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Thumbs up to PM Leona Marlin-Romeo from PM Mark Rutte

PHILIPSBURG - The visit of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to St. Maarten seems to mark the beginning of a better relationship with the Kingdom. On more than one occasion, Rutte said that he has confidence in Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo and ...

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Dear Reader

Is Prime Minister Rutte commending Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo or is he recommending her?

Hilbert Haar asks that question in his opinion piece titled " Stellar reputation".

Today we quote Winston Churchill in regards to the unhealthy state of things here on St. Maarten. Click here to see what we mean.

Don't think we need to waste words on this situation any longer. State Secretary Knops stated that he is committed to remove the dump quickly. Quess what? The kingdom does have an obligation to remove the dump as quickly as possible. It is their responsibility.

Up until now the Kingdom government has passed off the dump situation on St. Maarten as the island government's responsibility. But let's be honest. The St. Maarten government has shown that it is not able to handle that responsibility. The kingdom will have to assume that responsibility - which it rightfully is - and address the issue post haste.

The same goes for the situation at the Pointe Blanche prison. We can't wait for a new government any longer. The kingdom government will have to take action. Hurricane season starts officially on June 1st.

And hurricane preparedness is a priority now.

The Publisher

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Stellar reputation

By Hilbert Haar ~ You always have to pay attention when politicians start making statements that seem to be too good to be true - or realistic. I definitely got a bit of that vibe from statements the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte made on Monday...

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Attorney claims innocence in bribery-trial

PHILIPSBURG - Attorney Brenda Brooks got so emotional at the end of her trial on Wednesday that she broke down while she was using her option to say the last words at the hearing. Fellow-attorney Sjamira Roseburg took over and finished reading...

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The other side of the story

By Hilbert Haar ~ It was a rather weird day in court on Wednesday when Brenda Brooks, an attorney I have known since she started working in St. Maarten in 2009, was sitting in the chair of the accused, rather than next to the accused ...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things."

- Winston Churchill
Social media

Social media is here to stay. Despite privacy issues, people continue to bare their souls on Facebook and other social media channels. Intimacy between family, friends and loved ones have been exchanged for a permanent link between a person and...

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Smile though your face is aching

by Chris Morvan Everywhere you go these days there are cameras. There's one on every smartphone and many dumbphones. There's one on every laptop. There are security cameras recording us doing everyday things, just in case. The Government...

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Cyber Security defense force to set up camp at USM

"Start a career in cyber security in St. Maarten" says Greg Arrindell PHILIPSBURG - Local businessman and radio personality Greg Arrindell is encouraging people to get into the field of cyber security. The well-known awarded CACCI* Roving...

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New USM President and Dean of Academics announced

PHILIPSBURG - At a press conference held on Wednesday, May 9th, President of the Board of the University of St. Martin (USM), Mrs. Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet, in the presence of Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Jorien Wuite...

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Envirogreen-director Quade: "We did not pay Mr. Buncamper"

PHILIPSBURG - "Your sources are not correct. We have not paid Mr. Buncamper to promote our waste-to-energy project, nor would we. We take such rumors seriously as we are supported by the Canadian government through Export Development Canada and...

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Sargasso is back with a vengeance

MARIGOT - The French state has made available €3 million ($3.57 million at the current rate of exchange) for the removal of Sargasso from beaches on French territories in the Caribbean, including Saint Martin. During the past weekend huge amounts ...

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Dutch and French side cement joint tourism promotion

LOTERIE FARM - By the end of the year, 2,145 rooms will be available for tourists on the Dutch side of the island - 54 percent of the room inventory the island had before Hurricane Irma. The French side will have 700 rooms ready for use by year's ...

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COM nominates Maria Plantz for Kingdom Council of State...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Council of Ministers (COM) has put Maria Plantz forward to the Kingdom Council of Ministers as nominee for the position of member of the Kingdom Council of State (Raad van State) as per October 1, 2018.

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Minister of Justice De Weever gives update on police fleet

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In line with transparency, Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever gave an update with respect to an overview he gave in the House of Parliament on May 8 during the national budget debate when responding to questions...

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Small Properties Association meets with Minister De Weever

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Small Properties Association (SM.S.P.A) met with Interim Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications Cornelius De Weever on Friday, May 11, 2018 regarding the challenges of...

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Man acquitted of Zorilla-manslaughter

PHILIPSBURG - During a massive fight at Diamond Hill in Cole Bay on July 20, 2017, 23-year old Gary Zorilla Carrenno lost his life while two others sustained serious injuries. But nobody will go to jail for Zorrilla's death, because the Court in...

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Need to go to the notary? Not possible on Saba or Statia

ORANJESTAD - Buying a house, completing a difficult divorce or creating a will? For residents of Sint Eustatius and Saba this can be a difficult task, because there is no notary available on their island. On Monday, the residents of Sint...

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Rutte and Knops pay working visit to Statia

ORANJESTAD - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Dutch State Secretary for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops paid a working visit to St. Eustatius on Sunday. The visitors were met at F.D. Roosevelt Airport by Government...

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Hurricanes Irma and Maria a hint of what the future holds...

GEORGETOWN - Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has warned that Hurricanes Irma and Maria which devastated many countries in the region last year were "a hint at what the future holds". Speaking at...

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Our Country is often referred to as a State of Law (Rechtstaat). This means that our Country is governed by the rule of law, and that every formal decision of the state must be based on a law and the authority provided by law to make such decisions.

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Court of Justice rules in favor of ConocoPhillips...

WILLEMSTAD - The Court of Justice in Curaçao has authorized the local subsidiary of U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips to seize $636 million worth of assets held on the island by Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA. The move comes as Houston-based...

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Curaçao pressing PdVSA to pay debt, restart refinery

WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao is scrambling to persuade Venezuela's state-owned PDVSASA to settle a 2 billion dollar arbitration dispute with US independent ConocoPhillips to restart the Isla refinery that has been halted for over a month. PDVSA operates...

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Curaçao is looking for third party to operate the refinery

WILLEMSTAD - In a recent press conference, the government of Curaçao indicated that it is looking for a third party to operate the oil refinery. This way the government hopes to prevent a major crisis since the seizure of PDVSA assets by the...

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Government of Curaçao guarantees enough fuel

WILLEMSTAD - The government of Curaçao guarantees that there will be sufficient fuel on the island. In this way, the government reacts to the fact that the American company ConocoPhillips has seized properties of the Venezuelan state-owned oil...

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PM Rutte wants PM Leona Marlin-Romeo back as Prime Minister. Do you agree?
Reminder: Hurricane Pass Application Process Ends May 15

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management, would like to remind potential applicants that the application process for the...

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Register on May 11+18 for the Supermarket Voucher Programme

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Red Cross has launched the second phase of the Supermarket Voucher Programme through which families in need receive Red Cross food vouchers allowing them to purchase groceries in participating supermarkets. Enter...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV is actively reminding companies of their obligations in accordance to the Federal Ordinance for Sickness and Accident Insurance. One of those obligations being the monthly declaration...

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EPIC starts public online campaign seeking community support

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Last Friday, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) Foundation, showed their restoration work to staff members of Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (VROMI) and...

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101 Vessels still Abandoned or Wrecked in Simpson Bay Lagoon

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation together with inspectors from the VROMI Ministry last week to map the number of vessels still abandoned or sunk in the Simpson Bay Lagoon after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Central Committee meeting about amending Land Taxes and...

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 15.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The agenda points are: Draft National Ordinance amending the General National Ordinance Land Taxes in...

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Parliament Committees to Meet on Tuesday to appoint...

The meetings are scheduled to take place from 10.00 hrs. to 13.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The agenda point is appointment of a chairman and vice-chairman of the committee.

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Venezuela to seek extradition of oil businessmen from US

CARACAS - Venezuela's chief prosecutor on Friday said he was looking to extradite two prominent Venezuelan oil businessmen who are awaiting sentencing in Texas as part of a massive bribery scheme. Roberto Rincon and Abraham Shiera were arrested...

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A world less safe: Caribbean not immune

WASHINGTON - Events affecting Iran, prompted by the May 8 decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw America from a 2015 nuclear deal, may appear irrelevant to Caribbean countries. They are not. One of the first effects will be a rise in...

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PPA calls for appointment of Minister of Reconstruction

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Leader of the Progressive People's Alliance (PPA) Gracita Arrindell said on Sunday in a press statement: "Two weeks before the start of the new hurricane season June 1st, almost three months following snap elections...

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Open letter to ConocoPhillips

I feel very much obliged to let my voice be heard on behalf of the concerned people of Curaçao, in particular those who are directly or indirectly dependent on the Refinery of Curaçao for their daily basic needs and their survival. In general, I...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday May 14, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) May 15, 2018 Tonight through Tuesday evening: Partly cloudy and breezy with a passing shower possible. Forecast High: 30°C / 86°F Forecast Low: 25°C ...

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Antillean iguanas leave Dutch government meetings up in...

Prime minister Mark Rutte is bringing back four iguanas on his return from the island of St Maarten on Tuesday, broadcaster NOS reports. The prime minister's visit to the hurricane stricken islands of St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba- in a...

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Dutch government stops using Russian anti-virus software

The cabinet has decided to stop using anti-virus software produced by Russian company Kaspersky Lab, in order to guarantee national security, justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus has told MPs. In addition, companies which work with the defence...

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Divorce is not an option, KLM chief says ahead of AGM

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - The future of the now rudderless Air France KLM airline alliance - indeed of Air France itself - will be key to discussions at the combine's AGM in Paris on Tuesday, even though KLM's president Pieter Elbers has...

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The Netherlands refuse to buy AF-KLM shares

THE HAGUE - The Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra has said that the government of the Netherlands does not plan to buy equity in Air France-KLM despite the growing concerns about the group's future and reported frustration at the financial ...

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