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Registration Drive for SXM Strong Christmas Parade 2017.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport is holding a three-day registration drive for its SXM Strong Christmas Parade 2017. The registration drive is from Monday, December 11th to Wednesday, December 13th, 2017. Parents interested in having their children participate in the parade can pick up a registration form at the front desk of the new Government Administration Building. Completed forms must be returned by Wednesday, December 13th, 2017. The first 50 registrants will receive a Christmas costume sponsored by the Ministry. Other registrants will still be a valuable part of the parade as they will receive an SXM Strong T-shirt and a Christmas hat. The parade is set for December 22nd, 2017 and full details of the parade will follow shortly. The route will be focused in the Philipsburg area only. Patrons can expect to enjoy entertainment from New Generation Status Drum Band, Dow’s Ebony Steel Orchestra, Funtopia’s stilt walkers, characters such as Mickey Mouse and Elsa and Olaf from the hit children’s movie Frozen and many more. However, it would not be a Christmas parade without Mr. Santa Claus who will be accompanied by his Santa helpers.
The Ministry found it very important to continue with its original plans and still host a Christmas parade this year. Christmas festivities form part of the 2017 tasks of the Department of Culture and the Christmas parade is one of the ways that the Ministry is engaging in spreading holiday cheer to the people of St. Maarten. The Ministry is also working together with the K1 Brittania foundation in its yearly Christmas Angel program.
Should you require more information regarding the Christmas parade, please feel free to contact Janelle Presentacion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 550-8777 during working hours.

Press Release from the Ministry of ECYS


Close windows if downwind from a landfill fire for those with respiratory challenges.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is advising persons living downwind from a landfill fire, to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge.

There have been of recent a number of fires on the landfill at Pond Island. The smoke released into the air from the fire can cause allergies and irritate persons who have asthma or any other respiratory ailments.

For persons who suffer from asthma, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory challenges, take the aforementioned measure until the smoke clears from your area.

For information, you can call CPS 542-2078 or 542-3003.

Trust company owner arrested for corruption.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Corinne de T. (54 years, Aruba), the owner of a former trust office on Sint Maarten, was arrested today, Sunday, December 10th 2017, in Philipsburg in an ongoing investigation into corruption with building projects on Sint Maarten.
She is suspected of co-perpetrating money laundering, not reporting unusual transactions, conducting a trust office without a license and destroying evidence.
The investigation is handled by the anti-corruption taskforce (TBO) and the National Detective Agency (Landsrecherche Sint Maarten).

Press Release from the Public Prosecutors Office

SER elects Damien Richardson as Chairman, Eveline Henriquez-Dijkhoffz elected as Vice-Chairwoman.

drichardonelectedserchairman10122017HARBOR VIEW:--- Mr. ir. Damien Richardson was elected Chairman of the Social Economic Council (SER) by his fellow board members during their board meeting of Thursday, December 7th, 2017.

ir.Damien Richardson takes over the position from former Chairwoman Oldine Bryson-Pantophlet, who bid farewell to the SER on April 30th, 2017. On May 1st, 2017, the three-year tenure of the former SER council came to an end. A new nine-member council was installed by national decree on October 23rd, 2017. Damien Richardson serves an independent expert (kroon lid) on the council.

Born on the island of Sint Maarten, Damien Richardson is no stranger to our community. Damien graduated with honors and a principle mark of ten (10) for his Master of Science in Architecture in 2002 at the Technical Universiteit (TU) in Delft, Netherlands. He returned to the island in January 2007 and worked as the Department Head of VROMI from 2007 and 2008 managing both the Building Permits and the Policy Development Department. Damien is currently the Managing Director of Richardson Plus, and teaches courses on Caribbean Metropolitan Architecture (CMA) at the University of St. Martin (USM).

On the same day, Mrs. Eveline Henriquez-Dijkhoffz was elected as Vice-Chairwoman of the SER by her fellow board members. Mrs. Henriquez-Dijkhoffz takes over from former Vice-Chairman Mr. Dwight Williams who resigned from the council in October. Returning for a third term, the businesswoman serves as a member representing the employers from the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA). Mrs. Henriquez-Dijkhoffz is an active member in our community. Besides her role on the board of the SER, Mrs. Henriquez-Dijkhoffz is a proud mom of two, together with her husband they own their own business. The terms of the Chair and Vice-Chair will come to a conclusion on April 30, 2020 at which time the tree year tenure of the entire SER council comes to an end.

SER Press Release

Demolition Works to Start Inside SXM Airport.

michelhyman07122017SIMPSON BAY:--- Work is expected to start this week on the demolition of the interior walls of the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) terminal building, said Michel Hyman, COO and Acting CEO of the Airport.
“On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, we will be selecting the contractor who will start on the demolition of the mold-infested interior sheetrock walls,” he said.
“We have been following the required procurement procedures, and the building was just recently inspected. The inspectors had to give their report on the mold in the building with recommendations on how to proceed, Hyman explained.
In the meantime, he said, everyone who enters the building has to put on their personal protective gear to ensure their safety.
“This is standard practice and we don’t want to endanger the health of anyone,” he said. SXM Airport suffered severe damages as a result of Hurricane Irma with recorded wind speeds of up to 240 mph at the facility. This was further worsened by Hurricane Maria that came shortly after Irma, bringing with it a lot of showers.
“Due to the water leaks, we are constantly fogging inside the building to avoid mosquito breeding places and to safeguard the health of our employees,” Hyman said, adding: “The intention is to rebuild the interior of the airport completely and restore it to the pride of place it had before the hurricanes.”
Management of SXM Airport meets regularly with the different stakeholders to inform them of developments at the facility, he revealed.

PJIAE Press Release


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