Island Notices

Island Notices (1912)

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – TelEm Group has scored a big hit with the island’s young soccer players – and it’s all because of the company’s yearly sponsorship of an important inter-schools soccer

tournament organized each year by the St. Maarten Soccer Education Foundation.

As a token of thanks, the Foundation recently presented TelEm Group with a special plaque recognizing its continued assistance to the youth and to the foundation board members generally.

Mr. Gittens said as well as helping to promote the event each year, sister company TelCell has made it possible for the foundation to provide soccer balls, uniforms and other training equipment to various schools so that they can continue to take part in the tournament on a higher and higher level each year.

“We have been able to provide medals and trophies for all participants and also to create a culture of sportsmanship and love for the game that continues both on and off the field,” said Mr. Gittens.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Thanking you in advance for your attention and cooperation.

Pregnant, and breastfeeding mothers invited to May 17 Breastfeeding Cafe.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The second phase of Backstreet repairs began on Monday May 8, 2017 which commenced at the Zoutsteeg and will end at the intersection near Angelo’s boutique.

Completion of the second stage will take approximately two weeks depending on how many persons request connection to the sewage line and the weather.

The complete Backstreet repairs are separated in 5 phases. Asphalt will be poured until Weduwen Steeg. After that point the road will be leveled by the repairing of sections of bricks until the end Backstreet.   Subsequently road markings will be painted, the curbs will be painted black and white and the bus stops will be painted yellow. The bollards on the back street will also be removed. This will not only enhance the appearance of the hectic strip but also give pedestrians more walking space. Honorable Minister Christopher Emmanuel is also looking into having benches and durable trash bins placed on the Backstreet.

Honorable Minister Emmanuel strongly believes Philipsburg sets the standard for the other districts and should always be in a superior state.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The 10th UNESCO Youth Forum will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France from 25 to 26 October 2017.  Since 1999, the UNESCO Youth Forum has provided an innovative, ongoing opportunity for youth to work in dialogue with UNESCO, to shape and direct the Organization’s approach and to present their concerns and ideas to Member States.

The forum brings together expert youth from all regions of the world to discuss pertinent issues related to UNESCO fields of competence. During the youth forum, a series of recommended actions and priorities will be drafted to guide UNESCO’s youth actions for the next biennium. These will be presented at the 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference.

Over the past years, young people from St. Maarten have benefited immensely from participating in past youth forums.  Some of the young people who have participated in previous UNESCO Youth Forums over the years include:  Ralph Cantave, Majorie Cortico Ramirez, Anisa Dijkhoffz, Melanie Choisy, Kenneth Serrant, and Ruthaidith Rudolfina.  

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – From May 17 – 24, 2017, seven (7) local entrepreneurs will work with international students and faculty of Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Kansas, as part of the International Knowledge Exchange Program (IKEP). Due to the success of last year’s program, FHSU has returned to St. Maarten a second year, which has never been done in the history of this program as this program provides support to different countries throughout the region.

This year more than twenty (20) interns and three faculty will be supporting locally based entrepreneurs for a week. These interns have a variety of skill sets including accounting, finance, tourism& hospitality management, agriculture business, marketing, and management. The interns are divided to groups of three and each group is assigned to an entrepreneur to assist with a business need. One of the key changes in this year’s program is that entrepreneurs benefit from two (2) groups which can help them address two (2) different needs in their business.

Started by the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (COESL) in 2013, IKEP helps to develop students into global citizens while supporting sustainability of the entrepreneurs throughout the region. Headed by Dr. Marcia Brandon, a premier expert on entrepreneurship development and sustainability in the Caribbean, COESL has a variety of programs throughout the region to stimulate entrepreneurship and transform communities in a dynamic way. The IKEP is in partnership with the leading entrepreneurial university of the Midwest, Fort Hays State University (FHSU), where FHSU students and faculty travel to an island in the Caribbean and use their knowledge and skill set to meet a business need of a local entrepreneur.

INFOBIZZ is a preferred local of IKEP program and lead coordinator for this program on St. Maarten. With the aim to develop successful entrepreneurs, INFOBIZZ has hosted a variety of events and programs to help empower entrepreneurs locally, reaching over 1000 entrepreneurs since its launch in 2013.

The University of St. Martin has partnered with INFOBIZZ, to better assist the international interns and provide a program of quality for the entrepreneurs. USM students are able to provide the interns with an intercultural experience and facilitate with obtaining information and doing research. The interns will work with the entrepreneur, adding value to the business while experiencing firsthand the challenges that many entrepreneurs face.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Lions Club regrets to announce to the public that due to some technical challenges and after consulting with committee in charge of the fundraising bingo, the board of directors have decided to postpone the Lions Mother’s Day Bingo which was scheduled for this Saturday May 13th, 2017 to the new date of Saturday June 17th. The venue will be the same location which is at the St. Maarten Harbor Complex in the new Home Porting Building and seats 700 persons. Parking will be available onsite, doors open at 7pm for the public to obtain their bingo cards and the first bingo game starts at 8pm sharp.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher congratulated the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation for “a job well done” in organizing and executing Carnival 2017, pointing to the fact that with the continued growth of St. Maarten Carnival, the economic impact for the island is greater.

“As you know all of Carnival’s subsidy comes directly from the TEATT Ministry with the intention that the SCDF dedicates the majority of these funds to marketing the festival regionally and internationally. Judging by hotel bookings alone through the month of April, Carnival continues to do very well for the economy of St. Maarten with stay-over visitors, most of whom stay for a week or more on St. Maarten. This leads to a positive economic spin-off for hotels, restaurants, car rentals and Carnival Village and events,” the Minister said.

Prior to Carnival 2017 the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau reported that hotel occupancy through April was at 85 percent. The Minister noted that occupancy increased (to approximately 92%) with a surge of visitors to the island in the last two weeks of Carnival. Final numbers is still being compiled.

The Minister noted that social media and online activity also increased this year with the SCDF utilizing its very popular Facebook page with more than 40,000 likes, Snapchat, Instagram and its website to engage potential visitors from across the world who now know about St. Maarten’s Carnival.

In addition to the SCDF, the Minister explained, there are now several independent video, still-photography and other social media outlets that cater specifically to the promotion of Carnival. “The videos and images that are being spread worldwide about Carnival is very impressive,” she noted.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday announced that Seaborne Airlines, after discussions with the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB), have launched daily flights out of San Juan, Puerto Rico with the main purpose of driving prices lower on that critical route ahead of the busy Caribbean travel period normally experienced in June through August.

Additionally, the Minister also announced that STB has secured an agreement with Seaborne that will result in a 20 percent discounted fare for all locals out of St. Maarten. “They can book it online or by phone, and just have to present a valid local ID or Dutch Passport upon departure,” the Minister said.

The daily flights by Seaborne commenced on May 5 and will run for the rest of the year. Prior to this Seaborne used to service St. Maarten 4 times a week in the high season and three times a week in the low season. Now we’re going from 3 to 7 flights in the low season which will drive more Caribbean traffic to the destination.

“Seaborne will also as part of our incentive deal offer free travel vouchers when necessary for government to travel on business, saving the government (and thus tax payers) potential thousands of guilders a year as well. Seaborne will also be working with STB on servicing critical routes that have since been dropped by LIAT such as St. Croix and St. Thomas,” the Minister said.

The Minister explained that the intention is to create a sister-island relationship between San Juan and St. Maarten so that locals from each island can enjoy discount travel to one another's destinations.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On May 15, 2017 Benjamin & Parker Corporation in association with PCMI SXM, managed by Mr. Robert Budike, will organize the examination sessions  (Online/Onsite) for the following sciences:

-Tax Administration Plus+, which gives the participant full tax management capabilities and qualifications
E-Anti Money Laundering a tailored course designed for Electronic detection of financial behavior.
-Risk and Efficiency Auditing, which prepares the Auditor for Cash improvement and Effectiveness enhancement within Small and Medium Size Enterprises

The objectives:
Tax Administration Plus+
The Tax administration Plus+ prepares the student to scan, edit and solve fiscal problems independently. After meeting the academic requirements the student will be able to solve fiscal problems for Small and Medium Size Enterprises at the highest levels within the taxation environment.

E-Anti Money Laundering
The E-AMLD examination sessions prepares the specialist to scan and evaluate the electronic financial behavior of the client by recognizing financial actions with dubious or irregular characteristics

Risk and Efficiency Auditing

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister Jacobs would like to take the time to wish all secondary school students much success with their upcoming exams. Minister Jacobs encourages all students to focus, and put all efforts into working hard as this is the last stretch towards tertiary education and/or entrance into the work field.

“The process to get to this point took several years, but we all know the the last stretch weighs heaviest. So continue to focus, push harder than you ever have, and do not give up. You are almost there. Believe in yourself and trust that your best will see you through. Ensure that you’ve gotten enough rest, have a good breakfast to fuel the brain and drink lots of water.”

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