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By Hilbert Haar ~ Running a country is not a profitable business. If the Netherlands, or St. Maarten or Curacao for that matter, had been private sector businesses they would have had to close their doors a long time ago. There is a lot of talk...

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Debates in Parliament ignore economic impact marine sector

Dear Sir, Recently there were discussions in parliament about lease land that housed a boatyard (St Maarten Shipyard) and the press also covered the matter of the major marina in Oyster Pond (Captain Olivers) where legislation matters prevented...

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Court sets deadline for solution to dump nuisance

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance put the Ministry of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) with its back against the proverbial wall on Friday with a ruling that orders the government to complete its fire ...

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Shady business at SZV? Maybe not

PHILIPSBURG - 'Shady business taking place at USZV, Medwork and Medicosmetics'; thus read a recent headline on a notorious gossip-blog. The underlying article spoke of a "shady affiliation' of Medwork with SZV, of a doctor who is not allowed to...

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Irresponsible transportation of garbage

Government must be held responsible for the reckless transportation of garbage by individuals and garbage haulers. Flat bed trucks and garbage containers can be seen with garbage or garbage bags falling onto the roads or garbage containers are...

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Venezuelan gold bars confiscated

AIRPORT - On Sunday, July 14th at approximately 04.45 p.m., a routine joint control was carried out at the Princess Juliana International Airport between the Customs Department and the Alpha Team on board of a private aircraft which originated...

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Police Force receives work-visit from Progress Committee

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday July 30th the Police Chief Carl John and Management team received a scheduled work-visit from the Progress Committee. During this visit Chief John gave the committee an extensive and overall presentation of the current...

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Suspect in alleged attempted rape found dead ...

PHILIPSBURG - Detectives at the Juvenile and Morals Department are presently investigating a case of attempted rape which according to the report was filed on Saturday August 17th, 2019, at approximately 11.00 a.m. by the victim identified with...

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Defamation remains part of St. Maarten's culture

PHILIPSBURG - Slander, defamation, insults; these are the key ingredients of what St. Maarteners know as melee. Playing out mainly on Facebook and on gossip web sites, it is a popular pastime from the writers of this stuff and their readers...

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The most profitable solution

By Hilbert Haar ~ A ticking time bomb and a government with a history of ignoring court rulings; two observations from the court ruling that orders the government to finally take action and do something about the persistent problems with the dump...

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