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SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Training Professionals International Firm, TPI will offer their ACCREDITED ADMINSITRATIVE/EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TRAINING in St. Maarten on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort from 8:30am – 5:00pm, lunch included.

TPI facilitated the training in partnership with Anguilla Chamber of Commerce on March 1, 2017 and it was a huge success. A class of over 25 Executive/Administrative assistants from fifteen business and organizations in Anguilla jam packed the room for a full day of accredited training. The training focused on: Self-Management, Time Management, Minute Taking, Microsoft Office Programs, Leadership Skills, Event Planning, Communication Skills and Accounting and Bookkeeping.

The participants had the following to say about the training:

“Memorable and informative.”

“An event in learning that will resonate with me forever.”

“Finally, I have an accredited training that employers recognize worldwide.”

“More than a training, life changing.”

“I have a certificate of value that mean something everywhere.”

“TPI is the new Mc Donald’s of Training in the Caribbean.”

DUTCH QUARTER, St. Maarten – The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School (MLK) has added SocaFit classes as part of its weekly activities. A select group of fifteen students of the Group 7 and Group 8 classes was chosen to participate in this special physical activity.

“SocaFit is a fun yet extremely educational program that will ensure students are able to control their body and its movements. In line with the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) recent stance on the types of appropriate music during carnival, the school felt it appropriate to start this new initiative,” Stuart Johnson School Manager of the Dr. MLK Jr. Primary School said.

“I know both sides of the concern having been the former SCDF President and now being the Principal of this school.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Exercise is the Key to Healthy Aging, For those 60+, your current physical condition can benefit from exercise. Join the More Movement for the Elderly by participating in the next activity on Saturday, March 11 at the St. Martin’s Home (St. John’s Estate) from 10.30AM to 12.00PM. 

PHILIPSBURG , St. Maarten – The SXM DOET Project Management Team hosts successful launch of 2017’s SXM DOET volunteer initiative.

The SXM DOET Project Management Team hosted a very successful launch to its 2017 volunteer initiative at Axum Art Café on Friday February 24th. Thus far 74 projects, hosted by approximately 40 organizations, have been registered and are actively recruiting volunteers. Nearly all participating organizations made it to the launch whereby a quick overview and history was given of SXM DOET and all were presented with their goodies and vouchers. The goodies consisted of the well-known DOET shirts, caps, shades, bandanas as well as many other promotional items to help promote the cause. All made possible with the help of Easy Print and Firgos. The vouchers were provided by Domino’s Pizza, Cake House, Divico, Heavenly Water, and Greenfingers, and consist of varying discounted options to free goods. Ensuring that all participating organizations can make the most of their funds provided to them by Oranje Fonds and a successful execution of their project.

Many participating organizations are returning hosts as well as many newcomers. All providing a great variation of types of projects, from beautifying school yards, sprucing up playgrounds, setting up community gardens, cooking for the less fortunate, helping out animals in need, taking the elderly or foster kids out for a fun day, and many many more.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of General Affairs hereby informs the general public that on Tuesday March 7th a number of Government Departments will be closed to the public due to technical difficulties with the ICT Network.

The following departments are affected, Civil Registry, Tax Administration (Inspectorate & Receivers Office), Public Service Center Simpson Bay, Labor & Social Affairs Department, Finance Department & Records & Information Management (DIV).

GREAT BAY, St. Marteen — “Exciting reading happens in March and February for International Women’s Day and Black History Month. Early in the year I’m also very curious about the performance of books published in St. Martin” by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), said Jacqueline Sample, president of HNP.

Libraries, book distributors, and bookstores may provide some objective information about the performance of books. Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) has a list of HNP books checked out by library customers from 2014 to 2016. “Lizzy Lizard was checked out the most among the 12 HNP titles that were borrowed a number of times from PJL in 2016,” said Sample.

Lizzy Lizard by Robin Boasman was taken out 20 times in 2016, outstretching other HNP books by at least 10 points. The children’s book is a consecutive high performer, since 2014.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Permanent Committee of Petitions, will meet on March 7.

The Petitions Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 11.00 am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point to be discussed is:

Discussion on petition for Parliament to convene a new constitution referendum at the earliest possible date (IS/438/2016-2017 dated January 31, 2017)

This petition was submitted by the President for Independence for St. Martin Foundation, Mr. Joseph Lake as the principal initiator and supported by 30 other citizens.

GREAT BAY, St. Marteen – Winners at the Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards, 2016 were rewarded for their consistency in their various fields, said producer and host of the island’s longest-running cultural program. Hosts, Fabian Badejo and Rhoda Arrindell announced the 2016 winners in 18 categories on Sunday, March 5, 2017 during the hour-long program which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

“Culture Time Person of the Year 2016 is Shuja Reiph of Conscious Lyrics Foundation for his boundless energy and consistent activism in organizing, on a regular basis, for more than 25 years, activities that have contributed to raising cultural awareness on St. Martin,” Badejo said.

Well-respected pioneer artist Sir Roland Richardson, who blazed the trail for professional artists on the island, was the winner in the Fine Arts category for his impressive exhibition of portraits at the Sheer Restaurant in 2016. “Sir Roland is known for his trademark paintings of the flamboyant tree, but his portraits of people who are well-known and others who are not so popular showed a different dimension of his impressive work,” Badejo explained.

CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten - Governor of St. Maarten His Excellency drs. Eugene Holiday recently paid a special visit to St. Maarten Academy as part of his efforts to familiarize students on the role of civic responsibility and pride in St. Maarten.

Governor Holiday arrived at the Academy and was greeted by the principal, drs. Tallualah Baly-Vanterpool, staff and students during a special assembly. He was treated to renditions by the Academy school band and a dance by the CXC examination students who are currently being prepared by the National Institute of the Arts (NIA).

Drs. Baly-Vanterpool in welcoming the Governor to the St. Maarten Academy stated that “we are blessed to have a governor who has education close to his heart” and that “we are left feeling more enriched by his visit as he always imparts some knowledge. Today he would be teaching the CAPE students about civic responsibility.”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As part of the measures to increase safety and improve security in Philipsburg and surroundings, and also in those areas which are frequented by visitors to the island, the police department has increased the number of officers attached to the police bike team bringing the entire team to a total of 12 officers.

Flexible working hours have been put in place for the officers to get the necessary rest and making it possible that on a daily basis sufficient manpower is available to patrol Philipsburg

and other areas. This measure also allows more officers to be on duty during the peak business hours of the day and on those days when there are cruise ships in port.

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