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SMUC President said GEBE workers did not walk out or strike.

Workers are frustrated with working conditions.

PHILIPSBURG:--- President of SMUC Ludson Evers representative of GEBE workers told SMN News that his members did not walk out or strike on Wednesday. However, the workers did meet with the human resource manager of GEBE Barris Kingsdale to sort out some of their grievances. Evers said the workers of GEBE power plant are fed up since they have been seeing any possibility for growth. He said that management of GEBE is hiring new people and placing these persons in top positions while the workers of GEBE are not being promoted. He said that there are two scales of mechanics “A and B” and GEBE workers are not given the opportunity with promotions. Evers said GEBE management have been hiring their friends. He said on Wednesday Kingsdale met with the shop stewards since he is currently in Curacao and Kingsdale promised to provide training for GEBE works so that they could eventually be promoted.
In a previous article written on Wednesday, it states that GEBE workers walked out on Wednesday when the shareholder representative Minister Christopher Emmanuel said there was a walk-out or strike at GEBE power plant when asked how up to date he was with the happenings at GEBE.

More Movement for the Elderly this Friday at I & I Fitness.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, July 28.

Senior citizens are invited to I & I Fitness which is located on Welfare road (behind the I-Store in Cole Bay) for More Movement for the Elderly Fitness.

To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Older adults aged 60 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily.

The activity has been organized and coordinated over a one-year period by Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF), Windward Islands Physical Therapist Association (WIPTA) and I&I Fitness.

The Friday activity is being coordinated by I & I Fitness from 3.00PM to 3.45PM at the aforementioned address.

It's recommended that adults aged 60 or older do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Some activity, however light, is better for your health than none at all.

Health Ministers of Dutch Caribbean Islands signs agreement to strengthen collaboration.

hospitalcolaboration2607201PHILIPSBURG:--- The Ministers of Health from the three Dutch Caribbean Islands who met in Curacao last week with their delegation signed off on a collaboration agreement. The collaboration agreement and meetings held in Curacao last week was a follow-up meeting based on the letter of Intent that was signed in Aruba on June 4th, 2017.
The collaboration agreement prioritizes strategic collaboration between the islands Aruba, Curacao, and St. Maarten.
The agreement states that the countries have agreed to collaborate in three top strategic objectives namely:-

• Collaboration with Centers of Excellence
• Quality and Safety (JCI accreditation, protocol, legislation, logistics)
• Procurement (equipment, materials, software, pharmaceuticals etc).

Further, the countries have agreed to establish a workgroup to work on the objectives and focal points per institution. Within two weeks of the signing, the workgroup will be established with Curacao holding the chairmanship.
The Ministers of Curacao and Aruba have decided to amend the public insurance entity cooperation agreement in order to include St. Maarten. That amended agreement was also signed in Curacao on July 21st, thereby allowing SZV, SVB- Curacao, and UO-AZV will cooperate in medical referrals, the agreement will allow the countries to better coordinate the inter-island referrals which will also include the exchange of and deployment of medical specialists between the countries while aligning payments to the hospitals and medical specialists.
The countries have also agreed to align their efforts when purchasing health care services outside of Aruba, St. Maarten, and Curacao. The agreements also include the exchanging of procedures on medical referrals overseas while pursuing joint contracts with healthcare institutions overseas.
The agreement also includes pharmaceutical products whereby they will share information on the policies in participating countries to better manage the cost of the pharmaceutical products.  Agreement was also reached on the IT and data benchmarking, this will help in promoting the alignment of Heath Care Information Systems in the participating countries.

SHTA, UTS-TDC, and USM Organize Hurricane & Disaster Preparedness Seminar.

hurricane26072017PHILIPSBURG:--- On August 17th, the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), in conjunction with UTS-TDC Training Center and University of St. Martin (USM), will hold its third Hurricane & Disaster Preparedness Seminar at USM. Various experts will share their insights and experience on bringing your business successfully through a natural disaster. Though the event is geared towards businesses, everyone is welcome to attend if preregistered due to limited capacity.

As the peak hurricane season is upon us, preparations can never be enough, according to the organizing parties. Section Head of Disaster Management of the Ministry of General Affairs Paul Martens: "For the first time in years, we broadened the scope of the Seminar. Hurricanes evoke a large scope of secondary disasters like flooding. While businesses often prepare well for the first storm, they sometimes overlook the effects of the secondary factors. Next, to that, general preparations often provide solutions for other threats like fires and earthquakes, too".

SHTA holds its hurricane preparedness training for businesses once every two years, in close coordination with the Ministry of General Affairs.

After a kick-off on behalf of Government by Martens, there will be a panel discussion in which Certified Business Emergency Recovery Training (BERT) trainer David McGregor of TDC will ask seasoned Sint Maarten professionals about their past experiences, and what best practices they provide for the future.

Mr. Danny Ramchandani led Ram’s convenience store when Hurricane Luis wreaked havoc and will share lessons from those experiences. Mr. Joseph Isaac will provide insights about government communications stemming from its meteorological department. From an insurance company standpoint, Marc Groeneveld shares what can be insured for damage caused by nature and how to best navigate the claims process. Robert Judd (USM) will share his views on preparing an education institution encompassing both students and staff for impending natural challenges. Divi Hotel's Thijs Schepers will share what hurricanes mean for ocean front resorts.

After the panel discussion, the audience is invited to discuss and to ask questions to the panel. As organizers acknowledge that no preparation suffices for nature's unpredictable wrath, an outlook of a two-day follow-up, in-company Business Emergency Response Training (BERT) will be provided.

University doors will open at 8:30 for an early bird cup of coffee. SHTA members are offered free entrance, whereas all interested non-members are welcome for a $25 registration fee. As seating is limited for the August 17th event, please be sure to register in advance with SHTA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1721 542 0108.

Granting of Erika Cannegieter DREAM BIG Educational Scholarships

erickarecipients26072017PHILIPSBURG:--- This is the third year that Be The Change has granted educational scholarships to worthy students. The Erika Cannegieter DREAM BIG educational scholarship was initiated in memory of the founder of Be The Change, Erika Cannegieter- Smith. It is presented yearly on the occasion of her birthday, July 27.

This year Be The Change is pleased to announce two scholarship winners, James Brooks, and MIrian Pierce.
We received many applications and the choice was difficult but James and Marian represent two students who are dreaming big to further their education.
They both have worked hard and done well in school. They have shown themselves to be positive involved members of the community by volunteering in different organizations.
The awards were presented in a small ceremony at the Cultural Center.

James will be attending the University of St Maarten. James states “I will use this scholarship award wisely to further my education, so I can be one step closer to my dream as a psychologist.” He also states “I just want to thank the Be The Change Foundation for assisting me and helping me be one step closer to my dreams.”

Marian, who recently graduated from the University of St Maarten, will be attending Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia, Canada, in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree.
Marian stated that “The value of education is something that I have understood since a very young age. She thanked Be The Change and stated: “Push yourself beyond everything you think will stand in the way of you, your goals and all your dreams, because no one else will do it for you.”

Be The Change congratulates the winners and wishes them best luck in continuing their education and reaching their goals. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world.”

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