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How the causeway suddenly became 10% more expensive

PHILIPSBURG - Five companies submitted a bid for the construction of the causeway bridge across the Simpson Bay lagoon. The most expensive bid of $39.445 million by Volker Construction International won. But when the St. Maarten Harbor Holding...

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Dear Reader

When you don't know, you don't know. But the school children always know.

What school children have been saying for years is now a subject of investigation: the costs of the causeway bridge project over the Simpson Bay lagoon was 10% higher than originally quoted. Also the bond issue used to financed the causeway project is being investigated.

It is remarkable how our government and government-owned companies can get very creative when it comes to finding money for certain projects but when it comes to paying things like the pro bono lawyers for their work, suddenly there is no money. No effort is made to find money to pay these lawyers for the crucial work they do.

In this edition we highlight these issues and more. Like what will become of St. Maarten in a United States of Europe. A valid question if you take a look at what is happening in Statia. At least, the Parliament of Curacao is cognizant of that fact as well.

Our congratulations are going out to Marcel Gumbs on his appointment on the Steering Committee of the World Bank Trust Fund to represent St. Maarten.

We are a strong and vocal advocate of the fact that we need more people of the caliber Marcel Gumbs to represent St. Maarten abroad, not only in The Netherlands, but also in other critical areas vital to St. Maarten's future as a country.


In other inhouse news developments, we have started an online Obituaries publication service at Publication fees start at just $75 US Dollars per year. Sympathy advertisements with condoleance messages can also be published on these pages as well.

We have published two examples of such obituaries. One for the late Roy Rudolf Marlin, whose homegoing was, Saturday, May 26th, and one for the late Roland Cecil Bryson aka Paben whose homegoing will be today Tuesday afternoon.

Under these obituaries visitors to the webpages can post condolence messages and 'light candles' for the deceased.

Visit our Obituaries webpage and post your condolence message for Paben if you have not done so already.

Please email inquiries regarding the publishing of Obituaries to

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Strike pro bono attorneys continues

PHILIPSBURG - Pro bono lawyers continue their strike that began eleven days ago on Tuesday. The attorneys have not been paid by the government since January. Furthermore, the government refuses to pay higher tariffs. The attorneys went on strike...

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Pay or face the consequences

By Hilbert Haar ~ It is rather unsettling that pro bono attorneys have to go on strike on an annual basis for one reason only: the government is not paying them. It happened in 2016, it happened in 2017 and now it is happening again. Invoices have...

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What becomes of St. Maarten in a Unites States of Europe?

HILVERSUM - What will happen with the Caribbean countries in the Kingdom if Europe became a republic? Rik Haverman examined this hypothetical situation for Caribisch Netwerk with Caribbean-expert Wouter Veenendaal, who teaches political science...

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An island is not a rock

by Chris Morvan There's a blog that I follow, called Women Who Live On Rocks. It's a jovial, whimsical thing, started by a yoga instructor, a good-looking, bikini-wearing type who looks great in photographs. I don't know how she came to be living ...

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Marcel Gumbs selected to represent Sint Maarten ....

PHILIPSBURG - The Council of Ministers has appointed Mr. Marcel Gumbs as the representative of Sint Maarten to the Steering Committee of the World Bank Trust Fund. Under the Trust Fund, decisions on the financing of recovery and resilience...

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Ministry of ECYS introduces Safety and Emergency...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The official 'Safety and Emergency Response Guidelines for Schools' (SERG) was dispatched the week of May 21 st by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport to all schools as one policy within the larger...

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Nature Foundation Teaches Milton Peters College Students ...

Last week the Nature Foundation visited the second form of Milton Peters College to teach the students about the importance of our coral reefs and about the Foundation's Coral Restoration Project. Worldwide coral reefs are declining due to global ...

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Library hopes to rebuild with Trust Fund

PHILIPSBURG - "When it rains outside, it rains inside the library as well," explains Sint Maarten Library Director Monique Alberts. The library's building was heavily damaged during hurricane Irma. The library still has not received enough funds...

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SMMC to FRED 2018 to represent SXM in recruitment drive...

CAY HILL - The St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) will be attending the upcoming FRED Expo in Rotterdam (Holland) on June 2nd in an attempt to fill critical vacancies and to represent St. Maarten. FRED is the only recruitment event aimed at Dutch...

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“Yankee” Rogers remembered

Joseph William Rogers With deep sadness we announce the passing of Joseph W. Rogers a.k.a Yankee Joseph William Rogers passed away on April 25, 2018. He was 96. Popularly known as "Yankee" throughout St. Martin and Anguilla for most of his life,...

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Code yellow storm warning in Holland for today Tuesday

The KNMI weather bureau on Tuesday issued a code yellow weather warning, stating that heavy storms will move over most of the country on Tuesday afternoon. So much rain may fall in places that there will be flash flooding and other problems in...

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Incubators sponsored by COSME set to transform St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, ST.MAARTEN - 22 May, 2018 - COSME, a European Union funded programme, has launched the online business incubator CaribConnect in four of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba and Cayman....

Read more Legal Matters

Our Country is often referred to as a State of Law (Rechtstaat). This means that our Country is governed by the rule of law, and that every formal decision of the state must be based on a law and the authority provided by law to make such decisions.

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Van Putten Grateful For Support From Parliament Curacao

3 Orajestad- Leader of the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) Clyde van Putten is thankful for the support received from the Parliament of Curaçao. "On behalf of the people of St. Eustatius, I hereby express a heartfelt word of thanks for the brave...

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Tripartite consultation Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten...

THE HAGUE - Delegations from the Parliaments of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten are currently conducting tripartite consultations in preparation for the Interparliamentary Kingdom Council (IpKo) where they discuss current issues with members of...

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King and Queen in July to Curaçao

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will visit Curaçao on 1 and 2 July. The royal couple visits the island on the occasion of Dia di Bandera (Flag Day). On this day it is celebrated that on July 2, 1951 the first island ...

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Poll results (16) - " Should Old man Paben get a statue".

Yes - 88%
No - 12%

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Does it make any sense for MPs with integrity issues to go to Holland for IPKO meeting?
No, they should resign
Mosquito Breeding Site Cleaning Up for Pick Up on May 30

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Residents of the districts of St. John's Estate, Mary's Fancy, Saunders, Betty's Estate, Ebenezer and St. Peters, are requested to have any yard/garden debris placed in front of their home to be picked up on Wednesday, May 30 ...

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Income Tax Form submission deadline is May 31

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Tax Administration Sint Maarten, (Inspectorate Department), would like to remind the general public that the deadline to file the Income Tax forms 2017 is the 31 st of May 2018.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV is actively reminding companies of their obligations in accordance to the Federal Ordinance for Sickness and Accident Insurance. One of those obligations being the monthly declaration...

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InselAir is not allowed to dismiss pilots

WILLEMSTAD - The local airline InselAir cannot dismiss its MD80 pilots. The judge decided ruled in favor of the pilots. It involves a total of eleven pilots. Because InselAir is no longer flying with the aircraft, the pilots should be trained for ...

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Carnival Cruise Lines Horizon to call for 2018-2019 season

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Carnival Cruise Lines newest class Vista ship, Carnival Horizon, will be making its inaugural call to destination St. Maarten in October for the 2018-2019 high cruise season. The vessel carry's close to 4,000 cruise passengers...

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Barbados PM Names Largest Ever Cabinet; MPs to donate ....

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday May 28, 2018 - Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley continued making political history yesterday, naming the largest Cabinet the country has ever seen and having Cabinet ministers take the oath of office in the first...

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Main Opposition Party Will Have Voice in Senate Despite...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday May 28, 2018 - Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced that in the absence of an official opposition, following her Barbados Labour Party's 30-nil victory at the polls last week, the Constitution will be amended to...

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Over 200 Guyanese to be Employed under Natural Gas Project

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday May 28, 2018 - More than 200 Guyanese will be employed during the civil works and construction phase for natural gas and liquid petroleum plants. The disclosure has come from Minister of Public Infrastructure David...

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Initiative Launched in Jamaica to Help Teenage Mothers...

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday May 28, 2018 - Declaring that "no one must be left behind", Jamaica's Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has launched a new initiative to help adolescent mothers to complete their high...

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Forecasters predict a near- or above-normal 2018 season

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - NOAA's (U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal. Forecasters predict a 35...

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Journalists killed while covering US storm

Two journalists were killed in a "freak of nature" accident while covering weather conditions in North Carolina during storm Alberto. Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer, from news outlet WYFF, died when a falling tree crushed their car as they...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday May 28, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) May 29, 2018 Tonight through Tuesday midday: Generally partly cloudy and breezy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers. Remainder of...

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Pim Fortuyn's killer wins probation case, plans to move ...

The man convicted of killing populist politician Pim Fortuyn in 2004 has won the right not to report to the probation services every six weeks. Volkert van der Graaf went to court two weeks ago, saying the condition is making it impossible for...

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Dutch happy to work at home, just 3% are considering a...

The Dutch are among the least likely Europeans to want to work abroad, according to research among almost 10,000 EU workers by salary processor ADP. The research, which included 1,300 Dutch nationals, showed that just 3% of Dutch workers are open ...

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Adult wins case to have Dutch birth certificate changed...

A court in Limburg has ruled that an adult who feels neither male or female can be issued a new birth certificate stating that they are of 'no determined sex'. The case was brought by a person born in 1961 who was registered as male by their...

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World's largest freshwater pearl to be auctioned ...

The world's largest freshwater pearl is expected to fetch up to €540,000 when it goes up for sale in The Hague this week. Nicknamed the Sleeping Lion, the jewel is thought to have formed during the reign of the Qianglong emperor between 1700 and...

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