PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Tzu Chi Foundation St. Maarten has broadened its humanitarian efforts and has adopted six schools for a breakfast programme to provide students with fresh breakfast each morning.
The foundation has also donated much-needed packages with school supplies to 1,560 students.
A total of 2,825 students benefitted from the breakfast programme and the school supplies package donation thus far, which involved the efforts of 54 volunteers, who assisted in the process.
The breakfast programme began when school reopened on Monday, October 2, and will continue for one month. It is being done in an effort to help ensure that students have a fulfilling breakfast at the start of each day. The breakfast provided to the adopted schools will include freshly baked bread with cheese, peanut butter and/or jam.
The six schools adopted for the breakfast programme are St. Maarten Vocational Training School (SMVTS), St. Maarten Academy Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education (PSVE), the Academic section of St. Maarten Academy, Methodist Agogic Center-Comprehensive Secondary Education (MAC-CSE), MAC Reverend John A. Gumbs Campus, and the Charlotte Brookson Academy (CBA) for the Performance Arts, which is having temporary classes at University of St. Martin (USM) for now.
The Foundation has also helped students, some of whom lost their school materials during the passage of Hurricane Irma, get much needed items to continue their education. Each school supplies packages contained one clear file holder, three math exercise books, two exercise writing books, two exercise practice books, one ruler, one scotch tape, one documents folder, pens, toothbrush and two pencil set etc. The younger students each received packages containing regular pencils, colour pencils, colouring books, drawing books, eraser, craft and art book etc.
Students who received the stationary packages are from both sections of the St. Maarten Academy, SMVTS, Milton Peters College (MPC), MAC-CSE, MAC Reverend John A. Gumbs Campus, St. Joseph School, Sister Borgia School, and CBA.
The recipient schools were very grateful for the donations and for Tzu Chi’s assistance for the breakfast programme.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group takes another step towards regular opening hours by opening its doors to the public from 8.30 am until 4:30 pm each day starting Tuesday, October 10th.
Last week, opening hours to the general public was 9:00 am until 3:30 pm at the company’s main location on Pond Island and also at its Bush Road location, at Grand Marche. The Simpson Bay location remains closed until further notice.
Personnel have meantime been instructed to begin work from 8:00 am until 5.00 pm instead of the regular start of 7:30 am. TelEm Group Cashiers will close to the public at 3:30 pm while Customer Service will close to the public at 4:30 pm.
CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten - The Government of Guyana will conduct evacuation exercises from St. Martin to Guyana on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 and Wednesday, October 11, 2017, announced that country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.
All persons who had previously registered with Mrs. Lucas-Felix (721-527-0704) will be given first preference. Please note the below flight details:
Tuesday, 10 October, 2017
Jags Aviation Sky Truck
Estimated Time of Departure from St. Maarten – 11.00h on Tuesday, 10 October 2017
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School (MLK) received an innovative portable water filter container dubbed AquaBox from Sandra Cheung of the Tzu Chi Foundation.
"Contributions for our school and especially those benefiting our students does not go unnoticed. I deeply appreciate these initiatives as it will take the entire community to rebuild education in all facets," remarked Stuart Johnson School Manager of MLK.
The simple boxes filter deadly bacterias like cholera and typhoid out of contaminated water making it safe to drink.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – People of St. Maarten, a little over a month ago, we were struck by the most powerful hurricane ever recorded. We are all privileged by the grace of God to have survived that catastrophic storm which was quickly followed by another terrifying one, Maria.
We all know what transpired in the aftermath of those monstrous hurricanes and the heroic efforts of our people to pick up the pieces, dust themselves off and move on as best as they can under incredible conditions.
In the midst of this unprecedented disaster we are called to reflect today on our Constitution, which is the compilation of the fundamental organic laws that governs our country. We celebrate today the seventh anniversary of that document that sealed irrevocably the status of Country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Earlier this summer, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) Foundation began a project to plant native trees at three different locations around St. Maarten (Cay Bay, Sentry Hill and Little Key). Before Hurricane Irma, assessments were conducted to better understand what native plants need to be introduced at each site to increase biodiversity and steps were made to source the plants. The passage of Hurricane Irma has delayed restoration efforts. However, EPIC is now determined to resume the project and plant native trees that are needed now more than ever!
Although the main action of the project is to introduce native trees and increase biodiversity, the focus is on education. A week before the passing of Irma, EPIC reached out to schools to introduce a series of environmental presentations and excursions regarding the importance of biodiversity; many schools had shown great interest.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has decided to lift curfew and end the State of Emergency on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten effective October 6th 2017.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Inspectors of the Inspection/Permits Department from the Ministry of VROMI are currently assessing all structures post hurricane Irma and Maria.
Homes that are deemed unlivable will be marked with the letter O. This information will be used in the social assessments.
Structures that are marked with the letter B indicates severe structural damage. This information will be cautiously used for assessment for rebuilding.
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.
Comments by the two ex-presidents are seen as a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump's leadership.Read more...
The PM tells EU leaders they must work together on a deal "we can defend to our people".Read more...
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the United States has to act as if North Korea is on the verge of being able to strike it[…]Read more...