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CC1 St. Maarten contributes beverages for several Breast Cancer Awareness activities

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Once again CC1 St. Maarten has collaborated with the Elektralyets and Positive Foundation to bring several activities alive for the Breast Cancer Awareness month, such as the opening Parade that took place October 5th, and the upcoming events Motorworld Car Care, Paint it Pink at Kooyman, Celebrity Waiter at Emilio’s, Moonlight Meditation and finally the Pink Phit Phabulous Walkathon on October 28th.

CC1 St. Maarten is the major sponsor of beverages for events this Pink Month with the Elektralyets and Positive Foundations. There will be Cosmos and strawberry Mojito station together with Tequila Rose sampling and Dasani Sparkling water tastings to ensure that the attendees have a great time while being part of this community awareness initiative.

Breast Cancer does not only affect the diagnosed patient but their husbands, the coworkers and their family members and our community. This is the reason why it is important for the business sector to continue their support towards bringing and spreading awareness via the right channels. 

The Elektralyets and Positive Foundation is highly appreciative for the continued dedication and support that CC1 has extended to the cause and the foundations over the last decade. We look forward to their continued support in aiding the foundations with their Feelit, Find it, Fight it Breast Awareness Campaigns for the future.

Staying hydrated at the various events, activities and workshops is extremely important and we are happy that CC1 supports us in every way to help all participants quench their thirst and enjoy a nice cocktail.

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Minister Johnson endorses Nature Foundation call to use Coral Reef Safe Sunscreen

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Sunscreens used to protect yourself when sunbathing, that contain UV-filter oxybenzone, are bad for the destination’s coral, according to information released by the St. Maarten Nature Foundation.

The Nature Foundation therefore, is asking all tour operators, residents and water sports users to use and promote reef safe sunscreens.

The Nature Foundation says that a number of studies have shown that sunscreen and certain individual components of sunscreen can have negative effects on corals and other marine organisms.

The foundation adds that the chemical UV filter oxybenzone has been studied most intensively and negative effects have been described such as bleaching of corals, damage and deformation of coral larvae and damage to the DNA of corals and their reproductive success.

Some local businesses are already moving to reef safe sunscreens.

“Our coral reefs are part of the national economy. The dive sector contributes significantly to the Gross Domestic Product of the country on an annual basis, and therefore, we must take measures to protect our reefs from any negative impacts.

“Our visitors come to enjoy our natural environment, our beaches, below and above the water, and much more. I endorse the call made by the Nature Foundation about using coral safe sunscreen.

“We are custodians of our natural environment for future generations and must contribute to the protection and not destruction of our environment.

“I also appeal to water-oriented tourism businesses as well as the populace to use and promote the use of coral reef safe sunscreens.

“This practice must start at home and become a daily chore. At the same time, I commend those businesses who have taken the lead to sell reef safe sunscreens.

“We need innovative business thinking to drive our economy forward in an environmentally and sustainable manner during the phase of building back better,” Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Tuesday.

The St. Maarten Nature Foundation recommends tour operators and residents to follow several steps in order to reduce the impacts of sunscreens on our reefs: please avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone, use sunscreens with a combination of zinc and titanium, use lotions not sprays, apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before entering the water and avoid sunscreen factors above 50.

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Free BirdSleuth Caribbean Training for Educators This Weekend

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - On October 20th and 21st, the Les Fruits de Mer association is offering a free training for teachers and others who work with children.

The training is for the BirdSleuth Caribbean program. The training and materials are bilingual in English and French.  The September BirdSleuth training was fully booked, and many educators from that session are already using the activities.

“Imagine a school class having fun and learning about biology by playing a game of Bird Bingo or Habitat Scavenger Hunt,” said Les Fruits de Mer President Jenn Yerkes.

“We’re excited to make that possible by offering a free training program for teachers and educators. It can be used in the classroom and outdoors and it was made for the Caribbean.”

BirdSleuth Caribbean is a set of fun lessons and activities that uses birds to teach youth about nature and science. BirdSleuth Caribbean has been specially adapted for the region, so kids learn about the birds and habitats that they can see around them.

It's designed for students 9-13 years old. The program contains lessons, activities and learning games that can be done in the classroom and outdoors.

Les Fruits de Mer will be hosting free training in the BirdSleuth program with instructor Binkie van Es. Participants will enjoy hands-on training and receive materials to bring back to their class or youth group. On each training day, 4-5 different games and activities will be taught.

“It’s an amazing feeling to see kids fall in love with birds and science through the BirdSleuth program,” explained BirdSleuth instructor Binkie van Es. “Birds are the perfect gateway to a love of nature and a passion for learning. The activities are a lot of fun for teachers, too!”

The bilingual training will be at Amuseum Naturalis at The Old House: October 20th and 21st, from 9am-1pm. It is free, and lunch will be served after each training session. If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot in the free training.

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Binkie van Es teaches a BirdSleuth Caribbean training session.

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Communities reminded to prevent mosquito breeding sites after weekend of heavy rainfall

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is advising communities after this past weekend’s heavy rainfall to be proactive and regularly check their yards and be on alert for potential mosquito breeding sites and eliminate them.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is distinguished by its markings such as alternate black and white horizontal stripes. However, it is only the female vector Aedes Aegypti mosquito that spreads mosquito borne diseases.

Vectors are small organisms that carry serious diseases. Just one bite from an infected mosquito can be a threat to our way of living.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito lays her eggs in clear (clean) stagnant water. Within eight days the mosquito can complete its life cycle from egg, to larvae to pupae and to adult mosquito.

Actively and properly dispose of tin cans, old tires, empty paint cans, buckets, old saucers, flowerpots, cemetery urns/vase, old pet dishes, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water.

Empty and turn over containers that hold water; remove debris from rain gutters and downspouts regularly; drain or fill low places on your property where water collects and stands for more than five to seven days; make sure permanent water containers in your yard are tightly covered and insect-proof; screen off the cistern’s outlets properly with mesh wire.

Cover trash containers/garbage cans to keep rainwater from accumulating; drain old tires by recycling them; keep boats and canoes/kayaks drained, covered or overturned, empty or covered unused swimming pools.

It is very important to check around your yard at home or around your business to make sure there is no clear/clean standing water after a rain event in order to prevent mosquito breeding sites. All residents are advised to remove all potential mosquito breeding sites in order to reduce the mosquito population.

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CPS: Monday is Global Handwashing Day. Clean hands – a recipe for health

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) – 15 October marks Global Handwashing Day.  The theme is “Clean hands – a recipe for health!”

In 2017, more than 500 million people promoted the simple, life-saving act of handwashing with soap on Global Handwashing Day.

The day was founded by the Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) in 2008 to help communities, advocates, and leaders spread the word about handwashing with soap, according to GHP.

The day has been dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

To reach this goal, handwashing must be practiced at key times, such as before preparing food or eating, after using the toilet or sneezing.  Behavior change is essential for making handwashing a habit.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says that handwashing with soap is one of the most important public health interventions in the world.

GHP says the 2018 theme emphasizes the linkages between handwashing and food. “Handwashing is an important part of keeping food safe, preventing diseases, and helping children grow strong.

“Yet, handwashing is not practiced as consistently or as thoroughly as it should be. Diarrheal disease limits the body’s ability to absorb nutrition from food and is a major cause of death in low resource settings. Handwashing with soap is an effective way to prevent these losses.

“Critical food-related times for handwashing with soap include: before cooking or preparing food, before eating, and before feeding someone (including breastfeeding).

“The contamination of food can lead to a wide range of illnesses and outbreaks, many of which are particularly dangerous for young children and people with compromised immune systems,” according to GHP.

Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent these diseases. This simple behavior can save lives, cutting diarrhea by almost one-half and acute respiratory infections by nearly one-quarter.

Handwashing with soap impacts not just health and nutrition, but also education, economics, and equity.

The observations and creating awareness of the annual theme is part of CPSs annual calendar of health observances.

Many infections start when hands are contaminated with disease-causing bacteria and viruses. This can happen after using the toilet, changing a child’s diaper, coughing, sneezing, touching other people’s hands, and touching other contaminated surfaces.

Handwashing with soap works by removing bacteria and viruses from hands before they get a chance to cause infections or spread to other people. This is why cleaning hands with soap, particularly after contact with fecal material from using the toilet or cleaning a child’s bottom, is so important.

For more information, you can call CPS 542-1322, 1122, 1222 or 542-1570.

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New Activities for All Ages at Migratory Bird Festival

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - Despite the rain, over 150 guests of all ages found fun new ways to learn about birds at the Migratory Bird Festival on Saturday. Created by an all-volunteer team from the Les Fruits de Mer association, this year’s festival took place at Amuseum Naturalis at The Old House in French Quarter.

“This was our sixth Migratory Bird Festival, so we created a lot of new activities to keep it fresh,” explained Les Fruits de Mer President Jenn Yerkes. “You could listen to bird sounds and measure yourself compared to local birds. People loved decorating their own bird tote bags and playing Bird Bingo in the gardens.”

The Migratory Bird Festival celebrates the birds that travel thousands of miles each year to live in St. Martin. They connect this tiny island to the rest of the Americas. The festival also highlights the things these birds need to survive.

At the Portable Pond, guests could see aquatic insects and other creatures that many migratory birds eat. The Habitat Scavenger Hunt sent kids looking for food, shelter and other things that birds depend on.

“This was our first Migratory Bird Festival at Amuseum Naturalis at The Old House,” commented Les Fruits de Mer co-founder Mark Yokoyama. “It was the perfect place, with lots of indoor and outdoor space to explore. Many people from French Quarter came to the festival, and we want to keep building the connection between the town and the Amuseum.”

The 2018 Migratory Bird Festival was made possible by a team of 20 wonderful volunteers. The festival was free thanks to the support of its sponsors: L’Auberge Gourmand, BZSE, Coalys, Delta Petroleum, ECOFIP, Frigodom, IZI LIGHT, Lagoonies, Pelikaan Brewery, St. Martin’s Sweetness and SXM Logistics.

To see highlights from the festival, visit http://lesfruitsdemer.com or find Les Fruits de Mer on Facebook.

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Kids find aquatic creatures in historic boiling coppers.

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Everyone got an up-close look at aquatic creatures at the Portable Pond.

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The Migratory Bird Festival team is all volunteers.

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My88.3 begins roll-out of new shows with ‘My A.M. Shine & The King James Show’

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - My88.3FM will launch its new daily lineup of radio shows on Monday, November 19, spearheaded by its morning and mid-morning-to-afternoon programs which the station announced over the weekend.

Local celebrity King Vers and Sjenaya will hold down the coveted morning slots on My88.3 with “My A.M. Shine”, giving the station a morning broadcast with new, innovative ideas to involve the community first and foremost as well as businesses who wish to advertise on the show/station.

My A.M. Shine will also give listeners the opportunity to win cash daily, engaging the community through life changing opportunities, on-air activities and direct in-person contact with listeners. Informative and out-of-the-box topics will also be discussed, weekly games, pranks and new segments never attempted on radio on St. Maarten. My A.M. Shine will run daily from 7:00am to 10:30am.

Following My. A.M. Shine on the airwaves in the mid-morning slot will be The King James Show hosted by Kelvin James aka “King James” with his sidekick DJ Kembe. This program will focus primarily on music with 15-minutes mixes, engaging segments, news updates, local and international sports and much more. Both of the shows will be guided by Production Director Omari Ferrari. The King James Show will run daily from 10:30am to 2:00pm.

“We are very excited about the potential of both of these shows,” Station Manager of My88.3 Mike Granger said. “A lot of thought and preparation are going into both shows, with creative ideas to approach radio as the strength of both shows. I wish I could unveil everything that these dynamic hosts will be bringing, but good things come to those who wait. We will also include all forms of modern media as part of our broadcasts including live streaming and fully taking advantage of that medium.

“Our hosts are no strangers to the entertainment industry and have huge followings. My88.3 wants to be different and we always want to keep our listeners and business that decide to support our shows engaged. There will be a lot of information coming out about the shows, promo videos, the full works to make sure that come November 19 and beyond, you keep it locked to My88.3,” Granger said.

He added that the station will also be announcing the rest of its daily lineup over the next few days. “About 80% of the station will remain in our adult contemporary format, with smooth music and Top 40 chart hits dominating the airwaves. With the exception of the early morning show (My A.M. Shine) all other shows will be heavily music centric. From 3pm to 7pm for example, there will be strictly great music, modern and old school, a formula that people have come to expect and love from My88.3.,” Granger said.

“We will also be hosting a re-launch event for the entire station in November. More info will come about that. We have a lot in store for radio on St. Maarten. We aim to be a true community station where service clubs, foundations ect can partner with us to meet their objectives and where we entertain, enlighten and empower,” Granger concluded.

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SARID DVN launches “Where is the Church” video and single

SINT MAARTEN/ST. KITTS - Where is the church? The title of the new music video and single by gospel artiste Sarid DVN was released on Sunday October 14 on all digital music outlets and on YouTube.

“The focus of the song is not just a question but it also a statement. The church is not the building, the church is a group of people because there is no building that will be saved in the Kingdom of God,” Sarid DVN said.

“People who are supposed to be the church, their live are nor matching up. I know that God is looking for a Jeremiah, God is looking for a David, God is looking for a Peter, God is looking for a Daniel, a Joseph. In melody that is what we are doing. Just correct the people because I am about love, to bring the people on the right path,” he added. “My desire is to do the work of the Lord and see people be saved.”

The video was filmed and produced by Dason Fraser of ISI Visuals and filmed at Caribelle Batik. “I give God thanks for Mr. Dason Fraser of ISI Visuals and credits go to Caribelle Batik for giving us the opportunity to shoot the video at this beautiful site,” he said.

Meanwhile, the St. Kitts-based gospel artiste detailed to fans and viewers where the song can be found. “The song will be available on ITunes, Amazon Music, Spotify—all those media outlets where we stream music.

“The video will be available on YouTube and you can watch it on my Facebook page, which is Sarid DVN,” he said. More information on Sarid DVN can be found on his website: www.saridenterprise.com.

Sarid DVN recently launched his record label SARID Records Inc. which is part of his company SARID Enterprise. He will be ministering at an upcoming event in St. Lucia next month.

Originally from Jamaica, Sarid DVN moved to St. Kitts and is married to a Kittitian. Through his company, SARID DVN is hoping to bring hope and the gospel of Jesus Christ to people.

His hope is to sign other gospel artists on the label, but for now he is the only artiste on the label. The meaning of his name: DVN is an abbreviation of his given name Donovan and SARID is the Hebrew of Survivor, which was his previous artiste moniker.

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WEATHER WATCH: All quiet for the next two weeks?

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The Department of Atmospheric Science at the Colorado State University (CSU) said on Thursday that none of the reliable global weather models indicate any additional significant tropical storm developing in the next week up to October 24.

The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is to weaken over the next two weeks moving from phase 2 to phase 3. In general, the MJO in phase 2 tends to be favorable for Atlantic hurricane activity.

CSU says, although vertical wind shear in week one is predicted to be heightened in the western Caribbean, the shear in forecast to relax in week two, however, potentially leading the way for additional western Caribbean tropical storm activity.

According to the U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is a tropical disturbance that propagates eastward around the global tropics with a cycle on the order of 30-60 days.

The MJO has wide ranging impacts on the patterns of tropical and extratropical precipitation, atmospheric circulation, and surface temperature around the global tropics and subtropics.

There is evidence that the MJO influences the ENSO cycle. It does not cause El Niño or La Niña but can contribute to the speed of development and intensity of El Niño and La Niña episodes.

El Niño and the Southern Oscillation, also known as ENSO is a periodic fluctuation in sea surface temperature (El Niño) and the air pressure of the overlying atmosphere (Southern Oscillation) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean.  El Niño is so termed because it generally reaches full strength toward the end of the year, and early Christian inhabitants of western equatorial South America equated the warm water current and the resulting impacts with their holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus (known as El Niño in Spanish).

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Carnival Horizon makes Inaugural Call. One Millionth Cruise Couple Treated to Island Hospitality

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) newest and largest class Vista ship, Carnival Horizon, made its inaugural call to the destination on Thursday, and is the first inaugural vessel for the 2018-2019 high cruise season. The Horizon carry’s close to 5,000 cruise passengers and 1,470 crew.

During the inaugural call, the one-millionth cruise passenger couple were also onboard and honored for the destination St. Maarten milestone.

Minister of Tourism Stuart Johnson, Port St. Maarten Supervisory Board and Management, and representatives from the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SXM Airport, Winair, Rainforest Adventures, Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Association, and Delisle Walwyn were all on hand for the celebratory port call.

Carnival Horizon Captain Luigi de Angelis during the plaque exchange ceremony with Port St. Maarten Supervisory Board and Management officials, said Carnival guests love St. Maarten, adding that he was astonished of how quickly the destination has recovered; CCL was glad to have played a role in getting the island back on track to recover as quick as possible; and that St. Maarten was a preferred destination among Carnival cruise passengers.

Minister Stuart Johnson during the plaque exchange welcomed the Captain, his crew and cruise passengers to the ‘Friendly Island,’ adding that the Government realizes the importance of the cruise industry to the national economy, and that Government is committed to the cruise sector.

The one-millionth cruise passenger couple Cheryl and Tim from Miami, Florida, were adorned with tokens of appreciation and gift certificates from several industry players. They said they were honored, blessed to be here, and very appreciative of the gifts and added that they would continue to be ambassadors for the island.

Cheryl and Tim said St. Maarten was a comfortable destination and have been visiting the island for more than 15-years with over 260 cruises under their belt.

The first time they came to the island was back in the late 1980s when they came ashore on a tender. They have been on many cruises, and don’t get off the ship at each destination, but St. Maarten is a must where they get a warm welcome, the people are not pushy, it’s safe and those are some of the reasons that they keep coming back.

They have witnessed the destination grow over the decades and pointed out during the ceremony on Thursday that St. Maarten remains unspoiled.

Cheryl and Tim like to spend time with the locals who they described as amazing people and love the island’s cuisine.

Minister Johnson thanked Cheryl and Tim for their commitment to the destination and he was very pleased that they enjoyed the experiences each time they visited the island.

Minister Johnson said this was a milestone for the country reaching the one millionth mark in cruise passengers, especially after experiencing two hurricanes in September 2017.

“We are a resilient nation whose strength allowed us to bounce back as a destination in order to offer remarkable experiences for our guests despite the challenges as a people.

“We are very appreciative of our guests and I would like to thank Cheryl and Tim for their steadfast commitment to the island on behalf of the Government of St. Maarten and the tourist offices of the Dutch and French sides,” Minister Johnson said on Thursday.

Johnson also recommended to the couple who were to take an island tour to visit Yvette’s restaurant in French Quarter for a special experience in local cuisine.  

A CCL onboard representative stated that Carnival Cruise Lines loves St. Maarten due to its excellent docking facilities; and that guests have rated the destination during a survey high on safety. St. Maarten also scored the strongest where shore excursions are concerned surpassing other destinations in the northern and north eastern Caribbean.

The CCL rep added that the destination is number one for the crew and who prefer the shopping, food and drink experiences as well as the hospitality that they receive from the ‘Friendly Island’ people.

The new 133,500-ton 1,055-foot Carnival Horizon arrived in New York City in May after a 13-day inaugural cruise that started in Barcelona, Spain and kicked off the ships European season that runs through May.

Following its Mediterranean voyages, the Horizon was repositioned to New York for a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda. Carnival Horizon has now embarked on its six- and eight-day Caribbean sailings from Miami, Florida.

The third vessel in the Vista-class series, Carnival Panorama, is currently under construction and set to debut in Long Beach, California in December 2019.

Carnival Cruise Line was founded in 1972 and is considered — “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” — that carries millions of passengers every year. The first vessel of the Vista-class debuted in April 2016, namely Carnival Vista.

Carnival Cruise Line is part of a family of companies owned by Carnival Corporation, which includes sister lines Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Cunard Line, among others.

Carnival currently has 26 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages, departing from every coast in the U.S., plus from Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe and Barbados.

While Carnival is best known for Caribbean cruises, they sail to other destinations like Mexico, Alaska, The Bahamas, Cuba, Hawaii and the Mediterranean.

Additionally, Carnival Cruise Line Australia now has two ships, and offers cruises from Sydney to New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Singapore.

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One millionth cruise passenger couple Tim and Cheryl (2nd and 3rd from left) along with Port St. Maarten Supervisory Board and Management representatives on Thursday after presenting a gift certificate to the winners.

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