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Inequality in the Kingdom: a Constitutional Judge needed

PHILIPSBURG - Maintaining the myth that there is equality between the four countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands is hypocritical, St. Maarten's representative in the Council of State Maria van der Sluis-Plantz said during the presentation...

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Dear Reader

A lot of the retired civil servants are waking up to the reality of their situation and how their pension is not sufficing.

We at are often told about the living situation of seniors, even retired civil servants, who are living off of a government pension and can't make ends meet.

Stories that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

You honestly would not like to find yourself in that situation.

Yet it is the stark reality of a future many of us will be facing soon enough.

What can one do to make sure one can still be financially well-off when retired?

When you start looking around at the possibilities, you realize the system is not right and you have to start taking actions from now in order to not depend on that faulty system.

Each of us should wake up to that reality and pay attention to what some like Mr. Jessurun and associates of the Consumer Coalition and Anti-Poverty Platform are saying.

Don't attack the messenger, attack the problem.

In the meantime, do have a great week!

PS: For a taste of the Caribbean, visit the latest addition to the list of restaurants in Simpson Bay: NICK'S CAFE. Open for Local Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Mondays to Saturday; but closed on Sundays. Visit Nick's Cafe Facebook Page online at


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Draft 2019 Budget Review Articles
Members of Parliament poke holes in 2019 budget.

PHILIPSBURG: --- Members of Parliament including those that support the current United Democrats /St. Maarten Christian Party Government posed several critical questions to the Minister of Finance Perry Geerlings when he appeared in Parliament on ...

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There is a hole in the budget

POND ISLAND - The draft 2019 budget closes with a deficit of 67.2 million guilders. The government projects 478.8 million in expenditures this year and 411.6 million guilders in revenue. The tax office project requires a 60 million guilders...

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Pension reform possibly into effect per May 1

PHILIPSBURG -- The government aims to let pension reform for civil servants go into effect per May 1 of this year. With the carnival season almost upon us, parliament will have to move swiftly to get this done. LOGIN TO READ MORE... THERE IS MORE ...

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Government cuts electricity budget for schools

PHILIPSBURG - The power consumption at public schools varies wildly it appears from the draft 2019 budget. The government intends to save more than 46,000 guilders ($25,720) in 2019 on the electricity bills at eight primary schools and the...

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Draft 2019 budget closes with 67.2 million deficit

PHILIPSBURG - The draft 2019 budget closes with a deficit of 67.2 million guilders. The government projects 478.8 million in expenditures this year and 411.6 million guilders in revenue. According to the elucidation with the budget, Finance...

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Civil service operates at 70 percent

PHILIPSBURG - The civil service currently employs 1,685 people divided over seven ministries and there are 710 vacancies. If all vacancies were filled, the civil service would be 2,395 strong. This appears from data in the draft 2019 budget; they ...

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Government wants to establish a bodyguard unit

PHILIPSBURG - The government wants to renovate and equip the waiting room and the conference room of the Council of Ministers on the fourth floor of the government building for 800,000 guilders (close to $447,000). This appears from the draft...

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Geerlings offers payment plan on unpaid taxes ...

PHILIPSBURG - Times are still "tough for everyone" and in recognition of this reality, Finance Minister, the Honourable Perry Geerlings, has decided to offer an extension of the deadline for payment of outstanding taxes or create a payment...

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Geerlings address Consumer Coalition's allegations

PHILIPSBURG - Finance Minister, the Honourable Perry Geerlings, is critical of "the false claims made by the St. Maarten Consumer Coalition & Anti-Poverty Platform who recently said his Ministry's policy on alleviating the burden for businesses...

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A wasted opportunity

By Hilbert Haar ` Anti-Poverty Platform chairman Drs. Raymond Jessurun usually does a good job defending the position of underprivileged citizens. His tireless work gives a voice to the voiceless and that deserves respect and at least a decent...

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"Government favors businesses over citizens"

PHILIPSBURG -- The government's decision to deny citizens an extension for the payment of road tax and to offer businesses a payment plan for turnover taxes is discrimination, Anti-Poverty Platform chairman Drs. Raymond Jessurun said at a press...

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Anti-Poverty Platform criticizes pension reform

PHILIPSBURG -- The Anti-Poverty Platform contests the notion that civil servants will receive a higher pension once the legislation to amend the pension ordinance. Referring to an article in The Daily Herald that contains this notion, the...

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The Hunt for Theo and the Stifling of Sint Maarten's Growth

SINT MAARTEN (GUANA BAY) - "People of St. Maarten, we are living through an extraordinary time in our island's history. The political hysteria that erupted in Holland several years ago demanding investigations into alleged corruption in St....

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Press Release Public Prosecutor's Office

THEO HEYLIGER TO REMAIN DETAINED IN BONAIRE FOR NEXT 60 DAYS ~ Press release - Monday, March 18, 2019 ~ By request of the Public Prosecutor, last Friday, March 14, the judge made a decision in regards to T.H.’s detention.

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A Mother's Pain - Theo's Mother Breaks Her Silence....

SINT MAARTEN (GUANA BAY) - "The detention of my son has certainly brought me a lot of sadness, frustration and anger," Lillian Agnes Wathey said on Sunday. "I still feel as if Theo was kidnapped. On that night, without formal notice two masked...

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NAGICO Group Launches LIVE FIT Plan to Promote Health

GREAT BAY - NAGICO Group, a diversified insurance company serving 21 territories in the Caribbean, is pleased to announce the launch of its LIVE FIT health program in St. Maarten. The health plan will provide gym members and persons that use...

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They never left

In the early 90's while I worked at the immigration department, I had a discussion which I concluded, was an interrogation. It had to do with our IT system which they wanted to change. Their mission was to be able to have insight into our...

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MP Meyers: "Laws put targets on the backs of our people"

PHILIPSBURG -- United Democrats MP Franklin Meyers made a number of remarkable statements during a broadcast if the Morning Show on Pearl 98.1 FM Radio on March 11 to the program's host Elton Jones. Meyers suggested that the prosecutor's office...

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MP Luc Mercelina "...we have a big problem in this country"

Member of Parliament, Dr. Luc Mercelina talking about the serious problems in St. Maarten

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SCDF: St. Maarten hotels almost booked solid for carnival

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Tuesday reported that as far as hotel rooms go, "St. Maarten is literally booked solid" for Carnival 2019. With the exception of limited availability at some...

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Department of Sports launches its 2019 Awareness Campaign

In collaboration with NPOwer SXM ~ Philipsburg - The Department of Sports (DoS) in collaboration with NPOwer SXM is proud to kick off the 2019 Sports Awareness Campaign with the Annual Sports Conference which will be held from Wednesday March 27, ...

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Mr. Brown questions Minister of Education about NIPA

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Daring mid-morning robbery in Dutch Quarter

DUTCH QUARTER -- The Police are investigating a daring mid-morning robbery at the Super 2-3 Market which was formally Afoo Supermarket in Dutch Quarter at about 11am on Monday morning.

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Argument escalates into fight; numerous arrests

DUTCH QUARTER, Sint Maarten (KPS)- The Detective Department is presently investigating a case involving numerous persons several of which were arrested after an argument between a couple had taken place and quickly got out of hand. This incident...

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New Police Chief for Saba

The Bottom, Saba - Saba's new head of police Gert Geerdink visited Island Governor Jonathan Johnson on his first working day on Monday March 18. The meeting had an introductory character, but served at the same time to discuss points of...

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Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten

Missing Minor MICHELLE MANNING ran away from home after an argument with her guardian on Wednesday 6th March, 2019 and has not returned home since then. She also has not attended school since the...

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Thompson Missing since February 19. Police seeking...

PHILIPSBURG - The Sint Maarten Juvenile Justice Department is asking for the help of the community to locate missing minor Kristoff Thompson, police said on Monday in a statement. Kristoff left home on the 19th of February 2019 and has not...

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Unity Jump-Up, Calypso Karaoke, pageant competitions on...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) and all Carnival lovers will have a very busy upcoming weekend. Three pre-Carnival events will be held this weekend, beginning on Friday with the Unity Jump-Up...

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Make a Museum and Plant Native Seeds on Saturday

ST. MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER)-Local association Les Fruits de Mer invites everyone on St. Martin to help make a museum together at the Amuseum Naturalis March volunteer day. Volunteers of all ages can lend a hand this Saturday, March 23rd from...

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Corendon B737 Jet Sent Back Home; Divi Divi Need Alternative

Willemstad - The adventure of Divi Divi Air, together with Corendon Dutch Airlines, has come to an abrupt end now that Corendon has sent home the single Boeing 737 used on the route. The Boeing jet had been deployed on the route between...

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Johnson issues decree for temp restriction of Boeing 737MAX8

PHILIPSBURG - Minister responsible for Civil Aviation on St. Maarten the honourable Stuart Johnson has issued a Ministerial Decree to temporarily restrict the use of Boeing 737 -Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the St. Maarten airspace (Juliana TMA)...

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Ministry restricts the use of drones

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (TEATT) has placed restrictions on the use of drone aircraft in several areas such as the Princess Juliana International Airport, the Harbor, the House ...

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COCI Offers Unique Opportunity to Business Community ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Supervisory Board and Executive Director are offering a unique business opportunity for the Sint Maarten business community, an all-expense paid participation for...

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Government invests more money in boosting internet skills

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Ministers have set aside €425m over the coming five years to boost literacy, numeracy and computer skills among people who have difficulty functioning in society. In total, the money will be used to target 2.5...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG -- NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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Reminder to Register by March 20 for the Breast Screening

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Women across the country are being reminded to register by March 20 for the free Saturday, March 23 rd breast abnormalities and health screening examination for calendar year 2019. The screening is carried out on scheduled...

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Economic Diversity on St. Maarten

Forum Hosted by University of St. Martin. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM ~ USM Room 202

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SINT MAARTEN/ANGUILLA - Stages Anguilla is a young Performing Arts Company comprising of Forty -Five - Fifty students ranging from ages Seven to Eighteen, Collette Jones-Chin, Director and Executive Producer said in a press statement on Monday.

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Fundraising Movie Night for Boys' & Girls' Brigade March 23

PHILIPSBURG - The 1 st St. Maarten Boys' Brigade and the 2 nd St. Maarten Girls' Brigade cordially invite you to a Fundraising Movie Night: Walk by Faith. Date: Saturday March 23, 2019 Place: Louisann Augusta Illidge Hall (Brick Building),...

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - The Wizards, specializing in computer repairs and onsite services, is now the official reseller for an environmentally-friendly product that has a very unusual feature: A solar powered LED lantern that is a phone charger as...

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Detention Theo Heyliger extended for another 60 days. Should he be brought back to St. Maarten?
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Eleven men prosecuted for paying for sex with minor boy

THE NETHERLANDS - Eleven men, including the former deputy head prosecutor of the National Office and fraud specialist Vincent L., are being prosecuted for paying to commit sexual acts with an underage boy, reports The suspects are all from...

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Ambulance, and Fire Depts. practice drills.

PHILIPSBURG:----The national emergency services, namely the Fire Department, Police, and Ambulance Departments, completed several days of multi-agency training in the district of Cole Bay together based on scenarios where they need to depend on...

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CAYHILL, Sint Maarten - The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) and the Kidz at Sea Foundation are pleased to announce a strategic alliance that will both expand the Maritime certification opportunities for the students of NIPA ...

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Sint Maarten participates at the OCTA Ministerial Conference

SINT MAARTEN/PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - On Thursday, February 28, 2019, St. Maarten lead by the Deputy Minister of Plenipotentiary, the Honorable Michael Somersall, participated in the OCTA Ministerial Conference in French Polynesia. During the...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

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