New York Times foresees “months of duress and uncertainty”

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Photo caption: Holland House Beach Hotel also completely shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. PHILIPSBURG – Most of the 51 units at the Princess Heights Boutique Condo Hotel in Oyster Pond are empty these days but its partial owner, former Minister of Public Health Emil Lee, says in an article published in the New York Times that the business More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, April 3rd, 2020
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Pandemic drives up food prices

PHILIPSBURG – Price increases in supermarkets trigger a storm of complaints on social media. Food shoppers post pictures of items that cost a lot less two weeks ago than they do now. “They are killing More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Report: use World Bank Trust Fund money for emergency economic response

PHILIPSBURG – Use the balance of the World Bank Trust Fund to finance a $200 million emergency economic response to support the local economy. That is the focus of a proposal by a private sector task force to More...

Five Guilders
By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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The Golden Guilder

On St. Maarten, banks and the government are advising the general population to use guilders as much as possible, as a way to save dollars. I agree wholeheartedly with this advice. Here is why. When the dollars More...

Cole Bay at Night - Photo provided by LNWAD
By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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Business survey paints dark scenario

PHILIPSBURG – Within three to six months 45 percent of workers currently employed in the private sector will lose their jobs. This appears from a survey among 580 businesses by the St. Maarten Hospitality and More...

Philipsburg at Night - Photo provided by LNWAD
By The Publisher On Friday, March 27th, 2020
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Private sector pleads with government for short-term rescue package

PHILIPSBURG – Private sector organizations and labor union WIFOL applaud the government’s initiative to project support for the next twelve months but they plead at the same time for a short-term rescue package More...

Minister Emil Lee - File Photo by Roland Bryson
By The Publisher On Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Recommendations for Our Challenging Times Ahead

Dear Editor, In these challenging times, we must come together to help our country of St. Maarten and her people get through yet another crisis.  The impact of COVID-19 on St. Maarten likely will be far more devastating More...

Valya Pantophlet - New Head ETT with MinVSA Pamela Gordon - Miquel De Weever
By The Publisher On Saturday, February 8th, 2020
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Valya Pantophlet new Head of Economy, Transport & Telecommunication (ETT)

Philipsburg—After having served as the Head of the Department of Economic Licenses for the last 6 years, Valya Pantophlet has now moved on to head the division of Economy, Transport & Telecommunication (ETT). More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, December 28th, 2019
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Tax inspectorate issues hundreds of warrants

PHILIPSBURG – During the last three months of the year, bailiffs of the tax inspectorate issued more than 1,400 warrants to private citizens and businesses whose fiscal obligations apparently are not current. More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
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A lousy day in Downtown Philipsburg

GREAT BAY — The decrease in cruise ship arrivals in St. Maarten is clearly felt by businesses in Philipsburg. Since November 1st, the start of the tourist high season, fewer of the mega-sized cruise ships More...