Island Notices

Island Notices (1779)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public session on April 3, 2017. The Minister of General Affairs will be present.

The plenary public meeting which was postponed on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 will be reconvened on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11.00 am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda points are:

  1. Incoming documents
  2. Draft National ordinance amending the National ordinance on identity cards in connection with the introduction of an identity card for privileged (IS / 577 / 2015-2016 dated March 9, 2016) (ZJ 2015-2016-087)
  3. Draft National ordinance amending the Sanctions National ordinance to implement recommendation 6 of the Financial Action Task Force without delay to implement the restrictive measures and some technical legal adjustments (IS / 354 / 2016-2017 dated January 3, 2017) (ZJ 2016-2017-099 )
  4. Draft National ordinance amending the National ordinance on material civil service law to protect the status of public servants (IS / 974 / 2015-2016 dated July 25, 2016) (ZJ 2015-2016-089)

Great Bay, St. Maarten – A new group, the Caribbean Progressive Alliance,(CPA), made up of representatives from Bonaire, St. Eustatius and St. Martin, was formed at the recently concluded conference on independence organized by the Independence for St. Martin Foundation.

The conference was held under the theme, “Severing Strings” on Friday, March 31st 2017 at SoIL (Source of Inspirational Learning) with United Nations Decolonization expert, Dr. Carlyle Corbin as keynote speaker.

The Caribbean Progressive Alliance will pursue the following objectives:

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Management of Port St. Maarten recently met with a representative from the Netherlands Investment Agency (NIA) which ensures optimum compliance of projects with the requirements eligible for financing opportunities offered by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Port St. Maarten, Mark Mingo, met with the Director of the NIA Peter Martens, who was on a working visit to Sint Maarten in search of opportunities that could qualify for funding from the EFSI.

“It was a pleasure to have met with Mr. Martens from the NIA.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Dutch Representative Chris Johnson for his coordination of this meeting.  We provided a lot of information with respect to investments made in the past and what type of investments need to be made in the near future in order to keep the port and the destination overall competitive in cruise tourism.  Caribbean destinations are facing a number of challenges such as private cruise port islands and the opening up of Cuba.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) is in full preparation to host its Junior Minister of Tourism Panel Discussion/Competition 2017, which will deliver St. Maarten’s representative for the Youth Tourism Congress hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

The event is structured to mirror a CTO Board of Directors’ Meeting whereby students must come prepared to share their knowledge and views on salient tourism issues. The students will be asked to choose one (1) of three (3) tourism related topics to research and present their findings to a panel of judges and an audience comprising fellow students, teachers and parents who can attend. There will also be a Mystery topic provided on the day which none of the students will know of beforehand. This will test the student’s ability to be spontaneous.

The event will be held on Friday May 19, 2017 from 9am to 12pm at the Belair Community Center or the Philipsburg Cultural Center.

Participating schools are Milton Peters College (4 sections), Sundial, MAC High, St. Dominic High, St. Maarten Academy and Charlotte Brookson. The winner of this panel discussion will be awarded the title of Junior Minister of Tourism for one year during which time they will represent the island at local and regional functions together with the Tourist office.

Additionally, he or she will go on to represent St. Maarten at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Youth Tourism Congress slated to take place in Grenada this year during the month of October. In Grenada they will go up against eight to ten other countries/islands for the regional title of Junior Minister of Tourism.

Head of the STB Rolando Brison extended thanks to the participating schools and congratulated the students in advance who have opted to participate. He said the students have chosen to participate in an event that can stimulate careers and change lives.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – In celebration of World Oral Health Day recently, a day-care Oral Health competition was organized as part of a week-long schedule of dental health awareness activities.

The toddlers and parents were to submit a colouring page, one coloured by parent and one by toddler. The competition was successful, as more than 40 submissions were received by the organizing committee World Oral Health Day.

The winners of the competition were: 1st place The Bright Start Early Stimulation - Ayden Phelipa; 2nd place Children’s World - Sequoy Smees and 3rd place Ideal Preschool – Mia Van Dijk.

The children received prizes, amongst others placement trophies and medals.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a road closure on Saturday, April 1.

The aforementioned will take place from 8.00am to 9.00am from Drukker Steeg to the Catholic Cemetery on Front Street.  The closure is related to the removal of debris and a small roof.

The removal of an overhang will take place from 5.00am to 8.00am.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The 2017 theme for World Autism Awareness Day observed around the world on Sunday, April 2 is: “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination.”

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which entered into force in 2008, recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to independence of person and to individual autonomy (article 3).

Moreover, the CRPD highlights the right of persons with disabilities to "legal capacity on an equal basis with others and in all aspects of life" (article 12).

Legal capacity is instrumental to the recognition of a person as a human being of full personhood, with the right to take decisions and enter into contracts.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) represented by Ms. Judianne Labega-Hoeve and Mr. Wijngaarde, participated in the ICT Week & Symposium in Antigua and Barbuda, which was hosted by the Caribbean Telecom Union (CTU).

During the ICT Week and Symposium different industry experts gave in depth presentations on a wide variety of Telecom related topics, and recent developments in de industry. Allot of emphasis was placed on some important financial matters such as mobile money, crypto currencies and in particular ‘Bitcoins’.

Crypto currency is a digital currency, created and held electronically, that can be used for trade purposes and to make payments. In more technical terms it can be described as a “Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” that in the vast majority of countries around the world, is not regulated by central banks. Due to the absence of proper regulations, there are some concerns as it relates to safety and viability. But the use of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoins is already a reality, and it’s being utilized around the world to make online purchases. It’s therefore a development that regulators, lawmakers and governments globally should be paying close attention to, and finding ways to regulate.

Also high on the agenda was Cyber Crime; a fast-growing area of crime whereby criminals conduct illegal activities by utilizing ICT networks or the internet.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says the World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out this week that the current measles outbreak across Europe threatens the progress towards eliminating the virus.

Over 500 measles cases were reported for January 2017 in the WHO European Region. Measles continues to spread within and among European countries, with the potential to cause large outbreaks wherever immunization coverage has dropped below the necessary threshold of 95%.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the upcoming “Lighted Parade” which is organized by Rio Production and scheduled for this upcoming Saturday April 1st, the police department is announcing the following road closures.

The parade will depart at 08.00 p.m. with the following route: Walter Nisbet road in the vicinity of Beach Plaza Casino - Percy Labega Street – Long Wall Road – Kerkhof Steeg – Front Street – Emma Plein – Welvaart Brug – Buncamper Road – Freedom Fighter Round about – Walter Nisbet Road – Salt Pickers Round about – Walter Nisbet Road and ends on the Ring Road in the vicinity of the Sports Auditorium.

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