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Source: SMN-News
11 Jun 2023 07:42 PM

 ~James Ferris turns the reigns over to new President Jeffrey "Dr. Soc" Sochrin, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams installed as Secretary~


PHILIPSBURG:--- The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten kicked off its new Rotary year on Saturday, June 10th with an evening of fun at Topper's Restaurant in Cole Bay with attendees from St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
07 Jun 2023 08:28 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- During my stay in the Netherlands, information reached me regarding the tender or rather an invitation to tender, issued on behalf of the government of St. Maarten, it would appear, MP Wescot explained.
There is a so-called ad hoc committee of parliament that deals with the preparation and construction of a new building for parliament. This committee has been in existence for a while and discussions regarding a new parliament building have been taking place in this committee for years now Read more


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Source: 721 News
07 Jun 2023 08:05 AM

Home Foundation Proudly Sponsors Test Your Skills Invitational Boxing Event

A Tribute to Louis Gibs and Alfonso Blijden

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — HOME (Helping Others Mean Everything) Foundation, a dedicated sponsor and supporter of community and sport initiatives, proudly sponsored the exhilarating “Test Your Skills Event” held this past weekend (Saturday June 3rd) at the Sports Auditorium. This remarkable evening of boxing brilliance served as a tribute to the legacies of Alfonso Blijden and Louis Gibs, leaving spectators entertained, impressed and hungry for more.

The “Test Your Skills Event” brought together a powerhouse lineup of talented boxers from Antigua, Curacao, Anguilla, Aruba, and St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
06 Jun 2023 05:06 PM

~A Tribute to Luis Gibbs and Alfonso Blijden~


PHILIPSBURG:--- HOME (Helping Others Mean Everything) Foundation, a dedicated sponsor and supporter of community and sports initiatives, proudly sponsored the exhilarating "Test Your Skills Event" held this past weekend (Saturday, June 3rd) at the Sports Auditorium. This remarkable evening of boxing brilliance served as a tribute to the legacies of Alfonso Blijden and Luis Gibbs, leaving spectators entertained, impressed, and hungry for more.
The "Test Your Skills Event" brought together a powerhouse lineup of talented boxers from Antigua, Curacao, Anguilla, Aruba, and St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
05 Jun 2023 01:07 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  On Monday, May 26th, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset awarded 8 youth groups for their exemplary performance and outstanding contributions to the community through their organization and for exemplifying the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self. These youth groups have proven to continuously be having a tremendous impact on the lives of our youth.

During the clubs general meeting held at Carl N Sons, Rotarian Tamara Leonard gave a motivational speech titled The Importance of Being Waves of Change among Youth Read more


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Source: SMN-News
24 May 2023 01:30 PM

People Living With Dementia And Their Carers Deserve Better Than This Who Global Dementia Plan Fails To Meet Target As Dementia Crisis Looms.

Only around 20 percent of World Health Organization (WHO) Member States have followed through on their 2017 National Dementia Plan (NDPs) promise ahead of the looming 2025 deadline
Alzheimers Disease International (ADI) is calling for an extension to the Global Action Plan on the public health response to dementia at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, as progress has gone backward in some WHO Member States, including England and France
Over 100 new NDPs need to be created in two years to reach Global Action Plan goals, a feat ADI says is impossible
Dementia prevalence is on the rise with 55 million people living with the disease, and up to 85 percent of them not receiving treatment
CARIBBEAN 24 May 2023: Three-quarters of World Health Organization (WHO) Member States have failed on their promise to prioritise dementia, leading to an urgent call for an extension on the Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva today by Alzheimers Disease International (ADI) Read more


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Source: 721 News
24 May 2023 09:49 AM

When Will The Illegal Rip Off Finally Stop?

Several months ago, I wrote an article about the local banks ripping off cardholders on this island.The world, including St. Martin, is rapidly doing away with cash transaction and going over to electronic transaction.

So, I have decided to bring up this topic again, in hope that as elections are less than a year away, somebody who isdesirous of being elected, or re-elected, (including the minister of finance) will eventually do something about it.

Cardholders with US Dollars bank accounts are at the mercies of some of the banks on this island Read more


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Source: SMN-News
21 May 2023 10:15 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On the heels of the 10th-anniversary celebrations of the St. Maarten Youth Brigade, the Minister responsible for Youth Affairs, drs. Rodolphe Samuel, extends his congratulations to the brigade, adding, it has been rewarding to partner with the group and he looks forward to more collaboration between his ministry and the youth group.
The Youth Brigade started on May 17, 2013, with a view to addressing the lack of social and educational activities on the island for the youth.
Over the weekend the youth organization hosted a celebratory evening during which they honored some of their partners including the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports drs Read more


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Source: 721 News
16 May 2023 01:21 PM

Say No To Brown Sack Is Only Offensive To Those Who Love Crooked Money.

I know my campaign will not stop this overnight, but somewhere and somehow we need to start Breaking the Cycle. The road to be elected is rough, as many politicians and some voters love this old way.

I will stand in Faith and Prayer with the hope that I can convince the ones who are fed up with this give me something for my vote” attitude, and the ones seeking donation money by the Brown Sack lovers. Their only intention is control of elected officials and running the Country in any direction they want.

Too many voters are tired of this and refuse to come out to vote because we (Sint Maarten) have – for sure – about 5000 people thinking this way Read more


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Source: SMN-News
15 May 2023 08:22 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Le Sommet Foundation in collaboration with the Haitian Association of Sint Maarten (HASMA) successfully completed their third annual 1000 Rose Mother's Day Giveaway on Sunday, May 14th. The foundation's board and team members distributed roses and Mother's Day cards to various establishments around the island, including the White & Yellow Cross and St. Maarten Medical Center. Recipients were grateful for the gestures of appreciation and love, and the team was touched by the emotional reactions they received.
"Mothers are the pillars of our families and communities, and it is our duty to honor and appreciate them every day, especially on Mother's Day Read more


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Source: 721 News
15 May 2023 07:40 AM

Sarah: Single-Use Plastic Bags Ban Hits Another Hurdle?

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The latest statement from the Minister of TEATT regarding the law banning the use of single use plastic bags, plastic straws and styrofoam containers raises more questions than it provides answers. This is the opinion of the initiator of the law, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams.

I have over and over been asking about the enforcement of this law Read more


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Source: 721 News
15 May 2023 07:40 AM

Brug Says Teachers Should Not Be Held Hostage In Their Current Salary Scales.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Richinel Brug says teachers should not be held hostage in their current salary scales. As a person vying for legislative office, Brug proposes an amendment to article 2 of the Bezoldigingslandsbesluitonderwijs. This amendment would allow teachers who are stuck in their current salary scale, to go over to the next scale Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 May 2023 08:13 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The latest statement from the Minister of TEATT regarding the law banning the use of single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and styrofoam containers raises more questions than it provides answers. This is the opinion of the initiator of the law, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams.

I have over and over been asking about the enforcement of this law Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 May 2023 08:09 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Over the weekend it was announced that Members of Parliament Heyliger-Marten, Wescot-Williams, and Duncan have submitted a request for a central committee meeting of Parliament to receive an update from government on the governments trajectory for electoral reform.

In explaining this request, MP Wescot stated that several members of parliament have not only been clamoring to get a sense from the government where electoral reform stands presently but also to hear whether the government is actually doing something regarding the much-touted reform.

In addition, there are several proposals from members of parliament at government, and while the government has alluded to these proposals and governments initial support for proposals such as removal of the black curtains, candidates declarations as part of a political party, a more tamper-proof ballot system, no tangible actions are evident.

We know that the government has conducted a survey and announced public sessions on electoral reform, but there is no evidence of urgency.

Parliament has also finally requested proposals for the drafting of legislation in areas identified by parliament as part of the reform of several laws that regulate components of electoral reform, such as the position of political parties in our system, ship jumping, ministerial responsibility, dissolution of parliament, suspension of MPs, remuneration and amount of parliamentary seats etc Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
18 Apr 2023 12:45 AM

Two School Boards Receive Feminine Hygiene Products

From left: D. Marks, R. Richardson-Romey, E Baptiste-Boasman, Minister Ottley, Minister Samuel, E. Hanson-Flanders and E. Jacobs.


HOPE ESTATE--Two school boards were provided with feminine hygiene products for distribution within their respective schools on Friday, April 14.

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA Omar Ottley was accompanied by Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Rodolphe Samuel, Coordinator of Teen Times Rochelayne Richardson-Romey, staff of the Community Development Family and Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA) Elba Hanson-Flanders and Elencia Baptiste-Boasman for the handover of these products Read more


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Source: SMN-News
17 Apr 2023 07:38 PM

Hope Estate:--- On Friday, April 14, 2023, Minister Omar Ottley accompanied by Minister Rudolph Samuel, Coordinator of Teen Times Mrs. Rochelayne Richardson-Romey, Staff of Community Development Family & Humanitarian Affairs Mrs. Elba Hanson-Flanders and Mrs. Elencia M. Baptiste-Boasman, for the handing over of Feminine Hygiene products to two School Boards Read more


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Source: SMN-News
17 Apr 2023 07:37 PM

Hope Estate:--- On Friday, April 14, 2023, Minister Omar Ottley accompanied by Minister Rudolph Samuel, Coordinator of Teen Times Mrs. Rochelayne Richardson-Romey, Staff of Community Development Family & Humanitarian Affairs Mrs. Elba Hanson-Flanders and Mrs. Elencia M. Baptiste-Boasman, for the handing over of Feminine Hygiene products to two School Boards Read more


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Source: SMN-News
16 Apr 2023 08:00 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Justice Anna Richardson informed The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on April 14 by way of an extensive letter that well-known artist Rich Kalashh is not allowed to perform for the international Hip Hop night set for April 21, 2023, due to an analyst by the police department KPSM.
The letter is as follows by the Minister of Justice, "I am writing to you in response to the request made on February 7, 2023, by the St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
04 Apr 2023 03:56 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  A new craft & farmers market will soon be opening its doors to the people of Sint Maarten, offering fresh, healthy, and locally grown produce to the community. The launch of the farmers market will take place at the Wifold Building in Phillipsburg on Saturday, May 6th, 2023, this pilot program will run for a probationary period of three months every other Saturday to gauge community feedback.

With the launch of this farmers market, the community will benefit from increased access to fresh, locally grown produce, while strengthening the community Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
23 Mar 2023 11:58 PM

Land Awarded For Social Housing Is Already In Lease, Mp Peterson Says

Minister of VROMI Egbert Doran and Helen Salomons-Brown, director of St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation, award land allegedly already leased to the company High Tech Development NV since 2012.


PHILIPSBURG--Government recently awarded land in Hope Estate for social housing development while the specific lot allegedly was already issued in long lease since 2012 to another party. This was brought forward by Read more


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Source: SMN-News
21 Mar 2023 10:20 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- HURRYcane Run, a board game that teaches children about hurricane preparedness, is now available for students to play in their elementary schools. HURRYcane Run is developed by the Student Support Services Division (SSSD) and UNICEF the Netherlands (UNICEF NL) to strengthen school disaster and hurricane preparedness.

Elementary school representatives were invited to experience the new educational game first-hand. Several attendees commented: Even us, as adults, learned new facts about hurricane preparedness while playing this game!

Olga Mussington-Service, Head of SSSD, welcomed all representatives: I hope you enjoy playing this game and feel it is useful in your classrooms Read more


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Source: SMN-News
20 Mar 2023 07:40 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Ms. Silveria Jacobs was shocked and concerned when she was informed of the news of the detention of Member of Parliament Rolando Brison on Friday, March 17, 2023.

The Prime Minister wishes MP Brison and his family as well as the UP party much strength during this very difficult time, while awaiting the process of the judicial system and is very happy to learn of the MPs release on Saturday evening.

I have a great deal of sympathy towards the MP and his family; matters such as these leave very little room for the privacy of those close to the affected individuals within our small island society Read more


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Source: 721 News
13 Mar 2023 09:26 AM

Dr. Mercelina Is Concerned About The Current Situation Within The Ministry Of Justice


Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — Leader of the Unified Resilient Sint Maarten Movement (URSM) Dr. Luc Mercelina expressed his concerns with the current situation concerning the placement and retroactive payment of Justice workers.

It is my hope that we are truly nearing the end of this unfortunate and unnecessary process. For too long our men and women in the Police force have sacrificed their lives, their own families to protects the people of Sint Maarten, while their employer continued to neglect and disrespect them Read more


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Source: SMN-News
12 Mar 2023 04:10 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Leader of the Unified Resilient Sint Maarten Movement (URSM) Dr. Luc Mercelina expressed his concerns with the current situation concerning the placement and retroactive payment of Justice workers.

It is my hope that we are truly nearing the end of this unfortunate and unnecessary process. For too long our men and women in the Police force have sacrificed their lives, and their own families to protect the people of Sint Maarten, while their employers continued to neglect and disrespect them Read more


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