Soualiga Newsday Latest News https://www.soualiganewsday.com Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:37:34 -0400 en-gb CPS calls on Community to LIKE CARPHA Facebook Page to Catapult Sint Maarten into Winning Regional Mosquito Awareness Competition https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29874:cps-calls-on-community-to-like-carpha-facebook-page-to-catapult-sint-maarten-into-winning-regional-mosquito-awareness-competition&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29874:cps-calls-on-community-to-like-carpha-facebook-page-to-catapult-sint-maarten-into-winning-regional-mosquito-awareness-competition&Itemid=504

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Student Erolene Mingo’s poster that was submitted to the Caribbean Mosquito Awareness (CMAW) Competition 2019, has qualified the Sint Maarten Academy (P.S.V.E.) School as a finalist in the regional Poster, Video and Photography Competition, the Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said on Thursday.

The posters/videos have been uploaded to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Facebook Page and this has been done to facilitate the second phase of the judging process through social media. 

The number of likes accumulated will contribute to 30 per cent of the final score. Winners will be announced on 28th February.  The Facebook Page link is: https://www.facebook.com/carpha1/videos/188887885532997/

CPS is requesting the community to LIKE the above link which would contribute to the aforementioned student and school winning the regional competition. The likes must be completed by February 25, 2020.

CPS would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other schools and students that took part in the competition, namely the St. Dominic High School and the Charlotte Brookson Academy.

CPS also congratulates student Erolene Mingo and the Sint Maarten Academy (P.S.V.E.) School for their qualification to the next level of the competition.

The CMAW Competition 2019 was officially closed on 31st October 2019. CARPHA invited secondary school students from forms 1-3 to participate in the poster, video and photography competition on the theme, “Empowering Young Leaders in the Fight against Mosquito Borne Diseases.”

The two categories of the competition along with prizes are: Health Promotion, 1st prize up to US$5000 worth of school supplies and equipment; 2nd prize $3500 school supplies/equipment; 3rd prize $2500 school supplies/equipment.

The winning students in the second category Active Mosquito Surveillance will receive the following prizes: 1st prize a Laptop; 2nd prize a Tablet; and 3rd prize a Smartphone.

The first phase of the competition took place in January 2020 and was completed early February 2020 by a Regional Panel of Subject Matter Experts.

Finalists for both the school prize competition (Video and Poster submissions), as well, as the individual student prize (Active Mosquito Surveillance) were contacted early February.

CPS reminds the Sint Maarten community that to report mosquito breeding sites or to request information about eliminating mosquito breeding sites, contact the Coordinator of the Vector Program by sending an email to: vector.control@sintmaartengov.org or call the hotline: 520-2874.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:41:29 -0400
PDG donates work shoes to three Sundial Hospitality students who will participate in SKILLS Finals https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29868:pdg-donates-work-shoes-to-three-sundial-hospitality-students-who-will-participate-in-skills-finals&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29868:pdg-donates-work-shoes-to-three-sundial-hospitality-students-who-will-participate-in-skills-finals&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Jahmarly Lake, Samir Stokkels and Gweldo Fontaine, three hospitality exam students from Sundial School, signed up last minute for the Regional SKILLS Competition SXM, Saba and St Eustatius of January 17th.

This was not without result: they became the overall winners and were selected to represent the Leeward Islands on March 5th at SKILLS Netherlands, where they will compete against 12 other hospitality teams.

Together with three carpentry students from Bonaire, the Sundial chefs will form the Caribbean Kings Team.

Skills Finals is a huge event: about 1000 students from both secondary and tertiary vocational schools will do various high level assignments in their specific vocational area.

Students are requested to come with their professional gear and PDG Restaurant Supplies was so kind to help our three students with one main requirement: work shoes for hospitality professionals.

Mario Plomer from PDG said that he was happy to be able to contribute to the student’s success and encouraged them to make Sint Maarten proud!

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:51:11 -0400
Searches carried out in Ruby Investigation regarding alleged bid rigging for waste processing contracts https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29827:searches-carried-out-in-ruby-investigation-regarding-alleged-bid-rigging-for-waste-processing-contracts&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29827:searches-carried-out-in-ruby-investigation-regarding-alleged-bid-rigging-for-waste-processing-contracts&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Tuesday 18 February 2020, the Anti-Corruption Task Force (TBO) searched a business premises and various archive storages on Sint Maarten under the supervision of the judge of instruction, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) announced in a statement on Tuesday.

“No arrests were made. The searches were carried out in relation to an extensive criminal investigation codenamed “Ruby”. This investigation began in July 2018 and concentrates on the phenomenon of - alleged – bid rigging regarding contracts related to waste processing on Sint Maarten.

“Investigation Ruby mainly focuses on the suspicion of administrative corruption, in particular the acceptance of bribes and the misuse of public funds for personal purposes. The company subject to the search - and its management - are currently not considered as suspects in the investigation.

“Based on strong indications that information relevant to the investigation was available within the company, the Public Prosecutor’s Office issued a written demand to the company’s management for disclosure of such information. This took place last year. Although the company has been given ample time, this demand was – presumably intentionally - not complied with in a satisfactory manner. This is one of the reasons why the Public Prosecutor’s Office requested permission from the judge of instruction to search the business premises and archive storages: to seize the relevant information.

“It is important to emphasize that the level of compliance with a demand from the Public Prosecutor’s Office is not without obligation or at the sole discretion of the addressed party. On the contrary: it is legally required to comply fully. Failure to sufficiently cooperate with the judicial authorities could result in a serious impediment to a criminal investigation.

“The consequences should not be underestimated: such party accepts the risk of being subject to an unannounced search by the investigation services to secure the requested information. In addition to this, refusal to comply with such judicial demand can be qualified as nonobservance of an official order.

“This is a criminal offence. TBO is a project-based collaboration between designated units of the criminal investigation cooperation team (RST) and the Attorney General’s Office of Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.

“TBO focuses on a specialized approach to combat corruption and undermining financial and economic crime. Additionally, the team investigates fraud, forgery and money laundering. It is important for a well-functioning democratic society that citizens have confidence in public administration.

“Administrative corruption is a multi-faceted phenomenon that occurs typically when public and private interests converge. Corruption undermines the integrity of the government and leads to unfair commercial competition. For this reason, TBO takes indications of corruption very serious and, if necessary, conducts in-depth investigations.”

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 18 Feb 2020 14:59:48 -0400
Deliveries from China impacts Rio Productions participation in Carnival 2020 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29825:deliveries-from-china-impacts-rio-productions-participation-in-carnival-2020&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29825:deliveries-from-china-impacts-rio-productions-participation-in-carnival-2020&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Monday, February 17th, 2020, Rio Productions management decided stand down from preparations for Carnival 2020. The coronavirus outbreak is having a major impact on the sourcing and delivery of raw materials, out of China, needed in the production of the carnival costumes. Factories cannot guarantee the shipment of materials, such as fabric, feathers, beads, gems and trims, in time for the production and sourcing these items out of the US is simply cost prohibitive.

President of Rio Productions Ms. Brenda Wathey explained: “due to disease prevention measures in factories and warehouses in China, all shipments are delayed and the uncertainty surrounding new delivery dates is simply too risky and will directly and adversely affect the production of our troupe. As the Rio Production section within the Road Gods troupe caters to approx. +/-200 participants, the risk factor is simply too high. Rio Productions is known for always delivering and living up to the demands and expectations of our valued customers, but with the recent development of the coronavirus outbreak we can no longer guarantee the timely delivery of our costumes bearing in mind that costumes, once produced, still have to be shipped from Trinidad, which takes even more time. In the interest of preserving its’ good name and reputation Rio Productions prefers to withdraw and save its’ good standing amongst its’ revelers. Wathey was careful in saying that this decision to stand down only affects the Rio Productions section within ROAD GODS MAS and NOT any other group within the organization.

In closing Mrs. Wathey stated: “we sincerely apologize to those whom have registered for any inconvenience caused and advises that any deposits which have been made, specifically for costumes within the Rio Productions sections, will be fully refunded. This is simply out of our control. However, by making this decision now, 10 weeks before the parade, we hope that all carnival lovers still have ample time to register for the parade within another section of Road Gods Mas for Carnival 2020.

Rio Productions will continue to promote Sint Maarten’s beautiful Carnival product and wishes the Sint Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) the best of luck in organizing another successful carnival event”.  

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 18 Feb 2020 14:34:30 -0400
Road Tax due February 29. Motorists can continue to use old plates https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29811:road-tax-due-february-29-motorists-can-continue-to-use-old-plates&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29811:road-tax-due-february-29-motorists-can-continue-to-use-old-plates&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Finance, the Honorable Ardwell Irion, hereby informs the general public, in particular owners and operators of motor vehicles on St. Maarten roads, that in accordance with article 11.1 of the motor vehicle tax regulation, otherwise known as road tax, the yearly payment thereof is due no later than the last day of February 2020.

The article states that: “the number plates must be requested and collected at the receivers for each tax year from the first working day of the month of January up to and including the last day of the month of February against payment of the amount due.”

And, as such, vehicle owners are urged to have their annual “road tax” paid on or before the aforementioned deadline in order to drive their vehicle on the public roads. Failure to comply may result in a fine or confiscation of the vehicle. Article 25.1.B of the motor vehicle tax regulation warns that a fine of maximum five hundred guilders is applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle on public roads without having paid the due and payable tax.

As the 2020 number plates have not yet arrived on the island, article 11.4 of the motor vehicle tax regulation which states: “from 1 March of each tax year, the new number plates must be attached to the motor vehicle” will not be applied until further notice, but, in any case, after the 2020 number plates have arrived on the island.

It is advisable to keep the receipt or proof of payment of the 2020 road tax in the vehicle, in the event you are requested by the police to provide this.

The road tax can be paid by means of cash, checks, or Maestro at the Receivers Office in the government building on Soualiga Road Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm. And at the PSC in Simpson Bay from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Payments can also be made at the Windward Islands Bank Ltd US$ account 324800-05 or NAF account 34200-03 and at the RBC Royal Bank US$ account 8200000403930461 or NAF account 8200000005425048.

Valid vehicle insurance and valid inspection card are required when paying the road tax. In the event of a recently purchased vehicle, a “Bill of Sale” is required.

The cost of the license plates have not increased from the previous year.

The chart below indicates the costs of the license plates for gasoline and diesel vehicles in categories of the different types of license plates.       

License Plate Designation

Gasoline Nafls.

Diesel Nafls.

M- /P-

275.00 + 12.50*

750.00 + 12.50*

SXM / MR / L / PAR

275.00 + 12.50*

750.00 + 12.50*

TAXI

275.00 + 12.50*

550.00 + 12.50*

R-

300.00 + 12.50*

750.00 + 12.50*

BUS / G / T

-35 passengers or less

275.00 + 12.50*

550.00 + 12.50*

BUS / G / T

-35 passengers or more

1250.00 + 12.50*

1250.00 + 12.50*

V-

Weight less than

3500 kg (7700 lbs)

275.00 + 12.50*

750.00 + 12.50*

V-

Weight more than

3500 kg (7700 lbs)

1250.00 + 12.50*

1250.00 + 12.50*

Z-

Weight more than

3500 kg (7700 lbs)

1250.00 + 12.50*

1250.00 + 12.50*

MF – Motorbike

200.00 + 7.50*

 

MF – Moped

50.00 + 7.50*

 
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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 17 Feb 2020 17:31:41 -0400
Pedestrian struck by car receives minor injuries https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29809:pedestrian-struck-by-car-receives-minor-injuries&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29809:pedestrian-struck-by-car-receives-minor-injuries&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Traffic Department was alerted to a serious traffic accident that took place on the Nisbeth road on the evening of Saturday February 15th 2020 about 09.15 pm, the police said in a statement on Monday.

Personnel of the dispatch received a call that the driver of a red Toyota Corolla traveling from the stoplights towards Salt Pickers roundabout struck a pedestrian in front of Soualiga Guest House.

According to the investigation done by the Traffic Department, the pedestrian who was walking towards the Guest House on Nisbeth road, and tried crossing the road without paying attention to the traffic.

As a result, the vehicle with the number plate M-10699 struck the victim on the left side of his body. Due to the force of the collision, the pedestrian was launched through the air and landed on the windshield of the vehicle.

The victim with the initials R.R.G suffered only minor injuries,and was treated on the scene by paramedics. He was later taken to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) where he was held overnight for further observation. The Traffic Department is investigating the cause of this accident. (KPSM)

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 17 Feb 2020 17:03:21 -0400
Finn, La Novia and Delphine the big Winners on Final Day of 2020 Caribbean Multihull Challenge https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29805:finn,-la-novia-and-delphine-the-big-winners-on-final-day-of-2020-caribbean-multihull-challenge&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29805:finn,-la-novia-and-delphine-the-big-winners-on-final-day-of-2020-caribbean-multihull-challenge&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSN BAY) - On a gray, squally morning off the lovely French beachfront community of Grand Case, the last boats standing in what has been an extremely eventful second edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge set forth on the third and final day of competition. With punchy, shifty breeze ranging from 10- to 20-knots, and intermittent showers, it was a day that rewarded diligent and efficient boat-handling. And several notable boats put the exclamation points on three days of solid performances to wrap up class victories in convincing fashion.

For the grand finales of the series, principal race officer Marc van Dongen sent the fleet on a trio of different courses. CSA Multihull 1 went on a 27.5 nautical mile race that crisscrossed the Anguilla Channel twice; CSA Multihull 2 and 3, and the Pirate Class, sailed a slightly shorter 16.5 n.m. jaunt with a single dash across the channel; and the MOCRA Multihull class for the division’s two remaining MOD 70s (Shockwave did not compete after breaking its boom on Saturday), sailed a 47-n.m. contest that did a couple of turns off Anguilla before a long leg down the south coast of St. Maarten and around Isle Fourche. Everyone finished off Simpson Bay.

In CSA Multihull 1, Finn, Brett Trevillian’s Banuls 53 tri, continued her dominating ways. With its white hulls, black sails and futuristic dome, to many observers—including this one—Finn is by far the prettiest girl at this dance. Crewed by a team of crazed Aussie cowboys, the 53-footer once again hit the starting line on time and with pace, and immediately put the pedal to the medal. Those dudes can sail.

With the breeze on and whitecaps flecking the waters, CSA Multihull 2 and 3 took the day’s second, combined start with the merged classes well spread out. George Coutu’s extremely well-sailed Leopard 50, La Novia, took the pin and was higher and faster than everyone in the early going, but Ian Martin’s crew aboard the Leopard 45, Spellbound, was the first yacht to bear off and set a kite, and was quickly in business.

Ironically, for the last start, the two Outremer’s in the Pirate Class—an old one, David Slater’s vintage 45-foot Delphine, and a new one, Rüdiger Schiller’s 4X Tortuga—put on some of the best racing in the event, in the division supposedly comprised of more mellow cruisers. The two boats were only a boat length or two apart at the outset, and presented a clear and striking example of French catamaran design over the decades.

Last but hardly least was the big MOD 70s, Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati and Jason Carroll’s Argo, with the latter crew looking like bumblebees in their matching yellow and black dry suits. Interestingly, Maserati went with a single reef in the main while Argo sported a deeply double-reefed mainsail. Like an America’s Cup match race, the two boats sparred before the start, with Argo the aggressor, working to windward of Maserati and getting a solid start, with Soldini’s mates a solid 10 seconds in arrears. But with more sail area, that all changed quickly. Moments into the race, Maserati changed to a bigger headsail and blasted into the lead with authority. It was a stirring sight watching the two giants slashing across the channel, a pair of rangy water bugs, their amas looking like long tentacles kissing the tops of the seas.

Soon enough, Finn, Maserati and Argo, in that order, re-emerged from the mist at a turning buoy off Marigot on this murky, very uncharacteristic Caribbean day. Finn had changed up to a full main by this point, and continued to look special. Maserati’s lead over Argo had opened up to a good five minutes. It had been an up and down regatta for the Italians, starting on Day 1 when they hit something early in the first race and were forced to retire. But it was definitely all coming together on Day 3.

By early afternoon, the entire fleet was approaching the finish line. Fittingly, the rain had stopped and everything else was also becoming crystal clear, especially the final standings. Finn put the capper on an outstanding regatta with its fourth straight victory to win CSA Multihull 1 going away. And while Maserati won the day against Argo, with its second on Day 3 the American boat earned the overall victory in the MOCRA Multihull division. All Argo had to do on the final day was finish, which perhaps explains its conservative tactics.

Tryst won CSA Multihull 2 by virtue of its two firsts on Day 1; beset with various issues, no CSA 2 yachts competed on Days 2 or 3. With three firsts in four races, including on Day 3, La Novia was the clear victor in CSA Multihull 3. The extremely well-sailed Delphine also took three out of four contests in the Pirate Class, including the final one, proving an old cat is certainly capable of tricking the newer ones.

For more information about the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Sint Maarten visit: www.smyc.com/caribbean-multihull-challenge.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 23:57:24 -0400
The Boom Went Boom: How a Crazy Day 2 of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Went Down on Shockwave https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29795:the-boom-went-boom-how-a-crazy-day-2-of-the-caribbean-multihull-challenge-went-down-on-shockwave&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29795:the-boom-went-boom-how-a-crazy-day-2-of-the-caribbean-multihull-challenge-went-down-on-shockwave&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY - By Herb McCormick) - The 63-foot trimaran Shockwave traveled some 4,595 nautical miles after a major refit in San Diego to begin its inaugural season of racing under a new syndicate comprised of owner Serge Durrant, skipper Jeff Mearing, co-skipper Scott Klodowski, navigator Nils Erickson and a crew of fellow, passionate sailors. On Day 2 of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge, they invited the regatta’s official press writer—yours truly—to come along for the ride. And while the day’s eventual outcome for Shockwave was certainly disappointing, the ride was definitely wild. Here’s my report.

Shockwave was previously called Paradox, a name reflective of its dual purpose as a flat-out ocean racer also capable of occasional cruising, with a relatively comfy interior for a trimaran with decent berths, a proper head, an induction stove and even air conditioning. A quick tour before heading out to the racecourse also revealed seriously robust construction. Shockwave was built to go places. Quickly.

As the tradewinds seriously kicked in while the fleet assembled for the 0900 starting sequences to commence, it was readily apparent that conditions were going to be, as they say, sporty. With the breeze registering a solid 30-knots, and then gusting to 32, 35, and eventually 39 knots, the talk aboard Shockwave was about sail configurations, specifically how small a jib to carry and whether to go with two or three reefs in the mainsail. Skipper Mearing ultimately called for a double-reefed main.

The other classes had already started and cleared the area when the countdown for the MOCRA Multihull class—along with Shockwave, it consisted of the MOD 70 trimarans Argo and Maserati—began. But with the wind continuing to build, there was a postponement, then a second one when Maserati radioed to the race committee they had a problem. Principal race officer Marc van Dongen called Argo and Shockwave to see if both boats were okay to postpone, and both readily agreed. As Erickson said, the crew of Argo helped Shockwave in Antigua after the boat had damaged its mainsail track on the long delivery, and it was clear there was a strong sense of camaraderie among the competitors. Yacht racing can be pretty cool.

Once the final countdown began, on Shockwave there was a slight moment of hesitation just before the start, and for the briefest of periods it appeared the big tri might be late. But Mearing pulled the trigger inside of a minute and Shockwave hit the line perfectly, making better than 20 knots on a power reach to the first mark. Argo, bigger and meaner, scorched past to leeward while Maserati, still with seeming problems, lagged behind. Then both leaders rounded the mark and came hard on the breeze for a beat down the southern shores of St. Maarten, the first leg of a long round-the-island race.

And mate, it got wet. And trust me, when the spray comes flying off the amas of a powerful trimaran like Shockwave, it stings. Hugely. It was time to put the camera and notebook away. There wasn’t a dry spot topsides.

All was well until one of the crew spotted the lower section of the mainsail beginning to delaminate (“I see sky”) and Team Shockwave quickly went into action to tuck a third reef in the main and minimize the damage. Once the job was complete, the mainsheet was sheeted on hard, and moments later, the unmistakable sound of cracking carbon could be heard over the wind and waves. Shockwave’s boom was in two pieces. Busted. The racing, and the regatta, was over.

But once back in Simpson Bay, owner Durrant praised the crew, for staying safe, for being efficient, for their excellent seamanship. “I’m actually happy about the day’s result,” he said. Shockwave will be back. No doubt about it.

Elsewhere on the Day 2 racecourses, Argo was again the winner of the Grand Prix trimarans. The Banuls 50 tri, Finn, recorded its third straight victory in CSA Multihull 1 to stay atop the leaderboard. La Novia was the winner in CSA Multihull 3 and the 53-foot cat Quality Time topped the Pirate Class. Skipper Petro Jonker said his yacht, basically a head boat for tourist outings, hit 31 knots at one-point powering to Grand Case, where today’s racing concluded, and the festivities and parties commenced. It was that kind of day.

About the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Sint Maarten:

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club will host the second annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge from February 14-16, 2020. The event is open to all multihull sailors on racing catamarans and trimarans as well as chartered cats and cruising multis. For more information visit www.smyc.com/caribbean-multihull-challenge

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 14:56:21 -0400
The Caribbean Multihull Challenge, an official Mount Gay Rum "Red Cap Regatta" https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29774:the-caribbean-multihull-challenge,-an-official-mount-gay-rum-red-cap-regatta&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29774:the-caribbean-multihull-challenge,-an-official-mount-gay-rum-red-cap-regatta&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Sint Maarten Yacht Club – organizers of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge to be held in Sint Maarten / St. Martin’s waters on the 14th, 15h, and 16th of February 2020 – are proud to announce that the Mount Gay Red Caps have arrived on our island just waiting for the competitive racing to begin. In addition to three spirited days of racing, the event will offer nightly entertainment for participants, spectators and rum lovers. 

On Friday night the party is at Port de Plaisance Yacht Marina, where live music by Percy Rankin and his Bonfire Band are sure to get the party started. Specials on Mount Gay Rum drinks and much more make you want to make sure not to miss this. On Saturday, the crews finish in Grand Case, which makes the second annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge an international affair. There the Mount Gay Rum beach party will start around 2PM at Rainbow Beach Club and Captain Frenchie’s. Great Rum drinks on the beach and limited-edition hats and shirts are available for the Mount Gay drinkers. On Sunday is the final prize giving at the St. Maarten Yacht Club and this promise, as always to be a jolly affair.

The Mount Gay Red cap is a symbol of accomplishment in the sailing community. The famous and highly sought-after Red Caps are only worn by sailors who have raced in select Mount Gay Rum sponsored Regatta’s throughout the world where, upon completion of the course they are awarded the cap. This year the sailors have an extra reason to wear their caps, because if the bell rings at one of the official CMC events, all sailors wearing their cap get a free Mount Gay drink.

 “We are extremely excited to partner with Mount Gay Rum, the world’s oldest rum, which is such a “staple brand” and has a special connection with the sailing community with many of those sailors’ adorers of the Mount Gay Rum brand. To make this regatta an official Red Cap Event is something we are particularly proud of. We strive to offer a unique event, both on- and off-shore where participants and spectators can enjoy competitive sailing and entertaining events while enjoying Mount Gay Rum” as per Steve Burzon, One of the principle organizers of the CMC.

After last year first edition of the CMC, Roel Kokkelmans, Commercial Manager at ILTT in St. Maarten and Pascale Sold, Caribbean Brand Manager for Mount Gay Rum recognized the importance of a Sint Maarten sailing event open only to Multihulls. Working with Steve Burzon and Petro Jonker, Board Member at the SMYC, details were worked out to qualify this upcoming event as worthy of another red cap designation. “How great it is to have the support of the world’s oldest rum (Established in 1703) as a sponsor of this unique regatta and to be able to designate it as an Official Red Cap event”, said Roel.

“The Mount Gay Rum brand has a very strong connection with the sailing community and is a favorite amongst the sailors. From a thirst-quenching Eclipse Rum punch after the race to a Mount Gay XO on the rocks at the Captain’s briefing, the Mount Gay Rum brand is always there. We are very proud to be a main sponsor for this wonderful regatta and look forward to many more years of partnership” said Pascale Sold.

The sailor’s tradition of rum drinking can be traced back to the British navy hundreds of years ago. Since then it has remained the favorite spirit of pirates, merchants, military and pleasure Sailors alike. Mount Gay Rum is known worldwide as a patron of competitive sailing and every racing sailor knows that a true regatta is only as good as its “after party”.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Fri, 14 Feb 2020 20:04:55 -0400
TOPPER'S RHUM WINS 1ST PLACE IN USA TODAY’S BEST CARIBBEAN RUM DISTILLERY CONTEST. Best Rum Distillery in the Caribbean https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_k2%26amp%3Bview%3Ditem%26amp%3Bid%3D29773%3Atopper-s-rhum-wins-1st-place-in-usa-today%E2%80%99s-best-caribbean-rum-distillery-contest-best-rum-distillery-in-the-caribbean%26amp%3BItemid%3D504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_k2%26amp%3Bview%3Ditem%26amp%3Bid%3D29773%3Atopper-s-rhum-wins-1st-place-in-usa-today%E2%80%99s-best-caribbean-rum-distillery-contest-best-rum-distillery-in-the-caribbean%26amp%3BItemid%3D504

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - If there is one thing the Caribbean is known for as much as its beaches, is its rum. The spirit was first distilled on the islands during the 17th century when sugar plantation owners discovered molasses, a byproduct of the sugar refining process, which could be fermented into alcohol. Caribbean rum producers have spent centuries since perfecting the process of distillation, aging and blending. Many of the world's best rums come from the Caribbean.

USA Today awarded St. Maarten’s Topper's Rhum Distillery 1st place in the 10 Best Caribbean Rum Distillery contest for the second year in a row. This prestigious competition is amongst some of the most famous rum brands in the world such as Bacardi, Brugal, Angostura, Cruzan, Mount Gay, Appleton Estate and Barbancourt.

USA TODAY’s 10Best.com, provides travelers with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content around the world. At its core is a team of well-traveled and well-educated experts who in their fields are known for their discriminating tastes.

Not only does USA Today’s readers acknowledge Topper’s Rhum as the Best Caribbean rum maker, Wine Enthusiast magazine recently designated Topper’s Mocha Mama Rhum as one of the Top 100 Spirits of 2019. Every year Wine Enthusiast's expert team reviews spirits from around the world. Culled from a list of thousands of spirits, this ranking represents the most exciting, impressive and interesting spirits of the year. 

Topper’s Rhum, a truly locally made product, is a world-class, multi-award winning, premium rhum that is handmade, bottled, and packaged with precision right here in Cole Bay, St. Maarten. Topper’s Rhum only uses all-natural premium ingredients and no preservatives. They are committed to producing the world’s best tasting rhum and flavored rhum spirits, using the highest standards of quality. They are re-inventing rhum by continually innovating and delivering unique products to their customers worldwide. 

Topper’s Rhum is very environmentally conscientious and well known for their signature reusable swing-top bottles. This official St. Maarten rhum is the only international multiple award-winning spirit distilled and exported from St. Maarten. They currently export to 7 countries and 24 states in the USA. Their products are also sold online throughout the world at buyrhum.com. Topper’s Rhum has already won 26 international medals awarded by the most prominent rum tasting contests in the world. 

Through their tours and their continuing expansion overseas, they are notably promoting St. Maarten internationally.  Topper’s Rhum Distillery is one of the top unique places to visit on St. Maarten, according to the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau. 

So what is new for Topper’s in 2020? They will be launching their premium Vodka as well as three aged rhum blends this year. Topper’s is also pleased to announce the April 2020 launch of their sister brand Sea Spot Rum which all started with a simple premise; the belief that a well-crafted rum and a worthy cause make for a great blend. This family run, small batch rum company has a big heart. 10% of all profits will be donated to support service, guide, and shelter dog organizations everywhere. All Sea Spot Rum products and merchandise purchases at our distillery will support St Maarten's local rescue and dog organizations. 

Come by and for a tasting of their 6 signature rhums and visit their world famous Rhum Tap, which offers 12 specialty flavors, ready for sampling or enjoy one of their hands-on tours. 

Topper’s Rhum distillery is open for rhum tastings and shopping from 9:00am – 3:00pm daily. Tours are start every hour on the hour. Call 721-520-0008 for an appointment or book online at www.toppersrhumtours.com.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 19:57:52 -0400
The CSA Rating Rule: How an Expert Team of Measurers and Race Officers Level the Playing Field for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29747:the-csa-rating-rule-how-an-expert-team-of-measurers-and-race-officers-level-the-playing-field-for-the-st-maarten-heineken-regatta&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29747:the-csa-rating-rule-how-an-expert-team-of-measurers-and-race-officers-level-the-playing-field-for-the-st-maarten-heineken-regatta&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - From the earliest beginnings of yacht racing, one of the most controversial aspects has been the creation and implementation of rating rules. The idea behind rating rules is to “level the playing field” by handicapping the fleet so a wide variety of yachts can compete fairly and equitably with one another.

Elsewhere in the watery world, rating rules come and go. But not in the Caribbean, where the longstanding CSA Rule (so named for the Caribbean Sailing Association) has been in operation for decades. It’s the rule under which the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is contested, and one of the reasons the close, tight racing has always been the reason it attracts so many dedicated competitive sailors. And it will once again be the rule of choice for the 40th edition of the regatta, which this year takes place from March 5-8.

“I am always fascinated looking at results in some races (under the CSA Rule) where a few boats come within seconds on a standard race,” said naval architect and CSA Chief Measurer Bastien Pouthier. “The CSA Rule is actually a very old rule, I mean 60-plus years old. A retired British fighter pilot designed a mathematical formula to be able to race between friends fairly. Obviously, the rule has been developed and updated yearly, with a number of major revamps in between.”

Pouthier said part of the reason for the CSA Rule’s success is that it was especially developed for the ideal Caribbean weather, “and was optimized for the conditions we encounter here, steady 15-knot trade winds.” He explained that the Rule was designed for displacement cruiser/racer-type yachts, the majority of Caribbean race boats, but also works well in varying breezes and with today’s lighter displacement flyers. “I am convinced that the CSA Rule works the best for our Caribbean events like the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. We can get a new entry and within 2 hours of measuring and 15 minutes of inputting our software, we can get them racing. No other rule can deliver that.”

With regards to the fleet in the 40th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, Pouthier said to keep an eye on the boats in the middle size ranges. “The Performance Classes between 35-feet and 48-feet, typically split into two (divisions) by rating, are amazing classes. These are the boats that will travel around the Caribbean to many different events and will fight repeatedly on the racecourse. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will be a highlight of the season as it has been many years in the past. Of course, the 40th will be a special one!”

The CSA Rule is actually four rules, to cover monohulls, multihulls and classic yachts. As Chief Measurer, Pouthier has final say on matters, but he also oversees an impressive team that also consists of specialist Chief Technical Officers for the monohulls and multihulls. The CTOs are trained yacht designers with vast experience in designing, building and racing yachts, and who work with an impressive group of 15 other measurers who also are hands-on, veteran racers and cruisers.

Pouthier himself is a lifelong sailor whose career began in Normandy, France, racing Optimists in the Channel Sea. By 18, he became a sailing instructor and began his studies in engineering, with the notion of becoming a car designer. But he soon switched disciplines and matriculated to the famous Southampton Institute, which led him to a position in Trinidad as a naval architect. That’s where and when he not only got bitten by the racing bug, but also got involved with the technical aspects of the CSA Rule. And now he is in charge of overseeing it.

Pouthier passed along the following websites for those interested in learning more about the CSA Rule, or getting a rating for their own boat. There’s plenty of time to do so, and it’s fast and easy. And you DO NOT want to miss the epic 40th anniversary of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

Here’s Chief Measurer Bastien Pouthier’s advice on how to get started: 

There is a page on our web site that is informative: https://caribbean-sailing.com/csa-rules/get-a-csa-rating/  

You can also have a look at this overview: https://caribbean-sailing.com/csa-rules/overview-of-the-rule/

Then, get in touch with the measurer present on your island. The regatta Organizing Authority and our website lists the measurers on each island: https://caribbean-sailing.com/csa-rules/measurers/. The measurer will be able to advise you whether the boat must be emptied or can be measured in racing trim and will explain what these terms mean. 

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 13 Feb 2020 17:15:47 -0400
Two employees of Menzies Aviation arrested for Narcotics Smuggling into Canada https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29729:two-employees-of-menzies-aviation-arrested-for-narcotics-smuggling-into-canada&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29729:two-employees-of-menzies-aviation-arrested-for-narcotics-smuggling-into-canada&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - In connection with an ongoing investigation into drugs smuggling, (KUMA) the Police force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) Alpha Team arrested two male employees of Menzies Aviation Sint Maarten on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020, the police announced on Wednesday in a press release.

The suspects with the initials E.S.C. C and O.F.S were arrested on suspicion of exporting narcotics via the Princess Juliana International Airport to Canada.

A quantity of narcotics was seized in Canada earlier this year that arrived on a flight out of Sint Maarten.

This investigation is being conducted by the personnel of Alpha Team in collaboration with Customs and the Coastguard, KMar and other units of the KPSM.

In addition to the arrests, several house searches took place on Wednesday morning under the supervision of the examining judge and the prosecutor’s office.

A search also took place at Menzies Aviation Office at the Princess Juliana International Airport. The two suspects are being held at the police station pending further investigation. (KPSM)

menzies aviation

Police photo.

 

 

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:11:07 -0400
Asher Otto & Itchy Feet to Perform for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29711:asher-otto-itchy-feet-to-perform-for-the-st-maarten-heineken-regatta&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29711:asher-otto-itchy-feet-to-perform-for-the-st-maarten-heineken-regatta&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Antiguan songstress and band Asher Otto & Itchy Feet have confirmed their performance for the 40th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta this coming March. The band is set to take the stage on Friday, March 6th, 2020, and is joined by a stellar Caribbean line-up for the night. The venue, the Regatta Village, is located at the Princess Port de Plaisance Resort & Casino in Cole Bay, St. Maarten. The entrance is free to the public.

The band members are like family to the event and the island, having performed at both the 2015 and 2017 regatta events. Their island vibes and soulful sounds will fill the air at the Regatta Village for all in attendance. The band, which has been performing together since 2011, is self-described as "history in the making." The music they bring to the stage encompasses a variety of genres, including soca, rock, reggae, and pop, all with a unique Asher twist that can be described as mesmerizing.

Asher grew up listening to a range of music, including jazz, contemporary, and R 'n B, which can certainly be felt and heard in her music today. She released her debut album back in 2015 and has been making waves in the musical world ever since. The band itself comprises of five members — Paddy Prendergast on the guitar and Sherwin Parker on bass. Andrew Dorsett handles keys with Garfield Whal on the drums and Ajani Williams on guitar. Together they bring a unique vibe to the stage and promise to deliver a performance you won’t forget.

In the past year, the band and Asher have been very busy. Asher Otto has been working with six-time Grammy winning producer Bonzai Caruso while recording in Las Vegas, Nevada and Kingston, Jamaica with Steven Marley and his band. A recent collaboration with international singer Joss Stone rounded out a very busy and productive year. When asked about the upcoming performance in St. Maarten, Paddy Prendergast says, “We have had such a busy summer performing in the UK and Italy, and we now spend five to six nights a week performing in Antigua. We are looking forward to coming back to St. Maarten! We can’t wait to treat listeners to some new music we have been working on lately.”

The Regatta Village will feature an amazing variety of music, food vendors, drinks, activities and an art/eco/tech park that will offer plenty to see and do who enjoying the sounds on stage. For more information be sure to visit the regatta website www.heinekenregatta.com

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 11 Feb 2020 16:54:38 -0400
Sarah Questions Government On Motion To Reduce Salaries and Cost of MPs https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29703:sarah-questions-government-on-motion-to-reduce-salaries-and-cost-of-mps&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29703:sarah-questions-government-on-motion-to-reduce-salaries-and-cost-of-mps&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - “With the 2020 draft budget on its way to the CFT, the question begs: what is the 2020 budget of the country all about?

What will we see in the budget that addresses the most pressing needs of the people of St. Maarten?”, was MP Wescot’s response to the news that the 2020 draft budget was sent to the CFT.

“Yes, there is a procedure involved, but at the end of the day, there is only so much maneuvering space and no more. The opportunity therefore is now to have the discussions on the more fundamental issues such as healthcare, pensions, taxes, immigration/labor etc.”

While from Government estimates, it appears the budget will reach parliament mid-April at the earliest, Parliament has not been officially informed of this delay in presenting the country’s budget., the MP continued.

The budget is one of the most important tools/rights of Parliament and should be treated as such. 

In the meantime, however, Parliament can be proactive in its vetting of budget related issues, such as the financial state of our Government owned companies.  MP Wescot: “I will therefore be requesting that the latest financials of these companies be sent to Parliament for scrutiny as soon as possible.”

I have also asked for the Government to state its position on the approved motion by parliament regarding the reduction in salaries and benefits of Members of Parliament. This motion specifically calls for these cuts to be made in the budget 2020 and the question is whether this has been done. 

The following questions were posed to the Minister of Finance on the matter:

- What steps has the Government taken to execute aforementioned motion?

- Has Government considered this motion in the preparation of the budget 2020? If not, why was it not considered?

- Is Government in favor of presenting a proposal to formally address the “cost of politics” (salaries, unemployment benefits, travel, etc.)? If not, what is Government’s view on the conditions imposed by the Dutch Government for liquidity assistance 2019?

- How is Government progressing with the other conditions?

- Does Government concur with the Integrity Commission (2014) that there must come clarity regarding the function of Members of Parliament; either this function is full time, or it is part-time with commensurate reduction.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 11 Feb 2020 12:34:58 -0400
MP Heyliger-Marten: "My pledge is to the people of St. Maarten" https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29691:mp-heyliger-marten-my-pledge-is-to-the-people-of-st-maarten&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29691:mp-heyliger-marten-my-pledge-is-to-the-people-of-st-maarten&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Grisha Heyliger-Marten says the real Oath of Office that an elected member of Parliament in St. Maarten should take is to the people who elected them.

Her statement came on the heels of been sworn in as one of the 15 incoming members of Parliament on Monday, February 10th.

The Oath of office was taken in the presence of His Excellency’ the Governor Eugene Holiday’s office, who is the local representative for The King of The Netherlands.

During the ceremony, Heyliger-Marten opted to make her pledge to the people of St. Maarten.

She later issued the following statement; "With no disrespect to The King of The Netherlands, I felt my pledge as Members of Parliament should be about patriotism and loyal service to the people and allegiance to our island. The real Oath I take is a solemn promise to the people whose trust I will work to keep while upholding and improving the Constitution and the Laws for their good and in their best interest."

As a new MP Heyliger-Marten intends to work closely with all concerned to ensure that rules and roles are administered appropriately. She said the rule of law must work for the people and not be a hindrance to their progress or personal advancement. "The rule of law and the Constitution must also not hamper, slow or stall the work of the Executive Branch of Government. It must allow the Council of Ministers to work the interest of improving the lives and living condition of the people, and I will work to ensure that this happens," said Heyliger-Marten.

According to Heyliger-Marten, the role of the Governor should never hinder the advancement of our people. This relationship with the King/Governor and the Council of Ministers is established in the Constitution of The Netherlands. And, since the Governor is then part of the Executive Branch there should be no dispute between the decision of the Council of Ministers and the opinion of the Governor’s Cabinet as it relates to the Government’s’ duties. 

In this context, Heyliger-Marten said she looks forward to seeing work executed by the Executive Branch. These works should be consistent with the wish of the people of St. Maarten.

Regarding her new position as MP Heyliger-Marten said she was profoundly humbled and thankful to the people of St. Maarten for entrusting her to serve them as a Member of Parliament. "To have so many people put their faith and trust in me and the United People's Party, is humbling, and I promise to serve you with the utmost respect for you the people and to take seriously the responsibility you have given me."

MP Heyliger-Marten's campaign platform leading up to the January 9th 2020 elections, centered on the need to improve the Constitution of St. Maarten to reflect the needs of her people better. She will become the next Faction Leader for the UP Party which was founded by her husband and former Member of Parliament Theodore Heyliger. During her campaign, Heyliger-Marten made it clear to the electorate that a vote for her was a vote for her husband who she along with thousands on St. Maarten hold in high regard as a pioneer in the redevelopment of St. Maarten.

She said, "For a long time, the interest of the people of St. Maarten has been kept as a distant third to personal interest and the influence of foreign personal agendas. I make this declaration to you the people who elected me into office that I will serve you truthfully, humbly and respectfully. My service will be for the betterment of all of St. Maarten and not a selected few."

In keeping with her theme song throughout the elections Heyliger-Marten said she is ready to walk the walk. She said, “I have shown I can talk the talk and I am ready to stand up for you so they don’t take advantage of you.”

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 10 Feb 2020 18:40:08 -0400
Nature Foundation and Ocean Science Team Research Performance of Artificial Reefs https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29673:nature-foundation-and-ocean-science-team-research-performance-of-artificial-reefs&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29673:nature-foundation-and-ocean-science-team-research-performance-of-artificial-reefs&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Last week, the Ocean Science Team of Reef Life Foundation was on the island to assess and research the 14 month performance of the ‘IntelliReefs’ artificial reef substrates which were developed to enhance coral and fish growth; deployed as a premier in St Maarten waters in the end of 2018.

The team which collaborates with the Nature Foundation was funded by the Waitt Institute, conducted several research and monitoring dives on the ‘coral enhancing’ structures in the Marine Protected Area and on sites around the island. The researchers discovered coral settlement varieties, important coral contributors and highly diverse marine species on the Oceanite substrates.

In the coming weeks, samples and monitoring films will be analyzed in detail to determine species composition and abundance on these substrates, stay tuned for scientific updates!

The Ocean Science Team consisted of marine biologists, coral scientists, photographers and videographers, storytellers and staff of the Nature Foundation, they were also locally supported by Pelican Peak, the Scuba Shop, and Dianne Smith, whose catamaran Random Wind, brought all the expedition teams to the dive sites on 29th of January.

The scuba shop provided dive equipment and assistance for the team and we experienced the beautiful views and adrenaline rushing zipline of Pelican Peak. “We are grateful for our local support in order to improve the resilience of our coral reefs” stated Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern Manager of the Nature Foundation.

“I was very excited to see the amount of life on the IntelliReefs in such a short time, including young coral colonies. Working with an incredible, dedicated team from the Nature Foundation and Reef Life Foundation inspires hope and sparks my imagination as an Art Reef designer” stated Colleen Flanigan part of the Ocean Science Team for the Reef Life Foundation.

In the last couple of years, the coral reefs on Sint Maarten have been deteriorating quickly due to diseases and storms, the reefs were already extremely threatened as pollution, large amounts of wastewater input into the ocean, overfishing and rising ocean temperatures are destroying coral reefs.

“If we do not have corals, many tourists will choose to enjoy their vacation somewhere else, causing large losses in income for St Maarten, loss of jobs and an average decrease in wealth and access to medical care, increasing poverty. Besides the importance to tourism, coral reefs are critical to protect us from storms and swells and are the home to many different fishes and marine life species, including the species we love to have on our menu, such as snapper and lobster. Therefore, we are honored to have these structures and their performance being tested on St. Maarten,” explained Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern.

The Reef Life Restoration (RLR) nano-engineered reef habitats, called ‘IntelliReefs’, are using environmentally sustainable minerals as a specific coral species growth substrates, mimicking the complex composition of natural coral reefs. Biocompatible and highly diverse surface textures and formulations on and within these substrates are designed to function like established coral, including small holes where fertilized coral larvae can attach, be protected and grow to reproductive stage adulthood. These smart coral substrates are being designed to survive extreme weather, increased sedimentation levels, and changes to the broader ecosystem.

"After diving on the Sint Maarten IntelliReefs and conducting surveys of the structures, our initial observations and results indicate that they support an incredible diversity of life. Their porous design provides more surface area per square meter of reef material for settlement and protects early life stages of important reef-building organisms like corals.

“We were amazed to see wild coral recruits settling on one of our structures after only 14 months. Our preliminary results suggest that IntelliReefs can increase biodiversity of reef organisms even in very small areas and provide refuges to important fish and invertebrate species on degraded reefs," specified Emily Harris Reef Life Marine Biology Lead.

The vision of the ´IntelliReefs´ project is to deploy these smart substrates on reefs worldwide and use these technologies to protect and recover coral and biodiverse marine creature populations around the world, as many of the world’s scientists feel that entire reef populations will have to be moved to cooler waters, Reef Life structures can serve as “Living Shorelines” wave protection as well as individual boat mooring surrounds to prevent further damage to the reefs from anchoring.

The mooring habitat technology comes at a time when certain European Union countries are outlawing boat anchors except in proper mooring stations, so this system could globally contribute millions of sustainable boat mooring coral, fish, oyster and marine plant eco-habitats.

“What have I learned from Coral Reef systems? Healthy reefs are interdependent and take time to develop. I love the way the IntelliReefs initiative represents a win win for tourism, government and conservation. It is a long-term collaboration with wins for the environment, marine protected areas and the local economy. After 7 years of development, 14-month pilot test, and a week of diving repeatedly on the three sites in St Maarten, it’s clear to me that diverse marine life appreciates this Oceanite substrate. Every inch is covered in life.

“Most exciting are the recruits of mustard hill coral that are growing from the spawning event. Personally, I was honored to be tentacled by an octopus living in the heart of the IntelliReefs substrate, superior at attracting diverse biological growth to every nook and cranny. There are many more experiments we need to do to optimize the architecture and substrate, but for now, I’m thrilled to have a tested material that supports diverse biological growth,” said Ian Kellet Reef Life Global Project Lead.

“Reef Life Foundation supports global efforts being made to further marine protected areas: MPA expansion and effectiveness, as well as saving coral reef creatures great and small; and we hope to reinforce this by continued scientific development of coastal and oceanic solutions to the ravages of climate change” concluded Melody Brenna, Reef Life Foundation Director.

To learn more about IntelliReefs: Substrates for Super Corals, check out www.reeflifefoundation.org/intellireefs.

In order to assist to save our oceans, support by donating to www.naturefoundationsxm.org/donate and the “Gift A Reef” project: www.reeflifefoundation.org/donate.  

Local Support provided by:

THE SCUBA SHOP  www.thescubashop.net

Pikes Peak Zipline Tours: https://pelicanpeaksxm.com/

Random Wind Charters, St. Maarten https://randomwind.com/

Initial Reef Deployment with Nature Foundation: https://vimeo.com/325568580

nature Sint Maarten IntelliReefs Fish Aggregation A 2020

Sint Maarten IntelliReefs Fish Aggregation A 2020.

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Smart Substrates for Super Corals FB

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sun, 09 Feb 2020 14:03:30 -0400
2019-nCoV Coronavirus Mass Hysteria Causing Social Media ‘Infodemic’ https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_k2%26amp%3Bview%3Ditem%26amp%3Bid%3D29647%3A2019-ncov-coronavirus-mass-hysteria-causing-social-media-%E2%80%98infodemic%E2%80%99%26amp%3BItemid%3D504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_k2%26amp%3Bview%3Ditem%26amp%3Bid%3D29647%3A2019-ncov-coronavirus-mass-hysteria-causing-social-media-%E2%80%98infodemic%E2%80%99%26amp%3BItemid%3D504

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – Roddy Heyliger) - The outbreak of a new coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV, is leading to local and international mass hysteria, a so-called ‘infodemic,’ or information epidemic. One can understand that people are worried, and you have a right to be so, but keep pace with factual information and news that is evidence-based and avoid getting into an unnecessary panic.

The coronavirus epidemic was officially declared on 31 December. The numbers of persons being infected is increasing daily as well as the death toll. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 99 per cent of the cases are in China, with 80 per cent of these cases in Hubei, China province; there are only approximately 225+ cases in 24 other countries up to 4 February – a relatively small number of infections outside China which have presented mild to moderate symptoms.

The WHO has taken steps to ensure that the coronavirus epidemic does not spark a dangerous international social media “infodemic” fueled by false information – fake news; and is working closely with major internet platforms to ensure that WHO’s information about the respiratory illness appears first in online searches.

There have been cases internationally on different continents that people of Chinese descent are being discriminated against. All nations should display support for those facing difficult circumstances and avoid the stigmatization of people that are innocent and victims of what is transpiring.

The Dutch Health Minister Bruno Bruins told members of the Dutch Second Chamber of Parliament this week that he was shocked how people in the Netherlands who are of Asian descent are facing discrimination.

Our Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs on Wednesday during the live Council of Ministers press briefing, alluded to citizens seeking official news sources such as the Government’s public information platforms for factual information about the coronavirus.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves in a public statement also acknowledged that it appears some regional countries are panicking in the face of the coronavirus, especially where it concerned a cruise ship that had a number of passengers – 23 at the time in St. Vincent - suffering from upper respiratory tract infections. The vessel was denied entry by the Governments of St. Lucia, Dominica and Antigua.

Prime Minister Gonzales added that not every case should be assumed to be the dreaded disease. His country was one of those who allowed the cruise ship AIDA Perla to dock after it passed international and local health protocols, pointing out that his country had “acted sensibly with the protocols and don’t panic.” The AIDA Perla was allowed to dock on Tuesday at Port St. Maarten after passing local public health screening protocols.

As with other respiratory illnesses, infection with 2019-nCoV can cause mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. It can be more severe in some persons and can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure or breathing difficulties/severe acute respiratory syndrome. The incubation period ranges from two up to 14-days. Based on current WHO information, the people who have symptoms are most likely to spread the virus.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in its February 5 epidemiology report says those most at risk were those with low immunity – pre-existing medical conditions - because of an underlying illness such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes, in addition to senior citizens.

Follow the widely known advice which has been promoted and continues to be promoted by our Ministry of Public Health of handwashing and cough/sneezing etiquette. These every day habits can help prevent the spread of several viruses such as influenza (flu) and the common cold.

The WHO reported on Thursday that there was a slight drop on Wednesday night in the number of people infected in China by the new coronavirus. It’s a good sign, but, its too early to make any analogy of what it means and therefore global, regional and local preparations have to continue where everybody puts into practice common sense advice of basic hygiene measures or washing their hands regularly and sneezing and coughing into the crook of their arm.

Roddy Heyliger

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Minister Doran swears in 20 new cadets at Police Force https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29603:minister-doran-swears-in-20-new-cadets-at-police-force&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29603:minister-doran-swears-in-20-new-cadets-at-police-force&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Some 20 police cadets took the oath of office in the presence of the Minister of Justice on Monday February 3rd, 2020, according to a press release from the cabinet of the Minister of Justice.

“A ceremony commemorating this milestone was held in the main meeting room at the Philipsburg police station.

“These cadets who started their training in the latter part of 2019, were taught by trainers of the Police Academy in the Netherlands.

“Minister Doran, who himself is 27 years of age, during his congratulatory message, expressed great satisfaction upon being able to yet another class of recruits graduating, and especially seeing among them many persons his age and even former colleagues taking on this bold step to become members of the Police Force of Sint Maarten.

“The Minister also emphasized taking this step should not merely be a job, but a job that you should love while having a strong desire to serve your country, which would help you to carry out your tasks with pride and dignity.

“He encouraged them to trust themselves and strive to be the best police officer ever.

“Chief Inspector Appellhof, who is charged with the police training for all Caribbean islands, also attended the ceremony and wished the cadets all the best and asked them to do their utmost to develop themselves and become proud police officers.

“Chief Commissioner of Police Carl John informed the 20 cadets that a career at the Sint Maarten Police Force will change their lives, and reminded them that it all comes down to integrity, respect and being a role model, on and off duty, while serving and protecting Sint Maarten''.  

“As is usual, trainings will be continuous in order for the officers to have the opportunity to elevate themselves and execute their duties in an even more efficient manner as they climb the ranks. In closing Minister Doran wished the officers much success as they move forward,” the statement concludes.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 04 Feb 2020 16:54:18 -0400
St. Maarten Heart & Stroke Foundation Partners with Motorworld to host “Wear Red” Event This Friday https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_k2%26amp%3Bview%3Ditem%26amp%3Bid%3D29602%3Ast-maarten-heart-stroke-foundation-partners-with-motorworld-to-host-%E2%80%9Cwear-red%E2%80%9D-event-this-friday%26amp%3BItemid%3D504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_k2%26amp%3Bview%3Ditem%26amp%3Bid%3D29602%3Ast-maarten-heart-stroke-foundation-partners-with-motorworld-to-host-%E2%80%9Cwear-red%E2%80%9D-event-this-friday%26amp%3BItemid%3D504

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - “Go Red for Women”, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally.

With emphasis on International Wear Red Day® this Friday, February 7, 2020, the St. Maarten Heart and Stroke Foundation (SMHSF) encourages the community of St. Maarten to wear red and raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, particularly among women, and save lives!

Towards this end, the SMHSF has partnered with Motorworld Group of Companies, to host its first annual “Wear Red Day” event, and thereby, raise awareness and work towards the prevention and cure of heart disease in women. This event will be held on Friday, February 7th from 7:00–10:00 PM at Motorworld’s showroom, located on Welfare Road in Colebay, St. Maarten.

“It’s not just about wearing red; or sharing heart health facts. For us it’s about all women making a commitment to stand together in solidarity and ‘Wear Red’ to take charge of their own heart health, as well as the health of those they can’t bear to live without,” shares Martha Thewett, Founder and President of the SMHSF. “Many are faced with heart disease themselves or, among loved ones, and often miss the simple signs. Making a commitment towards healthy behaviors isn’t something you have to do alone. This is why an event of this nature is necessary. We encourage everyone to come out to learn more, and bring along friends, family members and/or your colleagues and, join us in the movement to make a ‘Wear Red’ commitment!”

By coordinating the ‘Wear Red’ event, the Foundation will be highlighting women with heart disease, and their life-saving testimonials. This event will be structured as a mini symposium with medical expertise shared by local cardiologists from both sides of the island in a fun manner. Interactive and informative presentations will be made by the following guest speakers:

  • Dr. Marjorie Boulogne Abraham, Cardiologist
  • Dr. Emiko Bird-Lake, Cardiologist
  • Dr. Tasika Bell, Family Practitioner
  • Caroline Van Oost, Psychologist.

In addition to the above-listed medical experts, the ‘Wear Red’ event will also feature an engaging fashion show, art and poetry presentations, along with complimentary refreshments.

Moreover, a prime feature of the event will include the unveiling of a great surprise, which is being made available for a fundraising raffle, that anyone can win. All proceeds will go towards the SMHSF.

This is an evening that attendees will not want to miss! It will be a fun, informative and insightful fundraising event. The event is free and open to the general public. All guests are kindly asked to ‘Wear Red.’ Everyone, including men, are cordially invited and welcome to attend. Working together, we can all “have a heart, and save a heart.”

The sponsors for this event include Motorworld, St. Maarten Medical Center, So Contagious Studios, N.V. GEBE, T’s Closet and Total Perfection.  

For further information and/or to RSVP, please log onto St. Maarten Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Facebook page and, be sure to click “Going” to RSVP for the event. 

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 04 Feb 2020 16:39:02 -0400
Arrest made at Adult Entertainment establishment, for illegal fire arm possession https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29579:arrest-made-at-adult-entertainment-establishment,-for-illegal-fire-arm-possession&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29579:arrest-made-at-adult-entertainment-establishment,-for-illegal-fire-arm-possession&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police Force Patrols made an early morning arrest over the weekend on the 2nd February 2020 of a male carrying an illegal firearm, police said on Monday in a statement.

After the male with initials G.H.C (34) was spotted entering the establishment with a firearm, the police were immediately notified. G.H.C was placed under arrest at approximately 5:10am, when the patrols arrived on the scene.

He was brought to the Police Headquarters where he is being held for further investigation and the illegal fire arm was confiscated. (KPSM)

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:38:59 -0400
PJL Black History Observance Month Starts Feb.01. Theme: Passing on our Legacy https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29531:pjl-black-history-observance-month-starts-feb-01-theme-passing-on-our-legacy&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29531:pjl-black-history-observance-month-starts-feb-01-theme-passing-on-our-legacy&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The annual Black History Observance month starts on February 1st, 2020 at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL). It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Black History month is a time to reflect on what it means to be an African descendant. It is also a time to reflect back on the activists and organizers of the past who fought for racial equality for everyone. For this occasion, PJL acknowledges our local heroes for their role of bringing awareness to the community during the month of February for the last years.

Following the tradition, the PJL has a program prepared consisting of storytelling, dance, music, poetry and our power of knowledge series. The program commences on Wednesday February 5, 2020 with an opening at 6 p.m. at the library by the PJL director, Mrs. Glenderlin Holiday, featuring Mr. Alex Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics, presenting the St. Martin Black History Month Story.

Every Saturday of this month there will be story telling by local story tellers, on Wednesday, February 12, there will be a session by Mrs. Maccow-Thomas, featuring the production of local herbal teas under the brand Teezan, and on Friday February 28, PJL will feature our local artist Ms. Tamara Groeneveldt, with poetry and a dance production by our local dance choreographer Mr. Rudolph Davis.

The full program can be found on the PJL web-site: www.stmaartenlibrary.org and on the PJL Facebook page: Stmaarten.pjlibrary.

We also encourage the general public to make use of this opportunity to visit the PJL during the regular opening hours to learn more about the African diaspora through the Alice and Lionel Romney collection and the Sint Maarten collection.

It will give you a better view on the past and also on the people that built Sint Maarten to what it is now. Please, come out, learn more, become aware, and celebrate Black History Observance month with us.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Fri, 31 Jan 2020 11:26:14 -0400
St. Martin artist Deborah Jack exhibits in Africa https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29529:st-martin-artist-deborah-jack-exhibits-in-africa&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29529:st-martin-artist-deborah-jack-exhibits-in-africa&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The art of Deborah Jack, probably St. Martin’s most reviewed visual artist, has been on exhibit in Bamako, capital of Mali, since last November.

“I exhibited with MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora at Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography,” said Jack.

Jack’s photograph in the exhibit is called “Untitled,” from the series, The Season of Bloom. The group show ends January 31, 2020, as the 12th edition of “Bamako Encounters.”

“My work seeks to articulate an historical and cultural injury in a way that tries to avoid and subvert images of suffering and victim-hood that have been used as visual hot buttons in the past,” said Jack, who is a published poet under the name Drisana.

The Bamako festival “is the principal event dedicated to contemporary photography and new imagery in Africa,” said Lassana Igo Diarra, General Delegate of Bamako Encounters.

Jack is noted in US reviews for her wall-size, contemporary St. Martin sea and salt-inspired video and sound installations, said Lasana Sekou, her book publisher at HNP.

In the Huffington Post, what NYU professor Jacqueline Bishop called Jack’s “hauntingly familiar” work, also includes paintings and photography.

Jack’s art is currently on exhibit across the Atlantic from Africa as well.

According to Miami Herald, the St. Martin artist is in the show called “The Other Side of Now,” at the Perez Art Museum Miami through June 7, 2020. The 14 artists on exhibit in Florida are pondering “what might a Caribbean future look like?”

Jack’s schedule is revving up in 2020 in more ways than one. There is already a solo exhibit lined up for New York City; and there is her work as an associate professor of art at New Jersey City University. Deborah Jack is also featured in the forthcoming book A to Z of Caribbean Art.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Fri, 31 Jan 2020 02:27:51 -0400
One dead and one injured in Cole Bay shooting incident on Wednesday night. Police seek community assistance https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29513:one-dead-and-one-injured-in-cole-bay-shooting-incident-on-wednesday-night-police-seek-community-assistance&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29513:one-dead-and-one-injured-in-cole-bay-shooting-incident-on-wednesday-night-police-seek-community-assistance&Itemid=504 ]]> info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 30 Jan 2020 17:07:48 -0400 Prime Minister Jacobs meets with Postal Services St. Maarten representatives to address current issues https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29508:prime-minister-jacobs-meets-with-postal-services-st-maarten-representatives-to-address-current-issues&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29508:prime-minister-jacobs-meets-with-postal-services-st-maarten-representatives-to-address-current-issues&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - During the past week, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs met with Head of Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) Marinka Gumbs and accompanying representative, Ms. Wilson to address the current issues that PSS is being faced with.

“After the discussions, and based on information received from the Central Bank and other banking officials, it was clear that the issues arising concerning international money transfer services no longer being provided by PSS was due to the absence of a Compliance Officer,” stated Prime Minister Jacobs.

Thus, the Postal Services St. Maarten was informed that once they have hired a Compliance Officer, they will then be able to continue with their international money transfer services.

The representatives of PSS expect to tackle the situation as soon as possible and follow up with Prime Minister Jacobs in order to ensure that international money transfer services resume at the post office.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Thu, 30 Jan 2020 12:03:05 -0400
Measures in place at SXM Airport for the Novel Coronavirus https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29469:measures-in-place-at-sxm-airport-for-the-novel-coronavirus&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29469:measures-in-place-at-sxm-airport-for-the-novel-coronavirus&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) – As the world is on high alert because of the Coronavirus outbreak, so is the Management of the Princess Juliana International Airport – SXM.  A series of emergency preparedness meetings convened during the course of last week to guarantee the SXM Airport’s Pandemic plan goes into full effect, to foster awareness and responsiveness for good hygiene practices to prevent the Norvel Coronavirus.

Furthermore, following collaborative meetings with the pertinent members of the Government of St. Maarten and sector heads, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Brian Mingo announced that it was established that the goal is not to generate panic in our low risk area, but to be accountable for the management of the risk of communicable diseases at airports, which rests primarily with the local public health authority.

On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause, which was detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. On January 13, 2020, the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, reported the first imported case of lab-confirmed novel coronavirus also from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Since then, there have been more worldwide confirmed cases on the gradual rise through travel.

The plan of action for the SXM Airport includes the installation and strategic placement of additional hand sanitizer units and the pandemic plan which now includes an update on the coronavirus. According to the Chief Operations Officer, COO, Michel Hyman, the implementation of the public and airport awareness campaign has begun and serves to bring awareness to our passengers, staff and airport stakeholders. “We are taking all the necessary precautionary measures and have established an action plan in the event a case may arise at the SXM Airport,” concluded Mr. Hyman.

According to the Airport Council International (ACI), together with the local authorities, each airport operator should play its part towards achieving greater coordination of preparedness measures. ACI further states that our airport preparedness plan should also address aspects such as screening logistics, equipment, entry/exit controls, and coordination with the local/regional/national public health authority. Furthermore, the International Health Regulations (2005) refers to the role of competent authorities at airports with respect to ensuring that facilities for travelers are maintained in a sanitary condition and that goods being transported through airports are kept free of sources of infection or contamination; it concludes.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:37:45 -0400
Winair’s Flight 806 lands safely after engine shuts down https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_k2%26amp%3Bview%3Ditem%26amp%3Bid%3D29468%3Awinair%E2%80%99s-flight-806-lands-safely-after-engine-shuts-down%26amp%3BItemid%3D504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_k2%26amp%3Bview%3Ditem%26amp%3Bid%3D29468%3Awinair%E2%80%99s-flight-806-lands-safely-after-engine-shuts-down%26amp%3BItemid%3D504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) – Our Winair Flight 806 departed from SXM Airport at 9am in the morning of January 28. After approximately 10 minutes the left engine shut down, obliging the aircraft to return to SXM Airport where it landed safely.

Safety protocol and procedures of Princess Juliana International Airport and Winair were followed. A maintenance team will be dispatched from Guadeloupe to trouble shoot and repair the engine.

All passengers were rebooked and can expect to arrive in Curacao with an approximate 4-hour delay. Our ATR flight schedule for today January 28 will be affected and some delay can be expected on all flights. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, Winair expects to return to published operating schedule tomorrow Wednesday January 29.

The ATR 42 in question are robust regional turboprop aircraft with an ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Performance Standards) certification which both the ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 versions where granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This means that they are capable to fly with one engine, for 120 flight minutes from any airport at which they can land.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:33:35 -0400
Ottley: Coronavirus should not be taken lightly https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29460:ottley-coronavirus-should-not-be-taken-lightly&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29460:ottley-coronavirus-should-not-be-taken-lightly&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament Elect Omar Ottley urges The Health Department, The Princess Juliana International Airport, and The Port of St. Maarten to pay keen attention to the rapid spread and growth of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

The Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China mid December 2019. The virus has since spread to Europe, the US, and Australia; infecting more than 1300 worldwide. The first recorded case in the US was in Washington State on January 24, 2020.

Our economy thrives off of tourism and this crisis cannot be looked upon blind eyed, with an annual average of 2 million cruise passengers and with hundreds of thousands of tourists entering The Princess Juliana International Airport yearly, we should have a plan of action in place.

Let’s act on this matter and execute some preventative measures to safeguard the people of our country. We should continue to educate our community on the threats that affect the world and take the necessary steps accordingly. In such situations “ Prevention is better than cure,” he added.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:50:21 -0400
Come celebrate the 40th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta on the official Spectator boat https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29447:come-celebrate-the-40th-edition-of-the-st-maarten-heineken-regatta-on-the-official-spectator-boat&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29447:come-celebrate-the-40th-edition-of-the-st-maarten-heineken-regatta-on-the-official-spectator-boat&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Ready to experience the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta from up close? Get the best views and seats in the house for all on-the-water excitement. Feel like a VIP on the official St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Spectator Boat. Enjoy the great on-board catering and a nice cold Heineken while watching the races on the turquoise Caribbean waters. Come celebrate the 40th edition of Serious Fun with us!

Reserve your tickets quickly as they sell out fast!

Due to the success of previous years, we will be adding an extra boat on Saturday the 7th of March to ensure everyone gets a chance to experience the races firsthand out on the water. We will follow the starts and part of the racing, which promises fun for sailing enthusiasts and for those who want to learn. Check-in starts at 7:30 AM and we will return at Bobby’s Marina around 12:30 PM

A commentator will be on board to provide live commentary of all the on-the-water action taking place. A delicious breakfast and lunch will be served, and the open bar will make sure no one is thirsty. Guests will also receive an exclusive goody bag filled with specialties donated by loyal sponsors of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

The tickets will be available for $125 per day. Feel the action as you sail down to the start line. The price includes a sail on a catamaran, breakfast, lunch, open bar, goody bag and a live commentator. For more information or to purchase your tickets, contact Laure Grevers by calling +1721 553 6473 or email assistant@smyc.com. Or reserve online here!

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:16:47 -0400
Heyliger-Marten: "Big Supermarkets should be customer friendly, not just profit-driven https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29443:heyliger-marten-big-supermarkets-should-be-customer-friendly,-not-just-profit-driven&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29443:heyliger-marten-big-supermarkets-should-be-customer-friendly,-not-just-profit-driven&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The road to recovery for St. Maarten is long, but many solutions are within reach according to MP Elect Grisha Heyliger-Marten. In keeping with the need to improve our citizens standard of living Heyliger-Marten said on Sunday that "big businesses, especially supermarkets such as Carrefour, Cost U Less and PRIME, can generate increased economic activity for themselves while enhancing their service to customers, especially senior citizens and physically challenged."

"Think about the elderly man with a disability that lives in St. Peters, or the elderly lady in Dutch Quarter, Sucker Garden or Middle Region who has to do most things for themselves. What would it cost these Supermarkets versus the mutual benefit of offering the added value service to our senior citizens?" questioned MP Elect Heyliger-Marten.

She says there should be an island-wide effort led by big businesses, especially the supermarkets, and health service providers, to create incentives for Senior Citizens, thereby making their lives easier. "Having a Seniors Wednesday discount or creating a Senior Citizens Shopping Card are simple things that can be done to help ease the burden of our Senior Citizens and this will increase revenue generation for the businesses," said Heyliger-Marten.

"Today we see fruits and vegetables being sold at reasonable prices by local foundations, while we lament the constant increase in the cost of goods at the larger supermarkets," said Heyliger-Marten.

More must be done by the operators of these larger Supermarkets who have been around "forever" under one name or another, yet in 2020 they still do not have a Senior Citizens Program.

"Economic challenges or not, I refuse to believe there is no benefit to Carrefour and others providing a shuttle service for the Senior Citizens of St. Maarten who patronize their establishments. Having stores with motorized carts will be a cost but also has a benefit for our Seniors and the physically challenged the establishments that implement their use. These are things that will go a long way to showing appreciation to the people of St. Maarten for their years of support.

Today many businesses around the world have recognized the limitations of the Senior Citizens in their countries and have resorted to offering home delivery service to maintain their customer base. Additional incentives and benefits for Senior Citizens also include special discounts for essential items they use routinely.

With this customer-friendly approach businesses have seen marked improvements in their sales while other companies who refuse to keep up with the changing times have been looked at as elitist companies who would rather not have Senior Citizens walk through their isles.

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sun, 26 Jan 2020 17:03:56 -0400
Minister Christopher Wever attends Marine Conservation session https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29439:minister-christopher-wever-attends-marine-conservation-session&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29439:minister-christopher-wever-attends-marine-conservation-session&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, January 22nd the Minister of VROMI, Christopher Wever attended an informative session on Marine Conservation organized by the St. Martin division of Sea Shepherd Global at La Samana Hotel, according to a press statement from the cabinet of the minister.

“In attendance were representatives of Sea Shepherd, the Collectivite de St. Martin, The Nature Foundation, Officers of the Brigade Nautique Marine Park and Dive Safaris.

“The main objective of the session was to bring about awareness in regards to the destruction of the environment and the effects this has on marine life.

“Representatives of the Nature Foundation emphasized that it is an illegal act to hinder turtles from nesting or to disturb their nests. Turtles are confronted with many impediments to their well-being, such as water pollution due to sewage water runoff, pollution and garbage. They become victims of poaching, traps, debris that end up in the water, particularly in the Simpson Bay lagoon, and accidents caused from boat engines.

“The representative of the Nature Foundation explained that turtles sometimes get confused and distracted by onshore lights, which hinders them from nesting. The same goes for young turtles making their way to the sea.

“The attendees agreed that a speed limit must be introduced and controlled for boats in the Simpson Bay lagoon and close to seashores to alleviate injuries caused to turtles swimming in the area. Other challenges in curtailing harm to sea turtles were pointed out and discussed in an effort to eradicate harm to or death of turtles.

“Minister Wever expounded on his ministry’s commitment to alleviate sewage water from running into the Simpson Bay lagoon and beaches. The proposed sewage plant in Cole Bay, when operational, will help to lessen the sewage water runoff in that area.

“The recently launched “Be part of the solution, reduce your pollution” campaign is another clear indication of the ministry’s efforts to keep the island clean and to reduce pollution through recycling. The minister pledged his commitment to the endeavors to protect the sea turtles and other marine life.”

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:45:51 -0400
Two arrests in shooing investigation made https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29429:two-arrests-in-shooing-investigation-made&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29429:two-arrests-in-shooing-investigation-made&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (MIDDLE REGION) - On Thursday January 23rd, 2020, two arrests were made of in connection with an ongoing shooting investigation which took place in October 2019 in the vicinity of Middle Region vicinity which left two dead and two others severely injured.

Suspect R.A.T.P was arrested in the area of the roundabout in the Cole Bay area without incident by the police Arrest Team. 

The second suspect in the investigation with initials R.J.K.R. was arrested, on the request of the Dutch authorities, in Marigot by the French Gendarmes.

This arrest was carried out as part of the mutual cooperation between the authorities of the French & Dutch part of the island. R.J.K.R has been transported to Guadeloupe pending an extradition hearing. 

The detective department is currently still investigating and are asking anyone with information, pertaining to this shooting incident, not to hesitate to call the anonymous tip line of the police department at the number 9300 or send a private message via their Facebook page @Police Force of Sint Maarten. Persons can also visit our website to report a crime as well. (KPSM)

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:24:10 -0400
Alida Francis appointed New Central Government Deputy Commissioner of Statia. Van Rij appointed Commissioner https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29419:alida-francis-appointed-new-central-government-deputy-commissioner-of-statia-van-rij-appointed-commissioner&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29419:alida-francis-appointed-new-central-government-deputy-commissioner-of-statia-van-rij-appointed-commissioner&Itemid=504

SINT EUSTATIUS - On Friday, on the recommendation of Dutch Minister Raymond Knops of Kingdom Relations, the Council of Ministers in The Hague approved the appointment of the new Central Government Commissioner and Deputy Central Government Commissioner for St. Eustatius: Mr. Marnix van Rij and his deputy Mrs. Alida Francis.

Mr. Van Rij and Mrs. Francis will take over the duties of the current government commissioner Mr. Marcolino “Mike” Franco and his deputy Mr. Mervyn Stegers as of February 15th, 2020. Marcolino Franco and Mervyn Stegers have brought the various parties together over the past two years to work together on sustainable fronts for sustainable improvements for St. Eustatius. Minister Knops warmly thanks Franco and Stegers for their efforts in the past two years.

The new government commissioner Marnix van Rij was a member of the Senate from June 9th, 2015 to June 4th, 2019. Until mid-2019 he was a partner at Ernst & Young tax advisors. In his latest position, he was a strategic advisor for the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations for Caribisch Nederland.

The new deputy government commissioner Mrs. Alida Francis was born and raised on St. Eustatius and has been working in the Caribbean for thirty years. In her latest position she was employed by RCN communication and she made an important contribution to the reconstruction of St. Eustatius after Hurricane Irma. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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Mr. Marnix van Rij 

 

 

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:07:55 -0400
Join our team for the 40th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29389:join-our-team-for-the-40th-st-maarten-heineken-regatta&Itemid=504 https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=29389:join-our-team-for-the-40th-st-maarten-heineken-regatta&Itemid=504

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is looking for volunteers to assist with the preparations and execution of this special 40th edition taking place Thursday March 5, 2020 – Sunday March 8, 2020. Every year more than 150 volunteers assist in putting together this world-renowned event. 

“The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta would not be the success it is without the help of volunteers. Some volunteers have been involved since the early years and keep coming back so they can meet up with friends and be involved in the Regatta. Others book their vacation to St. Maarten specifically during the Regatta so they can be part of the event. And there is also a large number of people, mainly Cruisers, that are only here for the season and still volunteer their time. One of the motivations is the social aspect, the volunteers love to meet new people and the Regatta Village at the Princess Port de Plaisance Resort, Casino & Marina offers a great platform to bring everything and everyone together. Volunteers often walk away having made new friends.” Says Jane Pipes-Parisi, volunteer coordinator.   

Enthusiastic and motivated volunteers are needed for setting up and breaking down the Regatta Village, merchandise sales at the Regatta Village and at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, helping out with handing out drinks and food to the volunteers (volunteer care) and driving a water taxi (dinghy license is necessary) more specific jobs include survey takers, hobby photographers and being part of the green team (clean-up crew). Especially during this special 40th edition!  

As lasts year volunteer Yanina Leonettie states: ‘It was an amazing experience to be part of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. I met people from around the world and got to be part of the team that made all possible. I will do it every year if it is possible. To be part of a such a great event and share this experience is a privilege to me!’' 

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is unique in offering a water taxi service to its competitors, sponsored by Sol Petroleum. This accommodates competitors that are anchored out in the Bay or in the Lagoon to get from their sailboat to the onshore venues and back. 

‘I think I’ve been volunteering for roughly 15 years; it might even be a little longer. Volunteering has been a great way to meet people on the island, the diverse knowledge base is incredible, sailors from all over the world, ex marines, retired doctors, notably a retired skydiver that’s been returning for years. I always look forward to seeing them again every year, and every year brings new people into the Regatta, I can honestly say there is never a dull moment. It was great to work with such a vast group of people from all over the world with one common goal - serious fun” states Watertaxi coordinator Travis Shipman. 

Do you want to have the experience of your life? Join this special 40th edition St. Maarten Heineken Regatta! Become a part of the Regatta Team and this unique event and sign up as a volunteer now! 

Email assistant2@smyc.com for more information.  

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info@soualiganewsday.com (Roddy) Soualiga Newsday Latest News Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:55:32 -0400