PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On Tuesday, April 19, The St. Maarten Soccer Association (SMSA), represented by President Sudesh Singh along with SMSA representative Sandro Garcia presented Minister Jacobs with a certificate of gratitude and a report of the 2016 CFU Futsal Qualifier Tournament in Cuba.
SMSA received an official invitation to participate in the Men’s CFU Futsal Qualifier in November 2015.
As an effort to improve the level of soccer in St. Maarten, the SMSA accepted this invitation believing it to be necessary for St. Maarten to participate in as many international accreditation tournaments as possible.
Five weeks of training were held in order to determine the 10 most suitable players eligible to compete Futsal Qualifier, held at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate stadium is Havana, Cuba.
SMSA expressed their gratitude to the Government of St. Maarten for receiving subsidy to take part in the Futsal tournament, especially the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
SMSA were invited to host upcoming International tournaments in June and November of 2016, which they hope to accomplish with the assistance of the community and government as well.
AB de Villiers, South Africa's Test captain, has voiced concerns over the day-night match in Adelaide and has suggested that a few Australia players may also be reluctant to go ahead with the game.
The third Test of the series between Australia and South Africa has been allotted to Adelaide between November 24 and 28, according to the 2016-17 summer fixtures released by Cricket Australia, but there is no confirmation yet on whether this will be a day-night game. With the possibility of a No. 1 Test ranking at stake in the match, de Villiers said that that a day-night game could be "fundamental change" to the itinerary.
"At the moment, we are not too keen on playing in the proposed day-night Test match due to a few concerns that have come from a number of sources involved in the maiden Test played last year," he told Independent Media. "We had a meeting with Steven Smith and some of the Australian players when they toured here earlier this year, and the consensus from our talks were that there are just too many unknowns. Players from both teams were reluctant to go ahead with it.
"South Africa and Australia have a great cricketing rivalry, and this is a series that we value. We could well be playing for an opportunity to regain the No.1 Test ranking, so playing a day-night match is a fundamental change to the itinerary.
The first ever day-night Test, between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide last year, was dominated by quick bowlers and ended in three days with a three-wicket win for the hosts. De Villiers raised doubts about the durability of the pink-ball used in the format, and said that alterations to the pitch, to reduce wear and tear on the ball, were also a significant factor.
"The pink ball has had some issues with how it responds to 80 overs of Test cricket and that is one of the key issues that we feel plays a big role in the success of the day-night Test," De Villiers said. "The pitch also had to be 'doctored' to minimise the abrasive wear and tear to the pink ball, which seems to happen quicker than the red ball, and this is also an area we feel is a big factor in the run of play."
De Villiers did not believe that a practice match could help his side adjust to the pink ball: "I don't think it (warm-up game) will. I don't think it's something that you acclimatize to in one match and the intensity of an international cricket match also brings in other factors which are hard to replicate in a warm-up match."
South Africa fast-bowler Dale Steyn, meanwhile, said he is keen to play a day-night Test in his career. "I don't want to go through my whole career without playing a day-night game," Steyn told cricket.com.au in Rajkot where he is playing the IPL . "How cool are they? I thought it looked awesome when New Zealand and Australia played one. It looked entertaining, there was a big crowd. The ball is pink - it's something different. You want to test your skills with that whole thing and it's very exciting."
HOLLAND - Television football analyst Johan Derksen has identified an ‘actual problem’ with his comments about Dutch Moroccan amateur footballers, sports minister Edith Schippers told reporters on Friday.
‘You cannot deny there are far more incidents at some clubs than others,’ Schippers said. Asked why she considered it an actual problem, Schippers said: ‘We see it happen on sports pitches. And we should not ignore it, but look at how to solve it.’ The government has extended its joint programme with the police and sports officials to improve sport safety, she said.
In addition, the Dutch football association KNVB should also look at how improvements can be made at clubs were there is a problem, she said.
Derksen, 67, told television programme Voetbal Inside on Monday that some amateur clubs no longer function or are disappearing because their percentage of players with a Moroccan background is too high. ‘I will be dismissed as a racist but I really don’t give a damn,’ he told the show. Some clubs have been damaged because they are located in areas where many Moroccan families live, he said. Moroccan players dominate and the Dutch boys go to other clubs.
‘They don’t want to work with nine Moroccan lads who don’t dare to shower naked,’ he said. Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher said earlier that Derksen is free to raise problems but that banning Moroccan players from football clubs would be racist.
Mehdi Harboul, chairman of football club SV Nieuw-West, told the Volkskrant his club has just one native Dutch player, who is with a senior team. ‘Amsterdam has 180 nationalities and I would like to see that reflected in the club,’ he said. ‘Of course there are sometimes incidents but it is not as if we are constantly putting out fires.
We are a healthy club with 450 members, plus members and trainers, right down to E6.’ Paul Verveel, former head of amateur football at the KNVB and chairman of ‘minority’ club VV Hoograven, told the Volkskrant that some 20% of football club members have an ethnic minority background.
‘If minorities are involved in some 30% of incidents, then that is above average,’ he said. ‘But it is not an awful lot more. And there are problems reported at fewer than 1% of the 30,000 matches which take place every weekend.’
The most notorious incident involving Dutch Moroccan youngsters took place three years ago, when referee Richard Nieuwenhuizen died in hospital the day after being attacked by a group of yougsters after a B youth match.
The attack on Nieuwenhuizen forced the Dutch football association to implement new measures, including a hotline, to try to stop off-the-pitch violence.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Two winners of the top prizes for the Sint Maarten Brown Pelican Sports Awards (BPSA) received their checks on Wednesday, April 13 at the conference room of the Department of Sports.
Shakeba Pink (Athletics) and Desmond Patterson (Bodybuilding), winners of the Female and Male Athlete of the Year respectively, were informed of their achievements during the first ever BPSA ceremony, honoring local athletes and sporting legends, on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Convention Center.
The checks were presented to the athletes, in front of family and staff of the Department of Sports, by Department Head Jonelle Richardson and National Sports Institute (NSI) Chairman, Daniel Berry. The winnings were provided by the National Sports Institute as part of their continued objective to facilitate sports on the Island.
“The Department of Sports, along with its execution arm, the National Sports Institute, is doing, and will continue to do, its part in recognizing the outstanding participation of these individuals in sporting endeavors, both within our communities and abroad. We take excellence, dedication, innovation and discipline in sports very seriously and we look forward to toasting those athletes amongst us who do the same,” Richardson said.
Speaking on behalf of NSI Berry said that his organization was very pleased with the success of the athletes and urged them to continue in their endeavors. He also said that the NSI would continue to actively promote sports and sports development on St. Maarten. He encouraged the athletes to stay in contact with both the Department of Sports and NSI, updating both entities on their competitions and travel.
“NSI stands firmly behind our athletes and will do whatever we can, within our capacity to assist all of our athletes. We will continue to work with the Department of Sports and the St. Maarten Sports and Olympic Federation to raise the level of sports to even greater heights,” Berry.
Richardson said that her team was already busy with the second annual BSPA scheduled to be held in early November of this year. This event will once again laud local athletes, organizations, sponsors, schools and legends who have contributed to sports on the island.
“Our aim is to place a spotlight firmly on those individuals and associations who have worked tirelessly to make sports possible throughout the years in our communities,” Department of Sports head, Jonelle Richardson, said.
Richardson explained that various sports organizations will again be requested to submit potential nominees in 10 categories, including, best sponsor, best coach, international ambassadors, best sport organization, sporting innovations, athlete of the year (male), athlete of the year (female), best sports team, sporting icons and the Brown Pelican Young Ambassador.
Still to receive her first check for winning Brown Pelican Sports Award Young Ambassador is Yoly Hawley (IFBB Pro Athlete). As the BSPA young ambassador Hawley represents sports at various events. As a result of this some of the costs associated with her training will be covered for a period of one year, by NSI. Hawley was unable to attend the brief ceremony and will receive her check from Berry later this week.
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MULLET BAY, St. Maarten - The St Maarten Golf Association SMGA will host its 24th annual St. Maarten Open Golf Tournament on Saturday and Sunday April 16th and 17th, 2016 at the Mullet Bay Golf Course.
Proceeds from the event will benefit multiple pre-selected local community organizations.
The festivities will begin with registration on Friday April 15th at the Golf Course followed by an opening reception for all participants, sponsors, media and invited guests from 19:00h – 21:00h at Sunset Beach Bar. Guests will have a chance to mix and mingle and greet many long-time friends from other islands as well as meeting new ones.
So far the SMGA received a total amount of 89 registered golfers and they expect to go over 90 players when the tournament starts. Including a large contingent of local players from St. Maarten and St. Martin, there will be some very talented and highly competitive golfers from our neighboring islands like Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, Curacao and Guadeloupe as well as players from Canada, U.S.A., United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
This 36 holes stroke play tournament will kick off with the first round of 18 holes on Saturday morning April 16th at 7:00AM. The second round will be played on Sunday April 17th. Following the tournament, an awards and recognition party will be held at SKY BEACH Rooftop Beach & Lounge in Maho for participants, sponsors, media and invited guests between 18:00h – 21:00h.
This two day tournament is made possible due to our year round major contributors Mullet Bay Resort and Golf Course and CC1, combined with the tremendous annual support and sponsorships from a huge amount of local and international businesses.
A very special thanks goes out to:
Mullet Bay Golf Course and CC1
Our PLATINUM sponsors:
Anderson Fabrics Bank of Nova Scotia Caribtrans
WAAPPEN weekly events guide and map Sol Antilles
PJIA SXM Timeshare Association RBC Bank
Générali Assurance UTS
Our GOLD sponsors:
Audi Motorworld Prime Distributors BZSE Law
Sonesta Great Bay Resort Oyster Bay Beach Resort Sunset Beach Bar
Rendezvous Tour Co Sky Beach Rooftop Lounge Boogaard Insurances
CIBC First Caribbean Bank S.H.T.A. Global Purchasing
Starz City Casino The Daily Herald Winair Airlines
Windward Islands Bank Electec Cuba Travel Services
And a large amount of other sponsors and contributors:
Too numerous to mention that contributed in different ways through cash donations, hotel stays, dinner vouchers, gift vouchers, certificates, tickets etc.
During all tournament days great prizes will be raffled and auctioned off with all net proceeds going to the selected community organizations. Next to that all amateur competitors are eligible for the hole in one prize where for the first player that hits an ace on hole number 11 can win a Hyundai i30.
The SMGA is a non-profit organization of avid golfers that promotes the practice of the game of golf and to foster community sense. The SMGA organizes golf matches and tournaments for its members and non-members and donates most of its proceeds that are made through membership fees and during these events like the St. Maarten Open to multiple community organizations on the island.
If you like more information about this event or schedule an interview with either the SMGA President Mr. Keith Graham or the SMGA Tournament Director Mr. Rodney Tackling or please call Marc Groeneveld at +1721-553 22 34.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Six stars from the West Indies Under-19 squad which won the World Cup earlier this year are to feature in the fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which starts late June.
The young West Indies cricketers, retained after the franchises completed their player rosters for the forthcoming campaign, are Shimron Hetmyer, Alzarri Joseph, Gidron Pope, Anderson Phillip, Shemar Springer and Oshane Thomas.
All six players have been retained by their home teams- Hetmyer, Joseph and Pope will play for Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Windward Islands Zouks while Phillip, Springer and Thomas will represent Trinbago Knight Riders, Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs.
“It was hugely exciting to see so many promising players expressing themselves with an attacking mind-set and it certainly bodes well for the future of the game across the Caribbean,” said CPL International Director of Cricket Tom Moody.
“The CPL is committed to encouraging future generations of players and followers to the game and I have no doubt that West Indies cricket will reap the benefit this season and for many years to come”.
According to CPL regulations, each franchise is invited to select one player from their home country for the fourth edition of CPL.
CPL is set to bowl off from June 29 and run until August 7 and Moody expects emerging local talent to make “significant inroads” this season
“In making their selections, the six franchises analysed and scrutinised in great depth the available talent on display and conducted internal camps to assess the players up close,” said Moody.
“It wasn’t a straightforward process, which is testament to the performances of the players”.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - To observe the anniversary of the partition of the island of St. Maarten / St. Martin, the students of the M.A.C. Browlia Maillard Campus, and the Aline Hanson School in Sandy Ground participated in a friendly running race to reenact aspects of the legend or myth of how the island was divided.
The activity, which was held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 8:30 am – 10:30am, saw the participation of more than 160 students from both the northern and southern side of the island.
The primary goals of the race were to promote cooperation between education institutions on both sides of the island; to develop cooperation based on our common history, to create student ambassadors of peace and friendship to promote UNESCO’s international values; to strengthen students’ sense of belonging to a “Friendly Island”; to inspire social cohesion by uniting citizens from various backgrounds; and to promote a healthy living style through engaging in sport activities.
The idea of the friendly race originated with Ms. Aline DERMAUX, a teacher at the Aline Hanson school. Ms. Dermaux made contact with Marcellia Henry, Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO to share the idea in order to make it a reality. Ms. Henry, thereafter contacted Principal Davis of the M.A.C. Browlia Maillard Campus, who welcomed this wonderful initiative.
The Aline Hanson School, which is known as ‘The Friendly School’ is a UNESCO Associate School, and is part of the network of schools throughout the world committed to the ideals of UNESCO, by conducting pilot projects in favour of better preparing children and strengthening the role of education of education in promoting a culture of peace and tolerance. ‘The intention is to also establish at least two UNESCO Associate School on the southern side of the island as well’, said Ms. Henry.
The route of the friendly race for the students of the M.A.C. Browlia Maillard Campus was from the frontier in Lowlands on the Dutch side: Mullet Bay àMaho àAirport Road àCauseway Bridge à Cole Bay Frontier àBellevue.
The route for the students of the Aline Hanson School was from the frontier in Lowlands on the French side : Terres Basses à Baie Nettléà Sandy Ground à Marigot à Low Town à Bellevue.
There were 15 legs or handing off areas where the baton, which was the flag of St. Maarten and St. Martin, was passed from one captain to another . The children ran in groups of 5 or more.
At the end of the race, both schools went to the Culture Center in Sandy Ground where dignitaries including Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Silveria Jacobs and the French President of Sports gave congratulatory speeches. Minister Jacobs stressed on the importance of corporation, and what a great example this race is for promoting unity and togetherness of schools on the northern and southern side of the island.
During the ceremony, both teams were also presented with trophies, and exchanged hand-made gifts by the students from both schools. Based on the success of the event, both schools look forward to ‘the friendly race’ becoming an annual event.
In Photo Above; Celebration at the end of the friendly race.
SUCKER GARDEN, St. Maarten – Thunderz are the 2016 Ladies Basketball Champions. Thunderz swept past Lightning in three games in the best of five series to capture first place at Melford Hazel Sports Complex on Sunday. The Walichi Basketball Association tournament is in its second season.
Leading 2-0 in the best of five series heading into game 3, Thunderz came prepared to not let the opportunity to win the championship slip away.
In the first quarter Thunderz came out strong and led 15-2 after the first quarter and 27-6 at the half. In the third quarter, Lightning turned up the defense and started the comeback.
Lightning outscored Thunderz 19-6 to cut the lead to 8 and only trailed 33-25 at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter Thunderz kept on hitting key baskets and free throws to stop any comeback from Lightning.
Thunderz won the game 58-40 and as the time showed 0:00, all the Thunderz fans and players ran on the court and celebrated with confetti, noise makers and applause.
Thunderz were led by Chantel Hodge with 18, Claudia Fleming with 16 and Joyette Lloyd with 14 points. Lightning was led by Micaela Galva with 12 and Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 10 points.
In game 2 of the series, Thunderz won 55-42 and was led by Chantel Hodge with 26 points and Joyette Lloyd with 23 points.
Lightning was led by Tsjaquilla Jeffrey and Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 12 points each.
In game 1, Thunderz won 54-45 and was led by Joyette Lloyd with 17, Claudia Fleming with 16 and Chantel Hodge with 14 points.
Lightning was led Micaela Galva with 12, Selah Fleming with 10 and Jamaiah Newton Herbert with 9 points.
Ms. Silvia Monte, President of Walichi Basketball Association was on hand to present the trophies and congratulate both teams on a well-played season and championship series.
The Walichi Basketball Association would like to thank everyone for coming out throughout the season and during LBC March Madness. Special thanks to Leonard Enterprise and Kadaster for being main sponsors of the tournament.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association has again received the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Carifta Games.
Last year, Shakeba Pink accomplished a great performance for St. Maarten by receiving a Silver Medal, on the 3000 Meters Race. This year, St. Maarten set out to accomplish equal or greater results this year.
St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association had held 3 qualifying competitions, giving the athletes the opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Carifta Games. This event was hosted in Grenada, from the 24th – 28th of March, 2016.
The following athletes whom qualified for to partake in the 45th Annual Carifta Games, were as follows:
Day 1: 100m-12.04 sec, 400m- 53 sec, Long jump- 5,60m, Shot put- 11,33m
Day 2: 110m Hurdles- 14 sec, High jump – 1,63m, Javelin- 57m, 1500m- 5 min
Overall performance of the athletes was satisfactory, and they will be looking forward to take part in the next Carifta Games 2017, in Curacao. St. Maarten will be looking forward to participating with a much larger contingency.
In addition to this event, the overall trip to Grenada was very strenuous, we had many obstacles in getting to Grenada and returning to St. Maarten. Due to a very packed Easter Weekend, space was very limited, and had many difficulties obtaining a stand-by seating in and out of Grenada.
This resulted in the Athletes missing a few days from school. All in all, it was a very successful outing, and we have learned from our mistakes and are looking forward to better our preparations leading up to such events.
A big thank you goes out to all the sponsors and well-wishers for their support, and looking forward to their continued support.
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