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TEATT Ministry commend Caribbean Cinemas on reopening

PHILIPSBURG-Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson has lauded the grand reopening of the Caribbean Cinemas Megaplex 7 in St. Maarten a "much needed economic activity generator for our economy." In a press release issued Wednesday, July 4,...

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Dear Reader

The Caribbean can issue a collective sigh of relief now that hurricane Beryl has disappated, thanks to the Sahara desert dust in the air.

But the question remains whether St. Maarten was truly prepared for this hurricane?

The government rightfully take all precautionary measures this time, including putting the marines on stand-by.

Yet, when we look around the communities, we still see too many houses covered in blue tarpaulin. Not a good sign. We still see too many debris scattered around the neighborhoods. We still see too many yards not cleaned up, including our own backyards.

So are we really ready for this hurricane season?

Let's consider this a warning and get busy preparing for another hurricane, no matter the likelihood.

We call on the community councils to go out into the districts and make an inventory of what still needs to be done and take appropriate actions.

There is no time for this like now, eventhough we can breathe easy again, for the time being.

Best regards,

Terrance Rey
The Publisher

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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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LATEST: Remnants of Beryl passing over Dominica

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - On Sunday evening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says the remnants of Beryl have reached the Leeward Islands. The remnants of Beryl on Sunday evening reached the island of Dominica; maximum sustained winds are 45...

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Joint statement Ombudsmen Dr. Arduin and Mr. Van Zutphen

Philipsburg - Following their meetings on 14 June, 2018 with various stakeholders on the island regarding the ongoing hurricane recovery and the Trust Fund, Ombudsmen Dr. Arduin and Mr. van Zutphen, have issued a joint letter to Prime Ministers...

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Phase One of Roof Repair at SXM Airport Terminal Building

SIMPSON BAY - St. Maarten - The Managing Board of the Princess Juliana International Airport - SXM on Thursday July 5, 2018, announced the completion of Phase One of the roof repair project at the Terminal Building. The project originally began...

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UPDATE #4: Hurricane Preparedness Address by Prime Minister

Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin

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Johnson visits Maho, says hotels reopening is critical to...

SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) - More hotel rooms, a completely remodelled pool, with a giant waterslide, are some of the improvements guests will enjoy when Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino's Sky Tower hotel reopens in February 2019 adding 12 new rooms...

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Conversations while swimming

by Chris Morvan The woman I'm talking to is almost naked and so am I. So is everyone else in the vicinity, for that matter. But the woman and I can't see much. Just each other's head, really, and arms wafting around. The rest is a dull,...

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"Justice Free of Politics" by Sir Ronald Sanders

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday July 6, 2018 - As controversy currently surrounds the appointment of a Judge to the Supreme Court of the United States, the ease with which a new President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was installed on...

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Police reaches out to community for assistance in robbery

On the evening of Tuesday July 3rd going into Wednesday July 4th 2018, around midnight an arm robbery took place at the Dominos Pizza on the Bush Road. Two armed men entered the establishment and under threat of their firearm robbed the daily...

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Fire at warehouse complex

On Sunday July 8th at approximately 06.30 a.m. the police department and fire department were called for a fire at a warehouse in the warehouse complex in Orange Grove close to PRIME Distributors. On the scene the investigators learnt that the...

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House fire in Dutch Quarter

On Saturday July 7th during the evening hours police patrols and the Fire Department were directed to Manilla Drive in Dutch Quarter where a house was on fire. On the scene the investigating officers realized that house number 11 was totally...

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Police informs the community

The police management is taking this opportunity to address the community to state that country Sint Maarten within the next 48 hours will be experiencing the effect of hurricane/ tropical storm Beryl which will be passing south-west of the...

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Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Hurricane Preparedness

To the residents and visitors of Sint Maarten Good afternoon, On Saturday morning I activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) due to the pending weather. All ten Emergency Support Functions of the country's disaster management system as...

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HURRICANE BERYL - Opening Statement by the Prime Minister

I would like to welcome members of the media to this press conference this afternoon. I will be giving an update with respect to our national precautionary preparations in connection with Hurricane Beryl. To the residents and visitors of Sint...

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Reminder Annual hurricane season clean-up underway

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby informs the community that the annual hurricane season clean-up continues in the month of July by the various waste...

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Simpson Bay Resort holds cleaning campaign

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Simpson Bay Resort and Marina has kicked off its annual cleaning campaign in preparation for the 2018 hurricane season. Some 200 staff members from all departments have chipped in to spruce up and remove loose debris...

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Oasis 96.3 Getaway Giveaway radio contest to Curacao...

Oasis 96.3 in collaboration with the Curacao Tourist Board will be hosting the annual getaway give-away radio contest to one of the top class Caribbean festivals this year, the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival 2018. A winner and a guest will have...

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Fun Miles teams up with Rainforest Adventures

PHILIPSBURG - Fun Miles can now be redeemed to enjoy the spectacular attractions at Rainforest Adventures at Rockland Estate. This eco-adventure park offers sensational ziplines, a scenic chair lift with breathtaking views, a fun tubing ride, a...

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First in-house Taxation Risk Seminar July 23-27

PHILIPSBURG - The manager of Prudential Tax Services formerly known as Prudential Small Business Services, Natasha Manuela-Gumbs hereby invites the business community of Sint Maarten to attend an important Tax Seminar for the week July 23-27,...

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Member of Parliament Egbert Jurendy Doran visits Curacao

Recently, Member of Parliament Doran who was on a work-related visit on Curacao in connection with the commemoration of Curacao's Flag Day, seized the opportunity, upon the invitation of his colleague Member of Parliament of Curacao, Mr. Yaël...

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Tropical Storm watch has been discontinued for St. Maarten

A Small Craft Advisory Remains in Effect for St. Maarten until TUESDAY

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TV time and Saturday book party for Schoolboy in Wartime

Interested in writing your own hurricane Donna or Irma book? GREAT BAY - St. Martin (July 5, 2018) - Gerard van Veen appeared here this week on the popular TV program "Speaking of Everything," talking about his autobiographical book Schoolboy in...

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Registration Now Open for EXPO section at #SPORTSMATTER...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in collaboration with the National Sports Institute (NSI) is happy to announce to all Sport, Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Businesses on the island that the...

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TelEm Group offices closed Monday afternoon for funeral...

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group customers are being advised that the company's offices will be closed Monday afternoon to pay final respects to popular worker, Mr. Junior Lake. Mr. Lake recently passed at the age of 57.

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WIB Cole Bay Branch Closure as of July 16

COLE BAY - The Windward Island's Bank (WIB) via the following notice announces the closure of its Cole Bay branch. Read for more details.

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Hyundai is proud to premiere the All New 2019 Santa Fe...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Hyundai Motor Company is proud to announce the world premiere of the fourth-generation Santa Fe, St. Maarten's favourite 7-seater SUV, which is now available at Motorworld. The New Generation 2019 Santa Fe 4X4 comes with ...

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92% of St. Dominic High School IB May 2018 Candidates Pass

SINT MAARTEN (REWARD) - On July 6, 2018, thirteen students of the St Dominic High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme received the results from their May 2018 examinations. This year 12 of the 13 (92%) IB Diploma candidates...

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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (Sunday July 8th, 2018) - Social & Health Insurance SZV will be hosting a live recording on the SZV Facebook page of its press conference scheduled to take place on Tuesday July 10th at 10:30 am. The topic of the press...

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New government health advice for teenagers to avoid ...

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch health ministry has warned about potential health problems in teenagers who drink energy drinks excessively. Research conducted by the RIVM government health institute found that 1% or 2% of the 1.2...

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CPS Men's Health 2018: Living a healthier life and more...

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The lack of physical activity is seen as a health threat. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around the world, not enough people are active; one in four adults and four out of five adolescents are ...

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CPS: Get vaccinated against measles and rubella ...

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is calling on those who plan to travel to the 2018 FIFA World Cup during the next four weeks to ensure that the are up-to-date with all their vaccinations, including the...

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Coast Guard has not yet recovered from hits Hurricane Irma

THE HAGUE - The hurricane season may have started, but the Coast Guard has not yet recovered from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld announces that the material only will be fully in order again this autumn.

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Conoco to depose Citgo in hunt for PDVSA's Caribbean assets

HOUSTON - ConocoPhillips moved to bring Venezuelan PDVSA's U.S. refining unit Citgo Petroleum into its legal battles to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award against the South American country's nationalization of its Venezuelan assets. A U.S....

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Mrs. Hellen van der Wal appointed as member of CAFt

Oranjestad - The current secretary of the Advisory Council of Aruba, Ms. Hellen van der Wal will become a member of the Board of financial supervision Aruba (CAft) as per August 1st, 2018. She has been nominated by Aruba and she will succeed the...

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Was St. Maarten ready for Hurricane Beryl?
No, there is a still a lot of hurricane preparedness to do. - Regional News
Violent protests in Haiti due to fuel price subsidy removal

By Youri Kemp, Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ PORT-AU PRINCE, Haiti - Haiti descended into violence and anarchy as rioters and demonstrators took to the street in protest against the government's removal of fuel...

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Saint Lucia aviation minister appears to be geo-challenged

By Melanius Alphonse, Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ CASTRIES, St Lucia - In attempting to defend Prime Minister Allen Chastanet's recent comments regarding regional air carrier LIAT, described elsewhere as a "gross manifestation of supreme...

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ECCB reconstitutes Eastern Caribbean Payments Council

BASSETERRE, St Kitts - As part of its mandate to provide general oversight of the payment and settlements system, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has reconstituted the Eastern Caribbean Payments Council. The Payments Council was first...

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Juan Carlos Sulbaran back at Proclub in the US

WILLEMSTAD - For the time being, the stay of Curaçao baseball player Juan Carlos Sulbaran for Silicon Storks in the Dutch big league has been limited to five games. The pitcher from the Dutch Kingdom Team has returned to the United States where...

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Cruise Executives Buoyed By USVI Harbour Plans

MIAMI, United States, Friday July 6, 2018 - The Ports of the U.S. Virgin Islands group recently completed its quarterly update with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's (FCCA) Operations Committee in Miami where cruise executives were...

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Harvard Business Review Article Cites Health City as a...

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Friday July 6, 2018 - The Health City Cayman Islands model "is potentially very disruptive to U.S. health care", according to authors Vijay Govindarajan and Ravi Ramamurti in an article published in the respected...

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Jamaican Doctor's Heart Condition Cured In The Cayman...

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Friday July 6, 2018 - Dr. Garth Rattray of Jamaica checked himself into Health City Cayman Islands for one ailment and was overjoyed to learn he needed treatment for a less complicated condition, one which the Health ...

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Jamaica's Agriculture Minister Commits to Medical Cannabis

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday July 6, 2018 - Jamaica's Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw says he is committed to providing the leadership to mobilise the requisite resources and personnel for the development and...

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Guyana President: Bureaucracy Hinders Regional Integration

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday July 6, 2018 - Guyana's President David Granger wants an end to the bureaucracy that is hindering the progress of the true, holistic integration of Caribbean states. He says the red tape, and not the institutions of...

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CARICOM Proposes Measures Be Put in Place for Easier Travel

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday July 6, 2018 - Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are proposing that measures be put in place to facilitate easier travel within the community. Among the suggestions put forward as the CARICOM leaders met in Jamaica...

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Beryl Weakens But State of Emergency To Take Effect in DA

ROSEAU, Dominica, Saturday July 7, 2018 - The Dominica government today announced that a state of emergency would be declared tomorrow, even as what was Hurricane Beryl weakened to a tropical storm on its approach to the Eastern Caribbean.

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Smoke rings: more areas keen on cannabis-growing trial

Municipalities in the Netherlands have signed up to a mooted four-year trial in legally growing cannabis for the first time, according to reports in the Dutch press on Friday. The new coalition agreement said that the policy would be tested in...

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Tight labour market helps negotiating position of KLM pilots

They are among the best-paid pilots in the world, but KLM fliers remain dissatisfied with the new pay-and-conditions package worked out by the airline and the VNV pilots union. On Tuesday, a majority of KLM's 2,800 pilots rejected the package.

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Dutch universities can teach in English, says court...

The universities of Maastricht and Twente can offer bachelor's degrees in psychology in English, according to a court ruling on Friday. A case had been brought by the lobby group Beter Onderwijs Nederland, claiming that teaching these degrees in...

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