Island Notices

Island Notices (1207)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -

Dear Parent /Guardians,

Greetings from the St. Maarten Academy P.S.V.E. 

By means of this letter we hereby request your presence at our Report Card Day on Wednesday 20th April 2016 from 10.00a.m. until 2.00p.m.

It is in the interest of your child  to make the necessary arrangements with your employer to be able to attend this very important meeting.  

Parents who have not yet paid the $ 5,00 contribution for their child’s school ID-card, should do so during this visit.

If Parental Contribution is outstanding, please pay your outstanding balance at Scotiabank and submit a copy of the receipt to the head office at the St. Maarten Academy Academic section.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) will be hosting their first Pre- Mother’s Day Market on Saturday May 7th , 2016 from 10 am to 1pm.

Registration fee is only $20.00 or NAF 36.00.

Persons who would like to display or sell their arts and crafts, basket, liqueurs, and cakes should register before April 28th. Space is limited only 15 tables are available.

For further information please contact Melackia Spencer at the library tel. 542-2970. or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten -- All parents of Form 5 and CAPE students attending St. Maarten Academy are being reminded that the final report card will be given out on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The time has been moved up to 11:00am - 2:00pm due to a Carnival activity in the area that evening.

It is expected that both parents and students attend this meeting. The last day for school for Form 5 and CAPE students is Friday, April 15, 2016.

Additionally, all Form 5 and CAPE students must return their text books by Friday, June 3, 2016 for CAPE/CSEC subjects already completed. Remaining text books must be returned on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 only. All books must be returned to the respective subject teachers. Fees will be charged for late returns. If texts are lost or damaged, student must pay the full cost of the book(s).

~ Time moved up due to Carnival jump-up in St. Peters ~

Please note that books cannot be returned between June 10 – 22, 2016 as internal examinations for Forms 1 - 4 and other school-related matters will be ongoing.

The Board of the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) and the Management and teachers of the school wish all students much success in the upcoming CAPE/CSEC examinations. Students are reminded that these are external examinations; therefore, they must be present for all exams or risk receiving a failing grade.

"Students remember your commitment to excellence. Despite the distractions of Carnival during this examination period, we urge you to remain focused on your goals.

Be steadfast in your examination preparations as you lay the groundwork for your future success. Remember, you are Academy!" Principal drs. Tallulah Baly-Vanterpool stated.

Management extends a heartfelt thank you to all parents and guardians for their support over the years.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin (USM) continues to foster its growing relationship with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), as they take steps to jointly provide Bachelor and Master programs for the community both local and regional.

Representatives of UVI will be on island to conduct COURSE SELECTION & REGISTRATION for Summer and Fall semesters.

UVI@USM current students should secure that their tuition payments for the current semester are up-to-date prior to registration.

However, they should speak with the officials, regardless of the status of their account!

The session will be held on Monday, April 18th between 9:00am – 7:00pm in USM room 200.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with up coming Rio Lighted Parade which is scheduled for Saturday April 9th the police department is announcing the following road closures:

At 03.00 p.m. The entire Front Street including all connecting alleys from Backstreet will be                                                                   closed          

At 07.30 p.m. Bush road closed at the Churchill round about No through traffic to Prins Bernard Bridge.

At 07.30 p.m. Bush road closed at Prins Bernard Bridge. No through traffic to Churchill round about.

At 07.40 p.m.   Zagersgut road closed at Bush road No through traffic to the Bush road.

At 08.00 p.m. A. Th. Illdge road closed at Prins Bernard Bridge, No through traffic on Prins Bernard Bridge.

At 08.00 p.m. Long wall road closed at Prinse Bernard Bridge. No through traffic on the Prins Bernard Bridge.

At 08.00 p.m. Walter Nisbet road road closed at Percey Labega Street. No through traffic to Prins Bernard Bridge.

At 08.30 p.m. Percey Labega Street closed at the Cannegieter Street. No through traffic to the Percy Labega Street.

At 08.30 p.m. Back Street closed at Kerkhof straat. No through traffic to Kerkhof Straat.

At 08.30 p.m. Little Bay road closed at Kerhof straat. No through traffic to Kerkhof straat.

At 10.45 p.m. Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard closed at Welvaart brug. No through traffic on the Buncamper road.

At 10.45 p.m. Buncamper road closed at Freedom Fighters round about. No through traffic to Buncamper road.

At 10.45 p.m. Buncamper road closed at Freedom Fighters round about. No through traffic to Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard.

At 11.00 p.m. Sucker garden road closed at Freedom Fighters round about. No through traffic to Walter Nisbet road.

At 11.00 p.m. Walter Nisbet road closed at Salt Picker Round about. No through traffic to Freedom Fighters round about.

At 11.20 p.m. Soualiga Boulevard closed at Rock Salt road. No through traffic to Salt Pickers Round about.

At 11.20 p.m. Peterson Street closed at Salt Picker round about. No through traffic at Salt Pickers road about.

At 11.20 p.m. Walter Nisbet road closed at Codville Webster road No through traffic to Salt Pickers round about.

At 11.40 p.m. Walter Nisbet road closed at Hensly Beaujon Street. No through traffic to Salt Pickers round about.

At 12.00 a.m. Walter Nisbet road closed closed at Percy Labega street. No through traffic to Salt Pickers round about.

At 12.00 a.m. Walter Nisbet road closed at A. Th Illidge road and Long wall road. No through traffic to Salt Pickers round about.

After the parade has reached its destination, the section of the Walter Nisbet road between the Percey Labega street and the Prins Bernard will be closed until 02.00 a.m.

All drivers should pay good notice to these road closures to avoid any unnecessary delays or inconvenience.

The Police Department is also taking this opportunity to remain the general public that the ZERO- tolerance policy will remain in effect. Any misbehavior or illegal activity during this period will be dealt with in accordance with this policy.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Interparliamentary Relations of Parliament will meet in a session on Monday, April 11. Several Ministers will be present for the sitting of the House.     

The CKAIR meeting has been set for Monday at 10.00 am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is discussion with the relevant Ministers on several topics in preparation of the IPKO and Tripartite to be held from May 31-June 3, 2016 in the Hague, the Netherlands.

The Minister of General Affairs will be providing information on embassies and the securing of the interests of Sint Maarten, dispute regulation, discrimination, possibility of travel with ID between Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, SIDS and the formalization of ministerial cooperation (Ministeriële Samenwerking), followed by the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs on the success rate of Sint Maarten students in the Netherlands, the actual implementation of the action plan on the rights of the child and an update on DUO.

The next Minister who will be shedding light to topics such as flight connections between Sint Maarten, Saba and Statia, landing rights on Sint Maarten, fast ferry connection between Sint Maarten, Saba and Statia and reducing roaming costs between the Caribbean islands of the Kingdom is the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication. The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will be elaborating on health care and discrimination right after.

Finally the Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure will delve into climate change, global warming, the Paris Climate Agreement and its consequences for Sint Maarten in relation to SIDS and innovative and sustainable energywhile the Minister of Finance will give an update on will registration (testamentenregister).

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the Ring Road will be closed on Saturday, April 9 to Sunday, April 10

The closure will take place from 5.00am on April 9 through Sunday 7.00pm.

Motorists are advised to remove all vehicles from the Ring Road by Friday, April 8 at 8.00pm.  Vehicles found will be towed in order for the Ministry to be able to carry out the required works.

The closure is in connection with repairs to the section from the Police Round-a-bout up to the yellow boulders.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby informs residents and businesses on Front Street that infrastructural works leading to emergency repairs of the aforementioned area, will commence on Sunday, April 10.

The project will be carried out in two phases with phase 1 starting on Sunday, April 10 from Sea Palace Hotel up to the Court House.  This section of the street will be blocked from Sunday, April 10 to April 20 in order to facilitate the necessary works.

Phase 2 entails from the Court House up to Emmaplein.  This section of the street will be blocked from Sunday, April 20 to April 30.

The street repair works are scheduled to be completed before the Grand Carnival Parade on Sunday, May 1.

The road works will be carried out by Windward Roads under the coordination of Ministry VROMI.

Ministry VROMI seeks the cooperation of all residents and businesses.

Delivery of goods to and from establishments can take place via the side streets as access will remain open up to Front Street.

Vehicles should not be parked in the side streets as these should remain open at all times for emergency vehicles.

For those requiring additional information, you can contact Kurt Ruan, Department Head of New Projects Development and Planning or Nathalie Parotte, Project Manager at Ministry VROMI via email addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone: 542-4289.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience that the aforementioned works may cause.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports (Ministry ECYS) Inspectorate, hereby makes known that it will not be granting any extended vacation to parents that wish to travel before the last official day of school July 6, 2016, unless in cases of emergencies.  

When requesting an exemption in case of an emergency, the applicant must provide the following:

  • Completed exemption form obtained at the inspectorate office
  • A copy of the Parent / Guardian and student Passport
  • Ticket reservations for student and the person traveling with the student
  • A supporting document that validates the emergency and states exactly why you are requesting to take the student out school for this particular period.  

Once you have prepared all the above requirements, they must be submitted at the office of the Inspectorate of Education in the Brooks Tower Building, Harbor View, Falcon Dr.#7, located between the Governor’s Cabinet and Social and Health Insurances SZV Building.

Any parent that unlawfully takes their child (ren) out of school before this period can be penalized.

BES Islands - This year, the National ombudsman himself, Reinier van Zutphen, will be visiting Statia and Saba to meet the inhabitants and the organizations of the islands. He will be joined by several representatives of his office.

As previous years, they will be available to everyone to hear the objections about local government performance.

From Monday April 11th until Friday April 15th, National ombudsman representatives Armin Dorn and Gaby von Maltzahn will have consultation hours on Statia and Saba.

All individuals and organizations can file a complaint against the government and its public entities. There is no charge for the services of the ombudsman.

The National ombudsman investigates the proper functioning of the government, and examines its transparency, respect and engagement toward the public.

The ombudsman also checks whether the government entities have a solution-oriented approach and are being honest and reliable.

The National ombudsman recently issued a report that focused on the fact that the naturalization and immigration service (IND) did not address the heart of the matter nor personally interviewed the (appointed representative) of the wife during its handling of this matter.

Proper communication between the government and the public is a very important topic for the National ombudsman, and it proved equally important to the plaintiffs that were heard during consultation hours on previous visits to the islands.

The National ombudsman will address this issue in meetings with the local government next week.

Consultation hour Statia:

  • Monday, April 11, between 2pm - 4pm at the Public Library

Consultation hour Saba:

  • Wednesday, April 13, between 2pm - 4pm at Windwardside: RS Accounting (near RBC bank)

No appointment necessary. If you have any questions, please call 318 4413 (Statia) or 416 6648 (Saba) (only operational between April 11-15).

See www.nationaleombudsman.nl/cn for more information, or visit our Facebook page: Nationale ombudsman Caribisch Nederland.

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