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Soualiga News Today (3694)

SXM Sponsors Symposium on Sports and Education

SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten - The link between Sports and Education should be an obvious one, so when former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell came calling, we at SXM were most happy to assist her in her efforts,” said Regina LaBega, managing director of Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

The Symposium will be held from 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, May 10, at the National Institute of Professional Advancement (NIPA), in Cay Hill, under the theme, “Creating Better Students and Athletes Through the Interplay of Sports and Education.”

It will feature workshops by St. Maarten and international presenters on topics such as “Sports, Health and Nutrition,” “Education and Sports,” “The Role of Coaches,” “Women in Sports,” and “Athletes and Drugs” among others.

Coordinator of the Symposium, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell expressed gratitude to the  “SXM family for your generous contribution toward our efforts.”  The Symposium is open free to the general public.




Minister Patricia Lourens-Philip Mother’s Day Message

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Hon. Patricia Lourens Philip would like to congratulate Sint Maarten Mother’s and Grandmother’s on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11.

Mother’s Day, has been internationally accepted as the day where many citizens around the world observe, recognize and appreciate the contributions made by this special individual.

Minister Lourens says Sint Maarten mothers and grandmothers have made immeasurable contributions to their families and children, and congratulates them on this special day for the nurturing role that they play in life and in society.

“On Mother’s Day let us embrace our mother’s and grandmother’s, and show them our appreciation and gratitude for what they have given us every day of the year.  Mother’s build progressive and strong societies.

“On behalf of the Council of Ministers, my family, and I take this opportunity to extend best wishes and to salute all our mothers and grandmothers, as well as to those fathers who carry out the role of both mother and father, by thanking them for being there for us through thick and thin and for their selfless devotion to the family. 

“May God bless them all,” Minister of Education Hon. Patricia Lourens-Philip said on Friday.



Nancy Joubert appointed new Secretary General of Parliament

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – On Thursday May 8th the Parliament of Sint Maarten in a plenary session of the House, appointed Nancy Joubert as Secretary General.  Joubert served as 1st Acting for a couple years.

Van Dyke Bell was appointed as 1st Acting Secretary General of Parliament.  Bell held the position of 2nd Acting also for several years.

Jossy Semeleer received an honourable dismissal.  Semeleer was appointed as the country’s first permanent Secretary General in April 2011.  Prior to his appointment in Sint Maarten back in 2011, Semeleer worked as an Acting Secretary General for 24-years with the Parliament of Aruba.

Other parliamentary business also handled on Thursday were incoming documents; followed by an advice regarding the installation of an Ad Hoc Committee for a new Parliament Building; and an advice regarding the annual President of Parliament Award.


Dr. Nilda Arduin awarded both the Woman Of Great Esteem and The Emerald Award Of Excellence

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - On Saturday May 3rd 2014 at the 18th Annual Woman of Great Esteem (WGE) Emerald Awards Ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Battery Park, New York,  Dr. Rachnilda (Nilda) Lynch-Arduin, Ombudsman of Sint Maarten  was the recipient of  the 2014 Woman of Great Esteem Emerald Award and awarded the Emerald Award of  Excellence.

The Woman of Great Esteem 2014 honorees represent women who develop and advance their communities without regard for race, ethnicity, religiosity, gender, age or national origin. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in area of Politics, Religion, Education, Health, Economics, Arts, Law and Leadership.

Dr Arduin was the recipient of the Award of Excellence from among six nominees:

1. Honorable Sylvia Ash, New York State Supreme Court Justice

2. Dr. Carissa Etienne, Dominican native, MD, PAHO Director since February 2013.

3. Dr. Suzette Graham-Hill, US Virgin Islands, cardiologist.

4. Ms. YolandeNicholdson, Esq., Native New Yorker, corporate finance attorney.

5. Ms. Sharon Gordon, Jamaican, journalist and media specialist.

6. Dr. Rachnilda Lynch-Arduin, NationalOmbudsman Sint Maarten.

Dr. Arduin was honored in the field of politics for among others her pioneering work as the first Ombudsman of Sint Maarten, the "Guardian of the Constitution",  as a scholar and lawyer, whose dedication to making the Constitution understandable and accessible to the general public with among others the booklet “The Constitution made simple”;producer and host of the well- known television program “Law in Focus” which empowered the citizens of Sint Maarten with knowledge of various laws.

Certificates and citations of recognition were received from NYS Senate, NY City Council, and US House of Representatives.

Dr. Arduin accepted the awards on behalf of all women, who work diligently and passionately in their communities to better the lives of all persons.

The Women of Great Esteem Emerald Award was founded in 1995 by Brooklyn based, Bishop Sylveta Hamilton - Gonzales, who had a vision to recognize the increasing contribution of women who have excelled beyond normal expectations in a multi-cultural society. Bishop Gonzales points out that, "The Emerald Award is a vehicle used for the empowerment of women, honoring them for their relentless efforts to nurture and serve their communities. " The annual event is a fundraiser for MACADEMY, School of Science and Technology in Brooklyn. To date, the organization has honored over 150 women from twenty-seven countries from North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Central America.

This is the first time Sint Maarten captured the Emerald Award of Excellence.A globe representing the award, traveling around the world, will be officially presented to Dr. Arduin in June 2014. The globe will remain in her possession until next year,to be passed on to the next recipient of the Emerald Award of Excellencein 2015.

Dr. Arduin returned to the island on May 5th 2014 to an elated Team Ombudsman and friends.




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Prime Minister Wescot-Williams Attends Chamber of Commerce 35-Year Anniversary

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the 35 Year Anniversary Celebration of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Westin Resort. The Prime Minister congratulated the Chamber of Commerce on their achievement and stated that Government would continue to support the important and essential institution for the economic development of St. Maarten. The Prime Minister also urged increased public private partnership to move the community forward in terms of economic development.

The celebration also featured a keynote address on the exploration of smart tourism pathways for St. Maarten by renowned Professor Dr. Robertico Croes and a special recognition of Former Executive Directors and Board President of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


100 kgs of Cocaine Netted by Customs & Police at Airport

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Public Prosecution Service Sint Maarten announced on May 7 that 100 kilograms of cocaine were confiscated on Tuesday, 6 May at the Princess Juliana International Airport in a combined operation involving the country’s Customs Service and Police.

The investigation is continuing with respect to the source of the drugs as well as who they were destined for, and therefore no further information will be disclosed.

The cocaine was spread in three suitcases on an Insel Air flight from Curacao to the Dominican Republic, according to the Public Prosecution Service Sint Maarten.

Two suspects, a 61-year old man (Bonaire) and a 30-year old woman (Dominican Republic) were arrested by law enforcement and are currently in police custody. 


Local accounting school goes the Extra Mile to improve literacy

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten:  As the only Computer Based Exam (CBE) Lab for the globally accredited ACCA and FIA examinations in the Northern Caribbean, The Extra Mile N.V has unveiled an exciting suite of courses that will increase the literacy level on St. Maarten. 

The Accounting and Business School that is located in Rembrantsplein, Madame’s Estate has become one of the most recognized names in the Region. It is St. Maarten’s premier career school focusing on Accounting, Bookkeeping, Business Management and Office Administration programs.  

“Our programs are designed to be completed in a short period of time so our graduates can find a job, get a promotion or start their own businesses as quickly as possible. We were founded in 2004 and have been helping our students enhance their careers or return to the workforce ever since. Our core programs provide real-world, hands-on training in accounting and bookkeeping. For many, it is an effective alternative to a 2-year or 4-year degree. The Program can be completed in 3 to 5 months and positions the graduate for today’s job market at a fraction of the cost of the 2-year or 4-year degree. Our strength comes from our instructors, who all have real-world experience as practicing accountants, bookkeepers, and controllers,” school director Allison van Dam explained. 

The school is currently offering an early bird special for people desirous of writing the 2015 sitting of the CSEC (former CXC) examinations. 

We have started a 6 to 9 months proprietary program targeting prospective students CSEC students.  Instead of placing them in the program hastily, we nurture them with the fundamentals before administering the CSEC/CXC. Hence they will be stronger and more confident which obviously translates into a higher pass rate,” van Dam added. 

She assured that local students are offered the best prices on all courses and those on a shoe string budget also enjoy payment plans interest free. Students have the added convenience of enrolling in morning, afternoon or evening classes.  

 Van Dam said that she was lucky to secure a partnership with the American Management Association (AMA) and Nelson Thornes so that students are provided with AMA and CSEC text books and possess globally recognized accreditation.  Apart from offering the global Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accreditation, The Extra Mile also has on its roster Foundations In Accountancy Program, Administrative Professional Certificate in General Management , Certificate in Human Resource Management , Corporate Training, Payroll Administration Course, Secretarial Program, Manual Accounts Levels 1, 2 & 3, Microsoft Office Programs, QuickBooks Pro and Peachtree Accounting, CSEC/C.X.C & G.E.D classes. 

“I have no regrets about joining the private education system because we are all about changing lives by helping people attain the career they want and deserve. We provide each student with the training that builds knowledge and confidence. Our courses are short in duration and designed to develop the skills needed in today’s job market … without spending time on electives or general courses. We also provide career services, job placement assistance, resume writing and interviewing help, professional financial services to large and small businesses,” van Dam concluded. 

From now until August 31, 2014, The Extra Mile N.V is all encouraging prospective students to walk along with a copy of this newspaper article and also receive a discounted price on their tuition. For further information The Extra Mile Accounting and Business School can be contacted via email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or on telephone number 721-542-1192.


Additional agenda added for Thursday Plenary Session, Dismissal of Secretary General of Parliament

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – An additional agenda point has been added to the plenary session of the House of Parliament scheduled for Thursday morning.  Agenda point four will deal with the dismissal of the Secretary General.  

The plenary session of the House is set for Thursday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda regards incoming documents; followed by an advice regarding the installation of an Ad Hoc Committee for a new Parliament Building; and the third agenda is an advice regarding the annual President of Parliament Award.

The fifth to the seventh agenda points are related to advices concerning the appointment of the Secretary General of Parliament as well as his/her 1st and 2nd acting.

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 and 



Prime Minister Wescot-Williams to Pastor Wycliffe Smith on His Retirement

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams joined a large section of the community in wishing Pastor Wycliffe Smith of the New Testament Baptist Church a happy and fruitful retirement as he moves to phase in life. The Prime Minister highlighted during her address that, although Pastor Smith may be celebrating his retirement, she is sure he will be contributing further to he country during his new phase in life; “The word retirement is sort of off-limits when we discuss Pastor Smith; it could not be since we are not celebrating a retirement but we are celebrating with Pastor Smith and his family him entering a new phase in his life; a new chapter.

I thank you for the opportunity to say a few words because it is a good thing to move unto a different phase in life, especially when persons think of you in terms of already moving into a newer and higher phase. There is so much that we can thank you for, so in that context I would like to thank Pastor Smith for his contribution thus far to the society of St. Maarten and beyond. Pastor Smith I have known you for a very long time, and in so many different functions including in that of education and I am sure that you can look back at a very rewarding time during which you have helped to shape so many of our young people in the way which you did. Thank you Pastor Smith.

Your contribution to Government has been equally important and there too I must say thank you Pastor Smith. Thank you for your kind and intellectual contribution in different ways. Pastor Smith you have always done what you have been called to do without ever making a fuss about it. And so to me the biggest contribution is your contribution to this church and reaching to each and every individual on St. Maarten whether they called on you or when you felt they needed you. I cannot remember a time when you ever refused to serve when called upon when serving your community. For that we thank you, thank you for shaping and lifting up this country. And I am sure we will thank you for what you will be doing in the next phase of your life. You are truly a person who is appreciated and who so many look up to. May God grant you many more years of health and enjoyable life. God bless you,” commented Prime Minister Wescot-Williams.

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