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Source: 721 News
28 May 2024 08:53 AM

Szv Boosts Library Operations With Donation Of Card Printers

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten Social & Health Insurances SZV has donated two fully equipped card printers to the Sint Maarten Library. As SZV continues transitioning to provide more digital public services, these card printers will no longer be needed at SZV. However, in its commitment to supporting vital community resources, SZV believes the printers would be a valuable asset for the library’s operations.

We are grateful for the generous donation of the card printer, which will greatly enhance our library and better serve our community! – Mr Read more


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Source: 721 News
28 May 2024 08:49 AM

Dcomm Documentalist Participates InDutch Caribbean Heritage Platform Conference

Philipsburg In their 10th year of existence, the Dutch Caribbean Heritage Platform, held their 4th conference, with this years theme of Awareness. The biannual conference was held on Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius, from May 5-May 9.

Present at the conference were participants from the BES islands and the rest of the Dutch Caribbean (Sint Maarten, Curacao, and Aruba), including participants from Anguilla.

The DCH platform was founded on the basis of strengthening cooperation among the Dutch Caribbean islands, exchanging knowledge, networking, and learning and sharing information, practices, and activitieswith the support of ErfgoedAcademie, a Dutch institute, founded in 1986, for heritage education.

The Department of Communication (DCOMM) Documentalist, Lee Williams attended the conference, which began on Sunday evening with a soft opening where Acting Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports Lyndon Lewis gave a short opening remark Read more


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Source: 721 News
28 May 2024 08:45 AM

Airport Reconstruction To Be Completed By October, Pjiae Tells Minister Of Teatt

GREAT BAY The reconstruction of the Terminal Building at Princess Juliana International Airport will be completed by this October, management of the airport assured Grisha Heyliger-Marten, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication when she toured the facilities on Friday.

In her discussions with the airport management (PJIAE) team, the minister emphasized the critical importance of completing the terminal building which has been ongoing for the last seven years.

This project is vital not only for the residents of St Read more


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Source: 721 News
26 May 2024 03:25 PM

Minister Lewis Intervenes Amid Immigration Officer Shortage At Pjia

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Saturday, May 25, 2025, an unexpected shortage of immigration officers at Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) due to a mass sick call, reportedly linked to unpaid overtime, prompted immediate action from the Ministry of Justice. Justice Minister the Honorable Lyndon Lewis, also a former immigration officer, personally visited the airport to assess the situation and lend a hand. Efforts to mobilize additional officers from the mobile unit were unsuccessful, leading the Minister to step in directly alongside his former colleagues on the front lines Read more

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Source: 721 News
25 May 2024 11:05 PM

Ursm Addresses Recent Political Developments Regarding Mp Maingrette

Philipsburg The board of the Unified Resilient St. Maarten Movement (URSM) has issued a statement regarding the recent actions of Independent Member of Parliament Kevin Maingrette Read more


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Source: 721 News
25 May 2024 07:09 AM

Mind-Boggling !!!

Dear Editor,

The article dated May 15th, 2024 from Saint Martin News Network titled Acting head of Landsrecherche removed from position pending investigation is mindboggling to say the least. That the position officially does not exist and that Ms. Lucy Gachette did not suffer any losses in terms of benefits or salaries, is one thing. But the mere fact that the Minister of Justice stated that there will be an in-depth investigation into matters threatening the countrys security, is a matter of serious concern.

Although questions were posed to the Minister, he correctly declined to provide more information then that the information had been classified and that those who needed to know, were officially notified Read more


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Source: 721 News
24 May 2024 12:10 AM

Jansen-Webster Provides Update On Sinkhole At Cole Bay Hill

PHILIPSBURG Acting Minister of VROMI Veronica Jansen-Webster, in keeping with her remarks during the State of Affairs press briefing on Tuesday, 21 May 2024, provided an update on the status of the sinkhole that was identified on the A.J.C. Brouwers road.

First, I want to thank the public for their patience while the Department of Infrastructure Management has worked on identifying solutions for this problem, Jansen-Webster said in her statement Read more


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Source: 721 News
24 May 2024 12:04 AM

Sam Ready For Snap Elections, Will Push To Ensure Place On Ballot

SUCKER GARDEN, St. Maarten – The Soualiga Action Movement (SAM) has been observing the slow-paced development, the discontent in the community and the deterioration of the island’s standing at home and in the wider world.

SAM’s team together with leader veteran politician and former minister/MP Franklin Meyers has been putting in the groundwork and preparing for a future election.

“The time came earlier than any of us, including the sitting government, could have anticipated Read more


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Source: 721 News
23 May 2024 11:23 PM

Ursm Congratulates Sam On Election Readiness

PHILIPSBURG The Unified Resilient St. Maarten Movement (URSM) extends congratulations to the Soualiga Action Movement (SAM) and its leader, Franklin Meyers, for their readiness to contest in the upcoming snap elections scheduled for July 18, 2024. While URSM remains committed to its distinct vision for the future of St Read more

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Source: 721 News
22 May 2024 10:22 AM

Statement From Ursm On Mp Kevin MaingretteS Withdrawal From Coalition

PHILIPSBURG The board of the Unified Resilient St. Maarten Movement (URSM) publicly expresses its profound disappointment following the decision by Member of Parliament, Mr. Kevin Maingrette, to withdraw his support from the governing coalition. Mr Read more

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Source: 721 News
22 May 2024 10:14 AM

Ursm Celebrates The Admittance Of Richinel Brug To Member Of Parliament

PHILIPSBURG The leadership and board of the Unified Resilient St. Maarten Movement (URSM) proudly announce the admittance of Mr. Richinel Brug as the newest incoming Member of Parliament once sworn Read more

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Source: 721 News
22 May 2024 10:09 AM

Current Political Developments

HARBOUR VIEW, PHILIPSBURG On May 20th, 2024, Member of Parliament Mr. Kevin Maingrette (NOW) withdrew his support from the URSM/PFP/DP/NOW-coalition government and subsequently declared himself an independent Member of Parliament Read more


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Source: 721 News
15 May 2024 03:43 PM

Strategic Discussion On The Future Of Social & Health Insurances (Szv)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten The honorable Prime Minister Dr. Luc Mercelina, alongside the Minister of Public Health, Social Development & Labor (VSA) Mrs. Veronica Jansen-Webster, Minister of Finance Ms Read more


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Source: 721 News
14 May 2024 09:37 PM

Minister Of Justice, Lyndon C. J. Lewis Union Meeting

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Minister of Justice, Lyndon C. J. Lewis, convened a meeting with members of the Nationaal Algemeen Politiebond (NABP) and the Algemene Bond van Overheid & Overige Personeel Opgericht (ABVO) this Monday. The meeting, requested by the unions, served as an introductory platform for their boards and members to familiarize themselves with the Minister’s cabinet and receive an update on several pressing matters including the pending National Decrees for justice personnel. During the discussions, Minister Lewis, who has an extensive background in law enforcement and in handling HR legal issues related to the same, clarified the specifics of the phases Read more

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Source: 721 News
14 May 2024 09:24 PM

Grisha Commends Organizers Of Pazzazz Sxm Experience

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication, Grisha Heyliger-Marten, expressed heartfelt appreciation to both organizers and attendees of the recent Pazzazz SXM Experience. This dazzling event, held over the weekend, highlighted the island’s rich cultural tapestry and warm hospitality, creating unforgettable memories for all participants. During a signature moment of the festivities, Heyliger-Marten told the jubilant crowd, “Our island is a captivating blend of cultures, offering a unique fusion of European elegance and Caribbean vibrancy Read more

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Source: 721 News
13 May 2024 08:29 PM

I Will Not Pay Lip Service To Agriculture, Says Grisha

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten We have treated agriculture like a bastard child, said Grisha Heyliger-Marten, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications. In her inaugural address last Friday, the minister said, The COVID-19 pandemic showed us how vulnerable we are when we depend almost exclusively on imported food to feed ourselves. I am announcing now that agriculture will receive the attention it deserves Read more

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Source: 721 News
13 May 2024 01:33 PM

Cabinet Mercelina Prioritizes Inclusiveness And Communication With Public Servants

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Friday morning, May 10, 2024, the Council of Ministers (CoM) met with the newly proposed Employee Engagement Council (EEC), composed of 17 members from various departments and executing bodies within government. This initiative follows an independent employee satisfaction survey and recent exit interviews. The EEC analysed the survey results, which highlighted concerns over primary labor conditions, and has formulated 21 recommendations aimed at four specific target groups: colleagues, middle management, secretary generals, and political leaders, along with six general recommendations. Key priorities identified include enhancing open communication, implementing the full human resource cycle throughout the government, and increasing transparency through the publication of annual plans and quarterly progress reports, which are supported by monthly updates from middle management Read more

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Source: 721 News
13 May 2024 01:18 PM

Grisha To Have Quick Scan Of Teatt, Says Economy Far From Its Best Shape

GREAT BAY Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT), Grisha Heyliger-Marten, has signaled that she will have a quick scan done to give a more realistic picture of what our current (economic) situation actually is.

In her inaugural address Friday, May 3, 2024, the new TEATT minister, the 12th since 2010, said, it does not take a rocket scientist to see that our economy is far from its best shape.

True, we have faced some unprecedented challenges in the last decade, including the incredible devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017 and the global shutdown brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 Read more


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Source: 721 News
13 May 2024 12:02 PM

Grisha Hears Market Vendors Concerns Over New Marketplace

GREAT BAY Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication, Grisha Heyliger-Marten, met Friday, May 10, 2024, with market vendors to hear their concerns about the proposed new marketplace.

The market project had already been awarded to J&J Construction for a total of Nafl 1.2 million, however many of the market vendors were not satisfied with the design.

During the meeting, the vendors highlighted the lack of storage facility for their wares, as well as the need for better lighting, bathrooms, and security Read more


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Source: 721 News
13 May 2024 11:38 AM

Say One, Say Two, Say The Thing

Dear Editor,

The editorial in the Daily Herald newspaper of Friday, May 10th, 2024 titled Bad apples regarding what the editor considers a major decision of the new Minister of Justice, Lyndon Lewis (NOW) whereas he announced his decisive action to correct justice workers suspensions. In so doing the new Minister of Justice intends to alleviate staff shortages and ensure fair labor practices Read more


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Source: 721 News
13 May 2024 10:21 AM

No Debt Restructuring

The new government has been sworn in. There is still a discussion ongoing as to the two other members Christoph Emanuel and Rayeon Peterson as to whether they will be sworn in as Ministers.The Parliament at present consists of 13 Members, hopefully sooner than later the other two seats will be filled by Richniel Brug and Viren Vinod Kotai whose credentials are to be approved. In his presentation the Prime Minister of St. Maarten Dr. Luc Mercelina raised the matter of the countrys debt burden and the importance of the Dispute Regulation, the latter being thrown back and forth for some 14 years now with no end in sight.

Although important, I am of the opinion that Debt cancellation has to be a priority Read more


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Source: 721 News
12 May 2024 03:33 AM

Minister Of Justice, Addresses Urgent Situation At New Start For Children Foster Home

SAUNDERS, Sint Maarten — In response to recent developments regarding the structural integrity concerns at New Start for Children Foster Home in Mary’s Fancy, the Minister of Justice, Lyndon C.J. Lewis, in collaboration with the Foundation Judicial Institutes St. Maarten (SJIS), is taking swift action to ensure the safety and well-being of the foster children residing there.

The recent article published in The Daily Herald Newspaper on Monday, May 6, 2024, brought to light the critical situation faced by 19 foster children who may soon need to relocate due to cracks in the building walls and foundation of the foster home Read more


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Source: 721 News
11 May 2024 08:25 PM

To All The Mothers Of St. Maarten, We Thank God For You.

Thank God for that one Sunday in May where we get the opportunity to pour extra love and adoration upon you. We are given the opportunity to remind you that you’ve been the architect of our dreams and the backbone of our families. You’ve laughed with us in joy, and wiped away our tears in sorrow, you’ve been the comforting embrace we seek.

The Caribbean mother has always been a figure of immense power and beauty and a fierce protector. You have shown us that wisdom doesn’t always come from books, but often from the lived experience Read more


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Source: 721 News
11 May 2024 08:25 PM

Prime Minister MotherS Day Message 2024

Honorable Mothers of St. Maarten,

On this special day, I extend my deepest gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to all the mothers of our beloved St. Maarten. Your tireless dedication, unwavering love, and selfless sacrifices are the foundation upon which our society thrives.

Today, as we celebrate Mother’s Day, let us reflect on the immense contributions mothers make to our families, communities, and nation. Your nurturing spirit, resilience, and strength inspire us all to strive for a better tomorrow.

As Prime Minister, I am humbled by the opportunity to express my sincere thanks to each and every mother in St Read more


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