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Source: 721 News
30 Jul 2021 07:22 AM

Land Or Property Tax For Who All Exactly?

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — July 29 th 2021 Member of Parliament Claudius Buncamper is questioning who the suggested property tax will apply to. This quarry comes at the heels of the presentation in Parliament by CFT which stated that Property Tax should be implemented in St. Maarten. I was somewhat surprised at the hard stances several MPs have already taken regarding the land tax or property tax issue Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
29 Jul 2021 06:29 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  Member of Parliament Claudius Buncamper is questioning who the suggested property tax will apply to. This quarry comes at the heels of the presentation in Parliament by CFT which stated that Property Tax should be implemented in St. Maarten. I was somewhat surprised at the hard stances several MPs have already taken regarding the land tax or property tax issue Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
28 Jul 2021 05:53 PM

Kick Off Of Football Clinic For Boys And Girls.

The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce the successful kick-off on Monday, July 26, where the organization FUNDACION REAL MADRID CLINICS DUTCH ANTILLES, together with the REAL MADRID FOUNDATION and our Local Partner Flames United FC, started the Real Madrid Foundation football clinic for boys and girls (6 until 13 years) which will run until Friday 30 of July 2021 on the friendly island of Sint Maarten.

The goal of the organization in conjunction with the Sponsors is to motivate the practice of football on the island as well as to encourage the values inherent in the sport, to give them the opportunity to train as their idols do and contribute to their personal development Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
25 Jul 2021 01:09 PM

Covid-19 Relief Group Holds Second Fundraising.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The COVID-19 Relief Group will hold its second Fundraising Drive on Saturday, July 31st, and Sunday, August 1st. On both days, the Group will be stationed at the Carrefour Market in Cul-de-Sac, from 10 am until the closing of the supermarket. Persons, families, companies, businesses are encouraged to stop by and give their donations in cash or checks.

With the funds, raised during its first Fundraising Drive, the COVID-19 Relief Fund was able to assist a total of 66 persons with the payment of small bills Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
19 Jul 2021 01:52 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On June 30th, 2021, the Honorable Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson together with the Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor (VSA), Omar Ottley signed off on an official policy that was commissioned by both Ministries to strengthen governments response to combat Domestic Violence (DV), Child Abuse (CA) and Gender-based Violence (GBV) through legislation and procedures that prevents their occurrence.
The objective of the policy is to regulate the legal and social procedural actions to prevent, treat and punish the violence observed in this policy and is essential to earmark the various forms of violence and highlight the Government of Sint Maartens commitment to ensure that they are eradicated from our society.
To ensure such, the policy entails a categorization of violence by degrees Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
19 Jul 2021 01:00 AM

DcommS Emancipation Day Special : No More Auction Block!

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — On July 1st, the Government of St. Maarten commemorated the end of Slavery with their annual Emancipation Day ceremony and activities. This is the 158th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Abolishment of Slavery on Sint Maarten. The theme this year is No More Auction Block!

The Department of Communication has put together a Special of this days event, and it premiered on the St. Maarten Government YouTube/SXMGOV channel as well as Facebook at SXM Gov.

To commemorate this remembrance, the end of slavery, an Ecumenical Service was held at St Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
16 Jul 2021 09:27 PM

DcommS Emancipation Day Special

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten On July 1st, the Government of St. Maarten commemorated the end of Slavery with their annualEmancipation Dayceremony and activities. This is the158th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Abolishment of Slavery on Sint Maarten.The theme this year isNo More Auction Block!

The Department of Communication has put together a Special of this days event, and it premiered on the St. Maarten Government YouTube/SXMGOV channel as well as Facebook at SXM Gov.

To commemorate this remembrance, the end of slavery, an Ecumenical Service was held at St Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
16 Jul 2021 06:38 PM

DcommS Emancipation Day Special.

PHILIPSBURG:--- On July 1st, the Government of St. Maarten commemorated the end of Slavery with their annual Emancipation Day ceremony and activities. This is the 158th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Abolishment of Slavery on Sint Maarten. The theme this year is No More Auction Block!

The Department of Communication has put together a Special of this days event, and it premiered on the St. Maarten Government YouTube/SXMGOV channel as well as Facebook at SXM Gov.

To commemorate this remembrance, the end of slavery, an Ecumenical Service was held at St Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
16 Jul 2021 07:10 AM

PHILIPSBURG:---  On Monday, July 12, 2021, through Wednesday, July 14, 2021, the Honorable Minister Anna E. Richardson hosted a Conference commemorating Justice Week 2021 at the Simpson Bay Resort. The conference served as an opportunity for each department and external partners of the Ministry to discuss topics related to their operations which included their legal basis, year plans, the budget, challenges, plan of actions aimed at improving the functionality and effectiveness of the same Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
16 Jul 2021 12:57 AM

Minister Of Justice Anna E. Richardson Pleased With The Results Of Justice Conference

Philipsburg On Monday, July 12, 2021 through Wednesday, July 14, 2021, the Honorable Minister Anna E. Richardson hosted a Conference commemorating Justice Week 2021 at the Simpson Bay Resort. The conference served as an opportunity for each department and external partners of the Ministry to discuss topics related to their operations which included their legal basis, year plans, the budget, challenges, plan of actions aimed at improving the functionality and effectiveness of same. Present at the conference was the Coast Guard, Court of Guardianship, the Police Force of Sint Maarten, National Detectives, Customs, the Admissions and Expulsions section of the Immigration Department, Financial Intelligence Unit Sint Maarten and the Foundation Judicial Institutes Sint Maarten (SJIB).

During the three-day conference, each department delivered presentations to a selected panel tasked with providing critical and structured feedback based on the agenda points Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
12 Jul 2021 06:39 PM

by Rhoda Arrindell, PhD

PHILIPSBURG:--- While authority figures regularly condemn our youngsters, calling out undesirable behavior, they seem misguided in how to adequately address these behaviors and empower our youngsters.
In 2011, I created the program Get off the Block, Get on the Bus, and Get Busy (GB3) to try to address the immediate needs of our wandering youth Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
11 Jul 2021 09:34 AM

Emmanuel: Any Recommendation For Property Tax Is Dead On Arrival

~ Tackle tax reform before Dutch do it for you ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Thursday said that the government of St. Maarten has to say once and for all if land and property taxes as proposed by the CFT is on the table for consideration and future implementation yes or no.

Plain and simple, the MP said, government has to say whether it will entertain such suggestions and advice from the CFT or if it will inform CFT that such a suggestion is dead on arrival Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
08 Jul 2021 08:55 PM

~ Tackle tax reform before Dutch do it for you ~

Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Thursday said that the government of St. Maarten has to say once and for all if land and property taxes as proposed by the CFT is on the table for consideration and future implementation yes or no.
Plain and simple, the MP said, government has to say whether it will entertain such suggestions and advice from the CFT or if it will inform CFT that such a suggestion is dead on arrival Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
06 Jul 2021 07:55 PM

Mp Buncamper Sends Letter To Minister Of Finance.

The Minister of Finance
Mr. Ardwell Irion,
Government Administration Building,
Soualiga Road # 1,
Philipsburg,
St. Maarten.

Subject: APS local investment questions.

Honorable Minister Irion,
I would like to receive some information on the ROI of the local investments made by the General Pension Fund dating back from when e came country on 10-10-10.
In many discussions and in the reports of the General Audit Chamber the picture painted doesnt truly show a good investment climate locally when it comes to investing, or that the investments made arent really followed up on and thus hampering a proper return on investment Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
22 Jun 2021 10:27 PM

~ Says budget full of vanity projects ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel and MP Claudius Buncamper of the USP faction on Tuesday were critical of the 2021 budget presented by the UP/NA Coalition government, condemning it as a roadmap of vanity projects with no realistic options to solve the issues that matter to people most.

"On top of being nine months late, this budget is remarkable for what it doesn't mention, the MPs said Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
24 May 2021 10:08 AM

From left: Sergeant Major J.G. De Bruin of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and Asha Stevens-Mohabier outside the Hillside gym.

Cu7bCAY HILL--Ahead of the upcoming hurricane season, the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and the Royal Dutch Army will set up headquarters at the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School campus in Cay Hill for the annual hurricane exercise HUREX.

  Between May 25 and June 6, the marines and military, as per new operational orders, will simulate different scenarios before, during and after a category three storm or higher Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
21 May 2021 07:45 AM

Real Madrid Foundation Football Clinic For Boys And Girls

CAYHILL, Sint Maarten — We are pleased to inform you that our organization FUNDACION REAL MADRID CLINICS DUTCH ANTILLES, together with the REAL MADRID FOUNDATION and our Local Partner Flames United FC, will be organizing a Real Madrid Foundation football clinic for boys and girls (6 till 13 years) between 19 and 23 of July this year on the friendly island of Sint Maarten.

The collaboration of our main sponsor Coca Cola (CC1 Sint Maarten) to provide opportunities to some 75 kids to participate in the Clinic.

The goal of our organization in conjunction with our Sponsor, is to motivate the practice of football on the island as well as to encourage the values inherent in the sport, to give them the opportunity to train as their idols do and contribute to their personal development.

“The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport, Rodolphe Samuel, supports the endeavors by Flames United FC and the Foundation Real Madrid to provide further opportunities for the development of the sport of football, the athletes and the coaches here on St Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
19 May 2021 10:43 PM

An Elitist Defending The Entitled, WhatS New?

Dear Mr. Editor,

Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel

Allow me to start by telling you a short story. Once upon a time there were a handful of entitled people on St. Maarten who believed that they controlled everything, even peoples thoughts. This group of elitists carved up St. Maarten for themselves and extended families, sometimes even stole land from other local people who werent well off. Thinking back today, it reminded you of a modern-day sci-fi movie when you werent allowed to utter their names in any critical fashion out of fear of reprisals.

Open vindictiveness was rife in the country and not every local was viewed as equal Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
19 May 2021 02:49 PM

PHILIPSBURG: --- Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Wednesday that St. Maarten still did not receive the NAF39M liquidity support from the Netherlands neither the loan agreement even though St. Maarten has fully complied with all conditions set forth by the Dutch Government, said liquidity support since April 2021.

The countrys Prime Minister further stated that the goalposts are being moved for different reasons that have nothing to do with the conditions and agreements made between the government of St Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
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
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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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
09 May 2021 08:14 PM

Minister Of Vsa Ottley Thanks Vaccination Manager For His Contribution To The Vaccination Campaign

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) TheMinister ofPublic Housing,Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA)Omar Ottley, has officially thankedHenk Veerdig for his contributions to the vaccination campaign over the last three months as the Vaccination Manager of SintMaarten.

Henk Veerdig came to the island in February to head the Vaccination Management Team (VMT), based on his earlier experience with the Red Cross during the first wave of COVID-19 infections on Sint Maarten. 

When his contract ended two weeks ago, Henk returned to the Netherlands after three very eventful months Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
09 May 2021 05:00 PM

Minister Of Vsa Ottley Thanks Vaccination Manager For His Contribution To The Vaccination Campaign.

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):---The Minister of Public Housing, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) Omar Ottley has officially thanked Henk Veerdig for his contributions to the vaccination campaign over the last three months as the Vaccination Manager of Sint Maarten.
Henk Veerdig came to the island in February to head the Vaccination Management Team (VMT), based on his earlier experience with the Red Cross during the first wave of COVID-19 infections on Sint Maarten Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
12 Apr 2021 10:58 AM

Better Rehabilitation/Reintegration Programs Needed, Says Mp Ottley

PHILIPSBURGThe alarming rate of major crimes in St. Maarten has the attention of United People’s UP Party Member of Parliament Omar Ottley, who says better rehabilitation and or reintegration programs are urgently needed to reintegrate formerly convicted persons into society.

He also has some robbery prevention tips for businesses to apply in their daily operation immediately Read more


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