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Further inquiry to take place into allegations against police officers

By   12 hours 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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Audit Chamber recommends rapid COVID-tests but warns against a false sense of security

By   4 days ago

PHILIPSBURG – “The pandemic will last for a while longer and the challenge is to find the right balance between health and the economy,” the General Audit Chamber writes in its mini audit The Possibilities of Rapid Testing on St. Maarten. “Rapid testing is not a panacea. Regular testing can lead to a false sense […]

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Minister of VSA presented with Sint Maarten 2020 Labor Market Needs Assessment Survey Report

By   2 weeks ago

POND ISLAND — On Monday, November 16th, the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), Richard Panneflek and President and Research coordinator of Sint Maarten Institute for Public Policy Studies (SIPPS), Mr. Julio R. Romney met to discuss SIPPS findings of our recent Labor Market needs. Sint Maarten Institute for Public Policy Studies […]

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

By   2 weeks 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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INSO bought by Italian giant, Fincantieri Group

By   2 weeks 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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Home repairs continue, enters into accelerated pace

By   3 weeks ago

PHILIPSBURG – Now firmly in its third phase, the Private Home Repair Program of the Sint Maarten Trust Fund is steadily moving along with repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017. It is anticipated that when the program wraps up in mid-2021, repairs to the roofs, doors, and windows of approximately 200 private […]

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

By   3 weeks 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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Minister Panneflek: Condolences to the family of retired Civil Servant Vivienne Monsanto

By   3 weeks ago

PHILIPSBURG — It is with profound sadness that the Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Richard Panneflek and the Ministry, offer their heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Vivienne Monsanto. Vivienne, affectionately known as Viv or Mama was a long-serving Civil Servant. Employed since October 1, 1978, she worked as […]

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

By   3 weeks 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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November 17 is the deadline for applying for a fireworks license

By   4 weeks 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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    Minister of General Affairs Silveria Jacobs initiates National Food Bank project

    By   2 weeks ago

    PHILIPSBURG — On March 14, 2020, St. Maarten closed its borders, due to the effects of COVID-19 and a partial restriction was announced. With the island still bearing the effects of the pandemic such as business closures, the economy has drastically declined and it is further projected to have continued adverse effects on the major […]

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    Travel entry requirements updated to allow rapid antigen tests

    By   2 weeks ago

    PHILIPSBURG — The Ministers of TEATT Ludmila de Weever and VSA Richard Panneflek have updated the entry requirements to include antigen testing with an effective date of November 25th. Travelers to St. Maarten are required to complete a mandatory health authorization application via the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) available on www.stmaartenentry.com and upload their […]

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

    By   2 weeks 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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    Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs St. Martin Day Speech

    By   3 weeks ago

    Good Morning Fellow St. Martiners here and abroad and to all the listening and viewing public. ‘Sweet St. Martin – Soualiga – Oualichi – St. Martin is my home – Where over the world say where?’ Choisy, Wathey, Fleming, Richardson, Flanders, Woods, Van Heyningen, York, Illidge, Lake, Jacobs, Peters, Cannegieters, De Weevers, Hazel, Hodge? names […]

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    Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs Congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris

    By   3 weeks ago

    “On behalf of the Government of Sint Maarten, I hereby congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election victory as the next President and Vice-President of the United States of America. This election is particularly important given that the outcome has resulted in not only the first female Vice-President but also the first person […]

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    Government holds cost-cutting measures info-session with civil servants

    By   3 weeks ago

    PHILIPSBURG — On Friday, November 6, 2020, Minister of General Affairs Silveria E. Jacobs held an information session for all civil servants. This virtual meeting was to provide an update concerning government’s cost-cutting measures as per the conditions for further liquidity support from the Netherlands. The conditions among others being the 12.5% reduction on the […]

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    Minister Panneflek: Condolences to the family of retired Civil Servant Vivienne Monsanto

    By   3 weeks ago

    PHILIPSBURG — It is with profound sadness that the Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Richard Panneflek and the Ministry, offer their heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Vivienne Monsanto. Vivienne, affectionately known as Viv or Mama was a long-serving Civil Servant. Employed since October 1, 1978, she worked as […]

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    Monitoring committee meeting held between the Government of St. Maarten and French counterparts

    By   3 weeks ago

    POND ISLAND — On Thursday, November 5, 2020, a monitoring committee meeting was held between the governments of Dutch and French St. Martin and the office of the Préfet of Saint Barths and Saint Martin. Present and giving opening remarks during the meeting were Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, President of the Collectivité of Saint Martin, […]

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    Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs reminds the community not to become complacent

    By   3 weeks ago

    PHILIPSBURG — The government of St. Maarten continues to allow for more businesses to open and fully operate in a safe and responsible manner. While St. Maarten continues to get accustomed to our ‘new normal’, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs would like to remind the community that COVID-19 is still being spread throughout our community. It […]

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    Appeals court rules in favor of Country Sint Maarten in Alegria court case

    By   4 weeks ago

    ~ Minister Doran calls this a huge win for the people of Sint Maarten ~ PHILIPSBURG — On Friday, October 30th, 2020, the Court of Appeals rendered their judgement in favor of Country Sint Maarten in its case against Alegria Real Estate N.V. to suspend the judgement rendered on September 4th, 2020. On September 4th, […]

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      INSO bought by Italian giant, Fincantieri Group

      By   2 weeks 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 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   2 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   2 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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      COCI, Ministry VSA and Ministry TEATT Collaborate in providing further information about COVID-19 Mitigation Policies

      By   2 months ago

      SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – In an effort to continue informing the general public and especially the business community as well as to curb the miscommunication between employers and employees as it pertains to the protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry has collaborated with the Ministry of Public Health, Social […]

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      Small businesses receive financial assistance through the Enterprise Support Project

      By   2 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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      Supreme Court of the Kingdom of the Netherlands rules in favor of Alegria in TOCA timeshare case

      By   2 months ago

      The Hague/Philipsburg, 25 September 2020 — Supreme Court of the Kingdom of the Netherlands ruled in favor of Alegria in the TOCA timeshare case. On 25 September 2020, the Supreme Court handed down it’s ruling (ECLI:NL:HR:2020:1499) in the case of the TIMESHARE OWNERS AT CARAVANSERAI ASSOCIATION (TOCA) and others v. ALEGRIA REAL ESTATE B.V. (Alegria). […]

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

        By   2 weeks 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   1 month 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   2 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   2 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   2 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   2 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   2 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   2 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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        Income Support and Unemployment Support Deadline Approaches

        By   3 months 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 months 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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          Further inquiry to take place into allegations against police officers

          By   12 hours 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 days 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   4 weeks 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   2 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   3 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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          Ministry of Justice to commence bid for electronic ankle bracelets

          By   3 months 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 months 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 months 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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            A Back to School Message from the Ministry of Justice and KPSM

            By   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   3 weeks 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 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   2 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   2 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   2 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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            Workshop on ‘Applying to Schools in the Netherlands’ to be held on Sept. 24

            By   2 months ago

            PHILIPSBURG — Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is continuing to equip students, who want to continue their studies abroad, with the proper information despite the global pandemic. On Thursday, September 24, 2020, a free online workshop entitled ‘Applying to Schools in the Netherlands’ will be held […]

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              10 COVID-19 recoveries today

              By   2 weeks 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   3 weeks 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   3 weeks 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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              12 COVID-19 recoveries today

              By   4 weeks ago

              PHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek expresses his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of St. Maarten’s 23rd COVID-19 victim, who passed away today. He wishes the family much strength during their time of grief. As of November 5th, there were seven (7) persons who […]

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              4 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

              By   4 weeks ago

              PHILIPSBURG — As of October 31st, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; increasing the total active cases to fifty-one (51). The total number of confirmed cases is now eight hundred and twenty-six (826). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-five (45) people in home isolation. Five (5) patients are hospitalized […]

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              23 COVID-19 recoveries today

              By   4 weeks ago

              PHILIPSBURG — as of October 30th, there were seventeen (17) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, there was a recovery rate of twenty-three (23) persons; decreasing the active cases to forty-seven (47). The total number of confirmed cases is now eight hundred and twenty-two (822). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-nine (39) […]

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              6 recoveries today

              By   1 month ago

              PHILIPSBURG — As of October 29th, there were six (6) COVID-19 recoveries recorded; reducing the total active cases to fifty-three (53). The total number of confirmed cases remains at eight hundred and five (805). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty- seven (47) people in home isolation. Five (5) patients remain hospitalized at the […]

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              13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

              By   1 month ago

              PHILIPSBURG — As of October 28th, there were thirteen (13) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, there was a recovery rate of ten (10) persons; bringing the active cases to fifty-nine (59). The total number of confirmed cases is now eight hundred and five (805). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring fifty-two (52) […]

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              3 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

              By   1 month ago

              PHILIPSBURG — As of October 27th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however there was a recovery rate of four (4) persons; bringing the active cases to fifty-six (56). The total number of confirmed cases is now seven hundred and ninety-two (792). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-nine (49) […]

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              5 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

              By   1 month ago

              PHILIPSBURG — As of October 26th, there were five (5) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however there was a recovery rate of five (5) persons; causing the active cases to remain at fifty-seven (57). The total number of confirmed cases is now seven hundred and eighty-nine (789). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring […]

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                Public Service Announcements View All →

                World Antibiotic Awareness Week: United to preserve antimicrobials

                By   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   3 weeks 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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                Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson to prioritize completion of Domestic Violence Policy

                By   4 weeks 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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                Lower the risk of developing breast cancer

                By   1 month ago

                Breast cancer is one of the leading cancers affecting women. Every October, the nation and countries around the world profile breast cancer during ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ where a wealth of information is shared on how to prevent it and promote the importance of early detection, and at the same time recognize the courage of […]

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                Measure your blood pressure, control it, live longer

                By   1 month ago

                That was the theme for World Hypertension Day that was observed over the weekend on Saturday, October 17 under the banner: ‘Measure your blood pressure, control it, live longer!’ Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is the leading risk factor for illness and premature death from cardiovascular disease, according to the Caribbean Public Health […]

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                Central Bank issues warning about Pyramid Schemes

                By   2 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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                Drums and car tires top sources for mosquito breeding sites

                By   2 months ago

                ~ Inspections reveal drums and car tires top sources for mosquito breeding sites. One in four households have mosquito larvae ~ GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Mosquito control is considered an essential health service, and the Collective Prevention Service’s (CPS) Vector Control Team was out surveying areas while adhering to current social distancing and […]

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                MINISTER Panneflek Your Mental Health matters

                By   2 months ago

                PHILIPSBURG — World Mental Health Day is internationally recognized on October 10th of each year. Many people underestimate the severity of mental health issues until they have been directly impacted by a tragedy. According to the World Health Organization, close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder. Through research, it is becoming […]

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

                  By   2 weeks 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   3 weeks 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   4 weeks 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 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   2 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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                  Due to hot weather, CPS urges population to prevent heat related illnesses

                  By   2 months ago

                  With the extreme heat that the country has been experiencing during the past couple of weeks, residents and visitors are requested to take measures to prevent heat-related illnesses, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said on Thursday. Heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion or heat […]

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                  Workshop on ‘Applying to Schools in the Netherlands’ to be held on Sept. 24

                  By   2 months ago

                  PHILIPSBURG — Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is continuing to equip students, who want to continue their studies abroad, with the proper information despite the global pandemic. On Thursday, September 24, 2020, a free online workshop entitled ‘Applying to Schools in the Netherlands’ will be held […]

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                  Income Support and Unemployment Support Deadline Approaches

                  By   3 months 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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                    Inclement weather interrupts flag hoisting on St. Martin Day

                    By   2 weeks 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 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   3 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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                    The Hyacinth Richardson Foundation (HREAF) kicks off food assistance program

                    By   3 months 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   4 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   4 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   5 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   5 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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