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More Movement for the Elderly this Saturday at St. Martin’s Home

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM);--- More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Saturday, August 19.

Senior citizens are invited to the St. Martin’s Home which is located at St. John’s Estate road #6 for More Movement for the Elderly Fitness.

To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Older adults aged 60 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily.

The activity has been organized and coordinated over a one-year period by Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF), Windward Islands Physical Therapist Association (WIPTA) and I&I Fitness.

The Saturday activity is being coordinated by WIPTA from 10.30AM to 12.00PM at the aforementioned address.

It's recommended that adults aged 60 or older do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Some activity, however light, is better for your health than none at all.

Reminder Toddler Time at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library this Saturday .

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):--- ‘Toddler Time,’ which is part of the commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week 2017 and observed every beginning of August, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 19.

‘Toddler Time’ is being organized by the section Youth Health Care (YHC) from the Department of Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour.

‘Toddler Time’ will take place at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library toddler room from 10.00AM to 12.00PM, and therefore, you are urged to mark your calendar with respect to the aforementioned date.

Storytelling will be done by Shanella Romney-James.

The goal through storytelling is to get the parents involved with the kids learning abilities. Studies have shown that kids that breastfeed tend to be smarter. The focus is not only on the breastfeeding kids, but about different facets of child development.

Solar Eclipse: Protect your Eyesight and use proper eyewear.

PHILIPSBURG--- (DCOMM):--- According to the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS), a total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, and will be visible from a narrow path spanning part of the Pacific Ocean, all across the United States of America across part of the Atlantic Ocean, weather permitting.

MDS adds that Sint Maarten and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean will experience a partial eclipse on Monday afternoon starting at 2.18pm and ends at 4.49pm. The eclipse will reach its peak at 3.38pm.

A partial solar eclipse is when the moon comes between the sun and earth, but the moon only partially covers the sun’s disk. The moon casts only the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on earth. It looks like the moon has taken a bite out of the sun.

The Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is issuing the following advisory with respect to the partial solar eclipse that will take place on August 21.

Persons should protect their eyes if they are planning to view the solar eclipse. Do not view the eclipse without the properly certified eyeglasses. Do not look directly at the sun, before, during or after the eclipse without any protective eyewear. Looking at the sun with your naked eyes is highly dangerous and can damage your vision and cause permanent blindness.

Looking directly at the sun without the correct eye protection, even for a short time, can cause permanent damage to your retinas, a light-sensitive part of the eye that transmits what you see to your brain.

Damage can occur without p n, and can take a few hours or even a few days after viewing the eclipse to have symptoms of damage, which include not being able to see colors as well and loss of central vision, with only side vision remaining. If you notice any symptoms after viewing the solar eclipse, seek immediate help from your eye care professional.

The only way to look directly at the sun when it’s not eclipsed or is only partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer. Make sure your eclipse glasses are certifiably safe. Watching the eclipse with glasses that haven’t met certain qualification can lead to eye damage.

Goggles, homemade filters, or sunglasses, even very dark ones, will not protect your eyes. Also, always avoid looking at the sun through an unfiltered camera, smartphone, telescope, or any other optical device. You’ll need to add a certified solar filter to these devices to safely look at the sun.

Even if your eclipse glasses meet the safety standards, don’t use them if: The lenses are scratched; The lenses are wrinkled; They are older than three years.

You can also make your own simple and inexpensive pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse, and never look at the sun through the pinhole.

CPS reiterates, do not look at the eclipse without special protective eyewear, and adjust outdoor practices accordingly as darkness could be a factor during the eclipse. Schools, are advised to plan accordingly for play and practice times.

Prime Minister Marlin Congratulates Anna Rabess-Richardson on being inducted as Director for Miss Teen International.

annarabess17082017PHILIPSBURG:--- On Wednesday August 16, 2017, Prime Minister William V. Marlin joined in celebration and support of Mrs Anna Rabess- Richardson at the Princess Juliana International Airport in welcoming International Pageants CEO Mr. Mel Richardson, Executive Director Mrs. Mary Richardson for an official "Meet and Greet" where Mrs. Rabess-Richardson was officially inducted as Director for Miss Teen International.

Being inducted as a director means that St. Maarten will be the very the first Caribbean island that will be taking part in this pageant.
Each year, over ninety (90) contestants spanning from countries and continents such as The United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa compete for the crown in representation of their individual countries.
This pageant can be compared to the Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and Miss World.
“This is very big for St. Maarten especially being we are known for only competing in regional pageants in Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis and Antigua, but now have the opportunity to compete on an international platform” stated Mrs. Rabess-Richardson.
“I would like to truly thank the Honourable Prime Minister William Marlin and Mrs. Marlin for their continued support of Posh Productions and our efforts to elevate St. Maarten on the pageant platform. I'm truly grateful that the Prime Minister sees the vision and supports the mission", said Mrs. Rabess – Richardson.

"On behalf of the Government of St. Maarten, my wife Mrs Gabrielle Marlinand my support team within my cabinet-The Cabinet of The Prime Minister, I express profound joy and support to Mrs. Anna Rabess-Richardson and POSH Productions for such needed accomplishment towards the continuous thrive and pursuit of empowerment of women and girls", said Prime Minister Marlin

July Cruise Figures Surpass Expectations.

portsxm17082017POINTE BLANCHE:---  For the first seven months of 2017, Port St. Maarten has catered to 1,097,040 cruise passengers via 387 vessel calls. For the month of July, the destination saw a 16.5 per cent increase in cruise passengers – 85,432 when compared to the same month in 2016 (73,338). Overall ship occupancy for the month of July was 119.40 per cent. The destination has seen figures grow over five consecutive months.

Port St. Maarten Management is pleased with the growth signs especially when looking at the challenges being faced by other regional ports of call. The country’s port was recognized in January for the third straight year in a row, voted the best cruise port in the Caribbean in 2016 by readers of Cruise Fever out of 10 Caribbean cruise ports.

In July, Port St. Maarten was chosen by cruisers as the number two port of call in Cruise Critic Cruiser’s Choice 2017 in the top-five rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Destinations.

A number of Caribbean cruise destinations have reported declines in cruise numbers for 2016 in the Western, Southern and Eastern Caribbean.

Port St. Maarten will be attending Seatrade Europe next month in Hamburg, Germany, to meet with cruise line executives to rekindle business relationships with key decision makers in order to grow destination numbers for the foreseeable future based on industry trends. The port will also showcase the destination and inform executives and other stakeholders about developments.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a unified global organization of 60 cruise lines, 15,000 travel agencies, 300 executive partners, and 25,000 travel agent members worldwide, in its State of the Cruise Industry Outlook 2017, says global cruise travel is continuing to grow at a steady pace.

For 2017, based on current new vessel launch schedule and expected regional deployment, CLIA is projecting another positive year of growth for the industry with a passenger forecast of 25.8 million.

26 new ships have been ordered as of December 2016 with a total investment of more than US$6.8 billion in new ocean vessels for 2017. CLIA added that the demand for cruising has increased 62 per cent in the last 10-years (2005-2015).

Port St. Maarten has been receiving over 1.5 million cruise passengers since 2010 (1,512,618) and has sustained over 1.5 million over the past six years with the exception of 2014 when the destination catered to 2,000,864 cruise passengers.

Cruise tourism contributions to St. Maarten as a destination is very prominent and represents one third of the country’s gross domestic product.

The country’s cruise industry plays an important role in the economy and makes a considerable contribution. According to the BREA (Business Research & Economic Advisors) Report, which is a survey-based analysis of the impacts of passenger, crew and cruise line spending, that was prepared for the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and Participating Destinations, October 2015 edition, destination Sint Maarten led all destinations with nearly US$423 million in cruise passenger spending for the 2014/15 cruise season, generating an estimated 9,259 jobs paying $189 million in wage income during the 2014/15 cruise year. This placed Sint Maarten with the highest income impact and the second highest employment impact.

Average per passenger expenditures ranged from a low of $42.58 in Trinidad to a high of $191.26 in Sint Maarten. Sint Maarten with $355 million in total passenger expenditures led all destinations and accounted for 14 percent of total passenger spending among the 35 destinations in the FCCA survey.

According to CLIA, in 2016, the cruise industry surpassed 2016 ocean cruise passenger projections, reaching 24.7 million cruise passengers globally up from a projection of 24.2 million.

CLIA says that one of the many reasons that the cruise industry continues to thrive is because of the personalization it is able to offer its guests from around the world, and this comes from cruise passenger surveys.

The top three cruise destinations for 2016 were: Caribbean, accounting for 35 per cent of the cruise market; Mediterranean 18.3 per cent; and Europe (excluding Mediterranean) 11.1 per cent. The other areas that followed were Asia, Australia/New Zealand/Pacific, Alaska, and South America.

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