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A closer look at the effects of pension reform

PHILIPSBURG - Media reports about the reform of the pension system, combined with an advice from financial supervisor Cft have caused some confusion about the real state of affairs. Minister Panneflek announced that the AOV-reserves (the funds...

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Our website is now being hosted on a bigger webserver. It took over a week to complete the migration process. This was due to the enormous size of our news images database. But now we are set for another three to four years. We need to tweak the website, fix some bugs in the software code, and add new plug-ins and features. So, we will be working on that the coming days, weeks and months. We will also be working on some new products and services.

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Just to get you back into the groove of things, here is a closer look at the effects of the latest pension reform plans. The question is, will there by any pension funds left when you retire?

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Author Hensley Plantijn talks about his first published book The Constitution of Sint Maarten - When it is time to vote with radio host Ralph Cantave. This book is now on sale for $15 US Dollars at the Van Dorp locations in Madame Estate and Simpson Bay and at The Family Bookstore in Philipsburg. Watch the recorded interview for more information about this new St. Maarten-based author:

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NAGICO Insurances says preparing today reduces the consequences of disaster for tomorrow. It is Hurricane Season - June 1 to November 30. Don't wait until the last minute. Ensure your policy is valid and up to date Interview

A candid interview with TelEm CEO Kendall Dupersoy wherein he addresses all the issues surrounding the TelEm company; he talks about the cost-cutting measures requested by government; and he corrects the misconceptions about the managing board's salaries and bonuses.

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Reform Entity tackles chaos at Crime Fund

PHILIPSBURG - The Caribbean Reform Entity wants to contribute to strengthening the constitutional state, it appears from the document the Ministry of Home affairs and Kingdom Relations that outlines the entity's plans for St. Maarten, Curacao and ...

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CRE: healthcare and education systems need improvements

PHILIPSBURG - The Caribbean Reform Entity (CRE) - if it ever becomes a reality - will take measures to reform the education systems in St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba and also look for ways to improve the healthcare system on the islands; all...

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Caribbean Reform Entity: retirement age to 67 by 2025

PHILIPSBURG - The document authored by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations that outlines the measures the Caribbean Reform entity (CE) intends to implement in St. Maarten Curacao and Aruba pays keen attention to economic reform...

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Clyde van Putten hands over leadership of PLP

ST. EUSTATIUS -- The board of the Progressive Labor Party in St. Eustatius has approved and accepted the resignation of Clyde van Putten as the leader of the political party. Van Putten, who co-founded the party and served as its first leader....

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We are saddened today by the loss of Elias 'The Mighty Magic' Rampersad, a St. Maarten calypso elder and stalwart. Magic passed away at the age of 86 on Monday, July 20.

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MP Wescot-Williams weighs in on the proposed Reform Entity

UD Leader, MP Wescot-Williams weighs in on the proposed Caribbean Reform Entity, as proposed by the Government of the Netherlands. “No administrative entity can usurp the political authority vested in the democratically elected representatives of ...

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PoP should get off PM and TEATT minister’s chairs

PHILIPSBURG ---With interest and some amusement, the United Democrats (UD) is taking note of the steady encroachment by the President of Parliament (PoP), Rolando Brison on the domains of the Prime Minister and the Minister of TEATT.

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Panneflek: Dom Rep repatriation flight, 21 persons retested

Discussions were held with key stakeholders involved in Saturday’s repatriation flight from Ft. Lauderdale. Saturday’s flight provided the opportunity for a dry run of the reopening protocols that are being implemented.

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Panneflek: Repatriation flight arrived SXM with 1 positive

About 75 persons who returned to St. Maarten on the repatriation flight from Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday were tested at the airport; 1 person tested positive for COVID-19 and 1 person tested inconclusive and will be re-tested.

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Dutch experts to Curaçao to investigate crash NH-90

EINDHOVEN - The Netherlands sends an investigation team to Curaçao to investigate the circumstances of the accident with an NH-90 from the navy, which killed two occupants on Sunday evening. They fly to the island with a KDC-10 from the Air...

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LIAT shareholders reach agreement to sell 3 planes

Caribbean News Service (CNS) - LIAT's major shareholders have reached an agreement, which Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Gaston Browne said could see the airline flying again "in 60 to 90 days." The shareholder, which also includes the...

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Caribbean Airlines Launches Barbados Service

Caribbean Airlines launches Barbados service in the Eastern Caribbean effective tomorrow, July 22, 2020, subject to regulatory approvals. Flights will initially operate between Barbados to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada with other...

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Gonsalves offers Antigua SVG's LIAT shares for EC$1

Spread the love(iwnsvg) - Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, says he had offered to sell his Antiguan counterpart, Gaston Browne, for EC$1, Kingstown's shareholding in doomed regional airline LIAT. Gonsalves' offer ...

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Unions no show to meeting with Minister Richardson

POND ISLAND - The meeting set to take place at 5 pm on Friday, July 17, 2020, between the Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson and the leadership of St. Maarten police union NAPB, St. Maarten and Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private...

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St. Maarten Weather Updates & Forecasts

Tropical Depression Seven formed over the central tropical Atlantic. At 5pm it was located near latitude 9.8 North, longitude 40.4 West which is about 1626 miles southeast of St. Maarten. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph

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Be Prepared for a Busy Hurricane Season...

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Thursday that Food wholesalers and warehouse depots are requested to have their facilities storm/hurricane ready and to review their plans of action for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The...

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Student Chanté (23) uit Curaçao raakt bijna dakloos in A'dam

AMSTERDAM - Het zal je maar overkomen: midden in de coronacrisis dakloos raken in Amsterdam en je hebt geen familie om op terug te vallen. Een uur voordat Chanté uit Curaçao haar studentenkamer moest verlaten, had ze nog niets.

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Oppositie Curacaose Parliament ruikt bloed

MFK-leider Pisas: Kabinet mist meerderheid in Staten * Handtekening Calmes ontbreekt op brief 9 oppositieleden Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - De oppositie ruikt bloed en meent kans te zien om de regering-Rhuggenaath (nu nog alleen...

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Coastal residents & businesses: Have plans in place for...

PHILIPSBURG - With the peak of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season approximately three weeks away, coastal residents living near beaches as well as businesses that are located along coastal areas, are advised to have plans in place for possible...

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School Bus Transportation available for Exam Students

The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications (TEATT) informs all parents of students with secondary exams that school bus transportation has been arranged for the transportation of students for the ...

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Certificate of Conduct (CoC) Application

The service of the Certificate of Conduct (CoC) also known as Police Record has been suspended since the COVID Lockdown. We apologize for the inconvenience this has resulted for the public that this service has not yet resumed. As we return to...

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DCOMM intensifies COVID-19 and Hurricane Season PSAs

The Department of Communication (DCOMM), has intensified its public awareness campaigns for COVID-19 and the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Observations have been made where there are some persons within the community who are not adhering to...

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Should St. Maarten remain closed for the USA?
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Rutte: EU budget is 'good for Netherlands'

Mark Rutte has described the European Union's budget deal, including €750 billion of coronavirus relief measures, as a 'comprehensive and good package that protects Dutch interests'. The €1.1 trillion agreement was finalised in the early hours of ...

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Pension funds warn cuts may be needed

Dutch pension funds have warned that they may have to cut their payouts despite the rules being changed to reduce the amount they have to hold in reserve. The new pension deal included a provision that allowed the funds to lower their level of...

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Steroids improve Covid patients' chances

An anti-inflammatory drug used in a Dutch hospital to treat the most seriously ill Covid-19 patients has been found to reduce the death rate by 65%. The Zuyderland Medisch Centrum in Geleen and Heerlen used corticosteroids, sometimes in...

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Experts fear second wave if rules ignored

Health officials have voiced concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections caused by infected patients ignoring guidance to stay home. The number of coronavirus infections increased by 185 on Monday, the highest daily figure recorded in...

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Helicopter in fatal Caribbean crash sinks

The investigation into a fatal military helicopter crash off the Caribbean island of Aruba has been hampered after the aircraft sank into the ocean. The Ministry of Defence said two of the four plastic balloons keeping the wreckage afloat had...

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Norwegian firm buys in deal for $9.2B

Dutch online trading website Marktplaats has been bought by Norwegian firm Adevinta. The company paid eBay $9.2 billion (€8 billion) in cash and shares for its advertising arm, including Marktplaats, which was bought by the California-based...

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