August 26, 2017
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1. There is no electricity bill in Libya, electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens are at a 0% interest by law.
3. Home is considered a human right in Libya. Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home.
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinars (US$50,000) from the government to buy their first apartment.
5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi, only 25% of Libyans were literates. Today, the figure stands at 83%.
6. Libyans taking up farming as a career, they received farm land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms – all for free.
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they needed in Libya, the government funded them to go abroad for it.
8. In Gaddafi’s Libya, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0. 14 per liter.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gave birth to a child under Gaddafi, received US $5,000 as child benefit upfront.
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15 Cents.
15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree.
16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River Project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
If this is called “Dictatorship”, I wonder what type of Leadership Democrats have!!




The Best Hip-Hop Songs Of 2017

August 26, 2017
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Get ready for the ultimate Hip-Hop playlist, filled with massive songs from the likes of Kanye West, J. Cole, Big Sean and more.

If you thought 2016 was a huge year for Hip-Hop, you won’t believe what’s in store for 2017.

With huge releases from the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and more, this year is set to be a big one for the genre.

Drake has already unleashed his playlist project ‘More Life’ and there are more exciting things to come.

Check out the freshest Hip-Hop songs to drop in 2017.

(Warning: Some of these tracks contain strong language that some people may find offensive.)

JAY-Z – ‘The Story Of O.J.’


St Maarten Parliamentarians should get report card

August 18, 2017
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At the end of every school year, students are evaluated and promoted or not promoted based on their performance during the year. Conversely, at the end of a parliamentary year, Members of Parliament are not evaluated yet they continue in parliament without anyone questioning their achievements, their performance or their competency to function as a parliamentarian.

I have observed that in several countries around the world, political and interest groups are developing report cards for parliamentarians. The idea behind the report card is to provide the public, especially the voters, with information about the performance of a parliamentarian so that at the next election, voters can make an informed decision about who is best suited to represent them in parliament, based on their performance during the past years.

I sincerely hope that MP Ardwell Iron’s proposal to report on how Members of Parliament voted during a parliamentary year will be included in the 2016-2017 Parliamentary Report. If included, it will give the public additional information as to how our MPs are functioning.

SMCP is developing a parliamentarian report card that will comprise the following benchmarks: attendance, participation, representation, supervision, legislation and interaction. These six benchmarks are derived from the job description of a parliamentarian that, according to our constitution, consists of three main functions: representation (art. 44), legislation (art. 82, 85, 86) and supervision (art. 62, 63, 64). Since the people (voters) placed their trust in a parliamentarian by electing him/her to office, it goes without saying that they should know how their parliamentarian is functioning. Therefore, let us look at these benchmarks and explain briefly what each one entails.

Attendance at meetings is the most obvious and objective benchmark. It includes the attendance at the plenary sessions of parliament and at the meetings of the central committee. All MPs are required to attend these two meetings. In addition, we will also include the attendance at the permanent and ad hoc committees, which is a requirement for the members of these committees but is voluntary for the other parliamentarians.

It seems as if parliamentarians do not realize that the greater part of their work occurs in the small or standing committees. These committees are therefore the backbone of parliament. In a press conference given the first week of January 2017, President of Parliament, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams, told the press “the work of Parliament is being slowed down due to the lack of activity by the parliamentary committees”. In other words, she is saying that these committees are not functioning.

Parliamentary Committees do the groundwork for the Central Committee. They research and investigate issues and laws then make recommendations to the Central Committee, which in turn will eventually, approve these recommendations and send them to the plenary session of parliament. In addition, most of the oversight work by parliament ought to be done in the standing committees. There is where the chair and members review the policies and the decisions of a minister or the government as well as investigate reports, complaints and problems related to a ministry or the government. Further, there is where questions directed to a minister or the government ought to be formulated and the answers reviewed for depth, thoroughness and accuracy.

Sadly, previous Annual Parliamentary Reports and observations during the current parliamentary year show that the standing committees hardly ever meet. During 2016-2017, twelve standing committees were installed but as far as we know, only two of these committees actually held meetings, namely the Ad Hoc Integrity Committee and the Petitions Committee. The remaining committees have remained dormant throughout the parliamentary year.

We would also like to point out a serious flaw in the selection of the chairpersons of the various standing committees. Members of the coalition chair all twelve standing committees. No wonder that the supervisory function of parliament is seriously compromised. One does not expect a coalition member in parliament to readily scrutinize and criticize the policies, decisions and performance of his/her coalition partner in the government. For example, with all the problems surrounding the Ministry of Justice, the Chairman of the Committee of Justice, MP Frans Richardson, never felt the need to call a meeting of this Committee. Further, with all the problems associated with the dump, the Chairman of the Committee of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure, MP drs. Rodolphe Samuel, never called a meeting. The same goes for all the other standing committees.

Under the topic of attendance I would like to mention here that it is unacceptable that mature, honorable Members of Parliament still have to be chided by the President of Parliament for being absent at meetings without due notice. With today’s plethora of technology – and mind you our MPs receive a smartphone at the beginning of their term of office – it is inexcusable that an MP still does not care to inform the President in a timely manner of his/her absence.

So, with regard to attendance, an MP’s report card will summarize his/her absence or presence, with or without notice at all meetings. But the attendance score related to the standing committees will weigh much heavier than the attendance at the other parliamentary meetings.

In the following article, we will elucidate the other five benchmarks of the MP Report Card!

Wycliffe Smith

Leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party



New 3-year CLA may allow SMMC staff to get slight salary increase

August 4, 2017
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CAY HILL–St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) workers will be taking home a slightly higher salary and will receive a bit more in their Christmas bonus thanks to a new Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) signed between the hospital and their union on Thursday.

The CLA went into effect on July 1. The CLA was signed by Windward Islands Health Care Union Association (WIHCUA) representatives and St. Maarten Medical Center Manager of Patient Care Antonio Pantophlet and Medical Director Dr. Felix Holiday in the presence of hospital staffers. SMMC General Director Kees Klarenbeek, who is off island and was not present, had signed the CLA before and also sent an electronic message which was played for workers during the ceremony.

Numerous benefits were secured for workers in the CLA including slight increases in salary and Christmas bonus. Additionally, SMMC and the union have agreed to increase the maternity leave for workers from 12 to 14 weeks in the CLA. Changes were also made to the company’s Dental Vision Benefit Plan, which now allows family members of SMMC staffers to benefit from the Plan.

WIHCUA President Brunilda Illidge, who expressed satisfaction with the benefits that had been secured for the workers, said her smile was missing because Klarenbeek, who was instrumental in the negotiations, was absent. Looking back on CLA negotiating that she had been involved in over the years, Illidge said the talks with Klarenbeek to reach the CLA was a significant improvement. In the past, CLA discussions were extremely heated and would result in slamming of doors, pounding of fists on the table and throwing down of chairs. However, the negotiations with Klarenbeek were conducted with mutual respect and while they were not easy, they were peaceful.

She lauded Klarenbeek for this. “We met each other halfway and we understood that we cannot plunder SMMC, but we cannot leave the staff with nothing,” she said. “I am proud of Kees as a Dutchman, that he could have sat across the table and balance it out. We hope that God will follow through and lay his healing power and run through Kees’ body and bring him back,” she said, resulting in applause from the staff who had gathered to witness the ceremony. “We have a balanced out CLA and we are thankful for that.”

SMMC Human Resource Manager Sheila Hodge said parties began negotiations for the new CLA a year ago, unlike in the past when the negotiations were held for about three to four weeks and had been heated. Holding the negotiations a year in advance was to give parties sufficient time to meet every two weeks to iron out details of the agreement. “By taking a full year, we were able to go into detailed talks and the final package depended on what SMMC can afford and what is best for the staff,” Hodge said.

Holiday, who assumed the post of Medical Director as of June 1, said while he was not involved in the negotiations, reading through the document he realises that the CLA is “quite an accomplishment,” and an improvement for staff. He said also that parties took into consideration the family members of staffers as they will also benefit from the CLA. The agreement, he added, forms the basis for parties to provide care together and to ensure that quality care is available for the community.

Representative of SMMC Supervisory Council Robert-Jan James described the CLA as a major accomplishment for everyone. He said Klarenbeek had put “a lot of effort,” into the process. James said while talks can be tough, at the end parties were able to reach an agreement that “everyone can be happy with.”

WIHCUA representative Christina Jacobs-Berkel urged workers to read the CLA. A copy will be made available online and will be available to staffers on a shared platform. It will also be provided to workers in hard copy. The CLA which is officially in Dutch will also be translated so that workers, who are not proficient in the Dutch language can also get a copy that they can understand.

The negotiating team from WIHCUA comprised Illidge, Jacqueline Berkel, Rein Torrenga, Charline Arrendell, Marguerite Priest and Jacobs-Berkel. The negotiation team from SMMC comprised Manager of Patient Care Tony Pantophlet, Hodge, Klarenbeek and SMMC Finance Manager Davinia Carbière.



Cuchi remains in St. Kitts as he faces more charges

August 4, 2017
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Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley

SAINT KITTS – Information coming out of St. Kitts and Nevis indicates that wanted man Kathron “Cuchi” Fortune will likely see additional charges levied against him.

Sources on the island confirmed to 721news that Fortune is currently on remand pending the additional charges, which are likely to come before the week is out.

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley told a news conference in Basseterre that the wanted man disembarked a boat by himself along a beach in the Newton Ground area.

It was during an observation by citizens, that sleuths on the island were notified of unusual activities in the area.

Upon presenting themselves to the suspect, Fortune was found with a number of illegal items in his possession including a “bus master pistol” with a telescope, a bullet proof vest, compressed marijuana and a quantity of cash. He was subsequently taken into police custody.

The St. Kitts and Nevis Top Cop described the Grenadian-born Fortune as being “very dangerous.” While addressing reporters, Queeley stated that when the authorities in St. Kitts made contact with their St. Maarten counterparts, they indicated that “they were very happy that we [SKN police] were able to lay hands on him, as he escaped from prison serving some time for murder.”

During the time he was out, the Commissioner stated that the fugitive was suspected to be involved in at least five murders, “and so they [St. Maarten police] were very heartened by the news of his capture.”

“The St. Maarten authorities were alerted and we had some discussions with them and they clearly wanted to speak with him. So, a team visited us and we had some discussions and they would have left the Federation and the gentleman is remanded to custody at Her Majesty’s Prison,” Queeley continued.

Fortune was charged with a number of offences, including the possession of a firearm; importation; possession of Cannabis; possession with intent to supply; and illegal entry.

He will likely face customs and several additional charges, according to the Commissioner of Police, and would shortly be taken to the Magistrate’s Court.

It was back in February 2016, that the Grenadian fugitive escaped from lawful custody.

On the afternoon of February 15, 2016, Fortune escaped after he was taken to a Cay Hill clinic. It was reported that he pulled a gun on two guards that accompanied him and was not seen since.

In a recent statement, Queeley called on citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis to report any suspicious or abnormal activities that they may see occurring along the country’s coastline.

Fortune will remain in St. Kitts and Nevis to serve his time when sentenced before being deported to St. Maarten.



Nigerian Man – Said “Perfume Is Not Permissible For Women In Islam,It Provokes Men’s Desire” –

July 11, 2017
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Taking to Twitter to tell us what we don’t know about Islam, a Nigerian man, Abu Mutmainah, disclosed that Muslim women are forbidden to wear perfumes because it provokes men’s desire.

Though what led to this is still sketchy, as his previous tweets have been removed.

“Perfume Is Not Permissible For Women In Islam, It Provokes Men’s Desire” – Nigerian Man


Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Association donates $1000 to local agency through WTN-Cable

June 27, 2017
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June 23, 2017 – Through the generosity of the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA), Sint Maarten Alzheimer Foundation is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the association’s 2017 Community Charities Program.  Sint Maarten Alzheimer Foundation was formally nominated for the grant by WTN-Cable, a member of the CCTA and the cable and telecommunications provider for Sint Maarten.

Sint Maarten Alzheimer Foundation was chosen as a grant recipient because of the outstanding service and assistance it provides to the community.  The check for $1,000 was presented by Alvin Obersi, CEO of WTN-Cable, on June 23, 2017.

The CCTA’s Community Charities Program, established in 1993, has awarded over $311,000 to Caribbean charities during its existence.  The program was established with the sole purpose of supporting a variety of non-profit organizations in the region, by allocating a budgeted $10,000 per year.  In 2017, 10 charities were selected for $1,000 grants each. 

The worthy recipients were nominated by the following cable and telecommunications operators:  BVI Cable TV; Cable Bahamas; Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; St. Maarten Cable TV; SETAR of Aruba; The Cable of St. Kitts; Viya of St. Croix; Viya of St. Thomas-St. John; Wireless Telecommunications Network of St. Maarten; and WISE NV of Suriname.  Formed in 1983, the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association represents cable and telecommunications providers throughout the Caribbean, and the programmers, software and hardware suppliers that support their operations.

For further information, contact Mr. R. Groman, +(1-721) 5422785


WTN-Cable conducting upgrades to their DVBT system to DVBT2 system

June 27, 2017
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WTN-Cable is upgrading their DVBT system to DVBT2 system.

With this upgrade customers are required to swap their current converter (STB) to enjoy the following;

1. New converter (STB) way smaller in size and faster in speed programmable in different language.

2. Better audio (theater like)

3. More TV programs including music (channels) 

4. HD TV programs (channels)

5. Many international radio stations and music stations.

6. Recordable TV program (need USB stick to apply)

7. EPG (a menu is displayed that lists current and upcoming television programs on all available channels implemented in August)

8. Multimedia player using USB-stick.

9. TV program subtitle & SAP (depends on the program; allowing subtitle in a different language and the SAP allows you to change the voice of the language of the TV program)

10. Payment reminder starting 5 before due date.

11. On air customer auto search request; whenever a change is made in our system the customer will receive an alert to press OK for auto search to start automatically.

12. No more converter (STB) repairs simply swap for a new one in the event of defective.

Swaping converter (STB) will start Saturday, July 8, 2017 with a party at the Obersi Building from 10AM to 7PM.

The opening hours for the swap office at Obersi building:

Mon-Sat from 10:00 AM till 7:00PM till Saturday, August 5, 2017.

From time to time we will announce alternative swap office in various location, this will be announced on our channel 48, social media, radio stations and newspaper.

In order to continue to get great service by us having the correct address and correct customer contact information we require to up date customer file by filling in a in take document in addition bring the following:

Valid ID of account owner.

GEBE bill (not older than 3 months)

Landlord permit (if needed)

Your current converter (STB) with remote control.

Active and none active customers up to 12 months having converter (STB) to swap do not have to pay refundable deposit all other customers will be dealt with on a case by case, and will enjoy same price.

During the press release whereby several members of the media was present WTN CABLE on behalf of Caribbean cable and telecommunications associations gave Mr. Keith Franka and Mr. Bernard Hunt board members of the Alzheimer Association a check in the amount of USD 1.000,00.



Collie Buddz To Perform In ST. Maarten For The First Time

January 26, 2017
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SIMPSON BAY–The line-up for the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is steadily being filled with top musical acts. Saturday, March 4, will feature top reggae sensation Collie Buddz as the final performance of the evening on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay.

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This will be the first time Buddz has performed for the Regatta and organisers are certain he will fit in well with the list of artistes scheduled to perform.

He began his musical career at an early age while growing up in the Bahamas where he was inspired by the sounds of the reggae and dancehall music of his island home. His rise to musical stardom began surprisingly in the UK and Europe with his hit single “Come Around” which topped the charts before it made its way to Jamaica. Since breaking onto the scene Buddz has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Beyoncé to bring his smooth sounds and upbeat rhythms to the masses.

Regatta Coordinator Nila Hoogenboezem said: “We are delighted with the artistes scheduled for the Regatta weekend. We try to offer the Regatta fans a mix of performances to satisfy everyone’s musical tastes and adding Collie Buddz to the line-up has added a nice mix of reggae to an already exciting schedule.

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“Collie Buddz is slated to perform after the Antiguan sensation Asher Otto takes the stage. Both artistes will bring a great Caribbean mix to the party schedule and with the added surprises planned we are sure that the audience will walk away from the show fully satisfied.”

VIP tickets for the Saturday evening concert can be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, e-mail .

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