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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 like the:

  • No Kidding with Our Kids Foundation
  • LAB Sports Academy
  • Junior Golf Foundation of St. Maarten

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 – 22:00h 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 65 registered golfers and they expect to get to 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 special thanks goes out to:

Mullet Bay Golf Course         CC1



Our PLATINUM sponsors:

Anderson Fabrics                    Bank of Nova Scotia                            Cariburo / Dauphin Telecom

Caribtrans                              PJIA                                                    Sol Antilles

SXM Timeshare Association   RBC Bank                                           Générali Assurance



Our GOLD sponsors:

Audi Motorworld                     Prime Distributors                              Central Mix Concrete 

Sonesta Great Bay Resort&Casino                                                     Holland House Beach Hotel

Intergraph Corporation          Oyster Bay Beach Resort                    Sunset Beach Bar                   

Rendezvous Tour Company    SBS Building Supplies                         Sky Beach Rooftop Lounge S.H.T.A.  Boogaard Insurances                                                       Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Tropics Frozen Mixes         Starz City Casino                                                             The Daily Herald       

Winair Airlines                        Windward Islands Bank                      Electec

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, please call Marc Groeneveld at +1721-553 22 34

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The 35th annual Carifta Games Swimming Championships, held March 21-26 in Martinique at the Centre Aquatique Communautaire, featured 600 athletes from 21 different federations across the Caribbean. Swimmers from both sides of the island, representing the St Maarten Aquatic Federation (20 athletes) and St Martin Natation (9 athletes), competed for the first time in this event.

Athletes, ages 11-17, came together from three different club teams on the island - Sharks Swim Team, Super Splash Swim Team and Carib Swim Team – to form the Dutch side team and the French side team.

The Dutch side team, swimming under the banner of the St Maarten Aquatics Federation, was comprised of 20 athletes: Quinton Cornelius and Sharmar Thomas (Sharks), Sarah Courtar, Kiemoy Flemming, Keanu Jacobs Guishard, Justin Williams, S’Ade Williams and Gabriel de Vries (Super Splash), Paul ten Broecke, Abbi Illis, Taffi Illis, Sahil Khatnani, Johanna Looser, Emma Marshall, Lynn Martina, Devesh Mirpuri, Iris van den Oever, Rashad Peterson, Reynaldo Richards and Micah Sinke (Carib Swim Team).

The athletes were accompanied by Delegation Leader Nicole Maccow, Head Coach Burton Theodora, and assistant coaches Megan Pittman and Robbert Schrijvers.

The French side team, swimming with special permission granted by the Federation Francaise de Natation to represent St Martin, was comprised of 9 athletes: Chloe Boecasse, Chelsea Boudine, Grace Cheasley, Abiola Dessout, Naima Dessout, Freya Knaggs, Allison Mocellin, Ben Pocovi, and Nahel Ramanaidou (Carib Swim Team). The athletes were accompanied by Head Coach Megan Pittman, and team managers Nisha Khatnani, Divina Mirpuri, Adele Mocellin and Philomena Richards.

Over the course of the four day prelims/finals competition, swimmers competed in 147 individual races and 4 relay events. Even in the midst of fierce competition, these swimmers managed to achieve 120 personal best times, amounting to a very successful experience for these young history makers.

Additionally, six swimmers, Naima Dessout, Taffi Illis, Freya Knaggs, Johanna Loosers, Allison Mocellin and Rashad Peterson, competed in the 5 kilometer open water race, all finishing the longest open water swim in which any of them had previously competed.

Over the past several weeks, swimmers, coaches and parents engaged in a variety of fundraising activities to offset the cost of the trip for the athletes. As such, the St Maarten Aquatic Federation and St Martin Natation extend their sincere gratitude to the government institutions, private businesses and individual persons who granted financial assistance towards the trip.

The 2017 Carifta Games Swimming Championships will take place next spring in the Bahamas.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - After two weeks of meaningful community building activities, the last Saturday of March concluded the Shoot Hoops, Not Guns project in Simpson Bay with a fun filled day of various activities highlighted by the 3-on-3 district basketball tournament.

For the kids there were cotton candy, a bouncy castle, balloon artist, family games and the Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny walking in the midst of the children.

Domino tables as well as food and drinks were also available.

 ~The biggest gangster is the one with a degree in his hand, NOT A GUN~

The day ended with a 3-on-3 basketball competition for ages 12-17 and 18-26 and a 3-point shootout where the winning teams received trophies and a gift certificate from Klass Electronics. All participants received medals.20160328132045 1

The players were cheered on by the crowd in the stands. Winners in the age category 12-17 were Ralph Coulanges, Thyrese White and Imar Tanis; winners in the age category 18-26 were Andrew Laclé, André Laclé and Leiland Huyyhue; winner of the 3-point shoot-out was Chiquon Hodge while the MVP trophy went to Lamar Halley.

During the intermission, an inspiring motivational speech was given by a former Member of Parliament who had a clear message for the youngsters: “The biggest gangsters are the ones who are holding a degree in their hand, NOT A GUN and those who are trying hard to make something positive out of themselves.” The speech was well received with loud cheers and applause.

The Shoot Hoops, Not Guns committee extends a heartfelt thank you to the Simpson Bay Community Council for cooperating in hosting the yearlong project in their neighborhood as well as to all volunteers, sponsors and participants. The Shoot Hoops, Not Guns project will continue in May in St. Peters.

The project’s goal is to regain community involvement and use sports to tackle an ongoing dilemma of gun violence. After the 10th district with a major basketball court is visited, all district champions will face off in a grand finale.

For more information, visit the website or the Facebook page

HOLLAND - Dutch football legend Johan Cruijff has died at his home in Barcelona at the age of 68.

A statement on Cruijff’s own website said: ‘On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer.

It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.’ Cruijff went public with his diagnosis for lung cancer in October 2015. Cruijff had heart trouble in the early 1990s and underwent a bypass operation.

He also stopped smoking around that time. Having advertised cigarettes when a player, Cruijff took part in an anti-smoking commercial in Catalonia. In the advert, Cruijff said football had given him everything but that smoking had taken almost everything away.

Cruijff, credited with reviving Dutch football, won the European Player of the Year award in 1971, 1973 and 1974 as he helped Ajax to its hat-trick of European titles.

Michael van Praag, chairman of the Dutch football association KNVB said: ‘We have lost our best footballer ever, our number 14 and a great football friend.’ ‘We are broken. Johan took Dutch football to greater heights.

The KNVB will be eternally grateful to him. And I am going to miss Johan, my friend, enormously.’

NEW YORK, NY – Martinique, the Caribbean Island with French Flair, the Island of Flowers and the Rum Capital of the world is well known for its enchanting sceneries, its strong heritage, delightful gastronomy and much more.

Recently, the Island has become a desirable location for international sports competitions, putting the destination under the spotlight. This year, the Island will host several world-class tennis, surfing, hiking, and jet skiing competitions. 

CARIFTA Swimming Championships  March 22th to 26th   

Martinique will host the 2016 Edition of CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Saint Pierre and Carbet, from March 22th to 26th. More than 600 swimmers between ages 11 and 17 from 24 Caribbean nations such as Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, and the Bahamas,will participate in  swimming, open water, water polo and synchronized swimming  competitions. 

French competitors will be able to qualify for the National Championships and those from other Caribbean nations; for the Olympic Games.

For more information:

Open International d'Eco Beach Tennis April 1st to 3rd

Eco Beach Tennis, a sport that was born in Italy 30 years ago, will see the Open Eco Beach Tennis Competition take place from April 1st to 3rd at Le Carbet Beach.

This silver/grey sand beach will be the perfect location for the 5th edition of this competition, which is sure to attract international and local players alike.

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Jetracer World Championship IJSBA   April 15th to 17th 

Martinique welcomes the first round of Jetracer World Championship IJSBA, an International Jet race Competition. The lovely fishermen town located on the Caribbean Coast will proudly host this three-day event, with two stages in Sainte-Anne and Fort-de-France, the Capital city.

About 50 competitors from the United States, Russia, Canada, Kuwait, Qatar, Belgium, Peru, the United Kingdom, Italy, China, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and France will compete on Martinique’s warm Caribbean waters before the second round in Russia in August 2016.

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Martinique Surf Pro      April 17-24, 2016

After a successful first edition in 2015, Martinique will once again host the Martinique Surf Pro, a World Surf League (WSL) Qualification Series event, from April 17-24, 2016. The competition will take place in Basse-Pointe, a “secret” surf spot cherished for its powerful and especially long waves that break right over an exposed reef break. Last year, the competition drew some 112 competitors from all over the world. This year, who will be victorious over the reigning champion, Hawaiian native Joshua Moniz?

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Tchimbé Raid            May 4th and 5th

Tchimbé Raid International is a two-day trail made with three different races in the heart of Martinique. The first race runs along Tchimbé Raid a 57 miles trail, followed by Tchimbé Volcano 31 miles, ending up with Tchimbé Piton at 11 miles long. From le Prêcheur to Schoelcher, this amazing race will see over 400 participants, most of them adventure runners and nature lovers.

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HOLLAND - A Dutch former international beach volleyball player has been jailed for four years by a court in England for the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Steven van der Velde, who travelled to England in August 2014 to meet the girl after meeting her on Facebook, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape of a child in court last month. In British law, having sex with a minor is classed as rape, even if the girl consented.

Sentencing him at Aylesbury crown court, judge Francis Sheridan said: ‘You were a potential Olympian. You had the possibility of a stellar future representing the Netherlands. ‘She was a child aged 12. You were fully aware of that fact. The law in England and Wales is very clear: any child under 13 cannot consent to sex.’

Self harm

The judge said the girl, who has subsequently self-harmed by cutting herself and taking an overdose, was naive, immature and believed she loved him. He went on: ‘You were the adult. She was the child.

Until you realise that, you will be a danger to young girls.’ Van de Velde, Dutch beach volleyball champion in 2015, appeared at Aylesbury crown court via a video link from Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes.

Prosecutor Sandra Beck said Van de Velde was aware of the girl’s age. He truthfully told her he was 19. She told him she was seven years younger.


He travelled from Amsterdam on Saturday 2 August 2014, having booked a return ticket with EasyJet that day. The girl told her mother she was staying with a friend for the weekend and arranged a taxi from Luton airport to Milton Keynes. The prosecutor went on: ‘She had got very close to him via Facebook and they spoke regularly. He made her feel very special.

They Skyped and spoke on Snapchat. ‘He is a member of the national volleyball team and she liked what she saw.” The couple spent time at Furtzton lake in the city and the next day went to the girl’s house as she knew her mother was out shopping that day where they had sex.

The girl’s mother became aware of what had happened when she was contacted by a clinic where her daughter had gone to get the morning after pill and the police were called.

She was interviewed by police the following Wednesday. Defending, Linda Strudwick said: ‘They had been in daily communication for a number of months and it continued when he went back to Holland. It was a very caring and loving relationship. She said the girl was two weeks away from her 13th birthday and he was young for his age.

Arrest warrant

The girl contacted Van de Velde herself to tell him the police were involved and that a European arrest warrant had been issued. The defence lawyer went on: ‘There is genuine remorse.

He has lost a stellar sports career and has been branded a rapist. Plainly it is a career end for him.’ She said as a result of the conviction he had been called a ‘sex monster’ in Holland but said he was an immature young man. Referring to the girl Ms Strudwick said: ‘She loved him and wanted to please him .

She said she wanted to lose her virginity to him.’ ‘He wants her to know it is his not her fault. He wants her to make a success of her life and be happy,’ the lawyer told the court. Van de Velde will be on the sex offender register for life and will be deported at the end of his sentence.

Samuel Badree sticks out in this West Indies team. He has a neat little side parting. He does not have rippling muscles. He celebrates a wicket almost out of courtesy. And all of his wickets tonight in Bangalore came as a result of his inviting the batsmen to make a mistake. Sri Lanka rsvp-ed like crazy. Badree's 3 for 12 laid the foundation to a comfortable victory over the defending champions.

Much of Badree's success comes from his accuracy. So it was almost surprising to see him bowl one wide at the new batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, until Thirimanne sliced it straight to point. Chamara Kapugedera raced down the pitch too early and Badree had him stumped. Three balls later, Milinda Siriwardana nicked a googly to slip. Those were the wickets to his name. In the fifth over, Badree strung three dot balls on the trot to lead Dinesh Chandimal into running himself out.

Badree finished his spell in the 10th over and Sri Lanka were 49 for 5 with very little hope of recovery. They only barely avoided getting bowled out, and their 122 for 9 was expertly run down by a man playing his first T20I in three months - Andre Fletcher. He stepped in for an injured Chris Gayle to open the innings, struck an unbeaten 84 off 64 balls and was out in the middle when the winning run was scored.

West Indies may be tussling with their board, their Test team's reputation may be in the doldrums but the shortest format always brings the best out of them. Fletcher, for example, had a T20I average of 19 before today. But he had improved his reputation via the Caribbean Premier League. He was the second-highest run-scorer in the 2015 edition, behind only his mentor Gayle.

"Confidence on the field looks high," tweeted former West Indian captain Brian Lara as the current captain Darren Sammy broke into jigs while his men celebrated each wicket with gusto. The high-fives could have poked someone's eye out.

But Angelo Mathews' inexperienced team were at the opposite end of the spectrum. They were worried about far too many things, the reputation of a big-hitting West Indian line-up, for example.

Chandimal hit straight to cover and ran because he was off put by the 11 dots he consumed. Thirimanne was facing his first ball of spin and he committed to a loft without realising Badree had tossed it too far wide to be timed properly. Kapugedera was promoted to pinch hit and came back with 6 off 10 balls.

All that chaos was exploited by Badree, who read a set of nervous batsmen perfectly. Siriwardana was another Sri Lanka batsman itching to hit the ball, but Badree kept feeding him wrong 'uns that kept turning past the bat and after two hard-handed pokes that missed the ball, the third fell into the lap of the Gayle at first slip. Badree later dedicated his performance to his two daughters, who "I haven't seen for the better part of two months."

Thisara Perera would have hoped his 40 off 29 balls rescued Sri Lanka, but his fluency only went on to demonstrate how the rest of the line-up simply did not stand up when they needed to.

Most would have expected turning pitches in the subcontinent, but perhaps the format - Twenty20s - and the showpiece event of said format - may have tempted people into hoping for batting-friendly surfaces. The M Chinnaswamy crowd has seen many a batathon through eight seasons of the IPL, but on Sunday, they had to contend themselves to a low-scoring match on a pitch that gave the spinners a lot of assistance. Not quite to the levels of Nagpur, though. It was just enough to keep the contest even and exciting.

Jeffrey Vandersay, who arrived in the country only on the eve of the match, bowled a fine spell to finish with 1 for 11 off his four overs. For a 26-year old, he coped under the glare of the World T20 excellently and for a young wristspinner, his control was excellent. Rangana Herath was tidy and Siriwardana took his two wickets by deceiving Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin in flight.

But as well as the spinners bowled, Sri Lanka had too little on the board and they hurt themselves with a couple of dropped chances. Opener Johnson Charles was given a life when Kapugedera failed to hold on to a dolly at deep midwicket and Andre Russell was shelled by Nuwan Kulasekara in the 18th over.

There were other things that went against Sri Lanka too. Their in-form batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was adjudged lbw by umpire Johan Cloete when the ball seemed to be heading down leg. Siriwardana then fell on the wrong side of an lbw shout with umpire Aleem Dar. And the third umpire Simon Fry might well have let Fletcher off when he was on 71 after a catch behind the stumps was reviewed. The ball was dying on Chandimal even as he dived forward to try and get his gloves underneath. Multiple camera angles, lots of zooming in and several slow-motion replays only seemed to confuse the issue. The on-field call was out, but Fry overruled it.

Gayle, who strained his left hamstring while fielding, had been ready to come out to bat at that time, but he was kept to loitering around in his full gear as West Indies cantered to victory without him to further establish their standing as a T20 powerhouse.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Preparations are in high gear for the 4th edition of the NAGICO 2 NAGICO (N2N) cycling Race which kicks off on this Friday on the Causeway Bridge at 7pm. The annual tournament is in collaboration with the Velo Club de Grande Case (VCG) and consists of three consecutive days of exciting races.

This year's event promises to be a thrilling experience as the line up so far includes over 60 professional cyclists, including international Tour De France riders.

The first phase of the race begins at 7:30pm on the Causeway Bridge after a brief opening ceremony with a 2K time trial.

This will follow on Saturday with an 80K race from Grand Case to Angel’s Insurance in French Quarter and a 120K race on Sunday; from the NAGICO Philipsburg Head Office to the NAGICO Branch office in Marigot.

In addition to the grand finale, a short race for the children ages: 5 to 13 years old will be held on Sunday Afternoon.

"We are extending an open invitation to everyone, to come out and support this event," Lisa Brown; Marketing Manager for NAGICO said. "We are very proud of this event because it showcases our local talent and in just the fourth edition of this race, we have international Tour De France cyclists, travelling to our island to participate in this event."

Brown also issued an appeal to the public to exercise caution on the road especially during the races and to extend courtesy to the riders.

ST. MAARTEN & Anguilla - Caribbean International Academy is presenting its first annual golf tournament held at the Greg Norman signature golf course at Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla. The tournament will run as a 4 person team scramble with handicap.

Single players wishing to enter the tournament will be teamed up automatically. $150.00 entry fee includes lunch and golf cart. Games will be available at every Par 3 and Par 5.

Closest to the pin and longest drives challenges (for both women and men) will see the winner get some incredible prizes. Prizes include: 1 night stay at Malliouhana Resort, 2 nights/3 day all inclusive at Sonesta Resort & Casino, week end stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort, tablet by Blue point, 2 big flower pots by Terra Cotta, trips to Saba and St. Bart's by Aqua Mania The tournament will be raising funds to update the library facility at Caribbean International Academy and purchase technology equipment for classrooms.

FunTime Charters is providing a special round trip for golfers (SXM-AXA and back to SXM) for US$ 70.

Players must specify if they will be going to Anguilla with FunTime Charters at the time of the reservation. All players traveling must carry their passport. The Cuisinart shuttle bus will provide transport to and from the golf course and the ferry.

The tournament will start on Saturday April 9th, 2016 at 9:30AM and a buffet will be included for all players starting at 2PM during the awards and prize giving ceremony.

Players wishing to participate should reserve their spots as soon as possible by calling or emailing: Contact: Shernaz Johnson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ph: 721.524.5772

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Youth Boys Basketball team was crowned champions as they went undefeated against Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao elementary schools at the Fundashon Desaroyo Deportivo Kòrsou competition in Curaçao this weekend.

Ishmael Gumbs of the Ruby Labega School was awarded Most Valuable Player of the St. Maarten team.

The St. Maarten Academy Girls Volleyball Team came up short in their matchups, however the team gained a lot in experience.

In keeping with proper sportsmanship, the St. Maarten Academy Girls Volleyball team used this opportunity to not only strengthens its team bonds, they also created friendships with their fellow competitors.

The St. Maaretn delegation was led by Department of Sports Head, Jonelle Richardson and Honorable Minister, Silveria Jacobs.

Team SXM FDDK Games in Curacao 2016 Team Photo

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