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Friday was Alcohol Reduction Day.

alcoholreduction17112017GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Friday, November 17 marked the 2nd Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day under the theme, “Drink Less, Reduce your Cancer Risk.”

This awareness day has been organized by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The harmful use of alcohol, along with tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, is recognized as one of four major common risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the HCC says.

HCC adds that, yet alcohol has received comparatively less attention than the other three risk factors. Alcohol contributes to cancer, liver and heart disease, mental illness, violence, accidents and injuries.

Alcohol consumption causes many cancers including: Mouth cancer, Pharyngeal cancer (upper throat), Oesophageal cancer (food pipe), Laryngeal cancer (voice box), Breast cancer, Bowel cancer, and Liver cancer.

Globally the harmful use of alcohol is linked to 3.3 million preventable deaths annually. Excessive drinking of alcohol is a major health risk, occurring particularly increasingly among Caribbean youth resulting in alcohol related violent deaths among the top five causes of death in the region and the commonest cause of death among young men.

Young women are especially vulnerable; alcohol consumption disproportionately increases the risk of breast cancer between menarche and first birth.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), calls on the community to minimize and monitor the contributing factors to their risks that may lead to cancer and increase their awareness and alertness on the risks of excessive alcohol consumption and other risk factors that may lead to cancer and other NCDs according to available health information. It is recommended to take steps in monitoring and managing one’s intake and consumption that leads to living a healthy life – apply healthy lifestyle behaviours to minimize one’s risks of NCDs particularly cancer.

The HCC is a regional network of Caribbean health Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations with the remit to combat chronic diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions.

HCC membership presently consists of more than 65 Caribbean-based health NGOs and over 55 not-for-profit organisations and, in excess of 200 individual members based in the Caribbean and across the globe.


EXCLUSIVE: Franklin Meyers possible interim Prime Minister.

newsexclusive17112017PHILIPSBURG:--- The UP/DP/Brownbill government submitted the following names of persons who have to undergo the necessary screening in order for them to fill the positions as Prime Minister and Ministers in the interim.
According to well-placed sources, the following names of persons were submitted to Governor Holiday on Friday by formateur MP Franklin Meyers.

  • Franklin Meyers --- Prime Minister
  • Joireen Wuite --- Minister of Education
  • George Willems --- Minister of Finance
  • Leona Marlin --- Minister of Justice
  • Emil Lee --- Minister of Health, Labor and Social Affairs (VSA)
  • Claret Connor --- Minister of TEATT
  • Milos Chomain Gittens --- Minister of VROMI
  • Cornelius de Weever --- Minister of Plenipotentiary 

Governor Holiday confirmed receipt of the names of candidates which he said was submitted for screening.

St. Maarten Academy Graduation Rehearsals Begin.

CUL DE SAC:--- The Management of St. Maarten Academy would like to inform all students who will be graduating next month that rehearsals will begin on Saturday, November 18 at 6:00pm in the school's courtyard.
St. Maarten Academy will be hosting this year's ceremony under the theme "You are the Architect of Your Life. Design It! Build It! Live It!"
Among the graduands who will be celebrated this year are Jacinth Hunkins, who ranked first in the region for CSEC Music; and Jesus Mateo Bejarano Ortiz, who copped the first ever ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) award for Principles of Accounts on St. Maarten.
Eighty-five Form 5 students will be graduating after sitting the May/June 2017 regional Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations offered by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), as well as 12 students who have completed their Associate's degree in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

St. Maarten Academy Press Release

CBCS appoints temporary financial director.

cbcsappointstempfinancialdirector17112017WILLEMSTAD, Curacao:--- On Thursday morning Dr. Jose Jardim, at the meeting of the Supervisory Board, accepted the appointment as temporary financial director of the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten.
The Supervisory Board has also appointed Ms. Leila Matroos-Lasten as temporary acting President of the CBCS.

Press Release from the Central Bank of Curacao & St. Maarten

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne celebrates eightieth anniversary.

vkvrecht17112017WILLEMSTAD, Curacao:--- To celebrate the 80th anniversary of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, the firm launched a new event concept on Friday 10 November called ‘RECHT&’ (literally: ‘LAW&’), an interactive knowledge café. The first edition focused on the National ordinance on competition, which went into effect in Curaçao on 1 September of this year.

During ‘RECHT& Concurrentie’ (‘LAW& Competition’), the consequences of the new National ordinance were discussed from a macro-economic, legal and business organizational perspective. Three keynote speakers made short thought-provoking statements, to which the panel and public could then respond. The discussion on the macro-economic terrain was introduced by the Minister of Economic Development, Steven Martina. Keynote speaker on the legal aspects was Rogier van den Heuvel, partner at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and an expert in the field of competition law. Finally, Justus van der Lubbe, CEO of Inter Assure, tackled the business organizational perspective. Apart from the abovementioned speakers, the panel featured Albert Scholten, implementation manager of the Fair Trade Authority Curaçao (FTAC), and Steven Coutinho, member of the SER and Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Aqualectra.

Frank Kunneman, partner at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and the moderator of the event, led a lively panel discussion after each statement made by the speakers. Subsequently, there was room for questions from and discussion with the public, which welcomed the new concept enthusiastically. The participants were very pleased with the choice of topic and the program’s broad (not strictly legal) outlook. VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is happy that ‘RECHT&’ was such a success and intends to repeat the concept periodically in the future, also on the other Caribbean islands where it is active.

Following on the day program, a festive anniversary reception was held where the firm members joined clients and business partners in a toast to the firm’s eightieth anniversary. Managing partner Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer gave a short speech in which he both looked back on the firm’s history and ahead to its future. He also thanked all of the clients present for their trust.

VKV Press Release


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