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A strict procedure has been established by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization to name Tropical Cyclones.

A strict procedure has been established by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization to name Tropical Cyclones.

FINAL EXTENSION ON BUSINESS PAYROLL SUPPORT

New application deadline on May 6th

The Minister of Finance announced today that the application deadline for Business Payroll Support would be extended. The new application deadline is May 6, 2020 midnight. This is a final extension for the first month of Business Payroll Support.

The Sint Maarten Stimulus Support Relief Plan (SSRP) team has decided on this final deadline extension in order to grant companies the additional time to gather the required documents to apply for the first month of Business Payroll Support. The final deadline extension also takes into consideration the review and payment process that needs to take place. At present, payments are scheduled to take place the week of May 11th. Applications will be reviewed and confirmed based on a ‘first in, first out’ order. Companies that were first to apply will be reviewed first. Approved applications will be paid out in the same order.

A reminder to companies who may not have initially qualified for Business Payroll Support based on the exempt list, you may still qualify for the Lockdown Payroll Support Plan. The deadline to apply for Lockdown Payroll Support is May 22, 2020. To verify if your company qualifies, visit http://www.ssrp.sx and go to Lockdown Payroll Support.

Payroll Support Plan is available to qualifying companies for a maximum of 3 months. For each month, the company must submit an application requesting Payroll Support. An overview of payroll support plan options, deadlines and requirements can be found on http://www.ssrp.sx.

Parliament requests reports on Pointe Blanche prison

The reviews are being requested by the Second Chamber’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations on the initiative of Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Chris van Dam of the Christian Democratic Party CDA. The overviews are in anticipation of a debate about law enforcement on March 24.

  The committee took the decision on Friday and on that same day sent a letter to Knops requesting that he submit an overview with the advices

FULL STORY: 100’s OF PASSENGERS WERE ALLOWED BY SXM GOVERNMENT TO DISEMBARK…ZERO TESTING! NOW THEY ARE ALL TESTING POSITIVE!

The government demons got these St Maarten jackasses attacking the truth, attacking life saving messages we’ve been posting for weeks. Attacking us trying to discredit us. WHEN YOU POST FACTS TO EXPOSE THE GOVERNMENT THEY: 1 CALL YOU A LIAR, CALL YOU CRAZY, ACCUSE YOU OF BEING ON DRUGS, SEND DOTIN AGENTS TO ATTACK AND TRY TO DISCREDIT YOU ONLINE…THAT IS THE SXM GOVERNMENT PLAYBOOK RATHER THAN HELPING THEIR PEOPLE INFECTED…ATTACK THE MESSENGER, AND IT WORKS…FOR THE LOW IQ DOTIN ONES.

PRIME MINISTER SILVERIA JACOBS NATIONAL ADDRESS ON COVID-19 MARCH 14, 2020

“People of St. Maarten, I hereby address you, as Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), in an update for today Saturday March 14, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of Sint Maarten informed about the latest developments and the Governments COVID-19 preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response measures.

The World Health Organization declared on Wednesday March 11 that the coronaviris COVID-19 has become a global pandemic. Based on this delcaration, the Government of Sint Maarten has stepped up its preparations and today March 14, after deliberation with the Council of Ministers and the EOC a number of decisions have been taken.

These preventive measures are to limit the exposure of the Sint Maarten people to COVID-19 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe and the United States of America.

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all international flights and cruises originating from the United States of America, Europe and the United Kingdom to Sint Maarten are cancelled for a period of two weeks. These travel restrictions do not apply for regional air and sea travel at this time. Travel within the Dutch Caribbean – Saba, St. Eustatius, Bonaire, Aruba, and Curacao remains in place until further notice. This travel restriction also applies to other seafaring vessels.

Arrangements will be put in place for visitors to return home with their carriers. Cargo flights/vessels bringing in food supplies, household goods, oil, gas, as well as medicine will continue. Also allowed, will be travel by technical and medical assistants whether via commercial or chartered airlines.

I would like to reiterate that there is no food shortage on the island. There is no reason to engage in panic buying or hoarding of food. There is a sufficient supply of food and medication on the island. We remain in constant contact with our suppliers and have been assured that replenishments will continue.

As of today, March 14th, up until and including Monday, March 16th, there is an opportunity for St. Maarten students studying abroad and residents as well as essential personnel to return to the country ahead of the 2 week travel restrictions.

All residents and nationals traveling back to Sint Maarten from the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom during this period, are recommended to monitor their health for 14-days for consistent cough, fever or respiratory problems (consitent with COVID-19) and maintain a social distance for the safety and security of the community. If you experience the aforementioned symptoms, please call your family physician. Do not go to your doctor or the medical center. During the phone call with your doctor, you will be advised further what actions should be taken.

The second decision regards large gatherings. With respect to social gatherings throughout the country, new permits will not be granted for gatherings of more than 100 persons. Permits which have already been issued relating to gatherings of more than 100 persons will be postponed until further notice.

Government also strongly recommends that persons in a public setting should keep a distance of at least one meter from each other under certain settings. All institutions, businesses, organizations, religious services and other entities should adhere to these recommended advices in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The current situation unfolding at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) has been brought to my attention, as there was some confusion as to the travel history of 6 passengers on the Air France flight which landed today Saturday, March 14th, based on the fact that German nationals were on board. As we know germany has been added on March 11th to our list of restricted areas of travel. In the latest update received, two of the passengers are residents of Switserland and orignated from there and therefore are allowed to travel to St. Maarten as per our current travel restrictions. The other 4 passengers of German nationality who originated in Germany will return on the same flight back to France. The passengers were kept on board until this information was confirmed, and none have any symptoms related to COVID-19.

PJIA will issue a press release on this matter. The general public is advised not to allow themselves to be riled up before having all the facts. I will also continue to provide updates as the situation develops.

Follow our Government Radio station – 107.9FM. For official information, statements and news updates or visit the Government website at http://www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus and our Facebook Page: Government of Sint Maarten.

As Prime Minister of St. Maarten, I wish to encourage all of us to remain steadfast in preparing for what is a world wide pandemic. While we currently have zero confirmed cases, these are all measures aimed at maintaining a COVID-19 status. I pray that we would take our fellow man/woman into consideration while going about our daily activities, and with the knowledge that we are ensuring your safety, refrain from panic buying and fear mongering. Continue to practice proper hygiene at home, at work and in the community.

Knowledge is power! Stay informed and be prepared. We are strong, resilient and faithful people and trust that this too shall pass.

God bless St. Maarten and her people as we work together; government and community to keep her safe. Thank you.

TBO OFFICIAL STATEMENT SHERIFF RAID

PRESS RELEASE RUBY INVESTGATION SHERIFF RAIDED THIS MORNING. On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the Undermining Team (TBO), under the leadership of the examining magistrate, searched a business premises and a number of archive spaces on Sint Maarten. No arrests were made.
The searches took place in the context of a comprehensive criminal investigation with the code name “Ruby”. This research has been conducted since July 2018 and focuses on criminal acts concerning the tendering of contracts related to waste processing on Sint Maarten. The emphasis here is on official corruption: in particular the acceptance of bribes and the misuse of public funds for personal purposes.

The executives of the searched company, as well as the company itself, are currently not suspects in Ruby investigation. There were indications that the company had information relevant to the investigation. In this context, the company has been requested by the Public Prosecution Service to provide data. This is, presumably intentional, incomplete response. This is one of the reasons why the Public Prosecution Service has asked the examining magistrate to search the business premises and the archive rooms: to secure the information required for the investigation.

It is important to emphasize that cooperation with a claim made by the Public Prosecution Service is not without obligation. On the contrary: this is required by law. A party that takes an incomplete cooperative approach in the event of a claim by the judicial authorities can impede the investigation and therefore risks that the investigation services themselves come to collect the requested information unannounced. In addition, it is possible
failure to cooperate with such a claim will be qualified as failure to comply with an official order. This is a criminal offense.

TBO is a project-based collaboration between specialized units within the criminal investigation team (RST) and the public prosecutor’s office in Curaçao, Sint Maarten
and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. TBO focuses on tackling corruption and crime
undermining financial and economic crime. Among other things, the team conducts research into fraud, forgery and money laundering.

For a well-functioning democratic society it is important that citizens have confidence in public administration. Administrative corruption is a phenomenon with many manifestations that mainly occurs at the interface of public-private interests. Corruption affects the integrity of the government and leads to false ones in business life
competition. For this reason, the TBO takes such signs of corruption extremely seriously and conducts in-depth investigations there if necessary.

PROSECUTOR’s OFFICE PRESS RELEASE.

PERSBERICHT ONDERZOEK RUBY

Op dinsdag 18 februari 2020 heeft het Team Bestrijding Ondermijning (TBO) onder leiding van de rechter-commissaris een bedrijfspand en een aantal archiefruimtes op Sint Maarten doorzocht. Er zijn geen aanhoudingen verricht.

De doorzoekingen vonden plaats in het kader van een omvangrijk strafrechtelijk onderzoek met codenaam “Ruby”. Dit onderzoek wordt uitgevoerd sinds juli 2018 en richt zich op strafbare handelingen rondom de aanbesteding van contracten die verband houden met afvalverwerking op Sint Maarten. Het accent ligt hierbij op ambtelijke corruptie: in het bijzonder het aannemen van steekpenningen en het misbruiken van overheidsgelden voor persoonlijke doeleinden.

De leidinggevenden van het doorzochte bedrijf, alsmede het bedrijf zelf, zijn thans geen verdachten in onderzoek Ruby. Er bestonden aanwijzingen dat bij het bedrijf informatie aanwezig was die relevant is voor het onderzoek. In dit verband is het bedrijf door het Openbaar Ministerie gevorderd om gegevens te verstrekken. Hieraan is, vermoedelijk opzettelijk, onvolledig gehoor gegeven. Dit is een van de redenen waarom het Openbaar Ministerie aan de rechter-commissaris machtiging heeft gevraagd om het bedrijfspand en de archiefruimten te doorzoeken: om de voor het onderzoek benodigde informatie veilig te stellen.

Het is van belang om te benadrukken dat medewerking aan een vordering gedaan door het Openbaar Ministerie niet vrijblijvend is. Integendeel: dit is wettelijk verplicht. Een partij die zich bij een vordering door de justitiële autoriteiten onvolledig coöperatief opstelt, kan het onderzoek belemmeren en riskeert daarmee dat de opsporingsdiensten middels een doorzoeking zelf onaangekondigd de gevorderde informatie komen halen. Daarnaast kan het
niet meewerken aan een dergelijke vordering worden gekwalificeerd als het niet voldoen aan een ambtelijk bevel. Dit is een strafbaar feit.

TBO is een projectmatige samenwerking tussen gespecialiseerde eenheden binnen het recherche samenwerkingsteam (RST) en het Parket van de Procureur Generaal in Curaçao, Sint Maarten
en Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba. TBO focust zich op een aanpak van corruptie en
ondermijnende financieel-economische criminaliteit. Het team doet daarbij onder andere onderzoek naar fraude, valsheid in geschrift en witwassen.

Voor een goed functionerende democratische samenleving is het belangrijk dat burgers vertrouwen hebben in het openbaar bestuur. Ambtelijke corruptie is een fenomeen met vele verschijningsvormen dat zich vooral voordoet op het grensvlak van publiek private belangen. Corruptie tast de integriteit van de overheid aan en leidt in het zakenleven tot valse
concurrentie. Om deze reden neemt het TBO dergelijke signalen van corruptie uitermate serieus en doet indien nodig daar diepgaand onderzoek.

PROSECUTOR’s OFFICE PRESS RELEASE.

A flight from St Maarten to Montreal made an emergency landing in Bermuda after a medical crisis.

A flight from St Maarten to Montreal made an emergency landing in Bermuda after a medical crisis. A flight from St Maarten to Montreal made an emergency landing in Bermuda after a medical crisis.

A Skyport spokeswoman said the Sunwing flight diverted to Bermuda because a 64-year-old man needed medical attention.

The spokeswoman said the aircraft landed in Bermuda just before 6pm on Thursday.

She added: “The passenger, accompanied by his wife, was transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital for

treatment.

“Following confirmation of a maintenance issue with the aircraft, passengers were offloaded and accommodated in the airport departures lounge while a relief aircraft was flown in by Sunwing.

“The 161 remaining passengers eventually departed for Montreal at 1.44am this morning on the relief

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