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St. Maarten Needs Visionary Leaders: VLF Calls for nominations for VLF’s Leader Worth Following Awards for Visionary Leaders- Submission Deadline March 30th.

liverpool18032018Belair:--- “Visionary leaders are the builders of a new dawn, working with imagination, insight, and boldness. They present a challenge that calls forth the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose,” says Corinne McLaughlin, Executive Director of The Center for Visionary Leadership and co-author of Spiritual Politics and Builders of the Dawn. She further states: “They search for solutions that transcend the usual adversarial approaches and address the causal level of problems. They find a higher synthesis of the best of both sides of an issue and address the systemic root causes of problems to create real breakthroughs.”
With this definition of a visionary leader, Victorious Living Foundation (VLF) the host of Leadercast on St. Maarten for the sixth consecutive year is calling for nominations for this year’s second annual Leader Worth Following Awards. Especially in light of what appears to be a global and local leadership crisis, the nominated visionary leader should demonstrate the following leadership values:

1. Integrity: Possess honesty and uncompromising morals.
2. Authenticity: Represent him/herself in a genuine nature.
3. People-First: Focus on individuals over numbers.
4. Excellence: Pursue surpassing ordinary standards.
5. Discipline: Exercise a commitment to a purpose.

Two visionary leadership awards will be awarded to worthy persons in our community and chosen by the general public through online voting. The categories are “Emerging Visionary Leader” award to a youth between 15 and 25 years and an adult “Visionary Leader,” 26 years and above.
Submissions with an essay highlighting how this nominee integrates the five leadership values of integrity, authenticity, people-first, excellence, and discipline with his or her visionary leadership should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or queries to 1-721-524-8731 no later than March 30th. VLF’s Leader Worth Following Awards and Symposium is the grand finale to VLF’s three-day Leadership Summit which is scheduled for May 3rd to 5th 2018.
Leadercast, the world’s largest one-day leadership conference simulcast live from Atlanta Georgia to hundreds of host sites including St. Maarten is incorporated into the Leadership Summit. Visionary of Victorious Living Foundation, Dr. Erna Mae Francis Cotton, will be live on this Monday March 19th for the midday talk show with Wendell Moore, to provide more details. Persons wanting to learn how to lead themselves will learn from world class leaders at Leadercast.. Businesses wanting to improve customer service, enlist the best employees; and increase employee retention, would want to register for VLF’s Leadership Summit as on day 3 of the Summit, Jasmine Payne, the creator of ServiceBranding™ will share how they can achieve the mentioned objectives. To register, call 1-721-524-8731; learn about VLF visit / or

Howard University students volunteer in St. Martin for “spring-break”.

howarduniversity18032018GREAT BAY:---Students from Howard University (HU) in Washington, DC, spent their “spring break” in St. Martin volunteering at institutions and foundations bouncing back from last year’s hurricanes Irma and Maria. The students numbered no less than 18-strong (in photos). During their volunteer work the students from the historical university also met with the island’s people; visited the Mental Health Foundation; attended church service; and last week received a gift bag containing the book National Symbols of St. Martin from St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. “The gifts were really appreciated by the students. They especially liked National Symbols of St. Martin,” said Sheila Marshall, an HU alumna and travel agent who happened to meet the students during her own vacation on the Friendly Island. “I congratulate the organizers and students at HU and in St. Martin for participating in the Alternative Spring Break volunteer program, which is part of Howard University’s commitment to USA communities and global service,” said Marshall.

Health Care Providers invited to register for MISP Workshop.

GREAT BAY  (DCOMM):--- Healthcare are providers are invited to register to participate in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) workshop that is scheduled to take place on March 22 to March 23.

The workshop will take place at the University of St. Martin on Pond Island. Health care providers can register by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This initiative is a collaborative effort of the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The objective of the training is to build capacity of participants to understand the concept of Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health in emergency situations and the rationale for implementation in the early phase of emergency.

Secondly, to learn about the MISP objectives, components and priority activities; to provide information about supply and logistics to support the MISP implementation; and to produce national trainers on MISP to facilitate future trainings.

The end result should be increased knowledge, understanding and capacity to implement MISP in future disasters, and being a certified National MISP trainer.

The workshop is for Ministries responsible for Health and Environment matters, midwifes, Red Cross, Department of Gender Affairs, Planned Parenthood, relevant Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Nurses Association.

For additional information, you can call: 542-1122, 542-1222, 542-1322 or 542-1570.

Prime Minister Romeo-Marlin attends Aruba Flag Day Service.

arubaflag18032018PHILIPSBURG:--- On Sunday morning Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin joined the Chuchubi Foundation at the St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Philipsburg to commemorate Aruba Flag Day on March 18, 2018. The Chuchubi Foundation played an active role during the program while the Sint Maarten Song and the Aruban Anthem were sung at the end of the church service.

Belair Beach Hotel welcomes first guests at Soft Opening.

belair18032018PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and Acting Secretary General of Ministry TEATT Valya Lake Pantophlet joined the management and staff of the Belair Beach Hotel at their Soft Opening in which they welcomed their first guests to the property since the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6th, 2017.

The Belair Beach Hotel, located on Little Bay Beach has a combination of hotel, timeshare and condominium room facilities. The General Manager Calvin Turner explained that the hotel has 70 rooms of which 24 were severely damaged during the passing of Hurricane Irma. Together with a dedicated staff who returned to work right after the storm, the hotel has reopened with 54 rooms. Mr. Turner said he is expecting to complete the remainder of the rooms within the next 3 weeks.

“It’s nice to see all the happy faces here, I am sure you are happy to be back and we are happy to have you back” were just some of the words shared by Acting Secretary General of Ministry TEATT Valya Lake Pantophlet as she welcomed the visiting guests to the island. Mrs. Lake Pantophlet also thanked the hard-working staff of Belair Beach Hotel for their contribution towards the reopening.

Prime Minister Romeo Marlin started her remarks by addressing the workers, “without you this could not happen, this is the attitude we should all have on Sint Maarten all hands on deck to ensure that we get back to where we were.” In observing the interactions between guests and workers at the hotel the Prime Minister also commented that “This is a family...the workers know the guests and the guests know the workers”.

The Prime Minister thanked the hotel management for not firing the staff and even though faced with insurance challenges took the bold step to start the rebuilding process by including all stakeholders that are connected to the property and finding the necessary financial resources to ensure a successful reopening. On behalf of The Government of Sint Maarten the Prime Minister commended all involved and concluded, “Things are tough but together we can do it”.

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