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Harbour View, St. Maarten – On Friday, November 17, 2017, His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten, drs. E.B. Holiday, met with and received an update from formateur Mr. Franklin Meyer as a follow-up to the formation assignment of November 7, 2017.

During the meeting the formateur updated the Governor on the progress of matters related to the formation of the interim government. The formation of the interim government is supported by a coalition consisting of the United Peoples Party, the Democratic Party and Member of Parliament C.E. Brownbill, which with eight (8) seats represents a majority in parliament.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten TelCell is gearing up for a “Wacky” sales campaign aimed at turning the company’s dress down Friday of November 24, into a hoot for visiting customers and customer service staff.

It’s the Marketing Department’s own take on “Black Friday” with the team daring customers to come in dressed in the “wackiest” attire they can imagine (keep it clean please folks) to win a prize and also have some fun.

The Marketing team says the “Wackier” the outfit, the better chance customers have of being invited to dive into a box of goodies where they can take home any one of 50 available prizes being offered, including the main prize of an iPhone 8.

PHILIPSBURG , St. Maarten - The Ministry of VROMI will be initiating a roof repair program throughout several districts which is scheduled to kick off in the third week of November 2017.

5 Million guilders of which 2 million has been received through pledges, has been allocated towards emergency roof repairs following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

Contractors will start in districts that experienced the most damage due to the hurricanes. Approximately 300 – 350 homes can be repaired. The repairs entail the replacing of T1.11, rafters and or zinc.

With the money allocated the Ministry of VROMI is determined to repair as much roofs possible.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of VROMI would like inform the general public that trucks with a VROMI sign on the windshield are no longer working for the Ministry.

PHILIPSBURG, St.Maarten - All is well, that ends well, one could quickly say, following the news that the government of St. Maarten finally signed the agreement with the Netherlands on the border control. However, we are not at the end of this “stand-off”, that started with Prime Minister Marlin’s blunt refusal to even discuss the preconditions set by the Dutch government to the release of reconstruction funds. A lot of valuable time has been lost.
And the government continues to spend money it does not have. On paper it might sound good, but in reality St. Maarten is facing a crisis. All around us, we are seeing the results of the government’s lack of perspective.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - UTS will continue to open its doors on Saturdays for the upcoming three weeks. This after a series of Saturday openings in October and early November, to offer customers the convenience of handling their telecom business on Saturday. The openings started on October to cater to the steady flow of visitors since reopening after hurricane Irma. The UTS store in Philipsburg will be open on Saturday November 18, 25 and December 2, from 10AM to 2PM.

The expanded opening hours will allow customers who are not able to come in during the week to handle their business. “The previous openings on Saturday have allowed us to connect with our customers and recommend the best telecom solutions to fit their needs.” Says UTS Marketing & Communication officer, Ivy Lambert. “We know that during the week might not be an option for everyone to come in to our store, so we added additional openings on Saturday for the coming weeks.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Thursday appointed the first full board of the St. Maarten Tourism Authority (STA) foundation and immediately tasked the group to formulate a plan that would eventually result in the incorporation of an independent governing body (Zelfstandig Bestuursorgaan, ZBO).

Finalizing a process that started months ago and stressing country above politics, the Minister appointed seven local professionals to the board whom she described as “energetic, knowledgeable, forward and creative thinkers with vast knowledge over various sectors.”

Valya Lake-Pantophlet was appointed as Chairperson of the board by the Minister. Lake-Pantophlet is the Current Head of the Department of Economic Licenses and former Executive Director of the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA).

Anastacio Baker, current Executive Director of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce, was appointed Vice Chairperson and Treasurer, Law Consultant Eunicio Martina was appointed Legal Council on the board, local commercial airline executive Jeff Oliver was appointed Assistant Treasurer, local entrepreneur in the hospitality field and current Executive Secretary to the Minister Martina Browne was appointed as Secretary to the board, Cherinah Franken of the Product Development section at the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau was appointed a board member and Cecil Nicholas expert in the field of transportation and logistics was also appointed as a board member.

HOLLAND - National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen is critical about the Dutch government's stance on how to handle Sint Maarten residents who came to seek shelter in the Netherlands after Hurricane Irma caused devastation on the island in September. According to the Dutch government, aid money is going to the island, so emergency relief is happening there. Sint Maarten residents in the Netherlands should therefore return to the island as soon as possible, and in principle they cannot claim municipal arrangements for shelter or support, Trouw reports. 

A few dozen Sint Maarten residents came to the Netherlands after the hurricane, which left four people dead and damaged over 90 percent of the buildings on the island, the Red Cross said after the storm. The Dutch municipalities don't really know what to do about these residents, given the government's stance. The National Ombudsman asked the government for clarification about Sint Maarten residents who can't register themselves in Dutch municipalities.

ST. MARTIN, Caribbean — Liviticus, published in 2017 by House of Nehesi Publishers, is a new collection that is at once a moving confessional poem, in which Kamau Brathwaite writes honestly, frankly, disturbingly on what he calls his “cultural lynching.”

He holds nothing back as he cries, like the prophet Jeremiah, about his suffering:

“The caul of fat around my liver and the shining budget of my kidneys / are laid out upon the altar of the Lord / surrounded by the howling congregations of the vigilante villagers of Fairy Valley / who love the scent of burning meat and pick and eat my sour morsel flesh.”

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals.

The new WHO recommendations aim to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that are important for human medicine by reducing their unnecessary use in animals. In some countries, approximately 80% of total consumption of medically important antibiotics is in the animal sector, largely for growth promotion in healthy animals.

The WHO message is related to United Nations WHO, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November) that kicked off on Monday with the aim to increase awareness on global antibiotic resistance as well as to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

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