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Source: 721 News
23 Nov 2022 11:49 PM

Public Announcement By The Leader Of Usp Mrs. Pamela Gordon-Carty

Pamela Gordon-Carty, Leader of the United St. Maarten Party (USP)

Rsidents of Country Sint Maarten, It was brought to our attention that there is a negative campaign being put together to try and discredit members of the USP. We in return will not respond or lower our standards to give life to any false accusations.

We will also not launch a slander campaign in response either, not because we cant but because we choose not to Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
23 Nov 2022 11:47 PM

Three MpS Request Urgent Meeting On Status Of Telem

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Members of Parliament Solange L. Duncan (Faction Duncan), Melissa Gumbs (PFP), and Grisha Heyliger-Marten (Faction Heyliger-Marten) recently sent a request to the second Vice-Chair of Parliament William Marlin for an urgent public meeting on the status of TELEM.

The meeting request includes three main agenda points, which are:

The original SOAB report of 2021 on TELEM Update on the financial status and overall fiber to the home project. The state of affairs related to the concerns about the working environment at TELEM as expressed by the Telecommunications Union.

Since the previous update, over one year ago, there has been little to no update or movement on Telem’s fttH project 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: SXMIslandTime
13 Oct 2022 09:36 AM

La Primera Ministra Dice Que No Puede Obliga A Sus Ministros A Responder Las Preguntas De Los Medios De Comunicacin

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten No puedo obligar a ningn Ministro a responder preguntas con un palo en la cabeza, dijo la Primera Ministra Silveria Jacobs el mircoles durante la conferencia de prensa del Consejo de Ministros en respuesta a la pegunta: Cmo pueden los medios exigir responsabilidades a los Ministros si no puede ser contactado para obtener respuestas?

Jacobs sostuvo que el gobierno es receptivo y afirm: “Hay apertura y transparencia que nos gustara seguir promoviendo” Read more


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Source: 721 News
26 Sep 2022 08:04 AM

Mp Emmanuel Calls On Govt To Clarify If Pjia Project Delayed

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday called on the government of St. Maarten to confirm or deny reports that the airport project is delayed and that operations currently inside the terminal will be moved back into tents.

The MP used the opportunity to remind the public that he has been warning of pending delays of the project which has still not shown any significant reconstruction progress in over five years. He pointed out that the airport and its main contractor Ballast Nedam continues to get an influx of financing that now stands at approximately US $ 150 million with little to show for it.

The airport project, he stressed, is not a new one, it is a reconstruction of areas Read more


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USP
UPP
UD
Source: SMN-News
07 Sep 2022 02:18 PM

Government Mum On Current Majority In Parliament.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs remains mum on the majority her government has in the Parliament of St. Maarten. The Prime Minister was asked on Wednesday about the possible fall of her government since former Minister and now Member of Parliament Ludmilla de Weever declared herself as an Independent Member of Parliament last week.

Jacobs said that the weekly press conference is not for political topics but said that her government does have a majority in parliament.
During the recess Leader of the United Peoples Party, Rolando Brison went ahead and seek the support of the two independent members of parliament Akeem Arrindell and Chanel Brownbill Read more


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Source: SMN-News
05 Sep 2022 05:11 PM

~Secondary School Students can Win up to ANG 10 000 and an entrepreneurial exchange at #NYP22~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Student entrepreneurs in secondary schools can now apply to participate in the first-ever National Youth Pitch Competition. Students must work in teams of no more than four (4) students of the same school. Applications close on September 30. Thereafter a committee will score the applications and the five (5) highest scoring teams will move on to a six (6) week accelerator with experts who will coach them and help prepare them for the finals on November 20, 2022 Read more


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USP
Source: 721 News
05 Sep 2022 12:09 AM

Gordon- Carty: Lack Of Responsible Leadership Eroding CountryS Moral Code

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Mrs. Pamela Gordon-Carty, Leader of the United St. Maarten Party on Sunday expressed grave concern with the manner in which issues of public concern are handled in the country.

We seem to enjoy the demise and slander of our fellow citizens depending on who they are and what the accusations are against them. Disappointment and compassion have been replaced by social media slander and gossip; we no longer consider the impact of our actions on the families of the accused before they have had their day in court Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
02 Sep 2022 10:53 PM

Beyond Kultura Busca Un Candidato De Lectura En Voz Alta Para El Libro De Cuentos En Video Storm

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Beyond Kultura Events Foundation (BKEF), TVCARIB y Divergences (Tashira Richardson) estn trabajando juntos para la produccin del libro de cuentos en video animado STORM, basado en el libro infantil de la autora Loekie Morales sobre dos nios experimentando el paso del huracn Irma en Sint Maarten. El prximo martes 6 de septiembre se cumple el quinto ao que conmemoramos estos devastadores hechos provocados por el huracn Irma.

BKEF est buscando candidatos locales de MEN con la voz perfecta para leer esta historia de huracanes en el estudio de TV CARIB Read more


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Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2022 11:51 AM

Is The Shareholder Sending Mixed Messages To Gebe Sbod?

~ Information on ongoing discussions with GEBE SBOD too sensitive for public consumption PM Jacobs~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Government of St. Maarten mainly the Council of Ministers and Shareholder representatives has been sending mixed messages to the Supervisory Board of Directors of NV GEBE.
Just last week the Prime Minister told the Parliament of St. Maarten that the shareholder instructed the SBOD to assign an independent temporary manager as well as a crisis management team.

Assign Temporary & Independent Management (Assign immediately a temporary and independent manager to ensure continuity of NV GEBE.
Assign Crisis Management Team
Independent Investigation (Procure and conduct an independent investigation into the past few months.
Inform shareholders in a timely and frequent on the measures and actions taken.

The above points were taken from the fourth slide of the Prime Minister's presentation to parliament in which the shareholder also instructed the board to conduct an independent investigation into the daily operations of the company over the past months.
Questions are now being asked if the Prime Minister played the parliament and people of St Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
18 Aug 2022 11:48 PM

Heyliger-Marten Still Awaits Soab Report On Telem

Grisha Heyliger-Marten. File photo.

PHILIPSBURG--President of Parliament Grisha Heyliger-Marten, on Thursday expressed disappointment and growing frustration ove Read more


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PFP
Source: SMN-News
03 Aug 2022 12:09 PM

Below is the full statement made by Minister of VROMI Egbert Jurendy Doran and the partial secret recording released to the public.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Before I officially begin my opening statements pertaining to VROMI, I would like to address the elephant in the room.

Last week I was away to attend the funeral service of a close relative Read more


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Source: 721 News
01 Aug 2022 10:30 PM

Wilson Applauds Efforts Of Gebe Employees To Fix Streetlights

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Gromyko Wilson commends the hard working field men and women in Gebe and its managmeent responsible for fixing the street lights on Sint Maarten. September 5th, 2022, will mark the 5th year since the passing of Hurricane Irma and Maria. Unfortunately for residents of many neighborhoods, a number of street lights are yet to be fixed Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
27 Jul 2022 11:39 PM

Ottley Disappointed By Job Fair Turn-Out

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA Omar Ottley is disappointed by the low number of persons who attended the Onset Recruitment Drive for jobs aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

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Source: The Daily Herald
15 Jul 2022 01:03 PM

Liquidity Support Postponed By Kingdom Council

Picture: Minister plenipotantiary Rene Violenus after the Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting (photo by Otti Thomas).

THE HAGUE The Kingdom Council of Ministers (RMR) today postponed a decision about new liquidity support for St. Maarten. The Dutch government wants additional advice about the vacation payment for civil servants. Minister plenipotentiary Rene Violenus of St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
12 Jul 2022 03:22 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Former Chief Operating Officer of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAH/PJIAE) Michel Hyman paid the ultimate price when he was asked by the current chair of parliament to resubmit the stack of internal documents he sent to the Parliament of St. Maarten and Council of Ministers regarding what he termed as wrongdoing by the Chief Executive Officer Brian Mingo.

Hyman first submitted the internal documents in 2020 which parliament claimed to have misplaced Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
07 Jul 2022 12:05 PM

La Resistencia A Huracanes En Sint Maarten Mejorar Con Los Prximos Trabajos De Cableado Subterrneo

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten En colaboracin con N.V. GEBE y la Oficina del Programa Nacional de Recuperacin (NRPB), ms de nueve (9) kilmetros de lneas elctricas areas de bajo voltaje se colocarn bajo tierra como parte de las principales obras de infraestructura que comenzarn a mediados de Julio.

Este trabajo es parte del Proyecto de Recuperacin de Emergencia del Fondo Fiduciario (ERP-1). El Fondo Fiduciario de Sint Maarten est financiado por el Gobierno de los Pases Bajos, administrado por el Banco Mundial e implementado por el NRPB en nombre del Gobierno de Sint Maarten Read more


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NA
Source: SMN-News
04 Jul 2022 08:07 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- I had hoped that Monday, July 4th would be a day of revelations, after the sequence of events, which started on June 29th with a public meeting of parliament. Public meetings of parliament have become a rarity as these meetings are now usually called at the behest of the government, the MP explained.

What we see a lot of are committee meetings and while there is nothing wrong with committee meetings, the stark difference is that only in a public meeting, the so-called OVs, can parliament's decisions be made.

The bedrock of our system is a parliamentary democracy, coupled with the concept of ministerial responsibility, meaning the appointed ministers are accountable to parliament and the people Read more


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PFP
Source: 721 News
30 Jun 2022 01:43 AM

Pfp: Vromi Minister Is Playing Stalling Tactics To Avoid Accountability

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson are not surprised by the deliberate stalling tactics played by the Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) Egbert J Read more


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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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