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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.

Interested persons should email the foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The foundation will then respond with relevant information to enable the interested party to decide whether it wants to be part of Carnival 2018. The deadline to contact the foundation for a Carnival night is July 1, 2017.

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.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Ever since the St. Maarten Lions Club organized a Mother’s Day Bingo Drive three years ago at the Celebration Palace, bingo lovers have been urging the Lions to continue organizing a “Mother’s Day Bingo”.
Due to popular demand, the St. Maarten Lions Club have decided to comply and will be having a special “Mother’s Day Bingo” on Saturday May 13th 2017. Prizes will consist of fridges, stoves, televisions, hotel stays, airline tickets, spa treatment vouchers, household appliances and much more.
      
The Lions Mother’s Day Bingo will be taking place on the premises of the Port St. Maarten Group of Companies Complex in the spacious air conditioned Home Porting Building which the harbor group has graciously made available to the St. Maarten Lions Club. The room seats 700. When approaching the Port Complex, the public will be directed to the designated parking areas by Lion members and security guards. Gates open at 7pm for the public to obtain their bingo cards and the bingo starts at 8pm sharp.
Bingo lovers are asked to get their tickets for the Lions Mother’s Day Bingo as soon as possible as there is limited seating and tickets available. One or more bingo tickets entitles a person to a seat in the bingo. If a person does not have ticket they will not be allowed in the building where the bingo is being played. Tickets are already on sale every day at the Lion’s Den, Van Dorp Bookstore and Big D’s Photo Studio and can also be bought from all Lion members at the cost US$10.

ST. KITTS - The So Arise, 2017 Antigua and Barbuda Gospel Music Award winners have been named. Walking away the winner of three out of his six nominated awards, at the March 25th ceremony, is Jamaica's own, Di Anointed Vale, who is an International Gospel Reggae Recording Artiste, on the St. Kitts based, JIFE Music Record Label. Vale’s debut Album "Blood A Jesus”, is the label's first completed project.

JIFE Music Record’s President Nyquan Nisbett, who is also one of the main producers at the label, was also nominated for "Producer of the Year", which was the only category, decided by judges and not open for public voting. Di Anointed Vale walked away as the reigning, "International Psalmist of the Year (Male)", and "Vocalist of the Year (Male)". His song "Worship" won "Best Collaboration" featuring Princess Vanessa, native of Guyana.

“It’s a real great feeling to know that all the hard work and the sleepless nights in the studio, mixing the songs, building the rhythms and all of that stuff paid off. To see that someone recognizes your work, it feels real good to know that there are people who would recognize what you have contributed,” was Vale's response to the overwhelming recognition, he has received for his debut album that was recently released, in St. Kitts in December 2016. He produced every track, and sung some of the background vocals and it's become an overnight success.

Vale was also nominated for "Songwriter of the Year (Male)", "I'm Available" featuring Guyana's Eddie Neblett, picked up two nominations, one for "Best Collaboration" and the prestigious, "Song of the Year" nomination.

"Jesus is For Everyone" is the Record Label's Mission Statement, which is also how they came up with JIFE as their acronym. JIFE Record Label is a subsidiary of Palm Branch Media, which is a media production company in St. Kitts. JIFE was formed for the purpose of exploiting some of the best like Vale, in Caribbean Gospel Music. JIFE was founded by four St. Kitts & Nevis entrepreneurs; Andre Huie, Roy Nisbett, Lester Henry and Jermaine Willock, which are experienced in performing, producing and promoting music.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Two of the biggest MC’s/DJ’s in the Dominican Republic, DJ Popi and DJ Profeta has been added to the lineup for Noche Latina on Sunday night in Carnival Village. Noche Latina is Presented by Presidente beer in collaboration with the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF). The night will feature artists exclusively from the Dominican Republic.

Organisers are certain that the inclusion of Popi & Profeta will add even more excitement to the show as both are known for their hype and funny skills as MC’s who can keep a show entertaining. They are the most sought after MC’s in the Dominican Republic, hosting their own shows and concerts in addition to being top-notch DJ talent on the party scene in that country.

Popi & Profeta will be joined by St. Maarten’s own DJ/MC tandem in DJ Eagle and DJ Ricky, no strangers to Latino concerts and the party scene on St. Maarten.

Under the theme “Siente La Musica!” or Feel The Music, Presidente and SCDF will present two artists that fall under the “Urbanas” genre, two “Bachateros” and one Salsa band that will “have the public dancing all night,” according to the foundation.

Taking the stage will be Urbana stars Shadow Blow and Mozart La Para. They will be joined by popular Salsa band Revolucion Salsera and finally, legendary Bachata singer Luis Miguel del Amargue will complete the lineup. Bachata singer Yoskar Sarante was also on the lineup but the singer has fallen ill and will no longer be performing. He has issued an apology to his fans via video that will be posted on the SCDF Facebook page.

AIRPORT ROAD, St. MaartenThe 2017 edition of Flag Fest was bigger and better than ever and enjoyed by a huge crowd. Each year this annual fest has grown and Winair is pleased to have been a sponsor of 78 Inc. Entertainment Foundation’s event since its inception 3 years.

This truly regional Caribbean extravaganza caters to people from all surrounding islands to get together, proudly displaying their nations colors side by side and enjoy their favorite bands. Connecting a diversity of people through entertainment, music and dance is a theme that coincides well with Winair’s mission to provide efficient connections & travel throughout the region.

The public may have noticed that Winair took the opportunity to proudly display a different but familiar logo at this event. Moving forward Winair will be introducing our iconic logo. This logo was previously used in our 55-year history and is well known throughout the Caribbean. We will return to our bold red color in all destinations served in the following months.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Before a reasonable crowd at the Festival Village on Thursday night, Raw Promotions successfully hosted the annual Nagico Calypso finals.

The event, which had a participation of some 11 competitors, including last year’s Monarch Queen Shakiya, saw some stiff competition among the participants.

The show got off to a start at 8 pm promptly with the playing of the St. Maarten Song, which was followed by entertainment by CD Ranking. The first Calypsonian to perform, the Mighty Magic, made his way to the stage at exactly 8:50 and by 2:07 am, the results were pronounced by the MC and president of Raw Promotions, Fernando Clarke.  

At the end, Fish de Mega Boss was announced the winner of this year’s contest with 602 points for his two songs, namely I Can’t Finish and Prick. He was then crowned by the former Calypso Monarch, Queen Shakiya.

It was Fish de Mega Boss 5th time winning the crown. The first runner up went to Fox with 596 points, while Protégé had to settle for the 2nd runner up position with 583 points. The 4th runner up position went to Ebony Empress who scored 5 53 points.

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