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POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group’s mobile provider, TelCell, says its network recovery efforts are going well in the wake of two major hurricanes causing massive damage throughout the company’s telecommunication networks.

As of Monday this week, TelCell has 21 of its 31 major cell sites back in operation with the remainder scheduled to come on line during the course of this week.                                                                                                

According to Manager, Network Operations, Julien Lake, personnel have been working around the clock since the passage of the two storms to keep customers connected with their loved ones on the island and overseas.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Social & Health Insurances SZV would like to inform the public and its customers of the following important notices. SZV also encourages all to monitor its Facebook page and the media for daily general updates.
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
OFFICE LOCATION: Building 3, Level 1 & Building 1 level 1

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Hurricane Irma has left behind a deeply rooted impression for nearly all children. They had to deal with the power of nature, may have lost their roof or complete house, felt the fear of the adults around them and are dealing with the aftermath in many different ways.

As part of dealing with the effects of hurricane Irma and giving children a voice, they are invited to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings. This can be about the preparation before the hurricane, the Irma experience during the storm or the days and weeks after Irma. The story can also be about how children feel about the reconstruction of St. Maarten, their observations, their perception on the support, help and love they received from others.

With children/youth having left St. Maarten and others staying here getting back to school, all children are invited to share their “stories” regardless of where they are living now. 

The experience can be shared in the form of a poem, a story or a drawing.  It is left up to them in which format they like to present their work. The easiest way, as many children do not have access to computers or technology is by using paper, pen, crayons etc.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, is cordially inviting all school care team members, which includes Psychologists, Social Workers,

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - People of St. Maarten, Especially All the Teachers, Students and Parents

Good morning/evening.

Monday, October 2nd will be four weeks since school was rudely and violently interrupted by the most powerful storm ever recorded in the history of the Atlantic Hurricane season. It has been four weeks of a gruesome, life-changing, traumatic experience and some may even question the wisdom of going back to school now, so soon after our island was so severely devastated by Hurricane Irma, which in seven horrifying hours, turned our lives upside down.

Indeed, government recognizes that many people are still hurting and that this may not be the ideal moment to resume school. Yes, there are teachers who have lost their homes, parents who are still trying to piece their lives together and students, many of whom have no previous experience of a calamity like a Category 5 monster storm, trying to make sense out of all the destruction.

I hear you and believe me when I say I feel your pain. As an educator for most of my life, nothing gives me more anguish than to see what you are going through and how many of our parents have been left with no other reasonable choice than to send their children away in order for these to be able to continue with their education elsewhere. I am sure had they known then that we would be reopening schools this soon, they would have taken a different decision.

But we have been through a similar situation before with Hurricane Luis. And if there is any lesson Luis taught us 22 years ago, it is that there is no ideal moment to resume school after a disaster the magnitude of a Hurricane Irma.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – A number of officials namely Prime Minister William Marlin, the Vice President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel, Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Doncher-Arrindell, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure Management (Ministry VROMI) Christopher Emmanuel, Member of Parliament Theodore Heyliger, along with Port St. Maarten Management and Staff were on hand throughout the day at Cruise Pier Northwest on Sunday to observe the Royal Netherlands Navy’s biggest ship, the HNLMS Karel Doorman A-833, a Joint Support Ship (JSS), that has brought in disaster relief supplies along with a number of vehicles for the emergency phase of post Hurricane Irma/Maria.

The HNLMS Karel Doorman consignment is the single largest shipment of relief goods Post-Hurricane Irma whereby offloading at Port St. Maarten started on Sunday afternoon comprising of goods with a total weight of over one million kilos and valued at an estimated one million Euros.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Zr.Ms. Karel Doorman arrived in St. Maarten. The joint support ship departed ten days ago from Den Helder. Today it informs into the port of Phillipsburg with more than one million kilograms of relief goods on board.

The logistic support ship departed loaded with relief supplies September 20 from the port of Den Helder.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As the reality of the impacts of Irma, Jose and Maria become clearer and the realization of the daunting tasks ahead settle in, it is important for the public to be reminded of the resilience of our people and our beloved country. Undoubtedly, there will be many challenging days ahead, all the more reason to make sure we acknowledge the successes and accomplishments as we move to rebuild our country.

The first responders which included the Police Department, the Ambulance Department, the Fire Department, the Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA), the Department of Social Services, IVSA and the Department of Collective Prevention Services (CPS) immediately upon the passing of hurricane Irma went out into the community to ensure that the road to recovery could commence as soon as possible.

BONAIRE - During the months October and November of this year, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) will conduct the Omnibus survey on Bonaire. Interviewers of CBS will go to the randomly selected persons to administer the questionnaire. The survey will also be conducted on Saba and St. Eustatius, starting January next year.

The Omnibus survey is a sample survey among persons. The survey aims to gain an sight into the living situation of the population on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. It covers topics such as health, living, safety and leisure. For this survey a total of 1680 persons were randomly selected on Bonaire, 620 on St. Eustatius and 484 on Saba.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In a press release from NV GEBE and the Dutch ministry of Internal Affairs it was stated that as of Sunday, October 1st, at 12.00 noon NV GEBE will be making drinking water available to the public on the eastern side of the island by means of three storage tanks located at McDonalds at the Belvedere roundabout, Fresh Market parking lot and at the entrance Festival Village.

This drinking water is purified water and originates from the reversed osmosis (RO) unit at the Festival Village that was brought to Sint Maarten from the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministry supplied the units, tanks and arranged for the engineers and the St. Maarten Inspectorate of Health VSA, in close collaboration with NV GEBE.

The tank sites will be supplied with drinking water between 7.30am - 19.00pm. All tanks are equipped with various water taps. Persons living in the areas of the tanks are kindly requested to bring along their jerry cans where they will be able to fill these containers with drinking water. The Red Cross will distribute a limited amount of jerry cans at the different locations.

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