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New Council of Ministers takes office

PHILIPSBURG - The new Council of Ministers was sworn in by Governor Holiday on Monday and shortly afterwards presented itself at the traditional constituting meeting at the government building on pond island on Monday morning. Missing in the...

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Dear Reader

We received another email yesterday morning. This one promised us immediate actions on the part of the new incoming government.

One immediate action we saw is the new interim minister of Transportation/Aviation paying a visit and receiving a tour of the PJIA airport from the board of directors.

The news release from the SXM Airport promises that the " PJIAE Managing Board is also slated to deliver a presentation to the Honorable Council of Ministers on Friday, January 19th, 2018" and that the board is " committed to keep the Council of Ministers updated on the progress of the rebuilding and ongoing operations of the Princess Juliana International Airport.

If the previous editorial was about Questions. The one would be about Promises. Promises, promises, promises. However, we look forward to concrete actions and concrete results.

We recently gave a writer who called from New York an interview over the phone on the tourism status of the island. The situation at the SXM Airport was one of the topics. We wished we could have told more about the status and the progress the airport is making besides the situation of the major resorts coming back online within a year or two. So we eagerly look forward to a report on the meeting the board of the PJIAE N.V. will be having with the COM on Friday.

Until then, have a great day!

The Publisher

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Minister of TEATT De Weever receives tour of PJIA airport

Simpson Bay - The Managing Board of the Princess Juliana International Airport SXM hosted a guided tour for the Honorable Minister of Justice and Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT), Cornelius De Weever ...

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SMN-NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Brian Mingo selected as CEO of PJIAE

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Supervisory Board of Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) has selected Brian Mingo for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position. SMN News learned that Mingo already passed the screening and is busy negotiating....

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The new interim government: Marlin-Romeo Cabinet

The Leona Marlin Romeo cabinet - Photo by Roland Bryson

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Leona Marlin-Romeo's first national address as PM

POND ISLAND - Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo has released her first national address to the nation in connection with her swearing in as the country's Head of Government on Monday, January 15th, 2018. Her national address is as follows: Let me ...

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Arrindell's PPA qualifies for elections

PHILIPSBURG - It did not go without some hiccups, but Gracita Arrindell's People's Progressive Alliance (PPA) did manage to get enough endorsement signatures to qualify the party for participation in the February 26 parliamentary elections. From...

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Speech Governor Holiday Swearing-in Interim Ministers

Chairperson of Parliament, Members of Parliament Prime-Minister, Ministers, Préfète déléguée of Saint Martin and St. Barths President of the Collectivity of Saint Martin Distinguished Guests, Good Morning, On November 2, 2017, a shift in the...

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Jorien Wuite is new Minister of EYCS

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Monday, January 15th, 2018, His Excellency the Governor, drs. Eugene B. Holiday, administered the oath of office to Ms. Jorien Wuite as Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport (ECYS).

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PPA secures endorsement; to participate in elections

POND ISLAND - The PPA has garnered 170 signatures. With that endorsement, which was achieved around 12pm today, the party is now qualified to participate in the upcoming February 26th, 2018, elections. Photo caption: PPA leader, Gracita R....

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Carnival Cruise Lines returns to port St. Maarten

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Carnival Cruise Lines returned to the destination on Monday with Carnival Sunshine. Carnival Pride will be in on Tuesday, January 16. Carnival is one of the destination's strategic cruise partners and has been a loyal and...

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We have been asked by one of our readers why no one is posing questions to the COO of PJIA airport about the status and progress of the airport's insurance claim. The reader writes that he thinks everyone is eager to know this information, but we ...

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On February 26, 2018, a "snap" election will take place. Voters are called to cast their vote to elect 15 Parliamentarians. According to the Constitution of St. Maarten, Parliament has the task to approve concept laws of the Council of Ministers...

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The future of Curacao

From Emily Saïdy de Jongh-Elhage to Eugene Rhuggenaath, Curacao has not improved in ten years! All of them tried, nationalists, populists, communists, Castro-ists, Chavinists, but none were able to show any progress. The economy, the welfare and...

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Caribbean Airlines begins Guyana/Cuba flights but...

PORT OF SPAIN - Caribbean Airlines (CAL) now flies twice weekly to Cuba from its Port of Spain (POS) hub on Tuesdays and Saturdays and these flights are linked to CAL's network including Georgetown (GEO), Guyana, but a survey of the airfares that ...

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Venezuela: "Last minute changes from the Netherlands has ...

ORANJESTAD - According to a reporting from the Aruba new site NoticiaCla, it was because of the changes proposed by the Netherlands at the last minute, that the parties were not able to reach an agreement last Friday. The meeting lasted for more...

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Venezuelan Parliament: "Curaçao must take in refugees"

CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD - The Venezuelan Parliament, appointed by President Nicolas Maduro, has called on Curaçao to grant asylum to a group of boat refugees. Parliamentarian Luis Stefanelli said to speak on behalf of the parliament and wants the...

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Kingdom measures against Curaçao is looming

THE HAGUE - A measure from the Kingdom Council of Ministers is hanging over Curaçao's head. The Financial Supervision Board has already corresponded with the Minister of Finance Kenneth Gijsberta. Basically, the budget deficits are increasing and ...

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Large-scale gold smuggling from Venezuela

WILLEMSTAD - Under the watchful eye of the army, thousands of kilos of illegal gold are smuggled monthly from Venezuela to the Caribbean, including Curaçao and Aruba. The Dutch investigative journalist and international criminologist Bram Ebus...

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Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Concerned About Wastewater

Simpson Bay - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has expressed its grave concerns regarding the unrestricted flow of waste water being entered into an area of Kim Sha Beach. During inspections carried out at various times at the area waste and...

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Min. Jacobs addresses gathering at National Day of Prayer

PHILIPSBURG - The honourable minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports gave an address to the gathering at the National Day of Prayer event on Sunday, January 14th, 2018, at the Government Administration Building on Pond Island. The...

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Yellow Fever: PAHO urges Member States to immunize

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) in its recent epidemiological report about yellow fever in the Americas, encourages Member States to continue efforts to immunize the at ...

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Minister Lee approved budget financing for SMMC

Philipsburg - Minister Lee on Friday afternoon, January 12th, met with the Sint Maarten Consumer Coalition coordinators to address their concerns with the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) tariff increase of 41.8% per January 1st, 2018, and the...

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Farewell Address of Mrs. Henrietta Doran-York

Dear people of Sint Maarten, There is a time for hellos, and a time for farewells.As my tenure as Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten has come to its end, l say farewell with a heart full of gratitude.Gratitude for the opportunity to have...

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CPS calls on community to adhere to hand hygiene and...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community to practice hand hygiene and cough etiquette in order to prevent ...

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CPS calls on community to be observant for chicken pox

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a public health agency of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, has observed based on its communicable diseases surveillance system during the...

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Competition Builds in Countdown to 38th St. Maarten

SIMPSON BAY - With less than 50 days before the start of the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 1-4), the entry list is rapidly growing, and already 45 teams representing 13 countries are signed up to compete.

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New playground for children of Saba after hurricane Irma

THE BOTTOM - The Child Focus Foundation playground was damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. To ensure that children can enjoy outside play as soon as possible, Child Focus started a renovation project. The new playground equipment was selected...

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Custom Office Saba allows locals to apply for a job

THE BOTTOM- The Customs Caribbean Netherlands is seeking three persons on the island of Saba, allowing for diversity within the organization. One of the biggest critiques since Saba became a public entity of the Netherlands, is that high paying...

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Saban graduates struggle to find appropriate positions

THE BOTTOM - An increasing amount of graduates and undergraduates are returning to Saba with the hope of finding a job within their study, to then have to leave and find work elsewhere.

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Call for energy drink ban amid concern about impact on kids

Doctors have called for under-18s to be banned from buying energy drinks amid concerns that they are damaging teenagers' health. The Dutch Association for Children's Health (NVK) said youngsters who drink up to six cans per day were increasingly...

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Air France-KLM deny involvement in Alitalia rescue bid

Air France-KLM has denied any involvement in a rescue bid for troubled Italian flag carrier Alitalia which is being kept operational by support from the Italian government.

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Start of the spring 2018 Semester for students at USM

POND ISLAND - The University of St Martin (USM) kicks off their classes in full swing on Monday, January 15th, 2018 with over 100 students continuing their degree programs at its campus. Proud senior from the Education division welcomed the...

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SXM Daily News - 15 Jan 2018
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