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Plenary session of Parliament with the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten concerning the banks extending moratoriums to consumers and the General Audit Chamber

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public Session Monday, September 14, 2020. The Public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of Finance and representatives of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten will be present. 

The agenda points are: 

  1. Discussion with the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten concerning the banks extending further moratoriums to their consumers and other measures to ease the hardship faced in the community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Advice on appointment member General Audit Chamber (IS/1150/2019-2020 dated August 4, 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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DOMINICA HERE WE COME

DOMINICA/TRINIDAD - Subject to regulatory approval by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, Caribbean Airlines will launch service between Barbados and Dominica from September 19, 2020.

The addition of Dominica to the network is part of the airline’s current strategic plan to expand into the Eastern Caribbean. The increase in commercial flights will auger well for trade and economic activity in the region.

The flight schedule is timed to facilitate easy connections to/from regional and international destinations including London, UK. CEO of Caribbean Airlines, Garvin Medera stated: “Our Eastern Caribbean expansion continues with the addition of Dominica to our network. We have set up a temporary base in Barbados, providing much needed airlift to Dominica, St. Vincent, Grenada and St. Lucia, with more destinations to be added in the coming weeks.

The flight schedule is also designed to offer seamless connections to international destinations including London, via our expanded interline agreement with Virgin Atlantic.”

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES FLIGHT SCHEDULE FROM BARBADOS TO DOMINICA Flight Frequency Origin Destination Depart Arrive BW202 SATURDAY BGI DOM 4.30 p.m. 5.30 p.m. BW203 SATURDAY DOM BGI 6.25 p.m. 7. 25 p.m. BW202 SUNDAY BGI DOM 10.00 a.m. 11.00 a.m. BW203 SUNDAY DOM BGI 11.55 a.m. 12.55 p.m.

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES SPECIALLY APPROVED FLIGHT FROM TRINIDAD TO BARBADOS ON SEPTEMBER 13

BARBADOS-TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines is working with the Ministry of National Security to put on a special flight from Piarco International Airport, Trinidad to Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados on September 13, 2020 where passengers can also make onward connections to other destinations.

Persons interested in traveling on this specially approved flight to Barbados had to contact Caribbean Airlines Sales and Service Centre for booking. Customers are advised to pay attention to the COVID-19 protocols for entry into Barbados via https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/covid-19-protocols/

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The political fringes fire at Rutte, but EU recovery fund support is assured

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime minister Mark Rutte was criticised by far right and Socialist MPs during Wednesday evening’s debate on the EU €750bn recovery fund, but he was still assured of sufficient support for the Dutch position in the negotiations.

In particular, the anti-immigration PVV and FvD said that Rutte had wrongly voted to give billions of euros to ‘poor’ member states. Roelof Bisschop, an MP for the fundamentalist Protestant SGP, said the EU fund had saddled future generations with a ‘mountain of debt’.

‘And it is going to take until 2058 to pay back this money. 2058!’, the MP said. By contrast, D66 MP Sjoerd Sjoerdsma said the prime minister could have shown a more pro-European face during the negotiations. GroenLinks and the Labour party too criticised the prime minister’s tough stance during the weeks of talks earlier in the summer.

The Netherlands had been one of the most vocal critics of the EU fund plan, particularly the idea of giving no-strings relief to countries hardest hit by coronavirus.

During Wednesday’s long debate, Rutte admitted that he had been forced to compromise on his hard line over gifts, but said the Dutch position is a sensible one because the Netherlands would suffer major economic fall-out if Spain and Italy got into real difficulty.

‘It is in the interests of the Netherlands to have a stable EU, given the power blocks of China and the United States,’ he said. ‘The most important thing for you and for me is to keep this country safe, in an uncertain world. And we cannot do this alone.’

(DutchNews)

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament regarding the advice on appointment of members of the General Audit Chamber

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on, September 10, 2020. The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 14.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting.

The agenda point is:

Advice on appointment members General Audit Chamber (IS/1150/2019-2020 dated August 4, 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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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about update and further elucidation on the Cft’s advice regarding financial support

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on, September 10, 2020.

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 10.30 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. Representatives of CFT will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

Update and further elucidation on the Cft’s advice regarding financial support needed for Sint Maarten as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, financial alternatives for Sint Maarten, and an explanation from the Cft as to under which authority they currently operate, as well as fielding questions from the Members of Parliament.

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 Plenary session of Parliament about opening of the school year per August 10 and St. Maarten Students abroad

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

The Public meeting which was adjourned on Wednesday, August 6, 2020 will be reconvened on Wednesday at 14.00 hrs.; in a virtual setting. The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports will be in attendance.

The agenda points are:

  1. Decisions regarding the opening of the school year 2020/2021 per August 10, 2020 and the preparedness of schools to start the schoolyear.
  2. St. Maarten students abroad in general and those traveling to the Netherlands this week in particular (IS/1093/2019-2020 dated August 3, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP S.A. Wescot-Williams, MP M.D. Gumbs and MP C.A. Buncamper.

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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ENNIA: “Clients app more frequently and call less”

CURACAO (WILLEMSTAD) - “Many people who have a question for us are quick to pick up the phone, while it’s smarter and faster to send an app or chat.” According to Patrick Thissen from ENNIA, in our private lives it’s the most natural thing in the world to send a quick app or Facebook message via messenger. “But when people have a ‘business’ question for the government, a company, or organization, they often choose the phone instead. While they could easily use social media in that case as well.

In Patrick’s opinion, calling costs more time. “You could end up waiting in a queue, for example, or might have to wait while the answer to your question is being looked into. That’s why at ENNIA we’ve started an campaign to make our clients aware of the ease of using new media, such as chatting, sending an app or reaching out via Facebook.”

Sending an app or chatting will replace calling

“We’re in a transition phase. Just as sending letters by post has partially disappeared, calling will also become less and less common. Look at young people. They’re already online a big part of the day. A quick online chat is very normal to them. It’s something they do on the spur of the moment. They don’t feel like ending up in a queue when calling. This is a growing trend that is only getting stronger. Social Media is too easy to use. Look how often we send apps in our private lives. We’re going to start doing that more and more with businesses as well.”

ENNIA is fully adapting to this trend of quick channels with short text messages. You can already find a live chat function on ENNIA.com. “For questions coming in via social media we have a dedicated webcare team readily available. If it’s a little busy, or something needs to be looked up, you can just carry on and go about your business. Your reply will come in automatically.” From Patrick’s point of view, chatting online or sending an app feels personal. “The language is quick and friendly. When done well, it makes people happy.”

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Solemn Plenary session for the Opening of the New Parliamentary Year 2020-2021

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Solemn Plenary Public Session on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The Public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting.

The agenda point is:

Opening of Parliamentary Year 2020-2021 by the Chairperson of the Parliament of Sint Maarten with a speech by His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten

A Parliamentary year is opened on the second Tuesday of September or at an earlier date to be laid down by national ordinance with a discourse by or on behalf of the Governor, expounding on the policy to be pursued by the Government during a Solemn Plenary Public meeting of Parliament held for that purpose.

The Solemn Plenary 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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Police investigating two Sunday armed robberies involving a Slim Man

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Police Force was kept busy yesterday, September 6th, 2020 with two-armed robbery that had taken place in the Cole Bay area.

The first robbery took place on Sunday afternoon September 6th, 2020 approximately 04.00 pm at a supermarket on the Welfare road. According to the information gathered from the victims, a tall, slim man dressed all in black with his face covered, came into the supermarket brandishing a firearm and robbed the cashier.

After the robbery the suspect jumped on a black scooter that was parked nearby and fled in an unknown direction.

About 15 minutes later the police was called for another armed robbery that took place at a supermarket located on the Billy Folly road. According to the information gathered from the victims, a young man tall and slim, dressed in complete black came into the establishment armed with a handgun and robbed the cashier of the cash.

After the robbery, the suspect jumped on a black scooter that was parked nearby and fled in the direction of Kruithoff roundabout. The Special Unit Robbery is busy with the investigation into these two cases.

The Special Unit Robbery is investigating these armed robbery cases and is asking anyone who has information, to contact the Sint Maarten Police Force. They can call the Special Unit Robberies at +1 721- 542 22 22 ext. 204 or 205. The anonymous tip line can also be contacted at 9300, or a message can be sent to our Facebook page. (Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten)

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