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SXM BJJ holds demonstration and graduation for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Martial Arts on St Maarten reached another milestone this week. SXM BJJ held demonstrations and graduation for the youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai kickboxing students, the organization said in a press statement on Friday.

Students demonstrated techniques in front of family and friends followed by live training.  Children’s belts are awarded with high frequency than adult belts, as the minimum age for the first adult rank of blue belt is 15 and typically takes two years of dedicated training.

Achievement coins were awarded to three Jiu Jitsu students in each class for outstanding, discipline, technical skills, improvement, and helpfulness: T'shaira Hodge Hippolite, Nathan Dowling Busby, Leyah Lucas, Denzel Charles, Sael Hinkfoot, Vlad Ahlip, Meshach Hazel, Sophia Chamas and Patrick Szabo earned achievement coins.

The following students earned stripes signifying progress: Nathan Dowling Busby, Louisa Vanden Eynde, Justin Samaroo, Tristan Lista, Leyah Lucas, Abraham Lugo, William O'Keefe, Keani Offringa Ravesteijn, Rohan Rinker, Shania Samaroo, Miles Cheasley. Grey/white belts were earned by: Angelo Gioia, T'shaira Hodge Hippolite, Shahyr Phillips, Denzel Charles, Gerald Henry Colon, Xavi Daal, Sael Hinkfoot, Tariq V, Omar Nicholson. Grey: D'jeni Anselm, Mohit Balaji, Nila Benjamin, Ayla Bus-Kiric, Kaelan Caballero, Aria Kukreja, Dawson Lake, Megan Lockhorn, Gabriel Sweetman, Kenron Vanterpool, Nahayla V, Sophia Chamas, Ekam Singh. Grey/Black belts: Aarav Kukreja, Keenan Benjamin. White/yellow: Alexander Roper, Maxime Rosa Olivia Shepard, Gabriel Mendez Amado, Jean Harold Audebert, Patrick Szabo. Yellow: Nathan Shepard, Rylan Benjamin, Jaali Galvani, Justice Lawrence, Nahjae A. Prince. Yellow/Black Sernik Porcasi,Emily Roper. Orange/white: Djahmar Euson, Meshach Hazel, Sebastiaan Hoekstra, Dorina Smirnova. Orange: Eldric Phebe. Orange/Black: Nakysha Jederon. Green/Black: Aidan Wilkie.

Historically there is no ranking system in Muay Thai, the traditional kickboxing martial art of Thailand. Head Instructor and Cole Bay representative of Team Sityodtong St Maarten see the use of ranking is a great motivation for children and a measure of progress and adapted a ranking system using arm bands. Sensei Akeem Lewis explained “In Thailand, the use of an armband, also known as Prajioud was traditionally made from a torn piece of a mother’s sarong (dress or skirt cloth) and tied on the arm before Muay Thai fights for good luck and protection. This tradition was originated during times of war where mothers would see their sons go off to war and offer them good luck and protection. We adapted an arm band ranking system similar to the kids belt color system of BJJ.”

Over 25 kids were promoted with “prajioud” arm bands. White rank awarded to Kai Calder, Zaydante Tonge, Jru Adams, Ishaan Alwani, Sahil Menghani, Alberto Matos, Brendan Bertrand, Jabari Illidge. White and yellow arm bands were awarded to: Jamiel Celestine, Luna Peterson, Skye Peterson, Roshaiyro Edwards, Lyan Abouzeid, Aiden Newton. Yellow arm bands were awarded to: Damien Valasco, Liam Swaby, Edward George, Liam Sisal, Hamza Abouzeid, Seybian Ortega, Mason Hoeve, Daniscio Bryan. Orange and white arm bands were awarded to: shayne Gibbs-Claxton, Meshac Hazel. Orange arm band was awarded to Eldrick Phebe.

Sernik Porcasi who is already ranked at a green arm band “highest rank for kids” was award a certificate for his outstanding performance, technical skills and behavior in the class.

SXM BJJ martial artists are required to have integrity, honesty, discipline and humility. Students learn fighting skills only to be used in self-defense or organized competitions.  Fighting in the street is strictly forbidden. Instructors hold their students by this guideline. The aim of the program is to instill discipline, respect, and self-confidence in each student.

Kids martial arts classes continue at SXM BJJ, closing for July only. For more information or to register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Banks and Samuel win SMGA’S 2 person’s Summer Scramble

SINT MAARTEN (MULLET BAY) - Val Banks and Lester Samuel from Anguilla took top honors during the annual two person’s Summer Scramble at the Mullet Bay Golf Course. This event organized by the St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA drew 19 teams of 2 golfers to the course during last Saturday.

On a golf course that’s become increasingly challenging after no rain during the last couple of weeks, Banks and Samuel scored 78 points in the Stableford format and beat the runner up team of Sam and Safir Bashir by 2 points. Third place was won by Jan Peter Holtland and Andy Holmes who also carded 76 points but had a lower average handicap.

Afterwards prizes, lunch and drinks were served to all participants, courtesy of the St. Maarten Golf Association.

The SMGA is a non-profit organization that welcomes all beginning and experienced golfers, tourists and St. Maarten / St. Martin residents alike to become members and join them during tournaments and matches. For more information about the SMGA, please contact the Golf Shop at the Mullet Bay Golf Course or like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St.MaartenGolfAssociation

Website : www.sxmgolfassociation.com

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31 teams sailed in the 2022 St. Maarten Dinghy National Championship in Simpson Bay

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On June 4th the St. Maarten Dinghy National Championship was sailed in Simpson Bay. 31 boats competed in the second edition of this annual event. The National Dinghy Championship is a collaboration from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club and the Sint Maarten Sailing Federation (SIMSAF).

Even though the event is called the St. Maarten Dinghy National Championship, the event is open for other nationalities to join. Only the title St. Maarten Dinghy National Champion can be won by a St. Maarten sailor.

In the Laser Class 8 competitors raced. Emma Lennox came in third place, Justin Pieterse in second and Jules Fortunati took the win of the event. With this results Emma Lennox came St. Maarten National Champion in the Laser 4.7, Justin Pieterse became St. Maarten National Champion in the Laser Radial and Frits Bus came St. Maarten National Champion in the Laser Standard. 

The RS Quest fleet was sailed by 4 boats. Eli and Christoff won the class, Antonin and Luca became in second and Joris v.d. Eynde and his 7-year-old son Axel came in third. As Joris and Axel were the best team from St. Maarten, they took home the title St. Maarten Dinghy National Champion in the RS Quest. The youngest National Champion!

In the RS Zest Fleet 5 competitors sailed; Yannis Poitevin came in third place, Henry Darling came in second and Rio Stomp took the convincing win with all bullets. He took home the title St. Maarten Dinghy National Champion in the RS Zest class. 

Three boats competed in the Sun Fast 20 Class. Ernst Looser and his crew John Darling ended in third place, Kemar Brooks, Iain Mobbs and Rien Korteknie, representing the Maritime School of the West Indies became second and Robbie Ferron and his team took the win in this class. This made Robbie Ferron and his team St. Maarten Dinghy National Champion in the Sunfast 20 class.

Eleven sailors joined the Optimist Class. As the National Champion in the Optimist Class will be decided later this year during the Optimist Championship in November there was no title rewarded in the Optimist Class.Sarah Michaux came in third, Marvin Fabressy came in second and Lolie Osswald came in first place in the Optimist Class.

This event was the last of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championship. This Championship exists of the 5 different dinghy series, sailed from October 2021 till June 2022. The winners were rewarded during the prize giving.

Results can be found online on www.smyc.com/dinghy-series

“This dinghy racing season showed great competition! A total of 80 sailors joined the series overall. Our friends from the Club de Voile de Fryers Bay and the St. Barths Yacht Club were thanked during the prize giving. Joining each other’s races, and training together will make all our sailors better. Both clubs took the effort to come to Sint Maarten to join every dinghy race. We are looking forward to next season” said Sam Peeks, racing coach at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.

This Sunday, June 12th, will be the final day of the Keelboat Season Championship. 

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Patriotic School Parade as main feature for commemoration of the 37th Anniversary of Flag Day

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The people and the Government of Sint Maarten will be commemorating the 37th Anniversary of “Flag Day”, on June 13th, 2022. The annual commemoration of “Sint Maarten Flag Day” will take place from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, on the premises of the Government Administration Building in Philipsburg.

The main feature for this year’s activities will be a Patriotic School Parade, which will be led by the three primary schools in Philipsburg namely, Sister Borgia, St. Joseph and Oranje School. Some of the main highlights of this event includes the raising of the Sint Maarten Flag along with official addresses by the Honorable Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and The Honorable Minister of Education Culture Youth and Sport drs. Rodolphe Samuel along with special cultural performances by King Beau Beau, Ilismo, Melissa Fleming and DJ Pauly.

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs in an invited comment said, “I welcome this opportunity for us as a people to recognize what a flag means to us and the pride we feel when it is flown whether at home, abroad or wherever St. Maarten is represented. I encourage persons to visit our Government website (www.sintmaartengov/culture Special Projects Tab) and other media sources for more information on our National Flag.”

It has been 37 years since the Sint Maarten flag was presented by Dr. Claude Wathey, approved and established by the then sitting members of Island Council on June 13th 1985., Today, the Sint Maarten Flag that was designed by Roselle Richardson remains an intricate part of the fabric of our Historical Cultural Heritage and the cornerstone of our Patriotism.

In the days, leading up to the commemoration ceremony on June 13th, Minister of Education Culture Youth & Sport drs. Rodolphe Samuel is calling on persons and businesses in the community to show their pride and patriotism by flying the Sint Maarten flag on their vehicles and buildings or wherever they deem it appropriate. The Government of Sint Maarten will do its part also as the Government Administration Building has been decorated reflecting the flag colors red white and blue. Persons are also reminded to follow proper protocol and etiquette of how the flag should be displayed.

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DCOMM to Carry Live Monday Funeral Services of Acting Governor Groeneveldt

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Department of Communication (DCOMM) will be carrying live via its mediums the funeral service of Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt on Monday, June 6th.

The service will be held at the Philipsburg Methodist Church with viewing taking place between 09:00 AM to 10:45 AM followed by the service at 11:00 AM.

The livestream will run through all DCOMMs mediums starting at 9:00 AM: SXMGOV Radio 107.9 FM, Facebook/sxmgov, and via the Government’s official website www.sintmaartengov.org

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SJIS Family Funday and Fundraising “Fun & Funds” A Success

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Thursday, May 26, 2022, the Emilio Wilson Park was transformed into a playground. Equipped with trampoline, Wacky Bouncer, good old-fashioned games such as musical chairs, jumping-bag racing, hula hoop, bowling as well as drumming, the Foundation Judicial Institutes St. Maarten (SJIS) said in a press statement on Thursday.

SJIS once more held an activity in recognition of foster care month, titled “Be The Village Foster a Child”.

At the Foundation Judicial Institutes tent, in the park, interested persons signed up and gathered information about ways they can participate in foster care on St. Maarten. K1 Britannia and the Court of Guardianship were also on hand to provide information and support.

The event was coordinated with the help of many volunteers, government and semi-government partners and sponsored by FLOW, while other donors SOL Antilles, Pelican Peak Zipline, Pineapple Pete’s and Oyster Bay Beach Resort provided prizes which were raffled throughout the day.

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Minister of Justice Hon. Anna Richardson (3rd from left) visited the event at the Emilio Wilson Park.

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Prime Minister Jacobs 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Address

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially opened on Wednesday, June 1st. The season is for a period of six-months, until November 30th.

Head of the country’s Emergency Operations Center/Emergency Support Functions (EOC/ESFs) Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs released her annual hurricane season address to the nation and it reads as follows:

My Fellow St. Maarteners,                             

Today, June 1st marks the start of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Forecasters have predicted that it will be an above-average and active one. The Atlantic hurricane season is one we face yearly from June 1st until November 31st with the peak of the season being from August to October. Our country sits in a disaster-prone hurricane risk area, therefore we must ensure that we are all prepared. This is a call to action to put things into motion.

On Wednesday, May 25th, I chaired the first preparedness meeting of the Emergency Operations Center where all 10 Emergency Support Function coordinators rendered updates on their plans in place to safeguard our nation in the event of a storm. The season is already off to an early start with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasting a likely range of 14 to 21 named storms. We are very much aware of what devastation a powerful hurricane can cause after our most recent experience with Irma nearly five years ago from which we are still recovering. As such, I am glad that over the past five years we are better prepared with the completion of 11 hurricane shelters.

However, hurricane preparation is not only a prerogative of Government but an individual, family and business responsibility. As St. Maarten continues through the ongoing endemic, we continue to encourage being as strict as possible with hygiene such as hand washing, optional mask usage and social distancing when possible in public spaces. Visit the hardware store and other entities such as insurance companies to ensure that you’ve made sufficient preparations before the peak months of the season.

During your preparations for the hurricane season, prepare a Disaster Kit that is able to support members of your household for a minimum of seven days after the hurricane has passed. Ensure to include hand sanitizer, bar or liquid soap; two cloth face coverings for each person; disinfecting wipes, or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces. Additional necessities to include are water, batteries, flashlight, radio, medicine, non-perishable foods and a baby supply kit for parents with infants or young children. For those whose homes are not yet storm or hurricane ready, you should make alternative housing arrangements to stay at family or friends.

Do not become complacent this hurricane season. Follow the preparedness messages and advice on how to prepare for a storm or hurricane and learn more about hurricane hazards by visiting www.sintmaartengov.org/hurricane where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.” Careful preparation and remaining vigilant throughout the season make a huge difference. Stay informed and follow official government information channels for instructions.

Remember, it only takes one to make it a bad hurricane season. I appeal to everyone including the business community, to make sure you are ready for the season. Start preparing from now, and remember that though we are a resilient nation, we must, individually and collectively strengthen our preparedness against any disaster or crisis.

‘Hope, Faith and Love…” from 1 Cor.13, is always quoted at weddings and other similar occasions, I would like to use it here to encourage all to have Hope, that we will be spared, Faith that we will be able to sustain whatever comes, and because of Love for self, family and community, we will do all we can to be prepared for this and all possible disasters.

May we have a safe 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

Thank you, and May God Bless our St. Maarten Land.

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Government opens condolence book in memory of Alfonso R. Blijden

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday, June 1, at 12:00 pm, a condolence-memorial book will be opened to the public in connection with the passing of avid historian, senior civil servant, and community leader Alfonso R. Blijden.

From Thursday onwards, the condolence-memorial book will be open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Government Administration Building on Pond Island until Monday, June 6. Civil servants can sign the condolence book at any time throughout the day.

Mr. Blijden began his career in government as an Archive Officer in 1987, under the leadership of the late Louis Duzanson, and continued to develop his career in government as a very knowledgeable and dedicated civil servant earning his bachelors degree in Public Administration in 2007.

As an expert in his field, he transitioned towards Senior Archive Officer and Application Manager for the Department of Records and Information Management (DIV) in 2013 and continued to serve even during his health challenges out of a deep and abiding passion for his vocation.

Mr. Blijden will be dearly missed by by his wife, daughters, family, dear colleagues throughout the organization and its various stakeholders, and his many friends. He will forever be remembered as hard-working, dedicated, and committed to learning and sharing the history of St. Martin.

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COM Expresses Deepest Condolences on the Passing of Leonora Sneek-Gibbs

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Prime Minister of Sint Maarten Hon. Silveria Jacobs, on behalf of the Council of Ministers (COM) of the Government and of Sint Maarten, expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Leonora Sneek-Gibbs as well as the people and Government of St. Eustatius, on the passing of the former Commissioner and State Secretary.

Sneek-Gibbs was the wife of independent Statia Island Council member Nicolaas ‘Koos’ Sneek.

“Affectionately known as ‘Nora,’ Sneek-Gibbs, was a shining bright star to the Windward Islands communities, and especially to the people of Statia that she served over the decades. Nora’s family, friends and close relatives on Sint Maarten, will dearly miss her,” Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs said on Tuesday.

Leonora was also very involved in the business community as operator of the Talk of the Town and the Blue Bead Restaurant.

Sneek-Gibbs served as State Secretary in the government of the former Netherlands Antilles, prior to its dissolution on October 10, 2010.

Besides her business and government interests and involvement, Sneek-Gibbs also served her community in a number of civic organizations such as St. Eustatius Lions Club, Quota International Club, and the St. Eustatius Promotion of International Culture and Education (SPICE) Foundation.

“Nora was an exemplary public servant and citizen who discharged her duties with diligence and integrity. To her husband Island Council member Koos Sneek, family, dear friends, and the people of Statia, our heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Sint Maarten during this difficult time. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs said on Tuesday.

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LU Students donate to Mental Health Foundation

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Griffins and Student Government of Learning Unlimited (LU) Preparatory School were active again recently with their community in mind.

Every year, the two groups organize various fundraising events with the sole purpose of giving back to the community. In December, 2021, they had a Food and Toy Drive and donated the items throughout the community.

At the end of the school year, the students select an organization to assist with their collected funds. This year is no exception. Under the leadership of Siddhant Vaswani, the LUPS President of Student Government, the students chose the St Maarten Mental Health Foundation as the recipient of their fundraising efforts. They were able to raise US $1,200.00.

The students hope that, through their kind gesture, they could put the spotlight on the Mental Health Foundation and the important role it plays in their community.

Griffins are students who represent Learning Unlimited's values and demonstrate them on a daily basis. Griffins are role models who devote themselves to school life. This prestigious position requires attributes such as leadership and integrity.

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