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In this edition we bring you the Friday news.

Minister Johnson's travel to The Netherlands has certainly raised eyebrows. Now the rank and file within the UD party wants to take issue with his position as minister?

Never a dull news day in St. Maarten.

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Minister Johnson visits St. Maarten House in The Netherlands

says strengthening TEATT's NL link is vital ~ Den Haag/Philipsburg - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication the Honourable Stuart Johnson discussed a number of topics such as the US-Preclearance and incentives for...

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SMN-NEWS EXCLUSIVE: UD not happy with Minister of TEATT

Johnson looking at possible motion of no confidence.~ PHILIPSBURG -- Minister of TEATT Stuart Johnson who is currently in the Netherlands even though he told parliament that he would not be traveling has made several of the United Peoples Party...

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Kingdom needs to invest in unity, its people, says Saleh

THE HAGUE - The partners in the Dutch Kingdom need to work more on strengthening their ties and projecting their joint values to the world while working on the wellbeing of the people. Minister of State and former Governor of the Netherlands...

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Rainforest Adventures Rockland Estate Receives Award

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - Rainforest Adventures is pleased to announce that Rockland Estate St. Maarten's The Flying Dutchman, the world's steepest zipline, has received the 2018 Seatrade Cruise Award for "Innovative Shorex of the Year....

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International Day of Peace on September 21 Peace ...

PHILIPSBURG -- Each Year on September 21st, the United Nations celebrates International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and...

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The Great Train Journey - part 4

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Wednesday afternoon, we wander over to the visa center of the Chinese embassy in Ulaanbaatar. We ask someone why it is open now - since the official opening hours to apply for a visa to China is from 9 a.m. to 12 noon ...

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The Great Train Journey - part 3

By Hilbert Haar ~ We leave Irkutsk on a Monday morning - rising early because the train leaves shortly after 8 a.m. for a trip of 22 hours to Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Our cabin is more luxurious than the one on the train from Moscow to...

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The great train journey - part two

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Thursday at 3 o'clock in the morning our train rolls into the main station in Irkutsk, with around 600,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in Siberia. Finally we are out of the digital wilderness - we've had no internet..

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The Great Train Journey - part one

By Hilbert Haar ~ This is how it began on a Sunday morning in Moscow. We took a taxi to the Kazanskaia station; that was already quite a little trip through town, but it only set us back 300 roubles, roughly $4.50. While I am sitting on a little...

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Unqualified teachers

By Hilbert Haar ~ What is the definition of a qualified teacher? This question popped into my mind when I read about Minister Wycliffe Smith's summary of the state of affairs in the schools on our island. LOGIN TO READ MORE...THERE IS MORE TO THIS...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport will be having a Return to Happiness facilitators training for persons in our community interested in volunteering....

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Large Scale Joint Control

PHILIPSBURG - The KPSM Alpha Team consisting of members of the Police Force, the Immigration Department the Royal Marechaussee and Customs Department as of late has been very successful in intercepting persons illegally coming into or travelling...

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PHILIPSBURG:--- The Court of First Instance has ruled to extend the pre-trial detention of M.J-C. for another 8 days. The extension was granted by the judge also based on the suspicion that M.J-C. embezzled sums of money from the bank account of the Constitutional Court. M.J-C. is suspected of (attempted) fraud and embezzlement in the TRIGGGERFISH investigation.

M.J-C. is suspected of having embezzled sums of money from the bank accounts of the Sint Maarten branch of the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba over an extended period of time. The suspect had access to these accounts by means of her position.

The TRIGGERFISH investigation is being executed by the St. Maarten National Detectives with supervision from the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation is in full swing.
Women arrested for attempting to use false identification

PHILIPSBURG -- On Tuesday, September 18th police arrested 5 females that were trying to use false documents as a means of identification at a local bank and the Census office. The females identified with initials W.B, S.M and R.E were arrested ...

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Venezuelans arrested for illegally working in St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Seven Venezuelans are in police custody after they were found illegally working in the country. Only Dutch citizens and permanent residents are allowed to work in St. Maarten without a government-issued employment...

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Boys locked up with adults in substandard police cells

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Two minors are currently languishing in the substandard police cells together with seasoned criminals. This is a result of St. Maarten not having a juvenile detention centre. The doors of Ms Lalie Juvenile Centre have...

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Kittian arrested in "Marmer" murder case

THE KEYS, St. Maarten - A Kittian man remains in restrictive police custody after he was nabbed by police following a house search in The Keys, Sucker Garden, on Sunday September 9. The house search was related to another raid by Police on a...

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House search leads to murder case arrest

NAZARETH, St. Maarten - Hiding in Nazareth did not protect one man from landing in a jail cell under the suspicion of attempted murder. The man was arrested early Monday morning Sept 17, 2018 in connected with the shooting on Chin Cherry Road...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Honey Sheridan, M.S., BCBA of Sweet ABA is making the world sweeter for children...

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Record amount of Trash collected during Coastal Clean-up Day

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature Foundation St Maarten partnered with Corona to clean up Mullet Bay Beach for International Coastal Clean-up day. About 100 volunteers showed up last Saturday evening to collect a record amount of 1280 pounds...

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Irma Wreck 85-foot JabJabs lives on as artificial reef

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Former popular floating bar JabJabs has received a new lease on life as an artificial reef. JabJabs, which was a popular floating bar housed on the 85-foot steel sailing ship SV Nightingale, was sunk during Hurricane...

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Central Bank: Status Caribbean guilder

WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG - One of the strategic goals as included in the strategic plan of the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS), is to start with the preparations to realize the introduction of a new currency for the Countries...

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Central Bank looks at new currency by January 2021

WILLEMSTAD - The Interim Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Leila Matroos-Lasten gave a lecture yesterday on the bank's strategic plan. She did this during a busy lunch of Curaçao Business Association (VBC). One of the points ...

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Central Bank wants a stable and competitive financial sector

WILLEMSTAD - The Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) says that there are 6 strategic goals for one of their focus areas. This is a stable and competitive financial sector. To achieve this, Curaçao needs to have in place up-to-date...

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Central Bank supporting government's economic strategic plan

WILLEMSTAD - The Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten is currently supporting the government of Curacao with the development of an economic growth strategy aimed at achieving a sustainable higher and more inclusive growth path. The Interim...

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TelEm Group upgrading Helpdesk, fewer lost calls already

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Customers calling TelEm Group's main number and especially the company's 611 Helpdesk can expect fewer unanswered calls - thanks to an upgrade of PBX and other monitoring equipment.

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The All-New 2019 Hyundai Veloster introduced to St. Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Motorworld, the official local dealership for Hyundai, is proud to introduce the all-new 2019 Veloster in St. Maarten. The fresh design of the new Veloster features a comprehensive exterior and interior redesign, power...

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UNICEF and MP Silveria Jacobs held Meeting on Education

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Chair of the Education, Culture, Youth & Sport Committee (CECYS) Member of Parliament (MP) Silveria Jacobs met with UNICEF liaison La-Toya Charles and Community Mobiliser Suzette Burton-Moses on August 28, 2018 to...

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SSSD hosting time management workshop to help students

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is holding a free time management workshop entitled "Making Your Time Count" on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 5:00...

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New tropical depression likely to form as it heads towards..

By Caribbean News Now contributor MIAMI, USA - Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave in the eastern tropical Atlantic are showing some signs of organization. The environment is forecast to be conducive for slow development,...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

DATE ISSUED: Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) September 22, 2018 Tonight through Saturday evening: Partly cloudy with isolated showers possible. Forecast High: 32°C / 90°F Forecast Low:...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Social & Health Insurances SZV has been actively advocating to employers, the obligation to declare and to pay the respective social security premiums by the use of mass compliance campaigns and wage audits.

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SHTA organizes photo contest for VISIT magazine cover

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is organizing a cover photo contest for the 2019 edition its magazine VISIT. The association invites local artists and frequent visitors to send in their most...

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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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Leo Club hosts Unity walk-a-thon Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Leo Club, the youth/young adult division of the Lions Club, will host a walk-a-thon on Sunday, September 23 rd under the theme "Bring Back Unity to Our Community." The walk-a-thon is free for every one ...

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset hosts Slumber Reading Fun

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset will be hosting a Slumber Reading Fun Pajama evening for children between the ages of 6-12, on September 28 th, 2018 from 7:00pm-10:00pmß. The Reading Slumber fun will be held at...

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Caribbean Wellness Day/Week promotes good health and...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) was observed across the region on September 8 to promote good health and well-being. In 2011 the CWD was expanded to become Wellness Week in the Americas commencing on September 8...

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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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SHTA & Carib Beer Call for Sharing 2019 Events to Show...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and Carib Beer call on companies and NGO's to send in events they are planning for 2019 for their National Event Calendar. The 2018 calendar, published only...

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Yes, the Private Sector should take the initiative - 7%
Yes, we need to start Reducing, Reusing & Recycling (RRR) - 40%
No, Garbage is a Collective Problem - 47%
No, people are not willing to pay for commercial garbage sorting - 7%

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Should illegals be refered to as 'undocumented foreigners'?
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Dialysis Could Become Reality on St. Eustatius

By Harald Linkels ~ Oranjestad- The treatment of Statians suffering from Kidney disease, by means of dialysis on the island, could be within reach. This much can be deducted from a letter of Paul Blokhuis, dated on September 21, to the member of ...

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US sanctions Trinidad and Tobago nationals as key ISIS...

By Caribbean News Now contributor WASHINGTON, USA - The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Wednesday designated two Trinidad and Tobago nationals as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financiers...

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Cayman Islands governor officially removed from post

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) - Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury will not be returning to the Cayman Islands but will be re-posted to London, according to an extremely brief statement from the governor's office on Thursday. Officials...

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Living Local, Investing Global: The Case for Globalization

By Peter Arender BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday September 20, 2018 - In the Caribbean, there are plenty of reasons to invest in our own backyards. Some investors are drawn to the idea of supporting local business people and economic development....

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Will the nomads invade Curacao?

The expectations are high. Curacao is preparing for an invasion of 'digital nomads' in the near future. The Caribbean is still undiscovered by these digital nomads, but in the near future, this situation is expected to change. Digital nomads are...

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Twice caught with too much alcohol, means you lose your...

WILLEMSTAD - Drunk drivers run the risk that their driver's license will be taken from them. That is according to Norman Serphos of the Public Prosecution. Yesterday three people were sentenced to fines for driving under the influence of alcohol. ...

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Trini Son of Former UWI Principal Charged After Attempting..

FLORIDA, United States, Friday September 21, 2018 - The son of the former principal of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has been charged in the United States after allegedly trying to steal an American Airlines...

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Caribbean to Benefit from Increased Humanitarian Assistance

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday September 21, 2018 - The Caribbean region is poised to benefit from increased humanitarian assistance following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management...

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SGP chief still claims unemployment benefit despite ...

The new chairman of the fundamentalist Christian party SGP has been claiming the special civil service unemployment benefit alongside his salary for 12 years, the Volkskrant reported on Friday. Peter Zevenbergen is the paid director of a college...

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Big brother is watching your car: tax office to get new ...

The tax office is to be given new powers to check car owners have paid road tax by scanning every car on the Dutch roads and comparing the number plate to a data base, RTL reported on Friday. The measure is included in the government's tax plans...

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Parents jailed for one year for snatching child from fosters

Parents who snatched their baby from a foster parent in January last year and took the child to Germany have been jailed for 12 months, four suspended, by judges in Den Bosch. In addition, baby Hannah's father was found guilty of physically...

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The Netherlands is better prepared for hard Brexit than UK

The Netherlands is better prepared for a hard Brexit that Britain, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte told reporters on Thursday, after he was quizzed about progress on the departure talks.

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