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Continuation urgent Public meeting of Parliament regarding the short and medium-term financial socio-economic outlook

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Public meeting on October 23, 2020. The Public meeting which was adjourned on October 21, 2020 will be reconvened on Friday at 11.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of Finance, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor and the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

The short and medium-term financial socio-economic outlook and solutions for St. Maarten (IS/1147/2019-2020 dated August 25, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP M.D. Gumbs, MP R.A. Peterson, MP S.A. Wescot-Williams, MP C.A. Buncamper, MP A.E. Arrindell and MP C.T. Emmanuel

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary session will be held virtually and will be carried out live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1 www.pearlfmradio.sx, via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Continuation Public meeting of Parliament about the future plans for the construction of a new general hospital

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Public meeting on, October 23, 2020.

The Public meeting which was adjourned on August 6, 2020 will be reconvened on Friday at 10.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:
Update from the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) in regards to the future plans for the construction of a new general hospital (IS/814/2019-2020 dated May 6, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP C.T. Emmanuel, MP C.A. Buncamper and MP A.E. Arrindell)

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary session will be held virtually and will be carried out live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1 www.pearlfmradio.sx, via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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UPDATED - Public meeting of Parliament regarding the National ordinance establishing the annual accounts for Sint Maarten for the financial year 2015

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Public meeting of Parliament regarding the National ordinance establishing the annual accounts for Sint Maarten for the financial year 2015 that was scheduled for today, at 10.00hrs is now scheduled to take place today, Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 16.00 hrs.

ARCHIVED - PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Public meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2020. The Public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of Finance will be in attendance.

The agenda point is: (National ordinance establishing the annual accounts for Sint Maarten for the financial year 2015 (National ordinance establishing accounts 2015)) (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-131) 

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary session will be held virtually and will be carried out live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1 www.pearlfmradio.sx, via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Urgent Public meeting of Parliament regarding short-medium-term financial socio-economic outlook and solutions for St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Public meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The Public meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting.

The Minister of Finance, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor and the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

The short and medium-term financial socio-economic outlook and solutions for St. Maarten (IS/1147/2019-2020 dated August 25, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP M.D. Gumbs, MP R.A. Peterson, MP S.A. Wescot-Williams, MP C.A. Buncamper, MP A.E. Arrindell and MP C.T. Emmanuel

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary session will be held virtually and will be carried out live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1 www.pearlfmradio.sx, via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Princess Amalia, and 100,000 other Dutch girls, get their call up papers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Some 100,000 17-year old girls in the Netherlands will be receiving their call up papers this week, informing them they are now eligible for military service should it be required.

Active military service was abolished in 1997 but a change in the law agreed in 2018 means girls too will now be sent a letter in the year they turn 17 informing them they have been added to the military service register.

They can be called up at any time if the Netherlands goes to war with another country before they turn 45. The letter will also alert girls to the possibility of a career in the military.

Despite a number of campaigns women only account for 10% of military personnel. ‘It’s increasing slightly but it is very difficult to find women who want an army job,’ a ministry of defence spokesman told broadcaster Nos.

There has never been a situation in the Netherlands where the army of reserves has had to spring into action since compulsory military service was abolished in 1997.

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‘But we don’t know what may happen in future and if the safety of the country is at stake it may be necessary for all boys and girls to called up,’ defence minister Ank Bijleveld said in a message to the girls.

It is not known what princess Amalia, who turns 17 in December, will do about her letter, state information service RVD told Nos. ‘We cannot at this time say what princess Amalia will decide about the way she will be introduced to the army as part of her future duties,’ the RVD said.

Princess Amalia is the first female heir to the throne to receive a call up letter. Her father, king Willem-Alexander, opted for the navy where he was trained as an officer and formed part of a frigate crew on several occasions.

Female royals have never had a military function and by constitutional law Dutch heads of state do not take the function of commander in chief.

(DutchNews)

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Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (CVSA) to meet with Ethegrity Healthcare Consulting

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten- The Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will meet on October 20, 2020. The Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 10.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. Representatives of Ethegrity Healthcare Consulting will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

Presentation by Ethegrity Healthcare Consulting on a proposal for consultative services to the Mental Health Foundation

(IS/042/2020-2021 dated September 25, 2020)

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary session will be held virtually and will be carried out live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1 www.pearlfmradio.sx, via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Dutch Government extends support package to July 2021 for CN

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The government decided today to extend the support and recovery package for residents and businesses on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba due to the corona virus, with another nine months, until the 12th of July 2021. Residents and businesses on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are part of the Netherlands and can consequently make use of similar measures as in the European Netherlands.

The corona crisis has an enormous impact on the community of the Caribbean Netherlands. The three islands have also been hit hard economically. The tourism sector, which drives a large part of the economy, has come to a standstill. In fact, Saba and St. Eustatius have been closed for the outside world for six months.

The government is therefore extending the subsidy regulation for wage costs and loss of income by nine months. In addition, the public entities will be financially compensated for the loss of tax income and additional costs incurred due to the corona virus. There is also an extension and expansion of the fixed costs compensation regulation.

The extension of this support and recovery package was sent to the Parliament today on behalf of the State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministers of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Ministers of Finance and the State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment.

State Secretary Raymond Knops says on behalf of the government:

“The medical and economic situation on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba remains worrisome. There is currently no prospect of improvement for the three islands. With this extension of various measures, we protect the incomes of residents and businesses for a long period of time. We hope that most jobs will be kept with this. These are difficult times, where a lot will be demanded of the community. At the same time, the government is convinced that even in this crisis the resilience of the islands will ensure that together, government and community on both sides of the ocean, we will get out of this.” (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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Minister Panneflek shares the importance of Handwashing on Global Handwashing Day

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Global Handwashing Day, recognized on October 15th is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

This year’s theme “Hand Hygiene for All” seeks to raise awareness of making soap and water available globally, especially in public places, schools, and health care facilities.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others”.  Many germs that can make someone else sick, are transmitted when proper hand hygiene is not practiced. That is why handwashing is so important; especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose, before eating, when preparing foods and after using the bathroom.

One of the most effective ways to stop or decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus, is as simple as washing your hands with soap and clean running water on a frequent basis. Just twenty seconds of scrubbing with water and soap, or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, can wash away the novel coronavirus.

Minister Panneflek expressed that one of the best steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading COVID-19 to others during this time is handwashing. This simple step can save a life.

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Sint Maarten Police Force develops Armed Robbery Campaign for businesses

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police (KPSM) has officially launched its campaign armed robbery, which is geared towards educating businesses on how to avoid becoming a victim of an armed robbery, the police announced on Wednesday.

“The island has been suffering from an uptick of armed robberies over the past few months, which have not gone unnoticed by KPSM. The Community Police Officers (CPO) has put together a campaign targeted at helping businesses to protect themselves and their property from armed robberies which will be carried out in the upcoming days to come.

“The detectives of the Special Unit Robberies (S.U.R.) have been kept busy investigating a spree of robberies that have been reported over the past couple of weeks during October. During each robbery reported, the unknown perpetrator(s)entered the establishment dressed in dark-colored clothing, brandishing a weapon, and demanding their daily earnings.

“Seeing the uptick, the CPOs found it imperative to educate the business owners in an effort to minimize the risk of being targeted by these criminals. The best way to “deal with” with armed robberies is to prevent them. Understand that robbers commit crimes because they believe that the payoff outweighs any risk.

“During the campaign, the CPO’s will be visiting various supermarkets within the community that has been targeted in the past to provide them with some tips on how to prevent a robbery.

“KPSM will also be donating height stickers to be placed at the entrance of the supermarket to better help detectives with a description of the perpetrator in the event a robbery occurs. The officers will also provide the store owners with flyers and pamphlets with tips on what to look out for and how to better prepare your property to deter potential robbers.

“Robberies usually take place when there’s a lack of planning for emergency situations and when poor cash handling is involved. Without the right security measures, many businesses unknowingly make criminal situations convenient for robbers.

“We will continue to do our part and we will continue to ask the community to assist. Only by working as a unit can we stop the individuals who go into the community looking for an easy payout by committing a robbery. Prevention is always better than finding a cure.” (KPSM)

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Dutch murder rate almost halves in 20 years, there were 17 in Amsterdam last year

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of murder victims in the Netherlands has almost halved since the turn of the century, according to a new analysis by national statistics office CBS.

In 2000, 223 people were murdered -153 men and 70 women – but by last year this had fallen to 81 and 44, or a total of 125. And 16 of the 2019 victims did not officially live in the Netherlands, even though they were killed here, the CBS said.

Almost six in 10 women and girls who are murdered are killed by a partner or ex, and they are often killed at home, the CBS said. Another family member or parent account for a further 20% of female murder victims.

By contrast, just 12% of men and boys are killed by a family member. Over a quarter of men are killed by a friend and just under a quarter were murdered by someone who was never identified.

In total, 17 people were murdered in Amsterdam last year, 14 in The Hague and 11 in Rotterdam.

(DutchNews)

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