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Source: SMN-News
26 Jun 2022 06:46 PM

~10 experts from around the world focus on the future of islands at Islandpreneur Live~

PHILIPSBURG:---  Islandpreneur Live 2022 commences on June 27 and will continue with a week of activities through to July 1. These activities include in-person masterclasses (June 27 -29) with experts covering topics such as tourism, public relations, resilience, innovation, and adaptive strategies to thrive. Masterclasses include Lela Simmonds, Business Development Manager at Port of St. Maarten Group of Companies, Haddy Folivi, a global public relations specialist based in the United Kingdom, and Elly Moesquit, Supervision Specialist of the Centrale Bank van Curaao en Sint Maarten Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Jun 2022 08:48 AM

~Contributions accepted to complete~

PHILIPSBURG:--- SJIS opened its Foster Home for children ages 13 through 18 last Friday, June 13, 2022. Minister of Justice the honorable Anna Richardson together with St. Maarten Development Foundation (SMDF) director Makhicia Brooks, SJIS Board Member Ajamu Baly, Pastor Cuvalay, and Foster Care Coordinator Meredith Concincion cut the ribbon marking the official opening of the home.
Currently, 5 children have been placed at the new home which will be able to house 20 children when it is operating at capacity.
SMDF has been instrumental in making it possible for SJIS to make this significant step towards establishing a home for minors placed under supervision Read more


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Source: SMN-News
09 Jun 2022 06:11 PM

~Innovative and financially sound businesses are key to economic recovery and growth~

PHILIPSBURG:---  In the past five (5) years, St. Maarten has seen unprecedented challenges. From the devastation of Hurricane Irma to the ongoing pandemic, the community has seen severe socio-economic challenges. As a learning organization, the Ministry of Finance strives to develop its staff and community through education in areas of finance and innovation as it is critical to economic resilience and development, both personally and for the nation.

For this reason, the Ministry has helped to steer a variety of programs such as the Enterprise Support Project, which among other things provides loans and grants to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to stimulate capital investments in this core group of our society Read more


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Source: 721 News
07 Jun 2022 03:08 PM

Mp Wescot Reiterates Her Call To Government For More Transparency And Dialogue.

While the St. Maarten government calls for unity, it is the biggest polarizer.

The MP notes with much concern that another week has gone by and there is no news about the Minister of TEATT and his return to office.
The minister disappeared from the public view without so much as a notice to the general public. And the Council of Ministers of Sint Maarten seems to have no issue with the situation. Yet, there are so many important matters pending at the Ministry of TEATT.

While the Ministers absence is one thing and in my view unacceptable that the community and the parliament are left in the dark, more flabbergasting is the fact that this ministry is responsible for the prices of goods and the price of fuel and the government seemingly could care less that weeks have passed since the minister announced relief for the consumers due to the high gas prices.

MP Wescot recalled that before the minister went on an assumed leave, he announced the reduction of the cost of fuel for the consumer Read more


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Source: SMN-News
05 Jun 2022 07:14 PM

~While the St. Maarten government calls for unity, it is the biggest polarizer.~

PHILIPSBURG:---The MP notes with much concern that another week has gone by and there is no news about the Minister of TEATT and his return to the office.

The minister disappeared from the public view without so much as a notice to the general public. And the Council of Ministers of Sint Maarten seems to have no issue with the situation. Yet, there are so many important matters pending at the Ministry of TEATT.

While the Ministers absence is one thing and in my view unacceptable that the community and the parliament are left in the dark, more flabbergasting is the fact that this ministry is responsible for the prices of goods and the price of fuel, and the government seemingly could care less that weeks have passed since the minister announced relief for the consumers due to the high gas prices.

MP Wescot recalled that before the minister went on an assumed leave, he announced the reduction of the cost of fuel for the consumer Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
02 Jun 2022 11:34 PM

Gebe: No Disconnections, No Late Fees Until September

Commercial Manager Iris Arrindell speaking to staffers.

~ GEBEs main branch to open from 6:30am to 4:30pm ~

PHILIPSBURG--Utilities company GEBE appears to be giving consumers until September with no late fees and no disconnections.
The company, which will reopen for physical payments as of Monday, June 6, announced in an update that there will be no disconnections until September and no late fees will be charged to bills until September.
According to the update published on the company's Facebook page, GEBE's Philipsburg branch will reopen to the public on June 6 from 6:30am to 4:30pm Mondays through Fridays, and on Saturdays from 8:00am to 12:00 noon Read more


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DP
Source: SMN-News
13 May 2022 10:44 AM

Politicians Are Giving False Hope To The People As Preparation For The Elections?

The protest of Last May 5th ended by the protest-leaders giving a manifest to the same political leaders, that have no power to decide since 10-10-10 and that has agreed to put the Bonaire peoples in the Dutch Constitution in 2017 under unequal rights and are the keepers the peoples in this colonial status. Is this not manipulation of the peoples, then what is?

NKBB outright public warning, that the peoples initiative protesting was hijacked from the people by same traditional political leaders made an nationwide impact and raised the awareness on the Bonaire people that became very reluctant Read more


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PFP
Source: 721 News
26 Apr 2022 07:54 AM

Pfp Wants Answers About Failed Dutch Quarter Sewage Project

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — A.Th. Illidge Road – the main road in Dutch Quarter – has been in a deplorable state for many years, and the infamous Dutch Quarter Sewage Project has not made the situation any better.

This is the reason why Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson sent a letter to Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) Egbert J Read more


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USP
Source: 721 News
11 Apr 2022 09:14 AM

Gordon-Carty: Questions The Morals, Values And Principles Of Our Current Leadership

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The leader of the United St. Maarten Party Pamela Gordon-Carty, stated on Sunday that she noticed with great disappointment that the governing coalition has abandoned standards, turned a blind eye on principles and continuously tramples on the morals of country St. Maarten and its people.

Abuse has increased at all levels, tolerance levels have slid backward, while injustice, fear, and dishonesty supersede transparency Read more


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Source: SMN-News
07 Apr 2022 09:14 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Law Enforcement Council (Raad voor de Rechtshandhaving, hereafter: the Council) is charged with the general inspection of organizations within the justice chain on Curaao, St. Maarten, and the BES islands. The Council is also charged with the general inspection of the quality and effectiveness of the judicial cooperation between the countries.

Since its establishment on July 7, 2010, the Council has been diligently carrying out its duties and published a large number of inspection reports Read more


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Source: SMN-News
01 Apr 2022 11:49 AM

No Information Provided To Parliament Regarding The Dismissal Of PjiaeS Coo.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Council of Ministers and Minister of TEATT did not expect the dismissal of the Chief Operating Officer of PJIAE  Michel Hyman since the shareholder requested information from the Holding Board of PJIAE. Due to the sensitivity of the case and possible court cases, the Minister told the parliament of St. Maarten he is unable to share detailed information.

Minister of TEATT Roger Lawrence told the Parliament of St. Maarten that documentation regarding the dismissal of Michel Hyman Read more


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Source: SMN-News
01 Apr 2022 10:32 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel expressed disappointment with the Minister of TEATT Roger Lawrence.
Emmanuel said that in December 2021 and January 2022 he posed several questions to the Minister regarding the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) and he also reminded the Minister in February 2022.
Emmanuel said that only this morning moments before the parliamentary meeting begins he received the answers from the Minister Read more


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Source: 721 News
14 Mar 2022 06:59 PM

Witu Union Reacts To Mp Emmanuel

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — The President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Stuart Johnson reacted to Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel via a press release on Monday morning.

Johnson minced no words in saying, “MP Emmanuel needs to know which direction he should take his concerns and do not so at the expense of the unions.”

There is much concern about the selective payout by Government but it hasn’t gone unnoticed by WITU.

“As a responsible union, we are addressing all matters in a professional way by ensuring all due diligence takes place Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Mar 2022 09:14 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Stuart Johnson reacted to Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel via a press release on Monday morning.
Johnson minced no words in saying, "MP Emmanuel needs to know which direction he should take his concerns and do not so at the expense of the unions."
There is much concern about the selective payout by Government but it hasn't gone unnoticed by WITU Read more


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Source: SMN-News
02 Mar 2022 03:38 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Parliament of St. Maarten will be meeting on Thursday to discuss the amended petition that was sent on February 17th, 2022 by the Coharis Law Firm to the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance and The Working Group of Experts On People of African Descent.
Based on the information provided to SMN News, members of parliament were not informed that a second petition was filed on their behalf. They were only made aware when the news broke in Curacao by the lawyers representing St Read more


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PFP
Source: 721 News
23 Jan 2022 09:52 AM

Government, Majority Of Mps Show Blatant Disregard For Sint Maarten Constitution, Says Pfp

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The eight Members of Parliament (MPs) who voted against a proposal to suspend voting on the countrys 2022 budget until after the next Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting have shown their blatant disregard for the Sint Maarten Constitution. This is what Party for Progress (PFP) MPs Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson had to say following Fridays public meeting of Parliament.

The proposal in question was brought forward by MP Gumbs on Friday afternoon during Parliaments handling of the countrys draft 2022 budget Read more


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PFP
Source: SXMIslandTime
21 Jan 2022 10:38 PM

Government, Majority Of Mps Show Blatant Disregard For Sint Maarten Constitution, Says Pfp

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten The eight Members of Parliament (MPs) who voted against a proposal to suspend voting on the countrys 2022 budget until after the next Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting have shown their blatant disregard for the Sint Maarten Constitution. This is what Party for Progress (PFP) MPs Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson had to say following Fridays public meeting of Parliament.

The proposal in question was brought forward by MP Gumbs on Friday afternoon during Parliaments handling of the countrys draft 2022 budget Read more


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DP
Source: The Daily Herald
10 Jan 2022 11:38 AM

Knops Disappointed Not To Be In New Government

THE HAGUE--Caretaker State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops said on Friday that he was disappointed to a certain extent to not be reappointed in the new Dutch Rutte IV government which will be sworn in today, Monday.

  Knops (50) would have liked to stay on, and in the corridors during the formation period he was mentioned as a possible candidate to become the next minister of defence. However, that portfolio is going to current caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Kajsa Ollongren.

  I would have loved to continue with a whole lot of energy, he told the media just before the last Council of Ministers meeting of the caretaker Rutte III government on Friday Read more


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UPP
Source: SMN-News
06 Jan 2022 08:40 PM

~Calls again on Central Bank to finalize draft legislation on consumer banking protection.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Leader of the United Peoples Party MP Rolando Brison has taken note of numerous calls from both consumers and the business community of how the convenience and effectiveness of the banking sectors policies have hit an all-time low Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
15 Dec 2021 11:24 PM

Paris Court Of Justice Throws Out 6-Year Case Against Semsamar

SEMSAMAR President Yawo Nyuiadzi (centre), Director General Laurent Pinsel (left) and lawyer Sbastien Schapira (right) discuss the dismissal of the SEMSAMAR case.  (Robert Luckock photo)

MARIGOT--The St. Martin-based mixed capital company SEMSAMAR has learnt that a six-year investigation into the companys alleged misappropriation Read more


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MAP
USP
Source: 721 News
05 Dec 2021 11:47 PM

Pamela Gordon Carty Usp Leader: Mp ArrindellS Departure Lacked Integrity

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party Pamela Gordon-Carty on Sunday said while she was not surprised by the declaration by MP Akeem Arrindell as an independent member of Parliament, she would have preferred that the MP used a more integer manner of walking away from the party regardless of the reason that has been expressed.

The US board had already earlier in the weekend stated that Arrindells excuse to Parliament and the public was void of the truth Read more


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MAP
USP
Source: SMN-News
05 Dec 2021 06:54 PM

Us Leader: Mp ArrindellS Departure Lacked Integrity.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party Pamela Gordo Carty on Sunday said while she was not surprised by the declaration by MP Akeem Arrindell as an independent member of Parliament, she would have preferred that the MP used a more integer manner of walking away from the party regardless of the reason that has been expressed.
The US board had already earlier in the weekend stated that Arrindells excuse to Parliament and the public was void of the truth Read more


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USP
Source: SXMIslandTime
29 Nov 2021 10:11 PM

Pamela Gordon-Carty Elected New Political Leader Of Usp

~ Nicholas new board President ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Former Minister Pamela Gordon-Carty was elected as the new political leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party on Sunday, November 28, and immediately made it clear that the party, in or out of government, will not allow the people of St. Maarten to acceptcrumbs inexchange any longer.

Re-emphasizing that the US has always been and remain on the path to realizing independence for St. Maarten, the new leader said the people must come together and decide that they will no longer tolerate their children to suffer in a St Read more


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USP
Source: SMN-News
29 Nov 2021 12:28 PM

~ Nicholas new board President ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Former Minister Pamela Gordon-Carty was elected as the new political leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party on Sunday, November 28, and immediately made it clear that the party, in or out of government, will not allow the people of St. Maarten to accept crumbs in exchange any longer.
Re-emphasizing that the US has always been and remains on the path to realizing independence for St. Maarten, the new leader said the people must come together and decide that they will no longer tolerate their children to suffer in a St Read more


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