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Ambulance Department acquires a new Zumro 600 rapid mobile emergency shelter including operational equipment.

zumru26062017PHILIPSBURG:--- The Ambulance Department of Ministry Public Health, Social Development & Labor received a new Zumro 600 rapid mobile emergency shelter just in time for HUREX 2017 drill.
The ZUMRO shelters are used by numerous Disaster Management Teams across the USA including Europe for Urban Search & Rescue Task Force.
This multi-purpose usage system is an ideal rapid mobile shelter that provides rapid deployment that would create an environment in times of disasters that is conducive to advance medical treatment in the field of Emergency Medical Services. Minister Emil Lee was present to get a first-hand demonstration of the capabilities of this shelter and how quickly this shelter can be deployed from Hazmed representative who presents.

The ZUMRO frame design can be deployed from one inflation point by one person, if necessary and the shelter deployment is rapid, virtually automatic and hands-free. It can be deployed at a rate of 100 square feet per minute or faster, depending upon which inflation method is used. “It’s amazing to see how quickly this shelter can be erected within a timeframe of approximately 4 minutes. It is truly an added asset to the Ambulance Department in the area of Disaster Management given the department’s key role in the initiation of emergency medical response in disaster situations”, said Minister Lee.
Ambulance Department Head Mr. Cylred Richardson says that this project has been long in the making and that he is pleased that we were able to reach this goal.
Furthermore, besides proper preparedness to provide adequate emergency response and management at a disaster scene and post natural disaster e.g. following hurricanes this mobile shelter system can also be used at various small & large scale events on the island as a medical command post. This is yet another positive achievement in the further professionalizing of the Ambulance Department on St. Maarten.
HAZMED representative Hay Geurts says that this emergency shelter can resist strong force winds. The material is made of special heat reflecting fiber. Most importantly, is that the tent can be erected in 4 to 5 minutes by one person. It is easily inflated by an air blower unit or air bottle from the Fire Department.

GEBE staff take center stage.

PHILIPSBURG:--- St. Maarten: NV GEBE staff take center stage as their Managing Board introduces the “POWER TO SERVE Toastmasters Club” as a means to assist its workers in their personal and professional development.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in hands-on communication and leadership training since 1924 and is used by Industry giants such as Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, Exxon Mobil, Google, Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company, who have found the program to be an effective staff development tool that benefits their organization in a meaningful way.
The Toastmasters program helps members to develop better listening, thinking and speaking skills by practicing prepared and impromptu speeches as well as receiving and giving constructive evaluations and feedback. Members are also challenged to accept leadership roles in order to develop their leadership skills.
CEO of NV GEBE, Mr. Kenrick Chittick expressed the Managing Board’s commitment to achieving excellence through improved internal communication and greater customer satisfaction.
THE POWER TO SERVE Toastmasters Club was initiated by Mr. Georges Richardson, incoming President of the club, with the assistance and guidance of District 81’s Division E Director, Kathia Magdeleine. Mr. Richardson voiced his pleasure at finally seeing the birthing of this new club and applauds GEBE for granting its workers such a great opportunity through its sponsorship.
The enthusiasm of employees did not go unnoticed during a very well-attended demonstration meeting as they rose to the challenge and participated with vigor. Many expressed their excitement as they look forward to beginning their journey by taking the first step, which is acceptance of the program.
The introduction of THE POWER TO SERVE Toastmasters Club is multifaceted as it will help improve employee performance leading to the fulfillment of the organization’s objective to achieve excellence.
District 81 Director (over the entire Caribbean region), Ms. Sherry-Ann Batson is slated to install members and Club Executives during a ceremony on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017.

TelCell 2016 Breakthrough winners launch top class music video “Trust and Time”.

telecelbreakthrough26062017Pond Islan:--- TelCell’s 2016 Breakthrough Talent Search winners received a thundering round of applause during a preview showing of their brand new music video “Trust and Time” in the TelEm Group Conference Room, Pond Island, on Monday.

The R&B Hip-Hop ballad is all the work of the six winners of last year’s top-rated youth talent search contest, namely: George Woodley, Aesha Gibson, Keeshaun Hodge, Kevin Lambert, Diandra Marlin and Leo Alexander. It is the fourth Breakthrough music video to be produced by Xtratight Entertainment’s Bertaux “Mr. Rude” Fleming, and this year showcases the incredible video work of director, Joel Ayuk of CANI TV.

The highly professional production and quality sound are expected to be a big hit locally with high hopes for a strong regional and overseas following if it receives the airplay expected.

The talented youths were themselves caught by surprise after viewing the result of many weeks of hard work and seeing it all come together as a finished music video for the first time.

They said the constant takes and retakes to get just the right light or just the right facial expressions and sounds caused the making of the music video to be very challenging and frustrating at times, however, they have learned much from the experience.

Each of the artists took it, in turn, to express how the experience of being a TelCell Breakthrough winner had changed their lives during the past year, and as that year is quickly coming to an end with the search for a brand new group of winners soon to begin, they are each grateful to the organizers for affording them the opportunity to showcase their talents and show their peers what they also can do if they have confidence in themselves and are willing to take a chance – even if it’s a second chance.

The stories from the youth were very well received by TelEm Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), a strong advocate of the event from the outset and also from TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, who went so far as assuring the youngsters that the lessons they have learned from the past year are not only lessons on how to win a contest and get over their shyness, but also about lessons in life.

“Most important is these stories that we have heard today - More important than anything anyone else said - About getting a second chance; crying for the first time that one person did not succeed but they came back and tried again, One didn’t have the full amount of confidence and his mother was the one who encouraged him, one who didn’t want to put too much pressure on herself to win....all things that are very important when you are participating in life,” said Mr. Dupersoy.

He praised the TelCell Breakthrough organizing team for giving the youth an insight into life that they will be well able to pass on to their peers.

The CEO congratulated the youths for the positive messages they help bring to these same peers and encouraged them to use what they have experienced to move on in life and chase their dreams.

CFO Mrs. Entel said she continues to be amazed by the quality of the performers and the end result of their work which is always of a high professional standard.

Pointing to the young faces in front of her, compared the mature stars she can see on the music video, Mrs. Etnel sees this transformation as visual evidence of the multi-talented youth in the St. Maarten community just waiting to be discovered.

“You are all an example, you are the future and I am very proud that you are a part of our TelCell brand,” said Mrs. Etnel in recognition of the many TelCell promotions that the youths have appeared in during the past months. Mrs. Etnel also went on to give special thanks to the team of TelEm Group personnel who each year dedicate many months of their time to staging various sections of the event leading up to the popular sold-out finals in search of the winning talent.

TelCell Breakthrough co-organizer, Angel Richardson, said there were many challenges in coming to the stage of Monday’s music video launch, including the lack of a recording studio to do the recordings.

“The studio we would have used before was being renovated so we found a room in the TelEm Building and improvised with a makeshift studio that has produced something that is just amazing, thanks to the professional work of Mr. Rude, my co-organizer,” said Angel.

Angel, along with Mrs. Etnel and Mr. Dupersoy at various times in the afternoon paid tribute to other members of the organizing team including Suraj Ramdas, Cheryl Rismay, David Evans and members of the Sales & Marketing team for their full support and other TelEm Group volunteers.

According to Angel the Trust and Time music video will now be posted as a Youtube video and to various social media sites.

“This is the fourth music video I have produced in the last four years and each one has been different and of great quality, which proves to me that the wealth of talent and artistic skill we have in this St. Maarten community runs really deep,” said the producer Mr. Rude.

He says his job now is to take the music video to a higher level by getting some exposure for the group locally, regionally through his contacts with regional Cable TV Channel, TEMPO, and wider afield with the Youtube and social media exposure.

Prosecutor Office maintains that Harbor companies are not part of Emerald Investigation.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) points out that media reports on the Emerald-investigation, that port companies are subject to investigation, are not correct.
As stated in our press release of June 8th, 2017, the port, its holding and its subsidiaries are not suspect in the investigation.

Prosecutor's Office Press Release

The prosecutor's office made the above statements after one media outlet published an article on Monday stating that companies that did business with the Harbor are part of the investigation. The report came out after the Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the CEO of the Harbor Mark Mingo remains in pretrial detention for the next eigh days.

Corporate Governance Council presents Year Report 2016 To Prime Minister Marlin

cgcreport26062017PHILIPSBURG:--- On June 20th, representatives of the Corporate Governance Council met with Prime Minister the Honorable William Marlin at his office to deliver the Year Report 2016.

Chairman of the CGC Mr. Perry Wilson handed over the report, which summarized the activities of Corporate Governance Council for the year 2016. Also present in the meeting were Vice Chairman Charles Smith and Board Member Madelon Dijkhoffz

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