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There is a hole in the budget

POND ISLAND - The draft 2019 budget closes with a deficit of 67.2 million guilders. The government projects 478.8 million in expenditures this year and 411.6 million guilders in revenue. The tax office project requires a 60 million guilders...

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Draft 2019 budget closes with 67.2 million deficit

PHILIPSBURG - The draft 2019 budget closes with a deficit of 67.2 million guilders. The government projects 478.8 million in expenditures this year and 411.6 million guilders in revenue. According to the elucidation with the budget, Finance...

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Civil service operates at 70 percent

PHILIPSBURG - The civil service currently employs 1,685 people divided over seven ministries and there are 710 vacancies. If all vacancies were filled, the civil service would be 2,395 strong. This appears from data in the draft 2019 budget; they ...

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Government wants to establish a bodyguard unit

PHILIPSBURG - The government wants to renovate and equip the waiting room and the conference room of the Council of Ministers on the fourth floor of the government building for 800,000 guilders (close to $447,000). This appears from the draft...

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Geerlings offers payment plan on unpaid taxes ...

PHILIPSBURG - Times are still "tough for everyone" and in recognition of this reality, Finance Minister, the Honourable Perry Geerlings, has decided to offer an extension of the deadline for payment of outstanding taxes or create a payment...

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SZV victim of sophisticated phishing scam

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (Tuesday March 12th, 2019) - Social & Health Insurances SZV has recently been targeted by a seemingly international phishing scam. As a good corporate citizen, SZV takes this opportunity to warn businesses and...

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Majority for returning prisoners to St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - News coming out of The Netherlands reports that a majority in the Dutch Second Chamber in The Hague yesterday rejected a motion to suspend the relocation of prisoners back to St. Maarten. This despite the growing number of reports...

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After-Irma contractor scams more prolific than reported

PHILIPSBURG - A press release issued on Friday, March 8, 2019, by the PR/Communications Department of the Police Force (KPSM) has sparked a number of outcries in the community and on social media. The press release in question stated that the St. ...

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Hundreds of undocumented Venezuelans on Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - Almost six hundred Venezuelans have fled to Sint Maarten. They are staying on the island illegally but are not afraid of being deported by the authorities. A group of them is desperately seeking the government's help in obtaining...

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Will Theo Heyliger spend his birthday in prison?

PHILIPSBURG -- On Thursday, March 7th, 2019, it was reported that the leader of the United Democrats Theo Heyliger (48) will be spending another 8 days in pretrial detention as the Judge of Instruction granted the prosecution their request to...

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Anti-corruption task force investigates all suspicious cases

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office has serious concerns about the financial investigative capacity of the police force. Answering questions from, the prosecutor's office said that the police force has only one...

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NAGICO Group Launches LIVE FIT Plan to Promote Health

GREAT BAY - NAGICO Group, a diversified insurance company serving 21 territories in the Caribbean, is pleased to announce the launch of its LIVE FIT health program in St. Maarten. The health plan will provide gym members and persons that use...

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Whistleblowers need plenty of guts

By Hilbert Haar ~ PHILIPSBURG - The suspicions of bribery and money laundering leveled against United Democrats-leader and now former Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger reveal that there is at least an aura of corruption surrounding the...

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Another missed opportunity

By Hilbert Haar ~ Parliament missed yet another opportunity to make clear where it stands on corruption and money laundering on Friday afternoon. It does not come as a surprise because every time "one of their own" ends up on the wrong side of the...

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Minister Johnson and MP Brison welcome SXM Festival VIPs

AIRPORT - These photos show the impact the SXM Festival internationally, as on Wednesday afternoon Minister of Tourism the Honourable Stuart Johnson greeted the first passengers from American Airlines who arrived on St. Maarten specifically for...

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Alicia's Inn and Baker's Suites become Hospitality Assured

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten - Two local businesses that were part of a pilot Hospitality Assured (HA) program sponsored by the European Union's Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) program for SMEs, have become HA...

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Minister Lee: Job seekers be ready for jobs in hospitality

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of VSA Emil Lee attended the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino job fair on Friday March 8th at the Belair Community Center. The resort is re-opening in phases and is eager to recruit local talent for various departments....

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Ministry VSA and PAHO discuss General Health Insurance

PHILIPSBURG - On Monday March 11 the Ministry of VSA hosted an interactive stakeholder consultation session for local medical professionals facilitated by representatives of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). The topic of the session...

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Coast Guard Metal Sharks commissioning

SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten - After two weeks of intensive training, the four new Metal Sharks were officially taken into service today by the Coast Guard St. Maarten. The Director of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, General Peter Jan de Vin, the...

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Concrete blocks damages bus in hit and run

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (KPS) - The Sint Maarten Police Force is in need of the assistance of the community locating a white truck that was involved in a hit and run incident on Monday 11th March, in the vicinity of the Belvedere/ French...

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Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten

Missing Minor MICHELLE MANNING ran away from home after an argument with her guardian on Wednesday 6th March, 2019 and has not returned home since then. She also has not attended school since the...

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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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Central Government Real Estate Agency dismantles old prison

Caribbean Netherlands -The first phase of the dismantling of the old prison will start at March 14th, 2019.The decommissioning is planned in three phases. Phase one lasts until 15 April 2019 and concerns the relocation of the cell containers and...

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Joint Controls

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The KPSM's Bike team joined forces with the control unit of Ministry of TEATT on Friday 08 th March, to conduct controls in the Philipsburg vicinity. The control was geared toward checking the permits of busses and...

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Winair To Expand Flights To And Between ABC-islands

126 Willemstad- Sint Maarten based Winair is gearing up for a considerable expansion when it comes to flights to and also between the ABC islands. Starting April 15, 2019,Winair will add more flights on the route to Bonaire, which will -from that ...

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Johnson issues decree for temp restriction of Boeing 737MAX8

PHILIPSBURG - Minister responsible for Civil Aviation on St. Maarten the honourable Stuart Johnson has issued a Ministerial Decree to temporarily restrict the use of Boeing 737 -Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the St. Maarten airspace (Juliana TMA)...

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Ministry restricts the use of drones

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (TEATT) has placed restrictions on the use of drone aircraft in several areas such as the Princess Juliana International Airport, the Harbor, the House ...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

DATE ISSUED: Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) March 09, 2019 Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with isolated showers possible. Saturday morning through evening: Fair to partly cloudy and breezy...

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SXM Music Festival to make economic contribution ...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau in collaboration with the SXM Music Festival will host the Third Edition of the SXM Music Festival slated to take place on March 13 th - 19 th on the island.

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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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SXM DOET is ready for its 5th edition; seeking volunteers

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The 5 th edition of SXM DOET will commence this Friday March 15 th, with over 2.000 volunteers being requested to assist 85 local organizations to successfully execute projects that benefit themselves and, in turn, the ...

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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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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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Venezuelan city devastated by looting during power outages

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