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Plenary Session of Parliament scheduled for Tuesday Related to the Penal Code

PHILIPSBURG – A Plenary Session of the House of Parliament will take place in public on February 24.  The Minister of Justice Hon. Dennis Richardson will be present for the sitting of the House.

The Plenary Session is set for Tuesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda for the meeting are incoming documents; a draft National Ordinance to change the State Regulation and other national ordinances with respect to the implementation of the Penal Code based on the ruling of the Constitutional Court.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberation. 

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


23-Year old suspect surrenders to Police. Second one still on the run

BACK STREET - On Saturday February 21st at approximately 02.55 a.m. several police patrols were directed to the Tattoo Parlor on Back Street where a possible break-in was taking place.

Officers immediately went to the area to investigate what was going on. On the scene the investigating officers could hear unknown persons running through that section of the building which is under construction.

When the suspects noticed that the police were on the scene one of the suspects jumped from the third floor to the ground. The suspect seemed not to have suffered any injuries, stood up and took off running along with the other suspect.

The suspects were chased on foot through the streets at which time one warning shot was fired by one of the officers. The suspect that jumped from the building decided to surrender while the others continued to flee.

The 23-year old suspect was arrested on the spot and taken to the police station for further investigation. The suspect was complaining of internal pain and was treated at the police station by paramedics who decided that the suspect should be taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Center.

At the medical center the suspect refused medical treatment and was returned to the detention center. Later that day the paramedics were called again to attend to the suspect and who was taken to the hospital for further treatment. The investigation is ongoing and the second suspect is yet to be arrested. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations to Meet about IPKO on Monday

PHILIPSBURG – ThePermanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations of Parliament will meet in session on February 23rd.

The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations meeting is set for Monday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The three point agenda for the meeting is the decision list regarding committee parliamentary business for the 2014-2015 period; incoming documents for the committee over the same period as noted above; and preparations for the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation that is scheduled between May 25-29 in the Netherlands.

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  


Minister Fleming-Artsen pays courtesy visit to Chairlady of the Dutch First Chamber of Parliament

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands - Recently Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen paid a courtesy visit to the Dutch First Chamber of Parliament Chairlady Hon. Anke Broekers-Knol at the First Chamber in The Hague.

“We had a very fruitful discussion and the Chairlady shared common and respectful understanding for Sint Maarten in which she also showed great interests,” Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen said.


St. Maarten Cable TV Announces the Winner of Facebook Valentine’s Day Contest

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable TV announces the winner of the Facebook Valentine’s Day contest. Participants entered for an opportunity to win a seven (7) inch Samsung Wi-Fi Tablet.

To enter, St. Maarten Cable TV subscribers were instructed to register on St. Maarten Cable TV’s Facebook page which is, “Like” the St. Maarten Cable TV Facebook page and enter the requested information thereafter to include sending a photograph with their Valentine or loved one. This contest was open to all St. Maarten Cable TV subscribers over the age of eighteen (18) with the exception of St. Maarten Cable TV employees and contractors.

Beulah Jonis, Managing Director stated, “We would like to congratulate our lucky winner Tina Genaro Tackling. We encourage not only our customers but all St. Maarten residents to visit and “Like” our Facebook page for insight on our products and services. There are always opportunities to take part in fun and exciting promotions for a chance to win excellent prizes!” 

Customers are encouraged to visit St. Maarten Cable TV’s website for additional information about CableNet at  and “Like Us” on the Facebook website at


Two Chinese supermarkets robbed in the St. Peters area

ST. PETERS - On Tuesday, February 17th, between 03.10 p.m. and 03.20 p.m. an unknown man with his face covered and brandishing a firearm first robbed “Sheik Supermarket” and shortly after robbed the “Sint Peters Corner Supermarket.”

During these robberies the suspect threatened to use his firearm and succeeded in taking an unknown amount of cash. After committing these acts the suspect took off running.

Several patrols were sent to the area to search for the suspect. During this search a suspicious vehicle was located on the Marigot hill road.

n the vehicle several items were found which indicated that this vehicle was possibly used as a “get away vehicle.”

These items along with the vehicle were confiscated for further investigation by the Special Robbery Unit. No suspect in this case has been arrested thus far. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Presentation on the Importance of Recycling Given at Christian Hillside School

CAY HILL - In its efforts to continue to bring environmental and conservation awareness into schools the Nature Foundation recently gave a presentation to the cycle one class of the Asha Stevens Christian Hillside School focused on the importance of Recycling.

Nature Foundation Office Manager Marisa Dyer-Brandy explained the young students the importance of recycling and the dangers of especially plastic to the terrestrial and ocean environments of Sint Maarten and what can be done to recycle used products.

The Foundation also assisted the school with establishing a recycle program where plastic, glass and cardboard will be separated by the young students. A follow-up presentation will also be given to the cycle two class. (Nature Foundation)


PAHO Issues Alert on Measles Outbreaks and Implications for the Americas. Travelers advice issued

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued an epidemiological alert regarding a measles outbreak and implications for the Americas, and has called for strengthened surveillance activities by Member States and to take appropriate measures to protect residents against measles and rubella.

PAHO advises that all travelers over the age of six months (with the exceptions noted below) going to areas with documented measles virus circulation, to be fully vaccinated against measles and rubella, preferably with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.  Ideally, the vaccine should be administered at least two weeks before departure.

Infants who receive the MMR vaccine before their first birthday must be revaccinated according to their country’s vaccination schedule.

Travelers who are not up to date on their vaccinations are at higher risk of contracting either disease when in close contact with travelers from countries where the viruses still circulate.

Exceptions to this recommendation include persons with medical contraindications to the measles and rubella vaccine.  Additionally, infants under the age of six months should not be vaccinated.

Persons considered immune to measles and rubella, which are those who can present: written documentation of having received measles and rubella vaccination; or laboratory confirmation of rubella and measles immunity (a positive serological test for the measles and rubella-specific IgG antibodies).

The total count across the Americas of imported cases from 2003 to 2014 reached 5,077 cases, most of which have occurred in 2011 and 2014.

In 2015, a total of 147 cases have been reported as of epidemiological week 5 of 2015, ending on February 7, most of which were related to a large multi-state outbreak in the United States.

In Brazil between 2013 and 2015, a total of 971 confirmed measles cases were reported in the Federal District and nine states.  Canada is currently investigating two separate measles outbreaks.

A total of 121 measles cases have been reported in the United States of America from 1 January to 6 February 2015 in 17 states and Washington, DC.

Family physicians were alerted last month by CPS with respect to being observant regarding measles.

The Caribbean sub-region has been successful in maintaining a measles-free status since 1991.  In light of the strong travel ties between the Caribbean and the USA, and given that we are in the midst of the tourism high-season, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has advised enhanced vigilance for fever-rash syndromes among members of the local and visitor populations.

CPS advises guardians and parents to check their children’s vaccination status to see whether they are up to date.  If persons decide to travel, they should also check their vaccination status and to make use of every opportunity to get vaccinated according to the schedule.  If you need additional information call CPS at 542-3003 or 2078.

The majority of people who get measles are unvaccinated. 

Other individuals who should get their vaccination status checked are, health care workers, pregnant women, pre-and exam class students, as well as groups at risks such as waste/garbage handlers, the Police, hotel and restaurant workers, and others to verify and update their vaccination status, particularly on Hepatitis B and Tetanus.

Immunization averts an estimated two-three million deaths every year, protecting children from diphtheria, measles, pertussis (better known as whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhea, rubella, tetanus and others.


Lava Girls Continue 6 Game Winning Streak in the Walichi Basketball Association and Motorworld & Jeep Presents Ladies Basketball Championship

SUCKER GARDEN - The Walichi Basketball Association (WBA) & Motorworld and Jeep Presents Ladies Basketball Championship games continued last weekend and started off with a Saturday game between Thunderz and and MGM Lightning.

MGM Lightning started of the game strong and led 10-0 and never lost the led throughout the game. They led 28-16 at the half, their led grew to 17 and ended up winning the game 43-30. MGM Lightning was led by Motorworld Player Of The Game Jamaiah Newton-Herbert who had 25 points, 14 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 blocks and 1 assist. She was supported by Micaela Galva who had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Thunderz was led by Joyette Lloyd who had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists and Yolanda Jeffers with 6 points and 9 rebounds.

Sunday's match-up was between Thunderz and Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls. It was very close game throughout the first half and Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls led 19-17 at halftime. The Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls got a little breathing space in the second half and led 33-25 after the third quarter.

They kept the led in the fourth quarter and won the game 42-33. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls was led by Motorworld Player Of The Game Claudia Fleming who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. She was supported by Selah Fleming who had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. The Thunderz was led by Joyette Lloyd who had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals and Salammbo Guibert - Soutade with 5 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.

The Leonard Enterprises Player Of The Week goes to Jamaiah Newton-Herbert for standing out above the rest in week 14 of this competition.

Next week Sunday will have the last two regular season games before the playoffs start on Friday February 27 at 7pm. At 3pm the Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls will go up against Learning Unlimited and at 5pm the Bush Tea Remedy play the MGM Lightning team.

Standings after week 14 are Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls at 13-2, Thunderz at 11-5, MGM Lightning at 10-5, Learning Unlimited at 3-12, Bush Tea Remedy at 1-14.

Game Highlights, pictures, game scores and schedule can be viewed on the Facebook page ‘Ladies Basketball Championship’. Highlights and full games can be seen on the Youtube page and short highlights can be seen on the instagram page


Police reacts to statement by former retired police officer

PHILIPSBURG - In reaction to the statement made by Mr. Russell Simmons in the Opinion section of the Daily Herald Newspaper on Monday February 16th 2015 entitled “Traffic Rules” as follows; First of all the Police Department wants to commend and thank Mr. Simmons, who is a retired police officer with many years of experience, for expressing his views and his opinion about this topic, and also for giving an explanation of these infractions. Mr. Simmons is definitely correct in his statements. 

Article 73 of the Traffic Ordinance gives among other regulations a complete explanation of the amount, the type and color lights which are allowed at the front and rear of your motor vehicle.

 Article 78 of the Traffic Ordinance gives among other regulations a complete explanation of what is called “blinding lights” (bright lights) on motor vehicles driving through urban areas, standing still or when there is oncoming traffic.

The police department has also been receiving complaints of this sort and is aware of the situation. The Police Department will definitely be looking into the matter and deal with the situation

The police department is taking this opportunity to inform all motor vehicle owners that when operating their vehicle at night, to make sure the vehicle is equipped with lights that are in accordance with the local “Traffic Ordinance”. This information is to avoid having any vehicle operators suffer any delays or inconvenience. (Police force Sint Maarten)

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