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Saba Airport renovation slated to be completed by October 8

ZION'S HILL, SABA - Saba Airport renovation and runway resurfacing is well underway to be completed by the scheduled date of October 8th, 2018. visited Saba on Thursday, September 20th, on the 7:45am ferry service executed by...

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Cakeshop owners victims of fraud and forgery in 2017

PHILIPBSURG, Sint Maarten - Imagine gathering your life's earnings and belongings, moving to St. Maarten with your young family in the hope of legally starting a new life, away from a collapsing economy and encroaching poverty in your native country.

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PJIAE Operations to move back to Terminal Building

AIRPORT:--- Management of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) expects to move the airport operations back into the Terminal Building in November 2018.

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Prime Minister Romeo Marlin oversees downsizing PSS

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In recent years, the Postal Services St. Maarten NV (PSS) has found itself in financial difficulty, which has been exacerbated by the passing of Hurricane Irma & Maria. The current monthly income of PSS is simply not...

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Mike Granger is the new Station Manager at My88.3

PHILIPSBURG - Veteran Journalist and Media/PR Consultant Mike Granger is the new Station Manager of radio station My88.3fm. Granger started his tenure at the station on Wednesday, September 19. Granger, who is no stranger to radio, said he is...

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International Day of Peace on September 21 Peace ...

PHILIPSBURG -- Each Year on September 21st, the United Nations celebrates International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and...

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The Great Train Journey - part 4

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Wednesday afternoon, we wander over to the visa center of the Chinese embassy in Ulaanbaatar. We ask someone why it is open now - since the official opening hours to apply for a visa to China is from 9 a.m. to 12 noon ...

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The Great Train Journey - part 3

By Hilbert Haar ~ We leave Irkutsk on a Monday morning - rising early because the train leaves shortly after 8 a.m. for a trip of 22 hours to Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Our cabin is more luxurious than the one on the train from Moscow to...

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The great train journey - part two

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Thursday at 3 o'clock in the morning our train rolls into the main station in Irkutsk, with around 600,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in Siberia. Finally we are out of the digital wilderness - we've had no internet..

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The Great Train Journey - part one

By Hilbert Haar ~ This is how it began on a Sunday morning in Moscow. We took a taxi to the Kazanskaia station; that was already quite a little trip through town, but it only set us back 300 roubles, roughly $4.50. While I am sitting on a little...

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Unqualified teachers

By Hilbert Haar ~ What is the definition of a qualified teacher? This question popped into my mind when I read about Minister Wycliffe Smith's summary of the state of affairs in the schools on our island. LOGIN TO READ MORE...THERE IS MORE TO THIS...

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Prime Minister Romeo Marlin meets with CARICOM Ambassadors

SINT MAARTEN/NEW YORK - During her visit to the United Nations (UN) Security Council Hearing on Haiti, Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin met with the Ambassadors of CARICOM-member (Caribbean Community) states accredited to the United Nations. On...

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Minister Geerlings encourages students to stay in school

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Finance Minister Perry Geerlings received a group of students from the St. Dominic School Form 2, at his office at the Government Administration Building, Soualiga Road #1 in Philipsburg on Tuesday morning. Minister...

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Large Scale Joint Control

PHILIPSBURG - The KPSM Alpha Team consisting of members of the Police Force, the Immigration Department the Royal Marechaussee and Customs Department as of late has been very successful in intercepting persons illegally coming into or travelling...

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PHILIPSBURG:--- The Court of First Instance has ruled to extend the pre-trial detention of M.J-C. for another 8 days. The extension was granted by the judge also based on the suspicion that M.J-C. embezzled sums of money from the bank account of the Constitutional Court. M.J-C. is suspected of (attempted) fraud and embezzlement in the TRIGGGERFISH investigation.

M.J-C. is suspected of having embezzled sums of money from the bank accounts of the Sint Maarten branch of the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba over an extended period of time. The suspect had access to these accounts by means of her position.

The TRIGGERFISH investigation is being executed by the St. Maarten National Detectives with supervision from the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation is in full swing.
Women arrested for attempting to use false identification

PHILIPSBURG -- On Tuesday, September 18th police arrested 5 females that were trying to use false documents as a means of identification at a local bank and the Census office. The females identified with initials W.B, S.M and R.E were arrested ...

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Venezuelans arrested for illegally working in St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Seven Venezuelans are in police custody after they were found illegally working in the country. Only Dutch citizens and permanent residents are allowed to work in St. Maarten without a government-issued employment...

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Boys locked up with adults in substandard police cells

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Two minors are currently languishing in the substandard police cells together with seasoned criminals. This is a result of St. Maarten not having a juvenile detention centre. The doors of Ms Lalie Juvenile Centre have...

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Kittian arrested in "Marmer" murder case

THE KEYS, St. Maarten - A Kittian man remains in restrictive police custody after he was nabbed by police following a house search in The Keys, Sucker Garden, on Sunday September 9. The house search was related to another raid by Police on a...

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House search leads to murder case arrest

NAZARETH, St. Maarten - Hiding in Nazareth did not protect one man from landing in a jail cell under the suspicion of attempted murder. The man was arrested early Monday morning Sept 17, 2018 in connected with the shooting on Chin Cherry Road...

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Inspiring Spelling Bee Participants with Tutorial Session

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Four tutorials sessions have been organized to inspire the Spelling Bee Participants competing in the 2018 Scotiabank Rot...

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Record amount of Trash collected during Coastal Clean-up Day

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature Foundation St Maarten partnered with Corona to clean up Mullet Bay Beach for International Coastal Clean-up day. About 100 volunteers showed up last Saturday evening to collect a record amount of 1280 pounds...

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Irma Wreck 85-foot JabJabs lives on as artificial reef

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Former popular floating bar JabJabs has received a new lease on life as an artificial reef. JabJabs, which was a popular floating bar housed on the 85-foot steel sailing ship SV Nightingale, was sunk during Hurricane...

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Central Bank looks at new currency by January 2021

WILLEMSTAD - The Interim Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Leila Matroos-Lasten gave a lecture yesterday on the bank's strategic plan. She did this during a busy lunch of Curaçao Business Association (VBC). One of the points ...

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Central Bank wants a stable and competitive financial sector

WILLEMSTAD - The Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) says that there are 6 strategic goals for one of their focus areas. This is a stable and competitive financial sector. To achieve this, Curaçao needs to have in place up-to-date...

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Central Bank supporting government's economic strategic plan

WILLEMSTAD - The Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten is currently supporting the government of Curacao with the development of an economic growth strategy aimed at achieving a sustainable higher and more inclusive growth path. The Interim...

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TelEm Group upgrading Helpdesk, fewer lost calls already

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Customers calling TelEm Group's main number and especially the company's 611 Helpdesk can expect fewer unanswered calls - thanks to an upgrade of PBX and other monitoring equipment.

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The All-New 2019 Hyundai Veloster introduced to St. Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Motorworld, the official local dealership for Hyundai, is proud to introduce the all-new 2019 Veloster in St. Maarten. The fresh design of the new Veloster features a comprehensive exterior and interior redesign, power...

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UNICEF and MP Silveria Jacobs held Meeting on Education

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Chair of the Education, Culture, Youth & Sport Committee (CECYS) Member of Parliament (MP) Silveria Jacobs met with UNICEF liaison La-Toya Charles and Community Mobiliser Suzette Burton-Moses on August 28, 2018 to...

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SSSD hosting time management workshop to help students

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is holding a free time management workshop entitled "Making Your Time Count" on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 5:00...

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Weather systems threaten Bermuda and the Windward Islands

By Caribbean News Now contributor MIAMI, USA - Satellite imagery shows showers and thunderstorms associated with a westward-moving tropical wave located about 750 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving towards the west at 10-15 mph. According ...

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Trump's behaviour towards Puerto Rico has been attrocious

By Caribbean News Now contributor NEW YORK, USA - In a statement on Thursday, marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria striking Puerto Rico, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., described President Donald Trump's attitude towards...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) September 21, 2018 Tonight: Generally fair, hazy and breezy. Friday morning through evening: Fair to partly cloudy and hazy with isolated...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Social & Health Insurances SZV has been actively advocating to employers, the obligation to declare and to pay the respective social security premiums by the use of mass compliance campaigns and wage audits.

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SHTA organizes photo contest for VISIT magazine cover

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is organizing a cover photo contest for the 2019 edition its magazine VISIT. The association invites local artists and frequent visitors to send in their most...

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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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Leo Club hosts Unity walk-a-thon Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Leo Club, the youth/young adult division of the Lions Club, will host a walk-a-thon on Sunday, September 23 rd under the theme "Bring Back Unity to Our Community." The walk-a-thon is free for every one ...

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset hosts Slumber Reading Fun

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset will be hosting a Slumber Reading Fun Pajama evening for children between the ages of 6-12, on September 28 th, 2018 from 7:00pm-10:00pmß. The Reading Slumber fun will be held at...

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Caribbean Wellness Day/Week promotes good health and...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) was observed across the region on September 8 to promote good health and well-being. In 2011 the CWD was expanded to become Wellness Week in the Americas commencing on September 8...

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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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SHTA & Carib Beer Call for Sharing 2019 Events to Show...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and Carib Beer call on companies and NGO's to send in events they are planning for 2019 for their National Event Calendar. The 2018 calendar, published only...

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Yes, the Private Sector should take the initiative - 7%
Yes, we need to start Reducing, Reusing & Recycling (RRR) - 40%
No, Garbage is a Collective Problem - 47%
No, people are not willing to pay for commercial garbage sorting - 7%

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Should illegals be refered to as 'undocumented foreigners'?
It doesn't matter, they are still illegals - Regional News
Night Flights Resume at Anguilla's Clayton J. Lloyd Airport

THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Thursday September 20, 2018 - The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (CJLIA) in Angilla has received approval from its regulator, Air Safety Support International (ASSI), to resume night-time operations. Night operations ...

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Regional Multi-Destination Tourism Framework on Track

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday September 19, 2018 - Jamaica's Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says development of a Caribbean multi-destination tourism framework is on track. He said Jamaica has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba,...

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Jamaican-owned Fast Food Chain Expands into Canada

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday September 20, 2018 - Eight months after the death of its founder, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill has expanded its operations into the Canadian market, opening two stores in the greater Toronto, Ontario, area,...

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Barbados Moves to Introduce Digital Payment Network

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday September 19, 2018 - Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced an mMoney pilot project that will see Government providing a network for digital payments for Barbadians - the first of its kind for the Caribbean.

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Living Local, Investing Global: The Case for Globalization

By Peter Arender BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday September 20, 2018 - In the Caribbean, there are plenty of reasons to invest in our own backyards. Some investors are drawn to the idea of supporting local business people and economic development....

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Will the nomads invade Curacao?

The expectations are high. Curacao is preparing for an invasion of 'digital nomads' in the near future. The Caribbean is still undiscovered by these digital nomads, but in the near future, this situation is expected to change. Digital nomads are...

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Guyana and the Islamic Bank sign loan agreement ...

By Ray Chickrie Caribbean News Now contributor JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Guyana's minister of finance, Winston Jordan, and Dr Mansur Muhtar, vice president of Islamic Bank Operations, signed a loan agreement with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)...

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Guyana and Trinidad sign energy MOU

GEORGETOWN, Guyana - President of Guyana, David Granger, and prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on energy sector cooperation in Georgetown. Rowley said this represents...

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Bermuda opposition party leader ousted

By Caribbean News Now contributor HAMILTON, Bermuda - Bermuda's opposition party, the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA), has seen yet another of their leaders ousted. This time, Jeanne Atherden was reportedly removed for being too passive. Ironically,...

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Barbados appoints Rihanna as ambassador extraordinary

By Sharon Austin BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) - The government of Barbados has appointed international pop icon, Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty, as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, with specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism...

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Cuba and Canada sign agreement on health tourism ...

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) - The Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos Cubanos (CSMC) SA and the Canadian tour operator COGIR, on Wednesday signed an agreement in Havana for the implementation of a program dedicated to the medical care of elderly...

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Cuban natural and traditional medicine demonstrates value

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) - Cuba will demonstrate the comprehensive benefits of natural and traditional medicine to other specialties like general medicine, neurosurgery and gastroenterology during a forum to be held from September 3 to 7 in Havana. Dr...

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IDB to invest $33 million to improve solid waste management

WASHINGTON, USA - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $33.5 million grant to help finance an integrated solid waste management program in northern Haiti. The program's goal is to boost living conditions in the departments of...

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Delno Tromp New President of STINAPA Board

Kralendijk- Last Tuesday evening, September 18, 2018, Delno Tromp was elected unanimously by the STINAPA board of directors as the new Board president. Tromp is very experienced in the public and private sector in Bonaire and Curacao as well...

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Knowledge Exchange with City of Leiden

Kralendijk - On 10 September commissioner Edsel Cecilia was warmly welcomed by alderman for work and income Yvonne van Delft. Deputy Edsel Cecilia and director Society and Care Silvana Serfilia from the public entity Bonaire were present at the ...

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Conference on People Trafficking and Smuggling CN

Kralendijk- The Ministry of Justice and Security is holding a conference these days on human trafficking and smuggling. The three-day conference started on September 18th and is intended for experts from various services/agencies from the...

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GDP up on Bonaire, down on St Eustatius and Saba in 2016

Kralendijk- According to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBC) in 2016, the volume of gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.2 percent on Bonaire. On St Eustatius and Saba, it fell by 1.0 and 0.5 percent, respectively. The total...

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interCaribbean Executes ABC flights for Insel Air

Willemstad- Turks and Caicos-based interCaribbean Airways is presently executing the flights between the ABC islands on behalf of Insel Air, now that Insel's only operational aircraft is undergoing maintenance. The arrangement, whereby a...

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Sugar tax in 2019

WILLEMSTAD - The government will introduce the previously promised sugar tax in 2019. That should bring in 2 million guilders for the state treasury. The extra tax on soft drinks is used in the fight against obesity and diabetes. How that tax...

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Curaçao to host Caribbean Meeting and Incentive Travel 2019

WILLEMSTAD - Questex Travel Group announced that Curaçao will be the host destination for its tenth edition of Caribbean Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange (CMITE). This unique event, which pairs US and Canada-based MICE buyers to meet...

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