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Informateurs find many similarities but no options for a broad-based coalition

PHILIPSBURG -- Informateurs Dr. Nilda Arduin and Drs. Candia Joseph have been unable to present a coalition of parties that represents the broadest possible support in Parliament. This appears from their report they submitted to Governor Ajamu Baly under the title Beyond the Coalition Handshake. [Read our review below....] Editorial: Community involvement Informateurs More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, January 8th, 2024
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National Alliance manifesto appeals to voters with lower taxes

  PHILIPSBURG — The National Alliance (NA) manifesto for the upcoming elections is a 30-plus pages document that outlines the party’s plans for the immediate future. There are a lot of initiatives that More...

By The Publisher On Monday, January 8th, 2024
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Political manifestos read like a Christmas wish list

PHILIPSBURG — The political manifestos of the political parties that will take part in the January 11 elections are a hodgepodge of ideas and proposals and at times read as a Christmas wish list. The National More...

By The Publisher On Monday, January 8th, 2024
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USP want English as formal language in court

PHILIPSBURG — The manifesto of the United St. Maarten party (USP) promises voters a myriad of initiatives. A key issue seems to be the intention to create a legal framework that always gives born St. Maarteners More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, November 23rd, 2023
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Potential voting power puts National Alliance ahead of the rest

PHILIPSBURG — Eight parties will contest the January 11 elections. Together they are fielding 131 candidates of whom 42 also took part in the 2020 elections, bringing the total of new faces in the political More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, November 8th, 2023
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Almost one in five households live under the poverty line

PHILIPSBURG — At least 19 percent of St. Maarten’s population has a monthly income of 1,000 guilders ($558.66) or less, it appears from an analysis of the local labor market by the Economic Bureau Amsterdam More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, November 2nd, 2023
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Deborah Jack recipient of Soros Arts Fellowship

PHILIPSBURG — St. Maarten-born artist Deborah Jack is one of eighteen recipients of a 2023 Soros Arts Fellowship from the New York-based Open Society Foundations that comes with a grant of $100,000. Jack 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 Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023
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Dutch-side economy twice the size of that on the French side

PHILIPSBURG — The economy of St. Maarten is roughly twice the size of that of the French part of the island, it appears from the Economic Bulletin of September, published by the Central Bank of Curacao and More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023
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Central Bank: economic recovery continues

PHILIPSBURG — The economies of Curacao and St. Maarten continue to recover from the corona pandemic, the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) states in its economic Bulletin of September. The first More...