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Liquidity support still up in the air

PHILIPSBURG - The government is still in a bind about the liquidity support it is expecting from the Netherlands for 2018 and 2019. But so far, St. Maarten has not met the conditions the Kingdom Council of Ministers attached to this financial...

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Minister Gordon-Carty's conditions for employment permits

PHILIPSBURG - There is a lot of discussion about the new work permit policy Labor Minister Pamela Gordon-Carty put into place per February 7. The Hospitality and Trade Association, the Timeshare Association, the Marine Trade Association and the...

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SHTA Calls for Immediate Revocation of New Permit Policy

PHILIPBURG - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) calls for an immediate revocation of the new "Policy on issuance of Labor Permits", as was published last Friday February 7th in the National Gazette. The policy change is...

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MP Wescot-Williams: Where does NESC fit in?

MP Sarah Wescot-Williams: VSA Minister's Decision Regarding Work Permits is Haphazard and Uncoordinated. PHILIPSBURG - MP Wescot: "Where does this National Employment Service Center fit in the legal organization of the country? The announcement...

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Will Minister Gordon's new work permit policy do any good?

By Hilbert Haar ~ Minister Pamela Gordon-Carty is not the first one to come up with measures to protect the local labor market. Her work permit policy that went into effect on February 7 has met with instant resistance from employers organizations...

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Ansary to court on March 30

WILLEMSTAD - The Court in First Instance in Curacao will handle the liability procedure against insurance company ENNIA's major shareholder Hushang Ansary and other former managers on March 30, the Antilliaans Dagblad reported, based on...

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Plan for deposit guarantee regulation: too little, too late

PHILIPSBURG - The Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has presented the governments of both countries with a draft national ordinance aimed to establish a deposit guarantee regulation. Such a measure would protect the deposits of...

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Protect Your Money

By Hilbert Haar ~ When Girobank accountholders in Curacao panicked and started a run on the bank, the Central Bank was quick to point out that all deposits up to 10,000 guilders (just over $5,500) were safe and that this meant that more than 90%...

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Lion's share of Central Bank profits stays in Curacao

PHILIPSBURG - The Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten is doing well but most of the profits from its healthy bottom line stay in Curacao. Between 2011 and 2018 - the last year of which audited data are available - accumulated profits amounted ...

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How Frans lost his building and his seat in Parliament

PHILIPSBURG - Port de Plaisance Boutique is the rightful owner of the Sunset Building in Simpson Bay. Attempts by its previous owners - United St. Maarten party leader Frans Richardson and Bureau Telecommunication and Post director Anthony Carty, ...

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Prison time looms for parliamentarian Frans Richardson

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Member of Parliament Frans Richardson, leader of the United St. Maarten party (USp) on Wednesday to 36 months of imprisonment for accepting $370,000 in bribes in return for his political support ...

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Nothing is going to stop the carnival

By Hilbert Haar ~ The court rulings in the Emerald-case against USp-leader Frans Richardson, former port-director Mark Mingo and Checkmate Security director O'Neal Arrindell mark a turning point in the history of St. Maarten-made corruption.

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Use of drones prohibited from No Fly Zones

PHILIPSBURG - The Department of Civil Aviation informs the public that with the implementation of the Ministerial Regulation limiting the use of RPAS/UAS or drones, there are zones now established where drone flights are prohibited, so-called No...

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Oddballs are leading entrepreneurs!

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ Many executives and managers are like chicken picking around for worms in a chicken coop. However, fat worms are found by the early birds. And those early birds don't pick around in a corral with a fence around it and a roof..

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A reason for flying on a private charter

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ One of the reasons why people prefer to fly on a private charter are the typical inconveniences of flying scheduled commercially. A good longtime friend of mine, Prissy, prefers to fly private. But, when her son is flying...

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Jetair now serving St. Maarten and Curacao twice weekly...

PHILIPSBURG - From Princess Juliana International Airport to Hato Airport in Curaçao in an hour and twenty minutes. This is now possible twice a week with Jetair Caribbean. Jetair flies a Fokker 70 between Curaçao and St. Maarten on Wednesdays...

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Jacobs and Irion meet with Dutch Minister Knops, Foreign ...

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - This week the St. Maarten delegation, consisting of Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion, and their advisory staff are in the Netherlands taking part in several meetings. "We are here to ...

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Knops 'extremely worried' about prison on Sint Maarten...

THE HAGUE - Minister Raymond Knops of the Interior and Kingdom Relations is 'extremely worried about the situation within the detention facilities on Sint Maarten'. But at the same time he emphasizes that 'Sint Maarten should be the one to take...

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Detainees too long in police station cells...

PHILIPSBURG - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has once more given the Kingdom a reprimand for the detention circumstances in Sint Maarten. Another detainee has been held for longer than the allowed ten days in a police station cell.

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Jetair bedient nu St. Maarten en Curaçao...

met vluchten twee keer per week op de zondag en de woensdag. PHILIPSBURG/WILLEMSTAD - In een uur en twintig minuten van Princess Juliana International Airport naar luchthaven Hato op Curaçao. Dat kan nu twee keer per week met Jetair Caribbean. Op ...

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Gevangenisstraffen in Emerald II

Philipsburg - Het Gerecht in Eerste Aanleg van Sint Maarten heeft woensdag 29 januari 2020 de voormalige CEO van het Havenbedrijf Sint Maarten veroordeeld tot een gevangenisstraf van 46 maanden wegens valsheid in geschrift en oplichting van het...

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Depositogarantieregeling komt voor velen te laat

PHILIPSBURG - De Centrale Bank van Curacao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) heeft de regeringen van beide landen een ontwerp verordening voorgelegd voor de vaststelling van een depositogarantieregeling. Deze maatregel beschermt de tegoeden van...

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Bescherm Uw Geld

Door Hilbert Haar ~ Toen door paniek bevangen Girobank rekeninghouders in Curacao een stormloop op de bank ontketenden was de Centrale Bank er als de kippen bij om duidelijk te maken dat alle tegoeden tot een bedrag van 10,000 gulden (iets meer dan..

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