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CURAÇAO - The Coast Guard Caribbean (KWCARIB) on Monday evening, a batch of drugs intercepted on a vessel coming from Venezuela. Six people have been arrested here.

The radar operator of the recue and Coordination Center (RCC) of KWCARIB detected in the evenings suspicious contact south of Cape St. Marie. A Super-RHIB coast guard bases Curacao was used equal and directed to the area.

When the persons on board of the vessel foresaw the Super-RHIB, they cast two (2) bales overboard, but they were identical fished out of the water by the Coast Guard.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Minister of Justice:

-          Considering that the immigration laws are strictly enforced;

-          Considering the temporary closure of the Immigration Office as per September 4, 2017, due to hurricane Irma and its aftermath,

-          Considering that as a consequence of this closing some holders of temporary resident permits were not able to file in time for an extension of their permit with the Immigration Office,

-          Considering that this may not, in all reasonableness, be held against them to have their permit extended.

Makes the following known

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell Doncher will lead a delegation from St. Maarten to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference and Trade Show. The event will be held in Merida, Mexico from October 23 to 27 and is the largest cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean and Latin America.

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Minister views the FCCA conference as “beyond crucial” in being able to re-assure St. Maarten’s partners in the cruise industry that the destination will be ready to provide a terrific experience for cruise passengers.

“The government and Port St. Maarten are very proud to announce to the world that Port St. Maarten will be open for business in November. Port St. Maarten, like the people of St. Maarten, is resilient in the face of natural disasters like hurricanes Irma and Maria. 2017 has put our capabilities and resilience to the test and we intend to pass this test with flying colors,” the Minister said.

“St. Maarten is a successful cruise destination because we‘ve listened to the cruise lines and we understand the business. Key to this business is the experience of our visitors who are very important to us. We have worked around the clock to ensure a great experience as we welcome you back to the Friendly island. Our port facilities have been the catalyst for the improvement and development of different areas of the island. We hope that potential cruisers will join us in forging a prosperous future by gracing our shores with their presence,” she added.

The FCCA conference will afford the Minister and her delegation, which includes officials from Port St. Maarten and the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, the opportunity to interact directly with cruise line decision makers.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As the Unleashed Potential Group (UPG) we felt the urge to reflect on the addressee by our Prime Minister, Mr. William Marlin.

The terrible devastation inflicted by hurricane Irma has been already more than a month ago. Already more than a month ago Irma took away the blanket of already existing major issues on our island. Nothing can be hided anymore, everything has surfaced, beyond the effect of the immediate damages to infrastructure, buildings and the social economy: the major shift in the cruising industry worldwide, the tourism industry for Sint Maarten already in decline, the social health issues, the poverty, unemployment, etc.

Ima made this very visible and increased the urge to address those issues on a structural basis. Damage control and cleaning up as we are used to after hurricane impacts, cannot be sustained any longer. Irma marked a point in history for Sint Maarten and its people, which is irrevocable. We cannot go back anymore to the pre-Irma state. Irma made things clear - Irma changed everything – Irma makes everything to be reconsidered.

UPG not only firmly believes this mark in history can be turned positive; our Sint Maarteners have been actually working on a new future proof fundament way before the hurricane struck.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday, October 6th, the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, held a meeting with the school managers of the public schools. The meeting was held to give clarity to the concerns of the school managers and their management, teachers and staff members. Minister Jacobs expressed her sincerest apologies for the misunderstanding to the school managers, teachers, and staff due to lack of proper communication for several reasons. On September 30th, the Head of Division Public Education met and informed school managers of the new start time. It was decided that the group 7 & 8 students would attend the first three days of school from 8:00am to 12:00pm and from Thursday, October 5th onward when all groups would attend, school would commence from 8:00am until 2:00pm.

The Minister explained why she saw it necessary to start school at 8:00 am, seeing that many homes were still without water and/or electricity and to avoid children being on the road too early especially during this season and to ensure the safety of the younger students utilizing the buses and who were dropped to school from 6:30am. School managers were also explained that there was no increase in the contact hours, teachers are to be in school from 7:30am until 2:45pm in order to fulfill a 40 per week work schedule, to attend meetings and workshops within that time as needed.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Tzu Chi Foundation St. Maarten has broadened its humanitarian efforts and has adopted six schools for a breakfast programme to provide students with fresh breakfast each morning.

The foundation has also donated much-needed packages with school supplies to 1,560 students.

A total of 2,825 students benefitted from the breakfast programme and the school supplies package donation thus far, which involved the efforts of 54 volunteers, who assisted in the process.

The breakfast programme began when school reopened on Monday, October 2, and will continue for one month. It is being done in an effort to help ensure that students have a fulfilling breakfast at the start of each day. The breakfast provided to the adopted schools will include freshly baked bread with cheese, peanut butter and/or jam.

The six schools adopted for the breakfast programme are St. Maarten Vocational Training School (SMVTS), St. Maarten Academy Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education (PSVE), the Academic section of St. Maarten Academy, Methodist Agogic Center-Comprehensive Secondary Education (MAC-CSE), MAC Reverend John A. Gumbs Campus, and the Charlotte Brookson Academy (CBA) for the Performance Arts, which is having temporary classes at University of St. Martin (USM) for now. 

The Foundation has also helped students, some of whom lost their school materials during the passage of Hurricane Irma, get much needed items to continue their education. Each school supplies packages contained one clear file holder, three math exercise books, two exercise writing books, two exercise practice books, one ruler, one scotch tape, one documents folder, pens, toothbrush and two pencil set etc. The younger students each received packages containing regular pencils, colour pencils, colouring books, drawing books, eraser, craft and art book etc.

Students who received the stationary packages are from both sections of the St. Maarten Academy, SMVTS, Milton Peters College (MPC), MAC-CSE, MAC Reverend John A. Gumbs Campus, St. Joseph School, Sister Borgia School, and CBA.

The recipient schools were very grateful for the donations and for Tzu Chi’s assistance for the breakfast programme.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group takes another step towards regular opening hours by opening its doors to the public from 8.30 am until 4:30 pm each day starting Tuesday, October 10th.

Last week, opening hours to the general public was 9:00 am until 3:30 pm at the company’s main location on Pond Island and also at its Bush Road location, at Grand Marche. The Simpson Bay location remains closed until further notice.

Personnel have meantime been instructed to begin work from 8:00 am until 5.00 pm instead of the regular start of 7:30 am. TelEm Group Cashiers will close to the public at 3:30 pm while Customer Service will close to the public at 4:30 pm.

CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten - The Government of Guyana will conduct evacuation exercises from St. Martin to Guyana on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 and Wednesday, October 11, 2017, announced that country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

All persons who had previously registered with Mrs. Lucas-Felix (721-527-0704) will be given first preference. Please note the below flight details:

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017

Jags Aviation Sky Truck

Estimated Time of Departure from St. Maarten – 11.00h on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School (MLK) received an innovative portable water filter container dubbed AquaBox from Sandra Cheung of the Tzu Chi Foundation.
"Contributions for our school and especially those benefiting our students does not go unnoticed. I deeply appreciate these initiatives as it will take the entire community to rebuild education in all facets," remarked Stuart Johnson School Manager of MLK.
The simple boxes filter deadly bacterias like cholera and typhoid out of contaminated water making it safe to drink.

PHILIPSBURG, St. MaartenPeople of St. Maarten, a little over a month ago, we were struck by the most powerful hurricane ever recorded. We are all privileged by the grace of God to have survived that catastrophic storm which was quickly followed by another terrifying one, Maria.

We all know what transpired in the aftermath of those monstrous hurricanes and the heroic efforts of our people to pick up the pieces, dust themselves off and move on as best as they can under incredible conditions.

In the midst of this unprecedented disaster we are called to reflect today on our Constitution, which is the compilation of the fundamental organic laws that governs our country. We celebrate today the seventh anniversary of that document that sealed irrevocably the status of Country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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