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Statia politiians give the Netherlands ultimatum until today

ORANJESTAD - Statian politicians spearheaded by Island Council member Clyde van Putten are heading to court in an attempt to regain control of their island. There is not even a remote chance that the Netherlands will give in to their demand to...

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Dear Reader

We hereby recap the weekend news for your reading convenience.

We note that the deadline for the Netherlands to act in the ultimatum given by the Statia politicians headed by deposed Island Council member Clyde van Putten expires today Monday at 4pm.

No doubt the Dutch government will not acquiesce and therefore the threatened court injunction on Wednesday will have to be filed by Van Putten cs. Read the full report here .

Happy readings!


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MP Wescot-Williams Weighs In On Minister Johnson's Case

SINT MAARTEN/NEW YORK - Currently in New York, representing the Parliament of Sint Maarten in the Dutch Political and Civil Society delegation, Member of Parliament, Sarah Wescot-Williams notes that the issue of the Minister of Tourism, Economic...

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Queries by Sarah Trigger Consultation with Hotel Owners

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the past weeks several timeshare owners have sent emails to President of Parliament, MP (Member of Parliament) Wescot-Williams regarding the rebuilding of the Towers at Mullet Bay. These persons registered their...

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The Accountability of Journalists

By Hilbert Haar ~ Interesting that debate on our island about the accountability of journalists. Andrew Dick seems to be at the centre of this storm in a glass of water. I happen to know Andrew - for a short time when nobody else wanted him I...

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Poverty alleviation is not poverty eradication

PHILIPSBURG:--- On October 17th was International Day for Eradication of Poverty. In observing the Day : a. the SMAPP came out with a video documentary: "One Year After IRMA: Help Still Needed! A press release was issued and Some interviews were...

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SHTA: " Pennywise and Pound Foolish "

The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) has taken note of the announcement by VROMI Minister Giterson to re-evaluate the day time road work schedule after bringing the country to its knees for two days, the SHTA said in a press statement on Thursday.

“Literally to a crawling stand still with hours of lost time to countless citizens and businesses; simply to save on night time differential wage tariffs.

“It is high time the powers that be learn from past experience as this is not the first time such an attempt at savings has occurred with exactly the same results.  Government should understand the value of productivity and take into consideration the irreparable cost of lost productivity in any cost analysis.

“In infrastructure, it is never as simple as how many bills do I have to pay now; there is always the coefficient of how much improvement do I get over how long and when do I regain the cost of my investment.  

“It would be even better, if the various ministries cease operating as independent silos and start working together on planning and coordinating, so that before a decision like this is taken consultation should be held among VROMI and TEATT and determine the economic and social impact of such decision, for example.

“If our government do not begin to appreciate that the citizens of this country also have value, that their time is money and that we as a country need to put our best foot forward to our visitors if we want to regain any market share, in our ever-shrinking economic condition; we fear they will find they are only in control of a welfare state without any possibility of economic prosperity.” Special Report
7-parts series about the Public Prosecutor's Office views on the lead times of investigations
This is a special report brought to you by outlining the views of the Public Prosecutor's Office on the statutes of limitations pertaining to the length of investigations, in particular those of politicians, other public figures and prominent citizens on St. Maarten.

The introduction to this special report can be read online via the following article:

Here is a recap of parts 1 through 7:

In part 1 we discussed the Public Prosecutor's Office and its workings.

In part 2 we discussed how the Public Prosecutor's Office conducts investigations.

In part 3 we discussed that the Public Prosecutor's Office does not work alone when it comes to investigating and bringing criminal cases to trial. It is a part of the criminal justice chain system and each link depends on the other to execute its work properly. So delays on the front-end can have a domino effect on the lead time of a criminal case before judgement is finally executed.

However, the Public Prosecutor's Office has the so-called prosecution monopoly. This means that only the Public Prosecutor can prosecute criminal cases and bring them to court. Individual citizens can not do this. They can file a complaint with the police. Based on an investigation, the OM then decides on prosecution. If the complainant or interested party disagrees with the OM's decision not to prosecute, the interested party concerned can complain to the court. The latter is not very common.

In part 4 we discussed the length of investigations carried out by the Public Prosecutor's Office. Specifically, we wanted to know how long does this actually take in St. Maarten? Unfortunately, no hard data into the lead times of the criminal justice chain exists on St. Maarten.

In part 5 we questioned whether it is allowed for investigations to last so long, whether the so-called "statutes of limitations" exist and are applicable and who checks and oversees this.

In part 6 we discussed the question whether prosecutor-led investigations can't be dealt with faster. The Prosecutor's Office indicated that it always strives to expedite investigations, but that the speed was partly dependent on the capacity of the police force, which is heavily understaffed. The explanation concluded that they are working on an improved registration process to gain insight into the turnaround times. The starting point is modernizing the working methods, modernizing the laws and implementing the use of various instruments to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

In the final part 7 we discussed the question whether the situation surrounding investigations and the length thereof on St. Maarten is the same as in The Netherlands. In principle, the Public Prosecutor's Office stated for the record that in terms of execution and the lengths of investigations there is no difference between the situation in the Netherlands and St. Maarten, even the debates on the duration and speed are the same.

Next week, we will bring you a full recap in article form on our website at Top Stories
EnviroPower lay out possible solution to smoking dump

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SMN-NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Prime Minister misled Governor ...

Emil Lee used backdoor procedures to bring in foreign public adjuster. ~ PHILIPSBURG -- Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin may find herself in hot water should Henderson International decide to take legal action against the government of St. Maarten.

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SMN-NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Still no solid solution from Prime Minister Romeo Marlin for the survival of the Post Office

~ Last Reserves used to pay October 2018 salaries, PSS may declare bankruptcy by end of 2018 if PM does not step up in taking this matter seriously. ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Management of the Postal Services of St. Maarten (PSS) may have to close its doors by the end of 2018 while the staff may have to wonder where their November and December salaries will be coming from.

SMN News learned that PSS used its last reserves to pay the postal workers their October 2018 salaries and so far, there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the November and December 2018 salaries.

The Prime Minister has been dodging her responsibilities when it comes to the PSS and its financial status especially since she was looking to get Bureau Telecommunication and Post NV (BTP) to make a financial injection to Postal Services St. Maarten even though both are government-owned companies and doing such is illegal.

The current Chairlady of the board of PSS Marinka Gumbs is deeply involved in trying to get BTP to give PSS a financial injection, upon instruction of the Prime Minister. This is another issue the current coalition partners are having issues with especially since they are not in agreement with the Romeo Marlin’s approach in solving these problems as they believe that government should take these issues more serious by seeking a long-term, sustainable and tangible solution as a Post Office is mandatory for any country.

Earlier the Prime Minister instructed the board of PSS to get rid of Director Antonia Wilson and to recruit a turnaround manager that has a salary of about NAF 25,000.00 monthly another burden PSS cannot handle. The Prime Minister had even said that she would take the postal workers and place them in the civil service, while she also gave instructions to send home staff that was not going to work when there was no workspace for them to operate.

During the soft opening of PSS at its new location the Prime Minister made a number of empty promises to the staff in her address, but to date, she has not done anything to bring about financial stability within the organization that seems to be dooming under her leadership as Prime Minister and Shareholder representative.


SMN-NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Prime Minister misled Governor ...

Emil Lee used backdoor procedures to bring in foreign public adjuster. ~ PHILIPSBURG -- Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin may find herself in hot water should Henderson International decide to take legal action against the government of St. Maarten.

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SCDF hosts first of three booth holder meetings

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - All is set with booth for Carnival 50. The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) hosted the first of three booth holder meetings on Thursday night as the next step in preparation for Carnival 2019.

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Samuel seeks legal opinion on Dutch takeover of Statia

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Former President and Member of Parliament drs. Rodolphe Samuel in an Open Letter on Friday called on the legal community to give an opinion with respect to the measures taken by the Netherlands to take over the...

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Dutch government forced to hire law firm to handle courtcase

ORANJESTAD, ST. EUSTATIUS - At the 11th hour the Dutch government made the decision to hire regional law firm HBN Law on St. Maarten to represent them in court in the case brought forward by Van Putten c.s., a case that will determine the future...

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Court Case Deposed Government Started and Adjourned...

By René Zwart© Oranjestad - The lawsuit that five St. Eustatius politicians, under the leadership of PLP leader Clyde van Putten, have filed against the Dutch Government has started today. The case was also immediately suspended again. The...

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Statia versus Netherlands case postponed until November 20

ST. EUSTATIUS--The government of the Netherlands was granted a four-week postponement of the court case filed against it by the ousted former Island Government of Statia. The hearing is scheduled for November 20, at a yet-to-be-determined location.

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Boxing Federation off to Russia

Great Bay, St. Maarten - On Wednesday October 31 Shawn Blair, President of St Maarten National boxing Federation will be representing St Maarten in Russia at the Congress International Body. Blair told 721 News that they are having elections to...

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Bonairean Davidlee Winklaar Wins Kickboxing Final in Mexico

Kralendijk- Yesterday, Saturday, October 27 kick boxer Davidlee Winklaar became champion at the WAKO Pan American Championships 2018 in Mexico. Davidlee writes on his Facebook page: "I stood in the ring, with Bonaire in my heart and God made...

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"Chill out with Charlie" locks down drive-time on MY88.3 My88.3FM has its drive-time show! On Monday, November 19 the station will launch all of its new shows including "Chill out with Charlie",...

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Ydi is back with "Hushh" on My88.3fm

PHILIPSBURG - Ydellienne Heerenveen, affectionately known as "Ydi", will be back on My88.3fm with her adult oriented program "Hushh". The show will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9:00pm too 11:00pm starting Tuesday, November 20, 2018....

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Miklos Giterson

The VROMI Ministry was well represented at the recently held Caribbean OCT's Resilience Summit on Thursday. The Summit was held to commemorate the signing of a financing agreement between the...

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Minister Johnson: Digital Innovation is Revitalization...

PHILIPSBURG:--- The United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day (WDID) to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them...

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Ministers Johnson & Smith get updates on timeshare resorts

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The eagerness of timeshare property owners to return to St. Maarten post-hurricane Irma cannot be understated, according to management for the Towers at Mullet Bay, and supported by the management at Diamond Resorts...

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Lion's Club provides two suitcases of winter clothing...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - President of the Sint Maarten Lions Club Mrs. Carmen Lake-Reyes along with 1st Vice President Ms. Oralie Boirard and Club Member Ms. Jennifer Johnson made a presentation to Deputy Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint...

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Posh Launches Fundraiser Campaign

PHILIPSBURG - POSH as the pageant producers of the Carnival Pageants, has launched a fundraiser campaign in order to raise the financing needed for the 2019 pageants and prizes. The not for profit Foundation kicks off their fundraiser frenzy with a Halloween special entitled “Fright Night” at Emilio Wilson Park on Halloween night October 31st, 2018 at 8 PM. The evening will consist of the feature the film “The Conjuring” on an 16 foot inflatable outdoor screen. There is a $5.00 cover charge at the gate and there will be various eats, drinks and treats on sale for guest to enjoy while viewing the film.

Another facet of the Foundation's ongoing fundraising campaign is the PoshOlogy 2019 all male and all female calendar. POSH is busy selling ad spaces for the business community have an opportunity to reach the masses with 1500 copies of the 2019 all male or all female 12-month calendar. POSH is asking company decision makers to support them with this venture as they work diligently to secure funding.

Professionals and experts who can be of service to the 2019 Delegates are encouraged to advertise their services with POSH in the 2019 POSH Pageant Guide. The guide will be presented to the 30 registrants spread over the five (5) tiers of pageants POSH will be producing next year. POSH recognizes the need for the arts, fashion and beauty industries to connect on the pageant platform. POSH aims to expand the industry of pageantry and thus, works to structure all key players for success.

For the Golden year of Carnival, POSH is adamant that our students should be a part of the cultural event. The registration for Elementary and High schools has been extended for them to register King and Queen representatives. POSH believes the participation of schools is a team building and united activity for the students, teachers, faculty and staff. Each school shall gather to help their representatives prepare for the preliminary shows like the POSH Interview Debate Competition, the Sports wear competition and then the finals competitions which will be held in March 2019. All parents, schools, school boards are encouraged to support this initiative and to register their Kings and Queens by or before Friday, November 2nd, 2018.

Over the next few months, POSH will continue to launch fundraiser events and activities for the general public and business communities to support. POSH wishes to remind all that POSH is an independent entity with the concession to host the Carnival pageants, as such sponsorship and donations made directly to POSH is greatly needed and appreciated. Pageantry is a sport, support the pageants.
How can a small island like St. Maarten tackle breast cancer

PHILIPSBURG - 'Pink October' is breast cancer awareness month. Becoming 'Breast Aware' is the goal of this month. 28 medical facilities on the island are offering free preventive breast cancer checks. One of the questions on everyone's mind is if ...

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Final Count Down to Career & Study Fair on Tuesday....

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Final preparations are underway by the St. Maarten Career & Study Fair Committee for their annual Career & Study Fair set for Tuesday, October 30. The official opening will be carried out by Minister of Education,...

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Curaçao close to finding strategic partner for refinery

WILLEMSTAD - The government of Curaçao is close to signing preliminary agreements with at least two US and European companies to resuscitate its 220,000 b/d Isla oil refinery that has been virtually abandoned by the Venezuelan State Oil Company...

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New director CTB: more internet campaigns, less TV...

WILLEMSTAD - More internet campaigns and less expensive advertisements on television. That is one of the plans of the new director of the Curacao Tourist Bureau (CTB) Paul Pennicook. The marketing budget of the CTB is limited and therefore the...

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Curaçao traveler missing in Miami

MIAMI, WILLEMSTAD - There is a man from Curaçao missing in Miami. His name is Dwayne Fluonia. He has been missing since October 22 this year. His family is making a desperate appeal on the American authorities to find this man.

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School boards have been struggling for years

WILLEMSTAD - In 2011 the Government Accountants Bureau (SOAB) produced a report stating that all school boards on the island are struggling to meet their financial obligations. The school boards - the Association for Protestant Christian...

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Plaza Hotel to be auctioned for the third time

WILLEMSTAD - The Plaza Hotel in Punda will be auctioned for the third time. Since May last year it has been empty, the hotel was declared bankrupt two months later. The first two auctions did not go well, because buyers ultimately could not come...

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ENNIA Meets Payment Obligations

Willemstad/Philipsburg -- Since the emergency regulation on companies within the ENNIA group, the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has been working on the restructuring of ENNIA. This restructuring is also carried out in the interest of policyholders of ENNIA. As stated earlier by the CBCS, ENNIA continues to carry out its activities normally during the restructuring; Pension and damage benefits are simply paid out.

As a result of the articles published in newspapers, suggesting that ENNIA doesn’t have to meet its payment obligations, the CBCS wishes to clarify the following.

It is true that if an emergency regulation applies, as in the case of ENNIA, payments can be suspended. The purpose of the emergency regulation at ENNIA is to restore solvency.

Part of this is the normal continuation of business operations.
It has been decided that individual policyholders will not be duped. People who count on payments from ENNIA for their income are paid and payment obligations towards private
individuals who are insured for medical expenses, damage (for example, home or car), invalidity & death and liability, will be fulfilled in accordance with the policy conditions.

There are other activities that can be suspended in case they hamper the restructuring. An example is the transfer (upon request) of accrued value under a collective pension contract to another pension provider. While suspending such a transfer, ENNIA will continue to pay out to the pension beneficiaries under the collective pension contract and the returns will be credited to the accrued value in accordance with the agreements made. Even if no emergency regulation is applicable, transfer of accrued value may be refused (article 45 paragraph 1 of the National Ordinance on the Supervision of Insurance Industry).

Banking regulations being bypassed in Curaçao?

WILLEMSTAD - Once again Curaçao is the scene of a battle between two international companies. The case will be treated tomorrow in court. It all started last year in August when the Brazilian construction company Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia...

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New Regulations Coming for Fintech Firms in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday October 25, 2018 - Some of the services of financial technology (fintech) firms in Barbados could soon be regulated. The Central Bank of Barbados in a joint statement with the Financial Services Commission (FSC)...

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Business Case Shows: Dialysis in Statia Leads to Savings...

Oranjestad- The business case studying the feasibility of setting up a dialysis unit at the St. Eustatius Health Care Foundation, shows that the establishment of this unit would lead to a total saving of about 1.75 million dollars over a period ...

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Cft: Saba Has Financial House in Order

The Bottom, Saba -The Board of financial supervision Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Cft) has praised Saba during its visit on October 23rd with the timely submission of the budget documents and on continuing good financial management....

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Beach Cleanup With GoGreen on Saturday November 3rd

Kralendijk- This November, the self-sufficient sailing ship New Nexus from the 4GreenFoundation is visiting Bonaire again. The captain's, Tjerk and Niels, are cleaning beaches all over the world together with the local people. Some of the...

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NEW: Oscar strengthens 900+ miles north of Leeward Islands

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - On Saturday night Sub-Tropical Storm Oscar was located over 900 miles north east of the northern Leeward Islands. Sustained winds have climbed to 65 miles per hour (mph) with higher gusts according to the National...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

DATE ISSUED: Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00 LST) October 28, 2018 This afternoon through Sunday midday: Fair to partly cloudy with a local shower possible. Forecast High: 31°C / 88°F Forecast...

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SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited has announced the appointment of Perry A. Rolle to the position of Managing Director. Perry is a career banking professional with over 25 years of experience in the sector. Over the...

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SMILE partners to launch SMILE National Business Card...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Announcing the SMILE (Sint Maarten Innovation, Initiatives & Industries Event) National Business Card! The SMILE National Business Card is a digital catalogue that will contain information about all event...

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SMILE Program Details Announced: November 2-3

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), in conjunction with ORCO Bank, Global Resourcing, the Chamber of Commerce and 360° of Innovation, proudly presents the program for the upcoming innovative...

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NAGICO Dubs Oct. as Customer & Community Appreciation Month

They have a line-up of meaningful activities focused on their customers and the community at large and they are excited to share the news. The company had planned an extravagant Customer Appreciation day last year, but unfortunately this had to...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV will launch its AOV Pension Status Survey on Monday October 15 th. Residents of Dutch Sint Maarten who are currently receiving AOV pension payments from SZV have an obligation to...

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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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Countdown to October 30 Career & Study Fair 2018

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Career & Study Fair Committee is pleased to announce that they will be hosting their annual Career & Study Fair on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Last year the Committee was forced to cancel the Career...

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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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St Kitts-Nevis government blocks publication of IMF report

By Caribbean News Now contributor WASHINGTON, USA - According to a statement published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the authorities in St Kitts and Nevis have blocked the publication of the latest IMF staff report and the related...

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Local promotions announced at Park Hyatt St Kitts

BASSETERRE, St Kitts - The high percentage of local labour at the Park Hyatt St Kitts can be attributed to a continuous strategy designed to train and encourage local employment. This strategy includes the recent promotions of more than 50 staff...

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CDB approves funding to expand/rehabilitate Barbados airport

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CARICOM Secretariat releases biodiversity management report

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Dubai to host first UAE-Caribbean cooperation forum

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