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First-named Storm of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forms

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The first-named storm formed on Saturday near the island of Bermuda. The system does not pose a threat to Sint Maarten and is hundreds of miles away from the destination. Sub-Tropical Storm Ana was located on Saturday afternoon over 200 miles from the island of Bermuda and moving further north of the island in the open Atlantic Ocean.

The storm is forecast to gradually weaken on Sunday and dissipate by Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) out of Miami, FL.

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an executing agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, released its Atlantic hurricane season forecast on Thursday predicting another active season, however, they do not anticipate a season similar to 2020 where there was a historic level of storm activity.

The NOAA forecast for 2021, a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is expected.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially opens on June 1 and runs through November 30.

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89 Active COVID-19 Cases. 10 New Positive Cases on Saturday. 203 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine. Five Persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 22nd, there were ten (10) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases eighty-nine (89). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand three hundred sixty-six (2366).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring eighty-four (84) people in home isolation. Five (5) 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 fifty (2250). One hundred nineteen (119) 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, 900 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 28, 642 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

For your safety, continue to wear your mask, practice social distancing, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

 

194 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine. 10 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Friday. 82 Active Cases. Five persons Hospitalized.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 21st, there were ten (10) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases eighty-two (82). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand three hundred fifty-six (2356).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy-seven (77) people in home isolation. Five (5) 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 forty-seven (2247). One hundred seventeen (117) 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, 894 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 28, 642 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Over the past couple of days, we have seen a spike in the number of confirmed cases, Minister Ottley urges everyone to put your health first and go get vaccinated.

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Free TelEm SIM with credit for 100 visitors to vaccine pop-up clinic Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group is continuing its COVID-19 vaccine public awareness efforts by teaming up with a vaccine pop-up clinic at the Orange Grove Shopping Center, Cole Bay, this Saturday, May 22.

The clinic is being manned by officials of the Vaccine Management Team (VMT) and Collective Prevention Services (CPS) where TelEm Group will be giving a gift to the first 100 persons turning up to get vaccinated – a free SIM card with $10 of credit pre-loaded.

Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, TelEm Group has actively supported community efforts to make the public aware of the dangers of the virus and the need to follow health and safety protocols at all times.

Other efforts have included providing free mobile credit to front-line workers in the early days of the pandemic, use of the company’s mobile network for public service SMS broadcasts in collaboration with the government information service DCOMM and distribution of multilingual flyers about COVID-19.

In the latest effort, TelEm Group’s Marketing & Sales team will be joining the vaccination teams of VMT and CPS, Saturday in the Orange Grove area.

“Upon receiving their vaccine and vaccination record, individuals become eligible to receive one free SIM card which also includes their free $10 credit,” says TelEm Group, Marketing Officer Adrian Lista.

Adrian would not be surprised if the first use made on the free SIM and $10 credit, would be to call a friend or family member informing of the pop-up clinic and the availability of free vaccinations to anyone who wants to get vaccinated.

“The pop-up clinics are doing a great job of getting more and more people vaccinated, especially through their mobile pop-up clinics. Any support we can give them is well worth the effort,” continued Adrian.

He said on top of the many ways the company has already assisted in the awareness and vaccination efforts, the one that still stands out for him is the creation of a free 914 hotline that members of the public can call to have their questions answered about COVID-19 and about getting vaccinated.

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Active Cases Climb to 74. 20 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Five persons Hospitalized. 161 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 20th, there were twenty (20) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, nine (9) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventy-four (74). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand three hundred forty-six (2346).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring sixty-nine (69) people in home isolation. Five (5) patients are 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 forty-five (2245). Ninety-two (92) 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, 890 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 28, 642 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley warns the public that we are experiencing our third wave and urges everyone to wear your mask, come forward to get tested if you have any signs or symptoms and get vaccinated. COVID-19 outbreaks will continue as long as we as a population are not vaccinated.

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Alarming Increases in Cases. 19 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 63 Active Cases. Four persons Hospitalized. 147 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 19th, there were nineteen (19) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to sixty-three (63). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand three hundred twenty-six (2326).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring fifty-nine (59) people in home isolation. Four (4) patients are 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 thirty-six (2236). Eighty-eight (88) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley hereby informs the public that we have been seeing a steady rise in the number of confirmed cases.

A total of 44 confirmed cases has been recorded over the past three days. The total active cases has now increased to 63 persons. Minister Ottley stated; “it is time for a tough decision to be made, to ensure the safety of our population”.

CPS has conducted extensive contact tracing and as a result, 4 clusters has been reported. An urgent meeting will be held between the Minister, CPS and the Public health department tomorrow, to decide on the way moving forward.

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms, notify your GP or call CPS at 914. In efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, stay at home and decline all visitors. Self-quarantine and isolation are interventions meant to help protect the community by preventing exposure.

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, 890 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 28, 642 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley hereby reminds everyone to be mindful of your surroundings. Persons who are feeling unwell, are encouraged to go to the COVID-19 testing site in Point Blanche (before the harbor).  The opening hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 – 11 AM or by appointment on the weekend.

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15 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 49 Active Cases. Three persons Hospitalized. 91 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 18th, there were fifteen (15) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-nine (49). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand three hundred seven (2307).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-six (46) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients are 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 thirty-one (2231). Forty-five (45) 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, 882 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 28, 642 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley encourages persons who are not yet vaccinated to come out and do so.  If there are questions or concerns, engage in dialogue with your doctor.  If you do not have a doctor and have questions, visit one of the vaccination administration locations at CPS or Belair for assistance.

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BirdsCaribbean Celebrates Local Birds with Virtual Learning, “From the Nest” Campaign, and our First Bird Zine Contest

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - It’s that time of year again, when our beloved warblers and other migratory birds have left the islands. This is the time when our endemic birds, who live here year-round, come into their own! We have a chance to enjoy them. We watch many of them building nests and raising families in Caribbean gardens, fields and forests.

The Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF)’s 21st edition is well under way. It is a month-long celebration of the region’s endemic birds organized by BirdsCaribbean and its partners, ending on May 22. Last year’s popular “From the Nest” online series continues this spring, as many of us are sadly still experiencing the pandemic’s restrictions. Log on to learn about 30 new endemic birds (in addition to last year’s selections). There are coloring pages for kids, activities, puzzles, videos, drawing classes, and more, every day. 

The theme for the Festival is: Sing, Fly, Soar — Like A Bird! The CEBF brings people of all ages together, right across the region. The goal is to raise awareness about the 171 unique birds that live only in the Caribbean. Many face threats to their survival. BirdsCaribbean partners are presenting their own CEBF projects on their respective social media pages. 

We have a new online activity you’re going to love! We invite you to participate in our first “Bird Zine Contest.” We will use each entry to build the first ever virtual Caribbean Bird Zine library! This is a fantastic opportunity for children and adults to creatively express their knowledge of birds. You will find detailed guidelines and judging criteria at these links:  Bird Zine Contest Guidelines and What is a Zine and Bird Zine Contest Instructions. Among the grand prizes are two waterproof Vortex Diamondback binoculars (each worth $270USD). The deadline for submission of your zine is 11:59 PM EDT on Sunday, May 30th, 2021. 

A series of weekly webinars on aspects of bird conservation is also happening. Visit our website to register and join us on Thursdays at 4 PM EDT from now until June 3rd .

We are also launching a new e-book: “A Collection of Cultural Myths, Tales and Beliefs About Caribbean Birds.” It is a collection of stories that show the roles birds play in shaping our understanding of the natural world, social norms, and even beliefs about the afterlife. All stories, articles, poems, photographs and artwork were submitted by BirdsCaribbean members. The e-book will be available for viewing and downloading from our website.  

The #HumansofBirdsCaribbean have been busy behind the scenes, so be sure to follow us on social media and our website and share with your bird-loving family, friends and networks! 

CEBF 2021 Sing Fly Soar

This year we are celebrating endemic birds with the theme Sing, Fly, Soar—Like a Bird. Follow along on our website (https://bit.ly/CEBFFromthenest) nd social media (@BirdsCaribbean)

 

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10 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. 36 Active Cases. 79 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 17th, there were ten (10) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, six (6) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-six (36). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred ninety-two (2292).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-five (35) 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 two thousand two hundred twenty-nine (2229). Forty-four (44) 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, 862 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 28, 642 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

In order to achieve herd immunity, we must work together and encourage one another to get vaccinated. Play you part and protect your health.

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Five Arrests made in several cases: Ill-treatment, Possession of Stolen Goods, Vehicle Theft

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force St. Maarten KPSM made five arrests last week in connection with various infractions, ill-treatment and possession of stolen goods, the police said on Sunday in a media statement.

One arrest took place on Wednesday, May 12, at 1:30pm. The patrol apprehended the suspect with initials R.J.M. during a control, as he was suspected of involvement in vehicle theft.

The suspect was taken to the Philipsburg police station pending further investigation. (KPSM)

 

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Dutch fringe party offered Russian money before election: EenVandaag

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A Russian called Vadim Belkov offered €250,000 to fringe political party Splinter in what may be the first clear case of a Kremlin-instigated attempt to influence Dutch politics, it has been revealed.

Splinter leader Femke Merel van Kooten-Arissen was approached by Belkov before the last elections, in which she did not gain a seat, but did not accept the gift. She reported it to the parliamentary security service BVA which, for reasons unknown, failed to inform the security services, current affairs programme EenVandaag said.

The programme delved into Belkov’s background and linked him with organisations associated with Vladimir Putin, such as the ultra-nationalist Night Wolves, a motorcycle gang which has shown its support for the Russian leader at home and abroad.

It is not clear what Belikov’s motives may have been, but he told a Splinter representative he was concerned with women’s rights, EenVandaag said.

Security service AIVD has been warning political parties about undue Russian influence for years but has not named the parties involved. A news report by current affairs programme Zembla at the time of the Ukraine referendum put FvD leader Thierry Baudet in the company of a Russian he said ‘works for the Kremlin’ . He later said it was a joke.

(DutchNews)

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