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Leo Club hosts Unity walk-a-thon Sunday.

walkaton21092018PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Leo Club, the youth/young adult division of the Lions Club, will host a walk-a-thon on Sunday, September 23rd under the theme “Bring Back Unity to Our Community.” The walk-a-thon is free for every one of all ages.

The meeting point in front the of Lion's Civic Center in Sucker Garden (next to Sol Gas station) at 5:00 am. At 5:15AM the gathered group will have a warm up Zumba session by Learie Hall to “really wake us up and get us moving,” the club stated in a press release. “At 5:30AM we will start our walk around town. After our walk a small breakfast will be served to build you back up to continue to the work on building your own community (delicious johnny cakes will do the job). When you leave from the walk, ask your neighbor how they are doing. It's always a great feeling to help out and give back.”

Looking back over the past year, the members of the Leo Club recalled how the entire community pulled-together in the wake of hurricane Irma. They reminisced on how young people helped their parents in the recovery process and how they went out of the way to help their neighbors.

“As a service club, we want to encourage communities to bring back that unity that was so prevalent a year ago today. In the spirit of celebrating St. Maarten's strength as a people, we invite all persons of all ages to come out on Sunday 23rd, to walk together, to unite and to bring back unity in our community.”

The route will be as follows: Leave the Lion's Civic Center, onto Pondfill Road, turning by the Old Vandorp onto Frontstreet. At Walter Plantz Square we will turn onto the boardwalk. From the boardwalk back on Suckergarden road back to the Lion's Civic Center.

International Day of Peace on September 21 Peace and Justice for All.

peaceright20092018PHILIPSBURG:---  Each Year on September 21st, the United Nations celebrates International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme for the 2018 Day of Peace is “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages - is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Human Rights are instrumental to get and maintain peace.
“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” -- Secretary-General António Guterres stated.
What is our Sint Maarten government intending to do on Peace and Justice for all?
Before 2010 Sint Maarten and Curacao have started to ‘Build Strong Institutions’, with the establishment of the High Council of State, The Ombudsman, The SER etc. If we look at the current Governing program 2018-2022, ‘Building a Sustainable Sint Maarten’, some key priority areas for development of the country are mentioned. The parts that refer to SDG 16, Peace and Justice, building strong institutions, are: ‘Introduce Electoral Reform and Implement Integrity Chamber.’ Strengthen collaboration with Saint Martin and Kingdom partners are also to be considered falling under SDG 16. On action level: Develop a National Safety and Security plan and Be more safety smart, fall indirectly under Peace, justice for all.

The themes Transparency, Integrity, and Accountability are also highlighted in the St. Maarten Governing program, as also Electoral Reform. It states: ‘We must consider that there is a fundamental public lack of trust in past governments.
We believe that both constitutional and electoral reform can contribute to the restoration of trust. While Sint Maarten enjoys free and fair elections, an increasing concern is, that there is still a need to educate the community of our electoral system. To this end we will review the laws governing elections, improve electoral awareness on all levels and where necessary improve the democratic process of electing a parliament and appointing a government to office.’
Under ‘Protecting Industries and Communities’ the Government of Sint Maarten is focusing on Crime prevention, and it states: ‘To protect the people of Sint Maarten and visitors to our island, we must intensify the crime prevention practices in the Justice chain. Strategic and tactical deployment of our officers in critical business and residential districts are some of the much-needed deterrents against crimes. However, we must not see crime prevention solely from the standpoint of increasing police presence. There must be significant investments in our Youth to prevent juvenile delinquency.
To reduce crime in general we will strengthen our neighborhood crime watch programs, deploy more blue on the street, better equip and train the community police officers, finalize and extend the camera project. However, the task of crime prevention does not stop here and will have to include active identity theft programs and educate the community on the ills of the internet as it relates to private information.’

The Right to Peace
The Universal Declaration states in Article 3. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Yet, the Universal Declaration does not include a separate article on “Right to Peace”.

What does “The Right to Peace” mean to you? What can you do?
In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the UN calls upon all to act. You can support SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by seeking peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you. You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.
You can promote human rights by collecting and promoting videos of as many articles as possible in as many languages as possible. Record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 135 languages currently available and share your video with your friends.
You can engage by speaking up when others are at risk and stand with others’ human rights at work, in school and around the dinner table.
You can share your ideas with the UN through #peaceday and #standup4humanright.
You can reflect how each of us can stand up for our rights, every day. Human rights are everyone's rights.

St. Maarten’s Department of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BAK) is the designated focal point for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda on St. Maarten. Ms. Drs. L. Morales, program manager at BAK can be contacted to be part of the SDGs process. You can reach her via government email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or per telephone number +1721-5271223.
The governing program can be downloaded from the Sint Maarten government Website

Large Scale Joint Control.

jointcontrol21092018PHILIPSBURG:--- The KPSM Alpha Team consisting of members of the Police Force, the Immigration Department the Royal Marechaussee and Customs Department as of late has been very successful in intercepting persons illegally coming into or traveling through Sint Maarten via the Princess Juliana International. On Tuesday, September 18th this team joined forces with other law enforcement partners such as the K-9 Unit, the Coastguard, the French P.A.F., and the Maritime Inspection and held a joint control at the three busiest harbor entry points in Great Bay.
The main focus points of this control were to control and combat border crossing crime and criminal activity, human trafficking- and human-smuggling, illegal firearm and drugs.
The controls started at approximately 08.00 a.m. and continued until 04.30 p.m. During these controls a total of 26 vessels were controlled. The vessels consisted of cargo-vessels, ferry-boats, sailing vessels, and jet-skis’. This control was very successful and more controls are scheduled to take place.

KPSM Press Release

TelEm Group upgrading Helpdesk, fewer lost calls already reported.

telemhelpdesk20092018Pond Island:--- Customers calling TelEm Group’s main number and especially the company’s 611 Helpdesk can expect fewer unanswered calls - thanks to an upgrade of PBX and other monitoring equipment.

The upgrades were carried out in August with the help of equipment provider Mitel and following complaints from customers that they were calling the TelEm Group main office and Helpdesk lines with their calls going unanswered.

“We investigated the complaints and tried to troubleshoot and fix whatever the problem was, and eventually called in the vendor from overseas to provide solutions,” said TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer,” Mr. Kendall Dupersoy.

He said following an analysis by the vendor, it turned out that due to no fault of its own, the Helpdesk service was not receiving customer calls because they were terminating “somewhere in the cloud”. According to technicians looking into the problem, other calls were also going to an unknown number and not ringing at the Helpdesk.

“Since the problem was fixed, I am pleased with reports that customers are having much better success getting through to us and to the Helpdesk. I am encouraging our customers to continue to report these issues to us as they come up so that we can tackle them right away as we have in this case,” said Mr. Dupersoy.

TelEm Group, Manager, Sales, Mrs. Lucrecia Lynch, said the new upgrades are “really smart”, providing the Helpdesk staff with many new features, including one that allows them to register dropped or unanswered calls so that they can call customers back as a follow-up service.

“Customers have been pleasantly surprised that after an abandoned call they still end up receiving a call from one of our Helpdesk representatives,” said Lucrecia.

She said the upgrade also features more advanced call monitoring and registering systems so that Helpdesk staff can instantly have technical access to ongoing records of customer complaints and calls regarding their service.

Lucrecia said the upgrade is continuing with further software upgrades, but from reports received, both Helpdesk staff and customers are pleased with the improvements thus far.


Women arrested for attempting to use false identification.

arrestedfillin26092014PHILIPSBURG:--- On Tuesday, September 18th police arrested 5 females that were trying to use false documents as a means of identification at a local bank and the Census office. The females identified with initials W.B, S.M and R.E were arrested trying to use a falsified license as a form of identification and suspects with initials R.R as well as another female suspect were arrested trying to present falsified birth certificates. All females arrested remain in police custody for further investigation.
KSPM are asking persons in the community and businesses to remain vigilant, due to the fact that there has been an increase in the use of falsified documents recently.

KPSM Press Release

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