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National Heritage Foundation and Museum organizes breakfast/hike to Fort Amsterdam

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - With the Christmas season and the spirit of the holidays approaching us, it is important to acknowledge the gift of giving and in doing so, now more than ever volunteers performed services, have become paramount in the community, both economically and socially, especially on our culturally rich island of St. Maarten, and therefore the National Heritage Foundation and Museum (NHFM) organised a breakfast and hike to Fort Amsterdam, a modest gesture for a gargantuant contribution to that same culture and heritage, from volunteers and board members.

“NHFM would like to take the timeout to express heartfelt gratitude to our volunteers, these women and young man have played pivotal roles in preserving and promoting St Maartens rich culture.

“December 5th, 2020 was International Volunteers Day. The sunny Saturday began and ended with both volunteers and board members sharing laughter and comradery, in fruitful fellowship. A clue stimulated by a quiz led to a hike to Fort Amsterdam.

“The NHFM once again would like to say, thank you! Let’s continue to manifest in our actions, the true meaning of others before self,” the Board of NHFM said in a press statement.

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Successful digital edition Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights conference 2020

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The youth professionals of the countries and the public entities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands can look back on a successful digital edition of the yearly organized conference, in which monitoring and evaluation and the social impact of COVID-19 on children and the youth were the two main themes.

During this anniversary conference, the Taskforce looked back at the past 5 years. The Taskforce also looked ahead to how it can create a framework in the near future that stimulates safe and healthy upbringing in a promising environment for all children and young people. Sharing knowledge, creating connections, and intercountry collaboration remain important even in these difficult times.

The challenges posed by, for example, COVID-19 require the countries and public entities of the Kingdom to join forces. This is essential in order to be able to jointly tackle the issues surrounding children’s rights. Consequently, children in the Kingdom can retain the perspective of a healthy and safe future. A future in which the voice of the child is very important.

The conference consisted of a very diverse program that allowed for professionals from all countries and public entities of the Kingdom to have interactive discussions with each other around the table. The conference had a hybrid character in the sense that the Taskforce members and youth professionals from the Kingdom were digitally present in the studio from which the live stream was recorded.

This diversity allowed for beautiful and interesting table conversations. The first day of the conference focused on monitoring and evaluation. Ton Liefaard, a prominent professor on children’s rights, explained how monitoring and evaluation not only contributes to accountability, but also to working more efficiently.

Aboubacry Tall, a children’s rights professional who works for UNICEF in Senegal shared his knowledge on “Rights-based and equity-focused monitoring”. The second day focused on the social impact of COVID-19 on children and the youth. Micha de Winter, emeritus professor of social education issues, took part in the table discussions and shared results of an interesting research that he conducted on the social impact of COVID-19 on children.

The program also considered the UNICEF initiative #mynewworld, in which children between the ages of 13 and 18 were asked to share their ideas about what their ideal world would look like after this pandemic. This initiative was welcomed with open arms by the children, as they got the opportunity to have their voices heard. The idea is to convert their suggestions into actual implementations.

The Taskforce has expressed its intention to consider the voice and vision of children more in the future. The Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights can look back on a successful 5th edition of the Taskforce conference, which was organized by St. Eustatius, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

Visit www.ourchildrenourfuture.org for more information.

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Ministry of VROMI Traffic Alert: Partial Closure of Union Road intersection Peter John Drive

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI), announces partial road closure of Union Road at the intersection of Peter John Drive on Thursday, December 10th, at 9:00 p.m. until Friday, December 11th, 2020, at 4:30 a.m. 

The road closure is in connection with the road crossing works that will be conducted at the location by the contracted company, Windward Roads B.V. 

Motorists are advised to be vigilant and observant of the traffic diversion signs. The Ministry of VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. 

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Motorworld Hosts Massive Christmas Car Sale Instead of Car Show During December

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi Annual Christmas Car Show has been highly-anticipated as the biggest and best Car Show in the region. However, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Motorworld Group’s Management has decided to launch a massive Christmas Car Sale during the entire month of December instead.

“The Annual Christmas Car Show has been our signature event over these past years, which we all look forward to, as much as our customers. However, with the health and safety of our staff, the customers and the community top of mind, we have developed a different format that still allows us to provide the best possible deals on our top-selling models,” shares Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, Motorworld Group of Companies. “We will still give our customers and the general public an opportunity to enjoy the Christmas spirit, while shopping for that dream vehicle of their choice in a fun, friendly and safe atmosphere; now with several protective measures against COVID-19 in place.”

With the clearance sale at Motorworld, the Christmas spirit is already in full effect to bring good times and cheer for the holiday season. The 2020 Christmas Car Sale features remarkable deals and discounts on the top, most awarded and reliable quality brands, such as: Audi, Ford, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Mazda, Jeep, Honda, and Isuzu. Also featured, will be several All New 2021 models; such as the New Generation Hyundai Creta and Grand i10, the Volkswagen T-Cross, the Ford Ranger, and Audi SUVs.

The Christmas Car Sale showcase includes amazing discounts on ALL vehicles, including the new and the certified pre-owned/used vehicles. The entire stock is on sale, with special promotions on the following models:

  • Hyundai Tucson - $4,000 Off
  • Hyundai Creta - $3,000 Off
  • Hyundai Venue - $1,000 Off
  • Honda CR-V - $2,000 Off
  • Mazda CX-5 - $1,500 Off
  • Ford EcoSport - $2,000 Off
  • Volkswagen Jetta - $1,500 Off
  • Volkswagen T-Cross - $1,000 Off
  • Numerous certified pre-owned vehicles
  • And MUCH MORE!

For those interested in commercial trucks, discounts of up to $10,000 are available off several 2019 models of the durable Hyundai and Isuzu trucks, built for business and, made to last “For Life!” Zero deposit on select commercial trucks is also available through Motorworld’s Lease Department.

In addition, Motorworld now provides an all-inclusive “Straight Lease” program which presents customers with the opportunity to get a vehicle that includes insurance, registration and general maintenance at an affordable monthly price, along with the possibility to change vehicles every three (3) years.

All vehicles are discounted throughout the entire month of December, along with low interest rates on car loans and affordable finance packages, which banks reserve especially for Motorworld’s Christmas Car Sale. The first three monthly payments will be FREE from participating banks (i.e. WIB), with two monthly payments guaranteed by Motorworld Group of Companies. This allows customers to take advantage of the car promotions, with the peace of mind that the first 2-3 months of payments are already covered, courtesy of Motorworld and select participating banks, plus a free gift of choice, such as a 50” 4K Smart TV.

Participating banks include: Windward Islands Bank, RBC Bank, PSB and CIBC First Caribbean International Bank. Several banks will be offering their best rates only during this promotion in December. Zero down payment (100% financing) is also available. Loan officers from some of the participating banks will be at Motorworld’s showroom on certain days during the month to make it even more convenient for customers. PSB will be available for on the spot bank financing on Thursdays and RBC is available on Fridays.

“Therefore, it is essential to visit Motorworld prepared with all the required paperwork and get proformas on the model of your choice before the end of December, 2020 to seal these great deals!" says Amjad. Customers are encouraged to organize their necessary documents in advance, and bring along the paperwork required in order to take advantage of the finance packages that the banks will be making available during the Christmas Car Sale. 

Additionally, with every purchase, customers also get a free gift of their choice such as a 50" 4K Smart TV, iPad,15" Laptop or, a gift certificate from Pandora valued at $400. All customers are also entered to win free giveaways such as a $250 grocery shopping voucher courtesy of Windward Islands Bank.

There is also something in store for existing loyal customers. Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend/family/associate and earn up to $150 for each new customer referred to Motorworld, who purchases a vehicle. Be sure to contact the Sales Consultants at Motorworld in advance for further details, as they are also driven to share the wonderful promotions available for everyone to leave feeling satisfied, merry and bright.  

Motorworld's dedicated teams in Colebay and Galisbay are extremely excited and welcome all their long-time, valued customers, as well as, all new customers to join us to bring in the Christmas Season with style, in a new dream vehicle.

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Traffic Diversion Dutch Quarter Road, Caines Drive Intersection

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of VROMI / Department of New Projects on behalf of The Government of St. Maarten is hereby informing the residence of Dutch Quarter and the General Public of St. Maarten that the main road in Dutch Quarter, Illidge Road will be temporarily closed to fix the ongoing drainage/ sewerage problem in the middle of the road at the intersection of Caines Drive in the vicinity of the former Doctor Bryson Clinic.   The works will primarily focus on repairing the running sewerage in the middle of the road and will take two days to complete. These works entail excavation and placement of sewer lines in the Illidge Road. The road closure will commence from Thursday December 10th, 2020 to Friday December 11th 2020. To permit the flow of traffic on the first day, the road will be close from 9:00 am. Please note that this road closure will be a permanent closed for the duration of the two days. This road closure also concerns the surrounding areas of Belvedere, Defiance and Madam Estate with an addition to the traffic circulation. Traffic going toward Madam Estate (uphill) will be diverted through Nazareth Road and Union Farm Road. Traffic downhill will be able to drive with caution on Illidge road.

The Ministry of VROMI is urging the motorist and the general public to proceed with care and caution duration the work hours. All businesses along the main road will remain open and accessible to the public. Proper street lighting will also be put in effect to ensure safety to the community.

The Road Closure is as Follows:

- The road will be closed from Thursday December 10th 2020 at 9:00 am to Friday December 11th 2020, 6:00pm;
- Traffic will be allowed to enter from the Bishop Hill Roundabout to Dutch Quarter up until the road closure;
- The diversion routes from French St. Martin to Philipsburg will be via Bishophill Road;
- The diversion routes from French St. Martin to Cole Bay/ Simpson Bay (Airport) will be via the Middle Region Road;
- Traffic using the A.T. Illidge Road to enter Dutch Quarter may do so until Nazareth Road ;
- Traffic using the A.T. Illidge Road to Oyster Pond and French St. Martin will drive with caution in the work zone;
- All bus stops will remain in use for passengers using public transportation.

Working together for a better St. Maarten

In full cooperation with the Traffic Police Department we are asking all motorist to please respect the traffic diversion and the notice placed for the detour for a smooth transition while the works are being carried out. This is to ensure safety to all during these times. The works are scheduled to be carried out during the daytime. The project consist of the sewerage implementation for the Dutch Quarter District. The works are in conjunction with the 10th EDF programme with the upgrading of the infrastructure of socially deprived neighborhoods.

The Ministry of VROMI/ Department of New Projects on behalf of the Government of St. Maarten would like to thank everyone for their patience during the execution of works. The information will be updated when necessary to any changes on the Ministry of VROMI Facebook Page, the Project Facebook Page and the Community of Dutch Quarter Facebook Page.

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UPDATED: Finance Committee of Parliament to meet regarding an update by the Minister of Finance on the 2020 & 2021 budget

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – (UPDATE) The Finance Committee of Parliament was scheduled to meet on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. The Committee meeting was scheduled for 15.00 hrs and the Minister of Finance was to be present, however, due to a notification from the Chairman of the committee, this meeting has been cancelled.  

The agenda point is:

Update Minister of Finance on trajectories Budget 2020 amendment and Budget 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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Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR) to meet regarding the preparation for a digital IPKO January 2021

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.  

The Committee meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. 

The agenda point is: 

Preparation Digital IPKO January 6-7, 2020 (IS/219/2020-2021 dated December 3, 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.orgwww.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Partial Closure of Hulda B. Richardson Road

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, & Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces partial road closure of Hulda B. Richardson Road on Tuesday, December 08, 2020.

The partial road closure is on Hulda B. Richardson Road from the intersection of Middle region road until Bimini Road on Tuesday, December 08, 2020, from 9.00 pm until Wednesday, December 09, 2020, at 4.00 am.

The road closure is in connection with road crossing work that needs to be carried out on Hulda B. Richardson Road. Contractors involved in this work will be UTC and Washington Construction.

Motorists are advised to be vigilant and observant of the traffic diversion signs.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament regarding the financial status of the Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten- The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Monday, December 7, 2020. The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. The Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication will be present.

The agenda point is:

The (financial) status of the Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (IS/1135/2019-2020 dated August 18, 2020, and IS/169/2020-2021 dated November 16, 2020)

This meeting was requested by MP S.A. Wescot-Williams, MP M.D. Gumbs, MP C.A. Buncamper and MP G.S. Heyliger-Marten

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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Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Partial Closure of L.B. Scott Road on Dec.04

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces partial road closure of L.B. Scott Road on Friday, December 04, 2020.

There will be a partial road closure of a section of L.B. Scott road on Friday, December 04, 2020, from 9.00 pm until Saturday, December 05, 2020, at 1.00 am from the intersection of Isis Road (St. Peters Pharmacy) until Daisy Road (Cake House).

The road closure is in connection with the finalization of the work that needs to be carried out on the roadway.

Motorists are advised to be vigilant and observant of the traffic diversion directional signs.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

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