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PFP furious about Government's 'lapse' over July 28 Advice

PHILIPSBURG - In a media release dated August 31, 2020, Party for Progress members of Parliament Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson expressed their disappointment and agitation at what they call the 'horse-leading' of Parliament and the country...

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COVID-19 active cases has decreased to 259

PHILIPSBURG - As of August 31st, St. Maarten has confirmed thirteen new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19), however there was a recovery of 21 persons; reducing the total active cases to 259. The new total...

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Coronavirus data to be available on Government's website

The Government of Sint Maarten would like to inform the public that the current Coronavirus data which provides more details, will be made available on the COVID-19 Page on the Government website. You can check the website page on a daily basis...

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USP MPs requesting clarification on inmates' concerns

PHILIPSBURG - Following last week's media reports that the Point Blanche Prison Inmates Association expressed its concerns about the health conditions at the institution, United St. Maarten Party (USP) Members of Parliament (MP's) Akeem Arrindell ...

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PFP concerned about Plan B and economic recovery

PHILIPSBURG - Party for Progress members of Parliament Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson issued a press release on Thursday, expressing their concern over responses received to questions sent to the Prime Minister, particularly those related to...

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Hyacinth Richardson Foundation and SPF give away food bags

ST. PETERS - On Saturday, August 29, 2020, some thirty families received two bags of groceries, water, facemasks, and COVID-19 awareness pamphlets compliments of the Hyacinth Richardson Educational Awareness Foundation and SPF. These two...

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CCSU members files official complaint against Government

GREAT BAY - The members of the Committee of Civil Servants Unions (CCSU), known in Dutch as the GOA, filed an official complaint with the Ombudsman against the Government of St. Maarten on Friday August 21, 2020. The CCSU in its complaint to the...

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Ministerial Decree Extends Restaurant Closing Hours

PHILIPSBURG - The Minister of TEATT Ludmila de Weever has taken the decision, after discussion with the Council of Ministers, for commercial premises with licenses for clubs, adult entertainment, discotheques, bars, and lounges, such as cigar...

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APS-director Nadya van Putten: "No plans to lower pensions"

PHILIPSBURG - The article published Friday, August 29, 2020, under the headline 'Pension fund toys with plan to reduce pensions' has triggered a reaction from APS director Nadya Croes-Van Putten that should put the minds of...

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Knops: No liquidity support without agreement on conditions

THE HAGUE - The third tranche of liquidity support will only become available after St. Maarten has met all the conditions attached to the second tranche and after there is a clear political agreement about the conditions attached to the third...

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What are the rules of engagement for yachts?

Dear Editor, A great many yachts migrate from the Northern Caribbean to the Southern Caribbean to evade the hurricane belt every year. This year with the Covid danger all the territories closed their borders and for a while the yachts were...

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The Force Majeure dossier
Force Majeure or not?

Legal jurisprudence needed whether lockdown is force majeure or not ~ PHILIPSBURG - We asked local accountants to provide us with their Top Three Tips for businesses on St. Maarten to survive this economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One ...

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EDITORIAL: "Force Majeure: The Liability Question"

Our local accountant had some very interesting things to say wherein he gave us his opinions about the demands SZV was imposing on some of his clients. Companies are utilizing a loophole by filing zero for the wage tax and social premiums. It is...

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Peggy-Ann Dros: "Employers have to pay 100 percent salaries"

No jurisprudence on 'no work, no pay' policy of employers during lockdown ~ PHILIPSBURG - The department of labor affairs and social services has a top-ten of non-compliant employers, department head Peggy-Ann Dros said in an interview with Keoma ...

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Corruptie vorig jaar wijdverbreid

Van onze correspondent Oranjestad - Politici worden beschouwd als de meest corrupte groep mensen. De bevolking denkt dat dit alleen maar erger wordt. De Centrale Bank van Aruba (CBA) publiceerde deze bevindingen in haar Rapport Corruptieonderzoek ...

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'Geld geen dwangmiddel'

Kunneman: Nederland dwingt consensus af Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Nederland gebruikt de liquiditeitssteun als machtsmiddel en dwingt landen onterecht snel te beslissen over de Rijkswet voor de Caribische Hervormingsentiteit....

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Lichtpuntje economie in zicht

CBCS rekent in 2021 op +6,6% herstel economie Curaçao Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Na regen komt er zonneschijn. Dat geldt ook voor de economie, hoewel dat met de huidige donkere wolken nog moeilijk is voor te stellen. De Centrale...

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Delay with printing of Hurricane and Disaster Passes

PHILIPSBURG - The printing of the final batches of the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been delayed due to COVID-19 lockdown. Another delay was related to the quarantine and isolation of several members of the...

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Shell Lubricants Back on Sint Maarten

1SharePhilipsburg - Popular Shell Lubricants, are again available on Island via new distributor SM Marine. This comes after a brief distribution hiatus from the market. SM Marine is licensed by Massy Machinery & LVP Trading, the new...

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Corona app will not launch today September 1

The Dutch coronavirus app CoronaMelder will not go live on September 1 as planned because the emergency law authorising its use is still waiting to go through parliament. Health minister Hugo de Jonge confirmed in a letter to MPs that the app,...

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No national school lockdown, says minister

A national lockdown of schools must be prevented at all cost, and local or regional closures are the most likely scenario if coronavirus is makes a comeback, education minister Arie Slob has told the AD in an interview. Schools in all three...

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'Support and recovery' package finalised

Support, help with the recovery and investments to ensure the economy remains strong are the key ingredients in the government's third aid package for industry, economic affairs minister Erik Wiebes said on Friday afternoon. 'The uncertainty...

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Welfare benefit claims rise as coronavirus impacts jobs

The number of people in the Netherlands claiming basic welfare benefits (bijstand) rose by 12,000 between the end of 2019 and end of June 2020, national statistics agency CBS said on Monday. In total, some 427,000 people are now living on...

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