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MIDDLE REGION, St. Maarten - After accepting to host the campaign in their district, the Middle Region and Defiance Community Council were assisted by the Shoot Hoops not Guns Committee and their growing movement of volunteers with handing out flyers promoting the upcoming events.

While handing out flyers, the opportunity was taken to distribute 500 bumper stickers, sponsored by Artistic Drive and SXM Signs, with the message, "Violence is NEVER a Solution. 

Community building activities will commence on the weekends of the 11,12 and 18,19 Sent from my iPhone
Some projects that were executed in other communities were: clean ups, property repairs, painting walls, fences, murals, signs, planting flowers and trees for beautification of playground and properties, creating garbage bins, constructing basketball nets and soccer goals. 
All residents are encouraged to come out and participate as we all take a stance and help restore our communities. 
The month will end with a grand celebration highlighted by a 3 on 3 basketball tournament and 3 point competition which will be incorporated with the annual Middle Region's Day on June 26th
Businesses or persons who are willing to contribute to continue to make this campaign a success please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us on Facebook at 

ST JOHN’S, Antigua - The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would like to announce that India will travel to the West Indies for a total of seven weeks for a four-match test series and two practice matches from July 6 to August 23.

The four tests will be played in Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago respectively; while both practice matches are due for St Kitts.

Head of Operations, Roland Holder is pleased that all the venues scheduled to host games “are ready to host the visiting Indian team and keen contests are expected.”

The schedule is:

Practice Matches:
Two day – July 9 – 10: St Kitts
Three day – July 4 – 16: St Kitts

Test 1 – July 21 – 25: Antigua
Test 2 – July 30 – August 3: Jamaica
Test 3 – August 9 – 13: St Lucia
Test 4 – August 18 – 22: Trinidad and Tobago

CAYHILL, St. Maarten - After the recent success of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) U15 competitions that took place on Sint Maarten in August of last year, the Sint Maarten Soccer Association (SMSA) is again hosting another football competition that will take place on the 15th, 17thand 19thof June 2016.

The 2016 CFU U-20 Qualifiers is the qualifying event for the U-20 CONCACAF Championships.Results from the CFU Men's U-20 2016 Draw put Sint Maarten in group 1 together with Cuba, Puerto Rico and Antigua & Barbuda.

The national selection team has beentrainingfor weeks under the guidance of head coach Sandro Garcia. During the opening night on Wednesday June 15th,Sint Maarten will face Puerto Rico at 20:30pm directly followingthe game of Cuba and Antigua & Barbuda that will start at 18:00pm.

On Friday, Sint Maarten team will go againstPuerto Rico (20:30pm) and on Sunday the final game will be played against Cuba (20:30pm).

All games will be played at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex. Entrance fee for the games is $5 per night and a limited amount of tickets is available during presale for a package deal of a total of $10 for all three nights.

Pre-sale tickets can be bought by the national team players and board members of SMSA. Information about ticket sales and full schedule of the games can be found on the SMSA Facebook page.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Alberto's Fashions Slashers (Veterans) and Sucker Garden Kings (21 and Over) are this year's SXMNBA May Knockout winners Congratulations.

Next up is the SXMNBA 2016 MINI SEASON JULY 4th - OCTOBER 30th 2016 the deadline for all teams to register is JUNE 27TH 2016.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +1(721)520-2151


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - ASL Students Otmar Martina, Marlo Maduro, Shianne Lake, Adrien Nicasio, Jeanille Gibs, Dashaun Prince, Naomi Warsop, and Marine Caillet performed and volunteered on behalf of Art Saves Lives Foundation at the closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics which took place this weekend.

ASL and its students are committed to giving back to their community in various ways.

ASL Team Member Ms. Patricia Pantophlet volunteered at the Special Olympics events on Saturday at Raoul Illidge Sport Complex.

The ASL Team is very proud of the commitment of Ms. Pantophlet and the ASL students.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The board of the National Sports Institute (NSI) introduced to the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs the new NSI Director, David Forsythe, on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the cabinet of the Minister.

The NSI is the executing arm of Government in the area of Sports and is responsible for the management and maintenance of Government’s sports facilities and the development of Sports programs on Sint Maarten.

The board recently hired Forsythe and, on behalf of the Foundation, he will be responsible for the development of sports in the various districts on Sint Maarten. In introducing the new director, the Chairperson of the Managing Board, Daniel Berry, highlighted the challenge that was ahead of them and the expectations that the board had for Forsythe.

Present at the introductory meeting, along with Minister Jacobs, was Department Head of Sports, Jonelle Richardson, Supervisory Board Member, Rignald Eugenio and Board Members Steven Constance, Michael van Grieken and Gina Illidge.

Following the introduction of Forsythe the Minister of ECYS commended the Board for the long awaited installation of the director, congratulated Forsythe and highlighted some of the areas that were important to the development of sports; namely the development of after school programs, increased participation in sports and the importance of the increased awareness of proper health checks before engaging in sports.

Finally, Forsythe stated that he was happy to be a part of the NSI team and was looking forward to the tasks and challenges ahead of him. He outlined some of the areas that he had already started working on, namely facility management and sports programming.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On May 28th, 2016 young Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes from Renzo Gracie St. Maarten (SXM BJJ), St Barths and French St. Martin competed in the first annual Saint Martin Open Kids Tournament in Concordia.
This was the second tournament Dutch side Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes competed in, the first event was in January in Saint Barths. A major challenge for the Saint Barths tournament was the visa requirements for numerous students who did not hold Dutch or French passports- luckily this was not an issue for traveling to Marigot!
Stand out athletes include 13 year old female competitor Alyna Comlekcioglu who won all her matches by submission against boys.  9 year old Keziah Hoeve, 10 year old Connor Scripps-Ewing and 11 year old Gweldo Fontaine all won their divisions. Ajae Dayday, Annie Urdaneta, Omarion Thomas, Adam Comlekcioglu took silver. Kevin Bernard also took second place, only losing one match on points to a much larger opponent. 11 year old Naomi Benjamin took third place after only a few months of training.  Chantal Williams, Lukas Hassell, Amani Michel, Brunillio Bandin, Kleyian Carter, Damaine Jackson and Natalya Munoz also fought bravely.
Head Instructor Melissa Bardfield was very proud not only for her student’s technical skills but also their respectful behavior and good sportsmanship. “There is no losing in Jiu Jitsu, there is only learning”.  Special thanks go to all the parents who support the program and who came out to support and cheer for the team. Volunteer referees included Charlesson Reymond, Wesley Hendriks, Allan Di Lucia and AUC student Jaan Hansen.
For more info on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in Cole Bay visit or

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has said that he was not in favour of the World T20 taking place in 2018 and insisted that the cricket boards needed to pay more attention to the traditional Test format.

“Yes T20 cricket is very popular and necessary to globalise the sport but personally it doesn’t appeal to me as a long term product. Test cricket is the real face of the sport and it must be reinvented and popularised again,” Khan said in an interview to PTI.

“So far we don’t know anything about the International Cricket Council (ICC) wanting the World T20 to return in 2018 but when the matter does come up we are not likely to support it,” Khan said. 

Initially, the ICC and its member boards had decided to hold the next World T20 in 2020 since the 50-over World Cup is scheduled in 2019 and the Champions Trophy in 2017. Besides, there has been talks of launching a Test championship. But recent media reports have suggested the ICC has been in talks with Star Sports to sign a deal for two World T20 tournaments in 2018 and 2020 which would fetch it lucrative revenues and make it two-year ICC event.

The ICC apparently has been encouraged by recent figures that over 80 million in India watched India’s semi-final and games against Australia and Pakistan in this year’s World T20 event while there were over 750 million views worldwide for online videos of matches, compared to 250 million during the 2015 World Cup.

Assuming an agreement is reached, it would then be voted on at the ICC Annual Conference in June. Khan clearly hinted that Pakistan could possibly vote against a two-year cycle for the World T20. “I am a traditionalist and I belong to the old school.

To me what is most important now is we pay more serious attention to reviving Test cricket and even 50-over cricket,” Khan said. “While it is true T20 cricket has become very popular but I feel there is already lot of this format being held with every country hosting its own foreign league,” he said.

The PCB chief said that not only he as an individual but many other former players and cricket administrators were worried that too much of T20 cricket could damage the traditional format. “Commercialisation of cricket is there but we need to strike the right balance.

We need to safeguard against the public tiring of T20 cricket,” he said. The ICC has indicated that the revenues generated from sale of broadcast and sponsorship rights for the World T20 in a two-year cycle would mean more money to safeguard the Tests.

ST. PETERS, St. Maarten - Several hundred residents of St. Peters and interested persons showed up at the St. Peters basketball court to cheer on the athletes that participated in the Shoot Hoops, Not Guns 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and to enjoy the surrounding family fun activities.

Others simply showed up to volunteer in any way they could. Children were enjoying a clean playground, a bouncy castle, face painting, cotton candy and fun games while there were food items like BBQ and Johnny Cake, popcorn, hot dogs and refreshments on sale.

Tents for these activities were provided by UTS. DJ GQ provided festive tunes throughout the day.

At 1:30pm the 3-on3 basketball tournament kicked off with teams participating in the 12-17 and 18-26 categories. After a day of competing for the titles of District Champions there was still a thrilling 3 point shoot out that had several ties before a winner could be announced.

After 6pm the following winners were announced: St. Peters District Champions 12-17 - Diaro Forsythe, Elisha Jones, Maliek Short and Shun Watson; St. Peters District Champions 18-26 - Alain Duzant, Carlos Meyers and Akeem Liburd; St. Peters District 3 Point Shoot Out Champion - Michael Hodge and the St. Peters District MVP - Diaro Forsythe. The winners received gift certificates from Klass Electronics and Texaco while all athletes could drink some refreshing Powerade donated by CC1.

The tournament and family fun day concluded several weeks of community activities which were made possible by the many volunteers and sponsors. Many residents saw the physical change on and around the basketball court and playground and applauded the youth for their actions to make these changes a reality.

A special thank you goes out to the St. Peters Community Council and G.I.F.T.E.D. Foundation for their input.

The Shoot Hoops, Not Guns project will now move on to Middle Region and Defiance. Dates for community building activities, the hands-on weekend and the tournament and family fun day will be announced soon.

Interested persons that want to volunteer for the project or businesses that want to find out about the partnership packages can contact the Shoot Hoops, Not Guns committee via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or


PJIAE, St. Maarten – Athletes from the St. Maarten “King Yen Tae Kwon do School, left the island for Aruba Friday to take part in the 17th International Aruba Open Taekwondo Tournament being hosted there.

Amongst the participants are Tyrell Pantophlet, Lee-Ann Liu and Ivyanne Louisa, Andres Patrick, Destiny Washington, Tyrone Washington, Joel Louisa, Mira Raghosingh, Rani Raghosingh, Mahelia Gadishaw, Jai Hiu Henry, Xavier Aventurin and Emily Leysner.

According to Grand Master Theo Liu, the St. Maarten team consists of a full delegation of 33 persons, including the athletes themselves, supportive parents, coaches and a also the team’s own medical doctor.

“We will be competing all day Saturday and we are confident that we are good enough to win many gold medals during the tournament,” said an equally confident Grand Master Liu as the team prepared to embark on their flight to Aruba.

Many parents and supports of the athletes also turned out Friday to give a warm send off and best wishes for the competition.

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