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Source: SMN-News
24 Nov 2022 08:21 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- TelEm Group CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, was full of praise for the St. Maarten police force and the work they do in the community, during a sponsored lunch at the police station in Philipsburg Monday. The lunch was organized by the Mental Health Awareness foundation to mark November as Mens Mental Health Awareness Month and International Mens Day which fell on the following day, November 19, 2022.

  While the event focused on mental health awareness of male police officers, Mr Read more


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23 Nov 2022 08:44 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Nearly fifteen thousand tourists graced the shores of St. Maarten on Wednesday in what Acting Minister of TEATT, Honorable Omar Ottley called a "stunning indication that the Caribbean's number one Cruise travel destination was back in business."

"We had a perfect first day of six cruise ships back at the port, which is a good feeling Read more


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23 Nov 2022 04:52 PM

Reminder To The Community To Attend Public Health Discussion On Thursday About Overuse And Misuse Of Antibiotics.

PHILIPSBURG  (DCOMM):--- The community is reminded to attend a public health discussion event at the University of St. Martin (USM) on Thursday, November 24, Room 202 at 7:00 PM that has been organized in observance of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), which is from November 18-24, by Collective Prevention Services (CPS) in collaboration with a number of stakeholders.

The public health discussion will also be carried live via the following link www.vidmedia.tv/live where persons will be able to follow via their cell phone, iPad, Desktop or Laptop computers.

You will be able to learn more about Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), and why its a global concern and what impact it could have on Sint Maarten Read more


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23 Nov 2022 12:41 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The National Youth Pitch competition that took place on Sunday, November 20th, 2022 was organized by the Ministry of Finance and Islandpreneur.
Seven teams from various schools took part in this intense training and competition but Island Croppin stood out for their idea surrounding agriculture. Our honorable Prime Minister, Ms. Silveria Jacobs commended our school for having a sustainable business solution for the Island Read more


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23 Nov 2022 11:27 AM

SIMPSON BAY:--- HNP authors, along with historical personalities and elements in nature made up the Living Museum here on November 10, 2022, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).
The annual exhibition of the Sister Regina Primary School is part of a learning unit that begins in September, exploring our beautiful island and learning about our history, culture, geography and more, said sixth-grade teacher Candace Huijgen.
The project always concludes with the Living Museum of Sint Maartens Heroes, said Huijgen, just before the island-wide celebration of St Read more


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22 Nov 2022 01:37 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- President of P&O Cruises UK Paul Ludlow has confirmed that its latest cruise vessel Arvia, scheduled for inauguration in Southampton on December 9, will make its maiden call at Port St. Maarten on January 17.
In total P&O cruises, the 2023 itinerary will bring an additional 100k cruise passengers to St. Maarten in 2023.

On Tuesday, Ludlow and his team met with Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunications (TEATT) Omar Ottley at the Government Administration building Read more


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21 Nov 2022 06:20 PM

~The National Youth Pitch Competition was a huge success. St. Dominic wins Crowd Favorite~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The finals of the first-ever National Youth Pith Competition was held on November 20 with seven (7) teams representing 70% of the secondary schools pitched in front of five (5) judges vying to win ANG 10 000. The National Youth Pitch Competition was designed to develop financial literacy, hone entrepreneurial skills and foster an innovative culture among the youth. These finals were held at the Government Administration Building with more than 100 persons in the audience Read more


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21 Nov 2022 03:52 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Leader of the United People's UP Party and Member of Parliament MP Rolando Brison and UP President Francisco Lacroes have committed to working with veteran US Dr. Edward Lee MD to help to diminish the exponential breeding of stray dogs and cats on the island.

Dr Read more


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Source: SMN-News
20 Nov 2022 09:08 PM

~Mullet Bay in the News, but behind closed doors~

Whether by design or default, Mullet Bay appears twice on the schedule of parliament this week.

Unfortunately, none of these times, will the general public be privy to the discussions regarding this piece of real estate that is not only reminiscent of a buoyant period of our tourism industry but also of near full employment in the hotel sector of the entire island, both north and south, MP Wescot stated on Sunday evening, ahead of the meetings on Monday.

MP Wescot-Williams explained that of the 2 meetings that are scheduled this week on the topic of Mullet Bay, one has to do with the objection petition filed by over 2000 persons against the development of Mullet Bay Beach, and the other meeting is one of the Committee Parliamentary Inquiry Mullet Bay, both scheduled behind closed doors.

The Minister of VROMI has replied to the questions by the petitioners, and parliament -via the petition committee- has to now decide on the next steps, the MP further explained.

On the topic of the Mullet Bay Inquiry Committee of Parliament, it should be noted that this committee, established in 2019, had estimated 8 months to accomplish what it had set out to do, namely Give Mullet Bay Back to the People Read more


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20 Nov 2022 05:08 PM

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):--- In observance of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), which is from November 18-24, Collective Prevention Services (CPS) in collaboration with a number of stakeholders are inviting the public to mark their calendar to attend a public health discussion event at the University of St. Martin (USM) on Thursday, November 24, Room 202 at 7:00 PM.

You will be able to learn more about Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), why its a global concern, and what impact it could have on Sint Maarten Read more


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18 Nov 2022 09:07 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- This week the Commander of the Navy in the Caribbean, also in his capacity as Director of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, Frank Boots, paid a visit to the Windward Islands.
During his visit, he met the new Governor of Sint Maarten, Ajamu Baly. After his meeting, he sailed with a Coast Guard vessel to Saba, where he met with Lieutenant Governor Jonathan
Johnson.

The Head of the Substation of Coast Guard Sint Maarten, Roberto Levenstone, and Arie Noordam, Commander of the Sint Maarten Detachment were also present Read more


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Source: SMN-News
16 Nov 2022 06:00 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport, Rodolphe Samuel, and the Department of Sport are pleased to announce the airing of the 2022 Brown Pelican Sports awards on Sunday, November 20, 2022, from 7 pm to 9 pm. The 6th annual Brown Pelican Sports Awards took place on Sunday, November 13, 2022, and saw in attendance athletes, coaches, sports organizations, sponsors, and sports enthusiasts from the community Read more


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16 Nov 2022 12:59 PM

PHILIPSBURG: --- Teachers of the St. Maarten Academy will be paid their full vacation allowance before Wednesday next week, so says President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Stuart Johnson.
Teachers of the St. Maarten Academy held a silent protest on Wednesday morning demanding that they be paid their six per cent vacation allowance that is owed to them.
On Wednesday morning the board of directors for St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
16 Nov 2022 12:40 PM

~ Coalition inherits broken system says PM.~

PHILIPSBURG: --- Prime Minister of St. Maarten Silveria Jacobs said that the government of St. Maarten has support from eight members of parliament, she made the comment in response to a question posed to her regarding the rumors that the government has fallen.
The Prime Minister explained that there was a meeting on Tuesday in parliament dealing with the 2022 budget and all eight members that support the coalition were present Read more


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16 Nov 2022 12:04 PM

~Household garbage is a major issue during recent flooding. ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing and Infrastructure Egbert Jurendy Doran announced on Wednesday that during the recent rainfall there was an increase in the water levels in the pond, as such the ministry has taken the initiative to unitize the Great Bay opening while enlisting the help of the fire department to provide additional pumps that are now being used at the pump house in Sucker Garden.
Doran said that two of the pumps are not fully functional, and as such a request has been made with the Dutch Government namely BZK to have these pumps replaced.
The Minister explained that the ministry is charged with the maintenance and repairs of the pumps but the Ministry does not have the budget to fully replace them Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Nov 2022 06:07 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- United Bus Drivers Association is looking forward to the implementation of its increasing of their bus fares come January 2023. The association had taken note of the accountment by the Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Omar Ottley increasing the minimum wage and applauded this initiative Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Nov 2022 02:15 PM

~ State and COM said no permits were issued to block public beaches.~

MARIGOT/PHILIPSBURG:--- A businessman at La Samana Hotel identified as Craig has illegally blocked off the access to a public beach claiming he has received authorization from the state and local government to block off the beach for his private use.
A net has been placed in the water preventing chartered boats and tourists from accessing the beach behind La Samana. Several boat captains that operate chartered tours told SMN News that Craig informed them that they are not allowed to enter behind La Samana beach because they were granted permission to privatize the beach for their own operations.
SMN News contacted the Prefecture of Saint Martin requesting information regarding the permission given to Craig, the American businessman, The communication department said that La Samana and the businessman were not given any permission to block off the beaches that are public beaches Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Nov 2022 11:47 AM

~Week-long events planned for the Ministry~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Ministry of Finance will be celebrating Global Entrepreneur Week, from November 14-20. During this week, the Ministry will be joining various other countries worldwide in coming together to host events geared towards creating solutions for worldwide economic growth. The focus of this week centers around the finals for the National Youth Pitch Competition, taking place on November 20.

Last Pitch Practice

The last pitch practice for the Youth Pitch Competition will take place on November 17, giving the students one last opportunity to practice their pitch Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Nov 2022 11:41 AM

PHILIPSBURG:---The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, the Honorable Omar Ottley announced on Monday, November 14, that the ministry of VSA is working on a plan to establish a healthcare institute to deliver complete foot care to patients with diabetes.

The follow-up meeting between Minister Ottley, Podiatrist Lian Stoeldraaijers, and General Practitioners Dr Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Nov 2022 04:59 PM

PHILIPSBURG: --- Minimum wage earners will see an increase in their salaries comes January 1st, 2023.
Minister of Labor Omar Ottley in an interview with SMN News said that an LB was done for a one-time cumulative for the years 2016 and 2017. 2018, 2019, and 2021. This he said brought the minimum wage to Naf. 9.62 per hour compared to Naf Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Nov 2022 04:21 PM

~Seven teams pitch to win ANG 10 000 at the Finals of the National Youth Pitch Competition on Nov. 20~

PHILIPSBURG:---  Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the largest entrepreneurship campaign in the world with national hosts in more than 180 countries and 20 000 local partner organizations. Powered by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and with the support of Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, GEW 2022 celebrates 15 years of promoting entrepreneurship around the world. This year, throughout November 14 - 20th, countries will host activities under the key themes: of ecosystems, inclusion, education, and policy.

As a part of the GEW Dutch Caribbean, St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Nov 2022 12:54 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Honorable Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT), Mr. Omar Ottley was a part of fifteen (15) dignitaries of the six (6) island nations and the Netherlands that expressed their commitment to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V Read more


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Source: SMN-News
13 Nov 2022 08:48 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Due to the various activities held in relation to St. Maarten's Day, the Police Force has been busy monitoring several of these events.
Overall, these events proceeded without any major incidents.
However, despite this, the police special team still managed to carry out several operations all across the island. The following results were achieved during these coordinated actions.
There were several traffic controls held at A.J.C Brouwers Road (Harold Jack,) Souliga road, and behind the police station on Nisbeth road Read more


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13 Nov 2022 06:06 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Global United Christian Congress of Africa and the Diaspora (GUCCAD) was officially launched on November 9, 2022, at the beautifully decorated Sky Vogue Restaurant in Philipsburg. President of GUCCAD Sint Maarten, Pastor Nigel Brooks, said that this organization offers the African diaspora in Sint Maarten a unique opportunity to unite with their brothers and sisters in Africa.
Quite a number of people, dressed in colorful African attire, from both sides of the island, attended the inauguration of the Sint Maarten branch of GUCCAD International which has branches in the US A and in Africa Read more


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