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Progress Committee sounds alarm again about police & prison

By Hilbert Haar ~ PHILIPSBURG - United St. Maarten MP Rolando Brison submitted a request for an urgent meeting with Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever towards the end of a parliament meeting on Wednesday where the Progress Committee presented...

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Dear Reader

There is a saying in the airline industry that to become a millionaire in this business you have to start out as a billionaire. With sadness in our hearts we read the news that Curacao-based Inselair has been given another two months before the judge may have to pull the plug on that airline operation. We do not expect a solution on such a short term for the airline company. On the other hand, we see Windward Islands-based Winair making a very strategic move to enter into discussions with its counterpart on the ABC islands, Divi Divi Air. In this day and age, surviving in turbulent times requires cooperation of the kind where each maintains their own strengths and unique characteristics that have enabled both regional airline companies to have succeeded individually all these years in their respective regions and markets providing much needed air connectivity between the islands. However, we also believe that cooperation from the aviation authorities is also required in order to be adaptive and competitive in today's aviation industry with the economic realities facing the regions and the Caribbean as a whole. We look forward to any positive news of a joint cooperation between both Twin-Otter-focused aviation companies. We also wish Inselair much strength and good luck the coming months.

In the meantime...

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The language issue myth

By Hilbert Haar ~ Interestingly, MP Frans Richardson once more brought up the issue of the Dutch language in a meeting of parliament on Wednesday. The occasion was a presentation by the Progress Committee about the situation at the police force and..

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Turnover Tax will soon become a curiosity

Dear Sir, The report in your newspaper on tax reform discussions in parliament indicated that the view of the present government is to stick to the Turnover Tax model and to avoid working in the direction of a value added tax (VAT or dutch BTW).

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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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Van Putten files an injunction against Dutch government

PHILIPSBURG-The leader of the Progressive Labor Party Clyde van Putten filed an injunction just minutes before midday at the Court of First Instance in Philipsburg on Wednesday. This injunction which was filed is said to have the administrators...

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Carrefour reopens this month with attractive improvements

PHILIPSBURG--Carrefour Market, which suffered two major disasters in the span of nine months – Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and a fire in June 2018 – will be reopening its doors this month with a number of improvements and added quality ...

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Sarah Inquires about Labor Statistics. Seeks info from VSA

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "Comparative statistics in regard to the status of our labor market and social services should be made available so we ar...

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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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Strong Male Role Model Partners with the Safe Haven...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and the Safe Haven Foundation (SHF) and former member of parliament,...

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset Donates Recycled Materials

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In an effort to promote Economic and Community Development during the month of October, the members of the Rotary Club of...

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5th Scotiabank Rotary- Rotaract Spelling Bee 2018 Finals

SINT MAARTEN (BELAIR) - On Sunday Anguilla shone at 5th Scotiabank Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee 2018, Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle said on Wedn...

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Minister Johnson congratulates Laser 101 FM on its 25th...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication Stuart Johnson has extended congratulat...

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Rotary St. Martin Sunset highlights Agriculture on St Martin

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As part of Economic and Community Development, celebrated during the month of October, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Suns...

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset Distributes Hot Meals

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As part of the club's, "Reach 1 Feed 1" initiative, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset distributed over 130 hot meals t...

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SMMAF Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Nov 10

SINT MAARTEN (REWARD) - St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) proudly presents its third annual competition on Saturday, November 10th at MPC Gy...

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Minister Smith: Condolence Message for Natasha Schmidt

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Just a few weeks ago, I visited the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) and toured the facilities, inc...

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Minister Johnson welcomes news of Zika label removal...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) recently announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed its Z...

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Minister Smith Welcomes back home Eight Vocational Graduates

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Education Culture, Youth and Sport, the Honourable Wycliffe Smith welcomed home eight men who completed their...

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Minister Lee reminds public to eliminate mosquito sites

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Ministry of Public Health and the Collection Prevention Services would like to remind and motivate the public to be v...

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Winair and Divi Divi Air discuss cooperation

Philipsburg, November 1, 2018 - Discussions have begun between DIVI DIVI Air (Curacao) and WINAIR (St. Maarten) to begin the process of cooperation to work together improving connectivity in the ABC islands and Northern Caribbean. "The goals of...

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Winair's Inflight Magazine Will Receive Make Over

Philipsburg- Sint Maarten based Winair has reached an agreement with publishing company Les Editions Ante Insulae to create a new and improved inflight magazine. According to Winair, the magazine will not only provide essential information with ...

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BOD EZ Air Receive Update on Pre-operational Phase

Willemstad- The Board of Directors (BOD) of EZ Air, Harald Linkels and Valdemar Marcha, yesterday received an update by the EZ Air Management Team on the progress made during the pre-operational phase at the airline. The airline at present is ...

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Judge gives InselAir last chance to stay in the air

WILLEMSTAD - The ailing local airline InselAir has received a very last chance from the judge to gets its business in order. By December 4, it must be clear whether the company will be taken over. If not, the end threatens. InselAir has been in...

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The Harmonics announce guest artists at their concert...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Harmonics is pleased announced the guest line up for their upcoming fundraising gospel concert in aid of the Philipsb...

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Multi-Cruise Ship Days and inaugural call of the Largest ...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - The month of November will see a number of first for the 2018-2019 high cruise season. Multiple cruise ship days will slowly build...

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Third Caribbean Congress on Paraplegia Concluded in Curacao

Willemstad- Curacao- On 28, 29 and 30 September 2018, the 3rd Caribbean congress on paraplegia was held at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. The congress has brought together various continents, including Europe, America and the Caribbean, ...

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One more store in Sambil Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Today representatives of Sambil welcomed Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein to the largest shopping mall on the island. Jonathan Cohen, the owner of the shopping mall, is excited about the new developments at Sambil. Each company that...

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Paul Pennicook: "The future of Curaçao's tourism looks good"

WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao's tourism future is looking better than ever with the Dutch Caribbean destination rebounding as a regional hotspot combining distinctive history, culture and attractions with sun and fun attributes that are Caribbean...

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Central Bank: "The macro-economic effects of Venezuela...

WILLEMSTAD - The Interim President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten, Mrs. Leila Matroos-Lasten gave a presentation to the Curaçao Rotary Club. She spoke about Curaçao's economy and how to achieve a higher and more inclusive growth...

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Presentation Interim President Central Bank (CBCS)

WILLEMSTAD - Recently the Interim President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten gave a very interesting presentation during a Rotary Luncheon. The title of the presentation is Achieving a higher and more inclusive growth path for...

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Dutch Caribbean OCTs discuss future EU relations

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In the wake of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT's) Resilience Summit 2018 held on October 25th, St....

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More questions about deal between Dutch and Venezuela

THE HAGUE - The Members of Parliament for the Dutch party CDA and the D66 Martijn van Helvert and Sjoerd Sjoerdsma respectively want details about the deal between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom Stef Blok and Venezuela. Minister...

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Jan Paternotte new chairman Kingdom Relations Committee

THE HAGUE - Jan Paternotte of the Democratic Party D66 is the new Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. Paternotte (34), who was unanimously elected during an extraordinary...

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Trinidad Experiences Eight Earthquakes in Eight Days

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday October 31, 2018 - Trinidad and Tobago last night felt its eighth earthquake in as many days, but as the case in the preceding tremors, there were no reports of damage or injury.

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Thursday, November 01, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) Novem...

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75+ Organizations and 200 Delegates Register for SMILE...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) today announced the final program of upcoming business conferen...

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SXM youth consider careers in telecommunications sector...

SINT MAARTEN (BELAIR) - TelEm Group professionals were pleased to provide information about working in the telecommunication industry during the Annua...

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TelEm Group scaling back planned "Shutdown"

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group has revised plans to shut down telecommunication services Tuesday evening after consulting with the Bureau of...

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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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WIB Re-Opens ATM Drive-thru

SIMPSON BAY - The Windward Islands Bank (WIB), 'Your Partner in Progress,' has reopened its drive-thru ATM at the Simpson Bay Texaco Gas Station. When...

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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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CDB Approves Over US$8 Million to Improve Water Supply...

AMBERGRIS CAYE, Belize, Wednesday October 31, 2018 - The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of US$8.7 million to the Belize Water Services (BWS), to improve the supply of potable water on Ambergris...

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Guyana's President Travels to Cuba for Medical Investigation

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday October 31, 2018 - Guyana's President David Granger left for Cuba yesterday to undergo what has been described as a "medical investigation" but no details of the nature of that have been disclosed.

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Two men charged in Bahamas boat explosion tragedy

By Krystel Brown NASSAU, Bahamas - Exactly four months after a boat exploded in Exuma in The Bahamas, killing an American woman and injuring others, the owner of the tour company and the captain of the ill-fated vessel have been charged with one...

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Fugitive St Kitts-Nevis economic citizen indicted in...

By Caribbean News Now contributor NEW YORK, USA - A three-count criminal indictment was unsealed on Thursday in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Low Taek Jho, 36, also known as "Jho Low", and Ng Chong Hwa, 51, also known ...

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Rise of electric cars will cost the treasury 'hundreds of millions' in lost tax income

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