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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: 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


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Source: SMN-News
08 Nov 2023 03:38 PM

Democratic Party (Dp) Responds To Hillaire.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Its not the intention of the Board of the Democratic Party (DP) to join the political frays that mar our country today. Political candidates and hopefuls are seeking where to position themselves, as to get on a list, one needs to align oneself with a political party. A political party that, according to our laws, must be an association with political objectives, vision, and platform Read more


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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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Source: SMN-News
05 Nov 2023 06:02 PM

PHLIPSBURG:--- As the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, and someone who has held public office in this great nation, I stake my reputation on passion and dedication to service in the political arena. I have never wavered in my integrity and service to the people of St. Maarten. Because of this, I initially had no intention to respond to the ridiculous allegations being made against me.
Contrary to what has been promoted by Mr. Arrindell, this civil case is to ensure the freedom of speech as guaranteed by our constitution in article 10, cannot lead to a violation of other human rights an individual has, such as the right to privacy and family life Read more


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Source: SMN-News
05 Nov 2023 11:44 AM

PHILIPSBURG:---  Shirley Hilaire has joined the United People's UP Party to contest the 2024 Parliamentary Elections on St. Maarten after serving for several years as executive assistant to Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams and running as a United Democrat candidate.
Hilaire cited irreconcilable differences with "new blood" entering the Democratic Party whose approach and policies do not align with her beliefs as the main reason for leaving Read more


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Source: 721 News
04 Nov 2023 12:49 PM

Cibc Firstcaribbean Has Announced That It Is Rebranding To Cibc

Re-brand to be completed during the banks new financial year

Bridgetown, Barbados —As it enters a new financial year, FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited has announced that the leading Caribbean bank is re-branding its business to adopt the name of its parent, CIBC. Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Mark St. Hill, made the announcement to his staff this morning.

St. Hill noted that the adoption of the CIBC brand is a show of confidence of the banks parent bank, and a sign of its commitment to the Caribbean region Read more


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Source: SMN-News
03 Nov 2023 06:06 PM

Businessman Oliver Arrindell Did Not Appear In Case Brought Against Him Pm Jacobs.

 ~ Defense admits that Arrindell went too far. ~

PHILIPSBURG: --- The Court of First Instance had to make two courtrooms available on Friday afternoon to accommodate members of the public who showed up at the Courthouse in support of Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs who filed a civil case against businessperson Olivier Arrindell for slander and defamation.
Arrindell who is currently in Congo Africa, was supposed to attend the hearing virtually but he did not do so because he claimed that his internet connection in Africa was not stable Read more


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Source: SMN-News
03 Nov 2023 05:21 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor (VSA), Omar Ottley, convened a quarterly meeting at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on November 2nd to follow up on the progress of the construction process of the St. Maarten General Hospital. The meeting witnessed a presentation by Finso representative, highlighting the processes, bottlenecks, and outcomes achieved thus far.

The construction of the technologically advanced building is currently in full swing, with the wastewater treatment plant being simultaneously developed Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
01 Nov 2023 11:41 PM

ItS Been Long Enough Sarah Wants Ottley To Take Urgent Action On Vaping

MP Sarah Wescot-Williams

 

PHILIPSBURG--United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) Read more


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Source: SMN-News
01 Nov 2023 04:43 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased in the third quarter of 2023 to 109.44, which represented an increase of 0.69% when compared to the previous quarter. Additionally, when comparing consumer prices in the past year quarter three of 2022 to quarter three of 2023 the results show a notable increase of 2.00%.

A Comparison of 2023 Q3 with 2023 Q2 revealed the highest Increases were in restaurants and hotels.

In the third quarter of 2023, prices rose in 10 of the 12 expenditure categories when compared to the second quarter of 2023 Read more


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Source: SMN-News
01 Nov 2023 01:29 PM

~Says Marketplace project started years ago and is partially financed by a cruise line. ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- In response to questions posed by SMN News regarding the marketplace project that was announced by the Minister of TEATT Arthur Lambriex and was highlighted by a former cabinet staff of TEATT on Tuesday evening accusing the Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion of holding up the project and playing politics with the peoples business Read more


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Source: SMN-News
31 Oct 2023 03:19 PM

NEW YORK/PHILIPSBURG:--- Sint Maarten is fully dependent on tourism, particularly on the overall value of its stayover visitors and their economic contribution, which the Minister TEATT, Mr. Arthur Leo Lambriex, believes has been overlooked for too long. When the minister took office in early 2023, he initiated contact with all airline stakeholders to stress their importance to Sint Maartens economy and to ensure them that the Minister himself would do his utmost best to improve the industry Read more


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Source: 721 News
29 Oct 2023 12:04 AM

Prosecutor: Mcb Waives Naf 25 Million In Deemed Proceeds From Old Swipe Case

Willemstad, Curaao – The Prosecutors Office OM announced today that it has agreed with Maduro & Curiels Bank N.V. (MCB) that MCB will waive the proceeds of so-called dollar swiping by its clients. It concerns 25 million Antillean Guilders over the period 2007-2015 in Curaao. The prosecutor will not prosecute MCB for its role in ‘dollar swiping’ by its clients.

The Breton investigation took place under the direction of the OM . It was conducted by the Special Police Taskforce RST with support from the Dutch Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service FIOD and the Netherlands Police.

The Breton investigation concerned whether MCB took sufficient measures more than a decade ago to prevent illegal dollar swiping by its clients Read more


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Source: SMN-News
27 Oct 2023 08:13 PM

United People's Party Board Denounces Deceptive Rhetoric For Personal Gain.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Board of the United People's (UP) Party strongly condemns the malicious rhetoric and disingenuous statements peddled by individuals willing to deceive the people of Sint Maarten for their gain. It is crucial to address these actions that serve as a distraction from the real issues facing our nation.
The Board has taken note of the various levels of slander, gossip, and dishonesty perpetuated by individuals, some of whom have thankfully severed ties with the United People's Party Read more


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Source: 721 News
26 Oct 2023 05:12 AM

Jordan EveryS Remarkable Contribution To SabaS Sustainable Tourism Efforts

SABA In the beginning of October, Jordan Every had the opportunity to travel to Estonia to participate in 2023 Green Destinations Conference. The conference this year was held in Tallinn, Estonia in honor of the city recently winning the European Green Capital Award.

Sustainable Tourism

As a Junior Policy Advisor in the Project Bureau at Public Entity Saba, Every works closely with the Tourism Department. Prior to her departure to Estonia, she successfully completed the Sustainable Tourism course offered by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

The GSTC course is renowned for its comprehensive coverage of sustainability practices in the travel and tourism industry Read more


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Source: 721 News
26 Oct 2023 04:51 AM

Parliamentarians Deem Tripartite Meeting A Success

SINT MAARTEN, PHILIPSBURG On October 24, 2023, the Parliament of Sint Maarten hosted colleague Parliamentarians from the countries of Aruba and Curaao for Tripartite discussions.

The objective of the Tripartite meeting is to prepare for the Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultation as well as to discuss topics of mutual interest. During the Tripartite meeting of February 2023, the delegations agreed to meet more often which would entail three in-person meetings and one virtual meeting per year Read more


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Source: SMN-News
25 Oct 2023 01:58 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On October 24, 2023, the Parliament of Sint Maarten hosted colleague Parliamentarians from the countries of Aruba and Curaao for Tripartite discussions.
The objective of the Tripartite meeting is to prepare for the Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultation as well as to discuss topics of mutual interest. During the Tripartite meeting of February 2023, the delegations agreed to meet more often which would entail three in-person meetings and one virtual meeting per year. The meeting held on Sint Maarten was the first in-person additional meeting since the decision in February 2023.

The day started with an opening address by the President of the Parliament of Sint Maarten, Mr Read more


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Source: SMN-News
25 Oct 2023 01:50 PM

~ Disgraced politician Theodore Heyliger to serve five years behind bars.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Prosecutor's Office OM has reached a settlement with T.E.H. (Theodore Heyliger) in the Larimar dispossession case Read more


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Source: SMN-News
24 Oct 2023 01:58 PM

SABA:---  In the beginning of October, Jordan Every had the opportunity to travel to Estonia to participate in the 2023 Green Destinations Conference. The conference this year was held in Tallinn, Estonia in honor of the city recently winning the European Green Capital Award.

Sustainable Tourism

As a Junior Policy Advisor in the Project Bureau at Public Entity Saba, Every works closely with the Tourism Department. Prior to her departure to Estonia, she successfully completed the Sustainable Tourism course offered by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

The GSTC course is renowned for its comprehensive coverage of sustainability practices in the travel and tourism industry Read more


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Source: SMN-News
24 Oct 2023 11:30 AM

Dcna Releases Third Issue Of Bionews Kids Keep The Nature Reading Going For The Youth.

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) is thrilled to announce the release of the highly anticipated third edition of Bionews Kids, a dynamic nature magazine tailored for children aged 10-12 across the six Dutch Caribbean islands. This engaging publication, available both in print and online, is a cornerstone of DCNA's commitment to nurturing a love for nature and bolstering nature education among the youth of the Dutch Caribbean.

BioNews Kids: Fostering Curiosity and Conservation

BioNews Kids was conceived with a clear mission: to inspire young minds to explore the wonders of nature and cultivate a sense of responsibility towards its preservation Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
24 Oct 2023 10:29 AM

Prime Minister Summons Olivier Arrindell To Court, Demands Correction And Apology

PHILIPSBURG--Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs is preparing to go to court to enforce rectification and an apology from businessman Olivier Arrindell, who has repeatedly accused her of being corrupt. The petition for summary proceedings, filed with the Court of First Instance on October 18, scrutinises 29 videos made by Arrindell.

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Source: SMN-News
23 Oct 2023 12:41 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Steadfast efforts are in full force as CIBC FirstCaribbean gets ready to Move for the Cure on Saturday, October 28th.

With an unswerving pledge to support cancer patients and the education and awareness of the disease, the regions most prominent cancer charity, Walk for the Cure, now in its 12th year, continues to support persons living with the disease.

This years walk comprises a walk, workout, and yoga marathon event. Proceeds will benefit the Positive Foundation, Still Beautiful, and Elektralyets Foundation in their collaborated cancer support, education, and awareness efforts Read more


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Source: SMN-News
22 Oct 2023 08:01 PM

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):--- On Sunday afternoon the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) met in the EOC Conference room chaired by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, where updates were provided by the 10 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) and most specifically the education sector.

During the meeting of the EOC held on Sunday, the decision was taken to continue to monitor the ongoing weather effects especially as a flood watch remains in effect for the country Read more


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