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Source: 721 News
17 Nov 2023 06:26 PM

Strong Correlation Between Homelessness, Poverty And Mental Illness

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — There is a strong correlation between homelessness, poverty and mental illness. For years, government has stated that it would create a country-wide plan of action for the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders.

This is just what we need for when we look around our beautiful island, so many people are walking the streets with hopelessness in their eyes, hoping for hope again. We need to stop the quick fixes and temporary remedies, and examine the role of society in preventing and responding to mental health problems beyond the health system.

To protect people’s mental health, we need a country plan that focuses on prevention in schools, and the lingering social issues that plague our communities leading up to intellectually disabled people.

We see homelessness, poverty and mentally disabled people highlighted right now in our communities Read more


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Source: 721 News
17 Nov 2023 05:01 PM

Nv Gebe Clarifies Financial Management Position, Counters Misleading Allegations

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — In response to recent comments made by MP Christophe Emmanuel regarding the financial management of NV GEBE, the management would like to take this opportunity to issue a comprehensive statement that aims to clarify the facts and defend the integrity of our company.

The allegations of financial mismanagement by NV GEBE are based on selective and misleading information. NV GEBE has carefully planned its finances and sought professional advice to ensure that the company recovers from a severe cyber-attack.

Upon current managements assumption of leadership, it met with a company that had diminished financial reserves, primarily due to a significant loss of income Read more


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RSM
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Source: SMN-News
17 Nov 2023 03:35 PM

Timing Slots For Political Parties On Postulation Day.

The Central Voting Bureau is pleased to announce the schedule for Postulation Day, Thursday, November 22nd, 2023, at the House of Parliament.

On Postulation Day, representatives or deputy representatives from each political party will formally submit their candidate lists to the Central Voting Bureau. Tofacilitate an orderly process, each party has selected a specific time slot for submission, as listed below. Each party is urgently requested to arrive on time.Time Political party 1 Read more

Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
17 Nov 2023 11:06 AM

PHILIPSBURG Minister Omar Ottley extends his deepest appreciation to the Division of Labor Affairs & Social Services and National Employment Services Center (NESC) for organizing an exceptional Job Fair and Entrepreneurship Expo on November 15th and 16th at the Belair Community Center. The minister was highly impressed with the impeccable organization of the event, which opened up more than 400 job vacancies, and even more enthralled by the tremendous turnout of job seekers.

The two-day event saw an incredible presence of over 600 entrepreneurs and job seekers Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
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USP
UPP
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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


Candidates in this article:
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Source: 721 News
16 Nov 2023 11:02 PM

Fabio Doralice Advocates For Special Need Policy & Vision On Sint Maarten

Philipsburg, As we approach the close of the year, there is an urgent plea for updates on the progress of the Special Needs Policy for Sint Maarten.

In a parliamentary meeting on February 13th, the Minister of ECYS expressed an active commitment to developing a special needs policy. However, as we near the end of November, the community, parents, and educators are eager to understand the strides made thus far and if there are concrete plans in place.

While I commend the Minister of VSA for unveiling the “Improving Mental Health Services” project, it is crucial not to overlook the equally vital aspect of special needs education.

As we reach the midpoint of the 2023-2024 school term, transparency is needed regarding expectations for the 2024-2025 school year Read more


Candidates in this article:
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HOPE
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Source: 721 News
16 Nov 2023 10:19 AM

Bonaire Island Governor To Visiting Tweede Kamer Candidate: Voter Turn-Out Needs To Go Up.

Kralendijk Bonaire —Acting Island Governor of Bonaire, Nolly Oleana, hopes to increase voter participation in the upcoming Second Chamber elections from 23% (in 2021) to 40% this time. He said this to locally campaigning candidate Walter Hellebrand from the BBB party. Voters of the Dutch Caribbean islands should let their voices be heard on 22 November in the elections for the parliament of the kingdom. Every island has special issues but voices through votes must be propelled in the direction of the Hague Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
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Source: SMN-News
14 Nov 2023 03:55 PM

Cancer Charity Marathon Event Move For A Cure Set For November 18Th.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Move for Cure encourages movement, brings awareness, and focuses on prevention and support for cancer the charity event is now set for this Saturday, November 18th. Due to the past weeks' weather, the CIBC FirstCaribbean event was postponed; however, the bank and its partners remain unswerving in their pledge to support cancer patients and the education and awareness of the disease.

This years walk will benefit the Positive Foundation, Still Beautiful, and Elektralyets Foundation in their collaborated cancer support, education, and awareness efforts Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
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ND
Source: SMN-News
14 Nov 2023 03:51 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- St. Maarten stands together on World Diabetes Day 2023, emphasizing this years theme: "Access to Diabetes Care." Our community is committed to raising awareness and fostering a healthier lifestyle.

On this World Diabetes Day 2023, the Honorable Minister Omar Ottley extends heartfelt greetings to each of you. Today serves as a crucial reminder of the collective responsibility we bear in promoting a healthier future for our community.

Diabetes is a global challenge, but through unity, awareness, and informed action, we can make a significant impact Read more


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

Enhancing Resilience Through Nature-Based Solutions Ecosystem Restoration In The Dutch Caribbean.

~During the DCNA Symposium, experts explore best practices.~

ORANJESTAD:---  As the world witnesses and experiences the impacts of climate change, turning to nature could be a pragmatic way to adapt. The Dutch Caribbean, with a human population of less than 340,000 and a land area of just 800 square kilometers, may be tiny, remote, and easily overlooked. However, their natural heritage is rich and extraordinarily diverse Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
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Source: 721 News
14 Nov 2023 09:06 AM

The Na/Upp CoalitionS Love-Hate Relationship With The Integrity Chamber Of St. Maarten.

They have to make up their mind what it is.

MP Wescot over the weekend issued a statement regarding the meeting of parliament to approve the change to the Integrity Chamber law. In her view, the uneasy relationship in the NA/UPP coalition was again manifested during the meeting of parliament, which was convened to finalize the proposal by government to increase the age of the members of the integrity chamber.

This draft proposal of law was already handled by the central committee of parliament and the government had provided written answers to the few questions posed Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
13 Nov 2023 08:24 PM

The Na/Upp CoalitionS Love-Hate Relationship With The Integrity Chamber Of St. Maarten.

~They have to make up their mind what it is.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- MP Wescot over the weekend issued a statement regarding the meeting of parliament to approve the change to the Integrity Chamber law. In her view, the uneasy relationship in the NA/UPP coalition was again manifested during the meeting of parliament, which was convened to finalize the proposal by government to increase the age of the members of the integrity chamber.

This draft proposal of law was already handled by the central committee of parliament and the government had provided written answers to the few questions posed Read more


Candidates in this article:
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HOPE
HOPE
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UD
Source: SMN-News
13 Nov 2023 08:11 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has resumed its operations today after a temporary disruption caused by employee unrest. The Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor, Omar Ottley, has successfully intervened and initiated discussions between relevant stakeholders to address the concerns raised by the employees.

On Monday, November 13th, Minister Ottley held a virtual meeting with Ms Read more


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Source: SMN-News
12 Nov 2023 09:35 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- I, Julian Rollocks Jr, noticed with great concern that on November 9th, 2023, it was reported in the media that GEBE intends to give its clients their outstanding bills in bulk with a distinct possibility of clients getting twenty outstanding bills simultaneously. GEBE also announced that clients would only have a thirty-day grace period to settle their outstanding bills Read more


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DP
Freedom
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Source: SMN-News
12 Nov 2023 07:00 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  In a heartfelt appeal letter addressed to the Minister of Justice Anna Richardson, and co-copied by the council of ministers and the Parliament of Sint Maarten, Fabio Doralice, Interim President of the Haitian Association of Sint Maarten (HASMA), is urging the Government of Sint Maarten to temporarily halt the forced returns of Haitian nationals a midst the dire humanitarian crisis currently engulfing Haiti Read more


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Source: SMN-News
10 Nov 2023 10:18 AM

PHILIPSBURG:---  On Monday, November 6th, the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley, welcomed the Sint Maarten World Bank delegation, led by Country Manager Ms. Toyin Jagha, along with representatives from the National Recovery Planning Bureau (NRPB) to commemorate the successful achievement of the "Improving Mental Health Services" project "effective" status.

The term "Effective" status, as per World Bank terminology, signifies the formal inclusion of project financing into the project portfolio, indicating progress toward its implementation Read more


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Source: SMN-News
09 Nov 2023 06:26 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  A pivotal meeting took place on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at the Government Building, which concluded with overwhelming enthusiasm and support from the dedicated correctional officers of the Prison and the House of Detention in Point Blanche. This gathering hosted by the President, Sharon Cangieter, and the Board of the Windward Islands Civil Servants (WICSU-PSU) union marked a momentous turning point in the justice system.

In the presence of the Honorable Minister of Justice, Anna E Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: 721 News
09 Nov 2023 09:34 AM

Sint Maarten Community Fights Back Gebe

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN — After receiving numerous verbal and social media complaints about the harsh collection method of GEBE and taking into account that there is no active Consumers League in Sint Maarten, Mr. Gromyko Wilson approached a local independent consultancy firm, (Prudential Tax Services), specialized in International Corporate Standards Auditing with the petition to prepare a community pilot case against the collection policies and procedures of GEBE.

This is the first time a Community legal claim will be filed against a Federal Institution in a matter related to their collection method in the Dutch Kingdom.

It is no secret that GEBE was victim to cyber hacking and an administrative chaos manifested itself thereafter Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
08 Nov 2023 08:08 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The tiny temporary terminal structure at Princess Juliana International Airport
has left the business community and people in general concerned about the Airports ability to handle the traffic that is to be expected as St. Maarten hits the peak of its tourism season.
The small temporary facility has Member of Parliament and Leader of the United Peoples Party MP Rolando Brison bewildered, with many questions in a bid to understand the logic behind the Airport Managements decision Read more


Candidates in this article:
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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


Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
07 Nov 2023 03:34 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  Sint Maarten will work to advance its progress towards sustainable and resilient management of the islands coastal and marine environment through a 633,000 research-based project supported by the RESEMBID grant programme.

The Coastal Resilience Needs Assessment (CORENA) project is a partnership between the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (VROMI), and the non-profit conservation organization Nature Foundation St Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
06 Nov 2023 06:51 PM

Decision By Minister Of Justice Will Have Serious Consequences To CountryS Security. Possible Strike Looming, Says Napb.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Following a recent decision by the Minister of Justice, it has been ordered that the detention center, at the Police station Philipsburg, will be officially transferred to the police with effect from November 11, 2023, specifically under the executive support department. This transfer means that we as a police organization will bear full responsibility for the management and operations of the detention center. It is essential that we make this transition smooth and efficient to ensure the safety and security we provide to our community.

The board of the N.A.P.B Read more


Candidates in this article:
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Source: SMN-News
06 Nov 2023 01:29 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Former United Peoples Party candidate Melisa Molanus has joined the National Alliance to contest the January 11th parliamentary elections.
Molanus who joined the political arena for the first time first announced her candidacy on the UPP but then withdrew her cand Read more


Candidates in this article:
GS
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SPA
UPP
ND
UD
Source: SMN-News
05 Nov 2023 09:52 PM

Highlights From The Big Live Nature Quiz Kids Edition.

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) recently hosted the annual Big Live Nature Quiz (BLNQ) Kids edition.  With 185 teams, each comprising of one to four students in primary school grades 5 and 6 (equivalent to group 7 and 8 in the Dutch school system) competing from the six Dutch Caribbean islands, the event brought nature in the classrooms and connected the islands. Aruba emerged victorious as the winning team, demonstrating their nature knowledge and teamwork in an exciting competition.

Fostering Nature Education and Island Connections

On November 2, 2023, the DCNA hosted the Big Live Nature Quiz-Kids Edition, an engaging and educational event designed for primary school students in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaao, Saba, St Eustatius, and St Maarten Read more


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