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Online therapy proposed as a solution for health care in SXM

PHILIPSBURG - "Bringing mental health problems up for discussion is the best way to break the taboo surrounding mental illness," says Fredericka Ford, CEO of Ethegrity Healthcare Consulting. Yesterday morning the consultant gave a presentation to ...

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New prison will accommodate treatment mentally ill convicts

PHILIPSBURG - Forensic care - court-ordered psychiatric treatment while in prison – is said to become part of a newly built prison on St. Maarten. Chief Public Prosecutor Mirjam Mol is hopeful. Read more about the plans of the Minister of Justice...

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What's on the Menu Today?

Whatsapp us via +1-721-588-0800 to get the latest menus from our selection of daily chefs and caterers delivering delicious dishes of food to your door. Here is our pick for today: KREATIVE JUICES CATERING ▪︎*▪︎ Lunch for Delivery Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Mental health patient dies due to possible overdose

CAY HILL - For the second time in two months, a patient of psychiatrist Dr. Kitty Amarello-Pelswijk, interim director of the Mental Health Foundation, died of unnatural causes. The second victim is an elderly lady who collapsed after a possible...

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Knops calls Minister Irion to order about bond issue

PHILIPSBURG - De 75 million guilders bond issue Finance Minister Ardwell Irion had in mind will not become a reality. State Secretary Drs. Raymond Knops called Irion to order with a firm reminder that St. Maarten should have repaid a 50 million...

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Central Bank announces new bond issue for St. Maarten

Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten announces a new bond issue on behalf of the government of the Country of Sint Maarten ~ Willemstad/Philipsburg - On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, there will be a bond issue on behalf of the country of Sint ...

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Cft objects to intended 75 million bond issue

PHILIPSBURG - Unless Finance Minister Ardwell Irion makes a U-turn, there will be a 75 million guilders bond issue for St. Maarten on October 21. It is an expensive attempt to get the country out of its financial quagmire, because the interest...

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Minister Irion contests Cft's take on article 16

PHILIPSBURG - Finance Minister Ardwell Irion disagrees with financial supervisor Cft about its opinion that, by floating a 75 million guilders bond with the Central Bank, St. Maarten violates article 16 of the consensus kingdom law financial...

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UP-leader Brison spins the 75 million bond issue story

PHILIPSBURG - United People's party leader MP Rolando Brison said in an interview with Curacao's TV Direct program Notisia 13 that Finance Minister Ardwell Irion is "one hundred percent correct" in his disagreement with financial supervisor Cft...

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An ugly dog fight

By Hilbert Haar ~ Finance Minister Ardwell Irion's plan to float a 75 million guilders bond issue has resulted in an ugly dog fight with financial supervisor Cft. United People's party leader Rolando Brison added his two cents by claiming that the...

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Agreements are made to be broken

Dear Editor, It would be helpful to publish an article on why St. Maarten needs loans for short-term expenses. Agreements were made with the Kingdom government that led the RFT and the CFT. These agreements were made to limit the powers of the ...

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Two arrests made in an ongoing drug investigation

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday, October 20th, 2020, the Alpha Team arrested two men with the initials W.L.H. (42) and S.J.J. (30) in connection with an ongoing investigation. The suspects were arrested for their involvement with a drug smuggling...

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Police arrest two over the weekend for domestic abuse

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday, October 16, 2020, around 6:00 pm, the patrol officers arrested a man with the initials E.R. as he had severely injured his girlfriend after an altercation. This incident took place in the area of Mount William Hill. After ...

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High Councils of State & First Responders carried democracy

Philipsburg, October 19, 2020 Gracita Arrindell reflected on the past ten years and said: "Ten years of constitutional reform arrived fast and furious. October 10, 2020. It's been a tumultuous decade plagued by hurricanes, and a lack of political ...

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White Paper: Sint Maarten's First Decade as a Country

10.10.10 - 10.10.20 ~ Sint Maarten's First Decade as a Constituent State of the Kingdom of the Netherlands ~ A Turbulent Constitutional Odyssey by Julio R. Romney [Instructions: Use the viewer below to open and read this white paper on your device.]

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7 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

PHILIPSBURG - As of October 21st, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however there was a recovery of six (6) persons; bringing the total active cases to sixty-six (66). The total number of confirmed cases is now seven...

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SXM Airport launches second cost-reduction program

PJIAE LAUNCHES SECOND COST-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BUSINESS CONTINUITY ~ As airlines have dramatically reduced flights to SXM due to the current pandemic, PJIAE Management is preparing its second cost reduction program in order to survive...

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Government's efficiency in social assistance to be improved

Increased efficiency with post-disaster social assistance aim of Integrated Social Registry System ~ PHILIPSBURG -- The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), through the assistance of the Sint Maarten Trust Fund, has...

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SMMC presents Asha Stevens School with token of appreciation

CAY HILL- SMMC's Medical Director and Chairman of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT), Dr. Felix Holiday, and SMMC's Surgeon Dr. Luc Mercelina recently presented Mrs. Asha Stevens-Mohabier and staff of the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School...

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Central Bank issues warning about Pyramid Schemes

Willemstad/Philipsburg - The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) hereby warns the public about pyramid-like schemes. These schemes are currently promoted using the anxiety created by the economic stagnation and downturn caused by the...

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Zaak tegen CBCS geseponeerd

Isenia overweegt verzoek aan Hof ter toetsing besluit OM Van een onzer verslaggeefsters Willemstad - Het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) Aruba heeft onlangs het besluit genomen om het onderzoek dat voortvloeide uit de aangifte van Neysa Isenia tegen de...

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Tegenvaller voor politiek Den Haag: PLP opnieuw grootste

Redactie 125 0 Sint Eustatius - De partij die door Nederland verantwoordelijk wordt gehouden voor jarenlang wanbestuur op Sint Eustatius, de Progressive Labour Party (PLP), heeft de eilandraadsverkiezingen met ruim verschil gewonnen. De partij...

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Enorme opkomst verkiezing Statia: PLP absolute winnaar...

ORANJESTAD - Progressive Labour Partij (PLP) heeft de verkiezingen voor de eerste eilandsraad sinds het Nederlands ingrijpen in 2018, gewonnen. Maar de werkelijke winnaar blijkt het volk van Sint-Eustatius dat massaal kwam opdagen: 1617 mensen...

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Regeringscommissaris: 'moet mogelijk zijn dat Statia...

ORANJESTAD - Sint-Eustatius kan met de nieuw gekozen eilandsraad voor het eerst in twee jaar na Nederlands ingrijpen, weer invloed hebben op bestuurlijke beslissingen op het eiland. Maar de reikwijdte is wel beperkt door de herstelwet. Want...

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Verkiezingen Sint-Eustatius: 'we doen niet mee voor de show'

ORANJESTAD - "Opvallend dit keer is dat we sinds een hele lange tijd weer twee vrouwelijke lijsttrekkers hebben", zegt Urisha Blake, docent en bekende blogger op Sint-Eustatius. "De vraag is echter, hebben ze straks ook écht wat te zeggen. Want...

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KONINKRIJK OP EIEREN - Download uw eboek hier

REFLECTIES OP 10 JAAR 10-10-10 Het op 10 oktober 2010 tegelijkertijd opheffen van het land Nederlandse Antillen, het stichten van de nieuwe landen Curaçao en Sint Maarten en Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba tot bijzondere gemeenten van...

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Community reminded about Mosquito Breeding Habitats

PHILIPSBURG - Over the weekend there was substantial rainfall, and the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is reminding the community to remain...

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Measure your blood pressure, control it, live longer

That was the theme for World Hypertension Day that was observed over the weekend on Saturday, October 17 under the banner: 'Measure your blood pressure, control it, live longer!' Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is the leading...

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Drums and car tires top sources for mosquito breeding

Inspections reveal drums and car tires top source for mosquito breeding sites. One in four households have mosquito larvae ~ GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Mosquito control is considered an essential health service, and the Collective...

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Elections Statia: 'we're not participating just for show'

ORANJESTAD - "What's most noticeable this time is that for the first time in a long time we have two female party leaders", says Urisha Blake, a teacher and well-known blogger on the island. "It remains to be seen however, if they will have...

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LIAT confirms return to the skies

LIAT: We are working behind the scenes to return the Blue Tails to Caribbean skies and connect you to family, friends and your favourite destinations. We will announce our limited flight schedules, routes and policies (including the use of...

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Jumbo supermarket group poised to take 50% stake in Hema

Dutch investment company Parcom and the owners of the Jumbo supermarket group have reached a provisional agreement to buy high street staple Hema for some €440m in a 50/50 joint venture, Hema said on Wednesday. Hema has been in the hands of a...

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Faecal transplants may help cure diabetes

Amsterdam's UMC teaching hospital is to be given €1m to investigate the role of gut bacteria in diabetes type 1. Donors diabetes charities Diabetis Fonds and Stichting DON said the research is 'a new and unexpected but very promising approach' to ...

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Public transport firms in talks on cutting services

The Netherlands' nine public transport companies expect to have to cut services in the coming year as falling passenger numbers hit finances, the NRC said on Thursday. The newspaper spoke to all the main train and bus companies operating in the...

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King issues video statement about holiday

King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima have issued a two-minute video in which they speak of their regrets about going on holiday to Greece last week. The king, Maxima and their youngest daughter returned home from their Greek holiday home after...

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Sharp rise again in positive coronavirus tests

Despite hopes that the increase in the number of positive coronavirus tests is slowing down, Wednesday's update showed a return to the strong growth of recent days, with 8,764 new cases - up 589 on Tuesday's figure. A further 232 people were...

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