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Source: SMN-News
29 Nov 2021 12:28 PM

~ Nicholas new board President ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Former Minister Pamela Gordon-Carty was elected as the new political leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party on Sunday, November 28, and immediately made it clear that the party, in or out of government, will not allow the people of St. Maarten to accept crumbs in exchange any longer.
Re-emphasizing that the US has always been and remains on the path to realizing independence for St. Maarten, the new leader said the people must come together and decide that they will no longer tolerate their children to suffer in a St Read more


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Source: 721 News
19 Nov 2021 05:20 AM

Frans Disappointed, Outraged Over Misleading Statements, Blocking Of Suspect Questioning

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Former Member of Parliament Frans Richardson on Wednesday said he is disappointed in the justice system and outraged at the misleading statements and devious tactics that are used to convict persons in a court of law and in the court of public opinion.

Richardson, who was sentenced in the Court of First Instance on Tuesday to twelve months and payment of criminal proceeds, said the verdict did not come as a complete surprise considering the same judge who convicted him in the Emerald case, presided over this Aquamarine II case Read more


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USP
Source: 721 News
03 Nov 2021 01:57 AM

Us Board: Court Ruling Will Stifle Middle Class, Further Dutch Plans

~ Says Alliance now facilitator of hardships ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The United St. Maarten (US) party expressed disappointment with the verdict of the Constitutional Court to uphold the three ordinances in connection with income and benefit cuts, despite the existence of laws that protect workers rights.

The party board is of the opinion that the court used convenient excuses and considerations to arrive at the underlying reason for its verdict: that it upheld the laws because St Read more


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NA
USP
Source: SXMIslandTime
02 Nov 2021 09:14 PM

Us Board: Court Ruling Will Stifle Middle Class, Further Dutch Plans

~ Says Alliance now facilitator of hardships ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The United St. Maarten (US) party expressed disappointment with the verdict of the Constitutional Court to uphold the three ordinances in connection with income and benefit cuts, despite the existence of laws that protect workers rights.

The party board is of the opinion that the court used convenient excuses and considerations to arrive at the underlying reason for its verdict: that it upheld the laws because St Read more


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NA
USP
Source: SMN-News
02 Nov 2021 08:31 PM

Us Board: Court Ruling Will Stifle Middle Class, Further Dutch Plans.

~ Says Alliance now the facilitator of hardships ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The United St. Maarten (US) party expressed disappointment with the verdict of the Constitutional Court to uphold the three ordinances in connection with income and benefit cuts, despite the existence of laws that protect workers rights.

The party board is of the opinion that the court used convenient excuses and considerations to arrive at the underlying reason for its verdict: that it upheld the laws because St Read more


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Source: 721 News
02 Nov 2021 12:38 PM

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs Shamed Herself

Dear Editor,

If you are on social media these days you would have immediately noticed that the people of St. Maarten are sharing pictures, videos and speeches of the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley. Popular saying goes that you should never lift a politician too high, but Mottley is on a roll as a global leader. Compared to St. Maartens Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, the PM in Barbados must seem heaven sent to many here Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
30 Oct 2021 03:31 PM

Minister Ottley: Payments To Paramedics Up To Date, Ozr Cards Will Be Accepted

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Public Health, Social Development VSA Omar Ottley in a press release issued on Friday expressed shock and disappointment in response to an October 28 public notice of the Paramedic Association Sint Maarten (PASM) stating that OZR insured clients would have to pay out of pocket for therapies as of November 1.

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Source: SMN-News
29 Oct 2021 05:20 PM

 PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of VSA, Mr. Omar Ottley expresses shock and disappointment in response to the October 28 public notice of the Paramedic Association Sint Maarten (PASM).

The notice of the association stated that OZR insured would have to pay out of pocket for therapies as of November 1. Minister Ottley would like to give peace of mind to OZR insured patients that their respective therapies will not have to be paid for out of pocket and will continue to be covered by their insurance.

In the week of October 18, Minister Ottley met with representatives of the PASM to address their grievances, to which reasonable agreements were made through positive dialogue and a commitment to work collectively on long-term solutions Read more


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Source: 721 News
29 Oct 2021 12:40 AM

Emmanuel: Vromi Minister Must Address Leaked Document Of Over The Bank Land

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel on Thursday said it is disappointing, but still very typical, that Minister of VROMI Egbert Doran has not publicly addressed leaked documents that appear to contradict everything he has been telling Parliament and the public about long lease land at the area known as Over The Bank.

Earlier this week a media outlet published what appears to be an authentic list of the 50 or so persons who were initially granted a parcel of land in long lease at Over the Bank Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
28 Oct 2021 08:20 PM

Emmanuel: Vromi Minister Must Address Leaked Document Of Over The Bank Land

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel on Thursday said it is disappointing, but still very typical, that Minister of VROMI Egbert Doran has not publicly addressed leaked documents that appearto contradicteverything hehas been telling Parliament and the public about long lease land at the area known as OverTheBank.

Earlier this week a media outlet published what appears to be an authentic list of the 50 or so persons who were initially granted a parcel of land in long lease at Over the Bank Read more


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NA
USP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
20 Oct 2021 06:47 PM

Usp To Restructure Party Operations.

PHILIPSBURG:--- With an eye on the future and living up to its founding principles, the United St. Maarten (US) party is in the process of restructuring its board, party platform, and representation in preparations for the upcoming electoral cycle.

The board of the US said that it is vital for any political organization to re-examine and plan for the future, especially in changing times Read more


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NA
Source: 721 News
14 Oct 2021 02:31 AM

Mp Wescot-Williams: Short-TermLaborContractLawHitsAnotherSnag

Philipsburg, St. Maarten, —MP Wescot-Williamshas expressed her disappointment that the publication of the new Civil CodeBook as far as this regards employment contracts (shortterm contracts), the bookdoes not include any of the amendments made byParliament in 2019.

Now I can understand why the Minister of VSA was so evasive whenhe wasrecently asked about short term labor contracts, locally referred to as 6-months contracts, the MPstated Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
13 Oct 2021 09:54 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- MP Wescot-Williams has expressed her disappointment that the publication of the new Civil Code Book as far as this regards employment contracts (short term contracts), the book does not include any of the amendments made by Parliament in 2019.
Now I can understand why the Minister of VSA was so evasive when he was recently asked about short-term labor contracts, locally referred to as 6-months contracts, the MP stated Read more


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Source: 721 News
04 Oct 2021 02:14 PM

Open Letter To Our Prime Minister

Honorable Prime Minister Jacobs,

It is with much irritation I followed the press briefing of Wednesday, September 29, 2021 and noticed the change of your personality right in front of my eyes. In my opinion you should have one face: you either respect the democracy of our country or choose somewhere else where democracy does not reign.

I was completely flabbergasted watching and listening to this person that I believed was someone of principles and I am now very disappointed in your stands Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
24 Sep 2021 10:43 AM

Minister Doran Publicly Apologises For Insulting Ombudsman Mossell

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Egbert Doran has publicly apologised for his letter to Ombudsman Gwendolyn Mossel.

  Doran had been urged to do so by Members of Parliament (MPs), who unanimously called his letter abominable.

  On Tuesday, Doran wrote to the ombudsman, who had asked the minister questions about Vineyard Heights/Over The Bank and announced a systemic investigation into the allocation of pieces of land, saying that he suspected that the ombudsman was not impartial in this matter.

  These properties and the allocations of same that you are seeking clarification on are directly tied into person that you were/are legally and/or physically involved with Read more


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Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 07:11 PM

Pond Island:---Telecommunication provider, TelEm Group, proudly announces the launch of TelTV+ - a brand-new IPTV High-Definition television service for the St. Maarten community.

Featuring 150 channels and a host of power-packed features for all tele-viewing tastes, TelTV+ is designed to be affordable and will be catering to all age groups and a diverse St. Maarten community.

 TelEm Group has been working diligently for the past year to first select, purchase, develop and test its new IPTV system in order to revolutionize television viewing in St Read more


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UPP
HOPE
UD
Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 12:29 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  The chair of parliament Roland Brison did not mince words on Monday when he called out the laziest Member of Parliament during the closing of the parliamentary year.

The UPP MP and chair of parliament said when listening to the positions stated by members of parliament, he looked around the hall and understand the concerns, because for most of the faction leaders, the level of representation, and more importantly, the level of work they put in, is very clear and commendable from his viewpoint as chairman.

Brison said however he does feel the need to give his observations of how the factions of parliament and its members are functioning, and how he believes they should be going forward.

First the good:

For at least 5 of the 6 factions in parliament he observed that every single one of them has presented amendments, motions, has chaired meetings in their respective committees across opposition/coalition lines, and other real initiatives things that are today being upheld by the government Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
01 Sep 2021 12:05 AM

Broker: Real Estate Tax For Non-Residents Can Damage St. MaartenS Reputation

PHILIPSBURG--Introducing a real estate tax on non-residents, who purchase property in the country can severely damage St. Maartens reputation as a trustworthy destination to invest in, says real estate broker Arun Jagtiani, of Island Real Estate.

  Jagtiani was at the time responding to part of a presentation made by Finance Minister Ardwell Irion in Parliament on Monday regarding tax reform for the country Read more


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Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2021 12:34 PM

Exclusive: Attorney At Law Safira Ibrahim Resigns From Nv Gebe Board Of Directors.

~ SBOD is now a minority board with two members.~


PHILIPSBURG:--- Attorney at Law Safira Ibrahim submitted her resignation from the board of directors of NV GEBE. Ibrahim was contemplating on whether or not to resign since last week, it was expected that she was going to submit her resignation prior to the court hearing on Friday, however, SMN News has been reliably informed that the resignation letter was submitted on Monday.
Currently, the SBOD of NV GEBE consists of two members namely the chairlady Nina Diaz and Conrad Richardson, the two members attended the court hearing on Friday where the plead notes of the plaintiff were not presented to the court but was leaked by WhatsApp over the weekend, including the resignation letter of former board member Kenneth Serrant.  The articles of incorporation of the Government-owned company clearing state that the SBOD must have at least 3 members or a maximum of 7 members.
The Shareholder heard the SBOD on Friday after the court procedures Read more


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PFP
Source: The Daily Herald
26 Aug 2021 11:36 PM

Gumbs Reflects On Opportunities For Collaboration Coming Out Of Ipko

From left: MP Gwendell Mercelina Jr. (Partido Nashonal di Pueblo, Curaao), MP Melissa Gumbs (Party for Progress, St. Maarten) and MP Miguel Mansur (ACCION21, Aruba).

 ~ Disappointed some local MPs did not attend ~

PHILIPSBURG--Taking an opposing stance to several St Read more


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PFP
Source: SXMIslandTime
26 Aug 2021 05:08 PM

Mp Gumbs Reflects On Opportunities For Kingdom-Wide Collaboration Coming Out Of Ipko

PHILIPSBURG Taking an opposing stance to several Sint Maarten Members of Parliament (MPs), Party for Progress (PFP) MP Melissa Gumbs came out of the recently held the Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Consultations (IPKO) reflecting on the opportunities for cooperation and collaboration between the countries in the Dutch Kingdom. 

There was a willingness to think differently and the focus on working together was present and pervasive Read more


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Source: SMN-News
22 Aug 2021 05:47 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday said members of government need to stop with unbecoming behavior, be transparent with the public, follow its established protocols and stop trying to deflect with empty, evasive press releases. CPS protocols are in place to protect people. Leaders in this country should avoid undermining them with irresponsible actions, the MP said.
The MP was referring to Minister of VSA Omar Ottleys response to reports that he and the President of Parliament Rolando Brison attended a gathering at Lotus Night Club after the stipulated 11 pm closing time on Friday last Read more


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Source: SMN-News
21 Aug 2021 10:00 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of VSA, the Honorable Omar Ottley denies rumors of him giving a popular nightclub the permission to stay open until 2:00 AM.
It is disheartening that certain political figures are quick to spread misleading rumors with zero facts.

The Minister signed a Ministerial Regulation containing COVID guidelines and protocols, with 11:00 PM business closures being one of them.

"I am not annoyed with the person in the voice note that has been circulating, but I am very disappointed with the public figures that know how to access the facts and choose not to.

The Minister went on to state that obtaining factual information is as simple as asking the Inspectorate of VSA/TEATT and KPSM if any approval was given to allow the nightclub in question, to operate until 2:00 AM.

Naturally, their answer will be No! Minister Ottley went on to state that it is not a secret that the hours for enjoying nightlife were scaled back to 11:00 PM; however, the nightlife is not prohibited Read more


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Source: 721 News
21 Aug 2021 09:39 PM

Minister Ottley: No Permission Given For 2:00 Am Closure

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Minister of VSA, the Honorable Omar Ottley denies rumors of him giving a popular night club the permission to stay open until 2:00 AM.
It is disheartening that certain political figures are quick to spread misleading rumors with zero facts.

The Minister signed a Ministerial Regulation containing COVID guidelines and protocols, with 11:00 PM business closures being one of them.“I am not annoyed with the person in the voice note that has been circulating, but I am very disappointed with the public figures that knows how to access the facts and choose not to.

The Minister went on to state that obtaining factual information is as simple as asking the Inspectorate of VSA/TEATT and KPSM if any approval was given to allow the night club in
question, to operate until 2:00 AM.

Naturally, their answer will be No! Minister Ottley went on to state that it is not a secret that the hours for enjoying night life was scaled back to 11:00 PM; however nightlife is not
prohibited Read more


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