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Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle Continues Water Filter Project at Primary Schools

HOPE ESTATE - March 22nd was World Water Day as declared by the United Nations and is also observed by Rotary International as its focus for the month of April as Water and Sanitation Month.

Last year The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle In an effort to ensure that clean drinking water was available to our children at school made an inventory of the schools that did not have properly functioning water coolers.

It was found some schools were lacking well-functioning coolers and some coolers were without filters, six schools participated in our in our ‘Water for School’ project in 2016. Again this year Mid Isle did another inventory and found eighteen schools that did not have properly functioning water coolers.

Mid Isle looked for donations to cover expenses for the replacement and installation of new water coolers where necessary. In addition, as an extra precaution water filter installations will be mounted to treat the drinking water prior to distribution to the water cooler systems.

The ‘Water for Schools’ project was officially launched on Monday March 20th at the Marie Genevieve de Weever School, in Hope Estate, whereby a new water filter installation was installed under the supervision of Rotarian Tony da Cunha.

During 2017 Mid Isle will be Celebrating the Rotary Foundation turning 100 years old. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world.

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesday at 7pm at Mary’s Boone in Simpson Bay. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.


Princess Heights Hotel nominated again as St. Maarten’s Leading Resort by the World Travel Awards 2017

DAWN BEACH - For the 5th year in a row, Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Condo hotel has been nominated as St. Maarten’s Leading Resort by the World Travel Awards.

Celebrating its 24th anniversary in 2017, the World Travel Awards is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive annual programmes in the global travel industry, covering all kinds of categories all over the globe.

Their awards are acknowledged as the ultimate hallmark of the industry excellence for accommodations, airlines, activities, service providers and more.

Princess Heights has already been awarded with three out of the last four nominations in the category for Dutch St. Maarten. The management and staff of the property are all looking forward to receiving once again this prestigious award in its 2017 Edition.

Saskia de la Fuente, Office Manager of the property, commented: "It is very fulfilling to be part of a hotel that provides such quality of service to guests and still strives for excellence as time passes by. I've been working at Princess Heights for 18 years now and still feel privileged and honored every time the work of our whole team for our property and guests is considered and appreciated in such a way."

The hotel is kindly inviting all its loyal guests, partners and corporate clients to visit and vote for Princess Heights at Also, local guests can take advantage of the SXM Local and Caribbean last minute promotion with preferred rates by visiting and entering promo code: 721SXM.

Princess Heights is located in on a hillside overlooking Dawn Beach, right in the border of the Dutch and French sides of the island and offers magnificent ocean view studios, one bedroom and two bedroom suites.

Besides the three World Travel Awards and its latest nomination, it is also part of TripAdvisor's "Hall of Fame" with 6 consecutive Excellence awards since 2010. It is the only hotel in St. Maarten/St. Martin awarded with the Green Key certificate for eco-friendly practices for three consecutive years in a row.


Visit WIB Philipsburg on Friday for Your 2017 Nissan Kicks

PHILIPSBURG – The new 2017 Nissan Kicks from SXM Cars as well as Fun Miles, will be on display at the Windward Islands Bank (WIB) Philipsburg branch where you can inquire and secure a loan for a Nissan on Friday, March 24 between 8.30am and 3.30pm.  WIB has introduced “Great Rates” with one hundred percent financing.

Over the past 50 years, WIB has been an instrumental part of the development of St. Maarten. True to its slogan "Your Partner in Progress", WIB has, is and will continue to grow as the island develops.


Nissan Team 2.0 athlete Renato Rezende visits the Industrial Complex of Resende and learns about the line where the Nissan Kicks will be produced

The BMX competitor is part of a new brand ambassadors team in Brazil

RESENDE, Brazil – BMX athlete Renato Rezende, a member of the just launched Team Nissan 2.0, visited the Nissan Industrial Complex in Resende, Brazil, in the south of Rio de Janeiro. While there, he toured the production line where the Nissan Kicks will be produced in the coming months, visited with employees and rode the BMX bicycle on the test track of the factory, one of the most modern and sustainable in Latin America. His first time in an automobile factory, Renato was impressed by what he saw.

"The activities do not stop," said Rezende. "Everything is very organized and the spaces delimited. My impression is that every employee is very important to the process, and if someone fails, everything stops. I was impressed with teamwork."

The young athlete just joined the Team Nissan 2.0, along with 10 other athletes and team mentor, the multi-champion Clodoaldo Silva. Team Nissan 2.0 members will be ambassadors of the brand and will receive a Nissan Kicks, the global crossover that was first launched worldwide in Latin America and is already a success with a striking design and innovative equipment. The model follows Nissan's Intelligent Mobility concept, which seeks to provide a safer, smarter and more enjoyable transportation experience.

"I feel special for being part of this team," said Rezende. "This relationship with Nissan is an exchange. The company believes in me and I believe in it. I had a bit of luck in the last competitions, with a fall and injury, but I want to complete the next cycle because I believe there is something good saved for me."

Anxious to receive his Nissan Kicks, Rezende saw closely the preparations of the Industrial Complex of Resende to start the production of the Brazilian model that will be sold in Brazil and exported to other countries of Latin America. The production of Nissan Kicks in Brazil is scheduled to start in the coming months.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.2 trillion yen.

Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and Mitsubishi Motors since 2016 under the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at You can also follow @NissanMotor on Twitter.

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Costa Deliziosa makes Inaugural Call. Captain Palomba says Sint Maarten is a port of class and elegance

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Costa Deliziosa made its inaugural call on Thursday, March 23 to the destination, prior to making its Atlantic Ocean in a few days.  To greet the vessel and exchange the customary plaque and welcome pleasantries were representatives from Port St. Maarten Management, the Cabinet of the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Telecommunications and Transport (Ministry TEATT), the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, and the ship’s agent S.E.L. Maduro & Sons.

Captain Severino Palomba welcomed the delegation onboard.  Palomba said he was very pleased with the destination, especially Philipsburg where passengers can find everything in close proximity of each other such as duty-free shopping, restaurants, the beach, and watersport activities.

Captain Palomba added that Sint Maarten is a port of class and elegance.  He was also very pleased with the port facilities which allowed for seamless docking on Thursday morning.

The destination delegation included Port St. Maarten Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Mingo along with senior members of staff, representing the Acting Minister of Tourism Rafael Boasman was Julian Lake, Senior Policy Advisor at Cabinet Ministry TEATT, and Head of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Rolando Brison along with a staff member of the bureau.

Mingo welcomed Captain Palomba, his crew and passengers, and wished them an enjoyable time on the island as they explore what the destination has to offer. The port’s CEO informed Captain Palomba that the port will be carrying out its own cruise passenger surveys in order to further develop the destination experience.

Mingo also pointed out that he appreciated the support given by the Cabinet Ministry TEATT and the Head of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Rolando Brison.

Costa Crociere SpA, an Italian company based in Genoa, comprises the brands Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises. It boasts the largest fleet among all European operators, with a total of 25 ships in service.  It is part of the group Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise operator.

Costa Deliziosa carries mainly European passengers on European itineraries from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom, and about 10 per cent from North America.  On Caribbean cruises, the demographics are still geared strongly toward European travelers along with North Americans. Costa's ships also appeal to a wide range of ages, from 20-something first-time cruisers to retirees, but it’s fun, active vibe attracts a strong family audience as well as 40-something (and younger) couples.

Costa Deliziosa was ordered in 2007 from Italian company Fincantieri. The keel was laid down at the company's shipyard in Ancona. In July 2008, after the keel and first section were completed, they were towed to the Marghera shipyard for further work.

The Deliziosa was launched on 12 March 2009, when water was admitted to the dry dock in which she was built. The ship was handed over to Costa Cruises on 31 January 2010 at the Venice Passenger Terminal.

Costa Deliziosa is the third ship to be delivered by Fincantieri to Costa Cruises in a nine-month period, and one of five new ships to be in service with the company by 2012; a 50 percent expansion in the fleet's passenger capacity at that time.

The cruise ship is a hybrid design: taking the best elements from the Vista and Spirit class cruise ships. Costa Deliziosa is 292 metres (958 ft) long, with a beam of 32.3 metres (106 ft).

The ship has a gross tonnage of 92,700 and carries up to 2,828 passengers staying in 1,130 cabins. The ship has a cruising speed of 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h), and a top speed of 23.6 knots (43.7 km/h). Around 3,000 people worked on the construction of Costa Deliziosa which cost more than €450 million.

Costa Deliziosa next port of call is Antigua & Barbuda prior to making the Atlantic Ocean crossing to Tenerife, Canary Islands and then on to mainland Europe.



PHILIPSBURG — Social & Health Insurances SZV would like to invite the public and its customers to the 9th annual Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair taking place Saturday March 25th at the Festival Village from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

SZV will be hosting two information sessions at the health fair; Requirements & Procedures for Medical Reimbursements at 11:30 am and Rights & Obligations of ZV insured at 2:00 pm. Both information sessions will provide general information on the topics and also highlight frequently asked customer questions.

SZV staff will be available at the fair the entire day to answer general questions, share information on its new services, online resources, give website demonstrations and more.

The event is free of charge and a great opportunity for the public to familiarize themselves with some of the health care service providers on the island, take part in demonstrations, sample materials, get free health tests and more.

“It will be the first time that SZV will host two information sessions at the fair. We are happy to have this opportunity extended to us by the Sint Maarten Lion’s Club. We recognize the need to inform the public on various services and procedures via this platform and we look forward to sharing on Saturday.” – Parveen Boertje, Chief Customer Officer.


Sarah: “The Cruise industry on St. Maarten needs a comprehensive and collective approach”

PHILIPSBURG - As “reviews” come in from the Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 (Seatrade), just recently concluded in Fort Lauderdale, we hear much of the same following any conference of this nature, Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams said in a press release on Thursday.

“In addition, there has been somewhat of a “to-do”, due to local reports of members of parliament attending the Seatrade conference. Firstly let me make it clear, that there was no representation from Parliament as such at the conference.  

“However, the whole discussion does raise the following questions:

“What was “our” message at the 2017 cruise conference? What did we learn at the conference? And most importantly, what will be done with this information? Where does Cruise feature in our National Plan or Program?

“As I look out over Great bay harbor every day (ships or no ships), these questions inevitably pop up.

“Like nearly everything else, Cruise is not an alone standing pillar, as strong as it might appear, and no single person or group “owns” this industry.  There are so many topics that relate directly or indirectly to the cruise industry and that is why the positioning of Cruise on our national agenda is paramount for the simultaneous discussions on the environment, the infrastructure, energy, waste, health, crime etc.

“To give a glaring example; the perils local cyclists face on the St. Maarten roads, now also daunt our (cruise) visitors, who wish to make use of alternative means to tour the island. A new niche, I am sure, but this must be stimulated.   I hold my heart every day as I see cyclists, especially those unfamiliar with our roads and traffic, trying to manoeuvre their way around.

“Bottom line: the cruise sector needs a wholesome approach to be effective, separate from the question of how far we can expand the cruise sector due to capacity limits in the complementing fields mentioned above,  as well as the fact that several of these fields also offer some potential for growth, such as in the energy and health areas.”


Carnival’s Coca Cola cans in the huge collection of Guinness record holder

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten’s Carnival Coca Cola cans have made into into the collection of Davide Andreani, the Guinness world record holder for largest Coca Cola collector cans. St. Maarten’s Coca Cola cans are the initiative of local beverage distributor CC1. 2017 marks the second year the cans have been produced for St. Maarten Carnival and the second time CC1 has sent a collector can to Andreani.

Italy's Davide Andreani received his first Coca Cola can back in 1982 when he was just 5 years old, an event which was to kick off a lifetime's obsession with the soft drink. Soon after, Davide began collecting the distinctive tins, with his father bringing him home unusual designs when returning from his European business trips.

At the last count, confirmed on 14 August 2013, Coke lover Davide was in possession of a record 10,558 unique single-brand cans from 87 countries, setting a new Guinness World Records title for Largest collection of soft drink cans - same brand.

Now 37, all cans in Davide's collection have been emptied through a small hole in the bottom. If they were left on display unemptied, they could oxidize or even explode. Using his website to display rarities in his collection and to assist with trading rare Coca Cola can collectors’ items, David searches the globe for tins which only appeared in shops for a limited time or sometimes never even released to the public.

This is how he found St. Maarten’s Coca Cola cans for Carnival and requested them from CC1. 

PHOTO CUTLINE: Guinness World Record Holder Davide Andreani displays his St. Maarten Carnival Coca Cola cans.

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Tourist Bureau to kick-off Summer of Sports campaign. Effort to boost St. Maarten Sports Tourism appeal

POND ISLAND - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) is actively putting together a program to boosts its efforts to promote St. Maarten as a Sports Tourism destination. Entitled “St. Maarten Summer of Sports” campaign, STB has already targeted three events that it will seek to partner with and support for June/July 2017.

All three events have the potential to attract athletes and sports enthusiasts from around the world to St. Maarten if these events are properly supported and structurally marketed.  

Head of the STB Rolando Brison explained that STB has met with organizers of three established sports events, namely the Fittest on the Rock (an event geared toward athletics and Cross-Fit style competitions), the 7th annual Inter Islands Body Building Competition, and the Battle of the Fittest Basketball Tournament.

All events will be attracting athletes from around the Caribbean, and all events take place in the slow seasons, between June 1st and mid-July. “We are seeking a fourth event in the summer to support a create a series of sporting events in the summer that will be collectively marketing the entire island as an ideal place to enjoy fitness and sporting competitions,” Brison said.

He continued: "An important goal we have at the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is to identify the events that have been attracting numerous people to the island by means of their sporting events, and supporting them to ensure they can continue to grow each year. Sports Tourism is a growing industry within the world and particularly in the region.

“Our effort will extend beyond just supporting these and other sporting events where budget permits, but also by using all our promotional tools to help the organizers reach an even larger audience. One way we will do this is promote the collective of these summer sporting events though a "St. Maarten Summer of Sports" marketing campaign.”

He added that government’s support will also depend on the time submissions of necessary required documents and information by the organizers of these events. He also said that STB’s efforts to boost Sports Tourism will not only focus on the Summer months, rather look at the potential of supporting major sporting events in collaboration with other stakeholders, budget permitting.

Fittest on the rock

Fittest on the Rock is an event featuring local and foreign athletes and was held at the Blue Mall Cupecoy on Saturday, May 30th 2015 for the first time. The event is a strength and endurance workout competition where the participants take part in various workouts. The event had a total of 60 registered athletes, 35 males and 25 females, with participants form neighboring islands.

Inter-island Bodybuilding and Fitness

The 6th edition in 2016 had an important impact with 12 participating countries and 52 athletes. This year, organizers are expecting an increase in those numbers, including an anticipated 100 athletes.  This event has also attracted representatives of two outside media sports magazine reporters namely: “Hybrid Caribbean Fitness and Wellness Magazine” out of Trinidad and Mr. Guillermo Asencio a sportswriter for the international Latino Sport Magazine “Muscular Development Latino Magazine” which covers the entire Latin region.  All incoming countries federations / supporters will be housed at Simpson Bay Resorts and Marina and the grand showdown will take place at Maho Casino Royale.

Battle of the Fittest Basketball Tournament

The purpose of Battle of The Fittest Basketball Tournament is re-instill the love for basketball and inspire and motivate our younger generation to showcase their skills and possibly offer them an opportunity to do so on an international level. Battle of the Fittest brings the greatest collection of basketball talent within the region and surrounding Islands. Organizers have informed STB that they have already 10 countries confirmed to be attending the event.


WIB: A Loan for Every Lifestyle – Harley-Davidson. Visit WIBs Simpson Bay Branch on Friday to Learn More

SIMPSON BAY – Harley-Davidson motorbikes will be on display at the Windward Islands Bank (WIB) Simpson Bay branch where you can inquire and secure a loan for a Harley on Friday, March 24 between 8.30am and 3.30pm.  WIB has introduced “lifestyle loans” at attractive rates.

Over the past 50 years, WIB has been an instrumental part of the development of St. Maarten. True to its slogan "Your Partner in Progress", WIB has, is and will continue to grow as the island develops.

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New Harley-Davidson Street Rod is tuned for Dynamic Urban Performance

High-Output Revolution X Engine and Refined Chassis Deliver More Power and Nimble Handling

The new Harley-Davidson® Street Rod™ motorcycle is a muscular middle-weight built to blitz the city streets. An addition to the Harley-Davidson® Street™ model family, the Street Rod is agile, powerful and tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion. Steeped in tough Harley-Davidson® Dark Custom™ styling, bearing a stance that’s poised and aggressive, the Street Rod always looks ready for action.

“The Street Rod will put the thrill in any urban commute,” said Mathew Weber, Harley-Davidson Chief Engineer for the Street Rod. “We’ve paired the potent new High Output Revolution X 750 engine with a revised chassis and up-rated suspension components to make the Street Rod quick, light-handling and easy to ride.”

The Street Rod backs up its performance with a liberal dose of Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling.

“We made this new bike look tough and aggressive,” said Harley-Davidson Lead Designer Chetan Shedjale. “This aligns with the environment our riders will experience this motorcycle in.  The inverted, black-anodized forks and triple clamps along with a new speed screen combine to add visual mass to the Street Rod front end. The increased ground clearance and new 17-inch wheels give the Street Rod an intimidating stance. Finally, a supercharger-inspired air intake and the deeper growl of the exhaust note draw attention to the High Output Revolution X engine.”

The High Output Revolution X 750 engine produces 18 percent more horsepower and 8 percent more torque than the standard Revolution X 750 engine (U.S. and Canada markets only). The new single overhead-cam V-Twin engine features a larger air box, a new dual-throat throttle body, revised four-valve cylinder heads and high-lift camshafts, and a higher-volume muffler. The compression ratio is bumped from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1, and the engine redline is increased from 8,000 to 9,000 rpm.

“We’ve improved air flow and then tuned this new engine to maximize mid-range torque,” said Weber. “It really delivers a punch between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm, power you can always feel and use in real-world riding situations. Liquid cooling helps maintain that performance and rider comfort in stop-and-go urban traffic.”

The new Street Rod chassis is engineered to match the performance of the High Output Revolution X engine. The front end features rigid 43mm inverted forks gripped by a lightweight aluminum triple clamp. Fork rake angle is tightened from 32 to 27 degrees to quicken the steering. Coil-over rear shock absorbers have an external reservoir to increase fluid capacity and improve control. The shocks increase the rear suspension travel by 31 percent, to 4.6 inches. A new swing arm is slightly longer to accommodate the taller ride height, and has new performance-inspired styling. Lean angle is increased from 28.5 degrees left and right to 37.3 degrees right and 40.2 degrees left. The Street Rod rolls on light-weight, 17-inch front and rear Split 7 Spoke Black Cast Wheels and new Michelin Scorcher 21 radial tires. Dual 300mm-diameter front disc brakes deliver confident stopping power. Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are factory-installed options for the Street Rod.

“The Street Rod is the most nimble motorcycle in the current Harley-Davidson line-up,” said Weber. “Tires, wheels, suspension and frame geometry are engineered to work together and deliver handling that’s light and precise at all speeds.”

A new seat shape is designed to fit the rider’s contour, and seat height is raised by 3.7 inches, to 29.4 inches, to enhance the rider’s view forward over traffic. A flat, drag-style handlebar puts the rider in a fist-forward posture on the bike. The Street Rod also features new forged foot controls and aluminum foot pegs that are positioned for a comfortable seating position that also makes it easy for riders to get feet down to the ground at stops.

Street Rod styling highlights include a new color-matched speed screen, a short aggressive street fighter-inspired tail, and all-new LED tail lamp and turn signals with a Street Rod signature look.

The Street Rod will be offered in three color options: Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim, and Olive Gold.

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About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit


CIBC FirstCaribbean pushes MPC closer to taking part in Olympic Moves Competition

SOUTH REWARD – Teachers and students of the Milton Peters College (MPC) will be traveling to the Netherlands in June to take part in the Olympic Moves Competition, one of the largest sports competitions held there.

The school’s participation was made possible due to a number of donations such as the one received recently by Teachers Laticia Brown and Aukje van Kuiken from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

Bas de haan, former teacher at MPC, who passed away last year introduced the competition in St. Eustatius and was eager to do the same in St. Maarten, it is in his honor that Brown and van Kuiken are enthusiastic about traveling with eight of their students to take part in Olympic Moves.

It will be the first time the island will be represented in the high school sports competition which is the largest in the Netherlands.

The bank also made a donation to the Sundial School recently in support of their graduation ceremony to be held in July.

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