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Central Bank calls time out on Gibson's appointment

PHILIPSBURG - A press release from the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) suggests that Ennia Caribe Holding so far has not reported the appointment of Richard Gibson Sr. as its President and General Managing Director to the bank....

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Dear Reader

A blistering picture of mismanagement at the port is the headline of our report in this newsletter edition about the civil inquiry case the Prosecutor's Office has filed with the Common Court of Justice wherein one of the pertinent questions being asked is why CEO Mark Mingo is still being allowed to collect a royal salary while sitting at home doing nothing and just waiting on the outcome of his trial in June?

Politics seems to be the answer. And so the Prosectur's Office wants the court's permission to dig even deeper. They believe the cases that have to come to light thus far are just the tip of the iceberg.

The million dollar question now is: whose Titanic will be sunk when this iceberg rears its ugly head even further?

Read our series of articles on this civil inquiry case into the mismanagement and fraud at the port below in this newsletter.

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Blistering picture of mismanagement at the port

PHILIPSBURG - The attorney for the public prosecutor's office, Rogier van den Heuvel, presented a blistering picture of mismanagement and fraud at the harbor companies on Thursday at the hearing with the Common Court of Justice to obtain the...

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"Politics used harbor as sugar daddy"

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office has dropped its demand that the supervisory board of the harbor group of companies be sent home but it maintains that Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo remains suspended. On Thursday, the Common Court ...

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Court handles request to investigate mismanagement at port

PHILIPSBURG - The court will hear arguments on Thursday morning from the public prosecutor's office and defense attorneys for the harbor about a request by the attorney-general to initiate an investigation into possible mismanagement at the port...

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Library-director Alberts leaves after twelve years

PHILIPSBURG - After twelve years of service Philipsburg Jubilee Library-director Monique Alberts leaves St. Maarten per august 1; she has accepted a job as the manager of the Mongui Maduro Library, established at the historical plantation house...

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Pool versus beach: the agony of choice

by Chris Morvan ~ It always amazes me that in places where there are beautiful beaches and clean, refreshing sea, anyone should choose instead to use a pool full of chlorinated water, and yet the world is full of them. There are resorts right on...

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Who is fooling who?

By Hilbert Haar A cornered cat tends to make unexpected and at times weird moves, a Dutch expression suggests. This applies to a certain extent to MP Frans Richardson whom one could label - with a stretch of the imagination - the minority...

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New privacy rules come into effect Friday

Small Dutch organisations do not have to fear immediate fines if their systems are not yet properly equipped to deal with new EU privacy legislation known as GDPR, justice minister Sander Dekker has told broadcaster NOS.

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USM promoting registration for cyber security training

"Start a career in cyber security in St. Maarten" says Greg Arrindell PHILIPSBURG - Local businessman and radio personality Greg Arrindell is encouraging people to get into the field of cyber security. The well-known awarded CACCI* Roving...

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Delegation leaves for IPKO in the Netherlands headed by...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - From May 29 - June 1, 2018 delegations from the Parliaments of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten will be meeting in The Hague, Netherlands for the Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultations (IPKO).

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Father & Son Comedy Show "It's a Family Affair" for Paben

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During a press conference held on Wednesday at the John Larmonie Center the promoters of the first ever father and son comedy show dubbed "It's a family affair" slated for Sunday, June 3rd at 7.00 pm under the tent at ...

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SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - Fiery theatre director, Albina Matuzko is doing it again - taking a well-know literary work, ripping it apart in her own inimitable way, and sewing it up together again with clowning antics, wild costumes and...

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SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Ambulance Department personnel of Ministry Public Health, Social Development & Labor recently successfully completed a weeklong training in Advance Life Support (ALS). The training allowed for both the Ambulance and...

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Preparations underway for 3rd Vaccination Outreach this...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is preparing for its third Vaccination Community Outreach for the month of May. The outreach is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 from 9.00am to 12.30pm and will focus on the age group...

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Cultural Manifestation Wake for Roland Bryson "Pa Ben"...

PHILIPSBURG - A wake for the late Roland Cecil Bryson aka Pa Ben or Chimongo will be held on Monday, May 28th 2018 at the festival / Carnival Village from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm. The wake will take form of a cultural manifestation.

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SCDF opens registration for booths early for Carnival 50

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has opened registration for potential booth holders much earlier than it normally does on an annual basis. The foundation announced on Wednesday that registration ...

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Minister Giterson Reappoints Nature Foundation as...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Vromi-Minister Miklos Chomain Giterson signed the continuation of a service level agreement recently with the Nature Foundation appointing the organization as the Ecosystem and Environmental Authority of the Country....

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Minister Lee participates in panel on Building a Better...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister Emil Lee recently attended the Caribbean Hotel and Resorts Investment Summit (CHRIS) conference in Miami, representing Sint Maarten as deputy Prime Minister, accompanied by Secretary General of TEATT, Miguel...

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Minister Lee: VSA Facilitates Reconstruction Work Permits

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour (Ministry VSA), in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, have been undertaking several actions to ensure that local job seekers are included in job...

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Fire Dept./Office of Disaster Management calls on nation ...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - "Remember it only takes one," is the theme of the Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The Fire Department/ODM is calling on the Sint Maarten community to...

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Our Country is often referred to as a State of Law (Rechtstaat). This means that our Country is governed by the rule of law, and that every formal decision of the state must be based on a law and the authority provided by law to make such decisions.

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Dutch MP not satisfied with the answer from Knops

THE HAGUE - Member of the Dutch Parliament André Bosman (VVD) is not satisfied with the answer of Undersecretary Raymond Knops of the Interior and Kingdom Relations that the number of Venezuelans who are staying illegally on Aruba, Bonaire and...

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Government of Curaçao: "Hope for better times for Venezuela"

WILLEMSTAD - The government of Curaçao expresses its solidarity with the people of Venezuela now that the elections are over. The turnout was a surprise. This does not apply to the final result of the elections. The democratically elected...

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Government to reorganize Security Service

WILLEMSTAD - The government of Curaçao has installed an interim team to realize a reorganization process within the Security Service Curaçao (VDC). This special interim team VDC will be charged with the daily management of the service and has the ...

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Income Tax Form submission deadline is May 31

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Tax Administration Sint Maarten, (Inspectorate Department), would like to remind the general public that the deadline to file the Income Tax forms 2017 is the 31 st of May 2018.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV is actively reminding companies of their obligations in accordance to the Federal Ordinance for Sickness and Accident Insurance. One of those obligations being the monthly declaration...

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Voice of the Youth St. Maarten celebrates 5th...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On May 25 th, 2018 Voice of The Youth St. Maarten will be celebrating their 5 th Year Anniversary on the Captain Hodge Wharf. The foundation was founded on May 17 th, 2013, by Mrs. Zulayka Peterson who came with the...

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VOICES foundation to host Cultural Ancestral Day

SINT MAARTEN (EMILIO WILSON ESTATE) - Our hearts are saddened as St Maarten has lost two of their Icons. Mr. Roy Marlin former MP and Politician and Mr. Roland Bryson "Pa Ben" our Cultural Icon said Founder and President of VOICES Foundation Ms....

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Bootcamp Kicks Off In Grenada for Future Agriculture Leaders

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Thursday May 24, 2018 - Thirty young people from the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are participating in a three-day bootcamp that is designed to position them to be pioneers in climate-smart...

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Hiccups and Complaints as Barbadians vote

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday May 24, 2018 - There were multiple reports of citizens not finding their names on the voters' list as Barbadians today went to the polls to choose a new government. But after an emergency hearing before Chief...

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Lifestyle Audit Legislation To Fight Money Laundering

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday May 23, 2018 - The Attorney General's Chambers is open to considering lifestyle audit legislation to assist in Guyana's fight against money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes.

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Former Director Office Intellectual Property: Pay for music

WILLEMSTAD - Composers, writers of song lyrics and musicians have the right to charge money if their music is played somewhere and also if it is played on the radio. It is not an obligation that they do that, but it is very common in this world...

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Brawl between 'NRC,' Aruba Prime Minister

THE HAGUE - Aruba Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes is not planning to take back her words to the Dutch newspaper NRC about being misinterpreted in a recent article. Wever-Croes informed the media on Wednesday that she took note of an email from...

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Aruba court lifts Conoco seizures affecting Citgo oil...

ORANJESTAD - A court in Aruba on Wednesday lifted liens on two oil cargoes put in place by ConocoPhillips as part of a legal strategy to enforce a $2 billion arbitration decision, the latest reversal for the U.S. oil firm's collection efforts. In ...

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Venezuela Aserca Airlines ceases all flights after 25 years

WILLEMSTAD - The Venezuelan aviation company Aserca Airlines ceases all flights after 25 years. The economic climate in the South American country is so bad that more and more carriers are giving up. In a comprehensive statement on the website,...

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Tallahassee prepares for flooding as chance for Tropical ...

CLOSE With a high chance of a tropical system forming in the Gulf of Mexico, Tallahassee and Leon County are bracing for widespread flooding. "The city of Tallahassee has been coordinating internally with the approaching disturbance and growing...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday May 24, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) May 25, 2018 Tonight through Friday evening: Partly cloudy and breezy with isolated showers possible. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F Forecast Low: 25°C ...

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Missile which brought down flight MH17 came from Russian ...

The international team investigating the downing of flight MH17 in July 2014, said on Thursday the Buk missile which shot down the passenger plane originated from a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in Russia.

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PM Rutte flies back early from India mission for MH17 talks

Prime minister Mark Rutte is flying back from a trade mission to India a day early to discuss the new findings about the downing of flight MH17 with the rest of the cabinet on Friday.

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Kraft Heinz opens €90m innovation centre in Amsterdam

Kraft Heinz, the world's fifth-largest food and beverages concern, is to open a new €90m innovation centre in Amsterdam's Zuidas business district next week. The innovation centre will employ 450 people and help develop 'the Kraft Heinz of the...

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