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May 24th
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BREAKING NEWS:-- Body of Civil Servant Found Dead in Belvedere Home.

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BREAKING NEWS:-- Body of Civil Servant Found Dead in Belvedere Home.

Belvedere:---- The police was called to a home in Belvedere where they found the body of a civil servant. SMN News understand that the civil servant identified as Pieter Hooft was found in his Belvedere home dead just after 4pm on Saturday.
Hooft was working for the government of St. Maarten in facilities department for a number of years. SMN News understands that Hooft did not go to work for a few days this week and it is not clear if he was ill and how long ago he died, howvever SMN News learnt that Hooft died of natural causes.
Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson confirmed that police found the body of the victim's  in his home.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 May 2015 17:32 )


PwC emphasizes her brand presence in St. Maarten

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PwC celebrates the opening of the new office entrance together with clients and relations

PHILIPSBURG:---- On Friday 22 May 2015, PwC officially opened her new office entrance at Emmaplein Building in Phillipsburg during a festive celebration with clients and relations. Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs attended the celebration and gave a short speech to congratulate PwC. The modern new entrance is designed by local architect Studiomart and emphasizes the PwC brand in St. Maarten.

Established in 1967, PwC was one of the first financial professional services firms in St. Maarten. Since the beginning the office has always been very involved in the local community. "We find it important to build lasting relations and create value for our clients, our relations and our community. That is what the PwC brand stands for. We believe in the future of St. Maarten and our ambition is to remain the most prominent player in the local market place and give back to our community." states Paul van Vliet, Director PwC Dutch Caribbean.

In addition to PwC's celebration, PwC donated a cheque for US$ 2500 to the White Yellow Cross Foundation (WYCF). The WYCF is looking to purchase a fundus camera which is used to make photographs of the interior of the human eye. This technology is used for the screening of Retinopathy in persons with Diabetes and/or Hypertension. With this donation, PwC is supporting the eye screening project from the WYCF.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 May 2015 19:45 )

PwC organises seminar Strategic Workforce Planning

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PwC organises seminar Strategic Workforce Planning

PHILIPSBURG:---- On Thursday 21 May PwC Dutch Caribbean organised the seminar titled Strategic Workforce Planning: Ready for the future for a group of clients and relations at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa. The seminar focussed on how strategic workforce planning can optimise business performance and successfully prepare organisations for the future.

Jan-Huug Lobregt and Linda Vos from PwC Netherlands were the keynote speakers at the seminar. They spoke about Human Resource issues such as the effect of an increase in retirement age on the workforce flow, inflow and the overall staffing costs, and recruiting and maintaining the right talent for the future workforce. They presented cases from the Netherlands to explain the concept of strategic workforce planning and discussed the challenges and opportunities of workforce planning on St. Maarten by using local examples.

Jan-Huug Lobregt started the seminar by walking the audience through the different maturity levels of HR, explaining the concept of strategic workforce planning and the benefits of incorporating HR policies in the business strategy. "Research shows that organisations who use HR scenario analyses to quantify business policies in advance, score a higher client and employee satisfaction compared to organisations that don't incorporate workforce planning in their business strategy. They also saw their profits rise over the past five years." says Jan-Huug Lobregt, Partner PwC Netherlands.

PwC has developed an analytical tool that uses HR data to calculate different future workforce scenarios. It helps to measure the financial and overall impact that HR decisions may have on the future of an organisation. In defining the dream team of the future, the link is made between the business strategy and the HR policy.

Directors, board members and HR professionals from both the public and private sector of St. Maarten attended the seminar. According to PwC, strategic workforce planning can be used in our local market place to ensure a stable workforce in all sectors of the island. Besides adding value for local companies, strategic workforce planning can benefit the entire labour market of the island.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 May 2015 18:18 )

9th Believers Convention triumphs

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9th Believers Convention triumphs

PHILIPSB URG/MARIGOT:---- It was a spectacular end to what may have started as the usual gathering of the St. Martin Believers' Connection Convention (SMBCC). The 9th Edition of the local church's calendar activity was hosted at the L.B Scot Sports Auditorium under the theme "Out of the Ordinary comes the Spectacular!" The godchild of the St. Martin United Ministerial Foundation (SMUMF) and the French Federation of Churches (FEDOC) saw participants converging from both sides of the island, as well as neighboring Anguilla, St. Kitts, as far south as Aruba and Trinidad and Tobago and up north in the mainland United States and Puerto Rico.
"The church's participation continues to be more significant with each passing year and it is not so much on the quantity of attendance but the quality and diversity of attendees, all of whom want to model morally sound, peaceful and prosperous lives," visionary Apostle Leyland G. Sam said.
He added that he was heartened to see that so many international participants had accepted the invitation to "fellowship with St. Martin" and made a case, once again, for a stronger focus on 'religious tourism'.
"Many people come to the island for Carnival, SMBCC is an alternative to Carnival and religious leaders who visit our shores are always in awe of the natural beauty and passion for Christ displayed in this nation. We know that this territory is special to God and we can anticipate him doing something uncommonly wonderful for our 10th anniversary as we avail ourselves."
Fresh off of a weeklong conference that was headlined by Bishop Robin Dinnanauth of New York's Robin Healing Ministries, the steering committee of SMBCC has already begun preparations for next year's event, with some minor changes such as venue and acoustics. Apostle Sam sits on the steering committee along with Apostle Lewis Constant, Apostle Edwin Arrindell, Prophetess Marva Sam, Pastor Jerome Thomas, Ministers Dian Douglas, Angie Pantophlet and Donna Morrison-Wilson.
Public relations officer Torana Granston said that the number 9 has special significance naturally and spiritually; often associated with the preparation for new birth. She said that this year, SMBCC 2015 was able to realize the installation of its official Secretariat, the hosting of the first gala dinner at Port-de-Plaisance, the opening of a resource centre for convention materials and published spiritual and educational works, a mini exhibition during each day's activity and a strategic partnership with the Ultimate Fitness Gym for the launch of a Christian aerobics gym.
"All of these achievements were realized at a significant time in the Convention's development, our 9th anniversary. Our aim is not only to meet in a mutual setting with the collective goal of worshipping God and interacting with fellow believers. It is also to meet the needs of the total man; physical, spiritual and mental. I believe that we are well on our way to building bridges in the society. It is all about empowering, equipping and fellowship opportunities," she stated.
As is customary, the opening ceremony of the Convention featured a parade of nations with the Christian flag leading, a youth talent night, singles and marriage seminar, healing and deliverance services, a unity service and mini expo.
Awards of appreciation were also handed over to Dian Douglas for her long and dedicated service in the hosting of Convention and Roberto and Arlene Wilson of 98.1 Pearl FM in the area of community development.
"I was especially pleased with the level of expertise and wealth of experience that Dr. Annette Lazarus-Rose of Bethesda Healing Centre in New York brought to the singles and marriage seminars. As a trained counselor she really gave sound guidance and direction to the lives of people. No area was neglected as she discussed the financial, emotional, social, spiritual and clinical factors that accompany living single or living married. We all left feeling empowered," Morrison-Wilson said.
The Convention steering committee thanked all those who made the 9th Annual St. Martin Believers' Connection Convention a success, especially the numerous volunteers, sponsors, governmental agencies and churches who showed unwavering support for the vision and mission of SMBCC.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 May 2015 18:17 )

Tehillah Ministries International Hosts Impact Network Caribbean Gathering 2015, St. Maarten

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These services promise to be life changing, it will challenge current paradigms and cause an effectual shifts to take place. , empowering Caribbean leaders to understand and embrace Apostolic and Prophetic convergence, it will bring clarity on the functions of the collaborative work of the Apostolic and prophetic offices. It will foster unity among Caribbean people within the body of Christ.

Event name: Impact Caribbean Gathering, 2015 St. Maarten
Dates: July 30th - August 2nd (July 30, 31, August 1, 2)

Venue: Belair Community Center

Sessions we will have a combination of day sessions and evening

Speakers: Apostle and Dr. Romero Maridjhan, Apostle Andy Eduarda, Bishop Roger Samuel, Apostle Mulrose Toulon from St. Maarten

Main Speaker: Apostle John Eckhardt

Day One: 5pm-7pm Registration followed by preliminaries, and then on to worship followed by the first session

Day Two: 8:00am-8:30am Registrations, preliminaries, prayer, followed by worship and subsequent sessions with breaks

Day Three 8:00am-8:30am registration followed by preliminaries, prayer, worship followed by sessions followed by intermittent breaks and a special prophetic and deliverance session for participants.

Later that evening at 7:30 we will be having a worship concert with an admission fee of $ 10 dollars per person, Children 5 to 12 are only $6. this worship concert is packed with diverse Artists from around the world: featuring Marcus Selders our main Artist from New Orleans Louisiana, Psalmist Jami Jackson, Poet Alexi Matson from Houston Texas, and our very own local psalmist: Benjamin Bell and Rapper Eugene Hanson aka Torch.

General Admission: $50 with advance purchase (by June 30th, 2015) $65 from July 31th onward
Seniors & Youth (13 to 18) Discount: $45 (ID Required)

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Tehillah Ministries International,
Modesta Rd #9, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten
Tel: (721) 527-2850

Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Family Bookstore
Camille Richardson St. #35, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Tel: (721) 542-5916

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 May 2015 18:17 )

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