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Duncan: Cut the school subsidy and leave my school alone

PHILIPSBURG - In a personal interview with, Chairman of the Board of the St. Maarten Academy PSVE (Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education) Roland E. Duncan called on the government to just cut the school subsidy by 12,5% and ...

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Unions still at odds with government over salary cuts

PHILIPSBURG - The labor unions and the Council of Ministers still have not reached an agreement about the 12.5 cut in the labor conditions for civil servants - a requirement for receiving continued financial support from the Netherlands. From a...

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MP Buncamper defended St. Maarten's position during IPKO

PHILIPSBURG - There are always fireworks to be expected during the IPKO sessions. Last week, it was the 'war of words' between MP Claudius "Toontje" Buncamper and MP Andre Bosman that sparked some fireworks in this year's IPKO meetings, held...

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MP Grisha Heyliger-Marten to the point in first IPKO

PHILIPSBURG - was expecting some fireworks during last week's IPKO meeting, especially with the de-colonization stance of MP Grisha Heyliger-Marten. She wants this process to be finally finalized using Article 73 in a meeting to ...

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Parliament concludes virtual IPKO meeting sessions

PHILIPSBURG - This week, the Interparliamentary Kingdom meeting, IPKO, ended today, Thursday, June 11, 2020, with no decisions taken. Usually, a decision list is signed as part of the closing ceremony. Naturally, the meetings taking place in a...

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Several Guyanese residents repatriated back to Guyana

AIRPORT - Some 14 residents of Guyana were repatriated back to their country of birth on the afternoon of Saturday, June 13th, 2020. A charter flight that originated out of Guyana brought back several Dutch nationals who were stuck in Guyana for...

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St. Maarten Tourism Bureau's #staycation campaign launch

The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau, SHTA, St. Maarten Small Properties Association, Villas, Chamber of Commerce, and United Tour Operators Foundation collaborates to launch 'Rediscover Your Island'. The campaign aims to encourage residents to take...

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Payroll-distribution system ignores Cft-advice

PHILIPSBURG - The government - and government-owned companies in its wake - is playing with fire and is putting continued financial assistance from the Netherlands at risk by not following an advice from financial supervisor Cft about the...

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Payroll support program shrouded in mystery

PHILIPSBURG - Based on current regulations, the government will not be able to publish the names of companies that have so far received payroll support. Finance Minister Ardwell Irion said during a press briefing that 479 companies had received...

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Financial supervisor Cft critical of 2020 budget

PHILIPSBURG - Financial supervisor Cft has expressed serious criticism about St. Maarten's approved 2020 budget in a letter to Finance Minister Ardwell Irion dated May 20. The letter became public this week. The Cft urges St. Maarten to amend its ...

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Follow the money

By Hilbert Haar ~ If I assume that the finance ministry is putting together the country's budgets to the best of its abilities the conclusion must be that there is definitely something wrong. Maybe not with those abilities but with the decision...

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Duncan: Nearly impossible to revoke permanent permits

PHILIPSBURG - Former Minister of Justice and Attorney at Law Roland E. Duncan says that it is nearly impossible to revoke a person's permanent residence permit. It is difficult to send them back to their country of birth or bar them from coming...

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Minister of Justice Richardson to Crack Down on Illegals

POND ISLAND - Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson would like to inform the general public that the Immigration laws of Sint Maarten will be strictly enforced in the coming weeks and months, the minister said in a media statement on Wednesday....

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Audit report: business license process is cumbersome

PHILIPSBURG - The business license process at the Economic License Department is cumbersome but there is plenty of room for improvement, it appears from the General Audit Chamber's report entitled 'Audit into the business license process and the...

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Business licenses need to go digital

Philipsburg - June 8th, 2020. The General Audit Chamber submitted its report entitled "Audit into the business license process and the possibilities of digitizing" to Parliament today. The report presents findings and conclusions about the...

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Merx leaves UP: "We are on a barge without navigation"

PHILIPSBURG - In a blistering letter, attorney Cor Merx has terminated his membership of the United People's Party (UP). Merx participated in the elections in January, winning 40 votes as the UP's number 18 candidate. Now he has turned his back...

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MP Heyliger-Marten calls PM Jacobs to Parliament

PHILIPSBURG-Prime Minister, the honourable Silveria Jacobs, will have to say whether the Government of St. Maarten is prepared for the process of finalizing decolonization and assuming more autonomy to govern when she appears before Parliament...

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A shopaholic

By Hilbert Haar ~ MP Grisha Heyliger-Marten is on the decolonization warpath. She has called Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs to parliament asking whether she is prepared "for the process of finalizing decolonization and assuming more autonomy to...

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MP Heyliger-Marten: "Round Table Conference in June 2021"

PHILIPSBURG - Member of Parliament and Faction Leader for the United People's Party the honorable Grisha Heyliger-Marten is calling on the Dutch Government to finalize the decolonization process that it started almost seventy years ago. Her...

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Sint Maarten joins fight against racism

PHILIPSBURG - The sounds of beating drums accompanied dozens of Sint Maarten residents gathered in front of the Peace Monument at the former Philipsburg Jubilee Library to protest against racial violence and discrimination. Amongst the...

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"Stop littering our beaches," says St. Maarten Tourism Buro

Philipsburg -The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau urges beachgoers to keep beaches clean and to adhere to the guidelines outlined on the signs present on beaches. These guidelines exist to educate beachgoers about the code of conduct when visiting a...

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Opening of Cabinet of the Governor of Sint Maarten

Harbour View - The Cabinet of the Governor will resume regular office hours as of Monday, June 15, 2020. To provide a safe environment for visitors and the staff a COVID-19 prevention and safety plan was prepared and measures were put in place...

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SSRP Helpdesk available at the Government Building for...

The Ministry of Finance would like to remind all of the SSRP applicants for COVID-19 Unemployment Support that the Helpdesk at the Government is open on Monday through Friday to help with applications for individuals who are unable to upload the...

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Single-Use Plastic Logo Competition

The Department of Interior and Kingdom Relations (BAK) launched its Single-Use Plastic Campaign earlier this year to raise awareness about the dangers of using single-use plastic for our environment, health, and economy. As part of the...

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Facebook group Simply SXM donates tablets to students

Simply SXM donates 12 tablets to students from MPC and Sundial School ~ PHILIPSBURG - Twelve students from MPC and Sundial School couldn't believe their luck when they heard they were to receive a tablet for their schoolwork. The sudden move to...

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WIB donates to SMDF

The Windward Islands Banks donates to SMDF (NAF 110,000) to assist charitable COVID-19 community programs Philipsburg - On June 8th 2020 the largest consumer and business bank of Sint Maarten, The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB), made a generous ...

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Policy Platform mini-series

As part of a mini-series, the Department of Interior and Kingdom Relations (BAK) organized a policy platform meeting on Thursday 4th June, at the Government's Administration Building. The objective of this first meeting series was to lay a...

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June 30 deadline submission 2019 annual report of parties

Philipsburg - The Electoral Council hereby wishes to inform all registered political parties that in connection with Covid-19, the April 1, 2020 deadline for the submission of the 2019 annual report has been extended to June 30, 2020. This notice ...

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Hurricane Pass Application Process Ends June 30th

The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season commences on Tuesday, June 2nd. There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass. No passes will be issued to business owners in ...

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St. Maarten Weather Updates & Forecasts

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, June 14, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) June 15, 2020 WEATHER: Tonight through Monday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with a brief local shower possible.

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

Monday, July 23, 2018, NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane ...

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SMMC provides COVID-19 update

Outbreak Management Team (OMT) remains activated until further notice ~ CAY HILL: As per May 11th, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has gradually resumed non-emergency health care services to the public as all COVID-19 has been transferred...

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CPS says thank you to all volunteers who participated in ...

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), would like to thank all volunteers who participated over the two past two months in its COVID-19 Community Outreach Campaign that concluded on the fourth weekend of May. A special thanks is also extended...

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Ministry VSA reminds business community of COVID-19 measures

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) is reminding the business community especially bars and restaurants that they must implement and adhere to the COVID-19 Preventive Measures. Controls of business...

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Dutch sign up to Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine

The Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy have signed a deal to buy up to 400 million doses of a potential anti-coronavirus vaccine from drugs firm AstraZeneca, health minister Hugo de Jonge confirmed on Saturday. The vaccine, which is still...

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COVID-19 death toll rises by four to 6057 in the Netherlands

The official coronavirus death toll in the Netherlands rose by four overnight to 6,057, the public health institute RIVM said on Saturday. A further nine people have been admitted to hospital and 179 more people have tested positive for the...

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No plans to impose plane passenger limits

Ministers have no plans to impose a maximum number of passengers per plane on airlines, even if this means the 1.5 metre limit will not be kept, sources have told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. MPs have called for clarity about social distancing rules...

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Tearing down statues is not the answer, says Dutch PM

Taking down the statues of controversial people from history, as has happened in other countries, will not solve racism in modern society because 'history is history', prime minister Mark Rutte has told reporters. 'Pulling down statues is not the ...

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Aruba begint maandag haar grenzen te openen

ORANJESTAD - Aankomende maandag 15 juni opent Aruba de grens met Curaçao en Bonaire en op 1 juli met Europa, Canada en de Caribische regio (uitgezonderd de Dominicaanse Republiek en Haïti). Vanaf 10 juli is de grens met de Verenigde Staten weer...

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Gedetineerden Pointe Blanche blijven vechten ...

PHILIPSBURG - De rechtbank op Sint-Maarten zal op 19 juni uitspraak doen in de zaak die 37 gedetineerden van de Pointe Blanche gevangenis hebben aangespannen tegen de regering. De gedetineerden eisen om overgeplaatst te worden naar een gevangenis ...

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Curaçao: Grens beperkt open vanaf juli, geen quarantaine ...

WILLEMSTAD - Maximaal tienduizend mensen mogen in juli Curaçao binnen uit landen met lage risico's. Zoals uit Nederland en andere West-Europese landen waarvoor ook geen quarantaine meer geldt. Dat is het streven van de regering. Vooral vanuit de...

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