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Cost-cutting measures become bone of contention

PHILIPSBURG - In a letter to the Second Chamber dated May 19 State Secretary Raymond Knops wrote that one of the conditions for providing liquidity support to St. Maarten is a "decrease of 12,5 percent of the complete package of labor...

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Union wants forensic audit at TelEm reinstated

PHILIPSBURG - TelEm's top managers paid themselves hefty bonuses in December of last year, union-leader Ludson Evers confirmed to While there was an agreement about a bonus of 50 percent of their salaries, the managers took 100 ...

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SMCU union rejects TelEm's pay cut proposal

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Communication Union (SMCU) has labeled the proposal of salary cuts by the management of telecom provider TelEm an "indecent proposal." Chairman Ludson Evers and Secretary Sherman Serastis wrote in a letter to...

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Financially Troubled TelEm

PHILIPSBURG - Telecom provider TelEm is in deep trouble, it appears from a letter it sent to the labor unions on Monday (June 1) about the decision to cut employee-salaries by 12.5 percent. The real situation at the company is at odds with the...

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Telem sends letter to union; all salaries to be cut by 12,5%

TelEm threatens collective layoffs if no agreement with the union can be reached ~ POND ISLAND - In a letter dated June 1, 2020, CEO of the Sint Maarten Telecommunication Operating Company N.V. (TelEm), Kendall Dupersoy, informed the board of the ...

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The bottom line

By Hilbert Haar ~ It cannot surprise anyone that the government's cost-cutting measures in exchange for receiving liquidity support from the Netherlands have become the center of an epic controversy, especially at the government-owned companies....

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Central Bank allows moratorium on all loans

PHILIPSBURG - The Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten already took steps to counter the effects of the corona-virus crisis in March. At least one of these measures seems to be at odds with statements interim president José Jardim made...

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French authorities confirmed closing border control posts

BELLEVUE - Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020, French authorities finally announced officially the closing of their border control posts and the lifting of checks at the Bellevue crosspoint and at the French Quarter frontier. According to Le Pelican, in a...

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Exposé: Reasons for the continued controls after May 17

What the French side wanted to learn from their border controls ~ PHILIPSBURG - When opportunity knocks, governments have a tendency to spring into action. This train of thought offers possible explanations from the continued border controls by...

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Report describes St. Maarten's "silent crisis"

PHILIPSBURG - The Economic Bureau Amsterdam produced at the request of the Dutch parliament a report about performance, opportunities and solutions for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, entitled Small Islands, Large Challenges. It does not...

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Leerdam: "Kingdom relations under serious pressure"

PHILIPSBURG - "The humiliation of May 20 puts serious pressure on kingdom-relations. It has only resulted in bitterness." That is one of the statements former parliamentarian and former chairman of the lobby group for Caribbean Dutch citizens...

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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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Minister of Justice and the Ombudsman establish liaison

(In photo: Saskia Thomas-Salomon of the Ministry of Justice) On Monday, June 1st, 2020, Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson hosted a meeting where staff members of the Ombudsman's office namely Aishira Cicilia (Legal Advisor), Florence Marlin...

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Final 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 Opens June 2nd and...

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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Fire Dept. administrative offices in Cay Hill is open ...

CAY HILL - Disaster Coordinator and Fire Commander Clive Richardson (seen left in photo above), said on Monday that the administrative offices of the Fire Department at the Fire & Ambulance Department in Cay Hill are open to the general public....

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St. Maarten Weather Updates & Forecasts

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) June 04, 2020 WEATHER: Tonight through Thursday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with a brief local shower possible.

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PM Jacobs' National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

On the eve of the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued her national message to the nation. My Fellow Sint Maarteners, Another hurricane season is before ...

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2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has released its forecast for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Similar to various other predicting institutions the forecasters at the National Weather Service are forecasting a very busy season. NOAA...

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Office of DM calls for Hurricane Season Preparations

An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been forecasted by the U.S. National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center with up to 19-named storms, of which 10 could become hurricanes, and of those, six...

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PM & Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs COVID-19 Updates

People of St. Maarten, I hereby address you as Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), in the final update for today, Saturday, May 30, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about...

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Tourists from UK, Sweden not welcome in NL as lock down...

Visitors from the UK and Sweden will not be welcome in the Netherlands when tourism starts up again on June 15, prime minister Mark Rutte told reporters on Wednesday evening. In addition, the UK and Sweden remain on the Dutch 'banned list' of...

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Covid-19 tests ramped up, 94 new cases

In total, 9,574 coronavirus tests have been carried out by local health boards in the two days since everyone with symptoms has been able to request a check, officials said on Wednesday. On June 1, testing was opened to everyone with even mild...

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Just 5.5% of Dutch blood donors have coronavirus antibodies

Some 5.5% of blood donors in the Netherlands have antibodies against coronavirus in their systems, according to research by blood bank organisation Sanquin. The blood of some 7,000 people who donated between May 10 and May 20 was tested for...

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Rotterdam anti-racism demo ends early as 'too many...

Wednesday's anti-racism demonstration in Rotterdam was ended early by mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb because too many people turned up to maintain social distancing. A spokesman for the mayor told broadcaster NOS the protest location had become too busy...

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Weer besmettingsgeval in quarantaine op Curacao

Gerstenbluth: Op korte termijn open voor veilige landen Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Van de mensen die in verplichte quarantaine zitten, is er opnieuw iemand positief getest op het coronavirus. Dat brengt het totaal van bevestigde...

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Meer massaontslagen bij hotels als Curaçaose grens niet open

WILLEMSTAD - Het aangevraagde massaontslag bij Santa Barbara Beach Hotel is een voorbode voor de rest van de hotelsector op Curaçao. Vooral als de grens nu niet heel snel opengaat.

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Curaçaose muziekwereld in crisis: Wie beschermt onze cultuur

WILLEMSTAD - De Vereniging van Curaçaose Musici (AMAK) verwacht dat veel musici op het eiland door de coronacrisis hun baan moeten opgeven. Volgens veel musici was hun situatie voor de crisis al niet goed en hadden zij veel eerder hulp en...

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'Nieuwe normaal' ver van ideaal voor ondernemers op Bonaire

KRALENDIJK- De maatregelen tegen het coronavirus worden geleidelijk versoepeld op Bonaire. Dat betekent dat het normale leven in de Caribische gemeente weer opgepakt kan worden. Maar zonder toeristen en bezoekers in zicht blijft dit 'nieuwe...

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