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Source: 721 News
01 Aug 2022 10:30 PM

Wilson Applauds Efforts Of Gebe Employees To Fix Streetlights

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Gromyko Wilson commends the hard working field men and women in Gebe and its managmeent responsible for fixing the street lights on Sint Maarten. September 5th, 2022, will mark the 5th year since the passing of Hurricane Irma and Maria. Unfortunately for residents of many neighborhoods, a number of street lights are yet to be fixed Read more

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18 Jul 2022 12:09 PM

Wilson: Jacobs And Unions Should Stop Lying To Civil Servants

~ Clarity regarding vacation days must be provided ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten On June 27, 2022, Gromyko Wilson published a press release on the illegal acts committed by the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten Silveria Jacobs and Minister of Finance Irion when they chose to pay out vacation allowance of civil servants and cut vacation days without a legal basis for such.

To date, more than a month after both Ministers illegally paid out vacation allowance, it is still unclear what agreements were made with the unions and what legal basis there is, to limit vacation days of civil servants to 15 days Read more

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04 Jul 2022 12:14 PM

Wilson Dice Que La Primera Ministra Jacobs Debe Rendir Cuentas Por Sus Acciones Ilegales.

Insta al Parlamento y a la Cmara de Integridad a que rindan cuentas

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten El domingo 26 de junio del 2022, Gromyko Wilson hizo uso de su plataforma de redes sociales para denunciar las acciones ilegales y discriminatorias tomadas por la Primera Ministra (PM) Silveria Jacobs el 15 de junio del 2022, cuando la PM Silveria Jacobs, el Ministro Ardwell Irion , la ministra Anna Richardson y el ministro Rudolph Samuel se opusieron a la ordenanza aprobada en el Parlamento (y ratificada por el Tribunal Constitucional) que contena medidas temporales de covid-19 para funcionarios pblicos y similares (Tijdelijke Landsverordening Covid-19 bezuinigingen arbeidsvoorwaarden overheidsdienaren).

Esta ordenanza regula especficamente el porcentaje de vacaciones que los servidores pblicos tenan derecho a recibir entre julio del 2019 y julio del 2021 Read more

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01 Jul 2022 08:13 PM

Wilson Aplaude Llamado Del Ministerio Pblico A Denunciar Delitos Sexuales.

Insta a las personas a presentarse

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — El aspirante a candidato poltico Gromyko Wilson en su respuesta al comunicado de prensa emitido el lunes 20 de junio del 2022 por el Ministerio Pblico sobre delitos sexuales, aplaude al Ministerio Pblico por la forma en que ha estado manejando los casos de abuso sexual ltimamente.

Ya es hora de que las respectivas partes interesadas en el Ministerio de Justicia comiencen a tomar estos casos en serio Read more

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Source: 721 News
27 Jun 2022 01:01 AM

Wilson Says Prime Minister Jacobs Must Be Held Accountable For Her Illegal Actions.

Urges Parliament & the Integrity Chamber to hold them accountable

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Sunday June 26, 2022, Gromyko Wilson made use of his Social Media platform to denounce the illegal and discriminatory actions taken by Prime Minister (PM) Silveria Jacobs on June 15, 2022, when the PM, Minister Ardwell Irion, Minister Anna Richardson and Minister Rudolph Samuel went against the ordinance passed in Parliament (and ratified by the Constitutional court) containing temporary covid-19 measures for civil servants and the likes (Tijdelijke Landsverordening Covid-19 bezuinigingen arbeidsvoorwaarden overheidsdienaren).

This ordinance specifically regulates the percentage of vacation allowance civil servants were entitled to receive between July 2019 and July 2021 Read more

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Source: 721 News
22 Jun 2022 08:57 AM

Wilson Applauds Call Of The Public Prosecutor To Report Sexual Crimes.

When a woman says no, she means no.

~ Urges persons to come forward ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — aspiring political candidate Gromyko Wilson in his response to the press release issued on Monday June 20, 2022, by the Public Prosecutor concerning sexual crimes, applauds the Public Prosecutor for the manner in which they have been handling sexual abuse cases lately.

Its about time the respective stakeholders in the Justice Ministry start taking these cases seriously Read more

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Source: 721 News
06 May 2022 01:38 AM

Doing A Good Thing Wrong Is No Good

On Tuesday May 3, the world celebrated International Press Freedom Day, which inspired this article along with the recent press developments on our island. It is an honor to serve in this noble profession and I look forward to contributing towards the professions value, impact and legacy.

As a member of the St. Martin press and representative of my media house, I have noted with deep concern the need to ensure that freedom of the press, as enshrined in article 10 of the constitution, is never trampled upon Read more

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Source: 721 News
05 Feb 2021 12:23 AM

Nv Gebe Working Together With The Ministry Of Vromi And Justice To Bring Street Lights Back On In Neighborhoods

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — NV GEBE stated in a press release that one of the companys priority in 2021 is to ensure Street Lights repair throughout various districts on the Dutch Side of St. Maarten.

NV GEBE stated that prior to hurricane IRMA the amount of street lights installed were a little over 4000. After the passing of IRMA a survey was done and only 1700 street lights survived the devastation. Currently NV GEBE has restored approximately 1800 street lights with the remaining to be completed in 2021 Read more

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Source: 721 News
21 Dec 2020 05:18 AM

Lups Student Government And Griffins Organized A Food & Toy Drive.

CAYHILL, Sint Maarten , — This year, under the leadership of Sahil Khatnani, the 2020-2021 LUPS Student Government President, along with the Griffins, a Food and Toy drive was organized in order to help as many people as they could during these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many of the LU families made donations and this we greatly appreciate. The food and toys were distributed among three organizations on the island, who expressed their gratitude for what the students were able to contribute.

On behalf of the LUPS Student Government and the Griffins, we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas holiday and a prosperous 2021.

Editor Note:
Managing Director of 721news Gromyko Wilson would like to thank, the LUPS Student Government and the Griffins for their donation and 721news will make sure to pass on this donation in a silent way to the families who are going thru some difficult moments.

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Source: 721 News
29 Oct 2020 06:15 PM

Opinion Article: St. Maarten Covid-19 Chronicles

Stuart Johnson

Oh, how I wish deep within my soul we were in better times and better prepared to handle the challenges we are now facing. Like so many of you, I have expressed my opinion and provided my feedback on many issues via Facebook.

Everyone one of us can give our own personal story on how COVID-19 has either directly or indirectly affected us Read more

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Source: 721 News
16 Jan 2020 06:49 PM

Sarah: Looking Forward To Hear The Emergency Operating CenterS (Eoc) Recommendations On Earthquake Preparations And Mitigation.

Philipsburg St. Maarten, Recent reports from the region regarding earthquakes and elevated seismic activity should beofconcern to all of us, Member of Parliament, Sarah Wescot-Williams stated recently.

A statement from Mr. Clive Richardson of Sunday, January 12th, 2020, did not address or allay my concerns, and given the reports and the inquietude amongst the population, Ive posed questions to Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, as the one responsible for disaster management., the MP said.

The Member of Parliament posed the following questions to the Prime Minister in a recent letter.

What is the view of Government regarding these increasing seismic activities? Do these notwarrant increased alertness? What has Government put in place to mitigate the potential threat of an earthquake to our island? Does the plan include schoolsand other public places? What is the disaster management plan for earthquakes? Please share any other information regarding this matter that could be helpful to the population as a whole and may I suggest an urgent communication plan, if not yet in place.

These questions were not posed to create panic, but to be assured that the Government of St Read more

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Source: 721 News
21 Feb 2018 11:53 PM

Smcp To Hold First Ever Cyber Public Meeting

~ SMCP reaching the people throughout Facebook, Instagram, Twitter social media ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Sint Maarten Christian Party is scheduled to hold its first Cyber Public Meeting on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 7pm. As far as SMCP knows, this is the first ever cyber political public meeting that will be held in Sint Maarten.

What is the difference between a political meeting that is being broadcasted directly via social media and a cyber public meeting? The public meeting that is broadcasted live via social media is actually organized for a live audience Read more

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Source: 721 News
05 Apr 2017 05:11 PM

Henson: Violent Dispute Ends In Two Persons Dead

EDITOR’S NOTE: After internal discussion with our news team, it was decided that we would publish the Police Report on the two lifeless bodies found at Alegria.

721news’ policy is that when a person puts an end to their life, we will not publish it.

For future reference, we want to reiterate to our readers that we WILL NOT report on or cover any murder leading to suicide or suicide-related stories.

Gromyko Wilson

721news Team

BEACON HILL, St Read more

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Source: 721 News
19 Jan 2017 04:25 AM

I Feel We Need To Have New People In Chamber Of Commerce And Industry

I been part of COCI over 10 years and as a small business I cannot say that opportunities were offered to me or others in any type of investments.

If the Government was not forcing you by law to be a member, I think a lot of those people who don’t care to vote would have abandoned the organization, because is clear to me that it is only for the rich boys and girls on the island, who enter to secure others and themselves.

The banks are giving a hell of a time to open a simple bank account by asking you for all types of documents, and don’t talk about a loan Read more

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Source: SMN-News
20 Aug 2016 10:10 AM

SIMPSON BAY:--- Police and ambulance personnel rushed to the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) and cordoned the entire area as a bus belonging to a car rental ran over a young child. SMN News learnt that the bus belongs to AVIS car rental. It is also understood that the victim is a young boy between the ages of 2 to 3 years old. Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson confirmed that an AVIS shuttle bus ran over a young boy between the ages 2 to 3 years old who died on the spot. Henson said the child is a resident/born on St Read more

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Source: 721 News
11 Aug 2016 11:31 PM

La Vida Bella Ends Health & Beauty Workshop On High Note

CAY HILL/COLE BAY – La Vida Bella Day Spa ended their Health & Beauty Workshop on July 25. The Spa was able to host it first annual summer camp for 20 young ladies ages 12 to 18 years old.

“In an attempt to give back to our community and also involve our youth in a positive and dynamic environment, the spa decided to design a one-week program, where different companies and components would be involved and share their different skills/expertise with these young ladies. The program started on July 18, and was held at the Asha Stephens Hillside Christian School in Cay Hill from 10:00am to 4:00pm,” a press release said.

The ladies had an intense and interactive week that consisted of health, beauty, etiquette, self-marketing, motivation and life coaching, fitness and activity awareness, health and hygiene day to day practices Read more

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Source: Today SXM
15 Jun 2016 07:10 PM

Bosman Gives Antillean-Immigration Legislation Another Shot

THE HAGUE – VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman is giving his initiative law aimed at keeping underprivileged citizens from St. Maarten. Curacao and Aruba out of the Netherlands. The Telegraaf reports that Bosman will submit his adjusted initiative law to the Second Chamber.

Bosman wants Antilleans to have work, enough assets or an education before they are permitted to establish themselves in the Netherlands. Two years ago, there was not enough support for the legislation, but Bosman wants to give it one more try.

If there is no majority for the law, Bosman’s party demands that the government presents a similar initiative as soon as possible Read more

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Source: 721 News
10 Jun 2016 12:57 AM

Let’S Help Tom Burnett And Little Leaguers Team Reach Canada

Editor’s Note:
As a united community let’s help Tom Burnett and the young little leaguers team reach Canada.
I would like to suggest that if we can get 5 family members, friends or co-workers to donate $20 each, together as a good community we can easily reach $100, and deposit it in an envelope and drop it off at Tom’s job.
Tom Burnett is the sport writer at the The Daily Herald newspaper.
Our $20 is a blessing to a good cause, to get our youngsters to this important summer baseball camp in Canada.

If you can make this $3,000 donation in one shot, you will be a blessing to this trip!

A Gofundme account was opened and you can also donate via the gofundme, with the use of your credit card.

The GoFund link is: Read more

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Source: 721 News
20 Apr 2016 08:32 PM

Wib Bank Md Is A Disgrace To The St. Maarten Culture And People

~Downes orders removal of ATM machine ~

PHILIPSBURG – In the peak of Carnival 2016 season, WIB managing Director Derek Downes ordered the removal of the WIB ATM machine. The removal of the ATM signaled Downes’ refusal to pay the donation of US $15,000 (not $50,000 as was previously stated) the SCDF had asked as a contribution to Carnival activities.

He also made it clear that he would not pay “Stichting Overheids Gebouwen” (SOG), which presides over the Carnival activities, the US $750 for 2 weeks rental of the space where the ATM machine is located in the Festival Village.

A source close to the saga, who asked to remain anonymous, told 721news that Downes prefers to spend more money to remove the ATM machine, and the structure that houses it, because those were past investments made by WIB.

“This is a clear sign of this man’s arrogance, and a clear sign that he doesn’t want anything to do with Carnival or SOG in the near future,” the source stated Read more

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07 Feb 2016 04:06 PM

Sint Maarten Police Is Seeking Information On Scotia Bank Robbery Suspect

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Friday, the 5th of February 2016, at approximately 11:20 am, a man walked into The Bank of Nova Scotia located in Philipsburg and handed one of the tellers a threatening note forcing the teller to hand over an undisclosed amount of money.

After receiving the money the suspect left unnoticed. By the time the alarm was raised the suspect had already left the establishment.

The attached photos are snapshots of the suspect. Even though the photos are of very poor quality, the hope is that someone who sees the suspect may still recognize him.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or who have seen him around the time of the incident can contact the police tip line at 9300 (international callers can reach the tip line by dialing +1721 542-0345) or the Special Unit Robbery at 1721 542-2222 ext 204 or 205 Read more

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Source: 721 News
26 Jan 2016 10:22 PM

*** Update ***: Rental Cars Seized As A Result Of Long Term Investigation

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On January 26, 2016 the Criminal Investigation Team (RST) seized in close collaboration with the Police Corps of Sint Maarten at various places on the island total of nine cars.These cars are owned by a car rental agency.

The seizure was done based on the strong suspicion that these were purchased with money that has, among other things been obtained from the trade in narcotics and that money was laundered through the rental company.

The owner (721news note: Latoya Flanders) of the rental company some time ago was shot on the French side Read more

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Source: 721 News
26 Jan 2016 08:20 PM

Auto’S Verhuurbedrijf In Beslag Genomen In ‘Afpakonderzoek’

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten  – Op 26 januari 2016 werden door het Recherche Samenwerkingsteam (RST) in nauwe samenwerking met het Korps Politie Sint Maarten op diverse plaatsen op Sint Maarten in totaal 9 personenauto’s in beslag genomen. Deze auto’s zijn eigendom van een autoverhuurbedrijf.

Het sterke vermoeden bestaat dat deze zijn aangeschaft met geld dat ondermeer afkomstig is uit de handel in verdovende middelen en dat via het verhuurbedrijf werd witgewassen.

Naar het verhuurbedrijf en haar eigenaresse, die enige tijd geleden aan de Franse kant werd doorgeschoten, loopt bij het RST onder aansturing van het Openbaar Ministerie te Sint Maarten al langere tijd een onderzoek Read more

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Source: Today SXM
09 Oct 2015 04:08 PM

Casino Robber Shoots His Way To Cash

The bullet proof window at Rouge et Noir on Wednesday evening, with two bullet holes. Photo Gromyko Wilson

St. Maarten – Close to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, a lone gunman stormed into Rouge et Noir casino on Front Street and shouted “everybody down” while waving his firearm to the crowd. Masked and dressed completely in black the robber fired his weapon in the air to show that he meant business.

Patrons were enjoying their Wednesday night bingo, when the robber ordered them to get on the ground Read more

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