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SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - During their 20th Anniversary Celebrations held at the restaurant Beirut The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle awarded two Paul Harris Fellow.

Robbie Ferron was awarded his PHF for his contribution to sailing on St. Maarten.   Robbie was born in Cape Town, after completing his education he sailed across the Atlantic and “got pleasantly stuck on St. Maarten” in 1979. He began repairing boats and soon realized that accessing products, particularly the right products caused a lot of shoulder shrugging.

He started a store in one of the rooms of his rented house which soon became too small and finally started a real shop. Robbie is a passionate sailor. He was also one of the persons who helped start the Annual Heineken Regatta. During the last few years, Mid Isle has had a car parking fundraiser at the Regatta.  

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Training Professionals International Firm, (TPI ) continues to find innovative ways to support their clients and organizations throughout the Caribbean. On April 14 th, the firm announced in a press release that they are now offering Special Events Services for organizations throughout the Caribbean.

President & CEO, Dr. Natasha Gittens stated in a recent press release: We are a firm that is always looking around the corner, we consider ourselves leaders of organizational advancement in a multitude of ways. The world is constantly moving and so is TPI. We have been offering our clients events services since our launch in January 3, 2016. TPI facilitated an accredited Administrative & Executive Training in Anguilla that had over 25 participants, organized the N.V. GEBE Annual Strategic Planning Event in January of this year and recently facilitated a successful Women’s Day Event for the Port of St. Maarten in addition to planning TPI events that have been praised by the community at large.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, District 7020 Butterfly Story writing contest was recently concluded and with much appreciation to our young authors, Rotary Sunrise heartily congratulates Khushi Soneji and Nagely Andular Vargas for emerging as the overall winners. The Gift of Listening by Khushi J. Soneji of the Methodist Agogic Center and The Girl with the Well-Worn Uniform by Nagely Andujar Vargas of Ruby Labega school emerged as the two best stories from the 14 stories submitted from St. Maarten.

This year, the participating schools and students included: Methodist Agogic Center with participants: Khushi Soneji, Jennifer Faneyte, Chrisalia Douglas, Jada Emmanuel, Rihanna Anthony, Chiyanka Thomas, Sariah Allamby, and Tyler Sargeant. From Ruby Labega School, the participants included Nagely Andujar Vargas, Salina Gopaul, and Breanna Woodstock. The one student from St. Joseph School who participated was Marisha Ulla while the two who participated from the Hillside Christian School Asha Stevens were Géanah Gumbs and Zanzi Ekpe Brook.

The Butterfly Story Book writing contest challenges creative young writers aged 7-11 to tell their stories. The students were asked to write a story reflecting acts of kindness, friendship, leadership and/or respect. This could involve friends, family and/or pets and specifically illustrate the Caribbean culture, between 300-750 words. The contest was open to students residing in the Caribbean as an opportunity to become published young authors!

In 2016, Sacha Tobias of the MAC Browlia Maillard was selected as one of the winners of this competition and had her story published along with the other selected winners in our Rotary District 7020. The winners of this year’s story, Nagely and Khushi will also have their stories published in the Story Book alongside winners from other Caribbean countries.

During the presentation of the certificates and prizes to the winning schools, Principal Esther Jeffers-Cannegieter noted her extreme pride of her group 6 student Nagely for being one in the first place position. She further congratulated the other students who worked hard as well as well as their teacher Gumbs for her consistent dedication to this project. She concluded with a note of thanks on behalf of her staff and the school board to the Rotary club for their contribution in programs such as these for their students to get an opportunity to shine internationally.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As the Rotary Year 2016-2017 advances in this 4th quarter of the year, the Rotary club of St. Martin Sunrise celebrates it’s membership by highlighting a member each week. This is an effort that commenced in August last year as part of Rotary’s Membership Month., a month of significance when the club seeks various ways to motivate membership and reach out to potential new Rotarians.

In this profile highlight, Rotary Sunrise introduces Rotarian Debbie Karani! Debbie was born in the beautiful country of Guyana, land of many waters. Residing in St. Maarten since 1992, she fell in love with the island which she considers her home now. Married for 21 years and with two wonderful kids and her loving husband who has been very supportive towards any decision she has made so far in her life.

Debbie joined Rotary Sunrise a year ago, and in her words, ‘the amazing things our club has done so far since I have joined I could not believe it sometimes, we all work as a team which I really admired about our club. Sometimes I keep telling myself why didn't I join earlier, but as the saying goes everything comes at its own time; she added.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten –The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says due to Sunday’s rainfall, CPS re-enforces its message that all residents and businesses need to take proactive measures to prevent mosquitos from breeding. 

Be on the alert for mosquito breeding sites and eliminate them especially after rainfall!

CPS is calling on the populace as well as visitors to wear light colored clothing at dusk; long sleeve shirts and pants; and use mosquito repellent to prevent being bitten by a mosquito that could possibly be carrying a mosquito borne disease.

Actively destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns/vase or in pet dishes for more than two days.  Throw out the water and turn them over every time it collects water.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle while celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary inducted their newest member. Femke Jansen was proposed by Immediate Past President David Antrobus. Femke is a lawyer with Lexwell Attorneys at Law; she has qualifications in corporate law, contract law and labor law.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Fire Department is urging all motorists to exercise extreme caution while driving on the road network especially through flooded streets or along hillsides.

Part of the road at Mullet Bay near the entrance to Cupecoy (Atlantis Casino area) is flooded, and motorists should avoid this area. 

The fire department on Sunday afternoon rescued occupants of a vehicle that were stranded due to the flooded street.

Another area with high water is the road between the airport and Maho.  The road in front of the cargo building is flooded. 

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that part of Back Street will be closed from Tuesday, April 18 to Wednesday, April 26.

The closure is in connection to Phase 1 of placing asphalt on Back Street. The street repair works will be take place from 7.00am to 5.00pm.

Barriers will be placed to the entrance of Back Street from the Ch. E.W. Voges Street down to the intersection where Back Street joins Zout Steeg.

The section of Back Street that will be closed during the aforementioned dates means that there will be no through traffic.  All motorized traffic will have to take Zout Steeg to continue driving down the remainder of Back Street that will be open to motorised traffic.

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - On April 20, 2017 the first independent audit of the St. Maarten Medical Center will commence, in accordance with the request of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) for an audit of the medical center.

This three-day audit (April 20th-22nd) will be a baseline assessment to determine the current state of the hospital and to help develop an appropriate action plan that will guide the hospital towards international standards and JCI accreditation. The St. Maarten Medical Center considers the audit a positive opportunity to sustainably grow the hospital, particularly in preparation for the new hospital. It is important to the development of healthcare on the island that high quality standards be used with consideration that the standards remain appropriate to the country.

To properly assess Sint Maarten’s healthcare system, the organization believes that international benchmarks that reflect Sint Maarten can advance healthcare the way the island needs it.

The last independent audit of the organization was done in 2016, with the focus placed on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The audit at that time was conducted by an Intensivist (board-certified physician specialized in critical care), who came from Curacao to conduct the audit. The outcome of the previous audit was positive, indicating the strides the hospital has made to provide quality care. Additionally, the audit supplied measures for further improvements, which the hospital is implementing currently.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Honorable Minister Christopher Emmanuel met with representatives of Vidanova in Curaçao to continue discussions regarding the 160 affordable homes.. The discussions were very positive and Vidanova expressed how impressed they were with the affordable housing project. They are looking forward to realizing investments in Sint Maarten by funding these affordable homes, not only for their clients in Sint Maarten but as well as the eligible public. In the coming weeks representatives of Vidanova will meet with the landowner to finalize agreements and prepare for groundbreaking.

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