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Government Departments serving the public closed due to ICT Network technical difficulties

PHILIPSBURG- The Ministry of General Affairs hereby informs the general public that on Tuesday March 7th a number of Government Departments will be closed to the public due to technical difficulties with the ICT Network.

The following departments are affected, Civil Registry, Tax Administration (Inspectorate & Receivers Office), Public Service Center Simpson Bay, Labor & Social Affairs Department, Finance Department & Records & Information Management (DIV).

The general public will be informed once the technical difficulties have been resolved and public services restored. The Ministry of General Affairs apologizes for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

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InselAir says passengers are being protected or refunded in connection with temporary suspension of some routes

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - As a direct result of the continued grounding of a part of InselAir’s fleet by the Aruban Civil Aviation Authorities InselAir has no choice but to temporarily suspend services to the following routes starting Wednesday March 8, 2017: Barquisimeto, Caracas, Georgetown, Haiti, Havana, Kingston, Las Piedras, Manaus, Medellin, Miami, Paramaribo, Port of Spain, Santo Domingo and Quito.

Inter-island services to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St. Maarten will remain in place. As soon as aircraft will become available again InselAir will look into re-launching some of its routes.

In this case passengers will be informed accordingly. InselAir expects to return to regular operations again by June of this year.

Passengers are being protected or refunded

Passengers who are in the possession of a ticket purchased via an InselAir ticket office or online via fly-inselair.com will be granted a refund and will be contacted by the Customer Relations Department.

Passengers who have purchased a ticket via a travel agent are strongly advised to contact their travel agent to have the refund processed.

Passengers who have already started their journey will be protected on another airline and will be informed by our Customer Relations Team.

How can passengers contact InselAir?

The InselAir Customer Relations Team will use the contact details that passengers have provided upon their reservation/booking.

In case passengers did not provide personal contact details upon their reservation/booking, we advise those to contact InselAir via +297 582 1200, +599 9 737 0444 or +1 855 493 6004 (Mon - Fri 7AM - 8PM & Sat - Sun 8AM - 8PM, UTC/GMT-4  local time) or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

InselAir regrets that it is forced to take these measures and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused. InselAir’s teams will do their utmost to inform and support the affected passengers.

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Taser used in Cupecoy Armed Robbery. Robberies under investigation

CUPECOY - The Special Unit robbery is presently investigating two separate armed robberies which took place on Thursday March 2nd.

The first robbery took place at around 02.30 a.m.  in the vicinity of  Sky Lounge bar on Amazon road. The female victim was walking on her way home, when two unknown men driving in a car drove up to her and forcefully stole her bag containing her personal belongings from her. After committing the act both suspects drove away.

The second robbery took place at around 07.45 p.m. close to Blue Mall and Villa Coral Beach. A tourist couple was walking on that street holding hands and was suddenly forced apart by two men on a scooter who rode directly between the couple.

The suspect then approached the female victim and by using a “taser” stole her handbag from her. After committing this act both suspects fled the scene.

The police department is informing the general public and the visitors to the island who are staying in the Cupecoy and Low Lands area, that the recent robberies have our fullest attention and that they can rest assure that all that is necessary is being done to combat this situation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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CBS: Dutch Caribbean Statistical System launched at CBS Caribbean Conference

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - To promote knowledge exchange and cooperation between the statistical offices on the islands and the Dutch CBS:  that was the purpose of the first CBS Caribbean Conference on February 13th and 14th on Bonaire.

The directors and a number of researchers from the statistical offices of the former Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands attended this conference.

During the conference the Dutch Caribbean Statistical System (DCSS) was launched. The DCSS is a collaboration agreement between the statistical offices on the Islands and the Dutch CBS.

The purpose of this agreement is that the parties will support each other to optimize their statistical systems. The first chairman of the DCSS is CBS Curacao, but the chairmanship rotates annually.

It was the first time since 10.10.10 that the directors of the statistical offices of the former Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands came together. During the conference, the statistical offices shared their knowledge about, amongst others data sources, processing data and producing statistics on specific topics such as poverty and unemployment.

General director Tjark Tjin-A Tsoi of Central Bureau of Statistics: "I look back on a successful and fruitful meeting and hope that the CBS Caribbean Conference will increase the bond between CBS in the Netherlands and the islands on the statistics field”.

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MJP deposits list of candidates for elections

MARIGOT, St. Martin—The Movement for Justice and Prosperity (MJP) deposited their list of candidates at prefecture on Wednesday afternoon, said Louis Mussington, president of MJP.

“It is now official, we have passed all the legal and administrative requirements to participate in the upcoming March 19, Territorial Council elections,” said Mussington.

“The list of 26 candidates is composed of men and women equipped and qualify to carry the task of governing the Collectivité de Saint-Martin for the next 5 years,” said Mussington.

The MJP is composition of the list is the following candidates 1) MUSSINGTON Louis Edmond, 2) JANUARY OGOUNDELE - TESSI Marthe, 3) GUMBS Daniel Rigobert 4) DAVIS Bernadette, 5) ALIOTTI Pierre Jacques Andre, 6) BROOKS Juliette Kelly, 7) DANIEL Arnel Williams, 8) BARROT Micheline Marguerite, 9) WILSON Martin Ezikiel, 10) CURIEL Jocelyn Catherine 11) GUMBS Frantz Roger, 12) LAFLEUR Maryse, 13) LAGGOUNE Ali, 14) GLASCOW THOMAS Genevieve Norma, 15) MOÏSE Agenor, 16) FELIX Clarisse Nadine, 17) MUSSINGTON Leonard Emile, 18) FAROUIL Gisele Diane, 19) SAMER Romuald Gregoire, 20) HADDOKS Marie Line, 21) JAVOIS Thierry 22) DAVIS Claudette, 23) TAYALE Mario Rodrigue, 24) RICHARDSON Marie Thérése, 25) JABOULEY Francisque Marc, 26) CAJUSTE DORMOY Jocelyne. “I’m very grateful for the men and women who accepted to be part of the MJP’s team, the composition is the results of 2 years of hard work,” said Mussington.

The selection of the list was done base on the various portfolios need to be fill at the collectivity level. “Our organic has given us a certain level of autonomy, which was not yet used over the past ten years, we need to put this autonomy into effect in order to bring about significant changes in the interest of the people,” said Mussington.

 The official campaign for the Territorial Council elections will begin Monday, March 6 and conclude on Saturday March 18. “Our theme for the two weeks campaign is “People First” we must bring justice and prosperity to our people,” concluded Mussington.  

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Parking prohibition and additional information related to St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - In connection with 2017 Heineken Regatta which started on Thursday March 2nd 2017 and will end on Sunday March 5th the police department is making the following announcement.

The main venue for this event will be at the Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay and due to the large amount of visitors from abroad and persons from the community that will be attending the shows of this event there will be “NO PARKING” on the Kim Sha beach on Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th.

The entire community is urged to give their fullest cooperation to the organizers of this event as well as the police department to make this event a very successful one. Misconduct by anyone attending these during the event can result in this person being arrested. (Police Force Sint Maarten) 

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Health Care Stakeholders Receive Training in Family Planning Decision Making Tool

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Department of Collective Prevention Services (CPS)  provided a training in the use of the decision making tool for Family Planning for its staff from the Youth Health Care Section and participating nurses from the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (YWCCF) and the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC).

The training was conducted in order to provide the nurses training and tools to support clients and other interested persons in making well informed decisions regarding planned pregnancies.

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Caribbean Well-Being Conference slated for August 2017

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Caribbean Well-Being Conference (CWBC), which will be held on St. Maarten from August 6 to 8, 2017 under the theme: Best Practices in Promoting Student Wellness: Bringing the child, family, school and community together.

The CWBC seeks to promote the positive development and well-being of children, parents, families, schools and communities. The CWBC aims to inform and educate on best practices to promote children’s well-being by looking at the important role that parents, families, teachers, schools, and communities play in the promotion of well-adjusted, socially and emotionally competent youth.

The CWBC will bring educators, administrators, social workers, counselors, psychologists, therapists, community leaders, practitioners, parents and all those working in promoting student wellness from St. Maarten, the Caribbean and the wider region.

The CWBC is being organized by the Student Support Services Division, the St. Maarten Youth Council Association and St. Johns University of New York.

Persons may register by contacting the St. Maarten Youth Council Association at the Rupert I. Maynard Youth Community Center or by calling 5485020. For further information about the conference, one may also visit the conference webpage www.eventbrite.com/e/caribbean-well-being-conference-tickets-30323556574

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Police seeking help from the community to solve Brounache murder especially Hope Estate residents

HOPE ESTATE - The Police Department is again reaching to the entire community and in particular the inhabitants of Hope Estate for cooperation in the ongoing fatal shooting of Franklin Brounache, which took place on January 24th of this year just after 11.00 p.m. when Brounache was gunned down at the entrance to his home in Hope Estate. The suspect or suspects after committing this act fled the scene.

Detectives have questioned numerous witnesses and have received some information in connection with this case. However the detectives want to gather more information that would be vital to this investigation and are requesting this assistance from the community and mainly the residents of Hope Estate who may have information to come forward.

The Detectives would definitely want to speak to anyone who has seen a Hyundai accent with license plate R-2761 driving suspiciously in the area shortly before or after the shooting.

Anyone who may have information can call 54-22222 ext. 213-214, the anonymous tip line #9300 or 911. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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South Reward residents can expect road closures as district project Arrowroot continues

SOUTH REWARD, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the residents of South Reward can expect road closures and alternate routes as the Arrowroot Project moves forward.

The objective of the project is to improve living conditions of residents by eliminating sewage water running along the streets which creates a public health and traffic hazard.

The Infrastructure Management Department, is hereby notifying residents of the on-going construction work that pertains to sewage connections in the South Reward area.

There will be temporary road closures for a six week period.  The streets that will be affected are: Carrot road, Arrowroot road, and Pear road.

Residents are asked to plan ahead by planning out alternate routes.

Motorists are advised to drive slowly while in the area due to the construction works that will be taking place, and to be observant of the traffic signs that will be erected to help the flow of traffic.

Pedestrians are also asked to be observant of the construction works area.  

The contractor responsible for carrying out the installation of sewage lines is ESLI Construction.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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