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Special Priced Hit Makers Tickets Sold Out.

~ Fans arrive from other islands ~

MIDDLE REGION:--- All $30 tickets for St. Maarten’s Carnival flagship show, TelCell’s Night of the Hit Makers are sold out and patrons are being urged to grab their $40 tickets before Saturday’s show in the Festival Village.

Xtratight producer, Bertaux ‘Mr. Rude’ Fleming said the $40 tickets will be on sale right up until 9:00am on April 28, the day of the much-anticipated show. Persons will pay more at the gate. Fleming has not, however, disclosed how much more patrons will pay at the gate.

There is much hype about ‘Night of the Hit Makers’, with persons travelling from neighbouring islands and as far south as Aruba, as Fleming has never failed to satisfy his fans in the six years the show has been running.

This year will feature Grammy-nominated Reggae artiste Jah Cure; Haitian Kompa band out of Miami, T-Vice; St. Maarten's own Control Band; and the original Burning Flames now known as Fantastic Four out of Antigua. It is the first year that a Reggae artiste is in the line-up.

Tickets can be bought at SOS Radio, Van Dorp, Domino's on Bush Road, Abu Ghazi in Madame Estate, Adolphus Office Supplies, and Fleming’s Café at Raoul Illidge Sports Complex.

Nature Foundation Expresses Concern on the Unsustainable use of Sint Maarten’s Beaches.

sxmbeaches22042018PHILIPSBURG:--- The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has expressed significant concern regarding the way beaches and beach access have been managed since the passage of Hurricane Irma. The Foundation has had to respond several times to issues affecting beaches on the island ranging from beach construction, heavy equipment and other vehicles driving and parking on the beaches, structures such as fences being built, significant amount of trash being left on beaches, and beach access being restricted. "Over the past few months we have constantly been faced with having to respond to issues occurring on the beaches. We would like to remind both the public and decision makers that beaches are our most important natural resource and all must be done to protect and sustainably develop this resource. Unsustainable activities such as beach construction, driving on beaches and littering on beaches not only has significant environmental effects but also affects the economy and the image of Sint Maarten as we are trying to rebuild, " stated Nature Foundation Manager Tadzio Bervoets.

Bervoets continued by stating that the protection, conservation and proper management of beaches should be established in law, "The Nature Foundation would like to call on Parliament to come with concrete legislation on how beaches should be managed and protected in terms of their ecological and economic importance. There is, or was, a Beach Policy in place but for all intents and purposes this policy is non-functioning or not being taken into consideration. Poor trash pick-up, parking and driving on beaches, and beach construction are fundamental issues hampering the sustainable use of one of our greatest natural assets and is hampering our recovery post hurricane Irma," concluded Bervoets.

The Nature Foundation is calling for a structured management plan of the country's beaches, protecting and managing the resource sustainable to increase and support the recovery of Sint Maarten.

Customers get mind-blowing deals at Motorworld, Caribbean Auto & Audi Inventory Blow-Out Sale.

motorworld22042018PHILIPSBURG:--- On Saturday, the Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi Inventory Blow-Out Sale brought out hundreds of people with the expectation of getting a good deal on the wide array of vehicles on sale. This expectation was met with a sense satisfaction, as many took advantage of the deals and discounted prices.

"There was such a great turn out. It's always a pleasure to work with customers and see the smiles on their faces once they purchase a vehicle," says Rena Amjad, CEO, Motorworld Group of Companies.

Customers were lined up early, even before the event started, to take advantage of the sales. Some remained throughout the day to enjoy the festive environment as they partied with the purpose of sealing a great deal, while it was still available. Several vehicles were being marked "sold" within minutes after they were put on display.

RBC, Scotiabank, First Caribbean and Windward Islands bank were onsite to provide special auto financing packages. Complimentary food, drinks along with a variety of free giveaways were also provided to customers including, free tickets to Carnival shows for the winners of the Facebook promotions, which are still ongoing.

"It was a massive success! Though we sold out a large part of our inventory, we do have some vehicles left for those who missed it," shared Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, Motorworld Group of Companies.

The Carnival Bachannal sale continues throughout April with discounted prices on new, used and select damaged vehicles.

Vote for VLF’s visionary leader worth following: voting closes Monday April 23rd at midnight.

vlfnominees22042018PHILIPSBURG:--- The world, the region, St. Martin, our communities are crying out for visionaries. What and who exactly is a visionary leader? Author and executive director of The Center for Visionary Leadership Corrinne McClaughlin shares a significant definition of a visionary:
“Visionary leaders are the builders of a new dawn, working with imagination, insight, and boldness. They present a challenge that calls forth the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose. They search for solutions that transcend the usual adversarial approaches and address the causal level of problems. They find a higher synthesis of the best of both sides of an issue and address the systemic root causes of problems to create real breakthroughs.”
McLaughlin’s description of a visionary leader is the criteria Victorious Living Foundation is using for its Visionary Leader Worth Following Awards and Symposium to be held on May 5th from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Belair Community Center. This visionary leader should exemplify the following values:

• Integrity: Possess honesty and uncompromising morals.
• Authenticity: Represent him/herself in a genuine nature.
• People-First: Focus on individuals over numbers.
• Excellence: Pursue surpassing ordinary standards.
• Discipline: Exercise a commitment to a purpose.

A call was made to the general public and VLF’s Leadercast community of leaders to nominate a visionary leader worth following. Only two nominees for the visionary leader were submitted which adhered to VLF’s nomination stipulations. These nominees are Apostle Napolina Richardson, CEO of Repairers of Broken Walls Ministries and Ken Crossely, a poet who significantly assisted many persons in the community during and post Hurricane Irma. Following are a few comments from persons who support these two nominees:
“I'm nominating Ken Crossely because he personally ran into my apartment to save me and my five year old daughter after our roof blew off and our windows broke. He got us out safely to a neighbour's house. He ensured that medication and water were available to the sick. He packed food items into vehicles for distribution by himself sometimes, in order for the communities of South Reward, Ebenezer and Weymouth Hill to get aid. His distribution plan was so effective that other community leaders and some Government officials used it and were able to get more done and reach more persons during this time. At a time when most persons were taking available flights and boats back to their home country, he stayed and rendered much needed assistance and expertise in organizing a group of young and old persons to give back to their respective communities. He organized a “night watch" and as a result the communities didn't suffer from vandalism and robberies. He did all he could do, expecting nothing in return.”

“Napolina Richardson along with her husband Kurt Richardson are the founders and CEOs of The Repairers of Broken Walls International Ministries (ROBWIM). She pioneered this work because she has been involved in education and ministry for over 30 years and realized that there is a void that she could contribute to filling. She envisioned and started ROBWIM because she has this indubitable duty to see people excel, reach their full capacity and fulfill the purpose for which they were created. Her fair and unbiased method of handling sensitive situations has enabled her to guide countless people towards successfully working through and triumphing over difficult situations. ROBWIM offers counselling, raising awareness of the depraved conditions in St. Maarten and other Caribbean islands, drug rehabilitation, shelter and relief to persons before and after the hurricanes. She is not only a visionary leader in St. Maarten but has expanded her reach to the USA where she established a branch of ROBWIM in New York.”
Voting to determine VLF’s Leader Worth Following Awardee 2018 ends April 23rd at 12 midnight. To vote, click on or visit: To learn more about VLF’s Leadership Summit or to register, visit: or call 1-721-524-8731.

UNDP remains highly impactful in St. Maarten’s recovery process.

sxmzoo22042018PHILIPSBURG:--- UNDP’s Cash for Work, Community Clean-up project remains highly impactful in St. Maarten’s recovery process. A project that focuses directly on aiding in the clean-up of hurricane debris through the engagement of hired community contractors and persons who are currently unemployed or underemployed. From private residences, open spaces to public facilities, such as Raoul Illidge Sports Complex and the St. Maarten’s Zoo. UNDP with the support of VROMI continues to be very progressive in Building Back a Better and more resilient St. Maarten.

The wrath of hurricane Irma left a trail of devastation at The St. Maarten’s Zoo, causing the entire facility to become a pile of debris. Through partnership support with VROMI, UNDP was able to contract local contractor, Pro Resources, who then hired some twenty-one (21) persons, majority being female to engage in the cleaning of the facility.

Other Cash for Work activities are ongoing in Oyster Pond where partnerships with The St. Maarten Nature Foundation, VROMI and Kidz at Sea were established. This partnership allows a collective focus on the cleaning-up of debris in portions of the lagoon and its perimeter while ensuring wild life and mangroves are protected.

The United Nations Development Programme established relations with Collective Prevention Services (CPS) to assist with the execution of their mosquito flogging programme. Debris sites are known to be mosquitoes’ breeding ground. Through the funding support of UNDP, CPS was able to train persons who are currently unemployed to learn more about mosquito flogging and to be Vector Control Apprentices. This joint effort creates a focus on the elimination of mosquito breeding at debris clean-up sites.

Our Cash for Work project gives persons who are unemployed or underemployed the opportunity to participate in community clean-up and be paid for their work.
UNDP believes resilience is built through a “building back better” approach by ensuring development as part of the island’s recovery process.
‘This is one of the early recovery projects financed from the Dutch Recovery Fund for St Maarten, under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. €7 million has been made available during the early recovery phase for projects that will have a direct impact on the population of St Maarten.’

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