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Makana ferry service to Saba and Statia starts on Wednesday December 1

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The new Makana ferry service starts on December 1, 2021, with the inaugural run to Saba and St. Eustatius scheduled for this Sunday, November 28, the Public Entities Saba, and St. Eustatius announced on Wednesday, November 24.

The ferry service between St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba will be carried out by the company Blues and Blues Ltd from Anguilla with a comfortable high-speed 72-foot catamaran adjusted to a 150-seat capacity. The operation will begin on December 1, with an adjusted schedule during the first few days due to the Saba Day festivities. On December 3, Saba Day, people from St. Eustatius have the possibility to come to Saba on a day trip. As of Sunday December 5, the regular schedule will begin.

The inaugural run and the presentation of the Makana ferry to the communities of Saba and St. Eustatius will be on Sunday, November 28. On both islands, there will be an inaugural event at the harbor to welcome the new ferry. An invitation for this event will be distributed via the Government Information Services on the two islands.

Information about the ferry service, including the schedule and rates, can be found on the website www.makanaferryservice.com. Bookings for Saba and St. Eustatius to St. Maarten can currently be made via the Makana agent representatives.

Later in December, the online booking platform will be launched. Booking via the agents will remain possible. The ferry service to St. Kitts will be added as soon as COVID-19 restrictions enable this connectivity. During this time additional connectivity will be added to St. Maarten.

The new ferry service is carried out under a public private maritime connectivity agreement. Funding for the ferry service comes from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) in the Netherlands, which has granted a subsidy of 2 million euros for the first two years to realize a sustainable Public Service Obligation (PSO) agreement.

The ferry will provide same-day connectivity from Saba and St. Eustatius to St. Maarten, connectivity between Saba and St. Eustatius, and, at a later stage, same-day connectivity between St. Eustatius and St. Kitts.

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BPWC hosts “Back in the Day” program

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) – The Business & Professional Women Concordia St. Martin (BPWC) celebrated St. Martin’s Day 2021 with an event entitled “Back in the Day…In the Yard,” the BPWC said in a press statement on Monday.

“The event centered around St. Martin history, traditional cuisine, and culture. The saying that "memories don't live like people do" was on full display as persons, mostly seniors, gathered under the sandbox tree at the Dutch Quarter Community Center to reminisce on the olden days in St. Martin. Ms. Maria Chemont and Ms. Emelinda Lake, 2 amazing retirees and exemplary BPWC members, hosted this event.

“It was a bright and sunny St. Martin Day and the melodious voice of little Maïa Scantlebery Titus set the mood as she sang the St. Martin Song with pride. MC Charisse Piper entertained and wooed the audience with grace and poise with her session “Do you remember?” as the audience challenged each other to remember where various businesses were located on the island. Historical information shared ranged from selling crushed rocks for 10 guilders a truckload, to St. Martin getting electricity for the first time. Mr. Frantz Gumbs informed the audience on the birthing of "One people, One Island, on the 11th of November 1961.

“Palates were satiated with local traditional dishes as we savored the culinary expertise of BPWC member Patricia Peter and other BPWC supporters of this event.

Host BPWC Maria Chemont painted vivid mental imagery as she and others in attendance reminisced on where the island was and how far it has come today. She captivated attendees with the "remember when" moments shared in full humor. The tales of the past ranged from washing one’s face in a pan to pounding rocks as a means of income.

“Miss Maria Chemont encouraged the audience that it is ok to laugh at oneself sometimes, even when one experiences wardrobe malfunctions or bad hair days. She especially appealed to all to BE THANKFUL for what we have today. In a time when spirits are low and discontent is high, this event was just what was needed to remind us who we are and what we have already overcome as a people.

“There is no greater joy than returning to say thank you to, Miss Maria Chemont, Miss Emelinda Lake, Miss Patricia Peter, Miss Charisse Piper, little Maïa, and all those who attended or contributed towards making our St. Martin Day celebration a success. We were blessed by your presence and participation,” BPWC board stated.

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SECAR CONDUCTS TEST TRENCHES NEAR ANIMAL SHELTER

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (SECAR) will start with an inventory field study near the animal shelter (Northeast) on November 28th, 2021 through test trenches. This is to determine if there are any archaeological remains in this area. The field study is required before a decision can be taken to build a retention pond near the animal shelter. 

The retention pond forms part of the Airport run off project which main purpose is to better guide and infiltrate the rainwater coming from surrounding areas. The Public Entity St. Eustatius and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) are working in a joint effort on this project.

Through the test trenches, SECAR will be able to determine the presence, nature, and extent of any archaeological remains. Two narrow test trenches, each 1.5 meters wide and approximately 100 meters long, will be dug on the site. Based on this inventory field study, SECAR will provide a report including recommendations to the Public Entity and Rijkswaterstaat. The report will include an overview of any archaeological traces found, including an analysis of these traces. SECAR will also advise whether it is necessary to conduct a follow-up investigation in case archaeological traces were found.  

Even though no archaeological values are known in this area, there are several archaeological sites nearby the Airport. Previous research studies conducted by SECAR have also shown that archaeological remains might be present.   

SHRC 

The Public Entity St. Eustatius consulted the recently installed Statia Heritage Research Committee (SHRC) on the test trenches. SHRC does not have any objections and agrees that this research can be carried out by SECAR. SECAR is a non-governmental organization involved in the study of all aspects of the rich and diverse archaeological heritage on Statia. (Statia GIS)

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Translation of Freckle Bunch by Loekie Morales in Papiamentu finalized

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Beyond Kultura Events (BKE) Foundation has finalized the translation to Papiamantu of ‘The Freckle Bunch and Tropical Shelter’, BKE said in a press statement on Sunday.

“This Caribbean based sequel has as title ‘Rumannan Purunchi’, and as subtitle ‘Saga di un Nèshi Tropical’. The translation is now finalized by Merly Ersilia a.k.a. Merly Augusta, especially for the readers of the Leeward Islands of our Kingdom.

“The publication counts 40 chapters, 205 pages and is written for 8 years and older. Each chapter is one short story and together they form a bigger story of a knit one parent household, where the siblings help each other to cope with a social situation, known in so many Caribbean families.

“The publication counts. For children 6-7, the book is also suitable for reading aloud sessions. With the translation into Papiamentu, this sequel is the thickest book for children in this language.

“In ‘Rumannan Purunchi’ we are introduced to the Moral children. They live on the outskirts of Willemstad, Curaçao’s capital, with their mother Mai. The boys Deng, Papichi and Payo, and girls Seng, Kecha and Loek, ages 7 to 14, are covered in freckles. Their Mother Mai works out of doors all day long. And even though their sweet grandmother Wela comes in from time to time to keep an eye out, the little rascals are too quick for them. One day, Mai goes to "rest" and their lives change completely. They are forced to go to separate homes. What is life like for these rascals? What will become of those rascals?

“BKE: ‘The 40 stories cover a great spectrum of emotions. In this way the reader will experience with the characters happy, crazy, sad, as well as special events. Between the chapters, social and cultural as well as historical scenes are intertwined, like the fall of the Juliana Bridge and the revolt of 30 May 1969 in Willemstad. At the end of the day, love, care and brotherhood between the siblings is central.

“The translation into Papiamentu has been possible, thanks to the financial support of the Prins Berhard Cultural Fund Caribbean. BKE hopes that other sponsors in Curaçao will see the value of stimulating reading among our youth and will call +1721-5271223 and reach out to help cover the printing, shipment and distribution costs,” the BKE media statement concludes.

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TelEm Group investigating suspect fiber cable damage in Philipsburg area

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group is reporting damage to TelEm Fiber cables and equipment in the Philipsburg area, saying the damage shows signs of tampering by person or persons unknown.

As a result of the damage, business and residential customers in the vicinity of the Philipsburg Arcade, formerly St. Rose Arcade, have been affected by interruptions to voice and data services since Sunday last.

Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Mr. Eldert Louisa says the damage caused is very serious and seems to have targeted certain cables that would cause the most disruption to customer service.

“Not only is such action willful in nature, but it is also dangerous action since it deprives individuals of making any emergency calls in the event they or their loved ones require help,” said Mr. Louisa.

The CTO apologizes to all TelEm Group customers and members of the public whose voice and data services have been affected by the damaged fiber cable located at the Philipsburg Arcade.

“The outage is beyond our control and we are doing all we can to restore full service to our affected customers as soon as possible,” added the CTO Mr. Louisa.

TelEm Group is meantime appealing to members of the public who witness company equipment being damaged intentionally, to report the matter to the police via any of their anonymous numbers.

TelEm Group CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, says the company has set protocols in place, including reporting of incidents of malicious damage to the police whenever such damage is suspected.

“The damage to our telecommunication infrastructure may have been deliberately caused and that it why it is being reported to the police. Whoever is caught causing such damage and affecting the service TelEm Group provides to the public and to its customers will be dealt with to the full extent of the law,” warns Mr. Dupersoy.

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Saba celebrates Children’s Rights Week

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Children and their parents this week are taking part in a fun-filled program of the Children’s Rights Week which is organized on Saba every year in November. This year’s theme is: Reimagine a better future for every child.

The annual Children’s Rights Week started on Monday, November 15 with the opening ceremony at the gym in the presence of pupils, teaching staff of the Sacred Heart School (SHS) and invited guests. Teacher Orlando McPherson spoke about the importance of upholding children’s rights, but also noted that these rights come with responsibilities.

Island Council Member Vito Charles spoke at the opening ceremony about leadership. “We can only prepare our children for leadership if we give them the tools and guidance so that they can develop into the leaders our homes, community and island need in the future. The Children’s Rights are a toolbox to help us learn how to empower our young people along the way. Children’s rights are real and if we want to see great leadership in our community far into the future, we must not just dust off children’s rights once a year for a week, but they must become an integral part of the choices we make in developing the leaders in our community,” he said.

Nurturing environment

Charles said it was important that the community recognizes that leaders can only thrive in healthy and nurturing environments. Health plays an important role in raising leaders: having a healthy lifestyle and taking care of mental health. But, the most important and perhaps critical right of the child is the reduction of poverty. “Children do not choose the circumstances that they grow up in. We cannot allow poverty to persist in our society because we know once it takes root its effects are almost insurmountable,” he said. Island Governor Jonathan Johnson wished the children a happy Children’s Rights Week. Monday’s program was mixed with a reading, the reciting of a poem and different songs.

Wellbeing

Commissioner of Youth Affairs Rolando Wilson, who was unable to attend Monday’s opening because he was on a working visit to St. Eustatius, reaffirmed his support for the upholding and observing of children’s rights. He said the government continued to invest in the wellbeing of the children on Saba, but pointed out that children have responsibilities too. “You need to make sure that you go to school and pay keen attention so that you learn well and advance yourself. By knowing your rights and responsibilities you are to become the future role models for those who have to follow in your footsteps.”

On Tuesday, November 16, children and their parent(s) took part in the Family Saban Challenge Children’s Rights Edition at the Johan Cruyff Court where they played a series of fun games to promote being together. On Wednesday, November 17, high-school students participated in a Teens trivia Night at the Sunny Valley Youth Center. Daycare children enjoyed the reading activity at the Laura Linzey Day Care Center on Thursday, November 18.

Six children’s rights

On Friday afternoon, November 19, the annual Children’s Rights Expo Market will take place at the Johan Cruyff Court. Stakeholders and organizations will have booths at this very popular event. The Children’s Rights Week will be closed off on Saturday, November 20 with a parade. Children and their parents will walk from St. John’s to The Bottom, wearing t-shirts in six different colors, each depicting one of the six children’s rights that the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) selected as focal points for this year.

The Children’s Rights Week is held every year to emphasize the importance of children’s rights, and to remind children and parents of this, while creating awareness in a playful manner, explained Mildred Rijhiner, Coordinator Domestic Violence & Child Abuse of the Department of Community Development. “We do this with, and for the children,” said Rijhiner. The idea is to involve all age groups. In total, some 350 children participate in the different activities, which also involve the parents. Saba’s Children’s Rights Week is quite special as there are not many places in the world where this is observed for a whole week. The Children’s Rights Week is funded by the Public Entity Saba with financial input of the Dutch Government.

Commissioner Wilson congratulated all stakeholders who have contributed in one way or the other in making this year’s Children’s Rights Week a success. “May these rights and responsibilities be observed and adhered to at all times,” said Wilson, who encouraged parents to come out with the children for Saturday’s parade.

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Fun games at the Johan Cruyff Court on Tuesday, November 16.

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Police request assistance to locate all rightful owners of confiscated/ stolen vehicles

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police Force is once again making a plea to all who may have had their vehicle confiscated by KPSM, to come to the station and collect them with proper documentation.

The vehicles that are allowed to be retrieved are those that were taken out of circulation, because they were being used in a way that was against the law, for instance, used without insurance, or because they had a technical problem or confiscated.

Throughout several investigations into stolen motor vehicles, the police have confiscated several cars. Several of these vehicles may be returned to the respective/legal owners on the request of the prosecutor’s office.

The personnel of the Detective Department have attempted to locate several owners of these vehicles; however, they have been unable to locate them.

A list of names of owners linked to the confiscated vehicles has been compiled by the police. A call goes out to these owners or persons who can have contact with the owners of these vehicles to please contact the Detective Department at the police station in Philipsburg as soon as possible.

If you know your vehicle, car, or motorbike, is present at the police station and still not subject to a criminal investigation, you can take it with you if you can present the following documents: a proof of your identity (a driver's license, identity card or passport) and proof that you are the rightful owner. You will also be required to present proof of insurance and inspection.

Anyone that has any information concerning these vehicles can contact the investigating team on telephone number 5422222 ext. 214, 211 or 208. Or information can be given anonymously via the Tip line telephone number 9311. (KPSM)

Green Sm3 - M-10624- owner: Jose Ramon VARGAS DIAZ

White Hyundai Atos - R-2366- Owner: Jose Ramon VARGAS DIAZ

White Hyundai i-20 - 8832-AAB- (M-11052)-Owner: Societe Solocar SNC

Silver Kia Picanto -7127-AAC-Owner: Marie-Louise Finnigan e/v Coltat

Silver Hyundai i-10- 3040-AAA-(M-10475) -Owner: Societe Sun Cars Eurl.

Black Hyundai i-20- Owner 1: Marine Coralie Feneant. Owner 2: Terry Sam

Creme Kia Picanto -Owner: Fast Services car Rental

Silver Kia Picanto - Owner: Societe Exodis SA

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Saba Lions Club donates dictionaries to schools

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Saba Lions Club on Wednesday, November 17, donated a set of dictionaries to secondary education students of the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS).

Saba Unspoiled Leo’s Club President Vernisha Robinson, Secretary Kimson Guerrier and Leo Advisor Lion Mary Thielman met a group of students of form 1 and ‘praktijk onderwijs’ 1 to present a copy of the Student’s Dictionary and Animal Gazetteer to each student. Shortly, primary education students of the Sacred Heart School (SHS) will also receive a set of dictionaries. In total, the donation consists of 24 dictionaries for each school.

This is the third time that primary school students receive the dictionary from the Saba Lions Club and the first time that the donation was also arranged for the secondary school. The idea to donate the dictionaries to the Saba schools came about while a Saba Lions Club delegation attended a Lions Club International convention in Milan, Italy three years ago, explained Charter Member Lion Franklin Wilson MJF, who coordinates the annual dictionary donation. “We saw the dictionaries at a booth, and we figured that this would be something nice for Saba,” Wilson said.

The 575-page Student’s Dictionary and Animal Gazetteer, which is part of the worldwide Dictionary Project, is more than only a comprehensive dictionary. It also contains, among other things, international treaties to protect the earth, facts about animals in nine habitats on seven continents, environmental facts about 200 countries, information about the 50 states of the US, weights and measures, the longest word, sign language and braille.

saba lions Checking out the new students dictionary Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) students checking out their new dictionary.

 

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Seven Seas Water Group says it is proud to start scholarship fund for Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN/TAMPA, FL. – Seven Seas Water Group, a multi-national provider of Water-as-a-Service® (“WaaS®”) solutions, said it was very proud of the initiation of the scholarship fund for Sint Maarten, the Desalination Resource Development Program (DRDP).

“We are extremely proud to launch this developmental program and further invest in the community,” says Henry Charrabé, CEO of Seven Seas Water Group. “Our company and the government of Sint Maarten share the same vision of growing and supporting local capacity by investing in the people. We look forward to executing the operational plan and opening registration to the citizens.”

With the cooperation of the Sint Maarten Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley, and Seven Seas Water Group Director, Franklyn Richards, the agreement that was signed earlier this week will provide scholarships and internships for Sint Maarteners.

“One of my main goals as minister is to strengthen our local capacity; it is the best investment we can make. We cannot continue to build our country if we do not build our people. I would like to thank Seven Seas for their support in launching this fund,” says Minister Omar Ottley.

The program was created to provide local students and water professionals with the resources needed to gain knowledge of the water industry and build local capacity for increased water management autonomy.

“I am thrilled to introduce the Desalination Resource Development Program and have enjoyed working with Minister Ottley on this initiative,” says Franklyn Richards, Director of Seven Seas Water Group. “The DRDP has the potential to really enhance the future of many young professionals in Sint Maarten. I look forward to its success and implementing similar programs in other communities we serve.”

Quick Facts:

  • Operational plan and details to be executed within the next 120 days
  • Internships will be available at Seven Seas Water Group and GEBE
  • Donations will be provided to secondary and tertiary educational facilities to enhance curriculums within the mechanical and electrical engineering fields
  • Operational Administrators are Catherine Wilson of Seven Seas Water Group and Tamara Richardson of the Sint Maarten Government

About Seven Seas Water Group

Seven Seas Water Group (www.sevenseaswater.com) is a portfolio company owned by investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (“MSIP”). Seven Seas Water Group operates two businesses within the water infrastructure space. Seven Seas Water provides water and wastewater solutions for governmental and industrial customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. AUC Group (www.aucgroup.net) provides decentralized wastewater treatment plants for industrial and municipal customers in the United States. Seven Seas Water delivers ~18 billion gallons of clean water annually and operates eleven large water treatment plants internationally. AUC Group has more than 140 wastewater treatment plants under lease in the United States with property developers, municipal customers, and utility districtsThe company’s various water and wastewater facilities consistently maintain plant availability above 97% for its customers.

About Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (“MSIP”) is a leading global private infrastructure investment platform. Founded in 2006, MSIP has made over 30 investments across its three flagship, closed-ended funds. Since inception, MSIP has had more than $13 billion in commitments. For further information about Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners, please visit www.morganstanley.com/im/infrastructurepartners.

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