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Collective Prevention Services Appeals for Action to Prevent an Increase in Dengue and Chikungunya Cases due to daily rainfall

GREAT BAY – Section Collective Prevention Services (CPS) within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour is appealing to the community to step-up mosquito prevention measures in order to prevent an increase in dengue and chikungunya cases due to the daily rainfall that the country has been confronted with.

CPS uses this opportunity to also commend the Dutch Quarter Community Council in conjunction with the organizes of the OASIS project for carrying out a clean-up effort within the district about two weeks ago.

Minister of Public Health Hon. Cornelius de Weever is appealing to social and civic clubs as well as community councils to come together with their members and assist the people in their districts with clean-up campaigns

Every individual, household and business has a responsibility to take action and protect public health and our economy. 

Chikungunya, is a virus similar to dengue, transmitted by the same mosquito that spreads dengue. The symptoms are similar to dengue fever and may include a sudden high fever, headache, rash, nausea and muscle pain.

However, stiffness and severe joint pain, especially in the wrists, knuckles or ankles, are more often associated withchikungunya. The incubation period (time from infection to illness) can be two to 12 days but is usually three to seven days. 

Acute chikungunyafever typically lasts a few days to a few weeks and some infected patients in the Asia region have reported debilitating arthritic pain persisting for weeks or months.

The condition’s outcome is that most patients feel better within a week; some people may develop longer-term joint pain; people at increased risk for severe disease include newborns exposed during delivery, older adults and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease. Deaths are rare.

There is no vaccine or medication to preventchikungunyavirus infection or disease, the recommended prevention is to reduce mosquito exposure.

Residents and business leaders play a key role by continually being active in taking measures to mitigate the mosquito population in eliminating mosquito breeding sites. 

Residents and visitors are reminded to protect themselves especially when out during dusk and dawn hours by using mosquito repellent or wear proper clothing (long sleeve shirts/blouses and pants) to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Every household is requested to actively take actions on a daily basis to eliminate mosquitos by checking containers such as buckets and water tanks for larvae and eliminate the breeding source. If there aren’t any containers with water for mosquitoes to lay the larvae there won’t be any adult mosquitoes. 

Dengue Fever andChikungunyaare transmitted by the female vector Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito lays her eggs in clear (clean) stagnant water. Within eight days the mosquito can complete its life cycle from egg, to larvae to pupae and to adult mosquito.

An increase in the mosquito population puts all residents and businesses at risk. Call for information on the Aedes Aegypti mosquito breeding sites and respective preventive measures at 542-2078 or 542-3003 or visit the Facebook Collective Prevention Services. (Dept. of Communication)

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Walichi Basketball Association and Motorworld & Jeep Presents Ladies Basketball Championship Week 6 Round Up

SUCKER GARDEN - The Walichi Basketball Association (WBA) & Motorworld and Jeep Presents Ladies Basketball Championship games continued last weekend with the first game on Saturday at 6pm between Learning Unlimited VS Lightning who met each other for the first time this season. The Lightning players came out strong in the first quarter and lead 19 to 8.

The Lightning lead 33-22 at the half but the Learning Unlimited fought back in the third to get it to 30-39 but then the Lightning team recovered and lead 52 - 33 after the third and won the game 61-42. The Lightning team was led by 3 players in double digits. Kayla Robinson with 18 points and 8 rbs, Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 17 points and 13 rebounds and the all-around play of Micaela Galva with 14 points, 11 steals and 8 assists. Learning Unlimited was led by Jakisha Brooks with 22 points, 15 rbs, 4 assists, 4 blocks and Daricia Arrindell with 11 points, 5 assists. Kayla Robinson was named Motorworld Player Of The Game for her outstanding play.

Games continued on Sunday at 3pm as Bush Tea Remedy took on the Thunderz looking for a win the second time around. 
The Thunderz started strong by leading 18 to 3 after the first quarter and never looked back.  They won the game 55-27 and was led by their top scorers Tiana Lionel with 16 points and Ashley Daniel with 11 points. Bush Tea Remedy was led by their top scorers Lilian Henry and Cardillia Nicholas with 8 points apiece. Motorworld Player Of The Game went to Tiana Lionel of Thunderz who had 16 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks.

The last game of the weekend was between Lava Girls and Learning Unlimited. The game started off close where Lava girls lead only 13 to 7 after the first quarter and lead 26-18 at the half. The Lava Girls then blew open a close game in the third by outscoring Learning Unlimited 18-9 in the quarter and lead after the third 44-27 and won the game 67-37.

The Learning Unlimited was led by Jakisha Brooks with 13 points followed by Rachael DeGroot with 9 points. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls had a balanced scoring attack with 3 players in double digits and 6 players scoring more than 6 points each. Selah Fleming lead all Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls scorers with 18 points followed by Claudia Fleming with 15 points and Shama Flurton with 11 points. Motorworld Player Of The Game went to Claudia Fleming with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.

Games continue this Saturday with Bush Tea Remedy taking on Lightning at 6pm and on Sunday Thunderz taking on Learning Unlimited at 3pm followed by Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls against Lightning.

Standings so far are Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls, 5-0, Thunderz 4-1, Lightning 3-2, Bush Tea Remedy 1-5 and Learning Unlimited 0-6

Game Highlights, pictures, game scores and schedule can be viewed on the Facebook page ‘Ladies Basketball Championship’. Highlights and full games can be seen on the Youtube page www.youtube.com/walichibasketball. (WBA)

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Talent Showdown to feature some of St. Maarten best technical dancers

DAWN BEACH - Whether it’s individually or in a group, Teen Times Interscholastic Talent Showdown 2014 will feature some of St. Maarten’s best technical dancers across a wide spectrum of dance styles.

The event, sponsored by UTS/Chippie, will be held on Saturday, November 29 at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort. It will feature performing arts teams from the high schools competing in song, dance, positive rap, spoken word and drama. The show will also feature a separate Individual Dance category featuring some of the island’s best soloists.

With names like Lian Borsje, Marine Caillet, Deveny Elferink, Zoe van Zadelhoff (in a group) Bianca Dijkhoffz, Gili Arava and others on the lineup, Talent Showdown will have quite a showcase of dance on Saturday.

“Our event has a rich history of dance and supporting dance. It is always the highlight of Talent Showdown. We were proud to have been the first some 12 years ago to elevate our dancers to a national stage in the US when they performed live on BET, covered the costs for others to attend classes at Alvin Ailey and Julliard, and opened savings accounts for other dancers to put the funding towards their dance studies,” organizers from Teen Times said.

“This year we are fortunate to have such a great lineup of dancers be it in individual competition, a guest appearance or group ensembles. If you have never seen any of these dancers on stage or have never seen them in competition, then you should not miss Talent Showdown. Come and support our talented youth.”

Tickets for Talent Showdown 2014 are currently on sale at The Daily Herald only. They are going for US $10 but will increase to US $15 on the day of the show. Organizers stressed that seating is very limited at Westin. Once the tickets are sold out, there will be additional sales added. (Talent Showdown)

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POSTAL SERVICE SINT MAARTEN ANNOUNCES POSTAGE DATES AND CHRISTMAS PARCEL SPECIAL

PHILIPSBURG –Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS N.V.) has started accepting packages and parcels for postage to the Netherlands under its popular Christmas Parcel Specials promotion.

"The two postage dates for the Netherlands will ensure that parcels and packages from St. Maarten will be delivered directly to loved ones in the Netherlands in time for their celebrations at Christmas and the New Year," said PSS N.V.

The postal authority is once again pleased to offer this service to St. Maarten residents who wish to bring a touch of Christmas joy to their loved ones in the Netherlands, saying this service is amongst the most popular of all its delivery services throughout the year.

In fact, parents with students studying in the Netherlands have already been enquiring with the post office about the last dates for postage to the Netherlands to ensure deliveries are made before Christmas and the New Year."Parcels and small packages sent from home are material and emotional bridges with loved ones that we help facilitate at this special time of the year.

It represents a gift from home with all the warmth, peace and joy that Christmas traditionally brings," said PSS N.V.Customers who wish to send packages must do so no later than the following dates ;Saturday, December 6th, 2014, and December 17th, 2014.

All packages and parcels must be delivered to the post office opened, to meet security inspection, after which they can be sealed and packed away for transportation.

The drop-off points for the packages and parcels are the Main Postal Services St. Maarten building in Philipsburg, or the Postal Services St. Maarten branches located at Airport Boulevard #59, Simpson Bay and for the worker at the A.C. Wathey cruise and cargo facilities, Monday to Saturday, during regular business hours.

Information about the Christmas Parcel Specials is available at all PSS locations.

Advertisements and flyers are also being posted in various media and distributed to customers alerting them to the collection and posting dates as well as the rates for postage.

For more information about your post office personnel and the service and products available at the Postal Services St. Maarten, visit or like on www.facebook.com/post.stmaarten or call

+ (1721) 5422289. (Postal Services St. Maarten)

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Minister Lake: We are working with stakeholders to clean-up the fish in the canal

PHILIPSBURG – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake said on Thursday that Minister of Public Health Hon. Cornelius de Weever brought it to his attention about tilapia fish in the Rolandus Canal.

Ministry VROMI officials met with the Nature Foundation to find a possible solution with respect to the fish in the canal.  Starting on Friday, an effort will be made to remove the fish from the canal.

“The tilapia fish are breeding in the Salt Pond and as the water is pumped from the pond into the canal, they get sucked in at the intake pipe from the storm water pumps.

“A solution needs to be found in order to prevent the fish from entering the canal.  Based on a stakeholders meeting on Thursday between Nature Foundation and Ministry VROMI, a net will be placed in the area of the pump intake to prevent the fish from going into the pipe.  

“I would like to thank the Minister of Public Health for his input and that of the Nature Foundation as we work together to resolve this matter,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Thursday. (Cabinet Ministry VROMI)

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Curacao Parliament discussing draft 2015 national budget

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Parliament has started discussing the draft budget for the year 2015. Central to this budget is the plans of the government to stimulate economic growth on the island. This has to be accomplished by investing in projects and tax cuts. The government predicts that the economy will grow by 1.5 percent in 2015 and that 1500 jobs will be added.

The economic growth of 1.5 percent is stated in the Memorandum of Finance in the draft budget 2015. During handling in the Central Committee of parliament, there were questions from the opposition parties on this high growth range. The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) for example, assumes a growth rate of only 0.5 percent.

But in the note attached to the report of the budget, the government states that it assumes a higher growth and that “it has more current and complete information than the CBCS, particularly with regard to the status of investment projects in 2014 and the tax cuts for 2015”. The government sees no reason to revise its projections regarding economic growth.

In the government’s scenario for the coming year, they take into account 21 million in private investments, combined with 220 million in public investment and increase exports by tourist activities of four percent. The latter is based on the case of additional marketing activities that will be carried out at a possible increase in the total subsidy fund.

The effect of the above assumptions will have a positive effect on the demand side of the local economy. This implies that employment will increase substantially up to 1500 jobs. Rising employment has a significant upward effect on both private consumption and investment companies. “The government in this context takes into account a real increase of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 1.5 percent.

The figures in the report show that currently there are 2330 active job seekers on the island. The job center, the authority established by the government to mediate to help unemployed people into work, has helped a total of 65 people to find a job in the period of January to July 2014, according to the same report.

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Department of Youth Affairs to Launch a Youth Desk and Facebook Page

PHILIPSBURG - Youth on St. Maarten can now look forward to services of a Youth Desk coordinated by the Department of Youth Affairs.

Department officials announced the launch of the newly established Youth Desk which comes as a follow  up intervention stemming from the successful Youth Round Table Conference held at the Westin in September last year.

The aim of the Youth Round Table Conference was to review programs deriving from the Integrated Youth Policy and discuss possible new initiatives to achieve the indicators outlined in the policy. 

During that conference, the two hundred and fifty –strong youth delegation, voiced their opinion on matters affecting them such as immigration issues, teen-age pregnancy, youth crime, and youth involvement among others.  These opinions were underscored by approximately 1700 youth who participated in an online survey conducted by the department prior to the conference.

 The Youth Desk, which will be housed in the John Smith Building on Backstreet, main objective will be to equip and empower youth on St. Maarten with the necessary knowledge and skills so that the outcome can yield developed youth who can have an active role and positive participation in society. The Youth Desk project also creates opportunities for internships for students studying locally and abroad.

The official activities of the Youth Desk are set to begin in January of 2015 and will address topics such as: Legal Status, National Identity and Cultural Diversity and Assimilation. These sessions will be conducted through collaborative efforts from several government ministries and UNESCO. Department officials have already begun the process of contacting schools to engage their participation.

Additionally, In order to promote more youth involvement in the decision making processes which affects them directly, the Department of Youth Affairs has decided to launch a competition for its newly established Youth Desk. This competition will allow participants to propose a project activity for the Youth Desk. The winning proposal will be executed in 2015. Details of this competition will be made available to all schools via the department.

As an added incentive, and in keeping with the ever changing communication trends, the Department of Youth Affairs has also officially announced the launch of its Facebook page called St. Maarten Youth Affairs. The page will keep the public abreast with all youth related activities organized by the department starting with the Rights of the Child Calendar of Events and the Youth Desk Competition. The department has taken a step further, by introducing a newly designed logo and slogan of its vision and mission.

The Staff at the Department of Youth Affairs is excited as the newly implemented strategies and branding, endeavors to offer improved services to the youth. Through these efforts, the Department of Youth Affairs, as stated in its slogan aims to “Inspire  Educate and Empower”.

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WBA & Motorworld and Jeep Presents Ladies Basketball Championship Week 5 Round Up

SUCKER GARDEN - The WBA & Motorworld and Jeep Presents Ladies Basketball Championship games continued last weekend after we week off due to the heavy rainfall. The first game of the weekend on Saturday was between Thunderz and Learning Unlimited and was never close. The Thunderz lead after the first quarter 25-6 and won the game 88-21.

The Thunderz was led by the trio of Joyettte Lloyd with 28 Points, 16 Rbs, 2 Assists & 6 Stls, Tiana "Poopsie" Lionel with 24 Pts, 19 Rbs, 4 Asts, 6 steals and Chantel Hodge with 22 points, 11 Rbs, 11 Stls and 6 Assists. The Learning Unlimited was led by Rachadel deGroot with 8 points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Steals and Jakisha Brooks with 6 Points, 17 Rbs, 2 Asts, 5 Steals,5 Blocks. The Motorworld Player of the Game went to Joyette Lloyd of Thunderz for impacting the game from the tip and had 18 points in the first half, rebounded well for second chance points and hustled on defense.

Games continued on Sunday at Melford Hazel with Claudia Fleming having another exciting game as she led her team Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls to 57-25 victory over the Bush Tea Remedy. Fleming had 28 Points, 7 Rbs, 5 Assists, 4 Steals and was supported by Wendy Jack with 10 Points, 8 Rbs, 5 Assists, 6 Steals and Shama Flurton with 9 Points, 11 Rebounds. Bush Tea was led by Nasmarie Doran with 7 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 2 Steals followed by Keri Hyman with 6 Points, 4 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 3 Steals and Cardillia Nicholas who had a big rebounding game with 15 Rbs. The Motorworld Player of the game went to Claudia Fleming once again for being the difference maker in the game to keep her team undefeated in the tournament.

Lightning played the second game on Sunday against Thunderz and got to repay Thunderz for their lost to them a few weeks ago and give the Thunderz their first loss of the season. Saying the game was intense will be an understatement, from the tip both teams played top notch defense and was not giving up an inch. The Thunderz lead at the half 20-17 and 26-25 after the third.

The Lighting team turned up the defense and held the Thunderz to 5 points in the fourth quarter while scoring 16 to break open the close game and get the win. The Lightning team was led by the dynamic Jamaiah Newton -Herbert who had 25 Pts, 14 Rbs, 5 Steals, 2 Blocks and supported by Kayla Robinson with 6 Points, 8 Rebounds, 1 Assist. The Thunderz was led by the duo of Chantel Hodge with 11 Pts, 2 Rbs, 3 Assts, 2 Stls and Salammbo Guibert-Soutade with 10 Pts, 5 Steals. Jamaiah Netwon-Herbert dominated the game and was then named Motorworld Player Of The Game for the second time this season. 

Games continue this weekend on Saturday 6pm as Learning Unlimited face off against Lightning for the first time this season. Sunday games continue at 3pm as Bush Tea Remedy play against Thunderz and at 5pm Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls VS Learning Unlimited.


Standings so far are Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls, 4-0, Thunderz 3-1, Lightning 2-2, Bush Tea Remedy 1-4 and Learning Unlimited 0-4.

Game Highlights, pictures, game scores and schedule can be viewed on the Facebook page ‘Ladies Basketball Championship’. Highlights and full games can be seen on the Youtube page www.youtube.com/walichibasketball.

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CIA/LU dominates the first round of the Female High School Soccer Competition. “Next round will take place this Saturday”

CAY HILL- After a few cancelations due to hurricane and flooding, the schools were able to continue the matches of the Female High School Soccer Competition on Saturday 15th November. Teams played in a 9 v 9 set up on the field at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex. The games started with St. Dominic High School versus Milton Peters (MPC) in which MPC managed to score one goal made by Rishendra Carty.

At the same time Caribbean International Academy/ Learning Unlimited (CIA/LU) made 4 goals against Sundial. Although Sundial proved to be very strong in the defense line, it was Daricia Arrindell who managed to move past her opponents and scored 4 goals for CIA/LU. The games continued with MPC vs. CIA/LU and both teams showed that overall they have a strong team.

CIA/LU scored 4 goals (Arrindell) and Carty made another goal for MPC. Another team with a better defensive play was Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC). They battled it out against Sundial and both managed to keep the score to a 0-0 tie. Last game of the night was played by St. Dominic against MAC in which St. Dominic in the very last minutes managed to score a goal made by Katherine Quispe.

First round of the Female High School Competition, which is organized by the Oualichi Women’s Soccer Association, concluded with CIA/LU at the top of the leaderboard. All schools played against each other once. Second round of matches will be held on Saturday, 22nd of November at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex. The teams will again play against each school once and the last round will determine who will proceed to the finals to compete for the first, second and third place of the Female High School Soccer Competition.

For more information and updates follow the Oualichi Women’s Soccer Team Facebook page and website www.oualichisoccer.com

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UPNext bake sale a sold-out affair for less fortunate kids

PHILIPSBURG--UPNext, the youth movement within the United People party (UP), held a successful fundraising bake sale on Saturday to fund the group’s “CheerUp” Christmas program in support of the children homes of St. Maarten and the children housed there.

Dubbed a “BakeUP” and stationed at the Afoo Supermarket in Philipsburg, the youngsters managed to sell all goodies that were up for sale and raised close to $1,000. The event started at 9:00am and by 1:00pm everything was sold out.

On the bale sale were popular items such as black cake, carrot cake, several tarts, brownies, cookies and much more. The UPNext teens didn’t just stay at the venue, they put goodies on trays and walked through Backstreet and Frontstreet selling baked items to local and visitors alike.

Members of the community who didn’t purchase anything simply made financial contributions to the cause for which the teens from UPNext showed their appreciation with loud applause and shouts of thank you. Minister of Youth Affairs Patricia Lourens also passed by to support the cause while leader of the UP Theo Heyliger provided breakfast for the hard working teens.

President of UPNext Kinisha Kalla thanks everyone for their overwhelming support and reminded that a second bake sale will be held next Saturday, November 22 at the same venue from 9:00am until everything is sold.

This week group will elaborate more on the Christmas CheerUp program and its plans to bring some joy into the lives of the less fortunate children at some of the Children’s homes. UPNext is guided by the members of the PR & Marketing Committee of the UP, Grisha Marten-Heyliger, Alston Lourens and Mike Granger.

The group also thanked the Afoo Group of Companies, Peter J. Gittens, MP Lloyd Richardson, Louis “Rudy” Engel, the board of the UP, Gracita Arrindell and the parents of the UPNext members for donating the baked products. (UPNext)

  

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