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No action from Central Voting Bureau against MP Frans...

PHILIPSBURG - For the time being the Central Voting Bureau (CVB) does not see a role for itself in assessing the right of United St. Maarten party (USp) leader Frans Richardson to his seat in Parliament. CVB-chairman Jason Rogers met with the...

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Dear Reader

It comes as no surprise that no action will be taken against Member of Parliament Frans Richardson regarding his membership while living on the French side of Saint Martin. After all, 60% of our polltakers also expected this.

This is St. Maarten, ofcourse. Who wants to rock the boat, especially when as a country, we are already facing bad weather in other areas of our country's development.

Rules are meant to be broken when the circumstances dictate that that is necessary. We are a country in development and there will always be growing pains and growth spurt issues. When these issues pops up - due to no particular fault of anyone especially - we adapt and we change the rules to reflect the reality of the situation. And the reality of the St. Maarten situation is that we are an island with a dual nation with a border that is mainly symbolical in nature.

It is time we start to adapt one rule that many wants to see broken and that is to turn Sint Maarten/Saint Martin into the one-island-nation that it is meant to be. That is one movement we all should stand behind: make St. Maarten whole again.

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Political analyst Romney: "Informateurs disrupt process...."

PHILIPSBURG - The concept of the informateur disrupts the political process, political analyst Julio Romney said in a broadcast of the discussion program Viewpoint on PJD2 shortly after the elections. That's a remarkable point of view that we...

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By Hilbert Haar

Informateurs disrupt the political process. That’s the opinion of well-respected political analyst Julio Romney (see the above article: Political analyst Romney: “Informateurs disrupt political process"). It is a clear statement but I think that it misses the point.

The Governor appoints an informateur after a parliamentary election; the task of this person (or persons – after the February elections the governor appointed Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin and retired banker Jan Beaujon as informateurs) is to research the options for the formation of a coalition that is prepared to support the next government.

Informateurs are obviously not elected; they are outside of the political arena. Romney’s objection to these characters is twofold: they have not been elected and they have no right to determine who should be governing with whom.

The first argument is a matter of fact that actually, in my mind, weighs in favor of letting informateurs do the groundwork for the formation process. Romney’s second argument is wrong, because informateurs do not decide anything. They talk to party-leaders and others in and around the political arena to get an idea of the possibilities for the next step in the formation process.

It is a clear and transparent process that results in a report that is submitted to the governor and subsequently made public. Everyone is able to read what those informateurs have been up to and what their conclusions are.

The report Arduin and Beaujon delivered was a solid piece of work and I do not see how this interrupted the political process in any way. On the contrary, the conclusions of the informateurs were crystal clear.

Yes, the largest possible coalition would have been a combination of the United Democrats with the National Alliance: 5+7 = 12 seats. I’d call that a suffocating majority. But the informateurs found that the “human factor” stands in the way of a cooperation between the two largest parties.

Remarkably, Romney arrived at the same conclusion.

But the fact that the informateurs put this conclusion in writing does not stand in the way of these two parties finding common ground. They didn’t, but that is not the point. They could have.

The informateurs also toyed with the idea of a 5-2-1 coalition of the National Alliance with the United St. Maarten party and the St. Maarten Christian Party, acknowledging at the same time that this won’t happen because the Christians refuse to work together with the USp.

Romney failed to mention the next step in the formation process: the appointment of the formateur – somebody who, based on the finding of the informateurs, is tasked with putting together the new coalition. That formateur was MP Theo Heyliger, leader of the UD, the largest party after February’s elections.

In that part of the formation process the real decisions are being taken; not by outsiders, but by politicians – exactly the way Romney says it ought to be.

Formateur Heyliger explored all options and he told me that it was not exactly a walk in the park. But when everything was said and done, he arrived at the solution that I always thought to be the logical outcome of these elections: a coalition of the UD with Wycliffe Smith’s Christian party. It’s not “broad-based” because the combination has only a one-seat majority, but it looks solid and it keeps most ruffians out of government.

The role of the informateurs is critical to the formation of a new government. What we have seen before – parties signing ill-advised agreements in the middle of the night with upsetting the winner of the elections as the main motive – is a poor alternative for the serious work the two informateurs have delivered this time around.

Informateurs disruptive? No way. I rest my case.

Cover up: here come the new Victorians

by Chris Morvan For decades the tourism world has been pandering to the lowest common denominator, accepting the money of anyone who can afford to visit them and putting up with the behavior of the mindless, boorish element. After all, which bar...

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A legacy for Dexter Kalla

Last Saturday morning, looking in my book case for a legal hand book in connection with a complicated case I was working on, I saw this book by the cardiologist Pim van Bommel "Eindeloos Bewustzijn" (Dutch for "Infinite Consciousness") wickedly...

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Government continues all efforts to restore public services

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of General Affairs hereby provides an update regarding the resumption of the following services. The Civil Registry Department in Philipsburg at the Government Administration Building will be open for all services...

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Minister of Economic Affairs De Weever says Job Fairs...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, says job fairs are stepping stones to employment opportunities, but also at the same time, an...

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Minister of Labour Lee Encourages Persons to register...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), Emil Lee encourages all persons seeking employment to register on and attend the ongoing job fairs.

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Possible Candidates for the UD/SMCP coalition government

PHILIPSBURG:--- Leader of the United Democrats Theodore Heyliger is busy perusing names of several persons to take up positions as Ministers in the UD/ SMCP cabinet.

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Members of Parliament participate in Orientation week

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During the week of April 3-9, Members of Parliament participated in an Orientation week organized by the secretariat of Parliament. After the oath taking ceremony on Monday, April 2, Members of Parliament delved...

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Venezuelans find their way to Saint Martin

MARIGOT - The deteriorating situation in Venezuela started having its effect already in 2016 on the French side of the island. According to data released by the prefecture, there were 345 requests for asylum in 2016, 300 more than in 2015. More...

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Dutch World War II story to be published in St. Martin

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - It shouldn't be too long now before Gerard van Veen's Schoolboy in Wartime - Memories of My Early Years is published here. House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) started working on the manuscript of the senior St. Martin...

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MHF finally gets permit to operate as private institution

PHILIPSBURG - Minister Emil Lee (Public Health) has designated the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) as the place for taking psychiatric patients in custody in urgent situations. The ministerial decree, dated August 11, 2017, was published in the...

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SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Through a fun-filled series of promotional activities, the All-New 2018 Ford EcoSports are being launched in St. Maarten to introduce the wide range of enhanced features to the community, a press release from Caribbean...

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SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Honda is going to great lengths to ensure the safety of Honda (and Acura) vehicle owners. In particular, there are select Honda and Acura vehicles (2001-2016), that are equipped with recalled Takata airbag inflators,...

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Companies with Professional Websites More Credible...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday April 5, 2018 - Barbadian consumers tend to view companies with professional websites as being more credible than those without. This is one of the revelations uncovered in a recent Antilles Economics/ Blueprint...

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Police take additional temporary traffic measures...

PHILIPSBURG - As additional temporary traffic measures in connection with the ongoing trench work on the W.G.

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PHILIPSBURG - The Police Force of Sint Maarten is without any doubt doing its utmost, to protect you, your family and your property, in combating crime and criminals. The Public Relations Office of the Sint Maarten Police Force is therefore...

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Preventive searches during Carnival

The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten, will carry out preventive searches during the 2018 Carnival season.

In accordance with the Firearm Ordinance, at predetermined locations, vehicles, bags and clothing of individuals will be searched for firearms.

This measure is being taken in consideration of the high number of illegal firearms in circulation on the island and past statistics which point out an increase in robberies before and during the Carnival season.

The Public Prosecutors Office Sint Maarten and KPSM are mindful that such a measure will impose on the privacy of residents and visitors. However it is in the interest of the general public and tourist visiting the island to heighten safety and security during the upcoming festive season. Entertainment News
"Porkchop" to Play Priest in Carnival Thanks to TelEm

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Popular reveler, Lewis Lambert Richardson, aka "Porkchop" will be fully clad in a priest's habit this Carnival with a little help from the TelEm Group of Companies. "Porkchop", who will be 70 years old this year, has...

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Kenyo Baly Tops ACT Awards 2017

HNP bags Lifetime Achievement Award, Teen Queen Tasyanna Clifton is Person of the Year. SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Kenyo Baly won in the Music Category and also took the Song of the Year title to top the Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards for 2017. ...

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Video: Cruise Ship MSC Armonia Strikes Pier in Roatan

Facebook Video: BY MAREX 2018-04-10 17:20:00 [Brief] On Tuesday morning, the cruise ship MSC Armonia struck a dock at the port of Roatan, Honduras, and appears to have briefly gone aground on a beach just past the pier. Video from the scene shows ...

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Grand Opening Rainforest Adventures in St. Maarten on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018.

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Orient Beach is slowly coming back to life

ORIENT BAY - The scars Hurricane Irma inflicted back in September of last year on Orient Beach, once the island's prime tourist destination, are still visible but the place is slowly coming back to life. Tourists are returning and small...

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5 reasons why social networks revolutionized tourism

Companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Snapchat have changed daily life and of course the interaction between consumers and companies. One of the industries that has mutated has been tourism, what are the reasons? Each time the impact of...

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Our Electoral System

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Divers Guide shares every dive on Bonaire with the world

4 Kralendijk (April 9th, 2018) - The Diver's Guide wants to share every dive on Bonaire with the world. Especially with young people! All dive logs can be followed on tv-screens in a growing number of hotels and dive centers on the island, while...

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CHTA meets Bonaire Culinary Team on island

4 "Bonaire's culinary side is very strong and shows local talent, very impressive", says Mr Frank Comito, CEO / Director General of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), who brought a visit to Bonaire the weekend of 24 March. Mr...

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Knops responds to Van Putten warning

THE HAGUE - Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops seems unimpressed by the warning of dismissed Member of the St. Eustatius Island Council Clyde van Putten of the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) that actions...

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Statia projects to take off soon

THE HAGUE - Preparations are in full swing for several larger infrastructural projects in St. Eustatius, State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops informed the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Thursday. The...

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Carnival License Application Process Extended to April 13

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications) Department of Economic Licenses hereby informs that the deadline to apply for roadside vending licenses for the upcoming Carnival Season has been...

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GEBE temporarily closes Reverse Osmosis Water Tank at...

PHILIPSBURG - NV GEBE in a press release indicated that the (RO) Reverse Osmosis Water Tank located on Soualiga Boulevard in front of the Festival Village will be out of use as of April 16 for approximately 3 weeks. The closure of this tank is...

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CPS: Less Salt, More Health

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Consuming excess salt contributes to high blood pressure, which is the leading risk factor for death from heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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Blok's first foreign deal is with Venezuelan crooks

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Government discusses return Venezuelan fruit boats

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Bosman requests clarity on support for Curaçao

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Drug users are supporting violent crime, says Police Chief

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