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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher met with small and large property hoteliers on Wednesday, September 27, to hear directly from them about their status following the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The Minister also used the opportunity to inform the gathering of government’s actions moving forward with regards to the industry and the re-opening of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA).

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Alston Lourens has stated that the foundation fully intends to host Carnival 2018. He recalled that Carnival 1996 is fondly remembered as one of the best Carnival ever following Hurricane Luis and the foundation is determined to repeat that feat after hurricane Irma.

The board of the foundation has already met to assess the situation and will continue to organize the event in collaboration with its stakeholders. The board has noted that 8 booths in Carnival Village has been destroyed but says it will discuss plans moving forward with the relevant authorities.

With talk of the Village being used as a place to house displaced persons after hurricane Irma,

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As of Monday October 2nd The Civil Registry Department will be open daily from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Government Administration Buildin

The following services will be rendered:

Registration Forms / Apostille

Pick up of Identification Cards / Drivers Licenses / Passports

Registration / De-registration in PIVA

POINT BLANCHE, St. Maarten – Seven Seas Water quickly resumed its regular production of water for St. Maarten after the passing of Category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria. The company suffered minimal damages to its water production plants in Point Blanche, Cay Bay and Cupecoy through a combination of sound facilities construction and comprehensive storm preparation based on many years of successful operation in the Caribbean. Seven Seas Water is proud to report that it is meeting the water production requirements for its client.

Seven Seas Water has a proven track record of reliably producing water to the people of St. Maarten. Since the arrival of Seven Seas Water in St. Maarten in 2007, the company has worked with the Government of Sint Maarten and GEBE to substantially increase its production capacity to meet rising demand with no capital outlays from the Government.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister responsible for Aviation Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher has re-iterated that no official date has been announced by government for the resumption of commercial flights into St. Maarten.

The Minister stressed that travelers need to be careful with any information unless it comes from the official source, in other words, the government of St. Maarten. She said there is some confusion being created by, among other things, airlines announcing dates that they hope to resume service to the island.

In some cases, airlines are allowing people to book tickets although the green light has not been given by government to execute commercial flights.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management understands the importance of the cruise sector to the national economy, and is working diligently with the cruise lines and local stakeholders to have the first commercial cruise ship with passengers in port by November 11.  Discussions are currently underway with a number of cruise lines with respect to itinerary planning for November.

In order for the aforementioned to happen, a number of links in the chain of offering a good cruise experience needs to be in place such as shore-excursions, tours, shopping (Philipsburg), restaurants and other amenities.

Port Management met with the Council of Ministers on Wednesday where an update was provided with respect to the state of affairs at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Thursday said inspectors of the Economic Control Department has issued stern warnings to businesses caught price gouging in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The Minister also disclosed that business was caught selling items with no prices on the goods and some businesses were refusing to provide receipts. The law dictates that if these practices are found, the business in question would get a stern warning and has to correct the violations on the spot. Repeat offenders will be heavily fined.

Supermarkets, tire repair shops, hardware stores and general appliances and wares stores are all being controlled by the inspectors. The Minister thanked the public for being vigilant and reporting price gouging when they encounter it.

“Many people used social media and the official government link to report price gouging. We appreciate these community efforts to promote fairness and stop illegal pricing of items in the country. Please remain vigilant and keep reporting,” the Minister said.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - There will be a general registration for children attending Day Care and Early Stimulation Centers this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am until 1:00pm at the Rupert Maynard Community Center on the St. Peters road and the office of Inspectorate of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport at the Brooks Towers.

CARIBBEAN - The declaration of hurricane losses is not in conformity with the normal accounting principles definitions or statements. The fact that businesses may have a profit prior to the hurricane impact and thereafter a no activity condition is not an excuse for escaping the tax assessment over the period in which profits were gained. Benjamin & Parker  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. clearly emphasizes that the Federal Tax Legislation does not refer to any leniency, special treatment and or tax exemptions after the impact of a natural catastrophe also referred as an ACT of GOD

The firm illustrates the taxation as follows:
Company profit before the Hurricane impact $50.000,=
Profit taxes due $17.250,=
Renovation costs $30.000,=
New taxation basis ($50.000-$30.000) $ 20.000,=
Recalculated profit tax $6,900,=

The current condition may be mathematically correct but the fact is that the losses of earning capacity and Losses of equity has a direct negative influence on your company’s value which is unfortunately not allocated anywhere in the year-end financial statement or in the tax environment as a reduction component.

The main question is how much time will it take for a business to regain its normal profitability and Corporate Market Value?  The financial science teaches us that the losses are far beyond the renovation costs as mentioned in the example. Benjamin & Parker in its professional opinion and tax expertise wishes to clarify the following:

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Public Health Department & Collective Prevention Services hereby makes it known that the Mobile Health Bus will be rendering medical services to persons living in the St. Peters & South Reward Districts on the open lot next to the Gas station on Friday September 29th. The Mobile Health Bus will be opened from 9 AM to 11 AM and from 12 PM to 2 PM.

The Medical services will be geared specifically for persons who cannot reach to their General Practitioners. A Doctor will be on board, please walk with the boxes of your prescribed medications for refill.

A Psychologist will be available from 12 pm to 2 PM to speak to persons who may have suffered Post-Traumatic stress due to the passing of Hurricane Irma. 

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