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Happy 80th Birthday to Austin Williams

SINT MAARTEN (MARY’S FANCY) - December 14th, 2018 marks a very special day for our Dad Austin Williams, the Williams family said in a statement on Friday.

“He is our special Hero for all the years we know him. (And first Body Building Pro along with Kelly and Cecil back in the days :)

“Today is your 80th birthday and you are well highly deserved to be honored openly for being our Dad.

“Your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on St. Maarten, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Thomas, The Netherlands and the USA are all happy that you are here alive and well with us, whether we walk in the house, connect via telephone, or we communicate via any other technological means what so ever.

“The Lord has kept you healthy and He has blessed you greatly thus far and He will continue to keep you in good health in the years ahead!!

“Enjoy a wonderful day and again, we appreciate you for being our Dad, because there is nothing that you would not do for any of us! So here are your flowers on this special day.

“Abundant love and blessings from your children: Joe, Elroy, Alvin, Elvis, Sylvanus, Cita, Sammy, Rita, Liz and Nickell!!”


Students bring holiday cheer to SMMC medical center

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Sounds of children singing Christmas carols brightened the atmosphere at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on December 11th, 2018.

A group of 4th grade students of the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School brought the festive spirit to the hospital.

The children treated staff and patients of the hospital to classic Christmas carols such as Jingle bells, Noel and Silent Night. The group was accompanied by their own, very talented drummer.

SMMC General Director Kees Klarenbeek appreciated the students and teachers taking the time out of their day to ‘deck the wards’ with joy and carols for patients and staff of the hospital to enjoy.

“Christmas is very much celebrated by our staff, patients and visitors. It brings us all together to celebrate the joy and peace of the holiday season,” Mr. Klarenbeek said.

“SMMC thanks the students for their wonderful rendition of these songs and the warmth of the holidays that they have brought to the hospital”.


AUC to Host International Conference on Disaster Medicine & Hurricane Resiliency

SINT MAARTEN (CUPECOY) - While no two disasters are alike, preparation and response have many similarities and are key to delivering everything from healthcare to food. The issues are set to take center stage at a conference in the heart of hurricane territory, the Caribbean.

Experts in disaster healthcare and emergency management will converge on Sint Maarten in March to share solutions and best practices when it comes to addressing healthcare issues in the midst of disasters.

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), which evacuated students from its Sint Maarten campus in the midst of Hurricane Irma, will host the International Conference on Disaster Medicine and Hurricane Resiliency March 8th – 11th. For full conference details and online registration visit:

“The only thing you can control in the face of a disaster is how prepared you are,” said AUC Executive Dean Heidi Chumley, MD. “Knowing how to plan for disasters and what to expect is vital and access to healthcare services is absolutely crucial. This conference is part of our efforts to lead the way in fostering conversations and collaborations when it comes to disaster management.”

The conference is being organized by AUC in partnership with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (HMFP), a physician group that includes emergency medicine experts with global disaster medicine experience.

AUC and HMFP are working together to develop the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM), a center of excellence designed to foster collaboration among professionals responsible for healthcare delivery, disaster preparedness, emergency response and medical education, which will be based in Sint Maarten.

About American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is a member of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. The organization's purpose is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Founded in 1978, AUC has more than 6,500 graduates and is one of the oldest medical schools in the Caribbean. Dedicated to developing physicians with a lifelong commitment to patient-centered care, AUC embraces collaboration, inclusion and community service. With a campus in St. Maarten, affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom, and internationally recognized faculty, AUC has a diverse medical education program for today’s globally minded physician.

About Adtalem Global Education

The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider, and the parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.


Two sentenced to 25-years in prison in the murder of Brunache

PHILIPSBURG - The Court found H.F.M. (27) and H.H.M. (24) guilty of the murder of Franky Brunache in Hope Estate on January 24th, 2017 and sentenced them both to 25 years in prison on December 12, 2018, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) announced on Wednesday.

In the closing arguments the judge noted that by law prison time for murder starts at 18 years. The judge said this case involved the strategically cold-blooded murder of Franky Brunache on a public road in a densely populated neighbourhood with a semiautomatic rifle. Therefore, a long prison sentence was justified.

The judge further pointed out that the high firearm possession on the island was also a determining factor in the sentencing. Referring to a point also made by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the judge noted that gun violence on Sint Maarten is 20 times higher than in the Netherlands.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office would like to thank the Police Force of St. Maarten for the well-conducted investigation, which together with the Public Prosecutor’s Office was successfully completed in challenging circumstances and with limited investigative capacity.


Minister Lee presented with poster in connection with AUCs Community Action Day

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) – Community Action Day, an American University of the Caribbean (AUC) tradition started in the Fall 2008 semester by two students, is celebrated three times a year.

Each Community Action Day provides opportunities for AUC physicians-in-training, faculty, staff, and family to focus on island priorities related to health and well-being, education, child development, environment, and animal welfare.

The projects are planned by working with valued community partners.

As an important part of celebrating ten years of Community Action Day, AUC recognized the community institutions who are the universities partners in developing and implementing programs that support health in Sint Maarten.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour, through the Platform, is a foundational partner for AUC. AUC works closely with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry, to identify health priorities and implement programs.  

As a symbol of the university’s appreciation of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour, AUC recently presented a poster to Minister Emil Lee to recognize the universities collaboration created out of communication, trust, and perseverance.


Minister De Weever visits House of Detention to review ongoing repair work

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) - Minister of Justice, Cornelius De Weever recently visited the House of Detention in Point Blanche to view the ongoing repairs being made at the facility.

Urgent renovations are being carried out to the roof, corridor walls and courtyard walls. Independent Consulting Engineers NV (ICE) is carrying out the construction project management and site supervision.

Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017, many of the St. Maarten prisoners were transferred to Curacao and the Netherlands, as the facility could not maintain them all. Once the current work at the facility is completed, the prisoners will be able to return.

Minister De Weever stated that he is satisfied with the works being carried out in order to bring the facility up to par. “It is important that the House of Detention is properly repaired prior to receiving our inmates back from the Netherlands and Curacao, because St. Maarten has to abide to International Human Rights Standards of which St. Maarten is signatory to via the Netherlands,” said Minister De Weever.



TelEm Group employees give big boost to Leo Club “T’is the Season” Food Drive

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Leo Club members have expressed deep words of thanks to personnel and management of TelEm Group for their kind food donations for their “T’is The Season” Christmas Food Drive.

The Leo Club want to make it a “Ho, Ho, Ho” Christmas season for the less fortunate in the St. Maarten community, and say the non-perishable goods collected by TelEm Group staff during the past week’s will go a long way toward them meeting their goal.

The food items were presented to members of the Leo Club, accompanied by Leo Adviser, Mrs. Lisandra Havertong, by representatives of the Human Resources & Development Department and Marketing Intern Lisa Jacquet.

“Our staff responded to the Leo Club’s “T’is The Season” initiative as soon as we announced it, and we are very grateful for that,” said TelEm Group Human Resources representatives Ms. Shakima van Heyningen and Mrs. Isabel Santos.

They said staff were moved to hear that the food items would be provided to families on the island who are currently facing difficult situations so that they might have a more enjoyable holiday season.

Speaking on behalf of the Leo Club, Adviser, Mrs. Havertong, said the group is in awe of the TelEm Group contribution estimating that the amount received will easily make 20 baskets – or more - for the families in need.

“Throughout the years, when delivering our Christmas food baskets, we hear of many touching stories from families and individuals who feel extremely blessed and grateful upon receiving them, so TelEm staff can be assured that their gift of giving will be well received,” said Mrs. Havertong.

This year the St. Maarten Leo Club set out to distribute 100 baskets to families across the island, and following the big boost from TelEm Group, they seem well on the way to meeting their target.

After the food presentation on Tuesday, The Human Resources and Development Department and the Marketing Department individually thanked the staff members who donated a food item, or assisted in any way, noting the response they received.


Nine graduate with double degree from Aruba & Maastricht Universities

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA - The University of Aruba and Maastricht University are proud to announce with pride that this year nine students completed the Double Degree Master Programme in International and European Tax Law.

According to a joint statement released on Tuesday, these students have performed well and therefore on December 7 they received their Diplomas from Maastricht University and the University of Aruba.

The graduands received the following titles: Master of Laws in International and European Tax Law of Maastricht University and Master of Laws in Aruban Law of the University of Aruba.

During the graduation ceremony the first copy of the book ' Corporate Taxation in the Dutch Caribbean and Latin American region: BES-Islands, Aruba, Curaçao, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela were presented to the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes.

This book was written specifically for the Double Degree program on Aruba. This will finally fill a long-standing gap. The unique book is also one of the pillars, in addition to European and international tax law, on which the program is based.

The book is accessible online for everyone via this link:

In view of the size and needs of the Latin American labour market, there is a need for legal professionals and highly qualified tax specialists to meet the demands of the public and private sectors.


CPS staff receives re-certification in First Aid CPR AED

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) – The staff of the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), has been recertified by completing two training courses with the Windward Island Emergency Medical Services (WIEMS).

The trainings took place in November over a two-day period.

The two-day courses entailed, First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training, and on the second day of the training was on the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The recertified staff were presented with their new cards by the President of WIEMS, Ms. Maria Chemont. Upon receiving the cards, Ms. Chemont gave words of encouragement to continue being advocates of health and the importance of everyone being knowledgeable in life saving techniques.


SMMC Medical Center Eye Care Clinic now performing eye surgeries

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) is pleased to announce the Eye Care Clinic has started eye surgery procedures. This marks the first time in over six years that the hospital has performed such a procedure.

The first surgeries in the brand-new Eye Care Clinic were carried out on December 4th, 2019 by Ophthalmologist, Dr. Jerrel Pawiroredjo and his eye care team.

A total of four successful procedures were performed which included three cases of Cataract surgeries and one case of a minor eyelid surgery. Each surgery was performed in an outpatient setting within the Eye Care Clinic under topical anaesthesia. The newly installed - state of the art- eye care equipment allowed the team to perform each procedure efficiently and in a short amount of time.

According to Dr. Pawiroredjo: “Initiatives in health care, like this one, demonstrate the innovation and collaboration that continue to improve the health services offered to our patients. This is a terrific example of some more great work to offer better service to patients. We used a new topical anesthesia which is a new alternative to patients with any other medical issues”.

The Eye Care Clinic will now provide surgeries on a continuous basis to patients. Procedures performed include Pterygium, Pediatric procedures, Eye lid surgery, Auto- transplantation and Cataract. Cataract surgeries are noted as the most common condition in treated patients.

These new advancements in the Eye Care Clinic further underline SMMC’s commitment to expanding medical services on island, as it prepares for the new hospital and to deliver quality care, close to home.

The Eye Care Clinic is located in SMMC’s Care Complex. Patients who wish to see the new eye specialists can make an appointment at the Outpatient Department at Tel: 543-1111 ext. 1300 / 1310 / 1334 or 1345.

Appointments can be made from Mondays-Fridays between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. SZV patients are requested to obtain a referral letter from their family doctor before visiting the eye specialists.

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