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Island Notices (2079)

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, launched its pilot project for schools, the “Mosquito Squad” at the Sister Marie Laurence School earlier in the week.

The CPS program kicked off at the Sister Marie Laurence School on Monday as a pilot campaign with fourth graders.  After an evaluation, the program will be expanded to other schools.

The objectives of the Mosquito Squad for schools are to strengthen the bond between schools and existing community initiatives and to mobilize the public to take action in eliminating mosquito breeding sites in and around public and private locations.

By focusing on school aged children, giving those tools and knowledge to change behavior, future generations will be better prepared to care for their families and communities resulting in a clean environment, CPS said.

The launch took place at the Sister Marie Laurence School in the presence of Minister of Public Health Emil Lee and Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs.  Other officials who took part in the launch were Head of the CPS Dr. Virginia Asin, School Principal Karen Wattley, School Board Members, Pupils and staff from CPS Vector Unit.

The Mosquito Squad will consist of children in fourth grade between the ages of 9-10.  Every Monday, each participating school will designate a team of pupil inspectors overseen by a teacher.

At the launch the first two squad officers were introduced wearing their recognizable reflector yellow “Stop the Mosquito” vest.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Benjamin & Parker, Certified Risk Auditors (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) , team of experts evaluated the statements of the Honorable Mr. Gibson and would like to make a remark and a couple of recommendations to avoid a financial catabolism on the island of Sint Maarten.

The problem that SXM confronts is not an unique one, considering that all the national budgets of the Dutch Islands suffer this syndrome for decades. History has shown that the only remedy known to many Governments in the Dutch Caribbean former Dutch Antilles for decades depends on disclosure by the business community, assets repo and auctions, and additional taxation practices boxing in the business community.

The  main concern is that BP specialists  don’t understand why no Government in the Dutch Caribbean reverse the process by dropping their costs, or investigate the departments where the risk of bribery is possible including the same Tax Departments, which is also a risk trigger causing tax revenues to be compromised in the process.

Benjamin & Parker members studied Risk management in Latin America where these kind of practices are common day to day  events, and the Director Terence Jandroep CRA is of the opinion that the Dutch thinking pattern has become obsolete and consider that these questionable practices may be happening today under the Minster's  watch.

The elite consulting firm refers to the past 3 decades to practices by Governments that had adverse impact on the country's economy:

Bonaire: In the late 80’s with the introduction of the  NTB-ers, Nederlandse Technische Bijstand, Fiscal experts from Holland, who came with combative and unrealistic collection schemes; look at Bonaire 30 years after, all profitable businesses are in hands of European Dutch Entrepreneurs.

Aruba: In the early 90’s  the Government came with the SAB program, Sanering Achterstallige Belastingen, an action that forced many businesses into permanent disruption in the late 90’s and when the action did not produce significant or sufficient resources the Minister of Finance came with the brilliant idea of a 70/30 deal in the year 2000, meaning if the taxpayer paid off 70% of ALL outstanding taxes, there is an  automatic dispensation for the remaining 30%, which also remained untaxed in the year after. According to the  Dutch Tax Laws, the benefit should have been taxed, but this did not happen. The elite class of the constituency received double benefit, while the small man meeting his month by month backlog obligation was entirely left out the equation.  

Curacao: Under the Administration of the Honorable E.Ys, OB was introduced in March 97 and in the same year October increased it with 250%. In addition a new payroll tax scheme came into effect. Fact is that 2 years after, company’s sales dropped with 30 to 35%. The reversed measure by the Government was to lower payroll tax with 15% the first year and thereafter 12.5%, to boost purchase power, confirming that direct taxations have adverse reaction in the business world.

Sint Maarten Government is now facing the exact same problems and obviously and most likely inclined to do the same if the income targets are not achieved. Fact is there is no realistic fiscal environment that promotes employment and or purchase power in Dutch Kingdom, forcing the community in a welfare condition!!!!!.

In our experience in Latin American countries and the Dutch Caribbean, every tax exceeding 2% invites irreversible tax evasion.

B-Parker is of the opinion that Sint Maarten has a pool of highly qualified professionals with vast hard core business management experience that can come with a solution other than the same methodology known to the Dutch Caribbean Governments which only  tightens the economic noose creating progressive unemployment statistics.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – It only takes one storm to change your life and community.  We live in the hurricane belt, and therefore you need to be prepared.  One of the first things that you need is a Disaster Supply Kit (DSK).

A DSK would have the necessary supplies to get you through the first few days after a storm has struck the island.  A devastating hurricane could leave the country without water and electricity for several days if not longer, and therefore it is very important to have a minimum of one week of supplies for each person in the household.

The DSK should contain non-perishable food, water and medicine (fill prescriptions before the storm); non-electric can opener; first-aid kit; extra cash (ATM machines and credit cards won’t work if there is no electricity); battery powered radio and flashlights as well as extra batteries; make sure cell phones are all charged prior to the arrival of the hurricane; fill up your car/truck with gas; check if your home and automobile insurance are up to date; put ID cards, passports and driver’s license in a waterproof bag along with other important documents.

PHILIPSBURG, St. MaartenSome local high school students are busy sharpening their legal debating skills in hopes of representing their country next January at an international competition. In May 2015, with the help of St. Maarten-based attorneys, six teams from five different high schools competed in the first St. Maarten Moot Court Competition.

The winning team and best individual speakers were selected to represent St. Maarten in the third edition of the prestigious International Moot Court held biennially in The Hague, the Netherlands, where they placed 3rd out of the 12 participating countries.

With high hope of even further success in the international competition, SXM Moot Court has organized another national round to be held on June 2nd, 2017.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) and Real Auto joined together at a Meet & Greet on Wednesday, May 24 to celebrate the launch of a progressive partnership towards making the car ownership dreams of many residents throughout St. Maarten a reality. Included in these efforts are weekly “Test Drive Thursdays,” which are social events that will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Real Auto’s dealership, located at #15 Longwall Road in Philipsburg.

A wide variety of Toyota, Suzuki and Chevrolet vehicles are already on promotion with discounted rates at Real Auto for the coming months. WIB has further enhanced this sales promotion with 100% financing, based on the applicant’s ability to meet the requirements.

“We are working towards making the dreams of owning a new car a reality for everyone qualified, with affordable prices and attractive financing packages,” says Eric Vlaun, Real Auto’s Sales Manager “We encourage people to come in to see, feel and sometimes even smell the new vehicles on a test drive. Our doors are open and we look forward to working with customers to ensure that they get the REAL DEAL!”  

The Real Auto “Test Drive Thursdays” will feature displays of these vehicles, with the showroom open for extended hours until 7:00PM to accommodate individuals at a convenient time after regular working hours. Everyone is encouraged to come in to view and test drive the vehicles at a time that is most feasible for them. A WIB Sales Officer will also be on-hand to provide immediate assistance with the review and processing of car loans. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - NV GEBE hereby informs the public that it's offices will be closed on Thursday, 25 May, 2017, for Ascension Day and Friday, 26 May, 2017, the offices will reopen for business on Monday, May 29, 2017.

BELVEDERE, St. Maarten – The Division of Public Education (DPE) within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is hosting a Motivational Day for the Public Schools’ cycle II year 4 students on Tuesday, May 23rd and today, Wednesday, May 24th. The theme for this years’ Motivational Day is “Being Dependable helps you get the results you want.” The Motivational day is a two part event and also consists of a Career Fair.

The Career Fair is geared towards helping the students to find their path from early on, also inciting ideas on possible future careers. The various stakeholders present were; St. Maarten Medical Center nurses, Sector Health Departments, Mrs. Georgiane Adriana-Henriquez, Ambulance Department, Fire Department, Mr. Cleon Federick, NIPA, Adriana’s Catering, Gaia Nails, St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Mr. Celestine, Mr. Joslyn Richardson, St. Maarten Air Traffic Control, Mr. Walton Holiday, Auto Bev System, Staff of DPE.The keynote speech was given by Mr. Lenworth Wilson Jr.

“Today’s plan will focus on being dependable, which will allow you to refocus once again as you’re moving to another chapter in life, where you will have to adjust your mindset, your attitude, and you’ll begin to comprehend your life’s path and goals,” the Minister of Education, Ms. Silveria Jacobs said.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Due to the heavy and constant winds at Fort Amsterdam, the three flags (St. Maarten-Netherlands-Amsterdam) raised there during the December repair-work opening, have been getting severely damaged.

WILLEMSTAD - The Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Lucille George-Wout, has received the final report of the ‘formateur’, Eugene Rhuggenaath.

Rhuggenaath has agreed to form a cabinet based on a majority in Parliament, consisting of the political parties PAR, MAN and PIN.

The ‘formateur’ has nominated the following persons for appointment as Minister to the Governor:

Mr. Eugene P. Rhuggenaath
Mrs Zita A.M. Jesus-Leito
Ms. Marilyn M. Alcala-Wallé
Mr. Quincy C.O. Girigorie
Mr. Hensley F. Koeiman
Mr. Steven S. Martina
Mr. Kenneth A. Gijsbertha
Mr. Armin E. Konket
Ms. Suzanne F.C. Camelia-Römer

In addition, Mr. Anthony N.V. Begina, will be appointment as Plenipotentiary Minister in The Hague and Ms Eunice M.D. Eisden, as Deputy Plenipotentiary Minister.

The screening conducted on the basis of the National Ordinance on Integrity (Candidate) Ministers have not provided any information that precludes the appointment of the candidate ministers.

Following the agreement between the Governor and the ‘formateur’, it is decided that the swearing in of the proposed ministers Rhuggenaath, Alcala-Wallé, Girigorie, Koeiman, Gijsbertha, Konket and the Deputy Plenipotentiary Minister Eisden, will take place on Monday, May 29, 2017, at 10.00 in the Governor’s Palace. The proposed Ministers Jesus-Leito, Martina and the Minister Plenipotentiary, Begina, will be sworn on Friday, June 2.

HARBOUR VIEW, St. Maarten – Today, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, announced details regarding the 2017 Governor’s Symposium. The theme for this year’s event is ‘ICT Governance – Shaping our Future’. The event will be held at the auditorium of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, in Cupecoy, on Friday June 23, 2017. As in previous years the Governor’s Symposium is by invitation only.

This year’s symposium will feature national, regional and international speakers who will share their views and ideas and participate in an interactive panel discussion with the audience. In particular, the speakers will address ICT infrastructure, innovations, threats, cybersecurity and governance issues relevant to the shaping of our future. In addition, students will also present their research projects.

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