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Office of Disaster Management: Prepare your Disaster Supply Kit.

GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- It only takes one storm to change your life and community. We live in the hurricane belt, and therefore you need to be prepared. One of the first things that you need is a Disaster Supply Kit (DSK).

A DSK would have the necessary supplies to get you through the first few days after a storm has struck the island. A devastating hurricane could leave the country without water and electricity for several days if not longer, and therefore it is very important to have a minimum of one week of supplies for each person in the household.

The DSK should contain non-perishable food, water, and medicine (fill prescriptions before the storm); non-electric can opener; first-aid kit; extra cash (ATM machines and credit cards won’t work if there is no electricity); battery-powered radio and flashlights as well as extra batteries; make sure cell phones are all charged prior to the arrival of the hurricane; fill up your car/truck with gas; check if your home and automobile insurance are up to date; put ID cards, passports and driver’s license in a waterproof bag along with other important documents.

If you are a parent with an infant or young children, you also need to have essential items as part of your disaster supply kit: baby formula; diapers; bottles; powdered milk; medications; moist towels; and diaper rash ointment.

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM), is advising all residents to begin to prepare timely for the Atlantic hurricane season and to have the necessary plans in place before the peak of the season (August – October). The hurricane season opens on June 1st.

Use the quiet period of the season to trim back tree branches from your home; cut all dead or weak branches on any trees on your property; clean-up your yard and put away items that could blow away during the passing of a hurricane.

The 2017 hurricane season officially runs through November 30.

Inspectorate TEATT to step up public transportation inspections.

GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- Section Transportation that falls under the Inspectorate of Ministry Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), would like to inform the public transportation sector that they will be stepping up controls to make sure that the aforementioned are compliant with the law.

Section Transportation is responsible for the correct implementation of traffic and public transport regulations and maintaining public order amongst all public transportation operators and permit holders such as busses, taxis, car rentals, and those vehicles that carry the G and T license plates.

During controls in public transportation, those persons found to be in violation of the ordinance and or permit conditions can face enforcement measures ranging from a warning, fine, confiscation of property or arrest depending on the seriousness of the violation.

Permit holders who need to replace or substitute their registered vehicle for another must report to the Department of Economic Licenses located at Zoutsteeg #3, Philipsburg, in order to have this change approved and registered before operating on the public road.

An inspection of the vehicle will also be necessary to ensure it meets the requirements for public transportation. The inspection will be conducted by the Inspectorate.

The Department of Economic Licenses can be contacted at 542-2986, 542-0778 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Inspectorate can be contacted at 542-4509/4511 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TelEm Group rallying support for Annual ABCS Softball tourney now under way.

telemabcssoftball25052017Pond Island:--- TelEm Group is calling for a huge turnout of supporters for the Annual ABCS Softball Tournament that is being hosted by Country St. Maarten starting this today (Thursday).

The prestigious contest pits the best softball teams from Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St.Maarten (ABCS) against each other to find out which team is the best of the lot.

According to hosts, The Lion Sporting Club Foundation, some 15 teams will be competing, including four from Aruba, four from Bonaire, four from Curacao and three from St. Maarten. (Each team will consist of 25 players and officials).

According to Foundation Treasurer, Ludson Dongo, St. Maarten has the honor of hosting the 34th Annual Softball Tournament this year and his group is doing its utmost to ensure players and supporters alike have a wonderful sporting experience.

He said thanks to a donation from TelEm Group towards the event, his foundation is confident that it will make many different softball fans from all the competing islands happy with the arrangements.

The Treasurer and fellow Foundation member, Timothy Daniel, picked up their sponsorship donation from TelEm Group, Senior Account Manager, Lucrecia P. Lynch, during a brief presentation ceremony at the TelEm Group main building on Pond Island last Friday.

“We have a number of softball players and fans within our company, and I am encouraging them all, along with other sporting fans on the island to turn out and root for their favourite teams,” said Lucrecia, who informed that fans can also keep up with the progress of the tournament with free live streaming of the games.

“We will have some random prize giveaways to keep the excitement going and we will be providing Top-ups for mobile customers at the sports venue,” continued the Account Manager.

She was informed by the Foundation members that all games will be played on the Little League playing field, Soualiga Boulevard, from May 25th until May 28th when prizes and trophies will be handed out to the winning team and MVP’s before the visiting teams and their supporters return to their respective homes.

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN supports SXM moot court

cibcdonation25052017PHILIPSBURG:---Some local high school students are busy sharpening their legal debating skills in hopes of representing their country next January at an international competition. In May 2015, with the help of St. Maarten-based attorneys, six teams from five different high schools competed in the first St. Maarten Moot Court Competition.
The winning team and best individual speakers were selected to represent St. Maarten in the third edition of the prestigious International Moot Court held biennially in The Hague, the Netherlands, where they placed 3rd out of the 12 participating countries.
With a high hope of even further success in the international competition, SXM Moot Court has organized another national round to be held on June 2nd, 2017. The best students will represent the island in the International Moot Court competition in The Hague in January 2018.
CIBC FirstCaribbean recently made a donation to the SXM Moot Court Foundation. The Foundation was established to introduce St. Maarten students to international law, legal debating skills and ultimately to a legal career.

Photo : Alphons Gumbs,CIBC FirstCaribbean (center) with SXM Moot Court representatives, Emmely De Haan (left) and Nathalie Tackling (right).

Customs confiscated 336 kilos of marijuana, 1 kilo of cocaine.

customsdrugs25052017PHILIPSBURG:--- During the past week, Customs Officers confiscated approximately 336 kilos of marijuana and 1 kilo of cocaine.
On May 17th Custom Officers at the Princess Juliana International Airport confiscated 1 (one) kilo of cocaine from a male passenger with initials J.E.M. who arrived on the Insel Air flight from Curacao. The suspect had swallowed 83 "bolitas" which was proven from X-ray pictures taken at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The suspect was brought to the station to discharge the "bolitas". Investigations into this matter are ongoing.
On May 13th Customs Officers at the Point Blanche Harbor facilities along with the Coast Guard and the Justice K9 confiscated 101 packages of marijuana hidden in banana slips from a vessel originating from St. Vincent. This shipment of marijuana with a total weight of approximately 36 kilos was destined for Tortola.
On May 22nd during a routine control Customs Officers at the Point Blanche Harbor Facilities confiscated 15 boxes of marijuana from a container vessel originating from Jamaica, in transit to Antigua. The assistance of the Justice K-9 was called in to confirm that no more contraband was hidden in other areas of the container. The total amount of this seizure was approximately 300 kilos.
Customs will continue to intensify controls at the Princess Juliana International Airport and the Point Blanche Harbor facilities.

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