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Cft criticizes financial management again

PHILIPSBURG - Financial supervisor Cft has advised Minister of Finance Mike Ferrier to hire external technical assistance to put the government's financial administration and financial management in order. Cft-chairman Raymond Gradus gives the...

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Dear Reader

Our hearts go out to those of you that live and have to work in Point Blanche.

GEBE announced earlier this month that as of Thursday the 8th of February trench and road work activities would be taking place at the Yrausquin Boulevard and Buncamper Street starting at the Point Blanche cargo terminal to the Freedom Fighters roundabout near Sundial School.

“The works will be carried out by Windward Roads in collaboration with The Ministry of VROMI, Cable TV, Telem and UTS to install a main water line, sewerage, high tension cables and other utilities." the company's press release stated.

“One lane will be closed off temporarily on sections of the work, leaving the other lane for alternating one directional traffic. Construction activities will continue in the night on narrow sections to reduce traffic disruption."

“Pedestrians will be rerouted between Dock Maarten and Bobby's Marina during the road works on this section."

“Motorists are advised to take into account additional travel time and to pay keen attention and abide by the traffic signs, controllers and lights that will be in place. Motorists should also drive with caution in connection with road crews who will be working in the area. Their safety comes first.”

"GEBE apologizes to motorists, businesses and residents for any inconveniences this may cause.​" the press release ended at the time.

After more than two weeks, we think that apology has worn out completely. We think GEBE should start giving out bicycles now.

Avoid traffic to Point Blanche, people!

For those that can't, we dedicate Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" song. See below for the Youtube link.

The Publisher

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Photo of the Day entitled "Sundown"

A dedication to the nostalgic memories endeared to everyone by Gordon Lightfoot's song "Sundown". See song posted below to accompany this photo.

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Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown

"Sundown" is a song by Canadian folk artist Gordon Lightfoot, from the eponymous album, released as a single in March 1974. "Sundown" reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and easy listening charts and number thirteen on the Hot...

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Only 1 of the 4 commercial developers of Indigo Bay bankrupt

INDIGO BAY - On Monday, March 12th, a bankruptcy notice was published in The Daily Herald announcing that by decision of March 6th, 2018, the Court in First Instance of St. Maarten declared Indigo Bay Development Corporation N.V. bankrupt. A...

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It is better to arrive than to travel

By Chris Morvan Those who were stuck here for a while after Irma because of air travel disruption, and all of us who are now trembling at the thought of paying exorbitant prices (which we pray will eventually come down) may have forgotten the...

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St. Maarten sending delegation to CAC Games

Great Bay - In their quest to have St. Maarten represented in the Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Games which will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, from July 15th to August 3rd. The St. Maarten Sports & Olympic Federation have been busy...

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Delplanaque and Pigeon are overall winners Sunset Triathlon

Maho Bay - For the 5th straight year, Gregory Pigeon has proved that he is still a force to be reckoned with when he emerged as the overall winner of the Sunset Triple Mini Triathlon. Joining him on the podium for the grand prize in the female...

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LU records highest score in Primary Schools Soccer match

Cay Hill - Saturday, March 17th, will be a day the ACE Foundation will always remember, it was the day when some key soccer players from the Learning Unlimited team took full advantage of their skills by scoring 16 goals without conceding one....

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Cft criticizes financial management again

PHILIPSBURG - Financial supervisor Cft has advised Minister of Finance Mike Ferrier to hire external technical assistance to put the government's financial administration and financial management in order. Cft-chairman Raymond Gradus gives the...

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Employability drives policy for tertiary education ordinance

PHILIPSBURG - Employability becomes the main driver of higher education, Minister Jorien Wuite (Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) said during a meeting of the Central Committee of Parliament on Monday afternoon. The minister came to parliament ...

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Director of SZV meets with Ombudsman

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday, March 16, 2018 the Ombudsman, Dr. Nilda Arduin met with the Director of SZV, Mr. Glen Carty, and the Corporate Secretary, Mrs Ruth Boyrard-Brewster, at the Bureau of the Ombudsman. Acknowledging the importance of...

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EC: Reminder Registration of Donations candidates.

PHILIPSBURG - The Electoral Council (EC) would like to remind the 93 candidates who contested the 2018 parliamentary elections that, in accordance with the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties, they are required to ...

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Governor Holiday requests Theo Heyliger to form government

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On March 16, 2018, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, requested Theo Heyliger to form a government as formateur. The Governor met on March 12 and 13, 2018 with the leaders of the...

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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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Armed robbery on Oyster Pond Road

PHILIPSBURG - The Special Unit robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Oyster Pond Road on Tuesday March 20th at approximately 08.00 p.m. According to the couple that was robbed while driving towards Dawn beach...

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Man shot in Middle Region

PHILIPSBURG - Detectives are presently investigating a shooting incident which took place on Wednesday shortly before 07.00 a.m. in front of Fu Yung Supermarket located on Middle Region road close to Romeo's drive. The first of several calls came ...

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Knops: Kingdom not responsible for offshore games of...

THE HAGUE - The Kingdom is not responsible for legislation related to games of chance in St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao. "This is not a Kingdom concern and therefore the Kingdom has no authority over the issuance and extension of permits for...

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Long queues due to flight cancelation InselAir

KRALENDIJK, WILLEMSTAD - The outbound flights from InselAir again made long queues of passengers for the counters of the Curaçao airline in Bonaire. The ground staff, unfortunately, was not able to give much concrete information during the...

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The Netherlands warns Curaçao and Aruba against foreign...

THE HAGUE - The governments of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten must be alert to secret interference by foreign investors who want to have political influence on the islands through takeovers of companies. This remarkable warning can be read in...

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Scheperboer and Witteveen: Curaçao violates int'l laws

WILLEMSTAD - Curacao is guilty of violating international laws. This is what lawyer Berend Scheperboer and concerned citizen Ieteke Witteveen said about the imminent deportation of eight illegal Venezuelan women. The women have recently started a ...

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SSSD organizes free workshop on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

PHILIPSBURG - The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is organizing an interactive and inf...

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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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Contracts Signed for New Service Vehicles RCN

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For the first time after hurricane: Ombudsman research...

THE HAGUE - Anyone who has problems with government agencies on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius can personally file a complaint about this next week. The National Ombudsman is sending a research team to the islands. It is the first visit to Saba...

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Misinformed Saban voters head to referendum new law

THE BOTTOM - "I wouldn't have known about this referendum if I haven't followed Dutch news media. There may be a lack of interest and this will result in a poor voter turnout. This is not well communicated on the island as in the Netherlands."...

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DATE ISSUED: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) March 20, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Tuesday evening: Mainly fair. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F Forecast Low: 24°C / 75°F Sunset Today: 6:23...

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Community service for man who secretly filmed girl next door

A 33-year-old man from Veenendaal has been given 80 hours community service for secretly filming his young female neighbour for two years. The court in Utrecht also ordered that the man undergo psychiatric treatment and pay the woman compensation.

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Burial costs vary enormously, Groningen and Zuid-Holland ...

The cost of being buried in the Netherlands varies enormously and there is no uniformity about what is covered in the price of a grave, according to research by funeral insurance company Monuta. In Groningen, it costs €7,129 to rent a grave for...

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