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Judge Hears Case of Deposed Government; Verdict December 11

Oranjestad- Judge Van den Burg this morning heard the case of the injunction of the deposed PLP/Merkman Government against Dutch Government. The hearing of the case took about 1 hour and 40 minutes and took place on St. Eustatius. The judge...

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Dear Reader

We often hear the cry that young people can't get jobs nor assistance to start their own business, buy a home or even obtain a piece of land to work or build on.

No matter how interesting the data coming out of the STAT's business survey is, there can be more economic activities if the young people can get more chances to start their own business via micro-funding, adequate support and start up advice and - most importantly - with significant tax breaks and minimization of red tape and bureaucracy.

Despite the existence and work of the micro-financing agency Qredits, one of the biggest complaints remain the lack of available funding for young entrepreneurs. Another issue is the astronomical rental prices of commercial units on the island. We have our own theories as to why rents are so high. A topic for an article on another day.

Nevertheless, armed with the data from the economic census survey, government would do well to investigate the opportunities offered to the youths to start their own businesses with an eye towards their future as the providers of jobs and as the motor in our future economy.

In the meantime, please read our full newsletter that we hope will be both newsworthy and informative to you with news from Monday and Tuesday.

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Political parties disappointed by delayed Statia elections

ORANJESTAD - The political parties on Statia are 'disappointed' by the decision of State Secretary Knops (Kingdom Relations) to definitely postpone the Island Council elections. By Tim van Dijk (English subtitles) In February the government in...

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Statia Day: Islanders celebrate with mixed feelings

ORANJESTAD - The Special Municipality of the Netherlands, Statia, celebrated Statia Day last Friday. How do locals feel about the holiday since the Netherlands took over governing the island at the beginning of the year? By Tim van Dijk (English...

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Soft Opening Ground Floor Airport Terminal Building December 15, 2018

PHILIPSBURG - The original goal was to open in November, but that date has been moved. Now the reopening of the renewed airport Princess Juliana International Airport on Sint-Maarten is scheduled for mid-December 2018. The airport that was destroyed and could no longer be used due to hurricane Irma in September 2017, will not fully open.

"In December, we will only open the ground floor, where we will temporarily place the departure and arrival halls. In a later stage, the first floor will also open and the departures will take place there. The entire airport will be completed around 2020," says Audrey St. Luce-Jack, corporate communications specialist at the airport.

The large pavilion tents that were temporarily put up in February 2018 so that flights to and from St. Maarten could just take place, are removed after the reopening. Currently, Commodore N.V., the construction company that was assigned the reconstruction contract, is working on phase one, which is called Package One-Temporary Operations. This includes the creation of temporary check-in counters, immigration and emigration space, offices, security, CCTV, baggage belts, IT systems, restaurants, all on the ground floor.

Ballast Nedam is responsible for repairs to the roof. It is expected that the roof of the airport will be ready and hurricane-resistant by January 2019 at the latest.

Click here to view the full interview with Audrey St. Luce-Jack, corporate communications officer at the PJIA airport and to read the rest of the article published in Dutch online on Caribisch Netwerk.
World Bank confirms: Dutch want rep in airport board

PHILIPSBURG - It is not like the Netherlands wants to take over the complete management of the airport in exchange for financing of the airport's rehabilitation, but the Dutch do want to have somebody on the inside. This appears from a report by...

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Statia in Peril: The case against "Public Entity"

By Political Analyst, Julio R, Romney ~ The Court of First Instance in Philipsburg is scheduled (on Tuesday, November 20, 2018) to hear open arguments from the dissolved insular Government of Sint Eustatius which was taken into receivership on...

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Minister Stuart Johnson launches Golden Box with 50 passes

Fifty season passes up for grabs for Carnival-50 ~ PHILIPSBURG-The Golden Box has been launched at the Government Administration Building, and the entire island is invited to fill in their Carnival Pass raffle forms and drop them in the box for a ...

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Economic Census Survey revealing interesting data

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Statistics (STAT) from the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications, conducted an Economic Census Survey (ECS) from May 2nd to September 7th 2018. An Economic Census...

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Together for Children's Rights in the Kingdom

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The countries and public entities of the Dutch Kingdom want all children in the Kingdom to grow up healthy and live in a safe and promising environment. A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was, therefore signed to...

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USM host its 3rd annual Breakfast Round-table discussion ...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Friday November 16th the University of St. Martin (USM) hosted its 3rd annual roundtable discussion: Breakfast with the Counselors. While the event did not take place last year due to the after-effects of Hurricane ...

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Court allows witness examinations and expert in Zebec case

POINT BLANCHE--Zebec Development N.V. has obtained permission from the Court of First Instance for a preliminary witness examination and the appointment of an expert, on Friday.

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Zebec believes it has been misled to enter into settlement

POINT BLANCHE--Zebec has filed a request with the Court in St. Maarten to allow a preliminary witness examination and appoint an expert. The developer believes St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies and others misled Zebec to enter into a settlement.

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15 & 17-Year old Youngsters in Back street fight...

PHILIPSBURG - Detectives at the Youth and Morals Department have reported that a third and fourth suspect in the ongoing Back Street Fight investigation has been arrested, police said in a report on Tuesday. The 15 year old suspect identified...

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Construction worker robbed by gun wielding robbers ...

PELICAN - Detectives of the Special Unit Robbery are presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Monday November 19 th at approximately 4.15 p.m. on the Billy Folly road, police said on Tuesday. The victim is a construction...

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Suspect arrested in connection with break-ins ...

PHILIPSBURG - Detectives of the Robbery Division on Monday November 18 arrested a male suspect identified with initials K.B. in connection with two separate break-in investigations and the theft of a vehicle, police said on Tuesday. The suspect...

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Police seeking public assistance involving two shootings

PHILIPSBURG - The Detective Department is presently investigating two separate shooting incidents which took place on Sunday November 18 th, the police said on Monday. "The first one took place at around 3.00 a.m. in the vicinity of McDonalds on...

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Everything set for the Separation of Powers Lecture

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of good governance as well as stimulate the discussion amongst our population in the hope of promoting active citizenry, the Council of Advice extends an invitation ...

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"Lasana M. Sekou Live @ 40th anniversary" concert:...

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN - The 40 th anniversary concert of St. Martin's Lasana Sekou as an author of over 20 books, takes place on November 30 and December 1, 2018, at 8 PM, said Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF).

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Are You Reddi (Ready)? Aruba's 65th Carnival 2019

PHILIPSBURG - The Chuchubi Foundation is doing it again! The Chuchubi Foundation in collaboration with Winair has organized a DIRECT charter flight from St. Maarten to Aruba for Aruba's 65 th Carnival Celebration under the theme Chuchubi is alive ...

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'Way Maker' Singer, Sinach, for St. Maarten in February

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Renowned gospel singer, Sinach, is scheduled to be in St. Maarten on February 9, 2019, announced Christian Faith Ministries International (CFMI) on Thursday, November 15, 2018, during the launch of its 'All White...

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St Maarten Signs Kingdom MOU for International Child Rights

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport, the Honourable Wycliffe Smith today electronically signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the countries and territories within the Kingdom of the Netherlands,...

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Minister Johnson commends SXM Airport as #2 Most Popular

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson was elated to hear the news that SXM Airport and the destination according to the online website, is the #2 most popular private jet destination in...

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Minister of Justice De Weever: Tuesday is World Child Day

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Children are taking over and turning the world blue. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says this year the world is going blue! "We're asking individuals, schools and corporates...

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Minister Johnson congratulates Hazel on Front-page Photo Win

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) recently announced the winner of its Photo Contest for the cover of its hotel in-room magazine VISIT. The winner is Richard Hazel who sent in a photo of an...

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Two Central Committee meetings of Parliament Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG - The House of Parliament will sit in a Continuation Central Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 21. The Ombudsman will be present for this meeting. The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on Thursday, September 27,...

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SXM Achievers' Toastmasters Youth Leaders Graduate

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - The SXM Achievers Toastmasters Club hosted a Youth Leadership Program (YLP) Graduation Ceremony on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Dominic High School. The program was conducted in collaboration...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Lions Club members are fervently preparing for their fundraiser "Annual Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo...

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Cooperation Air Antilles and Winair

WILLEMSTAD - The airlines Air Antilles and Winair presented their plans to work together at the Renaissance Hotel last week. In this way, it will be easier from Curaçao to reach various destinations in the Caribbean. Winair has invested heavily...

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Minister Johnson congratulates Winair on acquisition ...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - This week Windward Islands Airways International (Winair) received its 4 th Twin Otter aircraft that will increase the airlines airlift for the 2018-2019 high tourist season. Winair this week in an announcement...

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Winair receives 4th aircraft

Philipsburg – WINAIR has received a 4th Twin Otter Aircraft for the upcoming 2018/19 season. With several airline recommencing service to St. Maarten, there will be increased demand for flights to and from our hub at P.J.I.A.E. in St. Maarten.

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GEBE wins Best Sponsor of the Year at 2018 Brown Pelican ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NV GEBE is proud to have been named "Best Sponsor of the Year 2018" at the Brown Pelican Award held on Sunday, November 18, 2018, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. NV GEBE who was one of the top three...

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Malcolm Phillips wins first fight

Kissimmee, Florida / Sint Maarten - Malcolm Phillips has been successful in his first fight at the Sugar Bert Amateur Boxing event in Kissimmee, Florida on Saturday. Malcolm told 721 News that it is an honor for him as this is his first big...

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SMMAF held their third martial arts competition on Nov. 10

St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) held their third martial arts competition on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at MPC Gym in St. Peters. The event showcased two martial art for adults and...

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MAN faction wants clarity about alleged corruption at RdK

WILLEMSTAD - In parliament, there is a call for the Minister of General Affairs, Eugene Rhuggenaath to give a more detailed explanation of the case of Roderick van Kwartel, Director of the public company Curaçao Refinery (RdK). After all,...

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Prime Minister fails to give explanations about RdK director

WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath failed to attend the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers. A missed opportunity, since he could have explained the developments at the public company Refineria di Korsou, Curaçao...

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Premier Rhuggenaath on a working visit in The Hague

WILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath is in The Hague this week for an official visit. The Prime Minister will be welcomed by his counterpart Mark Rutte in the Torentje (office of the Dutch Prime Minister), among other things...

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UoC present at celebration 50 years of UNICA

WILLEMSTAD, SANTO DOMINGO - Recently, the Rector Magnificus and the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises da Costa Gomez (UoC) traveled to the Dominican Republic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UNICA....

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UoC continues to spread its wings in the Caribbean

WILLEMSTAD, SANTO DOMINGO - Last week, the UoC signed a cooperation agreement with La Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) of the Dominican Republic. Recently, the Rector Magnificus and the chairman of the Board of Trustees of...

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CBCS presents Strategic Plan in Sint Maarten

Willemstad/Philipsburg - Recently, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) presented its Strategic Plan to the stakeholders in Sint Maarten. The Governor of Sint Maarten, as well as the government, representatives from the financial...

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Immigration Service holds Venezuelan refugee unjustly

WILLEMSTAD - The immigration service is still holding a Venezuelan military in prison, while he should have been freed weeks ago. It concerns the sergeant who arrived on the island with a boat in August and applied for asylum. The sergeant...

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Top Dutch official received more than 40,000 euros ...

WILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE - The representative of the Netherlands in Curaçao received a net foreign reimbursement of tens of thousands of euros last year, while he only spent eighteen days on the island. Although this is contrary to the guidelines,...

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Questions Van Raak MP about compensation top official

WILLEMSTAD - The Member of the Dutch Parliament for the Socialist Party Ronald van Raak asked some questions to the Ministers of the Interior and the Undersecretary of Kingdom Relations about the recent news surrounding a Dutch top official in...

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JGCN: The Week Against Child Abuse

'See, Say, Stop!', Is the slogan of Jeugdzorg en Gezinsvoogdij Caribisch Nederland (JGCN) during the week against child abuse that will take place from November 19th until November 25th, 2018. A well-known sound for many, but unfortunately this ...

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Job Center First Tangible Product of Government Agreement

Kralendijk- In the future there will be one counter for employers and employees where all services in the field of employment are offered on Bonaire: the job center. This has been agreed between local Government and the Kingdom Government in...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) November 21, 2018 ...THE SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR ST. MAARTEN IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT... Tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy with isolated...

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$2,000 Smart Home Grand Door Prize at Wacky Telco Friday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group has in store for a lucky winner, a state-of-the-art Smart Home connection as the Grand Door Prize for this Friday's "Wacky TelCo Friday" fun sale.

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Founder of the Peridot Foundation stated Gracita Arrindell said on Monday in a statement: "November 25th upcoming is the official starting date of 'sixteen days of activism against gender based violence campaign'...

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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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CPS: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - It's that time of the year when influenza, better known as the flu, becomes more predominant. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and...

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Prominent businesswoman offers LIAT airport lands

Owner and CEO of Antigua Hangers Inc. Makeda Mikael is proposing a land deal to LIAT 1973 Ltd in what she terms as an, "Offer they cannot refuse." Mikael owns the approximately 26 acres of land immediately surrounding the V.C. Bird International...

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Haiti faced a third day of protests and violence on Tuesday as anger grew over allegations of government corruption. An Associated Press journalist saw a man who had been fatally shot in the head near the National Palace. It wasn't clear who shot ...

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Several killed as protesters demand resignation of president

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Grenada public servants vow to continue industrial action

Public servants Tuesday vowed to remain off their jobs despite the decision of the Keith Mitchell government to withdraw an application for an injunction preventing them from embarking on industrial action in the ongoing dispute over the payment...

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13 pounds of plastic found in dead sperm whale

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British visitor who slapped Barbados bartender fined

A British visitor who slapped a bartender in the face after he refused to serve her alcohol after closing time had to part with $500. Gillian Kershaw who was staying at a hotel in Hastings, Christ Church was at a pub located in the hotel when she ...

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Junior minister starts campaign to convince vaccination...

Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated will be invited to explain their reasoning to youth health organisation JGZ in an effort to stop falling vaccine uptake, junior health minister Paul Blokhuis has announced. The scheme is aimed...

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Man arrested for mistaken identity murder four years ago ...

A man has been arrested in Schiedam in connection with the 2014 murder of a regional health board head, which police say was a case of mistaken identity. Rob Zweekhorst, 44, was shot dead at close range while out walking his dog in Berkel en...

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Row over Zwarte Piet racists rumbles on, Rutte urged to...

Prime minister Mark Rutte has come under fire for failing to fully condemn the racism and violence directed at anti-Zwarte Piet demonstrators last weekend. Rutte told reporters on Monday that the angry mobs who attacked people demonstrating...

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Senate opens door to elected mayors, D66 celebrate win

The Dutch senate has voted in favour of a plan to remove the way mayors are named from the constitution, a measure which clears the way for the introduction of elected mayors. The measure, proposed by coalition party D66, managed to win the...

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IND overhauls Brexit information, says it will contact Brits

The Dutch immigration service IND has totally overhauled the Brexit information section of its website, and now tells British nationals the government will provide 'a decent solution' even in the case of a no deal. 'Your situation is a top...

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