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Stricter screening .... in the Netherlands

By Hilbert Haar The municipal elections in the Netherlands that take place on Wednesday have brought the issue of integrity in local governments sharply into focus. Reading through reports in Dutch newspapers it seems that the Netherlands is in...

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Dear Reader

What is the difference between a Whistleblower and a Hotairblower?

A whistleblower is someone who exposes wrongdoings and presents the evidence to support his exposé.

A hot-air blower is someone who threatens to 'buss the pot', but does not back this up with action. Even worst is the hot-air blower who sends us an email telling us that we must do our jobs as journalists and dig for dirt against certain people in certain positions because they know for a fact the dirt exists.

What is the point of going through the trouble of using a false name and a fake email account to send out an email to the press without an ounce or shred of evidence to back up your claim? What are you afraid of?

Unfortunately, you discredit yourself and your claims when you chose to hide behind a rock and throw stones with the hope that your target will get hit.

We encourage 'Citizen Journalism' and investigative reporting and in this day and age with smartphones with built-in cameras it is very easy to become a reporter: just press record and there you go. Note the date, time and place and you have a report to file.

We googled it and there are a number of free online journalism courses.
Take one! We pay good money for news reports. And photographs!

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Volunteers help turning the Old House into natural museum

QUARTIER D'ORLEANS - Just outside of French Quarter, the Old House is coming back to life again. Volunteers from both sides of the island spend their Saturdays cleaning up the place and getting it ready for a lively new exhibition. Disaster...

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Culture Prize 2018 to be announced on March 21

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Preparation for the Culture Prize 2018 are in full swing. Thus far the department has received numerous entries from poets, dancers, visual artists, animators, filmmakers and vocalists. "We are very pleased with the...

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Crowd attends opening of the "Art Box" art gallery

PHILIPSBURG - Minister Jorien Wuite (Education, Culture, Youth and Sports) did the honours on Thursday evening, performing the ceremonial ribbon cutting together with Zdenka Ciric to mark the official opening of the Art Box, an intimate gallery...

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Only 1 of the 4 commercial developers of Indigo Bay bankrupt

INDIGO BAY - On Monday, March 12th, a bankruptcy notice was published in The Daily Herald announcing that by decision of March 6th, 2018, the Court in First Instance of St. Maarten declared Indigo Bay Development Corporation N.V. bankrupt. A...

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It is better to arrive than to travel

By Chris Morvan Those who were stuck here for a while after Irma because of air travel disruption, and all of us who are now trembling at the thought of paying exorbitant prices (which we pray will eventually come down) may have forgotten the...

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Delplanaque and Pigeon are overall winners Sunset Triathlon

Maho Bay - For the 5th straight year, Gregory Pigeon has proved that he is still a force to be reckoned with when he emerged as the overall winner of the Sunset Triple Mini Triathlon. Joining him on the podium for the grand prize in the female...

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LU records highest score in Primary Schools Soccer match

Cay Hill - Saturday, March 17th, will be a day the ACE Foundation will always remember, it was the day when some key soccer players from the Learning Unlimited team took full advantage of their skills by scoring 16 goals without conceding one....

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Employability drives policy for tertiary education ordinance

PHILIPSBURG - Employability becomes the main driver of higher education, Minister Jorien Wuite (Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) said during a meeting of the Central Committee of Parliament on Monday afternoon. The minister came to parliament ...

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Build Back Better Week SXM Do-Tank final presentation...

SINT MAARTEN (PELICAN) - Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin on Sunday afternoon attended the Build Back Better Week Sint Maarten (SXM) final presentations and award ceremony of the "Do-Thank" that took place at Simpson Bay Resort. In the Do-Tank,...

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Director of SZV meets with Ombudsman

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday, March 16, 2018 the Ombudsman, Dr. Nilda Arduin met with the Director of SZV, Mr. Glen Carty, and the Corporate Secretary, Mrs Ruth Boyrard-Brewster, at the Bureau of the Ombudsman. Acknowledging the importance of...

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EC: Reminder Registration of Donations candidates.

PHILIPSBURG - The Electoral Council (EC) would like to remind the 93 candidates who contested the 2018 parliamentary elections that, in accordance with the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties, they are required to ...

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Governor Holiday requests Theo Heyliger to form government

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On March 16, 2018, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, requested Theo Heyliger to form a government as formateur. The Governor met on March 12 and 13, 2018 with the leaders of the...

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St. Maarten's tourism product in a post-Irma era - Part 5

In part 5 of our series on St. Maarten's tourism product in a post-Irma era, we look at other tourism options available to us.

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PHILIPSBURG - This morning (Monday, March 19) at approximately 10.00 am 12 year old Joseph Prince, who reportedly went missing from his foster home earlier this month was returned to the Juvenile Detective Department at Police Headquarters in...

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Early morning fire destroys home in Cole Bay

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Saturday, March 17th at approximately 3:45 am, a call came through the police central dispatch about a house on fire in the Belle Tree drive in Cole Bay.

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No financial assistance for Curaçao to give asylum to...

WILLEMSTAD - The Netherlands does not intend to assist Curaçao and Aruba in the costs of giving asylum to Venezuelans who try to migrate to the islands. In government circles in both Willemstad and Oranjestad there will be requests made in The...

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Community Mobile Dental Consultations available today

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Community dental care will be available from the mobile dental bus once again on Tuesday, March 20 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg where Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department...

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SSSD organizes free workshop on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

PHILIPSBURG - The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is organizing an interactive and inf...

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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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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A kind and generous female tourist, after reading an article in the Daily Herald regarding the donation of uniforms to the students of the Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts (CBA), decided to donate 20 ...

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Mid Isle Teamed up with Alex n'Ani to 'End Polio Now'

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle has been continuing the fight to 'End Polio Now' with three fundraisers for the Rotary Year 2017-2018, the civic organization said in a press release on Monday.

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Tuesday is World Oral Health Day. Visit the Mobile Clinic

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues surrounding oral health and the...

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Members "Financial Top X" sign covenant to combat...

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - Those in charge of the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) BES, the Dutch Caribbean Police Force (KPCN), the Recherche Samenwerkings Team (RST), the Koninklijke Marechaussee (KMar), the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIUBES), the ...

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St. Kitts and Nevis gets digital independence

SINT MAARTEN/ST. KITTS & NEVIS - The government of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis has become the first in the Caribbean to have its own unique identifier on the global Internet. An autonomous system number, called an ASN, was assigned to...

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Health Authorities and Police in St. Lucia Probe...

CASTRIES, St Lucia, Friday March 16, 2018 - St Lucia's Chief Medical Officer Dr Merlene Fredericks has raised a public health alert following four unusual deaths just days apart, against the background of information that all the deceased had...

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Tourism Interests Urged to Invest in Agriculture

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday March 15, 2018 - Chairman of the Tourism Linkages Council in Jamaica, Adam Stewart, is calling on hoteliers and other tourism interests, to invest in the local agriculture sector, noting that this is a surefire way of...

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3 Caribbean Nations Added to EU Tax Haven List, 1...

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Thursday March 15, 2018 - European Union (EU) finance ministers have added the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands and St Kitts and Nevis to a tax haven blacklist, while removing St Lucia from the list. And Trinidad and Tobago...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) March 20, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Tuesday evening: Mainly fair. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F Forecast Low: 24°C / 75°F Sunset Today: 6:23...

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Three men arrested after women report being drugged and...

Three men have been arrested after two Dutch women reported they had been drugged and raped on a night out in Antwerp. The women, aged 21 and 22, told police they were in the Roxy nightclub on Friday where they fell into conversation with a group ...

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Online supermarket Picnic do delivery service into Germany

Online goods delivery service Picnic is expanding its formula in Germany, centering on the Düsseldorf area, online news service reported on Monday. Picnic, which received a €100m capital injection from four large investment funds earlier...

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Proost! The Netherlands is 13th largest importer champagne

Some 2.5 million bottles of champagne were sold in the Netherlands in 2017, an increase of 7.7% over the previous year, the Benelux Champagne Bureau said on Monday. The value of the imports was more than 11% higher. The total does not include...

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SXM Daily News - 19 Mar 2018
SXM Daily News March 19, 2018

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