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It's Power Hour Time - Networking for Movers and Shakers June 18

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – The next POWER HOUR, a networking event for entrepreneurs and professionals will take place on June 18, 2014 from 7:00 -9:00 PM at Dean’s Steakhouse and Seafood. Doors open at 6:00 PM. The theme for this POWER HOUR is “Suit & Tie”.

Each POWER HOUR is designed to expand the networks of entrepreneurs and professionals as well as give them tips to take their business and careers to the next level.  Organized by INFOBIZZ, a foundation designed for entrepreneurship development, this POWER HOUR will feature successful entrepreneurs who will be able to answer questions regarding entrepreneurship and give insight from their experiences.

The speakers are all successful local businessmen who have built businesses or have been a part of building businesses and are eager to share the information with start-ups and professionals. The information is not only for those who are just starting out in business as it can help to transform existing businesses as well.  POWER HOUR targets a variety of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial professionals and have had over 130 attendees at every stage of business attend to date. 

“What excites us is the growing number of success stories that we have had the privilege to be a part of.  It is important that the information given is relevant and timely and applicable in an environment that is inspiring and for the most part it is”, said Ife Badejo, founder and director of INFOBIZZ.  “We get information regularly on where we can improve and take those seriously and at the same time it is so exciting to see people completely transform their business and by extension their lives from what they got at the POWER HOUR.”

Tickets are available for $30 and include drinks, finger foods, the mini-workshop, and all materials. For more information, please contact Ife Badejo, founder of Foundation INFOBIZZ at +1-721-523-1842 (whatsapp) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Prime MInister Wescot Meets with New SER Board

HARBOR VIEW, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams held a meeting with the newly installed Board of the Social and Economic Council (SER) at the SER Office at Harbor View late in the week of May 26.

The Prime Minister stated that as Prime Minister she has been stressing the need for consultation for discussing with various sectors and the need for representatives of the different organizations of St. Maarten to get involved in the thinking process of where all would like St. Maarten to be.

“The SER is an institution that is part of the advisory system that is built around Government and is based on its own organic law that establishes how the SER is appointed and we need to view the office as a Board of different representatives with a staff at its disposal and is growing into a full-fledged social and economic council. The SER is required to advice Government on the Socio-Economic Development of St. Maarten and if laws that touch the social economic sector of Government we need to hear the SER. The SER is an important organization that includes the interests of the Social and Economic fields and is therefore essential to the functioning of St. Maarten,” concluded the Prime Minister.

The SER was established in May of 2011and has as its main goal the advising of government on policies and draft laws in the social and economic field. The Government of St. Maarten requests advice from the SER on matters of a social and economic nature and the SER in turn offers advice to Government on draft laws and policies that fall within its mandate. The Prime Minister initiated the Social Economic Council in May 2011 and conducted the first official meeting of the council at the AC Wathey Legislative Hall that same month. (Submitted by the Cabinet of the Prime Minister)

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EOC/ODM Meet in preparation for 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season; Remember it only takes one

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Representatives from the Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) and the Office of Disaster Management (ODM), met on Tuesday in the setting of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to discuss preparations for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.

The ESFs that attended the meeting were utility company NV GEBE (ESF-1), Telecommunications (ESF-2), Ministry VROMI (ESF-3), Fire Department (ESF-4), Police (ESF-5), Health Affairs (ESF-6), Social Affairs (ESF-7), Department of Communication (ESF-8), and a liaison from the Dutch Marines.

ESFs gave an up-date and overview with respect to their state of readiness.    

Hurricane forecasters predict nine named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane with over 111 miles per hour winds.

ODM is urging residents to prepare for the hurricane season, and to always remember it only takes one to make it a bad season. 

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Traffic slow down Tuesday afternoon as a result of spill at Cay Hill top round-about

CAY HILL, Sint Maarten - Traffic coming from Cole Bay had to slow down once it reached the Cay Hill top round-a-bout between 1.30pm and 2.15pm on Tuesday afternoon where a truck had an accident resulting in a spillage of some kind of substance, possibly oil.  Fire services as well as Police were on hand to direct the traffic flow, while personnel from the fire services were seen placing sand on the road surface to cover the spill.  

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Colombian Consul General to visit Sint Maarten Starting May 31

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Colombian consular services will be provided to St. Maarten this week, on occasion of a visit by Colombia’s Consul-general in Curacao, Dr. Alfonso de Jesus Velez Rivas. The Colombian diplomat will be assisted by members of the Colombian consular office in Curaçao, Gloria Lulú Leon (Assistant Diplomatic Mission) and Luz Stella Jimenez Mira (Executive Assistant).  Colombian consulate officials will visit St. Maarten for two days, during which consular services will be provided to Colombian nationals residing in St. Maarten Saba and Sint Eustatius, as well as local residents requiring consular assistance, at this time. The dates for the consular services mission are Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. Hours of service will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m on Sunday.

Consular services will be provided to Colombian nationals and the general, by appointment. Persons receiving assistance are those previously contacting the consulate and submitting relevant documentation, for specific services.  Mobile Colombian consular services have been provided to St. Maarten since 1997, with the support and coordination by Mrs. Stella-Christian-Blandon, whom in St. Maarten has been liaison for the Colombian Consulate in Curacao.

About the Consul-General of Colombia in Curacao

The present Colombia Consul-general in Curacao has held a number of diplomatic and consular posts throughout his career. He is currently Minister Plenipotentiary in the Diplomatic and Consular Corps of the Republic of Colombia. Between 2009 and 2011, he served as Minister Counselor of Mission of Colombia to the European Union in Brussels. Previously, he served as Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Colombia in Warsaw, Poland and Consul of Colombia in Caracas, Venezuela. 

Appointments

Consular services will be provided this Saturday and Sunday at Welfare Road # 85, located right next to Cappuccino’s Restaurant (the Corner Road, building facing Dr. Halley Dental Clinic). For information call the Consulate at + (5999) 4614663 or Mrs. Stella Christian-Blandon at +(1721) 5238506.

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Prime Minister Wescot meets with Aruba's PM Eman

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams received a courtesy visit from Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman at her Cabinet at the Government Administration Building on May 22.

Prime Minister Eman was on St. Maarten as part of the Kingdom Youth Parliament where he supported the Aruba delegation. Prime Minister Wescot-Williams and Prime Minister Eman discussed various matters of mutual interest to both countries, including Aruba’s focus on sustainable energy and green economy and St. Maarten’s new Energy Policy and its focus on renewable energy. 

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Former Prime Minister to Learn this week if detention will be prolonged for additional eight days

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Former Prime Minister of Curacao and current Member of the Parliament G.F. S (39), who was detained by the National Detectives on May 20th, will learn this week whether he will remain in Police custody for an additional eight days.

The judge on May 25 ruled that the continued detention of G.F.S. is according to the laws of the land.

This week the Curacao Public Prosecutors Office will have to present further evidence and a request to detain G.F.S. for an additional eight days.

G.F.S. and his alleged life partner C.R.D. (36) are accused of money laundering and forgery.  C.R.D. was released on May 22, however, remains a suspect in the on-going investigation which has been named Babel.

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Smash and grab armed robbery on Front Street

FRONT STREET, Sint Maarten - On Saturday May 24th at approximately 11.50 a.m. several police patrols were sent to Swiss Time Store on Front Street to investigate an armed robbery. On the scene the investigating officers learnt that two unknown men both wearing motorcycle helmets and dressed in dark clothing had arrived in a white Van with license plate 5638AAA on Front Street and parked in the middle of the street in front of the establishment. Both suspects jumped out of the Van blocking the flow of traffic on Front Street and entered the establishment. One suspect was armed with a gun and the other with a crow bar. The suspect with the gun threatened the workers while the other suspect destroyed several showcases and took out the contents.

After committing this act the suspects left the establishment and fled the scene on two motorcycles that were parked in the area. The Van was confiscated and the Special Unit Robbery is investigating. (Contributed by the Police Force of Sint Maarten.)

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Minister de Weever Commends Youth for great turn out for bike-a-thon

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – In Commemoration of Vaccination Week of the Americas (VWA), the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) Section Youth Health Care of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, organized a bike-a-thon on Saturday, May 24th.

The objective was to bring awareness as it relates to vaccination and health. 

Minister of Public Health Hon. Cornelius de Weever would like to commend the youth for turning out for the bike-a-thon which was part of the Vaccination Week of the Americas program, and he looks forward to their participation on an annual basis.

The bike-a-thon activity is in line with the overall campaign of getting checked of Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour “Get Checked” which promotes good health for all ages.

The bike-a-thon started at 7.00am at the Vineyard Office Park and end at the Baby Wellness Clinic opposite Grand Marche on the Bush Road.

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