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Tzu Chi gets second container of rice for hurricane relief.

riceandflour19072018~Distributes to 300 families in Cay Bay~

The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation is continuing its aid to provide much-needed relief to persons in the community affected by the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, by distributing more “Love Rice” sent to St. Maarten by Tzu Chi’s head office in Taiwan.

On July 10, Tzu Chi St. Maarten received a second hurricane relief container with 2,000 bags of rice from Tzu Chi’s headquarters. Each bag contains 10 kilos of rice.

This is the fourth container of rice sent to St. Maarten by Tzu Chi’s head office and the second container sent specifically as hurricane relief for the community of St. Maarten. The first bag of hurricane relief rice was sent to the country in May.

A total of 18 local Tzu Chi volunteers worked in harmony and offloaded the container within three hours on July 15.

Without wasting any time, 28 volunteers got together on July 16, and braved the early afternoon heat to hold their first distribution for this latest shipment by giving out 300 bags of rice to 300 families in Cay Bay. The 28 volunteers included 11 Chinese contractors and engineers, who are in St. Maarten working on the rebuilding of the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino as well as seven new volunteers from the Cay Bay district and 10 volunteers from Tzu Chi St. Maarten.

While all volunteers were grateful to assist in the project, a representative of the Chinese volunteers said the group felt very blessed and grateful to assist and promised to help in any way that they can, during their time in St. Maarten.

The recipients in Cay Bay were happy with the assistance and also supported Tzu Chi’s benevolent efforts by contributing financially to the foundation’s “bamboo bank” (collection boxes), in an effort to help the foundation to help others in the community in other areas. Recipients lauded Tzu Chi for being a foundation that offers everyone a chance to assist while also receiving.

Many of the recipients were still out of work and were still living under tarpaulins as they are unable to repair the damages to their homes caused by the September, 2017 hurricanes. Recipients were grateful for the Love Rice received and felt blessed that Tzu Chi was there to provide continuous support.

Tzu Chi St. Maarten Commissioner Sandra Cheung said the foundation is grateful to Tzu Chi Founder Master Cheng Yen for sending another container of rice to assist the community of St. Maarten.


TelEm Group CEO Kendall Dupersoy calls for fair action by PJD-2 Radio.

kendalldupersoy19072018Pond Island:--- TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, says a social media issue involving comments he made on his personal Facebook page in defense of company personnel and the company generally is being unfairly used to create a cloud of distrust within the St. Maarten community. The CEO is also pushing back on criticism that the Facebook comment he posted was made in an unprofessional way.
The issue involves repairs to services provided to St. Maarten radio station PJD-2 and public complaint from one of the station’s presenters who is allegedly struggling with slow links from TelEm Group.
According to Mr. Dupersoy, he personally intervened with the station owner to get the communication problem successfully resolved after many complaints. After replacing a faulty cable some improvement was realized but the station owner was advised that due to the number of devices and streaming service being used at the station, a capacity upgrade was needed to improve their service.
The CEO said he was not surprised when, as anticipated, bandwidth issues at the station arose and communication problems returned at the station.

“I confirmed with my technicians and engineers, who analyzed the problem, that it continued to be with the number of devices in use at the radio station and there continued to be a critical need for upgrades and the station was informed about this,” continued the CEO.
Mr. Dupersoy confirmed that the radio station had complained several times about its slow service, however it had taken to using the airwaves to complain to radio listeners when the issue was not the internet service - an action he felt himself was an unfair use of the station’s influence on the public.
“I did not think this was fair and thought at least the station could inform its listeners and the public about our findings and advice to them, and since they did not do this I made mention of the situation on my Facebook page so that people who know me and know what I stand for in seeking improvement of all of our telecommunication services will be aware of the efforts we took in this case and also, honestly to solicit a response from the station on the matter,” said Mr. Dupersoy.
“I challenge PJD-2 to do the correct thing and inform their listeners and members of the public what the issue is as we have explained to them and how we have advised them about fixing the problem. Meantime I am happy to learn that our Sales Department is speaking with the station with a view to updating their service to one that will better support their increased use of bandwidth to run the station’s various services and devices,” said Mr. Dupersoy.

Contractors and builders advised to have plans in place to have building sites storm-ready.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):---The rebuilding of Sint Maarten is underway post hurricane Irma. There is a lot of construction activities taking place around the country.
Construction materials can be found around building sites as well as old zinc, wood that has been discarded from the house or business under construction.
Contractors and builders are requested by the Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) to have a plan in place to prepare and secure their building sites in the event of a storm/hurricane threat to the country.
These building sites must be storm-ready within a 48-hour period before the arrival of a storm/hurricane.
Contractors and home builders during severe weather are responsible for securing building sites for the protection of the public, property and surrounding areas.
Materials such as plywood, shingles, zinc, and other construction materials could become flying missiles capable of impaling zinc roofs, windows or anything in its way.
Construction debris can cause severe damage to property and lead to possible loss of life. With building activity taking place on the island, every construction site supervisor and/or foreman is advised to have a plan in place with respect to what action they will be taking at their building site whether it’s a small, medium or large house, or business.
A tropical storm system could form during any part of the hurricane season and not necessarily during the peak months from mid-August to mid-October. The country already had the experience of Beryl that formed early July.
As a rule, all building sites should be kept organized and clean to a certain degree. Arrange timely pick up of trash (discarded old zinc, wood etc.) dumpsters, and only keep materials on site you will utilize at any given week especially bearing in mind that we are in the hurricane season and keep construction equipment secure.
All businesses should also see to it that their premises are kept clean of any debris as part of a preventative approach.
Any planned supply deliveries should be postponed if there is a storm/hurricane threat to the island within a 48-hour period.
When a tropical storm or hurricane watch is issued 48-hours before a system is forecast to hit, remove all scaffolding, and remove, or safely secure, all building materials and equipment.
Sub-contractors should also be alerted to their responsibilities as well with respect to securing or removing their materials and equipment.
Stop job processes that will likely become damaged by the storm/hurricane, such as window installations, house wrap, or landscaping. Complete those tasks that will likely prevent damage, such as concrete work, closing in a house, or filling in foundation excavations.
Follow through with a quick inspection of your building site once a tropical storm/hurricane watch has been issued for the country. Do not wait until the last minute to inspect your job site, as you may need that time to go home and secure your own family dwelling. Employees will need time to do the same.
Once the storm/hurricane is over and the All Clear has been given by Emergency Operations Center (EOC) headed by the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, you may return to the building site for damage assessment and inspection.
Remember, to have your building site storm-ready in the event of a storm/hurricane strike.

St. Maarten community joins KPSM and Rogers family in laying to rest veteran cop.

quinrogers19072018~ Delayed Promotion was given posthumously~

PHILIPSBURG: --- The community of St. Maarten joined members of the Police Force of St. Maarten (KPSM) and family members of fallen officer Quintin Rogers. The homegoing ceremony was held on Thursday.
The late Quintin Rogers served as a Police Officer for 41 years, while being a dedicated cop and family man he also suffered silently, as he was denied his hard earned promotion which was given to him posthumously.
Quin as he is known as in the St. Maarten community served as Acting Chief Inspector of Police for 15 years, 12 of those years he spent in St. Eustatius while he has been waiting for the last 3 years on St. Maarten for his promotion but that did not come until he died at home last week.
On Thursday almost everyone that knew the Rogers family murmured when they heard the last radio call during the farewell ceremony in front of the Philipsburg Police Headquarters. During that last call the late officer was given the honors as Chief Inspector of Police while he was also pinned as a Chief Inspector for his home going ceremony. Even in the Roman Catholic Church on Front Street where the official ceremony was held almost all his colleagues that worked with the late Rogers spoke out because of the injustice done against the men in blue.
Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever honored the request of KPSM to promote the late Quintin Rogers.
Members of the Council of Ministers, and several Members of Parliament were also among those that paid their last respects to the Rogers family who all dedicated their lives to serving St. Maarten as Officers of the Law.

Click here to view more photos of the homegoing ceremony.

Traffic interruption on A.T. Illidge Road on Saturday.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be interruption with the traffic flow on the A.T. Illidge Road (Dutch Quarter), proximity to Nazareth Road on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Motorists are requested to be vigilant and observant for the traffic directional signs. Motorists coming from French Quarter and Belvedere will use the Bishop Road, Sucker Garden Road and/or Middle Region Road to get to their desired destination.

Residents of Nazareth Road and Union Farm will use the A. T. Illidge Road via Mount William Hill or a detour via Nazareth Road through the Maccow’s property (cockpit) onto the A.T. Illidge Road.

The road closure is in connection with the maintenance of the sewage pump pit in the street.
Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.


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