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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - SXM Festival, one of the world’s leading electronic music escapes, reveals the dates for its 2018 edition. Returning for the third year on March 14-18, 2018, SXM Festival will continue to grow its reputation of forward-thinking underground bookings fused with a magical design aesthetic and the paradise setting of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten

In its short but impactful lifespan SXM Festival has seamlessly created some of the most talked about memories on the global house and techno circuit.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is organizing once again a free Summer Fit Camp for children ages 9-12 years old, which will be held at the Caribbean International Academy (CIA) in Cupecoy from July 10th to 15th 2017.

The deadline for registration is July 5th; space is limited. Persons interested in participating in the camp as a group leader can also request for registration.

Forms can be obtained from the CPS office at the Vineyard Park Office Building in Philipsburg.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – TelCell’s 2016 Breakthrough Talent Search winners received a thundering round of applause during a preview showing of their brand new music video “Trust and Time” in the TelEm Group Conference Room, Pond Island, on Monday.

The R&B Hip-Hop ballad is all the work of the six winners of last year’s top-rated youth talent search contest, namely: George Woodley, Aesha Gibson, Keeshaun Hodge, Kevin Lambert, Diandra Marlin and Leo Alexander. It is the fourth Breakthrough music video to be produced by Xtratight Entertainment’s Bertaux “Mr. Rude” Fleming, and this year showcases the incredible video work of director, Joel Ayuk of CANI TV.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is organizing once again a free Summer Fit Camp for children ages 9-12 years old, which will be held at the Caribbean International Academy (CIA) in Cupecoy from July 10th to 15th 2017.

The goal of the health camp is to promote and educate children on healthy eating habits and encourage physical activity to promote healthy behavior change and combat the increase of obesity on our island.

The children will be divided into groups of five and will have their own group leader appointed to them.  The group leader’s role is to supervise and support the children while participating in activities to motivate and encourage participation.

Organized activities are dance, adventure hike, gardening, pool activities, cooking demonstration nutrition sessions and motivational sessions.

The children will learn about healthy meal and snack choices, healthy food portions, and the importance of drinking water rather than juice.  They will be exposed to good sportsmanship, team building activities and will also receive knowledge positive self-esteem and confidence.

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 - St. Maarten Lions Club would like to announce to the public that the Lions Mother’s Day Bingo which was postponed from May 13th is still on with an exciting line up of games this coming Saturday, June 17th at the Port St. Maarten Home Porting Building.
On Saturday evening, the public should drive to the Harbour Cruise facility in Point Blanche whereby they will be directed to the designated parking areas by security guards and St. Maarten Lions Club members in vests after which they will guided to the Home Porting Building where the bingo games will be played. Gates open at 7pm whereby the public can get there bingo cards, drinks, snacks and the bingo starts at 8pm sharp.
Tickets for the bingo can still be bought for $10 from any St. Maarten Lions Club member, at Van Dorp in Madame Estate, Big D’s Photo Studio on the Pondfill and at the Lions Den on Suckergarden Road on Saturday from 10am to 1pm only. A limited supply of bingo tickets will be available at the gate, so members of the public are urged to purchase their ticket in advance as only persons with valid tickets will be admitted to the facility where the bingo is being played. The facility seats 700 persons and a ticket guarantees the person a seat.
Some of the prizes that the public can win at the Lions Bingo are various vouchers for Kooyman Mega Store, weekend stays at Oyster Bay, Atrium Hotel, Summit Hotel, Sonesta Maho Resort and at a resort on Anguilla. Other bingo prizes are cellular phones, a tablet, various home appliances and vouchers for St. Maarten Cable TV, Caribbean Window Covering and numerous restaurants. Airline tickets at the bingo are for roundtrip tickets on PAWA any destination, WINAIR to Tortola and Antigua, Air Antilles to Puerto Rico and the Grand Prize is a round trip ticket to Amsterdam on KLM.  

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.

In addition to the spaces given to each school there are 5 open slots for general admission, any interested student within the age range can apply directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating why they should be selected to participate in this camp. Word limit is 100 words.

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.

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