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Video: Research impact extreme weather events by IHE Delft

This animation video addresses the impact of extreme weather events and tsunami's on coastal communities. In 2017, hurricane "Irma" destroyed a large portion of Sint Maarten and other islands in the Caribbean Sea, leaving thousands homeless. IHE...

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IHE Delft research in predicting extreme weather events

Delft, The Netherlands - 31 July 2018. An international team of researchers, led by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, has developed adaptive risk management strategies for coastal communities. Coastal floods are regarded as one of the most ...

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Dear Reader

In answer to questions posed by about the new check policies being enforced by local banks, the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) wrote the following in an email response: " Please be informed that commercial banking institutions each have distinct internal policies and procedures regarding bank clearance, and that the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) does not disclose information concerning internal policies of institutions under supervision."

However, despite this non-answer to the question whether the Central Bank was aware of the new policies on cashing checks being enforced by the local banks on St. Maarten, the CBCS wrote an interesting comment. Namely: " In addition, we inform you that while the CBCS has not yet established specific policies and guidelines for the clearing of checks to which the institutions must adhere to, this will be the case in the near future."

So the basically the Central Bank has not set any specific check cashing policies and guidelines for the banks to adhere to, but The Bank intends to do so in the near future.

We look forward to that.

With that said, we also look forward to reading WIB's new updated General Conditions and Terms to be published Wednesday, August 1st.

In the meantime, have a great day.

Best regards,

The Publisher

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A liberating experience

By Hilbert Haar ~ We're getting closer to the beginning of our big trip towards Asia. St. Maarten is in the rearview mirror, after we left the island at the end of June. It is still weird not to be involved in what's happening out there.

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Bahamas Government and University unveil statue created by..

By Alfred Harley ~ PHILIPSBURG/THE BAHAMAS-What motivates this African born 'Sculpting King' to exceed every level of excellence previously attained, is in his words "the joy of sculpting history's heroes." Known to everyone locally as "Africa,"...

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St. Maarten Youth Council Welcomes New Computer Lab

Phillipsburg - The opening of a new computer lab at the Youth Community Centre in St. Peters on July 24, 2018, held special significance for the St. Maarten Youth Council Association (SMYCA), an umbrella organization with more than 30 years'...

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Passport recall. Technical problem in production process ...

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - The Minister of Internal Affairs in the Netherlands has issued a passport recall and/or check due to a possible glitch in one of the security features placed in the chip of some recently produced Dutch passports.

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EXCLUSIVE: Council of Ministers fires PJIAE Holding Board

PHILIPSBURG -- The Council of Ministers decided on Tuesday to fire the members of Princess Juliana Airport Holding (PJIAH) board. These members are Alex Djkhoff, Marieke Van Zadlehof, Glen Daniel and Rochelle Hodge. Members to contest COM's decision.

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Beryl was an exercise on storm readiness. Visit expo ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Executive Director Anastacio Baker, says that Hurricane Beryl which later weakened to a remnant weather system before reaching the Lesser Antilles during the first...

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EXCLUSIVE: GEBE suspends HR and ICT Managers

PHILIPSBURG -- Management of GEBE has suspended two of its managers on Tuesday. They are the Human Resource Manager and the ICT Manager. SMN News understands that the two managers were suspended due to another security breach that occurred July 28th.

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Miss Teen St. Maarten represented the island successfully

According to The Daily Herald: "The preliminary round for the pageant was held on July 26, and the finals on Saturday, July 28. While she did not place in the pageant, Shakainah enjoyed her experience, which brought a lot of exposure for St Maarten."

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Experience gained

Miss Teen St. Maarten International and reigning Miss Carnival Teen Queen Shakainah Pompier Arrindell returned to St. Maarten on Monday after competing in the Miss Teen International Pageant in Charlestown, West Virginia, United States.

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Police looking for middle-aged man driving a silver-gray car

MADAME ESTATE - The Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) is still working on the "Guadeloupe" investigation. On December 21st, 2017 a man with the initials E.W.D.L. was shot in the evening on the Guadeloupe Road in Madame Estate, KPSM said in a...

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PUBLIC NOTICE from Milton Peters College (MPC) =

To all parents/guardians and students of the Milton Peters College: We would like to inform all parents/guardians of the students attending the Milton Peters College as follows: 1. The schedule for picking up the school books for the academic year...

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License plate controls commence on August 6

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Tax Administration, div: Receiver's Office, hereby informs the general public that in cooperation with Police Dept. (KPSM), controls on payment for Motor vehicle taxes 2018 will commence as of Monday, August 6 th, ...

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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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Philipsburg Jubilee Library closed for inventory August 6

PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be closed on Monday July 30 th, Monday August 6 th & Monday 13 th, 2018, from 8 am to 5pm, to continue salvaging materials before the peak of the Hurricane season and the possible departure of...

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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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Barbados JetBlues take US by storm - Caribbean News Now

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Barbados' male Rugby 7s team has arrived home after touring the United States to compete in club Rugby tournaments in New York, Buffalo and Pennsylvania. The tour saw the team test their skills against traditionally very...

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BFIT developing triathlon to new heights

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes (BFIT) has recently hosted athlete and coaching development camps as part of the organisation's commitment to improving the skills of the triathlon community. In collaboration...

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Soup Kitchen to Open on Saturday

EBENEZER - "Brethren, come and join us as we help make a difference in our community! Sovereignty Ladies will be opening their FREE soup kitchen, there will also be FREE clothing available for those whom would like them.

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Christian Fellowship Total Restoration Dance Ministry to ...

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Ever since returning to the island with a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Catherina Carbon of Christian Fellowship Church continues to make waves across the island as...

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Earl Duzong Crowned in 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon'

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Talented actor Earl Duzong will take to the stage once again, this time as one of the wisest kings in the biblical era when he joins the Class 2 of the Cole Bay Methodist Church in 'The Rise and Fall of King Solomon'.

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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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Back to School "Smartie" Plan kicking off August month

Pond Island -- TelEm Group’s Marketing & Sales team are hoping parents and mobile customers get “Smart” and take up a brand new “Smartie” Plan to keep their tech-savvy children charged and ready for the new school term.

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New offer for Plaza hotel

WILLEMSTAD - There is a new offer for the Plaza Hotel in downtown Punda. According to various sources on the island, there are several candidates interested in the prominent building in the downtown area. This means that a new auction can be...

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Hilton Curaçao celebrates Hilton's annual global week ...

Team Members take Hilton's innovation and influence to communities to drive positive change. WILLEMSTAD - During Hilton's annual Global Week of Service, more than 50 volunteers from Hilton Curacao have extend their expertise in service and...

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Curaçao Chinese School excels at Jiangmen City summer camp

WILLEMSTAD, JIANGMEN - Curaçao was once again well represented at the yearly summer camp activities in the series of Youth China held by Jiangmen City Government and TV station. The Curaçao team consisted of students of the local Chinese school....

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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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Amsterdam is not lawless jungle, but it does need more cops

Amsterdam's mayor Femke Halsema says more police and street wardens are needed in the city centre to keep the crowds of tourists and partygoers under control. The mayor told the Telegraaf she would do her utmost to persuade justice minister...

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ABN Amro expands private banking activities in Belgium

ABN Amro has agreed to acquire the private banking activities of France's Société Générale in Belgium, the Dutch bank said in a statement on Tuesday. ABN Amro said the acquisition will double its private banking presence in Belgium with more...

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Two men injured in Arnhem apartment 'drugs' blast have died

Two of the three men injured in a explosion in a block of flats in Arnhem on Monday evening have died in hospital, police said on Tuesday. The three men all got out of the building after the blast. One jumped into a canal and a second was taken...

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Poll results (15) - " Should Dutch Minister Blok resign?"

Yes - 53%
No - 20%
No, his apology is acceptable - 27%

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Over 16,000 economic citizenship passports now issued

By Clive Bacchus/BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) - There are more competitors in the market, offering their own version of the citizenship by investment (CBI) programme pioneered by St Kitts and Nevis, but Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris at a recent ...

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Spicemas Grenada to get increased airlift from LIAT

By Youri Kemp ~ Caribbean News Now associate editor - ST GEORGE'S, Grenada - The government of Grenada will partner with regional air carrier LIAT this year to increase airlift into Grenada for the Spicemas Carnival next...

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St Lucia opposition calls on government to 'come clean'

By Melanius Alphonse Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ CASTRIES, St Lucia - Following the recently published interim report on disinformation and 'fake news' by the Britain's parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media...

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Global Travel Forecast projects higher travel costs

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ VIRGINIA, USA - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), along with Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), has produced its annual Global Travel forecast for 2019,...

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Former Trinidad national security minister new commissioner

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - Former United National Congress (UNC) minister for national security, Gary Griffith, has been appointed to become the new commissioner of...

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CCJ rules Belize Supreme Court judge is to be investigated

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - In the case of Dean Boyce, British Caribbean Bank Ltd, and Lord Michael Ashcroft KCMG v the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Tuesday issued a judgment stating that a 2012...

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CDB approves funding to enhance Guyana's transportation...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding in the amount of US$4.4 million to help Guyana enhance its transportation sector, and support the development of interior communities. The...

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Sixteen regional professionals earn Energy Certification

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Sixteen men and women from around the Caribbean region are now designated certified energy professionals, having participated in the regional Certified Energy Manager (CEM) training programme and successfully passed the CEM ...

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Caribbean sugar industry leaders highlight Brexit chances

LONDON, England - Sugar Association of the Caribbean board members met with representatives from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar producing countries on 6 July in London, to discuss future market access to UK, post-Brexit. Chairman of...

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Jamaica issues cultivating licence to grow medical cannabis

By Caribbean News Now contributor KINGSTON, Jamaica - Global Canna Labs Limited (GCL) has now formally received its Tier 3 cultivation licence from the Jamaican Cannabis Licensing Agency, which allows the company to cultivate organic medical...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday July 31, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) August 01, 2018 Tonight through Wednesday evening: Fair to partly cloudy and breezy with a few local showers possible. Forecast High: 31°C /...

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Curaçao, what it could have been

I have been working in our tourism industry for close to 50 years and have seen a lot, heard a lot and have experienced a lot. I have met some very good people that tried to push our tourism with all they got and also have also met idiots that...

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Commentary: Still reeling from Maria, Puerto Rico braces ...

By Joe Guzzardi ~ Back in February, I returned to Puerto Rico, my home for many years, and the birthplace of my son and sister. For decades, I had resisted going back because I knew that decades of development had transformed the island from...

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Commentary: CARICOM is Us - Part one

By Christopher Famous ~ "Every time I hear the crack of a whip, my blood runs cold." ~ Bob Marley In the year 1492 Europeans sailed into the Caribbean and for the next century committed history's largest rape, enslavement and genocide of untold...

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Letter: St Lucia National Insurance: For the benefit of all

Dear Sir: Now that the hype and emotions have died down; I think it prudent to write this article to enlighten Saint Lucians on the importance of the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) to all of us and the potential dangers that could beset it. ...

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