Parliament to discuss postal dilemma on Tuesday

Written by Wednesday, 12 October 2011 10:42

PHILIPSBURG - The situation involving the employees at the Post Office, NPNA, PSS and the Government of St.Maarten was a topic of discussion in the parliament on Tuesday.

Still no agreement Wednesday in postal stalemate

Written by Wednesday, 12 October 2011 17:37

PHILIPSBURG - The situation at the Post Office remains the same as of Wednesday evening.

Time is wasting

Written by Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:19

PHILIPSBURG - Member of Parliament George Pantophlet says that he is trying to understand the actions of the President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arindell in adjourning the urgent meeting requested by the faction of the National Alliance on Developments at the Post Office of St. Maarten specifically with the employees who have gone on strike.

The Prime Minister had given the impression that the documents could be provided immediately after the adjournment.

It was just a matter of going to the files or and e-mails and having them copied by the Secretary General who would make them available to Parliament.

While the Prime Minister gave a detailed account of what transpired the documents would have provided the Member of Parliament with the dates as to when the Union was brought into the discussions.

Because as he quoted one of the daily newspapers of October 7, 2011 the Union had stated they only knew what was being mentioned in the media by the Prime Minister.

The statement by Prime Minister Sara Wescot-Williams that the Post office was shut down by New Post Netherlands Antilles on Monday October 10 is interpreted by the Member of Parliament as a lock out.

This has caused more confusion because what the Member of Parliament needs clarity on was upon whose authorization? In his opinion NPNA could not have taken this drastic step without the permission of its shareholder.

What is also important is the financial information as read by the Prime Minister. The Member of Parliament needs to know over what period of time because mention was made of the year 2010 and also to a certain period of the year 2011.

What the Member of Parliament was looking for is at least the last 5 years. Because the argument of New Post Netherlands Antilles that they were carrying the loss for St. Maarten Post office for many years has to be based on facts.

He said if this is true why is it that it was never brought to the attention of the representatives or the shareholder? Being the businessman that Mr. Franklin Sluis is, it is incomprehensible that he would continue to allow New Post Netherlands Antilles to incur losses of the magnitude they claim to.

The Member of Parliament is looking forward to having these documents before the week is ended giving him and his colleagues sufficient time to study them before the meeting is reconvened on October 18, next Tuesday.

Union road may be reopened to 2way traffic

Written by Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:23

PHILIPSBURG - In its efforts to assist in alleviating the traffic situation in Cole Bay/ Simpson Bay, the SHTA met with Kurt Ruan of ROB and Claudio Buitenhuis of Windward Roads to reiterate concerns raised during its meeting with traffic police regarding the disastrous impact on the business community and the damage created to destination St. Maarten due to the huge influx of negative ratings on various social networks.

Blackberry service on St. Maarten disrupted

Written by Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:09

PHILIPSBURG - Canadian-based company Research In Motion (RIM) which provides Blackberry services to St. Maarten, is announcing problems with its global operation.

PHILIPSBURG - Pink Lily Cancer Care fourth Walk-a-thon will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from Chicken Stone at the entrance of Eva Wilkin Art Gallery and end at Sunshine's Bar and Grill Restaurant.

PHILIPSBURG - Through a project funded by the European Union, USONA serves as the executing agency for a comprehensive initiative entitled the Capacity Development Project.

Unity Parade planed for November 11th

Written by Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:02

PHILIPSBURG - Preparations are in full gear for the celebration of St. Maartens day, November 11th 2011.

10-10-10 celebrations on Curacao split

Written by Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:25

PHILIPSBURG - While it was a holiday on Curacao on Monday in observation of 10-10-10, the celebrations marking the occasion were split, as the government observed the day with some activities on the main square in Willemstad, while the PAR party and its supported observed separately.

NQA lauds achievements of TEP students at USM

Written by Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:09

PHILIPSBURG - The findings of the Netherlands Quality Agency (NQA) desk research into the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at the University of St. Martin (USM) have came back favorable.