Email Newsletter
Delivering happiness

By Hilbert Haar ~ Ah, there is one more thing that has struck me as a significant difference between St. Maarten and the Asian countries where I am currently traveling. YOU WILL HAVE TO LOGIN TO READ MORE... THERE IS MORE TO THIS ARTICLE ...

Read more
Dear Reader

This week the Public Prosecutor's Office issued a press statement wherein mentioned was made that "raids" were conducted at three construction companies at Sonesta Maho Hotel looking for illegal Venezuelan workers. It is suspected that these construction companies dispatched illegal Venezuelans to work at amongst other locations, the Sonesta Maho resort property. A dministration was confiscated during these raids.

Maho's resort management subsequently issued a statement saying it was not a raid, but just "a friendly exchange of information".

Maho's reaction reads as follows:

" On the morning of September 11th, a few members of the prosecutor’s office and local law enforcement came onto our property and kindly asked for our administration offices. This was not a raid," said Andria Mitsakos, spokesperson for The Maho Group. "The individuals were escorted to our offices and requested invoices with regards to three subcontractors which we are using in our construction efforts to rebuild our resorts. As many business owners in St. Maarten know, these exercises are often routine. This was a friendly exchange of information. We provided the requested information and they left the premises.

Curious as to which it was, a raid or just a friendly visit for information, contacted the Public Prosecutor's press spokesperson for a clarification.

Her answer was a straightforward one: " It was indeed a raid. "

Happy readings!

PS : is now taking orders online for delivery offline in Curacao in cooperation with its sister company . Email to place for your orders for flowers, giftbaskets and cakes for delivery in Curacao.


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. Top Stories
Venezuelan asylum-seeker: Refugee or Fortune Hunter?

PHILIPSBURG - The sun is barely up when a team of mask-wearing men storm the construction site for Sonesta Maho. Their target: picking up undocumented Venezuelan laborers. Just like on Curaçao and Aruba, Sint Maarten is struggling with the influx ...

Read more
Council of Ministers get an exclusive tour of NIPA

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Five members of the Council of Ministers on St. Maarten led by Prime Minister the Honourable Leona Marlin-Romeo visited the National Institute for Professional Advancement NIPA institute in Cay Hill on Wednesday...

Read more
Tourist Bureau to carry out assessment after Isaac passes

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the Lesser Antilles, necessary preparations are being taken by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which has been activated on Monday, September 10 th by Prime Minister Leona Romeo ...

Read more
Stakeholders in hospitality unite for one common goal

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Stakeholders in the hospitality industry on French and Dutch St. Maarten have united for one common goal of sustainably rebuilding the tourism destination. The group recently held their sixth meeting on the...

Read more
Think globally, act locally at International Coastal Cleanup

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The public is invited to take part in the International Coastal Cleanup this Saturday September 15th at Grand Case beach. Participants will meet in front of the Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. and collect litter for...

Read more Feature Articles
The Great Train Journey - part 3

By Hilbert Haar ~ We leave Irkutsk on a Monday morning - rising early because the train leaves shortly after 8 a.m. for a trip of 22 hours to Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Our cabin is more luxurious than the one on the train from Moscow to...

Read more
The great train journey - part two

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Thursday at 3 o'clock in the morning our train rolls into the main station in Irkutsk, with around 600,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in Siberia. Finally we are out of the digital wilderness - we've had no internet..

Read more
The Great Train Journey - part one

By Hilbert Haar ~ This is how it began on a Sunday morning in Moscow. We took a taxi to the Kazanskaia station; that was already quite a little trip through town, but it only set us back 300 roubles, roughly $4.50. While I am sitting on a little...

Read more
The tipping point

By Hilbert Haar ~ Mongolia, South Korea and Vietnam have several things in common that set these countries apart from St. Maarten. And those things offer plenty of food for thought to politicians, educators, parents and individual citizens.

Read more Judicial News
Raids conducted in investigation into employing illegals

PHILIPSBURG - Raids were conducted this morning, September 11, 2018 at 3 construction companies at the Sonesta Maho Hotel. These raids were conducted in the interest of the ongoing investigation being carried out by the Human Trafficking...

Read more
23 undocumented Venezuelans captured in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD:--- This morning around 2:00 am the Steunpunt Curacao received a report from the RCC that they saw on the radar an unlit vessel south of Klein Curacao that was operating at low speed (4 knots).

Read more
Male suspect arrested by Alpha Team at airport with false...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Alpha Team operating at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) consisting of members of the Royal Marechaussee and members of the Police Force of Sint Maarten on Thursday September 13 th at...

Read more Local News
SMGA President Velda Blackett calls for unity by diversity

PHILIPSBURG - The incoming President of the St. Maarten Guyanese Association Velda Blackett has called for "unity by diversity". She pointed out that even though Guyanese living on the island may have difference of opinions and may argue and in...

Read more
Ear, Nose and Throat specialists to start at SMMC October 1

CAYHILL -- A group of 13 Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialists have been recruited and will start at St. Maarten Medical Center’s (SMMC) per October 1st, 2018 on a rotational basis.

Read more
"All-clear" at TelEm Group Building following bomb...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Police gave TelEm Group the "All Clear" signal shortly before the close of the business day Wednesday, to allow managers and staff back into their main building on Pond Island following a surprise bomb scare.

Read more Curacao News
'Jamaloodin's arrival means a new phase for the Maximus...

WILLEMSTAD - The extradition of the former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin means a new phase for the investigation named Maximus. This the investigation into the intellectual offenders behind the murder of the popular politician Helmin...

Read more
Announcement: InselAir ticket office at Sambil to be closed

WILLEMSTAD - InselAirs' ticket office at Sambil (Curaçao) will be closed as of September 17th 2018. InselAir will continue to welcome its customers at the Ticket Office at Hato Airport (6am-8:30pm), at InselAirs' main office at Dokweg...

Read more
Man arrested who wanted to bribe police

WILLEMSTAD - During the police raid of La Tasca and the surroundings of the nightclub, a man was also arrested who tried to bribe the officers. He sat in the car with his Colombian lover when the police wanted to see their papers. Then the man...

Read more
Minister of Finance addresses budget issues in letter to Cft

WILLEMSTAD - During the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers, Kenneth Gijsbertha of Finance explained about his letter to the Committee of Financial Supervision (CFT). The Minister hopes that the detailed letter explaining how the...

Read more
NEW! CuracaoFlowers: You order online, we deliver in Curacao is the sister to, an online flower order and delivery service. You can also order online and we deliver offline in Curacao. Flowers, giftbaskets, fruitbaskets and cakes. Contact us today to place your order.

Read more
15,000 to 20,000 sites occupied illegally in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Between 15 and 20 thousand sites on Curaçao are illegally occupied. That is according to the Minister of Urban Planning Zita Jesus-Leito during the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers. "It has gotten out of control,"...

Read more Government News
EOC Deactivated. Prime Minister Romeo Marlin pleased...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin, Chairlady of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), convened an EOC meeting on Friday morning at 9.00 am to review the national response that took place related to the passing...

Read more
Minister De Weever signs Covenant with Medical School

Great Bay, St. Maarten - On Wednesday morning, Minister of Justice, Cornelius De Weever signed a Covenant Study with the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Executive Dean Dr. Heidi Chumley. The Covenant Study enables the...

Read more
Business as normal on Friday. Schools open, Government...

l GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - On Thursday, the Chairlady of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin gave an update with respect to Tropical Storm Isaac and what the country can expect for Friday based on...

Read more Parliament News
September 15 International Day of Democracy 2018

Great Bay, St. Maarten - 'International Day of Democracy 2018 is held on September 15th every year, and it has been running for 10 years. It is a United Nations, (UN), day of observation, to review the state of democracy in the world and uphold...

Read more
Continuation Central Committee meeting about border control

The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on Friday, August 31, 2018 will resume on Friday, September 14 at 14:00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Justice will be...

Read more
Urgent Plenary Session of Parliament about the status of ...

The plenary public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport will be present.

Read more
Plenary Session of Parliament about composition of...

The plenary public meeting is scheduled for 9.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The agenda points are: Incoming documents Advice regarding the installation and composition of the Permanent ...

Read more Weather
Isaac Now a Tropical Depression But Rains Still Coming

FLORIDA, United States, Friday September 14, 2018 - Isaac has weakened to tropical depression and could degenerate anytime now, but bands of rain from the system are continuing to affect the Lesser Antilles.

Read more
No further tropical development for the next 10 days in...

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - The long-term weather forecast doesn't show any tropical development off the coast of Africa near the Cabo Verde Islands for the next 10-days.

Read more
Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) September 14, 2018 ... TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR ST. MAARTEN DISCONTINUED... Tonight through Friday evening: Partly cloudy, hazy and windy,...

Read more Business News
SHTA organizes photo contest for VISIT magazine cover

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is organizing a cover photo contest for the 2019 edition its magazine VISIT. The association invites local artists and frequent visitors to send in their most...

Read more
LACNIC, Google to headline 'Internet Week in Trinidad ...

The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Registry (LACNIC) and Google will hold a series of workshops next month as part of Internet Week Trinidad and Tobago, an event intended to advance the Internet development agenda of the wider region. The...

Read more
NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

Read more Billboard Notices
Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset hosts Slumber Reading Fun

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset will be hosting a Slumber Reading Fun Pajama evening for children between the ages of 6-12, on September 28 th, 2018 from 7:00pm-10:00pmß. The Reading Slumber fun will be held at...

Read more
Caribbean Wellness Day/Week promotes good health and...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) was observed across the region on September 8 to promote good health and well-being. In 2011 the CWD was expanded to become Wellness Week in the Americas commencing on September 8...

Read more
Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - The Wizards, specializing in computer repairs and onsite services, is now the official reseller for an environmentally-friendly product that has a very unusual feature: A solar powered LED lantern that is a phone charger as...

Read more
SHTA & Carib Beer Call for Sharing 2019 Events to Show...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and Carib Beer call on companies and NGO's to send in events they are planning for 2019 for their National Event Calendar. The 2018 calendar, published only...

Read more Poll
Poll sponsored by  StMaartenFlowers.comwhere you order online and we deliver offline.
Should Government solve Garbage/Waste Problem or Should the Private Sector take the Initiative?
Yes, the Private Sector should take the initiative
Yes, we need to start Reducing, Reusing & Recycling (RRR)
No, Garbage is a Collective Problem
No, people are not willing to pay for commercial garbage sorting - Regional News
EU disburses €4.55 million to Anguilla for education reform

THE VALLEY, Anguilla - The European Union has disbursed the second grant assistance tranche of EC$14.3 million (€4.55m) to Anguilla for education reform and training under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme. The assistance is...

Read more
CIBC FirstCaribbean Closing Anguilla Operations

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday September 13, 2018 - CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is closing its Anguilla operations early next year. Managing Director of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean islands, under which the Anguilla business...

Read more Advertisement
FOR SALE: Red 2018 Hyundai Grand i10

Asking price $11,000 US Dollars. Call or whatsapp 588-0800 for more information.

Read more
Need bodywork done on your car?

We have a professional mechanic available to take care of all the bodywork that needs to be done on your car, jeep, van or bus. Good deals on auto parts also available.

Call us today at +1-721-523-3564 or whatsapp +1-721-588-0800. Or email to schedule an appointment. Visit for more information.. Online News Stories
Travel to the Dominican Republic with Sunrise Airways ...

I will be honest. When Sunrise Airways announced their plans to operate the route Curaçao-Santo Domingo, I was a bit skeptical because of the hours. The flight departs at night and I am not used to that. I never arrived in the Dominican Republic...

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
Curacao Dive Task Force introduces interactive dive site ...

If you are looking for Paradise... we found it and it is right here on Curacao! The September CURACAO DIVE SITE OF THE MONTH is located between Klein Knip and Playa Jeremi. The Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association Dive Task Force has...

Read more
Barbados Finds Replacement Gas Supplier ...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday September 13, 2018 - Barbados has found a new supplier for petrol now that the Trinidadian government is planning to shut down its oil refinery, according to Energy Minister Wilfred Abrahams. But while the...

Read more
Move to Link Ganja Farmers in Jamaica with Large Processors

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday September 13, 2018 - Jamaica's Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says he's looking to link small ganja farmers with large processors who have the ability to convert the plant into a...

Read more
Guyana finance minister to lead delegation to Middle East

By Ray Chickrie ~ Caribbean News Now contributor GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Next week, Guyana will send a delegation led by finance minister and governor to the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Winston Jordan, and including David Patterson, minister of...

Read more
'Wild cards' are they coming out of the blue?

Curaçao's economy is experiencing what the minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Steve Martina called a 'The Perfect Storm'. The name The Perfect Storm derives from a in 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and...

Read more
Cohen & Klein

Comprehensive training programs

Read more
Klein Curaçao declared a Ramsar Site

The Netherlands has designated Klein Curaçao as its 55th Wetland of International Importance. The Site (Ramsar Site no. 2355) consists of the small, uninhabited island and the surrounding sea. The eastern shore features a near-pristine,...

Read more Advertisements Dutch News
Suriname accepts apologies from Kingdom Minister Stef Blok

Last week, a representative from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs traveled to Suriname to apologize on behalf of the minister. THE HAGUE, PARAMARIBO - The Surinamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs accepts the apologies of Minister Stef Blok...

Read more
Jamaloodin Transferred to Prison Bonaire

Kralendijk- Former minister of Finance in Curaçao was transferred to the prison on Bonaire today, after arriving from Venezuela earlier this week. Jamaloodin was transported from Curaçao to Bonaire on a chartered EZ Air plane. The extradition...

Read more
Saba Holds Town Hall Meetings about National Park

The Bottom, Saba- The Public Entity Saba, Saba Conservation Foundation, SABARC and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has held town hall meetings Monday and Tuesday, August 20th and 21st to inform the public of a proposal to establish a ...

Read more
Police call off weekend strike at last minute after pay talk

A national strike by police has been called off after unions and the government came to an agreement just hours before the action was due to start. Police unions had been in dispute with justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus and police chief Erik...

Read more
Shots fired at school in Roermond, 16 year-old detained...

Shots were fired by a 16 year-old boy in and outside a school in Roermond on Friday morning, police said. No one was hurt in the incident. The shooting took place at 8.30am at the KEC institute for special education and care in the Limburg city.

Read more
SXM Daily News - 13 Sep 2018
SXM Daily News September 13, 2018

SXM Daily News September 13, 2018

Read more
Book your post-summer trip with AirSXM
Looking for a post-summer vacation trip? Search for flights, hotels, car rentals and vacation packages online on AirStMaarten's booking site.
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,