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Mullet Bay land at the heart of Ennia pension fund problems

PHILIPSBURG - Over the weekend, reports reaching our news desk indicated that the Prosecutor's Office in Curacao at the behest of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) requested the assistance of the Prosecutor's Office in St....

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Dear Reader

The Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS), also known as the Central Bank or The Bank, in regards to the Ennia case, is operating between a rock and a hard place.

The transparency needed to maintain calm in the financial sector is exactly the kind of transparency that can also create alarm and undermine confidence in the financial institutions and their supervisory body, the Central Bank itself.

The press has a critical role to play in that aspect of transparency. However, the duty of the media is to report on what is happening. Information is not always forthcoming. Nonetheless, to avoid speculation, it is necessary for the authorities, in this case, the Central Bank's board to come clean and be clear with information.

There are questions about the role of The Bank in the Ennia case since 2016 and questions are once again being posed even by parties in the Second Chamber in The Netherlands.

The calm and tranquility authorities are seeking desperately to portray by downplaying many aspects of the Ennia case may prove to be a fata morgana if the case turns criminal. The involvement of the prosecutor's office at the behest of the Central Bank does not bode good news.

Nevertheless, the urgent need to get the Mullet Bay property off the books of Ennia may bode good news for (the people of) St. Maarten. Maybe finally someone - if not the people of St. Maarten themselves via a public-private partnership - can purchase the property and re-develop it back to its former glory.

We could only hope, wish, pray and pray some more that this would indeed happen as our country's economy is in dire need of the boost such a revival of an authentic and unique Caribbean tourism product can bring to the island and the region once again.

We will keep our fingers crossed.

Best regards,

Terrance Rey
The Publisher

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Situation Point Blanche Prison 'Dangerous' and 'Hopeless'

By Rene Zwart© The Hague - The Committee, set up by the Council of Ministers to supervise the implementation of the improvement plan for the prison on Sint Maarten since 2010, has raised the alarm. The Committee finds the situation 'untenable' ...

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Recall of Valsartan containing drugs

The Inspectorate of Public Health, Social Development and Labor informs the public that there is a recall for a number of blood pressure medications containing the active ingredient valsartan. Valsartan is off-patent and is used as a component of ...

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Nature Foundation Develops 5 Easy Steps to Reduce Plastics

The Nature Foundation is kicking off its 'Reduce and Reuse St Maarten' project by releasing five easy steps businesses and residents can take to reduce their single-use plastic pollution. Plastic pollution is a global concern that has damaging...

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Minister Plenipotentiary Wuite attends first Kingdom meeting

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Minister Plenipotentiary, the Honorable Drs. Jorien Wuite, on Friday July 7th attended her very first Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting, since taking up her post as Minister in The Hague, the Netherlands....

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Conversations while swimming

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We ready?

The Caribbean can issue a collective sigh of relief now that hurricane Beryl has dissipated, thanks to the Sahara desert dust in the air. But the question remains whether St. Maarten was truly prepared for this hurricane? The government...

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Two injured in scooter accident

The Police traffic department is presently investigating a traffic accident involving a scooter. The accident occurred on Saturday July 7th on Simpson Road in the vicinity of number 53. According to the police report the rider of the scooter lost ...

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Police Department requesting assistance from community ...

The Police Force of St. Maarten (KPSM) is still busy with the ongoing investigation by the name of "GUADELOUPE". During the evening hours on December 21st, 2017 on the Guadeloupe Road that is located in Madame Estate the man with initials...

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Video Drone Footage - Police Force of Sint Maarten

Fire at Industrial Park in Cole Bay July 8th 2018

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School Bus Annual Inspection Starts on July 30

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT), Section School Bussing, announces that the Annual School Bus Inspection will take place from July 30th to August 2nd, 2018....

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Front Street to be closed on Friday for beautification works

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, July 13 for infrastructure...

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Reminder Annual hurricane season clean-up underway

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby informs the community that the annual hurricane season clean-up continues in the month of July by the various waste...

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A new All Female Executive Board was installed

On the 1st July 2018, a new All Female Executive Board was installed serving the SXM Achievers Toastmasters Club 2018/2019. For the upcoming 2018/2019 Toastmasters Term, the SXM Achievers Toastmasters Club will not simply walk the path, we will...

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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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The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise donates eye glasses

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Annually, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise donates eye glasses to a number of students from various elementary and secondary schools. Part of the funds to purchase the eyeglasses was made available through the...

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First in-house Taxation Risk Seminar July 23-27

PHILIPSBURG - The manager of Prudential Tax Services formerly known as Prudential Small Business Services, Natasha Manuela-Gumbs hereby invites the business community of Sint Maarten to attend an important Tax Seminar for the week July 23-27,...

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TV time and Saturday book party for Schoolboy in Wartime

Interested in writing your own hurricane Donna or Irma book? GREAT BAY - St. Martin (July 5, 2018) - Gerard van Veen appeared here this week on the popular TV program "Speaking of Everything," talking about his autobiographical book Schoolboy in...

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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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WIB Cole Bay Branch Closure as of July 16

COLE BAY - The Windward Island's Bank (WIB) via the following notice announces the closure of its Cole Bay branch. Read for more details.

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Testing four-year-olds is out because they can't read...

Reception class children in the Netherlands will soon no longer be tested, reports the Telegraaf on Friday, citing unnamed sources. It claims that the Dutch government will definitively rule out formal testing for the four to six year olds,...

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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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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (Sunday July 8th, 2018) - Social & Health Insurance SZV will be hosting a live recording on the SZV Facebook page of its press conference scheduled to take place on Tuesday July 10th at 10:30 am. The topic of the press...

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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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Dutch Premier wants to boost Curaçao's investments ...

THE HAGUE - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants a new economic mission to Curaçao in early 2019 to boost investment. "Curaçao is a fantastic stepping stone to Latin America, as the Netherlands is the gateway to Europe", says the Prime Minister. ...

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Curoil announces less profit this year

WILLEMSTAD - The profit of the Oil Distribution Company Curoil's was halved in 2017. The year before it was 39 million, last year 22 million remained. The decrease is mainly due to the fact that 2016 was so profitable. But revenues also fell due...

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Cooperation protocol BTP-FTAC

WILLEMSTAD - Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post (BT & P) and the Fair Trade Authority Curaçao (FTAC), both supervisory authorities In Curaçao, have made agreements in a cooperation protocol about the way in which they can share information and...

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