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SMMC expects surge in local COVID-19 patients

CAY HILL - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) is preparing for more suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients that need to be admitted to the hospital. Based on case studies and data analysis from other COVID-19 countries where communal spread has...

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Two borders between French and Dutch St. Martin blocked off

OYSTER POND - Late Monday afternoon authorities sent a container truck with containers to block off the border at the Oyster Pond frontier crossing after the border in Cupecoy had been blocked off earlier in the day and checkpoints set up at the...

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Food suppliers allowed to do deliveries

Covid-19 Update - St. Maarten ~ PHILIPSBURG - All food suppliers are allowed to make deliveries on both sides of the the island (Dutch and French sides) as of tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7, to clients, including smaller grocery stores, and shipments ...

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Government sends speaker car into districts

PHOTO CAPTION: Broadcasting the word per speaker in the different districts and shanty towns on the Dutch side of St. Maarten in the different languages English, Creole and Spanish was the objective of a speaker car that toured the Dutch side of...

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While exploring the supposedly deserted streets of Dutch St. Maarten for a media report, we encountered several homeless persons, some more aggressive in their approach than others, despite there being a complete around-the-clock 24-hour...

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A People In Solidarity - Part 1

Solidarity is defined as: unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group. In a recent article by Kathryn Jean Lopez for the National Review, she said 'to stand in...

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The risk of restarting the economy

Dear Editor, At some point the medical and transmission risks of the Covid-19 virus will decrease and the governments will be looking to restart the economy without increasing the risk of a restart of the virus. It is impossible to say when it...

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The Golden Guilder

By Terrance Rey ~ On St. Maarten, banks and the government are advising the general population to use guilders as much as possible, as a way to save dollars. I agree wholeheartedly with this advice. Here is why. When the dollars stop flowing into ...

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THE economy opportunity of the moment

By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ In these difficult times when we know that economic hardships have to be countered and solutions need to be found, there are realistic opportunities. There is one development model that may be the solution to contribute to...

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COVID-19 death toll for Dutch side now stands at 8

Eight deaths in Dutch St. Maarten have now been attributed to persons who had tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19. Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Silveria Jacobs explained that the latter two, a...

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Sint Maarten: Intense testing to be done in 'hot spots'

Authorities have identified some coronavirus COVID-19 "hot spots" in the country as a result of contact tracing conducted particularly with the last sets of positive cases that are were not under Collective Prevention Services (CPS) monitoring...

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What about testing? Like St. Barths

With the declaration of a state of emergency Saturdaynight during the Prime Minister's online press briefing the island is on lockdown 24/7, effectively a police state for two weeks. While the purpose of this shutdown is clearly understood,...

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Update from the Prime Minister: SMMC receives medical aid

Update Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs & SMMC Receives Medical Equipment from the Netherlands for St. Maarten Philipsburg-St. Maarten is now the recipient of the much-needed medical equipment sent this morning on the Military C 17 aircraft, from...

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Dutch fly in medical assistance

PHILIPSBURG - A C-17 transport plane has arrived in St. Maarten with emergency aid and equipment to treat corona-patients in the Caribbean part of the kingdom. The supplies and the equipment are not exclusively for patients in St. Maarten, but...

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The far-reaching consequences of the state of emergency

PHILIPSBURG - The state of emergency has far-reaching consequences for the civil rights of St. Maarten's inhabitants. The national decree that declared the state of emergency refers rather casually to article 112 of the Constitution, but that...

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State of emergency: island on 24/7 lockdown

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs declared the state of emergency for St. Maarten on Saturday. The measure goes into force on Sunday, April 5, for a period of two weeks. Nobody will be allowed to be on the road, or even near a public...

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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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Ministers and MPs agree to salary reduction

MINISTERS & PARLIAMENTARIANS AGREE TO SALARY REDUCTION IN SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE ~ Liquidity support 2019 becoming a reality ~ PHILIPSBURG - Current and previous Ministers back initiative to support island recovery with a ten percent salary cut....

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Madness without borders

By Hilbert Haar ~ "Unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards;" That's how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines solidarity. Ah, I did not need the dictionary to understand what...

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Cost Support Relief Plan ANG 254 million for first 3 months

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion and his team, with the information and recommendations gathered by the ESFs and their relevant teams and task forces, prepared a Support Relief Plan (SRP) costing ANG 254 million for the first 3...

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Doran takes back authority to issue certificates of conduct

PHILIPSBURG - Shortly before he left office Minister of Justice Jurendy Doran, currently minister of public housing, urban planning, environment and infrastructure (VROMI) issued a decree that revokes the mandate of the Chief Prosecutor for...

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Travel Waivers request forms only on Government Website

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM had been overwhelmed with over one (1) thousand requests for curfew waivers over the last 24/48 hours, KPSM announced on Monday evening in a statement. We still have a very large...

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Post Irma revisited: employers are breaking the law

PHILIPSBURG - The coronavirus lockdown has led to a wave of layoffs or salary deductions. "This is a similar situation to Hurricane Irma, when many employers did not pay their employees. Employees who brought their case to court were proven...

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MHF opens a Mental Health Support line - Call 311

MHF opens a Mental Health Support line - Call 311 CAY HILL - The Mental Health Foundation understands that many persons are confronted with elevated stress levels during this global Covid-19 pandemic. The consequences of this pandemic can take a...

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Senior diabetics complain about SZV and Medicosmetics

PHILIPSBURG - Medicosmetics provides faulty testers for people suffering from diabetes, the Antipoverty Platform and the Consumers Coalition said through their spokesman Drs. Raymond Jessurun at a press conference last week Thursday. SZV...

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Pandemic drives up food prices on St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - Price increases in supermarkets trigger a storm of complaints on social media. Food shoppers post pictures of items that cost a lot less two weeks ago than they do now. "They are killing us with these prices," one customer writes....

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Tzu Chi donates masks to critical organizations

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In an effort to help protect front line workers and vulnerable groups against the highly infectious coronavirus COVID-19 disease, the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation has donated a number of masks to a number of...

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Dutch see apps as key to relaxing lockdown, tracing infected

The Netherlands is looking into introducing two apps as a key part of controlling the spread of coronavirus, prime minister Mark Rutte and health minister Hugo de Jonge told a press conference on Tuesday evening. 'Experts tell us that identifying ...

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Dutch coronavirus death toll tops 2,000

There was a sharp rise in the number of reported deaths from coronavirus in the Netherlands on Tuesday, as the death toll topped 2,000. A further 234 people have died from the virus, taking the total to 2,101, the public health institute RIVM...

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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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French re-enforcements and supplies arrive

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - A French Naval Vessel Dumont d' Urville left Guadeloupe on Saturday for Saint-Martin and arrived in the evening hours. On Sunday morning vehicles and other supplies were offloaded from the vessel at Galisbay. Gendarmarie...

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Curacao request close to Naf.800 million for three months

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The various countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten - are currently in the process of developing solidarity packages and submitting them to Holland for financial assistance...

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Knops updates on the support to the Caribbean parts ...

The Dutch government continues its assistance to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM is in daily contact with the six islands, a doctor-epidemiologist will be going to St. Maarten, ...

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'EU help for islands during corona crisis is possible'

BRUSSEL - Members of the European Parliament are also looking into how to support the islands during the corona crisis. Member of the European Parliament Samira Rafaela (D66) wants Brussels to release funds to accommodate this. Rafaela hopes that ...

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Irma in herhaling: werkgevers handelen in strijd met de wet

PHILIPSBURG - De lockdown vanwege het coronavirus heeft tot een golf van ontslagen of inhoudingen op het salaris geleid. "Er is een soortgelijke situatie als na orkaan Irma, toen tal van werkgevers hun personeel benadeelden. Werknemers die hun...

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Supermarkten op Sint-Maarten mogen tijdens lockdown bezorgen

PHILIPSBURG - Supermarkten op Sint Maarten mogen vanaf dinsdag boodschappen gaan bezorgen, bij bestellingen 'in noodgevallen'. Dat maakte minister-president Silveria Jacobs maandagavond bekend. Mensen met financiële problemen kunnen hulp of...

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Totale shutdown op Sint Maarten

Van een onzer verslaggeefsters Philipsburg - In een reactie op de razendsnelle verspreiding van het coronavirus op Sint Maarten heeft de premier van het land, Silveria Jacobs, afgelopen zaterdag een totale shutdown afgekondigd. Alles op Sint...

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Pandemie drijft de prijzen van voedsel op op Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - Prijsstijgingen in de supermarkten zorgen voor een storm van klachten op social media. Food shoppers plaatsen foto's van items die twee weken geleden een stuk minder kostten dan nu. 'Ze nekken ons met deze prijzen', schrijft een...

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Commentaar: (Solidari)tijd voor solidariteit

Voor behoud van het draagvlak, voor het bewaren van de rust én voor het welslagen van het verzoek aan Nederland om de zeer aanzienlijke broodnodige financiële ondersteuning, is het dringend noodzakelijk dat óók de publieke sector van Curaçao een...

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Commissie Noodfonds hamert op controle

Staatsfonds laten controleren door Soab en Rijksaccountantsdienst Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Eigen verantwoordelijkheid van Curaçao en controle van de bestedingen door het 'Staatsfonds', zoals het noodfonds vermoedelijk officieel...

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