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Nine U.S. Coast Guard Vessels to be Relocated to Curacao Out of Precaution

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Starting August 27, the U.S. Coast Guard will temporarily relocate Coast Guard Surface Action Group vessels from Puerto Rico to Curacao related to the predicted path of Tropical Storm Dorian, the U.S. Consulate in Willemstad, Curacao said in a statement on Tuesday.

As many as nine vessels might relocate to Curacao until the weather permits their return to normal duties. The U.S. government expresses its appreciation to the government of Curacao for its assistance in this matter. Our thoughts are with the people who reside in the path of Tropical Storm Dorian, the U.S. Consulate statement concludes.



SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines advises that due to Tropical Storm Dorian, the following flight for Tuesday August 27, 2019 has been cancelled: FLIGHT ROUTING AUGUST 27, 2019 BW 414 Barbados to Port-of-Spain.

Please be advised that passengers affected by the cancellation of flights BW 455 - Kingston to Barbados and BW 454 Barbados to Kingston Jamaica on August 26th, will be re- accommodated on the following services: FLIGHT ROUTING AUGUST 27th, 2019 BW 3455 BW 3454 Kingston to Barbados Barbados to Kingston.

Passengers are advised to contact our reservation offices for rebooking on the next available service. To minimize inconvenience to customers holding confirmed tickets for travel during the period August 26 – 28, 2019, Caribbean Airlines is allowing persons whose travel plans are impacted by the tropical storm to rebook without change fees, subject to the following conditions: 1. Waiver of all fees for tickets rebooked in the same cabin, for travel up to September 08, 2019. 2. It is mandatory that customers contact Caribbean Airlines BEFORE the scheduled date of travel. 3. Full refund of fare paid, for travel up to September 08, 2019.

The refund must be requested by September 02, 2019. 4. ALL changes MUST be made through Caribbean Airlines Call Centres or at Caribbean Airlines Ticket Offices 5. Caribbean Airlines WILL NOT be responsible for arrangements or transportation to/from an alternate airport or hotel/overnight expenses incurred by affected passengers.

These waivers include travel to OR from the following Airports ONLY: · Piarco International Airport, Trinidad · Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados · Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica · VC Bird International Airport, Antigua.

Customers are advised to visit and check their FLIGHT STATUS before going to the airport or call the Caribbean Airlines Call Centres for further details: USA, Canada & St. Maarten + 1 800 920 4225 Caribbean & Guyana + 1 800 744 2225 Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname + 1 868 625 7200 Caracas + 58 212 335 7405 Jamaica (International calls) + 1 800 523 5585 Jamaica (Local calls) + 1 888 359 2475 All other locations + 1 800 523 5585


Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG – On Tuesday, August 27, fuel pump prices will be adjusted for gasoline and diesel. 

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.2.036 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.1.921 per liter.

The current price of diesel is Naf.1.587 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.1.524 per liter.

The Government of Sint Maarten regulates the prices of petroleum products by imposing a maximum price at which wholesalers and retailers can sell these products in the country to motorists.

At the international level, the prices of crude oil have experienced adjustments and local prices follow the international trend, and therefore prices are adjusted to reflect this. 


Fun Miles, Motorworld, Caribbean Auto partnered-up to offer St. Maarten more

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Thinking of buying a new car? Think Fun Miles and car dealership giants Motorworld and Caribbean Auto! The three have penned an agreement to work together for the benefit their customers. As of Saturday, August 24, Fun Miles cardholders can save and redeem their Fun Miles at Motorworld and Caribbean Auto.

The launch of this partnership will feature significantly at Saturday’s Hot Summer Car Show with cardholders being able to earn 12,000 Fun Miles, and other special gifts with the purchase of a new car.

Fun filled event!

Motorworld’s Hot Summer Car Show, which is usually a fun filled event, will have an added attraction, “Fun Teamers” will be at the show, adding chances to win at their Plinko game and offering services that allow customer to register for new cards, reset old pins and of course chances to win more free miles. The Car Show will be held at Motorworld’s showroom in Cole Bay.

Wonderful addition for cardholders

Area Manager for St. Maarten Cassandra Chun, said “Adding a partner like Motorworld and Caribbean Auto is big, our cardholders will be very happy. This is a major addition to the diversity of our list of partners. Fun Miles is always looking for opportunities for our cardholders to get the best deals and in doing so, adding more Fun to daily life.

By partnering up Motorworld and Caribbean Auto, we can add more cardholders to our base as well, offer more cross promotions, which means Fun, Fun and more Fun, the possibilities are endless! She said “Fun Miles is always on the lookout for innovative ways to bring benefits to cardholders and partners alike”, “Fun Miles is happy to be able to bring this additional benefit to our cardholders and also, to bring car dealership giants Motorworld and Caribbean Auto into our already long list of amazing companies.”

Gift Choices coming Saturday

Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, Motorworld Group of Companies, comprised of Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi said, "Within Motorworld Group we truly appreciate our long-standing and loyal customers. Through partnership with Fun Miles and this loyalty card program, we strive to further enhance the additional benefits and rewards that we can provide to our customers. By joining this esteemed group of partners and participants, we trust that this will add value to customers’ ongoing investments in our quality vehicles, parts and services.” He added, "To launch the Fun Miles partnership, we are offering the option of 12,000 Fun Miles as one of the gift choices to all customers who purchase a vehicle at the Hot Summer Car Show this Saturday." 

The many benefits of Fun Miles

Fun Miles is the Caribbean's largest and most popular reward points program. Consumers save Fun Miles simply by making purchases at the many partner companies. These saved Fun Miles have actual value, just like a currency. They can be redeemed for free products and services from those same partners, such as Travel Planners, St. Maarten Building Supplies, Petro Plus, Kooyman, KFC, UTS, Nowhere Special, and many more. See for a full overview.

How to join Fun Miles

Persons interested in becoming a cardholding member can register for Naf.5/US $3. After this one-time-only fee for the card, cardholders can start saving miles immediately after registering the card online. Additional information can be given by calling Fun Miles customer service at tel. 543-3301, visiting, or going to


The Hot Summer Car Show at Motorworld This Saturday Features Hot Deals on Hot Rides

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi 6th Annual Hot Summer Car Show is highly anticipated as the biggest automobile showcase, with the best sales in the Caribbean. The Car Show will be held this Saturday, August 24th from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, as Motorworld's showroom on Welfare Road in Colebay comes alive with excitement and, is set to impress with hot deals on several brand new hot rides!

"Our Annual Hot Summer Car Show is the main event of the year that we all look forward to. This year’s Car Show is hotter than ever and provides us with the opportunity to showcase our hottest new models, at discounted prices and mind-blowing promotions on all your favorite brands from Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi,” says Tariq Amjad, Managing Director of the Motorworld Group of Companies. 

The hot deals include a variety of new 2019 models with selections to meet diverse customers’ needs. The different brands and models that are currently being featured on sale include the following models from the select dealerships:

Caribbean Auto:

  • Volkswagen Polo - $1,000 OFF
  • Mazda CX-3 - $1,500 OFF
  • Ford Escape - $2,000 OFF
  • Audi Q5 - $1,500 OFF


  • Hyundai Creta - $1,200 OFF
  • Hyundai Tucson - $2,000 OFF
  • Honda HR-V - $1,200 OFF
  • Jeep Wrangler - $1,200 OFF

In essence, the entire fleet is on sale with major discounts up to $6,000, which are available for one day only. 

Additionally, participating banks include: Windward Islands Bank, RBC Bank, PSB and First Caribbean International Banks, along with low interest rates on auto loans and affordable finance packages. The first two monthly payments will be guaranteed by Motorworld. Moreover, Windward Islands Bank is offering the third month free ONLY on August 24th, upon purchase of a vehicle, which requires a written proforma from Motorworld Group. 

This allows customers to take advantage of the car promotions, with the peace of mind that the first 2-3 months of payments are already covered, courtesy of Motorworld and, the participating banks. Zero down payment (100% financing) is also available from select banks. 

The required information for auto loan applications can be sourced from All interested customers are encouraged to organize these documents in advance, and bring along the necessary paperwork in order to take advantage of the finance packages that the banks will be making available at the Car Show. On-the-spot financing is available as several banks will be offering their best rates on this day ONLY. Therefore, customers are provided with the opportunity to benefit from the most competitive and affordable finance packages on Saturday.   

In addition, customers who purchase on Saturday will receive a free gift of their choice from one of the following items, such as 43” TV, 15” Laptop, Apple iPad, Samsung A70 or 12,000 Fun Miles. 

Fun Miles will be joining as the newest partner of Motorworld Group of Companies, and provide their subscribers with the opportunity to redeem miles towards the purchase of their dream vehicles, or to save 12,000 Fun Miles, once selected as the gift of choice from Motorworld.  

UTS Secure will also be onsite to showcase their GPS Tracking and anti-theft system, and will be providing free prizes and give-aways. Nagico Insurances will also be there to provide insurance quotations on the spot. With these major partners onsite, auto safety and security can all be arranged immediately as a top priority.    

In addition, this year’s Hot Summer Car Show will feature the Cash Cube to allow Motorworld’s loyal customers to WIN FREE CASH & PRIZES, upon purchase of a vehicle, sign-up for a test drive, and/or completion of a customer survey.

“The dedicated team from Motorworld and Caribbean Auto are extremely excited about interacting with their valued customers, and also driven to share the wonderful promotions available, for everyone to leave feeling satisfied. We are always ready and willing to serve and put a smile on the faces of our customers,” shares Rena Amjad, CEO, Motorworld Group of Companies.   

The entire community is invited to attend the Hot Summer Car Show and Family Fun Day, with a program organized to be an enjoyable experience for everyone. There will be free food and drinks all day. There will be a kiddie area onsite with complimentary popcorn, cotton candy and fun team activities by Fun Miles for the entire family to enjoy. Entertainment will be provided by DJ King Kembe, King Rumer, Kenyo, and MC Sponge, along with a selection of DJs to keep the lively atmosphere for an engaging and fun auto shopping experience.

In addition, live broadcasts from Laser 101, SOS Radio and Island 92 will be taking place onsite to keep the community informed. 

The Annual Hot Summer Car Show is a day not to be missed in St. Maarten/ St. Martin. Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi's wide fleet of vehicles will be all on sale. Also, top products and services will be available from the Parts, Service and Body Shop Departments, which will all be accessible and ready to serve each customer's unique needs. 

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Flowers and bright colours at princess Christina’s funeral

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The funeral and cremation of Dutch princess Christina is taking place at the Noordeinde palace in The Hague on Thursday, in an informal ceremony witnessed by family and close friends.

The coffin, covered with sunflowers, was taken in procession through the grounds of the palace, followed by the princess’s three children. Her three sisters, including former queen Beatrix, followed them, with king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima next in line.

All the guests wore colourful clothing and a flower. Christina died of bone cancer last Friday at the age of 72. The princess, the youngest of four daughters to queen Juliana, had been ill for several years.

Several musicians who had been part of the princess’ musical charity, the Prinses Christina Concours, are expected to perform at the ceremony, broadcaster NOS said.

Funeral expert Cees van Raak told broadcaster NOS that the funeral has broken several royal traditions. ‘Only a few people are in attendance, there is no pomp and ceremony, or horse-drawn carriages and the service is not public,’ he said.

Not only is the closed nature of the ceremony a break with tradition, but the fact the princess has opted to be cremated, he said. Members of the Dutch royal family are usually interred in the crypt of the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft.



TelEm Group upgrading Telecommunication Cables in Point Blanche area Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group technicians will be carrying out important maintenance works in the Pointe Blanche area from 7:00 am to 1:00pm, Thursday, August 22, 2019, and expect some interruptions in telecommunications services in the area as a result.

The works include the cutting over of a Primary telecommunication cable from the Harbour facility to a corresponding cabinet in Pointe Blanche.

According to TelEm Group the following streets will be affected: Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard, Ground Dove Road, Mountain Dove Road, Chincherry Road and Monte Vista Pigeon Road.

TelEm Group says during the scheduled hours of work, Internet, landline and Cable TV services will be intermittently disrupted and meantime has apologized to customers and subscribers in the Pointe Blanche area for any inconvenience caused.



SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY By ir. Damien Richardson) - When Adam woke up that first day in paradise, as his eyes, hears, nose, and all of his body senses began to be activated; that must have been an unbelievable experience.

But I am sure that once he saw the birds flying and enjoying the sky’s breeze, he would have wanted to become a pilot. Yet, most of the people of the Caribbean don’t realize that they are in paradise, until they leave and come back or listen as others describe the exceptional radiance, kind people, and levels of relaxation that the Caribbean provide.

The world celebrates the Caribbean as one of the must visit vacation locations. Today we can make an estimate that over 60 percent or more of the Caribbean citizens who leave the Caribbean do not return.

The literacy level of the Caribbean people is at an average of 80 percent based on the UNESCO ratings, however, that number can be evaluated by some as being a bit too high seeing that there are no way to truly measure all of the Caribbean islands’ literacy levels, and as a principled fact the majority of the people of the Caribbean would love to return home to the Caribbean but lack a proper motivation to do so.

When Adam realized that the Caribbean was 70 percent reliant on airlift and that it was going to cost him a whole lot of apples to fly between the islands, he decided to relax on the veranda instead. As a region the Caribbean is a victim of multiple centuries of natural disasters, colonial practices, strategic NGO involvements, multinational and corporate international banking and oil industry approaches that have not had any true or lasting benefit for the Caribbean people.

Once we consider the expressions of Caribbean regional international aid and the lack of true regional preparedness strategies and any valid structured planning and support for the return of our Caribbean diaspora; it therefore, seems finally necessary to no longer simply give word play to our joint regional and local disaster and social preparedness.

Adam had to first realize that he was alive; after that it was important to understand what and why he was made to be alive. Now that we know that we are a Caribbean people what will be our next steps forward how will we begin our journey into the future together.

Some questions that can come to mind as we forge an alternative positive future are the following. Why must we continue living in a Caribbean context with mediocre airlift and inactive protection from key natural disasters? Why must we continue to live without a clue of what our next generation will inherit as a legacy?

How many more geniuses are we going to trigger, and set assail in the seas of our many international harbors of knowledge and development? It is time to draw in the net. We as a people are faced with a seemingly big challenge, yet we are all graced with the necessary tools to all help uncover the great masterpiece that is called the Caribbean - islands working together with each their own intrinsic qualities and character facilitating a unique blend of social expressions as they work towards a series of common goals.

We live in a time were the Caribbean is seen as a paradise and nothing more; however, interestingly enough paradise speaks to the idea of having God’s presence or being in the presence of God. Wow, if that’s true, that the Caribbean is considered to be paradise, then creativity must abound.

The great Dr. Myles Monroe often said that God did not give us a table; He hid it in a tree. I believe that the Caribbean has the potential to become one of the foremost leaders for innovation and scientific breakthroughs in the twenty first century. The worlds top institutions and nations has fostered and provided a fire bath of experiences that has molded the people and young leaders of the Caribbean for this moment in history.

Everyone within this region weather governments, individuals or family members can think of a brother or sister, a son or daughter that they have sent off into the world; into the stables of hope, with the one main concern being, by doing this I hope my child will have a good future and be able to provide for his or her self and their family.

We have had much success, as a Caribbean people to the point were we now have top international writers, robotic specialists, aeronautical experts, architects, engineers, sports icons, film celebrities, musical geniuses, and top character individuals on all levels of society.

When we consider that God had already prepared Eden and put Adam in it, with all of its divergent facets and features, must have been a great sense of adventure. Some areas that we can frame as target goals to make sure that the Caribbean can continue to be called home by its people, a place for its people to capture the energy from its natural environment of thermal, sun, aquatic, and hurricane and natural winds.

A place that provides for a level of recreation, elite services, yachting, culinary diversity, entertainment, security, innovative passive energy airlift and drone applications, technology, AI, robotics, holographic, nanotechnology, and satellite development, and services, bio and agricultural diversity and sophistication.

What will it take for our next generation of Caribbean business leaders and entrepreneurs to get to this next level of existence; the funny thing is, it is already being done; it is time now for those individuals to expand on the business venture activities that they are already busy with and open different international, regional and local support platforms.

Forever etched in the sands of the Caribbean beaches will be the lasting words of the legendary Dr. Myles Monroe, “Your existence is evidence that this generation needs something that your life contains.”

We, the people of the Caribbean, need to define a point of departure, a starting point. We need to choose a path forward or the choice will continue to be made for us. But one thing is sure, if Adam were here in the Caribbean, in the 21st century with us, he would want to take Eve on an island hopping tour in their personal drone.


Police arrest three persons for theft of car parts from garage

SUCKER GARDEN - On Monday August 19th at approximately 04.00 a.m. three persons, two males identified with initials L.C.D.C. (25) and K.K.G (19) and one female identified with initials M.K.T.A. (20) were arrested by police for the stealing of car parts at a garage located on the Sucker garden road, police said on Monday in a statement.

All three suspects were arrested on the spot and after taken to the police head quarters in Philipsburg for questioning and further investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force)


SXMNBA Basketball Camp caters to 50 youths including a delegation from Saba

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) held their second annual Basketball Camp. This camp was held from July 24th to August 2nd, 2019 at the L.B Scott Sports Auditorium and catered to boys and girls ages 9 to 18, SXMNBA said in a press statement on Sunday.

“There were over 50 kids registered, including a delegation from neighboring island Saba. All participants were led under the coaching style of Mr. Joel Wooten head coach of Southeast Community College.

“This was coach Wooten’s second visit to our island, and he intends to return next year. Preparations are already underway for next year’s summer camp. It is worth mentioning that coach Wooten already has a few local boys from St. Maarten enrolled in his basketball program in the United States.

“Coach Wooten said he came here to share his knowledge and to train our youngsters. This also affords him the opportunity to scout young basketball talent. Every kid that participated saw improvement in their ability to jump, dribble, shoot and an overall improvement in their basketball skills.

“We want to thank The Guardian Group Fatum for providing the SXMNBA with 100 reversible basketball jerseys. These jerseys will serve the SXMNBA well as they will be used for future tournaments, knock out and competitions.

“We would also like to thank Anish Chugani and Avantika Restaurant, The Island Government and Sports Department, Fantastic Waters for providing us with additional water for the duration of the camp, and to the parents for entrusting us with their kids.

“The SXMNBA would also like to give a special thanks to Mr. Gordon St. Luce for connecting us with coach Joel Wooten.  The SXMNBA is looking forward to collaborating with more organizations in the future and urges others to jump on board for next year’s summer camp and other upcoming events,” the SXMNBA press release concludes. 

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