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Landfill management more efficient with series of heavy machinery deliveries to VROMI Ministry

nrpbhavymachinery28072021PHILIPSBURG:--- Over the past 24 months, the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) has obtained several pieces of heavy equipment machinery, all of which helps to improve the daily management of the country’s landfill.
The machinery, procured through the St. Maarten Trust Fund under the Emergency Debris Management Project (EDMP), includes a front-end loader, a bulldozer, an alternative daily cover (ADC) silo, and applicator, and, most recently, a new solid waste compactor worth US $740,000.
With the country’s current financial constraints, the purchase and delivery of this equipment provide cost-saving to the Government of Sint Maarten, as it replaces the machinery that the VROMI Ministry was previously renting from third parties. The total value of all the ADC and landfill management equipment is approximately US $2.1 million. The Trust Fund will also fund preventative maintenance for all the purchased and delivered heavy machinery until the end of the EDMP project.
“I am very pleased with the delivery of the compactor, which is an addition to the other pieces of heavy machinery already procured for the country’s landfill under the EDMP,” said National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) Director Claret Connor. “One of the project’s main objectives is to improve the management of our solid waste disposal sites and facilitate sustainable waste management solutions for Sint Maarten. This equipment is another step towards realizing this goal.”
“Management of the landfill is an essential task of the Ministry and I’m pleased to have received the necessary Solid Waste Compactor and other procured materials that contribute to the management and support of the EDMP project,” said VROMI Minister Egbert Doran.
With the purchase and delivery of the new solid waste compactor, all the requested heavy machinery included under the Landfill Improvement component of EDMP has been transferred to Pond Island. A handover ceremony for the new compactor took place on Friday, July 23, 2021.
Heavy machinery came in two types. The first is related to ADC, which is a material used to cover solid waste to reduce odor, extinguish existing fires and minimize the chance of new blazes, and control vectors for disease, such as flies, birds, and rodents.
Through the Trust Fund, the Government of Sint Maarten received the ADC materials and a silo to store them safely and efficiently, as well as a large and small applicator to spread ADC on solid waste and a pick-up truck to move the applicators around the landfill.
The second type of machinery related to general landfill management and included a front-end loader, a bulldozer, and the recently delivered compactor.
Additionally, personnel of the Ministry of VROMI received training as part of the EMDP. In August 2019, LSC Environmental Products — the contractor of the ACD material and machinery – conducted training on ADC application and the specialized equipment’s operation and maintenance. In June 2021, RIMCO provided similar training for the compactor, bulldozer, and front-end loader.
The EDMP is a project under the Sint Maarten Trust Fund, which is financed by the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank, and implemented by the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB).

Kick off of football clinic for boys and girls.

The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce the successful kick-off on Monday, July 26, where the organization FUNDACION REAL MADRID CLINICS DUTCH ANTILLES, together with the REAL MADRID FOUNDATION and our Local Partner Flames United FC, started the Real Madrid Foundation football clinic for boys and girls (6 until 13 years) which will run until Friday 30 of July 2021 on the friendly island of Sint Maarten.

The goal of the organization in conjunction with the Sponsors is to motivate the practice of football on the island as well as to encourage the values inherent in the sport, to give them the opportunity to train as their idols do and contribute to their personal development. In addition, a great opportunity to grow the sport tourism sector of Sint Maarten.

The collaboration of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau, Adidas, and the main sponsor Coca Cola (CC1 Sint Maarten) provided opportunities to some 65 kids to participate in the Clinic.

St. Maarten Tourism decided to support the clinic as this brings the tourism sector some benefits to the destinations that host the event. Economic boosts, both direct and indirect, are among these advantages. Destination exposure and awareness, direct spending by sports tourists at host facilities, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues stimulate the local economy. “Real Madrid is one of the top-ranking football clubs in the world in performance and has the most social media followers 252.1 million, therefore we saw this as a really great opportunity to collaborate with the organization to expose the Destination in the sector that spends on their favorite football team and support their events,” says May-Ling Chun Director of Tourism.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome the Real Madrid Foundation to Sint Maarten. This is a wonderful initiative and one that the island should wholeheartedly support. Part of our socio-economic recovery plan includes fostering events like this which not only benefit our local economy, but, perhaps even more importantly, help develop our young people to become better in all aspects of their lives by instilling in them life-long positive values, such as teamwork, discipline, and fair play,” Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic, and Telecommunication (TEATT) Ludmila de Weever said. “And the fact that they get to learn these things by meeting world-famous football icons from Real Madrid only makes it more special.”
“I congratulate local football club Flames United FC for this great initiative and for making it open to all of our local children. We hope to see more of these. Once again, I welcome the Real Madrid Foundation to Sint Maarten and I wish everyone a happy and fun time while learning footballing skills from some of the world’s best,” Minister of TEATT De Weever concluded.

The clinics will be held from 16:30 – 20:20, these will be dictated by coaches from the Real Madrid academy with the collaboration of local coaches. The training plan is made under the methodology and philosophy of Real Madrid Academy, adapted to the level and needs of the participants.

The clinics will take place at Raoul Illidge Sports Complex in Phillipsburg.

One player and one Coach will be selected to travel to Madrid and be part of the Team who will represent Sint Maarten in the First Edition of the World Challenge Tournament to be held in the Real Madrid Sports City of Valdebebas, visit the club museum, visit the Santiago Bernabeu and witness a league match.

Young man arrested at airport.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Alpha Team arrested a young man with initials R.S.G.A. (23) on Tuesday for his involvement in a drug-smuggling offense that took place in the first week of July at Princess Juliana International Airport. During the investigation, narcotics were intercepted and confiscated. The suspect remains in police custody in connection with further investigation.
The Alpha Team is a jointly multidisciplinary team comprised of the Police Force Sint Maarten KPSM, the Customs Department, the Immigration Department, the Koninklijke Marechaussee, and the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard.


KPSM Press Release.


Two arrested for threats, abuse in unrelated cases.

arrestedfillin26092014PHILIPSBURG:--- On Tuesday, July 27, police arrested two people in connection with abuse and threats.
• A woman with the initials M.F.D. was arrested around 1:00 pm on Tuesday. She is being held for further investigation. According to the complaint lodged with the police, the suspect is accused of severely injuring the victim and threatened to kill him on June 4, 2021. This investigation is ongoing
• Around 7:00 pm, the police responded to reports of a fight on Soualiga Road. The preliminary investigation found that the suspect with the initials E.J.N attempted to ill-treat another person using a knife following an altercation. The suspect is held pending further investigation.


KPSM Press Release.


Worker injured at the Cargo Facilities in Point Blanche.

cargo28072021PHILIPSBURG:--- The Police Force Sint Maarten KPSM together with Port St. Maarten safety officers are investigating an accident that occurred at the cargo section of Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities late last night.
Police Central Dispatch received a call on July 27, 2021, at approximately 9:00 pm about a truck trailer that possibly struck a cargo vessel crew member. Police patrols along with ambulance personnel were dispatched to the location. At the scene, the affected man complained of pain in his back and lower body. He was tended on site and then transported to Sint Maarten Medical Center. The victim's injuries are not life-threatening.
Following a preliminary investigation, it emerged that the man was walking behind a reversing trailer and was struck by the shipping container.


KPSM Press Release.

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