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Minister Lake pleased with Ministry VROMI proactive preparations for possible rain event.

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PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake is very pleased with his ministries pro-active preparations taken on Friday afternoon due to inclement weather that is east of the Caribbean island chain.

According to the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS), an upper level feature weather system combined with available moisture at the lower levels of the atmosphere is increasing instability across the Caribbean region.

In MDS 6:00pm Friday, November 21 forecast up until Saturday 6.00pm, November 22, cloudy skies with periods of showers and a risk of thunder can be expected during this forecast period.

Residents and motorists are advised to exercise caution as flooding is likely with additional showers.

On Monday at 2:00pm a meeting was held with contractor Windward Roads regarding the floodgate works at the A.Th. Illidge Road which were to commence on Friday night. Preparations have been taken that water can flow from the Fresh Water Pond into the Salt Pond should the need arise.

Heavy equipment was brought in at 3:00pm on Friday afternoon at the Great Bay beach next to the Fresh Water Pond canal. Preparations have been made to open the beach channel in the event of a lot of rainfall.

Two of the three storm water pumps are on standby and ready to be activated in the event of heavy rainfall.

Heavy equipment operators have also been mobilized and are on standby in the event that they are needed.

In the wake of the recent torrential rainfall event last weekend and Hurricane Gonzalo mid-October, Minister Lake said on Friday that proactive preparations are necessary in order to manage the water flow in the event of heavy rainfall.

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 November 2014 22:08 )

 

PSS announces postage dates for popular Christmas Parcel Specials to the Netherlands.

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POSTAL SERVICE SINT MAARTEN CHRISTMAS PARCEL SPECIAL

PHILIPSBURG:--- Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS N.V.) has started accepting packages and parcels for postage to the Netherlands under its popular Christmas Parcel Specials promotion.

"The two postage dates for the Netherlands will ensure that parcels and packages from St. Maarten will be delivered directly to loved ones in the Netherlands in time for their celebrations at Christmas and the New Year," said PSS N.V.
The postal authority is once again pleased to offer this service to St. Maarten residents who wish to bring a touch of Christmas joy to their loved ones in the Netherlands, saying this service is amongst the most popular of all its delivery services throughout the year. In fact, parents with students studying in the Netherlands have already been enquiring with the post office about the last dates for postage to the Netherlands to ensure deliveries are made before Christmas and the New Year.
"Parcels and small packages sent from home are material and emotional bridges with loved ones that we help facilitate at this special time of the year. It represents a gift from home with all the warmth, peace and joy that Christmas traditionally brings," said PSS N.V.
Customers who wish to send packages must do so no later than the following dates;
Saturday, December 6th, 2014, and December 17th, 2014.

All packages and parcels must be delivered to the post office opened, to meet security inspection, after which they can be sealed and packed away for transportation.

The drop-off points for the packages and parcels are the Main Postal Services St. Maarten building in Philipsburg, or the Postal Services St. Maarten branches located at Airport Boulevard #59, Simpson Bay and for the worker at the A.C. Wathey cruise and cargo facilities, Monday to Saturday, during regular business hours.

Information about the Christmas Parcel Specials is available at all PSS locations.
Advertisements and flyers are also being posted in various media and distributed to customers alerting them to the collection and posting dates as well as the rates for postage.

For more information about your post office personnel and the service and products available at the Postal Services St. Maarten, visit or like on www.facebook.com/post.stmaarten or call + (1721) 5422289.

PSS Press Release

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 November 2014 22:21 )

Rotary Sunrise honors Urmain “Youmay” Dormoy.

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Rotary Sunrise honors Urmain “Youmay” Dormoy.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise honored Urmain "Youmay" Dormoy with Rotary's Annual Vocational Service Award. The Vocational Service Award is an annual Rotary International Award that honors people who have shown exceptional dedication to their vocation. The main criteria to be met are a Rotary spirit of "Service Above Self" and a high ethical moral standard in performing your vocation. Mr. Dormoy, a civil servant within the Department of Culture who is on loan to the Philipsburg Cultural Center was nominated by Immediate Past President Angela Gordon.

President Virginia Asin was pleased to present Mr. Dormoy with an Award and a Certificate at their weekly breakfast meeting. "Youmay" as the public knows him was portrayed as a "man with many talents". He is known for being involved in music, playing several instruments and in arts as a painter of colorful floral images. In the past years he is mostly known for his unwavering dedication of his time to youngsters from the age of 4 through 16 as the leader and founder of the Generation New Status STM Drum Band. He was inspired to start a drum band because of the constant negative pounding he felt the youths received. The idea was to have fun, but to instill discipline and self- confidence in the band members. In addition to learning the art of drumming, the children learn lessons that are needed to take them through life, such as respect and accountability.

Mr. Dormoy thanked Rotary Sunrise for the acknowledgement and his team at Generation New Status STM Drum Band for the support.
The club meets at Carl & Sons Pondfill every Tuesday mornings at 7:00 am for fellowship and breakfast. For more information on the club visit us at sxmsunrise.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , we are also on Facebook: Rotary Club of Saint Martin Sunrise.

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 November 2014 22:26 )

‘Stop, Drop and Go’ finished, but isn’t over yet

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PHILIPSBURG:--- Last week, in the late afternoon, an elderly man came to the Attorney General's Office in Simpson Bay to surrender his guns. The weapons were wrapped in a local newspaper in which the honorable Dennis Richardson was mentioned as being Lt. Governor of the island territory St. Maarten. It was a newspaper from 1998...
Time flies. It also did for the 'Stop, Drop and Go' project. After four weeks the project was finalized with this elderly man surrendering his weapons.
Some people say that the 'Stop, Drop and Go' project hasn't been a success, because the real criminals didn't come in to hand over their guns. Look on the brighter side: every gun off the street is one less gun that can cause harm in the hands of the wrong people, therefore every gun off the streets makes a safer country for all of us.

Great success

The team that was responsible for the 'Stop, Drop and Go' project is unanimously: the project has been a great success. The silicon wristbands were spotted everywhere, flyers and posters were spread all around the island, the project was mentioned many times in the media, there probably wasn't a single person on the island that was unaware about the project. And many persons actually came to surrender their illegal fire arms on the third floor of the Puerta del Sol Plaza in Simpson Bay and in the police stations in Marigot and French Quarter. The Prefet, the Minister of Justice, the Public Prosecutors, the Solicitor General and the Police Forces on both the French and the Dutch side are proud to let the public know that a total amount of 72 weapons (63 on the Dutch side, 9 on the French side) were delivered by citizens who stated to support the project 'Stop, Drop and Go'/'Deposez vos armes'.
A categorization can be made about what kinds of weapons were surrendered between October 15th and November 14th 2014. In total the Dutch team received 16 rifles, 23 handguns, 5 shotguns, 19 pellet guns. Some of the weapons that were surrendered on the Dutch side will be transported to the NFI, the forensic institution in the Netherlands. They will be investigated by them, and (almost) all the others will be destroyed. Why 'almost' all the others? Some of them were antique, and it would be a waist to destroy ancient weapons like that. The 'Stop, Drop and Go' team will make them unusable and exhibit these ancient items.

It isn't over yet

As was mentioned earlier by the 'Stop, drop and Go' team: when the project finishes the judicial actions will become tougher. After all, people have had enough chances to surrender their illegal fire arms. As we speak, plans are being made by the Public Prosecutors and the Police Departments to point out certain areas on the French and Dutch side of the island where preventive searches can be arranged. So people might run the risk that they're stopped by the police and have themselves, their cars and their luggage searched thoroughly for illegal firearms. These actions will take place in the very near future. Also the Police Force is going to respond intensively to information that's been brought to their attention recently about where to find illegal firearms. A special team is planning to pay the owners of illegal arms a house visit and search for the weapons. Since the grace period is finished now, everybody that is found in possession of an illegal firearm will be arrested. The Public Prosecutors will ask the judges for stiffer punishment. Putting an end to all illegal firearms on the Friendly island is in the interest of us all, so we're positive that the general public will cooperate and understand these actions.
The project might be over, but our island wide battle against illegal fire arms still continues!

KPSM Police Report

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 November 2014 22:45 )

Police requesting assistance in ZUCHINNI investigation.

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PHILIPSBURG:--- On 18 of March 2014, a shooting took place on the AT Illidge road, in Dutch Quarter. The victim in this case was the lady by the name Deyanida Faneyte, who was a passenger in the vehicle that was driven and who later died on the French Side due to the injuries she sustained. This investigation was given the name "Zuchinni". In this shooting there are two suspects that the investigation team is busy searching for. Their names are Alexis Sherwin Roberts, alias "Malice" and Brent Berry. The investigation team is requesting assistance from the public to help locate these two men. Anyone who may have information regarding the where about of these two men should immediately call the police hotline at # 9300 and give anonymous information.

Two suspects arrested in ongoing investigations.

On Wednesday November 19th and Thursday November 20th two young men were arrested in the ongoing armed robberies at Bedazzle on Front Street which took place on December 31st, 2013 and the recent robbery at the Atlantis Casino. Both suspects were arrested without incident and remain in custody for further investigation.

KPSM Police Report

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 November 2014 22:31 )

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