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Systematic corruption

By Hilbert Haar ~ With some amazement, if not amusement, I have taken note of the 'I stand with St. Maarten' march in Philipsburg. Obviously, this was a protest organized in support of MP Theo Heyliger, who is the subject of prosecution on charges...

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Anti-Dutch sentiments at protest for a stronger Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - "We are still slaves." "Let our leaders lead." "Go away the Netherlands." The silent protest 'Stand for SXM' for a stronger Sint Maarten on Wednesday, proved to be a loud protest against Dutch meddling in Sint Maarten. "The...

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MP Sarah Wescot-Williams submits her next Initiative Law

Philipsburg, St. Maarten, August 30, 2018 - Long in the making, the proposal to ban single-use plastic bags, has been submitted to parliament for its consideration. "This is a significant step towards effective waste management on St. Maarten....

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Mega operation in Bonaire moved prisoners into new building

BONAIRE, AUGUST 26, 2018 - Early Sunday morning the process to move about 90 to 100 prisoners to the newly constructed prison at Plantage Aruba in Bonaire started. Prison Director Wibo de Vries (see screenshot above) took a moment to inform the...

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State Secretary Knops to visit St. Maarten, Statia & Bonaire

State Secretary Raymond Knops (Interior and Kingdom Relations) will pay a visit to St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Bonaire from September 3rd until September 6th , 2018.

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ZVK makes provisions in connection with Saba airport closure

The Caribbean Netherlands Healthcare Insurance Office (Zorgverzekeringskantoor Caribisch Nederland, hereinafter ZVK) has made several provisions in connection with the imminent closure of the Saba airport for the renovation of the airstrip in the ...

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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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Homeless by choice

By Hilbert Haar ~ My life as a global nomad began on June 26 when I stepped on a plane in Grand Case headed for Paris. Reality did not kick in immediately: I traveled with my wife Myriam from Paris to Amsterdam with the Thalys, then moved on to...

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Shooting victim identified as Kevin Dyer

SINT MAARTEN/ST. KITTS - Information coming out of St. Kitts has confirmed that the man, who was shot on Monday, August 27, at 11:05pm on Chin Cherry Road in Pointe Blanche, was a St. Maartener, who lived in St. Kitts. A source in St. Kitts...

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Police confiscate car in ongoing Simpson Bay Murder Case

SIMPSON BAY - In the murder investigation of J.A.W. which took place in the early morning hours on August 5 th in front of the R.B.C. Bank in Simpson bay, the investigating team of the Sint Maarten Police Force requested the Gendarmes to...

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Guyanese Association Postpones Elections for New Board

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (August 28, 2018) - The St. Maarten Guyanese Association (SMGA) last evening was forced to postpone its election for a new executive board after Chamber of Commerce representative Ms. Ruth Patrick and Minister of Justice...

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Debris Management Project Kicks Off at Landfill

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As part of the structured approach to finding a long-term solution to the problems of the solid waste site and its frequent fires, Ministers Miklos Giterson (Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment...

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Court: Schotte must pay or go to prison

WILLEMSTAD - Gerrit Schotte, the former prime minister of Curaçao, must pay 1,844,190 guilders (one million dollars). If he does not pay or does not pay on time, he has to go to prison for three years. This ruling in a so-called confiscation case ...

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CFT: public finances become unsustainable

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao economy is in serious decline. The government took into account a growth scenario of 0.3 percent, but that was adjusted by the Central Bank (CBCS) to a contraction of 1.6 percent yesterday. The Financial Supervision Board ...

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Press statement Jamaloodin in response to court ruling

WILLEMSTAD - Valencia 30 August 2018: Mr George Jamaloodin has noted with disappointment, but also with increasing concern, the court ruling in the lawsuit he has filed against the government. In that case, Jamaloodin has raised the fact that,...

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Rhuggenaath: No guarantees about future oil refinery Curacao

WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath cannot give any guarantees about the future of the Isla refinery, but he can guarantee that the focus is on scenarios that keep the refinery open and solve the problems. At the moment and in view of...

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Social Economic Council presents annual 2017 report to PM

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Social Economic Council (SER) represented by the Chairman Mr. Damien Richardson, paid a visit to Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin and presented her with the annual year report 2017. During the presentation of the ...

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BAK and USM open partnership for Sustainable Development

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Drawing support from the international community, the Department of The Interior and Kingdom Relations (BAK) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Drs. Ms. Loekie Morales (BAK) and Ms. Marcellia...

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Minister Smith continues visits to Schools on the island

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Wycliffe Smith continued his visits to the various schools on the island on Friday. On the schedule were the Milton Peters College and the Vocational Training School.

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Central Committee meeting regarding landfill set for Friday

PHILIPSBURG - The Central Committee will meet in a session on Friday, August 31. The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure will be present. The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on Tuesday June 19, ...

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Tzu Chi volunteers undergo intense training from head office

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers are now better equipped to carry out their roles in assisting persons in community according to the foundation's principles, thanks to a two-month basic education training...

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The Rotary Club St. Martin Sunrise collaborates with MW

PHILIPSBURG:--- For the past seven years the Rotary Club St. Martin Sunrise partnered with Motorworld on a project where over 550 Elementary school students are presented with school bags stuffed with school supplies. Every year, two Elementary...

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An Overview of Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Rotary Clubs have been visible on St. Martin for more than 20 years. On July 30, 2018, history was made as the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset was officially formed. Although the club was unofficial, the members had...

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Researchers Record Significant Damage to St. Maarten nature

PHILIPSBURG:--- Hurricanes Irma and Maria have done considerable damage to buildings and infrastructure, but also St. Maarten's nature has suffered a dramatic blow, researchers Wendy Jesse and Rotem Zilber recently discovered. Jesse and Zilber,...

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The Agricultural Research and Development Center and NRRP

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the past years more and more community members are becoming consciously aware of the great benefits agriculture has to offer if implemented in one's day-to-day life, Denicio Wyatte said in a press statement....

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Bankrupcy Protection Insel Air Continued

Willemstad- The Court in First Instance will permit embattled Insel Air to continue their operation under bankruptcy protection law. This much became clear during a Court session this morning, dedicated to Insel Air's bankruptcy protection....

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Cost-U-Less Grand Opening Saturday September 1st

CUL-DE-SAC - Cost-U-Less, the warehouse superstore, officially reopens on Saturday, September 1; nearly a year after being destroyed by Hurricane Irma and then plundered in the looting that following. Photo caption: Although Cost-U-Less is slated ...

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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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September 6: National Day of Reflection - #906reflections

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On September 6, 2018, the Government of St. Maarten wants the general public "to stand" as a nation as we reflect on the passing of Hurricane Irma/Maria. We are now calling on the nation to come together, to stop,...

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Owners advised to review measures to secure livestock

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) is urging livestock owners to review their plans on how they will secure their livestock in the event of a hurricane strike. Livestock owners should make sure that their animal holding...

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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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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) August 31, 2018 Tonight: Generally cloudy and breezy with isolated showers, some of which may be heavy, and a chance of thunder. Friday: Partly ...

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Tropical wave brings heavy rain to northern Caribbean

By Caribbean News Now contributor MIAMI, USA - A tropical wave located over the north-central Caribbean Sea is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms extending from Hispaniola northeastward across the northeastern Caribbean Sea...

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Jurist Says Barbados Needs More Than Integrity Bill to...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday August 28, 2018 - It's going to take Barbados much more than an Integrity in Public Life Bill to beat corruption in public office, the man who chairs the Turks and Caicos Islands Integrity Commission has told...

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New flights from Air Antilles; 2016 Seats to Dominica Added

ROSEAU, Dominica, Thursday August 30, 2018 -The Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Air Access Committee of Discover Dominica Authority have successfully negotiated an additional 2,016 seats into the destination from two new flights added by...

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Carnival Fascination Cruise Ship Rescues Barbadian Fishermen

FLORIDA, United States, Friday August 31, 2018 -A cruise ship came to the rescue of two Barbadian fishermen after their boat run out of fuel and went adrift. Carnival Cruise Line said its passenger ship Carnival Fascination, which is on a...

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Industrial Action at Hospital Bonaire: Union Calls Strike

Kralendijk- A relatively large number of employees from Fundashon Mariadal turned out this morning at the gathering, called by the AFWB Union in front of the Hospital. The Union and employees are disgruntled about the fact that discussions...

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Threatening strike Fundashon Mariadal in violation of law

5 The head of the RCN unit SZW, Eric Brakke, has just forbidden the threatening strike at the Fundashon Mariadal, on behalf of the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor. The (threatening) strike is in violation of the "Arbeidsgeschillenwet BES"...

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Five Caribbean Nationals Charged For Voting Illegally in USA

WASHINGTON, United States, Friday August 31, 2018 - Five Caribbean nationals are among 19 people indicted on charges of voting illegally in the November 8, 2016 elections in the United States. They are residents of Guyana, Grenada, Haiti and the...

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Studying, and assimilating without losing yourself. How?

AMSTERDAM - Around fifty first-year students from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands were welcomed in Amsterdam last week with riveting speeches, and games. The most important message conveyed to them: assimilate, but do stay...

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Two injured in stabbing at Amsterdam's central station

Two people have been injured in a stabbing incident at Amsterdam's central station and police have shot a suspect, the Parool reported on Friday. The two victims and the suspect have been taken to hospital but it is unknown how seriously they...

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