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Justice Minister sets the record straight

No interference in Theo Heyliger's case ~ PHILIPSBURG - The Minister of Justice Cornelius De Weever has set the record straight with regard to his Ministry being involved in individual cases. He spoke of the discussions which involved the former...

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Dear Reader

The minister of finance aims to revamp the tax office with investments totaling tens of millions of dollars.

Yet we miss badly needed economic stimulus proposals in the 2019 budget.

By some economic miracle we ourselves do not fully understand, St. Maarten's economy mysteriously seems to be doing well despite the odds.

However, as long as we do not have the means nor the statistics to gauge what exactly is driving our economy, we will forever be making guesses as to where the money is coming from or where it is going, much less how to tax it.

There is a saying... "It is not about how much money you make, it is about how much money you keep".

How much money do we make and how much do we keep in St .Maarten?

Maybe a question for our local bankers.

In Curacao, former Central Bank president Emsley Tromp seems to have strong opinions about how to revitalize the Curacao economy. As the central banker overseeing St. Maarten's economy as well in his time at the helm of the CBCS, maybe we should ask him as well indeed.

Maybe we will!!!

In the meantime, do have a great week!

PS: For a taste of the Caribbean, visit the latest addition to the list of restaurants in Simpson Bay: NICK'S CAFE. Open for Local Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Mondays to Saturday; but closed on Sundays. Visit Nick's Cafe Facebook Page online at


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Minister Geerlings: "Time for drastic measures"

PHILIPSBURG - "We are close to one billion guilders in debt without having a good idea about how to pay it back if we look at our budget over the past almost ten years," Finance Minister Perry Geerlings told the central committee of Parliament on ...

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Not a dime budgeted for dump.

PHILIPSBURG: ---Ministers that reported to parliament on Wednesday did not give clear cut answers to the questions posed to them regarding the draft 2019 budget. Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin basically beat around the bush when providing...

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Members of Parliament poke holes in 2019 budget.

PHILIPSBURG: --- Members of Parliament including those that support the current United Democrats /St. Maarten Christian Party Government posed several critical questions to the Minister of Finance Perry Geerlings when he appeared in Parliament on ...

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There is a hole in the budget

POND ISLAND - The draft 2019 budget closes with a deficit of 67.2 million guilders. The government projects 478.8 million in expenditures this year and 411.6 million guilders in revenue. The tax office project requires a 60 million guilders...

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Banks kick lottery companies out

PHILIPSBURG - The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) in St. Maarten and Maduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB) in Curacao do not have to maintain their banking relationships any longer with Robbie's Lottery and five associated entities, the Court in First...

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Airport security officers sworn in

PHILIPSBURG - The security officers at the Princess Juliana International Airport were sworn in by the Minister of Justice Cornelius De Weever as auxiliary police officers on Wednesday morning. The security officers who had attended a Police...

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Rebuilding Work at Police Stations in Full Swing

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Director of the National Recovery Program Bureau, Claret Connor, recently completed a supervisory visit to the Philipsburg and Simpson Bay police stations that is currently undergoing repairs. The Philipsburg...

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NAGICO Group Launches LIVE FIT Plan to Promote Health

GREAT BAY - NAGICO Group, a diversified insurance company serving 21 territories in the Caribbean, is pleased to announce the launch of its LIVE FIT health program in St. Maarten. The health plan will provide gym members and persons that use...

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Grisha Heyliger: Country's economic development pays price

People of St. Maarten, we are living through an extraordinary time in our island's history. The political hysteria that erupted in Holland several years ago demanding investigations into alleged corruption in St. Maarten triggered powerful...

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They never left

In the early 90's while I worked at the immigration department, I had a discussion which I concluded, was an interrogation. It had to do with our IT system which they wanted to change. Their mission was to be able to have insight into our...

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MP Meyers: "Laws put targets on the backs of our people"

PHILIPSBURG -- United Democrats MP Franklin Meyers made a number of remarkable statements during a broadcast if the Morning Show on Pearl 98.1 FM Radio on March 11 to the program's host Elton Jones. Meyers suggested that the prosecutor's office...

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MP Luc Mercelina "...we have a big problem in this country"

Member of Parliament, Dr. Luc Mercelina talking about the serious problems in St. Maarten

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Mingo says restriction on 737 aircraft to SXM has no impact

AIRPORT - "The restriction of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 to St. Maarten has little or no immediate effect to the airlift to the island," said Chief Executive officer of the Princess Juliana International Airport Brian Mingo. The restriction...

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Prime Minister to look into the high cost of rents

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin has promised to look into the high cost of rentals by home owners which is spiraling out of control following the hurricanes of 2017. Marlin in her capacity of Minister of General Affairs said at a...

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Labor Minister speaks out on work permits

PHILIPSBURG-The Minister of Labor Emile Lee has refuted the allegations that to acquire work permits is difficult. He stated that the documentation and the acquisition process of obtaining work permits are set out in legislation. "Once the...

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Government gets feedback from construction sector ...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of VSA Emil Lee shared feedback from the construction sector meet & greet event that was hosted by the Ministry of VSA on March 19. The event catered to companies that are active in the local construction sector.

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Ministry of VSA distributes donated food kits ...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The department of Social Services and Community Development Family & Humanitarian Affairs has been giving out boxes of Emergency Food Kits (EFK) to various foundations and churches on the island. The donation of EFK's ...

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Department of Sports launches its 2019 Awareness Campaign

In collaboration with NPOwer SXM ~ Philipsburg - The Department of Sports (DoS) in collaboration with NPOwer SXM is proud to kick off the 2019 Sports Awareness Campaign with the Annual Sports Conference which will be held from Wednesday March 27, ...

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Mr. Brown questions Minister of Education about NIPA

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WIPM (Saba) Grabs All 5 Seats!

The Bottom, Saba- In a show of incredible strength the WIPM in Saba has grabbed all 5 available seats in the island council. Both the Saba Labour Party (SLP) and Dave Levenstone (UMP), did not manage to get any seats. Especially for the SLP,...

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Saba Explains Rules Voting Stations

The Bottom, Saba- Voters may not wear or display promotional material inside the two voting stations on Saba during Election Day this Wednesday, March 20. Wearing for example a t-shirt or a cap stating the political party and/or candidate will...

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Rebuilding works at Belvedere Housing Complex progressing

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Director of the National Recovery Program Bureau, Claret Connor, recently completed a supervisory visits to the Belvedere Housing Complex and the Philipsburg and Simpson Bay police stations that are currently...

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Heineken Regatta raises over $40,000 for local foundations

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Organizers of the St Maarten Heineken Regatta are pleased to announce a total of $41,900 was raised during the event for local foundations. The raffle was used to drive the event's "Green" initiatives benefiting...

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Rent, health insurance and energy are eating more of income

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch households are spending more of their income on fixed costs, such as energy bills, health insurance, rent and mortgages increase, according to research by family spending institute Nibud. Fixed costs now...

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Police arrest a new suspect in Utrecht shooting

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Police have arrested a 40-year old man from Utrecht in connection with the tram shooting in the city on Monday in which three people died. The man was picked up on Tuesday afternoon and is now, along with Gökmen...

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COCI Offers Unique Opportunity to Business Community ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Supervisory Board and Executive Director are offering a unique business opportunity for the Sint Maarten business community, an all-expense paid participation for...

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Government invests more money in boosting internet skills

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Ministers have set aside €425m over the coming five years to boost literacy, numeracy and computer skills among people who have difficulty functioning in society. In total, the money will be used to target 2.5...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG -- NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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Economic Diversity on St. Maarten

Forum Hosted by University of St. Martin. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM ~ USM Room 202

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SINT MAARTEN/ANGUILLA - Stages Anguilla is a young Performing Arts Company comprising of Forty -Five - Fifty students ranging from ages Seven to Eighteen, Collette Jones-Chin, Director and Executive Producer said in a press statement on Monday.

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Fundraising Movie Night for Boys' & Girls' Brigade March 23

PHILIPSBURG - The 1 st St. Maarten Boys' Brigade and the 2 nd St. Maarten Girls' Brigade cordially invite you to a Fundraising Movie Night: Walk by Faith. Date: Saturday March 23, 2019 Place: Louisann Augusta Illidge Hall (Brick Building),...

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - The Wizards, specializing in computer repairs and onsite services, is now the official reseller for an environmentally-friendly product that has a very unusual feature: A solar powered LED lantern that is a phone charger as...

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Detention Theo Heyliger extended for another 60 days. Should he be brought back to St. Maarten?
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No Saint Lucia shares in LIAT; airline needs competition

By CMC Share This On: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 18, CMC - The St. Lucia government Monday reiterated its position that unless there's a fundamental change to the operating structure of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, Castries would not...

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LIAT still restructuring: PM Mottley

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A Domestic Airline for Jamaica is on the Cards |...

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday March 18, 2019 - Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague is working to have a domestic airline operating in Jamaica in short order.

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US President to Meet With Five Caribbean Leaders

WASHINGTON, United States, Wednesday March 20, 2019 - As the United States' continues to press for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to step down from office, President Donald Trump will meet with leaders of four Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...

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SXM Daily News - 19 Mar 2019
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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

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