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Continuation urgent Plenary Session of Parliament about the Ministry of VSA Guidelines for reopening the destination to international travelers

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public Session on Wednesday.

The Public meeting which was adjourned on Wednesday, June 30, 2020 will be reconvened on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 14.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting.

The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour will be in attendance. 

The agenda point is: Discussion on the ministry of VSA Guidelines for reopening the destination to international traveler.

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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CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN SEEKING COVID-19 UNSUNG HEROES ACROSS THE REGION

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS - Communities across the region have a unique opportunity to hail those special heroes, who in the darkest moments of the Covid-19 crisis, shone brightest.

Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean today launched its FirstCaribbean Unsung Frontline Heroes initiative aimed at giving persons the opportunity to nominate essential workers and persons from their communities who put service above self and reached out to others in a variety of ways during the Covid-19 crisis.

“We have been awed and humbled by the many stories of heroism and selflessness displayed across so many villages and towns, as medical professionals and little children with piggy banks, all rallied  to help and to give to those impacted by the pandemic,” said Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean and Chair of the FirstCaribbean ComTrust Foundation Colette Delaney.

She noted that the FirstCaribbean Unsung Frontline Heroes Awards was an initiative of the FirstCaribbean ComTrust Foundationaimed at recognizing the outstanding work of individuals across the region who have been at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic fight.

To be nominated persons must be resident in any the 16 territories where the CIBC FirstCaribbean operates and have worked, volunteered, or been involved in any of the award categories listed below:

  • Medical personnel
  • The Protective Services
  • Community Heroes (individuals who by their courageous acts, strength, and self-sacrifice in the service of a community, have made a difference to those persons impacted.

To nominate a candidate for an award persons must log on to our website https://www.cibcfcib.com/about-us/community-relations/unsung-frontline-heroes or social media channels or click here  and complete the nomination form. Provide information on the nominee and upload a photo of them.  Persons can make multiple nominations but can only nominate a candidate/s who resides in their country of residence.  

The nomination period runs from 1–15 August 2020 and winners will be announced in September 2020. Winners will receive an E-Check for US$2,000 toward a staycation at a local hotel of their choice.

FirstCaribbean has previously highlighted many hidden treasures in our communities who have made a difference in the lives of persons they have helped or touched in some way through its flagship Unsung Heroes programme, which concluded in 2013.

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Penha & Sons Curaçao, a loyal client of Payroll Pro HRM for 25 years

CURACAO (WILLEMSTAD) - Monday, July 27, the team of Payroll Pro HRM, visited Penha & Sons Curaçao to thank the company for being a loyal client for 25 years already.

Penha is known for offering beauty products of the best quality and standards. They offer the best brands on the market such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, MAC, Lancôme, Chanel, Dior, Shiseido, La Prairie, Victoria’s Secret and much more, all under one roof.

During the visit the team of Payroll Pro HRM brought a cake, goodie bags and a placard as a small token of their affection and appreciation for the team at Penha. The team of Payroll Pro HRM was pleasantly surprised when they arrived at Penha and saw that they had decorated their office very festive and had snacks, drinks and gifts ready for the Payroll Pro HRM team.

The team of Gamma IT Solutions spoke with Ms. Marian Illis, Paymaster of Penha, who shared “Penha is extremely happy with Payroll Pro HRM, it is very user-friendly and always up to date.”

The team of Payroll Pro HRM is very happy and grateful for the positive collaboration all these years and want to publicly thank Penha for the trust they have deposited in Payroll Pro HRM for 25 years.

Brachelo Regina, Consultant of Gamma IT Solutions, comments “We are looking forward to many more years of working together with Ms. Illis, Mr. Marc Klinkert-Cijntje, Financial Manager of Penha, and the rest of the team. They are a very professional team and we are very lucky to count them as our client.”

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Plenary session of Parliament regarding the Spatial Development Plan in connection with the reintroduction of article 28a

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public Session on July 31, 2020. The Public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

National Ordinance amending the National Ordinance

Spatial Development Plan in connection with the reintroduction of article 28a (Parliamentary Year 2015-2016084) (IS/422/2015-2016, dated January 14 2016 

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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Mother of Marken girl, killed in hit and run, appeals to the driver

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The mother of a 14-year-old girl killed in a hit and run incident on a quiet country road has made an emotional appeal to the driver of the car to come forward.

Trijntje Boes told television talk show Op1 that her daughter had left the family home on the former island of Marken after a row about bedtimes. ‘She went off on foot and I went after her, but I did not find her,’ she said.

Tamar’s body was found by police at around 4am on Saturday morning. Her injuries show she had probably been hit by a car. ‘Let go of the idea of what you have done,’ Boes said in her appeal to the driver.

‘Tamar is gone. But we have so many questions. What time did she die? Did you see her? Were you driving too fast? Tamar deserves justice… she was left at the side of the road like an animal.’

Police have already examined four cars belonging to people in the close-knit community of Marken which show signs of recent damage.

(DutchNews)

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72 Infections. New students’ week could be cancelled if corona rules are ignored

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Rotterdam’s mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is to hold talks with students’ representatives in the wake of a local spike in coronavirus cases.

Over the weekend 72 new infections were reported in the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region, accounting for more than a quarter of the total. People between 18 and 25 are more likely to be infected than any other age group.

Aboutaleb said the introductory week for people enrolling at Erasmus University and other institutions this autumn could be in jeopardy unless student leaders tightened up on social distancing and other safety measures.

‘What we suspect is that students in preparation for the ‘Eureka week’, as we call the introduction for new students in Rotterdam, are getting more lax when they organise parties,’ he told NOS.

‘Tomorrow I’m going to call in the chairs of all the student associations to make clear what the rules are and warn them that if this is their attitude, they’re putting Eureka week in jeopardy.’

Eid gatherings

The mayor said another 50 infections in recent weeks had been traced to families in the city’s Moroccan community and urged Muslims not to hold large gatherings this year during Eid, which begins on July 30.

The regional health board said it was concerned about the large number of infections in students because they had wider social networks and were less inclined to go into quarantine if they tested positive.

Anyone who has spent more than 15 minutes in close contact with an infected person is required to self-isolate, but tracing students’ close contacts can be problematic because of their wide-ranging social connections such as housemates, classmates and other members of sports clubs and other societies.

A spokesman for GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond said: ‘It’s proving difficult to motivate students to stay home. They will after a positive test, but if they don’t develop symptoms some of them don’t see the benefit and think it’s nonsense.

They’re also not in the habit of getting in touch with us if they have mild symptoms. ‘What students need to grasp is that everyone needs to do their bit. We can’t have one group sticking to the rules and others not.’

(DutchNews)

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Shots fired at Garbage truck in Dutch Quarter on Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) - The Personnel of the Detective Department are currently investigating a situation where shots were fired at a garbage truck in the area of Dutch Quarter on Sunday afternoon around 1.00 pm, the police said in a statement on Monday evening.

When the patrol arrived at the scene, they were informed that a driver in a gray car shot at the garbage truck while passing on the road leading to Union Farm. The reason for the shooting is still unclear to the investigators.

The Forensic Department is collecting evidence in this incident.

“If you or anyone you know may have information as to what took place do not hesitate to contact the Police Detective Department at +1 721 54 22222 or the anonymous tip line on 9300 (free of charge).

“You can also visit the website at www.policesxm.sx 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,” the police statement said. (KPSM)

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Signing of Joint Declaration of Intent for Improving Quality Care on Statia

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Public Entity of Sint Eustatius (OLE), Sint Eustatius Health Care Foundation (SEHCF) and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) signed a joint declaration of intent on Monday July 27th, in order to boost the quality of health care on the island.

The OLE and SEHCF have taken a necessary step to greatly improve the health care on Statia. The COVID pandemic has made clear that the cooperation between the Public Health Department of the OLE, SEHCF and the various other health care stakeholders must be more efficient and effective, so that there is better care for the residents of Statia.

Apart from the current crisis, the health care system on Statia has a lot of room for improvement.

In order to make high-quality, efficient medical care accessible and available to the residents of Statia, improved structural coordination is required between the SEHCF, Health Insurance Office ZVK, the Public Health Department (GGD) and various other care providers on Statia. A Steering Committee will be set up for this purpose, comprised of representatives of the Supervisory Board of SEHCF, OLE and VWS. They will monitor the change processes for all the local health care entities involved.

To develop and implement this vision, additional reinforcement in the form of a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will be employed by the SEHCF for a minimum of 6 months, financed by the Ministry (VWS). Within the hospital, Queen Beatrix Medical Center, the CMO has the task of lifting the hospital’s internal medical organization to a higher level. The SEHCF will make the CMO available to simultaneously function as Healthcare Manager/Coordinator-COVID-19. In that capacity he will be responsible for greatly improving the collaboration between the Queen Beatrix Medical Center, as the primary care provider the Public Health Department (GGD) and the various other health care providers of Statia. Improved preparations for the COVID-19 response of the entire white column on the island will also be part of the task package. The Healthcare Manager/Coordinator COVID-19 will be accountable to the above-mentioned Steering Committee.

All parties agree that every Statian has the right to accessible and good quality care. A strong foundation must be laid for a future-proof structure of health care on Statia and for adequate facilities that meet the applicable quality norms. This will result in prevention of (chronic) diseases and better care for patients, including in the event of hurricanes and in other crisis situations.

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Plenary session of Parliament about programs and projects of the Trust Fund and the hurricane season

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public session on July 28, 2020.

The Public meeting which started on June 5, 2020, with a continuation on June 19, 2020 will be reconvened on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 14.00 hrs. The meeting will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of General Affairs will be in attendance.

The agenda points are:

  1. The lack of implementation of the various approved programs and projects of the Trust Fund and the upcoming hurricane season and jumpstarting the economic activities of the country
  2. The lack of approval of various programs that are beneficial to the economic reform and growth of the country
  3. The Focus Audit done by the General Audit Chamber of Sint Maarten in May 2020 referencing “The Reconstruction Funds for Sint Maarten” (IS/888/2019-2020 dated May 29, 2020)

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