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Governor Holiday asks MP Silveria Jacobs to be formateur

Harbour View - On September 30, 2019, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, requested the fraction leader of the National Alliance, Ms. Silveria Jacobs, to form an interim government as formateur. The Governor held...

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The thing with Article 59

Is there a cure for the seemingly never-ending battle between an obstinate parliament - that sends the government home - and an evenly stubborn Council of Ministers that reacts by invoking Article 59 of the Constitution and dissolving parliament?

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Today we conclude our 3-parts series on the topic of US Pre-Clearance for St. Maarten.

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Our next series of articles will be on the topic of Solar Energy.

With GEBE still experiencing major operational, technical and management issues, and the World Bank/Trust Fund giving GEBE a grant of 11 million US Dollars for rebuilding, reconstruction and improvement projects based on a NRPB program to make GEBE more resilient, now would be a good time to bring up the topic of Solar Energy for GEBE, government and all relevant stakeholders to look at.

As we know, it is technically possible for households and businesses producing energy from solar panels to feed the excess energy into the electricity grid and get compensation for this from GEBE using smart meters. So why isn't GEBE looking at this source of clean and renewable energy with unlimited production possibilities that can also lead to a reduction in tariffs across the board?

Naturally, the Waste To Energy (WTE) (as another alternative source of energy) debate can tie in in the periphery of this topic, but we want the focus to be on why GEBE isn't allowing consumers to use solar energy (legally) and feed the excess energy into the grid.

So let's have a look at this topic and have a debate on the topic of solar energy. We welcome any input from you the readers as well on this topic. Headline News
Dutch get direct influence on international aviation matters

PHILIPSBURG - There has been nothing but silence from outgoing Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson about the standing of the Princess Juliana International Airport with the American Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), but a few...

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COCI calls for Urgent Action by Parliament and Caretaker COM

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce Board is requesting urgent action by the House of Parliament and the Caretaker Government with respect to pending Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Legislation and Countering the Financing of Terrorism...

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Minister Johnson attends Monaco Yacht Show 2019

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication the Honorable Stuart Johnson wrapped up his Europe work visit by attending the Monaco Yacht Show 2019 last week. This year's event has been hailed by the...

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A News Review
Minister of Finance Actions Disrespectful.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The pathetic attempts of the former Chair to throw shade at this new majority in Parliament is amazing but not at all surprising. Parliament convened public meeting number 34 which had been originally called by the then members in ...

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MP Brison to present solution to financial laws

Says previous coalition put country at risk ~ PHILIPSBURG - Vice President of Parliament and USP Faction Leader MP Rolando Brison on Sunday said amendments to the FATF laws which have been prepared for months will be presented soon and that the...

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All set for 2nd Edition of the NAGICO Health & Fitness Fair

PHILIPBURG - The 2nd edition of the Free NAGICO Health & Fitness Fair will be held on Saturday October 5th, at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex. NAGICO has announced that with over 20 vendors participating, the event will be twice the size of...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean hosts eighth Walk for the Cure Oct. 5th

CUPECOY - For the eighth consecutive year CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank will host the Walk for the Cure. The proceeds of the event - to be held on Saturday October 5 - will go to the Positive Foundation. Last year the fundraiser netted...

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MHF presents Happiness Event on October 10th

The Mental Health Foundation is proud to present the first edition of the Happiness Event! On Thursday, October 10th from 4.30 PM to 8 PM you're welcome at the Cultural Center in town to join us for an evening filled with performances, sharing of ...

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The history of US Pre-clearance | Part 1

Official Post from PHILIPSBURG - The term pre-clearance appeared for the first time in local media in a report about the Routes Americas aviation conference held in Denver Colorado, in February 2015.The St. Maarten delegation - ...

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The nuts and bolts of US Pre-clearance | Part 2

Official Post from PHILIPSBURG - What exactly is pre-clearance and what does it involve? obtained answers to several pertinent questions from Clint Lamm, Director of the Preclearance Field Office. The...

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The pros and cons of US Pre-clearance | Part 3

PHILIPSBURG - Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, the eloquent former Minister of Tourism of The Bahamas - and currently a partner of the Nassau-based Bedford&Baker Group - is a proponent of US Pre-clearance. At the June 2017 Caribavia conference in St....

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