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Graduation at the Point Blanche Prison

Graduation at the Point Blanche Prison

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday, June 23rd, 40 inmates of the Point Blanche Prison received their certificates for the various courses they followed and successfully completed during a graduation ceremony held at the facility. Certificates were awarded to the graduates in the fields of music, Christian education,  preparations for GED, mathematics,  computer classes and the English and Dutch languages. Among the invited guests were Minister of Justice, Rafael Boasman, representing the Minister of Education was Shermina Powell, members of the commission of supervision of the prison, Johannes Schols, Ludwina Hodge and Wilfred Manning, coordinator of education at the Miss Lalie Center Mr. Lenrich Wilson and the public relations officer for the minister of justice Fernando Clark. The ceremony got on the way at 9.30 with an opening prayer by Rev. Elfreda Lake followed by the words of welcome and inspiration to the graduates by the prison directors Steven Carty and Wilfred Williams... Read more

USM held commencement exercise Saturday, 39 students graduate

USM held commencement exercise Saturday, 39 students graduate

MAHO, St. Maarten - The University of St. Maarten held its 23rd edition commencement exercise over the weekend. During  the graduation ceremony  held at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort on Friday night, and to a night filled with applauds, tears, laughter and excitement, some 39 graduates received their degree in the areas Associate of Arts in Business, Associate of Applied Science in Business Information Management, Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Associate of Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Certificate in BTEC HNC Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Arts in Education, while three graduates received their Certificate in Teaching.   The 23rd commencement exercise was held under the theme “Contributing to an Educated Citizenry”. The keynote address of the evening was delivered by a past student of the institution, Rolinda Carter, who reminded graduates that they should not give up on their dream. “Giving up is not in your... Read more

CPS alerts local physicians about PAHO/WHO update on ‘red/pink eye’ in the Americas

CPS alerts local physicians about PAHO/WHO update on ‘red/pink eye’ in the Americas

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), has been in contact with family doctors about notifying the CPS surveillance system if they come across cases of conjunctivitis, also known as ‘red eye’ or ‘pink eye.’ The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued an epidemiological update after five countries and territories of the Americas have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis.  These are the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, The Bahamas and Brazil. Outbreaks of conjunctivitis in other countries of the Region are under investigation according to PAHO. CPS, a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, has followed suit with respect to PAHO’s recommendation: “In light of the increased transmission of conjunctivitis in some countries and territories of the Region, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) encourages Member States to strengthen surveillance and implement control measures to prevent the spread of the disease.” The most common causes... Read more

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More Movement for Seniors on Friday

More Movement for Seniors on Friday

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Exercise is the Key to Healthy Aging. For those 60+, your current physical condition can benefit from exercise. Join the More Movement for the Elderly by participating in ...

AIDS Foundation Tests 89 People on Caribbean Testing Day

AIDS Foundation Tests 89 People on Caribbean Testing Day

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - St. Maarten AIDS Foundation marked the Caribbean Regional HIV Testing Day on Saturday June 24th, by offering free and confidential HIV tests as part of its collaboration wit...

St. Maarten Lions Club hosts Lions Little League Team

St. Maarten Lions Club hosts Lions Little League Team

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The President, Board, Youth and Education Committee and members of the St. Maarten Lions Club hosted the Lions Club Little League baseball team players, coaches, a few paren...

Register your child for the Summer Fit Camp. Deadline is July 5

Register your child for the Summer Fit Camp. Deadline is July 5

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is organizing once again a free Summer Fit Camp for children ages 9-12 years old, which will be held at the Caribbean International Academ...

Dr. Denzil Douglas to deliver Emancipation Day Lecture in St. Martin on July 1

Dr. Denzil Douglas to deliver Emancipation Day Lecture in St. Martin on July 1

GREAT BAY, St. Martin - The Right Honorable Denzil L. Douglas will deliver the Emancipation Day Lecture at the University of St. Martin (USM) on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 8 PM, according to the Indep...

Scotiabank Sponsors Rotary Spelling Bee Competition

Scotiabank Sponsors Rotary Spelling Bee Competition

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle has teamed up once again with Scotiabank to host the 7th Annual Scotiabank Rotary/Rotaract Spelling Bee Competition for elementary sc...

KPCN starts extensive investigation into death on Statia

KPCN starts extensive investigation into death on Statia

DUTCH CARIBBEAN - On Sunday June 25th around 1.00 AM the Dutch Caribbean Police Force (KPCN) on St. Eustatius received a call that two injured persons would be found in a dwelling. On the scene Police...

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Manager Returns from Ocean Conservation Leadership Exchange in the United States

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Manager Returns from Ocean Conservation Leadership Exchange in the United States

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Managing Director of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Tadzio Bervoets Recently Returned from the prestigious IVLP Program, a three-week International Visitor Leadership Ex...

GIFTED to honour Fifty Student Nominees for 2017 Royalty Awards

GIFTED to honour Fifty Student Nominees for 2017 Royalty Awards

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Fifty young persons will be honored at the third annual GIFTED Royalty Awards Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at the Belair Community Centre. Nominations fo...

Women invited to Breast Abnormalities Screening this Saturday as part of Women’s Health

Women invited to Breast Abnormalities Screening this Saturday as part of Women’s Health

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Saturday, June 24, is the second breast abnormalities screening survey for women. It is being held at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg at the Collective Preve...

Residents advised of HUREX 2017 Training Exercise in Cay Bay and near the Hospital on June 27

Residents advised of HUREX 2017 Training Exercise in Cay Bay and near the Hospital on June 27

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Hurricane Exercise 2017 (HUREX 2017) will once again involve a major training exercise which will take place in Cay Bay and in the vicinity of the St. Maarten Medical Center (...

Seventh Day Adventist Church March set for Saturday. Drive with Caution

Seventh Day Adventist Church March set for Saturday. Drive with Caution

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the Seventh Day Adventist Churches have received a permit for ...

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...

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CIBC Firstcaribbean and 11 regional labour unions sign second historic agreement

CIBC Firstcaribbean and 11 reg…

BARBADOS - Twelve years after signing the first historic document, CIBC FirstCaribbean and members of eleven regional trade unions recently initialed a second FirstPartnership Principles Agreement. The signing...

Europe Stands by Caribbean on Climate Funding

Europe Stands by Caribbean on …

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A senior European Union (EU) official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerabl...

Herbert Domacassé new Cft member for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Herbert Domacassé new Cft memb…

WILLEMSTAD - The Council of Ministers of the Kingdom appointed drs. Herbert F. Domacassé on June 23rd as a member on behalf of the public entities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba as per July 1st, 2017. He here...

Island Business & Sports

Two Canadian Teams to meet in semis at Ocho Rios

Two Canadian Teams to meet in …

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica – The two teams representing Canada at Ocho Rios Beach Volleyball Tournament, the third tournament of the year in the NORCECA Circuit, will face each other in the semifinals to be h...

Dutch Caribbean Women Cup Kicked off Friday night…Bonaire beat St. Maarten 3-1

Dutch Caribbean Women Cup Kick…

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - For the 2nd time, St. Maarten is playing host to the Dutch Caribbean Women Soccer Cup. The tournament kicked off at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex Friday night with an openin...

UTS supports Oualichi Women’s Soccer

UTS supports Oualichi Women’s …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - UTS has committed its financial support to the second Dutch Caribbean Women’s Soccer Cup. The three-day event will be held on June 23rd-25th 2017 at the Raoul Illidge Sports...

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If You Dink Beer You Contribute to Sint Maarten’s Environmental Problems

If You Dink Beer You Contribute to Sint …

COLE BAY, St. Maarten - I enjoy drinking beer. Nothing beats coming up from a dive doing research in...

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