MAHO BAY, St. Maarten – On October 5, 2017 the first distribution of funds from the gofundme.com/sonestasxmstaff campaign, which was highly supported by past guests, family and friends to provide aid to employees of The Maho Group and Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten, has commenced and in progress this week. A central location for this distribution was graciously provided by the Belair Community Center making it a convenient location for staff with limited transportation.
Employees from Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and together with Sunwing, Sonesta Great Bay Resort; Casino Royale; Diamond Casino; Golden Casino; Maho Real Estate, Island Cleaning Services, and Resorts Cleaning Services each received $120 worth of vouchers applicable toward purchases at Le Grand Marché supermarket for food and essential supplies. This campaign is separate from the GoFundMe campaign created by timeshare members supporting the staff of Royal Islander Club.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Ministry TEATT on Friday announced that the first arrivals at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) on October 10 and at Port St. Maarten on November 11, will be greeted by staff of both strategic ports and personnel of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau in shirts with a clear message: St. Maarten is open for business. Or, to put it simple, “Yes, We’re Open! Several volunteers will also be present in the shirts.
The shirts depict an airplane for PJIA and a cruise ship for Port St. Maarten. Adorned in St. Maarten colors, the commemorative logo also features St. Maarten’s National bird the Brown Pelican, an outline of St. Maarten in the background, the latitude and longitude coordinates of St. Maarten and the hashtag #sxmstrong, made popular on social media in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. The October 10 and November 11 dates also form part of the logo. Finally, St. Maarten’s area code “721” is emboldened in the middle of a symbol of a hurricane.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The staff of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School (MLK) received a token of appreciation in recognition of World Teacher's Day on Thursday morning from Lazy Lizard Restaurant.
"I was elated when Mr. Nikhil Kukreja did not hesitate to team up with me by showing some appreciation to our staff especially on their special day," said Stuart Johnson School Manager of MLK.
Johnson added, "this Teacher's Appreciation Day we are at school instead of traditionally being on midterm break which makes it feel somewhat different.
So, I encourage you to keep faith and remain committed despite the new reality facing us in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma."
COLE BAY, St. Maarten - Management of Prime Distributors on Friday explained that a video circulating on social media alleging relief items for sale at Prime, is misleading and incorrect.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - After the passing of hurricane Irma all day care centers suffered damage, some more extensive than the other ones and were left without power and potable water.
In accordance with the law, day centers must be able to operate in a safe and healthy manner. Power, being form the grid or through a generator, drinking water, proper ventilation and suitable and safe playground are some of the requirements.
An inspection team consisting of inspectors from the Ministry VSA, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of VROMI have conducted inspections on health, safety, infrastructural and educational aspects. Hazards related to these aspects shouldn’t be present.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Thursday said that Monday, October 9, in line with Constitution Day, is a Public Holiday and all businesses can remain open at their discretion.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A family member of Mr. Reginald Andrews, victim of the deadly stabbing which took place on September 17th at Over the Bank in Philipsburg have finally reported to the Philipsburg Police Head Quarters.
The body of Mr. Andrews whose life was violently taken is being held at a morgue until family members would come to claim the body.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group is not allowing the effects of two devastating hurricanes to get in the way of the company’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign that brings attention to personnel and the general public about the dangers of an equally devastating disease.
Each year TelEm Group focuses on the campaign by participating in various Breast Cancer Awareness events, and by decorating the company’s lobby area in the main building on Pond Island to stimulate public attention and reaction. The company has also sponsored various Breast Cancer Awareness efforts in the community in past years, including a sponsored cycle ride and a march through the Philipsburg area.
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public session on October 6, 2017.
The plenary public meeting is scheduled for Friday at 10.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.
The agenda point is Advice regarding the (re)appointment of an Ombudsman.
PHILIPBURG, St. Maarten — Community connectedness, collaboration and the creation of safe spaces are some additional elements needed to bounce back collectively from the psychological, material, environmental and financial wounds caused by Hurricane Irma which descended on the island on September 6, 2017, according to The St. Maarten Foundation For Psychologists & “Orthopedagogen” (SFPO).
SFPO officials said on Thursday, October 5, 2017, that the pain and stress experienced as a result of the hurricane is being experienced both on the individual and community level. Healing and rebuilding therefore can be brought about via the provision of psychological support to the individual, as mentioned by colleagues of the Association of Psychologists and Allied Professionals (APAP SXM) but also through the coming together of people within districts in practical ways. For example, two days after the passing of the storm, young men of a particular district were observed drawing water from the district well and filling the buckets of women, children and the elderly. This simple act led to the ‘recreation’ of the old society during which individuals were intertwined with the whole community, whereby one person’s pain was felt by the entire community, and whereby community solutions were sought to assist the individual member.
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