Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 11 Aug 2020 02:10:00 -0400 en-gb Cft chairman Raymond Gradus visits Food Bank Curaçao

CURACAO - Raymond Gradus, chairman of the three Boards of financial supervision (Cft), recently visited the Food Bank Curaçao (Voedselbank). There he received from the foundation’s secretary Stacia Illidge information about the set-up of this social initiative, that has been providing aid to thousands of families on a monthly basis since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. The Food Bank has distributed more than 40,000 food bags since April 2020.

Gradus was also informed about the donors who make this form of assistance possible through their financial contribution. He received information as well about the involvement of all volunteers who work every week in various manners to complete all work that needs to be done.

Raymond Gradus is paying an informal visit to Curaçao, where he personally learns about local developments and has informal conversations with various authorities and people in the course of one week.

It was originally intended to also visit other Caribbean countries within the Kingdom, but that turned out to be impossible. The regular visit of the full Board to the countries, which was planned for June, has also been canceled; the next trip is planned for October.

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]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:17:29 -0400
Final notice for owners to retrieve confiscated vehicles and motorcycles. August 25 is the deadline. Vehicles/Motorcycles to be disposed of

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As the preparedness process for the peak of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season continues, the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) is making one final call to vehicle and motorcycle owners, who have previously had their transport seized by the police to come to the Police Headquarters to collect them.

The police have extended the deadline until Monday, August 25, to allow persons to come to the station with the necessary documentation to retrieve their vehicles.

“The vehicles which are being released are those that were impounded for technical issues or the documentations not being in order “Therefore, the police will be releasing them to their owners, providing they present the necessary paperwork.”

These required documents include:

  • Proof of ownership (Bill of Sale)
  • A valid identification (ID card, driver's license, or passport)
  • Proof of a valid insurance and Inspection card.

Vehicle owners are urged to make use of this opportunity to retrieve their vehicle before the announced deadline, as once the deadline has passed, the impounded vehicle will be considered abandoned and will be subsequently disposed of.

“This is the final opportunity for persons to collect these vehicles as we will be disposing of them once the deadline has passed,”  Sint Maarten is entering the peak of the hurricane season and the police wants to ensure that we complete this process sooner rather than later so that we can clear the area and minimize any safety risk these impounded vehicles might pose.”

However,  any motor vehicle which is still part of an ongoing investigation will not be released and the Prosecutor’s Office is the only entity that can authorize the release of a confiscated vehicle once the investigation is considered closed.” (KPSM)

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]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:31:43 -0400
CBCS has a new president at the helm: Richard Doornbosch

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - On August 7, 2020, Mr. R.A. (Richard) Doornbosch was sworn in as President of the Centrale Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS), as he took the oath of office before the Acting Governors of Sint Maarten and Curaçao.

The appointment of Mr. Doornbosch follows from the recommendation by the CBCS Board of Supervisory Directors to the Entitled Asset holders on March 11 this year, to nominate Mr. Doornbosch as president. Richard Doornbosch (1973) is an economist with more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector, international organizations, and public financial management.

Up until last month, he served as Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., where he conjointly led the Dutch-Belgium constituency. For Mr. Doornbosch, supporting both governments in dealing with the COVID-19 economic impact, and mitigating the risks for the financial stability, will have immediate priority.

Intervention or restructuring measures should be applied with priority to problem institutions to guarantee an orderly resolution. Improvements should be made with regard to modernizing legislation and supervision of the financial sector, while the central bank itself is transforming, aiming to strengthen the internal governance and making the corporate culture proactive and more outward-looking.

Doornbosch looks forward to giving further guidance to this process: “The expertise of the CBCS-staff is indisputable, and the reliability of the central bank shall no longer be called into question”, according to the new president.

With Mr. Doornbosch being appointed, the Board of Directors of the CBCS is now complete. The Board of Supervisors looks forward to a successful cooperation.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:49:33 -0400
Wearing of a mask is mandatory on public transport in Saint-Martin

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - The use of masks is mandatory in vehicles, intercity public transport (TCI Bus - 9 seats), public transport (BUS - 9 places) and Taxis de Saint-Martin (5 - 16 seats), the Collectivity of Saint-Martin said in a press statement.

The Collectivite of Saint-Martin has taken all useful measures by territorial decree,following national directives and in support of its territorial jurisdiction, in order to regulate the transport conditions of transit passengers and taxi customers, as part of the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the territory.

Following the government's decision to impose the widespread wearing of masks in enclosed areas from Monday 20 July 2020, the Collectivite is reminding users and operators of public transport and taxis, the obligation to wear a protective mask and to respect the distance in buses and taxis including in waiting areas (road station, stops and taxi station), in accordance with territorial decree A-2413/2020 of 28 July 2020, in order to combat the resurgence and spread of Covid-19.

  • Signage has already been put in different places at the Marigot bus station and the Front-de-Mer taxi station for the safety of passengers and operators. Posters detailing the current guidelines have been ordered and will be installed as early as next month.
  • Important : Il est rappelé aux opérateurs de transport de personnes (Bus, TCI et Taxis) qu'en raison des mesures de distanciation physique, le transport autorisé de passagers est effectué en capacité réduite de moitié (Bus/TCI maximum de 4 passagers, Bus/TCP maximum 7 ou 8 passagers selon la taille du véhicule de 15 ou 16 places, Bus/TCP maximum 17 passagers pour les véhicules de 35 places).  

The Collectivite of Saint-Martin is asking public transport users to follow these health guidelines to protect the population. The Collectivite's supervisory officers are responsible for reminding everyone of these instructions (users and carriers). Random checks may be carried out by law enforcement. Violators face a flat-rate fine of 135 euros.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 06 Aug 2020 08:41:38 -0400
Local Blogger Lichtenberg to be Featured on Trinidadian #Digitalforeveryone

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the past months, and due to COVID- 19 the digital world has had a global boost. That includes the Caribbean region, that somehow was a bit behind due to different factors. However, we have seen that entrepreneurs and companies of every industry have had to step up their digital transformation strategy.

During his same period, collaborations and the exchanging of information between experts and relevant individuals with in varied industries have also increased. Your career, personal or entrepreneurial personalities have been given a chance to shine, network and connect with potential clients and great business relations.

This is exactly how Kenty Lichtenberg, is being featured in a conversation with Robert De Gannes, founder of Digital for Everyone (Instagram Live), a Trinidad based and digital outlet. The format of Robert De Gannes’ Digital for Everyone livestream series is deceptively simple.

The digital marketer hosts a selected guest for a casual chat about an aspect of digital business for 30 minutes on Instagram. Robert is a Digital Strategist with 10 years of experience running the gamut from Social media management all the way to Website design.

The concept digital for everyone came to me because "Digital" is massive, there is so much to know, no one marketer knows everything about it and often times, clients are only told what the person wants to tell them to make the sale.

So, Digital for everyone aims to breakdown complex aspects of digital marketing into easily understandable episodes. The ultimate objective is to grow the knowledge and confidence in all aspects of digital marketing regionally to help grow the sector for all, clients and agencies alike.

There are some many aspects of digital transformation, and daily we encounter new tools that we can use to help our clients with better analytics, projections and results for their core business. In this case, Kenty will speak about how blogging (a non – popular method in the Caribbean) can be used as a strategic tool to market your brand, your business and create a better market placement with in this intense and competitive digital world.

With over 15 years in the Marketing industry and almost 5 years of blogging, this promises to be a great conversation between her and Robert. Kenty is known for always having an unorthodox approach to marketing strategies and implementations and she is elated to share some of her best most effective practices and tips with the audience.

It goes without saying that in order to thrive currently, in any industry, you must have presence on the digital platforms. Of course not without knowing relevant strategies and creating an effective plan of action for your brand / business.

The Digital world means that your brand can reach an audience that you never thought you could, by using only traditional methods.

This Thursday, we invite you to log in on your Instagram account, and Join Kenty and Robert via: at 08.00 PM sharp!! Let’s take advantage of a session, where we can learn from each other and leave with valuable information that can help you with your business.

If you would like to keep up with Kenty, you can follow her via the following social media handles: (currently under construction)

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]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 06 Aug 2020 08:07:17 -0400
Nine students learn the basics of sail making

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - St. Maarten Sails & Canvas N.V. have once again coordinated with the local Marine Industry in helping to train the students from the ‘Zero to Hero’ (teens)/Kidz at Sea foundation, in developing their skills in the Marine Industry, the marine sector business said in a press statement on Tuesday. 

A fun and lively group of nine students along with John Westmoreland from the group of Zero to Hero/Kidz at Sea Foundation attended the sail loft of St. Maarten Sails & Canvas N.V. in Cole Bay for an introduction to the basic elements of sail making and also partook in some practical exercises. 

Sail Making is a profession as old as seafaring itself. A sailmaker is a person who specializes in producing sails for boats and providing advice on how to use, set, and care for sails. People in this field are often sailors themselves and learn the trade through an apprenticeship with an experienced sailmaker.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:14:59 -0400
Suspect arrested for a spree of robberies in the Cole Bay area

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Detectives of Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) arrested a man with the initials N.J.T., on July 31st for his alleged involvement in a spree of armed robberies that have been happening in the Cole Bay and surrounding areas, police said on Monday.

The suspect who lives in the district was arrested in the early morning hours by the detectives without incident. After the arrest, a search was conducted in the home of the suspected robber, during which several items were confiscated.

The suspect is being remanded pending further investigation.

The Police said on Monday: We would like to also remind the community that the more we come together to assist the police in the combat against these crimes the faster the robber(s) can be apprehended. (KPSM)

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:46:03 -0400
Saba prepares phased implementation single-use plastics ban

SABA—The Public Entity Saba is preparing the phased implementation of the single-use plastic products ban in 2021. A legislation proposal has been drafted and sent to the Island Council for deliberation. An official public consultation on the draft ordinance has been initiated. The ban will start with a prohibition on plastic carrier bags per January 1, 2021.

Based on an island-wide consultation through interviews, a questionnaire and a think tank, the government has worked on a draft ordinance in the past half year to regulate the gradual prohibition of single-use plastics. The ordinance will prohibit the provision of a number of frequently used and/or easily replaceable kinds of single-use plastics, namely carrier bags, food containers, cups, plates, cutlery, straws, stirrers, cotton swabs, fresh produce bags and confetti.

The plan is to start the plastic ban with plastic carrier bags per January 1, 2021. This means that supermarkets, other stores and restaurants, but also other sellers (eg booth holders at events or markets) and service providers may not provide plastic bags to their customers as of that date. If environmentally friendly, single use alternatives for plastic bags are provided, a fee must be charged to the customer. This is done in order to encourage people to bring reusable bags, but also to help business owners save costs.

Single-use plastic cups, cutlery, plates, straws, stirrers and confetti should become prohibited by May 1, 2021. Food containers are the last product to be banned, on October 1, 2021. The reason for this is that similar quality alternatives are harder to find. Restaurant owners need sufficient time to test different products and find a proper solution before fully eliminating the plastic and Styrofoam containers.

Eco-friendly version

The idea to introduce the plastics ban in phases is based on the notion that it some products are easier to phase out or replace than others. A longer phase-out time will be implemented for products that are harder to replace by an eco-friendly version, especially in the case of food containers.

The ban targets all types of abovementioned products that are produced for single use and made out of any type of plastic. This includes Styrofoam, but also plant-based materials that were chemically altered to create plastics such as 'biodegradable plastics’ that only decompose in a commercial composting unit, which Saba does not have. The environmental damage of these bioplastics is similar to that of regular plastics if not processed properly. The ban also includes types of products that are non-recyclable or difficult to recycle because they are made of inferior plastics that cannot be exported off the island for processing abroad, and therefore end up in the solid waste burner on Saba.

The ordinance gives the possibility to request an exemption to the ban when certain banned single-use plastic products are necessary for medical purposes or in other contexts where hygiene cannot be sufficiently ensured otherwise. In order to guarantee as much as possible that the exemption only takes place in situations where there is no other option than using single use plastic products, conditions may apply to exemptions granted and exemptions may be valid only temporarily.

Reduce littering

The Public Entity Saba has the aim to reduce littering and burning of solid waste. On September 18, 2018, the Island Council unanimously adopted a motion urging for the implementation of a single- use plastics ban. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW) supported this initiative by signing a Letter of Intent with the Public Entity on July 15, 2019.

Main stakeholders were consulted on a single-use plastics ban during the process, and an island- wide consultation was done via a questionnaire, which received over 200 responses. A think tank was set up to provide further input for the contents of a single use plastics ban. Together with the ministry of IenW, an ordinance was drafted for the reduction of the use of single use plastics. The phasing out of single-use plastic water bottles at the schools has been initiated.

Recycling workplace

Other (future) initiatives in relation to this ban and to reducing the use of plastics in general are: setting up a local plastic recycling workplace, which should be operational by the end of the year, signing a covenant with organizations on the island to terminate the use of balloons, and organizing contests at the schools: a poster contest was already held at the primary school, while a video contest at the secondary school should take place later this year.

The water bottling plant, scheduled to be ready before the end of the year, will also contribute to the reduction of single use plastics on the island.

Consultations so far have shown that there is a broad community support for a single use plastics ban. The official public consultation on the draft ordinance takes place until August 20. Responses can be sent to (Saba GIS)

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:35:21 -0400
Minister of Justice provides an Update on the Status of the Police Force Function Books

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Minister of Justice Anna Richardson, updates on the status of the function books to keep all stakeholders informed. A letter has been sent to the Council of Advice requesting an update on the timeline for the delivery of their advice on the draft legislation concerning the repeal of ‘Rechtspositie Korps Politie Nederlandse Antillen 2000’ and the salary scales for the Police Force of St. Maarten (KPSM). This advice concerns the function book of the KPSM; one of the nine departments within the Ministry of Justice.

A function book comprises three parts; firstly, the functions and their job descriptions, secondly, the valuation and assignment of scales to the functions based on the “weight” of the function, and finally, the formation plan noting FTEs (Full-Time Equivalents) per function. The first part has been completed for all nine departments within the Ministry of Justice.

On Thursday, July 29, the Council of Ministers approved the establishment of a Project Group that will focus on the finalization and legislative ratification of the function books and placing personnel in the functions thereafter. The Project Group will comprise of a Steering Committee and a Workgroup with representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of General Affairs, and the Ministry of Finance. The Project Group is scheduled to launch in the coming weeks once its national decree is finalized.

Minister Richardson states, “Regarding the function books, following proper protocol within the legal framework is of the utmost importance to guarantee that things are completed in the right manner. Within the legal framework, there will be an inclusive process, and it designates the legal responsibility of all parties.”

The legal framework will involve the Committee of Civil Servants Unions (CCSU) representing the unions and the Department Heads of the Ministry of Justice. The framework and related legislation specifically outlines when the CCSU is to be approached and their legal role. The Minister of Justice will meet with Department Heads of the Ministry of Justice to discuss the status and approach to their departmental function book. The Department Heads will be charged with disseminating specific information on the status of the function book to their personnel. 

To promote transparency and communication, the Cabinet of the Ministry of Justice commits to continuous updates on this matter both internally, and to the public. The completion of the function books remains among the Top Five priorities of the Minister of Justice.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sun, 02 Aug 2020 20:22:54 -0400
Travelers to St. Maarten must submit an online health authorization request

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Health recently launched a website to streamline the process for visitors coming to St. Maarten to submit a mandatory health authorization application.

"Travelers to St. Maarten must submit a health authorization request via before being granted entry into St. Maarten," confirmed Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, the Honorable Richard Panneflek on Thursday.

The website gives travelers access to an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) where they can fill in a form in advance requesting permission to travel to St. Maarten. Along with the mandatory application, the site also posts updated travel requirements as stipulated by the Government of St. Maarten through the Ministry of Health. Visitors must have health insurance coverage and travel insurance covering COVID-19. Since the online application process began, over 340 have made use of it. While most complied with the requirements, a few did not and as such were denied entry to St. Maarten for failing to meet the specified requirements. Airport controls and testing is also being done, and the website shows which countries St. Maarten considers to be high-risk transmission countries, moderate risk transmission or low-risk transmission countries.

Travelers coming to St. Maarten from a low-risk country such as Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, will be exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR test. "While we have indicated some countries as low-risk countries, this information is constantly being reviewed and may be subject to change if the situation in those countries changes," said Minister Panneflek. The Minister also said that travelers from low-risk countries will still be screened, which includes a questioner and temperature check before they are allowed entry. The updated requirements posted on the website also indicates that "other tests such as antibody tests or antigen tests and tests performed outside of these 72 hours will not be accepted." It also states that the rt-PCR test methods with an Emergency Use Only Authorization (EUA) approval from the FDA will not be accepted.

"Travelers who reside in a low-risk country but have visited a moderate or high-risk country in the 14 days before departing to Sint Maarten, must also have an rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus performed within 72 hrs." Additional requirements also include a Reverse transcription-polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test using only the nasopharyngeal swab procedure. The Nasopharyngeal swab is the collection of a clinical test sample of nasal secretions from the back of the nose and throat. The test must be conducted no more than 72-hours before departure from your destination. These measures are part of St. Maarten's efforts to protect its citizens and visitors as the world continues to fight against the global pandemic COVID-19. Travel applicants receive a response via e-mail indicating if their EHAS application is approved or denied. If the request is approved, the e-mail will contain a printable authorization which must be presented to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival.

The rt-PCR test result should be presented to the health authorities upon request. Persons suffering from flu-like symptoms and or has a fever will be denied entry. International Air Transport Association IATA who supports the global aviation industry through the establishment of policies on airline safety, security, efficiency and sustainability has also accepted St. Maarten's EHAS form and general visitor acceptance requirements. The measures are consistent with international airport standards for travel in the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The Ministry of Health has also indicated that original test results must be uploaded on site and it must specify the name of the lab where the test was conducted, the name of the person tested along with the date and type of test administered. The method of obtaining the test sample must also be explained, and travelers are advised that typed, written, or e-mail statements from doctors or non-laboratories will not be accepted.

Minister Panneflek said there are also specific requirements for Crew Members of Airlines both private and commercial. "Airline and private flight crews with stopovers in St. Maarten or St. Martin are exempted from the health authorization procedure but must demonstrate a valid (performed within 72 hours of departure to Sint Maarten) negative rt-PCR test. Crew members not in possession of a valid negative rt-PCR test must self-quarantine until their departure flight."

Daily alerts will be sent to visitors' e-mail address as the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) will be monitoring each visitor's health condition during their stay. The use of the website is also being promoted by the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau STB to its global travel partners.

“Remind the general public to maintain a social distance of two meters, sanitize your hands routnely and and wear your mask. Only together we can overcome,”

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:28:07 -0400
Public order measures regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) According to the Police Kingdom Act, the Minister of Justice is responsible and accountable for both the public order and assistance tasks as well as for the judicial tasks of the police.
Pursuant to Article 1 of the General Police Ordinance, everyone must abide by the regulations established by the Minister of Justice during extraordinary circumstances in the interest of public order, peace, or security.

In this regard, the Minister of Justice Anna Richardson, in close consultation with the Police, and the Public Prosecution Service, announces the following. On March 11, The World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus (COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2) is a global pandemic. Based on this declaration, the Government of St. Maarten took fast and effective measures to prevent the virus from spreading on a national level. By increasing its risk management, implementing and enforcing strict preventive measures such as maintaining a social distance of 2 meters from others, the government was able to curb or even halt the spreading of the coronavirus, within a few months.

Recently, it has become apparent that the risk of infection with the coronavirus is still present on St. Maarten and has become of great concern. On the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, of July, there have been, respectively, 2, 3, and 10 new infected cases confirmed. pandemic. At the same time, it is observed that the public has become less disciplined in keeping with the aforementioned 2 meter social distancing rule.

For maintaining public order and safety as well as safeguarding the health of the people of St. Maarten in these extraordinary circumstances, it is therefore decided that government inspectors and police officers may put a stop to all public and private events and gatherings in the event that the social distancing rule of 2 meters away from other persons is not adhered to. Additionally, everyone – i.e. individuals, shop owners, restaurateurs, or other entrepreneurs - must strictly follow and comply with all measures taken by the competent authorities to prevent, limit or combat the risks of the coronavirus to public safety.

These precautionary and mitigating measures of the government are an effort to help mitigate the spread of the virus. The inspectors and police officers will strictly enforce these measures. All instructions issued by the police for executing and enforcing these measures should, therefore, be strictly and immediately respected. Non-compliance with these measures will be considered a violation of the General Police Ordinance and the Penal Code.

The community is encouraged to stay informed, practice good hygiene, be aware, and be prepared. As a community, we are in this together in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus on St. Maarten.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:18:11 -0400
Tropical Storm Warning to be discontinued Early Thursday morning. Jacobs thanks public & business community for compliance

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Tropical Storm Warning will be discontinued early Thursday morning at 5.00AM as the tropical disturbance continues to move further away from Sint Maarten. However, it is expected that rain showers could persist tonight and as such residents should continue to exercise caution.

The tropical storm warning was issued as a precautionary measure due to the uncertainty of the weather system when it was approaching the Lesser Antilles.

Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Silveria Jacobs wanted to ensure that the nation was at a high state of alertness and preparedness due to the possibility of the system developing into a tropical storm/hurricane as it approached the island chain leaving no room for final preparations to be taken to protect life and property.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine on Tuesday and into Wednesday moved very quickly towards the Lesser Antilles varying between 23 to 25 miles per hour. Bearing this in mind, Prime Minister Jacobs activated the EOC at 1.00pm on Tuesday to ensure adequate preparations could be made for any eventuality.

On Wednesday in an early morning National Briefing to the community, Prime Minister Jacobs recommended to the business community to close at 11.00AM on Wednesday as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of employees and avoid persons being on the road after midday Wednesday, and commends the people of Sint Maarten highly for their compliance with the precautionary advisory.

The Emergency Services remained active and on standby while all Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) were at a heightened state of alert for any eventualities.

An announcement was also made about the cancellation of all CXC exams on Wednesday such as CAPE Pure Mathematics, Biology and Economics, and CSEC English B, and Caribbean History.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Division Exams will follow-up with the Exam Board in Barbados with respect to having the exams rescheduled for a later date.

The prime minister also announced during the morning briefing that military assistance was also approved in the event additional manpower and resources were needed to assist ESFs.

The system continues to move further away from Sint Maarten and it is expected that business activities including government services will resume tomorrow morning Thursday, July 30 barring any major developments in the weather.

The community is of course requested to stay tuned to the 5.00AM weather update for confirmation of such, when the Tropical Storm Warning is expected to be lifted.

Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs would like to thank residents and the business community for adhering to the instructions and recommendations and taking the required measures to prepare for the passing of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine.

Jacobs reminded residents and the business community to remain vigilant and prepared since we still have to go through the peak months of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season – August, September and October.

“I would like to remind residents and business owners, to use the opportunity to revisit their business, household and family preparedness plans and be ready to take quick action when the need arises as tropical systems tend to develop and/or change course in short notice,” Jacobs said on Wednesday evening.

The remaining storm names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season are: Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, René, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, and Wilfred.

For those who would like to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike, do visit the Government website: where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”

In addition, you can also download the ‘Disasterprep Sint Maarten’ app for Android and Apple phones by going to the Google and Apple stores.

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane.

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS):

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Are You Ready? Be prepared this hurricane season!

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Wed, 29 Jul 2020 21:48:07 -0400
16 Participate in SXM R&A Junior Golf Open 2020

SINT MAARTEN (MULLET BAY) - On Monday July 27, 2020, the 16th Annual SXM R&A Junior Golf Open was held at Mullet Bay Golf Course, according to a statement released on Wednesday. The competition was for girls and boys ages 7 to 14 consisting of two groups A and B.

There was a turnout of 16 participants competing in three different categories which were a stroke play tournament, a chipping competition, and a putting competition. Trophies were awarded to the first and second place finishers in each group in all three categories.

In Group A

Stroke play Daniel Hobgood won first place and Rio Stomp came second. In the chipping competition Nubia Stomp won first place and Rio Stomp came second. In the putting competition Daniel Hobgood won first place while Marshall Leone came second.

In Group B

Stroke play Malcolm Marshall won first place and Harrison Hobgood and Jacob Boxshall were tied for second. In the chipping competition Harrison Hobgood won first place while Ninainiu Tinitali and Malcolm Marshall tied for second. In the putting competition Ninainiu Tinitali won first place and Aden Stomp came second.

It was a wonderful day and lots of fun was had by all. Instructor Howard Hobgood thanked all the participants and thanked the sponsors who made the Open a possibility: R&A, St. Maarten Golf Association, Mullet Bay Golf Course, Domino's Pizza.

This was the conclusion to the Spring session of the St. Maarten Junior Golf Program where the players have been training three days a week since January. The classes will resume in September. If anyone is interested in joining the program which is free of charge, please sign up by calling 553-3290.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:46:53 -0400
Residents advised to prepare for tropical storm conditions. Be aware of flood prone areas

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – As of 11.00am on Tuesday morning, Sint Maarten is under a Tropical Storm Warning.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area within 36 hours.

The weather system has been classified as a potential tropical cyclone. The forecast track has the system moving through our region on Wednesday.

The system is expected to become a tropical storm tonight or Wednesday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 230 miles primarily to the northeast of the center.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours.

The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) Fire Chief Clive Richardson, is calling on the community to continue to closely monitor the progress of the weather system and to prepare for the possibility of tropical storm conditions.

According to the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS) in a special bulletin on Tuesday at midday, windy conditions could begin late tonight through Wednesday.

RAINFALL: The potential tropical cyclone will produce total rain accumulation of 2 to 6 inches. This rainfall could produce flash flooding and rock falls.

Residents in areas prone to flooding or near the coast should make the necessary preparations to protect life and property, the MDS said on Tuesday.

Motorists are advised to stay off the road during heavy rain events if you do not have to be out; hillside residents are advised to remain indoors during heavy rainfall due to possible rock and landslides.

Motorists are advised to stay away from flood prone areas during heavy rainfall such as:

LB Scot Road - from Emilio Wilson Park until Cake House.

Zagersgut - from Petro Plus Gas Station until Seventh Day Church.

Wegelegen Road Cayhill - from Wegelegen road Roundabout until One Tete Loke Roundabout.

Beacon Hill Road - from Sunset Bar & Grill until beginning of White Sands Road.

Rhine Road - from the intersection of University Drive until intersection of Rio Grande.

SEAS: Sea conditions will continue to deteriorate and peak by Wednesday afternoon with swells up to 15 feet. A small craft advisory and flash flood advisory will go into effect later


The remaining storm names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season are: Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, René, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, and Wilfred.

For those who would like to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike, you can visit the Government website: where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”

In addition, you can also download the ‘Disasterprep Sint Maarten’ app for Android and Apple phones by going to the Google and Apple stores.

ODM reminds residents and business owners to have plans in place for quick action when the need arises – storm ready!

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane.

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS):

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Are You Ready? Be prepared this hurricane season!

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:09:13 -0400
UPDATED: Sint Maarten under Tropical Storm Warning

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – After a Hurricane Hunter Air Force Reserve aircraft carried out a reconnaissance flight of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine on Tuesday afternoon, the analysis that came back to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) was that the overall structure of the disturbance has not changed much since this morning.

New clusters of convection have developed over the northern portion of the elongated circulation and the Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft has been unable to find a well-defined center.

The latest dynamical model guidance still suggests that the system will consolidate over the next 12-18 hours and the disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm before it reaches the Leeward Islands on Wednesday.

Regardless of the exact track, the system is expected to bring locally heavy rainfall to much of the Lesser Antilles, and tropical-storm-force winds to portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico within the next 24-36 hours.


A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra

* U.S. Virgin Islands

* British Virgin Islands

* Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla

* Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy

* Saba and St. Eustatius

* St. Maarten

* Dominica

* Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo northward along the northern

coast to the Dominican Republic/Haiti border

Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, and the

southeast and central Bahamas should monitor the progress of this


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ARCHIVE, TUESDAY - A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Sint Maarten as well as a number of other islands as of 11.00am Tuesday morning according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) out of Miami.

The weather disturbance east-southeast of the Leeward Islands is forecast to become a tropical storm before reaching the island chain. Once its classified officially as a storm, it will be named Isaias.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

The watches and warnings that have been issued so far are:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Puerto Rico, including Vieques, and Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The government of Antigua has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Antigua, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis.

The government of France has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Martin.

The government of the Netherlands has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Saba and St. Eustatius.


]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:52:01 -0400
Potential 9th storm in the making East of the Lesser Antilles. Be Prepared

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – A tropical disturbance in the eastern Atlantic Ocean east of the Lesser Antilles, is closely being watched for development by the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Listed as Invest 92-L, the tropical disturbance came off the coast of Africa and started to make its way across the Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands.

On Sunday morning, the NHC gave it a 90 per cent chance for development over the next five days. The NHC has requested interests in the Lesser Antilles to monitor the progress of the system.

Crown Weather reported on Saturday that we could see development into a tropical depression/tropical storm around the middle of the week and the system needs to be watched extremely closely.

The various tracking models are not fully in agreement where the system will go. According to Crown Weather: “the GFS model forecasts a hurricane impact on the central and northern Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late next week. Beyond this, the GFS model forecasts a track into the Bahamas and then along the US Southeast coast from eastern Florida to eastern North Carolina.

“The Canadian and UKMET model guidance agrees with the GFS model on the idea of a track that takes this system from the central and northern Lesser Antilles on Thursday to across Puerto Rico on Friday. By next weekend, both models forecast a track into the area of the Bahamas.

“Interestingly, the European operational model forecasts a due west track and a much weaker system than previous model runs. The European ensemble model guidance are in 2 camps – due west through the Caribbean and weak (tropical storm) and a more northwesterly track into the northeastern Caribbean and towards the Bahamas and strong (hurricane).”

The ninth named storm will be called Isaias.


]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sun, 26 Jul 2020 07:34:14 -0400
Two Cruise Ships arrive Sunday for Repatriation of Crew Operations: MSC Armonia and Independence of the Seas

PORT ST. MAARTEN – On Sunday, July 26, two cruise ships will be in port for the repatriation of their crew to their homelands. The vessels are the Independence of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and MSC Cruises MSC Armonia.

Both vessels will arrive on Sunday. Independence of the Seas will depart on Tuesday while MSC Armonia will depart on Monday.

The repatriation of crew will be carried out based on the ports strict “Sterile Port Protocol” that falls under the scope of the Ordinance Public Health which is part of the International Health Regulations as issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

This protocol ensures public health safety and security at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities for all incoming vessels at the port.

Port St. Maarten was chosen due to its strategic location in the Northeastern Caribbean as well as its international connections with airports around the world. As a destination, St. Maarten has displayed its ability to facilitate such repatriation operations safely and efficiently.

The country’s infrastructure such as its homeporting facility and services at Port St. Maarten makes it easy for a cruise ship to have travel documents of crews processed and then taken directly to the Airport to board their international flight.

Additional services such as fuel bunkering and food provisioning, are also available that cruise lines can avail during their port call.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sat, 25 Jul 2020 13:25:51 -0400
Tropical Storm Gonzalo a Reminder to Review Boat Ready Hurricane Season Preparatory Plans

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The seventh named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season formed this week in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Caribbean island chain.

It is a clear reminder once again that all have to be prepared. According to forecasters, this is the earliest 7th named storm to form on record and is the first tropical cyclone to develop in the tropics this season.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is forecast to pass the Windward Islands (a portion of the southern Lesser Antilles) over the weekend as a hurricane and poses no threat to Sint Maarten.

Boat owners are being advised by the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) to once again review their hurricane preparatory plans, so they can be ready to take action in the event of a storm/hurricane threat to the country during the upcoming peak months of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season which is a little more than three weeks away.

ODM is requesting mariners to make special preparations to stay with friends or in a hotel and not to remain on their vessel during the passing of a hurricane while moored in the Simpson Bay Lagoon or Oyster Pond.

ODM is also calling on the marine community and service providers who have a direct relationship with mariners to also remind their clients about seeking safe shelter/mooring in the event of a storm/hurricane strike upon the country.

For general information about preparing prior to a storm/hurricane strike, visit the Government website: where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.” Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane. For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS):

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Be prepared this hurricane season!

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 23 Jul 2020 21:15:14 -0400
New Management Team at Prison

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In efforts to gain stability and stern handle at the Prison and Detention Center at Point Blanche, the Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, has introduced a new Management Team.

This new management team consists of the new Acting Director Mr. A. Bell, Ms. I. Arrindell, and Mr. H. Concincion.

Mr. Bell has over twenty (20) years of experience within our local prison system and has held various positions. He has also trained i.a. prison guards at the Sint Maarten Justice Academy where he was an instructor.

Mr. Bell has diplomas and certificates in middle management, international coaching, quality management and is a certified quality analyst. Additionally, he has knowledge of (prison) system planning of new structures.

Ms. Arrindell is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background and experience in finance, business, and human resources. She was a former minister of TEATT and has been a civil servant for more than ten (10) years. She has also worked in the Ministry of Justice were she held various senior positions. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource and Organization Management and holds multiple certificates in management, human resources, and quality management.

Mr. Concincion has over twenty-five (25) years of service within the Sint Maarten Prison System, is exceptionally disciplined and has a no-nonsense mentality. He has an extensive array of diplomas and certificates that range from handling firearms, advanced coaching and supervision, rehabilitation, treatment and social skills training, extraordinary police officer, and life skills courses for offenders.

The new management team is aware of the enormous and daunting challenges placed before them. However, they are optimistic that these challenges can be overcome. They are determined to face them with confidence, knowing they have the support of their colleagues.

Acting prison director Bell and his team will roll out a six (6) month plan of action that is geared to improve various sectors of the prison and its operation.

Since human capital represents the most valuable asset of an organization, Mr. Bell - with his certified instructor’s background - will personally guide some staff members through the final levels of their certification and provide others with refresher courses.

The Voluntary Corps of Sint Maarten (VKS) force has been assisting at the prison for some time, for which Minister Richardson is highly appreciative. To strengthen their knowledge, skills and overall support to the prison guards, Mr. Bell will also be including the VKS members in the trainings to ensure for maximum and optimal security and service with the inmates and aims to develop a stronger working relationship between the guards and VKS members.

Mr. Bell’s predecessor, Rikson Martina, will soon be taking up another managerial position within the prison sector. In April of this year, Mr. Martina celebrated over thirty years in service at the prison and to the Government of Sint Maarten.

Minister Richardson thanked Mr. Martina for his best efforts while he held the position of interim director at the Point Blanche Prison. Mr. Martina has maintained a high level of professionalism and is enthusiastic to serve at a high level within the prison system.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 23 Jul 2020 21:09:56 -0400
Man arrested for multiple offences as investigation continues

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The personnel of the Detective Department arrested the man with the initials E.Y. in the early morning hours of 21 July 2020, police said in a report on Tuesday evening.

The suspect was being sought in connection with committing of various criminal offences. He was brought to the police station in Philipsburg where he was questioned. After being interrogated the suspect was incarcerated pending further investigation.

The investigation is still in its early stages so no further information would be divulged at this time. (KPSM)

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 21 Jul 2020 21:31:36 -0400
Postal Services Sint Maarten N.V. to become a Sub-agent of SEL Maduro & Sons N.V.

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On July 13, 2020, Postal Services St. Maarten N.V. (PSS) signed a partnership agreement with SEL Maduro & Sons N.V., establishing PSS as a sub-agent.

Travelers are now able to book their next trip, be it for corporate, leisure, or group travel, to their destination of choice at the post office branch, located at Soualuiga Boulevard #6, Pond Island, Philipsburg, (Former Census Office).

General Manager of SEL Maduro & Sons N.V. Mr. Sjaoel Richardson stated that this endeavor of sub-agent is the first of its kind for SEL Maduro & Sons N.V., locally. The company has been in the business of specialized travel and tours since 1963, with similar partnerships in the region.

Richardson expressed his confidence in the partnership, noting that PSS has the right business attitude to serve in said capacity especially at this time.  

Interim Managing Director Marinka Gumbs added that becoming a sub-agent or getting involved in this aspect of the travel industry is commensurate to PSS’s e-Commerce business model.

Gumbs noted that she was ecstatic that the two were finally able to concretize the agreement despite the setbacks because of COVID-19 and looked forward to providing this service to business and leisure travelers in the near future.

In the meantime, PSS management and core staff will be participating in compulsory training related to customer service as it relates to the ‘new normal’ in travelling. Ongoing awareness highlighting safe practices during travel, and requirements amid COVID-19 for the safety of our customers, will be our primary focus going forward, Gumbs stated.

An announcement with regard to the soft-opening for this new service will be published in a subsequent release. 

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 21 Jul 2020 13:10:41 -0400
Cariburo announces the 2nd edition of its Golf Trophy for Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Mullet Bay Golf Course,-july-25,-2020-at-mullet-bay-golf-course&Itemid=504,-july-25,-2020-at-mullet-bay-golf-course&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (MULLET BAY) - Cariburo organized the first golf competition on the island after Irma in December 2017, to the delight of most players on the island.

Encouraged by this success, the company, which has been specialised in office furniture and equipment for 35 years, has decided to organise its 2nd Trophy in July 2020. This event will receive the support of the Sint Maarten Golf Association (SMGA) and its experienced organisation.

More than 60 participants are expected to attend Saturday to this event, with a simultaneous tee-off of all teams at 8am (shot-gun).

The awards ceremony of this beautiful competition will be held at the Sunset Beach Bar & Restaurant in Maho, where participants will enjoy a buffet offered by Cariburo.

A draw of scorecards with many gifts will end this day of conviviality and friendship around the little white ball.

Cariburo and the SGMA thank all the sponsors and will meet the participants on Saturday 25 July at 7.15 am at Mullet Bay golf course for the briefing, before going by foot or by cart to each of the allocated tee-offs, for a kick-off at 8 am.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 20 Jul 2020 13:27:06 -0400
Motorworld and Republic Bank Partner to Host “Driving Forward” Summer Car Sale!

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Motorworld Group, comprised of Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi, has partnered with Republic Bank to present the “DRIVING FORWARD SUMMER CAR SALE!” This great week of special deals and excitement will take place from Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 24th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and climaxes on Saturday, July 25th from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Motorworld’s showroom located at Welfare Road # 20 in Colebay.

“The Sizzling Hot Summer Sale was developed to provide major discounts with some of the lowest prices ever on some of the hottest models,” shares Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, Motorworld Group of Companies. The Summer Sale is now being further extended to offer an unbelievable auto loan finance package in partnership with Republic Bank, with even more attractive low rates, plus FREE installments for the 1st and 2nd months, on any vehicle of your choice.  


  • Hot Sales on ALL New & Used Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles
  • Two (2) Monthly Payments Free!
  • Low interest rates on auto loans, unlike ever before

All vehicles are discounted during this period, along with low interest rates on car loans and affordable financing packages, for a limited time only.  This allows customers to take advantage of the sales promotions on the extensive fleet of quality vehicles from Motorworld Group, with the peace of mind that the first 2 months of payments are already covered, courtesy of Motorworld and Republic Bank. Zero down payment (100% financing) is also available.

Several loan officers from Republic Bank will be onsite at Motorworld daily throughout this period to provide on-the-spot bank financing, as well as first-hand information on the wide range of products and services available at Republic Bank. 

“Our vision is to be a bank for the people of St. Maarten.  The recent crisis forced many of us to have a different appreciation for mobility and what owning a vehicle can do for our lives and the lives of our loved ones.  Today we are partnering with Motorworld because through this initiative we can help our society ‘Drive Forward’ and fulfill personal dreams, as we rebuild our country together”, said Mr. Sterl Lyons – Managing Director, Republic Bank St. Maarten. We encourage everyone to organize their necessary documents in advance, and bring along the paperwork required in order to take advantage of the financing packages that Republic Bank will have available during this period ONLY at the “DRIVING FORWARD SUMMER SALE!”

The wide range of vehicles from Motorworld Group include several of the latest 2020 All New models from Hyundai, Volkswagen, Jeep, Ford, Isuzu, Mazda, Honda, and the super-hot and sleek Audis on sale. For those interested in commercial trucks, discounts are also available off the durable Hyundai and Isuzu models, built for business and, made to last “For Life!”

In addition, for the customers’ convenience, also included during the “DRIVING FORWARD SUMMER SALE” will be:

  • Complimentary Snacks & Refreshments
  • Onsite Entertainment
  • Free Giveaways & Prizes!

This promises to be a week filled with great deals and discounts to make your dream car a reality! Please log onto the website: for a listing of the New & Used vehicles on sale, as well as the bank loan financing requirements.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:54:15 -0400
Sunscreen increases the damaging effects of climate change on coral reefs

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - In recent years, there has been an increase in the detection of UV filters from sunscreens in coastal waters. A new study by Wageningen University and Research found that these UV filters seem to weaken corals, allowing warmed seawater as a result of global warming to further damage the reefs.  

Scientists from Wageningen University & Research conducted an experiment where water temperature was raised from 26 to 33 degrees Celsius in tanks containing two types of stony corals to mimic the effects of climate change. In addition, the artificial UV filter oxybenzone from sunscreen was added to the water to recreate conditions based on levels reported from coastal waters around Bonaire. 

Prolonged Stress

Corals were examined for more than six weeks. "That is really unique," says Diana Slijkerman of Wageningen Marine Research. "These stress experiments are usually short-term, but this chronic exposure to a low concentration of a harmful substance has allowed us to simulate the field situation as closely as possible.

It turns out that temperature elevation can greatly affect the health of corals.  In addition, these results suggest that sunscreen intensifies this damage. Slijkerman stated "The warm seawater is the largest threat, but it seems that oxybenzone adds insult to injury by weakening corals in the face of global warming ".

Coral Reefs Under Pressure

Coral reefs are under pressure worldwide due to an increase in seawater temperatures, deterioration of water quality, increased diseases, and acidification. Recently scientists have discovered a new pressure, the high amounts of artificial UV filters present in coastal waters due to the use of sunscreens by people.

This study emphasizes the importance of implementing local measures. "The biggest problem is climate change and you have little influence on that locally," explains Slijkerman. "But you do have local control over water quality." You can choose “reef friendly” sunscreen without oxybenzone, apply 30 minutes before entering the water or to wear protective clothing. Besides, water quality not only concerns pollution from sunscreens, but also, for example, discharge of wastewater and erosion.

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]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 16 Jul 2020 17:30:20 -0400
“Employer Council St Maarten “is formed by SMMTA, SHTA, IMA, and SMTA

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday July 10th, 2020, the first board meeting of the Employer Council St Maarten took place. The Sint Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA), the Sint Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) and the Sint Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA), as the recognized employer representative associations have founded a legally registered employer council umbrella organization.

The four associations recognized by St Maarten and the International Labor Organization (ILO) have cooperated for over a decade in representing employer interests.  A formal step was taken to unite the four associations under one umbrella organization. 

By way of this umbrella organization, the associations want to ensure a collective focal point for employer representation on all tripartite matters through representation of the private sector in advisory bodies.

The Employer Council is an inclusive council of autonomous associations and is open to professional business associations so long as they meet the ILO requirements and adhere to principles. 

The objective of the employer’s council is to provide sound, holistic advice on issues pertaining to the employment and the labor market as well as matters of socio-economic importance in general.

Structural tripartite dialogue is critical if our country is to grow its way out of the current economic crisis. The Employer Council St Maarten strengthens the voice of the private sector employers through unification in this umbrella organization, consistent with the need recently identified by the Prime Minister.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:53:57 -0400
Back to work? Break-ins almost at pre-corona levels as lockdown eases

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Burglars have returned to the streets, taking domestic break-ins almost back to pre-coronavirus levels, according to police figures cited by the AD.

During the lockdown period of mid-March to the end of June, the total number of burglaries in homes fell from 11,041 to 6,951, a 37% dip compared to the same period last year, the figures showed.

But police and insurers are now seeing a steady rise, the paper said. Last week burglars saw their chance some 510 times, only 60 down on the first week in July 2019. ‘The relaxation of the rules means people are going back to the office and there’s more traffic.

Burglars tend to avoid confrontation and violence. They want to enter and exit quickly so if people are in, they don’t fancy their chances,’ head of the national burglary prevention coordination team Sybren van der Velden told the paper.

Police are expecting the trend to continue and that the number of burglaries will have reached pre-corona levels by the end of the holiday period. Border restrictions are also being lifted and this, police said, will also attract gangs of burglars from Eastern Europe and South America.

Insurer Allianz Direct said the rise in burglaries is ‘a sign that the Netherlands is getting up to speed again’, while Interpolis said the rise coincides with the RIVM relaxation of the rules.

Police advise holiday makers to close windows, leave a light on and not leave their homes looking too ‘neat and tidy’. ‘Burglars look out for this,’ Van der Velden said. Allianz Direct said burglars have been noted to become more inventive.

‘They will do a recce on who has left by leaving a piece of paper in front of a car tire or some twigs in the door and come back to see if they are still there,’ a spokesman told the AD.


]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 13 Jul 2020 01:02:49 -0400
Teenage girl believed drowned after being swept into sea from Ameland beach

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Fishing vessels are trying to recover the body of a 14-year-old German girl who is believed to have drowned off the coast of Ameland.

The lifeboat rescue service KNRM called off the search for the girl in the early hours of Monday, more than six hours after she was swept out to sea. She was on holiday on the Dutch island with her family.

Her father raised the alarm at 10.30pm when she and her sister got into difficulties after they went into the water to watch the sunset. ‘It’s likely that she was carried off by the strong current and disappeared from sight in the darkness,’ said a KNRM spokesman.

Five lifeguard boats and a helicopter scoured the sea for the missing girl, while police searched the dunes behind the beach. Warnings were issued on Sunday about strong underwater currents and lifeguards had to rescue several children from the water, the KNRM said.

‘There are three lifeguard stations and they were busy all day.’ Police will search the coastline again on Monday morning, while 20 shrimp vessels have tied their nets together to trawl for the girl’s body.

The KNRM called the search off at around 3.30am because she could not have survived in the water for so long. ‘Further searches at sea will not have any effect.

That is why we have decided collectively to abandon the rescue operation,’ the spokesman said. ‘We are now searching for human remains.’


]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 13 Jul 2020 00:23:15 -0400
Traffic Alert: Drive with Caution. Hazardous road conditions possible due to forecasted Heavy Rainfall – Heavy Rainfall Advisory

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Motorists are advised to drive with caution due to potentially hazardous road conditions throughout the country expected from a passing tropical wave, Fire Department Chief/Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson said on Satruday.

The Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS) has issued a heavy rainfall advisory for the country from July 11 to Sunday morning July 12.

MDS forecast the possibility of some moderate to heavy isolated thunderstorms at times accompanied by gusty winds. Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution.

As a precautionary measure, motorists must be observant to avoid any low-lying flooded areas until water levels subside in the event of heavy rainfall.

Motorists driving along hillsides should drive with caution and beware of rock-falls and possible landslides.

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sat, 11 Jul 2020 19:00:09 -0400
Carnival Pride in Port on Saturday for Repatriation of Crew

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Carnival Pride cruise ship, will be arriving at Port St. Maarten on Saturday morning in connection with the repatriation of crew who are returning to their home countries in Europe.

Countries around the world have been asked by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to facilitate the safe and efficient operation of the maritime transportation system, which moves over 80 per cent of global trade.

Critical to this is the ability of shipping and cruise companies to continue conducting crew changes throughout the world while complying with restrictions and following the national guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Carnival Pride operation at Port St. Maarten entails the repatriation of crew who will be traveling to Europe on Saturday. Some of the crew are scheduled to depart the island on a commercial flight to Paris and Amsterdam.

Crew members will be bussed to the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) to directly board a charter and commercial flight.

Port St. Maarten is playing a key role in this repatriation process under humanitarian grounds, and for the overall welfare of the crew. The global shipping industry estimates that, since March 2020, only about 25 per cent of normal crew changes have taken place.

Port St. Maarten was chosen due to its strategic location in the Northeastern Caribbean as well as its international connections with airports in Europe. Also, plus points for the destination is the country’s infrastructure that caters to homeporting services therefore making the island an ideal location for international crew changes.

Other plus points for the destination is fuel bunkering and food provisioning services for the cruise industry.

All cruise vessels must adhere to stringent public health measures as well as to the rules and regulations. Port St. Maarten has a “Sterile Port Protocol” in place since mid-March with respect to COVID-19 ensuring safety and security.

The “Sterile Port Protocol” falls under the scope of the Ordinance Public Health which is part of the International Health Regulations as issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:25:47 -0400
Prime Minister Jacobs Attends Kingdom Council of Ministers Meeting in The Netherlands on Friday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Based upon the approved motion passed in the Parliament of Sint Maarten on July 8, Honorable Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs left for The Netherlands earlier today to join our Minister Plenipotentiary Rene Violenus in the Kingdom Council of Ministers' meeting in The Hague on July 10, 2020.

The motion was approved with 15 votes for and 0 votes against supporting the decision of the Government of Sint Maarten to reject the conditions as presented in the “Concept Rijkswet Caribische Hervormingsentiteiten” and to present a counter proposal to the Kingdom Council of Ministers.

During her closing remarks in Parliament, Prime Minister Jacobs stated, 'I am willing to stand on the frontlines for the people of St. Maarten whether it is in St. Maarten or the Netherlands.'

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:31:16 -0400
A heated altercation between father and son results in a shooting

SINT MAARTEN (BELVEDERE) - Police patrols responded to a shooting, just after 5:00 pm in the Belvedere area, on Tuesday, July 07th, 2020. 

On the scene, police gathered that a father and a son were engaged in a heated argument which quickly escalated. The argument quickly became physical which resulted in the son firing shoots at his father. The father was struck in the leg by a bullet fired by the gun.

Paramedics on the scene treated the father on the scene and later transported him to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment. The father’s injuries are non-life threatening.

The son with initials J.R. evenly turned himself in to the police for the shooting. The reason the argument is currently still unknown. This investigation is still ongoing, and more information will be provided as it becomes available. (KPSM)

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:46:29 -0400
Robbery suspects still at large after supermarket robbery on Tuesday

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Robbery suspects fled the scene of a crime after demanding an undisclosed amount of cash from the Peiking Supermarket on Tuesday, July 07th, 2020, the police said in a statement on Wednesday. 

The Sint Maarten Police Force detectives are currently investigating a robbery that took place on the Welfare road at approximately 3:45 on Tuesday. Two masked males dressed in dark clothing entered the supermarket brandishing a firearm and demanded the daily earnings of the establishment. 

The two suspects fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. Detectives on the case are requesting the help of any persons that may have any information regarding the robbery. 

Contact the station at +1 721- 542 22 22 ext. 204 or 205 or the anonymous tip line on 9300 (free of charge). You can also visit the website at to report crime anonymous via the tip contact form, or you can leave a Private Message via our Facebook page (Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten) if you know or suspect something. (KPSM)

]]> (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:44:08 -0400
UD says government seems to know only one mode: reactionary!

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The United Democratic (UD) party continues to observe with much concern the ongoing developments and the Government reactionary management of the affairs of the country, the UD said in a press statement on Monday evening.

“UD Leader Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot Williams was chided by the coalition members for not voting along with them on the motion in support of the government’s acceptance of the Corona liquidity assistance and the conditions attached to this assistance by the Netherlands. 

“Coalition members beat their chest, boasting that these conditions could never be honored if unlawful. 

“Government nevertheless proceeded to act and react, oblivious to the questions by the UD as to the legality of their actions to secure the assistance from the Netherlands.

“It is shameful that our own General Audit Chamber had to publicly chastise the government on a matter that is so obvious, namely tinkering with the vacation allowance of the civil servants with total disregard for relevant laws and regulations.

“And this is only the tip of the iceberg. More actions by this government are against prevailing laws and regulations,” the statement read.

“We are still in a democratic state of law. Government too has to abide by the laws of the land. If a country’s government succumbs to this kind of pressure, our democracy is under threat. Today it’s for liquidity assistance. Tomorrow it could be for anything, if government is left unchecked”, commented UD leader, MP Sarah Wescot Williams. 

“The Government cannot ignore the country’s laws, especially not where they also act as employer. We call on the government to rethink its handling of the Corona assistance and conditions imposed by the Netherlands.

“We call on the government to take heed of the General Audit Chamber’s call and pay the vacation allowance to civil servants according to law.

“We call on the government to inform the Dutch government of the real threat of government acting contra legem (against the law) by carrying out the conditions laid out by the Dutch government without requisite due diligence,” the UD statement concludes.

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