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Source: SXMIslandTime
19 Jan 2021 09:58 PM

Pfp Requests Vaccination Plan Update From Ministry Of Vsa

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Party for Progress membersof Parliament Melissa Gumbsand Raeyhon Petersonsubmitted critical questions regarding Country St Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
12 Jan 2021 09:02 PM

Wescot-Williams Makes Inquiries Into Pjia.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten Member of Parliament Sarah A. Wescot-Williams (UD) has made numerous inquiries into what she deems an unfortunate situation that played out during the latter part of 2020 between the airport holding board and the Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport, Mr. Brian Mingo.

A letter from the airport holding board that supposedly was also copied to the Parliament of Sint Maarten, the MP stated in a recent statement,  has prompted her to ask questions to the Shareholder, in this case Prime Minister Jacobs and  Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT), de Weever about the allegations in the letter.

Wescot-Williams said that the matter is unfortunate and it is lamentable that a corporate matter such as this has played out in the public domain Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
12 Jan 2021 09:23 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament Sarah A. Wescot-Williams (UD) has made numerous inquiries into what she deems an unfortunate situation that played out during the latter part of 2020 between the airport holding board and the Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport, Mr. Brian Mingo.

A letter from the airport holding board that supposedly was also copied to the Parliament of Sint Maarten, the MP stated in a recent statement, has prompted her to ask questions to the Shareholder, in this case, Prime Minister Jacobs and Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT), de Weever about the allegations in the letter.

Wescot-Williams said that the matter is unfortunate and it is lamentable that a corporate matter such as this has played out in the public domain Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
31 Dec 2020 10:35 PM

Mp Buncamper: Do Not Lose Hope In Your Country.

As the year 2020 comes to an end and we move into 2021 most of us have mixed feelings about what we have been through and what we are about to go into. 2020 has undoubtedly been a very challenging year for all of us here and around the world. The Corona Virus, or COVID 19 as it is commonly referred to, has had its effects on our lives, our way of life and our customs.

To those of you who have lost family, friends, colleagues due to the pandemic, I extend my deepest sympathy and I pray that God will grant you the strength as you go through these challenging times.
The feeling of hopelessness is more common than we can imagine, many are even on the verge of giving up because of the uncertainties the pandemic has brought with it for our health, the health of our nation and our ability to recover economically from the devastating consequence of the pandemic.

But these challenges that our country is now facing, albeit the greatest economic challenges in recent times, will pass Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
31 Dec 2020 10:20 PM

New YearS Message From Mp Claudius Buncamper.

Do not lose hope in your country.

As the year 2020 comes to an end and we move into 2021 most of us have mixed feelings about what we have been through and what we are about to go into. 2020 has undoubtedly been a very challenging year for all of us here and around the world. The Corona Virus, or COVID 19 as it is commonly referred to, has had its effects on our lives, our way of life and our customs.

To those of you who have lost family, friends, colleagues due to the pandemic, I extend my deepest sympathy and I pray that God will grant you the strength as you go through these challenging times.
The feeling of hopelessness is more common than we can imagine, many are even on the verge of giving up because of the uncertainties the pandemic has brought with it for our health, the health of our nation and our ability to recover economically from the devastating consequence of the pandemic.

But these challenges that our country is now facing, albeit the greatest economic challenges in recent times, will pass Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
31 Dec 2020 03:31 PM

~Do not lose hope in your country.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- As the year 2020 comes to an end and we move into 2021 most of us have mixed feelings about what we have been through and what we are about to go into. 2020 has undoubtedly been a very challenging year for all of us here and around the world. The Corona Virus, or COVID 19 as it is commonly referred to, has had its effects on our lives, our way of life, and our customs.

To those of you who have lost family, friends, colleagues due to the pandemic, I extend my deepest sympathy and I pray that God will grant you the strength as you go through these challenging times.
The feeling of hopelessness is more common than we can imagine, many are even on the verge of giving up because of the uncertainties the pandemic has brought with it for our health, the health of our nation and our ability to recover economically from the devastating consequence of the pandemic.

But these challenges that our country is now facing, albeit the greatest economic challenges in recent times, will pass Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
20 Dec 2020 09:15 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Peridot Foundation states: the final days of the year 2020 are slowly waning away to an end. We look back to a year marked by hardship and fear. Many gave up on their hopes and aspirations for a better future for their families and their country. Desperate and often disillusioned by the failure of their leaders who pledged to serve in the best interest of all, some people rightfully feel let down and betrayed.

The state of mental health of society in general as well as for individuals who have been under extreme pressure for some time is harrowing Read more


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HOPE
Source: 721 News
16 Dec 2020 01:23 AM

Rotary Sunset Donates School Benches To Mgdw

Philipsburg, St. Maarten With a high rise in COVID-19 cases on the island and in effort to promote physical distancing in schools, the students at Marie Genevieve de Weever Primary School are proud recipients of twenty new school benches. The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset donated the school benches earlier this month in a brief ceremony held at the school.

The hard-working volunteers dedicated two weekends to complete and paint the benches. The school benches were constructed by Canizus Design NV, while over twenty Rotarians and prospective members primed the benches and painted them blue, which is the schools official color Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
15 Dec 2020 11:36 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- With a high rise in COVID-19 cases on the island and in an effort to promote physical distancing in schools, the students at Marie Genevieve de Weever Primary School are proud recipients of twenty new school benches. The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset donated the school benches earlier this month in a brief ceremony held at the school.

The hard-working volunteers dedicated two weekends to complete and paint the benches. The school benches were constructed by Canizus Design NV, while over twenty Rotarians and prospective members primed the benches and painted them blue, which is the schools official color Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
15 Dec 2020 07:09 AM

Rotary Sunset Donates School Benches To Mgdw


Philipsburg, St. Maarten With a high rise in COVID-19 cases on the island and in effort to promote physical distancing in schools, the students at Marie Genevieve de Weever Primary School are proud recipients of twenty new school benches. The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset donated the school benches earlier this month in a brief ceremony held at the school.

The hard-working volunteers dedicated two weekends to complete and paint the benches. The school benches were constructed by Canizus Design NV, while over twenty Rotarians and prospective members primed the benches and painted them blue, which is the schools official color Read more


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NA
UPP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
11 Dec 2020 04:18 PM

State Secretary Knops (Bzk) Proposes Sint Maarten Ultimatum; Otherwise No Agreement On December 18.

The HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG:--- The negotiations between the Netherlands and Sint Maarten about an agreement on a multi-year aid and recovery program under Dutch supervision have progressed to such an extent that signing on December 18 is possible.
But then the government and Parliament of Sint Maarten must give 'The Hague' the confidence in black and white that they will comply with earlier agreements and the conditions attached to new loans. This is evident from the letter that State Secretary Knops (BZK) sent to Prime Minister Jacobs Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
08 Dec 2020 09:18 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good Evening and welcome to the 2020 Governors Youth Award For Excellence.

It is my pleasure to extend a special welcome to Prime Minister Jacobs, Minister Samuel, and to all present in this ceremony. Welcome also to all viewing this ceremony online.

Tonights ceremony was to take place in the spring of this year Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
30 Nov 2020 01:41 AM

Mp Buncamper Questions Prime Minister Regarding Ser Board.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — United St. Maarten Party (USP) Member of Parliament Claudius Toontje Buncamper on Friday fired off a number of questions to Prime Minister, Silveria Jacobs regarding governments failure to appoint new board members to the board of the Social Economic Council (SER) Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
29 Nov 2020 05:59 PM

Mp Buncamper Questions Prime Minister Regarding Ser Board.

PHILISPBURG, Sint Maarten – United St. Maarten Party (USP) Member of Parliament Claudius Toontje Buncamper on Friday fired off a number of questions to Prime Minister,SilveriaJacobs regarding governments failure to appoint new board members to the board of the Social Economic Council (SER). The MP questioned the reason why the new

board members have not yet been appointed and when does government expect to do so Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
29 Nov 2020 05:18 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- United St. Maarten Party (USP) Member of Parliament Claudius Toontje Buncamper on Friday fired off a number of questions to Prime Minister, Silveria Jacobs regarding governments failure to appoint new board members to the board of the Social Economic Council (SER) Read more


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DP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
08 Nov 2020 05:11 PM

Ud Extends Us Election Congratulatory Message.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The United Democratic Party of Sint Maarten extends congratulations to President-Elect, Joe Biden, and Vice President-Elect Kamalah Harris of the United States of America.
To all the American people for massively exercising their fundamental democratic right to elect their President and Senate and House representatives: You have demonstrated that the power of the people is by the ballot.

History has been made showing that regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, barriers have been broken Read more


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DP
HOPE
UD
Source: 721 News
08 Nov 2020 10:44 AM

Ud Extends Us Election Congratulatory Message

Philipsburg — The United Democratic Party of Sint Maarten extends congratulations to President-Elect, Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamalah Harris of the United States of America. To all the American people for massively exercising their fundamental democratic right to elect their President and Senate and House representatives: You have demonstrated that the power of the people is by the ballot. History has been made showing that regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, barriers have been broken Read more

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DP
HOPE
Source: 721 News
31 Oct 2020 12:23 AM

Sneek Declare Himself Independent Island Council Member

ORANJESTAD, Sint Eustatius — On Friday October 30th, elected Island Council member Koos Sneek has informed the Democratic Party and the chairman of the Island Council, Mr. Marnix van Rij, that he has declare himself independent island council member in the Island Council of St. Eustatius.

Sneek said: “This decision was for me not an easy one to take. The main reason for me to come to this decision was the difference of opinion between myself and the leader of the Democratic Party, Ms Read more


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USP
HOPE
Source: SMN-News
29 Oct 2020 04:41 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On October 28, 2020 Members of Parliament of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) Akeem Arrindell and Claudius Toontje Buncamper sent a letter via email to the chairman of the Permanent Committee of Kingdom Relations, Mr Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
28 Oct 2020 08:02 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) Board and Executive Management met with Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) management team regarding the involvement of local companies during the rebuilding process of the airport.
COCI and PJIAE have a good understanding and awareness of the local business landscape, and therefore the inclusion of local partners in the rebuilding is essential during these challenging economic times for the country.
The COCI board made a request in 2018 and again in 2019 for government-owned companies to consider including local contractors wherever possible in the rebuilding efforts after the damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Marina in September 2017.
COCI took part in the Sint Maarten Reconstruction Information Session that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands in September 2018 Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Oct 2020 10:54 PM

Coci Has Positive Meeting With Pjiae Airport On The Involvement Of Local Companies In Rebuilding Process

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) Board and Executive Management met with Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) management team regarding the involvement of local companies during the rebuilding process of the airport.

COCI and PJIAE have a good understanding and awareness of the local business landscape, and therefore the inclusion of local partners in the rebuilding is essential during these challenging economic times for the country.

The COCI board made a request in 2018 and again in 2019 for government-owned companies to consider including local contractors wherever possible in the rebuilding efforts after the damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Marina in September 2017.

COCI took part in the Sint Maarten Reconstruction Information Session that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands in September 2018.  The Information Session was organized by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (NEA) of the Government of the Netherlands and the Netherlands in Business. 

The objective of that trip to the Netherlands was to get the message across that Sint Maarten is open for business; that the Sint Maarten business community must benefit from the rebuilding of the country via the multi-million dollar Dutch-provided fund managed by the World Bank; and to build a strong bridge between the private sector of Sint Maarten and that of the Netherlands due to the opportunities which are endless when we look at the knowledge exchange capabilities.

When PJIAE noted the request of the COCI for structured involvement of local contractors in our islands rebuilding process and government owned companies, PJIAE was the first to approach COCI to initiate this process and get the ball rolling, PJIAE said in an invited comment.

The Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project is an essential renovation project for the PJIAE which was severely damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.  The reconstruction of the airport terminal which was completed in 2006, also includes further major upgrades with fully automated border control, extra escalators at all gates that would improve passenger experience, upgraded check-in counters, a relocation of car rental booths, and additional retail / food and beverage spaces offering local products.   

During the meeting, the Airport representatives explained the process that was to be launched for the reconstruction of the damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The chamber would like to point out that PJIAE as a Government owned company is going the extra length to promote and encourage local contractors to take part and register their company to be eligible for possible joint ventures or subcontracting with larger or main contractors, the COCI Supervisory Board said on Tuesday.

It is very important to have local companies participate, not only for the economic value of keeping the capital on island, but also the knowledge of maintenance of the airport infrastructure, since the airport will need to be maintained continuously in order to meet international standards on both safety and quality. 

I hope all stakeholders understand the importance of this, and of course that it becomes a successful reality.  PJIAE is pleased to collaborate with COCI on this endeavor, the PJIAE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Mingo, said on Tuesday.

COCI has created a special registration online portal where the local interested companies are requested to register their company Read more


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DP
HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
22 Oct 2020 07:41 PM

Heyliger Extends Congratulations To St. Eustatius Says: Free And Fair Elections Allow Democracy To Reign.

PHILIPSBURG, – Sint Maarten – Democracy at work, were the words, Member of Parliament, the Honorable Grisha Heyliger-Marten used to describe her sentiments after hearing the results of the Island Council elections on St. Eustatius yesterday October 21, 2020.

She said, Part of self-determination is the ability of a people to participate in free and fair elections where their elected officials can serve without fear of attack from forces within our external forces Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
13 Oct 2020 01:57 PM

No Deal Yet At Kingdom Council Of Ministers

St. Maarten Minister Plenipotentiary Rene Violenus on his way to the Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting last Friday. (Otti Thomas/Amigoe photo)

THE HAGUE--The continued negotiations between the Netherlands and Aruba and Curaao about the third liquidity support tranche and future COVID-19 assistance meant that no decision was taken during Fridays Kingdom Council of Ministers.

Ministers Plenipotentiary Anthony Begina of Curaao, Eddy Paris of Aruba (acting) and Rene Violenus of St Read more


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DP
NA
SPA
USP
UPP
HOPE
UD
Source: SMN-News
12 Oct 2020 06:11 PM

My colleagues and the people of St. Maarten a very pleasant good afternoon.
In commemorating October 10, 2010, instinctively as a public servant you start to think about your role. You are de facto part of the government and governing, so you reflect and look ahead from that premise. As public servants, however, there are times when you get so caught up in your bubble of working day and night for your people that occasionally you forget that the best gauge of information about your country is a five-minute discussion with any citizen Read more


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