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Source: SMN-News
30 May 2020 05:23 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The government of St. Maarten held its Frontline Heroes Appreciation Tour today, May 29, 2020. Members of the Council of Ministers visited various entities that ensured the people of St. Maarten were kept safe at home. These courageous persons provided the emergency and essential services that have been needed from the onset of the COVID-19 period and activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). At each location, the respective Minister, under which these entities fall, gave words of thanks for their commitments in ensuring that the government could mitigate and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
30 May 2020 05:07 PM

Government Of St. Maarten Hosts Frontline Heroes Appreciation Tour

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The government of St. Maarten held their Frontline Heroes Appreciation Tour today, May 29, 2020. Members of the Council of Ministers visited various entities that ensured the people of St. Maarten were kept safe at home. These courageous persons provided the emergency and essential services that has been needed from the onset of the COVID-19 period and activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). At each location, the respective Minister, under which these entities fall, gave words of thanks for their commitments in ensuring that the government could mitigate and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Ministers, accompanied by children who aspire to be in these various professions also presented them with a certificate of appreciation Read more


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ADPS
DLP
OSPP
SMCP
Source: The Daily Herald
29 May 2020 05:21 PM

Public Weather Forecast For St. Maarten

DATE ISSUED: Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Saturday morning (06:00 LST) May 30, 2020

WEATHER: This afternoon: Fair to partly cloudy and hazy.

Tonight through Saturday midday: Fair to partly cloudy and hazy with a brief local shower possible.

Forecast High:32C / 90F Forecast Low:27C / 81F

Sunset Today:6:44 P.M. Sunrise Tomorrow:5:36 A.M.

SURFACE WINDS: This afternoon through Saturday midday: Southeasterly with a light to gentle breeze of 04 to 12 mph.

SYNOPSIS:

Despite the presence of a mid to upper level trough, a stable, Sharan dust-filled air-mass has settled over the Caribbean islands Read more


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USP
Source: The Daily Herald
29 May 2020 03:21 PM

Buncamper Writes Irion About Effects Of Remittances On Country

Recent lines at money transfer service

PHILIPSBURG--United St. Maarten Party (US Party) Member of Parliament (MP) Claudius Toontje Buncamper has written Finance Minister Ardwell Irion about the effects of remittances on St. Maart Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
29 May 2020 05:21 AM

Minister Of Justice Disappointed By Decision To Maintain Strikes At Prison.

POINT BLANCH, Sint Maarten – 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 the recent incidents, the Minister finds this be very unbalanced Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
29 May 2020 05:13 AM

Irion Says Unions Counter-Proposal Hints Of Demands, Not Suggestions

Union representatives during the meeting.

PHILIPSBURG--The counter-proposal presented to government by unions on Thursday hints of demands as opposed to suggestions, Finance Minister Ardwell Irion said in a press statement last night.

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Source: The Daily Herald
29 May 2020 04:56 AM

Richardson Disappointed By Renewed Strike At Prison

Justice Minister Anna Richardson (right, at head of table) speaking with personnel of the Pointe Blanche prison during an emergency meeting on Wednesday.

PHILIPSBURG--Justice Minister Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
29 May 2020 04:45 AM

Abolition Of Slavery Commemorated Thurs. Without Traditional Festivities

Secretary-General of the Prfecture Michal Dore and President of the Collectivit Daniel Gibbs prepare to lay wreaths at the foot of the Lady Liberty statue on the Agrment roundabout on Thursday. (Robert Luckock photo)

MARIGOT--The 171st anniversary of the abolition of slavery in St. Martin was commemorated on Thursday with a brief Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 May 2020 08:21 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- 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 the recent incidents, the Minister finds this to be very unbalanced Read more


Candidates in this article:
DLP
UPLP
OSPP
Source: The Daily Herald
28 May 2020 05:37 PM

Public Weather Forecast For St. Maarten

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Friday midday (12:00 LST) May 29, 2020

WEATHER: This afternoon: Partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated showers and a chance for isolated thunderstorms.

Tonight through Friday midday: Fair to partly cloudy, slight haze with isolated showers possible.

Forecast High:32C / 90F Forecast Low:25C / 77F

Sunset Today:6:43 P.M. Sunrise Tomorrow:5:36 A.M.

SURFACE WINDS: This afternoon through Friday midday: Southeasterly with a light to gentle breeze of 04 to 12 mph.

SYNOPSIS:

The presence of a mid to upper level trough, along with available moisture in the atmosphere will cause scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 May 2020 02:35 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Through his letter dated May 27th, 2020 to the President of Parliament, MP Rolando Brison, Member of Parliament Claudius Buncamper submitted a number of questions to the Minister of Finance, Ardwell Arion Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 May 2020 12:56 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Scores of Civil Servants including police officers turned up at the Government Administration Building to protest the proposed cut in vacation pay for the years 2020 and 2021.The Chamber of Labor Unions already indicated to the Government of St. Maarten that they were not going to accept cuts in their salaries and or vacation pay to meet the demanded cuts laid down by the Dutch Government.
Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion gave the unions his last proposal on Monday where he indicated that the government of St Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
28 May 2020 09:21 AM

Group Of Teachers Willing To Accept Proposed Cuts, Says W.I.T.U Does Not Speak For Entire Teaching Population.

PHILIPSBURG:--- A group of teachers that Franklin Jeffers is representing has penned a letter to the Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion informing that they are ready to accept the proposed cuts for the years 2020 and 2021. The teachers in their letter said they are ready to accept their full salaries, and the proposed 50% cut in vacation pay for both years, while they envisioned having their vacation pay reimbursed by 200% in the year 2022.
The group of teachers also explained that they stand in solidarity with the entire island in these trying times and also made clear that while the Windward Islands Teachers Union (W.I.T.U) is a respectable organization they do not represent the entire teaching population.
The letter reads below.
Dear Honorable Minister Ardwell Irion,

We are a group of concerned teachers who have taken note of the proposed cuts by the government Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
28 May 2020 07:43 AM

Is Issuing Of Pay Slip Compulsory

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Member of Parliament George Pantophlet says that he has been receiving numerous complaints about employers who are refusing to issue pay slips to their employees. This unfortunately is not a new phenomenon. He wants to direct these employers to book 7 of the civil code article 1615 n relating to number 14 the flexibilization of the labor laws under 2.2 Obligation pay slips which reads as follows; Old regulation.

Let me inform you that the articles are in Dutch so the following is freely translated by my person;

Under the old regulation there was no explicit regulation to give a pay slip to the employee Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
28 May 2020 06:16 AM

Open Letter To Minister Irion

Dear Honorable Minister Ardwell Irion,

We are a group of concerned teachers who have taken note of the proposed cuts by the government. While everyone would love for our finances to be stable, we acknowledge the limitations of our coffers.

Therefore, it is reasonable to accept our current salaries as we move forward and half of our vacation pay for 2020 and 2021 Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
28 May 2020 05:43 AM

Telem Group Main Building Closed For Two Days For Deep Clean From Thursday

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten The TelEm Group main building on Pond Island will be closed for two days (Thursday, May 28, and Friday May 29, 2020) to allow for a professional fumigation of offices and all public areas.

The closure is out of an abundance of caution in the event an employee in the building may have come into contact with a suspected Coronavirus patient.
In a Communique to employees, Wednesday, CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, said the professional cleaning is only being taken as a precautionary measure in keeping with the companys safety protocols.

Employees will be working remotely from home during the two-day closure and regular business hours will resume, Monday June 1, 2020.
TelEm Groups Simpson Bay Branch will remain open while the main building is closed Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
28 May 2020 05:36 AM

Govt. To Meet Directly With Civil Servants On Dutch Conditions

PM Silveria Jacobs

~ Jacobs: proposal to unions reasonable, fair ~

PHILIPSBURG--The Council of Ministers will be meeting directly with civil servants on the conditions imposed by the Dutch government on St. Maarten for the liquidity support loan for the country to, amongst other things, finance the St. Maarten Stimulus Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
28 May 2020 05:16 AM

Irion: Employers Who Get Payroll Support To Pay Staff 100% Or Reduce Work Hours

Finance Minister Ardwell Irion.

PHILIPSBURG--Employers who receive payroll support via the St. Maarten Stimulus and Relief Plan (SSRP) to remunerate their employees, are obligated to pay their workers 100 per cent of their salaries or reduce the work hours of staff equivalent to the percentage that they are not being paid.

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Source: SMN-News
27 May 2020 08:02 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs reached out to the civil servants by letter on Wednesday explaining to them the current financial situation the country is faced with due to COVID-19.
Below the full content of the letter.

PRIME MINISTER S. JACOBS Letter to Civil Servants
COST CUTTING MEASURES

Dear Civil Servants,

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential.. Read more


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Source: SMN-News
27 May 2020 06:43 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The TelEm Group's main building on Pond Island will be closed for two days (Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29, 2020) to allow for professional fumigation of offices and all public areas.
The closure is out of an abundance of caution in the event an employee in the building may have come into contact with a suspected Coronavirus patient.
In a Communique to employees, Wednesday, CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, said the professional cleaning is only being taken as a precautionary measure in keeping with the companys safety protocols.
Employees will be working remotely from home during the two-day closure and regular business hours will resume, Monday, June 1, 2020 Read more


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DLP
UPLP
Source: The Daily Herald
27 May 2020 05:13 PM

Public Weather Forecast For St. Maarten

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Thursday midday (12:00 LST) May 28, 2020

WEATHER: This afternoon through Thursday midday: Partly cloudy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers possible.

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

Sunset Today:6:43 P.M. Sunrise Tomorrow:5:37 A.M.

SURFACE WINDS: This afternoon through Thursday midday: Southeasterly with a gentle to moderate breeze of 08 to 16 mph.

SYNOPSIS:

Most of the active weather associated with a passing, weak tropical wave will remain south of the local area Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
27 May 2020 12:21 PM

Government To Honor Frontline Workers, Parents Ask For Children Participation.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The -Government will be honoring Frontline Heroes on Friday announced Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs at the Council of Ministers Press Briefing on Wednesday. Parents are hereby informed that children with frontline career day costume to send it by email to the government of St. Maarten. Emails should be sent to pmtalks@sintmaartengov.org, the names of the child must also be included in the email Read more


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Source: SMN-News
27 May 2020 11:15 AM

Task Force Formed To Collect Land Lease Fees, Businesses First To Be Targeted.

~ government still working with unions to seal an agreement.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of VROMI Egbert Jurendy Doran and Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion met on Tuesday to begin putting a task force in place that will go after delinquent businesses that have not been paying government years of lease land fees Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
27 May 2020 06:03 AM

Positive Foundation Receives Donation Of Usd $16,000

FromCIBC FirstCaribbeans Walk for the Cure.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten, 26, May 2020  Year eight indeed shaped up to be a great one for the regions largest cancer fundraiser across the English and Dutch Caribbean  CIBC FirstCaribbeans Walk for the Cure.

Partnership with the Positive Foundation and Adtalem Global Education on St. Maarten heightened the awareness, raising a grand total of USD $16,000 for the benefit of the Positive Foundation. 

The donation supports the foundations endeavors which are geared towards stimulating, educating and activating the consciousness of the community on aspects of self-responsibility towards overall health improvement, and in particular, towards breast cancer Read more


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