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Curaçao is the winner of the Children’s Rights Film Festival Caribbean 2020

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - On November 21st, the finale of the second edition of the UNICEF Children’s Rights Film Festival Caribbean 2020 took place. Bonaire was the host island, however, due to the Corona virus, it was decided that the children from the participating islands would not be physically present on Bonaire. As an alternative there was a live tv-show that was hosted from the Netherlands, which was presented by Lisette Wellens.

The participants from Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, Saba, and Sint Maarten were present virtually. Sint Eustatius joined the session later that evening. A festive location was arranged on each island for the event. During the livestream that lasted an hour and a half the films from each island was shown.

The films presented included both short, scripted Children’s Rights films that were submitted by Saba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Eustatius and films submitted by Sint Maarten and Sint Eustatius where the children explained their child rights drawings. As the virtual finale program continued, the suspense among the children watching intensified as they wondered who would be the winner chosen by the jury.

At last, Nina den Heyer, a commissioner on Bonaire, made the announcement. The winner of the best Children’s Rights film was the film from the Emmanuel School in Curaçao. The film touches upon the importance of family for children and especially how important it is for children to be in contact with both of their parents. Film coach Ralph Durgaram supported the children with the production of their film.

Besides the award for Best Film, awards were given to the submitted children’s rights films in the following categories:

  • The award for the best acting also went to the Emmanuel School on Curaçao.
  • The award for the best children’s right story went to the Makuarima School on Aruba

Prizes were also given to the films submitted about children’s rights drawings in the following categories:

  • The award for the best children’s rights drawing went to the Canadian International Academy on Sint Maarten
  • The award for the best argumentation for child rights went to the Golden Rock School op Sint Eustatius

After the tv-show each island had their own afterparty which brought the finale of 2020 to an end. Bringing attention to children’s rights remains important. Not every child on the islands know what their rights are. Only when children know their rights will they be able to stand up for them. By organizing the UNICEF Children’s Rights Film Festival attention is being brought to children’s rights in a creative manner.

The winning films can be seen on the UNICEF Children’s Rights Film Festival Facebook page: https://facebook.com/unicef.filmfestival

(RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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Belastingdienst to visit companies to check loonheffing

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - As of November 24th, Belastingdienst Caribisch Nederland will start to visit companies to verify if the data that is registered for the loonheffing (payroll tax), corresponds to the persons ostensibly employed in the company.

The employees present will be asked to identify themselves.

In this way it can be checked whether these employees are registered by their employer for loonheffing (payroll tax). It is not announced in advance which company which company will be visited and when.

The Belastingdienst Caribisch Nederland emphasizes that many companies are

following the rules. But there are also entrepreneurs who fail to meet their obligations. This has a negative effect on society.

In addition, it will also disadvantage those who do fulfill their obligations; think of unfair competition. This is not only bad for the specific business sector but for the entire community as well. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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RTV-7 set to rebroadcast talk show with expert explanation about organ and tissue donation, the Dutch Donor Act

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - On Saturday November 21, 2020 television station RTV-7 will rebroadcast the Stichting Ocan talk show at 7:00PM (local Dutch time), which is entirely devoted to the new Donor Act (Donorwet) in the Netherlands. This talk show is tailored to the Caribbean-Dutch community and is part of the Stichting Ocan campaign "Mi kurpa Mi desishon My body My choice", in which we urge everyone in the community to register their choice in the Donor Register.

It is also Stichting Ocan’s aim that everyone to makes a well-informed and conscious decision. In the talk show, medical specialists explain what organ and tissue donation are really about. The team of medical specialists consists of Hans Sonneveld, anesthesiologist-intensivist at the Isala hospital in Zwolle and the Association of Antillean Physicians (AMA) represented by the Dutch Caribbean doctors Amely Daza Zabaleta and Melissa Pichardo-de Meza. The well-known presenters Goriaka Maal and Rita da Silva highlight various existent themes in our community and the questions that our people often have. The talk show is hosted by the well-known psychiatrist Glenn Helberg.

Stichting Ocan received posititve reactions to the talk show, which was initially broadcast on October 23, 2020. The clear information provided by the medical specialists and interviewees from the community in the Netherlands have made people think about what they would like to specify in the Donor Register. The foundation knows that not everyone has been able to view the program and that some would like to view it again. The repeat broadcast of the talk show on November 21 2020 provides viewers with another chance to become well informed about what of the 4 choices found in the Donor Register entail.

It is important that people on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten are aware of this new Donor Act because almost everyone has a family member that resides in the Netherlands.  The law applies to everyone aged 18 and older that is registered in the Netherlands  and must make his/her choice known in the Donor Register - as such this also includes people who relocate to the Netherlands and register at the census office in a Dutch  municipality (gemeente) for work, their studies and other reasons. More information about organ and tissue donation can be found on the Ocan website: www.ocan.nl. It is better that no one is confronted with a surprise when a loved one passes in the Netherlands.

Persons in the Netherlands watch RTV-7 via cable provider Ziggo on channel 75 and via cable provider KPN on channel 93.

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Tiger and yellow fever mosquitoes found in 12 Dutch towns and villages

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Tiger mosquitoes have been found in 10 different locations in the Netherlands this year, while yellow fever mosquitoes have been found twice, broadcaster RTL Nieuws reported on Friday.

Tiger mosquitoes were found at locations all over the country, including Lelystad, Haarlemmermeer and Breda. They can carry yellow fever and dengue fever in their native habitat and were first sighted in the Netherlands in 2005.

In Assen and Lelystad, the arrival of foreign mosquitos is linked to used car tyre import companies, but they are also found in imported bamboo plants, RTL said. The figures come from the Dutch product safety board NVWA information, which does not state how many mosquitoes were found.

Last year, for example, 350 tiger mosquitoes were found in Valkenburg, RTL Nieuws said.

(DutchNews)

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Continuation Public meeting of Parliament about updates from the Minister of VROMI regarding the current long lease land

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten- The House of Parliament will sit in a Public meeting on November 20, 2020. The Public meeting which was adjourned on November 4, 2020 will be reconvened on Friday at 10.00 hrs. The Minister of Public Housing, Social Planning, Environment and Infrastructure will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:

  1. Updates from the Minister of VROMI regarding the current long lease land

(IS/1017/2019-2020 dated July 6, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP G.S. Heyliger-Marten, MP O.E.C. Ottley and MP R. Brison

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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Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Committee of Parliament to meet regarding the ECORYS report

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Committee of Parliament will meet on November 19, 2020. The Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 14.00 hrs.

The agenda point is:

Discussion on the conclusion of the ECORYS report, and in particular the current price level of groceries on Sint Maarten (IS/1131/2019-2020) (IS/056/2020-2021 dated October 1, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP G.S. Heyliger-Marten, MP R. Brison and MP O.E.C. Ottley

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 meeting of Parliament the General Audit Chamber and the 2019 annual report of the Ombudsman

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten- The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020. The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. The Ombudsman will be in attendance.

The agenda points are:

  1. Advice on appointment member General Audit Chamber (IS/145/2020-2021 dated November 2, 2020)
  2. Year Report 2019-Ombudsman (IS/1080/2019-2020 dated July 30, 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, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Justice Committee of Parliament to meet about the proposed Criminal Procedure Code and concerns with this draft legislation

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Justice Committee of Parliament will meet on November 18, 2020. The Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 10.00 hrs. 

The agenda point is:

Analysis of the proposed Criminal Procedure Code and concerns with this draft legislation 

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.orgwww.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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TelEm Group closing main building on Pond Island for one week

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group has announced that it will be closing its main building on Pond Island for an entire week, starting end of business day Friday, to replace a network of air conditioning ducts in the main air-handler room.

In a memo to personnel Tuesday, that they will be working remotely from home from next week, TelEm Group CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, assured that the closure is necessary to rid the A/C ducts of material that contributes to dust over the years.

“Another option was to do this work over several weekends and at night, but we were advised that this would be a very inefficient way to complete the task. The most efficient way is to give the technicians complete access to the building to do their work in one operation without interruption,” said Mr. Dupersoy. This method would also lead to less dust particles flying though the system as the A/C would be turned on and off during weekdays.

In his communique to staff, the TelEm Group CEO made a point of assuring that the cleaning operation is not COVID-19 related, but was discovered when the project to install UV lighting in the A/C system to kill viruses was under way.

“It made sense to replace the duct at the same time and not wait as this will lead to cleaner air quality in the building, said the CEO.

“TelEm Group Customer Care, Helpdesk and other personnel will continue to provide service to customers and the general public from their remote locations. We are also keeping our Simpson Bay Branch open to the public for payment of bills and other services,” said Mr. Dupersoy.

The TelEm Group CEO apologizes for any inconvenience caused. He says customers can also make use of online banking and online payments to settle their accounts during the week of closure of the main TelEm Group building.

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Permanent Committee of Parliament meets about Passport Law

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR) will be meeting with as agenda point:

Proposal for Kingdom Law amending the Passport Law in connection with the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2019/1157 on the strengthening of the security of identity cards of Union citizens and residence documents issued to Union citizens and their family members exercising their right of movement. 

The meeting is scheduled for today, November 17, 2020, and commence at 15.00 hrs. 

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