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Government promises - again - to improve situation at prison

PHILIPSBURG - The government signed an agreement with State Secretary Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations) on October 19 to "shortly introduce a series of measures to improve the state of the Pointe Blanche prison." This appears from answers Knops...

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Promises, promises

By Hilbert Haar ~ Justified complaints about the situation at the Pointe Blanche prison - by inmates but also by attorneys, the Law Enforcement Council and the Progress Committee - are almost as old as the prison itself. Former Justice Minister Leo..

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Satirical Cartoon: "Sarah 'Thanos' Wescot-Williams"

Sarah Wescot-Williams as the All-Powerful Chairlady of Parliament while the late Stan Lee who passed away on Friday, November 9th, 2018, makes a cameo appearance as the Third Vice President of Parliament.

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SZV Supervisory Board Members on SZV paid sick leave?

On Nov. 9, 2018, the VSA Minister Emil Lee along with SZV Director Glen Carty presented to MPs the current financial status of SZV and the revenue losses post-hurricane Irma and Maria. Absent were the members of the board. What happened to them?

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A Special Report
Academy school board gets most of the blame for dispute...

PHILIPSBURG - The situation at the St. Maarten Academy PSVE (Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education) remains volatile now that the board led by former Justice Minister Roland Duncan has refused to remove principal Lavern Nelson from her...

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FAVE board has to pay big for wrongful dismissal court case

PHILIPSBURG - The board of the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) has to pay 94,000 guilders gross ($52,514) to guidance counselor and job training coordinator Zeynep Sabahoglu for firing her without a valid reason. The board ...

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The responsibility of school boards

By Hilbert Haar ~ The case of the dismissed guidance counselor by the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) shows once more how irresponsible the board members of such organizations are when it comes to their responsibilities.

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Kreative Juices Thanksgiving Menu 2018

Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 22, 2018

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Bonaire agrees to 'light supervision'

KRALENDIJK - After the Island Council of Bonaire approved the 22-page governing agreement with the Netherlands, State Secretary Raymond Knops and Lt. Governor Edison Rijna signed the document on behalf of both parties. The agreement is in place...

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Knops signs Agreeent with Government in Bonaire

Kralendijk - This afternoon, the Government Agreement between The Hague and Bonaire was signed by State Secretary Raymond Knops on behalf of The Netherlands and the Island Governor, Edison Rijna, on behalf of Bonaire. The signing of the...

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No scheduled meeting with Van Putten and State Secretary

PHILIPSBURG/ST. EUSTATIUS-The visit of the Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops is not expected to include a meet with the Leader of the Progressive Labor Party Clyde van Putten during his visit this weekend for the Statia Day ...

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Independence is Pro-St. Martin. Period.

By Rhoda Arrindell, PhD ~ One day in 1982, I wrote an essay entitled "Waarom St. Maarten onafhankelijk moet worden" for Mr. Bijnsdorp's Dutch class. Though I hated the class (not because of the teacher, but because I hated writing essays in Dutch)...

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Who is to say
What is the useful vessel
Wherein the word just come
When ‘t uttered so
Why ‘t sweet to some 
How ‘t frighten others to death.


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Bodies found at Lucas Bay OysterPond identified as Antiguans

MARIGOT:--- Media personnel of Antigua and Barbuda are trying to confirm whether or not the two bodies that were fished out of Lucas Bay Oyster Pond on Tuesday and Wednesday may have originated from their island as two men are missing there.The...

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Second Lifeless Body found at Lucas Bay in Oyster Pond

MARIGOT -- Gendarmes are busy pulling out another dead body at Lucas Bay Oyster Pond. Colonel Sebastien Monzoni confirmed that a second body has been found and law enforcement officers are busy retrieving the corps. He said the body is that of a male

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Lifeless Body pulled from beach enroute to Oyster Pond

Oyster Pond:--- A video circulating on Social Media shows Gendarmes pulling a lifeless body out of the sea. The male seems to have drowned. Colonel Sebastien Manzoni confirmed that the body was found in the sea on the way to Oyster Pond.

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Two arrested for and charged with murder of Lofton Foreman

ANGUILLA — The Royal Anguilla Police Force has arrested and charged 31 year old Salim Richardson of the East End and 23 year old Shaquille Gumbs of Garlin Bottom with the murder of Lofton Foreman.

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Tasers should be standard equipment in emergencies ...

Electric shock weapons such as tasers should become part of the equipment used by police officers on emergency service duty, police officials have recommended to the justice ministry. If approved by the minister, this would mean electric stun...

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Nature Foundation Organizes a Second Reduce and Reuse...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature foundation will organize a second Reduce and Reuse night, as due to heavy rainfall previous Reduce and Reuse night attendance was limited. Therefore, everyone has another option to learn about the harmful...

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Are You Reddi (Ready)? Aruba's 65th Carnival 2019

PHILIPSBURG - The Chuchubi Foundation is doing it again! The Chuchubi Foundation in collaboration with Winair has organized a DIRECT charter flight from St. Maarten to Aruba for Aruba's 65 th Carnival Celebration under the theme Chuchubi is alive ...

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The Separation of Powers to be profiled by Council of Advice

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of good governance as well as stimulate the discussion amongst our population in the hope of promoting active citizenry, the Council of Advice extends an invitation ...

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Traffic diversion in Dutch Quarter. Motorists advised to ...

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) - In connection with the ongoing road works presently taking place in Dutch Quarter (Lower Princess Quarter), road closures and traffic diversions are taking place, the police announced on Monday. The section of A. Th.

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Four Sint Maarten NGOs make it to 'Apples of Orange'...

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Every year the Oranje Fonds, from the Netherlands, hosts the 'Appeltjes van Oranje' (Apples of Orange) award, all highlighting NGO-work and accomplishments, mainly work that is focussed on connecting people and ensuring...

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VROMI Minister Miklos Giterson attended GeoSpatial Forum

Ministry to develop national spatial data infrastructure plan for St. Maarten ~ POND ISLAND - Last week, VROMI Minister Miklos Giterson, along with his Secretary General Louis Brown, attended the Latin America GeoSpatial Forum in Mexico City. The ...

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Fifty season passes up for grabs for Carnival-50

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Golden Box has been launched at the Government Administration Building, and the entire island is invited to fill in their Carnival Pass raffle forms and drop them in the box for a chance to win one of fifty (50)...

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Plenary Public Parliament session regarding police & prison

The Urgent Plenary Public meeting which was postponed on, Tuesday, November 13, 2018, due to the weather will take place on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 12.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in...

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament regarding SZV

PHILIPSBURG - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10am. The Minister of VSA will be present. The Urgent Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 will be reconvened today.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten inducted RBC's Country Manager, Cheryl Pantophlet, on November 7, 2018 at its regular meeting. Mrs. Pantophlet has resided on Sint Maarten since 1987. President of the Rotary Club of...

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Leo Club hosts talent show for Sister Basilia Center Clients

SINT MAARTEN (ST. JOHN'S ESTATE) - The St. Maarten Alpha Leo Club hosted their Annual talent show with the clients of the Sister Basilia Center on Friday November 2nd at the St. Maarten home, the Alpha Leo Club said on Wednesday. "Clients as well ...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Lions Club members are fervently preparing for their fundraiser "Annual Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo...

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Schedule interruption InselAir flights from Nov. 14 to 16th

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Passengers Traveling 14-16 November 2018, unfortunately, InselAir has been forced to cancel flights between Wednesday, November 14th until Friday, November 16th due to aircraft maintenance, InselAir announced in a statement ...

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Winair receives 4th aircraft

Philipsburg – WINAIR has received a 4th Twin Otter Aircraft for the upcoming 2018/19 season. With several airline recommencing service to St. Maarten, there will be increased demand for flights to and from our hub at P.J.I.A.E. in St. Maarten.

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SXM Airport #2 most popular private jet destination

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The website recently announced its Top 10 Airports. The section is called, 'The Caribbean By Private Jet: The Top 10 Airports.' SXM Airport came out as #2 most popular private jet destination....

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Takeover candidate InselAir suffers from growth scares

WILLEMSTAD, PROVIDENCIALES - The intended acquisition candidate of InselAir, the inter-Caribbean Airways based on Turks and Caicos, is struggling with considerable growth scares and therefore also with a sub-optimal flight operation. This is...

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Team APS at 31 St Maarten's Day Around the Island Relay Race

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, 14 November, 2018 - The Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten (APS) was represented at the 31st Annual St. Maarten's Day Around the Island Relay Race. Team APS has participated for 3 consecutive years. APS encourages...

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SMMAF held their third martial arts competition on Nov. 10

St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) held their third martial arts competition on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at MPC Gym in St. Peters. The event showcased two martial art for adults and...

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Opposition party MFK wants Parliament to investigate RdK

WILLEMSTAD - The leader of the opposition party MFK, Gerrit Schotte wants an emergency meeting in Parliament to discuss the situation at the public company Refineria di Korsou, Curaçao Refinery (RdK). Yesterday, the Supervisory Board of the RdK...

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Internal investigation at Curaçao Refinery; Director on ...

WILLEMSTAD - The Supervisory Board (RvC) of the Refineria di Kòrsou N.V. (RdK), or Curaçao Refinery requested the statutory director of this company, Mr van Kwartel and two other employees, on November 14 to take a mandatory leave of absence. The ...

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MP asks about Pedowatch after incident with one year old ...

WILLEMSTAD - The political party MAN wants the Pedowatch to be introduced on Curaçao. The reason is the abuse in a shop in Buena Vista last week. Member of Parliament for MAN, Elsa Rozendaal wants to know what the status is of such the so-called...

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Natural death German tourist at Campo brothel

WILLEMSTAD - On Tuesday an autopsy was performed on the body of a German tourist who died last weekend at the Campo Alegre brothel. The autopsy by the pathologist has shown that the man died due to natural circumstances. He had heart problems....

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Parliamentary debate on expanding electoral law

WILLEMSTAD - Can foreigners who have lived in Curaçao for over 10 years vote for the parliamentary elections? They can if it is up to the opposition party MFK. Parliament is debating this for the first time today. The Constitution must, in any...

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SMOC: The distribution of money within the RdK N.V.

WILLEMSTAD - RdK N.V. (Refineria di Korsou N.V.) collects the meager rent of the Isla. A meager rent because for the maintenance of the refinery and the more environmentally friendly operation - an objective of RdK N.V.- which requires a lot of...

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IMF: Weak growth, vulnerabilities persist in Curacao and SXM

WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG - Weak growth and underlying structural vulnerabilities persist in both Curaçao and St. Maarten, magnified further by large negative external shocks, including spill-overs from one of Curaçao's largest trading partners and ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean supports utility development as the...

As one of the Lead Arrangers in ANG 375 million financing to Aqualectra WILLEMSTAD - The production and distribution of reliable and affordable electricity and water is the backbone for improving the lives in our Caribbean communities and growing ...

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Concrete agreements made during Central Dialogue

BONAIRE - Today (November 15th) the Public Entity Bonaire, employees (USIBO), employers (BBE, BONHATA, BHG) and the Chamber of Commerce reached concrete agreements on a new opening-up of the Central Dialogue Bonaire. The agreements include, among ...

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PCN Congress on Mandatory Pension Successful

Kralendijk -Kralendijk- PCN looks back on a successful conference on the possible introduction of a mandatory pension. The congress took place yesterday, November 14 at the Courtyard-by-Marriott hotel on Bonaire. Under a mandatory pension...

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Three million Venezuelans have already left their country

CARACAS - Since 2015, three million Venezuelans have fled from the economic and political crisis in their country. That is what the United Nations (UN) says. Neighboring country Colombia received by far the most Venezuelans: one million. Peru...

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The number of Venezuelan women on boats is decreasing

WILLEMSTAD - The number of women intercepted on boats from Venezuela is decreasing. That is what the Public Prosecution Service (OM) says. The OM is currently conducting an active discouragement policy in Venezuela and in Curaçao. A special...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) November 16, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... Tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy,...

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TelEm Group getting all 'Wacky' for Nov 23 Blowout Promotion

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group's Marketing & Sales team are getting all "Wacky" again with plans to turn St. Maarten's annual Black Friday sales into a "Wacky Telco Friday" bonanza for customers and friends.

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SZV notice: Pension survey closed this afternoon (Tuesday)

PHILIPSBURG - November 13th: Due to heavy rainfall the pension survey location in Hope Estate will be closed this afternoon. Weather permitting, the s...

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Nominations underway for COCI Board. Deadline Nov. 14

PHILIPSBURG - Three positions on the Board will become vacant as of January 1st, 2019 and these positions will be filled by three (3) candidates chose...

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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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Library Closed Monday November 19 between 10am-12pm

Staff will be attending an awareness workshop from 10.00am to 12.00pm. PJL apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and will continue services as usual on Monday from 12.00pm to 5.00pm.

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CPS invites health care providers to register for AMR...

SINT MAARTEN - (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - Health care providers are being asked to register to attend the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Information Session. The information session will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 6.45pm at the Vineyard Office...

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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: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - It's that time of the year when influenza, better known as the flu, becomes more predominant. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and...

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Interview: Jamaican Scientist Offered $11 Billion For Patent

Dr Lawrence Williams, a research consultant to Jamaica's Scientific Research Council, has already been offered over $11 billion (US$100 million) by a major drug company in the United States for the patent relating to his cancer research.

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Cruise lines to provide cash for Cayman Islands port...

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) - Cayman Islands tourism minister, Moses Kirkconnell, has suggested that the cruise lines will be financing the development of the proposed cruise pier facility and cargo expansion in the capital, George Town, if ...

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US visa fraud allegations turned over to Bahamas police...

By Sloan Smith NASSAU, Bahamas - Attorney General Carl Bethel said he has forwarded the allegations of an alleged US visa scam in The Bahamas to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the police force. The claims, revealed in an undercover United States...

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Agriculture sector critical to the region, says Barbados PM

By Sharon Austin PARAMARIBO, Suriname (BGIS) - Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has underscored the importance of the agriculture sector, describing it as "critical" to this region. Mottley made the comments after visiting the headquarters of...

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Stakeholders to take stock of region's sustainable energy...

GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Energy experts in the Caribbean and beyond, policymakers and the private sector representative, are among officials heading to Belize next week for the sixth edition of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF). The Forum ...

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - In the male-dominated world of Jamaican dancehall, Grace Hamilton, whose stage name is Spice, has made her mark as a self-starter. Her career took off in 2009 when she teamed up with Vybz Kartel on the controversial (and...

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Painting valued at €800 goes for nearly €600,000 at auction

A painting expected to fetch between €800 and €1,600 at auction was sold for €570,000 at a Rotterdam auction house on Wednesday, RTV Rijnmond reports. 'The Adoration of the Shepherds, an unsigned, early 17 th century work, may have been taken by...

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Brexit withdrawal agreement: what next for British...

The Brexit withdrawal agreement, which still has to be approved by European leaders, the European parliament and the British parliament, does not appear to contain any improved rights for British nationals living the Netherlands and the rest of...

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Museums must hand over museum card info to tax office

A court in Amsterdam has ruled that the Dutch museum association must hand over details about a museum card holder's visits to the tax office, which is investigating potential tax evasion. The association had refused to hand over details about...

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Dutch foundation, not Belgian, sent cash to Germany's AfD

A Dutch foundation named Stichting Identiteit Europa is now thought to be one of the foreign charities which sent money to German far-right party AfD, the leader of which is now under investigation for accepting foreign donations.

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Police want access to refugee fingerprints to aid crime...

Dutch police are calling for easier access to the data base of fingerprints belonging to refugees and undocumented migrants in order to solve more crimes. John Riemen, head of the national force's biometrics centre, says that access would allow...

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