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Source: SXMIslandTime
18 Sep 2020 08:43 PM

Dutch And French St. Martin Working Towards Enhanced Cooperation On Joint Subjects

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten On Thursday, September 17,the Council of Ministers held a cooperation meeting with theCollectivitof Saint Martin at the Government Administration Building.Although this meeting was planned since earlier in the week, both governments are elated with the outcome of the unity march of Wednesday, September 16, that took place at the Cole Bay/Bellevue border checkpoint whichled to the lifting of the border controls at the Bellevue and French Quarter checkpoints.

Present during the meeting were Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Ministers Egbert Doran, Anna Richardson, Ardwell Irion, Ludmilade Weever, drs. Rodolphe Samuel, and Richard Panneflek as well as President of the Collectivit of Saint Martin Daniel Gibbs together with Vice-Presidents Valrie Damaseau, Annick Ptrus,and Yawo Nyuiadzi and their support staff.

Several points were addressed, such as the lifting of border controls, the synchronization of preventive health measures, the creation of a United Congress of St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
18 Sep 2020 04:41 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Thursday, September 17, the Council of Ministers held a cooperation meeting with the Collectivit of Saint Martin at the Government Administration Building. Although this meeting was planned since earlier in the week, both governments are elated with the outcome of the unity march of Wednesday, September 16, that took place at the Cole Bay/Bellevue border checkpoint which led to the lifting of the border controls at the Bellevue and French Quarter checkpoints.

Present during the meeting were Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Ministers Egbert Doran, Anna Richardson, Ardwell Irion, Ludmila de Weever, drs Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
17 Sep 2020 09:23 PM

Bell Realty Company Made Generous Contribution To The Education On Sint. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Bell Realty Company donated computers and printers to the seven public schools, as their contribution, towards education during this Corona Pandemic. This generous donation will assist the schools in providing online learning to the students attending the public schools on Sint Maarten.

One of the representative Mr. Russel Bell elaborated on the importance of education and the ability for students to be able to continue their education in spite of the current worldwide Covid Situation that requires a new Virtual reality. 

This family owned business has been in existence on Sint Maarten for 50 years and were elated to be able to contribute to  the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport with  this venture .

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports drs Read more


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Source: SMN-News
17 Sep 2020 06:57 PM

MARIGOT:--- The health situation on the island of Saint-Martin remains worrisome with 117 active cases and 21 people in the hospital, including 18 at Louis Constant Fleming hospital. The levels of incidence rates (number of positive people per 100 inhabitants per week) and positivity (number of positive people vs the number of tests carried out) remain above the alert thresholds.

Faced with this data, the prefecture of Saint-Barthlemy and Saint-Martin has decided to establish by order the wearing of a mandatory mask from 7 am to 2 pm in areas frequented by an important audience, especially the flows drinks, the surroundings of schools and shops, for a month from Friday, September 18th.

Offenders are fined 135 Euros.

During the lockdown, the Prefecture, Initiative Saint-Martin Active, and the Community carried the project to manufacture solidarity masks by 52 seamstresses Read more


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Source: SMN-News
17 Sep 2020 06:45 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Bell Realty Company donated computers and printers to the seven public schools, as their contribution, towards education during this Corona Pandemic. This generous donation will assist the schools in providing online learning to the students attending the public schools on Sint Maarten.
One of the representative Mr. Russel Bell elaborated on the importance of education and the ability for students to be able to continue their education in spite of the current worldwide COVID Situation that requires a new Virtual reality Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
16 Sep 2020 09:02 PM

Beyond Kultura Delivers New Books In Spanish To Sxm High Schools

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten This week, Beyond Kultura Events Foundation delivered 25 copies of La Sangre Llama (Overseas Bloodlines), a 145-page family saga by BKE president and author Loekie Morales, to local high schools with Spanish-language programs.

In La Sangre Llama, Morales recounts her own familys story of migration, loss and reunification Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
16 Sep 2020 08:52 PM

Taxi Drivers Encouraged To Apply For Financing Through Trust FundS Enterprise Support Project

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – On Wednesday, September 16 approximately thirty taxi drivers attended a virtual information session on financing options available for small enterprises. The session was organized by the National Recovery Program Bureaus (NRPB) Enterprise Support Project (ESP) team in collaboration with the board of the Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Association who had further involvement from the Airport Taxi Association and Downtown Taxi Association.

The ESP team met virtually with the members of the various taxi associations, providing insight on the project and how each member could individually apply for a combination of loans and grants up to US$150,000 (One Hundred & Fifty Thousand) Read more


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16 Sep 2020 08:26 PM

Hundreds Took Part In Manifestation Demand Border Open

COLE BAY/BELLEVUE – On Wednesday, September 16th, scores of persons coming from both sides of the island took part in a peaceful manifestation. 

The protest was organized by the Soualiga United organization on the northern side of the island. The purpose of the march was to send a clear message to the Prefet, demanding that the border check points be lifted. 

The border closure established since Friday, July 31st and was supposed to have been lifted on Tuesday, September 15th; has been extended further, until October 1st Read more


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Source: SMN-News
16 Sep 2020 06:10 PM

Lifting Border Checks In Bellevue And Quartier D ' Orlans.

MARIGOT:--- The Prefecture and ARS responded to the request for a hearing from the organizers of today's demonstration.
The ARS reviewed the current health difficulties in Saint-Martin, the number of cases, worrying indicators, particularly in terms of almost saturated hospital capacity (18 out of 23 beds occupied in the COVID unit and an additional death yesterday at Louis Constant Fleming hospital and 100 % CPR occupancy rate at Guadeloupe CHU).
Members of the Collective have not heard these arguments but have committed to contributing to the implementation of popular health education in the neighborhoods (wearing masks, gathering of people, social distancing...).
While it is proven that the regulation of population flows between the two parts of the island has contributed to a significant reduction in the circulation of the virus, the risk of disturbances to public order during a period of a health crisis is not acceptable or for the population, neither for law enforcement agencies, which have been heavily demanded for months.
As a result, and as announced in the press conference on Monday, the Prefecture of Guadeloupe is studying the limitation of air flows to Grand Case which is expected to take place in the coming days (reduced flight number and conditioning of journeys on imperative grounds) ..
In view of the risks of disturbances to public order, the Prefecture decides to lift border checks Read more


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Source: SMN-News
16 Sep 2020 04:53 PM

~ Residents must take responsibility with social distancing.~

MARIGOT:--- Prfet Dlgu Sylvie Feucher buckled to the pressure of the people that united on Wednesday morning in a protest march against the border controls.
Around 4:30 pm the delegation representing the Soualiga United Movement exited the Prefecture and informed everyone there that the Prfet has agreed to remove all border point controls as of immediately however, the containers that were placed at Oyster Pond and Lowlands will be removed as early as Thursday, September 17th Read more


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Source: SMN-News
16 Sep 2020 11:46 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs announced on Wednesday Council of Ministers press briefing that she will be meeting with the French counterparts on Thursday to further discuss the border controls that have been extended to October 1st, 2020.
Prime Minister Jacobs said she along with other members of the Council of Ministers attended the protest march on Wednesday morning that was organized by the Soualiga United Movement Read more


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Source: SMN-News
16 Sep 2020 11:30 AM

~Businesses are asked to remain closed as of midnight, controls will be taking place.~

 PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek announced on Wednesday at the Council of Minister's press briefing that St. Maarten is currently experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 infections. In the first wave of the epidemic, 22 cases were hospitalized Read more


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Source: SMN-News
16 Sep 2020 09:30 AM

~checkpoint dismantled, as marchers looked on, checkpoints will remain in place, no deal says Ministry of Overseas Affairs.~

PHILIPSBURG/MARIGOT:--- Hundreds of people most of them wearing black clothing marched on Wednesday morning as they protest against the border controls that are manned by the Gendarmes and Police Aux Frontiers.
The march which was organized by the Soualiga United Movement and supported by several other nongovernmental organizations and Foundations saw a large number of people marching against the checkpoints that have been destroying the economic activity on both sides at the island.
Politicians from both sides of the island joined the protesters Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Sep 2020 04:15 PM

Hushang Ansary And Richard Gibson Sr Wants To Resolve Ennia Differences Mutually.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Ambassador Hushang Ansary and attorney Richard Gibson are accusing former Interim President of the Central Bank of Curaao and St. Maarten (CBCS) Jose Jardim of acting in bad faith and laid critical accusations against him in the ongoing Ennia saga. In a leaked document from a trusted and well-informed source, Gibson and Ansary have directed a letter to Jardim in response to the latters request for a zoom meeting to possibly resolve the Ennia issue on Wednesday, September 16.
If the intention towards a resolution is serious the letter reads, then Gibson and Ansary are both interested Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Sep 2020 02:09 PM

MARIGOT:--- Members of the Souliga United Movement (SUM) and several other organizations announced on Tuesday at a press conference that they will begin a peaceful protest on Wednesday morning against the border controls that have been extended until October 1st, 2020 by the Prfet Dlgu Sylvie Feucher.
The group of activists called on everyone residing on St. Maarten/ St. Martin to join forces to protest the division of people and unity that has been orchestrated by the State. Persons are asked to use whatever means of transportation they have joined the protest action which will begin at the Cole Bay Round About to Bellevue checkpoint and from Agrement Round About for a meet up at the Bellevue checkpoint Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
15 Sep 2020 02:07 PM

Growing Backlog St. Maarten Annual Accounts Worries Cft

THE HAGUE – The Committee for Financial Supervision CFT is highly concerned about the lack of progress on the part of the St. Maarten government with regard to improving financial management and catching up on the backlog of the annual accounts.

The CFT expressed its concerns in a letter to St. Maarten Finance Minister Ardwell Irion dated September 2, which was published on the CFT website this week Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Sep 2020 01:18 PM

PHILIPSBURG The Minister of Finance, Ardwell Irion, would like to thank Herbal Awareness SXM for extending an invitation for an audience on Friday, September 11th, 2020. During the meeting, one of the topics discussed was the structural and responsible legalization of adult recreational use of cannabis on the island. The organization positions itself as the peoples voice for cannabis legalization, with its core attributes being transparency and community representation Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
15 Sep 2020 12:04 AM

Covid-19 Relief Group Is Looking For Volunteers

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The COVID-19 Relief Group is looking for volunteers to help with organizing and executing the radio/telethon fundraising drive scheduled for Sunday, December 13 th 2020. Volunteers can assist with writing, translating, voicing and distributing promotional material. etc. They can also assist with preparing regular and info graphic material as well as managing social media in relation to the fundraising drive.

The volunteers will not receive any kind of financial compensation for their service Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Sep 2020 09:56 PM

Exclusive: Nv Gebe Did Not Meet Deadline With Financial Statements.

~ Deloitte & Touche demanding NAF. 1M for pre-audit, Minister yet to take a decision on Management Board Members.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- N. V GEBE did not meet the deadline to submit their financial statements to the government while they are expected to pay Deloitte & Touche the companys auditors the sum of NAF. 1M for the pre-audit they conducted and found that N.V GEBE is not compliant because they have not met the requirements due to poor operations over the past year.
SMN News learned that NV GEBE was supposed to submit their financial statements by June each year to the government of St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2020 06:13 PM

Covid-19 Relief Group Is Looking For Volunteers.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The COVID-19 Relief Group is looking for volunteers to help with organizing and executing the radio/telethon fundraising drive scheduled for Sunday, December 13th, 2020. Volunteers can assist with writing, translating, voicing, and distributing promotional material. etc. They can also assist with preparing regular and infographic material as well as managing social media in relation to the fundraising drive. The volunteers will not receive any kind of financial compensation for their service Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
13 Sep 2020 07:48 AM

The Parliament Of Sint Maarten Marked An Historical Event By Hosting The Opening Of The Parliamentary Year 2020-2021 In A Virtual Setting

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Tuesday, September 8, 2020 marked the beginning of the Parliamentary Year 2020-2021.

In accordance with article 46 of the Constitution of Sint Maarten, the New Parliamentary Year begins on the second Tuesday of September. On this occasion a Solemn Plenary Session was convened on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 10.00am with a speech by His Excellency the Governor, drs. Eugene B. Holiday. 

This years event marked an historical event for Country Sint Maarten as this was the first Opening Ceremony to be held in a virtual setting, making use of the Zoom platform. 

Present in the virtual meeting room were, Members of Parliament, the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, the Council of Ministers accompanied by the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, and Chair persons of the High Councils of State Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
11 Sep 2020 06:24 PM

El Dinero Se Acabar En Octubre, Las Conversaciones Con El Gobierno Holands An Estn En Curso.

PHILIPSBURG: --- El Ministro de Finanzas, Ardwell Irion, dijo el mircoles que St. Maarten todava est en conversaciones con el gobierno holands mientras trabaja para asegurar el segundo tramo de respaldo de liquidez.

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Source: SMN-News
11 Sep 2020 06:05 PM

The Parliament Of Sint Maarten Marked An Historical Event By Hosting The Opening Of The Parliamentary Year 2020-2021 In A Virtual Setting.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Tuesday, September 8, 2020, marked the beginning of the Parliamentary Year 2020-2021.

In accordance with article 46 of the Constitution of Sint Maarten, the New Parliamentary Year begins on the second Tuesday of September. On this occasion a Solemn Plenary Session was convened on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 10.00 am with a speech by His Excellency the Governor, drs. Eugene B. Holiday.
This years event marked a historical event for Country Sint Maarten as this was the first Opening Ceremony to be held in a virtual setting, making use of the Zoom platform Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
11 Sep 2020 04:57 PM

Public Weather Forecast For St. Maarten

DATE ISSUED: Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Saturday midday (12:00 LST) September 12, 2020

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL
6:00 AM, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

WEATHER:

This afternoon through Saturday midday: Fair to partly cloudy with a few brief isolated showers possible.

Forecast High:32C / 90FForecast Low:28C / 82F

Sunset Today:6:18 P.M.Sunrise Tomorrow:6:00 A.M Read more


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