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Prime Minister William Marlin receives annual report & audited financial statements 2016 for the St. Maarten Development Fund Foundation.

francamarlinsmdf26052017PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister and Minister General Affairs the Honorable William Marlin following a briefing on recent activities of St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) was presented the annual report and audited financial statements 2016 for the Foundation. SMDF reports five times annually which includes four quarterly reports and an annual report. Presenting the update and report were from left to right, Program & Development Manager, Makhicia Brooks and Managing Director Keith Franca.

APS Welgelegen homes construction proceeding well.

apshomes26062017Cay Hill:--- The much talked about Welgelegen Homes project is steadily moving one step closer to becoming reality. Becoming more visible on the site has been how the first structure is being constructed, in the wake of the recent pouring of cement for the construction works at the project site.
The housing project is being developed by St. Maarten’s general pension fund, APS, with designs by IXI Design N.V. and Cicca N.V. For this initial phase of the project, Gemini Construction has been chosen as the contractor while the engineering consulting firm, ICE N.V., has been charged with engineering and quality assurance for the project.
The latest developments signal the beginning of actual construction of some 61 townhouses and apartment units on land made available by the government, in a long lease agreement to the fund. The necessary authorization process is already underway with VROMI authorities.
The units would range from one to three bedrooms in size, measuring about 70 to 100 square meters per unit.
APS launched the project in 2016, as an investment opportunity for the pension fund. The fund expects to benefit, particularly young professionals who are participants in the fund seeking their own home in St. Maarten.
The idea is to offer the majority of the units below the maximum sales price of 250 thousand U.S. dollars as stipulated in a long lease resolution granted by government to APS in late 2015. ”There is a need for reasonably priced homes on Sint Maarten – particularly in the price segments around 200 thousand U.S. dollars, says APS chairman of the board Franklyn Richards.
Over 100 persons have already contacted APS, indicating their interest in one of the units.
APS has been registering persons and passing on their information to the agent contracted by APS to provide information on the units, take care of collecting the necessary personal information from interested buyers while processing the screening of potential buyers. In addition, the pension fund has been assisting interested persons with a financing request, if needed.
To facilitate the process even further, APS is committed to working closely with a local bank, to offer financing to potential homebuyers.
Persons interested can E-mail their name and contact details, such as telephone number and E-mail address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


GIFTED to honour Fifty Student Nominees for 2017 Royalty Awards

PHILIPSBURG:--- Fifty young persons will be honored at the third annual GIFTED Royalty Awards Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at the Belair Community Centre. Nominations for the awards were received from seven high schools for the students they wished to recognize for their outstanding performance in each of five categories. The participating high schools are: St. Dominic High School, Milton Peters College, St. Maarten Academy PSVE, MAC Comprehensive Secondary, St. Maarten Academy – Academic Section, Sundial School and Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts.
The GIFTED Royalty Awards are aimed at turning the spotlight on the positive things that the youth in our community are doing. The categories for awards are: Academics, Athletics, Community Service, Expressive Arts, and Leadership. This year’s nominees have been selected by their respective high schools as someone between the ages of 13 and 20 who has been making a positive impact in that sphere of expertise. GIFTED’s WorldChangers slogan is “Whoever you are, wherever you're from, whatever you do, you change the world.”
The Worldchangers being recognized this summer are as follows per category. For Young King of Academics are Radjeev Rampersad, David Beek, Senlly Samuel, Esner Ilceus, Jaevy Beggs, and Kai Piscione. The nominees for Young Queen of Academics are Flor Carty, Melanie Felix-Polanco, Naomi Jankee, Amarykecia Busby, Jhohana Richardson, and Chanel A. Almonte de los Santos.
In the category of Young King of Athletics are Rayouri Fleming, Adonijah Romney, Darvin Valerie, Vern T. Graham, and Michele Palella. Their counterparts nominated for Young Queen of Athletics are Aichell Peters, Angelina Percy, Whitney Walsh, and Princess Z. Priest. The nominees for Young King of Community Service are Chris Sargeant, James Brooks, Brian Kook, Kyron Mussen, and Shawn Peterson. The Young Queen of Community Service nominees are Jahnilla Priest, Gabrielle Andre, Karly Jacob, Sheena Generlette, Loudahlia T. K. Brill, and Karina Wadhwani.
In the category of Expressive Arts are for Young Kings - Densley Arrindell, Miguel Morgan, Manukiell Edwards, Shamar Luckson, and Ray-Angel C. A. Simon. The Young Queen of Expressive Arts nominees are Nuriska Edward, Naomi Warsop, Dorothy James, Xochiquetzal Gonzalez-Toro, and Daniella Simmons. In the category of Leadership, the nominees for Young King are James Samuel, Jean Philip Pierre Louis, Caleb Carter, and Elston Harregan. The nominees for Young Queen are Genora Jankee, Jodian McDonald, Sianta Maria, and Georgia Nelson. The foundation has published photos and profile descriptions of the nominees on their Facebook page for the public’s viewing and support.
Last year, G.I.F.T.E.D. celebrated fifty-two young persons across the five categories. Five Young Kings and five Young Queens were awarded with additional prizes and due recognition. G.I.F.T.E.D. means “Going In. Finding Truth. Enlightening Darkness.” The foundation seeks to impact the youth of St. Maarten and the region through providing positive influential social enhancement through music and other platforms by networking with local, regional and international partners. For more information, visit and like their Facebook page at

Compass Insurances hosts second annual free Life Insurance Seminar.

compasspanel26062017PHILIPSBURG:----  Compass Insurances agent for Sagicor Life, Nagico and Guardian recently held its second annual free Life Insurance seminar at the University of St. Martin with the theme “Building a Legacy through Life Insurance”.

“The objective of the seminar was to inform participants and create awareness regarding the various ways individuals and businesses could benefit from life insurance,” said agency manager Barbara Pompier-Halley. “The seminar was a great success with over 150 persons in attendance which proves the need for information on this topic.

The event featured two guest speakers. Notary Meredith Boekhoudt talked about the importance of estate planning including the marriage law, inheritance law and types of wills.

Tax Advisor at Baker Tilly, Maarten Tervoort discussed the effects of income tax on insurance/ annuity premiums and their proceeds. Other topics discussed during this year’s seminar ranged from the Importance of leaving a legacy, the significance of life insurance in creating a legacy for your family as well as your business

Following the presentations guests in attendance actively participated in the question and answer session where numerous questions were posed to the panel of four speakers to receive more clarity and advice on various situations. The event was filled with valuable information enabling participants to feel equipped and motivated to make appropriate adjustments in how to build
their legacy.

Barbara Pompier-Halley confirmed that “Compass Insurances will continue to organize these information sessions annually to help increase awareness in our community about the obligations and benefits of having life insurance. “We believe that a nation with the right information combined with action is better prepared for the future”.

Compass Insurance also thanks all participants and persons who contributed in helping to make the event a success.

Compass Insurance Agency is located on the Walter Nisbeth Road Tel: 721 542-2070 –

Ambulance Department acquires a new Zumro 600 rapid mobile emergency shelter including operational equipment.

zumru26062017PHILIPSBURG:--- The Ambulance Department of Ministry Public Health, Social Development & Labor received a new Zumro 600 rapid mobile emergency shelter just in time for HUREX 2017 drill.
The ZUMRO shelters are used by numerous Disaster Management Teams across the USA including Europe for Urban Search & Rescue Task Force.
This multi-purpose usage system is an ideal rapid mobile shelter that provides rapid deployment that would create an environment in times of disasters that is conducive to advance medical treatment in the field of Emergency Medical Services. Minister Emil Lee was present to get a first-hand demonstration of the capabilities of this shelter and how quickly this shelter can be deployed from Hazmed representative who presents.

The ZUMRO frame design can be deployed from one inflation point by one person, if necessary and the shelter deployment is rapid, virtually automatic and hands-free. It can be deployed at a rate of 100 square feet per minute or faster, depending upon which inflation method is used. “It’s amazing to see how quickly this shelter can be erected within a timeframe of approximately 4 minutes. It is truly an added asset to the Ambulance Department in the area of Disaster Management given the department’s key role in the initiation of emergency medical response in disaster situations”, said Minister Lee.
Ambulance Department Head Mr. Cylred Richardson says that this project has been long in the making and that he is pleased that we were able to reach this goal.
Furthermore, besides proper preparedness to provide adequate emergency response and management at a disaster scene and post natural disaster e.g. following hurricanes this mobile shelter system can also be used at various small & large scale events on the island as a medical command post. This is yet another positive achievement in the further professionalizing of the Ambulance Department on St. Maarten.
HAZMED representative Hay Geurts says that this emergency shelter can resist strong force winds. The material is made of special heat reflecting fiber. Most importantly, is that the tent can be erected in 4 to 5 minutes by one person. It is easily inflated by an air blower unit or air bottle from the Fire Department.

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