PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School (MLK) receives special educational packages from the Tzu Chi Foundation on friday morning.
"Just a few weeks ago I promised that the foundation would return to our school and support us yet again," remarked Stuart Johnson School Manager of MLK.
"I am elated to reaffirm compliments of the foundation that a promise made is a promise kept," Johnson added.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday, November 3, 2017 several Members of Parliament participated in a Masterclass on “The art of legislative drafting”. This Masterclass focused on the principles of legislation, legislative stakeholders and the legislative process in its entirety. Members of Parliament also gained more insight on how to prepare a “white paper” as preparation to the drafting of a national ordinance.
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Central Committee meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017.
The urgent Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 14.00 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:
PHILIPSBURG, St.Maarten - The President of Parliament, Sarah Wescot-Williams has convened an urgent meeting of Parliament to hear from Government what the financial outlook of the country is. The President of Parliament has asked that the Minister of Finance appears in Parliament and provides:
The liquidity position of Government.
The reserves of Government.
The budget depletion.
HARBOUR VIEW, St. Maarten – On November 3, 2017, His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten, drs. E.B. Holiday, started consultations regarding recent political developments.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – TelEm Group technicians will be carrying out maintenance work in the Madame Estate area next week with interruptions in telecommunication services from 8:00 am in the morning until approximately 5:00 pm in the evening.
The work involves the cleaning and re-strapping of a telephone cabinet and will affect the following residential and commercial properties in Madame Estate and Arch Road, including: Grenada Road, PC Hooft Street, Paulus Potter Street, Johan Vermeer Street, Arch Road ( in the area of St. Maarten Cable TV), Watling Island Road and a portion of Guadeloupe Road.
HARBOUR VIEW, St. Maarten – On November 2nd, 2017, His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten, drs. E.B. Holiday, received a letter from Prime Minister, Mr. W. Marlin, making the portfolios of the Ministers and the Minister Plenipotentiary available and tendering the resignation of his entire cabinet. This resignation takes place as a result of the vote of no confidence, passed by Parliament on November 2nd, 2017.
The Governor informed the Prime Minister that he will take the resignation request into consideration pending the formation and installation of a new interim government.
Governor Holiday also received from the Prime Minister a draft national decree to call elections and dissolve Parliament by the end of January 2018.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – TelEm Group CEO, Kendall Dupersoy, says the company is well on the way to restoring its telecommunication infrastructure to pre Hurricane status thanks to the continued hard work of technical staff and the addition of local contractors and telecommunication experts from Curacao.
According to Mr. Dupersoy, there are now more cell sites (15) in full operation with 10 cell sites providing partial operation.
“This is a vast improvement on the situation just three weeks ago when the last update was given by the technical team,” said Mr. Dupersoy.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The board of the United St. Maarten (US) party said it is very disappointed in MP Chanel Brownbill for the decision he took despite having stood by him through everything and involved him in even more. Brownbill ran on the slate of the US party in the last Parliamentary Elections.
The board explained that all effort was made to surround MP Brownbill, a new MP, with the assistance and guidance he needs to be successful in Parliament. “The party surrounded him with a legal expert and a legislative expert and former law maker. We made sure that the doors were always opened to him on both tiers of government and maintained open and constant communication. So this is very disappointing and regrettable,” the party board said.
“Here we had a young man looking for a home after being disenfranchised with his former political home. We decided to give a young person an opportunity to learn, to grow, to leave his mark on St. Maarten as a representative of the people. He repaid that chance given to him by the US family, by abandoning us and throwing the country into chaos with those that encouraged and enabled him.”
The board of the USP added that members of the Democratic Party (DP) should be ashamed of themselves for preying on young MP’s and encouraging them to do what the DP itself campaigned against last election; “jump ship”
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