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Cuba in cash crunch due to low commodity prices, Venezuela woes

cubaHAVANA--Low commodity prices, a drought at home and Venezuela's economic crisis have created a cash shortage for Cuba's Communist government, restricting its ability to trade just as it could be taking advantage of an economic opening with the United States.
  State companies have cut imports and are seeking longer payment terms from suppliers, diplomats and foreign business people say...

Apple's newest courtroom foe is patent-savvy university

appleNEW YORK--As a veteran of the global smart phone wars, Apple is used to courtroom battles with fierce competitors...

Oil bosses fight 'bad guy' image

oilclimatePARIS--Oil and gas industry bosses pledged on Friday to curb gas flaring as they sought to boost their image in the...

Rivals see local battles with new beer giant but not a global war

beerCOPENHAGEN/BRUSSELS--The prospect of a new competitor that produces one third of an entire industry's output would...

Global economic slowdown in real danger of persisting

japaneconomyLONDON/BENGALURU--The global economic slowdown shows a clear risk of extending into next year, along with an even...

Twitter poaches Google executive Kordestani for chairman position

twitterBENGALURU/SAN FRANCISCO--Twitter Inc lured Google Inc executive Omid Kordestani to become the social media company's...

Shipping getting anti-competitive for smallest states, UNCTAD says

shippingunGENEVA--Shipping mergers are leaving an increasing number of countries serviced by too few suppliers to ensure a...

AB InBev, SABMiller brew up $100 bln deal

sabmillerBRUSSELS/LONDON--The world's top two brewers, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, have agreed in principle to one of...

China economic picture remains cloudy with mixed trade figures

chinaeconomyBEIJING/SHANGHAI--China's exports fell less than expected in September, with monthly figures showing recovery, but a...

Brazil's new middle class struggles as economy plunges

brazileconomySAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil--Until recently, Lucinelia de Jesus Souza's future seemed bright, running a small...

Chinese chase new luxury labels abroad

chinaluxuryPARIS/HONG KONG/NEW YORK--Chinese luxury consumers are spending more on ready-to-wear and new labels, a notable shift...

China's mom-and-pop investors show it's not all about the money

chinamarketsSHANGHAI--Some are in it purely for the money. Others just want a few extra yuan to buy a meal. And then there are...

StanChart chief plans to cut about 1,000 top staff

stanchartSINGAPORE/LONDON--Standard Chartered's new Chief Executive Bill Winters plans to cut about 1,000 of the bank's most...

In Cuba, US commerce secretary promotes nascent private sector

usacubaHAVANA--U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker told Cuban officials on Wednesday that Washington wants to promote the...

SABMiller rejects AB InBev's $104 bln takeover approach

beerBRUSSELS/LONDON--SABMiller, the world's second largest brewer, has promptly rejected an improved takeover proposal...

VW under pressure for answers while scandal deadlines approach

volkswagenWOLFSBURG, Germany--Hans Dieter Poetsch's first board meeting as chairman of Volkswagen on Wednesday could turn out...

Historic Pacific trade deal faces skeptics in US Congress

tradedealATLANTA--Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to...

Air France managers flee after staff storm meeting on job cuts

airfranceROISSY, France--Air France managers fled a meeting on Monday about mass job cuts after angry staff waving banners and...

Late delay as Pacific trade talks near landmark deal

tradetppATLANTA--A dozen Pacific nations closed in on a sweeping free-trade pact on Sunday in Atlanta but failed to finalize...

Spain bets on German-style apprentices to fix youth unemployment

spainMADRID--Kelvin Heredia dropped out of school aged 16 during the heady days of Spain's real estate boom to take up...

World's extremely poor to fall below 10% of global population

povertyNEW YORK--The number of people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall for the first time below 10 percent of the...

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St. Maarten midday Weather Forecast for Saturday
Saturday, 17 October 2015
DATE ISSUED: Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00... Read more...
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SHTA poll: Businesses want anti-ship-jumping legislation
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Click here for SHTA graph pdf PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association... Read more...
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Dominica’s tourism sector ready to welcome visitors after TS Erika
Friday, 16 October 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica--“Dominica is open for business and ready to welcome visitors to its shores.”... Read more...
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Reparations Committee: Withdraw Queens’ names from Suriname’s highest mountains
Thursday, 15 October 2015
PARAMARIBO--Suriname’s National Reparations Committee NRCS has filed a request with President... Read more...
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Ex-US House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHICAGO--Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case... Read more...
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Hillary Clinton to 'look hard' at Julian Castro as possible VP pick
Friday, 16 October 2015
WASHINGTON--Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton won the backing of Housing and Urban... Read more...
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Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition
Friday, 16 October 2015
GENEVA--More than half a million children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition as a risk of... Read more...
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Modi to open 70-year-old files in challenge to Gandhi dynasty
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW DELHI--Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will seek to unravel one of India's most enduring... Read more...
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Cuba in cash crunch due to low commodity prices, Venezuela woes
Friday, 16 October 2015
HAVANA--Low commodity prices, a drought at home and Venezuela's economic crisis have created a cash... Read more...
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Apple's newest courtroom foe is patent-savvy university
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW YORK--As a veteran of the global smart phone wars, Apple is used to courtroom battles with... Read more...
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Focus needs to be on fighting crime & helping unemployed
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Editor, With all of the political situation on the island, we can't lose focus on some of the... Read more...
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Had enough
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Queenie, My brother died years ago but his widow stayed close to our family. Eventually she... Read more...
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RBC St. Maarten Little League School Tournament
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Sister Marie Laurence defeated Leonald Conner in the RBC St. Maarten Little League School... Read more...
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Nadal trounces Wawrinka, Djokovic tames Tomic
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHINA-- Former world number one Rafa Nadal displayed more signs of a return to top form with a... Read more...
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Junk shop photo spurs quest to confirm Billy the Kid image
Friday, 16 October 2015
DENVER--For the $2 he spent to buy three old photographs, Randy Guijarro may have hit the mother... Read more...
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Few signs of improvement for NBA star Odom after collapse
Friday, 16 October 2015
LAS VEGAS--Pro basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom spent a third day hospitalized on... Read more...
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Bruney cruises into retirement
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ After three decade in cruise industry ~   By Alita Singh   Frank Bruney has seen tiny... Read more...
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ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE MADE IT!
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ Fair Transport Sailing Vessel Nordlys is launched ~   St. Maarten has been graced by the... Read more...
Editorial - Anybody’s guess
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Governor Eugene Holiday has decided to seek legal clarity on the current constitutional impasse.... Read more...
Editorial - Time is up
Friday, 16 October 2015
With so much ongoing constitutional turmoil, the fact that more than 100 people attended the... Read more...
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Notices October 16
Friday, 16 October 2015
General Meeting St. Maarten Professional Softball Association (SMPSA) general meeting for the... Read more...
Notices October 15
Thursday, 15 October 2015
General Meeting S.M.P.S.A. general meeting for the softball season 2016 will be held at Sundial... Read more...