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Adjusted services at the Civil Registry Department Public Service Center Simpson Bay Branch

SIMPSON BAY VILLAGE (DCOMM) - The management of the Public Service Center Department (PSC) is pleased to inform the general public that the Civil Registry Department (CRD) will be accepting cash for products and services rendered effective January 5, 2015 at the Simpson Bay Branch.   

Director of the Public Service Center, Emilia Thomas stated that “…since the opening of the Civil Registry Department at the Public Service Center in Simpson Bay last year, payment for services and products at this location was only possible by means of a debit card (Maestro).

“We have been monitoring the needs of our customers and clients for quite some time, which was an indication for management of the CRD to introduce the service of accepting cash especially for the convenience of those customers and clients who are not in the possession of a debit card.

“We are confident that our customers and clients will appreciate this adjustment to our services. Our aim is to listen to the needs of our customers and clients as much as possible and look at ways to continuously introduce value-added services,” Thomas said. 

To avoid delays in obtaining services or products from CRD, customers and clients are advised to ensure that they are in possession of all necessary documentation well in advance. Information with regard to requirements and cost of services or products rendered by the CRD can be obtained by calling the Customer Care & Customer Information representatives at (721)-545-3380, by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via online at or simply drop in at the Simpson Bay Branch.

“The management & staff of the Public Service Center take this opportunity to wish the entire community of St. Maarten, a happy and safe holiday season! We look forward to serving you in 2015,” it was concluded in a press release on Monday. (Department of Communication DCOMM)


Teen Carnival Queen Leaves for St. Kitts to Compete in December 30 Miss Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant

SIMPSON BAY, SXM Airport – St. Maarten’s Reigning Teen Carnival Queen D'Shnay Mathew York (center) left St. Maartenon Sunday, destination St. Kitts, to compete in the Miss Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant on December 30.

Miss St. Maarten is joined by her mother Maggie Mathew, uncle/trainer Francis Mathew and other team members. Aishira Cicila, the pageant coordinator for the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is also accompanying D'Shnay.

She will compete against several other girls from around the Caribbean in the prestigious pageant.


Preparing Latin America and the Caribbean for potential importations of Ebola

CARIBBEAN/SINT MAARTEN - Although the United States is the only country to date that has registered cases of Ebola imported from the current outbreak in West Africa, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are working with support from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to prepare for the potential importation of the disease.

Ebola is a serious disease for which there is currently no vaccine or cure. In the current outbreak, it has a 50% fatality rate. Given that the possibility of an imported case in Latin America or the Caribbean cannot be discarded, PAHO/WHO has been working with its member countries to ensure they can respond rapidly and effectively if such a case appears.

Health professionals from more than 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have received training in clinical management of Ebola in three workshops sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The workshops were part of a series of PAHO/WHO actions intended to help countries strengthen their preparedness for potential cases of Ebola.

The "train-the-trainer" courses took place on 1-3 December in Antigua and Barbuda, for Caribbean health professionals, and on 3-5 and 9-11 December in Chile, for health personnel from Latin America. Participants in the three workshops are expected to train other health professionals in their home countries, with PAHO/WHO support.

"The goal of the workshops is to strengthen the clinical response capacity of doctors and nurses who have been assigned to treat Ebola patients," said Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of PAHO/WHO's Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis. "After this training, we'll have health staff who are better prepared to rapidly detect cases, isolate and treat them, and prevent the disease's spread."

Some trainees are also expected to participate in specialized international teams that could be mobilized by PAHO/WHO to provide support in clinical response and outbreak control to any country in the region that is affected by Ebola.

During each three-day workshop, participants learned about the history and epidemiology of Ebola virus disease and how to detect, isolate, and manage suspected cases. The training also covered diagnosis and clinical management, use of personal protective equipment, organization of specialized treatment units, and aspects of infection prevention and control.

Workshop facilitators are all professionals with experience in management of Ebola and other infectious diseases. In addition to PAHO/WHO staff, they include experts from the Carlos III Hospital in Spain; Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula, Montana, USA: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Brazil and Chile.

Trainees included health professionals from Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay, among other countries.

Participants were selected by their countries according to their professional medical and teaching experience, work in a national hospital, and willingness to serve as trainers in their own countries and support PAHO/WHO missions to other countries of the region.

Below are highlights of these efforts during 2014 in preparing the Caribbean and Latin America for the potential importation of Ebola virus disease:

1. Support missions
Teams of experts from PAHO/WHO and partner organizations travelled to some 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide technical support as needed for Ebola preparedness efforts.

2. Training for Cuban medical brigades
Cuban healthcare workers received training from PAHO/WHO before travelling to West Africa to help with the Ebola response there.

3. Training in case management
Ebola virus is transmitted through body fluids (feces, urine, saliva, semen) from an infected person who has symptoms of the disease. PAHO/WHO has trained medical and nursing professionals in the epidemiology of Ebola and in case detection and management.

4. Safe use of personal protective gear
Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is the most important measure for preventing transmission to health workers assigned to care for Ebola patients. Experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Spain's Carlos III Hospital in Madrid provided training for health professionals in how to put on and take off different types of PPE.

5. Health services organization 
Caring for patients with Ebola requires special units that have been designed or adapted specifically for this purpose. PAHO/WHO has shared best practices and provided technical support to help countries establish Ebola isolation units.

6. Clinical management simulation
Medical and nursing professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean participated insimulation exercises on clinical management of Ebola patients organized by PAHO/WHO, together with experts with experience in handling these cases. Participants in the exercise are expected to train others in their own countries.

7. Laboratory samples and protocols
Experts in laboratory diagnosis and management of biological risks were convened by PAHO/WHO to analyze procedures for safe management of Ebola and suspected Ebola samples and to define protocols for diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring.

8. Risk communication 
Clear and transparent communication by health authorities is critical for maintaining the public's trust, managing anxiety and promoting healthy behaviors. Ministry of health staff responsible for communication received PAHO/WHO training in principles of communication with the public during times of serious risks to human health.

9. Reliable information
A website devoted to Ebola virus disease was launched by PAHO/WHO to provide reliable and updated information to health officials, health professionals and the public.

10. Mobilizing resources for preparedness
PAHO/WHO is working to mobilize resources in the form of direct funds and lines of credit to support country efforts to prepare for Ebola. Such efforts are an investment in public health preparedness in general, and especially for diseases that can have serious health, economic and social impacts.

11. Support for the response in West Africa
Experts from various PAHO technical areas have supported WHO’s response to Ebola in West Africa. Controlling the outbreak at its roots is the top priority, both to save lives and to halt the disease's spread.

12. A window of opportunity
Efforts to prepare for the potential introduction of Ebola into Latin America or the Caribbean also help strengthen countries' capacities to respond to other disease outbreaks and epidemics. The framework for these efforts is the International Health Regulations (IHR), an agreement signed by WHO Member States to promote an effective response to public health emergencies of international concern.


National Alliance Deputy Leader Jacobs Christmas Message 2014

COLE BAY – The Deputy Leader of the National Alliance (NA) political party Hon. Member of Parliament Silveria Jacobs released her holiday message on the eve of Christmas.

“Dear people of St. Maarten, 
We are going through turbulent and challenging times and many are wondering where their next meal is coming from or if they will have a roof over their heads, while others worry about the increasing cost of living while the wages stay the same, and yet another worries about illness, sadness or grief.

To all of you who are challenged at this time I say to you never give up, for we serve a risen Saviour who always fulfills His promises.

This season of Christmas is a season of Peace, for He was sent as a babe to bring Peace to the world. 
Yet those that focus on greed and ownership have continued to push us into war, division and ultimately driven many to poverty.

Therefor I appeal to all who do have this Christmas season to share with those who don't. 
The best feeling in the world is to be able to give. So if you can, please give now at Christmas and make it a habit to give love, time, opportunity, chances, incentives, encouragement and if you can, even finances to help build up our society from now onwards.

If you haven't yet done so, choose an organization, a family or a person to help in any way you can on a regular basis. Actively be the change you want to see in your community, district & country. 

In this way, we will have Christmas - that wonderful, peaceful feeling of giving out of love - all year round. We will have made a difference in changing our world. 

I pledge to continue to be the change you wish to see in Parliament, and will represent you to the best of my ability by seeking solutions, and working diligently and cooperatively in the interest of St. Maarten and her people.

A Happy & Peaceful Christmas to all and may 2015 be the start of us all getting on board to make it the best year possible for all the citizens of St. Maarten. 

Warmest greetings from my family to yours.”

Silveria Jacobs
Member of Parliament


Former Minister Lake Pleased with Completing Purchase of Emilio Wilson Estate by Government

EMILIO WILSON ESTATE (DCOMM) – On Saturday, December 20th, 2014, former Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Hon. Maurice Lake, as a special moment in the history of the country, wanted it documented at the Emilio Wilson Estate (EWE), that the purchasing of the property by the Government of Sint Maarten has been completed.

Lake who is now a Member of Parliament on Saturday handed over a copy of the Meetbrief to signify this historical development for the people of the country.

“I would like to thank Maurice Pass who played an instrumental role, the Notary, Kadaster, the Legal Affairs Department, and others who played a role in allowing us to reach the point of completing the purchasing of the EWE for the people of the country.  I also would like to thank Henry Brookson for the role that he played in this process.  The people are now the proud owners of this estate which will be enjoyed by generations to come as well,” former Minister of VROMI Lake said on Monday.

Lake made the arrangements for the symbolic handover on Friday morning December 19th, prior to the swearing in of the new cabinet, one of his last activities as minister.



PHILIPSBURG - In celebration of its 35th anniversary taking place March 5 - 8, 2015, the world-famous St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (, revamped its image with the launch of a fresh and revitalized website and redesigned logo.

Easy to navigate and highlighted with Regatta images, the website provides users with a glimpse of the event's exciting dynamics, showcasing the sailing and party aspects while delivering essential information. In addition to race documents, details and photos, users also have access to everything needed to plan their stay in St. Maarten including hotel and marina accommodations and boat and car rentals.

The website launch coincides with the Regatta's new and improved house style and logo, designed to give the event a clear visual identity as it celebrates 35 years of "Serious Fun!"

"It all started with a concept based on a grid, a graphic representation of the rigging on a yacht to establish a nautical feel," said Michele Korteweg, director of the Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. "The website design portrays both sailing and partying, day and night, showing the 24/7 dynamics of the event," she continued.

"In-line with this concept, a logo was designed to include the grid in the sail. The logo is progressive, modern, elegant and clean, communicating a clear message: Sailing in St. Maarten," added Korteweg.

With many participants arriving just days before the event, the new website will prove to be an essential tool in accommodating participants of the Regatta as they prepare for the races online.

"It is a very exciting time as we celebrate 35 years of the world-renowned St. Maarten Heineken Regatta," said Marla Chemont, Interim Director of Marketing for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.  "This anniversary offers the perfect opportunity to introduce the Regatta's new look with a website that illustrates everything the island has to offer participants and travelers alike," she said.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is an annual competition featuring exciting entertainment, musical performances and parties that have attracted thousands of sailors and enthusiasts to the island over the years.  The actual competition consists of round-the-buoys contests and point-to-point destination races against the backdrop of St. Maarten's breathtaking coastal views.

One of the most attractive aspects of the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta is its location.  Tropical temperatures year round and favorable trade winds have been a lure for sailors for centuries, and race organizers expect 2015 will be no different. Sailors and boating enthusiasts from around the world are set to descend upon the island by air and sea to compete against some of the best sailing teams from around the globe.

For more information on St. Maarten visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world's best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.

For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair.  As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions.  During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities.  The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts.  Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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Rotary Supports USM Students

POND ISLAND - President Virginia Asin of theRotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise presented a check to second year students of the University of St. Maarten (USM) hospitality and tourism management program during g their recent club meeting. According to Ms. Morissa Nicholas, who accompanied the students, the funds are to be used by the second year students for the execution of a school assignment. The students explained to the members of Rotary Sunrise that for their assignment they chose to organize and execute an event to host a banquet for 50 indigent children.

President Virginia said that she knows that this is a big undertaking and that the Club was happy to support when they received the request from the students. This assigment perfectly fits the spirit of Rotary and the theme for this Year which is Light up Rotary. With this donation Rotary Sunrise lights up the hearts and helps to make 50 children’s lives brighter for the season that may not have had the opportunity to enjoy such an event. The club feels fortunate to, with the promotion of excellence, also contribute to these college students in the pursuit of their degree and wish them much success in the execution of this event.

The club meets at Carl & Sons Pondill every Tuesday morning at 7:00am for fellowship and breakfast.  For more information on the club visit us at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we are also on Facebook: Rotary Club of Saint Martin Sunrise


NAGICO Food Drive brings Christmas cheer to St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - NAGICO Insurances through their NAGICO Lend a Hand project executed a massive Food Drive, in which 21 boxes of non-perishable food items were collected, packaged and donated to various members of the community.

The initiative which was spearheaded by the NAGICO Marketing Department and kicked off in September, with collection bins and baskets placed at all NAGICO locations throughout the island and individuals were encouraged to donate whatever non-perishable food item they could spare.

"We wanted this to be a hands-on project where our staff, management, agents and brokers came together to contribute to the community in a tangible way," Paul Dijkhoffz; Executive Marketing Manager of NAGICO said. "We wanted to do something that would make an impact on people's lives, something that would bring a smile to someone's face and something that mattered."

The drive yielded much success and to ensure that the items reached the persons who needed it the most, the insurance company partnered with the Community Police Officers, whom through knowledge of their respective communities suggested some recipients. Food boxes were also given to select organizations such as: I Dad Foundation, Helping Hands Foundation and Hope Outreach Foundation. In addition to the food boxes, NAGICO presented 10 of the individual recipients with a Ham.

"The NAGICO Lend a Hand Food Drive will be an annual project which we have made a priority," CEO of NAGICO; Dwayne Elgin said. "It is important that we not forget the ones amongst us who are most vulnerable and in need. Giving back for us at NAGICO is a culture; it is what we call 'The NAGICO Way' of doing things".

 All recipients on location received their food baskets, while the others were hand delivered to the recipient's home by their respective CPOs. NAGICO extends thanks to everyone who contributed to their Lend a Hand Project and encourages others to come on board and be part of this charitable mission. (NAGICO)


DP Faction: Can the Parliament of St. Maarten question the Governor of St. Maarten?

PHILIPSBURG – It is the opinion of the Democratic Party (DP Faction, that the Governor of St. Maarten can be questioned by Parliament, adding: “…it can and specifically in the case of the formation of the council of ministers, following a regular election.

“The Governor has in this particular matter taken it upon himself (and we know why of course) to direct the process.
The government of the country is the responsibility of Parliament. When something seems awry, which it does, parliament has the responsibility to query the formation of a government for the country.

“It should never be the case, that candidate ministers are publicly hung out to dry; taken down like sitting ducks, and all this on the basis of information that is somehow attained, because those who should apprise the people of the process, are mum.

“Mostly, persons selected for ministerial positions are those who have postulated themselves in an election, unless there is a case of exceptional expertise in one or more particular areas and needed because of circumstances that warrant such.  That way, the electorate has the feeling that even in a very small way, they have had their say. You can also have an appointment in national interest.

“A so-called a-political or professional cabinet is a totally different matter. Again in my opinion, not applicable in the current situation.  The voters are asked to trust their elected representatives to make good choices. Would it then not behoove these representatives (the coalition) to keep the voters informed?

“No, it seems to be alright that this information is somehow leaked, candidates are again hung out to dry. No one disputes or explains. I conclude that the Governor then should answer to Parliament regarding the formation of the next government, if only to stop the rumor mill,” the DP Faction stated on Wednesday. (DP Party)


President Richardson attends Kingdom Day Celebration in the Netherlands

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands-SINT MAARTEN – President of Parliament, Hon. Lloyd Richardson, MD attended the 60th anniversary ceremony of the Kingdom Charter which was celebrated on Kingdom Day, December 15th.

At the ceremony on Monday, President Richardson met several Sint Maarten students who are studying in the Netherlands.

Queen Juliana signed the Kingdom Charter 60-years ago on December 15th.  At that time the three partners in the Kingdom were Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands.

The charter governs the relationship between the four countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands currently comprising of Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and the Netherlands.

The celebration of Kingdom Day took place in Amsterdam at the traditional Kingdom Concert.

President Richardson travelled to the Netherlands on Sunday and returned on Tuesday.

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