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Court subjects MP Chanel Brownbill to public humiliation

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance subjected parliamentarian Chanel Brownbill to public humiliation in its blistering ruling on Tuesday that sentenced the defendant to 18 months of imprisonment, with 15 months suspended and 240 hours of...

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Can the newly launched Caribsky alliance between Winair, Air Antilles and LIAT save Caribbean regional travel?

We will be bringing a full report on this new development in a next edition.

However, during the launching event of CaribSKY that took place yesterday in Guadeloupe, a debate ensued about the airport fees and taxes amounting to 50% of the Caribbean airlines ticket costs and continuously increasing at an alarming rate of 50% on average each time.

We will be making an in-depth analysis of this in a subsequent article as well.

In the meantime, do enjoy reading this edition of our email newsletter

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Court sends MP Chanel Brownbill to prison for tax fraud

PHILIPSBURG - Parliamentarian Chanel Brownbill was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment, with 15 months suspended and 240 hours of community service on Tuesday by the Court in First Instance. The court imposed 3 years of probation. Four other...

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Friday the thirteenth

By Hilbert Haar ~ It's rather ironic that Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo met on Friday the thirteenth with Moniek Bouland, the director of Governance & Integrity International. You could call it unfortunate as well; or ill-advised. The PM...

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Critical Ferrier-commercial blasts cronyism

PHILIPSBURG -Finance Minister Mike Ferrier, as the owner of automotive retailer NAPA, has built quite a reputation with his often funny radio commercials. In his most recent commercial, broadcast on Oasis 96.3 FM, Ferrier goes all out against...

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Mosquito stakeout

by Chris Morvan ~ I don't know where the mosquito stands on the conservationists' list of protected species, but I would hope it's very near the bottom. Do they do any good to anybody or anything? Seriously, if they don't, why hasn't mankind...

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Rules and regulations

By Hilbert Haar We have no shortage of laws, national ordinances and rules and regulation in our little country. What we sorely miss is the will to apply those rules. This appears once more from the questions I have raised about the legality of...

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Youth Extravaganza to feature 25 young acts

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Youth Extravaganza 2018, organized by Teen Times for Carnival 2018, will feature 25 acts by St. Maarten's talented youth across performing arts disciplines. The show will be held on Monday, April 23 and is being...

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Kaiso Brat leads the way in 2018 Nagico Calypso Eliminations

It was that time of the year again when Calypsonians had the opportunity to launch lyrical attacks on politicians in the manner that suited them. But of the 17 that took to the stage last evening, only 10 have advanced to the finals where they will challenge Alberto Arrindell, aka Fish da Mega Boss for the crown on April 26th.
"They better come better than tonight in the finals" the reigning King who was not required to compete in the eliminations said at the conclusion of the competition.
Those making the final cut is the 10 time Calypso King and 3 time Road March King Clement Richards, stage name Kaiso Brat who was awarded 255 points for his song entitled 'Drones'. Making a return to the competition after an extended period was the 11 time Calypso King, 7 time Road March King and 7 time Caribbean Road March King Leroy Brooks, aka King Beau Beau, with a song entitled 'Jam Them' which earned him 247 points.
Occupying the number three slot with a total of 240 points was John Louie Rey, aka X-Rey whose song was entitled 'Dont Come Back'. At number four and one point behind was Isidore York, aka Mighty Dow who also returned to the competition with a song entitled "I want To Know.' The 4 time Calypso King was able to demonstrate that he still had what it takes to be competitive.
In the 5th spot with 237 points was Andrew Richardson, the 2nd generation calypsonian doing a song entitled 'Is Our Fault' . At number six on 235 points was Rumini Rogers, stage name 'Young Calix, the Protege' doing a song entitled 'Countdown'.
Keith Carty, stage name 'The Repeater' earned 229 points for his song ' St Maarten Will Rise Again'. The lone female in the competition Evelyn Walters aka Ebony Empress who made the final cut on her debut back in 2016 was able to do it again.
She was the first to perform and her song entitled 'We are survivors' earned her 226 points finishing ahead of Kaiso Genius on 221 with a song entitled 'Back to the Pools' and The Wizard on 212 points for his song called 'Ah Vex'. Headline News
Reconstruction of St. Maarten can begin: deal signed with WB

WASHINGTON - The great reconstruction of St. Maarten can finally start. The Netherlands has signed a final agreement with the World Bank for managing a multi-million fund. As of today, 112 million euros have been made available for urgent...

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Campaign fund controllers throw Alain Richardson out of TC

MARIGOT - Alain Richardson, leader of the political party En Marche vers le Progrès (On the way to progress) has to give up his seat in the Territorial Council because of campaign financing violations. Ramona Connor will replace him. Jules...

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Inspectorate TEATT launches new strategy to combat noise ...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (hereafter TEATT), Section Economic Control recently hosted a meeting with several bar and restaurant owners situated along the A.Th. Illidge Road...

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Nature Foundation Rescues Sea Turtle Injured In Simpson Bay

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation was contacted by the Immigration Department at the Simpson Bay Substation regarding an injured turtle which was dropped off at that location by a vessel. From the account given to the...

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COCI: Trinidad & Tobago invites business participation...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - ExporTT Limited, the National Export Facilitation Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago is hosting an Inward Buyer's Mission in Trinidad & Tobago this summer, July 5 th & 6 th, 2018 at the Centre of Excellence in...

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BP: Free Tax Court representation for Sint Maarten...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Benjamin & Parker (BP) after having its annual meeting with the Sint Maarten (SXM) associates in which several market conditions were disclosed, and the change necessary to secure business continuity was brought...

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted today

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.2.025 per liter; the new price will be Naf.2.073 per liter. The current price of diesel is Naf.1.602 per liter; the new price will be Naf.1.613 per liter. The Government of Sint Maarten regulates the...

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Two 17-year old suspects arrested for attempted armed...

GUANA BAY - On Tuesday April 17 th two young males were arrested by police suspected of attempted armed robbery. According to information these two suspects who were dressed in dark clothing and each armed with a gun attempted to rob a couple at...

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Measures forthcoming to combat robberies and barkers

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever on Monday met with Chief Police Commissioner Carl John regarding armed robberies and barker harassment. The Minister of Justice was informed during the meeting that a strategy...

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Armed robbery of another restaurant in the Simpson Bay Area

SIMPSON BAY - The Special Unit is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Tuesday April 17 th at approximately 1.30 a.m. at Marty's Gyros on Welfare road close to Kim Sha Beach. Two men dressed in dark clothing and their face ...

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Three suspects arrested by Alpha Team at airport with...

SIMPSON BAY - The Alpha Team located at the Princess Juliana International Airport on Wednesday April 11 th at approximately 4.35 p.m. arrested two male passengers who arrived on flight Air Antilles from Port au Prince Haiti. Both male passengers ...

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Preventive searches during Carnival

The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten, will carry out preventive searches during the 2018 Carnival season.

In accordance with the Firearm Ordinance, at predetermined locations, vehicles, bags and clothing of individuals will be searched for firearms.

This measure is being taken in consideration of the high number of illegal firearms in circulation on the island and past statistics which point out an increase in robberies before and during the Carnival season.

The Public Prosecutors Office Sint Maarten and KPSM are mindful that such a measure will impose on the privacy of residents and visitors. However it is in the interest of the general public and tourist visiting the island to heighten safety and security during the upcoming festive season. Curacao News
Once again environmental groups place a lien on oil refinery

WILLEMSTAD - Humanitarian Care Foundation, Clean Environment Foundation (SMOC) and 25 local residents have once again place a 75 million guilders lien on the oil refinery Isla and the Build Own and Operate (BOO) plants. With this, the...

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Police and Defense search prison cells

WILLEMSTAD - Police and Defense searched two cell blocks in the SDKK prison last week. The soldiers took part at the request of the Public Prosecution Service. They have a specialized 'search team'. Nine telephones have been found in the cells, a ...

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Minister De Weever commends Divi Resorts on...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, says more than eight million tonnes of plastic leaks into the ocean each year - equal to...

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The Constitution stipulates that the term of the Parliament is 4 years, however article 59 also provides that the Council of Ministers (the Cabinet) can make use of its right of dissolution and dissolve the Parliament before the end of the 4-year ...

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Foundation Nos Ke Boneiru Bek and Brighter Path...

SINT MAARTEN/ST. EUSTATIUS - Representatives of the Nos Kier Boneiru Bek Foundation from Bonaire, the Brighter Path Foundation, and the illegally deposed Government of St.

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Saba Addressing Car Wrecks on the Island

3 The Bottom, Saba- The Public Entity Saba has been working on a project to address car wrecks on Saba. The Government of Saba, together with the Police Force of the Caribbean Netherlands (KPCN) have made an initial scan of the situation. This...

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STENAPA Celebrates Iguana Day on April 28th

2 Oranjestad- On Saturday, April 28, Sint Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA) will put the native Lesser Antillean Iguana in the spotlight during Iguana Day. Iguana Day is a regional Caribbean initiative in collaboration with nature...

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Alexis Arnell road closed this morning 9.00am to 10.00am

CAY HILL - The Police Traffic Department is sending out the following notice: In order to remove the overturned trailer which is located on the Alexis Arnell road and which road runs behind the Fire Department in Cay hill starting from One Tete...

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Death Announcement

Sam was a politician and businessman. He served St. Maarten as Island Council Member for 16 years (1971-1987), Commissioner for 14 years (1971-1985) and acting Lt. Governor for 5 years (1972-1977). He was also co-owner and manager of Seaview Hotel.

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Hurricane Pass Application Process Starts April 16

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season which starts June 1 and runs throu...

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GEBE temporarily closes Reverse Osmosis Water Tank at...

PHILIPSBURG - NV GEBE in a press release indicated that the (RO) Reverse Osmosis Water Tank located on Soualiga Boulevard in front of the Festival Village will be out of use as of April 16 for approximately 3 weeks. The closure of this tank is...

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Be aware of Sexually Transmitted Infections

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Service's (CPS) calendar of health observances, focuses on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) during the month of April, reminds and encourages the community to take a proactive approach to...

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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Hurricane forecast model hints at possible storm in May...

SINT MAARTEN (CARIBBEAN) - Crown Weather notified its members on Tuesday that "...we think that there will be some sort of tropical development in the Atlantic Basin during the month of May. Our thinking right now is that this development will...

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ARIN seeks Caribbean candidate for board of trustees

SINT MAARTEN/MIAMI - Persons from the Caribbean seeking to contribute to the governance ecosystem of the global Internet can now volunteer for an appointment to the board of trustees of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). The call...

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament meets about...

PHILIPSBURG - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 11.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in...

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US$65.5M Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project in BVI

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Friday April 13, 2018 - The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has launched a Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), which will assist the country in recovering from the...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday April 17, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) April 18, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Wednesday evening: Partly cloudy and breezy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers. Forecast...

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Dutch crime hotline sells tips to councils, insurers and ...

Crime hotline Meld Misdaad Anoniem is selling information about possible crimes to local councils, energy firms, the tax office and insurance companies, according to research by magazine De Groene Amsterdammer.

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Privacy groups will go to court if parliament can't...

An alliance of privacy lobby groups and lawyers say they will take the government to court unless changes to the new law on phone and internet tapping are first discussed in parliament. The law is due to come into effect on May 1, but the lobby...

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Too many solar farms threaten to overwhelm grid operators

Regional grid operators Tennet and Enexis say their networks lack the capacity to process the electricity generated by an increasing number of solar farms in Groningen and the north of Drenthe, broadcaster NOS reports.

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