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Only brief reference to St. Maarten in Troonrede

THE HAGUE / PHILIPSBURG - Four paragraphs before the end of the annual Troonrede in Den Haag, King Willem-Alexander devoted more space than usual on the Caribbean part of the Kingdom on Tuesday. There is only a brief reference to the...

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Minimum wage, and social security to increase on BES islands

The Hague - The residents of Bonaire, Saba, and Statia will see a small net improvement in their economic situation in 2019. The cabinet is going to reduce the employers' social security contributions so that the minimum wage, and social...

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No direct supervision on government entities

THE HAGUE - Supervision on government entities in Curaçao and St. Maarten based on the Kingdom Law on Financial Supervision is limited, but does exist in several forms, according to Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations...

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InselAir temporarily leases aircraft from InterCaribbean

WILLEMSTAD - InselAirs' Fokker 50 aircraft will be taken out of operation for planned maintenance during 3 days starting Tuesday September 18th 2018 until Thursday September 20th 2018. On these days, flights between Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba...

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Financial prudence, teamwork pave way for Winair's recovery

By Alita Singh ~ AIRPORT--Windward Islands Airways International Winair had the unfortunate reputation of an airline always on the brink of folding up. The image of the destroyed buildings and missing airplanes after Hurricane Irma tore through ...

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Prime minister Mark Rutte is the best and worst minister

A majority of Dutch voters have no confidence in the current coalition government and prime minister Mark Rutte tops the list of both best and worst ministers, according to the traditional budget day poll carried out by I PSOS for broadcaster NOS.

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The Great Train Journey - part 4

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Wednesday afternoon, we wander over to the visa center of the Chinese embassy in Ulaanbaatar. We ask someone why it is open now - since the official opening hours to apply for a visa to China is from 9 a.m. to 12 noon ...

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The Great Train Journey - part 3

By Hilbert Haar ~ We leave Irkutsk on a Monday morning - rising early because the train leaves shortly after 8 a.m. for a trip of 22 hours to Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Our cabin is more luxurious than the one on the train from Moscow to...

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The great train journey - part two

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Thursday at 3 o'clock in the morning our train rolls into the main station in Irkutsk, with around 600,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in Siberia. Finally we are out of the digital wilderness - we've had no internet..

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The Great Train Journey - part one

By Hilbert Haar ~ This is how it began on a Sunday morning in Moscow. We took a taxi to the Kazanskaia station; that was already quite a little trip through town, but it only set us back 300 roubles, roughly $4.50. While I am sitting on a little...

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Unqualified teachers

By Hilbert Haar ~ What is the definition of a qualified teacher? This question popped into my mind when I read about Minister Wycliffe Smith's summary of the state of affairs in the schools on our island. LOGIN TO READ MORE...THERE IS MORE TO THIS...

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Minister of Finance received visit and update from Kadaster

PHILIPSBURG - The management team of the Kadaster and Mortgage Custodian Registry on St. Maarten visited Minister of Finance Perry Geerlings at his office on Monday this week to provide an update on the progress being made to improve the...

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Johnson elated at good news of American Airlines flights ...

PHILIPSBURG - Announcements by American Airlines that it will increase its airlifts to St. Maarten starting in November, has sparked high interests in travellers wanting to return to St. Maarten, following its devastation just over a year ago by...

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Seven Venezuelans arrested for illegally working here

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Seven Venezuelans are in police custody after they were found illegally working in the country. Only Dutch citizens and permanent residents are allowed to work in St. Maarten without a government-issued employment...

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Boys locked up with adults in substandard police cells

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Two minors are currently languishing in the substandard police cells together with seasoned criminals. This is a result of St. Maarten not having a juvenile detention centre. The doors of Ms Lalie Juvenile Centre have...

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Kittian arrested in "Marmer" murder case

THE KEYS, St. Maarten - A Kittian man remains in restrictive police custody after he was nabbed by police following a house search in The Keys, Sucker Garden, on Sunday September 9. The house search was related to another raid by Police on a...

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House search leads to murder case arrest

NAZARETH, St. Maarten - Hiding in Nazareth did not protect one man from landing in a jail cell under the suspicion of attempted murder. The man was arrested early Monday morning Sept 17, 2018 in connected with the shooting on Chin Cherry Road...

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Cay Hill, Sint Maarten - the Oualichi Soccer Association ('Oualichi') has, in an effort to further contribute to the development of the youth football in Sint Maarten, partnered with the MAC School (MAC). Oualichi will be contributing to the...

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Irma Wreck 85-foot JabJabs lives on as artificial reef

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Former popular floating bar JabJabs has received a new lease on life as an artificial reef. JabJabs, which was a popular floating bar housed on the 85-foot steel sailing ship SV Nightingale, was sunk during Hurricane...

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Curaçao concludes successful roadshow in Germany

In preparation of Condor's First Non-Stop Flight from Frankfurt ... WILLEMSTAD - Germany remains an important market for Curaçao. Despite the loss of the Air Berlin flights in 2017, visitors continue coming to spend their vacations on the island, ...

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Inspection starts the possibility to file complaints...

WILLEMSTAD - The Public Health Inspectorate will investigate the declaration for children which is required, for example, for special education. The Health Inspectorate will do this at the request of the Ministry of Education. One of the issues...

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18 containers of fireworks may be imported

WILLEMSTAD - 18 containers and no more. That is the number of fireworks that the trading company may import for sale in the last week of the year. That amount has to do with the storage in Brievengat. There may be a maximum of 21 containers.

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Gijsbertha guarantees dividend payment UTS to government

WILLEMSTAD - No special provision needs to be made for the dividend payment of the telecommunication company UTS. The government writes this in its letter to the Council for Financial Supervision (CFT). The institution had insufficient guarantees ...

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CHATA Stars of the Industry Q2-2018

WILLEMSTAD - The award ceremony of the Stars of the Industry 2nd quarter of 2018 was held at CHATA member Hato Caves. During this event, the 2nd quarter employees and supervisors nominated by a variety of CHATA members were recognized and...

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Bulgarian arrested in prison for extradition Germany

WILLEMSTAD - The man Y.N. (1982, Bulgaria) was arrested in Curaçao. This in the context of an extradition request from the Federal Republic of Germany. N. has served a prison sentence in Curaçao in connection with skimming. On the last day of his ...

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Book presentation of "Suddenly death" to Library by author

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "Suddenly death" is a short story collection by Aruban author Roland E. Williams. The book was published in July 2016 and its writer's first publication. Two copies were presented to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library's...

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Beyond Kultura's Hurricane Poem Competition

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Beyond Kultura Events Foundation (BKE) is promoting storytelling, story writing and reading amongst the Youth, BKE said in a press release on Sunday. The Foundation has planned to publish a Hurricane story book in ...

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SSSD hosting time management workshop to help students

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is holding a free time management workshop entitled "Making Your Time Count" on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 5:00...

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Dominica one year after Hurricane Maria

ROSEAU, Dominica - One year after Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica, the island nation is rebounding. "A growing share of affected residents can say their lives are back on track or almost back to normal after the hurricane," said Colin Piper,...

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Death count debates overshadow the real story: Maria

By Morten Wendelbo, American University Last September, President Donald Trump told Puerto Ricans they should be grateful Hurricane Maria had not caused a "real catastrophe like Katrina." However, mounting evidence now reveals the death toll for...

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No further tropical development for the next 10 days in...

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - The long-term weather forecast doesn't show any tropical development off the coast of Africa near the Cabo Verde Islands for the next 10-days.

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) September 19, 2018 Tonight through Wednesday evening: Generally cloudy and hazy with isolated showers possible. Forecast High: 31°C / 88°F ...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Social & Health Insurances SZV has been actively advocating to employers, the obligation to declare and to pay the respective social security premiums by the use of mass compliance campaigns and wage audits.

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SHTA organizes photo contest for VISIT magazine cover

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is organizing a cover photo contest for the 2019 edition its magazine VISIT. The association invites local artists and frequent visitors to send in their most...

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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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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset hosts Slumber Reading Fun

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset will be hosting a Slumber Reading Fun Pajama evening for children between the ages of 6-12, on September 28 th, 2018 from 7:00pm-10:00pmß. The Reading Slumber fun will be held at...

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Caribbean Wellness Day/Week promotes good health and...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) was observed across the region on September 8 to promote good health and well-being. In 2011 the CWD was expanded to become Wellness Week in the Americas commencing on September 8...

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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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SHTA & Carib Beer Call for Sharing 2019 Events to Show...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and Carib Beer call on companies and NGO's to send in events they are planning for 2019 for their National Event Calendar. The 2018 calendar, published only...

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Yes, the Private Sector should take the initiative - 7%
Yes, we need to start Reducing, Reusing & Recycling (RRR) - 40%
No, Garbage is a Collective Problem - 47%
No, people are not willing to pay for commercial garbage sorting - 7%

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Barbados Switching To E-Passports

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday September 18, 2018 - Barbados' Immigration Department has started phasing out machine-readable passport in favour of an e-passport, following a recommendation by the International Civil Aviation Authority as the new...

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Jamaica Gov't Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags ...

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday September 18, 2018 - Starting January 1, 2019, the Jamaica Government will be imposing a ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging materials. These include...

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Former president of Guyana speaks about regional conflict

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate INCHEON, South Korea - Former President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar, is currently attending the World Peace Summit in Incheon, South Korea, at the fourth Annual World...

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World Peace Summit: A spectacular affair!

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ INCHEON, South Korea - On September 18, 2018, the 2018 World Peace Summit, hosted by the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) committee chairman,...

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No More Sugary Drinks at Public Health Facilities in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday September 17, 2018 - As of January 1, 2019, sugary drinks will be banned from public health facilities, says Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton. The ban will affect what can be sold by concessionaires, and others ...

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Between Drought and Floods, Cuba Seeks to Improve Water...

If you enjoy a good daily shower and water comes out every time you turn on the taps in your home, you should feel privileged. There are places in the world where this vital resource for life is becoming scarcer by the day and the forecasts for...

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UK-Cayman Islands row over law enforcement cooperation...

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) - The row between the Cayman Islands government and the UK intensified on Monday, as Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials stood by National Crime Agency (NCA) complaints, while Premier Alden McLaughlin ...

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Caribbean candidates vie for posts in ARIN elections

VANCOUVER, Canada - Three Caribbean candidates - Peter Harrison, Kerrie-Ann Richards and Alicia Trotman - have been named among the final candidates to contest elections for leadership roles at the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) in ...

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BVI premier to lead first trade mission to Africa

ROAD TOWN, BVI - British Virgin Islands premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, will be leading a two-week trade mission to Africa in November. The 2018 BVI Africa Trade Mission will take place from November 5 to 16 and will cover...

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Cuba's Varadero resort will have 3,000 hotel rooms by 2020

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) - Varadero, Cuba's main tourist destination for sun and beach, will have 3,000 rooms by 2020, thus continuing the trend in new construction that is carried out there, said Ivis Fernandez, a tourism ministry (MINTUR) official in ...

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Know what you eat!

Our ancestors came from Africa weakened from the terrible journey. What many do not know is that before they boarded they were already weakened because they were being given substances so that they were not able to revolt. Once they had arrived...

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Amsterdam wants Airbnb to get tough on illegal rentals

Amsterdam's housing alderman Laurence Ivens has accused online holiday rentals company Airbnb of not doing enough to combat illegal letting and has threatened not to renew an agreement the city has had with the platform since 2013.

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New four-km stretch of Dutch motorway will cost €1.2bn

Building work on a controversial new four-kilometer motorway linking Vlaardingen with Rozenburg and providing a shortcut to the port of Rotterdam has been kicked off by infrastructure minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen. The new A24 includes a tunnel ...

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KLM-backed bio-kerosene plant may open in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is on the verge of getting its first factory to produce bio-kerosene, an alternative fuel to tradition kerosene and made out of biomass, the AD said on Tuesday. A location for the plant has not yet been confirmed but Groningen is...

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Budget will make NL stronger, safer and more prosperous

Finance minister Wopke Hoekstra told MPs on Tuesday afternoon that government policy in the coming years is aimed at making the country 'stronger, safer and more prosperous' The minister was outlining the government's strategy, following the...

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No budget change on 30% ruling, expat lobby group turns...

Lobby group United Expats in the Netherlands says it will seek legal advice about the government's refusal to bring in a transition agreement for international workers faced with losing the 30% ruling from next January.

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