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Easyjet enters Dutch energy market with ‘low cost’ electricity

THE NETHERLANDS - Easyenergy, the latest in the Easyjet stable of cost-cutting companies, launched on the Dutch market on Tuesday, supplying electricity and gas at what it claims is cost price for a €5 monthly fixed charge.

‘We’re going to fight with the big boys in this sector just as we did in other sectors,’ Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou said in a press release. ‘The current energy market is totally opaque,’ Easyenergy CEO and co-founder Maarten Roelfs said.

‘Suppliers lock in customers with welcome rates and bonuses which make energy seem cheap. But after the first year customers pay hundreds of euros more unless they keep switching suppliers,’ he said. Easyenergy plans to make use of the smart meter which is already installed in three million Dutch households.

‘This makes it possible for us to monitor customers’ consumption on an hourly basis’ and charge them accordingly, Roelfs said. Research published by energy comparison website Pricewise in February showed tax is currently the biggest component of domestic energy bills in the Netherlands.

Pricewise says just 35% of domestic energy bills is due to the actual cost of gas and electricity. Some 45% of the average bill is tax and 20% goes to energy transport companies. (DutchNews)


More Movement for the Elderly this Friday at I & I Fitness

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, March 31. 

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.

The Friday activity is being coordinated by I & I Fitness from 3.00PM to 3.45PM 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.


CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch visits St. Eustatius and Saba

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch of the examination Council of the CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) visited St. Eustatius and Saba last week.

Purpose of this visit was, after two years of work on the introduction of the CXC system, to gauge how far the Islands are with the introduction of this education and examination system.

He also spoke with those involved in the educational field about their experiences with the introduction of the CXC system.


Minister Jacobs attends SVOBE gala dinner. Discusses Education Ministry Agenda

DAWN BEACH - On March 22nd, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs attended the SVOBE gala dinner at the Westin Hotel.

In attendance were His Excellency, Governor E.B. Holiday and his spouse Mrs. Holiday, Honorable Prime Minister William Marlin and his spouse Mrs. Marlin. 

Minister Jacobs addressed the crowd at the gala. “We are seeing a growing trend that vocational is losing its taint as something negative or for lesser intelligent students; it’s just a different type of intelligence.

“As a Ministry we are doing a lot of research to ensure that we are catering to all the needs of our students and that the students are receiving the best quality of education there is to offer. Milton Peters and Sundial schoolboards have been two schools which have been innovative and making progress.”

Minister Jacobs congratulated the schools with all of the strides they are making to ensure higher quality of education for the students and wished much continued success and cooperation.


PCMI Academy Offers Quickbooks Desktop 2016. Classes start April 3

PHILIPSBURG - PCMI Academy, a Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor Associate, will commence with Quickbooks Desktop 2016 classes from April 3, 2017.

Quickbooks is the most used accounting software in St. Maarten.

We will give the small business owners and students peace of mind knowing that they will have a certified advisor/trainer to receive exceptional support and to enhance their knowledge in Quickbooks.

Improve your chances in the job market with a valuable certificate. Next training will start April 3th, 2017.

Time: 10.00-11.30 or 18.30 -20.00

Venue: PCMI (Upstairs Office World on the Pondfill)

Fee: $ 475 (payment plan available)

Early Bird Special: $ 400.00 for payment and registration till March 29, 2017

For training or assistance please call at 5245094/5423088


Students visit NV GEBE Water Lab

PHILIPSBURG – A group of Learning Unlimited Primary School Grade 4 students under the Supervision of Teach Yoly Hawley and Teacher Natacha, got the chance to visit NV GEBE's Water Lab recently according to NV GEBE in recognition of World Water Day 2017.

World Water Day is celebrated worldwide on March 22 each year as a means of focusing attention on the importance of water.

The Grade 4 class had the opportunity to see and assist in testing the drinking water that we drink, NV GEBE reported.

The presentations were given by the wonderful and vibrant group at the Water Lab, Deliece Parry, Elcidro Lambert and Angelo Remy.


Second vessel breaks mooring and comes ashore

SABA – A second vessel grounded itself along the south coast of Saba.  Last Thursday what has been described as a research/survey vessel named Elsa, ended up along the coastline of Ladder Bay.

There were reports of diesel leaking from the vessel.  A number of dive spots are located off shore. 

The Saba Conservation Foundation and the Government of Saba are reportedly dealing with the situation.

The Ladder Bay area is a designated anchorage area for visiting yachts and other motorised vessels.  This is the second grounding within a short span.  On March 18, a French sailing yacht was pulled off the rocks in the same area.

The Elsa is 48 meters in length and has a gross tonnage of 353. 


CPS has three successful Oral Health Events that involved toddlers, seniors and teens

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – In commemoration of World Oral Health Day, celebrated on March 20th, the Department of Collective Prevention Services (CPS) kicked off the events program with an outreach activity for clients of the Sr. Basilia Center, White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation, located in St. Johns.

The theme for this year is “Live Mouth Smart”. The committee organizing the celebration has developed a week long schedule of activities, starting at the Sr. Basilia Center.

For the 2nd day the closing and award ceremony of a coloring competition for toddlers and their parents was on schedule, while on the 3rd day an outreach at the Afternoon program of the No Kidding with our Kids Foundation ASA took place.

For this year, CPS decided to pay special attention to special needs groups like the clients of Sr. Basilia Center and patients of the Mental Health Foundation.

Those being catered to will receive a free dental check up in the CPS Dental Mobile Bus.

The kick off was opened by the minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labour (VSA), Honorable Minister Emile Lee, the Secretary General of VSA, Joy Arnell and CPS Department head Dr. Virginia Asin-Oostburg to an excited crowd of Sr. Basilia clients.


SOS Radio 95.5FM gets its own App

MARIGOT, St. Martin - SOS Radio 95.9FM which is located in the heart of Marigot, the capital of French St. Martin, continues to serve its listeners, therefore it is a pleasure to introduce our new app, SOS said on Friday in a press statement.

“This app was created to keep the listeners connected no matter where they are. It provides information on our daily programs, live streaming, our location, contact information and much more.

“Our app can be accessed on android and app store by typing sosradio959 in the search engines.”


La Samanna, Saturday March 25, Moet & Chandon Luncheon & Beach Party

LOW LANDS, St. Martin - Belmond La Samanna St Martin & Moet & Chandon present a day of exceptional gastronomic creations by Chef extraordinaire Serge Gouloumes.

Enjoy incredible Food & Champagne pairings including a delicious fresh lobster salad topped with mango, avocado & Moet Ice Caviar $24, followed by a poached scallop entree with sweet potatoes & a special Moet Ice Sauce $29 and a sensational Moet Ice Fruit soup $12 to finish it off!

Moet & Chandon Premium Champagne bar will be presenting Champagne Bottle & by the Glass Specials, Moet Ice Imperial $15 glass, $90 bottle, Moet Ice Rose $17 glass, $110 bottle.

Available this Saturday, March 25th, to enjoy during this elegant, relaxing Caribbean experience.

Lunch will be served from 12 noon until 4pm, Fashion Show at 1pm, with live deejay on drums. Beautiful Moet & Chandon girls will be topping off your Moet Ice glasses with your choice of fresh fruit in true Moet Ice Fashion.

Dancers will be performing late afternoon into the evening.

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