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Source: SXMIslandTime
10 Apr 2021 01:18 PM

Mp Bucamper Suggests Stiffer Penalties For Convicted Sexual Abusers

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – With the surfacing of yet another case of alleged sexual abuse of minors, MP Claudius Toontje Buncamper of the USP faction in parliament expresses his concerns with the unwarranted incident.

What is frightening is that people in whom parents place their trust with their children are often the ones suspected of these crimes MP Buncamper noted. The penalty for those found guilty of such heinous crimes are often found to be too lenient to society, considering that their victim(s) is/are scarred for life. Buncamper insists that: Stiffer penalties must be applied to those convicted of rape, child abuse, making and distribution of child pornography. The possibility exists that pedophiles maybe walking around us in our midst, holding jobs that require them to interact with children. MP Buncamper says that he will support a screening method to determine if an applicant applying for a job that involves interaction with children has a record of abusing children. He disclosed that former Member of Parliament (MP) Tamara Leonard started the process to amend the laws regarding child abuse and rape Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
10 Apr 2021 01:13 PM

Mp Ottley Calls On St. Maarten To Pray For St. Vincent And The Grenadines

PHILIPSBURGLa Soufrierevolcano in St. Vincent has erupted and displaced thousands of people, which Member of Parliament for the United People’s (UP) Party Omar Ottley says “itsa sad turn of events for the entire Caribbean.”

In a Press Release issued Friday Morning, the MP also said the volcanic eruption and displacement of St Read more


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USP
Source: SMN-News
09 Apr 2021 05:43 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- With the surfacing of yet another case of alleged sexual abuse of minors, MP Claudius Toontje Buncamper of the USP faction in parliament expresses his concerns with the unwarranted incident.
What is frightening is that people in whom parents place their trust with their children are often the ones suspected of these crimes MP Buncamper noted. The penalty for those found guilty of such heinous crimes is often found to be too lenient to society, considering that their victim(s) is/are scarred for life Read more


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Source: 721 News
09 Apr 2021 03:19 PM

Mp Ottley Calls On St. Maarten To Pray For St. Vincent And The Grenadines

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent has erupted and displaced thousands of people, which Member of Parliament for the United People’s (UP) Party Omar Ottley says “its a sad turn of events for the entire Caribbean.”

In a Press Release issued Friday Morning, the MP also said the volcanic eruption and displacement of St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
09 Apr 2021 01:19 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent has erupted and displaced thousands of people, which Member of Parliament for the United People's (UP) Party Omar Ottley says "its a sad turn of events for the entire Caribbean."
In a Press Release issued Friday Morning, the MP also said the volcanic eruption and displacement of St. Vincent and the Grenadines people should be "a wakeup call for those who are responsible for making the decision that impacts St Read more


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Source: 721 News
09 Apr 2021 03:04 AM

Organized Confusion The At The PeopleS Expense

Dear Editor,

In the midst of the high level of confusion around the play on words like trajectory, the constant repositioning of this governing coalition with regards to COHO, the petition to the United Nations and continued liquidity support, one thing remains glaringly constant: The everyday plight and hopelessness felt by the average citizens of this country.

The obvious lack of strategic planning with regards to the petition to the U.N. and the seemingly unprepared demeanor for responses of State Secretary Knops, hit this coalition like a deer caught in the headlights of an eighteen wheeler container truck Read more


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Source: 721 News
09 Apr 2021 02:34 AM

Mp George Pantophlet: To Shut Down Or Not To Shut Down.

Recently, I have taken note of some developments on St. Maarten. The most recent one being the shortening of opening hours for nighttime entertainment clubs, bars, restaurants etc. This has brought some thoughts to mind and I will express them via this article. Please note that this is my personal opinion on the matter.

One thing I have learned is that some people will do whatever they want to do without looking at the consequences. What makes matters worse is that their actions can be extremely harmful and even cause death to others Read more


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Source: 721 News
09 Apr 2021 02:26 AM

Szv Urges Compliance Businesses Have To Pay Premiums Or Make Contact

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Social and health Insurance provider SZV has seen a drop of some NAf 4 million per month in premiums since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. This constitutes a significant loss for the solidarity fund that is built on a pay-as-you-go system that pays for the health care costs of all insured clients.

In spite of the drop in premiums, SZV is so far keeping pace with the needs of its clients. The decline in overseas medical referrals due to the pandemic has also helped as well as the availability of more treatments and specialists locally.

SZV has also seen the deregistration of some 4,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to December 2020 Read more


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UD
Source: The Daily Herald
09 Apr 2021 12:05 AM

Sarah: Nearly Criminal To Mess With AirportS Reconstruction

UD MP Sarah Wescot-Williams.

~ Believes sacking will jeopardise PJIA ~

PHILIPSBURG--United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
08 Apr 2021 08:27 PM

Organized Confusion The At The PeopleS Expense

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – In the midst of thehigh level of confusion around theplay on words liketrajectory,theconstant repositioning ofthis governing coalitionwith regards to COHO, the petition to the United Nationsand continued liquidity support, one thing remainsglaringly constant: Theeverydayplightandhopelessness felt by the average citizens of this country.

The obvious lack of strategic planning with regards to the petition to the U.N. and the seemingly unprepared demeanor for responses of State Secretary Knops, hit this coalition like a deer caught in the headlights of an eighteen wheeler container truck.We have yet to see any formal or formidable response or strategy moving forward, other than the Prime Minister refusing to sign on to the country package until liquidity support is reinstated. 

The debris of the collision is a direct reflection of the emotional state of the country Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
08 Apr 2021 08:21 PM

Mp George Pantophlet: To Shut Down Or Not To Shut Down.

Recently, I have taken note of some developments on St. Maarten. The most recent one being the shortening of opening hours for nighttime entertainment clubs, bars, restaurants etc. This has brought some thoughts to mind and I will express them via this article. Please note that this is my personal opinion on the matter.

One thing I have learned is that some people will do whatever they want to do without looking at the consequences. What makes matters worse is that their actions can be extremely harmful and even cause death to others Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
08 Apr 2021 08:04 PM

Szv Urges Compliance Businesses Have To Pay Premiums Or Make Contact

PHILIPSBURG, SintMaarten Social and health Insurance provider SZV has seen a drop of someNAf4 million per month in premiums since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. This constitutes a significant loss for the solidarity fund that is built on a pay-as-you-go system that pays for the health care costs of all insured clients.

In spite of the drop in premiums, SZV is so far keeping pace with the needs of its clients. The decline in overseas medical referrals due to the pandemic has also helped as well as the availability of more treatments and specialists locally.

SZV has also seen the deregistration of some 4,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to December 2020 Read more


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Source: SMN-News
08 Apr 2021 05:15 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- MP Sarah Wescot-Williams: I want hard guarantees from the Government for the uninterrupted continuation of the airport reconstruction since they condoned sacking the CEO.

 Brian Mingo, the CEO of the Princess Juliana International Airport has been fired, with 2 months' notice, and relieved of his duties immediately Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
07 Apr 2021 11:39 PM

All Schools Advised To Return To Regular Classes Starting Mon.

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Rodolphe Samuel says all schools have been advised to return to normal classes starting Monday, April 12.

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Source: 721 News
07 Apr 2021 10:36 PM

Mp Emmanuel: Four Months Into The Year And Still No 2021 Budget

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — We are in the month of April and the country is still without a national budget 2021, said Independent Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel on Wednesday, adding that the Minister of Finance has gone completely silent on when the budget will reach Parliament for debate.

In the meantime, Emmanuel stressed, government is pressuring civil servants to work on reforms and other initiatives that has to be funded from the same budget Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
07 Apr 2021 09:57 PM

Minister Of Justice Meets With Mental Health Entities To Unify Efforts In Addressing Mental Health Issues On Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, representatives of various entities responsible for the treatment & care of persons with mental health concerns on the island met at the request of the Minister of Justice, Ms. Anna E. Richardson. The meeting was requested by the Hon. Minister as an urgency due to an evident rise of mental health reports and sightings on the island. In attendancewere;Clinical Psychologist; Dr. Judith Arndell, Chief Corps Police Sint Maarten; Mr Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
07 Apr 2021 09:53 PM

Mp Emmanuel: Four Months Into The Year And Still No 2021 Budget

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – We are in the month of April and the country is still without a national budget2021, said Independent Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel on Wednesday, adding that the Minister of Finance has gone completely silent on when the budget will reach Parliament for debate.

In the meantime, Emmanuel stressed, government is pressuring civil servants to work on reforms and other initiatives that has to be funded from the same budget. A ship with no captain or rudder is what we have here Read more


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Source: SMN-News
07 Apr 2021 08:03 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- We are in the month of April and the country is still without a national budget 2021, said Independent Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel on Wednesday, adding that the Minister of Finance has gone completely silent on when the budget will reach Parliament for debate.

In the meantime, Emmanuel stressed, the government is pressuring civil servants to work on reforms and other initiatives that have to be funded from the same budget Read more


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Source: SMN-News
07 Apr 2021 07:37 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, representatives of various entities responsible for the treatment & care of persons with mental health concerns on the island met at the request of the Minister of Justice, Ms. Anna E. Richardson. The meeting was requested by the Hon. Minister as an urgency due to an evident rise of mental health reports and sightings on the island. In attendance were; Clinical Psychologist; Dr. Judith Arndell, Chief Corps Police Sint Maarten; Mr. Carl John, President of Board & Interim Director of Turning Point; Dr Read more


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Source: SMN-News
07 Apr 2021 07:12 PM

~Michel Hyman appointed temporary Chairman of Management Board.~

AIRPORT:--- The Holding Company of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) has officially dismissed its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Mingo.
In December 2020 the Holding Company dispatched a letter to Mingo asking him to resign from the position as they have lost confidence in him.
The letter sent to Mingo was published on this news website. Mingo was given until January 4th, 2021 to willingly resign however the companys CEO who was in discussion with the Holding Company pulled back his payout proposal and said he would not be resigning, leaving the Holding Company no choice but to start the dismissal process.
On Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 shareholders meeting was held where Mingo was presented with his official letter of termination, reliable sources have informed SMN News Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
07 Apr 2021 12:35 PM

Business Hours Back To 12Am From April 14

TEATT Minister Ludmila de Weever

~Accepting non-COVID-patients from sister islands~

PHILIPSBURG--In an effort to curb the further spread of coronavirus and given the numerous gatherings over the Easter weekend with lack of adherence to health and safety protocols, authorities have decided to scale back the opening hours of Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
07 Apr 2021 09:35 AM

Mp Ottley Requests Update On Protection For Local Contractors

UP MP Omar Ottley.

PHILIPSBURG--United Peoples (UPs) party Member of Parliament (MP) Omar Ottley has requested an update from government on protection for local contractors.

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DP
Source: The Daily Herald
06 Apr 2021 11:22 PM

Senator Dittrich: DonT Make St. Maarten People The Victim

Scene from the First Chamber debate on April 6.

THE HAGUE--Inhabitants of St. Maarten should not be victims of the stand-off between the St. Maarten Parliament and the Dutch government with regard to the petition that was submitted to the United Nations, said Democratic Party D66 Senator Boris Dittrich during a debate in the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday.

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Source: SXMIslandTime
06 Apr 2021 08:32 PM

Mp Ottley Awaiting An Update On Protection For Local Contractors

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten on Thursday April 1st,Member of Parliament for the United People’s Party MP Omar Ottleysent a letter toPrime Minister Silveria Jacobs to urgently provide updates on a September 2020 motion that mandated her Government to establish a National Public Procurement Policy.

“We are talking about being able to redistribute the wealth locally, and Government being the largest purchaser of goods and services, can reshape the local market, ” said MP Ottley in a press release issued Monday.

MP Ottley says the Executive Branch of Government can use its powers of purchasing to redistribute the wealth by ensuring local contractors have the first option on bids,” said MP Ottley.

He suggested urgent attention be paid to the implementation of a procurement policy Read more


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