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Soualiga Newsday Features (1831)

Minister Lake congratulates USM Class of 2014

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake, would like to congratulate the entire class of 2014 of the University of St. Martin (USM), and wishes them much success in their future endeavors.

Minister Lake who attended the 20th commencement ceremony says class 2014 is a class of great intelligence, “…and will move this country forward once given the right opportunity to showcase their talents in their different fields of study.

“I am very proud of our 2014 degree recipients and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors. I always say that any student from USM, they can go anywhere in the world and excel in their field of study.

“USM strength lies in their students and alumni foundation.  The majority of our graduates hold key positions in every sector of our economy.  The first graduates of the University of St. Martin extension of Johnson & Wales University hold every key position within every sector of Sint Maarten.

“Class of 1991, 23 years later are a prime example of the quality and strength of USM.  As young professionals, we take a lot of things for granted but we don't realize the role and impact we have to set for the next generation.

“We are the ones to move this country forward but we can only do it together, but not by criticizing each other.  We need to focus on Country instead of egos and negative energy of bringing each other down. 

“Class of 2014 today are the leaders and movers oftomorrow.  Much success and always remember you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you and guides you along the way once you seek his intervention,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Sunday.


All Set for Mental Health Workshop on June 23

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Everything is in place for the Mental Health Workshop related to a National Health Plan and Mental Health Plan of Action 2014-2018 that will take place on Monday, June 23.

The workshop will take place at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort & Casino from 8.00am to 4.00pm.  

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour agency the Collective Prevention Services, is hosting the workshop. 

Since June 2012 the initial first step was taken to develop a comprehensive integration process of leading to a National Health Plan and Mental Health Plan of Action 2014-2018.  This is being done through various stakeholder consultations. 

As part of Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Hon. Cornelius de Weever’s “Get Checked” campaign which promotes good health for all ages, mental well-being is essential in order for a person to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and contribute towards the development of their community. 

The invited participants are selected government stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and general practitioners. 

The first step in the process was to have baseline information on the mental health system.  This was done with the World Health Organization (WHO) AIMS (Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems) survey in 2013. 

The report was finalized last year and presented to the Minister of Public Health and is now available on the WHO website for review.  Sint Maarten is listed among the countries that did the WHO-AIMS survey. 

The National Mental Health Plan 2014 - 2018 and the linked Action plan are the next steps that have to be taken. The plans will allow stakeholders to improve and strengthen the mental health system on Sint Maarten. 

WHO-AIMS are carried out every five years to measure the performance. 

This whole process has been a collaborative process with stakeholders and the Monday workshop will continue the trend to involve stakeholders in national planning. 

During the workshop stakeholders will work on identifying actions and activities as set out in the plan. 


Plenary session of parliament reconvenes on Monday regarding proposed merger between TELEM and UTS

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – A plenary session of the House of Parliament will be reconvened on June 23 in the afternoon.

The plenary session of the House is set for Monday at 4.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is the proposed merger between TELEM and UTS.

This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. Frans Richardson, MP Hon. Patrick Illidge, and MP Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson.

The meeting was adjourned on June 16 and is now being reconvened for June 23.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet, and also via  


“WIB makes contribution to Denzel Richardson - St. Maarten’s future baseball player”

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB) made a financial contribution to assist Mr. Denzel Richardson (professional baseball player) with the necessary training equipment needed for his upcoming baseball season.

Mr. Denzel Richardson plays in the minor league with the Colorado Rockies and is currently on the roster of a major league team. Mr. Richardson is very proud of representing St. Maarten in the American Baseball league.

 WIB is proud to support Mr. Denzel Richardson in getting a step closer to becoming a Major league Player.

Your Partner in Progress…. 


Journalist arrested for suspected embezzlement

COLE BAY, Sint Maarten - On Thursday June 19th at approximately 01.45 p.m. the well-known journalist with initials A. D. was arrested by police in Cole Bay as a suspect in an ongoing investigation of embezzlement. The suspect was arrested without incident under orders of the Public Prosecutors Office and handed over to the Detective Department. A.D. has been detained for further questioning.  (Contributed by the Police Force of Sint Maarten) 


Let’s Travel Announces Direct Flights from St. Maarten to Georgetown, Guyana

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - In cooperation with St. Maarten-based travel agency "Let's Travel", we are now offering direct charter flights from St. Maarten to Georgetown, Guyana, for the summer periodstarting on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014.


Days of travel are Mondays & Wednesdays; flight times are departing St. Maarten at10am, arriving in Guyana at12pm and departing Guyana at1pm and arriving in St. Maarten at3pmFares start at$382 US Dollars per person per roundtrip.


To book, call Let's Travel via(+1-721)542-2381or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. reserve online at and pay offline at our Let's Travel offices.


Guyana is South America's only English speaking country. It is one of the few Caribbean countries that is not an island. CARICOM, of which Guyana is a member, has its secretariat's headquarters in Guyana's capital, Georgetown. Guyana was originally colonized by the Netherlands. Later, it became a British colony, known as British Guiana, and remained so for over 200 years until it achieved independence on 26 May 1966 from the United Kingdom. On 23 February 1970, Guyana officially became a republic. Guyana is bordered by Suriname to the east, by Brazil to the south and southwest, by Venezuela to the west, and by the Atlantic Ocean to the north. At 215,000 square kilometres (83,000 sq mi), Guyana is the third-smallest independent state on the mainland of South America after Uruguay and Suriname.


Guyana is known for its scenic capital and primary port which is Georgetown (GEO), a city of fine colonial buildings, comfortable modern hotels, and broad tree-lined boulevards, tumbling rivers, such as the Kaieteur Falls, and dense rainforests, which are exiting places for exploration. All great reasons to book a trip to Georgetown, Guyana. (Contributed by Let’s Travel)


Audio file of Ad Hoc Committee for New Parliament Building held on Wednesday now online

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Ad Hoc Committee New Parliament Building met on Wednesday, June 18 and the audio file link is now available for download.

The Committee met in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The three point agenda for the meeting were changes to the chairmanship of the committee as well as vice chairman; the working protocol of the committee; and the third agenda point is a discussion with respect to how the new Parliament building will look like and outfitted.

The committee comprises of the following Members of Parliament (MP), Hon. MP Johan Leonard, Hon. MP Roy Marlin, Hon. MP Patrick Illidge, Hon. MP Frans Richardson, Hon. MP Romain Laville, and Hon. MP Dr. Lloyd Richardson. 

Audio link:


Ministry VROMI announces traffic interruption on Thursday evening for Front and Back Street

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces there will be interruption to the traffic flow on Front and Back Street on Thursday evening.

The civil works will start on Thursday, June 19 in the evening at 8.00pm until 2.00am.

The civil works entails removal of old telephone booths.

Heavy equipment and trucks will be moving up and down during the aforementioned timeframe.

Motorists and pedestrians are requested to be vigilant and observant for the traffic directional signs indicating what works are underway in the respective area.

Ministry VROMI also reminds motorists of a Front Street closure on Friday, June 20 between Hendrick Steeg and D.C. Steeg, which will be closed to motorized traffic from 5.00pm on Friday to 12.30am (midnight).

Permission has been granted by the Ministry of Justice.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Dutch Quarter Restaurant robbed by armed men

DUTCH QUARTER, Sint Maarten - On Saturday June 14th at approximately 06.45 p.m. two unknown and armed men stormed into the Kens bar and Restaurant in Dutch Quarter and robbed the establishment of a sum of money.

According to the report one robber stayed close to the entrance on the look-out while the other emptied the cash register. After committing the act the suspects took off on foot.

The Special Robbery Unit is investigating. (Contributed by the Police Force of Sint Maarten)


Ministry VROMI announces traffic interruption on Friday in Front Street

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces there will be interruption to the traffic flow on Front Street on June 20.

Part of Front Street between Hendrick Steeg and D.C. Steeg will be closed to motorized traffic from 5.00pm on Friday to 12.30am (midnight).

Permission has been granted by the Ministry of Justice.

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