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7 hours ago Say Goodbye to Carnival Fantasy as she becomes razor blades [by PelicanPirate]

This boat was alive and well in the Port of Miami in May and now she is sandwiched amongst other modern boats on a concrete beach in Turkey to be cut to pieces.

Normally a boat of this age might go through 2-3 hand me down owners for the next few decades.

Straight to razor blades.
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7 hours ago Former NCL Starward partially sunk at pier in Beirut Explosion [by PelicanPirate]
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10 hours ago US issues travel warning for SXM [by candj]
The United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level three travel warning for St. Maarten on Thursday.
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10 hours ago Travel report 8-6 [by GaryB]
Background: I am a property owner in Sint Maarten, from Florida, age 66 and this trip was to complete some remodeling of my home there. So it was not for vacation or a short stay. The supplies have been sitting on site since early July. I needed to travel now before or if the island might shut down again.

This trip was on August 6, 2020. Regulations are subject to change at any time. The only place in my opinion to see those regulations is on the Ministry of Health site, not the tourist minister site as she is not making the rules. And the people at the SXM airport work for the Health Ministry so they follow his rules.
Day of travel: Departure was from Orlando to Miami then to SXM on American airlines. At check-in in Orlando and at get in Miami the airline was requiring to see/check that you had a negative Covid test AND the online entry form from the SXM Health Ministry. The airline was looking for the paperwork but I don’t think they knew what it had to say. Flight to SXM was maybe 1/3 full.

Upon arrival you enter the arrival hall. First stop is one of 4 health ministry booths. Lots of people to guide you. This is where the check your test paperwork and online form. If you pass the next stop is the immigration booths to check your passport and immigration form. After that it is baggage claim and exit.
Now if your health docs fail you are sent to another line to pay to be re-tested. The cost is $125 and you can pay in cash or credit card. After payment you are directed to another line to wait for a nurse to administer the Covid test. This is the one with the deep nasal swap. (Not painful but a little uncomfortable). You provide an email and phone number for them to contact with results. You are told to remain at home/room in isolation until they notify you of pass or fail. Test result can be in 24-72 hours. They sent you an email right away asking you to take your temperature every morning and report it back to them via web site for the next 14 days. After the testing you are sent around to the immigration passport line.

After attempting to travel to SXM since June I have been following the rule changes carefully. I had done two separate test runs of tests and lots of research to see which test were actually done and how long. On August 3rd I had an rt-PRC test and a SARS-Covid-2 NAA test done (two separate places). The PRC being the one SXM wants. As expected the PRC test was not back within the 72 hours but the NAA was. I uploaded the NAA test to the island web site and got an email back in about an hour with clearance. Think it is an automated system with no real review of documents. The test did not pass at the SXM airport and I had to be re-tested. It was what I had expected and the gamble I was willing to take to get back on the island.

I discussed the test I had with the supervisor at the health desks to confirm what they were looking for. The test has to say it is an rt-PRC test, be within 72 hours AND not have the FDA notice on it. She was very friendly and kept saying it is OK you only have to be retest. I think she was just trying to be sure I understood I was not going to be sent back.

All in all travel to Sint Maarten is a risk right now if you don’t have EXACTLY the docs they are looking for. Both to your health and wallet. Everything is life is a risk. YOU have to decide what amount of risk you are willing to take.

Hope you find this report helpful. Regards and safe travels.
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Yesterday at 05:39 PM Busy Airport [by blackmercedes]
It is wonderful to see all these planes landing at the airport. Maybe light at the end of the dark tunnel..we hope.
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Yesterday at 01:05 PM Total of 1,000 US pax by week's end [by Carol_Hill]
Daily Herald story
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Yesterday at 01:03 PM SXM government pondering further Corona measures [by Carol_Hill]

Somehow, this doesn't give me a warm fuzzy.

Daily Herald story
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Yesterday at 12:03 PM Sunset Webcam [by Jaybird]
On the Sunset webcam you see rocks when Mother Nature takes the sand away. Did Mother Nature or man put the rocks there? If man, for what purpose? Just curious.
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Yesterday at 09:50 AM 24-48 hour testing [by RonDon]
Here in RI the governor says the state made plans with two labs to speed up results.

IN the notice it says since testing may be required for travel so you can avoid quarantine, Rhode Island Convention Center location will test with a turn around of 24 hours.
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Yesterday at 01:05 AM 9 new cases on French side [by SXMScubaman]
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