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Source: The Daily Herald
13 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

Resident: Stop filling pond, protect Foga from flooding

FOGA/ PHILIPSBURG--Residents of Pendent Cactus Road in Foga were among those heavily affected by flooding following the recent storm, having experienced knee-height water. Not an uncommon occurrence, they are concerned that they have been, and will continue to be even more affected because of the filling of land nearby on the pond-side which is set to accommodate another 36 houses.

Many residents and businesses near the ponds in Philipsburg have been affected, and have also questioned the maintenance of the floodgates and pumps Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
13 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

Editorial - Sooner rather than later

Today's report that Dutch Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk prefers cooperation to another instruction for St. Maarten in the area of Justice is a positive development. Coupled with the news that "formateur" Theo Heyliger has submitted the names of proposed ministers for what now appears is the incoming UP/De Weever/Marlin-Romeo coalition – no longer backed by DP leader Sarah Wescot-Williams (see related story) – to Governor Eugene Holiday, it could spell a start in restoring the lately disturbed relations between Philipsburg and The Hague.

This conclusion has a lot to do with the fact that Heyliger did not include himself Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
13 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

Plasterk prefers cooperation to new instruction for St. Maarten

THE HAGUE--Issuing another instruction to St. Maarten, this time in the area of Justice, does not have the preference of Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk. He would rather strengthen St. Maarten's Justice System and improve integrity together with the local government, he told the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Wednesday.

"That doesn't have my preference," Plasterk replied to the question of Member of the Second Chamber Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party PvdA, who asked the minister whether a new instruction for St Read more


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DP
HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
12 Nov 2014 04:58 PM

Dp Outlines Role In Coalition Formation Process, Takes A Step Back To Evaluate

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Leader of the Democratic Party (DP) of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams, held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

During the conference the caretaker Prime Minister who also holds the function of President of Parliament, outlined the role that her party played and is playing in the current formation process leading towards a new government for the island led by the UP party and MP Cornelius de Weever.

Formateur MP the Honorable Theo Heyliger who is now not a candidate for Minister, announced that he has submitted the names and dossiers of candidates Ministers to His Excellency the Governor of St Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
12 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

Sarah Wescot’s ‘fire in the belly’ speech reaffirms solidarity on St. Martin Day

FRENCH QUARTER--Words such as unity, togetherness, and cooperation have become clichéd over the years in St. Martin Day speeches but while this was still a favourite theme on Tuesday's 66th November 11 celebration, some speakers looked at it in a different context, alluding to derogatory remarks about tearing up the Treaty of Concordia and establishing borders attributed to a French Parliamentarian some months ago. It caused a stir on the Dutch side.

No one dismissed such outside threats more forthrightly than caretaker Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams in a typically rousing and patriotic speech that elicited rounds of applause.

"In the hearts of St Read more


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PPA
HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
12 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

APNU brands decision to suspend parliament ‘dark day’ for democracy

GEORGETOWN, Guyana--The main opposition grouping, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Monday described the decision of President Donald Ramotar to prorogue Parliament as "the darkest day for democracy in Guyana."

The APNU said that it is resolved to resist the President's "Proclamation" and was calling "on all the good people of Guyana everywhere to join in a civil movement for the restoration of parliamentary democracy by peacefully resisting the PPPC's resort to dictatorship and to call for the revocation of this 'Proclamation.'"

In a statement, the APNU said that it is "enraged" that Ramotar's decision to prorogue Parliament "has effectively paralysed the parliamentary process and smothered the voices of the people's legitimate representatives in the National Assembly.

"It is an affront to the Guyanese people who three years ago, in November 2011, voted for A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (AFC) to have the majority of seats in the National Assembly."

The APNU, which together with the AFC controlled 33 seats in the outgoing 65-member Parliament, said President Ramotar "has now single-handedly engineered a constitutional crisis."

It said the main purposes of the Proclamation are to allow the ruling People's Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) to avoid parliamentary scrutiny while it attempts to "prevent debate on the Opposition "no-confidence" motion; prevent the holding of local government elections; prevent debate on financial excesses and impropriety; protect the reputations of his ministers from parliamentary sanction; permit the PPPC's campaign for general and regional elections to proceed; and permit the continued expenditure of state funds without parliamentary scrutiny."

In his statement, President Ramotar justified the decision to prorogue Parliament saying he had earlier indicated a desire for the National Assembly, in its post-recess sittings, to deliberate and give priority to important matters relating to the development of the country.

"I also extended a hand to the Opposition for us to put the nation's business first rather than political gamesmanship."

He said he had further advised that should he be provided with reasons to believe that the Parliamentary Opposition intends to disrupt government's business by forcing a debate on their no confidence motion, "I resolved to respond immediately by exercising my Constitutional options to either prorogue or dissolve Parliament, paving the way for holding of general elections.

"Consistent with my earlier position and in accordance with powers conferred on me by Article 70(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Guyana, I earlier today [Monday – Ed.] issued a Proclamation proroguing the 10th Parliament."

Ramotar said that his decision to exercise this constitutional option "was not taken lightly, but it was the sole recourse that was left to me to ensure that the life of the 10th Parliament was preserved.

"It is no secret that the Parliamentary Opposition parties had, at every conceivable opportunity, made known their clear intention to have their motion of no confidence against my government debated instantly at the first post-recess sitting which was called for [Monday – Ed.] today, November 10 Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
10 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

Catalan independence hopes high after symbolic vote

BARCELONA--Millions of Catalans voted on Sunday in a symbolic referendum on independence from Spain that supporters hope will propel the issue further despite opposition from Madrid.

The "consultation of citizens" in the wealthy northeastern region follows a legal block by the central government against a more formal, albeit still non-binding ballot which regional leaders had been pushing for originally Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
10 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

St. Maarteners in the Netherlands unite to celebrate their national day

THE HAGUE--For the fourth time, St. Maarteners, joined by friends from Aruba, Curaçao, St. Eustatius, Saba, the Netherlands and France, celebrated St. Martin/St. Maarten Day in Wassenaar, close to The Hague on Friday evening.

The event, held at the Van der Valk Hotel, had a low political profile: there were no members of the Second and First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament or of the Dutch Caribbean governments, except for the Ministers Plenipotentiary of the three islands.

Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk didn't attend either despite his promise made earlier that week during a debate in the Second Chamber about financial supervision in the Dutch Caribbean and the financial situation in Aruba.

The Minister had other commitments as he was the guest on the popular TV talk show Pauw that same night Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
10 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

Aircraft wreckage located, pilot’s body not in cockpit

PHILIPSBURG--The Daily Herald understands that although the remains of the cockpit of the crashed Skyways aircraft have been located, the missing pilot and his seat were not found inside.

The wreckage of the missing Skyways plane was located by the search and rescue team in cooperation with the Coast Guard off the coast of St. Maarten on Sunday at a depth of some 75 feet.

Civil Aviation and Maritime Department head Louis Halley confirmed the find of the wreckage during a press conference held together with Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Ted Richardson, Secretary-General Miguel De Weever and members of the search and rescue team.

Search efforts continued on Sunday and will continue today, Monday Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
08 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

Notices November 8

Saturday, November 8

FOOD SALE

Organised by Scouting Antiano

Place: upper princes quarter community center, lions building, in sucker garden. Located between the gas station and the royal funeral home.

Time 12:00-2:00pm

Roti for NAF 10.00 / $ 5.00

Wednesday, November 12

FILM FESTIVAL

Organised by Love of Kids Foundation

Topic: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder

Film: ADHD & ADD: Powerful Teaching Strategies & Accommodations

Place: University of St Martin Campus - 2nd Floor-Rm202

Time: 7:00pm

Cost : Free

Annual Educational Film Festival Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
08 Nov 2014 06:22 AM

St. Maarten professionals trained to spot youth intellectual impairments

MADAME ESTATE--Seventeen Foundation Judiciary Institutes Windward Island SJIB and Court of Guardianship social workers, as well as behavioural specialists and school counsellors, completed a training course aimed at improving their skills in dealing with people, especially the youth, with mild intellectual impairments.

A ceremony took place on Friday during which the participants received certificates for completing the three-day course. The course was made possible by the Ministry of Justice and co-funded by USONA Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
07 Nov 2014 06:31 AM

Notices November 7

Friday, November 7

LADIES NIGHT

Organised by Clay Montessori Academy Foundation

Place: Rock House, Port De Plaisance

Time: 7:00 - 11:00pm

Price: US $30.00 per person, $20.00 children 13 and under

Tickets available at Indulgence By the Sea (Divi Little Bay), Edible Bouquets (Cole Bay), Yves Rocher (Marigot) and Clay Montessori Academy (L.B. Scot Road). For information call 721-527-4449 or email \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots Read more


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DP
HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
07 Nov 2014 06:31 AM

Aruba instruction causes standoff

THE HAGUE--The debate with Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Thursday to discuss the financial supervision in the Dutch Caribbean resulted in a clash with the governing parties VVD and PvdA, the Socialist Party (SP) on one side and the Democratic Party D66 on the other side.

The meeting called for by the Second Chamber’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations focused on the July 2014 instruction of the Kingdom Council of Ministers to Aruba’s Governor Fredis Refunjol not to sign the 2014 budget until it had been thoroughly screened by outside experts Read more


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HOPE
Source: Today SXM
05 Nov 2014 10:20 AM

Mps Unable To Give Update On Government Formation To Youth Parliament 

St. Maarten – As President of the St. Maarten Youth Parliament, Dwayne Griffith submitted to St. Maarten Parliament a motion, requesting an update on the current situation with government and the steps being taken to establish the new Council of Ministers. However, the MPs present were unable to give any information on the developments to the Youth Parliament, as many were not privy to what was taking place. Members of the Youth Parliament met with Parliament members at the Central Committee meeting on Tuesday to discuss the developments in government formation with regard to the instruction for the screening of candidate-ministers from the Kingdom Council of Ministers in The Hague.

“Our faction cannot provide any insight as to whether a list of ministers has been put forward… neither do we know the standards by which they will be screened,” said MP William Marlin Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
05 Nov 2014 06:24 AM

European Commission cuts forecasts

BRUSSELS--The euro zone will need another year to reach even a modest level of economic growth, the European Commission said on Tuesday, calling on Germany to help as Chancellor Angela Merkel again rejected a spending spree.

The EU executive cut its forecasts, saying the euro zone economy would expand by 0.8 percent this year, 1.1 percent next year and by 1.7 percent in 2016 -- a level the Commission said six months ago would be achieved next year. The delay in the upturn was due to drag on the economy from France and Italy.

"There is no single and simple answer Read more


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HOPE
Source: Today SXM
03 Nov 2014 07:56 PM

No Ebola Travel Ban In Place On French St. Martin

St. Maarten –No ebola travel plan has been put in place on French St. Martin, although officials there have said they have three levels when dealing with a suspected case of ebola. Dutch St. Maarten issued an ebola travel ban on October 27.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a delegation from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), met with French side officials in Hope Estate last week to discuss preparations related to the ebola virus disease (EVD) and inform them of the St Read more


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Source: Today SXM
03 Nov 2014 07:51 PM

Upnext Planning Its “Christmas Cheer Up” Project

St. Maarten —Two fund raising bake sales are carded to be held this month by the —UPNext, the youth movement of the United People (UP) party—as they gear up their “Christmas Cheer UP” activities for the upcoming Christmas season Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
03 Nov 2014 06:23 AM
>GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- A delegation from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) Collective Prevention Services (CPS) met with French colleagues (St. Martin) in Hope Estate last week to discuss preparations related to the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

CPS apprised French officials about the Sint Maarten Ebola Preparedness Plan and the travel ban that was officially announced by the Minister of Public Health on Monday, October 27.

French health department officials apprised the CPS that for the French territories to date, there was no travel ban in effect, and the French Ebola national preparedness plan has three levels when dealing with a suspected case of EVD.

After the discussion about the various scenarios, levels and possible collaboration, it was decided that there is a need for an additional meeting where all counterparts can meet and discuss associated logistics.

It was also decided that both sides will be working together to ensure an effective response and will seek the intervention of their respective supervisors and political leaders to ensure the effectiveness of the travel ban in protecting the borders of Sint Maarten/St Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
02 Nov 2014 09:10 PM

Cps Apprises French Health Officials About Sint Maarten Ebola Preparedness Plan And Travel Ban

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – A delegation from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) Collective Prevention Services (CPS) met with French colleagues (St. Martin) in Hope Estate last week to discuss preparations related to the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

CPS apprised French officials about the Sint Maarten Ebola Preparedness Plan and the travel ban that was officially announced by the Minister of Public Health on Monday, October 27.

French health department officials apprised the CPS that for the French territories to date, there was no travel ban in effect, and the French Ebola national preparedness plan has three levels when dealing with a suspected case of EVD.

After the discussion about the various scenarios, levels and possible collaboration, it was decided that there is a need for an additional meeting where all counterparts can meet and discuss associated logistics.

It was also decided that both sides will be working together to ensure an effective response and will seek the intervention of their respective supervisors and political leaders to ensure the effectiveness of the travel ban in protecting the borders of Sint Maarten/St Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
02 Nov 2014 06:51 PM

Upnext Planning Its "Christmas Cheer Up" Project

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — UPNext, the youth movement of the United People (UP) party is gearing up for its "Christmas Cheer UP" activities for the upcoming Christmas season.

It is the first project the group of youngsters will embark on following the Parliamentary Elections of August 29.

The Christmas Cheer UP project will ultimately result in UPNext "doing something special" for the less fortunate in the community in the season of giving.

To support this initiative, the group will be holding two fundraising bake sales at two different public locations in the month of November Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
31 Oct 2014 06:23 AM

Stop, Drop and Go campaign extended, supported by tip line

~ 50 firearms handed in on Dutch side ~

PHILIPSBURG--The Stop, Drop and Go campaign has been hailed as a success and will be extended to November 14, the Ministry of Justice announced Thursday, October 30. Adding to the campaign is an anonymous tip-line initiative with a reward system which launches today, where illegal firearm possession can be reported.

Former Lt. Governor of the Island Territory of St. Maarten Max Pandt gave in three firearms on Thursday, in the presence of Ministry and Police officials Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
28 Oct 2014 06:26 AM

Christian right will still turn out for Republicans in US midterms

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas--If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives.

Although they get little attention from candidates, white evangelical Christian voters are likely to be fundamental to any Republican victories in the key Senate races, especially in the South. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows evangelicals are more enthusiastic than the general population about the midterms.

The religious right's influence may be much reduced since the days of Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell's alliances with Republican presidents Read more


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DP
HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
28 Oct 2014 06:26 AM

Sarah: DP fraction of two MPs intact

PHILIPBSURG--The Democratic Party (DP) fraction comprises two Members of Parliament (MPs): Sarah Wescot-Williams and Cornelius de Weever, with De Weever serving as the party's fraction leader in Parliament Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
27 Oct 2014 06:26 AM

It’s just us!

Dear Editor,

After hearing the many varying opinions on our stance against continuous meddling and intervention by the Dutch in our affairs without any legal basis, I wondered and asked why the silence in Philipsburg is so deafening. And the thought came to me then of the prayers of our forefathers, especially their cry for divine intervention in times like these.

It was rather ironic that our country was hit by a hurricane and we heard no enquiries or queries from the Dutch on the damages or state of affairs on the island Read more


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