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9 new confirmed COVID-19 cases; 1 victim passed away

By   3 hours ago

PHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek expresses his deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of the latest person to succumb to COVID-19. He wishes the family much strength during their time of loss. As of September 18th, there were nine (9) persons who tested […]

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8 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

By   2 days ago

PHILIPSBURG — As for the latest results received today September 17th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; increasing the active cases to sixty-nine (69). The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and sixty-five (565). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 64 people in home isolation. Four patients […]

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9 recoveries today; 8 new active cases

By   3 days ago

PHILIPSBURG — As of September 16th, St. Maarten has confirmed eight (8) active cases, however, there was a recovery of nine (9) persons today; bringing the total active cases to sixty-one (61).  The total number of positive cases is now five hundred and fifty-seven (557). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 56 people in […]

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38 recoveries today

By   4 days ago

PHILIPSBURG — As of September 15th, St. Maarten has confirmed zero active cases, however there was a recovery of 38 persons today; bringing the total active cases to sixty two (62). The total number of positive cases remains at five hundred and forty-nine (549), as they are pending lab results. The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) […]

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43 recoveries today

By   7 days ago

PHILIPSBURG — As of September 12th, St. Maarten has confirmed two (2) new cases of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, however, there was a recovery of 43 persons; bringing the total active cases to eighty-four (84). The new total of positive cases now stands at five hundred and thirty- three (533). The Collective […]

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1 new active COVID-19 case

By   1 week ago

PHILIPSBURG — As of September 11th St. Maarten has confirmed one (1) new case of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The new total of positive cases now stands at five hundred and thirty-one (531). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 119 people in home isolation. One hundred and twenty-five (125) active […]

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COVID-19 Update per September 9, 2020

By   1 week ago

3 new active COVID-19 cases PHILIPSBURG — As of September 9th St. Maarten has confirmed three (3) new cases of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, however, there was a recovery of 12 persons; bringing the total active cases to 178.  The new total of positive cases now stands at five hundred and thirty […]

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11 new active COVID-19 cases

By   2 weeks ago

PHILIPSBURG — As of September 8th St. Maarten has confirmed eleven (11) new cases of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19. The new total of positive cases now stands at five hundred and twenty- seven (527). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 180 people in home isolation. One hundred and eighty-seven (187) active […]

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5 new active COVID-19 cases

By   2 weeks ago

PHILIPSBURG — As of September 7th St. Maarten has confirmed five (5) new cases of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19. The new total of positive cases now stands at five hundred and sixteen (516). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 171 people in home isolation. One hundred and seventy-six (176) active cases […]

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    Dutch and French St. Martin working towards enhanced cooperation on joint subjects

    By   24 hours ago

    PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday, September 17, the Council of Ministers held a cooperation meeting with the Collectivité of Saint Martin at the Government Administration Building. Although this meeting was planned since earlier in the week, both governments are elated with the outcome of the unity march of Wednesday, September 16, that took place at the […]

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    Minister Doran: Four priority shelters completed

    By   3 weeks ago

    ~ Shelters officially handed over to managers ~ PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure (VROMI), the Honorable Egbert J. Doran, has the distinct pleasure to announce the completion of the works at the four priority shelters. The four shelters are the Dutch Quarter Community Center, the Rupert Maynard Community […]

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    Government Administration Building Closed for Scheduled Sanitization

    By   1 month ago

    POND ISLAND — As part of the protocol to ensure the continuous safety of government employees and the general-public, Deputy Prime Minister Egbert J. Doran has announced the closure of the Government Administration Building on Friday, August 21, 2020, in order to allow cleaning and sanitization of the entire building. The cleaning and sanitation will […]

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    Government’s counterproposal rejected in Kingdom Council of Ministers Meeting

    By   1 month ago

    POND ISLAND — The counterproposal for COVID-19 third tranche of liquidity support had been finalized by the Council of Ministers ahead of the August 14, 2020, Kingdom Council of Ministers (Rijks Ministerraad) meeting. To receive the third tranche of liquidity support, the Netherlands’ proposal included the ‘new entity’ responsible for managing the 3rd tranche, amongst […]

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    Minister Doran meets with district cleaners

    By   1 month ago

    ~ Encourages residents to follow Pre-hurricane cleanup schedule ~ PHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure, Mr. Egbert J. Doran, and staff members of the Department of Infrastructure Management, recently held a meeting with the directors of the district cleaners. The meeting was geared towards ascertaining the concerns and […]

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    Deputy Prime Minister Egbert Doran National Briefing Statements on Commercial Business Closures

    By   1 month ago

    PHILIPSBURG — The following statements are taken from the Deputy Prime Minister’s special national briefing on Saturday, August 15, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about the latest developments in regards to commercial business closures as a precautionary measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the […]

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    Adult Entertainment Industry Voluntarily Closes to Help Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19

    Sorry Closed sign

    By   1 month ago

    POND ISLAND — Considering the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases on St. Maarten, the adult entertainment industry has volunteered to close their businesses and cease operations in the interest of protecting the community from the further spread of the virus. These businesses and their operations will remain closed until the end of the month. They […]

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    Ministry of Justice currently finalizing process for certificates of conduct

    By   1 month ago

    PHILIPSBURG — In its effort to further streamline the application process of certificates of conduct, the Ministry of Justice has sought to deepen its cooperation with the Public Service Center (PSC). The new process that is being adopted is similar to that which takes place in Curacao. Initially, the Prosecutor’s office maintained the mandate to […]

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    Prime Minister Jacobs to travel for personal family reasons

    By   1 month ago

    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 contact with him and her colleagues virtually. All residents of St. Maarten are reminded to continue to exercise caution […]

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    Minister of TEATT helps Telem settle long-standing dispute with BTP

    By   1 month ago

    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 Sint Maarten (BTP) and the Government of Sint Maarten. The Minister achieved an amicable end to the stalemate that resulted in […]

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      Training Professionals International Firm (TPI) has launched TPI Prep for Teachers

      By   3 days ago

      Sint Maarten— September 15, 2020 —  Training Professionals International Firm (TPI) has launched TPI Prep for Teachers to equip participants with the training and tools to transition to online learning models, necessitated by the ongoing Covid19 pandemic concerns for health and safety in classroom settings. “We are training teachers in necessary skills such as classroom […]

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      Ministerial Decree Extended for Businesses with Adjustments to Restaurant Closing Hours

      By   3 weeks ago

      PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of TEATT Ludmila de Weever has taken the decision, after discussion with the Council of Ministers, for commercial premises with licenses for clubs, adult entertainment, discotheques, bars, and lounges, such as cigar lounges to remain closed until September 15, 2020. This decision was not taken lightly, especially after consulting with various […]

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      Ministry of Justice Making Strides to Improve Point Blanche Prison

      By   3 weeks ago

      PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson, along with her support staff, held a meeting with Point Blanche prison guards in the presence of unions WICSU/PSU and ABVO to discuss a number of urgent matters related to the Prison and House of Detention. The prison officers expressed specific concerns related to an outdated […]

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      Income Support and Unemployment Support Recipients urged to apply

      By   1 month ago

      ~ Income and Unemployment deadline is August 22nd  ~ PHILIPSBURG – The Ministry of Finance would like to remind you to apply to the “Income Support for Sole Proprietors, Vendor License Holders, Bus and Independent Taxi and Tour Drivers” and COVID-19 Unemployment Support. Both programs pay ANG. 1,150 per month to qualifying individuals. In order […]

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      Minister of TEATT Ludmila de Weever National Briefing on Commercial Business Closures

      By   1 month ago

       PHILIPSBURG — The following statements are taken from the Minister of TEATT’s special national briefing on Saturday, August 15, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about the latest developments in regards to commercial business closures as a precautionary measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the […]

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      Minister of TEATT helps Telem settle long-standing dispute with BTP

      By   1 month ago

      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 Sint Maarten (BTP) and the Government of Sint Maarten. The Minister achieved an amicable end to the stalemate that resulted in […]

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

      By   2 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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        Income Support and Unemployment Support Deadline Approaches

        By   1 week ago

        Income and Unemployment deadline is September 15th The Ministry of Finance would like to remind you to apply to the ‘Income Support for Sole Proprietors, Vendor License Holders, Bus and Independent Taxi and Tour Drivers’ and COVID-19 Unemployment Support. Both programs pay ANG. 1,150 per month to qualifying individuals. In order to receive continued Income […]

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        Insufficient progress on APS’s domestic investment projects

        By   3 weeks ago

        Philipsburg – August 27th, 2020. The General Audit Chamber submitted its report entitled Compliance audit: 2019 Financial Statements of the General Pension Fund Sint Maarten (Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten – APS) to Parliament today. The report addresses findings and conclusions resulting from the review of the pension fund’s 2019 financial statement. The Fund’s coverage ratio […]

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        Government’s counterproposal rejected in Kingdom Council of Ministers Meeting

        By   1 month ago

        POND ISLAND — The counterproposal for COVID-19 third tranche of liquidity support had been finalized by the Council of Ministers ahead of the August 14, 2020, Kingdom Council of Ministers (Rijks Ministerraad) meeting. To receive the third tranche of liquidity support, the Netherlands’ proposal included the ‘new entity’ responsible for managing the 3rd tranche, amongst […]

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        Income Support and Unemployment Support Recipients urged to apply

        By   1 month ago

        ~ Income and Unemployment deadline is August 22nd  ~ PHILIPSBURG – The Ministry of Finance would like to remind you to apply to the “Income Support for Sole Proprietors, Vendor License Holders, Bus and Independent Taxi and Tour Drivers” and COVID-19 Unemployment Support. Both programs pay ANG. 1,150 per month to qualifying individuals. In order […]

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        APS and Government will host video meetings on impact of pension reform

        By   2 months ago

        Cayhill, Sint Maarten, 14 July 2020, The pension reform legislation has been approved by Parliament, effective July 1, 2020, a positive development that will introduce important changes to secure the sustainability of the pension system for the future. The most important changes in the pension reform will be addressed via ZOOM video meetings, with two […]

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        Council of Ministers in Disagreement with Dutch Proposed New Entity

        By   2 months 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   3 months 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   3 months 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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        2019 annual report of APS submitted before November 1 deadline

        By   3 months ago

        Cayhill, Sint Maarten, 02 July 2020: The General Pension Fund of Sint Maarten (APS) submitted its 2019 annual report on June 29, 2020, four months ahead of the legally declared annual deadline of November 1. The 2019 annual report was submitted to the Minister of Finance of Sint Maarten, the Central Bank of Curacao and […]

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

        By   3 months 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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          Established Project Group to Move Forward with the Function Books Process

          By   2 weeks ago

          POND ISLAND — The Project Group Function Books Ministry of Justice, established by Ministerial Decree, held its kick-off meeting on Friday, September 4th, 2020, at the Government Administration Building, with all its members and support staff in attendance. The Project Group is tasked with the finalization and legislative ratification of the function books of the […]

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          Ministry of Justice to commence bid for electronic ankle bracelets

          By   2 weeks ago

          PHILIPSBURG – Earlier this year, on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020, a covenant was signed between the Ministry of Justice, the Prosecutor’s Office, the St. Maarten Police Force (KPSM), and Foundation Judicial Institute St. Maarten (SJIB) in order to facilitate electronic monitoring (EM) in the justice system. This form of digital incarceration is one where electronic […]

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          Ministry of Justice Making Strides to Improve Point Blanche Prison

          By   3 weeks ago

          PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson, along with her support staff, held a meeting with Point Blanche prison guards in the presence of unions WICSU/PSU and ABVO to discuss a number of urgent matters related to the Prison and House of Detention. The prison officers expressed specific concerns related to an outdated […]

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          Minister of Justice and prison management took note of the latest concerns raised by the Point Blanche Prison Inmates

          By   3 weeks ago

          PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Justice and prison management took note of the latest concerns raised by the Point Blanche Prison Inmates Association and their legal representative. This includes biased references that are not based on facts, that no measures were taken to protect the inmate population from contracting the COVID-19 virus while incarcerated.  The […]

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          Introductory Meeting held with Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson and CCSU Secretariat

          By   4 weeks ago

          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 Thursday, August 20, 2020. The purpose of the meeting was for Minister Richardson and her team to familiarize themselves with […]

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          Two staff members at Prison with no direct contact to prisoners, test positive for COVID-19

          By   1 month ago

          PHILIPSBURG — Two staff members at the Pointe Blanche Prison have tested positive for COVID-19. The staff members have had no direct contact with inmates, and therefore pose no immediate threat to prisoners. Management of the prison has launched their contingency plan of acquiring more personnel in order to avoid any disruption of the house […]

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          Immigration Department is Closed Until Further Notice

          By   1 month ago

          A.T. ILLIDGE ROAD — The Ministry of Justice hereby informs the general public that due to circumstances beyond their control, related to COVID-19, the Immigration Department is closed as of Monday, August 10, 2020, until further notice! As soon as the office reopens, affected applicants will be contacted with an invitation to schedule a new […]

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          Minister of Justice Anna Richardson visits Prosecutor’s Office

          By   2 months ago

          PHILIPSBURG — Minister of Justice Anna Richardson and her support staff visited the Prosecutor’s office last week, Friday, July 31, 2020. During the visit, Minister Richardson met with the entire team of the Prosecutor’s Office. The purpose of the visit was to understand the systems in place and to identify the challenges this office currently […]

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          The St. Maarten Police Department Bid Farewell to Dutch Police

          By   2 months ago

          PHILIPSBURG — The St. Maarten Police Department (KPSM) bid farewell to the Dutch Police officers and support staff. Post-Hurricane Irma in 2017, the Netherlands and other countries within the kingdom, provided extra manpower to secure the safety and security of the island. At the end of the direct assistance, it was agreed between St. Maarten […]

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          Minister of Justice Updates on the Status of the Function Books

          By   2 months ago

          PHILIPSBURG — Minister of Justice Anna Richardson, updates on the status of the function books to keep all stakeholders informed. A letter has been sent to the Council of Advice requesting an update on the timeline for the delivery of their advice on the draft legislation concerning the repeal of ‘Rechtspositie Korps Politie Nederlandse Antillen […]

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            Bell Realty Company makes generous contribution to education on Sint Maarten

            By   1 day ago

            PHILIPSBURG — The Bell Realty Company donated computers and printers to the seven public schools, as their contribution, towards education during this Corona Pandemic. This generous donation will assist the schools in providing online learning to the students attending the public schools on Sint Maarten. One of the representative Mr. Russel Bell elaborated on the […]

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            Training Professionals International Firm (TPI) has launched TPI Prep for Teachers

            By   3 days ago

            Sint Maarten— September 15, 2020 —  Training Professionals International Firm (TPI) has launched TPI Prep for Teachers to equip participants with the training and tools to transition to online learning models, necessitated by the ongoing Covid19 pandemic concerns for health and safety in classroom settings. “We are training teachers in necessary skills such as classroom […]

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            UoC Legislative Writing Program

            By   4 days ago

            PHILIPSBURG — A total of nine persons, seven Civil Servants and two external candidates, have enrolled from Sint Maarten to participate in a one-year legislative course organized by the University of Curacao.  The program, slated to begin on September 14, 2020, is an online training for lawyers, to equip them with the knowledge of the […]

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            SSSD hosting time management workshop to help students

            SSSD

            By   1 week ago

            For many students time management can be a challenge and time lost cannot be regained. Some students have indicated that they do not have enough time to get done what needs to be done but Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is here to help. (SSSD) is […]

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            The Annual Sport & Creative Industries Open House continues as a virtual online event

            By   2 weeks ago

            PHILIPSBURG – This year, the Annual Sport & Creative Industries Open House will be presented as a virtual online event via the Facebook pages of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the Department of Sports & the Department of Culture on September 14th. This is mainly because Sint Maarten and the global community […]

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            Ongoing Developments Surrounding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Education Sector

            By   2 weeks ago

            PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) would hereby like to inform the general public on the ongoing developments surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on the Education Sector. Responsibility of School Boards to Report COVID-19 Related Matters As COVID-19 cases continue to surge within the community of Sint Maarten and more […]

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            SSSD informative workshop on hurricane preparedness

            SSSD

            By   3 weeks ago

            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 importance of creating a family plan, and addressing psychosocial wellbeing. This workshop is being organized by SSSD for […]

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            Minister of Education Drs Rodolphe Samuel updates school boards in letter dated August 16th, 2020

            By   1 month ago

            PHILIPSBURG — On Sunday, August 16, 2020, the honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Drs. Rodolphe Samuel sent a letter to all private school boards and subsidized schools that fall under the Division of Public Education regarding the commencement of the 2020-2021 academic year. In his letter, the Minister of Education seeks to […]

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            Tzu Chi helps student pursue tertiary education

            By   2 months ago

            PHILIPSBURG — Young St. Maartener Nikita Ambrose is now better equipped to start pursuing her tertiary studies in the Netherlands thanks to a donation she received from the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation earlier this month. Nikita is the daughter of one of Tzu Chi’s long-time recipient, the late Angela Ambrose, who passed away in November […]

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            School Bus Transportation available for Students during Examination period

            By   2 months ago

            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 examination period up to and including August 4, 2020. During the examination period, July/August the following routes and schedule will […]

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              UoC Legislative Writing Program

              By   4 days ago

              PHILIPSBURG — A total of nine persons, seven Civil Servants and two external candidates, have enrolled from Sint Maarten to participate in a one-year legislative course organized by the University of Curacao.  The program, slated to begin on September 14, 2020, is an online training for lawyers, to equip them with the knowledge of the […]

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              Minister Doran: Country Sint Maarten intends to appeal Alegria’s court ruling

              By   2 weeks ago

                  PHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure, Mr. Egbert Doran, has taken notice of the decision laid down by the Judge in the Court of First Instance dated Friday, September 4, pertaining to the injunction case of Alegria Real Estate N.V. against the Government of Sint Maarten. […]

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              Employer Council proposes Candidates SER

              By   2 weeks ago

              PHILIPSBURG — The Employer Council St. Maarten has submitted six employer representative candidates for the next Social Economic Council (SER). The Employer Council hopes to speed up the appointment process of the new SER term, which it considers to be of great value in the current socio-economic crisis. Previously nominations were submitted in January for […]

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              The Hyacinth Richardson Foundation (HREAF) kicks off food assistance program

              By   2 weeks ago

              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 Français. The two organizations intend to give away 260 food bags during the week to families and senior citizens negatively impacted by […]

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              SSSD informative workshop on hurricane preparedness

              SSSD

              By   3 weeks ago

              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 importance of creating a family plan, and addressing psychosocial wellbeing. This workshop is being organized by SSSD for […]

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              Ministerial Decree Extended for Businesses with Adjustments to Restaurant Closing Hours

              By   3 weeks ago

              PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of TEATT Ludmila de Weever has taken the decision, after discussion with the Council of Ministers, for commercial premises with licenses for clubs, adult entertainment, discotheques, bars, and lounges, such as cigar lounges to remain closed until September 15, 2020. This decision was not taken lightly, especially after consulting with various […]

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              Insufficient progress on APS’s domestic investment projects

              By   3 weeks ago

              Philipsburg – August 27th, 2020. The General Audit Chamber submitted its report entitled Compliance audit: 2019 Financial Statements of the General Pension Fund Sint Maarten (Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten – APS) to Parliament today. The report addresses findings and conclusions resulting from the review of the pension fund’s 2019 financial statement. The Fund’s coverage ratio […]

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              Minister of Justice and prison management took note of the latest concerns raised by the Point Blanche Prison Inmates

              By   3 weeks ago

              PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Justice and prison management took note of the latest concerns raised by the Point Blanche Prison Inmates Association and their legal representative. This includes biased references that are not based on facts, that no measures were taken to protect the inmate population from contracting the COVID-19 virus while incarcerated.  The […]

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              Minister Doran meets with district cleaners

              By   1 month ago

              ~ Encourages residents to follow Pre-hurricane cleanup schedule ~ PHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure, Mr. Egbert J. Doran, and staff members of the Department of Infrastructure Management, recently held a meeting with the directors of the district cleaners. The meeting was geared towards ascertaining the concerns and […]

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              Priority shelter enhancements on target for late August

              By   1 month ago

              PHILIPSBURG – Upgrades to designated facilities on St Maarten that are also used as hurricane shelters are fully underway as part of the Emergency Recovery Project 1 of the Sint Maarten Trust Fund. Four facilities that are used as official shelters, identified as priority by the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labor (VSA) […]

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                Certificates of Conduct Delay Notice

                By   1 week ago

                POND ISLAND — The MINISTRY OF JUSTICE hereby informs you that the application process for requesting certificates of conduct is experiencing a prolonged delay due to staff shortages. The entity responsible for providing the information for the processing of requests for certificates of conduct is currently securing the additional staff needed to get operations back […]

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                Richardson: Remain Vigilant. It’s Your Personal Responsibility to Be Prepared this Hurricane Season!

                By   2 weeks ago

                GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Fire Chief and National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, is once again appealing to the community of Sint Maarten to be prepared as the country is now in the peak period of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Continue to remain vigilant and monitor daily weather reports from the Meteorological Department […]

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                CPS Vector Control Team continues with Small-Scale Community Awareness Project/Mosquito Control program

                By   3 weeks ago

                PHILIPSBURG — The Collective Prevention Services, a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour, commenced on August 3rd, 2020, with a Small-Scale Community Awareness Project and Mosquito Control program. During the week of August 31 to September 4, the Vector Control Team will be visiting the districts of Ebenezer, Betty’s Estate […]

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                Delay with printing of Hurricane and Disaster Passes

                By   3 weeks ago

                PHILIPSBURG — The printing of the final batches of the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been delayed due to COVID-19 lockdown. Another delay was related to the quarantine and isolation of several members of the staff due to COVID-19. The processing and printing process were delayed by two months, but […]

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                Public urged to participate in on-line survey/questionnaire for NDV

                By   4 weeks ago

                In its basic form, a National Development Vision is a vision for development; it outlines the broader developmental goals that the nation envisages for its people, it articulates where St. Maarten sees itself as a country within the next 10 years by effecting change through responsibility and accountability – an opportunity for St. Maarten and […]

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                Sint Maarten under a Tropical Storm Watch. Tropical Depression #13 expected to become a storm

                By   4 weeks ago

                GREAT BAY — As of 11.00 am on Thursday morning, Sint Maarten is under a Tropical Storm Watch due to the formation of Tropical Depression #13 which as of 11.00 am is located approximately 750 miles east-southeast of the country. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the watch […]

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                Have a plan in place this Hurricane Season for your pets and livestock

                By   1 month ago

                PHILIPSBURG — It’s hurricane season, and if you leave your pets behind, they could get injured or get lost, therefore, you should have a storm-ready ‘pet plan’ in place for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to keep your pet happy and comfortable. Pets are an important member of your household. During a disaster, what’s good […]

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                Ministra de TEATT Ludmila de Weever informe nacional sobre cierres de empresas comerciales

                By   1 month ago

                Ministra de TEATT Ludmila de Weever informe nacional sobre cierres de empresas comerciales. Buenas tardes, Vice Primer Ministro Doran, colega Ministro Panneflek, público espectador y Sra. Roache, Este informe nacional especial se refiere al reciente aumento en el número de casos activos de COVID-19 en St. Maarten. El aumento significativo de casos activos y hospitalizaciones […]

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                Fire department implements COVID-19 response measures

                By   1 month ago

                GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collection Prevention Services (CPS) has identified one firefighter who tested positive for COVID-19, Fire Chief Clive Richardson said on Friday.  The officer is currently at home under quarantine and contact tracing is being carried out by the staff of CPS. Additional measures at the Fire Department will be […]

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                Ministry of Justice currently finalizing process for certificates of conduct

                By   1 month ago

                PHILIPSBURG — In its effort to further streamline the application process of certificates of conduct, the Ministry of Justice has sought to deepen its cooperation with the Public Service Center (PSC). The new process that is being adopted is similar to that which takes place in Curacao. Initially, the Prosecutor’s office maintained the mandate to […]

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                  Income Support and Unemployment Support Deadline Approaches

                  By   1 week ago

                  Income and Unemployment deadline is September 15th The Ministry of Finance would like to remind you to apply to the ‘Income Support for Sole Proprietors, Vendor License Holders, Bus and Independent Taxi and Tour Drivers’ and COVID-19 Unemployment Support. Both programs pay ANG. 1,150 per month to qualifying individuals. In order to receive continued Income […]

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                  Theoretical driving exams suspended until September 21

                  By   2 weeks ago

                  The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), hereby announces that due to circumstances beyond its control theoretical driving exams are suspended until September 21, 2020. This administering of practical driving exams will continue as normal. Those candidates impacted by this will be contacted by the department and the […]

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                  Tourism Sector and Business Community Reminded to Be Prepared for the Busy 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

                  By   3 weeks ago

                  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. The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) is advising the country’s tourism sector and business community, to review […]

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                  Coronavirus data to be available on the Government Website COVID-19 Page

                  By   3 weeks ago

                  The Government of Sint Maarten would like to inform the public that the current Coronavirus data which provides more details, will be made available on the COVID-19 Page on the Government website. You can check the website page on a daily basis for updates. The information was recently simplified in the graphics form and press […]

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                  EOC Assesses Weather Threat and Reviews National Preparations. Country remains under a Tropical Storm Watch

                  By   4 weeks ago

                  GREAT BAY — On Thursday afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Egbert Doran chaired the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) meeting at the Government Administrative Building that was called to assess the approaching weather system, Tropical Depression #13 and the status of national preparations. The EOC meeting brought together several of the 10 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs). […]

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

                  By   1 month ago

                  GREAT BAY — The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) Fire Chief/National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson is calling on the community to closely monitor the progress of an area of low pressure located approximately 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Related: Latest weather update on Tropical Depression 13 According to the Meteorological Department of […]

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

                  By   2 months 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 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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                    Caribbean Wellness Day to be Observed on September 12

                    By   1 week ago

                    Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) will be observed across the region on Saturday, September 12 to promote good health and well-being of the whole of society, the Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) said on Thursday. The overall theme proposed for the next five […]

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                    The Hyacinth Richardson Foundation (HREAF) kicks off food assistance program

                    By   2 weeks ago

                    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 Français. The two organizations intend to give away 260 food bags during the week to families and senior citizens negatively impacted by […]

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                    Dutch St. Maarten Reopens To US Visitors, French St. Martin Remains Closed

                    By   2 months ago

                    GREAT BAY — St. Maarten continues with plans to reopen today, August 1st, to the U.S. Market. Considering this, a decision has been made by Madam Préfète Sylvie Feucher to close the French-Dutch Border as per July 31st, at noon. The French-Dutch internal borders are being controlled; however, for work and other medical reasons, persons […]

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

                    By   2 months 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   2 months 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   3 months 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   3 months 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   3 months 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   3 months 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   3 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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