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Current formation plan prison presented in Parliament

PHILIPSBURG - During an urgent meeting of Parliament on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, regarding the management structure of the detention facilities on St. Maarten, minister Wycliffe Smith deputizing for the minister of Justice, Cornelius De Weever,...

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Dear Reader

The immediate good news coming out of Parliament during yesterday's urgent meeting of Parliament is finally the clear information presented on the current formation plan of the prison detention facilities on St. Maarten.

However, this urgent meeting of Parliament was the launching pad for many grievances voiced by members of Parliament regarding the current situation at the Pointe Blanche prison and the management of the prison and its structure.

Especially, MP Tamara Leonard lamented the fact that she had posed many questions to the minister of Justice pertaining the situation at the prison, both in private and in writing with no answers forthcoming to these questions to date.

We will be studying the recording of this urgent meeting of Parliament to find out more about these questions and any answers that will be provided to these questions.

In the meantime, do enjoy reading this edition of our email newsletter.


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Indictment: Heyliger took bribes worth almost 10M guilders

PHILIPSBURG - Between 2004 and 2014 United Democrats politician Theo Heyliger allegedly accepted bribes worth more than $5.5 million (9.9 million guilders) from Windward Roads, dredging company Devcon and Volker Stevin - the company that built...

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Government studies alternatives for waste-to-energy plant

PHILIPSBURG - While the parliamentary committee for Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) debated last week the proposal for the construction of a waste-to-energy plant with the Canadian company Envirogreen...

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Airlift conference returns to St.Maarten/St. Martin

AIRPORT - The 4th annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference will be held June 11-13 on St. Maarten/St. Martin The conference is hosted by St. Maarten/St. Martin and supported by a number of major local and international industry companies. Two...

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Make the microphone rock

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ In about two weeks I'm chairing the 4th annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference on St.Maarten/St.Martin. I'm often asked for advice by speakers. Here we go.... Many conferences suffer from boring presentations. Killer...

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Pension reform: impossible is nothing

By Hilbert Haar ~ The stalled debate about increasing the retirement age has put the spotlight on questions about ageing and the ability to continue working after the current retirement age of 62 in St Maarten. THIS IS A PREMIUM ARTICLE; LOGIN NEEDED

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Are we prepared for retirement?

Yesterday we received an email with the headline "The coming retirement crisis will be UGLY". According to the email, recent studies confirm that most Americans are not prepared for retirement. Depending on the assessment, the percentage of...

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Hidden agenda

By Hilbert Haar ~ Last week I witnessed something odd. The parliamentary committee for Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure - commonly referred to as the VROMI-committee (PHUPEI doesn't read that well) - hosted a meeting...

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Asking the right question

Hilbert Haar is on point with his opinion piece about the question whether members of Parliament have a hidden agenda when it comes to solving the problem of our mounting garbage dump. The question we have is why aren't other waste management...

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GREAT BAY, ST. MAARTEN - EBS has the following vacancies available for your consideration. Suitable candidates can send their resume along with copies of their diploma's and or certificates to or visit their office in the Orange...

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Minister Lee: Resolving the issues surrounding mental health

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Health Emil Lee attended a meeting with the interim-Director and Board members of the Mental Health Foundation on Tuesday May 28. In a "very open, candid, and constructive" setting, a number of...

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Minister Lee celebrates success of Emergency Income Support

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Emergency Income Support and Training Program (EISTP) has trained 1077 residents and has issued 1241 certifications since its commencement in February 2018.

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More AML & Gaming Forum speakers announced

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The next major regional-international conference that Sint Maarten will be hosting will kick-off in less than a week. Speakers from all kinds of professions are lining up to attend and speak at the 4th Dutch Caribbean ...

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USM ESL Students Receive Certificates of Completion

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Tuesday, May 21, students enrolled in the University of St. Martin (USM) English as a Second Language (ESL) program, received their Certificates of Completion. Some 12 students started the ESL Basic level program...

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SMMC ER receives donation from AUC

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) The St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) Emergency Room (ER) recently received a donation from students of the American University of the Caribbean (AUC). Heather Langner, representing her graduating class, contacted the...

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Police ask for assistance in armed robbery investigation

SUCKER GARDEN - In connection with the ongoing armed robbery investigation which took place on Thursday May 23 rd at approximately 11:30 am at Mr. K supermarket on Sucker garden road, the Special Unit Robbery is requesting assistance from the...

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Boat stranded on Mullet bay beach

MULLET BAY - On Sunday, May 26th 2019, at around 7:15 am, a call came in to the central dispatch regarding a boat that was stranded on the Mullet bay beach and that an unknown number of persons (men and women) were seen leaving the boat and...

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'Vote for a woman campaign' did the trick

Calls by campaigners for voters to give preference votes to women in last week's European elections appear to have paid off, with three women leapfrogging other candidates to win seats in Brussels. Samira Rafaela from D66, Liesje Schreinemacher...

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APS to host pension seminar: "APS into the Future"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten general pension fund administrator, APS, is preparing to host its 2019 pension fund seminar, which will take place on June 28. APS participants and pensioners are asked to save the date and attend this ...

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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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K1 Mini Libraries installed and open to the public

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - K1 Britannia Foundation with the help of volunteers have built and assembled four mini libraries that are currently located at the Emilio Wilson Park, John Larmonie Center in Philipsburg, and St. Peters at the Rupert...

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Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club Elects 2019/2020 Board

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters club (SCTMC) made history during their 2019/2020 board elections that took place on Friday May 24 2019, as they welcomed their first incoming male president Mr. Arcides Christina.

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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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US Investment Bank on Political Uncertainty in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday May 27, 2019 - Despite the political uncertainty in Guyana, pending the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling on whether the no-confidence vote passed against the government in December last year was valid, US...

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AA Introduces Year-Round, Mid-Week Flights to St. Kitts

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Wednesday May 29, 2019 - Continuing to expand upon a successful airline-destination partnership, American Airlines will fly a second weekly non-stop flight from New York's John F. K International Airport (JFK) to St Kitts on ...

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Call for End to St Kitts' Visa-Free Access to EU Over...

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Wednesday May 29, 2019 - Two Members of the European Parliament are seeking to have St Kitts and Nevis' visa-free programme with the European Union (EU) revoked, over what they say are "questionable" individuals getting...

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Antigua and Barbuda making moves to accommodate expansion

The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has considered a long-term lease on parts of the old air terminal at the VC Bird International Airport to the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT. The government said that the matter had been considered ...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) May 30, 2019 Tonight: Generally cloudy with isolated showers. Thursday morning through evening: Generally cloudy with scattered showers....

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