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Culture at GEBE is unhealthy, Integrity Chamber says

PHILIPSBURG — The company culture at utilities company GEBE is unhealthy due to a lack of communication between management and employees, the Integrity Chamber concludes after investigation the situation at GEBE. The Chamber also found that political influence negatively influences the composition of GEBE’s supervisory and management board. Related More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, November 9th, 2023
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It’s official: Elections on January 11, 2024

PHILIPSBURG — It’s official: parliamentary elections will take place on January 11, 2024, and parties will have to submit their lists of candidates on November 22. The government published the national More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, November 7th, 2023
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New gambling legislation is a work in progress

PHILIPSBURG — The first draft of a new gambling law has been completed, it appears from the third implementation report that details progress on measures that are part of the country package. The Temporary More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, October 29th, 2023
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Emiko Bird-Lake appointed as Acting Governor

PHIIPSBURG — Emiko Bird-Lake has been appointed as Acting Governor. The Kingdom Council of Ministers approved her nomination for the position on Friday. Bird-Lake was born in St. Maarten in 1971. She studied More...

By The Publisher On Friday, October 27th, 2023
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Notaries refuse to sign deeds for the transfer of lease land

PHILIPSBURG -- Civil law notaries refuse to sign deeds for the transfer of lease land because the government does not have a policy in place that is in line with the so-called Didam-arrest, Ombudsman Gwendolien More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, October 24th, 2023
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PP card regulation labels two-thirds of households as paupers

PHILIPSBURG -- The costs for health care services to so-called PP card holders are more than ten million guilders higher than budgeted, it appears from a compliance audit by the General Audit Chamber. The auditors More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, October 11th, 2023
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St. Maarten gets low interest rate on refinanced liquidity loans

PHILISPBURG — St. Maarten gets its liquidity loans refinanced against 3.4 percent interest while Curacao, that has refused to accept a Dutch loan to solve problems at insurance company ENNIA, will have to More...

By The Publisher On Monday, October 2nd, 2023
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Retroactive payments to justice personnel amount to almost $25 million

PHILIPSBURG — Retroactive payments to personnel of the justice ministry are going to cost the government 44,588,500 guilders ($24.9 million) it appears from a press release issued by the ministry. Making More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, September 30th, 2023
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Integrity Chamber advises against payment of travel expenses by third parties

PHILIPSBURG — Expenses for travel and accommodation for ministers and civil servants should be paid by the government, the Integrity Chamber states in an advice to the Council of Ministers. Related link: Advice More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, September 28th, 2023
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Pension fund APS is not doing well

PHILIPSBURG — General Pension Fund APS is not doing well, it appears from a compliance audit into the fund’s financial statements 2022 conducted by the General Audit Chamber. APS’ coverage ratio dipped More...