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La Sangre Llama by Loekie Morales published

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - ‘Finally, Overseas Bloodlineis published in Spanish, the language of the main character in the book, Adelaida Morales, my beloved grandmother’, says Loekie Morales, author of this book. The title in Spanish is ‘La Sangre Llama’ and I am most proud to have it published as a hard cover version, useful for comprehensive reading in Spanish, Morales said in a statement.

“Overseas Bloodline was originally published in 2002 in Dutch as ‘Bloedlijn Overzee’ and was for years on the B-list for Dutch literature in high schools in Holland. In 2012 it was translated into English and published together with an Audio book. Just recently it was also translated and published by the Aruban department of Culture and Education into Papiamentoas ‘Sanger ta Yama’, the local language in Aruba.  The Papiamento version is only available in Aruba. The English version is available at the Shipwreck shops and at Beyond Kultura Events Foundation. 

“Overseas Bloodline is the real-life story of three sisters who found each other again after seventy years. Morales did what several family members told her not to do in 1990. She packed her things and travelled to the western edge of Venezuela, a country she only knew from tales, to find her roots. Mainly siblings of her grandmother, whom her granny had lost in life for 70 years. Morales ended up with several surprises on her quest for the past.

“The story is a powerful passionate one of the quests to find not only her roots, but join a family separated by poverty and lack of communication, that drove them apart. The author describes the ups and downs during her search for her grandmother’s family and the moments of hope and fear in her book. Those are interwoven with letters, flash backs, socio cultural stories, wherein the Dutch, Venezuelans and Curaçao-Caribbean culture are being compared from the people’s point of view. Overseas Bloodline and its Spanish version La Sangre Llama are available at Shipwreck shops and at Beyond Kultura Events Foundation at 5271223. For the listeners, there is an audio book of the English version Overseas Bloodline available.”

Morales: “I intend to launch this Spanish version in Curaçao and Cuba upcoming February. Later this year, Morales said. She will also start soon with the production of an Audio book project of La Sangre Llama, in Spanish as well.”

In the meantime, Gina Ramsbottom of Aruba’s Department of Education and the Designer of the book cover, Bethsarim Briñez Albertsz, have gotten their copies of La Sangre Llama.


Job wages on Saba and Statia higher than Bonaire in 2017

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - In 2017, the average remuneration per employee job on Bonaire amounted to 2,050 US dollars gross per month. On Saba and St Eustatius, the average monthly pay stood at 2,285 and 3,150 US dollars, respectively. In this calculation, no adjustment has been made for part-time jobs. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on new figures. 

Approximately one-quarter of all employee jobs on Bonaire earned less than 1,000 USD per month. These were probably part-time jobs. For 37 percent of all employees, gross monthly wages were in the range between 1,000 and 2,000 US dollars. Nearly 40 percent of employees earned more than 2,000 US dollars per month.

A similar distribution is found on Saba. On St Eustatius, the different categories are distributed more evenly over the total number of jobs. Nearly two-thirds of all employee jobs pay more than 2,000 US dollars per month.

Increase on Bonaire and St Eustatius

Over the period 2011-2017, average job wages increased on both Bonaire (+3 percent per year) and St Eustatius (+4 percent per year). Wages remained more or less stable on Saba (+1 percent per year). Saba and St Eustatius have a relatively small number of jobs, which means any minor changes will have a relatively large impact on the total outcome. The pattern of development is therefore rather dispersed.

The public administration sector on Bonaire has seen wages increase since 2011. The sectors accommodation and food services, trade and business services have lagged behind, however. 


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'Caribisch Nederland; jobs and wages, economic activity (SBI 2008)' 


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SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS –BAFT, an international financial services association, recently announced its Future Leaders program class of 2019 and for the first time an employee of a regional bank has landed a place in the prestigious programme. 

Kerry Jordan, Manager, Trade Finance with CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank was one of 32 individuals selected to participate. The program – now in its fourth year – recognizes upcoming leaders in the transaction banking industry. 

The Bankers Association Finance and Trade (BAFT) is a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association (ABA).

Through a nomination process supported by their respective institutions, the class of 2019 includes individuals from 14 countries and a variety of disciplines within transaction banking. This year’s group will be divided into four project teams to address current industry issues such asthe future correspondent banking, the role of humans in transaction banking, trade dynamics, and building collaboration between global transaction banking and the rest of the bank.

Jordan, who is based at the bank’s Head Office in Barbados, will collaborate with fellow Future leaders on a project entitled, Building Collaboration between Global Transaction Banking (GTB) and the Rest of the Bank. The project team will examine how financial institutions can better leverage their competitive positioning vis-à-vis outside threats to deliver a thorough value proposition to clients.

 “It’s an honor to have been selected forBAFT’s Future Leaders program,said Jordan. “It’s a prestigious and highly esteemed group within the transaction banking industry and I’m eager to collaborate with my program colleagues on critical industry issues.”

The class of 2019 will begin the program at the annual BAFT Europe Bank to Bank Forum in London, and will conclude in April at theBAFT Global Annual Meeting - The Americasin California. Several future leader council members will support the current class as mentors, joining BAFT board members who will again serve as project sponsors. 


SXMNBA Presents: The Mega Lotto Basketball Tournament. First ever

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The SXMNBA will be hosting its first ever Basketball tournament sponsored by The Mega Lotto. The two have partnered in order to give a $500 cash prize to the winning team of the tournament. This tournament is unique as there are two age categories. We have the under 18 and an 18+ category which will be competing for this much coveted $500 cash prize.

This grand event slated for January 27th, 2019at The L.B. Scott Sport Auditoriumand will be an all-day event suitable for a day of fun for the family. The event is scheduled to take place from 10 am to 7 pm. A selection of drinks and food will be on sale, and entertainment throughout the day will be provided. Entrance is only $2 per person, and you receive $2 Free Play at Mega Lotto. Children under 12 are absolutely free. There will also be a raffle for a 50” HD LED TV.

To all the teams that have not yet signed up, we want to let you know that space is limited and the ultimate deadline for registration is Wednesday January 23rd, 2019. Under 18 category registration fee is $5 per player and over 18 is $10 per player.

SXMNBA would like to extend our gratitude to the chief sponsor Mega Lotto and all others who made this event possible, such as;

Marsea Services N.V.



KK-Travels & Tours

Principle Accounting & Consulting Services B.V.

Henderson Insurances 

Main Road Construction


Carl & Son’s Unique Bakery

MNA Distributors Auto Parts & Accessories

Color-Rite Copy Center

SXM Cigars

Grande Smokers Lounge

Adolphus Richardson Technology

Keijzer Computer Systems N.V.

Windward Islands Bank


CARILEC Focuses on Linesman Training, Prepares to Stage Annual Linesman Symposium and Rodeo

SINT MAARTEN/ST. LUCIA - The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) continues to work with utilities to support them in capacity building and training for linesmen in the region. 

In November CARILEC supported The Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. (GRENLEC) in the staging of its Linesman Certification at Journeyman and Level 1 to certify linesmen currently employed with them. 

The certification exercise was executed by CARILEC Full Member, the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd.’s (JPS) Training and Development Manager, Arturo Carricate. Then, on December 3, 2018 it supported the St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd. (LUCELEC) in the staging of its Linesman Certification –Level 1 to certify linesmen currently employed with the utility. 

Training in high voltage work and certification exercise was executed by CARILEC Associate Member, Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction (ISPC) whose mission is to advocate for safety in powerline construction and maintenance. 

Linesmen work with thousands of volts of electricity, keeping the power flowing to our homes and businesses each and every day under all types of conditions including adverse conditions in the aftermath of a hurricane. It is a high-risk profession, requiring continuous professional development and strict adherence to safety rules. 

As such, CARILEC plays a pivotal role in supporting the utilities in capacity building programmes for its Linesmen through its four- year training programme developed and designed for the continuous development of Line workers. 

CARILEC continues to focus on improving and facilitating world class electricity services for the people of the region and is pleased to support its full member utilities in the professional development of their technicians, building expertise, creating careers and protecting communities. 

CARILEC’s annual Linesman Symposium and Rodeo under the theme: “Caribbean Linesmen Creating Connections: Strengthening Communities” returns on 15th – 20th April, 2019 in St. Kitts and Nevis in collaboration with the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC). To learn more about the multi-day event contact the Training Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Progress on restructuring ENNIA. Parman files summary proceedings against the CBCS

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO – On January 10th 2019, the summary proceedings that the shareholder of ENNIA, Parman International B.V. ("Parman") has filed against the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten ("CBCS"), took place. 

With this interlocutory procedure Parman tries to undo the emergency ruling, previously issued by the Court on ENNIA. The CBCS has defended and motivated its actions, and also refuted Parman's statement that the emergency regulations would not serve a purpose. 

The court will render its verdict no later than January 31st2019. 

For questions regarding the restructuring of ENNIA, please use the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Governor Holiday: Igniting National Confidence to overcome our Challenges

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - His Excellency drs. Eugene B. Holiday, Governor of Sint Maarten delivered his New Year’s 2019 address at the Governor’s Ball on Friday which took place at the Captain Hodge Wharf in Philipsburg.

The address reads as follows:

Marie-Louise and I are pleased to welcome and host you for this New Year’s Reception. 

In particular, I wish to acknowledge the presence of and say, Bienvenu to our brothers from the northern side of our island. 

I also, recognize and extend a special welcome to the members of the Parliaments of Aruba, of Curacao and of the Netherlands who are here with us this evening. Bon Bini and Welkom.

Tonight, as we gather here, we wish everyone present and across our sweet Sint Maarten land a most happy, healthy and successful new year. The beginning of a new year always exudes feelings of hope and possibility. May 2019, be a year, of hopes fulfilled and possibilities realized for all. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

2018 was a particularly challenging year for many Sint Maarteners. Developments in 2018 were in almost every way tied to the need for recovery from the impact of hurricane Irma on our country. For many it was a year of personal challenges and for our country it was a year of extraordinary socio-economic, environmental, budgetary and political pressures. 

As we look back on 2018 and forward to 2019, we must do so with the knowledge that, individually and collectively we have the resilience and confidence to overcome and progress. 

It is in that spirit that I shall center my message on the topic: Igniting national confidence to overcome our challenges.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Burdened by our challenges we, more often than not, overlook the strides that we have made in our private and public sectors. We overlook the many people in our community rebuilding their homes, reopening their businesses, helping their neighbors, supporting our youngster, hardworking residents simply making a difference.  

In identifying our challenges and the urgency to address them, we sometimes fail to appreciate and celebrate, the dedicated efforts and contributions of our fine professionals and volunteers. Persons who – confident in their ability - day in and day out, work on the frontline to make progress possible and Sint Maarten a good place to live. 

Going forward, I believe that we must tap into the example of our professionals and volunteers. And in doing so let their example serve as an inspiration to reinforce and channel our nation’s self-confidence to overcome our challenges. To overcome challenges as a result:

* of unsustainable waste management practices and recurrent landfill fires; 

* of inadequate airport capacity due to complications surrounding the repair of the terminal building;

* of insufficient hotel rooms; 

* of reduced economic activities and employment opportunities; and 

* of a weak public finance position due to budget and liquidity deficits.

…….. just to name a few.

As we face these challenges we can draw hope and inspiration from the following words of Nelson Mandela and I quote: “It always seems impossible until it is done ..” unquote. Put differently: By taking action it is possible to overcome our challenges. This is particularly important in light of the debates with regard to the pace of the recovery and the varying views with regard to how to address the challenges we face. Debates in which: 

* We hear the voice of doubt – questioning our ability, saying that the challenges we face are too difficult;

* We hear the voice of discord – weighing in on our differences and questioning every decision; 

* We hear the voice of resilience – reminding us that unity is strength and division is weakness; and

* We hear the voice of confidence – speaking to our inner potential, encouraging national action and proposing collaborative solutions.

Some voices are heard more often or louder than others.    

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

As we listen to these voices it is important to remember that each voice has its place, function and purpose. 

We must – at the same time – take note, that we can only learn from each other and work with each other, when we respect each other, stop to listen to each other and speak softly enough so that our voices can be heard. 

By doing so we will hear each voice, in its own distinct way, saying that we share one common goal. Hearing that, is necessary to create the possibility for our nation to speak with one voice. And speaking with one voice will reinforce and ignite our national confidence and vice versa to overcome our challenges. 

Igniting our national confidence is necessary to realize our potential and achieve the goals of our national agenda. These are the goals of economic recovery, of improved employment opportunities, of repairing our airport terminal, of rebuilding our infrastructure, of better housing, of excellence in education, of excellence in health care, of protecting our environment and of enhancing the quality of life of our people. And in doing so restore and secure Sint Maarten as a beacon of hope and opportunity for generations to come. 

For effective national confidence has the power to stimulate purposeful action and the strength to recognize that achieving our national recovery agenda cannot be achieved by one or two individuals, by government alone or in isolation.  

Anchored in our national confidence we must, walk hand in hand at home and where necessary continue to establish constructive cooperation with our Northern, our Kingdom, our Caribbean and our international partners. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

It is in that spirit that I as your Governor hereby offer my hand and call on all to join me to dedicate 2019 to our national confidence directed at united, purposeful and urgent action towards the further recovery and progress of  Sint Maarten 

It is with that offer and depending on us to tirelessly put our shoulders under the tasks ahead that I close, and hereby also on behalf of Marie-Louise, wish you and your family a year of peace, health, happiness and continued progress.  Thank you, God bless you, and May God bless Sint Maarten and protect its coast.  


His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday



Minister Geerlings bids farewell to Van Deele

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Finance, the honourable Perry Geerlings, bid farewell to outgoing Cabinet Director for the Governor of St. Maarten Reinier van Deele on Friday, January 11th. 

The two men met briefly at the Finance Minister's Cabinet at the Government Administration Building in Philipsburg. During the meeting, Director Van Deele also introduced his replacement, Mieke Kalter. 

Minister Geerlings said his connection with Director Van Deele, was of particular interest because he [Geerlings] was the instructor for a course, “Introduction to St. Maarten,” three years before in the St. Maarten House in The Netherlands when Van Deele and family were preparing to travel to St. Maarten to take up his post as the Governor’s Cabinet Director. 

Minister Geerlings extended best wishes to the outgoing Cabinet Director on his future endeavours and thanked him for his service to Country St. Maarten during his tenure as Governor Eugene Holiday’s Cabinet Director.


Danny Rojer program manager governmental agreement

BONAIRE - Danny Royer is candidate program manager governmental agreement Bonaire. Currently he works at the hospital Mariadal and before that he held various positions in the healthcare sector in European Netherlands. 

From the responses to the vacancy for the program manager the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the public entity Bonaire jointly selected a number of candidates, with whom they have had interviews. Based on those interviews, Danny Rojer was chosen as the program manager by the public entity Bonaire and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. 

As soon as some formalities have been completed, he can be appointed. The date on which Danny Rojer will start as program manager will be agreed upon by both parties. Until that moment, Danny Rojer prepares himself for his new position. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)


The Netherlands tapped El Chapo phones for FBI ‘due to relaxed privacy laws’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands tapped the phones of Mexican drugs baron ‘El Chapo’ for several months on behalf of the US, because Dutch privacy laws were not as strict as those in America or Canada, the Volkskrant reported on Wednesday. 

El Chapo, real name Joaquin Guzman, is currently on trial in the US. The Dutch listening-in programme took place from April 2011 to January 2012, an FBI agent told his trial on Tuesday. 

The Volkskrant says the operation lasted for 18 months. The wire-tapping operation was enabled by an FBI informant who had set up a Blackberry network for El Chapo’s organisation. 

The FBI server used to store all communications traffic made via the network was first placed in Canada but had to be moved because of tough privacy laws, the Volkskrant said. 

The US was not an option because the ‘operation might be noticed’ and the US has relatively tough rules on tapping servers, sources told the paper. 

‘Because the US and the Netherlands work closely together and the Netherlands is relaxed about requests for tapping, the FBI placed the server in a data centre operated by Leaseweb, just outside Haarlem,’ the Volkskrant said. 

The Netherlands did not know the full extent of the importance of the operation nor that El Chapo was the main target until 2013. 

Sing song 

The FBI agent told Guzman’s trial on Tuesday that the 61-year-old was easily identifiable by his voice which had a ‘kind of a sing-songy nature to it’ and a ‘nasally undertone.’ 

The agent told the trial, which started in November, that the FBI tapped into more than 800 calls on the Blackberry encrypted system. Guzman is on trial for his role as leader of the Sinaloa drugs cartel and was extradited to the US two years ago. 

Close relationship 

The Volkskrant’s sources say the Netherlands and the US continue to work closely together in crime investigations. Some 125 requests for help from US officials are currently open, the sources said. 

These requests range from tapping computer servers to providing people’s WhatsApp history. All requests have to be checked to make sure they are legal with the public prosecution department, the paper said.(DutchNews)

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