WILLEMSTAD - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) election observation team to Friday’s general elections in Curacao has reported favourably on the conduct of the poll, labelling it peaceful and orderly, and noting that the results reflected the will of the people and reinforced their commitment to the democratic process.
Friday’s poll saw the Partido Alternativa Real (PAR) under new political leader Eugene Rhuggenaath declared the biggest winner. The PARTIDO party of former prime minister Hensley Koeiman placed second. The election was called after Koeiman’s government collapsed on February 12 after just over seven weeks in office.
The four-member CARICOM team, led by chief of mission Dr Steve Surujbally of Guyana, in a preliminary statement, applauded the polling day security, the resolute and steady poll workers, the convenient location of polling stations and the adequate provision of material and supplies, although it identified some deficiencies in the signage advising voters about their polling stations in a polling station complex.
The CARICOM Team, working along with other observation teams from the Organisation of American States (OAS) Aruba and St Marteen, visited and monitored a significant percentage of the polling stations on Polling Day.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Tax Administration (Receiver's Office & Tax Office) within the Ministry of Finance hereby informs the general public that the offices will be closed on Thursday May 4th. The closure is to allow staff members to pay their respect at the funeral services of Civil Servant, Head of the Inspectorate Department Ms. Maria Bass.
On behalf of management and the entire staff of the Tax Administration Sherry Hazel expresses her condolences to the family and friends of their former colleague.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – On Thursday May 4, the Government of Sint Maarten will recognize Memorial Day, (“Dodenherdenkingsdag”) similar to the other countries within the Dutch Kingdom.
“During this National Commemoration Day” all Dutch victims – civilians and soldiers – who have been killed or murdered in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or anywhere else in the world in war situations or during peach-keeping operations since the outbreak of the Second World War” are commemorated (www.4en5mei.nl).
This year, while there are millions of people in the Middle East that are yet fighting for a free state, Government opted to highlight the freedom element throughout its program.
Most people assume freedom is a natural state, yet it is something that has been fought for through many wars. It is recorded that over 50 million people both military and civilians have lost their lives since World War II in the name of freedom.
Freedom and a peaceful state is therefore something that should be cherished, especially in today’s world where there is much talk of World War III.
To acknowledge the importance of freedom and peace, the Marines, Police and Voluntary Corps of Sint Maarten VKS, will participate in a silent march through Philipsburg at 3:30 p.m.
The procession will move from Clem Labega Square down Back Street towards the alley by Oranje School up Front Street and towards the Captain Hodge Wharf.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the upcoming Grand Parade scheduled for May 1st, the Second Day Parade scheduled for May 2nd and the closing Jump up scheduled for May 3rd the Police Department is announcing the following road closures.
Grand Parade May 1st 2017
The parade is scheduled to start at 10.00 a.m. leaving the entrance of Sint Johns Ranch on the L.B. Scot road with the following route: Sint Johns Estate road/ L.B. Scot road/Bush road/W.J.A. Nisbeth road/Percy Labega Street/Long wall road/Kerkhof Steeg/Front Street/ Emma plein/ Welvaart Brug/Buncamper road/Freedom Fighter Round About/W.J.A. Nisbeth road/ Salt Picker round about/ Soualiga Boulevard ending in front of the Festival Village.
At 06.00 a.m.: Front Street and all alleys leading into Front Street will be closed.
At 08.30 a.m.: L.B. Scot road closed at Gladiola road. No traffic in the direction of Sint Peters.
WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – The preliminary results of the 2017 elections are in. The biggest winner with 18,362 votes is the party of the new political leader Eugene Rhuggenaath, the PAR. It is the first time that Rhuggenaath participates in an election as leader of the party.
The party of the former Prime Minister of Curaçao Hensley Koeiman came in second with 16,071 votes. The third party is the current coalition partner MFK of Gerrit Schotte with 15,710 votes.
Other parties that have received enough votes for a seat in Parliament are Korsou di Nos Tur (KdNT) of the businessman Amparo dos Santos with 7,438 votes, Pueblo Soberano with 4,029 votes, PIN of former Minister of Traffic, Transportation and Spatial Planning Suzanne Camelia-Römer with 4185 votes and Movementu Progresivo (MP) of Dr. Marilyn Moses with 3885 votes.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) which kicked off on Saturday, April 22, concludes on Saturday, April 29.
VWA did not go un-noticed in Sint Maarten, as Minister of Public Health Emil Lee received promotional materials from the local VWA Committee to signify the support of the country with the annual VWA campaign.
Sint Maarten will start with its own vaccination campaign that will be organized in May and June. The first Open House is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 followed by another one on Saturday, June 10.
Vaccines help your immune system fight more than 20 dangerous diseases. From the time we’re born, vaccines offer protection to help individuals stay healthy throughout their entire lives.
This is the 15th year that VWA has been organized. It was held under the theme: #GetVax to celebrate a healthy tomorrow!
World Immunization Week commenced on April 24 and concludes on April 30. It aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, commends the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) with respect to its annual initiative in the Americas that concludes on April 29 as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) for the recent gains in immunization coverage.
VWA is an extraordinary effort led by the countries and territories of the Americas to advance equity and access to vaccination.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – A storytelling session called ‘Toddler Time,’ that took place on April 22 was a huge success.
‘Toddler Time’ was organized by the section Youth Health Care (YHC) from the Department of Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, and was held at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library toddler room.
In an interview with the coordinator Registered Nurse Ivanca Woodley-Sterling, she confirmed that at least 40 children were present at the event with either one or both parents.
Although the focus was on storytelling, it was a true Toddler time event with also singing and playing games. The children participated very well and had a lot of fun, Nurse Ivanca said.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Prime Minister William Marlin hereby makes it known that preparations for Memorial Day have commenced. Memorial Day is the National Day of Remembrance, which is the day that we commemorate the victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II have commenced.
The preparations include the relocation of the commemoration plaques at the Captain Hodge Wharf to a more publicly accessible location on the same Wharf. May 4 th is a day that is recognized throughout the Dutch Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is important for the general public to recognize this day as it not only acknowledges the victims that have fought to defend the Dutch Kingdom, but it is also a day that signifies the freedom of the Kingdom and its people.
On Thursday upcoming, May 4 th , all uniformed forces will participate in a silent march through Philipsburg at 3:30 pm. The procession will lead to the Captain Hodge Wharf, where a short ceremony will take place in front of the existing plaque that commemorates local names of persons who have fought for our freedom within the Dutch kingdom.
BELAIR, St. Maarten - Leadercast Live 2017, the largest one day global leadership conference, hosted locally by Victorious Living Foundation via live simulcast is only one week away. As the excitement mounts, over 100 persons have already registered for this transformational experience hosted consecutively on St. Martin by Victorious Living for the past five years.
The theme for Leadercast 2017 is “Powered by Purpose.” Headliners at this year’s event include the world renowned director, playwright, producer and philanthropist, Tyler Perry; Dr. Henry Cloud, author, leadership expert & clinical psychologist; Suzy Welch, leadership expert & Best-Selling author; Molly Fletcher, sports agent, author, & world-renowned public speaker addressing how to be fearless in life and the work place; Andy Stanley, leadership author & communicator and many more renowned international speakers.
Local speakers include the first recipients of Victorious Living Leader Worth Following Awards, Dr. Alicia Liverpool, CEO of the David Company and Mrs. Asha Stevens, co-founder of the Hillside Christian Schools. Ralph Cantave, 21 year old local author, speaker and entrepreneur will share also. The MC for this inspiring and transformational experience is certified John Maxwell Coach Nelson Els.
Victorious Living Foundation celebrates 15 years of empowering, enlightening, reconciling and transforming the lives of youth, families, couples, individuals, organizations and communities, in April. Visionary of Victorious Living, Dr. Erna Mae Francis Cotton in a press release, shares that despite the challenges over the past fifteen years, the journey has been immensely rewarding and fulfilling; especially seeing hundreds of lives transformed.
Francis-Cotton especially thanked her past and current board members over the years that include: Oswald Francis, Kathleen Francis, Connie Francis-Gumbs, Carmen Labega, James Gumbs, Lelia Gumbs and Valentin Davis. She underscores that the success over the past fifteen years would not have been realized without their support and commitment to the vision of victorious living to empower and transform lives.
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