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Update on LIAT Flights to Dominica, Tortola and St. Maarten.

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua:--- LIAT will continue Relief flights out of Dominica, Tortola and St. Maarten from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th September: This schedule will be updated weekly on Sundays as long as Relief flights continue.
The schedule is as follows:

liatflightupdate25092017

At this time LIAT is unable to carry commercial passengers into Dominica and St. Maarten.
For paid passengers who have tickets from Dominica, they will have priority on flights out of Dominica. All other passengers can call Reservations and be listed on a standby basis. LIAT will not accept payments for tickets on the day of travel.
LIAT is now able to take limited passengers into Tortola. To enter Tortola, the passenger must be a resident or citizen of the British Virgin Islands. Only persons with proof of residency or citizenship will be allowed to connect. At this time, we will not accept persons with work permits until there has been a clear directive from the Government of the British Virgin Islands.
Persons are asked to contact our Reservations Department for more information and to make bookings on these flights.
LIAT will carry only relief supplies as cargo into these destinations. Relief supplies destined to Tortola and Dominica must be addressed to the Government of the BVI and the Commonwealth of Dominica.
For further information please contact LIAT Cargo. Please note that all rules relating to the carriage of cargo including dangerous goods must be strictly complied with.

LIAT Press Release


Updated Information on the reopening of school.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is currently still on target for the reopening of schools. The soft opening of school is set for September 28th, 2017. The soft opening will consists of students assessing their school materials, and speaking with their teachers, peers and guidance counselors. The official start date will be October 2nd, 2017.

The Foundation Catholic Education school board consisting of the St. Dominic Primary and High School, the Sister Regina Primary School, the St. Joseph Primary School, the Sister Magda Primary School, the Sister Borgia Primary School, and the Sister Marie Laurence Primary School is fully prepared to reopen for all grades and cycles on October 2nd, 2017. The SVOBE school board consisting of the Milton Peters College and the Sundial School will be operational for pre exam and exam classes. The FAVE school board consisting of the Academy, Academy PSVE and CAPE will also be operational for the pre exam and exam classes. The Methodist Agogic Center, the Asha Stevens and Hillside Christian Schools will also be operational as of October 2nd, 2017. All Public Schools will commence on October 2nd with the pre exam and exam classes, while other classes will be announced once more information is available as to the teacher availability on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017.

As of Wednesday, September 27th, the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) will no longer be utilized as a shelter, after which it will be thoroughly cleaned and ready for classes on October 2nd, 2017. The University of St. Martin has granted the Charlotte Brookson (CBA) academy the use of three (3) classrooms, which will allow the CBA to commence on the target date of October 2nd, with the 5th and 6th formers at the University of St. Martin. The University of St. Martin and the Seventh Day Adventist School are still in the process of assessing the nature and severity of the damage and availability of classrooms and staff. Once the information has been determined, the information will be made available accordingly. The Learning Unlimited commenced classes, today, Monday September 25th, 2017.

School boards have met internally and have made provisions to house students in collaboration with sister schools.

Currently 18 out of the 27 schools have electricity and 12 have water. The Minister ECYS, the honorable Silveria Jacobs, and staff members of the Ministry ECYS are in contact with NV GEBE, Telem and UTS, to ensure the restoration of electricity, water and telecommunications to the schools to remain on target with the reopening of schools.

“I am very impressed by the readiness of the subsidized schools and their cooperation with each other to make the reopening of school a reality as soon as possible. I would like to thank all teachers, management and staff and school boards for all their personal sacrifices to make this possible in the interest of our youth on St. Maarten. Your needs will also be met, your happiness and well-being is also important to us and with God’s help and strength, we will all make it through this ordeal stronger and better than before. Education is on the move,” Minister Jacobs concluded.

Press Release from Ministry of ECYS

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport thanks USAR NL for assistance.

sjacobswithusarnlreps25092017PHILIPSBURG:--- In an effort to realize the October 2nd deadline date of the reopening of our schools, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport received great assistance from the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) from the Netherlands. USAR is a search and rescue organization, which assists in the event of a disaster.

On September 21st, the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the honorable Silveria Jacobs, met with the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) of the Netherlands, for a farewell gathering at the Fire Department. Upon arrival in St. Maarten, USAR along with local contractors assisted at the majority of public and subsidized schools with the clean up, removal of debris, galvanize, and the further securing of the schools and materials. USAR NL did an extensive clean up at the schools, but due to limited time on the island as well as other areas of priorities, they were not able to complete all 27 schools.

USAR representatives attended meetings, which were held with the Ministry ECYS’ recovery team and the school boards of the public and subsidized schools to ascertain the short-term recovery needs of the schools and to meet the goal on the reopening of schools on October 2nd.

At the farewell gathering, the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, honorable Silveria Jacobs thanked the USAR team for the contributions, hard work and dedication to the restoration and recovery of St. Maarten, especially within the education system. An exchange of tokens of appreciation was made between USAR NL representatives and Minister ECYS Silveria Jacobs.

Press Release from Ministry of ECYS

CIBC FirstCaribbean Cancels Walk for the Cure in Five Islands Hardest Hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Funds raised in those territories so far to be donated to local cancer charities

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados:--- CIBC FirstCaribbean organizers of the region’s largest cancer care and awareness event – Walk for the Cure – has announced the cancelation of this year’s walk in five islands hardest hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The annual cancer fundraiser has been cancelled in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos Islands, the walk’s Executive Co-Chairs and Managing Directors at CIBC FirstCaribbean Mark St. Hill and Trevor Torzsas announced in a joint statement.

They also revealed that all of the pre-walk funds raised so far in those territories by the local walk committees will be donated to cancer care and support organisations on those islands that have been impacted by the hurricanes.

The walk in St. Kitts which was also impacted by Irma has been postponed until the weekend of November 5, 2017.

“We are truly saddened at the loss of life and widespread destruction and suffering which these two massive storms have wreaked across these islands,” St. Hill and Torzsas said.

“Our bank along with our parent company CIBC in Canada has already announced donations totaling USD $450 000 toward relief efforts in the affected islands, with a further amount being reserved for assistance to Dominica, and our business has been working tirelessly to tailor special financial solutions for all of our clients to help them mitigate the devastating effects of the storms and start the rebuilding process,” the co-chairs added.

The sixth edition of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure is expected to again attract thousands of walkers and runners across the remaining 12 territories where the bank operates. The walks will take place over the weekend of September 30th and October 1st, 2017

“Despite the obvious sadness that is felt all across the bank, there is still a very strong commitment to ensuring that this year’s walk and fundraising activities are even more successful than in previous years,” said Mr. Torzsas who is also Managing Director, Cards and Customer Relationship Management.

“Last year we raised USD$500, 000 all of which we donated to support the life-changing work of our partner cancer care organisations in each of the countries where we operate. This year, with the destruction and disruption caused by the storms to many of the essential medical, diagnostic and aftercare support services, in the impacted islands, the need for financial support has become even more critical,” said Mr. St. Hill, Managing Director, Retail and Business Banking.

The funds raised by the initiative are used to provide assistance, care and counselling to patients and their families as well as to raise awareness through education campaigns across the region. They also help the various organisations to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Over the past five years the bank has raised over USD $1.3 million from the event primarily supported by generous corporate donors and diverse fundraising activities and events hosted by staff members.

So far this year just over USD$300 000 has been raised though the generous support of corporate sponsors and a variety of fundraising activities organized by the bank’s staff across the region.

The walk is held to coincide with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure sponsored by the bank’s parent company, CIBC. CIBC has been supporting this event for 21 years, donating millions to breast cancer research in Canada.

CIBC FirstCaribbean Press Release

Guyana to assist citizens wishing to evacuate.

~ Meeting on Wednesday ~

CUL DE SAC:--- There will be an urgent meeting for all citizens of Guyana, especially those wishing to return home, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 3:00pm with the Honorary Consul, Mr. Cleveland Beresford. The meeting will take place at St. Maarten Academy’s academic campus.

The Minister of Citizenship, the Hon. Winston Felix is requesting the following information:
Names of evacuees, passport number, address in Guyana, name and address of relative/friend and telephone number in Guyana to arrange the evacuation flight. The Government of Guyana is arranging this transportation to Guyana free of cost.

Please contact any one of the following persons to give your information:

  1. Mrs. Felix – 527-0704
  2. Mr. Beresford – 581-1402

Or you can visit St. Maarten Academy (academic campus) Monday thru Friday between 8:00am and 3:00pm (this week only) to leave this information with Mr. Fortune.


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