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St. Martin – St. Maarten


The island of St. Martin/St. Maarten is split between French Guadeloupe and the Dutch Netherlands Antilles, located in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean Sea. The island is one of the smallest land masses in the world divided between two countries. The northern, French side of the island is known as Saint-Martin, and measures 21 square miles. The southern, Dutch side of the island is known as Saint Maarten, and measures 16 square miles. To avoid confusion between the variations on the name, the two regions are commonly referred to as “the French side” and “the Dutch side.” Although the island is controlled by two different countries, there’s no real border, only delineating monuments and signs. Over 350 years ago the two countries agreed to allow residents of either country to travel across the border without difficulties.
Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch side, and includes the cruise ship dock. In 2009, more than 1.3 million people visited the island via popular cruise lines, and construction of a second nearby wharf to accommodate a new generation of even larger cruise ships continues. The dredging has generated huge piles of sand on shore being used to rebuild Philipsburg’s main beach, previously eroded by storms. Marigot is the capital of the French side. Grand Case, also on the French side, features several excellent restaurants.Attractions worth visiting include the Butterfly Farm, which features hundreds of colorful butterflies under a tented mesh; the farm is a great attraction for families. At 1,400 feet, Pic du Paradis is the island’s highest point and features two viewing areas. Otherwise, beaches are the main attraction. The island has 37 beaches, most attached to hotels, and all are fine for swimming and sun bathing. Beachside bars and cafes are very popular attractions on the island, and offer exquisite European and Caribbean cuisine. Image result for st maartenThe character of the beaches varies widely, with family oriented beaches and, as befits an island with strong European influences, topless sun bathing. Nude sun bathing is also accepted but for the most part is limited to a section of Orient Beach on the French side and Cupecoy Beach on the Dutch side. Orient Bay also features an underwater marine reserve where snorkeling and other water sports are available.Perhaps the most famous beach here is Maho Bay, situated at the end of the airport’s runway, meaning large aircraft fly just feet over sunbathers’ heads. Some people actually engage in the practice of attempting to hold onto the airport fence as aircraft depart, although there have been injuries and deaths doing this. In any event, the view of the airplanes landing so close to the beach is a must-see. Just beyond Maho Bay is Mullet Bay, considered by some the nicest beach on the island, which offers food and drink vendors and beach lounger rentals, although few facilities. A full complement of tours and excursions are available, as well as water sports and parasailing.

Casinos are also a popular attraction on the island, with St. Maarten offering several casinos, including Atlantis World in the Cupecoy area, Casino Royale located in the Maho area, and Paradise Plaza and Tropicana located in the Cole Bay area. Phillipsburg has at least five casinos.

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Impress Your Team – 12 Distinctive Ways That Will Make You Stand Out

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Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, and we make a life by what we give.”

To make a great impression takes much more than just being present: It takes giving fully of ourselves. When we do, great things can happen.

Here are 12 unique ways to impress your team.

1. Be True to Yourself.

Working with a team doesn’t require a special personality or great intelligence.
The secret is to be the very best parts of who you are.

If you set the right example, you won’t need to worry about being impressive.

2. Be Appreciative.

Thinking and speaking from the heart, acknowledge and appreciate those who work hard, and have passion for what they do.
When you appreciate those around you, you show you care.

3. Be Honest.

Honesty is the ultimate competitive advantage, and the first chapter when it comes to effective relationships.
Most people don’t want perfection; they want truth. There is no stronger foundation between individuals than honesty.

4. Be Inclusive.

Give those on your team room to grow, to be themselves, and to exercise their diversity, and appreciate their differences.
Without diversity we would not be productive , and without inclusion we would not be effective.

5. Be Respectful.

Are you operating out of respect for each member of your team? If so, you are going to succeed; if not, you’re likely to fail.

6. Be Collaborative.

The strength of the team is each individual member, and the strength of each member is the team.
Those who make the biggest impression are the ones who truly understand that doing something alone
is not as powerful as doing something collectively.

7. Be Caring.

Never stop doing the little things for others. Sometimes it’s those little things that occupy the biggest part of our hearts.
If we can shift our focus away from ourselves, if we can extend our care and concern for our own well-being to those around
us, the response is likely to be immediate and overwhelming.

8. Be Excellent.

If you want to do excellent work, you must give your best to everything you do. Excellence is the gradual result of always
striving to do better and be better. We are what we repeatedly do; therefore, excellence is not an act but a habit that we
create every day in all that we do.

9. Be Supportive.

Look for ways to give each member of your team more control over their piece of the business to show that you believe in their competence.
Bet on people, not on strategies. Believe in their competence and let them surprise you.

10. Be Confident.

Confidence is not a state of mind but a way of life, not something that you turn on and off but something that you emulate every day.
Confidence breeds competence and competence breeds consistency.

11. Be Committed.

Commitment to a team is critical. It takes the commitment of everyone to truly make things happen.
One person who wants something is good; a team who works together to make something happen is great.

12. Be YOU.

Bring your best self to your team and allow them to see your gifts and potential.
When you are part of a team, you behave in a defined way to reach a common goal.

Many of us work on teams, and those of who don’t, work with others in some capacity. To be impressive,
we must care for one another without boundaries; we must acknowledge that great work requires inclusion and diversity.
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