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TelEm emergency shutdown shot down by BTP

POND ISLAND - Telem Group announced yesterday that they would be shutting down their communications network for important upgrades to the system. The maintenance window for these urgent upgrades would be from Tuesday night 11pm until 3am. For...

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Dear Reader

Yesterday, the air in St. Maarten was hot and the wind was still making it easy for the pungent smell of the dump to permeate the heavy air like a hot blanket covering the whole of Philipsburg. Like Hilbert Haar writes, it was " A lot of hot air ". But he was referring to the latest presentation in Parliament by another Enviro-named company, that is apparently ready, willing and able to fix our dump problem. Read the full article on our websit e .

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A lot of hot air

By Hilbert Haar ~ After Envirogreen it is now Enviropower to get a shot at building a waste-to-energy facility on Pond Island. The company recently made a presentation in the parliamentary committee for environment and infrastructure. It's an old...

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The Real Gestapo Tactics

By Hilbert Haar ~ What exactly are Gestapo tactics? That question becomes relevant now that members of parliament have seen fit to take Minister Perry Geerlings to task for his attempt to pacify the Dutch over the use of this term by MP Theo...

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Will justice prevail?

St. Maarten--With much interest I read the article appearing in the daily newspaper under the heading "St. Eustatius deposed coalition

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Draft changes to better country's tax system in the works

PHILIPSBURG--The outline of what the country’s tax reform will look like delivered to Parliament by Finance Minister Perry Geerlings on Tuesday afternoon was called a bit of a déjà vu by some parliamentarians, as it harkened back to a presentation...

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Hurricane-proof hospital Sint Maarten will cost $25 million

PHILIPSBURG - 25 million dollars, that's the total amount of the 'grant agreement' that the Sint Maarten Medical Center and the World Bank agreed on. These funds are destined for the Sint Maarten Hospital Resiliency and Preparedness Project.

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Sarah requests info on status of the Integrity Chamber

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP), Sarah Wescot-Williams recently posed questions to Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin regarding the Integrity Chamber (IC).

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St. Martin's Home seniors inspire Tzu Chi volunteers

SINT MAARTEN (ST. JOHN'S ESTATE) - While St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers are honoured to treat St. Martin's Home clients to tender loving ca...

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UPDATE: Natashia Schmidt succumbed to her injuries

UPDATE: Dutch Quarter, Sint Maarten - 721 Newsroom was informed after midnight that the victim N.W., Facebook name Natashia Schmidt had succumbed to her injuries. This was confirmed to 721 Newsroom by a close family member at the St Maarten...

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Progress Committee to give presentation to Parliament

PHILIPSBURG - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 31. The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for...

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Rotary Club of St Martin Sunset Donates Educational Supplies

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Rotary Clubs in St. Martin, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda received a generous offer of early...

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Dutch Caribbean Kingdom partners sign cooperation...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Dutch Caribbean Kingdom partners (Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten) have all agreed to the need for developing policies t...

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Hundreds of students at Career & Job Fair 2018

BELAIR, St. Maarten--Hundreds of students coming from the various secondary schools on the island converged at the Belair Community Center Tuesday morning, where the annual Career and Job Fair 2018 took place.

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Self Defense Classes offered due to concerns for safety

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - In light of growing concerns for safety on St. Maarten, SXM BJJ Renzo Gracie St Maarten is offering a self-defense class series, SXM BJJ said in a press statement on Monday. Starting Thursday, November 1st from...

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The Harmonics in Concert this Saturday with various artists

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Harmonics of the Philipsburg Methodist Church have organized a concert entitled: "Praising in Harmony'' which will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 along with various guest artists at the Princess Port de...

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Posh Launches Fundraiser Campaign

PHILIPSBURG - POSH as the pageant producers of the Carnival Pageants, has launched a fundraiser campaign in order to raise the financing needed for the 2019 pageants and prizes. The not for profit Foundation kicks off their fundraiser frenzy with a Halloween special entitled “Fright Night” at Emilio Wilson Park on Halloween night October 31st, 2018 at 8 PM. The evening will consist of the feature the film “The Conjuring” on an 16 foot inflatable outdoor screen. There is a $5.00 cover charge at the gate and there will be various eats, drinks and treats on sale for guest to enjoy while viewing the film.

Another facet of the Foundation's ongoing fundraising campaign is the PoshOlogy 2019 all male and all female calendar. POSH is busy selling ad spaces for the business community have an opportunity to reach the masses with 1500 copies of the 2019 all male or all female 12-month calendar. POSH is asking company decision makers to support them with this venture as they work diligently to secure funding.

Professionals and experts who can be of service to the 2019 Delegates are encouraged to advertise their services with POSH in the 2019 POSH Pageant Guide. The guide will be presented to the 30 registrants spread over the five (5) tiers of pageants POSH will be producing next year. POSH recognizes the need for the arts, fashion and beauty industries to connect on the pageant platform. POSH aims to expand the industry of pageantry and thus, works to structure all key players for success.

For the Golden year of Carnival, POSH is adamant that our students should be a part of the cultural event. The registration for Elementary and High schools has been extended for them to register King and Queen representatives. POSH believes the participation of schools is a team building and united activity for the students, teachers, faculty and staff. Each school shall gather to help their representatives prepare for the preliminary shows like the POSH Interview Debate Competition, the Sports wear competition and then the finals competitions which will be held in March 2019. All parents, schools, school boards are encouraged to support this initiative and to register their Kings and Queens by or before Friday, November 2nd, 2018.

Over the next few months, POSH will continue to launch fundraiser events and activities for the general public and business communities to support. POSH wishes to remind all that POSH is an independent entity with the concession to host the Carnival pageants, as such sponsorship and donations made directly to POSH is greatly needed and appreciated. Pageantry is a sport, support the pageants. Nature News
EPIC Halloween Kayak Event a Success

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) foundation hosted a successful full moon Halloween-themed kayak tour in...

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D-day for locale airline

WILLEMSTAD - The local aviation company InselAir took drastic austerity measures but still did not meet the conditions set forth by the judge. Extension of the deferment of payment is therefore by no means certain and then the airline will still...

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Rutsel Martha not allowed to defend former Finance Minister

WILLEMSTAD - The former Minister of Finance for the MFK party, George Jamaloodin cannot be defended by Rutsel Martha. The Court of First Instance rejected the request to admit him to the defense team of the former minister. The request was made by...

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Central Trade Union: 'Not all trade unions want cooperation'

WILLEMSTAD - The joint trade unions organized a conference for tomorrow evening to get everyone looking in the same direction. According to trade union leader Edward St Jacobs of the SSK, the Sentral Sindikal di Korsou, there are a number of...

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Central Bank: 'Unfounded publications'

WILLEMSTAD - The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has taken notice of publications in the local media suggesting that the RST (Recherche Samenwerkings Team) is investigating the CBCS' IT-Network in relation to the 'Saffier'...

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Conditional Sentence Converted into Prison Sentence for...

4 Oranjestad- The Public Prosecutor on St. Eustatius asked the court on October 23, 2018 to impose a previously conditional sentence on suspect L. Despite intervention from the probation service and the suspect's family, L. was not able to...

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Dutch Minister Sander Dekker to visit Bonaire

BONAIRE - Dutch Minister Sander Dekker (Legal Protection) will visit Bonaire from November 4th till 6th, 2018. The minister will have talks with, amon...

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Three CN firemen from Saba and one from Statia in training

BONAIRE - The Caribbean Netherlands (CN) Fire Department (BKCN) holds from October 22nd to November 9th the Aircraft Fire Fighting program at fireman...

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Employers' premiums for the CN to decrease Jan 1 2019

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The new employers' premiums for the Caribbean Netherlands have been published in the 'Staatscourant'. The Ministry of Social Affa...

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Weather Update Meteorological Department St. Maarten (MDS)

At 5:00 AM today the center of Subtropical Storm Oscar was located near 1256 miles east northeast of St. Maarten. The system is moving toward north northwest near 09 mph with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph and higher gusts. Oscar does not...

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SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) - The Maho Group, owners and operators of Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts, signed an agreement on October 16, 2018 to rebuild their eco-friendly solar power farm with China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) Dutch Caribbean, ...

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PANDORA partners with Positive Foundation for 4 years...

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to take...

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SMILE Program Details Announced: November 2-3

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), in conjunction with ORCO Bank, Global Resourcing, the Chamber of Commerce and 360° of Innovation, proudly presents the program for the upcoming innovative...

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NAGICO Dubs Oct. as Customer & Community Appreciation Month

They have a line-up of meaningful activities focused on their customers and the community at large and they are excited to share the news. The company had planned an extravagant Customer Appreciation day last year, but unfortunately this had to...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV will launch its AOV Pension Status Survey on Monday October 15 th. Residents of Dutch Sint Maarten who are currently receiving AOV pension payments from SZV have an obligation to...

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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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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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UK seeks further scrutiny of Bahamas

By Royston Jones NASSAU, Bahamas - With the United Kingdom government adding The Bahamas to the list of foreign jurisdictions that pose a greater risk due to deficiencies in anti-money laundering regimes, UK firms will be required to undertake...

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Barbados PM Not Happy With How Public Sector Layoffs...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday October 29, 2018 - Prime Minister Mia Mottley has expressed disappointment with the way in which the retrenchment exercise in the public service is being executed.

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Guyana to expand global diplomacy

By Ray Chickrie Caribbean News Now contributor GEORGETOWN, Guyana - As Guyana continues to draw global attention as a result of massive oil and gas discovery, the country is set to see production start in 2020 and "as small countries, we need as...

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Jamaican minister of tourism in US to discuss support

By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaican tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, headed to the US cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia last week in order to drum up more tourism support...

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OECD position on economic citizenship programmes...

By LK Hewlett BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, the highest decision-making body of the nine-member sub-regional bloc, has responded to the recent Organization for Economic Cooperation and ...

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MIAMI, USA - The former managing director and vice chairman of a Swiss bank was sentenced to ten years in prison on Monday, after previously pleading guilty for his role in a billion-dollar international scheme to launder funds embezzled from...

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The Netherlands to be the 'centre' of EU financial trading

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Retirees with private pensions have lost spending power...

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