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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday January 28th a brand-new ” helpdesk will be opened at the library.

This new literacy helpdesk is for persons who need assistance with literacy and language problems.

The helpdesk, which will be situated in the hall of the library, will help out persons who need assistance in matters such as filling out forms, understanding complex documents and other language problems.

The helpdesk will also give out community information, such as how to reach health care and social workers, government services, and other social organizations and support groups.

The helpdesk is part of the “SXM Reads” campaign which was launched in May 2015 and is focused on promoting literacy and supporting people with low literacy skills.  

The library partners with UNESCO, COME Centre and Rotary club St Martin Sunrise in the SXM Reads platform.

The literacy helpdesk is the latest SXM Reads activity and will assist those people in the community who come across various problems in their daily lives, which are due to literacy problems.

By setting up the helpdesk, the “SXM Reads” initiative hopes to be of support for those persons and alleviate the problems that are caused by their lack of reading and writing skills.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that road works activities will be carried on the A.T. Illidge Road near the Floodgates.

These works will start on Wednesday, January 27 and will be carried out over a one week period.  The road works will be carried out between 8.00am and 5.00pm.

These works are related to the laying of a new conduit to protect electric wiring by United Telecommunications Service (UTS).

The road will not be closed, but there may be some traffic congestion in the area.

Motorists must pay attention to the traffic signs that will be erected about road works underway, and to reduce speed and drive with caution due to the use of heavy equipment and the workmen that will be busy in the area.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will meet in a Plenary Session on January 27th with the Minister of General Affairs.      

The public Plenary Session is scheduled for Wednesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The four point agenda is as follows: draft National Ordinance to change the Pension Ordinance; ratification agreements lists Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) and Tripartite January 2016; discussion on the four resolutions adopted by the Tripartite meeting of January 4, 2016; and advice concerning the appointment of 1st Acting Secretary General of Parliament.

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.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Ad Hoc Integrity Committee of Parliament (BCI), will meet on January 27th.  

The BCI Ad Hoc Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 11.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is approval of the decision lists BCI Parliamentary Year 2015-2016, no. 1, 2 and 3.  The second agenda point is a continued discussion on topics proposed in connection with setting the parameters and work method for the Permanent Committee Integrity.

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.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be providing a three month course in Microsoft Excel for beginners every Tuesday and Wednesday, as of the 2nd and 3rd of February 2016.

The course will take place in the Media Lab and will be provided from 6pm to 8pm.

Microsoft Excel is a standard spreadsheet application for both the business world and personal use; Instructor Kenneth Peters will be providing the abovementioned course.

This Microsoft Excel course aids in innovative solutions to your personal budgeting at home or your business.

Participating can assist you with calculating with and using functions, creating powerful analysis, understanding how an analysis flow or tree can be designed, translating business-requirements into data-driven solutions and making better use of your data in excel sheets or other file formats.

The fee for this course is $ 5 for each session. If you would like to take part in the Excel sessions, sign up by calling the library on 542 2970, e-mail Francia Housen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register online at www.medialabsintmaarten.com.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a section at the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is appealing to garage owners and tire repair shops to take measures to remove mosquito breeding sites from their establishments and to maintain on a daily basis control measures to eliminate any standing water on their premises.

Accumulation of rainwater in tires provides breeding space for mosquitoes that carry the zika/dengue/chikungunya-causing virus.

CPS is also reminding and appealing to residents, and business owners, to check-in and around their homes, and businesses in order to reduce breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, and making them mosquito-free zones.

The design of tires makes them ideal breeding sites for several species of mosquitoes, some of which are very important vectors of disease.  Since they are easily filled by rain and collect leaf litter, they provide an ideal incubator for mosquito larvae.

By taking action, one will eliminate a prolific mosquito habitat and the associated disease risks.  When discarding tires, ensure that they cannot hold water by puncturing holes in them or cutting them up into pieces before throwing them away.

The zika virus, dengue fever and chickungunya are transmitted by the female vector Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is distinguished by its markings on the body such as alternate black and white horizontal stripes.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito lays her eggs in clear (clean) stagnant water. Within eight days the mosquito can complete its life cycle from egg, to larvae to pupae and to adult mosquito.

Even after you have cleaned-up your garage/tire repair shop and surroundings, it is recommended for owners and staff to walk around the place on a weekly basis and after every rain event to eliminate all possible breeding sites.

An increase in the mosquito population puts all residents and businesses at risk.

Inform CPS about your challenges in eliminating mosquito breeding sites in and around your homes/establishments to collectively seek a solution.

Call CPS at 542-2078 or 542-3003 or visit the Facebook Collective Prevention Services or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for mosquito prevention measures.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on January 26th

The CKAIR Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 9.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The seven point agenda is as follows: approval decision lists CKAIR Parliamentary Year 2015-2016, no. 5, 6 and 7; incoming documents; draft proposal Kingdom Law on Dutch Citizenship in connection with retracting the aforementioned based on national security; draft proposal Kingdom Law on changes to the Passport Law related to travel bans; draft proposal Kingdom Law related to tax compliance and the FATCA (Trb. 2015, 171 and 182); draft proposal Kingdom Law related to tax compliance and the FATCA (Trb. 2015, 11 and 144); and preparations for the next Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) 2016 from May 31-June 3.

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.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Central Committee will meet on January 26th.

The Central Committee meeting has been set for Tuesday at 11.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is an advice concerning the appointment of the 1st Acting Secretary General of Parliament.

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 United Telecommunications Services (UTS) will commence on Tuesday, January 26 with digging cable pits on Back Street.

This work will be carried out during normal working hours.

Pedestrians and motorists must pay attention to the traffic signs that will be erected and to reduce speed and walk/drive with caution.

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), announces that road works will be carried out on Sucker Garden road and Arch road on Sunday, January 24.

These works will be carried out between 7.00am and midday.

United Telecommunications Services (UTS) and a contracted entity will be digging several check holes, which are small trenches sized at approximately 1m X 1m, to verify the depth of existing network cables in order for future placement of UTS cables, as well as locate the road crossing at the intersection of Arch Road and Sucker Garden Road.  

Though there will be no road closure, motorists should be mindful of possible traffic delay and diversion.

Motorists must pay attention to signage indicating that work is underway, and therefore should reduce speed and drive with caution due to the workmen and heavy equipment that will be in the area.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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