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Corporate Governance and The Role of Supervisory Boards

Corporate Governance and the role of the Supervisory Board of Directors is back on the forefront with the issues surrounding the urgent dismissal of the board of the Princess Juliana International Airport Holding (PJIAH) N.V. company by the...

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Dear Reader

In May two black men were arrested in a Starbucks cafe in Philadelphia while waiting on a friend to join them. The Starbucks staff didn't trust them, so they called the police and had them arrested for trespassing. Unfortunately for Starbucks and the police, the video recording of what happened went viral on social media.

BBC's news comedy show The Blame Game even joked: "Imagine what would have happened to them if these two black guys had gone up to the counter and asked for 'Two Skinny Whites'. They would have been dead!"

The two men were later released for lack of evidence. Reeling from the backlash of the attention the case received via social media leading to mass protests outside and inside the Starbucks cafe in Philadelphia, the company offered the men a settlement of a symbolical $1 each and $200,000 to set up a program for young entrepreneurs.

Talk about the power of social media.

Now let's talk about the power of the press.

The many freedoms we of the press enjoy when it comes to the expression of our choices for highlighting newsworthy items via our media channels is a privilege we should cherish and treat with great care as this expression when taken too far can easily border on defamation in our yearn for media sensation. That sensationalism can also come at a price, whether from a law suit or from the backlash of what the slippery slope of yellow journalism can entail for a media outlet.

Who said that again? 'With great power comes great responsibility.' Be it Voltaire, Uncle Ben or Winston Churchill, either way it is good food for thought over the weekend.

Until Monday, have a great weekend!

Best regards,

The Publisher

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Valid re-entry documents needed for people returning to SXM

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Immigration would like to inform all residents of St. Maarten that contrary to the relaxing Immigration procedures applied by the Anguilla Immigration Department during Anguilla Summer Festival in the period of July...

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Investigation into human trafficking of Filipino women

Press Release of the Prosecutor office PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Unit of Trafficking /Human Smuggling of the police in Sint Maarten is currently conducting a criminal investigation under the direction of the public prosecutor into possible...

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Nature Foundation Closes Section of Dive Site ...

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has announced that it has closed a section of one of the island’s most popular dive sites called the Carib Cargo, due to the risk it poses to divers visiting the site.

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Prosecutor's Office: Detective J.G. will be released today

PRESS RELEASE PROSECUTOR OFFICE Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - Suspect J.G. (42 years) will be released today, August 3 2018, by request of the Public Prosecutor's Office Sint Maarten. This in light of this is medical condition and therefore the...

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Deadline Annual President of Parliament Award Nomination

Parliament has invited the public to send in nominations for the Annual President of Parliament Award. The application documents are on the Parliament's website. Persons have until August 15, 2018 to submit their nominations at

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Gittens adds Board Certification to her list of acumen

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - In her efforts to remain current as well as "walking the talk," Dr. Natasha Gittens, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Training Professionals International Firm (TPI), has recently completed and received...

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1986-1994 issues of banknotes withdrawn from circulation

WILLEMSTAD - As communicated by the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) on June 1, 2018, all denominations of the Netherlands-Antillean guilder banknotes issued from 1986 to 1994 are withdrawn from circulation as of yesterday, July...

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PUBLIC NOTICE from Milton Peters College (MPC)

To all parents/guardians and students of the Milton Peters College: We would like to inform all parents/guardians of the students attending the Milton Peters College as follows: 1. The schedule for picking up the school books for the academic year...

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License plate controls commence on August 6

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Tax Administration, div: Receiver's Office, hereby informs the general public that in cooperation with Police Dept. (KPSM), controls on payment for Motor vehicle taxes 2018 will commence as of Monday, August 6 th, ...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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WIB Supports "Back to School Drive"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB) supports the "3 rd annual Back to School Drive" spearheaded by student Ki-Mani Olivacce, who has called upon the community to donate school supply items for children in need. WIB...

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Philipsburg Jubilee Library closed for inventory August 6

PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be closed on Monday July 30 th, Monday August 6 th & Monday 13 th, 2018, from 8 am to 5pm, to continue salvaging materials before the peak of the Hurricane season and the possible departure of...

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"Rio goes Green" - regular plastic cups banned from parade

PHILIPSBURG - the 7th Annual Lighted Parade - "Destra Edition" which will take place on August 18th, 2018, in Philipsburg, is promised to be the "Greenest" parade ever, as the Management of Rio Productions has decided to completely ban regular...

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Date set for court ruling appropriation case against Schotte

WILLEMSTAD - On 30 August, the judge pronounces judgment in the confiscation case against Gerrit Schotte and his partner Cicely van der Dijs. The Public Prosecution (OM) had to prove the last two days that Schotte had laundered money. The money...

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Minister in conversation with notaries

WILLEMSTAD - Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie, in connection with all the commotion surrounding the appointment of three new civil-law notaries, is in discussion with a group of notaries who object to one of these appointments. Candidate...

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Restart production oil refinery only after cleaning

WILLEMSTAD - The production of the oil refinery Isla can only be restarted when the waste is removed from the chimneys. This is according to an explanation given by the spokesperson of the Refineria di Korsou Earl Balborda. Due to the power...

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Central Bank: risks Giro Bank under control, layoffs needed

WILLEMSTAD - The risks of the Giro Bank are under control, but people have to be fired. This is according to the statements of Deputy Director Supervision Shelwyn Salesia of the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten. The Girobank has been...

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Plaza Hotel one million dollars cheaper

WILLEMSTAD - The asking price for the Plaza Hotel has dropped from 9 to 8 million dollars. That is in any case the amount of money at the auction that will be held at the end of this year. Those who want to bid are first screened for their...

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Soup Kitchen to Open on Saturday

EBENEZER - "Brethren, come and join us as we help make a difference in our community! Sovereignty Ladies will be opening their FREE soup kitchen, there will also be FREE clothing available for those whom would like them.

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Christian Fellowship Total Restoration Dance Ministry to ...

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Ever since returning to the island with a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Catherina Carbon of Christian Fellowship Church continues to make waves across the island as...

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Earl Duzong Crowned in 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon'

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Talented actor Earl Duzong will take to the stage once again, this time as one of the wisest kings in the biblical era when he joins the Class 2 of the Cole Bay Methodist Church in 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon'.

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'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon' Comes to the Big Stage

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Better Opportunity for Talent (BOFT) will on Saturday, August 11, 2018 stage the highly-anticipated biblical love drama, 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon', at the L.B. Scot Sports Auditorium.

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Registration Now Open for EXPO section at #SPORTSMATTER...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in collaboration with the National Sports Institute (NSI) is happy to announce to all Sport, Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Businesses on the island that the...

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Serving meals on Sint-Maarten: 'Yes, fruits and vegetables'

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11 new firefighters for the Caribbean Netherlands

On Monday July 30th, 2018 the Fire Department of the Caribbean Netherlands (BKCN) completed the training 'ELO Manschap A' with it's final practical exam covering Technical Assistance / Incidental Control of Hazardous Substances (THV / IBGS)....

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EZ Air Mechanics Wrap Up Training in Aruba

54 Kralendijk- A group of EZ Air mechanics participated in a training provided by Beechcraft Raytheon, which was executed in Aruba this week. The training was necessary to prepare the mechanics for the 2 Beechcraft 1900D machines EZ Air expects...

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CPS: Prevent Drowning this School Holiday Season

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is advising parents and guardians to be vigilant when their children are at the...

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CPS: Stay cool and hydrated during extremely hot weather

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Heatwaves are among the most dangerous of natural hazards that have a significant impact on society, Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and...

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CPS Advises: Ensure your Vaccination Status is Up to Date

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Considering circulated news about various infectious and vaccine preventable diseases internationally and regionally, citizens are requested to take preventive actions. There have been international reports and...

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CPS Men's Health 2018: Living a healthier life and more...

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The lack of physical activity is seen as a health threat. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around the world, not enough people are active; one in four adults and four out of five adolescents are ...

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - The Wizards, specializing in computer repairs and onsite services, is now the official reseller for an environmentally-friendly product that has a very unusual feature: A solar powered LED lantern that is a phone charger as...

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CPS calls on communities to clean-up mosquito breeding sites

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, to clean their yards and remove debris in order to prevent mosquito breeding sites.

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Rare primate stows away on Dutch ship, ends up in...

A rare primate which sneaked aboard a Dutch cargo ship in Tanzania will arrive in Vlissigen later on Friday, where it will be picked up by charity group Stichting Aap. The northern greater galago ( Otolemur garnettii) is a noctural primate which...

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Heineken buys into China's biggest brewer ...

Dutch brewing giant Heineken has paid €2.7bn for a 40% stake in the company which controls China's biggest beer firm, China Resources Beer. China is the biggest beer market in the world and this step gives Heineken access to a strong distribution ...

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ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Friday August 3, 2018 - Two out of Grenada's six parishes were yesterday declared disaster zones, following damage caused by flooding earlier this week. Damage to houses and the agricultural sector are still being fully...

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Florida governor denies healthcare coverage to Puerto Ricans

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Avianca increases frequencies between Curacao and Bogota

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Dominica added to CDB road transport project due to Maria

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CCJ President Says Rule of Law Crucial for New Oil Finds

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British MPs in 'stealth visit' to the Cayman Islands

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

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A liberating experience

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Commentary: Fake news, disinformation, half-truths, lies ...

By Youri A Kemp ~ Regional miscreants, Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) and Cambridge Analytica (CA), have done it again. They have managed to get themselves called into question by the British House of Commons, outlined in the Digital,...

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