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Source: SMN-News
23 Sep 2021 11:28 PM

Erfpact Land Distribution A Known Taboo For Politicians On St. Maarten.

~ A policy is like placing a band-aid over a life sore.~

PHILIPSBURG: --- The distribution of long lease land to voters during an election is a known taboo for politicians on St. Maarten, it is one of the reasons why the Ministry of VROMI is fought for during coalition negotiations. In most cases, the best negotiator wins.

Members of Parliament that were either commissioners or ministers are guilty of receiving parcels of land for themselves their family members, close friends, and party supporters Read more


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Source: 721 News
22 Sep 2021 03:51 PM

Emmanuel Says Trust Fund Rejection Of Housing Proposal Feels Incomplete

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel on Monday said the statement by the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) about raising the rent of its tenants feels like there is more to the story than the foundation is saying and questioned governments role.

SMHDF General Director Helen Salomons informed the media that the World Bank (WB) Trust Fund Steering Committee has denied SMHDFs request for US $45 million in funding. She said that the rejection is for reasons unknown Read more


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Source: SMN-News
20 Sep 2021 07:33 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel on Monday said the statement by the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) about raising the rent of its tenants feels like there is more to the story than the foundation is saying and questioned governments role.
SMHDF General Director Helen Salomons informed the media that the World Bank (WB) Trust Fund Steering Committee has denied SMHDFs request for the US $45 million in funding. She said that the rejection is for reasons unknown Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
20 Sep 2021 12:46 AM

Emmanuel Questions If 52 Million From Home-Porting Was Realized

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel has called on government to provide a report on the countrys first home-porting experience, in particular if the estimated US $52 million was realizednow that the service is over totheCelebrityMillenium.

The MP said that currently the people of St. Maarten are only hearing tax, tax, tax from the government, with no other revenue generating measures or cost saving measures being mentioned.  As such, he said, this would be the opportune time to Let us know if we managed to derive that famous US $52 million from home-porting, the MP said.

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Source: SMN-News
19 Sep 2021 06:58 PM

Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel has called on the government to provide a report on the countrys first home-porting experience, in particular, if the estimated US $52 million was realized now that the service is over to the Celebrity Millenium.
PHILIPSBURG:--- The MP said that currently, the people of St. Maarten are only hearing tax, tax, tax from the government, with no other revenue-generating measures or cost-saving measures being mentioned. As such, he said, this would be the opportune time to Let us know if we managed to derive that famous US $52 million from home-porting, the MP said.
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Source: SMN-News
19 Sep 2021 06:54 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday said the Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion proved once again that the financial information he shares with the Parliament and the people of St. Maarten cannot be trusted. The misinformation and hiding of the truth continue, MP Emmanuel said.
The MP was referring to the disclosure by Minister Irion that a 7.5% sales tax for online purchases is on the table as part of the governments tax reform plans Read more


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Source: 721 News
19 Sep 2021 05:14 PM

Emmanuel Questions If 52 Million From Home-Porting Was Realized

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel has called on government to provide a report on the countrys first home-porting experience, in particular if the estimated US $52 million was realized now that the service is over to the Celebrity Millenium.

The MP said that currently the people of St. Maarten are only hearing tax, tax, tax from the government, with no other revenue generating measures or cost saving measures being mentioned. As such, he said, this would be the opportune time to Let us know if we managed to derive that famous US $52 million from home-porting, the MP said.

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Source: 721 News
19 Sep 2021 05:12 PM

Emmanuel: Finance Minister Proves Again He Cannot Be Trusted With Financial Information

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday said the Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion proved once again that the financial information he shares with the Parliament and the people of St. Maarten cannot be trusted. The mis-information and hiding of the truth continues, MP Emmanuel said.
The MP was referring to the disclosure by Minister Irion that a 7.5% sales tax for online purchases is on the table as part of the governments tax reform plans Read more


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Source: 721 News
17 Sep 2021 11:59 AM

Emmanuel Asks If Schiphol, Ballast Nedam Conflict Will Affect Airport Re-Construction

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — An ongoing situation in the Netherlands between Schiphol International and contractor Ballast Nedam has prompted Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel to write to Minister of TEATT Roger Lawrence to obtain information on any potential fallout for the re-construction of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA).

In the week of August 27, 2021, several media outlets in the Netherlands reported on the significant financial losses of Schiphol International Airport in the first half of 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic Read more


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Source: 721 News
17 Sep 2021 11:56 AM

Mp Emmanuel Questions Doran About Re-Locating People From Landfill To Foga

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday dispatched a letter to the Minister of VROMI Egbert Doran with a number of questions regarding the reported relocation of persons living on the landfill to brand new homes to be built at the area known as the Foga Housing Development Project in Sucker Garden.
Emmanuel said in his letter to the Minister that persistent rumors and unconfirmed reports must be addressed post haste as there were existing plans for the area Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Sep 2021 05:28 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- An ongoing situation in the Netherlands between Schiphol International and contractor Ballast Nedam has prompted Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel to write to Minister of TEATT Roger Lawrence to obtain information on any potential fallout for the re-construction of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA).
In the week of August 27, 2021, several media outlets in the Netherlands reported on the significant financial losses of Schiphol International Airport in the first half of 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Sep 2021 05:22 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent MP Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday dispatched a letter to the Minister of VROMI Egbert Doran with a number of questions regarding the reported relocation of persons living on the landfill to brand new homes to be built at the area known as the Foga Housing Development Project in Sucker Garden.
Emmanuel said in his letter to the Minister that persistent rumors and unconfirmed reports must be addressed post-haste as there were existing plans for the area. One of his 10 questions to the Minister queried if there is any validity to the report that persons living on the landfill will each be compensated financially to move as well as the legal status of these individuals Read more


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Source: 721 News
13 Sep 2021 11:09 PM

Mp Emmanuel: Making Light Of Accountability Shows President Of ParliamentS Immaturity

Everything I predicted came true

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Monday said the fact that President of Parliament Rolando Brison continues to poke fun at the notion of accountability not only reflects his immaturity, but the low level of respect he has for the people of St Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
13 Sep 2021 09:20 PM

Emmanuel: Making Light Of Accountability Shows President Of ParliamentS Immaturity

Everything I predicted came true

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Monday said the fact that President of Parliament RolandoBrisoncontinues to poke fun at the notion of accountability not only reflects his immaturity, but the low level of respect he has for the people of St. Maarten. In his mind, he and the government he supports is accountable to no one, Emmanuel said.

MP Emmanuel on Monday called the current government the worst government in the history of St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 06:47 PM

Everything I predicted came true

Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Monday said the fact that President of Parliament Rolando Brison continues to poke fun at the notion of accountability not only reflects his immaturity but the low level of respect he has for the people of St. Maarten. In his mind, he and the government he supports is accountable to no one, Emmanuel said.
MP Emmanuel on Monday called the current government the worst government in the history of St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 11:28 AM

~ Marlin promised change in the new parliamentary year.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Faction leaders in the parliament of St. Maarten did not spare government in their closing remarks. Government was described as the worst in past years while having a bad parliament. Independent Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel said that this government placed their people on death row while depending on the Ombudsman to grant them clemency Read more


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Source: 721 News
07 Sep 2021 09:20 AM

Emmanuel Says Govt Gullible In Dealing With Dutch, Says Coho Still Unnecessary

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Monday re-iterated his position that the COHO or COHO 2.0 is a construct of control that is unnecessary in the bigger picture of St. Maarten implementing government reforms.
He said the government of St. Maarten is gullible when dealing with the Dutch or being willfully deceitful in keeping the public in the dark in regards to changes to the COHO legislation. We are approaching the end of the year and the entity known as COHO is still mired in controversy because in some shape or form it encroaches on the autonomy of the countries, Emmanuel said.

He stressed that State Secretary of Kingdom Relations & Interior Affairs Raymond Knops is forcing the countries to accept the entity by pretending to remove problematic areas of the COHO legislation, only to disguise COHOs true intent in other ways Read more


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Source: SMN-News
06 Sep 2021 05:15 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Monday reiterated his position that the COHO or COHO 2.0 is a construct of control that is unnecessary in the bigger picture of St. Maarten implementing government reforms.
He said the government of St. Maarten is gullible when dealing with the Dutch or being willfully deceitful in keeping the public in the dark in regards to changes to the COHO legislation. We are approaching the end of the year and the entity is known as COHO is still mired in controversy because in some shape or form it encroaches on the autonomy of the countries, Emmanuel said.
He stressed that State Secretary of Kingdom Relations & Interior Affairs Raymond Knops is forcing the countries to accept the entity by pretending to remove problematic areas of the COHO legislation, only to disguise COHOs true intent in other ways Read more


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Source: SMN-News
06 Sep 2021 05:11 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- I am not at all surprised, says MP Christophe Emmanuel in reaction to the CFTs statement that lower personnel costs have not been realized after the government implemented a 12.5% cut in income and benefits of civil servants. The CFT stated that personnel costs remain the same as 2020. This government cut the income and benefits of civil servants and forced suffering on the people to please people 5,000 miles away in Holland, he said.
The MP said that any economist or financial expert could have told the government that those cuts could not result in any significant savings for the government Read more


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Source: 721 News
02 Sep 2021 12:14 PM

Mp Emmanuel: Govt. Too Comfortable With Increasing Tax Burden On People, Businesses

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday said he still cannot understand how a government that professes to care about its people is so comfortable and still unable to realistically tackle the issues that would improve their standard of living, but prefer to look at new ways to inflict more tax burden directly and indirectly upon them.

In this context, the MP referred to the Minister of Finance Ardwell Irions tax-reform presentation on Monday to Parliament as a presentation of nothing Read more


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Source: SMN-News
31 Aug 2021 07:26 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday said he still cannot understand how a government that professes to care about its people is so comfortable and still unable to realistically tackle the issues that would improve their standard of living, but prefer to look at new ways to inflict more tax burden directly and indirectly upon them.
In this context, the MP referred to the Minister of Finance Ardwell Irions tax reform presentation on Monday to Parliament as a presentation of nothing Read more


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Source: 721 News
28 Aug 2021 08:54 AM

Emmanuel: Coalition Not Holding Their Own Accountable, Meeting Requested

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — MP Christopher Emmanuel on Friday said a request has been submitted for an urgent Central Committee meeting with Minister of VSA Omar Ottley regarding COVID-19 protocols, their enforcement by the authorities and circumventing by members of the UP/NA coalition at their discretion for personal pleasure.

The MP said he has listened to Ottleys explanation of what transpired last weekend at Lotus Night Club, but as the Minister of VSA and Interim Minister of TEATT at the time, he did not address pertinent questions that specifically focused on breaching protocols.
The Minister used the opportunity to defend himself and take a target off of his back, but in doing so he either forgot or willfully did not answer important questions, MP Emmanuel said.

The question is, did the event, the same event the Minister said had just 100 people, carry on past 11pm and past 2am in the morning? If yes, who gave the permission to the club owners to continue their party later than the stipulated closing time of 11pm and have they been fined? Simple questions, yet all we get is dancing from the Minister who is obviously only concerned with protecting himself, the MP said.

He said the coalition also has yet to answer for the behavior of the Chairman of Parliament Rolando Brison, who used the medical situation of a fellow MP (MP Buncamper) as an excuse not to travel to Bonaire to attend IPKO, but instead spent a weekend partying Read more


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Source: SMN-News
27 Aug 2021 12:12 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- MP Christopher Emmanuel on Friday said a request has been submitted for an urgent Central Committee meeting with Minister of VSA Omar Ottley regarding COVID-19 protocols, their enforcement by the authorities, and circumventing by members of the UP/NA coalition at their discretion for personal pleasure.
The MP said he has listened to Ottleys explanation of what transpired last weekend at Lotus Night Club, but as the Minister of VSA and Interim Minister of TEATT at the time, he did not address pertinent questions that specifically focused on breaching protocols.
The Minister used the opportunity to defend himself and take a target off of his back, but in doing so he either forgot or willfully did not answer important questions, MP Emmanuel said Read more


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Source: SMN-News
22 Aug 2021 05:47 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday said members of government need to stop with unbecoming behavior, be transparent with the public, follow its established protocols and stop trying to deflect with empty, evasive press releases. CPS protocols are in place to protect people. Leaders in this country should avoid undermining them with irresponsible actions, the MP said.
The MP was referring to Minister of VSA Omar Ottleys response to reports that he and the President of Parliament Rolando Brison attended a gathering at Lotus Night Club after the stipulated 11 pm closing time on Friday last Read more


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