Email Newsletter
Payment date for license plates to be extended to June 30

POND ISLAND - Due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the country is still in the recovery phase. Hundreds of vehicles suffered damage. The Government is well aware that many in the community are facing serious hardships and...

Read more
Dear Reader

Today is election day!

Add 588-0800 to your Whatsapp and message us your name so that we can add you to our Whatsapp Broadcast list in order to receive updates on the election results as they come in to our newsdesk during the day today.

Do go out and make your vote count!

The Publisher

PS: Email to request us to sign you up for a Yearly subscription for only $75. We will email you an electronic invoice for payment at your convenience. You can choose to pay with your creditcard online; do a banktransfer to our WIB or RBC account; or pay with your debitcard, check or cash at any of our three (3) payment locations. See Contact Us for address information.

###   Advisory Message ###
For the month of  February 2018  the five-volume  The Laws of St. Maarten can be purchased at the reduced price of  $50.00  per set at Van Dorp Bookstores on Illidge Road and in Simpson Bay.
We encourage every citizen on St. Maarten to buy and READ  The Laws of St. Maarten  . See the advertorial below in this newsletter for more information.
###   End of Advisory Message ### Letter to the Editor
A visitor's guide to St Maarten; locals may want to read too

Dear Visitor, It's that time of the year again and I must say boy, is it interesting! They have become more creative but if you have a good collection of their words you will find out that they all basically say the same thing but through...

Read more Feature Article
When our ship comes in

By Chris Morvan ~ An open-top sports car speeds around the twisting mountain road with magnificent sea views on the other side and only a metal barrier preventing the driver from taking the bouncing, exploding shortcut to the beach. The part of...

Read more Health News
New General Hospital will come with International Standards

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - With the financing agreements for the new general hospital signed on Friday February 23 rd, it is important for the general public to understand how health care will be improved. Although the new hospital is critical for ...

Read more

POND ISLAND - With several systemically vital assigned tasks nearing completion and the SZV 3.0. Strategic plan in full execution phase, the Director of SZV Glen Carty sees that his priority task as turnaround specialist is nearing completion. In ...

Read more
Community Mobile Dental Consultations available on Tuesday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Community dental care will be available from the mobile dental bus once again on Tuesday, February 27 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg where Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department...

Read more
CPS says eliminate mosquito breeding sites and use...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says due to recent rainfall the country has experienced, CPS is calling on the populace to...

Read more Government News
School Closed on Today due to Parliamentary Elections

POND ISLAND - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Jorien Wuite reminds the general public that due to the Parliamentary Elections all scho...

Read more
Deadline for vehicle inspection to be extended to June 30

POND ISLAND - Due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the country is still in the recovery phase. Hundreds of vehicles suffered damage.

Read more
Ministry of VSA offers persons post-Irma temp housing

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Last week, the Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor (Ministry VSA), Emil Lee announced the commencement of an Emergency Transitional Housing Program to be managed in by the Dr. J. Foundation....

Read more
Government saves millions of NAF on water purchase....

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - " The amount of water that has to be purchased under the current 'take or pay' clauses of the purchasing agreements have resulted in substantial financial losses for the country. "Seven Seas Water was approached to...

Read more Elections News
The House of Parliament closed today for Elections

PHILIPSBURG - The general public is hereby informed of the following: The House of Parliament will be used by the Central Voting Bureau for processing and announcing of the Parliamentary Election results on Monday, February 26. As a consequence...

Read more
Traffic measures in connection with Parliamentary elections

PHILIPSBURG - The Police Department is informing the general public that following traffic measures will be taken in connection with the Parliamentary elections which will be held on Monday February 26 th 2018. Front Street will be closed on that ...

Read more
Rain and power cuts didn't discourage UD-candidates

PHILIPSBURG - The last rallies before Mondays' parliamentary elections for the three main parties took place at different locations. The National Alliance was on its traditional stomping grounds in St. Peters, the United St. Maarten party need...

Read more
The election that nobody wanted is here

PHILIPSBURG - The elections that nobody wanted will take place on Monday in St. Maarten and for the first time ever there does not seem to be a lot of election fever. The election campaign has been limited to some public meetings and to social...

Read more
Video commercial: "Go out and Vote!"

"Go out and Vote" Public Service Campaign from the Government's Department of Communications (DCOMM)

Read more Book Review
New Book About Statia's Plants and Trees

Oranjestad- Botanist Dr. Franklin S. Axelrod has published a book on the plants on Sint Eustatius called 'A Systematic Vademecum to the Vascular Plants of Sint Eustatius'. Vascular plants have a circulatory system for nutrients and water. They...

Read more Judicial News
European Dutchman as Attorney General is more independent

WILLEMSTAD - Again a European Dutchman has been selected as the Attorney General for the five islands Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba). Will a local ever be considered suitable for this position?

Read more Dutch Caribbean News
Saba out of gasoline: no public transport

THE BOTTOM - Saba's only gas station ran out of gasoline on Saturday morning, leaving the island also without public transport. "It has a large impact on us since it's our livelihood. There's nothing we can do about it but wait," expressed Donna...

Read more
Dutch government commissioner Franco wants to earn trust

ORANJESTAD - Dutch government commissioner for St.Eustatius, Marcolino 'Mike' Franco, made his first public appearance at PJB50 Radio Statia Sunday afternoon. "I don't want to ask for trust, I want to work and then earn it", expressed Franco....

Read more
Subsidy scheme "Opportunities for all Children" to begin ...

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - All children must be able to participate. Also children who grow up in a family with a low income. With the subsidy scheme "Opportunities for all Children", the Cabinet makes resources available to help children. The subsidy...

Read more Poll
Poll sponsored by, where you order online, we deliver offline.
Who you think will win the elections today?
Ministry of Health advises community to take preventive...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, is calling on the community to take preventive measures to prevent contracting...

Read more

PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

Read more Advertisement

Kwikfix Cleaning Services is offering pre- and post-construction clean-up services. Contact for a quotation for clean-up services your next construction project.
Cleaning services are also offered for commercial properties and office buildings.
Email for more information.             Online News Stories
Join us in our fully-catered Regatta Village

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - In the official count-down to the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the new Regatta Village concept at our hosting sponsor Port de Plaisance has been finalized. The Regatta Village will bring together in one place all...

Read more
Click here to buy a subscription today...


Read more
Let's Cruise - Eastern, Western, Southern Caribbean... is offering cruise vacations on the best and biggest cruise ships in the world with brand name cruises and destinations in the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and the Mediterranean, ...

Read more
Coca-Cola contributes to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The St. Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation is pleased to announce Coca-Cola as a contributing participant in the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Following the devastation resulting from the 2017 hurricane...

Read more
Diplomas Handed to Bonaire Housekeeping Staff

Kralendijk- February 21, 2018 was an important evening for 6 hardworking women from the housekeeping teams of Den Laman, Sand Dollar and Terramar; they received their well-deserved, official diploma of the accredited housekeeping training that...

Read more
Saban fisherman responded to capsized boat

THE BOTTOM - The Greg Slyngstad's Bieker 53 multihull Fujin has capsized during the RORC Caribbean 600 on Saba. "The captain and crew of the vessel were very professional and treated me with dignity and respect," stated Nicholas Johnson local...

Read more
interCaribbean Airways Announces Dominica to Tortola and ...

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Sunday February 25, 2018 - interCaribbean Airways has announced new nonstop schedule services from Dominica to St Lucia and Tortola, with one-stop connections via Tortola to St Thomas, St Croix, Sint...

Read more
Copa Airlines to Introduce Service Between Barbados and...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sunday February 25, 2018 - Barbados' Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy has announced a partnership with Copa Airlines that will see the island receiving a twice-weekly service direct from Panama.

Read more
Advertise Here

Email today and request our advertising rates for 2018.

Read more
Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) February 26, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Monday evening: Partly cloudy with brief isolated showers. Forecast High: 28°C / 82°F Forecast Low:...

Read more Advertisements Job Vacancies
Monday, February 26th, 2018
Vacancy: Assistant Manager
Vacancy: Caregiver Review
6 reasons why there has been an increase in number of earthquakes

With so many earthquakes in the news recently, it seems that the frequency of big temblors is on the rise. As per a report by The Guardian, scientists have warned there could be a significant growth in the numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world in 2018. Here are seven main reasons that may have led to a rise in seismic activity across the globe.

1. There have been variations in the speed of the Earth's rotation which may have triggered intense seismic activity. Although fluctuations in the rotation are small and may only change the length of a day by one millisecond, they often lead to the release of vast amounts of underground energy, researchers explain. 

2. Natural geomorphological phenomenon isn't the only factor responsible for earthquakes. Activities like mining, nuclear explosions and groundwater extraction has seen an increase in the number of human-induced earthquakes. As per available data, over 728 quakes in past 149 years might have been induced by human activities. 

3. Man-made earthquakes are getting more common due to poor planning in infrastructural activities like fracking for oil, dam-building, pumping gas without re-filling. 

4. Another reason attributed by scientists for increasing earthquakes is the cooling of earth. Scientists claim cooling causes the contraction of the earth's crust, which results into increased volcanic disturbance causing earthquakes.

5. There has been a spurt in big geological processes. These processes are driving the reactive seismic forces that create earthquakes along faults, trenches, and the planet's many subduction zones.

6. A study claims an increase in the number of earthquakes in recent years not because there are substantially more earthquakes, but because there are more seismic instruments and they are able to record more earthquakes. Dutch News
Dutch head home with 20 Olympic medals...

The Dutch Winter Olympic campaign ended this weekend with both Irene Schouten and Koen Verweij picking up bronze in the mass start race. In total, the Dutch finished the competition in fifth place with 20 medals - eight gold, six silver and six...

Read more
Dutch MPs give go head to arming the maritime sector...

Dutch shipowners with vessels passing regularly through areas frequented by pirates will now be able to carry their own security guards who are permitted to carry arms and fire if necessary. A majority of MPs, including the coalition Christian...

Read more
TV Carib News - 23 Feb 2018
TV Carib Informer News

TV Carib Informer News - Friday, 23 Feb 2018

Read more
Book AirSXM
With the high season upon us and more and more airlines are resuming flights to and from St. Maarten, we are also open to take your flight bookings to and from St. Maarten as well.
Cancel your present free Newsletter subscription first if you wish to upgrade to a paid subscription with either a Daily, Monthly or Yearly subscription.

We welcome you to our growing community of readers. Those of you who have not done so yet, can do so online at You can choose to pay immediately online with your creditcard or request to receive an invoice from us for manual payment processing.

We will be putting more and more of our recently published articles and archived news articles behind the paywall. Therefore it will be important for you to eventually purchase a paid subscription. Register today online at

If you wish to discuss a corporate account for your company, organization or department, feel free to drop us an email to discuss your needs as well.

If you have any questions, comments or if you also wish to advertise with us, email us via

We will continue to bring you reports and articles via this email newsletter. But for the latest news, updates and photo reportages keep an eye on our website online at  or follow us on Facebook, where we will also post community billboard notices, government announcements and urgent public notices as we receive them via our news desk.

If you also wish to receive news headlines, alerts and breaking news via Whatsapp, email us your whatsapp number via

Thank you for your attention to our email newsletter. Your readership is very much appreciated.

Sincerely yours,