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Minister Richardson Approves Eight Aviation Ministerial Regulations.

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Minister Richardson Approves Eight Aviation Ministerial Regulations.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Caretaker Minister with responsibility for Aviation Hon. Ted Richardson, recently approved eight aviation ministerial regulations which will assist Sint Maarten regaining Category 1 airport status.

These documents form part of the Sint Maarten Civil Aviation Regulations which in general totals 12 of which 10 were submitted for approval.

The regulations are: Personnel and Licensing part 2&3; Aircraft Registration and Marking Part 4; Approved Maintenance Organization Part 6; Operations and Aircraft Equipment Part 7 & 8; Air Operator Certification and Administration Part 9; Commercial Air Transport by Foreign Air Operators within Sint Maarten Part 10; Aerial Work Part 11; and Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Part 12.

General Polices, Procedures, and Practices Part 1 will be submitted at a later date and Airworthiness Part 5 is already in force.

The regulations are prepared by Section Aviation in collaboration with the Department of Legal Affairs and a Consultant. The advice for approval to the Minister is prepared by Section Aviation.

After the minister has signed the regulations, they are sent to the Ombudsman for screening which takes a period of six weeks before they enter into force.

The Ombudsman makes sure that the regulations do not contradict the Constitution of Sint Maarten.

The estimated date for official entry into force of the regulations is January 10, 2015.

In 2011 a safety assessment audit was completed on the civil aviation authority of Curacao by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to assess the safety oversight capabilities of the Curacao Civil Aviation Authority.

It was discovered during the audit that Curacao does not meet the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and therefore was given an International Aviation Safety Assessments (IASA) Category 2 rating.

Since Sint Maarten and Curacao share the same aircraft registry and aircraft prefix (PJ), the Civil Aviation Authority was also downgraded to Category 2.

The downgrade to Category 2 comes with the consequence that airlines from both Sint Maarten and Curacao cannot initiate new air services to U.S territories.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:56 )


Traffic measure implemented.

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Traffic measure implemented.

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Thursday December 18th, 2014, a press briefing was organized between the Department of VROMI and the Police Department regarding traffic measures that will take place during the busy Christmas Holiday Season. The press briefing was held at the Philipsburg Police Station. These measures are to alleviate the serious traffic congestion that occurs during this period by creating better traffic circulation throughout the Philipsburg area.
Later during that evening between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. you could see police officers directing traffic on the Walter Nisbet road between the Salt Pickers round about (behind the police station) and the Freedom Fighters round about (next to Sundial School). The regulating of traffic was mainly to introduce drivers to the temporary lane on the Ring road that is available to drivers who want exit Philipsburg without any delay.
Thus far this traffic measure seems to be effective.

KPSM Police Report

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:50 )

Holiday greetings from the School Bus Inspection Section to parents, school children and bus drivers.

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GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The School Bus Inspection Section would like to wish parents, school children and school bus driver's happy holidays and all the best for the New Year.

The school year closes on December 19 for the Christmas and New Year's holiday season and will re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015.

When schools resume in January, parents and guardians are requested to talk with their children with respect to their behavior on the school bus, and in order for the bus driver to ensure safety, comfort and reliability of service, students need to act appropriately when being transported from one point to the next.

The School Bus Inspection Section is looking forward to an incident free and safe bussing of school children in 2015.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:41 )

Preventing Holiday Tree Fires.

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GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Many homes on the inside and outside have been decorated with Christmas lights, stockings, banners, wreaths and the most popular of these decorations is the Christmas tree.

As part of Ministry of Public Health's Collective Prevention Services (CPS) Safe Holiday Season Observances, in collaboration with the Department of Communication, residents are advised to keep the season safe by following a few helpful tips.

Minister of Public Health Hon. Cornelius de Weever as part of his 'Get Checked' campaign, is calling on the community to check their Christmas tree lighting to make sure is operating safely in order in order to avoid any hazards this holiday season.

These are some life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday:

Preventing Holiday Tree Fires

  • Holiday tree fire hazards
    Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases.
  • Selecting a Tree for the Holiday
    Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard.
  • Caring for Your Tree
    Do not place your tree close to a heat source. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
  • Disposing of Your Tree
    When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by having it hauled away by the waste disposal service.

Holiday Lights

  • Maintain Your Holiday Lights
    Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up.
  • Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets
    Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires - they should not be warm to the touch.
  • Do Not Leave Holiday Lights on Unattended

Holiday Decorations

  • Use Only Nonflammable Decorations
    All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant.
  • Never Put Wrapping Paper near an open flame
    It can throw off dangerous sparks and produce a chemical buildup in the home that could cause an explosion.
  • Artificial Holiday Trees
    If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.

Candle Care

  • Avoid Using Lit Candles
    If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning.
  • Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree
    Do not go near a holiday tree with an open flame - candles, lighters or matches.

By following precautionary tips, families can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty. Happy holidays.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:45 )

NAGICO sponsors brochures to Police safety awareness project.

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NAGICO sponsors brochures to Police safety awareness project.

PHILIPSBURG:--- NAGICO sponsored 10,000 brochures to the Community Police Officers of Sint Maarten on Thursday morning, to assist with their crime prevention efforts.
CEO of NAGICO Insurances N.V; Dwayne Elgin made the presentation to representatives of the Police Force; Community Police Officers; Inspectors Steven Carty and Arcella Leonard. "We at NAGICO are pleased to be able to assist the Community Police Officers (CPOs) in this initiative and we remain committed to our community as the repercussions and ripple effect from increased crime rate can be severe."
The brochures which will be distributed by the police officers to the general public contain safety tips on how to minimize the risk of theft, robberies and burglary. It also gives detailed information to prospective vehicle owners on things to look out for, to ensure they are not buying stolen vehicles.
"The CPOs are a group of officers who are assigned to various districts, to ensure that our citizens have direct contact with us at all times when the need arises," Police spokesman Ricardo Henson said. "Their names, photos, cell number and email addresses are also listed in the brochures for convenience and this is one of the many ways that we the police are trying to better serve and protect."
The brochures will be available at the Police station, all Police sub-stations, all NAGICO locations and various businesses on the island.
"We are thankful for this generous contribution by NAGICO and we are encouraging other businesses to come on board as we try to bridge the gap between the Police and the community by forging partnerships with our local businesses," Henson said.

NAGICO Press Release

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:53 )

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