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UD
Source: The Daily Herald
15 Sep 2021 11:40 PM

Sarah: Govt. Has Lackadaisical Attitude Towards Parliament

UD MP Sarah Wescot-Williams in Parliament on Wednesday.

PHILIPSBURG--United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams on Wednesday chided government for its lackadaisical attitude towards the countrys highest legislative body, stating that government is taking the Parliament of St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 Sep 2021 05:33 PM

Central Committee Reconvenes On Reform Of The Tax System On Sint Maarten.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Central Committee of Parliament, will meet in a session on September 16, 2021.

The Central Committee meeting, which was adjourned on August 30, 2021, will be reconvened on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 15.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.

The agenda point is:

Reform of the tax system on Sint Maarten
(IS/652/2019-2020 dated March 5, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP S.A 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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HOPE
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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UD
Source: SMN-News
15 Sep 2021 01:35 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- During the Central Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2021, convened for the purpose of ratifying the parliamentary committees and hear from the Prime Minister on the position of government in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, MP Wescot-Willams chided the government for its lackadaisical attitude towards the parliament of Sint Maarten.

The MP was particularly taken aback by the matter-of-fact presentation by His Excellency on behalf of the government of St Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
15 Sep 2021 10:07 AM

Literacy Award 21 For Loekie Morales

Rotary Club of St. Maarten Sunset President Lerissa Rey and District Governor Louis Wever (right) handing the Literacy Award 2021 to author Loekie Morales (centre).

PHILIPSBURG--Youth book author Loekie Morales, who has many published books, received the Literacy Award 2021 from Rotary Club of St Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
15 Sep 2021 09:59 AM

Gibbs Receives New Head Of Gendarmerie In Guadeloupe

Colonel Vincent Lamballe (far right) accompanied by Lt. Colonel Wintzer-Wehekind during the courtesy visit with President Gibbs on Tuesday.

MARIGOT--President of the Collectivit of St. Martin Daniel Gibbs received a courtesy visit from Colonel Vincent Lamballe, newly-appointed head of the Gendarmerie in Guadeloupe and the northern islands (St Read more


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Source: 721 News
15 Sep 2021 08:52 AM

Debt Cancellation Part 2

Member of Parliament George Pantophlet continues to insist that the debt owed to the Dutch government by St. Maarten should be canceled. The first step should be immediate suspension and then definite cancellation. Discussions on this matter should commence forthwith. He believes that the Ang. 12.7 million has to be made next month. These funds go towards the Ang Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
15 Sep 2021 07:46 AM

Mp Sarah Wescot-Williams: Remarks At The Closing Of The Parliamentary Year 2020-2021.

The proverbial elephant in the room is the lack of cohesion in this administration where major matters are concerned.

On the 8th of September 2020, we had a historic opening of the parliamentary year we are closing today. Tomorrow the opening ritual will take place again, like is customary throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There is one big difference though, the opening of the parliamentary year in the Netherlands with the Crown Speech is followed by the presentation of the budget of the Kingdom government, one of the many abnormalities our constitutional system engenders Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Sep 2021 05:33 PM

PHILIPSBURG:_--- Kemilla Carty was awarded the President of Parliament Award 2021.
A young person is annually awarded the President of Parliament Award for exemplary behavior, leadership skills as well as contribution to the community.

Ms. Carty was nominated for being an outstanding citizen with a passion to work for and give back to her community.
Her nomination was submitted by Ms. Stephania Decembre who described Ms. Carty as a kindhearted person that loves to help others and in giving back to her community.
An active member of the Sint Maarten South Omega Leos club since November 2019, Ms Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Sep 2021 04:27 PM

Committee Of Public Health, Social Development And Labor To Continue Discussions With The Minister Of Phsdl, Concerning The Food Assistance Program And Community Outreach Initiatives.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Committee of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor, of Parliament, will meet on September 15, 2021.

The Committee meeting, which was adjourned on September 2, 2021, will continue on Wednesday at 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:
1. Food assistance program and community outreach initiatives (IS/646/2020-2021 dated May 10, 2021)
This agenda point was requested by MP S.A Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Sep 2021 03:23 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On the 8th of September 2020, we had a historic opening of the parliamentary year we are closing today. Tomorrow the opening ritual will take place again like is customary throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There is one big difference though, the opening of the parliamentary year in the Netherlands with the Crown Speech is followed by the presentation of the budget of the Kingdom government, one of the many abnormalities our constitutional system engenders. Our budget is as with so many things to reach this parliamenton its way.
According to our constitution, the governor will tomorrow present the governments statement, in other words, His Excellency the Governor will be presenting to the parliament and the people, the National Alliance/United People Party plans for the coming parliamentary year.
While during last years presentation by the governor, the emphasis of that presentation was understandably on the Corona pandemic that had engulfed us by then, slowly but surely we come face to face with the reality that there is no way forward by going back to pre-covid Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
14 Sep 2021 09:53 AM

Scdf Presents Carnival Covid Safety Plan To Minister Ottley

From left: Treasurer of SCDF Mike Granger, Minister of VSA Omar Ottley with a copy of the SCDFs COVID Safety plan, President of SCDF Alson Lourens and Vice President of SCDF Paula Gordon.

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) presented the foundations COVID-19 Safety Plan for Carnival 2022 to Minister of Publi Read more


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USP
Source: The Daily Herald
13 Sep 2021 11:58 PM

Legalise Strip Clubs, Says Mp Buncamper

A local strip club

PHILIPSBURG--Instead of constantly using the cry of human smuggling of women working in strip clubs, bring the law or we should initiate the law to legalise such, United St. Maarten Party (US Party) MP Claudius Toontje Buncamper said on Monday.

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Source: The Daily Herald
13 Sep 2021 11:47 PM

Chris Calls Govt. Worst In CountryS History, Brison Says One-Man Faction Did Nothing

Chairperson of Parliament Rolando Brison and Secretary General Garrick Richardson.

PHILIPSBURG--While independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel has given the government of St. Maarten a failing grade for its performance, saying it is the worst government in the history of St. Maarten, backed by a bad Parliament, Cha 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 07:11 PM

Pond Island:---Telecommunication provider, TelEm Group, proudly announces the launch of TelTV+ - a brand-new IPTV High-Definition television service for the St. Maarten community.

Featuring 150 channels and a host of power-packed features for all tele-viewing tastes, TelTV+ is designed to be affordable and will be catering to all age groups and a diverse St. Maarten community.

 TelEm Group has been working diligently for the past year to first select, purchase, develop and test its new IPTV system in order to revolutionize television viewing in St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 06:55 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Monday presented the foundations COVID19 Safety Plan for Carnival 2022 to Minister of Public Health Omar Ottley.
The plan builds on the SCDFs existing safety plan which would have been put in place if Carnival 2021 was held earlier this year. The foundation has expanded the Coronavirus protocols keeping in mind governments initiatives and the availability of a vaccine.
The plan covers every aspect of Carnival and will be divulged to the public in a short time once the Minister and his team have had time to peruse the plan 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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UPP
UD
Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 06:44 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Dr. Luc Mercelina has submitted a resignation letter to the board and leader of the United Peoples Party on Monday.
The letter which was sent to SMN News reads By means of this letter I would like to tender my resignation as of immediately as a member of the UP Party Read more


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UPP
Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 03:22 PM

Cerd Admits To Having Racial Discrimination In The Kingdom, Makes Recommendation For Changes Across The Board.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Committee of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in its August 25th report admitted to several forms of discrimination within the Kingdom and its overseas countries.
Standing out in the report is the discrimination displayed against the Dutch Caribbean Countries for liquidity support during the COVID 19 pandemic. The report that is posted under this article states that the committee is concerned by a report that economic support provided to the Dutch Kingdom.
Members of Parliament namely the United Peoples Party Faction leader Grisha Marten Heyliger came under severe criticism when they sent a petition to the United Nations for Racial Discrimination highlighting the countries predicament.
Heyliger Marten and her team have been vindicated by the CERD who said that the countries in the Caribbean were linked to conditionalities prior to receiving liquidity support.

Caribbean countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic were linked to conditionalities and were thus less favorable than that provided to the European Netherlands, providing less assistance to alleviate the negative economic impact of the pandemic on the ethnic minorities in the Dutch Caribbean countries Read more


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UPP
Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 01:47 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Faction leader for the United Peoples Party Grisha Marten Heyliger in her closing remarks on Monday at the closing of the parliamentary year said that a foundation is a key requirement for any development to be successful.
The Foundational element of building a nation has to include the vision of their people.
That vision can form part of the developmental framework for what St Read more


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HOPE
UD
Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2021 12:29 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  The chair of parliament Roland Brison did not mince words on Monday when he called out the laziest Member of Parliament during the closing of the parliamentary year.

The UPP MP and chair of parliament said when listening to the positions stated by members of parliament, he looked around the hall and understand the concerns, because for most of the faction leaders, the level of representation, and more importantly, the level of work they put in, is very clear and commendable from his viewpoint as chairman.

Brison said however he does feel the need to give his observations of how the factions of parliament and its members are functioning, and how he believes they should be going forward.

First the good:

For at least 5 of the 6 factions in parliament he observed that every single one of them has presented amendments, motions, has chaired meetings in their respective committees across opposition/coalition lines, and other real initiatives things that are today being upheld by the government Read more


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