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CC1 St Maarten now the official distributor of Enfamil Infant Formula

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - CC1 St. Maarten,one of the largest distributions companies is now the exclusive distributor of Enfamil, the #1 infant formula brand recommended by pediatricians.The fact that Enfamil is recommended most by pediatricians means a lot to us — and certainly can help you feel secure choosing Enfamil. 

Among the top reasons for recommending Enfamil, pediatricians say it’s a brand that they trust and that it supports mental development. When it comes to choosing something as important as your baby’s nutrition, there’s nothing like a recommendation from a trusted source. 

Whether it comes from your pediatrician, the hospital where your baby was born or another mom, it gives you the confidence that you’ve made the best choice for your baby.

At CC1 St. Maarten , we understand just how important it is that breast milk is an integral part of infant nutrition, we know that sometimes a mother needs other ways to nourish her child.                                                                                                                                 

The following products will be available at CC1 St.Maarten ; 

  • Enfamil Infant Formula
  • Enfamil PREMIUM Infant Formula
  • Enfamil Gentlease Infant Formula

The brand fits in perfect with the CC1 St. Maarten current beverage portfolio and offering a variety of products to our customers and consumers, from baby to any age.

CC1 will now be responsible for marketing and distribution of the brand Enfamil Infant Formula on the island effective immediately. Our commitment is to have the broadest and most diversified product lines. 

For more information contact CC1 St Maarten: +1-721-542-2283, or visit us at Oryx Drive #1, Cay Hill, St. Maarten. 

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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Race Report Day 1

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - With near perfect conditions, the start of the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta saw the fleet streaming out through the bridge in time for the race starts. Boats set their sails as they headed towards the three separate start areas. The wind, which had been fairly steady at 14 knots, piped up, sending some 20 knot gusts through the fleet, making for some white-knuckle excitement amongst the crews.

The first gun went off at 10am, denoting the starting sequence for the CSA class 4 and 5; Bareboat 1 and 2; Multihull 1 and 2 and the Island Time Class. With only one OCS, the entire fleet got away cleanly enjoying the near perfect sailing conditions. The race took the fleets on a beat towards the eastern end of the island. Kevin Mitchell of Wrecking Crew, sailing in the Bareboat fleet said, “We’re one of the slowest boats, but so happy to be out here sailing. The conditions were a bit challenging, but we managed it without any incidents.” 

Meanwhile, there was a personal battle going on between rival crews all hailing from Vancouver, racing in three separate boats. Nauti Canucks and Nauti Canucks 2, each with ten male sailors on board, are battling against their female rivals in Salish Sisters, with five ladies on board. Kerry Phillips said, “Today’s wind was reasonable, no reefs needed, and it wasn’t too choppy. The race committee were awesome, just the right level of communications and everyone was very well behaved on the start line.”

Starting slightly later at 10.30am, the two Maxis classes, the Offshore Multihulls, and Ocean Racing class 1 and 2 were circling around the moored superyachts, waiting for their starting sequence to get underway. The maxis got a clean start, taking a short leg to windward before turning to starboard and setting off on 7 mile beat up to a mark set right at the northern end of the island, giving a massive downwind leg through the Anguilla Channel, before turning back towards St. Maarten and the Heineken finish after a blistering 26-mile-long race. Fling 16 showed the fleet the way to go, with Selene close behind.

While the maxis peeled off to the western side of St. Maarten, the Ocean Racing fleets continued beating past Philipsburg and out to the east, on an 11-mile beat, out to a turning mark and back, resulting in a 38-mile race.

Race Director Paul Miller said, “The new format with four days has enabled us to change things a bit, and setting a long race, especially in these breezy conditions will make for great racing especially for the Maxis, who will encounter some big waves up at the top of the island.”

Around in Marigot Bay, the ORC Performance fleet, along with the CSA classes 1, 2 and 3 had been set a windward leeward course which led to some extremely close competitive racing. Ross Applebey of Scarlet Oyster saw his boat’s performance improve after what he admitted was “a slightly scrappy first race.” He said, “We probably needed a bit more training before the first race, but after a good debrief between races, we got into the lead to the first mark, had a good gybe set, and then held it to the finish. There were eight boats all together round the first mark, making for great close racing.” With tight racing throughout the fleet, there were spectacular downwind legs for the fast displacement boats, with Lazy Dog being far from lazy, taking the gun in both races.

Ker 46 Lady Mariposa, achieved what was described as ‘the best start of the day in the ORC Performance fleet. According to the race committee on the start boat, Lady Mariposa hit the line at full speed, with her bow hitting the line on the bang of the gun, without an inch to spare. Jesper Bank, Olympic Gold Medallist in the Solings in 1992, 2000 and Bronze medallist in 1988, said; “Actually, we were a little bit more hectic at the start than we should have been, but yes, we did get a great start!” Lady Mariposa’s form showed, with final results after two races putting her in first place with 2 points, ahead of Godspeed Sail Racing Academy sitting equally with Aquis Granus, each with 5 points.

A unique feature of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is that all classes finish at the Heineken mark, close to the famous lifting bridge into the lagoon and the Port de Plaisance Marina where the majority of the boats are moored. By 3pm, the boats were lining up to get through the bridge, with the customary celebrations, dancing and fancy dress to entertain the crowds, many with a welcome cold Heineken in hand!

With the results coming through promptly onwww.heinekenregatta.comit was Fling 16 in the Maxi Class 1 who took line honours and first place overall, with Selene second, Varsovie third and Umiko fourth. In Maxi 2 class, Eliza Vastgoed took first place from Spirit of Juno in second, with Zampano in third.

In the Ocean Racing class, it was Volvo Open 70 I love Poland who narrowly took the lead from Ambersail in second, with Sailing Poland in third place.

There was a closely fought battle in the 12 Metre class, with Stars & Stripes 86 narrowly gaining the advantage over Canada II. Full results of all classes can be found atwww.heinekenregatta.com.

Back on shore, skippers gathered round the Race Committee area to check on results, and find out about Friday’s race, which will be the famous Round the Island Race. “We always look forward to the Round the Island race,” says Jesper Bank of Lady Mariposa, “It gets us properly offshore and on the western side of the island we’ll see some great downwind waves too.”

 

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SMMC expanding Dialysis services

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has added extra Dialysis stations to the Dialysis Clinic, thereby increasing its capacity, in order to be able to treat the growing amount of Dialysis patients from March 11th, 2019 onwards. 

With the addition of 2 new Dialysis positions, the Dialysis Clinic’s capacity is increasing from 13 to 15 positions which means that the clinic will be able to treat a total of 84 Dialysis patients (up from 72 patients at present). In order to facilitate the new positions, some changes to the Dialysis clinic had to be made such as building a new waiting room and adding a new treatment room in which the extra stations have been placed. 

Furthermore, Dialysis nursing staff will be completing a clinical training in the first week of March in order to operate the new, state of the art, Dialysis equipment from March 11thonwards.  

One of the positive results of the increased capacity is that a number of Dialysis patients currently being treated abroad, due to a lack of local capacity, can soon return to St. Maarten and get the treatment at SMMC, which ties in with the hospital’s continuous strategic objective of providing ‘quality care, close to home’. 

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COMMUNITY STREET LIGHTS PRIORITY FOR N.V. GEBE. 2400 Already Repaired

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – NV. GEBE has placed substantial emphasis on repairing community street lights since the passing of Hurricane Irma.  NV GEBE’s Distribution Department is spearheading the initiative to ensure that all street lights are repaired to deter crime and support safe driving.  

The initiative to restore street lights remains an ongoing effort for NV GEBE, the primary focus is on main roads with consistent progression to secondary roads.  Currently, repairs are taking place in the Cole Bay area.  

NV GEBE has repaired 2400 street lights and are diligently working on repairing 1800 remaining damaged street lights.  It is projected that all street lights will be restored by the end of 2019 mid 2020. 

Patrick Drijvers, Assistant Distribution Manager stated: “Our main priority remains the community. As a community-focused organization we understand the important role of working street lights and how they directly contribute to the safety of the St. Maarten community at large.”  

NV GEBE has established working partnerships with the Police Force of Sint Maarten and Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure, (VROMI) to collaborate on the placements of the new revolutionary, LED Street Lights equipped with cameras that offer greater visibility, enhanced security and are energy-conscious. 

The new lights have been ordered and two districts have been determined to initiate the Community Safety Street Lights Pilot Project, after the pilots are installed and tested the project will move full speed ahead throughout the community. 

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WIBs ATMs within your reach

COLE BAY – For the next few days it’s all happening at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Village at Port de Plaisance in Cole Bay.  As you know, ‘Your Partner in Progress,’ the Windward Islands Bank (WIB) will be right there at the touch of a finger.  ATM machines can be found nearby at Port de Plaisance and Carrefour Cole Bay for your convenience, all within your reach.  Happy St. Maarten Heineken Regatta from WIB.  

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Additional Bridge Openings for Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) would like to advise motorists in connection with the 39thedition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta activities in the Simpson Bay area during the coming days, to avoid passing through the aforementioned area if heading to the Airport/Maho/Beacon Hill/Low Lands, and/or for those heading to Cole Bay/Philipsburg, to use the Causeway Bridge instead.  This would help to alleviate traffic congestion in the Simpson Bay area.   

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Friday March 1st

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Saturday March 2nd

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Sunday March 3rd

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*Extra bridge opening only for Regatta Competitors

**Extra bridge opening on call – VHF 12

The regular schedule opening times remain as is.

Secondly, motorists are advised to pay attention to the bridge STOP LIGHTS and BOOMS, and to respect and observe the aforementioned once they have been activated alerting motorists that the bridge will be opening.  This is in the interests of the safety of all motorists.

The Port St. Maarten family would like to wish everybody a safe and serious fun 39th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

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Suspect arrested on drugs and weapon charges

CAPE BAY - On Tuesday February 26that approximately 10.30 p.m. a police patrol carrying out a routine control in Cape Bay area saw three unknown men standing in front of a bar. 

One of the men started behaving quite suspicious when he realized that the patrol was in the area. This man became increasingly suspicious by pulling and tugging at something hidden under his shirt at his waist. 

The investigating officers decided to approach the suspect to discuss his suspicious behaviour. The suspect could not give the officers an acceptable explanation for his behaviour.

During the further investigation the officers found a loaded handgun and several small plastic bags each containing a small amount a marijuana and cocaine. The firearm and drugs were confiscated for further investigation. 

The suspect was arrested on the spot and then taken the Philipsburg Police Head Quarters were he remains for further investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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Prins Willem Alexander School Celebrates 45th Anniversary

BELVEDERE - School year 2018-2019 marks the 45thyear anniversary for The Prins Willem Alexander School (PWAS). The school was developed in the early 70’s (1973) in response to the need to establish a school setting that would cater to students whose educational functioning placed them at a disadvantage in the regular classroom setting. 

The Prins Willem Alexander School is an elementary school for children with special needs. Its aim is to provide these students with special educational programs and related services based on their unique needs and to prepare them to function within the community. 

An individualized program (IEP) is developed for each child and the teachers provide a holistic approach to teaching while making each lesson student-centered.

Parents are an integral part of the educational process and are encouraged to visit the school. 

The vision statement of Prins Willem Alexander:” A place of continuous learning in order to develop social, physical, emotional, academic and cultural skills at the child’s own level.”, continues to be our goal today as we mark our 45thanniversary year.

To celebrate this milestone, PWAS Management under the leadership of acting Director Ms. Norma Barry, in collaboration with Division Public Education has organized a program on March 1st, 2019 at the Dr. Alma Fleming-Rogers Care Center in Belvedere where the PWAS school is currently housed until is completely finished.

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Boardwalk Armed Robbery leaves two with minor injuries

PHILIPSBURG - The Special Unit Robbery Detectives are presently investigating the armed robbery of a couple which took place on the Boardwalk on Friday February 22ndat approximately 10.30 p.m. 

According to the report the couple identified with initials C.S.R. and G.H. were on their way home when they were suddenly attacked by two unknown young men who struck and ill-treated both victims by striking them with an unknown object and taking their wallets and shoulder bag containing items such as cash, cellular telephone, checkbooks, keys and passports. 

After committing the act, the suspects fled the scene on foot towards Front Street. As a result of the both victims suffered minor injuries. They were treated by the paramedics on the scene. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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STB opens booth at Regatta Village serving as information mecca for visitors and sailors

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Regatta Village for the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has officially opened and is currently welcoming sailors and visitors all over the world. 

The Grand Opening of the Regatta Village sets the precedent for the coming days filled with world class racing and high-energy parties. 

The center of most of the events are taking place at the Regatta Village by Port de Plasissance.

The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) as a Premier Sponsor of the 39th Edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, will be present with its own booth, which serves as the information mecca for all incoming visitors and sailors, about the destination.

The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau based on data collected from the previous year, 28% of St. Maarten Heineken Regatta attendees were first time visitors to the island. 

The introduction of the Regatta Village, during last year’s St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, presented the Tourism Bureau a new opportunity of having a centralized information booth dedicated to participants, and a good potential moment to convert first time visitors into repeat visitors. 

The Tourism Department is constantly trying to innovate and create possibilities for us to measure the effectiveness of events we support, and creating a center for networking of stakeholders all for the betterment of our Tourism product, says Interim Director of Tourism May-Ling Chun

The St. Maarten Tourism Booth @ the Regatta Village will be open until March 3rd from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with an information officer present to answer all destination questions and give visitors recommendations on places to dine, as well as things to do and see, while on island. 

The booth will also serve as a good hub for local bloggers and media, whom are present to cover the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, to recharge and converse.

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