HOLLAND - An amateur football match was suspended at the weekend when both teams walked off the pitch in response to racist taunts from the crowd.
Hardewijk-based VVOG and Harkemase Boys left the field in solidarity with VVOG player Pernelly Biya after he was subjected to monkey chants by a spectator, NOS reported.
Biya confirmed he would be reporting the incident to the police. VVOG chairman Laurens de Kleine said the incident was ‘absolutely unacceptable’ and the club supported Biya’s action.
His counterpart at Harkemase Boys, Appie van der Veen, said the supporter in question had been identified and was no longer welcome at the club’s ground.
The teams play in the Hoofdklasse, the second tier of Dutch amateur football.
The match was later resumed but uncontested, with players on both sides passing the ball to each other until the final whistle.
Read more at DutchNews.nl: Amateur football teams walk off pitch in protest at racist taunts http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/03/amateur-football-teams-walk-off-pitch-in-protest-at-racist-taunts/
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – From the beginning of the season, this is what everyone has been waiting on, the playoffs! It’s either you win or you go home and everyone feels like they have something to prove.
The Ladies Basketball Championship season consisted of 4 teams but only the top 3 teams have moved on to the playoffs. Each team and it’s players feel they have what it takes to win the championship.
At the end of the season, Thunderz is #1, MGM Lightning #2, Bush T Remedy #3 and Learning Unlimited as #4.
Thunderz will receive a bye into the final round.The playoffs starts Friday March 4th, 7pm at Melford Hazel Sports Complex as Lightning take on Bush T Remedy in game 1 of the first round in the best of 3 series. Game 2 will be Sunday at 5pm.
In the U16 division, #1 seed Thunderz will take on #2 seed Learning unlimited for the Championship game at 3pm.
This is a winner takes all game to decide the U16 champions.If a game 3 is needed then it will take place onFriday March 11that 7pm, if not game 1 of the finals will take place.
All teams are looking forward to seeing everyone come out with friends and family and to cheer on their favorite team to victory.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The opening of the 2016 St. Maarten Little League competition will take place on Saturday, March 12th 2016 at 1:00pm at the Little League stadium.
Parents are informed that the deadline to register their children ages 4 to 16 years to participate in the upcoming competition is on Saturday March 5th. Registration fee is Fl 36,00 or $20,00.
Please bring along a copy of your child's identification.
The St. Maarten little league continues to seek interested persons to volunteer as coaches of teams and to umpire games.
Pass by the baseball stadium located next to the Festival Village to register.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Interscholastic Basketball Championship official came to an end on Wednesday with an official award ceremony and all- star game for parents and fans at LB Scott Sports Auditorium.
The award ceremony, MC’ed by Walichi Basketball Association Vice-President Mr. Dennisio Duzong started with the national anthem being sang by Ms. Michelle Nicholas, winner of the 1st International Interscholastic Idol Primary School Competition in St. Maaerten. Following the anthem, each school team’s top academic player was rewarded with a ribbon to continue to emphasize the importance of education alongside sports. The sub champs, St. Joseph Primary school and champions Ruby Labega Primary school were then presented with medals and a trophy for their huge winning effort. The twenty 2016 IBC All-Stars were presented to the crowd and given a personalized award certificate for their all-star selection.
The game then started and Omarion Arrindell (MLK) got Pool B all-stars on the board first with the first 4 points of the game and Pool B never looked back. They led 11-4 after the first quarter and 16-8 at the half. Pool B All Stars were coached by Mr. Robert Pantophlet (Ruby Labega) and Mr. David Forsythe (MLK)
During the halftime, all coaches and key persons of the 10 teams were given a certificate of appreciation for their hard work with the youth of St. Maarten.
Pool A All-stars, coached by Mr. Jamal Newton (MAC) and Leary Hall (SDP) fought back in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 4 points, 14-18 to end the third. In the 4th quarter Pool B All-stars kept their composure and made key baskets to keep Pool A all-stars at bay and ultimately win the game 26-22. Pool B all-stars were led by Omarion Arrindell (MLK) with 9 points and Pool A All-stars were led by Chamiqueko Landefort with 6 points and Kayvaughn Schmidt with 5 points.
In Photo Above; Pool B All Stars alongside Coach Robert Pantophlet, Winners of The All Star Game.
HOLLAND - Dutch local councils in places with a professional football club have set aside a combined €240m to fund their clubs over the past 10 years, according to research by current affairs show Nieuwsuur.
The show’s researchers asked all 32 areas with a club in the Eredivisie or Jupiler league about loans, help with buying their stadium and other subsidies.
Economics professor Maarten Allers told the programme that the practice should be stopped because it is not only distorting competition between the clubs but an inappropriate use of taxpayers’ money.
At the moment, councils have €34m in outstanding loans to football clubs. These include the €8.2 loan made by Almelo council to football club Heracules and the €6.5m loan made by The Hague to Ado Den Haag.
Utrecht lost €20.5m after the owner the city’s Galgenwaard stadium went bust.
The programme also said Enschede city council is on the verge of guaranteeing a €32m loan to troubled FC Twente. Other methods of supporting clubs are more creative.
For example, Leeuwarden city council gave €680,000 to local club Cambuur on condition Leeuwarden was officially incorporated into its name. Of the 32 councils with professional clubs within their borders, 12 either own or have a major stake in the stadium.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Walichi Basketball Association, organizers of the Interscholastic Basketball Championship (IBC) will be hosting its award ceremony and all-star game to close of the successful inaugural season, tomorrow, March 2nd at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium.
Starting at 5pm, the event will start off with the championship trophy to the winning school, Ruby Labega Primary school and Sub-champs, St. Joseph Primary School. Further, ribbons for all participating players in the tournament, top academic player on each school team and various other awards and recognition will be given.
Following this, the all-star game will start which will showcase the talent that was displayed throughout the 6 weeks of the tournament. Two players from each team were selected to make up an all-star team of 10 players per pool. In total, ten schools, 20 young ballers will put on a show to parents, classmates, teachers and fans.
The rosters are:
1. Alex Godoy (St. Joseph School)
2. Kayvaughn Schmidt (St. Joseph School)
3. Chamiqueko Landefort (MAC)
4. Sorius Henry (MAC)
5. Aiden Busby (Sr. Magda)
6. Clearance Arduin (Sr. Magda)
7. A’dondre Huggins (St. Dominic)
8. Carl Gomez (St. Dominic)
9. Shequan Illis (Sr. Marie Laurence)
10. Kendrick Mohamed (Sr. Marie Laurence)
1. Ismael Gumbs (Ruby Labega)
2. Santiago Morales (Ruby Labega)
3.Omarion Arrindell (Martin Luther King Jr.)
4.D’Angelo Thompson/Bryan Guerrero (Martin Luther King Jr.)
5.Tyrese Whyte (Leonard Connor)
6.Drae Murray (Leonard Connor)
7.Kevenson Malivert (Hillside Christian School)
8.Jason Baxter (Hillside Christian School)
9.Rodrique Allen (Marie G. de Weever)
10.Zavon Stapleton (Marie G. de Weever)
Come out one last time to support these hardworking and skillful players until next season.
In Photo; Micaiah Emmanuel of HIllside Christian Dribbles The Ball On The Fastbreak Against Marie G de Weever.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Last Friday, February 26th, The Interscholastic Basketball Championship (IBC) concluded with a matchup between the winner of Pool A, St. Joseph School (3-2) versus the unbeaten Ruby Labega, winner of Pool B at 4-1 to decide the ultimate winner of the tournament at LB Scott Sports Auditorium.
Ruby Labega started off the game strong and led 11-2 after the first quarter. St. Joseph tried to climb back in the game and was only down 11-7 midthrough the second quarter but defensive lapses allowed Ruby Labega to score 4 points to end the quarter and go up 15-7 at the half.
In the third quarter, Ruby Labega scored 9 points of which 6 was by Ismael Gumbs to extend their lead to 21-11 at the end of the third. On the other end, St. Joseph only managed 4 points against the tough defense of Ruby Labega which was forcing turnovers throughtout the quarter.
St. Joseph showed resiliance in fighting back while scoring 9 points in the 4th quarter but the comeback fell short and Ruby Labega won 38-20. Cheers erupted from fans and players alike, congratulating the young ballers on a job well done.
Ruby Labega was led by Ismael Gumbs with 19 points and St. Joseph was led by Kayvaughn Schmidt with 10 points.
The tournament was organized by Walichi Basketball Association in collaboration with the Department of Sports, Island Hoops, P.E.P. and SYBA. Thanks goes out to all the teachers, students and parents who came out at each game to support the youth.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) would like to inform the general public and all teams and participants that election for a new board will be held on March 19th 2016.
The following positions are available:
- Vice President
- Tournament Coordinator
- Public Relations Officer
The deadline for all candidates to submit their information is (FRIDAY MARCH 11th 2016)
The SXMNBA is also looking for Volunteers to assist for different events.
Note: All positions are non-paying positions.
NEW YORK, NY – Martinique was among the big winners at the 2016 Travvy Awards, earning top honors in the following three categories:
· Best Cruise Destination, Caribbean
· Best Culinary Destination, Caribbean
· Best Tourism Board, The Americas
Presented by travAlliance Media, publishers of TravelPulse.com, Vacation Agent and Agent@Home, Travvy Awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel and tourism industry. Winners are determined based on votes compiled by more than 30,000 travel agents.
“To be recognized in this way by our travel agent partners is truly a special honor,” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas of the Martinique Promotion Bureau.
“These awards are a wonderful validation of our ongoing strategic development plan and the hard work and dedication of tourism partners across both the public and private sectors in Martinique. Honestly, we couldn’t be more pleased.”
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