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Brison: New hospital construction co INSO facing bankruptcy?

Philipsburg - Ferfina S.P.A Group, the parent company of INSO, the construction company contracted to build the new hospital on St. Maarten, has allegedly amassed over US $833 million in debt with an apparent US $6 billion in order backlogs....

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So SMMC officially breaks ground for new hospital amidst rumors of potential bankruptcy of construction company. Tripartite members Ministry of VSA, SZV and SMMC are quick to issue press release that financial safeguards in place for the new St. Maarten General Hospital. Meanwhile it is MP Rolando Brison investigation into construction company INSO's parent company filings for bankruptcy protection that exposes lack of proper due dilligence carried out by these same parties. He may call for Parliamentary Inquiry to safeguard SZV social premiums and APS pension savings of the people of St. Maarten that are to be used to finance the new general hospital construction while potential bankruptcy of SZV also looms according to rumors.

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SMMC officially breaks ground for new hospital

CAY HILL - During a well-attended ceremony and in witness of the Governor of St. Maarten his Excellency Drs. Eugene Holiday, Deputy Prime Minister Wycliffe Smith, Minister of VSA Emil Lee and the Council of Ministers, Dutch Representative Chris...

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Financial Safeguards in place for new St. Maarten Hospital

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has been notified by Italian construction company INSO that its parent company, Condotte d'Acqua (Condotte) has filed for Extraordinary Administration, which is a restructuring procedure aimed at...

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SMMC completes Certified Nursing Assistant Course for Saba

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - On Friday November 23 rd five employees of the Saba Health Care Foundation; Benevolent Foundation graduated as certified Nursing Assistants. They each completed a 7-month course to obtain their certification from May to...

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No easy solution for traffic jams

PHILIPSBURG - A rough estimate, based on plate numbers, suggests that there are between 60,000 and 70,000 cars on the road in St. Maarten - that's counting both the Dutch and the French side. Given our island's limited infrastructure, traffic...

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A car for every working (wo)man

By Hilbert Haar ~ Traffic jams. Everybody hates them but nobody wants to leave his or her car at home. A car for every working man; that was something Joop den Uyl, the iconic front man of the Dutch socialist party PvdA envisioned in the sixties of..

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Simpson Bay Public Service Center also Polling Station...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Executive Director Anastacio Baker, would like to inform COCI members that the Simpson Bay Public Service Center at the Fish Market will also be used as a polling...

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Report on Fly Jamaica Crash Submitted; Theft 'reprehensible'

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday December 3, 2018 - A report on the Fly Jamaica crash landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) early last month has been presented to the Guyana Cabinet by Minister of Public Infrastructure David...

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Fly Jamaica Sued Over Crash Landing in Guyana

TORONTO, Canada, Wednesday December 4, 2018 - A Toronto-based law firm has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Fly Jamaica almost a month after one of the airline's Canada-bound planes was forced to make an emergency landing at the...

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SXM Airport Gets Ready for the High Tourist Season on...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) officially turned 75 on December 3, 2018 and the Managing Board is making sure that not only will her beauty be restored with the ongoing Terminal Building...

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TBO conducting house searches as they continue investigation

PHILIPSBURG:--- Officers from the TBO team ransacked the home of the of Robelto Flanders in Pointe Blanche, and the managing director of Robelto and Sons Miguel Flanders on Tuesday morning. By afternoon the team of investigators went to the home...

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Ombudsman concludes investigation regarding Rent Committee

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Ombudsman recently concluded the last of the three Systemic Investigations, initiated after the hurricanes of September 2017. The third systemic investigation related to the functioning of the Rent Tribunal (RT)....

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Successful Closing of the Legal Basic Course 2017 - 2018

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Legal Basic Course, which started in August of 2017, has reached its completion. The Department of Legal Affairs & Legislation was tasked with the coordination of the Legal Basic Course.

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NAGICO's Christmas Raffle

Draw date Friday December 28, 2018 at 3 pm. Witness Live Drawing by Independent Auditors from Grant Thornton. To be eligible you must have a valid NAGICO Insurance Policy not expired and paid in full before December 26th, 2018.

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Diabetes disease extremely high on the island

PHILIPSBURG-"At least 15% of the population of the island are suffering with diabetes," said Member of Parliament and surgeon Dr. Luc Mercelina during his lecture at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on Saturday. 'It is very high and a very...

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Teacher shortage on Sint Maarten continues

PHILIPSBURG - "Teacher shortages are a worldwide problem", says Angela Richards-Huggins, HR manager at the Stichting Voortgezet Onderwijs Bovenwindse Eilanden (SVOBE). But it has only gotten worse on Sint Maarten since hurricane Irma. Story...

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TBO conducts criminal investigation into dump

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - "The garbage dump on Sint Maarten, also called sanitary landfill, has been a reason for worry for many years. This is mainly because of the size, the method of management and the health risks it entails. "In addition, ...

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UPDATED: TBO conducts criminal investigation into dump

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The garbage dump on Sint Maarten, also called sanitary landfill, has been a reason for worry for many years. This is mainly because of the size, the method of management and the health risks it entails. In addition,...

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Decomposed body found

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - On Friday November 28th at approximately 11:15 p.m. police patrols were directed to the Sao Paolo Road in the 911 Project from where a report came in that a decomposing body of an unidentified person had been found.

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RST seizes Porsche Boxster

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - In relation to the investigation DOP, the Asset Recovery Team seized a Porsche Boxster on A.Th. Illidge Road on Friday, November 30th, 2018. Suspect H.B.G.R. (34) is the owner of the vehicle. The suspect is accused of...

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Youth Town Hall Meeting this Friday: School Violence

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Friday December 6, 2018, the Sint Maarten Youth Parliament in collaboration with the Student Support Services Division of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport, will hold a Youth Town Hall Meeting. The...

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USM and Anti-Poverty Platform Host Kingdom Day Dialogue

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the Kingdom Charter, the University of St. Martin (USM) in collaboration with the Sint Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform will hold a public dialogue on the Status of Human Rights ...

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Library registration is open for Christmas Market

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) will be hosting her annual Christmas Market on Thursday, December 20 th, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library's parking lot. The Library's annual Christmas Market festivities...

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SOUTH REWARD - It's all happening this Saturday with snow cones, a snow machine and a variety of food on sale and much more. Mark your calendar so you...

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Nature Foundation Managing Director Meets Princess Beatrix

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - The Managing Director of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Tadzio Bervoets attended the fiftieth anniversary of the Bonaire National Parks Foundation STINAPA. The Guest of honor of the commemoration was Princess Beatrix of ...

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'Way Maker' Singer, Sinach, for St. Maarten in February

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Renowned gospel singer, Sinach, is scheduled to be in St. Maarten on February 9, 2019, announced Christian Faith Ministries International (CFMI) on Thursday, November 15, 2018, during the launch of its 'All White...

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Ministry of VSA sign health cooperation agreement with ...

On Monday December 3rd, Minister of Public Health Emil Lee and Regional General Director Mrs. Valerie Denux of the French Government signed the long awaited MOU to solidify a structural working relationship between the Health Ministries of both...

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Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - December 3rd marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for 2018 is: "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality." The Collective Prevention Services (CPS),...

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about poverty...

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. Representatives of Sint Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform will be present.

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Participation Loekie Morales at siman Ban Lesa a Success

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - It is with great pleasure, that I have participated in the children book week in Curacao, said Loekie Morales. I was invited to the 'Siman Ban Lesa' as the only children's book author from Sint Maarten by the...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten's largest volunteer-driven community service event, recently held its first information session and registration workshop for the 2019 edition of SXM DOET which will be held on Friday March 15 th and...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Lions Club members are fervently preparing for their fundraiser "Annual Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo...

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Continuation InselAir almost a fact

WILLEMSTAD - The survival of the local airline InselAir has come to a step closer. The airline's shareholders agree with the acquisition by InterCarribbean Airways and the agreement concluded with the creditors. This afternoon the joint creditors ...

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Insel Struggles to Pay Salaries: All Eyes on interCaribbean

Willemstad- According to local radio station Radio Krioyo, Insel Air had difficulty in paying employee salaries for the month of November 2018. Although the majority of employees reportedly was paid, this was not the case for a group of former ...

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EZ Air receives second 'big' aircraft

WILLEMSTAD - Airline EZ Air received its second 'big' plane, the PJ-EZY. 'Big' meaning bigger than the other airplanes the airline is known for. The Beechcraft 1900D is the little brother of the plane with registration PJ-EZA that was already...

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West Indies crushed by Bangladesh in Test series win

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The West Indies suffered an innings and 184-run defeat to Bangladesh in the second Test at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. The Windies were 111 and 213 all out, with Shimron Hetmyer top-scoring in both...

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Maserati victorious in 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race to...

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada - After an intense 3,000 mile battle across the Atlantic from Marina Lanzarote to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada, Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi 70 took Multihull Line Honours in the 2018 RORC...

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Schotte continues to lead MFK from prison

WILLEMSTAD - Gerrit Schotte will continue to lead the political party he founded, the MFK. Even if he is serving his sentence in prison. The parliamentary faction will be headed by former Interim Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas. Charles Cooper is...

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Schotte reports to prison this morning, wants to...

WILLEMSTAD - Former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte will report to the gates of the prison tomorrow at 9 am to serve his three-year prison sentence. As is known, the Supreme Court confirmed the conviction of the political leader for, among other...

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Boat intercepted with 37 undocumented

WILLEMSTAD - Yesterday evening around 11 pm the Frisc interceptor vessel of the station ship Zr. Ms Zeeland was dispatched with a team of the coastguard on board after a suspicious boat was spotted east of Curaçao. Upon arrival, it turned out to...

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OM: Traffic death in November was under influence and...

WILLEMSTAD - Police Curaçao (KPC) and the Public Prosecution Service (OM) Curaçao deplore the traffic death on 22 November 2018. Despite additional efforts by the government to wear the belt, unnecessary deaths continue to occur because the seat...

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Health Inspector remains suspended

WILLEMSTAD - Jan Huurman remains suspended for the time being. The judge has determined that there is a breach of trust between him and the Minister of Public Health Suzanne Camelia-Römer. This is currently standing in the way of a return of the...

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Sagicor selling all shares to Canadian firm

BRIDGETOWN - Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited is looking to sell all its shares to the Toronto-based Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation, in a US$536 million deal. The insurance company, which is listed on the Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago...

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St Maarten Scotia employees to join Republic Bank after sale

PHILIPSBURG--Employees of the two Scotiabank locations in St. Maarten will go over to Trinidad and Tobago-based Republic Financial Holdings, which is slated to buy the Scotiabank operations in St. Maarten and in eight other Caribbean countries.

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Policyholders ENNIA are at risk

WILLEMSTAD - The Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) says that it rightly intervenes with the insurance company ENNIA. People who are insured with ENNIA run the risk of not getting their money if suddenly many people file a claim. The...

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Progress Made with Second Phase Saba Solar Park

The Bottom, Saba - The construction of phase 2 of Saba Electric Company (SEC) solar park projects next to the Juancho Yrausquin Airport is progressing as planned. The frames with the 2,960 solar panels should be in place in the third week of...

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Government Bonaire Wants to Ensure Fair Distribution of Land

Kralendijk- The Exucutive Council of Bonaire is of the opinion that the issuing of land and leasehold plots should be done in an honest and fair manner. The ExCo will therefore adjust the current rules and procedures. The envisioned changes...

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Saba sets up legal desk for advice on all legal matters...

The Bottom, Saba - Late February 2019 Saba will see the start of a most welcome pilot project for the island: the opening of a legal desk where people can get advice on all legal matters, ranging from family law and advice on a will, to labor...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, December 04, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) December 05, 2018 Tonight through Wednesday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with a chance of a few brief showers. Forecast High: 30°C / 86°F ...

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COCI advises to keep shady business practices out

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) has taken note of a newspaper story that appeared last Friday under the headline, 'Shoppers urged to report fake Black Friday sales.' The newspaper story quotes...

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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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Mosquito fogging comes to an end. CPS thanks community...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), said on Wednesday that the mosquito fogging campaign comes to...

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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: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - It's that time of the year when influenza, better known as the flu, becomes more predominant. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and...

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Guyana's President Returning to Cuba for Further Treatment

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday December 3, 2018- President David Granger is scheduled to return to Cuba tomorrow for further medical intervention, after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in the Spanish-speaking nation last month.

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Stakes in Royal Caribbean shift after launch of biggest ship

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Number of culled iguanas in Cayman Islands approaches 200K

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Work Visit Princess Beatrix to Bonaire Huge Success

Kralendijk - Princess Beatrix paid a visit to Bonaire this week. The working visit focused on culture, nature and young people. It was at the invitation of the National Parks Bonaire Foundation (STINAPA Bonaire), a non-governmental...

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Watchdog says security services risk breaking phone tap laws

The Dutch civilian and military security services must take 'concrete steps' in the short term to make sure they don't break the new laws on electronic surveillance, the CTIVD watchdog said on Tuesday.

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Princess Beatrix Visits STINAPA Bonaire

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