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Soulful Company Concert set stage for rest of carnival...

Great Bay - What was designed to be the first specialty concert organized by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Tuesday night may end up being one of the main attractions in future carnival related events. It was dubbed as the...

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Dear Reader

Yesterday, we received a message from a reader who pointed out that he is looking forward to a report on airlines and in particular their price structure.

He writes that presently St. Maarten is vulnerable to the carriers that service our island. St. Maarten is a so-called 'cash cow' for these airlines flying in and out of the island, including Winair.

A one-way ticket to San Juan averages $192 US Dollars, not to mention the outrageous fares of American Airlines to Miami.

Our reader is looking forward to the return of Spirit Airlines to St. Maarten on May 5th upcoming. However, he mentions that the downside is that the airline is only flying once a week to Fort Lauderdale. He notes that the fare from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale is $63 US Dollars one-way on Spirit Airlines, just to compare.

Our reader looks forward to reading an 'expose' on airlines servicing St. Maarten and the rest of the Caribbean with an explanation of their fare structures.

So we have our work cut out for us.

In the meantime, do enjoy reading this edition of our email newsletter

The Publisher

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Prosecutor demands 15 years for fatal stabbing

PHILIPSBURG - Fifteen years of imprisonment. That is the demand the public prosecutor put to the Court in First Instance on Wednesday against Akil Amaru L. for allegedly stabbing 23-year old Gary Zorilla (see photo) to death during a fight at...

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Raping employer gets 36 months

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Ashworth Robin on Wednesday morning to 36 months of imprisonment for the rape of a 19-year old girl in his home on Pumpkin Road on December 19, 2017. ... Some articles are restricted exclusively ...

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Jail time for illegally employing prostitutes

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Juan Linzey on Wednesday morning to 36 months of imprisonment for ill-treatment, human smuggling, promoting prostitution and employing people who were without a valid title on the island. Of the ...

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Cartoon: MP Frans Richardson stands victorious on St. Martin

MP Frans Richardson stands solidly with feet planted solidly on both French and Dutch sides as authorities from the Governor to the President of Parliament to the Electoral Council and the Central Voting Bureau chairs are at a loss what to do.

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Friday the thirteenth

By Hilbert Haar ~ It's rather ironic that Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo met on Friday the thirteenth with Moniek Bouland, the director of Governance & Integrity International. You could call it unfortunate as well; or ill-advised. The PM...

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Critical Ferrier-commercial blasts cronyism

PHILIPSBURG -Finance Minister Mike Ferrier, as the owner of automotive retailer NAPA, has built quite a reputation with his often funny radio commercials. In his most recent commercial, broadcast on Oasis 96.3 FM, Ferrier goes all out against...

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Mosquito stakeout

by Chris Morvan ~ I don't know where the mosquito stands on the conservationists' list of protected species, but I would hope it's very near the bottom. Do they do any good to anybody or anything? Seriously, if they don't, why hasn't mankind...

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Rules and regulations

By Hilbert Haar We have no shortage of laws, national ordinances and rules and regulation in our little country. What we sorely miss is the will to apply those rules. This appears once more from the questions I have raised about the legality of...

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Soulful Company Concert in pictures

View the photos by our roving photographer Milton Pieters aka Robin of the Soulful Company Concert on Tuesday night, April 17th, 2018.

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Carnival 2018: Help prevent mosquito-borne diseases....

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community as well as visitors to wear light colored clothing at dusk;...

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Amended water contract saves millions

PHILIPSBURG - Minister Emil Lee (Public Health) has negotiated an amendment to the contract with public drinking water supplier Seven Seas, in close cooperation with VROMI-Minister Miklos Giterson, Finance Minister Mike Ferrier and utilities...

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Minister Wuite supports local students in Curacao

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Jorien Wuite traveled to Curacao on Friday, April 13th and returned on Monday, 16th. The primary purpose of the visit was to support students of the Hillside Christian School who,...

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Martinique experiences hail

SINT MAARTEN/MARTINIQUE - Meteo-France has confirmed that there was a hailstone event in Martinique on Monday afternoon in the areas of Francois and Lamentin. Apparently this event also occurred in March 2016 on the island of Guadeloupe.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Inspectorate of Public Health, Social Development and Labor has found and ordered the destruction of eggs that may be contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria and that were found in various markets on the local...

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COCI: Trinidad & Tobago invites business participation...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - ExporTT Limited, the National Export Facilitation Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago is hosting an Inward Buyer's Mission in Trinidad & Tobago this summer, July 5 th & 6 th, 2018 at the Centre of Excellence in...

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BP: Free Tax Court representation for Sint Maarten...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Benjamin & Parker (BP) after having its annual meeting with the Sint Maarten (SXM) associates in which several market conditions were disclosed, and the change necessary to secure business continuity was brought...

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Conflict leads to urgent Open Letter to Pelican Cove Owners

In an Open Letter to the Owners of Pelican Cove, son of Luigi and Silvana Cighetti, request permission from the home owners association in order to build a privacy wall so that his parents can sell their home. Read the full letter online here...

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Police conducts house search of suspects. Gun found...

DEFIANCE - On Tuesday April 17 th two male suspects identified with initials A.G. and K.C.J.B. were arrested after an intense chase through the hills in Defiance by police officers suspected of an attempted armed robbery which took place earlier...

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Dutch police stay in St. Maarten extended

THE HAGUE - Dutch police officers will continue working in St. Maarten until at least September 1 and their number will be increased to 34. Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops announced this in an interview...

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Two 17-year old suspects arrested for attempted armed...

GUANA BAY - On Tuesday April 17 th two young males were arrested by police suspected of attempted armed robbery. According to information these two suspects who were dressed in dark clothing and each armed with a gun attempted to rob a couple at...

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Measures forthcoming to combat robberies and barkers

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever on Monday met with Chief Police Commissioner Carl John regarding armed robberies and barker harassment. The Minister of Justice was informed during the meeting that a strategy...

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Armed robbery of another restaurant in the Simpson Bay Area

SIMPSON BAY - The Special Unit is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Tuesday April 17 th at approximately 1.30 a.m. at Marty's Gyros on Welfare road close to Kim Sha Beach. Two men dressed in dark clothing and their face ...

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Three suspects arrested by Alpha Team at airport with...

SIMPSON BAY - The Alpha Team located at the Princess Juliana International Airport on Wednesday April 11 th at approximately 4.35 p.m. arrested two male passengers who arrived on flight Air Antilles from Port au Prince Haiti. Both male passengers ...

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Preventive searches during Carnival

The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten, will carry out preventive searches during the 2018 Carnival season.

In accordance with the Firearm Ordinance, at predetermined locations, vehicles, bags and clothing of individuals will be searched for firearms.

This measure is being taken in consideration of the high number of illegal firearms in circulation on the island and past statistics which point out an increase in robberies before and during the Carnival season.

The Public Prosecutors Office Sint Maarten and KPSM are mindful that such a measure will impose on the privacy of residents and visitors. However it is in the interest of the general public and tourist visiting the island to heighten safety and security during the upcoming festive season. Curacao News
17,000 students from Curaçao participate in King Games

WILLEMSTAD - This year, more than 17,000 children from Curaçao are participating in the King Games. Since the inauguration of Willem Alexander as King of the Netherlands on April 30, 2013, the King's Games have become an annual event. The games...

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Qredits now also provides microcredits in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Qredits' fourth branch in the Caribbean is a fact! Today the first establishment is officially opened by the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath. At the office in Willemstad, entrepreneurs can go for microcredit (up to NAf...

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Ballast Nedam back in the danger zone

WILLEMSTAD - Construction Company Ballast Nedam, which was rescued at the end of 2015 by the Turkish entrepreneur and billionaire Erman Ilicak, is back in the danger zone. With the current cash flow, the company can finance its activities until...

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How the Rainforest Adventure Park withstood the hurricanes

PHILIPSBURG - Hurricane Irma put the Rainforest Adventure Park to the test in September of last year but the project withstood the monster storm perfectly even though the wind speeds at the top of Sentry Hill must have been out of this world....

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The Constitution stipulates that the term of the Parliament is 4 years, however article 59 also provides that the Council of Ministers (the Cabinet) can make use of its right of dissolution and dissolve the Parliament before the end of the 4-year ...

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Dutch government puts dispute regulation for islands on hold

THE HAGUE - Aruba, Curaçao and Sint-Maarten are not yet given the opportunity to appeal to an independent judge if they disagree with decisions from The Hague. The Dutch cabinet is putting the plan for a so-called dispute regulation on hold....

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Transit airports in Curaçao and Aruba

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - To strengthen the economy of Sint Maarten, Curaçao and Aruba, the airports of the islands should become an important transfer location for passengers on routes between Europe and Latin America, and between North and South...

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Isla trade unions are protesting against lien placed by...

WILLEMSTAD - The trade unions representing the oil refinery employees have called up their members to protest against the lien placed by the Humanitarian Care Foundation, SMOC and 25 residents this morning on the assets of the refinery. These...

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A wake will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the family residence, Sugar Hill drive #4, Cul-De-Sac from 18:30 – 21:00 hours.
The Service of Thanksgiving Celebrating his life will be held
On: Friday April 20, 2018
At: The Philipsburg Methodist Church
Condolences and Tributes from: 12:30 – 14:00 hours
Service begin: 14:00 hours
Internment at: the Cul-De-Sac Cemetery
May His Soul rest in eternal Peace
Hurricane Pass Application Process Starts April 16

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season which starts June 1 and runs throu...

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GEBE temporarily closes Reverse Osmosis Water Tank at...

PHILIPSBURG - NV GEBE in a press release indicated that the (RO) Reverse Osmosis Water Tank located on Soualiga Boulevard in front of the Festival Village will be out of use as of April 16 for approximately 3 weeks. The closure of this tank is...

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Be aware of Sexually Transmitted Infections

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Service's (CPS) calendar of health observances, focuses on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) during the month of April, reminds and encourages the community to take a proactive approach to...

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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NCSU says Up to 18-named storms and an active 2018...

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - This week researchers from the North Carolina State University (NCSU) said that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be significantly more active than the overall averages from 1950 to the present.

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BirdsCaribbean Questions Export of Endangered DA Parrots

SINT MAARTEN/DOMINCA - The bird conservation group BirdsCaribbean released a statement questioning the export of rare parrots from Dominica to Germany. BirdsCaribbean also joined over a dozen international groups asking the United Nations to...

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Some loot box computer games are breaking Dutch gambling ...

Some popular online games are breaking rules on gambling, the Dutch gaming authority said on Thursday. The makers have been told to adapt the games before June this year or face fines or a ban.

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Total blackout hits 3.4m Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rico has suffered an island-wide power outage nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island's infrastructure and power grid. The US territory's power authority, known as Prepa, said it was working to restore...

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Viral video reunites family after 40 years

An Indian man who disappeared 40 years ago has been reunited with his family after his brother recognised him in a YouTube video that went viral. Khomdram Gambhir Singh went missing from Manipur state aged 26 in 1978. His family heard nothing for ...

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Castro era to end in Cuba as Raul set to step down

It will be the first time in nearly six decades that the island country will not be led by a Castro. HAVANA - Cuba will open a session of its National Assembly on Wednesday that will mark the end of an era in the socialist nation.

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday April 18, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) April 19, 2018 Tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy with a moderate chance of isolated showers. Thursday: Fair to partly cloudy and breezy with a ...

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Dutch government wants veto rights over key telecom...

The Dutch government is introducing new legislation which will require the takeover of key Dutch telecoms or internet companies to be approved by ministers. The draft legislation has been sent to the Council of State advisory panel for its...

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Magnetic fields possibly linked to childhood leukemia

Children living in the vicinity of overhead power lines may have a greater chance of contracting leukemia, a report by the national health council said on Wednesday. One case every two years could possibly be linked to the effects of the magnetic ...

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Unemployment falls again, dips under 4% for first time...

The official Dutch unemployment rate fell again to 3.9% in March, down from 4.1% in February, the national statistics agency CBS said on Thursday. This is the lowest figure in over 10 years, the CBS said. Social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees...

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