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TelEm Group to carry out urgent maintenance works.

PHILIPSBURG:---TelEm Group technicians will be carrying out urgent maintenance works in the Cole Bay area, Friday, February 28, 2020 with service interruption to residential and commercial properties in the areas of the works.

TelEm Group announced last Thursday night that technicians will be repairing a damaged fiber network cable to secure connections in the area.

The Maintenance works will take place between 6:00 am and 12:00 noon and will affect residential and commercial properties in the following areas:

Indigo Bay, Pelican Key (Cell site0 Atrium Hotel (Cell site) Corner Road building, Welfare Road,

TelEm Group says the maintenance is necessary to maintain telecommunication connections in these areas and apologize to customers and member of the public for any inconvenience caused.

TelEm Group named Telcom provider for St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 40th Edition.

telemregatta270220202GB FREE data with the purchase of show tickets

PHILIPSBURG:--- TelEm Group has been named the official telecommunications provider for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2020. The announcement was made Tuesday, during a sponsorship signing ceremony between the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, the organizers of the event, and TelEm Group CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy.

TelEm Group and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club consider their relationship as more of a partnership than a sponsorship because of their shared goal to profile the Caribbean’s premier sailing event internationally to the benefit of the island and its people, and St. Maarten tourism generally.

 CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, said an appeal was made to the company to provide telecommunication services for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta when they found themselves without its usual support for this year’s historic anniversary event.

“I spoke to my commercial team and it was clear that coming in with only two weeks before the start of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta would present us with some major challenges, but it was evident that the organizers were in need of a telecommunication provider and we are deeply honored to now be part of such an important event that means so much to tourism in the St. Maarten and the boating community internationally,” said Mr. Dupersoy.

The CEO said technicians and engineers are right now in the field putting a customized infrastructure in place that will utilize the company’s mobile wi-fi networks and also TelEm Group’s state-of-the-art fiber cable connections – providing the fastest broadband throughput on the island.

TelEm Group Commercial Director, Mr. Michiel Parent, says TelEm Group has already started it commercial branding as the official communication provider for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including the launch of special top-up packages offering 2GB of FREE data with the purchase of tickets to the event’s headlining shows on Saturday 7th (featuring Inner Circle) and Sunday 8th March (featuring Flo Rida) respectively. Tickets for both shows will also be available at TelEm Group locations on Pond Island in Philipsburg, as well as the branch in Simpson Bay.

“It will be up to us to keep the various teams of volunteers from all over the world connected to each other and to the event and also to provide the cleanest most reliable data and voice services to sailors and members of the public taking part in and also those spectating,” said Mr. Parent.

“As a token of appreciation, all the sailors will be getting TelEm sim cards and additional things to sweeten their introduction to our company,” continued Mr. Parent.

The Commercial Director said not only will the customized telecommunication infrastructure have to deal with the usual capacity in the Simpson Bay area during peak hours of the day, but will now have to accommodate the thousands more users who will be making demands on the TelEm Group network to call home, stream, upload, send pictures and video around the clock.

The mobile network capacity in the area of the event has already been expanded.

There will also be a Wi-Fi zone in the Regatta party area, which is another major undertaking for the new St. Maarten Heineken Regatta telecom provider since the zone has to be built up from scratch.

 “We are doing our absolute best to make sure everything will happen on time and we have our best Technical team on it,” said, Mr. Parent.

Mr. Parent said he is being perfectly honest with the event organizers and participants in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta by saying up front that this company’s last-minute involvement in the Regatta event is uncharted territory and the short time does not allow TelEm Group the luxury of extensive testing before the opening of the Regatta Village on March 2, and the start of the event proper on March 5.

“We have all confidence that a high level of communication for the event will be pulled off, but I know for sure that next year we will be fully prepared well in advance and we are already talking to the organizers about long-term relationships,” added Mr. Parent.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Director, Michele Korteweg, says she is most grateful to TelEm Group for their intrepid action in setting up the necessary telecommunication infrastructure with literally only days left before the staging of the Caribbean’s premier sailing event.

“We are happy to have TelEm Group on board and we are most thankful to Mr. Dupersoy for responding positively to our request to have TelEm as the official telecommunication provider for our 40th Anniversary event this year,” continued Ms. Korteweg.

The event organizer says the importance of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is reflected in the impact that it brings to the economy of the island.

“As a non-profit organization, it is very important that our partners and sponsors recognize that we do this to bring people to the island. We want to create return visitors because they fall in love with the island. For others, like TelEm, to recognize the effort and join in that effort is very valuable to us,” said Ms. Korteweg.

Les Fruits de Mer Donates Exhibit Panels to French Quarter School.

panels27022020French Quarter:--- Classroom walls at Omer Arrondell Primary School in French Quarter have gotten a lot more exciting. The Les Fruits de Mer association donated copies of 24 panels from Amuseum Naturalis to the school. The educational panels cover a variety of local nature and heritage topics and will rotate through the different classes.

“Our association’s mission is to share all the things that make St. Martin special,” explained Les Fruits de Mer President Jenn Yerkes. “A lot of that is missing from school lesson plans, so this was a great opportunity to literally get this information into the classroom in a fun and colorful way.”

The panels were made as part of Les Fruits de Mer’s project Quartier+Museé. The project goal is to extend the connection between Amuseum Naturalis and French Quarter by featuring French Quarter topics at the Amuseum and sharing Amuseum content with the town. The project is funded by CGET and the Collectivité of Saint-Martin under the Politique de la Ville program.

The teachers were excited to receive the bilingual English-French panels. Each panel tells a unique story about St. Martin and is illustrated with vivid photos. Topics include the animals that live only on St. Martin, the bear-sized rodent that once lived here, the origins of bush medicine plants and techniques and the native tree with the hardest wood in the world.

Les Fruits de Mer hopes to find the funds to print panels for as many schools as possible. The association is also happy to share the panel designs with any school or organization interested in printing their own copies. Amuseum Naturalis offers free school and youth group visits as well. Contact Les Fruits de Mer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

Amuseum Naturalis is open from 9am to noon Tuesday to Saturday, and admission is free to all. It is located at The Old House, on the hill above Galion Beach in French Quarter. More information and a map are available at



costaflavosta27022020Costa Favolosa has berthed today in St. Marteen during her itinerary in the Caribbean area.

Genoa:---  Costa Crociere would like to thank the St. Maarten Government and Port St. Maarten for today’s safe mooring of its ship Costa Favolosa and the cooperation offered during the past days by the local authorities.
The ship, after skipping her last call in Tortola, has reached St. Maarten where its guests will have the opportunity to discover the beauty of the island. Costa Favolosa will remain in St. Maarten until tomorrow afternoon when it will sail to Fort de France as per scheduled itinerary.
Costa Crociere wants to reassure that onboard Costa Favolosa there are neither suspect cases of guests nor crew members with symptoms related to CoVid-19 and the ship medical staff is monitoring the health of guests and crewmembers giving the utmost attention to the application of all precautionary measures.
The safety and health of passengers is Costa Crociere number one priority. Since the outbreak of the global health emergency, the Company has decided to further strengthen the precautionary measures applied to all its fleet in order to guarantee maximum safety for guests and crew. To preserve a safe and immune environment onboard the vessel and assess their suitability for boarding, all embarking guests, visitors or crew members are given a specific pre-screening medical questionnaire to fill in before the cruise experience commences.
Anyone boarding our ships is screened for body temperature: anyone with a body temperature above 37.8° C is denied access to the ship.
Costa Crociere guarantees guests and crew the highest standards of cleanliness onboard its ships thanks to strict sanitization protocols and the use of disinfectants effective against CoVid-19.
Guests, visitors and crew members of any nationality who have traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau in the 14 days prior to boarding are not allowed to board Costa ships.
The same measure applies to those who have been in contact with confirmed cases of CoVid-19, for which a regular declaration has been made to the competent health authorities.
As of February 22, given the current outbreak of the virus in a number of different Italian towns, Costa Crociere has also decided to deny boarding to any customers originating from one of the quarantined municipalities.
Precautionary measures are taken on all ships belonging to the Costa cruises’ fleet including the screening of guests and crew, if circumstances require it. In addition, all ships in the fleet are equipped with medical facilities with dedicated staff, available 24 hours a day, and can count on advice and support from professionals and specialized external medical facilities. The cruise industry is one of the best equipped and experienced in the field of health protection.


Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Samira Rafaela and Members of the Second Chamber paid a courtesy visit to the President of Parliament, Mr. Rolando Brison.

rolandobrison26022020PHILIPSBURG:--- On Monday, February 24, 2020, the President of Parliament, Mr. Rolando Brison met with Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Samira Rafaela and Members of the Second Chamber, Mr. Rob Jetten and Ms. Antje Diertens, all from the Dutch D66 party.

During this meeting Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Rafaela adequately expressed the importance of learning and understanding the current situation on the island of Sint Maarten and gaining clear insight as to what is important to the people. She expressed her objective to develop a better relationship with Sint Maarten as the next generation wants things differently in the Kingdom of the Netherlands however, she explained, to move forward a change of mindset is required. Ms. Rafaela further stated, there is a great opportunity and potential to make things better.

The President of Parliament, Mr. Rolando Brison expressed to the parties in attendance that Sint Maarten has gone through quite a shift overall as more young people have been coming into the fold not just in the political arena but across the business sector and the executive branch of Government. Mr. Brison further stated that he believed that the previous generation of leaders is more allowing and receptive to new leadership.

Both parties agreed that more awareness is needed as to what OCTS are and what legislation is applicable to them. Parties also expressed willingness to provide ongoing support and agreed to maintain contact with each other.

At the end of the meeting, the President of Parliament Rolando Brison expressed his sincere appreciation to Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Samira Rafael and the Members of the Second Chamber for the courtesy visit to the House of Parliament.

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