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Apr 17th
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PHILIPSBURG:--- On Thursday the Rotary Club of St. Maarten announced a multi year public awareness campaign, Tourism is Our Business, in an effort build a greater understanding amongst all members of our community of what makes our economic engine work. According to Maria Buncamper-Molanus, President of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, "Depending on which study you look at, somewhere between 80% and 90% of every dollar spent on St. Maarten comes from the tourism industry. That means everyone who lives and works here relies on tourism to earn a living. So, who needs tourists? We do! Remember, wherever you work, wherever you play, wherever you go to school, tourism is our business".

This multi year campaign was launched at the Rotary Club of St. Maarten's weekly luncheon meeting at Divi Little Bay Resort, with an address from St. Maarten's Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs, the Honorable Ted Richardson. Mr. Richardson, told the members of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, "We are all St. Maarten, we all need tourists. I love Sint Maarten and we all need to let our visitors know they are important and we want them to come back and visit our island year round. You said it best with your campaign, tourism is our business."

Mrs. Buncamper went on to explain, "I am pleased to kick off this multi year campaign. This might just be one of the most important projects ever taken on by this Rotary Club. So, be prepared to be reminded about the importance of tourism everywhere you turn. I also want to thank MNO, our primary sponsor, for this all important awareness campaign. With out their support, none of this would be possible, so on behalf of our club, please accept a big thank you from all of us".

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:28 )



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PHILIPSBURG:--- On Wednesday April 16th, Princess Juliana International Airport was abuzz with reporters, photographers and TV-crew's for the arrival of mysterious megastar and socialite 'Kim Fundashian'. Her glamorously staged appearance signaled the kickoff of Fun Miles biggest campaign yet: 'Fun Miles Millionaire'. This campaign, which will run until December 1st, offers new and existing cardholders the chance to win no less than one million Fun Miles, thereby becoming an instant Fun Miles Millionaire. Kim Fundashian is the campaign's spokeswoman. She exemplifies the 'rich & famous' Fun Miles Millionaire lifestyle and will be involved in many exciting activities, events and surprises during the campaign. Thanks to this campaign, there has never been a more attractive moment to become a Fun Miles cardholder.

Who will become St. Maarten first Fun Miles Millionaire?
Participating couldn't be easier. Anyone who actively uses a Fun Miles card will automatically participate in the raffle of 1,000,000 Fun Miles that will take place in December 2014. The more a cardholder swipes, the more his or her chances of winning will increase.

A highly desirable prize
The grand prize of 1,000,000 Fun Miles is highly desirable. It will enable the winner to truly live like a Fun Miles Millionaire by going on luxurious trips, doing some lavish home improvement, going on wild shopping sprees, and doing a myriad of other fun things offered by Fun Miles' partners, which are St. Maarten leading companies.

But wait, there's more
The Fun Miles Millionaire campaign will feature activities, additional prizes and all-out fun throughout the year. Special bumper and card stickers will be distributed, and cardholders spotted with these stickers will be able to win prizes on the spot. A Fun Miles Millionaire Crew will cruise around the island with Kim Fundashian and a camera crew to play fun games with instant prizes. There will be radio call-in games, Facebook contests, and more. Kim Fundashian will represent Fun Miles at major events, coming up you can meet her during the Carnival International Show and of course not forgetting the Fun Expo: the successful annual gathering that celebrates all things of Fun Miles has to offer for you.

Now is the time to become a Fun Miles cardholder
Joining Fun Miles has never been more attractive, and is incredibly easy. A welcome package, which includes the card plus clear and simple instructions, is available at all Fun Miles partners and at the Fun Miles offices in Cay Hill for only $6. Note that this is a one-time administration fee. Beyond those $6, Fun Miles will never charge cardholders for anything else. Saving, redeeming and enjoying Fun Miles is completely free.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:10 )

UTS supports St. Peters Community Council.

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UTS supports St. Peters Community Council.

PHILIPSBURG:--- UTS has put its full support behind the St. Peters Community Council in its endeavor to hold an Easter Party on Saturday, April 19. The event is being held for the children of the St. Peters neighborhood as well as those living in a children's home in the district. With its support, UTS is contributing with a monetary donation, which will cover the entire budget for the event. "We are happy to support this initiative, as it promises to entertain and delight the children of St. Peters. We want to do our part in bringing a wholesome and safe activity to children over the long Easter weekend. UTS wishes everyone a pleasant and peaceful Easter weekend," said UTS Marketing & Communication Officer, Ivy Lambert. The Easter party will be held at the Rupert Maynard Community Center on Saturday, April 19.

UTS Press Release

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:01 )

U 2 Can Move "Walkercize" to be held in Honor of Calypso Barbara.

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U 2 Can Move

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams will be hosting a special commemorated 'walkercize' in memory of the late 'Calypso' Barbara Althea Nesbitt. The Prime Minister stated that the walk is being held in order to remember Calypso Barbara's positive energy during many of the U 2 Can Move Fitness campaigns; "This is not just a regular walk, or a walk-a-thon as such, but this is a walkercize rather that is dedicated to the memory of Calypso Barbara. The late Calypso Barbara was a member of the U 2 Can Move family and until she got ill she was an avid supporter and participant in especially our Zumba events. That is why on Saturday morning starting at six at the Grand Marche we will be having a walkercize/Zumba walk accompanied by the Generation New Status Drum Band in dedicated to Calypso Barbara. The Route of the walk will start at the Grand Marche down the Bush Road to the Longwall Road, Front Street, Emma Plein, Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard to the Walther Nisbeth Road to the Government Building where a nice breakfast will be served. I encourage the whole community to take part in this event specially dedicated to the memory of Calypso Barbara," stressed Prime Minister Wescot-Williams.

From the Cabinet of the Prime Minister

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 April 2014 22:51 )

Story Time on the Environment this Saturday at the Library.

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Story Time on the Environment this Saturday at the Library.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be hosting its weekly, Saturday, story time at 11:00am on Saturday, April 19.
Every Saturday, the library conducts story time sessions for visiting children. Both Joseanne Peterson and Lysandra William are the coordinators for the Saturday story times sessions and have been volunteering their time for this project since January.
Storyteller and writer, Don Jones, a visitor to the island, will be reading from his children's books consisting of three short stories called "The Adventure of the Wizard & His Friends". "My wife, Jane and I have been coming to St. Maarten for 10 years and asked our friend, Richard, where we could do a reading for local children. We sent an e-mail to the library and it went from there. It is our goal in life to give back as much as we can and help the children understand the effects of global warming and other destructive habits of the human race", remarked Jones.
This Saturday's story will show how the Wizards and his friends are faced with some of the problems facing the environment and what needs to be done to save it.
The next story time session will be in May.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 April 2014 22:07 )

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