PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The board of the United People’s Party (UP) has condemned the call by the Prime Minister and Leader of the National Alliance, William Marlin, to call an election on January 8th, 2018.
“An election now on St. Maarten at a time when people are without roofs or even homeless is unacceptable,” the UP board said.
The Electoral Council, the Central Voting Bureau, and Postal Services St. Maarten have all indicated that they are not at an optimal standard to ensure full compliance since the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6th.
GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – November 14 is World Diabetes Day (WDD). Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said preparations are underway to observe the global designated day.
Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
WDD became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nations Resolution 61/225.
The 2017 theme for WDD is: “Women and Diabetes.”
GRAND CASE, Sint. Martin - People of all ages are invited to showcase St. Martin heritage, and their talent, in the 2017 Heritage Photo Contest, now officially open for entries. The annual Heritage Photo Contest and Exhibition was developed by the Les Fruits de Mer Association as an opportunity for people to celebrate art created here on the island, and to engage residents—especially kids—in thinking about their heritage.
The theme of this year's contest is Rebirth. It was chosen to inspire entrants to explore the nature, culture and people of this unique island through the lens of recovery and reinvention.
“St. Martin is an island that has been reborn many times throughout history,” explains Les Fruits de Mer co-founder Mark Yokoyama. “In the wake of Hurricane Irma, St. Martin is rising again. We believe that capturing this transformation through photography will be a powerful way to show and share this hope and strength.”
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Sint Maarten government received a cheque in the amount of USD$105,275 from representatives of The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Willemstad late last week.
Announcing the donation last week was the Vice Consul when making a courtesy visit to our Prime Minister. The funds are earmarked for the reconstruction of schools and homes following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Central Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
The continuation of this urgent Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 15.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present for this meeting.
The agenda point is:
HARBOUR VIEW, St. Maarten – On November 7, 2017, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, requested the fraction leader of the United Peoples Party, Mr. Franklin Meyers, to form an interim government as formateur.
The Governor held consultations between November 3 and 6, 2017 with the leaders of the political parties that hold seats in Parliament, (the United Peoples Party, the National Alliance, the United St. Maarten Peoples Party and the Democratic Party) as well as with the vice chairperson of the Council of Advice and the representatives of the social partners. These consultations were a result of the declaration of October 29, 2017, signed by the United Peoples Party, Democratic Party and MP C.E. Brownbill to form a new Government, the motion of no confidence passed against the Cabinet Marlin II and the decision of the Council of Ministers to dissolve Parliament. During the consultations the Governor discussed the political developments and the social-economic situation on the island and the opportunities to move forward. As a result the Governor shared his concerns and emphasized the urgency and importance of unity and working together at this point in our history to address the major challenges the people of Sint Maarten are confronted with.
Based on the consultations the Governor requested Mr. Meyers to form an interim government supported by as broad a majority in Parliament as possible to foster political stability. A government that consists of ministers who are committed to the promotion of the well-being of the people of Sint Maarten and who are dedicated to the reconstruction of Sint Maarten.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - After the passing of hurricane Irma all day care centers suffered damage, some more extensive than the other ones and were left without power and potable water.
In accordance with the law, day centers must be able to operate in a safe and healthy manner. Power, being form the grid or through a generator, drinking water, proper ventilation and suitable and safe playground are some of the requirements. An inspection team consisting of inspectors from the Ministry VSA, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of VROMI have conducted inspections on health, safety, infrastructural and educational aspects. Hazards related to these aspects shouldn’t be present.
Based on these inspections up till today only the following day care centers have been permitted to resume services:
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The President of Parliament, Sarah Wescot-Williams has requested the Government of St. Maarten to submit to the Parliament the draft Integrity Chamber ordinance and all documentation pertaining to this matter as well as the documentation pertaining to the agreement on border control.
These 2 subjects are at the center of the dispute between the Government of St. Maarten and the Dutch Government as far as aid from the Kingdom of the Netherlands is concerned.
The documents are necessary for the Parliament to follow up on its motions regarding the integrity chamber and border control. The President of Parliament has placed the motions on the agenda of parliament for Tuesday, November 7th, with the expectation that the draft ordinance along with the advice of the Council of Advice and government’s comments will be presented to Parliament to be handled post haste.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Patrons attending the Portraits and Poetry event, held on Sunday November 5th, 2017 at the Marigot Waterfront, left feeling inspired and rejuvenated by the display of art, music and culture they experienced during the three hour event. Representing the Collectivite of French St. Martin was Honorable Member of Parliament and Vice President of the Tourist Office, Mr. Alex Pierre, who opened with a short address that emphasized the contentment of the French Side being able to collaborate with their Dutch counterparts and the willingness to continue to work together in the future. Following his speech, Honorable Minister Silveria Jacobs echoed the same sentiments and gave an insight into all the events leading up to St. Martin Day and what’s in store for the people of St. Martin on November 11th, 2017, which highlights unity of the people of St. Martin.
Artists from both sides of the island took the stage and performed their pieces that reflected not only the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria but the resilience and strength of St. Martin people. Some poets also addressed the current situations happening on both sides of the island in their thought invoking poems.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is happy to announce the official program for this year’s St. Martin Day festivities. The theme this year is “#SXMSTRONG –Rebuilding Our Nation” which best reflects the strength and resilience the people of St. Martin has shown in these trying times. The Ministry apologizes for the delay in presenting this program but due to the passing of monster Hurricane Irma, the organizing team had to endure much constraints on the project. Despite many setbacks and adjustments the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is happy and proud to present the official program and promises that there is something on the schedule for every single person to enjoy. The day starts out with the traditional ecumenical church service from 8 am to 10 am at the new Government Administration building. From 12 pm to 5 pm, there is a Cultural Street Fair on Soualiga Boulevard (the street in front of the Government building) where you can purchase cultural items such as arts and craft, clothing, sweet treats and more.
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