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Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Partial road closure of L.B. Scott Road intersection Pessle Drive

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development, and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces partial road closure of L.B. Scott Road at the intersection Pessle Drive on Monday, March 29, 2021, from 9:00 PM until Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 2:00 AM.

The partial road closure is in connection with road repair activities conducted by GEBE N.V. and the contractor Windward Road B.V.

Motorists are advised to be vigilant, and observant of the traffic diversion signs. The Ministry of VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Six New Positive COVID-19 cases on Saturday. 30 Active Cases. 74 in Home Isolation/Quarantine. Nine Recoveries

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 27th, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, nine (9) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty (30). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred thirty (2130).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-eight (28) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients remain 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 two thousand seventy-three (2073). Forty-six (46) 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 2614 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 23, 608 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

In efforts to further control the spread of the virus, Minister Panneflek encourages 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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BPW Concordia SXM hosts online discussion on Saturday about women’s issues

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - On Saturday, March 27th, 2021, from 6:00pm, BPW Concordia SXM in collaboration with BPW Barbados and BPW Dominica, will be hosting a discussion under the theme: “CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE: Let’s work together for an egalitarian world.” 

The objective of this event is to bring men, women, and various organizations from the Caribbean together to discuss gender equality and other forms of discrimination.  

Our objective is also to create a unified platform to help foster partnerships between various organizations across the Caribbean that will help promote progress in achieving an egalitarian world.

The panelists include (in alphabetical order of first names): 

  • Ms. Abigail Christmas, Founder Perfect In My Own Skin organization (Dominica)
  • Mr. Anderson Langdon, Head of Family Planning (Barbados)
  • Ms. Cassandra Richardson, Co-Founder Wildflower Institute (DSXM)
  • Mrs. Danielle Chance-Glasgow, Founder United Women’s Book (FRSXM)
  • Mr. Fabian Sargeant, President of the Men’s empowerment network support group to champion the cause of men. (Barbados)
  • Ms. Hélene Micot, President of Soroptimist and Le Manteau (women’s shelter FRSXM).
  • Ms. Lyndell Danzie-Black, Managing Director of Cerulean (Guyana)
  • Mr. Phoenix Belfield, Economist (Dominica)
  • Mr. Ralph Cantave, Journalist, Entrepreneur, Advocate (DSXM)
  • Ms. Ramona Riley, President of Prominent Women’s organization (DSXM)
  • Ms. Shara Edwards, BPW Dominica
  • Ms. Silveria Jacobs, Honorable Prime Minister of St. Maarten
  • Ms. Valérie Damaseau, Honorable 1st Vice President of the Collectivité of St. Martin
  • Ms. Vanessa Fraser, Director Safe Haven organization (battered women’s shelter)

 Persons can join us via Zoom using the following connection information:

Registration Link:         https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcuupqjgiH9P95JSz1z3tSJD1MZlFjRb8

Meeting ID:                      814 5214 3857

Passcode:                         735678

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No vaccinations at Belair Community Center Friday. Close to 11.000 registered for a vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Vaccination Management Team (VMT) would like to inform the public that the Belair Community Center will not be open for the administering of COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, March 26th, due to a previously planned event. Vaccinations at Belair will resume on Monday the 29th of March.  

Additionally, the VMT would like to inform the public that the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) and Belair Community Center will not be open for vaccinations during the public holidays of Friday, April 2nd, and Monday, April 5th.

The number of registrations for a vaccine has climbed to nearly 11.000 persons (16% of the total eligible population) after Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) Richard Panneflek announced that all persons of 18 years and older residing on Sint Maarten can now be vaccinated.

To reach the required 70% to achieve herd immunity before the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, registration numbers must increase considerably.

Members of the community are reminded to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Registration can be done via the online registration form which is available in English, Spanish, and Creole, and can be found via this link: https://forms.sintmaartengov.org/form.aspx?v=OGtn05kNmb

Both Cole Bay and Dutch Quarter Community Helpdesks are currently equipped to provide information and can assist with registration on the spot. Do not forget to check the opening hours and bring a form of identification. Lastly, the paper-based “COVID Vaccine Registration Form” can be picked up at several locations, including CPS at the Vineyard Office Park Building, the Division of Labor Affairs at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center in Simpson Bay, doctors’ offices, the Government Administration Building, and select pharmacies.

If you have a friend, parent, neighbor, or relative that may need assistance with registration, transportation, or emotional support, please do your part. If you need help with the registration process, your appointment, or wish for more information about the vaccination campaign, you can also call CPS at 914 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sint Maarten, protected together. 

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Six New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Active Cases Grow to 25. Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine increase to 71

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 24th, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-five (25). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred fourteen (2114).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-four (24) 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 two thousand sixty-two (2062). Forty-seven (47) 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 2607 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 22, 989 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek encourages all Dutch side residents 18+ to register for the COVID-19 vaccine via the online registration form which is available in English, Spanish, and Creole, and can be found via this link: https://forms.sintmaartengov.org/form.aspx?v=OGtn05kNmb or by paper registration which can be found at Collective Prevention Services (CPS) at the Vineyard Office Park Building, the Division of Labour Affairs at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center in Simpson Bay, doctors’ offices, the Government Administration Building, and select pharmacies.

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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 21 Active Cases. One hospitalized. 61 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 23rd, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons has recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-one (21). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred eight (2108).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring eighteen (18) 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 two thousand sixty (2060). Forty-three (43) 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 2600 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 22, 989 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek encourages everyone to practice all sanitary measures set for the general public by wearing face masks, practicing social distancing and sanitizing your hands frequently.

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Nature Foundation Reminds Residents and Visitors to Take Care During Sea Turtle Nesting Season

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature Foundation Sint Maarten encourages residents and visitors to protect adult sea turtles and their eggs by limiting lighting and disturbances along the shore, and reporting sea turtle activity to the Foundation. With the start of the annual sea turtle nesting season, three endangered sea turtle species are expected to lay their nests on many of Sint Maarten's beaches from April until November and sometimes even as late as in December. The Nature Foundation is the designated authority to manage and research the sea turtle population and other protected species, appointed by the VROMI minister.

St. Maarten has permanent and nesting populations of green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles that have been reported to nest on the island. While sea turtles may nest on all beaches on St. Maarten, the beaches with the most reported nesting activity are Gibbs Bay, Simpson Bay, Mullet Bay, Guana Bay and Dawn beach.

Sea turtles often nest at night, laying up to 100-200 eggs, and sometimes return to do so multiple times over a period of a couple weeks. After approximately two months, the hatchlings will emerge and crawl to the ocean. However, all three sea turtle species are endangered species, and only about 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood. For these reasons, precautions should be taken during the nesting season to ensure successful hatchings.

“Sea turtles play an important environmental and economic role for our island meanwhile; they face many threats to their survival due to pollution, overdevelopment of their nesting beaches, and direct human impact. It is essential that our visitors and residents take part in the role of protecting these creatures so that they continue to live in our waters and nest on our beaches,” explained Leslie Hickerson, Nature Foundation Educational Outreach Officer.

Sea turtles require a specific beach habitat to be able to nest. Lighting and activity on the beaches at night decrease nesting success because females avoid laying their eggs on bright, busy beaches. In addition, hatchlings become disoriented and travel towards artificial lights instead of the reflecting moonlight on the ocean. The Nature Foundation recommends that beachfront homes and businesses place a cap on lights or replace conventional lights with red lights to avoid these issues.

Further, if you encounter a sea turtle, nest, or hatchlings, it is recommended to remain at least 15 meters away since it is prohibited to disturb, harm, or kill sea turtles. Do not allow your dogs to dig around the nest, and never operate vehicles on the beach sand. This could damage sea turtle nests and minimizing nesting success. Last year, six sea turtles were also reported injured or killed due to boat strikes. Boat captains should drive responsibly in the lagoon and bay areas, traveling at no faster than 5 knots to avoid collisions and keep watch at all times.

The Nature Foundation is currently collecting nesting data to compare it to previous surveys. This research allows us to evaluate the nesting seasons' historical success and determine human activity's impact over the years. Individuals can participate by volunteering to patrol beaches late at night or early in the morning. Please contact us if you find sea turtle tracks or an apparent nest. The Nature Foundation also encourages St. Maarten residents to spread awareness by checking in weekly to "Turtle Thursdays," a series of educational programming posted on our social media accounts for all ages.

If you are interested in volunteering, want to know more, or have questions, contact the Nature Foundation at +1-721-544-4267 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Successful second edition of the Coast Guard Recruitment Day

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) would like to thank the community of Sint Maarten for attending the second edition of the recruitment day held last Saturday, the DCCG said in a press statement on Monday.

“For the day, the Coast Guard opened her doors to all St. Maarten youngsters interested in becoming a Coast Guard officer. Many youngsters with their parents and guardians braved the torrential downpours and gusting winds that day and received information and were able to speak with Coast Guard officers about their work.

“Some youngsters even faced a challenge setup to measure their physical fitness. The day started at 10 AM at lasted until 1 PM with different stands where both boys and girls could receive useful information about the Coast Guard training.

“The visitors could take a look at all the Coast Guard equipment, have a visit on the Metal Shark and Cutter where an officer gave lots of information. Many also got the opportunity to do some physical training in the challenge alley and last but not least watch the fly-by of the Coast Guard plane.

“The Coast Guard was honored with the visit of the Prime Minister of St. Maarten, Silveria Jacobs and the Minister of Justice, Anna Richardson whom both visited the station during the recruitment day. The Ministers visited all the stands and encouraged all the youngsters and Coast Guard officers in reaching their career goals.

“For those youngsters who did not make it to the event but are interested in the training, you can visit our Facebook ‘Kustwacht Caribisch gebied’ for more information about the training and apply online.”

 dccg on the vessel

 dccg exercise

 dccg info to prospectives

 

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COVID-19 testing facility now open at Princess Juliana Airport

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), Richard Panneflek hereby informs the public that PJIAE in cooperation with Healthcare Laboratory (HCLS), has opened a COVID-19 testing facility at Princess Juliana Airport.

Passengers who are traveling to US territory, both tourists and residents can make use of this facility from 11am until 4 pm daily.

This service will offer quick and easy antigen rapid testing for $110. The Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek was invited and paid a work visit to the facility where he was met by Dr. Fey van de Dijs. 

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Prime Minister Jacobs recognizes World Down Syndrome Day

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The United Nations (UN) reports that over 3000 to 5000 children are born with Down Syndrome every year worldwide and goes on to say that down syndrome has always been a part of the human condition and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics and health. St. Maarten therefore, recognizes that there are many persons living on St. Maarten who are classified as being born with down syndrome and therefore have special needs. We recognize, appreciate and validate you as key stakeholders in our society for which we must ensure your rights are met and you are included.

Within our community, on St. Maarten, we have members of our community who are special and unique. However, we observe and respect their differences. On March 21, 2021, World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated. World down syndrome day brings awareness on the well-being and the need for inclusion for persons with down syndrome, but also to celebrate their individuality.

Sadly, individuality is not always respected, which is why I would like to take the opportunity to remind our citizens to join in the fight to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people with down syndrome and all who have special needs and requirements to participate fully in our society.

Let us join the international community in their fight for recognition and respect and independence of down syndrome. We must ensure that our society is beneficial and conducive for all members of our community to thrive and prosper.

I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the work of the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation, Sister Basilia Center and Prince Willem Alexander School for Special Education. These institutions selflessly dedicate their time and support for persons with down syndrome and their families as well as all other institutions that help to integrate them in their mainstream care, assisting in preparation of persons with down syndrome to be productive members of society and allow them to feel included in our community.

On behalf of the government of St. Maarten, Happy World Down Syndrome Day.

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