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Lee: Too many residents cannot access health insurance

POND ISLAND - During the council of Ministers' press briefing of Wednesday March 27th, Minister Lee outlined several examples of groups of persons who fall in between the cracks of the current health insurance system, facing challenges in...

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Dear Reader

Maintaining a General Health Insurance scheme will entail comprehensive management of the funds collected through the health insurance premiums and the solidarity contributions.

The GHI fund managers will need to generate healthy returns in order to maintain the solvability and liquidity levels of the funds needed to meet its financial commitments and health care coverage obligations.

This aspect of the GHI scheme will also need thorough review and analysis as well.

We hope the experts in this field will be consulted as well as other relevant stakeholders.

In the meantime, do have a great weekend.

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General Health Insurance may solve major problems ...

PHILIPSBURG - The introduction of a general health insurance policy seems to be the solution to all the health care woes facing the government. Minister responsible for health affairs Emil Lee said at Wednesday's Council of Ministers press...

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New Prison Director appointed

PHILIPSBURG - The government has appointed Drs. Alvin Keely as the new Interim Prison Director for the Pointe Blanche Prison. This was announced by the Justice Minister Cornelius De Weever during the weekly Council press conference on Wednesday....

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Holland is a tax haven alongside Ireland, Malta and Cyprus

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Members of the European parliament have voted to include the Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta and Cyprus on the official EU tax haven black list. However, the motion, proposed by Dutch Labour MEP Paul Tang,...

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JetAir Caribbean almost ready to fly

PHILIPSBURG - Insel Air may be bankrupt but its successor is almost ready to take to the skies. JetAir Caribbean a company owned by Antonio Ribeiro (Tony), who with his CEO Robert Maas, has already brought the first Fokker-70 plane to Hato...

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SXM Airport Emergency Evacuation Drill Deemed a Success

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Following the activation of the fire alarm system, both passengers and the airport community were instructed to evacuate the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) via the general evacuation announcement ...

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SMIA Elects New Board

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Insurance Association (SMIA) have elected a new board following their recent elections last week. The incoming board is now headed by President Eric Ellis, Managing Director of NAGICO Insurances; Secretary Cynthia...

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A questionable future

By Hilbert Haar ~ The story that I am hearing now is that suspended MP Theo Heyliger is done with politics. It tallies with a statement he made to me earlier last year when he wrote me a message saying that the 2018 election had been his last one.

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GEBE N.V. Management Board tells all about the company...

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CCSU cannot approve draft amendments to remuneration...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Tuesday March 26 th, 2019, the Committee of Civil Servants Unions (CCSU), formally known as the GOA submitted a counterproposal to the draft amendment to the National decree on remuneration for civil servants to...

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Stabbing victim refuses to press charges

Suspected perpetrators in pre-trial detention ~ PHILIPSBURG/MARIGOT - The victim that was involved in a stabbing incident that occurred on the French side on the morning of Monday March 25th, 2019, does not want to press charges. This is...

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Tripartite committee looking into increase of minimum wage

PHILIPSBURG - Families who are suffering to "make ends meet" are encouraged to visit the Ministry of Labor to acquire financial aid, said Minister of Health, Labor and Social Affairs Emil Lee. The Labor Minister was responding to questions about...

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Prime Minister Romeo Marlin resumes Electoral Reform plans

PHILIPSBURG - On March 22nd, the newly formed workgroup on electoral reform met for the first time led by Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin. As outlined in the Governing Program "Building a Sustainable Sint Maarten", any reform on election...

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Johnson: Zero-tolerance policy for public transportation

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten - Officers of the Control Unit from the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) on Wednesday, March 13th conducted several controls country-wide in the area of public ...

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Nature Foundation Calls on Volunteers for Sea Turtle Patrols

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature Foundation St Maarten is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to patrol beaches for signs of sea turtle nesting. These precious sea creatures usually come ashore to lay their eggs during the nesting season that ...

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Library announces extension of its grace period

PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library would like to inform the general public of its previously instated grace period of March 4 th-April 1 st, 2019. This grace period will be extended up to Saturday, April 13 th, 2019. The library is...

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Controls have begun. 138 vehicles checked, 21 confiscated

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police conducted traffic controls on the AJC Brouwers road in the parking lot opposite the ACE mega store on Wednesday 28 th March 2019. During the controls a total of 138 cars were stopped, 21 cars...

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Inspectors & OM intensify cooperation to address violations

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Inspection Department of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) and the Public Prosecution Service (OM) will be intensifying their cooperation in addressing the most...

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The Council on Law Enforcement Needs Public's Help ...

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE The Council on Law Enforcement would like to speak to people who reported a criminal offense to the police in St. Eustatius or Saba. The Board will be on Sint Eustatius for this purpose from April 8 till April 9,...

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Amelia Nicholson new Acting Island Governor

On Thursday, March 28, Shamara "Amelia" Nicholson was sworn in as the new Acting Island Governor. Acting Kingdom Government Representative Jan Helmond administered the oath in the presence of the new members of the Island Council and Island...

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New Island Council, Commissioners sworn in

The five members of Saba's new Island Council for the period 2019-2023, Eviton Heyliger, Vito Charles, Carl Buncamper, Hemmie van Xanten and Esmeralda Johnson, all of the Windward Islands People's Movement (WIPM) were sworn in on Thursday, March...

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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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First SMART Speakers Announced

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Saint Martin / Sint Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) 2019 is to provide 15 different speakers, workshops and masterclasses, as to assist the Northeastern Caribbean tourism sector with an overview of the...

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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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Women called upon to register for the next Breast Exam Apr 6

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Women are being called upon to register and sign-up as soon as possible for the next free breast abnormalities and health screening exam/survey which is set for Saturday, April 6 th. In order to participate in the screenings, ...

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Parents invited to have their children's vaccination checked

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Lions Club of Sint Maarten will be having their 11 th annual Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 30. The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and...

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Multidisciplinary Emergency Response Exercise Planned...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police force would like to inform the general public that on Tuesday 2 ndand Wednesday 3 rd April there will be a multidisciplinary training taking place in the vicinity of the Soualiga road and the...

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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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Local youth paintings auctioned to raise funds for schools

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - On March 26, 2019 the Minister Plenipotentiary and her Cabinet hosted a reception themed "Building Partnerships", in honor of the visit of the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency (H.E.) drs. E. M. Holiday. The venue...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - CIBC FirstCaribbean's Walkfor the Cure,the region's largest cancer fundraiser has again topped the US half million mark in fundraising for cancer causes across the English and Dutch Caribbean. On St. Maarten, the bank ...

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Appeal Filed Against Court Ruling that Invalidated Vote

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday March 27, 2019 - The Opposition People's Progressive Party (PPP) has submitted an appeal with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), seeking to get it to reverse a Court of Appeal decision that the no-confidence...

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Heavy Fines Announced for Breaching Plastic Ban Law ...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday March 27, 2019 - As government prepares to implement a ban on petroleum-based plastics, importers, retailers and users have been warned that they will face serious consequences, if they breach the new law.

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LIAT abruptly cancels several flights for Thursday, March 28

LIAT advised Wednesday that several flights have been cancelled for Thursday, March 28 "due to operational reasons." The cash-strapped regional carrier has been on the brink of collapse, with recent reports that it only had enough funds for 10 days.

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LIAT blames unscheduled maintenance on 2 planes for ...

Cash-strapped regional airline LIAT said Thursday that it's currently running a reduced schedule due to unscheduled maintenance on two of its aircraft. Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones emphasized that the safety and comfort of...

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SXM Daily News - 27 Mar 2019
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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) March 29, 2019 Tonight through Friday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with a few passing showers possible. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F Forecast...

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