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Island News

Rio Productions Lights Up Streets With Parade

PHILIPSBURG--Carnival lovers jammed and jumped in the fifth annual Rio “Lightin’ Up de Road” parade on Saturday evening.  The streets were lighted with pink and green shirts behind Fantastic 4 (former Burning Flames) band and Small Axe Band. Fantastic 4 are pioneers of soca music and famous in the entire Caribbean and North America for their top-quality music and outstanding performances. The theme for the 2016 Lightin Up De Road parade was “The Clash of the Titans,” chosen was because two famous Caribbean bands performed on the road for one night.  Several costumes were also part of the parade while hundreds of spectators enjoyed the private jump-up. New this year was the Rio Village where the participants and spectators could meet to enjoy great music and enjoy local dishes.

Island Water World (IWW) Wins At St. Barths

Team Island Water World from St. Maarten won the Melges 24 one design class at the La Voile de St. Barths Sailboat Regatta over the weekend.  Team GFA from Martinique finished second and Team Gill from St. Maarten was third.  “In difficult conditions of light wind and strong currents it was a question of good tactics and weather knowledge to edge out the competition,” said Bus.  Several other St. Maarten boats competed in the regatta that attracts many top sailors from around the world.

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Carnival Village Officially Opens With Big Jump Up

Carnival Village officially opened on April 15th 2016, signalling the start of the jump-up. No Limit, 4M HD, DJ Pauly, Wicked Boys and Band Clash winners XP Band were the bands involved in the large jump-up. Thousands jumped alongside each other with minimal incidents.   Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Irania Arrindell handed over the symbolic key to the village to St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) President and Director Michael Granger to signify the opening of the Village and Carnival season. Main sponsors TelEm and International Liquors and Tobacco Trading (ILTT) were also present during the opening.  The Village will be occupied every night for the next two weeks with a different event for the public.

St. Martin Book Fair Shooting For The Stars

 Leading space scientist Camille Wardrop Alleyne will deliver the keynote address of the fourteenth St. Martin Book Fair, which will be held June 2 to 4, under the theme: “The Science of It.” Alleyne has served as assistant programme scientist for the International Space Station (ISS).  Alleyne developed and managed the communication strategy for ISS Research and Technology, which conveyed the benefits of ISS scientific research to stakeholders, including the United States Congress, the general public, and potential users. 

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort – The Family-Friendly Resort for Travelers of all Ages offers Active options on St.Maarten / St.Martin

ST. MAARTEN, DUTCH WEST INDIES – Situated on spectacular Dawn Beach on the eastern end of Dutch St. Maarten, Oyster Bay Beach Resort is well-positioned for traveling families to take advantage of the many land- and sea-based options found on the island of St. Maarten / St. Martin. 

While at Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR), guests of all ages can enjoy the award-winning infinity pool or swim and snorkel in the waters of Dawn Beach.  For guests that want to explore further, the OBBR’s concierge is the on-site expert for connecting guests to the adventure and activities on the family-friendly destination of St. Maarten.

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Island a Top 10 Best Tropical Destination For Bird Watches

birdwatchingReader’s Digest Magazines Canada has named St. Maarten/ St. Martin in its “Ten Best Tropical Destinations for Bird Watchers.”  An article written by Susan Campbell describes St. Maarten/St. Martin as a, “…hot spot for migrating sea birds, the dual-nation island of St. Maarten and St. Martin has a burgeoning bird watching scene.  “Visitors to the annual Migratory Seabird Festival can enjoy guided tours to the island’s 164 species in a variety of locations via SeaGrape Tours and learn more about the birds through local environmental organisations like Les Fruit de Mer and the Nature Foundation.

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