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U.S. FOL volunteer for Siloam Orphanage.

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U.S. FOL volunteer for Siloam Orphanage.

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao:--- Twenty volunteers from the U.S. Forward Operating Location painted the Siloam Orphanage facility in Curaçao, July 29, 2014. The volunteers painted the exterior of the building and donated clothing, hygiene products, recreational toys and funds to increase the children's quality of life. This project was completed in partnership with the director, Bro Herman, to ensure that the children's needs were met, including a safe and secure environment. The men and women at the USFOL are frequent volunteers in the local community, to express appreciation for the two countries' friendship and the wonderful hospitality they have received from the people of Curaçao.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 August 2014 21:34 )


Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise’s New President ready to "Light Up Rotary".

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise’s New President ready to

PHILIPSBURG:--- Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise President Dr. Virginia Asin-Oostburg personal theme for taking on leadership this year is "Celebrate Passion". She is passionate about helping and supporting people and plans to bring that same passion into her new role. President Asin-Oostburg, along with her board members are eager to put this year's Rotary International theme "Light Up Rotary" into action.

In addition to the established programs for the club such as, breakfast programs, Readers are Leaders initiative and providing glasses to students in need, the club aims to add a health project. The health project would contribute to the decrease of the burden of chronic diseases on the island. The youth will continue to be a priority target group for the club. Focus will also be on the club in the areas of board simplification, portfolio allocation and risk management, membership engagement and retention, membership growth and fundraising.

President Asin-Oostburg fellow board members are Vice-President & Disaster Chair Claret Connor, Past President Angela Gordon, Secretary/President-Elect Marcellia Henry, Service Director Agnes Kapoor, Treasurer Sidharth "Cookie" Bijlani, Sergeant at Arms & Youth Service Director Paula Gordon, Membership Director Okama Epke Brook, Club Administration Director Monique Alberts, Public Relations Director Kameela Piper, Rotary Foundation Director Meredith Boekhoudt & Fundraising Director Prakash "Peter" Dialani.

The club meets at Air Lekkerbek Restaurant every Tuesday mornings at 7:00am for fellowship and breakfast. For more information on the club visit us at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , we are also on Facebook: Rotary Club of Saint Martin Sunrise.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 August 2014 21:24 )

Progress Committee bids farewell to Minister Lake and Ministry VROMI. Ministry VROMI a good example for other ministries.

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Progress Committee bids farewell to Minister Lake and Ministry VROMI. Ministry VROMI a good example for other ministries.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake met with members of the Progress Committee paid on Thursday afternoon in what turned out to be a farewell meeting as it was the last time that the committee would be meeting with the Ministry VROMI.

The committee was put in place after Sint Maarten became an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands with the task of reporting on the plans of approach that are legally needed to ensure a proper functioning country status.

The Committee has demonstrated its satisfaction with the work that has been done and has recommended that the Ministry puts in place some form of an external reporting committee or bureau, which can continue to monitor and report to the Minister to ensure that the good work that has been achieved through the cooperation and supervision by the Progress Committee doesn't decline.

The Committee was moreover very pleased to have received the Project Plan Domain Affairs, which is a policy document pertaining to the granting of government land in long lease. This policy was basically the last outstanding document needed to finalize the task of the Committee as it pertains to Ministry VROMI.

Minister Lake was very satisfied with the achievements of the Ministry as he is the third Minister with whom the Progress Committee had discussions on the way forward and moreover the fact that under his watch the project was brought to its finalization.

To quote the words of the Committee, "Ministry VROMI should be used as an example for other ministries on what can be achieved".

Minister Lake thanked the members of the Committee for their assistance in bringing about positive change to Ministry VROMI and expresses the hope that other Ministries would use VROMI as an example of what is administratively needed to make Sint Maarten a proper functioning country within the Kingdom.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 August 2014 19:17 )

ASCD conference to focus on reducing unwanted behavior in schools.

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PHILIPSBURG:--- The Board of St. Maarten ASCD will be holding its 24th Annual Conference from August 5th –6th, 2014 for all elementary and high school educators under the theme "Embracing the Best Practices - Reducing Unwanted Behavior in Schools".

All elementary school teachers are being encouraged to attend the conference on August 5, while the following day is reserved for secondary school teachers and all other stakeholders in education.

The venue for the two-day conference is the University of St. Martin from 7:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Ronald Greene from New York. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a series of workshops during those days that will further equip them in social skill instruction strategies on how to cope with children with behavioral problems in the classroom.

St. Maarten ASCD has over the years been committed to enhancing the quality of education for the island by offering training in the form of workshops, whether separate or as part of its annual conferences.

Some principles that will be addressed include:

  • A greater focus on social development. Workshops will be given in this area and also social skill instruction.
  •  Special attention on behaviour modification: strategies on how to cope with children with behavioral problems within the classroom.
  • Attention will focus on creating a learning process in which skills for written and oral language and mathematics are developed. Teachers will learn more about differentiating instruction so that the individual learning needs of the students are met.
  • Child-centered approach based on a developmental approach to the learner. Workshops will be held on management of small group instruction so that instruction can be directed at the individual needs of the learner and therefore more child-centered.

St. Maarten ASCD is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide professional advancement and leadership for quality education on St. Maarten.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 August 2014 19:17 )

ODM: Heavy rainfall possible Causing Localized Flooding. Avoid low lying areas. Small Craft Advisory is in Effect.

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ODM: Heavy rainfall possible Causing Localized Flooding. Avoid low lying areas. Small Craft Advisory is in Effect.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS) in its 6:00pm advisory says occasional thunderstorms and high winds can be expected tonight through Saturday between 18 to 28 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Some rain showers may be heavy resulting in localized flooding over parts of the country. Residents in flood prone areas are advised to take the necessary precautions. In the event of heavy rainfall, if you are driving avoid low lying areas.

The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm (TS) Bertha as it transits into the Caribbean Sea south of Sint Maarten.

A Small Craft Advisory is in effect according to MDS. All small craft operators are advised to remain in port and persons with interests along the coast should secure their properties. Sea bathers should avoid beaches on Saturday due to the possibility of high seas. Seas are expected to peak at nine feet sometime tonight into Saturday.

TS Bertha does not pose a direct threat to country Sint Maarten.

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of this fast moving storm and will provide an additional update should this be warranted.

The population is advised to monitor weather reports for any further updates.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 August 2014 21:02 )

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