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UP Concerned about no Confirmed Date Set for New Government Building

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The board of the United People’s (UP) party remains concerned about the opening of the new government building located on Pond Island. A bond was recently concluded via the Central Bank of Sint Maarten and Curacao. 


"We are closely monitoring the latest remarks of the Honourable Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams in regards to the opening of the new government building," remarked the UP Board.

"We are calling on the Honourable Prime Minister Wescot-Williams to clearly define a timeline for the completion of this project as she neglected to do such during a recent press briefing," the UP board added.

"The optimal functioning of the civil service of our country is a priority for the UP Party. Our civil servants should be adequately supported and provided with an efficient work environment.

“Preparations for a smooth transfer from the current Government Building and other related offices rented/leased within Philipsburg where public services are rendered, a plan of action is needed and should be communicated to all civil servants who will be impacted by such a move.

“Proper preparation is necessary in order to ensure that the Information Technology systems are secure and data which is essential to running of the country and government apparatus are properly prepared for the move," the UP board said. 

"The sooner this project can be completed the better for our country and our people," the UP board concluded in a statement on Sunday.

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Prime Minister Wescot-Williams Attends 17th Anniversary of VKS Ceremony

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the 17th Anniversary celebration of the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten VKS at a ceremony in front of the Government Administration Building on Saturday.

The PM, under whose authority the VKS falls, congratulated the VKS on their more than 17 years service in protecting and serving the community of St. Maarten and those who have been with the organization since the very beginning.

The Prime Minister also congratulated and thanked the family members of those in the VKS who have stood by them as they put their put their life on the line to protect and serve the people of St. Maarten.

“On this your 17th Anniversary allow me to congratulate those of you who have been promoted to a higher rank and those of you who have been recognized for exemplary service to the VKS over the years. Clearly the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten continues to be an institution in evolution: continuously moving forward and adopting new tasks and also introducing new members into your ranks.

“Every year it is good to stand still for just a moment and recognize your service to this community as well as to contemplate as you move forward. So as we recognize this service it is also a fact that as VKS officers you are acting as role models in the community of St. Maarten. Contributing to the VKS is contributing to the community of St. Maarten and supporting the community of St. Maarten and building this country block by block and step by step,” Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams pointed out.

The Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten (VKS) is a paramilitary organization that conducts emergency services, protects the population and conducts law enforcement services. (Contributed by the Cabinet of the Prime Minister)

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Urgent Plenary session of parliament for Monday with Minister of VROMI

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – An urgent plenary session of the House of Parliament is scheduled for June 30 in the afternoon. 

The plenary session of the House is set for Monday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is incoming documents; second agenda point is the purchase agreement by and between the heirs of the Vorst Family and Country Sint Maarten, represented by Minister of VROMI Hon. Maurice Lake.  

This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. William Marlin, MP Hon. George Pantophlet, and MP Hon. Louie Laveist.

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 www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org  

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Prime Minister Wescot-Williams Receives Courtesy Visit from Renowned Faith-based Leader and Leadership Expert Myles Munroe

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams on Tuesday received a courtesy call from renowned motivational speaker, leadership expert and faith-based lecturer Dr. Myles Munroe and entourage.

Dr. Myles Munroe is the president and founder of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI)and Myles Munroe International (MMI), a Christian growth and resource center that includes leadership training institutes, a missions agency, a publishing company, a television network, radio and Web communications, and a church community. He is chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the International Third World Leaders Association and president of the International Leadership Training Institute. He is the author of 23 books and is a motivational speaker.

During the visit the Prime Minister and Dr. Munroe discussed various items regarding the Governing institutions on St. Maarten and the history and development of St. Maarten over the past few decades. Prime Minister Wescot-Williams also talked about her personal history and development as a political leader and a civil servant to Dr. Munroe, who will feature the Prime Minister and St. Maarten during a full featured article in his various media outlets.

Dr. Munroe thanked Prime Minister Wescot-Williams for her dedication to the St. Maarten political development and for her dedication as a political leader. (From the Cabinet of the Prime Minister)

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SUMMER SPLASH 2014(LET'S GET WET) Sunday July 6 @ Kimsha

SIMPSON BAY CORNER, Sint Maarten - Presented by - Mango juice Production (kalaboom team & sugary treasures) and Coors Light

Music by

kalaboom deejays

Dj Bigboss, Deej Maestro,

Dj Lil R

Dj Fabulous (big and serious sound)

Dj Outkast

Dj Vybes

Dj EM

Mc: Dutty sham / Ricky the PHOXX/ Silva hype

Kiddies 10am-4pm

Generation new status STM

Ebony steel orchestra

Children fashion show

Mc-calypso road march king -Rickyshio-the royal kid

4-8 adults

Bikini Fashion show

Wet t-shirt competition

Dive for money competition

Other water competition for singles and teams

*Live performances by Asa Bantan and King Vers

Balloons, Food and drinks on sale for all ages

pools, Slides ,Foam room, Water trucks, Bouncers,Bumper Cars, Space Shuttle, Carousel, Chuchu Train, Toy Crane and much more

*Special on Hennessy signature cocktail

Look for the Funmiles tent and get your card, meet Kim Fundashian

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Minister Lake congratulates USM Class of 2014

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake, would like to congratulate the entire class of 2014 of the University of St. Martin (USM), and wishes them much success in their future endeavors.

Minister Lake who attended the 20th commencement ceremony says class 2014 is a class of great intelligence, “…and will move this country forward once given the right opportunity to showcase their talents in their different fields of study.

“I am very proud of our 2014 degree recipients and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors. I always say that any student from USM, they can go anywhere in the world and excel in their field of study.

“USM strength lies in their students and alumni foundation.  The majority of our graduates hold key positions in every sector of our economy.  The first graduates of the University of St. Martin extension of Johnson & Wales University hold every key position within every sector of Sint Maarten.

“Class of 1991, 23 years later are a prime example of the quality and strength of USM.  As young professionals, we take a lot of things for granted but we don't realize the role and impact we have to set for the next generation.

“We are the ones to move this country forward but we can only do it together, but not by criticizing each other.  We need to focus on Country instead of egos and negative energy of bringing each other down. 

“Class of 2014 today are the leaders and movers oftomorrow.  Much success and always remember you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you and guides you along the way once you seek his intervention,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Sunday.

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All Set for Mental Health Workshop on June 23

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Everything is in place for the Mental Health Workshop related to a National Health Plan and Mental Health Plan of Action 2014-2018 that will take place on Monday, June 23.

The workshop will take place at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort & Casino from 8.00am to 4.00pm.  

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour agency the Collective Prevention Services, is hosting the workshop. 

Since June 2012 the initial first step was taken to develop a comprehensive integration process of leading to a National Health Plan and Mental Health Plan of Action 2014-2018.  This is being done through various stakeholder consultations. 

As part of Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Hon. Cornelius de Weever’s “Get Checked” campaign which promotes good health for all ages, mental well-being is essential in order for a person to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and contribute towards the development of their community. 

The invited participants are selected government stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and general practitioners. 

The first step in the process was to have baseline information on the mental health system.  This was done with the World Health Organization (WHO) AIMS (Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems) survey in 2013. 

The report was finalized last year and presented to the Minister of Public Health and is now available on the WHO website for review.  Sint Maarten is listed among the countries that did the WHO-AIMS survey. 

The National Mental Health Plan 2014 - 2018 and the linked Action plan are the next steps that have to be taken. The plans will allow stakeholders to improve and strengthen the mental health system on Sint Maarten. 

WHO-AIMS are carried out every five years to measure the performance. 

This whole process has been a collaborative process with stakeholders and the Monday workshop will continue the trend to involve stakeholders in national planning. 

During the workshop stakeholders will work on identifying actions and activities as set out in the plan. 

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Plenary session of parliament reconvenes on Monday regarding proposed merger between TELEM and UTS

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – A plenary session of the House of Parliament will be reconvened on June 23 in the afternoon.

The plenary session of the House is set for Monday at 4.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is the proposed merger between TELEM and UTS.

This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. Frans Richardson, MP Hon. Patrick Illidge, and MP Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson.

The meeting was adjourned on June 16 and is now being reconvened for June 23.

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 www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org  

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“WIB makes contribution to Denzel Richardson - St. Maarten’s future baseball player”

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB) made a financial contribution to assist Mr. Denzel Richardson (professional baseball player) with the necessary training equipment needed for his upcoming baseball season.

Mr. Denzel Richardson plays in the minor league with the Colorado Rockies and is currently on the roster of a major league team. Mr. Richardson is very proud of representing St. Maarten in the American Baseball league.

 WIB is proud to support Mr. Denzel Richardson in getting a step closer to becoming a Major league Player.

Your Partner in Progress…. 

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