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Cabinet of Justice Staff Member Recovering from COVID-19 at Home

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Monday, September 21st, 2020, a staff member of the Cabinet of Justice advised the Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson that Collective Prevention Services (CPS) had shortly confirmed that they tested positive for COVID-19. Thursday, September 17th, 2020, was the last day the staff member was on the job.

Considering the close contact between the staff member, Minister Richardson and the cabinet staff were contacted by CPS on Monday, September 21st, 2020, and advised to quarantine immediately, which they did. As such, the offices of the cabinet of Justice are being cleaned and sanitized.

Notice of the positive case was given to the Council of Ministers, the Secretariat and persons who have been in close contact with Minister Richardson and her cabinet staff within the past four days to advise them of this development. “Although my cabinet staff and I are in quarantine, we are working from home and will continue to execute our duties within the health perimeters as prescribed by CPS,” stated Minister Richardson.

At this present moment, Minister Richardson nor any of the other staff members have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. Minister Richardson stated that she will rest and remain hydrated by drinking lots of fluids such as herbal tea and water along with intake of vitamin C. She plans to expose herself to healthy portions of sun light and continue to stay positive in faith.

“I am bidding everyone to stay healthy and continue to take the necessary precautions to remain safe. All persons still working in the government administration building are reminded to uphold mask wearing protocols while less than 2 meters away from others and hand sanitize regularly. Know that this is a situation that is affecting the entire world and not just St. Maarten, as such we will pull through this. The staffer and her family remains in our prayers and is wished a speedy recovery,” Minister Richardson concluded.

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Seven new Positive COVID-19 Cases. 17 Persons Recover. 66 Active cases remain

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 21st, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, however there was a recovery of seventeen (17) persons, bringing the total active cases to sixty- six (66).

The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and ninety- one (591).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 63 people in home isolation. Three patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 20.

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 505. Forty- six (46) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 991 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1890 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek wishes all persons affected by COVID-19 much strength. He encourages persons returning home daily, to leave your shoes at the door, remove your clothing, and shower immediately before interacting with your family members. We are in this fight together and we must adhere to the implemented guidelines to safeguard ourselves, our family and our community in efforts to flatten the curve.

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SIBA elects new president and Board

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) has elected Dwayne Elgin to lead its new Board that was installed after elections held on 15th September 2020. Elgin succeeds Neil Henderson who has led the organization for over fifteen years.

The newly elected board includes Vice President- Mano van der Camp, Treasurer – Richard Boyd (also a past President), Secretary – Barbara Pompier and Board Member -Tirdeo (Joshua) Dharamraj.

SIBA, from its inception, has been championing the rights of insurance customers by influencing legislation to regulate the conduct of financial institutions operating in the industry whilst ensuring that its own members uphold the highest ethical and professional standards in serving customers.

There are several issues currently affecting the Insurance industry and the interest of customers. SIBA intends to immediately engage insurance companies to tackle the increasing cost of health insurance and accessibility to the coverage especially in the light of COVID 19 and its devastating impact to the economy and our customers.

The new board also intends to continue working in the best interest of our clients and the community in general through purposeful engagement with Insurance companies Government, Parliament, the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten and other stakeholders.

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Rotary Sunset Supports Online Learning With Tablet Donations

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On September 10th, 2020, members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset joined club President, Elisia Lake, and gathered at the Government Administration Building for the presentation of 67 tablet computers to various public schools on the island. Rotary Sunset launched its tablet / computer donation drive in August with hopes to provide the much-needed computer devices to students who were unable to attend online classes.

Supporting basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s primary areas of focus and Rotary Sunset strongly believes in the right to a sound education for every child. The club has organized numerous projects to promote education and literacy with its annual “Reading Slumber Fun”, “Read A Book A Day” “Free Little Libraries” and “Teachers’ Appreciation” initiatives, among others. Given the challenges faced by many students on the island with logging in to their online classes, the club saw the opportunity to take action in addressing the needs of these students.

“Providing a tablet for a student in need is like igniting a flame of endless opportunities. Although COVID-19 has presented our educational system with numerous challenges, it has also accelerated our educational system to embrace all the benefits of technology through virtual learning. As an educator and avid supporter of education, I am truly honored to be a part of an organization that takes action to create lasting change in our community, who made it possible for over 60 students to attend online classes,” President Elisia Lake stated.

Various Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends such as Temard Butterfield, Montgomery Penn, Akeem Lennard, Karl Isaac, Lakeia Lewis, Jerrell George, Julie Ramchandani, Lorenzo Scotland, the Rotary Club of Randolph Sunrise in Vermont, Corinne Laville, Kenneth Vandermark, David Palmer, Alvin Parker and Arlene Standford from Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Virgin Gorda, Jamaica, USA and St. Thomas shipped their donated tablet to the island as a contribution towards this initiative. Local contributors such as TamLeo, Digital Gumbs, West Tech Shipping, Rissa Productions, Consider It Solved by Roosburg & Partners, PSB Bank N.V., Kalaboom Events, Mr. Fries & Tingz SXM, SXM Promotionz, Auto Depot, Manek Imports, Tony’s Airconditioning, Tyrone Yates, Shiela Vie, Joanne Marie Lake Corrick, Shaunette Wilson, Jocelyn Levenstone, Deborah Richards, Tracey Thewet, Marie Boasman, Gracias Maccow, Tarnive Pemberton, Erica Woodley, Tameka Lambert, Ayanna Guy, Goslinga Aukje Johanna, Aswayan Cocks, Rotarians Elisia Lake, Roylyka Roache, Louis Wever and Aernout Kraaijeveld also made significant contributions toward the much needed tablets.

The tablets were distributed to the students through the school managers of the Marie Genevieve de Weever, Leonald Connor, Oranje, Prins Willem Alexander, Ruby Labega and Martin Luther King Jr. Primary Schools. The students were selected base on a thorough data analysis conducted by the various Student Care Coordinators. The Honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, gave words of encouragement and gratitude, towards the club for carrying out this initiative and vowed that the ministry would do its part to ensure that no child is left behind. During the brief ceremony, schools had the opportunity to win additional tablets, a MAC Book Pro and school supplies. President Elisia encouraged the schools to adopt a loan system, where the tablets can be loaned to each student in need with the understanding that it will be returned to the school at the end of the pandemic in good condition. This would ensure future use for other students that may be in need.

The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the general population of St. Maarten and to Rotarians across the globe for their kind contributions towards this initiative. There are still 133 students from various public schools who lack an electronic device to be able to attend classes. Persons who are still interested in contributing can do so by making a deposit to the club’s WIB USD Account number- 82173909, WIB NAF Account number-82173806.

For additional information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our social media pages; facebook.com/rotarysxmsunset or call +1 721 587-4193 /  +1 721 586-5241 

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UPDATED: 10 New confirmed Positive COVID-19 cases as of Saturday. 76 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 19th, there were ten (10) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, increasing the active cases to seventy- six (76). The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and eighty- four (584).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 71 people in home isolation. Five patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 20.

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 488. One hundred and thirty- two (132) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 986 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1880 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please do not become discouraged by the recent increase in positive cases; as we continue to adhere to the implemented guidelines we will flatten the curve.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek expresses his deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of the latest person to succumb to Covid-19. He wishes the family much strength during their time of loss.

As of September 18th, there were nine (9) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, however there was a recovery of 11 persons: reducing the total active cases to 66. The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and seventy- four (574).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 62 people in home isolation. Four patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to 20.

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 488. One hundred and twenty- five (125) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 982 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1865 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek urges all to continue and practice the guidelines implemented for the safety of yourself, your family and our community; by wearing your masks, practicing social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.

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6.8 magnitude earthquake occurs. No tsunami threat for the Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – A 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurred late Friday afternoon along the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge between the southwestern coast of Africa and the eastern coast of Brazil.

The U.S. NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center out of Hawaii issued a tsunami information statement stating that based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to the Caribbean coasts from this earthquake.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 20 miles.

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Make-over for TV-15 Logo and IPTV Brochure

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - A new-look Triple Play brochure complete with new TV15 logo and new channel placement have been produced by TelEm Groups IPTV provider, TelTV.

With the new brochure comes a host of new Fiber Triple Play packages from an 8MB “Convenience” offer to a super-efficient 50MB “Ultimate” plan. In between are several other plans offering 15MB, 20MB, 30MB and 45MB to suit each customer’s need for bandwidth and budget.

The new brochure also includes in its new look, a numbered listing of channels that can be used in coordination with TelTV’s Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for planned viewing.

TelTV is also announcing its most dramatic change, in the redesign of the TV-15 logo to a retro artistic look. Subscribers will notice that TV-15 has now been officially swapped with NBCSN on the TelTV program line-up so that the local channel can be on Channel 15, while NBCSN is now on Channel 10. (TelTV Subscribers who can still see TV-15 on Channel 10 are advised to reset their IPTV set top box in order for the change to take effect.)

“In keeping with our new “nostalgic” logo for TV-15, televiewers will be happy to see their local channel back where it started, since TV15 has always been associated with channel 15,” said TelTV representatives recently when announcing the changes.

TV-15 televiewers have come to rely on their favorite channel to keep up with local, regional and international developments, also developments within the St. Maarten Government, especially with live broadcast of meetings of parliament while in session.

TelTV subscribers can continue to look forward to new changes and upgrades to their service within the coming months.

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Seaside Nature Park: Support and join us in the seemingly safest place to be these days: OUTDOORS

SINT MAARTEN (CAY BAY) - Make your midterm break awesome and let your child join one of the three types of Seaside Nature Park's outdoor camps from 5-9 October 2020.

  1. MINI-SEASIDE RANGER CAMP:

For the little ones: A week of fun filled mornings with outdoor activities and farm animal meet-ups.

age group : 3 to 6 years old

days : 5 x half days, Monday to Friday

time schedule : 8.30 am - 12.30 pm.

Price: US$ 190,- p.p.p.wk. / *US$ 50,- p.day (*if space available) 12 px max.

 

  1. SEASIDE RANGERS SUMMER CAMP -FULL TIME:

All-in, all week, outdoor activities with a variety of fun, including one daily horse activity, beach time, games and arts and crafts and more...

age group : from 6 to 12 years old days

time schedule : mon - fri from 8.30am - 4.30 pm. 24 px max.

Price US$ 220,- p.p.p.wk. / *US$ 60,- p.day (*if space available)

 

  1. HORSE CAMP-FULL TIME: HAVE YOUR OWN HORSE FOR THE WEEK!

All-in, all day HORSE-RIDING camp: daily lessons, riding and horse-fun filled activities for the whole week, under professional guidance to improve your horse experience in every way. Experience how it is to have your own horse for the week and work on all-round horse skills. Novice-, Beginner- and Advanced group-division. Very limited space available.

age group : from 9 - 14 years

time schedule : mon - fri from 8.30am - 4.30 pm. Price US$ 340,- p.p.wk. 6 px max.

LIMITED Space per camp, first come first serve basis with registrations. Camp is 1 week : 5-9 October. 

How to register?

Pick a type of camp, let us know the name, age and email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We reply with all detailed info, a registration form and payment instructions.

Finally, Above program is based for Seaside Nature Park to survive while offering a quality program and providing work for our fellow St.Maarteners.

We believe during these COVID-19 times, the outdoors is one of the safest options we have, especially combined with extra regulations.

We also would like this opportunity to call upon local businesses on the island to sponsor spots for children of parents in financial dire situations. Please contact us if your business would be interested in giving these children an unforgettable summer experience.

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Eight new positive COVID-19 cases. 69 Active Cases. Five hospitalized/isolation

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As for the latest results received today September 17th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; increasing the active cases to sixty-nine (69). The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and sixty- five (565).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 64 people in home isolation. Four patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 19. 

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten remains at 477. One hundred and twenty (120) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

Nine additional tests were conducted throughout the community by CPS, bringing the total to 1849, while testing at the Princess Juliana International Airport, PJIA remained at 961.

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures. 

 

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 16th, St. Maarten has confirmed eight (8) active cases, however there was a recovery of nine (9) persons today, bringing the total active cases to sixty- one (61). The total number of positive cases is now five hundred and fifty- seven (557).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 56 people in home isolation. Four patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 19.

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to 477. One hundred and two (102) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 961 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1840 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

ARCHIVE - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 15th, St. Maarten has confirmed zero active cases, however there was a recovery of 38 persons today: bringing the total active cases to sixty- two (62). The total number of positive cases remains at five hundred and forty- nine (549), as they are pending lab results.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 56 people in home isolation. Five patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 19.

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to 468. Ninety- one (91) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 960 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1816 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek is elated to report another increase in the number of recovered cases today; however, we are awaiting pending lab results which may reflect the active and total confirmed cases. Although we are not yet at zero active cases, Minister Panneflek wants the community to remain positive and trust that God will see us through these trying times.

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Young man dies in a motorcycle accident after losing control

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - A fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a car on the airport road on Sunday September 13th, 2020, claimed the life of the young man with initials R.J.

According to the information received, it appeared that the motorcyclist who was riding together with a large group on the Airport road, for an inexplainable reasons, lost control of his motorcycle.

The victim and the motorcycle slid a few meters and slammed head-on into a white SUV coming from the opposite direction. After the collision with the white SUV, the driver and motorcycle hit the crash barrier along the side of the road.

As a result of the collision R.J. who suffered serious injuries was treated at the scene by the personnel of the Ambulance Department and rushed to the SMMC.

Later in the evening the police were notified by the personnel of the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) that the victim had succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the white SUV suffered only minor injuries.

The Sint Maarten Police Force would like to express its condolence to the family of the deceased. (KPSM)

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