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Continuation Central Committee meeting of Parliament about National Ordinance revision pension civil servants.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The Minister of General Affairs will be present.
The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 will be reconvened on Thursday, at 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is:
1. Ontwerp van Landsverordening tot wijziging van de Pensioenlandsverordening overheidsdienaren, tot wijziging van de Landsverordening leefstijdsgrens ambtenaren, alsmede tot intrekking van de Duurtetoeslagregeling gepensioneerden 1943 (Landsverodrning heriziening pensioen overheidsdienaren) (ZJ 2018-2019-121) (IS/205/2018-2019 d.d. 16 oktober 2018)

(National Ordinance amending the National Ordinance on Pension for civil servants, amending the National Ordinance age limit civil servants, and repealing the Long-term allowance Regulation pensioners 1943 (National Ordinance revision pension civil servants) (ZJ 2018-2019-121) (IS / 205 / 2018-2019 dated October 16, 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.com and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.


NAGICO Group-sponsored rowing team begins 3,000 mile row across Atlantic Ocean.

nagicoboat12122018With support from NAGICO, Atlantic Discovery team rows from the Canary Islands to Antigua to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Four-man rowing team Atlantic Discovery commenced The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Wednesday morning, beginning a 3,000-mile row from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The team is sponsored by NAGICO Insurances, a diversified insurance company serving 21 territories in the Caribbean.

“We wish this inspirational team a safe and healthy passage,” said NAGICO Group Chief Strategy and Development Officer Kyria Ali. “This journey is one of extreme human endeavor, which resonates closely with NAGICO’s story. It is a true test of physical and mental endurance, and we are honored to be a part of it.”

During the first week, the team will need to adjust to the limited space, rigorous rowing schedule, and irregular sleep patterns.

“In order to overcome the discomfort, seasickness, and isolation, the team will have to be resilient and work together, Ms. Ali continued. “The resilience, strength, and teamwork that the Atlantic Discovery team is demonstrating are aligned with NAGICO’s core corporate values.”

Speaking on behalf of the Atlantic Discovery team, Cameron Parker, a Zurich-based director at Swiss Re, said that the sponsorship was tremendously valuable.

“We have been impressed by the support received from the NAGICO team from the start. They have been involved in helping us prepare and boosting the team’s morale. We feel like part of the NAGICO family and consider ourselves very lucky to have entered this mutually advantageous partnership.”

Other members of this intrepid team include London-based members Ben Ajayi-Obe, data scientist, Isaac Kenyon, geologist, and Jack Hopkins, cyber security researcher.

The team is participating in the row to raise £60K (USD $80K) for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which affects 2.5 million people worldwide. The team will be starting the row having already made significant progress toward this target.

There are about 28 vessels taking part in the challenge, representing 14 countries. The total fleet of 88 rowers is expected to take between 40 and 60 days to complete the crossing.

Few open spots left in K1 Britannia Second Chance Carpentry Apprenticeship Program.

k1britaniasecondchance10122018PHILIPSBURG:--- The K1 Britannia Foundation’s Second Chance program has collaborated with the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) to provide the fully sponsored MIC Institution of Technology certified Construction course. The course is specially held for young people and citizens of St. Maarten between the ages of 17 and 40. The aim is to provide young people with new skills in the area of Carpentry and persons looking to complete their Level 1 and 2 Carpentry competencies- post-Irma.

Coming from Trinidad, the MIC Institution of Technology instructors will be in St. Maarten to provide the 6-month course that will begin on January 15th, 2019. The course will be 5 days a week, from Monday to Friday - 8 am to 12 pm at NIPA. The fully sponsored program has a few spaces left and is open for those who are needed for an opportunity to excel and develop in carpentry.

Upon successful completion of the course, the program will provide the opportunity for certification that can translate in employability or entrepreneurship possibilities for the participants. The emphasis of the program is on useful and practical skills in their application in the context of common industrial situations. Much of the course is given over to ‘hands on’ experience and the skills required in carpentry. There is also an addition of non-technical components into the technical training. The non-technical segments, such as Financial Management Life Skills and Entrepreneurship Health and Safety, are to provide the participants craftsmanship with a personal and entrepreneurial edge.

There will be interviews held prior to the intake and final selection. Committed and enthusiastic participants that are interested in learning new proficiencies are encouraged to participate. Enrollment requirements are basic knowledge of English and numeracy. Before the start of the program, each candidate is required to fill out an intake form and the deadline to fill it in is December 15th, 2018.

K1’s Second-chance program gives young people the foundation for positive growth through volunteer opportunities, apprenticeship programs, courses, studies, job training, employment opportunities, and social development. With awarding youths a second chance, the long-term goal is not just to positively impact their lives, but also to contribute to the development of young role models making them young people who will positively impact the island.

Please contact the K1 Britannia Foundation by this Wednesday 12th December 2018 if you are interested in joining the program. Call the K1 office at 543-3332, second chance program managers at 553-4727 or 554-1972 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a message to the Facebook Page of K1 Britannia Foundation.

Robbery Suspect arrested.

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday, December 7th a male suspect identified with initials D.D. was arrested by police in connection with the ongoing armed robbery investigation at the former StarMart Gasoline Station in Cul-de-Sac which took place in the month of October of 2018. The suspect was taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody for questioning and further investigation.

KPSM Press Release.

Central Committee meeting of Parliament about discussion on the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in Sint Maarten.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.
The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. Representative of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be present.

The agenda point is:

Discussion on the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in Sint Maarten (IS/283/2018-2019 dated November 5, 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.com and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.


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