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GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that Tiger Road in Cay Hill between Kooyman and Cross Fit will be closed.This closure will take place on Saturday, February 25 at 6.00am and reopen at 5.00am Monday, February 27.

There will be no through traffic on Tiger Road.  Kooyman drive through customers has to access the drive through area via Panther Road on Kooyman’s parking lot.

The project entails the removal of damaged concrete, ground works and pouring the road.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Island Gems Charity Foundation recently donated a significant amount of art supplies to the Methodist Agogic Centre’s (MAC) Early Stimulation Centre. The supplies will be used to support and foster the artistic talents of pupils.

Island Gems was approached by the Centre for support and this was quickly given as support for the arts, education and art in education are top priorities for the Foundation. This was not the first donation to the Centre. Island Gems has donated several times in the past items such as books and school supplies.

Delivering the supplies were Island Gems Kerisha James, Asha Stevens, and Jody Rosen. James said she was very happy to see the delight on the children’s faces as well as those of the teachers who were full of ideas to engage and education their charges.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a complete road closure on February 26 and 27.

The complete road closure will take place on Cannegieter Street in the area of the Cadastre and the intersection Walter J. Nisbeth Road/Percy Labega.

Milling and recapping will be carried out between 8.00pm and 5.00am.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Friday said it was very happy that the judge dismissed the case brought against it by two booth holders who challenged the foundation’s procedure to allot booths in Carnival Village for the Carnival season. The foundation was represented by Emmely de Haan and Femke Jansen of Lexwell Attorneys at Law.

The booth holders claims have been dismissed due to the fact that there was no prerequisite for emergency proceedings since the two booth holders were apparently already resigned to the fact that they wouldn’t be having a booth for Carnival 2017 and was seeking damages. The judge didn’t see any grounds for damages and as such no damages were awarded. Instead, the two booth holders have to pay the costs of the trial of Naf 1,000.

The foundation has explained publicly numerous times that for the past few years it has sought ways to afford other people in the community, in particular young entrepreneurs, the opportunity to operate a booth in Carnival Village. Persons who operate a booth are evaluated during and after Carnival and decisions are made on whether or not to allot them a booth the following Carnival once they have registered.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — Social & Health Insurances SZV hosted a well-attended information session explaining the rights and obligations of the Sickness Insurance Ordinance (ZV), Thursday evening at the University of St. Martin. Discussions went on up to 9:00 pm as approximately 60 persons filled the conference room of USM; Insured, seniors, union representatives, social workers and formerly employed persons were present, seeking information on medical insurance qualifications and compliance procedures. The information session was successful as questions were answered on the rights, obligations and procedures of the ZV Insured. The presentation of the information session will be available on the website of SZV

“When are you entitled to medical insurance from SZV? How do you get this, especially when your employer does not cooperate?” These were the type of questions we received yesterday evening. “If you are working 5 or 6 days and earning a wage under the maximum wage limit, you qualify for sickness insurance at SZV. At SZV, the law is clear about this and we urge employers to be compliant but also urge employees to get familiar with their rights and administrative obligations.” We gathered a good bit of questions during the session that we will have to follow-up on. We will also use these inquires to improve on the information resources that we are working on.”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The inflammatory, defamatory and libelous remarks made by Mr. Milo Pinckney, representative of USESOM NV which was declared bankrupt, IEMC LLC, IEMR LLC, IEMR N.V. dba AUIS, are very serious and an impediment to further discussions and negotiations with Government and specifically the Ministry Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. While some facts are quoted in the statements made, many are left out thereby portraying the government in a very negative light in the statements made by Mr. Pinckney in the press.

Mr. Pinckney’s very negative and disrespectful attitude towards civil servants and Ministers has been well noted in meetings and he has been told on more than one occasion to provide proof of his allegations or to refrain from such slander. Instead, Mr. Pinckney chose to instead try the government in the court of public opinion with malicious and unsubstantiated statements.

The Minister in a letter directed via its legal representative to Mr. Pinckney’s lawyer on Monday February 13, 2017, informed him that she is prepared to sit with Mr. Pinckney provided that clarity can be obtained on all of the companies, shareholder changes and name changes Mr. Pinckney utilizes for the purposes he wishes to attain. Instead of providing clarity, Mr. Pinckney went to the press with his malicious and unfounded allegations.

Marigot/Great Bay “Clinical Psychology Dr. Judith Arndell will be the guest speaker at 26th annual Black History Celebration lecture scheduled for this Saturday, February 25, at the Médiathèque Territoriale, (public library) Spring Concordia, Marigot, starting time 7:30pm,” said Shujah Reiph president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF).

With the theme “Migration,” the lecture will focus on Caribbean migration and key elements in which migration has impacted our history as a living process. Dr. Arndell author of the book Secret Pain: Identifying and Overcoming Unresolved Inner Pains and Anger from Parental Abandonment, has addressed this most painful topic of migration and abandonment in her book.

Marigot  “We managed to galvanize our base,” stated Louis Mussington president of the Movement for Justice and Prosperity (MJP), Mussington was speaking at MJP’s first party congress held on Saturday, February 18, at the Chamber of Commerce Building Spring Concordia.

One of the highlight of last weekend’s congress was the visit of professor of political science Dr. Keith Simmonds from Florida A&M University. “Examining the name of your organization it is clear to me that you are prepared to make the country a just and prosperous society,” said Dr. Keith Simmonds, who delivered the keynote address at the party’s congress.

The weekend conference started on Friday evening with a workshop conducted by Dr. Simmonds, on the theme ‘People First’ at the MJP’s headquarters in Marigot and concluded with a public conference at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Spring Concordia, Marigot.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - The European Union funded COSME Programme, hosted two very successful three-day workshops focusing on “21st Century Entrepreneurship” in cooperation with the University of St. Martin (USM). A total of 34 participants received their certificates with much appreciation. The facilitators Mr. Prakaash Rostam and Mr. Erwin Wolthuis, were thanked for their contributions and praised for their original and innovative approach.

Mr. Prakaash Rostam, Key Expert SME & Private Sector Development Specialist, stated that entrepreneurs throughout the 12 Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) shout for direct assistance and support in starting their businesses; as well as for further developing their companies; as the global economic challenges put them in challenged positions. Awareness, skills development, knowledge transfer and sharing information in the most extensive form, has been identified as some of the key success factors for Small Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), especially in the Caribbean OCTs. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten recently completed a successful cyber-bullying seminar with more than 300 in attendance.  International expert on bullying, cyber-bullying, and appropriate social networking media safety protocols, Dr. Sameer Hindjua presented to those in attendance at L B Scott Auditorium on the Friday, February 10, 2017.  

Dr. Hinduja is widely accepted as one of the world's top experts on topics of safe social networking and cyber-bullying.   Dr. Hinduja is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center ( and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  During his session with St. Maarten youth, Dr. Hindjua used real time technology to interact with the audience and to personalize his presentation to the youth of St. Maarten in a meaningful way.
John Caputo, the Secretary and President-elect of the Rotary Club Sint Maarten said, “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Hinduja with us on our island.   From the discussions that have already taken place with our young people and their parents, we are already better equipped to handle cyber-bullying and improper online behavior.  Just talking about it, often makes a world that seems scary, so much more manageable. Thank you Dr. Hinduja.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank the many friends of Rotary that made this event possible.”
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