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Source: 721 News
26 Jan 2024 08:45 AM

New Four-Party Coalition Ursm Dp Pfp Now Speaks Up And Speaks Out

Urges Public to Remain Aware and Be Critical of Agitators

PHILIPSBURG In a joint statement issued Thursday January 25, 2024 evening, the eight MP-elects of the announced 4-party coalition consisting of the URSM, DP, PFP and N.O.W. parties denounced repeated attempts to distract the public from ongoing political discussions.

We remain committed and focused on continuing the formation of this coalition, the statement reads Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
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SPA
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ND
Source: SMN-News
02 Jan 2024 11:23 AM

Teachers From Psve And Academy Questioned Stuart Johnson, President Of Witu, On His Support For Witu Members.

Cay HILL:--- On Thursday, December 7th, 2023, teachers of the FAVE school board requested a meeting with the WITU to discuss a few pressing issues. Among the issues were the COLA, the matter of the policy, as it pertains to legal support for which a 10% is now required as payment to the WITU, provided that the client supported by WITU has won the court case, and an unresolved matter concerning a few members that has been dragging on for almost a year now.
During the meeting, Mr. Mcwilkin, a former member of the WITU board, raised the question of the 10% remuneration fee associated with legal representation which the WITU has added Read more


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Source: 721 News
10 Dec 2023 09:42 AM

Witu Expresses Deep Disappointment In GovernmentS Handling Of Public Education

Philipsburg — Stuart Johnson, President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU), has voiced profound disappointment in the Government of St Maarten regarding the handling of matters within Public Education and the broader education sector.

President Johnson had anticipated that the commitment made to sign an agreement with the Government of St Maarten would have been prioritized, reflecting the collaborative efforts necessary for the advancement of education in St.Maarten.

Johnson drafted the agreement and repeatedly sought to have it signed by the Government of St.Maarten in anticipation that the mutual understanding would have been adhered to.

The agreement highlights the electrical works, air-conditioning in all classrooms/offices and other infrastructural works neccessary for all public schools.

Moreover, Johnson has diligently pursued resolutions to several unresolved matters in education, utilizing platforms such as the Committee for Civil Servants Unions (CCSU) to address these issues.

President Johnson emphasized, “Some might perceive my approach as an immediate recourse to the media Read more


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Source: SMN-News
06 Dec 2023 05:53 PM

Witu Expresses Deep Disappointment In Government's Handling Of Public Education

PHILIPSBURG:--- Stuart Johnson, President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU), has voiced profound disappointment in the Government of St Maarten regarding the handling of matters within Public Education and the broader education sector.

President Johnson had anticipated that the commitment made to sign an agreement with the Government of St Maarten would have been prioritized, reflecting the collaborative efforts necessary for the advancement of education in St.Maarten.

Johnson drafted the agreement and repeatedly sought to have it signed by the Government of St.Maarten in anticipation that the mutual understanding would have been adhered to.

The agreement highlights the electrical works, air-conditioning in all classrooms/offices, and other infrastructural works necessary for all public schools.

Moreover, Johnson has diligently pursued resolutions to several unresolved matters in education, utilizing platforms such as the Committee for Civil Servants Unions (CCSU) to address these issues.

President Johnson emphasized, "Some might perceive my approach as an immediate recourse to the media Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
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UPP
ND
UD
Source: SMN-News
24 Nov 2023 10:57 AM

~ Statements made against Ottley were made to harm Ottley. Ordered to rectify or face penalty ~

PHILIPSBURG: --- A packed courtroom with relatives and supporters of Minister of VSA Omar Ottley witnessed as the judge ruled against Olivier Arrindell on Friday morning.
Arrindell was ordered to make specific rectifications within 24 hours of the verdict being served to him or face a penalty of USD Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
24 Nov 2023 10:34 AM

~ Rectification must be made within 24 hours or face a penalty of USD 5000.00 per day with a maximum of USD 1M.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The court of First Instance has condemned Olivier Arrindell on all counts brought against him by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs in an injunction case that was before the court on November 3rd, 2023. The courtroom was packed to capacity with supporters who attended the session Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
Freedom
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Source: SMN-News
17 Nov 2023 12:17 PM

PHILIPSBURG: --- Minister of VSA Omar Ottley tells the court on Friday morning that he will not be a scapegoat or posterchild for corruption on St. Maarten, corruption that took place in the past or present Ottley addressed the court in the defamation case he brought against businessman Olivier Arrindell for slander and defamation. In addressing the court, he said the only thing he had was his name and he worked very hard for the assets he obtained in life Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
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USP
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Source: 721 News
16 Nov 2023 11:28 PM

Jubilee Library InsuranceSettlementMoney Disappears!

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Gromyko Wilson candidate on the USP party for the upcoming election January 11, 2024 is worried that the insurance settlement payout for the Public Library was spent on other things, instead of on rebuilding the library Read more


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Source: SMN-News
10 Nov 2023 10:14 PM

Cole Bay Hill Flag.

PHILIPSBURG:---  The Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs would like to inform the public that due to unforeseen technical challenges associated with the flagpole on Cole Bay Hill, we are unable to raise the St. Maarten Flag on St. Maarten Day, November 11, 2023.
Given the situation, and considering the safety of the workers, it will not be possible to address the needed repairs.
I understand that this may be disappointing, given that this weekend is a day to celebra Read more


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Source: 721 News
07 Nov 2023 03:48 PM

Us-Party Unprecedented Means Of Communication By Chris Is Deceitful

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The board of the US-Party in an invited comment expressed disappointment in an article released by the leader of the start-up political party NOW, but was not surprised.

President of the US Party board, Mr. Cecil Nicholas said, He was not surprised by the misleading content, and underlying tone of hypocrisy and deceitfulness that motivated the article.

The leader of the NOW party publicly reminded that, He has always stood by the USP and was supportive of the party joining any governing coalition he was a part of.

Chris further stated, When he was a member of the National Alliance, he did not sign the governing accord between the National Alliance and United People Party strictly out of principle and a sense of loyalty to the USP.

Nicholas, questioned Chris definition of the words, principle and loyalty Read more


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Source: SMN-News
25 Oct 2023 05:53 PM

~ Maingrette is yet to resign from his politically appointed job in the cabinet of TEATT.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The board of the United Peoples Party gave their former member and candidate Kevin Maingrette the opportunity to apologize to the people of St. Maarten especially the Prime Minister of St. Maarten Silveria Jacobs or resign from the United Peoples Party (UPP) when they realized that he was one of the persons leaking false information to his friend and compatriot businessman Olivier Arrindell.

SMN News learned from reliable sources that the UPP board members told Maingrette to do an interview on one of the islands radio stations and apologize for his role in causing several persons in government to be defamed and slandered by Arrindell Read more


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Source: SMN-News
20 Oct 2023 06:21 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications, the Honorable Leo Lambriex, is reassuring the public that the Inspectorate of TEATT is out in full force checking prices against the recently published Hurricane maximum price list and updated price list for the Basket of Goods.
Both lists were approved and published earlier today by the Minister of TEATT, given the possibility of suppliers increasing prices, as a result of increased demand due to storm preparations Read more


Candidates in this article:
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SPA
UPP
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UD
Source: 721 News
23 Sep 2023 01:04 PM

Ennia Case Teaches: Structural Problems Require Structural Solutions

WILLEMSTAD (Source:Curacao Chronicle) – The issues surrounding Ennia, which concern both Curaao and the Netherlands, have sparked discussions and considerations about potential solutions and their consequences. According to econometricians Servaas Houben and Ronald Ketellapper, the main problem lies in the inadequate provisions and low capital buffers of Ennia Leven, resulting in the acute danger of pensions for approximately 30,000 residents of Curaao shrinking to twenty percent if the troubled insurer is not assisted with a substantial capital injection Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
14 Sep 2023 03:37 PM

Allegations Of Mismanagement At Nipa, Students Are Forced To Leave Due To The Lack Of Teaching Staff, 2023 Graduates Still To Receive Their Diplomas.

~ WITU refused to represent its teachers at NIPA. ~

PHILIPSBURG: --- Several students at the National Institute of Professional Advancement (NIPA) have been left in limbo since the management of NIPA has refused to hire core teachers who would teach them level 3 in their career path. Many of the students found out this school year that they do not have the teachers to teach night classes or even some day classes.
The students who contacted SMN News said that while they were taught general subjects such as mathematics and English during the day classes, they do not have teachers to teach level 3 in the evenings Read more


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PFP
Source: 721 News
25 Aug 2023 02:12 PM

Pfp, De Weever Reaffirms Motion Of Disapproval With Over-The-Bank Verdict

PHILIPSBURG PFP members of Parliament Raeyhon Peterson and Melissa Gumbs, as well as independent member of Parliament Ludmila de Weever, reaffirmed the passing of the motion of disapproval towards Minister of VROMI Egbert Doran, following the verdict handed down in the Over the Bank case Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: 721 News
14 Aug 2023 08:01 PM

Rogerrel Mauricia Concern By Custom Officers Working Conditions

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — President of the NAPB, Rogerrel Mauricia, has responded to a recent article circulating on social media and in newspapers in Sint-Maarten. The article highlights the concerns raised by custom officers regarding their working conditions and salaries. The president of NAPB Sint-Maarten was also contacted by his counterpart from Curacaos union S.T.R.A.F.F., which represents custom officers and police, when the news broke.

During the meetings held by NAPB Sint-Maarten in early August 2023, this union leader visited the custom office and observed that the current structure of the custom department is problematic, potentially leading to issues Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
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SPA
UPP
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Source: SMN-News
14 Aug 2023 07:15 PM

Napb President Lending Support To Customs Workers.

PHILIPSBURG:--- President of the NAPB, Rogerrel Mauricia, has responded to a recent article circulating on social media and in newspapers in Sint-Maarten. The article highlights the concerns raised by customs officers regarding their working conditions and salaries. The president of NAPB Sint-Maarten was also contacted by his counterpart from Curacaos union S.T.R.A.F.F., which represents customs officers and police when the news broke.

During the meetings held by NAPB Sint-Maarten in early August 2023, this union leader visited the customs office and observed that the current structure of the customs department is problematic, potentially leading to issues Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
12 Jul 2023 03:24 PM

Fake News On Social Media Ignited Protest In Sandy Ground Says Prefet.

MARIGOT:--- On Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning violence broke out in Sandy Ground after a video was posted on social media and various WhatsApp groups implicating the Gendarmes in a motorcycle accident that injured a young man that was riding a scooter.
The video that was posted accused the gendarmes of running over the young man it also went on to state that the young rider was in a coma, all of which were false information. All of the false information posted on social media is the cause of the violence in Sandy Ground.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Prefet Vincent Berton said because of the false information he said that four vehicles were burned, three businesses vandalized, and two vehicles belonging to the Gendarmes were also damaged while a senior officer was also injured.
The rioting started in Spring, Concordia, where a number of gendarmes responded to the scene and began controlling scooters Read more


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Source: SMN-News
28 Jun 2023 09:12 PM

MARIGOT:--- Former Mayor Albert Fleming passed away on Wednesday at the Louis Constant Fleming Hospital.
A close family member of Fleming confirmed to SMN News that he passed today after being flown back from Guadeloupe.
According to the relative the former Mayor suffered a heart attack on Monday and was flown to Guadeloupe for further medical treatment Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
25 Jun 2023 09:25 PM

Sxmnba Says Smbf New Board Is Illegal.

PHILIPSBURG:-- The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) would like to make it clear that the new board of the St. Maarten Basketball Federation (SMBF) is illegal and was formed without proper procedures being conducted based on the articles of the St Maarten Basketball Federation (SMBF). We will explain the grave errors and lack of understanding about proper procedures. For subtext the SMBF has 3 associations under it: the Soualiga Youth Basketball Association (SYBA), St Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA), and Walichi Female Basketball Association.

The SXMNBA would like to make it clear that basketball has been suffering due to many reasonings one of which is due to the lack of a functioning Basketball Federation but procedures must be upheld based on the rule of law and the articles of the SMBF.

Articles of the SMBF highlighting the lack of procedurally due diligence:

MEMBERSHIP
Article 5
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Candidates in this article:
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UD
Source: SMN-News
25 Jun 2023 09:25 PM

Sxmnba Says Smbf New Board Is Illegal.

PHILIPSBURG:-- The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) would like to make it clear that the new board of the St. Maarten Basketball Federation (SMBF) is illegal and was formed without proper procedures being conducted based on the articles of the St Maarten Basketball Federation (SMBF). We will explain the grave errors and lack of understanding about proper procedures. For subtext the SMBF has 3 associations under it: the Soualiga Youth Basketball Association (SYBA), St Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA), and Walichi Female Basketball Association.

The SXMNBA would like to make it clear that basketball has been suffering due to many reasonings one of which is due to the lack of a functioning Basketball Federation but procedures must be upheld based on the rule of law and the articles of the SMBF.

Articles of the SMBF highlighting the lack of procedurally due diligence:

MEMBERSHIP
Article 5
1 Read more


Candidates in this article:
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SPA
UPP
ND
UD
Source: 721 News
19 Jun 2023 05:58 AM

Sandbar To Buccaneer Run

The St. Maarten Road Runners is proud to present a new event this year the Sandbar to Buccaneer Run which will take place on Sunday, July 2, 2023.

This event is sponsored and made possible by the Buccaneer Beach Bar, Sandbar, Sunset Beach Bar and Motorworld.

In line with the mission and vision of the St. Maarten Road Runners to continuously promote a healthy lifestyle for all, this event caters to kids and as well as adults.

The Sandbar to Buccaneer Run is a little different than the usual events and consists of 2 different races which can be chosen from.

Race number 1 consists of an individual run of a distance of 5km which starts at Sand Bar SXM and finishes at Buccaneer Beach Bar Read more


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USP
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Source: SMN-News
11 Jun 2023 05:54 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- "I honestly find the level of complaints from employees at the Princess Juliana International Airport disheartening," says the Leader of the United People's UP Party and Member of Parliament, the Honourable Rolando Brison.
After hearing again from employees, Brison remarked that they feel victimized and that their jobs are always at risk if they do not "bow to the powers that be", as some employees said.
"According to various employees, it's become a situation where it is more about pleasing your bosses or being a part of 'cliques', as opposed to the level of work the employee produces."
In a Sunday press release, Brison recalled when he visited the Airport and heard the employees' grievance Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
DP
NA
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HOPE
HOPE
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UD
Source: SMN-News
24 May 2023 01:30 PM

People Living With Dementia And Their Carers Deserve Better Than This Who Global Dementia Plan Fails To Meet Target As Dementia Crisis Looms.

Only around 20 percent of World Health Organization (WHO) Member States have followed through on their 2017 National Dementia Plan (NDPs) promise ahead of the looming 2025 deadline
Alzheimers Disease International (ADI) is calling for an extension to the Global Action Plan on the public health response to dementia at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, as progress has gone backward in some WHO Member States, including England and France
Over 100 new NDPs need to be created in two years to reach Global Action Plan goals, a feat ADI says is impossible
Dementia prevalence is on the rise with 55 million people living with the disease, and up to 85 percent of them not receiving treatment
CARIBBEAN 24 May 2023: Three-quarters of World Health Organization (WHO) Member States have failed on their promise to prioritise dementia, leading to an urgent call for an extension on the Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva today by Alzheimers Disease International (ADI) Read more


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