DAWN BEACH, St. Maarten - Marie-Louise and I bid you a very warm welcome to this King’s Day celebration in honor of the fiftieth birthday of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. We are pleased to see and celebrate with you this evening. That in the spirit of this evening’s theme: Fostering Healthy Bodies and Minds. This theme was chosen to emphasize that reaching out to foster healthy bodies and minds, through physical activity, such as, sports, dance and the care and development of our youths, is an important component of our nation’s socio-economic development.
The great ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, in one of his many written gifts to mankind stated and I quote: “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” Unquote.
Put differently the active participation in sports, dance and music improves each individual’s health and that of our community. This because such activity creates social engagement, reinforces common norms, strengthens discipline, builds character, generates great balanced leaders, and thus contributes significantly to the building blocks of our country’s economic development.
Our society is what it is today thanks to the many dedicated and caring professionals and volunteers, who in the words of the song of Diana Ross, one of my favorite singers, reach out every day to touch and make the lives of others better.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Department of Sports sees off St. Maarten Sports and Olympic Federation delegation to Cuba.
On Sunday April 23, 2017, a group consisting of 7 athletes and 7 delegates left for Cuba to attend the St. Maarten Promising Athletes (SPA) training camp. The delegation is expected to be in Cuba from April 23 to May 3, 2017. The sports traveling consist of :
Judo – I. Bell, M. Bell, K. Olivacce and M. Bell
Athletics - N. Milton
Cycling – W. Chittick
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Just before USM’s Hospitality Management students left for t their international trip to the Netherlands, on Friday the 7th of April, the students received a generous donation from Princess Juliana International Airport.
The timing could not have been better, stated Erwin Wolthuis – Head of the Hospitality Division. Our students worked really hard to raise the necessary funds for this international trip, but all their efforts were not enough to fully cover all the costs. However, with this generous sponsoring of PJIA we could make the trip affordable for all involved.
During their educational trip to the Netherlands the students not only visited some of the touristic highlights of the Netherlands, but they also paid the St. Maarten house in The Hague a visit. Next to that, both the Hotelschool The Hague, as well as the Hospitality Management program of Stenden University, Leeuwarden were part of the program. For both programs, USM’s BTEC accredited Hospitality Management students qualify for enrolment via the international fast-track bachelor’s programs.
The international trip is an integral part of the accredited Hospitality Management program, and is scheduled at the end of 3 months internship that the students have just finalized. In June the first cohort will graduate with their Associate of Arts and (British) HNC in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
GRAND CASE, St. Maarten — Hundreds of guests from St. Martin and beyond learned about local wildlife at the fourth annual Endemic Animal Festival on Sunday. The event, held at Amuseum Naturalis in Grand Case, featured animals found nowhere else in the world and a variety of activities for young and old. Created by the Les Fruits de Mer association, the festival is free and takes place each April.
“Getting to know the animals that live only on St. Martin is a fundamental part of understanding the island,” explained Mark Yokoyama, co-founder of Les Fruits de Mer. “The Endemic Animal Festival is one of our most important initiatives because it is a truly authentic, only on St. Martin experience.”
This year’s festival included a variety of fun ways to celebrate and explore island wildlife. The Endemic Animal Discovery Station showcased two species of lizard and one insect that are found only on St. Martin, as well as other species that live on only a few islands. Local wildlife experts were on hand to talk about the animals and answer questions. Guests painted bird feeders made from calabash and took home seedlings of the Gaïac, an endangered native tree.
“Hosting the festival at Amuseum Naturalis was a great addition to the event this year,” added Jenn Yerkes, President of Les Fruits de Mer. “Guests were able to enjoy over a dozen exhibits about local nature and our program of short nature documentaries in addition to the festival activities.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Miss Mature Carnival Queen 2017-2018; Ms. Michelline Hunte, presented 30 costumes to the clients at the Sister Basilia Center on Tuesday 25th April, 2017.
The center is scheduled to host a carnival parade for the clients this week around the St. Johns area and they will have the opportunity to showcase the costumes.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, April 28.
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.
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Central Committee will meet in a session on April 26, 2017
The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 will be reconvened on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 14.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of General Affairs will be present.
The agenda point is:
Decision by the Kingdom Council of Ministers to impose an Integrity Chamber via General Kingdom Measure.
Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.
GREAT BAY, St. Marteen – TelEm Group of Companies wishes to hereby inform the general public that its offices will be closed during the following public holidays:
Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Kings Day) - Closed
Friday, April 28, 2017- Closed
Monday, May 1, 2017 (Labor Day) - Closed
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (2nd Carnival Day Parade) - Closed
CAY HILL, St. Maarten – CC1 St. Maarten, the exclusive distributor of Coca Cola®, the world’s number one beverage, recently ran a campaign in collaboration with My Store, The Bottom, Saba. The campaign’s focus was on bringing the great CC1 portfolio of brands and St. Maarten Carnival 2017 to the forefront of the Saba population’s minds.
With the purchase of any Coca-Cola, Canada Dry, Presidente and/or Corona products from My Store, consumers were automatically eligible to win an all-expense paid trip to St. Maarten to enjoy Carnival 2017 first hand. The campaign ran from February 28th until April 10th, 2017.
On April 11th, representatives of My Store and CC1 St. Maarten picked the lucky winner, Julieta Woods, from all of the many entries. Ms. Woods, an avid consumer of Coca-Cola ,was overjoyed with her lucky windfall of an all-inclusive trip for two to experience St. Maarten’s number one cultural event, Carnival 2017 ! Her prize includes 2 roundtrip tickets to St. Maarten, one week accommodation at Simpson Bay Resort for 2, Carnival season passes for 2, and ground transportation to and from the carnival festival village. Maduro Travel and Simpson Bay Resort, through their generous collaboration assisted greatly in putting together this wonderful prize.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Training Professionals International Firm, (TPI) has launched a Campaign for Accredited Trainings throughout the Caribbean on, Monday, April 24, 2017. The campaign has taken the Caribbean by storm and TPI’s marketing department has set the foundation to educate the Caribbean on the powerful, vitality of “Accredited” trainings.
The campaign is targeting diverse organizations throughout the Caribbean. The message is simple. “If the training is not accredited do not enroll your team members.”
TPI understands that throughout the Caribbean many organizations traditionally have viewed training as the right move, in the right direction to educate their managers, supervisors and frontline staff without making “accreditation” an important element of the equation.
Basically “The Old School” organizational approach was hire the training company, register employees to attend and the result was employees received a certificate of completion with no value, that was the process in a nutshell. The world has changed, the training industry has changed. Most importantly employees are demanding more and leadership is listening. TPI feels obligated to education our Caribbean clients on the correct way to provide employees with effective training that will benefit them internationally, globally not just in the Caribbean.
TPI’s President & CEO, Dr. Natasha Gittens stated in a recent press release. Our Firm has a commitment to the Caribbean to be the jet-setter of disseminating viable information and promoting continuous learning among the Caribbean masses, our clients and diverse work teams.
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