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What was the objective of the union's protest march?

PHILIPSBURG - The protest action organized by the Chamber of Labor Unions has raised some eyebrows, in particular those of political commentator Edwin James. With a big banner reading 'Enough is enough' spearheading the crowd, unionists marched...

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Law and order in prison is hard to find - PREMIUM ARTICLE

PHILIPSBURG - Internet access, an active Facebook page with nearly two thousand friends, mostly living in St. Maarten, the ability to make or smuggle weapons, and to threaten others physically or virtually: this is the reality in the prison.

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Attorneys threaten Minister Richardson with new lawsuit

PHILIPSBURG - The attorneys representing thirty inmates of the Pointe Blanche prison have put the feet of Justice Minister Anna Richardson to the fire with a demand to improve the conditions in the detention center within seven days. If the...

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Knops advises against Van Dam's prison motion

THE HAGUE -- State Secretary Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations) advises against the motion tabled by CDA-MP Chris van Dam that asks the government to let the Kingdom Council of Ministers control the Pointe Blanche prison for the next five years....

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Van Dam wants Kingdom to take control of Prison

THE HAGUE - CDA-parliamentarian Chris van Dam wants the Netherlands to take control of the Pointe Blanche prison for the next five years. In a motion, he will present on Monday in a meeting of the Parliamentary Kingdom Relations Committee Van Dam ...

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Justice Minister reacts to Court ruling and Van Dam motion

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Court of First Instance returned with a decision after reviewing a petition filed by 37 inmates and their attorneys against the Government of St. Maarten and the Minister of Justice. The court ruled...

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Will Parliament and Government allow Dutch takeover prison?

Dear Editor, On Monday, June 22, 2020, at 7:00 am, Sint Maarten time, Chris van Dam, Member of the Dutch Second Chamber, will be presenting a motion to the Second Chamber in which he is requesting the Dutch Government to establish that the prison ...

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Ferocious attack by Edwin James does not impress MP Grisha

A photo of MP Grisha Heyliger-Marten standing in front of a crane at the airport and her press statement telling the government to "put our local heavy equipment to work first" triggered a ferocious attack by political commentator Edwin James in...

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Heyliger-Marten: Local lenders must show confidence in GEBE

PHILIPSBURG - At a time when local and global economies are facing economic hardship and the US stock market is showing instability, Faction Leader for the United People's Party in Parliament, the honourable Grisha Heyliger-Marten says, "it is...

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Revisionist History - Not Just For the Oppressor

Mr. Editor, I listened with great interest to the radio interview given by former member of Parliament, Mr. Theo Heyliger, on Monday, June 22, 2020. Firstly, it is excellent to see Mr. Heyliger in good health after his diagnosis in 2019 and I...

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Same dog

By Hilbert Haar ~ Same dog and not even a different hat; that is the best description I can come up with for the so-called research of UP faction leader Grisha Heyliger-Marten into the matter of decolonization. Heyliger-Marten recently approached...

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Protest action at SMMC was loud and clear

CAY HILL - With a raspy, hoarse voice, WIHCUA leader, Brunilda Illidge, told tonight that the support of the SMMC workers today was overwhelming. She did not expect that. Illidge was afraid that due to the ongoing intimidation...

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Protest action at SMMC escalates (videos & photos)

CAY HILL - Protest action at SMMC escalates. Watch video here. View the...

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Peaceful march against discrimination (Video & Photos)

PHILIPSBURG - Today, Monday, June 22, 2020, the unified unions, members of the Windward Island Chamber of Labor Unions (WICLU), are holding a formal manifestation. The unions and their members convened at the WIFOL building on the Long Wall Road...

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Buncamper: the fight is legit

PHILIPSBURG - "Their message is fair and it is clear," said Member of Parliament Claudius Buncamper about the protest by employees that took to the streets on Monday morning to air their dissatisfaction about what was deemed unfair. He...

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Silent protest going on at SMMC; Staff wants CFO to go

Staff submitted a petition letter with grievances against CFO; wearing black tops to silently voice their protest at work ~ CAY HILL - On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the staff in the Finance Department of the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)...

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APS to expand homeownership options for Oryx Residences

Cayhill - Pre-qualification appointments resume for Oryx Residences in Cay Hill, after COVID-19 measures pose delay in the sales and move-in process. The 62 units residential project of the General Pension Fund of Sint Maarten (APS) acquired the...

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Banking with NIBanc comes to an end

PHILIPSBURG - The owner of NIBanc, Hushang Ansary, has requested the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten to withdraw the banking license. After thirty years, the curtain falls on the investment bank that is a subsidiary of Banco di Caribe....

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Competition coming up for KLM/Air France and TUI

PHILIPSBURG - Air Belgium intends to fly to the former Netherlands Antilles in the course of next year. The Belgian airline announced this yesterday during a press presentation. Air Belgium is ready to expand and plans new routes. Yesterday CEO...

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Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs awaiting SER restructure

POND ISLAND - Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Silveria Jacobs hereby updates the general public for today, Monday, June 22nd, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about the latest developments...

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No cruises until mid-September

PHILIPSBURG - Major cruise lines voluntarily extend a suspension of operations out of U.S. ports until Sept. 15, the Cruise Lines International Association announced Friday. The decision followed the news earlier this week that Norwegian Cruise...

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CBCS provides information about salary bank president

WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG - Although it is very unusual for individual salary information to be discussed in public, the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has decided to be as transparent as possible without...

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St. Maarten Weather Updates & Forecasts

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) June 24, 2020 WEATHER: Tonight through Wednesday evening: Fair to partly cloudy and hazy with a brief local shower possible.

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Planning for a Recession in the Caribbean

By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ When there are reports on 'Latin America & Caribbean', one has to review them carefully and with some skepticism, to avoid coming to false conclusions or statements; no matter whether the reports are positive or negative....

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Combating Recession in the Caribbean through Co-ops

Publisher's note: The article below was first published in April under the title 'THE economy opportunity of the moment'. Erroneously, this article was republished under the above heading 'Combating Recession in the Caribbean through Cooperation' ...

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Time for St. Maarten to move towards high-end tourism

Dear Editor, It is with much concern that I read a news article regarding questions posed by Members of Parliament to the current Minister of VROMI concerning a potential development at Beacon Hill. My specific concern is related to the...

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Panneflek: Encourages the community to remain vigilant

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Honorable Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek would like to ensure the protection of residents and visitors from the spread of COVID-19. The government is working jointly with the various stakeholders to take...

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Extended opening hours Mental Health Foundation

CAY HILL - Starting this week, the clinic department of the MHF will resume it's extended opening hours. On Wednesdays, the clinic will be open till 8 pm for prescheduled consultations (not for walk-ins). Clients can be seen after the normal...

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Panneflek: FIGHT BACK, collective plan for Mosquito Control

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Honorable Minister Richard Panneflek announces that the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will be executing a Vector Control...

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MHF: Upcoming Family Support Meeting

MHF Press release about Upcoming Family Support Meeting June 27th 5-6 pm Do you have a friend or family member who is having a hard time or could need help? The support of the people close to you can make a huge difference! Upcoming Saturday,...

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Theme for the 2020 Emancipation Day Celebration

"Sacred legacies; standing on the shoulders of giants" will be the theme for the 2020 Emancipation Day Celebration Philipsburg - This year Sint Maarten will be celebrating the 157th Anniversary of Emancipation from slavery on July 1, 2020....

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June 30 deadline submission 2019 annual report of parties

Philipsburg - The Electoral Council hereby wishes to inform all registered political parties that in connection with Covid-19, the April 1, 2020 deadline for the submission of the 2019 annual report has been extended to June 30, 2020. This notice ...

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Hurricane Pass Application Process Ends June 30th

The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season commences on Tuesday, June 2nd. There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass. No passes will be issued to business owners in ...

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Resistance grows against 1.5 metre rule

Support is dwindling for the 1.5 metre social distancing rule with cafe owners and shopkeepers saying customers are increasingly flouting the regulation. Retail lobby group Detailhandel Nederland on Tuesday called on shoppers to respect the 1.5...

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Primary school closes after parents, pupils test positive

A primary school in Vlaardingen, near Rotterdam, has closed it doors until after the summer holidays because of a coronavirus outbreak. Two parents and one child are known to have the virus and two teachers are waiting at home for the results of...

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Coronavirus income support scheme launched flexworkers

People on flexible and zero hours contracts who have lost income because of coronavirus closures can claim income support from Monday. The scheme, known as TOFA, is only open to people who earned at least €400 in February and two months later...

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Since mass testing on June 1, less than 1% of tests positive

So far there have been no reported coronavirus deaths on two days in June, according to new figures from public health institute RIVM. On Monday, the RIVM reported no increase in the number of official Covid-19 deaths in the Netherlands, and...

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