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Justice ministers agree to train local candidate-prosecutors

PHILIPSBURG — The Kingdom’s ministers of justice have agreed on a system whereby local Caribbean candidates will be trained for the function of public prosecutor every year. They took this decision during the half-yearly Judicial Four Countries Consultation (JVO), a digital meeting that was chaired by Aruba’s Minister of Justice Bikker. The More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, January 8th, 2021
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Knops: “There will be no Dutch take-over”

PHILIPSBURG – “There is not and there will not be a Dutch take-over,” State Secretary Drs. Raymond Knops said at a press conference in Maho at the end of his flash visit to St. Maarten. “All these stories, More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, January 7th, 2021
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No fundamental changes after debate about IPKO-statement

PHILIPSBURG – MP William Marlin announced during a preparatory meeting for the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) on Tuesday that “no fundamental changes” would be made to the draft of a More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation off to a harmonious start

PHILIPSBURG — On the first day of the virtual Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO), chaired by Aruba’s MP Ady Thijsen, representatives of Aruba and Curacao expressed their willingness for cooperation More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
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The about-face of Prime Minister Jacobs

  By Hilbert Haar The government has finally done what it should have done months ago: sign an agreement with the kingdom about the conditions for the third tranche of liquidity support. While I have not seen the More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
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COHO – change is coming but St. Maarten has to pay for it

PHILIPSBURG – The so-called country package is an integral part of the agreement Prime Minister Jacobs signed on Tuesday with State Secretary Knops about the establishment of COHO – the Caribbean reform and More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
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Government bends over backwards for liquidity support

PHILIPSBURG / THE HAGUE – St. Maarten will receive the third tranche of liquidity support from the Netherlands – 61.2 million guilders ($34.2 million) – before the end of the year and the Netherlands More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, December 19th, 2020
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Government responds to RMR moving of the goalpost for liquidity support

PHILIPSBURG – In the Kingdom Council of Ministers (RMR) meeting held this morning in the Netherlands, Sint Maarten’s Minister Plenipotentiary Rene Violenus was present to deliver Sint Maarten’s position for More...

By The Publisher On Friday, December 18th, 2020
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A very bad situation

By Hilbert Haar Now they’ve really done it. I never thought that the government would be so daft to put the livelihood of its citizens at risk by stubbornly refusing to accept the Dutch conditions for liquidity More...

By The Publisher On Friday, December 18th, 2020
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Frontal collision: no deal about liquidity support

PHILIPSBURG / THE HAGUE – The government caused a frontal collision with the Kingdom Council of Ministers on Friday that makes it highly questionable that there will be a deal about continued liquidity support More...





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