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Positive and Elektralytes Foundations, SLS, and SMMC partner to offer free prostate screenings during Men’s Health Day event.

smmcelectra180820222CAY HILL:--- The Positive and Elektralytes Foundations, St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS), and St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) have partnered to offer free prostate screenings during SMMC’s Men’s Health Day event taking place on Saturday, September 3rd, 2022. The event, geared towards raising awareness and the early detection of prostate cancer, offers insured and uninsured men above the age of forty (40) the opportunity to receive free prostate cancer screening as well as other health information and screenings.
The partnership between SLS and the foundations has made it possible to offer free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests to uninsured men for the detection of prostate cancer. The PSA test is a blood test that measures the level of prostate-specific antigen in the blood and based on the result of the test, further examination will be done if necessary. PSAs for men with insurance will be covered by their insurance.
All men over the age of forty (40) are strongly encouraged to pre-register via email for the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test aspect of the prostate cancer screening before the event. Pre-registration can be done by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the patient’s name and date of birth.
In addition to free prostate cancer screenings, all attendees will have the opportunity to receive free eye exams by SMMC’s Ophthalmology Department, free blood and glucose monitoring, free and confidential HIV testing by the SXM AIDS Foundation, information on men’s mental health by the MENtal Health Awareness Foundation, information on nutrition by Vital Health Dietician Practice, information on insurance and insurance products by Guardian Insurances, as well as a vegan food tasting by Freegan Food Foundation. SZV Social and Health Insurances will also be present at the event with an information booth.
To ensure the safety of all attendees and volunteers, SMMC’s universal masking policy remains in effect and will be enforced.
SMMC thanks its partners for the event which includes Guardian Insurances, Prime Distributors, SZV Social and Health Insurances, MENtal Health Awareness Foundation, Vital Health Dietician Practice, SXM AIDS Foundation, Freegan Foods Foundation, the Positive Foundation, the Elektralytes Foundation, and St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS).
Prostate cancer screening is available year-round at SMMC’s Urology Department and appointments can be made by calling + 1 (721) 543-1111 extension 1379.
SMMC and the Positive and Elektralytes Foundations are also hosting a Women’s Health Day on October 15th, 2022 which will also feature free breast cancer screenings and other preventative health screenings geared towards raising awareness and the early detection of breast cancer and safeguarding women’s health.

WITU demands an explanation from Doran.

wituteachers17082022PHILIPSBURG:---  President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Stuart Johnson met with mainly WITU members of Government subsidized school boards on Wednesday afternoon.

"The reality of their hardship caused by the non-payment of the vacation allowance was brought forward," Johnson said.

Present in the meeting were union colleagues of the WISCU/PSU, NAPB, SMCU, ABVO, and WIFOL in solidarity.

Johnson before delving into the outcomes of the general membership meeting referenced his concerns about the remarks made by Deputy Prime Minister Egbert Doran.

"I believe the Honorable Minister Doran owes teaching, non-teaching staff and by extension the nation an explanation or an apology," Johnson stated.

In the spirit of transparency, Minister Doran should explain the outcome of the meeting held with the Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion regarding the solution of the vacation allowance payment which he alluded to during the Council of Ministers Press Briefing on August 10, 2022.

He added, "it seems to be obvious from listening to remarks made in the recent Council of Ministers Press Briefing that he not only misspoke but gave a false hope to educators."

The WITU President expressed that, "in these challenging and financially difficult times you simply do not make such frivolous statements."

However, if Minister Doran has a solution we are eager to hear such. This too is a clear indication of a lack of cohesion in the present Council of Ministers.

Following up on his meeting, Johnson said, "we are not stopping here as I will continue to seek legal counsel moving forward."

"You can rest assured, WITU will continue to champion that every cent owed to public and subsidized teaching and non-teaching staff will be addressed," Johnson concluded.


Police officer arrested in ongoing investigation.

shootingfillin11102012PHILIPSBURG:--- A member of the Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM was arrested today, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, based on a complaint of alleged sexual assault.

The victims had reported the incident to the police and subsequently, the KPSM detective personnel conducted an in-depth preliminary investigation into the matter which later led to the arrest of the police officer by the officers of the National Detective.

This investigation is now in the hands of the National Detectives (Lands-recherché) who are now leading the case. As the investigation is ongoing, no further information is available at this time.


KPSM Press Release.

Man shot dead on Sister Modesta Road.

shooting17082022PHILIPSBURG:--- One man is dead after he was shot in his torso by an unknown shooter on Sister Modesta Road Wednesday afternoon
Around 2:20 pm, Police Central Control Room received multiple reports of a shooting that had occurred in Simpson Bay. Several patrols and paramedics were dispatched to the scene. At the scene, they found a man with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Police were informed that the victim had passed away shortly after from his wound.

The reason for the shooting is not yet clear. The suspect (s) are not yet known.
Patrol officers searched the neighborhood for the alleged suspects, but the search has unsuccessful.

Police forensic technicians are in the process of recovering evidence at the crime scene.

The Sint Maarten Police Force expresses its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. The investigation into this tragic event is still ongoing.

Detectives investigating this shooting are asking anyone with information to contact the KPSM at +1 721- 542 2222 ext. 204 or 205 or the anonymous tip line at 9300.

Only with the help of the community can the KPSM solve these cases. You can also visit the police website at or leave a message through the Facebook page: St. Maarten Police Force - St. Maarten Police Force.


KPSM Press Release.

PFP table motion of no confidence against the Minister of VROMI.

jurendydoran26062022PHILIPSBURG: --- Two months after the public meeting of parliament was called to discuss the Ombudsman report on the systemic investigation of the issuance of contracts for garbage collection.
Leader of the Party for Progress Mellissa Gumbs presented the long-awaited motion of no confidence against the Minister of VROMI Egbert Jurendy Doran on Wednesday afternoon. Gumbs said that the Minister of VROMI has lost the confidence of parliament due to the fact he did not fully cooperate with Ombudsman while the systemic investigation was being conducted. The PFP leader further said that there are several issues at the government-owned company that the Minister cannot fully address.
MP Raeyhon Peterson in his presentation called on MP William Marlin to step down since he has been out on sick leave for the past 6 months. Peterson said that the law states that if a member of parliament is out for 8 months straight then that member of parliament must resign. The PFP MP said that he is of the opinion that the law should be amended that would call for a member of parliament's resignation after three months of not being able to represent the people of St. Maarten.
Peterson went on to highlight all the tactics being used by politicians or political parties in parliament when they want to stall meetings. Those tactics he said are walking out of meetings, and asking what he termed as unnecessary questions.
UPP leader Rolando Brison in his questions and presentation to parliament said that he remained conflicted with the development regarding the awarding of the contracts, especially the contract that was awarded to Aviana a company that belongs to his relative. In his presentation, Brison showed the documents that were leaked to the parliament of St. Maarten on Wednesday. Brison said he wants to know why the Minister did not share the documents with the Ombudsman when she requested it. He said that the minister could have been exonerated had he provided the documents. Brison called on the Minister to provide him with contrition because he still cannot understand his reasons for not submitting the documents to the high council of state.
Brison said he is counting on the minister to provide a proper explanation on the documents that the Ombudsman said were not submitted.
The documents shown during the public debate clearly show that the bank statement was missing for parcel two and was disqualified but it appeared in the documents for parcel 5 to which the contract was awarded.





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