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PHILIPSBURG - During an urgent meeting of Parliament on Monday, November 19, where the Minister of TEATT, Stuart Johnson together with management and staff of the PJIA Airport and the Harbor Group of Companies (Port) gave an update on the status...

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According to Caribisch Network, airlines are now planning to come back and are adding more flights to St. Maarten. For example, American Airlines started daily flights from Charlotte from November 4 and Philadelphia and New York will be easily accessible from December 19.

Tourism remains the most important source of income for St. Maarten. The fact that more flights to St. Maarten are coming is important for the recovery and economic development of the island. In addition to the airport, the (yacht) ports are also important for bringing tourists to the island. On 14 and 28 November, passengers of six cruise ships will dock in these ports for the first time since Irma.

Of course, we look forward to more ships in port this winter season.

In the meantime, please read our full newsletter that we hope will be both newsworthy and informative to you with news over the past weekend.

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Soft Opening Ground Floor Airport Terminal Building December 15, 2018

PHILIPSBURG - The original goal was to open in November, but that date has been moved. Now the reopening of the renewed airport Princess Juliana International Airport on Sint-Maarten is scheduled for mid-December 2018. The airport that was destroyed and could no longer be used due to hurricane Irma in September 2017, will not fully open.

"In December, we will only open the ground floor, where we will temporarily place the departure and arrival halls. In a later stage, the first floor will also open and the departures will take place there. The entire airport will be completed around 2020," says Audrey St. Luce-Jack, corporate communications specialist at the airport.

The large pavilion tents that were temporarily put up in February 2018 so that flights to and from St. Maarten could just take place, are removed after the reopening. Currently, Commodore N.V., the construction company that was assigned the reconstruction contract, is working on phase one, which is called Package One-Temporary Operations. This includes the creation of temporary check-in counters, immigration and emigration space, offices, security, CCTV, baggage belts, IT systems, restaurants, all on the ground floor.

Ballast Nedam is responsible for repairs to the roof. It is expected that the roof of the airport will be ready and hurricane-resistant by January 2019 at the latest.

Click here to view the full interview with Audrey St. Luce-Jack, corporate communications officer at the PJIA airport and to read the rest of the article published in Dutch online on Caribisch Netwerk.
World Bank confirms: Dutch want rep in airport board

PHILIPSBURG - It is not like the Netherlands wants to take over the complete management of the airport in exchange for financing of the airport's rehabilitation, but the Dutch do want to have somebody on the inside. This appears from a report by...

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Statia in Peril: The case against "Public Entity"

By Political Analyst, Julio R, Romney ~ The Court of First Instance in Philipsburg is scheduled (on Tuesday, November 20, 2018) to hear open arguments from the dissolved insular Government of Sint Eustatius which was taken into receivership on...

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Minister Stuart Johnson launches Golden Box with 50 passes

Fifty season passes up for grabs for Carnival-50 ~ PHILIPSBURG-The Golden Box has been launched at the Government Administration Building, and the entire island is invited to fill in their Carnival Pass raffle forms and drop them in the box for a ...

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Presentation PJIAE NV to the Parliament of Sint Maarten

In a public meeting of Parliament on Monday, November 19, 2018, the Minister of TEATT, Stuart Johnson together with management and staff of the PJIA Airport and the Port gave an update on the status of these two major ports for St. Maarten.

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Court allows witness examinations and expert in Zebec case

POINT BLANCHE--Zebec Development N.V. has obtained permission from the Court of First Instance for a preliminary witness examination and the appointment of an expert, on Friday.

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Zebec believes it has been misled to enter into settlement

POINT BLANCHE--Zebec has filed a request with the Court in St. Maarten to allow a preliminary witness examination and appoint an expert. The developer believes St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies and others misled Zebec to enter into a settlement.

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Police apologizes for 911-service fall-out

PHILIPSBURG - On Sunday November 18 th at approximately 9.30 a.m. the 911 emergency-service was disrupted due to technical problems, the police announced in a statement on Monday. "The technicians immediately went to work to have this situation...

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Police seeking public assistance involving two shootings

PHILIPSBURG - The Detective Department is presently investigating two separate shooting incidents which took place on Sunday November 18 th, the police said on Monday. "The first one took place at around 3.00 a.m. in the vicinity of McDonalds on...

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Tuesday

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.2.177 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.1.957 per liter. The current price of diesel is Naf.1.816 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.1.712 per liter.

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St. Maarten's finest dancers have joined Rio Productions

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A group of the finest dancers of Sint Maarten have joined Rio Productions for the Celebration of 50 years Carnival. Under the leadership & professional guidance of the renowned Giovanni Webster, the dance group will...

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Are You Reddi (Ready)? Aruba's 65th Carnival 2019

PHILIPSBURG - The Chuchubi Foundation is doing it again! The Chuchubi Foundation in collaboration with Winair has organized a DIRECT charter flight from St. Maarten to Aruba for Aruba's 65 th Carnival Celebration under the theme Chuchubi is alive ...

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The Separation of Powers to be profiled by Council of Advice

PHILIPSBURG - In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of good governance as well as stimulate the discussion amongst our population in the hope of promoting active citizenry, the Council of Advice extends an invitation 22 November...

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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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S.I.R. says Thank You!

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Producers of the popular TV Show: St. Maarten in Retrospect (S.I.R.) would like to sincerely thank the hundreds of persons that made the 18 th annual celebration of culture, heritage, and enlightening activities a...

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Minister Giterson visits Mental Health Facility

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Last Friday, on November 16, 2018, the honorable Minister of VROMI Miklos Giterson visited the Mental Health Foundation MHF) which is in dire need of more space and an upgrade of its facilities, MHF announced on Monday...

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VROMI Minister Miklos Giterson attended GeoSpatial Forum

Ministry to develop national spatial data infrastructure plan for St. Maarten ~ POND ISLAND - Last week, VROMI Minister Miklos Giterson, along with his Secretary General Louis Brown, attended the Latin America GeoSpatial Forum in Mexico City. The ...

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Central Committee meeting about National Ordinance...

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of General Affairs will be present for this meeting.

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Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor ...

The CVSA Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 11.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The agenda point is: Debriefing work visit: Visit to the Mental Health Foundation facility...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten inducted RBC's Country Manager, Cheryl Pantophlet, on November 7, 2018 at its regular meeting. Mrs. Pantophlet has resided on Sint Maarten since 1987. President of the Rotary Club of...

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Leo Club hosts talent show for Sister Basilia Center Clients

SINT MAARTEN (ST. JOHN'S ESTATE) - The St. Maarten Alpha Leo Club hosted their Annual talent show with the clients of the Sister Basilia Center on Friday November 2nd at the St. Maarten home, the Alpha Leo Club said on Wednesday. "Clients as well ...

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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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Cooperation Air Antilles and Winair

WILLEMSTAD - The airlines Air Antilles and Winair presented their plans to work together at the Renaissance Hotel last week. In this way, it will be easier from Curaçao to reach various destinations in the Caribbean. Winair has invested heavily...

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Minister Johnson congratulates Winair on acquisition ...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - This week Windward Islands Airways International (Winair) received its 4 th Twin Otter aircraft that will increase the airlines airlift for the 2018-2019 high tourist season. Winair this week in an announcement...

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Winair receives 4th aircraft

Philipsburg – WINAIR has received a 4th Twin Otter Aircraft for the upcoming 2018/19 season. With several airline recommencing service to St. Maarten, there will be increased demand for flights to and from our hub at P.J.I.A.E. in St. Maarten.

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Malcolm Phillips wins first fight

Kissimmee, Florida / Sint Maarten - Malcolm Phillips has been successful in his first fight at the Sugar Bert Amateur Boxing event in Kissimmee, Florida on Saturday. Malcolm told 721 News that it is an honor for him as this is his first big...

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SMMAF held their third martial arts competition on Nov. 10

St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) held their third martial arts competition on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at MPC Gym in St. Peters. The event showcased two martial art for adults and...

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MAN faction wants clarity about alleged corruption at RdK

WILLEMSTAD - In parliament, there is a call for the Minister of General Affairs, Eugene Rhuggenaath to give a more detailed explanation of the case of Roderick van Kwartel, Director of the public company Curaçao Refinery (RdK). After all,...

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Prime Minister fails to give explanations about RdK director

WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath failed to attend the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers. A missed opportunity, since he could have explained the developments at the public company Refineria di Korsou, Curaçao...

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Premier Rhuggenaath on a working visit in The Hague

WILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath is in The Hague this week for an official visit. The Prime Minister will be welcomed by his counterpart Mark Rutte in the Torentje (office of the Dutch Prime Minister), among other things...

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Business owner fined for having illegal employees

WILLEMSTAD - A 52-year-old business owner has been fined for having three illegal Venezuelan ladies in service. They worked really hard for the business owner but were barely paid. He was fined 4500 guilders, of which 2000 conditionally. The man...

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Sinterklaas and Black Petes are here

WILLEMSTAD - True to tradition, Sinterklaas and his Black Petes arrived in Curaçao 2.5 weeks before the celebration of Saint Nicolas. Thousands of children waited with a beating heart until they saw the boat coming in the distance with cheerfully ...

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Parman fights withdrawal ENNIA licence, emergency regulation

WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG - Parman International B.V., with ultimate beneficial owner Hushang Ansary, is fighting the withdrawal of ENNIA's insurance licence and the emergency regulation issued by the court in Curaçao with respectively an...

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Top Dutch official received more than 40,000 euros ...

WILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE - The representative of the Netherlands in Curaçao received a net foreign reimbursement of tens of thousands of euros last year, while he only spent eighteen days on the island. Although this is contrary to the guidelines,...

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Questions Van Raak MP about compensation top official

WILLEMSTAD - The Member of the Dutch Parliament for the Socialist Party Ronald van Raak asked some questions to the Ministers of the Interior and the Undersecretary of Kingdom Relations about the recent news surrounding a Dutch top official in...

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JGCN: The Week Against Child Abuse

'See, Say, Stop!', Is the slogan of Jeugdzorg en Gezinsvoogdij Caribisch Nederland (JGCN) during the week against child abuse that will take place from November 19th until November 25th, 2018. A well-known sound for many, but unfortunately this ...

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Job Center First Tangible Product of Government Agreement

Kralendijk- In the future there will be one counter for employers and employees where all services in the field of employment are offered on Bonaire: the job center. This has been agreed between local Government and the Kingdom Government in...

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Weather Report: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) November 20, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL 6PM TUESDAY, 20th NOVEMBER... Tonight: Partly cloudy and...

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$2,000 Smart Home Grand Door Prize at "Wacky Telco...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group has in store for a lucky winner, a state-of-the-art Smart Home connection as the Grand Door Prize for this Friday's "Wacky TelCo Friday" fun sale.

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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 campaign to commence Monday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), said on Sunday that it hopes to commence with its mosquito...

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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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CARICOM trade ministers support rules-based WTO system

GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Caribbean Community (CARICOM) trade ministers, meeting in Georgetown, Guyana, on November 15 and 16, 2018, at the 47th meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), re-iterated the Caribbean Community's...

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Amnesty International, the national ombudsman and the director of the Centre for Public Order and Security have condemned the way police and local mayors dealt with the violence targeted at this weekend's anti-Zwarte Piet demonstrations.

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