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Source: SMN-News
27 Jun 2022 09:36 PM

Committee Of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, And Infrastructure Of Parliament To Meet With Nature Foundation St. Maarten.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Committee of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure will meet on June 28, 2022.

The Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:30 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. Representatives of Nature Foundation St. Maarten will be present.

The agenda point is:
Discussion with the Nature Foundation regarding the plans in connection with the recently signed agreement with Government and plans to tackle the ever-increasing invasive species presence on the island (IS/924/2021-2022 dated May 23, 2022)
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26 Jun 2022 06:46 PM

~10 experts from around the world focus on the future of islands at Islandpreneur Live~

PHILIPSBURG:---  Islandpreneur Live 2022 commences on June 27 and will continue with a week of activities through to July 1. These activities include in-person masterclasses (June 27 -29) with experts covering topics such as tourism, public relations, resilience, innovation, and adaptive strategies to thrive. Masterclasses include Lela Simmonds, Business Development Manager at Port of St. Maarten Group of Companies, Haddy Folivi, a global public relations specialist based in the United Kingdom, and Elly Moesquit, Supervision Specialist of the Centrale Bank van Curaao en Sint Maarten Read more


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Source: SMN-News
26 Jun 2022 03:15 PM

Excluisve: Will The Prime Minister Step In At Gebe To Ensure Full Investigation Takes Place?

PHILIPSBURG: --- Now that the Prosecutors Office and KPSM indicated to the Government of St. Maarten that the management of NV GEBE did not cooperate with their investigation as such they were unable to sufficiently establish what the actual danger to Sint Maarten has been due to the hack.

  The prosecutors office in its press release and report said that due to NV GEBE's non-cooperative attitude, Freya investigation could not establish what were the exact risks for the country and clients of GEBE and who was behind the attack, and the dangers for the future Read more


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Source: SMN-News
26 Jun 2022 03:15 PM

Exclusive: Will The Prime Minister Step In At Gebe To Ensure Full Investigation Takes Place?

PHILIPSBURG: --- Now that the Prosecutors Office and KPSM indicated to the Government of St. Maarten that the management of NV GEBE did not cooperate with their investigation as such they were unable to sufficiently establish what the actual danger to Sint Maarten has been due to the hack.

  The prosecutors office in its press release and report said that due to NV GEBE's non-cooperative attitude, Freya investigation could not establish what were the exact risks for the country and clients of GEBE and who was behind the attack, and the dangers for the future Read more


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26 Jun 2022 01:30 PM

~ I did not know the Prosecutor or Police were busy with any investigation on the hack and I still dont know today.~

 PHILIPSBURG:--- On Sunday the Prosecutors Office and KPSM said in a joint press release that the Prosecutors Office has submitted a report to the Government of St. Maarten regarding the Black Byte hack that took place on March 17th, 2022.  The release states that the report stems from the Freya investigation which includes interviews with staff members of NV GEBE and the RST.

On June 1st SMN News asked the Minister of VROMI Egbert Jurendy Doran at the weekly press briefings for an update on the findings of the prosecutors office on the hack and NV GEBE and if anyone would be held responsible for putting the company at risk.

Minister Doran said then that he hadnt met with the Prosecutors office, and he was not aware of any criminal investigations taking place Read more


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23 Jun 2022 10:01 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Sint Maarten, just like the rest of the world is currently facing a mental healthcare crisis, while already burdened with the community wide impact of the aftermath of hurricane Irma and more recently the impact of the Covid pandemic. Recently, the Association for Psychologists and Allied Professionals Sint Maarten (APAP SXM) met with the Minister of Health, Social Welfare and Labour (VSA), the Honourable Omar Ottley and his team regarding the state of mental health needs and licensed services available on Sint Maarten Read more


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23 Jun 2022 04:57 PM

 THE HAGUE/SABA:--- The Saba Island Council is currently in the Netherlands for a series of meetings, work visits, and the year congress of the Association of Dutch Municipalities VNG. Commissioner of Social Affairs, Public Health, and Housing Rolando Wilson is also in the Netherlands and joins part of the program of the Island Council, in addition to his own program.
The Island Council delegation, consisting of Chairman and Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, Island Council Members Carl Buncamper, Vito Charles, Eviton Heyliger, Esmeralda Johnson, Hemmie van Xanten and Island Registrar Akilah Levenstone, started its working visit on Monday, June 20 and returns to Saba on Sunday, July 3.
The program includes meetings with the Permanent Committees for Kingdom Relations of the First and Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, State Secretary of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sport Maarten van Ooijen, and Vice-President of the Council of State Thom de Graaf.
The main topics that were discussed with the First Chamber (on Tuesday, June 21) and the Second Chamber (on Thursday, June 23) included: healthcare, connectivity, cost of living, the notary and banking issue, the number of seats in the Island Council, the Kadaster and the modernization of the Opium Law Read more


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23 Jun 2022 09:53 AM

What Happened To Philipsburg Sewerage Project?

PHILIPSBURG:--- Questions have been raised by Philipsburg businessman Don Hughes as to what has become of the project to connect Philipsburg homes and businesses to the main sewer system which began almost two decades ago.
"Millions of dollars have been spent to lay the foundation for this project with pipes etc being placed in the ground in anticipation of the homes and businesses being connected Read more


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23 Jun 2022 09:51 AM

Public Meeting Of Parliament Regarding Proposal By Party For Progress On Parliamentary Relationship Development & Crucial Issues Affecting The Future Of The St. Maarten Carnival.

PHILIPSBURG:---The House of Parliament will sit in a public meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
The Public meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 11.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. Representatives of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will be present.
This meeting which was adjourned on June 9, 2022 at agenda point 3, will be reconvened with the handling of agenda points 3 and 4.
The agenda points are:
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22 Jun 2022 06:27 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---In preparation for this years 159th Emancipation Day celebration on July 1st, the Department of Culture is inviting all interested citizens and persons residing in Sint Maarten to learn the Ponum Dance as part of the festivities that include the reenactment of the Diamond 26 Run For Freedom. The free Ponum Dance workshop will be held at the John Larmonie Center on Monday, June 27th, 2022 at 7:00 pm in which attendees will view the Ponum Dance documentary, learn its history and experience the historical importance of this cultural dance expression.

Emancipation Day is a day to celebrate and come together as a people to reflect on the voices of our ancestors and their experiences as we stand on their shoulders Read more


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Source: SMN-News
21 Jun 2022 06:37 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- "It's time for the Government to have its own bank," which, according to Leader of the United Peoples Party, MP Rolando Brison, will alleviate many challenges experienced by persons within the community when they try to open new accounts or keep the existing bank accounts Read more


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21 Jun 2022 02:52 PM

~ Former MP Frans Richardson was condemned to 20 months with a 5-year ban on passive rights. ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Former Chief Executive Officer of Ports St. Maarten Mark Mingo was fully acquitted by the Court of Appeals on Tuesday.
Mingos life was turned upside down when he was arrested on June 17th, 2017. On Tuesday the former CEO broke down when the verdict was read in open court and he was able to walk out a free man.
The court determined that the prosecution did not have the evidence to support their claim that Mingo overrated over 200 invoices.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo was found guilty in January 2020 by the Court of First Instance he was found guilty of forgery and scamming the Port of St Read more


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21 Jun 2022 02:52 PM

~ Former MP Frans Richardson was condemned to 20 months with a 5-year ban on passive rights. ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Former Chief Executive Officer of Ports St. Maarten Mark Mingo was fully acquitted by the Court of Appeals on Tuesday.
Mingos life was turned upside down when he was arrested on June 17th, 2017. On Tuesday the former CEO broke down when the verdict was read in open court and he was able to walk out a free man.
The court determined that the prosecution did not have the evidence to support their claim that Mingo overrated over 200 invoices.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo was found guilty in January 2020 by the Court of First Instance he was found guilty of forgery and scamming the Port of St Read more


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20 Jun 2022 09:59 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  On Friday, June 17th, 2022, the Court of First Instance rendered its decision denying a request to suspend the decision of the Honorable Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson regarding the deportation of a man who previously resided in St. Maarten legally for an extended period of time. The man requested his permanent residence permit, however, during the processing time of the application for the permanent permit, he committed a crime for which he served a prison sentence.

Even though the man at the time of submitting the application did not have a criminal record, the Minister is by law, authorized to take into consideration facts and circumstances that could result in a person not being eligible for issuance of a residence permit Read more


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20 Jun 2022 08:21 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Ministers of Finance, Justice, and the acting Minister of TEATT, Omar Ottley, would like to inform the public that the long-awaited relief on gas prices will go into effect on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
The relief consists of a reduction in the import duty (formally referred to as excise tax in the price build-up model) from NAf 29 cents to NAf 15.5 cents per liter.
As a result of this, the previously published prices for the sale of gasoline will drop from NAf 3.294 to 3.145 per liter, resulting in a savings of roughly NAf 15 cents per liter.
Considering that the import duty (or excise tax) is not applied to diesel, the price of diesel will remain unchanged at NAF 2.562 per liter Read more


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20 Jun 2022 07:10 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Third Caribbean Safe School Initiative Ministerial Forum, which will be taking place in Sint Maarten from 28 to 30 June 2022, has recognized youth as a key partner in advancing resilience and reducing risk, and it seeks to encourage youth to collaborate in the identification of emerging issues.

The 2022 Youth Forum under the theme My Island, My Voice, an event within the Third Caribbean Safe School Initiative Ministerial Forum, provided Caribbean youth with a platform in which they can build their leadership skills, and strengthen their capacity to contribute to the Caribbean Safe School Initiative (CSSI) now and in the future.

It is important that we engage youth in matters that concern them Read more


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20 Jun 2022 05:51 PM

Committee For Constitutional Affairs And Decolonization To Meet With Pro Souliga Foundation.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization of Parliament will meet on June 21, 2022.

The Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 9.30 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. Representatives of Pro Soualiga Foundation will be present.

The agenda points are:
1. Questions regarding Pro -Soualiga Foundation and update Pro-Soualiga-Activities (IS/262/2020-2021 dated December 29, 2020)
2. The furtherance of the motion of November 5, 2020
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20 Jun 2022 01:35 PM

St. Maarten Academy Teachers Will Not Be Paid 2022 Vacation Allowance.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Over 100 teachers of the St. Maarten Academy both sections will not be receiving their 2022 vacation allowance confirmed member of the Academy Board Roland Duncan.
Teachers of the St. Maarten Academy were paid their vacation allowance in 2020 and 2021 despite the government having a law that states that no vacation allowance should have been paid from 2020 Read more


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19 Jun 2022 09:38 PM

PHILIPSBURG;--- On Friday, June 17th, 2022, the Court of First Instance rendered its decision denying a request to suspend the decision of the Honorable Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson regarding the detention and deportation of a woman of Venezuelan nationality who has been residing on St. Maarten illegally for the past three years.

The woman's Attorney Mr. Remco Stomp, in his petition to Court claimed that the situation in Venezuela is inhumane and that his client has pressing interest in remaining on St Read more


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19 Jun 2022 08:24 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Gracita Arrindell states: Sint Maarten took note of the recent public notices issued by the cabinet of the Governor of Sint Maarten in search of a new location to establish a Governors mansion. The criteria for the proposed structures are listed in full-page newspaper advertisements.
Twelve years after assuming our new status as Country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, new location is sought for housing of the Governor of Sint Maarten from which to execute his/her constitutional duties.
Arrindell states: the quest to find a more centrally located office and residence for the Governor to welcome local, international and other invited guests and dignitaries is warranted Read more


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19 Jun 2022 03:37 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening and welcome to all joining us for the third annual Governors Youth Award For Excellence.

Welcome Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Ministers, evaluation committee members, finalists, parents, nominators and to all present with us in the audience as well as online.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is our third annual Governors Youth Awards For Excellence Read more


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19 Jun 2022 02:00 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Today, Sunday, June 19th, 2022, the Honorable Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs, the Honorable Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion, and their support staff are traveling to Aruba to attend four-country consultation meetings with the Prime Ministers of Aruba and Curaao and State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen. These consultation meetings which begin on Monday, June 20th, will serve as the platform to confirm the direction necessary in order to answer the questions and concerns expressed by the Parliaments of the Kingdom through their various reports on the Consensus Kingdom Law on the Entity for Reform and Development (COHO).

In preparation for these consultation meetings, technical teams of the countries traveled to Curaao in May for pre-discussion where they identified the areas for which further discussion and consensus are necessary on a political level Read more


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19 Jun 2022 01:47 PM

~ Gumbs and Lake ticket received 3 times the vote than Former President Daniel Gibbs and Thomas Greaux~

MARIGOT:--- Voters on St. Martin and St. Barthelemy sent a clear message to the former president of the Collectivity of Saint Martin Daniel Gibbs and his suppliant when they voted massively for the Frantz Gumbs and Melisa Lake ticket.
Of the 24.6% of the voters that cast their votes on Saturday Frantz Gumbs and Melisa Lake received 3,921 (67.21% ) votes Read more


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17 Jun 2022 01:21 PM

Minister Ottley, Szv And Svb Curaao Share Insights On Improving Insurance Access.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of VSA, Mr. Omar Ottley recently visited the offices of the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) in Curaao as part of a regional stakeholder tour. Minister Ottley was accompanied by the Director of Social & Health Insurances (SZV) Mr. Glen A. Carty and his delegation, addressing topics such as voluntary insurance for sole-proprietors, legislative changes, and medical care packages Read more


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