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Chuchubi Foundation Celebrates Aruba Day 2017

PHILIPSBURG - On March 18th is Aruba Flag Day and the Chuchubi Foundation on St. Maarten is bringing once again all Arubians and friends of Aruba and the general public together to celebrate Aruba Day.

Friday March 17, 2017

•        6:00 am -7:00am: Join Chuchubi Foundation at the Philipsburg Methodist Church for a church service followed by the singing of the national anthems of St. Maarten and Aruba, followed by the hoisting of the St. Maarten and Aruba Flag.

•        7:00am - 7:30am: Light snack to be served on the grounds of the Philipsburg Methodist Church.

•        8:00pm – 2:00am: Pre Aruba Day Celebration at Caribbean Blend on the Boardwalk. Join Chuchubi Members and meet The Mighty Tattoo from Aruba for our meet & greet party.

Saturday March 18, 2017 – Aruba day!

•        9:00pm – 3:00am: Support the Chuchubi Foundation Annual Aruba Day Dance at the Rock House located at Port De Plaisance.

Musical entertainment by Control Band and 911, along with guest artist from Aruba: The Mighty Tattoo (Richard Quant)

Entrance fee: $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets available at Van Dorp, Adolphus Office Supply Store and from the Chuchubi Board Members.

Sunday March 18, 2017

•        5:00pm to 9:00pm: Be a part of the Chuchubi Foundation Annual Award Ceremony to be held at SoiL building located on L.B. Scott Road, which will be kicked off with a mini parade with Generous New Status Drum Band from Benny’s place to SoiL building. Come and parade with your t-shirt & flag.

The Chuchubi Foundation looks forward to seeing you at all their events. Thank you in advance your support. All these events will be streaming live and direct from St. Maarten to Aruba this year.  So do come out in grand numbers and style.


Prime Minister Marlin hosts Carnival Queens Dinner

PHILIPSBURG – On Saturday night March 11th, Prime Minister William Marlin and his spouse Mrs. Gabrielle Marlin hosted the Carnival Queens Dinner with the Prime Minister 2017 organized by Anna Rabess – Richardson, President of Posh Productions.

Present at the Queens Dinner were the four reigning Carnival Queens, Junior Queen Trinity Christina, Teen Queen Diandra Marlin, Senior Queen Estika Halley and Mature Queen Norrisa Anatol. Each of the four Queens were given the opportunity to address this year’s delegates who are busy preparing for the upcoming pageants during Carinal 2017.

Each reigning Queen spoke about their experiences during the year since winning the crown and encouraged the delegates to work hard and prepare if they wish to succeed in the pageant.

“I am honored and proud to be here with you this evening… Pageantry is just like sports, if you don’t have an attitude of perseverance and the will to never to give up you won’t succeed at it. You have to have your plan and you have to work at it because you are competing to be the best in your category,” Prime Minister William Marlin said as he addressed the gathering.

Mrs. Gabrielle Marlin also gave words of inspiration and tips to the delegates of 2017, “Remember we are all Queens, beauty is within, love yourself, God made you just how he wants you to be.”

Before the evening was over, a surprise award was presented to one of the four reigning queens for her great work in the community during her 1 year reign. On behalf of Posh Productions Prime Minister Marlin and Mrs. Marlin presented Miss Mature Queen 2016 Norrisa Anatol with the “Queens Crystal Award”.


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Group Photo of Prime Minister William Marlin, Mrs. Gabrielle Marlin, along with Carnival Queens and 2017 Delegates at Posh Productions “Queens Dinner with the Prime Minister.” 


20 Calypsonians ready for Eliminations on March 31

COLE BAY - The 2017 NAGICO Calypso eliminations are slated for Friday, March 31st under the tent at Port de Plaisance, starting at 8.00 pm sharp, according to a press release from Fernando Clark, President of RAW Promotions Foundation.

Some 20 calypsonians will be participating in this year's elimination, of which ten will "graduate" to the calypso finals on April 20th in the carnival village.

Along with some new faces to the calypso arena, such as Lady Righteous and Doctor Ray, some veterans calypsonians will grace the stage in an attempt to dethrone the reigning Monarch, Shakiya, St. Maarten's first female calypso monarch.

There is also a chance to see father and son competing, as the Mighty Calix (Carlyle Rogers) takes to the stage while his son Young Calix The Protégé, (Rummini Rogers) competes in the same contest on the same stage.

Familiar faces such as His Majesty Baker Jr, Empress Zee, Kaiso Brat, Ebony Empress, The Fox, The Mighty Pepper, Lady Baker, The Mighty Chipman, Fish De Mega Boss, The Wizard, Repeater, The Mighty Dando, King Beau Beau, The Monitor and King Barrow are back again.

Calypso lovers will see and hear their favorite calypsonians on stage singing one song, with which they hope to be elevated to the finals.

Judges will be looking at the lyrics, presentation, the melody of the tune and the artist's rendition as they select the ten calypsonians who will go over to the finals while the others are eliminated and will have to try again next year.

As the carnival season gets on its way, calypso fans have started anticipating the topics of the 2017 calypsos. Speculations are that GEBE is at the top of the list of topics, while other social and political issues are not too far behind.

Patrons can also look forward to great entertainment by the MC, Fernando Clark.

The entrance fee to the show is $15,= or NAF27,=  Tickets will not be sold in advance, so payment can be made only at the door on the night of the show.

RAW Promotions Foundation, the organizers and promoters of the show, encourages patron to come early to secure a good seat. Gates open at 7.00 pm, the release from Clark concludes.


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Empress Zee

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Kaiso Brat

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Mighty Pepper

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The Wizard

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Fish Mega Boss


Local and Regional Film Talent at 6th CIFFR from April 5-9

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam is happy to announce the first titles, mostly feature film debuts, for the 6th edition (5 – 9 April).

For the 5th consecutive year, CIFFR presents the Yellow Robin Award competition for feature films by talented, emerging filmmakers from the Caribbean basin and Latin America. Four of the nominated films for the 2017 edition are feature film debuts.

An international jury determines the winner of the Yellow Robin Award 2017. Already confirmed jury members are: Bero Beyer, Festival Director of International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Curaçao filmmaker Felix de Rooy (a.o. Desiree, Ava and Gabriel).

The award consists of guaranteed screening of the film in the Bright Future program of International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 and at the next edition of Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. In addition, there is a prize for the filmmaker of USD 10.000 composed of USD 2.500 in cash and USD 7.500 worth of talent development training programs.

In the first edition of the Caribbean Shorts competition, seven short films compete for the Award: screening of the winning film at the 6 film festivals (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago) CIFFR signed a cooperation agreement with in 2016. Object of this cooperation is to exchange knowledge and experience and encourage film talent. Each of the six film festivals submitted a short film by their local talented filmmaker.

From the 10 short films entered into the local competition by filmmakers from Curaçao, Aruba, and Suriname the nominee on behalf of CIFFR was selected: the short film E yobida di ayera (Yesterday’s Rain) from the Aruban filmmaker Armand Simon.

Nominees Yellow Robin Award 2017:

ANGÉLICA by Marisol Gómez Mouakad, Puerto Rico.

Angélica dreams of a major career as a fashion designer in New York, but hasn’t gotten much further than a boring sewing job. A visit to her motherland Puerto Rico, where her sick father awaits her in hospital, marks the start of a journey of personal discovery. World premiere.

Screening: FRI 7 APR 17:30 • SAT 8 APR 21:45 • SUN 9 APR 18:45

BAD LUCKY GOAT by Samir Oliveros, Colombia.

Growing up under the same roof doesn’t guarantee friendship. That definitely applies to these bickering siblings in this playful coming-of-age story. Can these Colombian youngsters rely on each other if they run into trouble together? A colorful, musical road trip with a dead goat as catalyst. Caribbean premiere.

Screening: THU 6 APR 18:15 • FRI 7 APR 15:30 • SUN 9 APR 21:15

EL HOMBRE QUE CUIDA (The Watchman) by Alejandro Andújar, Dom. Republic.

Major tensions hide beneath the otherwise placid surface of this sunny island drama. Taciturn Juan tries to forget a lost love while his daily rhythm as the watchman at one of the villas along the coast is disrupted by the arrival of the owner’s son. World premiere.

Screening: THU 6 APR 20:15 • SAT 8 APR 15:00 • SUN 9 APR 11:30

KEYLA by Viviana Gómez Echeverry, Colombia.

Just before her 18th birthday, Keyla’s father is lost at sea. What has happened to him? Colombian filmmaker Viviana Gómez Echeverry studies the tension between dream and reality on an ostensibly paradisiacal Caribbean island in this promising debut. Caribbean premiere.

Screening: FRI 7 APR 19:45 • SAT 8 APR 12:45 • SUN 9 APR 16:15

MELOCOTONES (Mr. Emmett & The Canned Peaches) by Héctor M. Valdez, Dom. Rep., 2017.

Retrofuturist fable set in a world full of robots, flying cars and canned peaches. Diego desperately tries to win back his girlfriend. He becomes the first human ever to test a time machine to undo his mistakes. Héctor Valdez’ film debut Al sur de la inocencia was nominated for the Yellow Robin Award  2014. World premiere.

Screening: FRI 7 APR 22:00 • SAT 8 APR 17:15 • SUN 9 APR 14:00

Nominees Caribbean Shorts Award 2017

CON SANA ALEGRÍA (With Healthy Enjoyment)• Claudia Muñiz Pérez (Cuba). For some time, Zayda has been taking care of her grandmother Juana, who suffers from dementia. On the eve of her birthday, she tries to change things a little and regain her previous life.

CHOCOLATE • Fernando Peña (Dominican Republic).  Love and fantasy join forces when Yan finds the solution of his problem, but not without consequences.

NIGHTMARE BEFORE WEDDING • Fabienne Orain-Chomaud (Guadeloupe). Lili has an appointment to get married at noon but she cannot remember in which church. She crosses Guadeloupe’s Grande-Terre on her grena (local name for a moped) crossing through cane fields and banana plantations. A creole adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

SWEAT • Josiah Persad ( Trinidad & Tobago). Since having lost his parents in a car accident, Arshad finds it difficult to cope with his life. Despite the  support of his older sister Shriya and best friend Riad, he turns to other means to fill the void. One bad choice can lead to a next. Is it too late?

TI COQ • Nadia Charlery (Martinique). Josué has developed a special relationship with his rooster, strongly convinced that he could train it as a dreaded fighting rooster. A succession of unexpected events will invariably frustrate his plans.

VERDE (Green) • Alonso Ruizpalacios (Mexico). Security guard Ariel, in charge of transporting other people’s millions, has just discovered he’s about to be a first-time father. While deciding what to do about his paternity, he suddenly finds himself faced with the possibility of fleeing with the money.

E YOBIDA DI AYERA (Yesterday’s Rain) • Armand Simon (Aruba). Monica is in love with her friend. And now she has finally gathered enough courage to tell her. Today will be her coming out day.

The nominees are screened in two groups:

Caribbean Shorts I: Sweat •  Ti coq • Verde

FRI 7 APR 17:15 • SAT 8 APR 13:15

Caribbean Shorts II: Chocolate • Con sana alegría • Nightmare before Wedding • E yobida di ayera

FRI 7 APR 15:15 • SAT 8 APR 13:15

The full festival program will be launched on Thursday 30 March. Ticket sale starts on Saturday 1 April at 10:00. Tickets are available at the Central Box Office of The Cinemas and at the cash registers of cinema restaurant The Concesssion on the 1st floor.


MEETING NOTICE: For Parents/Guardians of Students at the St. Maarten Vocational Training School

SOUTH REWARD - The Head of Division Public Education and the Management of St. Maarten Vocational Training School (SMVTS) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, hereby invites all parents of students from forms 1, 2, 3 and 4 to a very urgent and mandatory meeting on:

MONDAY, MARCH 13, in the morning

7.00AM to 8.00AM

Venue: SMVTS

Please note that entrance of students will only be allowed if your child is accompanied by you or his or her legal guardian.  Please be on time!!!

G. Davis-Holiday, Head Division Public Education


Two-day Conference concludes about Education as a basis for Children’s Rights

SINT MAARTEN/SABA - The two-day conference “Education as a basis for children's rights” took place on the 7th and 8th of March.

The conference is an initiative of the Inter-Country Task Force for Children’s Rights organized by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in cooperation with UNICEF.

Professionals from Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten came together to formulate a vision of positive parenting, to put this vision into practice and to jointly carry it out.

It turned out to be two inspiring days in which much knowledge was shared. The joint effort was directed towards improving children's rights and especially the power of collaboration and connection was recognized within the Kingdom.


Yellow Fever Vaccination Recommended for Travellers to Espirito Santo State Brazil

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends for international travellers to get a yellow fever vaccination if traveling to Espirito Santo State,


As of 3 March 2017, yellow fever virus transmission continues to expand towards the Atlantic coast of Brazil in areas not deemed to be at risk for yellow fever transmission prior to the revised risk assessment published on the Event Information Site (EIS) on 26 January 2017, and supported by the scientific and technical advisory group on geographical yellow fever risk mapping (GRYF).

Taking into account the speed of spread observed in Espirito Santo State, the proximity to the urban area of Vitoria of epizootics and human cases under investigation for yellow fever infection, as well as the implementation of yellow fever vaccination campaign in the State of Espirito Santo as a whole, the WHO Secretariat has determined that the State of Espirito Santo in its entirety should be considered at risk for yellow fever transmission.

Therefore, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended for international travellers visiting any area in Espirito Santo State.

The current advice by the WHO Secretariat for international travellers going to areas of Brazil deemed to be at risk, including Espirito Santo State in its entirety, is the following: vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to the travel.

Note that, as per Annex 7 of the International Health Regulations (2005), a single dose of a yellow fever vaccine approved by WHO is sufficient to confer sustained immunity and life-long protection against yellow fever disease.

Travellers with contraindications for yellow fever vaccine (children below 9 months, pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with severe hypersensitivity to egg antigens, and severe immunodeficiency) or over 60 years of age should consult their health professional for advice.

WHO Secretariat further advises the adoption of measures to avoid mosquito bites; awareness of symptoms and signs of yellow fever; seeking care in case of symptoms and signs of yellow fever, while travelling and upon return from areas at risk for yellow fever transmission.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), will continue to monitor developments related to yellow fever.  Its surveillance mechanism was placed on alert for any potential cases in January.

The department is requesting for all to be on the alert and be proactive in mitigating mosquito borne diseases by consulting your physician, removing mosquito breeding sites and apply mosquito repellent to stop mosquito’s from feeding.

Persons returning to Sint Maarten experiencing yellow fever symptoms should immediately consult their family physician.

For more information call CPS at 542-2078, 542-3003 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Central Committee meeting on Thursday about discrimination and human rights violations of the persons of Caribbean origin

PHILIPSBURG – The Central Committee will meet in a session on March 9, 2017.

The Central Committee meeting has been set for Thursday at 10.00 am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. Representatives of the Sint Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform will be present. This session will be carried via Soualiga Newsday live video feed.

The agenda points are:

1.   Discussion with the Sint Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform on discrimination and human rights violations of the persons of Caribbean origin in the Kingdom of the Netherlands   (IS/319/2016-2017 dated December 15, 2016)

2.   Approval composition delegation and provisions for the meeting of the Board of Directors to be held in Mexico City, D.F. on Friday 24th  and Saturday 25th of March of the current year (IS/499/2016-2017 dated February 24, 2017)

3.   Approval composition delegation and provisions for the meeting of the Committee of Education, Culture, Science, Technology and Communication to be held in Mexico City D.F. on March 23rd to 25th (IS/510/2016-2017 dated February 27, 2017)

4.   Approval composition delegation and provisions for Aruba day (IS/519/2016-2017 dated March 3, 3017)

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.


Student seriously injured during fight. 18-Year Old Suspect in Custody

SOUTH REWARD - On Wednesday March 8th at approximately 10.15 a.m., police patrols, paramedics and Detectives were directed to the Sint Maarten Vocational School where a fight among students had taken place and one of the students was seriously wounded.

On the scene the investigating officers learnt that a fight had broken out after a heated argument between two students from that school with initials N.O.M (18) and J.D.A. (17).

During the fight the suspect N.O.M. used a broken bottle and stabbed the victim J.D.A. in his stomach causing a very serious wound. After committing this act the suspect fled the scene.

The victim was treated on the scene by paramedics and taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for medical attention. At the hospital the victim was immediately taken to the operation room where he had to be operated on.

The victim was admitted to hospital for observation. The suspect was arrested and put into custody for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


‘The world must act now to stop this,’ UN chief Guterres says on visit to drought-hit Somalia

SINT MAARTEN/INTERNATIONAL, 7 March 2017 – Hearing the heart-wrenching stories of desperate families displaced in Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged a massive scale up in international support to avert a famine in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa nation and curb the spread of cholera.

“It is exactly because it is tragic and because it is hopeful that it makes sense to make a very strong appeal to the international community to support Somalia at the present moment,” Mr. Guterres told reporters in the country's capital, Mogadishu.

With almost half of the Somali population in need of assistance, including 330,000 children who are acutely malnourished, the UN chief reiterated an appeal for $825 million for the support of 5.5 million people for six months.

“There is a chance in Somalia to avoid a situation like the one we had in 2011,” he said, referring to the previous famine that killed many in that country.

He said that 3.3 million people are in need of health support and that cholera has been developing and making hunger even worse and more dangerous. In the last two months, there were 7,731 cases of cholera with 183 people dying. Just last week, there were 1,352 cases of cholera and 38 people dying. “It's a process in acceleration,” he warned.

But now is also “a moment of hope” because Somalia is turning the page, with a new President elected and a new Prime Minister appointed, he said.

“There is a very strong commitment to enhance security and at the same time to enhance the capacity of the government to start to provide effective services to the population,” he said.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which is doing a job that the world should be grateful for because it is not only protecting Somalis, but protecting all against terrorism, has not been effectively helped by the international community, he said.

The severe climate is also forcing many people to leave their homes. Leving the capital, Mr. Guterres met and spoke with victims of the current drought when he visited a settlement for internally displaced people (IDPs) today in the town of Baidoa.

According to estimates from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) the Liibaan IDP settlement houses some 700 people driven by drought from rural villages since 14 February. Some walked for hours or even days in search of humanitarian assistance.

One of the victims is Nuria Hussein. She and 10-month-old daughter Samira left home in Qansax Dheere district and moved to the settlement, 90 kilometers away, because of the drought. Ms. Hussein’s husband stayed behind.

“If we have stability and if it rains, we can avoid famine and we’ll return home,” she told UN News.

Another victim recalled her long journey to the settlement. A mother of four, she is alone with her children on the site. Her fifth child died of acute diarrhea.

According to OCHA, estimates indicate that over 80 per cent of these newly arrived IDPs are women and children.

In Baidoa, after meeting with President of the Southwest state of Somalia, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, Mr. Guterres visited two camps for internally displaced people just outside the city.

For over an hour, he walked through the camp, asked question and listened to the stories of men, women and children who had come to Baidoa to seek food and water. Some had recently resettled from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya only to be forced to move again because of the drought.

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