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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - During the summer the Philipsburg Jubilee Library would like to notify the general public of its grace period and our opening hours,

The Grace period commences as of Tuesday, June 27th until Saturday, July 8th, 2017. Patrons have the opportunity to bring in all their overdue and/or lost books at no cost to them.

Please note, on the 1st of July, in the context of Emancipation Day, the library will be closed.

The opening schedule for the remainder of the summer is as follows; Mondays we are closed to the public, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, we will be open from 9 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm until 6 pm. Thursdays we will open from 2pm to 8pm. Fridays from 9 am to 12.30pm and 2 pm to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 1pm.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Five employees of NV GEBE namely Urla Granger, Lydia Carty, Sjadira Gaari, Edel Jansen and Yannick Hodge attended the “Prosci Change Management Certification Program”, and are now certified in Prosci Change Management. Prosci Change Management is a methodology that is used in a change management organization focused on helping employees and the organizations build change management capabilities. Prosci has certified over 30,000 change leaders worldwide through this program.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), will be accepting applications from eligible entities that are interested in registering as a hurricane aftermath clean-up company.

Registration will be open from June 26th, 2017 through July 14th, 2017 at the Ministry of VROMI located at #16 Tamarinde Steeg (Yellow Building) on the Pondfill.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) is calling on local Graphic Artists and Designers to participate in the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Sustainable Tourism Awards Logo Design Competition.

CTO created the Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards aimed at identifying and showcasing Sustainable Tourism Good Practices in the Caribbean.

Designers and graphic artists aged 18 and over can make their mark on the Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten has a representative at the 20th Annual General Meeting of the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC) which is taking place in the Cayman Islands from June 21-23.

On Wednesday, the PMAC opened with an Executive Committee Meeting followed by a Strategic Session and Welcome Reception in the evening.  On Thursday, opening remarks will be delivered by the chairman followed by internal organizational business matters.  On Friday, there will be a number of technical sessions for the delegates attending the 20th Annual PMAC meeting.

Port Management Association of the Caribbean delegates will be reviewing the Strategic Plan 2013-2017 and creating an upcoming plan as it relates to 21st century continuous and sustainable growth for member ports in collaboration with cargo carriers with respect to better insight into growth perspectives.  More emphasis will be placed on discussions related to ‘big data’ for better, decisive and efficient decision-making.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) – in collaboration with Internet Society (ISOC) – will be hosting the 3rd Annual Caribbean Peering & Interconnection Forum (CarPIF), to take place in Sonesta Maho Beach Hotel on July 5th and 6th 2017.

The CarPIF is an initiative of the Packet Clearing House (PCH) and the Internet Society, and supported by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Network Operators’ Group (CaribNOG). It’s a highly recognized forum in the region that offers a platform to acquire knowledge on Internet Development, content delivery & peering, Internet Exchange points and the digital infrastructure as a driver for innovation & economic growth in the Caribbean.

During the upcoming forum, several international speakers will give lectures on a large variety of internet topics such as; ICT infrastructure developments, Internet Exchange Points, local connectivity, E-commerce, digital payments and content delivery.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The students of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School on Wednesday morning participated in a musical and awards  day celebration.

Students recapped the life values of Peace, Responsibility, Love, Cooperation, Dependability, Tolerance, Respect, Honesty and Unity which they learned over this school year during the monthly assembly.

"We continue to strongly promote the development of our students social emotionally as well as their overall academic performance," said School Manager Stuart Johnson.

The students also showcased and highlighted several local musical icons such as King Beau Beau, Calypso Barbara, The Mighty Dow and King Vers.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - While observing the 100th birthday celebration of Lions Club International, the St. Maarten Lions Club inducted 3 new members into the club.
The new Lions that were inducted are Lion Linnette Gibbs and Lion Kevin Mills both sponsored by Lion Jennifer Johnson.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Lions Club Bingo which was held at the Port St. Maarten Home Porting Terminal last Saturday was a grand success with over 700 persons playing 35 games that started at 8pm sharp.
The prizes that bingo winners won ranged from home appliances, restaurant vouchers, various electronics items, hotel stays and airline tickets.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Drinking water is an essential substance that sustains lives and therefore must be safe at all times for consumption. The Inspector General emphasizes the importance of safe drinking water from production to consumer.

Drinking water in St. Maarten is derived from the sea. The process of producing clean and safe drinking water starts when the water is pumped from the sea at three locations in St. Maarten, namely the water plant at Point Blanche, Cay Hill and Cupecoy. These three reverse osmosis (intense filtration) water plants are operated by a company called Seven Seas which is specialized in water purification engineering. Once the water is pumped from the sea, this water is filtered under high pressure repeatedly through very specialized filters. This process of water production by filtering is called Reverse Osmosis also abbreviated ‘RO’.

Once the water has left the three RO-plants, the water is delivered to GEBE. This company distributes the water through a complex distribution storage and network system. However, before the water is distributed for consumption, the water is first pumped to 14 storage tanks on the island and then distributed through pipe lines to different recipients like homes and industries.

The drinking water from both production company “Seven Seas” and distributor GEBE must comply with the legal requirements as laid down in the National Drinking Water Ordinance and the National Decree Containing General Measures on the Quality of Drinking Water.

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