William weighs in on Dutch takeover of Statia

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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 Government-appointed Commissioner, is a dangerous precedent. “It is sad that in the 21st Century, we still have More...

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Raymond Knops
By webadmin On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
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Parliament and senate approve intervention in Statia

THE HAGUE – The Second and First Chamber unanimously approved the legislation that underpins the Dutch administrative intervention in Statia. State Secretary Raymond Knops travels on Wednesday morning to Statia More...

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By webadmin On Monday, February 5th, 2018
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Netherlands takes over in Statia

THE HAGUE – The Netherlands takes over the tasks of the island-government in Statia, State Secretary Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations) announced on Monday. The island council will be dismantled and the commissioners More...

Raymond Knops
By webadmin On Monday, February 5th, 2018
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Dutch Government intervenes on St. Eustatius

The Hague — Today, State Secretary Knops (Kingdom Relations) has submitted a bill to the Second Chamber to be able to intervene administratively on St. Eustatius. The bill stipulates that the island council More...

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By webadmin On Sunday, February 4th, 2018
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Anti-corruption task force stays another four years

PHILIPSBURG – The anti-corruption task force (Team Bestrijding Ondermijning – TBO) will continue its work for the next four years in St. Maarten. The budget for the task force is €10 million ($12.4 million More...

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By webadmin On Thursday, February 1st, 2018
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Dutch cabinet will not help media on Sint Maarten

THE HAGUE - Several journalistic media on Sint Maarten are having it financially difficult because of the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Secretary of State Raymond Knops is not planning to assist them for the time More...

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By webadmin On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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Knops: no deal with World Bank yet

THE HAGUE – Almost five months after the passing of Hurricane Irma the Netherlands still does not have an agreement with the World Bank about the reconstruction of St. Maarten, the Volkskrant reports. Pending More...

Politicians Pointless
By webadmin On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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Local parliamentarians more than 4,000 times more expensive than their Dutch colleagues

PHILIPSBURG/THE HAGUE -  “It is difficult to explain why parliamentarians and ministers n St. Maarten – the smallest country in the Kingdom – receive the highest salaries,” State Secretary Raymond Knops More...

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By webadmin On Monday, January 29th, 2018
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Prosecution aims to reclaim millions from Schotte

WILLEMSTAD – The public prosecutor’s office  aims to seize more than 2 million guilders from Curacao’s former Prime Minister and leader of the MFK-party Gerrit Schotte and his partner Cicely van der Dijs. More...

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By webadmin On Monday, January 29th, 2018
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Aftermath of Hurricane Irma: ‘Press on Sint Maarten is in danger’

THE HAGUE – The Daily Herald, now the only newspaper that is still being published on Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, can barely keep its head above water due to the lack of advertisements. “That More...