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NV GEBE says Video Circulating on Social Media of Incidents are from Unruly Behavior of Employee

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Management of NV GEBE, in a press release, stated that it has taken notice of the videos circulating on social media of incidents at its Production Plant. Mr. Mauricio Dembrook, temporary manager of the utility company, stated that the videos show the unruly behavior of one particular employee within the company. Mr. Dembrook considers this matter an internal matter and will not go into any discussions on the possible reasons for the behavior of the employee. 

The release further stated that these videos shed a negative light on the company and by extension the employees. Mr. Dembrook, however, informed that these videos do not represent the quality of the employees of NV GEBE. He added that the company employs many great persons, both on permanent contracts and via a contracting company, who take their service to NV GEBE and the community seriously and are respectful and appreciative. 

Mr. Dembrook also stated that employees would never deliberately interrupt electricity service to the community as suggested on another media site and hereby disputes all statements of a potential electricity shutdown. He strongly suggests for persons to take third party information with a grain of salt and to trust only information disseminated on the company’s Facebook account, public notices and press releases. 

The temporary manager also denounces any claim that the fire extinguishers had been empty at the time of the fire outbreak at the plant. He stated that the fire extinguishers had been in full working condition which can be seen by the visible white foam at the end of the hose after it had already been emptied.

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Duncan asks Minister of ECYS about School Eye Health an Integration into Educational System

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Thursday 21st October 2021, Member of Parliament Ludmila Duncan sent a letter to the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport requesting information in relation to the general eye health of students and the possibility of creating programs to integrate eye health into the education system.

“I believe that if you struggle to see, you struggle to learn, and although we may not have comprehensive data readily available, I am aware of the fact that a number of our children struggle with vision impairment and conditions that cause eye damage and blindness. Over the last few years I have met and bought glasses for children whose parents cannot afford to buy them, and it’s scary to think of the fact that there are children walking around our communities and failing in schools simply because they cannot see clearly,” noted Duncan. 

In 2018, the Lion’s Club launched an initiative called the “Lion’s Eye Screening Project” which had an impressive budget as a result of international fundraising. Optometrists from the United States flew to St. Maarten to volunteer optometric services for primary school students in groups 3 to 8. As a policy advisor with the Ministry of Education, at the time, MP Duncan was informed that students who were tested and needed glasses, received a free pair through the project. “It is commendable that organizations like the Lion’s Club host projects such as these. In fact, I believe that teachers were also included. In my opinion, Government should be working regularly with NGOs to ensure that such projects occur on a regular, sustainable basis.”

Duncan believes that integrating eye health into St. Maarten’s education systems will improve the quality of education for those students who are fighting vision impairment but whose families cannot afford prescriptive eye wear. “Because glasses are so expensive, it is not only practical but efficient to create private-public partnerships with key organizationson the island that may be willing to assist vulnerable students who desperately need it,” noted Duncan.

“Prescriptive eye wear for children with special needs may offer even more complexities because of the style, quality and sensitivity of the child. These glasses may be extremely expensive,” added the MP.

“Because our vision affects our quality of life, I do not believe that this should be a private problem but rather a national concern to be included in both national preventative health programs and quality education policy making and programming,” concluded Duncan.

Duncan will now await answers to questions posed to the Minister of ECYS concerning the collection of data on eye health, school screenings and the introduction of policies and programs to prevent vision impairment. She has also suggested the creation of projects to not only assess the current state of eye health in schools but to increase assistance to vulnerable students. She hopes that there can be an increase in eye health subject matter in curriculums, regular eye screenings and personnel trainings in schools.

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One New Positive COVID-19 Case on Thursday. 46 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of October 21st, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-six (46). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand four hundred sixty-eight (4468).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-six (46) people in home isolation. Zero (0) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand three hundred forty-seven (4347). Twenty-eight (28) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 58,955.  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley invites all unvaccinated persons to come out to the community COVID-19 vaccination pop-up on Saturday, October 23rd, at SMMC premises in Cayhill from 9:00am to 3:00pm. On site there will also be free clinical breast exams and a health check corner.

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75th Person Dies from COVID-19. 11 New Positive Cases on Wednesday. 48 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his condolences to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 75th COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. Minister Ottley wishes the family strength during their time of grief.

As of October 20th, there were eleven (11) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, nine (9) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-eight (48). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand four hundred sixty-seven (4467).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-eight (48) people in home isolation. Zero (0) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand three hundred forty-four (4344). Thirty-two (32) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 58,955.  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley urges all unvaccinated persons to come out to the community COVID-19 vaccination pop-up on Saturday, October 23rd, at SMMC premises in Cayhill from 9:00am to 3:00pm. On site there will also be free clinical breast exams and a health check corner with blood pressure and glucose monitoring.

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74th Person Succumbs to COVID-19. Eight New Positive Cases on Tuesday. 47 Active Cases.

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 74th COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. Peace and healing go out to the family.

As of October 19th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, six (6) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-seven (47). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand four hundred fifty-six (4456).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-five (45) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to seventy-four (74).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand three hundred thirty-five (4335). Thirty-six (36) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 58,955.  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley urges persons who are experiencing flu like symptoms to come forward for testing.

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Two more Persons Die from COVID-19. Four New Positive Cases on Monday. 46 Active Cases. Two Persons Remain Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the two (2) victims who passed away due to COVID-19. Much strength to the families during this time.

As of October 18th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, twenty (20) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-six (46). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand four hundred forty-eight (4448).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-four (44) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to seventy-three (73).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand three hundred twenty-nine (4329). Thirty-five (35) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 53,297.  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley urges the public to remain vigilant and follow the protocols for your safety.

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Male victim dies by drowning in a swimming pool

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Saturday, October 17, 2021, around 05:00 pm, Central Dispatch received several calls concerning a male who had allegedly drowned in a swimming pool on Sugar Hill Road.

Several police patrols and paramedics were directed to the scene. At the location it emerged that several persons had already pulled the victim out of the pool and were administering first aid.

Shortly after the paramedics appeared on the scene and continued giving the victim Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but could not revive the victim. It was later determined that the victim had died supposedly of drowning.

He was later brought over the funeral home. Respecting the victim’s privacy and the family, no further information is provided concerning the identification of the deceased. The Sint Maarten Police Force is expressing its sympathy to the family of the deceased. (KPSM)

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Five New Positive COVID-19 cases on Saturday. 17 recoveries. 64 Active Cases. Three Persons Remain Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of October 16th, there were five (5) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, seventeen (17) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to sixty-four (64). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand four hundred forty-four (4444).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring sixty-one (61) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-one (71).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand three hundred nine (4309). Forty-seven (47) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 53,263.  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please continue to wear your masks, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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Fewer men under the age of 45 are working, as employment patterns shift

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Fewer men under the age of 44 are currently working when compared to employment levels before the 2008 financial crisis, according to research by the government’s macro-economic policy unit CPB.

Men under the age of 25 are spending longer periods at college and university, while the under-45s were mainly hit by changes in employment patterns affecting construction, manufacturing, and business services, the CPB said.

‘A number were forced to switch sectors but there are young men living on benefits,’ researcher Egbert Jongen told broadcaster NOS. ‘Some of them want to work but can’t find a job.’

Since 2008, around 100,000 men aged 25 to 44 have joined the unemployment register at a time when more older men and women of all ages are finding jobs, the researchers say.

‘Government policy has had a role in this, in raising the pension age and increasing childcare benefits. But the fact that fewer younger men are working is less well known,’ Jongen said.

Most of the rise in unemployment is down to single men, so it is not as if they are working less to spend time with on family duties, he said.

The CPB says that unlike in the US, the declining number of young men in work ‘does not appear to be related to social trends, such the use of medicine, alcohol and drugs, or more time being spent on gaming and social media’.

‘These trends are more widely visible across Dutch society and are not unique to young men,’ the agency said. ‘The increase in time spent on gaming and social media by young men appears to be mainly at the expense of watching TV and going out, rather than work.’

(DutchNews)

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71st Person Dies from COVID-19. 76 Active Cases. Five Recoveries. Three Persons Remain Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his sympathies to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 71st COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. Minister Ottley wishes the family strength during this time.

As of October 15th, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventy-six (76). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand four hundred thirty-nine (4439).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy-three (73) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to at seventy-one (71).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand two hundred ninety-two (4292). Fifty-nine (59) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 53,236.  

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; for your safety reduce social contacts and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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