Island Notices

Island Notices (2219)

PHILISPBURG, St. Maarten - The Chamber of Commerce St. Maarten (COCI) welcomes as its Executive Director Mr. Anastacio Baker. The vacancy was placed for an internal round of applications. Mr. Baker was selected out of this process, based on the recommendation made by the external selection committee tasked with the application process. Mr. Baker assumed the position as of July 1st, 2017; after tendering his resignation as member of the COCI Board of Directors.

Mr. Baker who formerly held the position of Manager of the Quality Assurance Department at the Princess Juliana International Airport for 13 years, after having incorporated this division, is known to be passionate in his work. Having served on the COCI Board of Directors, with excellent performance records by his Safety and Security committee, and on the COCI executive Board, Mr. Baker is no stranger to COCI and its stakeholders.

CARIBBEAN - During the months of June and July Mrs. Donna Sylvester followed the updated 2017 Certified Tax Controller online program of Benjamin & Parker ( and successfully finished the program, after completing 2 test cases in which the student had to dedicate special attention to legal aspects within the Protest and Appeal management cycle. The fiscal cases were “real” high complexity cases pertaining to scenarios of the former Dutch Antilles.

The online tax course is much in demand by upcoming Tax professionals, due to its free style tuition method and the practical explanations of the fiscal cycle in the Dutch Caribbean tax environment.

The course entailed the following subjects:
Understanding the SXM fiscal structure

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Due to the generosity of Mid Isle Rotarians we were able to shop and fill baskets with everyday necessities and some hurricane supplies for the recent fire victims.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The follow-up audit report regarding administrative appointments for public entities was submitted to Parliament today by the General Audit Chamber. The report entitled ‘Administrative Appointments: an audit into the legitimacy and integrity of administrative appointments of directors’ presents the findings of an investigation into the legitimacy and integrity of administrative appointments of directors for 20 entities, including government-owned companies, various public foundations and other related entities that are part of the collective sector of St. Maarten. As part of this audit, the General Audit Chamber reviewed the persons who occupy positions as directors or C-level management during the period from January 2015 through May 2017. Actions of the respective minister(s), acting in the capacity as shareholder representative, in terms of the appointment procedure, was the focal area of the audit.

The objective of administrative appointments is the placement of the most qualified persons in suitable positions, according to the General Audit Chamber.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - NV GEBE announces that starting on Monday the 24th July, 2017, there will be trench and road work activities taking place at the Yrausquin Boulevard and Buncamper Street starting at the Point Blanche cargo terminal to the Freedom Fighters roundabout near Sundial School.

The works will be carried out in collaboration with The Ministry of VROMI, Cable TV, Telem and UTS to install a main water line, sewerage, high tension cables and other utilities.

One lane will be closed off temporarily on sections of the work, leaving the other lane for alternating one directional traffic. Construction activities will continue in the night on narrow sections to reduce traffic disruption.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Punta Cana - The  Ministerial round table saw a wide range of representation from throughout the region with ministers involved in the panel discussion including the Hon. Marlon Penn, Junior Minister, Trade and Investment Promotion, BVI; the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Jamaica; the Hon. Catherine Hughes, Ministry of Communications, Guyana; and the Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister of State with responsibility for Telecom, Barbados.
Mr. Joe So, Huawei CTO ICT Solutions did a presentation on Smart Cities. He pointed out that modern day cities provide spaces for people's livelihood and Industry development and in the Caribbean the environmental ecology must be considered. He noted that these cities are facing challenges including city governance: natural disasters, terrorist attacks.
The Smart city approach he said "would deliver to the Caribbean efficient city governance, high quality public services and New ICT which is the key to a smarter city and a core part of an enhanced production system".  Specific to the Caribbean the Smart city initiative for Caribbean he said - "is geared to bring economic value; safer city; and attract more tourists and residents since the Caribbean has superior resources for Tourism."

POND ISLAND , St. Maarten - TelEm Group is re-released a new public service brochure warning businesses to be on their guard against unscrupulous hackers who are breaking into company PBX systems and globally running up millions of dollars in international phone calls without the businesses becoming aware until they receive a bill weeks later.

According to TelEm Group, the hackers are constantly scanning for PBX systems all over the world using hardware and software with automated scanning routines that operate 24/7.

Once a system is found and penetrated, the hackers and users “mine” the information from the found PBX system to re-sell to third parties, or use the PBX equipment itself to make international calls or allow others to make international calls.

The hacking and fraud that is being committed goes unnoticed, sometimes for many weeks, until the PBX owner receives a bill at the end of the month and discovers that bill to be extraordinarily high.

TelEm Group hopes that with the re-issuing of its “Protect Yourself” brochure and also by inviting businesses in to talk about the problem, those who use PBX systems will be more aware of the threats posed to their PBX equipment and how best to protect themselves against the fraudsters and hackers.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday, July 27th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the results of the first phase of a study to assess the economic value of our remaining wetlands. The meeting also aims to get feedback from the public about how things used to be, how the changes have affected life on St. Maarten and what people think is important about our remaining wetlands.

The wetlands of St. Maarten take the shape of ponds, lagoons, mangroves and coral reefs. Development in the last few decades has resulted in an extreme loss of our wetland areas and a decrease in the size of those that remain. But what does that mean for us? Surely removing mangroves and filling in ponds and lagoons to create more land for development is good for our economy? Simply put, it is not that simple.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community and visitors to practice proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette in order to prevent the spread of viruses and infectious diseases.

Keeping hands clean through proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette which are two of the most important steps one can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  Washing your hands correctly should take at least 40 to 60 seconds. 

Many infectious diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands properly with soap and clean, running water. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Download speeds go up to 20MB per second. UTS has taken the bold move to further increase the speed offered to customers using its 4G LTE mobile internet service. The company had already doubled the amount of data offered as part of its prepaid data bundles in April of this year. Now the company is further enhancing customer experience by increasing the speeds that can be reached while using the premium 4G LTE service. Customers can now expect more data and more speed for the same price. UTS is the only mobile operator offering 4G LTE mobile service on St. Maarten. Offered under the Chippie brand-name the 4G LTE service offers speeds exceeding any competitive offer by far. “While our reliability, our speeds and the amount of data offered far outweigh other offerings in the market, the differences in price are negligible.” Says UTS Marketing & Communication Officer, Ivy Lambert.

“The decision is really quite simple for the customer. Why not pay the same but get far more bang for your buck? Our prepaid bundled services were already very attractive but since our network is capable, we decided to further boost the service by accommodating higher download speeds. This is all part of our philosophy that we want to bring our customers the best mobile experience. Our slogan is ‘feel the connection’ and we want to make that experience as easy and worry-free as possible for our customer.”

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