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Member of Parliament Egbert Jurendy Doran, calls on government to assist the people as soon as possible.

ejurendydoran19042018Says “Time is of essence

Member of Parliament Egbert Jurendy Doran, says that for government, or anyone for that matter, to just state that there are “some problems” out there among our people, is truly an understatement, as it is far worst than that.
After seven and a half months, most of the people of this country who were deeply affected by hurricane Irma, are still waiting and longing for some form relief.
He stated that many people are suffering immensely, and even though he understands everything cannot be done right away, getting assistance to the majority of the people, especially in the area of rebuilding, is taking way too long.
More so, seeing that another very active hurricane season has been predicted for 2018 and commences on June 1st, just a few weeks away.
MP Doran, is, therefore, urging his colleagues in Parliament, across the board, and all those appointed to the Council of Ministers, to work diligently towards the betterment of this country, in all sense of the word. Give it your all, and not let it be only just lip service.
“Members of Parliament and Members of the Council of Ministers, should all respect each other, putting any personal egos aside, and always remember that this is not about them alone, but about all the people of this country, whom they were either elected or appointed to represent”, the Member of Parliament said.
The Member of Parliament said that things are quite worrisome and vast improvements are needed, in practically all areas of this country. He went on to name some of the areas of grave concern to him, that he either personally witnessed or was told about while moving around through the various districts.

 First and foremost, in the area of housing. Before, and in particular after hurricane Irma. The need for housing among our people is enormous and requires urgent attention. Acquiring land or house is a nightmare for practically everyone and is considered one of the biggest problems on the island. Government needs to tackle this problem immediately.
 Telecommunication on Sint Maarten needs serious improvements. Too often the public sector as well as the private sector is practically paralyzed. Although this seems to be becoming the norm, this cannot continue.
 Health care and the stories told surrounding this area, are really too many to mention in this article but are documented. Immediate upgrade is needed as this is an area where lives are at stake.
 Our people have been facing astronomical electricity and water bills for years, which are unaffordable for most.
 Even though the process for one to receive social aid, should not be an easy one, most times our people have to go through “hell and high water” as our elders would say, before they are able to receive any form of assistance when or if they fall short.
 Animal Welfare awareness, although not easily spoken about during meetings as a priority by the Leaders of this country, is seriously needed and way overdue among our people, as there are many out there who still treat animals the same way as they were brought up to do, which most of the times isn’t the right way.
 Awareness in Music, Sports and Culture, needs to be increased in the schools and throughout the various communities, for the mere fact that this takes away stress and can also help to prevent, mainly our youth from falling through the cracks.
 At the same time, proper rehabilitation is needed to assist those who regretfully have fallen through the cracks, to get back up on their feet again, and back into our community, and back to leading normal lives.
 Proper accommodations for our Elderly and Disabled, allowing them to lead decent lives despite their situation, is greatly lacking.
 The Infrastructure of this country is in dire need of improvement. This speaks for itself when you look around you.
 The problem with our beaches, where it pertains to whether they are private or public, needs to be resolved once and for all, and not left up to “property owners” to do as they please with our people.
 The people of this country deserve more professional service in the private and public sector, even if it means retraining those providing these services. Sad to say, but in many establishments, the service provided is way below par and needs to be improved.
 The situations among employees and employers, in the private and public sector also needs urgent attention. Situations of abuse seems to be rampant from both sides, and the need to find common ground is great and the labor mediator needs to play a more vital role.

“These are just a few of the ills that plague this community, highlighting the fact that it is not easy at all for our people out there and a lot of work lies ahead of us, as we focus on easing their burdens. Even though I am aware that getting finances in place, to be able to execute projects, is one of the biggest challenges that government faces at this moment, the needs of the people should be addressed in an urgent manner ”, he said.
To his colleagues in Parliament and to the Council of Ministers he said, “Let us all agree to work towards the betterment of these and all other areas, as this is the reason persons are elected to Parliament and ministers are appointed to the Council of Ministers”, the Member of Parliament said to the members of both the legislative and the executive branches.
In closing, MP Doran said to the people of Sint Maarten: “I can assure you, that things will not go quiet until another February 26th (election day), rolls around in 4 years, but that I will be working diligently with the cooperation of the government, towards seeing the betterment of the abovementioned serious issues that you are faced with. I pledge to give you top representation, because you, deserve nothing less.
God bless you, the people of Sint Maarten”

Carnival 2018: CPS calls on community to adhere to hand hygiene and cough etiquette during flu season.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- With large numbers of people gathering Carnival-relatedted events and activities on a daily basis, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on Carnival revelers to practice hand hygiene and cough etiquette as a prevention action to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as influenza to family and friends.

Symptoms of the flu include sudden onset of fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and a runny nose. The cough can be severe and can last two or more weeks. Most people recover from fever and other symptoms within a week.

However, influenza can cause severe illness or death in high-risk groups such as pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy; children younger than five-years; people older than 65-years; people with chronic medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, asthma, heart and lung diseases and diabetes; people with increased risk of exposure to influenza, which includes health care workers.

Keeping hands clean through improved and frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette which are two of the most important steps one can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Washing your hands should take at least 40 to 60 seconds.

Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol to clean hands.

Your hands should be washed before, during, and after preparing food; before eating food; after using the toilet; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through the coughing, sneezing, or talking to someone with the flu.

Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with the flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose.

People infected with the flu may be able to infect others beginning from day one before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick.

Preventive actions entails: try to avoid close contact with sick people; cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (cough etiquette); throw the tissue in the trash after you use it; clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

CPS wants everyone to enjoy the festive season in a healthy manner. Happy Carnival 2018.

Your Human Rights Matter.

The chairperson of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, Ms. Adriana van Dooijeweert, will visit Saba and Statia from April 9 to 13, 2018, to discuss human rights with people on the islands. The Institute will organize a Town Hall meeting in your neighborhood. Ms. Van Dooijeweert will explain why human rights are so important in the relationship between you and the government and between citizens. She would like to hear from you what issues you are dealing with. Examples of current themes in the field of human rights are: tackling poverty and the housing situation. Everyone is invited to actively discuss these important rights during the Town Hall meetings:

Location Sunny Valley Youth Center
Date Monday, April 9th
Time 6pm - 8pm

St. Eustatius
Location Community Center
Date Wednesday, April 11th
Time 6pm - 8pm

What are human rights?
Governments have a lot of power. Human rights exist to protect citizens from abuse by the government’s power. Countries have agreed that they guarantee these rights for all citizens so that everyone can live in human dignity. Everyone, for example, has the right to hold an opinion and to express that opinion freely, and everyone has the right to a fair trial by an independent court. But also, the right to education, having enough to eat, health care and a roof over your head are important. These rights apply to everyone regardless of race, color, gender, language, religion, political ideology, national or social origin, wealth, place of birth or any other status.

Your presence is important!
Human rights form the basis for all of your government’s legislation and policies. You will be informed about the role of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and you can have a say on topics that are important to you. Together we will discuss which human rights topics are currently relevant in your community. How can the Institute help? Come to the Town Hall meeting on Monday, April 9th on Saba, or Wednesday, April 11th on Statia, starting at 6pm, so that we can share insights and opinions with each other.


College voor de Rechten van de Mens - Nieuws item [ENG subs] from Caribbean Legacy on Vimeo.

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SMCP’S Stance on court verdict regarding MP Brownbill.

wsmith28012018PHILIPSBURG:--- The Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) has taken note via the media that the Court in First Instance has sentenced Member of Parliament, Chanel Brownbill. MP Brownbill is a member of the United Democrats (UD) with which SMCP entered a coalition agreement earlier this month. Matters such as these were discussed with the UD prior to forming the coalition and so the UD will be dealing with this matter from their end. Moreover, SMCP is of the opinion that the law must take its course.

As far as the coalition between the UD and the SMCP is concerned, SMCP sees no reason to rescind the agreement which was signed in the interest of moving St. Maarten forward in the wake of a devastating hurricane. SMCP is all about offering St. Maarten a lasting and stable government which the people of this country deserve. We all agree that St. Maarten definitely cannot afford another fall of government at this point in time.

The UD-SMCP coalition is currently busy developing and writing the governing program for the next four years. Besides the manifestos of both parties, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, as well as other pertinent documents, will serve as a basis to prepare the program. Key aspects of this document will be the physical, social and economic reconstruction of St Maarten. The coalition is aiming at delivering a governing program which will be practical, workable, and measurable and that will also set priorities, for the next four years.
Wycliffe Smith
Leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party

Public Prosecutor’s Office to set date for Public Auction.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Public Prosecutor’s Office has taken the decision to donate number of unclaimed items which were confiscated in the aftermath of hurricane Irma to the following organizations namely; Red Cross St. Maarten, Turning Point Foundation, Safe Haven Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation and the Belvedere Community Center.

The Prosecutor’s Office is presently in the process of setting a date and location for a Public Auction of the remaining confiscated goods. The public will be notified via the media as to the date, time and location.

Prosecutor's Office Press Release.

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