State of emergency continues but businesses gradually reopen

Phased Re-Opening Chart updated May 16, 2020-page-001

PHILIPSBURG – Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs has extended the state of emergency by six weeks by ministerial decree. The six week period ends on June 21. Citizens are allowed to go shopping only on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. the curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. remains in place. With the announcement of the extended state of emergency, the ministry More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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Brutal package of conditions leaves government little choice

PHILIPSBURG – The Kingdom Council of Ministers had presented a brutal package of conditions for the release of continued liquidity support. Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs has labeled these conditions as an ‘indecent More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, May 9th, 2020
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Elshot: government wants to cut vacation allowance for civil servants

PHILIPSBURG – Cutting the vacation allowance for all civil servants who earn more than 4,000 guilders a month, a ten percent salary cut for those who earn more than 8,000 guilders, a freeze on bonuses and increments. More...

Salaries
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Salaries for ministers unchanged in 2020 draft budget

PHILIPSBURG – The draft 2020 budget does not contain any indication that ministers and parliamentarians will take a ten percent salary cut. On the contrary, the listed salaries for all ministers – with the More...

BTP building
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Government intends to buy BTP-building for $4.7 million dollars

PHILIPSBURG – The draft 2020 budget contains a remarkable line item that reveals the government’s intention to purchase the building of Bureau Telecommunication and Post on Cannegieter Street for 8 million guilders More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Draft 2020 budget meets with criticism

PHILIPSBURG – The draft 2020 budget closes with a deficit of 263.2 million guilders ($147 million). Expenditures total 610.5 million and revenue 347.3 million. The Council of Advice is critical of the budget: More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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In memory of the late Louis Duzanson

“IN MEMORY OF THE LATE MR. LOUIS DUZANSON” PHILIPSBURG — Gracita Arrindell, former President of Parliament states that, “it is with deep sorrow we mourn the passing of our former colleague, the late More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, April 19th, 2020
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Payroll support is not for everyone; a deadline set for April 22

PHILIPSBURG – The specifics of the payroll support the government will extend to the private sector will throw many a company into a tailspin. There is a list of fourteen categories of companies that are excluded More...

Government Building Flags Half-mast
By The Publisher On Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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Flags flying half-mast at government buildings

~ In solidarity with the pain and suffering that many on the island are enduring during this period, the Council of Ministers has decided that the flags at government buildings on St. Maarten will fly at half-mast More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, April 17th, 2020
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How to get payroll assistance and soft loans

PHILIPSBURG – Companies that need help due to the effect of the corona-virus crisis can get several forms of assistance if the Netherlands honors the requests set forth in the ministry of finance’s Stimulus More...