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Pre-St. Maarten Day World Kickboxing Competition on Track with New Date and Venue

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Preparations are well underway for the Better Opportunity for Talent (BOFT) pre-St. Maarten Day World Kickboxing Competition. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date and venue has been changed to Sunday, November 10 at the L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium on the Pondfill.

Milton Ottley said that fighters from around the region will be participating in the World Muay Thai Association (WMTA) sanctioned competition.

WMTA is one of the oldest amateur and professional sanctioning organizations of Muay Thai in the world for the sport. Created in the Netherlands in 1984, the organization became one of the major sanctioning bodies for professional Muay Thai.

“I am calling on the St. Maarten/St. Martin communities to come out and give their support to our local players. Our local kickboxers are role models. They are our present athletes who can positively influence our future athletes. This is something positive for our youths,” President of BOFT Milton Ottley, organizer of the pre-St. Maarten Day World Kickboxing Competition said.

The bouts will bring the auditorium to life at 8.00pm and will feature three of St. Maarten/St. Martin kickboxers competing for one of three WMTA World Title Championship belts.

St. Maarten’s very own Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, Omarie Marsham, who has a professional record of five fights – three wins, two by knockout, with two loses, holding an amateur background record of 11 fights - 10 wins, seven by knockout, one draw and one loss, will be defending his WMTA World Title belt which he won in June.

Marsham will be facing off against the hard-hitting Ritchie Siebring Aka “The Hitman” from The Hague, The Netherlands, with a professional record of six fights, three of which are wins – two by knockout and a draw. Siebring has an amateur background of 27 fights – 21 wins and one draw 5-loses.

Also representing the north of the island will be Nicolas Parlanti with a record of 41 fights – 35 wins, nine by knockout and six losses. He will be challenging Lennart Blijd from Suriname but fighting out of the Netherlands. Blijd has a record of 22 fights – 10 wins, eight of which are by knockout and four losses. This match will be for the Welterweight WMTA Kickboxing World Title belt.

In the female Featherweight category, Elsa Savitri Benichou will be representing the north of the island. She holds a record of 17 fights, with 14 wins 3-loss, and will be going up against the pride of Curacao, Shanice Josephina fighting out of the Netherlands. Josephina holds a record of 22 fights with 19 wins 3-loss

On this card there will be more local C-class and amateur kickboxer fights against fighters from around the Caribbean.


CPS hosts Mortality and Morbidity Digital Coding System Workshop

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within Ministry VSA, is inviting Health Care Providers to register for the Mortality and Morbidity Digital Coding System Workshop that is scheduled from September 17 to 19.

Morning sessions are for coders and registrars while evening sessions are for Health Care Providers such as physicians, nurses and other interested persons.

The invitation is extended to persons interested in the methodology and completion of Death Certificates.

To participate in the workshops, health care providers and interested persons should register with Deborah Granger from CPS by calling 542-1570 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CPS wants to ensure better quality data to contribute towards the formulation of public health policies.  The workshop will enhance the capture of accurate data on mortality and morbidity.

Mortality and morbidity coders have a key role to play in ensuring the quality of vital health statistics.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Coders interpret complex medical information written by doctors in order to determine a patient’s exact diagnosis or their underlying cause of death.  The written information is essential in getting from point zero to accurate data/information.

“In order to do this, they assign the diagnosis with a code from the International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems (ICD-10), which are then used to produce standardized local, national and regional health data.”



SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines advises that due to scheduled maintenance work being conducted on the airport runway by the Airport Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (AATT), the ANR Robinson International Airport will be closed during the hours of 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. from September 23 – December 23, 2019.

As a result of the airport closure, several Caribbean Airlines flights will be affected during this period. Customers affected by the cancellations are being accommodated on other services.

Passengers travelling during these dates may also contact the Caribbean Airlines Call Centre at 868-625-7200 (Trinidad & Tobago) / 1-800-920-4225 (Toll Free North America)/ 1-800-744-2225 (Toll Free Caribbean)/ 1-888-359-2475 (Jamaica)

All customers are encouraged to visit and download the Caribbean Airlines Mobile App (available at Apple and Google Play stores) for the latest information on these services and other news.



SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged through the Bahamas earlier this month, the five Rotary Clubs in St. Maarten/St. Martin, the Rotary Club of Anguilla and the Rotary Club of St. Barth’s have combined their efforts to provide much needed relief to those affected, specifically in the Northern Bahama islands. 

Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas on September 1 as a Category 5 hurricane packing winds up to 185 mph.  The storm which pounded the islands for more than a day left the Abaco islands and Grand Bahama completely devastated, with over 70,000 individuals displaced, thousands still missing and the death toll which continues to rise. 

The islands of St. Barth’s, St. Maarten/St. Martin and Anguilla know all too well the devastation that a Category 5 hurricane can inflict on an island, as our islands went through a much similar experience in 2017, with the devastation of Hurricane Irma.  In our moment of despair, our fellow Rotarian brothers and sisters in the Bahamas stood with us and provided much needed support to those affected in our region, and likewise in their time of despair, we will stand with our Rotarian family in the Bahamas. 

The Rotary Clubs of St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth’s and Anguilla held several meetings to coordinate relief efforts to aid the Bahamas.  All clubs have agreed that the most efficient way to provide relief to those affected in the Bahamas would be to provide monetary contributions to the Rotary Disaster Relief Fund, established in the Bahamas to directly support the local relief and recovery efforts. 

The Rotary Clubs have thus far contributed $8,650 to the Disaster Relief Fund in the Bahamas from fellow Rotarians. In the coming weeks the Rotary Clubs in St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth’s and Anguilla intends to host various fund-raising efforts including donation boxes at various supermarkets, restaurants, and businesses as well as other fundraising efforts.  Additional details of the Clubs fund raising efforts will follow in as soon as they are finalized.  

The Rotary Clubs of St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth’s and Anguilla would like to express their sincere gratitude to the general public, who have supported their various projects and initiatives locally. We are now calling on the people in our region to stand with Rotary, one of the world’s most trusted charity organizations, and support us in our humanitarian efforts. 

For more information about any of the Rotary Clubs in St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth’s and Anguilla, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Official property values soar to record high, Rotterdam books biggest rise

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Official property values in the Netherlands – which are used to calculate local taxes for homeowners – have risen for the fourth year in a row, national statistics office CBS said on Friday.

The average WOZ property value in the Netherlands on January 1 was €248,000, the CBS said, a rise of nearly 8% on the previous year and the highest ever level. WOZ values lag behind actual property prices because they are based on the sales price of comparable housing in the same neighbourhood.

The sharpest rise is in Rotterdam, where values rose 16% to €192,000. In Amsterdam the average value rose 11% to €378,000. The official WOZ value has risen 64% in the capital in four years.

The town with the highest average WOZ valuation is Bloemendaal (€695,000) while the lowest is in Delfzijl in Groningen, at just €127,000. Local authorities use the WOZ value to calculate how much homeowners should contribute towards services.

The increase does not mean that local taxes will rise by the same amount, because some local authorities temper the increase by cutting property and water tax rates.



Young man arrested for robbery of two Chinese supermarkets

PHILIPSBURG - In the ongoing investigation into the two-armed robberies that took place on Wednesday September 11th, 2019, the patrol from Philipsburg together with the Special Unit (S.U.R.) apprehended one of the suspects that supposedly was involved in this incident, police said on Friday.

The minor suspect with initials Y.R was arrested on Thursday September 12th, 2019 about 17.40 in the area of Dutch Quarter. After being detained the suspect was brought over to the police station in Philipsburg and handed over to the S.U.R department for further investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force)


Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: A.T. Illidge Road to be Closed on Saturday

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that part of the A.T. Illidge road, Dutch Quarter will be closed on Saturday, September 14.

The aforementioned will take place from 7.00AM to 12.00PM on Saturday.

The closure is in connection with the maintenance of the sewage pump pit in the proximity of Nazareth road.

Motorists are advised to be vigilant and observant of the traffic diversion directional signs.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.


SER Curaçao's efforts to reactivate regional network are bearing fruit

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - With the adoption of the ‘Declaration of Antigua, Guatemala’ and the launch of the website of the regional network of socio-economic advisory councils (Consejos Económicos y Sociales de América Latina y el Caribe ( at an official regional meeting, which was held on the 4th and 5th of September 2019 in the city of Antigua in Guatemala, an important milestone was reached in the further realization of agreements made earlier on the reactivation of the CESALC network that had been standing still for years. Thanks in part to the efforts of the Social and Economic Council (SER) of Curaçao, the network was revived.

Last week's regional CESALC meeting was the follow-up to bilateral technical consultations that took place on April, the 5th, this year between representatives of the SER of Guatemala ("Consejo Economico y Social (CES) de Guatemala") and those of the SER of Curaçao. The CES of Guatemala is the official coordinator of the CESALC network while the SER holds the board membership of the international association of social economic councils and similar institutions (AICESIS) on behalf of the Latin America and Caribbean region.

In addition to the SER, delegations from the socio-economic advisory bodies of Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Spain were also present at the regional meeting. The main themes that were discussed were the new governance structure and working methods of the CESALC network, the future of work and the chances of decent work and the alignment of national / regional policy with the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

During the meeting it was further agreed to appoint a new CESALC coordinator for the period 2019-2021. The new coordinator to be appointed will send a work plan to the SERs that are connected to the regional network in the coming two months.

In the "Declaration of Antigua, Guatemala", the countries further committed themselves to consolidate the CESALC network as a tool for dialogue, knowledge sharing and exchange of experience within the region, taking into account the following principles:

- that the SERs from the region are developing into strategic platforms of dialogue, participation and consultation between relevant economic actors with the aim of making an effective contribution to sustainable development and implementation of socio-economic policies;

- that the SERs from the region endeavor to initiate dialogue processes at the national level and also to pay attention to regional and international agendas; - promoting regional cooperation;

- that the CESALC network will focus in particular on issues of interest to the region such as the fight against hunger and poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, the stimulation of economic growth, progress, social inclusion, sustainable development and on programs and projects aimed at safeguarding the economic rights of workers and non-workers, in particular vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, migrants, the disabled and indigenous people;

- that the CESALC network will present its recommendations to the authorities of the region in order to contribute to the political and administrative debate on relevant socio-economic issues.

More information can be found on the CESALC website ( and the SER website (





Armed robbery at two Chinese Supermarkets

PHILIPSBURG - The Special Unit Robbery (SUR) is investigating two (2) armed robberies that took place on (2) Chinese supermarkets on Wednesday September 11th, 2019, police announced in Thursday.

The first robbery took place on Cannegieter street at approximately 11.30 am. The two suspects who were dressed in dark colored clothing, entered the establishment, and under threat of a knife robbed the cashier of the cash.

After committing their act, the suspects ran away in an unknown direction. Later in the day, about 12.30 pm, the police patrol was sent to A.Th. Illidge road for a robbery that took place at a Chinese supermarket.  

According to the information gather at the scene, two suspects who were both dressed in dark clothing and relatively young, robbed the cashier at the establishment.  

One of the robbers had a mask over his face and was armed with a knife.  After robbing the cashier, both suspects ran in the direction of Madame estate. The SUR is busy with the investigation into these robberies. (Sint Maarten Police Force)  

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