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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Bigger, better bundle packages are in the works at UTS for its customers interested in postpaid services.

The company will soon introduce new plans that will bring its customers more of everything. More savings, more flexibility, more options, more bang for their buck and more services in one bundle package.

The new plans unite minutes, mobile internet and SMS to offer postpaid customers the best possible rate for all three of the staples of mobile service. The combination of all three elements allows you to get the most out of your phone and brings the customer much greater savings.

Simple concept

The simplicity and transparency of the plans is what makes the new plans so attractive. Customers can choose a combination of minutes, texts and mobile internet and can check how much they have used at any given time. This puts the customer in control of their mobile expenses. If they need more than they expected, they can always add additional minutes or mobile internet if needed. They also have the flexibility to switch to another plan that better suits their needs if they so desire. “Our new plans will truly change the way the customer experiences a subscription service on St. Maarten. The cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all plans will no longer be the norm. You design the plan that best suits YOU. This is a concept that derives from our vision as a company; which is to connect our customer to the things that are important to them; whether social media, entertainment or productivity, we can make it happen. These plans are an example of that commitment to the customer. Whether you’re looking for a low-commitment solution or if you’re a heavy user that spends hours daily using your phone; we have a plan to suit your needs.”

Available to new & existing customers

Customers with existing postpaid plans have already been informed of the upcoming introduction and have been informed of which plan they will automatically be transitioned to as the new plans will replace all older postpaid packages. “Our customers are happy to be moving to these new plans as it means more flexibility and more savings for them.” says Ivy Lambert, UTS Marketing & Communication officer. “ New customers are also welcome to sign up because these plans will appeal to anyone interested in maximum savings on their mobile costs” Lambert continues “ We especially encourage those who have been hearing about our lightning fast mobile internet and are thinking of making the switch to Chippie to do it now. Why wait to actually start getting more out of your mobile service?”

Available as of Monday, May 9th

The new plans will be available as of Monday, May 9th and the agents at the UTS stores in Philipsburg and Cole Bay are available to answer any questions on the new plans. The service center is also available for telephone inquiries at +1721 5881010 as of Monday, May 9th.”

Great Bay, St. Maarten  – The long-awaited African Flavor Night at the Festival Village has come and gone and organizers, the African Flavor Entertainment Foundation, have expressed satisfaction that for the first time at Carnival on St. Maarten people were able to dress in their African outfits and come out to a show that featured one of Africa’s best singing sensations, Bracket performing on the island for the first time.

            The line-up also included Trinidad’s soca maestro, Benjai in his first stage show on St. Maarten as well as home-grown talents, Oswald and King Timo whose only performance at this year’s carnival was at the African Flavor concert.

            “We want to thank the people of St. Maarten for their encouraging support,” said foundation president, Melissa Webster.

“We also want to thank all the artistes, including Roxy and the Nirvana dancers as well as DJs D’Arsenic of Godfather Sounds and DJ Jack, the Hot One and the sponsors. We have learnt quite a lot from this first show and promise to give St. Maarten an even more exciting and wonderful touch of African flavor should we have the opportunity to organize a show like this again,” she said.

“And oh, about the palm wine, as we announced, only the first 100 men could have gotten a taste of it. It looks like next time we will have to bring in a container-load to satisfy the thirst for this unique African drink,” Webster stated.

Revelers went straight from the African Flavor concert into J’Ouvert morning for what many consider the “largest” J’Ouvert ever on the island.

“Carnival is a time to free up and celebrate our culture. This is why we are happy that those who attended our concert were able to enjoy themselves and also jam in J’Ouvert,” Webster said.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Jamaican dancehall artiste has been freed after being arrested in Antigua and Barbuda Tuesday morning following his performance during Labour Day celebration.

Sources say the artiste was released after paying an undisclosed fine for resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. They also say the deejay was not officially charged.

The artiste was represented by Micheal Archibold, Lawrence Daniels and Jermaine Rhudd.

The conflict began earlier Tuesday morning when a number of supporters climbed onto the stage during Popcaan’s performance and a police officer began removing them.

However, while the police were carrying out their duty, “Popcaan” got in the way of an officer, barring him from carrying out his duty.

A number of patrons resorted to throwing missiles, causing injuries to bystanders.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Jamaican Dancehall artiste Popcaan found himself in hot water during his performance in Antigua on Monday night.

According to reports, the artiste was taken in custody after a premature end to a concert the deejay was booked for here.

Popcaan was arrested after an ‘altercation’ with a police officer. A police statement said he is likely to be charged with Assault and Battery of a Police Officer; Obstructing a Police Officer and disorderly conduct.

Reports also stated that fans have since gathered at police station where Popcaan is currently being held.Sources says fans are chanting ‘Free Popcaan’

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Simpson Bay Resort held another festive carnival parade for guests on Tuesday, attracting over twice the number of participants of last week’s pioneering event.

Around 30 revelers – this time including regular carnival-season visitors from Curaçao and Aruba – took part, continuing the fête throughout the evening at the poolside.

The troupe donned an array of authentic costumes, and was joined by dancers, hotel staff, and signature local entertainers – Generation New Status drum band and Funtopia stilt-walkers and living statues.

Joyce Ann Thompson from Michigan, United States (right, foreground), was named ‘Ms. Simpson Bay’ after each reveler had one last chance to show their spirit, ‘crossing the stage’ to Soca amid crowd cheering.

Thompson has been visiting the island annually for 31 years, usually during carnival season.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – A brand new Mazda Sedan 2 motor car is the first prize in TelCell’s I Am Carnival SMS promotion which officially comes to an end at 4:00 pm, today (Tuesday May 3).

The winner will be the TelCell subscriber who sent the most SMS messages during the promotion, to claim the top prize.

Six other winners will also be chosen, based on the number of texts they also sent.

Included in the list of other prizes are: a 55" Flat Screen TV, HP  Laptop, iPad Air, Samsung S6, iPhone 6s and a iPhone 6s Plus.

TelCell says the winners will be announced by phone number only just before the burning of King Momo on Tuesday night, and contest organizers are asking everyone who entered the contest to be present for the official announcements.

A St. Maarten-based Notary will also be present to notarize each phone number assigned to the prizes, also on the Tuesday night.

TelCell takes this opportunity to thank everyone who entered the SMS promotion for a chance to win these outstanding prizes and bring a rewarding end to its carnival campaign 2016.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Thousands of revelers accompanied by some 15 bands and DJs took to the streets in what is described as one of the largest ever Jouvert mornings on St. Maarten.

The event, which started from the Salt Pickers Round About at approximately 4:15 Wednesday morning onto the Sucker Garden Road and went around the Great Salt Pond, ended at around 11:30 am.

However, this year’s event did not end without a few minor incidents, which were immediately dealt with by the police. Speaking to our news department, director of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, Michael Granger told us that they were quite pleased with the participation of revelers in this year’s Jouvert morning.

The SCDF director is also happy with the participation of the many local bands in the jump up. This year, unlike previous years, Jouvert morning was only opened to local bands.

The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation is now looking forward to the International Reggae Show to take place tonight, Sabor Latino on Friday, the junior parade on Saturday, followed by the Grand Parade, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Social & Health Insurances congratulates staff member ‘Shakiya’ in winning the crown last night during the The Nagico Senior Calypso Finals; the first Calypso Queen in 47 years of Carnival on Sint Maarten.

‘Shakiya’ took part in the competition with the songs “I am talking to you” and “None better than the rest”.

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten –  Saturday’s TelCell Night of the Hit Makers flagship carnival event has been hailed a “huge success” by the company’s commercial chief, Brian Mingo and also by hundreds of music fans who attended the event.

Thousands turned out at the Festival Village on the night of the event all decked-out in Night of the Hit Makers T-shirts and sporting the company’s promotional red colours.

“It was a great and successful night, for which we want to thank members of the public, TelCell’s loyal customers, our team of volunteers and especially the promoter, “Mr. Rude” for doing another fantastic job of bringing top class entertainment to St. Maarten,” said TelEm Group Chief Commercial Officer, Brian Mingo in an invited comment Monday.

He said during the concert itself and from the start of this week, he has been receiving nothing but praise from people who attended the event and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

“It was good to see people in our community from all walks of life sharing the dance floor and just losing themselves in the enjoyment of the moment, which leaves us very proud to have sponsored and hosted such a prestige event at this year’s Carnival,” continued Mr. Mingo.

He is especially grateful to members of staff who worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the event and on the show night itself, making sutre that it turned out to be the success it was.

The sentiments were also expressed by promoter, Berteaux “Mr. Rude” Fleming, of Xtratight Enternment, who said Saturday’s success is the result of his excellent partnership with TelCell and also because of the support of St. Maarten music fans and members of the public, without whom there would be no show.

“I keep saying our relationship and partnership with TelCell is like St. Maarten’s best Guavaberry - the longer it soaks, the better it is,” said the promoter.

“Kes the Band was outstanding, so was Jean Marc and our own Control Band really had everyone rocking – in fact all the performers just took our show to another level so that we can start preparing for year five and reach another level still,” continued “Mr. Rude”.

He once again thanked music fans and the general public for their support, also his own team and the TelCell team who collaborated seamlessly once again to Make another Hit Night.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is gearing up to host what it expects to be “spectacular parades and an epic Jouvert”.

The foundation has scheduled three parades back-to-back-to-back over the weekend and a Jouvert that will take its traditional route around the Great Salt Pond.

The SCDF also explained that the Junior Carnival Parade will be held on Saturday, April 30 and, as announced prior, reminded the public that it move along a different route than usual. It will begin at 3:00pm from Le Gran Marche, move down Bush Road, over Prins Bernard Bridge and move straight to Carnival Village along the Walter Nisbeth Road (Pondfill). So the Junior Parade will not take Frontstreet.

The SCDF explained that after the experience it had with children in the parade and extensive heat in 2015, it was decided to separate the parade from the adults as well as start a little later in the day, along a route that’s open and spacious.

“It’s cooler for the children and allows quicker access to them in case of any medical situation. We needed to put the children in a situation where the heat is less of a factor and they are comfortable. This was our main concern,” SCDF Director Mike Granger said, adding that once the parade gets to the Village, the day continues with activities in the Village for children. SCDF’s annual Village Cook-Up, a cooking competition between booth holders, will also be held that same day on stage. The Junior Carnival parade will feature 7 troupes, 5 floats and 8 individual pieces.

~ Kids parade route along Pondfill ~

The Grand Carnival Parade on May 1 and May 2, will take the traditional route: It begins at St. John’s Estate at 10:00am, moves down L.B. Scott Road, down Bush Road, over Prins Bernard Bridge, turn at the intersection popularly known as “old Van Dorp”, pass Vlaun and Sons, up Frontstreet, Emmaplein, pass the round-about at Sundial school and end at Carnival Village. The Grand Carnival parade will feature nine troupes, 20 individual pieces, 4 road pieces (individuals on wheels) and two floats.

“We have some new troupe leaders and some returning troupe leaders. It has not been an easy year for many (financially), but we appreciate the effort that they have put forward in getting their troupes on the road,” Granger said.

As for Jouvert, Granger explained that once again St. Maarten has attracted a number of visitors to the island specifically for Carnival’s largest road event. “We have approximately 500 people who are on island for Jouvert alone,” he said. Coupled with the passion residents have for this jump-up, Granger said the SCDF is expecting another “epic event.”

Jouvert Morning Jump-Up will feature 22 vehicles, 15 of which are band/dj's. The rest are beverage trucks, water trucks and others.

Jouvert will start in the area on the Salt Pickers round-about on Pondfill, move in the direction of Suckergarden, take Arch Road, Illidge Road, Pondfill and end at Carnival Village. There is also several surprises along the Jouvert route including a “a whole lot of water and paint.”

“We have put a lot of work into our parades and Jouvert. The Jouvert troupes will be out in full force and the trucks are fully decked out this year. The parades and Jouvert are the highlights of the schedule. We look forward to having good, clean, safe fun with resident revelers as well as our visitors,” Granger concluded.

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