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Shining Stars FCCA Foundation Dinner’ Serves Up Record 13 Presidents and Above.

~‘Shining Stars FCCA Foundation Dinner’ Serves Up Record 13 Presidents and Above~

Miramar, FL:--- The cruise industry was navigating by the stars Tuesday night, with 13 presidents and above from FCCA Member Cruise Lines hosting the revitalized marquee event for Seatrade Cruise Global by Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). ‘Shining Stars FCCA Foundation Dinner’ joined the record-setting cruise line brass with key stakeholders for an unforgettable night filled with surprises galore, delectable food, and a side of networking and routing an itinerary for mutual success, all while supporting the relaunch of FCCA’s charitable arm, the FCCA Foundation.

“I cannot be more honored and humbled by the record number of FCCA Member Line Presidents, CEOs, and Chairs participating at an FCCA Foundation event,” said Michele Paige, CEO of FCCA. This clearly shows their support in the foundation's mission and made the event a tremendous success for all involved, actualizing the Foundation’s pillar of creating a better future—and marking a bright future for this annual event at Seatrade.”

The exclusive event, coordinated by FCCA, supported by FCCA Member Cruise Lines, and sponsored by Diamonds International and Port Everglades, took place last evening at Steakhouse Prime 54. The 13 presidents and above hosted tables sponsored by FCCA partners interested in supporting the cause and engaging in a lively night packed with unique networking experiences.

Table Hosts included Gus Antorcha, President of Holland America Line; Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line; Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA; David Herrera, President of Norwegian Cruise Line; Laura Hodges, President of Celebrity Cruises; Natalya Leahy, President, Seabourn; Paul Ludlow, President, Carnival UK; Tom McAlpin, Chairman, Virgin Voyages; John Padgett, President, Princess Cruises; Frank A. Del Rio, President & CEO, Oceania Cruises; Rick Sasso, Chairman, MSC Cruises USA; Josh Weinstein, President & CEO and Chief Climate Officer, Carnival Corporation & plc; and Mario Zanetti, President, Costa Cruises.

Table Sponsors included the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Canaveral Port Authority, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Chukka Caribbean Ltd., Effy Jewelry, Huna Totem Corporation, ITM Group, PortMiami, and Port St. Maarten.

All proceeds will go directly to the FCCA Foundation’s efforts and its revamped focus on building a foundation for youths throughout the Caribbean and Latin America – with primary identified objectives of education, sports, and career-building opportunities to support them in the present and future – while restarting past initiatives including the Holiday Gift Project and annual essay competition.


Road Works Operations Temporarily Paused on George C. De Weever Road Section 2 due to Inclement Weather.

deweeverroad12042024PHILIPSBURG:--- Dutch Quarter, Union Farm – The Ministry of VROMI (Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure) would like to inform the public and residents of George C. De Weever Road that the ongoing compaction operations on Section 2 of George Clement De Weever Road have been temporarily suspended due to adverse weather conditions. The recent rainfall has impeded progress, preventing the achievement of desired compaction requirements. For this reason, operations are suspended until tentative next week, Monday at 9 AM.
Temporary Suspension Details:
Date and Time: From Friday, April 12th to Monday, April 15th, 2024, 9AM

Location: George C. De Weever Road, Dutch Quarter, Union Farm

Reason for Suspension: Inclement weather hampering progress.
Residents and commuters are advised to stay updated on further developments regarding the Concrete Hard Surfacing- Side Roads Program 2023-2024 by following our official Government Facebook page and website.


Sint Maarten Library Distributes New Edition of the Caribbean Thinking Book.

caribbeanthinkbook12042024PHILIPSBURG:--- In preparation for the commemorations of May 4th Memorial Day and May 5th Liberation Day, the Sint Maarten Library distributed over 1700 copies of the new edition of the Caribbean Thinking Book to all primary and secondary schools on April 10th and 11th, 2024.
The Caribbean Think Book distribution was made possible by National Committee 4 and 5 May collaboration with the Dutch Caribbean islands, the Culture Kameleon Foundation, and stakeholders.
This latest edition, the third edition (2024), of the Caribbean Thinking Book has been specifically tailored for students aged 10-12, Carolien Keun has translated the book in English, offering content in their language of choice: English or Dutch, and potentially for grades 1 and 2 of Secondary Education.
Through the Caribbean Thinking Book, students delve into the local history of the Second World War, exploring events on the islands during that time, the individuals involved, and the resulting consequences. Engaging with wartime narratives prompted students to reflect on the significance of peace and freedom in contemporary contexts. The Caribbean Thinking Book is an educational resource filled with illustrations, captivating photographs, and compelling stories.
The committee encourages teachers to use an instructional film along with five digital lessons to explain how to integrate the Caribbean Thinking Book into classroom instruction. The material offers valuable insights for deeper learning, including access to online educational resources, websites, vlogs about Anne Frank, historical timelines tailored for children, and links to online videos featuring Caribbean war witnesses. In the accompanying film material and, Catalina Lampe-Antonette, for instance, shares her memories of the moment when the war became a reality in Aruba. Izaline Calister recounts her profound experience of freedom.

Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten embarks on Corporate Governance trajectory.

PHILIPSBURG:---  Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) is proud to announce the commencement of a corporate governance trajectory aimed at reinforcing the organization's internal structure and operational practices. Spearheaded by an esteemed external law firm, this project signifies BTP's commitment to upholding the highest standards of corporate governance within the telecom industry.

The primary objective of this initiative is to instill and operate on the best corporate governance principles, thereby enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of BTP's internal operations. By leading by example, BTP aims to set a benchmark for corporate governance practices within the industry.

Mrs. Judianne Labega-Hoeve, Interim Director of BTP, expressed her enthusiasm about the trajectory, stating, "At BTP, we recognize the critical importance of corporate governance in regulating the telecom industry effectively. By embarking on this trajectory, we aim to ensure that our organization operates with transparency, accountability, improved decision-making processes, and integrity, ultimately benefiting both our stakeholders and the broader community."

Integral to this endeavor is the joint effort of BTP's Supervisory Board, which will play a crucial role in overseeing the implementation of governance measures. The board will provide guidance and support to ensure that BTP operates in accordance with established principles and best practices. By adopting these principles, BTP aims to strengthen its position as a leading regulatory authority in the region and contribute to the sustainable development of St. Maarten's telecommunications sector.

Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunication Addresses Recent Vandalism of Benches on Front Street.

leolambrix27092023PHILIPSBURG:--- The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunication (TEATT) of St. Maarten is deeply concerned by recent acts of vandalism targeting the
newly installed concrete benches on Front Street. This act not only undermines the government's efforts to enhance the experience of residents and visitors but also
reflects a disregard for the collective well-being of our community.
The decision to install benches on Front Street was a direct response to feedback received from tourists, local businesses, and residents. Overwhelmingly, there was a
consensus on the need for additional seating options and measures to address the rampant parking issues that needed improvement and obstructing Front Street's
Minister Arthur Lambriex emphasizes that the benches were not implemented to serve individual interests but were part of a broader initiative aimed at improving the overall accessibility and aesthetic appeal of Front Street. The absence of seating and the chaotic parking situation not only affected the visual appeal of our beloved Philipsburg but also hindered mobility for pedestrians, including those with limited mobility, especially those in wheelchairs.
It is disappointing that specific individuals have chosen to vandalize these public amenities intended to benefit the entire community.
Furthermore, Minister Lambriex urges local media houses to report responsibly and refrain from sensationalizing adverse events without considering the broader context.
While constructive criticism is essential for progress, it is equally important to acknowledge and highlight the positive steps taken by the government to address
pressing issues.
In closing, the Ministry of TEATT remains committed to promoting sustainable development and enhancing the quality of life for all residents and visitors of St.
Maarten. Acts of vandalism will not deter our efforts to create a vibrant and welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy. Minister Lambriex has also been in close contact with St Maarten Police Force to strictly enforce the No Parking on sidewalks and where not designated as well as to find those responsible for destruction and vandalism of the public benches.


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