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EXCLUSIVE: GEBE CEO walks out of board meeting because of disagreement.

Chairman threatens the government with DP two seats, No Minister can remove him from his chair.

PHILIPSBURG:---Chaos broke out on Saturday during GEBE Supervisory Board meeting with the management board of GEBE. According to information reaching SMN News, states that the CEO of GEBE Kenrick Chittick stormed out of the meeting in a furious manner when at least one of the supervisory board members suggested to him that GEBE should run the test on Engine 20 around 3 am in the morning rather the 7 am schedule he had. The source said that the supervisory board member felt that if the test run was done during the wee-hours of the morning fewer people, especially businesses would be affected. This, however, Chittick did not agree with and instead of discussing the matter with the board he stormed out of the meeting in a very angry manner.
SMN News learned that the reaction from the CEO left most of the board members in total shock because of the arrogance and disrespect showed to them by the CEO.
Another matter that is brewing is the removal of the chairman of the supervisory board that has health related issues.
SMN News further learned that the chairman who was recently hospitalized made clear that the current Minister of VROMI cannot remove him because his political party has two seats in the current coalition and further to that the current Minister of VROMI Christopher Emmanuel is not the one that appointed him to his position.
Last week the Minister in response to a question from SMN News said that he will suggest to the Council of Ministers to remove the chair due to his health conditions. Minister Emmanuel made clear that no decision was taken on the replacement but the health conditions of the chairman have to be evaluated and a decision will be taken by the Council of Ministers. He also stated that another person will soon occupy seat left by Member of Parliament Romeo Pantophlet, SMN News understands that Claudius Buncamper is the candidate that was selected and the government is awaiting an advice from the Council of Advice prior to making that appointment.
Several persons including employees have stated that the chair of the supervisory board is micromanaging the government-owned company rather than supervising the management board.
It is stated that the chair when he was in better health was visiting GEBE on a daily basis and has been giving the management board orders. The employees even alleged that the management board refuses to take orders from the Supervisory Board but listens only to the chairman who supports them in whatever they do whether or not it benefits the company. They even went as far as saying that the chair is busy making personal deals through the company and this is the reason he is at GEBE's office on a daily basis.
Efforts made to reach the chairman Roy Marlin on Sunday proved futile as he could not be reached by telephone.

St. Dominic High Interact Club is called to share.

stdominicschool26020217PHILIPSBURG:--- On February 6, 2017, to kick off Catholic Schools week under the theme: We are called to share with others, the Interact Club of St. Dominic High School welcomed Les Fruits de Mer President Ms. Jenn Yerkes and representatives from the Sister Basilia Center during the school's weekly assembly.

The Interact Club presented Sister Basilia Center with a donation of NAF. 1800. As well as, sponsoring NAF 198 to Les Fruits de Mer in order to become Friends of the Museum. Les Fruits de Mer curates Amuseum Naturalis our island's only natural history museum that strives to educate visitors and citizens about St. Maarten’s unique natural history. The Sister Basilia Center works with intellectually challenged clients.

These donations were made possible through Interact’s annual “Gift Wrapping for a Cause” project. During the Christmas Holidays, the members wrap gifts and the collected donations are given to charitable causes on St. Maarten.

The entire Interact would like to thank everyone who contributed to this project. Our biggest supporters every Christmas season are Klass Electronics and Super Plaza who offer space on their premises to wrap gifts. Without their continued support, our project would not have been a success. The Interact Club would also like to thank everyone who came out and helped with the gift wrapping service, and we would also like to say a big thank you to our School Manager Ms. Gianne de Weever, our mentors Ms. Patrice Davis and Ms. Jennifer Halley, and everyone else who made this project possible.
We would also like to wish both Les Fruits de Mer and Sister Basilia Center all the best for their future endeavors.
"Giving back is not just about making a donation; it is about making a difference." A beautiful quote by Kathy Calvin, perfectly describes the enlightening feeling we had after making the donations.
The Interact Club of St. Dominic High School is a school based Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Maarten - Mid-Isle. Through teamwork, this club works together to help the community.

GEBE continues to make strides in building effective teams with TPI

tpigebe26022017PHILIPSBURG:--- N.V GEBE held the second round of departmental full day “Building Effective Teams” (B.E.T) Retreats facilitated by Training Professionals International Firm, TPI on February 23 and February 24, 2017, held at the Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach. The retreats are a continuation of the Managing Board’s (MB) committed initiative to improve department processes, procedures, systems, and functions. With a special emphasis on employee performance, accountability, leadership, team synergy and effective communication.
The B.E.T Retreats commenced early this month for the Distribution department held on February 2 and February 3, 2017. The results have been measurably successful and the MB has taken initiatives to ensure the department’s progress is consistent and monitored. The MB Board has committed to the Post B.E.T. Follow up sessions for the departments and they will be held in April. The Post sessions will provide an objective analysis of the changes that have taken place in the department, measure the effects of the changes as it relates to enhanced productivity, gain valuable feedback from all members of the departments, acknowledge achievements, provide ongoing support to leadership and establish ongoing short and long term measurable goals.
Dr. Gittens, President & CEO of TPI stated: Distribution and Production illustrated an obvious desire to commit to the new direction of N.V. GEBE. The organization has been faced with some challenges over the last several months but the staff remains committed to improving areas that will both regain and maintain the community’s confidence. It has been proven statistically that a “learning organization” must look at their “current state,” good bad or indifferent to formulate a revised plan to reach effective operational progression and success.
Mr. Chittick, GEBE’s CEO stated: With the commitment from the employees, NV GEBE will be moving forward to improving its services to St. Maarten to which we all belong and are also a customer. This company has great potential and only by getting the workers together in harmony will we accomplish our goals. Based on the positive responses from those that participated such a session was organized in the right time and may need to expand to other departments. The Managing Board is committed to each worker within the various departments to excel.
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Brand new Hyundai i20 awaits lucky TelCell Carnival SMS Winner.

carnivali2026022017Pond Island:--- TelEm Group mobile provider TelCell is giving away a brand new Hyundai i20 motor car as the First Prize of its latest SMS text campaign.
From now until May 2nd, anyone can text the word “CARNIVAL” to 7777 for a chance to win the grand prize courtesy of Motorworld, and many other super prizes available including: $50 weekly Top-Up for a year, One year internet subscription, an iPhone 7 Plus and a Sumsung7 Edge courtesy of TelCell, and a 55” Smart TV and other prizes courtesy of electronics store, Boolchand’s.
“We received thousands of SMS texts from customers and members of the public who wanted to win the motor car prize last year and we expect even more texts this year for this brand new 2017 model i20,” said TelEm Manager, Marketing & Sales, Grisha Marten, who is also reminding those sending texts each text will cost $1 for each chance to win.

Grisha has also informed that the winning name is chosen totally at random, so anyone and everyone has a chance to win,

She said the lucky winner of the top prize will not only be receiving the key this year but also six months of gas courtesy of Texaco, a Hyundai L575 cellphone and a pulse watch.
“We will have the i20 on display in the Festival Village throughout Carnival and until the name of the winner is called out on May 3rd at the closing of Carnival 2017,” continued the Marketing & Sales Manager.
Grisha has meantime thanked companies, Motorword, Texaco and Boolchand’s for participating in the TelCell Carnival promotion for 2017.

Women's Conference held at Sonesta Great Bay Hotel.

The Status of Women's Committee of the Windward Island Teacher's Union hosted a two-day Women's Conference in Sonesta Great Bay Hotel with the Theme: " Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work", on Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, 2017.
After the tone was set for the Opening of the Conference with a warm welcome to all by the gentle voice of the moderator, Miss Sagan Gibson, the Sint Maarten Song was sung by the young male voice of Bradly Attyl.
The President of the W.I.T.U., Mrs. Claire Elshot-Aventurin, also extended a warm Welcome to the delegates of the Status of Women's Committees of the Caribbean Union of Teachers ( C.U.T.) from the various countries of Bermuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Guadeloupe/ French Saint Martin to our shores.
All the participants from the various local unions such as ABVO-SXM, SMCU, WICSU-PSU, WIHCUA and the various Women's Organizations such as Prominent Women, B3-Lifestyle, Anti-trafficking & Aglow International, Safe Haven, members of Sint Maarten Youth Parliament and the teachers and members of school management team and school boards and the presenters who were present at the Opening.
After thanking the Minister of Education Ms. Silveria Jacobs and Minister of Labour Mr. Emil Lee and head of the Department of Community Development, Family and Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Aida Holaman and the board of W.I.T.U. for the financial support. Mrs. Elshot wished everyone a successful women's conference and assured the participants that their valuable contribution will be part of the discussions, where Education International will critically look at the link between the rights to education and the challenges faced with the implementation of the Millenium Development goals for women and girls. She then turned the mike over to the President of the W.I.T.U 's Status of Women's Committee.

In her Opening remarks, Ms. Silvy Ravenberg President of this committee gave an outline of the establishment and launching of the Status of Women's Committee in June 2013, the objective, purpose, mandate and goals of such.a committee
She also remarked that the idea was born when W.I.T.U. , provoking as a member organization of Education International, received an invitation to nominate a representative to be part of the 61st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women March 13-15, 2017 UN Headquarters in New York.
She encouraged and motivated all to be actively involved in the discussions and to listen keenly to the presentation that would bet o provoke and very relevant to the our situation as women.
She remarked that a number of great women of Sint Maarten, who are no longer with us, have made their contributions and have let their voices be heard at similar events in the UN Headquarters and in Beijing 2000, setting the tone for a number of rights and privileges we enjoy today. It is therefore our task to continue their legacy that they have left behind.Thanking these great and brave ladies and looking forward for the contributions of everyone present to make the Women's Conference fruitful and a great success.

The program continued with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education, Cultur, Youth and Sports Affairs, Ms. Jorien Wuite delivering greetings to the participants of the conference on behalf of our Minister of Education, who said that she was deeply honored as the sole female in the Council of Minister to be given the opportunity to address us a positive strong women and Ms. Angel Heyligar of Bermuda, Vice President of the Status of Women's Committee of C.U.T.
A Cultural Presentation was done in a song of Myriah ".Hero "by the talented Bradly Attyl.

The first-day presentations were marked with topics and presenters as follows;
1. "The Changing World of Work" This presentation was delivered by Mrs. Corinne Lejuez-van Putten, Vuce President of WITU and an English teacher at High Schools under the SVOBE School board.

2. " Women's Economic Empowerment - Stand Up for Somebody's Right Today ! "by Drs. Raymond Jesserun President of the Senior and Pensioners Association, member of the Anti-Poverty Platform and a seasoned educator also an advocate at various international platforms on human rights and development.

3. "Having a job is not enough.....too much work women do is undervalued" by Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte of Saint Lucia
Former General Secretary of the C.U.T. and former laison officer of E.I. in the Caribbean. She has been an advocate for funding of programs for training and implementation of capacity building programs especially for the smaller units within the C.U.T., networking to make sure that newly elected officers and the youth get special attention to be involved in their union's activity. Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte is a great activist and is no stranger to Sint Maarten since she was invited by our former Minister of Education, the Hon. Patricia Lourens-Philip to deliver the Key note address at the Celebration of World's Teachers Day in Port de Plassaince. She also represented E.I in the mission to Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

After Lunch
4. "Gender stereotypes in the media" by Miss Melissa Fleming an elementary teacher in Public Education.

Live and interactive questions and answers sessions followed each presentation before the closing of day 1.

The second day started at 9:15 am when the moderator called the gathering that consisted of a few new faces who had joined us, with her unique welcome. After reading the greetings from the General Secretary of the C.U.T, Mr. Don Howell, bringing well wishes to this Conference, she took time recapping the discussions of day 1.

The presentations followed:- 

1. " Going back to the future for decent work and quality public services was presented by Miss Anenda Zaandam a teacher & entrepreneur and former Director at SHTA.

2. Sint Maarten Youth Parliament made the presentation on " Economic Empowerment of girls in the changing world of work" The challenges was brought by the dynamic Kamilah Gumbs.

3. " Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDG " were delivered by Rose Fleming of VSA, who as part of the Ministry of Labour and member of the workgroup on the MDG give a thought provoking presentation to the participants.

4. " Women's Empowerment and Its Link to Sustainable Development was energetically presented by Mrs. Genève Philip-Durham, Dean of University of St. Martin.(USM).

5. "Linking education to women' s empowerment" done by Mrs. Patricia Lourens - Philip was the last presentation to bring the participants from all cross sections into a very active and interactive discussions.

This event was not just another conference and several voices expressed appreciation and thanks to the WITU's Status of Women's Conference for extending the invitation to them and they would like to see this become an annual event. They are also eagerly awaiting to be part of the follow up and to receive the conclusions on the way forward with networking on several levels within the region and internationally.
At closing i would also like to thank Mr. Serge Artsen of Sonesta Beach Hotel and the staff of Sonests Great Bay Beach for their valuable contribution in making sure that the participants were well treated on both days to delicous well prepared Lunch and goodies during the coffee breaks. Mrs. Fabiana Vanterpool-Arnell , Ms. Aida Holaman department head of Commumity Development, Family and Humanitarian Affairs, Mrs. Elencia Baptiste-Boasman of Women's Desk & CDHA , The Management of Sundial school, all the presenters and participants because without them and their participation we could not have this great success. Ms. Diana Windevelde took charge of the transportation of all the delegates to and from the airport and the hotel to the Conference site. And last but no least the well articulated moderator, Ms. Sagan Gibson , who directed this two days program and questions and answers orderly.

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