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The Rotary Clubs of Sint Maarten/Martin, Anguilla and St. Barthelemy Extending Relief Efforts to the Bahamas.

PHILIPSBURG:--- In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged through the Bahamas earlier this month, the five Rotary Clubs in St. Maarten/St. Martin, the Rotary Club of Anguilla and the Rotary Club of St. Barth’s have combined their efforts to provide much-needed relief to those affected, specifically in the Northern Bahama islands.

Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas on September 1 as a Category 5 hurricane packing winds up to 185 mph. The storm which pounded the islands for more than a day left the Abaco islands and Grand Bahama completely devastated, with over 70,000 individuals displaced, thousands still missing and the death toll which continues to rise.

The islands of St. Barth’s, St. Maarten/St. Martin and Anguilla know all too well the devastation that a Category 5 hurricane can inflict on an island, as our islands went through a much similar experience in 2017, with the devastation of Hurricane Irma. In our moment of despair, our fellow Rotarian brothers and sisters in the Bahamas stood with us and provided much needed support to those affected in our region, and likewise in their time of despair, we will stand with our Rotarian family in the Bahamas.

The Rotary Clubs of St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth’s and Anguilla held several meetings to coordinate relief efforts to aid the Bahamas. All clubs have agreed that the most efficient way to provide relief to those affected in the Bahamas would be to provide monetary contributions to the Rotary Disaster Relief Fund, established in the Bahamas to directly support the local relief and recovery efforts.

The Rotary Clubs have thus far contributed $8,650 to the Disaster Relief Fund in the Bahamas from fellow Rotarians. In the coming weeks the Rotary Clubs in St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth’s and Anguilla intends to host various fund-raising efforts including donation boxes at various supermarkets, restaurants, and businesses as well as other fundraising efforts. Additional details of the Clubs fund raising efforts will follow in as soon as they are finalized.

The Rotary Clubs of St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth’s and Anguilla would like to express their sincere gratitude to the general public, who have supported their various projects and initiatives locally. We are now calling on the people in our region to stand with Rotary, one of the world’s most trusted charity organizations, and support us in our humanitarian efforts.

For more information about any of the Rotary Clubs in St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth’s and Anguilla, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LU hosts annual fire drill exercise.

lukpsm15092019PHILIPSBURG:--- Learning Unlimited Preparatory School (LUPS) held its annual Emergency Fire/Disaster Drill exercise on Friday, September 13 in keeping with its outlook on disaster preparedness and preparation.

The exercise included various emergency response teams including the Fire Department, Police Department, and Ambulance services. The Fire Department responded with two fire engines and several members of their emergency response team. LU's community police officer, Mr. Felix Richards was on the scene as well to provide organizational assistance. The fire department contingent also included representatives from the disaster management service, the prevention, and repression departments.

The LU staff and students were swift in their response and evacuation actions. Teachers, students, staff and even canteen workers evacuated the building and arrived in their allocated evacuation areas in less than three minutes. Almost everyone was accounted for with the exception of two designated students, who were reported missing.

During the drill, a smoke machine was used to simulate real-world conditions and the designated two students remained in the main building unannounced to the fire department. Upon the arrival of the emergency services crews, they were informed of the situation and notified of the missing students.

The firemen and firewomen were extremely well-prepared and they performed their duties professionally and responsibly in a very timely fashion locating the students and providing relief actions. All of the emergency response services were impressed with LU's quick response time and complimented the school's administration and emergency response leaders for a job well done.

Following the conclusion of the evacuation exercise, LU's emergency response team met with the local fire department and Officer Richards to review the drill and provide feedback.

Public Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten launches new website.

PHILIPSBURG:--- In efforts to inform and educate the community on its role and tasks, the Public. Prosecutor’s Office of Sint Maarten has launched a new website:

The new website serves as a guide to understanding what sort of cases the Public Prosecution Service handles and the overall process in bringing a case to trial. The new website aims to be more engaging, address main concerns and offer individuals direct contact with the Public Prosecutor’s Office via the contact page.

Press statements, informative videos and developing policies will be uploaded regularly as the Public Prosecutor’s Office aims to keep the community informed.

“Please feel welcome to visit our new website and get to know our office better,”
encouraged Chief Public Prosecutor Mirjam Mol.

Remember to pay your fines! Grace period is almost over.

PHILIPSBURG:---The Ministry of Justice in conjunction with the Prosecutor’s Office, and the St. Maarten Police Force would like to remind the general public to pay their outstanding fines.
The grace period for payments started on September 1, 2019, and will end on September 30, 2019. Individuals with outstanding fines imposed on traffic infractions are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the next two weeks, as during this time fines can be paid without further penalty.
Notification letters along with strict controls by the St. Maarten Police Force will begin in October. Be advised that in the event you are stopped, and discovered to have outstanding fines, you will be required to settle your debts immediately. If you are not able to do so, your vehicle may be seized. Violators may be taken to the police station, where they will be given the option to either “pay or stay”.
Please note that the locations for payment are at the Prosecutor’s Office, the headquarter of the Police Station in Philipsburg, and the Receiver’s Office. Payments can also be made at the Public Service Center located in Simpson Bay. Cash payments are only made at the Receiver’s Office. If there is any uncertainty on the amount of your outstanding fines, please contact the Prosecutor’s Office.
The Ministry of Justice, the Prosecutor’s Office, and the St. Maarten Police Force would like to commend the individuals that have been taking advantage of the grace period and have settled their outstanding amounts.
We look forward to your compliance and cooperation as this project progresses. Further updates can be found on the Ministry of Justice (@ministryofjusticesxm) as well as Fines Recovery Project (@finesrecoverysxm) Facebook pages.


Several Arrests made.

Young man arrested for robbery on 2 Chinese supermarket

In the ongoing investigation into the 2 armed robberies that took place on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019, the patrol form Philipsburg together with the Special Unit Robbery apprehended one of the suspects that supposedly was involved in this incident. The minor suspect with initials Y.R was arrested on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 about17.40 in the area of Dutch Quarter. After being detained the suspect was and brought over to the police station in Philipsburg and handed over to the S.U.R department for further investigation.

Man arrested for Ill-treatment.

On Thursday, September 12th, 2019, about 15.50 the police arrested the man with the initials R.I S in the Cole-Cay area. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect for ill-treatment that took place on August 30th, 2019. After being detained the suspect was brought over to the Philipsburg police station where he is being held for questioning.      

Man arrested for arson.

On Friday, September 13th, 2019, approximately 01.50 am, the police patrol of Philipsburg was directed to the Madame Estate area, where a car was supposedly set on fire. At the scene, the patrol encounters a man with the initials K.G.A.S. who was suspected of committing arson. The suspect who is well known to the police was arrested and brought over to the police station in Philipsburg. He was incarcerated pending further investigation.    

KPSM Press Release.

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