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Island Notices (2079)

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says due to Monday morning’s heavy rainfall, CPS re-enforces its message that all residents and businesses need to take proactive measures to prevent mosquitos from breeding. 

Be on the alert for mosquito breeding sites and eliminate them especially after rainfall!

Actively destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns/vase or in pet dishes for more than two days.  Throw out the water and turn them over every time it collects water.

Screen off cistern outlets, cover and screen septic tanks properly.

WILLEMSTAD - In Curaçao, a new government under the leadership of Eugene Rhuggenaath was sworn in this morning. This ended a period of more than two months, in which an interim government led by the MFK of Gerrit Schotte was in power.

The new government took office one month after the last elections and wants to instantly work on a social plan to combat poverty. In addition, the coalition under the leadership of Rhuggenaath has undertaken to work hard for more financial reliability.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Due to an improvement in weather conditions, examination classes scheduled for today, Monday, May 29 are still taking place. 

Students who were scheduled to sit their exam on Monday afternoon (1.00PM) are expected to show up at the scheduled time and venues.

Students did show up for the 9.00AM Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examinations.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Government Offices are open, however, the following departments and services are closed to the public: Receivers Office, Civil Registry Department, Department of Labour & Social Affairs (Pondfill), and the Simpson Bay Public Service Center.  The Tax Department at the Vineyard Building is open.

Business activity can continue as normal, but it is up to the discretion of the business owner/manager whether they would close their operations.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group offices will remain closed today, due to deteriorating weather conditions.

The decision was announced at approximately 7:30 am Monday morning by the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kendall Dupersoy following consultation with management and technical staff.

“Flash flooding conditions and the spells of lighting we experienced Sunday night and into Monday morning makes it prudent to close to the staff and public, also become some of the roads leading to the Main office on Pond Island is also flooded,” said the CEO.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - “Due to heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning the SZV offices are closed today until further notice.”

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Fire Department is requesting motorists to remain off the road network due to heavy street flooding.

Those already on the road network should drive with extreme caution and avoid flooded areas; those driving along hillsides should drive with caution and beware of rock-falls.

The conditions according to the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten is due to a tropical wave and a mid-to-upper level trough which is producing instability across the Eastern Caribbean.

There will be scattered showers to isolated thunderstorms; wind speeds up to 22 miles per hour, and higher gusts.

 Showers may become heavy at times, therefore, residents and users of areas prone to flooding should be vigilant as street-flooding may occur.

 Slight to moderate seas are expected for the next few days with waves peaking near 6 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers should exercise caution.


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Minister of Education Culture Youth & Sports The Honorable Silveria Jacobs has decided to close all schools on Monday May 29th 2017 due to heavy rains, reports of heavy flooding throughout the island and overall poor weather conditions. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On this occasion of the grand opening of the MotorWorld showroom in Cole Bay, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise would like to congratulate the Amjad Family, management, staff, and friends of MotorWorld on the accomplishment of this huge milestone. The club would also like to thank MotorWorld for the generous donation of 450 back to school back packs for school children on the island. As a community minded corporation, MotorWorld has played a critical role in not only providing job opportunities for the community but also helping create the right environment for education of young people. Since 2013, MotorWorld has consistently provided pack to school items for young people through the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise. During this current school year, the club in collaboration with Motorworld, distributed 800 school bags with school supplies to the Methodist Agogic  Center (MAC) school at both locations, Browilia F. Maillard campus( St. Johns Estate)and Rev. John A Gumbs campus (Betty’s Estate). With MotorWorld’s continued donations, other schools will be supported as beneficiaries for this upcoming 2017-2018 year.

The back to School Project has been a signature project of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise for the last five years headed by the immediate past president Ms. Marcellia Henry. Club President, Mrs. Okama Ekpe Brook, along with four other club members received the donation from the management of MotorWorld handed over by Mrs. Rena Amjad, Mr. Reza Amjad, and Mr. Lorenzo Gomez.

In her speech, President Okama Ekpe Brook thanked the Amjad family and MotorWorld management for the continued support which helps the club to strengthen innovations in education. “Quality education is closely linked to entrepreneurship development and as a proud partner of MotorWorld, we are enabled to contribute to sustainable education and economic developments on St. Maarten’, she said. We came for the opening and were heart warmed when the donation of 450 school packs was announced by MotorWorld. We are very grateful for your corporate social responsibility in providing needed equipment for young people at the beginning of the school year.

COLE BAY, St. Maarten - Doesn't this make you feel good? I mean, here we are, amid those preaching gloom and doom for our economy, celebrating the official opening of an ultra-modern, multi-million dollar showroom of Motorworld. 

What would those who keep stressing that our Economy is stagnant think now?

What would they say when they see this? The economic indicators may indeed point to their views as true, and I must admit the people's perception may also buttress this opinion.

Of course, it is said that perception is reality. But is it really? If you ask me, I would say we are witnessing reality right now and that the reality is that Motorworld’s expansion and renovation is a resounding vote of confidence in St. Maarten and its economy. 

Perhaps the words of investment guru and one of the wealthiest men on the planet, Warren Buffet, would serve as a wise caution here.

Warren Buffet said: "Investors should be skeptical of history-based models. Constructed by a nerdy-sounding priesthood using esoteric terms such as beta, gamma, sigma and the like, these models tend to look impressive.

Too often, though, investors forget to examine the assumptions behind the models. Beware of geeks bearing formulas."

I'm sure Mr. Buffet wasn't condemning the use of well-researched data, but rather warning us to be careful about how we interpret them. 

In my view, he was warning us to be wary of the economic prophets of gloom.

With this brand new showroom, the automobile sector in St. Maarten has received not only a beautiful facelift, but is announcing to the world that we, too, are ready to compete at an international level. 

The new facility will allow for an improved customer service, offering clients comfort in a superb modern setting. This investment also says to the customer “we respect you and you deserve the best.”

Government is naturally very pleased that the private sector is doing its own share to further strengthen the economy and will match such initiatives with policies that will facilitate business by cutting down on red tape and boosting the investment climate. 

As I said at the beginning of this governing period, this government will pay maximum attention to getting our economy moving forward on four wheels, if I may use a motoring metaphor.

Those four wheels are: the private sector, labour, government, and a partnership between the three that focuses on sustainability and a fair deal for all.

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