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MP Meyers exposes Dutch hypocrisy

PHILISBURG - "They want to show that they can do again what they did to Theo Heyliger's grandfather years ago. That is the main reason for transporting him to Bonaire," MP Franklin Meyers (United Democrats) said during Wednesday's Central...

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Dear Reader

The Dutch government wants the Netherlands to obtain a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneve.

For that they will need the support of the other Kingdom partners to lobby on their behalf.

Here is a great opportunity for the governments of St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba to do some serious bargaining with the government in The Hague.

We always believe that getting what you want from the Dutch is always a matter of negotiating. Geven en nemen. The problem with the Dutch though, is that they give too little and take too much .

Time for St. Maarten to make use of the opportunity presented and reverse the tables for once. That for sure isn't asking too much.

In the meantime, happy readings!

Read especially our column written under the working title " They lock up the Sheriff, now we need a Deputy ". Our constitutional experts will have a field day starting from tomorrow..

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De Weever: "We don't need pressure from the Netherlands."

PHILIPSBURG - The debate in the Central Committee on Wednesday about the situation at the Pointe Blanche Prison and the Police Force turned into a frontal attack on the Dutch government, the Progress Committee and financial supervisor Cft.

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St. Maarten closer to finalizing Pre-Clearance

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten is now closer to providing pre-clearance for aircrafts to the United States of America at the Princess Juliana International Airport, said Minister responsible for Tourism Stuart Johnson at the Council of Ministers press ...

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Keshia Richards obtains Masters Degree in Notary Law

Plans to return to St. Maarten to join notary office ~ Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Keisha Richards, a former HAVO student of Milton Peters College in St. Maarten, is expected to become a new addition to one of the notary offices in St. Maarten....

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Kenepa Garden Estate breaks ground - 29 lots available

CUL DE SAC, St. MAARTEN (March 5, 2019) - Lush green hills and cool breezes are signature elements of nature at the Kenepa Garden Estate, a new private residential development by M & M Development N.V. The 29 lots are located behind Emilio Wilson ...

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Theo's suspension as MP automatic

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten’s highest vote-getter in the last parliamentary election no longer has a seat in the legislature following his automatic suspension based on Article 50 of the country’s Constitution. ~ Urgent meeting of Parliament tomorrow ~

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They lock up the Sheriff; now we need a Deputy

Another case and a perfect example highlighting the fact that we are a young Constitutional State yet only in our infancy stage and we are to learn, adapt and grow as we go. Where our Constitution failed to elaborate on procedures for certain...

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Theo Heyliger hears Friday what the future holds for him

Publisher's note: Will Theo Heyliger be released on Friday when his second 8-days extended pre-trial detention expires? Or will he be held for another 14 days as the law allows the prosecution to request? In our analysis we point out that even...

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Hypocrisy at its highest level

By Hilbert Haar ~ MP Franklin Meyers is quite outspoken - to put it mildly - when it comes to standing up for St. Maarten and its people. Wednesday's Central Committee meeting about the conditions at the detention facilities in Pointe Blanche and...

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A bit of a disappointment

By Hilbert Haar ~ During the groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital, in early December 2018, everything seemed to be nice and dandy. Alesandro Cambri of contractor INSO was present at this photo opportunity where many dignitaries posed with...

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Week of meetings scheduled in Parliament for March 4-8

Parliament of Sint Maarten Monday, March 4, 2019 - OV 23 - 12:00PM The agenda point is: Ontwerp van Landsverordening tot wijziging van de Landsverordening op het notarisambt ten behoeve van de uitoefening van notariële bevoegdheden op Saba en...

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Health Minister defends tariffs increase at SMMC

PHILIPSBURG - The Minister of Health Emil Lee is defending the increase for procedures at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC). Minister Lee, speaking at the Council of Ministers press conference on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, said that the rates...

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Joint Police Control at various border crossings

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) - The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) and the French Gendarmes conducted a joint preventative control on Monday March 4, 2019 at various locations throughout the island St. Maarten/St. Martin, police announced on...

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Employee caught attempting to steal from hardware store

PHILIPSBURG:--- One employee at a hardware store on the Union Road in Cole Bay is now in police custody after attempting to leave the premises on Tuesday, March 5th, with several store items.

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Thompson Missing since February 19. Police seeking...

PHILIPSBURG - The Sint Maarten Juvenile Justice Department is asking for the help of the community to locate missing minor Kristoff Thompson, police said on Monday in a statement. Kristoff left home on the 19th of February 2019 and has not...

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Legendary wrap up night for 39th St Maarten Heineken Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - With the Serious Sailing completed, it was time for Serious Fun as hundreds of competitors at the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta poured into the Regatta Village for the final night celebrations.

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Though colorful they still need removing

SIMPSON BAY - A colorful but curious aspect during the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was brought to the attention of this past weekend. At least ten boat wrecks can be found along the Airport Road all the way from the...

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Azamara Quest Cruise Passengers treated to reggae...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - On Tuesday evening at Port St. Maarten, cruise passengers from the vessel Azamara Quest were treated to a performance by reggae royalty Third World. "Homeporting has become a center piece for our destination. Night...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday midday (18:00 LST) March 07, 2019 Tonight through Thursday evening: Partly cloudy, breezy and hazy with passing showers possible. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F...

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SZV announces reduced medical referrals to Santo Domingo

IMPORTANT NOTICE: REDUCED MEDICAL REFERRALS TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (SANTO DOMINGO) PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (Sunday March 3rd, 2019) - As per April 2nd, 2019 Social & Health Insurances SZV will no longer be sending patients to the Dominican...

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A.M. Best Upgrades NAGICO's Issuer Credit Rating

NAGICO's leadership in catastrophe claims management affirmed as voted #1 insurance company for the 12th year in a row in St. Maarten Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - February 7, 2019 - NAGICO Insurances, a diversified insurance group serving 21...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG -- 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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NIA: Music Brings People Together. A Classical Concert...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTS's (NIA's) "Music Brings People Together" project presents a Classical Concert by pianist Irina Kaufman-Brookes, students and Friends. This, NIA's 2 nd Fundraiser under the heading "Music...

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"Choosing a Career or Study" workshop to be held on March 19

PHILIPSBURG - Every academic school year, many students typically in their last two years of school start to ponder what they will be doing next. In some cases, students who have recently graduated have no idea what they want to do or how to go...

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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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Detention Theo Heyliger extended for another 8 days. Is that really necessary?
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Deadline submission 2018 annual report of political parties

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Electoral Council would like to remind all registered political parties, including those who did not participate in the 2018 parliamentary elections, that the annual report for 2018 must be submitted to the...

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Ombudsman announces Community Outreach Program

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel and her team will be starting a Community Outreach Program during the month of March. The Bureau will be visiting the various districts to seek out the concerns, grievances and complaints...

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Russian money laundering machine shifted millions via NL

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - A money laundering operation which moved billions of euros out of Russia shifted part of the cash through the Netherlands, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project said on Monday.

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Emil Lee: All St. Maarten residents should have health care

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of VSA (Public Health, Social Development & Labour) Emil Lee is asking residents to become more engaged with the...

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