ERMAF FOUNDATION has come along way towards fighting for agriculture here on our beautiful island. We are glad to announce that we have started the construction of the first official Production chamber.


Because we were so busy yesterday with our own mothers, we  didn’t get a chance to wish all the other mothers a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY… We hope you’ll enjoyed it….Don’t forget to check out http://www.ilandvibez.com for all your News, Music, Events and entertainment !mothers-day-Raleigh-NC

The crown for Miss Venus Model Caribbean goes to Sidneila Richardson

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TSXM – St. Maarten – Sometimes stepping outside the box can pay huge dividends for first timers, 18- year-old Sidneila Richardson was suitably rewarded after winning the swim suit segment in Miss Venus Model Caribbean which was held in Anguilla last weekend.

Richardson, a former student of the St Dominic High School was the youngest participant in the pageant and only representative from St Maarten but standing between her dreams and the prestigious prize were two participants from Anguilla and three from St Kitts.

“I was a little frustrated going into the pageant, but I was not nervous because I had my family sitting in the front row and my mother was my biggest fan but I was very hungry and tired,” Richardson said during an exclusive interview.

After three intense rounds of competition Richardson who said that she was extremely tired and hungry was not exactly optimistic about her chances and it came as a total shock when her name was called.

According to Richardson who also won the title for Miss Congeniality, Patricia Clark from St Kitts secured the 1st runner up position and the second runner up spot and Miss Photogenic title went to Amelia Brown, also from St Kitts. “I thought that the crown would end up in St Kitts this time,” she stated.  But little did she realize that her life was about to change for the best after competing in her first pageant.

“When they said that our Miss Venus is Sidneila Richardson, I was standing in the back row and my jaw dropped, I almost had a heart attack on stage, it was not until the outgoing queen called me that I started to cry, but I did not want my make up to run and I had to suck up my tears, but my mother went crazy and she was also my biggest motivation,” Richardson added. In addition to the coveted crown.

“We did not participate in the fashion fare this year said Alida Brown, the local pageant coordinator. “We had a last minute problem with sponsors and two of the girls who were fully prepared to go had to pull out,” Brown added.

According to Brown, for the swim suit competition, Richardson was required to wear two outfits that was provided by the organizers and the third one designed by the participant. “Miss Venus is all about cancer awareness and the specific colors had to be incorporated into the third swim suit. They also had to deliver a speech about the island they represented and talk about themselves during an interview segment,” Brown said.

The Miss Venus Model Caribbean has been staged in Anguilla for the past 12 years, in 2012, Caroline Paredes brought the title to St Maarten for the first time and Richardson was instrumental in keeping the short tradition alive.

Richardson who insists that her education comes first has already been approached by an organization in Curacao to participate in a pageant and I am thinking about it, the offers are flowing in already, but for now, I have to relax, but I would encourage other girls to compete, I had fun,” she concluded.

Richardson took the opportunity to thank Ahmar Gumbs, Janay, Ruiz Thomas, Sameila Connors and the photographer who turned her from an ordinary young lady into an aspiring model, Milton Pieters.

With less than a year before the next pageant, Brown has extended an open invitation for prospective contestants to contact her via facebook. Training will start as early as November.

Females in St Maarten stealing cars now, fellas look out

On Monday October 14th at approximately 02.15 a.m. a 25 old man filed a report with police stating that during the incident at “Son Latino” his car a grey Kia Picanto was parked next to the night club.

2 victims Shot in French Quarter this morning – Motorworld employee dead

SXM-NEWS – FRENCH QUARTER:— A young man identified as Arenaldo Hanley (24) was shot around 9:30am at Brooks Car Wash on French Quarter main road on Sunday morning. The shooting took place during the regular Sunday morning bike race.

French side protest aginst gay marriage – Video by Mike Dorville

Today Billy D lead a group of people out side the french hotel where there was suppose to be a gay marriage ceremony. The french people didnt seem to like what was going to take place !

Take charge of you children s health – Prepare healthy snacks for school

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GREAT BAY – Nutrition related health problems in children are increasingly significant causes of disability and premature death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The problem of overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions globally, and both developed and developing countries are seriously affected.

In some countries, the epidemic of obesity sits alongside continuing problems of under nutrition, creating a double-burden of nutrition-related ill health among the population, including children.

The St. Maarten Health Study, “How Healthy is St. Maarten?” indicated that on a daily basis 31 percent of the participants don’t consume breakfast; 63 percent don’t consume vegetables and 66 percent don’t consume fruits.  Based on these results it is likely that this lifestyle is also practice by their descendants.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS), executing agency of the Ministry of Public Health and the Minister of Public Health Cornelius de Weever, via his ‘Get Checked’ campaign, strongly recommends to parents and guardians to prepare healthy snacks for their children throughout the new school year 2013-2014.  Healthy choices equal healthy children and healthy smiles!

“Having healthy school meals also influences the student’s attention and learning ability.  Please be proactive and provide them with healthy meals because the quick and easy products are convenient but not necessarily healthy.  Make the right choices for your children,” Minister de Weever said.

Improving the nutritional status of school-age children is an effective investment for improving educational outcomes of school children and ensuring a healthy population.

Establishing healthy dietary and physical activity patterns among young people thereby promotes health and nutritional well-being and preventing obesity and various non-communicable diseases.

In making healthy foods and beverages available at home and for school, and in providing, supporting and encouraging opportunities for physical activity, parents can influence their children’s behavior.

Simultaneously parents are advised to live and promote a healthy lifestyle because children’s behavior is often shaped by observation and adaptation.

Here are some tips for children and adolescents: provide healthy breakfast before each school day; don’t leave home without breakfast; serve healthy school snacks to children (whole-grain, vegetables and fruits); promote and encourage the intake of fruits and vegetables.  Introduce the children to local fruits e.g. sour sap, guava, passion fruit, mango etc.

Restrict intake of energy-dense, micronutrient-poor foods (e.g. packaged snacks); restrict intake of sugars-sweetened soft drinks; ensure an opportunity for family meals; provide information and skills to make healthy food choices.

Promote regular intake of water and physical exercise and get your child involved in