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Source: 721 News
10 May 2022 08:09 AM

Mp Wescot-Williams Lauds SzvS Recent Activity, But Says There Is Much More To It.

Good Move by SZV, sponsor of the Walk to Prevent Immobility organized by the Sint Maarten Police Pensioners and Retirees Association.

We of the U 2 CAN MOVE Organization were elated to see the large turnout for the early Saturday walkathon organized by the Sint Maarten Police Pensioners and Retirees Association and sponsored by the SZV. Several members of the U 2 CAN MOVE Fitness program joined the large group of persons early on May 7th in an appropriately 6K walk, the MP stated in a recent release.

In commenting on the event, U 2 CAN MOVE founder, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams emphasized the importance of physical mobility.
I always motivate my members with the phrase that it does not matter what you do, once your activity contributes to bodily movements Read more


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Source: 721 News
08 May 2022 06:26 PM

Mp Emmanuel: Ipko Proved Coho Is A Total Waste Of Time

~ St. Maarten still without official position ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday said that Kingdom partners are no closer to consensus on the COHO now, than before the start of IPKO a week ago. Emmanuel, the only St. Maarten MP who has been against the construct from the inception, opined that several other MPs including those from the Dutch second chamber are starting to realize that COHO will not work on the islands.

He added that St Read more


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USP
Source: 721 News
08 May 2022 05:18 PM

Gordon Carty: Actions And Decisions Must Reflect Our Current Realities.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The leader of the United St. Maarten Party stated on Sunday that as a former Minister of Labor she looked back on the irony of Labor Day celebrations filled with award ceremonies, and motivational speeches in celebration, and wondered why our laborers current realities were not effectively reflected in the days celebrations.

Recent developments with regards to workers rights has been far from celebratory, many are without jobs, others were suspended or fired unjustly, some resigned because of victimization and or suppression, and the majority are being systematically abused, said Gordon-Carty.

Labor Day celebrations is a tradition deeply rooted in the fight against injustice Read more


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DP
Source: 721 News
06 May 2022 01:38 AM

Doing A Good Thing Wrong Is No Good

On Tuesday May 3, the world celebrated International Press Freedom Day, which inspired this article along with the recent press developments on our island. It is an honor to serve in this noble profession and I look forward to contributing towards the professions value, impact and legacy.

As a member of the St. Martin press and representative of my media house, I have noted with deep concern the need to ensure that freedom of the press, as enshrined in article 10 of the constitution, is never trampled upon Read more


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Source: 721 News
06 May 2022 12:59 AM

Dutch Parliament Visits Saba

SABA — A delegation of 10 members of the First and Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament visited Saba on Monday, May 2. Besides the formal part meeting with the Executive Council and Island Council, the program included a presentation session on topics such as poverty, public health, tourism and economic development, as well as a meet and greet and various site visits.

The delegation arrived with a Winair charter from St. Maarten in the morning and was welcomed by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, Island Secretary Tim Muller and Government Advisor/Second Acting Island Secretary Gerald Simmons-de Jong.
Members of the management team of the Saba Electric Company (SEC) Dexter Johnson, Mark Zagers and David Leonce met with the delegation right after arrival to give information on the investments in renewable energy, the Saba Energy Strategy 2020-2030 and the ambition of 100 percent sustainable energy, and the challenges such as the steep increase in the cost of importing fuel for the generators.

Continuous challenges
At the Eugenius Johnson Center, a meeting took place with the Executive Council where Commissioners Bruce Zagers and Rolando Wilson spoke about the continuous challenges that Saba faces with, for example, the problematic referral of patients abroad, the high cost of living and doing business, governments difficult financial position and the lacking connectivity Read more


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Source: 721 News
03 May 2022 09:06 AM

Emmanuel: Media Contributed To Overreaching Government

~ Says policy is expansion of deceit ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday described the governments intended media policy as its latest attempt to lie, hide and control information to the public, but stressed that the local media has to acknowledge that it played a role in creating the monster it now faces.

What the government is trying to do is not surprising at all. This government is untrustworthy, dishonest, condescending and inconsistent to say the least Read more


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Source: 721 News
03 May 2022 09:03 AM

Emmanuel Says He Remains In Total Opposition To Coho

~ Calls it a divisive tool in the Kingdom ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuels position towards the COHO remains the same as it has been from day 1: complete opposition to the entity which he says will obviously infringe on St. Maartens autonomy and relegate the government and Parliament to the sideline.

There can be no talk of good faith from the Dutch government if they continue to seek control over the budgets of the countries while holding the no liquidity support ax over our necks Read more


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Source: 721 News
29 Apr 2022 04:23 AM

Witu Urges Minister Samuel To Reach Out To Regional Ministers Of Education

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — On Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 the President of the Windward Island Teachers Union (WITU) Stuart Johnson dispatched a letter to the Honorable Minister of Education drs. Rudolph Samuel.

Johnson in his letter stated, The Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) notes and with great disquiet that the timetable for the sitting of the CSEC and CAPE examinations has been released Read more


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PFP
Source: 721 News
29 Apr 2022 04:08 AM

Gumbs, Peterson: President Of Parliament Does Not Speak For Pfp

~ Letter to Prime Minister is a masterclass in being tactless ~

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson on Wednesday, April 28, 2022, distanced themselves and their faction from the statements made by President of Parliament Grisha Heyliger-Marten in a recent letter to Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs.

Gumbs expressed her frustration with the continued misuse of the position of the President of Parliament, adding that letters sent by the President of Parliament give the impression that the words and sentiments are on behalf of the entire Sint Maarten Parliament.
The President of Parliament is trying to shield herself by acting as if she is only sending the letter in her capacity as a lone MP, Gumbs commented, However, much like when former President of Parliament Brison blundered in his letter to the Central Bank, this is again an instance of not recognizing that, when you are the President of Parliament, your words reflect and often give the impression of being representative of the entire Parliament.

Moreover, in parts of Heyliger-Martens letter, the wording itself gives the impression of a unified Parliament standing behind its President Read more


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PFP
Source: 721 News
26 Apr 2022 07:54 AM

Pfp Wants Answers About Failed Dutch Quarter Sewage Project

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — A.Th. Illidge Road – the main road in Dutch Quarter – has been in a deplorable state for many years, and the infamous Dutch Quarter Sewage Project has not made the situation any better.

This is the reason why Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson sent a letter to Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) Egbert J Read more


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Source: 721 News
22 Apr 2022 01:07 AM

Four Months In 2022 And No Contract Was Issued By Government To Clean Trenches

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — For 4 months the trenches havent been cleaned because the contracts expired since December 2021 and until this day they havent been renewed. The amount of pollution that goes into the ponds when it rains is big and it heads into the sea when the Government open up the Fresh pond to drop the pond level.

All the plastic and Styrofoam items will kill many fishes and turtles in the ponds or sea if we allow this to continue. Also many trenches like the Rolandus channel, Belvedere trenches, Ring road, arch road (by pool bar) trenches and many other trenches around the island arent hard surfaces and are growing closed.

Lastly many culverts (pipes under the roads etc.) are mostly blocked up with sand, rocks and stray garbage, causing lots of water remaining on the roads Read more


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Source: 721 News
22 Apr 2022 01:03 AM

Duncan Lauds Success Of Expert Panel Discussion; Submits Proposal On Action Points

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — On Thursday 21st April 2022 Member of Parliament Ludmila Duncan submitted a proposal for action to Parliament two days after hosting the first ever expert panel discussion on the Charter of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The MP has deemed the event a success.

As Chair of the Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization, Duncan initiated the idea of hosting a high-level roundtable in 2021. With multi-partisan approval, a subcommittee comprising of MP George Pantophlet, MP Raeyhon Peterson and suspended MP Claudius Buncamper proposed several themes and constitutional experts Read more


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Source: 721 News
22 Apr 2022 01:01 AM

Continue To Be Proud Of Your Mouth Cps Tells Students

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the ministry, would like to thank all the schools that participated in this years World Oral Health Day (WOHD) 2022 in March.

A CPS representatives said that students delivered some beautiful artwork and urged them to continue being Proud of Your Mouth.

The schools that participated for World Oral Health Art Competition were St Read more


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Source: 721 News
20 Apr 2022 11:32 PM

Witu Starts Petition For Payment Of Vacation Allowance 2022

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Stuart Johnson said, today is the day we put the rights of teaching and non-teaching staff back as a priority in St. Maarten.

The WITU President outlined the contents of the petition that has nine points of motivation and all WITU members are being called to sign it in solidarity.

The nine points of motivation in the petition are:

That the Liquidity of the Government of St Read more

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Source: 721 News
20 Apr 2022 08:17 AM

Heyliger-Marten Inspired And Encouraged By Expressions Of Support At Eurolat

~Meetings in Argentina opened many doors for Sint Maarten on international level~

PHILIPSBURG Right after having represented Sint Maarten at the International Workshop of Scholars and Parliamentarians in Patagonia, Argentina, President of Parliament Grisha Heyliger-Marten attended the EUROLAT General Assembly plenary sessions in Buenos Aires.

The EUROLAT is a multilateral parliamentary assembly, consisting of 75 members from Latin-American and Caribbean regional parliaments, and 75 members of the European Parliament.

During the sessions, formal decisions are taken on operational matters including appointments, the approval of the budget, and the adaptation of resolutions Read more


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Source: 721 News
18 Apr 2022 11:03 PM

St. Maarten To Be Profiled On An International Level At Earthx 2022

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Today, April 18, the Honorable Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Silveria E. Jacobs is traveling to Dallas, Texas to attend a series of EarthX conferences with the aim of cultivating relationships and forming partnerships to advance advocates, investors, accelerators, and researchers on sustainable environmental activities. EarthX is led by the sustainable development goals (SDGs), including SDG 7 (renewable energy) which is a national goal of St Read more

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PFP
Source: 721 News
15 Apr 2022 10:47 AM

Pfp: GovtS Current Media Policy Sets Dangerous Dictator-Like Precedent Of Press Censorship

Faction Requests Committee General Affairs Meeting to Discuss

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson took aim at the recently published Media Accreditation Policy 2022, calling the policy as contradictory, inflammatory, and improperly thought-out Read more


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USP
Source: 721 News
11 Apr 2022 09:14 AM

Gordon-Carty: Questions The Morals, Values And Principles Of Our Current Leadership

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The leader of the United St. Maarten Party Pamela Gordon-Carty, stated on Sunday that she noticed with great disappointment that the governing coalition has abandoned standards, turned a blind eye on principles and continuously tramples on the morals of country St. Maarten and its people.

Abuse has increased at all levels, tolerance levels have slid backward, while injustice, fear, and dishonesty supersede transparency Read more


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Source: 721 News
07 Apr 2022 11:49 PM

Ser Publishes Cost Of Living Advice

HARBOURVIEW On the request of the Honorable Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs, the Social Economic Council (SER) researched the cost of living on St. Maarten. The advice request listed the following categories for study: the cost of living of two, three, and four family households, monthly expenses, monthly income, basic needs, living wage versus the minimum wage, and the possibility of establishing a living wage threshold.

On Friday, April 1, 2022, the secretariat of the SER held a meeting with the Honorable Prime Minister S Read more


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Source: 721 News
07 Apr 2022 11:42 PM

Cps World Health Day 2022 Our Planet Our Health. Clean Our Air, Water, And Food

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) The world is observing World Health Day 2022 on Thursday, April 7thunder the theme Our Planet Our Health. Clean our air, water, and food,

The World Health Organization (WHO) says in the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day (WHD) 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.

WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes Read more


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Source: 721 News
06 Apr 2022 08:19 AM

Szv Submits 2023 Draft Budget

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten The 2023 draft budget of Social & Health Insurances SZV was submitted to Minister of VSA, Mr. Omar Ottley on March 31st, 2022, before the deadline of April 1, as stipulated in the law. Director of SZV, Mr. Glen A. Carty presented the budget to the Minister, which sets an important tone on the future of SZV and the sustainability of the health care funds.

Glen A Read more

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Source: 721 News
05 Apr 2022 04:20 AM

If Only Everybody Could Have Done His Or Her Share, We All Would Be Better Off.

Let start with the public roads. Some people think that the public roads are for their personal use and think that they can park their car wrecks on the road. Therefore, when driving around one can see different car wrecks parked on the side of the road. The Department of VROMI does keep clean-up campaign but does not go with all the wrecks. I do not know what the criteria is, but there are wrecks parked for years in the same (Maracas drive, Cay bay) spot.

There are 2-way roads that became inaccessible because there is a line-up of car wrecks and so the road became a narrow passage where as only one car can pass at a time Read more


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Source: 721 News
05 Apr 2022 03:20 AM

President Of Parliament, Grisha S. Heyliger-Marten Finalizes Courtesy Visits

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten In her capacity as President of the Parliament of Sint Maarten, Member of Parliament Mrs. Grisha S. Heyliger-Marten scheduled several courtesy visits to various entities on Sint Maarten.
The courtesy visits which commenced during the week of March 7-11, 2022, continued throughout the weeks of March 21-25, 2022, and March 28- April 1, 2022.

Upon her election as President of Parliament on November 26, 2021, the Hon. Mrs. Grisha S. Heyliger-Marten deemed it necessary to meet with various entities in the island for an introductory visit.

On Monday, March 28, 2022, the Chairlady of Parliament met with Public Prosecutor, Ms Read more


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USP
Source: 721 News
05 Apr 2022 02:44 AM

Gordon-Carty: Governing Should Reflect The Constitutional Rights Of The People.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Leader of the United St. Maarten Party Mrs. Pamela Gordon Carty reiterated her position that the rights of the people of country St. Maarten are not being upheld, promoted, nor defended by the current NA/UP coalition.

Good corporate governance practices are conveniently ignored depending on who is involved, while the fundamental rights of the people rooted in the constitution of country St Read more


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