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Campaign without billboards but with unrealistic promises

PHILIPSBURG - These are probably the first elections in a long, long time without huge political billboards all over the island. Whether this is because parties fear a backlash from voters if they dare spending money on billboards or because...

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Dear Reader

Ever heard of a white lie?
Well now we have the case of a Russian lie.

Ever heard of the expression fake it until you make it?

But what happens when you finally made it and people find out you have been faking it?

That is what happened to Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra.

What took place yesterday had all the elements of a Faustian drama and Zijlstra did something that is uncommon in St. Maarten: he took the road least followed in St. Maarten and resigned.

If you haven't been following that little tidbit of Dutch drama the past days, then you can read all about it online at

The political climax in the Dutch Second Chamber yesterday had more emotions and dramatic effects than a Venezuelan novela on a Saturdaynight competing tp attract more viewers than a telethon. Click here to view the videoclip...

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Marigot - Not even the prevailing weather conditions could have prevented revellers from turning up to witness the third night of entertainment as part of the festivities to celebrate Carnival on the French side of the island last evening. The...

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Election campaign without billboards but with...

PHILIPSBURG - These are probably the first elections in a long, long time without huge political billboards all over the island. Whether this is because parties fear a backlash from voters if they dare spending money on billboards or because...

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Instability is here to stay

By Hilbert Haar ~ More than once, during the more than ten years I have lived and worked in St. Maarten, I have wondered about the sanity of our politicians. The idea that politicians could have the same thoughts about me has for some reason never...

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Voyage to the planet Showroom

By Chris Morvan ~ If you want to step into a different world for a while, there is a way of doing it that requires no time travel, no passport and no drugs. It's called buying a new car. Here you will be moving from one sonically muted environment...

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Commercially licenced pilot Ferrier to NLD

AIRPORT-Finance Minister Michael "Mike" Ferrier along with three civil servants head to the Netherlands today, Tuesday, via Curacao. Ferrier, a pilot, will fly a privately owned aircraft from Princess Juliana International Airport to Hato...

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Dutch foreign minister resigns after lying about Putin...

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra has resigned after admitting he lied about being in Russian president Vladimir's dacha in 2006 and hearing Putin talk about his plans for a greater Russia. Zijlstra had been under fire since admitting on...

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Lawyers file complaints about criminal justice system...

The Daily Herald Newspaper St. Maarten - The leading newspaper for St. Maarten and the Northeast Caribbean. News from St. Maarten and surrounding islands. We offer Digital subscriptions classified ads, obituaries, Island news, regional news,...

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KPSM forensic investigators receive upgrade to finger...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In early February, the Korps Politie Sint Maarten (KPSM) implemented a powerful addition to their existing AFIX Tracker Automated Fingerprint Identification System. The AFIX Tracker system was first put into action by ...

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Minister Wuite signs off on repairs for Melford Hazel Center

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In line with the vision of recovery, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Jorien Wuite informs that repairs to the Melford Hazel Sports Center along with several basketball courts in various districts on...

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Minister of Telecom De Weever Commends Local Radio Stations

POND ISLAND - The Acting Minister responsible for Telecommunications Cornelius de Weever, would like to congratulate radio station owners, staff and listeners on the occasion of World Radio Day which is being observed around the globe today,...

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CBA Political Candidates Panel Discussion set for Thursday

GREAT BAY - The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performing Arts (CBA) will be hosting a Political Panel Discussion on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at the Philipsburg Community and Cultural Centre on Backstreet from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The...

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SMCP is not associated with any political party

Philipsburg - It is being rumored that the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) is an off-shoot of the DP, a satellite of the NA and that it is financed by the UPP. After the merger of UPP and DP into the UD, we are hearing that SMCP will work...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Gracita Arrindell, Leader of the Progressive People's Alliance (PPA) states: "Most agree that Sint Maarten is terribly off in the wrong direction. Following the devastation of hurricane Irma, programs and policies are ...

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Mauricia-Peterson: Stop playing with people's feelings...

Stop playing with the people's feelings. For decades, we the people, have been hearing over and over solutions to each and every problem in Sint Maarten during election time. After that nothing is done in the best interest of the people. The...

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Video commercial: "Go out and Vote!"

"Go out and Vote" Public Service Campaign from the Government's Department of Communications (DCOMM)

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120 Luxury Rooms Coming to Dominica with Anichi Resort...

ROSEAU, Dominica, Saturday February 10, 2018 - Principals of the Anichi Resort and Spa have broken ground for the 120-room property that's being built in the northern town of Portsmouth. The boutique property will be operated by Trust Hospitality ...

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Sint Maarten Youth Parliament Introductory Leadership...

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - The Sint Maarten Youth Parliament held its Introductory Leadership Training Day on Monday February 12, 2018. Twenty young persons participated, including two representatives of the Youth Territorial Council of Saint...

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Irmin Hughes and Richards celebrates Ruby Jubilee at PJL

PHILIPSBURG - Information services Manager of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL), Irmin Hughes- Richards celebrated her 40 th years of services to the library on Wednesday 13 th February 2018. Irmin Hughes Richards fulfilled many roles from...

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Jeremy Huot launches 2nd CD in partnership with small...

Simpson Bay - As the local businesses in various industries continue to open their doors, the realization that we have to concentrate on our local economy our reality. After the passing of Irma, many are the challenges that the small business...

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Voyage to the planet Showroom

By Chris Morvan ~ If you want to step into a different world for a while, there is a way of doing it that requires no time travel, no passport and no drugs. It's called buying a new car. Here you will be moving from one sonically muted environment...

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The Laws of St. Maarten is a five-volume English translation of the original Dutch publication of the Constitution and other laws established for governing the territory of St. Maarten within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

These national ordinances, also called organic laws, were first published in Dutch following St. Maarten’s attainment of an autonomous status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands on October 10, 2010, and appear online in the official National Gazette .

The ordinances in The Laws of St. Maarten are not an exhaustive collection of the government laws but are those that have translated to date in English, the language of the people of the island of St. Martin which, along with Dutch, is one of the two official languages of St. Maarten.

These volumes are thus also about widening the people’s right to access-in book form- the laws of the land, laws about their rights, and legislation and information about the range of the government process relative to St. Maarten’s autonomy.

To the extent that the five volumes of The Laws of St. Maarten keep the people generally in the know about their government, and more specifically about laws passed by the St. Maarten Parliament that govern their lives, may this publication add to the development of democracy and freedom in St. Maarten in particular and the island as a whole.

For the month of February 2018 the five-volume The Laws of St. Maarten can be purchased at the reduced price of US $50.00 per set at Van Dorp Bookstores on Illidge Road and in Simpson Bay.

We encourage every citizen on St. Maarten to buy and READ The Laws of St. Maarten .

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More questions Dutch MP about E-gold and gold smuggling

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - The Member of Parliament for the Dutch Socialist Party, Ronald van Raak had more questions for the Undersecretary for Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops about gold smuggling from Venezuela via Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. 1...

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Van Putten asks Copppal Help to Suspend Holland's...

Oranjestad- The leader of the Progressive Labor Party, Clyde van Putten, has sent a letter to Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean (COPPPAL) requesting that the organization supports the ousted coalition's...

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Daniela Richardson to Represent BES-Reporter on Statia

9 Oranjestad- The BES-Reporter, an initiative by psychologist and part-time journalist Harald Linkels, will from now on have a local representative on St. Eustatius in the person of Daniela Richardson. Richardson will be the new contact person on ...

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Info campaign referendum Wiv Act 2017 started. Every...

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - On March 21, 2018, the inhabitants of the Caribbean Netherlands can participate in a consultative referendum on the Law on the intelligence and security services 2017 (Wiv 2017). This week RCN is starting an information...

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Soualiga Road remains partly closed due to fire-fighting ...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Fire Department would like to inform motorists who use the Soualiga Road on Pond Island to reach Philipsburg or Sucker Garden, that a small section of the aforementioned remains partly closed due to current fire-fighting...

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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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Tubes stolen nearby Thousand Steps

Kralendijk, February 13, 2018 - Water- en Energiebedrijf Bonaire N.V. (WEB) has reported a police file relating to theft of tubes that were left behind by the previous owner of the Barcadera site. Possibly the tubes contain asbestos whereas WEB...

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Mondi Sùit Hike Washington Park

Join STINAPA on Saturday February 24th at 7 o'clock in the morning on a hike at the Washington Slagbaai National park. It's a hike of approximately 6km. It's an easy hike and also a hotspot for birdwatching. During the hike you will have a view...

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IDAC threatens property embargo on PAWA Dominicana

SANTO DOMINGO - The Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC), warned that it will be supported by all legal means available to recover the 7.8 million dollars which airline PAWA Dominicana owes to the State, for various services. "We will...

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Curacao Parliament takes measures against supermarkets

WILLEMSTAD - Parliament adopted a motion in which 15 measures were announced in the fight against the sale of food and drinks that has expired. An investigation has shown that there are companies on the island that use stamps to change the...

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Curaçao Digital Assets wins approval to list cryptofund

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao-based Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange (DCSX) has given the approval to list its first cryptocurrency and digital assets investment fund. Curaçao Digital Assets Holding B.V. (CDAH) comes from fintech venture firm...

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Curaçao knows how to celebrate Carnival

WILLEMSTAD - Several groups paraded in the streets of Willemstad yesterday during the Carnival march. A year of preparation precedes this parade because the prizes for the best costumes and creations are what the groups are after. And for fun of...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) February 14, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... WEATHER: Tonight through Wednesday evening: ...

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The Netherlands is spreading anti-Russian sentiment...

'The attempts to attribute to Russia "great-power ambitions" and the desire to recreate "the Soviet Empire" do not hold up against any criticism,' the statement said. The only people saying this are those 'who are interested in presenting Russia...

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BREAKING: Minister resigns after lying about Putin meeting

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned after lying about meeting president Putin of Russia.

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