Due to recent developments and comments, The Daily Herald thought it useful to publish the complete text of the so-called Dutch American Friendship Treaty so readers can make up their own minds as to what it means or should mean.
On behalf of the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports the Honorable Minister Rita Bourne-Gumbs, and by means of this message please hereby be notified, that schools are to be OPENED on FRIDAY 28th August.
Thank you all for your cooperation in these times of emergency.
Press Secretariat of the Government of St. Maarten
Government Administration Building
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Dutch Caribbean
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC)--An increase in seismic activities at the submarine volcano "Kick ‘m Jenny" on Thursday morning, has prompted the National Emergency Council to meet with a team from the University of the West Indies(UWI) seismic unit in Trinidad and Tobago.
"We were informed through the official channel about the increase activities at Kick ‘m Jenny and like we did early we again call on all marine interest to observe the no exclusion zone of five kilometres around the summit of the volcano," said Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Agency, Terrence Walters. He promised that a detailed statement will be issued following the meeting.
On Thursday, the UWI seismic unit posted an advisory informing the public that it has changed the alert level of the volcano from yellow to orange, stating that at 3:00am (local time) a strong continuous signal was observed on instruments monitoring the submarine volcano.
"Signs of elevated seismicity (earthquakes) began on 11th July and continue to present," said the advisory. It further explained that for the period since the 11th July a total of more than 200 micro and small earthquakes of varying magnitudes have been recorded, with the largest, prior to the strong signal, less than 3.0.
"There have also been observations from divers of degassing occurring off the west coast of Grenada in the Moliniere Sculpture Park area. This activity is being closely monitored by The UWI-SRC and further updates would be issued as more information becomes available," the advisory stated.
An alert orange mean highly elevated level of seismic activity or other unusual activity. This means that an eruption may begin with less than twenty-four hours notice.
The seismic unit says all regional governments will be alerted through Disaster Coordinators. The release added that local radio stations in Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Trinidad have been placed on alert.
In addition, all shipping are required to stay outside the first exclusion zone that is 1.5km from the summit and non-essential shipping such as pleasure craft should stay 5km clear of the summit.
Since the rumbling at Kick ‘m Jenny telecommunications service in Grenada has being affected with only the FLOW network apparently operating.
Port St. Maarten and Lagoon Authority Clearance Offices Partially Closed on Friday, 28 August
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 27, 2015
PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten and the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority hereby announces that the clearance offices at Great Bay and in Simpson Bay will be closed on Friday, August 28 from 9.30am to 1.30pm.
For those who would have some business to attend too, please do so before 9.30am or after 1.30pm.
The closure is related to the staff attending the memorial services for former Netherlands Antilles Senator and Minister of Finance Hon. Frank Mingo, father of Port St. Maarten Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo.
Thanking you in advance for your attention and understanding.
Prime Minister Gumbs: Restaurants and Casinos can Open Thursday Evening. Schools, Businesses and Government to Reopen on Friday
PHILIPSBURG – Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, chairman of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), in an update on Thursday afternoon, August 27, says, based on an assessment of the current weather situation regarding Tropical Storm Erika:
"Country Sint Maarten remains under a Tropical Storm Warning. The country will continue to experience some gusty to near gale force winds from time to time, and the community is advised to be cautious when outdoors. Erika could still produce some heavy rainfall tonight and motorists should exercise caution when driving. Residents in hillside areas should also exercise caution after heavy rainfall.
- Restaurants and casinos can reopen for business this evening, Thursday.
- Schools are to reopen on Friday, August 28.
- Friday, August 28 will also be a normal business day.
- Government offices are to reopen on Friday, August 28.
- Motorists should avoid driving in low lying areas as there is the potential for flooding in the event of heavy rainfall;
- Persons living in flood prone areas should remain vigilant in the event of heavy rainfall.
"I would like to thank the broadcast media for their cooperation in spreading the information to our community about the two storm systems that approached the Leeward Islands within the past week. I call on the populace to remain vigilant because the hurricane season is not yet over. We still have three more months to go through.
"I would like to thank the public, our visitors, and the business community for their understanding and cooperation. The measures that have been taken were of a precautionary nature in order to ensure the safety of the community and our visitors," Marcel Gumbs, Prime Minister of Sint Maarten stated on Thursday afternoon.
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