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Caribbean Netherlands - The execution of the ‘Expansion of Liseo Boneriano’ construction project in the Hato neighbourhood on Bonaire was officially launched with a joint photo opportunity near the construction billboard. The existing school complex on Kaya Amsterdam, Bonaire, currently comprises two building sections and a square. This now will be expanded by another two building sections and a roofed courtyard. The new building sections are scheduled to be put into service at the start of the 2018/2019 academic year. After completion of the new building sections all MAVO, HAVO and VWO students will be housed at one location. The vmbo, mbo and PrO programmes of the Scholen Gemeenschap Bonaire [SGB] will continue to be housed on Kaya Korona. The…
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Just before USM’s Hospitality Management students left for t their international trip to the Netherlands, on Friday the 7th of April, the students received a generous donation from Princess Juliana International Airport. The timing could not have been better, stated Erwin Wolthuis – Head of the Hospitality Division. Our students worked really hard to raise the necessary funds for this international trip, but all their efforts were not enough to fully cover all the costs. However, with this generous sponsoring of PJIA we could make the trip affordable for all involved. During their educational trip to the Netherlands the students not only visited some of the touristic highlights of the Netherlands, but they also paid the…
GRAND CASE, St. Maarten — Hundreds of guests from St. Martin and beyond learned about local wildlife at the fourth annual Endemic Animal Festival on Sunday. The event, held at Amuseum Naturalis in Grand Case, featured animals found nowhere else in the world and a variety of activities for young and old. Created by the Les Fruits de Mer association, the festival is free and takes place each April. “Getting to know the animals that live only on St. Martin is a fundamental part of understanding the island,” explained Mark Yokoyama, co-founder of Les Fruits de Mer. “The Endemic Animal Festival is one of our most important initiatives because it is a truly authentic, only on St. Martin experience.” This…
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Miss Mature Carnival Queen 2017-2018; Ms. Michelline Hunte, presented 30 costumes to the clients at the Sister Basilia Center on Tuesday 25th April, 2017. The center is scheduled to host a carnival parade for the clients this week around the St. Johns area and they will have the opportunity to showcase the costumes. “I am happy that I was able to present the costumes to the clients because artistic activities is extremely important and is part of expressive therapy also known as expressive arts therapy or creative arts therapy.” Hunte would like to thank lead designer Mr. Deangelo Butler of Creative Designs for designing the costumes and SDI Tours for providing the costumes.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, April 28.  Senior citizens are invited to I & I Fitness which is located on Welfare road (behind the I-Store in Cole Bay) for More Movement for the Elderly Fitness. To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. Older adults aged 60 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily. The activity has been organized and coordinated over a one-year period by Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social…

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