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Preparations started for Memorial Day

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):---The preparations for Memorial Day, the National Day of Remembrance, which is the day that the victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II are commemorated, have commenced.

The preparations include the relocation of the commemoration plaques at the Captain Hodge Wharf to a more publicly accessible location on the same Wharf.

May 4 is a day that is recognized throughout the Dutch Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is important for the general public to recognize this day as it not only acknowledges the victims that have fought to defend the Dutch Kingdom, but it is also a day that signifies the freedom of the Kingdom and its people.

On May 4 all uniformed forces will participate in a silent march through Philipsburg at 3:30 p.m.

The procession will lead from Clem Labega Square via Back Street, turn in the alley at Oranje School to Front Street with the end destination the Captain Hodge Wharf, where a short ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in front of the existing plaque that commemorates local names that have fought for our freedom within the Dutch Kingdom.

The program includes a formal wreath laying ceremony during which both the Government and Parliament of Sint Maarten will lay a wreath.

Invited guests will also receive an opportunity to pay their respects with the placement of a single flower.

The general public is invited to witness this occasion as the country pays homage to our fallen victims. More information can be found on the Government’s website and Facebook.


Elections in Curaçao April 28th 2017.

electionballot27042016WILLEMSTAD CURACAO:--- Curacao On Friday, April 28th, Curaçao goes to the polls for the parliamentary elections that were called early. The previous government elected in the October 5th, 2016 elections fell after seven weeks. Since then, an interim Government governed the island.

The cabinet of Hensley Koeiman fell on February 12th, 2017. Immediately thereafter, new elections were called for April 28th, 2017, to the disagreement of the new coalition installed on March 24th and led by the former Prime Minister and convict Gerrit Schotte.
On March 31st the Netherlands took control of the parliamentary elections on Curacao. The interim government of Curacao led by Prime Minister Pik Pisas wanted to cancel the elections on April 28, but demissionary Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, and the Kindom Council of Ministers prevented this. "It is of the utmost importance that the people of Curacao express themselves in free and fair elections about the future of the country. The actions of the interim cabinet have seriously affected the integrity of the electoral process. Therefore, the National Council of Ministers considers it necessary to give the Governor the power to ensure a proper course of the elections." With a formal general measure by the kingdom government on April 3rd, it was decided that the powers required for the organization of elections to be held on Curaçao on April 28th are with the Governor of Curacao. The measure also stipulates that the Governor may, if necessary, enable national services to guide the elections in an orderly fashion.

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The 21 seats in parliament are chosen through the system of proportional representation. Parties already represented in parliament are admitted to the next elections. New parties must exceed a voting threshold in pre-elections. This threshold is stipulated by law as 1% of the number of valid votes in the previous elections.

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Election results October 5th, 2016

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The largest party on the island is MFK, the party of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. From 2010 to 2012 he was head of government on Curaçao. However, he is now excluded from participation in the elections because he has been convicted for corruption. Nevertheless, Schotte remains popular among the population. Schotte is still in an appeal for the fact that he cannot participate in the elections. The ruling is expected in May, and so his party wanted to postpone the election.

 

Participating parties April 28th, 2017

List

Party

Leader

Color

1

Kòrsou di Nos Tur

Miro Amparo dos Santos

Silver

2

Un Kòrsou Hustu

Omayra Leeflang

Violet

3

Partido Inovashon Nashonal

Suzy Camelia-Römer

Light Blue

4

Partido Alternativa Real

Eugene Rhuggenaath

Yellow

5

Partido MAN

Hensley Koeiman

Blue

6

Partido Nashonal di Pueblo

Humphrey Davelaar

Geen

7

Frente Obrero-Partido Aliansa Nobo

Amado Rojer

Orange

8

Movementu Futuro Kòrsou

Gerrit Schotte

White

9

Pueblo Soberano

Jaime Córdoba

Creme

10

Movementu Kousa Promé

René Rosalia

Grey

11

Movementu Progresivo

Marilyn Moses

Magenta

 
Netherlands
Of course, the elections on Curacao (Friday) are followed with interest by the Netherlands. However, we should not imagine much. Apart from the Curaçao residents living in the Netherlands, that interest is limited to a highly selective group: the Royal Family, the Minister of Kingdom Relations, and the few officials involved in dossier Curaçao, the group leaders in the Second and First Chamber and some other professionals such as the Vice-President of the Council of State who are part time involved in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom due to their function. Well estimated, it may vary between one hundred to two hundred men/women. Then there are a few dozen entrepreneurs who to do business in the Caribbean, but that’s it.
Ninety-nine percent of the 17 million European Dutch don’t really care how Curacao is doing and who comes out of the poll on Friday. The reality is that the island only enjoys some relevance as a sunny holiday destination. And for the Dutch media, Curacao is no more than a distant source from which, from time to time, an exotic news arrives. For example, if a former prime minister is convicted of selling his country to the mafia, and ends up winning the elections again.
Mafia state
"These elections can change Curaçao in a mafia state If Schotte wins," said parliamentary member Ronald van Raak (SP). Van Raak and Andre Bosman, together with VVD, received a Chamber Majority last year for a large-scale investigation into the relationship between the upper and lower world on the island. The investigation is still ongoing, but several people have already been arrested.
For the Netherlands, Curacao is like the mosquito that keeps you from sleeping on a sultry summer night with its annoying buzz. To put an end to it, The Hague will not use physical violence, but as the buzz continues, the tendency to chase the mosquito will increase. In this sense, the signature of the new government in Willemstad is more than ever determining the relationship with the Netherlands. If the convicted former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte will be pulling the ropes, this will be a big boost for the VVD and SP coalition. In that case, it is possible that it could count on wide support for the plea to dissolve the Statute in favor of a loose sand commonwealth model. Reason why Schotte's call for independence, even though it has not been filed by noble motives sounds like music to the ears of VVD second chamber member André Bosman. Both seem to forget the fact that not they but the people of Curacao decide.

SMN news will cover the election results. More info on the participating parties and their programs can be found on https://www.facebook.com/verkiezingencuracao2016/  and on the elections http://www.kse.cw/

 

 

 

Miss Mature Donate Costumes to the Sister Basilia Center.

srbassilladonation26042017PHILIPSBURG:--- Miss Mature Carnival Queen 2017-2018; Ms. Michelline Hunte, presented 30 costumes to the clients at the Sister Basilia Center on Tuesday 25th April 2017. The center is scheduled to host a carnival parade for the clients this week around the St. Johns area and they will have the opportunity to showcase the costumes. “I am happy that I was able to present the costumes to the clients because artistic activities are extremely important and are part of expressive therapy also known as expressive arts therapy or creative arts therapy.”
Hunte would like to thank lead designer Mr. Deangelo Butler of Creative Designs for designing the costumes and SDI Tours for providing the costumes.

Funding Agency SFC Office Relocated.

The ‘Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben’ office on Sint Maarten, which caters to the islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Statia with providing funding opportunities for social endeavours, has relocated from its original office space on Back Street, to Van Goghstraat 4, Unit 1 (KPMG Building), in Madame Estate. The office relocation was necessary to provide a more accessible office space for interested NGOs to inquire into funding opportunities and meetings related thereto.

The ‘Samenwerkende Fondsen’, also known as the Cooperating Foundation for the Dutch Caribbean or SFC, came into existence as a collaborative funding effort for the Dutch Caribbean. It is supported through 5 Dutch funding agencies, namely: Oranje Fonds, Kansfonds, Innovatiefonds, Fonds Sluyterman van Loo and Kinderpostzegels. All with a focus on social endeavours executed by socially oriented organizations on all Dutch Caribbean islands.

If someone is interested in learning more about these initiatives or the funding opportunities SFC has to offer, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 586-0808. If persons wish to pass by the office, it is recommended to make an appointment first via phone or email.

Hundreds Enjoy Local Wildlife at Endemic Animal Festival.

Grand Case:--- Hundreds of guests from St. Martin and beyond learned about local wildlife at the fourth annual Endemic Animal Festival on Sunday. The event, held at Amuseum Naturalis in Grand Case, featured animals found nowhere else in the world and a variety of activities for young and old. Created by the Les Fruits de Mer association, the festival is free and takes place each April.

“Getting to know the animals that live only on St. Martin is a fundamental part of understanding the island,” explained Mark Yokoyama, co-founder of Les Fruits de Mer. “The Endemic Animal Festival is one of our most important initiatives because it is a truly authentic, only on St. Martin experience.”

This year’s festival included a variety of fun ways to celebrate and explore island wildlife. The Endemic Animal Discovery Station showcased two species of lizard and one insect that are found only on St. Martin, as well as other species that live on only a few islands. Local wildlife experts were on hand to talk about the animals and answer questions. Guests painted bird feeders made from calabash and took home seedlings of the Gaïac, an endangered native tree.

“Hosting the festival at Amuseum Naturalis was a great addition to the event this year,” added Jenn Yerkes, President of Les Fruits de Mer. “Guests were able to enjoy over a dozen exhibits about local nature and our program of short nature documentaries in addition to the festival activities. If you haven’t been to the Amuseum yet, we’re open for two more days this season: April 28th and May 2nd from 4-8pm at 96 Boulevard de Grand Case. It’s free to visit.”

The Endemic Animal Festival was made possible by the generous support of its sponsors: BirdsCaribbean, Caribbean Paddling, Delta Petroleum, Hotel L’Esplanade, IGY Marinas, Lagoonies Bistro & Bar, L’Esperance Hotel, Rain Forest Adventures, The Scuba Shop, Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino and Tri-Sport. For more information, and to see photos from the event, visit http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com.


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