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William Marlin says dump fire reason for stable government

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister William Marlin says the disastrous and uncontrollable fire that has been blazing at the Philipsburg landfill since Sunday and the widespread effects it is having on residents in affected communities, is a clear...

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The dump is a national monument to our collective incompetence in dealing with problems that are right in front of our faces. For too long we have stuck heads in the sand and hoped that this problem of the sanitary landfill would magically disappear on its own.

No dice!

If yesteday's second fire outbreak on the original dump site hasn't gotten our attention, nothing will. Or do we intend to wait until 'mount dump' erupts like a volcanic explosion?

The only other news we want to write about is the news coming out of The Dominican Republic is that our son of the soil Jacque Alexandre Lionel Monsanto has passed away from post-surgery complications. Jacques aka Jack was 51 years old and leaves many friends, including this publisher, and family to mourn his passing. He was the son of the late Chief of Detectives, the well-known Victor Monsanto. Jack was preceded in death by his brother Gino Monsanto and his mother Tete Monsanto. We wish his sister Ghislaine Monsanto much strength the coming days. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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All the right ingredients were in place. Fire, heat, oxygen and a wide selection of combustible materials. So it was just a matter of time before the original landfill site caught a fire as well. The blaze we saw last night is worrisome. Obviously, the same feeling is shared by the members of the COM. An emergency meeting was convened to address the situation. The situation is so urgent that we would advise parties to set aside their election campaigning for a while and act like as if they have already formed a national government and discuss ideas for real practical solutions in Parliament today. Simply put, we must act as if there is literally fire under our pants. No other problem or issue is more important than tackling the dump issue once and for all. We are in a state of a national crisis and we need to focus our collective minds, muster up our cooperative spirits and channel all our united energies into coming up with one comprehensive solution. It is time this young country pull up its pants and put on its grown up shoes. We will even tighten its belt if we have to. But solve this problem we must. Today! Feature News
Prosecution demands 15 months against tax dodger

PHILIPSBURG - Fifteen months of imprisonment and a conditional fine of 250,000 guilders ($139,665) with three years of probation. That was the public prosecutor's demand on Tuesday afternoon against Keith Gastia F. for tax fraud. F. was one of...

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A haven for the globetrotting gourmet

By Chris Morvan ~ You wouldn't believe how excited I was to find a dripping, stinking piece of Brie in a supermarket chiller last week. But then you probably haven't spent the last four years in countries where what you might call "good food"...

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VIDEO: Old landfill dump site now on fire as well

POND ISLAND - Video footage received by this evening at 6pm shows the old landfill dump site - aka Mount Dump - now on fire as well. Once we have more confirmed details, we will be bringing you more information on this new...

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Government addresses second major fire on Pond Island

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin in an update on Tuesday evening says the Government Administration Building will remain closed to the public on Wednesday, February 7. The second major fire on Pond Island is...

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Ministry VROMI: Immediate halt to accepting debris/garbage

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that that no debris or other large waste of such nature will be accepted at the main sanitary landfill...

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Urgent Central Committee meeting about landfill problem

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 11.30 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The minister of General Affairs as well as the minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor...

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Fire in the Town

Bright orange glow over Philipsburg from the blazing fire on the original dump site on Pond Island.

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Young boy missing from Martin Luther King School

Philipsburg - On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, a missing person report was filed at the Police Department by his parents, stating that their twelve year old son Nathan York had gone missing. He was last seen coming out of school in Dutch Quarter...

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Bulletin Board Notices & Announcements

Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labor Affairs Home Repair relief program Great Bay - Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs Department (CDFHA) in collaboration with the Salvation Army will embark on its home repair...

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Delivery Assistance & STI Treatment Kits Donated to the SMMC

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, & Labor (VSA) received boxes from the United Family Reproductive Association (UNFPA). The UNFPA donated the items as a sign of relief to St. Maarten in the form of...

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Union leader concerned about "occupational health..."

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - WIFOL union president Theophilus E. Thompson said that the continuing insecure condition of the small businesswomen at the destroyed Philipsburg Marketplace is against international "occupational health and safety"...

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MHF launches new website. Appointments can be made online...

CAY HILL - The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) launched it's new, now modern website, created by Daphne Wong A Foe - a 19 year old Dutch student from The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), MHF announced on Tuesday last.

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Mental Health Foundation presents Love & Semicolon projects

CAY HILL - On March 9 th & 10 th, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) presents Love & Semicolon (Friday, March 9 th at 7pm), Green Thumbs Project (Saturday, March 10 th at 9am), and Beautifying M.H.F. (Saturday at 12pm) through SXM DOET.

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SXM to Brief Stakeholders Quarterly About Airport

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, together with representatives of SHTA and The Ministry of TEATT held an initial introductory meeting on February 2, 2018 in an effort to create a joint collaboration...

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interCaribbean accelerates introduction of Sint Maarten...

SINT MAARTEN/TORTOLA (BVI) - interCaribbean Airways celebrating its 26th year of continuous services, is accelerating its start date of services from Sint Maarten to Tortola with onward connections to Santo Domingo, San Juan and Antigua.

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Ombudsman starts Systemic Investigation Disaster Management

Philipsburg - With eyes on the effects, recovery and rebuilding in the wake of the hurricanes of September 2017, and considering that in a short four (4) months' time the next hurricane season will be upon us, the Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin (see...

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Ombudsman starts Systemic Investigation Rent Committee

Philipsburg - The Bureau of the Ombudsman continues to receive visits from citizens concerned about their housing conditions, as well as complaints about the Rent Committee allegedly not cooperating or responding adequately when addressed by the...

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The Cooperative Association explained

Under the law of Sint Maarten it is possible to form a co-operative association (coöperatieve vereniging, or coöperatie) also called a co-operative. The co-operative is a distinct legal entity, a special kind of association, formed by two or more ...

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"In support of Independent media"
by Hilbert Haar
In support of our independent media

By Hilbert Haar ~ The Rotary Club Mid-Isle invited me to join in for a club meeting last Tuesday at Wasabi Charley in Simpson Bay. After having turned down quite some previous invitations due to conflicting work schedules, this time I managed to...

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Parliament and senate approve intervention in Statia

THE HAGUE - The Second and First Chamber unanimously approved the legislation that underpins the Dutch administrative intervention in Statia. State Secretary Raymond Knops travels on Wednesday morning to Statia to explain the decision to the...

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CBCS celebrates 190th anniversary

Willemstad/Philipsburg - Today marks the 190th anniversary of the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS). In 1828, King Willem I of the Netherlands gave orders to establish a bank that had to create order in the chaotic financial...

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Dutch State Secretary Knops to visit and discuss recovery

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops will visit St Maarten on Thursday, February 8 th and Friday, February 9 th. His two-day packed schedule will revolve mainly around the recovery...

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Statia Civil Society Organizations condemn Dutch take over

ST. EUSTATIUS - Pro Statia and Brighter Path Foundation (BPF), two grass -roots organizations on St. Eustatius (Caribbean Netherlands), strongly condemn the desire of State Secretary Knops (Kingdom Relations) to intervene administratively on St....

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Is there any other problem on St. Maarten bigger than the dump issue right now worth solving?
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Voting Card pick-up for P'burg districts at Raoul Illidge...

CAY HILL - The pick-up location of voting cards for persons who will vote in the Philipsburg districts has been moved from the Old Census office to the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex in Cay Hill. The Civil Registry Department made the decision in...

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Contractors, skilled workers needed for Home Repair...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs Department (CDFHA) from the Ministry of Public Health, Social development and Labor Affairs in collaboration with the Salvation Army will embark on its home repair...

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APS information sessions on Welgelegen Homes Project

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - St. Maarten's general pension fund administrator, APS, has over the course of the past weeks begun conducting several information sessions on the Welgelegen Homes Project. Attending the sessions have been persons who...

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Tax Information Session scheduled for February 9

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Masters Tax Consulting (MTC)/Benjamin & Parker Corporation combined forces to host the first Tax Event in Sint Maarten on FEBRUARY 9, 2018. The objective of this event is to give the entire community of Sint Maarten...

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Carnival boot holder meeting on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is inviting all selected booth holders for Carnival 2018 to a very important Carnival planning meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 8 at the Carl & Sons...

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CPS creates awareness and educates about Tuberculosis

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects your lungs, but could also cause other serious problems of brain, bone etc. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to...

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Road works start on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG - G.E.B.E. N.V., announces that as of Thursday the 8 th of February the trench and road work activities taking place at the Yrausquin Boulevard and Buncamper Street starting at the Point Blanche cargo terminal to the Freedom Fighters...

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Day Two Forged Ahead With the Caribbean Disaster...

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - Trends in technology, media and communications; Staying connected during a disaster; and Cloud technology were some of the titles of the sessions on day two of CANTO's 34th Annual General Meeting. The technology...

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Central Committee meeting today at 2pm

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The minister of Justice will be present. The agenda points are: Ontwerp van Landsverordening tot...

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St. Maarten Guyanese Association Meeting Today

CUL DE SAC - The St. Maarten Guyanese Association (SMGA) will be resuming its weekly meetings on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:30pm and is encouraging all nationals of Guyana to attend. The meeting will be held at its 158 B Back Street location in...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) February 07, 2018 ....A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN... WEATHER: Tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy with brief...

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Fly-in-something in the Caribbean

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ How about Fly-In Banking; like a drive-in fast food operation? No, it's no joke. In the Caribbean? Probably not, but that is not the point. One has to look at the principles of the concept and explore if one could do a...

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Report of 'Wise Men' identifies many issues in Statia

Oranjestad- The report drawn up by the so-called committee of wise men, forms the basis for Holland to justify a total takeover of local government. The report rightfully states that the island of St. Eustatius has always been treated as a...

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CN salaries increase while pensioners keep struggling

THE BOTTOM - "Salaries from Dutch Government continues to increase, however, myself as a pensioner receiving a very minimum pension, I'm struggling to make ends meet. It's very difficult", says pensioner Syliva Woods. Due to an economic surplus...

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St. Eustatius officials furious with Dutch Government

ORANJESTAD - State secretary Raymond Knops of Kingdom Relations who will arrive in St.Eustatius (Statia) on Wednesday morning, better prepare to meet furious and upset Statia government officials. Charles Woodley, commissioner of Finance, calls...

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Government targets alcohol abuse alongside obesity and...

A government drive aimed at lowering the number of people with a chronic disease will include measures to combat alcohol abuse, junior health minister Paul Blokhuis told parliament in a letter on Tuesday. After wide-ranging consultations,...

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Koeman is proud to take top Oranje job, sets sights on 2020

As expected, Ronald Koeman has been appointed new manager of the Dutch national football team. 'I have never made a secret of my ambition to coach the Dutch national team at some point,' Koeman said at Tuesday's press conference. 'It is a great...

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