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Minister Lake Commends SHTA on Level of Discussion and Approach to Issues

PHILIPSBURG – Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake, says he would like to commend the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) for its high level of discussion at its recent Annual General Meeting.

“We have to lift the bar, and the SHTA is one organization in our community that is doing that.  They also approach issues on a professional constructive level, and this is the type of approach that needs to be continued.

“Public-private partnership is the way to move our country forward.  I would like to use this opportunity to commend the SHTA and other organizations that are keeping the level of national development and moving our country forward on a high level.

“At this time I would like to congratulate all those working in the tourism and hospitality sector on the occasion of World Tourism Day which will be celebrated here and abroad and around the globe on Saturday, September 27.

“We must be thankful for all who works in this sector that runs the economic engine of our country.  I take my hat off to you for a job well done and to keep up the good work,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Thursday.

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Robbery suspect arrested

SUCKER GARDEN - On Tuesday, September 23rd the young man with initials G.O.R.B. (19) for whom a warrant for his arrest was issued, suspected of committing several robberies have been arrested by police on the Sucker Garden road. The suspect did not resist during his arrest. He was taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody pending further investigation. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Public Plenary Session of the House Rescheduled for Friday

PHILIPSBURG – A public Plenary Session of the House of Parliament that was scheduled for September 24th has been rescheduled for September 26th.  There was no quorum on Wednesday for the meeting.

The Plenary Session is set for Friday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is incoming business; second agenda point is related to the discussion on two resolutions adopted by the Tripartite meeting requesting the Kingdom of Government to request the Kingdom Council of State to advise on the actions of the Kingdom Government with regards to the instruction given to the Governor of Sint Maarten and the Governor of Aruba, as well as the introduction of an independent institution that will issue binding rulings in strictly legal disputes within the Kingdom.

The third agenda point is a draft National Ordinance regarding changes to the 2014 Budget.

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 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org

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Remain vigilant and prevent mosquito breeding

GREAT BAY – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), says that the community should remain vigilant in preventing mosquito breeding.  Frequent rainfall allows mosquito’s to breed when the rainwater gets trapped into containers around homes and businesses.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) have both recently appealed to countries that have mosquitoes that transmit dengue and chikungunya to step up their vector control efforts and prepare for a possible increase in patients suffering from these diseases.

The PAHO/WHO recommendations come as the peak transmission season for dengue approaches and following local transmission of chikungunya in a number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Resident’s at home and owners of businesses are advised to continually take measures to mitigate the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that is responsible for the transmission of dengue and chikungunya.

Minister of Public Health Hon. Cornelius de Weever, ‘Get Checked” campaign, is in line with the appeal for residents, and business owners, to check-in and around their homes, and businesses in order to reduce breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, and making them mosquito-free zones.

On a daily basis check containers such as buckets and water tanks for larvae and eliminate the breeding source.  Water tanks and cisterns should be properly secure and screened to prevent mosquito’s from entering.  If there aren’t any containers with water for mosquitoes to lay the larvae there won’t be any adult mosquitoes. 

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito lays her eggs in clear (clean) stagnant water. Within eight days the mosquito can complete its life cycle from egg, to larvae to pupae and to adult mosquito.

Even after you have cleaned-up your yard and surroundings, it is recommended for persons to walk around their surroundings on a weekly basis and after every rain event to eliminate all possible breeding sites.

On a daily basis check plants in your yard for mosquito breeding sites, keep vegetation properly trim, and avoid overgrown vegetation.

Check around construction sites or do-it-yourself improvements to ensure that proper backfilling and grading is realized to prevent drainage problems which can be a source for standing water.

Turn over containers, buckets, boats and yachts which can catch water in the event of rainfall.

When out during dusk and dawn hours, use mosquito repellent or wear proper clothing to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

An increase in the mosquito population puts all residents and businesses at risk. Call for information on the Aedes Aegypti mosquito breeding sites and respective preventive measures at 542-2078 or 542-3003 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CPS is a government agency under the Ministry of Public Health. 

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Major fight at the Sundial School

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday, September 23rd, at approximately 12.30 p.m., according to incoming reports a fight had broken out between a student from the Sundial School and another young man hanging around the school area. The situation got very serious when numerous bystanders for unknown reasons got involved in the fight causing the Central Dispatch to send several patrols to the scene to break up the fight.

At the scene officers intervened in the situation but those involved in the fight turned on the officers causing the officers to use some force to get the situation under control.

Even parents of one of the students got involved and stated that he did not approve of the way his son was handled by police.

A total of five persons were arrested in this case for public violence. It is still unclear what the cause of the fight was. This case is under investigation. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)

The following Youtube footage was independently submitted which captured the fight outside the school premises:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1ejQKV0EJ4&feature=youtu.be

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St. Martiners/Sint Maarteners join the fight for a healthy ocean turning the tide on trash

NETTLE BAY – Preliminary results from the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) this past weekend reveals that 107 trash bags with 6158 pounds of trash were collected by approximately 247 volunteers who took part in the ICC.  Nettle Bay, La Belle Creole, was the location where the volunteers put on their gloves and grabbed their trash bags and got to work in cleaning the beach.  Weigh masters were Dr. Jay Haviser and Ferdie Odono.

Volunteers felt that they can help make a difference by cleaning the beaches resulting in a safer and cleaner environment for all marine life.  What washes ashore unto the beach, was once floating in the water.

Ocean Conservancy’s ICC goes back to 1986 when volunteers started to collect data. In 2013, nearly 650,000 volunteers in 92 countries and locations joined the effort by gathering more than 12.3 million pounds of trash from beaches and waterways.    

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean.  The organization brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. 

Ocean Conservancy’s ICC is a partnership with volunteer organizations and individuals around the globe which engages people to remove trash from the world’s beaches and waterways identify sources of debris and change the behaviours that cause marine debris in the first place. 

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Public Plenary Session of the House Scheduled for Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG – A public Plenary Session of the House of Parliament is scheduled for September 24th.

The Plenary Session is set for Wednesday at 11.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is incoming business; second agenda point is related to the discussion on two resolutions adopted by the Tripartite meeting requesting the Kingdom of Government to request the Kingdom Council of State to advise on the actions of the Kingdom Government with regards to the instruction given to the Governor of Sint Maarten and the Governor of Aruba, as well as the introduction of an independent institution that will issue binding rulings in strictly legal disputes within the Kingdom.

The third agenda point is a draft National Ordinance regarding changes to the 2014 Budget.

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 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org.

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Six Armed robberies reported of supermarkets in six days/Police asks for input from the community

COLE BAY/SUCKER GARDEN - No less than six armed robberies on supermarkets were reported during September 15th through September 20th. These robberies took place in the areas of Nazareth, Sucker Garden, Fort Willem and Cole bay.

During these robberies the sales profit of the day or at least part thereof was taken from the cash register by masked suspects armed mainly with guns and who would not hesitate to use them.

During one robbery on victim suffered an injury to his head. The robbers sometimes would also use weapons such as machetes, knives and even baseball bats. The number of robberies committed is quite “an eye opener” and the police department is doing its utmost to catch these culprits and put them behind bars.

Several of these robberies have been recorded by means of security surveillance cameras.  Some of these robberies took place during the light of day or at night and were committed mostly by two or more suspects.

While viewing the security tapes it was very noticeable that several persons were in the immediate area while the robbery is taking place and witnessed the entire incident. There are also witnesses who may have seen suspicious behavior of these persons prior to a robbery, but are reluctant to note down specific information concerning the robbers and vehicle used in the robbery which the police can use during the investigation.

Specifics such as: approximate height, weight, direction the suspects fled, license plate number, type and color of vehicle used, etcetera is very relevant to the investigation.  In most cases the police do not have all the necessary information to effectively carry-out their investigation and is more than willing to work along with the community to solve any case.

The amount of eyes and ears increases when the community and police work together, which greatly increases the chances of catching those responsible for these criminal acts. Of great importance is; that when a crime is witnessed by anyone in the community, is to have it immediately reported to the police (calling 911), who can immediately “follow-up” on the information that was given to them.

All in all the community plays a very essential role during any investigation which the police is quite aware of. The question is if the community is also aware how important their participation is during any investigation. 

Crime is not only a problem to be handled by police, it’s everybody’s problem. The community in partnership with the police should play an active role in crime prevention and fighting crime by giving the police any information they may have to help combat crime in general. In doing so; the community will definitely be taking the necessary measures to help prevent crime from knocking at their door. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Two arrested for illegal fire-arm and drugs possession

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday September 19th at approximately 08.00 p.m. a police patrol stopped white Suzuki Swift with no license plate in the front with heavily tinted windows.

As the investigating officers approached this vehicle they smelled a very strong scent of marihuana coming from the inside of the car. Both the driver and the passenger were ordered to exit the vehicle which they did.

Both suspects with initials H.R. (27) and D.D. (24) were searched. While searching the D.D. who was the driver of the car the police found a loaded .45 caliber pistol stuck in his waist.

D.D. and H.R. were arrested on the spot. As the search continued in the vehicle a small plastic bag containing a small amount of marihuana was found. The pistol and the drugs were confiscated for further investigation. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)

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NV GEBE has honored the top five graduates for their academic achievements for the school year 2013/14

PONDFILL - NV GEBE honored five students on Thursday, September 18, 2014, for their academic achievements, which is the focus area of an Honors Program at the company.   The students were recognized for having had the highest overall percentage for the school year 2013/2014. 

Honored were Xavier Tjon Jaw Chong, Sr. Magda Primary School; Naisha Lawani, St. Dominic Primary School; David Beek, Rev. John A. Gumbs (MAC); Victoria Deuzeman, Sr. Regina Primary School and Mahima Panjwani, St. Dominic Primary School. 

Each student was presented with laptops on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the NV GEBE office.  President of the Managing Board, Romelio Maduro told the students that their success in elementary school is the first leg of their race to success and that they will have to work harder and apply themselves if they want to complete the journey of success.

The Managing Board was excited to have done this last year in celebration of NV GEBE becoming 100% St. Maarten owned and shared these awards once again, this time in its 54th anniversary celebration which was September 16, 2014. 

The Managing Board stated in a press release that it's important to create recognition programs that honor our students, with hope they would create meaningful moments of recognition that will inspire others and reinforce the behavior that led to the reward. 

Our students deserve high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education, a NV GEBE press release stated. 

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