Island Notices

Island Notices (1912)

FRENCH CUL DE SAC, Saint Martin - On Sunday May 7th Prime Minister The Honorable William Marlin & Minister of Education Culture Youth & Sport The Honorable Silveria Jacobs attended the annual Fish Day Festivities in French Cul-de-sac.

President of the Collectivite of St. Martin Daniel Gibbs, during the Opening Ceremony for Fish Day thanked both Ministers representing the Government of St Maarten for their presence at the event. In his opening remarks President Gibbs outlined the importance of the agriculture & fisheries sectors as important industries to help stimulate economic activity on French St. Martin.

As part of the Opening Ceremony for Fish Day Prime Minister Marlin & Minister Jacobs were invited to accompany President Gibbs and other invited guest aboard a traditional fishing vessel to lay a wreath at sea.

BELAIR, St. Maarten - “Awesome.” “Wonderful.” “Inspiring.” “Exceptional.” “Well Organized;” are a few of the words attendees at Leadercast Live 2017, used to describe their experience. Leadercast, the largest one day global leadership conference, hosted locally by Victorious Living Foundation via live simulcast for the fifth consecutive year, attracted over 165 registrants.

The theme for Leadercast 2017 was “Powered by Purpose.” Attendees from all walks of life, ages and ethnic backgrounds gathered at the Belair Community Centre to be empowered, enlightened and inspired. Participants included sixth grade students of the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School, youth from several Methodist congregations who were encouraged to attend by their Superintendent Minister, Rev. Dr. Joan Delsol Meade, and the St. Maarten Youth Parliament.

Businesses continue to see the value of Leadercast increasing their employees’ leadership capacity and were strongly represented; including Nagico, Motorworld, Telem headed by its recently appointed CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy; and many others.

Participants also hailed from organizations such as the Joint Court of Justice, The David Company whose CEO, Dr. Alicia Liverpool was a speaker at Leadercast, and the Governor de Graaf Primary School board and staff, who travelled all the way from Statia for Leadercast.

Attendees were wowed by International speakers such as the world renowned director, playwright, producer and philanthropist, Tyler Perry, who did not disappoint; Dr. Henry Cloud, author, leadership expert & clinical psychologist; Suzy Welch, leadership expert & Best-Selling author; Molly Fletcher, sports agent, author, & world-renowned public speaker, Andy Stanley, leadership author  & communicator and many more renowned international speakers.

Two local millennials also spoke at Leadercast: Ralph Cantave, 21 year old local author, speaker and entrepreneur and 19 year Dwayne Griffith, a young social entrepreneur studying Social Entrepreneurship at Watson University. Both young men have attended Leadercast at Victorious Living’s host site for two to three years respectively and shared how Leadercast has impacted their lives.

Francis-Cotton and the Victorious Living team are pleased with the results of Leadercast which impacted and transformed many lives. She is grateful to Victorious Living’s Leadercast partners including Leadercast in Atlanta, The St. Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport, Caribserve, who provided an excellent feed for the live simulcast; Auto Bev Services, the media houses including 102.7 FM, SOS Radio, and many more. Francis-Cotton is eternally grateful to her husband, Roy Cotton, Jr. and Victorious Living’s team who worked tirelessly to ensure Leadercast’s success.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – On Friday morning, May 5th, three teams of a total of 13 officers from the Inspectorate of Ministry Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), and Inspectorate of VSA (Ministry Public Health, Social Development and Labour) held simultaneous joint controls at two locations in Philipsburg and at a location on A. Th. Illidge Road.

The main goal of the control was to enforce the National Ordinance on Public Street Trade and the Establishment Regulations for Businesses.

The objectives for the Inspectorate of TEATT was to control for unlicensed vending activity and verifying if businesses are operating according to their issued business permit and the stipulated conditions.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Department of Collective Prevention Services (CPS) which falls under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is currently in the process of creating a Multi-Hazard Disaster Manual for the event of a Public Health Emergency.

The aforementioned will be in line with International Health Regulations (IHR) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Plan of Action 2016-2021 for the creation of a resilient health sector.

Starting on May 10 until May 12, a follow-up multi-hazard workshop will be held that will include CPS staff, stakeholders and a representative from PAHO.

The workshop is a follow-up to the first one that was held in May 2016.

The WHO embarked on the process to reduce the risks of disasters where protecting people’s health is at the centre of a new international framework.

The Haiyan Typhoon in the Philippines to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, have highlighted the centrality of human health to collective goals in disaster risk reduction by all sectors.

WHO has designed a new policy framework Reducing Health Consequences of Emergencies and Disasters: A Risk Management Policy Guide to help countries to effectively manage emergency risks and reduce their health consequences.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says there is nothing worse than an unwanted house guest, especially when they do nothing but suck you dry.

Mosquitoes have nasty habits of buzzing around; causing itchy bite marks and making many grab the nearest can of bug repellant.

This year Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week will be observed from May 8 to May 12 under the theme, “Small Bite, Big Threat.”  The Region has become increasingly susceptible to mosquito borne diseases, which threaten the health of the people of the Caribbean, according to the Caribbean Public Health Agency.

CPS in line with the aforementioned and will be providing information via radio and TV programs and the print-media about the elimination of mosquito breeding sites.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – With Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) 2017 having just concluded at the end of April, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) recently received 250 re-useable water bottles from Social & Health Insurances (SZV) for the first of two planned Vaccination Open House events, the first one set for Saturday.    

The second Open House is scheduled for Saturday, June 10.  Saturday’s Open House will be held at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg from 9.00am to 4.00pm for children between 0-17 years old.

Parents and guardians are asked to bring their child’s vaccination record/book to the Open House.  There will also be presentations from 10.00am to 1.30pm on Oral Health, Puberty and Reproductive Health.

Vaccines help your immune system fight more than 20 dangerous diseases.  From the time we’re born, vaccines offer protection to help individuals stay healthy throughout their entire lives.

This is the 15th year that VWA has been organized.  It was held under the theme: #GetVax to celebrate a healthy tomorrow!

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher over the weekend praised part 1 of the BBC Travel Show feature on St. Maaten as “marketing and promotion you cannot buy” and a “terrific marketing opportunity for the island.” She urged the public to check out the episode via the BBC or when the link to episode is placed on this week.

The BBC Travel Show is Europe’s most watched travel show, seen by potentially a quarter-of-a-billion people across the globe. The BBC Travel Show sent a crew to the island recently to cover the SXM Music Festival. While on island, contact was made with the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau and an interview setup with its new Head Rolando Brison.

Part 1 of the feature on St. Maaten has already aired seven times since Friday. It is scheduled to be aired on the BBC on Wednesday May 10, Thursday May 11 and Tuesday May 16 (check local times).

CAY BAY, St Maarten - GEBE Power Plant employees attended a retreat on May 4 & 5th that focused on improving services to their valued customers and reviewed policies and procedures to ensure GEBE was providing the best services possible. The Retreat was a continuation of a prior Retreat which was held earlier in the year that identified a new way forward for the Plant. It focused on adopting high performance principles, eliminating department challenges, improving plant functions and increasing internal employee’s momentum and morale.

The continuation of the Retreat has been effective. The plant has adopted new practices and continues to work as a team with the Managing Board to ensure all realistic goals are achieved.  

The Retreats have been lead by Training Professionals International, TPI.

WILLEMSTADThe formation process of a new government for Curaçao is progressing steadily. The three parties that committed to working together already announced the names of their candidate-ministers for the government.

The ruling party emitted a press release announced that Eugene Rhuggenaath will be the Prime Minister and the Minister of General Affairs. He will also be in charge of the oil refinery. The President of the party, Zita Jesus-Leito has been nominated as Minister of Traffic, Transportation and Spatial Planning. Marilyn Alcala-Walle as Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, and the newcomer Quincy Girigorie as Minister of Justice.

The party also nominated Anthony Begina as Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague. He will represent Curaçao in the Kingdom Council of Ministers.

The party also announced who they will present as President of Parliament. This will be William Millerson. Their faction leader in Parliament will be Anamaria Pauletta.

Coalition partner MAN also announced its candidate-ministers for the new government.

As Minister of Economic Affairs, MAN nominated Steven Martina. As Minister of Social Development, Labor and Welfare, the party nominated its leader Hensley Koeiman. Kenneth Gijsbertha will once again be appointed as Minister of Finance, and Armin Konket as Minister of Government Planning, Policy and Service.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the removal of bollards on Front and Back Street will commence on Sunday, May 7 up until and including Tuesday, May 9.

The removal of the bollards will be carried out between 7.00am and 4.00pm. There will be a temporary road closure in the area where the bollard is being removed. Once the bollard has been removed, the road will be re-opened.

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