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Source: The Daily Herald
29 Oct 2020 11:44 PM

Us Party Wants Funding For New Prison To Come From Trust Fund

Claudius Buncamper

PHILIPSBURG--United St. Maarten Party (US Party) Members of Parliament (MPs) Read more


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Source: 721 News
29 Oct 2020 07:19 PM

Permission To Prosecute Mp Christopher Emmanuel Denied

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Appeal Court handed down its decision today on the request filed by the Public Prosecutor seeking permission to prosecute Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel.

The Public Prosecutor petitioned the Court for this permission on April 21, 2020 during the Lockdown in Sint Maarten. The case was handled on October 6th 2020 via teleconference.

MP Emmanuel accompanied by his attorneys Peggy Ann Brandon and Safira Ibrahim presented the position to the Court that the request should not be granted because while the prosecutor had ample time to investigate, no real effort was undertaken between January and October of this year to complete the investigation.

Requests filed by the defense with the Minister of VROMI to get information and documentation on all long lease issuances over the years were never responded to Read more


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Source: SMN-News
29 Oct 2020 06:45 PM

~ Prosecution simply does not have a case says Appeals Court~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel represented by The Law Firm won his case against the Prosecutors Office who was seeking to Prosecute him in the Begonia Investigation.
The Appeals Court ruled against the Prosecution on Thursday denying the Prosecutions request to prosecute Read more


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SMCP
Source: 721 News
29 Oct 2020 06:15 PM

Opinion Article: St. Maarten Covid-19 Chronicles

Stuart Johnson

Oh, how I wish deep within my soul we were in better times and better prepared to handle the challenges we are now facing. Like so many of you, I have expressed my opinion and provided my feedback on many issues via Facebook.

Everyone one of us can give our own personal story on how COVID-19 has either directly or indirectly affected us Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
29 Oct 2020 04:41 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On October 28, 2020 Members of Parliament of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) Akeem Arrindell and Claudius Toontje Buncamper sent a letter via email to the chairman of the Permanent Committee of Kingdom Relations, Mr Read more


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DLP
UPLP
SMCP
Source: The Daily Herald
29 Oct 2020 12:20 PM

Public Weather Forecast For St. Maarten

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Friday midday (12:00 LST) October 30, 2020

A SMALL CRAFT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

WEATHER:

This afternoon through tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy with isolated showers, some of which may be moderate to heavy with a chance of thunder.
Friday morning through midday: Cloudy, hazy and breezy at first with a few isolated showers Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
28 Oct 2020 11:06 PM

Richardson To Crack Down On Illegal Driving On Boardwalk Blvd. After Front-Page Photo

An alley between Front Street and Boardwalk Boulevard being barricaded to vehicular traffic with a metal pole on Wednesday afternoon.

PHILIPSBURG--Justice Minister Anna Richardson on Wednesday announced stricter measures to curb illegal parking and driving on Boardwalk Boulevard, after The Daily Herald published a ph Read more


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Source: 721 News
28 Oct 2020 11:01 PM

Reconfinement Does Not Apply To Saint-Martin

MARIGOT, Saint Martin — The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron has just announced the establishment of a second containment throughout the national territory. This aims to stem the spread of the covid-19 epidemic.The overseas prefects can adapt these measures according to local situations.

Since the beginning of March, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthlemy have respectively 566 and 83 confirmed;10 people died.During the week of October 19 to October 25, 25 additional cases wer Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 Oct 2020 09:45 PM

Road Users Take Heed The Roadways Is Not Your Own: 9 Month Overview Of Traffic Accidents On Sint Maarten .

PHILIPSBURG:--- The police have done a retrospective of the vehicle accidents that took place over the last 9 months on the island. This analysis looked at the causes and locations where most of these collisions took place and the consequences of these road accidents were examined.

There were more than 600 road accidents registered with the Sint Maarten Police Department between January 1st and September 30th, 2020. This averages out to be about 70 accidents per month. With this information, it can be noted that every day, more than two accidents take place across Sint Maarten Read more


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Source: 721 News
28 Oct 2020 09:45 PM

Article 25 Trumps Article 16 Of The Kingdom Law On Financial Supervision.

The conclusion I have come to after reading a letter dated October 19, 2020 sent by the Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion to State Raymond Knops is that article 25 of the Kingdom Law on Financial Supervision trumps articles 16 of the same Law. A text from the advices of the Department of Judicial Affairs and Legislation from the Ministry of General Affairs both from St Read more


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Source: 721 News
28 Oct 2020 09:43 PM

Government At Odds On Covid-19 Testing,Claims To Be Awaiting The Green Light From Rivm.

IsGovernment really speaking with the business sector?

During the past week againGovernments lack of cohesion onaimportant matter was as glaring as a sunlit day, commented Member of Parliament, Sarah A. Wescot-Williams on thepublic meetingregarding the financial and socio-economic outlook ofFriday last.

While debating in the second round,MPsreceived answers to questions in the first roundvia email from the Minister of VSA.Answers such as:At present, all antigen tests are inferior to RT-PCR, from a diagnostic performance perspective.Use of antigen tests to conduct source and contact tracing among the community would result in more missed cases (false negatives), leading to higher burden of disease, higher number of hospitalized cases and possibly higher number of deaths Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 Oct 2020 04:49 PM

Paris France:--- French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday that France will enter into another phase of re-confinement from Friday, October 30th to December 1st, 2020 as the country battle to bring COVID-19 under control. The overseas territories such as St. Martin is not part of the re-confinement.

President Macron in his address to the nation said I know how tired it is. I know the never-ending day impression that many are sharing tonight as new measures were announced. This time is difficult, it tests our unity, feels us Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 Oct 2020 03:12 PM

During the past week again Governments lack of cohesion on an important matter was as glaring as a sunlit day, commented Member of Parliament, Sarah A. Wescot-Williams on the public meeting regarding the financial and socio-economic outlook of Friday last.

PHILIPSBURG:---  While debating in the second round, MPs received answers to questions in the first round via email from the Minister of VSA Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 Oct 2020 01:07 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs confirmed on Wednesday that the government along with the parliament of St. Maarten will continue the process of decolonization by giving support to the decolonization committee.
Jacobs said information in the past gave indications that the process was completed however just a few months ago she learned of several reports where the Netherlands was also informed that the process is yet to finalize Read more


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DLP
OSPP
Source: The Daily Herald
28 Oct 2020 12:17 PM

Public Weather Forecast For St. Maarten

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Thursday midday (12:00 LST) October 29, 2020

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

WEATHER: This afternoon through Thursday midday: Generally cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Forecast High: 31C / 88F Forecast Low: 25C / 77F

Sunset Today: 5:42 P.M Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 Oct 2020 11:55 AM

Survey On Distant Learning Conducted.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Education Rodolphe Samuel announced on Wednesday that the Division of Inspection for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport conducted a survey of primary and secondary education teachers on distance learning.
The survey was active from September 24th to 30th, 2020, and was filled in by a total of 209 of 264 (80%) primary school teachers, and 133 of 268 (50%) secondary school teachers representing all subsidized school boards and the Division Public Education.
When these persons were asked to rate their health, the majority (64%) of primary and secondary school teachers indicated to be healthy Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
28 Oct 2020 11:29 AM

De Weever Hopes Regular Operating Hours Can Resume By Month End

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Ludmila de Weever wants to see businesses resume regular operating hours or at least have the current 12:00am closing times pushed back by the end of this month.

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Source: SMN-News
28 Oct 2020 11:25 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The plan presented by the Minister of TEATT Ludmilla de Weever to the parliament of St. Maarten last week is just the Ministers big idea says Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion. Irion made the statement at the Council of Minister's press conference on Wednesday when he was asked by SMN News if he could provide further details on the tax abolishment that was part of the plan Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
28 Oct 2020 11:24 AM

Statia Tourism Foundation Moves Into Berkel House

Director of Tourism Charles Lindo (centre), staff member of St. Eustatius Development Foundation (STDF) Charmaine Turner (left) and STDF Product Development ManagerMayaPandtat the entrance to the new Tourism Office at the Berkel House in Oranjestads historical core.

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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
28 Oct 2020 08:02 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) Board and Executive Management met with Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) management team regarding the involvement of local companies during the rebuilding process of the airport.
COCI and PJIAE have a good understanding and awareness of the local business landscape, and therefore the inclusion of local partners in the rebuilding is essential during these challenging economic times for the country.
The COCI board made a request in 2018 and again in 2019 for government-owned companies to consider including local contractors wherever possible in the rebuilding efforts after the damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Marina in September 2017.
COCI took part in the Sint Maarten Reconstruction Information Session that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands in September 2018 Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Oct 2020 10:54 PM

Coci Has Positive Meeting With Pjiae Airport On The Involvement Of Local Companies In Rebuilding Process

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) Board and Executive Management met with Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) management team regarding the involvement of local companies during the rebuilding process of the airport.

COCI and PJIAE have a good understanding and awareness of the local business landscape, and therefore the inclusion of local partners in the rebuilding is essential during these challenging economic times for the country.

The COCI board made a request in 2018 and again in 2019 for government-owned companies to consider including local contractors wherever possible in the rebuilding efforts after the damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Marina in September 2017.

COCI took part in the Sint Maarten Reconstruction Information Session that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands in September 2018.  The Information Session was organized by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (NEA) of the Government of the Netherlands and the Netherlands in Business. 

The objective of that trip to the Netherlands was to get the message across that Sint Maarten is open for business; that the Sint Maarten business community must benefit from the rebuilding of the country via the multi-million dollar Dutch-provided fund managed by the World Bank; and to build a strong bridge between the private sector of Sint Maarten and that of the Netherlands due to the opportunities which are endless when we look at the knowledge exchange capabilities.

When PJIAE noted the request of the COCI for structured involvement of local contractors in our islands rebuilding process and government owned companies, PJIAE was the first to approach COCI to initiate this process and get the ball rolling, PJIAE said in an invited comment.

The Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project is an essential renovation project for the PJIAE which was severely damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.  The reconstruction of the airport terminal which was completed in 2006, also includes further major upgrades with fully automated border control, extra escalators at all gates that would improve passenger experience, upgraded check-in counters, a relocation of car rental booths, and additional retail / food and beverage spaces offering local products.   

During the meeting, the Airport representatives explained the process that was to be launched for the reconstruction of the damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The chamber would like to point out that PJIAE as a Government owned company is going the extra length to promote and encourage local contractors to take part and register their company to be eligible for possible joint ventures or subcontracting with larger or main contractors, the COCI Supervisory Board said on Tuesday.

It is very important to have local companies participate, not only for the economic value of keeping the capital on island, but also the knowledge of maintenance of the airport infrastructure, since the airport will need to be maintained continuously in order to meet international standards on both safety and quality. 

I hope all stakeholders understand the importance of this, and of course that it becomes a successful reality.  PJIAE is pleased to collaborate with COCI on this endeavor, the PJIAE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Mingo, said on Tuesday.

COCI has created a special registration online portal where the local interested companies are requested to register their company Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Oct 2020 10:40 PM

GovernorS Youth Awards For Excellence Program 2020

HARBOUR VIEW Due to COVID-19 the Governors Youth Awards for Excellence 2020 was postponed.
Today the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, announced that the Governors Youth Awards for Excellence Ceremony will take place on Friday December 4, 2020 taking COVID-19 health protocols into account.

Governor Holiday considers it important and as a result encourages young people to develop the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in Sint Maarten Read more


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Source: SMN-News
27 Oct 2020 05:14 PM

GovernorS Youth Awards For Excellence Program 2020 .

Harbour View:--- Due to COVID-19 the Governors Youth Awards for Excellence 2020 was postponed. Today the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday announced that the Governors Youth Awards for Excellence Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 4, 2020, taking COVID-19 health protocols into account.
Governor Holiday considers it important and as a result, encourages young people to develop the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in Sint Maarten Read more


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DLP
UPLP
Source: The Daily Herald
27 Oct 2020 12:10 PM

Public Weather Forecast For St. Maarten

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Wednesday midday (12:00 LST) October 28, 2020

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

WEATHER: This afternoon through Wednesday midday: Partly cloudy and breezy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers and a chance of isolated thunderstorms.

Forecast High: 31C / 88F Forecast Low: 26C / 79F

Sunset Today: 5:42 P.M Read more


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