Breast Abnormalities Screening Saturday June 24 , all women invited

June 24, 2017
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GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Saturday, June 24, is the second breast abnormalities screening survey for women.

It is being held at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg at the Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA).

Breast abnormalities represent a large spectrum of disorders including benign, congenital, hormonal and malignancies such as breast cancer.

Breast cancer death rates have been declining due to earlier detection and better treatment.

The purpose of this study is to screen for risk factors as well as estimate prevalence of breast abnormalities in the patient population of Sint Maarten.

Major risk factors for breast cancer in women are age, genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalance. Breast density is also a significant factor, especially in women 40 to 49 years of age.

The purpose of the study is to gain insight into the types of breast abnormalities and risk factors in women 18 and above with no age cap in Sint Maarten.

CPS is one of three stakeholders which includes the Positive Foundation, and the American University of the Caribbean (AUC), the latter, is lead research agency.

The screenings will be carried out every Saturday or Sunday and the target audience are women 18+ years of age.  The screening is carried out between 9.00am to 3.00pm.

For additional information you can call CPS at 542-3003 or 542-2078.


Women invited to Breast Abnormalities Screening this Saturday as part of Women’s Health




Collie Buddz To Perform In ST. Maarten For The First Time

January 26, 2017
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SIMPSON BAY–The line-up for the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is steadily being filled with top musical acts. Saturday, March 4, will feature top reggae sensation Collie Buddz as the final performance of the evening on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay.

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This will be the first time Buddz has performed for the Regatta and organisers are certain he will fit in well with the list of artistes scheduled to perform.

He began his musical career at an early age while growing up in the Bahamas where he was inspired by the sounds of the reggae and dancehall music of his island home. His rise to musical stardom began surprisingly in the UK and Europe with his hit single “Come Around” which topped the charts before it made its way to Jamaica. Since breaking onto the scene Buddz has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Beyoncé to bring his smooth sounds and upbeat rhythms to the masses.

Regatta Coordinator Nila Hoogenboezem said: “We are delighted with the artistes scheduled for the Regatta weekend. We try to offer the Regatta fans a mix of performances to satisfy everyone’s musical tastes and adding Collie Buddz to the line-up has added a nice mix of reggae to an already exciting schedule.

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“Collie Buddz is slated to perform after the Antiguan sensation Asher Otto takes the stage. Both artistes will bring a great Caribbean mix to the party schedule and with the added surprises planned we are sure that the audience will walk away from the show fully satisfied.”

VIP tickets for the Saturday evening concert can be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, e-mail .


Man found shot Dead in Hope Estate

January 26, 2017
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PHILIPSBURG–Franky Brunache was shot in cold blood, execution-style, by unknown assailant(s) in front of his home in Hope Estate late Tuesday evening. Police arrived on the scene after 11:00pm and found the young man on the floor of a black SUV near the driver’s side.

Police Chief Carl John and a Prosecutor were on scene late Tuesday as investigators were speaking to any possible witnesses trying to piece together what had taken place. Forensic officers also bagged and tagged any possible evidence found at the man’s home.

As the investigation continues, it is still too early to speculate on the reason for the shooting. However, police suspect that the bullets that made multiple holes found on the vehicle caused the victim’s immediate death.

Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson is calling on any person in the community who might have information about the murder to call 911.


investigation search in connection with “Cucumber “

January 26, 2017
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – In connection with the ongoing investigation into the interception at sea of more than 200 kilos of a drug-like substance perceived to be cocaine by the Dutch Royal Navy in collaboration with the Caribbean Coastguard on Saturday, January 21, 2017, a number of searches were carried out on Sunday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 24 on both the Dutch side as well as the French side of St. Maarten. Also, the three suspects on board of the boat on the which the alleged drugs were transported have been detained.

The suspects are D.J.C. from Venezuela, D.O.G.V. from St. Martin and L. R. from the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile the Prosecutor has prolonged their detention with eight (8) more days. Also, D.J.C. and D.O.G.V. were lead in front of the Judge of Instruction who deemed their arrest lawful. The third suspect L.R. will appear in front of the Judge of Instruction on Wednesday, January 25. The three suspects are in restrictive custody. A fourth suspect in the case has also been heard.

In connection with the ongoing investigation three (3) house searches were on the Dutch side on Sunday, January 22. Two (2) in Cay Bay and one (1) Cole Bay. On Tuesday, January 24 another two (2) searches were held on the French side at a marina near Marigot and a house in Marigot. During the searches documents and digital data carriers were seized.

The investigation code-named “Cucumber” is still in full swing and is led by the Prosecutor’s Office in close cooperation with the St. Maarten Police Force, the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and the French Gendarmerie.


OSPP Christmas message – Time to reflect

December 23, 2016
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Let’s us reflect on the true meaning on what the Christmas celebration means to most of us here in St. Maarten. Over the years we have seen the St. Maarten celebration of the Christmas season catapult like all celebrations over the world and it has become nothing more than a big commercial activity. Our people look forward to the Christmas season to receive gifts and in many cases to give gifts to those we care about. It is also a time when we want to prepare our best food, baked the most delicious cakes, the puddings, the tarts and our local drinks to share with those we know. We have also enjoyed the serenading of musicians at our homes, but this has also disappeared over the years. We have deviated so much from the true meaning of the birth of Christ. Therefore it is time that we reflect on the true meaning of the birth of Christ in order to bring things back into the right perspective. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. This celebration is about the coming of God to earth in human form to save mankind from sin and eternal death. We must reflect on the way we are living and how we treat our fellow brothers and sisters. And while our hearts open even more to share with many during this festive season we must be willing to do more for our unfortunate fellow man all year round. For what good is it if those unfortunate can eat and drink plentiful during this time of the year but has gone hungry and without proper clothing during the earlier part of the year. The true St. Maarten spirit has always been to share the little you have with each other. It is time that we reflect on the purpose of our lives here on this earth and prepare to care for our fellow neighbors not only during these festive times but during the entire year.         


Holiday SpecialS at WTN

December 19, 2016
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WTN Cable shows its appreciation to its many current and past customers by offering them free packages until the end of the year. When paying your November cable bills, you will receive two packages of your choice at no extra cost for the duration of this special.

Customers who already have the extra packages are granted a discount equal to the value of the packages. Customers whose service has been discontinued and still have their WTN Cable box can reconnect at no cost and enjoy the extra packages as well. To close off 2016 WTN Cable wants to show appreciation to the loyal customers who stuck with them through thick and thin by offering them some incentives. What better time to do so, than at the end of the year.

More customer appreciation will follow in the months to come. WTN Cable customers can look forward to other gestures around St. Maarten Day, St. Maarten Thanks Giving, Christmas and New Year, just to name a few. WTN Cable thanks its customers for their patronage during the year and look forward to continue providing them with optimal service now and in the future. WTN Cable & TV Carib. 1 721 542-5898


Cultural Xpression Oct 2016 – Healing Our Women with the Honorable Priest Kailash

November 1, 2016
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CX PAGE 9- OPINION – My experience of working along with different age groups to accomplish the Agricultural Skill Enhancement Program has been a great one especially for me. During the program we conducted one on one mentor sessions with Ras Mkuu and the trainees to get a better understanding of what transpires in the minds of today youngsters and middle aged men. Ras Mkuu is a well educated Business Empowerment leader with a background in law, business development and Herbal Medicine. The aim at first was to conduct minor computer training with the trainees at the Community Center.  After the first few sessions the feed back I received from Ras Makuu was tremendous. He explained how most of the youths today have been distant from nature and stuck in a class room, so most are gloomy when having to sit and go over documentation on the pc, most express there creativity when being challenge in an environment that pushes them to excel, most of the time the class room doesn’t be as effective for teaching but more for mentoring. For example you always got the most attention of your student on a field trip right. This is the same to the common everyday student, in a class room is like thinking within the box and out of it is a whole diffrent ball game. Understand the fundamentals of having a basic education is important, but what also makes a person great at what they do is experience.

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From a young age we were always thought that success starts in a class room and ends in a doctors or lawyers office. In my experience that is very far from the truth. In todays world gaining the most experience in the field you love from a young age tends to yield greater results for success, from a young age.. Just think of how Chinese native deal with their children, they would have their 3 year old at the counter learning how to deal with the register so that hey may gain the experience they need to fill in and take over when its their time to..

Today going to collage tends to leave our youths with more debts and student loans then opportunities in the modern world. Most of us have went to school and came back home to settle for a career that we never got educated in but learned to grow with it through experience. The results gathered thus far from conduction the mentoring sessions was great as it got me to understand  why I was having trouble getting the middle age group (23-27) to focus a bit more on executing their tasks. It was simply because they truly didnt understand what they wanted in life and I realized they have had to much of idle time after leaving school that some don’t understand the true value of working hard and making sacrifices to achieve their goals. The younger group was more open minded to embracing opportunities that was placed in front of them because their minds are still open to be easily guided.. The new older crowd 30+ fit in perfectly after replacing the middle aged group that slowly lost interest and the mission. The older crowd carried a since of direction, they know what they want in life and have been through thick and thin and were ready to embrace any worthy opportunity placed in front of them.

Getting involved in the filed from a young age tends to expand the minds of the younger group (age 17) of the program. The older group 30+ are well into the program and know what they want to achieve in life and are just eager for the opportunities to be brought on the table.

We cannot blame the middle  age group for not having a since of direction if none was offered to them from an early start, what this program and mentoring sessions has brought to our attention is that our youth are in desperate need of self motivation, mentoring and opportunity. We were able to understand the trouble issues that effects the minds and souls of these individuals and how we were able to help them keep a strong hold on reality.

Allot of people may think that poverty, mental health and unemployment does not effect our community, Think again based on surveys conducted thus far 5 out of every 10 person know over 10-20 people in their community effected by poverty.

Dealing with the mentoring sessions allowed me to gather data on what effects our unemployed youngster and middle class men. The lack of opportunity plays a great role in those at all ages. Teachers must try more innovative approaches to capture their students attention, some time getting out of the class room and listening to your students one on one may help you out a bit more with what their intentions may seem to be for the future. Let them choose and embrace their passion, who knows some may just be ready to embrace agriculture!!!


St. Maarten attending Caribbean’s Largest Cruise Conference and Trade Show

September 29, 2016
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POINT BLANCHE – Port St. Maarten Management and stakeholders are currently in Puerto Rico attending the Caribbean’s largest Cruise Conference and Trade Show, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), which is taking place from September 27 to 30.

The 23rd annual FCCA Conference and Trade Show is bringing together 1,000 cruise tourism stakeholders and 100 senior cruise executives for a series of meetings, workshops and networking functions aimed at developing understanding, relationships and business.

The event opened on Tuesday morning with the Trade Show which has been described as the largest trade show in the event’s history with innovations like the first-ever Purchasing Initiative to coincide with the announcements of the a new FCCA sourcing program.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Conference opening ceremony featured a keynote address by Arnold Donald, president and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation along with speeches from Puerto Rican Government officials and the unveiling of a new strategic partnership between the FCCA and Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence.

Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and builds bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors.

The Port St. Maarten delegation is headed by Mark Mingo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and includes several staff members; a representative from the Walter Plantz Square, and Port Authority National Security Team.

Other stakeholders attending are representatives from the St. Maarten Tourist Office, the Dutch Taxi Association and the Airport Taxi Association.  Stakeholders within the Port St. Maarten booth include S.E.L. Maduro and Sons, Rising Sun Tours, Wind is our Friend, and Rainforest Adventures.

“This conference and trade show once again presents the opportunity for us to meet with decision-makers in the cruise industry, and renew and pave the way for relationships for future business while at the same time showcasing what destination Sint Maarten has to offer.

“We are very much interested in learning about the new Purchasing Initiative and the Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence.  Opportunities are presented to destinations at such an event which allows us to develop business and while exploring how the industry’s latest and upcoming trends apply to Port St. Maarten and the destination as a whole.

“All the information gathered allows us to review and adjust where necessary our strategic plans based on information and business intelligence coming out of workshops and one-on-one meetings as it relates to where ships call, what sells on-board, and how to invest in destination products, shore excursions and infrastructure,” Port St. Maarten Management said on Tuesday.

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Police expresses concern about possession of tasers

September 28, 2016
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St.maarten – The police have taken notice of the increased popularity of tasers among youngsters. In two separate cases students of secondary schools were caught in the possession of a taser. They were taken away and the students were expelled from school. The Juvenile Department was informed about the situation.

“Tasers are electroshock weapons that come in different types, shapes and sizes,” the police note in a press release. “Tasers can be compared to firearms. The use of these weapons can be very dangerous and can cause severe burns and even heart attacks.”

The police warn “the entire community including youngsters that the use and possession of a taser in public places is illegal.”

The police are asking parents “to pay attention to what your children are buying and have around the house. We are better safe than sorry.”

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Homosexuals caught with liquid drugs on JFK Airport

September 28, 2016
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SINT MAARTEN / USA — Two men were busted at JFK Airport when agents learned the bottle of Bailey’s they were carrying was filled with a much stronger drink— liquid cocaine, authorities said Tuesday.

Gerald Pantophlet, 30, and his boyfriend Sherman Myers, 28, were caught trying to smuggle more than four pounds of the drinkable drug into the country on Jet Blue flight 788 from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten at around 8:30 p.m. Monday, law enforcement sources said.

Federal agents stopped the pair in JetBlue’s Terminal 5 and searched their luggage after they learned Pantophlet is not a U.S. citizen, the sources said.

Officers found the bottle of Baileys Dulce De Leche, a caramel, cream and vodka- flavored spirit, stuffed between clothing in a suitcase and tested it on-site for the drug, according to law enforcement.

Pantophlet claimed the buzz-boosting bottle was given to him by a friend on the island and that he planned to deliver it to his uncle in Brooklyn, according to authorities. He allegedly hid it luggage belonging to Myers, who works for the New York City Housing Authority and is a U.S. citizen.

Pantophlet and Myers were arraigned and both released on $50,000 bond at a Brooklyn Federal Court arraignment Tuesday.

“You’re both very lucky,” said judge Lois Bloom. “This is not going to go away.”

Myers’ mom sobbed so loudly during the hearing, the judge handed her a tissue.

Pantophlet, who is from The Netherlands and works at a wine shop, has a green card, court sources said. Neither of the men spoke during the arraignment.

Liquid-form cocaine — which generally looks like vegetable oil — has become a popular way to smuggle coke in recent years because it’s harder for law enforcement to detect, according, a non profit that tracks and researches drug trends.

It can be turned into powder through a chemical process.

The men were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

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