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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten  – The SXM DOET Project Management Team is proud to announce a new partnership for SXM DOET 2017: Domino’s Pizza.

Since its inception in 2015, the local volunteer event SXM DOET has collaborated with various businesses within the corporate realm in order to ensure the successful execution of the largest volunteer initiative in the Dutch Kingdom.

Corporate partners assist in many ways, either by providing donations or discounts to the participating organizations, providing a platform for marketing at a discounted rate, printing and supplying materials needed for volunteers at great prices, providing general assistance where needed, and many more services, too numerous to mention. Without such assistance SXM DOET would not be as well attended and successful as it has already become in just 3 years.

This year, SXM DOET has most recently teamed up with Domino’s Pizza, providing the participating organizations with free and discounted pizzas to ensure the organizations can make most efficient use of the funds provided to them for their project while providing all with a well-earned lunch for their efforts.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Trainee Emma Pratt from the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation gladly accepts a $230 donation from local eco tour company Seagrape Tours.

Seagrape Tours is grateful for the various projects of the Nature Foundation, one of which is the coral reforestation project on which Emma Pratt is working. "Without healthy coral reefs around St Maarten we would hardly have any protection from big storm waves, no white sandy beaches - since corals are turned into sand by reef fish, and no fish to attract visitors to our shores!" says Ilja Botha, Owner of Seagrape Tours.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Receiver’s Office at Pond Island would like to remind motorists especially those with temporary plates that the office will be open on Saturday, March 4 from 9.00am to 1.00pm, and they should come in to pick up their new plates on the aforementioned day.

The extension of business hours is to facilitate motorists with payments of their 2017 Road Tax.

Also, make use of the opportunity to pick up your plates at the Public Service Center in Simpson Bay during the weekdays.  The requirements for collection of number plates are as follows at the Public Service Center:

1.  Payment of the 2017 Motor Vehicle Tax was made at the Tax Administration (Receiver’s Office) at the Public Service Center in Simpson Bay;

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - When Jade Lopez travelled to India in search of new inspiration, she had no idea it would lead her to a new foundation and goal in life: helping families in dire situations.

In India for many; starvation, violence and struggle are a daily fact of life. Poverty in India is still pervasive; especially in rural areas where 70% of India’s 1.2 billion population live. It is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and yet its wealth is hardly redistributed across the population. This means that a huge number of families live in slums, with no prospects of increasing their life quality or those of their kids.

To change this Lopez has started a foundation called “I Heart All Human Kind” that aims to create financial and productive opportunities for some families, giving them the chance to improve their lives.

The money being raised through “I Heart All Human Kind” Foundation will be going towards are:
- Paying the tuition fee for an English speaking school for 9 children.
- Supplying their mothers with the equipment they need to start their own handicraft business.
- Raising enough to enable, Muskan, one of the girls whom was born deaf, an ear operation, allowing her to speak and hear for the first time in her life.
Any money raised above what is required for these families will go directly into helping another family here in the same position; there is no shortage of those.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - NV GEBE the utility company issued a press release regarding the donation of license plates of the company’s entire fleet to the Animal Hospital and SXM Museum.

The Animal Hospital and SXM Museum sells these license plates to tourist as a means of generating income.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As the year 2016 closed, the Department of Labor Affairs & Social Services reflected on its trials and triumphs. Declared the “Year of Excellence,” 2016 was met with both advancement in products and services as well as many internal changes and other challenges. Great effort was and is being put in place in order to move the department continuously forward. The Department of Labor Affairs and Social Services is an executional branch of government that deals directly with the people of St. Maarten, often times at a low point in their lives (loss of job, medical coverage, etc.). It is, therefore, imperative that the department not only meet the needs of the clients, but continuously strive to find solutions to many underlying societal problems.

The sections of the department that most urgently deal with the needs of clients are the Job Placement Unit and the Social Welfare Unit. It is important to find a way for the two sections to work together in the best interest of the clients. With this idea at the forefront, the management team embarked on an initiative to train personnel in international labor standards by taking part in ILO (International Labor Organization) training.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A workshop entitled College or University 101: “The Canadian System” is being organized by the Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, culture, Youth and Sports Affairs.

Students interested in furthering their studies and parents are encouraged to come and find out about the academic opportunities available in Canada.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is once again conducting its Marine Mammal Monitoring project which will last until May. The Nature Foundation, in cooperation with Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten; the Reserve Naturelle of St. Martin and St. Barths; the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance and various other partners, will be conducting a wide scale census of all Marine Mammals found in St. Maarten/ St. Martin territorial waters, including within the Man of War Shoal Marine Park. “Many on St. Maarten might not be aware that there is a relatively significant Marine Mammal population in the waters surrounding St. Maarten, including numerous species of whales and dolphins. St. Maarten lies within the area of the Western Atlantic where various whale species come to give birth to their young. From February to May several hundreds of Humpback Whales migrate from the northern Atlantic to areas within the Caribbean to give birth and nurse their young before heading back up north”, commented Tadzio Bervoets, Nature Foundation Manager.

Numerous other species of whale and dolphin, including sperm whales and several types of dolphins, make their home in local waters. Several questions are hoped to be answered as a result of the study, including most numerous species, migration routes and dates, and the feasibility of regulated wild whale and dolphin watching trips. This year the Nature Foundation will once again be partnering with Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten to bring greater awareness to the general public about St. Maarten’s wild Marine Mammal Population and conservation issues faced by Marine Mammals in local waters. The Nature Foundation also hopes that St. Maarten will become a signatory to the Marine Mammal Sanctuary currently being established in the North Eastern Caribbean.

PHILLIPSBURG,  St. Maarten - N.V GEBE held a second round of departmental full day “Building Effective Teams” (B.E.T) Retreats facilitated by Training Professionals International Firm, TPI on February 23 and February 24, 2017 held at the Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach.  The retreats are a continuation of the Managing Board’s (MB) committed initiative to improve department processes, procedures, systems and functions. With a special emphasis on employee performance, accountability, leadership, team synergy and effective communication.


The B.E.T Retreats commenced early this month for the Distribution department held on February 2 and February 3, 2017.  The results have been measurably successful and the MB has taken initiatives to ensure the department’s progress is consistent and monitored.  The MB Board has committed to the Post B.E.T. Follow up sessions for the departments and they will be held in April. The Post sessions will provide an objective analysis of the changes that have taken place in the department, measure the effects of the changes as it relates to enhanced productivity, gain valuable feedback from all members of the departments, acknowledge achievements, provide ongoing support to leadership and establish ongoing short and long term measurable goals. 

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Cargo division of Port St. Maarten is one of four pillars that have seen considerable infrastructural developments over the years which also include human resources.  Port St. Maarten has hired within the past five years 10 young professionals at different levels and departments.

In order to continue to build upon Port St. Maarten’s cargo operation of excellence, the port recently hired Keevan Gipson who now works at the Terminal and Cargo Department as an Operation Analyst.  Eugenio Jones has been hired and works at the Crane Department as a Crane Operator Trainee.

Gipson studied at Florida State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Statistics.  Gipson analyzes and reports on relevant port activities utilizing data for better insight, decision-making, and creating an actionable intelligence platform.

Jones graduated from St. Maarten Academy PSVE and has experience in heavy equipment operations.

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