Island Notices

Island Notices (1779)

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The number of countries with suspected or confirmed cases of yellow fever has increased.  According to the most recent Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) epidemiological update, suspected and confirmed yellow fever cases have been reported in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Suriname.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends for international travellers traveling to Espirito Santo State, Brazil

to get a yellow fever vaccination.

PAHO adds that given the current yellow fever situation in Brazil and the emergence of cases in areas where no cases have been detected in several years, Member States are urged to continue efforts to timely detect, confirm, and adequately treat cases of yellow fever within a timely manner.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The 2017 Carnival season has already started even though the Festival Village has not yet officially opened. The “Causeway Jump–up” has already taken place and it was unfortunate and unnecessary that a 14 year old boy was seriously injured by another teenage boy with a weapon during this event. Due to the severity of the injuries the victim sustained he was flown off island for further medical treatment. A teenage girl was also injured during this incident and treated for her injuries. The suspect in this case has been arrested and remains in custody for further investigation.

The Police Department is hereby sending out a very stern message to all youngsters and their parents. The Police Department is approaching the Carnival Season with a 0-tolerance policy. Any criminal activity and or misconduct will not be tolerated and will be dealt with immediately and swiftly. There is a “transaction list” with the most occurring criminal activity related to the carnival season which has been published and the Police Department in collaboration with the Public Prosecutor Office will maintain and uphold this policy.

One of the issues that the police department will be addressing during the jump ups are youngsters, men and women, who have their face entirely or partially covered in some form or fashion, to conceal their identity. While they conceal their identity they take advantage to act out with extreme violence against others causing fights and a lot of disruption to others during these events.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the funeral of Annick Arrindell who was a member of the Sint Maarten Police Force and the “Around the Town Jump Up” which are scheduled for Friday March 24th Front Street will be closed at the intersection Long wall road- Front Street- Little Bay road from 08.00 a.m. until the jump up has completely passed through Front Street.

All alleys leading from Back Street to Front Street will also be closed for these events. Only the School Steeg and Hotel Steeg (L’escargot alley) will be opened for parents to drop off at and pick up their children from the Oranje School during school hours.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a road closure of the A.T. Illidge Road (Dutch Quarter) on Saturday, March 25.

The closure will take place in the vicinity of Nazareth Road from 7.00am until 11.00am.  The project is in connection with repairs to the sewage pump in the pit in the street.

Motorists are advised to pay keen attention to the traffic directional signs.

Motorists coming from French Quarter and Belvedere will use the Bishop Road and Sucker Garden Road to get to their desired location.

MARIGOT,  Saint Martin - The voters of French  Saint Martin will be going to the polls for a second round to elect a new government on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Team Gibbs is a full list of candidates representing a cross-section of the community which is headed by its leader Daniel Gibbs. One of those candidates is Alex Pierre who holds on the number 11 position on the slate. 

Alex is no stranger to the community having worked in area of sports, community service and culture. Presently Mr. Pierre works in the banking industry.

"I am counting on the support of the community as my candidacy speaks of inclusion as part of Team Gibbs," Pierre said.

"I've seen first hand the struggles and realities of our community and I am prepared to get those concerns addressed," Pierre added.

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 nurses of the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) collaborated with Rotarians of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle to officially launch the baby bags in their “Welcome Baby” project.

The launch included a presentation by Rotarian Denise Antrobus, Rotarian Anjali Manek, and Nurse St. Cyr of the OB/GYN ward, who started the “Welcome Baby” initiative to support new mothers in need, as part of her objectives for this year. The presentation informed the invited guests about the project in detail, and also allowed both organizations to present a “Welcome Baby” bag to the first official new mom in the project. This particular bag that the new mom received, was sponsored by Mid Isle President Veronica Jansen-Webster, Domino’s Pizza, Bebe n’ Kids, Penny’s Department Store and Divico.

A District Grant was received through ‘The Rotary Foundation’, which is the charitable arm of Rotary International, to offset the startup costs of this project. Through this grant and the valued contributions by the generous sponsors mentioned the additional “Welcome Baby” bags are made possible. The bags are filled with the all the essentials a new mom will need for the new bundle of joy.

Projects like these highlight amazing ways the public can collaborate with our local hospital to support the community. “Welcome Baby” represents a way of giving back to the community for both organizations. For Nurse St. Cyr the objective was to promote the well-being of patients and through this joint effort she hopes to be able to offer positive experiences to the new moms.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — Social & Health Insurances SZV would like to invite the public and its customers to the 9th annual Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair taking place Saturday March 25th at the Festival Village from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

SZV will be hosting two information sessions at the health fair; Requirements & Procedures for Medical Reimbursements at 11:30 am and Rights & Obligations of ZV insured at 2:00 pm. Both information sessions will provide general information on the topics and also highlight frequently asked customer questions. SZV staff will be available at the fair the entire day to answer general questions, share information on its new services, online resources, give website demonstrations and more.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On March 22nd, St. Maarten National Day of Trees was celebrated with tree-plantings by youth from the SIMARC (Sint Maarten Archaeological Center) and St. Maarten Leo’s Club programs, at the Illidge Road roundabout, site of the planned Lion’s Park.

As another positive youth cooperation project, the SIMARC students, continuing their Tree Day plantings since the origin of Tree Day in 2008, worked together this year with the Leo’s Club youth, to plant numerous Mimosa trees generously donated by Jerry Speetjens.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The landfill on Pond Island is on fire.

 The Fire Department, is advising persons living downwind from the landfill fire, to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge, and for persons who suffer from asthma, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory challenges.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Sylvain Henry of the Seventh Day Adventist School is the winner of the iSTEP logo competition and has won himself an Apple IPAD. Henry, who wants to be an animator amongst other feats when he grows up, is a vibrant 6th grader who admits that at first, he was intimidated to enter the competition but with the support of his family and a lot of hard work he was able to submit his winning artwork.

A total of 18 submissions from various age groups and schools were judged by a panel of judges that comprised of two iSTEP team members, PRO of Minister Jacobs’ Cabinet, La Rich of Funtopia and Piet Valies of DWorks Graphics Design. The judging panel was very impressed with the creativity of all the artwork submitted which made judging the competition even harder. The judging panel and the iSTEP team were so impressed that they decided to also honor the second and third place entries as well.

To commemorate the hard work of the youngsters and to officially unveil the final version of the logo, a ceremony was held in the press briefing room at the Government Administration Building. The winners along with their families and school representatives were all in attendance. Hon. Minister Jacobs addressed the winners and encouraged them to continue being creative. She was impressed at the works displayed by the three young men and encouraged them to never give up on their dreams. “Continue to strive and use your talents for the betterment of your education and your future,” Minister Jacobs added.

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