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NAGICO almost at a 100% settlement score

NAGICO continues to settle hurricane insurance claims at a score of 94% to date in St. Maarten, according to a company statement to ~ PHILIPSBURG - NAGICO wrote to that they "were pleasantly surprised and very...

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Dear Reader

With almost 3700 views, our photo reportage about the filthy streets of St. Maarten with sewage water running rampant in the neighborhoods continues to be the topic of the day on our Facebook page.

One of our readers sent us an email about the topic. Here is what she had to say regarding our filthy St. Maarten:

All of us ought to do our part to keep this island, where we all call home, clean. It doesn`t have to take a blind man to see the filth lying around this tiny island; debris still on the side of the road, car wrecks parked all over the place (in front the Nagico building in town) is a perfect example, and the constant running of sewage water on the roads 24/7/365. 

Even the Dutch member of parliament. Mr. Pechtold, who was on a working visit here recently, wrote an article in the Daily Herald of Friday, 13th July. Message to country: "Clean up the rubbish." Now if this is not a hint and half, I don`t know anymore what will get our attention that this island is in need of a dire CLEAN UP and CLEAN OUT!!

I`ve just been to Providenciales in Turks and Caicos on vacation, which measures 38 sq. miles, they have also had the brunt of hurricane Irma, but I could not see it, only an eye that is trained to recognize hurricane damage would notice something passed through there. The island is super clean, attracting high end tourist at that.

I will echo the words of Mr. Mike Ferrier: "Come on St. Maarten, we can do better than this."

Don't think we have anything more to add to that. Nuff said!

Have a great day.

Best regards,

Terrance Rey
The Publisher

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Drugs in container found in Doorn possibly from St. Maarten

Lack of security at container terminal in St. Maarten an indication of a serious problem ~ PHILIPSBURG - Kilos of drugs found on Monday at the Marine barracks in Doorn in The Netherlands are quite possibly from the island of St. Maarten reports...

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Mass layoffs at Massy?

Consequences hurricanes Irma and Maria possibly negatively affecting Caribbean insurance company Massy United; mass layoffs ongoing ~ TRINIDAD/BARBADOS - Insurance company Massy United Insurance may be the first victim of the downturn in economy...

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ALG Inks First Resort Management Deal in Saint Martin

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Caribbean aviation taxes may cause economic strangulation

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ If an airport in the Caribbean wishes to be an international hub, or even a regional hub, it is probably well advised to drop departure taxes and other passenger taxes. Passenger taxation is 'swamp taxation' because no one...

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The nullifying of the political crises/dilemma

Understanding our parliamentary democracy government ~ By Political Analyst, Julio R. Romney ~ With the swearing in of the Council of Ministers on June 25, 2018, the ruling UD/SMCP coalition government found itself in a political dilemma with not ...

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"Parliament missing in action" says Gracita Arrindell

"PARLIAMENT MISSING IN ACTION AT A TIME WHEN NEEDED MOST BY THE PEOPLE OF SINT MAARTEN" "IT JUST IS NOT RIGHT" SAYS PPA LEADER GRACITA ARRINDEL Philipsburg, July 15, 2018. Gracita states; "Most people took a big sigh of relief when the first...

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SDM Leader Ortega has hard questions about Ennia, Mullet Bay

SINT MAARTEN (MULLET BAY) - Benjamin Ortega, Leader of the St. Maarten Development Movement (SDM) has issued a press statement on Sunday regarding Ennia, and the measures taken by the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten (CBCS). "Over the...

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Presenting Shakainah Pompier Arrindell-Miss Teen St.Maarten

Video presentation of Shakainah Pompier Arrindell as Miss Teen St. Maarten International.

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Ombudsman presents 2017 Year Report to Prime Minister

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday July 13th, Ombudsman Nilda Arduin presented the 2017 Ombudsman Year Report to Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin at the Government Building. Under the theme "Gearing towards Excellence" - the report highlights the...

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Johnson to discuss cruise industry sustainability with Port

PHILIPSBURG - Solidifying his commitment to economic revitalization, Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Transportation Minister Stuart Johnson announced Sunday, he plans to have a "formal sit-down" with Port St. Maarten's Supervisory Board and...

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Finance Minister clarifies claim of 2019 budget delay

PHILIPSBURG-Minister of Finance Perry Geerlings has every intention of delivering the final budget for 2019 to Parliament of St. Maarten before the December 15, 2018 deadline but says he will take the time necessary to "fine tune" the budget. Hi...

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Minister Plenipotentiary Wuite & Cabinet Welcomes Deputy ...

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - On Monday July 16, the Minister and Cabinet members welcomed the Deputy Minister Plenipotentiary, Michael Somersall at Schiphol Airport as he arrived to take up his duties in the Netherlands. Together this team...

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Food wholesalers and warehouses requested to be storm-ready

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Food wholesalers and warehouse depots are requested to have their facilities storm/hurricane ready by having a plan in place to prepare and secure their properties in the event of a storm/hurricane threat, the...

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SXM Airport To Use Terminal Building by November 2018

SIMPSON BAY - St. Maarten (Tuesday July 17, 2018) - "It is quite a giant step forward into the long anticipated terminal building," declared the Chief of Operations (COO), Michel Hyman. The Managing Board which also comprises of the CFO and...

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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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Old Fire Station to be Demolished on Thursday and Friday

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the old Fire Station across from the Clem Labega Square will be demolished. The demolition works...

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Ministry VROMI warns Strict Enforcement of Building Codes

The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) hereby informs the public that strict enforcement will be implemented with regard to compliance of the Building ordinance and the conditions of issued...

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Nature Foundation Reiterates Call to Ban Single-Use Plastic

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation is again calling on Parliament to ban single-use plastic products such as plastic bags, straws and cutlery and Styrofoam food containers in an effort to reduce marine litter and pollution on St Maarten. Single...

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Second Chamber Wants Fact sheet on Winair

The Hague- The permanent committee for Kingdom Affairs of the Dutch Second Chamber has asked State Secretary Raymond Knops a number of questions in relation to Winair. Knops was asked to provide a so-called fact sheet with basic data about the...

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Kingdom Ministers of Justice have Constructive Meetings

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - Today, the Ministers of Justice Grapperhaus (The Netherlands), Bikker (Aruba), Girigorie (Curaçao) and De Weever (St. Maarten) came together for the semi-annual "Justitieel Vierpartijen Overleg (JVO)". This time on Bonaire, ...

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"It is a jewel" - Schoolboy in Wartime reviewed in Alkmaar

GREAT BAY, St. Martin (July 17, 2018)-With the music of Betty V's Hold on and Neville York's Sweet Salt playing in the background, about 75 book party guests were treated here at the Parish Hall to an evening (7.7.18) of lively conversation,...

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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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Minister Johnson solidifies 'One Island Cooperation' MOU

PHILIPSBURG - Redeveloping cooperative tourism and marketing activities between the French and Dutch Tourism Bureaus for greater collaboration on destination marketing under the theme 'One Island Cooperation,' was the main priority identified by...

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1800 businesses covered by ECS. Survey extended by 3 weeks

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Department of Statistics (STAT) from the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications, embarked upon an Economic Census Survey (ECS) approximately 10 weeks ago and has received information...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean Remains Dedicated to Community

Arts Saves Lives, Now You Know, Milton Peters College (MPC), Sint. Maarten Lions Club, Ruby Labega School, and Alexander's Early Stimulation were among those sponsored by the bank. The Art Saves Lives 6 th Annual Summer Intensive which concluded...

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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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Ys never involved in Ennia insurance

WILLEMSTAD - Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) Supervisory Board Chairman Etienne Ys was never involved in the insurance activities of Ennia, he told the Amigoe newspaper after questions about a possible conflict of interest. Until...

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Former Minister of Finance wants Justice to clear his name

WILLEMSTAD - George Jamaloodin through his lawyer Alicia Blonk filed civil proceedings at the Court of First Instance stating that the Public Prosecution Service is responsible for the damage caused to his good name and reputation. The former...

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CPS: Prevent Drowning this School Holiday Season

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is advising parents and guardians to be vigilant when their children are at the...

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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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Family of tasered man, 73, make formal complaint

The family of the 73-year-old man with dementia who was tasered by Rotterdam police last week have made a formal complaint about the police action. 'I do not understand why they could not get hold of my father, who is a little old man,' son John...

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Dutch internet company We Transfer considers Amsterdam IPO

The Dutch internet company We Transfer is considering a European IPO and the Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam best suits its needs. We Transfer CEO Gordon Willoughby, who came to the company from Amazon, has said a US IPO is out ...

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Prime Minister Rhuggenaath welcomed US ambassador Pete...

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COPA Airlines expands to daily Curaçao flights

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Update: InselAir to announce strategic partner soon

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Bulgarian skimmers have been in custody for 8 months

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