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Minister Doran: “There is a systematic approach to keep me busy and to prevent progress”

PHILIPSBURG — “If it were up to me, I would fix all infrastructure. But it is all about the money and about prioritizing. Financing is one of our major issues,” Minister of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) Egbert Jurendy Doran said during an interview with Grace Blijden (Lady Grace) in the radio broadcast More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, November 29th, 2022
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What an FBO-facility ought to look like

PHILIPSBURG — Aviation expert Cdr. Bud Slabbaert, a columnist for Bluesky and Business Airport International has expressed on many occasion his thoughts about what a proper FBO (Fixed Base Operator) at any More...

By The Publisher On Monday, November 21st, 2022
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A vision plan for Quarter Development? Where have we heard that before?

PHILIPSBURG – The Council of Ministers recently approved a “vision plan” for the development of what is now called the Quarter Development, situated next to the A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facility. Minister More...

By The Publisher On Monday, October 17th, 2022
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Council of Advice declines handling questions about Buncamper’s suspension

PHILIPSBURG — The Council of Advice will not be drawn into a political discussion about the suspension of independent Member of Parliament Claudius Buncamper. This appears from the Council’s reaction to More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, October 16th, 2022
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Cdr. Bud Slabbaert and the search for St. Maarten’s unique selling point

PHILIPSBURG — In his article ‘Positioning a Caribbean tourism destination’ Cdr. Bud Slabbaert basically points out that a destination must have a unique selling point; in other words, offer something More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, October 6th, 2022
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Democracy gradually returns to Statia

ORANJESTAD — The Progressive Labor Party has appointed Glenville Schmidt and Derrick Simmons as Commissioners, marking the gradual return to democracy in Statia, after the Kingdom intervened in 2018 by sidelining More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, September 6th, 2022
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Lack of management facilitated cyber attack on GEBE

PHILIPSBURG — Aurora InfoTech submitted a report to utilities company GEBE about the circumstances that led to the Blackbyte ransomware attack on the company on March 17. Its findings are at times staggering. More...

By The Publisher On Monday, September 5th, 2022
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Shocking details in UNICEF-report about children’s rights

PHILIPSBURG — UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, has so far conducted two studies into the situation of children and adolescents in St. Maarten. The first report was published More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, September 4th, 2022
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Corruption-riddled UNOPS making international headlines

~ Involvement with new Point Blanche prison-project remains to be seen ~ PHILIPSBURG -- Plans for the development of a new prison in cooperation with UNOPS, the United Nations Office for Project Services, have More...

By The Publisher On Friday, September 2nd, 2022
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NV GEBE takes another two weeks to consider disconnections (Updated with Commentary)

~ “Financial situation critical” ~ PHILIPSBURG — Embattled utilities company NV GEBE is “counting on people to come in with their payments,” Temporary Manager Sharine Daniel said in an interview with More...