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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Affairs will embark on a project, whereby all public schools will be gifted with a mural, incorporating the school’s theme. As a Ministry, it is important that we lead by example in giving back to the community. Hence, all workers within the Ministry ECYS are being encouraged to collaborate by volunteering for SXM DOET especially as it pertains to the Public Schools or other public entities and organizations. The SXM DOET projects will be underway on March 10th & 11th,2017, however, the Ministry’s projects will be on March 11th, 2017.

The invitation is also being extended to the general public where together we can portray what is being depicted in art form. The idea of a mural depicting PEACE, LOVE, UNITY, TOLERANCE or some other strong positive value which can be demonstrated through art will, be relevant for years to come.

Hopefully we can all see the benefit of such a community endeavor and can identify something we can collaborate to execute over the designated days.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Caribbean Well-Being Conference (CWBC), which will be held on St. Maarten from August 6 to 8, 2017 under the theme: Best Practices in Promoting Student Wellness: Bringing the child, family, school and community together

 The CWBC seeks to promote the positive development and well-being of children, parents, families, schools and communities. The CWBC aims to inform and educate on best practices to promote children’s well-being by looking at the important role that parents, families, teachers, schools, and communities play in the promotion of well-adjusted, socially and emotionally competent youth.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police traffic department is reporting that the department has dealt with a total of 33 traffic accidents between the periods of February 1st to February 28th 2017.

30 of these accidents were without personal injuries

03 of these accidents were with personal injuries.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Department is again reaching to the entire community and in particular the inhabitants of Hope Estate for cooperation in the ongoing fatal shooting of Franklin Brounache, which took place on January 24th of this year just after 11.00 p.m. Brounache was gunned down at the entrance to his home in Hope Estate. The suspect or suspects after committing this act fled the scene.

Detectives have questioned numerous witnesses and have received some information in connection with this case. However the detectives want to gather more information that would be vital to this investigation and are requesting this assistance from the community and mainly the residents of Hope estate who may have information to come forward.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday March 1st 12 students from the Michigan State University accompanied by Dr. Steven Bow and his wife Linda Bow, Associate professors at the School of Criminal Justice paid a visit to the Police headquarters in Philipsburg where they met with a team of representatives from the Police department.

This team consisted of Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson of Public Relation and Communication and the CPO’s/ Inspectors Helen Romeo and Rensley Henson.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On Saturday February 25th, approximately 20 Rotarians from the Rotary Club of St. Maarten assembled at the Explorer boat in Simpson Bay, all with one goal in mind: to welcome, appreciate and entertain our seniors and provide some outdoor adventure and fun.

The annual senior citizen lagoon cruise which was first started under the leadership of Past President Michael Ferrier is now in its 30th year and if anything more popular than ever before. Close to 110 senior citizens from the White and Yellow Cross, Home away from Home and Meals on Wheels enjoyed the lagoon cruise along with fellow Rotarians from the Mid Isle club, Interactors from Milton Peters College, Learning Unlimited and visiting Rotarians.

In between the laughs provided by comedian Fernando Clarke, music and dance by the Jolly Boys band, the delicious food that was prepared by Mark’s Place was served to our special guests along with great conversation and plenty of Ponche Cuba.

MAHO, St. Maarten - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 GB Energy St. Maarten Texaco held their Employee Kick Off Event at Maho Sonesta. The event was a leadership initiative to illustrate their appreciation for their employees and their daily contributions to the advancement of the company. The event consisted of a Motivational Speech, Team Building Exercise and a brainstorming session to set measurable goals and initiatives for the year.

Training Professionals International Firm, (TPI) was consulted for the event based on their reputation to motivate employees, facilitate unique, innovative team building exercises and Dr. Natasha Gittens, President and CEO’s ability to mesmerize diverse work cultures and foster a rejuvenated spirit amongst employees has proven effective. .” The presentation focused on Self-Management, Performance Excellence, Leadership Initiative, Work Culture and building Synergy.

GB Energy St. Maarten Texaco is a vital part of St. Maarten and is an organization that believes in ensuring that their products, services and employees are the best in their sector. When organizations make events like this a priority, one thing is certain.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten Favourite mobile provider, TelCell, welcomed in the month of March on Wednesday with an exciting new “GET MORE” campaign, offering $15 call and SMS credits to TelCell mobile and TelEm landlines.

Late last year TelCell announced the end of it’s popular “More” campaign on January 31 this year, but promised to introduce another one for its loyal customers.

The mobile provider says it has made good on that promise by giving $15extra credit to customers who Top-Up for $25 in a calendar month.

“With the previous campaign, customers could Top-Up for one amount and immediately get the extra credits depending on the amount that they topped up with. In the new campaign, customers don’t have to Top-Up all at once to get their credit. Once they have Topped-Up to $25 in one calendar month, they will automatically get a $15 extra credit added to their “TC Balance”,” explained Manager, Marketing & Sales, Grisha Marten.

She says under the new campaign, customers can Top-Up $5 today, $10 next week and so on until they reach or pass the $25 amount to qualify for the extra credit, but stressed that they must also do so within one calendar month if they are to receive the bonus credit.

The Manager, Marketing & Sales also informed that the extra promotional balance can only be used for TelCell to TelCell/TelEm calls and TelCell to TelCell texts.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Sixteen doctors-in-training from American University of the Caribbean (AUC), School of Medicine joined 16 Tzu Chi St. Maarten volunteers on Saturday, February 25, to help spruce up the Foundation’s new location at Daisy Road (opposite Cake House Supermarket), where the former ACE School was located.  

The volunteers, who were as young as four-years-old all the way up to aged 68, helped brighten up the location, which had been undergoing a complete renovation over the past two months. The renovation works included tiling of the floors, replacing of woodwork and refurbishing of the kitchen, amongst other things.

The voluntary effort by the AUC students was part of their Community Action Day. The AUC students along with the Tzu Chi volunteers helped to clean up the exterior of the school property. The volunteers were divided into three groups and together they cleaned the front of the building; helped to organize a container located in the compound (which contains books, tables, chairs and other school materials) and cleaned the remainder of the yard and the fence around the school.

GREAT BAY, St. Marteen -The Cuban essayist, researcher Emilio Jorge Rodríguez has been awarded the coveted Casa de las Américas Prize for 2017 in Havana, said his St. Martin publisher House of Nehesi (HNP).

Rodríguez won in the category of “Studies on the Black Presence in Contemporary America and the Caribbean” for his book Una suave, tierna línea de montañas azules (A Gentle, Tender Line of Blue Mountains). The author was present at the 58th edition announcement-ceremony of the Cuban award, which “is one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious literary prizes.” (

Rodríguez is acclaimed in his country for the excellence of his work, said journalist Marilyn Bobes ( Una suave, tierna línea de montañas azules, published in Cuba, is “a work about the communicating ties between Haitians and Cubans,” said Bobes.

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