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Minister Johnson elated with Heyliger's acquittal

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) — The Honorable Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Stuart Johnson is elated with the news of the acquittal of Suspended Member of Parliament (MP) Theodore Heyliger.

Close to 10 years of the "Cat-fish investigation" the accusation has finally been resolved. 

"I stood firm with MP Heyliger, his family and all who support him in the toughest of times. This victory today is testimony that good shall always prevail," Minister Johnson stated. 

"I can only imagine the new friend’s MP Heyliger might have flocking back to him but only few of us stood every step of the way at his side. I continue to pray for him, his family and his genuine supporters," Minister Johnson added. 

MP Heyliger has been a visionary leader for decades and his shoes are hard to fill.


Da’ Manual Sint Maarten Legislative Process: The making of a law Simplified is out

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Continuing efforts to raise the awareness and educate the general public (of Sint Maarten) about the political process of Sint marten has resulted in my newest publication Da’ Manual Sint Maarten Legislative Process: The making of a law simplified.” 

The book covers an overview of the general legal system of Sint Maarten encompassing types of laws, levels of lawmaking and procedures in lawmaking.

The structural framework of laws are then outlined and illustrated, followed by: the sources of laws (from idea to law), the legislative process (coming into force of national ordinances, decrees and regulations), and concluding with the general principles widely considered best practices when making laws.

Included, as appendices, are the Code of Order for the Parliament of Sint Maarten and the Oder of Procedure for the Council of Ministers.

It is the hope that this manual will serve as a useful reference source for legislators and an educational tool to the general public in understanding the legislative lawmaking process of their constituent state – Sint Maarten.

Limited copies are now available by calling (721) 522-8505

On the request and the recommendation of community members the author Julio R. Romney, will be conducting free “Each One Teach One” information sessions. Interactive information sessions on understanding your (St. Maarten) defined political process.  Date, place and time of sessions will be announced at a later date.


Sint Maarten hosts AWOK meeting

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – On November 13th and 14th the annual AWOK (Ambtelijk Wetgevingsoverleg Koninkrijksrelaties) meeting was held at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina.

During this two-day meeting, legislative lawyers from Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands and Sint Maarten came together to discuss various topics regarding the countries’ legislative matters.

The AWOK members convene two times per year, whereby one meeting is held on a different Caribbean island. This year’s AWOK was organized by the Department of Legal Affairs & Legislation.


SMMC installs Micro-Grinder to process its medical waste

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – The St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently installed a Micro-Grinder, a medical waste processer, on its premises in order to safely treat its medical waste.

The Micro-Grinder, a SterilWave 250, can process up to 50 kg of medical waste per hour and turns medical waste into sterile (non-infectious) municipal waste. The medical waste treatment process entails first grinding the medical waste to small particles after which the small particles are further processed via Microwave treatment and heated up to 110 degrees Celsius at which point all waste becomes sterile.

The benefit of this technology is that the medical waste becomes sterile, dry and stable for easy further logistics. The medical waste is also greatly reduced in volume (by 80%) and weight (by 20%) and there are zero polluting emissions for the environment when operating the Micro-Grinder.

SMMC’s Head of Maintenance & Facilities, Michael Sargeant, lauded the arrival and installation of the Micro-Grinder and stated: “Here at SMMC, we constantly are looking for ways to increase efficiency in our operations. In the absence of a functioning incinerator at the landfill, SMMC had to make use of third parties for incineration of certain (non-bodily materials) medical waste.

Not only was this very costly, it is also not a logistically viable solution. SMMC still makes use of crematoria for the proper disposal of bodily materials.  However, with the installation of a Micro-Grinder at SMMC, we can safely and swiftly process the bulk of our medical waste, which are non-bodily materials, on site which reduces the risk of contamination and reduce its volume while doing so. A win-win-win situation in our view”.

A technician from the SterilWave Micro-Grinder’s manufacturer, Bertin Medical Waste, recently concluded a week long installation and validation of the equipment.  An intense training was also provided for SMMC’s technical team and operators.

The Sterilwave Micro-Grinder is an on-site medical waste processing solution which reduces the risk of contamination in comparison with incineration and landfills. Sterilwave has been registered and approved by health & environmental ministries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and America. The uniqueness of Sterilwave is linked to its innovative microwave technology and high level of treatment respecting both the environment and security processes.

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The newly installed Micro-Grinder at SMMC.




President of Parliament Marlin: St. Martin's Day Message

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The President of Parliament Hon. William Marlin released his St. Martin’s Day Message:

Fellow St. Martiners,

Residents of our beloved island,

Sixty years ago, the founding fathers of St. Martin Day – Dr. Hubert Petit, Claude Wathey and Clem LaBega – conceived of this day as a celebration of the people, by the people and for the people. Alas, that whole idea has been hijacked. This is what Dr. Hubert Petit had to say about what happened:

“…gradually, they (the colonial authorities) took over the celebration of St. Martin Day and they changed everything. We St. Martin people believed we had a day belonging to us, but in reality, they took it back from us… the spirit that existed at that time does not exist anymore. At that time, it just had a small population and we all were St. Martin people; we knew each other and we celebrated happily.”

Dr. Petit was speaking on a televised interview with Elton Richardson of the St. Martin In Retrospect program many, many rains ago. But his words apply just as much today, or probably even more so.

It is very clear that originally, St. Martin Day was a people’s fete. Unity is what we are supposed to be celebrating, not the division of the island.

The true spirit of St. Martin Day should therefore not die after we have delivered all the sweet-sounding speeches on Nov. 11. This ritual needs to be rooted in the very dreams and aspirations of our people for a St. Martin that belongs to all of us.  

If we were able to see ourselves in this manner, no decision would be taken in Great Bay without consultation with Marigot and vice versa. Let me give a concrete example.

The controversial PPRN affects not only our brothers and sisters in Sandy Ground, Grand Case and Lamijo, but also several St. Martin people in Great Bay, Dutch Quarter and Simpson Bay who have family ties that stretch across the artificial borders.

The reverse is also true; whatever the fate of the Princess Juliana International Airport may be, it would affect all of us equally because it is the international gateway for the entire island, employing people from both sides of the island.

This island is ours because we built it with our blood, sweat and tears; it is ours because our forefathers and foremothers worked it from salt pond to salt pond; from valley to hill top; from sun up to sun down; a chant of freedom on their lips; salty sweat on their brows, dripping down their bodies with the sun as the promise of a better day for us their offspring.

We should therefore not allow anybody, no matter where they come from, to divide us and take over what is ours. St. Martin is ours by history and heritage; it is ours by dint of hard work and by divine destiny.

We stand on this Rock we call home and shall not be moved from it, so help us God!

Happy St. Martin Day!


St. Maarten Day Diamond Jubilee OneSXM Youth Concert

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Among the three St. Maarten’s Day celebration events taking place in November, including the Spiritual-Jollification (Sunday 10th), and a Concert for St. Maarten (Monday 11th), the OneSXM Youth concert is the first to be held at the Festival Village on Friday 8th, at 7:00 pm until 12:00 am.

The event is hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS) and spear headed by the Department of Culture under Clara Reyes and her team. The execution of the project is done by La Rich, the founder of the Movement for Music Art Dance and Entertainment promotions.

The concept behind OneSxm Youth Concert is to unite the French and Dutch side while offering a platform for up and coming entertainers, designers, and bands - giving them a chance to come together in solidarity and promote local culture as they showcase their talents.

The concert had an open call for all interested persons, allowing them to sign up and send a sample of their music or attend information sessions.

The headliner for the event are ZTB and Skillful, two local Dutch side bands, and closing off the show will be Odd Brothers, a local French Side group. Other artists to be featured are Dynamic Diamonds dancers, Temia Denis poet, A Flexo rapper, Jason Brice rapper, and Yvng Trill rapper, Black Illusion dance group, Entry Paid Preview rapper, Yung Pheenom rapper, Young Sinatra aka Summer vocalist, Rudy's Performing Arts Dance & Expressions, Dance Charm Chinese Community, African Dancers, Breyenne Browne poet, Amir So Jokey comedian, Tyler Percival steel pan player, Dejahnique Webster vocalist, Sarah Thomasia vocalist, Jesslyn Langlais vocalist, Stefanas Waakzaam rapper/poet, Designers Exclusive Design & Printing, Leighloe,, M.A.D.E. Wear.

The OneSXM Youth concert is opened, free of charge, to the general public, and the organizers are inviting everyone to come out and support the youth in a fun evening of culture.

“It is a 100% local production, as it has been stressed only local music are to be used in all performances,” says La Rich “Having said that I think it will be a great show case of what our local young person has created.”

Drinks and food will be sold by booth holders, and there will also be persons selling special shirts for St. Martin day present. A fun corner where children can enjoy activities such as a bouncing castle and face painting will be available throughout the evening.


Postulation opens on November 8 for Chamber Board Elections

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to inform the members of the business community of the upcoming postulation period for the COCI Elections for the Board of Directors of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

This period is from November 8th, 2019 until November 22nd, 2019.

Postulation forms can be picked up on November 8th, 2019 and must be submitted no later than November 22nd, 2019 at 12 noon.

One (1) seat is available for the Small Business Sector and two (2) seats are available for the Large Business Sector. 

The Election for the Small & Large Business sector seats shall be held on December 6th, 2019.


WIB Congratulates Security Supervisor who places 3rd in Pro World Championships

SINT MAARTEN/SPAIN – The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) congratulates its Security Supervisor Maudienne Profas on her third-place achievement in the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) Elite Pro World Championship – Women’s Physique – that took place in Tarragona, Spain.

WIB in a brief statement on Tuesday described Profas as an amazing sports ambassador for Sint Maarten and that they are very of her with respect to what she was able to achieve at an international level.

IFBB, founded in 1946 in Canada, is the international recognized governing body for the sport of Bodybuilding and Fitness.

IFBB Elite Pro Women’s Physique

This IFBB division was introduced with the beginning of 2013 for women who want to prepare heavier, bodybuilding-style body but not extremely dried, lean and muscular, yet athletic and aesthetically pleasing.

Altogether, there are 3 rounds. In round 1 (semi-finals) competitors’ physiques and muscularity are assessed during quarter turns and four compulsory poses. In the final’s compulsory poses and the pose down are performed in round 2 and a 1 minute posing routine to music of competitor’s choice in round 3.

This sport is placed somewhere between Bodyfitness and former Women Bodybuilding which has been removed from the IFBB list of official sports in 2013.

Competitors are expected to present the overall athletic development of the musculature but also balanced and symmetrical development of all muscle groups as well their sport condition and quality, with visible separation between them.








Funmiles supports Bikers for Boobs 37 Square Miles Biker Rally

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Positive and Elektralyets Foundation hosted their Bikers for Boobs motorcycle rally on October 20th as part of their Breast Cancer Awareness calendar of events for the month of October with the Find it Feel it Fight it Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.

Funmiles was glad to support this event with sponsorship of 200 shirts, Funmiles hand towels and Pink Cardholders to Positive and Elektralyets Foundations. St. Maarten Area Manager of Funmiles, Cassandra Chun was happy to donate to this worthy cause.

This is the 9th annual Biker for Boobs rally hosted by the Caribbean Eagles St. Maarten Motor Bike Club in collaboration with the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations. President Jane Therond from the Caribbean Eagles St. Maarten motor bike club has been supporting the event from the onset.

“The dedication and effort that the Caribbean Eagles St. Maarten have been showing for this Breast Cancer Awareness movement has been synonymous with the slogan “Loud Pipes Saves Lives” said Caribbean Eagles President Jane Therond. Being breast aware is indeed important and we know that early detection can save lives she continued.

Mercedes “Elektra van der Waals-Wyatt also a Caribbean Eagle member, started the event before she could ride a Harley Davidson many years ago. “I love the sound the roaring engine makes and thought noise could wake up the people in my community to help break down the silence of Breast Cancer taboo in our island.

The Bikers for Boobs route took the bikers around the entire 37 square miles of St. Maarten, roaring through various districts and neighborhoods on the French and Dutch side of the island.

The Positive Foundation, President, Shelly Alphonso encouraged by the large turnout commented that the Bikers for Boobs Rally with riders wearing beautiful designed T-shirts sponsored by Funmiles featuring a breast cancer awareness message, is a unique and creative way to bring attention to Being Breast Aware. It is our hope that persons pay attention to the message and get checked early.

Through this unique and fun event, Funmiles was able to support the Breast cancer Awareness bike rally around the whole island. Participants of the bike rally included Caribbean Eagles, Riders on Two, Tribal Hogs and many independent bikers who also came out in great numbers to support the cause.

Funmiles Breast Cancer T-shirts will also be shared with visiting bikers from around the world during the annual BikeFest which is hosted annually by The Maarten Caribbean Eagles every November. The visiting bikers, as they travel back to their respective countries, will take with them the message of being Breast Aware.

The Positive and Elektralyets Foundations would like to thank Cassandra Chun of Funmiles for sponsoring Bikers for Boobs event, ILTT distributors of Fiji Water and Vitamalt for helping to keep the Bikers hydrated and to everyone that came out in support of the event as the foundations continue to advocate a call to action for breast cancer awareness with the slogan : “Find it Feel it and Fight it!”

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17 complete Van Wiechen training in early childhood development

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) — Seventeen persons who completed the van Wiechen Training from October 28 to November 1 received their certification during a ceremony held at the Baby Wellness Clinic, Vineyard Building on Friday at 5 pm from Acting Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) and Minister of VROMI Christopher Wever 

The Van Wiechen study is intended to guide the development of healthy children between 0 to 4.5 years old and track mild to moderate abnormalities in their development. It also helps professionals to quickly identify severe pathological issues so the affected child can be speedily referred to the appropriate specialists at an early stage.

Once abnormalities are recognized, the professionals who administer care also register their finding in what is called the Van Wiechschema. Children with significant challenges are diagnosed and routinely monitored. 

During Friday's ceremony, Wever told the graduates he was very proud of their accomplishment. He commended the staff of the Collective Prevention Service, Section Youth Health Care, for organizing the 5-day training. "It remains of utmost importance that we systematically chart the child's development during consultations and guide the parents, especially during this tender age of a child's life," said Wever.

The facilitator of the training was Dr Selma van der Harst. According to Wever, Dr Van der Harst has made a personal commitment to the improvement of healthcare on St. Maarten. "She brings with her a wealth of experience that enhances our local professionals’ knowledge and technical skills to execute the Van Wiechen method in Youth Health Care.”

Youth Health Care Doctors and Nurses both on St. Maarten and in the BES Islands participated in the 5-day training. During his brief address to the graduates, Wever said he believes that early detection of developmental disorders can significantly increase the chance of finding solutions and of identifying the appropriate medical specialists needed to assist the vulnerable. He uttered sentiments from former US President John F. Kennedy, who once said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resources and its best hope for the future.”

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Minister Christopher Wever




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