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MP Brison on the 'prerogative' of the Chair of Parliament

Philipsburg - Parliament held a continuation meeting regarding the repercussions of the verdict by the European Court of Human Rights in the Corallo case for the country St. Maarten and the Ministry of Justice of St. Maarten. The meeting was a...

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Dear Reader

In a next issue we intend to feature articles on the topic of independence as our own Rhoda Arrindell, PhD, will be gracing our pages with her long-awaited contribution on independence for St. Martin. We will also be reporting on the situation in St. Eustatius and the latest developments in Bonaire and how this all relates to the future of St. Maarten as a partner country with the constellation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In the meantime, do enjoy our newsletter today. We encourage you to specially read our special report below on the FAVE school board situation at the St. Maarten Academy PSVE School and our opinion piece about the responsibilities of school boards.

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SZV Supervisory Board Members on SZV paid sick leave?

On Nov. 9, 2018, the VSA Minister Emil Lee along with SZV Director Glen Carty presented to MPs the current financial status of SZV and the revenue losses post-hurricane Irma and Maria. Absent were the members of the board. What happened to them?

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A Special Report
Academy school board gets most of the blame for dispute...

PHILIPSBURG - The situation at the St. Maarten Academy PSVE (Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education) remains volatile now that the board led by former Justice Minister Roland Duncan has refused to remove principal Lavern Nelson from her...

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FAVE board has to pay big for wrongful dismissal court case

PHILIPSBURG - The board of the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) has to pay 94,000 guilders gross ($52,514) to guidance counselor and job training coordinator Zeynep Sabahoglu for firing her without a valid reason. The board ...

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The responsibility of school boards

By Hilbert Haar ~ The case of the dismissed guidance counselor by the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) shows once more how irresponsible the board members of such organizations are when it comes to their responsibilities.

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Kreative Juices Thanksgiving Menu 2018

Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 22, 2018

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NIPA student Natasha Schmidt to be laid to rest today...

PHILIPSBURG - The late Natasha Schmidt who was brutally murdered by her brother-in-law in the Dutch Quarter district on October 29, 2018, will be laid to rest today Wednesday in the Cul-de-sac cemetery. The 36 year-old mother of seven children...

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SMMTA confirms boat owners do not need permission to salvage

SIMPSON BAY--President of St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) Robbie Ferron disclosed the association has established there is no legal requirement in place for a boat owner needing a permit to salvage a vessel.

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Dump-smoke litigants: 'Govt. hiding behind World Bank'

St. Maarten residents Barbara Cannegieter and Camiel Koster and law firm BZSE who filed a Court case against Country St. Maarten, VROMI and current management company of the landfill Robelto and Son B.V. are still waiting for a plan of action ...

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SP, VVD: confidence in Sint Maarten's ability to rebuild low

The Hague - The rebuilding of Sint Maarten is taking way too long thanks to the island's politicians, according to the VVD and the SP. They are preparing for a debate with Sint Maarten's politicians in January.

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Lifeless Body pulled from beach enroute to Oyster Pond

Oyster Pond:--- A video circulating on Social Media shows Gendarmes pulling a lifeless body out of the sea. The male seems to have drowned. Colonel Sebastien Manzoni confirmed that the body was found in the sea on the way to Oyster Pond.

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Justice K-9 Unit undergo re-certification

K-9s can now detect banknotes ~ On October 22nd, 2018, members of the Justice K-9 Unit started a two weeks re-certification training. Trainer Dick van Leenen, stationed on Aruba, came to provide high quality control and re-certification training.

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Police link five Eindhoven shootings to drug conflict

The police believe that five shooting incidents in Eindhoven and Best this year may all be linked. Investigators think they may be the result of a conflict in the drug world that got out of hand, was revealed on detection program Bureau Brabant...

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Are You Reddi (Ready)? Aruba's 65th Carnival 2019

PHILIPSBURG - The Chuchubi Foundation is doing it again! The Chuchubi Foundation in collaboration with Winair has organized a DIRECT charter flight from St. Maarten to Aruba for Aruba's 65 th Carnival Celebration under the theme Chuchubi is alive ...

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The Separation of Powers to be profiled by Council of Advice

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of good governance as well as stimulate the discussion amongst our population in the hope of promoting active citizenry, the Council of Advice extends an invitation ...

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Traffic diversion in Dutch Quarter. Motorists advised to ...

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) - In connection with the ongoing road works presently taking place in Dutch Quarter (Lower Princess Quarter), road closures and traffic diversions are taking place, the police announced on Monday. The section of A. Th.

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Mosquito fogging campaign postponed due to rainfall

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - Due to the recent rain activity, the vector control measure of mosquito fogging was postponed, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social...

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Minister Johnson says Maho Group Solar Power Farm sensible

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Maho Group announced at the end of October that they signed an agreement to rebuild their eco-friendly solar power farm. The new panels will increase generating capacity with a potential to generate a maximum of...

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EXCLUSIVE: Dutch to take over PJIAE for Euros 50M.

Dutch wants to take over management of PJIAE in exchange for bridge loan. ~ PHILIPSBURG: --- Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin is currently negotiating with the Dutch Government to obtain a bridge loan for Princess Juliana International Airport...

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Parliament Meeting regarding the Police & Prison Postponed

The urgent plenary public meeting scheduled for 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg has been postponed due to the weather development today.

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Cartoon Satire

Sarah Wescot-Williams as the All-Powerful Chairlady of Parliament while the late Stan Lee who passed away on Friday, November 9th, 2018, makes a cameo appearance as the Third Vice President of Parliament.

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Rotary Club of St Martin Sunset plant trees with Interacts

PHILIPSBURG - During World Interact Week, celebrated November 5 to 11, the members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset collaborated with members of the Interact Clubs of LU and MPC to conduct a tree planting activity at their respective schools.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Lions Club members are fervently preparing for their fundraiser "Annual Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo...

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Winair receives 4th aircraft

Philipsburg – WINAIR has received a 4th Twin Otter Aircraft for the upcoming 2018/19 season. With several airline recommencing service to St. Maarten, there will be increased demand for flights to and from our hub at P.J.I.A.E. in St. Maarten.

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SXM Airport #2 most popular private jet destination

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The website recently announced its Top 10 Airports. The section is called, 'The Caribbean By Private Jet: The Top 10 Airports.' SXM Airport came out as #2 most popular private jet destination....

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Takeover candidate InselAir suffers from growth scares

WILLEMSTAD, PROVIDENCIALES - The intended acquisition candidate of InselAir, the inter-Caribbean Airways based on Turks and Caicos, is struggling with considerable growth scares and therefore also with a sub-optimal flight operation. This is...

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Phillips and Duzong off to Sugar Bert Boxing Tournament...

Great Bay, St. Maarten - 721 News recently spoke with Earl Duzong, Vice President of the St. Maarten National Amateur Boxing Federation regarding Malcolm Phillips and Stephan Duzong upcoming participation in the Sugar Bert National Championship...

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67-year-old Dutch tourist drowns

WILLEMSTAD - A 67-year-old Dutch tourist drowned yesterday at Jeremi Beach. Johannes Jacobus van der Burg was snorkelling with friends and family. When the group swam back to shore, the victim got into trouble. A bystander jumped into the water...

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More text messages between Jamaloodin and Fonseca

WILLEMSTAD - There were a lot more text messages sent between Fonseca and Jamaloodin than the Public Prosecution Service indicated earlier. According to the defense team of the former minister of finance, there were 78 messages in total. They...

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Dr. Edwards gives his side of the story in case against...

WILLEMSTAD - In a conversation with Curaçao Chronicle, Dr. Charles Edwards indicated that the previous information the reporters received in reference to him doing a number of Cesarean Sections that were prohibited is false. The Dr. stated that...

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Import ban meat from Colombia due to foot-and-mouth...

WILLEMSTAD - It will take a long time before Curacao is allowed to import meat from Colombia. This is according to the Director of the Veterinary Service Arnold Dwarkasin. The Andean country is plagued by an outbreak of the foot-and-mouth...

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Avila Beach Hotel announces room sales record

WILLEMSTAD - Avila Beach Hotel has raised almost two million guilders in room sales within one year through the online booking website Expedia. A record. Most online bookings arrive via Avila's own website, but large online booking websites play...

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IMF: Weak growth, vulnerabilities persist in Curacao and SXM

WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG - Weak growth and underlying structural vulnerabilities persist in both Curaçao and St. Maarten, magnified further by large negative external shocks, including spill-overs from one of Curaçao's largest trading partners and ...

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RENAC and IFC partner to green the banking sector in...

PUNTA CANA - The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), an international training provider for green energy technologies, today signed a cooperation agreement to support...

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Three million Venezuelans have already left their country

CARACAS - Since 2015, three million Venezuelans have fled from the economic and political crisis in their country. That is what the United Nations (UN) says. Neighboring country Colombia received by far the most Venezuelans: one million. Peru...

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The number of Venezuelan women on boats is decreasing

WILLEMSTAD - The number of women intercepted on boats from Venezuela is decreasing. That is what the Public Prosecution Service (OM) says. The OM is currently conducting an active discouragement policy in Venezuela and in Curaçao. A special...

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PHILIPSBURG:--- Abundant moisture and instability associated with an approaching active tropical wave (Invest 96L) will produce unstable weather conditions across the region from Early Tuesday, November 13th through Thursday, November 15th, 2018.

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Tropical Wave Loses Steam and Now Unlikely to Become...

FLORIDA, United States, Tuesday November 13, 2018 - A tropical wave that forecasters had suggested could later this week become Tropical Storm Patty has lost steam and is not expected to develop further. The wave, interacting with an upper-level...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) November 14, 2018 ...A FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL 12:00PM TOMORROW... ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST....

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SZV notice: Pension survey closed this afternoon (Tuesday)

PHILIPSBURG - November 13th: Due to heavy rainfall the pension survey location in Hope Estate will be closed this afternoon. Weather permitting, the s...

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Nominations underway for COCI Board. Deadline Nov. 14

PHILIPSBURG - Three positions on the Board will become vacant as of January 1st, 2019 and these positions will be filled by three (3) candidates chose...

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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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Library Closed Monday November 19 between 10am-12pm

Staff will be attending an awareness workshop from 10.00am to 12.00pm. PJL apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and will continue services as usual on Monday from 12.00pm to 5.00pm.

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CPS invites health care providers to register for AMR...

SINT MAARTEN - (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - Health care providers are being asked to register to attend the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Information Session. The information session will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 6.45pm at the Vineyard Office...

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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: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - It's that time of the year when influenza, better known as the flu, becomes more predominant. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and...

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Says its Poised to Become...

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuesday November 13, 2018 - St Vincent and the Grenadines says it's is on the brink of becoming a globally leading producer of organically certified medicinal cannabis, rivalling any other producer in the ...

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By Caribbean News Now contributor ST JOHN'S, Antigua - Fugitive Indian businessman Mehul Choksi has sued the Antigua and Barbuda government in an apparent attempt to pre-empt consideration of an extradition request made by Indian authorities....

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Antigua and Barbuda Featured in Popular Television Show

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, Tuesday November 13, 2018 - Antigua and Barbuda turned out to be the choice for the producers from the popular US reality television series 'Married to Medicine', when the BRAVO network was seeking a romantic and picturesque...

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UK Overseas Territories director concludes visit to BVI...

By Maria Mays ROAD TOWN, BVI - The director for the Overseas Territories in Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FC), Ben Merrick, concluded his visit to the British Virgin Islands on Friday, November 9. Merrick had a full programme of...

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Jamaicans Nabbed with Cocaine at US Airport

NORTH CAROLINA, United States, Tuesday November 13, 2018 - On separate occasions, just two days apart, Jamaicans arriving at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina were caught trying to smuggle cocaine into the United...

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Only Acting Together Can We Stop the Rise in Malnutrition

The number of undernourished people increased for the third consecutive year in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has exceeded 39 million people. In addition, almost one in four adults is obese, while overweight affects 250 million; more than...

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Dutch send some Pakistan embassy staff home after threats

The number of staff at the Dutch embassy in Pakistan has been sharply reduced because of death threats, foreign minister Stef Blok has told NPO radio. The embassy is still open and people can still apply for visas but 'a number of people' have...

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Immigration service pays over €1m in refugee compensations

The Dutch immigration service has paid refugees more than €1m in compensation over the past year because officials took too long to make decisions, the Volkskrant reported on Tuesday. The final total could be up to four times that because...

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Hard cheese: the taste of food cannot be copyrighted, ...

The taste of food cannot be copyrighted, the European Court of Justice has ruled in a dispute which centres on a Dutch processed cheese. The dispute is between the makers of Heks'nkaas (witches' cheese) and Witte Wievenkaas (white or wise women's ...

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4,000 Dutch language tests delayed to 2019 after social...

No-one will be able to take state exams in the Dutch language until early 2019 because so many parts of the papers have ended up on line, education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven has confirmed. The last Staatsexamen Nederlands als tweede taal...

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Winter's coming: colder weather to set in next weekend

The temperature is set to drop the coming weekend, bringing clear skies and night frosts to the Netherlands, weather forecasters say. The temperature will go down to around 5 degrees but it will feel colder in the chilly easterly winds.

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