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Sint Maarten explores the possiblities of joining CDEMA

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS - While attending the Understanding Risk (UR) Caribbean Conference in Barbados, Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin and members of the Sint Maarten delegation, held a meeting to explore the possibilities of joining the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The Agency was established in 1991 as CDERA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency) with the primary responsibility for the coordination of emergency response and relief efforts to Participating States that require such assistance. It transitioned to CDEMA in 2009 to fully embrace the principles and practice of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).

CDEMA presently comprises of eighteen (18) Participating States (PS): Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Republic of Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and the Virgin Islands. (www.cdema.org)

Membership in CDEMA for Sint Maarten can benefit the country in many ways as the organization has as its mandate the following. To position the regional disaster management body more strategically to fully take up its role as facilitator, driver, coordinator and motivating force for the promotion and engineering of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in all Participating States.

CDEMA’s functions are as follows:

  1. mobilizing and coordinating disaster relief;
  2. mitigating or eliminating, as far as practicable, the immediate consequences of disasters in Participating States;
  3. providing immediate and coordinated response by means of emergency disaster relief to any affected Participating State;
  4. securing, coordinating and providing to interested inter-governmental and non- governmental organizations reliable and comprehensive information on disasters affecting any Participating State;
  5. encouraging – (i) the adoption of disaster loss reduction and mitigation policies and practices at the national and regional level;

(ii) Cooperative arrangements and mechanisms to facilitate the development of a culture of disaster loss reduction; and coordinating the establishment, enhancement and maintenance of adequate emergency disaster response capabilities among the Participating States.

Prime Minister Romeo Marlin considers membership to CDEMA as a great option for Sint Maarten as the country continues to build on its network of regional partnerships. “As Sint Maarten forges ahead with its plans to become a SMART Resilient nation, working together with our regional partners in a structural and strategic manner in mutually beneficial areas can only bring forth positive results,” expressed Prime Minister Romeo Marlin.

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Guest authors of Plastered in Pretty and St. Maarten Strong for Book Fair

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - When a group of young people make arrangements months ahead to secure seats for a book presentation at the St. Martin Book Fair, you know something exciting is coming.

That’s what happened when one of the island’s largest book clubs contacted Shujah Reiph early in 2019 about the workshop for Plastered in Pretty by N.C Marks, said Reiph, coordinator of the island-wide literary festival.

The recent praise from Alice Walker for Plastered in Pretty, a dystopian novel, is only adding excitement for a book that will splash down here with its Vincentian author Natasha “N.C.” Marks at the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019.

All book fair activities are free to the public and Marks will read “a teaser” from her new book at the Opening Ceremony of the festival on Thursday, said Reiph.

But it’s at the Plastered in Pretty presentation on Saturday, at the University of St. Martin (USM), “where the curious, aspiring writers, and book lovers will get the real juice from this book, about the scandalous lifestyles of the digital and social media generation in the Caribbean,” said, Jacqueline Sample. Sample is the president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), the book’s publisher.

In keeping with the multilingual feature of the St. Martin Book Fair and the island’s culture, the younger generation is also in for a treat, said Reiph. The newest book for the nation’s children is St. Maarten Strong by Heddrick McBride, and it will be introduced at the festival by its USA author.

“I’m excited to be participating with great authors from all over the world at this year’s St Martin Book Fair. I have a special book to present to the children of St. Maarten. The book will be available in English and French,” said McBride.

McBride is one of the visiting and St. Martin authors that will be going to schools, conducting workshops, launching books, and taking part in discussions and literary recitals at different locations throughout the island.

The St. Martin Book Fair opening ceremony alternates each year between both capitals or various districts of the island, “as a symbol of the traditional unity of the St. Martin people,” said Reiph.

This year the festival opens in Marigot, “Under the Literary Big Tent” at Lazy Bay fair grounds (parking lot), said Reiph.

The USM campus in Philipsburg, is the home of the main book fair day of exhibitions, workshops, the Children’s Room, discussions, book buying and signings, and meeting authors, “on Saturday, June 8, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM,” said Reiph.

“All of the people of our beautiful island are invited and will find a warm welcome at the activities of the St. Martin Book Fair,” said Reiph.

The 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019, is organized by Conscious Lyrics Foundation in collaboration with St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, University of St. Martin, LC Fleming Foundation, Motorworld, NAGICO, and SOS Radio 95.9 FM.

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N.C. Marks, author of the novel Plastered in Pretty, arriving from St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the 17th edition of St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019. (NCM photo)

BOOK StMaartenStrong by Heddrick McBride

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Ministers Plenipotentiary and Legal Experts Speak with Dutch Committee for Kingdom Relations

THE HAGUE/GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Dutch Second Chamber Committee for Kingdom Relations held a round table discussion on the proposal for a Dispute Regulation on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019.

The Ministers Plenipotentiary of the three Kingdom Countries, as well as renowned experts in the fields of constitutional law and Kingdom Relations, shared their respective country’s main objections on the draft Dispute Regulation.

The general sentiment is either dismiss the existing proposal and present a new one or make fundamental amendments to the existing proposal.

Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten, drs. Jorien Wuite, emphasized the importance of binding arbitration: If an independent body would find that the Kingdom Charter was contravened, the Kingdom Council of Ministers should act accordingly, Wuite stated. “Anything less would show contempt for our highest law: The Kingdom Charter”.

Minister Wuite also emphasized the importance of working with the other Parliaments in finding a suitable solution and offered her assistance in this process.

After Minister Plenipotentiary Wuite’s contribution to these deliberations, many experts from the panel viewed her stance and comments, which were shared on behalf of both the Government and Parliament of Sint Maarten, as concise and that they had to be further explored and/ or incorporated into the final draft.

Minister Plenipotentiary of Curacao, Anthony Begina, outlined Curacao’s three main objections to the proposal: the fact that the Dutch Prime Minister could veto the dispute regulation being invoked; the fact that Kingdom legislation is excluded from the scope of the regulation; and the fact that in the current draft, the Kingdom Council of Ministers could dismiss the outcome of the procedure.

Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba, Guilfred Besaril, compared the position of the Caribbean countries of the Kingdom to the position of The Netherlands within the European Union (EU). “Within the EU, there are mechanisms in place to protect the smaller countries against the power of the big countries,” Besaril stated.

“Why should the same principle not apply to the Kingdom?”

The constitutional law experts were all in agreement that the present proposal is not what was agreed on in 2010. They pointed out several flaws in the proposal, such as the exclusion of Kingdom legislation within the scope of dispute regulation.

Overall, the legal experts considered the non-binding character of the current proposal to be unacceptable. Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, a former Dutch Minister of Justice and former Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations, repeatedly emphasized the fact that the Kingdom could benefit from a binding dispute resolution mechanism. “Yes, the Kingdom Charter may be vague and inconsistent on some points”, he responded to a question from Dutch Member of Parliament (MP) André Bosman (VVD), “but an independent body could contribute greatly to the political discussions in the Kingdom, by clarifying the constitutional framework of the Kingdom.”

Near the end of the discussion, when questioned by MP Nevin Özütok (GroenLinks) to cast a fictitious vote on the proposal as if they were members of the Second Chamber, all legal experts agreed that the proposal should be drastically amended or rejected, depending on the opinions of the Parliamentarians of the Caribbean Kingdom countries.

Notwithstanding their final answer, the discussion ended positively, as questions yet unanswered were now clear and positions shared before the round table discussion have been further clarified.            

Quite some members of the Second Chamber committee urged the Ministers Plenipotentiary to submit a proposal for amendments. Minister Plenipotentiary Wuite is therefore of the opinion that the overall message is clear: focus on amendments to the proposal and do this in close and continuous collaboration with all parties involved.

The first weeks of June are therefore critical for the Caribbean Kingdom Countries and their Parliaments to formulate amendments on the most fundamental elements of the existing draft dispute regulation which should lead to all parties being in consensus on a final proposal, according to a communique from the Sint Maarten House in The Hague.

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CJ Traveler’s Choice Awards 2019: Port St. Maarten Best Cruise Port

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten was chosen as the “Best Cruise Port” in the Caribbean Journal (CJ) Travelers’ Choice Awards 2019. The Caribbean Journal is the world’s largest website covering Caribbean travel. The story can be found at the following link: https://www.caribjournal.com/2019/05/27/caribbean-travelers-choice-awards/

The 2019 edition of the Caribbean Journal Travelers’ Choice Awards celebrates the best in Caribbean travel as chosen by their loyal readers. According to CJ, thousands of Caribbean Journal subscribers voted in this year’s Awards, selecting from a highly competitive field of nominees by CJ’s editorial staff.

Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Hon. Stuart Johnson said on Tuesday that he is elated with this news and once again it strongly signifies that the destination is back in business.

“We are a resilient people leading a resilient destination. Due to the hard work, diligence and determination towards our visitors, the destination once again reaps the fruits of its hard work via the voices of the readers of CJ in its Travelers’ Choice Awards.

“Congratulations once again to the people of St. Maarten as this accolade is a result of the contributions made during the past 18+ months to bring back our destination back online. We have done it once again and we can all be proud of our achievements,” Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Tuesday.

Port St. Maarten Management added: “Once again, our destination has reaped another accolade as being the favorite cruise port of the Caribbean and destination of choice. St. Maarten continues to contribute to memorable experiences for cruise passengers as they rediscover our destination in 2019 and this is evident in their choice as the top port in the Caribbean.

“Another milestone was also made this week with the training from Aquila Center for Cruise Excellence for front line staff. The cruise business is still in a volatile state, and we continue to work diligently to enhance our port experience in particular to create a sense of place and time once they disembark the vessel at the Port.

“The forecasted cruise arrivals for the upcoming season will be above 1.5 million cruise passengers and work is being done to increase the arrivals. From a product perspective, the tour offering isn’t at 100% yet which goes in tandem with the increase in volume of cruises for upcoming seasons.

“We continue to support the redevelopment of tours and shopping opportunities expeditiously which will benefit the island. We further welcome the news of planned construction of new resorts as this will be beneficial to our homeporting operations and potential expansion.

“Our tourism partners and stakeholders continue to work diligently in 2019 to rebuild and move our destination forward. With what we have learnt in best practices, welcoming smiles, and offering the best service we can so far in 2019, let us collectively continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead in preparation for the 2019-2020 cruise season. Congratulations St. Maarten/St. Martin.”

Caribbean Journal is the world’s largest website covering the Caribbean, with original content and video focusing on travel and tourism across the entire Caribbean Basin.

CJ also considers itself as the global leader in covering Caribbean travel and trade news — from new flights to luxury resorts to secret vacation escapes. The website has over 1.5 million monthly page views; over 400,000 monthly visits; has 260,000 likes on Facebook; its weekly posts reach over one million; CJ sends out over 440,000 emails per week.

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Attorney Williamson, Former Senator Bazard, and Whyte Director for Problem Gambling to speak at 4th AML & Gaming Forum

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The next major regional-international conference that Sint Maarten will be hosting will kick-off in less than a week.

Speakers from all kinds of professions are lining up to attend and speak at the 4th Dutch Caribbean AML (Anti-Money Laundering) & Gaming Regulation Forum that will take place from June 4-7 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino and Spa at Maho.

Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Tuesday that the country will be in the spotlight once again when it hosts the 4th Dutch Caribbean AML & Gaming Regulation Forum.

“We are proud to be the hosts of this very important Forum where there will be a number of interesting speakers who come from various backgrounds.  We look forward to welcoming them to destination Sint Maarten.

“All Training Sessions, Workshops, Debates and Discussions will be led by international experts who will address global regulatory standards and strategies to reduce the risk of criminal activity and increase compliance & transparency,” Hon. Minister Stuart Johnson said on Tuesday.

Maureen Williamson, one of the speakers at next week’s Forum, has been in gaming either as a regulator, attorney or operational consultant for more than thirty years. Her areas of expertise include the drafting of enabling legislation and operating regulations, design and evaluation of systems of internal control, technical standards for emerging technologies including iGaming, facility development, feasibility determinations and the drafting and implementation of consulting, development and management agreements.

Cheryl Bazard, another speaker at the Forum, is a former Senator of the Bahamas and currently is practising as an attorney and barrister-at-law. She has decades of experience in Compliance and Regulatory Affairs within the area of Financial Crime and Money Laundering. Cheryl is the founder of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) and is currently serving as their chair.

Another speaker for next week is Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in Washington, D.C.  He has over nineteen years of national experience in gaming and problem gambling issues.  Recognized widely for his work on gaming policy, Whyte has presented on gambling issues in 39 US states and 14 countries.  He has testified before the United States Congress four times and appeared before numerous state legislative and regulatory bodies.

The Government of Sint Maarten via the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT) and GovRisk, a UK-based Training & Consultancy specialising in Financial Crime Prevention and Anti-Corruption, are the organizers of the Forum which will promote compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, New technologies and Exploring the Future of Business Risk.

This regional event will bring together key stakeholders such as: Banks - Compliance Officers & Internal Risk Managers; Central Banks, Regulatory & Supervisory Bodies; Financial Intelligence Units, Treasury & Revenue, Law Enforcement; Casinos, Lotteries, Slot & Arcade Operators; Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs) such as: Law Firms, Auditors & Accountants, Insurance Firms, Real Estate Agents, Car Dealers, Jewellers, Credit Unions & Charities.

To REGISTER for the forum, simply follow this link: www.govrisk.org/DCGRF2019 and click on Register and then follow the process through to the end. Alternatively, GovRisk can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling +44 203 174 0358.

Cheryl BAZARD

Cheryl Bazard

Keith WHYTE

Keith Whyte

 

 

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K1 Mini Libraries installed and open to the public

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - K1 Britannia Foundation with the help of volunteers have built and assembled four mini libraries that are currently located at the Emilio Wilson Park, John Larmonie Center in Philipsburg, and St. Peters at the Rupert Maynard Community Center – the fourth library is to be placed in the Belvedere Community.

The inspiration behind the project was the temporary closure of the St. Maarten Jubilee Library, and the need to facilitate learning and leisurely reading because of easy access to reading materials.

The libraries were built and installed over the course of 4 days, during SXM DOET, by 17 different volunteers including Jake and Stephanie Bonds of Bonds Construction who lead the project, K1/National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) carpentry students who were able to put their learnt skills into practice, 4 UTS staff, and many others who came to assist and share their skills.

“It was a wonderful sight to see different volunteers come together, connect, learn, and use their creativity to build these community libraries from scratch. It shows the importance of volunteers and the impact they can collectively have on the community when working together towards a common goal” reflected Chiaira Bowers, Little Libraries Project Manager.

The process included the cutting and assembly of wood, painting and beautification of the bookshelves, installing at various locations and filling the libraries with donated books received by the foundation.

“The Little Libraries” is a global concept with over 75,000 little libraries present in approximately 88 countries. The idea behind the community libraries is to inspire the community to invoke the spirit of giving, trust and community building. K1 encourages persons to share a book, with a complete stranger, with the opportunity to take a book.

The Little Libraries Project Leaders Chiaira Bowers and Tanvi Goklani chose the Emilio Wilson Park, John Larmonie Center and Rupert Maynard Community Center because it covers large and key community areas and places where families and youth gather and reside. The library also adds a different element to Emilio Wilson Park after K1 installed benches for visitors during last year’s SXM DOET.

Connie Francis-Gumbs, Director of St. Maarten Youth Council Association mentioned, “Having the little library at the Rupert Maynard Community Center is an encouragement for the children to read. The little library will always have new books we can share with them outside of our own library and it’s a great way for them to get into reading - which is a difficult thing, unfortunately. ”

Tanvi Goklani, K1 Communications Manager, added “Reading and easy access to books should be a fundamental right for persons of all ages, we hope through the little libraries, that the public will take advantage of paper-back books in this day and age of technology, and find joy in sharing collected books with others.”

K1 would like to acknowledge and commend Rotary Sunset for their installations of little libraries on the island and persons who have similar concepts around the island. Individuals have already donated books to the foundation and placed books in the libraries.

Currently, all three libraries are filled with books and persons can visit any location, take a book and leave their personal books for someone else to enjoy. The libraries would not be possible without the support of management of all locations for seeing the importance of giving access to books to the community and approving the installation of the library.

For more information about the K1 Britannia Foundation or to sign up as a volunteer visit www.k1britanniafoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/K1SXM, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +1-721-543-3332.

K1 Project Manager Chiaira Bowers explaining to the children how the little library works

K1 Project Manager Chiaira Bowers explaining to the children how the little library works.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hospitality Training Program begins in Simpson Bay

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) — “As our country moves forward with the sustainable redevelopment of our tourism industry, the enhancement of our human resources is essential to meet our needs as we head into the future.”

This was the statement of Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications (TEATT) the Honourable Stuart Johnson following this week’s announcement of the start of the Aquila, Florida Caribbean Cruise Associations Customer Service Training Workshop which started on Monday May 27th to May 31st at the Simpson Bay Beach Resort & Marina from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

“This training is tailored for frontline personnel in the tourism and hospitality industry to elevate the level and standard of service that we provide to our visitors,” said Interim Director of STB, Ms May-Ling Chun. She said it is essential to understand their role in welcoming visitors to the destination. The intention going forward is to have all frontline workers participate in future training sessions to equip them better to serve our guests as well as locals effectively, and to make this a sustainable program”, said Chun.

When Johnson met at SeatradeCruiseGlobal with the Aquila Foundation earlier this year, he expressed his passion for education and the desire to take advantage of the opportunity to retrain those working in the hospitality industry to ensure that they have a greater understanding of the expectations in an improved customer service standard for the island.

“The program is part of the main priorities of the Government as part of the St. Maarten United Christian Democratic Coalitions Governing Programme 2018 – 2022. This is a critical part of our goal of ensuring that with these new hotels coming online, our people here in St. Maarten are the first and best candidates for the jobs that will become available," said Johnson.

Aquila is the exclusive training partner of the FCCA (Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association), as well as a Platinum Member of the Association. Aquila has been sought after as a speaker on a variety of cruise related topics and has been featured

on panels or as keynote speakers with conferences including FCCA, CLIA, AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities), Cruise Europe, and many more.

Also part of this training is the history and culture of St. Martin "St. Maarten Pride with One Voice", presented by Mrs Josianne Fleming Artsen, Founder/ Manager of the St. Maarten Service Academy.

“The St. Maarten Pride with One voice” is a certified course designed to establish a culture of pride.  It provides general information about the St. Martin product that every resident should be able to communicate (in one voice) to the visitor.

It is designed to rejuvenate a new sense of national identity in each participant while motivating to deliver excellent service proudly".

A total of 440 participants are expected to take part in the workshop over the days:

  • Taxi Drivers
  • Tour Operators
  • Frontline (Hotels)
  • Port Staff
  • St. Maarten Tourism Bureau Staff (French and Dutch)
  • Government Building Customer Service Desk Staff
  • Immigration Staff

Upon successful completion of the workshop, all participants will be awarded a certificate of achievement.

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Be The Change Foundation Seeks Applicants for Dream BIG Scholarship

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Be The Change Foundation is once again seeking applicants for their annual scholarship fund whereby they present small but helpful grants to students looking to further their educational careers locally and abroad. 

Eligible students residing in St. Maarten/St. Martin are encouraged to apply online for the annual Dream Big Scholarship, a fund dedicated to Be The Change Foundation’s late founder Erika Cannegieter.  

“Every student has different educational aspirations, but the increasing cost of paying for higher education, especially after Hurricane Irma is still apparent for most. By providing scholarship assistance, we can help boost deserving students who want to graduate with a degree and give back to the St. Maarten society. The support that students receive from their own community can help motivate them to make it through a university career.” 

Applicants must meet the criteria and provide complete answers to the required questions in order to qualify. The Board of Directors will determine the number and amount of each grant awarded based on the annual budget. The deadline to apply is July 15th at 11:59pm. 

The application is free and is available on the Be The Change Foundation website: http://www.bethechangesxm.com/scholarship-application.

Additional information on how to apply for the Dream Big Scholarship is also available on the site and via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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NPOwer launches foundation database website to unite community organizations

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) — NPOwer, an initiative of the 4C Foundation, has recently launched its campaign to gather together all of the foundations in St. Maarten into a single website directory. The NPOwer team, comprising of well known community organizers Melanie Choisy as Project Coordinator and Jose Sommers, President of Foresee Foundation, have a working list of the most active NGOs and NPOs on St. Maarten thanks to databases from Samenwerkende Fondsen, The St. Maarten Development Fund, Be The Change Foundation, and Foresee Foundation. These organizations are being asked to join NPOwer’s online digital platform to make finding Foundations on St. Maarten an easy and streamlined task.      

NPOwer had its launch back in February 2019, with over 75 attendees representing 40+ organizations on World NGO Day. The event concluded with a needs assessment survey for NPOs (non-profit organizations) in order to find out what their needs are. The results indicated that 77% of local organizations were focused on “Executing social and/or other idealistic projects for the betterment of society St. Maarten” and analyzed that 63% of organizations did not have a website and were interested in utilizing NPOwer as a solution for their own web presence. Furthermore, organizations indicated that they were interested in becoming better equipped with fundraising, securing funding and project writing.

NPOwer will be continuing with its project to provide short training workshop courses and trying to connect funding agencies with local NPOs. In March, NPOwer collaborated with the Sports Department to provide 2 days of workshops on topics of tax administration, management and good governance, fundraising and grant seeking, and marketing and communication for NPOs.

Last Thursday, NPOwer launched its website and is busy receiving applications for NPOs to be listed on the npowersxm.com site. The form will gather the basic mission outline and contact information from every NPO, along with three high-resolution photos. These intakes will then be uploaded directly to Version 1.0 of the NPOwer website. The NPOwer website aims to make available to the public, every foundation on St. Maarten, searchable by category (sports, environment, youth programs, etc) in later versions.  All of St. Maarten/Martin’s active NPO’s are encouraged to sign up by filing out the form at npowersxm.com/application.

NPOwer was made possible through a vision presented to the Dutch Disaster Fund (Nationaal Rampenfonds) who gave 30 grants to NPOs in SXM, Saba and St. Eustatius. Without their support NPOwer would not be able to move forward with their mission of connecting people and NGOs. For more information please do not hesitate to contact the NPOwer project management team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Shots fired in Sint Peters related to scooter rider and pedestrians

ST. PETERS - Detectives are presently investigating a shooting incident involving two or more Venezuelan men and a scooter rider. This incident took place on Sunday May 26th on Sint Peters road, police said on Monday afternoon.

According to reports these men and the scooter rider may have been involved in an altercation a short time back. Today when they saw the scooter rider, they started throwing empty bottles at him.

The scooter rider ran into a yard while being chased by these men. At one point according to witnesses they heard at least two shots fired causing persons in the area to take cover and the Venezuelans to flee the area.

The police patrols arriving on the scene immediately cordoned off the area for the Forensic Department to collect evidence. It is still unclear what the cause of the incident is, but detectives continue to investigate what exactly took place and why. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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