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Ring road turns into container terminal

PHILIPSBURG -The concept of a ring road first became an issue in May 2009, when the section ROB of what was then the VROM (Public Housing, Urban Planning and Environment) department published a notice announcing its plans to fill in part of the...

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Dear Reader

Whatever happened to the plans for the ring road project?

Our roving reporter went out and took some status shots of the ring road around the pond.

Our conclusion: the ring road has become a dump-site for trucks and containers.

Click here to read the full report with the background story about the ring road project by Hilbert Haar.

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Elect Lisa Alexander, to ensure Equality, Justice and Fairness for All, stand in line, vote number nine on the USp candidates slate.
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French Carnival 2018 Children Parade Photo Reportage

MARIGOT - A group representing the Saint Martin Chinese Association turned out to be the most unusual aspect of the children's costume parade that took place Sunday afternoon in Marigot, French Saint Martin. The well-rehearsed routine by the...

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We Showdown in Marigot - French Carnival 2018

Groovy Soca King Keno Bailey has the chance to set the tone for the rest of the night at the We Showdown in Marigot. Photos by Milton Pieters aka Robin for

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Voyage to the planet Showroom

By Chris Morvan ~ If you want to step into a different world for a while, there is a way of doing it that requires no time travel, no passport and no drugs. It's called buying a new car. Here you will be moving from one sonically muted environment...

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William weighs in on Dutch takeover of Statia

GREAT BAY - Former St. Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin believes that the move by The Hague to dissolve the St. Eustatius Island Council, send the Executive Council and Acting Island Governor home and replace them with a Dutch...

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William says affordable housing a top priority

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister and National Alliance candidate for the upcoming parliamentary election, William Marlin says housing in the reconstruction phase of the country, will be one of the top priorities that the party will continue to...

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Nature Foundation Monitoring of Salvage Works in Simpson Bay

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has continued to supervise salvage operations in the wider Simpson Bay Lagoon and Oyster Pond areas, with salvage operators now having salvaged upwards of 400 vessels sunk or badly...

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Armed robbery at bar/restaurant

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Saturday February 10th at approximately 10.00 p.m. at Beauty Crystal Bar and Restaurant located on the Sucker Garden road....

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Police in search of female jogger in connection with...

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - On Thursday September 14 th 2017 at about 5.10 p.m. a man was murdered in his home on Emancipation Drive #6 in Sint John's Estate. The Police are looking for an important female witness who was jogging on that day and specific ...

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Three suspects arrested with stolen vehicle

PHILIPSBURG, Sit Maarten - Detectives are investigating a case involving three young men suspected of stealing Honda CRV-jeep from the Airport road. The jeep was stolen on February 9th 2018 after a home break in. The vehicle in question was seen...

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Sarah: "I hope the French/Dutch cooperation program can...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "It might have come on a quiet Sunday afternoon, but the revelation that the governments of French and Dutch St. Maarten have picked up the pieces of the OP cooperation agreement for St. Maarten/St. Martin is most...

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Mellissa: STB move would save Government money

The Daily Herald Newspaper St. Maarten - The leading newspaper for St. Maarten and the Northeast Caribbean. News from St. Maarten and surrounding islands. We offer Digital subscriptions classified ads, obituaries, Island news, regional news,...

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Minister of Finance Ferrier receives Copy of Tax Law

POND ISLAND - On Monday, February 12, at the Government Administration Building, Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier was presented a copy of the book "Fiscale Wetgeving (Tax law) 2018" by the Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Paul van...

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One Sint Maarten People Party (O.S.P.P) missed deadline...

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - Eleven of the thirteen political parties that were registered with the Electoral Council in 2017, submitted their donation registers of 2017 before the dead-line of February 1st, 2018 in accordance with the National...

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William: Extend time for voters to collect voting cards

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister and number 23 candidate on the National Alliance slate, William Marlin, is calling on authorities to extend the period within which voters can pick up their voting cards from polling substations within the...

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USA Today Best Beaches in the Caribbean says...

POND ISLAND - Destination Sint Maarten/St. Martin is once again profiled in a major U.S. media publication, the USA Today. On Monday, February 12, in its Travel Section under the title, "Best beaches in the Caribbean, 2018 edition," there were 51 ...

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Tourism Bureau and COSME program begins for Hospitality...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Tourism Bureau along with COSME, from February 12-16, is having a five-day training workshop for seven persons who will become Hospitality Assured Certified (HAC) as a Business Advisor when the course is over. The ...

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Be The Change distributes basic necessities to the...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Sunday, February 11, 2018, was a busy day for Be The Change volunteers, the organization said in a press statement on Monday. "We were on the road with our bus, distributing items to families and individuals in our...

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K1 Britannia to Host Four Projects for SXM DOET

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - For the fourth year in a row, the K1 Britannia Foundation will be participating in SXM DOET. This year, they have doubled their efforts and will be hosting 4 projects in total, opposed to 2.

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District Governor of Rotary District 7020 concludes visit

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Once a year, the District Governor (DG) of Rotary District 7020 makes an official visit to each club in the district, between July 1st and December 31st. The purpose of the visit is to allow the DG to communicate...

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UD wants briefing about previous government's decisions

PHILIPSBURG - "This election is too important to downplay how we came to having an election in the first place," said the board of the United Democrats (UD). "The UD has had enough of the one-sided rhetoric by the opposition NA (National...

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Elect Lisa Alexander, candidate #9 on the USp slate

Lisa Alexander, the Constitutional Lady. Lisa Alexander, to ensure Equality, Justice and Fairness for All, stand in line, vote number nine.

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British invasion on Statia

by Jacob Gelt Dekker ~ Statia's delusional political leader, Clyde van Putten, insists that St. Eustatius is an easy prey to be ransacked by Dutch Marines. The incident of 1780, was for van Putten as if it happened yesterday. The worst hurricane...

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"In support of Independent media"
by Hilbert Haar
In support of our independent media

By Hilbert Haar ~ The Rotary Club Mid-Isle invited me to join in for a club meeting last Tuesday at Wasabi Charley in Simpson Bay. After having turned down quite some previous invitations due to conflicting work schedules, this time I managed to...

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Venezuelan heading for the Netherlands is arrested with gold

ORANJESTAD - A Venezuelan man was arrested on the Caribbean island of Aruba on Sunday, heading for the Netherlands with a suitcase full of gold bars. The man was reportedly planning to board a KLM fight to the Netherlands when officials found 46...

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Knops: According to Curaçao and Aruba there is no smuggling

THE HAGUE - The Undersecretary responsible for Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops answered questions from the Dutch parliament on the topic of gold smuggling from Venezuela to the ABC Islands. On the question if it is true that under the watchful...

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Council of State: intervention in Statia conform UN Charter

ORANJESTAD - The Council of State has involved the Charter of the United Nations (UN) in the assessment of the administrative intervention on St. Eustatius. The Council's communications department said this in response to statements made by...

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Commissioner Franco understands Statians want to see change

ST. EUSTATIUS - How can you improve the current situation on St. Eustatius? How can you fix this? According to newly-appointed Government Commissioner Marcolino "Mike" Franco, this is the first reaction he received from supporters and opponents...

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Soualiga Road remains partly closed due to fire-fighting ...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Fire Department would like to inform motorists who use the Soualiga Road on Pond Island to reach Philipsburg or Sucker Garden, that a small section of the aforementioned remains partly closed due to current fire-fighting...

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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Over 60 Winners in the Regatta Art Competition

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On Sunday February 11th, the prize giving ceremony of the 19th annual St. Maarten Regatta Art Competition was held. Over 60 winners gathered at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club for the ceremony. The judges were astonished...

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The Taste of Writing workshop for high school and...

SINT MAARTEN (REWARD) - Last Friday, author of juvenile books, Loekie Morales, visited the Milton Peters College to give a workshop 'The Taste of Writing' to the High school HAVO/VWO, Milton Peters College on Sint Maarten. The writing workshop is ...

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IDAC threatens property embargo on PAWA Dominicana

SANTO DOMINGO - The Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC), warned that it will be supported by all legal means available to recover the 7.8 million dollars which airline PAWA Dominicana owes to the State, for various services. "We will...

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Curacao Parliament takes measures against supermarkets

WILLEMSTAD - Parliament adopted a motion in which 15 measures were announced in the fight against the sale of food and drinks that has expired. An investigation has shown that there are companies on the island that use stamps to change the...

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Curaçao Digital Assets wins approval to list cryptofund

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao-based Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange (DCSX) has given the approval to list its first cryptocurrency and digital assets investment fund. Curaçao Digital Assets Holding B.V. (CDAH) comes from fintech venture firm...

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Curaçao knows how to celebrate Carnival

WILLEMSTAD - Several groups paraded in the streets of Willemstad yesterday during the Carnival march. A year of preparation precedes this parade because the prizes for the best costumes and creations are what the groups are after. And for fun of...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) February 13, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... WEATHER: Tonight through Tuesday evening: ...

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Dutch brewer Heineken plans to go greener as earnings soar

Long known for its green packaging, Heineken is planning to take going green a step further. The Amsterdam-based brewer said it wants at least 70% of the energy it uses in its breweries in more than 70 countries worldwide to come from sustainable ...

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Dutchman takes world's best baker title for his bread

A baker from Barendrecht has won the title of Master of Bakery at the European world championships in Paris, in the category 'nutritional bread making'. Peter Bienefelt, who owns the Atelier du Pain bakery in the Rotterdam suburb, says he trained ...

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Fifth Groningen earthquake in a week registers 2.2...

An earthquake registering 2.2 on the Richter Scale struck the village of Garrelsweer near Loppersum in Groningen province evening. It was the fifth light earthquake in the northernmost province within a week, NRC said morning. There was a quake...

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