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TelEm-BTP settlement leaves many questions unanswered

PHILIPSBURG - Telecommunication Minister Ludmila De Weever brokered a settlement between telecom provider Telem and Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP), according to a press release issued by the ministry. Unfortunately, the press release was ...

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We recently called on our local accountants, consultants and tax advisors to provide us with their Top Three Tips to help businesses and business owners survive the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have compiled these tips and advice into a series of short articles for easy quick reading and understanding. And most importantly of all, for easy and quick implementation of the tips and advice received. Send us your email address and we will add you to the mailinglist to receive these tips and business advice when the series is completed.

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Here is tip #2...

Here's what will be available for Start-up AND existing businesses from Qredits starting TODAY. Visit and like their Facebook page for more info.
Name: "Qredits Sint Maarten"
If you are approved for a loan of $25K and the need is asset based, you will only have to repay 35% of the amount borrowed. 65% of the amount you requested will not have to be repaid. This will be a grant.

Loans are up to $150k....based on your ability to repay.
You'll NEVER hear of such an opportunity for businesses again.

Have a safe week and remember to practice social distancing.

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COVID-19 Update - St. Maarten/St. Martin

Since the bulletin of Saturday, August 8, St. Martin (French side) has six (6) new confirmed case by PCR (secondary) tests, bringing to 84 confirmed cases. A total of 1,899 PCR tests have been carried out to date.

One more death recorded: A 62-year-old man with comorbidities died on Sunday in a Guadeloupe hospital following a medical evacuation from St. Martin Friday night.

In Saint-Barthélemy, no further case, a total of 13 confirmed cases. A total of 1666 PCR tests have been carried out to date.

Meanwhile in Martinique, due to the resurgence of positive cases, the Prefect of Martinique decided to strengthen prevention measures. New measures applicable as of today have been laid down by decree.

60 new cases were recorded between July 31 and August 7 in Martinique. The "unfavorable" trend in the number of positive COVID-19 cases is indicative of a resumption of the circulation of the virus in Martinique, according to the Prefecture of Martinique in a press release. As a result, the Prefect decided to strengthen preventive measures. New measures applicable as of today have been laid down by decree. Among them :


In Martinique, wearing a mask in pedestrian areas and streets, in markets as well as places where seafood is sold, and in roadside itinerant businesses becomes compulsory.


The Prefecture and the health authorities also recommend that anyone who has stayed in Saint-Martin in the last fifteen days to perform a virological test without delay. A measure taken because of the discovery of clusters linked to Saint-Martin.

Meanwhile, back in St. Martin, the French borders with the Dutch side was closed because of the significantly higher number of cases on St. Maarten. Permits have been issued for border crossing with the exception of US visitors. However as of yesterday no new permits will be issued due to the latest increase of virus cases. Only medical authorizations will be issued on compelling and urgent grounds.

American tourists are dissatisfied because of having been provided with wrong information regarding entering at the airport. Several have to take a renewed test at US$125 and because test results are not forthcoming within one but rather four days, they have to be quarantined longer, which takes away from their vacation experience.

(Source: Préfecture of St. Martin and St. Barths / Le Journal / FBP-AS)
COVID-19 has now risen to 100 confirmed

PHILIPSBURG - As of August 11th, at 16:00, St. Maarten's new total of confirmed cases now stand at 219. Of the active cases, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 94 people in home isolation. The Minister of Public Health Social ...

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Minister of TEATT helps Telem settle long-standing dispute

POND ISLAND - After nearly 5 years of dispute, the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (TEATT), Ludmila de Weever, mediated a long-standing stalemate between the Telem Group, Bureau Telecommunications and Post...

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The mess at BTP is still there

By Hilbert Haar ~ How Minister Ludmila De Weever was able to reach an amicable settlement with Anthony Carty, the heavily overpaid director of the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP) is a mystery to me. As the minister responsible for...

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Every voter must buy a copy of this book - Book Review

"The Constitution of Sint Maarten - When it is time to vote" By author Hensley G.A. Plantijn A book review for by Terrance Rey ~ People must buy this book if they want to fully understand our parliamentary system and the...

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Electoral reform: the Lynch-law under review - part 1/2

PHILIPSBURG -- The discussion about electoral reform will soon be in full swing, whereby the focus will be on the Lynch-law - actually, an article in the current electoral law that determines who gets elected: candidates with more votes or...

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Electoral reform: the Lynch-law under review - part 2/2

Curacao sticks to system that favors position on candidate-list ~ PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten's current electoral law - oft referred to as the Lynch-law after its architect - determines that candidates with the highest number of votes are elected...

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Prime Minister Jacobs to travel for personal family reasons

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister Jacobs is traveling for family related matters today, Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister Egbert Doran will assume responsibility during her absence. Prime Minister Jacobs will continue to be in...

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SMMC hosts construction update session for new hospital...

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently hosted update sessions for staff and neighbors in the immediate surroundings rega...

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Sint Maarten Trust Fund Launches Enterprise Support Project

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The US$35 million Enterprise Support Project was officially launched today. The project is funded by the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction, and Resilience Trust Fund, financed by the Government of the Netherlands, ...

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Tree planting ceremony held for the late Officer G. Benjamin

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Saturday morning August 8 th, 2020, around 11.00 am, a Flamboyant tree was dedicated to Sergeant Gamali Benjamin in the Emilio Wilson Park on the L.B. Scott road, the police said in a statement on Monday morning.

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Daycares at Sint Maarten struggle after lockdown ...

PHILIPSBURG - After two months of lockdown, early childcare facilities are still unable to operate at Sint Maarten. These schools rely on monthly transactions from parents to fund their operations and many parents stopped paying their...

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St. Maarten Weather Updates & Forecasts

An approaching tropical wave will increase the probability of showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region, later tonight and early tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Atlantic high-pressure ridge will continue to produce gentle to fresh winds.

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MP-leider op bevel rechter bij parlementsvergadering Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Marilyn Moses (MP) was gistermiddag wél aanwezig bij de Openbare Vergadering van de Staten. Dat deed zij na een veroordeling door de rechter. Met Moses...

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Commentaar: Politieke klucht

Een politieke klucht. Er is eigenlijk geen ander woord voor de manier waarop een substantieel deel van de Curaçaose politieke elite de laatste weken is omgegaan met de toelating van PAR-Statenlid Elhage om daarmee het eigen parlement simpelweg...

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Analyse: CHE + CAS = ?

Coronacrisis heeft publiekrechtelijke manco's meedogenloos blootgelegd. Met de drie letters CHE - afkorting voor Caribische Hervormings Entiteit - heeft Nederland voor de autonome CAS-eilanden Curaçao, Aruba en Sint Maarten in Caribisch Koninkrijk...

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Corona op Aruba nog lang niet bedwongen

Van onze correspondent Oranjestad - Met 87 nieuwe gevallen van Covid-19 bleek gisteren dat de recente uitbraak nog lang niet achter de rug is. De regering vraagt de burgers om zich vooral aan de coronaregels te houden. Gisteren kwam het aantal...

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GHBU Masters Counselling Students to Host Webinar...

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - "The mental health effects of the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic might be profound and there are suggestions that suicide rates will rise, although this is not inevitable," stated a recent article...

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36-year old caught at the airport with soft drugs

BONAIRE - On Thursday the 6th of August 2020, a 36-year-old Dutch man was arrested at Bonaire International Airport (BIA) on suspicion of possession or smuggling of narcotics, according to a press release from RCN. This is punishable according to ...

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100 active cases. Time to take this virus spread on St. Maarten seriously?
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Over 4,000 new Covid-19 patients in one week ...

The number of coronavirus patients has risen for the fifth week in a row, with 4,036 new cases reported in the past seven days, according to new figures from public health institute RIVM. That is 1,448 more than in the previous week, RIVM chief...

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Other Covid-19 strategies in the spotlight

Scientists and academics who disagree with the government's strategy for tackling coronavirus are become more vocal in their criticism, with new initiatives springing up to present alternative points of view. The Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday...

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