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Four Recoveries and One New Positive COVID-19 case on Saturday. 30 Active Cases. 64 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 8th, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty (30). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred sixty (2260).

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 two hundred three (2203). Thirty-six (36) 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 2, 754 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 359 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley would like to thank everyone who came out to the COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach today at the Belvedere Methodist Church. For continuous safety, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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Active Cases Continue to Increase. 33 Active COVID-19 cases. Nine New Positive Cases on Friday. 69 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 7th, there were nine (9) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-three (33). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred fifty-nine (2259).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-one (31) 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 one hundred ninety-nine (2199). Thirty-eight (38) 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 2, 750 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 359 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley would like to encourage persons living in Belvedere, Dutch Quarter, Middle Region and surrounding areas to come out to the COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach tomorrow, Saturday May 8th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Belvedere Methodist Church. Free shuttle buses will be available to the pop-up vaccination site. There is no need to register, just bring any form of ID. There is a limited supply so please come early.

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Motorworld Supports Hott Spurs in the 2021 Sint Maarten Football Federation Youth League

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Hott Spurs is a local football club that was established in 2010. At the moment, it comprises of 8 youth teams with boys and girls ranging from 5 – 16 years of age. The immense interest from the community in becoming a part of a football team and having a constructive activity has led to the creation of youth teams in all the age categories, including U8, U10, U12 and U15. This year, the Hott Spurs teams will be taking part in the 2021 St. Maarten Football Federation Youth League and were seeking out sponsorship for their youth teams.

As a proud supporter of the youth on the island and activities that unite them and encourage positive development, Motorworld was happy to get behind the initiative, supplying uniforms for the various youth teams. Motorworld has also provided a van to transport the boys and girls to and from their football related activities, like their practices and games.

“This sponsorship is very important for the club!”, Hott Spurs Club President, Jean Van Heyningen stated. He further expressed, “This extremely generous contribution from Motorworld will support the club’s growth and success. We have several kids that sometimes reach late to practice or games due to not having transportation, so the van provided will help with this issue tremendously. The kids are also looking forward to the new uniforms and expressed their happiness to wear them on game days!”.

On behalf of the whole Hott Spurs Club, we would like to express our gratitude to the Motorworld Group of Companies and are thankful for their support.

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Active Cases Climb to 26. Three New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 6th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19. There were zero (0) recoveries today. The active cases have increased to twenty-six (26). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred fifty (2250).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-four (24) 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 remains at two thousand one hundred ninety-seven (2197). Thirty-seven (37) 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 2, 743 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 359 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley encourages everyone to protect yourself when in public places. Wear your mask, practice social distancing, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 23 Active Cases. Two Persons Hospitalized. 58 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 5th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered. The total active cases remain at twenty-three (23). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred forty-seven (2247).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-one (21) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients are currently 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 one hundred ninety-seven (2197). Thirty-seven (37) 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 2, 743 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 359 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

In efforts to achieve 85% herd immunity, Minister Ottley encourages everyone to register to be vaccinated. The vaccines are free and walk-ins are also accepted.

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Three New Positive COVID-19 Cases on Tuesday. 23 Active Cases. 59 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine. Three persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 4th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-three (23). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred forty-three (2243).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty (20) people in home isolation. Three (3) 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 one hundred ninety-three (2193). Thirty-nine (39) 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 2, 725 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 359 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

For your safety and the safety of your loved ones, Minister Ottley encourages everyone to wear your mask, practice social distancing, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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Recreational facilities, school buildings discussed at retreat

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The development of recreational facilities and the upgrading of the school buildings were two topics discussed during the recent retreat of the Island Council and the Executive Council.

Recreational facilities

Recreational facilities are high on the agenda of the Island Council, especially the creating of a public swimming pool annex recreational park. The Juliana Sports Field and the Johan Cruijff Court in The Bottom are already improved, while plans are made to upgrade the playground in St. John’s, the Wilhelmina Park, the kitchen facility at the Juliana Sports Field and a further upgrade of the Cruijff Field.

Budget proposals are being drafted for these plans. A project team has made a first plan for a public swimming pool annex recreational park. The idea is to create this at the Cove Bay by upgrading the building, expanding the playground, add new facilities to the area and build a salt water pool which needs a lot less maintenance than a regular swimming pool.

The Island Council pushed hard to have lights installed at the Johan Cruijff Court. A timer will see to the automatic switching on and turning off of the lights. Contact has been made with the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and the Cruijff Foundation to resurface the field. The planning and a budget plan for this project will be ready shortly.

Other government buildings used as multifunctional (youth) centers will also be evaluated and the structures reinforced (roofs repaired or replaced) based on the recommendations of the evaluations.

While the ongoing repairs are taking place to the roof of the Sunny Valley Youth Center in The Bottom, the Island Council also suggested to have a porch roof added to the construction works. Members of the Island and Executive Council visited several projects, including the Artisan Foundation, the Under the Hill housing project phase II, the Sunny Valley Youth Center and the new parking lot at the schools in St. John’s.

School buildings

The Public Entity Saba, with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (SZW), has completed renovations at the Sacred Heart School and the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS). Plans to construct a new daycare and afterschool care building and the expansion of the primary school for the kindergarten continue to be worked on in consultation with the Ministry of OCW.

In the opinion of the Island Council, since the new constitutional structure, the progress with regard to the new building and the expansions have been much too slow. Several stakeholders, along with the Executive and Island Council, have expressed frustrations about the delays. In the meantime, the needs have to somewhat changed, which stakeholders should take into account when moving forward.

The Island Council suggested to have discussions with the Ministry of OCW, to continue the further upgrading of the school buildings and to facilitate the construction of the new daycare and afterschool care center. The Island Council noted that continued improvements to Saba’s only secondary education institution remained necessary.

Satel NV

During a recent meeting between government and the telecommunications company Satel, the quality/higher speed and the price of internet were discussed. In June, the contract with the present provider will end. The bidding process for a new provider started in April.

This should result in a new contract with better quality/higher speed and better pricing. Satel will work on installing extra equipment for areas such as St. John’s and Zion’s Hill to improve reception. The Island Council also expressed interest in having fiber optic cable installed to each household. Even though this will not guarantee optimal speed, it does allow to improve the infrastructure needed for the near future.

Parking situation

The number of cars on Saba has increased, which creates parking problems. The Public Entity Saba is putting together a mobility plan that will deal with different aspects of this issue. Constructing parking lot specifically for government vehicles is being considered. Car wreck removal will be part of the plan. (Saba GIS)

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10 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. Active Cases Climb to 24. Two Persons Hospitalized. 59 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 3rd, there were ten (10) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-four (24). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred forty (2240).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-one (21) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients are currently 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 one hundred eighty-nine (2189). Thirty-eight (38) 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 2, 716 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 359 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley urges everyone to remain focus and wear your mask, practice social distancing, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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Posh Productions presents prizes to the winners of the 2019 pageants

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Posh Productions Incorporated (POSH) in a press release over the weekend, stated that it has finally presented prizes to winners of the 2019 pageants. Unable to recover financial investments made to produce the pageants and the lack of sufficient sponsorship, POSH found itself in a very negative position with the delivery of prizes to the winners of the 2019 Carnival King and Queen pageants.

Despite efforts to raise funds through various initiatives, ultimately the non-profit foundation could not garner sufficient revenue to complete its obligations at an earlier time. Furthermore, with a large percentage of patrons who attended the shows in the the Festival Village entering using season passes, the foundation gained little success at the gate through door sales. This significantly contributed to its negative financial position and ultimately bankrupted the foundation.

“When POSH launched for Carnival 2016, we came out with great enthusiasm and were passionate to take pageantry to another level. I believe it is safe to say we did just that. However, as the years proceeded, the financial challenges that we faced became more difficult. There was an inability to secure funding and the needed support to maintain the five year concession contract the foundation was locked in to. Nevertheless, we remained committed and pushed through. Unfortunately, year after year not being able to recover from the year before eventually tanked POSH and left the foundation and participants in a very unpleasant situation,” said POSH President; Mrs. Cassandra Weekes-Jeffers.

Despite the negative experience, POSH management remained steadfast to their commitment made to winners. Though it has taken way longer than anyone anticipated, and for some was unbearable, POSH is happy that on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, together with Motorworld, Mr. Genuine Quality (GQ) King; Mr. Learie Hall, Miss. Mature Carnival Queen; Anastatia Peters and Senior Carnival Queen D’Shnay Mathew York received checks in the amount value of $10,000.00 which is the maximum value of the vehicles they would have received back in 2019. The winners are free to purchase a vehicle from Motorworld or do what they wish with the funds. Ultimately, they have accepted this as their top and final prize from Posh Productions.

POSH will be meeting with the other level winners and Runner Ups within short, to discuss the course forward to their final prize as POSH pushes to close off this chapter.

“POSH has maintained contact with most of the participants of the pageants and once again takes this opportunity to express our sincere apologies for the unfair and unfortunate situation experienced. This was never our intention and to a large degree fell out of our control. We truly appreciate your patience with us and we are grateful for your kind cooperation,” said President Weekes-Jeffers.

POSH is also expressing much appreciation to the management and staff of Motorworld for working with us and making this all possible.

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Saturday morning Shooting near a Restaurant in Simpson Bay leaves Investigators Puzzled

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Central Dispatch of Police Force (KPSM) received several reports on Saturday, May 1, about 10:30 a.m. of a shooting in the vicinity of a restaurant in Simpson Bay.

According to the information obtained by the patrol who first arrived on the scene, it appears that the drivers of the two cars, who remain unknown, fired shots at each other close to the restaurant.

After the shooting, both drivers left the scene. A vehicle parked on the side of the road was hit by a bullet.

Police later made contact with the medical center to determine if anyone had arrived at the hospital injured from a gunshot wound.  No one had appeared with injuries from a bullet wound at the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC). Detectives are still busy with this investigation. (KPSM)

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