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Residents call on government to remove abandoned vehicle.

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oldpickup01022016Dear Sirs,

I would like to bring the following to your attention:

In light of the Zika virus among other health related issues caused by mosquitos, I wish to request your assistance. Over the past THREE years a discarded pickup (See attached picture) has been parked on the street in the residential area of Ebenezer (Wr Plantz road) containing stagnant water and a breeding ground for thousands of mosquitos.

I would greatly appreciate if the health department can look into this health concern. This not only affects the residents of Ebenezer but the many schools in the area and the public of St. Maarten.

Thank you,

Concerned citizen.


Good answer to Cornelius de Weever.

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Former Minister of Health, now MP de Weever will constantly try to "show up" present VSA Minister Emil Lee. After last election results were in, Cornelius weaseled his way around town, doing everything in his power to keep Mr. Lee from being the designated DP Representative in Parliament, or from being appointed to a Ministerial post. This, including him trying to get a family member appointed to Minister, then using feeble excuses to cross the aisle (jumping ship) and finally double crossing party leader Sarah Wescott-Williams ("double" literally, as he did it twice in less than 30 days). Now he plagiarizes stuff on the Internet to try and make Minister Lee look bad, at the expense of all the Civil Servants in the Public Health Department. I guess he probably even hoped Emil would rush out to buy an expensive mobile Zika-Virus-carrying-mosquito fumigation vehicle that would have to get here before the upcoming September election, used once and then parked in the grass, just like the US $400,000 mobile health clinic he, de Weever, rushed to order in before the 2014 election, for no other reason than a "photo-op".

Minister Lee, if I were a betting man, my bet would be on you making serious positive strides in our Country's health care during the very short present tenure you have signed up for. And knowing you, this will not be for cheap photo ops, nor for personal gain, but because, unlike the above mentioned "born-here" former Minister-now-MP, your heart is in the right place when it comes to doing what is in the benefit of the citizens and other residents of St. Maarten.

MJF
Michael J. Ferrier

Great Bay Beach saga --- No Response from Police.

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greatbaybeachparking2401201Dear Editor,

Here is an update concerning the fight against parking on Great Bay Beach.
On Friday nights they have a DJ at the WPS (Walter Planz Square) and as a result the security allows and orchestrates parking on the beach. Last night (Friday night) I had to rope off the entrance part behind our Ocean's building because last week the cars parked right up to our gate. I called the police but that was a waste of time. Apparently the police asked a neighbor who put up the rope with sheet strips hanging from it and the neighbors told them it was me. That was that. No further action or investigation. I have written the police about 5 letters also concerning this and have not received not ONE reply.
They have also put up a chain link fence at the end of the ally. This is all illegal and I am writing another letter to Minister Meyers concerning this development.
The Ombudsman is following up on the existing complaint and I shall send copies of the letter to Minister Meyers to them as well.
Maybe you can share this on the news site. No newspaper has been involved.
Have a great weekend.
Ankie Nieuwenhoven

Enough is enough.

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Dear Editor,
Anti-Poverty Platform to develop Minimum Reference Budgets for St. Maarten

We all complain about the high cost of living in St. Maarten, the non-livable minimum wages, the poverty, old age pensions, the inadequate social allowances and the lack of unemployment benefits. People have to work two or three jobs to meet their household needs. The Transparency International Report concluded that 75% or ¾ of the households in St. Maarten live in poverty. Poverty hampers adequate social participation. Poverty should neither be alleviated nor reduced, but poverty should be eradicated! Nobody should live in poverty! Poverty is a violation of human dignity and the human right to an adequate standard of living! For every adult, youth and child to participate adequately in society, everybody should have access to the resources necessary to comply with international human rights standards and social expectations. Everybody has the right to live an autonomous life and contribute to society. What are the minimum resources that households in St. Maarten need to live a life in accordance with human dignity? How can we guarantee that everybody in this part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands can realize the right to an adequate standard of living for the health and wellbeing of oneself and one’s family?

Transparency International’s conclusion on poverty in St. Maarten has been disputed publicly! Therefore the coordinators of the St. Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform have taken the initiative to develop Minimum Reference Budgets for St. Maarten. Minimum Reference Budgets will be developed for singles and couples with children and without children, as well as for seniors and non-seniors. The minimum resources needed to adequately participate in society will be determined for these categories. These Reference Budgets will provide budget information to assist individuals and households. It will enable to give more appropriate money and debt advice. It also enables us to evaluate the adequacy of benefits such as social pensions, social allowances and social tariffs for water, electricity, communication and transportation, etc. These reference budgets will enable us also to better address with government the eradication of poverty in our society.

The co-coordinators of the St. Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform are Ms Claire Elshot-Aventurin, Chairlady of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (WICLU), Mr Raymond Jessurun from the St. Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) and Mr. Alberto Bute, Chairman of the St. Maarten Federation of United Non-Governmental Organizations (SUNFED). To develop the Minimum Reference Budgets they contacted the Independent Dutch Institute for Budget Information NIBUD. The NIBUD has assisted the government of Bonaire in 2013 with the development of Minimum Reference Budgets for Bonaire. The NIBUD appointed two researchers drs. Marcel Warnaar and drs Gea Schonewille with as their counterpart in St. Maarten drs. Raymond Jessurun, to guide the process in St. Maarten. The SUNFED will provide support for the coordination and administration. The preparatory work in St. Maarten will start during the month of February by a mixed group of local experts and consumers. A detailed list of essential goods and services will be prepared, and a price survey will be carried out to find out how much it costs for households in St. Maarten to have access to these goods and services. At the end of March 2016, the NIBUD researchers will be in St. Maarten to guide some workshop sessions to reach consensus on the minimum budgets for St. Maarten, after which a Symposium will be held to communicate the preliminary results. The final report will be delivered in May 2016. For more information contact drs Raymond Jessurun at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +1721-5220925.
Drs Raymond Jessurun
Co-coordinator SMAPP
+1721-5220925

M.I. Leito responds to Oliver Arrindell.

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Dear Mr. Oliver Arrindel,

I've been following your posts from a distance regarding your continue fight plan to obtain an economic permit to start an airline. I'm trying not to mingle in the ongoing public discussion you created against the Minister of Traffic and Aviation of Curaçao but I want you to know this. Take it as an advice even though you pretend to be the most self made man on the beautiful island of Curaçao. You are a "businessman" not a politician. If you want to talk bad about our Ministers, Parliament and our government you will never change it until you present strategic and pro-active solutions at hand not for the Minister but for our island. The way you are conducting this discussion is simply like a bad looser, who still holds the right to go to the court in a democratic country, but choose to be the ignorant barking dog. There is a Dutch saying "blaffende honden bijten niet" and that's why I think that the Minister isn't afraid of all the things you are saying lately about her. Besides her, you always had an aggressive defensive reaction and attitude everytime someone or the local media had another point of view about your integrity, business plan and aviation project. I remember how you attacked both Minister Balborda as Minister Jardim, journalists of radio Direct, public servants, Insel Air and headlines in our local newspapers. What kind of investor does this at all time, with which purpose and why? I mean literally everybody is that bad except you? Now you are trying to become a Antropologist, History teacher of slavery. These suites don't fit you at all by copy lectures of others on the web. Please look at yourself in the mirror and focus on what you want to achieve with your project. Trying to steal the show in the newspapers in Sint. Maarten proves your eager and ego for revenge. A street Fight attitude will not help you at all, neither the people who you supposedly are trying to give a job. You are showing your true self after all as a CEO as to how you will treat your own employees if your project will succeed. Bon manera ta siña na kas. I wish you the best of luck and be blessed.

Mr. M.I. Leito
Curaçao


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