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In the Caribbean Cancer is the Second Leading Cause of Death

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – February 4th marked World Cancer Day. Nearly one half of cancers are preventable or treatable if detected early.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is calling on the population to refrain from unhealthy lifestyles and to also visit their family physician at least once a year for a general check-up as part of preventive care.

According to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), among females, breast cancer is the main cause of death, followed by cervical cancer.

Prostate cancer is ranked as the leading cause of cancer death among males, with lung cancer coming in second.  Lung cancer also contributes to a high number of deaths among women.

Colon cancer is the fifth leading cause of death in the Caribbean, with almost equal number of deaths among males and females.  Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable, yet it claims the lives of approximately 2,500 women.

CPS says some unhealthy lifestyles involve tobacco use, unhealthy eating habits (overweight and obesity; low levels of intake of fruits and vegetables), physical inactivity, and the consumption of alcohol.

CARPHA says that research has shown that a reduction in aforementioned risk factors contributes to a reduction of cancer cases and as a consequence deaths and costs from the disease in the Caribbean.

The theme for World Cancer Day 2015 was: “Not Beyond Us.” 

CPS is appealing to the Sint Maarten community to employ proactive approaches to fight against cancer because solutions do exist and are within reach.  Speak with your family physician so we can reduce the scourge of cancer in the Caribbean.   


7th Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair Slates for March 21. Many new attractions planned

POND ISLAND - The St. Maarten Lions Club is very proud to announce the 7th annual Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair which is slated for March 21st 2015 at the Festival Village from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM under sole sponsorship of TELEM who has once again offered their support to this great project for the community.

Meetings with the stakeholders have already begun and all have indicated that they are ready to continue serving and providing much needed information on health and wellness to the community. 

We have added The Sickle Cell Foundation to the group of stakeholders, which include the Diabetes Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation, I & I Fitness, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Aids Foundation, SAFE, SXM Cancer Foundation, and WIEMS.

Some of these foundations have participated for the last seven years, which indicates the usefulness of and need for such an event” said St. Maarten Lions Club President, Sunil (Sunny) Khatnani.

Another addition to this year’s Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair is the inclusion of information sessions on Youth Alcohol Use and its effects on the young brain. 

The St. Maarten Lions Club is passionate about not only increasing community awareness on the abuse of Alcohol by our youth, the club is also actively working on having the law amended to increase the legal drinking age on the island.

A complete list of all participating stakeholders of this year’s Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair will be publicized as soon as it is complete. (St. Maarten Lion’s Club)


It’s another Laugh out Loud Production with 15 Dance Groups on February 7. You can’t miss it

POND ISLAND - Laugh out Loud (Lol) productions will put on its first show for this year on February 7th 2015 at the Festival Village, Pond Island. Dance mania is in its tenth year and organizers promise a spectacular of full blown Dance entertainment.

A record breaking number of 15 Dance groups signed up this year to compete for a cash prize of $1000. There are two categories groups and individual sets. The theme for this year is "step it up edition"

In addition to local performers, Lol welcomes a dance group from St. Eustatius; the show will also have several guest performers and surprises. LOL decided to go with the Festival Village for the venue because for the past 10 years the organization has been instrumental in being a platform for upcoming and established dancers on St Maarten says Tafari Johnson who is the PR officer for the event.

The show will start at 7:00pm and will finish at 12 midnight, Laugh out loud productions thanks the participants of dance mania and encourages the public at large to come and support the many youth groups that have signed up.

Tickets are on sale only at Mc Donald’s Philipsburg for only $10. The show will be different from the previous years. Judges is one aspect as well as 2 rounds for the groups; round one consist of presentation and round two a dance battle. Groups have been preparing for the anticipated show since November. (Lol)


Carnival 2015 queen contestants experience cultural, history tour

PHILIPSBURG - The Carnival contestants of the Teen, Senior and Mature queen pageants on Saturday, January 31, were treated to a day of culture and history for the first annual Royal Culture Tour organized by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF).

The brainchild of pageant coordinator Aishira Cicilia, the tour was organized to give all the contestants a more wholesome experience and for them to understand that through pageantry, they can learn and relay aspects of St. Maarten’s history and culture to others.  

They started at the St. Maarten Heritage Foundation where Director Elsje Bosch gave information of about the gift shop (where a variety of art from local artists are sold) and museum where the history and culture of the island is documented and well preserved.

(Environmental Protection in the Caribbean) EPIC foundation gave a presentation about the importance of protecting our environment specifically the ponds as part of our natural and cultural heritage.

This presentation was done by Laura Bijnsdorp (EPIC) and assisted by Reuben Thompson. The contestants were also made aware of their responsibility in protecting our environment. Then it was time to head over to the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Emporium where Ms. Hennie Seefat (manager) gave the contestants a brief history and update on the Guavaberry emporium and how Guavaberry is made.

Last but not least on the tour the contestants paid a visit to the National institute of Arts (NIA) where the contestants were given a presentation on the Ponum dance. They were also shown a video about how the Ponum dance came to fruition with the abolition of slavery. This research and video was done by the Director of NIA Ms. Clara Reyes.

After the video presentation the contestants were taught the songs and dance of the Ponum. “It was a great ending to an inspiration and educational day. The purpose of the Royal Culture tour is to expose the contestants to St. Maarten’s rich history and culture, relating the importance in its preservation and taking up torch in carrying on our intangible history and culture,” Cicilia said.

She thanked all of the aforementioned organizations as well as Alsphonso Blijden, Felicia Priest, Mohana Caesar, Lieneke Haandrikman, Eefje Janson, Swinda Smith, ILTT and everyone else who made the tour possible. (SCDF)


Island Gems Donates to St. Maarten Animal Rescue Team

PHILIPSBURG - Island Gems Charity Foundation recently made a donation to St. Maarten Animal Rescue Team (SMART) to aid with the spaying and neutering of abandoned cats and dogs.

The cheque was presented by Gems board member Jody Rosen to SMART representative Denise Antrobus.

The foundation raises money to support projects such as this one on both sides of the island via its annual gala costume dinner.

This year’s dinner will be at Captain Oliver’s restaurant onSaturday, March 28. The theme is “Caribbean Creole.”

Master of Ceremonies is the indomitable Leroy “King Beau Beau” Brooks who has donated his services to the event. Tickets cost US $125 each and are available from Gems members.(Island Gems)


Minister Fleming-Artsen Highlights Sint Maarten Hub Function at Dutch Caribbean Business Club

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands - Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen last Thursday attended the Dutch Caribbean Business Club event at the Aruba House where she gave a presentation about Sint Maarten’s hub function and Government’s incentives to attract business to the country.

Minister Fleming-Artsen started out by first congratulating Aruba House Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Adolphus Boekhoudt and its partners Caribbean Business Hub and Dutch Caribbean Business Club with this business initiative permitting the exchange of business ideas and capacity building between entrepreneurs and investors.

“I compliment you on this business day.  It is a time to listen and learn from each other in this Kingdom,” Minister Plenipotentiary Fleming-Artsen told the gathering.

“I am very honoured to stand here on behalf of my Government, the Government of Sint Maarten to address the question ‘What will Sint Maarten do in 2015 to stimulate entrepreneurs to do business with Sint Maarten’.

“Although this question is a timely one, it can be asked over and over again as governments make policies and strategies on economic development on an ongoing basis.

“When I review this question, it states also ‘what is Sint Maarten Government willing to give, to encourage investors who want to do business in Sint Maarten? Or what are the incentives for investors to come to Sint Maarten?

“The core throughout the governing program with undertakings outlined for 2015 is that the Sint Maarten Government belief is that a strong economy is the foundation of socio-economic growth. Fact is that all countries strive for a strong economy! All countries want serious investors! But which country has the best deals, the best incentives, and the best growth potential,” Minister Fleming-Artsen asked.

The Minister Plenipotentiary pointed out the excellent air and sea facilities which are the gateways to the country that links the country with Europe, Latin America and North America.

“The focus of the Government therefore is to ensure that: The human resources are trained and available to support business undertakings and service delivery; Support facilities are put in place to ensure the encompassing of new entrants in the market; The infrastructure is available to support an increase in traffic of goods, and humans; Pertinent data is available to investors to allow for a proper understanding of the Sint Maarten market, its needs and demands.

“Within the Governing program therefore those undertakings have been set forth to ensure that a conducive environment is created that will attract investors and enhance their potential of success in Sint Maarten,” Minister Fleming-Artsen pointed out.

The minister also added that even though Sint Maarten is a small country, it has proven to be a determined and persistent one.

“The Government of Sint Maarten has established development priorities to ensure investors its commitment to stimulate the investment markets. The following points will reflect the incentives for investors. The Government of Sint Maarten will:

  1. Formulate tax incentives to attract business incorporation / growth.
  2. Expand the financial services market
  3. Invest and seek partners in green sustainable energy
  4. Offer fiscal and other incentives for Brand name /Five Star hotels and time share properties. Investors who are interested in service providers will also receive same.
  5. Encourage investors for partnership in Medical Tourism, Sports Tourism and Events Tourism.
  6. Reduce seasonality for investors
  7. Stimulate off shore industry
  8. Partner with public private initiatives such Banking etc.
  9. Give Incentives for non tourism industries
  10. Give incentives and support efforts for food production, modern growing techniques such as hydroponics and aquaponics

“In closing, Sint Maarten will receive investors who not only want incentives but those who will also give back to the country. In these times when we are coming out of the economic crisis that has touched all of our countries, some more than others, we look forward to doing business with serious partners and investors in a country called Sint Maarten where the sun never sleeps,” Sint Maarten’s Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen concluded.


IMPROVED POWER HOUR LAUNCHES ON MARCH 4! Foundation INFOBIZZ has scheduled a series of activities for entrepreneurs

GREAT BAY - POWER HOUR: Networking for Movers & Shakers is back. This networking event for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial professionals, has affected close to 400 entrepreneurial minds since its inception in November 2013. Created to inspire and empower entrepreneurs, POWER HOUR now includes vendors that can display or sell their products at the event.

On March 4, 2015, INFOBIZZ, host of the POWER HOUR, expects at least 100 entrepreneurial minds present and is aiming for no more than 20 vendors.  During the last POWER HOUR in November 2014, which took place during the Global Entrepreneurship Week, over 150 entrepreneurs were present and a total of 13 vendors. Having vendors proved quite successful for both vendors and participants alike and so will continue.

POWER HOUR, which is held quarterly, is just one activity hosted by INFOBIZZ.  Created to develop successful entrepreneurs, INFOBIZZ launched a training series during the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, called GO DOMINATE.  This training is specifically designed to target the variety of topics that entrepreneurs face in developing a successful business.

POWER HOUR help various entrepreneurs to achieve success in short period by connecting them with the right people and the right information that has assisted them in their businesses. A unique element of the POWER HOUR is that the speakers are those that have reached a level of success and are willing to share tips with the attendees.  Also, there are networking activities that help those to introduce themselves and their business.

The first POWER HOUR for 2015 will take place on March 4, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM and doors open at 6:30 PM.  Tickets are $30 including refreshments and can be pre-ordered by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration for vendors is required and is $150 which includes table and chair rentals, tickets for MAX 4 persons, and refreshments. Registration opens on February 10, 2015.  Location will be announced shortly.

For further details on POWER HOUR, GO DOMINATE or any other activities, contact Foundation INFOBIZZ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or


21 Register for Senior Calypso Competition

POND ISLAND, Festival Village - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has received 21 registrants for the Senior Calypso Competition for Carnival 2015. These 21 singers will participate in the Senior Calypso Eliminations on Saturday March 28 to determine who will eventually compete in the finals in an attempt to dethrone the reigning Senior Calypso Monarch Ruminni “The Protégé” Rogers. Only 10 will go through to the finals.

This year there are also three new female singers to the competition, finally relieving Roxxy of the “only-woman” label in the competition. She will be joined by former Calypso Queen Lady Tiffany, Morenika Charles-Arrindell and Zhaira “Zee” Richardson. The four ladies will be going up against the veterans of calypso.

Namely: Baker Jr, King Beau Beau, Mighty Pepper, Mighty Barrow, Mighty Chipman, Mighty Dando, Mighty Carlix, D-Monitor, Genius, Repeater, Fish Da Mega Boss, Kitty Boy, Kaiso Brat, Lord Cheise, King Fox and X-rey. Also competing for the first time in the seniors this year is Rumari “The Messenger” Rogers. (SCDF) 


Minister Richardson: Language is no blockade in passing Timeshare legislation

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson on Thursday stressed that Parliament should proceed with urgency in establishing Timeshare protection legislation, "this should be done forthwith," the Minister said.

Minister Richardson, speaking in Parliament during the budget debate, explained to Parliament that the Council of Advice objection that the draft law should be written in Dutch, should not be looked at as a blockade to establishing the law.

He said as St. Maarten has two official languages, Dutch and English, Parliament can handle and pass the law in English and have it translated into Dutch later on.

"I recommend that the problems signaled by the Council of Advice be addressed content wise and the law handled forthwith given the damage done to our country with the law not being in place (to protect Timeshare owners)," the Minister said. (Press Secretariat, Government of Sint Maarten Council of Ministers)



SIMPSON BAY– Island 92 (91.9) FM Radio today announced “The L.A. Lloyd Rock Countdown” will premiere this Sunday, February 1stat noon to 3pm, as a new addition to theSundayprogram line-up.

The LA Lloyd Rock Countdown is a weekly syndicated radio program featuring music, interviews and discussion from the rock world.  The program is heard on nearly 40 radio stations across the US and many Internet-only radio stations. The Rock Countdown Online Broadcast is heard daily in nearly 200 US cities and over 60 countries globally.


“We are so excited to welcome L.A. Lloyd and the L.A. Lloyd Rock Countdown to ourSundayline-up”, said Island 92 Managing Director Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin.  “This is an amazing opportunity to bring the freshest new music and in depth interviews with rock bands from around the globe, right here to St. Maarten.  L.A. Lloyd himself has a great voice and decades of experience, which translate into a truly cutting edge first class show.  So please tune in on Sundays fromnoon to 3pmand check out the L.A. Lloyd Rock Countdown!”


L.A. Lloyd stated, “WOW, working with Island 92 is really an honor, this is our first time breaking into the Caribbean market and we couldn’t be happier. To say the Rock Countdown is a dream come true is an understatement.  If someone had told me when I was a kid that I would be interviewing the BIGGEST rock bands in the world, I would have just simply laughed.  And now, I can legitimately take work related trips with the wife and kids to the friendly island of St. Maarten.  I can’t wait to meet the new listeners!”


The L.A. Lloyd Rock Radio Countdown will bring St. Maarten interviews and music, the likes of Metallica, Disturbed, Godsmack, Nickelback, Staind, Kid Rock, Foo Fighters Shinedown and hundreds of bands who are all laughing with LA Lloyd each and every week when they co-host the show. (Island 92)

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