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Government intends to buy BTP-building for $4.7 million

PHILIPSBURG - The draft 2020 budget contains a remarkable line item that reveals the government's intention to purchase the building of Bureau Telecommunication and Post on Cannegieter Street for 8 million guilders (almost $4.7 million). That is...

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Salaries for ministers unchanged in 2020 draft budget

PHILIPSBURG - The draft 2020 budget does not contain any indication that ministers and parliamentarians will take a ten percent salary cut. On the contrary, the listed salaries for all ministers - with the exception of Prime Minister Silveria...

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Budget 2020: personnel costs keep going up

PHILIPSBURG - The draft 2020 budget understandably shows significantly higher expenditures due to the COVID-19 crisis, but it seems that the government is unable to get a grip on its ballooning personnel costs while the overview of subsidies...

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Payroll support is not for everyone (AVAILABLE NOW)

PHILIPSBURG - The specifics of the payroll support the government will extend to the private sector will throw many a company into a tailspin. There is a list of fourteen categories of companies that are excluded from this support; the most...

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How to get payroll assistance & soft loans (AVAILABLE NOW)

PHILIPSBURG - Companies that need help due to the effect of the corona-virus crisis can get several forms of assistance if the Netherlands honors the requests set forth in the ministry of finance's Stimulus Plan. But that help comes with some red ...

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Brison gives CBCS 2-week ultimatum to take urgent action

UP Leader Rolando Brison. PHILIPSBURG--United People's (UP) party leader Rolando Brison has sent a firm letter to Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) President Jose Jardim, urging CBCS to take a number of urgent actions to help ease...

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MPs discuss stimulus plan

"No loans but grants and no conditions" ~ PHILIPSBURG - No loans but grants, and above all no conditions. Those were some of the sentiments expressed by parliamentarians during a digital central committee meeting about the government's Stimulus...

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ECLAC explore role of Caribbean Ministries of Social Affairs

PHILIPSBURG - Social protection systems are coming under considerable pressure with the implementation of mitigation strategies to control the spread of COVID-19 in the Caribbean. Efforts to mitigate the negative effect of the pandemic on the...

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Whorehouses and casinos (AVAILABLE NOW)

By Hilbert Haar ~ Payroll support! That's what all struggling companies, small and big, on St. Maarten have been waiting for. But now it turns out that a lot of companies will not get a penny. This appears from a long list of exemptions - ...

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The muddy waters of political pensions (AVAILABLE NOW)

PHILIPSBURG - For decades politicians in St. Maarten have been freewheeling towards their old age pension: from their already impressive salaries they never paid a penny for it. If Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion is good for his word, this is...

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The Pickle We are In - Food for Thought

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY - By Michael Ferrier) - 1) Parliamentarians in meeting of April 22 said things like: ....being sick and tired of us (SXM) having to run to Holland every time (there is a need) to BEG. 2) Alternatives of Go-To Private...

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A Universal Basic Income Is Essential and Will Work

According to an April 6 article on, Spain is slated to become the first country in Europe to introduce a universal basic income (UBI) on a long-term basis. Spain's Minister for Economic Affairs has announced plans to roll out a UBI "as...

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PM & Chair EOC Jacobs updates on COVID-19 developments

Prime Minister & Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs Updates on COVID-19 Developments for April 23, 2020.

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King discusses COVID-19 pandemic with Governors

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On Thursday 23 April 2020 His Majesty King Willem-Alexander spoke with the governors of the three countries in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Advice on how to reduce the risk of getting and spreading...

While the country remains under a state of emergency for the next three weeks, persons will be allowed to visit essential services such as supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, pharmacies, gas stations and banks within specific zones. The...

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COVID-19 Public Service Announcement in Spanish

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COVID-19 Public Service Announcement in Creole

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Panneflek Calls on Employers to Comply with the Labor Laws

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA Richard Panneflek expressed with deep sadness that our Country, with the world has been plunged into an unexpected war, with an unseen enemy.

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Star Pride, Wind Star and Wind Surf to make use of Port...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - The following vessels Star Pride, Wind Star and Wind Surf will be in port between April 25 - 27 to shift crew members as well as food and consumer product supplies between the three vessels. Star Pride will be arriving from San ...

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Louis L. Duzanson, author, election expert, dies at 71

by Lasana M. Sekou ~ GREAT BAY, St. Martin (April 24, 2020)-The author Louis L. Duzanson passed away in St. Martin on April 16, 2020. He was 71. He leaves his beloved wife Oretha and many family members. He also leaves several friends and...

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Police remove group of men for violating curfew

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Central Dispatch directed several police patrols to Sour-sap road yesterday afternoon, April 22 nd, 2020, to assist the community officer who was being threatened by a group of men, police said on Thursday evening ...

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Man arrested for forging signature of the Chief of Police

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The police arrested a man with the initials M.R.P. on Thursday, 23 April 2020, around 1:00 pm for forgery, police said in a statement on Thursday. M.R.P was requested to report to the police station in Philipsburg...

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MP Duncan holds closed-door meeting on Covid-19 testing...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The VSA (Public Health, Social Development and Labour) Committee of Parliament held a closed-door meeting on April 16, 2020, with the Interim Director of the St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) Dr. Cherina Fleming,...

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USM President Concerned About Collapse in Education

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - President of the University of St. Martin (USM) Dr. Antonio Carmona Báez expressed his sincere concern for what he called "the collapse of the public education system" in Sint Maarten, highlighting the fact that since ...

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A Turtle's Life on the Seashore

By Sanvi Ramrakhiani ~ Every weekend Lisa goes to the seashore. She loves playing with sand, collecting sea shells and watching small fishes in the sea. She finds peace near water. One day she sees round-shaped eggs close to the seashore rocks....

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Hospital admissions, deaths show steady downward trend

There has been a slight rise in the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospital, the Dutch public health institute RIVM said on Thursday. The number of new admissions, 137, is up 13 on Wednesday and takes the total number of admissions...

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A Q&A about Coronavirus in the Netherlands

With signs that the spread of coronavirus is being brought under control in the Netherlands, here is a round-up of the questions you may have about the Dutch approach. How many people have died from Covid-19 in the Netherlands? The official death ...

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Dutch finance minister criticises Air France-KLM bonus

Dutch finance minister has again criticised the bonus strategy at airline group Air France-KLM, saying giving chief executive Ben Smith a bonus is 'not compatible with taxpayer support'. On Wednesday it emerged that the airline group wants to...

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St Lucia Cabinet Agrees To 75% Salary Cut

( Saint Lucia's Cabinet of Ministers has agreed to a 75% salary reduction to help tackle the COVID-19 economic crisis, Loop News confirmed Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Ahead of Tuesday's sitting of the House of Parliament, Commerce...

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Compensation from EZK for entrepreneurs in Caribbean...

20SharesKralendijk, The Bottom, Saba, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius- Entrepreneurs who are affected by the measures taken in connection with the coronavirus and who have to deal with high fixed expenses, can be eligible for an compensation from the...

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Air Caraïbes resumes connection between the French islands

Air Caraïbes announced Thursday it will be resuming an inter-island service between St. Martin, St. Barths and Guadeloupe as of today Friday, April 24. The airline said it was selected after responding to the State's request for a Public Service...

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Air Caraïbes resumes connection between the French islands

Air Caraïbes announced Thursday it will be resuming an inter-island service between St. Martin, St. Barths and Guadeloupe as of today Friday, April 24. The airline said it was selected after responding to the State's request for a Public Service...

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Helden in de zorg: 'Het liefst ga ik op St. Maarten helpen.'

NIEUWEGEIN - De Sint-Maartense Tishelle Daniel is basisarts oogheelkunde als de coronacrisis in Nederland uitbreekt. Drie dagen denkt ze erover na om mee te gaan helpen op de Intensive Care afdeling. Al op haar tweede werkdag moet ze een 'heel...

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'Mijn grootste angst is om anderen te besmetten."

TILBURG - Het risico om anderen te besmetten met Covid-19 is de grooste angst van de zogenaamde 'front liners' in de zorg. Onder deze mensen bevinden zich ook veel Caribische Nederlanders die een extra zorg meedragen: de situatie op hun eilanden. ...

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Onrust en argwaan op Bonaire na nieuws over coronabesmetting

KRALENDIJK- Lange tijd was Bonaire de enige Caribische gemeente zonder coronabesmetting. Inmiddels zijn er twee coronagevallen officieel vastgesteld. Een van de gevallen blijkt al een maand bekend te zijn bij het bestuur. 'Waarom is dit niet...

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Curaçao start met registratie migranten via voedselpakketten

WILLEMSTAD - Ook Venezolanen zonder papieren komen op Curaçao in aanmerking voor een voedselpakket. Daarvoor moeten zij zich wel meteen registreren. Het is nu voor het eerst sinds de crisis in Venezuela uitbrak, dat Curaçao actief...

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