SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - During their 20th Anniversary Celebrations held at the restaurant Beirut The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle awarded two Paul Harris Fellow.
Robbie Ferron was awarded his PHF for his contribution to sailing on St. Maarten. Robbie was born in Cape Town, after completing his education he sailed across the Atlantic and “got pleasantly stuck on St. Maarten” in 1979. He began repairing boats and soon realized that accessing products, particularly the right products caused a lot of shoulder shrugging.
He started a store in one of the rooms of his rented house which soon became too small and finally started a real shop. Robbie is a passionate sailor. He was also one of the persons who helped start the Annual Heineken Regatta. During the last few years, Mid Isle has had a car parking fundraiser at the Regatta.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Training Professionals International Firm, (TPI ) continues to find innovative ways to support their clients and organizations throughout the Caribbean. On April 14 th, the firm announced in a press release that they are now offering Special Events Services for organizations throughout the Caribbean.
President & CEO, Dr. Natasha Gittens stated in a recent press release: We are a firm that is always looking around the corner, we consider ourselves leaders of organizational advancement in a multitude of ways. The world is constantly moving and so is TPI. We have been offering our clients events services since our launch in January 3, 2016. TPI facilitated an accredited Administrative & Executive Training in Anguilla that had over 25 participants, organized the N.V. GEBE Annual Strategic Planning Event in January of this year and recently facilitated a successful Women’s Day Event for the Port of St. Maarten in addition to planning TPI events that have been praised by the community at large.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Festival Village officially opened last night signaling the start of the 2017 carnival festivities.
However, prior to the opening of the village, scores of revelers, mostly youngsters accompanied by four bands took part in the regular jump up leading up to the start of one the island’s largest and most popular events.
The jump up started from MPC at 8 pm and bands on the road for the event were the XP Band, Official Band, TG Band and No Limit Band.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, District 7020 Butterfly Story writing contest was recently concluded and with much appreciation to our young authors, Rotary Sunrise heartily congratulates Khushi Soneji and Nagely Andular Vargas for emerging as the overall winners. The Gift of Listening by Khushi J. Soneji of the Methodist Agogic Center and The Girl with the Well-Worn Uniform by Nagely Andujar Vargas of Ruby Labega school emerged as the two best stories from the 14 stories submitted from St. Maarten.
This year, the participating schools and students included: Methodist Agogic Center with participants: Khushi Soneji, Jennifer Faneyte, Chrisalia Douglas, Jada Emmanuel, Rihanna Anthony, Chiyanka Thomas, Sariah Allamby, and Tyler Sargeant. From Ruby Labega School, the participants included Nagely Andujar Vargas, Salina Gopaul, and Breanna Woodstock. The one student from St. Joseph School who participated was Marisha Ulla while the two who participated from the Hillside Christian School Asha Stevens were Géanah Gumbs and Zanzi Ekpe Brook.
The Butterfly Story Book writing contest challenges creative young writers aged 7-11 to tell their stories. The students were asked to write a story reflecting acts of kindness, friendship, leadership and/or respect. This could involve friends, family and/or pets and specifically illustrate the Caribbean culture, between 300-750 words. The contest was open to students residing in the Caribbean as an opportunity to become published young authors!
In 2016, Sacha Tobias of the MAC Browlia Maillard was selected as one of the winners of this competition and had her story published along with the other selected winners in our Rotary District 7020. The winners of this year’s story, Nagely and Khushi will also have their stories published in the Story Book alongside winners from other Caribbean countries.
During the presentation of the certificates and prizes to the winning schools, Principal Esther Jeffers-Cannegieter noted her extreme pride of her group 6 student Nagely for being one in the first place position. She further congratulated the other students who worked hard as well as well as their teacher Gumbs for her consistent dedication to this project. She concluded with a note of thanks on behalf of her staff and the school board to the Rotary club for their contribution in programs such as these for their students to get an opportunity to shine internationally.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As the Rotary Year 2016-2017 advances in this 4th quarter of the year, the Rotary club of St. Martin Sunrise celebrates it’s membership by highlighting a member each week. This is an effort that commenced in August last year as part of Rotary’s Membership Month., a month of significance when the club seeks various ways to motivate membership and reach out to potential new Rotarians.
In this profile highlight, Rotary Sunrise introduces Rotarian Debbie Karani! Debbie was born in the beautiful country of Guyana, land of many waters. Residing in St. Maarten since 1992, she fell in love with the island which she considers her home now. Married for 21 years and with two wonderful kids and her loving husband who has been very supportive towards any decision she has made so far in her life.
Debbie joined Rotary Sunrise a year ago, and in her words, ‘the amazing things our club has done so far since I have joined I could not believe it sometimes, we all work as a team which I really admired about our club. Sometimes I keep telling myself why didn't I join earlier, but as the saying goes everything comes at its own time; she added.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Thursday explained that government has negotiated a new agreement with Sunwing Vacations/Airlines which will ensure the continuation of four weekly flights and “we will maintain and even expand that crucial airlift out of the Canadian market.”
“The continuation of our partnership depended a lot on parties meeting each other at a mutually beneficial point where St. Maarten could secure the airlift under a financially feasible arrangement. Sunwing in turn would get a little more support in terms of media and marketing support for the flights,” the Minister explained.
She said Interim Head of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau Rolando Brison negotiated a proposal with Sunwing that would “commit $325k spread over 2017 and 2018 (a period of 18 months) paid in increments. Sunwing will then match this amount which is why it’s called a matching cooperative marketing plan,” the Minister said, adding that the proposed amount and incremental payment plan has been accepted by all parties involved and it now moves towards finalization by the Council of Ministers.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Monday extended condolences to the family and friends of Felicia Priest who passed away on Monday morning.
Priest for years was the famous Flag Lady of St. Maarten Carnival, leading many parades over the years waving and twirling a Carnival flag or St. Maarten flag. She has also assisted the SCDF in many aspects included being a judge for the children and adult parades.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On April 14th, Good Friday, at approximately 11.45 a.m. a collision took place between a private vehicle and a motorcycle. The car with license plate 9913AAB made an illegal U-turn on the Bush road at the time the motorcycle was riding on the Bush in the direction of the Prince Bernard Bridge which resulted in the motorcycle with license plate MF-948 collided with the left side of the car. The motorcycle rider complained of pain to his right leg. He treated on the scene by paramedics and then taken to the Sint Maarten Medical center for further treatment.
On Saturday April 15th at approximately 02.15 a.m. a serious traffic accident took place on the intersection of Sucker garden road Guana Bay road between two private vehicles, a grey Suzuki and a white Hyundai Sonata during which the occupants of both vehicles were injured. The driver of the Suzuki who was driving on the Sucker garden road in the direction of Arch road drove too much to the left causing the impact with the other vehicle that was coming from the opposite direction.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – On Friday, March 31, the Council of Ministers hosted an Information Session to the Secretaries General of the seven different Ministries and their Management Team, the Staff of the Ministers cabinet, and the Staff of the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
The main agenda points of the session were the Governing Program; integrity and the plans of the Dutch Government towards establishing an Integrity Chamber on Sint Maarten and their recent appointment of a Dutch Integrity Quartermaster and an update on the budget 2017.
The Council found it essential to inform the key leaders and advisors of the organization in person about these key matters.
While the Prime Minister, William Marlin, spoke on the issues of the Governing Program and Integrity, the Minister of Finance, Richard Gibson Sr., elaborated on the budget.
At the same time both Ministers stressed the importance of the role of each civil servant in the process of making Sint Maarten great. The session was well attended; the Council of Ministers will conduct similar information sessions in the near future to safeguard transparency and open communication with and within the organization.
Both the Council of Ministers as well as the ministers on an individual basis will ensure that the civil servants receive the required information necessary to fulfil their tasks and responsibilities.
The Prime Minister’s intention regarding the topic of the Governing Program was not necessarily to explain what was in the Governing Program, but to show to the audience how the Governing Program has come into existence, how the Government Program is to be used and what are the next steps to be taken.
He explained that the Governing Program “Stability for Prosperity” was the product of a workgroup consisting of members of the three different political parties - National Alliance, United Sint Maarten People’s Party and the Democratic Party – which all want to address different issues in different ways.
The common ground among all three parties were identified and written down in the program. The Secretaries General of the different ministries and the cabinet members all provided their input in finalizing the program.
The Prime Minister stressed to civil servants present that the success of the Governing Program depends on all the civil servants acting as the managers of the process while focusing on certain priorities.
He stated: “You are here because we want to emphasize that you are important in the execution of the Governing Program. It is about liking your job. We are already in March and we are already executing. It is a government for four years and we may begin in 2017 and certain things may run over in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
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