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Dutch support for vulnerable citizens

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands made €16.5 million ($17.82 million or around 32 million guilders) available on Friday in immediate assistance for the most vulnerable citizens in St. Maarten, Curacao, Aruba and the BES-islands. State Secretary Drs....

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Venezuelans in St. Maarten are hoping for quick repatriation

PHILIPSBURG - Because of the coronavirus, Venezuelans are stuck on St. Maarten, without money and without prospect of help. "In Venezuela we have more chances of survival than here," said Carlos, 40, on behalf of a group of undocumented...

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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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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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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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PFP faction sends Letter of Concern to Chair of Parliament

Says President's comments regarding CBCS not reflection of Parliament's position ~ PHILIPSBURG -- Members of Parliament for the Party for Progress (PFP) faction Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson have sent a letter to President of Parliament MP...

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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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Virtual Central Committee meeting regarding the draft budget

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Virtual Central Committee session on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The Committee meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. The Council of Ministers will be in attendance.

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SOL Petroleum sends home Regional Manager

CAY BAY - The Regional Manager of SOL Petroleum David Antrobus was asked to go into retirement as of April 1, 2020, following the huge drop in oil prices in Russia and Saudi Arabia. Since the Covid-19 pandemic has taken over the world, oil prices ...

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TelEm Group to repair badly damaged underground cables...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group's Outside Plant (OSP) technicians and sub-contractors will be replacing badly damaged underground cables in St. Peters, Saunders and surround areas this coming Saturday and for the following eight days,...

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Dutch Navy's Largest Vessel HNLMS Karel Doorman Arrives...

PORT ST. MAARTEN - The Royal Netherlands Navy's biggest ship, the HNLMS Karel Doorman A-833, a Joint Support Ship (JSS), arrived on Friday at Port St. Maarten after its trans-Atlantic crossing from Den Helder on April 13 in the Netherlands.

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VNP Head at Port to Welcome the Karel Doorman

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) - Head of the Office of Dutch Representation in Sint Maarten (VNP), Chris Johnson, on Friday was at Port St. Maarten to welcome the ZM Karel Doorman. Royal Netherlands Navy Ship Karel Doorman arrived on St Maarten as...

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Minister Richardson clarifies border related issues

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Thursday April 24, 2020 Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs, Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson, and Minister of Finance Ardwell M.R.

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THIRD Installment of Soualichi Stories "Bro Monkey"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Foresee Foundation announces the third folk tale in its Soualichi Stories series: "Bro Monkey," as told by well-known local Sint Maarten Storyteller Clara Reyes. "Bro Monkey" will be released this coming Monday...

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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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Saba extends Lock-down for an additional two weeks - May 11

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Saba Government Information Service (SGIS) via the Public Entity of Saba released the following statement on Friday, April 24...

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Statia steps up local production of meat, vegetables & fruit

SINT EUSTATIUS - The Public Entity of St. Eustatius is increasing efforts to make sure sufficient fresh meat and crops will remain available at all times. As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, the logistics of imported food supply has become...

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COVID Drive-Thru tested 190 people

BONAIRE - Including the tests done by means of the COVID Drive-Thru, in total 228 people have now been tested on Bonaire until April 24 th: 190 via the drive-thru and 38 by the general practitioner. No positive case was found among the 190 people ...

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Statistics show Coronavirus deaths continue to decline

The official death toll from coronavirus in the Netherlands rose by 112 on Friday to 4,289, the public health institute RIVM said in its latest update. The number of hospital admissions rose by 123, taking the total to 10,281, the RIVM said. A...

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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 and French pump billions into 'essential' airlines

The Dutch cabinet is prepared to pump between €2bn and €4bn into airline KLM, most likely in the form of loans and bank guarantees, finance minister Wopke Hoekstra told reporters at a hastily arranged press conference on Friday evening.

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Coronavirus will drive Dutch budget deficit up to 12% of GDP

The Dutch cabinet expects the budget deficit to reach an all time high of €92bn this year, or 11.8% of GDP, finance minister Wopke Hoekstra says in his spring financial statement. The total is far higher than the worst case scenario suggested by...

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Venezolanen in St. Maarten hopen op snelle repatriëring

PHILIPSBURG - Door het coronavirus zitten Venezolanen vast op St. Maarten, zonder geld en zonder vooruitzicht op hulp. "In Venezuela hebben we meer overlevingskansen dan hier," zegt Carlos (40), namens een groep Venezolanen zonder papieren. "We...

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Uitspraak rechter inzake Kadaster tegenslag voor Land

Gerecht verbiedt innen 15 miljoen van Kadaster ~ Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - De Ontvanger van Curaçao kan geen aanspraak maken op de 15 miljoen gulden die zij meent te goed te hebben van het Kadaster. De rechter is van mening dat een...

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Ook Antilliaans Dagblad moet korten op salarissen

Van onze redactie Willemstad - De directie van ABCourant nv, uitgever van het Antilliaans Dagblad, heeft het personeel gistermiddag geïnformeerd dat Covid-19 en de coronacrisis ook op deze krant van grote impact is en er noodgedwongen 15 procent...

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Nederland geeft 16,5 miljoen euro noodhulp aan...

WILLEMSTAD - De ACS- en de BES-eilanden krijgen van Nederland 16,5 miljoen euro aan noodhulp. Hoe dit geld verdeeld gaat worden over de zes eilanden, is nog niet bekend. Knops over de noodhulp Download de audio hier . De hulp moet gaan naar...

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