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Tzu Chi sends third shipment of relief to St. Vincent

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation continued to spread seeds of love across the ocean when it sent its third shipment of relief to St Vincent to assist persons affected by the recent volcanic eruptions in that island.

The foundation sent a full 20-foot container containing food items to assist more than 800 families. The container arrived in St. Vincent on June 26, 2021.

All the items were donated by Tzu Chi’s headquarters in Taiwan thanks to Tzu Chi Founder Master Cheng Yen.

Donated were 67 cases (containing 804 packs) of milk powder; 27 cases (810 packs) of dried red beans; 89 cases (801 bottles) of cooking oil; 160 cases (1,600 packs) of flour; 67 cases (804 units) of baking powder; 200 cases (1,600 packs) of brown rice; 80 cases (1,600 packs) of spaghetti; and 2 cases (4,000 units) of face masks.

The items were sent to the Park Hill Evangelical Church Elder Brian Dabreo and his senior pastor Conroy Huggins for further distribution to 800 persons.

Dabreo thanked Tzu Chi for the generous donation and for helping the people of St. Vincent, on behalf of the Church’s leaders and members, the Park Hill Volcano Relief Committee, parliamentary representatives, and the Prime Minister of St. Vincent.

In the meantime, the distribution of relief packages to assist persons locally continues as the foundation does its utmost to help alleviate the burdens on households in the community.

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24 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 132 Active Cases. 13 Persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 4th, there were twenty-four (24) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred thirty-two (132). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand eight hundred forty-eight (2848).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred nineteen (119) people in home isolation. Thirteen (13) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at thirty-four (34).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand six hundred eighty-two (2682). Ninety-two (92) people remain in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 3, 461 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 37, 841 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley hereby requests all persons and businesses to take the necessary precautions against COVID-19 seriously as we currently have over one hundred (100) active cases. For your safety, Minister Ottley encourages everyone who has not been vaccinated to consider doing so as soon as possible, to increase your chances of fighting against COVID-19. If this trend continues, strict measures will be enforced.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 3rd, there were twenty-six (26) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, nine (9) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred twelve (112). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand eight hundred twenty-four (2824).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred (100) people in home isolation. Twelve (12) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at thirty-four (34).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand six hundred seventy-eight (2678). Sixty-six (66) people remain in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 3, 451 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 37, 841 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

We are seeing a drastic increase in the numbers and urges the public to remain vigilant. Wear your mask, and frequently sanitize or wash your hands.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 2nd, there were twenty-eight (28) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, fourteen (14) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to ninety-five (95). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand seven ninety-eight (2798).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring eighty-nine (89) people in home isolation. Six (6) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at thirty-four (34).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand six hundred sixty-nine (2669). Sixty-six (66) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 3, 441 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 35, 043 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley urges everyone to remain cautious when in public places. We are seeing an increase in the numbers and encourages everyone to wear your mask and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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CPS Only Location for COVID-19 Vaccines

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), would like to inform the public that its offices at the Vineyard Office Complex is the only location that will be open for the administering of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.

During the month of August, CPS opening hours for the administering of the Pfizer vaccine are: 8:30 AM to 12 noon, and 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Persons need to keep in mind that the aforementioned hours could change, and this will be timely communicated to the community.

Persons can call 914 for any additional information.

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10 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Friday. 81 Active Cases. Three Persons Hospitalized. 143 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of July 30th, there were ten (10) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, seven (7) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to eighty-one (81). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand seven hundred seventy (2770).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy-eight (78) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at thirty-four (34).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand six hundred fifty-five (2655). Sixty-five (65) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 3, 425 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 35, 043 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley urges those who have not been vaccinated to come out to the vaccination pop-up drive tomorrow Saturday, July 31st, at the Melford Hazel Sports Complex from 9:00am to 3:00pm. All persons who are interested in getting vaccinated are asked to bring any form of photo ID for registration.

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Vaccination Pop-Ups at the John Larmonie Center on Friday and the Melfort Hazel Sports Complex on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Friday, July 30th, there will be a vaccination Pop-up at the John Larmonie Center from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, according to the Vaccine Management Team (VMT).

Additionally, on Saturday, July 31st, another vaccination Pop-up will be organized at the Melfort Hazel Sports Complex in Sucker Garden, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The VMT would like to encourage all residents of Sint Maarten, 12 years or older, to take advantage of this last opportunity and come for their Covid-19 vaccine. The Belair Community Center or the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) will not be offering vaccinations on Friday, July 30.

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17 New positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Active Cases Climb to 78. Two Persons Hospitalized. 130 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of July 29th, there were seventeen (17) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventy-eight (78). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand seven hundred sixty (2760).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy-six (76) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at thirty-four (34).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand six hundred forty-eight (2648). Fifty-four (54) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 3, 425 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 35, 043 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

We are noticing an increase in the numbers and hereby urges everyone to remain vigilant when in public places. For your safety wear your mask, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of July 28th, there were fourteen (14) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, six (6) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to sixty-five (65). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand seven hundred forty-three (2743).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring sixty-three (63) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at thirty-four (34).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand six hundred forty-four (2644). Fifty (50) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 3, 419 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 35, 043 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

We are noticing an increase in the numbers and is hereby urging those who have not been vaccinated to come out for your vaccination.

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Six New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 57 Active Cases. One Person Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of July 27th, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to fifty-seven (57). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand seven hundred twenty-nine (2729).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring fifty-six (56) people in home isolation. One (1) patient is hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at thirty-four (34).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand six hundred thirty-eight (2638). Fifty-one (51) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 3, 404 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 35, 043 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley would like to reiterate that this is the last week to come out and get your vaccine on a walk-in basis. All persons 12 years and older who haven’t been vaccinated are encouraged to come out.

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Expedition on the Saba Bank to Enhance Tiger Shark Protection. Starts August 1

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - Starting August 1, 2021, a team of researchers will spend a week on the Saba Bank investigating the life-cycle of tiger sharks. Researchers will investigate the migration routes, where and when tiger sharks breed so they can protect them better within the Dutch Caribbean’s Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary as well as beyond.

In this expedition members from the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF)Nature Foundation St. Maarten (NFSXM), St. Eustatius National Parks (STENAPA)STINAPA Bonaire, the Aruba National Parks Foundation (FPNA), the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature the Netherlands (WWF-NL) will participate.

In 2016, the Saba Conservation Foundation, Nature Foundation St. Maarten, and Sharks for Kids  partnered together as part of DCNA’s Save our Sharks Project funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. Since then, satellite tagging of tiger sharks has been conducted on the Saba Bank and around Sint Maarten.

Through this research we now know that tiger sharks in Dutch waters travel throughout the Caribbean basin, with most of these tagged sharks being sexually mature females. During the upcoming expedition the researchers aim to not only tag and track more tiger sharks to further investigate the life cycle, but they will also measure if and how large the pups inside pregnant tiger sharks are. This will help to determine if the Saba Bank is in fact a breeding ground for tiger sharks, one of the main goals of the expedition.

The other objective is to see where these transboundary sharks migrate to in order to better understand the importance of the Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary and protect other geographical areas. The Yarari Sanctuary was established on September 1, 2015, and aims to protect marine mammals, sharks, and rays throughout the waters of Bonaire, Saba, and since September 2018, St. Eustatius.

Collaboration between not only the six Dutch Caribbean islands but countries across the wider Caribbean as a whole is necessary in order to protect and conserve these essential species and ecosystems. Therefore the Caribbean Shark Coalition was recently formed to collaborate better in the entire Greater Caribbean region.

Celebrated on July 28 each year, World Nature Conservation Day acknowledges that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and healthy society. This includes a healthy ocean which, undoubtedly, depends on sharks. 

Sharks are large top predators that serve a critical role in maintaining balance in the marine ecosystem. Sharks help keep their prey population healthy by eating the weak while also affecting their prey’s distribution. In healthy oceans, sharks help to maintain stable fish stocks and healthy coral reefs and seagrass beds, which is important for the fisheries and the economy of the islands. 

The Tiger Shark research expedition is coordinated by the DCNA and generously funded by WWF-NL through the Biodiversity Funds and the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. For more information on the Pregnant Tiger Shark Expedition, follow the participating organizations on Facebook, Instagram or DCNA’s website (https://dcnanature.org/news/).

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16 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. 55 Active Cases. 96 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of July 26th, there were sixteen (16) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, ten (10) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to fifty-five (55). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand seven hundred twenty-three (2723).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring fifty-five (55) people in home isolation. There are no hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at thirty-four (34).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand six hundred thirty-four (2634). Forty-one (41) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 3, 394 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 35, 043 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley encourages all persons 12 years and older who haven’t been vaccinated to come out and receive their COVID-19 vaccination this week. This is the last opportunity to come out and get your vaccine on a walk-in basis.

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GRACITA: ‘IT’S ABOUT TIME’: FROM VISION TO REALITY.’ “MEMORIAM OF GREGORY J. ARRINDELL”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPA) Gracita Arrindell stated on Sunday in a press statement that: “Mr. Gregory J. Arrindell recently passed away. Whilst the tributes came in from many including family, friends and business associates it is clear that ‘Greg’ will also be remembered as being part of a movement of people who early on had a vision for prosperity including the way to achieve this vision.

“Greg loved and respected ‘his’ People. His Vision was inclusion and Prosperity for the people of Sint Maarten based on a more diverse economic tourism policy. Greg voiced his opinions and tackled the issues regarding the best ways forward for our economy from several public platforms including through his popular radio program aired Wednesdays on PJD2 titled “IT’S ABOUT TIME”.

“Invited guests had an opportunity to deliberate on issues that were important for our economic growth sharing of wealth and our quality of life. His programs were colorful and very informative. Based on his firm belief that there is always room for strong growth of our economy and prosperity for our people once we commit to thinking outside the ordinary box. Explore and develop relationships outside the ordinary box through diversification of our tourism policies was his Vision ”.

Arrindell states; Greg’s active roles as well as being a member of several economic oriented foundations representing Sint Maarten locally and abroad are well-known. These platforms included the Tallahassee & St. Maarten Foundation. This Foundation among others sought partnership with the Business community of Tallahassee Florida. Respect and admiration goes out as well to Mr. Arthur Lugisse close friend and associate of the late Gregory J. Arrindell.

“Lugisse was Sint Maarten’s very successful representative in Tallahassee.

At that time Mr. Lugisse and his team brought the ‘who- is who’ in the political and business arena of South and North- St. Maarten together in this partnership endeavor. That was a remarkable feat to pull off. Gregory J. Arrindell was also part of this colorful and unique ensemble. Regrettably these great connections to expand and grow in partnership overseas have sizzled and stalled. These partnerships must again be sought after and re- established. It’s about time”.

Gracita says: “ Gregory was also among others on the board of the Sint Maarten Business Association. Together with another well known son- of the soil charismatic Charles (Charlie) Meyers the then board members made a deliberate effort to reach out and connect with the affluent African American market in the USA. Both men were introduced to BET founder and CEO of RLJ Group of Companies Billionaire Robert (Bob) L. Johnson and met at PJIA airport during one of Mr. Johnson’s visits to the islands. The introduction was made by then Island Council member Gracita R Arrindell.

Arrindell concludes: “We should honor Gregory Arrindell and his passion for economic empowerment and diversified growth for a stronger economic base for Sint Maarten.

His legacy must continue by those who share this common vision. The ball is in our court to act and turn his vision into reality. In his words; ‘It’s about time’. Rest in Peace Gregory J. Arrindell”.

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