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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Conservation organizations from Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten recently joined a research expedition organized by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the Waitt Foundation. This research aims to monitor coral reefs around the windward Dutch Caribbean islands, gathering valuable data on coral reefs and fish populations.

From the seventh to the sixteenth of November coral reefs across the islands were assessed following the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network protocol for the Caribbean (GCRMN-Caribbean). This protocol ties in to a global network conducting and reporting on long-term and robust coral reef monitoring, including status and trends of coral reef ecosystems, with the aim to support their conservation and management. The monitoring project was a direct result of a GCRMN workshop held in Jamaica in April of this year.

KINGSTON, Jamaica  – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the international body for assessing the science related to climate change, is this week embarking on its first-ever Caribbean visit with a two-day outreach event here.

In welcoming participants at Wednesday’s opening ceremony at the University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters Building, Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Dale Webber noted that climate change will be a pillar of the university’s research as it embarks on its new strategic plan for 2017-2022.

“From Bermuda to the north, Trinidad and Tobago to the south, Barbados to the east and Belize to the west, all these countries have something in common, and that is climate change. It touches us all and we all must be concerned,” Webber said.

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Simpson Bay, St Maarten - Dozens of students from the Milton Peters College have attended recent orientations, organized by MPC and the Kidz At Sea Foundation, to get introduced to the sport of sailing. A new sailing season has kicked off and with that, Kidz At Sea’s recruitment of students for its Sailing Program and the Build Your Future Project. With the start of the new school year the Boat Building Program commenced and the Sailing Program has been signing up students that were keen after attending the recent orientations. Last Sunday these students participated in the first Keelboat Race of the season with 2 boats.

The partnership between the Milton Peters College and the Kidz At Sea Foundation will be taken to the next level after last year’s successes in the Sailing Program and the completion of the sailboat Purple Heart, a Didi 26 sloop design racing boat, the first of its kind ever built in the Caribbean by students, teachers and volunteers without any previous boatbuilding experience.

MEXICO CITY Tropical storm Otto formed in the Caribbean on Monday and could strengthen into a hurricane bound for southeastern Nicaragua and northeastern Costa Rica, the U.S.-based National Hurricane Center said.

The almost-stationary storm was about 175 miles (282 km) east-southeast of the island of San Andres, the NHC said, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (80 kph).

PORT ST. MAARTENHarmony of the Seas Captain Johnny Faevelen welcomed the Port St. Maarten delegation and stakeholders on Wednesday morning during the vessels inaugural visit to the destination.

Harmony of the Seas was one of four Royal Caribbean vessels in port with 6400 guests on board and 2300 crew.

Captain Faevelen referred to Sint Maarten as the happy island pointing out that promoting the destination as the ‘Friendly Island’ was different, but reflected how the people felt about themselves and that this sends the message that island people are easy going and there wasn’t a problem that couldn’t be solved.

He added that Royal Caribbean believed in the island and that the rest of the Caribbean should learn from the destination.  He was full of praise for port officials where it concerned the development of the port, where it was very easy to dock vessels; it was an accessible and convenient port for passengers and crew members, and that other islands had a long way to go on how to properly build a port.

PHILIPSBURG, St. MaartenThe Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports along with the Department of Sports congratulates the team who recently returned from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and participated in the 26th OECS Swimming Championship.

The Team which consisted of athletes from both the St. Martin Natacion and the St Maarten Aquatics Federation returned on Monday November 14, 2016 to great welcome from parents, supporters and a representative of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports; the Department Head of Sports Ms Jonelle Richards.

Representing the St. Maarten Aquatics Federation was Adaya Bourne (Sharks), Daine Liverpool (Sharks), Sacha Tobias (Sharks), Rashad Peterson (Carib), Emma Marshall (Carib), Mickah Sinke (Carib) and Tatiana Illis. At the meet, Adaya Bourne earned a Silver medal in the 8 and under 25m breaststroke. Emma Marshall, Mickah Sinke and Tatiana Illis all earned first places in their open water 5k races. Sacha Tobias and Rashad Peterson also earned 3rd place finishes in their open water races.

CARIBBEAN - The Dutch Caribbean Coastguard (DCCG) signed a Letter of Intention (LOI) on November 10 with Haiti concerning search and rescue (SAR). Besides investigative tasks, such as counter-narcotics, DCCG also has an assistance tasks.

She performs this task in a large Search and Rescue (SAR) area north of the ABC Islands. This SAR area borders to the SAR areas of other countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the United States. With many of these countries there are already treaties such as Memoranda of Understanding Standings.

The Coast Guard has been negotiating with Haiti since early this year to sign a similar treaty with them. Now the DCCG and the Haitian SAR organization (Office National de L'Aviation Civile) have come to an agreement. Among other things,  In a Letter of Intention (LOI) agreements have been made on mutual assistance in incidents and emergencies at sea and also conducting joint exercises. With Jamaica there are similar negotiations going on.


PORT ST. MAARTEN – The second new cruise vessel on its inaugural call for the month of November is Thomson Discovery (TUI Discovery) which will dock on Thursday, November 10. 

In the summer of 2016, Thomson Cruises (TUI) the Discovery, its newest and one of its biggest ships joined its fleet. TUI Discovery is the second of five new cruise ships that will be making its inaugural call this month to the destination.

Port St. Maarten Management continues to be proactive by attracting new vessels to the destination and at the same time diversifying the country’s tourism market between American and European cruise passengers.  The Thomson Group is part of TUI UK & Ireland, the European cruise passenger is a significant market for the country.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten -- The Dutch Coast Guard in Sint Maarten has confirmed our newsroom that On Monday October 31, a little after 3:00 p.m., the Dutch Coastguard intercepted a boat a few miles south of the island of Sint Maarten.

On the boat, the coastguard found 10 undocumented Cubans, two (2) of which are minors and eight (8) are adults. Both minors are under the age of four (4) years old.

The coastguard also detained the Captain and three (3) crewmembers of the vessel “Sascha Gay”, which was traveling under the Antiguan flag.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The countdown is on, with just a little more than a week to go, organizers are preparing to host the 9th annual SXM Budget Marine Fishing Tournament which kicks off on November 04th throughout November 06th at Bobby’s Marina.

Champion Boat of 2014 and 2015, fishing team, ‘‘Tahla'o from St.Barths is eagerly counting down the days at the chance to defend their consecutive crowns and accomplish what nobody has ever done before…. THREE-PEAT a fishing competition on St.Maarten.

There will surely be 20+ other fishing teams (both locally and regionally) vying for the opportunity to be crowned champions of 2016. This year’s event has the potential to be another exciting showdown where fishermen from all walks of live come out to show their skills.

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