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POND ISLAND, St. MaartenTelEm Group mobile provider TelCell is giving away a brand new Hyundai i20 motor car as the First Prize of its latest SMS text campaign.

From now until May 2nd, anyone can text the word “CARNIVAL” to 7777 for a chance to win the grand prize courtesy of Motorworld, and many other super prizes available including: $50 weekly Top-Up for a year, One year internet subscription, an iPhone 7 Plus and a Sumsung7 Edge courtesy of TelCell, and a 55” Smart TV and other prizes courtesy of electronics store, Boolchand’s.

“We received thousands of SMS texts from customers and members of the public who wanted to win the motor car prize last year and we expect even more texts this year for this brand new 2017 model i20,” said TelEm Manager, Marketing & Sales, Grisha Marten, who is also reminding those sending texts each text will cost $1 for each chance to win.

Grisha has also informed that the winning name is chosen totally at random, so anyone and everyone has a chance to win, she said the lucky winner of the top prize will not only be receiving the key this year, but also six months of gas courtesy of Texaco, a Hyundai L575 cellphone and a pulse watch.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Popular Carnival festivities organizer ‘Nothin’ But Alcohol’ (NBA) will be joining forces with Rio Productions this year and will form an integral part of the Lighted Parade, lighting up the nighttime sky of Philipsburg on Saturday, April 1st 2017 .

NBA has come on board with Rio in order to further enhance the participant experience and to grow the parade exponentially compared to previous years. The popular group, which has become known for its’ fun-time J’ouvert morning troupe, has grown to well over 1000 participants over the years. “Teaming up with Rio Productions for the Lighted Parade has been something which we have considered for a few years already, and this year, we got together to make it happen.”.

The musical entertainment for the road will be a combination of bands and some of the Island’s most popular DJ’s. Back by popular demand will be the Small Axe Band and joining them on the road will be the Grand Masters Band both of which are bands out of St.Kitts. The 2016 parade was a great success, in part, due to the addition of Soggy Dollar Bar. This year Kurt Lukkert, known in the industry as “DJ Bossman” , will not disappoint as he will be adding new features and stepping up the look of his lighted “Rolls Royce”. Ever popular, DJ Outkast, will be rocking his road jams on the Upper Deck of the bandwagon for the night.

PHILIPSBURG,  St. Maarten – Theatre-lovers flocking to the opening night of Albina Matuzko’s production of Behind the Beyond (now playing at the National Institute of Arts Black Box Theatre, John Larmonie Center, Longwall Road) hadn’t really counted on getting a “twofer” when they sat down, ready to see the show unfold.

For the uninitiated, a “twofer” is simply a term of phrase, not literary, nor grammatical, and certainly not of theatrical root. It merely stands for the rewarding act of giving or receiving - two for the price of one.

It turns out that our theatre-goers, unbeknownst to them were not only holding tickets for the premiere of the much heralded “fake” send-up of a Stephen Leacock classic, Behind the Beyond, but also to a Reggae party that, quite unfortunately, was also taking place next door – effectively and annoyingly disturbing the latter part of the show.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - P.E.P (Patrol to Eradicate Pedophilia and Child Molestation) president Mhakeda Shillingford , would like to first of all thank Michael Granger and the St. Maarten Carnival Development Committee for the opportunity last year to combine and host the Carnival Youth Extravaganza in collaboration with the Pep Showdown.

Pep Showdown was our first annual show featuring high schools and their artistic directors portraying their message against child abuse and molestation in song, dance and drama. We also had our French vs Dutch annual DJ completion.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - President of Rio Productions Ms. Brenda Wathey officially announced on Monday, February 20th 2017 that Rio Productions will be participating in the 2017 Carnival Day Parade, which will take place on May 1st and May 2nd in Sint Maarten.

“Secrets”, the name of the Troupe, is being limited to approximately 100 participants divided into several sections, will parade through the streets of the Philipsburg in glamorous costumes inspired by the well-known “Victoria Secrets” runway show.

Ms. Brenda Wathey described these “winged” costumes as “absolute master pieces which are being produced by the some of the most seasoned costume designers in our region”. Wathey further went on to say “…I am grateful for the continued support of our corporate sponsors despite the very tough economic times on the Island”.

FRENCH QUARTER, Saint Martin - Local gospel artist, The Apostle, has been nominated for the annual Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards.
The Apostle, known as Andre “Avelin” Webster is well known within the gospel community as an Apostle and Pastor of Love & Grace Fellowship church; vocalist and instrumentalist. The Apostle began his music career at a very young age and hails from a family that has a music background. His hit single “Thank Him in everything” became quickly popular and paved the path for his debut album “Kingdom Day” which was launched in November, 2015. The “Kingdom Day” album launching event was hailed a huge success giving the Apostle a major boost in his music career.
As a result, the Apostle is nominated in four (4) categories, namely Alternative Christian Gospel CD of the year, Rhythm and Praise CD of the Year, Urban Contemporary Male Vocalist, and International Artist of the Year representing St. Martin.

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - CC1 St. Maarten, the exclusive distributor of Coca Cola®, the world’s number one beverage, will again release a limited edition 12 oz can, imprinted with the St. Maarten Carnival Logo. This one of a kind Coca Cola® Can will express a new slogan; “Experience Carnival with Coca Cola”. The reveler image is also different from last year, making it a collectible item. “As promised last year, CC1 is providing St. Maarten consumers with their own Coca Cola Carnival collectable, said Trade Marketing Coordinator; Agnetha Huijting.

" The Carnival Foundation is once again delighted that Coca Cola has chosen to feature St. Maarten's Carnival on its iconic cans. The response we received last year from visitors in the region and around the world was beyond expectations. To have our festival associated with the biggest beverage brand in the world, shows confidence in our Carnival product and offers us a marketing vehicle not easily matched. We are very proud to be partnering with Coca Cola for Carnival 2017." said Director of SCDF; Michael Granger.

Consumers can purchase their 2017 Limited Edition Coca Cola® Can at major retailers across the island starting the second week of February. The plan is to distribute these cans over a period of 3 months until the beginning of May 2017.

CC1 St. Maarten will be giving away more than 20 Carnival Season passes again this year which permits a winner and a friend to access the Festival Village for the entire carnival season. For additional information or a chance to win, look for “Win A Carnival Season Pass For You and A Friend” in supermarkets island-wide.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) have chosen troupe leader Jasmine Philips, costume builder Alberto Brooks and long-time sponsor Nagico Insurance as its Carnival 2017 Honorees. The foundation, on an annual basis, selects three individuals/companies to honor for their overall and sustained contributions to carnival. With Carnival stakeholders spread far and wide, the foundation is never short on possible persons to honor.

Three three honorees chosen this year are mainstays in Carnival and, according to the SCDF, is firmly entrenched as part of the overall Carnival brand. In troupe leader Jasmine Philips, the foundation is honoring not just a troupe leader, but someone whose passion is Carnival and who sacrifices personally to ensure that come what may, she is part of the festivities.

Her “Survivors” troupes, both children and adults, participates in the parades every year without missing a step. She has won several troupe and costumed individual awards over the years and, according to the SCDF, seems to be getting better and more creative with her troupes every year. Besides Survivors, Philips has also made her name as a queen pageant chaperone, taking responsibility for at least two contestants annually, sometimes more.

“Jasmine and Survivors are such a big part of Carnival, we can’t imagine the festival without them. Her contributions and participation go back decades and, most importantly, it’s consistent which shows a true love for Carnival. She is always there. She has a big heart, always willing to help the foundation when we ask and assist pageant contestants out-of-pocket. She sacrifices to put her troupes on the road and is a Carnival lover through-and-through. There are not many people more deserving to be honored for their contribution to Carnival than Jasmine Philips,” the SCDF said.

The second honoree is costume builder Alberto Brooks whose costumes have won countless awards and are featured in everything from queen pageants to individual road pieces. Brooks, himself a parade reveler once, is also the architect behind the King Momo statue that is burnt at the end of Carnival festivities. He also makes all of the crowns worn by Junior and Senior Calypso and Roadmarch winners.

He too, said the SCDF, personally gives back to Carnival by helping others when sponsorship scarce and takes great pride in seeing his costumes on display. “When Alberto stopped reveling in the parades he devoted all of his time to assisting participants of the Dutch and French Carnival festivities. His artwork goes a lot deeper than just the large costumes. He makes all sorts of festive hats and outfits for the regular onlooker and constructs floats when asked. He has placed his stamp on Carnival for years and we think it is beyond time he is recognized for it,” the SCDF said.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) over the weekend stressed to persons registered for a season pass and booth holders who have been allotted a booth, that March 1 is their deadline to pay all fees.

Booth holders and season pass registrants each had five months to pay the fees, with installments as an option. The SCDF said that should they fail to pay all fees by March 1, they will lose the opportunity to operate a booth and obtain a season pass for the Carnival 2017 season.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – The All-New Z105.1 FM “Just the Hitz” launches their new “classic hits” format, along with a new website,  Additionally, Z105.1 introduces Fresh Air In The Morning with Dr. Soc, which airs weekdays from 7 AM – 11 AM on both Z105.1 FM and Island 92 (91.9) FM. 

Listeners around the globe can tune in online at Z105.1 Program Manager, Eric Boyer stated, “The All-New Z105.1 ‘Just The Hitz’ is all about HITS, the Classic Hits, focusing on the hot hits from the late 1970’s through the early 1990’s. From disco to Michael Jackson, Madonna to The Cure, if it was hit, we play it.  After many years of analysis, our research revealed an untouched slot in the market for this variety of music and we are more than happy to bring our new format to listeners in an environment of far fewer commercials where it’s all about ‘Just The Hitz”.

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