Island Notices

Island Notices (1912)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Central Committee will meet in a session on May 15, 2017. The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure, who is the Shareholder Representative of GEBE, will be present.

The Central Committee meeting requested by Members of Parliament, F.A. Meyers, T.E. Heyliger, S.M. Bijlani, T.E. Leonard, and C.M.M. Connor, has been set for Monday, May 15, 2017 at 15.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is:


Deliberation on the current state of affairs of GEBE.

Philipsburg, Soualiga Boulevard - Well over five hundred persons, including family and friends gathered in front of the New Government Administration Building Saturday night, where a wake and cultural manifestation was held in honor of cultural icon, the late Neville York.

The event was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports in collaboration with family of the late Neville York.

Mr. York, who was the Head of the Culture Department, died suddenly early Tuesday morning, May 9th. He was 50 years old. 

The death of Neville York sent shock wave throughout the nation, as the day before, Monday, May 8th; his mother was laid to rest.  

The cultural manifestation, which started at around 6 pm, also attracted many of the island’s finest musicians, as the late Neville York was also a professional instrumentalist.

During the memorial event, attendees were also treated to a night of entertainment, as the various bands, including Impact Band, Tanny and the Boys as well as the 2017 band of the year; XP Band filled the air with some superb musical renditions.   

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Representatives of the United People’s (UP) Party Board visited the New Government Administration Building at Soualiga Boulevard where they signed the condolence book to the late Neville York.

“The UP Board, on behalf of the party leader, the UP Parliamentary Faction, and the members and supporters of the party, express their deepest sympathy to the family, colleagues and friends of Neville York.

“York was the Head of the Cultural Department, a musician and a cultural icon.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Preparations are in full swing by the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) for the annual Junior Minister of Tourism Inter-Scholastic Panel Discussion.

The Sundial School Team presented the following synopsis of its debating group.  The speaker of the group is Oveidy Soriano. “Our speaker is a former student of Oranje School which is located right in middle of the biggest shopping promenade, Front Street. As the daughter of two working class parents Oveidy understands the benefits of hard work and plans to get into legal professions as a way of enhancing the quality of life of St. Maarteners.

“Caleb Carter, the lone male researcher of the group is the last of his siblings but first in his academics.  With a demonstrated interest in group and outdoor activities, he sees his participation in this activity as a chance to offer ideas that will offer ideas to help St Maarten to improve its tourism product.

“Janelle Andre boasts of firsthand knowledge of the tourism industry since she has had numerous conversations with visitors while on tours conducted by her father.  She expects that the experience of participating in this event will give her a better appreciation of her island home while bringing to light some of the lesser known wonders of St. Maarten.

“Future medical doctor, Naomi Desaines, expressed her interest in learning more of St. Maarten, and finding some of its hidden attractions.  Her father’s job at the Harbor port of entry has given her an inside view of the less glamorous activities that goes into ensuring that visitors to the island are safe and satisfied while they transfer in and out of the island.  She hopes to reach more conservative visitors and give them a quality experience that will turn them to repeat visitors.

MARIGOT, Sint Martin - An agreement paving the way for better cooperation between the prosecutor’s office of the French side and Philipsburg was signed on Friday, during a ceremony held at the Courthouse in Marigot.

The document, which was inked on behalf of the Dutch and French governments, is designed specifically towards island cooperation on police matters on St. Maarten/St. Martin.

The accord was concluded in October 2010, however, entered into force in October of 2015. “Since that moment, we have been working together on how the agreement should be implemented. Such procedures always take time. But today, finally, we have reached the final text of the instructions we all approved of and can work with,” prosecutor Nanouk Lemmers said.  

She also noted that the signed cooperation is a good thing for law enforcement and at the same time, a bad thing for criminals, who have been engaged in criminal activities, and have been able to cross the borders without any obstacles for years and years, when law enforcement agents had to stop at the border and watch them escape to either sides. However, with the signed agreement, this is something of the past.

She remarked: “This agreement and set of instructions give our law enforcement agents the possibility to cross border pursuit, cross border surveillance and it offers the possibility to request information on a police basis.”  

This means that the instruction makes police work on a multi state island like on St. Maarten easier and more effective.  “As long as I have been on the island, since March 2014, the cooperation between the Dutch and the French prosecutors has been good,” she further stated, adding that there has been daily contacts between the two entities.  

Also present for the signing of the agreement Friday afternoon were the Solicitor General Jan Spaans, Chief Prosecutor Ton Maan, the Chief Persecutor of Guadeloupe Samuel Finiel, Commissioner of Police Carl John, Deputy Commissioner of Police Denise Jacobs and Chief Inspector Benjamin Gout, among others.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Bank Ltd (WIB) assisted The Parish of Simon & Jude Anglican Church

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao - This morning, Friday May 12 th, The Dutch Caribbean Coastguard (DCCG) Detained twenty-six (26) undocumented persons on Klein Curacao. The day before that, another three werealso Detained.

In a well-coordinated action of the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard, with Super-RHIB and Jet Ski in the water and Dash-8 and the helicopter in the air, a total of twenty-nine documented persons with the Venezuelan Nationality were Detained. This action has been going on for several at days and nights and resulted in the arrest or thesis twenty-nine people. With actions zoals synthesis, the Coast Guard crew must always be alert, as illegal weapons and drugs are found or at.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Benjamin & Parker Corporation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) conducted a study in Latin America (Colombia, Valle del Cauca) and the Dutch Caribbean on the implementation of Corporate Efficiency Guidelines. The disclosures revealed that the Efficiency in the corporate perceptions is Accessibility, Reliability and Availability of Financial information (ARA principle) on which stakeholder’s decision are made or has to rely on.

Fact is that the corporate financial requirement cannot depend only on the ARA principle as a new turn in technology has created new threats while impact and containment hereof is not thoroughly and sufficiently addressed.

Corporate Effectiveness is measured by the achievement of a set goal, which is barely defined within the Efficiency objectives. The misrepresentation that Efficiency is Cost savings, which mathematically cannot be determined, and that Effectiveness, which objectives are not clear, is monitored by Efficiency baseline guidelines is an unsustainable science that has been embedded in the corporate world for decades but today’s business community demands much more thorough studies. Efficiency is a tool to promote administrative accuracy; however there is no formula to determine how to measure cost savings achievement levels within the administrative cycle.
Effectiveness measurement emphasizes in today’s competitive world on how cash improvement actions are implemented to secure profits and or how to contain losses evolution. In addition B-Parker, identifies the urgent need by businessmen to secure the money channels based upon expressions like:” We are trying to get the money through the front door while its flying out the backdoor”. This statement confirms that waste of resources is not handled correctly and these losses are deliberately allocated into the selling price, conditioning inflation, creating the new scientific term “negligence inflation or self inflicted inflation”.

It’s fair to say that untreated waste of resource by the companies is being allocated to the customers, resulting in the decrease and limitation of the purchase power by the community consciously, who subsequently blames Governments for the increase of the cost of living.

High waste of resources is known in the following corporate branches:
Energy suppliers
Food whole and retail sale
Medical field

The aftermath when the recovery of the waste is not achieved through sales, profits capsize, management takes the ultimate action to secure their financial expectations by firing personnel. The general corporate culture dictates that personnel is the first account to be addressed, without considering the impact of corporate image self-destruction by compromising customer quality management and not to mention the increase of unemployment statistics. The decrease of employment opportunities, the increase of unemployment, brain drain, brain waste, taxation ambushes and no financial incentives for new investors is the formula for economic instability in any country, which based upon our study, initiates in the corporate environment. Fact is that the customer is between rising of cost of living, unemployment, poor employment possibilities which may have been triggered by the same corporations and businesses, due to negligence to detect cost and or waste evolution of their products.

GENEVA - Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman represented Sint Maarten at United Nations Office in Geneva on the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review. The Universal Periodic Review, or UPR for short, is a review of the human rights record of all United Nations member states, in this case the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Kingdom, and therefore Sint Maarten, is party to a number of Human Rights Treaties. 

As a party to a treaty there are a number of obligations that the state must fulfill. These obligations vary based on the content of each respective Treaty. The UPR is unique in that unlike all other Human Rights Treaties it does not concern itself with a specific theme but reviews and holds to account the state party on all human rights treaties and obligations. The UPR allows state parties, in the report that each is obligated to submit to the United Nations, to highlight efforts made to ensure that human rights are safeguarded within its borders. 
Sint Maarten's report underscored progress made in three specific areas, falling under two thematic headings. Under the themes legislation and judicial matters, Sint Maarten highlighted the implementation of the new Penal Code and the new crimes it covers including (financing) of terrorism and money laundering. Under this thematic heading Sint Maarten also highlighted the progress made in combatting human trafficking and Sint Maarten's most recent ranking in tier 1 in the United States a trafficking in Persons Report. This rank means that Sint Maarten fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons. Under the thematic heading of social development, Sint Maarten proudly presented the work it has undertaken in ensuring education for all, with the implementation of the law on compulsory education. 
Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman, as representative of the Government of Sint Maarten, joined Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk, Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba in The Hague Juan David Yrausquin, and Policy Advisor at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Curacao Miloushka Sboui-Racamy, at the Head table to defend the record of the Kingdom during the one-day public hearing.
During the hearing, the bulk of questions posed by UN member states were directed to the Netherlands, but a large number of general questions to the Kingdom regarding pending ratifications, treaty reservations, and the Rights of the Child were frequently received by the delegation. 
Minister Boasman in invited comments from the delegates of Algeria, Australia, and the Republic of Korea answered additional questions regarding education access for disadvantaged children, human rights monitoring mechanisms, and adult and youth detention facilities respectively. In so doing, he highlighted the work done by the Constitutional Court, as well as ongoing efforts regarding the prison and the work of the Miss Lalie Center in the area of youth detention and rehabilitation. 

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Saturday, May 13. 

Senior citizens are invited to the St. Martin’s Home which is located at St. John’s Estate road #6 for More Movement for the Elderly Fitness.

To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Older adults aged 60 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily.

The activity has been organized and coordinated over a one-year period by Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF), Windward Islands Physical Therapist Association (WIPTA) and I&I Fitness.

The Saturday activity is being coordinated by WYCCF from 10.30AM to 12.00PM at the aforementioned address.

It's recommended that adults aged 60 or older do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Some activity, however light, is better for your health than none at all.

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