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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The National Institute of Performance Arts (NIA) announces show times for its latest production, The Dude with the Golden Tune, directed by NIA drama teacher Loes Nauta.

The show Premieres March 17th at 8 pm with subsequent shows on March 25 and 31st at 8 pm. A Sunday matinee will take place on March 19th at 3 pm.

Invited guests were treated to a half-price Preview last Sunday at the show venue, at the John Larmonie Center in Philipsburg.

NIA is urging theatre-goers to get their tickets early through cast members, from NIA itself or by reserving a ticket by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ticket prices are $20 in advance, 25$ at the door. 10$ for children (7+) and students.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – TelEm Group’s technicians and engineers are presently handling a disruption in telecommunication services to part of the Simpson Bay area and are diligently working on restoring these services as soon a possible.

Manager, Planning & Engineering, Mr. Jed Carty, informed earlier this evening that technicians have been troubleshooting and have traced the fault to a defective card in a company sub-station in the Simpson Bay area.

“The part of the area affected is from the Bridge to the Lowlands area,” said Mr. Carty.

He said the affected switch currently is providing service to the Princess Juliana International Airport and a decision has been taken to maintain that connection until the airport closes at approximately 11:00 pm this evening, at which time the necessary maintenance and replacement protocols can be observed.

“We do not want to put the airport at any risk by carrying out the scheduled work until we are given the all-clear,” continued, Mr. Carty.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten  On Saturday night March 11th, Prime Minister William Marlin and his spouse Mrs. Gabrielle Marlin hosted the Carnival Queens Dinner with the Prime Minister 2017 organized by Anna Rabess – Richardson, President of Posh Productions.

Present at the Queens Dinner were the 4 reigning Carnival Queens, Junior Queen Trinity Christina, Teen Queen Diandra Marlin, Senior Queen Estika Halley and Mature Queen Norrisa Anatol. Each of the four Queens were given the opportunity to address this year’s delegates who are busy preparing for the upcoming pageants during Carinal 2017. Each reigning Queen spoke about their experiences during the year since winning the crown and encouraged the delegates to work hard and prepare if they wish to succeed in the pageant.

“I am honored and proud to be here with you this evening… Pageantry is just like sports, if you don’t have an attitude of perseverance and the will to never to give up you won’t succeed at it.

MAHO, St. Maarten - “idaline martina (pronounced: ai- de -lien) affectionally nicknamed jiji- is best known as a lady who governs a mans job with class!

trained in the field of roadwrok construction by her late father, wellknown baby martina, jiji has beenactively contributing to her community since 1983. by succesfully completing many projects , trenching and cable work placements has become second nature to her.

with a frim commitment to any role she is assigned to execute, she is able to identify different types of cables with their locations in accordance to where they have been entrenched. in addition to all of the this, jiji has an impecable skill set in the areas of plumbing, carpentry, upholstery and mechanical work, thus, far surpassing the well earned title of field supervisor. and…. ladies and gentlemen supervising she does!!! . in jiji’s way.

firm effective and with a great sense of humor, i must hasten to add, when appropriate!!

every day, from early in the morning thousands have seen jiji for almost 3 decades un- fazed by the blazing sun or adverse weather conditions doing her job in her typical no nonesense manner. admired and respected by those working close with her. u would know seeing her interact with the ‘boys’ in the field.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of General Affairs hereby informs the general public that on Monday, March 13th all Government Departments will reopen to the public as normal.

The following departments will be ready to serve the public, Civil Registry, Tax Administration (Inspectorate & Receivers Office), Public Service Center Simpson Bay, Labor & Social Affairs Department & Finance Department.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – During the March 3rd Second Edition of “Day of the Supervisory Board,” in Aruba, the VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne sponsored presentation focused on risk management.  During the presentation, it was pointed out that risk management was gaining attention within corporate governance.

In the latter quarter of 2016, the first meeting of Port St. Maarten’s Enterprise Risk Assessment (ERA) Committee took place.  The Executive Management of the Port has taken a proactive approach to implement a more disciplined risk management process in line with its corporate governance policies.

Ernst & Young (EY) Advisory Services was contracted in the first quarter of 2016 to carry out the study which was submitted to management in September 2016, and implementation priorities have been executed as of January 2017 by the Port’s ERA Committee to ensure proper work ethic and performance.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Team behind SXM Doet is very proud to announce that this year’s 2017 event has had the largest turnout thus far with over 1,300 persons volunteering throughout the Dutch Side of the island. While a small number of projects experienced a few hiccups at their start, overall most projects ended up being a great success!

For both 2015 and last year’s edition of SXM Doet, the event brought together approximately 1,000 volunteers compared to this year’s 2017 rough estimate of a whopping 1,300 people contributing back to our island’s community over the span of two days.

A total number of 74 projects were organized respectively by 40 locally represented organizations on Friday March 10th and Saturday March 11th. The projects themselves vary in their goals; some projects consisted of organizing entertaining days out for vulnerable groups. For example, groups of elderly persons were taken out for lunch at local restaurants and on tours around the island. Differently abled and physically challenged persons were taken out for a day at the movies where a custom wheelchair ramp was built for easier access to the theatre. A group of dynamic young persons also spent the morning cooking up 150 meals and the afternoon delivering them around the island to less fortunate families and individuals. Patrons visiting various supermarkets on Friday and Saturday could have also run into SXM Doet volunteers kindly asking for donations of canned goods and toiletries for a local community food pantry.

Beautifying playgrounds for children was a strong theme this year, with many playgrounds belonging to various communities and schools receiving much-needed upgrades and renovations. Murals, community gardens and establishing recreational areas for socializing were also popular projects that received a lot of outside assistance from local artists, agriculturalists, and skilled workers. Other projects included setting up of sports facilities like basketball courts, repairing feeding stations for stray animals, and general organizing of storage spaces in need of extra hands to get the job done.

SXM Doet is part of a Kingdom-wide initiative, whereby, this year, a total of over 10.000 projects were hosted with over 400.000 volunteers all giving back to their communities for just two days. The King and Queen join in, as well as Princess Beatrix, whom all physically contribute at a project every single year.

Here in St. Maarten, various Ministers, Parliamentarians, Government Departments and Cabinets, Netherlands representatives were spotted out in different parts of the community lending a helping hand.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Training Professionals International Firm, TPI is one of the sponsors for The Caribbean Electricity Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) conference held at the Dawn Beach Resort and Spa from 10th to 14th March 2017, in St. Maarten.

TPI joins the ranks of NV GEBE the cost – host of the conference for two consecutive years to enrich and enhance the Caribbean at large with a diversified platform of regionally recognized speakers at the event offering their expertise and experiences on, Change Management, Implementing Human Resources Best Practices for Talent to Thrive.

The conference will emphasize leading innovation, creativity and best practices and will provide an opportunity for professionals working in all facets of human resources, communications, marketing, brand management and customer experience to share insights and network with the leading minds in the field.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In the context of the 22nd Meeting of the Ministerial Council Meeting of the Association of Caribbean States Minister Rafael Boasman was the guest of honor at a luncheon hosted by the Dutch Ambassador in Havana Alexandra Valkenburg for Caribbean Ambassadors.

Minister Boasman reminded the gathering of St. Maarten's application for Associate Membership within CARICOM and asked the diplomatic representations for the support of their respective governments.

Minister Boasman also echoed Prime Minister William Marlin's call for increased regional cooperation made during his visit to Havana in June 2016 for the 7th Summit of the Heads of State/Government of the Association of Caribbean States.

PHILLIPSBURG, St. Maarten – NV GEBE is taking the lead as a progressive, forward thinking organization and supporting The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) conference for the second consecutive year in Sint. Maarten.

The CARILEC Annual Conference titled, “Corporate Communications, Human Resources and Customer Service” will be held at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa from 10th -14th March 2017. The conference has two sponsors the local firm Training Professionals International (TPI) and Northwest Linesman College located in Idaho, United States of America.

President and CEO of NV GEBE, Mr. Kenrick Chittick stated: The conference theme “Accountability, Transparency, Customer Experience, “is in direct alignment with NV GEBE’s Managing Board’s (MB) philosophy on moving the organization forward. We have taken a conscious look at our investment in our employees. Training is one of our priorities, we are formally committed to making training and professional development a focus to enrich our work culture. 

  We understand that investing in our employee’s professional development will contribute to high work performance, happier employees and measurable results. Our Customer Care Program has been well received by the community and we want to take all other aspects of NV GEBE to new levels of success.

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