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Urgent Public meeting of Parliament regarding the management of government long lease land

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Public meeting on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

The Public meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure and the Minister of Finance will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

Management of government (long lease) land by the government of Sint Maarten (IS/016/2021-2022 dated September 15, 2021)

This meeting was requested by MP S.A. Wescot-Williams, MP C.A. Buncamper, MP M.D. Gumbs, MP A.E. Arrindell, MP W.V. Marlin, MP G.S. Heyliger-Marten and MP C.T. Emmanuel.

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary sessions will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, and www.pearlfmradio.sx

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TelEm Group to carry out urgent repairs to Cable serving SMMC, Fire Dept. & Carrefour shopping complex

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group technicians will be carrying out the scheduled maintenance of a main underground cable in the Cay Hill area Thursday and is informing the general public that interruptions in mobile, internet and land line service will this area will result. 

Immediately affected by the works will be the St. Maarten Medical Center, the Fire Department, the Emerald Funeral Home and the Carrefour Shopping Complex on the Bush Road. Also affected will be a number of business operations in the Cay Hill area, and telecommunication providers connecting to the damaged cable, including, UTS (FLOW); Dauphin Telecom; Orange Telecom and St. Barth’s Telecom.

The maintenance works will be carried out during the early hours of Thursday morning to have the least impact possible on TelEm Group customers and the public generally. Business and residential clients can expect to have their services reconnected intermittently during the course of the outage.

TelEm Group is in contact with all Emergency services regarding this important maintenance work and is satisfied that members of the public will still be able to reach the Medical Center and the Fire Department during the expected down time, which will be intermittent.

“The Emergency services have been informed of the time and nature of the works. Any emergency calls made by the general public will go to the Philipsburg for dispatch and will therefore not be affected by our work in Cay Hill,” assures TelEm Group’s Outside Plant (OSP) team who will be carrying out the Maintenance works and related cutover operation.

The technicians are not anticipating any difficulties in making the repairs and restoring telecommunication services to the Cay Hill area within the scheduled maintenance window during the early hours Thursday morning and expect to have all services back to normal before 7:00 am and before the start of the business work day.

TelEm Group has apologized for any inconvenience caused, however stresses the importance of making these repairs to avoid further deterioration of telecommunication services to the Cay Hill area.

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Teenagers outreach program: reading freaks me out

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library features another virtual book discussion. The book that will be discussed is Dear Young Black Queen, written by local author Jennifer Brooks.

A group of teenagers was selected to read and analyze this book about the empowerment of young people; both female and male. The discussion will be facilitated by Angelique Gumbs. The objective of the discussion is an in-depth analysis and to determine how the contents of the book affect themselves.

Last year the same was done very successfully with the bestseller Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. It showed that reading and discussing a book together is very stimulating for teenagers. Dear Young Black Queen is about building more self-esteem for young women and men.

In times of the ‘me too movement’ and black lives matter, this is an important document for our local teenagers. These discussions are also a cursor to a dynamic junior book club.

You can virtually listen to the zoom discussion on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 5.30 p.m. via the library’s Facebook page: stmaarten. Pjlibrary. On Monday, September 27, 2021, the discussion will also be broadcasted at 6.30 p.m. on TV Carib. Don’t miss it and learn how to be a queen or king yourself and how to fix your crown.

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Start the Growing Season Right with Free Plants from Amuseum Naturalis

SAINT-MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - The beginning of the fall rainy season is a traditional time for planting on St. Martin. To take advantage of the growing season, stop by the Les Fruits de Mer association’s free plant stand at Amuseum Naturalis! Thanks to support from Delta Petroleum, they will have special plants available and some free books about plants. 

“We have a free plant stand at Amuseum Naturalis that we stock all year, but right now is the best time to get those plants into the ground,” explained Les Fruits de Mer President Jenn Yerkes. “We give away about 1,000 plants every year. We focus on native tree seedlings, and heritage plants like herbs and fruit tree seedlings. We want to help people create a space for birds and other animals in their backyard or neighborhood. We also want to support local plant traditions.”

Some of the local tree seedlings include calabash, lignum vitae, soursop, coco plum and sugar apple. Heritage plants include paracetamol, stinging thyme, lemongrass and Malabar spinach. The association will be filling the free plant stand with extra stock for the rest of the month. On Saturday, September 25th, they will give away free copies of Plantilles: Plants of St. Martin from 9am to noon while supplies last.

“We are really happy to support the free plant program,” said Natalia Ayala, Delta Petroleum Island Manager. “At Delta St. Martin, gardening and plant traditions are really important to our employees, families and customers. We love that we can help bring life to the island.”

The free plant stand is located directly in front of Amuseum Naturalis, at The Old House in French Quarter. The plant stand and the museum are always free to visit. Guests are welcome to make a self-guided visit any time during daylight hours, any day of the week. For more information, visit amuseumnaturalis.com.

Free Plant Stand

The free plant stand at Amuseum Naturalis will have extra plants this month. 

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Amuseum Naturalis is a free museum of nature and heritage in French Quarter.

 

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Sint Maarten Division of the School of Law of UoC receives Copy of ‘Capita Selecta’

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On Friday afternoon Ms. Eunelda Cairo LL.M. representing the Sint Maarten Division of the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises da Costa Gomez (UoC) received a copy of the book ‘Capita Selecta; Caribisch Fiscaal Recht’ presented by Tax Advisor Quincy Lont, LL.M. The book will be placed in the library of the School of Law located on the top floor of the Brooks Tower Building. 

The book contains a unique thematic introduction to tax law as it applies on Sint Maarten, Curaçao, Aruba, the BES islands and Surinam. It is a brainchild of Mrs. Germaine Rekwest, who is the editor of the book and handpicked the team of eight (8) experienced tax practitioners working in the Dutch Caribbean jurisdictions and the Netherlands as co-authors of the book. Mr. Marco Aalbers (Tax Inspector) and Mr. Quincy Lont (Tax Advisor), who both have many years of working experience with tax law in Sint Maarten, gladfully accepted and joined the team to fill the existing gap of literature on the subject matter. 

Dutch Caribbean tax law is a fascinating area of law that has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Since 2019, the School of Law of the UoC has been offering a program in which students could earn a bachelor's degree in Law, which as of 2021 has been expanded with a (pre-)master's degree in Tax Law and can also be attended by interested persons living in Sint Maarten. The book has been added to the reading list of the aforementioned Dutch Caribbean Tax Law programs.

Earlier this year the Sint Maarten Division of the School of Law of UoC started operations from the Brooks Tower Building, which besides the library has more space for administrative and student support. The location is more accessible for students with improved internet connectivity and teaching facilities. At that time the UoC reiterated its commitment to foster homegrown lawyers in Sint Maarten. 

Ms. Cairo thanked Mr. Aalbers and Mr. Lont for a copy of the book and encouraged the students of UoC to make more frequent use of the library in Sint Maarten.

Capita Selecta; Caribisch Fiscaal Recht’ is available in the Wolters Kluwer online shop. https://shop.wolterskluwer.nl/Capita-selecta-Caribisch-fiscaal-recht-sNPCSCAFIR/

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Tall tales: The Dutch are getting shorter but are still the tallest

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Although the Dutch are still the tallest people in the world, they are shrinking. A report from Dutch statistics office the CBS shows that the generation born in around 1980 was the tallest, with an average man measuring 183.9cm compared with the average 175.6cm of the generation born in 1930.

Women born in 1980 were also 5.3cm taller than the class of 1930, measuring 170.7cm. However, the current generation of 19-year-old men are on average 1cm smaller than their giant forebears, while women have shrunk by 1.4cm.

The report says that the shrinking average is partly to do with immigration, but that growth is also ‘stagnating’ in people whose parents and grandparents are inbred Dutch.

‘Men who are not children of immigrants did not get taller and women who are not children of immigrants are showing a downward trend,’ the report says.

The report is based on health data from 2012, 2016 and 2020, comparing the lengths of 719,000 people between 19 and 60 years old. The data is used to estimate the average length of 19-year-olds for each generation.

However, the Netherlands still has on average the tallest people in the world, and the generation born at the beginning of this century has maintained this status, the report says. Gert Stulp, a researcher on reproductive decision-making and height at the University of Groningen, told the Volkskrant that the shrinking trend was mirrored in other countries.

‘In the United States, for instance, growth is slowing down and women are getting a little smaller,’ he reportedly said. ‘This is possibly because people are eating worse, with less variety and more fatty foods.

This might also play a role in the Netherlands.’ Different regions in the Netherlands vary in height, with people from Friesland measuring some 3cm more than those from Limburg, but it is unknown why this might be.

In previous years, studies have shown that while the Dutch might not be getting taller, they are getting fatter.

(DutchNews)

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Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization of Parliament to meet reps of the Dutch Quarter Community Council

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization (CCAD), of Parliament will meet on September 17, 2021.

The Committee meeting is scheduled for Friday at 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. Representatives of the Dutch Quarter Community Council will be present.

The agenda point is:

Presentation by the Dutch Quarter Community Council on community challenges and needs (IS/499/2020-2021 dated March 16, 2021)

This meeting was requested by MP S.L. Duncan

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Plenary Session of Parliament regarding Committees of Parliament and Committees of Parlatino & Ratification decision list IPKO

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public meeting on Friday, September 17, 2021.

The plenary public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda points are:

  1. Incoming documents
  2. Advice regarding the installation and composition of the Permanent and Ad hoc Committees of Parliament
  3. Advice regarding the installation and composition of the Committees of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino)
  4. Ratification of the decision list of the Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultations (IPKO) held from August 23-25, 2021 on Bonaire (IS/978/2020-2021 dated September 3, 2021)

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary sessions will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, and www.pearlfmradio.sx

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Central Committee reconvenes on reform of the tax system on Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Central Committee of Parliament, will meet in a session on September 16, 2021.

The Central Committee meeting, which was adjourned on August 30, 2021, will be reconvened on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 15.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.

The agenda point is:

Reform of the tax system on Sint Maarten

(IS/652/2019-2020 dated March 5, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP S.A. Wescot-Williams, MP C.A. Buncamper and MP M.D. Gumbs

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary sessions will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, and www.pearlfmradio.sx

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Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations scheduled to meet on Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on September 16, 2021.

The CKAIR Committee meeting is scheduled for 11.00 hrs. on Thursday in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is:

Debriefing IPKO and Tripartite August 22-25, 2021 in Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary sessions will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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