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Upcoming joint controls between KPSM and Gendarmerie.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Sint Maarten Police Force together with the Gendarmerie will be conducting joint control during the upcoming weeks. The control will focus on motorbikes as well as suspected stolen vehicles.
Over the last few days, the police of Sint Maarten received information from the Gendarmerie that a group of French nationals is busy coordinating an illegal motorbike parade.
Management of KPSM was further informed by the French authorities that the organizers of this event do not have authorization or permit to organize this event or such events.
Conquests for participation in this event may lead to arrest according to the French police. Potential participants from the Dutch side should refrain from participation or being risk arrest.
The safety of the community and visitors of our island is law enforcement's highest priority.


KPSM Press Release.

9 confirmed COVID-19 cases today,

richardpanneflek23042020PHILIPSBURG:--- As of November 28th, there were nine (9) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, there was a recovery rate of eleven (11) persons; bringing the total active cases to ninety (90). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand and sixty- two (1062).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring eighty- six (86) people in home isolation. Four (4) patients are currently hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- five (25).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to nine hundred and forty- seven (947). One hundred and ninety-one (191) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 1425 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) and CPS has tested 7200 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Remember this holiday season that the safety of yourself and your family comes first. Stay alert and wear your mask, maintain a social distance of 2-meters, practice good hand hygiene, and be mindful of large gatherings.

EXCLUSIVE: VDSM conducting illegal screening says oversight committee.

vdsmadvice28112020~ MP Ottley filed a complaint with the oversight committee, Chairman of Parliament recused himself from the case. ~

PHILIPSBURG: --- The oversight committee that supervises VDSM has issued a decision after a complaint was filed by MP Omar Ottley regarding the screening of candidate Ministers.
The decision which was rendered on Friday states that VDSM does not have any authority to be screening Ministers because Ministers are not listed in the appropriate order in the national decree.
The three-member committee consists of the President of the Joint Court of Justice M.W Scholte, Chairman of the Council of Advice M. Hazel, and the Chairman of Parliament R. Brison.
It must be noted that the Chairman of Parliament Rolando Brison recused himself from the case filed by MP Omar Ottley because Ottley is a member of the United Peoples Party where Brison is the leader.
Based on 3.7 of the decision the committee states therefore the position of Minister does not fall under the purview of a VDSM screening whereby the Prime Minister would have to give a letter of no objection for the position of minister in accordance with article 44 paragraph 1 of VDSM national ordinance
In conclusion, the supervisory council is not authorized to even give advice in these cases such as minister cases.
While an official decision was rendered on Friday, November 28th, 2020 by the oversight committee of VDSM, the legal advisor to the USP who is now the legal advisor of the United Peoples Party Denicio Brison had sent a letter to the governor of St. Maarten since October 19th, 2019 questioning the legality of the screening law while Brison also posed several questions to the Governor.
It is clear from the decision rendered on Friday, November 27th, 2020, the screening process that has been taking place for the past 10 years was partly illegal which was done under the watchful eyes of several Prime Ministers.
The screening procedures for Ministers has three separate parts, one by VDSM that has to investigate the integrity of a candidate Minister, the fiscal part which deals with the screening of the person's taxes, loans, businesses, and other financial related matters while the Prosecutor’s Office is responsible for the judicial part of the screening for example if the candidate Minister had any conviction or is under investigation and such matters.


Click here to read the letter send to Governor

EXCLUSIVE: GEBE CEO-select making high demands prior to signing contract.

~ COM waiting on SBOD for their report on a failed negotiation.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Council of Ministers especially the Minister of VROMI basically placed their feet in their mouths when they opted to select Robert Jan James for the position of Chief Executive Officer of NV GEBE. SMN News was reliably informed that James who is currently negotiating with the Supervisory Board of Directors made some ridiculous demands such as the highest salary that any CEO of Government-owned companies ever made, the source said James is demanding a salary that exceeds NAF 30,000.00.
SMN News further learned that James is also demanding that a contract be signed before his screening process begins and in the event, he fails the screening then N.V. GEBE must pay him out the contract. Further that James is demanding all of N.V GEBE's financial records as he negotiates his benefits and other perks.
According to information provided to SMN News, the Council of Ministers discussed the new developments during the COM meetings this week and has decided to appoint Dr. Sharine Daniel to the position since Daniel is now the interim director.
However, before Daniel is appointed the Supervisory Board of N.V GEBE must send in their report to the Council of Ministers informing them that their negotiations with the selected CEO candidate failed. So far that report has not yet been submitted to the Council of Ministers.

EXCLUSIVE: Minister of VSA on Quarantine, cabinet staff hospitalized due to COVID-19

richardpanneflek23042020PHILIPSBURG:--- Reliable information reaching SMN News states that the Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek reportedly under quarantine since a staff member from his cabinet tested positive for the COVID-19. The source said the staff member check into the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for safety reasons especially since they have other underlying conditions.
Due to the fact that a cabinet staff member of the Minister of VSA tested positive everyone from his cabinet is now under quarantine.
The Minister did not attend the Council of Minister's press briefing on Wednesday. In an invited comment Panneflek confirmed that he  in quarantine a few days now due to the fact that someone from his cabinet tested positive.
SMN News will update this article when more information becomes available.

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