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Regatta Village: long time goal reached with single venue

Great Bay - For the very first time, all onshore activities relating to the official and fun aspect of St Maarten Heineken Regatta will take place at the Princess Port Plaisance. For the next four days, the sprawling landscape will be referred to ...

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Dear Reader

Yesterday, both Claude "Chacho" Peterson and Peter J. Gittens were quick to dispel the rumors about the SMCP being difficult about forming a coalition.

Chacho wrote on Facebook and we quote....

I would just like to inform you all that SMCP has no intention of closing casinos, brothels or the Carnaval Village. IT IS NOT IN OUR MANIFESTO EITHER. Clearly someone trying to get in a coalition on a lie but SMCP is a party of INTEGRITY.

As we told the people:
1) we were not going to form a coalition at 3am: DONE
2) we want to go through the Informateur process: DONE

That seems to be very clear language to us. How refreshing is it when everyone can be all on the same page. Unlike a situation where a party leader says one thing, a candidate says another and another does something else all together.

We commend the SMCP for standing their ground.
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William Marlin to take up seat in Parliament

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister and National Alliance Member of Parliament-elect William Marlin said on Thursday that he intends to take up his seat in Parliament and pledges to protect and uphold the Constitution of Sint Maarten and represent...

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St. Maarten election without problems or incidents,...

PHILIPSBURG -Monday's parliamentary election passed without flaws or incidents, Members of the Dutch Parliament Alexander Pechtold and Meta Meijer said. According to the two Dutch observers, their presence was much appreciated by voters....

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When our ship comes in

By Chris Morvan ~ An open-top sports car speeds around the twisting mountain road with magnificent sea views on the other side and only a metal barrier preventing the driver from taking the bouncing, exploding shortcut to the beach. The part of...

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The Netherlands gets a new prince, as court says he can...

The illegitimate son of a Dutch prince has won the right to use his father's title after a lengthy legal battle. Hugo Klynstra, 21, is the son of prince Carlos, one of the children of princess Irene, who is a sister of former queen Beatrix.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "The results are in, Sint Maarten, and the people have voted for change," Leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) Wycliffe Smith said on Wednesday in a press statement.

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PM Romeo Marlin about National Recovery Project Bureau...

POND ISLAND - Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin on Wednesday during the Council of Ministers (COM) press briefing, stated that progress is being made to establish the legal basis for the National Recovery Project Bureau (NRPB) where funds from...

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Ferrier says solution being worked on regarding 2018 budget

POND ISLAND - Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier on Wednesday during the Council of Ministers (COM) press briefing stated that the 2018 budget process has hit a bump in the road with respect to a difference in opinion with respect to the...

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Minister De Weever says E-Learning about Tourism

POND ISLAND - The importance of tourism to the national economy should be part of the school curriculum, and therefore the Government is exploring the possibility of introducing e-learning workbook to primary school children, Acting Minister of...

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Economic control inspectorate personnel receive training

POND ISLAND - The Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications, Cornelius de Weever recently handed out certificates to the Economic Control Inspectorate Department's participants who completed the "Food Handlers" course...

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Minister Wuite seeks alternative for insuring properties

POND ISLAND - Minister of Education Jorien Wuite says she is exploring the possibility of having a separate insurance for properties that fall under its ministry which would expedite the future processing of insurance claims in the event of...

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Minister Lee says seven kitchens closed due to infringements

POND ISLAND - On Wednesday during the Council of Ministers (COM) press briefing, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Emil Lee informed the media that the Inspectorate of Public Health had inspected approximately 250 food...

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Deadline for vehicle inspection to be extended to June 30

POND ISLAND - Due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the country is still in the recovery phase. Hundreds of vehicles suffered damage.

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38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Over 100 World-Class Teams

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The excitement on the docks and bustling through the streets of Simpson Bay is palpable as competitors make final preparations for the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which kicks off tomorrow. Despite the island of St.

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Traffic measures for upcoming Heineken Regatta...

COLE BAY - In connection with Heineken Regatta 2018 which will be held form Thursday March 1 st and end on Sunday March 4 th on the premises of Port de Plaisance, the Police Department is informing the general public that some traffic measures...

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COLE BAY - Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and PSB bank proudly present a highly anticipated mobile Auto Show, which will be held on March 1, from 9:00AM - 5:00PM in front of the PSB bank at the Ms. Lalie Commercial Center, located on Bush Road, St....

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SXM Airport featured in Routes News Magazine

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, will be featured prominently in Routes News, one of the most reputable publications in Aviation. Editor, Ed Robertson interviewed Michel Hyman, Chief Operations Officer ...

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Checkmate Boss Oniel Arrindell arrested early Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG:--- The owner of Checkmate Security Oniel Arrindell was arrested early Wednesday morning in the SQUID Vote Buying” investigation. The arrest came after several raids were conducted on the Dutch and French side of the island on Monday...

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Critical erosion and deterioration closes main road Statia

ORANJESTAD - Soil erosion could escalate into a major problem for St. Eustatius. Cliffs surrounding the historic monument Fort Oranje and the main road Bay Path have been gradually eroding, mainly due to the loose roaming cattle and human...

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Recycling on Saba remains problematic

THE BOTTOM - Even though Saba has a recycling plant since 2015 - making Saba the first of the three Dutch BES-islands to recycle waste material - a lot of Sabans still don't recycle. "I've witnessed people leaving bottles on the wall, as well as...

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New employees JICN successfully complete basic training...

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Last Thursday (February 22th) was the festive graduation of the Basic Professional Training (in Dutch: Basis Beroeps Opleiding, BBO) and the training for the Internal Emergency Team (in Dutch: Intern Bijstands Team, IBT). The ...

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Poll results (8): " Which coalition do you favor?"

NA-USP-SMCP (8 seats) - 0%
UD-NA (12 seats) - 0%
UD-SMCP (8 seats) - 50%
UD-USP (9 seats) - 12,5%
UD-USP-SMCP (10 seats) - 12,5%
UD-NA-USP-SMCP (15 seats) - 25%

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SMCP sticks to information and formation process. Do you agree?
No, we want a speedy formation of a new government
Yes, is about time we follow proper procedures
SCDF reminds about season pass and booth payments

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation on Wednesday reminded booth holders of Carnival Village and registrants for Carnival 2018 Season Passes that their deadlines for full payments are quickly approaching. Season pass...

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Limited Tickets for 'Night of the Hit Makers' on Sale....

MIDDLE REGION - A limited number of tickets for this year's TelCell's 'Night of the Hit Makers' will be released at a discount price starting Tuesday and will end on March 12.

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Behind the Beyond host troupe of 16 visiting clowns

POND ISLAND - In September last year, a devastating Hurricane Irma ravished St. Maarten and downed the spirits of thousands in the population who had lost their homes, their jobs, and much of their spirit to live. Two months later, a performing...

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7th Annual Lighted Parade 2018 postponed

PHILIPSBURG - Rio Productions hereby wishes to inform the general public that, after much thought and consideration, the 7 th Annual Lighted Parade which is scheduled to take place on April 7 th 2018, will be postponed until later this calendar year.

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Election Date Announced in Antigua and Candidates Have...

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, Monday February 26, 2018 - Residents of Antigua and Barbuda now know exactly when they will be asked to elect a new government - and those contesting the poll will have less than a month to convince voters to give them their 'X'.

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A Legal Fight Begins Over Where Barbudans Will Vote in...

CODRINGTON, Barbuda, Wednesday February 28, 2018 - Legal action is being taken to squash the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) decision to move polling stations from Barbuda to Antigua for the March 21 st elections, with leader of...

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Seventh Oil Discovery Made Off Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday February 28, 2018 - Oil giant ExxonMobil has struck oil off Guyana yet again. Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman yesterday evening announced in a brief statement after Cabinet met, that a seventh oil find...

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Court Rules Commonwealth Citizens Can Vote in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday February 28, 2018 - Commonwealth citizens living and working in Barbados have already started taking advantage of a High Court decision, handed down on Monday, which reaffirmed their right to vote in the next...

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Latin America and Caribbean Have World's Second Highest...

PANAMA CITY, Panama, Wednesday February 28, 2018 - Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be the region with the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the world, according to a joint report launched today by the Pan American Health...

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Nature Foundation Warns About Potential for Sargassum

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is again warning of a potential influx of Sargassum seaweed in the coming weeks: "We have been coordinating our monitoring efforts with our partners in the region and based on weather...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) March 01, 2018 ...A HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... WEATHER: Tonight through Thursday evening:...

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6 reasons why there has been an increase in number of earthquakes

With so many earthquakes in the news recently, it seems that the frequency of big temblors is on the rise. As per a report by The Guardian, scientists have warned there could be a significant growth in the numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world in 2018. Here are seven main reasons that may have led to a rise in seismic activity across the globe.

1. There have been variations in the speed of the Earth's rotation which may have triggered intense seismic activity. Although fluctuations in the rotation are small and may only change the length of a day by one millisecond, they often lead to the release of vast amounts of underground energy, researchers explain. 

2. Natural geomorphological phenomenon isn't the only factor responsible for earthquakes. Activities like mining, nuclear explosions and groundwater extraction has seen an increase in the number of human-induced earthquakes. As per available data, over 728 quakes in past 149 years might have been induced by human activities. 

3. Man-made earthquakes are getting more common due to poor planning in infrastructural activities like fracking for oil, dam-building, pumping gas without re-filling. 

4. Another reason attributed by scientists for increasing earthquakes is the cooling of earth. Scientists claim cooling causes the contraction of the earth's crust, which results into increased volcanic disturbance causing earthquakes.

5. There has been a spurt in big geological processes. These processes are driving the reactive seismic forces that create earthquakes along faults, trenches, and the planet's many subduction zones.

6. A study claims an increase in the number of earthquakes in recent years not because there are substantially more earthquakes, but because there are more seismic instruments and they are able to record more earthquakes. Check out

Earthquake recorded off Martinique

FORT-DE-FRANCE - The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre has reported a 3.9 magnitude quake off Martinique that was also felt in Dominica and St Lucia. The tremor occurred last night around 9:25 p.m. It struck about 83 km...

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Social housing lobby group calls for 10% rent cut

Housing corporations make an average of €1,500 a year profit on their rent-controlled properties and so should slash rents by 10%, according to social housing tenants lobby group Woonbond. The average rent controlled property now costs €533 a...

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Postal companies need to work together to maintain...

More than 20 years after the liberalisation of the Dutch postal sector, market forces have to be partly reversed in order to ensure services remain universal, PostNL CEO Herna Verhagen has told the Financieele Dagblad. Verhagen is urging the...

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No plastic soup allowed: A'dam gets plastic-free supermarket

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - A pop-up plastics-free organic supermarket opens its doors in Amsterdam on Wednesday with 680 products on offer. The store is attached to the Jan Pieter Heijestraat store of the Ekoplaza organic supermarket group,...

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