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Keith Franca bids farewell to the SMDF

Makhicia Brooks to become Managing Director ~ PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten's first and only social development NGO funding agency, the St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF), bids farewell to the Fund's first Managing Director Keith Franca after his...

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Tourist drowns in Great Bay - UPDATED

PHILIPSBURG - A female cruise tourist drowned in Great Bay on Monday, December 30, 2019. The elderly woman came to St. Maarten aboard the Queen Mary II, a transatlantic ocean liner that sailed from Southampton, England. Around one o'clock in the...

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New hospital construction officially commences

Cay Hill - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has officially handed over the grounds where the construction will take place to INSO, the general contractor for the construction of the new St. Maarten General Hospital (SMGH). "This marks the...

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Ten years no supervision of notaries on St. Maarten

By Harriot Voncken ~ PHILIPSBURG - Citizens who believe a notary has not complied with the rules and therefore wish to submit a complaint cannot turn to the Chamber of Notaries. This professional body in charge of supervising notaries is not active.

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Amendments sync election ordinances with Constitution

PHILIPSBURG - Rather than come up with a comprehensive package for electoral reform, MP Wycliffe Smith, in his role as caretaker prime minister, already suggested amendments to the Election Ordinance and the National Ordinance Registration and...

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Tax inspectorate issues hundreds of warrants

PHILIPSBURG - During the last three months of the year, bailiffs of the tax inspectorate issued more than 1,400 warrants to private citizens and businesses whose fiscal obligations apparently are not current. The warrants all have one line in...

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Tax fugitives

By Hilbert Haar ~ The National Gazette reads these days as a manual for tax payers on the run. Hundreds of pages in the government's official publication are dedicated to the listing of companies and private citizens that have outstanding taxes and..

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Terrance Rey Talking Politics with Arun Jagtiani

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday, December 19, 2019, well-known celebrity real estate agent, Arun Jagtiani, announced that he had partnered with Cani TV, owned by French television producer, Joel Ayuk, to produce season 2 of "Talking Politics with Arun...

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"Vote against ship jumpers and those who join them!"

PHILIPSBURG - During the Ad Hoc Committee meeting on Electoral Reform on November 7, 2019, the former SMCP Faction Leader, MP Claude 'Chacho' Peterson first proposed that "No coalition should be formed with ship jumpers". During his speech former ...

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Reforming politicians

By Hilbert Haar ~ The amendments to election-related ordinances proposed by Sint Maarten Christian Party leader Wycliffe Smith seamlessly solve the existing conflicts between these ordinances and the constitution. Article 59 of the constitution...

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Why (Which) Language of Instruction is Critical ...

Dear Editor, I have always argued that a sound education policy should be based on "a triad of effective teachers, involved parents, and committed students working from a curriculum explicitly designed to mold the whole child (physically,...

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Car caught on fire after accident on the L.B. Scott Road

PHILIPSBURG - The Police Patrol and Fire department was alerted to a serious traffic accident that took place on L.B. Scott Road December 30th 2019 around 11:30pm. According to the information gathered, both the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Hyundai...

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Prime Minister Jacobs New Year's Message 2020

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Monday the Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs released her New Year's Message to the media.

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Minister Doran updates on payment to Police Force

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On 17 November 2019 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the caretaker Minister of Justice Perry Geerlings and various Unions representing the KPSM (Ed Sint Maarten Police Force) Employees, in which...

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Minister Irion's New Year's Message

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - "I would like to wish all of my fellow Sint Maarteners a happy and prosperous new year. We are a country of diverse people, let that diversity be our strength this new year. "Let's learn from each other and grow together.

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A lousy day in Downtown Philipsburg

GREAT BAY - The decrease in cruise ship arrivals in St. Maarten is clearly felt by businesses in Philipsburg. Since November 1st, the start of the tourist high season, fewer of the mega-sized cruise ships have docked in St. Maarten. Relatively...

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Businesses in Philipsburg struggle to survive

GREAT BAY - After a slow start of the tourist high season, several stores and restaurants in Philipsburg have trouble paying this month's rent. Earlier this year Port St. Maarten and the tourism authorities announced that St. Maarten is seeing 'a ...

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Hustled and harassed in Philipsburg

GREAT BAY - To visit Philipsburg today is to see how the declining benefits of cruise tourism and lack of government support have turned the city into a hustlers' arena. Hundreds of street advertisers and vendors, many of them illegal immigrants, ...

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Sint Maarten is fertile ground for ship jumping

Dear Editor, We all agree that ship jumping is a major problem in Sint Maarten . It seems to me that it is worthwhile to find out why ship jumping does not occur to the same extent in other jurisdictions in which multi party options are available ...

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