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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
28 Feb 2023 10:18 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- I have taken a hiatus to observe if there were any changes happening or if the intent of the change was put in the plan. Many movements were made by the Ministry of Justice, which I appreciate although we still have a lot of work to do.
I attended the court hearing in Philipsburg on the 17th of February 2023 at 3 pm, Prison Association vs Land Sint Maarten. (Kortgeding= summary Judgement)
The prison association was present and accompanied by their legal representative, Miss Rosenburg Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
25 Feb 2023 07:59 AM

Now Party Congress: A Suffering PeopleHave Enough Reasons To Vote For Change

~ Three new candidates introduced ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — In front of an impressive crowd that brought MP Christophe Emmanuel to tears, the Nation Opportunity Wealth (NOW) political party held a successful congress at the Belair Community Center on Sunday evening which, according to MP Emmanuel, further energized him and his team in the lead-up to the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

An emotional Emmanuel was overwhelmed with emotion and had difficulty uttering his first few words Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
22 Feb 2023 10:11 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation has been busy over the past months donating "Love Rice" and hampers containing grocery essentials to a number of organizations and institutions around the island as it continues its efforts to ease the burden on households in the community. 

The donations were ramped up late last year and continued into this year with some eight St. Maarten and St. Martin-based organizations receiving relief items. Additionally, the foundations volunteers also went home to home and directly delivered packages to a number of seniors, who were grateful to Tzu Chi for their monthly visits and for the special packages that they received before the holidays Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
12 Feb 2023 07:55 PM

How realistic are these motions in the view of the CBCS?, the MP questions in a letter to the Central Bank.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- I did this via the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ardwell Irion, just to make sure that the bank does not deny me a response, based on formalities.
It is now more than 3 weeks since 2 motions were tabled in parliament regarding the Mullet Bay property Read more


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DP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
05 Feb 2023 05:02 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- With its interim board in place and this boards first meeting held on February 3rd, the DP over the weekend outlined the activities for the coming months.

DP leader Sarah Wescot stated that the 11-member board had divided the tasks among themselves, electing Mr. A. Roberto Richardson as its president.

The first meeting was an introductory meeting, the party leader further explained, but the board also discussed the outline of the partys upcoming events.

The first event is on Saturday, February 25th, when the Party will be having its first Family Fun Day in a very long time, at the traditional location of Kimsha beach.

DP leader, MP Wescot-Williams explained that while this beach is quite crowded nowadays, the party has teamed up with one of the local restauranteurs, where food and drinks will be on sale.

The exciting part of this event is the games and the prizes that can be won, such as weekend getaways, electronics, and cash prizes for young and old.
The prize announcements will take place at specific times during the day, so the public is encouraged to follow the party online for more information and times.

Following the February family fun day, our sight is set on March, during which month in our view, the focus needs to be on Women; celebrating our achievements, acknowledging our challenges, and issuing a call to action Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
30 Jan 2023 08:20 PM

El Honorable Ministro De Vsa, Omar Ottley; Visita A Los Mayores Durante Su Formacin Smart Tech

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten El Ministro de Salud Pblica, Social Desarrollo y Trabajo, el Honorable Omar Ottley visita a los Ancianos en el Servicio de Ayuda Comunitario para Ancianos y Discapacitados de Gaston Boasman en Hope Estate durante su capacitacin en tecnologa SMART.

Es imposible tener xito en el mundo moderno sin la capacidad de utilizar un dispositivo electrnico personal como una computadora, computadora porttil, tableta o telfono inteligente Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
30 Jan 2023 09:57 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor, Honorable Omar Ottley visits the Elderly at the Gaston Boasman Community Helpdesk for the Elderly and Disabled at Hope Estate during their SMART Tech training.
It is impossible to succeed in the modern world without the ability to utilize a personal electronic device such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone Read more


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HOPE
PFP
Source: 721 News
19 Jan 2023 06:13 PM

Mp Gumbs Pleased With Prime Minister Response To Electoral Resolution Request

Requests Meeting of Ad-hoc Committee for Electoral Reform

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Party for Progress Member of Parliament Melissa Gumbs expressed her satisfaction with the response received from Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs regarding the MPs request to consider amending the countrys Kiesbesluit (Electoral Resolution).

Gumbs had submitted a letter to the Prime Minister on 13 September 2022 to request that the Prime Minister, and by extension the Government, consider amending article 12 of the Kiesbesluit Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
12 Jan 2023 05:58 PM

Heyliger-Marten Questions Suspension Of Kadaster Director, Actions Of Supervisory Board

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament Grisha Heyliger-Marten has requested an urgent question hour on recent developments at Kadaster.
In a letter addressed to President of Parliament Bijlani on Wednesday, Heyliger-Marten requested a question hour with the pertinent Minister(s).

During a question hour, which is a public meeting of Parliament usually held on Mondays, the Minister or Ministers invited, give direct verbal answers to questions posed by Members of Parliament.

In her letter to the President of Parliament, MP Heyliger-Marten stated that it had been
brought to her attention that the Managing Director of Kadaster was recently suspended by the Supervisory Board of Kadaster.

Considering the fact that the Supervisory Board is appointed by the Government, that
Kadaster is responsible for executing national legislation, I requested the President of
Parliament to urgently submit twelve (12) questions related to the Directors suspension to the pertinent Minister(s), Heyliger-Marten said.

When I first heard the rumors about the suspension, my initial thought was that I hope that, if true, this was not another case of a local professional being victimized for political or other reasons, simply for doing his job, Heyliger-Marten stated in her press release.

So in order to establish exactly what happened, when, and why, I decided to immediately
request clarification from the Government, who appointed the Supervisory Board.

I recall that during the PJIA Holding Company saga, Government had indicated that laws,
rules and regulations, including the Corporate Governance Code had been violated by the
former Managing Director of PJIA Holding Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
12 Jan 2023 10:08 AM

Dear Inmates Association,

I hereby write to you in my capacity as Director of the Point Blanche Prison and House of Detention in response to your Letter to the Editor in The Daily Herald newspaper of January 5th, 2023.

It cannot be denied that the attention that Point Blanche Prison has received from the Ministry of Justice over the last three years has been far greater than in any period prior to that. There are independent reports available that attest to this, as such, I believe that among your fellow inmate population, you will find many persons who agree Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
10 Jan 2023 09:58 PM

~Kingdom partners to attend 4LO in Sint Maarten~


PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs for Sint Maarten, Silveria E. Jacobs will be hosting Ministerial Consultation Quadripartite Meetings, dubbed the 4LO (vierlandenoverleg). The meetings are set to take place on January 12 and 13 at the Sonesta Maho Resort.
The event will culminate in a press conference between the four Kingdom partners, Aruba, represented by Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes; Curaao, represented by Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas; The Netherlands, represented by State-Secretary of Kingdom Relations and Digitalization Alexandra van Huffelen; and Sint Maarten, represented by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
08 Jan 2023 05:28 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- As 2022 drew to a close, Its Time SXM Found. ended its year-long series of community-building events and activities by hosting a grand New Years Eve (NYE) Celebration to recognize the Senior citizens. This event was held in partnership with the Helping Hands Foundation and the St.Maarten Lions Club on December 30, 2022, at the Senior Recreational Center in the Hope Estate.

Many Seniors spend the holidays alone, sick, and/or shut in. Several are silently depressed, particularly during the festive Christmas season Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
03 Jan 2023 02:21 PM

~Wishes the public a prosperous 2023~


PHILIPSBURG--United Bus Drivers Association President Claude Omeus in his 2023 new year's address wished the population a healthy and prosperous 2023 and beyond. The expected bus fare increase has not yet gone into effect and the association is in talks with the government to introduce the increase before the end of the first quarter of 2023.

Omeus also stressed that the government specifically the ministry of TEATT, should not forget the plight of bus drivers and other public transportation services men and women who are also struggling with the impact of the high cost of living on the island.

"2022 was a year of reflection for the group while recruiting more members to join the group as drivers continue to keep their heads above water while dealing with increases in food and fuel prices Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
03 Jan 2023 09:57 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- As we venture into another year, the Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development, and Labor, Omar Ottley, would like to wish all a Happy New Year. May this year bring you happiness, peace, and prosperity. I hope this year brings about good employer and employee relationships and financial increase for both, said Minister Ottley Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
31 Dec 2022 04:00 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On behalf of the family, I want to take this moment and wish the people of St. Maarten a Happy and prosperous New Year. Last year was a challenging year for our country. Nevertheless, we are a resilient people and together we will look to the future with optimism and faith. Last week candidate Julian Rollocks jr traveled to Willemstad and met with Mr Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
24 Dec 2022 01:55 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- As another year draws to a close, I hope you recognize that our fight is far from overit has just begun.

Don't even assume for a second that the privileges we enjoy today won't be taken away tomorrow.

A classic illustration of how our rights are being violated is the controversy over vacation payments.

Some of us are fortunate enough to have a few days off as a holiday. Others, however, are not afforded this privilege.

As teachers, non-teaching staff, and government employees, we frequently perform unseen, behind-the-scenes duties that are essential to maintaining our economy Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
15 Dec 2022 12:45 AM

Government Financially Supports Trapping, Destroying Of Monkeys

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Nature Foundation, with the help of a local veterinarian, is getting rid of the more than 450 vervet monkeys on St. Maarten. The entrapment and euthanising of monkeys have the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT), which provided essential funding.

  The elimination of the monkey population is part of St. Maarten Nature Foundations Invasive Species Project. Acting TEATT Minister Omar Ottley signed off on funding that was used to purchase materials and equipment and to facilitate training by an experienced monkey trapper from the island of St Read more


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MAP
USP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
12 Dec 2022 09:38 PM

The United St. Maarten Party Introduces Its New Logo For Election Cycle 2023

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The United St. Maarten Party under the leadership of Mrs. Pamela Gordon-Carty introduced its new logo and party slogan Breaking the Cycle for the election campaign scheduled to be held in 2023. The party moved up its rebranding plans which was scheduled for its 10 year anniversary in 2024 to coincide with the current electoral of 2023.

We have always championed ourselves as solution orientated with practical and strategic plans that can transform the country and move it forward, said President Mr Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
08 Dec 2022 12:20 PM

The Truth Of The Matter Is That This Government Is Being Governed By A Minority

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — In a press release issued by the United Sint Maarten Party (USP) said the following: First of all the governor cant call elections, the governor represents the interest of the Kingdom and will handle in such capacity primarily thats his role.

Secondly the electoral laws nor the constitution doesnt speak of independent members but yet we have had for years that party candidates that got a certain amount of votes while being part of a party has been declaring themselves independent with no legal grounds to it and like everything else it continues its course Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
06 Dec 2022 10:45 AM

THE HAGUE:--- The Sint Maarten Reconstruction, Recovery and Resilience Trust Fund is advancing critical reforms needed to ensure long-term national sustainability and through its projects producing many positive outcomes. This includes enabling financial resilience with almost 2,000 people receiving support and skills training to enhance their income and building climate resilience with the majority of the population now protected from the future impact of disasters. In addition, over 500 homes, roofs, and other critical facilities serving the public are repaired, 139 shipwrecks were removed, and over 10.5km of the countrys shorelines were cleaned Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
06 Dec 2022 09:34 AM

Sint Maarten Trust Fund Shows Strategic Results For Long-Term Resilience

THE HAGUE, The Sint Maarten Reconstruction, Recovery and Resilience Trust Fund is advancing critical reforms needed to ensure long-term national sustainability and through its projects producing many positive outcomes. This includes enabling financial resilience with almost 2,000 people receiving support and skills training to enhance their income and building climate resilience with majority of the population now protected from future impact of disasters. In addition, over 500 homes, roofs, and other critical facilities serving the public are repaired, 139 shipwrecks removed, and over 10.5km of the countrys shorelines cleaned Read more


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HOPE
PFP
Source: 721 News
27 Nov 2022 10:31 PM

Pfp, Duncan Request Meeting To Continue Process To Adopt ParliamentS Code Of Conduct

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson and independent MP Solange Duncan have requested a Central Committee meeting of Parliament to continue the process to adopt a Code of Conduct that MPs will be required to adhere.

There is a draft Code of Conduct already on the table Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
23 Nov 2022 11:47 PM

Three MpS Request Urgent Meeting On Status Of Telem

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Members of Parliament Solange L. Duncan (Faction Duncan), Melissa Gumbs (PFP), and Grisha Heyliger-Marten (Faction Heyliger-Marten) recently sent a request to the second Vice-Chair of Parliament William Marlin for an urgent public meeting on the status of TELEM.

The meeting request includes three main agenda points, which are:

The original SOAB report of 2021 on TELEM Update on the financial status and overall fiber to the home project. The state of affairs related to the concerns about the working environment at TELEM as expressed by the Telecommunications Union.

Since the previous update, over one year ago, there has been little to no update or movement on Telem’s fttH project Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
16 Nov 2022 10:29 AM

Bus Drivers Request Increase In Bus Fares Starting January

United Bus Drivers Association president Claude Omeus.

PHILIPSBURG--From January 2023, bus passengers will pay more for a bus ride if it is up to United Bus Drivers Association. President Claude Omeus said the increase is necessary due to the high cost of living on the island.

  I dont think it is unreasonable for us to finally get the increase in fares, as maintaining our buses is not cheap also, said Omeus, stressing that the cost of living continues to skyrocket while gas prices are increased almost bi-weekly.

  Bus drivers have taken note of the announcement by Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Omar Ottley about the increase in minimum wage Read more


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