PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - While driving on the A.J.C. Brouwers road around 00.45 a.m. a police patrol saw that a one of the apartments in an apartment complex located behind Kooyman in Cay Hill was on fire.
On the scene the patrol noticed that onlookers were busy trying to put out the fire.
BONAIRE, Caribbean Netherlands - The RCN Unit of Social Affairs and Labour will, in regard to the results of hurricane Irma, take several temporary measures for a number of groups of inhabitants of Saba and St. Eustatius, and evacuees of St. Maarten. The measures concern the right to assistance and child benefit and in addition on work permits. State Secretary Klijnsma empathize with the people who are affected by the hurricane and calls on them to turn to the RCN unit of SZW if they need support!.
Persons in the Assistance
• People on social assistance that, do not receive extra allowance, due to full and long-term incapacity or a partial AOV-benefit, can apply for a temporary extra allowance.
Residents who lost their income because they have become unemployed
PHILIPSBURG, S t. Maarten – On Tuesday September 26th, Ludovic Poitou, Commander of the Thunder, PCB (Projection Building and Command) navy ship of the French Navy, currently based in St. Martin waters, invited dignitaries of Dutch Sint Maarten namely, Governor Eugène Holiday, Prime Minister William Marlin and Minister of Justice Rafaël Boasman.
Joining them from the French side were Prefet Anne Laubies and 2nd Vice President of the community, Yawo Nyuiadzi, for a tour of the vessel, that has deployed human and technical resources on Fremch St. Martin since September 23rd .
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Dominica Foundation Sint Maarten wishes to express its solidarity with the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica after the passing of Hurricane Maria which devastated our beautiful country.
Having just suffered the same terrifying experiences with Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, we sincerely feel your pain and loss amidst the chaos now engulfing entire communities in Dominica.
We are not in Dominica in person, but rest assured we are there in spirit. We Dominicans on St. Maarten, some of us having lost our homes and our possessions, were touched and consoled when the Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honorable Roosvelt Skeritt visited St. Maarten on Sunday (September 17, 2017) to meet with the Dominican community here and pledge his support to help in our times of need. He rushed back home that same day only to be faced with the devastation of his country, Dominica, in a matter of 24 hours.
CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - On 26 September, the Coastguard, the Initial Planning Conference (IPC) for the Exercise "Open Eyes 2017" occurred. "Open Eyes" is a Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise held by the Venezuelan Coast Guard.
This exercise is performed for the last time in 2015 and will again be held in October 2017.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Tuesday announced that Spirit Airlines, in its continuing efforts to assist the people of St. Maarten after thehurricanes, will execute a free relief flight from Fort Lauderdale to St. Maarten and back to Fort Lauderdale this Thursday, September 28.
The flight will carry residents of St. Maarten wishing to return to the island and will also transport to St. Maarten relief supplies that have been donated to the people of St. Maarten, and will carry back to the U.S. anyone that is eligible to travel to the US and legally able to enter the US.
Customers wishing to travel on either flight should call Spirit Airlines at 1-888-778-2436 to book. Customers should have their passport information with them to complete the booking. There is no charge for the flight. “Spirit is happy to offer transportation for free,” said Mike Purcho, Spirit Regional Director.
Because of the weight of the relief supplies and the capacity of the aircraft seats are limited, especially for the flight from Fort Lauderdale to St. Maarten. Spirit flight NK 8080 will depart Fort Lauderdale at 8.00am on Thursday and will arrive St. Maarten at 11:15am. The return flight NK 8081 will depart St Maarten at 2.15pm and arrive Fort Lauderdale at 6.45 pm.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - NV GEBE hereby informs the general public that the Simpson Bay Branch will be open to the public with limited hours as of tomorrow, September 27, 2017, from 7:45am to 1:00pm. The Philipsburg branch endured some damages during the passing of Hurricane Irma which resulted in GEBE reorganizing its departments to accommodate its clients.
The Philipsburg branch is now open for all hurricane related issues such as:
PORT ST. MAARTEN – Cargo operations at the Captain David Cargo Quay have resumed after a side scan sonar was carried out of the seabed to see if there were any underwater obstructions.
Over the weekend the Model 6 Mobile Gottwald Harbor Crane was back in operation offloading containers from Motor Vessel Tropic Sun.
The assessment was carried out after the passing of Maria and there was no additional damage to the nation’s port facilities. It was confirmed by the Port Maritime Department that the water depth remains the same at the quay and there was no visual debris on the seabed to obstruct safe passage of vessels.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – In an effort to realize the October 2nd deadline date of the reopening of our schools, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport received great assistance from the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) from the Netherlands. USAR is a search and rescue organization, which assists in the event of a disaster.
On September 21st, the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the honorable Silveria Jacobs, met with the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) of the Netherlands, for farewell gathering at the Fire Department. Upon arrival in St. Maarten, USAR along with local contractors assisted at the majority of public and subsidized schools with the clean up, removal of debris, galvanize, and the further securing of the schools and materials. USAR NL did an extensive clean up at the schools, but due to limited time on the island as well as other areas of priorities, they were not able to complete all 27 schools.
CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten - There will be an urgent meeting for all citizens of Guyana, especially those wishing to return home, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 3:00pm with the Honorary Consul, Mr. Cleveland Beresford. The meeting will take place at St. Maarten Academy’s academic campus.
The Minister of Citizenship, the Hon. Winston Felix is requesting the following information:
Names of evacuees, passport number, address in Guyana, name and address of relative/friend and telephone number in Guyana to arrange the evacuation flight.
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