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Hyundai, Shell, and Motorworld Work Together to Bring Community Relief through Soup Kitchens & Care Packages.

mwgsxmrelief10122017COLE BAY:--- The community of St. Maarten/ St. Martin is undergoing various efforts to rebuild and recover from the recent hurricane damages. This has left many residents in dire straits as a result of cases of unemployment, wage decreases, homelessness, and challenges with making ends meet to provide basic necessities for themselves and/or their families. To alleviate some of these unfortunate circumstances, Hyundai and Shell working together with Motorworld Group of Companies (MWG) have reinvested $150,000 through a series of community outreach initiatives in order to bring relief to residents in need.

"As a local company, our commitment goes above and beyond the standard business operations, to caring about our residents' quality of life. We take our corporate responsibility very seriously, and it brings us a sense of relief to be able to give back to those most in need," says Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, MWG.

Through these relief initiatives, the dedicated staff from the Motorworld Group of Companies (MWG) has come out into the communities to host a series Soup Kitchens, and thereby share a warm meal and smile with residents.

In addition, the MWG staff has gone above and beyond to volunteer their time after a busy day at work in order to assist with the assembly of thousands of care packages with essential items ranging from food, household, and personal care goods, to items specifically for the elderly and childcare.

Throughout this past week, the community outreach initiatives continued as team members from MWG returned back into several areas to distribute thousands of care packages in communities with the most severe damages, and needs. This included areas such as Cul-de-Sac, Dutch Quarter, Colebay, Cay Bay, Simpson Bay, Belvedere, St. Peters, Philipsburg, Suckergarden, Middle Region, French Quarter and Marigot, including places with elderly residents such as the Senior Home and White & Yellow Cross, as well as displaced residents at the Festival Village, Little League Ball Park and the Nina Duverly school on the French side of the island.

In addition, Motorworld has partnered with several organizations including K1 Brittania, Rotary Club, Helping Hands and One Hand Washes The Other Foundations, as well as the Community Councils and the Government of St. Maarten to ensure that these orchestrated efforts effectively reach the residents in most need.

"This major undertaking has been extremely rewarding. We are making a difference in people's lives with every meal and care package shared," says Rena Amjad, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MWG.

MWG Press Release


Chief Prosecutor Ton Maan says farewell to KPSM.

tonmaanfarewellkpsm10122017PHILIPSBURG:--- On Thursday, December 7th, in the presence of colleagues from the Prosecutors Office, colleagues from Dutch National Police Force, the Police Chief Carl John and his management team and colleagues from the KPSM, the outgoing Chief Prosecutor for Sint Maarten Ton Maan took the opportunity to say farewell. Ton Maan has been Chief Prosecutor for Sint Maarten for a number of years and has established a very close working relationship with the KPSM.
During this gathering, the Police Chief thanked Ton Maan for the great cooperation he had given to the KPSM during the time he was in office as Chief Prosecutor. John further stated that it was definitely an honor to have worked with Ton Maan and wished him all the best in his future endeavors. Ton Maan will be returning to the Netherlands where he will continue his duties. The successor of Ton Maan is Chief Prosecutor Jeroen Steenbrink.

KPSM Press Release

Trust company owner arrested for corruption.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Corinne de T. (54 years, Aruba), the owner of a former trust office on Sint Maarten, was arrested today, Sunday, December 10th 2017, in Philipsburg in an ongoing investigation into corruption with building projects on Sint Maarten.
She is suspected of co-perpetrating money laundering, not reporting unusual transactions, conducting a trust office without a license and destroying evidence.
The investigation is handled by the anti-corruption taskforce (TBO) and the National Detective Agency (Landsrecherche Sint Maarten).

Press Release from the Public Prosecutors Office

SER elects Damien Richardson as Chairman, Eveline Henriquez-Dijkhoffz elected as Vice-Chairwoman.

drichardonelectedserchairman10122017HARBOR VIEW:--- Mr. ir. Damien Richardson was elected Chairman of the Social Economic Council (SER) by his fellow board members during their board meeting of Thursday, December 7th, 2017.

ir.Damien Richardson takes over the position from former Chairwoman Oldine Bryson-Pantophlet, who bid farewell to the SER on April 30th, 2017. On May 1st, 2017, the three-year tenure of the former SER council came to an end. A new nine-member council was installed by national decree on October 23rd, 2017. Damien Richardson serves an independent expert (kroon lid) on the council.

Born on the island of Sint Maarten, Damien Richardson is no stranger to our community. Damien graduated with honors and a principle mark of ten (10) for his Master of Science in Architecture in 2002 at the Technical Universiteit (TU) in Delft, Netherlands. He returned to the island in January 2007 and worked as the Department Head of VROMI from 2007 and 2008 managing both the Building Permits and the Policy Development Department. Damien is currently the Managing Director of Richardson Plus, and teaches courses on Caribbean Metropolitan Architecture (CMA) at the University of St. Martin (USM).

On the same day, Mrs. Eveline Henriquez-Dijkhoffz was elected as Vice-Chairwoman of the SER by her fellow board members. Mrs. Henriquez-Dijkhoffz takes over from former Vice-Chairman Mr. Dwight Williams who resigned from the council in October. Returning for a third term, the businesswoman serves as a member representing the employers from the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA). Mrs. Henriquez-Dijkhoffz is an active member in our community. Besides her role on the board of the SER, Mrs. Henriquez-Dijkhoffz is a proud mom of two, together with her husband they own their own business. The terms of the Chair and Vice-Chair will come to a conclusion on April 30, 2020 at which time the tree year tenure of the entire SER council comes to an end.

SER Press Release

Big Tent at SXM Airport Soon to Better Accommodate Passengers.

pjiaetent10122017SIMPSON BAY:--- The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) will soon erect two big, air-conditioned tents that is intended to better accommodate the passengers and other users of the facility temporarily, until the Terminal Building can be restored to its pre-Hurricane Irma state.
“We are aware of the fact that passengers and other users of the airport facilities would like to return as quickly as possible to experience the award-winning service we offered before Hurricane Irma struck. We appreciate their patience and we will soon set up the tents, to further make passenger flow easier and more comfortable, particularly during this holiday season,” said Michel Hyman, COO and acting CEO of SXM Airport.
The tents will enhance customer comfort and upgrade the current operations both for the Arrival and Departure areas, thus freeing up the General Aviation (FBO building) that is now being used for arriving passengers, Hyman said. The tent will also be customized to include offices and bathroom facilities.
“The FBO building will revert to its normal use once the tent is up. This will also make it possible for us to accommodate the increased traffic of private jets that usually come here during this holiday period,” he added.
“Meanwhile, we are working tirelessly to ensure that we rehabilitate and restore the Terminal Building to the envious position it held before the storms. This will take time, however, PJIAE is committed to making sure that everyone is kept informed on the progress of our rebuilding effort,” Hyman said.

PJIAE Press Release

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