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More Value & More Data with New Chippie Mobile Plans

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Leading telecoms provider Flow has announced major enhancements to its Chippie prepaid mobile plans with the introduction of new Combo bundles and Data bundles that include unlimited talk and data roll-over.

The all-new Combo bundles combine data, minutes, and SMS text, and provide customers with more bang for their buck with the introduction of unlimited talk time, additional data, and data roll-over, while the new Data bundles provide huge data and include a data roll-over feature with one, three, seven and 30-day options.

“In celebration of our new bundles we are offering double the data on all our new data bundles. We realize the importance of keeping in touch in this digital age and are committed to doing everything we can to support our customers as they strive to get their lives and businesses back on track. Our teams have listened and have worked hard on ways to assist by enhancing our mobile offerings,” said Charlesworth Sydney, Country Manager of Flow Eastern Caribbean.

“Our focus is always our customer, so it is imperative that we listen and adapt our offerings to satisfy the changing needs based on our increasingly dynamic environment. The world is changing, as do the needs of our customers, so we must adapt as well to continue to show up for our customers. Our customers at the heart of everything we do.”

The introduction of a flat fee to add extra data to Combo bundles also eliminates any additional charges for out-of-plan data usage. This new feature leaves it entirely up to the customer if they want to buy extra data at a simple flat fee. There are no unexpected charges and extra data can be purchased at any time during the bundle duration.          

The codes to activate Chippie’s new Combo and Data bundles have also been simplified for a smoother experience and all plans can now be activated by sending an SMS to short-code 3434 and customers can also switch between the various bundle options as they see fit.

Reactivation will also remain simple with an automated renewal feature, eliminating the need to remember SMS activation-codes after the initial activation, and with sufficient prepaid credit on the account, there is no need to send codes to activate.

“Although customers were generally pleased with our mobile speeds and our LTE coverage, we listened to some feedback that pointed to the need for an easier-to-manage experience and more value on mobile minutes and data. Now more than ever, staying connected is critical, so our new plans offer more data, unlimited talk, and roll-over data,” added Sydney.

“The changes to the way our bundles work offers a more seamless, user-friendly experience. Essentially, we have added more value without asking customers to pay more. That’s part of our commitment to deliver more for our customers.”


General Hospital basement floor pouring on Thursday evening

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)’s general contractor will be pouring the first section of the basement floor of the new St. Maarten General Hospital (SMGH) on Thursday evening (September 23, 2021) starting at 8 pm.

In order to safeguard the highest quality of concrete and the least amount of risk of traffic congestion to hinder the continuous pouring of 500 cubic meters, which will take an estimated 10 hours, the pouring will be done in the evening and is scheduled to start at 8 pm and involve a total of approximately 70 truckloads.

The cement trucks will be entering the SMGH construction site from various entrances, being: the SMGH construction site entrance at the roundabout on Welgelegenroad / G.A. Arnell Boulevard, the main entrance of SMMC and the SMGH construction side entrance on Jackal Road. In order to regulate a smooth operation, traffic regulators will be on hand at the roundabout to guide the traffic flow.

The pouring may result in some noise pollution, in particular for residents in the immediate vicinity of the construction site, however SMMC and the general contractor will do their utmost to keep any possible nuisance to a minimum level.

For any possible complaints regarding the new hospital construction activities, persons can go to the SMGH section of the SMMC website and follow the complaints procedure at:

SMMC would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any possible inconvenience that is caused by the ongoing construction of the new hospital, as SMMC continues its mission of raising the level of health care on St. Maarten and provide the community of St. Maarten and surrounding islands with quality care, close to home.


Rotary Sunset to Host Virtual Reading Slumber Fun

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday September 24th, 2021, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset will be hosting its fourth annual Reading Slumber Fun Event. The event will kick off at 7:00 pm sharp until 10:00 pm on the virtual platform, Zoom.

This year’s “Reading Slumber Fun” promises to be one for the record books as the club takes their popular and most talked about slumber party online for the second time. The theme of this year’s event is “Jungle Book”, and children of all ages are asked to get their pajamas, pillows, and blankets ready for a fun-filled evening of live storytelling, literacy games and giveaways.

The month of September is recognized by Rotary clubs worldwide as Basic Education, Literacy and New Generations month, where Rotary clubs focus on advocating the importance of Basic education and Literacy through various projects and literacy programs. The Reading Slumber Fun event is a “slumber party” themed event geared at promoting the importance of reading through dramatic storytelling, puppet shows and educational and interactive games.

The fourth annual Reading Slumber Fun event will feature some dynamic local readers and storytellers and will conclude with the viewing of a movie. All participants are asked to login to the Zoom meeting using ID # 992 348 5801 (no password required). In order to keep the virtual event interactive and engaging, all participants will be required to have their cameras turned on, any participant with their camera off will be removed. The cost of this event is absolutely FREE of charge, children are asked to bring their happy smiles and enthusiasm to make this event a success.

“All you gotta do is, Look for the bare necessities. The simple bare necessities. Forget about your worries and your strife.” – Baloo. The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset is asking children of all ages to join them for a fun-filled evening where they can journey across the world with their vivid imaginations.

For more information, persons can email the club via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 721-587-4193 or visit the club’s Facebook page at Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset.


St. Maarten South Omega Leo Club takes on a Leo District 60B “Period Poverty” project initiative

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten South Omega Leo Club has taken on a Leo District 60B “Period Poverty” project initiative which is centered towards recognizing the importance of women’s health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

This awareness campaign is also geared towards highlighting the importance of feminine sanitary products as well as accessibility to proper health care treatments. 

The St. Maarten South Omega Leo Club recognizes that it should be a right of all women to have the access to sanitary napkins as well as other care facilities that women need to maintain a healthy life. The club hopes that the other islands in the Caribbean will follow suit on the path to making this a reality, and setting the trend for others to follow. 

The St. Maarten South Omega Leo President, Leo Javid stated “I am elated to have the club participate in a region wide effort in eradicating the disadvantages that women are often faced with in regards to their health and well-being, especially now with the COVID19 pandemic heightening  the ever present issue”. 

Thus far, it is great to see the outpouring support throughout the various communities all over the Caribbean region especially here on St. Maarten We are pleased with the donations received thus far from businesses and institutions in the community such as DIVICO and the NRPB who understand the importance of this matter and recognize that it requires a joint effort from everyone. 

This project is aims to spread awareness, sharing dignity, offering medical tips as well as care treatments to detect early signs of cervical cancer and to provide those with at least three months’ supply of feminine hygiene products. 

We are happy to be given a platform where we can assist in bringing forth change and we look forward to many more businesses supporting our efforts as well as other organizations participating in this initiative.

The St. Maarten South Omega Leo Club hopes that many more organizations and persons are inspired to lead in service and that no matter how small your contribution is within society, know that it has a lasting impact on your community. 

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Leo Tomeeka Matthew receiving donation from DIVICO



Prime Distributors donates to SMMC’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Event

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Prime Distributors recently made a donation to the St. Maarten Medical Center ahead of their Prostate Cancer Awareness event taking place this Saturday, September 25th from 9:00am – 3:00pm. The event marks the resumption of SMMC’s annual Prostate and Breast Cancer screening campaign in collaboration with partners the Positive and Elektralytes Foundations.

“Early detection saves lives and as a healthcare institution, we have a responsibility to serve the community and provide curative, palliative and preventative care. Taking all necessary precautions to mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19, we’ve decided to resume our prostate and breast cancer screenings after some inactivity due to the pandemic. We are extremely happy that this year Prime Distributors are generously supporting us in our efforts in the fight against prostate and breast cancer. Prime has always been willing to assist SMMC in our efforts to ensure and safeguard the health and wellbeing of our patients, via donations to our community outreach events, donations to our staff or donations to our wards, and for that, we’re extremely grateful”, said Shari de Riggs, SMMC’s Communications Officer.

Speaking on Prime Distributor’s contribution to the event, Brand Manager Graziella Zimmerman remarked “Prime Distributors is happy to be a part of this wonderful and much needed initiative. The health and wellness of our community is extremely important, especially in these unpredictable times. We urge everyone to come our and take part in these screenings, as early detection saves lives. We express sincere gratitude to the Elektralytes and Positive Foundations as well as SMMC for putting together these screenings”.

“Even though we are living in such uncertain times, we will always try our best to help our community”, concluded Zimmerman.

In addition to prostate cancer screenings for men, SMMC will offer blood pressure and glucose monitoring for men and women and CPS and the Ministry of VSA will host a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up at SMMC. Healthcare professionals such as Doctors, Pharmacists and Infection Control Practitioners will also be on hand to provide information and answer any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

To avoid long lines and allow for proper social distancing, pre-registering for the prostate cancer screening is strongly encouraged. Men over the age of 45 who have not had a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test within the last two years are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their name, date of birth and phone number to register. In light of the pandemic, only a limited number of walk-ins will be facilitated.

To ensure the safety of all attendees and volunteers, SMMC’s universal masking policy remains in effect and will be enforced. Persons making use of the prostate cancer screenings and the health checks will also be subjected to a temperature check and SMMC’s COVID-19 questionnaire.

SMMC kindly asks that persons who are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, vomiting and diarrhea avoid attending the event but encourage them to make an appointment once they are no longer experiencing symptoms.

Prostate cancer screening is available year-round at SMMC’s Urology Department and appointments can be made by calling + 1 (721) 543-1111 extension 1378, 1379 or 1307.

SMMC also plans to resume their annual Breast Cancer screenings in October which will also feature a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up and a health check corner.


Minister of Justice Richardson on working visits to the Netherlands. Visits Youth Penitentiary & Youth Protection Services

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - On Saturday, September 17th, 2021, the Minister of Justice Ms. Anna E. Richardson and support staff traveled to the Netherlands for a work visit. At Schiphol airport the Minister Richardson was welcomed by the Minister of Plenipotentiary, Mr. Violenus and his staff.

The work visit kicked off on Monday September 20, 2021, with Minister Richardson visiting the Youth Protection Amsterdam (Jeugdbescherming Amsterdam) that works closely with Social Affairs and the Ministry of Justice to tackle domestic violence and child abuse matters.

Youth Protection Amsterdam presented Minister Richardson with their improved holistic approach that focuses on simplifying the procedures and making them more effective. After the presentation the Minister had very fruitful dialogue with the management team.

Also joining the presentation were social workers from Saba and Bonaire that work at Youth Protection services in the Dutch Caribbean (Jeugdbescherming Caribisch Nederland) who were visiting the Netherlands for a training. In the near future, Minister Richardson would like social workers in Sint Maarten working within our Youth Protection services to have the opportunity to participate in similar programs.

Following the visit to Youth Protection Amsterdam, the Minister received a tour of the first small-scale male adolescent facility (Kleinschalige Jeugd Voorziening) in Amsterdam. This facility utilizes an open concept that can be rewarded to detainees and/or convicted persons based on their motivation, behavior, and personal circumstances.

The facility houses a maximum of 8 residents aged 12-23 years and allows residents to remain in school, have family contact and work regular hours. Persons are mainly placed there when they are in pre-detention or after good behavior in a Youth Penitentiary. As part of the residents’ stay the social workers of the facility assess their personal circumstances and create a personal development plan which includes their direct surroundings such as parents and peers.

According to the behavior of the resident and their commitment to their development plan, the judge decides whether the resident can remain at this facility or needs to be transferred to a Youth Penitentiary.

The Minister’s last stop for the day was to a private juvenile detention center in Lelystad where she toured the facility and learned about the prison operations and rehabilitative and educational programs offered to the inmates. The facility works closely with the Ministry of Education to offer a variety of education programs for the residents.

Minister Richardson stated: “Visiting these well-established facilities brings a lot of realization of what our existing institutions are in need of but also highlights the types of additional facilities we lack and need to establish. More importantly however, these in person opportunities open the door for partnerships and support where needed. The organizations that we visited today were very welcoming. The communication has been quite positive thus far and there is much willingness and enthusiasm to have Sint Maarten be a part of programs that are underway. For example, meeting a social worker from Saba and from Bonaire that are currently in the Netherlands training with the Youth Protection services is quite inspirational.

Whilst I know the BES-islands form an integral part of the Netherlands, the fact remains that we share a Kingdom and Sint Maarten has some of the same challenges as the BES-islands. As such, we all need to be in discussions about trainings and programs that are geared to helping our communities with the challenges we have in common. That is the purpose of this work visit, to get connected with the wheels that are turning in an effort to improve the areas that are demanding our united attention.”

During her work visit, Minister Richardson will visit various judicial and youth institutions to forge working relationships, get a better understanding of the judicial system and its stakeholders and explore ways in which Sint Maarten can be included in programs and receive assistance where necessary.  

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Minister Richardson, her support staff together with Project Leader-Janneke van Eijk, Member of the Board Sigrid van de Poel and their support staff.



MP Emmanuel says Trust Fund rejection of housing proposal feels incomplete

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Monday said the statement by the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) about raising the rent of its tenants feels like there is more to the story than the foundation is saying and questioned government’s role.

SMHDF General Director Helen Salomons informed the media that the World Bank (WB) Trust Fund Steering Committee has denied SMHDF’s request for US $45 million in funding. She said that the rejection is for reasons unknown. According to Salomons, the World Bank decision means that SMHDF can no longer finance and subsidize low rent rates and will not be able to construct affordable social housing for thousands of St. Maarten residents on the social housing waiting list.

MP Emmanuel said Salomon’s statement that she doesn’t know why the foundation was rejected was strange considering that Trust Fund projects are by consensus and only government’s non-support could lead to an outright rejection of such an important project. The Minister of VOMI and Housing would definitely know the reason and inform the Steering Committee of the Trust Fund accordingly.

“The question is, did the government and specifically the Minister of VROMI and Housing back the project proposal? And if government did not, what would the reason be for not supporting a US $45 million project to fix and construct homes for people,” MP Emmanuel said.

He continued: “It is no secret that the housing foundation is a complete operational mess and it is past time that the board and management are dismissed. I would not be surprised if government and the Trust Fund was not comfortable putting US $45 in the hands of that foundation. However, we are talking about the possibility of rent being raised on people in very hard times. So now the ball is in government’s court. What will government do now?”

The MP suggested that a new board and management be put in place and the proposals re-valuated, or place the funding with an established entity such as the St. Maarten Development Fund. “But first, government needs to explain why the funding was rejected. The issue is too important to just accept a rejection and move on. What can be done to get a positive response to the US $45 million proposal? That is the only concern now,” the MP concluded.  


Minister Ottley: Government participation in Tripartite important for improving healthcare

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The first 2021 “Government – SMMC – SZV Tripartite” meeting was held on Friday September 17. It was the first meeting that Government took part in, since it discontinued its participation in 2020. The meeting was chaired by Minister of VSA Omar Ottley, welcoming representatives of Social & Health Insurances (SZV), the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and several members of the Ministry of VSA, including the Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion and his staff.

Minister Ottley emphasized on the importance of Government’s participation in the Tripartite meetings, stating “All three entities, Government, SZV and SMMC share the overall objective of having qualitative, affordable and accessible health care for the residents and visitors of Sint Maarten. It is my intention and responsibility as Minister of VSA to ensure that all entities continue to have effective dialogue that transpires into thoughtful action, enabling us to safeguard our health care systems. These meetings allow us the opportunity to break the habit of being re-active and have collective insight in an early stage, on the issues that challenge us in achieving our health care objectives for our country.”

The Tripartite meetings allow the three entities to collectively exchange and discuss ongoing and anticipated events that impact the sustainability of health care systems on Sint Maarten. During the recent meeting, updates where shared pertaining to the legislative change proposals presently circulating the regulatory Government advisory routes, such as the Pharmaceutical Cost Containment Program, announced earlier this year by Minister Ottley. Other topics included the COVID-19 impact on local and international health care access and pending legislative change proposals to allow more persons to be SZV insured by increasing the SZV wage limits from gross NAf. 67,816.32 to NAf. 120,000 per year. During the meeting, Minister Ottley was pleased to see the progress being made with the various projects, recognizing the strong connections and added value of the Tripartite meetings as a tool to push change in the right direction.

“I’m very pleased that Government is now a part of these meetings again. In this way, we get things moving in the right direction, with better understanding, more strategic and with less delays. It’s all about being able to work better together, in the best interest of the people of Sint Maarten.”– Mr. Glen A. Carty, Director SZV

Government is reviewing options for liquidity support to ensure that SMMC is able to continue to care for our COVID-19 patients, while simultaneously trying to maintain as much as possible the regular care, both for emergencies and electives. Minister Irion commented: “Coming together as a Tripartite, not only allows us to identify problem areas or deficiencies, but helps us to reach a common goal of finding solutions. Despite our financial constraints, the Government, together with the financial support from the Netherlands, is creating possibilities to support SZV and SMMC to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These meetings are important, and I look forward to the next one.”

The Tripartite was established in 2015, with the initial focus of developing the business case for the New General Hospital of Sint Maarten, further improving quality of care, introducing new specialisms, trainings, etc. Dr. Felix A. Holiday, Medical Director SMMC commented: “Quality hospital care on Sint Maarten, goes beyond the construction of our new hospital. There is a continuing wish for Sint Maarten to become more accessible to health care professionals in the region, introducing even more specialisms to our hospital, creating less dependency on medical care abroad. The Covid-19 Pandemic proves the necessity of this approach. This format of exchange, allows for a more effective dialogue between Government, SZV and SMMC to plan to achieve this for our patients.”

The Tripartite meetings will proceed on a quarterly basis, with the next meeting scheduled to take place in December.

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Representatives of Government, SZV and SMMC during Tripartite meeting of September 17, 2021.



Prostate Cancer Awareness Event

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Positive and Elektralyets Foundation in collaboration with the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) are encouraging men over the age of 45 years who have not had a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test within the last two years register now for PSA Test by sending a email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their name, date of birth and phone number.

Pre-registration for the prostate cancer screening is strongly encouraged to avoid long lines, and to allow for proper social distancing. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. This month was chosen to give special time specifically for prostate cancer, a highly common cancer in men.

On September 25, 2021, the St. Maarten Medical Center along with the Positive and Elektralyets will host its 2nd annual prostate cancer screening from 9 am – 3pm at the St. Maarten Medical Center in Cay Hill.

SMMC’s urologists will be on hand to do the prostate screening for the attendees. This prostate cancer screening session will also include blood pressure and glucose monitoring for men and women and CPS and the Ministry of VSA will host a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up. Healthcare professionals will also be on hand to provide information and answer any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

To ensure the safety of all attendees and volunteers, SMMC’s universal masking policy remains in effect and will be enforced. Persons making use of the prostate cancer screenings and the health checks will also be subjected to a temperature check and SMMC’s COVID-19 questionnaire.

Persons who are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, vomiting and diarrhea avoid attending the event but encourage them to make an appointment once they are no longer experiencing symptoms.

The Positive and Elektralyets Foundation is calling the men on your community who are over 45 years who have not had a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test within the last two years to make use of this opportunity to GET CHECKED!

“While prostate cancer is a huge taboo on our island, it does not discriminate, and it could affect the ones we hold dear to our hearts. Let us be proactive in the fight against prostate cancer,” said the foundations’ presidents Shelly Alphonso and Mercedes Van der Waals- Wyatt. The foundations look forward to being a part of more collaborative events like breast cancer screenings in October 2021.

Background on our Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign

In 2019 the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations and the St. Maarten Medical Center launched the prostate cancer awareness campaign with the slogan “Man Up” “Check Up” on T-shirts, with the hope that it would reach the macho men in our community.

During the 2019 campaign over 150 men registered for prostate screening examinations. In 2020, the foundations, embraced the challenges related to the Covid 19 pandemic, pivoting the in-person screening campaigns to the Blue Faces poster campaign.

The posters feature men in our community that have volunteered to be a part of our ongoing campaign to inspire, stimulate and strengthen our call to action to help save lives on St. Maarten. The Blue Faces are also warriors, survivors and men who understand the importance of getting checked and staying in tune with their health as men. While prostate cancer is a huge taboo on our island, the foundations hope that “MAN UP and CHECK UP” slogan will appeal to the macho men in our community and start the discussions among men older than 45 years and their health care providers.


14 teenagers suspected of committing offenses in three weeks

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETER’S/REWARD) - Fourteen teenagers have committed suspected criminal offenses at or in the vicinity of their schools between August 27 to September 17. This averages about five incidents per week. These incidents and arrests were related to violence, carrying weapons and/or illicit drugs.

The incidents have been lessened due to increased police presence and a combined initiative of schools, the Police Force of Sint Marten KPSM and other stakeholders in the major school district of St. Peters/South Reward in the past week. However, this is not a permanent solution as security is not the only basis for the issues faced in schools. This is evidenced by the fact that four of the 14 teenage boys have had prior contact with the law.

Further, the teenagers involved in the incidents range in age from 13 to 18. The majority is 16-year-olds.

The latest incident was of a student suspected of destruction of property outside of school grounds. This was reported on September 17.

The latest arrest on September 16 was of a student suspected of snatching a chain from someone’s neck. This student together with another student, age 15 and 16, are suspected of committing the act on September 6.

The first incident and arrests for student-on-student violence occurred on August 27 when a fight erupted between two students outside of school grounds. Another student was an accomplice of the aggressor by supplying him with brass knuckles. A third student with another pair of brass knuckles was also involved in this case. The fight was videoed by students and shared via social media.

Less than a week later on August 31, another student was found at school with a quantity of marijuana and what at first appeared to be a handgun in his backpack along with his notebooks and lunch. The weapon, after examination by police, was found to be a pellet gun. The pellet gun looked similar to a real gun. If it is used to threaten someone, he/she may not know the difference.

The very next day, September 1, yet another student at the same school was found with a quantity of marijuana in his possession during a routine security check.

Possession of marijuana got another two students in trouble the following day, September 2, and on September 7.

The weekend passed without any incident as school doors were shut, but the incidents reemerged with a stabbing on September 6.

An 18-year-old student from one school stabbed a student from another school. The victim’s injuries were not serious, however, the fact that someone was stabbed in school is alarming.  

In a case of extortion on September 6, another teenager is in trouble with the law for suspected extortion. He is suspected of taking at least US $2 from fellow students in school.

A 15-year-old student was arrested on September 7. The student is a suspect co-perpetrator of a scooter theft. He has a prior record for serious ill-treatment.

A student was found with a machete in school. This occurred on Friday, September 10, 2021. The deadly weapon was discovered in a routine security check at a school.

The long and growing list of serious offences perpetrated by teenagers is very troubling and does not paint a picture of safety and security for the overall student population and the community as a whole. What are even more causes for concern for the Prosecutor’s Office are the students’ ages (the youngest was 13) and the reoffending of those who already have a record.

The plight of the children and the triggers for violence require a concerted and targeted approach by all in the community. These are no longer isolated issues, but ones of profound impact on the society and requires everyone to take on their (assigned) roles.

The root of the aggression of our children and the violence triggers must be tackled post haste to disrupt the path that leads to criminality and children becoming the subject cases handled by the Prosecutor’s Office. Parents and guardians have a vital part to play in curbing criminality in their children and in society.

To all of Sint Maarten students, think before you act aggressively, keep tempers in check, and avoid criminal activities. Bear in mind that, getting in contact with the law can harm your future prospects - everything from gaining entrance into institutions of higher education to job opportunities.

It is also very important for you as students to speak up if you notice illegal activities in and around your schools. To “say something when you see something” does not equate to snitching or ratting out a fellow student, because it is the responsibility of everyone to do their part to ensure there is a safe environment to learn and thrive in. Remember, it is for your safety too!

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