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Health is a fundamental human right. PAHO advances public health in the Americas

Health is a fundamental human right. PAHO advances public health in the Americas

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition,” part of the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Much has been achieved in the Americas since the establishment of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) 115 years ago on December 2, 1902. The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), says PAHO, the world’s oldest international public health agency, has been dedicated to protecting and advancing public health in the Americas. CPS adds that PAHO has contributed to major regional health achievements: A gain of 30 years in average life expectancy since 1902; the eradication of smallpox and polio from the Americas. The elimination of endemic transmission of measles and rubella. Major reductions in infant... Read more

Central Committee meeting reconvenes on status update of Government’s finances

Central Committee meeting reconvenes on status update of Government’s finances

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Central Committee will reconvene in an urgent session on December 12, 2017.The urgent Central Committee meeting has been set for Tuesday at 14.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present for this meeting. The agenda point is:Discussion on status update of Government’s finances Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament toattend parliamentary deliberations.  The House of Parliament is located across from the Court Housein Philipsburg. The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, SXMGOV Radio 107.9 FM, video live stream via the internet www.pearlfmradio.sx, www.sxmparliament.org and also Parliament FB page: Parliament of Sint Maarten. Read more

elEm Group kicking off 12-Days-of-Christmas Promo Wednesday iPhone X prize for a lucky winner

elEm Group kicking off  12-Days-of-Christmas Promo Wednesday iPhone X prize for a lucky winner

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – Double data packages, specials on mobile devices, and unbeatable prices on accessories, are just some of the things on offer from TelEm Group’s 12 Days of Christmas countdown which starts on Wednesday. According to the company’s 12 Days of Christmas promotion team, this year’s collection of goodies has something for everyone, from special high-end gifts to little stocking fillers. “And we’ve made it easy for everyone to get exactly what they want by having cut-out coupons for each day of our specials for easy shopping,” said TelEm Group Manager, Marketing & Sales, Grisha Marten-Heyliger. She says it’s really going to be a Christmas to remember - if her department has anything to do with it. “Not only will there be something every day to choose from these great deals, but our customers will also have a chance to win one of the hottest gift items going this year –... Read more

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St.Maarten Lions Club turns 47

St.Maarten Lions Club turns 47

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Tueday December 12th, 2017 the Sint Maarten Lions Club will celebrate its’ 47th anniversary. The Club was founded on December 12th, 1970. The 22 charter members of the c...

National patrimony Archaeological Artifacts rescued by the SIMARC students

National patrimony Archaeological Artifacts rescued by the SIMARC students

MADAME ESTATE, St. Maarten - On Saturday, the SIMARC students removed the final archaeological artifacts from the ruins of the former SIMARC office at Madame Estate. After acquiring two containers, fo...

SER elects Damien Richardson as Chairman, Eveline Henriquez-Dijkhoffz elected as Vice-Chairwoman

SER elects Damien Richardson as Chairman, Eveline Henriquez-Dijkhoffz elected as Vice-Chairwoman

HARBOR VIEW, St. Maarten – Mr. ir. Damien Richardson was elected Chairman of the Social Economic Council (SER) by his fellow board members during their board meeting of Thursday, December 7th, 2017. ...

Big Tent at SXM Airport Soon to Better Accommodate Passengers

Big Tent at SXM Airport Soon to Better Accommodate Passengers

SIMPSON BAY,  St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) will soon erect two big, air-conditioned tents that is intended to better accommodate the passengers and othe...

Art Saves Lives Foundation partners with Broadway Serves® and Broadway Cares®  to provide Hurricane Relief to St. Maarten

Art Saves Lives Foundation partners with Broadway Serves® and Broadway Cares® to provide Hurricane Relief to St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - “ Art Saves Lives # SaveSXM” ® , an initiative of Art Saves Lives Foundation culminated in a hurricane relief effort to assist the St. Maarten community following th...

Inselair receives permit to operate to Surinam

Inselair receives permit to operate to Surinam

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  On Thursday, December 7 th 2017, InselAir has received the formal permit from the Surinam Civil Aviation Authorities. The flights are now opened for sale with...

SXM Airport Appoints First CFO

SXM Airport Appoints First CFO

SIMPSON BAY,  St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company (PJIAE NV), has appointed Mr. Ravi Daryanani as its first Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Daryanani w...

TSA Gives SXM Airport Thumbs Up Post-Irma

TSA Gives SXM Airport Thumbs Up Post-Irma

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with authority over the security of the traveling public in th...

Book launch Thriller Chella and the Weird Woman

Book launch Thriller Chella and the Weird Woman

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The latest book by author Loekie Morales, beautifully illustrated by the realistic artist-painter Penka Petkova, named ‘Chella and the Weird Woman/’Chella en het Vreemde Vro...

Postponing elections is uncostitutional

Postponing elections is uncostitutional

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Many people are saying they are fed up and tired of elections and that they are not going out to vote. Since 2010 Sint Maarten has had three elections. In September 2010, Au...

Upcoming election December 15th, 2017

Upcoming election December 15th, 2017

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to inform the members on the results of the postulation of candidates for the Election for the Board of Directors...

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation’s Bervoets Attends United Nations Ecosystem Based Management Workshop in Panama City, Panama

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation’s Bervoets Attends United Nations Ecosystem Based Management Workshop in Panama City, Panama

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Managing Director of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Tadzio Bervoets this week attended the United Nations Environment Program/ Caribbean Environment Program’s meeting on...

Stakeholders to receive hard copies of St. Maarten MDG report

Stakeholders to receive hard copies of St. Maarten MDG report

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Secretary General for the Ministry of General Affairs, Mr. H. Plantijn, recently became the first recipient of a hard copy of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) repor...

Divi Resorts Announces Huge Savings with Annual ‘12 Days of Divi’ Holiday Sale

Divi Resorts Announces Huge Savings with Annual ‘12 Days of Divi’ Holiday Sale

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The holiday season is finally upon us and what better way to celebrate than with 12 stellar days of deals! Kicking off Friday, December 8th, Divi Resorts’ annual ‘12 Days of Divi’ sa...

Richard Patrick serving you for change

Richard Patrick serving you for change

PHILiPSBURG, St. Maarten - Presenting the candidates to the public via the media gives the people the opportunity to become acquainted with their prospective parliamentarian prior to the upcoming elec...

Benjamin & Parker Certified Risk Auditors Innovative Tax Environment concept for the Dutch Caribbean

Benjamin & Parker Certified Risk Auditors Innovative Tax Environment concept for the Dutch Caribbean

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - The year 2018 brings new challenges for the Government of Aruba and Sint Maarten due to several financial conditions in which the current Government will face a very difficult...

Leos Celebrate International Leo Day on Dec. 5th

Leos Celebrate International Leo Day on Dec. 5th

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Today December 5th is International Leo Day. Leo Clubs all over the world celebrate this day with special community projects. The Leo Club program, an integral part of the L...

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Gives Update to King and Queen of Netherlands on Environmental Impacts and Restoration Activities Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Gives Update to King and Queen of Netherlands on Environmental Impacts and Restoration Activities Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Saturday the 2nd of December the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation gave an update to Their Majesties King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on the environ...

COCI celebrates the Christmas Season with 5th edition “Christmas Street Fair 2017”

COCI celebrates the Christmas Season with 5th edition “Christmas Street Fair 2017”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) is once again holding it’s annual Christmas Street Fair. This is the prime time to visit the Philipsburg area right...

Bervoets Family Organizes Hurricane Relief Supplies for Charlotte   Brookson Academy: Presents 10.000 Euro Cheque

Bervoets Family Organizes Hurricane Relief Supplies for Charlotte Brookson Academy: Presents 10.000 Euro Cheque

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Members of the Bervoets Family, both living in Sint Maarten and in Belgium, organized a Hurricane Irma Relief Supply Drive for the Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performi...

Mid Isle Making a Difference

Mid Isle Making a Difference

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Since the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle have been working in the community to make a difference. In September, Mid Isle alon...

Government successfully takes action against illegal trade in animals

Government successfully takes action against illegal trade in animals

PHILIPSBURG, St.Maarten - Various government agencies found dead and living protected animals and plants, and products derived from them (such as skulls, medicines, meat) in suitcases of passengers...

State Secretary Knops and Statia hold frank and open talks

State Secretary Knops and Statia hold frank and open talks

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - On Thursday November 29th during his inaugural visit to St. Eustatius State, Secretary of the Ministry of Interior of Kingdom Relations, Raymond Knops, held talks with act. Isl...

Holiday Safety: Shop Smart, Shop Safe this Holiday Season

Holiday Safety: Shop Smart, Shop Safe this Holiday Season

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – The 2017 holiday season will be a different season for many residents who suffered due to the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6.  Nevertheless, it will be a time ...

COCI Elections

COCI Elections

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to inform its members that during the postulation period that ended on Thursday November 30th, 2017, eleven(11) p...

The Indian Merchants Association donates to schools

The Indian Merchants Association donates to schools

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Irma Relief efforts were made by the Indian Merchants Association along with its Distribution Committee in the presence of the Minister of Education, Silveria Jacobs and mem...

Organizers taking a “#STAND” for TelCell Breakthrough 2017

Organizers taking a “#STAND” for TelCell Breakthrough 2017

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – Organizers of TelCell’s annual Breakthrough talent search are taking their own “#STAND” on behalf of youth entertainment on St. Maarten. Encouraged by sponsors, well-wisher...

Les Fruits de Mer Release New Album: Fruits Around the World

Les Fruits de Mer Release New Album: Fruits Around the World

GRAND CASE, Sint Martin — Fruits Around the World—lives up to its name. From the opening blast of horns to the closing sighs of a church organ, it’s a globetrotting journey of sounds and styles. Over ...

TPI offers discounted accredited job readiness course

TPI offers discounted accredited job readiness course

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Training Professionals International announced that they will be facilitating a discounted accredited Job Readiness course during its reschedu...

Department of Culture Represented at Annual CSA Conference

Department of Culture Represented at Annual CSA Conference

NASSAU, Bahamas - The 42nd Annual Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Annual Conference themed “Culture and Knowledge Economies: The Future of Caribbean Development?” was held at the Meliã Nassau Beac...

Island Communities

Barbados joins Regional Initiative- Latin and America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour against Child Labour

Barbados joins Regional Initia…

BARBADOS - Barbados is the ninth CARICOM country to join the Regional Initiative, Latin and America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour. Honourable Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and...

EU regional program committees to meet in French Guiana next week, with representatives of OECS, ACS, CARICOM and several Caribbean countries

EU regional program committees…

CAYENNE, French Guiana - The European regional cooperation program INTERREG Caraibes will be holding its fourth Monitoring Committee and third Selection Committee meetings on Wednesday, December 13, and Thursda...

Hotel IN Haiti promotes history and culture

Hotel IN Haiti promotes histor…

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Travelers interested in exploring the rich cultural history of the French-Creole Caribbean nation of Haiti are being wooed by one of its distinguished hotels.   Located in the c...

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The 2018 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is offering customized packages  for Beach Cat competitors

The 2018 St. Maarten Heineken …

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - The Beach Cat class, which has been reintroduced to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in 2016, is open for entries again for the 2018 event. In order to help accommodate the ...

Many charter options available for the 38th  St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Many charter options available…

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Want to race in the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta but don’t have a boat? There are several options ranging from booking a single crew space on a race charter boat to ful...

U20 National Basketball Team captures historical win

U20 National Basketball Team c…

AIRPORT ROAD – On Monday August 28th, the U20 National Basketball team returned from Antigua after defeating St. Kitts, where the team won 82-76 in the LIBA tournament. In 2015, the St. Maarten Nation...

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Solutions to save our local University

Solutions to save our local University

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As an Educator teaching 25 years at the University of St. Martin (USM), I...

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