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Rotary Sunset and the Interact Clubs of Milton Peters College and St. Dominic High School celebrate World Earth Day.

rotaryearthday22042021PHILIPSBURG:--- In recognition of World Earth Day, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset partnered with the Interact Clubs of Milton Peters College and St. Dominic High School and planted two Manila Palm trees per school.

This initiative was spearheaded by Rotary Sunset’s Disaster Relief Chair Antoine Flanders, his committee, Milton Peters College Senior Interactor Adante Pitter, and St. Dominic High School President Bishakha Khatri who expressed their excitement in partnering to carry out a much-needed initiative that advocates a green world. Along with the two Manila Palm trees planted, a sign highlighting the occasion was installed at both locations.

The Rotarians and Interactors believe that trees are engines for economic development, providing high nutrition foods for humans, animals, wildlife, and insects, sustainable building materials and fuel, canopies in urban areas to cool, reduce energy use, absorb pollution and increase property values. Trees also protect our environment and increase groundwater recharge, prevent runoff and loss of soil, create habitat for wildlife, produce oxygen, use carbon dioxide thus improving public health and slow global warming by storing carbon.

“Rotary shares an interest in protecting our common legacy: the environment. We are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment. We empower communities to access grants and other resources, embrace local solutions, and spur innovation in an effort to address the causes and reduce the effects of climate change and environmental degradation,” Disaster Relief Chair, Antoine Flanders stated.

 The clubs would like to thank Caribbean Palms for their guidance in selecting the Manila Palm Trees for this year’s planting initiative and delivering them to the schools. Special gratitude is extended to all Rotarians and Interactors who were present and to the management and staff of Milton Peters College and St. Dominic High School for allowing the clubs to plant the trees. The clubs would like to encourage the public to join the movement of preserving the environment for a better and healthier world.

The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at Carl N Sons Unique Inn and Conference Facilities in Cole Bay at 7:30 pm. Due to COVID-19, the club currently meets via Zoom. The club can be contacted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the official Facebook page at facebook.com/rotarysxmsunset.


Motorworld hosts first used cars blow out sale this Saturday at Motorworld used cars.

mwusedcars22040221COLE BAY:--- On Saturday, April 24th, Motorworld will be hosting their first annual Used Cars Blow Out Sale at the recently opened Motorworld Used Cars Facility, located at Welfare Road #14 in Cole Bay. This new location allowed Motorworld to extend the current dealership to further increase their offering to the public, selling quality used/second-hand vehicles at affordable prices.

Unlike any other facility on the island, Motorworld Used Cars focuses on quality used vehicles and also provides certified pre-owned vehicles to the public. The certification process entails a strict 150-point checklist, including computer diagnostic, mechanical check-ups on the engine and other core components, detailing, plus full bodywork and factory-quality restoration of the interior and exterior for select models. This process is performed by Motorworld’s certified automotive technicians so that customers can rest assured in their purchase knowing that they are investing in a quality used vehicle.

Starting at 8:00AM until 5:00PM, customers are invited to visit Motorworld Used Cars where over 75 units will be available for purchase at special discounted prices, with up to 50% off on select models on this day only.

“Motorworld Used Cars was launched in July last year, and the response from the community has been astounding. We’ve noticed that many customers are really looking for an affordable vehicle that they can trust to safely transport them wherever they need to go. And we would like to make that happen. That is why we are further reducing prices on this day only on a variety of cars, SUVs, trucks and even commercial vehicles for our clients,” says Tariq Amjad, Managing Director of the Motorworld Group of Companies.

The deals are valid on a variety of models from Audi, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Mazda, Ford and more. The inventory also covers a range of model years, including older models and recent 2021 models. Additionally, on the spot bank financing will be available, courtesy of WIB Windward Islands Bank. Interested customers can then gather all the information they need about securing a loan and how to get approved for an affordable finance package.

The entire community is invited to attend the Motorworld Used Cars Blowout Sale this Saturday at Welfare Road #14, where an enjoyable experience has been crafted for everyone. There will be complimentary food and drinks all day, plus entertainment onsite to allow for a fun vehicle shopping experience!

For further information, please visit www.motorworldgroupsxm.com or call +1 (721) 544-5294 or +1 (721) 544-3155.

 

Minister of VSA pays courtesy visit to SZV.

ottleycarty21042021PHILIPSBURG— On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor (VSA), Omar Ottley accompanied by his Legal Advisor Lyndon Lewis and Public Health Department Head Fenna Arnell paid a courtesy visit to SZV’s Director, Mr. Glen A. Carty. The Minister got a high-level update regarding the current situation between SZV and the Ministry of VSA. Discussions were held on the way forward in the best interest of the country.

UD praises young talent.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The United Democratic Party (UD) extends its congratulations to Kenyo Baly and Cay Hill, two very talented local artist.
"Kudos to you on signing on to the record label, Pretty Boy Worldwide," remarked the UD.
The record label Pretty Boy Worldwide has been modeling both local artists for some time.
"Exposure on the world stage, building a solid professional entertainment career, and recording your EP debut is a proud moment for our country," UD stated.
The UD continues to believe in the youth of St. Maarten and the many talents they possess. “ We encourage all to support our youth who are engaged in positive development. Persistence and support are key, as evidenced by Kenyo Baly and Cay Hill. “

MP Emmanuel: Samuel unfit to lead Education Ministry, should resign.

cemmanuel23022021~ Says insulting of civil servants a norm ~

According to Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel, the Minister of Education Rodolphe Samuel only threw fuel on the fire and made a situation worse by questioning the integrity of civil servants in his Ministry and maintaining his position of placing a non-St. Maartener above a St. Maartener as acting head of the Department of Public Education.
The MP said that the Minister attempted to explain his actions via a press release on Wednesday “and failed miserably". “All he did was further insult the civil servants and contradicted his own actions in the process,” the MP said. “At this stage, he might as well resign, he is unfit to lead that Ministry,” Emmanuel said.
He pointed out that Samuel stated in his press release that his intentions were to start the process of making three (3) Acting positions in the ministry, permanent positions. “The Minister said he removed the local Acting head of Department Public Education (DPE) and replaced her with a non-St. Maarten national. So the Minister, who by his own words is working to make positions permanent, replaced a local in an acting role with a non-local in the same acting role. So is the Minister saying his intention is to make the non-St. Maartener permanent?” MP Emmanuel asked.
Furthermore, the MP continued, saying that the non-St. Maarten national has been here for quite some time has nothing to do with it. “Point is, there are other St. Maarten people who could have and should have been appointed or leave the person that was there in the position until you identify such a person. Perhaps even a young St. Maartener returning home with the relevant degrees. Nothing against the gentleman who was placed, but when do you start putting your people first in their own country? The Minister of Education should be ashamed of himself,” MP Emmanuel said.
The MP said that another “major insult” came in the form of the Minister questioning the integrity of civil servants. “He stated in his press release: ‘I wrote 5 letters, and I have seen one of them on social media. The letter written to Acting SG Powell-Richardson personally is the one that I saw on social media. This leads me to question the integrity of persons in the administration.’
“First of all, you just never know how things can end up where they end up. You cannot blatantly question people’s integrity without factually knowing that they committed some unprofessional act in their role. If you don’t know, then you just accused the entire administration and specifically your Secretary-General, a long-time civil servant, of wrongdoing,” Emmanuel said.
“We have heard reports from civil servants in the Education Ministry about the treatment they receive from Samuel and his cabinet. The fact that the Minister can so openly and without substantiation question the integrity of the civil servants directly under him further erodes mutual respect and whatever professional relationship that existed. The Minister is trying to cover up that he did not stand up for St. Maarten people and he only made the situation worse by telling other St. Maarten people that they have no integrity. He might as well resign,” MP Emmanuel concluded.


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