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Prosecution aims to reclaim millions from Schotte

WILLEMSTAD - The public prosecutor's office aims to seize more than 2 million guilders from Curacao's former Prime Minister and leader of the MFK-party Gerrit Schotte and his partner Cicely van der Dijs. On February 15, the case is in court for a ...

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Dear Reader

It is almost enough to give everyone a headache: Caribbean aviation problems.

Now it is PAWA Dominicana in financial problems. So much so, that the airline company has been grounded for 90 days.

Running the risk of having an intro filled with platitudes, it is said that in order to become a millionaire in the airline business, you have to start out as a billionaire. Don't believe it? Ask Alan Stanford.

With the demise of so many Caribbean airlines - too many to even try to list here - it is still a surprise that there is always another airline company eager to take the place of the last defunct airline operator.

Time and time again, you see the main cause of the problem: investors confusing cashflow for profits. Maybe this is their intention. Laundering ill-gotten cash in other areas may be a motivating force to get into such a hugely cashflow-rich business sector. But it is not our place to make such wild speculations. We leave that to the relevant authorities.

Nonetheless, in this edition we feature the news about PAWA and Inselair in our Caribbean Aviation News section below.

Fortunately, Divi Divi Air comes to the rescue and is providing airlift between the ABC-islands with their newly acquisitioned 19-seater Twin Otter aircraft. Proof that you don't have to be a big airline operator to be profitable. Small can also be beautiful.... and profitable. In such a case, cashflow is king!

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The Caribbean demand: obey me or else

By Chris Morvan ~ There is a character trait I've noticed in other parts of the Caribbean that I was dismayed to find exists here: the official's need to be obeyed. By "official" I mean anyone in any walk of life who is in charge of something.

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Conference held with aim of improving law enforcement

OYSTER BAY - Over fifty delegates of the Ministry of Justice Sint Maarten, Ministry of Justice and Security the Netherlands, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations the Netherlands, and associated parties, attended a conference organized...

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Waterbenders battle Cole Bay fire

Cartoon celebrating true heroes of St. Maarten

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Irma was the most expensive disaster for France

MARIGOT - The French Insurance Federation has released a new account of damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Saint Martin and St. Barths. At the beginning of November, the insurance companies had received 16,400 claims, worth an estimated €830...

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Masters Tax Consulting scores with Tax Seminar

PHILIPSBURG - For the week January 22 through January 25, Masters Tax Consulting (MTC) organized a seminar that was conducted by Mr. Terence Jandroep CRA of Benjamin & Parker Corporation, a press release from MTC said. "The seminar outlined the...

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CC1 St. Maarten introduces a Limited-Edition Coca-Cola can

Cay Hill - CC1 St. Maarten, the exclusive distributor of Coca Cola®, has commissioned a Limited Edition 12oz Coca-Cola can for St. Maarten. In the aftermath of "Irma", CC1 wanted to do something to commemorate the strength and resilience of St....

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Port St. Maarten becomes benchmark port at CPM Workshop

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Port St. Maarten Management and Operations representatives returned last week after attending the three-day Caribbean Port Management Workshop, organized and presented by the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC). ...

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CPS increases measles vigilance after PAHO alert

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, has been alerted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to increase vigilance due to a...

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Morales says women and youth empowerment essential

Philipsburg - National Alliance candidate number 15, Lucrecia 'Loekie' Morales, who is of the opinion that the people of St. Maarten are #STRONG as little by little their small island developing state is bouncing back from the Irma devastation...

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The Cooperative Association explained

Under the law of Sint Maarten it is possible to form a co-operative association (coöperatieve vereniging, or coöperatie) also called a co-operative. The co-operative is a distinct legal entity, a special kind of association, formed by two or more ...

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The Motion of No Confidence

In general a Motion is a question or issue put to a vote in Parliament expressing its position on a particular topic or issue, its feelings or view, a desire or an instruction of Parliament on any particular subject. A Motion must be submitted in ...

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Airport Demolitions Plans
Minister De Weever kicks off demolition of airport interior

SIMPSON BAY - Demolition works started on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, when the honorable Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (TEATT), Cornelius De Weever...

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Today, we resume our dossier on the airport demolition plans. We start off the discussion with the following question:

What is a demolition?

According to the United States Department of Labor (USDL), Demolition is the dismantling, razing, destroying or wrecking of any building or structure or any part thereof.”

As expected, there are many hazards associated with demolitions but according to the USDL “demolition involves additional hazards due to unknown factors which makes demolition work particularly dangerous”.

To emphasize the magnitude of demolition task, the USDL explained that “It is not enough to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Employees must be trained on the selection, use, fitting and inspections of the building they intend to demolish. They advised that the specific standards must be in place to avoid hazards.

Risks of a demolition undertaking

Construction demolition is an extraordinarily high-risk business. Ensuring the safety of all involved, including on-site employees and people who live or work nearby, is a joint effort involving the client, the designer, the general contractor, construction managers and construction staff. Nevertheless, if you’re the general contractor on a demolition job, the responsibility for managing the site and keeping everyone safe ultimately falls on you.

How to avoid demolition accidents

Proper planning is essential to ensure a demolition operation is conducted with no accidents or injuries. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • An engineering survey completed by an expert before any demolition work takes place. This should include an assessment of the condition of the structure and the possibility of an unplanned collapse.
  • Locating, securing, and/or relocating any nearby utilities.
  • Fire prevention and evacuation plan.
  • First Aid and Emergency Medical Services, etc.

As much as it is known that certain accidents are unavoidable, with proper planning and precaution, certain accident incidents can be avoided.


The major risks in construction demolition fall into seven distinct categories. Via the following link: we give a brief summary of each one and a few tips for keeping the job site safe: Caribbean Aviation News
Official Statement Pawa Dominicana

TO ALL OUR PASSENGERS PAWA Dominicana informs all its passengers that the operations of the airline are suspended pending the disposition of the Dominican authorities. The airline invites its passengers not to show up at the PAWA Dominicana...

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PAWA Dominicana laments decision of imposed suspension...

SANTO DOMINGO - The decision of the Civil Aviation Board of the Dominican Republic to suspend the operations of PAWA Dominicana are far from supporting the development of commercial aviation in the country and it harms the growth of the industry...

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Challenges faced by InselAir and PAWA has Minister attention

PHILIPSBURG - The challenges being faced by InselAir airlines from Curacao and PAWA Dominicana airlines in the Dominican Republic, has the full attention of Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunications...

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Flight schedule InselAir experienced serious disruptions

WILLEMSTAD - Last Friday, the Curacao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) provided feedback to the management of InselAir of the inspections carried out by CBA at InselAir during the past two weeks. The inspection was carried out by and under the...

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Divi Twinotter brings relief on Bonaire-Curaçao route

62 Kralendijk- Divi Divi Air is bringing some desperately needed relief on the route between Bonaire and Curaçao with the deployment of their newly acquired DHC-6 Twinotter Aircraft. Although the Twinotters are still relatively small with a total ...

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Saba churches raise funds for renovations after Irma

THE BOTTOM - Hurricane Irma left a number of churches on the island of Saba with structural damages. "Some government assistance was received but extra money is still needed. Once we receive material from government, we can speed up the process...

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Rabobank hit by cyber attack after rivals were targeted

Rabobank became the third of the big Dutch banks to be targeted by a cyber attack in as many days on Monday morning when customers could not log into the co-op bank's websites for banking services The attack on Rabo fell hard on the heels of...

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Royal Navy in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - The support ship that is now moored in the harbor at Otrobanda is not the famous Karel Doorman, but the RFA Mounts Bay of the English Royal Navy. The 176-meter-long ship is here for maintenance. The British ship will remain on the...

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GreenTown or PDVSA?

Only after a D.D. (due diligence), Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE), as main investor for the Oil Refinery (RdK), was disqualified. The D.D. showed that the company did not have access to the required funds of US $ 1,5 billion, to upgrade the RdK...

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Rotary and Shoes that Grow

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Assistance Governor Marcellia Henry was approached by Tom Veevers a Past District Governor from District 7640 and his wife Barbara. Barbara has seen a program on Facebook called 'Shoes that Grow'. They wanted to help...

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Over 100 participants in the 6th St Maarten Regatta clean-up

SIMPSON BAY - This weekend, the St. Maarten Regatta organized the 6th annual Beach Clean-Up which took place at Kim Sha Beach. Over 100 children participated in the event, collecting over 450 kilos of garbage from the beach. The morning was...

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Teenagers turned off by Facebook as it becomes...

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Teenagers are turning away from Facebook in favour of visually led alternatives such as Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat, new research has found. The number of 15 to 19-year-olds with Facebook accounts fell from 80%...

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Why yes to Spadaro and not a basketball court for the youths

Dear Editor, Why is this interim cabinet hell-bent to destroy the approval granted by his predecessor CHRISTOPHE EMMANUEL of the NA to build the long awaited and promised basketball court for the youth of Fort Willem and St. Maarten as a whole?...

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Plan of Action for Mental Health Foundation Guided Living

Dear Mr. Editor, As a community spirited person and the former Minister of VROMI who believed in helping institutions such as the Mental Health Foundation, during my tenure I assisted the former with a parcel of land around the zoo to build their ...

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Time to put down the flag

Dear Editor, After hurricane Irma the site with the flagpole was set up. A lot has been said about the flagpole. Mostly about the costs of USD 150.000. Despite all the negative, I find it was good idea. From many areas in Simpson Bay you can see...

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Wealth tourism development in the Caribbean

By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ "We want more private and business aircraft coming to our airport." - "You're right," I responded. "We're looking for a mover-and-shaker to do it" - "Good thing," I replied. "We were thinking of you!" - "Who me?". That was...

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Describing investors as "greedy" is not productive

By Robbie Ferron ~ More and more I am hearing investors in St. Maarten described as being greedy and exploitative. A posting on Facebook did this without nuance. Whilst in the early years investors in St. Maarten were welcomed uncritically in many...

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SXM Daily News - 29 Jan 2018
SXM Daily News January 29, 2018

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