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Oyster Bay owners angered by changes to STA statutes

PHILIPSBURG -- A change in its statutes to make government companies pay 3% of their revenue to the St. Maarten Tourist Authority STA, and to give the association power to impose taxes has irked hoteliers who say the board has strayed from the...

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Dear Reader

St. Maarten is full of fiefdoms.

It seems that the STA wants to become another such fiefdom.

However, experiences with fiefdoms on St. Maarten have far from being exemplary.

It is however ironic that there are complaints about the STA becoming a fiefdom while others are left virtually untouched and yet another elsewhere is in the making as well.

But like the saying goes.... Only on S'maartin!

Have a great day, people!

Best regards,

Terrance Rey
The Publisher

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Miss Teen St Maarten Departed SXM for Miss Teen Int'l in USA

PHILIPSBURG - Miss Teen St Maarten Shakainah Pompier Arrindell left St. Maarten on Saturday, July 21st, 2018, to represent the island in the Miss Teen International pageant in West Virginia. Listen to our video report of her interview at SXM Airport.

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SZV staff Christian and Hassell sworn in as bailiffs

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (Monday July 23rd, 2018) - On Tuesday July 16th, SZV staff members Mr. Abraham O. Christian and Mr. Richard R. G. Hassell were officially sworn in as bailiffs (belasting deurwaarder) by judge A.J.J. van Rijen at the...

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Detective J.G. to spend another 60 days behind bars

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Court of First Instance has sided with the Public Prosecutor’s Office on keeping Police Officer J.L.V.G. (42) in custody for 60 days additionally as a suspect in the WHALE investigation.

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A historic betrayal of the Antillean peoples

Hon. Mr. Eugene Rhuggenaath Prime Minister of Curacao Fort Amsterdam Curacao July 17, 2018 Subject: Meetings with Secretary-General and Security Council of the United Nations- a historic betrayal of the Antillean peoples Your Excellency! We took...

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Looking towards the future: A new Cuban Constitution

Commentary by Natalie Ponce ~ Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs In Havana, a city where it seems that time has stopped, the drafting of Cuba's new constitution is underway beneath the iconic white dome that sits atop the island

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St. Maarten to be represented on 26th and 27th July in USA

Miss Tean St. Maarten Shakainah Pompier Arrindell left St. Maarten on Saturday, July 21st, to represent the island in the Miss Teen International pageant in West Virginia at the pageant to be held on July 26 and 27, with the finals on July 28, 2018.

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US Ambassador visits Governor's Cabinet

Photo caption: Ambassador of the United States to the Netherlands, H.E. Pete Hoekstra (R), pays a courtesy visit to acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt (second to right) in the company of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the...

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Canadian High Council pays courtesy visit to Governor

Photo caption : High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados, H.E. Marie Legault, pays a courtesy visit to Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt. Whereupon Acting Governor Groeneveldt presented her with a token of appreciation. Photo provided by the...

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Reminder School Bus Annual Inspection Starts on July 30

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT), Section School Bussing, would like to remind school bus owners and drivers about the Annual School Bus Inspection that will take place...

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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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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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"Rio goes Green" - regular plastic cups banned from parade

PHILIPSBURG - the 7th Annual Lighted Parade - "Destra Edition" which will take place on August 18th, 2018, in Philipsburg, is promised to be the "Greenest" parade ever, as the Management of Rio Productions has decided to completely ban regular...

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Tourists and locals fleeing for their lives in Greece

Tourists are among those fleeing. Deadly forest fires are causing death and destruction in Greece. The worst Greek forest fires in a decade have raged through holiday resorts near Greece's capital, killing more than 100 people. This is according...

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Tourists believed to be among 50 dead in wildfires in Greece

Tourists are amongst the hundreds fleeing wildfires in Greece, which have already taken at least 50 lives.

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'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon' Comes to the Big Stage

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Better Opportunity for Talent (BOFT) will on Saturday, August 11, 2018 stage the highly-anticipated biblical love drama, 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon', at the L.B. Scot Sports Auditorium.

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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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Kooyman Launches Summer Fun Raffle! Three Weekly Winners

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Kooyman Megastore St. Maarten celebrated the launch of their summer raffle by selecting the first round of winners on Saturday July 21 st. These 3 lucky winners received FUN prizes such as: A dinner for Two at the newly...

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Meet the WINNERS of WIBs Online Personal Banking

PHILIPSBURG - The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) announced it's winners of the WIB Personal Online Banking Campaign. Meet the winners, WIB, Your Partner...

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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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Minister of Foreign Affairs is not out of trouble yet...

THE HAGUE - Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok was even deeper this weekend because of the dust he created with his statements about multiculturalism. The Minister of Foreign Affairs named Suriname a 'failed state' last week and attributed...

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Central Bank: Collaboration FTAC and CBCS

WILLEMSTAD - The Fair Trade Authority Curaçao (FTAC) and the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) signed a collaboration protocol about how they share information and knowledge in the execution of their tasks. Under the National...

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Health Inspection files complaint against Advent Hospital

WILLEMSTAD - The Health Inspectorate has today filed a complaint against the general and medical director of the Advent Hospital. According to the inspection, they refuse to cooperate with the inspection department of the Health Inspectorate and...

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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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CPS calls on communities to clean-up mosquito breeding sites

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, to clean their yards and remove debris in order to prevent mosquito breeding sites.

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Blok multicultural fallout continues; academics, artists ...

A letter calling for more diversity in the foreign affairs ministry which was sent by civil servants to foreign minister Stef Blok was actually signed by 200 people, according to broadcaster NOS. The existence of the letter first emerged at the...

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Poll results (12) - " St. Maarten is filthy. Do you agree?"

A bus driver - 25%
A cultural icon - 17%
An inspiration to many - 8%
A man from French Quarter - 8%
All of the above - 42%

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Should Dutch Minister Blok resign?
No. His apology is acceptable. - Regional News
Two new initiatives underway to tackle air connectivity...

CASTRIES, St Lucia - A delegation from Martinique met with representatives of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission to discuss the implementation of two...

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Time for a Caribbean FBI, says Barbados Parliamentarian...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday July 23, 2018 - A Parliamentarian in Barbados believes the time has come for the Caribbean to have its own version of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the principal law enforcement agency and domestic...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean Wins Most Innovative Bank Award

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday July 20, 2018 - Less than two months after releasing enhancements to its Mobile App and Online Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean has been named the Most Innovative Bank in the region at the prestigious World Finance...

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Caribbean Airlines Remains on Course to Profitability

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday July 23, 2018 - The Trinidad and Tobago-owned Caribbean Airlines is reporting increased revenues despite a 32 per cent increase in the price of fuel, and it says it's continuing on a path to profitability.

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ExxonMobil Says There's More Oil Offshore in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday July 23, 2018 - There appears to be more oil offshore Guyana than oil giant ExxonMobil had originally estimated. It announced earlier today that it has now been confirmed that the 6.6 million-acre Stabroek Block which...

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Pay taxes or leave, Antigua-Barbuda PM tells telecoms...

By Caribbean News Now contributor ST JOHN'S, Antigua - Speaking in parliament on Monday, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne gave notice to telecommunication providers Digicel and Flow on that his government will no longer honour tax ...

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Antigua-Barbuda PM wants all ministers to disclose assets

By Caribbean News Now contributor ST JOHN'S, Antigua - Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he plans to discuss with his ministers the possibility of disclosing details of their assets for public scrutiny. Browne told listeners...

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Construction of US$20 million rum distillery in Grenada

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada - London-based distiller Renegade Spirits has begun work on its groundbreaking new rum distillery in Grenada. Located near Pearl, on the north-eastern side of the island, the new distillery will cost US$20 million, being both ...

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Jamaica and Namibia Agree on Visa Waiver Programme

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday July 23, 2018 - Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa. That's because the Governments of Jamaica and Namibia this morning agreed to a visa waiver...

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Atlantic Basin expected to "wake up" between August 5-18

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - Crown Weather reported on Monday that the Atlantic Basin could "wake up" and start producing tropical weather systems sometime between August 5 and August 18. "An upward motion pulse of the Madden Julian Oscillation that...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday July 23, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) July 24, 2018 Tonight through Tuesday evening: Generally cloudy and breezy with passing showers. Forecast High: 31°C / 88 °F Forecast Low: 27°C /...

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Dutch court rules Deliveroo riders are self-employed

A courier for food delivery firm Deliveroo has lost his case to be treated as a member of staff rather than as self-employed. Judges in Amsterdam said on Monday morning that student Sytse Ferwerda should be considered to be self-employed because...

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15,000, including Prince Harry, attend Aids Conference

The Netherlands has earmarked €10m for a special fund which works to make hiv prevention and drugs more accessible to vulnerable groups, Dutch aid minister Sigrid Kaag told a major Aids conference in Amsterdam on Monday evening. Over 15,000...

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Ryanair warns Dutch passengers to claim compensation...

Budget airline Ryanair has written to a Dutch organisation which helps passengers claim compensation for delays saying it is disturbing 'the good relationship with passengers,' according to broadcaster NOS. The letter calls on EUclaim to stop...

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SXM Daily News - 23 Jul 2018
SXM Daily News July 23, 2018

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