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Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – The Fire Department is calling on the community to be very conscious by not throwing out lighted cigarettes or matches that could result in bush fires due to the dry spell that the island is currently experiencing.

Persons, who would like to burn bush or garbage in a built up area or on a hillside for agricultural activities, are requested to refrain from doing so, and contact the fire department for advice. 

The inappropriate use of fire can endanger lives, property and the environment in these dry weather conditions. 

Fires can get out of control.  A person can help by reducing bush fire hazards by acting responsibly. 

Those seeking information can contact the Fire Department at 542-1215, 542-1217, 542-6001 or in case of an emergency 919.


Kingdom delegation makes impression at CSW59

NEW YORK/PHILIPSBURG – The Kingdom delegation to the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) struck a powerful image to many in attendance over the last two weeks.

CSW59, which ran from March 9 to March 20 and was themed, “Beijing+20”, brought together country representatives and leaders of non-governmental, faith based and civil society organizations to review the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, adopt a new political statement, share information on their countries advances and challenges and offer opportunities for discussions on how to further emancipate and empower women in the coming years.

The Kingdom delegation was led by Minister Jet Bussemaker of the Netherlands and was also comprised of ministers from each of the other countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Minister of Education, Family Policy and Lifelong Learning, Michelle Hooyboer – Winklaar represented Aruba, Minister of Social Development, Labour and Welfare, Ruthmilda Larmonie – Cecilia represented Curacao and Sint Maarten was represented by Minister Plenipotentiary Josianne Fleming – Artsen who attended on behalf of Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports and Public Health, Social Development and Labour, Rita Bourne – Gumbs.

During the CSW59 time was allotted for each country to present a seven minute statement to the General Assembly on its vision for women in the next decades. Minister Bussemaker presented this statement on behalf of the Netherlands with the three other ministers sitting beside her. She was clear that while she read the statement it was on behalf of the entire delegation and Kingdom.

“Mister / Madam Chair, the Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of four autonomous countries: Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Netherlands. It is therefore that we are proud to be here together at this CSW with four ministers from all our countries and I feel privileged that I can make this statement also on their behalf,” Bussemaker read.

Bussemaker noted that while some advances had been made over the past years, there were still areas which needed considerable effort and collective input for improvements to be realized.

“Twenty years after Beijing we are forced to conclude that the position of women and girls around the world has improved only marginally. This shows that agreements on paper are not sufficient. We need to achieve more if we are to ensure that women and girls can actually go to school. Can be financially independent. Can be free of discrimination. And can feel safe. As a society, we have to take our responsibility. This applies across the board: from governments to schools, from sports clubs to the United Nations,” she added.

“It’s up to us to support the brave women around the world who dare to take a stand to improve the position of women. The support we are providing through inclusive finance is an excellent example. By providing micro loans to help women set up small businesses, we are helping them to become financially independent. Alongside the old boys’ network, it’s time to establish a great girls’ network, and why not at a global level? Women need to help each other. Our generation stands on the shoulders of previous generations. It’s our duty to stand strong and offer that same support to the generations to come. Change starts with you and with me, and with what we do when we leave this room. We cannot hide behind organizations and institutions, and we cannot look away from what is happening in our own back yard,” the Minister read.

Then Minister ended by acknowledging the He4She campaign, which she said has been one of the most effective campaigns concerning gender in United Nations history.

“This campaign emphasizes that working towards equal rights is not simply a task for women. Men too can speak out in support of gender equality. One of many reasons why we should look to the future with hope!” the minister concluded.

After the statement many in attendance remarked that the presence of the four female ministers and their support staff struck a powerful chord with them, because the picture they presented illustrated exactly the kind of emancipation and empowerment of women that the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action spoke about some twenty years ago.

Throughout the conference each minister had the opportunity to speak at different events and each acknowledged that while the Kingdom of the Netherlands has been and continues to be a forerunner in the women’s emancipation and empowerment movement there is still work to be done on all fronts in each of the four countries. 



ANGUILLA - The St. Maarten Golf Team was crowned the 2015 Champion of the annual 3 country golf tournament between Anguilla, St. Martin and St. Maarten. After 5 years, the 20 member St. Maarten Team finally succeeded in winning this prestigious cup.

The tournament that was held in Stableford format took place at the Greg Norman designed Golf Course at Cuisinart Golf Resort in Anguilla and was a true battle that went right down to the wire. When all scores were added up only 1 point separated champions St. Maarten who scored 555 points, with runner up St. Martin who scored 554 points. Anguilla took 3rd place with a total of 532 points.

With a golf course in pristine condition, blue skies and light winds, all ingredients were there for good scores. The 20 member St. Maarten Golf team led by Captain Keith Graham rose to the occasion and scored more points than any of the winning teams in previous years. The top scorers on the St. Maarten team were Marc Grenouilleau (40 points), Marc van Iersel (38 points), Rodney Tackling (35 points) and Howard Hobgood (34 points).


A special thanks goes out to the Cuisinart Golf Club and their Golf Staff that in collaboration with the Anguilla Golf Association once again, organized a wonderful and flawless event. After the fierce battle all teams enjoyed a delightful lunch in great camaraderie at the Golf Course.

The St. Maarten team consisted of members of the St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA. For this occasion, the SMGA took the opportunity to give back to their membership by sponsoring the registration and participation fee for all members of the team.

The 20 member St. Maarten Golf Team consisted of the following players: Keith Graham, Kit Lee, Howard Hobgood, Reginald Bates, Marc Grenouilleau, Peter Parisi, Rodney Tackling, Stanley Samuel, Sam Bashir, Joanna Ambron, Marc van Iersel, David Ward, Gitte Poulsen, Frank Jespersen, Ricardo Perez, Sidsel Jacobsen, Richard Gibson, Tony Burn, Jesus Rivera and our last minute super substitution Jonathan Haillant!

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POND ISLAND - St. Maarten AIDS Foundation conducted another successful HIV Testing event on Saturday at the Seventh Annual Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair, with 142 people being tested for HIV during the course of the day. The Foundation tested 57 men and 85 women. 20% were testing for the first time. 

37 volunteers were mobilized for the event, including eight who registered via SXM DOET and 26 physicians-in-training from the American University of the Caribbean. 

"There was a steady flow of people getting tested throughout the day, and it is encouraging to see that many were already aware that they should be getting an HIV test routinely.

“The individualized counselling sessions are also a great opportunity to discuss ways in which they can stay safe of HIV and STI infection", noted Dr. Gerard van Osch, AIDS Foundation President. 

For those who missed the testing day on Saturday, the same free and confidential tests are offered at the AIDS Foundation office in Cole Bay on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 12pm, or by appointment by calling +588 4636 or +553 2626.  (AIDS Foundation)


Oualichi Women’s Soccer Team Draws against FC Gazelles from Anguilla

ANGUILLA - The ladies of the Oualichi Women’s Soccer Team kept it to a 1-1 draw against FC Gazelles from Anguilla during an exciting match played at the Sandy Ground Soccer Field on Sunday, March 22.

During the second half FC Gazelles from Anguilla scored the first goal but Karoline Quispe through an assist from Yasmine Moes scored an excellent goal against the visiting side making it an equal draw. Excellent defending and goal keeping kept the score 1-1.

Oualichi WST will travel to Anguilla on the 4th of April to complete the series against the Anguilla side. (Oualichi Women’s Soccer Team)


Man dies from six foot fall

DAWN BEACH - On Saturday March 22nd at approximately 11.20 p.m. a police patrol was directed to the Princess Heights to investigate a case involving a man who after stepping out of his car had fallen and injured himself and was also not showing any signs of life.

On the scene the investigating officers encountered the body of the male victim who indeed was not showing any signs of life. The victim had also suffered severe trauma to the back of his head. According to witnesses the victim was severely under the influence of alcohol and when he stepped out of his vehicle he lost his balance causing him to trip and fall from a height of approximately six feet over a low wall to the ground.

Dr. R. Douglas arrived to the scene a pronounced the death of the victim. The Forensic Department was on the scene collecting evidence while Detectives are busy questioning witnesses to determine what exactly happened. The victim in the meantime has been transported to a morgue. The investigation is ongoing. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Local Gymnasts Awarded at Weekend Inter-Island Gymnastics Competition

CAY HILL - For the first time in St. Maarten an inter-island gymnastics competition was held on March 14, 2015 at Asha Stevens Gymnasium, presented by Club de Gym Saint Martin and National Institute of the Arts (NIA). Forty students under the age of twelve were judged by St. Maarten judges who were trained under Comité Régional of Guadeloupe (Gymnastics Local Committee of Guadeloupe). Mme Pujol, a representative of the French Gymnastic Federation came from Guadeloupe to supervise the entire event.

The guidelines were based on elementary gymnastic basics, and are the same used in Europe and the rest of the Caribbean gymnastics federations. The competition was organized around basic gymnastic skills of alignment, strength and flexibility. All gymnasts were awarded a certificate of participation. To succeed in the parcours the students needed at least 12 points out of 20, and those that received these points were awarded a certificate of achievement. The top three scoring the highest points received the medals listed below.

It was well attended by family and friends of the talented participants and showcased the potential displayed by St. Maarten's young gymnast in training. NIA sends heartfelt congratulations to Director, Gratienne Riom, teachers Doris Barbes from Club de Gym Saint Martin and Peggy Oulerich Head of the Dance Department at NIA and all staff members and students on a well-executed event.

The medals awarded are as follows:

Category 1- Level 1

(Born 2009)

Rejal Peterson (Gold)

Nyah Kalmera (Silver)

Jayda Frederic (Bronze)

(Born 2008)

Ramlall Laya (Gold)

Antonio Roland Kenya (Silver)

Fleury Camille (Bronze)

(Born 2005/2006/2007)

Stomp Nubia (Gold)

Naudin Sarah (Silver)

Clemence Gerling (Bronze)

Category 2- Level 2

(Mixed age competition- 2004/2005/2006)

Halley Valerie (Gold)

Brooks Ellis Gabrielle (Silver)

Christina Trinity (Bronze)



Library receives donation from Indian Merchants’ Association

PHILIPSBURG — Recently, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) received a donation by the Indian Merchants’ Association (IMA) for the purchase of a new network server.

The PJL is a place, not only for reading, it is also a multimedia center where the general public can go to use the internet, study, make homework assignments or do research.

This is an essential service for schoolchildren, especially those who do not have access to books, computers or internet at home. They can do their assignments at the library with all the facilities needed. Hundreds of schoolchildren visit the library on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis to do their homework.

Two weeks ago, the library had some technical problems with the network server for the public computers of the library. The server crashed, which meant that a number of students who were in the library could not finish their school assignments that evening.

This server has also had to be repaired numerous times since it was acquired in 2004. However, thanks to the generous donation of the Indian Merchants’ Association it was possible to replace the faulty network server with a new one.

The Philipsburg Jubilee library and its library patrons are very grateful to the Indian Merchants’ Association for said donation. (PJL)


All set for the NAGICO to NAGICO Cycling Race this weekend

GREAT BAY - Final preparations for the 3rd annual NAGICO to NAGICO (N2N) Cycling race were in high gear yesterday as all stakeholders and organizers met with the emergency services to review the plans for the exciting event which takes place this weekend, starting tonight.

NAGICO Insurances; the title sponsor in collaboration with the  Velo Club de Grand Case (VCG)met with the police, Red Cross at the police station to go over the safety protocol and cycling route.

"Our highest priority at this time is the safety of our riders and road users during our NAGICO to NAGICO cycling races," Lisa Brown; Marketing Supervisor of NAGICO said. "We have been receiving tremendous support from the police where road safety and usage is concerned and we really want to extend our thanks to them for this. I also want to use this opportunity to urge motorists to exercise caution and care on the road, especially during the races, as we have over 60 riders registered to compete and this includes children."

The race will take place from March 20th – 22nd with the route as follows:

March 20th: Stage 1- Time Trials 2km

Start time: 7pm - Causeway Bridge (Bellevue)

Finish 9:30pm: Causeway Bridge (Bellevue)

Mach 21st: Stage 2- Race, 85km

Start time 8am: NAGICO Quatier d 'Orleans

Finish 10:30am: NAGICO Quatier d 'Orleans

March 21st: Stage 3 – Time trial, 6km

Start Time 3:30pm: Sucker Garden

Finish 5:30pm: Top Link 2

March 22nd: Stage 4- Race, 110km

Start time: 8am: NAGICO Philipsburg

Finish 11:30am: NAGICO Marigot

All are invited to come out and support the event.


Rotary Sunrise Girls Day Camp a Success

PHILIPSBURG - Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise hosted “Shine like the Stars in the Universe” Day Camp. The camp was geared toward girls’ ages 12-18 years of age. The topics that were presented were Communication, Fitness & Nutrition, Leadership, Culture, Etiquette and Fashion.

The girls were welcomed by Camp Facilitator Keysy Ramirez. President Virginia Asin opened the event by emphasizing the Rotary’s mission to empower and build confidence in today’s youth. President Asin was then joined by Rachel Doorson for the invocation.

The event started with the communication topic “The Art of Conversation”.  It was presented by Rotarian Okama Ekpe Brook. She presented the topic by first having the girls introduce themselves to each other and continued the discussion on the importance of communication and the different types of communication. She used this opportunity to demonstrate communication by talking about the current National Development Plan and shared some questions to discuss in open conversation to get input and feedback on the plan.

The fitness and nutrition segment was headed by the visiting Vocational Training Team from Niagara, Ontario, Canada. The girls were led in a fitness routine and were given the opportunity to lead the routine as well. The instructor was very encouraging to the girls and even encourage them to not be afraid to lead even if they were nervous or might make a mistake.

The leadership portion was of the camp was given by Micaela Hart, President of the Rotaract Club. Ms. Hart gave a presentation of what it means to be a leader. She explained that being a leader was a lot of responsibility and was hard at times, but can also be rewarding.

The girls also learned about St. Maarten culture with a spirited and lively presentation by Rotarian Marcellia Henry in her capacity as Secretary General of UNESCO. Ms. Henry gave examples of the intangible and tangible objects that made up St. Maarten culture. She stressed the need for the young ladies to know about their culture so that it may be passed on to future generations. In addition she suggested books on St. Maarten’s culture like “The National Symbols of St. Maarten” by Lasana Sekou, which is available at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.

Lastly, Francis Mathew professionally known as Mr. Fierce the Catwalk Professor gave a presentation on Etiquette & Fashion. He discussed the art of being a lady. He demonstrated how to walk, talk, sit, communicate, make friends and start a conversation. This was done very interactively by giving scenarios of a meeting and having the girls do impromptu role play. He instructed the young ladies how to eat and drink. He had each girl one by one demonstrate how they eat with a knife and fork and use their napkins. He taught them how to pour from a bottle into a glass and stressed the fact that ladies don't drink from a bottle. Demonstrating how a lady should pick up something from the floor brought much laughter to the group. 

The girls also received a dress and t shirts per group and some decorating material. They had 15 minutes to come up with a fantastic design; dress a group member to model it and also present it to the audience during the fashion show. After which the girls rocked the catwalk.

At the closing awards were given to Best Catwalk, Ms Congeniality and Ms Leadership. The girls had a fun but informative day.

President Virginia Asin was pleased with the turnout and would like to thank all the presenters and Paula Gordon and her associates for partnering with them on this initiative and looks forward to next year’s camp.

Rotary Sunrise meets at Philipsburg Jubilee Library Conference Room every Tuesday mornings at 7:00am for fellowship and breakfast.  For more information on the club visit us at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we are also on Facebook: Rotary Club of Saint Martin Sunrise

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