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Soualiga News Today (3840)

MISSING PERSON - Have you seen Tajrani ROOPNARINE a.k.a 'Sherita'

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten, POLICE HQ - The Police Department and Public Prosecutors Office is requesting the assistance of the public in finding a missing female. Seepa Roopnarine, the mother of the missing young lady filed a missing persons report on Sunday July 6th.

Missing is: Tajrani ROOPNARINE a.k.a. “Sherita” born in Guyana on February 4th 1994 and she is twenty (20) years old.

Sherita was last seen by her mother on Friday July 4th 2014 at approximately 01.40 p.m. (Lunchtime) at “A to Z Discount” on Back Street. Sherita works at “Cigar Emporium” on Back Street. Her employer stated that she had left for lunch that day and had not returned to work.

On Monday July 7th Sherita has still not yet returned home or contacted anyone of her family members. All efforts and means were made to locate Sherita but, without any success.

Anyone who may have seen or have information regarding Sherita please contact the Police Department via 911 or 54-22222. (Contributed by the Police Force of Sint Maarten)


Professional Development Management Training Managers/ Directors of Day Care Centers on St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Division for Educational Innovations (DEI) in collaboration with SIFMA has recently concluded the Professional Development Management Training workshops for managers/directors of daycare centers on St. Maarten.

The main purpose of the training was to expand the knowledge and skills needed for mangers/ directors to bring their schools up to standard in professionalism. The training started in April 2013 and concluded in June 2014 with a total of 13 sessions and 9 facilitators.

The modules presented were Budgeting, Personnel Management, The Importance of Play,  The High Scope Curriculum, The Transitioning and from Early Childhood to Foundation Based Education and Nutrition.

On June 25th 2014 the training was officially finalized with a small ceremony celebrating the success of the program and the dedication of all participants.

The participants were all presented with a certificate of participation acknowledging the sessions completed for the training. Facilitators were also thanked for their participation and presented with a certificate of appreciation.


The American Clinic Applauds News of a New National Hospital. Willing to provide medical specialists

MIAMI-SINT MAARTEN - Dr. Sam Hess, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The American Clinic (TAC) welcomes the recent news of a new national hospital for the country, adding that this would be very beneficial to the health care needs of the local population.

Dr. Hess added that the American clinic has been and will continue to work closely with the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) with regard to providing specialist care that is not currently available on the island. All referrals to the American clinic will be made through primary care physician referrals or from the SMMC directly.

“Also we will endeavour to work with the SMMC and its staff to provide educational programs and screenings in the community. We are dedicated and committed to partnering as closely as possible with SMMC and the government of St. Maarten to augment the current system and make St. Maarten a pillar of medical excellence in the Caribbean.  All of our work will potentially translate into millions of dollars in cost savings per year and prevent needless deaths and progression of disease.

“We are committed to working closely with SMMC to improve the quality of medical care available to the people of St. Maarten. We are not interested in competing with SMMC.

“Our project is unique when compared to other medical tourism wellness facilities throughout the world.  Rarely does a medical tourism project help the resident population.  We on the other hand have committed to assisting SMMC and the Social Health & Insurance Organization (SZV) in providing the best medical care and preventing delays in diagnosis and treatment which is what the people of St. Maarten want,” Dr. Hess pointed out.

“Families would be able to be present for their loved ones procedures, and provide post-operative love and support right here at home. This would prevent the necessity for people to have to travel to other Caribbean islands or South and Central America where they may not speak the language and where many complications have occurred.

“Importantly, post-operative and post procedure care would be provided on the island by the physicians who performed the procedures rather than being hundreds or thousands of miles away. Because we are a center for medical tourism, we can use our resources and funds received from the tourism component of our project to provide care for Dutch St. Maarten residents at reasonable predetermined tariffs. 

“TAC envisions having the specialist and equipment in place to cater to the needs of the St. Maarten people while working side by side with SMMC which would continue to be the national hospital of the country that meets the basic health needs of the population.

“TAC’s role comes into play in areas that SMMC is not able to focus on.  This is where the synergy between both health care institutions would be a win-win for the community of St. Maarten,” TAC CEO Dr. Sam Hess concluded. 


Prime Minister to Appoint Taskforce to Oversee Moving Into Government Building

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams on Friday commented on the recent developments regarding the completion and use of the new Government Administration Building.

During her weekly radio program One on One with the Prime Minister, the PM gave clarification on the recent handing over of the Government Administration Building and her instruction to establish a taskforce to ensure that Government Departments can move into the new building as smoothly as possible; “Indeed what a Saga that has been over the years. Since the first agreement which was signed with the developer RGM in 2003 there have been many issues that had to be clarified and addressed.

“Because again, in a political year and with elections being so close, many are using the Government Building as part of their politicking tactics. The understanding at that time was that the shell of the building would be built by RGM and would remain in the possession of RGM with Government renting the building.

“After several amendments to the original development agreement the building was started. However, in June of 2009 the then Government issued a building stop on the Government Building. Of course in 2010 we had a brand new Government of country St. Maarten and a lease agreement was being explored which would be signed, however several matters soon surfaced, specifically with regards to disagreements between RGM and Government, amongst which the insuring of the building, which resulted in numerous court cases.

“This week (Editor Week of June 30th, 2014) we were able to pay RGM what was owed to them and we received the deed so that Government can now continue with the finishing of the building and the moving in of the civil service. Fortunately we have the issues behind us and have resolved the dilemmas that we had to face and we can now move forward.

“I have therefore instructed that a taskforce be established to ensure that we move into the Government building as soon as possible.  This will be humongous undertaking to get government moved into the new building and we need to ensure that the process to move into the building happens smoothly and quickly and I look forward to seeing this completed within a comfortable timeframe,” commented Prime Minister Wescot-Williams. (From the Cabinet of the Prime Minister)


Eight political parties are registered for the 2014 parliamentary elections

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - All eight (8) political parties that applied for registration to participate in the upcoming Parliamentary elections, have been registered by the Electoral Council. These parties are now eligible to run in the parliamentary elections on August 29, 2014 and may postulate their list with candidates on July 11th, 2014. The Electoral Council also registered the requested references which are to be placed above the candidates list which will be submitted to the Central Voting Bureau on postulation day.

The eight political parties and their respective references registered by the Electoral Council are:  the United People Party (UP), Citizens for Positive Change (4 Positive Change), the Social Reform Party (SRP), the National Alliance (NA), the United St. Maarten Party (US Party), the Concordia Political Alliance (C.P.A.), the Democratic Party (DP) and the One St. Maarten People Party (O.S.P.P.).

In accordance with the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties, the Electoral Council has published its official decisions on the application of the registration of the political parties and the registration of the reference to be placed above the list of candidates in the National Gazette and in the local newspapers in both the Dutch and the English languages.

The National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties also stipulates that the Electoral Council is required to publish the Articles of Association of all registered political parties in the National Gazette at the parties’ expense. In this respect, the Electoral Council is calling on all political parties that have not yet done so, to submit to the Electoral Council the original receipt of their payment for the publication of their Articles of Association in the National Gazette at their earliest convenience.

The Electoral Council will soon embark on an awareness campaign to provide information to the general public and in particular to the political parties and their candidates as well as to the business community regarding the receipt of donations and finances by political parties and candidates as laid down in the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances Political Parties and the consequences in case of non-compliance or violation of this Ordinance.

For more information, please contact the Electoral Council office, located on Back Street No. 145 B. Opening hours are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 13:30 to 17:30 and on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 13:00. Telephone: 543-9888/9889; fax: 543-9887; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


French Security Officials Increase Screening Procedures for US Bound Flights

SOUALIGA NEWSDAY REPORT – French airports in continental France with direct flights to the United States of America, are now being closely scrutinized as French authorities join the British and Germans in increasing airport security in line with a request from US authorities due to what has been described as a “credible” terrorism threat to international travel especially US bound flights.

French St. Martiners who are traveling via France for holiday travel can expect enhanced security screening at continental international airports when en-route to the US.  

The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of French air transport against malicious acts, especially terrorist acts. 

DGAC has publicly stated that there could be possible delays during the screening process at airports, but they will do as much possible to limit the inconvenience to travellers.

French security regulations have been consistently tightened over the last few years, according to a DGAC memo.

Global security intelligence services are worried that terrorists linked to Syria and Yemen are in the process of designing a bomb that could evade routine security checks at airports. 


14 Students chosen to Travel to New York for Art Saves Lives Cross Cultural Exchange on July 16

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - 14 students who participated in ASL 2013 received students awards enabling them to travel to New York July 16-23 to participate in ASL’s first cross cultural exchange program.

The announcement was made at the culmination of the week long intensive’s Talent Showcase held at the Belair Center last Saturday evening.

The selected students most of whom also attended ASL 2014 are: Junior Mills, Jeanille Gibs, Zoë van Zadelhoff, Dashaun Prince, Tyra Els, Mahealeny Kemper, Lian Borsje Chun, Otmar Martina, Bianca Dijkhoffz, Mariska Carty, Jeremiah David, Melvin Le Blanc, Ray-Angel Boasman, and Yoülia Charbonnier.

The students, along with a chaperone and three parents will travel to New York City and attend classes, Broadway shows and other cultural events.

About Art Saves Lives

Art Saves Lives Program (ASLP) is a cross-cultural exchange between youth in need and experienced practicing artists who seek to use their talents for positive change. This collaborative project will select renowned artists from around the world who use the arts to introduce participants to global and local traditions and empower them with the life skills necessary to effectively deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life. The program will also provide guidance for young artists with aspirations in pursuing a career in the arts. ASL 2014, an intensive week long workshop program was held June 23-28th on St. Maarten.


Successful launch of SmartGovernments platform

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The SmartGovernments platform was introduced on Thursday to an enthusiastic audience of dignitaries and other government officials. This free online platform is an initiative of BearingPoint and supports government and semi-governmental organizations in the Dutch Caribbean and Surinam in initiating, implementing and monitoring government priorities. After a successful launch last week on Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, the free online platform will now also be available for St. Maarten.

Executive Discussion

The online platform was launched during the SmartGovernments executive discussion in the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa. Under the inspirational leadership of host Jörgen Raymann and in the presence of  Minister of Finance, the Hon. Martin Hassink, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, the Hon. Cornelius de Weever and Members of Parliament,  a select group of dignitaries and executive officials  discussed a best practices approach for initiating, implementing and monitoring government priorities. The main focus was on how to make sure that good initiatives bring tangible results.

SmartGovernments approach and platform
Management & IT consultancy firm BearingPoint initiated the development of the online SmartGovernments platform to offer a solution for universal challenges of government and semi-governmental agencies in the region when executing government priorities. Based on these experiences and best practices, the pragmatic SmartGovernments approach has been developed. The platform supports this approach by offering four online tools that initiate, implement and monitors government priorities and has been made available at no cost.



CAY HILL, Sint Maarten - Seven Seas Waters St. Maarten, on Friday, made a donation of 1000 U.S. dollars to a five-day soccer camp program, ending this weekend.

The MLS Club New York Red Bulls is hosting the camp in collaboration with local soccer associations RISC Takers and ACS St. Louis Stars.

The focus of the camp has been to develop youth soccer and offer each child an opportunity to enjoy this sport to his/her best ability, but also to start a partnership resulting in a talents exchange program.

In presenting the cheque to camp organizers, Seven Seas Waters managing director Franklyn Richards, praised the groups involved for “developing, supporting and increasing the playing ability of youth players within the St. Maarten / Saint Martin youth football structure”.

He remarked that the camp’s objectives were in keeping with the company’s ongoing community involvement, whereby assistance to youth development remains a priority.

As such, he said, Seven Seas Waters was delighted with another opportunity to raise the profile of football on the island as offered by this latest player development partnership.

Camp organizers have said that among other objectives of the soccer camp has been to provide coach education workshops to help improve and develop the education of youth soccer coaches; develop a scouting system where potential young players can be invited to one week training camps in the New York area and to provide an opportunity where the local association can utilize Red Bulls trainers at select times throughout the year.



Weapon in the Assassination of Curacao Politician belongs to a Local Security Company

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The weapon used to assassinate Curacao Political Leader and Member of Parliament Helmin Wiels, according to reports coming out of Curacao is allegedly registered to a local Security Company on that island.

With the investigators now having the murder weapon in their possession, various new avenues are opening up in the investigation.  Investigators are now in the process of determining the link between the weapon, the Security Company and the suspects.

The gun found in June in a pond was recently confirmed by the Dutch Forensics Institute after ballistics tests to be the weapon that was used to assassinate the Member of Parliament.

Investigators are checking police reports to see if the weapon was reported stolen from the Security Company.

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