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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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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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Kimberly King fulfils her purpose to assist and empower growing businesses

TRINIDAD (PORT OF SPAIN) - Positive, assertive and results oriented are just a few words which aptly describe T&T business consultant and entrepreneur Kimberly King. Via her consultancy, Consulting Services by King and Associates Limited (CSBKAL), she utilizes her wealth of commercial expertise to benefit micro, small and medium-sized business owners in boosting their results and thriving in an unpredictable marketplace.

With almost two decades of corporate sales, marketing and customer service experience and an enthusiastic customer-centred focus, Kimberly has embarked on a journey to use her CSBKAL entity to assist various enterprises in growing their sales, gaining brand visibility and strengthening their customer relationships. This journey is one of excitement which continues to provide her with a feeling of fulfilment and a true sense of purpose.

Presently, CSBKAL’s core services are Sales Enablement, Sales Management, Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing & Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.

With a solid educational background, several professional and entrepreneurial accolades under her belt, Kimberly considers her foundation in the Hospitality and Tourism as one of the main assets and fundamental strengths which she brings to her CSBKAL clientele.

She shared, “Having such a foundation has helped me to understand that the customer is always in focus. The systems, service standards and genuine care exist to better meet and exceed the needs of the customer. I always reflect on Bob Burg’s quote where he says ‘Your true worth is

determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.’ So, excelling amidst the demands and stresses of the Hospitality and Tourism industry prepared me to excel in life.”

During this current pandemic period, this constant learner and calculated risk-taker has used her platforms to present meaningful content and workshops e.g. the ‘Sales Redesign Series’ which focused on essential topics for business owners such as staying connected with customers via social media, adjusting sales strategies, using online payment gateways and using mobile applications & virtual reality as part of future marketing plans.

Additionally, Kimberly, who has added value to global brands which include Hyatt Regency, Rex Resorts Group and the Blue Diamond Resorts Group,, has been involved with philanthropic organizations such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Cyril Ross Nursery and plans to be of further support to causes relating to children’s education and female empowerment.

With tenacity, sincerity and the ability to truly listen to her customers’ needs, Kimberly King aspires to support and guide both budding and established enterprises down the ‘highway of continued success’ and aspires to expand her client base in her native T&T as well as the Caribbean region and international markets.

She assured prospective clients, “Consulting Services by King and Associates Limited is ready to assist and listen to your sales and marketing concerns; start today by booking a free 20-minute diagnostic call.” (Sonique Solutions)

 

 

 

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Tuesday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Tuesday, September 15, fuel pump prices will be adjusted for gasoline and diesel. 

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.1.721 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.1.706 per liter.

The current price of diesel is Naf.1.222 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.1.169 per liter.

The Government of Sint Maarten regulates the prices of petroleum products by imposing a maximum price at which wholesalers and retailers can sell these products in the country to motorists.

At the international level, the prices of crude oil have experienced adjustments and local prices follow the international trend, and therefore prices are adjusted to reflect this. 

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16 New Positive COVID-19 cases as of Sunday. 100 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) — As of September 13th St. Maarten has confirmed sixteen (16) new cases of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19. The new total of positive cases now stands at five hundred and forty- nine (549).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 94 people in home isolation. One hundred (100) active cases have been registered of persons who contracted COVID-19. 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 remains at 430. One hundred and ten (110) 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 938 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.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 12th, St. Maarten has confirmed two (2) new cases of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, however there was a recovery of 43 persons; bringing the total active cases to eighty - four (84).  The new total of positive cases now stands at five hundred and thirty- three (533).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 78 people in home isolation. Five patients remain hospitalized 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 430. One hundred and ten (110) 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 934 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1786 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures. 

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 11th St. Maarten has confirmed one (1) new case who have tested positive for COVID-19. The new total of positive cases now stands at five hundred and thirty- one (531).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 119 people in home isolation. One hundred and twenty - five (125) active cases have been registered of persons who contracted COVID-19. Five patients are currently hospitalized, 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 is 387. One hundred and ten (110) people are now 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 934 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1677 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek would like to express his appreciation to all that have been adhering to the guidelines implemented. We are slowly declining in the daily number of active cases and together we will accomplish our ultimate goal of zero active cases.

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