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Tzu Chi, AUC, Diabetes Foundation to hold free health day, flee market this Saturday at ACE

CUL DE SAC - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation, American University of the Caribbean (AUC) Asian Medical Students Association (AMSA) and the Diabetes Foundation have teamed up to offer a free health day, flea market and vegetarian food sale this Saturday at All Children’s Education Foundation (ACE) school.

The free event, which targets the entire family, will start at 10:00am and run until 1:00pm.

Medical doctors-in-training from AUC’s ASMA will be at the event to provide free workshops on health and dental hygiene. The medical students will have stations where information will be provided and where persons can check their weight, height and blood pressure and learn about dental hygiene. A special group of students will also be on hand to provide information on sickle cell disease.

Additionally, the St. Maarten Diabetes Foundation volunteers will also be on hand to provide free blood pressure and glucose testing to the public.

A flea market with a range of clothing suitable for persons of all ages as well as household items, will also be on sale. There will be items for as low as US $2 each. All proceeds from the flea market will go towards keeping ACE pupils in school.

Come with empty stomachs because a range of vegetarian snacks and healthy juices will also be on sale at the event.

Tzu Chi Foundation will have a special table at the event where persons will be able to get more information on the foundation, sign up to become a member or purchase original Tzu Chi books, book markers and other original Tzu Chi items.

The partners decided to collaborate for the event to provide ACE pupils, parents, teachers and the public with useful health information that can benefit them, while offering a range of items for sale in a fundraising flea market.

Tzu Chi encourages the entire community to come out in numbers on Saturday to the joint event.

ACE School is located at Daisy Road # 2, just off L.B. Scott Road (opposite Cake House Supermarket entrance). Additional information can be obtained from Tzu Chi Commissioner Sandra Cheung at tel. 586-3091 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Urgent Plenary Session of Parliament to continue on Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG – The Monday urgent plenary session of the House of Parliament was that was adjourned will continue on October 22nd.

The plenary session is set for Wednesday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda is the instruction of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations given to the Governor of Sint Maarten to postpone ratification of the country decree in the appointment of the Ministers and Prime Minister.

This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. Franklin Meyers, Hon. Tamara Leonard and Hon. Silvio Matser.

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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St. Maarten Cable TV and CableNet Update On Service Restoration Progress

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable TV and CableNet’s technical team and office staff continue to work around the clock on fully restoring service. While areas fed by St. Maarten Cable TV’s underground plant were unharmed, customers from other areas are still experiencing the loss of Cable TV and Internet service from damages caused by Hurricane Gonzalo.

The aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo has left St. Maarten Cable TV with six damaged satellite dishes. To date, there are 87 television channels out of a total of 138 back on air. The 50 Music channels and 6 Pay Per View channels were never affected.  St. Maarten Cable TV anticipates that the remaining channels will be restored in the coming days and periodic updates on the network will be sent via the media. 

Managing Director, Beulah Jonis stated, “Our technical department is working tirelessly to fully restore service to all areas. Some areas are awaiting GEBE electrical company to plant poles before St. Maarten Cable TV’s technical team proceeds.” Jonis continues, “The major damages to the network are to our secondary cables’ Figure-8 Feeder and to our drop cables. Areas that have major feeder cable damages are Dutch Quarter, Sucker Garden, Mary’s Fancy and Saunders (Hill), South Reward, St. Peters and Cole Bay area.” Crews have started working in the Sucker Garden, Cole Bay, Cay Hill and St. Peters areas since last week.

St. Maarten Cable TV customers are advised to turn to TV15 (channel 115) or WGN (channel 104) to verify whether their service has been restored. Another indicator is if their TV Guide channel is on. If ‘No Data’ is displayed on the TV Guide channel, it is an indication that the customer is either experiencing an area outage or an individual service problem.  

Customers who are experiencing service problems and have not already reported it are encouraged to do so by submitting an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their account number, address and contact number. Customers may also call St. Maarten Cable TV’s Madame Estate office at 542-4361 but response time may be affected by the high volume of incoming calls.

Jonis concluded, “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused as we continue to repair our equipment to provide optimum service to our customers. St. Maarten Cable TV’s office staff is handling incoming emails and assisting customers as calls are received. Credit will be issued to customers accordingly.”

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MP Tamara Leonard: Governor put in awkward position by Dutch Government

PHILIPSBURG – The recent instruction from the Dutch Government to Governor Eugene Holiday to carry out an invasive screening of candidate ministers in addition to the mandated security screening has put the governor yet again in a very awkward position where he has to choose between truly representing the people of St. Maarten and the one-sided interest of the Dutch Government, says United People’s (UP) party Member of Parliament Tamara Leonard.

“This instruction goes against a number of fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed to the people of St. Maarten by our Constitution. The instruction seeks to invade the privacy of not only candidate ministers, but that of anyone who had come into contact with them. It goes further than the candidate ministers’ family and friends. It pulls in everyone. By virtue of this instruction everyone on St. Maarten will be under investigation as we are a small community,” Leonard said.

“Aside from this instruction from the Dutch Government being an insult and disrespect to the people of St. Maarten, it shows that the governor’s office is indeed a colonial tool. We as St. Maarteners have one of our own as the de facto head of our country in the form of the governor, but at the whim and will of the Dutch Government which so ever St. Maartener is holding that office has to decide whether to work with their fellow St. Maarteners or brutally against them,” Leonard said.

The MP said Governor Holiday as a ranked professional should not be used by the Dutch Government to execute its political witch hunt against the people of St. Maarten and its elected and soon-to-be-appointed representatives.

“What is very important at this juncture in the story of our young democratic country is for all St. Maarteners to band together and face down this insult and not splinter into those who are ‘for the Dutch’ and those who are for certain political parties. This instruction, the method used and the heavy handed approach of the Dutch Government must be condemned by St. Maarten as a whole,” Leonard said. 

“We are no longer a colony. We are not a public entity of the Netherlands. We are a free people – a status we fought long and arduously for, first in the salt ponds and then by referenda.  Every St. Maartener knows the history of this land we call home. Every St. Maartener knows that value of standing together in times of adversity. This is one of those times. Let us not be divided now by party or any line. Let’s stand strong as one St. Maarten,” Leonard said.

The boundless and limitless investigation seeks to cast doubt and gather hearsay to use against people who have opted to serve their country in the highest offices of the country. If this investigation is allowed to take root no one will want to take the lead to run for office, not because they lack integrity, but to avoid the invasion of their lives and that of people they hold close, Leonard said.

“Where do we draw the line? We draw it here and now. We cannot allow our laws and Constitution to be trampled on in this colonial witch hunt,” Leonard said. (Contributed by MP Hon. Tamara Leonard)

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Official Police Report: One man dies, two seriously injured during accident

ST. PETERS - On Saturday October 18th around 04.00 p.m. several police patrols, paramedics and fire department were sent to Coco plum road in St. Peters to investigate a very serious traffic accident.

On the scene the investigating officers encountered a white pick-up truck with license plate V-77 which had driven off the hill and landed front first on the street below. The driver was lying next to the vehicle and was in very serious physical condition.

A second victim was lying further up the hill and was not showing any signs of life.  The driver was treated on the scene by paramedics and then transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment while the other victim was pronounced dead by Dr. Douglas who arrived on the scene shortly after.

The scene was closed off by Traffic Department Officers to conduct an investigation as to the cause of the accident. The identity of the victim who lost his life has not yet been released. This investigation is ongoing. (Contributed by the Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Official Holiday Schedule 2015

SINT MAARTEN PUBLIC HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 2015

New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015

Good Friday, Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Monday, Monday, April 6, 2015               

Carnival Day, Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kings Day, Monday, April 27, 2015

Labour Day, Friday, May 1, 2015

Ascension Day, Thursday, May 14, 2015

Emancipation Day, Wednesday, July 1, 2015                                   

Sint Maarten’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kingdom Day, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2015

Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015

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NV GEBE provides additional contact numbers for customers to report hurricane related outages

PONDFILL, PHILIPSBURG - In order to alleviate the extraordinary amount of service calls after Gonzalo, NV GEBE is providing supplementary numbers for clients to call for assistance.  Clients are asked to call 1 721 544 3100 and/or 1 844 432 3213 which are monitored on a 24 hour basis.  Additional numbers that can be called are 1 721 546 1189 or 1 721 546 1193 during regular working hours which are manned from 7:30AM to 4:30PM.  We understand the need of all our customers in this time of distress, and we have made it our priority to have each and every consumer reconnected to the water and electricity grid as soon as possible.   

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time.

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Urgent Plenary Session of Parliament to be held on Monday

PHILIPSBURG – There will be an urgent plenary session of the House of Parliament for October 20th.

The plenary session is set for Monday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda is the instruction of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations given to the Governor of Sint Maarten to postpone ratification of the country decree in the appointment of the Ministers and Prime Minister.

This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. Franklin Meyers, Hon. Tamara Leonard and Hon. Silvio Matser.

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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St. Maarten Cable TV left with Six Damaged Satellite Dishes

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable TV and CableNet resumed normal business office hours on October 16, 2014.  Some Customers are still experiencing the loss of Cable TV and Internet service after Hurricane Gonzalo earlier this week.

The aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo has left St. Maarten Cable TV with six damaged satellite dishes which represent a feed of approximately 99 channels. Presently, 32 channels have been restored. St. Maarten Cable TV anticipates that the remaining channels will be restored in the coming days and periodic updates on the network will be sent via the media.  

Managing Director, Beulah Jonis stated, “Our technical department has been working tirelessly on the Network which is the first phase of the St. Maarten Cable TV restoration plan. The second phase will include working on outages by area and the third phase will include repairing individual service issues.”

Jonis concluded, “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused as we continue to repair our equipment to provide optimum service to our customers. Credit will be issued to customers accordingly.”

Due to the high volume of incoming calls, customers who are experiencing problems are encouraged to report service issues by submitting an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their account number, address and contact number.

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Latin American, Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – At a United Nations-backed regional conference held in Lima, Peru, 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries announced on Wednesday the launch of an initiative that bolsters efforts to combat child labour, and achieve the goal of total eradication by 2020.

According to astatement, released to the press, the document, signed by labour ministers, representatives of Governments and the Director General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), announces the “firm commitment to achieve the goal of eradication.”

“The initiative is part of a global effort to restore the rights of 168 million children and adolescents affected by the scourge of child labour,” said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

The Regional Initiative was signed at the18th American Regional Meeting, of the ILO, which opened Monday and runs through 16 October, and is being attended by more than 400 delegates from governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations from across the continent.

During the introduction of the initiative, Mr. Ryder recalled that Latin America and the Caribbean had proposed to eradicate the worst forms of child labour by 2016 and to eliminate all forms of child labour by 2020. However, these particular goals may not be achieved.

In recent years, important achievements have been made in reducing the number of children in child labour by 7.5 million. However, the ILO noted that if progress continues at this pace, it will require at least 40 years to achieve the goal of eradication.

According to the ILO, there are 12.5 million children in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean, of which the vast majority, 9.5 million, are in hazardous work.

“This initiative unites us all in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said the Minister of Labour of Peru, Freddy Otárola, who is also the President of the 18th American Regional Meeting.

The “Regional Initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour” was launched a year ago at the Third Global Conference on Child Labour, where several countries shared their concern about the slow progress, and suggested that Latin America and the Caribbean could be “the first region in the developing world to be free of child labour.”

The initiative is designed to accelerate the prevention and eradication of child labour, and includes a number of indications to strengthen the mechanisms of action and identification of the practice.

The declaration signed in Lima states, that the persistence of child labour, especially its worst forms, is a factor that exacerbates social inequality, which deepens social and economic vulnerability.

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