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Road closures for upcoming parades and jump up

PHILIPSBURG:---In connection with the upcoming Grand Parade scheduled for May 1st, the Second Day Parade scheduled for May 2nd and the closing Jump up scheduled for May 3rd the Police Department is announcing the following road closures.
Grand Parade May 1st, 2017
The parade is scheduled to start at 10.00 a.m. leaving the entrance of Sint Johns Ranch on the L.B. Scot road with the following route: Sint Johns Estate road/ L.B. Scot road/Bush road/W.J.A. Nisbeth road/Percy Labega Street/Longwall road/Kerkhof Steeg/Front Street/ Emma plein/ Welvaart Brug/Buncamper road/Freedom Fighter Round About/W.J.A. Nisbeth road/ Salt Picker round about/ Soualiga Boulevard ending in front of the Festival Village.

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At 06.00 a.m.: Front Street and all alleys leading into Front Street will be closed.
At 08.30 a.m.: L.B. Scot road closed at Gladiola road. No traffic in the direction of Sint Peters. L.B. Scot road closed at Arbutus road. No traffic in the direction of Church hill round about.
At 10.40 a.m.: L.B. Scot road closed at Church hill round about. No traffic in the direction of Gladiola road.
At 11.20 a.m.: A.J.C. Brouwers road closed at Church hill round about. No traffic direction Bush road and Zagersgut road.
At 11.40 a.m.: Prins Bernard Brug closed at Walter Nisbeth road. No traffic direction Bush road.
At 12.20 p.m.: Longwall road and A. Th. Illidge road closed at Prins Bernard Brug. No traffic direction Walter Nisbeth road.
At 12.30 p.m.: Walter Nisbeth road closed at Percy Labega Street. No traffic direction Prins Bernard Brug. Cannegieter Street closed at Percy Labega Street. Back Street closed at Kerkhof Str. No traffic direction Kerkhof str. Long wall road closed at Percy Labega Street. No traffic direction Kerkhof Str.
At 01.30 p.m.: Little Bay road closed at Fort Willem road. No traffic direction Kerkhof Str. and Front Street.
At 03.30 p.m.: Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard closed at Welvaart brug. No traffic direction Buncamper road. Buncamper road closed at Freedom Fighters round about. No traffic direction Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard.
At 04.10 p.m.: Suckergarden road closed at Freedom Fighters round about. No traffic direction Walter Nisbeth road. Walter Nisbeth road closed at Salt Pickers roundabout. No traffic direction Freedom Fighters round about.
At 04.40 p.m.: Soualiga Boulevard closed at Rock Salt drive. No traffic direction Salt Pickers roundabout. Peterson Street closed at Salt Picker round about. No traffic direction Salt Picker round about. Walter Nisbeth road closed at Colville Webster Street. No traffic direction Salt Pickers roundabout.
Second Day Parade, May 2nd, 2017
The parade is scheduled to start at 12.00 p.m. on the Soualiga road in front of the Festival Village with the following route: Soualiga road/ Salt Picker round about/W.J.A. Nisbeth road/Percy Labega Street/Long Wall road/ Kerkhof steeg/Front Street/Emma Plein/Welvaart Brug/Buncamper road/Freedom Fighters round about/Walter Nisbeth road/Salt Pickers Roundabout/Soualiga road and ending in front of the Festival Village.
During the passing of the parade, all streets and alleys connected to the route will be closed to motor vehicle traffic. After the parade has passed all streets and alleys connected to the route will be reopened to traffic.
Closing Jump up, May 3rd, 2017

The Jump up is scheduled to start at 08.00 p.m. on the Welgelegen road with the following route. Welgelegen road/ A.J.C. Brouwers road/Church hill round about/Bush road/Prins Bernard brug/Walter Nisbeth road/Salt Picker round about/Soualiga Boulevard and ending in front of the Festival Village. All streets and alleys connected to this route will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic during the passing of the Jump up. After the jump up has passed all street and alleys will be reopened to motor vehicle traffic.
All drivers should take good note of these road closures. They should use alternative routes to get to and from their destination to avoid any unnecessary inconvenience.


RBC Bank robbed by lone gunman.

PHILIPSBURG:---Detectives are presently investigating a robbery which took place at RBC-BANK in Philipsburg on Friday April 28th 2017 at approximately 03.30 p.m. This is when a still unidentified man walked up to a female teller of the bank and slipped her a note which stated that he was in the possession of an explosive device and that she hand over all of the cash. The teller complied with the demand of this unknown man and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect then left the bank without raising any suspicion of the robbery he had just committed. The teller immediately informed management what had taken place. The police were immediately notified and an investigation into the matter is ongoing.
No further details in connection with this case are available at this time and as soon as more details become available the media will be informed. The Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this robbery to get in contact with the police department by calling 54-22222 ext. 213-214, the anonymous tip line 9300 or 911.

KPSM Press Release

MFK and PS got a whipping from Curaçao electorate, PAR absolute winner.

curacaovotes28042017Possible formation between PAR, MAN and PIN

Willemstad, Curaçao: – Partido Alterniva Real (PAR ) led by Eugene Ruggenaath emerged with the most votes at the end of the parliamentary election held on Friday, April 28th. Based on the trend when the results were announced it showed that the PAR was leading in most districts. The Movemientu Antillas Nobo (MAN) was not far behind. The Movementu Futuro Korsou (MFK) led by Gerrit Schotte did not do as well as they had expected.
The only polling station where the MFK obtained most of the votes was at the Sentro di Detenshon I Korekshon Korsou (formerly Bon Futuro Prison). Closely behind them was Korsou di Nos Tur (KDNT) led by Amparo dos Santos.
Long-time politician from Partido Nashonal di Pueblo, Suzy Camelia Romer who left and formed her own party about a month ago did fairly well. Romer led the party Partido Inovashon Nashonal (PIN).
It is clear that based on the outcome of the election it is highly likely that the next coalition government of Curacao will be formed by the PAR, MAN and PIN which may bring about stability in government for the young country.
curacaoseats28042017Clearly, the voters on Curacao chose stability and the only way out was to eliminate the smaller parties and ship jumpers. One of the oldest parties in Curacao politics PNP and Pueblo Soberano lost the confidence of the voters. Frente Obrero–Partido Aliansa Nobo (Frente-PAN), PNP and MKP, and UKH failed to obtain seats in parliament.
Preliminary results showed that the PAR obtained 6 seats, MAN 5 seats, MFK 5 seats KDNT 2 seats, PS 1 seat, MP 1 seat while the PIN also obtained 1 seat.
Of the electorate 78,815 voters headed to the polling stations on Friday and cast their votes.

VWA concludes Saturday as preps get underway for Vaccination Open House in May and June

vwa28042017GREAT BA(DCOMM):--- Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) which kicked off on Saturday, April 22, concludes on Saturday, April 29.

VWA did not go un-noticed in Sint Maarten, as Minister of Public Health Emil Lee received promotional materials from the local VWA Committee to signify the support of the country with the annual VWA campaign.

Sint Maarten will start with its own vaccination campaign that will be organized in May and June. The first Open House is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 followed by another one on Saturday, June 10.

Vaccines help your immune system fight more than 20 dangerous diseases. From the time we’re born, vaccines offer protection to help individuals stay healthy throughout their entire lives.

This is the 15th year that VWA has been organized. It was held under the theme: #GetVax to celebrate a healthy tomorrow!

World Immunization Week commenced on April 24 and concludes on April 30. It aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, commends the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) with respect to its annual initiative in the Americas that concludes on April 29 as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) for the recent gains in immunization coverage.

VWA is an extraordinary effort led by the countries and territories of the Americas to advance equity and access to vaccination.

The Region of the Americas became the first to eliminate rubella, a contagious viral disease that can cause multiple birth defects as well as fetal death when contracted by women during pregnancy.

CPS points out that much progress has been made globally to increase immunization coverage, adding that it’s very important to get children vaccinated so they can grow up healthy and strong.

Toddler time a huge success.

toddler28042017GREAT BA (DCOMM):--- A storytelling session called ‘Toddler Time,’ that took place on April 22 was a huge success.

‘Toddler Time’ was organized by the section Youth Health Care (YHC) from the Department of Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, and was held at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library toddler room.

In an interview with the coordinator Registered Nurse Ivanca Woodley-Sterling, she confirmed that at least 40 children were present at the event with either one or both parents.

Although the focus was on storytelling, it was a true Toddler time event with also singing and playing games. The children participated very well and had a lot of fun, Nurse Ivanca said.

The storytelling was done by Mitsha Giterson, and CPS expresses a special thank you to Giterson for her contribution.

The goal through storytelling was to get the parents involved with the kids learning abilities. Studies have shown that kids that breastfeed tend to be smarter. The focus was not only on the breastfeeding kids, but about different facets of child development.

The objective was to work hand in hand with parents in order to get all children where they should be. ‘Toddler Time’ wasn’t only about storytelling and learning abilities, it was also about bonding time between the parents and their children.

Parents are encouraged to visit the library and make use of the literature that is available providing factual information about the importance of breastfeeding.

CPS also encourages parents to visit the library for their regular reading programs for toddlers and school-going children which take place throughout the year.


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