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Tuesday is World Oral Health Day. Visit the Mobile Dental Clinic for a Free Consultation.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues surrounding oral health and the importance of oral hygiene.

It is a day for people to have fun that makes you laugh, sing and smile. The theme for WOHD is, “Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health.” The theme encourages people to make the connection between their oral health and their general health and well-being.

According to the World Dental Federation, about 90 percent of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided.

On World Oral Health Day, Tuesday, March 20, community dental care will be available from the mobile dental bus from 2.00pm to 4.30pm at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg where Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is located.

Dentist Hilda Guevara will be volunteering her time to carry out the consultations.

Oral health means the health of the mouth. A healthy mouth allows you to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions with confidence and without pain, discomfort, and disease. No matter what your age – 5, 25, 65 or 85 years – oral health is vital to your general health and well-being.

Use the opportunity on Tuesday to get your teeth checked at the free dental consultation.

For more information call CPS at 542-1122, 542-1222, 542-1322 or 542-1570.

The Saint-Martin Youth Territorial Council and the school community of the Collège Mont des Accords invite the public to celebrate the 370th anniversary of the Concordia Treaty.

MARIGOT:---This year, for the 370th commemoration of the Concordia Treaty, signed on the Mont des Accords on March 23, 1648, the Collectivité of Saint-Martin and its Territorial Youth Council (CTJ), in association with the school community of the College Mont des Accords of Marigot, propose a great morning of animation, at the college Mont des Accords.

From 9 am to 1 pm, the public will be able to attend the activities carried out under the sign of unity and sharing to mark this symbolic day.
The public will be invited to watch films, singing, poems, and dance, and discover the exhibitions organized by the students. It will also be possible to participate in games and animations put in place for the occasion. A culinary fair will be proposed to the visitors to lead them to the discovery or rediscovery of the traditional local dishes.
All these activities are exclusively carried out by the students of the College Mont des Accords, accompanied by the members of the CTJ, with the support of the students of the other colleges of the island.
The school community of College Mont des Accords and the Collectivité of Saint-Martin invite you to come and support this event initiated by the youth of the territory to celebrate the 370th anniversary of the Concordia Treaty. This event will give visitors a great opportunity to remind themselves the story of St. Martin and share a cultural and friendly moment with college students.
Come and enjoy ! Friday, March 23, 2018, from 9am to 1pm, at the Mont des Accords College, Spring Road in Concordia.
Une marche pour commémorer le Traité de Concordia
Le 23 Mars 2018, de 6h à 8h, avant la manifestation organisée au Collège Mont des Accords, le Conseil Territorial des Jeunes fera sa marche annuelle jusqu’au Mont des Accords pour commémorer la signature du Traité de Concordia. Cette année, le CTJ rencontrera au sommet du Mont des Accords le Youth Parliament of Sint Maarten. Une lecture sera faite des articles du texte original du Traité, en français, anglais et hollandais par les deux institutions.
March 23, 2018, from 6 am to 8 am, before the event at the College Mont des Accords, the Territorial Youth Council of St Martin will organize its annual march on the occasion of the commemoration of Concordia Treaty. This year the CTJ will meet the Youth Parliament of Sint Maarten at the summit of the Mont des Accords. Together, they will read the articles of the original text of the Treaty in French, English, and Dutch.

Mid Isle Teamed up with Alex n’Ani to ‘End Polio Now’.

midisle19032018PHILIPSBURG:---The Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle has been continuing the fight to ‘End Polio Now’ with three fundraisers for the Rotary Year 2017-2018.

For their second fundraiser of the Rotary Year, Mid Isle teamed up with Alex n’Ani on August 26th at their Front Street branch for ‘A Charmed by Charity’ event. At this event, Alex n’Ani donated 15 pct of that days’ taking to Mid Isle toward the ‘End Polio Now’ funds. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds raised with a 2:1 match. President Anjali Manek was on hand to collect the check from Ritika Chugani. This was our second fundraising event for Polio with Alex n’Ani.

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The polio virus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable but completely vaccine-preventable.

In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.

Today, there are only two countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The polio cases remaining are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.

Rotary will raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.

More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotary Members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesday at 7 pm at Pineapple Pete in Simpson Bay. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.

Culture Prize preparation in full swing.

cultureprize19032018PHILIPSBURG:--- Preparation for the Culture Prize 2018 is in full swing. Thus far the department has received numerous entries from poets, dancers, visual artists, animators, filmmakers, and vocalists.
“We are very pleased with the turnout,” says Policy Officer Sharine Allamby-Duncan. Sharine further states that “the department recognizes that this format is a new premise for artist, especially young emerging artist, who still in their infancy as a creative person, but who are committed to discovering their personal voice of expression”.
The Department of Culture within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS) is exceedingly excited by the level of seriousness in the entrant's approach and grateful that the secondary schools have also been responding in assisting their students to get engaged with the submission for Culture Prize 2018.
The Culture Prize 2018 is the first of its kind for the St. Maarten Creative Industry, in a culture where competition amongst each other on stage with emphasis on the performative has been the norm. In most competitions, artist performs and are adjudicated on said performance.
Candidates submitting their work to the Culture Prize 2018 Committee had to express their motivation and defend their work in their own words. “Integral to any artist is the phase of conceptualizing and putting idea to paper and having, a discourse about the process and the work” offers Ms. Reyes, Head of Dept. of Culture. “It was vital to us that persons submitting their work, could express clearly their process and connect their work to their motivation. She further adds that “It is always exciting to understand what drives and motivate the creative process”, what is behind the inspiration and how the artist achieved their vision.”
“We are very happy to the see the level of engagement that young artists took with regards to their submission” enthused Gina Illidge Administrator at the Dept. of Culture.
Ms. Lourdise Wilson, Junior Policy Officer added that “There was steady influx of entries on a daily basis coming in at the department and each was received with excitement.”
“Some submissions were hand delivered and others came in via the email address.” Added Ms. Daphne Thomas Senior Policy Officer at the Department of Culture.
The deadline for submission was Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 5 pm. All of the entries remained closed only to be opened in the presence of the entire judging committee.
The Culture Prize 2018 will be announced on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6 to 8 pm at the Belair Community Center during the Creative Industries Interactive Exchange Forum and Art Exhibition. If you are interested in attending this forum, kindly contact the Department of Culture at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 721-520-5340.

CARDIGANS donated to CBA students.

cbadonations19032018PHILIPSBURG:--- A kind and generous female tourist, after reading an article in the Daily Herald regarding the donation of uniforms to the students of the Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts, decided to donate 20 cardigans to complement the uniforms. These cardigans will be donated to students, who were robbed of theirs by Hurricane Irma.
The tourist, who made the generous donation and chose to remain anonymous, was vacationing on the island for the very first time and was desirous of assisting the youth of the island after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. In spite of the post-hurricane condition of the island, she said that she had a wonderful vacation, loved the island and its people and would have liked to give back.
She expressed surprise that in the warm temperatures she experienced on St. Maarten, students would be in need of cardigans. She has explained that most of the classrooms at our school are air conditioned and that some children complain that they feel “cold”. The cardigans also come in handy during the cooler temperatures we have been experiencing lately early in the mornings. At that time most students leave their home either to catch a bus or walk to school.
Management and students thanked the donor profusely and assured her that the cardigans would be put to good use.

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