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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Two entertainers from St. Maarten have been nominated for the 8th annual Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards.

The two singers are Roxy and Shawn J. Shawn J has been nominated for six (6) categories, while Roxy is recognized for 5 categories.

Those categories are among others, Holy Hip Hop/Alternative Gospel CD of the year, Urban Contemporary Female Vocalist of the year, Alternative Christian Song of the year – “Shake it Off” and Urban/R and B Song of the year.

The musical awards ceremony is slated to be held on Saturday June 25th 2016 at 7 pm at the Downtown Cannon Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Speaking to our news department an excited Roxy told us that she is happy to have been nominated for the event. She remarked:

“To have been able to be nominated for an award that is not locally, actually it’s in the US, it’s an honor.”

She is also urging the community at large to support her in her quest by voting online and follow the instructions.


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Presenting the final contestants in the Little Miss St.Martin 2015.

Contestant # 3 :Introducing Princess Gabriëlle Brooks Ellis, your lovely contestant no # 3. Princess Gabriëlle is a student of the M.A.C. Browlia Maillard Campus.
Her favorite subject is Mathematics. She enjoys dancing and gymnastics. Princess Gabriëlle , future aspirations is to become a professional dancer. Bring your colors and your cheers for these lovely contestants on November 1,2015 at the Philipsburg Culture 4pm sharp.
Reshanty Samboe contestant 4
Contestant # 4 :Introducing our final princess, the lovely contestant # 4 Princess Reshanty Samboe. Princess Reshanty is a student of the Sister Magda School. Her favorite is Mathematics.
Her future aspirations is to become a Doctor or a lawyer. Her hobbies are singing and dancing.

MARIGOT/PHILIPSBURG - Every day hundreds of people are finding the courage to pursue a potential spouse. Social media has made the search even more thrilling and for the first time ever, St. Martin will harness the power of the internet to bring compatible people together.

After months of hardwork and dedication, Caribbean Christian Dating (CCD) is delighted to announce to its official website launch:, inspired by the breathtaking beauty of St. Martin, panorama of fused cultures here and the conviction that the island is the perfect launchpad for unity to come alive in diversity.

CCD is here to connect men and women who are serious about pursuing strong Godly relationships and friendships. This is the fastest growing and only faith based dating network in the Region with anti-scam protection, verified profiles, live chat and 24 hrs customer support.

It’s an exciting project that is attracting the attention of many, who are pleasantly surprised by groovy website layout, privacy options and user friendliness, presenting a powerful tool right at your fingertips, in the comfort of your home, office or cozy space.

CCD, in real time, helps you find God’s match for your life and can be accessed by visiting to upload your profile and connect with other like-minded individuals who have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Find us on Facebook at: Caribbean Christian Dating.

Founder, Emalie Questel said that the team at Caribbean Christian Dating is currently working on several projects such as The Dating Show on dating effectively and a Singles Seminar with the hope that every single person can find their God-given spouse or match.

Acting as a soft launch, CCD will host a social movie night on Friday November 20 at 7:30 pm at 127 Rue de Hollande in Marigot. This gathering of singles will feature the movie: I’m In Love with a Church Girl and while admission is free, snack items will be on sale.

Bored out of your wits? Then log on to CCD, its free and its fun! If you know you want a Christian partner; then join this niche site. Having common values is the foundation for a lasting relationship.

“We would encourage everyone to look for partners who have the same cultural and spiritual/religious background. CCD is one of the best ways to do this. God challenges us to seek and find,” Questel added.

Online dating through Caribbean Christian Dating targets its users through a self-selecting experience. This premise is based on the belief that Christianity is central to whom a person is and, therefore, the driving force behind what Christians look for in a potential mate.

Interested individuals can sign up on the website for free. The website’s staff takes great strides to make sure its online community is safe while using its features.

In addition to manually reviewing all profile text and photos submitted by members, CCD has created other methods to ensure the website remains safe. It identifies flagged profiles with concerning material and eliminates fraudulent activity.

Caribbean Christian Dating is new… it’s fresh… it’s exciting and it’s here to stay. So come experience the difference!

Mix and Mingle for Christian Singles is the sister organization of Caribbean Christian Dating with the purpose of organizing meet and greet retreats, socialization and pen pal; mix and mingle The general public is invited to sign up for membership also

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Little Miss St.Martin contestants, Queen Trinity Christina and Pageant Director, Ms. Nzinga Lake got the opportunity to speak candidly to Ms. Beverly Hyman, the host of Prime Time with Beverly about their experiences being in the pageant and preparations leading up to the big event slated for Sunday November 1 at the Philipsburg Cultural center, 4-7pm.
The interview will be aired today Wednesday Oct 27th at 8:30pm on channel 115, St.Maarten Cable TV.
"We would like to thank Ms. Hyman, Leslie and team for their continuous support and we are encouraging everyone to tune in said Ms. Nzinga Lake.
Prime Time with Beverly is one of St.Maarten's longest running local program.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Zoological & Botanical Garden Foundation is proud to be collaborating with the St Dominic High IB Year 1 students for our annual Boo At The Zoo Halloween party.

Boo At The Zoo will be a spooky but fun-filled evening for children and adults of all ages. Since the St. Maarten Zoo couldn’t host Boo at the Zoo last year due to the damage received from Hurricane Gonzalo, this year’s event will be the biggest and best thus far, especially with the assistance of St. Dominic High School IB Year 1 students!

Adults and children alike can have fun getting freaked out on the scary, haunted walk through the Zoo. Along the way, visitors will be met with surprises of all kinds, including grab boxes in which the contents are unknown until you put your hand inside. We will also be having a small bonfire, for roasting marshmallows while listening to scary stories. Entertainment will be provided by TriologySoundz.

Please come on down and celebrate Halloween with us this Friday, October 30, 2015 at the St. Maarten Zoo in Madame Estate. Gates open at 5:30pm and the party will continue until 9:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 if you are in costume, but $10 if you are not in costume. Adults are encouraged to wear costumes as well!

Should you wish to purchase your tickets in advance or have any questions regarding this event, please contact Public Relations Officer of the Board, Mrs. Caisha Evans at tel. 527-3530 and/or contact us by emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BES Islands - The Dutch Caribbean Pearls (Pearls DC) event aims to celebrate successes and Dutch Caribbean role models living in the Netherlands.

Stichting Ocan, the foundation responsible for organizing the DC Pearls event, wants to represent Dutch Caribbean people for an equal chance to reach their full potential.

The 4th edition of the Dutch Caribbean Pearls Gala & Award Show will take place on the 7th of November 2015.

The winners will be announced during a spectacular award show at the Party- & Convention Center Doelarie in Rotterdam. The 33 nominees in the seven categories are online at the website of DC Pearls (

As with previous years, the show will be held in the city of Rotterdam. The city of Rotterdam is an important financier of the DC Pearls project. Other sponsors this year are Stichting Studiefinanciering Curaçao, Stichting Passaat, and online radio Fruzitime.

DC Connect

Preceding the gala and award show will be the Dutch Caribbean Connect; A networking event where the nominees will be able to connect with other high profile VIP’s from the Dutch & Dutch Caribbean community.

In previous years the DC Connect has featured Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb and Minister Plenipotentiaries from the various Dutch Caribbean islands.

The Event

The award show kicks off at 8:30pm and there will be various acts and performances filling the night such as; the dance group Afrokiddos and inspirational speaker, Shandrick Elodia.

Well know bands NSTYPLY and K’RIBE will be live on stage for an evening of Caribbean fun. St. Maarten’s very own DJ Spy, who is among the nominees this year, will also have a performance as well as DJ Sky from Aruba. A judging panel of well experienced professionals from each category will select the winners based on a predefined criteria.

There will be one winner for each of the 7 categories namely:Music & Entertainment, Science, Community, Student, Sport, Entrepreneurship and Art & Literature.

Nominees per island

This year there is one nominee for Bonaire, and one for St. Eustatius, non other than International Reggae artist, Ziggi Ricardo. From Saba there are 2 nominees this year, one each in the Student and Art & Literature categories. St Maarten, with 6 nominees has more than Aruba this year, who has 5 nominees, while Curaçao comes in with 18 nominees.

The nominees from Aruba also include 12 year old Lisa Hoeverts in the Sport category. Lisa was born in the Netherlands, and her parents are from Aruba. “Usually there would be exceptions for older nominees.

However, this time we were happy to make an exception for this young talent!” said Ramses Petronia, project manager of DC Pearls. Besides the fact that Lisa has had outstanding athletic results in the past year, the DC Pearls team believes it is important to look at the younger generation as well. Mr Petronia also mentioned that “the nominees are not just recognized for their success and input. OCaN sees these ‘pearls’ as role models for others in the community.”

Most Outstanding Pearl

Aside from the winners in the various categories, all the nominees are competing against each other for the additional “Most Outstanding Pearl” award which is selected based on an open poll system. Friends, family, supporters and the general public are invited to vote for their favorite Pearl by visiting the DCPearls website ( The voting for the Most Outstanding Pearl 2015 is now open.

According to the project manager, Ramses Petronia “This year there is a much broader representation of all the different islands. Not just in terms of nominees, but including the organizing team as well”.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The reigning Queen Trinity, the contestants of the Little Miss St.Martin Pageant 2015 and Director Ms. Nzinga Lake paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Culture, the honorable Minister Mrs. Bourne-Gumbs on Friday October 23, 2015.
The Minister was introduced the 3 lovely contestants and  briefed on the final preparations leading into the pageant slated for Sunday Nov 1, 2015 at the Philipsburg Cultural center.
Ms. Nzinga Lake, Pageant director on behalf of the contestants, Queen Trinity personally invited the Minister and her cabinet to attend the pageant in honor of St.Maarten/ St.Martin's day.
A surprise gift of a flower arrangement and a Happy Birthday song was sang to the Minister in advance for her bday slated ( Monday October 26th).

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -Introducing Princess Jerinelle Louisa , your lovely contestant # 2. Princess Jerinelle 9yrs, a student of Sister Marie Laurence school and she loves to sing, dance and reading. Her future aspiration is to become a Teacher or a Nurse.

Both contestants are encouraging the community to come out in huge numbers in support of their upcoming pageant slated for Sunday Nov 1, 2015 at the Philipsburg Cultural Center, Back street at 4pm sharp.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is reminding the general population and Carnival stakeholders in particular that registration for the 2016 Carnival season closes on November 1, 2015. The SCDF opened registration on September 1 for all aspects of Carnival.

With the exception of troupes, once registration is closed, there will be no extending of the deadline for any area of Carnival. The SCDF will then continue with Carnival 2016 much earlier than customary in order to facilitate a number of initiatives over the next few months.

“Early preparation leads to better execution. We have followed this mantra for the past few years and it has been working good for us.

Folks simply need to get a form for whatever Carnival activity they wish to engage in, fill it in and return it to us,” the SCDF said, adding that general meeting with Carnival stakeholders will commence after November 1.

Registration forms can be collected from the SCDF office at #60E Illidge Road (above WIB branch) or can be requested digitally be emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - For first time since being renamed after a St. Maarten Lions Club legend, the “Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo Spectacular 2015” is scheduled for Saturday December 5th at the Festival Village in Philipsburg.
The St. Maarten Lions Club 1st Vice President, Lion Davey Woods of the Bingo Organizing Committee stated: “Planning and preparations for the annual Lions Christmas Bingo are well underway and we are happy to announce this to the general public exactly two months ahead of the date of the event. Bingo tickets will be available in a few weeks and can be purchased from any of our St. Maarten Lions Club members or at the Lions Civic Centre in Suckergarden”.  
He further stated, ”The price per ticket has remained the same: US$10.- or ANG 20.- and it entitles you to one(1) bingo card. There will be numerous chances to win prizes, including: Overloaded Christmas Baskets, Electronics, dinners at participating restaurants, travel vouchers to various destinations and a grand prize of Santa Bag which is US$ 1,000 cash money.
The business community will be asked to assist the Christmas Bingo by donating baskets and other prizes. For all those who enjoy hearing Lion Wally Havertong sound-off the numbers while asking if “anybody bingo?”, we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance and arrive on time as we are slated to begin at 8pm sharp at the Festival Village.”
The Lions Club of St. Maarten admits that this is one of the most loved signature projects that the club holds on annual basis and also it’s biggest fundraiser.
The Lions Christmas Bingo is not only a fun game for the entire family and friends, it also offers opportunities to win prizes which are in tune with what a winner would need during the Christmas Season, and even more so, it is the most important project to the club because the proceeds are used to touch so many in our community that require assistance throughout the Lionistic year. 
The community at large is welcome and the St. Maarten Lions Club is in full gear to ensure that the “Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo Spectacular 2015” is enjoyed by all.
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