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Source: The Daily Herald
27 Sep 2016 06:26 PM

Personal Votes Individual Candidates Sxm Parliamentary Election 2016

Click party name for total and Individual votes tally pdf

1 OSPP

2  UP

3  USp

4 SDM

5 Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
27 Sep 2016 05:47 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- I wish to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to the voters who placed their trust in the Democratic Party of St. Maarten and to all those who exercised their right to vote on September 26th. The voters have spoken and this must be respected. Congratulations go out to the 2016 DP team and in particular our Minister Lee with his impressive results at the polls. The 5 (new) parties that contested the election showed that our democracy is alive and well Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
PPA
OSPP
UPP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
Source: SMN-News
27 Sep 2016 05:15 AM

Another Coalition Government For St. Maarten --- Stability Not Guaranteed With New Elections.

Alleged vote buying rampant on Monday.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The early elections called by the Governor St. Maarten, when it was requested by former Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, did not change anything for St. Maarten, instead it opens the door for more instability. Another very unfortunate situation the election called on September 26th created was vote buying by at least one particular political party who also even refused to comply with the laws laid down by the Minister of Justice Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
PPA
USP
OSPP
UPP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Sep 2016 03:54 AM

Up And Na Top Parliamentary Electoral Count Tuesday {Updated Results Inside}

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Residents of the island went to the polls on Monday to elect some 15 persons to the House of Assembly.

Out of a total of 22, 302, some 13, 068 persons made use of the opportunity to cast their votes at the island’s 20 polling stations.

However, there were 373 invalid votes. Nine political parties were vying for seats in the Parliament of St. Maarten. Up to after 3 am this morning, the votes were still being tallied at the Main Voting Bureau, which was located at the House of Parliament Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
PPA
USP
UPP
CPA
SMCP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
27 Sep 2016 12:17 AM

Voting Is Showing Politicians Their ‘Report Card,’ Says Residents

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Voters in today’s election say they are deciding to hold their leaders accountable by going to the polls. More than 20,000 people could cast the vote in Monday’s parliamentary election, the second in two years.

For resident Jefferson George, voting today meant exercising his right and guaranteeing himself a say in how the island is run.

“Now that I vote I can have a say, I can complain. If I didn’t vote, I would just have to accept what they give,” George told 721news.com.

He was among the trickle of voters trooping into the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex in Cay Hill after 1:00pm Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
PPA
USP
OSPP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
Source: The Daily Herald
26 Sep 2016 05:55 AM

It’S Election Day

By Alita Singh

PHILIPSBURG--The fate of the country of St. Maarten, just two weeks shy of its sixth birthday, and its 59,800 plus residents from more than 115 countries lies in the hands of 22,302 people. Those voters, privileged by birth or naturalisation with the Dutch nationality, head to the polls today, Election Day, to cast their ballots for one of the 125 candidates across the slates of nine political parties.

The number of eligible voters may change this morning when the Court of First Instance hands down its decisions on several petitions filed by people with Dutch nationality who registered in the Civil Registry after the Voters Register was closed on June 11 Read more


Candidates in this article:
UPP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
26 Sep 2016 03:00 AM

Theo: Be Safe And Adhere To Rule Of Law

PHILIPSBURG – Leader of the United People’s (UP) Party and Member of Parliament (MP) Theodore Heyliger said, “Today marks a new starting point for Country St. Maarten, and a chance to alleviate the burden of instability and economic disaster we face.”

He also encouraged voters of the community and supporters of the UP Party to go out and vote early Read more


Candidates in this article:
PPA
OSPP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
Source: SMN-News
25 Sep 2016 09:40 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The anticipation as to which political party will take over power will come to an end on Monday night into early Tuesday morning as voters on St. Maarten will be heading to the polls to cast their votes to elect 15 members of parliament.
Contesting the election are nine political parties, namely:- DP, NA, UP, USP, OSPP, PPA, SDM, SMCP and HOPE.
SMN News will be bringing you the live updates as it begin on Monday morning from the house of parliament.
At around 11pm readers of this news site could watch the life announcement that will be made by the main voting bureau, as well as the interviews given by those that postulated themselves for this year’s parliamentary election Read more


Candidates in this article:
UPP
HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
25 Sep 2016 07:03 PM

Up Leader Theo Heyliger Calls For Safe Elections Monday

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Leader of the United People’s Party and Member of Parliament the Honourable Theodore Heyliger says today marks a new starting point for Country St. Maarten and a chance to alleviate the burden of instability and economic disaster we face.

He is also encouraged voters of the community and supporters of the UP Party to go out and vote early, but calls on everyone to be safe, adhere to the rule of law Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
PPA
USP
OSPP
UPP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
Source: SMN-News
23 Sep 2016 05:29 PM

The Grand Finale- Bigger And Better with an All-Star Panel.

Concordia:---- Recent guests on Fresh with the Y2X Crew, Jennifer Richardson da Silva of NA, May- Ling Chun of UP, Marinka Gumbs of DP, Angelina Williams of PPA, Anna Rabess-Richardson of USP, Mulrose Toulon of the St Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
USP
OSPP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
Source: SXMIslandTime
22 Sep 2016 10:33 PM

Clean Debate Dominated Academy's ‘Generation Hope’ Panel Discussion

CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten  - How will they reduce the brain-drain on St. Maarten, what plans or programs will they put in place to reduce crime among the youth on the island, and how can they diversify the economy instead of us relying on tourism as the major economic activity, were just some of the questions posed during Tuesday's panel discussion by students of several high schools to representatives of the nine political parties contesting the September 26 parliamentary elections.

The event, which was sponsored by St Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
USP
OSPP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
Source: SMN-News
22 Sep 2016 08:22 PM

Cul de Sac:--- How will they reduce the brain-drain on St. Maarten, what plans or programs will they put in place to reduce crime among the youth on the island, and how can they diversify the economy instead of us relying on tourism as the major economic activity, were just some of the questions posed during Tuesday's panel discussion by students of several high schools to representatives of the nine political parties contesting the September 26 parliamentary elections.

The event, which was sponsored by St Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
PPA
USP
OSPP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
Source: 721 News
21 Sep 2016 08:55 PM

Y2x Crew: This Week Is All About Girl Power

CONCORDIA РRecent guests on Fresh with the Y2X Crew, Member of Parliament (MP) Cornelius de Weever, Ren̩ Violenus of the National Alliance (NA), Joslyn Richardson of One St Read more

Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
21 Sep 2016 03:53 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of VSA Emil Lee now has to deal with an injunction filed by VAMED the contractor who wrote the concept for USZV for the construction of the New Hospital. Minister Lee made the announcement on Wednesday at the Council of Minister's press briefing. Minister Lee said they are now faced with a hiccup but then said it’s more of a nuisance because they went through the process and ensured that all “I” have been dotted and all “T” crossed.
Minister Lee said this is the first time they have seen a losing bidder resort to court to try and change the outcome of the bidding process.
He said when he reviewed the process and the timeline he saw some very interesting things, he said it's either observations or coincidences.
As he laid out what he discovered Minister Lee said when he met with the board of USZV in December 2015 when Dr Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: 721 News
19 Sep 2016 10:19 PM

Mullet Pond Listed As A Protected Ramsar Site Wetland Of International Importance

~ First Such Site for St. Maarten ~

MULLET BAY, Sint Maarten — One of Sint Maarten’s most important wetlands, Mullet Pond, has been listed and protected as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Treaty last week, marking a significant advancement in the conservation of wetland biodiversity on the island.

The Ramsar Convention, signed in Iran in 1971, is a global commitment to maintain the ecological character of global wetland areas, including in the wider Caribbean region.

The Nature Foundation, the VROMI Ministry, EPIC, the Department of Foreign Relations, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ramsar Europe Secretariat have been working for almost four years to have Mullet Pond listed as a Ramsar site of global importance;

“We have been working so hard for such a long time to first get the political commitment followed by the application process to get the area listed under the Ramsar Treaty Read more


Candidates in this article:
USP
HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
19 Sep 2016 11:08 AM

Frans: I Remain Hopeful, Confident In Future And People Of St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Member of Parliament and leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party Frans Richardson stated recently that he remains very hopeful in the future of St. Maarten primarily because he believes in the people of St. Maarten.

This belief he said, is not grounded in the typical political rhetoric, but in the fact that St Read more


Candidates in this article:
USP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
19 Sep 2016 03:29 AM

Frans: I Remain Hopeful, Confident In Future And People Of St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Member of Parliament and leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party Frans Richardson stated recently that he remains very hopeful in the future of St. Maarten primarily because he believes in the people of St. Maarten. This belief he said, is not grounded in the typical political rhetoric, but in the fact that St Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
USP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
Source: SXMIslandTime
19 Sep 2016 12:21 AM

Academy Hosts ‘Generation Hope’ Panel Discussion

CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten - St. Maarten Academy’s academic campus has taken the initiative to host a panel discussion with the representatives of the various political parties and high school students in the run-up to Parliamentary Elections.

The event, which takes place on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 under the theme, "Generation Hope; Our Future Leaders", will see an interactive discussion among the party representatives and students from the host school, Charlotte Brookson Academy, MAC Comprehensive High School, St Read more


Candidates in this article:
USP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
18 Sep 2016 05:00 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament and leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party Frans Richardson stated recently that he remains very hopeful in the future of St. Maarten primarily because he believes in the people of St. Maarten. This belief he said, is not grounded in the typical political rhetoric, but in the fact that St. Maarteners “are a resilient people who always finds a way through.”
MP Richardson acknowledged that like everyone else, he feels the disappointment many people carry over what has happened politically since 10-10-10 Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
SMCP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
17 Sep 2016 08:07 PM

Political Parties mostly involved in the peaceful protest at the groundbreaking site.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The chairman of New Lifetown Shuqiang Cui aka Trey called on the less than 50 persons that showed up at the Belair Beach where the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pearl Caribbean China was taking place Saturday afternoon to put their hands together and join them as they seek to develop St. Maarten and its economy with the Pearl Caribbean China Resort that will be constructed in Belair.
At Belair beach the protestors with no more than 50 persons bearing placards included the leader of the St Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
14 Sep 2016 09:49 PM

Sint Maarten’S “Orange Economy” Meets For First Time

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Monday September 12th, representatives from Sint Maarten's creative industries met at the John Larmonie Center to discuss their needs for growth, support & incentives over the next years in order to prepare a program that facilitates opportunities for further development.

This initiative was brought forward by DP candidate Jorien Wuite #3 who is dedicated to supporting our orange economy Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
USP
UPP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
13 Sep 2016 02:52 AM

Toastmasters Table Topic-A-Thon With New Political Candidates

PHILIPSBURG – Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club on Wednesday, September 7, in the evening held a session with the new political candidates on the different party lists for the upcoming election.

The University of St. Martin (USM) was the venue for this event. The parties contesting the upcoming election had the opportunity to send a candidate on their list that will participate for the very first time in the election process.

The following parties were represented: Help Our People Excel (HOPE) Mercedes van der Waals-Wyatt; United St Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: 721 News
13 Sep 2016 02:46 AM

Thank You For A Successful Back-To-School Drive

It goes without saying that the support of a community in uplifting the youth is a significant task which yields monumental results. When 15-year-old Learning Unlimited student Ki-Mani Olivacce set out on his benevolent endeavor to start a back-to-school drive for the less fortunate youth of St. Maarten, he never imagined the extent of the outpour of support he would receive. With the culmination of the drive, Ki-Mani would like to take the time and extend his gratitude for the tremendous show of support for his undertaking.

Due to the donations of a remarkable estimated 400 school bags and school supplies, Ki-Mani was able to supply numerous foster homes, non-profit organizations, and social services with supplies that were provided to the youths they oversee Read more


Candidates in this article:
MAP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
11 Sep 2016 06:40 PM

The rate of change in the world today conceivably has never been faster. Many of the old systems applied to growth and development are rapidly changing into new forms too different to be fully understood.
The old pattern of a few countries mining the rest of the world for raw materials and reseeding just enough with goods and services to successfully repeat the cycle has been replaced by something else. Global growth and development are no longer almost solely reliant upon the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and one or two other global financial institutions; it now includes significant support from developing countries that once were the countries being mined as a raw material resource.
China is perhaps the indisputable leader of this new growth and development group Read more


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