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Democratic Party Highlights Alternative and Renewable Energy as Part of DP Party Platform

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Democratic Party gave an explanation of its policy regarding renewable energy as part of its DP Party Platform for the 2014 Parliamentary Elections.

The DP Party platform is the party’s vision for moving St. Maarten forward and includes items focused on Governance, Education, Immigration, Energy and the Environment.

As part of its Platform on Renewable and Alternative Energy the DP stated that it endorses the National Energy Policy of St. Maarten of March 2014 and emphasized that the goals of the policy are only attainable if all stakeholders are on board, including: government, GEBE, and the society at large. The DP also stressed that the necessary legislative framework should also be in place to ensure the successful execution of the policy.

The Democratic Party also stated that, based on the Energy Policy, it hopes to see the island have 35% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2016, 80% renewable by 2020 and 100% HF oil free by 2025.

The Democratic Party also stressed that in order to achieve this, educational awareness is paramount and should form part of the policy's implementation plan. This plan also offers some potential for new business opportunities, and that is part of the reason why the DP supports this policy and will commit to its execution.

“If we look at the issues taken up in the policy plan we see a complete and holistic effort with regards to what this entails for the people of St. Maarten in terms of energy consumption. A lot of worthwhile efforts and initiatives have been taken by Government, the Private Sector and NGO’s, however if we are not working on the basis of a plan or vision or an approach many of these initiatives and efforts seem lost and ad hoc.

“The intention of the plan is to move away from the use of certain types of fossil fuels for energy production, to introduce a countrywide energy saving program, to peruse improved efficiency at the NV GEBE power station, and to seek for renewable energy options for the island.

“The plan also looks at the impact of introducing smart grid concepts for improved electricity supply chain and Saba perhaps providing geothermal power to the island and the implementation of the Waste to Energy Plant. A component of the plan will be to also decrease the Environmental Impact of energy use and to reduce the Carbon footprint of the island. These are just some the plans and goals and I think it is important for the people of St. Maarten to understand the long-term plan of action as part of this plan,” commented DP Leader and Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. (Contributed by the DP Party)


Budike presents Books to the Library

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - In light of the recent Emancipation Day celebration, Robert O. Budike, the Managing Director of Projects, Consultancy & Management International NV (PCMI), presented two books, Coloniary and De Vroegernij to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s(PJL) Director, Monique Alberts, on July 2.

The books, Coloniary and De Vroegernij, presented to PJL, were written by Budike’s uncle, Drs. Fred Budike, a specialist in Human Resource Management and accreditation in Tertiary education. The writer also lectures on Project Evaluation & Monitoring and Human Resource Management at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname.

According to Budike, Coloniary explores facts about labor relations and conditions in the Caribbean from slavery to indentured labor.

Vroegernij, written in Dutch, illustrates the exploitation and the inhumane aspects of slavery and contracted labor among Africans and Asians.”

In his books, Budike wants to demonstrate that slavery has always existed in one way or another and had different colors, also in the Caribbean.  Budike reviews enslaved Indians who were exported to Spain, white and black laborers from Spain and other European countries, as well as Black people from Africa.

Books are available at the library and for purchase at PCMI NV at the W.J.A. Nisbeth Road (Upstairs Office World). Please call 542-3088 for more information.



PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The friendly island of St. Maarten ( has launched a large scale “Unleash Summer” marketing campaign to attract visitors from the Canadian and South Florida markets. In an effort to support island businesses and hoteliers, this push is aimed to increase arrivals during the off-peak season.

Throughout this in-depth island promotion, St. Maarten will have a presence throughout multiple media channels including television, social media, newspapers and online. This month, a St. Maarten TV spot will premiere on South Florida Cable Television and will be aired on CNN, Fox News, TBS, E!, Travel Channel and TLC. Information on the destination will also be featured throughout the months of June and July in South Florida newspapers, The New York Times digital channels and used by programmatic advertising networks to attract online visitors currently in the research phase for a Caribbean vacation. Additionally, the island will be included in a Travelzoo Featured Destination promotion launching in July.

Consumers will have the opportunity to view a preview of what a summer vacation in paradise could look like during a jam-packed, five-day vacation itinerary displayed in real time over St. Maarten’s social media channels. Photography and video uploads provide fans with an authentic vacation experience that is fun to watch and also serves as a useful guide to some of the must-see places on the island. Exclusive promotions and offers will also be made available on St. Maarten’s Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the summer season.

For more information on St. Maarten, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at (Contributed by the Tourist Bureau)


SXM Airport – A Leader in Aviation - Holds Staff Appreciation Day to Celebrate Awards

SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten - It was party time for employees of the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, Saturday as they were treated by management to dinner followed by a dance at Tantra in what managing director Regina LaBega referred to as “an evening of togetherness.” Several items were also raffled.  

Addressing the over 100 staff members before they took to the dance floor, LaBega said: “It is your hard work that we are here to celebrate; your dedication and commitment, which have earned our company numerous international awards, including the European Award for Best Practices.”

“These awards,” she continued, “are a result of the contribution of each and every one of you. They are therefore a recognition you should be proud of.”

“I really mean it when I say you are the reason SXM Airport is what it is today: a leader in aviation in the Caribbean,” she added.

Noting that it is easier to reach the top than to remain there, LaBega said, “We are therefore doing everything possible to improve our facilities and services. This is a goal we will achieve together, as we have done with every accomplishment so far.” She urged the staff not to slow down, but to continue to give of their best, “so that the Princess Juliana International Airport will be what it is destined to be: among the very best, not only in the region, but in the world as well.”

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors, Clarence Derby, also gave a short address in which he thanked the employees for their hard work, and commended the Managing Director for her vision. He listed a number of projects, which are on stream to be realized as part of SXM’s Capital Improvement Program, and which will further strengthen the position of the airport as among the best in the region.

Following the brief addresses, the staff danced the night away to the music of DJ Rude and Impact Band, in an atmosphere of camaraderie and good vibes. (Contributed by SXM Airport)


UP Candidates Prepare for Campaign and Review Party Manifesto for Governing Period 2014-2018

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The 23 United People’s (UP) Party candidates along with members of the UP Board and advisors gathered at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino on Sunday morning at 8.30am to review the party manifesto and also discuss other business for the upcoming election campaign.

Leader of the UP Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Theo Heyliger welcomed all those present and pointed out that the campaign is now on.

MP Heyliger added that the input of the candidates into the draft party manifesto was a necessity.  “Every candidate has ideas, and they are also in touch with the people in their respective districts.

“The UP candidates understand the issues and concerns of the people.  The UP party is solutions oriented and driven to execute and present to the people the results of its hard work on their behalf.

“The party’s manifesto is compiled from the ground up, and it will guide the party’s governing period of 2014-2018.  We are ready to lead and move this nation forward with a 23-strong qualified slate of candidates,” Leader of the UP Party Theo Heyliger said on Sunday.

The UP Party retreat was geared specifically for candidates focused primarily on equipping them with the basics of a successful candidacy and guidelines of the new electoral laws of country Sint Maarten.

Other topics included the budget, financial matters and an in-depth discussion on the party manifesto which covers the governing period 2014-2018 and beyond.

Toastmaster Rolando Tobias was on hand to give public speaking tips.

The UP Party retreat concluded at 3.00pm.


Workshop held for Institutional Strengthening of Government Subsidized Foundations

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten - The Department of Youth in collaboration with the Departments of Sports and Culture hosted the workshop “Institutional Strengthening Government Subsidized Foundations” on July 8 and 9th 2014 at the University of St. Martin (USM).

The workshop was held at USM and targeted representatives of current and potential recipients of government subsidies. Presentations were made on the following topics: the General Subsidy Ordinance, Subsidy Application, Creation of a Budget and Social and Financial reporting.

The presenters were all civil servants within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, from the departments of Youth, Culture, Sports Affairs and the Staff Bureau of the Secretary General.

It was a very interactive workshop as the 28 participants representing 18 non-governmental organizations were able to ask questions, engage in practical application of what was presented and also share their experiences. The immediate feedback from them was very positive as they expressed appreciation for the initiative as well as the need for more training opportunities.

Present was the honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs Patricia Lourens-Philip to declare the workshop open early Tuesday morning.


Richelda Rodrigues- Emmanuel Postulates on DP Slate

PONDFILL, Sint Maarten, DP HQ - Current Director of the Court of Guardianship Richelda Rodriguez-Emmanuel on Thursday signed the DP SXM Party Pledge at the DP Headquarters (HQ) on the Pondfill.

Rodriguez-Emmanuel, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a Master level, certified in Program management and Public management is also trained in Person and Family law. The mother of three daughters has also followed and given numerous courses in program and project development, public governance, strategic planning, teambuilding, conflict resolution, communication and leadership and is St. Maarten’s first Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).

The Social Development Expert is also the initiator, founding member and President of the Board of Directors of the St. Maarten Development Fund Foundation (NGO Financing Agency) and founding member and President of the Board of Directors of the St. Maarten Social Workers Association.

“I have always been directly involved in the touching of the lives of many citizens of St. Maarten through past projects and current activities such as such as establishing the Safe Haven (home for battered women), Establishing Women’s Desk, construction of community centers in Philipsburg, Belvedere, St. Peters, Simpson Bay, building of roads, home repair program for the elderly, construction and repair of sport facilities, after school programs, poverty alleviation projects, neighborhood development activities and child protection and youth rehabilitation work.

“I am therefore committed to represent St. Maarten with dignity in political office and to aid in the development of a caring St. Maarten society. I am dedicated to the wellbeing of future generations and the enhancement of the values of our cultural diversity with respect for all who have St. Maarten at heart by aactively contributing to the formulation of integrated policies for family and youth affairs. I pledge to do all of this while upholding integrity, loyalty and by remaining true to my Christian values,” stated Rodriguez-Emmanuel. (Contributed by the DP Party)


Library accepting applicants for Summer Program until Saturday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Space is still open for interested applicants, at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s third edition of its “Wake Up, Stay Active, Be a Reader” Summer Program, from July 16 to July 31.

Activities during the summer camp will include:  hiking, sports activities, nature watches, movie nights, storytelling, juggling, arts & crafts and much more.

Registration is required at a cost of only NAF 50 and will end on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The library will be accepting 15 applicants for children ages 7-9 and 15 applicants for children ages 10 – 12. Space is limited so parents and children are urged to sign up as early as possible at the library.

Once parents complete the registration process, they will be given a detailed program along with permission slips for the various activities.

For more information, please contact Maryland at 542-2970.


Art Saves Lives concludes Summer Intensive 2014 Extends thanks To Princess Port de Plaisance

COLE BAY, Sint Maarten - Art Saves Lives Summer Intensive concluded June 29th with performances showcasing all the classes taught over the week which gave students the opportunity to highlight what they learned from 20 artists who participated in the annual program. Students took eighteen classes over a period of five days. Nicole C. De Weever, President and Founder of Art Saves Lives expressed thanks on behalf of the organization to Princess Port de Plaisance management Mr. Sudi Ozkan and Mr. Halman Unal for their bronze sponsorship. Art Saves Lives was able to accommodate over 100 students ranging from age 10 to over 18.

About Art Saves Lives

Art Saves Lives Program (ASLP) is a cross-cultural exchange between youth in need and experienced practicing artists who seek to use their talents for positive change. This collaborative project will select renowned artists from around the world who use the arts to introduce participants to global and local traditions and empower them with the life skills necessary to effectively deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life. The program will also provide guidance for young artists with aspirations in pursuing a career in the arts. ASL 2014, an intensive week long workshop program was held June 23-28th on St. Maarten.


36-Year Old Arrested in Connection with Curacao Parliament Member Murder

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – According to reports coming out of Curacao, the Public Prosecutor Service announced the arrest of a 36-year old Curacao born M.L.L. in connection with the murder of Curacao Parliamentarian Helmin Wiels who was assassinated in May 2013.

The Arrest Team arrested M.L.L. on Tuesday and a search was also carried out at the suspect’s home in Koraalspecht.

The role of M.L.L. in the murder it is alleged that he attempted to extort money from the masterminds behind the murder of the Curacao parliamentarian.

This apparently ties to the financial arrangement made with those who carried out the hit on the parliamentarian.

The Curacao Public Prosecution Service is unable to release any further information due to the un-going investigation that is referred to as Magnus-Maximus.

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