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Court denies Smartplay right to text message lottery

Philipsburg - Telecom provider UTS does not have to offer services for phone lotteries to Smartplay, the company doing business as Robbie's Lottery in St. Maarten. The Common Court of Justice rejected Smartplay's appeal against an earlier court...

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Dear Reader

Are there any statistics available on the St. Maarten diaspora?

Logical places to look for the St. Maarten diaspora is of course the USA, Canada, Holland, France, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, The Dominican Republic, Panama, Belize, etc., and apparently even as far away as New Zealand and Australia.

In a recent discussion on Facebook one poster was adamant that there are well over 5000 St. Maarteners abroad who are highly qualified with the necessary degrees to fill various positions on St. Maarten.

It would be interesting to find hard data on these numbers.

Any suggestions?

We suggest establishing a network of organizations in countries targeting the St. Maarten diaspora so that we can have a good idea who all we can tap for our nation building efforts.

Maybe an idea for a St. Maarten headhunter bureau.

In the meantime, do enjoy reading our full newsletter today.

Happy readings!


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Richards bids farewell to eight years of inspection ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Former Lt. Governor Franklyn Richards delivered his farewell remarks in a ceremony of the Council of Law Enforcement to mark his eight years of being a member of the aforementioned which comes to an end on December...

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Questionable behavior

By Hilbert Haar ~ The General Audit Chamber-report about Dutch assistance to St. Maarten in the wake of Hurricane Irma reveals that one of the island's key state-owned enterprises - utilities company GEBE - is in serious financial trouble. The...

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Lee traveled to Italy with INSO seeking comfort letter ...

PHILIPSBURG: --- Minister of Health and Labor Emil Lee has traveled to Italy with INSO representatives seeking the assistance from the Italian Government on behalf of INSO in order for them to continue with the New General Hospital project.

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Minister of VROMI Miklos Giterson to appear in Court ....

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of VROMI Miklos Giterson has to appear before a judge on Tuesday as the Prosecutor’s Office is seeking the court’s permission to prosecute him for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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90 Arrested - Guyana Companies Linked to US$60B Cocaine Ring

Sicily - Investigations into one of Europe's most powerful drug syndicate and mafia grouping has led to intelligence officials tying at least two export companies in Guyana to the feared Ndranghet Mafia out of Sicily, who is believed to have...

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NAGICO's Christmas Raffle

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NAGICO Group-sponsored rowing team begins 3,000 mile row

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Curaçao finally got the airport that it wanted for long time

Willemstad - Those who depart from or arrive at Hato Airport in Curaçao these days may have had a hard time: the airport is developing rapidly and the large-scale renovation and expansion, which took more than 2 years, are coming to an end....

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The potential and opportunities of Grand Case airport

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The staff donations provide a family with a meal for at least three days. The holiday season has begun, and our staff has already made several deliveries to various schools, including to the students of the Vocational school and Oranje School.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Sunday December 9 th, NIA (National Institute of Arts) hosted its first STARS gymnastics. An event designed to motivate and inspire its gymnasts to work hard and diligent to attain their athletic goals. 48 gymnasts...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The talented students of Public Education serenaded all public schools and some of the businesses in Philipsburg in a week of sharing the Holiday cheer from Monday 3 rd December to Friday 7 th December. This was...

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Minister Stuart Johnson encourages participation in Regatta

POND ISLAND:--- Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson is encouraging participation in the 20th Annual Regatta Art Competition which is open for all children between 4-18 years of age. According to the organizers of the St. Maarten ...

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Sarah: Changes to pension ordinance critical for pensionfund

PHILIPSBURG-The Chairlady of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams has announced that there will be cardinal changes to the pension ordinance. During a press conference which was held at the Parliament Building, she said that these changes will be...

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Mid Isle Awards Four Paul Harris Fellow

PHILIPSBURG:--- During the recent visit of Rotary District 7020 Governor Patrick Adizua to St. Maarten, while visiting The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle, he was asked to present four Paul Harris Fellow Awards on their behalf.

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Rotary Sunset Donates Supplies to Mental Health Foundation.

Cay Hill:--- In recognition of Rotary's December theme, "Disease Prevention and Treatment," the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset brought some cheer to the patrons of the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) by donating much-needed supplies. A few...

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CRU operational again before the holidays

WILLEMSTAD - In a press release, the Curaçao Refinery Utilities, better known as CRU, announced that it will be operational again for the holidays and can again supply utilities to the Isla refinery. Work on the BOO boilers have been progressing...

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Rhuggenaath wants emergency law to circumvent bureaucracy

WILLEMSTAD - The government of Eugene Rhuggenaath wants a special mandate from the Parliament of Curaçao to boost the economy. The bureaucracy must be circumvented through ministerial regulations. The Emergency Law, which must regulate all this,...

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Government: SVB spends too much on medical specialists

WILLEMSTAD - Minister of Health Suzanne Camelia-Römer explained in parliament recently that according to her, the reimbursement of medical specialists has grown unevenly. Currently, half of the total number of specialists in the hospital and the...

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Sterilization in the Dutch Caribbean will now be reimbursed

By René Zwart © The Hague - Sterilization for both men and women will be reimbursed in the Caribbean Netherlands from 1 January by the BES Healthcare Insurance Office. This is shown by the Insured Monitor that Minister for Medical Care Bruno...

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CBCS announces new bond issue for government of Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - On Friday, January 11, 2019, there will be a bond issue on behalf of the country of Curaçao. The bond will have a semi-annual coupon as follows: NAf 69,100,000 bond with duration of 30 years. Interest rate is based on the Dutch yield ...

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Case against Statian dismissed

Oranjestad - The Public Prosecutor's office, because of a lack of evidence, has dismissed the criminal case against A.J.J.E. (66) from St Eustatius. A.J.J.E. was suspected of mistreating schoolchildren aged 6 and 7 years old and of having...

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Open day defense ended with a reception aboard the Zeeland

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

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City of Amsterdam Technology Office inspires SHTA with...

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COCI supports ban of single use plastics and applauds...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) says it supports the ban of single-use plastics and applauds those in the business community who have moved to only using reusable and biodegradable products....

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

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Safe holidays: Don't Drink & Drive

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, and the Department of Communication (DCOMM), in a collective public service message is...

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CPS: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

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