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SMCP LEADER SMITH: PARLIAMENT DRAGGING ITS FEET ON HURRICANE IRMA

PHILIPSBURG – “The Parliament of Sint Maarten finally convened last Monday, September 25th, to be updated by the Minister of General Affairs, the Honorable William Marlin, on the passing of hurricane Irma,” Leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) Wycliffe Smith said in a press statement on Sunday.

“An update, after two and a half weeks, to the highest representative body in the country, is unacceptable!  It took the Dutch Parliament less than a week (they met on September 12th) to deal with the hurricane situation in Sint Maarten. Two days after hurricane Irma, Minister Plaster of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations had already informed the Dutch Parliament by letter of the situation.

“In addition, the Dutch government has made preliminary plans with regard to recovery and financial aid while the Parliament of Sint Maarten is still to get a full and true account of what transpired pre- and post-Irma.

“After a two-hour presentation by the Minister of General Affairs, which did not give Parliament and the people a lot of new information, parliamentarians posed their questions to the Minister, who then needed two full days to prepare the answers. One would have then expected that after responding to Parliament’s questions on Thursday morning, that parliamentarians would have gone straightway into the second round of questioning.

“But no, this was not the case! The meeting for the second round was scheduled for Monday, October 2nd, four days later. If Parliament continues with this schedule, it will take them two whole weeks to be updated on hurricane Irma.

“Is Parliament aware of the fact that, after the passing of hurricane Irma, the country has already moved from crisis and emergency modes and is now in recovery mode? One would have expected that a disaster of this magnitude and gravity would been given greater priority. It is time that parliamentarians hear from the Minister of General Affairs what plans are being drafted by Government for the structural, emotional, financial and economic recovery of the country.

“According to the law, disaster preparedness and management are totally in the hands of the Minister of General Affairs. Article 8 states that he is authorized to give any and all instructions that he deems necessary. However, once a state of emergency is declared, the Prime Minister shares his authority with the Ministers of Justice and Telecommunication.

“Hence, if the Prime Minister is unable to answer questions concerning the curfew, the looting, poor communication and the blocking of the borders, then Parliament should call in the other two ministers for questioning. Since the Minister of General Affairs, does not know who gave orders to close the borders then the Minister of Justice ought to know because police officers, under his authority, were at the borders carrying out instructions.

“Something as serious as blocking an international border with a trailer and leaving that trailer unattended is extremely worrying. If the Minister of Justice cannot provide answers then Parliament should use its right of investigation to get to the bottom of this dispute.

“Observing the meeting of Parliament, I noticed a disconnect with and a disrespect for Parliament by the Minister of General Affairs. After all, in the chain of command, Parliament is the higher authority, yet the Minister does not seem to take Parliament very seriously. It was disrespectful to wait until after his presentation to inform the President of Parliament publicly that he will not be available because he has another meeting.

“Proper protocol dictates that this should have been done prior to the public meeting. It also appears to me that Parliament was not officially included in meetings after the passing of hurricane Irma. I have seen videos and photographs of the King, the Governor and the Prime Minister touring the island but the President of Parliament seems to be missing in action. Am I to conclude that our President of Parliament was perhaps wearing high heel leathered shoes and therefore was unable to traverse the debris and the slippery hills?

“Also, the Minister of General Affairs should not take the questions posed by the MPs personally but should answer every question objectively and factually without chiding and belittling the questioner. No question should be considered a stupid question! I commend MPs Tamara Leonard and Perry Geerlings who stood firm and insisted that their questions were not answered satisfactorily.

“According to the Disaster Management Law, the Minister of General Affairs should have presented the Disaster Management Plan to Parliament as well as to the Collectivité of Saint Martin one month after its finalization. In this context, I commend MP Ardwell Irion for acknowledging, on behalf of his fellow parliamentarians, that Parliament was not as vigilant as it should have been regarding this matter. Furthermore, the law states that the plan should be synchronized with the Collectivité. Had this taken place, the closing of the borders would not be such a mystery today.

“The Minister of General Affairs is obligated to present an evaluation report to Parliament six months after a disaster has occurred. However, to get the country back on its feet as quickly as possible, our Parliament should not drag its feet any longer on the Irma issue but should insist on receiving weekly briefings from the Prime Minister. Neither, should Parliament have to wait until the National Recovery Plan is completed in order to find out what Government is planning for the country and the people,” Wycliffe Smith, Leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party said on Sunday.

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GEBE TO DISTRIBUTE DRINKING WATER ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE ISLAND

PHILIPSBURG - In a press release from NV GEBE and the Dutch ministry of Internal Affairs it was stated that as of Sunday, October 1st, at 12.00 noon NV GEBE will be making drinking water available to the public on the eastern side of the island by means of three storage tanks located at McDonalds at the Belvedere roundabout, Fresh Market parking lot and at the entrance Festival Village.

This drinking water is purified water and originates from the reversed osmosis (RO) unit at the Festival Village that was brought to Sint Maarten from the Netherlands.

The Dutch Ministry supplied the units, tanks and arranged for the engineers and the St. Maarten Inspectorate of Health VSA, in close collaboration with NV GEBE.

The tank sites will be supplied with drinking water between 7.30am - 19.00pm. All tanks are equipped with various water taps.

Persons living in the areas of the tanks are kindly requested to bring along their jerry cans where they will be able to fill these containers with drinking water. The Red Cross will distribute a limited amount of jerry cans at the different locations.

The company is looking at the possibility of building more storage tanks that will be able to assist with the drinking water situation as early as October 2, 2017.

Aboard the Dutch ship Karel Doorman 20 tanks and five trucks will arrive on St. Maarten to be able to assist with this. The tanks will also be located on the eastern side of the island. 

The goal is that community of Sint Maarten should not have to walk more than 500 meters for clean drinking water in areas where this water is not yet drinkable from the tap.

NV GEBE is working diligently to ensure normality back to the community of St. Maarten.

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Reopening of schools on track. ‘School board meeting fruitful’

PHILIPSBURG – The opening of school is on track with the Minister of Education, Culture Youth and Sport’s vision and goal. On Friday October 29th, the School boards met with the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS), the honorable Silveria Jacobs and the MECYS Recovery Team for the final meeting before the reopening of schools.

The school boards updated the recovery team on the status of the schools and the availability of teachers. The recovery team provided vital information on the school hours as well as the bussing of the students to and from school.

The majority of schools will be operational as of Monday, October 2nd. The Minister requested that the school boards request information from the parents on their status.

“We need the parents and school managers to be open about their status and situation so we can ascertain the feasibility of helping those that are most in need,” the Minister said.

The Minister also added that the reason for the reopening of schools in a timely manner was to regain a sense of normalcy and structure as well as strengthen the socio emotional wellbeing of the teachers and students who were affected. The school boards have been requested to practice leniency on the uniform code for the coming weeks.

The school boards all provided information on the reopening of the various campuses, which have been listed, below:

Reopening of school

SPCOBE:

Asha Stevens – CHS    - All grades – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Helmich Snijders – CHS – All grades - Monday, October 2nd, 2017  

Seventh Day Adventist School 

Pre-Exam and Exam classes – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

 

SVOBE  

Milton Peters College - Pre-Exam, Exam Classes and VWO 4 – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Sundial School - Pre-Exam and Exam Classes - Monday, October 2nd, 2017

 

FAVE – Academy/Academy PSVE and CAPE

Pre-Exam and Exam Classes - Monday, October 2nd, 2017 (7:30am – 12:00pm)

The School Board of FAVE has introduced extended hours from 2:00pm-6:00 for students who are in need of a space to do homework and research using wifi. The implementation of the extended hours will be made known to the students by the school management.

MAC High

Form 1 (7:30am – 12:00pm), Form 3 (7:30am – 12:35pm) and Form 5 (7:30am– 1:45pm) - Monday, October 2nd 

Forms 2 and 4 – Monday, October 2nd (10:15am – 3:15pm)

MAC

Browlia F. Maillard – All Grades – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

John A. Gumbs Campus – All Grades – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

SKOS (St. Dominic High School)

Forms 4 and 5 and IB year 1 and 2 – Monday, October 2nd, 2017 

Forms 1,2 and 3 – Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

SKOS (Catholic Primary Schools)

  • Sister Magda Primary School
  • Sister Regina Primary School
  • Sister Marie Laurence Primary School
  • Sister Borgia Primary School
  • St. Joseph Primary School
  • St. Dominic Primary School

All Grades – Monday, October 2nd, 2017 (Parents and students of the Sr. Marie Laurence will be notified on how the classes will be divvied)

Public Education

  • Oranje Primary School
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School
  • Leonald Conner Primary School
  • Ruby Labega Primary School
  • Marie Genevieve de Weever Primary School
  • Prins Willem Alexander School
  • St. Maarten Vocational Training School

Pre-Exam and Exam Classes – Monday October 2nd, Tuesday, October 3rd and Wednesday October 4th, 2017 from 8:00am to 12:00pm

As per Thursday, October 5th, 2017, onward phase in other classes as classrooms and teacher readiness permits from 8:00am -2:00pm

The Charlotte Brookson Academy has commenced classes since Monday October 23rd, and the school board representative informed the recovery team that the school has been in constant communication with the students.

The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) is still being used as a shelter as it was previously stated that as of Wednesday, September 25th, the shelter would have been closed.

Unfortunately, due to the delay in temporary housing, the institute is still being used as a shelter and subsequently, will not be made available in time to accommodate the students.

The board and management of NIPA are requesting that the students do not visit the campus until it’s ready for operations. The Management will inform the students in a subsequent release on the date and time of the reopening.

The University of St. Martin will also inform the students on the reopening of the institution in a subsequent press release as the information becomes available.

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Puerto Rico Airport open for commercial flights. SXM Airport addressing resumption of civil and cargo flights

SIMPSON BAY – The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport) has suffered serious damage according to media reports with the aforementioned being described as heavy to severe.  The damage is estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars as a result of the passing of Category 5+ Hurricane Irma on September 6.

In the mean-time Puerto Rico’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (LMM), is operational and has been able to increase the number of its flights to 18.  The airport is also receiving commercial flights.  Puerto Rico was devastated last week by Category 4 Hurricane Maria.

The increase in air traffic at LMM is due to restoration of some radio communication was restored between aircraft and control towers.  The first international flights were scheduled on Thursday from Bogota, Colombia, Panama, and Cancun, Mexico.

Damages at SXM Airport won’t allow the facility to be fully operational post-Irma until 35 weeks later (nine months), or by around the beginning of the next hurricane season, June 2018. 

The SXM Airport Operating Company has drafted a disaster recovery plan to address the resumption of civil and cargo flights into the country as soon as possible.   

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Cooperating Foundations make Euro 500,000 available for emergency relief

PHILIPSBURG - The Cooperating Foundations for the Caribbean of the Dutch Kingdom donate an amount of Euro 500,000 for emergency relief to the Red Cross for the by hurricane Irma affected Dutch Caribbean islands St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. 

The funding organizations watched the devastation that Irma caused with horror. There is no option of sitting back and wait as in these circumstances currently funded Caribbean social initiatives financed by Cooperating Foundations cannot continue and proceed with their current important work.

Because the Cooperating Foundations do not have the infrastructure for emergency relief help, they decided to make this amount available to the Red Cross.

In addition to this grant, Cooperating Foundations want to assist in the reconstruction of the affected islands.

Currently a procedure is being developed whereby a more simple application form for  social  initiatives will facilitate  an accelerated application process for financial support for among others materials and means.                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      About Cooperating Foundations (Samenwerkende Fondsen)

The partnership of the Cooperating Foundations (consisting of Innovatiefonds Zorgverzekeraars, Kansfonds, Stichting Kinderpostzegels, het Oranje Fonds and Fonds Sluyterman van Loo) is established to support social initiatives in the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom.

With this support, the foundations want to strengthen social involvement, bring people in contact with each other and assist them in jointly moving forward. The affected islands Sint Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius, but also Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao fall under the Foundations' work area.

The Cooperating Foundations give specific financial support to initiatives that are rooted and derive from the community itself; projects which battle poverty and offer better opportunities for a human existence for all inhabitants of the islands. This includes those who socially and financially wise have less opportunities.

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Yacht Club Port De Plaisance to be Ready November 1 for Mega Yachts

SIMPSON BAY – Jeff D. Boyd, President and Managing Director of the Yacht Club at Port De Plaisance/Marine Management and Consulting N.V., announced in a press release on Wednesday that Yacht Club Port de Plaisance will be ready for Mega Yachts on November 1.

The following correspondence was sent to the mega yacht community: “I will like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the phone calls and emails during this difficult time.  I am happy to report that our staff is doing well, staying strong and looking forward to the season. 

“Our team has been working tirelessly to secure the marina and to implement repairs and upgrades to our facility in order for us to welcome all vessels and their guest this Winter 2017 /2018 Season.

“While we sustained considerable damage to our beautiful Country Club at Port De Plaisance the Gym, Pool & Pool Bar, we have managed to make temporary repairs and opened our doors on September 25th.  With permanent repairs well underway this facility will likewise be prepared to receive all captain and crew upon their arrival. 

“Provisioning stores, fueling stations, banks, restaurants and numerous other businesses are already also re-opened on the island. This truly is a resilient culture here in St Maarten and they simply will not give up and or be put down!!!

“I am also pleased to announce that we will be ready to receive yachts as of November 1st, 2017.  Our aim is to have if not all, most reconstruction completed by December 1st, 2017.  We have begun our reservation process and will be accepting reservations as of today!!!”

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CPS Advises Increased Vigilance of Basic Food Hygiene Practices to Prevent Salmonella

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Salmonella is a concern of the four key diarrheal diseases.  Salmonellosis is a disease caused by the bacteria Salmonella.

Diarrheal diseases are the most common illnesses resulting from unsafe food. Foodborne diseases can be severe, especially for young children.

The five World Health Organization keys to Safer Food to prevent food poisoning are: keep clean; separate raw and cooked; cook thoroughly; keep food at safe temperatures; and  use  safe water and raw materials.

The Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is advising households and especially restaurants to increase and be vigilant in applying on a high level basic food hygiene practices, such as cooking food thoroughly, as a preventative measure against salmonellosis.


The current situation with challenges related to a stable power supply in order to keep and maintain refrigerated/frozen food, as well as water, places considerable pressure on providing safe food for consumption.

Salmonellosis in humans is generally contracted through the consumption of contaminated food of animal origin (mainly eggs, meat, poultry, and milk), although other foods, including green vegetables contaminated by manure, have been implicated in its  transmission.


In some cases, particularly in children and elderly patient’s dehydration can become severe and life-threatening. CPS recommends the following, that safe food handling at home be applied at all times: Ensure food is properly cooked and still hot when served; Avoid raw milk and products made from raw milk. Drink only pasteurized or boiled milk.

Avoid ice unless it is made from safe water; When the safety of drinking water is questionable, bring the water to boil and boil for at least 1 minute, or if this is not possible, use 2 teaspoons of Clorox per one gallon of water and leave for 30 minutes prior to consumption.

Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently using soap, in particular after contact with pets or farm animals, after using the toilet or taking care of ill persons.

Thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables carefully, particularly if they are eaten raw. If possible, vegetables and fruits should be peeled.

Both professional and  domestic food handlers should be vigilant while preparing food and should observe hygienic rules of food preparation.
 

Professional food handlers who suffer from fever, diarrhea, vomiting or visible infected skin lesions should report such to their supervisor/employer immediately.
 

Frequently and properly wash your hands at all times and especially if you have diarrhea wash your hands and drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration and consult your physician as diarrhea persist.

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

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Cable TV: September 2017 Credit Information and Other Updates

MADAME ESTATE - On Monday, September 25th, we disconnected all Cable TV accounts in order to process September 2017 credits.  Customers that paid their September 2017 bill (yearly accounts included), will see their credit reflected from September 6th, 2017 for the month of September.  

Customers owing for August 2017 or prior will be billed up to September 5th, 2017.  Going forward monthly billing will only be processed to accounts that reconnected after September 26th, 2017.  

Customers can check their account balances online http://www.stmaartencabletv.sx/my-account.  Please follow the directions on how to log on. It should be noted that an email address is needed to get a temporary pin to be able to access your account.   If you have an Easy Pay card, you can use the number on the card to access your account online as well. 

All customers who was seeing Cable TV after the passing of the hurricanes in the below listed areas, will have to call or email the office so their account can be reconnected.  We currently have a total of 44 channels on from the various packages. 

Customers have the option to wait until all our channels are back up to reconnect.  It should be noted that once the customer agrees to reconnect, no further credits will be applicable for missing channels.

If your area is reported back up, your cable box is plugged in and you are seeing the guide, you most likely just need to have your account reconnected. Sometimes plugging the power cord of the Cable Box out and back in so that it can initialize is recommended.  

If you are not seeing anything, then a service call will have to be scheduled since there may be a problem with the equipment on your street or with your connection. For our CableNet service, if your modem is plugged in but not all your modem lights are on, you also need a service.  In all three instances communication to the office should be made. 

Our office in Madame Estate is opened from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Normal office hours will resume on Monday October 2nd, 2017.   Customers can also call our office on telephone number 542-4361 during the afore mentioned office hours. Communication can also be sent to e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The updated listing of channels that are on and other important updates will be published on our website and Facebook page on a regular basis and customers are encouraged to visit these sites: http://www.stmaartencabletv.sx/media/ or our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/StMaartenCable

We are recommending that communication to our office whenever possible be sent via email since we will be inundated with calls for the next couple of weeks. 

Kindly indicate the following important information in the email:

  • - Cable TV Account Number
  • - Account Holder Name
  • - Contact Number(s)
  • - As much information related to the outage

Cable TV Service and CableNet Service in the Following Areas That are Back Up:

*Node 13:   Part of Sucker Garden (The Keys, and Sucker garden road main rode from the Keys bridge up until to Christmas Cactus)

*Node 16: Belvedere

*Node 21: Part of Madame Estate  

*Node 23: Part of Saunders and Betty’s Estate

*Node 24: Ebenezer

*Node 29: Saunders, Part L. B. Scott Rd & Beginning of St. Peters and St. John 

*Node 34: Belair (Otter, Kangaroo, Rabbit Hill, Camel and Fort Oranje Rd)

*Node 35: Cay Hill (Hamster, Lima, Kudu, Jackle, Mozart, Beethoven, Lower and Upper Rd)

*Node 36: Belair (Tiger, Hyena, Lion, Impala, Leopard, Welgelegen, Panther, Cougar, Jaguar and Puma Rd).

*Node 41: Arch Road (Upper Madame Estate, Arch Road up to Tranquilo Bar) 

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NV GEBE Opens Simpson Bay Branch Office on Wednesday. Philipsburg Branch Open

SIMPSON BAY - NV GEBE hereby informs the general public that the Simpson Bay Branch will be open to the public with limited hours as of tomorrow, September 27, 2017, from 7:45am to 1:00pm. 

The Philipsburg branch endured some damages during the passing of Hurricane Irma which resulted in GEBE reorganizing its departments to accommodate its clients. 

The Philipsburg branch is now open for all hurricane related issues such as:

  • Water was restored to your area and your water meter has not been replaced,
  • Power was restored in your area and you are without power,
  • All customer queries (Hurricane related)

While the Simpson Bay branch will now be able to accommodate:

  • All customer queries,
  • Closing of accounts,
  • New connection,
  • Payments and all other customer related request. 

Please walk with a bill and an ID for easier processing. 

For further information please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1 721 546 1100, 546 1127, 546 1160, 546 1193 or our toll-free emergency number which can be call from any cellular phone or land line 1 844 432 3213. The Simpson Bay branch office can be reached 545 2259 or 588 0564.

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PPA Arrindell: Where do we stand, which direction are we heading. Time for debate

PHILIPSBURG – Leader of the People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) Gracita Arrindell has heartfelt appreciation for His Royal Highness King Willem Alexander for his presence and solidarity with the people of Sint Maarten during these most difficult times.

“Giving hope and sincerely expressed solidarity to rebuild and support in time of great distress is greatly appreciated, and will not be forgotten.  The people of Sint Maarten want to know where they stand, which direction are we heading into.  Time for a national debate on the rebuilding that includes the people is now.”

Gracita states: “First, my deep-felt condolences goes out to all who have lost a loved one, a family, a friend, or a beloved pet in the aftermath of the hurricanes.

“Gratitude goes out to every first responder, every ordinary citizen who lost their homes, businesses or parts thereof and still went out of his or her way to selflessly volunteer and assist another person in dire need. Kudos to all the police, military, coastguard, marines, locally established, and those who came from within the KINGDOM or elsewhere. Many still present to assist in whatever task they were assigned to do.  God Bless you!

There are so many more to say Thank you to, including; doctors & staff, clean-up crews, GEBE, radio stations, especially laser 101, and others who via the social media did their part in a positive way to ease or lessen the stress so many are dealing with now. Strangers helping each other, sharing and meals and other items.

Gracita said: “This is the Sint Maarten social spirit I know we must focus on. This is the Sint Maarten kindness and friendly- ness, I saw and embraced.  Not the ugliness. The latter does not define who we are as a People. As time trickles by and impatience grows, we must keep a cool head, now more than ever.

In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, we must first give thanks for life. To God Be the Glory.  Sint Maarten shall rise again.

However, it cannot and must never be business as usual. Many residents are confused and frustrated, and afraid. Understandably so. Our citizens, our valued tourist, must receive a clear, unambiguous message, that real issues will be dealt with poste-haste. Not behind closed doors only, and tell residents after.  The official messages must be short, timely, consistent, dependable, trusted, open and Transparent.

“The People want to know! and deserve to be heard and included in the discussions and consequent redevelopment of our beautiful island.

We are only 37 square miles, now with less people than before the destruction of the hurricanes. A real national debate on reconstruction with the input from our citizens.  The format is known, it can be done.”

Arrindell states:” there is not one political party, not one political person that is greater than Sint Maarten. None! This is a great opportunity to clean up literally and figuratively. Re-group and re-build, smarter, better, with the well- being and prosperity of the People first, not last. 

Arrindell states; “I have always been known as a dedicated no -none sense person when it comes to working for our island in any capacity entrusted.  Going forward here are some issues I hope to see included in the current plans. None of the issues below should be in complicated time-consuming reports. Not necessarily in order of importance these are:

* A national information plan for local and international consumption.  Present ‘Drip form’ (mis)communication is doing more harm than good to Sint Maarten and our People.  Daily, reliable, trustworthy government information is critical.

* Update our safety and security plan asap.  People do not feel safe, whether imagined or not.  Update the re- evacuation reports. Deport all persons who have committed crimes and found guilty.

* Include the leaders of the community councils in the re-building plans. Sint Maarten consists of Districts (15_17_) We are fortunate not having to deal with millions of people. Our issues are manageable, short term- midterm and long term, if it’s done right.

* Enact a new building code, with grace period for present temporary construction, that includes all key institutions such as schools, government buildings, utility companies, airport, telecom companies, banks, hospitals, hotels, large supermarkets, pharmacy’s etc. community centers, senior citizens homes. The new building code must include construction along the sea lines from the airport road down ward, a few feet above ground, with walk ways, better view of the lagoon, complete underground cable etc.

* Include two separate utility distribution points, one in Philipsburg and all surrounding areas, and one before the hill to Philipsburg. Each district should have water hydro’s and more designated cistern locations.

* Finalize underground cable system once and for all.

* Install sewage lines from airport straight down to Cay-bay.

* Economic recovery plan should include a more efficient and shorter business license process, personal and business grace period and soft loans that people truly get a new start, speed up social housing.

Finally; “There is more, not in the least dealing with the humongous filth and debris, and the growing ‘Mount Everest’ dump in Philipsburg once and for all. 

For now, I conclude with this Question, what kind of Country do we want to be in the aftermath of this most recent natural disaster?

A Nation of many or a Nation of One?  A Nation of any or a Nation of None?  Let us put our differences aside for the sake of our future generations. If we fail to plan and not learn from past mistakes, we plan to fail. The latter is not an option.”

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