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MAP
Source: 721 News
19 Nov 2020 09:36 AM

Minister Of General Affairs Silveria Jacobs Initiates National Food Bank Project

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On March 14, 2020, St. Maarten closed its borders, due to the effects of COVID-19 and a partial restriction was announced. With the island still bearing the effects of the pandemic such as business closures, the economy has drastically declined and it is further projected to have continued adverse effects on the major economic pillar, tourism.

The government of St. Maarten has, for the short-term, initiated food boxes for persons in need. Due to the overwhelming need for sustenance, lack of capacity and limited resources, a more sustainable plan is warranted to support vulnerable groups Read more


Candidates in this article:
MAP
SMCP
Source: 721 News
05 Feb 2018 06:54 PM

Smcp Signs Declaration Eradication Of Poverty

On Saturday, February 3rd 2018, the Board of the Sint Maarten Christian Party signed a declaration stating that the Party’s MPs will begin the process towards eradicating of poverty on Sint Maarten when elected to Parliament. Witnessing the signing ceremony were members of the Sint Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform (SMAPP) Raymond Jessurun and Claire Eshot and Alberto Bute.

I am sure that there will be people who will immediately label the signing of this document as another political gimmick leading up to the February 26 elections Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
14 Dec 2017 02:12 AM

St. Maarten At Funding Mission And Energy Summit Cooperation With French St. Martin Seen As Way Forward

Great Bay, St. Maarten – Cooperation with the French side of St. Maarten is a key component for St. Maarten, in its ongoing rebuilding and development efforts. This is a prevalent sentiment of St. Maarten following its recent attendance of high level meetings held in Brussels.

At the invitation of the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTA), St. Maarten attended the 3rd Ministerial Energy Summit in Brussels, on December 6th and 7th. Utilizing the opportunity presented by this invitation, St Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
27 Oct 2017 12:16 AM

Solutions To Save Our Local University

Dear Editor,

As an Educator teaching 25 years at the University of St. Martin (USM), I would like to humbly give my advice and solution to the Minister of Education on how to save our University of St. Martin. I fully understand the situation our Government is being confronted with. The shortage of income for this year and the coming years for the entire country is something we all have to face and therefore it is impossible at this point and time to commit to any type of monetary assistance to the University, but we need to be creative in seeking a solution.

This is where creative financing comes into the picture within Government Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
21 Aug 2017 01:46 PM

Live: The Total Solar Eclipse Of 2017 Is Happening Now! Watch It Live Here

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Watch a live video stream of the 2017 total solar eclipse on Space.com or learn where you can see the eclipse in person (and at what times). Here is Space.com’s complete guide to the 2017 total solar eclipse. It includes information about where and when to see it, how long it lasts, what you can expect to see, and how to plan ahead to ensure you get the m Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
12 Jul 2017 06:26 PM

La Cruz Roja Se Prepara Para La Temporada De Huracanes

PHILIPSBURG.– La temporada de huracanes 2017 del Atlántico, comenzó oficialmente el 1 de junio y termina el 30 de noviembre. Los meteorólogos han pronosticado que la temporada será superior a la media. Independientemente de las predicciones, siempre es aconsejable estar preparados.

721news habló con la coordinadora de desastres de la Cruz Roja de St. Maarten Natasha Carty y con el coordinador auxiliar de desastres Travin Joseph sobre sus preparativos.

Ambos informaron que en el momento se están asegurando de que todo está en su lugar, y han participado en los entrenamientos necesarios, como el HUREX (Ejercicio Huracán) Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
24 Jun 2017 09:02 AM

Address Of Pm William Marlin At The Governor’S Symposium On “Ict Governance – Shaping Our Future”

The topic of this Forum calls for a re-thinking and re-imagining of what a future St. Maarten should be like in terms of its use and integration of Information Technology in its everyday life. We could look at this from the perspective of government’s IT Department and what the policy is with regards to harvesting the fruits of technology for the benefit of the people. I am, however, sure that there are better qualified experts who will address this point of view.

Permit me, therefore, to take a broader view of the issue and share with you my vision of St Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
23 Jun 2017 06:15 AM

Department Of Culture Represented At Annual Csa Conference

Nassau, Bahamas — The 42nd Annual Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Annual Conference themed “Culture and Knowledge Economies: The Future of Caribbean Development?” was held at the Meliã Nassau Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas on June 5-10, 2017. Department of Culture Policy Officer Sharine Allamby was amongst the 300 attendees and other St. Maarten representatives including Mrs. Okama Brook, Program Chair of the CSA’s Executive Council and academics Dr. Francio Guadeloupe and Dean Geneve Philips of the University of St Read more


Candidates in this article:
MAP
Source: 721 News
23 May 2017 12:06 PM

Charlotte Brookson Academy Of The Performance Arts Students To Compete In France  

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts (CBA) proudly announces its students Faith Peterson, Kiara Vanterpool, Lian Borsje, Ray Angel Boasman and Jeremiah David, who will be forming part of the National Institute of Arts (NIA) delegation to compete in Champagne, France, from May 25-28, 2017.  The total delegation of students traveling to France is eight of which five are the CBA students.

The students had first competed in the prestigious Regionaux Confederation National De Danse held for the first time in St Read more


Candidates in this article:
MAP
Source: 721 News
18 Apr 2017 12:48 AM

Rotary Sunrise Congratulates Winners Of Butterfly Story Book Contest: Khushi J. Soneji And Nagely Andular Vargas

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, District 7020 Butterfly Story writing contest was recently concluded and with much appreciation to our young authors, Rotary Sunrise heartily congratulates Khushi Soneji and Nagely Andular Vargas for emerging as the overall winners. The Gift of Listening by Khushi J. Soneji of the Methodist Agogic Center and The Girl with the Well-Worn Uniform by Nagely Andujar Vargas of Ruby Labega school emerged as the two best stories from the 14 stories submitted from St Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
30 Mar 2017 12:59 AM

Governing Program Or Glorified Manifesto?

The long awaited governing program has finally been released under the name “Solidarity for Prosperity.”

I commend the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), comprised of the NA, USP and DP factions, for producing such a colorful and comprehensive document Read more


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MAP
DP
NA
USP
Source: 721 News
24 Mar 2017 02:06 AM

Stability For Prosperity! Is Title Governing Program 2016-2020

PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday, March 23, Prime Minister William Marlin presented, as part of the launch of the governing program 2016-2020 “Stability for Prosperity!” a hard copy of the program to Parliament. The presentation was made to Chairlady of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams and Member of Parliament (MP) Frans Richardson, second Vice Chairman.

The governing program outlines the vision and strategy for the governing period Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
18 Mar 2017 01:29 AM

Minister Lee: We Are Taking Compliance Seriously

PHILIPSBURG – In Wednesday’s, March 15, Council of Ministers Press Briefing, Minister of Health, Labor, and Social Affairs Emil Lee elaborated on the controls his Ministry conducted on businesses on the Dutch side last Friday.

“We conducted a multi-disciplinary control. This was a multi-ministerial cooperation. The team that went out last Friday comprised of Inspectors from Labor, the Ministry of VSA, labor inspectors with the assistance of the Ministry of Finance, tax inspectors with the assistance of the Ministry of Justice, immigration officers as well as representatives from SVB,” Minister Lee stated.

This included cooperation with other departments like VROMI, which is in the process of helping to produce a detailed map of the Dutch, “so that we can literally map out a door to door campaign in terms of how we’re moving forward with compliance.”

Minister Lee clarified that contrary to statements in the media, that businesses had been closed, “I want to state for the record that we did not close any businesses Read more


Candidates in this article:
MAP
Source: 721 News
29 Jan 2017 11:55 PM

Summit Resort Hotel Wins 2017 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

Ms. Edna “Pat” Evans General Manager of The Summit Resort

CUPECOY, St. Maarten – The Summit Resort Hotel today announced it has been recognized as a winner in the Top Bargain Hotels – Caribbean category of the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ ChoiceR awards for Hotels, ranking 24th out of 25 total winners.

In the 15th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
11 Dec 2016 11:49 PM

Caft Chairman Age Bakker: “Keep Doing The Utmost To Meet Deficit Norms”

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – During a recent visit to Aruba, the Board of Financial Supervision for Aruba (CAft) indicated that the utmost must be done in order to meet the maximum acceptable deficit norm.

At this moment, particularly the indirect tax income is lagging well behind under the influence of low economic growth. In contrast, the reopening of the oil refinery will result in additional income for the government. The estimated direct tax revenue of Aruba for 2018 represents a 22% rise Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
20 Nov 2016 12:40 AM

Noaa’S Goes-R Satellite Heads To Orbit, Will Improve Weather Forecasting

GOES-R, the first of NOAA’s highly advanced geostationary weather satellites, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 6:42 pm EST today. The satellite will boost the nation’s weather observation network and NOAA’s prediction capabilities, leading to more accurate and timely forecasts, watches and warnings.

In about two weeks, once GOES-R is situated in orbit 22,300 miles above Earth, it will be known as GOES-16. Within a year, after undergoing a checkout and validation of its six instruments, the new satellite will become operational.

“The next generation of weather satellites is finally here Read more

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MAP
Source: 721 News
21 Sep 2016 04:18 AM

Szv Hosts Info Session With Smspa

PHILIPSBURG – Social and Health Insurances SZV recently hosted an information session for the board of the St. Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA), members of Home away from Home and Meals on Wheels foundation.

SZV presented the operational roadmap of the departments Care Procurement, Labor and Health, Medical Referrals, Medical Claims and Pension.

The session highlighted the correlation between the departments, and the services of SZV independently and as a whole Read more


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MAP
USP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
06 Sep 2016 12:33 AM

Frans: People Want Serious Representation, Not Silly Political Jokes And Zero Substance

~ Outlines Justice Ministry accomplishments ~

Honorable Minister of Justice Edson Kirindongo

PHILIPSBURG – Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party MP Frans Richardson on Monday, September 5, outlined some of its accomplishments through the Ministry of Justice and appealed to voters not to be distracted by the “typical childlike political behavior” of certain parties.

Richardson assured voters that the US will continue sticking to the issues as it has since the 2016 campaign kicked off and will “watch and shake our heads” as others try to distract the public with behavior unbecoming of serious representation.

“Unlike US, the only certain parties do is publicly is talk about the blue party and try to claim credit for things it did not do Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
05 May 2016 12:57 AM

Prime Minister William Marlin Heads Delegation To Energy Summit In Washington Dc

WASHINGTON DC – Prime Minister William Marlin and Minister of VROMI Angel Meyers are  currently on a working visit in Washington DC. On Tuesday May 2nd, a reception was held in honour of the Caribbean Heads of Delegation and co-hosted by the Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State and the Council of the Americas.

The reception was held at the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
29 Apr 2016 11:19 PM

***Police Notice***: Carnival Junior Parade And Grand Parade Route For Saturday And Sunday Coming

P O L I C E   P R E S S   R E L E A S E

Road closures

In connection with the upcoming junior carnival parade Scheduled for Junior Parade April 30th  and the Grand Carnival Parade May 1st, the Police Department is announcing the following road closures:

Junior Parade April 30th 2016

The parade with start at the Jose Lake Senior Ball Park on the L. B. Scot road in Cul-de-Sac at 03.00 p.m.

The route is as follows:

L.B. Scot road/ Church Hill round about/Bush road/ Prins Bernard Bridge/Walter Nisbet road/Salt Pickers Round about/ Soualiga Boulevard in front of the festival Village.

At 02.00 p.m.:

*The Voges Street will be closed between the Cannegieter street and Front Street and will be used for emergencies only.

*The L.B Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
29 Apr 2016 11:02 PM

*** Police Notice***: Second Day Carnival Parade And Closing Jump Up Route For Monday And Tuesday Coming

P O L I C E   P R E S S   R E L E A S E

In connection with the upcoming junior carnival parade Scheduled for the Second Day parade May 2nd and the Closing Jump-Up May 3rd the Police Department is announcing the following road closures

Second Day Carnival Parade May 2nd

The parade will start at 12.00 p.m. on the Soualiga Boulevard in front of the Festival Village.

The route is as follows:

Soualiga road/ Salt Pickers round about/ Walter Nisbet road/ Percy Labega Street/ Longwall road/ Kerkhofsteeg/ Front Street/ Emmaplein/ Welvaart brug/ Freedom Fighter round about/ Walter Nisbet road/ Salt Picker round about/ Soualiga road and ending in front of the Festival Village.

At 11.20 a.m.:

*A.Th Read more


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MAP
Source: 721 News
20 Apr 2016 02:31 AM

Final Phase Of Emergency Repairs On Front Street Start Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG – The Government of St. Maarten, represented by the Council of Ministers, would like to update the general public with regard to the second and final phase of the emergency repairs, which are being carried out on Front Street.

The project is being financed by the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) and coordinated by the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI).

“We are pleased to inform you, as promised, that the first phase of this project is now completed and traffic through Front Street from Sea Palace can continue up until the Court House Read more


Candidates in this article:
MAP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
04 Apr 2016 04:33 AM

Minister Jacobs Congratulates Windies Champs 2016

PHILIPSURG – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs, on behalf of the Government and people of St. Maarten, congratulated the West Indies female and male cricket teams, who both emerged victorious in their respective final matches held in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 finals held in India.

“Congratulations also goes out to the St Read more


Candidates in this article:
MAP
SMCP
Source: 721 News
04 Apr 2016 04:29 AM

Political Parties Smcp And Map Will Contest Upcoming Elections One

GREAT BAY – After much discussion, the Millennial Advancement Party (MAP) under the leadership of Peter J. Gittens, and the St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) led by Wycliffe Smith, have decided to contest the Read more


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