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Nature Foundation Organizes Environmental Pub Quiz Event.

naturefquizz18052019PHILIPSBURG:--- Nature Foundation St. Maarten is organizing an environmental event to educate residents and visitors about our environmental issues and the harmful impacts of single-use plastics while incorporating a competition element. An environmental pub quiz event will be held at Dinghy Dock Bar in Simpson Bay on the 23rd of May starting at 7 pm. St. Maarten is experiencing many environmental issues, which our residents can take a part in the solution, such as solid waste pollution, plastic pollution, hazardous water issues, dying coral reefs, waste collection and many more. Nature Foundation St. Maarten would also like to improve the community’s knowledge of the hazardous effects of single-use plastics on our environment and on ourselves.

The main goal of the event is to educate the local community of St. Maarten in regards to the negative impact of single-use plastics on our environment and other harmful environmental issues on the island. Nature Foundation would like to invite residents, children, business owners, young professionals and also visitors to take part in this event and have a wonderful time with food and drinks.

Many prizes can be won during this pub quiz event, such as a souliga sky explorer tour or a trip to Saba. Prizes are sponsored by Aquamania, The Scuba Shop, Dive Safaris, Rainforest Adventure, Ocean Explorers, Vision Center, Sea Trek and more. To participate, a $10 donation will be asked and this will allow you to participate in the pub Quiz and test your knowledge about our environment.
“Teams of 5 or 6 members will be joined together in order to discuss the answers as a group. There will be three rounds of questions, each round consists of ten questions. We are aiming to create a relaxing, fun and social atmosphere for the local community. Furthermore, refreshments and drinks will be sold at the bar. A raffle will be organized as well and over 30 prizes will be given out to the raffle ticket winners and the winning team of the pub quiz competition” explained Latisha Richardson and Chantal Mondelice Nature Foundation interns and organizers of the event.

Initially, this environmental pub quiz event was organized to represent the Reduce and Reuse Project of Nature Foundation St.Maarten. The Reduce and Reuse project is developed in order to reduce single-use plastics on Sint Maarten, as these type of plastics have hazardous impacts on our marine life and the environment. Therefore, educating the local community based on these harmful consequences is a necessity. The questions for the pub quiz event are all based on plastic pollution and other environmental-based topics in St.Maarten and neighbouring islands.

On behalf of the Nature Foundation’s team, your participation and support will be very much appreciated and they are looking forward to seeing you at this event. Nature Foundation St. Maarten would like to thank the generous sponsors for this event!


Sister Regina Road Closure on Saturday.

roadclosure18052019GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the Sister Regina Road in Simpson Bay will be closed to motorized traffic on Saturday, May 18.

The closure will take place from the intersection of the Airport Road until Sister Modesta Road. The closure will be from 6.00am on Saturday until 1.00pm.

The road closure is in connection with preparation work for a future drainage project for this area.

Motorists are advised to pay close attention and observant for the traffic directional signs especially.

The public is advised that tampering by removing barricades or any Government property is punishable by law.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Minister Johnson pleased with high interests shown in SMART.

stuartj22032019PHILIPSBURG:---  More than 100 organizations in the Hospitality Industry has registered to attend the 17th Edition of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) which will be held at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino and Spa next week.

Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Hon. Stuart Johnson said the interests shown in the regional tradeshow demonstrates the importance of the event to the service in the region and internationally. SMART offers a unique setting in which useful information can be had by attendees to help them profile the destination.

The organizers behind SMART are L’Association des Hoteliers de Saint Martin, the Saint Martin Tourism Office, the Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau, and the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA). SMART will be held from May 21 to 23 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa Convention Center. The SMART 17th Edition will host visitors from Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Belgium, Bonaire, Canada, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France, Guadeloupe, Italy, Montserrat, the Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Barths, St. Eustatius, St. Martin, Sint Maarten, St. Kitts, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

“Tourism and travel form the economic foundation of many of the islands in the Caribbean. We all have the interest to promote our destinations. Inter-regional travel is just as necessary as international tourism and travel.

“The travel and tourism trade have changed due to technological developments where travelers can access information with their fingertips through the world-wide-web and mobile apps.

“SMART will allow all those who are attending to learn from each other about travel trade trends and destination developments. It will enable businesses to create new partnerships through networking.

“We on St. Maarten/Saint Martin look forward to welcoming the visitors to SMART,” Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Friday.

SMART is hosted annually by the tourism authorities of both sides of the island. Considered the most popular trade show in the Northeastern Caribbean, the three-day event offers attendees workshops, masterclasses, mystery dinners, pre-scheduled appointment sessions, activities and festivities.

SMART brings together wholesalers and tour operators who conduct business with suppliers of the North and Eastern Caribbean tourism industry.

Due to hot weather, CPS urges population to keep hydrated.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- With the extreme heat that the country has been experiencing during the past couple of days, residents and visitors are requested to take measures to prevent heat-related illnesses, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said on Friday.

Heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion or heat stroke. The aforementioned happens when the body is not able to properly cool itself.

Some factors that might increase your risk of developing a heat-related illness include high levels of humidity; obesity; fever; dehydration; prescription drug use; heart disease; mental illness; poor circulation; sunburn; and alcohol use.

Some measures that can be taken are wear lightweight, light-colored loose-fitting clothing; stay cool indoors (air-conditioning); wear sunscreen; do not leave children in cars; and avoid hot and heavy meals as they add heat to your body. Also keep your pets hydrated by providing plenty of fresh water; leave water in a shady area.

Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than you take in, and the current hot and dry weather can make you very thirsty.

When the normal water content of your body is reduced, it upsets the balance of minerals (salts and sugars) in your body, which affects the way it functions.

Older adults, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk, however, young and healthy people can also be affected if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

CPS is advising the community to make sure they drink lots of water during outdoor activities and especially those working in the construction sector and outdoor public sector projects.

Dehydration is usually caused by not drinking enough fluid to replace what we lose. The climate with respect to very hot days, at the beach, the amount of physical exercise you are doing (particularly in hot weather) and your diet can contribute to dehydration.

Anyone can become dehydrated, but certain groups are particularly at risk. These include: babies and infants – they have a low body weight and are sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss; older people – they may be less aware that they are becoming dehydrated and need to keep drinking fluids; people with a long-term health condition – such as diabetes or alcoholism; and athletes – they can lose a large amount of body fluid through sweat when exercising for long periods.

Some of the early warning signs of dehydration include: feeling thirsty and lightheaded; a dry mouth; tiredness; having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine; and passing urine less often than usual.

A baby may be dehydrated if they: have a sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on their head; have few or no tears when they cry have fewer wet nappies; and are drowsy.

The body is affected even when you lose a small amount of fluid.

Consult your physician if you think you or your child is dehydrated.

TelEm Group, telcos worldwide mark World Telecommunication Day Friday.

telem16052019Pond Island:---The TelEm Group of Companies is joining other telecommunication companies on the island, in the regional and around the world in celebration of the 50th World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) Friday – May 17, 2019.

WTISD is marked by Telcos each year to bring focus to all workers in the telecommunication industry worldwide as well as focus on the important services and technologies provided to communities - especially those with limited resources.

 This year the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is looking inward, in celebration of its 50th year of overseeing recognition of WTISD by promoting the theme “bridging the standardization gap."

“Setting standards is a fundamental pillar of ITU's mission as the specialized agency of the United Nations for information and communication technologies, said ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao, in recognition of the day today.

Mr. Zhao says people all over the world want to connect to the internet, enjoy sports events on TV, listen to radio in their car and watch video on their Smartphones, and they can look to the ITU for making these things possible by ensuring standards are maintained over the years through the group’s Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG) program.

Closer to home, and in observance of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, locally, TelEm Group CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, called on company personnel to reflect on the service they continue to provide to customers and the community generally and the important role they are playing in a constantly evolving telecommunications sector.

“Local Telcos today, in smaller developing communities like ours, exponentially have to invest as much, and sometimes many times more than more developed countries to keep our communities connected with the latest innovations and telecommunication advancements. No sooner than one technology is implemented, than another takes its place, with huge costs required just to keep up with the rest of the world,” said Mr. Dupersoy.

The CEO says there is no better time than the present, to revisit the ITU theme of standardization in all its forms, so that level playing fields can be created and promoted throughout the telecommunication industry.

“At TelEm Group we are playing our part by providing customers and St. Maarten with an island-wide fiber-optic network. We continue to improve broadband capacity to the island, however, 5G technology is already around the corner and with it all the other innovations and possibilities for our communities and the consumer. Once again, we have to standardize so that we can future-proof what we have now, looking forward to the future,” said Mr. Dupersoy.

The TelEm Group CEO thanks management and staff for their continued hard work in the industry and the efforts they put in each day to keep family, friends and businesses connected and also urged staff to reflect on how the industry has continued to provide them with a source of income for themselves and their loved ones.

“We all have our part to play and we can feel very proud of reaching and celebrating a milestone of 50 years of celebrating our own day - World Telecommunication and Information Society Day,” said Mr. Dupersoy.

Members of the General Public and TelEm Group customers are informed that in observance of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, TelEm Group offices will be closed from 12:00 noon on Friday, May 17, 2019.

 


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