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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with passing of our dear colleague and friend the management of the Police Force (KPSM) on Monday March 20th placed a table with a picture and condolence book of the late Annick Arrindell in the lobby of the Police Headquarters in Philipsburg. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police department is reminding the general public that the control on unpaid road tax for motor vehicles for the year 2017 has begun. All owners/drivers of motor vehicles registered on the Dutch side of the island should make sure that their road tax is paid before using the public roads to avoid any inconvenience.

The owners/managers of car rentals registered on the Dutch side should make sure that the road tax for their vehicles is paid. If these cars are caught driving on the public roads with unpaid road tax, the owner/manager of these establishments will be held accountable.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Island Gems Charity Foundation recently donated a large quantity of arts and craft to Sister Basilia Centre. The supplies will aid the Centre’s residents with their therapy, motor skills and for fun.

  The official presentation of the supplies was made at the Centre when residents and clients were staging a wedding complete with a registrar. The event doubled as a celebration of love and as a thank you for the Gems who have supported the Centre many times in past. After, the ceremony, Gems joined the residents for dancing at the wedding reception.

  Island Gems Board Member Jody Rosen said, “It is always a pleasure to assist Sister Basilia Centre. The clients and team leaders do amazing work and they deserve all the assistance we as community can give them.”

   Island Gems President Alita Singh added, “We are only as strong as our most vulnerable in our community. While some may look to at the clients of the Centre as challenged, we as Gems see potential, strength and incredible courage. They deserve as much support as possible.”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Speaking at the Aruba Day Awards Ceremony held at SOIL on Sunday evening, Prime Minister William Marlin said that Aruba Day is a special celebration not only for Arubians at home and abroad, but for those we might call the “extended family” of Aruba which includes friends and well-wishers all over the world, but particularly in St. Maarten where the Chuchubi Foundation has been the standard bearer for Aruba for quite a while now.

Many St. Martiners the Prime Minister said were born on Aruba, actually the 50% of the Ministers making up the present government were born on our sister island as well as the acting Governor.

The celebration of Aruba Day this year has featured several activities which began on Friday and the Awards Ceremony can therefore be considered the icing on the cake of the Aruba Day celebrations on St. Maarten.

The ties between St. Maarten and Aruba go beyond our shared history of being part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is even deeper, I dare say, than our cultural bonds. Blood ties make us family, and many of you here this evening are living proof of this.

Marlin said that visiting Aruba, particularly San Nicolas is like being in M’Region or Cole, the family ties have never been broken, but have rather remained strong.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The CARIBE WAVE annual tsunami exercise of the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, will take place on Tuesday, March 21.

The Fire Department and Office of Disaster Management will be taking part including several hotel resorts that are part of the St. Maarten Timeshare Association.

The participating resorts are: Flamingo Beach Resort, Royal Palm Beach Resort, Oyster Bay Beach Resort and La Vista Resort.

The participating resorts will carry out an evacuation of the ground and lower level floors at their facilities.  The exercise entails that a three meter tsunami wave would impact coastal areas of the country.

The exercise objective is for countries, emergency management stakeholders and communities at risk, to test validate and update their tsunami response plans.

For CARIBE WAVE 2017 three different scenarios will be simulated. Each country will choose the one that best fits their objectives.

The first scenario simulates a magnitude 7.9 earthquake generated off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The second scenario is an 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the Southeastern coast of Cuba.

The third scenario is a magnitude 8.5 earthquake northeast of the Lesser Antilles which Sint Maarten will be taking part in this exercise. 

Each one of the 48 countries and territories members of CARIBE EWS will decide the level of participation and coordinate the corresponding activities within their jurisdiction.

Sint Maarten is a member state of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions

(Intergovernmental Coordinating Group/CARIBE EWS), which is one of United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) bodies.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – TelEm Group is once again a proud sponsor of the St. Maarten Lion’s Club Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair, urging personnel, customers and members of the public generally to take advantage of the host of free health tests that will be available there.

The event kicks off from 9:00 am at the Festival Village in Philipsburg, Saturday.

This year, organizers have promised health and wellness lectures, masses of information on a wide range of diseases and physical conditions and a welcome return of foot massage experts.

Representatives of the Lion’s Club visited TelEm Group’s Main building on Pond Island, Friday, to talk about the upcoming event and also to collect a sponsorship check for the fifth consecutive year.

MOUNT WILLIAM HILL, St. Maarten - Early Saturday morning, March 18, a white Mitsubishi Lancer M-11206 car, which was heading on Mount William hill from Dutch Quarter to Middle Region entrance, for unknown reasons lost control and hit in the wall .

The driver received severe head injuries and was transported by ambulance to the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC).

Adrian Providence was flown out around 5:00 pm to the Dominican Republic for further advanced medical treatment.

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.

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