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St. Maarten represented at the world’s biggest executive aviation event.

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St. Maarten represented at the world’s biggest executive aviation event.

ORLANDO, Florida:--- A team of five staff members of TLC-Aviation from St. Maarten is currently attending the NBAA Annual Convention in Orlando Florida. This Business Aviation conference is attended by 27,000 aviation professionals who have the opportunity to review 1,100 indoor exhibits featuring the latest in business aviation products, technologies and services, and participate in dozens of education and maintenance and operations sessions. An extensive and diverse selection of approximately 100 business aircraft of all sizes are shown to potential buyers on a static display area at Orlando Executive Airport.

"Our networking activities at this unique convention for this affluent market segment does not only benefit our own business, but we are literally the gate openers and greeters to our country giving these visitors the first and best impression of our island. Here in Orlando we make the contacts and create the partnerships that bring guests and investors to St. Maarten," says Steven Kong, Managing Director of TLC-Aviation who leads his team of professionals. "One should realize that every passenger arriving on a private or business aircraft is a potential investor in the island. It is a quality conscious and demanding clientele that doesn't accept mediocrity but is willing and able to honor excellent services."

The NBAA Annual convention is by far the biggest event in the business and private aviation industry worldwide. In the USA, business aviation is essential to local economies and the national interest. It plays a critical role in driving economic growth, jobs and investment across the U.S. The convention in Orlando was opened is opened on Tuesday and runs until Thursday although most attendees and exhibitors extend their schedules for discussions and negotiations before and after the show. For TLC-Aviation the timing of this annual event, approximately six weeks before the season on St. Maarten starts, is just about right.

"The owners and operators of private aircraft are well aware that flying to our region can be challenging in the peak season and that the planning of a firm trip schedule has to be done early," says Sheldon Palm, Operations Manager at TLC-Aviation. "Late requests may only allow for limited choices. We do have limited aircraft parking space at our airport and in some cases passengers may have to be dropped, the aircraft repositioned on one of our neighboring islands and return to pick-up the passengers later. It is inconvenient, impractical and costly to fly the empty aircraft to a different location just to be parked and the crew staying there in hotel. We attend this convention that is held exactly at a time when plans are made and we are there to advise operators and trip schedulers so that we can assist them in the best possible manner when they visit our island."

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:54 )


Ministry of Health briefs key members of the Council of Ministers about National Preparations for Ebola.

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Ministry of Health briefs key members of the Council of Ministers about National Preparations for Ebola.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- On Wednesday representatives from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) met with key members of the Council of Ministers to brief them about the national preparations for Ebola.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:07 )

Fire Department kicks off Fire Prevention Week on October 27.

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GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Fire Department will be kicking off Fire Prevention Week 2014 on Monday, October 27 until November 1.

The awareness week is being organized by the Section Fire Prevention and Friends of the Island Government Fire Fighters.

The objective during the week is to raise fire safety awareness throughout the community. The theme for this year's week is: "Preventing and Acting in event of a Fire."

Lectures are part of the schedule within the various districts. Residents are asked to come out and learn about fire prevention measures which could save a life of a love one and also protect your property.

Awareness activities will also take place in the elementary schools. The week will conclude with an open house at the Clem Labega Square. This will include firefighting demonstrations. Other stakeholders will also be at the open house showcasing their products and services which are related to fire safety in some fashion or form such as extinguishers, fire alarms and fire insurance.

Residents are also encouraged to come out to the district information sessions about fire prevention.

The dates and times of the sessions are as follows: Monday, October 27 at the St. Peters Community Center 7:30pm to 9:00pm; Tuesday, October 28 at the Dutch Quarter Community Center, same time as noted before; Wednesday, October 29 at the John Hodge Hall Cole Bay Methodist Building; Thursday, October 30 at the School in Middle Region; Friday, October 31 at the Lion's Building in Sucker Garden.

The Open House will be on Saturday, November 1 and the general public is invited. The open house will take place at the Clem Labega Square in Philipsburg from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

The awareness campaign also includes various radio interview programs.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:03 )

Off-duty police officer stabbed.

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Off-duty police officer stabbed.

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45a.m. police patrols were sent to "High Up" night club in connection with the playing of loud music. On the scene the officers spoke to management about the situation and stayed at the location to control what was going on. Shortly after the officers noticed that a fight had broken out between two unknown men. During the commotion many customers ran out of the establishment. At the same time an off duty police officer approached the other officers telling them he was stabbed by a man who was also in the night club. The off-duty officer, pointed out the suspect who at the time, was running out of the club. The suspect was chased by an officer on foot and in the vicinity of Carousel where he was arrested. The suspect was still in possession of the knife he used to stab the victim. The knife was confiscated for further investigation. The off-duty officer who was stabbed in the left side of his chest was treated on the scene by paramedics and then transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment where he remained for observation. The suspect with the initials C.A.I. (32) was taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody for further investigation.

KPSM Police Report

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:11 )

Young people are our future; St. Maarten signs agreement with Dutch 'Stichting Horizon'.

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Young people are our future; St. Maarten signs agreement with Dutch 'Stichting Horizon'.

PHILIPSBURG:--- A delegation of professionals who care for the St. Maarten youth population participated in a meeting at the conference room of the Philipsburg Police Station today.
During this meeting a historic agreement was signed by the honorable Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson and one of the directors of the Dutch 'Stichting Horizon Jeugdzorg en Onderwijs', Krijnie Schotel. In the agreement both parties promised to cooperate in the implementation of the new Youth Rehabilitation Center for St. Maarten which will be named 'Miss Lalie Center'.
In a brief introduction Mrs. Karola van Nie, youth prosecutor, stated that various big steps have been taken by the partners in this project. Those partners are: Richelda Emanuel (director of the court of guardianship Sint Maarten), Cynthia van Samson-Filemon (director of the Probation Department Sint Maarten), Ron Verhaar (advisor Department of Justice), Sandra Voorneman (projectmanager 'Miss Lalie Center') en Van Nie herself. "It's very important to connect with the Dutch in this project, because their expertise is more than welcome." Van Nie also stated that this 'Miss Lalie Center' is a very ambitious project for St. Maarten and it's unique for the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom.
Minister Richardson confirmed these words and added that the building of this Rehabilitation Center is the latest milestone in which St. Maarten shows to truly care for the youth on this island. "The fact that partners in the Justice chain like the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Court of Guardianship and the Probation Department put hands together to develop a unique Rehabilitation Center like the 'Miss Lalie Center' is an example for the entire Caribbean region. The support and cooperation of the Dutch 'Stichting Horizon' is a perfect example for the manner in which Kingdom partners could work together."
The director of 'Stichting Horizon', Mrs. Krijnie Schotel, extended much gratitude to both entities for their inspiring words and expressed how valuable and meaningful this project is to her organization. "It perfectly subscribes the ambitions of the company in the Netherlands, because the organization works with similar youth groups as the ones in St. Maarten." She highlighted that employees of 'Stichting Horizon' hope to not only bring their knowledge to our island, but they tend to take back a lot of knowledge to the Netherlands. 'Stichting Horizon's' working ways are based on the vision that youth's own strength and own responsibility are the key in the process of rehabilitation. They work in a very intense manner with the youngsters to let them make a better future for themselves and teach them to take responsibility for their own life and the choices they make in that life. This should be similar to the way the St. Maarten 'Miss Lalie Center' will work.
To check on the intense learning and working processes of the 'Stichting Horizon', eight local employees of the St. Maarten Rehabilitation Center, that were recently appointed, will travel to the Netherlands next Friday. They will participate in a two weeks internship in one of the juvenile institutions of the 'Stichting Horizon'. After that period employees of 'Horizon' will come to our island and visit the 'Miss Lalie Center' to share their knowledge. By signing this agreement, the Minister officially ratified this intense and firm cooperation.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:22 )

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