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PFP Calls for Implementation of Whistleblower Policy

Denounces Jacobs' Approach to Censor Press and Public ~ PHILIPSBURG - Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson denounced recent statements made by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, who, during the...

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Progress Committee appreciates Minister Richardson's trip

PHILIPSBURG - Between September 20 and 23 Minister Anna Richardson (Justice) visited several judicial institutions in the Netherlands and she also met with State Secretary Raymond Knops and the mayor, police chief and public prosecutor in the...

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Minister Richardson visits the National Forensic Institute

On Monday, September 27th, 2021, Minister Richardson was received by the Director of the National Forensic Institute (hereafter NFI), Mr. Marc Elsensohn, and the senior advisor and account manager for the Caribbean Ms. Judy van Overveld. The...

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Hundreds of warrants for tax dodgers with unknown address

PHILIPSBURG - The National Gazette published more than three hundred tax warrants in its issues of September 3 and September 17. These warrants are issued by the tax inspectorate to businesses and private citizens with outstanding taxes.

The total number of tax warrants published in the Gazette is 331 and while the majority are for businesses (218, or 65.9 percent), private citizens are also feeling the pressure. The tax inspectorate issued 112 warrants to private citizens (33.8 percent of the total).
For the majority of the businesses, their activity cannot be deduced from their names; this concerns 191 businesses (57.7 percent).

With 26 warrants (7.9 percent), restaurants lead the fiscal dance among beleaguered businesses, followed by retailers (16 or 4.8 percent) and construction companies (15, or 4.5 percent). Other sectors that stand out are finance (6), marine industry (5), insurance companies and jewelers (3 each).

All warrants have one thing in common: the current address of the company or the citizen is unknown. This makes it unlikely that any of them will ever comply with the demand to pay up within two days after the date of issue. A prime example is the oldest tax warrant. It dates back to August 16, 2018 and it was issued to Gulf Insurances.

While the list represents a motley crew of businesses and individuals, a few stand out because they are the only ones in their sector. The Gazette lists for instance one hotel (Caribbean Turtle Inn), one airline (LIAT), one security company (Philipsburg Security Services), one judicial institution (SJIB - Foundation Judicial Facilities), the water supply company Seven Seas Water, one trust company (Richardson Trust Company), one medical center (Abadjief Medical Center) and even one university (American University of the Caribbean).

Most of the tax warrants were addressed to tax dodgers in Cole Bay (79, or 23.9 percent), followed by Philipsburg (52 - 15.7 percent), Simpson Bay (36, or 10.9 percent), Cay Bay (27 - 8.2 percent) and Sucker Garden (16 - 4.8 percent).

The most recent tax warrants listed in the Gazette were issued on September 2 - nine to businesses (among the Sloan Gallery in Cole Bay) and two to individuals. Letters to the Editor
What can Government do to help Heirs of Long Lease Land?

In reference to an article published on Thursday, September 30, 2021, in The Daily Herald on the front page and continuing on page 10 under the title "Judge approves government terminating leasehold rights", former architect/engineer and present...

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Sarah: Why is the draft budget 2022 delayed until November?

Philipsburg, St. Maarten, 20 September 2021 - "In politics, what you say can come back to haunt you." This is how MP Wescot-Williams introduced her statement regarding the budget 2022 for the country. MP Wescot-Williams has written to Finance...

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COHO: No choice at all - An Opinion Piece

By Hilbert Haar ~ The Kingdom Council of State has finalized its advice about the amended draft kingdom law COHO (Caribbean Organization for Reform and Development) but at the moment of this writing it was not published yet. So we do not know the...

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Dutch Marines conduct military exercises on St. Maarten

GREAT BAY - The Dutch Marines stationed in Aruba conducted a military exercise at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex on Tuesday morning. The exercise named "Windward Express" included marines stationed on St. Maarten with the assistance of the...

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11 PM Business closure to be extended

The Ministerial Regulation to scale back the hours of nightlife, which was signed by the Ministries of TEATT and VSA, will be extended. Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Mr. Omar Ottley stated that the announcement of an...

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Ottley visits White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation

On Monday September 27th, the Honorable Minister Ottley and his cabinet staff visited the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation. He was welcomed by members of the board and the Operations Manager of the Foundation, Mrs. Bregje Boetekees. Mrs....

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Port St. Maarten Group Does It Again. Now Also Seatrade...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Port St. Maarten Group received the 2021 Seatrade Cruise Award in the category #WeAreBack - Onshore at the 35th annual Seatrade Cruise Global that took place on September 27-30 in Miami Beach, Florida. The Seatrade Cruise...

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MP Heyliger-Marten: "Much more needs to be done for elders"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Today is the International Day of Older Persons and we should be reflecting on the strides made to improve the lives of older persons in our community, but so much more needs to be done according to Member of...

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Philipsburg Property For Sale

Photo caption: Property located on the Backstreet no.18 in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Property located on the Backstreet no.18 in Philipsburg, St. Maarten and is registered at the Cadastre office with Certificate of Admeasurement number PB...

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Sint Maarten Lions Club honors 101-yr old Anna Gumbs

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - The Sint Maarten Lions Club joins with the entire community in congratulating all seniors today, October 1st, 2021, on the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons. As one of the planned activities for...

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Eight New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 30th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred eighty-five (185). The total number of...

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MP Heyliger-Marten wants audit on TelEM released and...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - United People's UP Party's Faction Leader in Parliament the honorable Grisha Heyliger-Marten is requesting that Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs urgently release an audit report conducted by SOAB on TelEM, which she...

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Employer Council shares concerns re ZV/OV

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Employer Council St Maarten, the platform of International Labour Organization (ILO) recognized St Maarten employer associations (SHTA, IMA, SMMTA and SMTA), objects to both the proposal and process of the changes ...

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CBCS publishes position paper on dollarization

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The current exchange rate arrangement of the monetary union of Curaçao and Sint Maarten has been a regular subject of debate over the years. The country packages of reforms (Landspakketten) for Curaçao and Sint Maarten...

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Postal Services St. Maarten N.V. receives two new vehicles

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) recently received two brand new Jimnys from the Postal Union of the Americas, Spain, and Portugal (UPAEP) as part of the country's annual contribution. The UPAEP is the regional...

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Travel Requirements to be Adjusted as of October 1st

As of October 1st, 2021, the banned travel countries list will be eliminated, and these countries will be placed in a new ?very high risk,? category that will have the following requirements. Travelers originating from these countries must be...

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Clyde van Putten starts Weekly Radio Program

ORANJESTAD- Member of the Island Council for the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) Clyde van Putten, starting Friday October 1, will have a weekly radio show called Statia Hard Talk. The show will air every Friday from 10.30 - 11.30 in the...

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Spotify now officially available in Bonaire, Statia & Saba

6SharesKRALENDIJK- While so far Spotify service was difficult to use in Caribbean markets, especially when it comes to the ability to buy subscrpitions, recently various islands in the Caribbean were added to Spotify's official list of coutries...

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CBCS niet voor dollarisering

'Geen overtuigende argumenten, wel significante risico's' Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Voor de monetaire unie van Curaçao en Sint Maarten zou dollarisering waarschijnlijk geen significante economische voordelen opleveren, terwijl de...

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Top CBCS unaniem over verkoop BdC

Directie Banco: Correspondentbankrelaties ongewijzigd gecontinueerd Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Het besluit tot ondertekening van de verkoopovereenkomst inzake Banco di Caribe (BdC) door de Centrale Bank CBCS als bevoegd gezag van...

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Weer verlies voor ex-eigenaar DAE

Hof veroordeelt tot betaling aan Korpodeko van 6,9 miljoen plus rente Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Voormalig eigenaar Niek Sandmann van het in 2013 failliet verklaarde Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) is onlangs door het Hof veroordeeld...

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Rutte: Snel kandidaat vinden om Kamp op te volgen bij CFT

Den Haag - Minister-president Mark Rutte vindt het "wenselijk" dat er zo snel mogelijk een kandidaat wordt gevonden die Henk Kamp kan opvolgen als lid van het College financieel toezicht. Dat blijkt uit het antwoord van de premier op...

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Rode Kruis doet 'nodenonderzoek' op Curaçao, Aruba en SXM

Den Haag - Het Rode Kruis Nederland vindt dat de structurele behoefte die er op Curaçao, Aruba en Sint Maarten bestaat aan humanitaire ondersteuning aandacht op koninkrijksniveau verdient. Er zijn groepen kwetsbare inwoners voor wie de bestaande...

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Residents advised to Check Gardens/Yards for Mosquito...

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on residents to help stop the spread of mosquitoes by preventing them from breeding in your backyard...

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D66 greenlights a cabinet restart with the VVD, CDA & CU

Liberal democratic party D66 is willing to start negotiations on forming a second cabinet with the VVD, CDA and ChristenUnie, leader Sigrid Kaag has told reporters. Kaag said in a short statement that she would prefer to take part in concrete...

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Campaigners appeal against border police ethnic profiling

Campaigners who went to court in a bid to stop ethnic profiling by Dutch border police have confirmed they will appeal against last week's ruling which said selecting people for extra identity checks on the basis of their ethnicity does not...

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Customs seize €105m worth of cocaine at port of Rotterdam

Police and customs officials have intercepted 1,400 kilos of cocaine hidden in a consignment of cocoa at Rotterdam port, the public prosecution department said on Wednesday. The drugs, with a street value of €105m, were found in a container from...

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Three arrested for blowing up ATMs in Germany

Three people have been arrested in the Netherlands following an investigation into attempts to blow up at least six cash point machines in Germany. Seven separate premises were also raided as part of the probe, netting explosives, tools, clothes...

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