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Source: The Daily Herald
26 Oct 2016 07:33 AM

Marlin Urges A Caribbean Front To Tackle High Airfares

MIAMI, Florida--Very high airfares and, in some cases, limited air access hamper the further growth and expansion of the Caribbean tourism industry. To tackle ever-increasing airfare, Prime Minister William Marlin has called for a united Caribbean front to lobby airlines.

Speaking to journalists at the Caribbean Roundtable at the International Shared Ownership Investment Conference in Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort and Spa Tuesday, Marlin said working as a collective will benefit everyone and all participating destinations Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: 721 News
22 Oct 2016 08:49 AM

Two Suspects Arrested Following A Double Homicide

MARIGOT, Saint Martin – On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Patrick Lescuyer was found shot

Capitaine Emmanuel MAIGNAN

twice in the head in his vehicle near the beach Grandes Cayes in Cul de Sac, Saint Martin.

On Wednesday morning, July 13, 2016, around 9:00 am it was his mother Françoise Lescuyer who was shot three times in the parking of Leader Price in Hope Estate.

A judicial investigation was quickly opened and the investigations carried out by the detectives identified two people Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: 721 News
21 Oct 2016 05:34 AM

De-Risking Solution Hit Snag As Dutch Islands Await Holland

PHILIPSBURG – The Dutch Caribbean islands are now facing a delay in resolving the de-risking issue facing banks in the Caribbean.

According to Minister of Finance Richard Gibson, the Dutch Caribbean islands have been asked by the US to get assistance first from the Dutch government before a solution can be pursued on this matter.

The Minister noted that the US commended the Dutch Caribbean islands and Jamaica for their approach to finding a solution to this problem Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
20 Oct 2016 06:05 AM

Andros Island Open For Business Post Hurricane Matthew, Island Prepping For First 160 Tourists For Lavish Wedding This Week

NASSAU, Bahamas - On Wednesday, October 19, a couple from the United States will head to Andros, along with 160 of their closest friends and family, to say ‘I do’. The wedding will cause the first influx of visitors to Andros since the passage of Hurricane Matthew, and is touted as “a huge event” for the island.

Peter Douglas, senior manager in the Andros Tourism office, said officials have been hard at work cleaning up the island in the aftermath of the storm Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
17 Oct 2016 08:36 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Fifteen volunteers from the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation, aged five to 65, braved the hot sun and dedicated a portion of their day on Saturday, October 15, to help transport more than 60 tables and chairs from Tzu Chi's former pilot humanitarian school to All Children’s Education (ACE) Foundation's new location in Cole Bay.

One of the volunteers said when she realized that the effort was for ACE students, she was more than happy to dedicate her time to the volunteer effort.

Tzu Chi congratulates ACE on their new location wishes the school much success in its future endeavors Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
12 Oct 2016 08:19 AM

Dp Await Answers From The Up And Na Parties

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — In the view of the Democratic Party of St. Maarten, the incoming  UP/NA coalition has to clear the air on a number of issues, if they desire to start their political relationship on a footing of credibility.

The leaders of these 2 parties can not get away with the excuse that  “this  was part of the political and campaign rhetoric” MP Wescot – Williams said Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
10 Oct 2016 12:40 PM

Fellow St. Maarteners,
Residents of our beautiful island,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

Six years ago, St. Maarten embarked on a new constitutional journey with the attainment of the status of the autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It was a journey that started with the referendum of 2000; a journey that took a whole decade. Six years ago, we lowered the flag of the Netherlands Antilles forever and kept our own flag flying. We had arrived at 10-10-10 full of pride, full of enthusiasm and eager to meet the high expectations of our people.
Critics of that achievement may point to the fact that those expectations have not been fully met Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: 721 News
08 Oct 2016 10:39 AM

Sarah Questions Cancelation Of Bond Issued By Central Bank

PHILIPSBURG РThe terse statement by the Central Bank of Cura̤ao and St. Maarten that the announced bond issue for St. Maarten had been canceled has not gone unnoticed.

Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams questioned the Minister of Finance about this cancelation and has forwarded via Parliament the following questions:

“It is reported that the Central Bank of Curaçao and St Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
UPP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
07 Oct 2016 11:52 PM

Marlin Hopes To Have Governing Program Finalized By Oct. 27

PHILIPSBURG – A governing program should be in place by October 27, before the swearing in of cabinet and the parliament by October 31, according to Prime Minister William Marlin.

The Prime Minister, speaking in Wednesday’s, October 5, Council of Ministers Press briefing also hopes that all documents would have been submitted for the screening of candidates to the Governor.

“There is also other documentation that every candidate Minister has to submit as part of the screening, which is a CV, bank accounts, they have to declare whatever assets they have in excess of 20,000 guilders so it takes a while to accumulate the information and to actually evaluate the information,” Marlin said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister disclosed that the two political parties that have committed to form the government: the United People’s Party (UP) and the National Alliance (NA), have exchanged manifestos and hope to form a governing program by October 27.

“The process is being worked on to come to a governing program and just like it was with the formation of red, white and blue, we hope like in 2014 to have a fully worked out detailed program by the 27th so that too can be submitted along with the report of the formateur with the completion of my task as the formateur Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: 721 News
07 Oct 2016 11:18 PM

Construction Work Continues On Government Building

PHILIPSBURG – Even though the Council of Ministers has moved into the new Government Administration Building, there are still some inconveniences to endure as all the documentation has still not completely moved into the new building.

“It is somewhat getting used to the location. It’s like you hit the ground running when functioning in the office, but with part of the support still being in the (old) building and other buildings, you feel somewhat at times disconnected because you can run downstairs and book a document, and run downstairs and get a document Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
06 Oct 2016 05:41 AM

Marlin Hoping To Complete Govt. Formation Process By Deadline

PHILIPSBURG--Prime Minister William Marlin is hoping to complete the formation of the new Government by the October 27 deadline in the hopes that the new Council of Ministers will be sworn in on October 31, the same day as the new Parliament of the country.

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Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
05 Oct 2016 10:03 PM

Marigot:--- The Our Land Matters initiative held its first rally on October 2, 2016 in the Boo Boo Jam area. The rally was a mixture of speakers calling citizens of Saint Martin to unite and stand for their rights. Echoing at what was once an area for locals to congregate and enjoy Saint Martin was the need to re-open Boo Boo Jam Saint Martin style. The rally drew a large crowd that listened keenly to the words of local activists, grass root Saint Martiners and long-standing Boo Boo Jam patrons who are concerned about what is taking place on their beloved island Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
04 Oct 2016 01:30 PM

St. Maarten/St. Martin, Anguilla Meet At Youth Consultation 2016

SINT MAARTEN/ANGUILLA – A cross-section of teenagers from three of the smallest parts (St. Maarten/St. Martin, Anguilla) and some of the biggest parts of the European Union (EU) (the Netherlands, France and United Kingdom) will meet Wednesday, October 5, for the annual St. Maarten AIDS Foundation Youth Consultation 2016 in Anguilla’s Teachers Resource Centre.

This year’s consultation, in collaboration with Anguilla Community Action Network (ACAN) and French side’s Cite Scolaire Robert Weinum, will focus on four topics teenagers have indicated as major sexual reproductive issues, which create societal challenges: Teenage pregnancies and the consequences; Taboos associated with teens being sexually active including how to talk to parents about sexual reproductive health issues; Gender identity and hearing from someone living with HIV.

These topics were identified by St Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
01 Oct 2016 03:42 PM

How Important/Valid Is Your Vote?

PHILIPSBURG:--- I know before hand that this topic will be somewhat controversial but allow me to express what I saw on election night when the time came to start counting thE ballots.

Throughout the campaign season, many candidates were faced with hearing from most persons just how disgruntled they became and were actually considering not going out to vote. It was difficult, but all parties tried our best in explaining just how important voting is and why every vote matters.

While at the Dutch Quarter Community Center I saw something that I honestly couldn't believe Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
29 Sep 2016 05:03 AM

Theo: Strong Govt. Forged For Country

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten, after six years of unstable Governments, is on the cusp of getting a strong and, hopefully, very stable Government that will last the full four-year term of the new Parliament, says United People’s (UP) party leader Member of Parliament Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
28 Sep 2016 04:10 AM

Mp Wescot-Williams Congratulates Na/Upp Coalition

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — 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 26.

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 Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Sep 2016 11:22 PM

Ppa Issues Statement In Wake Of Election 2016

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Leader of the P.P.A, states: “ First of all, I take this opportunity to congratulate all the political parties that took part in the Parliament elections on September 26th last. Congratulations to the Leaders of the two largest parties, the UPP and the NA party Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
NA
USP
UPP
SMCP
HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Sep 2016 10:43 PM

Smcp Thanks Voters And Requests A Recount

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) wishes to thank the general public and particularly our 856 voters for your support and confidence in us during the 2016 Parliamentary Elections.

As a new party, we believe that we conducted a clean and transparent campaign that was focused on educating the electorate, demonstrating a zero tolerance towards vote buying and challenging our Parliamentarians to offer good representation to the People.

Preliminary results from the Main Voting Bureau indicate that we were 116 votes short of gaining a seat in Parliament Read more


Candidates in this article:
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
27 Sep 2016 07:32 PM

Gracita: “Congratulations To The Fifteen (15) New Members Of Parliament Elect, As Well As To The People Of St Maarten For Exercising Its Duty To Vote”. .

Concerned regarding the prospects of continued political instability, in spite of the many promises, made to the electorate”

PHILIPSBURG:---- Leader of the P.P.A, states: “ First of all, I take this opportunity to congratulate all the political parties that took part in the Parliament elections on September 26th last. Congratulations to the Leaders of the two largest parties, the UPP and the NA party.
I also publicly thank the voters who bravely cast their votes for our candidates of the People’s Progressive Alliance Read more


Candidates in this article:
PPA
OSPP
SMCP
HOPE
SDM
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


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