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Central Committee Meeting of Parliament scheduled for Monday. Minister of Finance to be present

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will meet in a Central Committee session on November 17th.

The committee meeting is set for Monday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is an invitation for the 39th Saba Day celebration on December 5th.

The second agenda point is the draft National Ordinance to establish the 2011 Annual Accounts.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org

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PRICE BUILD-UP PETROLEUM PRODUCTS

PHILIPSBURG - Currently there is much discussion on the cost of Petroleum Products, whereby the public has indicated that government is over-charging by including turnover tax (TOT) in the price build-up. The TOT is an indirect tax, a gross receipt tax with the character of a consumption tax, which is levied on sales of goods and services at every stage in the supply chain as it makes its way to the final end user and is aimed to tax the consumption of goods and/or the use of services (See the Explanatory note by the introduction of the Ordinance on Turn over Tax 1997, P.B. 1996, no. 210, Statenstuk, zitting 1996-1997, no. 3, Memorie van Toelichting: “De BBO is een indirecte belasting, een omzetbelasting met het karakter van een verbruiksbelasting die de "voortstuwing" van goederen èn diensten op hun weg van producent naar consument belast en die beoogt het consumptieve verbruik van goederen en diensten in de heffing te betrekken”).

The TOT is very similar to a sales tax; whereas a conventional sales tax allows the seller to itemize the tax separately from the price of goods or services, the TOT requires it to be included in the price (tax-inclusive). As such, it is allowed to charge TOT at every step in the supply chain, from the wholesaler, to the retailer, to the end consumer.

The TOT is calculated over the turnover the entrepreneur has realized. Referencing the example given: if a company sells a product for 1 guilder to a consumer (thus the consumer pays the 1 Guilder) the entrepreneur is required to pay a 5 percent turnover tax over his gross receipt of 1 Guilder to the government.  Therefore if the entrepreneur sells a product for 1 Guilder, than in this 1 Guilder should also reflect the TOT, which is included in the price-buildup.

In response to the current discussion regarding to the cost of Petroleum Products, the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication (TEZVT) decided to show the thorough and complete breakdown of all the components that determine the end consumer price of Petroleum Products, which also includes the TOT in the price-buildup. This approach was taken in order to be transparent and to help the public understand the pricing structure.

In conclusion, it should be noted that the calculation and the pricing of Petroleum Products by the Ministry of TEZVT is correct.  Questions may be referred to the Minister and inquiries directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Ministry TEZVT)

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Armed robbery at Midtown Hotel, Police find two Venezuelans tied up

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday November 7th at approximately 06.15 p.m. police patrols and Detectives were sent Midtown Hotel to investigate an armed robbery.

On the scene the investigating officers spoke to the three victims from Venezuela. Two of them stated that they were on the island to conduct business and while they were in their hotel room they were attacked by three unknown armed men who were dressed completely in black and had their face covered.

These men threatened the victims with their weapons and forced them to the floor. They were tied up and their hotel room searched and all their personal belongings were stolen by the robbers.

After committing this act the robbers fled the scene.  The third victim arrived a little later at the hotel room and met his colleagues tied up. They were untied at which time the police were called.

An undisclosed amount of cash and some electrical equipment were stolen from the room. The Forensic Department was also on the scene to collect evidence. The Special Robbery Unit is busy conducting this investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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STUDY FINANCING INFORMATION SESSION “Promoting studying in the region”

The Division of Study Financing hereby cordially invites the general public to an information session on study financing under the theme “Promoting studying in the region”.

The information session will be held on:

Date:      Tuesday November 25, 2014

Place:    University of St.Martin

Time:     7 pm – 9 pm

All persons interested in applying for study financing should not miss this very informative workshop. 

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Plenary Session of Parliament rescheduled for November 13 about Bureau Intellectual Property

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will meet in a plenary public session on November 13th.  This session is related to Bureau Intellectual Property which was initially held on Monday, November 10, but due to a lack of a quorum it was closed and rescheduled for the aforementioned date.

The plenary session is set for Thursday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is incoming documents; the second agenda point is the draft National Ordinance regarding the Bureau of Intellectual Property with respect to current rules, responsibilities and obligations. 

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org

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All businesses must be closed on St. Maarten’s Day with the exception of a few

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 is an official holiday.  The opening and closure of various types of businesses is regulated with the Law on Shop Closure.  All places of business must be closed on this day.

In accordance with Article 3 of the Law on Shop Closure, the aforementioned is not applicable to the following businesses:

Pharmacies, as far as it concerns the sale of medicine and medical products; Bars and restaurants; Hotels and guesthouses; Stores located in hotels and on the airport and harbour premises; funeral parlours; gas stations; and bakeries selling pastries, milk and milk products.

No dispensation will be granted for stores to be opened on St. Maarten’s Day.

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Pond Fish could be Poisonous; Residents requested to refrain from consuming pond fish

GREAT BAY – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour is advising residents not to consume any fish from the country’s ponds.  Observations were made on Sunday of individuals catching fish from the Salt Pond for possible human consumption.

The Salt Pond fish could be poisonous and residents should refrain from eating fish from the Salt Pond of Fresh Water Pond

Fish poisoning symptoms can occur anywhere from two to 12 hours after eating fish. Symptoms include: abdominal cramps, diarrhea (severe and watery), nausea and vomiting.

Residents and other persons are strongly advised to leave the fishdo not take them home to cook as the fish are not fit for human consumption. (Dept. of Communication) 

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Residents urged to step-up mosquito prevention measures due to weekend torrential rainfall

GREAT BAY - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government agency under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour, is calling on residents to step-up mosquito prevention measures due to the weekend of torrential rainfall.

Mosquito fogging did start about a week ago but had to be halted due to rainfall.  Fogging will resume shortly. 

Residents are advised to step-up by taking measures at home and at their business to mitigate mosquito breeding such as the Aedes Aegyptimosquito.

Minister of Public Health, Social Development & Labour Hon. Cornelius de Weever, ‘Get Checked” campaign, is in line with the responsibility of residents, and business owners, to check around their homes, and businesses in order to reduce breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, and making themmosquito-free zones.

Minister De Weever is also calling on residents to encourage and ensure that their neighbor (s) clean their yard in order to be more effective in eliminating breeding sites.

Mosquito foggingis one intervention of several, and the main measure is for every household and business to take action by removing potentialmosquitobreeding spots in and around their premises on a daily basis.

Residents must bear in mind that rain events can disruptmosquitofoggingactivities.  Homeowners should remove containers or turn them over; boat owners who have boats stored on land should make sure the drains are open for water to run out rather than accumulate creating a breeding ground for mosquito’s; spouts should be cleaned; overgrown vegetation should be cut; and old tires should be cut up.

Call for information on the Aedes Aegyptimosquitobreeding sites and respective preventive measures at 542-2078 or 542-3003 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Plenary Session of Parliament scheduled for November 10

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will meet in a plenary public session on November 10th.

The plenary session is set for Monday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is incoming documents; the second agenda point is the draft National Ordinance regarding the Bureau of Intellectual Property with respect to current rules, responsibilities and obligations. 

                                                                          

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org

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