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Committee VROMI of Parliament to meet with reps from Canadian Global Investments Ltd

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (CVROMI) will meet in a session on November 30, 2021.

The Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 10:00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. Mr. Roy Lynch and representatives from Canadian Global Investments Ltd. will be present.

The agenda point is:

Presentation on a proposal for Offshore floating LNG Power Generation and Waste to Energy (IS/598/2019-2020 dated February 20, 2020)

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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Rohan Clarke Release Debut Gospel Album Happy Paradise

SINT MAARTEN/ST. KITTS & NEVIS - Atlanta-based gospel artist Rohan Clarke has finally released his debut album Happy Paradise recently to rave reviews. The Jamaican born artist in an interview explained that the 14-track album is an eclectic mix of various styles and sub genres, all reflecting the gospel message.

He began listing some of the tracks from the album, “We have ‘Try Jesus’, we have ‘I am Clay’, we have ‘Anytime Now’, we have ‘What’s Next’, we have ‘Prayer’, we have ‘One Time’, we have ‘Under the Blood’, we have ‘I Rise’ and ‘Destination’, we have ‘I Know’, we have ‘Happy Paradise’ which is the title track; we have ‘Thick and Thin’. I have a reason I wrote all of them. I have a testimony behind all of the inspiration,” he explained.

In 2008, Rohan Clarke won the prestigious Jamaica Gospel Festival Competition. Winners of that competition usually go on to establish their gospel music career, but for Clarke he instead migrated to the US and started his music career all over again. “When you leave Jamaica and come here, you have to push because nobody really knows about you,” Clarke said. He explained he wants to do more than just reaching the Jamaicans living in Atlanta, he wants to reach a cross section of artists. “I want to break that trend that is why the album is a mixture; it’s not just reggae tracks,” he added.

With the album now out, Clarke is looking to travel the world and minister and even had his eyes on the Caribbean. He was planning to head to Jamaica on Gospel JA, one of the most popular gospel music radio stations there, but due to COVID restrictions, it did not materialize. The album is available in physical CDs and is streaming on all streaming platforms. The full video interview with Clarke will be streamed at a later date on the JIFE Music Facebook page.

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Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (CECYSA) to meet on Monday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs of Parliament will meet on November 29, 2021.

The Committee meeting, which adjourned on October 8, 2021, will be reconvened on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication and the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport will be present.

The agenda points are:

  1. Government’s casino Policy (Rules of The Game) and its enforcement (IS/634/2019-2020 dated February 27, 2020)
  2. Current status on the Special Education Needs Policy being developed by Department of Education
  3. Current status of Sint Maarten Vocation Training School and update on the implementation of the action plan for school improvement at SMVTS
  4. State of Affairs of Education and presentation of the last State of Affairs Education report compiled by the Division of Inspection (IS/424/2020-2021 dated February 19, 2021)

Agenda points 2, 3 and 4 were requested by MP A.J.G. Romou.

This meeting is a continuation of the meeting which started in the Parliamentary Year 2020-2021. On Monday, November 29, 2021 both Ministers will return to provide answers to the questions posed by Members of Parliament on all agenda points.

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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Central Committee of Parliament regarding national ordinances accounts of Sint Maarten for the fiscal years 2017 & 2018

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on November 29, 2021.

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday at 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.

The agenda points are:

  1. Ontwerplandsverordening tot vaststelling van de jaarrekening van Sint Maarten voor het dienstjaar 2017 (Landsverordening tot vaststelling jaarrekening 2017) (Zittingsjaar 2021-2022-149) (IS/221/2021-2022 d.d. 8 november 2021)

(National Ordinance establishing the annual accounts for

St. Maarten for the financial year 2017 (National Ordinance establishing accounts 2017) (Parliamentary Year 2021-2022-149) (IS/221/2021-2022 dated November 8, 2021) 

  1. Ontwerplandsverordening tot vaststelling van de jaarrekening van Sint Maarten voor het dienstjaar 2018 (Landsverordening tot vaststelling jaarrekening 2018) (Zittingsjaar 2021-2022-150) (IS/222/2021-2022 d.d. 8 november 2021)

(National Ordinance establishing the annual accounts for

St. Maarten for the financial year 2018 (National Ordinance establishing accounts 2018) (Parliamentary Year 2021-2022-150) (IS/222/2021-2022 dated November 8, 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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Delegation visits to discuss Royal Decorations

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - A delegation of the Chancery of the Netherlands Orders paid a visit to Saba on Thursday, November 25. A meeting was held with Island Governor Jonathan Johnson to discuss, among other things, the nomination of Saban candidates for a Royal Decoration.

It has been a while since a Saban was awarded a Royal Decoration. No Royal Decorations were awarded to a local person after 2015. In that year, two Sabans received a Royal Decoration for their contribution of exceptional value to the community.

Every year, the Chancery of the Netherlands Orders receives some 6,000 nominations for a Royal Decoration, mainly from the Netherlands, but also from the Dutch Caribbean islands. About 5,000 of these are honored, of which some 3,000 are bestowed during the annual so-called ‘Lintjesregen’ on the occasion of the King’s birthday. The Chancery of the Netherlands Orders gives advice in the process of awarding the Royal Decorations.

Recognition

Member of the Chancellor of the Netherlands Orders Peter van der Velden said it was important to also give recognition to those persons in the Dutch Caribbean who contribute in an excellent way to the local communities. “People are doing good work with very limited means,” he said.

In particular on Saba, more people should be recognized for their good work with a Royal Decoration. “We are sure that there are people who deserve this. It is a pity if people don’t get rewarded for the good work that they do. We had a very good meeting with the Island Governor and we talked about how the Chancery can assist in accomplishing this,” said Van der Velden.

Submit nominations

Island Governor Johnson said that the Public Entity Saba will be working on the internal process to submit nominations for a Royal Decoration. The Chancery of the Netherlands Orders visited Saba for the last time in 2014.

Director of the Chancery of the Netherlands Orders Martine van Grieken and Head of the Department of Advice and Decorations Mischa Vos, who were part of the visiting delegation, pointed out that everyone can come forward with a candidate who in their opinion deserves a Royal Decoration. The three-member delegation of the Chancery will also visit St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

The Chancery of the Netherlands Orders works behind the scenes to make sure that everything goes smoothly in the process of awarding Royal Decorations. The Chancery of the Netherlands Orders assists the Netherlands Civil Honors Advisory Committee and the Military Order of William Advisory Committee, which are independent bodies that advise the Dutch Government on the Dutch Honors System.

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House of Parliament to appoint a new Chairperson

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a public meeting on Friday, November 26, 2021.

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

The agenda point is:

Appointment of the Chairperson of Parliament

Due to the recent resignation of MP Rolando Brison as Chairperson of Parliament the position of the Chairperson of Parliament became vacant.

In accordance with article 57, paragraph 1, of the Constitution, and article 6 of the Rules of Order of Parliament, the Parliament of Sint Maarten will appoint a chairperson from among its members.

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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Urgent Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor of Parliament meeting with the Minister of VSA regarding the draft legislation increasing the ZV and OV wage limits

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor of Parliament will meet in an urgent session on November 26, 2021.

The Committee meeting is scheduled for Friday, at 11.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Mr. Omar E.C. Ottley will be present.

Upon the request of the Minister by letter to Parliament dated November 16, 2021, this urgent committee meeting was called for the Minister to present the draft legislation to increase the ZV and OV wage limits. The draft ordinance has been included in the Implementation Agenda regarding the Country package for Q4 of 2021 and corresponds to the instruction to increase the ZV and OV wage limits.

The agenda point is:

Discussion with the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor regarding the draft legislation increasing the ZV and OV wage limits (IS/259/2021-2022 dated November 16, 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, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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DUO offers a helping hand on Bonaire

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - The “Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs” (The Education Executive Agency, hereafter to be mentioned as DUO) will visit Bonaire from the 29th of November to the 10th of December. DUO will then open a temporary service office to meet prospective students and former students. In addition, DUO will organize information meetings for prospective students and offers tailor-made assistance to people with payment problems.

Informative sessions

The information sessions are aimed at students (and their parents) who want to study in the Netherlands and want to know more about student finance. The meetings will be held on the 29th of November and the 1st of December at 7:00 PM. You can still register for the meeting via duo.nl/visitantillen.

Temporary service office

During the visit to Bonaire, a temporary service office will be opened in the building of the “Belastingsdienst” (Tax office) at Kaya L.D. Gerharts 12. People can stop by with all their questions about Dutch student finance and the repayment of their student debt. It is not necessary to make an appointment to visit a service office. Repayers must bring proof of identity and, if possible, also an overview of their income. At the service offices, meetings are also held by invitation with people with payment arrears in order to come to a tailor-made payment arrangement.

Pay back according to spending capacity

The visit of DUO Bonaire is a follow-up to a successful visit to Aruba and Curacao in November. Monique Hoogerwerf is coordinator of the Caribbean region at DUO and sees to that many people with payment problems have been helped in recent weeks. Hoogerwerf: 'What many people don't know is that DUO can take someone's income into account when calculating the monthly amount. You will then pay back according to 'spending capacity'.' A former student must apply for the reduction of the monthly amount himself. Hoogerwerf: 'Many people pay a lower monthly amount after reporting their income or sometimes even don't have to pay anything at all. We see great relief among many former students that a solution has been found for their payment arrears. So I would also like to say to repayers back on Bonaire: Get in touch with us. We can help you!’

DUO implements laws and regulations for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science(Dutch: Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap OCW) in the field of funding educational institutions, the provision of student financing and school costs allowance, the collection of student debts, and the management and exchange of data linked to the education number.

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DCOMM airs Special on Rental Tribunal

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Communication will premiere a special information program of the impartial organization—Rental Tribunal (RT), formerly known as well by the name of Rent(al) Committee. 

The program in summary provides valuable information about the rights and obligations of renters and owners, land or building owners and tenants, conducts research, and tries to solve conflicting issues by consensus of both parties involved, and making impartial, binding decisions on rental dispute situations. 

DCOMM interviewed RT board member, Edward Jacobs, who provided insight and general information about the RT and the intricacies and procedures of the organization. 

The DCOMM special provides the community with information on what is the Rental Tribunal, the main issues that the RT deals with on a regular basis, what are the rights and privileges of both the property renter and that of the tenant, what the responsibilities are of each, and what are the procedures when there is an issue between tenant and owner of the land or building or apartment, as well as preventive measures to take to avoid disputes. 

The more that both the tenant and the renter knows about the topic, how to operate within their obligations, the better. By providing this type of information, which is timely, seeing the times we are in, there will be more of an understanding of the topic and how persons should go about dealing with disputes. 

Many issues, the most important issues will be dealt with, and the viewer can get firsthand information on the subject. 

The program will be uploaded to the Government of St Maarten Facebook/SXMGOV and YouTube Channel/Government of Sint Maarten. 

The date and time of the premiere will be on Thursday, November 25, 2021, at 7pm. 

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TelEm Fiber launching “unbelievable” 20 years of FREE Fiber campaign prize

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group has launched an “Unbelievable” TelEm Fiber campaign offering a winning prize of 20 years FREE fiber to one lucky winner.

Since launching the campaign on Monday of this week, the marketing team has received a stream of questions from customers and members of the public wanting to know more about the promotion and how they can enter the raffle and win the amazing prize.

According to Residential Manager, Marketing & Sales, Julie Zambrini, the offer is open to all customers who sign up to join the TelEm Fiber network before December 20, 2021.

“One winner will be randomly selected to receive the 20-year Fiber prize consisting of a Prepaid Duo Play Comfort package that includes up to 25 Mbps download up to 10Mbps upload speeds and $10 in landline call credit, all at a monthly value of $100 per month,” says Julie.

More information about the campaign, including how to apply for TelEm fiber service online, is available by visiting the TelEm Group website www.telem.sx/fiber

The Marketing & Sales team have not forgotten their loyal customers already enjoying St. Maarten’s fastest Fiber network and have also included these customers in the raffle campaign. ALL existing fiber customers are automatically entered into the raffle and therefore also have a chance to win the unbelievable 20-year FREE fiber prize.

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