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Soccer players enjoyed another great day of games

BELVEDERE - During the Heineken Regatta weekend the games continued at the Johan Cruijff Court in Belvedere. It was a beautiful but windy day, which challenged the players regarding their technical skills.

On this day also the last games were played in the A and B pools of the 9+U category and the 13+U category. After the first round one team each in the 9+U and 13+U category will be eliminated. The results and standings will follow in the beginning of the week, as well as the new schedule for the teams in these categories.

Results of Saturday March 7, 2015:

Game 1: Category 7+U

Sr. Regina vs Sr. Magda Greenboys: result 0 – 1 (at halftime 0 - 1)

The lone goal of the game was scored by Sr. Magda Greenboys in the first few minutes of the game. The goal scorer was Elaijah Baker after an assist by Jayden Blomont. After the quick goal both teams were able to counter each other’s moves with sublime defensive efforts.

Game 2: Category 7+U

Dr. Martin Luther King vs Sr. Magda Rockstars: result 0 – 2 (forfeit)

A friendly game was played with the one player of Dr. Martin Luther King who showed up on time and Sr. Regina players present who were willing to play a second game. Therefore the shirts of Sr. Regina were used in order to put on a uniform looking team, which explains the accompanying pictures. In the second half of the game Dr. Martin Luther King players replaced all the Sr. Regina players on the field.

Game 3: Category 13+U

Charles Leopold Bell vs Dr. Martin Luther King: result 6 – 0 (at halftime 5 - 0)

Top scorers Charles Leopold Bell: Abijah Adamson and Trace Fisher both scored 2 goals and made 2 assists.

Dr. Martin Luther King team valiantly regrouped in the second half after the disastrous first half, but was unable to put one between the posts. A great effort from both teams.

Game 4: Category 9+U

Leonald Connor vs Sr. Magda Athletics: result 0 – 1 (at halftime 0 - 1)

The lone goal scorer for Sr. Magda Athletics was Gianni Fer. The game was a nail biter as both teams created numerous opportunities, which were voided by great defensive plays by the defenders and the goal keepers on both sides of the pitch.    

Game 5: Category 9+U

Combine Silly Shooters vs Dr. Martin Luther King: result 7 – 1 (at halftime 1 - 1)

Top scorer Combine Silly Shooters: Xabel Dias with 5 goals.

The lone goal scorer for Dr. Martin Luther King was Richie Ellis.

During the first half Dr. Martin Luther King put up a good fight against the offensive onslaught of the Combine Silly Shooters skilled forwards. At halftime the score was tied. After some strategic directions at halftime the Combine Silly Shooters were able to breach the Dr. Martin Luther King defenses in the second half. The change in tactics proved to be very successful resulting in the one-sided looking end score of the game.

Game 6: Category 9+U

Learning Unlimited vs Sr. Regina New Stars: result 9 – 1 (at halftime 7 - 0)

Top scorers Learning Unlimited: Sharky Nowek with 5 goals and 1 assist and Connor Scripps-Ewing with 3 goals and 2 assists.

The lone goal scorer for Sr. Regina New Stars was Thomas Plas. The Sr. Regina New Stars were unable to put the ball in the back of the net until the end of the game when Thomas Plas finally managed to put it past the L.U.’s goal keeper. A feat which he appropriately celebrated, because the New Stars really tried hard to make a goal and definitely deserved to get rid of the nil.

Game 7: Category 9+U

Sr. Regina Masters vs Charles Leopold Bell: result 2 – 6 (at halftime 0 - 5)

Top scorers Charles Leopold Bell: Bernardo Nisbeth-Lopez with 3 goals and 3 assists and Davare Gray with 2 goals and 3 assists. Charles Leopold Bell played great in their new uniforms.

Goal scorer Sr. Regina Masters: Ishrael Charles with 2 goals after 1 assist by Alexander Mulder.

Game 8: Category 11+U

Sr. Regina Goal Getters vs Learning Unlimited Legends:  result 2 – 0 (forfeit)

Learning Unlimited Legends did not have enough eligible players. A friendly game was played versus a team of volunteers.

Game 9: Category 11+U

Sr. Regina United vs Learning Unlimited Goal Machines: result 3 – 12 (at halftime 1 - 6)

Top scorer Learning Unlimited Goal Machines: Noah Ledee with 4 goals and 3 assists

Goal scorers Sr. Regina United: Divano Job with 2 goals and Tomas Bouman with 1 goal.

Game 10: Category 13+U

SXM Schools United vs Genevieve de Weever: result 3 – 6 (at halftime 2 - 4)

Top scorer Genevieve de Weever: Jamard Fleming with 4 goals. Allen Rodrick was instrumental to the win with 4 assists.

Goal scorers SXM Schools United: Jean Jacques Craane with 2 goals and Gilmar Blackman with 1 goal and 1 assist.

SXM Schools United put on a great game with only four players versus a strong Genevieve de Weever.

Game 11: Category 13+U

Leonald Connor vs Sr. Magda United Stars: result 9 - 2 (at halftime 4 - 0)

Top scorers Leonald Connor: Gamy Charles with 5 goals and Isael Medina-Bran with 3 goals and 1 assist.

Goal scorer Sr. Magda United Stars: Jolian Peterson with 2 goals after 1 assist by Paul Speetjens.

A strong game by the Leonald Connor side who dominated the game from the start. It was not until the end of the game when Sr. Magda was able to pass Leonald Connor’s goal keeper Bernard Nisbeth. Bernard Nisbeth displayed great keeper skills with swift reflexes and amazing saves.

Games will continue on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

A general remark regarding the forfeiting of games due to incomplete teams (less than 4 eligible players at game time):

It is not possible to grant a team additional time before starting a game besides the time stated in the rules and regulations of the tournament. It would otherwise be impossible to stay within the allotted time frame for all the games to take place during the game day.

On average 12 games are played each game day, an additional five minute delay for each game would already amount to one hour of delay at the end of the day. The organization is ensuring that all the games start on time. As such there is no reason why teams should not be present at the scheduled time, since these times are communicated way in advance to the teams.

A five minutes respite is already given to the teams in accordance to the rules for which the game schedule makes allowances. It is therefore important that teams do not cut it close when considering transportation and preparation times before their games.

At all times the organization tries to arrange a friendly game to make it possible that all those that showed responsible behavior are rewarded for doing so. Parents are especially encouraged to support their child’s timely attendance.

It is not nice for the teammates, the coach and their opponents, that players do not show up on time or are absent without giving prior notice. There is only so much that coaches and the organization can do to facilitate each team’s attendance. It needs to be supported by all involved.

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Ad Hoc Committee of Integrity to meet on Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG – Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee Integrity will meet in a House session on March 10.

The Ad Hoc Committee meeting is set for Tuesday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is related to a discussion on setting the perimeters for the Permanent Committee Integrity.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and via www.sxmparliament.org. 

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MP Tamara Leonard calls on women to “Make It Happen”

PHILIPSBURG – United People’s (UP) party Member of Parliament Tamara Leonard says the theme of International Women’s Day “Make It Happen” is a call to women on St. Maarten and all over the world to make more happen in their communities and a call to all women to strive for even more.

“To God be the Glory! From God, we women get much strength to conquer all obstacles and overcome challenges. Women, like you and me, know there is still much more we need to make happen in our country. We need to let our voices be heard more. We need to let our views on policy and development now. We need to start supporting each other more as community mothers, sisters and friends,” Leonard says a message to mark International Women’s Day.

“Women on St. Maarten have shattered the glass ceiling in many areas. Many women hold high positions in the public and private sector. But, there is still more ground to cover. Our girls must be taught they can ‘Make It Happen’ for their future with a solid education, well thought out goals, and a desire to build themselves and our country,” says Leonard.

Women, who struggle and succeed every day to “make it happen” for themselves and their families, must be applauded. “We need to give each other more encouragement, a helping hand and comfort. The more women lean on and support each other, the more we can make happen for our country,” said Leonard.

She congratulated fellow women on the marking of yet another International Women’s Day. “Together, we will make it happen for St. Maarten.”

IWD will be observed around the world on Sunday, March 8. The day presents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. (UP MP Tamara Leonard)

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Central Committee Meeting scheduled for Monday

PHILIPSBURG – TheCentral Committee of Parliament will meet in public session on March 9

The public Central Committee meeting is set for Monday at 3.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda is approval of proposed questions as formulated by the Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations to the Kingdom Council of State.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and via www.sxmparliament.org. 

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Strict Enforcement by Police of NO PARKING in different areas on March 7 and 8 for Heineken Regatta Parties

SIMPSON BAY - In connection with the ongoing Heineken Regatta the Police Department is making the following announcement. Due to the large public attendance to the event at the Kim Sha Beach on Saturday March 7th and Sunday March 8th the following traffic measures will be taken:

There will be “NO PARKING” allowed on the Billy Folly road. This area will be barricaded to allow the free flow of traffic into and out of the Pelican area.

There will be “NO PARKING” on the Welfare road from “Toppers” until “Skip Jack”. This area will also be barricaded. 

There will be “NO PARKING” on both sides of the “Nature Discount Store”. These are the two “EMERGENCY EXITS” from the events location.

There will be “NO PARKING” next to the BBQ grill which will be barricaded on both sides and used as the main “EMERGENCY EXIT”.

Any vehicle parked in any of these areas indicated will be towed at the owner’s expense. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Warm send off from TelEm Group adds up to something good for MPC Math-A-Lympiad Team

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group gave a warm send off to a team of math students from Milton Peters College Thursday, by presenting them with some warm windbreaker jackets and a cash contribution towards their flight.

The MPC math wizzes will be putting their skills to the test in Garderen, in the Netherlands this weekend where they will compete in the annual Kingdom Math-A-Lympiad 2015.

Before heading for the Netherlands they were presented with their super-warm hoodies by Sales & Marketing Manager, Mr. Emile van der Weerd.

“We know it’s cold in the Netherlands right now, so we have taken at least one of the worries away from our island team by presenting them with their own windbreakers so that they can concentrate all their efforts on the job at hand,” said Mr. van der Weerd in wishing the teenagers the best of luck.

“It’s a fantastic experience for all of them and we want them to fully enjoy that experience,” said Mr. van der Weerd.

The MPC Math-A-Lympiad team is represented by: Veerle Bok; Reno Brooks, Mahealeney Kemper and Melissa Mingo. They will also be accompanied by math teachers, Mr. Blankendal and Miss Sno. (TelEm)

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First additional Simpson Bay Bridge Opening for Heineken Regatta is at 8.00AM on Thursday Morning

SIMPSON BAY – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority would like to remind the St. Maarten community that in connection with the 35th Edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, there will be five additional bridge openings to accommodate the vessels that will be partaking in the annual race.

The first additional Simpson Bay Bridge opening is 8.00AM on Thursday morning, March 5 for outbound vessels.

On Friday, March 6 there will be two additional Simpson Bay Bridge openings, the first one at 8.00AM for outbound and at 6.00PM for inbound vessels.

On Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8 there will be additional openings at 8.00AM for outbound vessels.

Motorists are advised to take note of the aforementioned when planning to head towards the SXM Airport or heading to work in the Simpson Bay, Maho and Cupecoy areas.

The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority wishes everybody, the participants and visitors who came to the country for the 35th edition of the regatta a safe event and happy sailing.

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Public health says have a healthy and safe Heineken Regatta

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, would like to wish visitors for the 35th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta a safe and healthy fulfilled event.

Recently representatives of CPS met with representatives of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority to discuss collaboration in providing preventive tips for the participants in taking preventive measures to stay healthy while enjoying an update on different aspects of the regatta.

CPS in collaboration with the Department of Communication (DCOMM), the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority and St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, have issued a flyer with healthy tips and suggestions.

The flyer requests, visitors, sailors, and volunteers to stay healthy during their visit to St. Maarten, and to prevent any possible infectious disease.

“We ask that you be attentive as it relates to the following symptoms which can be attributed to one of the following infectious conditions such as Dengue, Chikungunya, Gastroenteritis Disease.

“If you have any of the following symptoms such as:

  • Fever; Diarrhea, Body pains; Vomiting; Headaches, Joint Pains
  • If yes, please contact a physician; minimize personal contact; implement proper cough etiquette, hand and personal hygiene.

ü  If you are coughing use proper cough etiquette, cough in the elbow, sneeze or blow your nose in a disposable tissue and put such in the garbage bin. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after discarding the used tissue.

ü  Frequently wash/sanitize your hands properly especially after using the toilet and working with your hands. Before you eat or put food in your mouth make sure your hands are clean.

ü  Properly use repellent to stop mosquitoes from feeding; at dusk and dawn use proper clothing such as long sleeves and long pants.

ü  Don’t Drink and Drive and have safe sex – properly use a condom! 

ü  Properly wear gloves for handling food and cleaning up after a sick person or in general

 Be Safe, Be Healthy & Have Fun”

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St. Maarten Cable TV and BTP-SXM Investigate Allegations Made By WTN

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable TV and its regulator, Bureau Communication and Post St. Maarten (BTP-SXM), are presently investigating recent allegations made by Wireless Telecommunications Network (WTN) Cable. 

BTP-SXM is the independent regulatory authority for the telecommunications and post industry and is responsible for the maintenance of a competitive environment within the telecommunications and post industry on the island of St. Maarten.

WTN alleges that St. Maarten Cable TV is responsible for signal interference resulting in service issues for WTN Cable TV subscribers in selected areas.

In response to the allegations, Beulah Jonis, Managing Director of St. Maarten Cable TV, stated “We were advised by BTP-SXM to work on some existing issues of which the work has been completed. Our technical team has since been working tirelessly with BTP-SXM and has found no evidence thus far to support the claim made by WTP. BTP-SXM will continue to conduct tests to confirm whether there is any truth to the aforementioned allegations.”

The process of investigating the alleged interference started on February 24, 2015 of which customers in Dutch Quarter, Middle Region area and part of Madame Estate would have experienced periodic outages of their internet and cable TV services.

Jonis concluded, “St. Maarten Cable TV subscribers in these areas may continue to experience these periodic outages of our services until BTP-SXM finds the actual source of the interference.”

For cable inquiries, billing assistance and service calls, customers can call 542-4361 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Customers are encouraged to visit St. Maarten Cable TV’s website for additional information about CableNet at www.innovativevi.net/sxmcable  and “Like Us” on the Facebook website at www.facebook.com/StMaartenCable.

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Ladies Basketball Championship March Madness First Weekend Full of Excitement

SUCKER GARDEN - The Motorworld & Jeep & Walichi Basketball Association's Ladies Basketball Championship Final 4 Playoffs began on Friday February 27th as all 4 teams played Game 1 of the best of 3 series. The first game of the night, #2 Thunderz VS #3 MGM Lightning was a wire to wire win for the Thunderz.

The MGM Lightning team fought back in the fourth quarter but was unsuccessful and the Thunderz won 36-31. Top players for Thunderz was Joyette Lloyd with 9 points, 16 rebounds and 4 steals and Yolanda Jeffers with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist. MGM Lightning was led by Micaela Galva with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals and Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 1 assist. 

Second game of the night was between #1 Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls and #4 Learning Unlimited. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls held a small led throughout the whole game. Learning Unlimited fought back and got within 2 points but Lava Girls went on a big run to close out the game and win 50-36. 

Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls was led by Claudia Fleming with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 8 steals and 1 block and Diasha Ferdinand with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist. Learning Unlimited was led by Jakisha Brooks with 14 points, 24 rebounds, 4 stelas, 3 blocks and 2 assists and Abby Jones with 4 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.

Game 2 for both series was on Sunday March 1st and turned out to be two great sets of games. The first game of the afternoon was between #2 Thunderz VS #3 MGM Lightning. MGM Lightning started off strong and led after the first quarter 11-4, the Thunderz came back in the second quarter to cut the led to only 15-12.

MGM Lightning recovered in the third quarter to lead by 11 points after the third and won the game 32-22. MGM Lightning was led by Micaela Galva with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 block. 

Second game of the day was between #1 Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls and #4 Learning Unlimited and turned out to be the best game of the weekend and a great way to end the weekend. Learning Unlimited started off the game very strong and led 16-9 after the first quarter. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls recovered to take the lead at the half 24-22 and stretched the lead in the third quarter to 41-32.

Learning Unlimited fought back with defence and outscored Lava Girls 17-8 but the game went down to the wire and the game went into overtime tied 49-49. Learning Unlimited built a 6 point led early in the overtime but Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls fought back and tied the game at 57-57. Jakisha Brooks stole the ball and got a layup with 6 seconds left in overtime to give Learning Unlimited the led and the win at 59-57. Learning Unlimited was led by the big game of Rachael Degroot with 18 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and Jakisha Brooks with 18 points, 18 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 blocks and 3 assists. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls was led by Claudia Fleming with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 1 block and Wendy Jack with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.

What a weekend with both series being tied 1-1 a piece. All 4 teams will play the deciding game 3 on Friday March 6thstarting at 7pm at Melford Hazel Sports Complex as #2 Thunderz take on #3 MGM Lightning and at 8:30pm #1 Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls take on #4 Learning Unlimited. Winners of Friday's games will win the series and go on to the finals to battle it out for the championship.

All teams are looking forward to seeing everyone come out with friends and family and to cheer on their favourite team to victory.

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