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By The Publisher On Sunday, October 24th, 2021
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Applying magic to Caribbean tourism

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert Having aspirations to be part of the Caribbean tourism industry? Get education in hospitality programs of universities or academies, right? Not always right! Webinars or workshops of hospitality More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, October 21st, 2021
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The elephant in the room

By Hilbert Haar Minister Kajsa Ollongren (Home Affairs) has suggested that the residents of Caribbean Netherlands (Saba, Statia and Bonaire) ought to spend less time in the shower and go easy on the use of air-conditioning More...

By The Publisher On Monday, October 18th, 2021
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How St. Maarten fails to pick up millions in European subsidies – UPDATED

PHILIPSBURG — St. Maarten misses out on millions of European subsidies because the government is unable – or incapable, or unwilling – to write the proper project proposals that would unlock these More...

By The Publisher On Monday, September 20th, 2021
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A lesson from the history of Sint Maarten

By Terrance Rey There are several parallels from Sint Maarten’s past with what is now happening around the establishment of COHO, the Caribbean Agency for Reforms and Development. The Netherlands has lent More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
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St.Maarten/St.Martin Research and Development Center

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert It is common knowledge that the economies in the Caribbean desperately need diversification. Being dependent for about 70-85% on tourism is insane. It is sad that no realistic alternatives More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, September 6th, 2020
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Creating a new normal for the future

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert I don’t know when it was, the night of December 31, 2020 or December 2021, that I heard a leading politician make the statement: “We have seen hardship, we have seen triumph. We shall More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, August 23rd, 2020
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Developing the Caribbean from within – part two

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert In a previous essay, the “Development from within the Caribbean” was suggested. Up to five territories could be the Founders of such an initiative. Which territories is the first question More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Jackass Airport

Believe it or not, there exists an airport called Jackass Aeropark, although it is no longer in use. It is situated northwest of Las Vegas and was named after an area in the Amargosa Valley where wild jackasses More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, June 21st, 2020
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Combating Recession in the Caribbean through Cooperation

[Publisher’s note: The article below was first published in April under the title ‘THE economy opportunity of the moment‘. Erroneously, this article was republished under the above heading ‘Combating More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, May 28th, 2020
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Orkaan COVID-19

door John Leerdam Er zijn orkanen en er zijn orkanen. Er zijn orkanen zoals Irma, en er is een orkaan zoals Covid-19 die wereldwijd economieën heeft verwoest. Kwetsbare economieën zoals die op Curaçao worden More...