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GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – World Health Day (WHD) is celebrated on the April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). 

A specific health topic of concern to people all over the world is selected annually by the WHO, and for 2017, the theme is about depression under the slogan: ‘Depression: let’s talk.’

Every year Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), as part of its annual calendar of observances, highlights and creates awareness about health matters based on the WHO annual calendar.  CPS would like to draw the community’s attention to World Health Day 2017 and the theme that has been chosen as part of its contribution to creating awareness.

Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.

The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Vector-borne diseases have become very prominent within the Caribbean Basin.  Dengue has been around for years until Chikungunya was introduced in 2013 followed by Zika.

The Caribbean Region just held its first meeting of the Surveillance and Vector Control Working Groups of the Caribbean Vector-Borne Diseases Network (CariVecNet).

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as coordinator of the Network, hosted twenty experts in vector control and vector-borne disease surveillance from ten CARPHA Member States.

Personnel from Institut Pasteur, Guadeloupe; Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Saint Kitts and Nevis and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) were also in attendance.

The meeting was funded by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Health Security Corporative Agreement.

SOUTH REWARD, St. Maarten – Minister Emmanuel signed a MOU with Adopt-A- Stop SXM to have approximately 60 solar paneled bus shelters constructed and installed which some will include USB portals for the use of the public for charging purposes for mobile devices. The bus shelters will be placed in strategic locations throughout Sint Maarten.

HAVANA, CubaMinister Jacobs along with the St. Maarten delegation comprised of the SG of MECYS, Policy Advisor Fabiana Vanterpool-Arnell, Head of the Department of Education Ruth Linger, travelled to Cuba on March 26th to attend the Kingdom Higher Education mission.

The Minister will be met by the Ministers of Education from the Netherlands, Aruba and Curacao.

WESTIN, St. MaartenOn March 22nd, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport attended the SVOBE gala dinner at the Westin Hotel. In attendance were His Excellency, Governor E.B. Holiday and his spouse Mrs. Holiday, Honorable Prime Minister William Marlin and his spouse Mrs. Marlin.

Minister Jacobs addressed the crowd at the gala. “We are seeing a growing trend that vocational is losing its taint as something negative or for lesser intelligent students; it’s just a different type of intelligence. As a Ministry we are doing a lot of research to ensure that we are catering to all the needs of our students and that the students are receiving the best quality of education there is to offer.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As was published in the local news papers and on Social Media, as a tribute to the late Annick Arrindell, the Police Management team came on Monday March 27th at 07.00 a.m. to regulate the heavy flow of traffic coming from the busy school districts of Reward and Sint Peters.

The Police Chief Carl John was seen regulating traffic at the intersection of L.B. Scot road and Gladiola road, while chief inspector Benjamin Gout was at the Church Hill round about, Commissioner Denise Jacobs was at the intersection of Zagersgut road/ Coralita road where the family of Annick Arrindell were lined up to see this tribute.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — Over the past year, Social & Health Insurances SZV has recognized an increase in the need of medical referrals abroad for Neurology, Neurosurgery and Urology. Given the demand for continued care of SZV insured, SZV has made arrangements with Health City Cayman Islands (HCCI) to provide consultation and treatment for its insured with pending appointments for these specialties. The first group of insured will travel on Wednesday March 29th to the Cayman Islands for consultation and treatment.

“We trust that this agreement with Health City Cayman Islands is an alternative that will not only reduce the waiting time but foremost offer quality care. It is imperative that our new general hospital becomes a reality; the medical referral abroad process continues to be a challenge that effects our insured, the funds and remains a logistical struggle.

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Tennis Club (SMTC) is hosting its third annual pineapple pete open singles tournament, which is scheduled to commence on Saturday April 1st and the finals will be held on Saturday April 15th, 2017.

Every tennis player in St. Maarten (SMTC club members, non-members, young, old, beginner, advanced, french side, or other islands) is invited to participate in this yearly event. The categories are: women’s open, men’s open and men’s 40+. The matches will be held on evenings and weekends and a fee of USD 15 per category is charged. Registrations have to be communicated to the SMTC’s tennis pro Alex Schvartz by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 5888259. The deadline for registration is March 30th, 2017. It is also possible to pass by the tennis club on a daily basis after 5 PM.

This tournament is sponsored by Pineapple Pete for the third year in a row, for which the club is very grateful. Without the help of our kind, generous and royal sponsor, it would not have been possible to organize an open singles tournament, according to the club’s President, Roeland Zwanikken.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Exercise is the Key to Healthy Aging. For those 60+, your current physical condition can benefit from exercise.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - REAL AUTO was officially launched on Friday, March 24 with a champagne toast by the Honorable Prime Minister of St. Maarten, William Marlin, along with REAL AUTO's Management Team comprised of Karl Nassief, Managing Director, Felix Nevarez, General Manager, Eric Vlaun, Sales Manager, and various esteemed guests.

"These are merely the beginning stages of our commitment to serving the community of St. Maarten with world class operations," shared Nassief, a business leader with a group of diverse companies throughout the Caribbean.

Also included, was the unveiling of the 2017 Suzuki Baleno & Ignis with a showcase of the innovative designs, improved functions, and long-term durability of these vehicles. They are currently available to the community of St. Maarten as part of REAL AUTO's Grand Opening promotion at great value prices for a limited time only.   

"Many thanks to the Real Auto Team, as well as our customers, business partners, associates, family and friends. For us it's about forging lasting REALationships!" said Felix Nevarez, Real Auto's General Manager. 

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