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NAGICO Little Stars Program recognizes six outstanding students from the MAC School

GREAT BAY - On Tuesday, NAGICO Insurances; awarded six (6) students with a one year scholarship, from the Methodist Agogic Center MAC (Reverend John A Gumbs Campus located in Betty's Estate) under the NAGICO Little Stars Educational Program.

The students were the top achievers and overall the most outstanding students in their respective groups, ranging from groups 1-6 and were rewarded with a full scholarship for the next school year to cover their tuition, book list and school uniforms.

"We are very proud at NAGICO to be able to reward these students for their hard work throughout the school year," Lisa Brown, Marketing Manager of NAGICO Insurances said.

"At the beginning of the school year last August, we challenged the students that if they were able to work hard and remain consistent, not only in their academic studies but also in their attendance and overall behavior in school, we would reward the top student from each group a full scholarship for the next school year and we are very proud that we are now able to make good on this promise."

The 2016 NAGICO Little Stars students are: Kelci Jeffers- Group 3A, Sarah Naawu- Group 4A, Nikhilesh Raghubir- Group 5A, Matthew Chand - Group 6B, Tyrina Dorsette – Group 7A and Jamie Lynch – Group 8B.

Proud parents and teachers who gathered at the school's campus to witness the small ceremony cheered loudly and thanked NAGICO for providing this opportunity to students."We want to say a big thank you to NAGICO for choosing the MAC school to host this project," Mr. Nelson Higgs, the acting Principal said in his Vote of Thanks. "We are very proud of our students and we hope that this will encourage them to work even harder next year."

The NAGICO Little Stars Educational Program which is in its second year running featured the Dr. Martin Luther King School last year. According Brown, the program will continue next year and the chosen school will be announced soon.

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Rotary Mid Isle closes year with donations to various organizations

COLE BAY - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle, under the leadership of President David Antrobus, is ending the 2015/2016 Rotary year with a number of donations to various organizations on the island.

Recipients of donations were the Love of Kids Foundation, the Diabetes Foundation, The Alzheimer Foundation and the Tom Burnett afternoon school program. All organizations will use the funds to help with their programs. 
The mission of Love of Kids is to act as a home base through which Caribbean children with
learning challenges are enabled to learn and compete on an equal footing with others.

The Diabetes Foundation offers awareness for diabetes in the community and does regular testing on Saturdays at various locations. Mid Isle is a regular supporter of this organization.

The Alzheimer foundation brings awareness to the community on dementia and Alzheimer decease.

Coach Tom Burnett's afternoon school program assists children with homework, linking their academics with baseball training. This year The Burnett's are taking children from their program to Canada for the summer where they will have the opportunity to visit among others the Niagra Falls. They will also go to see a Toronto Blue Jays game. Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle will cover the airfare for two children to make the trip.

The present board hopes to award a few more organizations with donations before the start of the new Rotary year on July 1, 2016. All other organizations who have come into consideration will receive funds for projects in the 2016/2017 Rotary year.

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Luxury tumbler for Education personnel Caribbean Netherlands

SABA (Caribbean Netherlands) - In the course of last week the department of OCW within the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) offered a luxury tumbler to all personnel from the elementary schools, the Saba Comprehensive School (secondary education), Foundation FORMA and Saba Reach Foundation (Social Opportunity Programs for youth on Bonaire and Saba), and ECE and EC2 (education care on St. Eustatius and Saba).

With this gesture RCN/OCW thanks the education personnel in the Caribbean Netherlands from the above mentioned institutions, for their dedication in the past five years, which resulted in reaching the basic quality level.  

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In wake of UK vote to leave EU, Ban says UN to continue to work with both 'important partners'

INTERNATIONAL – Following the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN looks forward to continuing to work with both “important partners.”

“The Secretary-General expects the European Union to continue to be a solid partner for the United Nations on development and humanitarian issues, as well as peace and security, including migration. He also expects that the United Kingdom will continue to exercise its leadership in many areas, including international development. He very much hopes that this will continue,” said a statement released by the office of Mr. Ban's spokesperson.

“When we work together, we are stronger,” the statement also said.

In the statement, the Secretary-General said he has closely followed discussions surrounding the referendum in the UK, and that the vote to leave the EU came at the end of “intensive deliberations and rich discussions,” not just in the UK, but across Europe.

“Now, as the United Kingdom and other EU Member States embark on the process of charting a way forward, the Secretary-General trusts in Europe's well-proven history of pragmatism and common responsibility in the interest of European citizens,” the statement said.

“At the UN, we look forward to continuing our work with the United Kingdom and the European Union – both important partners,” the Secretary-General also said in the statement.

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Dutch Military participates in HUREX 2016 Exercise

PHILIPSBURG – The Dutch military took part in Hurricane Exercise 2016 (HUREX 2016) this week. 

HUREX takes place on an annual basis and includes the 10 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) from the country’s Disaster Management Organization along with the Dutch military detachment based on the island.

The exercise allows all relevant government agencies along with the military to familiarize themselves with operational protocols in the event of a disaster and in this case a hurricane.

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UP Welcomes PPA to political process for September 2016 parliamentary elections

PHILIPSBURG – The United People's Party (UP) Board President Sylvia Meyers, would like to congratulate the People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) Drs. Gracita Arrindell for joining the political process in order to participate in the September 2016 parliamentary elections.

Meyers added that Arrindell was a member of the UP and ran with the party twice as the #2 candidate on the party slate, and on both occasions the former Member of Parliament lacked in votes to justify the position that she was given such as the first President of the Parliament of Sint Maarten.

“This is not a lack of leadership as brought forward by Arrindell during her press conference that the UP is lacking, far from it, it was about putting the best people in the top positions to run our country.  The UP is about opportunity for the people along with the improvement in the quality of life of all the people, and not just a few. 

“The unfortunate insinuations and mudslinging by the PPA lacks any substance.  The UP Party leader Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger, has displayed leadership throughout his political career, and with the most recent being, putting together a two-thirds majority in parliament of 10-seats in order to provide a stable government for the people of the country to prosper.

“However unfortunately, there were those who decided to take another path and the 10-seat two-thirds majority became history.  The UP Party remains committed to the people of the country, and the people are well aware of who turned their backs on them and Sint Maarten, and will decide their fate at the September polls.

“The board takes this opportunity to wish the PPA and Arrindell much success in the upcoming poll,” the board of the United People’s Party (UP) said in a press release on Wednesday.

The UP Board and leadership meet on a consistent basis to ensure the ongoing concerns of the populous remains at the forefront within the House of Parliament.

“Like Member of Parliament Maurice Lake, we trust Ms. Arrindell would settle her membership dues to the party,” the UP board concluded.

UP Party President Meyers reminds the UP party membership and sympathizers about the party’s Congress for the re-election of the party board which will take place on Saturday, June 25 at the Belair Community Center.

Registration for new UP members and current members will begin at 4.30pm.

The highlight of the evening will be the election of the UP President and the UP Party Board.

Leader of the UP Party Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger will be addressing the membership.

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WIN EMPOWERING WOMEN TO PURSUE DEGREES AT USM

POND ISLAND - On Thursday June 16, 2016 (SCELL), The University of St. Martin’s (USM) School of Continuing Education & Life-Long Learning supported  Women’s Island Network (WIN), founded by SCELL with their “Denim and Diamond” Scholarship Drive  at Rhythm & Booze, in Simpson Bay.  

WIN’s goal for the event was to provide attendees with an enlightening mix and mingle and focus on assisting the women of St. Maarten with pursuing higher education opportunities at USM/UVI.  The event was a big success, WIN raised donations for scholarships.    

WIN wholeheartedly believes that every woman should feel empowered to further their education. In addition, the women of WIN utilizes their platform and all their events to act as agents and advocates of Gender Equality, to ensure professional opportunities for women are available and are presented on an equal playing field.   

Females ages 18-45 who are interested in applying for a WIN scholarship, may apply online at http://scell.usmonline.onl/index.php/memberships/win. The Deadline date for applications is July 30th.

WIN would like to thank Rhythm & Booze and their patrons for supporting this initiative, by hosting this event. If you would like to be a sponsor in sending a female back to school, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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FBE Scholarship in the Battle of the Fittest from Together We Can Foundation goes to Thameliz Charles

PHILIPSBURG - Battle of the Fittest through the Together We Can Foundation started the FBE scholarship last year to support talented students to get higher education and help them graduate from high school with outstanding scores.

The vision of Battle of The Fittest is not only to bring back the love for basketball and have basketball in St. Maarten known on an international level but also to give back to the community in awarding academic excellence. The aim is to assist all Valedictorians of the public schools in the future.

The purpose of this scholarship is to give students, particularly those in the public sector an equal opportunity to succeed. Helping high-ability students with financial need fulfill their potential has significant implications for the social mobility among St. Maarten’s lower-income families.

Once the students enter high school and have the support they need to succeed academically, the financial support and a happy home, will all be contributing factors for students entering or having the ability to enter top colleges and universities. This will help minimize inequality in St. Maarten, contribute to our economic growth as well as a safer country and better chances for our youth.

The longer students stay in school; the less likely they are to get into trouble with the law or otherwise. That’s a repudiation of the society we live in, and Battle of the Fittest is determined to do everything we can to turn that around. However, I also encourage you the parents to contribute to your child’s success. As a parent, there is no better investment than the investment of time for your child. A student’s financial background or lack of parental guidance and support should not be the reason they fail! So let us do this together, do not only depend on Government or Foundations, but remember your child’s success starts at home.

Graduates I would like to leave you with this, most of the times the people around you, teachers, parents tell you to shoot for the star, the sky is the limit, well, I tell you to shoot beyond the star because the sky is not the limit.

In addition to the scholarship, the recipient will also win a laptop and $100 gift certificate from Office World. 

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Overdue maintenance national monuments addressed

ST. EUSTATIUS (Caribbean Netherlands) - The Central Government Real Estate Agency is addressing overdue major repairs to a number of historic buildings in St. Eustatius related to safety and the historic face of the center of Oranjestad. In phase 1, the buildings where the Government Guest House, Voges House and the property in the fort where the "Tourist Office" is situated will be tackled first.

In order to restore the historic buildings on the island to good condition the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations is making available the financial resources to carry out the necessary work in phase 1 in order to prevent further deterioration of the buildings and to ensure a safe use for visitors and users.

In the preparation and implementation, on the intercession of the Ministry and the Kingdom Representative, the utmost use will be made of the knowledge and skills of on St. Eustatius locally available technical installation consultants, construction companies and agencies. In the procedure is provided that local contractors and installation firms are invited to submit a competitive bid. The project management will be carried out by the Central Government Real Estate Agency.

The implementation of the project will commence in the 3rd quarter of 2016 and will be completed at the end of the 3rd quarter of 2017. The Central Government is herewith investing in preserving the historic buildings of Oranjestad Statia, the economic development of the island and the tourism appeal. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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Writers, Teachers and Assistant professors on Saint Martin/Sint Maarten urged to submit papers to ICCL Conference 2016

POND ISLAND - From November 2nd to 4th, the University of St. Martin (USM) will host in collaboration with the Morehouse College, the International Conference on Caribbean Literature, a renowned academic forum, aimed at critically presenting and discussing the literature and the culture of the Caribbean region and St. Maarten in particular. The theme this year is: “Ode to Saint Martin/Sint Maarten: Addressing the Longing to Belong in a Multicultural Milieu,” in particular as well as to Caribbean literature and culture more generally.

President of USM Dr. Francio Guadeloupe and the ICCL 2016 Organizing Committee invites all from the artistic and academic community of St. Maarten/Sint Martin to submit individual and panel proposals and abstracts of no more than 250-words (.pdf or .docx files) no later than Friday 1st July 2016.

All submissions must be sent to: Dr. Melvin Rahming: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Dr. Leah Creque:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Rami Blair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Papers may be delivered in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, or Papiamento. At the time of submission, presenters should note whether they will require A/V equipment. For updates, check the conference website: www.icclconference.org

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