GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – Contractors and builders are requested to have a plan in place to prepare and secure their construction sites in the event of a storm/hurricane threat to the country.
Contractors and home builders during severe weather are responsible for securing construction sites for the protection of the public, property and surrounding areas.
Materials such as plywood, shingles, zinc, and other construction material could become flying missiles capable of impaling brick walls or anything in its way.
Construction debris can cause severe damage to property and lead to possible loss of life. With building and construction activity taking place on the island, every construction site supervisor and/or foreman is advised to have a plan in place with respect to what action they will be taking at their site.
A tropical storm system could form during any part of the hurricane season and not necessarily during the peak months from mid-August to mid-October.
As a general rule, all construction sites should be kept clean. Arrange timely pick up of trash dumpsters, and only keep materials on site you actually will utilize at any given week especially during the hurricane season, and keep construction equipment secure. Any planned supply deliveries should be postponed if there is a storm/hurricane threat to the island.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Mr. Stef Blok, the Dutch Minister of Justice and safety, was at the Coastguard sub-station St. Maarten for a work visit. He received a presentation of the director of the Coastguard, Brigadier General Peter jan de Vin about the long term plan of the Coastguard.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Art Saves Lives Foundation held a reception on Sunday July 9th for Sponsors, the visiting and local artists participating in Art Saves Lives’ 5th annual Summer Intensive. The event which was held at Rhum and Peas was sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism. “Continental Drift" is the forthcoming showcase of St. Maarten's Art Saves Lives Foundation. Through time-lapsed rhythms, poetry and dance, this work explores the natural and political forces that have shifted and shaped us.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – TelEm Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mrs. Helma Etnel, says the company is delivering on its promise to the general population of St. Maarten to connect every home within two years to super-fast fibre-optic cable with the host of economic, social and entertainment possibilities that this brings.
Mrs. Etnel made the comment as a member of the final panel to speak at the end of last week’s Caribbean Peering Interconnection Forum ( CarPIF ) conference, hosted by the Bureau of Telecommunications & Post St. Maarten.
She was responding specifically to a closing comment from the Head of the Technical Division, Bureau of Telecommunications & Post, St. Maarten Mr. Sidney De Weever, who stated: “By pooling telecommunication resources by means of a one infrastructure development, we can extend the internet to more people. We can make delivery of internet cheaper for everyone and in the end the customer will benefit.”
“Our CEO, Mr. Dupersoy, both in another panel discussion and from the floor, made clear what TelEm’s position is when it comes to providing the investment needed to fulfil the promise we made to the St. Maarten community to provide Fiber to the Home and Fiber to the Business to revolutionise telecommunication on St. Maarten,” said Mrs. Etnel.
“As we did many years ago, when we invited others to join us when laying fiber from SXM to Puerto Rico for the SMPR-1 submarine cable project at Smitcoms and did not have any takers, so too are we are we once again taking again the lead and financial risk to provide the entire island of St. Maarten with fiber,” said Mrs. Etnel.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Twelve doctors-in-training from American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine assisted the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation with its self-sustainable organic garden project as part of the students’ Community Action Day held recently.
The AUC students were guided and assisted by 12 Tzu Chi volunteers. The project was held at the Tzu Chi Foundation’s organic garden located on the L.B. Scott Road.
During the day students and volunteers engaged in a number of tasks that were geared towards protecting and sustaining Tzu Chi’s garden in an environmentally friendly way. Students and volunteers helped to prepare fresh batches of natural enzyme, which are, amongst other things, used as natural fertilizers for the garden.
They also helped to fertilize plants and trees with enzyme; prepared environmental friendly garden pots and trimmed tree branches.
CAY HILL, St. Maarten - It was a royal affair at the 2017 G.I.F.T.E.D. Royalty Awards held at Belair Community Center on Wednesday evening. The Royalty Awards is presented by GIFTED Foundation and is the leading award ceremony honoring youth excellence on St. Maarten. This year, 50 nominees, from 7 high schools were celebrated in grand style. Attendees were decked out in black and gold and the program included an address by the Honorable Minister of ECYS, Silveria Jacobs with guest performances by Malaika Maxwell and Shawn J.
Surrounded by friends and family, five young women and five young men were dubbed Young Kings and Queens in their respective categories. Each award was presented by a prominent, public figure. Among the presenters were the Honorable Minister Silveria Jacobs, Mr. Marvio Cooks, Ambassador Alicia Liverpool, Mr. Castel Abraham, Mr. Jabari York, Mrs. Katsiaryna Ozkan, Mrs. Elaine Cuvalay, Ms. Malaika Maxwell and 2015 Young Kings, Mr. Shakir Peterson and Joshua Bowers.
DAWN BEACH, St. Maarten – The seventh and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on Sunday, July 16. Winter is coming to the Caribbean at Infinity Restaurant & Bar at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR) for the aforementioned premiere.
Hotels guests and residents are invited to watch the premiere of Game of Thrones at Infinity Restaurant & Bar on July 16. Guests and residents can dress in costumes of their favorite cast member and win free stays at OBBR.
“We invite everyone to come and watch the first episode of your all-time favorite show. You have two options, stay home alone on your couch, or you can come down to the Infinity Bar and have a lot more fun at our Game of Thrones Watch Party.
“The premiere starts at 9.00pm, but get here early and make sure to enter our contest by dressing up as your favorite cast member. We’ll be giving away a week stay to the best costume to guests and a weekend stay for local guests.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - St. Maarten, as the newest member of the Caribbean Investment Promotion Agency (CAIPA), attended its first official workshop in Costa Rica from June 28 to 30. CAIPA is the regional agency geared at promoting the islands of the region in an effort to attract legitimate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). St. Maarten was represented by Jude Houston, Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Economy, Transportation and Telecommunications (ETT).
The objective of the workshop was for member countries to acquire firsthand knowledge of the approach of the Costa Rican Investment and Trade Development Board (CINDE) to attract foreign investors and to interact with actual investors to ascertain what criteria they consider for investing in particular countries of the region.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – St. Maarten continues to embrace the SDG 2030 Development Agenda and remains committed to achieving these by the time the target date arrives.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), known as the Global Goals, are a universal effort to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that people worldwide enjoy peace and prosperity. These are different to the MDGs approach as well as the partnership dimension (working nationally, regionally and internationally with partners in the implementation of the SDGs), which is key to success.
17 SDG Goals
Some 17 goals have been identified, built on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight Millennium Development Goals ranged from splitting extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. It formed a blueprint agreed to by the heads of all of 198 UN countries and most world’s leading development institutions.
The 17 SDGs 2030 agenda was agreed upon by the UN countries in September 2015 and came into effect as of the 1st of January 2016. Sint Maarten is signatory of this agenda via the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The 17 SDGs are 1. no poverty, 2. zero hunger, 3. good health and well-being, 4. quality education, 5. gender equality, 6. clean water and sanitation, 7. affordable and clean energy, 8. decent work and economic growth, 9. industry, innovation and infrastructure. Others are 10. reduced inequalities between countries, 11. sustainable cities and communities, 12. responsible consumption and production, 13. climate action, 14. life below water, 15. life on land, peace, 16. justice and strong institutions as well as 17. partnerships for development for the aforementioned goals.
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