BELVEDERE, St. Maarten - Training Professionals International Firm (TPI) attended, The St. Maarten Hockey Club (SMHC) Clinic on Saturday from 3:00 to 4.30pm at the Cruijff Court in Belvedere. The clinic was unique conducted by, ex Dutch National Hockey Team players and Olympic Gold medalists Kim Lammers and Sophie Polkamp.
TPI’s President & CEO, Dr. Natasha Gittens observed the quality of the clinic on Saturday and admired the interaction of the youth with the Olympians. TPI made the donation to illustrate our diverse commitment to developing the youth, people, organizations and professionals of the Caribbean, not only as a progressive training and organizational services firm but an organization that believes that humanitarian contributions are just as important as annual profits, said Gittens.
TPI has requested that the donation be specifically used to jump start a renewed marketing campaign in the Belvedere community, to educate and encourage youth to enroll and to buy shoes, protective gear and equipment. This donation will act as our second promised contribution to the St. Maarten community with two more events planned.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Shane Shamdeo, Christopher van Vliet, Terrence Pinas and Justin Richardson are all four Havo students of MPC. They know each other from first and third form. Now they are all four in biology class and in their fourth year.
They heard about Extreme Survival, but were never that stimulated to participate. Until now! Knowing the winners of last year, then MOB, now called 21 chromosomen, would again try to claim the throne, this group of four decided they wanted to try Extreme Survival, to “try this experience before they die”.
They needed a name and they wanted to mask themselves. Everybody knows about Zorro, with his black mask, so why not be called LOS BLANCOS ZORROS. And so it was.
They started with the assignment to be qualified and Terrence admitted that it had been great fun until now.
POND FILL, St. Maarten – In an effort to improve on the current playing fields and by extension the development of Volleyball on St. Maarten, the St. Maarten Volleyball Association (SIMVA), through its affiliation with the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association received a new court. Following receipt of this new court, it was decided by SIMVA to donate the court to government facilities and installed and lined at the L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium for the use of both volleyball and basketball.
The government facility is managed by the FUSF/NSI, which is the executing arm of government with regards to various sports on the island. The official handover to government took place Wednesday February 15th, 2017 and the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Ms. Silveria Jacobs, was present for the handing over of the floor.
Others present at the handing over were, the Director of the National Sport Institute (NSI) Mr. David Forsythe, and board member Ms. Keishan Huggins as well as facilities management team, Ms. Jacqueline Richardson, Mr. Sigfried Hodge and Mr. Reynaldo Euson; President of SIMVA, Mr. Raymond Jacobs, as well as the head of the Department of Sports Ms. Jonelle Richardson.
BELVEDERE, St. Maarten – On Saturday February 4th, 2017, the St. Maarten Soccer Educational Foundation Tournament held the opening of its 25th soccer tournament at the John Cruijff Court in Belvedere. The tournament, which hosts all the elementary schools is a yearly event which sees a high level of participation at various age levels and includes both genders.
The tournament was kicked off by the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Affairs, Ms. Silveria Jacobs. Minister Jacobs in her opening address to the student athletes, parents, teachers, coaches and organizers encouraged all the players to play hard, enjoy the camaraderie, and embrace the thought of good sportsmanship.
More than 300 students will participate in the tournament which is scheduled to continue until May 2017. The SMSEF is commended for their endurance in hosting these elementary school football competition over the years. Minister looks forward to the SMSEF and the governing body for soccer collaborating to grow the sport from grass roots, through school sports right up to the competitive levels and even provide our youth with opportunities to pursue their dreams later in life at professional levels. President of the St. Maarten Soccer Association Mr. Singh was also present to lend his support to this endeavor and pledged together with Mr. Keith Gittens to work together toward this end.
MULLET BAY, St. Maarten - Jesus Antonio Rivera started this first tournament of the year, winning the January Medal Play Golf Tournament organized by the St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA. Saturday morning a total of 24 golfers teed off one by one in anticipation of what the day would bring.
As for Rivera, who finished the par 70 Mullet Bay Golf Course with a score of 78 strokes, it was enough to win both the Overall Low Gross for the tournament, as well as the 1st Low Gross prize in the Men’s category.
The Overall Low Net prize of the tournament was won by Frank Jespersen with a net score of 67. While Stanley Samuel won 1st low net in the Men’s category with a 73 Low Net score. In the same category came the winner of the fewest putts. This time it was Rodney Tackling who needed only 28 putts over 18 holes.
In the Ladies Category Sidsel Jacobsen won 1st Low Gross with a score of 89 strokes, 1st Low Net was won by Marie Gibbons with a Low Net score of 76 strokes.
In the category Senior’s for players between 50 and 60 years old, Philippe Thevenet won the prize for 1st Low Gross with a score of 85 strokes, 1st Low Net was won by Sam Bashir with a Net score of 76.
In the Super Seniors Category for players over 60 years old, 1st Low Gross was won by Buz Adamski with a score of 86 and 1st Low Net was won by Frank Jespersen, the overall 1st Low Net winner.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Organizers are happy to announce a new initiative to help grow a long neglected segment of the Caribbean regatta competitors; the ex-racing, now live-aboard, cruiser. With sponsorship from Hank Schmitt, founder of “Offshore Passage Opportunities”, the Lottery Division has plans to grow from one to three starting guns. The Lottery Class will get their own Welcome Party on Thursday March 2nd, 2017, hosted by the restaurants at the Simpson Bay Market across the bridge from the Sint Maarten Yacht.
According to the new Sponsor of the Lottery Division, Hank Schmitt, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has a lot of potential to grow by doubling and tripling the amount of boats entered in the Lottery Class. He states: “All the race boats are already on the starting line for this biggest of all Warm Water Regattas. Many cruising sailors need that little bit of encouragement to dust off old skills and sail around the course. Knowing they don’t have to strip the boat, flake sails nor bulk up with crew, is a huge plus.”
WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao - For the 6th edition of Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (5 – 9 April, 2017), the annual short film competition has been given a make-over and a new name: Caribbean Shorts Competition.
Last year, CIFFR entered into a cooperation agreement with six film festivals in the region to promote and encourage the exchange of know-how and experience in the field of filmmaking through, among other things, organizing competitions, workshops, and the exchange of talented professionals.
With this in mind, CIFFR decided to adapt the set-up of the annual short film competition to have not only local but also Caribbean filmmakers compete and get a chance to have their film screened at multiple festivals in the Caribbean and Mexico.
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