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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about the Approval of the draft Parliamentary Contact Plan for Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Suriname & Draft National Ordinance Budget 2019

PHILIPSBURG:---The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.

The agenda points are:
1. Goedkeuring Concept Parlementair Contactplan Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten en Suriname (IS/607/2018-2019 d.d. 18 februari 2019) en Slotverklaring van het parlementair overleg tussen de Nationale Assemblee van de Republiek Suriname en de Staten van Aruba, Curaçao en Sint Maarten gehouden van 11 tot en met 14 februari 2019 te Paramaribo, Suriname (IS/608/2018-2019 d.d. 18 februari 2019)

(Approval of the draft Parliamentary Contact Plan for Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Suriname (IS/607/2018-2019 dated February 18, 2019) and Final declaration of the Parliamentary consultation between the National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname and the States of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten held February 11- 14, 2019 in Paramaribo, Suriname (IS/608/2018-2019 dated February 18, 2019))

2. Ontwerp van Landsverordening tot vaststelling van de Begroting van het land Sint Maarten voor het dienstjaar 2019 (Landsverordening begroting 2019) (Zittingsjaar 2018-2019-126) (IS/666/2018-2019 d.d. 4 maart 2019)

Draft National Ordinance Establishing the Budget of Sint Maarten for the 2019 service year (National Ordinance Budget 2019) (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-126) (IS/666/2018-2019 dated March 4, 2019)

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 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.


Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on March 19, 2019.
The CKAIR Committee meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. on Tuesday in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda points are:
1. Incoming documents.
2. Wijziging van de Paspoortwet in verband met de invoering van elektronische identificatie met een publiek identificatiemiddel en het uitbreiden van het basisregister reisdocumenten (IS/206/2018-2019 d.d. 16 oktober 2018)

(Amendment of the Passport Act in connection with the introduction of electronic identification with a public means of identification and the extension of the basic travel documents register (IS/206/2018-2019 dated 16 October, 2018))

 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 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.

USM Alumni Stuart Johnson donates mini Library to USM.

stuartminilibrary18032019PHILIPSBURG:--- Alumni of the University of St. Martin and Rotarian Stuart Johnson donated the first Little Library on Dutch St. Maarten to the University of St. Martin as a contribution to the Rotary International outreach program, "Little Library", on Friday last week. The little library has been erected outside the University of St. Maarten where visitors to both the University and the Government Administration Building and others interested in reading can now "Bring a Book and Take a Book." Fellow Rotarians along with Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset President Jaida Nisbett, President of the University of St. Martin Dr. Antonio Carmona Baez and Dean of Academics Dr. Rolinda Carter joined with Johnson outside the University to celebrate the occasion. The concept Little Library was created by a fellow Rotarian in the USA who had a passion for reading and wanted to share his love for books with his community. The Rotary Club of St. Maarten Sunset, of which Johnson is a member, thought it was fitting to introduce the concept on the island, especially given the dire situation of our libraries on both scales of the island post-Irma and Maria. The first Little Library was launched on French St. Martin in December 2018, and the response from the community was excellent. The anticipation is that the Little Library outside the USM will be the first of many on Dutch St. Maarten.

EXCLUSIVE: Council of Ministers passes resolution to dissolve PJIAE Holding and give shares to the Dutch.

PHILIPSBURG: --- Information reaching SMN News states that the Council of Ministers passed a resolution last week in their weekly meeting to fire the Supervisory Board Members of PJIAE Holding Company and to dissolve PJIAE Holding Company thereafter.
The source said that the intention of the Council of Minister is to sell or turn over shares to the Dutch Government in exchange for the loans they are seeking.
SMN News further understands that the strategy was used at the St. Maarten Harbor Group of Companies in 1998 when the Harbor was looking for finances to construct the AC Wathey Pier. The Dutch Government later turned over the shares to St. Maarten Harbor Group of Companies some years later.
The Princess Juliana International Airport is cashed strapped and while the management of PJIAE is seeking to secure loans from the Government of St. Maarten through the World Bank and the European Investment Bank, funds at PJIAE is running low especially since the income from head taxes are held by the bondholders. Besides the head taxes, the bondholders are also holding $54M which was acquired from the insurance company.
The government already gave PJIAE a financial injection of $5M and it is expected that another $10M will be going to PJIAE so that they could meet their daily expenses.
PJIAE is also in negotiation with Piper Jaffray and while the latter is ready to buy out the current bondholders so that PJIAE can have access to the $54M no decision has been taken as yet as which of the options PJAIE will follow.

Rotary Sunset Launches Little Free Library At USM.

rotarysunsetlibrary17032019PHILIPSBURG:---The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset launched its first Little Free Library on the Dutch side of the island at the University Of St. Martin in the presence of the President of USM, Mr. Antonio Carmona-Baez, the Dean of Academics, Dr. Rolinda Carter, as well members of the club.

The concept of the Little Free Library was initially introduced in 2009 by Rotarian Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin and the idea quickly spread throughout thousands of communities in the United States, with the goal of creating awareness on the importance of literacy. The Little Free Library is certainly not a new one for the island of St. Martin, as Rotary Sunset initially introduced the first little free library in December with its initial launch on the Marigot Waterfront. The objective of the little free library is mainly to advocate the importance of reading and to promote literacy, a key area of focus for Rotary clubs worldwide.

“We received an outpouring of support and encouragement from members of the community with the installation of our first little library on the French side and we decided that there was a need to construct additional little libraries which would be installed at various locations around the island, especially given the dire state of the public libraries on both sides of the island. Today we are extremely grateful for the support of the Management and staff of USM and for the generous donation of Rotarian Stuart Johnson who sponsored this little free library,” President Jaida Nisbett stated. Stuart Johnson in a brief statement expressed his gratitude to Rotary Sunset and to USM for awarding him the opportunity to give back to his community. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be able to give back to USM and I am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful organization which has enabled me to be able to give back to my community and to further promote literacy on our island with the installation of this little library. USM is dear to my heart, especially being a former student and this is a small token of appreciation to show how much I appreciate USM.” President of USM Antonio Carmona-Baez in a brief statement thanked the club for their efforts in the community and for considering USM to house one of its little free libraries. “On behalf of the Dean and myself, I would like to thank you all for this wonderful opportunity for collaboration. As a new resident on the island, I have come to realize how important Rotary Clubs are to St. Martin and it is extremely nice to see that there are so many collaborative efforts, especially in the areas of education. I do believe this would have a tremendous impact on our students and all visitors who come by. We are truly proud of this collaborative effort and we look forward to many more in the future.”

The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset would like to encourage the general public to pass by the little library, take a book and leave a book. Members of the community are urged to donate books they are no longer using to either of the club’s little libraries. The club would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Rotarian Stuart Johnson for his generous donation and to the Management and Staff of the University of St. Martin for their support.


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