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Why no new government yet?

by Wycliffe Smith ~ "It's already six weeks after the elections and still no government in place!" This is the comment, the cry or even the complaint one hears from people who are anxious to know what is going on. Well, a new government is actually..

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Dear Reader

SMCP leader Wycliffe Smith released a lengthy article explaining why there is no government yet.

However, the essence of his story is that... " Presently, the UD-SMCP coalition is busy discussing the ministerial portfolios and the selection of candidate-ministers and plans to announce these at a later date. At the same time, the UD-SMCP coalition has started the process of developing and writing the governing program that will set forth the priorities and plans of the coalition."

Our columnist Chris Morvan has written a humorous piece about his troubles with our local mosquitoes.

This publisher actually laughed out loud with this one.

Not once, not twice, but three times...

Chris writes...

1.If only communication were possible with these insects, surely a deal could be struck whereby we provided bowls of blood or something containing the necessary substances, like mosquito soup kitchens, on the condition that they stop the hostilities.

2.The mosquitoes of St. Maarten are a distinctive bunch. They seem to be darker and sturdier than most I have encountered and they also have the speed and evasive skills of Baron von Richthofen. It is, then, a rare treat to splat one of these little muggers on a wall.

3.The mosquitoes were there, silent and unseen, but at first it seems it was only the infamous low-flying Ankle Biters Squadron, who attacked and ran, mocking my attempt to trap them.

Too funny!

We can all commiserate.

This publisher's personal pleasure is derived from zapping those buggers with an electric zapper. The joy of hearing that crackling electrocution sound and to smell the roasting scent of mosquito bug flesh burning on the electric wires are satisfactions great enough to equal the pain and anguish of those muggers biting mercilessly when sitting at the news desk working.

Finally someone to express our urge to see the mass extinction of mosquitoes.

Indeed.... we are not taking this lying down.... anymore!

The battle is on! Or is it the battle is OFF?

In any event, have fun zapping those pesky creatures.

The Publisher

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Portfolio negotiations reached highest point

Negotiations between UD leader and SMCP leader reached highest point during the opening reception party of the Rockland Estate on top of Sentry Hill in St. Maarten. Smith says in latest release that discussions on ministerial portfolios are ongoing.

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Fifteen years of Good Morning Mr. Governor

PHILIPSBURG - In August it will be fifteen years ago that broadcast veteran Francis Carty went on air for the first time with his Good morning Mr. Governor column. It triggered an angry reaction from Lt. Governor Franklin Richards. "He felt...

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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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Sound levels

By Hilbert Haar ~ It's that time of the year again. Carnival. Come and enjoy life. But don't forget your earplugs. The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are on to it. Last week the department sent out a press release "urging the population to be..

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Survivors take Troupe and Individual Titles

PHILIPSBURG - It was a combination of the uses of colors with huge doses of creativity that enabled the Survivors Productions who paraded under the theme 'Simply Survivors' to capture the awards for best troupe and best individual piece when the...

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Road March Competition ends on a bitter sweet note

PHILIPSBURG - "I would never wish the level of embarrassment and heartache I went through last night on my worst enemy! What happened and how it happened was very unfortunate, but hey, c'est la vie." Rumari V. Rogers was quoted as saying the...

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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
Questions remain about MP-status Frans Richardson

PHILIPSBURG - "I do not share your opinion that Member of Parliament Frans Richardson's letters of credence have been wrongly approved," President of Parliament MP Sarah Wescot-Williams writes in a letter dated April 12, addressed to...

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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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Roxxy Beach: a one million dollar investment

PHILIPSBURG - Al Wathey is going to invest around $1 million in the development of Roxxy Beach, located right next to the Royal Palm in Simpson Bay. The project consists of a restaurant, a bar and a lounge. Project manager Gerald Ravel says that...

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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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Handmade RFID Blocking Genuine Leather Bifold Wallets with Coin Pocket Designer Engraved Fashion with Card Pockets for Billfolds Cash (Dark Brown) By Rustic Town ~ Great Gift for Men ~ Available for US$70. Email to order.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Tuesday April 17 th, Social & Health Insurances SZV will host an Employer information session for employers on the topic of Employer obligations for companies in or dealing with the construction sector specifically.

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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 on Wednesday

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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Shots fired in Saturday Simpson Bay Armed Robbery

SIMPSON BAY - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating two armed robberies in the Cole Bay/Simpson Bay areas. The first robbery took place on Saturday April 14 th at approximately 4.00 a.m. in the vicinity of Toppers close to Kim Sha...

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Police take additional temporary traffic measures...

PHILIPSBURG - As additional temporary traffic measures in connection with the ongoing trench work on the W.G.

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PHILIPSBURG - The Police Force of Sint Maarten is without any doubt doing its utmost, to protect you, your family and your property, in combating crime and criminals. The Public Relations Office of the Sint Maarten Police Force is therefore...

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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. Education News
Best film winners Hillside Christian School students return

The winners of the best film, Hillside Christian School students and school representatives who left on Friday, April 13th, 2018, to Curacao to represent St. Maarten in the regional finale of UNICEF Children's Rights Film Festival, returned Sunday.

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CBA Drama students travelled to Anguilla, witness CSEC...

SINT MAARTEN/ANGUILLA - On Friday April 13th, five students from the Charlotte Brookson Academy (CBA) of the Performance Arts accompanied by their Drama teacher, Miss Melissa Hamm travelled to Anguilla to witness the CSEC Drama practical exam by...

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Minister De Weever says appointment of May-Ling to STB...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, says the appointment of May-Ling Chun as Interim Director of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau...

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Minister of Tourism De Weever Welcomes the Return of United

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, welcomes the return of United Airlines to the destination. United Airlines returned on...

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Azaria de Groot of Hoeve Rogers law firm sworn in

Photo caption: The law firm Hoeve & Rogers is pleased to welcome Ms. Azaria R. de Groot (centre) to its team of lawyers. Ms. de Groot was sworn in as an attorney-at-law before the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and of...

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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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Democracy is a system of government in which the citizens exercise their power directly by electing representatives via political parties, to form a governing body, such as Parliament. An electoral system is the set of rules outlining how...

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Protests Against New Electricity Fees Fail to Impress Wiebes

9 By René Zwart © The Hague - Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate is not planning to make any adjustments to the law regulating electricity and water on the BES-islands, now that has become clear what negative effects the law...

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Statia Students Travel to UNICEF Film Festival Curaçao

57 Oranjestad- A group of 11 Statia students left for Curaçao today where they will participate in the UNICEF Film Festival taking place in Curaçao. The group of students from the Mega Youth Foundation (MYF) were accompanied by various teachers....

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Saba Conducts Cultural Survey 2018

The Bottom, Saba- The Government of Saba will, on the initiative of Commissioner Rolando Wilson, conduct a so-called Cultural Survey. According to Government, Saba's cultural environment is based on the people who have successively inhabited the...

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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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CPS: Less Salt, More Health

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Consuming excess salt contributes to high blood pressure, which is the leading risk factor for death from heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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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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The Netherlands and World Bank sign US$ 580 million for SXM

SINT MAARTEN/WASHINGTON DC - Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and Finance Minister Michael Ferrier were on hand Monday, April 16th in Washington DC to witness the signing of the Trust Fund Agreement between the Netherlands and the World Bank.

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Nature Foundation Resumes Shark Telemetry Study on SXM

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Recently the Nature Foundation installed three new acoustic receivers to research the movement patterns of sharks in Sint Maarten waters. Due to Hurricane Irma seven receivers were lost, stagnating the Foundation's...

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Four in ten struggle to manage their finances - Nibud

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Four in ten people in the Netherlands struggle to keep their finances in order, according to research by the budget agency Nibud. Digitalisation and the increasing use of direct debits means many people lose track...

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Minister pledges end to 'traumatic' solitary confinement ...

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Young people in secure accommodation should no longer be subjected to the 'trauma' of solitary confinement, health minister Hugo de Jonge has said. De Jonge wants to ban solitary confinement from 2021 as part of his ...

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First fruit boats arrived after a month and a half

WILLEMSTAD - Early this morning the first fruit boats from Venezuela arrived in Willemstad. One of them, the Margot, sailed as the first boat after a month and a half and is soon it will be followed by more of these Venezuelan boats. But today 8...

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Minister Camelia-Römer is fed up with SONA, Ballast...

WILLEMSTAD - Contradictory statements and personal accusations against each other were the last drop for Minister Suzanne Camelia-Römer. Minister Camelia-Römer of Health, Environment and Nature (GMN) yesterday gave the representatives of Sona,...

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Guyana Government Considers Establishing Gold Refinery

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday April 16, 2018 - The Guyana Government is considering modernizing the local gold industry through the establishment of a gold refinery. And Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman, who made the disclosure, said a...

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World Bank Provides US$65 million for Dominica

WASHINGTON, United States, Monday April 16, 2018- The World Bank has approved two emergency support operations totalling US$65 million for restoring agriculture livelihoods, strengthening resilience, and rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane...

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Safe Food Preparation during Carnival Helps Prevent...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said on Thursday in connection with safe food preparation at home, or grabbing a bite from food...

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CHTA Focusses on Caribbean Unity, Innovation As Key...

MIAMI, United States, Sunday April 15, 2018 - The fourth annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), the premier educational forum for Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals, is slated for June 22-24, 2018, at the Hyatt ...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday April 16, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) April 17, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Tuesday evening: Partly cloudy and breezy, becoming cloudy at times with a moderate chance of showers and...

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Four arrested for plot to attack the Turkish consulate...

Four Dutch Moroccans have been arrested in connection with a plot to attack the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, the public prosecution department said on Monday. The four have been held on terrorism and related charges. Two are brothers aged 26...

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Van Lanschot bank under fire over 20% executive pay rise ...

Van Lanschot Kempen has become the latest Dutch bank to come under fire for plans to raise its senior executives' pay by a double-digit margin. The bank is due to recommend a 20% increase in CEO Karl Guha's wage packet at its shareholders'...

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Micro-apartments movement big hit in Netherlands, and...

Project developers are rolling out complexes of micro-apartments in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and even Leidsche Rijn near Utrecht in an effort to head off the shortage of homes for newcomers on the housing market, the Telegraaf said on Monday....

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