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Council of Ministers in Disagreement with Dutch Proposed New Entity

By   8 hours ago

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

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SMDF Presents Audited 2019 Annual Report to PM Jacobs

By   9 hours ago

PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) closed out the month of June by presenting its Audited Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2019 to the Government of St. Maarten via Minister of General Affairs and Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs. The audit, conducted by Stichting Overheidsaccountantsbureau (SOAB), provides a detailed overview of SMDF’s internal […]

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

By   2 days ago

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

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Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs Emancipation Day Address

By   5 days ago

Fellow St. Maarteners, Residents of our beloved island, Distinguished Guests, Online viewers, Ladies, and Gentlemen. Good Morning, In 1863, when the institution that was slavery, was officially abolished on the southern side of St. Martin, our ancestors on whose shoulders we stand today had already liberated themselves by making it economically unfeasible for it to […]

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Investigating High Food Prices Top Priority For Ministry of TEATT

By   7 days ago

The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication (TEATT) is looking into why food prices on the island remain persistently high in comparison to Aruba and Curaçao, despite having similar economies. One of the ministry’s priorities is to prevent price gouging and to promote fair competition. The ministry reviewed a recent study on price […]

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

By   2 weeks ago

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

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The Council of Ministers meets with the WICLU to clarify the cost-cutting conditions

By   2 weeks ago

POND ISLAND — Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs called for an urgent meeting with the Council of Ministers and the Windward Islands Collective Labor Union (WICLU). The meeting was requested to provide clarity and answer any outstanding questions to the unions. This meeting also served to inform the Council of Ministers regarding the ongoing manifestations in […]

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Council of Ministers Commends Unity Among Unions

By   2 weeks ago

The Government of St. Maarten has been informed of a series of manifestations that have been ongoing this week. Permission for these manifestations was requested and they have been granted. The government was also informed concerning the willingness of union members to partake in these meetings and manifestations. During the past two days, Prime Minister […]

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Digital Government Transformation Project calls for stakeholders’ feedback

By   2 weeks ago

PHILIPSBURG – In the second half of 2020, the Government of Sint Maarten, assisted by the World Bank, will embark on the US$15 Million Digital Government Transformation Project. This project aims to improve selected public services for citizens and businesses. In addition, the project will increase the reliability and resilience of Government’s information systems. More […]

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St. Maarten celebrates 157th Anniversary of Emancipation

By   2 weeks ago

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

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    New COVID-19 positive case

    By   4 days ago

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

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    SMMC making COVID care facilities storm resilient

    By   1 week ago

    CAY HILL — In an effort to weather any possible storms, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has made arrangements for its COVID care facilities (the Mobile Medical Pavilion and the ICU tent) to be made more storm resilient. Both COVID care facilities will be transformed into a storm resilient medical container park in which special […]

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    Panneflek: Encourages the community to remain vigilant

    By   2 weeks ago

    PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Honorable Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek would like to ensure the protection of residents and visitors from the spread of COVID-19. The government is working jointly with the various stakeholders to take responsible incremental steps towards the reopening of the borders; with the aim to restart the local economy. We […]

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    Airport to Re-Open on Emancipation Day

    By   3 weeks ago

    POND ISLAND — Minister of TEATT Ludmila de Weever stated that the Country is ready to receive travelers from Europe and North America as of July 1st, which coincides with our celebration of Emancipation Day. The community is encouraged to continue adhering to the proper social distancing and health and safety protocols as well as […]

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    CPS says thank you to all volunteers who participated in COVID-19 Community Outreach Campaign

    By   4 weeks ago

    The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), would like to thank all volunteers who participated over the two past two months in its COVID-19 Community Outreach Campaign that concluded on the fourth weekend of May. A special thanks is also extended to persons who set aside their time during the shutdown to ensure that hard-to-reach persons received […]

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    Ministry VSA reminds business community to implement and adhere to COVID-19 Preventive Measures

    By   4 weeks ago

    The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) is reminding the business community especially bars and restaurants that they must implement and adhere to the COVID-19 Preventive Measures. Controls of business establishments will be taking place to ensure that they are in compliance with their operational Safety Plan guidelines. Businesses found not […]

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    Prime Minister & Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs National Address on COVID-19 Developments May 30, 2020

    By   1 month ago

    People of St. Maarten, I hereby address you as Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), in the final update for today, Saturday, May 30, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about the latest developments and the Government’s COVID-19 containment, mitigation and response measures. […]

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    Phase 3 and 4 Economic Reopening Guidelines Available Online

    By   1 month ago

    The Government of Sint Maarten, hereby informs the community and all concerned that a number of new guidelines have been uploaded to the Government website related to the phase 3 and 4 reopening process of the national economy. Phase 3 commences on June 1st and phase 4 on June 15th. The guidelines are related to […]

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      New COVID-19 positive case

      By   4 days ago

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

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      SMMC making COVID care facilities storm resilient

      By   1 week ago

      CAY HILL — In an effort to weather any possible storms, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has made arrangements for its COVID care facilities (the Mobile Medical Pavilion and the ICU tent) to be made more storm resilient. Both COVID care facilities will be transformed into a storm resilient medical container park in which special […]

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

      By   2 weeks ago

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

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      MHF: Upcoming Family Support Meeting

      By   2 weeks ago

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

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      Extended opening hours MHF

      By   2 weeks ago

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

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      Panneflek: Encourages the community to remain vigilant

      By   2 weeks ago

      PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Honorable Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek would like to ensure the protection of residents and visitors from the spread of COVID-19. The government is working jointly with the various stakeholders to take responsible incremental steps towards the reopening of the borders; with the aim to restart the local economy. We […]

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      NIPA, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Chamberlain University hold virtual signing ceremony

      By   3 weeks ago

      ~Institutions sign scope of service agreement for NIPA Nursing Program~ CAY HILL, Sint Maarten— Now, more than ever, the world has been forced to wake up to the significance of healthcare workers. To address the need for more nurses locally, regionally and globally , The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) is continuing its partnership […]

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      Panneflek: FIGHT BACK, A collective neighborhood approach to Mosquito Control

      By   3 weeks ago

      PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Honorable Minister Richard Panneflek announces that the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will be executing a Vector Control Awareness Campaign with the slogan “FIGHT BACK, A Neighborhood approach to Mosquito Control” in the communities. The campaign will commence during […]

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      SMMC restarts construction activities new hospital

      By   3 weeks ago

      CAY HILL: St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) will be restarting the construction of the new hospital – St. Maarten General Hospital – per today June 15th, 2020 after construction activities were temporarily paused due to the COVID-19 imposed lockdown and associated general restrictions prevailing on St. Maarten. In the last few months, design activities have […]

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      SMMC provides COVID-19 update

      By   4 weeks ago

      ~ Outbreak Management Team (OMT) remains activated until further notice ~ CAY HILL: As per May 11th, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has gradually resumed non-emergency health care services to the public as all COVID-19 has been transferred outside the hospital to the ICU tent and the Medical Mobile Pavilion (MMP). As of June 12th, […]

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        Council of Ministers in Disagreement with Dutch Proposed New Entity

        By   8 hours ago

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

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

        By   2 days ago

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

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

        Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion

        By   4 days ago

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

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

        By   2 weeks ago

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

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

        By   2 weeks ago

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

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        Denied SSRP support can be appealed

        By   2 weeks ago

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

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

        By   4 weeks ago

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

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        GAP BETWEEN PARTIES IS CLOSING

        By   1 month ago

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

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        THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE SENDS REMINDER LETTER TO HOLLAND

        Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion

        By   1 month ago

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

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        COST-CUTTING MEASURES DISCUSSED WITH UNIONS

        Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion

        By   2 months ago

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

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          Immigration and Border Protection Services Office Reopens on Wednesday by Appointment

          By   3 weeks ago

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

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

          By   3 weeks ago

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

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

          By   3 weeks ago

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

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          Minister of Justice Richardson to Crack Down on Illegal Immigration

          By   4 weeks ago

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

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          Prison and House of Detention resumes in-person visitation

          By   1 month ago

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

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          Minister of Justice and the Ombudsman establish structure

          By   1 month ago

          (In photo: Saskia Thomas-Salomon of the Ministry of Justice) On Monday, June 1st, 2020, Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson hosted a meeting where staff members of the Ombudsman’s office namely Aishira Cicilia (Legal Advisor), Florence Marlin and Kelston Brooks (Investigators) were officially introduced to the Ministry of Justice’s Planning and Control Officer Mrs. Saskia […]

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          Minister of Justice disappointed by decision to maintain inmates strikes at prison

          By   1 month ago

          On Wednesday, May 27th, the Minister of Justice Anna Richardson held an emergency meeting with the management team of the prison and her legal advisors concerning the recent incidents that took place at the prison. With regards to the narrative that is being pushed in the media as it relates to the prison facilities and […]

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          Minister Richardson calls for meeting with Justice Committee of Parliament

          By   2 months ago

          PHILIPSBURG — On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson was scheduled to have a closed-door meeting with the Justice Committee of Parliament, to discuss the pending approval of the draft Penal Procedure Code. However, due to the requested urgent meeting of Parliament concerning government’s deadline to respond to the conditions posed […]

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          Ministry of Justice confirms; random search was executed at the Pointe Blanche Prison?

          By   2 months ago

          On Friday, May 8, 2020, Officers at the Pointe Blanche Prison executed a random search after concern that a weapon may have been concealed in the facility. The management of the Prison enforces a zero-tolerance approach and does not take any chances when it comes to concerns of weapons suspected of being in the Prison. […]

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          Minister of Justice swears in Dutch Law enforcement assistance from the Netherlands

          By   2 months ago

          This assistance was requested due to foreseen challenges with the COVID19 Crisis POND ISLAND — On Friday, May 1, 2020, Philipsburg, the Honourable Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson, welcomed and swore in several Royal Netherlands Marechaussee Officers, Police Officers and Royal Dutch Marines who arrived on April 27th, 2020 from the Netherlands and will […]

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            SMDF Presents Audited 2019 Annual Report to PM Jacobs

            By   9 hours ago

            PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) closed out the month of June by presenting its Audited Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2019 to the Government of St. Maarten via Minister of General Affairs and Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs. The audit, conducted by Stichting Overheidsaccountantsbureau (SOAB), provides a detailed overview of SMDF’s internal […]

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            LU students accepted to prestigious colleges

            By   2 days ago

            Caption: Head of the schools College Counseling department Mark Beland. ~ LUPS students accepted to prestigious colleges ~ CAY HILL — Learning Unlimited Preparatory School (LUPS) will continue its proud academic streak of sending virtually 100% of its senior class off to four-year colleges and universities the world over. The LUPS senior class of 2020, […]

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

            By   2 days ago

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

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

            Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion

            By   4 days ago

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

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            Investigating High Food Prices Top Priority For Ministry of TEATT

            By   7 days ago

            The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication (TEATT) is looking into why food prices on the island remain persistently high in comparison to Aruba and Curaçao, despite having similar economies. One of the ministry’s priorities is to prevent price gouging and to promote fair competition. The ministry reviewed a recent study on price […]

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            Labor Affairs Unit to register SSRP Business Payroll – Labor Disputes

            By   1 week ago

            POND ISLAND — Division Labor Affairs & Social Services to host mass intake registration drive for employees who have not received their rightful salary payment in line with the SSRP Business Payroll Support Program launched by the Government of Sint Maarten in May 2020. The SSRP Business Payroll Support is an initiative put in place […]

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            The Council of Ministers meets with the WICLU to clarify the cost-cutting conditions

            By   2 weeks ago

            POND ISLAND — Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs called for an urgent meeting with the Council of Ministers and the Windward Islands Collective Labor Union (WICLU). The meeting was requested to provide clarity and answer any outstanding questions to the unions. This meeting also served to inform the Council of Ministers regarding the ongoing manifestations in […]

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            Denied SSRP support can be appealed

            By   2 weeks ago

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

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            Extended opening hours MHF

            By   2 weeks ago

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

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            APS to expand homeownership options for Oryx Residences

            By   2 weeks ago

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

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              Reminder to driving schools, instructors and existing and prospective students

              By   6 days ago

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

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

              Hurricane Season Are You Ready PSA

              By   2 weeks ago

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

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

              By   2 weeks ago

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

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              St. Maarten celebrates 157th Anniversary of Emancipation

              By   2 weeks ago

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

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              Denied SSRP support can be appealed

              By   2 weeks ago

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

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              Panneflek: Encourages the community to remain vigilant

              By   2 weeks ago

              PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Honorable Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek would like to ensure the protection of residents and visitors from the spread of COVID-19. The government is working jointly with the various stakeholders to take responsible incremental steps towards the reopening of the borders; with the aim to restart the local economy. We […]

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              Immigration and Border Protection Services Office Reopens on Wednesday by Appointment

              By   3 weeks ago

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

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              Panneflek: FIGHT BACK, A collective neighborhood approach to Mosquito Control

              By   3 weeks ago

              PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Honorable Minister Richard Panneflek announces that the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will be executing a Vector Control Awareness Campaign with the slogan “FIGHT BACK, A Neighborhood approach to Mosquito Control” in the communities. The campaign will commence during […]

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              Final deadline submission 2019 annual report of political parties

              By   1 month ago

              Philipsburg — The Electoral Council hereby wishes to inform all registered political parties that in connection with Covid-19, the April 1, 2020 deadline for the submission of the 2019 annual report has been extended to June 30, 2020.  This notice also goes out to those registered political parties that did not participate in the 2020 […]

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              Hurricane Pass Application Process Opens June 2nd and Closes June 30th

              By   1 month ago

              The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season commences on Tuesday, June 2nd. There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass. No passes will be issued to business owners in general, only with some exemption categories as noted below. The pass allows the bearer […]

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                Bulletin Board Notices View All →

                St. Maarten celebrates 157th Anniversary of Emancipation

                By   2 weeks ago

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

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                MHF: Upcoming Family Support Meeting

                By   2 weeks ago

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

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                Extended opening hours MHF

                By   2 weeks ago

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

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                Theme for the 2020 Emancipation Day Celebration

                By   2 weeks ago

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

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                WIB announces maintenance window for update online banking platform

                By   4 weeks ago

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

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                Opening of Cabinet of the Governor of Sint Maarten

                By   4 weeks ago

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

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

                By   4 weeks ago

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

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                Single-Use Plastic Logo Competition

                By   4 weeks ago

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

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                Hurricane Pass Application Process Opens June 2nd and Closes June 30th

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                The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season commences on Tuesday, June 2nd. There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass. No passes will be issued to business owners in general, only with some exemption categories as noted below. The pass allows the bearer […]

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                Fire Dept. administrative offices in Cay Hill is open to the public

                By   1 month ago

                CAY HILL — Disaster Coordinator and Fire Commander Clive Richardson (seen left in photo above), said on Monday that the administrative offices of the Fire Department at the Fire & Ambulance Department in Cay Hill are open to the general public. Any persons who need to visit the administrative offices of the department need to […]

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

                  By   2 days ago

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

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

                  By   2 weeks ago

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

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                  St. Maarten celebrates 157th Anniversary of Emancipation

                  By   2 weeks ago

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

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

                  By   3 weeks ago

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

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

                  By   4 weeks ago

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

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

                  By   4 weeks ago

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

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

                  By   4 weeks ago

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

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

                  By   4 weeks ago

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

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                  SHTA Launches Travel Sentiments Survey and Challenge for Local Talent

                  By   1 month ago

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

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                  2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

                  By   1 month ago

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

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

                    By   2 days 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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                    IMA donates non-perishable and dry goods leading to 500 food baskets distributed to the most vulnerable

                    By   3 weeks ago

                    GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Indian Merchants Association (IMA) has donated in total to-date 500 food packages for the most vulnerable in society. A team consisting of 30 plus volunteers packed and distributed food packages every weekend from May 16. The team worked in collaboration with the Government namely, the Secretary-General of the […]

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                    Facebook group Simply SXM donates tablets to students

                    By   4 weeks ago

                    ~ Simply SXM donates 12 tablets to students from MPC and Sundial School ~ PHILIPSBURG — Twelve students from MPC and Sundial School couldn’t believe their luck when they heard they were to receive a tablet for their schoolwork. The sudden move to distance learning due to COVID-19 has actually been challenging for many students […]

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                    WIB donates to SMDF

                    By   4 weeks ago

                    The Windward Islands Banks donates to SMDF (NAF 110,000) to assist charitable COVID-19 community programs  Philipsburg – On June 8th 2020 the largest consumer and business bank of Sint Maarten, The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB), made a generous donation of NAF 110,000.00 to the Sint Maarten Development Foundation (SMDF) in support of COVID-19 food […]

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                    WIB donates to Rotary Club to assist with food program

                    By   1 month ago

                    The Windward Islands Banks donates NAF 110,000.00 to the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten to assist with its food program. Philipsburg – On June 4th, 2020 The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB), made a donation of NAF 110,000.00 to the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten to support them in their mission to provide food to […]

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