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Movements restricted, curfew in effect from tonight

Prime Minister & Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs Updates on COVID-19 Developments MARCH 29, 2020: People of St. Maarten, both at home and abroad, I hereby address you, as Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), in an...

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Confusion and uncertainty about help from The Hague

PHILIPSBURG - "We are one Kingdom, we are all in the same boat and will help each other," said Minister Raymond Knops (CDA) of the Interior and Kingdom Relations ten days ago. But after the reunion of the Kingdom Council of Ministers, last...

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CFT: decision about liquidity support by April 15

PHILIPSBURG - The Board Financial Supervision (CFT) has advised the Kingdom Council of Ministers (KCOM) to allow St. Maarten to deviate from article 15 of the consensus kingdom law financial supervision. The CFT is however unable to advise how...

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Stimulus Plan: no meat, only bones; leaked prematurely

PHILIPSBURG - Plans for emergency measures to mitigate the effects of the corona-virus so far do not include the key recommendations proposed by private sector organizations. The government published its so-called Stimulus Plan on March 26. It...

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Private sector pleads with government for short-term rescue

PHILIPSBURG - Private sector organizations and labor union WIFOL applaud the government's initiative to project support for the next twelve months but they plead at the same time for a short-term rescue package for the next six months in an...

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St. Maarten is going to need massive financial support

Central Bank interim-President Jardim sounds the alarm: St. Maarten needs humongous financial support ~ PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten's government needs between 86 and 104 million guilders ($48 to $58.1 million) per month to stay afloat for ...

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Governor swears in Jacobs II Cabinet with no handshaking

HARBOR VIEW - While observing social distancing protocols, members of the new Jacobs II cabinet were sworn in today, Saturday, March 28, 2020, by His Excellency, the Governor, drs Eugene B. Holiday, in the reception hall of the Governor's...

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NAGICO encourages clients to use their online services

GREAT BAY - Given the rapid spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 in our region, the health and safety of the population is of paramount importance. With this in mind, NAGICO Insurances is encouraging our clients to make use of our online services...

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Governor receives final report from formateur S. Jacobs

Harbour View - On March 26, 2020, His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten, drs. E.B. Holiday, received the updated final report from formateur S. Jacobs. The formateur has accepted the commission to form a new government which has the support ...

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MP Grisha Marten-Heyliger: No communication; no cohesion

Says Stimulus Package not discussed ~ PHILIPSBURG - Parliamentary Faction Leader of the United People (UP) party MP Grisha Marten-Heyliger on Friday said communication and cohesive efforts by the coalition leaves a lot to be desired as St....

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CFATF finds "a wide range of shortcomings" regarding SXM

PHILIPSBURG - The meeting of parliament about establishing amendments to the Penal Procedure Code was reportedly driven by the need to tweak an amendment proposed by parliament-chair Rolando Brison and MP Claudius Buncamper. While the approval of ...

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Parliamentarians pressured to approve Penal Procedure Code

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten already complies with recommendation 35 of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and there is undue pressure on parliamentarians to urgently approve amendments to the Penal Procedure Code, Member of...

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Jessurun: Important to boost people's immune system

PHILIPSBURG - Poor people in St. Maarten run a high risk of contracting severe symptoms of the corona-virus (COVID-19) according to Drs. Raymond Jessurun of the St. Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform and the St. Maarten Consumers Coalition. Jessurun...

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Cruise lines facing no bail out, no business due to COVID19

Largest cruises halted for two months ~ PHILIPSBURG - Due to the spread of Coronavirus Royal Caribbean International and Carnival's Princess Cruises have extended the suspension of their operations with another 30 days, until May 12th. Norwegian...

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RIVM tempers intensive care expectations as coronacases rise

While the effect of measures introduced in the Netherlands to slow the spread of coronavirus are being felt, the impact is not as strong as the public health institute RIVM had hoped. 'The most positive scenarios of last week have not been...

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Dutch positive tests top 10,000; death toll at 771

The Dutch death toll from coronavirus rose by 132 to 771 overnight, the RIVM public health institute said in its Sunday update. At the same time, the number of hospital admissions rose by 529 to 3,483 and the total number of positive tests rose...

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Coronavirus in the Netherlands: what you need to know

We've collected our main articles about coronavirus in the Netherlands into one place, to make it easier for you to find the information you need. And do please feel free to share your questions, comments and ideas with us so we can continue to...

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Psychologist: Experiencing corona stress? Ask for help!

WILLEMSTAD - Now that people are being fired, the economy is in a slump, and the end of the crisis is not in sight, it is extremely important to mind our mental health. "When people stress and feel like it's becoming too much for them, they need...

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Financial support for Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten is no gift

THE HAGUE - Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten need tens, if not hundreds of millions to keep the islands afloat. According to the Dutch government they can count on support, but not on a gift. "We will not abandon the autonomous countries",...

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Concerns about coronavirus in prison Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - Sint Maarten is preparing itself for a fight against the coronavirus, but 'the measures taken in the Pointe Blanche prison amount to nothing'. These are the words of attorney Sjamira Roseburg. A prisoner was tested on Monday for the ...

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Flight ban extended!

In connection with COVID-19, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is extending the flight ban until April 10th, 2020 at 6:00 PM (local time). The ban on air traffic with passengers in the airspace over Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba.

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Financiële hulp aan Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten geen gift

DEN HAAG - Aruba, Curaçao en Sint-Maarten hebben door de coronacrisis tientallen, zo niet honderden miljoenen extra nodig om het eiland overeind te houden. Volgens het Nederlandse kabinet kunnen ze op hulp rekenen, maar niet op een gift. "Wij...

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Werknemers melden zich massaal ziek door corona-maatregelen

ORANJESTAD - "Ik ga mij ziek melden. Want nu met de shelter in place moet mijn bedrijf dicht en wij allemaal vanaf zondag twee weken thuisblijven. Ik weet niet of ik dan nog mijn salaris krijg", zegt een werknemer in de autoverkoop. Hiermee hoopt ...

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Coronacrisis: Bonairianen helpen elkaar met maaltijden...

KRALENDIJK - In een speciale Corona Help Bonaire Facebook-groep, met meer dan drieduizend leden, plaatsen mensen naast video's en updates over de laatste ontwikkelingen, ook berichten waarin ze anderen om hulp vragen, of dit juist aanbieden....

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Psycholoog: Voel je corona stress? Vraag dan hulp!

WILLEMSTAD - Nu er gedwongen ontslagen vallen, de economie verslechtert en er voorlopig geen zicht is op het einde van de crisis, is het heel belangrijk om de mentale gezondheid te blijven bewaken. "Als mensen stressen en vinden dat het ze naar...

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Voedselhulp op Bonaire ondanks corona door thuisbezorging

KRALENDIJK - Er zijn op Bonaire nog geen besmettingen van het coronavirus bekend, maar de overheid heeft maatregelen genomen om het virus zo lang mogelijk van het eiland te weren. Die hebben ook gevolgen voor de hulpverlening op het eiland. Adra...

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