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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Our Theme: Preservation and awareness of our environment, Treasure the world we are in.

After a one year hiatus, the 2017-2018 HYPE Agendas will be available for high school students in St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius in time for the new school year.  

The locally produced Agendas have been completed and will be ready for students to use at the start of the new academic year, coordinator Zulayka Peterson said in a press release on Monday.

The Agendas are usually produced every year, but due to unforeseen circumstances did not come out for last academic year. The agendas give students easy access to a range of useful data, inspirational stories and contains lots of space to note down their important school related information and reminders.

The Agendas are specifically tailored for the academic year and cover the months that coincide with the school year making them easy for students to use for school related reminders such as noting down their assignments, projects, homework and other school related things.

The HYPE Agenda is a product for the youth by the youth. It was produced by Voice of the Youth St. Maarten in collaboration with a group of students from the various high schools in St. Maarten. Participating students were from St. Dominic High, Charlotte Brookson Academy (CBA) for the Performance Arts, Sundial School, St. Maarten Vocational Training School (SMVTS), both sections of St. Maarten Academy, Milton Peters College (MPC) and Learning Unlimited (LU) Preparatory School.

Students and teacher role models from all the high schools in St. Maarten as well as from the Saba Comprehensive School (in Saba) and Gwendoline van Putten School (in Statia) are profiled in the agenda. So irrespective of which school a student is from, their current and former peers who are role models, are featured.

Participating students were actively involved in the production process and determined the information they wanted to see reflected in the publication; went out and conducted research and wrote most of the articles and profiles that will appear in the Agenda.

The articles reflect the general theme of the Agenda, which focuses on the environment. Peterson said environmental protection was a subject that was close to the heart of the students, who were part of the production process as they see the importance of its preservation and wanted to have this reflected in the agenda.

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao - LTZ2OC Martin Franssen morning wore command of the Coast Guard cutter Jaguar to his rank mate Thomas Roosmalen. The command transfer took place in the presence of Director of Coast Guard, Brigadier General Peter Jan Fin; baptism star Coast Guard Cutter Jaguar, Mrs. Mendez de Gouveia; colleagues from the Coast Guard, family, acquaintances and crew

The outgoing commander looked back on the successes of the Jaguar as the drugs seized 1200 kilograms on the Oceanic I, but also some difficult moments like the death of his mother. Franssen particularly praised the professionalism and team spirit of his crew.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Shareholder Representative of the Princess Juliana International Airport Holding Company (PJIAH) Minister Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Tuesday announced that Michel Hyman has been appointed Managing Director of the airport effective August 1, 2017. Hyman held the position of Caretaker of the company since May 2017.

The Minister described Hyman as a hardworking professional who has served the devoted dedicated service to the airport for years. He served as the airport’s Manager of Operations for many years before assuming the role of Caretaker after former Interim Director Larry Donker resigned earlier this year.

“We are very proud to announce this appointment because not only because he is a son of the soil but because he is very capable professional, loyally serving the airport and St. Maarten.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - St. Maarten’s incumbent telecommunication provider, TelEm Group, has posted a profit for the year 2016. The actual figures have been presented to the company’s Supervisory Board of Directors and the Government shareholder in recent weeks for their consideration and review and are not being made public at this time.

The announcement was made to TelEm Group personnel in a brief internal announcement Friday, in which Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, and Chief Financial officer (CFO) Mrs. Helma Etnel, praised management and staff for the positive financial returns for 2016 in the face of the trend of decreased revenues in the telecommunication industry generally.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten was chosen by cruisers as the number two port of call in Cruise Critic Cruiser’s Choice 2017 in the top-five rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Destinations despite cruise industry challenges and market fluctuations.

One cruiser comment selected and profiled on the online website of Cruise Critic said: “My favorite island – excellent shopping, multitude of things to do on the island, lots of beaches, restaurants, shops, etc. Very friendly locals,” by kbielecki70.

Rankings are based on member review ratings for cruises taken in the last year. Awards are based on port reviews from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

On Wednesday, Cruise Critic announced the winners of its second annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, naming the world’s top cruise destinations, based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on The awards name the top cruise destinations across 15 regions worldwide.

RAMBAUD, St. Martin — National Symbols of St. Martin – A Primer is now available at Van Dorp. The popular book about the island’s history and culture was out of stock for nearly 10 years, said Jacqueline Sample of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

“Mrs. Carty and Mr. Chance of Van Dorp bookstore have been requesting orders of National Symbols of St. Martin for individual customers and schools for a number of years,” said Sample.

“HNP was unable to fill those orders because we had run out of copies from the second printing in 1997,” said Sample on Sunday.

“The new copies of National Symbols are from a limited print-run. I’m happy the book is here for the St. Martin people; for a new generation of students; and for interested persons in the tourism and investment sectors,” said Sample.

The third printing is just in time for university-bound students. “National Symbols is a fact-based, beautiful product of St. Martin for young people leaving home to study abroad in 2017. Don’t leave home without one!” said Sample.

From having a place of pride in some of the nation’s humblest homes to once being listed as a “Netherlands Antilles” source by the US State Department, “I think National Symbols is a trusted companion for students who’ll get homesick,” said Sample.

“It is definitely a resource for some areas of study. It is one of the exciting ways for our young men and women to introduce themselves and their island with confidence to educators, classmates, and new friends from different parts of the world,” said Sample.

“Over the years National Symbols sales helped HNP to commission its junior scholastic readers and to publish other educational and cultural titles like Yvette’s cook book and St. Martin Massive!,” said Sample.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Tears of joy poured on many faces, as many of the island’s students left to further their education in Holland on Sunday. The Ministry of Education in collaboration with Domino Pizza and the Princess International Airport under the theme held a “Bon Voyage” ceremony on Sunday, not only for students traveling to the Netherlands but those destined for the region as well.

Students accompanied by their parents, openly expressed sadness about leaving. However, they were happy that the journey is a good one, as they were moving towards the betterment of their future.

HOLLAND - Air France-KLM strengthens its alliances through Delta, Virgin deals Business July 28, 2017 Air via Wikimedia Commons Air France-KLM has formed new joint ventures with Delta and Virgin Atlantic and is strengthening its ties to China Eastern in moves seen as a bid to cement its position as the European leg in a global network.

All are members of the SkyTeam airline alliance. Under terms of the deals, both Delta and China Eastern will buy 10% stakes in the Franco-Dutch combine for a total of €751mn in newly issued shares, the Financieele Dagblad said on Friday. Air France-KLM is also taking a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic for about €256m. The transactions are part of the long-awaited consolidation in the global aviation industry.

In recent years, the fast-growing air carriers around the Persian golf have been building up significant stakes in airlines they work with. Cross-participations ‘There are a lot of cross-participations in the industry. It’s important that Air France-KLM takes part and secures its position as a leading player on the global stage,’ said KLM CEO Pieter Elbers. Virgin Atlantic has a strong position in the lucrative trans-Atlantic market from London.

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao - The Minister of Government Policy, Planning and Service (BPD), Armin Konket has announced the initiation of the project to make the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) and independent organization.

In cooperation with the current Supreme Electoral Council and the Policy Organization of the Ministry of BPD, a policy memorandum is being drafted that will start the process which will lead to an independent SEC.

Since the beginning of February last year, a bill proposal has been presented to the Council of State. This was a combined proposal consisting of an initiative act of the former government party PAIS and a government proposal.

PHILISPBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher and a small delegation from St. Maarten recently met with Fort Lauderdale city representatives and airport officials to continue discussions on opening that city as the islands next big US hub.

The Minister has targeted Fort Lauderdale since starting her tenure in January and has continued efforts to finalize airlift out of the city, particularly from JetBlue and Southwest Airlines.

The Minister and her team were given a tour of Fort Lauderdale's new international terminal for Southwest, built by Southwest, as well as the international hall out of which JetBlue operates.

The tour was guided by airport officials as well as Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness who welcomed the Minister and had informal discussions about a future business relationship between St. Maarten and Fort Lauderdale.

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