Island Notices

Island Notices (1912)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher symbolically "broke ground" on the Backstreet project on Saturday, April 22. She also received an update on the project from Claudius Buncamper of the department of VROMI. The Minister was also joined by Director of Windward Roads Jan-Hendrik Boekaar.

The Backstreet project is a joint project between the Ministries of TEATT (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication) and VROMI and is being financed by the TEATT Ministry. The project is being executed by main contractor Windward Roads.

The bricks in the road will be removed and the road will be paved. Buncamper explained that the road will remain open for pedestrians at all times and to emergency vehicles. VROMI has also made it possible for residents and businesses to connect sewage lines at their own expense while the project is ongoing.

The drainage on the road will also be regulated to eliminated water accumulation in pockets.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), over the past weeks has been meeting with various stakeholders as it relates to preparatory multi-agency response, and has stepped up surveillance for yellow fever in the wake of an increase in yellow fever reports emanating from several Latin American countries. 

CPSs surveillance mechanism was placed on alert for any potential yellow fever cases in January.

Sint Maarten does not have any yellow fever cases, but due to the current situation of yellow fever being detected in areas in countries where no cases have been detected in several years, this has increased the country’s alert level.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Saturday, the 15th of April, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library hosted its grand annual Easter Egg Hunt 2017. The event, which hosted 60 children ages 1 to 10 years and their parents took place at the Vineyard Estate from 10 am to 12.30 pm.

The Easter Egg Hunt program was a fundamental educational event that exposed the children to Sher’s Mak Puppet Theater; where they learnt the importance of reading in the context of the slogan “ Reading together made us stronger”; which is taken from the PJL’s SXM Reads theme and Story teller Maryland Powell PJL’s Children’s & Teen’s librarian and student of the University of St. Martin EDU 350 Children’s Literature Spring Semester year 2017; retelling her created true story of Mr. Cucolee’s pig.

Fun activities followed thereafter of face painting by Funtopia’s students, pin the tail on the rabbit, jumping in the potato bag race. There was also the arrival of the Easter Bunny who was graciously donated from Shop for Less.

All the children enjoyed running to fill their bags with Easter treats; then settled down to enjoy refreshments provided to them by Winter Garden’s Richiniel Brug.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Sun, Sea, Sand and good times, is what describes the “Friendly Island” of St. Maarten, affectionately known as a unique paradise by most who visit the island. The tourism industry is the main source of income on the island, thus creating educational programs that caters to and enhances this industry is an absolute must.

In being an institute of vision, who makes purposeful strides in catering to the needs of the community, NIPA recently signed an MOU, for the development of level 3 and 4 programs, with Colegio Educacion Profesional Intermedio (EPI). EPI is considered to be one of the leading Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management School in the Dutch Caribbean, located on “Dushi” Aruba.

With the assistance of EPI, NIPA aspires to offer programs which include: a level 3 Associates of Applied Science of Food & Beverage and Culinary Arts, a level 4 Associates of Arts in Hotel, Leisure and Travel and a level 4+ Associate of Science degree in Hospitality Management. These programs are scheduled to start in September of the new school year.

EPI and NIPA share mutual interest in providing a quality curriculum, to equip students with a broad-based view of the hospitality industry. Furthermore, the idea is for students to receive in-depth training in the methodologies necessary to succeed not only as hospitality professionals, but as active and productive members of the community.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus is expected to take a multi-million dollar step to help the Caribbean further develop through science and technology. The effort will see the establishment of a state-of-the art Faculty of Science and Technology at the campus.

Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Cave Hill, , Professor Eudine Barriteau spoke about this goal when Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CIBC FirstCaribbean Gary Brown paid her a courtesy call recently. She also said that the campus was aiming to increase its student population to close to its carry capacity of 9,000 by tapping in on non-traditional Caribbean markets as well as international markets.

She said that the campus’ enrolment had declined after the Barbados government introduced tuition fees for local students, however, she was seeking to market the campus internationally by leveraging its reputation for offering a quality education as well as its location in Barbados highlighted by factors such as good international connections by air, access to digital technology and good social cohesion.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said on Friday that safe food preparation at home, or grabbing a bite from food kiosks; street market vendors; booth holders; and other points of sale, it is therefore essential to observe safe food handling practices at any one of those locations in order for patrons to have a safe Carnival season.

Gastroenteritis, is the inflammation of the stomach and intestine, which is usually due to acute infection by viruses or bacteria or to food-poisoning toxins and causes vomiting and diarrhea.  Laboratory testing is recommended to identify the specific virus associated to the gastroenteritis.

Unsafe food poses global health threats, endangering everyone.  Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with an underlying illness are particularly vulnerable.

Foodborne and waterborne diarrhoeal disease kill an estimated two million people annually, including many children.

Food can become contaminated at any point of production and distribution, and the primary responsibility lies with food producers and consumers.  A large proportion of foodborne disease incidents are caused by foods improperly prepared or mishandled at home, or in food service establishments.

The associated symptoms with gastroenteritis are diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea, fever and headache.  The most common symptoms are vomiting and repeated episodes of diarrhea (three or more episodes within 24 hours). To ensure proper diagnosis, care and treatment, consult your physician and for confirmation must be referred to the lab by the physician.  

The infection can spread when bacteria found in faeces or vomit is transferred to other objects.  Bacteria can be transferred through poor hygiene. It is spread through contamination of hands, objects or food infected with the aforementioned.   

For example, if someone does not wash their hands properly after going to the toilet, any viruses or bacteria on their hands will be transferred to whatever they touch, such as glass, kitchen utensil or food.

To prevent the spread of the infection, wash your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet and before eating or preparing food. Make it a routine habit to adhere to proper hand hygiene and cough etiquettes.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Preventive Service’s (CPS) calendar of health observances, focuses on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) during the month of April, reminds and encourages the community to take a proactive approach to prevent STIs, and continue to make healthy choices.

CPS, which is a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the populace to get checked, treated and apply preventive measures, adding that Sexually Transmitted Infections are real, they are here, and they do not discriminate. Individuals should also be well informed in order to make wise choices.

CPS encourages individuals to be more responsible for their own health and their partner's health, make proper use of condoms or abstain.

STIs are infections that are spread primarily through person-to-person sexual contact.  STIs are infections that are likely to be transmitted while having unprotected sex.  Transmitted means that the infection is passed on from one person to another person.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) is inviting local photographer’s participation in the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Cover Star Competition in search of stunning romantic shots that would grace the cover of CTOs “Your Caribbean Weddings & Honeymoons” next edition.

The aforementioned publication is a major consumer and travel guide which is distributed at wedding shows and other key wedding and travel and tourism events in the United Kingdom and Europe.

The competition is open to amateurs and professionals.  Those interested should contact the following persons at the STB before submitting their photos: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library and the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) launched on Saturday April 8th, 2017 their brand new collection of over 50 health books for a range of ages before invited guests, including Honorable Minister of Education Sylveria Jacobs, Honorable Minister of Health Emile Lee represented by the Collective Prevention Services department head Virginia Asin, Assistant Dean of Service Learning and Community Affairs PhD Golden Jackson and the AUC students along with Aukje de Jong OrganWise Guy library presenter. a display of a life-size human skeleton, life-size human torso with exposed and removable organs; a brain model; and a heart model.

The American University of the Caribbean’s (AUC) PhD Golden Jackson shared with us the AUC’s love for our community and our library by stating that they are really committed to developing lasting strong relationship with the St. Maarten community. The Body Smaart program is seen as a great opportunity for their students to enhance their learning and be able to apply their knowledge while give back to the students of St. Maarten that frequent the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.

After OrganWise Guys was introduced to various schools and afternoon school programs by CPS and the library’s Aukje de Jong, the students of AUC decided to give OrganWise Guys a St. Maarten touch.

After Hillary Daughterty won the 2016 Karl Stockhausen award that came with a grant of $5000 to be used in the community, a brand new program

“Body Smaart” was developed. This includes a more innovative program of activities, fresh air exercise and a walk through of our anatomy.

The Dr. Karl Stockhausen scholarship fund was established to help medical students who are driven to help others in their future profession or who may be facing obstacles in relation to becoming physicians. Karl Stockhausen was devoted to the physician’s profession. Tragically, he lost his life to cancer at the age of 28.

Both the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health, along with Collective Prevention Services, welcome this newest addition to our current collection and render their support to the AUC and the library for one hundred percent.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - During the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle donations were made to three local organizations.

The donations were made to Lottie Petersen of The Diabetes Foundation, which offers awareness for diabetes in the community and does regular testing’s on Saturday’s at various Locations. To Dr. Jessurun of The Alzheimer’s Foundation which brings awareness to the community on the dementia and Alzheimer deceases.

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