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MP Heyliger-Marten wants review of Kingdom Charter

MP Heyliger-Marten: "Time to correct 65 years of wrongs and revisit 10-10-10" ~ Wants review of Kingdom Charter - Motion carried by Parliament 12 for and 3 against. PHILIPSBURG - Member of Parliament and Faction Leader for the United People's...

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Motion to conditionally accept financial assistance from the Kingdom Government passed

A motion brought forward tonight in Parliament by MP Grisha Heyliger-Marten (UP) to request the Government of St. Maarten to conditionally accept financial support from the Kingdom Government was carried by 12 members of Parliament voting for and 3 against. The latter three members voting against the motion where MP Sarah Wescot-Williams (UD) and PFP members of Parliament, MPs Melissa Gumbs and Rayheon Peterson.

In motivating her vote, MP Heyliger-Marten stated that many considered her platform of tackling a review of the Kingdom Charter to be 'too technical' for the masses to understand and therefore, she will be going on the various media platforms the coming week to breakdown her stance on reviewing the Kingdom Charter, especially in light of the present motion she has brought forward and has found support by her colleagues in Parliament, especially from MP Christophe Emmanuel, who stated in his motivation that he is against any salary cuts of civil servants, but will support the motion simply because MP Heyliger-Marten asked him for his support. 

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Knops: "Countries cannot support their own autonomy"

PHILIPSBURG - "Once more we see now what was already clear for a longer period of time: the countries cannot support their own autonomy." That explosive remark comes from a letter State Secretary Drs. Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations) sent on...

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Collective lowering of salaries is not that simple

By Hilbert Haar ~ PHILIPSBURG - The kingdom's demand that the government lowers the salaries of civil servants by 12.5 percent (as a condition for providing liquidity support) promises to result in a heated debate. The unions have objected and...

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Cost-cutting counter-proposal unions vague

Unions need to present a more detailed explanation to substantiate their 100-million guilders cost savings claim ~ By Hilbert Haar ~ How realistic are the cost-cutting proposals the unions submitted to the government? In a statement that was short...

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Brutal package of conditions leaves government little choice

PHILIPSBURG - The Kingdom Council of Ministers had presented a brutal package of conditions for the release of continued liquidity support. Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs has labeled these conditions as an 'indecent proposal' but State Secretary...

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Opinion piece: "An unthinkable scenario"

By Hilbert Haar ~ The conditions attached to the provision of continued liquidity support have put the government in a rather awkward position. Demanding a 25 percent salary cut for ministers and parliamentarians seems to be the least of all...

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Dutch national bank to become watchdog of CBCS

PHILIPSBURG - The government of Curacao and the Central Bank (CBCS) will have to provide the Dutch National Bank (DNB) with a broad insight into the situation in the financial sector and into potential losses, the Antilliaans Dagblad reports...

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Time to split up the monetary union of Curacao & St Maarten?

Is it a good time now to take up the 2013 SER advice to split up the monetary union between Curacao and St. Maarten? ~ By Hilbert Haar The conditions the Kingdom wants to impose on Curacao for more liquidity support put the Central Bank of...

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Court holds attorney liable for Fralexia debacle

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance has ordered HBN Holding to compensate its client Alexandre Bourbon for damages caused through the negligent actions of one of its attorneys. The amount of compensation will be determined in a separate...

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Minister Richardson calls for meeting with Justice committee

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson was scheduled to have a closed-door meeting with the Justice Committee of Parliament, to discuss the pending approval of the draft Penal Procedure Code. However, due...

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MHF launches online edition of Mental Health Awareness week

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State of emergency continues but businesses gradually reopen

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs has extended the state of emergency by six weeks by ministerial decree. The six week period ends on June 21. Citizens are allowed to go shopping only on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. the curfew...

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Dutch press ahead with easing Covid-19 rules

Plans to open up restaurants, cafes and cinemas from June 1 can now go ahead as planned, prime minister Mark Rutte told reporters on Tuesday evening, following a meeting with health experts and other crisis team advisors.

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Coronavirus: A timeline of the pandemic in the Netherlands

The first case of coronavirus was reported in the Netherlands on February 27 and the first death announced on March 6. Here is a full timeline of how the disease reached and spread through the Netherlands and the government's response.

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5% of Dutch Covid-19 tests are positive

The official coronavirus death toll in the Netherlands rose by 21 to 5,715 on Tuesday, the public health insitute RIVM said in its latest update. A further 34 people have been admitted to hospital, the RIVM said. Both figures are higher than in...

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Cut income tax and raise taxation on assets: report

The Dutch tax system needs overhauling, with less emphasis on taxing income and more on taxing assets, according to finance ministry researchers. The researchers drew up a list of seven problems with the current system and 169 points to consider, ...

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'Landen kunnen autonomie niet aan'

Knops: 'take it or leave it' voor voorwaarden bij financiële steun Van onze correspondent Den Haag - ,,Eens temeer zien we nu wat eigenlijk al langer zichtbaar was, namelijk dat de landen hun eigen autonomie niet kunnen dragen."

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Deadline voor miljoenenlening nadert ...

DEN HAAG - Gaat Sint-Maarten na Aruba ook instemmen met de Nederlandse eisen voor miljoenen aan noodleningen? De Sint-Maartense regering wil eerst van het parlement horen, maar waarschuwt dat niet alles wat Nederland vraagt haalbaar zal zijn....

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'Akkoord mits binnen de wet'

CBCS vreest 'verarming' door loonkorting Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - De regering van Curaçao heeft na bestudering van alle voorwaarden en overwegingen besloten in te stemmen met de condities van staatssecretaris Knops, voor zover het ...

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Miljoenenlening voor Curaçao en Sint-Maarten?

DEN HAAG - Staatssecretaris Knops eist dat Curaçao en Sint-Maarten uiterlijk woensdag instemmen met de Nederlandse voorwaarden voor noodleningen. In de Tweede Kamer is daar veel steun voor, blijkt uit een rondgang. Woensdag debatteert de Kamer...

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