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PFP urges PM to resume discussions with the Dutch Government

PHILIPSBURG - Party for Progress' Members of Parliament MP Melissa D. Gumbs and MP Rayhean A. Peterson, in a letter sent from Parliament, urge Government to consider the two pieces of advice received from the Council of Advice seriously and to...

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COVID-19 active cases has decreased to 174

PHILIPSBURG - As of September 2nd, 2020, St. Maarten has confirmed thirteen new cases of persons (13) who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19), however there was a recovery of 61 persons; reducing the total active cases to 174....

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New COVID-19 positive employee at SZV

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A second SZV employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last at the SZV office on August 28 th, 2020. The management of Social & Health Insurances (SZV) was notified on Wednesday September 2 nd and...

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PSS Scales Back Operations as Four Employees Test Positive

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - A total of four employees of the Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) has now been tested positive. Interim Managing Director of PSS N.V., Marinka Gumbs stated that management has taken additional precautionary measures...

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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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Hyacinth Richardson Foundation kicks off food bags drive

ST. PETERS - On Saturday, August 29, 2020, thirty-two families received two bags of groceries, bottled water, face masks, and COVID-19 awareness pamphlets compliments of Hyacinth Richardson Educational Awareness Foundation and Secours Populaire...

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SIBA to hold elections due to resignation of Neil Henderson

SINT MAARTEN (MADAME ESTATE) - Just after Hurricane Luis in 1995, the Sint Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) committed itself to educate the masses about the workings of the insurance sector. "These efforts included but was not limited ...

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Police: Scooter/motorbike users, the road is not your own

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the past weeks, the Traffic Department of KPSM has been called to the scene of several major scooter accidents due to the negligence of the riders, police said in a statement on Tuesday. Two of these drivers, in...

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MAN party wants to talk to Undersecretary; Knops has no time

WILLEMSTAD - The MAN faction wants to ask Undersecretary Raymond Knops of the Interior and Kingdom Relations questions in Parliament. Knops is currently on the island and has a visit to Governor Lucille George-Wout planned. He will also hold...

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Slave register on Curaçao fills a big gap

WILLEMSTAD - The launch of the Slavenregister (slave register) fills a gap in the history of slavery on Curaçao, because now everyone can find out whether their ancestors were slaves. That's what Frank Quirindongo, chair of the Slavernij Platform ...

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Prime Minister explains higher pay scale ministers and MPs

WILLEMSTAD - Members of Parliament can, if they wish, opt for a scale lower in terms of their remuneration. But ministers do not have that choice. Their salary must fall under the highest civil servant scale. This was explained by Prime Minister...

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Caribische Staten maken vuist

Brief Aruba, Curaçao en St. Maarten aan Rutte Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - De Staten van Curaçao zijn met algemene stemmen, dus unaniem, akkoord gegaan met een gezamenlijk standpunt van de parlementen van Curaçao, Sint Maarten en...

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Eind deze maand 19,5 mln in landskas

Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Eind deze maand heeft Curaçao nog maar 19,5 miljoen gulden in de landskas. Dat is zónder eventuele aanvullende liquiditeitssteun van Nederland. Vanaf oktober wordt het, als verdere financiële hulp...

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Knops: CHE nog niet klaar voor Staten

Vraaggesprek met de staatssecretaris Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Dat de staatssecretaris van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, Raymond Knops (CDA), niet in overleg is gegaan met de leden van de Staten heeft er alles mee te...

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Groeiende druk op regering Aruba

Van onze correspondent Oranjestad - De druk vanuit de lokale gemeenschap op de Arubaanse politiek om snel akkoord te gaan met de Nederlandse eisen voor de coronaleningen, groeit. Toch is het voor de Arubaanse regering nog steeds een 'nee', zo...

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SSSD informative workshop on hurricane preparedness

PHILIPSBURG - This interactive and informative workshop entitled, "Be Prepared, Not Scared?" aims to educate and empower parents and by extension the general public on learning and teaching the vital skill of being prepared for hurricanes, the...

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Tourism Sector and Business Community Reminded to Prepare

PHILIPSBURG - National Disaster Coordination and Fire Chief Clive Richardson on Monday, reminded the business community and the tourism sector to be prepared as the country has just entered the peak period of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season....

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St. Maarten-based Notaries pass deeds on St. Eustatius

Oranjestad, St. Eustatius - Two civil-law notaries of St. Maarten, Mrs. Marlene F. Mingo and Mrs. Meredith Maritza Boekhoudt, provided notarial services on St. Eustatius and Saba today, Tuesday September 1st, under a strict COVID-19...

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Justice minister can stay in his job despite wedding gaffe

Justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus has not been forced to resign by MPs despite the publication of a string of photos showing him and fellow guests not following social distancing requirements at his wedding last month. A motion of censure against ...

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5G can be rolled out, but more research is necessary

The roll-out of 5G telecoms services in the Netherlands is safe, but some aspects remain unclear and require further research, the Dutch health council Gezondheidsraad said on Wednesday. 'It has not been proven and it is not likely that exposure...

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Eurozone countries need to increase economic integration

The 19 EU member states which are members of the eurozone will have to integrate their economies more closely and share more risk to avoid the eventual collapse of the currency, Dutch central bank chief Klaas Knot said in a lecture on Tuesday.

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Polio virus found in sewage fed by major vaccine producer

Health ministry inspectors are trying to trace the source of an apparent leak of polio virus into the waste water system on an industrial estate near Utrecht, where a large pharmaceuticals company makes vaccines, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday.

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