PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday explained that the dilapidated Philipsburg Marketplace kiosks are being removed due to unsanitary, unsafe and deplorable conditions of the structures following the passing of Hurricane Irma.
All of the kiosks, which were already in bad shape, took severe damage from the storm, most of which are deemed beyond repair.
GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community and visitors to practice proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette in order to prevent the spread of viruses and infectious diseases especially during the post-Hurricane Irma/Maria period.
Keeping hands clean through proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette which are two of the most important steps one can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Washing your hands correctly should take at least 40 to 60 seconds.
Many infectious diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands properly with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol to clean hands.
Your hands should be washed before, during, and after preparing food; before eating food; after using the toilet; after blowing your nose, coughing, and/or sneezing.
As some viruses are airborne, the flu is one clear example. This can spread from person to person through coughing, or sneezing particles into the air.
Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with the flu virus on it and then tough their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses are also transmitted in this manner.
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public session on October 12, 2017. The Minister of Justice will be replacing the Prime Minister.
The plenary public meeting which commenced on September 25 and continued on September 28 and October 4 will be reconvened on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.
The agenda point is State of preparedness hurricane season, Disaster management hurricane Irma, Reconstruction following the devastation by hurricane Irma.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - On Tuesday 10-10-17, Prime Minister William Marlin and Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication Melissa Arrindell Doncher welcomed the 1st commercial flights to Sint Maarten marking the re-opening of PJIAE / SXM Airport.
The two Ministers were present 7:50 am in the morning to welcome the first flight, WINAIR that arrived from Saba beginning the historic day that saw 6 flights land with one cancellation.
Around midday a festive welcome ceremony was organized that included live music, ladies in beautiful carnival costumes, give away items, finger food snacks & cold beverages. The special welcome was put together by SXM Airport, SXM Tourism Bureau and Toppers Restaurant for the arrival of Delta Airlines, American Airlines and the remaining flights for the day.
CAY HILL, St. Maarten - On Friday October 6th the final Emergency Operations Center (EOC) meeting was held at the Fire & Ambulance Building, marking the end of the emergency response to Hurricane Irma. The next phase will be the road to recovery, which entails the rebuilding of Sint Maarten.
The EOC was called in to action on September 1st in preparation for the approaching Hurricane Irma. Since that time the EOC has met regularly and at the peak of the response at least once daily. The EOC consists of 10 Emergency Support Function (ESF) Groups led by Prime Minister William Marlin as Chairman of the group.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Ministry of TEATT, Public Health Department, Representatives of the Business Community and the Association of Psychologists and Allied Professionals has come together to give support in the psychological first aid of companies and organizations in the connection with the passing of hurricanes Irma & Maria.
After a disaster there are specific risk groups that are more likely to develop (trauma related) psychological complaints such as, first responders and others whose jobs are directly linked to disaster management. The trauma may also affect workers who were in one way or the other affected by the storm and are called upon to return to work.
It is important that employers provide such workers with the possibility to get adequate support to be able to process these experiences or psychological consequences in a satisfactory manner. This approach will contribute to the wellbeing of staff in general and indirectly also to the wellbeing of the companies and organizations.
GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says due to recent rainfall the country has experienced, CPS is calling on the populace to wear light colored clothing at dusk; long sleeve shirts and pants; and use mosquito repellent to prevent being bitten by a mosquito that could possibly be carrying a mosquito borne disease.
Actively destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns/vase or in pet dishes for more than two days. Throw out the water and turn them over every time it collects water.
Screen off cistern outlets, cover and screen septic tanks properly.
PORT ST. MAARTEN – Royal Caribbean Line’s (RCL) Grandeur of the Seas will be the first commercial cruise vessel to return to the destination post-Irma on Sunday, November 5th. RCL as of that date will also be carrying out an adjusted cruise itinerary for the remainder of 2017 which will be published within short.
Grandeur of the Seas was launched in 1996 and is part of the Vision-class of RCL. The vessel has 11 decks and carries 2,446 passengers and 760 crew, and went through a comprehensive revitalization in Cadiz, Navantia Shipyard in May 2012.
A delegation from RCL recently met with Port St. Maarten Board, Management and Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher, about the quick recovery efforts of the destination that are underway.
Port St. Maarten Management and Board briefed the RCL delegation about the current state of affairs at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities. Information was also provided about the Great Bay Beach Promenade, the commercial center of Philipsburg, Front Street and other areas of interest from a tourism perspective.
RCL Executives carried out a site visit as part of their destination readiness assessment to accept cruise passengers, and the availability by early November of tours, shore excursions, shopping, beaches, and other cruise tourism related amenities.
RCL was full of praise for Port St. Maarten Board, Management and Government with respect to the diligence carried out by the aforementioned to get the country ‘cruise ready’ for November in order to bring in much needed foreign exchange into the economy that would kick-start the economic engine of the country – (cruise) tourism.
Destination stakeholders have placed much effort on safety and security over the past weeks which has allowed for normalcy to return to the daily life of the people of the country.
Clean-up efforts continue and there have been no reported health risks which demonstrates the measures taken to-date by the authorities have been adequate to protect public health.
Royal Caribbean International is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisières de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture.
Together, these six brands operate a combined total of 43 ships with an additional six under construction contracts, and two on firm order. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 490 destinations on all seven continents.
Port St. Maarten Management encourages the business community and other stakeholders to remain steadfast in rebuilding the nation over the coming days and weeks in preparation for the first commercial cruise ship visits.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The department of Infrastructure Management is hereby informing all contractors to please stop dumping debris at the following 4 satellite landfills effective Wednesday October 11th 2017 at 6.00 pm. The locations are as follow:
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