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Strict Enforcement by Police of NO PARKING in different areas on March 7 and 8 for Heineken Regatta Parties

SIMPSON BAY - In connection with the ongoing Heineken Regatta the Police Department is making the following announcement. Due to the large public attendance to the event at the Kim Sha Beach on Saturday March 7th and Sunday March 8th the following traffic measures will be taken:

There will be “NO PARKING” allowed on the Billy Folly road. This area will be barricaded to allow the free flow of traffic into and out of the Pelican area.

There will be “NO PARKING” on the Welfare road from “Toppers” until “Skip Jack”. This area will also be barricaded. 

There will be “NO PARKING” on both sides of the “Nature Discount Store”. These are the two “EMERGENCY EXITS” from the events location.

There will be “NO PARKING” next to the BBQ grill which will be barricaded on both sides and used as the main “EMERGENCY EXIT”.

Any vehicle parked in any of these areas indicated will be towed at the owner’s expense. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Warm send off from TelEm Group adds up to something good for MPC Math-A-Lympiad Team

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group gave a warm send off to a team of math students from Milton Peters College Thursday, by presenting them with some warm windbreaker jackets and a cash contribution towards their flight.

The MPC math wizzes will be putting their skills to the test in Garderen, in the Netherlands this weekend where they will compete in the annual Kingdom Math-A-Lympiad 2015.

Before heading for the Netherlands they were presented with their super-warm hoodies by Sales & Marketing Manager, Mr. Emile van der Weerd.

“We know it’s cold in the Netherlands right now, so we have taken at least one of the worries away from our island team by presenting them with their own windbreakers so that they can concentrate all their efforts on the job at hand,” said Mr. van der Weerd in wishing the teenagers the best of luck.

“It’s a fantastic experience for all of them and we want them to fully enjoy that experience,” said Mr. van der Weerd.

The MPC Math-A-Lympiad team is represented by: Veerle Bok; Reno Brooks, Mahealeney Kemper and Melissa Mingo. They will also be accompanied by math teachers, Mr. Blankendal and Miss Sno. (TelEm)

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First additional Simpson Bay Bridge Opening for Heineken Regatta is at 8.00AM on Thursday Morning

SIMPSON BAY – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority would like to remind the St. Maarten community that in connection with the 35th Edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, there will be five additional bridge openings to accommodate the vessels that will be partaking in the annual race.

The first additional Simpson Bay Bridge opening is 8.00AM on Thursday morning, March 5 for outbound vessels.

On Friday, March 6 there will be two additional Simpson Bay Bridge openings, the first one at 8.00AM for outbound and at 6.00PM for inbound vessels.

On Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8 there will be additional openings at 8.00AM for outbound vessels.

Motorists are advised to take note of the aforementioned when planning to head towards the SXM Airport or heading to work in the Simpson Bay, Maho and Cupecoy areas.

The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority wishes everybody, the participants and visitors who came to the country for the 35th edition of the regatta a safe event and happy sailing.

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Public health says have a healthy and safe Heineken Regatta

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, would like to wish visitors for the 35th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta a safe and healthy fulfilled event.

Recently representatives of CPS met with representatives of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority to discuss collaboration in providing preventive tips for the participants in taking preventive measures to stay healthy while enjoying an update on different aspects of the regatta.

CPS in collaboration with the Department of Communication (DCOMM), the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority and St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, have issued a flyer with healthy tips and suggestions.

The flyer requests, visitors, sailors, and volunteers to stay healthy during their visit to St. Maarten, and to prevent any possible infectious disease.

“We ask that you be attentive as it relates to the following symptoms which can be attributed to one of the following infectious conditions such as Dengue, Chikungunya, Gastroenteritis Disease.

“If you have any of the following symptoms such as:

  • Fever; Diarrhea, Body pains; Vomiting; Headaches, Joint Pains
  • If yes, please contact a physician; minimize personal contact; implement proper cough etiquette, hand and personal hygiene.

ü  If you are coughing use proper cough etiquette, cough in the elbow, sneeze or blow your nose in a disposable tissue and put such in the garbage bin. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after discarding the used tissue.

ü  Frequently wash/sanitize your hands properly especially after using the toilet and working with your hands. Before you eat or put food in your mouth make sure your hands are clean.

ü  Properly use repellent to stop mosquitoes from feeding; at dusk and dawn use proper clothing such as long sleeves and long pants.

ü  Don’t Drink and Drive and have safe sex – properly use a condom! 

ü  Properly wear gloves for handling food and cleaning up after a sick person or in general

 Be Safe, Be Healthy & Have Fun”

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St. Maarten Cable TV and BTP-SXM Investigate Allegations Made By WTN

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable TV and its regulator, Bureau Communication and Post St. Maarten (BTP-SXM), are presently investigating recent allegations made by Wireless Telecommunications Network (WTN) Cable. 

BTP-SXM is the independent regulatory authority for the telecommunications and post industry and is responsible for the maintenance of a competitive environment within the telecommunications and post industry on the island of St. Maarten.

WTN alleges that St. Maarten Cable TV is responsible for signal interference resulting in service issues for WTN Cable TV subscribers in selected areas.

In response to the allegations, Beulah Jonis, Managing Director of St. Maarten Cable TV, stated “We were advised by BTP-SXM to work on some existing issues of which the work has been completed. Our technical team has since been working tirelessly with BTP-SXM and has found no evidence thus far to support the claim made by WTP. BTP-SXM will continue to conduct tests to confirm whether there is any truth to the aforementioned allegations.”

The process of investigating the alleged interference started on February 24, 2015 of which customers in Dutch Quarter, Middle Region area and part of Madame Estate would have experienced periodic outages of their internet and cable TV services.

Jonis concluded, “St. Maarten Cable TV subscribers in these areas may continue to experience these periodic outages of our services until BTP-SXM finds the actual source of the interference.”

For cable inquiries, billing assistance and service calls, customers can call 542-4361 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Customers are encouraged to visit St. Maarten Cable TV’s website for additional information about CableNet at www.innovativevi.net/sxmcable  and “Like Us” on the Facebook website at www.facebook.com/StMaartenCable.

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Ladies Basketball Championship March Madness First Weekend Full of Excitement

SUCKER GARDEN - The Motorworld & Jeep & Walichi Basketball Association's Ladies Basketball Championship Final 4 Playoffs began on Friday February 27th as all 4 teams played Game 1 of the best of 3 series. The first game of the night, #2 Thunderz VS #3 MGM Lightning was a wire to wire win for the Thunderz.

The MGM Lightning team fought back in the fourth quarter but was unsuccessful and the Thunderz won 36-31. Top players for Thunderz was Joyette Lloyd with 9 points, 16 rebounds and 4 steals and Yolanda Jeffers with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist. MGM Lightning was led by Micaela Galva with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals and Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 1 assist. 

Second game of the night was between #1 Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls and #4 Learning Unlimited. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls held a small led throughout the whole game. Learning Unlimited fought back and got within 2 points but Lava Girls went on a big run to close out the game and win 50-36. 

Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls was led by Claudia Fleming with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 8 steals and 1 block and Diasha Ferdinand with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist. Learning Unlimited was led by Jakisha Brooks with 14 points, 24 rebounds, 4 stelas, 3 blocks and 2 assists and Abby Jones with 4 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.

Game 2 for both series was on Sunday March 1st and turned out to be two great sets of games. The first game of the afternoon was between #2 Thunderz VS #3 MGM Lightning. MGM Lightning started off strong and led after the first quarter 11-4, the Thunderz came back in the second quarter to cut the led to only 15-12.

MGM Lightning recovered in the third quarter to lead by 11 points after the third and won the game 32-22. MGM Lightning was led by Micaela Galva with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 block. 

Second game of the day was between #1 Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls and #4 Learning Unlimited and turned out to be the best game of the weekend and a great way to end the weekend. Learning Unlimited started off the game very strong and led 16-9 after the first quarter. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls recovered to take the lead at the half 24-22 and stretched the lead in the third quarter to 41-32.

Learning Unlimited fought back with defence and outscored Lava Girls 17-8 but the game went down to the wire and the game went into overtime tied 49-49. Learning Unlimited built a 6 point led early in the overtime but Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls fought back and tied the game at 57-57. Jakisha Brooks stole the ball and got a layup with 6 seconds left in overtime to give Learning Unlimited the led and the win at 59-57. Learning Unlimited was led by the big game of Rachael Degroot with 18 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and Jakisha Brooks with 18 points, 18 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 blocks and 3 assists. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls was led by Claudia Fleming with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 1 block and Wendy Jack with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.

What a weekend with both series being tied 1-1 a piece. All 4 teams will play the deciding game 3 on Friday March 6thstarting at 7pm at Melford Hazel Sports Complex as #2 Thunderz take on #3 MGM Lightning and at 8:30pm #1 Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls take on #4 Learning Unlimited. Winners of Friday's games will win the series and go on to the finals to battle it out for the championship.

All teams are looking forward to seeing everyone come out with friends and family and to cheer on their favourite team to victory.

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Permanent Committee of Tourism & Economic Affairs to meet in a closed door session on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG – A presentation will be made to the Permanent Committee of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication of the House in a closed door session on March 05.

The Permanent Committee meeting is set for Thursday at 3.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is a presentation by representatives of the St. Maarten Quarter Development Company N.V. on the Sint Maarten Quarter project.

This session of the House is not open to the public.

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POLICE REPORT: Suspect arrested for fire-arm possession. Burglar arrested in St. Peters

BELAIR - On Monday, March 2nd at approximately 11.35 p.m. information came into the Central Police Dispatch that shots were fired in the vicinity Belair. Immediately several patrols were sent to that area to investigate.

The entire Belair area was searched without any results. The search continued in the Fort Willem area. There is where a patrol saw a man riding on a scooter and who is well known to police to carry a weapon (fire-arm).

The investigating officers stopped this man on the Cannegieter Street in order to carry out a routine search. The man was asked to hand over all documents for the scooter, but could not do so.

He was then asked to allow them to search the scooter, which he agreed. While searching the scooter, a caliber. 45 pistol was found. The suspect was immediately arrested and the fire-arm confiscated.

He was taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody for further investigation.

Burglary suspect arrested

ST. PETERS - The burglary suspect with initials J.C. for whom a warrant for his arrest was issued has been arrested on Pear road in St. Peters on Monday March 2nd. The arrest took place without any resistance. The suspect was taken to the Police Head Quarters in Philipsburg where remains in custody for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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STAT Announces end of Pilot Household Budget Survey

PHILIPSBURG - The Department of Statistics (STAT) announces the end of its Pilot Household Budget Survey. 40 households participated in this practice-run, from February 15th through 28th.

This helped STAT to test its fieldwork organisation, interviewers, the burden on households, as well as internal processes such as data validity and editing.

Each household has been rewarded with a token of appreciation from STAT’s partners namely, Cost-U-Less, Le Grand Marche, Sunny Foods, United Telecommunications and TelEm Group.

In the upcoming weeks, STAT will evaluate the Pilot and make any necessary changes for the official Household Budget Survey which starts on April 1, 2015.

As is the methodology for the Household Budget Survey, households will be contacted directly by STAT beforehand, to notify them of their selection in the sample.

Following this, a select group of persons will hand-deliver notification letters and information packages to these households. Prior to the specific survey-period, STAT will confirm the households’ participation within a particular time-period. The survey is scheduled to run for 8 months until December 2015.

The Department of Statistics would like to ensure that in accordance with the Statistical Ordinance (AB 2013, GT no.450), participation in STAT surveys are mandatory and all information will be handled confidentially.

STAT also thanks the population of St. Maarten for their continuing cooperation.

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POLICE REPORT: Person Arrested with XTC Pills. Break-in Reported on Front Street, One Person Apprehended

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday February 27th at approximately 07.15 p.m. during a routine control on the A. Th. Illidge road at a location which is known as a location for drug trafficking one suspect was arrested for the possession of 22 XTC pills.

The suspect was arrested while he was searched along with two other suspects. The suspect was taken to the Philipsburg Police Station and remains in custody for further investigation.

One suspect in attempted break-in arrested

PHILIPSBURG - On Monday March 2nd at approximately 01.45 a.m. police patrols were sent to investigate an attempted break-in at Windmill in Front Street. Shortly after that report the Central Dispatch received information that the suspects had fled to the Cannegieter Street.

During the investigation witnesses informed the police that the suspects were running in the direction of Fort Willem. One suspect was seen by police running towards the Long Wall road where he was finally arrested.

He was taken immediately to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody for further investigation. The second and possibly third suspect in this case has not yet been arrested. (Police Force Sint Maarten)  

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