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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about Presentation COVID-19 NPO Stakeholders Survey Report.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on, August 13, 2020.
The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 10.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. Representatives of NPower SXM / 4c Foundation will be in attendance.

The agenda point is:
Presentation COVID-19 NPO Stakeholders Survey Report
(IS/1014/2019-2020 dated July 3, 2020)
MP R. Brison requested this meeting

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary session will be held virtually and will be carried out 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


Government departments affected by second wave of COVID-19 as numbers increase.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Several Government offices and services are being affected by the second wave of the COVOD-19 outbreak on St. Maarten. The Department of Immigration and Border Controls closed their doors because an immigration officer tested positive for the COVID-19, due to contact tracing four other persons working at the department are now under quarantine.
The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau also had to close its doors as someone in high standing also tested positive. SMN News understands that all employees of the Tourist Bureau were sent to be tested while the office is now closed.
The Inspectorate of Health and Labor located at the Vineyard Building is also closed as an inspector tested positive.
Former Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever is also on quarantine as he was spotted at the now shutdown Cigar Lounge that was operating on Pondfill Road. The former Minister works at the department of IVSA. It is also being rumored that the cabinet of VSA may also have to shut down due to direct contact with the department of IVSA.
SMN News learned that two students are now ill and hospitalized due to COVID-19. SMN News asked the Minister of Education Rodolphe Samuel about this during the live Council of Ministers press briefing. Samuel said that there are talks about the students’ but he had no confirmation or details on the matter. The Minister of Education promised to provide more information later today.

Sharine Daniel obtains Doctorate of Business Administration.

sharinedaniel12082020PHILIPSBURG:--- St. Maarten has its first Doctor of Business Administration with Specialization in Accounting in the person of local financial professional Sharine Daniel. Now officially Doctor Sharine Daniel. She obtained her doctorate at the end of July after six years of focused study work from Walden University, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Her Doctoral study on “Communication Strategies Used to Improve Performance in a Diverse Workforce” was classified as complete and satisfactory in all respects. Though a doctoral program takes an average of 4 to 5 years to complete, unforeseen challenges which included Hurricane Irma, while still maintaining a professional career, prolonged her studies. Nevertheless, her Doctoral degree was conferred with a GPA of 3.78 on a 4.0 scale. In other words, her grades put her in the top 1% of her graduate class. The study is now in the process of being published.

The Doctorate puts a cap on an already stellar resume and career for Dr. Daniel, who is currently the Internal Financial Auditor at GEBE. She also holds a Bachelor of Administration (BA) Degree in Accounting, Master of Science Degree in Accounting, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance. Dr. Daniel is also certified in forensic accounting and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Reflecting on the proud accomplishment, Dr. Daniel said achieving the highest degree in Accounting was her ultimate goal, but personally, there is a greater meaning for her, as she stated; “This was my late father’s dream. He always wanted and pushed me to maximize my ability to achieve the highest-level education possible. He always told me that the word “can’t “cannot be found in the dictionary therefore striving for excellence is a must. Unfortunately, my father Danny Douglas Daniel passed away in 2008 and I dedicate my doctoral study to him,” she said.

Looking towards the future, Dr. Daniel stated that she is looking forward to continued professional growth. She also pointed out that her educational journey started at the University of St. Maarten (USM) and, as life would have it, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of USM approximately one year ago, which remains a very proud moment for her.
In that context, she added that she hopes that her educational journey which came with some setbacks, will serve as an inspiration to all young people of St. Maarten. As she notes, “Let’s all remember Mr. Nelson Mandela’s words “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank NV GEBE, in particular, the late Mr. Julius Lambert, Former Director and former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors of GEBE, who not only recruited me back home to St. Maarten but also give me the opportunity to share my education and experience gained in the United States,” . I am looking forward to giving back to country St. Maarten when and should the opportunity present itself.”


Grounded in organizational information theory, the purpose of Dr. Daniels's qualitative case study was to explore the communication strategies practiced by top-level managers in the communication sector to improve employee performance in a diverse workforce. The study provides St. Maarten’s top-level managers with strategies for implementing effective communication to improve employee performance in a diverse workforce and promote sustainability.

Learning Unlimited Elites are above the law, Police and Minister of VSA failed to close institution.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The management Danesh Alcott, owner of Learning Unlimited are among the elites on St. Maarten that are of the opinion that he is above the law and he does not have to follow government guidelines when it comes to the opening and closing of schools.
On Wednesday Minister of Health and Social Development and Labor Richard Panneflek visited the school when chaos broke out at the location.
Neither the Minister nor Police were able to get the owner of the school to respect the guidelines set down by the government in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
SMN News published an article earlier about the current situation at the school and the stance government has taken.
Alcott found it fitting to send out a notice to his students and parents indicating that the information published was incorrect and that his school remains open. Indeed SMN News published that Alcott chose to go against the government of St. Maarten because Learning Unlimited is a private institution and not a government-owned school.

Immigration Officer infected with COVID -19, 4 on quarantine.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Justice Anna Richardson announced that the office of immigration and border protection had to close their doors because an immigration officer got infected with the COVID-19 virus. Richardson said due to that everyone in that office had to be tested and the building was also fumigated. The Immigration and Border Protection will remain close until further notice.
Persons that need to submit renewals will not be affected even though appointments are canceled.

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