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Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2016 05:15 PM

More technology, more creativity, and innovation, more local and international presenters

PHILIPSBURG:--- The C-TEC 2016 conference and expo will take place in the Hillside Christian School (Asha Stevens Campus) and the adjoining NIPA building, from Sunday, October 23 to Tuesday, October 25. The second installment of this conference will be an even larger fascinating array of local and international educators, experts, tech companies and publishing houses Read more


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Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2016 04:16 PM

What Hanky Panky With Ats Foundation --- Is There A Conflict Of Interest Brewing Under The People’S Nose?

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Audit Team St. Maarten (ATS) foundation that was registered under number 24142 on July 20th, 2016 at the Chamber of Commerce St. Maarten shows that the ATS is a foundation registered on St. Maarten to conduct audit taxes and social security premiums. Based on the Chamber registration it shows that the ATS is operating at the USZV location. Indeed USZV has a three-year contract with BAP whose workers is stationed at USZV office, they are also using USZV vehicles. However, it is not clear where the ATS fits in, and how they are being paid Read more


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Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2016 03:26 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Asked by SMN News to react to the early morning shooting that took place in the Pointe Blanche house of detention Prime Minister William Marlin said he did not have much official information on the incident. Marlin said on his way to work he heard from the head of Government Security that there was a shooting at the Prison and someone lost their life and the A-Team from KPSM was on their way to the prison to assist with the investigations.
He said he called the prison prior to attending the Council of Minister's press briefing but he did not get a clear answer from the Prison management Read more


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Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2016 02:43 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister William Marlin in reaction to a question posed by SMN News regarding his letter to the Corporate Governance Council whom he asked to make their seats available said that he plans to meet with the members of the CGC to trash out their misunderstanding and differences of interpretation of the letter the CGC sent to the Prime Minister and his response to the CGC.
Marlin made clear that St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2016 02:09 PM

No one can be appointed to positions on government-owned companies without the approval of the COM

PHILIPSBURG: --- Minister of Finance Richard Gibson Sr. announced on Wednesday at the Council of Minister's press briefing that St. Maarten has made history because for the first time St. Maarten has presented a balanced budget on time to the Council of Ministers which was approved on Tuesday Read more


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Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2016 12:46 PM

 Dialysis Center will be built first ---- Lee.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of VSA Emil Lee was certainly not happy on Wednesday when he attended the Council of Minister's press briefing to address the contract that the Director of USZV is about to sign with INSO which was slated for August 31st, 2016.
Minister Lee started off his opening statements by stating that he is conducting the people’s business in an open and transparent way Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
31 Aug 2016 09:54 AM

Parliament Will Meet On Labour, Timeshare Today

PHILIPSBURG--Parliament is scheduled to meet today, Wednesday, in two separate Central Committee meetings, starting at 11:00am and 2:00pm in Parliament House.

  The first meeting has on the agenda the draft initiative ordinance to revise the rules on Timeshare (Timeshare Ordinance) and the draft initiative ordinance establishing a Timeshare Authority (St. Maarten Timeshare Authority Ordinance). Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams is the initiator of both laws and will defend them before her colleague MPs Read more


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OSPP
Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2016 09:29 AM

Omar Jones Shot Dead At Pointe Blanche Prison, Prosecutor And Police Tightlipped. (Updated)

POINTE BLANCHE:--- An early morning shootout at the Pointe Blanche has left one prisoner dead according to information reaching SMN News states that Omar Jones a convicted prisoner in the Vesuvius
case was shot to death inside the Pointe Blanche house of detention. Jones was serving a sentence of 29 years, nine months. The spokesman for the Public Prosecutor's Office Gino Bernadina confirmed that a shooting at the Pointe Blanche Prison has left a prisoner dead. Bernadina further stated that the prosecutors were at the Prison conducting an investigation.
Shortly after the deadly shoot-out, the police A-Team was dispatched to the Prison to assist with the investigation. The victim Omar Jones is the son of OSPP candidate Elton Jones whose older son Amador Jones was also assassinated.

Minister of Justice gives briefing on prison shooting
The Honorable Minister of Justice Edson Kirindongo expressed his concern in a press release about the unfortunate fatal shooting of an inmate at the Point Blanche Prison, which took place on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at approximately 09.00 a.m Read more


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NA
PPA
Source: SXMIslandTime
31 Aug 2016 07:41 AM

“From News Paper Boy To Member Of Parliament”: Who Is Robert Budike And What Are His Plans?

Born in Zwolle, the Netherlands, on January 30, 1971 of Surinamese descent, I was the third of 4 boys. I grew up in Surinam (Zorg & Hoop, Clevia, Geyersvlijt). I migrated to the Netherlands to complete my studies in 1992 and from the year 2000 I have been living and working in
St. Maarten.

My Motivation to postulate

Did it not occur to you that every time the National Alliance is in power, whether it is for a short or for a longer period, they accomplish! The National Alliance is set and focused to achieve their goals: they are the goal getters Read more


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Source: 721 News
31 Aug 2016 01:32 AM

Registration Deadline For Calypso Competition Extended

PHILIPSBURG – During a meeting held on Tuesday, August 23, between the Calypso Organizing Committee and the Calypsonians, it was agreed that the deadline for Calypsonians to sign up and register for the 2017 Nagico Calypso competition is Thursday, September 1.

The Calypso Organizing Committee has decided to move the deadline from Thursday, September 1, to Friday, September 9, to allow those Calypsonians who missed the August 23, meeting to sign up and register on or before the new deadline.

Registration forms can be obtained from the Committee’s president Fernando Clark at WTN Cable/Xerox office in the Obersi Building at Harbor View, Mondays to Fridays between 9:00am and 5:00pm Read more


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Source: 721 News
31 Aug 2016 01:24 AM

Cómo Un Hecho Histórico Catalogan Acuerdos Firmados Con La República Dominicana

Traducido por Máximo Castro

REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA.– Después de casi tres años de conversaciones entre la República Dominicana y el Reino de los Países Bajos, finalmente se logró firmar el pasado domingo, el esperado Memorando de Entendimiento (MOU) entre ambos países. Por St. Maarten firmó el primer ministro William Marlin, y en nombre de la República Dominicana, el ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Miguel Vargas Maldonado.

Marlin, en su discurso, saludó al presidente Danilo Medina cuya iniciativa del presente MOU comenzó en el año 2014 Read more


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Source: 721 News
31 Aug 2016 01:21 AM

Mp De Weever: Politics Should Not Be Played With The People’S Health

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Former Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, now Member of Parliament (MP) Cornelius de Weever changed the classification of the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) from a peripheral hospital to a central hospital.

By doing so he ensured that all new services that were or could not be offered before would and could be available at the SMMC Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
31 Aug 2016 01:19 AM

Smcu: Reopen Vacancy Of Ceo Function

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten — The SMCU would like to make a clarification regarding the decision by Prime Minister William Marlin to ask members of the Corporate Governance Council to make their positions available. The SMCU would also like to make mention of the situation pertaining to the Supervisory Board of Directors and TelEm Group illegally registered statuary directors.

The Prime Minister has the wrong notion that members of the Corporate Governance Council (CGC) leaked information to the unions on matters related to an advice on the candidate(s) for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TelEm Group.

At no time did SMCU claim to have obtained any information or advice from members of the Corporate Governance Council Read more


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USP
Source: 721 News
31 Aug 2016 12:44 AM

Frans: Usp Will Apply “People First” Principle To Civil Service

PHILIPSBURG – Leader of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) Member of Parliament (MP) Frans Richardson on Sunday, August 28, said the party has been inundated with calls and meeting requests with civil servants, who are facing various issues in terms of the functioning of their respective departments.

The MP said that since it is becoming clear to everyone that the USP is getting things done for the civil servants under the Justice Ministry, other civil servants have been contacting party leadership to see if there is anything that can be done for their long-standing issues Read more


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Source: SMN-News
30 Aug 2016 11:55 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of VSA Emil Lee needs to save his excuses for the Federal Detectives when they knock on his door for explanations about the over NAF200M that is scheduled to be spent from the AOV funds and possibly other accounts managed by USZV, while proper legislation is not in place Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
30 Aug 2016 12:05 AM

Historic Agreement With Dominican Republic Signed

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – After nearly three years of discussions between the Dominican Republic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the long awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two states was signed Monday, August 29, by Prime Minister William Marlin on behalf of St. Maarten and Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Vargas on behalf of the Dominican Republic.

Marlin, in his address, saluted President Danilo Medina whose initiative it was in 2014 to initiate this MOU Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
29 Aug 2016 11:55 PM

Up Parliamentarians Hold Talks With Florida Adventist Hospital

SINT MAARTEN/FLORIDA – Preliminary talks were concluded recently with top brass of Florida Adventist Hospital by United People’s (UP) party Members of Parliament (MPs) Theo Heyliger (leader), Dr. Lloyd Richardson,  and Cornelius de Weever Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
29 Aug 2016 11:52 PM

Mp Leona Marlin-Romeo Sends Letter To Minister Of Finance On State Of Affairs At Central Bank

PHILIPSBURG — On August 29th 2016, Member of Parliament Leona Marlin-Romeo sent an extensive letter to the Chair of Parliament for the Minister of Finance questioning the financial situation of the country and the state of affairs at the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten.

This was in-light of yet another postponement of the meeting and exactly when the meeting will be reconvened is unknown Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
29 Aug 2016 10:24 PM

Mp Tamara Leonard Questions Financial Impact On Effective Functioning Of Justice Chain

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten  –  Member of Parliament (MP) Tamara Leonard has questioned the impact of Government’s flagging financial state on the effective functioning of the country’s justice chain via a letter to both Finance Minister Richard Gibson and Justice Minister Edson Kirindongo. 

Leonard of the United People’s (UP) party stated in her letter she was directing the questions both ministers “considering the severity of the situation” based on information she has gathered Read more


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Source: SMN-News
29 Aug 2016 06:31 PM

Civil Servants should not pay for government mismanagement.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Finance Richard Gibson Sr told parliament on Monday that the former government has NAF33M sitting on an account and did not invest it, or even used it to finalize the government administration building Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
29 Aug 2016 04:17 PM

Dominican Republic/PHILIPSBURG:--- After nearly three years of discussions between the Dominican Republic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the long-awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two states was signed yesterday Monday by Prime Minister William Marlin on behalf of Sint Maarten and Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Vargas on behalf of the Dominican Republic Read more


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Source: 721 News
29 Aug 2016 02:59 PM

República Dominicana Y St. Maarten Firman Acuerdos De Cooperación

~ Estos acuerdos fueron firmados por el Canciller dominicano Miguel Vargas Maldonado y el Primer Ministro de St. Maarten William Marlin ~

Tomado del periódico Listín Diario

Santo Domingo.- El Gobierno dominicano firmó hoy un acuerdo de cooperación, comercio e inversión con el Reino de los Países Bajos , para fomentar Read more


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USP
Source: SMN-News
29 Aug 2016 02:01 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party Member of Parliament Frans Richardson on Sunday said the party has been inundated with calls and meeting requests with civil servants who are relaying the various issues they are facing in terms the functioning of their respective departments.
The MP said that since it is becoming clear to everyone that the USP is getting things done for the civil servants under the Justice Ministry, other civil servants have been contacting party leadership to see if there is anything that can be done for their long-standing issues Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
29 Aug 2016 05:37 AM

Leona Questions Gibson Over Back Tax Deduction

PHILIPSBURG--The abrupt deduction of back taxes from civil servants has been queried by independent Member of Parliament (MP) Leona Marlin-Romeo via letter to Finance Minister Richard Gibson Read more


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