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Source: 721 News
09 Apr 2021 03:04 AM

Organized Confusion The At The PeopleS Expense

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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
06 Apr 2021 11:38 AM

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 Ottley sent a letter to Prime 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 Read more


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Source: 721 News
31 Mar 2021 05:25 PM

Sint Maarten And The Netherlands Meet Over Liquidity Support

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten On Monday, March 29, 2021, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and her support staff were invited to a meeting arranged by the Dutch representatives office with State Secretary Knops. The meeting was amicable, however, State Secretary Knops still needed more reassurance from the Parliament of Sint Maarten concerning support for the trajectory of the Kingdom Consensus Law COHO and the country package agreements finalized in December 2020.

Prime Minister Jacobs stated, During the meeting, State Secretary Knops agreed that the Government of Sint Maarten has lived up to the agreements Read more


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Source: 721 News
30 Mar 2021 09:28 PM

Mp Emmanuel: Why Is The Pm Running From Saying Yes Or No?

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday questioned why Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs is running from answering yes or no on the question of the UN petition on decolonization.

Emmanuel noted that every time the Prime Minister is addressing the subject she uses a word salad to confuse the people and never gives a clear answer about where she stands on the petition.

I have asked the Prime Minister, in Parliament and publicly to tell the people if she supports the petition yes or no Read more


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Source: 721 News
30 Mar 2021 09:21 PM

Emmanuel Questions What Pm Meant With Enough Liquidity

~ Still waiting on Finance Minister ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — A statement on St. Maartens liquidity position by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and a non-statement by Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion on the same subject, is resulting in more confusion from the NA/UP government, said Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday, adding that the game of making general and empty statements by government continues to do a disservice to the country.

MP Emmanuel pointed out that on Monday, as quoted in The Daily Herald, the Prime Minister boastfully said that the country is not flat on its back when it comes to finances and that we do have for sure enough liquidity for us to continue to have this discussion Read more


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Source: 721 News
30 Mar 2021 04:44 PM

Prime Minister Silveria JacobsTravels Abroad Due To Family Reasons

Philipsburg Sint Maarten — Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs is travelling for unavoidable family related matters today, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Deputy Prime Minister Egbert Doran will assume responsibility along with the Council of Ministers during her absence.

Prime Minister Jacobs stated, Though I find it difficult to leave at this time, as we are facing some challenges, there will be continuity of government and I trust in the Deputy Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers to be able to handle all necessary ongoing matters.

Prime Minister Jacobs will remain available virtually and she will keep in close contact with the Council of Ministers, the Parliament of St Read more


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Source: 721 News
26 Mar 2021 03:13 AM

Who Will Rescue The People From The Pm

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The Council of State has reviewed the COHO consensus law which was propped up by the honorable Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and has found it wanting. The Councils findings will lead many in the governing coalition to begin their high-stepping, back-patting, and congratulatory nods for their perceived personal / political victory.

However, the real question is how does their personal / political victory translate into tangible relief for the citizens of this country during this COVID-19 pandemic Read more


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Source: 721 News
26 Mar 2021 02:48 AM

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs Recognizes World Poetry Day

Philipsburg Celebrated each year on March 21, 2021, is one of our societys most beloved forms of art and cultural expression, Poetry. Poetry brings us together on various continents and is a suitable form of expression for every walk of life. Our very own local poets depict our pain, struggles, triumphs and joys and express the diversity of culture within our community through their poignant words.

This day is observed in respect and celebration of poetry by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Read more


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Source: 721 News
25 Mar 2021 03:20 PM

Emmanuel On Coho: I Told You So ~ Says Govt An Embarrassment Onto Itself ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday had only four words in response to reports that the Council of State has determined that the COHO is in contravention of the Kingdom Statuut: I told you so. And Ive been telling the government and the people of St. Maarten so since November 2020. This government is careless and an embarrassment unto itself.

MP Emmanuel is the only Member of Parliament who has vehemently stated his position against the COHO and the only MP to vote against the three laws cutting income and benefits of civil servants and workers at government owned entities Read more


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Source: 721 News
15 Mar 2021 05:38 AM

Mp Ottley: Petition To The Un Is Not A Call For Independence

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — Member of Parliament for the United People’s Party MP Omar Ottley says the 2021 Parliament has exposed the untruth of the so-called 10-10-10 and St. Maarten’s autonomy, causing the main actors in that deal to “falsely claim that the March 9, 2021, Petition to the United Nations is a call for Independence.”

In a press release issued on Sunday, Ottley asked, “If since 10 10 10 the past Parliament and Governments of St Maarten have been telling the people that we are Autonomous and achieved self-governance, why did it take the parliament of 2021 to discover that this is not true?”

He said those scribes of the 10 10 10 agreement should have told the people of St Read more


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Source: 721 News
15 Mar 2021 05:38 AM

Mp Ottley: Petition To The Un Is Not A Call For Independence

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — Member of Parliament for the United People’s Party MP Omar Ottley says the 2021 Parliament has exposed the untruth of the so-called 10-10-10 and St. Maarten’s autonomy, causing the main actors in that deal to “falsely claim that the March 9, 2021, Petition to the United Nations is a call for Independence.”

In a press release issued on Sunday, Ottley asked, “If since 10 10 10 the past Parliament and Governments of St Maarten have been telling the people that we are Autonomous and achieved self-governance, why did it take the parliament of 2021 to discover that this is not true?”

He said those scribes of the 10 10 10 agreement should have told the people of St Read more


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Source: 721 News
08 Mar 2021 12:39 AM

Sint Maarten Recovery And Resilience Trust Fund

Steering Committee Agrees on the Importance of Maintaining Focus on Rehabilitating Critical Infrastructure

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Steering Committee of the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund met virtually and was joined by Prime Minister Jacobs, Minister of Finance Irion of Sint Maarten and State Secretary Knops of the Netherlands in a High Level Meeting Read more


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Source: 721 News
07 Mar 2021 08:46 PM

Emmanuel Questions Government About Eye-Sore Festival Village

~ And US $4.2 million owed to Sheriff Security ~

Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel has written to Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs about the St. Maarten Festival Village and, according to the MP, the public eyesore it has become as well as general operation questions surrounding the government foundation that runs the Festival Village, Stichting Overheids Gebouwen (SOG).

The facility has been sitting in an eye-sore state since Hurricane Irma with no visible repairs having taken place Read more


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Source: 721 News
25 Feb 2021 11:07 PM

Mp Emmanuel: Airline Handlers Letter Is Biggest Indictment Of Pjia Ceo

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday said that a letter from the St. Maarten Airline Handlers Association (SAHA) and its Airline Operating Committee (AOC) is the biggest indictment yet presented against CEO of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) Brian Mingo.

When the representative of all major airlines, your most important stakeholder, decries working conditions that go against basic principles in aviation, then it is past time that you pack up and leave or the airport holding board finalizes his dismissal, the MP said.

On February 22, the AOC sent a letter to Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs drawing her attention to what it termed an urgent matter regarding the airports reconstruction project Read more


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25 Feb 2021 10:23 PM

Government Of St. Maarten Encourages The Community To Take A Stand Against Violence

Philipsburg On Wednesday, February 24th, a Candelight vigil was held in the honor of the late Rhonda Thomas, a school teacher of the Methodist Agogic Center who was brutally murdered on February 14, 2021, in a domestic violence case. Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs, Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport drs. Rodolphe Samuel were amongst the attendees at the event held at the Carib Lumber Ball Park to show their support for ending violence against women and girls.

Prime Minister Jacobs shared a few words with attendees calling them to action Read more


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Source: 721 News
16 Feb 2021 08:18 PM

Prime MinisterSilveriaE.Jacobs Meets With CcsuMembership

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Silveria Jacobs held a fruitful meeting together with the Committee of Civil Servants Union (CCSU) on Thursday, February 11, 2021. The membership included representatives of the Windward Island Civil Servants Union (WICSU/PSU), Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU), and Algemene Bond van Overheid en Overige Personeel (ABVO) union, and was chaired by CCSU Chair Mr Read more


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Source: 721 News
04 Feb 2021 06:32 AM

Parliament Approves All Three Laws Presented To Enforce Cost Cutting Measures

~ A sacrifice was made, but salaries ensured ~

Philipsburg Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs together with Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion presented the three publicly debated legislative amendments to the Parliament of Sint Maarten on the cost cutting measures. The first being the Temporary National Ordinance to standardize the top incomes and reduce the employment benefits by 12.5% per July 1, 2020, within the (semi) public sector entities in order to meet the conditions set by the Government of the Netherlands for receiving the second tranche of liquidity support Read more


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Source: 721 News
30 Jan 2021 02:03 AM

Mp Emmanuel: This Is A BadGovernment, It Has To Go

~ Says some MPs are travesty of representation ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel on Wednesday said it may be easy for other MPs to dismiss him as forceful in defending the people of St. Maarten, but he gets the distinct feeling that the same MPs are completely disconnected from the people and they have to go.

MP Emmanuel said he cannot fathom how MPs supporting the currently Council of Ministers and Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs can accept laws that will hurt their people Read more


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Source: 721 News
27 Jan 2021 11:58 PM

Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs Meets Prfet Dlgu Serge Gouteyron To Discuss Synchronizing Measures To Safeguard Public Health

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs, Minister of TEATT Ludmila de Weever, and a delegation including the Ministry of VSA, attended a cooperation meeting held by Prfet Dlgu for St. Martin and St. Barths Serge Gouteyron together with Secretary-General Julien Marie and Regional Health Agency (ARS) Territorial Director Paul Guibert to discuss measures each are taking to safeguard public health as it relates to COVID-19.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and the ARS have been meeting weekly to update and discuss response measures to the pandemic such as the synchronization of communication in preparation for the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine Read more


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Source: 721 News
26 Jan 2021 09:57 PM

Emmanuel Rips Jacobs For Inviting More Poverty With Endless Cuts

~ Says loss of benefits could be forever ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Chistophe Emmnuel on Tuesday said the government or St. Maarten, led by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, has invited up civil servants and others to join the poverty line and brace for a state of suffering from which government has no exit plan other than to wait until the Dutch tell them they can give the people whats due to them Read more


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Source: 721 News
25 Jan 2021 10:18 AM

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs Clarifies Misconstrued Headline Published By The Daily Herald

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — On Thursday, January 21st, an article was published in The Daily Heralds newspaper erroneously stating that Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs announced COVID-19 vaccines would only be available to registered residents during Wednesdays Council of Ministers weekly press briefing. Residents are persons residing on the island and is not limited to persons with citizenship. All residents regardless of their status will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Read more


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Source: 721 News
08 Jan 2021 10:41 AM

Emmanuel Tells Ipko:Parliament Has No Info

~ Says PM continue with misleading word games ~

Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Thursday told his colleagues attending the virtual IPKO that he could not engage in any discussion with them on the COHO because the Parliament of St. Maarten has to date not received any information about the COHO. The session in which Emmanuel was participating had specifically the COHO as the topic of discussion.

His statement prompted chairman of the session Jan Patenotte to ask “have you asked your government” to which Emmanuel responded “over and over and over again.” He went on to reiterate his principle stance that he will not support the COHO, an entity that was forced on St Read more


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Source: 721 News
31 Dec 2020 11:15 PM

The Government Of Sint Maarten Cautions The General Public ToExerciseSafety During TheHolidays

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Government of Sint Maarten hereby cautions the general public to remain safe amidst the holiday festivities. It is important that the health protocols are followed when out in public areas and at home, that fireworks are used in a safe manner, and that persons making use of the public roads do so safely while looking out for others.

Ensure to move smart when out in public by avoiding large crowds, wearing your mask, washing your hands, andmaintaining a social distance of two meters from others.Exercise similar caution at home, especially when entertaining and allowing visitors in your home.

Thisresponsiblebehaviorwillallow us to continue diminishing our COVID-19 active cases on the island.In doing so,we can all contribute to ensuring thatSint Maartens medical capacityisnot threatened, and our economy can continue to make a much-needed come-back.A lack of adherence to the health protocols could lead to fines and even closure of businesses, and possibly more restrictions in movement for our residents and visitors alike Read more


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Source: 721 News
24 Dec 2020 08:04 PM

Government Of Sint Maarten Presents Its Civil Servants Christmas Special

Philipsburg Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs invites families and friends at home and abroad to share in the Christmas messages brought to you by the Government of Sint Maarten civil servants. The virtual Civil Servants Christmas Special will be available for viewing on December 24th, at 9:00 am and rebroadcasted on Christmas Day via the Department of Communication (DCOMM) media outlets (SXMGOV Facebook & YouTube) and via Sint Maarten Cable TV Channel 115 on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

In this time of COVID-19, and in the remnants of the echoing after effects and continued building back period after Hurricanes Irma, and Maria, citizens of our friendly island have faced many challenges Read more


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