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Louis Wever to be Rotary District Governor for the period 2021-2022

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Rotary District 7020 Governor Patrick Adizua announced on December 2018 that Louis Wever a member of The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle is now the District Governor Nomine for Rotary District 7020 for the year 2021-2022, Rotary Mid Isle announced on Thursday.

“The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten-Mid Isle sent the proposal for Louis Wever’s nomination for Rotary District Governor of District 7020 for the year 2021-2022 to the nominating committee on October 24th, 2018 with the Club’s signed resolution.  

“Sint Maarten and Saint Martin have previously had three District Governors for District 7020. From Sint Maarten for the Rotary year 1987-1988 was Aadu Abdel and in 1996-1997 was Reinier Heere and from Saint Martin for 2004-2005 was Dr. Victor Gibbs. The post of District Governor is held by an individual for one Rotary Year. The New Rotary Year starts on the 1st of July every year and ends on the 30th of June of the following year.

“District Governor Nominee Louis Wever is a member of the Paul Harris Society and is a six-time Paul Harris Fellow. Louis has held the position of Club President for Mid Isle for the Rotary years 2006-2007 and 2010-2011. He has also held the post of Assistant District Governor twice, in 2007-2010 and in 2015-2016. The post of Assistant District Governor is held for a period of one to three years. Louis has been a member of Rotary for 16 years.

“The Rotary District 7020 consists of the following countries: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Haiti, Jamaica, St Barth’s, St Maarten / St Martin, The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the US Virgin Islands. There are approximately 85 Clubs in District 7020 and 35,000+ clubs worldwide.

“Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. 

“The needs spanning Rotary's six areas of focus are vast, ranging from lack of access to clean water to the need for immunization that prevents deadly diseases. Rotary clubs serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. 

“The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following six areas: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy and Economic and community development.”

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesdays' at 7pm at Pineapple Pete 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 their Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.

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Join our team for the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta!

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The St Maarten Heineken Regatta is looking for volunteers to assist with the preparations and execution of the 39th edition of this annual event taking place February 28 – March 3, 2019. Every year approximately 150 volunteers assist in putting together this world-renowned event.

“The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta would not be the success it is without the help of volunteers. Some volunteers have been involved since the early years and keep coming back so they can meet up with friends and be involved in the Regatta. 

“Others book their vacation to St Maarten specifically during the Regatta so they can be part of the Event. And there is also a large number of people, mainly Cruisers, that are only here for the season and still volunteer their time. 

“One of the motivations is the social aspect, the volunteers love to meet new people and the Regatta Village at the Princess Port de Plaisance Resort, Casino & Marina offers a great platform to bring everything and everyone together. Volunteers often walk away having made new friends.” States Leonde Vermeulen, Event Manager.  

Enthusiastic and motivated volunteers are needed for merchandise sales, token booth sales, media registration, committee boat assistance, set up and breakdown/logistics and volunteer care. Some more specific jobs include survey takers, hobby photographers, green team (clean-up crew), hostesses at the concerts, and bar staff.

As volunteer coordinator Jane Pipes-Parisi states: ‘Year-long anticipation, excitement, hard work, a sense of being part of the sailing action, while on land, and meeting new friends from around the world are just a few of the reasons that I love the St Maarten Heineken Regatta. I am amazed at the professionalism and hard work that is shown by the volunteers, organizers and staff each year. It is an intensely complex event that always runs extraordinarily well. I enjoy helping by coordinating the volunteers and can't wait to see everyone back on the island!

The St Maarten Heineken Regatta is unique in offering a water taxi service to its competitors, sponsored by Sol Petroleum. This accommodates competitors that are anchored out in the Bay or in the Lagoon to get from their sail boat to the onshore venues and back.

‘To be part of an exhilarating, rewarding experience of camaraderie amongst highly competitive, professional sailors and support groups in the best Regatta in the World is something I look forward to every year’ says Tony Parisi, Dockmaster of the Sol Watertaxi Service. ‘I look forward to every day with anticipation, working with fellow volunteers, meeting new competitors and seeing some of the most expensive equipment in the world’.

Do you want to have the experience of your life? Want to join the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta family and be part of a unique event? Sign up as a volunteer now! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Public reminded about Carnival season passes

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Wednesday issued its 6threminder to the general public regarding the deadline to pay for their Carnival 2019 season passes. 

The SCDF stressed that the deadline for full payment of the pass is February 1, 2019. Interested persons have had since early November to pay for their pass. The SCDF afforded the public the opportunity to pay for the pass in two installments of US $125 or to pay the full price US $250.

“As we enter January we are getting into the final stages of all Carnival 2019 preparations. 50 years of Carnival is shaping up to be an extremely busy period which starts as early as mid-May. Before that the foundation has an abundance of work to put to ensure that all falls into place. This includes the season passes,” a press release from the foundation noted.

Payment can be made daily at the office of the SCDF on Illidge Road above the Windward Islands Bank (WIB) branch. Office hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm daily and 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturdays.  

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Two murder suspects turn themselves in

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday, January 2ndin the morning hours, two males’ suspects in the murder investigation at the “El Capitan Night” on December 31stidentified with initials D.J.O. and S.R. turned themselves in at the Police Headquarters in Philipsburg. 

Both suspects were immediately arrested and placed into custody for further investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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Opening New Year relatively busy with traffic accidents, individual public intoxication etc.

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Department would like to report that the opening of the New Year has been quite busy for the police department when it comes to rendering police assistance for minor disputes, the police said in a report on Tuesday. 

“There have been a number of traffic accidents, four of which were with injuries which were not life threatening and were handled by the Police Traffic Department. The other traffic accidents (fender benders) were handled by CARS. 

“The presence of the police was definitely visible on the Board Walk and, in those areas, where large crowds gathered to open the New Year as the regular patrolling of all neighborhoods continued. 

“Several businesses such as night clubs who did not have the necessary permits to stay open after the regular closing hours were asked to close. The police at one point around 04.00 a.m. requested cooperation from the 24/7 gasoline stations not to sell alcoholic beverages until 06.00 a.m. due to the numerous calls regarding the misbehavior of intoxicated persons on the road at the time.” (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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MP Brownbill wishes St. Maarten citizens much strength for 2019

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Chanel Brownbill in his end of the year address to the public on Sunday said that he wishes for residents to continue displaying their resilience for next year. The United Democrats (UD) member complimented the Leona Marlin 2 cabinet for achieving several goals outlined in the 2017-2022 governing programme. 

“As the island celebrate the year, there is allot that St. Maarten should be grateful for. While 2018 could be seen as a challenging year for many St. Maarteners, our resiliency re-enforces the knowledge that brighter days are ahead of us. 

“We all look for a better tomorrow that demands from all of us greater determination and hard work. The government had a rough year publicly but with the strong support St. Maarten United Christian Democratic Coalition, we will continue to work in the best interest of St. Maarten. St. Maarten should be proud to get back to some type of normalcy with tourists returning to the island since devastating hurricane Irma nearly wiped out our beautiful island on Sepetember  6, 2017,” stated the MP.

He added, “I am proud of the VROMI ministry who was able to assist a number of homeowners with their roofs and NGO’s who continue to assist those who are in need of rebuilding their homes. As a member of parliament, I will continue to work in the best interest of the country and I request that the population continue their resiliency as St. Maarten is truly unique and special.

“I look forward to 2019, government working on reviving the economy. I would like them to put emphasis on sustainability. As outlined in the governing programme, the council of ministers should stimulate entrepreneurship and job creation. Establish an economic masterplan and introduce incentive programmes for (small) businesses. Fully restore Princess Juliana International Airport to its former glory while introducing USA pre-clearance.

“Also, as a MP I would like to see the creation of more homes and diversify of our economy but at the same time promote the tourism industry. Despite the difficult fiscal conditions we are facing, the people will understand that it is not possible to solve every issue overnight. I wish the citizens of St. Maarten peace, prosperity, good health and God’s guidance for the upcoming year and I look forward to tackle any challenges ahead in the name of a better St. Maarten,” concluded the MP on Friday.

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Bringing Christmas Cheer with Hampers

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During the recent visit of District Governor Patrick Adizua, food hampers were delivered with The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle, bringing smiles and Christmas cheer to those less fortunate in the community, Rotary Mid Isle said in a statement on Wednesday. 

“The baskets were given out to persons at The Anglican Church, The Bishop Ellis foundation and Social Services. The baskets contained various food items, toiletries, paper products and Christmas treats. 

“Also given were food items to The Community Outreach Mentorship and Empowerment Center (COME Center) for their soup kitchen. Mid-Isle also donated to The COME Center items requested to help them with food hampers for their seniors.

“These hampers were made possible by people in the community who donated items when Mid-Isle held food drives at Cost Pro and Cost-U-less and the Rotarians of Mid-Isle.  Mid-Isle would like to thank all of those that made these hampers possible,” the Rotary Mid Isle Boxing Day press statement concluded.

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesdays' at 7pm at Pineapple Pete 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 their Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.

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Busiest Cruise Ship Day. Seven ships and Approx. 36,800 Passengers/Crew

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Boxing Day was the busiest cruise ship day of the 2018 cruise season as the destination welcomed seven cruise ships in port.  Six vessels were moored at the two cruise piers at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility while one was at anchor in Great Bay.

The approximate number of cruise passengers in port were 26,900 and crew members 9,900, for a total of 36,800.

Port St. Maarten Management were elated with the number of passengers and crew as 2018 comes to an end.

The vessels that visited the destination on Wednesday were: Adventure of the Seas, Marella Explorer, MSC Seaside, Celebrity Edge, MV Britannia, Celebrity Silhouette, and Harmony of the Seas.

Three of the vessels will remain in port until 9.00pm and 11.00pm.  These vessels are Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Silhouette and Marella Explorer, which combined has approximately 11,500 cruise passengers and crew who have the opportunity to sample some of the nightlife activities in Philipsburg and along the Beach Promenade.

Celebrity Edge, which made its inaugural call last week has been described as the new home of modern luxury cruising and is the first of the Edge-class cruise ships. 

Celebrity Cruises said the new ship is poised to change the way guests experience the world.  With its visionary design, it will raise the bar on cruise vacations to even greater heights.

Additional Edge-class vessels will join the sister ship in 2020, the Celebrity Apex, and two additional ships in the Edge Series will follow in 2021 and 2022.

MSC Cruises Seaside which made its inaugural call in the first half of the year was also in port.  MSC Seaside, which is part of the new Seaside Class described by MSC as a game changer, features a promenade with shops, restaurants and bars and much more. 

The vessel is a completely new prototype pushing the boundaries of innovative ship building and design.

Port St. Maarten Management pointed out that with seven ships in port, they carry close to 10,000 crew members onboard who also play a crucial role in the economic recovery of the destination as past surveys have shown how they make a considerable contribution to the economy of the country. 

St. Maarten has in the past received high marks from cruise passenger and crew surveys. According to the BREA (Business Research & Economic Advisors) Report, which is a survey-based analysis of the impacts of passenger, crew and cruise line spending, that was prepared for the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and Participating Destinations, October 2015 edition, destination St. Maarten led all destinations with nearly US$423 million in cruise passenger spending for the 2014/15 cruise season.

St. Maarten had the second highest average expenditure of $119.13 per crew visit and the third highest number of crew onshore visits (377,400); St. Maarten had the second highest total expenditure among the 35 participating destinations, $45.0 million.

In St. Maarten crew expenditures were concentrated on retail purchases of electronics and jewelry. These were followed by spending for food and beverages and clothing. These four categories accounted for 70 percent of total crew spending in St. Maarten.

Port St. Maarten Management is looking forward to continued growth in 2019. 

“The destination is expected to maintain a certain standard across the board to continue to grow the cruise tourism product in 2019.  It is essential that destination visitor appeal is maintained by our destination partners, stakeholders and the population at large, in order to continue the success of cruise tourism.

“Being hospitable to our guests and always displaying that ‘Friendly Island’ smile that they have become accustomed too, will continue to move cruise tourism and the destination forward,” Port St. Maarten Management said on Wednesday.

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Minister Johnson recognizes civil servants for exceptional service in 2018

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - After an evaluation of each department, the Head of the eight (8) departments within the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication (TEATT) the Honourable Stuart Johnson, each identified one member of their staff who they considered to have performed exceptionally throughout 2018.

In recognition of their exceptional performance, the Honourable Minister of TEATT Stuart Johnson met the employees on Friday morning during a brief ceremony and extended congratulations to them for their hard work. He also handed them each a Christmas Gift Basket along with a Gift Voucher of Naf. 250 as a token of appreciation for their service.

The Civil Servants who were recognised for their outstanding service are Suzette Kramers (IDEZ), Rosette Generlette-Pantophlet (STB), Stephany Douglas (Civil Aviation/Maritime), Sheryl Leblanc (MET), Jacqueline Peterson (EV), Jude Houston (ETT), Jaghaira Lioe-A-Tjam (STAT) and Saskia Thomas-Salomons (Staf Buro).

The heads of each Department within the Ministry of TEATT were given gift vouchers to distribute amongst their staff, each valuing Naf. 250 as a token of appreciation for their dedication to service and hard work within the ministry of teat for the people of St. Maarten, from Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication (TEATT) the Honourable Stuart Johnson on Friday morning during a brief presentation ceremony.

Minister Johnson said the service these individuals provide each week to the people of St. Maarten should not go unrecognised. He said, "While it may be difficult at times to accomplish some tasks, the effort that the Civil Servants put into making the goals of the St. Maarten United Christian Democratic Coalition’s Governing Program 2018 – 2022 must never be taken for granted. He extended a Merry Christmas to his staff and wished all a Happy 2019 when it comes.  

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CBCS to organize educational campaign counterfeit money for Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS), in line with its objective to promote the financial resilience of the communities it serves, and in view of the holiday spending, organized several educational sessions on how to detect counterfeit money during the past weeks, CBCS said in a statement on Monday.

“This was done in collaboration with the Korps Politie Curaçao and the U.S. Consulate. Different parties from different sectors, who were either invited or responded to the announcements in local newspapers and on social media, attended these sessions.

“During the next month, the CBCS will organize similar sessions in Sint Maarten. More information on this will follow soon. Meanwhile, the CBCS also created a short educational film, which provides detailed explanation of the security features of our banknotes.

“This film also emphasizes the fact that you cannot identify swindlers by their looks, but counterfeit money you can - by knowing exactly which security features to look for. The film - produced in both Papiamentu and English - is aired on local television during the news bulletin.

“It can also be viewed on the CBCS’s official Facebook page Centrale Bank van Curacao en Sint Maarten. The CBCS is pleased that through these initiatives we can contribute to raising the consumers’ awareness of the security features of our banknotes and, consequently, effectively combat the circulation of counterfeit money.

“Lastly, the CBCS wants to alert the public to pay attention when accepting banknotes. In case of doubt as to the authenticity of a banknote, we strongly advise you not to accept that banknote.

“We would like to remind you once again that it is illegal for any person and or institution to accept counterfeit banknotes. You are advised to immediately contact the local police if you think you’re dealing with a counterfeit banknote.

“The counterfeiting of banknotes and the fraudulent use of counterfeit means of payment are punishable by imprisonment of up to 9 years,” the CBCS Monday statement concludes.

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