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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Last Sunday's run-off election in the Northern half of our island has resulted in a resounding victory for Team Gibbs. I have already sent the President-Elect of the Collectivite, Mr. Daniel Gibbs a personal message and called him Sunday evening to congratulate him and his team.

All of us should be proud of the peaceful and orderly manner in which our brothers and sisters went out to vote twice within a week to elect their new representatives.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Do you or someone you know struggle with controlling anger? Does your child have anger management issues? Is this behavior interfering with the child’s ability to get along with his/her peers, teachers or school personnel? Then this workshop is for you!

The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport

is organizing an interactive and informative Workshop entitled “Living with Anger: How to get a

grip on it!”

 Parents, school personnel and other interested persons are encouraged to come out to this informative and interactive workshop which will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at the University of St. Martin from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

The objective of the workshop is to help persons understand what anger is and how it can negatively impact their lives and interpersonal relationships. This workshop will also provide tips and strategies that attendees can utilize within their home, school and other social settings. The presenter for this evening will be Mrs. Aisheline Maduro, Psychologist.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten Community-minded telecommunication provider, TelEm Group, was busy during the first quarter of the year with its assistance to local groups and organizations.

Each year the company hands out thousands of guilders in sponsorships, donations and other contributions to assist the community. The company is also a major sponsor of important community and cultural events such as the annual Lion Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair and the island’s premier cultural event – Carnival.

Amongst those receiving assistance in the first quarter of the year were the S.V.O.B.E. Schools, The St. Maarten Academy, Friends of the Island Government Fire Fighters Foundation and the St. Dominic Primary School.

“This just a part of the donations and contributions we have made to various groups so far this year,” said Manager, Marketing & Sales, Grisha Marten.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Sint Maarten Sickle Cell Foundation deemed the annual Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair a huge success.

With the full cooperation of the Black Medical Students Association of AUC (American University of the Caribbean) and the SLS Lab, over 100 persons got screened for sickle cells. 

The objective to educate those in attendance and those who participated in the screening were met, Leona Marlin-Romeo pointed out on Tuesday. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maaarten – The United People’s (UP) Party Board announced on Wednesday that the party’s parliamentary faction has called for two meetings of Parliament.

The UP faction has requested an urgent meeting via the President of Parliament to have the Minister of Public Health to be present to provide information related to developments surrounding the proposed new General Hospital, the current state of affairs at the St. Maarten Medical Center, and overall matters related to public health.   

The second urgent meeting request is related to developments at the Prison in Point Blanche.

The UP faction via the President of Parliament, has asked for the Minister of Justice to be present in the meeting to discuss how Government intends to resolve the very worrisome situation at the prison.

Signatories to the two letters are: Member of Parliament (MP) Theodore Heyliger, MP Tamara Leonard, MP Franklin Meyers, MP Sidharth Bijlani, and MP Claret Connor.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle has been celebrating the centennial of The Rotary Foundation with various events.

Mid Isle will host the members of the press, non Rotarians and Rotarians at their meeting on Tuesday March 28th to a presentation to celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation.

The Foundation is the $1 billion charitable arm of Rotary International. To mark the centennial, Rotary aims to raise $300 million by July 2017 for its campaign to eradicate polio and for service in communities around the world.

We have hosted two dinners for the World Greatest Meal and in collaboration with Alex and Ani have hosted a fundraiser at their store on Front Street, and we have also held a Walk-a-Thon for ‘End Polio Now’.  We are presently doing ‘A Welcome Baby Bag’, with a district grant working with the SMMC. These bags contain the necessary items for a newborn; they will be given at the discretion of the nurses. Each year each member of Mid Isle makes a donation to the Foundation. Mid Isle is also participating in the 100 ACTS OF GOOD - THE FOUNDATION CENTENNIAL PROJECT.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday March 29, 2017 the Honorable Prime Minister William V. Marlin signed for St. Maarten’s participation in the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (UN-MSDF). Through this new framework the UN in partnership with St. Maarten and 17 other Dutch and English speaking countries and territories jointly aim to achieve concrete development results in the period 2017-2021. The Multi-Country Framework will serve as the overarching structure guiding the work of the UN system in the region, superseding the six Development Assistance Frameworks currently in place.

The Framework represents an innovative approach, which will draw on the complementarity and commonality of Sustainable Development Goals priorities across the Caribbean region, while following national priorities programming. The process of setting regional priorities was informed by the work of regional entities, national governments, and key actors such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and some of the region’s universities. The Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework will enhance St. Maarten's involvement in regional initiatives and collaboration, and enable knowledge sharing and cross-collaboration within the region”, Prime Minister Marlin stipulates. “It is the aim of my government in our national development, that with the assistance of organisations like the United Nations, nobody on St. Maarten is to be left behind as we proceed on our path to a sustainable future”. No costs are involved in participating in the Framework. Coordination on the island will be executed by the Department of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the context of national development and in collaboration with all ministries.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — Last Saturday March 25th, Social & Health Insurances SZV participated in the 9th annual Lion’s Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair at the Festival Village. SZV attended to many customers and information seekers throughout the day answering questions, displaying new communication tools, service options and providing instructions for forms and applications. SZV would like to congratulate the St. Maarten Lion’s Club on a yet another successful edition of the Health & Wellness Fair.

Two information sessions were hosted by SZV at the fair; Rights & Obligations of ZV insured and Requirements & Procedures for Medical Reimbursements. At the information sessions and throughout the day the majority of customer questions were on the topics of; qualifications to become SZV insured, change of employment, qualifications for dental and eye coverage, distinction between ZV, FZOG and OZR insurances, medical referral process for eye specialist and 60+ medical insurance qualifications. Several specific customer questions were collected and these persons will get a response this week from SZV. 

 SZV is actively promoting its online tools as they form an easy access point for consistent information exchange. A copy of both presentations that were given at the Health & Wellness Fair is available on the website Many answers to general questions of SZV related services can be found on the website; the search bar offers quick access for information seekers. Last month the website was updated with an overview of the medical services covered for ZV insured customers. This overview can be found on the Customer Service page of the website. SZV encourages all to visit the website regularly for updated information and its Facebook page for daily updates and F.A.Q. highlights.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Caribbean tertiary care hospital Health City Cayman Islands has announced direct charter flights to transport patients from St. Maarten to Grand Cayman for specialized medical treatment.
Following an agreement between Health City Cayman Islands and SZV Social & Health Insurances, the government-owned national health insurer in St. Maarten, the weekly flights have been instituted with Cayman Airways utilizing the Saab 340B+, which currently serves the national airline's Cayman Brac route.
Dr. Chandy Abraham, CEO and Head of Medical Services at Health City Cayman Islands, noted that the agreement is part of the hospital's expanding reach across its target markets.
"With the agreement with SZV Social & Health Insurances in St. Maarten, Health City Cayman Islands continues to grow our patient numbers and reach new markets to build medical tourism or, as we term it, destination healthcare in the Cayman Islands. We have ongoing operations in a number of Caribbean and Latin American markets, in addition to agreements with self-insured companies in the United States of America, and our dedicated office in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada."

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, March 31. 

Senior citizens are invited to I & I Fitness which is located on Welfare road (behind the I-Store in Cole Bay) for More Movement for the Elderly Fitness.

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

Older adults aged 60 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily.

The activity has been organized and coordinated over a one-year period by Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF), Windward Islands Physical Therapist Association (WIPTA) and I&I Fitness.

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