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Minister Johnson congratulates Hazel on Winning Front-page photo of VISIT Destination Promotional Magazine.

PHILIPSBURG:---  The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) recently announced the winner of its Photo Contest for the cover of its hotel in-room magazine VISIT.

The winner is Richard Hazel who sent in a photo of an aircraft approaching the runway at Maho Beach of the Princess Juliana International Airport.

The Destination Marketing Committee of SHTA was designated as the body to select the winner. The contest ran from September 13th to the 30th.

“I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Richard Hazel who won the SHTA contest and also to those who contributed pictures to the contest.

“SHTA stated that by means of the competition, they wanted to offer a platform for artistic talent among residents and visitors. I would like to commend SHTA on their new publication which comes just in time for the 2018-2019 high tourist season.

“Hazel’s photo of the landmark landing of aircraft is a major destination attraction which has been visited by millions of tourists over the years and seen online by millions more each time somebody uploads this unique landing experience to YouTube or other social media channels,” Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Tuesday.

Hazel’s picture according to the SHTA will be on the cover of 25,000 VISIT magazine 2019 editions.

The SHTA says that VISIT is the largest and most well-read magazine of Sint Maarten, and is the official in-room magazine of SHTA and exclusively distributed in the SHTA association member hotel rooms.

The magazine is also used by the association as a business card when visiting tour operators and travel writers.

Minister Johnson commends SXM Airport as #2 Most Popular Private Jet Destination.

stuartjohnson25102018PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson was elated to hear the news that SXM Airport and the destination according to the online website, is the #2 most popular private jet destination in the Caribbean.

The recognition is out of top 10 airports in the Region.

According to the website, “PrivateFly is a leading global booking service for private charter flights and part of Directional Aviation's OneSky group of companies.

“Since we revolutionized private jet charter booking when we launched in 2008, PrivateFly has always believed in going above and beyond in everything we do.

“With 7,000 aircraft in one global network, a live pricing platform, infinite routes worldwide, airports and security to negotiate, and safety records to evaluate; we know that speed matters. But we also know performance matters more,” the website states.

“I take this opportunity to commend the management and staff of the Princess Juliana International Airport SXM as well as other stakeholders who work with the private jet business on this accolade which is well deserved especially during these trying times.

“Even though we are faced with challenges, together we shall overcome them. Despite the challenges, we are still doing our best and are being recognized for this.

“Once again, congratulations to SXM Airport management and staff as well as local private jet market stakeholders on this well-deserved recognition.

“Be rest assured that the Council of Ministers is working diligently to get our key port of entry back on track within the shortest period of time,” Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Tuesday.

This is what said about the destination: “2) Princess Juliana International Airport, St Maarten (TNCM)

“St Maarten (also known as St. Martin by the French) is split between the Netherlands and France. Its airport, Princess Juliana International, offers one of the world’s most stunning landings – coming in very low over water.

“The airport is another important hub in the Caribbean, connecting airline flights and larger private jets, with smaller aircraft bound for more remote islands.

“The landing at St Maarten was voted one of the World's Top 10 Scenic Landings 2018 in our annual poll. You can - or browse videos of other Caribbean landings on our YouTube channel.”

Puerto Rico came in number one with Sint Maarten #2 followed by St. Thomas, St. Croix, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Barths and Barbados.

November 27th Peridot Foundation to host Commemorative event on the occasion of International Day for the awareness of eradication of violence against women and children.


PHILIPSBURG:--- Founder of the Peridot Foundation stated: “November 25th upcoming is the official starting date of ‘sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence campaign’ International day for the elimination of violence against women that bind government and civic society to organize actions to end violence against women and girls all over the globe.”

Arrindell continued: “ this year's theme chosen by the United Nations is ORANGE THE WORLD # HEAR ME TOO. This theme is meant to enhance and continue the promotion of dialogue on the matter of violence against women and girls. According to official statements, the color Orange as in previous years is the color unifying all commemorative activities around the world.”

Gracita said “ Tuesday, November 27th our guest speaker Dr. Fey van der Dijs will address the audience under the theme: Recognizing the effects of stress on Women and hormonal changes. As dr. van der Dijs stated Quote; “every woman has a story to tell, therefore this year's United Nations have chosen theme # HEAR ME TOO, is very appropriate. The event will be held on the parking lot at the Orange Grove Mall on Union road in Colebay, next to the Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten. The program will be from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and will be interactive with the audience following the introductory remarks by Dr. van der Dijs.

Arrindell concludes: “ the increase in relational violence and violence in general in our community has not gone unnoticed by our foundation. Unfortunately, this trend was expected to increase as mentioned in earlier statements made in December 2017 after the passing of hurricane Irma. Peridot Foundation expresses its heartfelt condolences to all victims of abuse in all shape and form.

Lasana M. Sekou Live @ 40th anniversary” concert: Poetry, stories, drama, and dance-theater performances at John Larmonie Center.

lasanalive20112018GREAT BAY/MARIGOT:---The 40th-anniversary concert of St. Martin’s Lasana Sekou as an author of over 20 books, takes place on November 30 and December 1, 2018, at 8 PM, said Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF).
“It’s a cultural event at the John Larmonie Center on Long Wall Road, next to the LB Scott Sports Auditorium,” said Reiph, who is also producer of the concert.
Sekou will recite from his books of poetry and fictions, starting with his first book from 1978; and from his upcoming Hurricane Irma collection,” said Jacqueline Sample, his publisher at House of Nehesi (HNP).
“Lasana’s monologue ‘Great Grandmother T’ will be dramatized by leading choreographer and singer Clara Reyes, and the National Institute of Arts (NIA) will perform some of his poems as dance-theater,” said Reiph,
“Lasana has performed on five continents. His poetry and short stories are studied in universities in the Caribbean, Venezuela, Mexico, the USA, Canada, and in Europe,” said Reiph.
“Critics compare Lasana Sekou to Kamau Brathwaite, Dylan Thomas, LKJ, and e.e. cummings. Fabian Badejo and Harvard scholar Abiola Irele compare his work to Aimé Césaire.”
“But I still think that when he gives the rare solo reading of his work at home, it’s in St. Martin where he puts most of his heart and soul,” said Reiph.
Admission to the literary show is $15 in advance, or $20 at the gate, said Reiph. Tickets are available at NIA, John Larmonie Center, and SOS Radio 95.5 FM (across from the ball field), Rue de Hollande, Marigot.
Lasana M. Sekou Live @ his 40th anniversary “is powered by Conscious Lyrics, House of Nehesi Publishers, SOS Radio, and NIA,” said Reiph. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be contributed to the upcoming book of Hurricane Irma poems from HNP and the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair 2019, said Sample.

CBCS presents Strategic Plan in Sint Maarten.

centralbank20112018Willemstad/Philipsburg:--- Recently, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) presented its
Strategic Plan to the stakeholders in Sint Maarten. The Governor of Sint Maarten, as well as the
government, representatives from the financial sector, and advisory bodies were invited to attend the presentation.

The new strategy of the CBCS has 3 focus areas: the monetary stability of Curaçao and Sint Maarten, a stable and competitive financial sector and the development of a customer-friendly and innovative
organization. These focus areas have been further developed in several strategic goals for the period

In her presentation, Mrs. Leila Matroos-Lasten, acting president of the CBCS, explained the strategic goals for the period up to 2020. She also indicated what has been accomplished for Sint Maarten so far
and the projects that are currently underway. The CBCS, for example, acted as consulting partner for the government of Sint Maarten, the World Bank, IMF, and Eclac, in the process of developing the Sint
Maarten Recovery Plan. Also, on the advice of the CBCS, Sint Maarten joined the Caribbean
Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) on September 1, 2018. As a member of the CCRIF, the
government is insured for damage resulting from earthquakes, tropical cyclones, and excess rainfall. Through the CCRIF, Sint Maarten is protected from liquidity problems after a major natural disaster.

On a legislative level, the National Ordinance Actualization and Harmonization Supervision Ordinances
Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten came into force in Sint Maarten. Furthermore, a Payment
System Act is currently being drafted.

Those attending the presentation said to be pleasantly surprised by the CBCS’ plans and that they share the CBCS’ enthusiasm to achieve complete transformation. They welcome the CBCS’s goal to be a
professional and open organization and an advisory business partner for the financial sectors and
governments of both Countries.

“The people of Sint Maarten and Curaçao will get to know a State of the Art Central Bank, with a customer-friendly and innovative image”, Mrs. Matroos-Lasten assured the attendees. This way, the CBCS wants to better perform its core business as to ensuring the monetary and financial stability and promoting the competitive position of the financial sector. In doing so, the CBCS wants to contribute to the community’s confidence and the social economic development of Curaçao and Sint Maarten.

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