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PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management is encouraging the local business community in this post-Hurricane Irma era to attend the Caribbean’s largest Cruise Conference and Trade Show, the 24th Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), which is taking place from October 23 to 27.

Country Sint Maarten has to project itself once again that it is a viable cruise destination to visit.  There are now four cruise berths that are ready for the first cruise ship visits. 

Port St. Maarten is already collaborating with other very important stakeholders such as the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB), the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Rain Forest Adventures to promote the destination at FCCA. Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher will be leading the #SXMSTRONG delegation to the Cruise Conference and Trade Show.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - UTS recently confirmed to its Chippie postpaid customers that it has waived the September 2017 subscription fees. These are the charges for the bundle of minutes, SMS and data that customers receive for their chosen monthly plan. These charges have been waived for the entire month of September and the reduction applies to postpaid Chippie customers of St. Maarten, Saint Martin, Saba and St. Eustatius. No action is needed from customers to qualify for this reduction. This will be automatically applied on the September 2017 bill. “Hurricane Irma has left no-one on our islands untouched and we want to support our customers in efforts to repair and rebuild.” Says UTS Marketing & Communication Officer, Ivy Lambert. “This is the one of various moves by UTS to offer relief. We will be reaching out soon to those that use our other products and services as well. If each company does its part, we will bounce back as a community that much quicker.”

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Following from our previous event of Presidente Music Vybes Festival, Presidente Beer, announces the 2nd concert in the series. On Sunday October 22nd Presidente will host a free Benefit concert with a lineup of local and International Artist. Proceeds of Presidente beer sold during this event will be donated to various NGOs on St. Maarten, including St. Maarten Youth Brigade, Red Cross and K1 Brittania who have been instrumental and providing much needed relief to the communities throughout St. Maarten.

This event is being coordinated through Kalaboom Events, WeCanGive Foundation, Buccaneer Beach Bar, and Presidente , the Number 1 beer of the Caribbea. Following a month of devastation and picking up the pieces, the people of St.Maarten are ready for and deserve a hyper powered day of entertainment and this event promises to deliver!

The line-up will include performances by King Verse, King James, King Rumer, and DJ Blaze, DJ EM, DJ Vybz, DJ Lil R and MCSoHype, Trilogy out of St.Maarten, Exodus HD from Anguilla and last but not least out of Trinidad and Tobago, Ultimate Rejects with their hit single “ We Jamming still…” .

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (CIBC FCIB) donated US$75,000 to the St. Maarten Red Cross, aiding in relief and rebuilding efforts on the island.

The funds are part of the USD$450,000, which the bank committed last month to be distributed through the Red Cross and other relief agencies to areas impacted by Hurricane Irma.

“The bank continues to stand with the territories impacted by Hurricane Irma. We have seen great efforts made by the communities to help those in need and rebuild the countries. St. Maarten in particular has not seen such massive devastation in over twenty years.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Kids parading through the Philipsburg area in cultural wear will officially kick off the activities leading up to St. Martin Day 2017. The parade is a collaboration between the Cocaae Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and is scheduled for Saturday October 14th 2017.

The parade will start at 11 am at the Philipsburg Cultural and Community Center (back street) then on to Wilhelmina Street (Court House Alley), then turn onto Front Street and proceed up to Emma Plein where the parade will turn down the alley besides Diamond Casino, turn right onto the boardwalk until Walter Plantz square where the parade will then go back onto Front Street via Scheepbouw steeg, proceed back up to the Court House, turn onto Hendrikstraat and head back to the Philipsburg Cultural Center via Cannegieter Street.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Friday said the only irresponsible action as it pertains to the kiosks at the Philipsburg Marketplace, is to sit by and do nothing about a long talked about situation that was made worse by the passing of hurricane Irma. “The only irresponsible action is inaction,” she said.

The Minister explained that there were always past intentions to do something about a marketplace that has clearly run its course in terms and aesthetics, space usage and wear and tear. She said Hurricane Irma only compounded and expedited the issue by further damaging structures that have not been maintained over the years.

The Minister said the structures are old and unsafe for passersby and the users, and the spaces have developed into eyesores right in the heart of Philipsburg.

­PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - After the passing of hurricane Irma all day care centers suffered damage, some more extensive than the other ones and were left without power and potable water.

In accordance with the law, day centers must be able to operate in a safe and healthy manner. Power, being form the grid or through a generator, drinking water, proper ventilation and suitable and safe playground are some of the requirements. An inspection team consisting of inspectors from the Ministry VSA, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of VROMI have conducted inspections on health, safety, infrastructural and educational aspects. Hazards related to these aspects shouldn’t be present.

Based on these inspections up till today only the following day care centers have been permitted to resume services:

  1. Alexander's Early Stimulation & Development Center - Betty's Estate # 8
  2. Busy Body - Fr. PA Barbanson # 8 – Simpsonbay
  3. Brighter Child - Zagersgut lane # 4 - Cul de Sac
  4. Care Bears - Tiger Rd # 10 – Cayhill
  5. Children's World - Hibiscus road # 1 – Saunders
  6. Ebenezer Learning Center - Ebenezer road # 92 - Ebenezer 
  7. Little Explorers - Wesley street # 7 - Cole bay
  8. Lucia's Baby Center Foundation - Defiance road # 6 – Defiance
  9. Rainbow Bright - L. B.  Scott road # 168 - South Reward
  10. Tiny Tots - Maho tree drive - Orange grove
  11. Lucia's Learning Center - Defiance road # 3 - Defiance
  12. Educare Learning Center - Pinel Key Dr. 36 – Defiance
  13.  Fun ‘n Learn Kids Pre-school in Maho tree drive - Orange grove
  14. Kids World United Daycare Center - Kings drive # 2 - Dutch Quarter
  15. M&M - Hope Estate # 11B
  16. Speckles Corner - Clement de Weever drive # 33 - Union Farm
  17. Jubilee Joy in Meadowlands drive # 3 - Retreat Estate (owner decision to resume in November)

CAY BAY, St Maarten – SOL ANTILLES N.V. (Sol), confirms that after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and María, the residents of St Maarten once again have full access to fuels from the island’s five Sol Service Stations. Sol, the leading regional supplier of petroleum products, has re-established service at the Tackling, Sucker Garden, St. Peters, Risdons and Madame Estate service stations. The re-establishment of supply means that residents once again have reliable access to fuel for vehicles, electricity generation and cooking.

“I genuinely thank our teams who have been working tirelessly under challenging circumstances to re-establish service and we are happy to confirm that our five service stations are fully operational,” David Antrobus, General Manager of Sol St. Maarten, stated. “Providing our customers with a safe, reliable supply of energy products is our top priority,” the General Manager explained, “and we are satisfied that all of the necessary assessments have been conducted to ensure the safety and security of our operation and the integrity of our products and delivery systems.”

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - In connection with the recent hurricanes Irma and Maria, which have caused a lot of damage in the Caribbean, the Belastingdienst Caribisch Nederland will exercise leniency when it comes to assessment and objection procedures and the collection of taxes from tax payers affected by the hurricanes on Saba and St. Eustatius.

This leniency concerns affected businesses as well as individuals.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten has sent a message to members of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 47th CSA Annual General Meeting (AGM), Conference & Exhibition, hosted by Barbados Port Inc. and the Shipping Association of Barbados.

Port St. Maarten Management provided a post-Irma/Maria update report that was read out at the 47th CSA AGM to shipping executives, shipping personnel such as agents, customs and maritime authorities, port and terminal operators and shipping agents from more than 20 countries from across the Caribbean, North, Central and South America and Europe.

Part of the report reads: “Prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma, Port St. Maarten implemented its 2017 Hurricane Preparatory Facilities Plan.

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