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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday, August 10, the fuel pump prices will be adjusted for gasoline and diesel. 

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.1.826 per liter; the new price will be Naf.1.915 per liter.

The current price of diesel is Naf.1.289 per liter; the new price will be Naf.1.378 per liter.

The Government of Sint Maarten regulates the prices of petroleum products by imposing a maximum price at which wholesalers and retailers can sell these products in the country to motorists.

At the international level, the prices of crude oil have experienced adjustments and local prices follow the international trend, and therefore prices are adjusted to reflect this. 

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Police Seek Information about Armed Robbery at Star Mart Texaco

CUL DE SAC - Monday August the 7th in the early morning hours around 06:30 am, an armed robbery took place at the Star Mart Texaco at Bush Road.

Two armed robbers with masks, went into the Star Mart and threatened the personnel to hand over cash. An undisclosed amount of money was taken and after they committed the crime they escaped on foot in an unknown direction.

The detectives of the Special Unit Armed Robberies are asking the public for assistance and eye witnesses to come forward with information about the robbery.

Please call the Police Station at 542 22 22 on extension # 204 or call the anonymous tip line at 9300. (Sint Maarten Police Force) 

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Mid Isle Team up with Alex n’Ani to ‘End Polio Now’

SIMPSON BAY - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle is continuing the fight to ‘End Polio Now’ with three fundraisers. The first was held on June 30th at their ‘Change of Board’ dinner celebration with a raffle and a collection which raised over USD1,600.00. 

For the Second fundraiser, they will be teaming up with Alex n’Ani on August 26th at their Front Street branch for ‘A Charmed by Charity’ Event. At this event Alex n’Ani will donate 15 pct of that days’ taking to Mid Isle toward the ‘End Polio Now’ funds. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds raised with a 2:1 match.

The third fundraiser to be held on October 21st will be the 4th Annual Ramesh Manek Walk-a-Thon. Details will follow at a later date.

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.

In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionUNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.

Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.

The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.

Rotary will raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.

More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries.

Rotary Members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.

‘This Close’ Campaign

Rotary has a growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in its “This Close” public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; actresses Kristen Bell and Archie Panjabi; WWE superstar John Cena; supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action movie star Jackie Chan; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman; Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan. These ambassadors help educate the public about polio through public service announcements, social media and public appearances.

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesday at 7pm at Mary’s Boone in Simpson Bay. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.

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Livestock owners advised to review measures to secure animals this hurricane season

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Office of Disaster Management is urging livestock owners to review their plans now of how they will secure their livestock in the event of a hurricane strike.

Livestock owners should make sure that their animal holding areas and other infrastructure are able to sustain a hurricane strike.  Any loose material that is currently not in use should be securely fastened in order to avoid damage to property and endangering human lives during the passing of a hurricane.

The following tips should be taken into consideration: Don’t keep your cattle in a barn or stable structure.  This is to prevent injury from flying debris.  If the barn/stable collapses, cattle have no chance to save themselves.  Relocate livestock to a predetermined safe area and ensure that they have access to hay, pasture, clean water, and a safe area or high ground above flood levels.

If you have chicken cages, these should be reinforced.  Medical supplies and a first aid kit should be kept on hand. 

Store drinking water for a number of days.  Also have an adequate supply of feed.

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Reminder to register for the next Breast Abnormalities & Health Screening set for Saturday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – This Saturday, August 05, the breast abnormalities and health screening will continue.  The screenings target audience are women 18+ years of age.  The screening is carried out between 9.00am to 2.30pm. 

The screenings take place at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg at the Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA).

CPS is one of three stakeholders which includes the Positive Foundation, and the American University of the Caribbean (AUC), the latter, is lead research agency.

To participate in the screening activity which is free, you can make an appointment by calling 545-2298 extension 404-2242.  You can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Breast screenings will be carried out by an AUC physician; health screenings by AUC medical students and includes height, weight, vision, blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure measurements.

There will also be an educational lecture on risk factors and a clinical presentation about breast cancer.

Breast abnormalities represent a large spectrum of disorders including benign, congenital, hormonal and malignancies such as breast cancer.

The purpose of this study is to screen for risk factors as well as estimate prevalence of breast abnormalities in the patient population of Sint Maarten.

The purpose of the study is to gain insight into the types of breast abnormalities and risk factors in women 18 and above with no age cap in Sint Maarten.

For additional information you can call CPS at 542-3003 or 542-2078.

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Major step forward for U.S. pre-clearance at SXM Airport

POND ISLAND – Prime Minister William Marlin disclosed at the Council of Ministers press briefing that during his recent visit to the United States, discussions were held with United States officials regarding U.S. Immigration/Customs pre-clearance at the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport).

Marlin described the discussions as progressing extremely well; and that there were one or two issues that needed further deliberations, but they have reached a consensus on the preliminary agreement between Sint Maarten and the U.S. Government which is a country to country agreement between Sint Maarten/Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America.

An agreement between the U.S. and the Airport for the execution of preclearance at the facility would have to be concluded.  A delegation from SXM Airport were also present for the first discussions that took place.

SXM Airport would have to construct a new facility where the pre-clearance would be housed and executed.  The costs of housing the personnel would be for the account of the Airport, and the Prime Minister said that these discussions went well.

Prime Minister William Marlin believes that one or two additional meetings will be needed before forwarding the country to country agreement to the Kingdom Government for review and finalization.   

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Maintenance issues still pending for Public Schools

POND ISLAND – Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs during the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday revealed that representative of the Division Public Education and herself took a tour of public schools this week to evaluate the status of preparations for the start of the 2017-2018 school year on August 14.

Minister Jacobs stated that the planned maintenance has not started for some of the public schools and that this posed some concern.  The minister did assure that the schools will open at the start of the new school year.

The minister stated that a plan has been put in place to address the pending issues during the next two weeks, and that current issues and previous issues from a year or more will be addressed.

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Reminder: Public invited to take part in free zika sero-prevalence study on August 5

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The general public is reminded about the zika sero-prevalence study screening event which is set for Saturday, August 5, and to come out and participate in the study.

The Collective Prevention Service (CPS) and the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) in collaboration with St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) are the entities involved in the study.

AUC medical students will draw blood during the screening which will be carried out between 9.00am to 3.00pm. The screening is free and there is no need to register.  Come out and get tested.

The screening will take place at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg at the CPS, a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA).

Persons will be assisted in completing a short questionnaire and consent form and then guided to draw blood which will be later analyzed by AUC and SLS.  The participant’s results will be forwarded to their respective family physician.

The study is being carried out to assess zika prevalence in the country.

For additional information you can call CPS at 542-3003 or 542-2078.

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Minister Boasman described meeting with Progress Committee as being positive

POND ISLAND – Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman recently met with the Progress Committee that is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Plans of Approach for the Sint Maaren Police Force and the Pointe Blanche Prison.

The meeting dealt with the measures that have been taken and the progress related to the plans.

Minister Boasman described the meeting being very constructive and positive. According to the Minister, the committee indicated that progress has been made in both areas which is very noticeable, and that things seem to be on the right track.

Minister Boasman during the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday, added that the aforementioned should be reflected in the report of the Progress Committee when they present it.

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Students from the Caribbean Netherlands arrived safely in The Netherlands

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS/SCHIPHOL - Monday morning, 42 of the total of 84 students from the Caribbean Netherlands landed safely at Schiphol Airport. The students arrived with two flights arriving at 6.40 AM and 11.05 AM Dutch time.

This group, who chose to travel accompanied, was welcomed at the airport by representatives of Aalse & Partners. Of the 42 students, who travelled accompanied, 32 are from Bonaire, 7 from St. Eustatius and 3 from Saba. The other 42 students are travelling to the Netherlands on their own.

The students went by bus to hostel WOW in Amsterdam, where they will stay for three days. During this stay they will meet their mentor, receive more information and they will receive the papers of their health insurance.

Also, they could open a bank account and, in some cases, sign the lease contract for the student room. Furthermore, each student received a SIM card for their mobile phone to maintain contact with their family at home.

On arrival at the hostel there was a welcome ceremony with a meal buffet. On Wednesday, the students will go to their study location under the guidance of their mentor.

The newcomers are assisted with their registration in the municipality where they are going to live and familiarized with the city, traveling by public transport and setting up their room.

Furthermore, they are also helped to check their enrollment at the educational institution of their choice and they get acquainted with the Dutch culture.

Besides the students who opted for further education in The Netherlands, a lot of students choose to study in the U.S. and the region. At this moment there are about 60 students, of which at least 40 are going to study on Curaçao and Aruba. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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