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Last Voting Day Crystal Pineapple Awards commences.

cpaawards20112019PHILIPSBURG:--- Thursday November 21st, 2019 is the last chance to cast your votes for the 11 voting categories for the 12th Crystal Pineapple Awards (CPA), to be held this Saturday 23rd 2019 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino . Voting stops at 3PM sharp on Thursday afternoon
If you haven’t voted as yet for your favorite hospitality and trade professionals, restaurants, media personalities, entrepreneurs, community and environmental organizations, SHTA calls to do so before 3pm.
A public call for nominations went out at October 28th 2019, resulting in 50 nominated professionals. The Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraising Gala is the only event on the island that recognizes Hospitality & Trade Personnel, Organizations and Associations. Each year employers and the general public are requested to nominate persons in various categories. The categories are evaluated and adjusted each year to reflect the various business sectors.
The gala evening includes a sumptuous dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction and much more. Organizer SHTA is grateful for the turnout, as well as for the support of its main sponsors Interval International and CC1, making the event possible in a time of economic recovery from hurricane Irma.

Some tickets are still for sale and can be purchased at the SHTA office any time during office hours 8am – 5pm. Please make sure to reserve your Gala tickets right away, as there is limited seating!

Voting can be done on until the polls close tomorrow Thursday November 21st at 3pm. Remember that your vote can make someone feel like a star that evening. Visit and for pictures and videos of the nominees.


Jacobs cabinet hits the ground running, PJIAE and reconstruction a top priority.

jacobscabinet20112019PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs along with Ministers Ardwell, Doran Violenus, and Wever took off with full speed on Tuesday shortly after they were sworn in.
Jacobs told members of the media on Wednesday that the Council of Ministers already held meetings with the management and board of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) and that they received two presentations on the current state of affairs of the country’s airport.
She said that the airport management has to turn over all documents and agreements that were signed by the former government but her government could sign off on anything else.
Jacobs assured that PJIAE has their uttermost attention and that the Council of Ministers intends to visit the airport again on Friday. Jacobs and the Minister of TEATT Rene Violenus said that as soon as they receive the documentation then they will proceed.
When the agreements are cleared and Jacobs cabinet signs off then the bondholders will begin releasing the money they are holding so that project 2 of the airport could begin. Jacobs said the bondholders are set to release $5M as soon as all the dotted lines are signed, she, however, reminded that parliament had already given the green light when they signed off on the 2019 budget in October. Besides that, she said that the governor also signed off at least 6 LBs on this matter, yet the former government did not execute.

ALL NEW 2020 Hyundai Venue SUV Introduced for the First Time Ever in St. Maarten with “Positive Urban Vibes!”

suv20112019PHILIPSBURG:--- Motorworld, the authorized dealer for Hyundai, is releasing the All-New 2020 Hyundai Venue for the first time ever in St. Maarten. This model is an entry-level SUV that brings style, functionality and standard safety at an economical starting price of just $18,500.

“The 2020 Venue is packed with a host of premium driver safety and convenience technologies and is the perfect fit for those seeking a seamless combination of style, versatility, and affordability,” shares Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, Motorworld Group of Companies. “The most surprising thing about Hyundai’s All-New 2020 Venue subcompact SUV is how accommodating its cabin is regardless of whether you’re in the front or rear seats. For a vehicle that’s smaller than the Hyundai Creta, Hyundai’s other subcompact SUV, the level of comfort the Venue offers adult occupants is truly impressive!”
Packing a powerful punch on practicality and personality, the Venue offers the versatility of all-purpose driving, catering to a wide spectrum of lifestyles in different terrains, hence the campaign themed “Positive Urban Vibes.” It also offers the best fuel efficiency of its class, while providing a stable and comfortable driving experience.
The Hyundai Venue has been designed in line with the company's international SUV standards, like the new Santa Fe and Palisade. Exterior features include a bold cascading grille with chrome detailing, as well as projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL). The SUV also gets a set of new sporty 16/17 alloys, roof rails, and LED taillamps with Z cluster patterns. On the inside, the Venue is packed with innovative technological enhancements. A stunning high resolution 8” screen with Android Auto/Apple Car Play, Push Button Engine Start, Reverse Camera and much more. The Venue is powered by a punchy 1.6L engine that gives the best fuel efficiency amongst compact SUVs.
An amazing color palette of 11 choices is available! Choose from Polar White, Typhoon Silver, Galactic Grey, Cosmic Grey, Phantom Black, The Denim Blue, Exotic Green, Acid Yellow, Lava Orange, Fiery Red, and Intense Blue. Dual Tone Roof combinations are also available, with a choice of a white, black or green roof! The Venue interior includes black, blue, grey and green selections!

With an engaging campaign focused on “Positive Urban Vibes,” the Venue fits in anywhere and stands out everywhere. The All-New 2020 Hyundai Venue will be launched on Friday, November 22, with a motorcade throughout key locations in St. Maarten. Included will be a grand finale with the Venue auto showcase on display in front of PSB Bank, along with an engaging Happy Hour event at the Kalaboom Headquarters; all located at Ms. Lalie’s Commercial Center on Bush Road.
The general public is invited to join and preview the Venue. All individuals who sign up for a Test Drive will be provided with a complimentary drink and gift bag, courtesy of Motorworld.
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Parliament approved credentials for incoming MPs.

incomingmps20112019PHILIPSBURG:--- The parliament of St. Maarten approved the credentials of four incoming Members of Parliament, they are Solange Ludmilla Duncan, Anna Richardson, Rodolphe Samuel, and Wycliffe Smith.
Chair of Parliament William Marlin said that swearing-in of the new MPs can take place as early this afternoon.
MP Claude Peterson resigned and made it possible for Wycliffe Smith to return to parliament representing the St. Maarten Christian Party.

Sint Maarten Lions Club received “UNSUNG HEROES” Award.

lionsclub20112019PHILIPSBURG:--- On Monday, November 11, 2019, the Sint Maarten Lions Club was one of the recipients to receive the UNSUNG HEROES award by the director of the St. Maarten in Retrospect Foundation(SIR). The occasion marked the 20th anniversary of the St. Maarten in Retrospect program and the 60th-anniversary celebration of St Maarten Day. This prestigious award was presented to Lion Oralie Boirard, Lion Club President 2019-2020 and Past District Governor Lion Wally Havertong PMJF during an interview with hosts of St. Maarten in Retrospect television program.
The Sint Maarten Lions Club was chartered on December 12, 1975, and since its inception, the club has become a well-known name on the island through the membership tireless service to the community. Over the years, the hard-working and dedicated members of the Sint Maarten Lions Club were able to raise the funds, which provided the opportunity to donate to several organizations and construct important landmarks on the island. Some of which are:
• Donation of the 1st dialysis machine to the St. Maarten Medical Center
• Donation of a bus to a school
• Donation of wheel chairs to the St. Maarten Medical Center
• Construction of (2) bus stops on the L.B. Scot Road
• Construction of a playground in St. Peters
• Construction of the Lions Civic Center in Sucker Garden
• Hosting of two eye screening projects for primary school students

The club continues to work tirelessly for the people of Sint Maarten with fundraising projects such as the Annual Lions Christmas Bingo Spectacular and car raffles amongst others.The Sint Maarten Lions club and the two Leo clubs, namely the Alpha Leo club and the Omega South Leo club, annually hosts events such as the Lion Nelson van de Linde Senior Seniors Party and the Lion Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair; donating glasses to those in need, assisting schools with various projects and the distribution of Christmas baskets among many other projects.
The Board of Directors and the members of the Sint Maarten Lions Club would like to say thank Mr. Elton Richardson and team of the "St. Maarten in Retrospect" team for recognizing our club as a "Unsung Hero" on Sint Maarten.
Our club wish the St. Maarten In Restrospect team much success as they continue to reflect on the past and share information to public on the history of Sint Maarten - Saint Martin.

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