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Millions available for Enterprise Support Program (ESP)

PHILIPSBURG - The National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) launched its Enterprise Support Program (ESP) with a virtual presentation. There is $35 million available for the next four years for eligible projects. The program is financed through the ...

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Is there a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel?

We were asked the other night whether there will be another lockdown of the island. Our answer was that we do not think so. The good news tonight is that the number of active cases has further dropped to 198. See:...

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SXM Daily News August 24, 2020

SXM Daily News August 24, 2020

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COVID-19 has now risen to 244 confirmed active cases

PHILIPSBURG - As of August 24th St. Maarten has confirmed twelve new cases of persons (12) who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total of positive cases now stand at 408. Of the active cases, the Collective Prevention...

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SZV informs of one COVID-19 positive employee

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The management of Social & Health Insurances (SZV) was notified on Sunday August 23rd, of one (1) employee that has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last at the SZV office on August 13, 2020 and is...

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Foundation asks court to declare Kingdom Charter unlawful

PHILIPSBURG - The Pro Soualiga Foundation, a vehicle established by attorney Denicio Brison, is taken the State of the Netherlands to court in an attempt to have the Kingdom Charter of 1954 declared null and void. The foundation also demands that ...

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Challenges facing the new CBCS President

by Emsley D. Tromp I am writing this note risking stepping on toes. However, the only way to avoid stepping on toes is to stand still. Standing still will come at greater cost to the reputation and the credibility of the Central Bank of Curaçao...

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Vendors incensed over 'sneaky' decision to change hours

Readying petition for Government and Parliament ~ SIMPSON BAY - The vendors on the parking lot at Kim Sha Beach, classified as the Kim Sha Market Place, are incensed with government over its latest move to put them out of business. The vendors...

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Employer Council St. Maarten identifies a number of issues

PHILIPSBURG - The Employer Council St. Maarten issued a statement wherein it states that from the get-go, the SSRP was intended to enable employers to maintain employment relationships with as many employees as possible. It was anticipated that,...

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Members of Parliament Want Info on Gvt-owned Companies

PHILIPSBURG - Members of Parliament Wescot-Williams, Gumbs, Heyliger-Marten and Buncamper have requested a meeting of Parliament to get information regarding the (financial) state of the government-owned companies. The Members of Parliament wish...

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Inmates worried about COVID, says prison is ticking time

PHILIPSBURG - Inmates at the Point Blanche prison sounded an even louder alarm this weekend urging the powers-that-be to get serious about restructuring the prison system or risk facing a situation they will not be able to control. The inmate...

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SMMC rectifies Dutch media report

CAY HILL - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has taken note of a media report from Omrop Fryslan that was published today in which a recently arrived rotational specialist has made statements which are not accurate. SMMC hereby rectifies these as ...

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CCSU Introductory Meeting held with Minister of Justice

PHILIPSBURG - The Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson, along with her support staff, and Personnel and Organization representative Luud Hakkens, held an introductory meeting with the Committee of Civil Servants Unions (CCSU) Secretariat on...

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Corona crisis: NGO's Sint Maarten struggling to stay afloat

PHILIPSBURG - Ripples of the first corona wave continue its impact on the quality of life on St. Maarten, while the second wave seems close at hand. One sector that remains in dire need of support is the non-profit and non-governmental...

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Developing the Caribbean from within - part one

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ Economic recession, pandemic, and potential natural disasters may lead to gloom, despair, agony, deep dark depression and excessive misery. When it sounds like a hammer and feels like a hammer, it may actually be a hammer....

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Developing the Caribbean from within - part two

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ In a previous essay, the "Development from within the Caribbean" was suggested. Up to five territories could be the Founders of such an initiative. Which territories is the first question that comes up. The willing and able...

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Toeristen op Curaçao: 'we merken weinig van maatregelen'

WILLEMSTAD - Het toerisme komt langzaam weer op gang op Curaçao. Sinds het heropenen van de grenzen in juli worden per maand maximaal 10.000 reizigers het eiland binnengelaten. Curaçao is door de relatief weinig besmettingen een veilige...

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'Fase drie voorkomen'

Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Het aantal lokale coronabesmettingen is opgelopen naar elf. Dat maakte de overheid gisteravond bekend. De eerste twee gevallen horen bij het cluster van de MCB-medewerker. Geval drie staat in verband met...

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WIB Extends Moratorium for an Additional Three Months

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) on Monday announced that it will extend its moratorium for an additional three months that would include September, October, and November. Read the attached for additional information...

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Rotary SXM Mid Isle - Membership Campaign

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten - Mid Isle started a membership campaign for the month of August which is shared on the Club's social media platforms. Members of the Club were asked to provide a short video on why...

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Motorworld Group of Companies & Rotary Club of St. Martin

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - With continued dedication to the community of St. Maarten, Motorworld Group of Companies has partnered with the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise to donate tablets to schools. In response to the wide-ranging impact of...

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No COVID-19 Positives at Bonaire Public Health Drive-Thru

52SharesKralendijk - Everyone who was tested for coronavirus infection during the Drive-Thru on Tuesday has received a negative result. The 39 people who had visited the Public Health Service have been told that they are all Covid-19 free. With...

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All of Spain, more parts of France are code orange

The Dutch foreign office has upped its official travel advisory for the whole of Spain to orange, meaning all but essential travel to the popular holiday destination should now be avoided. Monaco and several more parts of France - Sarthe, Hérault ...

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Students campaign against high rents

Student unions LSVb and FNV Young & United have launched a joint campaign against the high cost of student accommodation in five popular university towns and cities. The campaign kicked off on Monday in Wageningen and will move to Amsterdam,...

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