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TelEm Group carrying out major repairs to Dutch Quarter Internet, telephone lines.

telem15022019PHILIPSBURG:---  TelEm Group are carrying out major repair works to damaged telecommunication cables in the Dutch Quarter area starting this weekend, and are informing residents and businesses nearby that their Internet and telephone lines will be affected.

TelEm Group’s Outside Plant says it has taken the opportunity of ongoing civil works in the Dutch Quarter area to excavate for suspected damaged cables, following complaints by residents about poor telephone reception and slow internet connections, especially after rainfall.

Acting Manager, Outside Plant, Mr. Steve Simmons, said technician’s fears were confirmed Friday when they discovered a host of damaged underground telecommunication cables that had deteriorated over the years.

The Technicians also found that some of the cables had been damaged in multiple places, indicating they had been damaged in the past by other excavation works that were covered up again without the damage being reported.

TelEm Group Chief Technical Officer, (CTO), Mr. Eldert Louisa, is appealing to all civil works contractors, and persons who damage company cables during excavation work to report the damage so that they can be repaired and not just covered up.

Acting Manager Outside Plant, Mr. Simmons, said residents and businesses in the Dutch Quarter area have been complaining about poor lines and slow internet speeds for quite a while, but the company’s hands were tied because they could not get permission to excavate the busy roadway in the Dutch Quarter area, where the damaged cables were.

“Government is trenching in the area and we took the opportunity to do our own works to see the condition of the cables underground. We saw a lot of corrosion and damage to cables that have to be replaced right away,” said Mr. Simmons.

The Acting Manager, Outside Plant, says a sub-contracting firm will be carrying out the majority of the works and is expected to complete the repairs within the next week.

“Customers who have been complaining about their telephone and internet lines in this part of Dutch Quarter can expect a vast improvement once the repairs are completed,” said Mr. Simmons.

He said the works began Friday and will continue Saturday in the area of Dutch Quarter between Milton Drive and Caines Drive. The Garden of Eden area will also be affected during the course of the day, Saturday. The repair works will continue next week, affecting other areas of Dutch Quarter.

TelEm Group’s Outside Plant will be informing residents and business in the area about the progress of the works in the coming days with notifications of the various areas that will be affected.

TelEm Group management has meantime apologized to residents and business in the Dutch Quarter area for any inconvenience caused by the major repairs to telecommunication cables in the area. TelEm Group look forward to an improvement of Internet and landline connections in Dutch Quarter when the repairs are completed.


Police arrest four teenagers.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Based on numerous reports made to the police department regarding a group of teens riding recklessly and causing much disturbance on a daily basis in the Point Blanche area and also based on information that three of these teens were involved in the ill-treatment of a man which was posted on Facebook police on Thursday, February 14th conducted a “sting operation” to apprehend these suspects. The suspects tried to flee the scene but soon realized that they were surrounded.

During the operation three suspects identified with initials T.M. (14), L.A. (14) and M.H. (18) were arrested in connection with the ill-treatment. One other suspect who could not identify himself and search at the scene was arrested for the possession of 12 small plastic bags containing marihuana and giving the authority a false name.
All suspects were taken the police head quarters were they were placed in custody for questioning.

Two Yamaha motorcycles and the illegal drugs were confiscated for further investigation.

KPSM Press Release.

Dutch Minister of Education, Culture & Science pays visit to APS’ Mary’s Fancy Plantation project.

apsdutchministersmith15022019PHILIPSBURG:--- The General Pension Fund of Sint Maarten, APS in collaboration with Dr. Jay Haviser hosted a tour and presentation of the restoration of the Mary’s Fancy Plantation for Dutch Minister of Education, Culture & Science Ms. Ingrid van Engelshoven and her support staff on February 4th. Dr. Jay Haviser, Director of SIMARC gave a presentation of the restoration project, including information on the National Heritage Center. Dr. Haviser spoke adamantly about the restoration project, stating that the approach of APS towards this project is “an example of renovation/restoration done right.” SIMARC is responsible for the execution of the archaeological digs, tree inventory, and consultation. The collaboration with SIMARC grants young locals the opportunity to be actively involved in the project as well.

“We are happy to be able to host Minister Engelshoven and her delegation. Once completed, we believe Mary’s Fancy restoration project will be another prime monument that both locals and visitors can enjoy for many generations to come.” - Mrs. Kendra Arnell - Manager Projects.

The delegation included Minister of Education, Youth, Culture, and Sport (MEYCS) Mr. Wycliffe Smith and his support staff, representatives of the Inspectorate of MEYCF, representative of the Netherlands Mr. Chris Johnson, Mr. Erwin Arkenbout and several other government officials. APS officials included Mr. Oscar Williams - Manager Pension Administration & Reporting and Mrs. Kendra Arnell - Manager Projects.

JetBlue Launches New Service from Fort Lauderdale Focus City to St. Maarten.

Seasonal Service from Boston Also Set to Resume, with New Saturday Mint Flights Debuting on the Route.
Saturday Mint Flights to St. Maarten Resume From New York-JFK.

ST. MAARTEN:---JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) is set to launch new daily service from its Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) focus city to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on Thursday, Feb. 14, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The new service will connect more customers from destinations across JetBlue’s route map.

In Fort Lauderdale, JetBlue’s South Florida focus city plays a key role in supporting the airline’s growing route map and offers flights to nearly every corner of the airline’s network from Lima to Los Angeles. It is one of JetBlue’s fastest-growing focus cities, serving customers throughout South Florida and offering a fast and convenient alternative for Miami-Dade travelers. JetBlue has committed to up to 140 daily departures in the coming years and recently expanded its operation to new gates in Terminal 3 and began utilizing Terminal 1 for additional international arrivals to help support future growth. JetBlue is also the only airline to offer a premium, lie-flat seat on domestic routes in Fort Lauderdale with its Mint flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

JetBlue will celebrate the launch of the new service from Fort Lauderdale alongside partners, including St. Maarten Minister of Tourism Stuart Johnson and Princess Juliana International Airport Chief Executive Officer Brian Mingo. The celebration will begin gate side in Fort Lauderdale and will continue during the flight with a special Valentine’s Day giveaway for customers, and one lucky customer winning a return trip for two to St. Maarten, courtesy of JetBlue and the Oyster Bay Resort. The festivities will continue upon arrival in St. Maarten and on board the return flight from St. Maarten to Fort Lauderdale, with more treats and prizes for customers.

“The launch of JetBlue’s new service between Fort Lauderdale and St. Maarten is very much a reason to celebrate with our customers, crewmembers, and partners. This new route is testament to the resiliency of the market and how it is recovering,” said Giselle Cortes, director of international airports for JetBlue. “We’re also pleased to resume seasonal service from Boston, while also introducing Mint in this route, and resuming Mint service from New York JFK, all of which will bring more tourists to visit St. Maarten.”

According to Minister Johnson, “The addition of the Fort Lauderdale-SXM route by JetBlue and the return of its original flights allows for the further diversification of St. Maarten’s Tourism Market.” He said, “The new flight signals St. Maarten’s commitment to its responsibility of ensuring Airlift to the destination is sustainable and grows not only for traffic to SXM Airport, but also branching out to hub islands, Anguilla, St. Barths, Tortola, Nevis and Anguilla as we continue to rebuild the hub function of our destination.”

JetBlue is relaunching its popular seasonal, twice-weekly service from Boston to St. Maarten on Feb. 16, and will introduce new Saturday Mint service on the route. Additionally, Saturday Mint flights from New York-JFK will resume on Feb. 16. JetBlue’s new Fort Lauderdale service and Mint flights to St. Maarten are part of the airline’s broader commitment to the destination as it increases capacity in the market. JetBlue has continually restored service to hurricane-impacted markets in the Caribbean as facilities have permitted, and as demand for travel has returned.

New Daily Schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and St. Maarten (SXM)
Beginning February 14, 2019

FLL - SXM Flight # 2761 SXM - FLL Flight # 2760


All JetBlue flights feature award-winning service with comfortable seating; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks; more than 100 channels of free SIRIUSXM® radio programming and 36 channels of free, live DIRECTV® programming on personal seatback televisions; free Fly-Fi high-speed wireless Internet (a), and the most legroom in coach (b).

About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 102 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit

(a) Fly-Fi is not available on flights operating outside of the contiguous U.S. For flights originating outside of the contiguous U.S., Fly-Fi will be available once the aircraft returns to the coverage area. Fly-Fi is available on all JetBlue-operated flights.
(b) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.
(c) Schedules subject to change.


Inspectorate TEATT to meet Quarterly with Veterinary Clinics.

teattvetinary14022019PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):---The Inspectorate of TEATT (Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications) are working with stakeholders to further enhance relations which is mutually beneficial to both parties concerned.

Management of the Inspectorate TEATT, representatives of Section LVV (Livestock, Agriculture & Fisheries) of the Inspectorate met with representatives of several Veterinary Clinics operating in the country, namely, the St. Maarten Veterinary Clinic, The Animal Hospital of St. Maarten, and the Animal Care Clinic.

It was decided during this meeting that the Inspectorate TEATT and the Veterinary Clinics will meet on a quarterly basis with the next meeting set for May 8.

A number of topics were discussed that are related to animal welfare and the protection of the country as well as emergency preparedness interventions for animals in the event of natural and man-made disasters, the latter which is based on Article 14 of the Organization Decree, Ministry of TEATT and is also a requirement of the Ministry of TEATT’s Disaster Preparedness Plan.

Other issues that were discussed were licensing and registration of veterinarians; stray animals; microchipping of animals; guidelines for the importation of animals; disaster preparedness plan for veterinarians; and veterinarian disease surveillance reporting.

The meeting took place in the conference room of the Inspectorate at its offices on the Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard, Point Blanche.

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