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Scooter rider injured on the Welfare road Friday afternoon

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Police Patrol and the Traffic Department was alerted to a serious traffic accident that had taken place today February 26th, 2021 around 01.15 pm, next to Kimsha Parking lot in Simpson Bay, whereby a rider of a cream-colored scooter was badly injured. 

On the scene the patrol encounters the rider with the initials D.S. who was suffering from severe lacerations to his face and legs and was complaining of pain.

According to the preliminary investigation by the Traffic Department, it appears that the driver of the gray Hyundai Accent was driving towards the Simpson Bay Bridge. At the same time, the rider of the motorbike was coming from the opposite direction on the Welfare road.

For reasons still unknown, the driver of the Hyundai Accent decided to turn left and tried to enter the Kimsha parking lot. The rider of the scooter was unable to brake in time and crashed into the side of the vehicle.

The rider of the bike who was not wearing a helmet was treated at the scene by the personnel of the ambulance and later rushed to SMMC for treatment. The wounds of the victim were severe but not life-threatening.

The wearing of a helmet is to minimize the severity of head injuries in the event an accident occurs. The Sint Maarten Police Force is again urging all scooter or motorcycle riders and passengers to wear a helmet, while operating these vehicles, as required by law and for your own wellbeing. (KPSM)

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Two New Positive COVID-19 cases. Five Recoveries. 30 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 27th, there were two (2) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty (30). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and fifty-five (2055).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty (30) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight (1998). Seventy-four (74) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2510 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Thank you to everyone playing their part by adhering to the mandatory regulations implemented. Minister Panneflek stated. Together, we will overcome the pandemic but we must continue to wear our masks in public places, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 26th, there were (2) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-three (33). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and fifty-three (2053).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-three (33) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and ninety-three (1993). Eighty-four (84) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2506 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

As we continue to work toward achieving zero active cases; Minister Panneflek urges everyone to wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 25th, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-six (36). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and fifty-one (2051).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-five (35) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and eighty-eight (1988). Ninety-five (95) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2503 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek advises everyone to make their health a priority, wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

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Government encourages the community to take a stand against violence

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, February 24th, a Candelight vigil was held in the honor of the late Rhonda Thomas, a school teacher of the Methodist Agogic Center who was brutally murdered on February 14, 2021, in a domestic violence case. Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs, Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport drs. Rodolphe Samuel were amongst the attendees at the event held at the Carib Lumber Ball Park to show their support for ending violence against women and girls.

Prime Minister Jacobs shared a few words with attendees calling them to action. She said, "Stand together against violence - Break the Silence. Tell your story, and tell her story so that we can learn the pitfalls and avoid them."

"Train our children to respect each other, there is no Love in violence. Mothers come together to teach our daughters to love themselves too much to tolerate violence. Train our boys to love and respect women. We must break the cycles of violence in our families and community. Let her death not be in vain - try to find the lesson and grow," she continued.

While standing with the late Ms. Thomas' daughter, the Minister Richardson said, “I wish to not focus on the malicious act during this candlelight vigil, but instead wish to beautifully celebrate and honor the life and light of Ms. Rhonda Thomas. I continuously stress the importance of tackling domestic violence on the island and together with the Honorable Minister of VSA, Mr. Panneflek, we have set the enactment of the Domestic Violence (DV) Policy to a high level of importance. May God give us all the strength we need as we journey through the emotions of this great loss."

“Teaching is beautiful; it is the work of Heart. We stand in solidarity with you against violence to women and violence to all,” stated Minister Samuel as he addressed the attendees of the event.

The Ministers expressed condolences to her daughters, family, students, colleagues, and friends of the late Ms. Thomas, and reaffirmed Government's commitment to the eradication of violence, especially against women and girls on St. Maarten.

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10 COVID-19 Recoveries. Three New Positive Cases. 40 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 24th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, ten (10) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty (40). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and fifty (2050).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-nine (39) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and eighty-three (1983). Ninety-nine (99) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2499 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek urges everyone to remain vigilant when in public places. For your safety; continue to wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

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Five New Positive COVID-19 cases. Seven recoveries. 47 Active cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 23rd, there were five (5) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, seven (7) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-seven (47). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and forty-seven (2047).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-six (46) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three (1973). One hundred and one (101) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2488 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please continue to wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s. We must work together to reduce the spread of the virus.

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Nine New Positive COVID-19 cases. 11 Recoveries. 49 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 22nd, there were nine (9) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, eleven (11) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-nine (49). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and forty-two (2042).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-eight (48) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and sixty-six (1966). One hundred and sixteen (116) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2481 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

As we continue to monitor the spread of the virus on St. Maarten, Minister Panneflek reminds everyone to wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

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10 COVID-19 Recoveries. Six New Positive Cases. 51 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 19th, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, ten (10) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to fifty-one (51). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and thirty-three (2033).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring fifty (50) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and fifty-five (1955). One hundred and twenty-eight (128) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2471 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 16, 994 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

In effort to aim for zero active cases, please play your part and protect your health; wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – As of February 18th, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to fifty-five (55). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and twenty-seven (2027).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring fifty-four (54) people in home isolation. One (1) patient is hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and forty-five (1945). One hundred and twenty-three (123) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2467 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 16, 994 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek advises everyone to remain vigilant and wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

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29- and 34-year-old Couple arrested by the Arrest Team in narcotics smuggling investigation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Members of the Alpha arrested the couple with the initials R.A.R.L. (29) and P.N. (34) on February the 17th 2021, in connection with an ongoing investigation into Narcotics smuggling, the police said on Thursday.

According to the preliminary investigation, the suspects were involved in a transshipment of narcotics via the A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility in Point Blanche on February 15th, 2021.

Both suspects have been reprimanded into police custody pending further investigation. The Alpha team confiscated an amount of 427 grams narcotics during the investigation which is still ongoing.

The Alpha Team is a jointly multidisciplinary Team that is comprised of the Police Department KPSM, the Customs Department, the Immigration Department, the Koninklijke Marechaussee and the Coast Guard. (KPSM) 

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Suspect arrested in connection with the Beacon Hill murder investigation

SINT MAARTEN (BEACON HILL) - Personnel of the detective department arrested the man with the initials B.L.N. on Wednesday evening February 17th, 2021 about 08.00 pm in connection with the ongoing investigation of a female victim who was found deceased in her home on the White Sands road on February 15th 2021, the police announced on Thursday afternoon.

On Monday, February 15th, 2021, at approximately 12.00 pm the officers encountered a female victim who was lying on the ground in her home and not showing any signs of life. It was concluded that the victim died of foul play and the body of the victim was confiscated for further investigation. 

After the arrest, a search was conducted at the house of the suspect in the Middle Region area. Several items were confiscated during the house search by the detectives.

Subsequently, the suspect B.L.N. was brought over to the Police Station in Philipsburg, where he has been incarcerated pending further investigation.

If anyone may have information as to what took place or have additional information pertaining to this case, do not hesitate to contact the Police Detective Department at +1 721 54 22222 or the anonymous tip line on 9300 (free of charge).

You can also visit the website at www.policesxm.sx to report crime anonymously via the tip contact form, or you can leave a Private Message via our Facebook page (Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten). (KPSM)

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Emmanuel baffled by Irion’s attempt to hire 155 workers, after cutting 12.5%

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday said Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion slapped civil servants across the other cheek when he attempted to include a budget post in the 2021 budget to hire some 155 new full time government workers, two weeks after spearheading the drive to cut the benefits and income of current civil servants.

“I do not understand what this government and this finance Minister is doing. I really don’t. He submitted a budget to the CFT with a 16% increase on the 2019 figures for personnel costs, after he just implemented a cut of 12.5%. An elementary school child would tell you this doesn't make sense. So he created increases in personnel expenses during a crisis, after you just cut people using the same crisis as your reasoning. Simply unbelievable,” MP Emmanuel said.

The MP said he was not surprised to read that the CFT sent the budget back with the 155 new hires as an obvious problem. He said the Finance Minister’s attempt to hire follows a baffling statement made by the Prime Minister during the debates in Parliament on the laws that resulted in income and benefit cuts.

“The PM said that government will have to hire persons to execute the country packages. This of course makes no sense, because government was already instructed by the Dutch to implement the 12.5% cut on personnel costs as the cost has been increasing every year. But instead of implementing personnel stop last year as a cost saving measure, which would have meant that no new employees would have been hired as of last year, they decided to continue to hire and now want to hire more,” the MP said.

MP Emmanuel said poor decisions like this one is just one of the reasons why some people will continue to want the Dutch involved. “When the government comes with illogical things and others have to point out that what they are doing is nonsense. It is a bigger slap to civil servants because they have been understaffed for a long time already and doing work for maybe two or three persons. So had government done its due diligence it would have not agreed to ambitious packages that require our civil core to take on more work and accept a cut in their income and benefits,” the MP said.

He continued: “In the past when departments were understaffed civil servants would work overtime and even on weekends with the understanding of overtime pay, “gratificaties” and so on. But since this government went and cut out all of those things, a limited civil core with less income will now be asked to fulfill country packages for which this government had no foresight, but just accepted.”

He also used the opportunity to touch on a related matter: “The Minister of Finance continues to perpetuate the lie that civil servants salaries were not cut. Stop playing with words. You cut their income. You have the right to certain increases, bonuses ect. Many plan their lives around this. This is income rightfully earned. Not a gift. So when you cut this income, where do you think civil servants will have to turn to? They take from whatever is left from their base salary, which will now be under further pressure on top of regular monthly obligations. So this notion that their base salaries are not being touched is a lie,” the MP said.  

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