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Refugee agency placed details of 150 trafficking victims online: NRC

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The names of at least 150 possible victims of human traffickers were released into the public domain following a leak on the website of Dutch refugee settlement agency COA, the NRC reported on Monday.

The NRC reported in June that 1,200 reports of possible trafficking in refugees had been made to the police by COA workers and the details, contained in a spreadsheet, had been mistakenly placed online following a freedom of information request.

It now transpires that 150 of those reports were not made anonymous, as required by law, and included dates of birth, names, phone numbers and locations. At least one person has been moved to a new location because of the risk, the NRC said.

The freedom of information request was made as part of an ongoing investigation by the paper and radio programme into the trafficking of refugees.

(DutchNews)

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Payment arrangement additional tax assessments LB and ABB

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS) - Soon a large number of companies will be subject to an additional tax assessment for not (fully) paying the Loonbelasting (LB) and ABB declarations of the first and second quarter of 2020.

This additional after-tax assessment states that the outstanding amount must be paid before the October 16th, 2020. Companies that have requested a postponement of payment in connection with the corona crisis have already been granted a postponement until the October 31st, 2020.

These companies have also received this additional tax assessment. This is because no postponement of payment can be given without an additional tax assessment.

Contact us for an appropriate payment arrangement

Companies that have already requested a postponement of payment can contact the Belastingdienst to make appropriate suitable payment arrangement.

They do not have to pay before the October 16th. Companies that had not yet requested a postponement, but would like to do so, can also contact the Belastingdienst. This can be done via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament amending the Sanctions National Ordinance as part of the recommendation from the Financial Action Task Force

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on, August 28, 2020.

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for Friday at 10.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of General Affairs and the Minister of Finance will be in attendance. 

The agenda point is: (National Ordinance rectifying a technical omission in the National Ordinance of June 26, 2017 amending the Sanctions National Ordinance to implement recommendation 6 of the Financial Action Task Force without delay to implement the restrictive measures and some technical legal adjustments) (Parliamentary Year 2019-2020-132) 

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 urgent Plenary session of Parliament regarding a status update on the SSRP for Friday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Plenary Public Session on August 28, 2020. The Public meeting which was adjourned on August 26, 2020 will be reconvened on Friday. The Public meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of General Affairs and the Minister of Finance will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

Status update on the SSRP and the assistance programs of the SSRP and Covid-19 liquidity assistance from the Netherlands and the conditions tied to this assistance (IS/946/2019-2020 dated June 16, 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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Continuation urgent Plenary session of Parliament about letter from the Parliament of Sint Maarten requesting that the Kingdom Council of State give advice

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public Session today, August 27, 2020. The Public meeting, which was adjourned on August 26, 2020 will be reconvened Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting.

The agenda point is:

Letter from the Parliament of Sint Maarten requesting that the Kingdom Council of State give advice on the draft Consensus Kingdom Law Caribbean Reform Entity Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the Country Package.

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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Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor of Parliament (CVSA) to meet regarding the role of the inspectorate during the COVID-19 pandemic

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (CVSA) will meet on August 27, 2020.  The Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 12.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will be in attendance. 

The agenda point is:

The role of the inspectorate during the COVID-19 pandemic and their findings with regards to:

  1. Labor, health, social and food inspections conducted.
  2. The plans from the department to ensure all civil servants within the department are getting the necessary support to conduct their activities (IS/1013/2019-2020 dated July 3, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP R. Brison 

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 urgent Plenary session of Parliament about the lack of implementation of the various approved programs and projects of the Trust Fund

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public session on August 27, 2020.

The Public meeting, which was adjourned on July 28, 2020, will be reconvened on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 15.00 hrs. The meeting will be held in a virtual setting. The Council of Ministers will be in attendance. 

The agenda points are:

  1. The lack of approval of various programs that are beneficial to the economic reform and growth of the country.
  2. 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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Urgent Plenary session of Parliament about the Parliament of Sint Maarten requesting that the Kingdom Council of State give advice on the draft Consensus Kingdom Law Caribbean Reform Entity and the Country Package

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Plenary Public Session today, Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The Public meeting is scheduled for 13.30 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting.

The agenda point is:

Letter from the Parliament of Sint Maarten requesting that the Kingdom Council of State to give advice on the draft Consensus Kingdom Law Caribbean Reform Entity Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the Country Package. 

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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Plenary Public session of Parliament about discussion on Constitutional Affairs in connection with the decolonization process of the Dutch islands

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public Session on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The Public meeting is scheduled for 11.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of General Affairs will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

Discussion on Constitutional Affairs in connection with written questions to the Prime Minister on the decolonization process of the Dutch islands (IS/929/ 2019-2020 dated June 8, 2020 and IS/1099/2019-2020 dated August 5, 2020).

This meeting was requested by MP G.S. Heyliger-Marten, MP O.E.C. Ottley and MP S.M. Bijlani.

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 urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament regarding a status update on the SSRP and the Covid-19 liquidity assistance from the Netherlands and the conditions tied to this assistance

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Plenary Public Session on August 26, 2020. The Public meeting, which was adjourned on June 24, 2020, will now take place on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 15.00 hrs and will be held in a virtual setting. The Minister of General Affairs and the Minister of Finance will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

Status update on the SSRP and the assistance programs of the SSRP and Covid-19 liquidity assistance from the Netherlands and the conditions tied to this assistance (IS/946/2019-2020 dated June 16, 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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