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Clothes4 St. Maarten organization donates to CBA

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This past Friday February 16, 2018, the Clothes 4 St. Maarten organization in partnership with Franky Meyers donated boxes of clothing, shoes, cases of bottled water and non- perishable items to the students of Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts (CBA) and their families who were affected by the passing of Hurricane Irma.

Clothes 4 St. Maarten started in the Netherlands with the intention to support persons and families who lost everything due to the passing of Hurricane Irma. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Clothes4 St. Maarten team Claret Connor, and Mr. Lacroes for their kind generosity towards our students and their families.


New York City architect links Philipsburg market vendors to public space safety and UNESCO heritage sites

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The ongoing social media comments by St. Martin’s repeat visitors, with support ranging from SXM Airport rebuilding to Philipsburg Marketplace vendors regrouping, may one day prove to be a unique, or a profitable tourism study for an original-thinking graduate degree student.     

One repeat visitor is Margaret Matz, president of Milestone Architecture, PLLC, a New York City firm. “I’ve been following this case closely,” said Matz on Monday.

The situation of the small businesswomen, inclusive of their January 24 meeting with Parliament “about the injustices against their livelihood by the Government of Sint Maarten,” may also be an opportunity to widen the knowledge and practice of democratic rights of people.

“I see this as a discussion about the right to use public space appropriately,” Matz also commented on a recent Facebook post about the plight of the marketplace vendors.

“I am not aware of any place in the world where there are no vendors in public areas,” said Matz. Her own work takes her regularly around the word, and ranges from New York City design and disaster management projects to restoration of ancient churches in Italy and research in Turkey

The Philipsburg Marketplace vendors met with the Inspectorate Department TEATT on February 19, for “an update about the Philipsburg market.” However, their situation remains unstable after their kiosks were destroyed and livelihood devastated by former St. Maarten government minister of tourism (TEATT) on October 9, 2017.

The Ombudsman report found “No tangible considerations regarding the impact of the decision … on the livelihood of the vendors.”  

“Vendors are considered the human-scaled presence which contributes to safety in public areas. They also guarantee human presence at UNESCO heritage sites which otherwise tend to be underpopulated,” wrote Matz on Facebook in support of the working women regrouping at Philipsburg Marketplace.

Matz’s award-winning firm is scheduled to exhibit at the Venice Architectural Biennale in Italy in a few weeks.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Vendor’s temporary tent destroyed by high winds and rain last week (2/13/18), on the grounds of Philipsburg Marketplace that was destroyed on October 9, 2017, by decision of the former tourism minister (TEATT). (Credit: OES)

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PHOTO CUTLINE: Solid wood design of Philipsburg Marketplace kiosk (before it was destroyed), exhibiting costume jewelry handcrafted in St. Martin. (Credit: OES)

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Ministry of Public Health advises community to take preventive measures to mitigate spread of gastroenteritis

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, is calling on the community to take preventive measures to prevent contracting gastroenteritis.

CPS in observing a spike in its accumulated syndromic data under its surveillance responsibility, calls on all to prevent and mitigate the spread of gastroenteritis which source can be improper food and drink handling and preparation.

Gastroenteritis is the inflammation of the stomach and intestine a.k.a. stomach flu, which is usually due to acute infection by viruses or bacteria resulting in vomiting and diarrhea.

With gastroenteritis, the main symptoms are watery diarrhea and vomiting. You might also have stomach pain, cramping, fever, nausea, and a headache.

The most common symptoms are vomiting and repeated episodes of diarrhea (three or more episodes within 24 hours).

Frequent diarrhea and vomiting can result in one becoming dehydrated. Watch for signs of dehydration, such as dry skin and a dry mouth, feeling lightheaded, and being really thirsty. Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Children can get dehydrated quickly, so if your child has the stomach flu, it's important that you be on alert and monitor your child for signs that he is very thirsty or has dry skin or a dry mouth. If you have a baby, look for fever, drier diapers, and if you observe any of the above, do not delay, consult your physician. Gastroenteritis is typically spread (transmitted) from person to person, and common sources of infection are contaminated food and drinking water.

Keep children with gastroenteritis out of day care or school until all symptoms are gone. Check with your doctor before giving your child any medications. Drugs used to control diarrhea and vomiting aren't usually given to children younger than five.

There are many ways gastroenteritis can be spread: Contact with someone who has the virus; contaminated food or water; unwashed hands after going to the bathroom; caring for the sick or the elderly and/or changing diapers.

The most common cause of gastroenteritis is a virus, but also other contributing factors are bacteria, unhygienic food and drink preparation or handling, and not proper or continuous hand hygiene.

Gastroenteritis or stomach flu can be caused by many different kinds of viruses, the main types are rotavirus and norovirus.

Rotavirus is the world's most common cause of diarrhea in infants and young children. Norovirus is the most common cause of serious gastroenteritis and also foodborne disease outbreaks.

Although not as common, bacteria such as E. coli, Shiella, Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria, can also trigger the stomach flu. Salmonella and campylobacter bacteria are the most common bacterial causes of gastroenteritis which are spread by undercooked poultry, eggs, or poultry juices. Shigella bacteria, is often transmitted in daycare centers.

Bacteria can be transferred through poor hygiene. It is spread through contamination of hands, objects or food infected with the aforementioned.  The virus enters your body via your mouth, this type of transmission is fecal-oral.  Viral gastroenteritis may also be spread through coughing and sneezing.

To prevent the spread of the infection, wash your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet and before eating or preparing food; clean the toilet, including the seat and handle, with disinfectant after each bout of vomiting or diarrhea; don’t share towels, cutlery and utensils with other household members; and don’t return to work until 48 hours have passed since your last bout of vomiting or diarrhea.

Practicing good food hygiene is essential in preventing gastroenteritis. Good food hygiene entails properly and regularly washing your hands; properly and regularly clean preparation area/surfaces and utensils with hot, soapy water; never store raw food and cooked foods together; avoid cross contamination of foods; make sure that food is properly refrigerated; always cook your food thoroughly; and never eat food that has expired (past its shelf date or sales date).

Consult your family physician if you experience gastroenteritis symptoms and especially if these symptoms are persistent, so that your physician can refer you to the lab to confirm a clinical diagnosis and the respective pathogen.

For more information call CPS at 542-1122, 542-1222, 542-1322, 542-1570 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sint Maarten Students in Holland meet with Prime Minister Romeo-Marlin and Minister Ferrier

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - On Friday evening a group of Sint Maarten students including youngsters that evacuated from Sint Maarten after the passing of Hurricane Irma, were invited to come to the Sint Maarten House in The Hague.

Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin & Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier wanted to inform the gathering of what could be considered as an extremely positive outcome of their visit to the Netherlands.

During the short presentation Prime Minister Romeo Marlin emphasized to the students the importance of returning home once they have completed their studies.

“It’s a pleasure to see students being interested in what’s going on in Sint Maarten and taking the opportunity whenever a Minister is present, to come and be informed.”

The Prime Minister gave a brief summary of her activities while in the Netherlands including meetings with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and State Secretary Raymond Knops.

Prime Minister Romeo-Marlin continued by encouraging the students to focus on their studies, getting the necessary experience, but to come home because “home needs you, especially now!”

Minister Ferrier when addressing the gathering told them, “We are resilient… we are a proud people; we do not wait for others to start to help ourselves, we just go!

When bad things happen, you must dust yourself off and keep going! Be passionate about what you do and know your limitations. Be the best you can be in whatever job you land. ”

In conclusion the students and youngsters were treated to prepared snacks and drinks and they had an opportunity to network and interact with the Ministers present by exchanging their thoughts, personal experiences and ideas.


Clara Reyes newly appointed head of Culture

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport Jorien Wuite announces the appointment of Clara Reyes as new Head of the Department of Culture. Clara fills the vacancy left by the sudden passing of former department head, St. Maarten icon, Neville York in May 2017.

Clara Reyes has a distinguished background in the Arts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Choreography with specialization in dance education ages K through 12 grades.

Her career includes being head of Department of Creative Artistic Formation at the St. Maarten Academy Vocational Section, teacher at St. Maarten Academy Academic Section, part-time lecturer of Humanities at the University of St. Martin, Performing Arts /Dance Instructor at the Learning Unlimited Preparatory School, and Teacher at The Charlotte Brookson Academy for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Reyes is also co-founder and co-director of the National Institute of Arts. Ms. Reyes considers arts her calling and she has many years of training in dance, visual arts, photography, film, musicals, drama and storytelling.

"We are delighted that we were able to fill the position with another St. Maarten great. Clara has big shoes to fill as Neville was a man truly dedicated to advancing culture not just in St. Maarten but he took St. Maarten culture to the world. I am confident that she will bring her own creative style and ingenuity to the department and build on the work done by Neville while taking the department into a new era”. Minister Wuite says.

The Minister emphasizes that now more than ever the Ministry needs all hands on deck to ensure a quick recovery process. An inventory after the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria last September revealed that several cultural monuments were damaged as well as critical cultural institutions including the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, St. Maarten Museum and the St. Maarten Archeological Center.

These and other damages are clearly outlined in the Ministry’s Resilience Plan along with timelines for restoration and repair. The team at the Department of Culture under Clara’s leadership will tackle these projects in addition to their regular duties.

The Minister would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the staff and acting head of the Department of Culture, Daphne Thomas, for their hard work and resilience in these past months.


Gifts galore for TelCell SMS “Weekend of Love” Campaign winners

POND ISLAND Prizes galore were presented Wednesday to five lucky winners of TelCell’s Valentine’s Day SMS promotion – “Weekend of Love”.

The five winners announced in a hail of fanfare, by TelCell Marketing Officer, Cheryl Rismay Wednesday, were: Nijerie Marlin, Irina Stirieonova, Djoeke van der Werf, Nefeza Goolmohamed and Tessa Burrow.

Top prize winner was Nijerie Marlin, who took home a romantic dinner for two, a couple’s sunset champagne horseback ride, a couples three-hour professional development session and a weekend stay at Villa Valentino, Anguilla.

Other prizewinners were also thrilled with their assortment of Valentine’s Day goodies, that also included, Moet & Chandon rose champagne, His/Her watches, Dinners for two, couple’s photo shoots, wine and cheese gift baskets, couple’s breakfast vouchers and rose floral bouquets.

Some of the promotion sponsors were on hand Wednesday to present their own gifts to the lucky winners themselves, including representatives of Little Bamboo, Mr. Alex Prevot; Amsterdam Cheese and Liquor Store, Mr. Etienne Roger and photographer, Mr. Edgardo Lynch, of E2 Photography. Other sponsors, AMA Jewellers, TPI, and Caribbean Liquors and Tobacco were not present at Wednesday’s announcement however were also thanked for their participation by Ms. Rismay.

“We want to thank all of our sponsors without whom we would not be able to make such a splash on such a wonderful day, but we also want to thank everyone who took part and also the winners of our “Weekend of Love” promotion,” continued the Marketing Officer.

She said once again TelCell customers were very excited about winning a prize for their Valentine’s Day celebration, February 14, not only for themselves, but also for their loved ones, making the promotion that more special for everyone.

“Right up until the final deadline for Texting LOVE to 7777 customers were still texting and having fun,” said Ms. Rismay.

TelCell says its tally for prizes alone for the Weekend of Love promotion amounted to more than $5,500 this year.


Minister of Tourism De Weever speaks at COSME Stakeholder Forum

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT) the Honorable Cornelius de Weever made the opening remarks at the Tactical Meeting of the Steering Committee and Stakeholder Forum for the COSME program being held at the Simpson bay Resort on February 14th and 15th 2018.

The minister spoke words of welcome, acknowledging the Project Officer/ Private Sector Specialist of the EU Delegation, Ms. Camille Wildman, Acting Program Manager of the COSME Program Ms. Lizette George, Team Leaders Ms. Diana Hendrickson (GOPA), Mr. Michael Seepersaud (STEINBEIS) and Mr. Huib Poot (ECORYS).

Minister de Weever was thankful for the support the COSME Program has given the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development for our Island and encourages further development and the competitive edge of SMEs for the economy of Sint Maarten. He further welcomed the participants to enjoy our island and encouraged them contribute to our ‘Friendly Island’ during their stay.

The COSME Program was launched on April 1, 2014 on the island of Tortola (BVI) and is slated to close in September 2018. COSME is a 54-month program with the responsibility to disperse €15 million to projects benefitting participating Caribbean territories. The funds were made available by the European Union. The program’s overall objective is to contribute to the sustainable and climate-resilient economic diversification and prosperity of Caribbean OCTs by improving the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the participating territories.

The Tactical Meeting amongst key stakeholders and the Steering Committee is aimed at reviewing the achievements made within all the participating OCTs and to discuss the steps going forward as the program nears its completion.




ST. MARTIN (MARIGOT) - SMART CONVERSATION, is a fun, thought provoking, interactive, and informative and knowledge focused one-hour talk show with two dynamic co-hosts, Dr. Natasha Gittens, Ph.D. and the Real Deal Cuchi the Captain. The show is sponsored by, The Winward Islands Bank Ltd, Training Professionals International Firm and Customer Service Mobile Academy.

The show debuts on Friday, February 16, 2018 two days after the well celebrated Valentine’s Day. Considering the holiday, the show will issue special prizes to callers that provide his or her input on that day’s topic: “Does Your Valentine’s Day gift determine the status of your relationship?”

The co-hosts are very different in nature but share an impressive synergy that will electrify the listening audience.  No show will ever be the same and the audience will have the wonderful opportunity to learn, laugh, participate and strut away with beneficial, empowering information that will directly improve their lives in some capacity. 

What should the listening audience expect?  

Dr. Gittens’s is a no-nonsense successful business woman, motivational speaker and knows how to stand her ground. She believes in speaking her mind and does so in a confident, fun-loving, engaging manner that will keep listeners glued to their radios.  She will take a topic, break it down and leave you wanting more.  She is an excellent role model for today’s modern-day women and will showcase her expertise in a multitude of subject matters each week.    

The Real Deal Cuchi the Captain, is a walking and talking masterpiece. Each week he will showcase his multifaceted knowledge in music, business and “old school wisdom.”  He will enter the ring with Gittens every Friday, dissecting interesting scenarios and stories and offer surprisingly laughable but impressive solutions from his enchanting perspective.     

Tune in every Friday and listen to the dynamic duo share their viewpoints, supported by real-world experiences and incorporate research on everyday happenings in the Workplace, Home-life, Community, Career, Banking, Relationships, Education, Family & Finances.   

For more information on Smart Conversation Talk Show visit us @ or email us @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sint Maarten Youth Parliament Introductory Leadership Training a Success

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - The Sint Maarten Youth Parliament held its Introductory Leadership Training Day on Monday February 12, 2018. Twenty young persons participated, including two representatives of the Youth Territorial Council of Saint Martin.

The Training Day included a workshop on Interpersonal Communications with Roy Cotton Jr., followed by a seminar on Leadership Qualities. The activities included brain storming sessions and team building exercises. All participants expressed appreciation for the sessions, and eagerly anticipate the next training day.

The Sint Maarten Youth Parliament will close out its recruitment process this week, during its General Membership Meeting on Saturday February 17 at 12:45 pm at the Rupert I Maynard Youth Community Center. 

Interested youth, age 12 – 24 are invited to visit the Rupert I Maynard Youth Community Center in St. Peters for further information; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The program focus for 2018 is ‘Fostering Sustainable Development’. Special focus will be placed on the understanding and application of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in the post-Irma rebuilding process.

The Youth Parliament will continue to foster greater cooperation with the CTJ and other regional youth parliaments. In addition, they look forward to participating in an Erasmus+ Youth Exchange in Norway during the summer.


K1 Britannia to Host Four Projects for SXM DOET

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - For the fourth year in a row, the K1 Britannia Foundation will be participating in SXM DOET. This year, they have doubled their efforts and will be hosting 4 projects in total, opposed to 2.

The K1 Britannia SXM DOET Projects give persons the opportunity to help in a variety of ways; from social activities to cleaning, repairing and building. On Friday March 9th they will be hosting the first two projects, namely “Emilio Wilson Park: Beautification Project” and “St. Martin’s Home: Sensory Room”.

With the Emilio Wilson Park Project, volunteers are tasked with cleaning up litter, fixing the back entrance, making a pathway around the park, building 11-15 benches, and enhancing the playground by adding a seesaw, sandbox and replacing the slide.

For the second project of the day, Yash Rajani, Project Manager at K1 Britannia Foundation explains “Many of the elderly at the St. Martin's Home are wheel chair bound, bed ridden and are unable to participate in many extracurricular or interactive activities.

The Sensory Room at St. Martin’s Home project will have volunteers set up and install the various interactive boards that will keep the clients stimulated through touch, smell, and sound.” A gazebo at the facility will be recreated into the sensory room.

The following day, on Saturday March 10th, the projects will focus on foster children/foster care which is a strong focus of the foundation’s work. There will be a “Leisure and Learn Park” for foster children and other at-risk and underprivileged youth at the Emilio Wilson Park.

The day will consist of several extracurricular booths, such as art, dance, sports, creative workshops and under learning, we will have persons from different professional fields, such as law enforcement, aviation, hospitality, medical, electrical, and media giving insights and demonstrations of their work.

There will also be fun games and experiments where the children can win prizes. The focus is exposing the children and teenagers to various activities and careers that can spark their interest as well as encourage them to develop their skills and talents.

The other project for the day is “Repairing The Animal Enclosure” at I Can Foster Home. The home had a large animal enclosure that housed various animals that the children enjoyed taking care off.

Hurricane Irma destroyed the animal enclosure and with the help of volunteers, the foundation hopes to repair it. The desired result is an animal enclosure that can house goats, rabbits, and chickens. The children are then able to take care of the animals again and can continue learning about responsibility at a young age.

The K1 Britannia Foundation has a great focus on volunteerism through its volunteer program and believes in SXM DOET’s mission to help improve the general idea of volunteering and community service by showing how fun and creative it can really be.

For more information about the K1 Britannia Foundation, visit, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To sign up as a volunteer for SXM DOET, please visit and search for K1 Britannia which will show these four volunteer opportunities.

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