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Tito’s Vodka donates $1500 to Be The Change Foundation for drinks sold during SXM Festival.

PHILIPSBURG:---  As part of their ongoing partnership, CC1 St. Maarten & Prime Distributors presented a donation of $1,500.00 to the Be The Change Foundation for a drink special featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka sold during the 2019 SXM Festival.

We managed to raise funds with “Love, Tito’s”, a program that has one simple goal: to turn spirits into love and goodness. Make the world a better place—in whatever way moves you; find your passion, and get involved. With the help of our nonprofit friends and family, Love, Tito’s can continue to give back in more impactful ways and keep spreading the love more and more. “Thanks to the opportunity the SXM Festival created we’ve managed to donate to Be The Change and will keep spreading the love in SXM in other creative ways. To be continued!” said Tito’s Handmade Vodka Trade Marketing Coordinator, Jade Ladal.

For the SXM Festival, which took place during the same week as SXM DOET in March of this year, Jade Ladal of CC1 St. Maarten came up with a special mixed drink known as the “Mystical Mule” featuring Tito’s Vodka. For every Mystical Mule drink sold, a portion of the funds went to the Be The Change Foundation. The funds raised will benefit their Spotlight Projects of the Month for the upcoming year 2020.

“It’s always exciting to see local businesses and companies as large as CC1 contribute to the non-profit sector by way of monetary and in-kind donations. We are especially proud of CC1 for coming up with such a creative idea with the Mystical Mule and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future,” President of Be The Change Foundation, Melanie Choisy stated in a press release.

CC1 St. Maarten is one of the largest distributors in St. Maarten, currently selling some of the top brands in the market including Coca-Cola, Corona and Tito’s Handmade Vodka among others. CC1 St. Maarten has been partaking in the annual volunteer campaign SXM DOET since 2017 by playing an active role in their employees lending a hand at community-service projects as well as with their in-kind donations of beverages and snacks to various non-profit donations.

For more information about how to donate to the Spotlight Projects of the Month visit For more information about CC1 St. Maarten, please contact +1 721 542 2283 or visit them at Oryx Drive #1 in Cay Hill.

Workshop on “Applying for a U.S. Student Visa or Canadian Study Permit” scheduled to be held on August 29, 2019.

PHILIPSBURG:---The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs will be holding an informative workshop on Thursday, August 29, 2019, entitled “Applying for a U.S. Student Visa or Canadian Study Permit.”
The workshop, which is free of charge, will be held at the University of St. Martin from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In this workshop, information will be given on the application process for obtaining a U.S. Student Visa or Canadian Study Permit. Students who are looking to apply to schools in the U.S.A. or Canada or those who have already been accepted to a school in either of these countries can attend the workshop to receive a step by step approach on how to complete the application process. The process can seem overwhelming and confusing, however, SSSD will help students to better understand the process.
Students who do not own a U.S. passport, U.S. Permanent Residence (Green Card), Canadian passport, or Canadian permanent residence are considered international students in the U.S. and Canada respectively. Applying for a student visa ties into immigration matters, therefore, it is essential that students are aware of the procedure and take care in preparing their application. SSSD officials stressed that improper preparation or incomplete applications can delay the process at the embassy.
“We have seen students having to wait a whole year before attending college or university because they encountered bottlenecks with for example their Canadian study-permit. So, knowing certain aspects beforehand can help students with their application process, “ an SSSD official said.
SSSD provides many services to students. Some services include psychological services, counseling services, social work services, educational diagnostic services, career services, and parent education.
Students and parents are encouraged to contact SSSD at 543-1235 for more information or to register for the workshop on August 29, 2019. They can also visit the SSSD office which is located in the Amigo Building across from the Police Station and next to WIB.

Disaster relief training for Defence in the Caribbean.

defensetranining22082019PHILIPSBURG:--- We all still have vivid memories of the devastating force of Hurricane Irma. To stay on top of our game when it comes to providing humanitarian aid, Defence is organizing Exercise Caribbean Coast. Ensuring a good crisis communication structure and maintaining public order and safety in a natural disaster are two of the key elements that will be addressed during the exercise. This year, Caribbean Coast will be held from 9 to 19 September on Sint Maarten, Saba, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Curaçao.
Caribbean Coast is a Dutch exercise, involving the participation of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN), the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). Four naval vessels will join the exercise: HNLMS Snellius, HNLMS Groningen, HNLMS Pelikaan and HNLMS Johan de Witt. The amphibious transport ship HNLMS Johan de Witt will leave on 26 August for the transatlantic crossing from Den Helder. The other vessels are already in the area. The RNLAF will participate with three helicopters and the RNLA will send supporting engineer, medical and CIMIC units. A total of over 700 Dutch military personnel will participate, together with French and German military personnel.
During the Caribbean Coast, military personnel will train in the evacuation of civilians in distress, making the affected area accessible, maintaining public order and safety and providing immediate emergency relief to victims of natural disasters.
Hurricane Irma underlined the importance of being well-prepared for hurricanes and other natural disasters. Defense personnel train for these situations so that they can provide effective assistance to Dutch citizens in a crisis situation. Every four years, Defence organizes a large-scale humanitarian exercise in the Caribbean, the location was chosen deliberately – during the hurricane season – to ensure that the situation is as realistic as possible. Military personnel, therefore, exercise on different islands, together with local and civil authorities.

PM disconnected government phones from Civil Servants irresponsibly, no more Social Media for government workers.

~Display of power and personal vendetta against civil servants.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin disconnected all cellular phones that are held by civil servants on Thursday. Civil Servants whose phones were disconnected were not warned or even informed of the measures taken by the Prime Minister.
At the moment, some offices including the Inspectorate of Health and Labor, TEATT and VROMI has been crippled due to the irresponsible actions of the Prime Minister.
SMN News learned that the Prime Minister along with her cabinet members are handpicking whose cellular phones of certain civil servants will be connected either postpaid or prepaid.
With the actions taken by the Prime Minister, she has bypassed head of facility affairs Rick Martina who is charged with the distribution of cellular phones to civil servants and Hensley Plantijn Secretary-General of General Affairs.
While Romeo Marlin is pretending to cut cost she is actually hindering government operations while those civil servants that use their government for social media purposes cannot do so unless they have WIFI connection.
Civil Servants working for government emergency services has been severely affected with the impromptu disconnection. These civil servants already indicated that they will not be using their personal cellular phones for government services.

EXCLUSIVE: Smith Orloff not making headway with insurance payout for government.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The adjuster Smith Orloff and Associates that was hired by the Leona Romeo Marlin cabinet to negotiate with NAGICO Insurances are not making any headway that would put more money in government coffers.
SMN News learned that the local representative for the American based company Mitty Katz already indicated that she cannot obtain more than Henderson International negotiated because it been two years since the passing of hurricane IRMA and there is no way claims can be filed for the damages such as mold caused to government buildings that were not repaired in time.
In the meantime, Henderson International has filed a court case against the government of St. Maarten that case will be called in October 2019.
Smith Orloff was handpicked by ousted Minister of VSA Emil Lee. So far the new adjuster cannot even justify their claims submitted to NAGICO Insurances.
In a matter of days,’ it will be two years since the passage of hurricane IRMA and government is yet to repair major buildings while they received $5.5M from a total projected claim of almost $30M. It should be noted that the delay comes from Leona Romeo Marlin cabinet who chose to terminate the contract with Henderson International and hire an incompetent adjuster that is now blaming NAGICO Insurances for their failures and incompetences.

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