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SXMNBA Basketball Camp.

basketball18082019PHILIPSBURG:---  The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) held their second annual Basketball Camp. This camp was held from July 24th to August 2nd 2019 at the L.B Scott Sports Auditorium and catered to boys and girls ages 9 to 18. There were over 50 kids registered, including a delegation from neighboring island Saba. All participants were led under the coaching style of Mr. Joel Wooten head coach of Southeast Community College.

This was coach Wooten’s second visit to our island and he intends to return next year. Preparations are already underway for next year’s summer camp. It is worth mentioning that coach Wooten already has a few local boys from St. Maarten enrolled in his basketball program in the United States. Coach Wooten said he came here to share his knowledge and to train our youngsters. This also affords him the opportunity to scout young basketball talent. Every kid that participated saw improvement in their ability to jump, dribble, shoot and an overall improvement in their basketball skills.

We want to thank The Guardian Group Fatum for providing the SXMNBA with 100 reversible basketball jerseys. These jerseys will serve the SXMNBA well as they will be used for future tournaments, knock out and competitions. We would also like to thank Anish Chugani and Avantika Restaurant, The Island Government and Sports Department, Fantastic Waters for providing us with additional water for the duration of the camp, and to the parents for entrusting us with their kids.

The SXMNBA would also like to give a special thanks to Mr. Gordon St. Luce for connecting us with coach Joel Wooten.

The SXMNBA is looking forward to collaborating with more organizations in the future and urges others to jump on board for next year’s summer camp and other upcoming events.


Kangaroo Court Burglar arrested.

PHILIPSBURG:--- In connection with the break-in at Kangaroo Court of which a video-clip was publicized on several Social Media platforms, police have arrested the suspect identified as F.L. The suspect is well-known to police and was taken to the police headquarters where he remains in custody for further investigation.

KPSM Press Release.


PAHO warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Region is experiencing a new epidemic cycle that mostly affects children under the age of 15. PAHO urges communities to eliminate Aedes mosquito breeding grounds, which is the most effective way of controlling the disease.

Washington, DC:---The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean, a Region that is currently experiencing a new epidemic cycle of the disease after two years of low incidence.
According to the latest PAHO epidemiological update, published on August 9, during the first 7 months of 2019, more than 2 million people contracted the disease and 723 died. The number of cases exceeds the total number of cases reported in 2017 and 2018, although so far, it remains lower than the number recorded in 2015-2016.

“The Region is experiencing a new epidemic cycle of dengue, with a notable increase in cases,” said Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of PAHO’s Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health. The climate, environmental management and the mosquito’s capacity to adapt may have caused the situation to increase in complexity.

Another characteristic of the current epidemic is that children under the age of 15 appear to be among the most affected. In Guatemala, they represent 52% of total cases of severe dengue, while in Honduras, they constitute 66% of all confirmed deaths. According to Dr. Espinal, this may be due to the fact that their age means they have been less exposed to the virus in the past and may therefore lack immunity.

Dengue is caused by a virus that has four different, but closely related, serotypes: DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4, all of which circulate in the Americas. When a person recovers from the infection, he acquires lifelong immunity against that particular serotype. However, subsequent infections caused by other serotypes increase the risk of acquiring more severe forms of dengue. Serotype 2 is one of the deadliest and is the one currently affecting children and adolescents.

The ten countries currently most affected by dengue, in terms of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, are Nicaragua, Brazil, Honduras, Belize, Colombia, El Salvador, Paraguay, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela. Honduras and Nicaragua have already declared national-level epidemiological alerts this year to expedite the response.

A call to eliminate mosquito breeding sites in and around houses

Given the situation, PAHO has already urged the entire community and all sectors of society to work together to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, particularly those around the home.

“Dengue is a domestic and community sanitation problem,” said José Luis San Martin, PAHO’s Regional Advisor on Dengue. “The most effective way to combat it is to eliminate its breeding sites in order to prevent the mosquito from reproducing because without mosquitoes there would be no transmission of dengue,” he said.

According to San Martin, the community as a whole must get rid of all unused objects where water can accumulate, such as drums, old tires, cans, bottles, and vases. Domestic water tanks must be hermetically sealed to avoid them becoming hatcheries. “Eliminating hatcheries would hit the mosquito hard by interrupting its breeding cycle, therefore reducing the mosquito population,” he said.

Priority: saving lives

PAHO has also called for health professionals to be trained to diagnose and adequately manage patients with dengue and other arboviruses such as Zika y Chikungunya.

“The proper management of patients is a priority that can save lives, said San Martin, urging the population to avoid self-medicating and to instead visit a health system early when experiencing symptoms of the disease.

The most common symptoms are high fever (40 °C), severe headache, pain behind the eyeballs, and joint and muscle aches. Warning signs of dengue that require urgent medical attention include severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding from the mucous membranes, fatigue, irritability and presence of blood in the vomit.

There is no specific treatment for dengue (or severe dengue), but timely detection, access to medical care and proper management of the patient can reduce complications and disease progression. Death from dengue is almost always avoidable.

MP Rolando Brison teacher for a day at MPC.

rolandobrison13082019mpcPHILIPSBURG:--- MP Rolando Brison was at the Milton Peters College on Tuesday being "Teacher for a Day", teaching students about SMART objectives and sharing general knowledge. MP Brison said he was very happy for the opportunity to interact with the students and intends to do much more of these activities with St. Maarten's best and brightest.

Bacardi And Mercy Corps Team up to support 200 Small Businesses on Sint Maarten through free mentoring and Innovation Challenge.

bacardi13082019Share innovative ideas, receive free business mentoring, and enter to win cash prizes of up to $5,000.00

PHILIPSBURG:---  After the 2017 storms, small businesses are still struggling to recover. The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps and Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, are launching the Caribbean Innovation Challenge 2019, a competition to award business innovation and strengthen businesses on the islands, entrepreneurs can win up to $5,000 USD.

The Caribbean Innovation Challenge 2019 will be leveraged in partnership with The P award 15 local entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for products, services or processes that will contribute to the economic development of the territory. Small businesses on Sint Maarten are a key engine of job creation and need tools to recover, grow and become more resilient to future crises.

To participate in the contest, the entrepreneur must have an active business that is registered with the Chamber of Commerce, be of legal age, and live in the territory. A group of local judges will select the best ideas and award them with up to $5,000 USD. Participants can visit the Challenge website to submit their application. The contest will be open until September 15, 2019.
To strengthen their businesses and increase their chances of winning, entrepreneurs will have access to free mentoring through MicroMentor, a social platform that enables the world’s largest community of purpose-driven entrepreneurs and business mentors to create powerful connections, solve problems, and build successful businesses together. MicroMentor’s global community is formed of more than 100,000 users around the world and has created nearly 25,000 jobs in 198 countries.


The Caribbean Innovation Challenge 2019 is one of the many programs that Mercy Corps has launched, thanks to the support of partners like Bacardi, designed to support economic recovery on islands impacted by the 2017 storms.


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