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By Hilbert Haar ~ Boom! Gerrit Schotte to jail for three years, banned from politics for five years. It is not unexpected, but the Supreme Court ruling has sealed it. The implications of this ruling also spread to St. Maarten and not only because...

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Dear Reader

The Causeway 'bridge to nowhere' takes everyone to everywhere there are traffic jams.

One cannot drive anywhere anymore in St. Maarten/St. Martin without getting stuck in traffic.

It seems that many people are going nowhere special, but ofcourse in their minds no doubt, they are going somewhere special.

In Bermuda, we were told, government alleviated traffic jams by simply implementing a measure that allows cars with even and uneven numbers to be only allowed to be driven on the public roads on a daily alternating basis. So even numbers on Mondays, uneven numbers on Tuesdays, etc.,etc.. At least, that is the idea. We would have to do some research into how this system works in practice in Bermuda.

In any event, we also need a solution for the traffic situation in St. Maarten/St. Martin.

We do not understand how apparently, according to estimates, that each year 10,000 cars are imported into St. Maarten. Do we wreck and write off that many cars yearly here on St. Maarten? And, where do all these cars end up?

Again, another measure implemented in our neighboring island of Anguilla, is that government marks abandoned cars parked alongside the public roads or in neighbourhoods with an 'X', thereby giving the owners time to dispose of the cars properly, else within a certain timeframe the cars will be towed away at the expense of the owner.

In any event, we at welcome ideas, suggestions and proposals for alleviating traffic congestion on St. Maarten/St. Martin.

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Supreme Court upholds Schotte's conviction

THE HAGUE - In a 65-page ruling containing 169 articles the Supreme Court has confirmed the conviction of Curacao's former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte to 3 years of imprisonment and a 5-year ban from membership of parliament. His partner Cicely ...

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Schotte notified of loss Parliament seat

WILLEMSTAD - Former Curaçao Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte was informed by Parliament President William "Junior" Millerson via bailiff that the MFK-leader's membership of the legislature has come to end with his irrevocable corruption sentence...

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Simeón García accused of money laundering in the DR

SANTO DOMINGO - The owner of the airlines Aserca, Santa Bárbara Airlines and PAWA, Simeón García, faces charges for ceasing operations, tax fraud, money laundering, conspiracy for fraud and corruption in the Dominican Republic. Curaçao Chronicle...

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Five names postulated for December 7 COCI Board Elections

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) would like to inform the members on the results of the postulation of candidates for the Election for the Board of Directors of the St. Maarten Chamber of...

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Independence, BUT...

PHILIPSBURG:--- As a St. Martiner since 1966, a University of St. Martin lecturer since 1989, and a member of the Independence for St. Martin Foundation since 1994, I have talked with hundreds of students, lectured at countless conferences, and...

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Commentary: Frederick Douglass is the 'greatest figure...

By Anthony L Hall ~ I have been making this claim for decades. It's based primarily on the fact that Frederick Douglass personified both the contradictions and promises that define America's founding documents. And he did so like nobody else has or..

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Minister Stuart Johnson launches Golden Box with 50 passes

Fifty season passes up for grabs for Carnival-50 ~ PHILIPSBURG-The Golden Box has been launched at the Government Administration Building, and the entire island is invited to fill in their Carnival Pass raffle forms and drop them in the box for a ...

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The pre-trial detention of suspect M.J.C. was suspended...

PHILIPSBURG:--- M.C.J. must be available and accessible to authorities, the suspect is prohibited from the use of alcohol and drugs and prohibited from gambling or any location where gambling is taken place. Furthermore, the accused may not...

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BREAKING NEWS: Maritsa James freed from pre-trial detention

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - In a interview 721news had with the lawyer Zylena Bary she told us the following; To all the well wishers and true pursuers of the truth and justice for all, my client would like to make it known that she has been...

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SXM student wins honors for Holland in nursing competition

St. Maarten nursing student Latiesha Richardson has won honors for the Netherlands in the annual Shanghai International Nursing Skills Competition held on November 17. She won second-place honors, giving the Netherlands its first placing in 8 years..

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Guyana raises concerns regarding sale of Scotiabank

The Guyana Government has expressed some unease at the announcement that the Canadian-based Bank of Nova Scotia had agreed to sell its operations in nine Caribbean countries to a Trinidad-based financial institution. The government said the...

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NAGICO's Christmas Raffle

Draw date Friday December 28, 2018 at 3 pm. Witness Live Drawing by Independent Auditors from Grant Thornton. To be eligible you must have a valid NAGICO Insurance Policy not expired and paid in full before December 26th, 2018.

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Labega, Fortuno and Badejo convicted for embezzlement

~Three suspects banned from public office for a period of 5years.~ PHILIPSBURG:--- The Court of First Instance in its decision on Wednesday found Regina Labega, Fabian Badejo, and Erica Fortuno guilty of embezzlement.

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16 years asked for robberts

The Public Prosecutor's Office has asked the court to sentence suspects F.J. (27) and V.E.B. (27) to 16 years in prison for a number of robberies. The FLUORIET...

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Rules for drug possession slightly eased

WILLEMSTAD - For those who have a very small amount of drugs with them, for their personal use only, it will be confiscated and they will receive a warning. They will no longer have to appear in court. This is in a new regulation from the Public...

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Immigration chain holds Mini Conference on Saba

SABA/ST. EUSTATUIS - On Wednesday November 28th, the partners in the immigration chain assembled in an annual Mini Conference on Saba. For the first time this Mini-Conference was held on Saba preceded by a special immigration chain meeting...

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SMMC holds ESMP public consultation round

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) held the recently announced public consultation round with regards to the draft Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for the planned construction works for the new hospital on ...

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EPIC and Waste Factory Upcycling Workshop

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Your "presents" is requested at Santa's Upcycling Workshop where participants create their own unique and eco-friendly ho...

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"Lasana M. Sekou Live @ 40th anniversary" concert:...

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN - The 40 th anniversary concert of St. Martin's Lasana Sekou as an author of over 20 books, takes place on November 30 and December 1, 2018, at 8 PM, said Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF).

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Are You Reddi (Ready)? Aruba's 65th Carnival 2019

PHILIPSBURG - The Chuchubi Foundation is doing it again! The Chuchubi Foundation in collaboration with Winair has organized a DIRECT charter flight from St. Maarten to Aruba for Aruba's 65 th Carnival Celebration under the theme Chuchubi is alive ...

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SitAn Committee engage to support UNICEF Child Rights Study

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - UNICEF Netherlands, together with government and civil society representatives will be conducting a Situation Analysis (SitAn) into the rights of children on Sint Maarten. The SitAn will concentrate on adversity and...

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'Way Maker' Singer, Sinach, for St. Maarten in February

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Renowned gospel singer, Sinach, is scheduled to be in St. Maarten on February 9, 2019, announced Christian Faith Ministries International (CFMI) on Thursday, November 15, 2018, during the launch of its 'All White...

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Council of Ministers to go on recess as of December 24th

PM Romeo Marlin has dispatched a memo to all Civil Servants informing them that the deadline to submit pieces of advice for handling will be Dec 11th since the Council of Ministers has taken a decision to go on recess on Dec 24 thru Jan 8, 2019.

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Close collaborations regarding the dispute regulation...

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):--- The Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten, Drs. Jorien Wuite, represents the Government of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands. In order to effectively bring forward Sint Maarten's interests in the Netherlands and, more...

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SMMC receives building permit for new hospital

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) is elated to announce that it has officially received the building permit for the construction of the new hospital for which a groundbreaking ceremony is planned on December 3 rd, 2018.

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Young Sint Maarten Legal Professional Linzey gets internship

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten, drs. Jorien Wuite, following up on the mission of the Cabinet which is to embrace, encourage and promote Sint Maarten expertise, met with Nataly Linzey, a Sint Maarten born...

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MP Jacobs Disgruntled by Ad Hoc Scheduling of Budget...

Great Bay:--- The Central Committee meeting to debate the draft law to amend Budget 2018 for a second time and the draft law Budget 2019, both binding laws requiring Parliament's approval, which were scheduled to take place on Thursday 28...

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about draft budgets

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.

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Sister Basilia Center to celebrate persons with disabilities

SINT MAARTEN (ST. JOHN'S ESTATE) - On the 3 rd of December 2018 it is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for this year is: "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". Sister Basilia...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten's largest volunteer-driven community service event, recently held its first information session and registration workshop for the 2019 edition of SXM DOET which will be held on Friday March 15 th and...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Lions Club members are fervently preparing for their fundraiser "Annual Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo...

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Air Century starts operations to Havana with new aircraft

SANTO DOMINGO - Air Century, leader in regular flights to the Caribbean from the Dominican Republic, announced on Wednesday the new route to Havana, Cuba and the incorporation of two modern 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 jets equipped with...

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Notice of Removal of SXM PFC Collection for InselAir...

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - "Please be advised that effective today, 27 NOV 2018, InselAir (7I) will no longer be collecting the Passenger Facility Charge (tax code FH) for 7I marketed flights departing St. Maarten (SXM) on or after 10 DEC 2018,"...

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Winair adds capacity for the Christmas Season

Philipsburg – WINAIR is pleased to announce additional capacity for the upcoming Christmas season. Effective Dec. 1, 2018 to Jan. 15, 2019 our service to Curacao on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays will be upgraded from 48 to 72 seats.

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Winair increases flights to HAITI and add JET SERVICE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - WINAIR is pleased to announce an increase of flights to HAITI commencing December 1, 2018 to three weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. In addition, Winair will upgrade to jet service with a Boeing 737,...

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Superyachts set for Antigua next year

ST JOHN'S, Antigua - The ninth edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua will take place from January 30 - February 3, 2019, featuring a programme of four races held over four days. The magnificent fleet takes part in spectacular racing, with...

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England Women to host West Indies in 2019

LONDON, England - ICC Women's World T20 finalists England will host West Indies and Australia next summer, with six ODIs, six IT20s and one Test. The Test match will form part of the Women's Ashes which will once again be a multi-format points...

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Court-ordered sale of PdV oil cargo on hold

WILLEMSTAD - The court-ordered auction of a Venezuelan crude cargo in Curaçao has been postponed on a petition filed by the original purchaser, Thai bitumen trader Tipco, according to sources on the island. The 380,225 bl cargo of Venezuela's...

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Curaçao court orders tanker seizure

WILLEMSTAD - The Court of Justice in Curaçao has ordered the confiscation of a Suezmax carrying 380,225 barrels of Boscan crude to pay a PDVSA debt on behalf of creditor Energy Coal, according to sources in Caracas. The Stena Surprise has been...

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KTK wants to dismiss part of its staff

WILLEMSTAD - Towing Company KTK offers a part of the staff the opportunity to leave voluntarily. Those who submit their resignation will receive a golden handshake. Due to the crisis at oil company PDVSA, the activities of KTK decreased by 80...

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Jamaloodin remains in custody

WILLEMSTAD - Former minister Jamaloodin remains in custody in Bonaire. His defense had asked the Court to allow Jamaloodin to wait for the cases against him outside of prison, but the judge did not agree with them. He considers that there is a...

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President of Parliament: "Conviction Schotte bad publicity..

WILLEMSTAD - President of Parliament William Millerson thinks Schotte's verdict is not the best advertisement for politics. He says so in response to the ruling of the Supreme Court. The Court sees no reasons to annul the ruling of the Courts in...

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Sagicor selling all shares to Canadian firm

BRIDGETOWN - Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited is looking to sell all its shares to the Toronto-based Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation, in a US$536 million deal. The insurance company, which is listed on the Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago...

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St Maarten Scotia employees to join Republic Bank after sale

PHILIPSBURG--Employees of the two Scotiabank locations in St. Maarten will go over to Trinidad and Tobago-based Republic Financial Holdings, which is slated to buy the Scotiabank operations in St. Maarten and in eight other Caribbean countries.

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Policyholders ENNIA are at risk

WILLEMSTAD - The Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) says that it rightly intervenes with the insurance company ENNIA. People who are insured with ENNIA run the risk of not getting their money if suddenly many people file a claim. The...

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Bonaire Government Wants More Locally Produced Food

Kralendijk - The Executive Council would like to see more local production of fruit, vegetables and (goat)meet. A concrete aim of the council would be to have 25% of the demand grown locally. More local production will automatically mean that...

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St. Eustatius moves from housing to road improvement

Oranjestad- Statia moves on from housing to road improvements with the signing of the contract for the Cherry Tree Road project today on November 26th 2018. The project is awarded to Koop Caribbean KV - a joint venture between Koop...

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Salary school personnel on Saba to increase per Jan. 1, 2019

The Bottom, Saba - A new Agreement on the Terms of Employment was signed on Monday for all personnel working at the schools on Saba. The agreement includes a 3.4 per cent increase of the gross salaries which goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

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Marion Gherbaz new director Management and Support

Kralendijk - As of 1 December, Marion Gherbaz is the new director of the Management and Support Department. She has extensive experience in top management positions within local and provincial governments and the non-profit sector in the...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) November 30, 2018 Tonight through Friday evening: Partly cloudy with isolated showers possible. Forecast High: 30°C / 86°F Forecast Low: 25°C ...

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TelEm Group Names Wacky Friday Smart Home Prizewinner

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Lucky Wacky Telco Friday door prize winner, Howard Chiu, was completely caught by surprise when he was informed that he was taking home the top prize for the day in TelEm Group mad-cap, Wacky Friday sale, on November 23.

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SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - "Expertise Center for Education Care (ECE) has taken an active initiative to educate Parents & Afterschool Professionals on Child Safety. The course was held on November 27 & 28 th, 2018 at the Lion's Den in St....

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Minister Johnson welcomes PPB's Alive After Five initiative

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Philipsburg Promotional Board (PPB) has developed a project themed 'Christmas 2018 - Philipsburg Alive After Five' which entails lighting up parts of Front Street, the area around the Court House, Cyrus Wathey...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, 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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Mosquito fogging comes to an end. CPS thanks community...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), said on Wednesday that the mosquito fogging campaign comes to...

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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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CPS: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - It's that time of the year when influenza, better known as the flu, becomes more predominant. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and...

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Cayman bank denies any genuine counter-offer

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) - Cayman National Corporation Ltd (CNC) has stated that the bank has not received any legal or real offer to purchase its shares other than the deal it has made with Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Barbados)...

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SAO PAOLO, Brazil - Thousands of Brazilians could be left without healthcare as Cuba begins pulling out 8,400 doctors who have been stationed in the country's smallest and remotest towns for the past five years. In an official statement dated...

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16 year-old art lover steals antiquities worth €150,000...

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