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Car over-taking causes a collision injuring five including a 2-year old

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday evening 1st July, the Sint Maarten Police Force's traffic patrols were directed to the scene of a car collision, which took place on A.J.C. Brouwers road where several persons were injured, the KPSM announced on Thursday.

When officers arrived five people including a 2-year old child required medical assistance. According to the investigations conducted on the scene, the driver of the black pick-up with the number plate V-3307 was overtaking on the Welfare Road and collided with a white SUV with license plate P-2412 who was coming from the opposite direction.  

The driver and the passengers of the SUV suffered from bruises and were treated at the scene by the personnel of the ambulance. The 2-year-old child who was also treated on the scene was transported to the St. Maarten Medical Center SMMC for observation. The wounds of the victims were not life-threatening.

The Sint Maarten Police through this press release would like to remind all road users that the road is not only your own. When driving on the public street please drive for yourself as well as others around you, reckless speeding and overtaking may cost you or someone you love their lives. Slow down, think before you act, and keep other road users in mind when using the roadways, it is in your best interest. (KPSM)

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PJL Library is Open Again. Evening opening hours coming

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) would like to inform the general public that the library is open again, PJL said in a press statement on Thursday.

“Opening hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Of course, Covid19 prevention measures apply. All visitors are required to wear a mask, sanitize their hands, keep social distancing, and follow the instructions of the staff.

“In the library, books can be selected from our collection again. Reserving books on-line will also be continued. Books that are late, can be returned free of charge until July 10, 2020. And again, the safest way to continue reading books is to visit the digital library. Become a member and enjoy the benefits of reading e-books.

“Evening opening hours will be announced soon.”

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Elisia Lake takes Presidency at Rotary Sunset’s First Virtual Installation Ceremony

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - June 29th, 2020, marked a superb day for members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset as they celebrated their first ever virtual Board Installation Ceremony.

Distinguished guests, such as Ms. Alicia Liverpool, District Governor Delma Maduro, District Governor Elect Charles Sealy II, Past District Governor Haresh Ramchandani, Rotary International’s Regional Membership Officer Audley Knight, Member of Parliament Sidharth Bijlani, St. Maarten’s very own District Governor Nominee Louis Wever, Presidents, Secretaries and Rotarians and well-wishers of various clubs worldwide from the Caribbean, Europe, United States of America, Africa and Australia were in attendance.

More than 200 participants gathered on the Zoom platform to witness this jubilant event. The event commenced with a tasteful selection of Steelpan music played by the sounds of Sweet Pan Entertainment, renowned Kenyo Baly sang the St. Martin’s Song, Road March and Groovy king, King James, entertained the crowd with some of his hit singles and the party rocker, Dj Siw’roo, concluded the event, whilst dominating the virtual crowd. Masters of Ceremony, Luciana Raspail and Charles Rollan, kept the crowd enthused throughout the event.

The keynote speaker was none other than the dynamic, courageous, phenomenal first female club president in Rotary’s history, Dr. Sylvia Whitlock. Dr. Whitlock inspired the virtual crowd with her speech based on the journey women took to become Rotarians and how she managed to attain the title of presidency. She went in-depth to explain the importance of wearing the Rotary pin. She even encouraged members to wear their pin on their pajamas. She concluded by encouraging members to focus on inviting new generations to join Rotary.

Immediate Past President Jaida Nisbett proudly gave notice and recognition to the hard work and dedication of all members. Following this acknowledgment, she particularly gave a distinction in recognizing members who displayed an outstanding amount of effort and commitment with the President’s Awards in areas that included fellowship, service above self, board member of the year and Rotarian of the year. The recipients respectively were Rotarians Lionel Lawrence, Franjesca Bulbaai, Ahisha Nunes and Michelette Boasman. Rotarian Michelette also received the Paul Harris recognition for her selfless service to the club, the community and ensuring the club surpassed its goal in giving to the Rotary Foundation.

Past District Governor Haresh Ramchandani installed President-Elect Elisia Lake, whilst Immediate Past President Jaida Nisbett pinned her. President-Elect Elisia Lake delivered a sound address encouraging members to remain focused and committed to serving humanity. The incoming board members proudly pinned themselves in the comfort of their homes while participants cheered them on. The 2020-2021 board members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset include:

President – Elisia Lake, Immediate Past President – Jaida Nisbett, Secretary & President Elect – Norrisa Anatol, Vice President – Jennifer Rombley, Treasurer – Michelette Boasman, Sergeant at Arms – Kathy Africa, Rotary Foundation Chair – Adelena Chandler, Public Image Chair – Jade Maccow, Club Administration Chair – Ahisha Nunes, Service Projects Chair – Georginette Lake, Fundraising Chair- Tamara Wilson-Leito, Youth Service Chair – Kimberley Duzong, Membership Chair- Sabrine Sinclair and Disaster Relief Chair - Antoine Flanders.

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18-Year Old Son arrested for psychically assaulting his mother

SINT MAARTEN (OVER THE BANK) - The police patrols were summoned to the Over the Bank area, on Monday, June 29th, 2020 at approximately 1:00 am, for what was described to officers as a family dispute. 

Upon arrival, officers were met by a female who was suffering from several lacerations from the hands of her son. The victim informed the officers on the scene that she and her son with initials L.P. (18) got into a verbal disagreement which quickly escalated into a physical altercation between the two.

The police noticed that the mother had a swollen jaw and a big cut on her left ear and needed medical attention. She was treated on the scene by paramedics. 

The mother filed an official complaint with the officer’s present and her son, who was still at the location, who was immediately arrested for ill-treatment.

He was transported to the police station in Philipsburg without incident where he is currently being held, pending further investigation. (KPSM) 

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St. Dominic High School Achieves 100% Pass on Dutch TKL and HAVO Landsexamen

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - Five St. Dominic High School students passed the Dutch landsexamen (national Exam) certificate. This is the first year St Dominic High School students were registered to take the Dutch landsexamen. One student sat the TKL level and four sat the HAVO level.

These exams are normally taken by students who have attended a school with Dutch as the language of instruction. The students, Eoin Conway (TKL), Salomi Richardson, Collin Shigemoto, Dimitri Vastenhout, and Jolène Verheij who sat HAVO were in the Form 5 examination class. Each of these students completed the Cambridge IGCSE Dutch as a Foreign Language syllabus and sat that examination at the end of Form 2.

From Form 3 until Form 5, the students continued their language development in order to qualify to take the first language Dutch landsexamen. The landsexamen tests the students on four different skills: listening, writing, oral presentation and literature.

Due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the students were only able to complete the listening, oral presentation, and literature portions. The reading comprehension and writing components were cancelled.

All the students performed very well, especially on their oral presentations and literature exams. Notably, Jolène Verheij had a perfect score of 10 on her presentation and 9.4 on her literature component. Salomi Richardson achieved a very high score, with 9.9 on her oral presentation.

Under the leadership of Ms. Mavis Lestrade, the Head of the Foreign Language Department, and her team of teachers, Mrs. Maartje de Groot and Mrs. Charissa Zaaalman, they have implemented innovations and worked diligently to improve the Dutch language skills of the students.

The St. Dominic High School would like to commend these students and their teachers for their outstanding achievements. We would like to thank Ms. Yvette Halley, Head of Division of Examinations on facilitating the registration of our students for these exams.

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ARRINDELL: BILLY FOLLY ROAD DRAINAGE TO BE FINALLY ADDRESSED

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Leader of the People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) Gracita Arrindell said on Sunday that, “Residents and visitors of Billy Folly road and surrounding areas took good note of the public notice issued recently by the Ministry of ‘VROMI’ aimed at (hopefully) re-solving the dangerous stagnated water on Billy Folly road. During heavy rain- fall, anyone using this road is forced to climb adjacent low walls to avoid being run over or being splattered by drivers. Additionally, bus loads of tourists as well as hundreds of workers in the hospitality industry working in this area use this one stretch of road to reach the hotels along this area. This unsavory and often dangerous situation has been recorded and shared with authorities many times over the past decade by residents and visitors alike.

“Over the years and with governments consent and approval, this area developed into a high- density, popular tourist- destination. The time- share industry was a life –saver after Hurricane Louis in 1995. As a result of the establishment of hotels, many other businesses set up shop including beach side bar- restaurants.

These commercial activities were allowed to operate under certain conditions stipulated in their respective business licenses. One would expect these conditions to be adhered to at all times regardless of the duration of the respective permits issued. The ‘Lake’ that is created after each heavy rainfall especially in front of Atrium resort and Baker Suites is reportedly caused by a blocked drain.

Hopefully the current plans include a permanent solution to this problem.

Government should also take note that the drains in this area are prone to be blocked by mudslides from construction on the surrounding hills. What measures are taken to mitigate or prevent this from happening when building permits are issued,” queried Arrindell.

Gracita stated that, “Current Minister of VROMI, Mr. Doran should be commended for at least making the effort to solve the drainage problem. Thank you. Still unanswered questions remain regarding the origins of the problem and the costs involved for these repairs. Surely the permits issued in 2002 by the Executive Council includes conditions under which Atrium Resort and the adjacent beach-bar are built and operated.”

Arrindell continues; and urges government to work in partnership with the businesses in this area to “include proper pedestrian crossings, side -walks, safety- railings where needed in the project. Also, the repair works should include an agreement with Simpson-bay Resort, and residents located further up to fix the road in front of that property. Upgrading continues on these properties while the rooms are still empty, therefore less congested road. This is a great opportunity to fix this short stretch of road once and for all, as government is poised to re- opening our shores, inviting thousands of visitors to return to the same old dangerously bumpy road that provide income for hundreds of families from around St. Maarten.

“Past plans to upgrade the entire airport road including creating a board walk on the lagoon side should be dusted off and put ON THE TABLE and discussed openly with residents and businesses. The funds, expertise and the way to get the job done are known. What is missing is a strong will and vision combined with the ability to be transparent when bringing these plans forth and continuity in the execution and maintenance of these projects in a comprehensive manner.”

Gracita concludes and stated that: “St. Maarten is in dire need of decent smooth roads in almost every single area. Our road network is merciless for vehicles with no reprieve in sight. Perhaps the Ombudsman can start looking into these complaints as well. It’s truly sad that residents pay road tax each year through their number plates (still not available) while our road network remains in such deplorable conditions. Too many roads are in dire need of upgrading, including Cole-bay, Cay-bay area, Madame Estate, Amsterdam road in Dutch Quarter to name a few. Patchwork policies of the past simply do not cut it anymore.

“Again, we are grateful for starting the repairs as citizens look forward to the completion of the current repair works. In the meantime, and since repairs are being done in the area, can we at least get the lights on the Simpson-bay and Cause -way bridges repaired and switched on. Most appreciated!” PPA Leader Gracita Arrindell concluded in her statement on Sunday.

Billy Folly Road Works

Water drainage system works recently being carried out on Billy Folly Road near Atrium Resort. (photo provided)

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Blogger & Marketer Kenty Lichtenberg Speaks at Social Media Day Virtual Conference

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Kenty Lichtenberg, founder of Kerai Kreative Style & Be Your Own Brand, will be gracing the virtual stage to join other experts during a virtual conference out of Curacao that will be held on June 30th for Social Media Day.

Social Media Day is a worldwide celebration that takes place on 30th June each year. Social Media has changed our lives both in the way we do business but also in the way we socialize. Curaçao joins the international celebration of the social networks in an event brought to you by D&I Business Support that aims to recognize that the digital revolution is happening here and now.

The celebration in Curaçao takes place on the 30th of June on a device near you with sessions from 10:00 to 17:00hrs. Social Media Day 2020 is for any marketing communications professionals – from entry-level employees to experienced professionals, to business leaders who want to learn how digital marketing can boost their organizations!

Attend sessions in any of four styles: plenary sessions, flash talks, workshops, and ask me anything panels!

First there was the telephone, then the fax machine, and then social media — a revolutionary way of communicating. Since its creation, people have been able to connect with each other like never before. Friends and family can connect at any moment, and marketers have been able to reach consumers in an entirely new fashion.

In fact, people use social media for an average of 144 minutes every single day. Because of its impact on society over the years, World Social Media Day was born on June 30, and it has continued to grow in popularity ever since.

Besides connecting with our friends and family in an easier way, social media has led to a whole new world of business growth, such as e-commerce brands popping up all over the world, advertising being displayed on every page in the web, and media sharing important news with people in a matter of minutes. Social media has had a significant impact on our world, and millions of people can’t imagine living without it now.

After the Pandemic breakout and various international lockdowns, Social Media was the tool that was used to keep the world abreast of what was happening. Video engagements grew over 82% and businesses that were not fully digital transformed, had to expedite this process.

On June 30th, Kenty will share her journey, the evolution and a projection as to where she sees Social Media in the next 5 to 10 years. This conference is totally complimentary, and you can reserve your spot via registering here: https://www.dibusinesssupport.com/events/smday2020

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Man arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle on Thursday evening

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the ongoing action plan to suppress vehicle theft on the island, the Sint Maarten Police patrols, while conducting a general traffic control, stopped an orange Kia Picanto on Thursday evening that turned out to be stolen, the KPSM said in a statement on Friday.

Patrols stopped the Picanto on the E.C. Richardson Street at approximately 11:00 p.m.

During inspection of the vehicle, in was apparent to the officers that the VIN numbers were tampered with.

Unable to provide a valid explanation, the driver with the initials C.J.U. was immediately arrested and brought to the police station for further questioning. After being questioned the suspect was held pending further investigations. (KPSM)

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Ombudsman donates used computers

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel recently donated used computers of the Bureau Ombudsman to K1 Britannia Foundation represented by program manager, Malaika Richards.

The Bureau received new computers earlier this year and decided it was best to donate its used computers for charitable purposes.

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Digital Government Transformation Project calls on stakeholders’ feedback

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the second half of 2020, the Government of Sint Maarten, assisted by the World Bank, will embark on the US$15 Million Digital Government Transformation Project. This project aims to improve selected public services for citizens and businesses. In addition, the project will increase the reliability and resilience of Government’s information systems. More information about the project can be found at https://nrpbsxm.org/digitalgov.

Call for stakeholders’ and public’s feedback

An important requirement of this project is that it does not cause any negative environmental or social impacts. To address this, an Environmental and Social Assessment of the Project has been carried out in compliance with the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) requirements. The measures which will be applied to address any potential environmental or social risks are published on the project website. The public is encouraged to visit https://nrpbsxm.org/digitalgov to review the project details and provide feedback using the online forms available on the site. You may also email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Consultation plan

Given the importance of close consultation and to ensure proper and effective consultation, the Digital Government Transformation Project is calling on all stakeholders and beneficiaries to review the three ESF documents; namely the Environmental and Social management Framework, the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan and the Stakeholder Engagement Plan. These draft documents require input from stakeholders and beneficiaries for finalization. Please go to https://nrpbsxm.org/digitalgov and scroll to the ESF section to review the following ESF documents:

  1. Environment and Social Management Framework
  2. Environment and Social Commitment Plan
  3. Stakeholder Engagement Plan

The Digital Government Transformation Project is financed by the Sint Maarten Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is financed by the Government of The Netherlands, managed by The World Bank, and implemented in collaboration with the Government of Sint Maarten by the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB).

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