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Source: SMN-News
23 Sep 2021 11:28 PM

Erfpact Land Distribution A Known Taboo For Politicians On St. Maarten.

~ A policy is like placing a band-aid over a life sore.~

PHILIPSBURG: --- The distribution of long lease land to voters during an election is a known taboo for politicians on St. Maarten, it is one of the reasons why the Ministry of VROMI is fought for during coalition negotiations. In most cases, the best negotiator wins.

Members of Parliament that were either commissioners or ministers are guilty of receiving parcels of land for themselves their family members, close friends, and party supporters Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
23 Sep 2021 05:38 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Faction leader of the National Alliance William Marlin posed several questions to the Minister of VROMI Egbert Jurendy Doran regarding the Vineyard Heights land allotment.
Marlin asked the Minister if it is the government's intention to create a gated community at the Vineyard Heights location Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
23 Sep 2021 03:07 PM

~ Never meant to disrespect the office of the high council of state, Doran~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of VROMI Egbert Jurendy Doran apologized to the Ombudsman of St. Maarten Gwendolien Mossel after writing a letter to her posing several questions regarding her relationships and possible conflict of interest.
Doran said he never intended to disrespect the Ombudsman, he also pointed out that he voted to appoint the Ombudsman to the office while being a Member of Parliament Read more


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NA
Source: The Daily Herald
22 Sep 2021 11:36 PM

Finance Minister Signed Off On Land For Family Member Minister Doran

PHILIPSBURG--Ardwell Irion, Minister of Finance on behalf of National Alliance (NA), signed for the issuance of long-lease land in the area Over the Bank, to a relative of his NA party colleague Egbert Doran, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Read more


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NA
HOPE
Source: 721 News
17 Sep 2021 11:56 AM

Mp Emmanuel Questions Doran About Re-Locating People From Landfill To Foga

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday dispatched a letter to the Minister of VROMI Egbert Doran with a number of questions regarding the reported relocation of persons living on the landfill to brand new homes to be built at the area known as the Foga Housing Development Project in Sucker Garden.
Emmanuel said in his letter to the Minister that persistent rumors and unconfirmed reports must be addressed post haste as there were existing plans for the area Read more


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NA
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
15 Sep 2021 05:22 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday dispatched a letter to the Minister of VROMI Egbert Doran with a number of questions regarding the reported relocation of persons living on the landfill to brand new homes to be built at the area known as the Foga Housing Development Project in Sucker Garden.
Emmanuel said in his letter to the Minister that persistent rumors and unconfirmed reports must be addressed post-haste as there were existing plans for the area. One of his 10 questions to the Minister queried if there is any validity to the report that persons living on the landfill will each be compensated financially to move as well as the legal status of these individuals Read more


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NA
HOPE
Source: 721 News
15 Sep 2021 07:46 AM

Mp Sarah Wescot-Williams: Remarks At The Closing Of The Parliamentary Year 2020-2021.

The proverbial elephant in the room is the lack of cohesion in this administration where major matters are concerned.

On the 8th of September 2020, we had a historic opening of the parliamentary year we are closing today. Tomorrow the opening ritual will take place again, like is customary throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There is one big difference though, the opening of the parliamentary year in the Netherlands with the Crown Speech is followed by the presentation of the budget of the Kingdom government, one of the many abnormalities our constitutional system engenders Read more


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NA
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
14 Sep 2021 03:23 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On the 8th of September 2020, we had a historic opening of the parliamentary year we are closing today. Tomorrow the opening ritual will take place again like is customary throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There is one big difference though, the opening of the parliamentary year in the Netherlands with the Crown Speech is followed by the presentation of the budget of the Kingdom government, one of the many abnormalities our constitutional system engenders. Our budget is as with so many things to reach this parliamenton its way.
According to our constitution, the governor will tomorrow present the governments statement, in other words, His Excellency the Governor will be presenting to the parliament and the people, the National Alliance/United People Party plans for the coming parliamentary year.
While during last years presentation by the governor, the emphasis of that presentation was understandably on the Corona pandemic that had engulfed us by then, slowly but surely we come face to face with the reality that there is no way forward by going back to pre-covid Read more


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UPP
Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 11:28 AM

~ Marlin promised change in the new parliamentary year.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Faction leaders in the parliament of St. Maarten did not spare government in their closing remarks. Government was described as the worst in past years while having a bad parliament. Independent Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel said that this government placed their people on death row while depending on the Ombudsman to grant them clemency Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
01 Sep 2021 12:13 AM

Marlin Suggests Aps Financing For New Parliament Building

MPs during Mondays meeting.

PHILIPSBURG--Given the existing burdens facing the country, National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) William Marlin suggested on Tuesday that the legislature consider financing the constructi Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
24 Aug 2021 05:56 PM

Exclusive: Gebe Sbod Gives Government Until 12 Noon On Tuesday To Declare Resolution To Appoint Statutory Director Null And Void.

~ Knowing the law on SXM when it comes to appointments is key.~

PHILIPSBURG: --- The four members of the Supervisory Board of Directors of NV GEBE penned a letter to the Council of Ministers on Monday, August 23rd after the advice from the Corporate Governance Council mysteriously leaked Sunday evening.
In their letter, the four members of SBOD said that they are strongly advising the shareholder to declare the resolution sent to them on August 11th, 2021, to appoint Dr. Sharine Daniel as the Chief Executive Officer null and void or can alternatively be voided Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
22 Aug 2021 04:52 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten delegation that left to attend the IPKO meetings in Bonaire took time off to pay their respects to relatives of the late Jopie Abraham.
Those that attended the IPKO meetings and the funeral service are National Alliance Faction Leader MP William Marlin, Grisha Marten Heyliger (UP) Mellissa Gumbs (PFP), and the griffier of the Parliament of St Read more


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NA
Source: The Daily Herald
16 Aug 2021 11:24 AM

Mp Pantophlet: Debt Cancellation Only Option For St. Maarten, Islands

NA MP George Pantophlet.

PHILIPSBURG--National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet says debt cancellation by the Netherlands is the only viable and reasonable option for St Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
10 Aug 2021 09:42 AM

Agreement Bill Kingdom Act Caribbean Body For Reform And Development.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Netherlands, Aruba, Curaao, and Sint Maarten have reached an agreement on bringing the bill for the Kingdom Act on the Caribbean Body for Reform and Development (COHO) into the procedure. In recent months, the parties have had various rounds of discussions about the recommendations of the Council of State and the Caribbean Advisory Councils. These discussions took place in a positive atmosphere and were constructive. In the end, a consensus was reached.

State Secretary Raymond Knops: Over the past few months, the countries within our Kingdom have held in-depth discussions and negotiated strongly Read more


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NA
Source: 721 News
27 Jul 2021 11:46 PM

Bigger Than Me Indeed!

Mr. Editor,

There are many political opponents who are frustrated with the fact that I continue to hold this government accountable through means available to all of us. It has come to the point where they, their soldiers and future candidates publicly display their frustration by stating I always have an article ready to go. I dont know if to take that as a compliment, but I can inform Mr. Cloyd Marlin that I am always ready because his government is always predictable and predictably bad, including his Letter to the Editor Read more


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UPP
Source: 721 News
27 Jul 2021 08:17 AM

Mp Heyliger-Marten Says: The CftS Suggestion To Impose Land Tax Is Anti Local People

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The community of St. Maarten paused this weekend to celebrate the 95th birthday of its longest leader Dr. Albert Claudius Wathey a.k.a. the Ole Man, who is still today considered the father of modern-day St. Maarten.

In a press release issued on Sunday, Member of Parliament and Faction Leader for the United Peoples Party the honorable Grisha Heyliger-Marten remembered Dr Read more


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UPP
Source: The Daily Herald
26 Jul 2021 09:38 AM

CftS Suggestion To Impose Land Tax Is Anti-Local People

PHILIPSBURG--Member of Parliament and United Peoples Party faction leader Grisha Heyliger-Marten commemorated the late Dr. Albert Claudius Wathey on July 24 for his contribution to the growth and development of the people and nation. She also reflected on a recent suggestion by the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT, to impose a tax that Wathey fought against at the Central Government level for years to prevent it from imposing it on St Read more


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NA
Source: The Daily Herald
02 Jul 2021 11:31 AM

Mps Urge Govt. To Request Debt Cancellation In Unanimous Motion

Author of the motion NA MP George Pantophlet. File photo.

PHILIPSBURG--Encouraging the government of St. Maarten to prioritise requesting debt cancellation from the Dutch government is the premise of a motion passed unanimous Read more


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NA
Source: 721 News
25 May 2021 01:53 AM

Emmanuel: Stop Using Pjia Employees As A Political Football, Take Care Of Them

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Using airport employees as a political football and for sound-bites is unbecoming, but very typical of the opportunistic method of operations by the governing National Alliance (NA)-United People (UP) coalition. Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel over the weekend said he was astonished to hear the Prime Minister and the President of Parliament mention the airport employees in Parliament last Thursday, in what he says was a transparent ploy at playing politics with peoples emotions and lives.

He said during months of outcry by the employees over disrespectful treatment by the CEO of the airport and multiple questions surrounding outstanding money owed to them as well as the working environment at PJIA, not once did members of the coalition come out in support of the employees or offer any kind of explanations to them Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
23 May 2021 05:57 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Using airport employees as a political football and for sound-bites is unbecoming, but very typical of the opportunistic method of operations by the governing National Alliance (NA)-United People (UP) coalition. Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel over the weekend said he was astonished to hear the Prime Minister and the President of Parliament mention the airport employees in Parliament last Thursday, in what he says was a transparent ploy at playing politics with peoples emotions and lives Read more


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NA
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
17 May 2021 05:46 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The MP explains: While the drama in the NA/UPP governing coalition continues to escalate, the people of this country are left to wonder with the ominous words of the minister of finance regarding the state of St. Maartens liquidity, with the lack of information regarding the food assistance program, and are left in the dark about the status of the airport reconstruction.
The picture that these 3 items represents are:
No money for salaries and the like at the end of this month; no information about food assistance from this month onward; uncertainty regarding the continuation of the reconstruction of the airport.
MP Wescot further stated that government is not forthcoming with direct and timely information and yet the government seems annoyed when faced with questions from members of parliament, let alone from the general public Read more


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USP
UPP
Source: SMN-News
13 May 2021 05:31 PM

~ Political talks begin with USP, and incoming UP MP.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Council of Ministers officially suspended the Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Holding Company Dexter Doncher. Doncher was informed of the suspension by letter late Wednesday night after the Council of Ministers held an emergency meeting and voted. Dexter Doncher was given a warning letter two days prior to the three months suspension.

The Council of Ministers wanted to fire Doncher who followed the instructions of the government to officially dismiss the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Princess Juliana International Airport, Brian Mingo on April 7th Read more


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USP
UPP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
13 May 2021 05:31 PM

~ Political talks begin with USP, and incoming UP MP.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Council of Ministers officially suspended the Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Holding Company Dexter Doncher. Doncher was informed of the suspension by letter late Wednesday night after the Council of Ministers held an emergency meeting and voted. Dexter Doncher was given a warning letter two days prior to the three months suspension.

The Council of Ministers wanted to fire Doncher who followed the instructions of the government to officially dismiss the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Princess Juliana International Airport, Brian Mingo on April 7th Read more


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NA
UPP
Source: SMN-News
12 May 2021 11:51 AM

Prime Minister Threatens To Suspend Pjiah Managing Director.

~ Coalition partners disagree, PM seeking legal advice on the appointment of SBOD members.~

PHILIPSBURG:---Information reaching SMN News states that the Prime Minister of St. Maarten Silveria Jacobs has threatened to suspend or either fire the managing director of Princess Juliana International Airport Holding Company Dexter Doncher Read more


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