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Residents urged to step-up mosquito prevention measures

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), an executing agency at the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour, is calling on residents to step-up mosquito prevention measures in order to keep the mosquito population down.

Residents are advised to step-up by taking measures at home and at their business to mitigate mosquito breeding such as the Aedes Aegyptimosquito.

It is the responsibility of residents, and business owners, to check around their homes, and businesses in order to reduce breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, and making themmosquito-free zones.

CPS is calling on residents to encourage and ensure that their neighbor (s) clean their yard in order to be more effective in eliminating breeding sites.

Mosquito foggingis one intervention of several, but the main measure is for every household and business to take action by removing potentialmosquitobreeding spots in and around their premises on a daily basis.

Homeowners should remove containers or turn them over; boat owners who have boats stored on land should make sure the drains are open for water to run out rather than accumulate creating a breeding ground for mosquito’s; spouts should be cleaned; overgrown vegetation should be cut; and old tires should be cut up.

Call for information on the Aedes Aegyptimosquitobreeding sites and respective preventive measures at 542-2078 or 542-3003 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Remember Safe Holiday Meals

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – With just a few days left before Christmas, families have already been looking at their holiday meal shopping requirements.  Cooking up a storm for this holiday season is one of the Christmas traditions.

Part of the excitement of the holidays is the traditional foods of the season.  However, some of these foods can pose hazards that can ruin more than just a holiday meal – they can cause serious illness and even death.

As part of Collective Prevention Services (CPS), Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Safe Holiday Season calendar of observances, in collaboration with the Department of Communications (DCOMM), residents are advised to keep the season safe by following some tips on how to enjoy holiday meals safely.

To Make Sure Bacteria are not allowed to Grow:

1. Use a thermometer. Be sure stuffing, turkey and any poultry dishes are cooked thoroughly to 165 degrees F; ground beef and ham must be cooked thoroughly to 155 degrees F. All other foods, including eggs should be cooked to 145 degrees F.

2. Do not leave foods containing meat, milk, eggs, fish or poultry at room temperature for more than four hours. This includes pudding and custard-type pies that are popular during the holidays.

3. Cool all leftovers to 41 degrees F within four hours after cooking.

4. Do not thaw foods at room temperature. Plan ahead and thaw them in the refrigerator. If the food needs to be thawed quickly, use the microwave or cold running water and then cook promptly after it has thawed.

5. If you are traveling with food, be sure to keep it cold 41. F. or hot 140 F or above while transporting.

6. After the big meal, be sure to refrigerate any leftovers within 1 hour. Bacteria love room temperatures and grow quickly in amounts enough to make people ill.

To Prevent Food from Becoming Contaminated

1. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water before food preparation and after coughing, sneezing, using the toilet, changing diapers, eating, drinking or smoking.

2. Do not prepare or handle foods if you are ill; a cook’s gastrointestinal illness could be spread to others sharing the meal.

3. Thoroughly clean and sanitize knives, cutting boards and other utensils before and after preparing raw foods and foods that do not require further cooking. Sanitize with a solution of one tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water.

4. Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables.

Contrary to popular belief, if you do become ill from contaminated food, it is not always the last meal you ate that’s the culprit. Food-borne illness can occur anywhere from one hour to 72 hours and even longer after eating contaminated food.

Please help make this holiday season safer by paying attention to proper food preparation and handling techniques. 

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Santa reads to children at the PJ Library

PHILIPSBURG - Last Friday, on December 19th, 60 children ages 3 to 12 from the St. Joseph School and the Sister Borgia School were in the library for a storytelling session and were treated to a surprise visit by Santa Clause.

During his visit, Santa read from the children’s books “A Very Marley Christmas” by John Grogan and “The Night Before Christmas” by Clemente Clarke Moore.

Of course, Santa Clause did not leave without giving party bags to all of the visiting children. Each year, in anticipation of the holiday season, schoolchildren are treated to this special Santa storytelling session at the library.   

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School Bus Inspection wishes Parents, Guardians and Bus Drivers Happy Holidays

GREAT BAY – The School Bus Inspection Section would like to wish parents, school children and school bus driver’s happy holidays and all the best for the New Year.

The school year closes on December 19 for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season and will re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015.

When schools resume in January, parents and guardians are requested to talk with their children with respect to their behavior on the school bus, and in order for the bus driver to ensure safety, comfort and reliability of service, students need to act appropriately when being transported from one point to the next.

The School Bus Inspection Section is looking forward to an incident free and safe bussing of school children in 2015.

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UTS provides funds raised for breast cancer awareness to the Positive Foundation

PHILIPSBURG - Positive Foundation President, Shelly Alphonso (center), flanked by UTS Marketing and Communication Officer, Ivy Lambert (left) and UTS Service Market Manager, Michanou Arrundell (right), presenting her with an amount of ANG 2511.60 in funds raised during the month of October 2014.

The monetary contribution was raised through various sales activities throughout October, of which UTS pledged 20% to go to the Positive Foundation in support of their ongoing efforts to create and encourage breast cancer awareness.  

Alphonso thanked UTS for its contribution and also commended the company for actively including an awareness/education message in their advertisements and messages for the promotional campaigns.

“A financial contribution is of course appreciated.” states Alphonso “Our efforts are certainly further strengthened when a partner gets creative in helping us spread our message.” Alphonso continued. (UTS)

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FLOODGATES WORKS TO RESUME SECOND WEEK OF JANUARY

PHILIPSBURG - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (VROMI) has announced that construction of the floodgates will stop on December 19, and resume the second week of January.

“The floodgates are due to arrive in January from the Netherlands,” stated Project Leader Raymond Chittick, “and the project is estimated to be completed by the end of March. The works are progressing smoothly and according to schedule despite minor intervention of rain,” he added.

The Floodgates Expansion Project commenced in November and the old floodgates were demolished on December 9 which cleared the way for excavation for the placing of culverts, which will lead water flows from the fresh pond to the salt pond and reversed considering the conditions.

Further works included the re-routing of GEBE NV 8 inch water line’ which was extended unto the A.Th. Illidge Road. The reinforced columns were poured and the reinforced walls are currently near completion, which will be backfilled.

All utility companies, mainly GEBE and TELEM are pending review of their cables before the contractor can close the trench. Negotiation is in progress to widen and extend the trench in order to facilitate the volumes of water from the fresh pond to the Great Salt Pond. The current connection from the new trench and the existing one differ in size which may operate as a bottle neck if not adjusted.

Both ponds naturally operate as a basin for water flows from the Cul De Sac areas during heavy rain fall. The Great Salt Pond being lower than the Fresh Pond, holds more water and therefore the floodgates will direct water from the Fresh Pond to the Great Salt Pond 95% of the time. Reversed operation will only take place in extreme flooding when the ponds are equal to sea levels during which the floodgates will be opened to alleviate flooding. 

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Central Committee of Parliament Tuesday Meeting Rescheduled to Wednesday concerning delegation composition for IPKO 2015. Permanent CKAIR Committee to meet Thursday

PHILIPSBURG – TheCentral Committee of Parliament session that was scheduled on Tuesday afternoon December 16th, has been rescheduled to Wednesday morning.

Due to a lack of a quorum, the 1.30pm Central Committee meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday, December 17th at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point concerns the composition of the delegation and provisions for the next Kingdom Parliamentary Contact meeting between representatives of the Kingdom Affairs committees that are part of the parliaments of Curacao, Aruba, the Netherlands and Sint Maarten.

The next Kingdom Parliamentary Contact meeting will take place in Aruba in January 2015.

ThePermanent Kingdom Affairs and Inter Parliamentary Relations Committee will meet in the House of Parliament on December 18th.

The permanent committee meeting is set for Thursday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is related to preparations for the next Kingdom Parliamentary Contact meeting between representatives of the Kingdom Affairs committees that are part of the parliaments of Curacao, Aruba, the Netherlands and Sint Maarten.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary sessions will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org

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13 persons nominated for Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors Vacancies. Elections on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to inform the members that during the nomination period that ended on Tuesday December 16th, 2014, thirteen (13) persons were nominated for the three (3) vacancies on its Board of Directors.

For the Large Business Sector, five (5) person postulated themselves, and for the Small Business Sector, eight (8) persons postulated themselves. For the Large Business Sector, there is one (1) vacancy, and for the Small Business Sector, there are two (2) vacancies on its Board of Directors.

The Election Committee consisted of the following members, Messer:  Franklin Brison, Cleophas Richardson, Myrna Lynch, and Charles Benders.

For the Large Business Sector there were five (5) candidates who were approved for the one (1) position. The names are as follows:

Ann Meyers, Anna Rabess-Richradson, Louis Bute, Nkomo Lake and Pamela Annuska Friday-Illis .

In addition, eight candidates were approved for two positions for the Small Business Sector. The candidates are as follows: Ajay Rawtani, Ann Meyers, Anna Rabess-Richradson, Basil Richardson, Keoma Hamer, Nkomo Lake, Pamela Annuska Friday-Illis and Vinod Kotai.

Consequently there will be an election for the Large Business Sector and for the Small Business Sector, the number of candidates exceeded the vacancies.

Therefore, election will be held on December 18, 2014 from 8:30 am until 12 noon for the Large Business Sector and the Small Business Sector.

Voters are advised to pick up their voting cards at the Chamber of Commerce & Industry office from Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

These cards will be exchanged for a ballot on Election Day.

St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Election Committee                            

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Holiday schedule @ your library

PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library would like to notify the general public of its opening schedule for the holiday season of the years 2014-2015. On Tuesday, the 23rd and the 30th of December the library will be open from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm.

On Wednesday, December 24th, the library will be open from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and will remain closed through Friday, December 26th. The library will also be closed on Monday, December 29th, 2014. On the day of Old Year’s Eve, December 31st, the library will be open from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm; thereafter the library will be closed through January 3rd, 2015.

On January 6th the library will resume its regular opening hours. The library appreciates the patronage of its members throughout the year of 2014 and looks forward to a new year of promoting literacy and education throughout the community. The board, management and staff of the library wish everyone a happy, safe and readable New Year in 2015.

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