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Dump management requires more money

PHILIPSBURG - MP Theo Heyliger, leader of the United Democrats, was right when he observed in a meeting of Parliament in February that the government gets what it is paying for with the management contract for the landfill. "There were two bids," ...

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Dear Reader

In today's edition we give you a brief history of the dump and the many promises made over the years to solve the waste-to-energy issue with several attempts to bring in companies to build a WTE plant and mine the landfill.

As we cannot write enough about the dump situation, we have created a special segment in today's edition that is all about The Dump.

See the articles below in this newsletter.

Have a good read and do have a great day.

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A brief history of the dump

By Hilbert Haar ~ In June 2008 I wrote an article under the headline "Landfill remains until the end of 2010." It appeared in the now defunct Today newspaper. In the meantime we know better. The landfill is not going anywhere for a very long time...

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Dollars, not guilders

By Hilbert Haar ~ An alert reader pointed out to me that the price the waste-to-energy plant would charge GEBE for a Kilowatt of electricity is $0.26 and not 0.26 guilders. This is correct and I apologize for the oversight. But how does this change..

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The question nobody ever asked

By Hilbert Haar ~ The dump remains a hot item and for good reason. For decades dump fires have affected the health of citizens and for decades the government had failed to do something about it. The construction of a waste-to-energy facility has...

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To write or not to write.... about the dump fire again

Last week Saturday, Carnival Fascination cruise ship was informed about the smoke from the dump by the port authorities and advised not to make a call at the port of St. Maarten. Despite this the captain decided, after assessing the situation, to ...

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The Unprofessionals

by Chris Morvan Lack of professionalism is not something anyone likes to be accused of, but it confronts us in all walks of life, not just here but everywhere. I'm talking about taxi drivers who can't put your luggage in the back because they've...

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UPDATED! Recap MP Frans Richardson residency issue

Recap articles published about the residency issue of MP Frans Richardson and the possible consequences regarding his status as a member of Parliament: MP-status Frans Richardson called into question Questions remain about MP-status Frans...

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Bacchanal Sunday video

It was another entertaining evening for Carnival 2018 as thousands converge in the Festival Village for the 3rd edition of Bacchanal Sunday. Hurricane Irma certainly aint got nothing on these...

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Carnival Wet Fete video

Only Jouvert morning can rival this wet session with solid stage performances.

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Carnival's Bacchanal Sunday in photos

Bacchanal Sunday was all about foam, water, music and more water.

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Carnival's Wet Fete in photos

Bacchanal Sunday, wet fet was the bomb, that is evident in these images.

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Teen Times Youth Extravaganza/Talent Showdown ...

POND ISLAND - On Monday, April 23, Teen Times Youth Extravaganza/Talent Showdown drew an estimated 1600 young people to Carnival Village, the Teen Times said in a statement on Monday night. "More was entering the Village to support their peers...

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Carnival 2018: Help prevent mosquito-borne diseases....

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community as well as visitors to wear light colored clothing at dusk;...

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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. Headline News
No new initiatives in draft budget

PHILIPSBURG - The accumulated deficits on the national budget increase to a total of 486.2 million guilders in 2020. The government projects that 2021 will be the first year when the budget shows a slim surplus again of 4.1 million guilders. This ...

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USP MP Brison Expresses Serious Concerns on 2018 Budget...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Rolando Brison of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) parliamentary faction, through a letter to the President of Parliament MP Wescott-Williams, expressed various concerns with the proposed...

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Civil service remains understaffed

PHILIPSBURG - The government organization currently employs 1,822 civil servants, but all departments struggle with staff shortages it appears from an overview in the draft 2018 budget. If all positions the civil service requires were filled, the ...

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Central Committee Meeting of Parliament set for Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The National Alliance (NA) faction in Parliament has serious concerns about the status of the recovery of the people of St. Maarten as well as that of the country itself, the NA said in a press statement. The NA...

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Central Committee Session on Thursday about 2018 budget

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The first country budget under the stewardship of Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier post-Hurricane Irma which was recently approved by the Council of Ministers, will be handled in a Central Committee session of the...

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WIB's Jump in 2018

PHILIPSBURG - The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB), for the past years, has done their part to add to the Carnival celebration with its annual Block Parties, which is now re-branded as "Jump In", according to a press release from WIB on Monday.

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More people get flexible job contracts but most are...

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - In 2017, 25% of the 7.9 million working population of the Netherlands had a flexible employment contract, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday. The CBS said the numbers of 'flexiworkers' had increased...

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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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Banking costs more money

WILLEMSTAD - Banking costs more and more money. In 2017 the costs for Maduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB) increased by 12 percent, about 37 million guilders. Especially because of higher salaries and writing off dubious customers. As a result, the net...

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Education Minister Wuite takes thank you gifts to Dutch Rep

PHILIPSBURG - As a follow-up to the digital letter of appreciation sent to Dutch Ministers Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science and Arie Slob of Primary and Secondary Education and Media, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth...

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Minister Wuite guest of Sint Maarten Yacht Club ...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On Saturday, April 21 st Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Jorien Wuite was a guest of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club where the flag of Sint Maarten was raised for the first time since Hurricane Irma as...

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Heyliger requests US $50M from recovery fund as airport loan

PHILIPSBURG - Allocate a US $50-million loan from the Hurricane Irma recovery funds to Princess Juliana International Airport to jolt the rebuilding of the terminal building and related facilities to save its hub function in the north-eastern...

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Divi Divi Air officially inaugurates new route...

ILLEMSTAD - Divi Divi Air recently started daily flights between Curaçao and Aruba. The official inauguration took place in a very pleasant atmosphere at the Hato International Airport. The event included speeches by the Minister of Traffic,...

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Zr. Ms. Holland arrived in the Caribbean

WILLEMSTAD - Zr.Ms. Holland has arrived in the Caribbean. The new station ship will be used for the next 3.5 months to intercept drug transports and to support the Coast Guard. Even before her ceremonial entry, she has already provided a...

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Minister Camelia-Römer: No indications for return Berenschot

WILLEMSTAD - The Minister of Public Health, Suzanne Camelia-Römer has no indications that ministerial supervisor Stanley Betrian, who is working on the construction of new hospital Hospital Nobo Otrobanda, will once again hire consulting firm...

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Summary proceedings pro bono lawyers against government

WILLEMSTAD - Lawyers who grant legal aid to people with low income free of charge are preparing a lawsuit against the country of Curaçao. The promised increase in the legal fee has still not been implemented. There has been great unrest and...

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Underlining alliance Venezuela Maduro visits Cuba President

HAVANA - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro became on Saturday the first foreign leader to meet with Cuba's Miguel Diaz-Canel since he became president of the communist-run island this week, underscoring the importance of the Venezuelan-Cuban...

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UNHCR regret at deportations of Venezuelans from Trinidad

GENEVA - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, deeply regrets the deportation this past weekend by Trinidad and Tobago of 82 Venezuelan nationals. The 82 include registered asylum-seekers and individuals who had declared an intention to apply for refugee ...

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Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez elected new president of Cuba

HAVANA - Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez was elected president of Cuba on Wednesday during a session of the National Assembly of People's Power (ANPP). Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, president of the National Electoral Commission (CEN), at the Havana...

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As a young country with its many political challenges, there is a need to understand the various mechanisms and tools available in a democracy laid down in our Constitution. The past seven and a half years have proven that certain provisions of...

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Celebration Basic Quality Achievement at GVP

8 Oranjestad- During the Inspectorate of Education's last visit to the Caribbean Netherlands (CN) in March 2018, the number of schools and educational institutions which achieved basic quality increased again. 20 out of 21 schools and educational ...

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Progress Made With Road Reconstruction Rincon

6 Kralendijk- Progress is being made with the reconstruction of one of the main roads in Rincon. Ealrier this week, commissioner James Kroon visited the project to see first hand how the road work is progressing. Under the project, the Kaya...

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Island Governor Rijna Receives Miss Tourism Candidates

8 Kralendijk- Recently, the four candidates who will participate in the June 2018 election of Miss Tourism Island visited Governor Edison Rijna at the Government office. The candidates received information from Rijna about the meaning of the flag ...

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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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Machete wielding Man arrested for weapons possession

PHILIPSBURG - On Saturday April 21 st in the evening hours a police patrol was sent to Bush road where a man well-known to police with initials T.C. was standing on the Bush road at the entrance to Blijden drive, with a machete in his hand.

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Sleeping Suspect arrested for breaking into a private...

PHILIPSBURG - On Sunday April 22 nd the owner of a private vehicle with license plate M-11005 filed a report at the police department stating that his vehicle which was parked on the Clem Labega Square was broken into and that the suspect was...

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Import fruit and vegetables from Venezuela stagnant

WILLEMSTAD - Two weeks after the opening of the borders with Venezuela, the import of fruit and vegetable boats to the island is still stagnant. This morning a second fruit boat arrived, but it should have been six. Five boats were not allowed to ...

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Díaz-Canel elected president of Cuba

HAVANA - Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez was elected president of Cuba on Wednesday during a session of the National Assembly of People's Power (ANPP). Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, president of the National Electoral Commission (CEN), at the Havana...

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FirstCaribbean Scraps Plan to List Shares on New York...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday April 20, 2018 - FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited (FCIB) has withdrawn its recent public offering in the United States and is no longer pursuing a listing of its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

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CHTA Earth Day Message From President Karolin Troubetzkoy

NEW YORK, United States, Sunday April 22, 2018 - Earth Day's theme this year, "End Plastic Pollution," is especially relevant for CHTA because preventing or removing plastic pollution remains a big challenge for many of our tourism enterprises...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday April 23, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) April 24, 2018 Tonight through Tuesday evening: Mostly cloudy and breezy with isolated showers possible. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F Forecast Low:...

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'Military adventurism' real threat for ABC islands

THE HAGUE - 'Military adventurism' poses a real threat to Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire. The Lieutenant General of the Marines Rob Verkerk warned the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. This is according to a report from Rene Zwart of ABC online ...

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Delta Plan needed to save corals in the Caribbean

DEN HELDER - Prof. Dr. Han Lindeboom has used his retirement speech from Wageningen University & Research to make a strong case for a 'National Delta Plan' to save the corals in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. At a farewell symposium at the...

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Dutch hospitals check 'vulnerability' of elderly...

Two Dutch hospitals have begun assessing the 'vulnerability' of patients over the age of 70 who are admitted to their emergency departments to determine their suitability for major operations and other far-reaching treatment, the NRC said on Monday.

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