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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten named CIBC First Caribbean Head, Robert Judd, as Rotarian of the Year for 2013/14.  He was also named a Paul Harris Fellow at the Club’s recent Change of Board ceremony at the Belair Community Center.

Judd stepped in to serve as President of the Rotary Club of St Maarten in the 2012/13 year when the president at the time was transferred off island to another work post. Like many of his fellow Rotarians, he exemplifies Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” and has been a core member and leader in the club.  Key projects that he has worked on include: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, special recognition events for the island’s caregivers, weekend youth leadership training sessions and a very successful car raffle fundraiser.  He was also recently member of the Rotary Day team at the 7th Annual Taste of St Maarten held at Topper’s Restaurant in Simpson Bay.

“Robert exemplifies the ideal Rotarian – one who believes in both fellowship and giving back to the community.  Whether it involves taking attendance at a meeting, writing our club newsletter, raising funds or sorting out accounting matters, the man has such a generous heart and a hard time saying “NO” when asked to serve.  It is for this reason there is no doubt why Past President Robert Judd is Rotarian of Year for our Club ” said Maria Buncamper-Molanus, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten.

At the Change of Board ceremony, he was also awarded a Paul Harris Fellow.  This Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary over 100 years ago. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition for a monetary contribution to the Rotary Foundation.    A Paul Harris Fellow is a Club or an individual who contributes $1,000 US OR in whose name that amount is contributed.  Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow which identifies them as an advocate of the Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding. There are well over 950,000 PH Fellows worldwide and include such notables as Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Anann, Prince Charles, Indira Gandhi, Luciano Pavarotti, King Hussein of Jordan and Pope John Paul II. 

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website


Adjourned Monday Plenary session of parliament continues on Wednesday with Minister of VROMI

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The urgent plenary session of the House of Parliament that was adjourned on June 30 will continue on July 2. 

The plenary session of the House is set for Wednesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The main agenda point is the purchase agreement by and between the heirs of the Vorst Family and Country Sint Maarten, represented by Minister of VROMI Hon. Maurice Lake.  

This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. William Marlin, MP Hon. George Pantophlet, and MP Hon. Louie Laveist.

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.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet, and also via  


Philipsburg Jubilee Library presents at ACURIL Conference

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s (PJL) Director, Monique Alberts and the Information Services Manger, Irmin Hughes attended the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries’s (ACURIL) 44th annual conference in the Bahamas from June 8-12 at the Melia Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

Over 250 delegates, primarily from throughout the region, and associates from the United States, Canada, South Africa and Europe attended the five-day meeting. The theme of the 2014 ACURIL Conference was "Libraries, Archives and Museums: Gateways to Information Literacy and Cultural Heritage".

“The Philipsburg Jubilee Library has been a long time member of ACURIL since the 1980s.  Our former Director, Blanca Hodge also served as President of ACURIL. I also served on the ACURIL Executive council for four years. Our library has a longstanding history with this Association because we believe our growth and development hinges on continued interaction and sharing of experiences and knowledge with other libraries in the region and the world”, stated Alberts.

Both Alberts and Hughes presented to over 90 delegates, representing libraries throughout the Caribbean, on the topic of “Cultural Heritage and Information Literacy on St. Maarten: The role of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library”, on June 10.  Some interviews from The DVD Back in the Day by Laura Bijnsdorp also formed part of the presentation.

“The presentation was very well received by the audience. We got a lot of requests for copies of the presentation as well as the DVD”, stated Alberts.

At the end of the conference, Jane Smith, Library Director of the Anton de Kom University in Suriname was elected as the new President of ACURIL for 2014-2015. The next conference will be held in June in Paramaribo, Suriname.

The trip to the ACURIL conference was financed by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied.

(L-R): Library Director Monique Alberts and The Information Services Manager, Irmin Hughes at the 44th annual ACURIL conference. (PJL photo)


Prime Minister Attends Opening of Bearing Point Offices

CAY HILL, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the opening ceremony of the Bearing Point offices in Cay Bay on Friday.

BearingPoint Caribbean is one of the leading providers of management consulting and IT services in the Caribbean for over twenty-five years.

BearingPoint Caribbean is known for its deep industry experience and high customer satisfaction and focuses on consulting with governments on Social Security, Tax, Health and Public Order, and Security and Enforcement aspects.

In the picture Prime Minister Wescot-Williams and Bearing Point representatives Shadyra Francisca and Peter Grootens.  (Contributed by the Cabinet of the Prime Minister)



SURINAME-SINT MAARTEN - Over the past year the St. Maarten Lions Club went beyond the call of duty when it comes to rendering Humanitarian service to the community and for that the Club received the highest honor available in the district while attending the Multiple District Convention in Suriname.

To the surprise of the Lions Club President he was called forward to receive the award of Club of the Year 2013-2014. What was an even greater surprise is when the FOLAC which is the LATIN AND CARIBBEAN AREA OF LIONS INTERNATIONAL covering from Grand Cayman all the way down to Brazil, bestowed also the club of the year award to Lion President Claudio Buncamper at the celebration of Suriname night.

This award hasn’t been bestowed on any club from the Caribbean Basin for over some 20 plus years. FOLAC was represented by Past International Director Lion Carlos whom hails from Brazil.

“The St. Maarten Lions Club highlighted the various held very successful projects like Nelson van de Linde Seniors day, helping fire victims, assisting Dow’s musical foundation, the introduction of the Lions Quest in various schools, the handing out of basket to the elderly and needy, the relieving hunger on Christmas day when we fed over 80 persons, our annual Christmas bingo, and our 6th Annual Lion Rudy Hoeve and Telem Annual Health and Wellness fair which had more than 3000 visitors.

“The Club also assisted Scouting Antiano to attend the Caribbean Jamboree, Breakfast program at Sister Magda School, purchasing materials for the early stimulation group, the student excellence award where 18 schools participated and all the students where awarded that were selected for their great contributions in the social and academic field, the seniors island tour and boat cruise “Home sweet Home”, assisting over 10 youngsters and those in need with eye-glasses, assisting Colebay fire victims, the MPC students to the Math A-lympiad, the joint project with the Rotary Club of St. Maarten which we’re very proud of and naturally the formation of their new Omega Leo Club which has 22 young professionals.

“The club also got heavily involved with the sports aspect and sponsored all the Pee Wee uniforms and a Little League baseball team. The St. Joseph primary school also received assistance from the club to repair their basketball court. The Volleyball Association also received assistance from the Lions Club and in June now we’ll be working with a football club to get youngsters busy once again.

“But also the youth wing of the Lions Club contributed to this great achievement as they do did some wonderful projects like their grand Tis the season project, the talent show at the Sister Basilia Center, and they donated to the MPC school survival hunt and they also supported the Pantophlet Basketball tournament held in March, the annual primary school basketball tournament just to name a few.

“The club members under the leadership of Lion Claudio Buncamper and his daily board of secretary Lion Davey Woods and Treasurer Lion Alphons Gumbs did a wonderful job this Lionistic year and for that they were awarded the Club of the year out of some 61 clubs in the District,” the Lion’s Club press statement said.

The St. MaartenLions Club has 52 members and meets on every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Lions Civic Center at 7.00 pm. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the St. MaartenLions Club, please contact Lion Claudio Buncamper at 520-0250.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at


Port St. Maarten CEO Mingo discusses the successes of port operations

DAWN BEACH, Sint Maarten – On Friday 40 regional port executives as well as Port St. Maarten management officials attended the final day of a three-day Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (P.M.A.C.) at Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa. 

There were a number of presentations such as: Sustainable Harbour Development through Holistic EIA and Environmental Monitoring and Management Plans; Competency Based Training and Certification of Dockworkers; Automation of St. Maarten Harbour; Electronic Freight Exchange Platform for Shipping in the Caribbean and Latin America; and Sydney Harbour Channel Dredging Project.  

Chief Executive Officer of Port St. Maarten Mark Mingo gave a presentation under the theme, “The Evolution of Cruise Tourism and Its Impact on Cruise and Cargo Operations.

The link for you to follow the presentation of Mingo is as follows:

The P.M.A.C. is considered a very important organization with respect to port authority operations, and Port St. Maarten is very pleased to have been chosen to host this year’s AGM.

P.M.A.C. was founded in 1998 with the aim to improve the proficiency of member ports and the quality of services offered to their users. The aforementioned objective is to be accomplished by training.


Minister Lake meets with seniors to encourage them to take part in NV GEBE Utility Relief Program

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake, on Friday met with senior citizens at the John Larmonie Center.

Minister Lake’s message was to encourage them to sign-up for NV GEBE’s Utility Relief Program, and seniors have until the end of the day on Monday, June 30 to do so.

“I told our senior citizens at the John Larmonie Center not to get caught up in emotions.  There is a group out there trying to confuse seniors, and they have a different agenda, and are not working in the best interests and in good faith where senior citizen issues are concerned,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Friday.

Minister Lake added, “Whether your bill is high or low, still fill in the NV GEBE Utility Relief Program form.  NV GEBE is then able to analyze the information and make a decision.

“I have always stated, there is no politics when it comes to senior citizen issues.  Our elders are very much responsible for the position that many people hold in different professions.  I can say from experience, what I learnt from my elders, helped me to function in the position that I currently hold,” Minister Lake pointed out.

NV GEBE will also be carrying out an awareness program geared towards the senior citizen population about cost saving measures such as changing their light bulbs to LED.

Minister Lake said the seniors at the John Larmonie Center were very pleased with his visit and the information that he shared with them, and were of the opinion that NV GEBE should be given the opportunity to provide the relief that they said they would provide to the senior citizen community.


Prime Minister Wescot-Williams Receives Integrity Posters

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams received the first copies of the Integrity Office Posters from Director of the Department of Kingdom and Interior Affairs BAK at her Cabinet on Tuesday. The posters, part of the Integrity Campaign of Government, contain a wide variety of informative and background information on the Integrity Program for St. Maarten as well as information on how to maintain integrity in the Civil Service and who to contact for questions, comments or complaints regarding integrity. (Cabinet of the Prime Minister)


Police Officials Receive Diplomas

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - On Tuesday June 24th at approximately 11.00 a.m. during a ceremony which was held by the Police Force of Sint Maarten on the premises of the former BBW-building on the Suckergarden road, 36 officers working in the Detective Department received their diploma in Basic Detective Training. 

Six of these officers also received their diplomas for successfully completing their training as full fledged police officers and two senior officers received their certificates for successfully following training as “Tactical Instructor”.

Chief Commissioner of Police Peter de Witte gave an extensive speech thanking all organizations involved for their tremendous cooperation and input in making these trainings successful.

The head of the Detective Department Denise Jacobs also gave a speech explaining the necessity of these trainings and congratulating all the officers for their achievements.

These trainings were given by RESECO represented by Peter van Zunderd and the Royal Marechaussee represented by Luitenant-Coronel Aard Lettink and financed by USONA represented at the ceremony by Angela Dekker. (Contributed by the Police Force of Sint Maarten)


Minister Lake calls on Community to support waste haulage companies clean-up effort in preparation for hurricane season

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake, is calling on residents to support the clean-up efforts by waste haulage companies in preparation for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. 

Advertisements are appearing in the daily newspapers with respect to the clean-up in different neighborhoods and residents should scan the newspapers to see when their area is listed for the clean-up.

“We are in the hurricane season, and it’s an individual responsibility to keep premises around your homes and businesses clean.

“Besides, premises should be kept clean all the time.  Debris being a hurricane threat, also harbors mosquito’s which cause disease and vermin such as rats, mice and flies. 

“The clean-up by waste haulage companies serves in keeping the districts debris free and lessening the threat from any flying items due to the passing of a storm.  At the same time, potential public health issues are also eliminated because containers that can hold water can become a breeding ground for mosquitos.

“The removal of old car parts and wrecks also limits the harboring of vermin therefore once again eliminating any public health issues.  A clean environment, a clean neighborhood contributes to the improvement in the quality of life of the people living in that community,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Tuesday.

Ministry of VROMI is an integral part of the country’s disaster management system known as Emergency Support Function (ESF-3).

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