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Formal Reflections in memory of Mavis Brooks-Salmon.

Eugene B. Holiday
Governor of Sint Maarten
January 18, 2020

Leonaris, Earlon, Najhilah, Church, Good morning,
We are here to today to remember and pay homage to a multifaceted, distinguished and strong woman, Mavis Brooks-Salmon. I am, as Governor, Chair of the Council of Advice and personally, most pleased to deliver formal reflections in appreciation of the life and legacy, of Mavis Brooks-Salmon, the Vice-Chair of the Council of Advice of Sint Maarten.
Preparing for these reflections it struck me that my first and last memory of Mavis is a memory of a strong woman handling and carrying her fight with cancer with grace and dignity. An attitude to life which she attributes to her faith in God.
My first and last will however not be my lasting memory. My lasting memory of Mavis, build up over the past 9 plus years is of a wise, hardworking woman of substance with a sharp intellect and a yearning for learning and sharing, a woman with a big heart, a woman of courage, a woman with a strong personality who knew what she wanted. She was passionate about her family, her friends, her work, and about politics. And she believed that her service could help contribute to a better Sint Maarten. And that she did.
During the past 9 plus years, I have had the privilege to meet with Mavis Brooks-Salmon on the last Thursday of each month. During the past days, I have heard several persons describe her as strict and as a disciplinarian. What I wish to add is that she was highly disciplined and punctual. She not only disciplined others, but she also held herself to that standard.
A few things interfered with our scheduled monthly meeting. In fact, throughout her treatment, we stayed in contact and spoke over the phone. And when she returned from the Netherlands, she called for our meeting. It would be our final formal meeting. On that December 5, 2019, I could only admire her courage, grace, strength, and willpower. Because of these formal meetings I can claim the pleasure of knowing Mavis Brooks-Salmon.
As I got to know Mavis, I would, at times, witness the caring mother in her as she doted about her children. At other times I would see the daughter or sister in her as she reminisced about her childhood growing up in Curacao. On other occasions, I would see the devoted wife as she spoke about her husband. And in her references to her friends, I saw a loyal friend.
Mavis Brooks-Salmon was a teacher, a jurist, a politician, a Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau, a deputy minister plenipotentiary of the Netherlands Antilles and the Vice-Chair of the Council of Advice of Sint Maarten. Having said that I know that that summary does not do justice to the many capabilities of Mavis Brooks-Salman, the Champion for Sint Maarten.

As a teacher, she has impacted the lives of generations of Sint Maarten and through her career, she serves as an inspiration for many. This is evident from the statements made by many persons over the past few days. It is a legacy that I know gives her great pleasure.
While her career moved from teaching to Vice-Chair of the Council of Advice it was obvious from our conversations that she never lost her passion for teaching and mentoring others. This tells a lot about Mavis Brooks-Salmon the person, who did not become arrogant because of her achievements but instead stayed true to her convictions that our service can help create a better life for others.
As a jurist, it was her desire to serve on the Council of Advice to help shape the laws that govern our country Sint Maarten. And she would do just that. As the first Vice-Chair, or in fact Chair and Leader of the Council of Advice she applied her teaching skills and left no stone unturned, as she worked with her colleagues and mentored members of the secretariat to form and develop the Council of Advice from the ground up.
Mavis Brooks-Salmon led the Council through its formative years and established it as a respected, independent and objective advisor to Government and Parliament. In doing so she leaves behind a well-functioning High Council of State which is essential to the proper functioning of our democratic state. She in that regard leaves behind big shoes to fill, both literally and figuratively. I shall surely miss our many thought-provoking discussions and exchange of ideas on matters of importance to the development of our country. Matters such as religion, education, legislation, and health care.
Through her passing, the Council of Advice has lost its mother, its leader, it's champion.
With her passing Sint Maarten has suffered a great loss.
To her husband Leonaris, to her son Earlon, to her daughter Najhilah, to her sisters and brothers and to the rest of her family, I hereby on behalf of the Council of Advice, my wife Marie Louise and myself extend heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
May you find the strength to move forward with the confidence in knowing that hers was a life well-lived, one which made a difference in the lives of many and in the development of our country, Sint Maarten.

Plenary Public meeting of Parliament about Question hour related to the sale of UTS.

PHILIPSBURG:---The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public session on Monday, January 20, 2020.
The Public session is scheduled for 10.00 - 11.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.
The agenda point is:
Question hour: Questions from MP S.A. Wescot-Williams directed to the Minister of Finance related to sale of UTS (IS/281/2019-2020 dated November 12, 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, via the internet, and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

SCDF introduces contestants Junior Carnival queen Pageant.

scdf17012020PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Friday introduced the contestants for the Junior Carnival Queen Pageant. The pageant, slated to be held on Saturday, April 4, will feature five contestants competing in four segments of the competition. The Junior pageant is one of many pre-Carnival events to be held before the official opening of Carnival 2020 on April 16.

The five contestants are Rochenique Giterson, Chrisincia Mathew, Xiomara Richardson, Richellina Beauperthuy and Destinie Cozier. They will compete in speech, talent, Carnival costume, and princess wear segments. There will also be an opening dance appearance for all contestants.

“Right now the contestants are busy with their preparations and obtaining sponsorship for their big night,” SCDF Vice President and Pageant Coordinator Paula Gordon said. “We are calling on the business sector to support the contestants in their preparations as they will be positively active over the next few weeks and would be great ambassadors for any business that shows support,” Gordon said.

She added that the SCDF will feature the contestants at different public outings, interviews and more. “It’s about these five young ladies. We want the public to get to know them and to support them. The girls and their parents/chaperones will put them all into this pageant. Expect a great show,” Gordon said.

The venue for the event will be released at a later date.

Scooter rider loses control and collides with vehicle.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The traffic department of Sint Maarten is presently investigating a traffic accident involving vehicles and scooters. The incident took place on Thursday midday January 16th at about 12.00 pm on the Coralita road.
According to the report, the male victim was riding on a Yamaha X-max black scooter with number plate MF-13 on the Coralita road direction Betty’s Estate.
While overtaking a few cars on the Coralita road, the driver of the scooter rider lost control and collided with a vehicle with license-plate P-8431 who was indicating turning.
As a result of the collision, the rider of the scooter suffered head injuries and contusions to his body. He was treated at the scene by the personnel of the ambulance and transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment. The rider at the time of the accident was not wearing a helmet.
The wearing of a helmet is to minimize the severity of head injuries in the event an accident occurs while operating these vehicles. The Sint Maarten Police Department is again urging all scooter or motorcycle rider and passenger to wear a helmet when operating these vehicles as required by law and for your own wellbeing.


KPSM Press Release.

Altercation over rental deposit leads to arrest.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The police patrol arrested the man with an initials B.B on the afternoon of Thursday, January 16th, 2020, for his involvement in an altercation over the return of a rental fee deposit.
The altercation took place at the end of 2019 after the B.B returned the rented vehicle to the owner with initials R.A.B.
After inspecting the vehicle R.A.B determined that B.B was not entitled to the return of his deposit which lead to an argument that became heated and quickly escalated into a fistfight between the two. During the altercation damaged the vehicle belongs to R.A.B.
R.A.B came to the police station in Philipsburg following the altercation and filed an official complaint. The personnel of the detective department later investigated the matter and requested, a warrant by the prosecutor for B.B’s arrest.
The suspect who was at home was at the time, was explained the reason for his arrest and brought to the police station in Philipsburg. He has been incarcerated pending further investigation.


KPSM Press Release.

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