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Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter Parliamentary Relations Meets on Friday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter Parliamentary Relations of the House of Parliament is scheduled to meet on May 16th.

The public permanent committee meeting is set for Friday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is an invitation received to attend the 18th Trade Mission with the theme, “Connecting Sustainable Business from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Caribbean Region.”

The second agenda point is related to preparations for the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Meeting scheduled from June 3-6 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet, and also via  


President of Parliament Arrindell welcomes students from CIA and Montessori

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell on Wednesday morning welcomed 29 students and three teachers from the Caribbean International Academy (CIA) and Montessori School to the House of Parliament.

The students and teachers were given a tour of the House of Parliament besides role playing as Members of Parliament and Ministers. 

In her introductory message, President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell welcomed the students and teachers and briefly spoke about the role of parliament in today’s society and development of country Sint Maarten. 

“Our youths of today are very much on top of the issues that impact the quality of life of the people of the country.  I enjoyed very much the engagement between the students who represented the Executive and Legislative branches of government in the role playing exercise,” President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell said on Wednesday.

President of Parliament, drs. Hon. Gracita Arrindell says it’s very important to continually engage the country’s youth in learning about the important role of the House and how it impacts the way of life of citizens with respect to the drafting of laws.


SXM Airport “Gate 1” launches the St. Martin Book Fair 2014; look out for Womanish Ways and Nobody Go Run Me

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT, St. Martin —Can it get more sophisticated, “international,” or symbolic of a “launch” than this? The Opening Ceremony of the 12th annual St. Martin Book Fair will take place at the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 8 PM, said Shujah Reiph, book fair coordinator and head of the Book Fair Committee (BFC). Earlier this week, the SXM Airport Marketing & Customer Service Department representatives met with BFC members to discuss plans for the opening ceremony, having new books available on site, and welcoming the regional and international guest writers and book fair lovers of the island,” said Reiph on Tuesday. SXM Airport will also sponsor the book fair’s opening ceremony as part of its own ongoing 70th anniversary as an iconic institution of the island and its people. “A few weeks ago, Ms. Regina LaBega, the SXM Managing Director, generously welcomed the request to have the 12th anniversary opening ceremony at the airport, and she specificallyproposed the Gate 1 venue at SXM,” said Reiph. “One of my friends says that the venue has ‘a space-age beauty’ about. It’s a great location for a national event like the St. Martin Book Fair, dealing with our island-wide culture, with literature and books in general, and where visiting guests will meet the people of this Friendly Island,” said Reiph. Authors are confirmed from Turkey, South Sudan, the USA, the Pacific, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Anguilla/Venezuela, and the USVI, said Reiph. “Over 15 upcoming and famous writers will be meeting with St. Martin people; exchanging exciting books; visiting schools; conducting free workshops; and giving live multilingual literary readings,” added Reiph. “The success with pre-Book Fair activities over the last few years, means that we’ll have that treat again in 2014,” said Jacqueline Sample of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). “On Tuesday, June 3, the film Womanish Ways – Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy by Marion Bethel, will have its Eastern Caribbean debut at the Youth Center theater in Sandy Ground, Marigot – as a pre-Book Fair activity. “Womanish Ways documents how women won the rights to vote in the Caribbean, especially in the Bahamas,” said Sample. Marion Bethel, an attorney and leading Bahamian poet/author, will be on hand to introduce the award-winning film and take questions from the audience in the movie theater. What else is in store for book fair-goers? The theater workshop will return on Saturday, June 7, the main book fair day at the University of St. Martin (USM), said Sample. The workshop leader will be Dorbrene O’Marde, a playwright of five full-length plays; theater and music producer; and director. Editing Services The versatile O’Marde hails from Antigua. He’s a columnist, and a calypso writer, judge, and analyst. O’Marde’s first novel Send Out You Hand (2012) was followed by Nobody Go Run Me (2013), the biography of kaisonian King Short Shirt (Emanuel McLean). Nobody Go Run Me will be available at the St. Martin Book Fair. The St. Martin Book Fair is organized by CLF and HNP in collaboration with its strategic partner the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and USM, the LCF Foundation, St. Martin Tourist Office, and SOS Radio.


Prime Minister, Minister Ted Richardson Receive Presentation Regarding Maritime Sector in St. Maarten from Paul Martens

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Paul Martens, employed as a disaster manager at the Sint Maarten Fire Department, presented his master thesis to Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams and Minister of Transport Hon. Ted Richardson. The research topic of the thesis was effective oversight on the maritime sector in the Dutch Caribbean in general and Sint Maarten in particular. The conclusions and recommendations of the thesis can assist government in ensuring the maritime inspectorate’s effectiveness.

Martens followed the master program in public management that was provided by the Open University of the Netherlands to a selected group of civil servants. This was part of a larger educational program on several levels for the civil service. In 2013 Martens defended his master thesis successfully. He graduated in March 2014 in the Netherlands as Master of Science in Public Management.


President of Parliament Arrindell receives a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School students

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell last Thursday received a visit from Cycle 2 year 4 students and teachers from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School.

School Manager Stuart Johnson said the teachers and students were excited about the educational trip and being able to hear first-hand about the functioning of parliament.

The students, teachers and a visiting parent were shown a brief video followed by an introduction about the structure of Government and how Parliament is one of the country’s key institutions of democracy.

The primary school student’s then role played as 15 Members of the House while seven role-played the Council of Ministers.

The students posed real life questions as Members of Parliament to their colleagues who were ministers where the latter were asked to respond with answers about the issues.

Some of the issues concerned the need for truancy officers, drugs, road network, high Gebe utility bills, teacher’s payments, pollution, running sewage, school necessities, crime, and the negative use/influence of Facebook among young people.

“I was impressed by their ability to be aware of the times we live in today. They were on point, when Sint Maarten became a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands as well as knowing the basic entities within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, such as the King and Queen, the Governor, and the other countries within the Kingdom,” President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell said on Sunday.

The primary school students who were very active during the role playing received a Parliament pin from the President of Parliament.

After the interactive presentation, the students received a tour of the House of Parliament.

From the onset of assuming the President of Parliament position, drs. Hon. Gracita Arrindell has invited various schools to the House, and has also visited schools in sharing and creating awareness about the role of parliament in modern day Sint Maarten.



Minister De Weever advises populace to take measures to eliminate mosquito breeding spots

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Hon. Cornelius de Weever appeals to the public to take measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites throughout the country after Saturday’s torrential rainfall.

Residents and business leaders play a key role by continually being active in taking measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

“Saturday evening’s rain event brought more than six inches of rainfall to the country. What is very important is that each person and business takes measures to eliminate possible mosquito breeding sites in their yard and business premises free of areas of standing water.

“We have a collective responsibility as a country to protect our economic well-being,” Minister of Public Health Hon. Cornelius de Weever said on Sunday.  

Residents and visitors are reminded to protect themselves especially when out during dusk and dawn hours by using mosquito repellent or wear proper clothing to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

The Collective Prevention Services, an agency of the Ministry of Public Health calls for daily actions to eliminate mosquito’s by checking containers such as buckets and water tanks for larvae and eliminate the breeding source. If there aren’t any containers with water for mosquitoes to lay the larvae there won’t be any adult mosquitoes.

Dengue Fever and Chikungunya are transmitted by the female vector Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito lays her eggs in clear (clean) stagnant water. Within eight days the mosquito can complete its life cycle from egg, to larvae to pupae and to adult mosquito.

An increase in the mosquito population puts all residents and businesses at risk. Call for information on the Aedes Aegypti mosquito breeding sites and respective preventive measures at 542-2078 or 542-3003 or visit the Facebook Collective Prevention Services or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Concessionaires at SXM Roll Out Mother’s Day Specials

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten (Friday, May 9, 2014)—Several concessionaires at the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) have rolled out Mother’s Day special offers on a variety of items at their stores.

From a 10% discount on gift chocolates, blankets and shawls at Island News and a similar discount “for all moms on all frozen coffee” at KAFFE, to a 50% off on select items at Colombian Emeralds, Mother’s Day will be very special for all those visiting SXM Airport on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Hot Look Sunglasses also offers a Mother’s Day sale of up to 50% off at its Departure Hall store, while Blanc du Nil has an ongoing promotion that continues through Mother’s Day, offering a “low cost of $35 for each individual piece store-wide.” The concession is located on the land side/food court area opposite the Burger King unit at SXM. Boutique is giving away free BBay scarves for purchases of US$79.99 or more. “We welcome the initiative of the concessionaires,” said Kalifa Hickinson, Corporate Communications Specialist of SXM.  


Ministry VROMI announces traffic interruption on Nazareth road starting May 12th

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces that there will be interruption to the traffic flow on Nazareth Road, Dutch Quarter.

The interruption will take place on Monday, May 12 up to Wednesday, May 14 from 8.00am to 7.00pm

Motorists and pedestrians are requested to be vigilant and observant for the traffic directional signs indicating what works are underway in the respective area.

There will also be heavy equipment on the road during the road repairs in the aforementioned area.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Nature Foundation and authorities respond to significant oil spill in the Lagoon

SIMPSON BAY LAGOON, Sint Maarten - On Friday the 9th of May 2014 staff of the Nature Foundation St. Maarten responded with their vessel to reports of a significant oil spill in the Simpson Bay area in the vicinity of food grocer Gourmet Marche stretching towards the Simpson Bay Causeway.

Once on scene the situation was assessed and the environmental impacts of the spill on the marine environment were determined. Initial assessment found that a large quantity of diesel entered into the Simpson Bay Lagoon from an unknown source. There was no activity observed regarding oil entering the water from industrial sources or shipping sources within the Simpson Bay Lagoon.

During the assessment it was found that the spill stretched for approximately one hundred yards in a west south westerly direction, which indicates a fairly large amount of oil was leaked.

Contact was immediately established with the various island entities informing them of the situation. Contact was initially established with Inspector Carty of Maritime Affairs, the St. Maarten Harbour Master and the Coastguard who responded quickly to the reports. Communication and coordination between the St. Maarten Port Authority, the Nature Foundation and the Coastguard was swift and effective in responding to this spill.
The Nature Foundation will continue to conduct follow up patrols and dives to determine the impact the spills is having on Marine Flora and Fauna. The anticipation is that meteorological conditions and the soluble nature of diesel will cause the spill to dissipate eventually, however the Nature Foundation will continue to monitor the direction of the slick and notify authorities if coastal areas are under threat.


Central Committee to meet at a later time on Thursday to discuss Execution Reports of Ministry General Affairs

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Central Committee of the House of Parliament will meet at 3.00pm instead of 2.00pm on Thursday afternoon.

The Central Committee will take place in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda is a discussion on the 12th, 13th and 14th Execution Reports from the Ministry of General Affairs.

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