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CC1 St. Maarten launches new Coca Cola® Carnival Can label, 2nd year in a row

CAY HILL – CC1 St. Maarten, the exclusive distributor of Coca Cola®, the world’s number one beverage, will again release a limited edition 12 oz can, imprinted with the St. Maarten Carnival Logo.  

This one of a kind Coca Cola® Can will express a new slogan; “Experience Carnival with Coca Cola”.  The reveler image is also different from last year, making it a collectible item. “As promised last year, CC1 is providing St. Maarten consumers with their own Coca Cola Carnival collectable, said Trade Marketing Coordinator; Agnetha Huijting.

"The Carnival Foundation is once again delighted that Coca Cola has chosen to feature St. Maarten's Carnival on its iconic cans. The response we received last year from visitors in the region and around the world was beyond expectations. To have our festival associated with the biggest beverage brand in the world, shows confidence in our Carnival product and offers us a marketing vehicle not easily matched. We are very proud to be partnering with Coca Cola for Carnival 2017," said Director of St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Michael Granger.

Consumers can purchase their 2017 Limited Edition Coca Cola® Can at major retailers across the island starting the second week of February. The plan is to distribute these cans over a period of 3 months until the beginning of May 2017.

CC1 St. Maarten will be giving away more than 20 Carnival Season passes again this year which permits a winner and a friend to access the Festival Village for the entire carnival season. For additional information or a chance to win, look for “Win A Carnival Season Pass For You and A Friend” in supermarkets island-wide.

For inquires, or placing an order please contact CC1 St. Maarten, +1 721 542 2283. Located on Oryx Drive #1, Cay Hill or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thursday Machete Wielding Armed Bandit Hits Zong Supermarket

MIDDLE REGION - On Thursday February 2nd at approximately 1.00 p.m. an unknown man stormed into Zong Supermarket located on the Middle Region with a machete and threatened the cashier with it.

He then went on to rob the establishment of undisclosed amount cash from the register. After committing this act the suspect fled on foot.

This case in being investigated by the Special Unit Robbery. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Central government personnel receive directive not to fly with InselAir

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Civil servants working or travelling in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom are temporarily not allowed to fly with InselAir for business trips, a press release from the RCN media department said on Friday.

“Questions were raised about the safety of this airline. At present there is no clear picture of the flight safety of the aircrafts of InselAir. Therefore it was decided to take preventive measures and not to use the services of InselAir for business trips.

“It was also decided that this information would be communicated broadly to inform other travelers of this situation. The Dutch Inspectorate of Living environment and Transport “Inspectie voor Leefomgeving en Transport” is in close contact with the aviation authorities of Curacao in order to get clarity about the flight safety of the aircrafts of InselAir.

“This measure was taken because the central government is responsible for the safety of its staff. The measure applies to all government personnel in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, such as the staff of Defense, civil servants of the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (Ed RCN) and the employees of the “Vertegenwoordiging van Nederland “ in Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten.” (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)


Minister of VROMI Emmanuel endorses new approach to resurfacing

POND ISLAND - The resurfacing of Walter J A Nisbeth road, Coralita road and Mount William Hill road have been completed. Honorable Minister C. Emmanuel is focused on resurfacing as many roads as the budget permits.

 A new approach has been taken where minimal patch work will be conducted and a longer area of the road will be resurfaced in order to increase the durability. The white dividing lines and pedestrian crossings will be painted within short by the Department of Infrastructure Management within the Ministry of VROMI. 


Minister Jacobs extends deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late George Frederick Adolphus York

POND ISLAND - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Affairs (MECYS) and the Government of St. Maarten hereby extend sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the late George Frederick Adolphus aka Freddy York.

“Our heart goes out to you in this time of bereavement, with special recognition to our Minister Plenipotentiary Henrietta Doran-York as well as MECYS Culture Department head Neville York as you accept this terrible loss.

“Death is never easy to accept for the living, but allow the memories to live on forever. Freddy York recently celebrated a milestone of 100 years of living, which is a legacy many of us may not get to experience. I am happy, as I know his family is as well, to be privileged to have celebrated this milestone with him.

“The celebratory ceremonies held over the weekend were filled with laughter and joy, which when remembered, will sustain you during this time of preparation for farewell and beyond. My prayers are with the family and friends; may God guide you and give you strength through the trying times ahead and may his soul rest in perpetual peace.

“York was a pillar in our community and his legacy will live on forever. The stories of him fishing and picking whelks will live on through his children, grand-children and great grand-children, and all who were privileged to have learned from him, for years to come. His sense of humor, love of life, playing dominoes, eating and resting well, while working and spending time with family and friends are examples for all of us to live by. May St. Martin’s cultural icon, “Freddy York”, live on in our memories forever,” a press release from the Cabinet of the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs said on Thursday.


Sarah says ACU could strengthen socio-economic fabric of society

PHILIPSBURG - President of the Parliament of St. Maarten Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the opening of the ACU's office on St. Maarten.

“Several members of this credit union reside on St. Maarten and were quite pleased now that the services are brought to St. Maarten. Credit unions are organizations of persons (members) who save at the institution and also are able to borrow,” Member of Parliament (MP) Wescot-Williams said in a press release on Thursday.

“Membership also has other benefits, depending on the goals and ambitions of the organizations. Credit unions belong to the group of cooperatives of consumers and should operate according to set rules.

"This type of organization if properly organized and managed can fill a void and further strengthen the socio-economic fabric of society. I wish the management and membership much success," MP Wescot-Williams concluded.


Minister Jacobs releases names of members of her cabinet and contact info

POND ISLAND - The Cabinet of the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Affairs Silveria Jacobs, would like to inform the general public of the cabinet members and their positions, a press release issued by the Cabinet on Wednesday stated.

The cabinet consists of five members:

Mrs. drs. Soraya Agard-Lake, Senior Policy Advisor

Mr. Sandro Garcia, Senior Policy Advisor

Mrs. Fabiana Vanterpool-Arnell, Policy Advisor

Ms. Francisca Matinburgh, Executive Secretary

Ms. Roylyka Roache, PRO/Executive Assistant

The Cabinet can be contacted via a temporary mobile number +1 721 520 0285 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


John Maxwell Coach N. Els: Your Ability to lead determines how well you succeed. Get ready to lead

GREAT BAY - “The #1 skill required to be successful in the 21st century is leadership,” says John C. Maxwell certified coach Nelson Els. For this reason Victorious Living Foundation has partnered with Els in their continuing efforts to raise the bar of leadership on St. Martin.

Els, in an invited comment about why it is important for leaders and aspiring leaders in the community to attend the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership stated: “Everything rises & falls on Leadership! The best leaders build the best companies, organizations & families. Your Ability to lead will determine how well you succeed.

“This is not an opinion, idea, rumour or principle, this is a fact. Therefore you cannot afford to miss The 21 irrefutable Laws by J.C.M. which will equip you with tools to become a leader or a better leader.” In a nutshell, Nelson Els emphatically declares that this workshop & Mastermind Group study slated for March 4th at the Asha Stevens Elementary School “will transform your life.”

Enrollment in this empowering workshop is limited, therefore interested persons are asked to contact Victorious Living located at The Royal Palm Plaza #92 Front St. Philipsburg as soon as possible; register online at:;  visit their website at: ;  e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-721-524-8731 for details.

In addition, attendees at this leadership workshop and mastermind will have access to special rates for attending the largest one-day leadership conference in the world, Leadercast, via live simulcast on May 5th, 2017. Leadercast is being hosted for the fifth consecutive year by Victorious Living, under the theme, “Powered by Purpose.”

Victorious Living is pleased to announce that in addition to the impressive lineup of international speakers at Leadercast are impressive local speakers including the recipients of Victorious Living Foundation’s first annual Leader Worth Following Awards, Ambassador Alicia Liverpool, CEO of the David Company, and Mrs. Asha Stevens, Executive Director of the Asha Stevens Elementary School. Stevens will be accompanied by her husband and co-author, Dr. Jackson C. Stevens.

Leadercast Live is the biggest one-day leadership event in the world with the most world renowned speakers. This event promises to be a game changer in your life, if you are seeking to discover your purpose or want to be inspired to continue fulfilling your purpose.  So register early while seats are available, at to secure your tickets today.

Victorious Living looks forward to welcoming you to the Leadership Workshop and Mastermind group study facilitated by John Maxwell Coach Nelson Els; and Leadercast. Call Victorious Living at 1-721-524-8731 or visit them at and send an e-mail to register.

PHOTO: Asha Stevens

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PHOTO: Ambassador Alicia Liverpool 

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Firearm and other items found during search at Point Blanche Prison on Tuesday

POINT BLANCHE - As part of a criminal investigation based on information received about the presence of a firearm in the Pointe Blanche prison, the St. Maarten Police Force on Tuesday January 31st, held a search, led by the Public Prosecutors Office, at the prison, a joint press release said on Tuesday evening from the Police and Public Prosecution Service.

The search took place with the assistance of the marines of the permanent detachment of the Royal Navy in St. Maarten and the St. Maarten Police Force Justice K-9 Unit.     

The search started at approximately 7.30 a.m. and lasted until 5.00 p.m.  During the intense search numerous cellular phones, self-made weapons, drugs and a firearm were found.

The weapon was confiscated and a further investigation is on the way to determine as to how this weapon got into the prison.  

Detectives have been interviewing inmates and the Forensic Department was also at the institution to collect potential evidence. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Jaycees leadership training workshop set for February 8

PHILIPSBURG - Junior Chamber St. Maarten (Jaycees) a world-wide leadership training organization for young people between the ages of 18 to 40 .as part of our programs to empower young active citizens will be organizing a work shop on how to prepare a business plan, JCI organization believes they must take collective positive actions.

This will be held on Date Wednesday, February 8 2017.

Time: 7.00 pm

Venue: Great Bay Sonesta Beach Hotel

Dress code, Business like.

For more information you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Teleph. 5881778.

Via this project, the JCI organization shows commitment through social responsibility to empower young people in our community, while improving ourselves through participation, leadership and action.

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