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NA faction submits meeting requests in an attempt to get clear picture of status St. Maarten in Recovery Process.

sillyjacobs22042018PHILIPSBURG - The National Alliance faction in Parliament has serious concerns about the status of the recovery of the people of St. Maarten as well as that of the country itself. In lieu of the looming hurricane season and the constant challenges being faced with the landfill, economic development and unemployment, the plight of the people still suffering as a results of Hurricane Irma, among other ills, it is imperative that government gives account. In recognition of its obligation as representatives of the people, its role as supervisors of the Council of Ministers, and to ensure proper governance, the faction has submitted several meeting requests to start off this Parliamentary Term 2018-2022.

In accordance with the Rules of Order of Parliament, on Thursday, April 19th, 2018, the NA Faction submitted a letter for a meeting to the attention of the acting President of Parliament Mrs. Sarah Wescot-Williams requesting the presence of the Honorable Prime Minister Mrs. Leona Marlin with the following agenda points:

1. Status of the National Recovery Plan and the overall recovery of Sint Maarten in general
2. The role of the World Bank in the recovery process and the dissemination of recovery funds and the status of the Sint Maarten Project Bureau to manage the recovery project.

Additionally, several requests were finalized and submitted on Friday to call the relevant Ministers in to update the Parliament and people of St. Maarten on:
i) the Urgent Meeting which had been postponed upon request of the Prime Minister since February 9, 2018 on the status of - and plans moving forward for the Landfill, which continues to pose a threat to our society;

ii) the meeting to appoint the Chair and Vice Chairs of Parliament which was also postponed since March 29, 2018;
iii) measures being taken to protect Government’s Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure;
iv) Status of Hurricane Preparedness for the upcoming hurricane season 2018.

Member of Parliament Ardwell Irion in his capacity as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee also submitted a request for a committee meeting with the Minister of Finance to discuss and investigate the Maho Group/Sunwing Group financial aid request.
These meeting requests have been submitted to the President of Parliament on Friday and in the coming week in an effort to have parliament and the people of St. Maarten brought up-to-date on matters gravely affecting St. Maarten, hear government’s plans concerning them as well as to afford Parliament to ask questions and make suggestions and/or proposals on the subject matter.

Another concern is when the meeting for the appointment of the President and Vice Presidents for the new Parliamentary term will take place. These appointments should have taken place as the first meeting of the new parliament which was sworn in since April 2, 2018. The meeting was convened and subsequently postponed, and has to date not been reconvened. While the Parliamentary Rules of Order may allow for the former President to continue to act as such in the absence of such a meeting, it is surely not the intention for such a scenario to continue for an indefinite period of time, as such will determine the Presidium, and facilitate the formation of Permanent and Ad Hoc Committees which also remain pending.

NA Faction Leader MP Silveria Jacobs anticipates a speedy response from the President of Parliament confirming receipt of the requests as well as confirmation that the pertinent requests have been forwarded to the relevant Minister(s) in order to be able provide the necessary information to the Parliament of St. Maarten. She further reiterated that representation of the people is serious business which she and the NA faction take very seriously, and will follow up on the requested meetings with utmost diligence.

 


CHTA calls for nominations for chief awards.

chatachief20042018Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) to recognize best practices

MIAMI:--- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is inviting the region's hospitality sector to submit nominations for the coveted Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) Awards, to be presented in Miami this summer.

"The CHIEF Awards shine a spotlight on the four areas we consider critical to the resilience and healthy growth of the tourism and hospitality sectors, which are the bedrock of our region's economies," CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy said. The awards honor the best practices in Environmental Sustainability, Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Social Responsibility.

"This year, judges will be looking for submissions that also highlight the value of unity and innovation, which are even more important after a most harrowing period for the region," added Troubetzkoy.

"It has been an incredibly difficult season for many across our sector - but I'm proud of the way our people emerged from adversity while maintaining their commitments to conserving the environment, keeping operations sharp, and enhancing sales and marketing, while ensuring solid social responsibility in their communities," added Frank Comito, CEO of CHTA.

"It has been heartwarming to witness everybody pulling together, pooling resources and finding imaginative ways of getting back to normal, which is why this year's theme, 'Unite and Innovate', is so very apt," Comito said.

Eligible entrants include active CHTA and national hotel/tourism association members, ministries and departments of tourism, travel industry stakeholders such as online travel agents, travel intermediaries and trade press, CHTA strategic partners and sponsors, and members of the public.

Sanovnik Destang, President of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, which won the 2017 CHIEF Award for Operations, saw many benefits from the annual forum: "CHIEF for me is quite simply the best education forum of its type for the Caribbean hospitality sector and its needs. Whereas other conferences focus on marketing and building relationships, CHIEF deals with both sides of the ledger, including cost containment, and this year it has new topics on insurance and financing, which are very timely."

Ewald Biemans, Owner and CEO of Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts in Aruba, whose hotel won last year's CHIEF Award for Environmental Sustainability, considers the conference invaluable. "We attend CHIEF for the networking opportunities, educational sessions and to catch up on what is happening today in the world of hospitality and the Caribbean tourism industry. This trade show is a one-stop shop for many of our needs."

"We were truly honored to be recognized for the hard work and dedication of our entire team by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association," reflected Neemah Persad-Celestine, Marketing Communications Manager of Hyatt Regency Trinidad. "To be recognized (last year) for our social responsibility was important to us as we continuously work with our community to support their development wherever we can. This acknowledgement has reinforced that we can all help (whether in a small or big way) to make a positive change."

Nominations must be submitted to CHTA by Thursday, April 26. Submissions will be rated on approach, results and application. CHTA encourages the inclusion of visuals, videos, charts and graphs in support of the nomination.

The finalists will be announced next month, and the top three in each category will be invited to present their best practices at CHIEF from June 22 to 24 at the Hyatt Regency Miami, where the overall winner in each category will be announced.

CHIEF is the Caribbean hospitality industry's premier event for collaborative discourse and offers unparalleled networking opportunities for veterans and newcomers alike.

Applications are available at http://www.chtachief.com/chief/contact-us/2018-awards-application. For additional information about CHIEF, visit www.chtachief.com or call +1 305 443-3040.

About CHIEF
Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) is the premier educational forum for Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals. CHIEF is where hospitality industry leaders assemble to connect, learn best practices, share ideas, brainstorm creative solutions to current challenges and build relationships. With three educational tracks covering a multitude of relevant topics, from the sharing economy to sustainability, and interactive roundtable and speed networking sessions, this event addresses issues affecting all businesses. The forum attracts hoteliers, vendors, government officials and industry experts focused on a stronger, profitable and more sustainable industry. CHIEF is supported by host sponsors Interval International and JetBlue Getaways; platinum sponsors Adara, CaribbeanWE, Figment Design, Mastercard, Marketplace Excellence, OBMI, STR and TravelZoo; and gold sponsors Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards, Flip.to, La Bottega, Oracle Hospitality, SportsArt Fitness, Travalliance Media/Vacation Agent, Travel Channel, Travel Relations, TravelClick and TravPro Mobile. For additional information about CHIEF, visit www.chtachief.com or call +1 305 443-3040.

About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean's leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 32 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean's future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether navigating new worlds like social media, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.

CHTA calls for nominations for chief awards.

chatachief20042018Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) to recognize best practices

MIAMI:--- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is inviting the region's hospitality sector to submit nominations for the coveted Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) Awards, to be presented in Miami this summer.

"The CHIEF Awards shine a spotlight on the four areas we consider critical to the resilience and healthy growth of the tourism and hospitality sectors, which are the bedrock of our region's economies," CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy said. The awards honor the best practices in Environmental Sustainability, Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Social Responsibility.

"This year, judges will be looking for submissions that also highlight the value of unity and innovation, which are even more important after a most harrowing period for the region," added Troubetzkoy.

"It has been an incredibly difficult season for many across our sector - but I'm proud of the way our people emerged from adversity while maintaining their commitments to conserving the environment, keeping operations sharp, and enhancing sales and marketing, while ensuring solid social responsibility in their communities," added Frank Comito, CEO of CHTA.

"It has been heartwarming to witness everybody pulling together, pooling resources and finding imaginative ways of getting back to normal, which is why this year's theme, 'Unite and Innovate', is so very apt," Comito said.

Eligible entrants include active CHTA and national hotel/tourism association members, ministries and departments of tourism, travel industry stakeholders such as online travel agents, travel intermediaries and trade press, CHTA strategic partners and sponsors, and members of the public.

Sanovnik Destang, President of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, which won the 2017 CHIEF Award for Operations, saw many benefits from the annual forum: "CHIEF for me is quite simply the best education forum of its type for the Caribbean hospitality sector and its needs. Whereas other conferences focus on marketing and building relationships, CHIEF deals with both sides of the ledger, including cost containment, and this year it has new topics on insurance and financing, which are very timely."

Ewald Biemans, Owner and CEO of Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts in Aruba, whose hotel won last year's CHIEF Award for Environmental Sustainability, considers the conference invaluable. "We attend CHIEF for the networking opportunities, educational sessions and to catch up on what is happening today in the world of hospitality and the Caribbean tourism industry. This trade show is a one-stop shop for many of our needs."

"We were truly honored to be recognized for the hard work and dedication of our entire team by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association," reflected Neemah Persad-Celestine, Marketing Communications Manager of Hyatt Regency Trinidad. "To be recognized (last year) for our social responsibility was important to us as we continuously work with our community to support their development wherever we can. This acknowledgement has reinforced that we can all help (whether in a small or big way) to make a positive change."

Nominations must be submitted to CHTA by Thursday, April 26. Submissions will be rated on approach, results and application. CHTA encourages the inclusion of visuals, videos, charts and graphs in support of the nomination.

The finalists will be announced next month, and the top three in each category will be invited to present their best practices at CHIEF from June 22 to 24 at the Hyatt Regency Miami, where the overall winner in each category will be announced.

CHIEF is the Caribbean hospitality industry's premier event for collaborative discourse and offers unparalleled networking opportunities for veterans and newcomers alike.

Applications are available at http://www.chtachief.com/chief/contact-us/2018-awards-application. For additional information about CHIEF, visit www.chtachief.com or call +1 305 443-3040.

About CHIEF
Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) is the premier educational forum for Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals. CHIEF is where hospitality industry leaders assemble to connect, learn best practices, share ideas, brainstorm creative solutions to current challenges and build relationships. With three educational tracks covering a multitude of relevant topics, from the sharing economy to sustainability, and interactive roundtable and speed networking sessions, this event addresses issues affecting all businesses. The forum attracts hoteliers, vendors, government officials and industry experts focused on a stronger, profitable and more sustainable industry. CHIEF is supported by host sponsors Interval International and JetBlue Getaways; platinum sponsors Adara, CaribbeanWE, Figment Design, Mastercard, Marketplace Excellence, OBMI, STR and TravelZoo; and gold sponsors Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards, Flip.to, La Bottega, Oracle Hospitality, SportsArt Fitness, Travalliance Media/Vacation Agent, Travel Channel, Travel Relations, TravelClick and TravPro Mobile. For additional information about CHIEF, visit www.chtachief.com or call +1 305 443-3040.

About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean's leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 32 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean's future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether navigating new worlds like social media, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.

Traffic temporarily back to normal.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Police Department in consultation with the Department of VROMI is announcing the following; As of Friday, April 20th 2018 between 04.00 p.m. and 06.00 p.m. the W. G. Buncamper road will again be opened for traffic in both directions. All barricades and traffic signs placed during the trenching will be removed. The trenching of W.G. Buncamper road has temporarily stopped in connection with the scheduled carnival parades. After the Carnival period, these works will continue.
All drivers should take keen note of this traffic measure and drive carefully as the traffic goes back to normal.

“Story Time with Norwegian educator Mrs. Gro Strand Griffin @ the Philipsburg Jubilee Library” .

strandgriffin20042018PHILIPSBURG:--- The Philipsburg Jubilee Library might be destroyed but is still alive. On Thursday Apri19th, 2018, Fifteen children from the No kidding with our kids’ foundation (ASA) and 10 visiting children between ages of four and ten, were treated with a special storytelling. Norway born educator Mrs. Gro Strand Griffin kept her promise of four years back, to entertain the children of Sint Maarten with a very personal story, supported by music and dance. She told the story of her husband, the son of a shoemaker, who lived as a child in Front Street. Assisted by two library staffers two-afternoon school staffers and a board member she brought some joy, entertainment and genuine history to the children. Her journey from Oslo to Philipsburg’s Front Street was magical, said the board member. ‘I will be back’, said Gro (pronounced Gru), who left Friday back to Norway. ‘This is what it is about’, said the board member; ‘children interacting and having a wonderful experience beyond borders’. She added that the library is hoping to continue these kind of events in a new, temporarily building with the help of government soon. Don’t forget, in forty days the new hurricane season starts!


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