to buy one or even a decent pair of socks. Money is always the problem and the issue will never go away until we learn to manage our money properly.

However, at this stage we can't deny we need a little help from our friends in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao - even Saba and Statia can help as well - and the mother country Holland, of course. Time to swallow our pride and ask for help. Nothing wrong with that.

In the meantime, read our articles below in this newsletter.

Have a good read and do have a great day.

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Dump gets hardly attention in draft budget

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) does not spend a word on the situation at the dump in the draft 2018 budget. Under a heading that addresses the quality of life, the ministry...

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Dump management requires more money

PHILIPSBURG - MP Theo Heyliger, leader of the United Democrats, was right when he observed in a meeting of Parliament in February that the government gets what it is paying for with the management contract for the landfill. "There were two bids," ...

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A brief history of the dump

By Hilbert Haar ~ In June 2008 I wrote an article under the headline "Landfill remains until the end of 2010." It appeared in the now defunct Today newspaper. In the meantime we know better. The landfill is not going anywhere for a very long time...

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Dollars, not guilders

By Hilbert Haar ~ An alert reader pointed out to me that the price the waste-to-energy plant would charge GEBE for a Kilowatt of electricity is $0.26 and not 0.26 guilders. This is correct and I apologize for the oversight. But how does this change..

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The question nobody ever asked

By Hilbert Haar ~ The dump remains a hot item and for good reason. For decades dump fires have affected the health of citizens and for decades the government had failed to do something about it. The construction of a waste-to-energy facility has...

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SHTA Urges the Use of Sprinkler Systems on the Dump to...

PHILIPSBURG - In investigating the situation at the Sanitary Landfill on Pond Island a.k.a. The Dump, the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) has been informed that there are several water pumps currently in working condition at...

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To write or not to write.... about the dump fire again

Last week Saturday, Carnival Fascination cruise ship was informed about the smoke from the dump by the port authorities and advised not to make a call at the port of St. Maarten. Despite this the captain decided, after assessing the situation, to ...

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The Unprofessionals

by Chris Morvan Lack of professionalism is not something anyone likes to be accused of, but it confronts us in all walks of life, not just here but everywhere. I'm talking about taxi drivers who can't put your luggage in the back because they've...

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Chemistry was on point for King Vers and Kenyo

Great Bay - His style was unmatched, his lyrics tantalizing and he had the charismatic personality that made the crowd go wild with excitement every time he appeared on stage. Those were just some of the attributes that resulted in King Vers...

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King Verse and Kenyo are winners in Soca Rumble 2018

Great Bay - At the conclusion of two rounds of solid entertainment in the Festival Village last evening. Kenyo Baly emerged as the undisputed winner in the Groovy Category with a total of 442 points while the 1st runner up spot went to Da Lion with..

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King Verse and Kenyo are winners in Soca Rumble 2018

In the Power category, King Verse maintained his winning ways after he secured a total of 423 points and for the second time of the evening, Da Lion emerged as the 1st runner up with 398 points. The prize for the most creative performance went...

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Teen Times Youth Extravaganza/Talent Showdown ...

POND ISLAND - On Monday, April 23, Teen Times Youth Extravaganza/Talent Showdown drew an estimated 1600 young people to Carnival Village, the Teen Times said in a statement on Monday night. "More was entering the Village to support their peers...

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CPS provides advice to avoid dehydration for Jouvert...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than you take in. Carnival Jouvert Morning Jump-Up is scheduled for April 27, with the Carnival Grand Parades to follow on April 30 and May 1, the Collective Prevention...

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Preventive searches during Carnival

The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten, will carry out preventive searches during the 2018 Carnival season.

In accordance with the Firearm Ordinance, at predetermined locations, vehicles, bags and clothing of individuals will be searched for firearms.

This measure is being taken in consideration of the high number of illegal firearms in circulation on the island and past statistics which point out an increase in robberies before and during the Carnival season.

The Public Prosecutors Office Sint Maarten and KPSM are mindful that such a measure will impose on the privacy of residents and visitors. However it is in the interest of the general public and tourist visiting the island to heighten safety and security during the upcoming festive season. Headline News
Pointe Blanche: renovation or a new prison?

PHILIPSBURG - The draft budget 2018 contains an intriguing statement about the Pointe Blanche prison in the sense that it speaks of the "renovation and expansion" of the facility, while the Council of Ministers earlier announced that it had opted ...

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Expired anti-virus license made cyber attack possible

PHILIPSBURG - The cyber attack that paralyzed the government organization for several days on Monday, April 2, occurred because the license for the anti-virus software had expired, Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo said on Wednesday during a...

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Healthcare agreement with French side gets fresh impulse

PHILIPSBURG - "The difficulties in getting a simple memorandum of understanding executed about cooperation between the hospitals on the Dutch and the French side of the island "highlights some of the challenges of cooperation between the two...

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Researchers study mosquito population

PHILIPSBURG - A research team from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden is in St. Maarten to conduct a study into the island's mosquito-population. "The objective is to identify the number of various mosquito-species," Minister Emil Lee...

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Minister Grapperhaus and State Secretary Knops to visit...

SINT MAARTEN/SABA/STATIA - From April 29 th until May 2 nd, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and State Secretary Raymond Knops of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, will visit St. Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten. For...

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UPDATE: Large Consumer Cause of NV GEBEs Second Blackout

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Approximately one day after power was restored to the island due to a country-wide blackout, NV GEBE said in a press statement. NV GEBE technicians and engineers were called to the Power Plant in the early morning of...

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VLF's Leadership Summit- A Tremendous Opportunity...

SINT MAARTEN (PELICAN) - At a press conference held on Wednesday April 25th at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina, Operations Manager, Marcel Javois shared why Simpson Bay Resort chose to partner with Victorious Living's Leadership Summit slated for...

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WIB's Jump in 2018

PHILIPSBURG - The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB), for the past years, has done their part to add to the Carnival celebration with its annual Block Parties, which is now re-branded as "Jump In", according to a press release from WIB on Monday.

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COCI: Trinidad & Tobago invites business participation...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - ExporTT Limited, the National Export Facilitation Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago is hosting an Inward Buyer's Mission in Trinidad & Tobago this summer, July 5 th & 6 th, 2018 at the Centre of Excellence in...

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Schools get money for emergency repairs

PHILIPSBURG - The Council of Ministers approved the advices for school repairs on Tuesday. Minister Jorien Wuite (Education) said on Wednesday that funds can now be made available for repairs to four schools. The Foundation secondary Education...

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Study financing ordinance in the works

PHILIPSBURG - The Council of Ministers has approved the draft ordinance study financing. "It is the first legislation the ministry has produced since 10-10-10," Minister Jorien Wuite (Education) said at Wednesdays' Council of Ministers press...

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National Unesco commission is almost there

PHILIPSBURG - Efforts are underway to officially install the St. Maarten national commission for Unesco, Minister Jorien Wuite (Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) said at Wednesday's Council of Ministers press briefing. Names have been...

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Family home totally destroyed by fire on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday April 26th at approximately 11.25 a.m. police patrols, Fire Department and Detectives were sent to the home of the Serrant family located on A. Th. Illidge road where a fire was reported. On the scene the investigating...

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Man stabs woman on Thursday morning

CAY HILL - On Thursday April 26 th at approximately 8.40 a.m. police patrols, paramedics, detectives and forensic investigators were sent to a home in Ginger road in Cay hill where the Emergency Dispatch received a call of a stabbing.

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Road closures and traffic diversions for Jouvert Jump-Up

PHILIPSBURG - In connection with the Jouvert Jump-up for 2018 which is scheduled for Friday April 27 th at 4.00 a.m. the police are making the following announcement. The lining-up of the bands, Dj's and other vehicles taking part in the Jouvert...

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At least 25 killed in Nicaragua protests...

MANAGUA - In Nicaragua, what began as demonstrations against social security reforms have become a national outcry against corruption, censorship and overall repression. In just five days of demonstrations, the government has carried out a...

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Trinidad and Tobago ministers meet with UN...

PORT OF SPAIN - Minister of national security, Edmund Dillon, and attorney general, Faris Al Rawi, held a meeting on Tuesday with the United Nations resident coordinator Richard Blewitt and protection officer of the United Nations High...

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PDVSA ordered to pay Conoco $2 billion after Venezuela...

HOUSTON - An international arbitration court has ordered Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA to pay ConocoPhillips $2.04 billion for early dissolution of two joint ventures for producing oil in the OPEC-member country, the U.S. firm said on...

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As a young country with its many political challenges, there is a need to understand the various mechanisms and tools available in a democracy laid down in our Constitution. The past seven and a half years have proven that certain provisions of...

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23 Caribbean Dutch people receive royal decorations

WILLEMSTAD - Almost 3000 Dutch citizens received a royal decoration on the eve of King's Day. 23 of them live in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. 8 on Aruba, 4 on Bonaire and 11 on Curaçao. Among them are Sydney Heereveen from trade union Abvo...

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Too little evidence of attempted bribery MP Curacao

WILLEMSTAD - The National Investigation Team Curaçao has conducted an investigation under the direction of the Public Prosecutor into an attempt to bribe Member of Parliament Yaël Plet by the opposition MPs Gerrit Schotte and Charles Cooper....

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New Uniforms for Police Force BES

24 By Harald Linkels Kralendijk- On April 30, 2018 KPCN will introduce a new operational uniform on Bonaire. The basic color of the uniform is dark blue, with yellow stripes in the outerwear. The pants will be a kind of ME pants, with pockets on...

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Payment Arrangement Possible for People With Duo Debts

3 Kralendijk- In order to deal with the debt problems, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science has decided that the ex-students in the Caribbean Netherlands could be eligible for an one-time, customized payment scheme. All ex-students with ...

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Monday

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.2.073 per liter; the new price will be Naf.2.141 per liter. The current price of diesel is Naf.1.613 per liter; the new price will be Naf.1.665 per liter. The Government of Sint Maarten regulates the...

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GEBE temporarily closes Reverse Osmosis Water Tank at...

PHILIPSBURG - NV GEBE in a press release indicated that the (RO) Reverse Osmosis Water Tank located on Soualiga Boulevard in front of the Festival Village will be out of use as of April 16 for approximately 3 weeks. The closure of this tank is...

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Be aware of Sexually Transmitted Infections

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Service's (CPS) calendar of health observances, focuses on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) during the month of April, reminds and encourages the community to take a proactive approach to...

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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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Guyana Consulate announces arrival of new passports

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - All persons of Guyanese citizenship who applied for new passports in March can uplift same at the 158B Back Street office of the St. Maarten Guyanese Association (SMGA) in Philipsburg, says Honorary Consul of Guyana,...

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Tropical Development is possible late next week

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - The chances for tropical development during the month of May are increasing and this development could occur as soon as late next week or next week in the area just east of the Bahamas, Crown Weather announced on Wednesday.

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Micro Stock Exchange to be Established in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday April 26, 2018 - Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has announced plans for the establishment a Micro Stock Exchange. The Micro Stock Exchange will allow micro, small and medium-size...

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Legislation to Modernize Bank of Jamaica in the Works

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday April 26, 2018 - Legislation to modernize the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is to be tabled in Parliament within the next six months. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke made the disclosure at a meeting ...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday April 25, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) April 26, 2018 Tonight: Partly cloudy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers. Thursday: Partly cloudy and breezy with isolated...

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Minister Wiebes: WEB Free to Determine Fee Structure

14 By René Zwart© The Hague - The management of the Water and Electricity Company Bonaire can decide for itself whether consumers with lower income are spared when raising the new fees for electricity and water. Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic...

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King Willem-Alexander rises in popularity

King Willem-Alexander, who celebrates five years on the throne on Friday, is more popular than ever, according to the annual 'royalty survey' carried out by current affairs show EenVandaag. Some 85% of the programme's 25,000 strong panel said...

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New bike insurance system includes a track and trace...

A new security system guaranteeing your stolen bike back within 48 hours, or you get a new one, is being launched on Thursday by motoring and tourism body ANWB. The system, which is coupled to an insurance policy, involves glueing a tiny...

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Banks, credit card firms join forces for new payment system

Just one day after public transport smart card company Translink pulled the plug on an experiment allowing passenger to pay to travel by mobile phone, another scheme is in the pipeline, the AD said on Wednesday.

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