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Plenary Public session of Parliament regarding Examination credentials and admission deputy Member of Parliament

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public meeting on Monday, March 25. 

The Public meeting is scheduled for 11.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.The Minister of Justice will be present.

The agenda points are: Examinationofcredentialsandadmissionof deputy Member of Parliament for Member of Parliament T.E. Heyliger in accordance with article 50, paragraph 3, Constitution (IS/755/2018-2019 dated March 20, 2019).

National Ordinance amending the National Ordinance on the obligation to notify cross-border money transfers in response to recommendations 32 and 33 of the Financial Action Task Force (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-120) (IS/142/2018-2019, dated October 4, 2018).

National Ordinance containing rules in order to comply with recommendation 29 of the Financial Action Task Force concerning Financial Intelligence units (National Ordinance Financial Intelligence Unit (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-124) (IS/604/2018-2019, dated February 18, 2019).

National Ordinance containing rules to prevent and combat money laundering and terrorism financing in response to the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (National Ordinance combatting money laundering and terrorism financing (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-125) (IS/605/2018-2019, dated February 18, 2019).

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 session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.orgwww.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

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Continuation Central Committee meeting of Parliament about Draft Budget 2019

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on March 22. 

The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on Thursday March 21, 2019 will be reconvened on Friday, at 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. 

The agenda point is: Draft National Ordinance Establishing the Budget of Sint Maarten for the 2019 service year (National Ordinance Budget 2019) (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-126) (IS/666/2018-2019 dated March 4, 2019).

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115 (after 7.00pm on Channel 120), via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

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Police, Ambulance, and Fire Depts. practice drills

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG)—The national emergency services, namely the Fire Department, Police and Ambulance Departments, completed several days of multi-agency training in the district of Cole Bay together based on scenarios where they need to depend on each other to manage an incident successfully. Since the beginning of this year the Fire Department, Police Department and Ambulance Department havesintensified their joint trainings in order to continue to develop their professional capabilities and relationships. A key aspect is communication and understanding the procedures of the different entities.

The emergency departments also held exercises in January in the St. John’s neighborhood where an incident was staged by the training staff with a car accident and the possibility existed that one of the vehicles and its occupants were just involved in a robbery incident. 

The emergency services are keeping joint operational exercises to test their current operational levels and to increase their knowledge, skills and ability in working together. As the trained scenarios grow in complexity, the amount of action needs proper joint coordination, also known as Incident Command, which is essential in an emergency situation. All participants are trained in the Incident Command system, which is also part of the execution of the St. Maarten Disaster Plan.

During these drills, particular measures have to be followed, but also protocol. After the Police secures the scene, the Fire Department ensures scene safety and the Ambulance decides on the care for the wounded persons.  The Fire Department extricated those persons who were stuck inside the vehicle.  A smooth operation was secured by the on duty Officer of every emergency service when meeting regularly and taking decisions together. The emergency personnel communicated with each other and the persons they came to care for.

During the “mock” operation there were several extraordinary circumstances, like a protest activity by a crowd of people. The ambulance service (EMS) had to not only deal with the safety issues and the accident, but also unruly persons who wanted to interfere in one way or the other with the work of EMS medical technicians. A multi-scenario events trains the services to anticipate and follow protocol for possible escalation of emergencies. 

The training staff consists of representatives of each of the three national emergency services departments. “By going through these scenarios with as much personnel as possible, we are better able to practice and better operate when a real event happens. We get to adjust and fine tune protocols where these incidents are concerned and to work together like a well-oiled machine,” was the main comment of the training staff.

The exercises will continue through the year and will be part of the annual Hurricane Exercise (HUREX). The emergency services will train several different types of major incidents, where they would need to depend on each other and in so doing they will be better prepared when disaster strikes. 

The public is asked to be aware of the emergency services doing their exercise drills in the coming months throughout neighborhoods across the country and to be as helpful and cooperative as possible should they come across an exercise in progress. The department heads of these emergency services are very pleased with the ongoing trainings that would better prepare their on duty officers and further enhance cooperation amongst these services. 

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SXM DOET is ready for its 5th edition and is still actively recruiting for volunteers

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The 5th edition of SXM DOET will commence this Friday March 15th, with over 2.000 volunteers being requested to assist 85 local organizations to successfully execute projects that benefit themselves and, in turn, the community. 

Projects range from building school benches, gardening, painting murals, clean ups, fixing basketball courts, creating recycle bins, clearing hiking trails, baking cookies, taking special kids out for a fun day out, island tours with the elderly and senior olympics, creating little libraries, restoring a historical site, amongst many many more projects.

Individuals, businesses, schools, social organizations, sporting and church groups, friends and families have joined SXM DOET in the past years to make a positive change on Sint Maarten. Every year more and more persons roll up their sleeves to help assist where it is needed most. Last year a record 2.000 persons assisted with 108 projects, this year will be even bigger and better. There are still a few projects open and looking for some assistance, either on Friday March 15th and/or Saturday March 16th. It's a great way to give back, make an impact, in a short time-span.

SXM DOET is an initiative initiated and funded by the Oranje Fonds in the Netherlands, locally executed and managed by the Be The Change Foundation. DOET has been in existence throughout the Kingdom for 15 years, now having all Kingdom partners participating. Collectively this has led to over 400.000 persons volunteering throughout the Kingdom at over 10.000 projects.

To help contribute go to www.sxmdoet.com, choose a project of your liking and sign up. The organization will take care of the rest. Do not miss out on being part of this feel-good event. To sign up as a volunteer for SXM DOET, just surf to www.sxmdoet.com. For more information on SXM DOET contact: the SXM DOET Project Management Team, Melanie Choisy, Fleur Hermanides or Laura Bijnsdorp, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SXM DOET is implemented by The Be The Change Foundation, in collaboration with funding from the Oranje Fonds in the Netherlands. 

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World Kidney Day Awareness: Information Session to be held on March 14

PHILIPSBURG – Because of Prayer Miracle Centre Foundation (Kidney Foundation), will be part of World Kidney Day celebration on March 14th, 2019, the foundation announced on Tuesday. 

An information session will be organized to the public from 09:30 am - 1:30 pm on the patio at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC). The entire community is invited to come out and gain vital information on kidney health. 

The Kidney Foundation is looking forward to seeing you there. For more information you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 721-526-4545.

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27 NURSES NOW FULLY TRAINED AND CERTIFIED IN PAEDIATRIC CANCER CARE

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS - Twenty-seven nurses drawn from five countries across the region have all successfully completed specialised training in the care of children with cancer and other blood disorders.

The nurses all successfully completed the Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Nursing Diploma Programme at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing in Trinidad, with the last cohort finishing last April.

Twenty-six of the 27 nurses from Barbados, The Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who completed the specialised one-year programme, were part of SickKids-Caribbean Initiative. 

In 2013, with the support of SickKids Foundation the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI), a partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Ministries of Health, hospitals and institutions in six Caribbean countries was established. This partnership focuses on building sustainable local capacity to diagnose, treat, and manage paediatric cancers and blood disorders.

Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank also came on board with the initiative pledging USD$1 million over a seven-year period (2014 – 2020) through its charitable arm, FirstCaribbean International Comtrust Foundation. As nurse training partner, the bank funded the full training for all but one of the 27 nurses.    

“We are truly proud to be a partner with SCI and to support the life-changing work they have been doing across the region to ensure that hundreds of children diagnosed with cancers or blood disorders have access to the very best care delivered by trained professionals,” said Colette Delaney, Chair of the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

“The work of the dedicated doctors and nurses of SCI have greatly improved the outcomes and enhanced the quality of care and quality of life for so many of our most vulnerable citizens – our children,” Ms. Delaney added. 

Officials of SickKids recently paid a courtesy call on Ms. Delaney where they updated her on the great strides which have been made in the treatment and management of paediatric cancer cases across the region.

To date the SCI has significantly improved the diagnosis and care of scores of children across the region. In Jamaica and St. Lucia alone 57, 790 newborn sickle cell disease screening tests were conducted.

In addition, seven telemedicine centres were established, 302 consultations have taken place, 179 specialized diagnostic tests were done on patients newly diagnosed with leukemia, 528 patients were registered in local oncology databases, 21 lectures held on the work of SCI and three doctors trained under the Haematology/Oncology fellowship programme.

The initiative has also added to the library of regional medical literature and resources with the completion of five supportive care guidelines and five clinical care guidelines documents. Seven custom built local data bases were established in SCI partner hospitals to record and track patients and seven local data managers hired and trained in those territories.

 

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ZVK to use charter flights to fly patients to St. Maarten

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The decision to start with charter flights directly from Saba to St. Maarten vice versa as of March 4thstems from grievances filed by both our insured clients, as well as the medical practitioners on Saba and St. Maarten regarding the frequently occurring situation of non-availability of seats on Winair.  This caused too much discomfort for our clients after having been referred for medical consultation and of treatment on St. Maarten and beyond. 

Last year Winair adapted its flight schedule between the islands in the aftermath of the hurricanes Irma and Maria, resulting in a significant reduction of seats available on flights to and from St. Maarten.

This discomfort often led to unnecessary stay overs for our clients whilst the hotel capacity in St. Maarten is still not optimal. Subsequently, the restricted availability of seats presents a serious planning problem for the referring medical practitioners on Saba for not being able to schedule appointments abroad for our clients in an efficient manner.  

Another consideration which also led to our decision to implement these charter flights for insured individuals who, because of their physical limitations, cannot board and disembark comfortably on the aircraft provided by Winair. Since September of 2018 ZVK has been in close consultation regarding these discomforts with the board and medical practitioners of the Saba Health Care Foundation, as well as with members of the Executive Council  of  Saba and community leaders of Saba. In conclusion, we will continue using Winair for travels thru St. Maarten to Curacao and beyond.

Regarding the issue of ground transportation; the pick-up service provided by Accessible Ventures for all insured on the island to and from treatment centers on the island and or to and from the airport in case of medical referrals abroad, was implemented as a ‘temporary measure’ in the direct aftermath of the hurricanes Irma and Maria. In accordance with the provision of claims for healthcare BES (‘Regeling Aanspraken Zorg BES’) insured individuals are entitled to ground transportation if they qualify, given the need and appropriate provision for care. In other words, it is their medical practitioner who may request for special transport and with prior approval of the ZVK. In addition to this, all insured travelling off Saba on medical referral receive an allowance of USD 30.00 to cover their expenses for transportation to and from the airport of Saba. 

Our office in Saba has been for a while communicating this policy adaptation to our insured clients. They and the Saban community in general can be assured that the ZVK is constantly monitoring its operations and - if and when necessary - adapting these with the steady intention to provide an efficient healthcare service for all insured clients on Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about dismissal of the workers at St. Maarten Cable TV

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Thursday, March 7.

The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on Tuesday, February 5, 2019will be reconvened on Thursday, at 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The minister of General Affairswill be present.

The agenda point is: Status and situation around the dismissal of the workers at St. Maarten Cable TV and the predicament of the subscribers of said company (IS/309/2017-2018 dated February 1, 2018)

This meeting was requested by MP P.F.M. Geerlings, MP S.M. Bijlani, and MP T.E. Leonard.

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 session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.sxmparliament.orgwww.pearlfmradio.sx  and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about the Progress committee report on the police department and prison

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 06. 

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Justice will be present. 

The agenda point is: Progress committee report on the police department and prison and the proposed measures to be taken to improve the deplorable condition (IS/271/2018-2019 dated October 31, 2018)

This meeting was requested by MP F.G. Richardson, MP S.E. Jacobs, MP E.J. Doran, MP C.T. Emmanuel, MP R. Brison, MP W.V. Marlin, and MP A.M.R. Irion.

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 session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.sxmparliament.orgwww.pearlfmradio.sx  and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

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