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Minister Lake says in new Governing Period Monies Need to be reserved for Job Creation

PHILIPSBURG – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake says the nation’s youth need a ‘kick-start’ program and for the new governing term of four years, he will pursue such a program that entails creating jobs for the nation’s youth.

“Why we can't put money on our budget for economic job creation for our young people to educate and train them to be local entrepreneurs?  If we can put Naf. 40 million into completing the government building to pay out RGM, then we should be able to find money to help our youth thrive and live a sustainable life.

“Why we can't take Naf. 20 million and invest into our young people in order to move this country socially forward? We need to set our priorities straight and take things back to basics to move this country forward. 

“In my back to basics approach, I champion agriculture, a sewing center and now local entrepreneurship to facilitate new business development.  Government could also offer incentives to the business sector to create work for our youth. For the new governing term I will be promoting this initiative.

“Our unemployment rate is very high among our young people and all they want is a chance and we are not focusing and training them to move forward.


“Let's invest in our youths and create jobs and opportunities for them.  All they are looking for is a chance to feel that they are part of our nation building,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Thursday.
 
Minister Lake says he applauds the University of St. Martin (USM) with their initiative, a pre-USM program to bridge the gap for Sundial, PSVE, and other high school institutions, which allows these young people to continue fulfilling their educational dream. 

“Government and the private sector should invest more into the University of higher learning where they can train and develop the nation’s young people, and offer adult education courses to the community in order to update the knowledge and skills of current employees.
 
“As Minister of VROMI within the short timeframe that I have served, I tried my best to create as many jobs within my ministry by hiring young people and they did a fantastic job.  They took pride and kept their districts clean. Government as a whole can do a lot more for our young people, and stop the talk and invest in them,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake concluded.

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MPs should champion our culture, says Rhoda Arrindell

GREAT BAY - “Parliamentarians should be great champions of our nation’s culture,” said educator and author Dr. Rhoda Arrindell.

“Having a modern Performing Arts Center for our culture to be presented in creative and dynamic ways or on a grand scale by our singers, kaisonians, musicians, dancers, gymnasts, capoeiria and other martial arts students and masters, as well as by our playwrights, actors, painters and plastic artists, moviemakers and videographers, poets, rappers, and other spoken word artists, and for the enjoyment and inspiration of our people and our visitors, is definitely an area that I would champion in Parliament,” said Arrindell.

“The Performing Arts Center illustration that the UP party has made public, is a ready part of the vision of my party leader Theo Heyliger, which I wholeheartedly subscribe to,” said Arrindell, who is the #14 UP candidate for the parliamentary election of August 29, 2014.

“Part of the parliamentarian’s job is to do his or her part for that vision to become a reality, by passing the laws that would translate election promises into reality in the form of buildings, jobs and new career and business opportunities, and in services with dignity for our people,” said Arrindell.

Arrindell was herself successful with two cornerstone nation-building legislations in the areas of culture and education during her term as the UP Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs between October 2010 and May 2012. 

“It took both leadership and team work within the ministry, the Council of Ministers and Parliament, with researchers, legal people, labor leaders, cultural workers, educators and administrators, and a range of other stakeholders, to make July 1 Emancipation Day a public holiday and to secure St. Martin’s associate membership in UNESCO,” said Arrindell, who holds a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Puerto Rico. 

Dr. Arrindell’s newest book Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin was published here last June by House of Nehesi Publishers.

More about Rhoda Arrindell

As a linguist and educator with over 25 years in cultural, education, and sports activities and organization, Arrindell also holds a Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands. Her propaedeuse (pre-law) diploma is from the University of the Netherlands Antilles.

Between 1994 and 2008, Arrindell was the coordinator for Turning Point, a drug rehabilitation foundation, an editor for The Progressive, copy editor for The Chronicle, and editor of EnviroNews magazine. She formerly headed the Humanities Division of the University of St. Martin and was an instructor of English Composition, Caribbean Literature, and Elements of Literature.

Arrindell has co-authored chapters in Agency in the Emergence of Creole Languages edited by Dr. Nicholas Faraclas and is the editor of Brother Rich ... , Creative Writing in St. Martin.

Arrindell regularly presents scholarly papers on linguistics and St. Martin literature at regional and international conferences. Since 2012, the mother of two has worked as an education consultant; and a volunteer instructor for adult literacy and the GED. She also manages the United Volleyball Club program.

Dr. Rhoda Arrindell recently completed her term as the project manager at the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) in Cay Hill.

At NIPA she was responsible for the transition of the old SBO programs into the new educational programming at NIPA.

Dr. Arrindell also assisted the NIPA director and Board of Directors in preparing the school and its programs for recognition as a vocational education college by the Minister of Education.

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WIB volunteers help clean & beautify SXM’s ZOO

MADAME ESTATE - On Saturday August 9, 2014 The Windward Islands Bank employees, family members and friends volunteered their services to help clean and beautify the St. Maarten Zoo.

From 7:00 a.m. the cleaning started with the cutting, raking & shoveling of leaves, branches and old wood out of the zoo area and into three large bins that were sponsored by Meadowlands garbage services.

Manager Marketing & Public Relations Ferdinand Beauperthuy stated that it was a wonderful experience working together to do something positive for the only zoo on the Island.  “Together we were able to clean most areas that will attract future visitors back to the Zoo.   The experience of working next to various colleagues and non-colleagues was priceless: Beauperthuy said.

During the break, the volunteers were treated six Dominator Pizzas that were sponsored by Dominos Pizza.

We would like to encourage everyone to visit the Zoo, invite friends and family to help keep St. Maarten ZOO alive; the Bank stated in a press release.

A second Clean & Beautification for phase II area is schedule for August 23, 2014 from 7 am to 1pm.  Interested volunteers are asked to walk with gloves and help to clean up the ZOO. 

Come one come all and keep St. Maarten Zoo alive.

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Rhoda Arrindell takes new book to senior citizens

GREAT BAY - On Monday, Rhoda Arrindell took her new book on the island’s culture and identity to folks that researchers like to call “primary sources.” The senior citizens of the Home Away from Home foundation welcomed Dr. Arrindell and her bookLanguage, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin during their recreational meeting here at John Larmonie Center.

“The information in the book came from you, the St. Martin people,” said Arrindell to the attentive older heads. The 240-page book is based on Arindell’s Ph.D. study, which she completed at the University of Puerto Rico. Photo: Educator/author Rhoda Arrindell (R) with Home Away from Home members. (CLF photo)  

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Heyliger: I will deliver a medical facility St. Maarten deserves

CAY HILL – Leader of the United People’s (UP) Party Hon. Member of Parliament Theo Heylger says he will deliver a medical facility that the country deserves.  “Due to the lack of various medical equipment and various medical specialist disciplines or continuous medical specialist care for certain medical specialist disciplines, our people have to travel abroad to different countries for various medical investigations and expertise.

“This situation is not only putting a great strain on the SZV medical funds but is also causing delay in the acquisition of the professional help our patients need which leads to deterioration of their health before they actually are able to acquire the required services abroad.

“The medical referral system is cumbersome, time consuming and puts extra stress on the already ill patient which sometimes may lead to deterioration of their health before they can get to see the medical specialist abroad.

“We have the leadership and we have the relevant medical expertise in our party to help us accomplish our goals and objectives for the SMMC as a new regional medical center of world class medical expertise.

“This is our sincere pledge and commitment to all people of St. Maarten. The time has come for St. Maarten to move beyond containment with the provision of quality health care for our people. “

The Plan:

1. Expanding, modernizing, and fully equipping SMMC with state-of-the-art medical equipment. Additionally, establish a private wing to The SMMC to render medical services for patients of our surrounding Caribbean Islands. The funds to do this advanced plan for the SMMC can be obtained from the SZV, the APS and also from private investment (for example a medical Tourism Group which will like to locally establish itself in St. Maarten).

2. In collaboration with management of the SMMC to establish a comprehensive working relationship with tertiary university medical centers and hospitals in the Dominican Republic & Colombia or a Medical Tourism Group locally whereby we will have the Medical Specialists which we need (and don't have at present) rotate on a weekly basis to the SMMC to render advanced Medical Specialist service not only to our inhabitants in St. Maarten but also inhabitants to the neighboring Caribbean Islands.

We will move from current concept of “ill patient going to the doctor (abroad) to doctor now coming to give the ill patient services in his/her local environment.

The Benefits

1. The SMMC will now get part of the money previously sent abroad for overseas medical referrals as the rotating specialists will provide that deficient service in the extended renovated and equipped new SMMC. This safeguards the quality of health care that the SMMC can continue to offer as it revenues will grow.

2. The SZV will save money as there are no more purchasing of airline tickets for patients and accompanying relatives, no daily allowance for the referred patients and the Air Ambulance Emergency Medical Evacuations (currently ranging between US $25,000 to US $35,000 ) will be greatly reduced to about 10 percent or even completely eradicated.

3. Our patients will now be treated in their environment which ensures better convalescence as they will be recovering in an atmosphere with no foreign language barriers and our patients will be able to see their relatives and friends on a daily basis.

4. With the Transformation of the SMMC into a Regional World Class Medical Center in The North Eastern Caribbean, The newly transformed SMMC will render economic growth as the tourism sector and other related aspects of our economy will benefit from the influx of people coming from the surrounding islands to seek professional Medical Expertise in our transformed SMMC in a Center of Medical Specialist Excellence.

5. As there will be an increased need for nurses and other paramedical professionals we will have to work in close collaboration with our Secondary Schools and the SMMC to establish the SMMC as a training institution for nurses and in so doing have a regular supply of students to this institution to ensure we have the nursing staff at hand for the increased demand that will flow from the transformation of the SMMC. This creates employment opportunities for our students as well. (Contributed by the UP Party, Leader Theo Heyliger)

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Man Shot in Cole Bay, Police Investigating Circumstances

COLE BAY – A man was shot on Sunday night on Well Road in the residential district of Cole Bay.  Circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear at this time, but a Police report is expected to be released later today, Monday, August 11.

According to preliminary reports, the man is from Curacao descent and either owns or operates a car wash in the vicinity of his home.

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The USp hosts General Public meeting Wednesday August 13

GREAT BAY - The United St. Maarten Party will be hosting a general public meeting this Wednesday on the Pondfill Road, next to Jimmy’s Barbeque at 8pm and is inviting its supporters and the general public to come out be part of this informative session.

“Come out hear their views and ideas, meet the candidates and leader in person and hear their vision for the future of St. Maarten,” President of the USp; Cecil Nicholas said. “We will be discussing the issues that are affecting the citizens of this country.”

Nicholas also pointed out that the current government coalition partners; namely the Democratic Party (DP) and United People’s Party (UP) have failed St. Maarten and its people miserably. “They continue to point the fingers at each other, each blaming the other for their failed performances as leaders,” the statement said. “These career politicians continue to keep their heads buried in the sand, while the quality of life of the people continue to deteriorate. Change they say, but how can they be about change when they have been in power for four (4) years with nothing to show but an unbalanced approach to governing that has left the people three steps behind and completely outside the circle of benefits and progress that St. Maarten has made over the years.”

This meeting, Nicholas says will give voters the perfect opportunity to pose their questions, air their concerns and also give their ideas on the direction they would to see St. Maarten go. “We believe that the right to vote is a privilege and voters should be properly informed before casting their vote and not tricked or coerced into doing so,” he said. “All are invited, all are welcomed.” (Contributed by the US Party)

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iLandGrub.com Latest Country Online Crave Signs Its First Restaurant Partner

PHILIPSBURG - iLandGrub.com, a locally owned website offering an online ordering platform for Caribbean restaurants, has officially signed up Jan’s Kitchen as its first restaurant partner to utilize its service.

“I chose iLandGrub because the marketing strategy is appealing and aligns with our goals” stated Darean Peters, manager of Jan’s Kitchen. “I also expect not only our restaurant to grow rapidly, but iLandGrub as well”. Darean continued to say that “other restaurants would definitely benefit from the online community and visibility. Also, the possibility to attract new customers via shared marketing efforts by iLandGrub.com on a local and regional scale”. Since the launch of its final beta stage in January of 2014, iLandGrub has been able to attract over 12,000 Facebook and Twitter followers across the Caribbean that are all eagerly waiting to utilize the service.

Technology has been the driving force in all aspects of business worldwide and iLandGrub’s online ordering tool will provide Caribbean restaurants with the opportunity to venture into the world of online sales and allow restaurant partners to expand their service to customers from a technological standpoint. Although iLandGrub will currently be servicing delivery restaurants only, restaurants offering takeout will also be able to utilize the service very soon enabling restaurants of all sizes to reap the benefits of online ordering.

“We are excited to officially have Jan’s Kitchen signed up and look forward to contributing to the growth of as many restaurants as possible in St. Maarten and throughout the Caribbean. Jan’s Kitchen is the perfect fit for our platform. Great local food at very affordable prices for the everyday person. Who wouldn’t want to be able sit on their couch and have crabback or curry chicken delivered to their door?” stated Meade, founder of the ambitious young startup.

Hungry users will be able to browse delivery restaurants serving their area via their computers, tablets, and smartphones. Benefits of online ordering in comparison to ordering by phone, besides the obvious saving of call credit, includes being able to scan an area for a variety of restaurants, track orders placed via the site, and receive SMS updates about the status of an order. “This is a great opportunity for the tech-savvy community in St. Maarten and other Caribbean islands to take advantage of the unbeatable convenience of ordering online which has been dominant and standard in many countries worldwide” stated Lindo, co-founder of iLandGrub. “St. Maarten has over 400 restaurants, all serving great food. Yet the average person who's looking for something new, goes through the time consuming process of searching via different ways for restaurants. At iLandGrub.com, we plan to make ordering from restaurants way more efficient”.

iLandGrub.com was founded by Duane Meade (24) in 2013, bringing on board Jaine Lindo (23) and Constantijn Asamoah (26) as co-founders in early 2014. Both Meade and Lindo grew up in St. Maarten and attended St. Dominic High School and Milton Peters College. You can keep track of new restaurants that are added to iLandGrub and any updates by visiting the website www.ilandgrub.com. (Contributed by iLandGrub)

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Ministry of Public Health Surveillance Unit Prepares to Inform Physicians on Ebola

GREAT BAY – The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa poses a low risk for the Caribbean.  There are no cases of Ebola in the Caribbean.  Regional public health agencies have been told to continue to monitor the situation and be pro-active in preparing in the event the situation should change.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), discussed with regional health authorities on Thursday and Friday about the threat of Ebola with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

The level of risk may change as new information becomes available.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern with respect to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that is in the States of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Ministry VSA Surveillance Unit (SU) is actively following the situation in West Africa and is in constant communication with Dutch, Regional and International Public Health Authorities.

Ministry VSA SU is currently preparing notices for physicians to ensure that clinical staff are alert as to the symptoms and signs that they should be looking for, to take a travel history, and that they practice appropriate, evidence-based infection prevention and control procedures at all times.

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
This EVD outbreak has a fatality rate of 54%.  Early intervention is having a positive result on mortality as it used to be 90%.

EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter was in a village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.
Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.
Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.

For further information you should consult with your family physician or call CPS at telephone number: 542-3553, 542-2078.

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Toastmasters hold Executive Club Officers Training Program

PHILIPSBURG - On July 29th 2014, Toastmasters of St. Maarten, District 81 – Area 26 under the leadership of Area Governor Donna Morrison-Wilson held part 1 of its Executive Club Officers Training Program. This training was held in order to give the executive officers of Area 26, the necessary tools needed in executing their tasks for the toastmaster year 2014/2015.

The club’s trained were the Disciples Toastmasters Club, Philipsburg Toastmasters Club and Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club. The facilitators were DTM Rolando Tobias, Advance Communicator Silver Donna Morrison-Wilson (AG) and Advance Communicator Bronze Joy Arnell. Topics covered were “Creating a Quality Club”, “Club Officers Roles” and “Leading the Club to Success.”

The participants were grouped to brainstorm on various topics during this very important training, which is mandatory by the Toastmasters International Organization and must be conducted twice during the toastmaster year. Many indicated that it was a valuable learning experience.

Toasmasterster of the evening was Assistant Area Governor Education and Training, Leona Arnell-Gibs, and closing and vote of thanks was done by Area Secretary, Linette Gibs.

The newly trained Officers are now equipped and prepared to lead their clubs to the recognized, President Distinguished status which is the highest that can be achieved by any clubs by the end of the toastmaster year June, 2015.               

Toastmasters International is the world leader in communication and leadership development. For more information feel free to visit www.caribbeantoastmasters.com or www.toastmasters.org.

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