PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher will soon begin exploratory discussions to host an international film festival/film related event on St. Maarten. On the initiative of former Democratic Party Member of Parliament Roy Marlin, the Minister and her team were recently introduced to Lina Plath of the firm Frank PR (www.frankpublicity.com) who has expressed interest in developing a relationship with St. Maarten which could one day result in major international exposure for the island.
Upon invitation of Frank PR, the Minister and Head of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Rolando Brison recently attended the kick-off event for the Hamptons International Film Festival at Rockefeller Center’s Garden Loft, in New York. The event was hosted by Alec Baldwin with whom the Minister had the opportunity to share a few words about St. Maarten and the willingness of the destination to host such an event.The Minister and Brison also had the opportunity to speak with Patrick Harrison the Director, New York Programs for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Minister Doncher said that although in-depth discussions still have to take place, the willingness from both FrankFR and St. Maarten is a good starting point.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Upcoming Friday June 1st, Sergio Sno (Author) will be presenting “Tips for Our Youth” to the youth of Sint. Maarten and the general public at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library from 7 pm to 9pm. This is the very first book written by the author Sergio Sno. However, according to him it will not be his last. This book was born from his experiences as he worked with young people in his native country Suriname and also here on Sint Maarten. After losing his mother at the age of thirteen, Sergio had to fend for himself.
He did odd jobs so that he could earn some money to provide for himself and to go to school. “Life was very hard for me,” he writes in the preface of his book, “but I never gave up. I always had the belief that I could make it in life.”
One of Sergio’s passions was music. After singing in several bands and choirs he eventually ended up directing several choirs, with which he traveled and won many awards. As a teenager and a young adult he was faced with many temptations that could have led him down a road of self-destruction. Sergio attributes his success and his positive attitude to his relationship with God whom he got to know in a very personal way at the age of twelve.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Foresee Foundation’s program “DigiWorkz” in collaboration with the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, For the Win and DWorkshopsxm is proud to announce their second annual summer technical program “DigiSummer Time Summer Camp 2017.”
Children attending the various primary schools and high schools on the island ages 11- 18 will have the opportunity in experiencing skills in computing, designing and gaming from July 3rd – 15th, 2017. The Summer Camp will be held in the Media Lab at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The cost is US$75 per person for one week. This includes lunch and materials. 24 Students will attend the camp each week.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – The lucky winner of a brand new motor car in this year’s TelCell, “I Am Carnival” Car Raffle draw, has been officially named as Sales Rep. Mr. Vibert Richards.
According to the grand prize winner, a call that he was the winner of a prize that required him to be at the Festival Village, left him with no doubt that he would be taking home a brand new (name of vehicle) to his family.
“When I entered for the TelCell SMS raffle only the motor car prize was being promoted so that was all I want thinking about when I went to collect my prize,” explained Vibert.
TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, and Manager Marketing & Sales, Grisha Marten, were both on hand last week to see Vibert take delivery of his grand prize at the TelEm Group main building on Pond Island. He also took home a Hyundai L575 Smartphone, a Hyundai Pulse Watch and a token for six-months of free gas from Texaco.
“I am personally very happy for him and wish him and his family many years of safe and enjoyable driving,” said Mr. Dupersoy.
The TelEm Group CEO acknowledged the part being played by TelEm Group and sister company TelCell, not only in the promotion of Carnival with creative themes like “I Am Carnival”, but also by giving back to the community in many different ways, from top rate prizes, to major sponsorships and hosting of flagship shows.
Manager, Marketing & Sales. Grisha Marten also congratulated the winner of this year’s motor car prize and other prize winners who were also announced in the Festival Village at the same time the motor car winner was announced.
The other winners were: Cuilian Feng ($50 monthly top-up for a year); Rolex Cheng (12MB internet for a year); Kyra Richardson (an IPhone 7Plus); Jeanine Davoren (a Samsung 7 Edge); Edmund Horsford (55” Smart TV) and Xavier Nicholas (a Go Pro Hero).
“From the time we announced the start of the promotion we were met with a terrific response from our loyal customers and also from many new customers who wanted in on the raffle to win a new car especially.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Simpson Bay Resort & Marina recently concluded its festive series of four mini-carnival parades and Soca themed poolside happy hour events.
The weekly events, running parallel to St. Maarten’s official carnival season, has proven a hit with guests, and is the second annual series so far.
The resort’s fresh take on improving visitor experience is meant to promote local culture and make it more accessible to guests, both loyal visitors and first timers. Some guests travel especially for St. Maarten’s carnival season. Local residents were also welcomed and encouraged to join the festivities this year.
The ‘Royal Jump Up’ was once again lead by signature local youth drum band, Generation New Status, and the Dazzling Divas dancers, who set the pace, kept the guests dancing, and gave energetic individual performances.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - All promoters/persons interested in securing a night to host a concert for Carnival 2018 may now express this intent to the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF).
The foundation is busy preparing the Carnival schedule for 2018 and as customary has issued a call to potential promoters of a Carnival night and opened registration for such.
The foundation clarified that the music genres/concerts of Reggae and Latin is off the table and, as such, no requests will be accepted for those two music genres.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has cancelled the outsourcing agreement it sign a year ago with Raw Promotions to host the Nagico Senior Calypso Competition. The foundation took the decision during its annual evaluation of the Carnival season.
Noting that some positive steps were taken by Raw Promotions such as its website for calypso and historical perspectives, the SCDF said the very public issues between Raw and title sponsor Nagico, compounded by other organizational problems, led to the decision to cancel the outsourcing agreement.
The foundation said there are matters regarding the calypso competition that will be handled internally, but stressed that confidence in Raw from the calypsonians has been too far eroded to allow the situation to continue.
Additionally, “it was embarrassing to the foundation to have one of our most dedicated corporate sponsors (Nagico) dragged into a public debate in the same year the foundation chose to honor that company. It was not what the foundation expected or can tolerate,” SCDF said.
The SCDF made it clear that all financial obligations that Raw committed itself to, remains the responsibility of Raw. “The foundation will not assume responsibility and will not be held liable for any outstanding monies, agreements or the sort that Raw has committed itself to.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Wednesday night saw the culmination of two weeks of Carnival festivities with the closing jump up and the burning of King Momo signaling the end to this year’s celebrations.
There were some three bands and two DJs on the road for the jump up, which attracted scores of revelers as they enjoyed the final moment of carnival 2017. There were hundreds of onlookers as well.
However, in the Festival Village for Carnival’s final moment, the burning of King Moo-Moo which took place at around 12 mid night saw many persons gathered to take a glimpse, as they say good bye to Carnival 2017.
At the conclusion of the festival on Wednesday night, the main sponsor of Carnival, TelCell also presented the many persons who participated in this year’s TelCell promotion “TelCell is Carnival” with their prizes.
The top prize went to Vibert Richards, who won the 2017 Hyundai i20. Other winners were Cuilian Feng, Rolex Cheng, Kyra Richinsin, Jeanine Davoren, Edmund Horsford and Xavier Nicholas.
The winners were announced by the Chief Executive Officer of TelEm, Kendall Dupersoy.
President of the ST. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, Alston Lourens noted that the 2017 Carnival season ended on a very high noted and that plans are already in the making for next year.
He also told us that the XP Band emerged the winners of the band of the year category. Prior to this, the band also won the band clash segment for this year as well.
Meanwhile, speaking at the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday, Prime Minister with the responsibility for General Affairs, the Honorable William Marlin congratulated the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation for hosting another successful event.
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