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The big question being asked these days is when the SXM Airport will reopen for commercial flights. Insders say there is a lot more going on at the PJIA airport than is being made public. Luckily, relief flights are still possible and even Spirit Airlines is executing another relief flight on Thursday that will return residents to St. Maarten free of charge.

Meanwhile, the Port of St. Maarten has announced that the cargo terminal has been reopen for business this past weekend. That is in stark contrast to the situation in Dominica where Dutch navy ships are actively involved in providing emergency food and water via beaches to many areas that are unreachable via land. View the photos online on our Facebook page here.

As we mentioned in yesterday's edition, with all the talk 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. Another such personal account is from Sophia Kelly, property manager for the condomium complex The Cliff in Cupecoy. Read her recount online here and how one guest was injured by flying glass.

In yesterday's issue, we also published a piece about local architect Julian Bruney's explanation as to why certain roofs survived the hurricane without a scratch. However, we erroneously placed a link to the wrong article. We hereby republish the correct link here.

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Water production facility ready for action today - TODAY ...

GREAT BAY - Military personnel and Gebe-employees worked on the installation of a reverse osmosis water production installation in front of the Festival Village yesterday. The installation will produce fresh drinking water and is expected to be...

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Better and stronger
Building a better and stronger St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma; That is the intention of our government, but achieving this lofty goal is easier said than done. We see trucks... Read more online here...
St. Maarten Academy
Like the majority of the island’s infrastructure, the St. Maarten Academy School was not spared the wrath of Irma, when she made landfall as a dangerous category 5 hurricane on Wednesday September 06, 2017. According to Principal, drs. Tallulah Baly-Vanterpool, the school suffered severe damage to its physical infrastructure.
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The Dutch Navy ships Zr.Ms. Zeeland and Zr.Ms. Pelican are currently active in Dominica. At the request of the Dominica Government they have been rendering emergency relief after the passage of Hurricane Maria since last Friday. The emergency assistance they have been providing will most likely continue for another 7 days. Read the full story online.
KPSM with the assistance of the police forces from Aruba, Curacao, the Netherlands, the Royal Marechaussee and the V.K.C. along with the V.K.S. and Customs continue to make great progress in the arrest of persons, who have been identified as suspects in the mass looting of many businesses on the island, in the aftermath of Irma. Read more online.
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Wednesday, September 27th, 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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