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Hefty fines imposed to Sint Maarten Cable TV – revocation of license looms.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) imposed administrative fines to Caribbean Teleview Services d.b.a. St. Maarten Cable TV for substantial license violations.

For over 10 months the Quality of Service standards of Cable TV have not been met, island wide coverage is no longer guaranteed, the license holder is not adhering to instructions of the regulator post Irma, and the company failed to comply with various license conditions and directives as stipulated in their Ministerial Decree (MB). The regulator counted no less than 14 violation for which the license holder has been sanctioned for.

The Director of BTP, Mr. Anthony Carty, also calls it worrisome that due process has never been followed when Sint Maarten Cable TV was allegedly acquired by a Local Telecom Operator. Failure to comply with stipulations set forth in the law, regulations and licenses, may result in situations whereby the employees and customers of the license holder are placed at risk, as continuity of service is no longer guaranteed. Carty explained: “Telecommunications is a critical service for the functioning of a society and economy. We therefore believe that business continuity in our industry should always be of the highest priority. To safeguard the quality of service of Sint Maarten Cable TV and the position of their subscribers we’ve decided to issue administration fines for each license violation”.

Full compliance from the license holder is now expected, and island wide services needs to be restored as soon as possible. BTP duly informed the Management of Cable TV that it holds the right to issue new fines or even suspend or revoke the licenses of Sint Maarten Cable TV if the violations are not resolved and deemed to be of a structural nature.

Carty continued: “The availability of reliable TV services on the island has our fullest attention. We see TV as a very powerful tool to relay information to our citizens – especially during the Atlantic Hurricane Season-, but also to educate people and provide entertainment and relaxation. It’s of great importance that Island wide telecom services, - included but not limited to TV services - need to return to normalcy. For that reason other entities within the Telecom industry, such as Internet Service Providers and Fixed & Mobile providers are also subjected to in-depth network assessments of BTP. We are working diligently with the Minister of TEATT and all other stakeholders involved to get improved services on Sint Maarten within short”.

Recall of Frozen Vegetables originating from Hungary.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Hungarian production company named Greenyard has issued a recall of various frozen vegetables branded under different retailers names. Reason for the recall is that these products have been found to be contaminated with the bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected products are:

1. Frozen Mexican mix vegetables of 1 Kg from the brand Leader Price;
2. Frozen Caribbean and Mexican mixed vegetables of Kg from the brand D’Aucy ;
3. ‘Chili con carne’ meatballs with chicken fried rice with frozen mushroom of 900 grams from the brand Carrefour;
4. Frozen sweet corn of 1 Kg or 10 Kg from the brand ‘Pinguin

Listeriosis is an infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. People usually become ill after eating contaminated food. Most people won’t have any symptoms of the infection or will only experience mild symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, which usually pass within a few days without the need for treatment. More serious infection can develop in those with weakened immune systems or in vulnerable groups including babies, the elderly or pregnant women.”

The Inspectorate is doing the necessary checks and has not received any complaints related to the recall yet. However, the Inspectorate informs all consumers not to consume any of products listed.

Three False Alarms at Departure Pavilion.

Simpson Bay:---At approximately 1:55pm an alarm was triggered in the Departure Pavil-ion. The Rescue and Firefighting team (R&FF) responded to the alarm, as everyone vacated the Pavilion. Following an investigation by the R&FF it was later determined that the alarm system showed an active fire fault in the system and the team determined that it was safe to return to the Pavilion.
The Rescue and Firefighting team reset the panel box and declared the situation as a code green, which meant that they could stand down as there was no active fire.

At 3:15pm the alarm sounded once more in the Departure Pavilion and the Rescue and Firefighting team responded once again. The passengers evacuated the building and this time the Red Alert detection technician arrived to check the system. The Red Alert company originally installed the fire alarm system at the Pavilions.

On Wednesday July 18, 2018 yet another alarm was triggered at approximately 10:21am at the Departure Pavilion. Chief of the Rescue and Firefighting Department, Manilo Penijn announced that the technician decided to disable the panel box and is currently busy repairing the faulty wiring. The R&FF team established a fire watch in the Pavilion until the technician completes the necessary repairs.

The Managing Board apologizes for any inconvenience the false alarms may have caused and stressed that the airport does not take the safety and security of its users for granted.

St. Maarten Rotary Club – Mid Isle donates materials for Sport to the National Sport Institute.

midisledonation18072018PHILIPSBURG:---The St. Maarten Rotary Club – Mid Isle, recently donated materials to the National
Sport Institute for Community and Organizational usage.

Following the hurricane experienced in 2017, Sport experienced many challenges with damage to the sport facilities and loss of sport material. In light of the challenges, the Rotary club, Mrs Denise Antrobus contacted the Department of Sport of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport to assist. It was determined with the Department of Sport and the National Sport Institute the Foundation responsible for the execution of sports and the management of the various
Government owned sport facilities that the assistance would be needed in the form of sport materials that could be utilized by the school and organizations who utilize our facilities. The funds for the equipment was garnered through The Rotary District 7020 Emergency Recovery fund. District 7020 compromises of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman islands, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Barths, St. Maarten/St. Martin, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and US Virgin Islands. The materials received included: basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, nets and gloves. The Department of Sport on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and the National Sport Institute greatly appreciates the assistance of Mrs Antrobus of the Rotary club who took the initiative to contact the Department and the Rotary Club – Mid Isle for their assistance.

Road closures in connection with funeral proceedings.

PHILIPSBURG:--- In connection with funeral of police officer Quintin Rogers which is scheduled to be held on Thursday July 19th 2018 the Police Department is giving the following information regarding road closures.
At 09.30 a.m. the deceased will be transported by hearse to the Police Station in Simpson Bay escorted by police where a small ceremony will be held in his honor. The route will be Sucker Garden road, Freedom Fighter round about, Walter Nisbeth road, Prins Bernard Bridge, Bush road, Church hill round about, A.J.C. Brouwerd road, Kruythof round about, Welfare road, Simpson Bay Bridge, Old Simpson Bay road via Sister Modesta road. The Old Simpson Bay road will be closed temporarily at the police station until the short ceremony has concluded.
The procession will then return to Philipsburg via Simpson Bay Bridge, Welfare Road, Kruythoff round about, A.J.C. Brouwers road, Church hill round about, Bush road, Prins Bernard Bridge, Walter Nisbet road, Voges Street, E. Camille Richardson Street and stopping at the Philipsburg Police Head Quarters for a small ceremony arriving at approximately 10.15 a.m.
Front Street will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic at Long wall road and Little Bay road from 10.00 a.m. until the end of the funeral proceedings. All alleys connected to Front Street from Back street will also be closed to motor vehicle traffic until the end of the funeral proceedings.
At 11.00 a.m. the body of the deceased will then be transported to Sint Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church on Front Street for public viewing and a church service. After the church service at approximately 01.30 p.m. the uniformed departments and funeral procession will march down Front Street to the Catholic Cemetery at the crossing Front Street, Long wall road and Little bay road where the body will be laid to rest.
After the ceremony has taken place all streets and alleys will be re-opened motor vehicle traffic.
All drivers should take good note of this information and use alternative route to reach destinations and avoid any unnecessary delays or inconveniences. The Police Department is also asking all store owners and residents of Front Street to give all necessary cooperation to make this ceremony a successful one.

KPSM Press Release

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