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Former MP Claude 'Chacho' Peterson calling for airport-audit

According to Chacho now it is time to open up Pandora's Box ~ PHILIPSBURG - The call for an investigation into the finances of the Princess Juliana international airport Ernst&Young Advisory recommends in its confidential Financial Baseline...

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Time to open Pandora's Box

Now is the time for a full forensic audit at the SXM Airport ~ With the airport saga reaching its climax soon, it is time for the government to do what is necessary to put an end to all the infighting and the outside forces jockeying for control.

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Report recommends external review of airport investments

PHILIPSBURG - The airport's financial performance for fiscal year 2018 resulted in a 16.4 million guilders ($9.16 million) overdraft. The total bank withdrawal led to a 12.6 million guilders ($7 million) overdraft. "It is unknown how these...

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Central committee meeting about airport fizzles

PHILIPSBURG -- A Central Committee meeting of Parliament about the airport fizzled due to the absence of Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs, Ludmilla de Weever, exploitation company CEO Brian Mingo and his Chief Financial Officer, Leendert...

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PM Jacobs refuses to sign implementation agenda ...

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs demands that the Netherlands provides 39 million guilders ($21.8 million) in liquidity support to St. Maarten before she signs the implementation agenda of the country package. In a letter to the...

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PM Jacobs: "I never-ever flip-flopped"

PHILIPSBURG - MP Solange Ludmilla Duncan chairs the permanent parliamentary committee on Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization but during an interview on the USp-radio talk show The Review hosted by Khalil Revan it appeared that she was badly ...

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St. Maarten and the Netherlands meet over liquidity support

Philipsburg -- On Monday, March 29, 2021, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and her support staff were invited to a meeting arranged by the Dutch representative's office with State Secretary Knops. The meeting was amicable, however, State Secretary...

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Office space mini audit leaves many questions unanswered

PHILIPSBURG - The General Audit Chamber submitted its mini audit "Efficiency of government's office space" to Parliament on Tuesday, March 30 with a rather embarrassing conclusion: the auditors were unable to analyze whether the current use of...

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While the grass is growing, the horse is starving

Dear Editor, We are about over a year into the Covid-19 pandemic. The impact of this disease on our island nation has been nothing short of disastrous. The impact has meant 2134 confirmed infected cases with 27 deaths. Thousands have been pushed...

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Emmanuel questions what PM meant with "enough liquidity"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A statement on St. Maarten's liquidity position by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and a non-statement by Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion on the same subject, is resulting in more confusion from the NA/UP government, ...

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MP Ottley demands urgent attention to housing ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament for the United People's UP Party MP Omar Ottley says the public housing situation on St. Maarten is in urgent need of attention. He has also called on the Minister of Public Housing, Spatial...

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MP Emmanuel: Why is the PM running from saying yes or no?

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday questioned why Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs is running from answering yes or no on the question of the UN petition on decolonization. Emmanuel...

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Travel restrictions in effect for ABC islands from today

PHILIPSBURG - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), Richard Panneflek hereby informs the public that effective Monday, April 5, travel restrictions from the ABC islands to St Maarten will go into effect. Considering...

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VMT actively encourages people to register for the vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Many countries in Europe are now in lockdown due to a third wave of COVID-19. The cases are mainly caused by the United Kingdom (UK) variant, which is both more transmissible and causes severe disease. The UK...

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Dutch holidaymakers on Curacao urged to return home

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch nationals holidaying on Curacao, or working as interns there, are being urged to return to the Netherlands as quickly as possible because of the mounting coronavirus crisis on the Caribbean island. The...

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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 41 Active...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 1st, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-one (41). The total number of confirmed cases is now...

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Attorneys have COVID-related concerns about hearings

Court schedules hearings appeal cases in April despite concerns of attorneys ~ PHILIPSBURG - Attorneys representing their clients in appeal cases are concerned about hearings the appeals court has scheduled on nine different days in April after...

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Prudential Tax Services launches Audit services

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - For the last three years Prudential Tax Services (PTS) has been in a consistent upgrade of its management and staff in order to secure international standards in the financial field as a service provider, PTS said in...

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Introducing St. Maarten's new dental hygienist: Esmee Bakker

By Terrance Rey ~ Esmee Bakker is an oral hygienist or what is known as a dental hygienist. She is 41 years of age, married and has two sons, 6 and 9 years old. Esmee is a new dental hygienist on the island of St. Maarten.

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Integer, als het uitkomt

Het OM op Aruba had nog niet bekendgemaakt regeringspartij POR te verdenken van gesjoemel met gemeenschapsgeld of minister-president Evelyn Wever-Croes zette het op een holletje naar de gouverneur. Alsof ze de ontslagbrief al klaar had liggen.

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COLUMN - Bericht uit Curaçao

In de zondagse estafette-rubriek ‘Bericht uit…’ belichten columnisten uit de Caribische delen van het Koninkrijk bij toerbeurt de kanten van hun eiland. Vandaag komt het bericht van Raquel Weisz uit Curaçao: Verbinding, hoop, veerkracht en daadkracht

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Nederlandse verpleegkundigen en artsen op weg naar Curaçao

Den Haag – In het Paasweekend vertrekken in totaal 20 Nederlandse verpleegkundigen en artsen naar Curaçao. Ze gaan helpen in de ziekenhuiszorg waar een grote toevoer is van coronapatiënten en versterken ook de Curaçaose GGD om het vaccinatietempo ...

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Air Belgium vliegt vanaf 3 juli naar Curaçao

Brussel/Willemstad - Air Belgium gaat met ingang van 3 juli twee keer per week vliegen tussen thuisbasis Charleroi en Curaçao. De maatschappij voert de vluchten zowel op heen als terug uit met een stop op Martinique. Air Belgium heeft dat vandaag ...

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Partijen op Aruba moeten haast maken met kandidatenlijsten

Oranjestad – Partijen op Aruba die aan de vervroegde Statenverkiezingen willen deelnemen, moeten haast maken met het samenstellen van hun kandidatenlijsten. Die moeten uiterlijk op 7 mei worden ingeleverd.

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With Van Rij's Departure: Restore Statia's Democracy NOW

Oranjestad, St. Eustatius- Councilman Clyde van Putten (PLP) is of the opinion that with the impending departure of Government Commissioner Marnix van Rij, the time has come to restore full Democracy to the island. According to van Putten ...

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Opinion: The Failed Statian Experiment

Dear Editor, On February 1st, 2018, the Dutch Government adopted a bill providing for administrative intervention in Statia, after the Committee of Wise Men, in their report, concluded that the then PLP/Merkman led Government was accused...

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Do you expect a spike in corona cases after the Easter weekend?
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VVD to press ahead with Mark Rutte

The VVD is to press ahead with Mark Rutte as leader and he has the full support of the party, senior party officials said on Saturday. Their comments came after ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers said his party would not be in a coalition with...

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ChristenUnie says no to PM Rutte

Minor coalition party ChristenUnie has said it will not take part in a new cabinet with the right-wing Liberal VVD if Mark Rutte remains its leader, in a further blow to the caretaker prime minister.

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Rutte is battered and bruised but still standing

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is battered and bruised following Thursday's vote of no confidence but he is still standing. 'I will continue as prime minister',' he said, but how realistic is that? What the papers say.

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