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TelEm Group technicians target Pelican cable repair, cabinet cutover Saturday.

pelicancablerepair19012018POND ISLAND:--- TelEm Group technicians are going all out Saturday to repair a faulty telecommunication cable in the Pelican area Saturday and are warning customers in the area to expect interruptions in mobile and internet services.

According to TelEm Group, Manager, Outside Plant, Mr. Marco London, the cable repair and related telecommunication cabinet cutover has become critical because of the deterioration of service to customers in the area in recent weeks.

During the cable repair and cabinet cutover of residential and business properties, there will be voice and data service outages in the following streets:

Opal Road
Zircon Road
Topaz Road
Billy Folly Road
Ruby Drive
Coral Shore
Emerald LNE
Castle Cove Road
Sapphire Drive
Jade Road
Pelican Road
Pearl Drive
Tourmaline Drive
Turquis Road
Donner Drive
Sphene Road Whitestone
Rancho Cielo

“The team will begin work at 8:00 am in the morning with instructions to fully restore the cable and complete the cabinet cutover by 5:00 pm Saturday,” said Mr. London, who has meantime apologized to customers in the respective areas for any inconvenience Saturday’s repair and maintenance work will cause.

TelEm Group Press Release

Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and Lions Club of Sint Maarten Accept Large Donations from the Jump Up Casino.

Rotary to Continue Focus on Children; Lions to Continue Focus on Vision

rotarysxmreceivesjumpupdonation19012018PHILIPSBURG:--- The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Lions Club of Sint Maarten proudly accepted large donations from the Jump Up Casino on Saturday evening at L’Isola Restaurant in Pelican Key totaling $46,694. The donation was shared equally between the two Clubs.

Students from The Gulliver Schools of Miami, Florida, who were on island to assist with various beach clean up efforts, presented the donations to both clubs. According to Antione Akl of the Jump Up and Hollywood Casinos, “We thought it was very fitting to have students visiting our island in service to the community to present the donations to the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Lions Club of Sint Maarten. The funds raised were collected during the holiday season after a progressive Bingo tournament”.

John Caputo, President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, thanked the students and the Jump Up Casino for their support of Rotary. Mr. Caputo continued, “The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten is pleased to accept this large donation. These funds will be used to help us re-equip the Sister Marie Lawrence School after all the supplies, computers, smart boards, etc. were lost after the passing of Hurricane Irma. In addition, a portion of the funds were used to brighten the recent holiday season for youngsters who may not have had a visit from Santa Claus. We are grateful for this significant donation and we look forward continuing our efforts to focus on the children of Sint Maarten”.

lionsreceivesjumpupdonation19012018Lion Alison Busby, President of Sint Maarten Lions Club, thanked the students for their great school work project and also the staff and management of Jump Up Casino and also to the citizens of Sint Maarten that participated at the bingo events of Jump Up casino during the month of December. A big thank you to Mr. Antoine Akl for thinking of and being a corporate sponsor of Lions Club of Sint Maarten. Mr. Busby went onto say, “The LION Club international has 5 areas in which we are active, including Sight, Youth, Hunger, Education, and most recently, Diabetes. This donation will be used for the children’s projects of which one is ‘Eyes for a Brighter Future’ project. This was planned for October 2017, but due to the passing of Hurricane Irma, the project was postponed for a later date this year. This project entails the testing of about 4000 plus elementary school students by the VOSH organization and where eyeglasses are needed the student will receive a pair of glasses free of charge”.

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website

For more information about the Lions Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Lions Club of Sint Maarten at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Sint Maarten Lions Club Facebook page

Joint Press Release from the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and Lions Club of Sint Maarten

SDM Introduces Mr. Elvis C. Lewis.

elvislewis19012018Mr. Elvis Lewis introduced as new candidate on SDM slate pledges to use his knowledge in a progressive way to bring about change.

Elvis C. Lewis, now director of Soualiga Progressive Consultants, former Quality Control Technician/ Asphalt Plant operator at Windward roads, and most of all dedicated to serving communities in St. Maarten, proudly postulated himself as candidate Nr. 5 with the St. Maarten Development Movement.

SDM was endorsed with 194 signatures on Monday the 8th of January 2018 and is led by Mr. Benjamin Ortega since 2015.

Elvis stated “I am pleased and honored to officially introduce myself as the new Nr. 5 on the St. Maarten Development Movement. I took the spot of my SDM colleague, Mr. Terrance Frederick, who unfortunately couldn’t participate this time around. Yet his presence is still there as a strong and passionate supporter.”

“As a son of the soil with deep roots on both sides of this great Nation, I studied Civil Engineering in the Netherlands with the intention to use the skills that I’ve learned to help prepare my island to be as hurricane-resistant as possible. I succeeded in my quest for knowledge on construction methods and technologies (Associates + Bachelors) only to realize that the last hurricane exposed once again the sad mentality and lack of unity of our elected leaders. I realized then that the only way possible to go against this status quo and to really help my country was to offer my skills, services and passion as member of Parliament.”

“I am not the kind of person to run away from making tough decisions, whether it is leaving my island at the age of 16 to study abroad, or choosing to come back and take part in the financial suffering that is wide-spread regardless of qualifications, or starting my own business in a time of uncertainty. I understand what the community is going through and I firmly believe it’s caused by a lack of vision. We have not chosen a clear direction for this nation since we obtained our new status on 10-10-2010.
The amount of incomplete articles in our constitution that leave room and loopholes to be exploited is a clear indication of such. If elected into parliament, I will take the tough decisions needed to defend your interests.”

“I believe in the power of knowledge. For this great nation to reach its full potential, we need to give all the people the knowledge needed to be able to make proper decisions.”

“I look forward to a positive campaign, meeting all kinds of people, and tackling challenges with a quest to move everyone in St. Maarten forward.”

“For a Better Quality of Life SDM is Your Silver Lining”

SDM Press Release

German Ambassador pays Courtesy Visit to Prime Minister of Sint Maarten.

dirkbrengelmannandlromeomarlin19012018PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday, January 19th the German Ambassador Dirk Brengelmann paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin at the Government Building. During the meeting, the two parties discussed briefly the political developments on Sint Maarten, reconstruction efforts, tourism initiatives, higher education and how Germany can assist Sint Maarten in its future development.

Prime Minister Romeo Marlin also took the time to express her gratitude for the humanitarian aid provided by Germany following the devastation Sint Maarten faced after the passing of Hurricane Irma.

Minister Wuite expresses condolence on the passing of student.

kenrickrichardson19012018PHILIPSBURG:--- On behalf of the Public Schools and the Ministry, Minister Jorien Wuite expresses her sincere condolence to the family, friends an, teachers of Kenrick Richardson on his passing. Kenrick, a student of the St. Maarten Vocational Training School, died Wednesday, January 17th in Colombia after a prolonged illness.

Kenrick was described by teachers as a very courteous, quiet, respectful student who would always encourage his classmates to do the right thing. His passing has sent a wave of sadness throughout the school. Student councilors visited the school on Friday to offer their services to any student or staff member who were having any difficulty with their grief. A debriefing session was first held with the school’s teachers followed by sessions with his classmates and friends. Councilors will visit the school again next week to follow-up on the mood of students to ensure that they are coping. The Minister commends the school management for their professional handling of this difficult situation.

“The loss of a child is always difficult” Minister Wuite expressed. “Kenrick was an exceptional young man who will be deeply missed by those who loved him. As a mother of two young men myself, my heart goes out to his foster parents, his siblings and to all those who knew him well. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

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