Email Newsletter
How former Minister Emmanuel helped his friends to land

By Hilbert Haar PHLIPSBURG - Former Minister Christophe Emmanuel broke plenty of rules when he issued land in long lease to eleven different people, among them the chief of staff of his cabinet, Marisha Richardson. He ignored negative advices...

Read more
Dear Reader

We believe, if we recall correctly, it was The Daily Herald that once had an April Fool's Joke about a 'Land Grab' on the ring road. The first set of people to show up and stake their claim, would get a piece of land on the ring road.

Well, it looks like that land grab took place just recently and it is no joke, despite our bag of Robin Hood flour satire.

Amazingly, the justification coming out of the former minister's camp seems to be: the minister gave the land to LOCALS. So it is okay.

No, it's not okay.

And it is also not okay that persons should be owning multiple pieces of government long lease land.

No, it is not okay that people should be holding on to government long lease land and not doing anything with the land. That is a direct contravention of the terms of the government long lease: the land should be developed and put to use within six months after the granting of the land.

Yet, we can point out many lots of government long lease land that are undeveloped, bare, unused, some even at prime locations, but the ownership hidden away in overseas offshore companies. How is that even legally possible?

Only in S'maartin.

We are also of the opinion that the selling of the economic rights and the chain sale of government long lease land at ever increasing prices from one buyer to the next is a form of money laundering that has been going on in St. Maarten for years.

We have used this platform before to propagate the establishment of a Land Tribunal. This entity should also be used to investigate and make an inventory of the ownership of all government lease land on St. Maarten.

However, like the idea of lowering the salaries of members of Parliament and government ministers and curbing shipjumping, the idea of tackling and unraveling the ownership of all the government long lease land may just be another fata morgana.

Talk about elusive vs illusion.

Only in S'maartin!

A now for some huishoudelijke medelingen...

Due to demand for a drop-off point for payments for subscriptions and advertisements with, we have made an arrangement with  Executive Business Services (EBS) that customers can make payments at their branch offices in Cul-de-Sac on the Bush Road #38 and in Cole Bay at the Orange Grove Shopping Center on the Union Road, Unit 1A.

Our subscriptions are as follows:

Daily $0,50 per day
Monthly $7,50 per month
Yearly $75 per year

You can pay in  cash, with your Maestro  debitcard or with a  check ( made payable to ANYKEY SERVICES N.V.).

EBS Executive Business Services has the following two branch locations:

#38 Bush Road
Cul-de-Sac, Philipsburg

Orange Grove Shopping Center
Union Road, Unit 1A
Cole Bay

Their opening hours are:

Mon-Thu : 9am-5pm
Fridays : 9am-5:30pm
Weekend : closed

For those over in the Simpson Bay area, you can also pay for your subscriptions and advertisements at  The Business Point in the Plaza Del Lago complex located on Simpson Bay Marina/Yacht Club business centre on the Welfare Road.

Subscription Registration Procedure

So register first online at Choose the Manual/Offline payment option for your selected subscription and then make your payment at the above mentioned locations. An invoice will be emailed to you for your added convenience as a reference for making your payments at any of the above locations.


For advertising, visit for more information or email for a copy of our advertising rates sheet. You can also pick up a copy of our  advertising brochure at the above mentioned addresses as well.

For all other inquiries and information, call 588-0800.

###   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 ###

You can get the news on a daily basis in your inbox by buying a subscription online at We use Paypal to process creditcard payments. However,  you do not  need  a Paypal account to pay for your subscription with us. All you need is your  creditcard and an  email address (which you already have if you are receiving this email newsletter).

You can also select the Manual Payment option and receive an invoice via email. You can then pay via banktransfer to our WIB or RBC bank accounts. If you wish to pay in cash or with a check, please email us to arrange pick-up or instructions where to drop off the payment at one our three (3) collection points on St. Maarten (in Philipsburg, Cul-de-Sac and in Cole Bay).  See the information published above.

Remember, is foremost a news site, but it is also an e-commerce business. Therefore, we do not have offices or any such overhead burdensome costs. So there are no offices for you to visit. Communications with us is via email (, telephone ( 588-0800) or whatsapp ( +1-721-588-0800).

You can  add 588-0800 to your Whatsapp service. We will be starting the Whatsapp news alert service this month. But to make even that possible, we need your financial support. In the form of subscriptions and in the form of advertisements.

Other than that, hope you had a great weekend and look forward to a productive week!

The Publisher

PS: You can also 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, debitcard, banktransfer, check or cash. Top Story
Envirogreen incorporated four months after signing MOU

Read our investigative report by Hilbert Haar about the incorporation of Envirogreen four months after the signing of the MOU with former VROMI-minister Emmanuel. Read to find out what type of company Envirogreen is and why it was set up that way...

Read more Feature Article
How late is too late?

By Chris Morvan, A British aristocrat, Lord Bates, recently arrived very late for a sitting of the House of Lords and was so ashamed of himself, he offered to resign. On the strength of this, the BBC (the one that's short for British Broadcasting ...

Read more Feature Stories
How former Minister Emmanuel helped his friends get land

By Hilbert Haar PHLIPSBURG - Former Minister Christophe Emmanuel broke plenty of rules when he issued land in long lease to eleven different people, among them the chief of staff of his cabinet, Marisha Richardson. He ignored negative advices...

Read more
Former Minister Christopher Emmanuel gave land to LOCALS

and gave work to a LOCAL company. SO WHAT!! This is OUR country!!! So Emmanuel gave out land on the ring road. So what! I will say it again, so what! Didn't Claret Connor give out 10.000 square meters of land on the ring road to Chamber of...

Read more

By Hilbert Haar ~ Almost immediately after, published the story on Monday about wrongdoings by former Minister Christophe Emmanuel with the issuance of land in long lease, the site was bombarded with a series of reactions. Here is..

Read more
Robin (for the) Hood

Satirical Cartoon

Read more
In Memoriam Jack Monsanto
Remembering Jack Monsanto

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Friends and colleagues shared their thoughts and memories of the late Jacques "Jack" Monsanto by jotting in the condolence register opened at the Department of Immigration and Naturalization on A. Th. I llidge road...

Read more Government News
William: Europe trip waste of taxpayers monies

GREAT BAY - Former Prime Minister William Marlin says the recent trip to Europe by Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier and Interim Prime Minister Leona Marlin Romeo was a total waste of tax payers' monies as the 50 million guilders loan agreement ...

Read more
Minister of Tourism De Weever calls on interested persons...

POND ISLAND - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, is encouraging interested persons and young people to apply for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)...

Read more
Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin attends 1st day of...

BRUSSELS:--- On February 23rd the 16th OCTA - EU Forum will be held in Brussels, leading up to the forum there will be political and technical meetings with the European Commission and other Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the EU....

Read more Elections News
William: Timing of Frans detention not no coincidence

GREAT BAY - National Alliance #23 candidate William Marlin said in a press release on Monday that the timing of the detention of United St. Maarten party leader Member of Parliament Frans Richardson is strange and seems to be intended to...

Read more
Prosecutor's office keeps an eye on election fraud

PHILIPSBURG - "Around every election the prosecutor's office of St. Maarten receives indications that voters are bribed to cast their vote for a particular party or person," the Prosecutor's Office writes in a press release, adding that it will...

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 Politics
Valya: Establish vendor market on ring road land

PHILIPSBURG - In line with her vision to promote small business development, at the public meeting of February 17th, 2018, of the United St. Maarten Party (USP), Valya Lake-Pantophlet challenged government to promote entrepreneurship and assist...

Read more
Mauricia-Peterson plans on bringing a new and innovative ...

Great Bay, St. Maarten - Francelise Mauricia-Peterson is the #7 candidate on the slate of the St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) taking part in the 2018 Parliamentary elections. Francelise Mauricia-Peterson told 721News that she plans on bringing ...

Read more Social News
Red Cross extends school feeding program

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - With many families continuing to struggle financially following Hurricane Irma, the Netherlands Red Cross, through its St. Maarten branch, is extending its school feeding program until the end of May 2018.

Read more Cultural News
New York City architect links Philipsburg market vendors ...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The ongoing social media comments by St. Martin's repeat visitors, with support ranging from SXM Airport rebuilding to Philipsburg Marketplace vendors regrouping, may one day prove to be a unique, or a profitable...

Read more
Di Anointed Vale's new single shoots to #1 on Top Ten...

SINT MAARTEN/ST. KITTS - JIFE Music recording artist Di Anointed Vale released a new single recently entitled "Save Me From Me" which is getting rave reviews and airplay around the world. The song, an authentic reggae track with a sound biblical...

Read more Colums
Three strikes and you are out

My lymphoma that developed in June 2014, has relapsed for the third time, and this time with a fury. A 10x20 cm large tumor grew into the lower right, abdominal area, with multiple, large metastasis in the pelvic bone, bladder, prostate, nerves...

Read more Dutch Caribbean News
New Trainingsystem for firefighters

On January 28th, the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department (BKCN) started with the training of 12 new colleagues; 3 from Saba, 2 from St. Eustatius and 7 from Bonaire. The participants will be trained for Fireman-A. They will learn about fire...

Read more Poll
Poll sponsored by, where you order online, we deliver offline.
Is 'stability' in government the new buzz word in this election?
Yes, but St. Maarten politicians do not know the meaning of the word
Stakeholder Meeting on Tuesday aims to build a stronger, ...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Everything is set for Tuesday's evening information exchange session regarding the prevention of mosquito borne diseases. The aim is to build a stronger, smarter and more collaborative approach to eliminate mosquitos.

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 Advertisements

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
NV GEBE 2018 Senior Citizens Relief 62+ program

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - NV GEBE has commenced with the application process of its Senior Citizens Relief 62+ program. This program is geared towards certain eligible Senior Citizens with its aim to reduce the electricity costs for individuals ...

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
2018 Hurricane Season Preparations Start

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - Two Caribbean countries and territories have commenced preparations for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The Government of the British Virgin Islands BVI (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke) has...

Read more
Another initiative to jumpstart the economy: Microloans

WILLEMSTAD - From now on, micro-enterprises can turn to the government development bank Korpodeko for a loan of up to five thousand guilders. In the neighborhoods, people with good ideas can qualify for such a microloan. Entrepreneurs are guided...

Read more
Economists to talk about poverty

WILLEMSTAD - The Dutch Caribbean economists will talk about poverty in Curaçao next Saturday. It seems to have increased, the economists say. The conference should provide more insight into the poverty issue and policy in Curaçao. And is held...

Read more
Call for humane refugee policy

WILLEMSTAD - A group of concerned citizens is worried about the way in which Curaçao deals with refugees. In an appeal they ask the government for a more humane policy towards those who try to come to the island in search of a better life. Now...

Read more
Prime Minister is convinced his government can turn...

WILLEMSTAD - During his presentation at the Economic Recovery Program, the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath indicated that the island is at a crossroads where it is confronted with a couple of challenges, the economic development,...

Read more
Advertise Here

Email today and request our advertising rates for 2018.

Read more
Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

DATE ISSUED: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) February 20, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... WEATHER: Tonight through Tuesday evening:...

Read more Advertisements Column
Fly-in-something in the Caribbean

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ How about Fly-In Banking; like a drive-in fast food operation? No, it's no joke. In the Caribbean? Probably not, but that is not the point. One has to look at the principles of the concept and explore if one could do a...

Read more Dutch News
Amnesty says police are using tasers too often

Amnesty International has called for Dutch police to abandon its trial of tasers after it emerged that the devices were used on suspects more than 100 times in 12 months. Police forces in Rotterdam, Zwolle and Amersfoort have been using the...

Read more
Drug companies are blackmailing us with expensive drugs

The Dutch healthcare institute Zorginstituut Nederland says insurers should stop paying for expensive drugs if pharmaceutical companies continue to refuse to say how they arrive at the price, the Financieele Dagblad said on Monday.

Read more
SXM Daily News - 19 Feb 2018
SXM Daily News February 19, 2018

SXM Daily News February 19, 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,