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SSSD hosts free workshop entitled “Crafting a College Entrance Essay and Motivation Letter” on September 12

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) is hosting a free workshop for secondary school students and recent graduates entitled “Crafting a College Entrance Essay and Motivation Letter.”

Secondary students and their parents are encouraged to attend. This workshop will be held on September 12, 2019 at the Student Support Services Division’s office (above the Gatsby store next to the Windward Islands Bank in Philipsburg) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Students who are interested in attending college to further their education will often find that they need to submit a college entrance essay or a motivation letter to the college of their choice.

This is an integral part of many colleges and universities application process. Colleges and universities are looking for students who stand out among the rest; and as such, entrance essays and motivation letters are one of the ways that students can position themselves to stand out from among the sea of applicants that colleges and universities receive each year.

According to SSSD officials, the goal of this workshop is to equip students with the ability to craft an informative and unique essay or motivation letter that will hopefully increase their chances of being accepted to the college or university of their choice.

It is important to note that colleges and universities consider many different factors when choosing an applicant to attend their school. However, a well-crafted entrance essay or motivation letter coupled with good grades and successful completion of the application can put a student in a great position to receive the coveted acceptance letter from their choice school(s).  

The “Crafting a College Entrance Essay and Motivation Letter” workshop will be held at the SSSD office from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Persons interested in attending are urged to contact the SSSD’s office at 543-1235 and ask to speak to one of the Career Guidance Counselors to reserve a spot as space is limited.

SSSD provides a variety of services to students referred by schools. These consist of psychological services, counseling services, social work services, educational diagnostic services and speech & language pathology services. SSSD also offers career guidance services, parent support groups and parent information sessions.

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NIPA and Smart Concepts 721 Sign MoU

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) and Smart Concepts 721 have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Both parties are excited at the prospects that such a partnership will bring. Smart Concepts 721 is specialized in home and business automation services.

Thus, NIPA students will gain experience in consultations, sales, installation, programming, and maintenance of products such as air conditionings, cameras, shutters, and garage gates while completing their internship at the establishment.

NIPA intends to continue to build relationships and partnerships with businesses in St. Maarten to contribute to student success by providing them with quality education and relevant experience.

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Man arrested for attempted break-in at Karakter Beach bar

SIMPSON BAY - On Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 at 05.00 am the patrol from the Simpson Bay Police Sub Station was dispatched to Karakter Beach bar for a breaking and entering of the premises.

At the restaurant in Simpson bay the patrol encountered two persons attempting to force their way into the Restaurant.

By arrival of the police the two suspects tried fleeing the area. One of the suspects was later arrested after a short foot chase and brought over to the Police Station in Philipsburg and handed over to the detective department.

The second suspect managed to flee the scene. The investigation into this attempted breaking and entering is ongoing. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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UPDATED: Man found stabbed to death on Well Road Cole Bay Ruled as Suicide

COLE BAY - UPDATE - The investigation into the death of the man found on well road on Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 has been closed officially, police announced on Thursday.  After a short investigation carried out by the forensic and detective departments it became clear this was a suicide case. The body has been released to the family.    

ARCHIVE - On Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 at 06.45 am the central dispatch received a call concerning a man lying on the ground on the Well road. According to the caller the victim was not showing any signs of life.  The patrol from Simpson Bay was directed to well-road, police said in a statement.

At the scene the patrol encountered the body of an unknown man with wounds on his upper body. He was lying face up, behind one of the power houses of G.E.B.E on the Well road. 

The personnel from the ambulance service and the detectives were immediately dispatched to the location. The doctor, who arrived later on the scene pronounced the death of the victim.

Up to press time the cause of death of the victim was not clear. The identity of the victim is known to the police however will not be released at this time. The investigation is ongoing. (Sint Maarten Police Force)  

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Joint controls held at Point Blanche prison leads to weapons and drugs

POINT BLANCHE - Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 at 06.00 am, the personnel of the Point Blanche Prison together with KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force) conducted a cell search in the house of detention, police said on Wednesday in a statement.

During the prison cell search, different makeshift weapons and drugs was found. The weapons and drugs were confiscated and held for further investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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Are they Ready? Hurricane Season pet and livestock preparations

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – It’s hurricane season, and if you leave your pets behind, they could get injured or get lost, therefore, you should have a ‘pet plan’ storm-ready plan in place to keep your pet happy and comfortable.

Pets are an important member of your household.

During a disaster, what’s good for you and your family is also good for your pet (s) and therefore, you should have a storm-ready plan in place should a hurricane threaten our country, Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Monday.

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Be prepared!

First, a pet (s) should never be chained outdoors during the passing of a storm/hurricane. Hurricane shelters cannot accept pets, therefore, if you plan to leave your home, you need to make plans in advance.

If you plan to leave your home before a hurricane strike and are not able to take your pets with you, you should put your pet (s) in the safest room and leave adequate water and food for several days.

If you do not want to leave your pet home alone, make alternative arrangements with family or friends, and also check with your veterinarian/animal hospital.

Your pet plan and basic survival kit should have the following: food for a minimum of seven days or more; water for seven days or more; medicines/medical record; registration/vaccination documents.

A pet first aid kit (cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves; and cleaning alcohol for a wound).

Collar or harness with an ID tag and a leash; a crate or pet carrier (e.g. for a cat) in case you need to evacuate your home.

Sanitation: depending on the type of pet you have, make sure you have sufficient litter, paper towels, plastic trash bags, and household chlorine bleach.

ODM is urging livestock owners to review their plans on how they will secure their livestock in the event of a hurricane strike.

Livestock owners should make sure that their animal holding areas and other infrastructure are able to sustain a hurricane strike. Any loose material that is currently not in use should be securely fastened in order to avoid damage to property and endangering human lives during the passing of a hurricane.

The following tips should be taken into consideration: Don’t keep your cattle in a barn or stable structure. This is to prevent injury from flying debris. If the barn/stable collapses, cattle have no chance to save themselves. Relocate livestock to a predetermined safe area and ensure that they have access to hay, pasture, clean water, and a safe area or high ground above flood levels.

If you have chicken cages, these should be reinforced. Medical supplies and a first aid kit should be kept on hand.

Store drinking water for a number of days. Also have an adequate supply of feed.

The community and new residents are advised to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike by visiting the Government website: www.sintmaartengov.org/hurricane where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane.

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS): www.meteosxm.com

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Are You Ready? Be prepared this hurricane season!

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Category 5 Hurricane Dorian is comparable to Irma with 185mph sustained winds and 220mph gusts

SINT MAARTEN/BAHAMAS – Hurricane Dorian is an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane comparable to Hurricane Irma of September 2017. Dorian has sustained wind speeds of 185 miles with wind gusts of over 220 miles per hour (mph).

Residents from the Abacos and Grand Bahama islands – the most northern islands of the Bahamas – were told to evacuate the islands several days before as Dorian was heading directly for them.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) out of Miami on Sunday evening in its hourly reports said: “This is a life-threatening situation. Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter as the eastern eyewall of Dorian remains over the area. Residents in eastern Grand Bahama will begin to experience the western eyewall soon.”

Dorian is bringing a storm surge of 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels with higher destructive waves.

According to Senior Research Associate at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Brian McNoldy, 2019 marks the fourth consecutive year with a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic, “which has never happened before during the reliable record (Matthew ’16, Irma ’17, Maria ’17, Michael ’18, Dorian ’19). Only in 2004-2007 were there more Category 5s in such a short span; there were seven during those four years.”

The next named storm: Fernand

The next named storm is expected to form this week in the eastern Atlantic Ocean east of the Lesser Antilles, the NHC giving the weather system an 80 per cent chance for development.

“It will be called Fernand. According to the NHC Sunday night report, “An area of low pressure located about 100 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms.

“This system is gradually becoming better organized, and environmental conditions appear conducive for additional development during the next several days. A tropical depression is likely to form by the middle of the week while the system moves generally northwestward across the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

“Heavy rainfall is possible over portions of the southern Cabo Verde Islands during the next day or two, and interests on those islands should monitor the progress of this system.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

SOUALIGA NEWSDAY WEATHER WATCH

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First COCI Grow Your Business Workshop Attracts Full House

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The first St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) “Grow Your Business with COCI Workshop,” 2019 Training Courses Series that took place on August 29, was a huge success leading to a full house of over 50 individuals. The presenter was Edsel Gumbs, a Loan Officer at Qredits whose presentation was about the Loan Acquisition Technique.

“The workshop went really well. It was a very dynamic session, intensive, informative, and at the end of the session everyone got a certificate. The facilitator was on point. It was a very clear and interactive presentation.

“We had a mixture of entrepreneurs in attendance, from seasoned businesspersons, to startups. Everybody had the opportunity to learn from each other and they are looking forward to the next one.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire COCI team that made this workshop a reality especially Venecia Herbert and Nicolas Dorset. We are looking forward to organizing the next one in September and we expect it to attract a lot of interests,” Anastacio Baker, COCI Executive Director said.

Gumbs spoke about acquiring a business loan and addressed the main questions of the loan procedure process; start-up cost calculation; financial projection; loan security; about the market; management and staff; and how to manage your taxes and finances.

The COCI grow by learning training courses are crucial for personal and professional business development and an opportunity for individuals to acquire new skills, improve their existing knowledge and abilities which allows them to continue to grow their business in a sustainable manner.

A workshop will be organized once a month with the next one scheduled for September 26 about the legal system for businesses to be facilitated by Attorney Jason Rogers.

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CG Greenberg Hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week Pre-Event

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - U.S. Consul General Allen Greenberg and Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña (FNP) hosted a networking event to create awareness for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on Curacao and Bonaire, which will be held November 18-24, 2019.

During the event Jeff Hoffman accepted the nomination to be the Goodwill Ambassador of the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Week Curacao. The U.S. Consulate General is proud to be part of the GEW events, which is the world's largest celebration of innovations and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare.

GEW empowers roughly 25 million people through more than 25,000 activities and is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of 10,000 partner organizations. Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, Hollywood film producer, a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album, and executive producer of an Emmy Award winning TV show.

He has been the founder of multiple startups, has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of several well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, and ColorJar.

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CPS advises Health Care Providers to Monitor Ebola and to be on Alert

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) is closely monitoring developments as it relates to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Africa especially after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency of international concern.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within Ministry VSA, has requested Health Care Providers to review and update their EVD Preparedness and Response plans and to closely monitor EVD developments.

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) considers the risk of Ebola to the Caribbean to be extremely low at this time.

Ebola, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. This EVD outbreak has a fatality rate of 50 per cent. Case fatality rates have varied from 25 to 90 per cent in past outbreaks.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

According to the WHO, EVD first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in what is now Nzara, South Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, DRC. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

“The 2014–2016 outbreak in West Africa was the largest Ebola outbreak since the virus was first discovered in 1976. The outbreak started in Guinea and then moved across land borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“The current 2018-2019 outbreak in eastern DRC is highly complex, with insecurity adversely affecting public health response activities.

“Vaccines to protect against Ebola are under development and have been used to help control the spread of Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

“Early supportive care with rehydration, symptomatic treatment improves survival. There is no licensed treatment proven to neutralize the virus but a range of blood, immunological and drug therapies are under development.”

WHO aims to prevent Ebola outbreaks by maintaining surveillance for Ebola virus disease and supporting at-risk countries to develop preparedness plans.

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