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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library regrets to inform all members and other library users that due to circumstances beyond our control the library is closed until further notice.

The library building suffered severe damage from the recent hurricanes.

However our team is working diligently towards re-opening.

Members are kindly asked to hold on to all checked out library materials until the library reopens.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Department of Personnel and Organization will start processing job letters as of Tuesday September 26th from 9 - 12 p.m. and will do so daily alternatively in the morning from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  

The Department of P&O will also start giving new doctor cards, if received from SZV, daily as of Tuesday September 26th and according to the same times as mentioned above. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Honorable Minister of VROMI Christopher Emmanuel, requested 2 garbage trucks from the Government of The Netherlands to assist with the waste situation post Hurricane Irma and Maria.

The two garbage trucks will be assisting the trucks in the areas Cay Hill, Bush Road and Cole Bay under the operation of Meadowlands NV.

Civil Mission Head Mr. Erwin Arkenbout is on the island with a group of 15 specialists assessing the current situation on the island.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of VROMI is reminding all residents of Sint Maarten to dispose their garbage properly by separating it in 3 categories as follows household garbage which goes in the large bins,

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Public Health Department & Collective Prevention Services hereby makes it known that the Mobile Health Bus will be rendering medical services to persons living in the Pointe Blanche District on the main road in the vicinity of Intermar Shipping on Monday September 25th. The Mobile Health Bus will be opened from 9 AM to 11 AM and from 12 PM to 2 PM.

The Medical services will be geared specifically for persons who cannot reach to their General Practitioners. Please walk with the boxes of your prescribed medications for refill.

Additionally the Baby Clinic is non operational, thus routine vaccination services for children ages 0 through 17 will also be administered.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - UTS employees and management are positive and full of resolve following a full status-check of company, staff and operations following the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria. After carrying out as many emergency repairs as possible, around the clock, during the past weeks, a full assessment was done to cover the entire scope of damage and repairs needed to restore full mobile and broadband internet service to our Eastern Caribbean islands.

The company’s infrastructure sustained major damages as a result of the aforementioned hurricanes, with hurricane force winds bringing down the main telecommunication tower on the roof of the Philipsburg location. This portion of the building houses the company’s core network infrastructure, posing an immediate threat of further damage from water & wind. Immediately after the storm, work commenced to remove the tower and patch the damaged roof.

Technicians were dispatched almost immediately as well, to assess damage and carry out emergency repairs on the various tower sites throughout the island. “I am truly grateful for the dedicated team of professionals we have here at UTS” says Glen Carty, CEO of UTS’ Eastern Caribbean operations. “Our team of hard-working, solution-oriented technicians and support staff did a phenomenal job in the face of many challenges and obstacles.  Irma left none of our team members’ homes and properties untouched, with some literally losing everything. In spite of that fact, our teams worked tirelessly around the clock in service of our community to restore telecommunications as quickly as humanly possible. In times like these it becomes so very important to be able to keep in touch with loved ones. Due to the urgent situation of our customers, our slogan of ‘feel the connection’, became even more so the driving force motivating our team to provide our communities with service restoration as soon as possible. ” Carty continues

The human aspect

In the crisis situation the human aspect was also not overlooked at UTS. A company is only as strong as the sum of its parts and the human aspect is an important factor to consider in the face of crisis. A special team was dispatched from the company headquarters in Curacao to support local staff with various aspects of their personal lives to allow for as quick a restoration as possible. Personal damages were documented, insurance claims were arranged for and supplies and additional manpower were also arranged to assist the teams that worked around the clock restoring telecommunications. Many local, non-technical staff also pitched in daily where they could to support the infrastructure teams. Whether it was preparing meals, carrying out building repairs, sourcing supplies & fuel or providing information to customers by radio, phone, email or internet, it was all hands on deck for a true team-effort.    

Customer service to resume full-force

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The parents meeting which was scheduled for Tuesday September, 26th at 8:00am, for the parents of the public school students (Leonald Conner School, the Oranje School, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, the Ruby Labega School, the Genevieve de Weever School, the Prins Willem Alexander School and the St. Maarten Vocational Training School) has been postponed until further notice.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The former general manager of Telem and UTS Mr. Dennis Franklin Rombley has passed away. From 1979 Mr. Rombley served in various roles at Landsradio from Technical manager, project manager and eventually General Manager of Landsradio and the restructuring and rebranding of the company to Telem in 1995. During this year he coordinated rebuilding of the telecom network after the devastation of Hurricane Luis.

In 1996 he was appointed general manager of Antelecom, which was rebranded as UTS until 2001. Serving as secretary of Island government telecom committee as to research the Telecom Market on St Maarten.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As the community of Sint Maarten is gradually getting back on track in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Sint Maarten Police Force along with the assistance from the police forces of Aruba and Curacao, the Netherlands, Caribbean Netherlands, the Royal Marechausse, VKC, VKS, the Custom Department, Coast Guard and Dutch Marines, it is very noticeable that the situation on the streets has calmed tremendously.

The community is respecting the curfew while it is in effect. The calm and the sense of safety and security within the community in continuously growing and this is due to the increase in joint patrols by the different organizations which are very active in all communities and are assisting where ever needed.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — Social & Health Insurances SZV will re-open Monday thru Friday as of Monday September 25th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm permitting stable electricity, water and internet connections. SZV will re-open one central office location offering limited services primarily for ZV insured customers and slowly expand over the coming weeks towards normal operations, conditions permitting. Scheduled appointments up until September 29th will be re-scheduled by SZV and customers will be contacted, eliminating the need to visit the office to re-schedule.

“We are happy to have the office open again to the public, despite the current conditions. Our staff has never actually stopped working. We have a small team stationed in Curacao at the moment who is managing our customers abroad and those who have evacuated. The office doors were closed, but our online customer service has been active via Facebook and our phone lines recently re-opened as well. We are blessed to have a dedicated team, who despite their own devastating loss and damage, has shown nothing but commitment to serve in these challenging times. The hours that are being put in behind

the scenes are not to be measured. I am very proud of our SZV family. We too have our Irma challenges but we are overcoming them each day through collaborative effort, as a team, together with our stakeholders and the community at large.” – Management of SZV

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