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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES CARGO INTRODUCES EXTRA CAPACITY FOR CHRISTMAS PEAK

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines Cargo announces that extra freighter services will be added to its operations for the upcoming Christmas peak season.

During the period of December 02 – 24, 2019, Caribbean Airlines Cargo will increase its cargo capacity by over 100% with additional daily freighter flights to accommodate delivery commitments to its customers.

This increased capacity from Miami includes: · Six weekly flights to POS (Monday to Saturday) · Five weekly flights to KIN (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun) · Two weekly flights to GEO (Wednesday and Saturday) · Two weekly flights to BGI (Tuesday and Friday)

During the peak season customers are encouraged to book their cargo at least one week in advance, or at minimum, three days prior to the flight date. Customers will have the option to apply “priority” status to their cargo, which will guarantee “Must Ride” shipping on a requested date. Priority shipping attracts a fee of 15% of the standard all in shipping rates.

A peak season surcharge of 5% of the shipping rate will also be applied to all shipments originating out of Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), New York (JFK) and Toronto (YYZ). Caribbean Airlines Cargo continues to offer swift, reliable delivery to destinations worldwide, through its All Cargo Freighter and expansive interline agreements which facilitate priority shipping globally.

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Jetair Caribbean received its Air Operating Certificate today

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - After months of working on the necessary papers in collaboration with the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authorities (CCAA), United Caribbean Airlines, trading under the name Jetair Caribbean, finally received its Air Operating Certificate (AOC) on the 19th of November 2019.

Both the Management Board and the Employees have worked hard to achieve this. We are very proud with the achievement of this Certification which also has a positive effect on the Economy of Curaçao, the airline said in a statement on Tuesday.

Jetair Caribbean is a private commercial airline established in Curaçao, which offers scheduled and charter flights to and from the Caribbean and South America.

Vision

The vision of Jetair Caribbean is to become an important regional airline in the Caribbean.

Mission

The mission of Jetair Caribbean is to offer a Safe, Customer-oriented air transport product with high customer service and timely performance in an efficient and friendly manner. Jetair

Caribbean can already start selling Charter flights, while in the meantime the required papers have been sent to the destinations together with the AOC, in order to be able to start performing scheduled flights on the various routes.

This would not have been possible without the AOC. Jetair Caribbean is preparing to start selling Tickets. Some routes Jetair Caribbean will start flying to and from is Kingston, Port Au Prince and Santo Domingo.

Soon we will also start flying to and from Medellin and Barranquilla. Everyone will be kept informed via Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and the Jetair Caribbean website). Soon we will also announce where people can go to buy tickets.

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18th named storm of the season Sebastien forms north of the Leeward Islands

SINT MAARTEN/CARRIBEAN – Tropical Storm Sebastien, the 18th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season at 11.00am on Tuesday was located over 200 miles north-east of the Leeward Islands and poses no threat to land.

According to the National Hurricane Center out of Miami, Sebastien is expected to continue out into the open Atlantic waters. Sebastien is also the ninth tropical storm of the season.

Tropical storm force winds are 45 miles per hour with higher gusts and extend 105 miles out from the center.

According to Brian McNoldy, Senior Research Associate at University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the last time we reached the ‘S’ storm in a season was in 2012 (Sandy).

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Tenders launched for the clean-up of the Simpson Bay Lagoon

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY LAGOON) - The National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) has launched a tender for the salvaging, decommissioning and disposing of around 80 shipwrecks in the Simpson Bay Lagoon and Mullet Pond. In addition, the NRPB is procuring services to supervise the clean-up activities, which also includes the removal of shoreline and shallow water debris.

Cleaning up the lagoon after hurricanes Irma and Maria is one of the key activies under the Emergency Debris Management Project, which is financed by the Sint Maarten Trust Fund. During the implementation of the clean-up activities, careful consideration will be given to the environment. Measures are taken to ensure the safety for water traffic and surrounded communities.

The tenders have been prepared in close collaboration with the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI), the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT), and the Nature Foundation.

A public consultation held earlier in this year provided important input from marine industry stakeholders on risks and mitigation strategies. The received feedback was incorporated into the project’s Environmental & Social Management Plan, which has been prepared in compliance with the relevant environmental and social safeguards policies.

Bidding for the shipwreck tender will be conducted through an international competitive procurement process. A pre-bid meeting and site visit will take place on Tuesday December 3, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Interested bidders must register via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by November 29, 2019.

The bidding documents for both tenders can be found on the NRPB’s website (www.nrpbsxm.org/tenders).  

 

 

 

 

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PWR AGENCY HOSTS ONLINE COURSE & MIXER FOR ENTRPERENEURS

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - From November 18 – 24, 2019, more than 10 million people from more than 170 countries will be celebrating entrepreneurship, during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW - www.genglobal.org/gew). In line with this annual global movement, this year Produce Wealth Revolution Agency (PWR Agency) will be celebrating entrepreneurship and supporting business growth with a free weeklong online course and a mixer on December 8.

During GEW 2019, the PWR Agency will facilitate free online courses on the entrepreneurial mindset called, “Ready for It”.  This course will be conducted via Facebook Live sessions on the PWR agency’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/experiencepwr). This course will help participants to overcome fear, improve profitability, and discover ways to become the leader in their field. The course will go live at noon (12:00PM AST) on Monday, November 18, Wednesday, November 20, and Friday, November 22.

The PWR Mixer will take place on December 8, 2019 at Commodore Suites from 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM with doors opening at 4:00 PM. This mixer is designed for entrepreneurs, location independent professionals and small business owners. Themed, “Ready for 2020”, this PWR Mixer will showcase the digital tools, strategies, and opportunities for rapid business growth in 2020.

Formerly known as the Power Hour, this experience has been redesigned to focus on speed networking, soft launches, and expert insights to help entrepreneurs, executives, and small business owners to quantum leap their business. Back by popular demand, these mixers are an opportunity to build strategic relationships and gain insights in an interactive and relaxed way.

For that reason, Commodore Suites is the facility partner for this PWR Mixer. Focused on providing an extraordinary experience for the modern professional while ensuring that its hospitality practices re sustainable, Commodore Suites was an obvious choice for the mixer and came on as partner to ensure its success.

At the PWR Mixer, highlights of the “DigiOutlook” report will be shared.  This report covers some of the biggest trends in the digital space that can affect local businesses and the strategies that can be used to leverage these trends to create unique opportunities for growth.

The keynote speaker for this PWR Mixer is founder and Chief Experience Officer of PWR Agency, Ife Badejo. Ife, a daughter of the soil, is an international award-winning business strategist, who was named “Woman of Global Solutions” in 2018 by I Change Nations, which is an international organization focused on civility and endorsed by the United Nations.

An entrepreneurship advocate, Ife has hosted events and ran projects that have reached more than 2000 entrepreneurs and 1000 students. These events and projects have brought entrepreneurship awareness to the community and improved business practices of hundreds of businesses. Her keynote, “Islandpreneurs & the Digital Economy”, will address how to overcome some of the major challenges in doing business online.

To help entrepreneurs move forward quickly, there will be masterclasses by local experts on December 9 at Commodore Suites from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. These masterclasses do a deep dive on topics such as financial planning and business strategy and help entrepreneurs walk out with customized strategies for their business.

Registration is $30 for PWR Mixer: Ready for 2020.  For those who would like to join the PWR Mixer and Masterclasses on December 9, there is a special of $50 for both. Space is limited. For more information or to register, whatsapp at +1-721-523-1842, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect with the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/experiencepwr for regular updates.

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CONDUCTOR’S WORKSHOP FOR NIA’S NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The National Institute of Arts’ program “Music Brings People Together” will be hosting a 10-day workshop for the NIA’s NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA (YO) with Conductor Juan Cristobal Palacios who arrives on the island on Sunday November 24, 2019.

Mr. Juan Cristóbal Palacios is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. He holds a BA in Music Theory and a MA in Composition both from Boston University; he also graduated from Yale University with a MA in Orchestra Conducting.

In Venezuela he founded, and was appointed as the first President and Music Director of the Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Chacao, which belongs to the “El Sistema” national music program. He also served as President of the Fundación Cultural Chacao, where he designed the entire cultural agenda for Chacao County. During his tenure at Chacao he produced a whole range of art manifestations from educational to recreational, from traditional art exhibits or ballet recitals, to urban street art and contemporary dance.

Palacios passion for music education and more specific, community music programs, led him to develop an innovated program for the Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Chacao. All students registered in the program received instruction in the three fundamentals of instrument performance: solo repertoire, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire. The program started in 1993 with five musicians and five years later grew to more than 250 students playing in five different ensembles studying the fundamentals of music theory, music history, and instrumental performance. I am proud to say that of all the students that went through the program during my years in charge, and decided to make music their life project, all became professional musicians and have been playing in professional orchestras as well as teaching music around the world.

Juan Cristóbal Palacios has been living in San Diego, California for the past decade where he became part of the Conductors’ Faculty at the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. He is responsible for teaching three different ensembles at the Showcase Level. He has also been involved as a Teacher Artist and Supervisor with the Opus Community Program, which is the “El Sistema” Community program developed by the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. This program is in charge of teaching the fundamentals of music to students that belong to the public education school system.

Palacios, as one of the thousands soldiers from the “El Sistema”, strongly believes on the power that music education has on the youth; it provides them with an important tool for the future, a tool that can help to overcome and navigate the different paths of life. The discipline acquired through music learning, can be translated to any activity or goals they would like to accomplish in life.

For his ability to impart knowledge, promotes enthusiasm, and intellectual curiosity among young people in 2000 Mr. Palacios received the “José María y Bote” Orden en su Primera Clase, the highest cultural award in Chacao County. Since 2006, he has been Principal of JCP Cultural Advisory; a group of professionals that help organizations create, improve, develop, and implement cultural programs.

“Students and teachers are looking forward to this special treat in preparation for the Holiday concerts in December. Parents will also enjoy a workshop by Mr. Palacios involving them in their child’s musical development” said Director Arlene Halley Newhouse. This program is partly funded by the Dutch Disaster Fund. Special thanks to the Belair Beach Hotel for providing a week’s lodging for Mr. Palacios. Stay tuned to the upcoming concert on December 7 which will be a festive affair in the heart of Philipsburg.

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MPs Doran and Irion to become Ministers. New Government on Tuesday. MP Jacobs to be Prime Minister

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On Saturday evening, November 16, 2019, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, received the final report from formateur Ms. S. Jacobs.

The formateur has accepted the commission to form an interim government supported by a majority in Parliament comprised of the NA-fraction, the USP-fraction, and independent Members of Parliaments L. Mercelina, C. Brownbill and R. Brison. The new government consists of Ministers who will, amongst others, give priority to conclude the legislation regarding the combating of money laundering and financing of terrorism, to execute the agreements made with The Netherlands regarding the financing of the national recovery of Sint Maarten, including the financing of the rehabilitation of the airport, to further prepare the execution of the elections, to take steps to realize electoral reform by bringing the Ordinance Registration and Finances of Political Parties and the Election Ordinance in accordance with the Constitution, and to concluding the budget for 2020.

Candidates for the various portfolios have been vetted based on the pertinent regulations regulating the pre-screening of candidates before nomination (National Decree Appointment procedure candidate Ministers and candidate Minister Plenipotentiary, May 22, 2013, No. LB-13/0442). The formateur has nominated the following persons for appointment:

  1. Silveria Jacobs, Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs;
  2. Christopher Wever, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure and Deputy Prime Minister;
  3. Egbert Doran, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Affairs;
  4. Ardwell Irion, Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports;
  5. Rene Violenus, Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication

The Governor has scheduled the appointment and swearing in of the Ministers on Tuesday, November 19th, 10.00 hours, at the Governor’s Office. After the ceremony, the Governor and the newly appointed Ministers will have the constituting meeting at the Government Administration Building.

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US Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visits Saba

SABA - United States Ambassador to the Netherlands Mr. Pete Hoekstra visited Saba on Thursday, November 14. He met with local authorities, climbed Mt. Scenery, the highest point in the Dutch Kingdom, and went to the landfill to be informed about the successful recycling project.

The Ambassador was very positive about his first-ever visit to Saba. This was not his first visit to the Dutch Caribbean as he has already been to Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten. His visit to Saba was historic in the sense that he was the first US Ambassador to climb Mt. Scenery. He did so shortly after arriving on Saba on the first flight.

“It was a hard hike. The nature is gorgeous. Saba is a beautiful island with the white houses and the red roofs. And I had a thrilling entry into this beautiful island, landing at such a short runway,” Mr. Hoekstra said at the end of his one-day visit.

The Ambassador said the island has a lot of potential, depending on how much local authorities want it to grow. “I can understand that they want the right kind of growth so Saba can stay Saba, and not lose its authenticity. Generally, they share the same vision, which is conducive.” He said he was impressed by the project to clean up the landfill, the recycling facility, and the plans to build a new harbor. “These are all major projects that are positive for the community.”

At the landfill, the Ambassador, his wife Diane Hoekstra and his delegation that includes staff from the US Consulate General in Willemstad, received information about the waste management and recycling process from Commissioner Bruce Zagers, landfill manager Arnold Hassell and Head of Public Works Russell Thielman.

Andrew Cadwell of Cadwell Inc., the US company that is removing all recyclables from Saba, shared information on the project to get metal, aluminum, glass, plastics, tires and other recyclables off the island. Mr. Cadwell told the Ambassador that the first batch of scrap metal has already been removed and shipped to Puerto Rico for processing after being cleaned on Saba first. He said that all containers that are filled with recyclables will be shipped off and that the intention is to keep doing so in order to prevent a build-up of stored recyclables on Saba.

The Ambassador and his delegation left Saba on the last flight and will visit St. Eustatius on Friday, November 15.

SAB US Ambassador and delegation at start of hikeUS Ambassador Pete Hoekstra (fourth from right) and his wife Diane (third from right) at the start of the hike to Mt. Scenery. In the centre is Island Governor Jonathan Johnson with next to him park ranger James Johnson (fourth from left) and Island Secretary Tim Muller (third from left).

SAB On the top of Mt. SceneryUS Ambassador Pete Hoekstra (fourth from left), his delegation, Island Secretary Tim Muller (second from right) and park ranger James Johnson on the top of Mt. Scenery.

 

 

 

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Loekie Morales a Dutch Caribbean author participates in BNK’s Children Book Week

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Last week Friday, the children book week in Curaçao came to a closure. Loekie Morales, was invited as a writer of Sint Maarten to visit several schools to read and tell her winning story ‘Ghosts in the Octagon?’, which appeared in this year’s bilingual ‘Children book Present’ ‘Ban Keiru I discubrí Korsou’/’Reis mee en ondek Curaçao’ (‘Travel along and discover Curaçao’).

The book carries 15 winning stories about children experiencing some adventure at touristic attractions in Curaçao. Loekie Morales wrote her story many years ago, and discovered that it fits the criteria set by the National Library of Curaçao (Frank Martinus Arion Library). She sent it and won a prize. Her story to be published in the Children book week of 2019.

All primary schools in Curaçao have gotten some copies of the book. Next to that, there is a song composed that goes along with the book. More or less 30 authors and artists have visited primary schools last week.

Morales: ‘Specifically for my story, I’ve created a rap called ‘Let’s visit our Octagon’ and after reading the story, the children could sing and dance the rap, to get acquainted with the Octagon, the strange building in Willemstad with the black glittering roof, where the history of Simon Bolivar lives up to date.  I have visited the Octagon, the House of Simon Bolivar’s sister, one of my favorite buildings in Willemstad, prior to the visits to schools. The building is now completely restored as a main monument, ‘The Museo Bolivariano’ and is located in Penstraat on the terrain of the Avila Beach Hotel’.

Morales: ‘The welcome ceremonies at several schools were awesome. You can clearly see that schools have put a lot of effort to receive us. The Franciscus College, the school I am ‘Madrina’ of its library, has received us with a parade of children on their bikes, roll skates and skates, blowing their horns, when we entered the school. That was really amazing and very emotional.’

During the week, several activities were organized by the Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou (BNK) for the writers, like workshops and a social gathering together. Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are taking lead in such reading festivals in the Dutch Caribbean.

‘Morales: ‘It is a privilege and a celebration every year again, to participate in this reading festival. Where Reading is seriously taken as a Fundamental part of our existence, I want to be there and play my role in stimulating it’.

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES CARGO LOYALTY PROGRAM

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - On Friday November 15, Caribbean Airlines Cargo recognised several of its longstanding corporate partners and employees at an appreciation reception held at the airline’s Piarco, Trinidad Headquarters. 

Honourees for the night included 22 longstanding corporate partners across the airline’s cargo hubs in Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Kingston and Miami; along with 13 dedicated employees who have been with Caribbean Airlines Cargo since inception. 

Caribbean Airlines also announced that customers can earn miles, via Cargo. Customers enrolled in the airline’s Caribbean Miles Loyalty Programme can now earn miles every time they ship with Caribbean Airlines Cargo.  Enrolling into Caribbean Miles is free. 

Commenting on the developments, General Manager Cargo Marklan Moseley stated: “Over the last year we have focused on introducing dynamic and competitive elements to our operations and processes in all areas within Cargo, from our customer response to our berth of interline partnerships.   The inclusion of Caribbean Airlines Cargo to our Loyalty Program adds one more progressive development for Caribbean Airlines Cargo and our valued customers.” 

In addition to the loyalty program, Caribbean Airlines Cargo has rolled out, several new initiatives during the year including: 

  • Introduction of a dedicated Customer Service team and call centre operation
  • Real time Cargo Tracking
  • Refreshed freighter network adding key capacity on core trade lanes demanded by our customers, including Curacao.
  • Introduced offer cargo services twice weekly between Curacao and Trinidad each Monday and Friday
  • New interline partners
  • Expanded cargo network to include Anchorage, Hawaii, Utah, Oregon, Toronto and Vancouver
  • For holiday peak 2019 capacity will increase by over 100% to include six weekly flights to Port of Spain, five weekly flights to Kingston and two weekly flights to Guyana and Barbados. 

Caribbean Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera, also spoke on the advances made in the airline’s Cargo operations due to technology, stating: “Today’s launch is a proud result of the interactive dialogue we have been having with our customers over the past months, aimed at enhancing our value offering. This and other programs have been designed to reward growth, trust and consistency, embedding a renewed customer-driven culture into Caribbean Airlines mode of operating.”

Caribbean Airlines continues to serve the people of Trinidad & Tobago, the region, the Diaspora and its valued stakeholders within the Caribbean and beyond.

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