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Johnson issues Decree for temporary restriction of Boeing 737 – Max 8/9 from SXM airspace

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister responsible for Civil Aviation on St. Maarten the honourable Stuart Johnson has issued a Ministerial Decree to temporarily restrict the use of Boeing 737 –Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the St. Maarten airspace (Juliana TMA) considering the recent international developments involving these aircraft.  

Minister Johnson held consultations on Wednesday morning with the Department of Civil Aviation, Shipping and Maritime along with the Management Team of the Princess Juliana International Airport to determine a way forward "that both safeguards the lives of travellers to the destination and protects the island's economic interests."

"It is not an easy decision considering we are just beginning to see signs of increased airlifts to St. Maarten but, my first priority is to do what is necessary to, in as much as is possible, guarantee the safety of people travelling throughout our airspace. My team and I will continue to work with our International partners in the Aviation industry and with the airlines who have shown confidence in our destination post-Irma, to find feasible solutions to this present challenge,” said Johnson. 

He said as the Aviation Authorities and Governments worldwide assess the situation involving these aircraft it is critical that St. Maarten does not appear to be lagging behind in addressing the matter. 

He has based his decision to sign the Ministerial Decree which goes into effect as of March 14, on two recent incidents involving the Boeing 737 Max – 8 aircraft. The first incident involved a Lion Air 737 Max 8 that crashed off the coast of Indonesia killing all 181 passengers and crew members on board. The second incident occurred early this month less than six months later when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff killing all 157 passengers. These two incidents have resulted in most of the Civil Aviation Authorities globally deciding to issue bans on the use of the Aircraft within their airspace. These include the UKCAA, Singapore, Australia and EASA European Union. Our counterparts in Aruba, Curacao, Canada and the Netherlands have also closed off their own airspace to this type of aircraft as of March 12th.

The United States President Donald Trump also announced the immediate grounding of these aircraft on Wednesday and restricted their use in US Airspace.

Johnson said the Department of Civil Aviation, the PJIA and his Cabinet will continue to monitor the developments and will also await the report being prepared by the Federal Aviation Authority FAA based on their investigations into the incidents to determine the next steps to be taken.

He said, “We will be keeping the travelling public and all stakeholders abreast of all developments in this regard, and I must reemphasise that safety is my primary concern." 

Johnson said PJIA has been rated as "a very safe airport by international standards" and this is due to the combined effort of all stakeholders.

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Continuation of Breast Abnormalities Screening on March 23. Register today

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Saturday, March 23, the breast abnormalities screening survey will resume for calendar year 2019.  Women still interested in participating in the Breast Abnormalities Study, you are invited to sign-up for the free breast and health screening exam.

The screening is carried out on scheduled Saturdays between 8.30am to 3.00pm.  In addition to the scheduled date of March 23, April 6 and April 13thare also scheduled.

The screenings target population are women 18+ years of age and the target number is 500 women. Scheduling of the screening opportunities will continue considering all circumstances until the identified number and more is achieved.  

In order to participate in the screenings, you need to register as it is based on appointment.  You can call or email: 554-4532 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The screenings take place at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg at the Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA).

CPS is one of three stakeholders which includes the Positive Foundation, and the American University of the Caribbean (AUC), the latter, is lead research agency.

The breast screening will be carried out by an AUC physician; and the health screening by AUC students. Other areas to be covered as part of the screening process are: height, weight, vision, blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

There will be an educational lecture about risk factors and a clinical presentation about breast cancer.

Breast abnormalities represent a large spectrum of disorders including benign, congenital, hormonal and malignancies such as breast cancer. 

The purpose of this study is to screen for risk factors as well as estimate prevalence of breast abnormalities in the patient population of Sint Maarten.

Major risk factors for breast cancer in women are age, genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalance. Breast density is also a significant factor, especially in women 40 to 49 years of age.

The purpose of the study is to gain insight into the types of breast abnormalities and risk factors in women 18 and above with no age cap in Sint Maarten. 

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Residents hear gun shots and call for help as Man shot multiple times

SINT MAARTEN (SINT PETERS) - The Police and Detective Departments are presently investigating a shooting incident which took place on March 9that approximately 10.00 p.m. on the Tangerine road in Sint Peters, police said in a statement late Saturday night. 

Numerous callers informed the Emergency Dispatch that they heard several shots being fired behind of Desam Supermarket on the Tangerine road. The callers also stated that they could hear someone calling out for help. 

Immediately several police patrols, detectives and paramedics were sent to the scene to investigate what had taken place. On the scene the investigating officers located the male victim who was bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds to his body. 

He was immediately attended to by the paramedics in order to be able to be transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center. The area was immediately cordoned off in order for the Forensic Department to collect evidence and for detectives to speak to potential witnesses. 

On the scene the investigating officers learnt that the suspect in this case was the brother of the victim identified with initials R.B. The suspect was arrested shortly after in the area of the shooting. 

He was immediately taken to the Police Headquarters in Philipsburg where he remains in custody for further investigation. The cause of the shooting is still unknown. More details in connection with this investigation is unavailable at this time. (Sint Maarten Police Force)   

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BirdSleuth Caribbean Program Connects Kids to Science and Nature on St. Martin

ST. MARTIN (MARIGOT) - Over the last five years, almost 50,000 people on 22 islands have learned new things about birds. They took part in BirdSleuth Caribbean, a program that uses birds to teach science and conservation. The program was done by BirdsCaribbean and partners throughout the region.

“The goal of BirdSleuth Caribbean is to promote the protection of birds and nature,” explained BirdsCaribbean Executive Director Lisa Sorenson. “It’s easy to fall in love with birds. They are beautiful and they are all around us. That makes them a perfect tool for teaching science and conservation.”

At a training workshop in 2013, 27 people from all over the Caribbean learned the program and received kits of materials. Back home, they led teacher trainings for over 1,000 teachers. On St. Martin, dozens of teachers have learned BirdSleuth. The program is available in English, Spanish and French.

Over two dozen activities are part of the BirdSleuth program. They include classroom lessons, games and outdoor activities. BirdSleuth can be taught as a series of ten lessons. Many activities also work well on their own. 

BirdSleuth activities have been used in many ways. They are offered in schools and museums. Fun activities likeBird Bingoand theHabitat Scavenger Huntare popular at bird and wildlife events. The focus on Caribbean birds connects with kids, especially on islands where most teaching tools come from far away.

On St. Martin, over 1,000 youth have participated in BirdSleuth Caribbean. Both Environmental Protection in the Caribbean and the Les Fruits de Mer association have trained teachers and led BirdSleuth with students.

These activities are offered for free to classes and groups visiting Amuseum Naturalis at The Old House in French Quarter. The activities are led by local bird expert Binkie van Es and other Les Fruits de Mer association volunteers. Teachers, parents and students can learn more at:http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/projects/birdsleuth-caribbean/

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Kids explore nature during a BirdSleuth activity at Amuseum Naturalis on St. Martin. (Photo by Mark Yokoyama)

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Teachers learn the BirdSleuth Caribbean program during a training session on St. Martin. (Photo by Mark Yokoyama)

 

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Keshia Richards pays visit to the Minister Plenipotentiary Wuite as she prepares to return home

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - Miss Keshia Richards, a young and dynamic former student of the Milton Peters College and no stranger to the Cabinet of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands, achieved her master’s degree in notary law on 27th of February 2019 at Leiden University. Together with her proud parents, Miss Richards, now a candidate notary, visited the Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten in The Hague, where she informed the Minister of her plans to return home to the island to begin her career as a candidate notary at an established firm on the island.

She came to the Netherlands about 10,5 years ago where after 4 years later she achieved her bachelors in Groningen at the Hanze Hogeschool, specializing in International Law and Dutch Law. Keshia opted to further her studies at the Leiden university specializing in notary law. After 4 years she has now graduated with a background in family and succession law. 

Despite hardships and at times being discouraged and being told that this line of study was not suited for her and that she was not capable enough to see this through, she persevered it and not only achieved her second bachelors in Notary Law but can now proudly boast after having achieved her Masters.

The daughter of Mr. Franklyn Richards former lieutenant governor and Mrs Angela Richards through faith and the support of a strong family unit is a clear role-model and example to many young scholars who have travelled to the Netherlands to pursue higher education, minister Wuite states. Through perseverance and a clear goal, students can and will achieve their highest potentials with which they are of great value to a country in development and charting a new course, Sint Maarten.

The minister congratulated the proud parents and commended them for the great job they have done in giving Keshia the necessary tools during her upbringing through which she was able to achieve her goals. She further applauded Keshia on her decision to return to the island to practice and carry out her duties on Sint Maarten, stating that many before her had chosen to remain in the Netherlands to jumpstart the professional careers. ”Sint Maarten is clearly in need of young professionals with law degrees in order to strengthen SXM professionals on key positions. The tendency of headhunters in the Netherlands is to recruit young professionals from the Caribbean, as they perform well on the job market. Thus, it is commendable when our own choose to return to the islands to carry on their professional careers, which certainly is a win-win for all.”

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Legendary wrap up night for 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - With the Serious Sailing completed, it was time for Serious Fun as hundreds of competitors at the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta poured into the Regatta Village for the final night celebrations.

The huge flashing stage was set for the prize giving, with Heineken magnums and an array of trophies ready to be handed out to the winning crews.  Dr Soc from Island 92, who has been amusing the crowds and reporting the action live on the water throughout the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was the compere, with Robbie Ferron, one of the original founders of this event, handing out the prizes.

The action started with the Serious Fun Bridge Show.  Every day, spectators judge the boats coming though the bridge opening for their fancy dress or other on-board antics.  A guest appearance from the Pope onWest Wind, a bicycle in the rigging onI Love Poland, and just being hot fromSomething Hotwere all contenders, but it was the crew fromAvanti who took the overall prize for their consistent high level of enthusiasm and inventive on-board fancy dressing that gained the highest marks. 

The inclusive nature of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was evident, as Hank Schmitt, founder of the Island Time Class called all competitors in this class onto the stage.  Designed for cruisers, this class enables those who don’t usually race to enjoy social racing, with later starts and shorter courses.

Special category prizes included the Round the Island trophy, won byIneffablefor circumnavigating St. Maarten on just 2 hours and 27 minutes and the Fiji Cup was presented toLascarisfor the fastest bareboat rounding of the island.

The CSA 3 Performance 40 Class was announced as the Best Class in the Regatta, with Touch2Play, whose bright pink t-shirts had made them an eye-catching boat on the water proving that their boat handling was just as good as their appearance, being awarded the coveted Sint Maarten Yacht Club Cup for the Most Worthy Performance on Sunday. 

The Performance Yacht Racing trophy for Most Worthy Charter Boat was awarded toSpirit of Juno.  The Columbus Cup went toKHS&S Contractors, for their clean sweep of firsts making them the overall winners of the Bareboat 2 Class. 

With over 22 countries represented at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, there was one country which really stood out, both on shore and on the water.  The infectious enthusiasm from the Polish boats as a whole made them the worthy winners of the Xerox Cup for Sprit and Style, presented to all the Polish competitors. Also specific Polish teams were awarded with the SOL Cup for fastest non-spinnaker monohull Round the Island being presented toSailing Poland, andI Love Polandwinning the Windward Island Bank Cup for fastest monohull with spinnaker. 

With much hilarity, cheering and support from the crowd, the winning crews were ably managed on and off the stage by the Heineken girls.  Matching team kit, national flags, mascots, family members, babes in arms and the now-famous Polish bicycle all made their appearance on stage, with the most elegant presence coming from the entire crew of the mighty Selene, beautifully attired in crisp shorts, white shirts and Panama hats.

Fling 16won the Most Worthy Performance for Thursday, withMade in Miditaking the UTS Cup for Most Worthy Performance on Friday, andLady Mariposaawarded the Heineken Cup for Most Worthy Performance Saturday. 

Rousing cheers went up as the most coveted prize for Most Worthy Performance Overall throughout the whole event, was presented by the Honourable Minister of Tourism Stuart A Johnson, toWhistler, who also received a stunning watch from the Official Time Keeper ORIS.

Final thanks were given to all the sponsors of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including the Sint Maarten Tourist Office, Shipwreck Shops, Port St. Maarten; with presenting sponsors ORIS, Motorworld, Fiji Water, Gill, Sunsail, Windward Island Bank, SOL, Carib Web Services, Country Club Port de Plaisance, Yacht Club Port de Plaisance and supporting sponsors Xerox-Obersi Group, Seahawk, Windward Roads, Island 92, Outdoor World, Solstice and of course, title sponsor Heineken.

With the official prize giving completed, the spectators were treated to a sneak preview of the promotional video for the 40t St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which will run from the 5th to 8th March 2020.

The buzzing atmosphere in the Regatta Village came to a head as the legendary bands took to the stage with The Elevators getting the party started followed by Orange Grove, before the eagerly anticipated headline act, The Jacksons, came on stage.  With the crowds waving glowing green Heineken batons, The Jacksons performance was outstanding, playing many of their top hits, along with Tito Jackson’s aptly named single, “We Made It”.  The dancing and singing carried on late into the night with Shermanology taking the final act into the early hours.

And so the 39th St Maarten Heineken finally drew to a close, with hundreds of smiling, exhilarated and exhausted sailors heading back to their boats for the final time.  For some, this is now time to continue their cruising sailing, for others it’s back to work, whether on land or at sea,– but for all, this Regatta will leave unforgettable memories and above all, a desire to be back next year for the 40th St Maarten Heineken Regatta!

Photos, videos and all the race reports are now available atwww.heinekenregatta.com

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Minister Lee: All Sint Maarten residents should have access to health insurance

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of VSA (Public Health, Social Development & Labour) Emil Lee is asking residents to become more engaged with the Ministry and participate in the upcoming opportunities for stakeholder consultations on the topic of General Health Insurance and the implications for Sint Maarten. The Ministry has not yet received any interest from community stakeholders to discuss the topic with VSA and PAHO representatives. Minister Lee commented that the Ministry of VSA welcomes open dialogue with constructive criticism on the topic and encourages the community to make use of these opportunities to get informed.

Universal Health Insurance is an international concept, summarized; the World Health Organization defines it as: providing access to all the members of society to health care without creating financial hardship. This desire to ensure that all members of the population have health insurance and therefore have access to health care is a concept that dates back to Island Council days. “Way before 10-10-10. It is a concept that was already in progress and that I inherited when becoming Minister in 2015 and a concept that the Ministry supports.”

In 2015, preliminary draft legislations were already in progress, then the concept was named NHI – National Health Insurance. With extensive research, local and regional stakeholder consultations, over the years, the draft legislation has “dramatically” evolved and is now named GHI – General Health Insurance. The fundamental principle remains the same: that everyone should have access to health care in order to do that; they need to have health insurance, which provides them the finances to access that health care. “What we have today is very different than what we had when we started.”

“While discussions and opinions are being shared, it is important that these conversations are constructive in nature. In essence, when we are having the discussion in Parliament of can we afford it or not. The question actually becomes, what legislation are we actually looking at? With these questions, I see that we have to do a better job at explaining that our current financial system for health care is not working. Continuing with what we have now is not an option. The expenses of our health care system is burdening government. If this is not the solution, provide an alternate solution – not just a no because our current system cannot continue as it is.”

The draft legislation for GHI has been reviewed by the Social Economic Council (SER) and is currently under review by the Council of Advice. Hereafter the draft legislation will be submitted to Parliament. Persons who are interested in hosting or having a community or group stakeholder consultation with the Ministry of VSA and the PAHO representatives can contact the Department of Public Health via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone: 5202767.

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SXM Festival Returns with Globally Leading Music Event and Charitable Initiatives

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN - Today SXM Festival, the Caribbean's premiere electronic music festival, has revealed a discounted local Caraibes ticket for the event’s March 13-17 return to beautiful Saint Martin / Sint Maarten. Set within the iconic beaches, nightclubs and spectacular villas of the island, SXM Festival will once again bring global attendees and locals together for a week of world-class musical programming and cultural immersion. 

SXM Festival has deep roots in the local community and is committed to the prosperity of St Martineers and the preservation of the island’s sensitive natural ecosystem. The festival also hopes to continue to bring a new generation of affluent world travelers to contribute to the local economy and help the island rise again after the effects of the 2017 hurricanes. 

The 2019 event will once again bring its global family to The Friendly Island, where they will take up residence in the multitude of hotels and Villa lodgings, eat and drink at local businesses and enjoy the various festival venues staffed by locals. This influx of tourism will be matched by the event’s dedication to sustainability demonstrated through its banning of single use plastic at bars, beach and venue cleanups throughout the event, recycling initiatives and planting of thousands of trees to rehabilitate the island post-hurricane. SXM Festival will also continue its use of public transportation throughout the show to minimize pollution and road congestion. 

The festival is created by and for its host location, offering its global community an experience enriched by Caribbean culture and artists. It is through such synergy that Caribbean musicians like Allan P, Ivan de la Ganesherie, Jason Myro and more share the stage with some of the world’s biggest electronic music icons - a true coming together of creative heritage. Similarly, Caribbean cuisine will be on full display at the festival’s various venues and local vendors are brought on to give attendees a complete look into the magic of one of the Caribbean's most celebrated islands.

The event welcomes performances by global electronic music superstars like Ricardo Villalobos, flagbearer of Neapolitan techno Marco Carola, international techno sensation Nicole Moudaber, techno-titan John Acquaviva, psychedelic warrior Rebolledo, Get Physical label bosses M.A.N.D.Y, Visionquest’s Shaun Reeves, one of modern rave’s most celebrated acts Blond:ish, and Swiss icon Sonja Moonear alongside local Caribbean DJs and producers like Allan P, Ivan de la Ganesherie, Jason Myro and Saint Martin’s own Master Gee. 

It remains the festival’s integration with Saint Martin/Sint Maarten’s range of beautiful venues that makes it a truly magical week for locals and visitors alike. The SXM journey flows between secluded beach parties at the Happy Bay mainstage, into intimate soirées at Loterie Farms and the Sandyline Villa, through to late night club triumphs at Refuge and Lotus, and of course sunrise celebrations beachfront at Karakter.

The SXM Festival experience is known for its sense of immersion and adventure, guiding attendees through a journey of artistic wonder and cultural connectivity. Each venue is adorned with organic production elements that appear as though to grow from the very island environment in which the event is hosted. Following the devastation of hurricane IRMA, the aesthetic curation has been reimagined to incorporate the debris created by the storm in order to minimize the importing of materials. By using recycled and reclaimed wood sourced from the area, the event continues its legacy of producing stages and art in harmony with the local habitat. 

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FORMER MPC STUDENT OBTAINS MASTER’S DEGREE IN NOTARY LAW

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Keisha Richards, a former HAVO student of Milton Peters College (MPC) in St. Maarten, is expected to become a new addition to one of the notary offices in St. Maarten.

This after her recent obtaining of her master’s degree in Notary Law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

The young Richards obtained her master’s degree after defending her thesis ‘Limitations of the misuse of the Private Fund Foundation and the Trust’.

With Prof. dr. Frans Sonneveldt of the Law faculty at Leiden University as her mentor, Richards had introduced her thesis by observing that St. Maarten is a paradise for relaxation, foreign investments and trusts.

In 2016, she interned at a Notary office on St. Maarten when she came across an article that referred to a case where a Canadian national had embezzled some 1.2 million dollars from a company called Resort of Worlds. The culprit had transferred his fixed assets into a Private Fund Foundation called “Maple Leaf”.

“By transferring one’s assets to a Private Fund Foundation (PFF) or a Trust, these assets would be beyond the reach of a creditor of the settlor of the PFF or the Trust, in this case the Canadian, who is the settlor of the PFF “Maple Leaf”, says the thesis introduction.

The likelihood of successfully attaching the assets of the settlor of the PFF or Trust via legal recourse by creditors would be very slim in the event of insolvency or bankruptcy of the Canadian, adds the thesis.

While reading the article, Richards questioned if such an act by the Canadian in question would not be best classified as a tortious act, which served as the basis for researching this topic as her Master thesis for the study in Notary law.

In the process of finalizing her master year, she made a comparison between the trust fund and the private fund foundation and which of these two legal vehicles is prone to misuse. 

Recognizing that the trust fund has more limitations against misuse through the The Hague trust treaty, she created a similar article to article 15 of the trust treaty. This article limits the misuse of the private fund foundation.

The objective of her thesis, said Richards, was to research the purpose and workings of the PFF and the Trust in the Netherlands and in the Dutch Caribbean countries, particularly Sint Maarten. The main research question was: When Transferring assets by a settlor into a Private Fund Foundation or a Trust, what should the settlor be aware of to avoid committing a tortious act. 

Additionally, the thesis provides recommendations to limit misuse of the PFF and Trust.

As a young St. Maarten law student Richards, then age 22, in August of 2013 made a presentation to then St. Maarten’s Minister of Justice, Dennis Richardson.

The former minister had stated that “it is important to support our young people in developing their talents in any way we can”. 

The 2013 presentation came in the wake of her working as an intern at the Immigration and Naturalization Department (IND).

The exercise afforded her insight into bottlenecks faced by immigration services and resulted in her writing a 52-page master thesis entitled “Residence permits and principles of good governance at IND in St. Maarten”, intended for internal purposes.

Among conclusions listed in the report submitted by Ms. Richards, at the time, is that the process concerning the entry and residence of foreigners in St. Maarten had improved compared to previous, but that there are still several areas that need improvement. The report suggested that the IND keeps better reckoning with taking the principles of good governance into account in the handling of residence permits, as this was not done on a constant basis.

The findings concluded that IND must ensure that a foreigner be allowed to return to the country of origin in case of violation of the laws of the land. She therefore recommended to draft a law, whereby the foreigner (who is being legally admitted to St. Maarten) upon arrival to St. Maarten, deposits money on a special bank account of the IND. The amount deposited would equal the cost of a return ticket to the country of origin of the foreigner, should the foreigner be deported or expelled from St. Maarten.

Richards moved to the Netherlands over 10 years ago “clueless on what to expect” she says. 

One thing she did know is that she was “fond of the law and was interested in the process of the Dutch law”. 

Four years later, Richards obtained her bachelors in Groningen at the Hanze Hogeschool, specializing in International Law and Dutch Law. 

She says that “at the age of 22, I just wasn’t ready for the working world and decided to further my studies at the Leiden University, specializing in notary law. It took me 4 years to realize that I just loved family law and succession law. So that was the main reason, I decided to pursue another law study”. 

She adds that to her surprise, “it was the perfect study for me”. 

For the ambitious St. Martiner, “It was a tough transition from HBO to University, but I decided this is what I wanted, so I have to fight for it. Nothing worth having, comes easy I always say. So, despite how hard it was, despite the teachers that told me I’m not smart enough or the Dutch language being a bit difficult grasp, I obtained a second bachelors in Notary Law”, she says.

Richards not only believed in herself but credits much of her achievement to her parents, former lt. governor Franklyn Richards and mother, Angela Richards. “They had faith in me and supported me each step of the way. Without their support and long stressful nights of projects and studying, I truly believe I would not have achieved my goal. But by the grace of God it became my reality”.

After finalizing preparations in The Netherlands, Richards is now determined to Sint Maarten to work at one of the notary offices on St. Maarten “and hope to

contribute to the Sint Maarten community”.

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Dr. Teico Sikkema; Keshia Richards LL.M.; Professor Pim Huijgen.

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SMART 2019 to be hosted by Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino & Spa

SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) - L’Association des Hoteliers de Saint Martin, the Saint Martin Tourism Office, in conjunction with the Sint Maarten Tourist Bureau and St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association proudly officially announce that the SMART 2019 Tradeshow will be hosted by Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino & Spa. The organizers are expecting numerous Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Travel Writers and Event Planners from US, Canada and Latin America to return to the island for this well-known regional event.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino & Spa has been thoroughly renovated and is coming back stronger than ever before, keeping its family-friendly charms, offering an amazing array of restaurants and bars, Kids Club and Teen Zone, fun daily activities and personalized services. 

SMART will be held on 21d – 23d of May. SMART is the largest and most well-known trade show of the Northeastern Caribbean. It is hosted annually by the two sides of the island Sint Maarten/ Saint Martin. SMART is a travel platform for foreign tour operators, travel writers and websites to do business with local hoteliers, operators and businesses. The 15th and most dynamic and largest edition thus far will consist of 3 days of inspiring innovative Masterclasses, workshops, activities, festivities and business to business appointments. 

SMART 2019 kicks off on Tuesday May 21 2015 when delegates have the opportunity to meet and mingle with their peers at the Welcome Reception, before two full days of business where participants have set up appointments with travel partners and wholesalers as well as hotel and excursion operations for one-on-ne discussions on potential business ventures. In addition, tours will be provided to experience the island. 

Early Bird Season has started this week. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino & Spa offers reduced rates for SMART participants. Registration for Early Birds as well as receiving SMART hotel rates can be done at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Event information will be continuously updated at SHTA.com/SMART. For reservations or questions, please call +1-721-542-0108.

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