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Waikiki, Ministry of Sound, Casino Royale Soiree Blanche August 12, Event Extraordinaire!

ORIENT BAY, St. Martin - There are two things “Ministry of Sound” from England & Waikiki Beach on St Martin has in common - they were both born in the early 90’s with a vision to provide an amazing experience for all.

These two icons have come together to bring you to a stunning location, incredible cuisine, extraordinary talent, a brilliant mix of deejays & performances by 15 of the worlds top performers, including championship dance teams, acrobats & singers from Colombia & England - the Sonesta Show-team! The show organizers are planning a unique event in a caliber of its own, never before experienced in St Martin.

The Soiree Blanche will be held on Saturday, August 12, from noon to 3am Sunday morning August 13, fifteen hours of non-stop pleasure!

The day into night party will start with deep house deejays in the afternoon playing soothing lounge tunes, a delicious lunch buffet, unbelievable bottle service specials provided by Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon, Stoli Elit & Belvedere Vodka while enjoying chill vibes on Waikiki’s gorgeous Caribbean beach.

The venue will transform into a sexy upscale white dress code evening event featuring an elegant dinner buffet, a sensational dinner show while “Ministry of Sound” diverse International deejays continue to play as the energy builds into an awe-inspiring party!

For Dinner & VIP / Bottle Service Reservations please call +590 590 87 43 19, seating is limited & tables are booking fast, so please be sure to book your table now!

Dress Code from 8pm on is white. Entrance after 10pm is 20 Euro and you must be over 18 to enter after 10pm.

Safe Shuttle Taxi Service is provided by Ambassador Taxi to & from the Dutch & French side - only $10 from Philipsburg each way - please call +590 690 77 82 29 to arrange your shuttle for reliable, affordable relaxed transportation.  For specific drop off & pick locations please contact Ambassador directly.

The organizers would like to thank Caribbean Liquors, Casino Royale, The Sonesta Show Team, SXM by Night, Beyond Limits, Viva Signs, The Mercur, Carrefour Market, Music DanceFloor Radio & Radio St Barth for their generous support!

Where will you be August 12? 

Don’t miss out on this phenomenal Waikiki Beach & Ministry of Sound gala!


SMMC Medical Center adds new Medical Specialty Urology

CAY HILL - The St. Maarten Medical Center has expanded its medical services with the addition of a new medical specialty, Urology.

Starting August 7th, the hospital will have a full time Urologist. Patients will be available to visit the doctor for polyclinic starting Monday. Dr. Diego Ramos comes to the institution with 14 years of experience in urology, urological surgery and endoscopy.

Dr. Ramos studied and obtained his degrees in general surgery and urology at the Central University of Venezuela and at the University of Los Andes. He has also worked for numerous years at the Margarita Hospital on Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. He is also a certified surgeon and brings his specialty of non-invasive laser treatments for kidney and bladder stones to the hospital.

Dr. Ramos is the first, fulltime urologist to be employed at the SMMC. In the past, patients in need of treatment by an urologist were referred to the French side of the island or further abroad. With the start of this specialty at the SMMC patients now have the comfort of receiving treatment within the facility with new state of the art equipment.

Dr. Ramos says “this is a new beginning for me, I am happy to be here where I can dedicate my services and expertise to the patient population of St. Maarten. I have brought with me not only, my knowledge but also new laser equipment that will contribute greatly to the quality care of the patients. I look forward to this new journey here on St. Maarten, it is a personal challenge, but I do believe that this is going to be a positive step”.


Melissa participates in South American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu International Master Championships

SINT MAARTEN/RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Melissa Bardfield, St. Maarten's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor, competed in the South American International Masters Champions on July 29th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Melissa won her division, earning her first championship title as a black belt and is now preparing for the Master World Championships in Las Vegas August 24-26. 

Competing in back-to-back events takes advantage of the summer months while her St. Maarten Jiu Jitsu school is on school vacation.  

Melissa was the recipient of the 2016 Brown Pelican Sports Awards Female athlete of the year. 

Jiu Jitsu classes for adults and children at SXM BJJ resume in September, for more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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WEATHER WATCH: Possible New Threat for the Caribbean as Tropical System Could Become Tropical Storm Franklin

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – “A very robust looking tropical wave, designated Invest 99-L by the National Hurricane Center (Ed. NHC), is located over the far eastern Atlantic near the west coast of Africa has the potential to become at least a tropical storm as it pushes westward. Invest 99-L may impact the Lesser Antilles by about Tuesday or Wednesday of next week and everyone across the Lesser Antilles should keep a very close eye on this disturbance,” Crown Weather said on Thursday.

The NHC on Thursday morning gave the new weather threat to the Caribbean a 60 per cent chance for development within the next five days.  Described as vigorious in its development, NHC says environmental conditions are conducive for gradual development of the tropical wave over the coming days and that a tropical depression could form by early next week over the eastern or central Atlantic Ocean east of the Caribbean island chain.

“A majority of the model guidance do forecast development from Invest 99-L. The GFS model guidance forecasts a strong storm that moves north of the Lesser Antilles late next week followed by a direct impact on the Georgia and South Carolina coast on August 17th.

“The Canadian model guidance also forecasts a strong storm to move north of the Lesser Antilles late next week. The European model after forecasting a strong storm in yesterday's model run, now forecasts a weak system that moves through the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday. The UKMET model is forecasting a strong storm to impact the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday into Wednesday,” Crown Weather said on Thursday with respect to model forecasts.


WINAIR Organizes Extra Flight on Thursday to Curacao and Haiti

SIMPSON BAY – WINAIR will operate an extra flight on Thursday.  WINAIR would like to inform the general public that the airline will operate the canceled sectors of the flights 803 and 804, from August 1st, this Thursday August 3rd the airline announced in a notice on Wednesday evening.

Flight 803

CUR-SXM 9.00-10.35

SXM-PAP 11.25-13.05

Flight 804

PAP-SXM 14.05-15.45

SXM-CUR 16.45-18.20

Passengers to Haiti are to be at the airport from 8:30 AM on Thursday.

Passengers to Curacao should be at the airport from 14:00 hrs.

Management and staff would like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience experienced by passengers as a result of the canceled WINAIR flight WM 803 / 805 St. Maarten – Haiti – St. Maarten on August 1st 2017.


Contaminated eggs may have been sold in Dutch shops for a year: Volkskrant

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The anti-lice pesticide at the centre of an egg safety scandal in the Netherlands may have been used on Dutch farms as early as June 2016, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday.

The company at the centre of the scandal, Barneveld-based Chickfriend, was treating poultry for lice last year and there is no reason to believe that the product did not contain fipronil at that time, the paper said.

The Dutch food and product safety board NVWA told the paper that eggs containing the banned pesticide fipronil could have been sold in Dutch shops since then, but said: ‘we have no way of checking because the eggs have been eaten’.

Chickfriend is now thought to have bought the pesticide from a Belgian supplier and investigators are now trying to find out if the Dutch firm was aware the product, said to be based on natural oils such as eucalyptus, contained fipronil.

The pesticide is classed as ‘moderately hazardous pesticide’ by the World Health Organisation. On Tuesday the NVWA warned that one batch of eggs poses ‘acute danger’ to human health and eggs from at least 27 other farms should not be eaten by children.

But on Tuesday evening the organisations deputy director told Nieuwsuur that consumers should reduce or stop eating eggs until the samples from almost 200 suspect farms had been checked.

His comments were condemned later by poultry farmers who called them alarmist and unwarranted. In total, 180 Dutch poultry farms were on the Chickfriend customer list.

Criminal investigation

At the same time, a criminal investigation is underway and several poultry farm owners say they are holding Chickfriend responsible for thousands of euros in damages. The company’s website has been taken down and the phone is not being answered.

The scandal has since spread from the Belgian supplier to clients in Germany, England, France and Poland where the anti-lice product was also sold, Trouw reported on Wednesday. The Netherlands has almost 1,000 lay hen factory farms producing 11 billion eggs a year, of which over half are exported, mainly to Germany. (DutchNews)


Breastfed infants have healthier futures. Breastfeeding Café set for Wednesday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – A Collective Prevention Services (CPS) Breastfeeding Café is scheduled for Wednesday, August 2 at the Baby Wellness Clinic which is located behind the Guardian Group Insurances Building across the street from Le Grand Marche on Bush Road.

Registration starts at 5.45pm followed by an information session from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.  Light snacks will be served.  Parents and expectant parents are invited lounge in a relaxed atmosphere where both mothers and fathers can receive information surrounding breastfeeding and safety tips to use at home.

This is one of several activities that have been organized to recognize World Breastfeeding Week which is celebrated the first week in August (August 1-7).  The theme is: "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together."

Children who were breastfed are healthier and learn better, according to research that suggests breastfeeding may contribute to aspects of sustainable development, according to information from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the CPS, an executing department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the Department of Labour said on Tuesday.

CPS started with a Breastfeeding Photo Contest in July which concludes on August 7; some of the other activities planned for the month of August is a Story Time for toddlers and parents; meetings with stakeholders; and Radio interviews.

"Breastfeeding gives children the best start in life, as breast milk provides immunological protection and critical nutrients for brain development. These benefits hold true for all children, whether they're born in high- or low-income countries or to families that are rich or poor," said Dr Carissa Etienne, Director of PAHO. "It is in everyone's interest—babies, mothers, and all of society—to promote breastfeeding."

Breastfeeding contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by the United Nations in September 2015 as a global agenda for action to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030.

Breastfeeding contributes to SDG 2, "End hunger," as breast milk provides all the energy and nutrients a baby needs for the first six months of life and a substantial portion through the second year. It can help prevent hunger and undernutrition in young children and obesity later in life.

Breastfeeding also contributes directly to SDG 3, "Good health and well-being," because breastfeeding significantly improves the health and survival of both babies and mothers. Studies show, for example, that globally:

Improving breastfeeding practices could save over 820,000 lives a year, 87% of them infants under six months of age.

Nearly half of diarrheal episodes and one-third of respiratory infections would be prevented with improved breastfeeding.

Longer duration of breastfeeding is associated with a 13% reduction in the likelihood of child overweight and/or obesity and a 35% reduction in the incidence of type-2 diabetes.

Breastfeeding contributes to improved mental and cognitive development, which promotes learning and prepares children for school. In Brazil, children who were breastfed for 12 months or more stayed in school nearly one year longer compared with those who were breastfed less. 


Nine people have so far died in swimming accidents this summer

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – In total nine people have died in swimming incidents in the Netherlands this summer, two in the sea and two while swimming in rivers and lakes, the Telegraaf reported on Tuesday.

The figures come from the national lifeguard organisation Reddingsbrigade Nederland. On average eight people die swimming in open water every year. Lifeguards have also rescued 76 people who got into difficulties.

Last week was particularly difficult because of strong currents on the North Sea coast and 34 people were rescued from ‘life-threatening situations’, the organisation said in a statement.

Last year, 129 people had been pulled out of the sea or rivers by the end of July. The lower total in 2017 is due to the poor weather which means fewer people are heading to the beach. (DutchNews)


Former police chief Gerard Bouman dies after holiday heart attack

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Former Dutch Police Chief Gerard Bouman, who was at the centre of a row over works council expenses, has died, broadcaster NOS said on Monday.

Sint Maarten had a bad experience with Bouman in July 2015 when during a visit to the island he questioned the level of integrity of the Sint Maarten Government and the Sint Maarten Police Force.

He then said that he didn’t feel the need to work with the local government and police force that in his opinion lacked integrity. “The criminal undermining of society and the integrity issues are of extremely worrisome proportions,” he stated at the time.

Bouman suffered a serious heart attack while on holiday in New Orleans in June and has now died in hospital in the Netherlands at the age of 64, NOS said.

Bouman headed the Dutch police from 2013 to 2016. The publication of the long-awaited report into irregularities within the police central works council was delayed when Bouman was taken ill.

The council resigned en masse last November following criticism of the way the body spent its budget on dinners, parties, champagne breakfasts and image coaches.

The council’s former chairman Frank Giltay was responsible for much of the overspending and is facing criminal charges. Giltay had the support of Bouman who was also investigated for his role in the scandal.

Broadcaster NOS said last month said the final report clears Bouman of attempting to buy the works council’s support for his police reorganisation plan by turning a blind eye to the overspending.

It does, however, say Bouman failed to properly supervise the body.  (DutchNews)


WEATHER WATCH: New tropical wave East of the islands being monitored

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - A tropical wave located roughly midway between West Africa and the Lesser Antilles continues to produce a large area of cloudiness and disorganized shower activity, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported on Sunday.

Any development of this system is expected to be slow to occur over the next several days while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.  The NHC has given the wave a 20 per cent chance for development over the next five days.

Crown Weather reported on Sunday: “Looking at the model guidance – The GFS model guidance forecasts some development from this disturbance over the next few days, however, it forecasts it to weaken and dissipate once it passes 50 West Longitude next weekend.

“The Canadian model guidance forecasts some development by later this week as it passes 40 West Longitude. From there, the Canadian model guidance forecasts this system to impact the northern Lesser Antilles as a tropical depression or maybe a tropical storm next Monday (August 7th).

“The European model guidance forecasts no development at all from this disturbance.  The UKMET model guidance forecasts that this disturbance will develop into a tropical depression by about Thursday or Friday as it nears 50 West Longitude.”

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