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Yet another fire on the Dump. Close windows and doors. (UPDATED)

dumpfire22032017PHILIPSBURG:--- Residents and workers on the Pondfill and several other areas that are located in the Philipsburg area have to endure the danger of heavy smoke coming from the dump that is on fire since Wednesday afternoon.
The residents and even government have been complaining about the constant dump fire but so far it seems as though nothing is done to curb or stop the constant fire on the dump.
SMN News tried reaching the contractor that is managing the dump for a comment but they could not be reached.

Landfill Fire: Persons with respiratory challenges advised to close windows and doors

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):---– The landfill on Pond Island is on fire.

The Fire Department is advising persons living downwind from the landfill fire, to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge, and for persons who suffer from asthma, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory challenges.

The Fire Department is monitoring the situation at the landfill on Pond Island. The company responsible for the management of the landfill is working diligently to extinguish the fire.

St. Maarten becomes #2 Caribbean, #19 Worldwide Destination.

sxmtripadvisorhotels2203201PHILIPSBURG:--- This Tuesday, Tripadvisor has congratulated Sint Maarten / Saint Martin on a achieving the #2 position as a Caribbean destination, and #19th worldwide. According to the company, the sharp increase was the result of a shared Sint Maarten Tourist Board and Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) campaign starting in 2016.

Both parties were contacted by Tripadvisor to share the excellent results. TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice (TC) Awards are based on millions of personal reviews from the world’s most popular travel community. The awards recognize exceptional properties and destinations. Winning the award is achieved by a combination of popularity, comments by visitors and overall ranking on Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor is the largest peer-to-peer travel site in the world allowing travelers to comment about their experiences and recommendations.

In 2016, the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) launched a public-private partnership with the Sint Maarten Tourist Board last year to boost social media traffic for the island. The awards were granted based on increasing traffic coming from the island, reinforced by further combined efforts with Expedia, USA Today. SHTA is grateful for the close cooperation with the Tourist Board and hopes to be able to continue this Sint Maarten social media team for years to come.

Winning the award increases a destination’s visibility within media. The TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards receive large press coverage across respected news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Fox News, NBC, ABC News, USA Today, The Huffington Post and many others. Just in the US, Tripadvisor was cited in 6100 news articles over the past year.

However very happy that destination Sint Maarten now ranks this high globally, SHTA stresses the importance that 21st-century online marketing only keeps flourishing by continuous effort. High rankings have been the result of both the Sint Maarten Tourist Board as well as SHTA fully engaging in the digital marketing effort. To keep Sint Maarten having high rankings, it is very important to keep the effort continued at the same pace and invest in 21st communications.

sxmtop2522032017The SHTA, the largest business representative on the island, is dedicated to bring quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with the social partners and the creation of a fair marketplace. For more information, please contact the SHTA office: 542-0108, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website

Dutch National Ombudsman to hold open office hours on Bonaire, Saba and Statia

PHILIPSBURG:--- In late March and early April 2017, investigators of the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands will pay a working visit to the Caribbean Netherlands. They will hold open office hours on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius to deal with complaints about the government.

Residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba who have complaints about the government can consult the Dutch National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen and his staff (referred to in Papiamento as ‘defensor del pueblo BES’). They deal with problems with the Tax Department, the Public Prosecution Service, the police, the Public Bodies and the National Office for the Caribbean Netherlands (‘Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland’). Citizens can file their complaints via the website and by telephone, but also in person. Twice a year the investigators of the National Ombudsman hold open office hours on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The locations and dates of these opportunities for consultation will be announced via radio, TV and Facebook advertisements.

One of the most recent investigations of the National Ombudsman concerned the Public Body of Statia. Following the investigation, the Public Body was advised to strongly improve its communication with citizens. The Ombudsman had received four complaints. All four were declared well-founded because the Public Body was not responding to these complaints and the processing time was therefore far too long.

In addition, the National Ombudsman has sent the Public Body of Bonaire a letter of concern. In mid-March the Ombudsman, Reinier van Zutphen, personally discussed his concerns with government officials on Bonaire. He said: ‘Proper communication is essential to guarantee mutual understanding and respect between citizens and the government.

On March 18th, there was a DOGA open house at the University Of St.Martin.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Doga is the Art of Dance and the mindfulness of Yoga combine to give a truly rapturous experience while interacting with your breathing.
Experience movement and self-awareness the best pick me up, and calming experience to start the day. Excellent tips for the corporate women of today. We are so focus on getting things done that most times...we forget to breathe.
What you will learn
Practice body flow that will strengthen the body, create flexibility, release tension and create healing mind, body, spirit, connection.

• There are no requirements for this course.
• We recommend that you set aside some practice time so you can deepen your experience in order to bring higher levels of integration in physical and energetic levels.
• An open mind and a good attitude.
• No pre-requisite knowledge or materials required
• Yoga mat
• Eagerness to Learn about Dance and Yoga.
Created by Ms. Halley D’Oga is the combination of dance movement, yoga poses, and meditation designed to create an optimal movement and self-awareness experience.

Conducted by Directors of the National Institute of Arts Arlene Halley and Clara Reyes, Certified Yoga instructors and professional dance educators for the past 40 years.
Drawing from centuries-old traditions of creating a union of body, mind, and breathe, D’Oga is the perfect greeting to a new day. Providing you with tools to calm mind, breathing exercise to flush the body of toxins and stretch and tone movement to create a balanced approach to your day.
D’Oga is the fusion of traditions in dance that incorporates Dance techniques from the principals of Brain Dance, 5 rhythms of Gabrielle Roth, Traditional healing dances of Africa and the Caribbean as well yoga, breathe exercises and meditation.
Classes will run for 60 minutes where you will be exposed to various techniques. For More Information, please contact:
E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +721 543 0600
You can also contact The University Of St.Martin:
1(721) 542-5171 | 542-3156 | 542-3674 | Fax: 1(721) 542-5226

25 – 25 – 25 The Final Ticket Sale Promotion for Carnival’s Flagship Show, TelCell Night Of The Hit Makers.

Middle Region:---On Saturday March 25th at 12:25pm in the afternoon, St. Maarten fans driven event organizer, Xtratight Entertainment is giving fans and patrons who missed its 5th Year Anniversary ticket special one last chance to purchase tickets for Carnival’s Flagship Show, TelCell Night Of The Hit Makers at a greatly reduced price of $25,-

Tickets will only be sold at TelEm branch located at Le Grand Marche on a first come first served basis. The first 25 persons will get 1 free top-up card courtesy of TelCell.

The 25-25-25 ticket promotion is part of Xtratight’s effort in making tickets more affordable for families and groups of persons seeking to purchase multiple tickets.

Bertaux ‘Mr. Rude’ Fleming: It was not our intention to bring back this special given the magnitude of the show and artist rooster. I heard the cry from our fans and patrons that missed out on the previous opportunity, so by popular demand, we decided to bring it back one more time. The last time we did this we had a sell-out of the number of tickets that were reserved for the reduced price promotion, I am advising everyone to line up early if they have to, for the 25-25-25 ticket special to make use of this great deal. After this tickets are $30,- while supplies last and $40,- on the day of the show.

The special is for one hour only starting promptly on 12:25 pm and ending at 1:25 pm sharp – unless all tickets are sold out before the allotted time. One person can only purchase a maximum amount of 5 tickets.

The Hit Makers 5th Year anniversary promises to be a show never to be forgotten, with the ultimate dance experience in the largest outdoor disco setting on the island, featuring some super-hot Caribbean artistes, amongst whom is a re-energized Destra, Kai formerly known as Carimi, Claudius Philips, Farmer Nappy, Jean-Marc Ferdinand and St. Maarten's very own Imapkt Band.

Partners: TelCell, Accessible Ventures, Heineken, Johnny Walker, Kooyman, SOS Radio, Genesis Music Group, Simpson bay Resort, Domino's Pizza and Pawa Airline.

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