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11 Firefighters successfully pass verification training

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Recently 11 cadets of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department (BKCN) have successfully passed the appointment verification. The trainees, seven from Bonaire, three from Saba and one from St. Eustatius, are busy with the training for Manschap-A since January 28th .

They learn all about fire control, technical aid and accidents involving dangerous substances. Additionally they follow a training airplane airport firefighting. Besides these skills, it is also a requirement that the trainees are approved for the employment examination.

Fit is safe

Working in the fire department can be tough, physically and mentally. As a fire worker, in order for you to carry out your work good and safe, it is a requirement that you are fit and healthy.

Therefore, the employment examination comprises a physical (sport) test, a medical examination and a test for the fear of heights.

Test for current employees

Also, for the current employees of BKCN, good health and fitness are important in order to be able to work safely.

Therefore, from the end of 2018 for all employees, who have physically and mentally demanding operational functions, a similar examination will be required.

BKCN facilitates the employees in the preparation for this including the provision of sports opportunities and guidance, a practice court for the physical test, lifestyle coaching and advice in the area of eating healthy. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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Information security RCN will be tackled

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The objection made by the Court of Audit (in Dutch: Algemene Rekenkamer) against the information security of the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland has been withdrawn.

In response to the objection, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) immediately took measures to remove the most urgent risks.

An RCN information security improvement plan has been drawn up, which includes measures for the short, medium, and long term, and management measures.

In the short term, a number of shortcomings have already been corrected. For example, measures have been taken to prevent a link between the networks of the Caribbean Netherlands and the networks of the European Netherlands.

Not all measures can be realized today or tomorrow. But they will be realized with urgency and perseverance. Everyone feels the necessity. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)


CPS: Thursday is World Hypertension Day. Know your numbers

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – 17th of May marks World Hypertension Day, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO), along with the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is urging people to get their blood pressure checked regularly to prevent heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other serious health problems.

The international theme is: “Know Your Numbers,” with the goal of increasing high blood pressure awareness and promote hypertension prevention, detection and control in all populations around the world.

Hypertension, which is the leading risk factor for illness and premature death from cardiovascular disease, affects some 250 million people in the Americas, and in most countries, rates of blood pressure control are unacceptably low.

People with hypertension are considered to have their condition under control if their blood pressure readings are below 140/90 mmHG all day, 365 days a year.

Hypertension is a silent killer because in its early stages it rarely causes symptoms, and many people go undiagnosed.  Diagnosing and treating it on time can reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure.

All adults should know their blood pressure levels.  Healthy lifestyles can prevent hypertension, and for people who need medication, it can improve control.

An estimated 80 per cent of premature heart attacks and stroke can be prevented by reducing the leading risk factors for these conditions: unhealthy diet, tobacco consumption, harmful use of alcohol and physical inactivity.

Overweight and obesity and excess salt consumption – the single most important risk factor for hypertension – also increase one’s risk.

Commit yourself to getting regular blood pressure checks; eat more fruits and vegetables and use less salt; be physically active; avoid alcohol and tobacco use; and take your blood pressure medication every day, if it has been prescribed.

For more information call CPS at 542-1122, 542-1222, 542-1322 and 542-1570; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Generation New Status STM band to travel to Miami to perform

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Seventeen band members of the Generation New Status STM Band along with three coaches and Band Leader Urmain “Youmay” Dormoy will travel to Miami, Florida this Friday May 18th to perform at the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) graduation ceremonies on Saturday May 19th at the University of Miami Watsco Center.

The band has performed each year at the university’s commencement ceremonies in St. Maarten for the past eight years. A special invitation was extended to have them travel to Miami as AUC had to move the ceremonies and has begun a phased return to their Cupecoy campus due to damages caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Generation New Status STM continues to enjoy a good relationship with AUC who has supported the band through workshops and other recreational activities.

The Band will return home on Sunday May 20th and are grateful to American University of the Caribbean for this opportunity and their continued support.


Sucker Garden Community Meeting with the RED CROSS set for Thursday

SUCKER GARDEN – The residents of Sucker Garden were initially invited to a meeting on Monday, May 14, but due to the fire at the landfill, it was rescheduled and will now take place on Thursday, May 17 behind the Melford Hazel Sports Auditorium starting at 6.00pm.

In collaboration with the Sucker Garden neighbourhood, the Netherlands Red Cross, through its St. Maarten branch, is organizing the aforementioned information session about the organizations current recovery programs in the Sucker Garden area.

The Red Cross has three programs aimed at helping families who were impacted by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The Red Cross is continuing with the Supermarket Voucher Programme through which families in need receive Red Cross food vouchers allowing them to purchase groceries in participating supermarkets.

In addition, the Home Repair Programme has completed its firstassessments with technical officers providing expertise and the Red Cross providing materials to support families in the repair of their homes.

Finally, the School Meal Programme, which provides breakfasts and hot lunches to thousands of students each day, has been extended until the end of the 2017-2018 school year.



SMMAF Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition set for May 26

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) proudly presents its Second annual spring competition on Saturday, May 26th at MPC Gym in South Reward from 12-4pm.

This event is unique in that two very different combat martial art forms will be on display- Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Muay Thai is a dynamic striking art- competitors wear gloves, shin-pads and headgear (although striking to the head is not allowed).

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art where competitors win by joint locks, strangulation or in the case of no submission- via positional dominance and control. All matches begin from a standing position, so elements of Judo and wrestling also come into play making it an exciting spectator event. Children and adult’s matches will be featured. 

Invitations are extended to all combat martial arts organizations on St Maarten.  Registered competitors hail from Marco London's Sityodtong Foundation, SXM BJJ/Renzo Gracie St. Maarten’s Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Teams and Saint Barths Jiu Jitsu Team.

Despite being a smaller island, Saint Barths has a strong martial arts community. Their kids team even traveled to Atlanta to compete in 2017. The specialized mats for the Jiu Jitsu competition area are generously provided byAartwicht Bell, President of the Sports Federation and National Judo Association. 

Official sponsorship is provided by Heavenly Water. Parking is available on the roadside, after the main entrance to MPC school. 

SMMAF president Marco London will coordinate the Kickboxing matches and Melissa Bardfield, (BJJ Black Belt under Renzo Gracie) will preside over the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu matches.

Referees will also include Wesley Hendriks of Windward Roads who completed an IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) referee course. Due to the highest number of students hailing from SXM BJJ, some students will compete against teammates however all athletes are excited for the opportunity to demonstrate and test their martial arts skills locally.

All adult’s matches will be versus different team. The focus of the organizers is also to build closer bonds across our small, but talented, island region and build confidence in each and every student. For more information, registration information or sponsorship opportunities please contact Melissa Bardfield This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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EOC preparing for Atlantic hurricane season

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Emergency Operation Center (EOC) met for its second meeting this year on Monday May 14th at the Fire and Ambulance Department in Cay Hill. 

The EOC meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister, who is responsible for disaster management as outlined in the current structure. The EOC consists of 10 Emergency Support Function Groups (ESF) who presented their internal plans, preparations and concerns thus far for the upcoming Hurricane Season 2018.

A further working out of these plans will continue within short with the execution of the “Taking Charge” Disaster Preparedness Conference scheduled for next week May 24th & 25th at the Belair Community Center. 

The goal of the Disaster Preparedness Conference is to bring together internal and external agencies to have open discussions and presentations that will ultimately lead to a National Disaster Operation Plan that will be available as a reference manual for the entire community.

Additionally, members of the Disaster Management Team and ESF-8 DCOMM are preparing a Communication Plan for the Hurricane Season, which will commence within short. 

The Prime Minister stated, “My objective for the communication plan is to give pertinent information before, during and post any Disaster that may occur on Sint Maarten.”

“I would like the public to also do their part and seek out the relevant information for their immediate family and community. This information should cover personal emergency family planning that takes into account the wellbeing of your children, household emergency supplies, all insurances, safeguarding important documents, cleanup of your property and access to communication sources,” a press release from the Cabinet of the Prime Minister said on Wednesday.

Persons are also reminded to be vigilant and act responsibly by avoiding the spread of information that does not originate from official government sources.  


Police arrests two suspects in serial break-ins of businesses and homes

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday May 15thpolice arrested two men suspected of being responsible for several break-ins in the Philipsburg and Sint Peters areas. 

The first suspect identified with initials M.J.F has been arrested as a suspect responsible for breaking into several businesses in the Philipsburg area and mainly on the Boardwalk over the last two weeks.

The second suspect identified with initials K.D.S. was also arrested by police suspected to of being responsible for several break-ins in Sint Peters and mainly on Lime road. 

K.D.S. was caught in the act while he committed a break-in at one of the homes on Lime road. Both suspects remain in custody pending further investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force)


Winair announces service to Aruba and Bonaire

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Winair is pleased to announce new services to connect Bonaire and Aruba with St. Maarten effective July 1, 2018. “We will offer 4 flights per week Bonaire – Curacao – St. Maarten and vice versa, 3 flights a week Aruba – Curacao – St. Maarten and vice versa,” Winair said on Tuesday in a press statement.

“In addition, Winair will also increase the number of flights St. Maarten - Santo Domingo – St. Maarten from its present 5 flights a week to offer daily service effective July 01, 2018.

“Winair will increase its flight schedule from its current 2 flights to 3 flights per week for St. Maarten – Port au Prince – St. Maarten. With the addition of Bonaire and Aruba to the flight schedule of the national carrier of St. Maarten, Winair is very proud to now connect the entire Dutch Caribbean, ensuring truly seamless travel and fulfilling the expectations of the traveling public.

“The expansion of our existing schedule will serve the needs of our customers during the peak summer travel period. These services will be available to the public using a state of the art ATR 42 500/600 series with a capacity of 48 passengers,” Winair said on Tuesday.

“Thanks to the efforts of our employees and management Winair continues to reinvigorate and rebuild itself, provide much needed employment in St. Maarten in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria,” states Michael Cleaver, Chief Executive Officer & President of Winair.

For flight schedules, reservations and bookings please contact Winair +1 721 545 4237, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit their website, or contact your favorite travel agent.


Rotary Club Mid Isle Returns Home with Awards

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Four members of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle have just recently returned from the Rotary District 7020 44th Annual PETS Assembly and Conference held at the Karibe Convention Center in Port Au Petion-Ville, Haiti.

Attendance at this event offered the incoming presidents and secretaries of all Rotary Clubs in the district an opportunity to learn more about Rotary and to prepare for the new upcoming Rotary year which starts on July 1st, 2018.

Representing Mid Isle were President Elect Denise Antrobus, Secretary Elect A. Kraaijeveld along with Rotarians David Antrobus, Louis Wever and partner in service Amanda Wever.

The highlight of the conference was the awards ceremony where the District Governor Robert Leger awarded the clubs for the work they had done in their respective communities during the Rotary year 2017-2018.

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle collected six awards.

  1. The Governor’s Award – Bronze
  2. Club of the Month Perseverance Award
  3. Club of the month – silver
  4. District Governor’s special award for Achievement of at least 90 per cent of members registered with My Rotary
  5. District Governor’s special award for Outstanding Achievement under Adversity
  6. Public Image Citation Award

Mid Isle sponsored the St. Dominic High School Interact Club and were elated to receive on their behalf the Zone 34 Interact award for being part of ‘Rotary Making a Difference.’

“The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle was honored to receive these recognitions for their work in the community and would like to thank all the sponsors and others who have assisted us in doing well in our community and around the world.

“We would also like to thank the media for their cooperation in getting the word out about our activities, events and helping us to reach those in the local community when inviting them to participate in our activities.

“We look forward to your continued support of Mid Isle’s activities as we all join together with Rotary Making a Difference and Grow Stronger to Serve better,” the Club said in a press release on Tuesday.

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesday at 7pm at Pineapple Pete in Simpson Bay. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.

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