Earlier last month, on August 15, St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) launched its official calendar announcing the line-up for Carnival 2020. The absence of Bacchanal Sunday was felt, causing everyone to become very vocal about their disagreement with this great omission.

“Oh, now look at me and this opportunity

Is standing right in front of me

But one thing I know it's only part luck and so

I'm putting on my best show”

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort’s kitchen supervisor Ishshah Carty is a former Oranje School and Milton Peters College student, who hails from Bush Road. She tells us about herself and her life in the kitchen in this week’s Hot Seat.

Pisces-born managing director and Hall of Fame Production lead Zumba instructor Learie Hall stunned the audience and captured judges’ hearts to win the first event Mr. Genuine Quality (GQ) pageant, held at Emilio Wilson Park on Saturday, March 30. St. Maarten’s first- ever Mr. GQ winner is here to tell us what he’s up to since his big win.

Hi, my name is Desiree Winkel, owner and founder of Fitness Coaching. Fitness Coaching is a studio/gym where you can work out with professional trainers. Among the workout programs we offer are boot camps, cardio boxing, weight loss training, group training and personal training.

Authors: Natalie Humphrey PhD CEAP American University of the Caribbean Medical School, Cupecoy, St. Martin; Caroline van Oost MSc White Yellow Cross Care Foundation

There is a difference between feeling tired because you put in a hard day’s work and feeling fatigued in every cell of your being… The kind of tired that results from having a trauma exposure response is a bone-tired, soul-tired, heart-tired, kind of exhaustion…” –Lipsky and Burk

There once was a man from Norway called Thor Heyerdahl. He has become famous because he led an expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to some islands in the Pacific called the Tuamotas. The Kon-Tiki expedition was done on a hand-built raft.

Hello, it’s Wali with some ideas about how you youngsters can help with a project! The biggest problem we all (children and lizards) have on the islands is storms. They will happen, so we need to get ready! For lizards, this is not difficult. During big storms like hurricanes, lizards with small feet and legs do not do so well, so we all practice better hugging strength! You know that hugging is really important for humans too.

Photo: An edited screenshot of a video that has been mislabelled, stigmatising Haitians in the disaster-struck Northern Bahamas.

The last two weeks have truly shown how much value social media holds, despite the run-of-the-mill mumbling about society “being more disconnected than ever” because of it.

By Patricia Cantor and Roland Richardson

Louis Emmanuel Richardson, a man whose greatest passion was flying, has taken wing and soared to the gates of Heaven. As befitting a man of great honour and integrity, he passed quietly in his sleep in his Marigot childhood home.