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No talks about lower prison sentence for Theo Heyliger

PHILIPSBURG -- There are many rumors circulating about the fate of Theo Heyliger, the founder of the United People's party (UP), who was sentenced in May of last year in the Larimar-trial to five years of imprisonment for accepting bribes from...

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Integrity Chamber turns down MP Emmanuel's request

PHILIPSBURG - Integrity Chamber President Rian Vogels has informed independent parliamentarian Christophe Emmanuel that providing opinions "does not fall within the scope of its assigned tasks." Emmanuel asked the Integrity Chamber on July 22 for ...

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Useless political saber rattling

By Hilbert Haar ~ The history of St. Maarten's Integrity Chamber is an interesting one. Parliamentarians bickered endlessly over the establishment of this institution and when they finally agreed with it in August 2015 (only the National Alliance...

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Political instability hampers functioning Ombudsman

PHILIPSBURG - Political instability is a major challenge, Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel writes in the introduction to her office's 2020 annual report. "Responses by government to queries of the ombudsman as well as the execution of recommendations...

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Adjusted draft COHO law in September to Parliament

PHILIPSBURG - The prime ministers of St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba have reached an agreement with the Netherlands about adjustments to the draft law COHO (Caribbean Reform and Development Entity). On September 3, the new draft is on the agenda...

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COM suspends BTP Director Anthony Carty

Unconfirmed news reaching our newsroom indicates that the Council of Ministers (COM) has gotten a signed Landsbesluit (LB) to suspend BTP Director Anthony Carty. Grounds for the suspension is unknown. However, the Bureau for Telecommunications & Post (BTP) has been the subject of a number of ongoing investigations over the years. will be waiting to see if the COM will announce anything during the press briefing today. also hopes to obtain a copy of the LB. Personality News
Kudos from the Bidens for St. Maarten's Alexina Beauperthuy

PHILIPSBURG - On July 1, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden spent three hours with the families of victims of the Surfside apartment building that collapsed on June 24, killing 98 people. The visit was hosted at the St. Regis Bal...

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Local artist Max Phelipa passes away

Celebrated local artist, former police officer and official at the St. Maarten Harbour Group Maximiliaan “Max” Phelipa, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday morning after a fight with cancer. He was 68.

A native of Curacao, Max, as he was affectionately known, made St. Maarten his home since 1973. After leaving the police force he devoted much of his time to the arts as well as being one of the founders of the St. Maarten Zoo.

Despite his dedication to police work, followed by his tenure as head of security at the harbor, Phelipa’s first true passion was his artwork. A devoted family man, if Phelipa wasn’t painting, he was helping his sons advance their musical talent and opened his home to many young people who loved to simply hang out in his open flower garden where he had several species of parrots.

He was very proud of his art museum located in the same Frontstreet garden and welcomed hundreds of tourists and residents to the gallery on an annual basis. Phelipa’s work can be seen in several public spaces and is described as figurative and naturalistic. He painted everyday scenes that reflect reality, nature and the environment. His paintings are dynamic, colorful, vibrant and brimming with detail.

He is the recipient of numerous awards from various community organizations and government. He leaves to morn his wife “Aggie” and sons Tyrone and Arnaldo and their families.
Former PDB leader Jopie Abraham passes away

Kralendijk- On Tuesday evening Bonaire received the sad news that the popular former leader of the Partido Demokratiko Boneriano (PDB), Johan (Jopie) Abraham had passed away. Abraham for some time was suffering from Chronic obstructive...

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UP Board confirms Roger Lawrence as incoming TEATT minister

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The United People's UP Party has confirmed that former Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Port St. Maarten Roger Lawrence will be its newest Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication...

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PM Jacobs on Haiti Earthquake: You are in our prayers

Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs said on Sunday that she was saddened when she heard about what had taken place on Saturday, August 14 in the Republic of Haiti, and the Sint Maarten Haitian community members are in her thoughts and prayers....

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Prime Minister Jacobs Congratulates New CARICOM SG

Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs, would like to congratulate the new Secretary General (SG) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) organization Dr. Carla Barnett who was installed on Monday in a ceremony, becoming the eighth SG of CARICOM and...

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Ministerial Regulation (MR) imposes up to 4 months detention

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), Omar Ottley is reminding the General Public of the COVID-19 measures that are still obligatory. In just a week, the active COVID numbers surged to 300 plus persons; 18 patients are...

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Police made several arrests over the past week

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the past week, the detectives and patrols of the Police Force of Sint Maarten made several arrests in various cases during last week. On Monday, August 9, detectives arrested a man with initials D.L.M. for whom an...

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42 confirmed COVID-19 cases today

PHILIPSBURG - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Omar Ottley extends his condolences to the family and friends of Sint Maarten's 41st COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. Heartfelt thoughts go out to the family during...

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Hon. Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs COVID-19 Message

The St. Maarten government has not mandated vaccines. As every government around the world, we are seeking to ensure our people are protected to avoid unnecessary suffering and loss of life. The vaccine has proven to protect us. This is evident...

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What entrepreneurs need to get their projects off the ground

Now more than ever entrepreneurs need to know what it takes to get their business startup projects off the ground. invited Clifford Illis to once again share his expert opinion with our readers. Illis is an experienced...

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St.Maarten/St.Martin Research and Development Center

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ It is common knowledge that the economies in the Caribbean desperately need diversification. Being dependent for about 70-85% on tourism is insane. It is sad that no realistic alternatives have been developed yet as the...

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Debt Cancellation is the Only Option says MP Pantophlet

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet is insistent that debt cancellation is the only viable and reasonable option for St Maarten and the other islands in the Dutch Caribbean. The Central Bank of Curacao and St. ...

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Nederland overweegt belang in Winair op te geven

Den Haag - Het is geen uitgemaakte zaak dat de Nederlandse Staat aandeelhouder blijft in Winair. De Sint Maartense luchtvaartmaatschappij verkeert in grote financiële problemen. Zij heeft enkele miljoenen dollars nodig om te overleven en heeft...

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'Sint-Maarten is te klein voor eigen Centrale Bank'

PHILIPSBURG - "De economie van Sint-Maarten is niet groot genoeg om een eigen centrale bank te ondersteunen." Dat zegt de president van de Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint-Maarten, Richard Doornbosch. Doornbosch is een jaar geleden aangesteld...

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Staten willen niet wachten

Fracties MAN, PAR en TpK: Nu uitleg aan bevolking over Coho Van een onzer verslaggeefstersWillemstad - Hoewel de Staten pas na 3 september de Rijkswet Caribisch Orgaan voor Hervorming en Ontwikkeling (Coho) kunnen bestuderen, wil het parlement...

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Budgetrecht Staten Sint Maarten onvoldoende gerespecteerd

Den Haag - De regering van Sint Maarten heeft het budgetrecht van de Staten "onvoldoende gerespecteerd", aldus het College financieel toezicht. Het kabinet-Jacobs wordt verweten uitvoering te hebben gegeven aan een gewijzigde begroting zonder dat ...

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Kamerleden annuleren werkbezoek aan Curaçao en Aruba

Den Haag - Het werkbezoek dat een delegatie van Tweede en Eerste Kamerleden volgende week aan Curaçao en Aruba zou brengen, is geannuleerd. Reden daarvoor is de nieuwe coronagolf waardoor de gezondheidszorg in beide landen onder zware druk staat. ...

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Bonairiaanse oud-politicus Jopie Abraham (72) overleden

Kralendijk - Oud-politicus Jopie Abraham is op 72-jarige leeftijd overleden. Hij was leider van de sociaal-democratische PDB (van 1979 tot 2010), oud-minister van de toenmalige Nederlandse Antillen en gedeputeerde van het eilandgebied Bonaire....

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Applying to Schools in the USA and Canada

Free Workshop Entitled College or University 101: The US and Canadian Systems The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs will be holding a free online workshop on Thursday, August...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) August 18, 2021 WEATHER: Tonight through Wednesday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with brief showers...

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Tourism Sector and Business Community Reminded to Be...

National Disaster Coordination and Fire Chief Clive Richardson on Wednesday, reminded the business community and the tourism sector to be prepared as the country is entering the peak period of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. The sixth named...

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Should Theo be allowed to serve his prison time in Bonaire?
No! He should serve his time at Point Blanche Prison like all other prisoners!
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First Dutch evacuated on rescue flights from Kabul

The first Dutch people have been evacuated from Kabul on two rescue flights, according to caretaker foreign secretary Sigrid Kaag. Two flights left on Wednesday morning and Kaag told the ANP that this was the 'first step' to rescuing many more...

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Criminal moved to different jail after 'incidents'

A criminal has been moved from a jail in Zaanstad after reportedly threatening staff and fellow detainees, claims the Telegraaf. Lysander de R, former head of the notorious Hells Angels in Haarlem, has been moved, his lawyer confirmed to the paper.

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ChristenUnie doesn't feel 'welcome' in coalition

Caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte has said that no further party has been excluded from coalition negotiations, although ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers told NOS on Tuesday that he didn't feel 'welcome'. At the moment, Rutte's VVD and the...

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Corona sceptics have problems with banking: NRC -

Banks have been taking action on accounts linked with groups deemed to be spreading misinformation about the coronavirus and vaccinations, according to an investigation by the NRC. It claims that at least eight organisations have been put on a...

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Coronavirus in the Netherlands: what you need to know...

Prime minister Mark Rutte outlined the next stages in the dismantling of the Netherlands' coronavirus regulations on Friday, and set November 1 as the target date for when things will be back to normal. Here's what you need to know: Vaccinations...

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