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Venomous exchange with Knops yields no results

PHILIPSBURG - The battle between Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and outgoing State Secretary Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations) about the payment of the fifth tranche of liquidity support has at times taken venomous turns over the last month. Now...

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How does Brian Mingo disprove an un-truth?

Dear Editor, MP Christophe Emmanuel and his (not so-)ghost writer are at it again. Tearing down and blemishing the good reputation of son-of-the-soil, as-local-as-they-come, educated professional and STILL CEO of the PJIAE, Brian Mingo. The MP in ...

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Pro Soualiga: "Decolonization Summit Facts Not Conjecture"

Dear Editor, Please allow us to reply to your article entitled "Pro Soualiga Calls For De-Colonization Summit." Firstly, you mention that in 1960, Dutch representative Einaar stated "We in Surinam and the Netherlands Antilles are proud of our...

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Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs travels to Netherlands to rectify non-payment of liquidity support

Philipsburg – Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion traveled to the Netherlands yesterday, May 25, 2021, to rectify the non-payment of the fifth tranche of liquidity support. State Secretary of Interior and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops continues to illegaly withhold the payment of liquidity support, already approved for payment on April 23, in the Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting.

Prime Minister Jacobs stated, “State Secretary Knops is not honoring the rules of engagement. Although having expressed such to him in a meeting held last week, Wednesday, May 19, during his visit to Sint Maarten, he has insisted on continuing with these actions to the detriment of the very people he claims he is concerned about. The State Secretary’s actions are counterproductive as they put the vital processes of government at risk. As a result, we must question his motives.”

“As Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs, I have been left with no choice but to escalate this issue to the Kingdom Council of Ministers (RMR). The goal is that the rule of law; a pillar of Dutch good governance and democracy, will prevail, and not the very prominent democratic deficit in the RMR. This is another example of why the dispute regulation law is very much needed,” she continued.

On June 1, Prime Minister Jacobs will be present in the plenary debate for the handling of the dispute regulation law in the First Chamber of the Parliament of the Netherlands. She will ensure that the current and past challenges experienced by Sint Maarten as a result of the democratic deficit and unequitable treatment of the countries within the Kingdom in the Dutch Caribbean are highlighted through Minister Plenipotentiary Rene Violenus, who will speak on behalf of the government of Sint Maarten. Additionally, Prime Minister Jacobs will be meeting with other key stakeholders to ensure that Sint Maarten's position is known and heard.

Prime Minister Jacobs is determined to see this process through and will do all that needs to be done to ensure at the very least that there is an equitable treatment for the people of Sint Maarten. Airport Saga
Airport CEO in 'hot water' again; allegedly threatens staff

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Princess Juliana International Airport PJIA Chief Executive Officer Brian Mingo may again find himself in "hot water" if the allegations of him threatening to fire Airport staff for conversing with Members of...

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Minister Richardson meets with Customs Dept.

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Honorable Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, recently met with Head of Customs, Anthony Doran, and members of the Management team; Franklin Bernadina and Otto de Vries, to discuss the operations of the...

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Enhancements and Minor Repairs to Hurricane Shelters...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Families seeking refuge at designated Hurricane Shelters on the island will enjoy a bit more comfort during their stay now that minor repairs and upgrades have been completed as part of the Shelter Repairs Activity of ...

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Meteorological Dept. of Sint Maarten provides update ...

SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) - Beginning this year, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) will use 1991-2020 as the new 30-year period of record. The updated averages for the Atlantic hurricane season have increased to 14 named storms and 7 hurricanes....

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COCI To Commence with Deregistration of Legal Entities...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI), calls on the business community, social organizations, foundations, and other legal entities to update their information at the Chamber within the soonest time...

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WINAIR increases flights to Aruba and Curacao

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - In conjunction with modified entry restrictions for all residents of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) which now grant easier entry into St. Maarten due to the reduction of COVID-19 cases in ABC...

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Suspect arrested, firearm confiscated by police

The Police Detective Department and Uniform Division executed a house search in Cole-bay in connection with firearms possession on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, around 5:20am. A firearm was found and confiscated during the search. The suspect with...

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MP Buncamper wonders: Why do we continue to beg ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) and Faction Leader of the United Sint Maarten Party (US) in Parliament, made a statement on Tuesday in connection with liquidity support for Sint Maarten. "The statement reads as follows:...

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MP Heyliger-Marten asks "Why would anybody oppose deco..."

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Since Parliament started discussing the finalization of the decolonization of the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles, the process has been questioned by a number of sceptics here and abroad, Member of Sint...

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Justice Committee of Parliament to meet with Minister

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Justice Committee of Parliament will meet on May 26, 2021. The Committee meeting, which was adjourned on March 31, 2021 will be reconvened on Wednesday at 11.00 hrs. at the House of Parliament. The Minister of...

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Office of the AG to host seminar on sexual offences

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Office of the Attorney General PPG of Curaçao, St. Maarten and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba has organized a seminar on sexual offences for Thursday, 26 August 2021, on Curacao. Partners on Sint Maarten, Saba,...

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Den Haag heeft weinig vertrouwen in regering Sint Maarten

Den Haag - Staatssecretaris Knops (BZK) vraagt zich in alle openheid af of de regering van Sint Maarten wel in staat is het belang van de bevolking te dienen. Hij doet dat in een brief aan de Tweede Kamer waarin hij verslag doet van zijn gesprek...

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Sint Maarten gaat geld vragen voor vaccinatie

Philipsburg - Op Sint Maarten moet vanaf 1 augustus worden betaald voor vaccinatie. De regering heeft daartoe besloten in de hoop dat dit veel inwoners er toe zal aanzetten om zich voor die datum te laten vaccineren. De vaccinatiebereidheid op...

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Grote zorgen om lage vaccinatiegraad Sint Maarten ...

Den Haag - De lage vaccinatiegraad op Sint Maarten en Sint Eustatius zijn voor de Nederlandse regering een bron van grote zorg. Dat blijkt uit het verslag dat staatssecretaris Knops (BZK) naar de Tweede Kamer heeft gestuurd van het werkbezoek dat ...

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Directie SXM Airport probeert staking af te wenden

Philipsburg - De directie van Prinses Juliana Airport op Sint Maarten heeft een dringend beroep op werknemers gedaan af te zien van een voor morgen geplande staking. Personeel eist onder meer een salarisverhoging. De onderhandelingen met de...

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COLUMN - Sint Maarten heeft een gespleten persoonlijkheid

In de zondagse estafette-rubriek 'Bericht uit...' belichten columnisten uit de Caribische delen van het Koninkrijk bij toerbeurt de kanten van hun eiland waarvan zij vinden dat die de aandacht van alle koninkrijksburgers verdienen. Vandaag komt...

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16 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 88 Active

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 25th, there were sixteen (16) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, eight (8) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases eighty-eight (88). The total number of confirmed cases is...

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VMT appeals for Community Outreach volunteers ...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Vaccination Management Team (VMT), is appealing for volunteers to assist in the vaccination outreach campaign. The VMT wants to emphasize that the current mass vaccination campaign will end on July 31st....

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SXM DOET enforces stricter rules due to rising COVID-19...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This weekend, Friday, May 28 & Saturday, 29, the annual SXM DOET projects are scheduled to take place. Due to the rising covid-19 numbers, the SXM DOET team is asking all participating organizations to re-assess if...

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Coalition talks focus on economic strategy

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