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MP Leonard links Buncamper to kickbacks

PHILIPSBURG - Member of Parliament Tamara Leonard launched an unprecedented attack on Claudius Buncamper, head of infrastructure management at the VROMI-ministry, during Wednesday's central committee meeting about the fires at the dump on Pond...

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We didn't hear any concrete proposals for dealing with the pressing problems at the landfill from our esteemed members of Parliament, so we thought it prudent to publish a link to an advice of the Socia lEconomic Council (SER) published in December 2016 entitled "Better Waste Management". Click here to read this letter of advice to the government.

In an interview with former chairman of the supervisory board of directors of GEBE and current board member, Roy Marlin, about Christophe Emmanuel's waste-to-energy memorandum of understanding with the Canadian company Envirogreen, Marlin stated: “ Waste-to-energy won’t bring down electricity tariffs ”.

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"Waste-to-energy won't bring down electricity tariffs"

PHILIPSBURG - The electricity tariffs for consumers will not go down once a waste-to-energy facility begins to produce power from waste. That says Roy Marlin the former chairman and currently board member of the supervisory board of GEBE. Marlin...

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A haven for the globetrotting gourmet

By Chris Morvan ~ You wouldn't believe how excited I was to find a dripping, stinking piece of Brie in a supermarket chiller last week. But then you probably haven't spent the last four years in countries where what you might call "good food"...

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Giterson about dump: "We need immediate action"

PHILIPSBURG - "We need real solutions and we need immediate action," VROMI-Minister Miklos Giterson said on Wednesday during the central committee meeting about the dump fires, whereby he once more referred to the landfill as a "toxic monster."...

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Frans: Constant instability stalls any progress at landfill

Philipsburg - In light of the current ongoing fires at the Philipsburg landfill, the United St. Maarten (US) party is once again pointing out that the constant instability of government has effectively stalled any progress at the landfill where...

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Court postpones Brownbill's tax fraud trial

PHILIPSBURG - Police officer Akeem A. and MP Chanel Brownbill were expected to be the highlights of the second day of the trials against seven suspects in the so-called emerald investigation on Wednesday. But Akeem Emile A., a brother of...

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Hypnotic manager sentenced to 24 months in court

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Joan Peterson on Wednesday morning to 24 months of imprisonment, with 12 months suspended and 2 years of probation. Peterson's pretrial detention remains suspended until the verdict has become...

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Robber sentenced to 4 years for bank robbery

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Sheldon Elroy Ludovico Williams to 4 years of imprisonment for his role in an armed robbery at the Scotia Bank in Simpson Bay on June 9 of last year. At the trial on January 17, the public...

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Music video with the calypso song "Fire in the Town"

Music video with the calypso song "Fire in the Town" by Kaiso Genuis.

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LATEST UPDATE: Young 12-year old boy still missing

UPDATE - DUTCH QUARTER - The Police Department has put search teams together, along with the help from VKS and they have been actively searching, in the area of Dutch Quarter and Middle Region since early this morning. However, Nathan York has...

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Young boy missing from Martin Luther King School

Philipsburg - On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, a missing person report was filed at the Police Department by his parents, stating that their twelve year old son Nathan York had gone missing. He was last seen coming out of school in Dutch Quarter...

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Two schools to remain closed. Daycare centers in Lower...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin in an update on Wednesday evening says in follow-up assessments on Wednesday, the Charlotte Brookson Academy and the Oranje Primary School will remain closed on Thursday, February 8 due to...

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Government Building to Reopen on Thursday.

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin in a follow-up update on Wednesday evening says the Government Administration Building will re-open on Thursday to the public and civil servants are requested to report to work. The situation ...

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Minister Lee visits temporary shelter in St. Peters

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - The ensuing smoke from the fire on the landfill created after hurricane Irma prompted the evacuation of the residents of Pond Island, schools in the persons staying in the temporary shelters, and the Government Building.

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Winair announces direct service to Curacao, Santo...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Winair is pleased to announces direct service to Curacao, Santo Domingo, and Haiti, commencing February 26, 2018. "We wil...

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interCaribbean accelerates introduction of Sint Maarten...

SINT MAARTEN/TORTOLA (BVI) - interCaribbean Airways celebrating its 26th year of continuous services, is accelerating its start date of services from Sint Maarten to Tortola with onward connections to Santo Domingo, San Juan and Antigua.

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SER Advice for Better Waste Management

In December 2016 the Social Economic Council (SER) submitted a letter to Government with an advice for Better Waste Management. Click here to read this letter with the advice on the website of this government advisory council, SER. Photo caption: ...

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Ombudsman starts Systemic Investigation Disaster Management

Philipsburg - With eyes on the effects, recovery and rebuilding in the wake of the hurricanes of September 2017, and considering that in a short four (4) months' time the next hurricane season will be upon us, the Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin (see...

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Ombudsman starts Systemic Investigation Rent Committee

Philipsburg - The Bureau of the Ombudsman continues to receive visits from citizens concerned about their housing conditions, as well as complaints about the Rent Committee allegedly not cooperating or responding adequately when addressed by the...

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The Cooperative Association explained

Under the law of Sint Maarten it is possible to form a co-operative association (coöperatieve vereniging, or coöperatie) also called a co-operative. The co-operative is a distinct legal entity, a special kind of association, formed by two or more ...

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"In support of Independent media"
by Hilbert Haar
In support of our independent media

By Hilbert Haar ~ The Rotary Club Mid-Isle invited me to join in for a club meeting last Tuesday at Wasabi Charley in Simpson Bay. After having turned down quite some previous invitations due to conflicting work schedules, this time I managed to...

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State Secretary Knops meets crowd at airport St. Eustatius

ORANJESTAD - State Secretary for Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops arrived at St. Eustatius on a Winair private charter this morning, meeting a crowd, both for the intervention of the administration and against it. "See you this afternoon", Knops...

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Silent protest against Dutch intervention St. Eustatius

ORANJESTAD - A group of Statians, who have opposed the Dutch intervention in their local government, organized a silent protest from the airport to the special town hall meeting with State Secretary Raymond Knops on Wednesday. "We want a fair and ...

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Franco appointed by the Netherlands as Statia Commissioner

THE HAGUE, ORANJESTAD - The Curaçao politician Mike Franco has been appointed as the government commissioner on St. Eustatius. This has been announced by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior. Former mayor of Tubbergen Mervyn Stegers is Franco's...

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Van Putten wants UN peacekeepers to assist Statia

ORANJESTAD - Island Councilman Clyde van Putten has filed a request for assistance to the Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean (COPPAL) in the matter between the island and the Kingdom Government. The Dutch ...

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Taiwan Earthquake Kills at Least Four; Many Are Missing

HONG KONG - A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan just before midnight on Tuesday, damaging buildings in the city of Hualien, killing four people and leaving an additional 145 missing, according to the authorities. The 6.4-magnitude quake was...

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Nature Foundation to Distribute Free Facemasks at...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, through the generous support of private individuals and the business community, will be distributing 350 facemasks at the Carrefour Parking Lot on Thursday, the 8th of February...

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38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Pillar of Island...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has been a Caribbean favorite for almost four decades, and this year's 38th edition, scheduled for March 1-4, will prove no exception to the rule. Already, 75 boats representing 22...

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Postponement Central Committee meeting of Parliament...

PHILIPSBURG - The Central Committee meeting which was scheduled for today, Wednesday, February 7 at 14:00 hrs. with two agenda points was postponed until further notice. The agenda points were: Ontwerp van Landsverordening tot wijziging van de...

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Finance Committee of Parliament to meet today at 3pm

The Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 15.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. Representatives of Sint Maarten Insurance Association (SMIA) will be present.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Road works start on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG - G.E.B.E. N.V., announces that as of Thursday the 8 th of February the trench and road work activities taking place at the Yrausquin Boulevard and Buncamper Street starting at the Point Blanche cargo terminal to the Freedom Fighters...

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Suspect in Criminal Investigation arrested with Firearm

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday February 6 th a man identified with initials B.G.H. (34) was arrested by police as a suspect in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation. During his arrest a firearm was found in his possession. This firearm was...

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Tromp wants the rest of his money from Central Bank

WILLEMSTAD - Former Central Bank director Emsley Tromp wants to see another 284 thousand guilders from his former employer. He has filed a lawsuit for this. Tromp received a severance payment in October, but the Central Bank has settled this on...

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Concern about competition in construction and banks

WILLEMSTAD - The Fair Trade Authority Curaçao (FTAC) is concerned about competition in the financial sector and construction. This is evident from the annual agenda 2018 which was published today by the FTAC on its website. In this annual agenda, ...

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MHF launches new website. Appointments can be made online

CAY HILL - On Friday, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) launched it's new, now modern website, created by Daphne Wong A Foe - a 19 year old Dutch student from the The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), MHF announced on Tuesday.

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Mental Health Foundation presents Love & Semicolon

CAY HILL - On March 9 th & 10 th, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) presents Love & Semicolon (Friday, March 9 th at 7pm), Green Thumbs Project (Saturday, March 10 th at 9am), and Beautifying M.H.F. (Saturday at 12pm) through SXM DOET.

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) February 08, 2018 ....A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... WEATHER: Tonight through Thursday...

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Pride Foundation makes appeal to the Governor and Dutch Rep

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Sint Maarten Pride Foundation has sent a letter to His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday and to the Dutch Representation Office in Philipsburg Head Chris Johnson with respect...

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Dutch Central Government Appoints Commissioners

THE NETHERLANDS/ST. EUSTATIUS - Today, state secretary Knops (Kingdom Relations) has appointed Marcolino (Mike) Franco as central government commissioner of St. Eustatius. Knops appointed Mervyn Stegers as deputy commissioner. Last Tuesday, the...

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Dutch go big on crypto currencies but volatility hits...

At least 580,000 Dutch people have invested in crypto currencies such as bitcoin and Ethereum, but most put their money in just last year, according to a report by research group Kantar TNS. Consumers have been tempted by the enormous rise in...

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Amsterdam backs anti-smoking court case, aims for...

Amsterdam city council has thrown its weight behind the anti-smoking law suit which aims to prove the big tobacco companies deliberately conspired to make people addicts. 'We have been trying to achieve a smoke free Amsterdam for years and...

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