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Logical political marriage does not materialize

PHILIPSBURG - Where after the result of the parliamentary elections a logical political marriage between winner United Democrats (UD) and newcomer St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) seemed to be obvious, the reality appeared to be a lot more...

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Dear Reader

It's the second day after. And it is even quieter than yesterday. Is that the sound of quiet contemplation and reflection? We certainly hope so.

Our apologies for this late Wednesday publication. This was due to flu and backpain of key staff members. Post-election stress syndromes, we guess.

We will continue to get some more rest as things remain quiet on the formation front. Check out our poll below and see if you agree.

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Governor holds consultations regarding election results

Harbour View - On February 27, 2018, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday started consultations regarding the results of the February 26, 2018, elections. The Governor, is meeting with the leaders of the political...

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Politicians in The Hague positive about election results

THE HAGUE - Politicians in The Hague generally react positively about the election results of St. Maarten. According to State Secretary Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations), this result offers 'prospects for collaboration'. The United Democrats...

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When our ship comes in

By Chris Morvan ~ An open-top sports car speeds around the twisting mountain road with magnificent sea views on the other side and only a metal barrier preventing the driver from taking the bouncing, exploding shortcut to the beach. The part of...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "The results are in, Sint Maarten, and the people have voted for change," Leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) Wycliffe Smith said on Wednesday in a press statement.

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PHILIPSBURG - Leader of the P.P.A. Gracita Arrindell, states: "On behalf of the candidates and support off the Peoples Progressive Alliance (Ed P.P.A.) Party, I congratulate the political parties UD, NA, US and the Christian Party who won one or...

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The MP's are elected: Morales says thank you to all

PHILIPSBURG - "The result of the parliamentary election in terms of who will be eligible to get a seat is a fact," National Alliance (NA) candidate Loekie Morales said on Tuesday. "The people (61%) has made usage of their voting right. They have...

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UD Candidate Lake thanks family, supporters, team and...

ST. PETERS - "I would like to thank my entire campaign team, my family and my faithful supporters for standing next to me for this snap election on February 26," United Democrats (UD) candidate Maurice Lake said on Tuesday.

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Deadline for vehicle inspection to be extended to June 30

POND ISLAND - Due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the country is still in the recovery phase. Hundreds of vehicles suffered damage.

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94% of households need at least 2222 USD a month to survive

PHILIPSBURG - Not 75% of the households in Sint Maarten but at least 94% of the households in Sint Maarten cannot survive monthly and live in poverty with an household income of less than 4000 ANG or 2222 USD a month. The percentage of households ...

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Consumer prices Sint Maarten October 2017 Prices have...

The Consumer Price Index for Sint Maarten has increased in the month of October 2017 by 0.9 percent compared to that of August 2017. When comparing average consumer prices over a twelve month period (October 2016 to October 2017) an inflation...

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TelEm Group Internet service down Tuesday due to power and server issues

Pond Island  - TelEm Group’s internet and international voice services were down Tuesday morning due to a fluctuating power problem and its effect on company servers.

Engineers and technicians quickly diagnosed the problem which occurred during the early hours Tuesday morning. A malfunctioning Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) was found to be the cause.

TelEm Group said Servers required to provide for the internet service could not be restored until the power issue was properly isolated and power to these Servers could be made more consistent.

Service was restored at approximately 11:00 am Tuesday.
TelEm Group management has apologized to the company’s internet and international voice users for any inconvenience caused by Tuesday’s interruption in service. Judicial News
Man arrested in connection with criminal investigation

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - On Tuesday February 27th at approximately 06.30 a.m. three separate locations on the island were raided simultaneously by police in connection with an ongoing illegal drug investigation. During the raid at an address...

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Additional House searches in "Squid" vote buying case

PHILIPSBURG - "In connection to the ongoing "Squid "investigation, which concerns accusations of "vote buying" during the 2016 Parliamentary Elections, a number of data storage devices were confiscated from a suspect on the Dutch side of the...

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Public Prosecution demands 20 million in 'Troya' case

WILLEMSTAD - The Public Prosecution Service wants to confiscate about 20 million guilders from suspects in a large-scale money laundering and fraud investigation that has been called 'Troya'. This is according to the spokesman of the Public...

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Curacao government gives RdK one month for action plan

WILLEMSTAD - The Council of Ministers recently made some important decisions relating to the integration of the Multidisciplinary Project Team (MDPT) in charge of the modernization of the refinery of Curaçao. The MDPT must become part of the...

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Poll results (8): " Which coalition do you favor?"

NA-USP-SMCP (8 seats) - 0%
UD-NA (12 seats) - 0%
UD-SMCP (8 seats) - 50%
UD-USP (9 seats) - 12,5%
UD-USP-SMCP (10 seats) - 12,5%
UD-NA-USP-SMCP (15 seats) - 25%

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SMCP sticks to information and formation process. Do you agree?
No, we want a speedy formation of a new government
Yes, is about time we follow proper procedures
Ministry of Health advises community to take preventive...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, is calling on the community to take preventive measures to prevent contracting...

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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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Interior designer Marcel Wanders put in rooms, lobbies and restaurants of the Kameha Grand Hotel of Bonn, Front Moooi's Pig tables, at Euro 3,000 apiece, in the stunning wing-shaped building by Karl-Heinz Schommer, along the Rhine River. At the...

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Election Date Announced in Antigua

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, Monday February 26, 2018 - Residents of Antigua and Barbuda now know exactly when they will be asked to elect a new government - and those contesting the poll will have less than a month to convince voters to give them their 'X'.

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Grenada PM Promises Speedy Implementation of National...

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Monday February 26, 2018- Confident of his New National Party (NNP) being returned to power in the March 13 th general election, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has promised to move speedily with the implementation of the...

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Crime and Violence High on Agenda as CARICOM Heads Meet...

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Monday February 26, 2018 - Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has given the assurance that CARICOM leaders intend "to get to the bottom of some of the issues that are spawning the level of violence that we are seeing across the ...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) February 27, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight: Partly cloudy with a local shower possible. Early morning through Tuesday evening: Partly cloudy to cloudy ...

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6 reasons why there has been an increase in number of earthquakes

With so many earthquakes in the news recently, it seems that the frequency of big temblors is on the rise. As per a report by The Guardian, scientists have warned there could be a significant growth in the numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world in 2018. Here are seven main reasons that may have led to a rise in seismic activity across the globe.

1. There have been variations in the speed of the Earth's rotation which may have triggered intense seismic activity. Although fluctuations in the rotation are small and may only change the length of a day by one millisecond, they often lead to the release of vast amounts of underground energy, researchers explain. 

2. Natural geomorphological phenomenon isn't the only factor responsible for earthquakes. Activities like mining, nuclear explosions and groundwater extraction has seen an increase in the number of human-induced earthquakes. As per available data, over 728 quakes in past 149 years might have been induced by human activities. 

3. Man-made earthquakes are getting more common due to poor planning in infrastructural activities like fracking for oil, dam-building, pumping gas without re-filling. 

4. Another reason attributed by scientists for increasing earthquakes is the cooling of earth. Scientists claim cooling causes the contraction of the earth's crust, which results into increased volcanic disturbance causing earthquakes.

5. There has been a spurt in big geological processes. These processes are driving the reactive seismic forces that create earthquakes along faults, trenches, and the planet's many subduction zones.

6. A study claims an increase in the number of earthquakes in recent years not because there are substantially more earthquakes, but because there are more seismic instruments and they are able to record more earthquakes. 

Earthquake recorded off Martinique

FORT-DE-FRANCE - The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre has reported a 3.9 magnitude quake off Martinique that was also felt in Dominica and St Lucia. The tremor occurred last night around 9:25 p.m. It struck about 83 km...

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Big three Dutch banks invest billions in factory farms

The big three Dutch banks have pumped billions of euros into the factory farming sector in the past few years, and companies with a bad reputation in terms of animal welfare have benefited, according to a new report by the Fair Finance Guide.

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Fewer people are claiming welfare benefits, first drop...

The number of people claiming welfare benefits () fell for the first time in almost 10 years last year, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday. In total, there were 3,500 fewer people claiming bijstand at the end of last year,...

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Rotterdam care home assistant suspected of seven murders

The 21-year-old man under investigation for killing several nursing home patients with overdoses of insulin, has reportedly confessed to three of the crimes. In two cases, Rahiied A confessed to deliberately injecting elderly patients with...

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