Soualiga Newsday Features

Soualiga Newsday Features (1118)

Rotary Sunrise inducts new members Angela Gordon now Paul Harris Fellow

PHILIPSBURG - Angela Gordon of Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Ms. Gordon was recognized as a fellow due to her contribution towards The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.


The LAB Sports Academy receives donation from SMGA

MULLET BAY - The LAB Sports Academy led by Les Brown is one of the recipients of a donation from the St. Maarten Golf Association (SMGA).

LAB Sports Academy have been assisting the SMGA for several years during tournaments and other activities, the donation will be used for additional track and field material as well as for the coverage of rental fee to use the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex. The LAB Sports Academy organizes track and field training, swimming and outdoor sports activities at no charge for youngsters from all neighborhoods in St. Maarten.

The SMGA is a non-profit organization of avid golfers that promotes the practice of the game of golf and to foster community sense. The SMGA organizes golf matches and tournaments for its members and non-members and donates proceeds that are made through membership fees and during these events like the St. Maarten Open to multiple community organizations on the island.


The Generation New Status STM Drum Band receives donation from SMGA

MULLET BAY - The Generation New Status STM Drum Band led by Urmain Dormoy, was one of the recipient organizations that received a donation from the St. Maarten Golf Association (SMGA).

STM Drum Band gives children the opportunity to be a participant in one of the best youth brass bands in the Caribbean. The STM Band left an overwhelming impression during the opening reception of the ECGA tournament hosted in St. Maarten. The Band uses the donation to buy new drum sets and costumes for their performers.

The SMGA is a non-profit organization of avid golfers that promotes the practice of the game of golf and to foster community sense. The SMGA organizes golf matches and tournaments for its members and non-members and donates proceeds that are made through membership fees and during these events like the St. Maarten Open to multiple community organizations on the island.


FactorPlus presents at Caribbean Pacific Agri-Food Forum in Barbados

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS - FactorPlus was invited to present trade finance solutions and be part of a key panel at the first Caribbean Pacific Agri-Food Forum which was held Nov 2 - Nov 5 at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

FactorPlus’ Head of Business Development for the North/East Caribbean Region and leader in charge of FactorPlus St. Maarten, Paul Dijkhoffz, presented the benefits of ‘Factoring’ (a trade finance solution) on behalf of the company to an audience consisting of some 250 leaders, decision-makers and agri-food actors which gathered to engage in collective actions that can contribute to the transformative efforts of agriculture in the Caribbean/Pacific regions.

“Our presentation was very well received as the main challenge faced by farmers in the region is the access to suitable financing”, according to Paul Dijkhoffz. “Farmers in the region face an average of 70 days after delivery of their produce when they get paid by their clients. This is a serious threat to their continued existence and many go out of business for this exact reason.

“FactorPlus offers a flexible cash flow solution (called Factoring) which businesses, farmers included, can use as to enhance cash flow, in order to safeguard their future crops and lower their credit risk without the need for traditional collateral”. It’s a win-win solution and we are working to offer this solution throughout the region in collaboration with the various agriculture associations in the short term, concluded Dijkhoffz.

The Caribbean Pacific Agri-Food Forum was organized by CTA, The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation which is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It provides access to information and knowledge, facilitates policy dialogue and strengthens the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.


Bertaux ‘Mr. Rude’ Fleming teams up with Duane Stephenson and Ziggy Rankin to produce new single, “Safe Inna Mi Yard”

MIDDLE REGION - SXM top producer, entertainer and music genius Bertaux ‘Mr. Rude’ Fleming teams up with singer songwriters Duane Stephenson and Ziggy Rankin to produce single addressing crime’s continuous climax in the Caribbean.
The smooth vocals and thought-provoking lyrics of “Safe Inn Mi Yard” send a compelling message about the preservation of Caribbean’s culture and natural way of life.“Safe Inna Mi Yard” is truly a voice for our times as it creates a call of action for us all to contribute and do all we can to ensure crime is and remains at its minimal.
Producer Mr. Rude welcomed the collaboration opportunity as it not only highlights his producing geniuses, but also as a supporter of social development. Over the years, Mr. Rude has showed meaningful support for community works by donating and sponsoring various programs and projects. Mr. Rude under his label Rock ‘N Vibes is responsible for the international success of Ziggi (Recado) and Maikal X. Bertaux Mr. Rude Fleming is also the producer behind the singles of the TC Breakthrough Talent Winners.
Best known for chart-topping hits like August Town, Rescue Me and Cottage in Negril among others, Duane Stephenson is also a very strong supporter of social causes. Duane wrote “A Step for Mankind” with The Wailers to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme. The track has become the anthem for global hunger eradication.

Trinidadian born Ziggy Rankin also takes a stand to make his voice and platform a contribution to positivity as often heard in his many popular hits like Keep the faith, Miserable Life and so much more.
Mr. Rude’s production touch is simply the icing on this masterpiece. “Safe Inna Mi Yard” is most importantly a SOS for everyone to stand against violence and truly help mankind take a step in the right direction. 
Safe Inna Mi Yard is a statement; one that cries out to us all to participate in making sure our local and regional community as well as our people continues to be lifted now and for generations to come. The single is released under Tempo Records.




Habitat Restoration Activities Boost Caribbean Migratory Bird Events

PHILIPSBURG - Tree plantings, seedling giveaways, and a free ebook about native Caribbean plants—none of these things sound like ways to celebrate migratory birds. But this year they are. Across the Caribbean and throughout the Western Hemisphere, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) events have added habitat restoration activities to their programs, attracting new participants and taking action on this year’s theme: Restore Habitat, Restore Birds.

BirdsCaribbean, the regional coordinator of International Migratory Bird Day activities for the Caribbean, kicked of the season by providing habitat restoration resources. A free ebook, Heritage Plants, featured dozens of native Caribbean plants that are of particular value to local birds as well as techniques for creating a great backyard bird habitat.  A free webinar, Native Plants for a Bird-Friendly Backyard, featured Caribbean bird, plant and habitat restoration experts.

At dozens of Caribbean events throughout the region the habitat restoration theme was explored in a variety of ways. In the Dominican Republic, Grupo Acción Ecológica collaborated with a botanical garden to host an event that combined a bird walk with bird-friendly tree plantings. On St. Martin, non-profit association Les Fruits de Mer distributed dozens of seedlings of an endangered, native tree called Lignum Vitae or Gaïac. The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club created an interactive bird display at a local green market that featured materials from the BirdsCaribbean webinar. In Jamaica, students were taken on a birding excursion and then given a presentation about how to protect and restore habitat. (Stories continues in next section.)


Habitat Restoration Activities Boost Caribbean Migratory Bird Events

PHILIPSBURG – (Continued) In Puerto Rico, students had the chance to see the results of habitat restoration firsthand at the Pterocarpus Forest at Palmas del Mar, a rare example of freshwater swamp forest. Abandoned and overgrown with invasive plants, this 50-acre habitat has been rehabilitated over the last four years into a nature preserve with a three-quarter mile elevated boardwalk and 40 foot bird observation platform. Ingrid Flores, Regional Coordinator of IMBD Caribbean explained that “the students learned how habitat restoration helps migratory birds, and how it creates valuable public space for recreation and education.”

“BirdsCaribbean has always used birds as a way to connect people to nature, and this year we’ve found that native plants and trees can also play the same role,” explained BirdsCaribbean Executive Director Lisa Sorenson. “By incorporating habitat restoration into our activities this year we’ve reached a whole new group of people who connect to nature primarily through plants. We’ve shared a lot about birds and learned a lot about plants in the process.”

BirdsCaribbean has been the regional coordinator for International Migratory Bird Day activities for eight years. Centered around the month of October—peak season for migratory birds in the Caribbean—approximately 40,000 people participate in these events each year. For more information, or to download the Heritage Plants ebook and watch the native plants webinar, visit IMBD activities across the Western Hemisphere are coordinated by Environment for the Americas (EFTA).


First nine months of 2015 are hottest on record, UN agency reports

INTERNATIONAL – Earth has just had the hottest January-September on record, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today, adding that the average air and sea temperatures in September logged the greatest rise above monthly average in the 136-year historical record.

According to a press release from WMO, the Global Climate Report from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the globally averaged air temperature over land and sea surface temperature for September was 0.90°C (1.62°F) above the 20th century average temperature. Record warmth was observed across much of South America and parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

The year-to-date globally averaged combined temperature of the air over land and ocean surface temperature was 0.85°C (1.53°F) above the 20th century average, said in the report. This was the highest for January–September in the 1880? record, surpassing the previous record set in 2014 by 0.12°C (0.19°F), according to NOAA.

With strong El Niño conditions in place, the September globally averaged sea surface temperature was 0.81°C (1.46°F) above the 20th century average of 16.2°C (61.1°F). The highest departure for September on record, which beat the record in 2014 by 0.07°C (0.13°F), was 0.25°C (0.45°F) higher than the global ocean temperature for September 1997, preceding the peaking up of the last strong El Niño of 1998.

Earlier this year, WMO reported that the globally averaged temperature for the first half of 2015 was 0.85°C (1.53°F) above the 20th century average of 15.5°C, the hottest for such period on record.

An annual Statement on the Status of Global Climate will be released by WMO in November 2015, the UN climate change conference in Paris, COP-21, analyzing the combination of data. A summary of the global climate in 2011-2015 will be released at the same time, said in the WMO's statement.


JCI LIVE Soualiga received status in Dutch Caribbean National Convention

GREAT BAY - Junior Chamber International JCI Dutch Caribbean held its National Convention on 15th of October through the 17th of October, 2015. LIVE Soualiga; Leaders, Innovation Vibrant of Equality is Soualiga is the newest chapter of the JCI Dutch Caribbean.

Our name selection is referring back to the rich Heritage of Sint Maarten by coining the historical name of “Soualiga” we are recapturing that rich heritage of Sint Maarten that will usher us into a new era of excellence.

Our name represents our identity and the impact we wish to see, our organisation have in the local community. Our “new chapter” status was recognized by the JCI Dutch Caribbean and received the blessings from the other local organizations of Curacao, Bonaire, and Aruba.

We were granted a period of 1 year to be fully affiliated with the Dutch Caribbean. The local organization within the Dutch Caribbean and the National organization will give all the necessary support and guide in making this new chapter a great success.

The incoming president Delmarie York –Cornelius has presented the Plan of action for the year 2016 during the conference at the General Assembly meeting.The theme for our Plan of Action is MYC: creating a mouthpiece for our Members, our Youth and our Community.

By creating an atmosphere of equality which is needed to create a good membership basis. By providing our youths with programs that help them navigate the obstacles of life. JCI Soualiga will offers our youths the right tools needed to help them become productive members in our society. By being a vehicle of change in our community, tackling social issues that are plaguing our local society and offering solutions.

The new chapter was represented by the incoming President Delmarie York, Vice President Anthony Mcclean and JCI LIVE Youth Public Speaking Winner D’Shnay York who participated in the JCI Dutch Caribbean Speech contest.

For more information and membership contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Anyone ready to be the change they seek in our community should join us.


Rotary Spelling Bee Semi - Finals on Sunday

CAY HILL - The Scotiabank Bright Future Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee 2015 qualification round was held on October 18th at the Belair Community Center. Eleven schools, including two from Anguilla, participated with 26 students in this event.

In the qualification round, students were asked to write a total of 30 words. The top ten students with the most correct words, move on to the semi-finals.  This year there was a three-way tie for 10th place. Those three students were given five additional words as a tiebreaker to determine the 10 finalist.

The community is invited to come to the Spelling Bee. They can bring their children to see other children excel in an academic competition. There are drinks and snacks available during the event. Like our Facebook page for more information about our club and upcoming events. (Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle)

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