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How entrepreneurs responded to CIBC FC's FIB Seminar

BELAIR - CIBC FirstCaribbean recently held it First in Business Seminar at Belair Community Center on Thursday, March 14th, 2019. According to Garth Sherwood, Country Manager CIBC FirstCaribbean, the aim was to provide business owners in the...

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Dear Reader

Our article on the Prime Minister's intention to look into the high cost of rents has garnered a lot of attention.

The topic is a hot one and one would hope that it is not dropped like a hot potato as well.

Readers are highlighting that it is indeed high time that something be done about the high cost of renting in St. Maarten.

We will bring you an in-depth report on the rent situation in St. Maarten based on the reactions of our readers.

In the meantime, do have a great day!

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Witch hunt or a new Marcel Loor case?

PHILIPSBURG - Witch hunt or a repeat of the Marcel Loor case? The public prosecutor's office demanded on Wednesday 18 months of imprisonment, with 6 months suspended against former Immigration and Border Protection (IBP) director Udo Aron and a...

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Attorney Brenda Brooks on the ROBALO case

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, attorney Brenda Brooks issued the following press release in the Robalo case, wherein her client E.H. is standing trial for two charges of human smuggling, forgery and abuse of office. The Public...

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Public Prosecutor's Office issue statement on ROBALO case

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) has issued the following press release regarding the ROBALO case. Prison time requested for former Immigration and Border Protection Director The ROBALO investigation begun subsequent to an...

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Déjà vu

By Hilbert Haar ~ Déjà vu is a powerful experience. It brings you back in a flash to a time when something happened that is similar to a current experience. I had this feeling when I read about the Robalo-case against former Immigration and Border...

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"Giterson is the most underperforming minister since Irma."

PHILIPSBURG - Between 2015 and 2018 the country was involved in 1,182 court cases at a cost of 521,709 guilders, Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin said in answer to questions from members of the parliamentary committee on Wednesday. Four...

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Dutch Quarter sewerage project progressing

Young employees praise supervisor for training ~ DUTCH QUARTER - The Minister responsible for Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Miklos Giterson has announced that the Dutch Quarter sewerage project is progressing...

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Almost 150 critical vacancies at justice ministry

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Justice has 144 critical vacancies, Minister Cornelius de Weever told the Central Committee of Parliament on Wednesday evening. The majority of those vacancies are at the police force (60), customs (29) and the...

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Renovations Philipsburg detention cells near completion

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - For years the quality of the Sint Maarten prison cells has been up for discussion. One of the locations that was heavily criticized are the Philipsburg Police Station cells. One of the sources that pointed out the...

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Airport security officers sworn in (UPDATED WITH PHOTOS)

PHILIPSBURG - The security officers at the Princess Juliana International Airport were sworn in by the Minister of Justice Cornelius De Weever as auxiliary police officers on Wednesday morning. The security officers who had attended a Police...

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NAGICO Group Launches LIVE FIT Plan to Promote Health

GREAT BAY - NAGICO Group, a diversified insurance company serving 21 territories in the Caribbean, is pleased to announce the launch of its LIVE FIT health program in St. Maarten. The health plan will provide gym members and persons that use...

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A Solution in Search of a Problem: Curacao Policy...

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO (COMMENTARY) - When a nation faces serious economic problems, the logical policy response to solve those problems has to be the result of a profound, and at the same time broad analysis of the underlying causes of those...

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Our economic agenda MUST be the reactivation of our economy

By Mike Ferrier ~ "I am far from being an economist, nor am I a highly learned person, but pleased to read in above mentioned article by the former President of the CBCS that our approach to argue St. Maarten’s case, was probably the right one."

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MP Doran let loose on SxM Airport CEO, Brian Mingo

MP Egbert Jurendy Doran on why he took on Brian Mingo on the floor of Parliament.

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Hearing in Catfish case tentatively set for May

PHILIPSBURG--The Court of First Instance will be hearing the “Catfish” case, in which MP Theodore Heyliger (48) and co-suspect J.M.S. (70) are the main suspects, presumably on May 30, the Judge said during Thursday’s preliminary hearing.

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Trust company directors linked to bribery of Theo Heyliger

~ Allegedly failed to report transactions ~ PHILIPSBURG--STC Administration and Management Service NV and Foundation Escrow STC’s directors C.D.T.S. and J.L.G. are charged with a number of violations of the Ordinance on Unusual Transactions.

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Prime Minister to look into the high cost of rents

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin has promised to look into the high cost of rentals by home owners which is spiraling out of control following the hurricanes of 2017. Marlin in her capacity of Minister of General Affairs said at a...

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Labor Minister speaks out on work permits

PHILIPSBURG-The Minister of Labor Emile Lee has refuted the allegations that to acquire work permits is difficult. He stated that the documentation and the acquisition process of obtaining work permits are set out in legislation. "Once the...

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Minister Geerlings: "Time for drastic measures"

PHILIPSBURG - "We are close to one billion guilders in debt without having a good idea about how to pay it back if we look at our budget over the past almost ten years," Finance Minister Perry Geerlings told the central committee of Parliament on ...

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Justice Minister sets the record straight

No interference in Theo Heyliger's case ~ PHILIPSBURG - The Minister of Justice Cornelius De Weever has set the record straight with regard to his Ministry being involved in individual cases. He spoke of the discussions which involved the former...

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Department of Sports launches its 2019 Awareness Campaign

In collaboration with NPOwer SXM ~ Philipsburg - The Department of Sports (DoS) in collaboration with NPOwer SXM is proud to kick off the 2019 Sports Awareness Campaign with the Annual Sports Conference which will be held from Wednesday March 27, ...

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Mr. Brown questions Minister of Education about NIPA

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MPB Wins Elections, But no Absolute Majority

Kralendijk- In what has turned out to be one of the island's longest election nights, MPB has managed to win the elections for the local parliament. However, the party of leader Elvis Tjin-Asjoe failed to secure the desired absolute majority...

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Long Lines at Polling Stations Bonaire

Kralendijk - Voting on Bonaire was off to a slow start today. At 7PM, evening, just under 39% of voters had actually cast their vote. At 9 PM, when the ballot boxes had to be officially closed, there were still long lines of voters at all...

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Cruise ship passenger drowns at Kim Sha Beach

SIMPSON BAY - On Wednesday March 20 th at approximately 2.35 PM police patrols and paramedics were directed to Kim Sha beach where it was reported that a man had drowned, police said on Thursday. On the scene the investigating officers...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man found with a gunshot wound in DQ

VIDEO of the Crime Scene in DUTCH QUARTER, Sint Maarten - Reports coming to our newsroom are saying that an unknown man claiming to be from Cuba was shot on Thursday March 21 around 5:00 am at an unknown location. He was driving in a white...

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Nature Foundation Researches the Immense Impact of Coral ...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature Foundation has been monitoring the impact of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease on St Maarten coral reefs since it was first discovered in October 2018. Recently a more elaborate research from the Nature...

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Warning for all scuba divers and dive schools

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - After the Nature Foundation St Maarten recently established the presence of 'Tissue Loss Disease' on several local coral reefs in October 2018, the Foundation was able to establish through further investigation that in...

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On the Slaughter of Sharks in Anguilla and Why We Must Save

SINT MAARTEN/ANGUILLA (COMMENTARY) - Some days ago it was my birthday. It is an event which I look forward to immensely, taking the opportunity to disconnect from the world and to focus on celebrating another trip around the sun with my loved ones.

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Le Grand Voyages wins Present Your Startup Caribbean 2019

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Entrepreneur Cristal Legrand from St. Maarten of Le Grand Voyages is announced winner of the finals of Present Your Startup Caribbean 2019 during the 3 rd edition of the startup pitch competition on Curacao.

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COCI Offers Unique Opportunity to Business Community ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Supervisory Board and Executive Director are offering a unique business opportunity for the Sint Maarten business community, an all-expense paid participation for...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG -- 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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License plate fee control compliance to commence March 21

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Tax Administration, div: Receiver's office, hereby informs the public that in cooperation with Police Dept. (KPSM), controls for complianceof the Motor vehicle tax ordinance will commence on Thursday, March 21,...

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Saturday

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.1.942 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.2.036 per liter. The current price of diesel is Naf.1.686 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.1.654 per liter.

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Fundraising Movie Night for Boys' & Girls' Brigade March 23

PHILIPSBURG - The 1 st St. Maarten Boys' Brigade and the 2 nd St. Maarten Girls' Brigade cordially invite you to a Fundraising Movie Night: Walk by Faith. Date: Saturday March 23, 2019 Place: Louisann Augusta Illidge Hall (Brick Building),...

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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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Detention Theo Heyliger extended for another 60 days. Should he be brought back to St. Maarten?
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Inventor in St Lucia provides hope for water woes

By Alison Kentish CASTRIES, St Lucia, Monday March 18, 2019 (IPS) - Karlis Noel spends his days in his lab in the small, picturesque community of Laborie in St Lucia.

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Venezuelan forces detain key aide to opposition leader

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Sergio Vargas, Elvis Martinez, Secreto for Noche Latina 2019

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Noche Latina 2019, presented by Presidente Beer, will be headlined by legendary Merengue singer Sergio Vargas, one of the best Bachata singers out of Santo Domingo Elvis Martinez and up and coming Latin rapper/singer...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) March 22, 2019 Tonight: Partly cloudy to cloudy with brief isolated showers. Friday morning through evening: Partly cloudy with brief isolated...

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