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Nagico's Imran McSood: "85% of claims settled by month end"

By Hilbert Haar ~ PHILIPSBURG - Nagico-director Dwayne Elgin already announced it during a meeting of parliament about insurance issues after Hurricane Irma, and Nagico's chairman Imran Amjad McSood confirmed it to

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Dear Reader

Sea conditions are definitely dominating the news today. The imminent threat of a tsunami being announced via social media has people on their toes, ready to run to the hills.

Although clearly a hoax, the concern on everyone's mind cannot be denied. Increasing frequency of earthquakes, storm surges, high winds and social media hysteria can be a recipe for disaster should panic unnecessarily break out.

However, Mother Nature is only busy cleansing herself, as can be seen from the videos posted in the updated news report below about the Sargassum seaweed invading Maho Beach with the latest videos of the beach area.

This apparent storm in the seas is the direct opposite to the silence surrounding the information process. Luckily, MP-elect Wycliffe Smith, our recommendation for President of Parliament by the way, gives us some insight into the (in)formation process with his article about the formation of Parliament and Government.

In an interview with Hilbert Haar, Mr. Imran Amjad McSood also gives insight into the present state of the insurance business as it pertains to Nagico's settling of hurricane claims and the consequences for the premiums moving forward.

We welcome you to read today's edition and also to take part in the poll and give us your opinion. We will publish the results tomorrow. Hopefully, we will also be able to publish the official election results as established by the Central Voting Bureau as well.

In the meantime, do have an enjoyable day!

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Waterfront Marigot takes a hit from Sunday's storm

MARIGOT - The storm that hit the island on Sunday had a serious impact on the waterfront in Marigot. The government closed down the road through Galis Bay, where the turbulent water had thrown rocks on the road; a barge lost its anchor and ended...

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Sea conditions impact Cargo and Cruise Berthing...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - The severe and unusual sea conditions in the North Eastern Caribbean on Monday impacted cargo and cruise operations at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility as well as the Cole Bay depot berthing area.

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UPDATED: Sargassum seaweed invades Maho Beach (see video)

COLE BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is again warning of a potential influx of Sargassum seaweed in the coming weeks: "We have been coordinating our monitoring efforts with our partners in the region and based on weather predictions and...

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Nature splits Le Galion Beach in half with channel from pond

LE GALION - Local residents visiting Le Galion beach today for the first time since the passing of hurricane Irma were surprise to find that the access to the part of the beach most frequented by locals was cut off by a naturally created runoff...

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Tsunami reports are a hoax. High surf causing hysteria

SINT MAARTEN/ANTIGUA & BARBUDA - There is no tsunami or tsunami warning or watch in effect for the Caribbean Region. Apparently fake news started to circulate on the island of Antigua & Barbuda, and the aforementioned was quashed by Meteorologist ...

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The perils of doing it yourself

By Chris Morvan, With all the rebuilding and repairing that has been going on here since Irma, there has no doubt been a collective surge in blood pressure, a lot of bad language and a mixed bag of results as people honed their DIY skills.

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The Formation of Parliament and Government

By Wycliffe Smith ~ On February 26th the people of Sint Maarten spoke by means of the ballot. They said that they do not trust one party with an outright majority and that they still prefer to have a national parliamentary coalition. With the 15...

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Semana Dominicana celebrates with Independence Day parade

2018 Dominicano Independence Day Celebrations in St. Maarten

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Divi Little Bay Beach Resort to partially reopen May 1

SINT MAARTEN (LITTLE BAY) - Divi Little Bay Beach Resort recently announced to its membership that they are, "...not just cleaning up and restoring your "home away from home," but planning, designing and implementing some amazing new facilities...

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort Set to partially reopen June 1

SINT MAARTEN (DAWN BEACH) - Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR) is still on track to reopen part of the property known as Phase 1 by June 1. This is welcome news for the tourism sector.

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Three French side resorts to reopen in June, October and ...

ST. MARTIN (GRANDCASE) - "GM (Ed General Manager) Kristin Petreluzzi tells us that Le Petit Hotel in Grand Case will reopen right on schedule June 1. "L'Esplanade Hotel, on the hill behind Grand Case village, will be getting some improvements...

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Belair Beach Resort Opens March 17. Fully booked until...

SINT MAARTEN (BELAIR) - Belair Beach Resort is scheduled to reopen March 17, according to SXM Weekly News of Jeff Berger. The number of rooms to be ready will be 54 of its 70 rooms. "Its bottom floor will reopen sometime in the next two months,...

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Port to represent Destination at Seatrade. Cruise...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Port St. Maarten officials and local stakeholders left over the weekend for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to attend Seatrade Cruise Global that is being held at the Broward County Convention Center from March 5-8. The delegation is ...

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UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, Viking call cancelled

Due to inclement weather conditions, the Viking Sky has cancelled its port call for Monday. Viking Ocean Cruises Viking Sky hará su llegada inaugural el lunes PORT ST. MAARTEN - Viking Ocean Cruises cruise ship Viking Sky will be making its...

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Main Voting Bureau to continue today due to power outage

PHILIPSBURG - Due to a power outage yesterday, the Central Voting Bureau will continue its meeting for the establishment of the election results of the Members of Parliament of Sint Maarten at the House of Parliament today at 9am.

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Voting Bureau completes total recount of three poll stations

PHILIPSBURG--A total recount of three polling stations was completed by the Central Voting Bureau early Monday afternoon. The recount corrected errors and awarded additional votes to several candidates on five of the six parties’ slates, but no....

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Undersecretary requests more time to answer questions on ...

THE HAGUE - The Undersecretary of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops informed the Member of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak that the answers on his questions about gold smuggling from Venezuela to Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire...

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2nd Central Banking Conference: Addressing challenges to ...

WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG - On the 22nd and 23rd of March, 2018, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) will host its second Central Banking conference, which will take place in Curaçao. The conference features presentations and...

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Should the present interim cabinet be asked to stay on?

PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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Minister Wuite holds Follow-Up Stakeholders Consultation

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Friday February 23 rd 2018, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Jorien Wuite, hosted a follow-up stakeholder's consultation session to give a report on the progress of the execution of the Ministry's...

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TelEm Group customers have one extra day to pay due bills

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group customers have one extra day to pay their due bills, after a power outage brought the company's billing systems to a halt Monday afternoon. Customers were unable to pay their bills after the power outage Monday, and some ...

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TelCell looking into mobile data issue affecting customers

POND ISLAND - Mobile voice and data provider, TelCell, says it is looking into a mobile data issue at the weekend that left mobile data subscribers unable to get onto the internet. The issue involves subscribers who purchased one day data...

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Occupational Health & Safety & Disaster Management Seminar

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) will host its 2018 Occupational Health & Safety & Disaster Management Seminar on March 11-14 in Jamaica under the theme: "Safety by Design with Disaster in...

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Prosecutor's office to investigate Police involved incident

COLE BAY - A car accident that occurred on the Welfare road in Cole Bay which took place early Sunday morning that resulted in a heated dispute between the drivers is being investigated by the Public Prosecutor's Office after intervention of the...

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Dog cadaver suspect receives community service and two...

PHILIPSBURG - On January 20th, 2018 a motorist was photographed dragging a dog on the tail of a car while the vehicle was in motion, the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said in a statement on Monday.

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The Importance of the "Debate" between Lebron James and...

Dear Editor, Two weeks before the NBA All-Star Game which took place last February a storm without peer broke loose in the basketball world and arguably also in the larger field of international sports and such especially because of the turn it...

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Dutch National Disaster Fund makes available two-thirds...

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - The Dutch National Disaster Fund (NRF) has funds available for the rebuilding of the three Dutch Windward Islands (Sint Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius) due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irma last September. The funds ...

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Troubleshooter Stef Blok returns to cabinet following...

Five months after quitting politics, Stef Blok has returned to the Dutch cabinet to replace Halbe Zijlstra as foreign affairs minister. It is the second time Blok, 53, has been asked to step in to clean up after a colleague has fallen from grace.

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Angry cabbies 'hatched plot on Telegram to attack Uber...

Police are investigating a plot by disgruntled taxi drivers to attack Uber's headquarters in Amsterdam with 'bricks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails'. According to reports in AD, an activist group calling itself WegMetUber ('Down with Uber')...

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Dutch alarm system fails to sound during monthly test

The Netherlands tests its national alarm system on the first Monday of every month, but today it failed to go off over large parts of the country. The warning system failed to sound in Amsterdam, Noord-Limburg, Gelderland, Utrecht and parts of...

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