Island Notices

Island Notices (2079)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten flag symbolizes the qualities we should represent as a Nation; our flag represents the unity and love we should have for human kind, the strength and courage we should represent as a land and the appreciation we should have for our ecosystem and those that inhabit it.

We must contribute to preserving St. Maarten for our future generations to come. Pledge to keep the it clean, take care of our beaches, trees, mangroves, hills, and even the animals who are vital in sustaining our system.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten For the first time in history, St. Martiner Shemar Deion Bute has been drafted to a Division 1 school. Bute, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College will be attending Connecticut Central State University(CCSU) in the Fall of 2017. He currently plays center but will be a forward at CCSU. Bute is a graduate of St. Maarten Academy and was awarded Athlete of the Year.

Bute is a second-year participant on Tallahassee Community College men's basketball team. After attending TCC for a year, he earned a spot on the Eagles' 2015-16 roster and promptly averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 31 games, good for a spot on the Coaches' All-Panhandle Conference Second-team.

He was also named to the FCSAA All-Tournament Team after helping the Eagles to the tournament championship game.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Due to unforeseen circumstances the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) National Consultation, organized by Culture Department and UNESCO Office, which was scheduled for Monday June 12th –Wednesday June 14th, 2017, has been postponed. 

A new date will be confirmed with the facilitator Mr. David Brown, and thereafter, the new dates and times will be made known. The intention is to host the workshops before the ending of June. 

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten - The leading St. Martin painter Sir Roland Richardson is the new recipient of the Presidents Award from the St. Martin Book Fair.

Richardson accepted the award at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 15th anniversary on June 3, 2017, and said that he was even more touched to be honored by a St. Martin organization.

Richardson was awarded the ebony statute for his 30 plus years of “uplifting the people and cultural life of the island nation of St. Martin,” said Jacqueline A. Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF), and Sample, presented the award to the artist at the American University of the Caribbean (AUC). The audience included Sir Roland’s family, and authors and artists from different parts of the world. The lecture hall venue was sponsored by AUC, said Reiph, who is also the book fair co-founder and coordinator.

“Roland Richardson’s artwork is iconic for its sheer beauty and perhaps its unmatched volume for a St. Martin artist. And also for archiving rapidly changing landscapes and capturing as patrimony the dignity and varied elegance of the St. Martin people,” said Lasana M. Sekou, author and co-founder of the St. Martin Book Fair.

Roland’s environmental activism of the mid-1980s to early 1990s, coupled with his brief writings on St. Martin history and culture in Discover as the magazine’s editor, also had much to do with why he was selected for the Presidents Award in a year with ‘Art’ as the book fair theme,” said Sekou.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The outgoing President of the St. Maarten Lions Club, Lion Davey Woods named Lion Michael van Grieken as “Lion of the Year” at the installation Dinner of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - St. Maarten Lions Club installed their new President and Board at the Divi Little Bay Resort on the 100th  Anniversary on Lions Club International.  The incoming President for 2017-2018 is Lion Alison Busby. The rest of Board of Directors are comprised of Immediate Past President Lion Davey Woods MJF, 1st Vice President is Lion Christ’l Larmonie, 2nd Vice President Carmen Lake, Secretary Lion Oralie Boirard, Treasurer Lion Claudio Buncamper MJF, 1-Year Director Lion Jennifer Johnson, 2-Year Director Wanuki Holiday and Membership Director Lion Eldert Louisa MJF. Non-Board positions that were also installed at the ceremony were Lion Michael van Grieken as Tamer and Lion Claudius Buncamper PMJF as Tail twister.
The outgoing President Lion Davey mentioned his long list accomplishments to the crowd of Lions, partners in service and families at the dinner which was also attended by Honorable Minister of Justice Mr. Rafael Boasman, who is also a long serving Lions member.
Minister Boasman gave a speech about how proud he felt being a Lion, congratulated the club on it’s many achievements and gave a toast to Lions Club International, District 60B and the   St. Maarten Lions Club. Zone 2B Chairlady Lion Ernie Hodge-Carty from Anguilla also attended the event along with the President and members from the three French Lions Clubs, Lions Club Oualichi, Doyene and Fort Louis.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), would hereby like to remind motorists that part of Back Street and certain side streets will be closed on Monday, June 12.

The closure is in connection with the asphalting of the newly repaired section of Back Street.  The street will be closed from Gevangenis Street (Angelo’s Boutique) up to Ch. E. W. Voges Street. The works will be carried out from 6.00am to 3.00pm.

The side streets that will be closed on Monday, June 12 are: Gevangenis Street (area of Angelo’s Boutique and the Anglican Church), Wilhelmina Street (House of Parliament), and Hendrick Street (Court House), will be closed off from 6.00am to 3.00pm.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In addition, guest speaker, Mr. Mason gave a motivational speech directed to the students and emphasized the need to always be persistent no matter what obstacles or challenges they encounter while working in the field. Also addressing the gathering was member of MPC management team Mr. Richard Garrin who expressed enthusiasm in collaborating with this program that was a direct link to the vision MPC vocational section has outlined and shared this with Aida Holaman during her many visits at the school.

Vocational students can now be connected to relevant internship programs such as this one:

“For this MPC is extremely grateful.”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Home Repair project designed to assist the most vulnerable in our community to live in decent homes was launched Monday June 12th. The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA), Youth Affairs, contractors and students have all come together in a win, win, win project to benefit the community. The students will gain valuable work experience that will equip them with valuable experience to enter the labor market as a skilled worker. In anticipation of the launch, the contractors and participating students met last week Thursday for an introductory meeting before repairs on the first 12 homes commenced.

Minister Lee’s opening remarks began with a short story that helped paint a picture of the objective of the project. “When I came in as a Minister, there was a gentleman that used to come to our office on a regular basis seeking assistance, and one day he came to request some help to have his house repaired. To get an idea of what kind of repairs the gentleman was referring to, we took a trip to see his living conditions. He lived in a small room, you could see the zinc sheets from his roof pealed back, and the bathroom was deplorable. When it rained he had to put a plastic sheet over his bed so his bed wouldn’t get wet. It was heart wrenching to see elderly that contributed to building this island, living in socially substandard conditions. Certainly, thereafter I came back to the Ministry, and said look, here is clearly a person who has a social problem. We need to find a way to help him immediately.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Gendarmes on the French Side of the island and KPSM assisted by the Customs Department continue to carry out general joint controls as promised using the articles mentioned in “Treaty of Concordia” as a basis. These controls are held with the focus on combating crime on either side of the island in general and mainly armed robberies.

On Friday June 9th between 06.00 a.m. and 09.00 a.m. a joint controls were held simultaneously by both law enforcement organizations at all border crossings.

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