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Second Ambulance Post Opens in Simpson Bay

GREAT BAY - On August 28, 2014 the second Ambulance Post opened in Simpson Bay on the grounds of the Red Cross building. A second substation has been in the plans for quite some time. Seeing the growth in the Cole Bay, Maho, Simpson Bay area, and the volume of calls received during the first half of the year, which amounted to approximately 500 calls, it became a necessity to open a second Ambulance post. Having a second Ambulance post in this area will enhance the response time, whereby the Ambulance can reach quicker to emergency calls in this area.

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St. Maarten Zoo Says Thank You to Volunteers

MADAME ESTATE - The St. Maarten Zoological and Botanical Green Foundation and its Board Members would like to thank the volunteers who assisted the St. Maarten Zoo Clean Up & Beautification Day which was held last Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Special appreciation is extended to the WIB Volunteers and the members of the United St. Maarten Party Youth Wing and all the individuals who dedicated their Saturday morning to assist in this great cause.

We would also like to thank Meadowlands for their donation of the garbage bins, Chesterfield’s for providing drinks for all our volunteers and Mr. Mendez for the cleaning equipment used for this great cause.

The Clean Up of phase one was a great success, in which debris was removed and the animal’s natural habitats were thoroughly cleaned.  Without your level of professionalism and spirit of volunteerism we would have never achieved this.

Watch "Happy St Maarten Zoo Clean Up” on YouTube or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2m2VAa_yu0 to experience our happiness in Saving Our Zoo and we do hope you will join us in Phase two.

The Zoo Clean-up & Beautification Day was one of the activities leading up to the "Save our Zoo" Gala which will be held at Belair Community Centre on Saturday 13, 2014. The funds generated from this Gala will go towards maintaining the Zoo and its facilities.  Tickets can be purchased at Van Dorp (both locations), Bebe N Kids (both locations), St.Maarten Veterinary Clinic, Animal Hospital, Island Pet Shop and from Amy Arrindell (Vice President). She can be reached on cell +1721-5221449 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Contributed by the St. Maarten Zoo)

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DP to Follow All Election Guidelines Set Forth by Minister Richardson. Urges Supporters to Join at DP Election HQ at Bute Hotel

PHILIPSBURG - The Democratic Party of St. Maarten on Thursday, the eve of the 2014 Parliamentary Elections for St. Maarten, reiterated that t will be holding itself to the stipulations laid forth by the Minister of Justice regarding the conduct of political parties during elections.

“The Democratic Party, in keeping with its continued focus of adherence to the laws of the land and cooperation amongst all entities, has pledged that it, as a political party contesting the 2014 elections will adhere to the election guidelines as set forth by the Minister of Justice the Honorable Dennis Richardson,” stated Democratic Leader the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams. The Party also reiterated that all political parties contesting in Friday’s elections do the same.

The Democratic Party also is inviting all of its members to its election headquarters at the Bute Hotel; “We urge all supporters and members of the Democratic Party to join us throughout the day and in the evening as we watch the election results at our election headquarters at the Bute Hotel,” read the Democratic Party statement. The party also again urged all of the voters to come out in force and elect their representatives for the 2014-2018 Parliament. (Contributed by the DP Party)

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CLOSURE NOTICE: Ombudsman

PHILIPSBURG - Please be informed that the Bureau Ombudsman will be closed on Friday, August 29th 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in connection with the Parliamentary election.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused.


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Contractors and builders advised to have plans in place to remove building materials in the event of a hurricane

PHILIPSBURG - Contractors and builders are requested to have a plan in place to prepare and secure their job sites in the event of a passing hurricane. 

The Caribbean has entered the most active months of the hurricane season, mid-August to mid-October with the peak around September 10th. Every effort should be made to be prepared in the event of a threat.

Contractors and home builders during severe weather are responsible for securing job sites for the protection of the public, property and surrounding areas.

Materials such as plywood, shingles, zinc, and other construction material could become flying missiles capable of impaling brick walls or anything in its way. 

Construction debris can cause severe damage to property and loss of life.  With building and construction activity still taking place on the island, every construction site supervisor and/or foreman is advised to have a plan in place with respect to what action they will be taking. 

A tropical storm system could form during any part of the hurricane season and not necessarily during the peak months.

As a general rule, all jobsites should be kept clean.  Arrange timely pick up of trash dumpsters, and only keep materials on the job site you actually will utilize at any given week especially during the hurricane season, and keep construction equipment secure.  Any planned supply deliveries should be postponed if there is a hurricane threat to the island.

When a tropical storm or hurricane watch is issued 48-hours before a system is forecasted to hit, remove all scaffolding, and remove, or safely secure, all building materials and equipment. 

Sub contractors should also be alerted to their responsibilities as well with respect to securing or removing their materials and equipment.

Stop job processes that will likely become damaged by the hurricane, such as window installations, house wrap, or landscaping.  Complete those tasks that will likely prevent damage, such as concrete work, closing in a house, or filling in foundation excavations. 

Follow through with a quick inspection of your job sites.  Do not wait until the last minute to inspect your job sites, as you may need that time to go home and secure your own family home.  Employees will need to also do the same.

Once the hurricane is over, return to the job site for damage inspection only when the all clear sign has been given by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) headed by the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten

Keep in mind that damages from the hurricane on other parts of the island may impede efforts for immediate attention of job sites.

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Ministry VROMI announces Road closure section Union Road vicinity entrance Princess Port de Plaisance up to Causeway Roundabout August 29

COLE BAY - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces road closure from the entrance of Princess Port de Plaisance up the Causeway Bridge Roundabout on August 29.

Previous works could not take place before due to unforeseen circumstances.

This road works is a project from Windward Roads BV to finalize placement of hot asphalt on the intersection Union Road/Causeway roundabout.

These works will start Friday 29th August 2014 at 4:00am and will end on the same day 29th August 2014 at around 6.00am.

Traffic coming from Union Road will be diverted onto the new concrete road right of Union Road and will continue and end up in the roundabout which will continue their normal route. Road users have to pay keen attention and follow the traffic signs.

Traffic coming from Marigot or from the Causeway Bridge can go via Union Road through the roundabout taking a right turn on the same concrete road and end up on the Union Road.

Due to the nature of the works there will be no special measures for any of the Emergency Services during the duration of these works.

Motorists and residents are requested to be vigilant and pay keen attention due to the fact of various heavy machinery being used on the road during the civil works.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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Baby Wellness Clinic and Youth Health Care Closures

GREAT BAY – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) announces that the Baby Wellness Clinic behind the Guardian Group Building near the A.J.C. Brouward Road, and Youth Health Care at the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) located at the Vineyard Office Park on the W.G. Buncamper Road #33, Philipsburg, will be closed on the following dates and timeframe.

-          Thursday, August 28 (entire day for a team day activity)

-          Friday, August 29 (half day in connection with the elections, 8.00am to 12.00pm)

For more information you can call: 542-2078, 542-3003 or 542-3553.

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UP Board Says Law Grants Employees Two Hours Off to Go Vote

PHILIPSBURG – The United People’s (UP) Party board has received some reports of employees being told that they won’t allow going out and voting during their working hours.

The UP Board would like to remind all that it’s established by law that every employee has the right to go and exercise their right to vote, and have been given two hours to do so on Friday, August 29.

It’s a civic duty to exercise your right to vote and businesses have to abide by the law and give their employees those two hours to do so. If there are those who are not cooperating, we suggest to take your grievance to your union representative and/or the Department of Labour.

The UP Party is encouraging everybody to make use of their right to vote on Friday, August 29.  Our national Postal Services of St. Maarten (PSS) reports that they have completed delivery of voting cards for the elections within the timeframe agreed upon with the Civil Registry Office.

The UP Party takes this opportunity to congratulate the staff of PSS for a job well done.

21,457 persons are eligible to vote according to the Civil Registry Office based on the voter’s list.  On Election Day have ready your voting card and some form of Identification to take to your polling station.

If you haven’t received your voting card, contact the Civil Registry Office on Pond Island during the next couple of days to get a duplicate voting card. You would have to present a valid form of Identification such as a Dutch passport, Driver’s license or ID card.

The UP Party Board encourages everybody to make use of their right to vote.  The vote is the most powerful instrument that every eligible voter has.  Politicians take important decisions and to have a say in issues that affect your community, you need to be able to hold them accountable.  On Election Day, every vote matters. (Contributed by the UP Party)

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Former DP #3 Candidate Louis Halley Urges Supporters to Vote #1 on DP Slate

SIMPSON BAY - Previous number three candidate on the Democratic Party Slate popular Simpson Bay resident Louis Halley is urging his supporters and the people of St. Maarten in general to vote for the leader of the Democratic Party, the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams.

Mr. Halley said that of all the political leaders the Prime Minister of St. Maarten, the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams is the clear choice: “There is no politician on St. Maarten that has the vision for moving the country forward other than Sarah Wescot-Williams. She has been the beacon of stability; the light that has guided the people through very turbulent political times. Her steadfast leadership has ensured constitutional and economic growth for the people of St. Maarten”.

Mr. Halley encouraged especially the residents of Simpson Bay, where he resides and where the father of the Prime Minister hails from, to remember that throughout the challenges faced by this community over the two years, only the Prime Minister displayed genuine interest for the people of this community and listened to their concerns. “She has proven to be the only politician, who truly has the interests of this community at heart,” commented Mr. Halley.

The former number three Democratic Party Candidate, though not running for 2014’s Parliamentary Elections, is urging the community to exercise their democratic right and vote; “Exercise your democratic right and vote for the party and the leader, who has shown that the interests of the people are close to their hearts. Vote for stability and not for political gimmickry and bandwagoneering,” commented Halley. (Contributed by the DP Party)

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