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Dutch intervention in Aruba with RST and Landsrecherche

PHILIPSBURG - Alarm bells ought to go off in the Council of Ministers after learning of the Dutch demand that Aruba gives the RST (Detective Cooperation Team) and the National Detective Agency the authority to operate independently of the police...

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We are of the opinion that we had this corona virus since November/December last year, long before the world wide pandemic and lockdown. It is only now it is really rearing its ugly because of testing when people exhibit flu-like symptoms.

Now we would even venture to say that you can get infected multiple times just like with the common flu. Therefore, we believe we will really need a vaccine for this virus. Because people who are vulnerable can die from it. The only problem is that this virus can mutate, making it difficult for the vaccine to be effective over a long period of time. Meaning, we might need to get vaccinated every year, for instance, like with the flu shot.

Until a vaccine is developed, the dilemma is between public health and economic health.

Have a safe end of the week and remember to practice social distancing. and

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Urgent Notice for St. Maarten People in Aruba
Maduro Travel Aruba - Curacao Repatriation Flight Notice

ATTENTION *** If you are from St. Maarten, stranded in Aruba and... need to go back home please call 597-2922 to let us know. We need to know how many you are to arrange a flight Aruba-Curacao to connect on the repatriation flight Curacao-St....

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COVID-19 Update - St. Martin

Active cases: 42

Since August 11, In Saint-Martin, 8 new cases confirmed by PCR tests, bringing to 92 cumulative confirmed cases.

2,858 PCR tests which have been carried out in total to date, in Saint-Martin, i.e. 259 more in 2 days. 45 people have been declared cured to date.

In Saint-Barthélemy, no new case confirmed by PCR tests in 2 days, for a total of 13 confirmed cases. A total of 1666 PCR tests have been carried out to date in Saint-Barthélemy. 8 people have been declared cured to date.

There are currently 4 people hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the CHUG. These are Guadeloupe patients. The increase in the number of intensive care patients must lead us all to the greatest vigilance: compliance with sanitary measures, wearing of masks in public places when physical distancing cannot be respected.

In addition to places where wearing a mask is mandatory, when considering whether to wear it, the BCD rule should be used:

• B: Crowded (people to cross paths with)
• C: Enclosed (limited indoor or outdoor space)
• D: Distance difficult to respect

If one of these questions is answered that it is difficult to respect physical distancing, then put on the mask!

The screening campaign in partnership with the Red Cross continues. It is important to continue to get tested with or without symptoms. Since the start, 653 samples have been taken from volunteers.

The virus does not take a vacation. Even without symptoms, it is essential to respect all barrier gestures to protect yourself but also to protect others.

The COVID-19 epidemic must not make us forget the dengue fever which is still present: let's destroy our breeding grounds!

(Source: Préfecture of St. Martin and St. Barths / FBP-AS)

COVID-19 Update - St. Maarten

Ministerial resolution pending on complete closure of casinos, bars, lounges, nightclubs, meeting and conference spaces, and adult entertainment clubs as measure to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Limitation on large gatherings outside of those areas is also under review.

For restaurants, under consideration is allowing only outdoor dining.

The resolution is still in the works and may be signed Wednesday by Ministers VSA and TEATT.

(Source: Govt. of St. Maarten via Council of Ministers Press Briefing / FBP-AS)
COVID-19 has now risen to 129 confirmed

PHILIPSBURG- As of August 12th, at 16:00, St. Maarten has confirmed twenty-nine new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total of confirmed cases now stand at 248. Of the active cases, the Collective...

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Learning Unlimited defies Education Ministry's closure-order

PHILIPSBURG - All public and private schools have to remain closed for onsite education, Education Minister Rodolphe Samuel wrote in a letter to all school boards on August 11, but that message was apparently wasted on the management of Learning...

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Learning Unlimited establishes hygiene procedural handbook

LU's hygiene procedural handbook balance educational needs with safe environment ~ CAY HILL - In preparation of the opening of its 2020-2021 school year on August 12, Learning Unlimited (LU) has produced a 30-page Hygiene Procedural Handbook for...

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Getting to a better place

By Hilbert Haar ~ It always had to come to this. Protecting public health is an obvious priority to anybody with half a brain but what about protecting the economy? It is a horrendous dilemma. I recently saw a cartoon showing a bunch of kids...

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Every voter must buy a copy of this book - Book Review

"The Constitution of Sint Maarten - When it is time to vote" By author Hensley G.A. Plantijn A book review for by Terrance Rey ~ People must buy this book if they want to fully understand our parliamentary system and the...

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Electoral reform: the Lynch-law under review - part 1/2

PHILIPSBURG -- The discussion about electoral reform will soon be in full swing, whereby the focus will be on the Lynch-law - actually, an article in the current electoral law that determines who gets elected: candidates with more votes or...

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Electoral reform: the Lynch-law under review - part 2/2

Curacao sticks to system that favors position on candidate-list ~ PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten's current electoral law - oft referred to as the Lynch-law after its architect - determines that candidates with the highest number of votes are elected...

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PFP reports on first six months in Parliament

PHILIPSBURG - Monday, August 10th, marked six months since the sitting Parliament was sworn in. Among the returning and new faces are Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson. Six months into their...

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Sharine Daniel obtains Doctor of Business Administration

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten has its first Doctor of Business Administration with Specialization in Accounting in the person of local financial professional Sharine Daniel. Now officially Doctor Sharine Daniel. She obtained her...

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Police make two separate arrests in assault incidents

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) made two separate arrests on Tuesday August 12th, 2020, in connection with a case of domestic violence and aggravated assault, the police said on Wednesday.

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Project to build Marriott Lagoon Resort and SPA in St Martin

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - The Prefecture of Saint Barths and Saint-Martin issued a statement on Tuesday in connection with a press release about an investment group interested in constructing a five-star hotel on the French side of the island. The ...

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St. Maarten Weather Updates & Forecasts

At 5:00 pm the center of Tropical Depression 11 was located about 1220 miles east-southeast of St. Maarten. The depression is moving toward the west near 15 mph. On the forecast track, this system is expected to pass north of St. Maarten.

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Community urged to monitor the progress of TD#11

Be vigilant and prepared for extremely active Hurricane Season. Monitor the progress of TD#11 ~ GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - National Disaster Coordinator/Fire Chief Clive Richardson, is reminding the Sint Maarten community not to let their...

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Ambtenaren voeren actie

Van een onzer verslaggeefsters Willemstad - De ambtenaren - leden van de vijf ambtenarenvakbonden Abvo, STrAF, Sitek, Sap en NAPB - gaan actievoeren. Daar is gisterochtend bij de sede van Abvo met een motie toe besloten. Zo willen de vakbonden de ...

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Opinie: Impasse?

Door Frank Kunneman Nederland heeft de Caribische landen in het Koninkrijk op 6 juli 2020 een concept-Rijkswet Caribische Hervormingsentiteit aangeboden. Deze wet heeft tot doel de Caribische landen in de huidige crisissituatie te ondersteunen en ...

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RvA: Korting 12,5% mag

'Regeling met ambtenaren zo snel mogelijk tot stand brengen' Van een onzer verslaggeefsters Willemstad - Onder de huidige omstandigheden waarin het land Curaçao verkeert - mede gelet op de belangen van de samenleving als geheel - acht de Raad van ...

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Aruba krijgt eigen rijkswet

Van onze correspondent Oranjestad - Nederland heeft begrip getoond voor het standpunt van Aruba om vast te willen houden aan de Status Aparte. De opname van Aruba onder de Rijkswet financieel toezicht (Rft), die al geldt voor Curaçao en Sint...

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GHBU Masters Counselling Students to Host Webinar...

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - "The mental health effects of the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic might be profound and there are suggestions that suicide rates will rise, although this is not inevitable," stated a recent article...

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Travelers from Curaçao, Bonaire must now quarantine

SABA (THE BOTTOM) -Leisure travel from Curaçao and Bonaire to Saba is no longer possible. Persons arriving from these two islands must now go into mandatory quarantine, except ZVK patients. Island Governor Jonathan Johnson announced this during a ...

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MPs criticise chaotic government coronavirus strategy...

A further 654 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the Netherlands, and nine more people have been admitted to hospital, according to new figures from the health ministry's Covid-19 dashboard.

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ABN Amro to cut 800 jobs at CIB business unit

ABN Amro is to cut some 800 out of 2,500 jobs at its business banking unit CIB and pull back from its activities outside Europe. Announcing the overhaul on Wednesday, chief executive Robert Swaak said the bank will now concentrate on 'segments...

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Quarantine to be required by law

People identified as possible coronavirus carriers during track and trace investigations and those returning from risky countries abroad will now face compulsory quarantine until they have been tested, health minister Hugo de Jonge has announced. ...

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Four in five people still go out to work

Coronavirus has led to an increase in people working from home, but four in five workers cannot do so because of the limits of the job, national statistics agency CBS said on Wednesday. Some 20% of people now 'take work home', compared with...

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