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Audit Chamber: Ministries are not in control of public funds

PHILIPSBURG - The government's 2016 financial statements contain "material errors of profound influence," the General Audit Chamber writes in its Compliance Audit, a document that was presented to parliament on Monday, January 14. The audit...

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Dear Reader

The ground shook today. The foundation St. Maarten's society is built on is slowly shaking to crumbles with all these tremors caused by integrity breaches.

Incredibly, the latest case regards a son of the soil - even if it is one from the island of St. Eustatius - in our eyes he is still a local and very much one of us.

We will be last to stick our hands in the fire for anyone here on St. Maarten where it pertains to integrity issues, however we feel compelled to monitor this particular case closely as something does not feel right about it. In this day and age, with all the attention corruption, bribery and money laundering is getting from the authorities, who in their right mind would still attempt to commit such a crime, especially someone in a position to know better. We will await the outcome of the investigations and let justice run its course. But we will be watching, watching and reporting.

In the meantime...

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Ansary frustrates restructuring of insurance company ENNIA

PHILIPSBURG - Hushang Ansary, the 93-year old Persian-American major shareholder of Parman International B.V. is frustrating the restructuring process the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) has initiated to rescue troubled insurance...

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Will Ennia's policyholders pay the price?

By Hilbert Haar ~ Insurance company Ennia is struggling, to put it mildly. Its management and members of the supervisory board, including major shareholder Hushang Ansary, have been fired and the company is now controlled by the Central Bank of...

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Edible Fruit Arrangements/Edible Bouquets Now On Sale Again

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No clear indication when airport financing will be available

PHILIPSBURG - There has been no clear indication from the Council of Ministers of how long it will take to pay back the Euros 100 million which was offered to the Government of St. Maarten from the Netherlands to have the Princess Juliana...

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Think ahead

An interesting question was posed today on Facebook. The poster wanted to know how the Shutdown in the USA, the Yellow Vests issues in France and the Russian bombers in Venezuela might affect our one pillar economy. A good question and it would...

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Why Does St. Martin Not Have a National Anthem Yet?

By Dr. Rhoda Arrindell ~ Chapter 1 of the States Regulation (aka Constitution) of Sint Maarten, in its English translation of the Dutch original states in Article 1.3 that: "By national ordinance the national flag, the coat of arms and the national..

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UPDATE: Jerry Sprott arrested by member of TBO

UPDATE TBO: Chief of security St. Maarten airport arrested PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (TBO) - On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Anti-corruption Taskforce (TBO) detained suspect S. on St. Maarten. S, 48 years old, is the chief of security of...

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PJIAE Chief Security Jerry Sprott arrested in Bribery case

PHILIPSBURG:-- TBO Officers arrested the Chief Security of Princess Juliana International Airport Jerry Sprott this morning. The officers also raided Sprott's home in Belvedere while his office was also searched.

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PJIA'S Chief Security J.S arrested + statement TBO spokesman

SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten- According to reports reaching our news desk, the Chief Security Officer at the Princess Juliana International Airport, J.S, has been detained. He was detained Wednesday morning by officers of the Anti Corruption Task...

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Government turns a deaf ear to Dock Maarten's complaints

Authorities tolerate unfair competition at Great Bay Marina PHILIPSBURG - The dispute between Dock Maarten, Bobby's Marina and Country St. Maarten is alive and kicking. Bobby's Marina continues to operate on parcels of water without holding long...

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RST investigations not hampered, says minister

THE HAGUE - Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ferd Grapperhaus says detective work in important criminal and subversive cases did not suffer due to past problems at the management level of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team RST. The RST...

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Expert hired to assist with connectivity plan for Saba

Determined to improve the connectivity to Saba, the Public Entity Saba has decided to hire an expert company to assist in achieving a higher and more affordable transportation capacity by air and ferry, and to draft a connectivity plan. The...

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Questions for the Minister of TEATT about SXM FAA status

Philipsburg - Since the honourable Minister of Transportation, Stuart Johnson, left the Wednesday's Council of Minister's press briefing without taking questions from the media, we would like to pose the following questions about the FAA standing ...

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Minister Jesus-Leito explains about aviation category 2...

Minister of Transportation Jesus-Leito explains about Curacao's civil aviation category 2 status with the American FAA.

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SXM Airways Brings Van Ark to Saba; Conducts Aerial Tour

The Bottom- Saba- Sint Maarten's youngest carrier, SXM Airways, was in charge last Monday, January 7, 2019 of transporting Dutch State Secretary Tamara van Ark to the Unspoiled Queen. An aerial tour over the island was provided before...

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Legendary Performance of The Jacksons at Heineken Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is famous for world-class racing and attracting some of the world's top musical acts for their legendary parties. This year is no different. Motown royalty, The Jacksons - Jackie,...

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Maduro Travel Official Travel Agent St. Maarten Carnival 50

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has recognized Maduro Travel as the official Travel Agent of Carnival 2019, the 50 th Anniversary of St. Maarten Carnival. The partnership will increase services...

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Positive reviews for St. Maarten at Dutch Tourism Trade Fair

PHILIPSBURG:---The 49th edition of the Dutch Tourism Trade Fair "Vakantiebeurs Utrecht" is being hailed as a success based on the positive feedback from many in attendance. Vakantiebeurs Utrecht opens the holiday season each year in January for...

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Johnson meets regional Ambassadors in Holland

THE HAGUE-St. Maarten's tourism focus continues to be on the rebranding of the destination and creating awareness of the fact that the island is open to welcome back visitors. That was the message from Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs,...

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I from Earth

By Hilbert Haar ~ Every now and then when there is apparently nothing better to do, this question comes up. Who is a St. Maartener? Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, a member of the National Alliance, has once more lit the fire under this seemingly simple...

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French side problems

According to reports coming out of the various districts and communities on the French side of Saint Martin/St. Maarten, people are complaining about a lot of issues affecting their daily lives in a post-Irma era. It has been well over fifteen months

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There is a need to prioritize recovery projects on St Martin

MARIGOT-Examining the reconstruction of the French side of the island compared to the Dutch Side it will seem that hurricanes of 2017 apparently happened on the French side, said Senator Guillaume Arnell. In making the comparison between the two...

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Need for proper planning on the rebuilding of St. Martin

MARIGOT - "There is need for proper planning in the rebuilding of the communities following the devastation of the island by the hurricanes of 2017," said Senator Guillaume. He explained that among the issues that they are facing are persons who...

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The expansion of L'Esperance Airport runway at a standstill

GRAND CASE - Although the Lawrence family has received the funds for the land more than a year ago to accommodate the expansion of the L'Esperence airport in Grand Case, nothing seem to be happening as yet. "I have ensured that the process to...

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Jesus-Leito: "No talks on people losing their jobs at UTS"

WILLEMSTAD – According to several sources, the telecommunication company UTS was preparing to lay off 100 of its employees. But according to the Minister responsible for this public company, this is not true or at least she has no knowledge of this.

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Schotte is receiving 'business visits' in prison

WILLEMSTAD – The prison warden initially rejected the petition made by the political party MFK for their leader to receive ‘business visits’. The warden explained to the members of the party that the decision for their leader to receive these visits

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Parman with summary proceedings against the CBCS

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IMF says a "global bank" is returning to the Caribbean

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ WASHINGTON, USA - In a post published last week by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on its website, the IMF's general counsel, Rhoda Weeks-Brown, claimed that a...

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Bridgetown, Barbados, 16, January, 2019 - BAFT, an international financial services association, recently announced its Future Leaders program class of 2019 and for the first time an employee of a regional bank has landed a place in the...

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Two More Statia Companies May Become Unionized

Oranjestad- St. Eustatius may soon have 2 new companies who will be unionized, after no less than 2 referendums will take place on the island in a single day. The referendums will be taking place at 9 and 12.30 respectively. In the first of the ...

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Parliament demands transfer of work permit authority to Saba

The Bottom, Saba - The Public Entity Saba must be enabled to handle work permit requests, the Dutch Parliamentarians unilaterally agreed during a meeting with the Executive Council on Saturday, January 12. The transfer of this authority has...

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New boat, 'Thalassa', donated to STCB

New boat, 'Thalassa', donated to STCB Kralendijk, 16 January 2019 - Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) is very grateful to Blue Jay Holding Bonaire B.V. for the donation of a brand new boat to the non-profit organization. The boat, an...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) January 16, 2019 Tonight through Wednesday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with a passing shower possible. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F...

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St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce elects new President

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten -The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) has a new president. He is the former vice president at the organization, Benjamin Ortega. Mr. Ortega replaces the former president of COCI, Stanly Lint, who was...

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NAGICO and Swiss Re-sign reinsurance treaty renewal at sea

PHILIPSBURG - NAGICO Group and Swiss Re have renewed their Excess of Loss (XoL) reinsurance treaty with symbolic signing 1,500 miles from land on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean. The treaty, which became effective on 1 January 2019, was signed by...

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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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SMDF to host Community Council Meeting on Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Kicking off its 15-month Community Development Project, St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) will be hosting an informatio...

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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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Dutch team wins Atlantic Rowing Challenge

The first team to complete the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge arrived at the Nelsons Dockyard, Antigua, last evening. The four-man team of the Dutch Atlantic Four is comprised of Bart Adema, Erik Koning, David de Bruijn and Marcel Ates....

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Local Innovation Facilitates Solidarity-Based Biogas in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Tuesday January 8, 2019 (IPS) - Black plastic pipes, readily available on the mainly empty shelves of Cuba's shops, distribute biogas to homes in the rural town of La Macuca, buried under the ground or running through the grass and...

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May's government survives no confidence vote

Theresa May has seen off a bid to remove her government, winning a no-confidence vote by 325 to 306. Rebel Tory MPs and the DUP - who 24 hours ago voted down the PM's Brexit plan by a record margin - voted to keep her in Downing Street.

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White House prepares for a Venezuela without Nicolás Maduro

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is mulling whether to recognize the president of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly as the de facto leader of Venezuela instead of President Nicolás Maduro, according to two people familiar...

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Colombia clears migrant camp as Venezuela exodus continues

BOGOTA - Colombian authorities evacuated a camp that housed Venezuelan immigrants in the capital of Bogota on Tuesday, dismantling a temporary shelter even as the flow of refugees from the crisis-stricken neighboring nation is expected to...

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PVV MP Dion Graus accused of mental and physical abuse...

The ex-wife of PVV parliamentarian Dion Graus has made a police complaint against him, alleging that he hit her on one occasion and made her have sex with his bodyguards, the Telegraaf said on Wednesday. Graus, who has represented the...

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Locals invite Rutte for coffee to see pollution for...

The inhabitants of the seaside village of Wijk aan Zee have taken out a full page advert in the Volkskrant calling on prime minister Mark Rutte to take action to stop the pollution from companies Tata Steel and Harsco in nearby IJmuiden,...

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Van Gogh potentially worth millions left to small museum ...

The Van Gogh Huis in Veenoord/Nieuw Amsterdam in Drenthe may have been given a real Van Gogh potentially worth tens of millions of euros, local broadcaster RTV Drenthe reports. The painting, which still has to be authenticated, was left to the...

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EU won't make major changes to Brexit plan, says Dutch...

European Union countries will not be prepared to make 'major changes' to British prime minister Theresa May's Brexit deal to give her a plan B following Tuesday night's historic no vote, Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said on Tuesday evening.

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