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CPS calls on communities to clean-up to prevent mosquito breeding sites.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, to clean their yards and remove debris in order to prevent mosquito breeding sites.

Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), has commenced with its annual hurricane season clean-up whereby various waste haulage companies throughout the residential districts in the country remove debris after homeowners have cleaned their yards of the aforementioned.

The female vector Aedes Aegypti mosquito spreads mosquito borne diseases. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is distinguished by its markings such as alternate black and white horizontal stripes.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito lays her eggs in clear (clean) stagnant water. Within eight days the mosquito can complete its life cycle from egg, to larvae to pupae and to adult mosquito.

Actively dispose of tin cans, old tires, empty paint cans, buckets, old saucers, flowerpots, cemetery urns/vase, old pet dishes, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water.

We are in the hurricane season, and every household and business must do its part in keeping the country mosquito-free. During the hurricane season, weather systems bring rain and if you have items in your yard and around your business that can collect water, that becomes a potential mosquito breeding site.

Keep Sint Maarten mosquito-free.
The responsible waste haulage company, district and remaining schedule for the annual hurricane season clean-up that started from June 16 is as follows:
All Waste In Place N.V.
PHILIPSBURG: July, 18th to July 24th, 2018
SIMPSONBAY: July, 25th to July 31st, 2018
BEACON HILL: August, 1st to August 7th, 2018
CUPECOY: August 8th, to August 14th, 2018
Robelto & Sons N.V.
Cay Hill - Bush Road: Saturday July 21st, 2018
Fort Willem – Coralita Road: Sunday July 22nd, 2018
Several of the waste haulage companies have published their schedules in the newspaper with respect to the picking up of bulk and other yard items.
Residents are advised to separate their garbage in order to facilitate the pick-up by waste haulage companies.

Irma Recovery and Resilience Trust Fund Steering Committee meets on Sint Maarten.

steeringcommittee18072018PHILIPSBURG:--- On July 11-13, 2018, the Steering Committee of the Sint Maarten Recovery and Resilience Trust Fund attended the signing of the first Emergency Recovery Grant financed by the Trust Fund - between Sint Maarten Prime Minster Leona Marlin-Romeo and the World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean, Mrs. Tahseen Sayed.

470 million euros (550 million US dollars) has been made available for the Trust Fund by The Netherlands. The first grant, which holds US$55.2 million of this Trust Fund, will be allocated to activities that require emergency funding.

After the signing, the Steering Committee and connected delegations visited the projects endorsed by the Trust Fund for emergency financing. This included a training and skills development program aimed at supporting the income of hospitality and maritime workers, a vocational school severely damaged by the Hurricane, and a social housing development in need of significant repairs.

The program also included a look at Sint Maarten’s landfills where works are planned to extinguish underground fires and improve debris management. During its meeting, the Steering Committee agreed to increase resources allocated to debris management in light of technical challenges caused by fire in the dumpsites.

The Steering Committee was briefed on the advancement of plans to reequip the Sint Maarten Medical Center and to build a new Hospital, which will have a greater capacity to treat patients on the island and can withstand hurricane strength winds.

The Steering Committee also recognized that a fully functional airport is a critical factor in Sint Maarten’s social and economic recovery and committed to the reconstruction of the airport and the identification of required financing to accomplish this.

The Steering Committee re-affirmed its commitment to the preparation, approval, and implementation of Trust Fund financed projects with continued urgency.

Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Award presented to Mrs. Monique Alberts

rotaryalberts18072018PHILIPSBURG:--- Rotary Club Saint Martin Sunrise awarded Mrs. Monique Alberts the Paul Harris Fellow for her outstanding work she has done in the community, primarily in education and literacy. Paul Harris Fellow is a great honor within the Rotary Foundation; in 2006 the number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark. The award is named after Paul P. Harris who founded Rotary International in 1905.
Mrs. Alberts joined the Rotary Club of Saint Martin Sunrise on June 16th, 2012. She has been an active member and held various positions in the club. Mrs. Alberts played a key role in two of the club’s signature projects, the Readers Are Leaders Program and the erection of the Peace Monument. The club collaborated with the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) under management of Mrs. Alberts to launch the Readers are Leaders program, the goal of the program is to encourage high school students to read at least one book per month; the ongoing program has been very successful and was extended to elementary schools in 2016. The Rotary Peace Monument was created as a dedication of the Rotary Clubs on the island to promote peace. This project initiated by Rotary Club Saint Martin Sunrise aimed at empowering the community to overcome violence and injustice faced in our society. The Peace Monument is a symbolic piece of art representing “Peace, Dignity and Prosperity in our community. It is located prominently in front of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.
Mrs. Alberts will be relocating to Curacao where she will head the Mongui Maduro Foundation Library. The Rotary Club Saint Martin Sunrise is honored to have had Mrs. Alberts a member of the club and is positive that she will continue to put Service Above Self in her true Rotarian spirit. The club wishes Mrs. Alberts much success with her future endeavors.

Beautification infrastructure works of Front and Back Street to continue during evening hours.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):---Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the infrastructure beautification works that have started on Front Street will continue during the evening hours.

The project will continue during the evening hours of Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19.

Ministry VROMI Department of Infrastructure Management will be carrying out the works starting from 8.00PM.

The section of the street to be worked on is in the vicinity of the Guavaberry Emporium on Front Street. Works will continue to Back Street.

It is the intention of the Department of Infrastructure Management to complete a significant part of Backstreet during the first night, and continue during the second night.

Some of the dead trees will however be tackled during regular working hours, with the use of heavy equipment.

The infrastructure/beautification works entail removal of dead trees; black plastic mats; protruding bolts, metal rods and electrical wires; re-placement of missing bricks; and the removal of old telephone booths.

Various types of heavy equipment will be used. Pedestrians and motorists are therefore requested to drive with caution and to observe traffic directional signs that have been posted.
Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

Hefty fines imposed to Sint Maarten Cable TV – revocation of license looms.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) imposed administrative fines to Caribbean Teleview Services d.b.a. St. Maarten Cable TV for substantial license violations.

For over 10 months the Quality of Service standards of Cable TV have not been met, island wide coverage is no longer guaranteed, the license holder is not adhering to instructions of the regulator post Irma, and the company failed to comply with various license conditions and directives as stipulated in their Ministerial Decree (MB). The regulator counted no less than 14 violation for which the license holder has been sanctioned for.

The Director of BTP, Mr. Anthony Carty, also calls it worrisome that due process has never been followed when Sint Maarten Cable TV was allegedly acquired by a Local Telecom Operator. Failure to comply with stipulations set forth in the law, regulations and licenses, may result in situations whereby the employees and customers of the license holder are placed at risk, as continuity of service is no longer guaranteed. Carty explained: “Telecommunications is a critical service for the functioning of a society and economy. We therefore believe that business continuity in our industry should always be of the highest priority. To safeguard the quality of service of Sint Maarten Cable TV and the position of their subscribers we’ve decided to issue administration fines for each license violation”.

Full compliance from the license holder is now expected, and island wide services needs to be restored as soon as possible. BTP duly informed the Management of Cable TV that it holds the right to issue new fines or even suspend or revoke the licenses of Sint Maarten Cable TV if the violations are not resolved and deemed to be of a structural nature.

Carty continued: “The availability of reliable TV services on the island has our fullest attention. We see TV as a very powerful tool to relay information to our citizens – especially during the Atlantic Hurricane Season-, but also to educate people and provide entertainment and relaxation. It’s of great importance that Island wide telecom services, - included but not limited to TV services - need to return to normalcy. For that reason other entities within the Telecom industry, such as Internet Service Providers and Fixed & Mobile providers are also subjected to in-depth network assessments of BTP. We are working diligently with the Minister of TEATT and all other stakeholders involved to get improved services on Sint Maarten within short”.

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