Island Notices

Island Notices (2079)

SOUTH REWARD, St. Maarten The Arrowroot Road sewage project has been finalized for the residence in the area of South Reward. ADS pipes were installed on the Cucumber road, Carrot Road, Arrowroot Road, Pear Road and Arrowroot drive with 19 sewage pits. A drainage line was also installed to collect the natural water which frequently flows on the Arrowroot Road. The connections all lead to a drain box which continues to the existing trench on L.B. Scott Road.

The main objective of the Arrowroot Road sewage project is to alleviate the sewage and ground water of the Arrowroot Road. Honorable Minister of VROMI Christopher Emmanuel is elated that the project has been completed. Now residents in the area of Arrowroot Road will no longer have to suffer from water running on the road.

Esli Construction was the main contractor for the Arrowroot Road sewage project, of which D’MYRA General Maintenance and Construction and W.V. Eyes Survey N.V. were subcontracted. The project was supervised by VROMI’s Department of Infrastructure Management.

WILLEMSTADThere are several political leaders who are expressing their opinion about the political future of the island. In a recent statement to the media, the leader of the opposition party Korsou di Nos Tur (Curaçao for us all) and Member of Parliament, Amparo dos Santos indicated that Curaçao must do exactly what Sint Eustatius is doing right now which is to rebel against the Netherlands.

He even went further saying that Curaçao must become independent. “We have everything. We produce enough for ourselves. What is wrong with us? We have to become independent,” said Dos Santos in his statement.

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - The Board of AVE regrets publication of unfounded accusations lodged against the chairperson of the Board, as the picture depicted in such publications is not a reflection of the reality. The AVE board takes collective decisions in the interest of the school and its students in accordance with the articles of incorporation (AoIC).

As per the AoIC, the AVE board is a “raad van bestuur” or a board of directors and not a “Raad van Toezicht” or a supervisory board. The AVE board is therefore tasks with supervisory and management responsibilities. The

management responsibilities can be executed by the “dagelijks bestuur” or executive board comprising the chairperson, vice chair and the treasurer. These management responsibilities can be mandated to one or more

directors via a “directiestatuut”. The complete executive board met with the students, teachers and staff at the institution on Thursday June 1, 2017 to provide relevant information. All present were duly informed that effective immediately Mr. Garfield Sargeant will be responsible for the educational management of the institution and the executive board represented by the chairperson will be responsible the organizational management of the school.

The publications intended to highlight decisions of this Board, as the actions of one person which may have been intended to affect one person, but in fact will affect the institution; all of which without any grounds thereto.

This AVE Board has from its inception worked as a collective body and has taken well weighed decisions, for the benefit of the institution, so guaranteeing quality of education to its students. The AVE Board has successfully

resolved all issues that the institution faced a year ago, the personal has been registered with the APS, the financial administration has been put in order, several new programs such as Business Administration, Culinary Arts, Sports, Automotive, Small Engine Repair, Boat Master and Electronical Installation/Engineering are slated to come on stream within short. MOU’s have been negotiated and signed with local stakeholders as well as regional and international educational institutions.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Wednesday, June 07 with Parkinson’s dance session. 

Senior citizens are invited to the John Larmonie Center, Longwall Road, Philipsburg, for More Movement for the Elderly Fitness at the National Institute of the Arts (NIA) who is coordinating the dance session.

The Parkinson’s Café/Anja Bronius dance session will be from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

The second activity for the same day is Dance Yoga at the University of St. Martin from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and is a collaboration of the University of St. Martin (USM)/SCELL and NIA.

To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: dance, aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Monday, June 5 marks World Environment Day.  The theme for this year is: “Connecting People to Nature.”

World Environment Day is the largest global day for positive environmental action. This year, the main celebrations are hosted by Canada.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says thousands of people across six continents are joining massive clean-ups of beaches and parks, countries are protecting 1,600 square kilometres of land, and over 30 iconic landmarks, including the Empire State Building, 'Christ the Redeemer' statue in Rio, and Niagara Falls, will light up in green.

Collective Preventive Services (CPS) department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, as part of its annual calendar of awareness activities, is calling on the community to connect with nature every day as it has physical as well as mental benefits for each one of us.

Scientific research over the decades have helped the human race understand the countless benefits nature supports our prosperity and well-being.

The world’s forests, soils and oceans provide food; and medicines are developed from millions of species.  The environment provides leisure, health and spiritual benefits.

People who have been suffering from stress, sickness, or a trauma can spend quiet time in gardens or taken to the mountain to heal.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is inviting parents/guardians to bring their kids (0 to 17-years of age) to have their vaccination status checked, or receive information about vaccinations, at its open house by the Ministry of Public Health, Vineyard Building Office Park; on Saturday, June 10; from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Department of Statistics (STAT) released today main results of its 2017 Labour Force Survey.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a sample survey among households with the broad aim to measure the recent developments of the labour market.

The topics covered in the 2017 Labour Force Survey are:

  • ‐  Demographics: gender, age, country of birth, nationality, marital status, years on island, migration intentions, relationship to head of


  • ‐  Education: highest level of education completed, diplomas,

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - MPC students will be travelling to the Netherlands to participate in the Olympic Moves Competition in the Netherlands. The event is due to take place in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam and during the tournament, the team is expected to compete in the street ball category.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - To observe the anniversary of the partition of the island of St. Maarten /St. Martin, the students of the M.A.C. Browlia Maillard Campus, and the Aline Hanson School in Sandy Ground participated for the second year in a friendly running reenacting aspects of the legend or myth of how the island was divided.

 The race was held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. More than a 150 students from both sides of the island participated in the relay race.

The primary goals of the race was to promote cooperation between education institutions on both sides of the island; to develop cooperation based on our common history, to create student ambassadors of peace and friendship to promote UNESCO’s international values; to strengthen students’ sense of belonging to a “Friendly Island”; to inspire social cohesion by uniting citizens from various backgrounds; and to promote a healthy living style through engaging in sport activities.

The route of the friendly race for the students of the M.A.C. Browlia Maillard Campus was from the frontier in Lowlands on the Dutch side : Mullet bay àMaho àAirport road àWelfare road à Union Road à Cole Bay Border Frontier.

The route for the students of the Aline Hanson School was from the frontier in Lowlands on the French side : Terres Basses à Baie Nettléà Sandy Ground à Marigot à Low Town à Bellevue.

The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Ms. Silveria Jacobs met the students at the Lowlands/BasseeTerres border, where the students were cheered on and encouraged by the Minister. “Remember it’s not about winning but about sportsmanship and comradery.” Minister Jacobs wished the students much success and reminded the students that the most important aspect of the race was ‘Friendship.’

GENEVA - Sint Maarten was again called to Geneva this month to defend its Human Rights record. Carol Voges (right), Head of Economic Affairs and Finance in the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary in the Hague represented Sint Maarten at the recently concluded 61st Session of the Committee on the for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

In her opening statement Ms. Voges stated that the Government of Sint Maarten remains committed to ensuring that all persons, regardless of any distinguishing characteristics, are guaranteed their fundamental human rights. The intervention touched on issues related to labour and unemployment, sexual and reproductive health, and human trafficking. More specifically, matters related to the progress made on decreasing the unemployment rate, which now stands at 6.21% (down from 12.2% in 2009), pension related issues, the status and legality of abortions, and criminalization of human trafficking and awareness were addressed and followed-up with related questions from the Committee.

Sint Maarten received a number of questions regarding the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence and what efforts the government was making to bring about awareness and legal and physiological protection and support to victims.

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