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Is Self-Insurance an option worth considering?

With this raging debate about insurance and the dreaded state of being 'under-insured' according to the conclusion of various insurance companies here on St. Maarten in the aftermath of hurricane Irma and the subsequent claims for damages that...

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VROMI announces daily closing of landfill dump site at 6pm

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI), Miklos Giterson, informs the general public that as of today, August 9th, the main landfill will close at 6pm daily for the next week until...

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Brison: TEATT Committee calls 7 meetings on economy

Philipsburg - The chairman for the committee for Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication MP Rolando Brison, Faction Leader of United St. Maarten Party (USP), has called 7 meetings on a range of critical topics. "The...

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Car and motorbike confiscated by Asset Recovery Team

PHILIPSBURG - In continuation of the investigation KES, a Mazda Miata car and a Ducati motorbike were seized by the Asset Recovery Team Sint Maarten with assistance from the Korps Politie Sint Maarten, on Arch Road today, Thursday, August 9,...

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Saba Will Johnson Continues Fight for Equal General Pension

By Harald Linkels ~ Saba - Former politician and 'uncrowned king' of the island of Saba, Will Johnson, continues his fight for an equal general old-age pension on the island. Johnson, in his fight for an AOV equal to the Dutch AOW, is being...

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Saba to lose airport but will gain 3 ferries + 1 new airline

Saba to temporarily close airport but will gain 3 ferry services, 1 helipad and 1 new extra airline company. How do you like them numbers? Read our special report about the planned Saba airport closure for runway renovations, the new ferry...

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Corporate Governance and The Role of Supervisory Boards

Corporate Governance and the role of the Supervisory Board of Directors is back on the forefront with the issues surrounding the urgent dismissal of the board of the Princess Juliana International Airport Holding (PJIAH) N.V. company by the...

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Attempted armed robbery at casino

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday August 9th at approximately 12:30 a.m. the Emergency Dispatch was alerted by the security staff of the Coliseum Casino on Front Street that two suspicious men dressed in dark clothing was planning to rob the casino....

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Police issues Back to School Message to Students, Parents,..

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As the New Academic year 2018-2019 begins on Monday August 13 th the Police Force of Sint Maarten is extending the following words of encouragement to all students, parents/guardians and teachers. "The Academic year...

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Rotary Club Mid Isle Inspires and Encourages with Backpacks

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Now that the summer vacation is over, we need to inspire and encourage our children to learn, but to do that we need to give them the right tools, Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle said in a statement on Thursday.

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Small AXE band added to the line-up for the Lighted Parade

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Small Axe band, also known as "the sweetest band in the world", will be added to the line-up of the Lighted Parade 2018 which will take place on August 18 th on streets of Philipsburg. This was announced earlier today ...

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Lions Club to host welcome back school pep rally on Monday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The of the first of many projects to be executed by the Lions Club for this Lionistic year will be a welcome back to school pep rally. The rally will be held on the first day back to school Monday August 13 th at both ...

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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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ODM: Don't become Complacent. Be Prepared

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Fire Chief and National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, is calling on the community to use the time now to re-check storm preparations and to be prepared for the remaining months of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season....

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PUBLIC NOTICE from Milton Peters College (MPC)

To all parents/guardians and students of the Milton Peters College: We would like to inform all parents/guardians of the students attending the Milton Peters College as follows: 1. The schedule for picking up the school books for the academic year...

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Breastfeeding is the "Foundation of Life"

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) an executing department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the Department of Labour, would like to inform the Sint Maarten community that World...

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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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WIB Supports "Back to School Drive"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB) supports the "3 rd annual Back to School Drive" spearheaded by student Ki-Mani Olivacce, who has called upon the community to donate school supply items for children in need. WIB...

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Philipsburg Jubilee Library closed for inventory August 13

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be closed on Monday 13th, 2018, from 8am to 5pm, to continue salvaging materials before the peak of the hurricane season and the possible departure of our current building as it cannot withstand another hit ...

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"Rio goes Green" - regular plastic cups banned from parade

PHILIPSBURG - the 7th Annual Lighted Parade - "Destra Edition" which will take place on August 18th, 2018, in Philipsburg, is promised to be the "Greenest" parade ever, as the Management of Rio Productions has decided to completely ban regular...

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500 job applicants at the police

WILLEMSTAD - More than 500 people applied for a job at the police. These are now going through 7 different tests, including condition, fear of heights and knowledge of Dutch. Ultimately there is room for 60 people in the training. It starts in...

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Cellphones and weapons seized in prison

WILLEMSTAD - During a routine inspection in the SDKK prison, a large number of drugs and telephones were found. The search lasted all day and was carried out in cell blocks 7 and 8. This is the maximum security area with the heavy criminals....

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Aqualectra starts pilot project with smart meters

WILLEMSTAD - Aqualectra is well advanced with the introduction of the smart water and electricity meters. The contracts have been signed and soon a trial project will start in the area of Ser'i Domi (near Otrabanda). The meter must also prevent...

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Ascension free of Sargassum seaweed

WILLEMSTAD - The bay at Ascension is clean. This is according to the Unique Curaçao foundation. The organization has been working on the Sargassum seaweed for a week or so. In addition, they have received help from the Ministry of Health,...

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Esther Narcisco in 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon' play

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - She may appear demure and soft-spoken to those who do not know her, but with one command, "Lights, sound, action!" and Esther Narcisco-Williams will take on the role of one of two harlots.

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Christian Fellowship Total Restoration Dance Ministry to ...

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Ever since returning to the island with a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Catherina Carbon of Christian Fellowship Church continues to make waves across the island as...

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Customers Angry About New MCB 5-dollar Transaction Fee

Kralendijk - Customers of the Maduro- and Curielsbank react indignant and in some cases furiously to the introduction of a fee of five dollars for every cash transaction that has been charged to customers in the bank's branches since the...

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PwC Bonaire Office Now Also Grant Thornton

Kralendijk- Just as is the case with PwC offices in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, the former PwC Office in Bonaire is now a Grant Thornton office. The change follows on the decision of the owners of the local accountant organization in the...

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Coast Guard intercepts 28 Venezuelans

WILLEMSTAD - Last night, just after 12 o'clock, the coast guard intercepted a boat with 28 Venezuelans on board. That happened almost 10 kilometers from the coast at Daaibooi beach. The 17 men and 11 women had no documents with them and were...

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Venezuela dodges oil asset seizures with transfers at sea

CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD - Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA has limited the damage from an unprecedented slump in crude exports by transferring oil between tankers at sea and loading vessels in neighboring Cuba to avoid asset seizures. But the...

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New legal study: The Kingdom in violation of human rights..

WILLEMSTAD - Various studies have already been published when it comes to the Isla refinery and the violation of human rights because of the polluting emissions and the associated improper management. A new study has recently been added: "The...

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CPS: Prevent Drowning this School Holiday Season

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is advising parents and guardians to be vigilant when their children are at the...

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CPS: Stay cool and hydrated during extremely hot weather

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Heatwaves are among the most dangerous of natural hazards that have a significant impact on society, Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and...

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CPS Advises: Ensure your Vaccination Status is Up to Date

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Considering circulated news about various infectious and vaccine preventable diseases internationally and regionally, citizens are requested to take preventive actions. There have been international reports and...

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CPS Men's Health 2018: Living a healthier life and more...

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The lack of physical activity is seen as a health threat. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around the world, not enough people are active; one in four adults and four out of five adolescents are ...

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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 calls on communities to clean-up mosquito breeding sites

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, to clean their yards and remove debris in order to prevent mosquito breeding sites.

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Two or three people are drowning every weekend, ...

Lifeguards are warning that swimmers are not properly aware of the risks and responsibilities they have when seeking to escape the heat in the sea or lakes and rivers. Between July 2 and August 5, lifeguards were called out 3,259 times, around...

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Wedding falcon fly off and loses wedding ring

A trained falcon which was due to deliver the ring at a marriage ceremony in Duurstede castle on Wednesday flew off and lost the ring instead. The couple - named by the Telegraaf as Tom and Maaike - had ordered the falcon which was supposed to...

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PVV councillor commits suicide after posting rape claim...

A councilor for the anti-immigration PVV in The Hague has committed suicide, hours after placing a video online in which she claimed to have been kidnapped and raped to order by a Muslim gang over a year ago.

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Poll results (6) - " Is the dump situation criminal?"

Yes - 16.7%
Yes and the Public Prosecutor should prosecute - 66.7%
No - 0%
No, it is just mismanagement - 16.7%

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Guyana airport may miss another deadline; airfares high

By Ray Chickrie Caribbean News Now contributor GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Two deadlines in the past for the completion of the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) have not been met and it looks like the minister of public...

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Venezuela exporting oil through Cuba to avoid sanctions...

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ MATANZAS, Cuba - In an attempt to dodge international sanctions, the state owned Venezuelan oil company, PDVSA, is now running oil out of Cuba by transferring shipments...

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Ultra-luxury cruise line to make first-ever visits to Cuba

SEATTLE, USA - Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn has received approval to begin sailing to Cuba from Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting with a 12-day cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn departing Miami on November 4, 2019. Seabourn becomes...

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Another Credit Downgrade for Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday August 8, 2018 - For the second time since the May 24 general election, international rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) has hit Barbados with a credit downgrade. Yesterday it lowered the issue-level ratings on...

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Former Central Bank Governor Suggests Leasing Ports ...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday August 8, 2018 - Former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell is proposing that Government leases the island's two main ports of entry, arguing this could be the big boost the economy so...

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Three-Island Caribbean Destination Set to Host Dive Fest

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Thursday August 8, 2018 - Grenada, home of the world's first Underwater Sculpture Park and the Caribbean's largest wreck dive, the Bianca C, will take the party beneath the surface with the second annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest.

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Professionals Earn Certified Energy Manager Designation

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday August 8, 2018 - Sixteen men and women from around the Caribbean are now designated certified energy professionals, having participated in the Regional Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Training Programme and...

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Barbados PM responds to medical school poaching allegations

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Prime minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, has responded to claims that her government has pro-actively facilitated the relocation of the Ross...

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Weather bureau KNMI issues storm warning

The KNMI weather bureau has issued a code orange storm warning for western parts of the country, saying winds of up to 110 kph could hit coastal areas on Thursday evening. The code orange alert applies to Zeeland, Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland,...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) August 09, 2018 Tonight through Thursday evening: Mainly fair. Forecast High: 32°C / 90 °F Forecast Low: 27°C / 81 °F Sunset Today: 6:43...

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Barbados, Dominica and Ross: Debating the wrong issue

By Sir Ronald Sanders ~ The debate, particularly on social media, following the decision by Ross University School of Medicine to relocate from Dominica to Barbados, is about the wrong issue. Instead of focussing, incorrectly as it turns out, on...

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Unsung Heroes of Marketing

50 THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN 50 YEARS OF MARKETING #18 By Greg Hoyos BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday August 9, 2018 - In my earlier advertising agency days, I would ride on clients' delivery trucks, tagging along as they visited the retail trade,...

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Letter: Should Guyana's oil be left in the ground?

Dear Sir: We are being told by UWI's (St Augustine) economist, Dr Roger Hosein, that the oil production potential of the hydrocarbon discovery made in Guyana is of the order of 4 billion barrels of oil, which translate into a production of some...

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