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With all the talk yesterday about the situation leading up to, during and after hurricane Irma hit St. Maarten, we choose to focus on the personal stories people experienced during the storm itself. One such personal account is from Sylvia Carty, a visual arts teacher with her own art school in Cay Hill. Read her recount online here.

Another issue to take into account in the expected debate on the reconstruction and rebuilding of St. Maarten is the lesson Irma taught many of us: build our roofs properly. One local architect, Julian Bruney, explains the reason why certain roofs survived the hurricane without a scratch. Read his opinion here.

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In the meantime, read our parliamentary coverage of yesterday's meeting written by our managing editor, Hilbert Haar below...
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PM Marlin: Damages from Irma estimated to be one billion ...

GREAT BAY - The preliminary estimate of the material damages Hurricane Irma has inflicted on St. Maarten is in the region of $1 billion, Prime Minister William Marlin said on Monday during the first meeting of parliament in the 2017-2019...

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Leadership and vision
The rebuilding of St. Maarten after hurricane Irma calls for leadership and vision. And billions of dollars. Dollars! Not guilders, as the Interim Director of the CBCS stated in a recent interview.
Reopening of schools
The Ministry of Education is currently still on target for the reopening of schools. The soft opening of school is set for September 28 th , 2017. The soft opening will consists of students assessing their school materials, and speaking with their teachers, peers and guidance counselors. The official start date will be October 2 nd , 2017.  
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The Minister of VROMI, Christopher Emmanuel, requested and received yesterday two garbage trucks from the Government of The Netherlands via the Civil Mission headed Erwin Arkenbout to assist with the waste situation post Hurricane Irma and Maria. Minister Emmanuel expressed his gratitude for the assistance thus far. He is also looking forward to the additional heavy equipment and materials arriving on the Karel Doorman. Read the full story online.
Just as airlift is vital to St. Maarten’s tourism economy, so it is for the recovery process to normalize the situation on the island, to fly in aid and relief goods, food and water, to evacuate tourists and other temporary visitors, workers and their families and to offer an escape for those in urgent need of medical care, for those with young children and elderly family members and for those who have lost everything on the island during the passing of Hurricane Irma. Read more online.
Government Info Page

September 26th, 2017

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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (Sunday September 24th, 2017) - Social & Health Insurances SZV will re-open Monday thru Friday as of Monday September 25th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm permitting stable electricity, water and internet connections. SZV will...

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