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Court postpones decision about civil inquiry at port....

PHILIPSBURG - The Common Court of Justice postponed on Thursday morning a decision about a civil inquiry at the Harbor Holding Company and its subsidiaries until December 13, but it granted the public prosecutor its request to suspend Mark Mingo...

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Dear Reader

It snuck back in quietly, but Dollarization is back on the political agenda.

With Ferrier's announcement that we have just two years worth of guilder banknotes left, the decision will have to be made the coming months whether to opt for a Caribbean Guilder (with Curacao), a St. Maarten Dollar or go with the US Dollar or the Euro.

Money is still on everyone's mind, but we are still not seeing any flowing. Now it is even threatening to dry up. Yesterday, we published news that APS is discussing launching a St. Maarten Investment Bank. We have a suggestion for the authorities. Take the long awaited World Bank Trust Fund and put that money into a St. Maarten National Bank and use the funds to launch the St. Maarten Dollar. This St. Maarten-owned bank can then pump those St. Maarten dollars into our own local economy and get business going.

Dollarize yes, but with our own currency, the St. Maarten Dollar.


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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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Roundabout statues are important symbols

PHILIPSBURG - The statues at local roundabouts are important symbols but they are not official monuments, Minister Jorien Wuite (Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) said at Wednesday's Council of Ministers press briefing. The statue of One Tete...

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University starts law-program in September

PHILIPSBURG - Starting in September, eligible students will be able to begin with their law studies at the University of St. Martin, Minister Jorien Wuite (Education) announced at Wednesday's council of Ministers press briefing. The law study is...

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Navy Commander De Vin: Marines had priorities wrong

PHILIPSBURG - With hindsight, the Navy had its priorities wrong when it came to the rescue in Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma in September of last year. Or rather, the government chose the wrong priorities. Brigade General Peter de Vin, the...

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Antillean guilder will "eventually disappear"

PHILIPSBURG - The monetary union of Curacao and St. Maarten has returned to the political agenda. This is because the supply of bank notes in Antillean guilders will dry up in about two years, Finance Minister Mike Ferrier said at Wednesday's...

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Keeping up with the Phoneses

by Chris Morvan I don't know how attached you get to things like laptops and phones. Maybe they're just functional inanimate objects to you. Got to have one, it does the job, end of story. But for the technophobe, when we find something that not...

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Few Dutch worried about fake news, most trust the media ...

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Three in 10 people in the Netherlands are worried about fake news, a far lower percentage than in similar countries such as Germany, Belgium and Denmark, according to a new report published by the Dutch media...

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Schoolboy in Wartime presented to Rotary Club St. Maarten

GREAT BAY - St. Martin - The World War II autobiography Schoolboy in Wartime - Memories of My Early Years is the newest book published in St. Martin and its author Gerard van Veen is in demand. Gerard van Veen was invited by Rotary Club St.

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Filipino Community supports MLK

Dutch Quarter - The Filipino Community of Sint Maarten visited the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary (MLK) School on Wednesday morning as part of their Independence celebrations. "I deeply appreciate the Filipino Community contributing to our...

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MP Brison suggests enviro-tax to finance waste processing

PHILIPSBURG - Covering the $11.2 million financial burden of garbage collection and processing with fees charged to the approximately 7,000 households would cost these households $1,600 per year, Member of Parliament Rolando Brison calculated...

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Port St. Maarten to host FCCA PAMAC Cruise Meeting

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Port St. Maarten attended the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council (PAMAC) meeting from June 6-9 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Leading the destination delegation to...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV is reminding all registered accountants submitting declarations and payments of the ZV and OV premiums on behalf of their clients, that this is due no later than the 15 th of each month.

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The PWR Agency launches Jumpstart June Workshops

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Produce Wealth Revolution Agency, aka "The PWR Agency" launched its first Jumpstart June series of workshops on June 10. These workshops were designed to give tools that can be quickly implemented to propel progress for ...

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Minister promotes small claims procedure

PHILIPSBURG - With the assistance of Judge Peter Lemaire, the Justice department is developing a standard form for the small claims court procedure. The form will be available on the website of the court starting in September, Justice Minister...

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First Spanish-language book to receive Honorable Mention ...

GREAT BAY - St. Martin - The book Una suave, tierna línea de montañas azules: Nicolás Guillén y Haití, by Emilio Jorge Rodríguez, received the Honorable Mention prize from the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) on June 8, according to the Gordon ...

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Registration Now Open for EXPO section at #SPORTSMATTER...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in collaboration with the National Sports Institute (NSI) is happy to announce to all Sport, Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Businesses on the island that the...

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Double murder trial set for September 12

PHILIPSBURG - Kathron Fortune, the convicted murderer who escaped from the Pointe Blanche prison on February 15, 2016, is at the center of a new murder trial. Fortune and two others are the main suspects in the murders of Luiz Diaz-Sarante and...

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Save Lives Clean Your Hands

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health care-associated infections, infections acquired during delivery of health care, are common and are a risk factor for developing sepsis but it can be...

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Netherlands Navy Ship Holland will visit Sint Maarten

Friday the 15th of June the Royal Netherlands Navy ship Holland will visit St. Martin. The acting Governor of St. Martin will welcome the ship from Fort Amsterdam. Traditional salute At 08:45 AM the patrol vessel will perform a sail past near...

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Knops Demands Drastic Change in Course at DROB

By René Zwart The Hague - "We need a drastic change of course," says State Secretary Raymond Knops of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in response to the report of the National Criminal Investigation Department on the administrative abuses...

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PCN invests in airline company EZ-Air - BES Reporter

Air connections are crucial for islands ~ Kralendijk - The board of the Pension Fund for Caribbean Netherlands (PCN) has decided, after a preparatory period of almost 18 months, to invest in the purchase of aircraft for the airline EZ-Air. With ...

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Workshop "Give Respect, Get Respect" held on St. Eustatius

17 On Wednesday June 13th the Ministry of Justice & Security in collaboration with the Public Entity St. Eustatius held a one-day workshop, " Give Respect, Get Respect" on the topics of domestic violence and child sexual abuse. The workshop...

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Go-fund-me Campaign started for Re-enlistment of Statia

18 Oranjestad- A so-called Go-Fund-Me fundraiser has been started in St. Eustatius to fund efforts to have the island re-enlisted in the UN list of non-self governing countries. "We, the people of St.Eustatius are seeking the re-inscription of...

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Antigua PM Says Better Air Transport Essential for Region

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Friday June 15, 2018 - Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called on regional governments to embrace the reforms that are needed to create a sustainable air transport sector in the Caribbean.

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Sunrise Airways and InselAir start cooperation

WILLEMSTAD - Haiti-based Sunrise Airways and Inselair will start cooperation on their mutual routes. Sunrise Airways, founded in 2010, is a growing airline that operates flights out of their home base Port au Prince in Haiti to Curacao, Cuba...

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Spirit Airlines To Start New Nonstop Flights to St. Thomas

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, Friday June 15, 2018 - On the heels of the launch of new service between Fort Lauderdale and St. Croix, Spirit Airlines has announced even more flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Sunshine State.

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Restoration pension rights education completed

The "Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland" has completed the investigation for the recovery of the individual pension rights of employees in the education sector. It concerns the pension rights which were partly not, or not properly, mentioned in...

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Announcement Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD - On March 28, 2018, the National Ordinance Actualization and Harmonization Supervision Ordinances Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (A.B. 2018, no. 5) came into force in Sint Maarten. This ordinance brought along...

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U.S. confiscates $800 million from Venezuelan socialist...

WASHINGTON - The United States has confiscated $800 million from senior Venezuelan socialist and alleged drug trafficker Diosdado Cabello, according to a Tuesday report from Miami journalist Óscar Haza. Cabello, a close ally of socialist dictator ...

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Curacao government is ready for hurricane season 2018

WILLEMSTAD - The Minister of General Affairs, Eugene Rhuggenaath, in his role as commander in chief during a calamity, met with the members of the Permanent Disaster Staff. This organization is comprised of national disaster coordinator,...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday June 12, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) June 13, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Wednesday evening: Generally fair to partly cloudy; hazy and breezy. Forecast High: 31°C / 88°F Forecast...

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Google buys more land in the Netherlands

Google's parent company Alphabet has bought 70 hectares of land in Noord-Holland province, which it may use to develop a new data centre, business news agency Bloomberg said on Friday. The company told Bloomberg it is still considering what to do ...

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Dutch tech giants urge minister to rethink on 30% tax...

The Netherlands' biggest tech companies, including the newly floated Adyen, plus and TomTom have written to tax minister Menno Snel, urging him to rethink plans to cut the 30% ruling back to five years without a period of transition.

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Dutch couple plans to drive solar powered car to south pole

A Dutch couple is planning to drive across Antarctica in a solar-powered vehicle made from recycled plastic, in a bid to encourage people to reuse their waste. Edwin and Leisbeth ter Velde, founders of the Clean2Antarctica project, have announced ...

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Local executive council bodies in NL are getting bigger

Local councils in the Netherlands are expanding their executive boards - there are now 10% more alderman than there were after the local elections in 2010, according to research by the AD. Most local councils have now put together new...

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