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Fire at junkyard in Dutch Quarter; dumpsite cars of concern

DUTCH QUARTER - On Wednesday August 1st at approximately 12.15 p.m. police patrols and Fire Department were sent to Madrid Lane in Dutch Quarter where it was reported that a garage was on fire and that the possibility for the fire spreading was...

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Dear Reader

It still remains a mystery why the roles and functioning of supervisory boards of directors are so confusing when the corporate governance codes, rules and regulations are available for all to study. And when in doubt, just consult the Corporate Governance Council.

It is however an unwritten rule that when a new government asks a supervisory board to step down, the members resign even before they are asked to do so. No need to make a fuss. When one door closes, another one opens. With the rate governments change on St. Maarten, it can be expected that one will soon be asked to join a new board. So no need to rock the boat indeed.

Things get a bit trickier when salaries of former cabinet staff members are not being paid.

Three former cabinet staff members of the Marlin II government informed us today that they have not been paid their last month's salary of January 2018. As we all know, the Leona Marlin-Romeo I cabinet took office on January 15th, 2018. With immediate effect, all cabinet staff members of the outgoing ministers lost their jobs. Who could not return to departments they took a leave of absence from were basically out of a job. And out of a final pay as well it seems.

The affected staff members worked in the cabinets of the ministers of General Affairs, VROMI and TEATT. Now it seems all kinds of technicalities are being used to not pay out salary balances, accumulated vacations days, pension premium deductions that has to be refunded for those that did not join the pension fund, etc.,etc.. In short, a plethora of excuses, bureaucratic policies and procedures that are now testing the patience of some former staff members, forcing them to turn to the media in search of support for their cause and highlight for their plight.

Despite clear policies and, in some cases, official decrees (landsbesluiten) in hand, the rules and regulations are not being adhered to. Because of the myriad of differences in each case, we can only advise each individual ex-staff member to assess their own situation according to the well-established policies and work out what needs to be worked out so that they can get paid properly. The present government should do well to settle each case satisfactorily because here in St. Maarten there is a saying "Today for me, tomorrow for you." Meaning tomorrow you might find yourself in the same situation as well. Unless you are a masochist, payback can a pain.

It seems nowadays to serve in minister's cabinets and on supervisory boards and receive your just dues are only possible until you are no longer wanted. Then it is exit stage left and wait for your day next time around. If you are unlucky, it might one day take four years of waiting.

Or so we hope.

Best regards,

The Publisher

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PHILIPSBURG-In addressing the intention of the Shareholder to terminate the service of the Supervisory Board of the Princess Juliana International Airport Holding (PJIAH) Company, Shareholder Representative and Tourism Minister Stuart Johnson...

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Minister to tackle longstanding issues facing BIP

PHILIPSBURG-The Board of the Bureau for Intellectual Property BIP met with Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication TEATT Stuart Johnson to provide updates on the organization, Monday, July 30. The meeting was held at...

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EXCLUSIVE: Council of Ministers make another illegal move

COM will now follow proper procedures to dismiss PJIAH board members.~ PHILIPSBURG:--- The Council of Ministers are continuing with their illegal tactics to remove members of Princess Juliana Airport Holding (PJIAH) board.

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Coastal residents advised to have plans in place for surges

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Police reports of armed robbery of couple and illegal gun

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Islands join scientific research in Save Our Sharks Project

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You Got Skills' Boxing Clinic Launched

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1986-1994 issues of banknotes withdrawn from circulation

WILLEMSTAD - As communicated by the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) on June 1, 2018, all denominations of the Netherlands-Antillean guilder banknotes issued from 1986 to 1994 are withdrawn from circulation as of yesterday, July...

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PUBLIC NOTICE from Milton Peters College (MPC) =

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License plate controls commence on August 6

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Tax Administration, div: Receiver's Office, hereby informs the general public that in cooperation with Police Dept. (KPSM), controls on payment for Motor vehicle taxes 2018 will commence as of Monday, August 6 th, ...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

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WIB Supports "Back to School Drive"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB) supports the "3 rd annual Back to School Drive" spearheaded by student Ki-Mani Olivacce, who has called upon the community to donate school supply items for children in need. WIB...

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Philipsburg Jubilee Library closed for inventory August 6

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"Rio goes Green" - regular plastic cups banned from parade

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Public Prosecution demands more than a million dollars...

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Soup Kitchen to Open on Saturday

EBENEZER - "Brethren, come and join us as we help make a difference in our community! Sovereignty Ladies will be opening their FREE soup kitchen, there will also be FREE clothing available for those whom would like them.

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Christian Fellowship Total Restoration Dance Ministry to ...

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Earl Duzong Crowned in 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon'

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Talented actor Earl Duzong will take to the stage once again, this time as one of the wisest kings in the biblical era when he joins the Class 2 of the Cole Bay Methodist Church in 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon'.

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'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon' Comes to the Big Stage

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Better Opportunity for Talent (BOFT) will on Saturday, August 11, 2018 stage the highly-anticipated biblical love drama, 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon', at the L.B. Scot Sports Auditorium.

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Registration Now Open for EXPO section at #SPORTSMATTER...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers now rebranded to Grant Thornton

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Back to School "Smartie" Plan kicking off August month

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EZ Air acquires two Beechcraft 1900D

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Import and Export figures have fallen by 6.8% and 20.9%...

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Curaçao Pride is being promoted at Amsterdam Pride

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CPS: Prevent Drowning this School Holiday Season

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is advising parents and guardians to be vigilant when their children are at the...

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CPS: Stay cool and hydrated during extremely hot weather

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Heatwaves are among the most dangerous of natural hazards that have a significant impact on society, Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and...

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CPS Advises: Ensure your Vaccination Status is Up to Date

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Considering circulated news about various infectious and vaccine preventable diseases internationally and regionally, citizens are requested to take preventive actions. There have been international reports and...

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CPS Men's Health 2018: Living a healthier life and more...

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The lack of physical activity is seen as a health threat. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around the world, not enough people are active; one in four adults and four out of five adolescents are ...

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CPS calls on communities to clean-up mosquito breeding sites

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, to clean their yards and remove debris in order to prevent mosquito breeding sites.

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Two Dutch women and boy, 6, shot dead in New York murder

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No - 20%
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