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TelCell Breakthrough on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, Saturday

POND ISLAND - Highlights of TelCell’s Breakthrough Youth Talent Search will be shown on St. Maarten Cable TV’s Channel 120 Saturday, for  members of the public who may have missed the chance to see the performers when they strutted their stuff at the Theatre Royale, Maho, Saturday, September 27.

The event was hosted by mobile provider TelCell in collaboration with promotion company Xtratight Entertainment.

Show coordinator, Angel Richardson of TelEm Group, said Saturday’s viewing is much anticipated by music fans who could not attend the finals in September and also by the artistes themselves who are thrilled about the prospect of seeing their acts on the small screen.

“We want thank AVS News for all the edition work they have done and we want to encourage everyone to tune in to give support to our very talented youth,” said Angel.

Showtime is at 8:00 pm. On Cable TV channel 120. Don’t miss it.

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Lion’s Car Raffle drawing live on Cable TV 115 on Sunday

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Lions Club is proud to announce that their raffle on Sunday, November 2nd will be drawn live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115 at 6:30pm sharp.  All ticket holders are urged to tune in on that day to view the live broadcast as the winner will be called if that person is available.

This raffle is the first fundraising effort of the Lions Club for the year 2014-2015.  The 1st prize is a brand new Ford EcoSport, 2nd prize is a Iphone 5C and 3rd prize is a LG 42” Flat Screen TV. The club’s second fundraising effort is the Lion Christmas Bingo Spectacular which will be held on Saturday December 6th at the Festival Village.

According to Sint Maarten Lions Club President Sunil Khatnani, “This raffle was postponed from earlier in the year on Father’s Day June 15th. All tickets with that previous date marked on them are valid for the November 2nd drawing”.

Tickets can still be bought from any Lions member and also at the Lion’s Den, Divico, Van Dorp in Simpson Bay and Madame Estate.

On Saturday various Lions members will be selling raffle tickets at ACE Cole Bay and Cost U Less and the public is urged to get their tickets early as there is a cut off period for ticket sales as all have to be verified.

The proceeds from this raffle and the upcoming Christmas Bingo in December will be put back into the community in the form of worthwhile projects. The St. Maarten Lions Club is a member of Lions Club International which has over 1.3 million members worldwide in over 46,000 local clubs, in over 200 countries.

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UTS implements prepaid data roaming

PHILIPSBURG – UTS has added to the versatility of its Chippie prepaid product by adding prepaid data roaming to the service offerings. This means that Chippie prepaid customers will be able to access data related services while traveling.

This entails services such as internet browsing, email, Facebook and other digital means of communication. The usage is measured per MegaByte (MB) and is paid for from the prepaid credit balance of their phone.

“Calling while traveling abroad was already possible in many countries with a Chippie prepaid phone, but now Chippie expanded this service in many countries by also adding the possibility of continued data usage while abroad,” says UTS Marketing and Communication Officer, Ivy Lambert.

Customers can check out the Chippie SXM Facebook page for details on roaming destinations and the rates. They can also call the UTS Contact Center free from their Chippie phone for additional information.

“We do recommend that our customers monitor their mobile usage when traveling outside the Chippie network, so that they do not end up spending more of their prepaid credit than intended.

Continuation of your service is possible by making use of the network of our roaming partners in each country. Data roaming rates are higher than the local rates so we recommend monitoring your data usage to avoid depletion of your prepaid credit or higher postpaid bills,” Lambert continued.  (UTS)

 

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Khushal Punjabi wins Rotary Spelling Bee

BELAIR - Khushal Punjabi emerged as the winner of the fourth annual Scotiabank Bright Future & Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee finals last Sunday at the Belair Community Center.

Khushal from the MAC J.A.G. Campus spelt all twenty words that were given to him correctly. His winning school got a desktop computer and printer.

The other four contestants had only one mistake each, and had to go through the process of elimination by spelling additional bonus words to determine their places. Frans Luis Guinto from the Morris Vanterpool Primary in Anguilla won the second place, and Amit Bijlani, also from MAC J.A.G. won third place.

From the MAC B.F.M. Campus, both Athalia Reyes and Tueling Ramkellowan, 4th and 5th place respectively, received consolation prizes.

Several contestants from the first round were in attendance, and received their special gifts for their courage in participating in this challenging contest. The most supported school at the event was the MAC B.F.M. Campus, which won an all-in-one printer. Other winners in the audience received gasoline vouchers from SOL, by spelling some of the challenging words correctly.

For winning the Spelling Bee, Khushal received a MacBook Pro laptop computer, while 2nd place Frans Luis received an iPad. 3rd place winner Amit received an iPod Touch. All top three winners received their respective trophies.

Besides the Spelling Bee, which had some emotional moments on stage, the audience was also treated to the entertaining talents of the Dow Steel Orchestra during the breaks.

Next year, the organizers Rotary Club of Sint Maarten-Mid Isle and Rotaract Club of Sint Maarten Sunrise are already planning to start the competition after the school break in October.

Scotiabank already committed to be the main sponsor of the local event for five years and, together with the Rotary and Rotaract clubs, will be seriously looking into organizing a regional spelling bee in the near future, which will include various countries in the Caribbean. (Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle)

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Police issues stern warning to parents as Halloween approaches

PHILIPSBURG - Recently the police department has been receiving numerous phone calls regarding students who see it fit to throw eggs at each other, mostly after school hours. This irresponsible and dangerous act takes place every year around the Halloween period, which is celebrated in the month of October.

Even though this event is not officially celebrated on the island, several night clubs do organize events in celebration of this American pass-time. Because of the recent complaints and the past experiences in regard to this issue the police department is making an appeal to all parents, to have a serious talk with their kids concerning this topic.

The throwing of eggs can be very dangerous if it hits you in your eyes. The throwing of eggs can also cause serious damage to property and could form a threat to ones health. It is for this reason that the police department is sending a stern warning to all parents informing them, that in the event your child has been involved in the throwing of eggs, which has caused injury to some-one or damage to their property, they as parents will stand completely responsible for all damages their child has caused. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Handful of homes still without power. Electricity restored to 99.9 per cent

CAPE BAY - NV GEBE technicians have by in large reconnected power to all homes in St. Maarten according to the schedule that was mentioned on Friday, October 24, 2014, with the exception of a few scattered single homes on the island (Oyster Pond, Point Blanche, Dutch Quarter, St. Peters and Dawn Beach).

NV GEBE’s pledge to restore all connections by October 27, 2014, and for most part achieved this with the exception of the few homes mentioned above.

As restoration continues, NV GEBE crews will also be working on issues that are reported.   We are encouraging all clients that still have issues to report this by calling 1 721 546 1193/ 1721 546 1189 or toll free emergency number 1 844 432 3213. (Contributed by NV GEBE)

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Prime Minister attends Opening of the Oualichi Women’s Soccer Association Female High School Competition

CAY HILL - Caretaker Prime Minister the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the opening of the all-female high school competition organized by the Oualichi Women’s Soccer Association on Saturday at the Raoul Illidge Sport’s Complex.

The Prime Minister opened the matches and wished the students much success and further encouraged the Women’s Soccer association to build the sport of Women’s Soccer on the island. During the competition spectators, including the Prime Minister saw games played between Sundial and St. Dominic (2-0), Learning Unlimited/ CIA (3-0), Milton Peters College and Sundial (0-3) and MAC and CIA (0-3).

The competition, the first of its kind to only feature female players from the various high schools, will continue on November 8th with more matches. (Cabinet of the Prime Minister)

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MP Lake said country already has screening and integrity laws. Dutch instruction is part of the hidden agenda to take over Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG – Member of Parliament Hon. Maurice Lake of the United People’s (UP) Party says the country already has screening laws for candidates proposed to become a member of the Council of Ministers.

“This whole thing is not about that anybody is afraid of being screened.  We have nothing to hide.  Those who have served within the past four years as Ministers, going back to 2010, 2012 and 2013 and still do so today have passed the screening process to become a minister.

“This shows the system works. We have our own institutions in place that have followed the laws of the land.  The Dutch Government has an agenda and the instruction is part of the process to take over the country,” MP Hon. Maurice Lake said on Sunday.

“The first mistake and show of hand by the Dutch Government was when there was no issue several weeks ago when the NA/DP/US coalition was established.  When this fell apart, all of a sudden the rules of the game has to be changed.  It is very clear what game the Dutch Government is playing, and we will bring forth this to the international community of nations in various forums.

“Holland is just one of over 190 countries around the world.  This type of interference is very dangerous.  The Dutch Government’s ultimate aim is not just to keep our leader out as Prime minister but to affect the morale of the people. Are we going to see a complete takeover of country Sint Maarten?  MP Theo Heyliger is just an excuse for the DUTCH to come in and take over Sint Maarten.  If we allow this to happen, this will just be the beginning for the Dutch to take over our beloved Sint Maarten land. I condemn this illegitimate act by the Dutch Government.

“We the people voted by referendum for an autonomous status within the Kingdom.  Today, those rights are being taken away by unilateral action, illegal and illegitimate by the Dutch Government. Our constitutional right to vote and elect our own leaders has been brushed aside by the Dutch Government.

“The right to be treated equally, the right to have elections has no meaning. The part of the measure demanding the candidate agree to the screening by the Dutch expert is in violation of our Constitution.  No one is obligated by law to give permission to any expert of the Dutch Government to violate the fundamental right as a person protected by article 5 of our Constitution.

“The only way to move forward as a young Country for the next four years is as a united front, and all political parties should stand together and stand up for the best interest of our people and protect our Constitution.  If we fail to do so, we are failing our people and generations to come,” MP Hon. Maurice Lake concluded.

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Mosquito fogging moved forward to commence October 28. See schedule for Oct. 28 and 29

GREAT BAY – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government agency under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour, hereby informs that the mosquitofoggingthroughout the country will start on Tuesday, October 28 instead of November 1.

Residents must bear in mind thatfoggingis not a total solution to eliminate mosquitosFoggingactivity is kept to a minimum in order to prevent themosquito population from developing immunity to the chemicals that are deployed. 

Foggingis one intervention of several, and the main measure is for every household and business to take action by removing potentialmosquitobreeding spots in and around their premises on a daily basis.

Residents must bear in mind that rain events can disruptmosquitofoggingactivities, therefore the districtschedulewill be adjusted accordingly and this will be communicated to the community in a timely manner.

Homeowners during the time of thesprayingshould open all doors and windows. Dishes, bowls, pots and pans, fish tanks and bird cages should be covered. Stay away from open windows and doors during thespraying

Here is the schedule for October 28 and October 29.  For the remaining days in the week, check the Government Information Page (GIP) in both daily papers:

October 28th 5:00 a.m. – 7:00a.m.    Cupecoy, Maho, Blue Mall, Sapphire, Low Lands, Beacon Hill Airport Road;

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Simpson Bay, Pelican Keys, Simpson Yacht Club Bay, Simpson Bay Bridge, Welfare Road;

        

October 29th  5:00 a.m. -7:00 a.m.   The Border, Cole Bay Union Road, Cole Bay to the Cole bay Villas   Round about Cole Bay, Harold Jack;

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welfare Road, Windsor, Road, Cole Bay, Cape Bay west of the Cemetery Cole Bay Lagoon, Orange Grove.

 

Call for information on the Aedes Aegyptimosquitobreeding sites and respective preventive measures at 542-2078 or 542-3003 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Police promotes “Stop, Drop and Go” project at secondary school

ST. PETERS/SOUTH REWARD - On Friday October 24th at 7.30 a.m. the Community Police Officer for the St. Peters and South Reward area Inspector Felix Richards and the Police Public Relations officer Inspector Ricardo Henson, visited the Sint Maarten Academy PSVE- secondary school in Ebenezer Estate to give a small presentation.

The presentation was order to continue promoting the “Stop, Drop and Go” project which is presently ongoing. This joint project, organized between the French and Dutch justice departments, encourages persons on both side of the island to voluntarily surrender their illegal fire-arm without fear of being prosecuted.

The project started officially on October 15th 2014 and will end on October 31st 2014. The project is designed to rid as much illegal fire-arms as possible from the streets and this is mainly due to the large amount and the increase in the amount of violent criminal activity involving fire-arms.

By bringing this message to all schools and mainly the secondary schools, we believe that this message will quickly be spread among the youth which is also the main target group, a police press release stated. The project so far has been quite successful because of the constant flow of illegal fire-arms being turned in at the Attorney Generals office located on the third floor of the Puerta Del Sol Plaza on Welfare road, Simpson Bay.    

During the presentation at the school the students listened attentively to the information which officer Richards shared with them regarding the dangers of guns and the consequence it may have when they are used against each other.

The students were also quite impressed with the very positive jingle promoting the “Stop, Drop and Go” project which was written, composed and sang by a local youngster by the name of Rumari Rogers. This jingle can be heard daily on several local radio stations which so far have been well accepted by radio listeners. 

The presentation ended with officer Richards handing out promotional and information flyers.  Promotional red white and blue rubber wristbands engraved with black letters “Stop, Drop & Go” were given to the students and teachers who attended the presentation. The intention is to visit all secondary schools to give this presentation and share all information with the students.  (Contributed Police Force Sint Maarten)

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