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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Thursday said that Monday, October 9, in line with Constitution Day, is a Public Holiday and all businesses can remain open at their discretion.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A family member of Mr. Reginald Andrews, victim of the deadly stabbing which took place on September 17th at Over the Bank in Philipsburg have finally reported to the Philipsburg Police Head Quarters.

The body of Mr. Andrews whose life was violently taken is being held at a morgue until family members would come to claim the body.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group is not allowing the effects of two devastating hurricanes to get in the way of the company’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign that brings attention to personnel and the general public about the dangers of an equally devastating disease.

Each year TelEm Group focuses on the campaign by participating in various Breast Cancer Awareness events, and by decorating the company’s lobby area in the main building on Pond Island to stimulate public attention and reaction. The company has also sponsored various Breast Cancer Awareness efforts in the community in past years, including a sponsored cycle ride and a march through the Philipsburg area.

 PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public session on October 6, 2017.

The plenary public meeting is scheduled for Friday at 10.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is Advice regarding the (re)appointment of an Ombudsman.

PHILIPBURG, St. Maarten — Community connectedness, collaboration and the creation of safe spaces are some additional elements needed to bounce back collectively from the psychological, material, environmental and financial wounds caused by Hurricane Irma which descended on the island on September 6, 2017, according to The St. Maarten Foundation For Psychologists & “Orthopedagogen” (SFPO).

SFPO officials said on Thursday, October 5, 2017, that the pain and stress experienced as a result of the hurricane is being experienced both on the individual and community level. Healing and rebuilding therefore can be brought about via the provision of psychological support to the individual, as mentioned by colleagues of the Association of Psychologists and Allied Professionals (APAP SXM) but also through the coming together of people within districts in practical ways. For example, two days after the passing of the storm, young men of a particular district were observed drawing water from the district well and filling the buckets of women, children and the elderly. This simple act led to the ‘recreation’ of the old society during which individuals were intertwined with the whole community, whereby one person’s pain was felt by the entire community, and whereby community solutions were sought to assist the individual member.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Simpson Bay Bridge is operational.  Scheduled opening times have been set at 10.00 AM and 15.00 PM until further notice.

Vessels should call the bridge attendant on Marine Radio VHF Channel 12 before transiting the bridge.  Outbound traffic will be allowed to transit first.

There is an obstruction near the south side entrance of the bridge channel.  Salavage Operator Koole Mamoet will be removing the aforementioned within short. 

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Parliament of Sint Maarten has launched its official Facebook page, titled: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

The official launch took place on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in the conference room at the House of Parliament. Members of the Presidium were present for the launch.

With this move, Parliament steps into the fascinating and constantly evolving world of social media, with the intention to inform the public more effectively on its day to day operations. This tool will make it easier for the public to have access to updated information from Parliament.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, is cordially inviting all school care team members, which includes Psychologists, Social Workers,

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday 6 September, 2017 our island was hit with a devastating hurricane. As a result, many persons lost their lives, homes, businesses and other property. We sympathize with all who lost property and loved ones. However, in the wake of hurricane Irma, we appeal to all employers to practice good business practices and integrity when dealing with your employees. We understand the extenuating circumstances at hand, and therefore, encourage both employers and employees to cooperate and act in accordance with the labor laws of the land.

We encourage employers firstly to communicate with their employees. The worse thing to do in a time like this is to abandon your staff completely. Invite employees to a central location and discuss with them the damages to the building and merchandise and the consequences thereof. Business owners may want to discuss payment and employment options with their staff on an individual basis. Be honest and direct, but give them options.

We urge businesses as much as feasible to retain their staff. In an effort to do this, employers may want to reallocate or reassign staff members to different departments or duties. Perhaps it may be necessary that persons take on different roles for the time being to suit the immediate needs of the business for a time. We ask that workers also be flexible to accept reallocation of tasks or responsibilities. If the labor contract between the company and the employee allows, payment options can be discussed. All agreements outside of what is written in the labor contract must be mutual and in written form such as for example a reduction in working days or wages. Note also that the written agreement must be in accordance with the labor laws of the land. Any employers seeking assistance with drafting a sound mutual agreement can consult legal assistance or visit the Department of Labor Affairs and Social Services.

Although, we strongly encourage businesses to seek means whereby they can maintain their staff, if dismissals must take place permission must still be requested by the Department of Labor Affairs and Social Services (applicable for employees in indefinite employ). There is also an option of rescinding employment relationships through the courts. All persons under contract must be paid out for the remainder of their contractual period if the contract is not being extended, and given due notice. To reiterate, at present time, businesses have one of three options:

  1. Retain employee through mutual agreement in writing (terms to include job duties, payment, work hours, etc.)
  2. Mutual agreement in writing for termination of labor agreement ( to include severance payments, notice period, all outstanding vacation days and days worked)
  3. Dismissal (through the Department of Labor Affairs and Social Services)
  4. Dismissal (through the court or legal system)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday announced that Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA/SXM Airport) will open to accept all commercial flights as per October 10, 2017. “We will be back in business,” the Minister said. The symbolism of the date was also important to the Minister, marking seven years since St. Maarten obtained its new constitutional status.

The airport, the Minister explained, was given time following hurricane Irma and Maria to get back to a suitable operational level that falls within international safety standards. She re-iterated that the damage to PJIA was severe and no quick fix could have been applied. “Even as we open our airport, we are still months away from restoring PJIA to its former glory,” she said.

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