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Man arrested for illegal fire-arm possession

SUCKER GARDEN - On Wednesday September 27th at approximately 01.30 a.m. while driving on the Sucker garden road, a police patrol instructed the driver of a vehicle with license plate 3435AAC to stop his vehicle, to be controlled in connection with the curfew.

During the control, the driver explained that he finished working late and that he was on his way home.

One of the investigating officers noticed the butt of a gun sticking out of one of driver’s pockets. The driver was immediately ordered to step out of his car with his hands above his head.

The driver complied immediately. The gun was immediately taken away and confiscated for further investigation. The suspect identified with initials A.L.G. was arrested on the spot and taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody for questioning. (Sint Maarten Police Force)


Client also responsible for counteracting illegal work

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Last week it was the first time that the Labour Inspection addressed a private contractor for doing illegal work. This concerns the failure to comply with the “Wet arbeid vreemdelingen BES” (Labour Law foreigner) (WAV BES).

At the beginning of 2017, all employers were informed about the Wav BES rules and how the law is being assembled. It was also explained that there is a so-called chain liability.

This means that the client is also responsible for compliance with the Wav BES. Regardless of whether you have commissioned an assignment as a private person or company.

In this case the particular client had commissioned a construction company for the construction of a house. The construction company had used a foreigner that was staying on Bonaire as a tourist.

The construction company did not have the required employment license. Both the construction company and the private client have received a warning.

In case of repetition, a report will be drawn up on both sides. The foreigner has been sent back to the country of origin through the intermediary of KPCN and KMAR.  

More information about the rules of the compliance of the Wav BES can be found on under Unit SZW. For questions, call the general number of Unit SZW +599 715 8888. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)


Kingdom Representative visits Statia and Saba

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella visited St. Eustatius and Saba last weekend. The purpose of the visit was to take note of the situation on the islands after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Isabella arrived on St. Eustatius on Friday, September 22th, the first stop of his visit to the Windward Islands. He was received by acting Governor Julian Woodley. After that, a brief consultation with the acting Governor took place in his position as chairman of the crisis team. He also spoke with the crisis coordinator Edris Bennett. Isabella was also present at a thank you b.b.q. held at the Fire Department. 

There the Bonaire firefighters and the marines were thanked for their support and enormous commitment during the passage of both Irma and Maria. Furthermore, the Kingdom Representative made an island tour to see for himself what damage there was after Maria’s passage.

On Saturday, Isabella and his information manager/ lawyer (during the crisis) traveled to Saba to talk to the Island Governor and his crisis team about the way Sabans experienced the storm and about the damage.

The bare sight upon arrival at Saba, the impact on nature and the damage that was caused to houses, made a deep impression. In conversation with a resident, in his home where the roof was ripped off, it was painful to imagine what the damage to this family was. And so there are many more.

From the office of the Kingdom Representative, before, during and after the passage of the hurricanes, support has been given to the islands' requests for assistance, requests to the Ministry of Defense, the National Crisis Center and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

Isabella: "It is unimaginable what damage has been caused to people’s personal property, the power of this natural violence and the impact on the daily lives of the residents of Statia and Saba. In addition to all personal loss, economic damage will also follow for many entrepreneurs and their employees. We cannot let our Kingdom partners go through this alone." (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)



SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS - CIBC FirstCaribbean organizers of the region’s largest cancer care and awareness event – Walk for the Cure – has announced the cancelation of this year’s walk in five islands hardest hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The annual cancer fundraiser has been cancelled in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos Islands, the walk’s Executive Co-Chairs and Managing Directors at CIBC FirstCaribbean Mark St. Hill and Trevor Torzsas announced in a joint statement.

They also revealed that all of the pre-walk funds raised so far in those territories by the local walk committees will be donated to cancer care and support organisations on those islands that have been impacted by the hurricanes.

The walk in St. Kitts which was also impacted by Irma has been postponed until the weekend of November 5, 2017.

“We are truly saddened at the loss of life and widespread destruction and suffering which these two massive storms have wreaked across these islands,” St. Hill and Torzsas said. 

“Our bank along with our parent company CIBC in Canada has already announced donations totaling USD $450 000 toward relief efforts in the affected islands, with a further amount being reserved for assistance to Dominica, and our business has been working tirelessly to tailor special financial solutions for all of our clients to help them mitigate the devastating effects of the storms and start the rebuilding process,” the co-chairs added.

The sixth edition of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure is expected to again attract thousands of walkers and runners across the remaining 12 territories where the bank operates. The walks will take place over the weekend of September 30th and October 1st, 2017

“Despite the obvious sadness that is felt all across the bank, there is still a very strong commitment to ensuring that this year’s walk and fundraising activities are even more successful than in previous years,” said Mr. Torzsas who is also Managing Director, Cards and Customer Relationship Management.

“Last year we raised USD$500, 000 all of which we donated to support the life-changing work of our partner cancer care organisations in each of the countries where we operate. This year, with the destruction and disruption caused by the storms to many of the essential medical, diagnostic and aftercare support services, in the impacted islands, the need for financial support has become even more critical,” said Mr. St. Hill, Managing Director, Retail and Business Banking.

The funds raised by the initiative are used to provide assistance, care and counselling to patients and their families as well as to raise awareness through education campaigns across the region. They also help the various organisations to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Over the past five years the bank has raised over USD $1.3 million from the event primarily supported by generous corporate donors and diverse fundraising activities and events hosted by staff members.

So far this year just over USD$300 000 has been raised though the generous support of corporate sponsors and a variety of fundraising activities organized by the bank’s staff across the region.

The walk is held to coincide with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure sponsored by the bank’s parent company, CIBC. CIBC has been supporting this event for 21 years, donating millions to breast cancer research in Canada.


CIVIL SERVANTS: Processing of Job Letters. New Doctor Cards

POND ISLAND - The Department of Personnel and Organization (P&O) will start processing job letters as of Tuesday September 26th from 9 - 12 p.m. and will do so daily alternatively in the morning from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.   

The Department of P&O will also start giving new doctor cards, if received from SZV, daily as of Tuesday September 26th and according to the same times as mentioned above. 

The department of P&O's temporary office is situated on the ground floor of the new government building. The receptionist will inform you of the specific room.


Curfew remains as is from 7 pm to 6 am to allow for clean-up campaign to continue

POND ISLAND - The Government of Sint Maarten in close consultation with the French side authorities, curfew will be maintained as present. This means that curfew remains in effect from 7:00 p.m. till 6:00 a.m.

Residents are requested to respect the curfew hours; police will conduct the necessary patrolling.

Maintaining the curfew will aid in the clean-up of the island and enhances the public order and safety of businesses and residents. 

The curfew hours will be evaluated on a continued basis and adjusted in due time once the island returns to ‘normalcy’.


To all Public-School Staff: Meetings set for Monday as respective schools

PHILIPSBURG - ALL teachers of the Leonald Conner School, Marie Genevieve de Weever School, Ruby Labega School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, Oranje School, Prins Willem Alexander School, and St. Maarten Vocational Training School are hereby required to report to your respective school as of Monday September 25th, 2017 at 8:00am sharp.

Your manager or Director along with the Management Team will be there to meet with you and discuss our way forward to recovery.

Head of Division Public Education Glenderlin Holiday



PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV would like to inform the general public that as of Friday September 22nd our St. Maarten phone lines are open to offer customer service support.

SZV customer service is available Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm via the general number +1721 546 6782. All general inquires can be made by calling this number or contacting us via Facebook.

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Mobile Health Bus Schedule for Friday. Opening times for Pharmacies

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Health Department & Collective Prevention Services hereby makes it known that the Mobile Health Bus will be rendering medical services to persons living in the Sucker Garden District on the main road across from the GEBE warehouse on Friday, September 22nd.

The Mobile Health Bus will be opened from 9 AM to 11 AM and from 12 PM to 2 PM.

The Medical services will be geared specifically for persons who cannot reach to their General Practitioners. Please walk with the boxes of your prescribed medications for refill.

Additionally, the Baby Clinic is non-operational, thus routine vaccination services will also be administered. Parents are requested to bring along the vaccination cards and if it is not available walk with documentation of the child's name and the team will verify with the database of names in the system.

Please continue to look out for more information as to when the Mobile Health Bus will be visiting other districts.

Opening Hours for Pharmacies 

Philipsburg - 8 am to 3 pm

Bush Road - 8 am to 3 pm

St Peters - 8 am to 1 pm 

Simpson Bay - 8 am to 1 pm

The Druggist - 8 am to 1 pm

Dutch Quarter - 8 am to 1 pm

Orange Grove - 9 am to 5 pm

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