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Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports - Department of Sports

cubateam28042017PHILIPSBURG:---Department of Sports sees off St. Maarten Sports and Olympic Federation delegation to Cuba.On Sunday, April 23, 2017, a group consisting of 7 athletes and 7 delegates left for Cuba to attend the St. Maarten Promising Athletes (SPA) training camp. The delegation is expected to be in Cuba from April 23 to May 3, 2017. The sports traveling consist of :

Judo – I. Bell, M. Bell, K. Olivacce and M. Bell
Athletics - N. Milton
Cycling – W. Chittick
Aquatics - A. Thomas

The training camp will take place at the Olympic Training Center in Cuba and will be executed, in collaboration with the SMSOF, by the Cuban national coaches with high-performance training in mind.

This trip is one of the many planned training camps which aim to enhance the abilities of our athletes. The SMSOF is expected to be traveling to Colorado Springs in July for further training with these athletes and to the Dominican Republic as they did last year, with the baseball, boxing, volleyball and basketball teams and the other teams from swimming and athletics to further develop the athletes. The various training camps, as previously stated, aim to engage the athletes based on their individual needs, development and skill set which will optimize their potential output in the long run.

The Ministry commend the efforts of the Federation to further develop our athletes and look forward to a positive outcome.

Popi & Profeta added to Noche Latina lineup

popi28042017PHILIPSBURG:---Two of the biggest MC’s/DJ’s in the Dominican Republic, DJ Popi and DJ Profeta has been added to the lineup for Noche Latina on Sunday night in Carnival Village. Noche Latina is Presented by Presidente beer in collaboration with the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF). The night will feature artists exclusively from the Dominican Republic.
Organisers are certain that the inclusion of Popi & Profeta will add even more excitement to the show as both are known for their hype and funny skills as MC’s who can keep a show entertaining. They are the most sought after MC’s in the Dominican Republic, hosting their own shows and concerts in addition to being top-notch DJ talent on the party scene in that country.
Popi & Profeta will be joined by St. Maarten’s own DJ/MC tandem in DJ Eagle and DJ Ricky, no strangers to Latino concerts and the party scene on St. Maarten.
Under the theme “Siente La Musica!” or Feel The Music, Presidente, and SCDF will present two artists that fall under the “Urbanas” genre, two “Bachateros” and one Salsa band that will “have the public dancing all night,” according to the foundation.
Taking the stage will be Urbana stars Shadow Blow and Mozart La Para. They will be joined by popular Salsa band Revolucion Salsera and finally, legendary Bachata singer Luis Miguel del Amargue will complete the lineup. Bachata singer Yoskar Sarante was also on the lineup but the singer has fallen ill and will no longer be performing. He has issued an apology to his fans via video that will be posted on the SCDF Facebook page.
“We are very excited about this show and very pleased to be able to partner with CC1 and Presidente Beer for this concert. The Latin music genre is still one of the biggest in the world and it’s an integral part of St. Maarten Carnival,” SCDF President Alston Lourens said.
“It isn’t just the Spanish community on St. Maarten that look forward to this show, locals as well, as do our visitors from Aruba, Curacao, South America and Miami. The lineup for Noche Latina is filled with top class artists with hits after hits. It will be a fun and energetic night for sure,” he added.

St. Maarten Lions & Telem Group to distribute earplugs for the Carnival Parade

lionstelem28042017PHILIPSBURG:---St. Maarten Lions Club & Telem Group has teamed up to distribute 5000 earplugs to especially seniors, children and babies that will be standing along the Grand Carnival Parade route on Monday May 1st. This is being done to protect their hearing during the passing of the loud music from the various bands and DJ systems on parade day.

Help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Wear light colored clothing at dusk and use mosquito repellent

GREAT BA:--- (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community as well as visitors to wear light colored clothing at dusk; wear long sleeve shirts and pants; and use mosquito repellent to prevent being bitten by a mosquito that could possibly carrying a mosquito-borne disease such as dengue, chikungunya or zika.

Visitors and residents are out and about enjoying the Carnival festivities, and taking the aforementioned preventative measure into consideration will go a long way in preventing one getting a mosquito-borne disease.

Mosquito-borne diseases such as zika, dengue fever and chikungunya are transmitted by the female vector Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is distinguished by its markings. The body of the mosquito has alternate black and white horizontal stripes. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito lays her eggs in clear (clean) stagnant water. Within eight days the mosquito can complete its life cycle from egg, to larvae to pupae and to and adult mosquito.

Persons are also requested to keep their homes, yards, neighborhoods and work environment free from potential mosquito breeding sites.

An increase in the mosquito population puts residents at risk. For information about mosquito-borne diseases prevention measures, you can call CPS at 542-2078 or 542-3003.

Dutch Travel Agents and Tour Operators participation in Jouvert

dutchjouvert28042017PHILIPSBURG:---In what can only be described as a "once in a lifetime" experience, the group of Dutch tour operators and travel agents visiting Sint Maarten for the first time on a Carnival Fam Trip, have had their very first taste of Sint Maarten's Jouvert.

Outfitted with Splash kits provided by promoter S.E.L. Maduro & Duncan van Heyningen's Nothing but Alcohol (NBA), the group jammed to their hearts' content, revelled in the colourful early morning spectacle that is the Round the Pond Jouvert Jump Up, held their own water wars and syrup flying games and generally had, in one of their own words, "the best time of our lives".

The aim of this Carnival Fam Trip, explain organizers Marlon Beauperthuy and Suzette Moses-Burton, was to provide a unique opportunity to the tour operators for exposure to St. Maarten's premiere cultural festival, with the goal of ensuring that they better appreciate all that destination St. Maarten has to offer their clients.

The one week Fam Trip will primarily showcase St. Maarten's annual Carnival extravaganza with nights at the village and prime viewing of the Grand Parade but also participation in the Jouvert Jump Up.

The Jouvert Jump Up was preceded by an island tour, which included a sneak preview of the Rain Forest Adventure. In the days to come there will be tours of Port St. Maarten and the SXM Airport as well as day trips to Statia and Saba and visits to two of the island's mas camps, for a behind the scenes look at what goes into the making of the mas.

The travel agents and tour operators are having a grand time with lasting memories of Sint Maarten which will be guaranteed after this travel experience.

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