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NAGICO launches new Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, NAGICO Insurances unveils 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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Dear Reader

In a statement issued by the cabinet of the Prime Minister of St. Maarten, we read that "The Government of Sint Maarten has taken note of the recent unfortunate statements made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok regarding multicultural societies."

"By no means are these statements a reflection of Sint Maarten’s position as a Country with in the Kingdom of the Netherlands."

"Historically, Sint Maarten, with its 125 registered nationalities, has always made a point of embracing this diversity. As a result, Sint Maarten has managed to maintain its unique position within the region; “One Island, One people, One Destiny”.

If Sint Maarten had ignored the positive consequences of this diversity, the country would never have managed to maintain itself within the ever-changing social and economic realities of the world. Particularly in the field of culture and all the richness resulting from it, the country would have long ago lost its unique character." the statement continued.

Sint Maarten is of the opinion that Ministers, representing the Kingdom, should pay more attention to their statements, as they speak on behalf of the Kingdom. Sint Maarten sincerely hopes that the unrest that has been caused will be resolved in a diplomatic and ethical manner.

Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin considers dialogue and further explanation important and will enter into dialogue with the Representation of the Netherlands on Sint Maarten in relation to this subject. Sint Maarten also agrees with the formal position of Aruba & Curacao.

"Sint Maarten, seen worldwide as the 'Friendly Island', also wishes to keep it that way and not be a reflection of the sentiments expressed by Dutch Minister Stef Blok." the statement concluded.


The question remaining now is whether Dutch Minister Blok should resign or not. We put this question to our readers in the poll below.

As far as the news developments are going, it does not appear that Blok is considering resigning.

Let's see what our readers think.

In the meantime, have a great week.

Best regards,

Terrance Rey
The Publisher

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TelEm rejects BTP fines of alleged poor service SXM Cable TV

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Johnson wants urgent action to bring SXM Airport back

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Letter: Ways to Improved Royal Decorations Applications

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Letter: US Ambassador

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Letter: Is there money in the St. Maarten Economy?

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Commentary: Debt, debt and more debt

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Commentary: The View from Europe: Brexit, the Caribbean...

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Miss Teen St. Maarten left the island on Saturday July 21st

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US Ambassador pays courtesy visit to St. Maarten

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Canadian High Commissioner pays Government courtesy visit

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Irma Recovery and Resilience Trust Fund Steering Committee

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Progress Committee keeps pushing for decent detention system

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WIB Supports "Back to School Drive"

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Yannick Hodge awarded First Competent Communicator ...

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Tzu Chi distributes rice to 300 hurricane relief families

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Winair Leaves All Bags for Curaçao Behind

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The New Normal: Government's will need an annual plan ...

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First in-house Taxation Risk Seminar July 23-27

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Minister of Foreign Affairs must resign

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Curaçao government strongly regrets Minister Blok's remarks

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Should Dutch Minister Blok resign?
No. His apology is acceptable. - Regional News
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