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"Media Reporting about Prison Far from the Current Reality"

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever took note of media reporting regarding the status of the Prison in Point Blanche and was baffled by the recent story that was published based on outdated information....

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Dear Reader

Who said St. Maarten doesn't have any money?

Just look up in the hills and witness the amount of houses, condominiums and apartment complexes being built. St. Maarten is booming!

According to reports WIB opened a new branch estimated at 2 million guilders and Real Auto is set to invest 4 million dollars in a brand new state of the art showroom and buildings. To sell cars, mind you! We were told last year 2018 a total of 6000 cars were sold on St. Maarten.

"And then they say S'Maatin ain gah no money."

The Central Bank CBCS reports that the foreign reserves are in decline and urges St. Maarten (and Curacao) to attract more foreign direct investments to ensure reserves maintain adequate levels.

We have it from good grounds that the SXM Airport has gotten a $250M loan from a South American lending entity. This would also explain State Secretary Knops' frantic call for the Parliament of Sint Maarten to take a formal stand on the Dutch government’s offer to assist Princess Juliana International Airport with US $100 million.
According to MP Emmanuel Knops should stop his meddling in St. Maarten's affairs. In other words, he can keep his $100M.

"And then they say S'Maatin ain gah no money."

State Secretary Knops can always take over the Pointe Blanche prison and use the $100M to fix the prison detention system on St. Maarten. That's a real suggestion, by the way.

Either way, CBCS should be happy with the millions on its way to St. Maarten.

In the meantime, happy readings and have a great week!

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Real Auto set to raise bar in car industry with $4M building

PHILIPSBURG--Real Auto is set to enhance the standards of the car dealership industry in St. Maarten and enhance its customer experience with the construction of a state-of-the-art US $4 million building at its Long Wall Road location.

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Progress Committee: 'Safety of the population is at risk"

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten's Plans of Approach for the police and the prison - dating back to 2010 - have not been realized by a long shot and the situation at the Pointe Blanche prison is so bad that it puts the safety of the population at risk.

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IMF: Political stability critical for business investments

PHILIPSBURG - Cumbersome regulations, red tape, weak governance, antiquated tax and labor laws, skill mismatches, restrictive labor markets, high energy costs, infrastructure bottlenecks and political volatility are structural impediments to St....

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MP Emmanuel wants State Secretary Knops to stop meddling

PHILIPSBURG:---"It is crystal clear, that it is not the appointed council of Ministers of Sint Maarten that are the ones running Sint Maarten. It is not as if I had any doubts before, because this is what I have been saying all along.

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Windward Islands Bank opens their new branch on Bush Road

PHILIPSBURG - "There is an urgent need to invest in the national infrastructure and the economy," said Governor Eugene Holiday during the opening ceremonies of the Windward Islands Bank Bush Road Branch. He stated that the significance of the...

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Court allows prosecutor to sell Corallo's boats

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance denied casino owner Francesco Corallo's request to stop the sale of three boats he owns in a ruling dated January 10 that was recently published on The sale takes place at the request of...

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JetBlue Launches New Service from Fort Lauderdale

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An interesting move

By Hilbert Haar ~ Not for the first time, the Progress Committee - the club that monitors how St. Maarten is doing with the execution of Plans of Approach for the police force and the prison - has sounded the alarm over the situation at both the...

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A party for the happy few

By Hilbert Haar ~ St. Maarten's parliamentarians do not have a strong record when it comes to appreciating the contents of critical reports about the functioning of the government or about the dire straits the country finds itself in after...

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Dutch Quarter businesses and residents complain about work

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Dutch Quarter construction manager refutes allegations...

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TelEm Group carrying out major repairs to Dutch Quarter

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Independent journalism is still a challenge on Curaçao

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Media on Bonaire: 'We can do better, but we need help'

KRALENDIJK - The media outlets on Bonaire recognize that they need help in order to improve to the quality of journalism on Bonaire. That much became clear during the celebration of the fifth anniversary of Caribbean Network on Bonaire. "The...

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Finance Minister confirms that funds from the World Bank ...

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Minister Geerlings update Cft on reforms at Tax Department

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Minister of Finance the Honourable Perry Geerlings informed the Committee for Financial Supervision Cft that his ministry is in the final stages of preparing the trajectory for improved financial management and tax...

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Seven ships in port on Saturday. Port beehive of activity

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SMMC welcomes rotational Pediatric Cardiologist

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Nature Foundation St. Maarten cleans up Belair Beach...

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Carnival band, DJ's meeting on Tuesday

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The Electoral Council first update for 2019

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60 Vehicles in late night traffic control. Seven fines...

PHILIPSBURG - As the police department continues to enforce the laws of the traffic ordinance on Sunday February 17 th between 12.15 a.m. and 04.30 a.m. a traffic control was held on the Bush road in the vicinity of PBS-bank. During this control...

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Police sting operation leads to arrest of four teens ...

POINT BLANCHE - Based on numerous reports made to the police department regarding a group of teens riding recklessly and causing much disturbance on a daily basis in the Point Blanche area and also based on information that three of these teens...

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Controls leads to one arrest for marijuana possession

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"WomanityFest" launched for International Women's Day 2019

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St. Martin at Cuba international book fair

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ABGMA 2019 Nominations Announcement on Feb. 18

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Library on Sint Maarten still closed: 'Everyone has good ...

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Insel Air Loses Air Operator Certificate

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RvA sends back Draft National Ordinance Bureau Integrity

WILLEMSTAD - Member of Parliament for coalition party PAR, Curtley Obispo does not understand why the Advisory Council sent the draft National Integrity Bureau back to the Minister of Administration, Planning and Service, BPD.

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Curaçao to serve as Caribbean base for humanitarian aid...

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CBCS Reports Decline in Foreign Reserves

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CBCS Executive Directors took the oath before the Governor

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CBCS: Curaçao and Sint Maarten economies contracted

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One year after the government takeover in Statia ....

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Airport Bonaire Starts Work on Expansion of Departure Hall

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

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Inspectorate TEATT to meet Quarterly with Veterinary Clinics

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A.M. Best Upgrades NAGICO's Issuer Credit Rating

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

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Partial Road Closure of Back Street on Monday Morning

PHILIPSBURG - The VROMI Ministry announces that there will be a partial road closure of Back Street on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 4:00AM to 5:30AM. The road closure will take place from the New Testament Church of God down to the Longwall...

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Legendary Performance of The Jacksons at Heineken Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is famous for world-class racing and attracting some of the world's top musical acts for their legendary parties. This year is no different. Motown royalty, The Jacksons - Jackie,...

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Motion of No Confidence to be tabled against Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin. Agree?
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