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POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group technicians will be carrying out important maintenance works to a company cabinet in the Madame Estate area Tuesday this week - as a result, voice and data services to business and residential properties will be interrupted throughout the day.

The technicians will be cleaning and re-strapping the telecommunication cabinet from 8:00 in the morning until approximately 5:00 pm, Tuesday, when the work is scheduled for completion.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Minister of Justice herewith makes the following announcement: At the time, the Ministry of Justice put all requests for renewal of authorization (i.e. licenses) for possession of (fire)arms on hold, pending the adoption of a new restrictive weapons policy and the establishment of a Weapons Advisory Committee that is to advise the Minister on the applications received.

The new weapons policy was adopted in November 2016, and was subsequently published in the National Gazette of November 25, 2016 ("Nota Policies 2016", National Gazette, 2016 No. 23).

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Telecommunication and Transportation (TEATT) Melissa Arrindell-Doncher, accompanied by supporting staff from her cabinet, the tourism authority and Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten, attended the 33rd Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition of CANTO, which took place from 16th to the 19th of July in the Dominican Republic.

CANTO is Caribbean's premier Telecommunications event that caters to ICT professionals, regional governments and regulators, and were going under the theme: “Reimagining ICT as a tool for Growth & Development”.

PORT ST. MAARTENPort St. Maarten would like to remind boat owners and mariners with respect to its protocols for pre-storm/hurricane preparations for the Simpson Bay and Causeway Bridges in connection with the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

For all vessels wishing to enter/exit the Simpson Bay Lagoon, prepare well in advance to come through the bridges. Listen out on marine radio VHF Channel 12 or local radio stations, if there are any changes to or added bridge openings.

Regular Simpson Bay Bridge opening times are : 8.30AM Outbound, 9.30AM Inbound; 10.30AM Out, 11.30AM In; 15.00PM In, 16.00PM Out, 17.00PM In Regular Causeway Bridge opening times: 10.00AM, 11.45AM, 15.30PM. Bridges will not open above wind speeds of 25 knots sustained.

GREAT BAY, St. Marteen – The Independence For St. Martin Foundation has taken good note of recent statements by members of the Dutch Second Chamber, Bosman (VVD) and Van Raak (SP) regarding their intention to approach the United Nations in order to facilitate the exit of Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Foundation sees this as a welcome development and agrees with the position of both Dutch legislators that the current constitutional arrangement within the Kingdom is not final.

The Foundation referred to a report in the Antillianse Daagblad of July 12, 2017 in which Bosman was quoted as saying we are only halfway with the decolonization process. “The Kingdom Charter is not final but an intermediate solution to be seen as a transfer phase. The Netherlands is obligated by the UN charter to develop a system of self government which would lead the countries into full independence,” the publication claimed Bosman stated.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Due to the generosity of Mid Isle Rotarians we were able to shop and fill baskets with everyday necessities and some hurricane supplies for the recent fire victims.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – Boat owners and mariners are being advised by the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) to review their hurricane preparatory plans so they can be ready to take action in the event of a storm/hurricane threat to the island during the upcoming peak months of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

The 2017 hurricane season has already seen four systems develop, three of them since June 1st. The Office of Disaster Management hereby advises mariners and boat owners to ask themselves, “How have you prepared yourself for the hurricane season?”

ODM is requesting mariners and boat owners to make special preparations to stay with friends or in a hotel, and not to remain on their vessel during the passing of a hurricane while moored in the Simpson Bay Lagoon or Oyster Pond.

Hurricanes have been the cause of many maritime disasters. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The follow-up audit report regarding administrative appointments for public entities was submitted to Parliament today by the General Audit Chamber. The report entitled ‘Administrative Appointments: an audit into the legitimacy and integrity of administrative appointments of directors’ presents the findings of an investigation into the legitimacy and integrity of administrative appointments of directors for 20 entities, including government-owned companies, various public foundations and other related entities that are part of the collective sector of St. Maarten. As part of this audit, the General Audit Chamber reviewed the persons who occupy positions as directors or C-level management during the period from January 2015 through May 2017. Actions of the respective minister(s), acting in the capacity as shareholder representative, in terms of the appointment procedure, was the focal area of the audit.

The objective of administrative appointments is the placement of the most qualified persons in suitable positions, according to the General Audit Chamber.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - NV GEBE announces that starting on Monday the 24th July, 2017, there will be trench and road work activities taking place at the Yrausquin Boulevard and Buncamper Street starting at the Point Blanche cargo terminal to the Freedom Fighters roundabout near Sundial School.

The works will be carried out in collaboration with The Ministry of VROMI, Cable TV, Telem and UTS to install a main water line, sewerage, high tension cables and other utilities.

One lane will be closed off temporarily on sections of the work, leaving the other lane for alternating one directional traffic. Construction activities will continue in the night on narrow sections to reduce traffic disruption.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Punta Cana - The  Ministerial round table saw a wide range of representation from throughout the region with ministers involved in the panel discussion including the Hon. Marlon Penn, Junior Minister, Trade and Investment Promotion, BVI; the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Jamaica; the Hon. Catherine Hughes, Ministry of Communications, Guyana; and the Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister of State with responsibility for Telecom, Barbados.
 
Mr. Joe So, Huawei CTO ICT Solutions did a presentation on Smart Cities. He pointed out that modern day cities provide spaces for people's livelihood and Industry development and in the Caribbean the environmental ecology must be considered. He noted that these cities are facing challenges including city governance: natural disasters, terrorist attacks.
 
The Smart city approach he said "would deliver to the Caribbean efficient city governance, high quality public services and New ICT which is the key to a smarter city and a core part of an enhanced production system".  Specific to the Caribbean the Smart city initiative for Caribbean he said - "is geared to bring economic value; safer city; and attract more tourists and residents since the Caribbean has superior resources for Tourism."
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