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Airport holding fires CEO Brian Mingo

PHILIPSBURG - In a shareholders meeting on Wednesday, the airport's holding company (PJIAH) dismissed the operational company's (PJIAE) Chief Executive Officer Brian Mingo per June 6. The shareholders relieved Mingo with immediate effect ...

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A regrettable decision

By Hilbert Haar ~ Well, well. The politicians that have been bashing airport CEO Brian Mingo for months have gotten their way - for now. Down the road the decision by the airport-holding to terminate its contract with Mingo could prove to be very...

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UPDATE: Unknown when St. Vincent volcano will blow

LA SOUFRIÈRE BULLETIN #52 APRIL 08, 2021 11:30PM Seismic activity at La Soufrière, St Vincent changed significantly today when the seismic station closest to the summit began recording low-level seismic tremors on April 8. Six separate episodes,...

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Robber lost his life after robbing jewelry store on F'street

The central dispatch received several calls about an armed robbery in progress at a jewelry store on the Front-street on Wednesday morning April 7th 2021, at approximately 10.45 am. Several patrols and detectives personnel were immediately...

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Two arrests, house searches related to sexual abuse minors

Complaints about alleged sexual abuse against minors involving an elementary school employee and her neighbor led to their arrests early today, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, by the Juvenile Department of the Police KPSM on the order of the...

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Traffic Department investigating two serious road accidents

The personnel of the traffic Department are investigation two serious car accidents that took place over the weekend. The first accident took place on Friday evening March 26th, 2021 around 11:30 pm on the Airport road.

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MP Sarah Wescot-Williams pose hard questions after firing

MP Sarah Wescot-Williams wants hard guarantees from Government for the Uninterrupted Continuation of the Airport Reconstruction, Since They Condoned Sacking the CEO." ~ Philipsburg, St. Maarten, 8 April 2021 - MP Sarah Wescot-Williams: "I want...

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MP Emmanuel: Four months into 2021 and still no budget

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "We are in the month of April and the country is still without a national budget 2021," said Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christopher Emmanuel on Wednesday, adding that the Minister of Finance has gone...

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Government closely monitoring Volcano developments

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management, and the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS), are closely monitoring developments on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines with respect to the ...

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Minister Richardson meets with mental health entities

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, representatives of various entities responsible for the treatment & care of persons with mental health concerns on the island met at the request of the Minister of Justice, Ms. Anna E....

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Removal of Vessels from Oyster Pond Lagoon

The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), as the legally assigned custodian of the Oyster Pond Lagoon, wishes to inform of the Government's intention to remove the shipwrecked vessels...

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Port St. Maarten and RCG Officials reaffirms potential...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Port St. Maarten Management met with Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) executives this week where they had strategic discussions in connection with further strengthening the partnership that has existed for several decades. The...

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Royal Netherlands Army Engineers to map Sint Maarten

In agreement with the government of Sint Maarten, members of the Regiment of Engineers will operate on the island from 10 until and including 24 April 2021. The engineers will form a current map of the island’s terrain and infrastructure. This map will serve as an aid in reconstruction in the event of a future natural disaster.

The Royal Netherlands Army will perform this work to ensure that, in cooperation with Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean, it can provide assistance more rapidly if its assistance is required.

In September 2017, the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, particularly Sint Maarten, was battered by Hurricane Irma. Government institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the defence organisation have since contributed substantially to the provision of emergency assistance and reconstruction. While Irma was not the first natural disaster (hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis) to strike the Caribbean, it was by far the worst in recent years.

At the request of the government of Sint Maarten, the engineers, led by 13 Light Brigade, will conduct reconnaissance to map the island’s terrain and infrastructure. If a natural disaster occurs in the future, the map will make it possible to rapidly and efficiently determine the damage and effectively provide the emergency assistance required.

The Regiment of Engineers of the Royal Netherlands Army is taking this opportunity to practise skills in a real-life setting. The military objective is to train those who are tasked with engineer reconnaissance. This training will take place under the name Engineer RECCE. The military personnel involved will travel in military uniform using civilian vehicles. They will therefore be recognisable because of their military clothing but, in order minimise any inconvenience to people and the environment, will not use heavy military vehicles. Tactical training will not take place. Therefore, weapons and (training) ammunition will not be used.

SZV urges compliance - businesses have to pay premiums...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social and health Insurance provider SZV has seen a drop of some NAf 4 million per month in premiums since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. This constitutes a significant loss for the solidarity fund...

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Kleine Curaçaose ondernemers: 'waar is onze overheidssteun?'

WILLEMSTAD - De tweede lockdown is vernietigend voor kleine ondernemingen. Daar is marketingondernemer Jorge Cuartas van overtuigd. 322 bedrijven hebben zijn handtekeningenactie ondertekend, om druk te zetten op de overheid om financiële steun te ...

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Caribische banken verder in isolement

Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Banken hebben andere banken nodig voor het verrichten van internationale geld- en effectentransacties. Die bank of financiële instelling in een ander land wordt correspondentbank genoemd. In het Caribische ...

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Situatie CMC even stabiel

Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - De explosie van besmettingen met het coronavirus op Curaçao lijkt zich wat te stabiliseren. Dat kan heel voorzichtig worden opgemaakt uit de cijfers van de afgelopen dagen. Dat er de laatste dagen minder...

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Onderzoek naar tijgerhaaien rond Sint Maarten

Philipsburg - In de week van 11 april doen leden van de Nature Foundation St. Maarten, de Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), de Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) en Beneath the Waves haaienonderzoek in de territoriale wateren van Sint...

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MP George Pantophlet: To Shut down or not to Shut down

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of the Parliament of Sint Maarten (MP) George Pantophlet said in a press statement on Thursday: "Recently, I have taken note of some developments on St. Maarten. The most recent one being the shortening of...

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Organized confusion the at the people's expense

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY - By Cecil Nicholas) - Dear editor, In the midst of the high level of confusion around the play on words like "trajectory", the constant repositioning of this governing coalition with regards to COHO, the petition to the...

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Trust needs to be restored, says Tjeenk Willink

Exploratory talks to form the next Dutch government are restarting on Thursday after a two-week delay caused by a row over an accidentally leaked memo. Veteran Labour (PvdA) politician Herman Tjeenk Willink will canvas the views of all 17 party...

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The Netherlands halts use of AstraZeneca jab for under 60

The Netherlands will no longer vaccinate people under the age of 60 with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine because of the health risks, caretaker health minister Hugo de Jonge said on Thursday evening. The minister's decision is in line with...

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Quarter of travel sector jobs lost in 2020

The coronavirus crisis has had a devastating effect on the travel sector with almost a quarter of jobs disappearing in 2020, employment figures from travel industry institute Reiswerk show. Some 90% of travel organisations with more than 10 staff ...

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