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Can you still cash checks in St. Maarten?

We have said it so often now, it is becoming like a mantra. Not because something is common practice means it is legal. Banks have been blocking checks deposited from other banks for so long that it has become commonplace to hear the teller say...

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Dear Reader

We sent a series of questions via email to the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten asking about the local banks' new practice of refusing to cash checks.

Apparently, this is a trend not only in St. Maarten but also in other Caribbean countries. Reference is being made to the situation in Aruba where checks are being done away all together. Now we read an open letter to the banking association in Saint Lucia about the same problem on that island.

Are these the first steps to a cashless society?

So do we then don't need to Dollarize? But instead Digitize?

We read in a press release issued by the Central Bank that - and I quote - “The people of Curaçao and Sint Maarten will get to know a 'State of the Art' central bank with a customer-friendly and innovative image”.

Let's see how fast they will answer queries from the press then in light of their new customer-friendly image.

Best regards,

Terrance Rey
The Publisher

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CBCS aims to become 'State of the Art' Central Bank

Willemstad:---- The Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) has taken a new strategic course. The strategic plan 2018-2020 reflects the CBCS' transformation to a "State of the Art" central bank, on which can be relied. This is the result ...

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Destra "Queen Of Bacchanal" Main Feature Lighted Parade

PHILIPSBURG - On Monday Night Rio Productions announced the official line up for the Lighted Parade 2018, and this year no other than the world-renowned Queen of Bacchanal "Destra Garcia" will be the main feature during the 7th annual parade...

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CC1 St. Maarten introduces Diet Coke flavors

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - CC1 St. Maarten, the exclusive distributor of Coca Cola®, the number #1 beverage in the world introduces its four NEW bold varieties of Diet Coke - Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange and Twisted Mango - that...

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Conversations while swimming

by Chris Morvan The woman I'm talking to is almost naked and so am I. So is everyone else in the vicinity, for that matter. But the woman and I can't see much. Just each other's head, really, and arms wafting around. The rest is a dull,...

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Open letter to the Banking Association of Saint Lucia

It has been brought to my attention that there is a recently introduced practice by certain banking institutions as it relates to the cashing of cheques. I have been informed that even if the necessary funds are available certain banks are refusing

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Minister Giterson issues statement on traffic delays ...

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure, Miklos Giterson, issued an apology to the community on Tuesday morning, July 10th, following reports of severe traffic around the Philipsburg area related...

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Inspectorate TEATT: Price Indication and Price Comparison

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Inspectorate of TEATT (Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications) informs anyone, who is acting as a retailer i.e. offers goods for sale to the public; that they are obliged to...

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School Bus Annual Inspection Starts on July 30

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT), Section School Bussing, announces that the Annual School Bus Inspection will take place from July 30th to August 2nd, 2018....

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Front Street to be closed on Friday for beautification works

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, July 13 for infrastructure...

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Reminder Annual hurricane season clean-up underway

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby informs the community that the annual hurricane season clean-up continues in the month of July by the various waste...

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A new All Female Executive Board was installed

On the 1st July 2018, a new All Female Executive Board was installed serving the SXM Achievers Toastmasters Club 2018/2019. For the upcoming 2018/2019 Toastmasters Term, the SXM Achievers Toastmasters Club will not simply walk the path, we will...

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WIB Supports "Back to School Drive"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB) supports the "3 rd annual Back to School Drive" spearheaded by student Ki-Mani Olivacce, who has called upon the community to donate school supply items for children in need. WIB...

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The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise donates eye glasses

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Annually, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise donates eye glasses to a number of students from various elementary and secondary schools. Part of the funds to purchase the eyeglasses was made available through the...

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First in-house Taxation Risk Seminar July 23-27

PHILIPSBURG - The manager of Prudential Tax Services formerly known as Prudential Small Business Services, Natasha Manuela-Gumbs hereby invites the business community of Sint Maarten to attend an important Tax Seminar for the week July 23-27,...

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Young United Women book club launched

ST. MARTIN (MARIGOT) - Reading is universal, no matter what gender, age, or social setting. When we read, our minds open, but there are also today, a variety of genres directed specifically to young people. It is through the dynamism and...

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Registration Now Open for EXPO section at #SPORTSMATTER...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in collaboration with the National Sports Institute (NSI) is happy to announce to all Sport, Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Businesses on the island that the...

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WIB ATM Carrefour Cole Bay Back in Service

COLE BAY - If you are on your way to the French side or coming to Cole Bay, and you're in vicinity of the Carrefour which is currently under reconstru...

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WIB Cole Bay Branch Closure as of July 16

COLE BAY - The Windward Island's Bank (WIB) via the following notice announces the closure of its Cole Bay branch. Read for more details.

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Thai football team rescue celebrated in the Dutch media...

Dutch media rejoiced on Tuesday afternoon as a Thai children's football team and their coach were all safely rescued from a flooded cave complex in Northern Thailand. The story has transfixed the Netherlands - as well as the rest of the world -...

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World Cup 2018 France reach final after 1-0 win over Belgium

France will face England or Croatia in the World Cup final after edging past European neighbours Belgium in the semi-final in St Petersburg. Defender Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal for the 1998 champions in the second half with a towering...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Tuesday July 10 th, Social & Health Insurances SZV hosted a Facebook Live broadcast on the topic of the rights and duties of patients and companions when on medical referral abroad. The speakers of the session were ...

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CPS: Stay cool and hydrated during extremely hot weather

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Heatwaves are among the most dangerous of natural hazards that have a significant impact on society, Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and...

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CPS Advises: Ensure your Vaccination Status is Up to Date

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Considering circulated news about various infectious and vaccine preventable diseases internationally and regionally, citizens are requested to take preventive actions. There have been international reports and...

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CPS Men's Health 2018: Living a healthier life and more...

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The lack of physical activity is seen as a health threat. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around the world, not enough people are active; one in four adults and four out of five adolescents are ...

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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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Demand of 34 months imprisonment against former Minister

WILLEMSTAD - Former Minister of Public Health, Jacinta Constancia, heard last Friday a demand of 34 months in prison for fraud. According to the Public Prosecutor, she should not be allowed to hold any public office for 5 years. Constancia, a...

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PDVSA's Caribbean stocks drained; affected by seizures

HOUSTON - Venezuelan crude sales to the United States recovered in June from May as state-run PDVSA exported more of its diluted oil to its customers and drained inventories from two Caribbean islands affected by assets seizures. PDVSA exports...

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Civil aviation is doing its utmost for Category 1 in 2019

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Bahamas Has no Intention of Joining CSME

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INTERPOL Americas conference addresses rising terrorism

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Man who beat up waiter apologises for bringing 'shame' on NL

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Illegal ivory still being sold in the Netherlands

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