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Six New Positive COVID-19 cases on Saturday. 29 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 13th, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-nine (29). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand five hundred thirty-two (4532).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-nine (29) people in home isolation. Zero (0) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred twenty-eight (4428). Twenty-two (22) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 63,920.  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

For your safety, continue to wear your masks, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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EVOLUTION OR INNOVATION? CBCS Conference: Building Value with Emerging Technologies

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - On the 2nd of December 2021, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS), will be hosting the Building Value with Emerging Technologies Conference at the Simpson Bay Resort in Sint Maarten.

During this event, several renowned speakers, such as Mr. Olivier Rikken (Partner and founder of Emerging Horizons), Mr. Rik Willard (Founder and Managing Director of Agentic) and Mr. Errol Cova (Head of the Expert Supervision Department and Chair of the Innovation Platform of the CBCS) will provide an insight into blockchain and other emerging technologies.

Learn how the applicability of these technologies in the financial services and hospitality industries, combined with the regulatory adaptability, can create a more vibrant economy.

Seminar program

Mrs. Raquel Lo Fo Wong, the Director of CBCS Office in Sint Maarten, will open the conference followed by a speech by the Minister of Finance of Sint Maarten, the Hon. Mr. Ardwell Irion.

Our first speaker, Mr. Olivier Rikken, will provide the audience with a comprehensive overview of the emerging technologies, such as blockchain and other decentralized autonomous technologies. Subsequently, Mr. Rik Willard will present the practical applicability of these technologies in the financial services and hospitality industries.

Lastly, Mr. Errol Cova will provide an insight from a regulatory scope, where he will detail the legal possibilities for these technologies to be applied within the jurisdiction of Sint Maarten. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Rolando Tobias.

This conference is in-person and will be open to the public. Limited seats will be available to support social distancing measures according to the applicable Covid-19 rules in December 2021.

Therefore, you are encouraged to purchase your ticket(s) online at your earliest convenience to ensure your participation (https://caribbeanticketshop.com/events/building-value-withemerging-technologies-02-12-2021)

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Sint Maarten Youth Parliament Annual Interscholastic Debate Competition Finals this Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - The Sint Maarten Youth Parliament will host the finals of its 3rd Annual Interscholastic Debate Competition this Saturday. In an exciting semi-final round held on November 6, St. Maarten Academy defeated Milton Peters College, while St. Dominic High defeated Learning Unlimited to set up the finals match-up.

The finals will be held on Saturday November 13 at 6:30 pm at the Philipsburg Cultural Center. St, Maarten Academy will defend the moot: Some students receive preferential treatment in school because of their race, with the team from St. Dominic providing the counter arguments. This promises to be an exciting finale.

Admission is open to the general public at $2 per person. However, space is limited and all COVID 19 protocols must be observed.

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Sarah: “Protest Actions on the French Side Deserve Our Urgent Attention. ‘Wait-and-see’ is Not Good Enough”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams, in a recent statement addressed her concerns regarding the recent protests on the French side of the island and has called on both Governments to act.

“The protests that are taking place on Saint Martin are serious. I think it is extremely concerning what is transpiring here on Saint Martin, and the blockades and destruction that are taking place at the different border sites should be taken seriously by all leaders. Our Ministers, here on the southern side cannot sit back and see how things will develop on the northern side.

“This is no longer a French side issue, but it is an issue that is affecting the entire Saint Martin more and more. Observing what is taking place is not enough! The leaders, in this case the Council of Ministers or representatives of the Council of Ministers as well as representatives of the local French administration should meet urgently to discuss this situation,” the MP opined.

“They should be constantly apprised of any developments that take place in the context of these protests, that include the blocking of roads between the two sides of the island. We need to get a handle on the situation and I believe that our Ministers are called to act”, Wescot-Williams emphasized.

MP Wescott: November 11, we will be celebrating Saint Martin Day and it would be wonderful if rather than speeches telling the world how resilient Saint Martin people are, we try and solve some of the issues right here at home. “Our resilience is wearing thin”.

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Ministry of VROMI takes Mitigation Measures due to Excessive Rainfall

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) on Wednesday, November 10, at 1:00 PM will open the Great Bay Channel as a mitigation measure due to the excessive rainfall that the country has been experiencing.

The channel will remain open until 12:00 AM midnight.

The decision was taken to mitigate potential flooding as part of the ministry’s water management measures to avoid hazardous water levels building up in the Great Salt Pond and the Fresh Water Pond.

Ministry of VROMI therefore cautions against any and all water activities at the Great Bay Beach during the aforementioned times and up to 24-hours following.

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Three Persons Test Positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. 22 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 9th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, eight (8) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-two (22). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand five hundred twenty (4520).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-two (22) people in home isolation. Zero (0) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred twenty-three (4423). Twenty-six (26) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley continues to encourage everyone to wear your masks, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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“A stronger relationship with the European Union may improve Curacao’s social and economic performance only if the current economic weaknesses are addressed accordingly”

CURACAO (WILLEMSTAD) - Over the past two decades, the economic performance of Curaçao has been poor characterized by an average real GDP contraction of 1.1% per year between 2001 and 2019 and a high unemployment rate of 19.1% in 2019.

Oftentimes, it is suggested that a stronger relationship with the European Union (EU) may improve Curaçao’s economic performance and social conditions. “An analysis of the economic performance of a selection of European overseas territories, including Curaçao, suggests that stronger ties with the EU does not guarantee a better economic performance if economic weaknesses are not addressed accordingly”, as highlighted by the Executive Director of the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS), dr. Jose Jardim, during his presentation at the Europe Direct Curaçao seminar that was held on November 4, 2021.

The EU currently includes 22 overseas territories linked to five member states (France, The Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, and Portugal) which, for historical, geographical, or political reasons, enjoy special status within or outside the EU.

Nine of these territories are classified as Outermost Regions (ORs) and 13 form the group of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). Curaçao and Sint Maarten belong to the group of OCTs. The ORs are territories forming an integral part of a member state of the EU but located at a significant distance from mainland Europe.

Meanwhile, the OCTs do not form part of the EU but cooperate with the Union through the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) which was created to improve economic development and cooperation between the OCTs and the EU.

Dr. Jardim explained that ORs and OCTs share some common characteristics which make comparisons viable, including the small size and remoteness of the territories, a relatively high openness to trade, little economic diversification, a small export base, scarce domestic natural resources and labor supply, and a proneness to natural disasters making them susceptible to external shocks.

There are, however, also some differences between ORs and OCTs. For instance the whole legal framework of the EU – except for specific situations - is applicable in the ORs and the ORs are eligible for more financial support and subsidies from several EU funds, while OCTs only receive financial support from the EU’s European Development Fund (EDF).

To put this last difference into perspective for the period 2014 – 2020, a total of EUR 13.8 billion was allocated to the ORs while a total of EUR 364.5 million was allocated to the OCTs. During the seminar, Dr. Jardim presented an analysis of the development in several economic indicators and European funding of a selection of ORs and OCTs for the period 2000 – 2009 and 2010 – 2019, respectively.

In the analysis the ORs were used as a proxy to more integrated economies with the EU compared to OCTs. The territories included in the analysis were selected based on geographical location, data availability and overall economic structure. Not surprisingly, the average EU support per capita per year was considerably higher for the ORs than for the OCTs since the ORs are eligible to all the support and subsidies under the EU Cohesion Policy as opposed to the OCTs.

However, the EU support per capita for the group of OR territories dropped in the 2010 – 2019 period compared to 2000 – 2009, while it remained practically unchanged for the OCTs. Meanwhile, the average real GDP growth rates of the OR territories and the OCT territories seem to be similar over the two subperiods.

In both the ORs and OCTs, the average growth slowed down from 2.8% during the period 2000 – 2009 to 0.9% between 2010 and 2019. Hence, despite that on average the ORs received significantly more financial support from the EU than the OCTs, the real GDP growth was similar.

When considering the GDP per capita, on average, it was lower in the group of OR territories compared to the group of OCT territories in both time periods. The average unemployment rate increased in the group of ORs in the period 2010 – 2019 compared to 2000 – 2009, while it remained practically unchanged in the group of OCTs.

Additionally, the average unemployment rate in the group of ORs is higher than in the group of OCTs in both time periods. According to Jardim, a stronger relationship with Europe may have some benefits for Curaçao, including more inflows of foreign direct investments from Europe, increased tourism travel to Curaçao, and a higher level of social and environmental protection.

In addition, Curaçao may, through the European Cohesion Policy, become eligible to more EU support and subsidies. On the other hand, further integration into the EU may lead to loss of autonomy and a larger administrative burden for Curaçao. The course of international trade would require a clear positioning of Curacao’s strategy.

“The analysis suggests, however, that extensive financial support and subsidies from the EU do not guarantee better economic performance. Curaçao suffers from several economic and social weaknesses, particularly the structural unemployment due to a mismatch between labor demand and supply, and a large public administration sector that results in inefficiencies which are found in many OR territories as well”, Jardim explained.

“Therefore, a stronger relationship with the European Union may improve Curaçao’s social and economic performance only if the current economic weaknesses are addressed accordingly”, Jardim concluded.

The complete text and presentation of the Europe Direct Curaçao proposition paper can be viewed on the CBCS website at www.centralbank.cw under the Speeches and Presentation section.

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Seven New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. 27 Active Cases. One Person Remains Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 8th, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-seven (27). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand five hundred seventeen (4517).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-six (26) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred fifteen (4415) Nineteen (19) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please wear your masks, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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23 Active COVID-19 cases. One Person Tests Positive on Saturday. One Person Remains Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 6th, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-three (23). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand five hundred ten (4510).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-two (22) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred twelve (4412) Twenty-six (26) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 62, 056.   

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures. 

Minister Ottley urges everyone to wear your masks, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently. 

ARCHIVED - FRIDAY NOV.05 - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 5th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, six (6) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-four (24). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand five hundred nine (4509).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-three (23) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred ten (4410). Thirty (30) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 62, 056.  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

For your safety, continue to wear your masks, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 26 Active Cases. One Person Remains Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 4th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-six (26). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand five hundred five (4505).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-five (25) people in home isolation. One (1) patient is hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred four (4404). Twenty-eight (28) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 62, 056  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

If you have not been vaccinated, do your research and consider receiving your COVID-19 vaccination.

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