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Ministry of Public Health says check your measles and rubella status if planning to travel to the World Cup

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Collective Prevention Services (CPS) of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, are advising those who are planning to travel to the World Cup in Brazil to check their vaccination status where it concerns measles and rubella.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says endemic transmission has been interrupted in the Americas, but measles and rubella continue to circulate in other parts of the world.

More than 600,000 people are expected to attend the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

PAHO has urged all countries in the Americas to protect themselves against measles, rubella and other vaccine-preventable diseases, in view of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the need to protect the achievements in disease elimination in the Americas.

As part of Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Hon. Cornelius de Weever’s “Get Checked” campaign which promotes good health for all ages, getting vaccinated against measles and rubella is your best shot to protect yourself, your family and all the people of the Americas.

There is a Vaccination Open House at the Baby Wellness Clinic at A.J.C. Brouwers Road #6 across from the Yogesh Building on Saturday, June 7.  It will be held from 10.00am to 4.00pm.  Persons once they went to school on the island are their information is registered at the Youth Health Care, you can visit the Open House on Saturday to double check your vaccination data. If you require a vaccination, you will then have to visit your family physician.

Of the 32 countries with teams participating in the World Cup, 19 reported measles cases in 2013.  In the Americas, endemic transmission of measles was interrupted in 2002 and transmission of rubella in 2009.  However, measles continues to circulate elsewhere in the world, and some countries in the Americas have reported imported cases.


Prime Minister Wescot Meets with Dutch Permanent Representative to the UN

NEW YORK-PHILIPSBURG - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams held a meeting with the new Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations Karel J. G. van Oosterom.

During the meeting topics such as St. Maarten's role in the Kingdom as a new Country, possible assistance by the Permanent Representative for St. Maarten's national agenda and the candidacy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UN Security Council.

During the meeting Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams presented van Oosterom with a commemorative coin following their meeting in New York. (Cabinet of the Prime Minister)


Lagoon Authority gives green light for study of traffic bottlenecks in Cole Bay and Simpson Bay

SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) has contracted GMB Engineers and Planners Inc. and CH2M Hill to carry out a traffic survey of the Cole Bay and Simpson Bay areas with respect to the current traffic bottlenecks that would be experienced during the latter part of the day what one would term rush hour traffic from 4.00pm to 5.30pm during week days.

On Monday officials from GMB commenced with their study with the placement of tubes on several key roads in Cole Bay and Simpson Bay.  The turning movement counts will be collected using video.  Traffic engineers will use all data collected to evaluate traffic and prepare a report.  

As part of the agreement with respect to the development of the Causeway project, any traffic bottlenecks that would continue would be looked into and a solution found in order to facilitate the free flow of motorized traffic.  Adjustments to the Union Road were also part of the Causeway project.  This would also benefit the economy with respect to delivery trucks being able to reach their delivery point unhindered by traffic congestion and resulting in a savings for the company in fuel costs and in the long-term for consumers.

A preliminary report will be ready in six weeks and the final report a month later.  The Lagoon Authority is looking forward to receiving the recommendations with respect to the bottlenecks and then discussing further with stakeholders on their implementation. 

It is essential that residents and visitors have a traffic congestion free experience when driving from one area to the next.  Visitors come to the island to enjoy what the destination has to offer and don’t want to be sitting in traffic un-necessarily.

GMB develops solutions based on comprehensive transportation planning and traffic engineering principles.  The company has completed numerous traffic impact studies, concurrency studies, rezoning applications and much more. 

GMB also currently provides Districtwide Planning and Engineering Services for the Florida Department of Transportation Districts and works with multiple counties and cities.

CH2M Hill has been described as a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management.  The company employs 26,000 on six continents working on some of the most complex projects on the planet. 

The company partners with clients in energy, water, environment and infrastructure to design integrated solutions that deliver lasting value.


Immigration and Border Protection Services Informs about Fee Increase for Certificate of Conduct

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Director of the Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP) would like to inform the public that as of Monday 9 June 2014, the fee for the processing of a certificate of conduct (police record) is FLS 45, payable at the time of application.

The charge of FLS 1 stood in effect since the original regulation was implemented in 1973. The fee has now been increased to meet the financial and administrative demands of the service. Applicants who submitted requests before June 9 2014 however will not be charged extra.

The regulation of the Minister of Justice of 29 April 2014 amending the Ministerial Regulation on the implementation of Article 32 of the Ordinance on judicial documentation and the certificate of conduct has been published and is available for review on

For additional information or to request information on the certificate of conduct service please contact the IBP at (721) 543 0355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Funeral Arrangements for Curtis Nathan Daniel Heyliger

Curtis Nathan Daniel Heyliger, age 22, died on May 28th, 2014. Curtis will be remembered for his warm and generous heart, his kind and courageous spirit, and his infectious smile and laughter. He was humble and respectful. His friends and family will miss him dearly. Curtis will forever be in our hearts.

Curtis Nathan Daniel Heyliger

Sunrise: January 15th 1992 (born in Minnesota)

Sunset: May 28th 2014 (Sint Maarten)

He leaves to mourn:

His mother, stepfather, brother and sister:    

-         Debbie Zwanikken-Richardson

-         Roeland Zwanikken

-         Diego Alexander Zwanikken

-         Alexandria Zwanikken

His father, stepmother and brothers:              

-         Theodore Heyliger

-         Grisha Heyliger-Marten

-         Tre Heyliger

-         Tyrique Heyliger

-         T’Jay Heyliger

His grandmothers:

-         Patricia Richardson

-         Lillian Agnes Wathey

-         Oma Ria


-         Manny Heyliger

Great Grand Mother:

-         Adelaide Lake


-         Annie Benjamin

-         Cassandra Richardson

-         Eva & Lisa Pelgrim

-         Helmi & Saba Heyliger


-         Chuck Pelgrim

-         Jerrid & Kristian Heyliger

Other Families:

-         Karin Zwanikken and Stef, Danique and Josephine de Bont

-         Ester, Joost, Pieter, Olivier en Dagmar de Groen

-         Wendy, Jasper, Fenne and Robin Tiessens

He was related to:

-         Family Richardson

-         Family Heyliger

-         Family Olivacce

-         Family Wathey

-         Family Zwanikken

-         Family Marten

-         Family Molanus

-         Family Lista

-         Family Levons

His close friends:

-         Lloyd Hinds

-         Jandrick Hinds

-         Khaleef Warren

-         Michell Dijkhoffz

-         Patricia Solis (‘mam’)

-         Yanick and Marijn Wolthuis

-         Bianca Dijkhoffz

-         The staff of Taloula Mangos

And many more, too numerous, to mention.

Curtis was the great grandson of the late Dr. Albert Claudius Wathey and the late Mr. Alan Sinclair Richardson.

A celebration of life “Wake” will be held on Wednesday. June 4th at the Royal Funeral Home from 7pm-10pm

Funeral is scheduled for Thursday June 5th at the St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church. Viewing of the body will be at the church at 1PM. Church service begins at 3PM. Burial is scheduled to take place at the Simpsonbay burial ground at 4:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, a donation will be most appreciated in honor of the church.

The families would like to thank all who visited to bid their condolences. There will be no receiving of guests at the family’s home after the burial.

May Curtis’ beautiful soul rest in peace.


Parents/Guardians Mark your Calendar for Vaccination Open House June 7th

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Collective Prevention Services (CPS) Section Youth Health Care, from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, will be having their annual Vaccination Open House on Saturday, June 7.

The Vaccination Open House will take place at the Baby Wellness Clinic at A.J.C. Brouwers Road #6 across from the Yogesh Building.  It will be held from 10.00am to 4.00pm.  Parents and guardians are requested to bring along their child’s vaccination record/book in order to update the child’s vaccination status.

Minister of Public Health Hon. Cornelius de Weever ‘Get Checked’ campaign is in line with the efforts of CPS and therefore Minister De Weever is appealing to guardians and parents to get their children checked on June 07 to see if they are up to date with their vaccinations.

The objectives of the open house are to stimulate parents to have their child(ren) vaccinated; to bring about awareness as it relates to vaccinations and to encourage parents and the community at large to take responsibility by ensuring updated vaccination records for the children in their care.

Other individuals who should get their vaccination status checked are, health care workers, pregnant women, pre-and exam class students, as well as groups at risks such as waste/garbage handlers, the Police, hotel and restaurant workers, and others to verify and update their vaccination status, particularly on Hepatitis B and Tetanus.

Immunization averts an estimated two-three million deaths every year, protecting children from diphtheria, measles, pertussis (better known as whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhea, rubella, tetanus and others.


It's Power Hour Time - Networking for Movers and Shakers June 18

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – The next POWER HOUR, a networking event for entrepreneurs and professionals will take place on June 18, 2014 from 7:00 -9:00 PM at Dean’s Steakhouse and Seafood. Doors open at 6:00 PM. The theme for this POWER HOUR is “Suit & Tie”.

Each POWER HOUR is designed to expand the networks of entrepreneurs and professionals as well as give them tips to take their business and careers to the next level.  Organized by INFOBIZZ, a foundation designed for entrepreneurship development, this POWER HOUR will feature successful entrepreneurs who will be able to answer questions regarding entrepreneurship and give insight from their experiences.

The speakers are all successful local businessmen who have built businesses or have been a part of building businesses and are eager to share the information with start-ups and professionals. The information is not only for those who are just starting out in business as it can help to transform existing businesses as well.  POWER HOUR targets a variety of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial professionals and have had over 130 attendees at every stage of business attend to date. 

“What excites us is the growing number of success stories that we have had the privilege to be a part of.  It is important that the information given is relevant and timely and applicable in an environment that is inspiring and for the most part it is”, said Ife Badejo, founder and director of INFOBIZZ.  “We get information regularly on where we can improve and take those seriously and at the same time it is so exciting to see people completely transform their business and by extension their lives from what they got at the POWER HOUR.”

Tickets are available for $30 and include drinks, finger foods, the mini-workshop, and all materials. For more information, please contact Ife Badejo, founder of Foundation INFOBIZZ at +1-721-523-1842 (whatsapp) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Prime MInister Wescot Meets with New SER Board

HARBOR VIEW, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams held a meeting with the newly installed Board of the Social and Economic Council (SER) at the SER Office at Harbor View late in the week of May 26.

The Prime Minister stated that as Prime Minister she has been stressing the need for consultation for discussing with various sectors and the need for representatives of the different organizations of St. Maarten to get involved in the thinking process of where all would like St. Maarten to be.

“The SER is an institution that is part of the advisory system that is built around Government and is based on its own organic law that establishes how the SER is appointed and we need to view the office as a Board of different representatives with a staff at its disposal and is growing into a full-fledged social and economic council. The SER is required to advice Government on the Socio-Economic Development of St. Maarten and if laws that touch the social economic sector of Government we need to hear the SER. The SER is an important organization that includes the interests of the Social and Economic fields and is therefore essential to the functioning of St. Maarten,” concluded the Prime Minister.

The SER was established in May of 2011and has as its main goal the advising of government on policies and draft laws in the social and economic field. The Government of St. Maarten requests advice from the SER on matters of a social and economic nature and the SER in turn offers advice to Government on draft laws and policies that fall within its mandate. The Prime Minister initiated the Social Economic Council in May 2011 and conducted the first official meeting of the council at the AC Wathey Legislative Hall that same month. (Submitted by the Cabinet of the Prime Minister)


EOC/ODM Meet in preparation for 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season; Remember it only takes one

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Representatives from the Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) and the Office of Disaster Management (ODM), met on Tuesday in the setting of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to discuss preparations for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.

The ESFs that attended the meeting were utility company NV GEBE (ESF-1), Telecommunications (ESF-2), Ministry VROMI (ESF-3), Fire Department (ESF-4), Police (ESF-5), Health Affairs (ESF-6), Social Affairs (ESF-7), Department of Communication (ESF-8), and a liaison from the Dutch Marines.

ESFs gave an up-date and overview with respect to their state of readiness.    

Hurricane forecasters predict nine named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane with over 111 miles per hour winds.

ODM is urging residents to prepare for the hurricane season, and to always remember it only takes one to make it a bad season. 

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