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Source: 721 News
27 Jul 2021 11:46 PM

Bigger Than Me Indeed!

Mr. Editor,

There are many political opponents who are frustrated with the fact that I continue to hold this government accountable through means available to all of us. It has come to the point where they, their soldiers and future candidates publicly display their frustration by stating I always have an article ready to go. I dont know if to take that as a compliment, but I can inform Mr. Cloyd Marlin that I am always ready because his government is always predictable and predictably bad, including his Letter to the Editor Read more


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NA
UPP
Source: 721 News
27 Jul 2021 08:17 AM

Mp Heyliger-Marten Says: The CftS Suggestion To Impose Land Tax Is Anti Local People

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The community of St. Maarten paused this weekend to celebrate the 95th birthday of its longest leader Dr. Albert Claudius Wathey a.k.a. the Ole Man, who is still today considered the father of modern-day St. Maarten.

In a press release issued on Sunday, Member of Parliament and Faction Leader for the United Peoples Party the honorable Grisha Heyliger-Marten remembered Dr Read more


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NA
UPP
Source: The Daily Herald
26 Jul 2021 09:38 AM

CftS Suggestion To Impose Land Tax Is Anti-Local People

PHILIPSBURG--Member of Parliament and United Peoples Party faction leader Grisha Heyliger-Marten commemorated the late Dr. Albert Claudius Wathey on July 24 for his contribution to the growth and development of the people and nation. She also reflected on a recent suggestion by the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT, to impose a tax that Wathey fought against at the Central Government level for years to prevent it from imposing it on St Read more


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NA
Source: The Daily Herald
02 Jul 2021 11:31 AM

Mps Urge Govt. To Request Debt Cancellation In Unanimous Motion

Author of the motion NA MP George Pantophlet. File photo.

PHILIPSBURG--Encouraging the government of St. Maarten to prioritise requesting debt cancellation from the Dutch government is the premise of a motion passed unanimous Read more


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NA
Source: 721 News
25 May 2021 01:53 AM

Emmanuel: Stop Using Pjia Employees As A Political Football, Take Care Of Them

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Using airport employees as a political football and for sound-bites is unbecoming, but very typical of the opportunistic method of operations by the governing National Alliance (NA)-United People (UP) coalition. Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel over the weekend said he was astonished to hear the Prime Minister and the President of Parliament mention the airport employees in Parliament last Thursday, in what he says was a transparent ploy at playing politics with peoples emotions and lives.

He said during months of outcry by the employees over disrespectful treatment by the CEO of the airport and multiple questions surrounding outstanding money owed to them as well as the working environment at PJIA, not once did members of the coalition come out in support of the employees or offer any kind of explanations to them Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
23 May 2021 05:57 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Using airport employees as a political football and for sound-bites is unbecoming, but very typical of the opportunistic method of operations by the governing National Alliance (NA)-United People (UP) coalition. Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel over the weekend said he was astonished to hear the Prime Minister and the President of Parliament mention the airport employees in Parliament last Thursday, in what he says was a transparent ploy at playing politics with peoples emotions and lives Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
17 May 2021 05:46 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The MP explains: While the drama in the NA/UPP governing coalition continues to escalate, the people of this country are left to wonder with the ominous words of the minister of finance regarding the state of St. Maartens liquidity, with the lack of information regarding the food assistance program, and are left in the dark about the status of the airport reconstruction.
The picture that these 3 items represents are:
No money for salaries and the like at the end of this month; no information about food assistance from this month onward; uncertainty regarding the continuation of the reconstruction of the airport.
MP Wescot further stated that government is not forthcoming with direct and timely information and yet the government seems annoyed when faced with questions from members of parliament, let alone from the general public Read more


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NA
USP
UPP
Source: SMN-News
13 May 2021 05:31 PM

~ Political talks begin with USP, and incoming UP MP.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Council of Ministers officially suspended the Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Holding Company Dexter Doncher. Doncher was informed of the suspension by letter late Wednesday night after the Council of Ministers held an emergency meeting and voted. Dexter Doncher was given a warning letter two days prior to the three months suspension.

The Council of Ministers wanted to fire Doncher who followed the instructions of the government to officially dismiss the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Princess Juliana International Airport, Brian Mingo on April 7th Read more


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USP
UPP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
13 May 2021 05:31 PM

~ Political talks begin with USP, and incoming UP MP.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Council of Ministers officially suspended the Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Holding Company Dexter Doncher. Doncher was informed of the suspension by letter late Wednesday night after the Council of Ministers held an emergency meeting and voted. Dexter Doncher was given a warning letter two days prior to the three months suspension.

The Council of Ministers wanted to fire Doncher who followed the instructions of the government to officially dismiss the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Princess Juliana International Airport, Brian Mingo on April 7th Read more


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NA
UPP
Source: SMN-News
12 May 2021 11:51 AM

Prime Minister Threatens To Suspend Pjiah Managing Director.

~ Coalition partners disagree, PM seeking legal advice on the appointment of SBOD members.~

PHILIPSBURG:---Information reaching SMN News states that the Prime Minister of St. Maarten Silveria Jacobs has threatened to suspend or either fire the managing director of Princess Juliana International Airport Holding Company Dexter Doncher Read more


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NA
Source: SXMIslandTime
06 May 2021 01:21 AM

Mp Pantophlet: There Is No Better Time Than Now To End Abuse Of The Short-Term Contract

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The abuse of the short-term contract/ labor agreement better known as the 6-month contract has been disputed for years and National Alliance Member of Parliament, George Pantophlet in his role as legislator, is ready to tackle this head on with the support of the coalition.

In May of 2011, the initiators of the Draft amendment, the National Alliance supported by the United St Maarten People’s party, embarked upon a mission to address this very serious matter Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
05 May 2021 03:58 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The abuse of the short-term contract/ labor agreement better known as the 6-month contract has been disputed for years and National Alliance Member of Parliament, George Pantophlet in his role as legislator, is ready to tackle this head-on with the support of the coalition Read more


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NA
Source: The Daily Herald
03 May 2021 10:34 AM

Kenyo Baly, Cay Hill Get Youth Excellence Awards

MP Angelique Romou (centre) with the awardees and other persons.

PHILIPSBURG--National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) Angelique Romou and the St. Martin Promoting Young Ambassadors (SMPYA) Foundation presented musicians Cay Hill and Kenyo Baly with the Artist Youth Excellence Awards for the month of April.

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NA
Source: SXMIslandTime
25 Apr 2021 10:01 AM

Mp Emmanuel: Pm Betrays St. Maarteners Once Again

~ Says Alliance clearly not for its voters ~

Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Friday said it is unbelievable that the Prime Minister of St. Maarten, an educator by profession, would openly label government as an equal opportunity employer when discussing qualified St. Maarteners getting first preference over non-St. Maarteners with employment. This is the ultimate betrayal of our people and everyone who voted for the National Alliance and who anticipated being prioritized by that party, the MP said.

The MP was reacting to Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs explanation about what is happening at the Fire Department with the hiring of a Dutchman as Head of Repression Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
23 Apr 2021 07:30 PM

~ Says Alliance clearly not for its voters ~

PHILIPSBURG;--- Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Friday said it is unbelievable that the Prime Minister of St. Maarten, an educator by profession, would openly label government as an equal opportunity employer when discussing qualified St. Maarteners getting first preference over non-St. Maarteners with employment. This is the ultimate betrayal of our people and everyone who voted for the National Alliance and who anticipated being prioritized by that party, the MP said.
The MP was reacting to Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs explanation about what is happening at the Fire Department with the hiring of a Dutchman as Head of Repression Read more


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NA
Source: SXMIslandTime
20 Apr 2021 05:55 PM

Samuel Must Explain Public Education Appointment, Says Mp Emmanuel

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday called on Minister of EducationRodolphSamuel to explain his reason behind relievingthe local acting Secretary General of the Department of Public Educationof her position and replacing herwith a non-St. Maartennational in government service.

The MP stressed that he has nothing against the person appointed and does not want his concerns misconstrued as anti-immigrant, but called the situation yet another example of this government treating St Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
20 Apr 2021 04:09 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday called on Minister of Education Rodolph Samuel to explain his reason behind relieving the local acting Secretary-General of the Department of Public Education of her position and replacing her with a non-St. Maarten national in government service.
The MP stressed that he has nothing against the person appointed and does not want his concerns misconstrued as anti-immigrant, but called the situation yet another example of this government treating St Read more


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NA
Source: The Daily Herald
16 Apr 2021 12:43 AM

Parents Urged To Be Vigilant Of Minors After Inappropriate Incident At Movies

PHILIPSBURG--National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) Angelique Romou said on Monday, April 12, that she had been approached about a statement made on social media concerning an incident of indecent behaviour of minors at Caribbean Cinemas last weekend.

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NA
Source: 721 News
09 Apr 2021 03:04 AM

Organized Confusion The At The PeopleS Expense

Dear Editor,

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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NA
Source: SXMIslandTime
08 Apr 2021 08:27 PM

Organized Confusion The At The PeopleS Expense

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – In the midst of thehigh level of confusion around theplay on words liketrajectory,theconstant repositioning ofthis governing coalitionwith regards to COHO, the petition to the United Nationsand continued liquidity support, one thing remainsglaringly constant: Theeverydayplightandhopelessness 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.We have yet to see any formal or formidable response or strategy moving forward, other than the Prime Minister refusing to sign on to the country package until liquidity support is reinstated. 

The debris of the collision is a direct reflection of the emotional state of the country Read more


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NA
UPP
PFP
Source: SXMIslandTime
28 Mar 2021 11:08 PM

Personal Agendas, Lack Of Strategy At Center Of Current Crisis Pfp Calls On Coalition To Withdraw Petition To Un

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – PFP faction members Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson called on the current coalition to withdraw the petition submitted on March 9th to UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.`

As a faction, we repeat our rejection of this petition, PFP said on Sunday, 28 March 2021. On November 5th, 2020 Parliament established a Permanent Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization, following a proposal by MPs Solange Ludmila Duncan (NA) and Grisha Heyliger- Marten (UPP) Read more


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NA
USP
UPP
PFP
Source: SMN-News
26 Mar 2021 08:00 PM

Exclusive: Divide And Conquer, The Modus Operandi Of The Dutch Government.

~ New coalition soon to be formed, Sources ~

PHILIPSBURG: --- The Dutch Government has once again managed to blackmail the Government and people of St. Maarten when they decided on Friday to freeze the financial support that was promised to the country during the coronavirus pandemic. Basically, with this move, the Dutch Government through the Kingdom Council of Ministers managed to split the governing coalition in the parliament of St. Maarten since the United Peoples Party members are the ones behind the petition sent to the United Nations Read more


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NA
Source: The Daily Herald
25 Mar 2021 11:34 PM

Jacobs, Marlin Clear The Air On Coho

NA leader and Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and NA faction leader in Parliament William Marlin during Thursdays press conference.

PHILIPSBURG--Read more


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NA
Source: SXMIslandTime
11 Mar 2021 09:00 AM

Leaders Should Lead By Example

PHILIPSBURG – Before taking the COVID-19 vaccine at the Belair Community Center on Wednesday morning, faction leader of the National Alliance (NA), Member of Parliament (MP) William Marlin said that our leaders should lead by example.

He wanted the public at large to know, that because he believes the vaccine is safe and necessary, he and his wife Gabrielle have taken the shot in the arm.

After taking the vaccine and waiting to see if there would be any reactions for like 20 minutes, MP Marlin told reporters, that the injection in his right arm was painless, he said.  Taking the vaccine was definitely more comfortable than taking the COVID-19 test twice. 

MP Marlin said that many of his contacts has responded to register for the vaccine.  Several of them told him, you go ahead, I wont be taking it, at the least, not now.  For this reason, I want my family and friends to know that we have taken the test and are feeling quite fine Read more


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