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JetBlue to include new seasonal service between Boston and Sint Maarten as of November 4 Plus...

SINT MAARTEN/NEW YORK - JetBlue recently announced it is progressing with its Mint transcontinental expansion plan with the on-sale of new routes, introducing competition in east and west coast markets where customers are faced with decreasing choices and where other carriers sell dated business class options at a high cost.

For the first time, JetBlue is now offering Mint seats out-for-sale on the following new and expanded routes: New York (JFK) and Las Vegas (LAS), New York (JFK) and San Diego (SAN), and Boston (BOS) and San Diego (SAN).

In addition to the new Mint routes, JetBlue will expand Mint service between Boston and Los Angeles. JetBlue will also continue to leverage its Mint fleet opportunistically by bringing back seasonal favorites and growing Caribbean Mint routes, including new seasonal service between Boston and St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

JetBlue is also adding more premium service on peak travel days between New York-JFK and St. Maarten, a Mint route it first introduced last fall. A second daily roundtrip is being added over the Christmas peak and on the Saturdays before and after Thanksgiving.

Customers on many of these routes have never had the option to fly a modern and customer-focused premium experience, including the longest fully-flat bed seating in the U.S. domestic premium market (a), fully enclosed private suites, a 15-inch flat screen with complimentary entertainment and the unmatched hospitality of JetBlue crewmembers.

The wave of new Mint flights grows the airline’s popular premium service to approximately 70 daily Mint flights before the end of the year. By December 2017, roughly one in every 14 JetBlue flights will offer Mint.

“When we set out to reinvent premium travel nearly three years ago, we knew we were on to something revolutionary,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president, JetBlue. “But even as a constant innovator, we could have never imagined that we would be landing Mint in cities up and down the east and west coasts.”

New Mint Routes Serve Markets with Strong Demand for Premium Travel

Later this year JetBlue will add Mint on four new routes and in two new cities that have not previously had scheduled Mint service. On each route, JetBlue will be the only airline to offer a regularly scheduled lie-flat domestic product.

Boston – Caribbean

Travelers in Boston looking for a winter warm up this season will benefit from a new Caribbean Mint route from Logan. On Saturdays between November and April, JetBlue will operate Mint flights between Boston and St. Maarten. St. Maarten is home to world-class resorts and calm waters and also serves as a gateway to nearby St. Bart’s and Anguilla which are two of the top luxury destinations in the Caribbean.

Mint Schedule Between Boston (BOS) and St. Maarten (SXM)

Saturdays Beginning November 4, 2017 – April 2018:

BOS – SXM Flight #77                          SXM – BOS Flight #78

7:15 a.m. – 12:32 p.m.                        1:57 p.m. – 5:24 p.m.

Favorite Seasonal Caribbean Mint Routes Return

JetBlue is bringing back many of the same popular Caribbean Mint routes it has previously operated. Seats are on sale now for service between:

New York-JFK and Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND)

Beginning December 2

New York and St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)

Beginning December 2

New York-JFK and St. Maarten

Beginning November 4

New York-JFK and Aruba

Beginning September 9

Boston and Barbados

Beginning November 4

Boston and Aruba

Beginning September 9

Seattle Mint to Come

The start date for already announced Mint service in Seattle will be announced in the coming months.

Why Customers Love Mint

Mint offers a completely rethought design and a more personal approach to service, addressing the needs of the modern traveler. Mint features exceptional hospitality from specially trained crewmembers.

Favorite Mint features include a signature cocktail, a tapas-style menu by New York City restaurant Saxon + Parole, fresh espresso from the first purpose-built cappuccino machine for a U.S. airline, amenity kits by Hayward and Hopper, and dessert from Blue Marble and Milk Bar.

JetBlue is the only U.S. airline to operate regular service with lie-flat seating to multiple Caribbean destinations. Additionally, customers can expect the same Mint experience they love on transcontinental routes, with an added twist: Mint's northbound menus from Caribbean destinations will feature regionally inspired small plates such as ginger-marinated shrimp, jerk pork tenderloin and pan seared flying fish, curated by a local culinary team. Mint customers on these flights will also be treated to a welcome drink featuring rum and island flavors.

Since launching in 2014, Mint has become a favorite way for celebrities, technology executives, creatives, and entrepreneurs to travel across the country. Mint was recognized by Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards, which honors innovative and disruptive design that pushes boundaries and seeks to change the world.

JetBlue’s Airbus A321 With Mint Offers Every Customer A Better Flight

All customers will benefit from JetBlue's new Airbus A321 with Mint aircraft, which features the airline's new core experience for customers seated throughout the entire aircraft.

Features of the A321 core interior include 10-inch television screens offering free entertainment, comfortable seats with the most legroom in coach (b) and power outlets accessible to all customers. JetBlue's popular marketplace, a self-serve station full of free snacks, sodas and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience, is also available throughout the flight. And all A321 aircraft offer JetBlue's free Fly-Fi high-speed broadband Internet service when flying over the contiguous U.S.(c), access to JetBlue's Hub content on personal devices and first-run Hollywood movies.

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Female Taxi driver Ill-treated

MAHO - On Friday, April 21, around 3am the police dispatch sent a patrol to Sonesta Maho where a taxi driver was ill treated by two men.

When the patrol arrived the taxi driver claimed that the men had assaulted her and that she wanted to press charges.

The police immediately arrested the man with initials T.T. A. from the USA. The investigation continues. (Police Force Sint Maarten) 

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“It’s Story Time” at the Jubilee Library on Saturday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – “It’s Story Time,” at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on Saturday.  The story toddler time will take place on April 22 from 10.00am to 12.00pm.  Mitsha Giterson will do the reading.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is the organizer of the annual activity.

The story toddler time is part of CPSs sustaining breastfeeding together campaign.

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old.

Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.

For more information, you can call the Baby Clinic at 543-0295 or CPS at 542-3003 or 542-2078.

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4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Felt in North Eastern Caribbean Wednesday afternoon. 500 events registered over the past days

SINT MAARTEN/ANTIGUA – The Seismic Research Unit (SRU) from the University of the West Indies (UWI) recorded a 4.0 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday afternoon at 4.32pm at a depth of 10 kilometres (km) and 82 km north east of St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda.

The SRU says the Leeward Islands area is a high area of earthquake activity for the Caribbean, and that it is not unusual for earthquake sequences like this to occur.  It is also quite likely the SRU added that aftershocks following the main earthquake on April 17 – 5.8 magnitudes – will continue for some time.

The SRC has received more than 120 felt reports from as far west as St. Kitts and as far south as Guadeloupe for the 17th April event.

This earthquake has been followed, so far, by more than 500 events in the same general area, two of which were in the magnitude range 5.1-5.5. Scientists at the SRC expect that aftershocks should continue for some time.

Although this most recent earthquake sequence may not necessarily signal a larger earthquake, the public should be reminded that the Leeward Islands region is an area of high earthquake activity for the Caribbean.

Moderate to significant sized earthquakes may occur in this region at any time which may impact islands in this area (St. Kitts-Nevis, Antigua-Barbuda, Montserrat).

For this reason measures must always be in place at an individual, community and national level to protect against the impact of earthquakes.

The Antigua Director of the National Office of Disaster Services Philmore Mullin recently stated that he understands the public’s concern but is reminding that the country is in an earthquake zone and that it’s not unusual to have this type of activity that has been felt over the past days.

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25th ANNUAL ST. MAARTEN OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR APRIL 22 AND 23

MULLET BAY - The St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA will host its 25th annual St. Maarten Open Golf Tournament on Saturday and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd, 2017 at the Mullet Bay Golf Course.

Proceeds from the event will benefit multiple pre-selected local community organizations like the:

The festivities will begin with registration on Friday April 21st at the Golf Course followed by an opening reception for all participants, sponsors, media and invited guests from 19:00h – 22:00h at Sunset Beach Bar. Guests will have a chance to mix and mingle and greet many long-time friends from other islands as well as meeting new ones.

So far the SMGA received a total amount of 75 registered golfers and they expect to get to 85 players when the tournament starts. Including a large contingent of local players from St. Maarten and St. Martin, there will be some very talented and highly competitive golfers from our neighboring islands like Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, Curacao and Guadeloupe as well as players from Canada, U.S.A., United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

This 36 holes stroke play tournament will kick off with the first round of 18 holes on Saturday morning April 22nd at 7:00AM. The second round will be played on Sunday April 23rd.

Following the tournament, an awards and recognition party will be held at SKY BEACH Rooftop Beach & Lounge in Maho for participants, sponsors, media and invited guests between 18:00h – 21:00h.

This two day tournament is made possible due to our year round major contributors Mullet Bay Resort and Golf Course and CC1, combined with the tremendous annual support and sponsorships from a huge amount of local and international businesses.

A special thanks goes out to: CC1, and Mullet Bay Golf Course.

PLATINUM sponsors: Anderson Fabrics, Caribtrans, Cariburo / Dauphin Telecom, Générali Assurance, PJIA, Sol Antilles, SXM Timeshare Association, US Laundry.

GOLD sponsors: Aon Insurance Brokers, Argos, Audi, Motorworld, Boogaard Insurances, BZSE Law Office, Electec, First Caribbean International Bank, First Response, Global Purchasing/Guichard, Holland House Beach Hotel, Oyster Bay Beach Resort, SBS Building Supplies, S.H.T.A., Sky Beach Rooftop Lounge, Sonesta Great Bay Resort & Casino, Starz City Casino, Sunset Beach Bar, Winair Airlines, Windward Islands Bank.

And a large amount of other sponsors and contributors: too numerous to mention that contributed in different ways through cash donations, hotel stays, dinner vouchers, gift vouchers, certificates, tickets etc.

During all tournament days great prizes will be raffled and auctioned off with all net proceeds going to the selected community organizations. Next to that all amateur competitors are eligible for the hole in one prize where for the first player that hits an ace on hole number 11 can win a Hyundai i10.

The SMGA is a non-profit organization of avid golfers that promotes the practice of the game of golf and to foster community sense. The SMGA organizes golf matches and tournaments for its members and non-members and donates most of its proceeds that are made through membership fees and during these events like the St. Maarten Open to multiple community organizations on the island.

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St. Maarten Cable TV Sponsors 4M HD for Carnival 2017

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable TV has sponsored 4M HD for this year’s carnival.  “We are grateful for this sponsorship as everything we have been doing has been coming out of our pockets. 

“As manager, I am thanking St. Maarten Cable TV for sponsoring 4M HD once again as they have done in previous years,” said Lavinia Marsham, Manager of 4M HD.

St. Maarten Cable TV has taken the initiative to sponsor different stakeholders in carnival and for the bands we decide to sponsor 4M HD once again. 

On accepting the check from St. Maarten Cable TV, band Manager, thanked them for the years of continuous sponsorship and wishes everyone a safe and Happy Carnival 2017.

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Ferron and Wever awarded Paul Harris Fellow for contributions to sailing and education

SIMPSON BAY - During their 20th Anniversary Celebrations held at the restaurant Beirut the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle awarded two Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) awards.

Robbie Ferron was awarded his PHF for his contribution to sailing on St. Maarten.   Robbie was born in Cape Town, after completing his education he sailed across the Atlantic and “got pleasantly stuck on St. Maarten” in 1979.

He began repairing boats and soon realized that accessing products, particularly the right products caused a lot of shoulder shrugging. He started a store in one of the rooms of his rented house which soon became too small and finally started a real shop.

Robbie is a passionate sailor. He was also one of the persons who helped start the Annual Heineken Regatta. During the last few years, Mid Isle has had a car parking fundraiser at the Regatta.   

Christopher Wever was awarded his PHF for his contribution to Education. He was born in Curacao and came to St. Maarten at an early age, after completing high school he continued his studies in Child Psychology in the states, after returning to Sint Maarten he worked at a primary school.

Chris wanted to step up and work for the government in the Education Department but needed European Certification, so he furthered his studies in the Netherlands. He is now working for the Government's Education Department. One of his good friends, Member of Parliament Chanel Brownbill, was asked to present the PHF to him.

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.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Rotarian Louis, MP Chanel Brownbill, Johanna, Chris Wever, and Amanda Wever. (Photo contributed)

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One suspect arrested in attempted robbery at Money 4 Gold

COLE BAY - One man was arrested as a suspect in an attempted break-in Cole Bay on Sunday April 16th at approximately 12.20 a.m.  A police patrol after receiving information of an ongoing break in at Money 4 Gold in Cole Bay immediately went on the scene to investigate what was going on. 

On the scene the patrol saw two unknown men at the rear of the building. The building was surrounded by the patrol and two off duty officers who came to assist however one of the men took off running and jumped over a nearby fence and disappeared in the darkness.

The other suspect remained on the scene and did not resist his arrest. On the scene the investigating officers noticed that the suspects attempted to gain access into the building by removing the metal bars to a door at the rear of the building.

The arrested suspect remains in custody for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Jansen is the newest member of Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle

SIMPSON BAY - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle while celebrating its 20th Anniversary inducted their newest member recently.

Femke Jansen was proposed by Immediate Past President David Antrobus. Femke is a lawyer with Lexwell Attorneys at Law.

Jansen has qualifications in corporate law, contract law and labor law. During her spare time she enjoys basketball, cross fit, swimming and running.

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.

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Preps Underway for “It’s Story Time” at the Jubilee Library

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is preparing to host “It’s Story Time” at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.

The story toddler time will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 10.00am to 12.00pm.  Mitsha Giterson will do the reading.

The story toddler time is part of CPSs sustaining breastfeeding together annual campaign.

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old.

Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.

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

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