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Source: SXMIslandTime
12 Aug 2022 05:20 PM

Se Identifica La Ubicacin Del Arrecife Artificial Marion, Que Se Ubicar En El Parque Marino Man Of War Shoal

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Despus de una intensa consulta con las partes interesadas, la Oficina del Programa Nacional de Recuperacin (NRPB) est en el proceso de finalizar los arreglos para hundir el remolcador de 27 metros de largo rescatado Marion en el Parque Marino Man of War Shoal para crear un
Arrecife artificial y sitio de buceo.

Desde enero de 2022, la NRPB ha mantenido conversaciones con una variedad de partes interesadas, incluyendo los operadores de buceo, la Fundacin para la Naturaleza de Sint Maarten y la Inspeccin de Transporte y Asuntos Martimos del Ministerio de Turismo, Asuntos Econmicos, Transporte y
Telecomunicaciones (TEATT).

Originalmente se propusieron cuatro (4) sitios potenciales para el arrecife artificial Read more


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Source: 721 News
12 Aug 2022 07:19 AM

Mp De Weever Continues Work With Cruise Industry

Philipsburg, St Maarten Today, Thursday, August 11th, 2022, the Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) Ludmila de Weever met with representatives from Royal Caribbean Group (RCG), namely Vice President of Destination Development Joshua Carroll and Manager of Destination Development Mario Eges during their recent visit to Sint Maarten.

MP de Weever was delighted to catch up with the team that helped bring the home porting project with Celebrity Cruise Lines to fruition during her tenure in office as Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication.The RCG team was on the island to continue discussions with members of the Council of Ministers and the management of the Harbor Group of Companies.

Sint Maarten has long been one of the preferred destinations of cruise passengers yet with one of the lowest head-tax rates Read more


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11 Aug 2022 11:11 PM

La Fundacin Le Sommet Y La Asociacin Haitiana De St. Maarten Donan tiles Escolares

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Durante el fin de semana, la Fundacin Le Sommet, en colaboracin con la Asociacin Haitiana de St. Maarten, se asoci con la fundacin Dr.J para ayudar an ms con su campaa de iniciativa de regreso a la escuela.

La fundacin Dr.J en colaboracin con el Ministerio de VSA opera un refugio de transicin para personas afectadas por el huracn Irma y la pandemia de covid19.

Su objetivo es proporcionar apoyo y vas sostenibles para la reintegracin de las personas afectadas en la sociedad.

“Es realmente un honor poder contribuir a esta iniciativa de regreso a la escuela Read more


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11 Aug 2022 10:58 PM

Witu Hace Una Splica Urgente A La Primera Ministra Jacobs A Travs De Una Carta

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten – El martes 9 de agosto de 2022, el Sindicato de Maestros de las Islas de Barlovento (WITU, por sus siglas en ingls) present una carta dirigida a la Honorable Primera Ministra Silveria Jacobs titulada, Discriminacin creada entre los maestros por falta de pago de vacaciones para subsidiar la escuela.

El presidente de WITU, Stuart Johnson, declar en su carta: Como presidente de WITU, me gustara llamar su atencin sobre lo siguiente y solicitar su intervencin en este asunto para traer igualdad, paz y tranquilidad entre la fraternidad docente en nuestro amado pas Read more


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Source: SMN-News
11 Aug 2022 09:09 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Today, Thursday, August 11th, 2022, the Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) Ludmila de Weever met with representatives from Royal Caribbean Group (RCG), namely Vice President of Destination Development Joshua Carroll and Manager of Destination Development Mario Eges during their recent visit to Sint Maarten.

MP de Weever was delighted to catch up with the team that helped bring the home porting project with Celebrity Cruise Lines to fruition during her tenure in office as Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport, and Telecommunication Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
11 Aug 2022 08:15 PM

Las Reparaciones De Viviendas Privadas Progresan Constantemente Y Continuarn Hasta 2023

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Bajo el Proyecto de Recuperacin de Emergencia (ERP-1) del Fondo Fiduciario de Sint Maarten, las reparaciones de casas privadas estn progresando constantemente, como lo demuestra la entrega de otra casa a un residente de Sint Maarten.

A la ceremonia de entrega del mircoles 3 de agosto de 2022 asistieron la Primera Ministra Silveria Jacobs, el Ministro de Vivienda Pblica, Planificacin Espacial, Medio Ambiente e Infraestructura (VROMI) Egbert Doran, el representante holands en Sint Maarten Chris Johnson y el Director de la Oficina del Programa Nacional de Recuperacin (NRPB) Claret Connor.

Durante esta reunin ceremonial, el Director de NRPB, Connor, con la asistencia de la Ministra Jacobs y el Ministro Doran, entregaron las llaves de una casa recin reparada al hijo de la beneficiaria, quien acept las llaves en nombre de su madre.

La casa de la beneficiaria fue una de las muchas daadas durante la destructiva temporada de huracanes de 2017, que afect entre el 70 y el 80 % del sector inmobiliario local de Sint Maarten Read more


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Source: SMN-News
11 Aug 2022 07:24 PM

~Republic Bank pledges a more proactive approach in the future.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Ministry of Finance was recently the recipient of a courtesy visit from the General Managing Director of Republic Bank Sint Maarten, Sterl Lyons, and the Republic Bank (EC) Limited Managing Director Mrs. Michelle Palmer-Keizer.
The Directors sat with Minister of Finance, Ardwell Irion to discuss the recently launched, Power to Make A Difference (PMAD), Republic Banks approach to corporate social responsibility designed to transform communities and enable sustainable futures Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
11 Aug 2022 06:24 PM

Brison Elogia La Labor Del Exministro Del Teatt, R. Lawrence

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – El lder del Partido del Pueblo Unido (UP) y miembro del parlamento Rolando Brison dice: “En menos de un ao, el ministro de TEATT, Roger Lawrence, logr avances significativos para mejorar la realidad econmica de St. Maarten”.

Dijo que el Partido UP estaba feliz de haber tenido la experiencia que Lawrence trajo del mundo corporativo al Ministerio de TEATT (Turismo, Asuntos Econmicos, Transporte y Telecomunicaciones) Read more


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11 Aug 2022 01:54 PM

Perodo De Gracia Para Que Los Empleadores Soliciten Permisos De Trabajador

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – La ministra de Justicia, Anna Richardson, revel el mircoles que existe un convenio entre tres ministerios que permite a los empresarios hacer lo correcto por sus empleados, refirindose a los trabajadores leales que no han obtenido un estatus legal a pesar de aos de servicio a las empresas.

Richardson dijo que el Ministerio de Salud Pblica, Desarrollo Social y Trabajo VSA, el Ministerio de Turismo, Asuntos Econmicos, Transporte y Telecomunicaciones (TEATT) y el Ministerio de Justicia estn otorgando a los empresarios una especie de perodo de gracia.

Lo que vemos mucho en el Departamento de Inmigracin son personas que traen cartas de trabajo para empresas en las que han estado prestando srvicios durante muchos aos, pero que se niegan a presentarlas, explic Richardson Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
11 Aug 2022 11:33 AM

Convenio Que Permite Hacer Lo Correcto

PHILIPSBURG--La Ministra de Justicia, Anna Richardson, revel el mircoles que existe un convenio entre tres ministerios que permite a los empresarios hacer lo correcto por sus empleados, refirindose a los trabajadores leales que no han obtenido un estatus legal a pesar de aos de servicio a las empresas.
Richardson dijo que el Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
11 Aug 2022 12:09 AM

Grace Period For Employers To File For Workers Permits

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Justice Anna Richardson revealed on Wednesday that there is a covenant between three ministries enabling business owners to do the right thing by their employees, referring to loyal workers who have not obtained legal status despite years of service to companies.

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Source: The Daily Herald
10 Aug 2022 10:56 PM

Ottley: Gas Prices Can Only Go Down After New Stock Arrives

A motorist tanking up (file photo).



PHILIPSBURG--The price of fuel in St. Maarten can only be lowered after the new stock is received by the main wholesaler.
Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Omar Ottley provided the information during Wednesdays live Council of Ministers press briefing in response to a question he had received in writing about the lowering of gas prices around the world, but not in St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
10 Aug 2022 05:27 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- After intensive consultation with stakeholders, the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) is in the process of finalizing arrangements to sink the salvaged 27-meter-long tugboat Marion in the Man of War Shoal Marine Park to create an artificial reef and dive site.

Since January 2022, the NRPB has held discussions with a variety of stakeholders, including dive operators, the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, and the Inspectorate of Shipping and Maritime Affairs of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT).

Four (4) potential sites were originally proposed for the artificial reef Read more


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Source: SMN-News
10 Aug 2022 05:16 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Acting Minister of TEATT Omar Ottley announced on Wednesday that an RFP for the cannabis legislation has been signed off. For this project, there will be a collaboration between the justice ministry and the ministry of education.
Ottley said to begin the process a workgroup will be formed to start the studies on the use and production of cannabis locally Read more


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Source: SMN-News
10 Aug 2022 01:02 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of VSA Omar Ottley confirmed on Wednesday at the Council of Ministers press briefing that SZV has opted to pull away from Panama and resume sending its patients to Colombia since that country has since reopened its borders.
Ottley said in 2020 when Colombia closed its borders due to the pandemic St. Maarten had to seek alternatives for its patients that needed further medical care overseas and Panama was their only option Read more


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Source: SMN-News
10 Aug 2022 12:50 PM

PHILIPSBURG: --- It has been rumored that the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) candidate of NV GEBE George Willems received a negative report from VDSM the body that has been conducting the screening since February 2022. Six months later and the Council of Ministers kept saying that they have not received a final report on the screening process.

SMN News learned that Willems received a letter from VDSM where they posed more questions to the candidate while leaning towards a negative report.

One of the concerns VDSM seems to have is what transpired between APS and Willems where he once worked Read more


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Source: 721 News
10 Aug 2022 06:25 AM

Witu Makes An Urgent Plea To Pm Jacobs Via Letter

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — On Tuesday, August 9th,2022 the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) submitted a letter addressed to the Honorable Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs titled, Discrimination created among the teachers with non-payment of vacation allowance to subsidize school.

President of the WITU Stuart Johnson stated in his letter, As President of the WITU, I would like to bring the following to your attention requesting your intervention in this matter to bring equality, peace, and tranquility among the teaching fraternity in our beloved country.

As we stand at the beginning of the new school year 2022-2023, the board of the WITU is deeply concerned about the fact that to date the teaching and non-teaching staff employed at the various Government-subsidized schools boards with the exception of the Protestant Christian Schools (3%), have not received their vacation allowance as yet.

Johnson continued in his letter stating, In representing and looking after the best interest of all concerned, WITU held various meetings with the stakeholders to come to a consensus and solution as it pertains the vacation allowance that was paid since June 15th, 2022 to civil servants and employees of the public education.

Needless to say that this has created a sense of discrimination and lack of equality in the education field to teaching and non-teaching staff.

Even though WITU can empathize with the school boards, the fact is that one school board has paid 3% Read more


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Source: 721 News
10 Aug 2022 06:07 AM

Witu Host Creative Exchange Event

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — The Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) hosted a creative exchange for its members on Friday, August 5th. President of the WITU Stuart Johnson said, “Assisting our members in any way possible will remain one of the primary goals for our members.” Members of the WITU had the opportunity to make educational posters for their classrooms or offices with resources made available by the WITU. The event took place at the WITU’s office from 12 pm until 6 pm with complimentary snacks and drinks. “Preparing classrooms for the start of each school year is a costly out-of-pocket expense many teachers face; this has not gone unnoticed by WITU Read more

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Source: SMN-News
09 Aug 2022 07:30 PM

MARIGOT:--- Over 12 cultural groups, plus a throng of poets, dancers, and speakers have already signed up for Ruby Bute The Tribute on August 14, 2022.
The Sunday concert takes place at We Agree with Culture Gardens, Bellevue, from 3 pm 8 pm, said Sabrina Charville, president of the Coffee & Soda Biscuits Association (CSB).
Ruby Bute is best known as a senior painter and owner of Silk Cotton Grove Art Gallery; her storytelling about old-time customs is regaling; and her poetry is spread across three books, including the bestseller Golden Voices of Smaatinall of which has endeared her island-wide to St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
09 Aug 2022 06:04 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Over the weekend, the Le Sommet Foundation in collaboration with the Haitian Association of St. Maarten partnered with the Dr.J foundation to further aid with their back-to-school initiative drive.

Dr.J foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of VSA operates a transitional shelter for individuals affected by hurricane Irma and the covid19 pandemic.

Their goal is to provide support and sustainable pathways for the reintegration of affected persons back into society.

"It is truly an honor to be able to contribute to this back-to-school initiative Read more


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Source: SMN-News
09 Aug 2022 01:56 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  On Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) submitted a letter addressed to the Honorable Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs titled, Discrimination created among the teachers with non-payment of vacation allowance to subsidize school.

President of the WITU Stuart Johnson stated in his letter, As President of the WITU, I would like to bring the following to your attention requesting your intervention in this matter to bring equality, peace, and tranquility among the teaching fraternity in our beloved country.
As we stand at the beginning of the new school year 2022-2023, the board of the WITU is deeply concerned about the fact that to date the teaching and non-teaching staff employed at the various Government-subsidized school boards with the exception of the Protestant Christian Schools (3%), have not received their vacation allowance as yet.
Johnson continued in his letter stating, In representing and looking after the best interest of all concerned, WITU held various meetings with the stakeholders to come to a consensus and solution as it pertains to the vacation allowance that was paid since June 15th, 2022 to civil servants and employees of the public education Read more


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Source: SMN-News
09 Aug 2022 01:10 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Under the Sint Maarten Trust Funds Emergency Recovery Project (ERP-1), repairs to private homes are making steady progress, as evidenced by the turning over of yet another home to a Sint Maarten resident.

In attendance at the handover ceremony on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, was Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) Egbert Doran, Dutch representative in Sint Maarten Chris Johnson, and National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) Director Claret Connor.

During this ceremonial gathering, NRPB Director Connor, with the assistance of Minister Jacobs and Minister Doran, handed over the keys to a newly repaired home to the beneficiarys son, who accepted the keys on behalf of his mother.

The beneficiarys home was one of the many damaged during 2017s destructive hurricane season, which affected between 70 and 80% of Sint Maartens local housing sector Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
08 Aug 2022 11:45 PM

Ombudsman Urges Justice Minister To Resolve Backlog

PHILIPSBURG--A total of five complaints filed with the Ombudsman in 2018 against the Ministry of Justice about the way this ministry handled the immigration process in respective cases, are still awaiting resolution. The Ombudsman urges Minister of Justice Anna Richardson to view these four-year-old cases post-haste.

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Source: The Daily Herald
08 Aug 2022 11:33 PM

Keys To Repaired Home Handed Over, Home Repairs To Continue Into 2023

 Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs (front row, centre), VROMI Minister Egbert Doran (front row, second left), and NRPB Director Claret Connor (front row, right) handing over the keys of a repaired home to the beneficiarys son (front row, second right) with Dutch Representative in St Read more


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