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Section of Back Street Closed from 24 May to 2 June as Phase III of the Project Commences

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that part of Back Street will be closed from Wednesday, May 24 to Friday, June 2.

The closure is in connection with the start of Phase III of the Back Street project.  The street will be closed after Gevangenis Street up to Korte Steeg where there will be no through traffic.  The works will be carried out from 7.00am to 6.00pm daily for the aforementioned dates.

On Wednesday, May 24, the intersections Gevangenis street (area of Angelo’s Boutique) and Wilhelmina street, and Hendrick street, will be closed off from 7.00am up to 1.00pm.

The bricks will be removed and base course placed and compacted accordingly.  Once this has been done, the intersection will be re-opened for motorized traffic.

Motorists are advised to be observant of detour and directional signs.

The works will be carried out by Windward Roads.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.


Acting In Your Best Interest: How to Manage Your Money Workshop at USM on June 7

PHILIPSBURG – Do you often find yourself living paycheck to paycheck? Would you like to change you and your family’s financial future by living at your highest financial potential? Then this workshop is for you!

The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is organizing an interactive and informative Workshop entitled “Acting in Your Best Interest: How to Manage Your Money and Live at Your Highest Financial Potential.” The general public, especially parents of primary and secondary school children, are invited to attend.

Parents, school personnel and other interested persons are encouraged to come out to this workshop which will be held on Wednesday 7th June, 2017 at the University of St. Martin from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

The objective of the workshop is to help all attendees understand the importance of budgeting, saving, debt management, and why proper financial planning and investing has become a necessity. Attendees will receive tips and strategies that can be utilized for their personal and family finances.

For more information, contact the Student Support Services Division at 543-1235 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The SSSD office is located in the Amigo Building across from the Police Station and next to the WIB.

The Student Support Services Division(SSSD) provides services to students referred by the schools and by extension their families. These services consist of psychological services, counseling services, social work services, educational diagnostic services, career services, and parent education sessions.


5th edition of NAGICO to NAGICO Race ends on high note

PHILIPSBURG - The 5th edition of the NAGICO to NAGICO cycling race is being dubbed a huge success by participants and spectators who experienced an exciting, fulfilled and incident free competition which spanned over the course of the entire weekend.

“This has been another successful edition for us, which attracted hundreds of cycling enthusiasts from both sides of the island,” Marketing Manager Lisa Brown said. “We were very pleased with the number of people that came out on all three days to support the event, but most of all we are thankful that we are able to boast the culmination of another safe event and for this we applaud the members of the emergency services, who through their expert planning and coordination were able to execute a safe and seamless operation which ensured the safety of the riders and the road users from border to border.”

This year’s races recorded more than 50 professional riders locally and from French territories including Guadeloupe, Martinique & France and surrounding islands like Anguilla.

Despite the intense heat brought on by weather conditions, the spirit of the supporters was not dampened as they followed the race, setting up cheer points at various locations of the route.

“Everyone is excited and already talking about next year’s edition as we see where the NAGICO to NAGICO race and cycling on the island sport is growing each year,” Brown said. “Already we have been approached with ideas from patrons on how to put a twist on the event for 2018 and internally our planning for 2018 will be commencing.”

One of the most memorable aspect of the race this year is that it helped to unify both the French and the Dutch as one people. At the opening ceremony on Friday night at the Simpson Bay Cause Way Bridge, the newly elected First Vice - President of the Collectivite, Valerie Damaseau officially opened the event and on Sunday members of the Sint Maarten Police Force participated in the prize giving ceremony held in Marigot, by presenting the Gamali Benjamin Award to the most Dynamic Rider of the event, Rene Arrondell.

“These are ways and examples of how sports can be used as a unifying thread to bring people from all culture and nationalities together as one and NAGICO is proud to be part of that.” Brown said.


First Zika-related Microcephaly Baby Reported

SINT MAARTEN/USVI – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that the U.S. Virgin Island’s has its first case of Zika-related microcephaly.

The Department of Health stands ready to provide services to women, infants and families affected by the Zika virus, and reminds the general public to remain vigilant in preventing infection through mosquito bites and unprotected sex, especially to pregnant women.

Microcephaly, is a condition in which a baby’s head is much smaller than expected; it is a sign if incomplete brain development.  The Department of Health adds that during the pregnancy, a baby’s head grows because the baby’s brain grows, and microcephaly can occur, because the baby’s brain has not developed properly during pregnancy or has stopped growing after birth, which results in a smaller head size.  



Pre-hurricane clean-up campaign to commence shortly

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), is urging residents to take full advantage of the pre-hurricane clean-up schedule campaign executed by each district hauler, which will give residents the opportunity to dispose of all unwanted waste that’s in their yards.

In accordance with the contractual agreement between district haulers and Ministry VROMI, each entity has prepared a pre-hurricane clean-up campaign with detailed schedules stating collection dates, and areas.

Residents will be able to dispose of any unwanted garbage in accordance with the clean-up schedule, including loose household appliances, old furniture, pieces of wood, tree branches (pruning of trees), zinc, or any pieces of garbage that can become airborne during the passing of a hurricane.

Garbage should be placed in heavy duty bags or boxes in managed piles or groups and can be placed outside of household walls, fences, and in the additional larger garbage bins that will strategically be placed in every district by each hauler to ensure intake of the increase in disposed waste during the campaign period.

Residents should refrain from disposing of garbage around utility outlets including water meters, pipes etc. and disposing of garbage in isolated piles of individual items that can be blown into other people’s property, public roads and spaces, or be tampered with by stray animals.

Despite government initiatives, residents should all practice personal responsibility in cleaning up and maintaining acceptable conditions in their yards and extended surroundings.

If garbage should go unnoticed, residents can contact their district hauler to collect the waste or Ministry of VROMI, Department of Infrastructure Management at the following numbers, 520-5313, 520-3529 and 520-4420.

In the event residents want to dispose of car wrecks or any other bulky waste, you may do so by contacting Ministry VROMI via the aforementioned numbers.

The clean-up will be carried out in close consultation with all available community councils and the Community Police Officers of the different districts.

Ministry VROMI would appreciate the involvement of all parties in question to make this community clean-up effort a total success.


Police chief receives certificate of leadership and appreciation

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday May 19th representatives of AMA CONSULTINGS presented Chief Commissioner of Police Carl John with a certificate of Leadership and Appreciation for the outstanding work he has been doing and achievements he has made within law enforcement.

Representing AMA CONSULTINGS were Dr. Sherwin S. Espoza and Jose Luis Evertsz. (Police Force Sint Maarten) 


Dutch coalition talks: Schippers calls a pause for self-reflection

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Coalition negotiator Edith Schippers said on Friday she would resume her efforts to put together a new Dutch government on Monday and urged all parties to think carefully about how they would like to proceed.

Schippers told reporters in The Hague on Friday morning that she had met all the party leaders for new talks but that none of the suggestions for a new coalition could count on sufficient support, but said it was too early to speak of a deadlock.

‘This is why I have introduced a period of reflection, so that parties can meet internally to discuss their position and make changes to that position,’ she said. ‘Then on Monday we can continue with the exploratory talks.’

Talks on forming a new Dutch coalition government appeared to have reached a deadlock on Thursday evening after both D66 and the Socialists refused to budge on possible partners. The D66 Liberal democrats, considered so far a key part of the coalition alongside the right-wing VVD and the Christian Democrats, say there is no point in involving the ChristenUnie as a potential fourth partner. The Socialists have also refused to work with the VVD.


Meanwhile, PVV leader Geert Wilders has attacked VVD leader Mark Rutte for ‘going which ever way the wind blows’ and being willing to join forces with the SP. In an interview to be published in Saturday’s Telegraaf, Wilders says the PVV is the only party which will support the VVD’s wish for a tough policy on immigration.

All the main parties ruled out forming a coalition with the anti-Islam party before the March 15 election after Wilders refused to withdraw anti-Moroccan comments. Two VVD ministers told broadcaster NOS on Friday that the ‘period of reflection’ did not mean that the VVD would now agree to work with the PVV.

‘It is completely clear to me that the VVD will not join up with the PVV,’ defence minister Jeanine Hennis said. The PVV emerged as the second party in the March 15 general election, winning 20 seats, compared with 19 for the CDA and D66 and 33 for the VVD. (DutchNews)


More Movement for the Elderly this Saturday at St. Martin’s Home

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Saturday, May 20. 

Senior citizens are invited to the St. Martin’s Home which is located at St. John’s Estate road #6 for More Movement for the Elderly Fitness.

To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Older adults aged 60 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily.

The activity has been organized and coordinated over a one-year period by Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF), Windward Islands Physical Therapist Association (WIPTA) and I&I Fitness.

The Saturday activity is being coordinated by WYCCF from 10.30AM to 12.00PM at the aforementioned address.

It's recommended that adults aged 60 or older do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Some activity, however light, is better for your health than none at all.


Two Armed Robbers Flee after Robbing Cappuccino Bar & Restaurant

COLE BAY - Detectives of the Special Unit Robbery are presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Wednesday May 17th at approximately 11.20 p.m. at Cappuccino Bar and Restaurant located on the Welfare road.

According to witnesses this is when two masked men armed with guns stormed into the establishment threatening everyone. The culprits then proceeded to rob the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled scene on foot towards the rear of the building.

None of the clients or employees were robbed of their personal belongings or injured during this robbery.

Anyone who may have information in connection with this robbery should get in contact with the police department by calling 54-22222 ext. 213/214, the anonymous tip line # 9300 or the emergency phone line 911. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Edith Schippers takes up formation challenge again

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Edith Schippers has again been nominated as ‘informateur’ or coalition broker by the lower house of parliament at the special request of VVD leader Mark Rutte. Schippers is expected to start talks with parliamentary party leaders on Thursday to test the waters for a new round of coalition talks.

The first attempt to form a government included VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks but foundered over immigration issues. Insiders expect the ChristenUnie will take the place of GroenLinks at the negotiation table.

However, D66 in particular has difficulties with ChristenUnie‘s stance on ethical issues such as euthanasia and that could prove a major stumbling block. A coalition with ChristenUnie would also give the alliance a majority of just one seat in both houses of parliament. PVV leader Geert Wilders on Tuesday again referred to his willingness to join the talks.

His party, he said, is also keen to see a tough immigration policy. ‘We can agree on that within a day,’ Wilders said. The leaders of the other main parties have all said they will not work with Wilders, who pulled out of a previous coalition, forcing early elections. (DutchNews)

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