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PUBLIC NOTICE: Tax Deadline Extended.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:35

Due to the passing of hurricane Gonzalo. The Tax Administration has decided to extend the deadline for paying the taxes due on October 15th, 2014.

This means, that the deadline for Wage tax, Turnover tax, Car rental, Timeshare, Room tax, AOV/AWW and AVBZ premiums over the month of September 2014, which is due on October 15th, 2014 has been extended to Friday, October 17th, 2014 without penalty.

Please note, that a penalty will be assessed for payments on above-mentioned, received after October 17th, 2014.

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Severe Damages On St. Maarten/St. Martin due to Hurricane Gonzalo. (UPDATED)

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:29

hurricanegonzalo14102014PHILIPSBURG:--- ‎Hurricane Gonzalo did severe damage to St. Maarten/St. Martin on Monday night. The heavier gusts of wind and rain started around 9pm. Trees, light poles and other electrical poles were uprooted. Most of the damage on the French side occurred in French Quarter, the Spring and Grand Case. On the Dutch side of the island several huge trees were uprooted, light poles fel ... Read more

Severe Damages On St. Maarten/St. Martin due to Hurricane Gonzalo.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:29

hurricanegonzalo14102014PHILIPSBURG:--- ‎Hurricane Gonzalo did severe damage to St. Maarten/St. Martin on Monday night. The heavier gusts of wind and rain started around 9pm. Trees, light poles and other electrical poles were uprooted. Most of the damage on the French side occurred in French Quarter, the Spring and Grand Case. On the Dutch side of the island several huge trees were uprooted, light poles fel ... Read more

POST HURRICANE GONZALO ASSESSMENT & CLEAN-UP.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:08

eocmeeting14102014PHILIPSBURG:--- On Tuesday morning the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) met to assess the situation in the country. The following information is available; additional information will be provided later today after a follow-up meeting related to a number of issues:

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ODM: Country under a Hurricane Warning; Gonzalo Now a Category 1 Hurricane and continues to strengthen; Schools to remain closed Tuesday.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:38

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) officially announces that Gonzalo is now a category 1 Hurricane located at 5:00PM 20 miles south east of Sint Maarten.

Residents should remain indoors until the hurricane clears the island.

The country is under a Hurricane Warning. Weather conditions have deteriorated. Hurricane conditions will continue to spread through the area tonight.

Schools are to remain closed on Tuesday. Ministry VROMI/Public Works after carrying out an assessment when weather conditions subside will ... Read more

ODM: Country under a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning; TS Gonzalo continues to Strengthen; Drivers urged to get home and stay off road network

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 19:38

GREAT BAY(DCOMM): --- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) officially announces that motorists currently on the road should get home as soon as possible driving in a safe responsible manner.

The country remains under a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are expected in the warning area within 24 hours.

Weather conditions have deteriorated and could get worse as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches our area. Residents are advised to remain indoors.

There is no curfew in affect, ... Read more

PSS closes operations due to the passage of TS Gonzalo.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:35

PHILIPSBURG:--- Postal Services St. Maarten N.V. (PSS) would hereby like to inform the General Public that our Philipsburg branch and other locations closed today October 13, 2014, from 11:00am until further notice.

PSS management is closely monitoring the approaching Tropical Storm Gonzalo in respect to the official resuming of operations for tomorrow. A subsequent press release will be sent in reference to when PSS will resume its operations based on the weather conditions. PSS management apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause our loyal custom ... Read more

ODM: Country under a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning; TS Gonzalo continues to Strengthen; Residents urged to complete storm preparations before nightfall.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:26

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) officially announces that the country is under a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area in this case within 24 hours.

Weather conditions are forecasted to further deteriorate this afternoon as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches our area. Residents should rush to protect property.

Motorists are advised to avoid using the public road network as of 4:00PM Monday. This is for your o ... Read more

St. Maarten Proactive with Ebola Preparedness --- Minister of Health Cornelius de Weever.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:00

ebolastakeholders13102014The virus might seems to be far away, yet we are very close to it

PHILIPSBURG:--- St. Maarten is very proactive in its Ebola preparedness announced Minister of Health Cornelius de Weever at a press conference held on Monday morning. The Minister said an intervention management team is already in place to handle the any situations relating to the ... Read more

FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show Ends on a High Note.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 02:13

POINT BLANCHE:--- 21st Annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference & Trade Show ended on a high note on Thursday and Friday, being the largest and most successful ever held in the 21-year history of the event.

The conference facility had its own generation capacity powered by 3 Megawatt generators, and delegates attended the scheduled workshops that were planned for the Thursday. At the end of the workshops, delegates then went to Philipsburg where they enjoyed themselves eating and shopping and were not hindered by the NV GE ... Read more

Minister Lourens Philip says only school management teams should report to their respective schools on Monday.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 02:12

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports Hon. Patricia Lourens-Philip who is currently off island on a private trip, says she has been following developments closely with respect to the approaching storm.

Minister Lourens-Philip said on Sunday that it is only necessary for school management teams to report to their respective schools on Monday to prepare their school premises prior to the arrival of the storm.

Teachers the Minister stated don't have to report to the schools.

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Benjamin & Parker Corporation "free online consultation" in view of expected harsh taxation collection in the year 2015.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 23:24

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday October 10, 2014, the management of Benjamin & Parker Corporation,(www.b-parker.com) observed a very compromising situation for the SXM taxpayer in 2015. In the press release by the General Audit Chamber it is mentioned that the SXM tax office is not compliant with the expected or recommended workflows, and in addition the tax revenues levels 2014 are not expected to be achieved, which is very devastating news for the SXM tax payer.

Tax Revenues are not aligned with the Approved National Budget, represent that at year end 20 ... Read more

Victorious Living Foundation Si-mulcast Host of Leadercast Live on St. Maarten Salutes Malala Yousafzai on her Nobel Peace Prize.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 22:27

malalayousafzai12102014ATLANTA/ST. MAARTEN:--- In the midst of the many global threats, terrorist acts, violence, crime and corruption; bravery, tenacity, courage and resilience are especially essential for leaders in our societies. Consequently, the visionary and president of Victorious Living, Dr. N. Erna Mae Francis-Cotton, in a recent press release saluted 17 year old M ... Read more

Cruise vessel Explorer of the Seas cancels due to the passing of Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 22:00

POINT BLANCHE:--- The cruise vessel Explorer of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has cancelled its Monday visit to the country.

The cancellation is due to the forecasted passing of Tropical Storm Gonzalo which was located at 5:00pm on Sunday 258 miles east southeast of Sint Maarten.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is forecast to pass through the Leeward Islands including Sint Maarten on Monday morning.

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St. Maarten Participates in the Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 20:11

willmoreland12102014Foundation INFOBIZZ preparing for the 2nd participation in the annual GEW!

GREAT BAY:---  Foundation INFOBIZZ is gearing up to be a part of the GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK (GEW) which is from November 17-23, 2014. Participation in the GEW, ensures that St. M ... Read more

ODM: TS Gonzalo Strengthens Further; Businesses advised to close at 12.00PM; Residents urged to complete storm preparations before nightfall; Country under a Tropical Storm Warning.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:56

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) advises businesses to close their operations at 12:00PM today Monday and allow their employees to go home in order to complete storm preparations.

Businesses should also use the opportunity to secure their premises. Anything that could blow away should be secured eg. yard furniture, plastic containers, garbage bins should be brought indoors etc.

Weather conditions are forecasted to further deteriorate this afternoon as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches our area.

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ODM: TS Gonzalo Strengthens; Schools closed on Monday; Residents urged to complete storm preparations by early tonight; Country under a Tropical Storm Warning.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:56

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) advises residents to complete securing loose obstacles outside in the yard by early this evening eg. plastic containers, garbage bins etc.

All schools are to remain closed on Monday due to the passing of Tropical Storm Gonzalo. This is a precautionary measure in the interests of the safety of school children, teachers, school bus drivers and parents. School management and teachers are urged to report to their respective schools to ensure that measures are taken to prevent any possible dama ... Read more

ODM: Country under a Tropical Storm Warning. TS Gonzalo expected to pass through Leeward Islands by Monday morning

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:56

GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) hereby informs the Sint Maarten community that the country is now under a Tropical Storm Warning as the system east of the islands has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

Under a Tropical Storm Warning; the warning means that there could be sustained wind speeds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour within 24 to 36 hours or less. Any preparedness measures should be completed as soon as possible under such a warning.

Residents should use Sunday daylight hours to secure anything in ... Read more

Three men arrested for threatening and possession of an illegal firearm.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:28

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday October 10th, 2014 between 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., a police patrol from the Philipsburg area investigated a complaint of a threat with a firearm on the Hyena Road in Cay Hill. The suspect with the initials J.D.C. (43) was arrested at his home on Hyena Road. During a search of his home a rifle and a handgun were found and confiscated. The suspects J.M.C. (40) and F.A.Q.H. (32) were arrested in the Sucker Garden area after an illegal firearm was located in the center console of the vehicle the suspects were driving in. All three suspe ... Read more

Population Ageing Trends High on the Agenda for Social Development.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:18

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Symposium on Ageing held last week Wednesday acted as the first step in spreading the awareness about the challenges of an ageing population and letting the public know that this issue is high on the agenda of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour (VSA). Based on the feedback from the audience at the symposium, Social Development is headed in the right direction when it comes to identifying the key priority areas St. Maarten is dealing with due to an increase in the ageing population. Key priority areas that were pres ... Read more