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Minister Smith apologizes for error made in presentation

Philipsburg, September 17, 2018 - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Honourable Wycliffe Smith visited the Sister Regina Primary School on Monday to personally apologize to the Principal, Samantha Beaton and staff for the error ...

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EXCLUSIVE: PJIAE rents new location for management team

PHILIPSBURG -- Management of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) will move into a new location that will be able to house the entire management team. PJIAE management just recently signed a contract with The Vision Private Fund...

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CFT criticizes Curaçao for poor communication

WILLEMSTAD - The criticism from the Council for Financial Supervision (CFT) that the communication between Curacao and the CFT is bad was denied by the Minister of Finance Kenneth Gijsbertha. But Gijsbertha does recognize that certain information ...

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St. Maarten Entrepreneur to Represent Island in Washington

PHILIPSBURG -- Startup founder, Charity Cantave-Sam, is the St. Maarten representative of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). The annual U.S. funded fellowship was launched in 2016 by the former president, Barack Obama, to foster ...

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Bureau Ombudsman Organizes Workshop for SZV Staff

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday, September 14, 2018 the Bureau Ombudsman facilitated a workshop for key staff of SZV. This workshop, an initiative of SZV, was geared towards understanding 'propriety' in serving the public, complaints and...

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License sector Securities Intermediaries and Asset Managers

WILLEMSTAD --Recently, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) has been entrusted with the supervision of Securities Intermediaries and Asset Managers. As such, the CBCS complies with the latest international developments ...

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The Great Train Journey - part 4

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Wednesday afternoon, we wander over to the visa center of the Chinese embassy in Ulaanbaatar. We ask someone why it is open now - since the official opening hours to apply for a visa to China is from 9 a.m. to 12 noon ...

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The Great Train Journey - part 3

By Hilbert Haar ~ We leave Irkutsk on a Monday morning - rising early because the train leaves shortly after 8 a.m. for a trip of 22 hours to Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Our cabin is more luxurious than the one on the train from Moscow to...

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The great train journey - part two

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Thursday at 3 o'clock in the morning our train rolls into the main station in Irkutsk, with around 600,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in Siberia. Finally we are out of the digital wilderness - we've had no internet..

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The Great Train Journey - part one

By Hilbert Haar ~ This is how it began on a Sunday morning in Moscow. We took a taxi to the Kazanskaia station; that was already quite a little trip through town, but it only set us back 300 roubles, roughly $4.50. While I am sitting on a little...

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Unqualified teachers

By Hilbert Haar ~ What is the definition of a qualified teacher? This question popped into my mind when I read about Minister Wycliffe Smith's summary of the state of affairs in the schools on our island. LOGIN TO READ MORE...THERE IS MORE TO THIS...

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Minister Johnson Commends Kidz At Sea Maritime Sector...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The first of four participants of Kidz At Sea Foundation Maritime Maintenance Training Program, recently received their certificates which would assists them with finding employment with marine sector companies in...

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PHILIPSBURG -- On Wednesday, September 12th, Customs Officers at the Princess Juliana International Airport along with Immigration, Justice K9 and the Alpha Team held a joint control.
3 Passengers with the initials N.Z, J.L, and JN.L, all Haitians nationals, were caught trying to leave Sint Maarten with a total of US $ 44.656. The Public Prosecutor issued fines. By law, it is required for persons traveling with monies above USD $11.000 or the equivalent in other currencies to declare the funds by Customs officials. No arrest was made.
Customs will continue to intensify controls on both airport and harbor facilities.
Female arrested with false travel document

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - On Saturday September 15th a female passenger travelling from Guadeloupe to Sint Maarten, was arrested at the PJIA SXM Airport by members of the Alpha Team, police said on Monday. "This female passenger...

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K1 Britannia Foundation launches Disaster Relief and...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As is known, K1 Britannia Foundation took a leading role in the immediate relief efforts post Hurricanes Irma & Maria, with relief work continuing in the form of material and construction help until June of this year.

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New Project to Focus on Hiking, Trails

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This month Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) Foundation is initiating a new project which aims to make exploring nature easier on St. Maarten by improving hiking trails and maps. Although much work has...

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Curaçao with much more to offer in the last months of 2018

Curaçao team during Press Event in Aruba... WILLEMSTAD - A delegation of the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) and tourism-industry partners recently met the Aruban press and travel agents to inform them about all that Curaçao will still be offering...

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Lars de Brabander new chairman board InselAir...

WILLEMSTAD - Today Lars de Brabander officially starts his duties as chairman of the board of InselAir International B.V. for a period of six months. De Brabander has been appointed by the Minister of Economic Development, Dr. Steven Martina, to...

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Minister Konket receives Corruption Perception 2018 report

WILLEMSTAD - Last Friday, Minister Armin Konket, responsible for the Portfolio Management, Planning and Services Department, received the report of the Corruption Perception 2018. This survey was conducted by the Leading With Integrity foundation ...

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Arab business owners are suffering but remain optimistic

WILLEMSTAD - In an exclusive interview with Yak Baroud, in a representation of the Arab business owners in Curaçao, he spoke with Curaçao Chronicle about the current economic situation of the island and how it is affecting them. Baroud admits...

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Consul-General of The People's Republic of China in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD - When the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the Government of Guangdong Province, China OCAOG made the decision to send Chinese books for the library of the Curaçao Chinese Club and Chinese School Curaçao, their board has decided to...

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Beyond Kultura's Hurricane Poem Competition

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Beyond Kultura Events Foundation (BKE) is promoting storytelling, story writing and reading amongst the Youth, BKE said in a press release on Sunday. The Foundation has planned to publish a Hurricane story book in ...

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Book presentation of "Suddenly death" to Library by author

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "Suddenly death" is a short story collection by Aruban author Roland E. Williams. The book was published in July 2016 and its writer's first publication. Two copies were presented to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library's...

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Teacher shortages force schools to consider four-day week

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Two school organisations in Zaanstad are warning that they may have to cut down to a four-day week because of a shortage of teaching staff. The organisations, Agora and Zaan Primair, say personnel numbers have been...

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Remnants of tropical storm Isaac bring heavy rains ...

By Caribbean News Now contributor MIAMI, USA - Disorganized showers and thunderstorms extending from just west of Jamaica to eastern Cuba and Hispaniola associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac are expected to bring heavy rains and...

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No further tropical development for the next 10 days in...

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - The long-term weather forecast doesn't show any tropical development off the coast of Africa near the Cabo Verde Islands for the next 10-days.

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, September 16, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) September 17, 2018 Tonight through Monday evening: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers and a chance of isolated thunderstorms. Forecast High:...

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SHTA organizes photo contest for VISIT magazine cover

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is organizing a cover photo contest for the 2019 edition its magazine VISIT. The association invites local artists and frequent visitors to send in their most...

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LACNIC, Google to headline 'Internet Week in Trinidad ...

The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Registry (LACNIC) and Google will hold a series of workshops next month as part of Internet Week Trinidad and Tobago, an event intended to advance the Internet development agenda of the wider region. The...

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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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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset hosts Slumber Reading Fun

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset will be hosting a Slumber Reading Fun Pajama evening for children between the ages of 6-12, on September 28 th, 2018 from 7:00pm-10:00pmß. The Reading Slumber fun will be held at...

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Caribbean Wellness Day/Week promotes good health and...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) was observed across the region on September 8 to promote good health and well-being. In 2011 the CWD was expanded to become Wellness Week in the Americas commencing on September 8...

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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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SHTA & Carib Beer Call for Sharing 2019 Events to Show...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and Carib Beer call on companies and NGO's to send in events they are planning for 2019 for their National Event Calendar. The 2018 calendar, published only...

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Yes, we need to start Reducing, Reusing & Recycling (RRR) - 40%
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No, people are not willing to pay for commercial garbage sorting - 7%

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Should illegals be refered to as 'undocumented foreigners'?
It doesn't matter, they are still illegals - Regional News
Considerable Growth in Building Permits Bonaire

Kralendijk- The number of building permits requested at and granted by local government in Bonaire, shows a healthy growth in 2018, compared to 2017. In 2017, 242 building permits were requested. This year, a total of 305 permits were requested ...

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Considerable More Students In Intermediate Vocational School

Kralendijk- This year, more than 30% students have started the school year at the Intermediate Vocational Training section (MBO) of the SGB school for secondary education. According to SGB, the achievement of so-called basic quality, positive...

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Jamaica Experiences 'Light' Earthquake

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday September 17, 2018 - The Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus reported that Jamaica experienced what it described as a "light earthquake" yesterday. The 4.6 magnitude quake occurred around...

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Government Plans To Transform Island's Sugar Cane Industry

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday September 17, 2018 - Government is considering merging or partnering the state-owned Barbados Agricultural Management Company Limited (BAMC) with the Barbados Sugar Industry Limited (BSIL), as it seeks to fully...

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Rosaria: 'Myanmar moving on with refinery without GZE ...

Since visiting Myanmar late 2016, I've written extensively about the failure of Guangdong Zhenrong Engergy (GZE) to deliver on promises made to this Asian country to build a refinery as part of China's imperial One Belt One Road (OBOR) vision....

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11 disturbing developments related to climate change

Threats due to climate change have brought the situation to an unprecedented low point; sea level rise, sea ice melting and an increase in higher temperatures are just a few examples. It is a warning that was published in the report 2017 of the...

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China foreign minister to visit Guyana and Suriname

By Ray Chickrie Caribbean News Now contributor GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Georgetown is once again re-emerging as the diplomatic capital of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and will welcome a high level visit from the foreign minister of China, Wang...

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Cayman Islands premier denies UK crime agency claims ...

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) - The premier's office in the Cayman Islands has denied allegations made by Donald Toon, director prosperity (economic crime and cyber crime) of the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), that the Cayman Islands...

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Saint Lucia will have a new prime minister by Christmas

CASTRIES, St Lucia - The next general elections in Saint Lucia are constitutionally due in 2021. However, Richard Frederick, a former government minister in a previous United Workers Party (UWP) administration, believes there will be a change in...

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UNDP mobilized US$25 million, restored buildings and...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has helped mobilize US$25 million, supported the revision and use of improved building codes and restored over 800 buildings for the most at-need people in Dominica and...

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Judging the Caribbean Court of Justice

By Sir Ronald Sanders ~ ST JOHN'S, Antigua, Monday September 17, 2018 - Startlingly, eight of the 10 Commonwealth countries that still cling to the Judicial Committee (JC) of the Privy Council as their final court of appeal are Caribbean Community...

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Ocean Cleanup on trial in the Pacific

Pacific Ocean trials of a young Dutch inventor's system to clear plastic waste from the seas started this weekend, 240 nautical miles offshore from San Fransisco. The system, devised by 24-year-old Boyan Slat while he was a student at Delft...

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Scepticism greets Russian 'evidence' that MH17 was shot...

Russia has claimed to have found evidence disputing the conclusion of the Joint Investigation Team into flight MH17 that the plane was brought down by pro-Russian separatist fighters in Ukraine.

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Large Unilever shareholder says will vote against move to NL

An influential shareholder in Anglo-Dutch group Unilever says it will vote against the firm's plan to move its headquarters to Rotterdam. Aviva Investors, which reportedly has a 1.4% stake in Unilever, says the move could force shareholders in...

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Brexit fears prompt sports channel DAZN to move to NL

British online sports channel DAZN is creating 300 jobs in Amsterdam as it looks to protect its European business from the impact of Brexit. The London-based channel is opening a new development centre as part of its plan to become the 'Netflix...

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Budget leaks: Economic growth to hit 2.6% next year,...

The Dutch economy is forecast to grow 2.6% next year, but the finance minister believes Brexit and trade conflicts pose a considerable risk, according to the latest leaked budget documents. The government is due to publish its economic forecasts...

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'Missing Dutch cyber expert may have boarded freighter'

Cyber security expert Arjen Kamphuis may have smuggled himself aboard a freighter which left for Stavanger from Rognan around the time of his disappearance, the AD reported at the weekend. Rognan locals say a freighter left the town around August ...

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