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Central Committee Session for Tuesday regarding Old Age Pension

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – A Central Committee meeting of the House of Parliament is scheduled for June 17th regarding a three point agenda that includes the Old Age Pension.  

The Central Committee meeting of the House is set for Tuesday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point regards a draft National Ordinance to change the National Ordinance General Old Age Pension/Widows Pension, where it concerns an increase in the pension and the increase in pensionable age.

The second agenda point is an invitation for the President of Parliament to attend the change of guard at the Dutch Naval Base, Parera in Curacao on June 26.

The third agenda point is an invitation for the President of Parliament to be present for the presentation of certificates to Coast Guard Cadets who completed their training which will take place on June 19.

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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Central Committee to meet on Tuesday to discuss Bureau Intellectual Property National Ordinance

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Central Committee of the House of Parliament will meet on June 17th.

The Central Committee meeting is set for Tuesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point for the session is related to a draft National Ordinance regarding the status of the Bureau Intellectual Property about tasks and responsibilities of the Netherlands Antilles.

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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DARE Foundation, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams Hold Successful Zumba Walk Involving Primary Schools Saturday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The much anticipated DARE Foundation Zumba Walk involving Primary Schools on Saturday was a resounding success. The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams joined forces with the DARE Foundation and the Police Force of St. Maarten in hosting the We 2 Can Move children’s Walk-a-ton and Zumba fest.

The event involved a number of children taking part in exercise; encouraging them to stay away from drug and alcohol abuse.

“I would like to thank all in the community, especially our youth, for coming out and joining the police force and my Cabinet in coming together in exercise and movement. I especially would like to thank the DARE Foundation and the Police for making this event possible; making it possible that through sport we are ensuring that our youngsters keep positive and stay away from drugs. Movement plays a significant role in not only making our youth healthy but to also in using health and exercise to steer our youth away from drug and alcohol abuse,” emphasized the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was also presented with a DARE memento by the DARE Foundation for her role in making the activity a possibility. (From the Cabinet of the Prime Minister)

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

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – A plenary session of the House of Parliament will be reconvened on June 16 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 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 13 and is now being reconvened for June 16.

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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Appreciation of Night of the Hit Makers Carnival 2014

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Event promote and director of Xtraight Entertainment Bertaux “Mr. Rude” Fleming hosted an appreciation event on Thursday to say thanks to the corporate and other partners who helped to make the Night of the Hit Makers concert for Carnival 2014 a great success.  A number of entities received plaques of appreciation.  Receiving plaques were the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, main sponsor TelCell, Insel Air, Sea Board Marine, Montage, Oyster Bay Beach Resort and ILTT. (Photo contributed by PEARL FM)

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Plenary session of parliament for Friday on proposed merger between TELEM and UTS

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – A plenary session of the House of Parliament is scheduled for June 13 in the afternoon. 

The plenary session of the House is set for Friday at 2.00pm 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 May 26 and is now being reconvened for June 13.

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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Minister Lake appoints Committee of Experts regarding draft development plan for Simpson Bay

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake said on Wednesday that he has appointed a Committee of Experts who will review the objections that were filed with respect to the draft development plan for Simpson Bay, and prepare them for the necessary process here on forward which is sending them to the Council of Ministers and then on to Parliament for debate.

The public review ended on June 3.  It had initially started on May 5.

Minister Lake said on Wednesday that all the objections have been duly received and, while there may be some miscellaneous objections, the majority are related to: filling in the Simpson Bay Lagoon by SXM Airport; the construction of a mega yacht pier at the entrance to the Simpson Bay Lagoon; the construction of a boardwalk along part of the Lagoon; and the construction of an additional marina to the south east end of the Causeway.


“Based on the objections submitted, it is now time for the Committee of Experts in Zoning to get to work. I just signed the appointment of new members to the committee. The appointment of the members of the Committee of Experts has been finalized to continue the process in an open and transparent manner for the people of St. Maarten.

“I am very happy with the process of the zoning plans which was presented to the people. I lived up to my promises to the Simpson Bay Community Council by organizing separate meetings with the Management of the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority to explain the mega yacht pier, and Management of SXM Airport to present their strategic expansion plan for the airport.  

“Based on the separate meetings, Airport Management and Community Council will have four meetings within the year to keep each other abreast of any developments. I have to applaud Airport Director Regina Labega and her Management Team for taking such an initiative for working closely with the Simpson Bay Community.

“The airport is also working very closely with the Council on community projects within the district. I also had a separate meeting with the Marine Trades Association to get their input and comments about developments.


“This is the first time a Minister took such an open approach to the community. As I always stated these zoning plans were before my time, and they are not my ideas but it's the people who has the last say about these plans.

“It's good to see everyone giving their input about the draft plans, and there are those who just want to create confusion without giving any solutions while they were part of the same plans and didn't say anything because of politics.

“But they are very vocal about the same plans that were presented two times before. It is good to criticize everything but you got to contribute positive for the love of this Country.  I try my best to be fair with everything I do in my job, and respect each other’s opinion, and make a decision in the best interests to move our beloved Country forward,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Wednesday.


Minister Lake added, “In my personal opinion, I don't believe in a boardwalk or mega cruise pier. I come from a community background in which I promote to maintain your heritage within your community. I strongly believe in a sustainable balance with the filing in of the lagoon for the taxi way which entails approximately 15 acres, but not filling in an area of 30 acres. 

“Just the amount which has already been approved for the taxi way for our private jets to keep that competitive edge in the Caribbean is sufficient.  In the meeting, the residents were complaining about not to build an aircraft hangar with it being too close to their homes.

“The airport listened in the meeting with respect to the people’s wishes.  We got to learn to communicate without slander and develop this Country in keeping our heritage of our forefathers in mind and to continue to promote sustainable development,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake concluded. 

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Central Committee Session for Wednesday about Reports to be Rescheduled

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – A Central Committee meeting of the House of Parliament that was planned for June 11th regarding several reports is to be rescheduled.  

A new date has not been set.  The Minister of Finance will be present during the rescheduled session.

The Central Committee meeting of the House was set for Wednesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda points were the draft National Ordinance related to the Annual Financial Report for 2011 of Country Sint Maarten; the second agenda is a report from the General Audit Chamber regarding research carried out for the Annual Financial Report 2012 of Country Sint Maarten; and the third agenda is the first quarterly report by the Government of Sint Maarten.

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St. Maarten Cable TV Broadcasts Live 2014 International Home Series

MADAME ESTATE, Sint Maarten - St. Maarten Cable TV proudly announces that the 2014 International   Home Seriesbetween the West Indies and New Zealand will be broadcasted live on Channel 114.

West Indies and New Zealand will face off in a cricket match from Sunday, June 8th to Thursday, June 12th at 11:00 a.m. in Sabina Park, Jamaica. Game 2 in the test series will air from Monday, June 16thto Friday June 20th at 10:00 a.m. and will take place at Queen’s oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Game 3 is scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 26th and will end on Monday, June 30th at 10:00 a.m. at the National Stadium in Guyana.

The two teams will play a 2-game T20 international series at 2:00 p.m. at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica. The games will take place on Saturday, July 5th, and Sunday, July 6th.

Beulah Jonis, Managing Director stated, “St. Maarten Cable TV has an ongoing commitment with Caribbean Media Corporation and the West Indies Cricket board to air live broadcast of West Indies Home Series cricket in the region. We know that fans will be thrilled to view this exciting match right here on St. Maarten Cable TV!”

Customers are encouraged to visit St. Maarten Cable TV’s Facebook page and the new website for additional information and other pertinent facts. The website address is www.innovativevi.net/sxmcable

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Plenary session of Parliament on Wednesday regarding several reports

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – A plenary session of the House of Parliament is planned for June 11th regarding several reports.  

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

The first agenda is the draft National Ordinance related to the Annual Financial Report for 2011 of Country Sint Maarten; the second agenda is a report from the General Audit Chamber regarding research carried out for the Annual Financial Report 2012 of Country Sint Maarten; and the third agenda is the first quarterly report by the Government of Sint Maarten.

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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