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Tzu Chi emergency food distribution comes to an end.

fooddistributiontzuchi15092020~3,500 food packages given out, next distribution Nov. or Dec.~

The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation’s emergency food distribution drive has come to an end with the foundation helping to put food on the table for thousands of persons in need in the community over the past three weeks.

The emergency food distribution drive ended on Saturday, September 12, when the foundation completed the distribution of its target of 3,500 food packages.

The emergency food distribution drive began on Friday, August 21. A total of 362 volunteers sacrificed their personal time to help with the initiative over a 23-day period. A total of 3,500 families received food packages and the items are estimated to have benefited a total of 10,236 family members. Of the 3,500 packages that were distributed, 3,265 were given out at Tzu Chi’s location on the L.B. Scott Road and 235 were delivered to seniors and families in difficult circumstances.

During the 23-day activity, recipients took the opportunity to donate a total of $3,748.53 to help Tzu Chi Foundation continue its benevolent work in the community and help more persons who are in need.

Recipients were very thankful for the assistance they received. One recipient from Dutch Quarter who gave his name as Steven said the process to obtain the food package was quick and uneventful. He said the foundation is doing a great job in helping persons in need on the island and for this he is grateful.

Another recipient said the COVID-19 crisis has affected many persons and it’s good to see Tzu Chi assisting persons irrespective of their race and nationality. He called on others to use Tzu Chi as an example.

Another recipient said she has been residing in St. Maarten for the past 21 years and she is grateful to receive assistance as many persons are now unemployed as a result of COVID-19.

Tzu Chi Commissioner Sandra Cheung said she is extremely grateful and deeply thankful to all the volunteers who took time out of their schedules non-stop over the 23-day period to assist in the event. Some volunteers packed the food packages, while others pooled their efforts to set up the distribution by calling recipients, signing them in, executing the registration, welcoming recipients, ensuring that everyone sanitized their hands and maintained social distancing, amongst other things. Cheung said the Tzu Chi Foundation highly appreciates the cooperation of volunteers.

She said while the Corona virus COVID-19 is keeping persons apart from each other, the love from Tzu Chi volunteers has no boundaries.

Tzu Chi will arrange its next relief at the end of November or the beginning of December depending on the arrival date of the 11th rice container from Tzu Chi’s headquarters in Taiwan.

Persons who have been registered with Tzu Chi with their Identification Card or passport and phone number, will be called to go for a food package, if their situation remains unchanged.

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance Develops Pandemic Response Management Letter for Protected Areas in the Dutch Caribbean.

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) has just released a Pandemic Response Management Letter which will serve as a blueprint for the Dutch Caribbean Park Management Organizations to recognize, respond to and protect their staff and visitors to protected areas against current and potential pandemic outbreaks. The Management Letter outlines suggested protocols for social distancing, sanitation, and other ways to respond to emergency situations related to health emergencies.

2020 has been an interesting year, with the world facing unprecedented challenges between the effects of climate change and the global pandemic caused by the Novel Corona Virus and the COVID-19 disease it causes. These issues have brought to light the need for a rigorous emergency response plan which Park Management Organizations can use in order to safeguard their staff and visitors which may visit the protected areas they manage. With this in mind, DCNA has just released its Pandemic Response Management Letter to serve as a framework for each Park Management Organization to design their own, tailored emergency response plan.

COVID-19 has been unique in how widespread and devastating the infection has been. The uncertainty surrounding this virus has led to the need for social distancing and minimization of travel. This drop-in tourism has been difficult, especially for the Dutch Caribbean. Interactions between the public and staff of Park Management Organizations varies between the six Dutch Caribbean islands, however, with the implementation of safety protocols and procedures, risks can be minimized.

 The Pandemic Response Management Letter will provide each island with the tools needed to properly recognize and respond in emergency situations. Each outbreak will have its own unique set of conditions, so the guidelines provided will need to be tailored appropriately. The key to an effective response is for a timely acknowledgment of the problem and to react as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

The objective of creating an emergency response plan is to ensure that Park Management Organizations on all six Dutch Caribbean islands are comfortable recognizing issues and reacting appropriately, especially under pressure. With pandemics, time is often the most important factor with an immediate response potentially saving lives and limiting the spread of a contagion. The blueprints of a pandemic response can also be useful in a variety of other emergency situations so having clear, well thought out protocols can be an important asset in both current and future emergency response.

Exchanging knowledge and experiences between the nature parks of the Dutch Caribbean is very valuable and one of the ways DCNA is assisting to strengthen its activities. Together as a network Park Management Organizations are stronger in the common goal of safeguarding nature in the Dutch Caribbean. Lessons learned by the parks have been incorporated within Pandemic Response Management.

It is recommended that each Park Management Organization take these recommendations into consideration and use them to draft a plan more specific to their situation. Pandemic preparedness is not a quick process as it will require careful planning between all stakeholders and will involve community buy-in. Therefore, it is also important to promote community involvement to optimize local knowledge, expertise, resources, and networks.

To stay up to date on this and various other activities related to nature conservation in the Dutch Caribbean please follow along on the websites and social media accounts for your local national park authorities as well as DCNA. When in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact your local park authority for the latest updates.

For more information, please find the full report here:


Sint Maarten Police Force COVID-19 Measures: How to file an official complaint by the Police

PHILIPSBURG:--- Following the rapid increase in the number of infected persons due to the COVID-19 virus in Sint Maarten, the new safety protocol has been adapted by the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) in an effort to make sure we all remain Covid-19 free.

It has been decided by the police management to re-introduce its safety guidelines governing the visits to the station in Philipsburg.
Persons wishing to file an official complaint at either the Philipsburg or the Simpson- bay the Police Station need to take the following into account.

The general public is requested to call +1 (721) 54-22222 to make an appointment. Persons will not be permitted to enter without a prior appointment on a non-emergency basis.

*Please have the following details at hand before calling the station, in order for us to provide efficient and speedy service. (Name, date of birth, place of birth, address, phone number, and a short summary of what took place)

• There will be only a maximum of four (4) persons allowed in the waiting area one time. The social distancing rules should be adhered to while waiting for assistance.

• The 911 hotline should only be called in case of emergencies.

• Persons wishing the file a complaint can now temporarily do so by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling +1 (721) 54-22222.

• In the case of more complex complaints, persons will be referred to the detective department to be able to make an appointment for assistance.

The Sint Maarten Police Force will continue to be vigilant throughout this outbreak and we ask the community to continue to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and the persons around them. We continue to ask the community to only share news from an official source to avoid unnecessary panic. For further information, the public can call the police station on +1 721- 542 22 22.
Any changes made to the above-mentioned information will be conveyed via an official press release from the KPSM, it will also be posted on the police website ( as well as the Facebook page.
Please note when coming to your scheduled appointment it is mandatory to have on a mask.


KPSM Press Release

Antigua & Barbuda to introduce tracking bracelets for persons quarantining at home.

anklebracelets03092020ANTIGUA/BARBUDA:--- Quarantine violation has become a major headache for the Antigua and Barbuda government, so much that they have decided to place tracking devices on all those in isolation.

That announcement was made by that country’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Saturday.

This tracking device-which is seemingly a new trend- will be in the form of a bracelet.

The Prime Minister of the country, Gaston Browne, has announced that people with Covid-19 will be equipped with an electronic bracelet, to find out when they are breaking the quarantine rules.

For the Antigua and Barbuda government, the quarantine violation has become a major puzzle, to the point of placing electronic devices to people in isolation. Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced last Saturday that this tracking device will take the form of a bracelet. This will allow the health authorities to follow a person's come and go, and know when they break the quarantine rules. A device that should come into effect within three weeks, says Gaston Browne.
The state of health emergency has been declared by the Antigua and Barbuda government, while the curfew, which is in effect from 23 am to 5 pm, is extended until October 31st.


PHILIPSBURG:--- Wireless Television Network (WTN), is pleased to announce the launch of the brand new IPTV with internet service as of September 1, 2020.

WTN´s IPTV with Internet starts at US$89.99 with +64 digital channels and a basic speed of 5Mbps. Customers will have several choices to upgrade the internet speed as well as to add movies, sports, and adult channels to their subscription.

The new IPTV with internet service is geared towards improving the service to WTN´s customers and expanding the range of entertainment and communication options. IPTV (Internet Protocol television) is a service that provides major TV channels combined with internet that has unlimited data usage. Mr. Gregory Obersi, Managing Director of WTN, explained that, for limited time, WTN is offering the first month free for new customers and current DVB-T2 customers who changes to IPTV with internet.

More details are available at, a just launched trilingual (English, Spanish and Haitian Creole) website with mobile compatibility and quite easy navigation to came closer to WTN customers.


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