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Will the Caribbean Reform Entity become a reality?

PHILIPSBURG - The number of corona-virus infections has pushed attention for the Caribbean Reform Entity (CRE) to the background - but it is still there. Since Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs left the most recent meeting of the Kingdom Council of...

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Publisher's Note

The words of an insider: "We have met the conditions to get liquidity support via the 1st tranche and via the 2nd tranche. To get the 3rd tranche, we have to give up the country."

This seems to the general sentiment within the corridors of the Government Administration Building here on St. Maarten, but is the really the case? brings you an extensive recap of the Caribbean Reform Entity as it is outlined in the proposal documents sent to the CAS-islands of Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten. You be the judge for yourself.


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COVID-19 active cases rise to 36

POND ISLAND - The number of COVID-19 active cases has risen to 36 as St. Maarten has reached a new record of 114 confirmed cases since the fight against the Corona Virus started several months ago. Minister of Health, the honorable Richard...

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Council of Ministers, ESF Coordinators & CPS held meeting

POND ISLAND - The Council of Ministers met Saturday, July 25th, in an urgent meeting with key ESF coordinators, and CPS representatives to discuss and address the rapid and alarming increase of COVID-19 cases over the past few days. As such, the...

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Monitoring the situation

By Hilbert Haar ~ The explosion of corona-virus infections on our island should not come as a surprise: it was expected. One reason is, according to a press release issued by Prime Minister Jacobs, the "systematic analysis of contact tracing" by...

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Are facemasks essential after all?

PHILIPSBURG - Facemasks are essential, for example in bars. That is the opinion of Detlef Lohse, a Professor of The Physics of Fluids. Lohse is leading a study into how long droplets hang in the air and what their possible role is in infection....

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The potential of the yachting industry in the Caribbean

Whilst Caribbean economies claim to be looking out for opportunities to diversify their economies, in practice, they have been slow to grab the opportunity that is presented by yachting. By Robbie Ferron The yachting industry is a more complex...

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Dramatic drop in road tax revenue

PHILIPSBURG - Revenue from the road tax fell sharply in the first quarter of the year - from 9.1 to 5.7 million guilders it appears from a mini audit conducted by the General Audit Chamber. The report was submitted to Parliament last Thursday,...

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Employer Council unites four associations

PHILIPSBURG - After the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (Wiclu) as the umbrella organization for employees, St. Maarten now also has a similar organization to represent the interests of employers: the Employer Council St. Maarten....

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A rightful place at the table

By Hilbert Haar ~ Four employer organizations have launched what feels like a pre-emptive strike against the imminent reform of the Social Economic Council by joining forces and establishing the Employer Council of St. Maarten. This way, the Marine..

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A coup at the Social Economic Council (SER)

By Hilbert Haar When any government announces the "restructuring" of a board or of any organization that is supposed to be independent from the political decision makers, I always become a bit suspicious. The questions that come to mind are...

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A closer look at the effects of pension reform

PHILIPSBURG - Media reports about the reform of the pension system, combined with an advice from financial supervisor Cft have caused some confusion about the real state of affairs. Minister Panneflek announced that the AOV-reserves (the funds...

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Corona crisis brings agriculture back to forefront ...

PHILIPSBURG - During the two months lockdown of the Sint Maarten, home gardening became widespread as people saw the need to grow their own food due to the uncertainty of food security. While this was a response to the supply disruption caused by ...

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St. Maarten Weather Updates & Forecasts

Monday morning through evening: Partly cloudy and breezy, becoming increasingly cloudy with isolated showers and a chance of isolated thunderstorms.

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Tropical Storm Gonzalo a Reminder to Review Boat Readiness

The seventh named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season formed this week in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Caribbean island chain. It is a clear reminder once again that all have to be prepared. According to forecasters, this is the...

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Crisis in coalitie Aruba

Van onze correspondent Oranjestad - Aruba zit midden in een coalitiecrisis. Vrijdag heeft coalitiepartij POR het vertrouwen opgezegd in haar eigen minister, Marisol Lopez-Tromp.

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OPINIE: Alle hens aan dek

Geloofsbrieven mogen geen voorwerp van antidemocratische spelletjes zijn Door prof. dr. Arjen van Rijn Afgelopen vrijdag hebben de leden van de oppositie door weg te blijven verhinderd dat een vergadering van de Staten zou plaatsvinden waarin...

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'Ik voel me soms geen Arubaan door mijn huidskleur'

AMSTERDAM - Hoe is het mogelijk dat een schilderij van Rembrandt zoveel indruk kan maken op jouw eigen leven en identiteit? Het is een vraag die Layzmina Emerencia (23) uit Aruba zich bezighoudt. "De Afro-Caribische cultuur op Aruba is heel...

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Geen natuur in toekomstplannen kan eilanden miljoenen kosten

WILLEMSTAD - Natuurorganisaties waarschuwen voor grotere economische verliezen als er geen aandacht komt voor natuurbehoud en klimaatverandering in de onderhandelingen met Den Haag voor het herstel van de eilanden Aruba, Curaçao en Sint-Maarten....

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This movement started in June 4th, 2013, by a vibrant young lady by the name of Zahira Hilliman Marmar who had a vision and passion for growing what you eat and eat what you grow. Today the group consist of more than 3k members that share their progress in the garden, shares information concerning gardening, ideas, creativity all garden related. Today we see the group expansing to many categories such as, animal husbandry, honey farmer, garden help, plants for swap, just to name a few.

We enjoyed swapping/ bartering/exchange of plants, seedlings, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Even at times we sit and chat in small groups sharing ideas and solutions. At times end products are also given in this process of exchange/barter, etc., for free.

However on August the 1st, 2020...
We have organized an event where we are encouraging entrepreneurship for both the existing businesses and entering businesses to make extra cash.
In difficult times like these when the economy is in recession, young entrepreneurs are birthed. It has been proven to be the jump start of the economy over and over again. We are not reinventing the wheel. We are just waking up the existing ambitious and creative mind laid down as building block from our ancestors.

We are encouraging the public to come and support the individuals by purchasing a fruit, a plant, some seeds or by products. And if you want to trade, we have the traders right there too. This encouragement will help the Home Grower cover there cost for planting and personal needs.

On the 1st of August, 2020, support the local people who will be selling their products. And if you have excess of plants, come also to trade with the Home Growers of SXM.

And if you want to sign up to trade, sale or just buy our T-Shirt in supporting the home growers, just click on the following links that may suit your interest.

Click below and thanks for supporting the Home Growers Of SXM. (Don’t forget your walk with your mask.)

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CPS reminds community of COVID-19 Hygiene Measures

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) department of Collective Prevention Services (CPS), is reminding residents and visitors to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 Prevention Measures that have been promoted to...

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Coastal residents & businesses: Have plans in place for...

PHILIPSBURG - With the peak of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season approximately three weeks away, coastal residents living near beaches as well as businesses that are located along coastal areas, are advised to have plans in place for possible...

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School Bus Transportation Schedule up to August 4th

The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications (TEATT) informs all parents of students with secondary exams that school bus transportation has been arranged for the transportation of students for the ...

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Certificate of Conduct (CoC) Application

The service of the Certificate of Conduct (CoC) also known as Police Record has been suspended since the COVID Lockdown. We apologize for the inconvenience this has resulted for the public that this service has not yet resumed. As we return to...

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Should bars and nightclubs be shut down at night?
No, but strict COVID-19 Hygiene Measures should be adhered to.
Should a fine be imposed for not wearing facemasks in public?
No, but strict controls to adherence are necessary.
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Positive coronavirus tests reach seven-week high, but...

The number of new coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose by 214 on Sunday - the highest daily increase since June 7, according to new official figures. There has been a slight upward trend in the number of new infections in the Netherlands in...

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Joint enterprise: shares in legal weed

A new cannabis company in the Netherlands is offering members of the public the chance to buy shares. Project C Holding BV, based in Breda, is one of the first companies to be established for a national experiment to temporarily legalise and...

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More people ignoring coronavirus rules

People are less inclined to keep to the social distancing rules and will go out even if they have symptoms that could indicate infection with coronavirus, an RIVM poll of some 50,000 people shows. The poll, which is updated every six weeks, is...

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Birth rate declines by 8% as women wait longer

Fewer babies are being born each year because women are studying longer and taking jobs with less secure flexible contracts, a study by the statistics agency CBS has found. In 2018 169,000 children were born in the Netherlands, representing an 8% ...

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