Caribbean aviation taxes may cause economic strangulation

Cdr. Bud Slabbaert on Caribbean female leadership

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert If an airport in the Caribbean wishes to be an international hub, or even a regional hub, it is probably well advised to drop departure taxes and other passenger taxes. Passenger taxation is ‘swamp taxation’ because no one besides the receiver wants it, and it sucks. “Dutch Government ditches passenger ticket tax in efforts More...

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Julio R. Romney
By The Publisher On Thursday, July 12th, 2018
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Understanding our Parliamentary Democracy Government: The nullifying of the political crises/dilemma

By Political Analyst, Julio R. Romney Knowledge is understanding – with the swearing in of the Council of Ministers on June 25, 2018, the ruling United Democrats/Sint Maarten Christian Party (UD/SMCP) coalition More...

Cdr. Bud Slabbaert on Caribbean female leadership
By Desk Editor On Thursday, July 12th, 2018
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The big To-Do about failing Caribbean airlift

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert In past three weeks, politicians and industry leaders at a number of summits in the Caribbean have expressed the urgent need for better air connections and more reasonable prices. Sorry folks. More...

Chris Morvan
By The Publisher On Sunday, July 8th, 2018
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Conversations while swimming

by Chris Morvan The woman I’m talking to is almost naked and so am I. So is everyone else in the vicinity, for that matter. But the woman and I can’t see much. Just each other’s head, really, and arms wafting More...

Chris Morvan
By The Publisher On Sunday, July 1st, 2018
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Shouting sweet nothings

by Chris Morvan Half time during a World Cup game and I repair to what people euphemistically call the restroom. This is a smart new sports bar and they’ve got more TV screens than a small African country, bigger More...

Chris Morvan
By The Publisher On Sunday, June 24th, 2018
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To boldly go… up Cay Hill at more than 5mph

by Chris Morvan I was talking to a friend about traffic the other day and mentioned someone who works in the Little Bay area but lives in Cupecoy. “He must be crazy,” I found myself saying. “Even on a good More...

Chris Morvan
By The Publisher On Sunday, June 17th, 2018
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It’s not the winning that counts

by Chris Morvan You can tell when the World Cup is on because suddenly the world goes Brazilian. People who you know for a fact have never been within 1,000 miles of Rio de Janeiro have got that distinctive flag More...

Chris Morvan
By The Publisher On Sunday, June 10th, 2018
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Keeping up with the Phoneses

by Chris Morvan I don’t know how attached you get to things like laptops and phones. Maybe they’re just functional inanimate objects to you. Got to have one, it does the job, end of story. But for the technophobe, More...

Chris Morvan
By The Publisher On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
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Graduates from the University of YouTube

by Chris Morvan There’s a lot to be said for having a go at things yourself around the house rather than automatically calling an expert. It can save a lot of money and, in the current circumstances in Sint Maarten, More...

Chris Morvan
By The Publisher On Sunday, May 27th, 2018
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An island is not a rock

by Chris Morvan There’s a blog that I follow, called Women Who Live On Rocks. It’s a jovial, whimsical thing, started by a yoga instructor, a good-looking, bikini-wearing type who looks great in photographs. I More...