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Caribbean Paradise caught fire.

caribbeanpalace22092019PHILIPSBURG:--- On Sunday, September 22th 2019, about 09.00 am, the patrol from Philipsburg and the Fire department was directed to Front-street where it was reported that one of the businesses was on fire. Upon arrival on the corner of Afloop-Steeg on Front-Street, the Fire department noticed smoke emerging out of the store Caribbean Paradise. The personnel of the fire department was forced to remove the steel door at the front, to gain entrance to the building. After removing the door a quick assessment was done of the fire. Shortly after the fire was brought under control by personnel of the fire department. For the safety of the public and the emergency personnel, the Front-Street was partly closed off for e few hours. The police patrol was also kept busy controlling the onlookers who were on Front Street at the time. During preliminary investigation done by the fire department, it was ascertained that a of the lack of ventilation, was one of the problems they encountered trying to control the fire and smoke. Because of this situation, it took a while before the store was rendered safe to enter again. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

KPSM Press Release.


MP Luc Mercelina says he is a servant of the people.

lucmercelina22092019PHILIPSBURG:--- "I am a servant of the people with St. Maarten first and foremost at heart. It pains me to see what our country is going through now politically but it also behooves me to do something about it as an elected representative of the people. The country is in a political vacuum that is doing no one any good presently. There is no majority support for the government for two weeks.
There has been no tangible evidence, two years after hurricane Irma, on the progress of reconstruction of the country. I could not synchronize my vision for the country with the direction the country was heading under this present government. There are also several, burning community issues that I would like to tackle in the short term.
For example; the accelerated level of poverty since hurricane Irma, the issue of the landfill and waste management in general, there has been no movement in regards to providing affordable and social housing, no major achievement in the roof repair project and of course our airport is still in a dilapidated state. If there is no modern, functional airport, there is no foundation for economic development.
Additionally, there has been a total lack of control over the influx of undocumented people which creates a conducive atmosphere for the importation of poverty into a country that is already dealing with its own poverty issues. In short, there has been no real action taken to improve how we handle these crucial issues and improve the quality of life and overall well-being of the country.
With all of the aforementioned in mind, I have decided to retract my support from the current UD/SMCP government and declare myself as an independent member of Parliament.

 

MP Chanel Brownbill breaks silence.

chanelbrownbill122092019PHILIPSBURG:--- When I gave the support to this current coalition, I stood by in support even in moments of dismay and never left the coalition. However, recent developments caused uncertainty in the country, with the government no longer having the support of a majority in Parliament.
In the weeks since the government lost its majority support, there has been no plan presented to me or my colleagues as to how the country will be able to move forward from the uncertainty created. For weeks, I waited and hoped that somehow we could have worked it out in the best interest of St. Maarten.
However, I have come to the conclusion that the differences within my former party are irreconcilable, and the uncertainty could in theory continue in perpetuity. While the title of my former party includes the “United”, as this unity no longer exists, I do not see myself being a part of this party any longer.
For this reason, I have decided to declare myself independent.

NA AND USP confirmed formation of broad based government.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Parliamentary factions of the National Alliance (NA) and United St. Maarten (US) party hereby inform the general public of the following:
The NA and USP could no longer sit by and allow the country to go through the turmoil caused by the decision of the former faction leader of the United Democrats (UD) Franklin Meyers to pull his support from his own government, the UD/SMCP coalition. As such, a broader coalition has been formed with likeminded representatives of the people who are truly putting St. Maarten first.
While the impasse was not of our making, we could not stand by and allow the country to be in a state of limbo or, as his Excellency the Governor Eugene Holiday recently stated in his address at the opening of the parliamentary year: “a cloud of uncertainty that is not in the best interest of the country.”
With the new coalition, a majority of nine, the country can look forward to a first major step in lifting that cloud of uncertainty. We are hoping that the Governor will appoint a formateur as soon as possible to ensure the process of truly rebuilding St. Maarten can begin at last. The people of St. Maarten deserve better than infighting in their government and uncertainty about their future.
The new majority is also looking forward to working with our kingdom partners on the basis of mutual respect and positive results for our people.

Fire Dept./ODM calls on public to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Karen.

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):--- Fire Chief/National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson is calling on the populace to closely monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Karen, the 11th storm of the season that formed over the weekend in the southern Caribbean.

The Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS) in a Special Weather Bulletin on Sunday afternoon, stated that Tropical Storm Karen was over 300 miles south of the country.

Karen is forecast to pass approximately 175 miles to the west-southwest of Sint Maarten on Tuesday afternoon.


MDS will continue to monitor closely the progress of the storm and will keep the public updated accordingly.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is prepared and stands ready to convene should Tropical Storm Karen pose a direct threat to the country.

The community and new residents are urged to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike by visiting the Government website: www.sintmaartengov.org/hurricane where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”

During the season, weather authorities issue watches and warnings with respect to a tropical storm or hurricane. Residents should be familiar with these terms.

A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 34 to 63 knots (kt) (39 to 73 miles per hour (mph) or higher and poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, and/or coastal flooding. The watch does not mean that tropical storm conditions will occur. It only means that these conditions are possible.

A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when sustained winds of 34 to 63 kt (39 to 73 mph) or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, and/or coastal flooding.

A Hurricane Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 64 kt (74 mph) or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, and/or coastal flooding. The watch does not mean that hurricane conditions will occur. It only means that these conditions are possible.

A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 64 kt (74 mph) or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, and/or coastal flooding. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.

The remaining storm names for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season are: Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane.

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS): www.meteosxm.com

The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on November 30.


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