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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In an update on the relocation of the students and staff of the Leonald Conner School, Head of Division Public Education (DPE), Mrs G. Davis-Holiday has confirmed that the five locations are fully functional.

The five locations that the students have been relocated to are as follows:

Cole Bay Methodist Church Center

Seventh Day Adventist Church Hewey Building

Dr. Martin Luther King Primary School

Dr. Alma Fleming-Rogers Center

Marie Genevieve de Weever School

Classes have fully resumed on Wednesday, November 9th

PHILIPSBURG, Sint MaartenMy fellow Sint Maarten/St.Martiners. As we assemble together once again this year on November 11th, to commemorate our national day, let us ponder for a moment on how far we have come as a country.

As we look back, we can truly recognize the numerous achievements we have made thus far. We should pride ourselves that as a young country, we are making bold steps in order to ensure that our “Sweet St. Maarten’s land” remains the jewels of the Caribbean.

We must be mindful of the fact however, that building a nation or the course of national development is an ongoing process. And before this process can fully come to fruition, we must ensure that our executive, legislative and judicial systems though independent, are fully functioning to a level where our people will be able to benefit and be provided with opportunities that will fuel a better quality of life.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation has made an online donation of US $3,650 to Tzu Chi USA’s “Love Saves Haiti” program to assist the many persons who were affected by hurricane Mathew which severely affected that Caribbean nation in early October.

Tzu Chi Commissioner Sandra Cheung said the donation represented $10 per day donation multiplied by the 365 days in the year. The foundation has also recently received donations of US $100 and US $50 to help Tzu Chi's efforts to assist  Haiti. 

Cheung is encouraging residents who would like to assist Haiti via Tzu Chi’s USA chapter to donate whatever amounts they would like to Tzu Chi St. Maarten relief account at Windward Islands Bank (WIB) account number# 219322-01. The funds will be transferred to Tzu Chi USA which is executing relief efforts in Haiti.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – On Friday November 4th, the parents and a sibling, colleagues and acquaintances along with the Director of the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague, Perry Geerlings, member of the Cabinet Kelly Busby and Rose Leerdam, attended a graduation ceremony at the University of Utrecht, where Dr. Ivy Defoe defended her PhD thesis (“The Puzzle of Adolescent Risk Taking”) with great success.

Dr. Ivy Defoe graduated Cum-Laude from the Developmental Psychology Department of the University of Utrecht and was lauded by the Rector Magnificus, her peers and professors for her great achievements in both her publications and research carried out in the field of adolescent behavioural risks. To name a few of her achievements thus far were her nine 9 literary (research) publications as well as one publication in a heralded Psychology Magazine in the Netherlands.

The Rector Magnificus even mentioned that Dr. Defoe’s achievements are very rare, but so now and then you come across an exceptional graduate, this is one of those scarce occasions, the Rector said.

Director Geerlings congratulated the doctor on behalf of the Government and the People of Sint Maarten on her achievement in his address to those present and deemed Dr. Defoe a true role model, not only to the people and Government of Sint Maarten, but also to her peers.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Member of Parliament Frans Richardson on Tuesday called on government to immediately inform the public about the severity of the reported virus attack that has forced government to shut down servers at many of its departments. “Nothing is happening in the country for a few days already. Civil servants are sitting doing nothing, going home early. No taxes are being collected and it feels like our entire system is being held hostage,” Richardson said.

Richardson said government’s vague releases only mentions the Civil Registry and Receiver’s Office, but he was informed that it involves more departments including Labor and Economic Affairs. Whether those or out of precaution or not, are many of the questions government must “immediately answer” he said.

MP Richardson also questioned if the issue involved just a virus infection, is a hacker(s) intrusion at the center of the problem or both. “We are talking about departments that handle some of the most sensitive documents of the country. If the political party establishments in the US can be hacked, and we see the chaos that caused, it is not far-fetched to think that the same could happen here with larger consequences,” he said.

 PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent plenary public session on Wednesday November 9, 2016. The Minister of General Affairs will be present for this meeting. The urgent plenary public meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is Discussion on the border issues with the French side in particular at Oyster Pond.
 
Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – During the week of November 1-4, 2016 Members of Parliament participated in an Orientation week organized by the secretariat of Parliament. After the oath taking ceremony on Monday, October 31, Members of Parliament delved immediately on Tuesday in an Orientation week organized by the secretariat of Parliament.

This Orientation week started with a brief presentation by the Secretary General of Parliament (Griffier) on some practical matters concerning Parliament followed by a Masterclass on the role of Parliament in the constitutional framework as well as the competencies and responsibilities of Parliament. This Masterclass was provided by Mr. Luciano Milliard who is the Vice-rector for governance and policy affairs of the University of Aruba. Mr. Milliard has many years of experience in teaching constitutional law at the University of Aruba as well.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Over the past week it has become blatantly clear that an emergency solution is needed to deal with the health challenges being experienced by staff and students of the Leonard Connor School. The Government has started to take several steps to deal with this pending situation; however, all these steps will require several weeks to come to fruition. The school was thoroughly cleaned and the authorities were convinced that the worst was over; however the smell of gases was once again too much to bear on Friday last.

The Ministry of VROMI will commission an independent study to be carried out to ascertain the levels of toxic gases being emitted into the environment by all industries operating in the Cay Bay area, as well as to ascertain what levels are affecting the population, including the staff and students at the Leonard Connor School, who have been experiencing it with alarming frequency.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Prime Minister William Marlin said on Sunday afternoon that he will be requesting the Chairman of Parliament MP Claret Connor to convene an urgent meeting of Parliament to discuss the ongoing problems at the Captain Olivers Marina.

Prime Minister Marlin said that up to Sunday evening no response was received from the Prefet Delegue of St. Barths and St. Martin. The Prime Minister said that he will be calling on the President of the Collectivite Mrs. Aline Hanson to ensure that the French authorities adhere to agreements made at the Quadripartite where the border at Oyster Pond is concerned.

Hope Estate, St. Maarten On Thursday November 3rd, the Minister of Education, Silveria Jacobs, attended the unveiling ceremony of the bust for the late teacher Marie Genevieve de Weever which was organized by the management of the school, Mrs. Anna Grantham-Halley, Mrs. Sandra Mathew and the committee of dedicated staff members. The ceremony was hosted by Teacher Altagracia Hawley.

Minister Jacobs congratulated the current school staff and all others whom, over time, helped in the development of the institution, including teachers, administrators, and auxiliary workers. The Minister gave words of encouragement to the teachers and school staff to continue the hard work, as she was very proud to hear about and to have seen the development of the school.

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