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GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications advises all public transportation operators of public buses, taxis, Gs and Ts of the following.

In consideration of the start of controls on road tax on Monday, March 20, 2017 there are still approximately 189 motor vehicles that have not been inspected as per March 17th. 

The breakdown is 77 BUS, 66 TAXI, 30 G operators and 26 T operators.

In addition to those motor vehicles, there are also 25 inspections still pending due to missing or incomplete documents.  

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The School for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (SCELL) from the University of Saint Maarten (USM) has donated D’OGA classes for expansion of the More Movement for Elderly program.

Under this expansion, the program will now have 4 monthly activities free of charge for persons 60 years and over. Participants can join the D’OGA class every first Wednesday of the month at the USM location.

The More Movement for the Elderly Campaign has joined with D’OGA, a program of SCELL-USM and National Institute of the Arts (NIA), to further promote healthier living habits for the population of the country and seniors as a special target group through D’OGA.

For this date, March 18th, seniors can choose between two free activities. The first one is the free Saturday Class at St. Martins Home in St. John’ s Estate, provided by CPS partner White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF).

The second will be the introductory launch of the D’OGA classes. The adjusted schedule of activities will be available to public in April.

The free session by USM SCELL and NIA starts from 9.00AM and ends 11.00AM. D’OGA helps individuals to de-stress after a hard day at work; breathe and relax to improve memory; live longer and healthier. Join and learn about anatomy, spirituality, physiology, meditation and the importance of breathing.

Other benefits are clarity of the mind, strengthening you circulation and lung capacity. Participants are requested to bring along a mat for the yoga-exercise.

Seniors can choose to either join the free session of D’OGA on Saturday or the More Movement for the Elderly Fitness at the St. Martin’s Home which is located at St. John’s Estate road #6. They can also attend both if they wish to do so.

To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Older adults aged 60 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a complete road closure at the intersection Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road/Percy Labega on Sunday, March 19.

The complete closure will take place from 7.00am to 5.00pm.  The project entails painting of the traffic lines on the road surface.

SOUTH REWARD, St. Maarten - The paving of Mildrum road, also known as the Weymouth Hill road has begun, which entails leveling of the surface, shaping out the road, and pouring. According to the set schedule, 95 meters of the Mildrum road will be paved with fiber – reinforced concrete. The whole project is expected to be completed within the coming 5 weeks.

The Honorable Minister of VROMI, Christophe Emmanuel is enthusiastic about the completion of this project. He is grateful to have been able to finalize the public / private agreement in order to better the infrastructure for the residents in the area of Weymouth Hill with a newly paved Mildrum road.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A press release issued by KPSM stated that in connection with the 2017 “Cause Way Jump Up” which is scheduled to be held on Saturday March 18th the Police Department (KPSM) is informing the general public of the following road closures.

The jump up will depart on time from Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay at 8.00 p.m. taking the following the route- Welfare road – Airport Boulevard – Cause Way Bridge – Union road – Kruythof  round about – A.J.C. Brouwers road and will end at Church hill round about.

During the passing of the jump up parade all streets and alleys along the mentioned routes will be closed for motor vehicle traffic. When the jump up has passed any of these streets and alleys the traffic will be opened to the public again. All drivers using the public streets between the hours of 8.00 p.m. and 2.00 a.m. should take keen note of this information to avoid any unnecessary inconvenience.

During the closure of these streets they should also use alternatives routes to get to their destination. The Police Department is taking this opportunity to remind the general public that the 2017 Carnival will have a 0-tolerance approach and like the past years the updated “Transaction List” will go into effect.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday March 16th a group of students in the ages of six and seven years of age from the Leonard Connor School in Cole Bay under the guidance of teacher Elisia Lake visited the Police Head Quarter in Philipsburg on a field trip to meet the officers and to find out what the police does on a daily bases.

The group was met and welcomed by Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson of the Public Relation and Communication Department. A complete tour of the police department with an explanation of what the task is of each department was given by the Community Police Officer Rensley Henson.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As the Carnival Season quickly approaches with jump-ups, pageants, calypso eliminations and parades ahead of the opening of the village, I wish my fellow St. Maarteners and visitors alike, much fun and enjoyment of the cultural celebrations St. Maarten has to offer. Do enjoy the local cuisine, music and revelry, and in everything you do this Carnival season, do it responsibly. I encourage you to not use this time to deal with a petty feuds or create scenes. Instead, build relationships and support our artists as they get the opportunity to showcase their varied talents. Go out of your way to welcome our visitors and show them a good time, in true St. Maarten style.

To the parents,

Keep your children close during the jump-ups and parades, and ensure they attend age appropriate events. We are a community and we need to come together and be the village that raises the child. As Minister of Youth, I believe we must ensure our youth are not over exposed to nor engage in the excesses associated with alcohol consumption, and sexually suggestive conduct, which seems to be accepted as the norm. Many youth do as they see rather than what they are told, therefore we must lead by example and display behavior we can be proud of down the line for generations to come.

As parents we must also set limits for our children and enforce them. Ensure that your children respect themselves and the laws put in place to protect. They must also be taught to respect others including those who were entrusted with the task of enforcing and upholding the laws for a safe and prosperous community.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in collaboration with the Sint Maarten Leo Club have joined forces in a quest to tackle the drugs and alcohol abuse by the youth. Both parties have been exposed to the dangers and this matter is an ongoing problem with a root in our community which cannot be solved if the matter is not tackled collaboratively.

Drug and alcohol use/abuse by our youth is a serious matter that must be addressed urgently. Secondary schools are no longer the only level of education that deals with these cases. Since January 2017, the Inspectorate has been approached by management of primary schools to deal with a number of cases of drug use/abuse. Children who use either alcohol or drugs are a risk to themselves and other students around them. Under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, these students either skip classes/are truant, act out, display discipline problems resulting in getting suspended or expelled from school. In some cases drugs are being shared and or sold on school premises.

The main stakeholders identified in this project are the Sint Maarten Leo Club and the Ministry ECYS. The Inspectorate of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport, the Department of Youth Affairs, and the Student Support Services Division will be the stakeholders representing the Ministry ECYS. Other stakeholders will be approached once subprojects have been identified. The slogan and theme identified for the campaign was created by the members of the Sint Maarten Leo Club. The slogan is “The best me is drug free, the greatest me is alcohol free.”

PHILIPSBUR, St. Maarten - The board of the United St. Maarten (US) party on Thursday said it stands by and supports its party member and Member of Parliament Chanel Brownbill in the current ongoing investigation. Though the situation is one to be concerned about, the board also cautions against a rush to judgment as MP Brownbill still has rights under the law.

"In such time we tend to forget how families are also affected, so we also stand in support of them in these troubling times.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - From March 8th till 10th the Head of the Technical Department of Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten, Mr. Sidney de Weever, attended a regional frequency coordination meeting that was hosted by the International Telecom Union (ITU) on the use of the VHF band (174-216MHz) and the UHF band (470-806MHz), which took place in Managua, Nicaragua.

The VHF and UHF bands are being used for important services such as Radio, Analog TV, Digital TV (DTT), and Mobile Communication, and during the meeting the future use of these two frequency bands were discussed in light of the further utilization of DTT, 4G/LTE mobile networks, and the potential future deployment of 5G networks.

During the ITU Regional Frequency Coordination Meeting, a new registration/coordination software tool was launched, whereby regulators can better plan and issue spectrum within their own territories, and be able to mitigate any interference to or from neighboring territories.

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