Debate about total lockdown or #flattenthecurve

Flatten the Curve

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) advises the countries within the Kingdom not to proceed to a complete lockdown. Despite the increase in the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the Netherlands, it is important, according to the Government Advisor, to keep some social life possible. However, irresponsible behavior by More...

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House roof repaired by Red Cross - 20200318 JH
By The Publisher On Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

No construction freeze for the Red Cross

PHILIPSBURG – Businesses and shops in Philipsburg are closed, schools in Front Street and Back Street are closed. The silence in the city is broken only by sporadic traffic and the crowing of roosters. Except More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Pointe Blanche prison remains a major headache

PHILIPSBURG – Inmates at the Pointe Blanche prison have finally had enough. A group of 37 inmates is going to court on Friday, March 20, in an attempt to force the authorities to relocate them to prison facilities More...

Government Administration Building with Flags- 20200220 JH
By The Publisher On Monday, February 24th, 2020

Still no Victim Support Bureau St. Maarten

~Law Enforcement Council sounds alarm ~ PHILIPSBURG – Despite the fact that all stakeholders agree on the necessity for adequate victim support, St. Maarten still has no victim support office or any structural More...

Letter - St Maarten News - People
By The Publisher On Friday, January 24th, 2020

“To Raise our Pension Age or Not is complicated. But, there is room for compromise.”

Dear Editor, The rights of older persons to social benefits and to an adequate standard of living to support their health and well-being, including medical care and necessary social services, are laid down in the More...

Leyton James - Rent Committee - stamping documents - 20200116
By The Publisher On Friday, January 17th, 2020

Rent Committee: Evictions without permission is a criminal offense

PHILIPSBURG — The waning economy is responsible for more people being unable to pay the rent and being evicted from their home. Only a few of them are aware that they have rights as a tenant, says Leyton More...

Venezuela background wall
By The Publisher On Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Corruption follows the Venezuelan diaspora

PHILIPSBURG – According to Venezuelans in St. Maarten, corruption at home prevents Venezuelan emigrants from gaining legal status abroad. Many have requested necessary documents from Venezuela without success. More...

Venezuela map
By The Publisher On Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Hundreds of illegal Venezuelans leave St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG — Four months before the introduction of the planned visa requirement for Venezuelans in the Dutch Caribbean, more than half of the group of illegal Venezuelans on St. Maarten has left to return More...

Melanie Harrigan joins SMDF
By The Publisher On Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Melanie Choisy joins St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF)

PHILIPSBURG — As of January 2020, the St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) will consist of a full team of dynamic young women, with twenty-nine-year-old Melanie Choisy joining the social development agency. Choisy, More...

Michael Somersall WSF - 20191211 MS
By The Publisher On Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Somersall meets with the World Sustainable Fund to discuss solutions for Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG/THE HAGUE — Although out of function, Michael Somersall, former Deputy Minister of Plenipotentiary for the Sint Maarten Christian Party, SMCP, in The Hague, The Netherlands, is still busy working More...