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Expansion of Liseo Boneriano has been launched

BONAIRE - The execution of the ‘Expansion of Liseo Boneriano’ construction project in the Hato neighbourhood on Bonaire was officially launched with a joint photo opportunity near the construction billboard. 

The existing school complex on Kaya Amsterdam, Bonaire, currently comprises two building sections and a square. This now will be expanded by another two building sections and a roofed courtyard.

The new building sections are scheduled to be put into service at the start of the 2018/2019 academic year. After completion of the new building sections all MAVO, HAVO and VWO students will be housed at one location.

The vmbo, mbo and PrO programmes of the Scholen Gemeenschap Bonaire [SGB] will continue to be housed on Kaya Korona. The hired contractor has already started the first activities. A three-dimensional impression of the design can be inspected on the architect's website www.atelierpro/nl, under projects.

The realisation of this building project is part of the educational buildings plan for Bonaire, which is co-financed by the Public Entity Bonaire and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science [Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, hereafter referred to as OCW].

The Central Government Real Estate Agency coordinates the execution of the different projects which are part of this plan, on behalf of the Public Entity Bonaire and OCW.

The design is by the architect combination Jacobs Architekten from Bonaire and Atelier PRO from the Netherlands. The expansion of Liseo Boneriano is constructed by the contractor VOF, BonNed – Haafkes from Bonaire, under the direction of Jacobs Architekten.

By now this is the second educational buildings project for the SGB; the reconstruction of the sports gyms at Kaya Korona was launched earlier, in December 2016. Other planned accommodation projects for the SGB are the renovation / new building construction for the vmbo, mbo and PrO programmes on Kaya Korona.

Educational buildings projects which were realised earlier on Bonaire include the renovation of the San Bernardo School in 2014, the new building construction for the Strea Briante (formerly Watapana) School and the new building construction for Skol Amplio Papa Cornes. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)


More Movement for the Elderly this Friday at I & I Fitness

COLE BAY, (DCOMM) – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, April 28. 

Senior citizens are invited to I & I Fitness which is located on Welfare road (behind the I-Store in Cole Bay) for More Movement for the Elderly Fitness.

To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Older adults aged 60 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily.

The activity has been organized and coordinated over a one-year period by Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF), Windward Islands Physical Therapist Association (WIPTA) and I&I Fitness.

The Friday activity is being coordinated by I & I Fitness from 3.00PM to 3.45PM at the aforementioned address.

It's recommended that adults aged 60 or older do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Some activity, however light, is better for your health than none at all.


TelEm Offices Closed During Upcoming Holidays

POND ISLAND – TelEm Group of Companies wishes to hereby inform the general public that its offices will be closed during the following public holidays:

Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Kings Day) - Closed

Friday, April 28, 2017- Closed

Monday, May 1, 2017 (Labor Day) - Closed

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (2nd Carnival Day Parade) - Closed

All TelEm offices will reopen on Wednesday May 3, 2017 at 7:30 am.

The Management and staff of TelEm Group of companies wish all happy holidays and a safe and wonderful carnival celebration.


Man arrested for Ill Treatment with a 2x4

ST. PETERS - Friday, April 21 at 11:20pm the Central Dispatch Center received a call for assistance. The Police patrol and ambulance were sent to Lime Road, in St. Peters, where a man seriously injured another man with a piece of 2x4 lumber during an altercation.

When the patrol arrived, they found the victim unconscious on the ground. He was then transported by ambulance to the St. Maarten Medical Center where he remained for further treatment. The suspect with initials R.G.M. was arrested on the spot. 

The weapon was later confiscated by the detective department and the investigation is ongoing to determine what exactly happened. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


BKCN instructors receive training in airplane firefighting techniques

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - On Wednesday April 12th the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department [Brandweerkorps Caribisch Nederland, hereafter referred to as BKCN] held an airplane firefighting training exercise on the grounds of Bonaire International Airport (BIA).

BKCN is not only responsible for regular firefighting duties but also for airplane firefighting on all three islands (Ed including Saba and St. Eustatius). The training exercise was an in-service training in the field of airplane firefighting and was intended for all BKCN instructors. The instructors therefore are able to give other colleagues within the department in-service training.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) applies very strict rules and requirements which the fire department must observe. It was a realistic training exercise with fire and smoke in an airplane during evening hours.

These exercises took place on the grounds of BIA where a training object has been constructed from containers and other materials to imitate the fuselage of an airplane. There are two different mock-up cabins on the inside; one of a smaller airplane with one aisle and one of a larger airplane with two aisles.

In case of an airplane fire it is important for the fire department to turn out and reach the fire within three minutes and to create a survivable situation as soon as possible in order to save as many human lives as possible.

Four shift leaders and three officers of service from Bonaire, and one shift leader and two firemen from St. Eustatius participated in this physically demanding training exercise.

A total of 10 participants and three fire engines were deployed. The training exercise was organized by BKCN instructor Ab Hoek and Sergeant Majoor Frank Koenders, airplane firefighting instructor of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, in collaboration with the firefighting training institute BOGO.

The airplane firefighting training exercise for instructors lasted nine days, of which one day was devoted to theory and the remaining days were practical days.

During the simulation, emphasis was also placed on cooperation with other services, such as Red Cross, Ambulance, Police and the KMar. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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All-new 2018 Mazda CX-9 introduced at Caribbean Auto

COLE BAY - Caribbean Auto has introduced the all-new 2018 Mazda CX-9, a stylish large-sized, three-row crossover SUV that caters to families with seating for seven passengers. The vehicles are now available in various colours at its showroom in Cole Bay.

The destination possibilities are endless, thanks to CX-9’s all-weather capability from its optional predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive and class-leading fuel-efficiency. The CX-9 provides a premium driving and passenger experience, courtesy of an all new award-winning SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbo engine that delivers excellent performance in everyday driving scenarios and an interior cabin that is pleasing to the sight and touch.

After being named as a finalist for the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, the Mazda CX-9 further earned commendations as a finalist for both 2017 World Car of the Year and 2017 World Car Design of the Year, helping Mazda earn top spots on both World Car lists for the second year in a row.

When the Mazda CX-9 made its world debut back in 2006, it was an epiphany: a midsize three-row crossover SUV that defied the conventional design cues and cumbersome driving experience expected of vehicles in its class.

The CX-9 quickly captivated the automotive industry, winning numerous accolades, including the 2008 North American Truck of the Year as voted on by media from across the U.S. and Canada.

The latest, grandest expression of ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design resides in the CX-9, representing the flagship of Mazda’s current-generation line-up. It has a proud front fascia that cascades into crisp lines that flow to the rear greets drivers and passengers, ready to take on the world.

The Mazda CX-9 interior is beyond breath-taking, with available black or beige Nappa leather seats and aluminum trim exclusive to the Grand Touring, top-tier trim level. The focus for CX-9 continues to be authenticity, an experience rather than simply another commodity conveyance.

When developing the second-generation CX-9, engineers sought to instil driving dynamics befitting of a Mazda ¬– agile handling, tight steering and a responsive, controllable powertrain.

To do this, they found smart solutions to keep the CX-9’s structure light, yet rigid, with SKYACTIV Technology. Engineers developed a new turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine that delivers instant throttle response, class-leading torque and best-in-class EPA combined fuel economy. All models carried by Caribbean Auto will have i-ACTIV AWD.

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King’s Day set to be chilly and wet, but there may be some sun

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The annual May holidays, which actually start on Monday, are set to be the coldest on record, website Weerplaza said on Friday.

The chilly weather predicted for the last week of April means temperatures are set to average between seven and 7.5 degrees Celsius, well below the previous record of an average 8.7 degrees booked in 2010.

Rain is also likely on some days, including on King’s Day which is celebrated on April 27, weather forecasters say.

The KNMI, for example, says there is a 90% chance of rain on King’s Day, but there is also a 70% chance of some sun. The KNMI long-range forecast says the chilly weather with sunny spells and showers will continue well into May. (DutchNews)


Attempted murder suspect arrested

ST. PETERS - On the April 19, while on regular patrol in St. Peters, police identified suspect L.D.B. from Jamaica who had a warrant for his arrest for attempted murder of his girlfriend.

The man was arrested and brought to the station. The investigation is ongoing. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Presentation of customs dogs on Bonaire

BONAIRE - On Thursday, April 20th, the Customs / Tax Office Caribbean Netherlands (CN) presented the customs dogs during a festive gathering on the pier, a press release from the RCN Government Service said on Friday.

Caprice, Silke, Jacky and Destiny, along with their leaders, demonstrated their skills in detection. Jacky is the very first detective dog that specializes in tracking coral, conch shells and sea turtles.

The customs detective dogs are one of the instruments used by customs for the sake of the safety of the society.

B/CN Director Nichalin Martina: "Bonaire is a beautiful island and we want everyone to enjoy the beautiful nature also in the future, with the use of this flora and fauna dog we can contribute to the protection of nature in Bonaire”.

The detective dogs can be deployed not only to Customs, but also the judicial chain partners, such as the Police, Coast Guard and the Correctional Institution who may also call for the assistance of the dogs. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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Tropical Depression #1 Has Strengthened Into Tropical Storm Arlene

SINT MAARTEN/ATLANTIC OCEAN - Thunderstorm activity with the depression out in the middle of the open Atlantic has progressively increased throughout the day today (Thursday), according to Crown Weather.

“In addition, an eye like feature has also been noted on satellite imagery today (Ed Thursday). Given these trends, Tropical Depression #1 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Arlene and according to satellite estimated wind data, Arlene has 45 to 50 mph maximum winds.

“The future of Arlene could be somewhat interesting as the global model guidance has trended slower with the absorption of Arlene by a larger non-tropical low pressure system. A close look at the GFS and European model guidance reveals that Arlene may not be completely absorbed by the larger low pressure system until Sunday.

“Based on this data, it would not surprise me to see Arlene hang around right into this weekend. In addition, a couple of the intensity guidance members forecast that Arlene could continue to strengthen right into this weekend.

“With that said, a majority of the other intensity guidance members forecast gradual weakening over the next couple of days. At this point, some additional strengthening is possible tonight and Friday given the appearance of Arlene on satellite imagery. This will likely be followed by weakening this weekend.

“Arlene continues to be of no threat to any land areas. It should be noted that the Azores Islands could be impacted by heavy rainfall, strong winds and rough seas by the larger low pressure system during a large part of next week. Those of you with any travel plans to the Azores should be aware that the weather is likely to be quite squally during next week.”

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