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PM: $100 million is only for airport reconstruction

PHILIPSBURG-Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin has confirmed that the 100 million Euros that is being acquired from the World Bank and the European Investment Bank is only being used for the reconstruction of the Princess Juliana International...

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Dear Reader

Questions remain about the airport financing. 

Ministers point out that the $15M bridge loan is still not finalized despite initial news about successful negotiations toward this end.

PM points out that the $100 million financing is only for the reconstruction of the airport. Experts question whether this $100M will be enough.

Obviously, the last word on this topic has not yet been spoken. We look forward to the Parliament continuation meeting on the topic of the airport financing. That is today at 11am. Will there be a quorum for this meeting? We will see.

In the meantime, we congratulate Mrs. Richelda Emanuel on her new appointment . More information on that to follow.

Happy readings!

PS: For a taste of the Caribbean, visit the latest addition to the list of restaurants in Simpson Bay: NICK'S CAFE. Open for Local Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Mondays to Saturday, from 7am until 4pm. Visit Nick's Cafe Facebook Page online at


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Education Minister calls on adults to protect children

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The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 11.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.

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TAPS Program deemed a success

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