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Traffic interruption on Cay Bay road starting Tuesday.

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 Cay Bay road on Tuesday, August 07, 2018, until Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Motorists are requested to be vigilant and observant for the traffic directional signs.

The road closure is in connection with replacement of a gravity sewage line and installation of a pressure sewage line that will be activated sometime in the future.
Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.


Breastfeeding is the “Foundation of Life.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) an executing department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the Department of Labour, would like to inform the Sint Maarten community that World Breastfeeding Week comes to a conclusion on April 7 after being observed around the globe from August 1 under the theme, “Foundation of Life.”

CPS encourages our local women population to make breastfeeding a priority once their child is born as it has life-long benefits for the new-born child. Consider situations for which we have no control of, such as in natural disasters, breastfeeding becomes even more important and has been proven to save lives. Breastmilk is the cleanest and safest food for an infant.

Children who were breastfed are healthier and learn better, according to research that suggests breastfeeding may contribute to aspects of sustainable development, according to information from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

According to PAHO: “Breastfeeding gives all human beings the opportunity to have a fair start in life. Breast milk is the best food and the safest option to ensure good health and growth of young children.

“There is strong evidence demonstrating the multiple benefits of breastfeeding for the mother, the child and society as a whole.
In the region of the Americas 54% of children start breastfeeding within the first hour of life, only 38% are breastfed exclusively until six months of age, and 32% continue breastfeeding for two years.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) says an estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding. The aforementioned is based on a report from UNICEF and WHO.

The WHO says the report notes that newborns who breastfeed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive. Even a delay of a few hours after birth could pose life-threatening consequences.

“Skin-to-skin contact along with suckling at the breast stimulate the mother’s production of breastmilk, including colostrum, also called the baby’s ‘first vaccine’, which is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies,” WHO says.

Breastfeeding contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by the United Nations in September 2015 as a global agenda for action to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030.

CPS supports and promotes breastfeeding. Contact the Breastfeeding Committee at telephone nr 542-3003 and look out for the next Breastfeeding Café.

Police Department requesting assistance from community.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Special Unit Robbery department of the Police force is once again appealing to the general public for information on the following three (3) robberies.
1. A robbery of the 20th of Mach 2018 that took place on the Road leading to the Red pond Dawn Beach Area where two gentlemen driving in a car were blocked off and robbed of the daily earning of a chain restaurant here on the Island.

2. The robbery of the 6th of June of the Jump Up Casino. The management in collaboration with the police department has made an award of an amount of U.S. 10.000 dollars available to any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprits involved.

3. A robbery of the 23rd of July 2018 where a front desk manager was robbed of her car on the Rhine Road in Mullet Bay and the culprits involved took off with here vehicle in the direction of the Low lands border.

Persons with information pertaining to these robberies are kindly asked to call 556-7498 or the anonymous tip-line at the number 9300. Persons are requested to call these numbers on weekdays between the hours of 08.00 am to 04.00 pm.

KPSM Press Release

Tourism’s industry is not shielded from the sinister power of terrorism and natural disasters.

The International Tourism Security Summit (ITSS) will tackle challenging topics on how to deal with crisis
International travel and tourism are significant contributors to economic growth and development to any destination. Unfortunately, the demonstrated economic success of the travel and tourism’s industry does not mean that they are protected from the sinister power of terrorism and natural disasters.
As an industry, it’s time to be prepared to respond, rebound and rebuild destinations. At ITSS, the main theme will be “Tourism Marketing and Crisis Communication in a Turbulent World” and will offer an impressive cadre of international speakers who will provide valuable content on how a brand, destination, and businesses can build a resilience plan.
Key note Dirk Glaesser (UNWTO), a Director for Sustainable Development of Tourism Department will share is expertise in dealing with the different challenges and opportunities of tourism development, among them environment and planning, investment and finance, risk and crisis management.
Key note Matthew Finn (Augmentiq), senior international security consultant with decades of experience working with leaders from government and industry across six continents will inspire critical thinking, innovation and leadership and challenge the way we view risk and implement security.
The Tourism in an Era of Terror and Security Instability session will discuss the threats we are facing and how these threats affect tourism and tourist behaviour. Amir Halevi (Israel Ministry of Tourism), Alain Dupeyras (OECD), Rolf D. Freitag (IPK International) and Hans Lagerweij (Safer Tourism Foundation) will share their key marketing tools that can be used to protect image.
At the Crises and the Digital Arena session Andrew van der Feltz (Expedia) and Mor Schlesinger (Google) Justin Reid (TripAdvisor) and Merav Borenstein (Buzzilla) will share their experience in real-time mitigation of crises and illuminating the digital impact of crises on online consumer behavior, bookings, risk perceptions, sense of security, destination image and social media conversation.
The Public Relations and Recovery Marketing will host some of the leading PR professionals in travel and tourism: Doris Danner (TBWA), Tom Buncle (Yellow Railroad) and Yiftah Curiel(Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to discuss image recovery tactics, sending counter-messages to create a sense of security, re-framing media coverage, and social media as a powerful tool for battling stereotypes and altering a negative image.
Tourism Destination‘s session will focus on the real-life experience of Turkey – Irfan Önal(Ministry of Culture and Tourism), Las Vegas – Michael Goldsmith (Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority) and Jerusalem – Ilanit Melchior (Tourism Jerusalem Development Authority) in facing security crises, and the methods employed for effective and speedy recovery. The session will also look into the Chinese market responds to crises- Roy Graff (Dragon Trail Interactive).
ITSS will be held in Jerusalem on October 7-9, further details can be found at www.tourismsafety.org

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