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Maagical St. Maarten pacesetter for large-scale homeporting operations in NE Caribbean

By   1 week ago

The launch of the largest homeporting operation that the destination has ever seen will commence on Saturday, June 5 at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities in Point Blanche when Celebrity Cruise Lines 2200-passenger capacity Celebrity Millennium departs for a one-week cruise out of Port St. Maarten. Celebrity Millennium will be a landmark […]

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Reminder Hurricane Pass Application Process Underway. Concludes June 15

By   1 week ago

The application process for potential applicants for the annual Hurricane Passes in connection with the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, have until June 15 to present all relevant information related to the process of requesting a pass. There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass. No passes will be issued to […]

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2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

By   1 week ago

Message by Deputy Prime Minister Egbert J. Doran to the Nation My Fellow Sint Maarteners, June 1st marks the opening of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. This season the forecasters have predicted that it will be a very dangerous and active one, and therefore we need to be prepared. Everyone has a responsibility to prepare […]

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Traffic Alert: Bush Road Closure near Cost U Less Intersection. One traffic lane accessible

By   1 week ago

The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), announces that one lane along the Bush road will be closed to motorized traffic at the intersection leading to Cost U Less.     The aforementioned will take place on Thursday, June 03, 2021 from 10.00 PM until Friday, June 04, 2021, at […]

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First Nature Policy Plan 2021-2025 as Country on Public Review for One-Month

By   1 week ago

Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), has placed the first issued ?Sint Maarten?s Nature Policy Plan? on public review for one-month to facilitate communication with all stakeholders. The document serves as a framework for management and development of nature on Sint Maarten from 2021-2025. The overall objective of the […]

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KINGDOM TASKFORCE FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS GETS OWN WEBSITE

By   1 week ago

The Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights will launch its website on June 1st, 2021. The Taskforce was established in 2014 with the aim to foster inter-country collaboration within the Kingdom with regard to the protection and promotion of children’s rights. The members of the Taskforce are Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands, and the […]

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Military personnel assist after motorcycle accident

By   2 weeks ago

SIMPSON BAY — In a lone motorcycle accident on Sint Maarten, marines acted when a motorcyclist fell. After they saw the rider fall, the marines immediately started applying victim assistance. Among other things, they performed a neck stabilization to prevent further injury, cooled bruises and stopped other traffic so that the police and ambulance could […]

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Government committed to the continuity of the Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project

By   2 months ago

POND ISLAND — The Government of Sint Maarten remains committed to the continuity of the Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project. The internal changes within the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company’s management staff (PJIAE NV) have no bearing on this commitment. This means that the project will continue according to the current financing agreement in place. […]

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Captain arrested on suspicion of human smuggling

By   3 months ago

On Saturday March 27th 2021, officers of the Immigration and Border Protection Services together with the assistance of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and the Prosecutors Office arrested the captain of a vessel by the name of “Anansi”. Officers of IBP were alerted by a concerned citizen to the presence of a foreign vessel docked […]

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APS lends IGY Marinas USD 16 million for expansion

By   5 months ago

CAYHILL — Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten (APS) and IGY Marinas agreed on the terms of a loan for the Yacht Club at Isle de Sol (IDS) in Simpson Bay. The loan will enable IDS to increase their clientele, complete the restaurant enhancement project in the marina, and refinance existing agreements to more favorable conditions. It […]

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    Health authorization QR code allows for fully vaccinated residents of Sint Maarten and BES islands to enter country without

    By   2 days ago

    Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley would like to inform the public that as of Monday June 14th, residents of Sint Maarten, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Bonaire can enter the country without a negative rt-PCR or antigen test once they are fully vaccinated for two weeks or more after their second […]

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    8 confirmed COVID-19 cases today

    By   3 days ago

    The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Omar Ottley extends his sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sint Maarten?s 31st COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. Heartfelt thoughts go out the family in this time of sorrow. As of June 10th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; […]

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    More than 300 books donated by community to help furnish prison library

    By   3 days ago

    On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Ministry of Justice launched a book drive aimed at furnishing the prison library and providing additional educational resources for the inmates at the Point Blanche Prison and Detention Center. In an effort to expand the selection of programs and activities available to the inmates at the prison, the Honorable […]

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    Job portal to be revamped and relaunched by Sites on US

    By   3 days ago

     Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley would hereby like to inform the public that the job portal, previously referred to as www.jobopportunities.sx is being revamped and relaunched. An agreement was signed on Tuesday June 8th with Sites on US, and the work to roll out the tasks has begun. The job […]

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    Council of Ministers asks the community of Sint Maarten to join in the commemoration of the 36th Anniversary of Flag Day

    By   4 days ago

    On June 13th 2021, the people and the Government of Sint Maarten will be commemorating the 36th Anniversary of ?Flag Day?. The annual commemoration of ?Sint Maarten Flag Day? will take place during the early hours of June 13th at 6:00 am, in front of the Government Administration Building in Philipsburg. This year will mark […]

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    Thank You – Ministry of Justice

    By   6 days ago

    On behalf of the Hon. Minister of Justice, Ms. Anna E. Richardson; the Hon. Minister of TEATT, Ms. Ludmila de Weever; the Hon. Minister of VSA, Mr. Omar Ottley, and the Sint Maarten Tourist Bureau, we would like to express our appreciation to the hardworking Immigration and Customs Officers at the Princess Juliana International Airport […]

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    Inspectorate of TEATT takes measures against noise pollution from catering businesses

    By   7 days ago

    Philipsburg – The Ministry of TEATT in a press release of March 9, 2021, made known to the public that the ministry was taking a firm approach to addressing the long-standing issue and the increasingly frequent complaints received from the community about noise nuisance from catering & entertainment establishments i.e., bars, restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, sports […]

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    Reminder Hurricane Pass Application Process Underway. Concludes June 15

    By   1 week ago

    The application process for potential applicants for the annual Hurricane Passes in connection with the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, have until June 15 to present all relevant information related to the process of requesting a pass. There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass. No passes will be issued to […]

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    Unjust decision for liquidity support upheld by RMR

    By   2 weeks ago

    ~ Knops knowingly violated RMR rules of order ~ The Hague, Netherlands ? Based on the proposal of demissionair State Secretary Knops to further delay liquidity support to St. Maarten, the Kingdom Council of Ministers (RMR) on Friday, May 28, 2021, has reversed its decision approved on April 23, 2021. This decision to grant St. […]

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    Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs meets with members of the Second Chamber Kingdom Relations Committee

    By   2 weeks ago

    – Continues round of meetings with key stakeholders in The Hague – The Hague, Netherlands ? On Wednesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 27, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs met with various members of the Second Chamber?s Kingdom Relations committee chaired by Member of Parliament Jan Paternotte. Prime Minister Jacobs used the opportunity during these two […]

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      Acceleration of Implementation of Corporate Governance Improvement Plan Airport

      By   1 week ago

      On Wednesday, June 2, both the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating (PJIAE) and Holding Company (PJIAH) were invited to an information session as an introduction to the implementation of the Corporate Governance Improvement Plan for the Airport. The virtual sessions were opened by the Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, who, while still in the Netherlands, emphasized […]

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      Economic controls aimed at fairness and the public good to continue

      By   5 months ago

      POND ISLAND — The Ministry of TEATT announced recently that it would step up general controls to ensure that businesses are adhering to St. Maarten’s economic rules and regulations. Many of these controls are in response to public complaints received for various infractions. TEATT has diligently worked to restore economic activities during the crisis, but […]

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      Integrity Chamber continues introductory meetings with government-owned companies

      By   6 months ago

      PHILIPSBURG (13 December 2020) – The Integrity Chamber Sint Maarten has wrapped up introductory meetings with the supervisory boards and management of the “big four” government-owned companies. These virtual meetings were aimed at sharing the tasks assigned to the Integrity Chamber based on its governing ordinance and to learn more about the companies. Separate meetings […]

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      INSO bought by Italian giant, Fincantieri Group

      By   7 months ago

      ~ SMGH construction continues as normal under new ownership ~ CAY HILL — It is with pleasure that SMMC has taken note of the news emerging from Italy that INSO, the general contractor for the St. Maarten General Hospital (SMGH), has been sold to the Fincantieri Group recently. The sale includes Fincantieri’s commitment to take […]

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      VROMI Minister Doran: injunction against Planet Hollywood’s building permit withdrawn

      By   8 months ago

      PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure (VROMI), the Honorable Egbert J. Doran, hereby informs the general public that on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, Steven Johnson withdrew the injunction case against the Ministry of VROMI.  Minister Doran stated that during the court procedure, which took place before the administrative court, […]

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      Minister of TEATT unveils economic recovery plan

      By   8 months ago

      PHILIPSBURG -– The Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (TEATT) Ludmila de Weever unveiled her economic recovery plan yesterday to the Parliament of Sint Maarten. The plan is called “A Path to Economic Recovery & Sustainable Growth.” The Minister described it as deliberately practical and built on three broad pillars designed first to […]

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      SXM Airport launches second cost-reduction program

      By   8 months ago

      ~ PJIAE LAUNCHES SECOND COST-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BUSINESS CONTINUITY ~ As airlines have dramatically reduced flights to SXM due to the current pandemic, PJIAE Management is preparing its second cost reduction program in order to survive the COVID-19 crisis and guarantee its operations and business continuity. AIRPORT ROAD — While recovering from the financial […]

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      Ministry of Education receives sanitizing stations from NAGICO

      By   8 months ago

      ~ NAGICO donates Hand Sanitizing and Temperature Check stations to all Public Schools and school supplies for Public School students ~ PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – In preparation for the reopening of schools to in-class instructions, NAGICO Insurances has donated automated hand sanitizing and temperature check stations to all seven (7) Public Schools and school supplies […]

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      NAGICO Insurances Head Office reopens on Monday

      By   8 months ago

      PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – The Management of NAGICO Insurances hereby advises that our Head Office in Philipsburg will reopen on Monday, October 5th to the public. However, out of an abundance of caution, our Medical and Claims Department will remain closed, and services from those departments will be available online only. Following the recent confirmation […]

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      NAGICO Insurances informs of one COVID-19 Positive Case & Business Continuity Procedures

      By   8 months ago

      PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – The Management of NAGICO Insurances advises that we have received notice of one confirmed COVID-19 case at the Company’s Philipsburg Office. We have taken immediate action in the best interest of our staff, customers, and partners. Our Philipsburg Office will be closed on 1st and 2nd October 2020 to facilitate the […]

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        Parliament approves all three laws presented to enforce cost-cutting measures

        By   4 months ago

        ~ A sacrifice was made, but salaries ensured ~ PHILIPSBURG — Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs together with Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion presented the three publicly debated legislative amendments to the Parliament of Sint Maarten on the cost cutting measures. The first being the Temporary National Ordinance to standardize the top incomes and reduce the […]

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        APS lends IGY Marinas USD 16 million for expansion

        By   5 months ago

        CAYHILL — Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten (APS) and IGY Marinas agreed on the terms of a loan for the Yacht Club at Isle de Sol (IDS) in Simpson Bay. The loan will enable IDS to increase their clientele, complete the restaurant enhancement project in the marina, and refinance existing agreements to more favorable conditions. It […]

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        St. Maarten negotiations on the 3rd tranche of liquidity support start today

        By   7 months ago

        POND ISLAND — The discussion on the third tranche of liquidity support commenced this morning, Friday, November 13, 2020, after the Kingdom Council of Ministers (RMR) meeting, wherein State Secretary Knops expressed the willingness of the Netherlands to engage in discussions with St. Maarten on the third tranche for liquidity support. St. Maarten has been […]

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        CBCS is upgrading to the next generation of payments

        By   8 months ago

        WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG — The world of technology is rapidly advancing and is affecting more and more aspects of our lives. This also includes the way we do our daily payments such as groceries, gas, electricity bill, etcetera. Electronic payment is an essential part of our lives and our national payment system is the foundation of a […]

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        Central Bank announces new bond issue for St. Maarten

        By   8 months ago

        ~ Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten announces a new bond issue on behalf of the government of the Country of Sint Maarten ~ Willemstad/Philipsburg – On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, there will be a bond issue on behalf of the country of Sint Maarten, the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) […]

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        Unfinished business: financial management still a priority

        By   8 months ago

        Philipsburg – October 9th, 2020. The General Audit Chamber submitted its report entitled “Retrospective: 10 years General Audit Chamber” to Parliament today. The report presents findings and conclusions about the most influential audits of the General Audit Chamber, from the past decade. An analysis of the audits from the past reveals that on some topics, […]

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        Commemorative coin on the occasion of ‘10 years of structural reforms’

        By   8 months ago

        Willemstad/Philipsburg – The Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) issued a unique commemorative circulation coin to mark 10 years of structural reforms since October 10, 2010. The CBCS officially presented the coin to the prime ministers and the ministers of Finance of Curaçao and Sint Maarten. In Curaçao, the officials received the coin […]

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        Small businesses receive financial assistance through the Enterprise Support Project

        By   9 months ago

        Philipsburg – Entrepreneurs Lesley and Shirly Bruce of Kenny’s Car Rental & Management N.V. and Stephane Habichdobinger of Procontech are all smiles as the first small business owners to receive direct financial assistance from the Enterprise Support Project. Both had applied via Qredits and on Wednesday, September 29th, were acknowledged in the presence of Minister […]

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        Positive report from SOAB for SSRP income, unemployment programs

        By   9 months ago

        ~ All persons registered received assistance ~ PHILIPSBURG – The Government’s accounting Bureau (SOAB) has returned a positive report to Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion on the St. Maarten Stimulus and Relief Program (SSRP – income and unemployment support programs for April, May, and June 2020), providing a clear indication that the programs initiated by […]

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        Ministry of Finance seeks board members

        By   9 months ago

        ~ Mortgage Guarantee Fund board to be established shortly ~ POND ISLAND — The Ministry of Finance is seeking members to join the board of the Mortgage Guarantee Fund. The St. Maarten Mortgage Guarantee Fund is of great importance to the housing industry and to the people of St. Maarten. This Fund will be able […]

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          Thank You – Ministry of Justice

          By   6 days ago

          On behalf of the Hon. Minister of Justice, Ms. Anna E. Richardson; the Hon. Minister of TEATT, Ms. Ludmila de Weever; the Hon. Minister of VSA, Mr. Omar Ottley, and the Sint Maarten Tourist Bureau, we would like to express our appreciation to the hardworking Immigration and Customs Officers at the Princess Juliana International Airport […]

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          Minister of Justice meets with mental health entities to unify efforts in addressing mental health issues on Sint Maarten

          By   2 months ago

          PHILIPSBURG — On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, representatives of various entities responsible for the treatment & care of persons with mental health concerns on the island met at the request of the Minister of Justice, Ms. Anna E. Richardson. The meeting was requested by the Hon. Minister as an urgency due to an evident rise […]

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          Captain arrested on suspicion of human smuggling

          By   3 months ago

          On Saturday March 27th 2021, officers of the Immigration and Border Protection Services together with the assistance of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and the Prosecutors Office arrested the captain of a vessel by the name of “Anansi”. Officers of IBP were alerted by a concerned citizen to the presence of a foreign vessel docked […]

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          Further inquiry to take place into allegations against police officers

          By   7 months ago

            POND ISLAND — in recent weeks an alarming number of serious accusations were levied against members of the Sint Maarten Police Force, claiming their alleged involvement in selling and driving of seized stolen vehicles. The Honorable Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson has observed these serious and what she has deemed as potentially damaging […]

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          Minister of Justice and Unions engage in productive dialogue

          By   7 months ago

          POND ISLAND — On Friday, November 20th, 2020, the Honorable Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson hosted a meeting with Unions representing members within law enforcement to discuss various pressing matters. After receiving word that the Unions were in a space of uncertainty regarding various issues, Minister Richardson on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 sent an […]

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          Ministry of Justice disappointed by allegations made in the media related to Monday’s ruling

          By   7 months ago

          PHILIPSBURG — The Ministry of Justice has taken note of a report in the press related to Monday’s rulings of the Court in Civil Servants Matters regarding several police officers. With the exception of one case, these court cases are all related to unanswered requests by the officers to be placed in a function that […]

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          A Back to School Message from the Ministry of Justice and KPSM

          By   7 months ago

          As our students are being welcomed back to their respective school premises today, Monday, November 16th, 2020, the Ministry of Justice is placing certain measures into effect for the overall benefit and protection of the community at large, before, during and after school hours. In addition to the necessity for everyone to adhere to the […]

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          Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson to prioritize completion of Domestic Violence Policy

          By   7 months ago

          PHILIPBURG — Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson has prioritized Domestic Violence in her tenure and has set the enactment of the Domestic Violence (DV) Policy to a high level of importance. Minister Richardson called for a taskforce between the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA). The […]

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          Minister Richardson observes Police and Prison Officers Week

          By   8 months ago

          On Friday October 9, 2020 the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) kicked off their annual celebration with the planting of a tree in remembrance and honor of fallen police officers. Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson who attended the celebrations and was present at the tree planting ceremony participated by assisting in planting a […]

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          Established Project Group to Move Forward with the Function Books Process

          By   9 months 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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            Seven Seas Water donates to Sundial School breakfast program

            By   6 months ago

            ~ Seven Seas Seas sponsors 300 faces masks for kindergarten schools ~ Great Bay, Saint Martin — In continuing what has now become an annual tradition for Seven Seas Water (St. Maarten), the company recently made a monetary donation to the Sundial School for its breakfast / lunch program. The Sundial School breakfast program was […]

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            A Back to School Message from the Ministry of Justice and KPSM

            By   7 months ago

            As our students are being welcomed back to their respective school premises today, Monday, November 16th, 2020, the Ministry of Justice is placing certain measures into effect for the overall benefit and protection of the community at large, before, during and after school hours. In addition to the necessity for everyone to adhere to the […]

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            Wever, STM donate hand sanitizers to Catholic School Board

            By   7 months ago

            PHILIPSBURG — Former Minister Christopher Wever and Stanley Lint of STM Shipping on Friday donated 1,100 12oz bottles of hand sanitizers to the Catholic School board. Also donated was a 55-gallon drum in order to refill the bottles. The donation was made in collaboration with Andrew Cadwell of Cadwell Inc. located in Florida. It was […]

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            Minister of Education received reports from four school boards informing of seven cases of COVID-19

            By   7 months ago

            PHILIPSBURG — Today, Monday, November 9, 2020, makes exactly three weeks since schools on St. Maarten began the phased implementation of in person instruction. The process began with Exam students and Special Education Students on October 19th, 2020, and continued with the return of vulnerable students as per October 26th, 2020. Students of these three […]

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            Sint Maarten Trust Fund Supports Education and Child Protection Systems

            By   8 months ago

              PHILIPSBURG — The Child Resilience and Protection Project, a new US$5 million project funded by the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund, has been approved. The Trust Fund is financed by the Government of the Netherlands and managed by the World Bank. The project was developed under the leadership of the Ministry […]

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            Minister of Education provides further update on schools’ readiness for Oct. 19

            By   8 months ago

            PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport would hereby like to provide the general public with a further update regarding schools’ readiness to resume face-to-face instruction on upcoming Monday, October 19th, 2020. As of today, October 16th, 2020, the safety plans and inspection reports of several other schools were approved by the […]

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            The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS) would hereby like to provide the general public with an update regarding schools’ readiness to resume operations on campus

            By   8 months ago

            PHILIPSBURG — On October 6th, 2020, the Ministry of ECYS provided advice to all Public, Subsidized, and Private Schools regarding the manner in which students should return to school campuses. The letter highlighted the fact that due to the current number of COVID-19 cases in St. Maarten and due to the fact that St. Maarten […]

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            Ministry of Finance and SMDF launch Workforce Development Program

            By   8 months ago

            PHILIPSBURG – The Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) has recently launched the Workforce Development Program (W4D), a program that offers free online courses until the end of the year via the e-learning website, Coursera. The courses range from high school level to Master’s degree level and are grouped […]

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            Ministry of Education receives sanitizing stations from NAGICO

            By   8 months ago

            ~ NAGICO donates Hand Sanitizing and Temperature Check stations to all Public Schools and school supplies for Public School students ~ PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – In preparation for the reopening of schools to in-class instructions, NAGICO Insurances has donated automated hand sanitizing and temperature check stations to all seven (7) Public Schools and school supplies […]

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            Minister of Education commemorates World Teachers Day

            By   8 months ago

            WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY ~ LEARNING IN CRISIS, RE IMAGINING THE FUTURE ~ The Minister of Education, from the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic has maintained, that education must continue. The most valuable important contributor to ensuring that education continues is the TEACHER. And teachers, took the charge of learning new technical skills and teaching and […]

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              12 COVID-19 recoveries today

              By   4 days ago

              The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sint Maarten?s 30th COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. He wishes the family strength during their time of grief. As of June 8th, there were eleven (11) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however […]

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              10 COVID-19 recoveries today

              By   5 days ago

              As of June 7th, there were five (5) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however ten (10) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventy seven (77). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand four hundred eighty four (2484). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy one (71) people […]

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              6 confirmed COVID-19 cases today

              By   1 week ago

              As of June 3rd, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to eighty (80). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand four hundred fifty four (2454). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy six (76) people in […]

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              17 confirmed COVID-19 cases today

              By   1 week ago

              As of June 4th, there were seventeen (17) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however fourteen (14) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventy nine (79). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand four hundred seventy one (2471). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy three (73) people […]

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              8 confirmed COVID-19 cases today

              By   1 week ago

              The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Omar Ottley extends his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sint Maarten?s 29th COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. He wishes the family strength during their time of bereavement. As of June 5th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however […]

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              12 COVID-19 recoveries today

              By   1 week ago

              As of June 1st, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however twelve (12) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventy one (71). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand four hundred thirty three (2433). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring sixty six (66) people […]

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              Everything You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine to be in a Facebook Livestream on Thursday

              By   4 months ago

              The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour (Ministry VSA) Collective Prevention Services (CPS), will organize a panel discussion about the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout plan on Sint Maarten on Thursday. Various health experts will attend to provide information about the importance, safety, and procedures of the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan. The event will […]

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              10 COVID-19 recoveries today

              By   7 months ago

              PHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek extends his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 24th Covid-19 victim who passed away. He wishes the family peace and strength during this difficult time. As of November 13th, there were nine (9) persons who tested […]

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              COVID-19 trend on St. Maarten to date

              By   7 months ago

              PHILIPSBURG — As of November 9th, CPS reports an increase in the 7-day moving average. The average has increased from a short-term trend of 5-per day to 8-per day. While these numbers are still small, it reflects a 60% increase in cases over the last 10 days. The island has also sadly experienced an additional […]

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              Minister of Education received reports from four school boards informing of seven cases of COVID-19

              By   7 months ago

              PHILIPSBURG — Today, Monday, November 9, 2020, makes exactly three weeks since schools on St. Maarten began the phased implementation of in person instruction. The process began with Exam students and Special Education Students on October 19th, 2020, and continued with the return of vulnerable students as per October 26th, 2020. Students of these three […]

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                Public Service Announcements View All →

                VMT to host Pop-up Vaccination in Dutch Quarter on Saturday at the De Weever Estate

                By   1 week ago

                The Vaccination Management Team (VMT) encourages everyone who hasn’t received their vaccination yet to come to the vaccination Pop-up at the De Weever Estate in Dutch Quarter on Saturday, June 5th, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The VMT also wants to notify the public that on the same day, the last day of the […]

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                Reminder Hurricane Pass Application Process Underway. Concludes June 15

                By   1 week ago

                The application process for potential applicants for the annual Hurricane Passes in connection with the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, have until June 15 to present all relevant information related to the process of requesting a pass. There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass. No passes will be issued to […]

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                2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

                By   1 week ago

                Message by Deputy Prime Minister Egbert J. Doran to the Nation My Fellow Sint Maarteners, June 1st marks the opening of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. This season the forecasters have predicted that it will be a very dangerous and active one, and therefore we need to be prepared. Everyone has a responsibility to prepare […]

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                Traffic Alert: Bush Road Closure near Cost U Less Intersection. One traffic lane accessible

                By   1 week ago

                The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), announces that one lane along the Bush road will be closed to motorized traffic at the intersection leading to Cost U Less.     The aforementioned will take place on Thursday, June 03, 2021 from 10.00 PM until Friday, June 04, 2021, at […]

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                St. Maarten now accepting Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card rapid antigen test

                By   6 months ago

                The Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card is the newest rapid antigen test approved for entry to St. Maarten as of Wednesday, December 9th. Travelers to St. Maarten are reminded to complete a mandatory health authorization application via the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) available on www.stmaartenentry.com and upload their negative RT-PCR test within 5 days […]

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                Virtual 21st Annual Thanksgiving Day Service on Sunday, December 6, 2020

                By   6 months ago

                Philipsburg – St. Maarten celebrates her Twenty-first Annual Thanksgiving Day. A Thanksgiving born out of our cultural traditions and practice. As far as traditions go, it is a new one, only introduced in 1999. However, it has all the markings of a tradition that will grow to last. Immediately after the record-breaking winds of hurricane […]

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                World Antibiotic Awareness Week: United to preserve antimicrobials

                By   7 months ago

                World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) 2020 kicked off on November 18 and runs through November 24 under the theme: ‘United to preserve antimicrobials’. The one-week period is being observed all around the world and by Collective Prevention Services (CPS) with the intent to increase awareness so all persons can be attentive on the use of […]

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                CPS Reminder Advises persons with underlying medical conditions to get their flu shot

                By   7 months ago

                It’s that time of the year when influenza, better known as the flu, becomes more prevalent, and the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is advising persons with underlying conditions – at risk – to consult with their physician about getting their annual […]

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                World Diabetes Day 2020: The Nurse and Diabetes

                By   7 months ago

                World Diabetes Day, marked every year on November 14 was created in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes. Nurses are vital in the fight against diabetes, as they help patients understand, and cope with the condition. People […]

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                Adjusted opening hours at Main Landfill/Irma Landfill on upcoming Holidays

                By   7 months ago

                POND ISLAND — The Ministry of VROMI announces that the main landfill as well as the Irma landfill will have adjusted opening hours during the upcoming holidays. These holidays are as follows: St. Maarten’s Day on Tuesday, November 11th, 2020. Christmas Day on Friday, December 25th, 2020. New Year’s Day on Friday, January 1st, 2021. […]

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                  Reminder Hurricane Pass Application Process Underway. Concludes June 15

                  By   1 week ago

                  The application process for potential applicants for the annual Hurricane Passes in connection with the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, have until June 15 to present all relevant information related to the process of requesting a pass. There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass. No passes will be issued to […]

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                  2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

                  By   1 week ago

                  Message by Deputy Prime Minister Egbert J. Doran to the Nation My Fellow Sint Maarteners, June 1st marks the opening of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. This season the forecasters have predicted that it will be a very dangerous and active one, and therefore we need to be prepared. Everyone has a responsibility to prepare […]

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                  Traffic Alert: Bush Road Closure near Cost U Less Intersection. One traffic lane accessible

                  By   1 week ago

                  The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), announces that one lane along the Bush road will be closed to motorized traffic at the intersection leading to Cost U Less.     The aforementioned will take place on Thursday, June 03, 2021 from 10.00 PM until Friday, June 04, 2021, at […]

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                  Friday’s Quake a Reminder to be Earthquake/Tsunami Ready

                  By   7 months ago

                  National Disaster Coordinator/Fire Chief Clive Richardson said on Sunday, that Friday’s, November 13th earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 at 4.35pm, is a stark reminder that members of the community have to be earthquake/tsunami ready. According to the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, the earthquake was measured at a depth of 31 […]

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                  Domestic Violence Awareness

                  By   7 months ago

                  Domestic violence awareness month 2020 is here. Domestic violence was already an epidemic before COVID-19, but the health crisis has caused an alarming spike in incidents of abuse. Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone regardless of race, religion, culture or social status. It’s not just hitting but also stalking, threats, manipulation, shouting, etc. […]

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                  November 17 is the deadline for applying for a fireworks license

                  By   7 months ago

                  Those who are interested in importing, transporting, selling, or having a firework show at year-end needs to apply at the Fire Department at least six weeks before the activity. Those interested in applying for a Fireworks license for this year’s end celebrations should do so before November 17, 2020. Permits are needed to carry out […]

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                  Electrical Inspection Open Day

                  By   8 months ago

                  POND ISLAND — The Department of Inspection at the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure (VROMI) will be hosting an open day to assist electricians with creating their online electrical profile. The general public is reminded that the electrical inspection application form is now online. Electricians are encouraged to follow the link […]

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                  Community Reminded to remain Proactive in Removing Mosquito Breeding Habitats after Rainfall events

                  By   8 months ago

                  PHILIPSBURG — Over the weekend there was substantial rainfall, and the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is reminding the community to remain proactive in removing mosquito breeding habitats in and around your yard or place of business. Source reduction is the key to […]

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                  MINISTER Panneflek shares the importance of Handwashing on Global Handwashing Day

                  By   8 months ago

                  PHILIPSBURG— Global Handwashing Day, recognized on October 15th, is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. This year’s theme, “Hand Hygiene for All” seeks to raise awareness of making soap and water available globally, especially in public […]

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                  Central Bank issues warning about Pyramid Schemes

                  By   8 months ago

                  Willemstad/Philipsburg – The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) hereby warns the public about pyramid-like schemes. These schemes are currently promoted using the anxiety created by the economic stagnation and downturn caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These schemes are used as a cover to victimize unsuspecting or vulnerable persons trying to make […]

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                    CARIBAVIA will gather airlift stakeholders on St.Maarten

                    By   1 week ago

                    SIMPSON BAY — On June 15-17, the 5th annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup, CARIBAVIA for short, will be held on St.Maarten at the Simpson Bay Resort. It will be the third time that the conference is held in St.Maarten. In previous years, the event was also held in Dominica and The Bahamas. The CARIBAVIA conference is […]

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                    Maagical St. Maarten pacesetter for large-scale homeporting operations in NE Caribbean

                    By   1 week ago

                    The launch of the largest homeporting operation that the destination has ever seen will commence on Saturday, June 5 at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities in Point Blanche when Celebrity Cruise Lines 2200-passenger capacity Celebrity Millennium departs for a one-week cruise out of Port St. Maarten. Celebrity Millennium will be a landmark […]

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                    2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

                    By   1 week ago

                    Message by Deputy Prime Minister Egbert J. Doran to the Nation My Fellow Sint Maarteners, June 1st marks the opening of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. This season the forecasters have predicted that it will be a very dangerous and active one, and therefore we need to be prepared. Everyone has a responsibility to prepare […]

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                    Government to establish inter-ministerial covenant to tackle immigration loopholes

                    By   3 months ago

                    On Friday 27th, 2021, the Ministries of Justice, VSA and TEATT met to lay the foundation of establishing a working agreement or covenant to tackle the various loopholes used to defraud the system to acquire certain things like residency permits. Ministers? support staff and relevant department heads engaged in a highly-anticipated meeting to identify issues […]

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                    Captain arrested on suspicion of human smuggling

                    By   3 months ago

                    On Saturday March 27th 2021, officers of the Immigration and Border Protection Services together with the assistance of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and the Prosecutors Office arrested the captain of a vessel by the name of “Anansi”. Officers of IBP were alerted by a concerned citizen to the presence of a foreign vessel docked […]

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                    Inclement weather interrupts flag hoisting on St. Martin Day

                    By   7 months ago

                    PHILIPSBURG — As St. Martiners, we feel a sense of pride, and are elated and proud to see the St. Maarten flag flying high at the Bell’s Lookout Point, especially on St. Martin Day. As such, preparations were made to raise the flag on St. Martin Day. Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather expected and […]

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                    Ministry of VROMI issues public notice: Great Bay Channel open for Pumping Operation /Advises against swimming in Great Bay

                    By   8 months ago

                    GREAT BAY — The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), informs the general public that the Department of Infrastructure Management will open up the pumps in efforts of lowering the water in the Fresh Pond, due to excess rain we are experiencing. The pumps will be in operation for […]

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                    VROMI Minister Doran: injunction against Planet Hollywood’s building permit withdrawn

                    By   8 months ago

                    PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure (VROMI), the Honorable Egbert J. Doran, hereby informs the general public that on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, Steven Johnson withdrew the injunction case against the Ministry of VROMI.  Minister Doran stated that during the court procedure, which took place before the administrative court, […]

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                    Ministry of VROMI alerts public to Great Salt Pond Pumping Operation. Advises against bathing/swimming in Great Bay

                    By   8 months ago

                    GREAT BAY — The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), hereby alerts the public that the Department of Infrastructure Management, will commence with the lowering of the water in the Great Salt Pond by pumping it into Great Bay starting on Monday, October 5 until Sunday, October 11.  The […]

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                    Caribbean Wellness Day to be Observed on September 12

                    By   9 months 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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