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COVID-19 active cases have now risen to 66 confirmed

By   19 hours ago

COVID-19 Update – St. Maarten Active cases: 66 as of August 2, 2020 (None of new positives are passengers) Total number of passengers from US and Europe tested on August 1: 70 Total number of August 1 passengers positive: 0 (Source: Govt. of St. Maarten via Ministry VSA)

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COVID-19 has now risen to 49 confirmed

By   3 days ago

PHILIPSBURG — As of July 30th, at 17:00, St. Maarten has confirmed two additional cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total of confirmed cases now stand at 128. Of the active cases, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 48 people in home isolation. Minister of Public […]

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Covidista Richardson insta a los gobiernos a tomar decisiones basadas en evidencia

By   4 days ago

BALTIMORE / PHILIPSBURG: los países necesitan un liderazgo bien informado y deben tomar decisiones basadas en la evidencia. Ese es el mensaje del teniente coronel Dr. Leonard (Lenny) Richardson, un investigador de COVID-19 de Anguila que actualmente trabaja en el Hospital Johns Hopkins en Baltimore.  “El coronavirus no es nuevo; sin embargo, COVID-19, también conocido […]

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COVID-19 has now risen to 47 confirmed

By   5 days ago

PHILIPSBURG— As of July 29th, at 4:00PM, St. Maarten has confirmed two new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total of confirmed cases now stand at 126. Of the active cases, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 46 people in home isolation. Minister of Public Health […]

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COVID-19 on the rise: 42 confirmed

By   6 days ago

GREAT BAY — In the past thirty-six hours, St. Maarten has confirmed six new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total cases of confirmed COVID-19 cases on St. Maarten now stand at 121. While St. Maarten braces for its first test of severe weather conditions for the […]

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DCOMM intensifies COVID-19 Public Awareness Campaign as Cases Increase

By   1 week ago

The Department of Communication (DCOMM), has intensified its multi-level public awareness campaign related to COVID-19 awareness and the measures that the public should take on a daily basis in order to prevent getting the disease. DCOMM back in early July had already increased awareness activities after several observations were made at that time whereby some […]

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COVID-19 active cases rise to 36

By   1 week ago

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 Panneflek, confirmed the increase on Sunday and said the spike in cases over […]

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Nou pap retounen nan konfinman

By   1 week ago

~ Nou pap retounen nan konfinman anko, men nou dwe respekte tout mezi ijyèn yo nan piblik ~ Premye Minis Silveria Jacobs, pran opòtinite sa pou li enfòme gran piblik la nan non konsèy minis lan ke gouvènman nan St. Maarten ap kontwole sitiyasyon an byen et pran tout mezi nesesè pou li redwi ogmantasyon ka […]

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No decision made on lockdown

By   1 week ago

~ three new cases confirmed by CPS ~ PHILIPSBURG — Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labor (VSA), the honourable Richard Panneflek, deflated rumours circulating on Friday of a pending lockdown of St. Maarten. “I would like to make it clear that no decision to lockdown the island has been made contrary to the […]

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Minister of Public Health Updates on St. Maarten’s COVID-19 Developments

By   2 weeks ago

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) Richard Panneflek hereby updates the general public today, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in order to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about the latest COVID-19 developments and the Government’s response measures.  As of tonight, the active cases are 16 Based on the latest available data provided by Collective […]

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Panneflek held evaluation discussions with key stakeholders involved in Saturday’s repatriation flight from Ft. Lauderdale

By   2 weeks ago

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Panneflek: Dominican Republic repatriation flight today, 21 persons retested. POND ISLAND — Discussions were held with key stakeholders involved in Saturday’s repatriation flight from Ft. Lauderdale. Saturday’s flight provided the opportunity for a dry run of the reopening protocols that are being implemented For many countries, including […]

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Panneflek announces protocol for today’s repatriation flight; says recent COVID-19 cases not imported

By   2 weeks ago

PHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA Richard Panneflek announces that today, July 18, 2020, a repatriation flight is expected with 125 students and residents who have been stuck abroad for a long time. The flight has been arranged with Spirit Airlines for students and residents to return to […]

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    Teo’s Superette, new mini supermarket in St. Peters

    By   21 hours ago

    ~ In the mold of a Colmado and Bodega ~ ST. PETERS — The district of St. Peters and surrounding neighborhoods will benefit this week from the opening of the area’s first mini-market with a focus on daily home essentials. Teo’s Superette is a mini-market in its truest form and in the mold of the […]

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    St. Maarten on schedule to re-open on August 1st, 2020, to the US, with a strict protocol

    By   4 days ago

    PHILIPSBURG — St. Maarten will open on August 1st, 2020, to travelers from the US. The safety of visitors and residents remains the top priority for the country. In preparation of opening, site inspections took place at all lodging facilities to ensure that the protocol and guidelines in place are followed. With these strict measures […]

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    All residents must be off the roads by 12pm

    By   5 days ago

    Hurricane Update 1- St. Maarten All residents must be off the roads by 12pm today. Businesses, already opened, are advised to be closed at 11am for safety of employees. Businesses, not yet open, are not obligated to do so. Military assistance granted for extra protection. (Source: Govt of St. Maarten) Latest weather update: https://news.sx/weather/tropical-storm-warning-remains-in-effect-for-st-maarten/

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    WINAIR WEATHER ADVISORY

    By   6 days ago

    Simpson Bay, July 28, 2020 – With the threat of the potential tropical storm conditions, which can be expected tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, WINAIR hereby informs the general public that our Sales Office on the Airport Road will be closed for the safety of our staff. WINAIR will also relocate its aircraft to a […]

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    Employer Council St Maarten formed

    By   3 weeks ago

    On Friday July 10th, 2020, the first board meeting of the Employer Council St Maarten took place. The Sint Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA), the Sint Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) and the Sint Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA), as the recognized employer representative associations have founded a legally registered […]

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    INTRODUCTION OF NEW CONDITIONS FOR THE CONTINUED FINANCING OF BUSINESS PAYROLL SUPPORT

    By   1 month ago

    The Sint Maarten Stimulus Support and Relief Program (SSRP) will be following new regulations starting June 1st, 2020. On May 13th the Netherlands sent conditions for receiving liquidity support for COVID-19. This included adjustments in the current SSRP structure and execution. The Payroll Support Plan will subsidize a maximum of 60% of wages at SZV […]

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    APS to expand homeownership options for Oryx Residences

    By   1 month ago

    Cayhill — Pre-qualification appointments resume for Oryx Residences in Cay Hill, after COVID-19 measures pose delay in the sales and move-in process. The 62 units residential project of the General Pension Fund of Sint Maarten (APS) acquired the interest of over 500 persons, of which 339 are APS participants. APS is working with Banco di […]

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    UTS celebrates new parents with paid leave

    By   1 month ago

    ~ 16 weeks paid leave for new mothers; 8 paid weeks for new fathers ~ PHILIPSBURG — As the world prepares to celebrate Father’s Day, the importance of paid parental leave is being underscored by leading telecommunications provider UTS. Since the introduction of the company’s ground-breaking parental leave policy, which provides paid maternity leave of […]

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    SZV held virtual general staff meeting on COVID-19 impact

    By   3 months ago

    PHILIPSBURG — On Friday, May 15th, Social & Health Insurances SZV Director Mr. Glen A. Carty addressed near 113 SZV employees in an interactive video conference call. Over the past two months, SZV employees have been working remotely to maintain services to customers. While daily virtual meetings have already become the norm at SZV, the […]

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      Covidista Richardson insta a los gobiernos a tomar decisiones basadas en evidencia

      By   4 days ago

      BALTIMORE / PHILIPSBURG: los países necesitan un liderazgo bien informado y deben tomar decisiones basadas en la evidencia. Ese es el mensaje del teniente coronel Dr. Leonard (Lenny) Richardson, un investigador de COVID-19 de Anguila que actualmente trabaja en el Hospital Johns Hopkins en Baltimore.  “El coronavirus no es nuevo; sin embargo, COVID-19, también conocido […]

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      Travelers to St. Maarten must submit an online health authorization request

      By   4 days ago

      POND ISLAND — The Ministry of Health recently launched a website to streamline the process for visitors coming to St. Maarten to submit a mandatory health authorization application. “Travelers to St. Maarten must submit a health authorization request via www.stmaartenentry.com before being granted entry into St. Maarten,” confirmed Minister of Public Health, Social Development and […]

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      Public order measures regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)

      By   4 days ago

      POND ISLAND — According to the Police Kingdom Act, the Minister of Justice is responsible and accountable for both the public order and assistance tasks as well as for the judicial tasks of the police. Pursuant to Article 1 of the General Police Ordinance, everyone must abide by the regulations established by the Minister of […]

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      COVID-19 on the rise: 42 confirmed

      By   6 days ago

      GREAT BAY — In the past thirty-six hours, St. Maarten has confirmed six new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total cases of confirmed COVID-19 cases on St. Maarten now stand at 121. While St. Maarten braces for its first test of severe weather conditions for the […]

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      COVID-19 active cases rise to 36

      By   1 week ago

      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 Panneflek, confirmed the increase on Sunday and said the spike in cases over […]

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      SMMC suspends patient visiting hours in light of increase of COVID-19 cases

      By   1 week ago

      ~ One confirmed and one suspected patient admitted to the MMP ~ CAY HILL — In light of the rise in positive COVID-19 cases on the island, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has suspended in-patient visiting hours until further notice as a precautionary measure in an effort to continue to safeguard the health of their […]

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      Panneflek: All passengers aboard the repatriated flight from the Dominican Republic tested negative

      By   2 weeks ago

      The Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA Richard Panneflek announced that the 21 passengers aboard the repatriation flight from the Dominican Republic on Monday, July 20th, have tested negative for COVID-19. All passengers will be contacted and informed today of their negative test results. The Minister of VSA advises that all […]

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      Panneflek held evaluation discussions with key stakeholders involved in Saturday’s repatriation flight from Ft. Lauderdale

      By   2 weeks ago

      Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Panneflek: Dominican Republic repatriation flight today, 21 persons retested. POND ISLAND — Discussions were held with key stakeholders involved in Saturday’s repatriation flight from Ft. Lauderdale. Saturday’s flight provided the opportunity for a dry run of the reopening protocols that are being implemented For many countries, including […]

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      Panneflek announces protocol for today’s repatriation flight; says recent COVID-19 cases not imported

      By   2 weeks ago

      PHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA Richard Panneflek announces that today, July 18, 2020, a repatriation flight is expected with 125 students and residents who have been stuck abroad for a long time. The flight has been arranged with Spirit Airlines for students and residents to return to […]

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      CPS reminds members of the community to strictly adhere to COVID-19 Hygiene Measures

      By   3 weeks ago

      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 protect public health against the COVID-19 virus. The community must stay aware of the continued risk to contract the virus […]

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      CPS acknowledges Caribbean Public Health Day and the role of CARPHA

      By   4 weeks ago

      The Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), hereby acknowledges ‘Caribbean Public Health Day (CPHD)’ which was observed on July 2nd, which marks the legal establishment of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). CPS would like to take this opportunity to commend CARPHA for […]

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      New COVID-19 positive case

      By   1 month ago

      The Honorable Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek, would hereby like to inform the general public of Sint Maarten that as of Wednesday, July 1st 2020, the total number of COVID-19 cases on Sint Maarten is 78. However, we have received information that a person who was admitted to St. Maarten Medical Center on  Wednesday, July […]

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        Council of Ministers in Disagreement with Dutch Proposed New Entity

        By   4 weeks ago

        PHILIPSBURG – Twenty-four hours after receiving the long-awaited documentation concerning the “New Entity” proposed by the Dutch Government, the Council of Ministers, in its meeting of today, unanimously agreed that the proposed Consensus Kingdom Law and other relevant documents related to the entity are unacceptable as presented. This comes, a mere four days before Aruba, […]

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        LABOR AFFAIRS & SOCIAL SERVICES TO USE SSRP DISTRIBUTION LIST TO HELP EMPLOYEES

        By   4 weeks ago

        ~ List to be made public shortly ~ The Ministry of Finance has shared the list of employers that have received Payroll Support from the St. Maarten Stimulus & Relief Plan (SSRP) with the Labor Affairs & Social Services in order for them to better assess labor complaints. Division Labor Affairs & Social Services encourages […]

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        MINISTER OF FINANCE SOUGHT COUNSEL ON THE IMPACT OF IMPLEMENTING DUTCH CONDITIONS

        Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion

        By   1 month ago

        IMF, Central Bank, High Council and Social Economic Council all solicited The Minister of Finance, Ardwell Irion has sought the counsel on the impact of implementing the several infamous conditions on St. Maarten. Measures were presented to St. Maarten by the Kingdom Council of Ministers (KCOM), in order to qualify for the second and third […]

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        Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs concerned about “New Entity” being proposed

        By   1 month ago

        PHILIPSBURG — A four-country consultation between the Netherlands, Curacao, Aruba, and St. Maarten was held on Thursday, June 25, 2020, with the main agenda point being the new entity proposed by the Netherlands as a condition for the 3rd Tranche of COVID-19 liquidity support. Documentation for said entity, however, remains pending. The new entity formed […]

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        INTRODUCTION OF NEW CONDITIONS FOR THE CONTINUED FINANCING OF BUSINESS PAYROLL SUPPORT

        By   1 month ago

        The Sint Maarten Stimulus Support and Relief Program (SSRP) will be following new regulations starting June 1st, 2020. On May 13th the Netherlands sent conditions for receiving liquidity support for COVID-19. This included adjustments in the current SSRP structure and execution. The Payroll Support Plan will subsidize a maximum of 60% of wages at SZV […]

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        Denied SSRP support can be appealed

        By   1 month ago

        Substantiation as to why decisions should be overturned necessary The Government of Sint Maarten would like to remind the public that their denied applications for SSRP can be appealed with the executing bodies. SZV is the executing authority for the Business Payroll Support. Employers who have been denied payroll or lockdown support can submit their […]

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        SSRP Helpdesk available at the Government Building for COVID-19 Unemployment Support

        By   2 months ago

        The Ministry of Finance would like to remind all of the SSRP applicants for COVID-19 Unemployment Support that the Helpdesk at the Government is open on Monday through Friday to help with applications for individuals who are unable to upload the requisite documents. Please come at 12:30 to receive a number and you will be […]

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        GAP BETWEEN PARTIES IS CLOSING

        By   2 months ago

        The Unions and the government have been meeting regularly to discuss how to best move forward with necessary cuts. The last proposal was delivered to the unions on Monday, May 25th, which entailed a vacation pay cut of 50% for 2020 and 2021, leaving salaries untouched. Other cuts like uniforms, travel costs, and overtime for […]

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        THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE SENDS REMINDER LETTER TO HOLLAND

        Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion

        By   2 months ago

        Holland hasn’t subscribed to the bond sent in 2019 The Country of Sint Maarten has made preparations in the past year to finance part of its capital expenditure by issuing a public bond for an amount of NAF 40 million. The Kingdom Act Financial Supervision Curacao and Sint Maarten (Kingdom Act) regulates the supervision of […]

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        COST-CUTTING MEASURES DISCUSSED WITH UNIONS

        Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion

        By   3 months ago

        Government awaiting further feedback from CCSU On Wednesday, May 13th, the Council of Ministers met with the unions for a second time, to discuss the proposed cost-cutting measures for Government. Some of these suggestions directly influence Civil Servants, thus deeming it necessary to discuss these measures with the spokespersons of the Committee of Civil Servants […]

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        STIMULUS PAYMENTS TO BEGIN

        By   3 months ago

        The finalization of the SSRP will take place on Thursday after it is published. The SZV will then be able to carry out the next phase smoothly. The approval of the 2020 budget on April 28th, also played a role in this process. This ministerial regulation, which allows SZV to carry out the payroll program […]

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          Public order measures regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)

          By   4 days ago

          POND ISLAND — According to the Police Kingdom Act, the Minister of Justice is responsible and accountable for both the public order and assistance tasks as well as for the judicial tasks of the police. Pursuant to Article 1 of the General Police Ordinance, everyone must abide by the regulations established by the Minister of […]

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          St. Maarten Successfully Completes The Third-Round of Mutual Evaluations For CFATF Force Compliance

          By   4 days ago

          PHILIPBURG — The Minister of Justice has received a letter from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) on July 24th, 2020, indicating that St. Maarten has successfully completed the Third-Round of Mutual Evaluations. The CFATF extended congratulations to St. Maarten for this accomplishment in addressing the deficiencies identified in its key and core recommendations. […]

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          New Management Team at Prison

          By   2 weeks ago

          POINT BLANCHE — In efforts to gain stability and a stern handle at the Prison and Detention Center at Point Blanche, the Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, has introduced a new Management Team. This new management team consists of the new Acting Director Mr. A. Bell, Ms. I. Arrindell, and Mr. H. Concincion. Mr. […]

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          Unions no show to meeting with Minister Richardson

          By   2 weeks ago

          POND ISLAND — The meeting set to take place at 5 pm on Friday, July 17, 2020, between the Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson and the leadership of St. Maarten police union NAPB, St. Maarten and Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) to discuss the grievances expressed by union members, did not […]

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          Minister Richardson receives presentation on ICT-system used by Immigration at the airport

          By   3 weeks ago

          On Monday 13 July 2020 the Honorable Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson and her Cabinet, accompanied by senior staff of the Ministry of Justice and two representatives of Stichting Beheer ICT Rechtshandhaving (SBIR) which is the foundation that manages ICT for Law Enforcement on Sint Maarten, visited the Princess Juliana International Airport. Two senior […]

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          Minister of Justice receives update on Function Books

          By   4 weeks ago

          On Wednesday, July 8th, 2020, the Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, received a presentation via Zoom from the consultancy firm Balance, which was contracted by former Minister of Justice, Van Hugh Cornelius De Weever, to prepare the function books for the employees of the Ministry of Justice of Sint Maarten. Minister Richardson requested a […]

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          Certificate of Conduct (CoC) Application

          By   4 weeks ago

          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 normal services, the ministry will start accepting all applications from the public via […]

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          Immigration and Border Protection Services Office Reopens on Wednesday by Appointment

          By   2 months ago

          The Cabinet of the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Minister of Justice Anna Richardson on Tuesday stated that the Immigration and Border Protection Services will be open to the general public on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, by appointments only. The office will be open from Monday to Thursday from 08:30 A.M. – 11:45 […]

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          Minister of Justice and Minister of VSA held meeting to discuss the way forward

          By   2 months ago

          PHILIPSBURG – The Government of Sint Maarten, under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labor ( VSA), met during a closed door meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020 – with the sole objective to deliberate on the plans to support the initiative of Justice Minister […]

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          Ministry of Justice: Holders of (temporary) residence permits pertaining to the temporary closing of the Immigration Office

          By   2 months ago

          GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Cabinet of the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Minister of Justice Anna Richardson on Monday issued the following statement as it pertains to holders of temporary residence permits as it relates to the temporary closing of the Immigration Office due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. […]

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          Minister of Justice Richardson to Crack Down on Illegal Immigration

          By   2 months ago

          POND ISLAND – Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson would like to inform the general public that the Immigration laws of Sint Maarten will be strictly enforced in the coming weeks and months, the minister said in a media statement on Wednesday. Persons who currently reside in Sint Maarten without the legal documentation are advised […]

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          Prison and House of Detention resumes in-person visitation

          By   2 months ago

          The Ministry of Justice would hereby like to inform the general public that visitation at the Point Blanche Prison and House of Detention has resumed today June 4th, 2020. Physical visitations were suspended on March 18th, 2020, due to the measures imposed by the Prime Minister the Honorable Silveria Jacobs in connection with the COVID-19 […]

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            Teo’s Superette, new mini supermarket in St. Peters

            By   21 hours ago

            ~ In the mold of a Colmado and Bodega ~ ST. PETERS — The district of St. Peters and surrounding neighborhoods will benefit this week from the opening of the area’s first mini-market with a focus on daily home essentials. Teo’s Superette is a mini-market in its truest form and in the mold of the […]

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            St. Maarten on schedule to re-open on August 1st, 2020, to the US, with a strict protocol

            By   4 days ago

            PHILIPSBURG — St. Maarten will open on August 1st, 2020, to travelers from the US. The safety of visitors and residents remains the top priority for the country. In preparation of opening, site inspections took place at all lodging facilities to ensure that the protocol and guidelines in place are followed. With these strict measures […]

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            TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN

            By   5 days ago

            ** SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN #4 ** DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 TIME: 5:30 AM … A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN … At 5 AM (0900 UTC), the potential tropical cyclone was centered near latitude 15.3 North, longitude 61.3 West or about 230 miles southeast of St. Maarten. The system […]

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            Council of Ministers Meet With French Counterparts on COVID-19 Developments

            By   6 days ago

            PHILIPSBURG – In a series of meetings held on Friday, July 24th, by technical staff and today, Monday, July 27th, with the Council of Ministers and its French counterparts, current developments on COVID-19 were discussed, as well as the way forward. During the first meeting today, with Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and Madame la Préfète […]

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            SMMC suspends patient visiting hours in light of increase of COVID-19 cases

            By   1 week ago

            ~ One confirmed and one suspected patient admitted to the MMP ~ CAY HILL — In light of the rise in positive COVID-19 cases on the island, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has suspended in-patient visiting hours until further notice as a precautionary measure in an effort to continue to safeguard the health of their […]

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            New Management Team at Prison

            By   2 weeks ago

            POINT BLANCHE — In efforts to gain stability and a stern handle at the Prison and Detention Center at Point Blanche, the Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, has introduced a new Management Team. This new management team consists of the new Acting Director Mr. A. Bell, Ms. I. Arrindell, and Mr. H. Concincion. Mr. […]

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            Panneflek: All passengers aboard the repatriated flight from the Dominican Republic tested negative

            By   2 weeks ago

            The Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA Richard Panneflek announced that the 21 passengers aboard the repatriation flight from the Dominican Republic on Monday, July 20th, have tested negative for COVID-19. All passengers will be contacted and informed today of their negative test results. The Minister of VSA advises that all […]

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            Panneflek held evaluation discussions with key stakeholders involved in Saturday’s repatriation flight from Ft. Lauderdale

            By   2 weeks ago

            Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Panneflek: Dominican Republic repatriation flight today, 21 persons retested. POND ISLAND — Discussions were held with key stakeholders involved in Saturday’s repatriation flight from Ft. Lauderdale. Saturday’s flight provided the opportunity for a dry run of the reopening protocols that are being implemented For many countries, including […]

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            Unions no show to meeting with Minister Richardson

            By   2 weeks ago

            POND ISLAND — The meeting set to take place at 5 pm on Friday, July 17, 2020, between the Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson and the leadership of St. Maarten police union NAPB, St. Maarten and Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) to discuss the grievances expressed by union members, did not […]

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            Panneflek announces protocol for today’s repatriation flight; says recent COVID-19 cases not imported

            By   2 weeks ago

            PHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA Richard Panneflek announces that today, July 18, 2020, a repatriation flight is expected with 125 students and residents who have been stuck abroad for a long time. The flight has been arranged with Spirit Airlines for students and residents to return to […]

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            Students & Residents to be Tested for COVID-19 at PJIA Airport (SXM)

            By   2 weeks ago

            POND ISLAND — St. Maarten expects approximately 125 students and residents, to arrive from the US, on the island, via the repatriation flight schedule for Saturday, July 18, 2020. The repatriation flight, which will be conducted by Spirit Airlines, has been organized in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of TEATT and […]

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            Employer Council St Maarten formed

            By   3 weeks ago

            On Friday July 10th, 2020, the first board meeting of the Employer Council St Maarten took place. The Sint Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA), the Sint Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) and the Sint Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA), as the recognized employer representative associations have founded a legally registered […]

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              Hurricane and Disaster Passes are Only Valid for the Holder of the Pass

              By   4 days ago

              The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season concluded at the end of the June. There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass.  Hurricane passes are issued to essential business owners and workers of essential organizations who comply with the requirements. The hurricane pass […]

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              WINAIR WEATHER ADVISORY

              By   6 days ago

              Simpson Bay, July 28, 2020 – With the threat of the potential tropical storm conditions, which can be expected tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, WINAIR hereby informs the general public that our Sales Office on the Airport Road will be closed for the safety of our staff. WINAIR will also relocate its aircraft to a […]

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              DCOMM intensifies COVID-19 Public Awareness Campaign as Cases Increase

              By   1 week ago

              The Department of Communication (DCOMM), has intensified its multi-level public awareness campaign related to COVID-19 awareness and the measures that the public should take on a daily basis in order to prevent getting the disease. DCOMM back in early July had already increased awareness activities after several observations were made at that time whereby some […]

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              No hay retorno al cierre

              By   1 week ago

              ~ Sin embargo, la adhesión pública estricta a las medidas de higiene es esencial ~ Primer Ministra Silveria Jacobs por la presente aprovecha la oportunidad para informar al público en general en nombre del Concilio de Ministros que el Gobierno de St. Maarten continúa monitoreando de cerca la situación y está tomando todas las medidas […]

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              Tropical Storm Gonzalo a Reminder to Review Boat Ready Hurricane Season Preparatory Plans

              By   2 weeks ago

              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 earliest 7th named storm to form on record and is the first tropical […]

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              CPS reminds members of the community to strictly adhere to COVID-19 Hygiene Measures

              By   3 weeks ago

              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 protect public health against the COVID-19 virus. The community must stay aware of the continued risk to contract the virus […]

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              Be Prepared for a Busy Hurricane Season. Food wholesalers and warehouse depots requested to be storm ready

              By   3 weeks ago

              The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Thursday that Food wholesalers and warehouse depots are requested to have their facilities storm/hurricane ready and to review their plans of action for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The aforementioned should be prepared to secure their properties in the event of a storm/hurricane threat. Key weather forecasters […]

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              Hurricane Season already sees 5th storm form. Is a stark reminder for residents and business community to be prepared

              By   4 weeks ago

              The fifth named storm – Edouard – of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season formed over the past weekend south of Newfoundland, Canada, and this is a stark reminder to be prepared, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Tuesday. Edouard according to weather forecasters is the earliest storm on record to form so early […]

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              Reminder to driving schools, instructors and existing and prospective students

              By   1 month ago

              The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), would like to remind all driving schools, instructors and existing and prospective students of the following. Every business should have a COVID-19 Prevention & Safety Plan. The Government of Sint Maarten has issued Guidelines to assist business to prepare their own […]

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              ODM reminds residents and business community to be prepared for the hurricane season

              Hurricane Season Are You Ready PSA

              By   1 month ago

              This week we all were reminded once again, that all residents as well as the business community must be prepared for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Friday. On June 23rd the fourth named storm of the season ‘Tropical Storm Dolly’ formed north of Bermuda. Based on historic […]

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              “FIGHT BACK” Mosquito Awareness Open House and Unused Tire Drop Off at Cole Bay Community Help Desk

              By   1 month ago

              The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (Ministry VSA) is executing a Vector Control Awareness Campaign with the slogan “FIGHT BACK, A Neighborhood approach to Mosquito Control” in the communities. The campaign started last week with the official announcement by the Minister of Public Health, […]

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              St. Maarten celebrates 157th Anniversary of Emancipation

              By   1 month ago

              PHILIPSBURG — St. Maarten will be celebrating its 157th Anniversary of Emancipation Day from slavery on July 1, 2020. This was announced by the Minister responsible for Culture, Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, at the Council of Ministers Press Briefing on Wednesday. He stated that this was the first public holiday that was established by the Parliament […]

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                CPS calls on the Community to Remove Mosquito Breeding Habitats after a Rainfall event

                By   6 days ago

                With the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season in full swing, the country is expecting rainy weather conditions between Tuesday night and Wednesday, and therefore, you are being requested to remove mosquito breeding habitats in and around your yard, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, […]

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                Coastal residents & businesses: Have plans in place for the Hurricane Season for potential flooding

                By   2 weeks ago

                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 storm surge inundation in the event of a passing hurricane along the south coasts of the […]

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                Construction firms, Builders and Trenching Contractors must be Storm-ready

                By   3 weeks ago

                Construction activities, trenching and excavation works, are underway throughout the country since the lifting of the COVID-19 State of Emergency lockdown back in June. At building and construction sites, materials, and debris laying around could pose a threat in the event of a storm/hurricane threat to the nation. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been […]

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                DCOMM intensifies COVID-19 and Hurricane Season Public Awareness Campaigns

                By   4 weeks ago

                The Department of Communication (DCOMM), has intensified its public awareness campaigns for COVID-19 and the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Observations have been made where there are some persons within the community who are not adhering to proper public health hygiene protocols in connection with the national COVID-19 emergency. Even though the state of emergency has […]

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                St. Maarten celebrates 157th Anniversary of Emancipation

                By   1 month ago

                PHILIPSBURG — St. Maarten will be celebrating its 157th Anniversary of Emancipation Day from slavery on July 1, 2020. This was announced by the Minister responsible for Culture, Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, at the Council of Ministers Press Briefing on Wednesday. He stated that this was the first public holiday that was established by the Parliament […]

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                MHF: Upcoming Family Support Meeting

                By   1 month ago

                MHF Press release about Upcoming Family Support Meeting June 27th 5-6 pm Do you have a friend or family member who is having a hard time or could need help? The support of the people close to you can make a huge difference! Upcoming Saturday, June 27th, the MHF restarts its Family Support Meetings with […]

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                Extended opening hours MHF

                By   1 month ago

                CAY HILL — Starting this week, the clinic department of the MHF will resume it’s extended opening hours. On Wednesdays, the clinic will be open till 8 pm for prescheduled consultations (not for walk-ins). Clients can be seen after the normal process of triage and appointments. Before the lockdown, the MHF implemented this new option […]

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                Theme for the 2020 Emancipation Day Celebration

                By   1 month ago

                “Sacred legacies; standing on the shoulders of giants” will be the theme for the 2020 Emancipation Day Celebration Philipsburg – This year Sint Maarten will be celebrating the 157th Anniversary of Emancipation from slavery on July 1, 2020. Emancipation Day, was the first public holiday established by the Parliament of Sint Maarten since becoming a […]

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                WIB announces maintenance window for update online banking platform

                By   2 months ago

                PHILIPSBURG) – The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) announced on Friday that it will be carrying out a maintenance window of its personal online banking platform over the weekend. Starting Saturday, June 13th, 2020, at 11pm WIB will be upgrading its Personal Online platform. The update window is scheduled for 3 hours, and the system is […]

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                Opening of Cabinet of the Governor of Sint Maarten

                By   2 months ago

                Harbour View – The Cabinet of the Governor will resume regular office hours as of Monday, June 15, 2020. To provide a safe environment for visitors and the staff a COVID-19 prevention and safety plan was prepared and measures were put in place for the re-opening of the cabinet. In accordance with the established prevention […]

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                SSRP Helpdesk available at the Government Building for COVID-19 Unemployment Support

                By   2 months ago

                The Ministry of Finance would like to remind all of the SSRP applicants for COVID-19 Unemployment Support that the Helpdesk at the Government is open on Monday through Friday to help with applications for individuals who are unable to upload the requisite documents. Please come at 12:30 to receive a number and you will be […]

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                Single-Use Plastic Logo Competition

                By   2 months ago

                The Department of Interior and Kingdom Relations (BAK) launched its Single-Use Plastic Campaign earlier this year to raise awareness about the dangers of using single-use plastic for our environment, health, and economy. As part of the information campaign, the department reached out to the community, businesses, and schools to share information. A logo campaign was […]

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                  Minister Doran states that the Alegria Hotel issue was handled before his tenure

                  By   2 weeks ago

                  ~ Ministry is busy with a full evaluation ~ The Honorable Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure, Mr. Egbert Doran, stated that the issue in regards to the issuance of the water parcel to the Alegria Hotel has his full attention.  Minister Doran, who has been corresponding with the Nature Foundation, said […]

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                  July 18 Set for Repatriation Flight Organized to Bring Students and Residents Home

                  By   3 weeks ago

                  In collaboration with the Department of Foreign Relations (DBB), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport (ECYS), and the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (TEATT), a repatriation flight has been arranged with Spirit Airlines for students and residents to return to St. Maarten. The flight will depart from Hollywood International Airport […]

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                  ROTARY CLUB MID ISLE INSTALLS NEW BOARD FOR ROTARY YEAR 2020-2021

                  By   4 weeks ago

                  On June 27,2020, The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten Mid Isle had its annual Change of Board (COB) ceremony. Considering the economic state that our island is in and the fact that we are still not fully COVID free, the club decided to do this year’s COB in a smaller setting for Mid Isle members […]

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                  “FIGHT BACK” Mosquito Awareness Open House and Unused Tire Drop Off at Cole Bay Community Help Desk

                  By   1 month ago

                  The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (Ministry VSA) is executing a Vector Control Awareness Campaign with the slogan “FIGHT BACK, A Neighborhood approach to Mosquito Control” in the communities. The campaign started last week with the official announcement by the Minister of Public Health, […]

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                  St. Maarten celebrates 157th Anniversary of Emancipation

                  By   1 month ago

                  PHILIPSBURG — St. Maarten will be celebrating its 157th Anniversary of Emancipation Day from slavery on July 1, 2020. This was announced by the Minister responsible for Culture, Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, at the Council of Ministers Press Briefing on Wednesday. He stated that this was the first public holiday that was established by the Parliament […]

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                  Illegal Parking in Philipsburg will no longer be tolerated. Hefty fines to be issued

                  By   1 month ago

                  PHILIPSBURG) – Over the past few days, the Sint Maarten Police Force Patrols (KPSM), has observed a huge increase in illegal parking on the Boardwalk in Philipsburg, the law enforcement agency said on Thursday in a statement. We would like to, through this press release, warn the general public that if your vehicle is parked […]

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                  Sint Maarten’s Prime Minister Jacobs profiled in Indian publication ‘When Women Lead, The Virus Loses’

                  By   2 months ago

                  GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – MiD-DAY.com is a publication out of Mumbai, India, that is a part of Jagran Prakashan Ltd (JPL) – described as India’s leading media and communications group with its interests spanning across Print, Mobile and Online that covers all of India as its footprint – and is arguably amongst one […]

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                  “Stop littering our beaches,” says St. Maarten Tourism Bureau

                  By   2 months ago

                  Philipsburg –The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau urges beachgoers to keep beaches clean and to adhere to the guidelines outlined on the signs present on beaches. These guidelines exist to educate beachgoers about the code of conduct when visiting a beach.  The beachgoers must ensure that all areas are left clean by the proper disposal of […]

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                  Council of Ministers requests the community to join in the commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of Flag Day

                  By   2 months ago

                  On June 13th, 2020 the people and the Government of Sint Maarten will be commemorating the 35th Anniversary of ‘Flag Day’. The Government of Sint Maarten will be organizing two official events to mark this special day. During the early hours of June 13th at 6:00 am, the Council of Ministers along with invited dignitaries […]

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                  St. Maarten Tourism Bureau partners with stakeholders to launch ‘Rediscover Your Island’ campaign

                  By   2 months ago

                  The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau, SHTA, St. Maarten Small Properties Association, Villas, Chamber of Commerce, and United tour operator’s foundation collaborates to launch ‘Rediscover Your Island’. The campaign aims to encourage residents to take advantage of lodging specials for staycations and to engage in activities on the island from participating entities. The campaign focuses on […]

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                  SHTA Launches Travel Sentiments Survey and Challenge for Local Talent

                  By   2 months ago

                  Yesterday, the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) in conjunction with many of its members launched a #SXMReady Visitor Data Project. By reaching out to people that visited Sint Maarten over the past few years, via various channels, we can learn about their travel intentions. SHTA intends to provide an outlook of what to […]

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                  2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

                  By   2 months ago

                  The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has released its forecast for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Similar to various other predicting institutions the forecasters at the National Weather Service are forecasting a very busy season. NOAA states that there is a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only […]

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                    Tropical Storm Warning discontinued. Thursday regular business day

                    By   4 days ago

                    The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued as of 5:00 AM. Today, Thursday is a regular business day for the private sector. Government services will also resume as normal and the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Rodolphe Samuel, stated on Thursday that the scheduled examinations will continue. Prime Minister and Chair of the […]

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                    Tropical Storm Warning to be discontinued Early Thursday morning. Jacobs thanks public & business community for compliance

                    By   4 days ago

                    The Tropical Storm Warning will be discontinued early Thursday morning at 5.00AM as the tropical disturbance continues to move further away from Sint Maarten.  However, it is expected that rain showers could persist tonight and as such residents should continue to exercise caution. The tropical storm warning was issued as a precautionary measure due to […]

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                    TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN

                    By   5 days ago

                    ** SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN #4 ** DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 TIME: 5:30 AM … A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN … At 5 AM (0900 UTC), the potential tropical cyclone was centered near latitude 15.3 North, longitude 61.3 West or about 230 miles southeast of St. Maarten. The system […]

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                    Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Sint Maarten. Residents advised to prepare for tropical storm conditions

                    By   6 days ago

                    As of 11.00am on Tuesday morning, Sint Maarten is under a Tropical Storm Warning. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area within 36 hours. The weather system has been classified as a potential tropical cyclone.  The forecast track has the system moving through our region on Wednesday. […]

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                    Community advised to monitor the progress of a developing weather system east of the Lesser Antilles

                    By   6 days ago

                    The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) Fire Chief Clive Richardson is calling on the community to closely monitor the progress of a developing weather system that is located approximately 1000 miles east-southeast of Sint Maarten. According to the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS), the low-pressure system could form into a tropical depression or […]

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                    EOC meets to discuss developing weather system east of the Lesser Antilles

                    By   6 days ago

                    GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – On Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs convened a meeting of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Government Administration Building (GAB) with the 10 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) to discuss a developing weather system currently east of the Lesser Antilles. Even though the EOC was not activated, […]

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                    Tropical Storm Gonzalo a Reminder to Review Boat Ready Hurricane Season Preparatory Plans

                    By   2 weeks ago

                    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 earliest 7th named storm to form on record and is the first tropical […]

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                    Coastal residents & businesses: Have plans in place for the Hurricane Season for potential flooding

                    By   2 weeks ago

                    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 storm surge inundation in the event of a passing hurricane along the south coasts of the […]

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                    Be Prepared for a Busy Hurricane Season. Food wholesalers and warehouse depots requested to be storm ready

                    By   3 weeks ago

                    The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Thursday that Food wholesalers and warehouse depots are requested to have their facilities storm/hurricane ready and to review their plans of action for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The aforementioned should be prepared to secure their properties in the event of a storm/hurricane threat. Key weather forecasters […]

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                    Hurricane Season already sees 5th storm form. Is a stark reminder for residents and business community to be prepared

                    By   4 weeks ago

                    The fifth named storm – Edouard – of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season formed over the past weekend south of Newfoundland, Canada, and this is a stark reminder to be prepared, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Tuesday. Edouard according to weather forecasters is the earliest storm on record to form so early […]

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                    ODM reminds residents and business community to be prepared for the hurricane season

                    Hurricane Season Are You Ready PSA

                    By   1 month ago

                    This week we all were reminded once again, that all residents as well as the business community must be prepared for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Friday. On June 23rd the fourth named storm of the season ‘Tropical Storm Dolly’ formed north of Bermuda. Based on historic […]

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                    Prime Minister Jacobs issues National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

                    By   2 months ago

                    On the eve of the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued her national message to the nation. My Fellow Sint Maarteners, Another hurricane season is before us. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season traditionally begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. […]

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