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SXMDOET spruces up various public schools

POND ISLAND - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (Ministry ECYS) in collaboration with the SXMDOET added some flare to three public schools with peace murals on the second day of the SXMDOET projects on Saturday March 11, 2017.

The idea of the peace mural was to produce a more positive environment for the students to be surrounded by on a daily. The peace murals were produced to depict various themes such as tolerance, unity and determination, which can be used and practiced in the everyday lives of the students, teachers, management and staff. 

The Leonald Conner School had a story line, which portrays anti-bullying and tolerance towards people. The Marie Genevieve de Weever School’s mural outlines St. Martin with people holding hands portraying unity amongst all human beings.

The Ruby Labega School’s mural has ladders which represents the determination needed to climb the ladders and achieve success with the theme.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School although not a direct part of the SXMDOET and Ministry ECYS collaboration, on its own, signed up and executed a beautification project on the school grounds.

Minister Jacobs commended the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School management and staff for taking the initiative on their own to beautify the school. “We need to continue creating safe and positive environments for our students, as they spend equally as much time at school as they do at home,” Minister Jacobs added.

“I’d like to thank the artists; Mr. Thomas, Ms. Lucida “La Rich” Audain, and Mr. Ras Mosera and their assistants for contributing their time and talents to the schools and students to execute the projects.

“I’d also like to thank the school management and staff, teachers and students for allowing us to carry out the project and for participating. Thank you to the coordinators within the Cabinet ECYS, and the school representatives for being the liaison between the schools and the Cabinet.

“Last but not least, I’d like to thank Melanie Choisy and Fleur Hermanides, for making SXMDOET possible and providing opportunities to give back to our community,” Minister Jacobs concluded.

Next year, the Ministry will once again team up for the SXMDOET projects. However, as promised, throughout the year, the other public schools will also have projects carried out on the school premises.

 

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INTRODUCTION OF IDALINE MARTINA BY PRESIDENT OF PERIDOT FOUNDATION GRACITA ARRINDELL

MAHO – President of the Peridot Foundation Gracita Arrindell delivered the following address at the foundation’s International Women’s Day event that was held at Sonesta Maho Royal Pavillion on Friday, March 10.

Speech:

“IDALINE MARTINA (Pronounced: AI- DE -LIEN) AFFECTIONALLY NICKNAMED JIJI- IS BEST KNOWN AS A LADY WHO GOVERNS A MANS JOB WITH CLASS!

TRAINED IN THE FIELD OF ROADWROK CONSTRUCTION BY HER LATE FATHER, WELLKNOWN BABY MARTINA, JIJI HAS BEENACTIVELY CONTRIBUTING TO HER COMMUNITY SINCE 1983.  BY SUCCESFULLY COMPLETING MANY PROJECTS, TRENCHING AND CABLE WORK PLACEMENTS HAS BECOME SECOND NATURE TO HER.

WITH A FRIM COMMITMENT TO ANY ROLE SHE IS ASSIGNED TO EXECUTE, SHE IS ABLE TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENT TYPES OF CABLES WITH THEIR LOCATIONS IN ACCORDANCE TO WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN ENTRENCHED.

IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THE THIS, JIJI HAS AN IMPECABLE SKILL SET IN THE AREAS OF PLUMBING, CARPENTRY, UPHOLSTERY AND MECHANICAL WORK, THUS, FAR SURPASSING THE WELL EARNED TITLE OF FIELD SUPERVISOR. AND…. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN SUPERVISING SHE DOES!!! . IN JIJI’S WAY.

FIRM EFFECTIVE AND WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, I MUST HASTEN TO ADD, WHEN APPROPRIATE!!

EVERY DAY, FROM EARLY IN THE MORNING THOUSANDS HAVE SEEN JIJI FOR ALMOST 3 DECADES UN- FAZED BY THE BLAZING SUN OR ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS DOING HER JOB IN HER TYPICAL NO NONESENSE MANNER.  ADMIRED AND RESPECTED BY THOSE WORKING CLOSE WITH HER. U WOULD KNOW SEEING HER INTERACT WITH THE ‘BOYS’ IN THE FIELD.

FINALLY: AMONGST HER JUST MENTIONED PROFESSIONAL SKIL SET, JIJI HAS TURNED HER HOBBY OF SEWING CLOTHING INTO CREATING MASTER PIECES FROM FABRIC, ALONG WITH A NEW OUTFIT, SHE’S ALSO ABLE TO BEAUTIFY WOMEN WITH HER COSMETOLOGY CRAFT. MOREOVER SHES A GREAT CHEF IN THE KITCHEN, A DECORATOR FOR ANY HOUSE TO TRANSFORM INTO A HOME, GARDENER FOR LIFE, AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST, AND A GREAT DANCER FOR ANY OCCASION!

IN ALL, TRULY A LADY WHO HAS BEEN A TRAILBLAZER LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY AT THE FOREFRONT AT CLOSING THE GENDER GAP IN THIS FIELD OF WORK IN SINT MAARTEN.

JIJI IS A CARING MOTHER, DOTING GRANDMOTHER, A SISTER, AN AUNT AND A MOST DEARLY A FRIEND,

A WONDERWOMEN IS BEING RECOGNIZED TONIGHT-

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE STAND AND HELP ME WELCOME WITH A BIG HAND OF APPLAUSE, AND THOSE MEN WITH A HAT ON, HATS OFF FOR ; IDALINE ‘ JIJI ‘ MARTINA…….”

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SCDF shifts Junior Parade a day from April 9 to April 8

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has shifted the Junior Carnival Parade from April 9 to April 8 and will celebrate a full day of Carnival activities on that day.

There was some concern with the Junior Parade being held on Palm Sunday, so the foundation decided to combine the event with the Band Clash and Roadmarch Competition.

 

The SCDF explained that the Junior Parade will kick-off at 2pm from the Jose Lake Ballpark and follow the same route it did in 2016. It will go down Bush Road, over the Prins Bernard Bridge and head straight up Pondfill to culminate at the parking lot across of Carnival Village.

When the parade is over, attention will then turn to the Band Clash and Roadmarch Competition which will be held on the Ring Road opposite of the Great Bay sports auditorium.

 

The foundation explained that when Easter falls late into April as is the case this year, there aren’t many weekends to schedule parades around, which is why the Junior Parade was schedule to be held before Carnival Village opens.

As a result of Easter falling on April 16, the Village opens on Easter Monday, April 17, leaving the SCDF with only two weekends, not the usual three, to work with.

 

“This happens every few years and we are forced to be very flexible with dates. We simply will not do anything during Holy Week. So we begin Carnival after Easter, whenever Easter falls,” the SCDF said.

“We overlooked Palm Sunday and so we are adjusting now. It only means a little more work for Carnival volunteers but we’ve never run from work. It will be a full day of Carnival. Just the way we like it anyway,” the foundation added. 

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CPS supports WHO efforts for R&D in developing new antibiotics

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The United Nations (UN) health agency, the World Health Organization (WHO), in the latter part of 2016 kicked off a campaign to make antibiotic resistance a globally recognized health issue and to raise awareness of the need to protect antibiotics through appropriate use.

The WHO just recently published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health.

The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of WHO’s efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.

The WHO list is divided into three categories according to the urgency of need for new antibiotics: critical, high and medium priority.

The most critical group of all includes multidrug resistant bacteria that pose a particular threat in hospitals, nursing homes, and among patients whose care requires devices such as ventilators and blood catheters. They include Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and various Enterobacteriaceae (including Klebsiella, E. coli, Serratia, and Proteus). They can cause severe and often deadly infections such as bloodstream infections and pneumonia.

These bacteria have become resistant to a large number of antibiotics, including carbapenems and third generation cephalosporins – the best available antibiotics for treating multi-drug resistant bacteria.

The second and third tiers in the list – the high and medium priority categories – contain other increasingly drug-resistant bacteria that cause more common diseases such as gonorrhoea and food poisoning caused by salmonella.

Representatives from Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), last October attended a workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Trinidad & Tobago where discussions and guidance was provided to countries in the region developing their respective National AMR Plan.

AMR happens when microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs such as antibiotics, antifungals, and antivirals. 

Microorganisms that develop antimicrobial resistance are sometimes referred to as “superbugs.”  Medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others.

Antimicrobial resistance is a global concern because new resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases, resulting in prolonged illness, disability, and death.

Without effective antimicrobials for prevention and treatment of infections, medical procedures such as organ transplantation, cancer chemotherapy, diabetes management and major surgery (for example, caesarean sections or hip replacements) become very high risk.

The WHO approach to the resistance problems is that “All countries need national action plans on AMR.”

Countries should have a National AMR Plan by May 2017.  CPS is currently coordinating the multi sectoral discussions for Sint Maarten to carry out the WHO/Pan American Health Organization request and assist in developing a National AMR Action Plan (NAP).

CPS supports efforts underway by the WHO to further profile the challenges that exist where new antibiotics are needed.  Sint Maarten’s medical care system is also impacted by the rise in “superbugs” and therefore the need for the country to also have a NAP plan in place describing the country’s strategic approach to manage AMR considering the resource limitations. 

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UPDATE: More Movement for the Elderly this Saturday at St. Martin’s Home

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – UPDATE: Soualiga Newsday was informed that More Movement for the Elderly which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 11 at the St. Martin's Home has been rescheduled to March 18. The rescheduling has to with the cleaning of the Gym which will take place on Saturday.   

POSTED ON THURSDAY (See Update above): Senior citizens are invited to the St. Martin’s Home which is located at St. John’s Estate road #6 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.

The Saturday activity is being coordinated by WIPTA from 10.30AM to 12.00PM at the aforementioned address.

It's recommended that adults aged 60 or older do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Some activity, however light, is better for your health than none at all.

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Course Archive management and preservation in Caribbean Netherlands

ST. EUSTATIUS - On St. Eustatius last week 7 participants received a certificated after completion of the basics course Archive Management and preservation.

This course was organized on all three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands and is meant to expand the basic knowledge and skills of the participants in the area of collection management and preservation.

The participants from St. Eustatius work at various services and departments of the Public Entity including the museum, Cadaster Office, Department of Physical Planning and Maintenance, the office of the Island Registrar and the Department of Internal Affairs.

On the initiative of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) National Archive carried out a fact finding mission on each island in 2016. This was to research what are the needs and wishes in the area of archive management and preservation.

That resulted in a training plan for the islands with two courses: training archive preservation and one in archival science. During the first preservation training it regards the basic knowledge that is required for the physical management and preservation of archives.

As final assignment participants had to set up a collection plan whereby they made use of methods dealt with during the training.

During the advance training, which follows later in the year, participants will learn archive preservation: ensuring the stabilization of damaged documents. The training archival science will be geared towards learning how to work a full-fledged sustainable archive method based on international standards.

An important spearhead of the five day training was also the development a new cooperation (network) among the Public Entities. This training was conducted by senior preservation advisors Gabrielle Beentjes and Gerrit de Bruin of the National Archive in The Netherlands on assignment of the Ministry of OCW.

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Receivers office offers alternative payment plans

POND ISLAND - The Receiver’s office request that the general public and the business community in particular to make alternative payments plans as a temporary solution while its offices are closed.

Considering the approaching deadlines of the monthly tax payments and the provisional profit tax payment, the Receiver’s department request that those tax payers that do make payments directly at the Receivers office to make these payments through the bank or via online banking.

Our banking account numbers are as follows:

WIB account # 324800-03 (NAf) or 324800-05 (US$)

RBC account # 8200000005425048 (NAf) or 8200000403930461 (US$)

Please be sure to mention or write the crib number, name, tax type, year and period while making payments.

The Receivers Office is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience of our closure and thank you for your patience.

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Plenary Session of Parliament set for Thursday about Accounts of Country for fiscal year 2012

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public session on March 9, 2017. The Minister of Finance will be present.

The plenary public meeting has been set for Thursday at 2.00 pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. This session will be carried via Soualiga Newsday live video feed.

The agenda points are:

1. Incoming documents

2. Draft National Ordinance establishing the accounts of Country St. Maarten for the financial year 2012 (Ordinance establishing accounts 2012) (ZJ 2016-2017-096) (IS / 014 / 2016-2017 dated September 21 2016)

3. Approval Decision Lists Public meetings Parliamentary Year 2016-2017 no. 1-6 and POV no. 1

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.  

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

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Two armed robberies at mini-grocers under investigation

PHILIPSBURG - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating two separate armed robberies which took place on Tuesday March 7th. The first robbery took place at approximately 8.00 p.m. at the Wing Dah Supermarket located on the Nazareth road.

One masked and armed suspect came into the establishment and while threatening the cashier stole an undisclosed amount of cash and the fled the scene on foot.

The second robbery took place at approximately 8.15 p.m. at the Victory Mini-market located on the A. Th. Illidge road opposite the Sol Gas Station. An unknown masked man with a gun threatened the cashier and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and the fled the scene on foot.

The Special Unit Robbery is asking anyone who may have any information regarding these two robberies should call the Police Department by dialing 54-22222 ext 213-214, the anonymous Tip line # 9300 or the emergency line 911. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Mental Health Foundation to host Arts & Crafts Workshop this weekend

BETTY’S ESTATE - On Friday March 10th from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM and Saturday March 11 2017 from 10,00 AM to 1.00 PM, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) will team up with Ms. Julie Alcin to host an arts & craft workshop. 

Julie Alcin has been instrumental in trying to raise awareness for mental health and to do this she came up with a project called “Letters of May”.  Letters of May will be publishing artwork (writing, letters, poets, drawings and paintings) to allow persons that deal with or have dealt with mental health to tell their story in way that spreads hope, educates, and help put an end to stigma.

This project has the following goals; raising awareness for mental health, giving hope to those that struggle with mental health, showing how it is to live with mental health, helping putting an end to the stigma on mental health and educating others on mental health.

The event is sponsored by SXM DOET, and therefore, materials, food and drinks will be provided, interested participants are asked to bring your creative mind and spirit.

If transportation is a problem, the MHF will try to organize some pick-ups and drop-offs,  you are kindly requested to let us know within a timely manner if you want to be picked up and/or dropped off by the MHF bus (by calling 5421677 extension 507 or 515).

The art workshop will be held at SOIL in Betty’s Estate, who also contributed to the event by offering a discounted price.

MHF would like to request all persons who would like to attend to come coming Friday at 2 PM and Saturday at 10 AM to create some beautiful artworks.

MHF does not have funds available for educational, promotional and festive activities but with the help of SXM DOET and collaborating with Julie Alcin’s initiative, this event will be made possible.

MHF is the leading secondary Mental Health care provider on the Dutch side of St. Maarten and has been operational since 2006. In addition to providing support and treatment for mental health issues brought on by the everyday challenges of life, MHF is currently the only mental health facility in Sint Maarten that provides 24-hour inpatient care to individuals suffering from the most severe forms of mental illness.

The Mental Health Foundation and Julia Alcin look forward to your participation in the Letters of May!

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