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Amid rise of ‘fake news,’ authorities should ensure truthful info reaches public – UN, regional experts

SINT MAARTEN/INTERNATIONAL, 10 March 2017 – Noting growing prevalence of “fake news” and propaganda in both legacy and social media, United Nations and key regional human rights experts have called on State actors to ensure that they disseminate reliable and trustworthy information, including about matters of public interest, such as the economy, public health, security and the environment.

“State actors should not make, sponsor, encourage or further disseminate statements which they know or reasonably should know to be false (disinformation) or which demonstrate a reckless disregard for verifiable information (propaganda),” read a Joint Declaration issued last week by the experts.

The Declaration was made by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, along with his counterparts from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).

“‘Fake news’ has emerged as a global topic of concern and there is a risk that efforts to counter it could lead to censorship, the suppression of critical thinking and other approaches contrary to human rights law. In this Joint Declaration, we identify general principles that should apply to any efforts to deal with these issues,” explained Mr. Kaye in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The Declaration also identifies applicable human rights standards, encourages promotion of diversity and plurality in the media and emphasizes the particular roles played by digital intermediaries, as well as journalists and media outlets, and notes that they should consider including critical coverage of disinformation and propaganda as part of their news services in line with their watchdog role in society, particularly during elections and regarding debates on matters of public interest.

It also notes that States have a “positive obligation” to promote a free, independent and diverse communications environment, including media diversity, which is a key means of addressing disinformation and propaganda.

Further, the Declaration notes that all stakeholders – including intermediaries, media outlets, civil society and academia – should be supported in developing participatory and transparent initiatives for creating a better understanding of the impact of disinformation and propaganda on democracy, freedom of expression, journalism and civic space, as well as appropriate responses to these phenomena.

UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.

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Saint-Martin Evolution Toastmasters Shirma France wins Speech Contest

MARIGOT, St Martin - Toastmaster Shirma France won first The Saint Martin Evolution Toastmasters Club International speech contest on Tuesday, March 6, 2017. The audience was able to relate to her speech entitled “Culture Shock”.

Toastmaster Shirma will represent the Club at the next competition slated for Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Area Speech contest, the next level of the Toastmasters numerous speaking competitions held annually. 

Should she excel at this event, she will go on to represent the Club at the Territorial contest scheduled for later this month. Other participants, TM Glennecia Rogers and TM Nadia Agape did a wonderful job with their presentations on “Bankruptcy” and “My Life Destination” respectively. 

This competition inspired other members to compete in future events as all participants had fun with their presentations.

Every year Toastmasters around the world get the opportunity to compete in speaking competitions from the Club level all the way to up to the International level.  However, a member must compete and win on the Club, Area, Territorial and District levels in order to compete at the International level. 

There are different kinds of speaking competitions such as the Evaluation Contest, Humorous Speech Contest, Table Topics contest, Tall Tales contest and the main one the International speech contest.

All are invited to come out and support the speech competitors from Areas 28 & 29 (Competing is the Disciples Toastmasters Club and the Saint-Martin Evolution Toastmasters Club) who will be competing at this event on Friday. The Saint Martin Evolution Toastmasters Club congratulates Shirma on her achievement and wishes her best of luck on Friday.

The Saint Martin Evolution Toastmasters is a bilingual Club and meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30p.m. at the former Evelina Halley School in Marigot. For more information about the club, please visit our Facebook page, St Martin Evolution Toastmasters Club.

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Risk management takes center stage at second edition of Day of the Supervisory Board in Aruba

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA - On Friday 3 March, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne organized the second edition of Day of the Supervisory Board in Aruba. During this day the more than sixty participants were brought up to speed on risk management.

This is a topic that is increasingly gaining attention within corporate governance. However, it often remains unclear what risk management exactly is and what the responsibilities of the directors and supervisory board members in this area are.

The objective of the second edition of the Day of the Supervisory Board in Aruba was to change that.

Frank Kunneman, partner at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and professor of Corporate Governance, was the first speaker of the afternoon. During his presentation he discussed the specifics of risk management and the roles and responsibilities of the management board and supervisory board in this regard.

In addition, he explained the issue of liability within risk management based on a number of practical examples. Nicole Hoevertsz, Secretary to the Council of Ministers and a member of the International Olympic Committee, then spoke in a very personal way about why it is so important that directors and supervisors in sport are engaged in risk management and how they can apply this.

The third and final contribution was made by Jossy Laclé, the former director of WEB Aruba. Filling in for Ron Gomes Casseres he emphasized in his speech that in addition to using the available systems and models, risk management is very much about managing human behavior.

The three presentations evoked great response from the participants, resulting in a lively panel discussion at the end of the meeting. The discussion was led by the chairman for the day Steffen Hagen, senior lawyer at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and manager of the firm's Aruban office.

Steffen Hagen: “It's our goal to permanently add value, amongst other things by sharing know-how. Therefore we are pleased to see that this second edition of the Day of the Supervisory Board again attracted much attention, and we hope that the participants can apply the knowledge that they have gained in practice.”

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Victorious Living’s Leadership Workshop with Nelson Els Leaves Lasting Impact

CAY HILL - On Saturday March 4th, The Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School in Cay Hill came alive with 65 leaders and aspiring leaders ranging from 13 to 70 years who eagerly and thankfully digested the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell, facilitated by certified John Maxwell Coach, Nelson Els.

Victorious Living Foundation, who hosted this transformational leadership workshop and mastermind, is pleased with the growing interest among the St. Martin populace to increase their leadership capacity.

Although sixty five persons were in attendance, seventy seven persons registered for the event. From observations and invited comments, each attendee shared how tremendous the workshop was and how it impacted their lives positively.

One attendee, who came to the workshop from Antigua, was excited about the wisdom nuggets she received that have propelled her to be even more passionate about her pre-school.

Moreover, the setting of the workshop at the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School in Cay Hill has helped her to believe in the power of her dreams to see her school become the best school in Antigua.

Victorious Living has embarked upon a leadership transformation movement on St. Martin which began five years ago with the introduction of Leadercast Live, the biggest one-day leadership event in the world with the most world renowned speakers.

The amazing turn out, high energy and passion of the attendees at the leadership workshop, who included Victorious Living’s Leader Worth Following Awards 2016 recipients, Dr. Alicia Liverpool, CEO of the David Company and Mrs. Asha Stevens, Managing Director of the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian Schools, demonstrate to Victorious Living’s visionary, Dr. Erna Mae Francis-Cotton that the leadership landscape on St. Martin is being transformed.

She declares that a new era of leaders is emerging who are visionary, creative, integrous and go beyond themselves as true servants of their people. As a result the community will see positive growth and change.

As Victorious Living’s Leaders Worth Following movement grows, as one attendee at the workshop stated, we will intentionally create a community of leaders who will strengthen, empower and sharpen each other to be better in our personal and professional lives. Consequently, a follow up session is planned to build upon the recent 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Workshop.

Victorious Living thanks John Maxwell Coach Nelson Els for facilitating; Mrs. Asha Stevens and her principals, Stephanie Jacott and Angie Prince for allowing the event to be held at their school; and all persons who volunteered, assisted or attended the workshop.

On May 5th Victorious Living hosts Leadercast Live at the Belair Community Center from 8 am to 4:15 p.m. If you are seeking to discover your purpose or want to be inspired to continue fulfilling your purpose, you are invited to register early while seats are available, by calling 1-721-524-8731 or register at http://event.leadercast.com/location/victoriouslivingsxm  to secure your space today.

 

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Erwin Romney, emerging leader of the Boys' Brigade listens in. (Photo contributed)

 

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Anesta Ambrose of Antigua and attendees in front row. (Photo contributed)

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Minister Silveria Jacobs Address on International Women’s Day

POND ISLAND – Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs on Wednesday, on the occasion of International Women’s Day issued the following statement.  “On this International Women’s Day, I would like to wish all women and girls a Happy International Women’s Day, especially the women of St. Martin.

“St. Martin is also historically known as Oualichi, which means Land of Strong Women. The women of our land are also indeed strong. I must honor all women of influence, women in leadership in our homes, schools, churches, in the community and in government for the role they play in raising and shaping our tiny island nation.

“Being the only female Minister amongst the men, I am deeply honored to be a woman, one of Oualichi descent, proud to be your voice and represent you - to bring the woman's perspective to the floor.

“All women are to be honored, but I would like to honor the women who contribute to the lives of everyone they come in contact with on a daily; those are mothers, caretakers, teachers, providers and nurturers.

“On this 8th day of March in 2017, we as women must assess where we were, what it took to arrive here, where we are today and where we want to be 50 years from now. Are we the shop owners, leaders in our communities and partners in our relationships that we want to be?

“Are we nurturing our children, teaching respect, self-control, compassion, love and equity? Do we realize the wonderful responsibility we have to do so? We should strive to create the culture we would like to see by how we treat each other, how we expect others including men to treat us, and how we behave as a reflection of our inner beauty, strength and intelligence.

“As women we refuse to be judged by our looks but by our character and the quality of our work.

“As women we denounce the blatant objectification of women which diminishes our value.

“As women we must strive to empower our young girls to strive to be more than a pretty face or a perfect body.

“As women we demand and deserve equal pay for equal work and equal opportunities for education and work.

“There are women in our community who have empowered me, and have been a role model to in my eyes - my mother; Nadia, the 1st teacher to inspire me: Ms. Mavis Brooks-Salmon, Sarah Wescott-Williams, Nilda Arduin, Clara Reyes, Dorothy Richardson, close friend; Carmen Berkel, and young people in the community; Aiyaunty Rombley who gave an amazing presentation at the language competition two weeks ago, Rochana Richardson, LaRich, Tyra Els, McKeda Shillingford, Tatia Brunings, Murielle JEAN-Michel, Nicole de Weever, Melanie Choisy and so many more.

“Women, let's make it our business to strengthen our society one woman, one man and one child at a time. As we celebrate international women's day, let us pledge to honor women for the role they play in society every day and strive to raise a nation of strong men and women passionate about the progress of this country we call Oualichi / St. Martin and her precious people.”

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CC1 St. Maarten Announces Its Collaboration with SXM DOET

CAY HILL - CC1 St. Maarten has announced its partnership with SXM DOET during the SXM DOET Event on Saturday 11th March 2017. CC1 will be sponsoring the Beautification Wow Factor project at the MAC Browlia Maillard Campus in St. Johns Estate, which is one of the projects of the SXM DOET Event. During this particular project, the Browlia Maillard Campus will be fixed up by CC1 employees as volunteers.

CC1 St. Maarten is one of the largest distributors in St. Maarten and currently sells some of the top brands in the market, such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Dasani, Canada Dry, Corona Extra, Presidente, Budweiser, among others.

“CC1 St. Maarten believes in the community of St. Maarten and is pleased to make an effort to help the community during the SXM DOET Event,” says Agnetha Huijting, Trade Marketing Coordinator of CC1 St. Maarten.

In addition, it will be the first time CC1 St. Maarten will be part of the SXM DOET Event, and we are looking forward to a “WOW” beautification at MAC Browlia Maillard Campus.

To be more specific, during the project the walls of the MAC Browlia Maillard Campus will be painted by means of outlines of drawings, playgrounds will be cleaned and resurfaced and new outdoor grass mats will be placed.  In addition to that, tires will be used as planters to grow flowers in.

The SXM DOET Event will take place 10 and 11 March. There will be around 74 projects on the Island of Sint Maarten, which all have different purposes. They vary from fixing up playgrounds to social interactive projects.  Moreover, many projects still need volunteers. To participate, please visit the official website of SXM DOET www.sxmdoet.com.

For more information about CC1 St. Maarten, please contact +1-721-542-2283, or visit at Oryx Drive #1, Cay Hill, St. Maarten. 

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Boasman’s Lizzy Lizard most checked-out at Philipsburg Jubilee Library; Sekou’s Book of the Dead on reading list in California

GREAT BAY—“Exciting reading happens in March and February for International Women’s Day and Black History Month. Early in the year I’m also very curious about the performance of books published in St. Martin” by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), said Jacqueline Sample, president of HNP.

Libraries, book distributors, and bookstores may provide some objective information about the performance of books. Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) has a list of HNP books checked out by library customers from 2014 to 2016. “Lizzy Lizard was checked out the most among the 12 HNP titles that were borrowed a number of times from PJL in 2016,” said Sample.

Lizzy Lizard by Robin Boasman was taken out 20 times in 2016, outstretching other HNP books by at least 10 points. The children’s book is a consecutive high performer, since 2014.

Following the adventurous lizard on the most recent checkout list was Claude – A Portrait of Power by Fabian Adekunle Badejo. Claude had been in a dead heat tie with Lizzy Lizard and Cul-de-Sac People by Mathias S. Voges on the 2014 list, said Sample.

Ranking third at the library checkout in 2016 was also a tie, Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin by Rhoda Arrindell and the Barbadian shorts stories Same Sea … Another Wave by Cynthia Wilson. The 1999 booklet Big Up St. Martin: Essay & Poem by Lasana M. Sekou followed both, said Sample. Tied at fifth place for HNP books taken home from PJL in 2016 were Cul-de-sac People and St. Martin Massive! A Snapshot of Popular Artists.

The checkout list shows one aspect of how library books are used by the public, said the St. Martin publisher. “It does not account for HNP books used for homework, research, or pleasurable reading at PJL but not taken home. The Mediatheque checkout list would also have to be obtained for an idea of how HNP books perform island-wide in this aspect,” said Sample.

Further afield and before February 2017 got underway, the California-based Small Press Distribution (SPD) had placed Book of the Dead by Lasana Sekou on its widely promoted Black History Month reading list. Book of the Dead is the St. Martin writer’s newest poetry collection.

“This 2017 booklist at SPDbooks.org is lengthy. Its USA-wide reach is exciting. SPD had already shown a liking for Book of the Dead in a Twitter choice of 10 books in mid-2016. To have a book selected this way by a major US indie distributor is also encouraging for HNP, for St. Martin literature, and for writers who publish in the Caribbean. Hopefully it encourages aspiring writers in our region not to give up on their dreams or options of getting published,” said Sample. 

But more than one HNP book and author “started out busy in 2017,” said Sample. Tishani Doshi has participated in dynamic literary festivals in Asia. There is news of new positions, staging of literary works, reviews, new books, and awards for writers such as Marion Bethel (The Bahamas), Amiri Baraka (USA), Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados), Emilio Jorge Rodriguez (Cuba), Charles Matz (USA), and Patricia Turnbull (VI), said Sample.

 

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Book of the Dead by Lasana Sekou on California reading list.

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MLK Jr School joins SXM DOET

DUTCH QUARTER - The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School (MLK) will be a part of the upcoming SXM Doet project which will take place on March 10th & 11th, 2017. The project titled, “Beautification of Dr. MLK School” will involve the repainting of the entire school campus on March 11th from 7:00 a.m.

This special volunteer initiative is being coordinated by Educational Assistant Tr. Alisha Brookes and School Management.

“I am looking forward to the approaching SXM Doet especially since this is the first year our school will be participating,” remarked Stuart Johnson School Manager of the Dr. MLK Primary School.

The last time the school campus was repainted dates to 2012 as soon as school management fell under its current responsibility. “It’s time we re-do what we did at the beginning of my tenure but now we will be incorporating our official school color which is purple,” Johnson said. 

“Our list of volunteers continues to grow daily and I am extremely grateful for the support we continue to receive from the SXM Doet project leaders. I have no doubt this initiative will surely enhance the general school environment and its appearance,” Johnson added.

“Volunteers, community service groups and companies are encouraged to contribute to make this activity an overwhelming success. I am looking forward to support of all and Honored to have our Honorable Minister of Education Ms. Siliveria Jacobs with us too,” Johnson concluded.  

The Dr. MLK Jr. Primary School is in the District of Dutch Quarter and anyone wanting to participate is encouraged to contact the school at 54-72441 or via e-mail correspondence: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mother Nature Smiles on St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - For the last day of racing at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, Mother Nature smiled on the race course with exhilarating conditions to test the competitors. One race was completed by all classes and the Final Results can be viewed at: http://regattaguru.com/heineken/100202/results.

Maxi Class

St. Maarten's veteran ocean racer Nico Cortlever racing x-612 Nix, won the last race of the regatta to seal victory in the big boat class. Kip Curren's American Swan 68 Simple Harmony hung on to the runner up spot, just a point ahead of Tony McBride's Antiguan Farr 65 Spirit of Juno.

Ocean Racing

Lionel Pean's French Volvo 70m completed a perfect score line of four straight bullets to win the class. Przemyslaw Tarnacki's Lithuanian Volvo 60 Ambersail was second in class with Chris Stanmore-Major's Whitbread 60 Challenger third.

CSA 1

Andy Middleton's British First 47.7 PYR EH01 corrected out to win today's race, their second race win of the regatta was enough to move into second place on countback in front of Jack Desmond's American Swan 48 Affinity. Ross Applebey's British Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster was second today, enough to secure the class win for the third year in succession.

CSA 2

Today's race winner was Ian Hope-Ross' St. Maarten Melges 32 Kick 'em Jenny 2. There was drama in the last race of the regatta, Sergio Sagramoso's Puerto Rican Melges 32 Lazy Dog retired from the race having entered an exclusion zone and despite their string of four wins finished the regatta in second place. Bernie Evan Wong's Antiguan RP37 Taz was third today and third in class for the regatta. Sir Richard Matthews' HH42 Oystercatcher XXX was second today, enough to win the class.

CSA 3

American J/122 El Ocaso, skippered by Bob Hillier, won today's race by just 43 seconds to clinch the class win for the regatta. Sam Talbot's American J/111 Spike, was second today and for the regatta. Philippe Charret's Guadeloupian A40 Sonodio III, finished the regatta in third place.

CSA 4

Sir Bobby Velasquez's St. Maarten Beneteau 45 L'Esperance won the last race of the regatta to take the class title on countback from Robbie Ferron's J/39 Micron 99. John Streicker NY40 Defiant was second today, but that was not enough to make the podium for the regatta. Sir Hugh Bailey's Antiguan Farr 45 Rebel was third today, just enough to hold onto the final podium spot.

CSA 5

Dave Cullen's J/109 Pocket Rocket was 6th today, but that was enough to secure the class win with Peter Lewis' J/105 Whistler disqualified. Rob Butler's Canadian J/88 Touch2Play won the race to move up to second overall with Whistler in third for the regatta.

CSA 6

Sandy Mair's famous bushy Scottish eyebrows will be bristling tonight after his first bullet at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Racing his Antiguan First 35 Cricket, Sandy's win put the team into third place and only one point off winning the class. Tanner & Shari Jones Antiguan J/35 Caribbean Alliance Insurance was third today, enough to win the class by a single point. Rob Gormley's First 38 Elethea was second today, to claim second for the class on countback from Cricket.

Melges 24

There was no change to the ranking after the last race, Andrea Scarabelli's Gill Race Team scored their fourth win of the regatta to seal the class by five points from Frits Bus' Team Island Water World 1. GFA Caraibes, from Martinique, was third.

Offshore Multihull

Greg Slyngstad's Beiker 53 Fujin sealed the class victory by a single point with a bullet in the last race. Robert Janecki's HH66 R-Six was third today dropping to second place for the regatta by a single point. Kent Haeger's Dominator was third for the class. The Gunboat battle was won by Stephen Cucchiaro's Gunboat 60 Flow.

Multihull

In Multihull 1, Shaun Carroll's Modified Australian Sea Cart Morticia won the final race to take the class on countback from Rodney Williams' Arawak. In Multihull 2, J. Michel Ricour's French Brazapi 41 Guimamalou, won today's race by just 18 seconds from St. Maarten Leopard 45 Spellbound but it was not enough to better a great series performance by Selika, skippered by Sergei Kischilov, which was the class winner. In Multihull 3, Andrey Arbuzov's lagoon 380 completed a perfect three wins to take the class.

In Bareboat 1, Alexei Dushkin's Kiev Racing Yacht Club won today's race to take the class win by a single point from John Jan Worwag's Sea Otter 2. In Bareboat 2, Jacques Pijenburg's Sitting Duck was today's race winner but Jan Soderberg's The Flying Swedes was second today, enough to win the class. In Bareboat 3, KHS&S Contractors, skippered by Mike Cannon & Neil Harvey, scored a perfect three bullets to win the class and Bareboat Overall.

Tonight, Sunday 5th March, over 3000 people will gather on Kim Sha beach for the Prize Giving, among them will be over 100 volunteers for the regatta. Chart topping British Reggae Band, UB40 and R&B Diva Mya, will be performing live, closing the regatta for another year. Pictures and quotes from the prize giving will be posted as soon as possible.

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Unsung Heroes: The importance of Linesmen to the Electricity Industry

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - Imagine two days spent without electricity: no electrical lights; no refrigeration; no cooking (if you’ve an electrical stove); no hot water (if you don’t have solar panels); no television; no communications (no electricity to charge your mobile phone, operate your desktop PC or power your laptop after the battery has gone dead); and no Internet, the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) points out.

The fact that this state of affairs would be deemed unsatisfactory to most- if not all- electricity customers illustrates that electricity is a basic need. Whilst the process of providing and maintaining reliable electricity is a complex one with many actors involved, one truth is universally accepted and that is that electricity linesmen are the unsung heroes of the industry.

Our electricity linesmen play a critical role in the installation, maintenance and restoration of electrical power. They are in the trenches on a daily basis as theirs is a demanding job. Their job calls for a level of specialized skill and requires them to be mentally and physically fit as it entails climbing, rope work and having to haul heavy equipment up an electricity power pole or a transmission tower. Linesmen have to work safely and efficiently with high-voltage equipment whilst dangling as much as forty feet in the air, they have to have the aptitude to communicate with others in high tension situations and be able to work in a team to ensure that each of them returns home safely at the end of the day.  They work long hours, and whilst they are engaged in installing new electricity connections and maintaining existing ones on a daily basis they are also on standby twenty-four hours a day to make repairs and to restore electrical power after outages particularly those caused by hurricanes, to which we are especially vulnerable in the Caribbean region.

For example, during the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Hurricane Matthew impacted the Commonwealth of the Bahamas as a category three (3) and four (4) hurricane causing severe damage to the electricity network and leaving approximately eighty (80) percent of the Bahamas Power and Light Company’s (BPL) customers without electrical power.  After receiving an official request for assistance from BPL, the Secretariat of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), which provides support for disaster recovery to member utilities through its CARILEC Disaster Assistance Programme (CDAP), coordinated the deployment of thirty-five (35) linesmen from the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL); the Barbados Light and Power Company Limited (BLPC); the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC); the Caribbean Utilities Company Limited (CUC); the Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC), the Grenada Electricity Services Limited (GRENLEC) and the Jamaica Public Services Company Limited (JPSCO). These linesmen left their respective homes and families for deployment in the Bahamas where they were engaged in the rebuilding of the damaged HV and LV networks and the reconnection of electricity service lines. 

There can be no doubt that the role of the linesman is critical and this is why CARILEC as part of its overarching efforts to promote sustainability and capacity building, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Anguilla Community College (ACC) to jointly certify Level 1 and 2 Linesmen Training for personnel from the Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC).  

According to CARILEC Executive Director Mr Thomas Hodge in his remarks at the official signing ceremony held on February 17, 2017 at the Anguilla Community College’s main conference room: “We recognize that capacity building is an important tenet of a secure energy infrastructure. Our linesmen have to be able to work at world class standards and improved efficiency so that the industry as a whole will become more efficient.”

Also giving remarks at the signing ceremony, Mr David Gumbs, Chief Executive Officer of ANGLEC stated that “this is a programme that is very critical for us in trying to develop our team and making sure our team receives the appropriate certifications for two reasons: One (1) the benefit that brings to the company; and Two (2) the development of our people.”

CARILEC’s certified joint training with the ACC will not only promote capacity building but will also facilitate safety as training is critical to building safety-related knowledge and ensuring it is practiced. The job of a linesman is hazardous but it must be emphasized that it can be a safe one as proper training promotes best practice which helps to prevent avoidable deaths and disfigurements.

The ACC is scheduled to commence the training programme in Anguilla by May 2017, whilst CARILEC will continue its ongoing work in the industry by staging its Linesman Symposium and Rodeo under the theme “Linesmen- Connecting Community to Utility” during the period April 24-30, 2017.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Linesmen about to commence work on an electricity power pole. 

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PHOTO CUTLINE: Lineman working on an electricity power pole.

CARILEC LINESMEN INSIDE WOMAN

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