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Financial supervision remains in place for another 3 years

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten and Curacao will remain under financial supervision until at least 2021. The committee that evaluated the countries' level of compliance with the Kingdom law financial supervision writes this in its report that was sent...

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Dear Reader

In today's opinion piece " Supervision " Hilbert Haar poses an excellent question. Why not extend the mandate of the General Audit Chamber of St. Maarten to include financial supervision and why not do this right now?

Read the opinion piece here and let us know what you think.

MP Christophe Emmanuel in a post-IPKO interview calls the meetings " an accomplishment of nothing ". Watch the interview online at .

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Audit Chamber: Ministries are not in control of public funds

PHILIPSBURG - The government's 2016 financial statements contain "material errors of profound influence," the General Audit Chamber writes in its Compliance Audit, a document that was presented to parliament on Monday, January 14. The audit...

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A sad conclusion

By Hilbert Haar ~ Had the government been a private company it would have gone out of business a long time ago and most ministers would have been locked up for the way they squandered the money they are supposed to manage. That is the rather sad,...

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Insel Air on the verge of bankruptcy

PHILIPSBURG - Troubled airline Insel Air came one step closer to bankruptcy this week after the Court in First Instance withheld its approval of the so-called homologation agreement with its creditors. Intercaribbean, the Turks and Caicos-based...

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Life support

By Hilbert Haar ~ Insel Air is one step away from bankruptcy. That much is clear from the recent ruling by the Court in First Instance that withheld its approval from the homologation accord with the airline's creditors. In December all seemed to...

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Why Does St. Martin Not Have a National Anthem Yet?

By Dr. Rhoda Arrindell ~ Chapter 1 of the States Regulation (aka Constitution) of Sint Maarten, in its English translation of the Dutch original states in Article 1.3 that: "By national ordinance the national flag, the coat of arms and the national..

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UPDATE: Jerry Sprott arrested by member of TBO

UPDATE TBO: Chief of security St. Maarten airport arrested PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (TBO) - On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Anti-corruption Taskforce (TBO) detained suspect S. on St. Maarten. S, 48 years old, is the chief of security of...

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PJIAE Chief Security Jerry Sprott arrested in Bribery case

PHILIPSBURG:-- TBO Officers arrested the Chief Security of Princess Juliana International Airport Jerry Sprott this morning. The officers also raided Sprott's home in Belvedere while his office was also searched.

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PJIA'S Chief Security J.S arrested + statement TBO spokesman

SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten- According to reports reaching our news desk, the Chief Security Officer at the Princess Juliana International Airport, J.S, has been detained. He was detained Wednesday morning by officers of the Anti Corruption Task...

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Ansary frustrates restructuring of insurance company ENNIA

PHILIPSBURG - Hushang Ansary, the 93-year old Persian-American major shareholder of Parman International B.V. is frustrating the restructuring process the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) has initiated to rescue troubled insurance...

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Government turns a deaf ear to Dock Maarten's complaints

Authorities tolerate unfair competition at Great Bay Marina PHILIPSBURG - The dispute between Dock Maarten, Bobby's Marina and Country St. Maarten is alive and kicking. Bobby's Marina continues to operate on parcels of water without holding long...

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RST investigations not hampered, says minister

THE HAGUE - Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ferd Grapperhaus says detective work in important criminal and subversive cases did not suffer due to past problems at the management level of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team RST. The RST...

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Expert hired to assist with connectivity plan for Saba

Determined to improve the connectivity to Saba, the Public Entity Saba has decided to hire an expert company to assist in achieving a higher and more affordable transportation capacity by air and ferry, and to draft a connectivity plan. The...

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Questions for the Minister of TEATT about SXM FAA status

Philipsburg - Since the honourable Minister of Transportation, Stuart Johnson, left the Wednesday's Council of Minister's press briefing without taking questions from the media, we would like to pose the following questions about the FAA standing ...

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Minister Jesus-Leito explains about aviation category 2...

Minister of Transportation Jesus-Leito explains about Curacao's civil aviation category 2 status with the American FAA.

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SXM Airways Brings Van Ark to Saba; Conducts Aerial Tour

The Bottom- Saba- Sint Maarten's youngest carrier, SXM Airways, was in charge last Monday, January 7, 2019 of transporting Dutch State Secretary Tamara van Ark to the Unspoiled Queen. An aerial tour over the island was provided before...

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Public Prosecutor: No stipulation in the law obliging tests

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Public Prosecutor's Office would like to clarify a misunderstanding pertaining to the release of the young man following the fatal road accident on A.J.C. Brouwer Road on Saturday morning, January 12, 2019. There...

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Lifeless body pulled out of Great Bay Beach

This morning around 6:40 am a Great Bay beach visitor help pull a lifeless body of a man out of the water. It is believe that he may have drown. The police are busy investigating the real cause of his death and the identity of this man.

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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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Maduro Travel Official Travel Agent St. Maarten Carnival 50

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has recognized Maduro Travel as the official Travel Agent of Carnival 2019, the 50 th Anniversary of St. Maarten Carnival. The partnership will increase services...

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No clear indication when airport financing will be available

PHILIPSBURG - There has been no clear indication from the Council of Ministers of how long it will take to pay back the Euros 100 million which was offered to the Government of St. Maarten from the Netherlands to have the Princess Juliana...

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Minister Smith voices support for UNICEF's Child Rights

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Early this week, the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the Honourable Wycliffe Smith met with UNICEF Netherlands regarding the progress of the Situation Analysis (SitAn) into the rights of children on...

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MSC Magnifica Host Plaque Exchange in Second Cruise Ship ...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - The cruise ship MSC Magnifica made its inaugural call on Thursday, January 17 th - the second cruise ship for the New Year - and was welcomed by Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson and Port St. Maarten...

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I from Earth

By Hilbert Haar ~ Every now and then when there is apparently nothing better to do, this question comes up. Who is a St. Maartener? Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, a member of the National Alliance, has once more lit the fire under this seemingly simple...

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Students for Study Financing have until end of January...

PHILIPSBURG-There has been an increase of students applying for study financing this year. According the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Wycliffe Smith although some 267 students have applied only 109 have completed the...

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Some 40 students to receive awards ...

PHILIPSBURG - Some 40 students from various high schools have been nominated to receive the Kings and Queens's awards by the Gifted Foundation. These students who have been making positive and outstanding contributions to their schools and...

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Johnson proud of top prizes winners 2018 of FCCA Poster...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - For the first time in over 15 years, St. Maarten has two finalists in both categories of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Children's Environmental Poster Competition.

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Employees Sheriff Security and Intertek Massively Voted...

Oranjestad- Employees of both Sheriff Security and Intertek Caleb Brett turned out in big numbers yesterday to cast their votes in the referendums organized by Government Mediator for the BES Islands, Anselmo Pontilius. The employees of both...

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Young woman has died after diving at Klein Bonaire

Kralendijk - Last Tuesday, January 15, a 29 year old tourist from the United States has died after a dive at Klein Bonaire. According to police corps CN the woman became unwell after the dive and she was rushed to the coast where she received...

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Parman with summary proceedings against the CBCS

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IMF says a "global bank" is returning to the Caribbean

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ WASHINGTON, USA - In a post published last week by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on its website, the IMF's general counsel, Rhoda Weeks-Brown, claimed that a...

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Campaign on violence in relationships: It doesn't stop...

BONAIRE - Theministries of Justice and Security and of Health, Welfare and Sport, in collaboration with the public entities, have set up an intensive campaign on the theme of violence in relationships. A painful theme that is not easy to discuss, ...

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Two More Statia Companies May Become Unionized

Oranjestad- St. Eustatius may soon have 2 new companies who will be unionized, after no less than 2 referendums will take place on the island in a single day. The referendums will be taking place at 9 and 12.30 respectively. In the first of the ...

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Parliament demands transfer of work permit authority to Saba

The Bottom, Saba - The Public Entity Saba must be enabled to handle work permit requests, the Dutch Parliamentarians unilaterally agreed during a meeting with the Executive Council on Saturday, January 12. The transfer of this authority has...

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New boat, 'Thalassa', donated to STCB

New boat, 'Thalassa', donated to STCB Kralendijk, 16 January 2019 - Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) is very grateful to Blue Jay Holding Bonaire B.V. for the donation of a brand new boat to the non-profit organization. The boat, an...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) January 18, 2019 Tonight through Friday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with a local shower possible. Forecast High: 28°C / 82°F Forecast Low:...

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SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Regatta Organizers are proud to announce two expanded initiatives to its Regatta Village during the upcoming 39th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The " EcoPark" and "ArtPark" will be open from the Regatta ...

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SXM Festival Announces Phase Two Lineup for March 13-17

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN - Today SXM Festival, underground electronic music's premiere destination getaway, has announced the phase two lineup for its March 13-17 return to the Caribbean island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, festival organizers...

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NAGICO and Swiss Re-sign reinsurance treaty renewal at sea

PHILIPSBURG - NAGICO Group and Swiss Re have renewed their Excess of Loss (XoL) reinsurance treaty with symbolic signing 1,500 miles from land on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean. The treaty, which became effective on 1 January 2019, was signed by...

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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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SXMNBA Presents: The Mega Lotto Basketball Tournament....

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The SXMNBA will be hosting its first ever Basketball tournament sponsored by The Mega Lotto. The two have partnered in order to give a $500 cash prize to the winning team of the tournament. This tournament is unique...

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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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Earthquake felt in sections of Jamaica

The Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, says a minor earthquake was felt in sections of the island early Thursday. The unit says the 3.2 quake occurred at 5:20 a.m. (local time) and was located in the community of...

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Alleged fraud against Jamaica's National Commercial Bank ...

A multimillion-dollar bank fraud committed at the National Commercial Bank, for which three St Ann residents are charged, is now said to have gone beyond $100 million, with a fourth St Ann resident to be charged.

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Ticket website for Buju's Jamaica concert crashes...

The website for tickets to Buju Banton's Long Walk to Freedom concert crashed this morning minutes after it went live. Tickets went on sale on at 11 a.m. (local time) for the long-awaited Jamaican leg of the entertainer's concert...

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White House prepares for a Venezuela without Nicolás Maduro

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is mulling whether to recognize the president of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly as the de facto leader of Venezuela instead of President Nicolás Maduro, according to two people familiar...

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Colombia clears migrant camp as Venezuela exodus continues

BOGOTA - Colombian authorities evacuated a camp that housed Venezuelan immigrants in the capital of Bogota on Tuesday, dismantling a temporary shelter even as the flow of refugees from the crisis-stricken neighboring nation is expected to...

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Woman on trial for embezzling €1m to send to internet lover

A woman from Hoogvliet is on trial for embezzling €1.1m from her employer which she sent to man she met on the internet, the AD reports. The 51-year-old, who worked for DIY firm Karwei for 32 years and worked her way up to a position of trust in...

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Uber, under fire after deaths, says safety discussions...

Taxi company Uber says it has had a 'constructive' discussion with Amsterdam officials following two deaths and one serious accident involving Uber drivers in one month. The city's transport alderman Sharon Dijksma called for talks with the...

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Potentially disastrous collapse bridge was 'days away',...

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Turkey deports Dutch journalist on security grounds,...

Turkey has deported a Dutch journalist who worked for the Financieele Dagblad, Trouw and One World, for 'security-related reasons'. Ans Boersma, 31, was picked up on Wednesday morning when she went to the immigration service to apply for an...

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