Island Notices

Island Notices (1934)

GRAND CASE, Sint Martin - After a mere 9 months of operations, Real Auto is proud to announce that the company has expanded with an additional location in Grand Case, St. Martin. The new Real Auto showroom in Grand Case is an extension of the dealership in Philipsburg. It is located at 2 Z.A. de L’Esperance, Grand Case St. Martin (airport road). 

 "We are on the move with realizing our vision for providing durable vehicles, quality parts, and customer-focused automobile services to all residents throughout the entire island of St. Maarten/ St. Martin," says Karl Nassief, Real Auto's Managing Director/Owner. 

Real Auto is the authorized dealership for Toyota, Suzuki and Chevrolet, which are now also being offered on French St. Martin to better serve all customers, island-wide. 

Real Auto French SXM is managed by Frederic Dayre, who has been a resident of St. Martin for more than 18 years. Frederic was introduced to the automobile industry in the Southwest of France as the youngest salesman at the age of 17. He is supported by Natasha Brunache, the Sales Representative, who is transitioning from the Philipsburg location to Grand Case with 10+ years of automobile industry experience. 

"We are excited about the opening of our vehicle sales division, as well as future development plans in French St. Martin.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Over the years, the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) has been handling different forms of complaints of cybercrime. In the wake of the recent global threats by ransomware viruses, KPSM has embarked upon an initiative to raise awareness on the growing ransomware and other cybercrime problem.

Recently, a global cyber attack (Wannacry) in the form of a ransomware has affected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries. Organizations affected includes hospitals, railway systems etc. This ransomware is being described as the most dangerous and damaging attack in cyber attacks history.

Why is this attack different?
What makes this attack different from others is the ability for the ransomware to spread on its own without any human input. Previous ransomware of its type depended on human input to spread throughout the network. This new variant however combined this capability with the “computer worm” capability to replicate itself in order to other computers. Once infected, the virus will encrypt targeted files making them useless. It then displays a message on your computer screen demanding a ransom in order to get the files back. We warn that there is no guarantee that by paying the ransom, your files would be restored. Contacting the cybercriminals can also make you a future target since they may now have your information.

False perception of safety
There is often a false perception that because a device is listed as not affected by a specific type of virus that such device is safe to use. Note that a mobile phone for example can also act as a carrier of any virus even if it is not affected by that particular virus. This means that the virus can be copied to your Smartphone and lay dormant until you connect the Smartphone to a vulnerable device like your laptop or computer which can then be infected.

Another false perception for the WannaCry ransomware is that there is now a kill switch that saved the world from the virus. Although it is true that a turn of switch has been discovered in the code of the virus, this only slows down but does not stop the problem. The kill switch works by stopping the virus from activating if the infected computer has access to the internet and connect to a particular domain. However, if that computer loses access to the internet it can no longer connect to the domain and then proceed to infect the computer.

Avoid being victimized
The best way to avoid being affected by any ransomware or virus is by always being aware of the threats and taking immediate actions to secure your systems. This virus is so dangerous that Microsoft has released updates for even outdated operating systems. Below are a few examples on actions that can be taken to secure your personal or company network from cyber attacks:

  • Safe browsing habits: Be careful when clicking on suspicious links on websites and in emails. A method known as phishing tricks users into clicking on links or attachments in emails or on websites. Never click or open unsolicited links or attachments without verifying this with the sender first. Also be aware of those tempting flashing and links on websites. These links are sometimes created in such a way that you are tempted into clicking on them.
  • Always keep your computer up to date by enabling the automatic download feature in Windows to download the latest updates. Microsoft has also rolled out updates for unsupported operating systems like XP and Server 2003. You must also update these systems.
  • Employers of private and government owned companies should always:

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten — Pen on Paper: St. Martin 1970 – 2017 by Joseph H. Lake, Jr. was just released here by St. Martin Republic Publishers, said Nzinga Lake, the book’s publicist.  

Pen on Paper is a collection of over 50 commentaries, news articles, and editorials penned by Lake, Jr. or attributed to him from 1970 to 2001, said the publicist.

The articles in the 152-page book are drawn from the media for which Lake, Jr. was a columnist, the associate editor or publisher and editor: Windward Islands Opinion, Shaka, Windward Islands Newsday, St. Maarten/St. Martin Newsday, St. Martin Newsday, Newsday, and St. Martin Republic.

The pictorial section of Pen on Paper is practically a photo album of a number of the media people who started out in the island’s print and broadcast field in the last 30 years of the 20th century, said Lake.

Pen on Paper is available this weekend at the Anguilla Literary Festival where Lake will speak as a guest author on Friday, May 19. “I’ll speak on the difference in writing for a newspaper and writing for a book,” said Lake, who worked for over 25 years as a St. Martin newspaper publisher.

Lake will also read selections from the new title. And he’ll get the opportunity to speak on the link between Anguilla and his father Jose Lake, Sr. The senior Lake visited Anguilla and reported for Reuters on the British “invasion” of Anguilla in the late 1960s. The Anguilla Lit Fest is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the territory’s unilateral separation in 1967 from the then UK colony of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Saturday, May 20

Senior citizens are invited to the St. Martin’s Home which is located at St. John’s Estate road #6 for More Movement for the Elderly Fitness.

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.

The activity has been organized and coordinated over a one-year period by Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF), Windward Islands Physical Therapist Association (WIPTA) and I&I Fitness.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) says its Vaccination Open House last week Saturday was a huge success.    

The Open House was held at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg from 9.00am to 4.00pm for children between 0-17 years old.

115 young individuals visited the Open House with their parents/guardians; 15 were between the age 0-3; and 100 were between 4-17 years old.

Besides a temporary playground for while they awaited their turn, a presentation was held from 10.00am to 1.30pm on Puberty.

The attention is now preparing for the second Open House which is scheduled for Saturday, June 10.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) for the annual Junior Minister of Tourism Inter-Scholastic Panel Discussion will kick-off on Friday.

The Milton Peters College (MPC) has four teams.  A synopsis of each team can be found below.

 “Right before your eyes is a synopsis of a highly-intrigued group of Milton Peters College students. We are all in the TKL 3D with the mentor, Latoya Omzigtig.

“The speaker of this group is Gabriel Serrant (15, Technique) along with team mates; Gabriella Andre (15, Economy), Maricia Roumou (15, Care), Jason Claire (16, Technique) and Raphael Richie (16, Technique).

“It is not a coincidence that everyone in our group has a handful of priceless words that could be the start of a change. This is not just a “Debate” to us but what we would call a “Chance” to voice our opinions.

“All of us might not be the same person nor live in the same house but we are one. We have been discussing about the various topics but there is one that stands out “Sustaining Tourism”.

“This topic is found to be the most important because we can come up with millions of ideas but it still needs to be sustained. On that note we are coming to make sure that whatever we say must be put into action.

“Being nervous or timid is something that holds people back but we will make that be our stepping stone to go higher. We do not have the mind set of only winning, but to bring across a very important message to the representatives and people of Sint Maarten.

“We all went to different Primary schools but what is important, is that we are together now. We were all born in the “Gem of The Caribbean” Sint Maarten. As you can see we said; “Gem of Sint Maarten”, let’s live up to that name. Once again, thank you for such a wonderful opportunity for us to be the change everyone wants to see. Motto: “This isn’t an easy task but, rockiest roads lead to the highest peaks.”

Joanni Henao (VT3A) is a very social and talkative person. “She likes to participate in different challenging activities including the debate team of the Milton Peters College.

“Researchers of the team are: Jose Quintero Cortes is a very intelligent and open person who puts his studies in Economy first. He loves to participate in different speaking engagements where he likes to state his opinion and ideas.

“Ruben Van den Heuvel is a very good team worker who always looks out for others. He likes to follow the instructions given and finish the race with success.

“Isaiah Snijders is a very intelligent young man who is always engaged in different sport activities. He is a very verbal person who likes to speak up on behalf of his teammates.

“Lorena Seraus is a quiet person, but when you get to know her better you see the intelligence underneath the service. She is very cooperative in the teamwork.

“The group has been researching about Sint Maarten and how it is doing in Tourism. To date they are still getting information on the topic. We expect to enlarge our knowledge on this topic.”

The debate team of 3B presents Gwen van der Geer the speaker, and the researchers, Kadijah Gumbes, Artxela Bell and Denasha Charles.

“We have been studying both our culture and history along with tourism. We have also been researching crime rates and problems on St. Maarten that can be easily solved by people making an effort.

“We also went to the Parliament Building, Government Building and other places, asking the opinions of others. We have been practicing on our speech of other topics as well. We expect to do our best to “Woo” the crowd.

“We expect a lot of people to be there hopefully cheering us on. The more the merrier, also we hope that we will be judged fairly. We hope that our fellow opponents do their best and strive for excellence as much as we hope to do.

“Our mentor has played a big part in our preparation as well as our parents, they have helped us to prepare for this exciting event.”

The group of researchers in class 3C are Lorene C. Paulino, Myron Gumbs, Andrew Ford and Georgina Rivera.

“We have been researching about Sint Maarten in general, history and its attractions, the dump and its fumes, tourism, crime etc.

“We honestly expect to do our best but also leave our mark on that day, but we also expect that not too much people will appear on that day and that not so much cameras are pointing on us etc. because we might tend to get nervous and we do not want to mess up on this day of the debate.

“We also expect that this is judged fair and that the questions are as loud and as clear to us. Well our speaker will be Ms. Lorene C. Paulino and she came from the Oranje School and then attended the Sundial School and from there was transferred to the

Milton Peters College High School in Tkl form 2, and now she’s in Tkl 3 Sector Economy and striving to go to Tkl 4.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Office of Disaster Management (ODM), is calling on the Sint Maarten community to begin to prepare timely for the Atlantic hurricane season, and to have the necessary plans in place before the peak period of the season which is from August – October.  The hurricane season opens on June 1st.

The first named-storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season formed in April and was named Arlene. Arlene became the only second April storm on record and remained out in the open central Atlantic Ocean.  The second April storm system was Ana in 2003.

This was the third consecutive year a storm system in the Atlantic has formed before the official June 1 start of the hurricane season, with 2012, 2015 and 2016 reporting storm formation before June 1.

The remaining storm names for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season are: Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.

ODM is urging residents to use the next few weeks to prepare adequately by reviewing your annual hurricane season preparatory list.

ODM adds that the country’s disaster preparedness and emergency management mechanisms will be ready to deal with any eventuality arising during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season.

“As we do for every hurricane season, preparing for a storm strike is necessary. Every household and business should take the necessary precautions by preparing, because it only takes one hurricane strike to make it a bad season.

“Check your disaster plan and review your disaster supply kit.  Prepare early and avoid being caught unprepared.  Minimize your dependence on government, family or friends.  Preparedness starts with every one of us within our communities,” ODM pointed out.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that a new road crossing will be created on Welgelegen Drive, Cay Hill.

The works will commence on Friday, May 19 and continue up to May 21.  The works will be carried out from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

There will be a road closure of Welgelegen Drive only on Friday, May 19.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The foundation Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) and the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) will hold a ceremony for recipients of the International Green Key Award on the 1st of June, hosted at the Holland House Beach Hotel.

The two establishments that will receive the Green Key Award are Holland House Beach Hotel, which is obtaining the award for the first time, and Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Condo Hotel, which is being awarded for the third consecutive year.

The Green Key award is the leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable practice within the tourism industry. This distinguished and internationally renowned ecolabel stands for the commitment by businesses that their establishment adheres to strict criteria.  A Green Key stands for the promise to its guests that by opting to stay in a Green Key establishment, they are contributing to make a difference on an environmental level. The high environmental and hospitality standards expected of these hotels are maintained through rigorous documentation and scheduled audits.

EPIC is the National Operator of the Green Key eco label on St.Maarten, which is available to local hotels, small accommodations and restaurants. In addition, EPIC locally operates the global Blue Flag award for beaches, marinas and tour boats.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the up NAGICO to NAGICO cycling race which is scheduled to start on Friday May 19th and end on Sunday May 21st 2017 the police department is announcing the following road closures and traffic diversions.

Friday May 19th the”Cause Way Bridge Time Trial”.

At 05.00 p.m. No traffic will allowed from the East Side round about (Union road) to the West Side round about (Airport Boulevard).

At 05.45 p.m. No traffic will be allowed from the West Side round about (Airport Boulevard) to the East Side round about (Union road).

At the end of the race both lanes will be reopened to all traffic at approximately 09.00 p.m.

Saturday May 20th the “French Quarter to Dutch Quarter circuit race”

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