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Source: 721 News
30 Nov 2020 01:41 AM

Mp Buncamper Questions Prime Minister Regarding Ser Board.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — United St. Maarten Party (USP) Member of Parliament Claudius Toontje Buncamper on Friday fired off a number of questions to Prime Minister, Silveria Jacobs regarding governments failure to appoint new board members to the board of the Social Economic Council (SER) Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
29 Nov 2020 05:59 PM

Mp Buncamper Questions Prime Minister Regarding Ser Board.

PHILISPBURG, Sint Maarten – United St. Maarten Party (USP) Member of Parliament Claudius Toontje Buncamper on Friday fired off a number of questions to Prime Minister,SilveriaJacobs regarding governments failure to appoint new board members to the board of the Social Economic Council (SER). The MP questioned the reason why the new

board members have not yet been appointed and when does government expect to do so Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
29 Nov 2020 05:18 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- United St. Maarten Party (USP) Member of Parliament Claudius Toontje Buncamper on Friday fired off a number of questions to Prime Minister, Silveria Jacobs regarding governments failure to appoint new board members to the board of the Social Economic Council (SER) Read more


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Source: SMN-News
08 Nov 2020 05:11 PM

Ud Extends Us Election Congratulatory Message.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The United Democratic Party of Sint Maarten extends congratulations to President-Elect, Joe Biden, and Vice President-Elect Kamalah Harris of the United States of America.
To all the American people for massively exercising their fundamental democratic right to elect their President and Senate and House representatives: You have demonstrated that the power of the people is by the ballot.

History has been made showing that regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, barriers have been broken Read more


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UD
Source: 721 News
08 Nov 2020 10:44 AM

Ud Extends Us Election Congratulatory Message

Philipsburg — The United Democratic Party of Sint Maarten extends congratulations to President-Elect, Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamalah Harris of the United States of America. To all the American people for massively exercising their fundamental democratic right to elect their President and Senate and House representatives: You have demonstrated that the power of the people is by the ballot. History has been made showing that regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, barriers have been broken Read more

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Source: 721 News
31 Oct 2020 12:23 AM

Sneek Declare Himself Independent Island Council Member

ORANJESTAD, Sint Eustatius — On Friday October 30th, elected Island Council member Koos Sneek has informed the Democratic Party and the chairman of the Island Council, Mr. Marnix van Rij, that he has declare himself independent island council member in the Island Council of St. Eustatius.

Sneek said: “This decision was for me not an easy one to take. The main reason for me to come to this decision was the difference of opinion between myself and the leader of the Democratic Party, Ms Read more


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USP
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Source: SMN-News
29 Oct 2020 04:41 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On October 28, 2020 Members of Parliament of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) Akeem Arrindell and Claudius Toontje Buncamper sent a letter via email to the chairman of the Permanent Committee of Kingdom Relations, Mr Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 Oct 2020 08:02 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) Board and Executive Management met with Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) management team regarding the involvement of local companies during the rebuilding process of the airport.
COCI and PJIAE have a good understanding and awareness of the local business landscape, and therefore the inclusion of local partners in the rebuilding is essential during these challenging economic times for the country.
The COCI board made a request in 2018 and again in 2019 for government-owned companies to consider including local contractors wherever possible in the rebuilding efforts after the damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Marina in September 2017.
COCI took part in the Sint Maarten Reconstruction Information Session that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands in September 2018 Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Oct 2020 10:54 PM

Coci Has Positive Meeting With Pjiae Airport On The Involvement Of Local Companies In Rebuilding Process

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) Board and Executive Management met with Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) management team regarding the involvement of local companies during the rebuilding process of the airport.

COCI and PJIAE have a good understanding and awareness of the local business landscape, and therefore the inclusion of local partners in the rebuilding is essential during these challenging economic times for the country.

The COCI board made a request in 2018 and again in 2019 for government-owned companies to consider including local contractors wherever possible in the rebuilding efforts after the damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Marina in September 2017.

COCI took part in the Sint Maarten Reconstruction Information Session that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands in September 2018.  The Information Session was organized by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (NEA) of the Government of the Netherlands and the Netherlands in Business. 

The objective of that trip to the Netherlands was to get the message across that Sint Maarten is open for business; that the Sint Maarten business community must benefit from the rebuilding of the country via the multi-million dollar Dutch-provided fund managed by the World Bank; and to build a strong bridge between the private sector of Sint Maarten and that of the Netherlands due to the opportunities which are endless when we look at the knowledge exchange capabilities.

When PJIAE noted the request of the COCI for structured involvement of local contractors in our islands rebuilding process and government owned companies, PJIAE was the first to approach COCI to initiate this process and get the ball rolling, PJIAE said in an invited comment.

The Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project is an essential renovation project for the PJIAE which was severely damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.  The reconstruction of the airport terminal which was completed in 2006, also includes further major upgrades with fully automated border control, extra escalators at all gates that would improve passenger experience, upgraded check-in counters, a relocation of car rental booths, and additional retail / food and beverage spaces offering local products.   

During the meeting, the Airport representatives explained the process that was to be launched for the reconstruction of the damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The chamber would like to point out that PJIAE as a Government owned company is going the extra length to promote and encourage local contractors to take part and register their company to be eligible for possible joint ventures or subcontracting with larger or main contractors, the COCI Supervisory Board said on Tuesday.

It is very important to have local companies participate, not only for the economic value of keeping the capital on island, but also the knowledge of maintenance of the airport infrastructure, since the airport will need to be maintained continuously in order to meet international standards on both safety and quality. 

I hope all stakeholders understand the importance of this, and of course that it becomes a successful reality.  PJIAE is pleased to collaborate with COCI on this endeavor, the PJIAE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Mingo, said on Tuesday.

COCI has created a special registration online portal where the local interested companies are requested to register their company Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
22 Oct 2020 07:41 PM

Heyliger Extends Congratulations To St. Eustatius Says: Free And Fair Elections Allow Democracy To Reign.

PHILIPSBURG, – Sint Maarten – Democracy at work, were the words, Member of Parliament, the Honorable Grisha Heyliger-Marten used to describe her sentiments after hearing the results of the Island Council elections on St. Eustatius yesterday October 21, 2020.

She said, Part of self-determination is the ability of a people to participate in free and fair elections where their elected officials can serve without fear of attack from forces within our external forces Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
13 Oct 2020 01:57 PM

No Deal Yet At Kingdom Council Of Ministers

St. Maarten Minister Plenipotentiary Rene Violenus on his way to the Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting last Friday. (Otti Thomas/Amigoe photo)

THE HAGUE--The continued negotiations between the Netherlands and Aruba and Curaao about the third liquidity support tranche and future COVID-19 assistance meant that no decision was taken during Fridays Kingdom Council of Ministers.

Ministers Plenipotentiary Anthony Begina of Curaao, Eddy Paris of Aruba (acting) and Rene Violenus of St Read more


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UD
Source: SMN-News
12 Oct 2020 06:11 PM

My colleagues and the people of St. Maarten a very pleasant good afternoon.
In commemorating October 10, 2010, instinctively as a public servant you start to think about your role. You are de facto part of the government and governing, so you reflect and look ahead from that premise. As public servants, however, there are times when you get so caught up in your bubble of working day and night for your people that occasionally you forget that the best gauge of information about your country is a five-minute discussion with any citizen Read more


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Source: SMN-News
12 Oct 2020 02:34 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- As we mark the 10th anniversary of the day St. Maarten became an autonomous country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands on October 10, 2010, otherwise known as 10-10-10 that Chinese saying comes to mind: A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

How far have we traveled on this journey? What is our destination? And when and why did we take that first step? We would have to search our history to find the answers to these and other relevant questions. But let me say, without any fear of contradiction, that we have journeyed far, however, we still have much farther to go, if we are to reach the Promised Land.

Contrary to what some people might argue, our journey as a nation did not start with the two referenda we held in 1994 and the year 2000 respectively: it actually started over 400 years ago when our ancestors were kidnapped, uprooted from their motherland and forcibly brought here to the New World as enslaved labor.

We have been struggling since then for freedom and have scored some significant victories that allow us today to contemplate the future with hope Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
09 Sep 2020 03:30 PM

Public Outreach Campaign Offers Information Disclosure On Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project

ABVO-SXM Union, WICSU PSU Union and Total Cleaning Company updated.

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (Tuesday September 8, 2020) The Airport is prepared to embark on a 107-million-dollar renovation development despite setbacks due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The trailblazers of the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) proclaimed during a virtual Public Outreach Campaign with the media, that the preliminary works for the Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project is planned to kick off with the start of the Phase 2 Mold Remediation, Surface Decontamination, Dismantling and Removal process in September 2020 Read more


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Source: SMN-News
08 Sep 2020 05:46 PM

~ABVO-SXM Union, WICSU PSU Union and Total Cleaning Company updated.~

Simpson Bay:--- The Airport is prepared to embark on a 107-million-dollar renovation development despite setbacks due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The trailblazers of the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) proclaimed during a virtual Public Outreach Campaign with the media, that the preliminary works for the Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project is planned to kick off with the start of Phase 2 Mold Remediation, Surface Decontamination, Dismantling and Removal process in September 2020 Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
08 Sep 2020 08:06 AM

Established Project Group To Move Forward With The Function Books Process

Philipsburg The Project Group Function Books Ministry of Justice, established by Ministerial Decree, held its kick-off meeting on Friday, September 4th, 2020, at the Government Administration Building, with all its members and support staff in attendance. The Project Group is tasked with the finalization and legislative ratification of the function books of the Ministry of Justice and the placement of the personnel in the functions thereafter. The Project Group is comprised of a Steering Committee and a Workgroup with representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of General Affairs, and the Ministry of Finance.

Each function book comprises of three parts; firstly, the functions and their job descriptions, secondly, the valuation and assignment of scales to the functions based on the weight of the function using the FuwaSXM framework, and third, the formation plan noting FTEs (Full-Time Equivalents) per function Read more


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Source: SMN-News
07 Sep 2020 08:07 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  The Project Group Function Books Ministry of Justice, established by Ministerial Decree, held its kick-off meeting on Friday, September 4th, 2020, at the Government Administration Building, with all its members and support staff in attendance. The Project Group is tasked with the finalization and legislative ratification of the function books of the Ministry of Justice and the placement of the personnel in the functions thereafter. The Project Group is comprised of a Steering Committee and a Workgroup with representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of General Affairs, and the Ministry of Finance.

Each function book comprises of three parts; firstly, the functions and their job descriptions, secondly, the valuation and assignment of scales to the functions based on the weight of the function using the FuwaSXM framework, and third, the formation plan noting FTEs (Full-Time Equivalents) per function Read more


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Source: SMN-News
02 Sep 2020 05:04 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Board of Directors of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI), through its president Benjamin Ortega is pleased to announce and welcome the appointment of its new Business Development Officer (BDO) Sharilyn Bryson effective September 1.
Bryson attended Milton Peters College, then successfully pursued her higher education in the Netherlands thereby obtaining a masters degree in Management Policy-Analysis (MPA) and Entrepreneurship, with a specialization in business management attained at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) van Amsterdam.
One of her roles and duties within her capacity as the Business Development Officer includes ensuring that the operations of the Chambers Business Center function effectively and efficiently Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Aug 2020 11:29 PM

Growing Up Safe Sint Maarten Magazine Launched

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten The e-version of the first issue of Growing Up Safe St. Maarten has been launched
online. The magazine is geared primarily towards informing and connecting professionals working in the field of Child Protection, but also contains interesting information for the wider community and touches upon topics such as domestic violence and teaching during COVID-19.

The magazine is the first initiative of the recently established Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) with the support from UNICEF Netherlands and the Augeo Foundation Read more


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Source: SMN-News
27 Aug 2020 05:49 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The e-version of the first issue of Growing Up Safe St. Maarten has been launched online. The magazine is geared primarily towards informing and connecting professionals working in the field of Child Protection, but also contains interesting information for the wider community and touches upon topics such as domestic violence and teaching during COVID-19.

The magazine is the first initiative of the recently established Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) with the support from UNICEF Netherlands and the Augeo Foundation Read more


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PFP
Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Aug 2020 02:07 PM

Pfp Concerned About Plan B And Economic Recovery

PHILIPSBURG Party for Progress Members of Parliament Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson issued a press release on Thursday, expressing their concern over responses received to questions sent to the Prime Minister, particularly those related to Governments much-discussed plan B.

The faction noted that they had submitted questions to the Prime Minister regarding the ongoing discussion with the Kingdom Government over support for the country, the economic recovery plan (which was requested by Parliament on July 8th and what was in Governments plan B.

Clarity on the economy, it seems, will not be available for several more weeks, according to the responses received to the factions questions Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
14 Aug 2020 10:20 AM

Sint Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform / St Maarten Consumers Coalition Press Conference Thursday August 13, 2020

Topic 1. SMAPP: COM addresses Dutch government without dialogue and consensus with WICLU
Topic 2. SMCC : 75 years non-compliance of the Netherlands, what about the coming 7 years?
Topic 3. SMCC : Not only consumer rights, but also political, economic, social and cultural rights
Topic 4: SMAPP: Proposal WICLU for a MOU with COM and the political parties in Parliament
Topic 1. SMAPP: COM addresses Dutch government without dialogue and consensus with WICLU

The Council of Ministers has sent two letters to State Secretary Knops with the position of the Council of Ministers of St Maarten concerning the 218-page document with conditions for liquidity support for the third tranche Read more


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Source: SMN-News
11 Aug 2020 06:18 PM

 PHILIPSBURG:--- The US$35 million Enterprise Support Project was officially launched today. The project is funded by the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction, and Resilience Trust Fund, financed by the Government of the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank, and implemented by the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) on behalf of the Government of Sint Maarten. The project aims to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through direct financial assistance to contribute to the restoration of economic activity in Sint Maarten.

Micro, small, and medium enterprises are key for the islands economic recovery and for job creation Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
05 Aug 2020 07:29 AM

The St. Maarten Police Department Bid Farewell To Dutch Police

Philipsburg The St. Maarten Police Department (KPSM) bid farewell to the Dutch Police officers and support staff.Post-Hurricane Irma in 2017, the Netherlands and other countries within the kingdom, provided extra manpower to secure the safety and security of the island. At the end of the direct assistance, it was agreed between St. Maarten and the Netherlands that the Dutch police’s support would remain for an extended period, allowing KPSM to implement their recovery plan.

With the support of the Dutch Police officers and support staff, KPSM was able to implement new policing strategies and crisis management structures to keep St Read more


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