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Information meetings Subsidy regulation “Opportunities for all children” successful

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Last week, the social organizations on Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius, were informed during information sessions about the new funding scheme “Opportunities for all children”.

From 2017 until 2021, one million euros will be made available, with the aim to provide all children between 0 and 17 years who are growing up in poverty on the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba the opportunity to participate. The meetings were well attended and many questions were asked.

During the meetings, the Commissioners of the Islands also spoke. The Commissioner of Bonaire, Nina den Heyer, was happy to see a packed house with all people who have a heart for children.

In her address, she spoke of how important it is to work together in order to reach as many children as possible who are in need. Commissioner Rolando Wilson of Saba spoke to the social organizations and stressed that for Saba it is important to set the right priorities and to work together as much as possible to be able to help the target group.

Perla Duinkerk spoke on behalf of Commissioner Derrick Simmons and said that St. Eustatius is happy with the additional resources "In the context of children's rights, it is important that every child can participate. This now offers St. Eustatius the opportunity to help this group of children ".

The distribution of the one million annually is €550,000 for Bonaire, St. Eustatius €250,000 and for Saba €200,000. This distribution is determined as follows: half of the 1 million euros is equally divided among the Islands, the rest in relation to the number of children.

Applications may be submitted for a minimum of €10,000 and maximum €50,000. Organizations can submit multiple applications; the total amount of those requests together can be up to €100,000.

Applications can be submitted via the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from May 29th, 2017 9.00 AM local time until June 12th, 2017 5.00 PM local time and are processed on a first come, first served basis, provided that they complete.

Applications submitted outside this period cannot be processed. Please note: that means that it is also not possible to submit before May 29th, 9:00 AM! The appropriate application form can be downloaded via www.rijksdienstcn/socialezakenenwerkgelegenheid. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)


100 per cent passing grade for participants in Aircraft Fire Fighting Course

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - From April 17th to May 5th, the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department (BKCN) organized the Aircraft Fire Fighting programme at fireman level.

There were 10 candidates participating, including eight candidates from BKCN, from which three were from Saba, two from Statia and three from Bonaire. There were also two candidates from the Fire Department (CAP), Curacao.

The training was provided by two instructors of the BKCN, Albert Hoek and Glenn Rosaria, and consisted of a theory and a practical part. For both parts, an exam had to be taken. BKCN is pleased to announce that the Aircraft Firefighting programme at fireman level has been completed with a 100% graduation rate.

Currently, BKCN is preparing for the programme Commander Aircraft Firefighting, which will start at the end of May.


Minister of Culture Jacobs to mandate local cultural arts, crafts, food and drinks be taught in school

RAMBAUD, St. Martin - On Sunday May 21st, Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs visited the annual Rambaud St. Louis Freetown Fete. The annual fete is organized by the Rambaud - St. Louis Committee led by Mr. Etienne "Rocky" Andrew.

While at the fete Mr. Rocky Andrew accompanied Minister Jacobs on a tour of the different booths with their cultural and historical display 

On display were traditional foods and drinks with music from Tanny and the Boys in the background along with presentations of locally made dolls, milking of the cow, traditional hair wrapping techniques and much more.

The highlight of the tour was the visit to the traditional creole home "La Case Creole" designed by two sisters Ghyslane Richardson and Helene Hanson Richardson, who were inspired by Miss Jeanne Elisa Baly aka Chez Yaw Yaw.

La Case Creole featured traditional items such as the coal pot, goose neck iron, wooden post bed, hot iron hair comb, kerosene lanterns, enamel face basin, hand spun sewing machines, bush teas in the garden, fish pots and bath pan.

Minister Jacobs enjoyed her time at the cultural event and commended the Rambaud-St. Louis Committee for bringing along other associations and making the fete bigger and better.

It was especially heartwarming to see the time and effort that went into the re-creation of a traditional house from back in the day, depicting how St. Martin families lived in simple and clean surroundings, learning self sufficiency and survival with the little that they had.

“Many of the artists were proud to display and explain their crafts, and many expressed concern of there not being enough interest to see the cultural art-forms continue. As Minister I can echo their sentiments, and pledge to work towards mandating that cultural arts and crafts, as well as the preparation of local food and drinks being structurally taught in schools,” Minister Jacobs said.


Chickenpox cases remain above normal

SINT MAARTEN/BERMUDA – The number of chickenpox cases remain above normal levels for this of the year, a Bermuda Ministry of Health spokesperson reported.

18 cases have been reported to the island’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit by doctor’s practices and laboratories so far for 2017.

The health ministry reminds families about the importance of vaccinating children against preventable diseases like chickenpox.



Urgent Plenary Session of Parliament on Monday about Justice Ministry installation of an Asset Recovery Team

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent plenary public session on May 22. The Minister of Justice will be present.

The urgent plenary public meeting requested by Members of Parliament, F.A. Meyers, F.G. Richardson, drs. R.E. Samuel, and P.F.M. Geerlings, has been set for Monday, May 22 , 2017 at 14.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is:

Recent developments within the Justice Ministry including the installation of an Asset Recovery Team by the Minister of Justice and Public Prosecutor.

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.


Dutch drivers know sending texts is dangerous but many do it anyway

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – One in 10 motorists sends smartphone messages while driving without having a hands-free set, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday.

Drivers aged 18 to 35 are most likely to send messages while driving – one in four say they have done this at some point. Men are also more likely than women to send texts while driving.

At the same time, almost all the drivers questioned for the CBS survey said they thought the practice was dangerous, and almost nine in 10 said they thought talking on the phone was dangerous as well.

People who use mobile phones while driving without a hands-free set can be fined and around 600 fatal or serious incidents a year are linked to people making calls or using social media behind the wheel.

However, caretaker transport minister Melanie Schultz said least year that she favours using technology to reduce the problem, such as apps to turn off messaging services while a car is being driven. (DutchNews)


Starz Casino robbed early Friday morning

CUPECOY - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery at the Starz Casino in Cupecoy which took place on Friday May 19th at approximately 12.15 a.m.

According to witnesses two men wearing dark clothing and armed with guns stormed into the casino and while threatening the cashier robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash. After committing this act the robbers fled the scene in an awaiting vehicle.

The investigation is in its preliminary stages and more details is unavailable at this time. Anyone who may have information in connection with this robbery should immediately get in contact with police department by calling 54-22222 ext. 213-214, the anonymous tip line #9300 or the emergency phone number 911. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


New road crossing for Welgelegen Drive

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that a new road crossing will be created on Welgelegen Drive, Cay Hill.

The works will commence on Friday, May 19 and continue up to May 21.  The works will be carried out from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

There will be a road closure of Welgelegen Drive only on Friday, May 19.

The works will be carried out by MKD Technologies St. Maarten.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.


Road closures and traffic diversions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

SIMPSON BAY - In connection with the upcoming NAGICO to NAGICO cycling race which is scheduled to start on Friday May 19th and end on Sunday May 21, the police department is announcing the following road closures and traffic diversions.

Friday May 19th the”Causeway Bridge Time Trial”.

At 05.00 p.m.  No traffic will be allowed from the East Side round about (Union road) to the West Side round about (Airport Boulevard).

At 05.45 p.m.  No traffic will be allowed from the West Side round about (Airport Boulevard) to the East Side round about (Union road).

At the end of the race both lanes will be reopened to all traffic at approximately 09.00 p.m.

Saturday May 20th the “French Quarter to Dutch Quarter circuit race”

At 08.30 a.m. Race will start in French Quarter and enter Dutch Side via Coralita and Oyster Pond, Oyster pond road, Bishop Hill road, Hulda B. Richardson road, Tata’s round about, A. Th. Illidge road towards French Quarter. This route will be ridden seven times. Each time the riders enter the Dutch Side traffic will be closed or diverted for the safety of the riders.

When the race ends at approximately 11.00 a.m. all streets and road will be reopened for the normal flow of traffic.

Sunday May 21st Nagico Grand Tour

At 08.30 a.m. Race starts at Nagico Main Office on the Cannegieter Street- D.A. Peterson Street- Salt Picker round about – Freedom Fighter round about- Walter Nisbet road – Prins Bernerd Bridge – Bush road – Church Hill round about – A.J.C. Brouwers road – Kruythof round about – Union road – East Side round about crossing the border at Bellevue – riders will return to the Ducth Side via Cupe Coy – Rhine road- Maho round about – Pelican round about – Airport Boulevard – Lejuez Brigde (Simpson Bay) – Welfare road – Kruythoff round about – A.J.C. Brouwers road – Church Hill round about – Bush road – Prins Bernard Bridge – W.J.A. Nisbet road – Salt Picker round about – Freedom Fighter round about – Sucker Garden road – Hulda B. Richardson road – Bishop Hill road – Tata’s round about  turning right crossing the border into French Quarter – riders will again return to the Dutch Side in Cupe Coy – Cupe Coy round about – Rhine road – Maho round about – Pelican Round about – Airport Boulevard – West Side Round about – Causeway Bridge – East Side round about turning left  towards Bellevue into Marigot – ( second lap ) riders will again return to the Dutch Side in Cupe Coy – Cupe Coy round about – Rhine road – Maho round about – Pelican Round about – Airport Boulevard – West Side Round about – Causeway Bridge – East Side round about turning left  towards Bellevue into Marigot  where the race will eventually end.

During the each passing race streets and alleys connected to this route will be closed for the safety of the riders. After the riders have passed and the route is clear all street and alleys will again be open to all traffic.

The police department is asking all drivers to take good note of these road closures during this major event and use alternative routes to get to and from their destination. They should also exercise caution and give the police and traffic directors all cooperation necessary to make this event a successful one. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Central Committee meets on Friday about Constitutional Court Integrity Chamber Ordinance verdict

PHILIPSBURG – The Central Committee will meet in a session on May 19, 2017. Civil Servants of the department of Legal and Judicial Affairs, Ombudsman and Parliament advisor Mr. Ralph Richardson will be present.

The Central Committee meetinghas been set for Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

 The agenda point is:

Discussion on verdict of Constitutional Court dated July 7, 2016 on the National Ordinance Integrity Chamber

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.

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