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Resignation of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Supervisory Board of Directors (S.B.O.D.) of the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) hereby announces the resignation of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors, Johan Alex Dijkhoffz. The announcement was declared by Mr. Dijkhoffz at the Supervisory Board of Directors and Management Board meeting on Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Carl’s Unique Inn Conference facility. In conjunction with the resignation process, the outgoing Chairman has also forwarded a statement to the honorable Minister of TEATT, Stuart Johnson, announcing that his resignation will be effective as of Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.
The Vice Chairman, Michel Hodge will temporarily assume the responsibility as the Acting Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors effective immediately.
Johan Alex Dijkhoffz was a member of the Princess Juliana International Airport Holding and Operating company since 2017. On behalf of the Supervisory Board of Directors, we would like to extend our gratitude to Mr. Dijkhoffz for his years of service and commitment at the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

Lions donate to MPC Extreme Survival.

lionsdonation16042019PHILIPSBURG:--- Mr. Wim De Visser, the director of MPC and Sundial schools, received a cheque of US$ 550.00 from the St. Maarten Lions club towards the annual Milton Peters College annual Extreme Survival activity. The donation is towards purchasing the t-shirts as they host their 15th, Extreme Survival.
Over the past years, the Sint Maarten Lions Club has donated towards the MPC Extreme Survival activities. We started out years ago by preparing sandwiches, oranges, and drinks for the participants and today, we are happy to assist with purchasing the t-shirts for these years’ participants. The event is planned for Saturday, April 13, 2019. The Lions club wishes the participants much success.


EXCLUSIVE: GEBE Internal Auditor sleeping on the Job.

richardsondaniel16040219~ Chairman of Supervisory Board of GEBE still to repay Hotel Money~

PHILIPSBURG: --- The Internal Auditor of Government-Owned Utility Company GEBE Sharine Daniel has been sleeping on the job and have been covering up for the Chairman of the Supervisory Board Bienvenido Richardson.
SMN News understands that Members of the former Supervisory Board were each given a check of $4,000.00 as they were preparing to go to Bangkok to conduct research on renewable energy. The trip was intended to take place prior to hurricane IRMA where the members of the Supervisory Board and Management team were heading to Bangkok. Each of the persons that were supposed to go on that trip was given $4,000.00 for hotel accommodations but that trip had to be canceled due to the passage of hurricane IRMA.
SMN News further learned that when GEBE management asked the members of the Supervisory Board to return the check they were given since the trip was canceled the only board member who had already cashed the check was the chairman Bienvenido Richardson who told several tales about the check, one of those tales was that the check blew away by the strong forces of hurricane IRMA which were in his briefcase. Sources say when GEBE management told Richardson that they would cancel the check only then he changed his story to say that he had already cashed the check and that it was the cash money that blew away.
SMN News further learned that Richardson was given several options to repay GEBE one being the payment could be made in installments but since the Internal Auditor Sharine Daniel is very close to Richardson she never made any effort to ensure that the company gets back its money.
SMN News further learned that Richardson even got an extra laptop from GEBE since he claimed his laptop was stolen which also turned out to be a lie.
Workers at GEBE said that Daniel who is supposed to conduct checks and balances at GEBE but she has become very lackadaisical with her core duties and has been performing all the work for the Supervisory Board members that are deemed unfit for their duties. “Can you imagine Richardson would not send out an email or letter if it's not written by Sharine Daniel. Daniel expects that the current Supervisory Board will appoint her as the next Chief Executive Officer since the contract for the three members of the management team will come to an end by October 2019.
While Daniel is the Chief Internal Auditor of GEBE where she is a permanent employee, she is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SZV where that entity is in total chaos since Daniel has not been doing her supervisory job there either. Daniel is also a member of USM board. Questions are being asked about Daniel’s role with the Supervisory Board of GEBE who is also supposed to supervise her performance and her closeness to certain politicians that can grant her favors as she strives to take down other locals for her own self-interest.

Rotary Club of Sint Maarten hosts 32nd annual seniors lagoon cruise.

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Saturday April 6, 2019, approximately 20 Rotarians from the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, along with 7 Interactors from Learning Unlimited Preparatory School and Milton Peters College, assembled at the Explorer boat in Simpson Bay, all with one goal in mind; to welcome, to appreciate and to entertain more than 140 seniors and to provide them with some outdoor adventure and fun. “This year marked the 32nd year this event has been held”, noted long-time event Chairman and Rotary Club of Sint Maarten Past President, Kishore Idnani.

According to Rotary Club President, John Caputo, “The annual senior citizen lagoon cruise, which was first started under the leadership of Past President Michael Ferrier, is now in its 32th year and, if anything, is more popular than ever before. More than 140 senior citizens from the White and Yellow Cross Foundation, the Home Away from Home Foundation, the St. Maarten Senior Citizens Recreational Foundation and Meals on Wheels enjoyed the lagoon cruise aboard the Explorer, along with fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten- Mid Isle, and Interactors from Milton Peters College and Learning Unlimited”.

Music was provided by DJ Ruby, transportation was provided courtesy of Russell Bell, Guavaberry Emporium donated gifts for the seniors, International Liquors and Tobacco and Faustina Ledee, and Duty Free World both donated the beverages for the day, cake was provided by Carl and Son’s Unique Bakery, and each Rotarian provided one large dish of food for the seniors to enjoy, as well as serving them a great lunch aboard the Explorer during the lagoon cruise. Mark’s Place also provided logistical support.

According to incoming President-elect, Sherylle deHaarte, “The 2020 edition of the Senior’s Lagoon Cruise promises to be bigger and better than ever”.

Mental Health Foundation thanks partners Red Cross & Rotary Club for practical donations.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Two weeks ago, the Red Cross prepared a selection of clothes from which our clients could choose. This event was a perfect and inexpensive opportunity for our clients because they do not always have the means to buy new clothes themselves. The clients really enjoyed the afternoon, and are very happy with their new wardrobe!
More recently, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset donated the supplies (laptop cases, wireless mouse, mouse pads & program licenses) to the MHF so the computer classes with our clients can start. The skills that they learn in these classes add to their overall education level as increase their chances in the job market!
The MHF would like to publicly thank the Red Cross Foundation & the Rotary club for their assistance! Together we can achieve more!

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