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COCI and Baker Tilly team up in Keep a Cool Head project

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - President of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Benjamin Ortega announced on Friday the 29th of November that the COCI will be adopting the seventh MPC classroom to be air-conditioned and powered by solar panels. The Chamber of Commerce classroom will most probably be furnished with multiple corporate CV’s, as Mr. Ortega, vice-president Mr. Bertaux (Mr. Rude) Fleming and Mr. Baker, outgoing Executive Director of the Chamber, are all proud former MPC students.

Ortega did not hesitate to reach out after seeing the latest Facebook video, edited by MPC teacher Femke Neunzig. “This is a great initiative. I would like to collaborate and send a request to the business community to participate in this project Keep a Cool Head”, Ortega said.

Ortega’s request might be the final sprint of the Keep a Cool Head project that kicked off in the Port of St. Maarten in September. The first AC’s, sponsored by Mr. Cool, were installed this week and the impact on the students is amazing to see, said Femke Neunzig. The classrooms will be adopted in order of sponsor appearance. The first three will be named “Port of St. Maarten classroom”, “Divico classroom” and “La Vista classroom”.

Interested parties to either supply air conditioning, solar panels or both are asked to follow the newspapers as the public tender to participate will be launched in the week of December 2nd. The project needs 38 inverter AC units (18,000 BTU and 23 Seer) and 204 solar panels in total. Full technical specifications and requirements can be made available upon request.

In the meantime, students and teachers are working hard on other crowdfunding initiatives, of which the flagship will surely be the “Stop School Fights – Keep a Cool Head School Party”, to be organized in the Festival Village on December 14. Entrance fee will be USD 15 and the larger SXM bands are expected to be performing, including former MPC students Michael Maidwell and Jacob Streefkerk of Orange Grove.

For more information please contact Baker Tilly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Femke Neunzig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What does the Public Prosecutor Really Want?

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – “I have taken good note of reports stating that the Public Prosecutor has decided to appeal the acquittal of suspended MP, Theodore Heyliger by the Court of First Instance in the so-called “Catfish” case concerning alleged vote-buying,” said Grisha Heyliger-Marten on Sunday in a press statement. Heyliger-Marten is candidate number 4 on the UP Party slate for the upcoming January 9, 2020 parliamentary election.

“While I acknowledge the right of the Public Prosecutor to appeal the judge’s decision, I cannot but ask why? What does the Public Prosecutor really want?”, she asked.

According to the wife of the embattled founder of the UP party, the reason given for the Public Prosecutor for appealing the judgement is simply “frivolous”.

The Public Prosecutor said in a press release that it “would like to hear the assessment of the Court of Appeals concerning the meaning of ‘a promise’ in criminal law.”

“If the Public Prosecutor does not know the meaning of “a promise” in criminal law, let them google it, nuh!” Grisha Heyliger said. “Do they have to waste more money and prolong the agony of my family over that?”

She noted that the Court of First Instance had ruled on November 14 that there was not enough evidence to substantiate the charges against her husband.

“The only witness who also said Heyliger offered money to Laville said he got his information from Laville, so from the same source,” the judge said.

“Has the Public Prosecutor now found more witnesses after six long years?” she asked.

In her opinion, this is part of a larger scheme to “criminalize our very existence”.

“They are criminalizing our very existence. For them, it is criminal to be a St. Maartener. And if you think I am wrong, check the list: Claude Wathey, Ralph Richardson, Al Wathey, Frank Arnell, Crastell Gumbs, Rene Richardson, Louie Laveist, Maria Buncamper, and Claudius “Toontje” Buncamper.”

“Not to forget Patrick Illidge, Chanel Brownbill, Silvio Matser, Mark Mingo, Regina Labega, Edward Dest, Hiro Shigemoto, Michael Dijkhoffz, Frans Richardson, Etienne “Tochie” Meyers, Brenda Brooks, Theo Heyliger, and Christopher Emmanuel. And I could go on and on.”

“What do all of them have in common? They are ALL St. Maarteners. In a population of about 50,000 people, from some 120 nationalities, ONLY St. Maarteners are criminals?”

“Who is the Public Prosecutor accountable to? How much has been spent on all these investigations? Who is paying for them? A prisoner was murdered while serving time and awaiting his appeal in Point Blanche in 2016 yet no one has been held for this crime. Instead, the focus of the Public Prosecutor is on prominent St. Maarteners. Why? These and many more questions must be asked,” she added.

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CFATF issues Public Statement. Sint Maarten has until May 2020 to Fully Comply with AML & CTF

SINT MAARTEN/ANTIGUA - The CFATF held its 50th Plenary Meetings in Antigua from November 24th to November 29th, 2019, and on November 28th, 2019, during the second day of the plenary meetings, the progress of Sint Maarten’s compliance with the international standards of the Financial Task Force was discussed.

The delegation representing Sint Maarten, led by the Minister of Justice Egbert J. Doran was able to inform the gathering of the progress that was made in Sint Maarten after the Mutual Evaluation Report dated January 8th, 2013 on Sint Maarten’s compliance with the international standards on anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing.

In the last six years, a total of 11 major laws were introduced to strengthen Sint Maarten’s compliance framework, with five of these laws approved by Parliament and entered into force in 2019. The two laws that were recently approved by Parliament namely the National Ordinance amending the Penal Code and the Revision of Book 2 of the Civil Code, were also presented in the plenary meetings in Antigua, in order to convince the CFATF Secretariat of the progress made, and to explain that there can be no doubt that Sint Maarten is committed to the international FATF standards.

However, regretfully these two important laws were not taken into account as the CFATF was not able to peruse and include these in Sint Maarten’s 10th follow up report. As a result of this, the Plenary Meeting decided to issue a Public Statement against Sint Maarten. It has to be noted that the Public Statement did not urge other countries, including CFATF member countries, to impose countermeasures on Sint Maarten. However, this may still take place in May 2020 if Parliament of Sint Maarten does not approve the Penal Procedures Code and correct other deficiencies in its anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing regulations.

The Government of Sint Maarten continues to commit itself to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. It also stands ready to work alongside the CFATF in order to exit the third round of mutual evaluations and have the Public Statement revoked during the next plenary meetings that take place next May 2020.

In order to further prepare for the next mutual evaluations that will take place in 2024, the Minister of Justice, Mr. Doran, commits himself to the establishing of a National Anti-Money Laundering Committee in the short term, that will work together with all stakeholders in order to coordinate all efforts regarding the execution of anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing regulations in Sint Maarten.

Minister Doran will also promote more participation in the work of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force by Sint Maarten professionals, in order to comply with the international standards on anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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Introducing the New 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross; Reserve It Now at Caribbean Auto!

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Caribbean Auto is proud to introduce the All-New 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross to St. Maarten. This model is a new addition to the Volkswagen family – a versatile, practical and flexible compact SUV that is sure to make waves within the small vehicle segment. This urban crossover model is the ideal companion in everyday life and beyond!

I Am More!

The vehicle’s slogan “I am more”, captures four focus areas of Volkswagen when it came down to the design: practical, cool, intuitive and safe. The T-Cross is beautifully designed with special attention paid to spaciousness and practicality, while the modern technological features guarantee an intuitive experience for all passengers. Also, the T-Cross enters the market as one of the safest vehicles in its class, thanks to its excellent crash features and large spectrum of assist features.

“The 2020 T-Cross is a highly stylish SUV with multiple facets. It is “More than One Thing”; innovative, stylish, versatile, safe, economic and practical. We are proud to be able to offer this to the residents of St. Maarten who are in need of such a dynamic, safe and fuel-efficient vehicle,” shares Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, Motorworld Group of Companies.

As if it can't get any better: the most recent member of the Volkswagen family has scored five stars in the Euro and Latin NCAP Safety Ratings- the highest rating a manufacturer can attain.

A Whole Host of Features

The T-Cross is the most technologically advanced compact SUV in the market, with many segment first features. It comes in 4 different trim levels.  

Trendline models comes standard with many highlights including: 6 Airbags, 6.5” Touchscreen infotainment with Rear View Camera, LED Daytime Running Lights, 16” Alloy Wheels, Front and Rear Parking Sensors plus Hill Start Assist. It also provides a high level of connectivity with Android Auto/Apple Car Play plus two rear USB ports.  

Comfortline models add a premium BEATS Sound system, Self Parking Assist (the vehicle can park itself!), 8” Touchscreen, Full LED headlights, ambient lighting, stylish 17” alloy wheels, richer cloth seats and a chrome grill and fog light housing.

Highline models add a panoramic sunroof, lush two-tone leather interior, rain wiping sensors, Active Info Display (fully digital cockpit dashboard) and more exterior chrome elements.

Finally, there is the ‘Hero’ Highline, which adds a black roof, mirrors and wheels for an extra sporty look!

The interior of the T-Cross is also highly notable. The 2.56-metre wheelbase allows for a spacious interior with enough room to fit five people, and the sliding rear seat can be adjusted by 14 centimeters to give even more passenger leg room or luggage space. The rear back seat is also capable of folding down in 60/40 configurations, creating a flat loading space with up to 1.281 liters of storage volume! It is the most spacious compact SUV in the market.

Reserve Yours Now!

The highly anticipated arrival of this amazing model, for the first time ever in St. Maarten, has already caused major demand. More than half of the incoming stock has already been presold. Therefore, availability of the T-Cross is very limited. Be the First! Reserve yours now! Interested customers can reserve the New 2020 T-Cross by visiting Caribbean Auto or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Once reserved, you can expect to have your vehicle available by mid-December. Until then, visit our office at Caribbean Auto to schedule a test drive and experience the multifaceted T-Cross for yourself!

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MINISTER IRION TO REFINE MINISTRY’S VISION. What gets measured, gets managed, gets done

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Ardwell Irion stated during the ministerial press briefing on Wednesday, that the government could benefit from refining and refocusing on the ministry’s vision.

The minister used USM’s vision: “every household should have an associate degree” as an example of a clear and measurable vision. Having Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is a means of measuring the work government is doing.

“What gets measured, gets managed, gets done” Irion said. Research done by popular scholars such as Edwin Locke and Philip Kotler has proven that productivity and employee satisfaction is increased when there is a measurable vision, that is understood by everyone in the organization.

Minister Irion said that each ministry’s vision should be a pillar that supports the government’s vision for the island. A vision should be long term and should be exempt from change until it is accomplished or no longer serves the organization.

Though new ministers may take the position, they should all work in line with the vision of their ministry. This clearly defined vision will allow civil servants to have an understanding of their purpose. Minister Irion clarified that the government does not lack vision, but their current ones could be more specific and measurable.

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Livelihood of 400+ Employees at Stake says Businessman Corallo

SINT MAARTEN (CUPECOY) – Local businessman Francesco Corallo issued a statement on Thursday with respect to a court case related to Atlantis World Management NV, Rudolf Baetsen and nine other casino employees in an injunction against RBC Royal Bank.

“I seldom respond to articles in the news media. However, the article in the edition of the Daily Herald of November 28th, 2019, deserves a response and explanation, because, in the end, it concerns the livelihood of 400 plus employees.

  1. Presumption of innocence is a cardinal rule of any democratic society. As a Dutch citizen, who has never been convicted of any crime anywhere in the world, this principle should apply to my person as well.
  2. This particular bank case started in 2013, whilst there was an ongoing investigation in Italy. That investigation, as usual, was closed by the Italian Prosecutor without filing any charges against my person.
  3. The Sint Maarten Court ruled in 2013 that RBC can terminate the bank relationship with Atlantis. Unfortunately, Lexwell Attorneys failed their duty to timely lodge an appeal against this verdict, which made it irrevocable.
  4. The same judge that ruled now, however subsequently gave us a stay of execution in 2014, pending other (new) procedures
  5. The latest ruling however failed to consider the new legislation, passed all over Europe, that bars financial institutions to close or to refrain from opening accounts for natural persons and companies. This latest ruling regretfully also failed to consider established jurisprudence that mandates that everyone must have access to the banking system.
  6. Furthermore, it failed to consider the interests and rights of the employees and stakeholders of the Atlantis Group of Companies, besides mine, thereby violating basic human, civil and economic rights, of all of us.
  7. I consider it unfortunate that the Court that should safeguard basic human rights, apply the prevailing rules of law and jurisprudence, omitted to consider: a. the implications of the termination of access to banking systems for so many people; and b. the interests of Country Sint Maarten, at large.
  8. RBC Bank, managed by Mr. Pierre Rafini from Aruba, should have, as the good Canadian Corporate Citizen that it portrays itself to be, considered and weighed the interests at stake of Sint Maarten and its citizens, before taking such a harsh decision with far-reaching consequences.
  9. In light of the dire consequences of this ruling, it will be immediately appealed, with the hope that common sense will prevail and that the principles of basic human, and civil rights applied all over the Kingdom, are also applied and adhered to on Sint Maarten. The Court of Appeal will be requested to conduct an urgent appeal hearing.
  10. We, moreover, already lodged a complaint with the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten, which has a high duty of care to force institutions under its supervision to apply uniformly basic principles of law (ref.: EU directive, 2014/92/EU) that applies in the Netherlands itself, in this part of the Kingdom as well.”

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Overview of Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs’ First Week in Office

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs reports on her first week in office. The much-lamented woes of the reconstruction of PJIA was the first order of business, with meetings, presentations and the sharing of the many documents to understand the current state of affairs at the Airport.

The status of the legal agreements for financing of the airport terminal reconstruction project was presented to the Council by the National Recovery Program Bureau. She further reports that based on the information received, the Council of Ministers was able to give assurances to all stakeholders that getting PJIA back up and running is the top priority for this interim government.

According to the Prime Minister the most pressing issue for the Airport is the signing of the agreement with the bondholders on the release of the insurance proceeds. She stated that Government will do everything in its power to sign this agreement as soon as possible in order to get urgently needed funds to the Airport.

Furthermore, the Government remains confident that the impasse with the bondholders can be resolved within a matter of weeks, if not days. She expressed that government intends to provide the much-needed stability, which will allow St. Maarten to move forward with the reconstruction of the airport and many other important projects to come.

On Tuesday morning, the Council of Ministers visited the National Recovery Program Bureau and its Director Mr. Claret Connor to discuss the current status of the different recovery projects that are financed by the Trust Fund. She expressed that this was the first of many meetings to follow. She further stated “it is the intention of Government to keep looking for ways to accelerate key programs such as the home repair program, the emergency debris management project and the repairs of our schools.

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs further reports that another pressing issue for the Airport was the repayment of the bridge loan of 15 million US Dollars to the Netherlands, which was due by November 15th, 2019.

She states that in order to address the burning issue, the Council of Ministers authorised the Director of the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague, Ms. Carol Voges to represent St. Maarten in the Kingdom Council of Ministers. During this meeting, which took place last week Friday, Ms. Voges explained that Sint Maarten is willing but unable to repay the bridge loan until the insurance proceeds are released by the bondholders.

She said that on the request of St. Maarten, the new repayment date was approved for January 15, 2020. By date, we expect that the bondholders will have released the insurance proceeds. She further reiterated that this will allow the Airport to payback our Minister of Finance, so that in turn Sint Maarten can repay the bridge loan to the Netherlands.

In addition to the meetings on the Airport, Prime Minister Jacobs also had an introductory meeting with the Integrity Chamber and its incoming members as well as well as the head of the Secretariat Ms. S. Pompier.

During these meetings, an update was provided on the status and a timeline was given for follow up actions. The Council of Ministers also authorized the Minister of Justice Egbert Doran to travel to Antigua to defend St. Maarten's position on another matter: the pending recommendations of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force. She stated that a letter was approved to reaffirm St. Maarten's commitment in finalizing all recommendations of the Task Force to combat Money Laundering and terrorism financing.

Through this letter, she assured the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force that the proper implementation of all international standards regarding anti-money laundering and the combating of financing of terrorism is top priority for the interim Government.

She further explained in the letter that the National Ordinance to amend the Penal Code as well as the National Ordinance to amend Book 2 of the Civil Code were two pieces of legislations that comply Cabinet of the Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Philipsburg, St. Maarten with the recommendations of the Task Force and that these laws were recently passed in Parliament.

These two laws were enforced on November 20, 2019. The Prime Minister stressed that these laws passed will continue to be very important for St. Maarten to comply with all the Task Force’s recommendations in order to strengthen our local businesses and international relations opportunities.

The Prime Minister also took time to meet with the Chair and the Secretary General of the Social Economic Council, Mr. Damien Richardson and Mr. Gerard Richardson. They informed her of some of the socio-economic challenges faced by Sint Maarten and discussed ways to address some of those challenges.

She stated that follow up meetings will be held internally with all stakeholders in the interest of improving the working relations between the Social Economic Council and the Government.

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Meetings with the National Recovery and Program Bureau.

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St. Maarten Government to co-host Disaster Conference December 2-6

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of St. Maarten will co-host the 11th Edition of the Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

The planning committee indicated that the plans are progressing well and that the Government encourages stakeholders in the industry to attend the conference and to work in collaboration with related stakeholders to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible in order to mitigate the drastic effects of disasters affecting the island.

The theme this year for the conference is: “The Road to Resilience Checkpoint 2019: Safeguarding Our Communities, Livelihoods, and Economies.” It will take place from December 2-6.

For those persons and/or organizations interested, to please visit the website www.cdema.org/cdm11/ for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more detailed request or information. There is a nominal fee attached to the conference.

The conference’s objectives are for members and attendees to dialogue, to work together, to share innovative and practical ideas, and learn from others’ experiences in the many areas in the Disaster Management sectors.

Due to the increase in disaster activity from environmental effects with targeted threats to the Caribbean in the areas of social, cultural, and economic areas, it simply behooves the region to collaborate to mitigate disaster effects, said the organizers.

There will be an expected amount of 300 persons from mainly across the region.

At the conference, there will be in-depth sessions exploring the many areas in Disaster Management: monitoring assessment, institutional strengthening, logistics and relief management, reviews of disaster management strategies and operational guidelines, performance monitoring, safeguarding livelihoods, building community resilience, World Bank preparedness, safeguarding through early warning systems, performance monitoring, conference big ideas, among others. There will be a closing ceremony.

In addition, to balance the extraordinary work, there will be youth parliamentary debate, cultural presentations, exhibitions, and a film festival.

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MP Duncan meets with Innovation and Entrepreneurship Company Inprende

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, youngest woman to be sworn in to Parliament, Member of Parliament Solange Ludmila Duncan, met with Inprende Founder Alessandra Correa to learn more about the company’s work as a platform for the promotion and facilitation of innovation and entrepreneurship and discuss  possible partnerships with St. Maarten.

Inprende has been contracted by the Government of Puerto Rico to execute education and training programs for thousands of businesses and has in turn impacted over 60,000 entrepreneurs.

“In St. Maarten, especially after Hurricane Irma, we have had so many people start their own businesses however we currently lack a permanent and sustainable training program, funded by Government, that enables them to garner the skills, mindset and tools necessary to become the best that they can possibly be” stated MP Duncan.

Partnering with companies like Inprende who are now in talks with the Governments of the Dominican Republic and Panama to design similar training programs, would give St. Maarten’s entrepreneurs a competitive edge in the region as well as promote financial success and resilience.

MP Duncan firmly believes that developing St. Maarten’s economy should be centered around developing its entrepreneurs and locally-owned businesses, especially those with export potential.

“I visited the Tasty Smart Cookie Factory in Vega Baja, co-founded by my friend Jonelie Velez, who lived on St. Maarten a few years ago and was amazed by both the simplicity and magnitude of the operation. When I heard that the Government sponsored the factory and assisted with other costs, I knew that I needed to learn more about the current push towards promoting local entrepreneurship on the island” commented MP Duncan.

St. Maarten’s position as a hub will give local businesses that develop products worth exporting, a significant advantage. It would be in the best interest of the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to collaborate on developing a national entrepreneurial mindset.

“St. Maarten has great potential for economic diversification as long as the Government, Parliament and private sector stakeholders like the banks, make a major, concerted effort to develop small and medium-sized business through the leveraging of opportunities for financing, education and training. I will be sending a letter to the Ministry of TEATT and various private sector organizations, on the possibilities for partnership with Inprende.” noted the MP.

MP Duncan aims to improve and develop legislation and policies that will assist local business persons to succeed, not only creating value for themselves but also for the country and the rest of the world.

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Saba Day preparations in full swing

SABA - Preparations for this year’s Saba Day celebration on Friday, December 6, and the events during Saba Day Weekend are progressing well. The 44th celebration has as theme “Building Roads to the Future” and will start on Friday morning with the official ceremony at the Government Administration Building in The Bottom. On Saturday, December 14, Saba Day will be celebrated both in the Netherlands and in Florida, the US.

The program for Saba Day and Saba Day Weekend has been released, and as is customary, the official part will start on Friday at 6:00am with the joy bells and the ringing of the church bells. After the blessings by Father Zibi and Pastor Alexander at 8:00am, the hoisting of the flag will take place by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson and students of the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS), followed by the singing of the Saba Anthem by school children and the singing of the Flag Song by the Woods’ Sisters. Master of Ceremony will be Jade Every.

Saba Day speeches will be given by Island Governor Johnson and Commissioners Rolando Wilson and Bruce Zagers. After that, there will be a short awards ceremony to recognize persons who have made a special contribution to Saba and its community. Pastor Liburd will close the official ceremony. There will be several cultural events, including performance by a dance group, and a public reception which will end at 12:00 noon. Dignitaries and guests from surrounding islands and the Dutch Caribbean have been invited to attend Saba Day.

Booths, fishing tournament

On Friday, from 9:00am-9:00pm, the booths will be open on Mathew Levenstone Street in The Bottom, while at 12:00 noon the Ram Goat show and competition will take place at the grounds of the Carmen Simmons Cultural Complex in The Bottom. At 4:00pm, there will be a youth female volleyball tournament at the Peter L. Granger Sports Auditorium in St. John’s, followed by the male volleyball competition. At 6:00pm, the captains of the fishing boats that will compete in the Saba Wahoo Fishing Tournament will meet for a briefing at the Think About It Bar at Fort Bay to receive the last information about the tournament which will start at midnight with the departure of the boats from the Capt. L.A.I. Chance Pier.

On Saturday, December 7, at 6:30am is the Saba Cross Walk from the Juancho Yrausquin Airport to the Capt. L.A.I. Chance Pier. At 9:00am, Child Focus will host face painting and other activities for children at Johan Cruyff Court. At 10:00am, the cultural booths open at Fort Bay. Entertainment starts at 11:00am. At 4:00pm, the male basketball tournament starts at the Peter L. Granger Sports Auditorium, while at that same time the Wahoo fishing tournament will finish.

After the fishing boats return, local bands and Dee Jays will entertain the crowd from 6:00pm. At 7:00pm is the most creative bike competition as well as the prize giving ceremony of the Wahoo Fishing Tournament.

On Sunday, December 8, the cultural booths will open at 10:00am and entertainment starts at 11:00am. Starting at 12:00 noon there will be several fun activities, starting with the Village Tug of War competition, followed by target shooting, a kite competition and a sweet potato pudding tasting competition. The awards ceremony will be at 8:00pm. At 12:00 midnight, Saba Day Weekend ends.

Change of venue

Initially, the official Saba Day program was to take place at Hell’s Gate, the designated village for this year’s festivities on December 6. However, for safety reasons it was decided to move the event to The Bottom. “It hurts my heart that we can’t hold it in Hell’s Gate as we originally planned,” said Commissioner Wilson, who has been promoting to alternate the Saba Day celebrations between the villages. He said that the Hell’s Gate Committee still played a role in this year’s event.

The Commissioner called on everyone to come out on Saba Day and Saba Day Weekend. “Come celebrate our national day in grand style, celebrate who we are, where we have come from, being proud of those of who have built our beautiful island and eagerly looking forward to the future. I am calling on everyone to get their flags out and let us show the world that we truly love our little Unspoiled Queen,” he said.

Netherlands celebration

This year again, Saba Day will be celebrated in the Netherlands as well. On December 14, Entyce Proggers & Party PPL Association are hosting the second annual Saba Day event in The Hague, from 3:00-11:00pm at Café de Vriendenkring, Elandstraat 77D. Commissioner Wilson invites the Saba people in the Netherlands to come out. He thanked the organizers Entyce Proggers & Party PPL Association and Lucia J. Woods.

Florida celebration

Saba Day is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Florida this year. The event, which was always privately organized, has grown throughout the years. Because it is an anniversary year, the Public Entity Saba has made a contribution. This year, the winners of the Saba Day ballot tournament will go to Florida to participate in the event there. Commissioner Zagers will be present to present awards to the winners, to the two people who started the event 10 years ago and to the couple who continued this tradition. 

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