ORANJESTAD - The bearded holy man, know to us as Sinterklaas, with his helpers, -called black peter, arrive in Aruba Sunday morning. While the rainy weather obviously didn't stop the kids from coming to the cruise ship terminal and greet the holy man, it had its effect on the size of the crowd. It was considerably less compared to previous years. Newly installed cultural minister, fresh from being sworn in, Xiomara Ruiz Maduro greeted the holy man and 'assured' him that all kids present were well behaved and deserved presents come December 5th, the holy mans' bday. A parade took to the streets, with the holy Sint leading the way, all the way to Aruba's popular Betico Croes Plaza, or also known as the Liberators Plaza. Tradition calls for children to lay their shoes right outside their doors, with hay and water for the 'white horse' on which the holy man 'travels', and if the children are well behaved, they receive a present in those carefully laid out shoes. A tradition dating back many centuries and being celebrated in a number of European Countries. The Dutch Caribbean inherited this tradition, and carries on around this time of year, until December 5th, said to be the holy mans' bday!.
WILLEMSTAD - Director di Banco Central di Corsou y St Maarten Emsley Tromp was acquitted Friday of all accusations against him, the courts ruled in Curacao. Tromp was accused and suspected of tax evasion between 2006 and 2014, mainly on his pension fund. The court however, ruled in favor of the defendant, granting his wish of total acquittal.
DEN HAAG/SCHIPHOL - Family members and lawyers for slain Aruban Mitch Henriquez left the Dutch Court thursday afternoon as a form of protest, said laywer Korver. They did not want to further 'legitimize' the criminal procedings against two Dutch police officers on trial for the death of Henriquez back in 2015. The family feels abandoned and treated as low class citizens. After the 4 hour defense by the laywers, they abandoned the court. They will however, be present for the verdict, scheduled for late next month, December 21.