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Ansary frustrates restructuring of insurance company ENNIA

PHILIPSBURG - Hushang Ansary, the 93-year old Persian-American major shareholder of Parman International B.V. is frustrating the restructuring process the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) has initiated to rescue troubled insurance...

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Bibi Shaw is's Person of the Year 2018

PHILIPSBURG - Love her or hate her, with her website, Bibi Shaw has become a prominent fixture in the media landscape of St. Maarten and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to exposing wrongdoings, misappropriations and...

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PHILIPSBURG - On the occasion of her selection by as Person of the Year 2018, we interviewed Bibi Shaw at her private residence in French Quarter on Saint Martin. We got a first hand look at who Bibi Shaw really is and we heard...

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Beef between boys leads to death 2 year old child

St. Peters/Retreat Estate - St. Peters is all shook up at the tragic death of a 2 year old boy, who is said to be turning 3 tomorrow. The incident occurred sometime around 10:30am this Sunday morning. Apparently, a feud between a group of boys...

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Innocent life taken away

~ Minister of Justice Cornelius De Weever pays sympathy visit to incident scene ~ RETREAT ESTATE - An innocent life has been taken away today. Around midday, Sunday, January 13, 2019, an unmarked van from a funeral home came to take away the body...

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Minister De Weever calls on all to adhere to Road Safety

POND ISLAND - Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever is offering condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the driver who lost his life in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 12th on the A.J.C. Brouwers road in the vicinity of...

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IPKO-agreements are detailed, yet vague

PHILIPSBURG - Delegates to the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (Ipko) that ended on Friday found common ground for a list of agreements that was signed by all delegations. The document contains quite some procedural agreements and also a ...

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Dispute regulation heats up IPKO-meeting

PHILIPSBURG - Discussions about the dispute regulation during the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation got heated when the delegations from Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten expressed their disappointment about the draft law State Secretary...

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IPKO positive about structural election observation

PHILIPSBURG - All four delegations taking part in the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (Ipko) reacted positively to a proposal by VVD parliamentarian André Bosman to establish structural election observation. In the Netherlands this is...

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Opinion: "Return on investment"

By Hilbert Haar ~ The press conference at the end of the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) produced one interesting question from a journalist in Curacao. What is the importance of the Ipko? I have asked myself that same question many..

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Focus shifts from energy to waste management

PHILIPSBURG - A waste to energy facility is no longer the first option for dealing with the island's garbage issues. The focus has shifted from producing energy to getting rid of waste. This became clear from a presentation by Claudius Buncamper, ...

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Housing demand doubled after Irma

PHILIPSBURG - Applications for housing jumped after hurricane Irma from 1,500 to 9,000 according to the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation but Louis Brown, secretary-general at the ministry of VROMI, doubts these numbers. During a...

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Garbage fraud

By Hilbert Haar ~ It is no news that French-side garbage ends up on the dump on Soualiga Boulevard. What is however news is that the department of infrastructure apparently has no idea how to prevent this from happening. On the French side garbage...

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Government turns a deaf ear to Dock Maarten's complaints

Authorities tolerate unfair competition at Great Bay Marina PHILIPSBURG - The dispute between Dock Maarten, Bobby's Marina and Country St. Maarten is alive and kicking. Bobby's Marina continues to operate on parcels of water without holding long...

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GEBE and KADASTER in serious financial difficulties

PHILIPSBURG - The financial situation of the Kadaster and the island utility company GEBE is said to be in dire straits. According to reliable sources it was stated that the former Minister of Finance Richard F. Gibson had ordered the utility...

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USp & NA request urgent meeting on PJIA proposal

PHILIPSBURG - The United St. Maarten (US) party and National Alliance factions of Parliament has requested Chairlady of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams to convene an urgent meeting of Parliament to discuss the reported Decision of The Council of ...

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There is need for more parking at PJIA

AIRPORT -- "There is need for more parking space for aircraft at the Princess Juliana International Airport," said General Manager of Signature, Matumi Shigemoto. He pointed out that this is one of the constraints that handling agents are being...

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This does not add up

By Hilbert Haar ~ Oh, oh, St. Maarten managed to generate some bad publicity again and the attempts by Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin to explain herself do not come across as utterly convincing. The story is this time, as most readers probably...

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Western Union continues to face challenges in St. Maarten

Light at the end of the tunnel ~ COLE BAY-The continuing criticisms of the functioning of the Western Union has the attention of the Operation Manager Patrice Paines. The crowds that gather at the establishment has complained that they are unable ...

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Government seeking ways to address the influx of Venezuelans

PHILIPSBURG - There are ongoing discussions between the Netherlands and the governments of the French and the Dutch sides of the island on the influx of Venezuelans. According to reports millions of Venezuelans have left their homeland on the...

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Council of Ministers supports airport financing from WB/EIB

PHILIPSBURG - Over the past months, the Government of Sint Maarten has worked closely with the Netherlands, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank to secure the necessary funding for the full recovery and strengthening of Princess...

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Council of Ministers appoints Claret Connor as Director NRPB

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday January 9th, during the Council of Ministers Press Briefing, Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin confirmed the appointment by the Council of Ministers of Claret Connor as Director of the National Recovery Program Bureau...

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I from Earth

By Hilbert Haar ~ Every now and then when there is apparently nothing better to do, this question comes up. Who is a St. Maartener? Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, a member of the National Alliance, has once more lit the fire under this seemingly simple...

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French side problems

According to reports coming out of the various districts and communities on the French side of Saint Martin/St. Maarten, people are complaining about a lot of issues affecting their daily lives in a post-Irma era. It has been well over fifteen months

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There is a need to prioritize recovery projects on St Martin

MARIGOT-Examining the reconstruction of the French side of the island compared to the Dutch Side it will seem that hurricanes of 2017 apparently happened on the French side, said Senator Guillaume Arnell. In making the comparison between the two...

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Need for proper planning on the rebuilding of St. Martin

MARIGOT - "There is need for proper planning in the rebuilding of the communities following the devastation of the island by the hurricanes of 2017," said Senator Guillaume. He explained that among the issues that they are facing are persons who...

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The expansion of L'Esperance Airport runway at a standstill

GRAND CASE - Although the Lawrence family has received the funds for the land more than a year ago to accommodate the expansion of the L'Esperence airport in Grand Case, nothing seem to be happening as yet. "I have ensured that the process to...

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Dispute Regulation law to be handled during IPKO in June

THE HAGUE - The plenary handling of the law proposal to establish the Dispute Regulation for the Kingdom is set to take place in June 2019 when representatives of the four parliaments gather in The Hague for the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation...

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Dutch First Chamber wants the NL to aid with Venezuelans

WILLEMSTAD - The First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants their government to act in consultation with Curacao and Aruba to ensure that Venezuelan refugees receive a humane treatment when they arrive on the islands. The Chamber adopted a...

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Parman with summary proceedings against the CBCS

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IMF says a "global bank" is returning to the Caribbean

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ WASHINGTON, USA - In a post published last week by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on its website, the IMF's general counsel, Rhoda Weeks-Brown, claimed that a...

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High rents leave Sabans with few options

The BOTTOM - The lack of affordable housing remains a major challenge for renters on Saba. "There is no information whatsoever from the government available about rights and responsibilities of renters and tenants, so it's kind of like the 'wild...

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Knops and Zagers unveil sign for construction of water plant

14 The Bottom, Saba - During his visit to Saba on Monday, January 7, 2019, State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops together with Commissioner Bruce Zagers unveiled the sign for the construction of the water bottling...

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Van Ark visits Mega D Youth Foundation in Statia

Oranjestad - State Secretary of Social Affairs and Labour Tamara van Ark visited the Mega D Youth Foundation and Daughters of the King after school Programs on Tuesday January 8. She did this accompanied by deputy Government Commissioner...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) January 14, 2019 Tonight through Monday evening: Partly cloudy and breezy with isolated showers. Forecast High: 28°C / 82°F Forecast Low: 23°C / ...

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NAGICO and Swiss Re-sign reinsurance treaty renewal at sea

PHILIPSBURG - NAGICO Group and Swiss Re have renewed their Excess of Loss (XoL) reinsurance treaty with symbolic signing 1,500 miles from land on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean. The treaty, which became effective on 1 January 2019, was signed by...

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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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Carnival troupes, parade meet this Wednesday, January 16

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has announced a meeting for the Grand Carnival and Junior Carnival parades for this week. The SCDF is inviting all troupe leaders and persons/companies interested ...

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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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Trinidad rattled by earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 rattled parts of Trinidad late on Sunday night, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies ...

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EU Provides Millions in Budgetary Support for Montserrat

BRADES, Montserrat, Tuesday January 8, 2018 - The European Union has disbursed EC$17.55 million (US$6.5 million) to the Government of Montserrat as the first fixed tranche under the Multi Sector Sustainable Economic Development Budget Support...

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ExxonMobil Starts New Drilling Offshore Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday January 8, 2019 - US energy company ExxonMobil has started drilling one of two new exploration wells offshore Guyana. It's the first of two wells to be drilled this month.

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Venezuela says ExxonMobil survey ships were indeed in area

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ CARACAS, Venezuela - Details of exactly where the ExxonMobil survey vessels were intercepted over the Christmas period in the Stabroek block area by the Venezuelan navy...

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Guyana Government Goes to Court over No-Confidence Vote

GEORGETOWN, Guyana , Friday January 4, 2018 - The Guyana government is set to go to the High Court today to file a challenge against a no-confidence vote it lost last month.

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Shell and pension fund PGGM to bid for Eneco

Oil giant Shell and Dutch health service pension fund PGGM are working on a joint bid for energy provider Eneco, the AD said on Monday afternoon. Both companies have pledged to retain Eneco's green reputation and to broaden its operations in Europe.

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KLM faces court case over no-show fees

Dutch consumers association Consumentenbond said on Monday it is to press ahead taking airline KLM to court after talks on scrapping the 'no show' clause in its terms and conditions failed to produce a result. The clause states that all the...

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Medicine shortages continue to rise

Medicine shortages reached a new record level in 2018, continuing a growing trend that dates back to the start of the decade. The pharmacists' umbrella body KNMP said 769 medicines were unavailable at some stage during the year, including 128...

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Rutte declines to apologise for wanting to 'beat up' people

Mark Rutte has come under fire from his coalition partners for saying he wanted to 'beat up' people who attacked emergency services workers on New Year's Eve. The prime minister was asked at his weekly press conference on Friday if he was...

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