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Bosman-law gives St. Maarten more control over independence

PHILIPSBURG - The Dutch parliamentary committee Kingdom Relations postponed handling a draft initiative kingdom law submitted by VVD parliamentarian André Bosman this week until there is an advice from the Council of State. The draft law aims to...

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Dear Reader

MP Claude "Chacho" Peterson had a rude awakening this weekend when, during a presentation on Friday in Parliament about a design for a new Parliament Building as a part of a futuristic Parliament Plaza and Boulevard development project, his words were taken out of context and used against him and his fellow Parliamentarians by Second Chamber member for the SP, Ronald van Raak, who used the opportunity to pose several questions to State Secretary Raymond Knops of Kingdom Relations.

The questions Van Raak posed were:

"Do you share my view that the money for the reconstruction of Sint Maarten is meant to restore the infrastructure, repair people's houses and fight poverty, but not to give parliamentarians themselves an expensive and luxurious gift?"

"Can you exclude that money intended for reconstruction will be spent on a futuristic prestige project for a new parliament?"

Van Raak then took a pot shot at the St. Maarten MPs: "Do you also share my surprise that Sint Maarten is the smallest country in the Kingdom, but parliamentarians there get the highest incomes of the entire Kingdom? What is the outcome to date of the intention to lower the high salaries of the parliamentarians on Sint Maarten? When will this happen?"

MP Peterson has issued a statement that his sarcasm about using the World Bank trust fund money to finance the new Parliament building was misunderstood. However, the newcomer to Parliament has certainly learned a valuable lesson how words can be misconstrued by others, not only in the media as he initially claimed on his Facebook page, but certainly by his political opponents, locally and abroad.

If he doesn't believe us, he can ask his colleague in Parliament, MP Christophe Emmanuel, who is now in a tit for tat word battle with Minister of TEATT Stuart Johnson, who according to our satirical cartoon most likely used the opportunity to brush up on his Macchiavelli tactics while on that cruise as he continues to use public relations instead of his presence in Parliament to defend himself.

We have published all these statements and press releases issued this weekend below in our weekend news review newsletter.

Happy readings!

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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The will of the people

By Hilbert Haar ~ There is a tendency in the Caribbean kingdom countries to dismiss anything VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman comes up with. This is also true when it comes to his initiative kingdom law that aims to change the rules for countries...

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WIVoice, The Critical Voice of the People

WIVoice came on to the social media scene as a group on June 28, 2016, and has been a fixture on Facebook's social media platform ever since. The group serves as a medium for the voice of the people of St. Maarten. Many outsiders label the group...

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SHTA Calls for: Let's make 2019 a Year of Leadership

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Recent reports provide clear warning messages as well as concrete recommendations for Sint Maarten's future, the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) said in a statement on Saturday.

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According to Johnson Emanuel's comments offensive ...

PHILIPSBURG-The comments "gay cruise" made in Monday's sitting of Parliament by Member of Parliament for the National Alliance Christopher Emanuel are according to the Tourism Minister, the Honourable Stuart Johnson irresponsible and have...

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Johnson catches up on his Machiavelli tactics on a cruise

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MOU signed between USM, American University and NIPA

PHILIPSBURG-A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on collaboration was signed between the American University Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), the University of St. Maarten (USM) and the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) at...

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Dr. Nilda Arduin receives Royal Decoration

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - The Bureau Ombudsman honored former Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin in a farewell dinner held at the Simpson Bay Resort & Marina Ball room on Saturday 19 January, 2019. The event was attended by various dignitaries,...

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Expansion of Hope Estate Community Helpdesk soon complete

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The expansion of the Hope Estate community helpdesk is anticipated to be completed by February 5. The expansion will accommodate the Women's Desk services. The community help desk services are part of the government...

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NA MP Doran calls PM Romeo-Marlin to Parliament about PSS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) Egbert Jurendy Doran requested an urgent public meeting of Parliament, inviting the Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin to update the Members of Parliament concerning the ...

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MP Emmanuel tells Minister Johnson: Do your job or go home.

PHILIPSBURG:---Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel calls on Minister Johnson to do the job that his political party has appointed him to do, otherwise do the responsible thing and abandon the Council of Minister of Sint Maarten, as there is...

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MP Claude "Chacho" Peterson sarcastic comments misunderstood

PHILIPSBURG - Faction Leader in Parliament for the St. Maarten Christian Party SMCP and Member of Parliament Claude "Chacho" Peterson has sought to explain his "sarcastic" comments during last Friday's meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee for a New...

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CPS calls on community to adhere to cough etiquette...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community to continue to practice hand hygiene and cough etiquette in...

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De Weever Commends Police & Students on Successful TAPS...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) TAPS (Teens and Police Service Academy) program has been deemed a success by KPSM, and Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever would like to commend KPSM leadership, the...

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TAPS Program deemed a success

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday 17th January 2019, the Sint Maarten Police Force in cooperation with the St. Maarten Academy P.S.V.E section successfully concluded their Teens and Police Service academy program (TAPS). This eleven week program, which...

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Johnson commends regatta organizers for EcoPark & ArtPark

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson commends the organizers of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for presenting two expanded initiatives to its Regatta Village during the 39 thedition of the country's ...

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Inspection of all Public Transportation Motorvehicles starts

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Inspectorate of Ministry Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT), announces that the annual inspection of all Public Transportation Motor Vehicles has commenced. The inspections are being carried ...

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RADEX BCMS introduces Portable Units for Border Security

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA - Last year, RADEX Border Control Management System (BCMS), was launched at the airport in Aruba in order to ensure a safe, reliable and effective border control, Gamma IT Solutions said in a press statement. "RADEX BCMS is a...

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A BETTA PLACE Live with Angelique Is Back

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A BETTA PLACE Live with Angelique comes to you this January month in a new time slot on Cable TV 115, on her You tube Channel and FaceBook page called #A BETTA PLACE LIVE with Angelique and on her Website...

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CARILEC Announces New Strategic Direction

SINT MAARTEN/ST.LUCIA - In 2019, under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Cletus Bertin, The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) will be unveiling a suite of activities that align with its current five-year plan...

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Rhuggenaath: Curacao-Netherlands Covenant is not instrution

WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath denies that the cooperation agreement between Curacao and the Netherlands would be a disguised instruction. This suggestion was made in the Dutch media. The Netherlands cannot formally intervene ...

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Cooper MP does not want to attend a parliamentary meetings

WILLEMSTAD - Charles Cooper MP is considering not attending meetings in Parliament any more. According to the MP, every motion end in 9-12 or 12-9 for or against.

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ABC Bus Company in serious financial situation

WILLEMSTAD - According to the trade union representing the employees of the ABC Bus Company, the government cannot demand on the one hand that the prices of bus tickets remain low and at the same time cut into the subsidy of the company.

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Presentation CBCS Best Economic Research Award

Willemstad/Philipsburg - The Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) recently presented the 'CBCS Best Economic Research Award' to the winner on Bachelor Level, Ms. Talisha de Vries. Talisha earned the award for her thesis "Assessing...

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IMF suggests Curaçao and St Maarten to continue with efforts

WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao’s fiscal position is expected to improve from 2018, reflecting the authorities’ multiyear fiscal adjustment package. However, additional effort would be needed to put the public debt on a sustainable downward path.

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Curaçao and St. Maarten should reinforce oversight ...

WILLEMSTAD - There is an urgent need to further reinforce financial sector oversight and monitor the risks from the withdrawal of CBRs.

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Financing Agreement Signed for Construction of 500 Homes

Kralendijk- The Fundashon Cas Boneriano has finally succeeded in securing the necessary financing to construct 500 homes on the island intended for lower to middle income families. Friday evening, Fundashon Cas Boneriano director Ben Oleana...

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American Airlines to Execute Four Weekly Flights...

Kralendijk - American Airlines will keep executing 4 weekly return flights between Bonaire and Miami. This was confirmed by the Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) earlier today. American Airlines started with the 4 flights a week to Bonaire in...

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National Ombudsman: Saba is a real special place

The Bottom, Saba - The Ombudsmen of the Kingdom met on Saba this week. "It was our turn to organize the yearly gathering. We chose Saba and everyone is happy that we did," said National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen. "Saba is a real special place.

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Statia finally gets a new road-system

ORANJESTAD - After more than half a century Statia will finally get a new road-system. The State Secretary for Kingdom Affairs made this announcement during his last visit to the island. Some Statians are more excited about the news than others.

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New Redesigned 2019 Hyundai Elantra

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The redesigned 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedan conveys emotion with a new intense design, while delivering a sophisticated driving experience with superb drive quality and convenience technologies. The newly designed 2019...

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Domino's Continues Its 25 Year Anniversary with Hyundai...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Domino's announced today that they will be giving their customers a chance to win a brand-new Hyundai i20 Active, Free Pizza For A Year, and an XBOX One as a part of its ongoing 25 year anniversary celebration of...

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SXM Festival Announces Phase Two Lineup for March 13-17

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

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Legendary Performance of The Jacksons at Heineken Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is famous for world-class racing and attracting some of the world's top musical acts for their legendary parties. This year is no different. Motown royalty, The Jacksons - Jackie,...

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Motion of No Confidence to be tabled against Minister of TEATT Stuart Johnson. Agree?
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