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Knops to send revamped draft kingdom law COHO to parliaments

PHILIPSBURG - State Secretary Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations) makes an effort to send the draft kingdom law COHO (Caribbean Development and Reform Organization) this month to the parliaments of the Netherlands, St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba,...

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CX Pay B.V. partners with Cybersource for growth

MIAMI/WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao based CX Pay B.V. announced that the FinTech company has selected the payment and anti-fraud platform CyberSource, a Visa solution, to broaden its service offering, while further increasing its application's...

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Power struggle at GEBE turns ugly

PHILIPSBURG - Working at utilities company GEBE remains a minefield. That much is clear after the recent court case against Sharine Daniel and the even more recent dismissal of temporary manager Mauricio Dembrook. The forces behind the scene that ...

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Wie zwijgt stemt toe

By Hilbert Haar ~ I honestly cannot remember a moment when there was no trouble at all at utilities company GEBE and I have followed the developments in energy-land closely for more than ten years. Being the managing director at GEBE seems to be...

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EXCLUSIVE- Letter to Council of Ministers Pokes Holes in ...

Exclusively on SXM Talks, articles by Ralph Cantave ** In newly surfaced documents, the Council of Ministers was sent a letter on October 15, 2021 regarding the employment disputes of N.V. GEBE and the head of the internal audit department,...

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Airport taxes may cause economic strangulation

Passenger taxation is 'swamp taxation' because no one besides the tax receiver wants it, and it sucks. They may opt for visiting a different island destination that doesn't have the taxes, yet does have the same sun, the beaches and the palm trees.

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Passenger tax - a tax on their vacation dreams

What the Caribbean region needs is so simple: rapid, reliable mobility at reasonable rates. What makes it so difficult? It is almost just as short and simple to explain. There are two players; the aviation industry and the governments. The...

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They come visiting us carrying a hidden treasure

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ For fifteen years now, he and his wife are coming to St Maarten; and that twice a year. Why didn't we meet them before? I found out that they have so much give: Wilmer Woodland and his wife Carol Stone. Everyone knows him as..

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Just a dime on its side

By Terrance Rey ~ Whoever doesn't bother to pick up a dime on the street is certainly doing well in life. But it can also turn out differently. If you leave money on the street, you also miss out on many opportunities in life. It is the same with ...

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Ombudsmen: Poverty in the Caribbean worrisome

GREAT BAY - The situation regarding poverty in the Caribbean part of the Netherlands seems to be "very worry some." That was the consensus by these High Counsels of State during their deliberations that was recently held on St. Maarten. According ...

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Port St. Maarten 2021 Cruise Forecast Surpasses Projections

PORT ST. MAARTEN - The month of November closed off as being one of the busiest since business returned to Port St. Maarten after the no-sail order was lifted for the cruise industry in connection with the pandemic. The month of December is...

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Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau host US travel journalists

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) recently hosted five journalists and one photographer from the United States to experience first-hand all that the destination has to offer. The group consisted of journalists...

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SOL Antilles donates to Peridot Foundation

PERIDOT FOUNDATION STATES: "GOOD CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP, ENSURES LIGHTS AT THE CHURCHILL-ROUNDABIUT ARE ON FOR THE HOLIDAYS" Philipsburg - Peridot Foundation expresses immense gratitude towards Sol Antilles and its local General Manager Mr....

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Twelve police officers win victory against ministry

Police officers score decisive victory against justice ministry ~ UPDATED version of the previously published article online at: Police officer scores decisive victory against justice ministry PHILIPSBURG - Twelve police officers with more than...

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MP Romou questions the revocation of licenses of two doctors

Deeply concerned about the shortage of qualified psychiatrists on the island ~ PHILIPSBURG - The COVID 19 has resulted in devastating consequences to our country and our economy that was still recovering from Hurricane Irma. Although this has a...

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Ansary and Co sentenced to repay more than one billion...

PHILIPBURG -- Majority shareholder Hushang Ansary has to repay insurance company ENNIA more than one billion guilders (close to $563 million) to compensate for a string of financial irregularities that negatively affected ENNIA and forced the...

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Life Insurance, the why and the why not

Life insurance is insurance based on a specific payment to one or more beneficiaries upon the passing of the insured. The reasons that motivate people to take out insurance on their lives can be many and have far-reaching consequences. First,...

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Philipsburg Property For Sale

Photo caption: Property located on the Backstreet no.18 in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Property located on the Backstreet no.18 in Philipsburg, St. Maarten and is registered at the Cadastre office with Certificate of Admeasurement number PB...

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Pamela Gordon-Carty elected new political leader of USP

Photo caption: New USP leader Pamela Gordon Carty (center) with incoming and outgoing party board members and former leader Frans Richardson (second from right). ~ Nicholas new board President ~ PHILIPSBURG - Former Minister Pamela Gordon-Carty...

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Pamela to Put our house in order of Proper Priorities

Putting our house in order of proper priorities of first things first. The fact that mrs.Pamela Gordon Carty has now assumed leadership of the USP, the first and foremost action we are looking forward to is: Putting our house in order of proper...

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Kosten COHO-organisatie 14,7 miljoen in 2021

Den Haag - 14,7 miljoen euro, zo veel kost het Caribisch Orgaan voor Hervorming en Ontwikkeling in 2021. Dat meldt staatssecretaris Knops (BZK) in antwoord op de vraag van de Tweede Kamercommissie voor Koninkrijksrelaties wat de totale kosten van ...

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Nederland wil van aandelen Winair af; geeft nog wel geld

Den Haag - Winair krijgt toch 1,5 miljoen dollar extra van Nederland om te overleven. Dat kondigt minister Barbara Visser (IenW) vandaag aan in een brief aan de Tweede Kamer. In diezelfde brief meldt ze ook dat besloten is afstand te doen van de...

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Onderzoek ambtenaar Ontvanger

'Streep door belastingschuld bedrijf' Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Een hoge ambtenaar bij de Ontvanger heeft zonder zich aan de procedures te houden een streep gezet door een belastingschuld van een bedrijf. Het gaat om meer dan...

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Den Haag: Curaçao gaat gokmaffia aanpakken

Den Haag/Willemstad - Nog deze maand wordt door de Curaçaose regering een plan vastgesteld om de gokmaffia aan te pakken die op basis van een sublicentie illegaal online kansspelen in andere landen aanbiedt. Dat kondigen minister Dekker...

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OPINIE: De moraal van een oud-gouverneur -

Redactie 1509 1 De personen die genoemd worden in het ontluisterende Ennia-vonnis zouden als bijkomende straf dit zinnetje honderd maal moeten overschrijven: 'Egoïsme is helaas nog diep geworteld in de harten van velen.' Eén van de genoemden zal...

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COLUMN - Een welkom alibi - Dossier Koninkrijksrelaties

Drie voor deze maand geplande, qua soortelijk gewicht veelbelovende bijeenkomsten over de koninkrijksrelaties zijn vanwege de zorgen over het in Nederland rondrazende coronavirus geannuleerd. Het "31e Congres in het kader van tien jaar na de...

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This Holiday Season: Shop Smart, Shop Safe

Every year the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), as part of its annual calendar of observances, highlights and creates awareness about safe...

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Minister of Labour Ottley Encourages Job Seekers ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Saturday December 18th, Ballast Nedam International Projects in collaboration with the Ministry of VSA, the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) and the National Institute for Professional Advancement...

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St. Maarten/St. Martin Babe Ruth Baseball Christmas Clinic

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The St. Maarten/St. Martin Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball Association is hosting its first 'Babe Ruth Christmas Clinic' starting Saturday 18 December 2021 thru Friday 24 December 2021 at the Little League Ballpark, the ...

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14% of passengers from South Africa still testing positive

Some 14% of passengers arriving in the Netherlands from South Africa over the past five days have tested positive for coronavirus, regional health board GGD Kennemerland said on Friday. That is a rise on last week, when 9% of passengers tested...

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New government formation deal nears completion

The four parties negotiating to form a new coalition government are very close to agreement and hope to present their plans at the beginning of next week, 11 months after the cabinet stood down over the childcare benefit scandal and nine months...

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Christmas hampers more lavish this year

Employers are spending more on the traditional kerstpakket this year as lockdown measures begin to bite and companies put Christmas party cash into gifts instead. Some seven million people will be be given a traditional Christmas hamper this...

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