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H. E. Governor Holiday awarded the ‘Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau’

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – During the farewell reception hosted by Dutch State Secretary for Kingdom Relations and Digitalization, Alexandra van Huffelen, in the Netherlands on Friday, September 23, His Excellency Governor drs. Eugene B. Holiday was awarded with the Royal Decoration of ‘Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau’ from His Majesty the King Willem-Alexander through the State Secretary.

Since becoming a country on 10-10-10, Governor Holiday is the first person on Sint Maarten to be awarded this royal recognition in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

After a short introductory video produced by the Sint Maarten Government reflecting on the highlights of not only Governor Holiday’s tenure but also his contributions prior to 10-10-10 during the Constitutional process, as Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company, his role at the Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles, N.V. GEBE, Winair, and during hurricane Luis, the royal decoration was bestowed upon him.

The second segment of the video reflected the characteristics in the words of all the persons that supported the nomination, this included the Philipsburg Methodist Congregation Circuit; Miguel Alexander, advisor and former notary who has known Governor Holiday in different capacities for over 20 years; Dennis Richardson, former Lt. Governor of the Island Territory of Sint Maarten and advisor during the Constitutional trajectory; Dr. Nilda Arduin, the first Ombudsman of Sint Maarten; and Joane Dovale-Meit, former Island Secretary and General Director of the Government of the Island Territory and advisor during the Constitutional trajectory.

The Council of Ministers (CoM), which formally nominated the Governor for a royal decoration and advised on the rank, was very pleased with the final outcome of the nomination and decision-making process.

Words of gratitude were also expressed to all the entities involved in the process which includes the advisory body ‘Kapittel voor de Civiele Orden’ and the Dutch Government; in particular Dutch State Secretary van Huffelen.

According to the Dutch royal decoration’s website, lintjes.nl, the awarding of Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau – which is the third degree - is not common.

“The decorated person must have performed very special or important activities, or the merits have an international and even global appeal and meaning.”

During the annual King’s Day, it is customary that Governor Holiday awards citizens, who made a contribution of outstanding value to the community. There are six classes in the Order of Orange-Nassau:

  1. Member of the Order of Orange-Nassau
  2. Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau
  3. Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau
  4. Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau
  5. Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau
  6. Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau

The Government of Sint Maarten congratulates His Excellency Governor drs. Eugene B. Holiday for being awarded the royal decoration of ‘Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau’, a rank most deserving for His Excellency’s contributions to Sint Maarten and his service to the Kingdom and beyond.

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Bucket List Check: St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2023 Now Open for Registration

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - From Maxis to fierce sports boats, friendly to professional crews, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is on everyone’s bucket list. And the first step in checking it off is registration – which is now open for the 43rd edition hosted 2-5 March 2023!

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is a bucket-list event that often sits atop sailors’ ‘must do’ list every year. “Serious Fun” is not only the Regatta’s motto, it is a promise; sailors know they can expect high-end racing matched with best-in-class island hospitality. This perfect blend of “Serious Fun” is what keeps the loyalists coming back year after year!

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is proud to be on the elite list of events in the International Maxi Association’s Caribbean Maxi Challenge, which hosted its first Caribbean series earlier this year. Returning fans of the Regatta, I LOVE POLAND, took a podium position in the 2022 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and ultimately won the IMA Caribbean Maxi Challenge 2022. The competition is wickedly close, with more Maxis expected to join the party and compete to be crowned Maxi king of the Caribbean in 2023.

On the completely other side of the size spectrum is the equally competitive sportsboat class, or rather, classes. A strong fleet of Melges are expected to return, as well as the growing Diam24 fleet of performance pocket-trimarans that are based on the island. Visiting Cape 31, Arabella, completely shook up the local sportsboat fleet this year, taking 2nd place overall in CSA5. St. Maarten welcomes more Cape 31s to join the fun and offers easy logistics for shipping these container-friendly racers into the Port of St. Maarten.

“Managing race courses for so many different kinds of vessels – from bareboat charters to hyper-competitive sports boats and Maxis – can be challenging, however, the island's geography offers us a lot of options. We can centralize the fleet to all start in Simpson Bay, then send the classes on long or short courses east-west, to St. Barths or Anguilla, around the island or to Marigot and back,” said Mark Townsend, Race Director of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. “The result is a great mix of course architecture with a variety for each fleet, each day.”

Whether you are looking for a VIP experience or a no-shirt-no-shoes service, St. Maarten has something for everyone. Those who are not racing can enjoy on-the-water spectator experiences with one of our official Regatta tour guides, or sip on a cold Heineken at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club as the fleet puts on the legendary post-race Bridge Show or lounge at the regatta village. Whatever you're coming for, or wherever you’re coming from, St. Maarten offers the most convenient Regatta experience – with the center of activities less than a 10 minutes’ drive from the airport!

Building off the good vibes from the 2022 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta this past March, the 2023 event will combine dockside hospitality at Port de Plaisance with more entertainment at an expanded race village and throughout the island. Stay tuned for more updates from the Regatta as the event approaches.

“We got great feedback from sailors about this past year’s Regatta village, which was more intimate and convenient for sailors to connect post-racing. In 2023, we are expanding on that concept to create special experiences that engage both the sailors and local community in enjoying all that beautiful St. Maarten has to offer. We don’t want to give too much away just yet; however, you can be certain it will be innovative and lots of ‘Serious Fun!’” shared Regatta Director, Michele Korteweg.

The 2023 Notice of Race has been posted on yachtscoring, the regatta management platform where racers complete the registration process, view the growing scratch sheet, and access all relevant race documents. Register your interest now to be added to Regatta communications for this year and stay on top of Regatta News and offers.

Don’t miss the boat – those interested in securing a bareboat or race charter are encouraged to start making plans through charter agents such as Sunsail Moorings or LV Yachting, respectively. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta also works with local hotel partners to offer special rates on accommodations during the event; please see the event website for more details on preferred partners and rates.https://heinekenregatta.com/charter/

SXM HEIN more over super yachts

Move over superyachts, we're racing here! SMHR Race committee manages the perfect dance between fleets, with many

starts and finishes going on in Simpson Bay throughout the day! © Laurens Morel

SXM HEIN the elite maxi

The elite Maxi fleet is impressive, but not out of reach. Charter agent LV Yachting offers access to some of these race

machines, available for race charter for St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2023 © Laurens Morel

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RBC Royal Bank supports MPC with USD 4000 Donation

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - RBC Bank representatives Judith Richardson, Lisandra Havertong, and Avril Thomas visited Milton Peters College (MPC) to donate USD 4000 towards the schools ‘Keep a Cool Head’ project.

Graduate of MPC herself, Mrs. Havertong explained four HAVO students, their teacher and member of the Keep a Cool Head Team Norizsa Fleming and the General Director, Jacqueline Duggins-Horsford, that at RBC Bank they understand very well that you need air-conditions in classrooms to be able to concentrate, study and feel comfortable.

That is why RBC Bank decided to support the Keep a Cool Head Project with a generous donation.

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K1 Britannia Foundation launches 10-month WTSD Program for youth

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - K1 Britannia Foundation recently launched its 10-month Work, Training and Social Development (WTSD) Program for 15 youth between the ages of 16-19, coming from a variety of vulnerable and troubled backgrounds. The participants come from various high schools and organizations in the justice chain.

The WTSD Program is one of the programs under the Second Chance Pillar at K1 Britannia Foundation. The goal of the Second Chance Program is to invoke long-term change in a young person’s life by providing the right opportunities for personal and career development, so that they will positively impact the world.

Following a successful pilot program in 2016-2017, the program has been adapted and expanded tremendously based on feedback, lessons learned, and research.

Youth coming from vulnerable and trouble backgrounds tend to have challenges transitioning into adulthood with limited or inadequate support and resources and the WTSD Program’s aim is to give them the tools and support needed for development.

Josiah Lamothe, Program Manager elaborated saying “The island needs more local professionals and it starts with our youths. Youths should keep learning and striving to become the best version of themselves. The concept of this program is to not only focus on education,

but we put a big emphasis on the social development of the youth via the work-ready and life skills workshops. That’s where we believe the real impact is made in becoming young professionals. The WTSD Program will help youths who are having challenges with transitioning into adulthood, help them to prepare for what’s next, even if they don’t know what that is, as with the support and opportunities within the program, we believe that it will help them to figure it out.

As the name indicates, the program addresses three (3) key elements – the element of ‘Work’, the element of ‘Training’, and the element of ‘Social Development’ – all elements, that when balanced properly, will build a solid foundation for a successful future for the participants, while helping to increase employability, entrepreneurship mindset and the willingness to give back.

As part of the program, all youths will receive a full scholarship from K1 Britannia Foundation. They have started the "Training" element of the program and are attending classes at the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) for 2022-2023, studying in a range of fields from Maritime, Automotive, Electrical, to Business Administration or are currently doing their General Educational Development (GED) tutorials with K1 to obtain their GED Diploma.

As part of the “Social Development” element, participants will be attending weekly IT classes and approximately 20 workshops, with focus areas such as Personal Development, Communication, Financial Literacy, Health, Work Readiness / Employment, Entrepreneurship, and more. Youths will be given the opportunity to volunteer and give back and be matched with a volunteer mentor for extra guidance and support.

As part of the “Work” element, participants will have the opportunity to have a 5-month job placement, giving them the opportunity to gain paid work training experience in various sectors of business and public services in St. Maarten, exposing them to different fields of work.

This will not only give them job experience and credentials, but also help them through the issues that prevent many of them from being able to secure long-term employment. The end goal is that they will know what type of career they would like to pursue and have the skills and resources needed to pursue it.

The 10-month program will not only cover the Work, Training and Social Development elements as mentioned above but participants will receive assistance from tutors and extra support from the foundation.

“With this comprehensive program, from a full scholarship in the field of their choice, to paid work placements, workshops, mentors, volunteering opportunities and more, the opportunity for growth in a variety of fields is endless. As such, our hope is that they take the opportunity, the information and lessons shared and apply it to their lives. Information without application will not equal transformation, and that’s what we want for each youth in the program. We look forward to the growth we will see with all the youths in this program.” concluded Manager Chiaira Bowers.

The K1 Britannia Foundation is committed to assisting these youths in a variety of forms, but this relies entirely on the involvement and generosity of the community. If you are interested in the program and would like to know how you can help, as there are many ways you can, don't hesitate to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call or message 721-553-8186, 721-523-8421 or 721-543-3332.

K1Photo 3 Participants at Self awareness Workshop with Lenworth Wilson

Participants at Self-awareness Workshop with Lenworth Wilson

K1Photo 2 Participants during their GED Class

Participants during their GED Class

 

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Police are still carrying out controls at different locations

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the ongoing efforts of the St. Maarten Police Force (KPSM) to curb crime activity in the different districts, controls were held at various locations on September 19th and 20th, 2022.

Additionally, in relation to the decree issued by the Minister of Justice to prevent loitering, in the school areas, the patrols also conducted monitoring activities in the school area.

In the course of monitoring in the school surroundings, one student who was hanging around the school was requested to leave and go home.

However, the 15-year-old student refused and started cursing the officers.

He was repeatedly urged to leave from there, which he refused to do and continued to insult and threaten the police officers. It was decided to arrest the young man to which he began to resist violently during his arrest.

The suspect was later transferred to the police station in Philipsburg and handed over to the youth and morals department.

In the course of a control in Dutch Quarter area, an arrest was made of a male suspect for being in possession of narcotics. While detaining the first suspect, a second man attempted to obstructed the police operation and was also detained. Both suspects were then transferred to the police station for further proceedings.

Late in the evening another male suspect was arrested in the area of Cole Bay in connection with dealing narcotics.  

Over the last two day’s a total of 10 cars and three motorcycles were stopped and checked.

In recent days, the police have taken several actions against the misconduct of various youth, motorcycle and scooter riders in order to curb this type of behavior.

Parents and guardians are also reminded that scooter riders must be at least age 18 and

hold a valid driving license to be able to operate on the public road. The scooter or motorbike must meet requirements set by law to be on the road. (KPSM)

police drugs found

police school district ins1

 

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Positive and Elektralyets Foundations Donate 16 pieces of Outdoor Fitness Equipment

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the last year the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations have donated 16 pieces for outdoor fitness equipment to 5 Community Space locations on St. Maarten. The Community Spaces are in Belvedere, Cay Hill, Ebenezer, Suckergarden and at the Emilio Wilson Sports Corner on LB Scot Road.

The Equipment consists of 4 dorsal/pectoral. 2 surfs, 3 skates, 3 elliptical, 3 bicycles and 1 pony. The Equipment is painted blue and yellow and is recommended to be used by people 13 years and older.

The SMDF and St. Maarten Red Cross who were responsible for Development of the Community Spaces received and installed 12 pieces of the donated fitness equipment in the various community spaces last year.

Recently, The Positive and Elektralyets Foundations donated and installed the final 4 pieces consisting of 1 dorsal/pectoral,1 skate, 1 elliptical and 1 pony, at the Emilio Wilson Sports Corner. The U2 Can Move organization shared a portion of this installation costs.

“As an organization promoting fitness and healthy living, U 2 Can Move was happy to partner in this venture and we commend all those who assisted the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations in making this an island-wide initiative, founder of U 2 Can Move, MP Sarah Wescot commented.

“We cannot stress enough how important regular physical activity is alongside healthy eating and health check-ups and screenings. We can by our individual actions contribute to a healthier society for all.”

The Emilio Wilson Sports Corner is managed by the St. Maarten Football Federation. This community space goes hand-in-hand with what the Federation has envisioned for the Emilio’s Sports Corner. A space where the Sint Maarten community can come and exercise safely, as well as socialize with one another. Thank you to all involved in donating the fitness equipment, we hope that the community appreciates the investment made by using the equipment frequently, as well as keeping the space safe and clean.

The Positive and Elektralyets Foundations are known for their innovative and creative advocacy of breast and prostate cancer awareness on the St. Maarten and while there are no absolute ways to prevent these cancers the Foundations know that there are some things you can do to lower your risks. Maintaining a moderate body weight and getting regular exercise can play a key role.

Therefore, the foundations decided to donate the fitness equipment to the various Community Spaces. “Making the fitness equipment available and accessible could help to facilitate a healthier lifestyle in the various districts on St. Maarten as a whole. We are helping our community take a proactive approach in the fight against breast and prostate cancer and have fun while working out!” stated Shelly Alphonso and Mercedes Van Der Waals, presidents of the respective foundations.

Funding for the equipment came from various fundraising activities including CIBC FCIB Walk for Cure, Pink Sunset Sail and other donations from the business community.

The Foundations are very keen to help the community of St. Maarten and donating the fitness equipment is one of the ways in which the foundations are helping.  Annually with support of their partners they organize innovative and creative monthly long Prostate and Breast Cancer Campaigns in September and October. The campaigns are geared towards motivating the men and women in our community to take early action to GET CHECKED, as early detection can help save lives in both Prostate and Breast Cancer.

In continuing with the campaigns for 2022, SMMC and the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations are hosting a Women’s Health Day on October 15th, 2022, from 9am to 3pm at SMMC. On that day women can get a free clinical breast examination and free mammograms, if warranted, for uninsured women. Other preventative free health screenings, geared towards general health awareness, will also be offered.

In addition to organizing a series of events for Prostate and Breast Cancer for September and October, the Foundations have partnered with the St. Maarten Laboratory Services to offer free prostate specific antigen tests (PSA) to uninsured men over the age of 40 years old. They have relaunched the breast abnormalities survey project in collaboration with the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) and Collective Prevention Services (CPS) This initiative, the breast abnormalities survey, begun in 2017, to identify breast abnormalities that can be risk factors for diseases of the breast as early as possible and to refer for further diagnosis and treatment. The target group is women 18 years and older and approximately 400 women have already participated in this project prior to the COVID 19 pandemic. The goal is to screen 1000 women to complete the project. The screenings are scheduled for October 1st and 22nd and November 12th and 26th. They will be held at Collective Prevention Services (CPS) at the Vineyard Building, Philipsburg, from 9 am to 3pm. Participants are required to call +1-721-545-2298 ext. 4042357 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment.

“We are grateful for the continued support of the business community of St. Maarten and our partners, and we look forward to their continued support so that together we can increase general health awareness for the benefit of men and women of St. Maarten”, said Shelly Alphonso and Mercedes Van Der Waals, Presidents of the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations.

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School repairs making progress, work on three more schools to start in January

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Repairs to Sint Maarten’s schools are making satisfactory progress, as evidenced by ongoing work at three (3) schools in the Cul de Sac basin. Preparations are also in full swing to start repairs at another three schools in January 2023.

A total of 19 schools were chosen by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) for repairs under the Sint Maarten Trust Fund’s Emergency Recovery Project (ERP-1). The program seeks to ensure that schools are more hurricane resilient and safe to use under regular conditions. As such, the scope of works specifically focuses on repairs to roofs, doors, and windows, as well as mold remediation, electrical work, plumbing, and the installation of hurricane shutters.

As of September 2022, the repairs to three schools have been completed, while works are currently underway at Milton Peters College (MPC), St. Dominic High School, and Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC) Comprehensive Secondary Education. The repairs to all three schools are expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Repairs to Sister Regina Primary School, St. Joseph Primary School, and Leonald Conner Primary School were completed in the second half of 2021. A round of additional work is about to begin at Leonald Conner, comprising minor repairs to enhance safety and security.

In the coming weeks, the contract for the remaining 13 schools will be signed. Because of the large number of schools to be repaired under this contract, the work will be done in four (4) batches. The decision on how to group the schools was done in consultation with the Ministry of ECYS. The work on each batch will take an average of four months.

The three schools to be repaired in the first phase are MAC Browlia F. Maillard Campus, Hillside Christian School Helmich Snijders Campus, and St. Maarten Academy PSVE. The work will start in the first quarter of 2023, barring unforeseen delays due to global material shortages and supply chain issues.

In the second quarter of 2023, work on the schools on the second batch are expected to begin. These schools are Sundial School, Sister Borgia Primary School, and the University of St. Martin (USM).

The third batch - consisting of St. Dominic Primary School, Sister Magda Primary School, St. Maarten Academy, and the Seventh-Day Adventist School - is expected to start in the third quarter of 2023. The last batch is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2023 and the schools slated for repairs are Hillside Christian School Asha Stevens Campus, MAC John A. Gumbs Campus, and the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA).

For every school in the repair program, Education Logistics Plans are developed with each school board and management team to mitigate the negative effects that the repairs can have on students and teachers. Several options for the seamless continued education of students are thoroughly investigated by the Ministry of ECYS, the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB), and the school boards.

The school repair program started in 2021, following repairs to other critical public buildings, such as the Philipsburg and Simpson Bay police stations and the radiosonde building of the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS), which were deemed necessary steps to improve Sint Maarten’s resilience to natural disasters after the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma.

“Allow me to share thanks and gratitude towards the NRPB. Hurricane Irma is five years behind us, but the reminders are very present. An incomprehensible reality. Repairs are scheduled for the remainder of schools needing attention and safety. I hope to see these repairs taking place as agreed. Students, educators, and staff be aware of the magnitude of care I have for these schools. The effort and commitment I give towards the goal of completing repairs are significant to me. I thank everyone for their patience and understanding, as I too would have loved to see the repairs executed much faster,” said Minister of ECYS Rodolph Samuel.

“I want to thank the teachers and management of each school in the program, as well as the students, and parents and guardians, for their understanding during the repairs. We recognize that the works may cause some inconvenience, but we are confident that, when the work is completed, you will be satisfied with the safer, enhanced learning spaces that have been provided with the invaluable assistance of Ministry of ECYS and the World Bank,” said NRPB Director Claret Connor.

ERP-1 is one of the projects of the Sint Maarten Trust Fund, which is financed by the Government of the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank, and implemented by the NRPB on behalf of the Government of Sint Maarten.

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Tatiana Illis awarded President of Parliament Award 2022

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Tatiana Illis was awarded the President of Parliament Award 2022. A youth is awarded annually the President of Parliament Award for exemplary behavior, leadership skills as well as contribution to the community.

Ms. Illis has acted as a display of local athletic talents and an ambassador of the island when traveling to compete at World Swimming Championships.

In 2016, Ms. Tatiana Illis began competing internationally in swimming and continued to compete on a global level ever since. In that same year, she was nominated for the Brown Pelican’s Female Athlete of the year.
Ms. Tatiana Illis continues her journey in making a difference for her country, she volunteers at the Carib Swim Team every summer as a swimming coach where she teaches young children how to swim. She strives to inspire upcoming local athletes by sharing her experiences and setting an example for her peers.

Ms. Illis was not on the island to receive her award due to studying abroad however, her parents were at the reception to receive the award on her behalf.

In her acceptance speech via a voice recording, Ms. Illis shared her gratitude for being backed by her country who continues to cheer her on and wants her to succeed it is incredibly motivating she said, it aspires me to continue using my passions to serve the community.

This year’s President of Parliament Award 2022 was presented by the Hon. President of Parliament Mrs. Grisha Heyliger-Marten to Ms. Tatiana Illis after the opening of the new Parliamentary Year 2022-2023.

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Restaurants Start Preparing for November's St. Maarten Flavors

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the past weeks, more than 15 St. Maarten restaurants have commenced their preparations for St. Maarten Flavors, which signifies Culinary Month in November, highlighting the variety of flavors on island. Not only will restaurants be offering a signature three course meal for residents and visitors to enjoy, specialty drinks and other experiences will be presented alongside the dishes.

Restaurants currently working on a special November St Maarten Flavors Menu are amongst others Aziana, Bold Buddha, Bovin Steakhouse, Dutch Blonde Beach Bar, Emilio’s, Infinity, Jax Steakhouse, La Patrona, Ocean Lounge, Pure Ocean, Topper’s, SALT, Three Amigos and Veranda Market & Bistro. 

Holland House is among the first to announce its culinary activities during the Flavors Festival through its Ocean Lounge restaurant, located on Philipsburg's landmark boardwalk. Celebrated St. Maarten Master Chef, Wendell Lawrence, has composed a terrific menu, starting off with a Pan Seared Sesame Tuna Tataki, Wasabi Foam, Wakame and Soy Glaze, followed by the main course consisting of Pan Seared Steak with Smoked Butter, Crispy Onions, Triple Fried Potato Chips and Emulsion. The final course will be a Banana Creme Brûlée with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. For the ultimate experience Ocean Lounge offer additional enhancing features with, daily wine pairing options and guest DJs and live music on Fridays nights.

Director & General Manager Paul Boetekees is elated to participate: "We are inviting local and visiting "foodies" alike to explore the variety of cuisines St. Maarten offers. These cuisines range from local style street food to fine dining restaurants. St. Maarten is known to feature a record amount of restaurants per square mile worldwide!” As with the other participating restaurants, Ocean Lounge will provide its signature menu for $49 every day of the week this upcoming November.

Further down on Philipsburg’s famed boardwalk, Asian Fusion restaurant Aziana brings a St. Maarten Flavors course set true to the renowned strengths of the managing Wong family, Indonesian – Asian cuisine.

Aziana’s three course menu offer starts with Vegetarian Spring and Shrimp Tempura rolls, followed by a main course of Nasi, Babi Pangang and Chicken Sate combination. Vegetarians have the option of a Spicy Mock duck with choice of one side. All of the above will be topped off with a Coconut Speculaas Cheesecake Mousse topped with Passion Fruit and Berry Sauce.

The Wong family stands proud of their chef Ado: “This three course menu combines all we embody as Aziana – a mix of Indonesian, Asian flavors with touches of kingdom delicacies”. Aziana offers a peek into its renowned kitchen during St. Maarten Flavors month by offering complimentary “Do It Yourself Sushi” Masterclasses on November 5th and 26th. Organizers suggest to make reservations early as seating is limited.

During the month of November, St. Maarten Flavors showcases the great variety of culinary delights   St. Maarten has to offer. Restaurants from both sides of the island can enroll in this program at a modest rate, with discounted rates for members of the SHTA. Details are available at www.stmaartenflavors.com. Those enrolled offer great deals to patrons ranging from samplers or one course bites, starting at $17.50 to full three course dining experiences at $49. Revenues of the event will be used to launch a new generation of St. Maarten culinary talents to the next edition of the prestigious "Taste of the Caribbean" event in Miami in 2023.

For more information about St. Maarten Flavors hosted by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) and PDG Supplies are more than welcome to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and joining the St. Maarten Flavors newsletter.

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Culture Time Clocks 35. Anniversary Show “full of surprises”

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The popular Sunday afternoon radio program on PJD-2 Radio, Culture Time, will mark its 35th year on the air on September 17th, with an anniversary variety show at the Cultural Center, Backstreet, which organizers say will be full of surprises.

According to Fabian Badejo, Founder/Producer/Host of Culture Time, the anniversary show is “a way of saying Thank You to the people of St. Martin, both North and South, who have been listening to the program throughout the years and encouraging us to keep doing what we’re doing.”

He said the show will feature music, poetry, spoken word, dance, and comedy all by local performers, many of whom have appeared on the program throughout the years.

Tickets for the show are available at US$20 at SoIL, at the entrance to St. John’s Ranch, Organique Kreations, the wellness center in the Orange Grove Shopping Center in Cole Bay and at the African Market on Front Street, across from the Oranje School.

“Every last cent from the proceeds of the show will be donated to charity,” Badejo said.

Culture Time ranks as perhaps the longest running cultural program on the island’s airwaves. According to Badejo, the program has had several co-hosts, including Frank Lake, Sheryl Pantophlet, Ralph Cantave, Fernando Clark and the current one, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell.

“Shuja Reiph of Conscious Lyrics fame has also co-hosted the program on several occasions as a “pinch hitter”, Badejo disclosed.

Among the notable features of Culture Time are the Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards, which “unfortunately were suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.” The awards are non-material, but rather a recognition of artistes and cultural workers in every area of our culture.

“We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone on September 17th at the Cultural Center with all of St. Martin because Culture Time is about St. Martin, for St. Martin and of St. Martin,” Badejo concluded.

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