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Governor Holiday pays working visit to The Netherlands

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - From Tuesday September 20, 2022, until Friday September 23, 2022, His Excellency Governor Eugene B. Holiday paid a working visit to The Netherlands as part of his farewell as Governor of Sint Maarten. On Tuesday he attended the opening of the Parliamentary Year (Prinsjesdag) in The Hague. Later that day there was a formal Governor’s meeting with the Governor of Aruba and the State Secretary of Kingdom Relations, Alexandra Van Huffelen. Unfortunately, the Governor of Curacao was not able to join.

On Wednesday the Governor met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The Governor expressed his appreciation to the Prime Minister for their years of cooperation. The Prime Minister thanked the Governor for his efforts for Sint Maarten and the Kingdom. Subsequently Governor Holiday visited the President of the Supreme Court (Hoge Raad), Dineke De Groot, and together with the Governor of Aruba he had a lunch meeting with the President of the Dutch Human Rights Committee, Jacobine Geel.

Thursday started with a meeting with the State Secretary of Justice and Security, Eric van der Burg. The meeting with the State Secretary was followed by a meeting with the Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten, Rene Violenus. They looked back at the 12-year tenure of the Governor and spoke about the future and the challenges and opportunities for Sint Maarten that lie ahead. On Thursday evening the Minister Plenipotentiary hosted a reception in honor of Governor Holiday. Amongst the invited guests were Sint Maarten students and members of the Sint Maarten diaspora in The Netherlands.

On Friday, the Governor paid a courtesy visit to the Commander of the Armed Forces, Onno Eichelsheim, and had a meeting with State Secretary of Kingdom Relations, Alexandra van Huffelen. State Secretary Van Huffelen.

Friday afternoon State Secretary Van Huffelen hosted a farewell reception for Governor Holiday in the St. Jacob church, better known as “Grote Kerk” in The Hague. Among the guests present were ministers, state secretaries, former employees of the Cabinet of the Governor as well as family members of Governor Holiday.

Also present was former Vice chair of the Council of State, Herman Tjeenk Willink. He gave a speech looking back at his experiences and memories of working with the Governor. Mr. Tjeenk Willink touched upon a few of the many remarkable moments of the last 12 years such as his handling of the many constitutional crises and his ability to surround himself with the right people for advice and guidance when needed.

State Secretary Van Huffelen in her speech noted that Governor Holiday helped Sint Maarten through disasters such as hurricane Irma and the Covid pandemic. Van Huffelen praised his thoroughness, integrity and always putting Sint Maarten’s interest first. She also mentioned how the Governor contributed to the development of Sint Maarten as a country by paying special attention to youth.

In 2020 he established the Governor’s Youth Awards for Excellence and every year he invited several elementary schools to visit the Cabinet of the Governor to learn about the work of the Governor and the organization that supports him. The State Secretary referred to the Governor’s willingness to lend a listening ear to many in the Sint Maarten community. She described him as a “father of the people” (burgervader).

She concluded by emphasizing the wonderful job Governor Holiday did for the past 12 years and his devotion to the development of Sint Maarten. For his contribution and his accomplishments both as Governor but also in other capacities, he received a royal decoration from His Majesty the King through State Secretary Van Huffelen. Governor Holiday is now Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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“Dating Violence Amongst Youth: The Silent Dangers”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is organizing an interactive and informative workshop entitled: Dating Violence Amongst Youth: The Silent Dangers.”

This workshop will help educate and empower parents, teachers, and the public via an open discussion on the physical, psychological, and social risk factors of dating violence amongst youth and how it can impact the individual’s well-being and their family.

The general-public, especially parents of primary and secondary school going children, are invited to attend. Teachers, community leaders and other interested persons are encouraged as well to come out to this forum, which will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at the University of St. Martin from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

For more information, contact the Student Support Services Division at 543-1235 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) provides services to students referred by the schools. These services consist of psychological services, counseling services, social work services, speech language pathology services and educational diagnostic services. SSSD also provides career services to students and parent education/information sessions.

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Seven More Restaurants Offering Signature Dishes at Reduced Price for November St Maarten Flavors

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This week, seven more St. Maarten Restaurants joined the St. Maarten Flavors program, offering a special dish for an affordable price during the month of November for residents and visitors. Bamboo House, Irie Garden, Jai’s Contemporary Fusion Cuisine, Pineapple Pete’s, Pink Pearl, Sale & Pepe and Spices of India have joined a list of 15 restaurants becoming part of the program over the past months.

During the month of November, the St. Maarten Flavors program will showcase the great variety of culinary delights St. Maarten has to offer. Enrolled restaurants offer great deals to patrons ranging from samplers or one course bites, starting at $17.50 to full three course dining experiences at $49. Revenues of the event will be used to launch a new generation of St. Maarten culinary talents to the next edition of the prestigious “Taste of the Caribbean” event in Miami in 2023.

In addition to the restaurants joining up, new restaurants have revealed their signature dishes that will be presented during the St. Maarten Flavors month of November. Japanese born Seema Vaswani of Bold Buddha will bring both elements of her country of birth as well as of the country where she was raised, India, into her menu. The November menu will start with Ground Lamb meat kebabs, marinated for hours in a Spicy cashew paste served with wasabi ginger soy. The signature main course will be Macadamia Crusted Wild Caught Salmon, Dipped in Caribbean rum, marinated in a special mix of Bold Buddha’s own Tandoori spice, crusted with roasted macadamia and lightly pan seared, finally topped with Orange - Lime - Zest, finished in the oven. The special will be served with Tostones accompanied with organic pineapple - avocado mash and Basmati rice with cardamom and saffron, optionally topped with dab of hot Ghee just before serving. The recently opened Boardwalk restaurant will finish its meal off with baked Nectarine with Plum Jelly with mascarpone and thyme served with honey on the side. 

Seema: “I spent many years of my life enjoying various Asian cuisines, then life took me to India for 15 years and finally to my favorite rock St. Maarten for the past 22 years. I was very excited to open a restaurant that can showcase my special recipes which I have always brought to the table for my family and friends. St. Maarten flavors allows me to bring to you the same taste that has been enjoyed by my close ones for decades”.

Chef Julio Haynes of Pure Ocean at Divi Little Bay Resort announced the restaurant’s three course dinner as being composed of an appetizer of Goat Cheese Salad with fig, walnuts, mesclun lettuce, cherry tomatoes with a herb-citrus vinaigrette. As a main course, the restaurant offers Sundried Tomato Crusted Cod with Grilled Asparagus, Fresh Green Beans and Corn Salad, Baby Potato and Curry Coconut Fume. Coffee Crème Brulee will be the dessert, topped with wild berries compote.

In addition to the prix fix menus, many restaurants will offer activities on the side. Those interested in the St. Maarten Flavors month hosted by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) and PDG Supplies are more than welcome to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and joining the St. Maarten Flavors newsletter. Details are also available at www.stmaartenflavors.com

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Lost license plates found. Check with the Receiver’s Office

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - After passing of Tropical Storm Fiona, the St. Maarten police recovered several license plates all around the island. Several other plates were brought to the police station by individuals.

These plates were registered at the police station and later returned to the receivers’ office on Soualiga road.

Individuals or companies who had their plates lost during the storm can contact the receiver’s office in order to determine whether they are currently at the receivers. (KPSM)

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Prime Minister Jacobs calls on community to stand in solidarity with islands impacted by Hurricane Fiona

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs, Silveria Jacobs wishes to extend her thoughts and prayers to those who have been negatively affected by Tropical Storm Fiona turned hurricane, as well as those directly in the path of Hurricane Fiona.

“St. Maarten/St. Martin has been spared the full force this time around. Our people have learned from our experiences not too long ago and we were able to have plans set in place to secure our people. However, we must not take for granted that there has been great devastation in the region including loss of life as a result of flash flooding. We pray for all those negatively affected by the heavy flooding.” Said Prime Minister Jacobs.

The Prime Minister went on to say, “We must keep our sister islands in mind, particularly the USVI as well as Puerto Rico, who recently shared in our devastation a few years ago while still dealing with the recent world pandemic. They are suffering from power outages as well as reliving very fresh trauma. We pray for God’s mercies while their leaders work to get their grids back up and running.

As vulnerable island nations directly impacted by climate change, we know how difficult it can be to survive between disasters. I join with the people of St. Maarten in praying that there is no more loss of life and a swift recovery for our Caribbean neighbors. I also encourage those who can, to lend support where possible and make donations to known local and international agencies which offer assistance in times of disaster.”

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Positive and Elektralyets Foundation donate Painting of Hope to SMMC IV Therapy Suite

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Positive and Elektralyets Foundations recently presented a painting to the IV Therapy Suite of the Outpatient department of the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC). The painting will serve as a beacon of hope for the patients receiving treatment while at the same time appreciating the mutually beneficial partnership with SMMC.

The foundations commissioned the passionate islander artist Tessel Verheij, affectionately known as Tes to paint this commemorative and inspirational piece. Tes has many years of experience in art education and workshops. With the opening of Waste Factory, she has devoted her time to enforcing education around environmental awareness by creating ways we can reuse and reduce our clean waste by repurposing and creating beautiful handmade souvenirs and functional designs. She is located at the Artcraftcafe Gallery on Frontstreet #209 (upstairs from the Great Bay Beach House), Philipsburg.

The painting with shades of blue and pink, the colors representing prostate and breast cancer awareness, portrays the pink and blue ribbons and an image of a person holding their head up. More importantly it features an encouraging message written by Helen Keller, which reads “HOPE sees the INVISIBLE, FEELS the INTANGIBLE and ACHIEVES the IMPOSSIBLE.” The artist ensured that the piece of art is protected with resin so that it can endure the thorough cleaning protocols of SMMC. There is also an added feature. The painting glows when florescent light is projected on it.

The collaboration with the St. Maarten Medical Center started in 2011 with the offer of free mammograms to uninsured women on St. Maarten. The cost of the mammograms for uninsured women are shared equally between the foundations and SMMC. In 2019, an innovative and creative Man Up Check Up Prostate Cancer awareness campaign was launched with the support of the late Nurse Danielle Meerzorg, Dr. Ramos and Dr. Rojas, urologists at SMMC. The St. Maarten Medical Center has supported the Foundations’ annual prostate and breast cancer campaigns by hosting free prostate and breast cancer screenings.

SMMC and the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations are hosting a Women’s Health Day on October 15th, 2022, from 9am to 3pm at SMMC. On that day women can get a free clinical breast examination and a voucher for free mammograms, if warranted, for uninsured women. Other preventative free health screenings geared towards general health awareness will also be offered.

In 2022, The Positive and Elektralyets Foundations, in addition to organizing a series of events for Prostate and Breast Cancer for September and October, have partnered with the St. Maarten Laboratory Services to offer free prostate specific antigen tests (PSA) to uninsured men over the age of 40 years old. The foundations hope that the partnership with St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) will continue to increase general health awareness for the benefit of men and women of St. Maarten.

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Essential Businesses Allowed to Open from 2:00 PM

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Based on the latest weather information at 11:00 AM on Saturday from the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS) regarding the passing of Tropical Storm Fiona, was located about 105 miles south of Sint Maarten.

Gradual strengthening of this storm is forecast to take place as the storm continues to move away from the area. Tropical storm conditions are still being experienced, and therefore the country remains under a Tropical Storm Warning.

The Government of Sint Maarten calls on the population to remain vigilant.

It has been decided that essential businesses will be allowed to open at their own discretion as of 2:00 PM. Essential services as mentioned in the Ministerial Regulation on business closures of 16 September are supermarkets, grocery stores, and bakeries, hardware stores, restaurants, pharmacies, funeral parlors, and gas stations. This is of course not mandatory; businesses may also choose to remain closed. As such the population is asked to remain at home unless absolutely necessary while the flood advisory remains in effect.

Public transportation and car rental are allowed to also operate.

Regular business hours can commence on Sunday, September 18 at 6:00 AM.

In further updates, the Prime Minister reported the following:

Airport

Sint Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport will remain closed today Saturday, and will reopen on Sunday, September 18 at 7:00 AM.

Major gusts of 47 miles per hour were reported at the airport. The measure taken is a safety precaution in order to allow the winds to subside within the next 24 hours.

Port

Maritime operations at Port St. Maarten remain closed today due to sea conditions, very rough seas, and high swells. Once those subside, an assessment will be carried out by the port later this afternoon and updates will be provided by the port.

Hurricane Shelter

Three persons made use of the John Larmonie Center that was opened on Friday afternoon. The shelter will close at 5:00 PM.

NV GEBE

There were no reported power outages, only an isolated event in Pelican last night which was restored.

All other Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) have reported no incidents.

During the morning hours, the Ministry of VROMI carried out assessments and clean-up of the road network where necessary in certain areas and this is on-going.

Those that must make use of the road network, must exercise caution, and avoid excessive speed on the wet roads.

Flash flooding can still take place throughout the day. Remain indoors and continue to protect your loved ones. The measures are to protect safety and security of the people of Sint Maarten.

The Prime Minister would like to thank all ESF Coordinators, the back office, Police, Fire and Ambulances services, the Sint Maarten Voluntary Corps, the Dutch Marines, shelter workers, Ministry VROMI, DCOMM for their collaboration during the passing of Tropical Storm Fiona.

This is the last Facebook live by the Prime Minister about Tropical Storm Fiona. Continue to monitor Government news and information mediums for any additional information.

For weather information, visit the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten website www.meteosxm.comor visit their social media page Facebook.com/sxmweather/

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Public urged to stay indoors

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As Sint Maarten continues to expect a lot of rain and storm gusts of wind, the public is urged to remain indoors as tropical storm Fiona can still cause damage due to flooding.

The mobility of law enforcement officers and emergency workers is important for the rendering of assistance to those in need. As such, public roads must be free of traffic, for the first responders to execute their work effectively. All persons who must be out on the road for urgent reasons must identify themselves with a valid proof of identity.

The Honorable Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson hereby requests the cooperation of the public to ensure their safety. The clear skies should not be underestimated as the storm has not yet passed Sint Maarten and persons venturing out could be caught in a flash flood.

For live updates by the Prime Minister concerning weather conditions, visit the Government of Sint Maarten Facebook Page, tune in to SXMGOV Radio 107.9 FM or visit the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten website www.meteosxm.com for weather information.

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Tropical Storm Conditions Continue. Flood Advisory Issued by MDS

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Based on the latest weather information at 5:00 AM on Saturday from the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS) regarding the passing of Tropical Storm Fiona, the Prime Minister as Chairlady of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), that Tropical Storm Fiona will continue to impact Sint Maarten for the rest of the morning with rain and storm gusts of wind. As such a flood advisory has been issued.

The MDS, EOC will continue to monitor the weather situation and advise the Government on the best course of action to ensure that the best decisions are made in the interest of the safety of all.

Excessive rain and strong gusts will continue Saturday morning, and therefore it is highly recommended for persons to remain indoors, allowing for authorities to assess the situation especially in flood prone areas. As tropical storm conditions prevail, the population should remain indoors until further notice.

All businesses are to remain closed until further notice.

At 5:00 AM, Tropical Storm Fiona was located approximately 110 miles south of Sint Maarten. On its present track, according to the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten, Fiona is at its closest point to the country.

Residents are asked not to underestimate the effects of excessive rainfall which can be dangerous and cause loss of life in flooding situations.

The country remains under a Tropical Storm Warning. As such the population is urged to continue to remain indoors. Authorities will continue to assess the need for a curfew as the morning progresses and update accordingly.

For weather information, visit the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten website www.meteosxm.comor visit their social media page Facebook.com/sxmweather/

The next live update by the Prime Minister will be on Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 AM via Facebook Live @SXMGOV and SXMGOV Radio 107.9 FM.

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Possible Curfew on Saturday. Announcement to be made at 6:00 AM after Assessment of Weather Conditions

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Based on the latest weather information at 11:00 PM on Friday from the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten regarding the approach of Tropical Storm Fiona, once the 5:00 AM weather update is known, a decision will be taken on whether a curfew will be introduced Saturday morning.

After consultations between the Police, the Minister of Justice, the Secretaries General of Justice, and General Affairs, MDS, and the National Disaster Coordinator, consideration has been given for a curfew on Saturday.

This is due to the approach of Tropical Storm Fiona which could bring heavy rainfall during Saturday that could cause flash floods thereby endangering road users. Motorists and pedestrians should remain at home.

All measures are being taken in order to ensure the safety of the population. Residents are asked to adhere to the directives of the authorities in the interest of preserving/saving lives.

This announcement will be made at 6:00 AM via the Government communication channels such as Facebook @SXMGOV and the Government Radio Station SXMGOV 107.9 FM.

All businesses are to remain closed until further notice, and the public should remain indoors until advised further.

At 11:00 PM, Tropical Storm Fiona was located approximately 110 miles southeast of Sint Maarten.

On its present track, according to the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten, Fiona is forecast to pass at its closest 80 miles southwest of St. Maarten on Saturday morning, the threat of heavy rainfall causing flooding during the morning hours is still high. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 60 miles per hour.

The country remains under a Tropical Storm Warning.

For weather information, visit the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten website www.meteosxm.com or visit their social media page Facebook.com/sxmweather/

The next live update by the Prime Minister will be on Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 AM via Facebook Live @SXMGOV and SXMGOV Radio 107.9 FM.

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