PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten  Social & Health Insurances made a donation of re-usable (water) bottles to the Youth Health Care section ofCollective Prevention Servicestoday for the participants of the Bike-A-Thon to be hosted on Saturday May 28th.

This is just one of the many activities hosted by Youth Health Care of CPS in light of Vaccination Week 2016.

In Photo L-R: Anousjka Yngard-Dompig (CPS), Suzianne Duzong-Davis (CPS) and Parveen Boertje (CCO of SZV).

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On May 10th 2016 The University of St Martin’s School of Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning (SCELL)’s Women’s Island Network (WIN) held a Nurse Empowerment Session. It was instructed by the Vice President of WIN, Adelena Schaap.

The empowerment session was given to the nurses in light of the Nurses Week celebrations entitled “Winning at Life”.  Ms. Schaap explained them that the secret to winning at life is power. “The power that is necessary to be able to influence an individual or a group. Nurses need the power to influence patients, physicians, other health care professionals, as well as each other.” She explained that a powerless nurse is an ineffective nurse, and a nurse that is less satisfied with their job are more susceptible to burnouts and also stressed how important it was to motivate each other as a team.

Some nurses shared why they chose their profession. Nurse Meandra, Vice President of the Nurses Association said that her mother told her she needed to be a nurse and so she followed her mother’s instructions. However, she fell in love with being a nurse. She said the most satisfying part of her job is seeing patients go from being in critical condition to walking out of the hospital in better shape, knowing that she was able to contribute to the recovery.

Participants of the session said:

“Reminds me of my worth. Thank you for the appreciation. Delivered the talk well and engaging” – Nurse Mae

“I love when professionals come together and inspire each other greatly. Love it!” – Nurse Meandra

"It shows you that in our profession we have different age groups interacting with each other positively. We have a voice, in some countries they don't have a voice especially women. Communication and respect is very important.” - Nurse Mavis

Director of SCELL and Founder of WIN stated: SCELL supports all of our programs which directly educate and enrich the community. The value of St. Maarten nurses is immeasurable; they are critical contributing professionals of our society. We are proud of Mrs. Schaap and her efforts to facilitate the Empowerment session; it showcases WIN’s commitment to the St. Martin Community as a whole. USM/SCELL continues to be a leader in advocating professional development throughout the Caribbean.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Justice Sint Maarten, Mr. Edson E. Kirindongo was invited by the Airport Immigration Officers to attend a meeting this week.

The meeting was attended by many immigration officers who needed clarity on judicial procedures, interpretation of the law and documentation information.

The officers were very pleased that the Minister attended the meeting and the information they requested was given.

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GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Ingrid Arrindell commends both telecom providers, the TelEm Group of Companies, which will be creating an island-wide fiber optic network that will revolutionize telecommunication service in the country; and United Telecommunications Services (UTS) Eastern Caribbean, which will offer eight local schools high-speed broadband internet through its CaribServe broadband internet service.

TelEm stated that its hopes lie in the expansion of a “Smart City” program in which three districts have been chosen to test out Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) connections for a wider fiber optic network.

Not only will the new technology enable exciting new telecommunication features in homes and offices at previously unattainable speeds, it will also pave the way for a host of new business opportunities for creative and innovative individuals in the St. Maarten Community, TelEm stated.

UTS Eastern Caribbean will provide eight local catholic schools each on the island with a 10 Megabyte per second (10MBPS) connection to assist the schools in their aim of educating their students. With technology playing a bigger role in the classroom than ever before, the need for a robust, high speed connection is more important than ever, UTS stated.

Both announcements were made on the occasion of May 17th , World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD).

The theme for WTISD was “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact.”

“The initiatives of these companies will further enhance the services being provided to the community at large, our visitors to the Island who require high-speed internet access so that they can remain in contact and efficiently conduct their business while on our Island, and the school-going population.

“Information communication technology can create valuable e-learning tools and provide career opportunities for our youth.  The sky is the limit where it concerns the digital economy, and every opportunity must be provided to our community and the youth to harness intellectual talent that would ultimately transform and catapult our economy into the digital age.

“I would like to see various types of micro, small, and medium sized e-commerce and e-businesses developing in the coming years as we move forward as a nation,” Minister Ingrid Arrindell said on Wednesday.

May 17th was identified as a day to help raise awareness of the opportunities that the use of the internet, and other information and communication technologies (ICT), can bring to societies and economies, as well as the ability of the internet to bridge the digital divide.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Office of Disaster Management that falls under the Ministry of General Affairs, has received many queries related to the change in policy regarding requesting a hurricane pass.

The change in policy is to improve safety on the public road network making it safe for clean-up crews and heavy equipment to easily move around; preventing persons and drivers from injury if there are unsafe areas and downed electricity cables; increase efficiency in the removal of hurricane debris when public roads have less traffic activity, the clean-up of the country moves faster and businesses can open sooner.

Based on past assessments from the Police and Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), it has become noticeable of pass holders driving around as “disaster tourists” during the curfew rather than actually using the pass as prescribed.

More vehicles on the road also slow down emergency response services if only main roads are accessible and secondary roads are still to be cleaned-up.

Overall, if roads are clogged with traffic, business owners and others with a pass are unable to get to work or place of business until clean-up crews have cleared debris making areas accessible.

For the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, a change in policy was recommended based on the aforementioned points in the national interests. 

Based on evaluations, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has decided that traffic should be minimized during curfews, therefore regular business owners and hotels are no longer eligible for hurricane passes. By this measure, curfews will be focused on rescuing, helping and assisting people in need and the cleanup of the roads.

Due to curfews being as short as possible, business owners are able to assess possible damage outside of the curfews. Hotels are advised to post key personnel on-site during a curfew, for replacements will not be possible during a curfew.

Certain vital companies, which play an important role in emergency response or the continuity of the island, are an exception to this measure.

The adjustment in policy should lead to a more efficient and effective post-disaster response and clean-up allowing the country to get back to business quicker than in the past.

The Hurricane Pass system is a mechanism to maintain public order during emergency situations.  The Prime Minister assesses the damage in conjunction with Emergency Disaster Management entities of the Government after a disaster has occurred and can impose a curfew if the extent of the damage poses a threat to the safety and security of the community.

After a disaster has struck, and a curfew has been imposed, the public roads can only be accessed by emergency crews.  The Prime Minister will ensure that the curfew is limited to the essential time that is needed to execute emergency and disaster relief and recovery efforts.

An application form can be requested by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application form has to be completed and submitted to the offices of the Fire Department & Disaster Management, to the attention of the secretary located at Jackal Road 5 (Office hours Monday-Friday 9.00AM to 4.00PM), Cay Hill or at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center, (Monday-Friday 8.30AM to 12.00PM and 1.00PM to 3.30PM) Airport Road 6, before May 27, 2016, with all necessary documents attached.

Applicants will be informed by email or telephone when to pick up the pass at the aforementioned addresses.

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