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UPDATED: Sint Maarten under Tropical Storm Warning

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – After a Hurricane Hunter Air Force Reserve aircraft carried out a reconnaissance flight of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine on Tuesday afternoon, the analysis that came back to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) was that the overall structure of the disturbance has not changed much since this morning.

New clusters of convection have developed over the northern portion of the elongated circulation and the Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft has been unable to find a well-defined center.

The latest dynamical model guidance still suggests that the system will consolidate over the next 12-18 hours and the disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm before it reaches the Leeward Islands on Wednesday.

Regardless of the exact track, the system is expected to bring locally heavy rainfall to much of the Lesser Antilles, and tropical-storm-force winds to portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico within the next 24-36 hours.


A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra

* U.S. Virgin Islands

* British Virgin Islands

* Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla

* Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy

* Saba and St. Eustatius

* St. Maarten

* Dominica

* Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo northward along the northern

coast to the Dominican Republic/Haiti border

Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, and the

southeast and central Bahamas should monitor the progress of this


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ARCHIVE, TUESDAY - A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Sint Maarten as well as a number of other islands as of 11.00am Tuesday morning according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) out of Miami.

The weather disturbance east-southeast of the Leeward Islands is forecast to become a tropical storm before reaching the island chain. Once its classified officially as a storm, it will be named Isaias.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

The watches and warnings that have been issued so far are:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Puerto Rico, including Vieques, and Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The government of Antigua has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Antigua, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis.

The government of France has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Martin.

The government of the Netherlands has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Saba and St. Eustatius.



Potential 9th storm in the making East of the Lesser Antilles. Be Prepared

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – A tropical disturbance in the eastern Atlantic Ocean east of the Lesser Antilles, is closely being watched for development by the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Listed as Invest 92-L, the tropical disturbance came off the coast of Africa and started to make its way across the Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands.

On Sunday morning, the NHC gave it a 90 per cent chance for development over the next five days. The NHC has requested interests in the Lesser Antilles to monitor the progress of the system.

Crown Weather reported on Saturday that we could see development into a tropical depression/tropical storm around the middle of the week and the system needs to be watched extremely closely.

The various tracking models are not fully in agreement where the system will go. According to Crown Weather: “the GFS model forecasts a hurricane impact on the central and northern Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late next week. Beyond this, the GFS model forecasts a track into the Bahamas and then along the US Southeast coast from eastern Florida to eastern North Carolina.

“The Canadian and UKMET model guidance agrees with the GFS model on the idea of a track that takes this system from the central and northern Lesser Antilles on Thursday to across Puerto Rico on Friday. By next weekend, both models forecast a track into the area of the Bahamas.

“Interestingly, the European operational model forecasts a due west track and a much weaker system than previous model runs. The European ensemble model guidance are in 2 camps – due west through the Caribbean and weak (tropical storm) and a more northwesterly track into the northeastern Caribbean and towards the Bahamas and strong (hurricane).”

The ninth named storm will be called Isaias.



Two Cruise Ships arrive Sunday for Repatriation of Crew Operations: MSC Armonia and Independence of the Seas

PORT ST. MAARTEN – On Sunday, July 26, two cruise ships will be in port for the repatriation of their crew to their homelands. The vessels are the Independence of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and MSC Cruises MSC Armonia.

Both vessels will arrive on Sunday. Independence of the Seas will depart on Tuesday while MSC Armonia will depart on Monday.

The repatriation of crew will be carried out based on the ports strict “Sterile Port Protocol” that falls under the scope of the Ordinance Public Health which is part of the International Health Regulations as issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

This protocol ensures public health safety and security at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities for all incoming vessels at the port.

Port St. Maarten was chosen due to its strategic location in the Northeastern Caribbean as well as its international connections with airports around the world. As a destination, St. Maarten has displayed its ability to facilitate such repatriation operations safely and efficiently.

The country’s infrastructure such as its homeporting facility and services at Port St. Maarten makes it easy for a cruise ship to have travel documents of crews processed and then taken directly to the Airport to board their international flight.

Additional services such as fuel bunkering and food provisioning, are also available that cruise lines can avail during their port call.


Tropical Storm Gonzalo a Reminder to Review Boat Ready Hurricane Season Preparatory Plans

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The seventh named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season formed this week in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Caribbean island chain.

It is a clear reminder once again that all have to be prepared. According to forecasters, this is the earliest 7th named storm to form on record and is the first tropical cyclone to develop in the tropics this season.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is forecast to pass the Windward Islands (a portion of the southern Lesser Antilles) over the weekend as a hurricane and poses no threat to Sint Maarten.

Boat owners are being advised by the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) to once again review their hurricane preparatory plans, so they can be ready to take action in the event of a storm/hurricane threat to the country during the upcoming peak months of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season which is a little more than three weeks away.

ODM is requesting mariners to make special preparations to stay with friends or in a hotel and not to remain on their vessel during the passing of a hurricane while moored in the Simpson Bay Lagoon or Oyster Pond.

ODM is also calling on the marine community and service providers who have a direct relationship with mariners to also remind their clients about seeking safe shelter/mooring in the event of a storm/hurricane strike upon the country.

For general information about preparing prior to a storm/hurricane strike, visit the Government website: where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.” Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane. For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS):

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Be prepared this hurricane season!


New Management Team at Prison

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In efforts to gain stability and stern handle at the Prison and Detention Center at Point Blanche, the Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, has introduced a new Management Team.

This new management team consists of the new Acting Director Mr. A. Bell, Ms. I. Arrindell, and Mr. H. Concincion.

Mr. Bell has over twenty (20) years of experience within our local prison system and has held various positions. He has also trained i.a. prison guards at the Sint Maarten Justice Academy where he was an instructor.

Mr. Bell has diplomas and certificates in middle management, international coaching, quality management and is a certified quality analyst. Additionally, he has knowledge of (prison) system planning of new structures.

Ms. Arrindell is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background and experience in finance, business, and human resources. She was a former minister of TEATT and has been a civil servant for more than ten (10) years. She has also worked in the Ministry of Justice were she held various senior positions. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource and Organization Management and holds multiple certificates in management, human resources, and quality management.

Mr. Concincion has over twenty-five (25) years of service within the Sint Maarten Prison System, is exceptionally disciplined and has a no-nonsense mentality. He has an extensive array of diplomas and certificates that range from handling firearms, advanced coaching and supervision, rehabilitation, treatment and social skills training, extraordinary police officer, and life skills courses for offenders.

The new management team is aware of the enormous and daunting challenges placed before them. However, they are optimistic that these challenges can be overcome. They are determined to face them with confidence, knowing they have the support of their colleagues.

Acting prison director Bell and his team will roll out a six (6) month plan of action that is geared to improve various sectors of the prison and its operation.

Since human capital represents the most valuable asset of an organization, Mr. Bell - with his certified instructor’s background - will personally guide some staff members through the final levels of their certification and provide others with refresher courses.

The Voluntary Corps of Sint Maarten (VKS) force has been assisting at the prison for some time, for which Minister Richardson is highly appreciative. To strengthen their knowledge, skills and overall support to the prison guards, Mr. Bell will also be including the VKS members in the trainings to ensure for maximum and optimal security and service with the inmates and aims to develop a stronger working relationship between the guards and VKS members.

Mr. Bell’s predecessor, Rikson Martina, will soon be taking up another managerial position within the prison sector. In April of this year, Mr. Martina celebrated over thirty years in service at the prison and to the Government of Sint Maarten.

Minister Richardson thanked Mr. Martina for his best efforts while he held the position of interim director at the Point Blanche Prison. Mr. Martina has maintained a high level of professionalism and is enthusiastic to serve at a high level within the prison system.


Man arrested for multiple offences as investigation continues

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The personnel of the Detective Department arrested the man with the initials E.Y. in the early morning hours of 21 July 2020, police said in a report on Tuesday evening.

The suspect was being sought in connection with committing of various criminal offences. He was brought to the police station in Philipsburg where he was questioned. After being interrogated the suspect was incarcerated pending further investigation.

The investigation is still in its early stages so no further information would be divulged at this time. (KPSM)


Postal Services Sint Maarten N.V. to become a Sub-agent of SEL Maduro & Sons N.V.

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On July 13, 2020, Postal Services St. Maarten N.V. (PSS) signed a partnership agreement with SEL Maduro & Sons N.V., establishing PSS as a sub-agent.

Travelers are now able to book their next trip, be it for corporate, leisure, or group travel, to their destination of choice at the post office branch, located at Soualuiga Boulevard #6, Pond Island, Philipsburg, (Former Census Office).

General Manager of SEL Maduro & Sons N.V. Mr. Sjaoel Richardson stated that this endeavor of sub-agent is the first of its kind for SEL Maduro & Sons N.V., locally. The company has been in the business of specialized travel and tours since 1963, with similar partnerships in the region.

Richardson expressed his confidence in the partnership, noting that PSS has the right business attitude to serve in said capacity especially at this time.  

Interim Managing Director Marinka Gumbs added that becoming a sub-agent or getting involved in this aspect of the travel industry is commensurate to PSS’s e-Commerce business model.

Gumbs noted that she was ecstatic that the two were finally able to concretize the agreement despite the setbacks because of COVID-19 and looked forward to providing this service to business and leisure travelers in the near future.

In the meantime, PSS management and core staff will be participating in compulsory training related to customer service as it relates to the ‘new normal’ in travelling. Ongoing awareness highlighting safe practices during travel, and requirements amid COVID-19 for the safety of our customers, will be our primary focus going forward, Gumbs stated.

An announcement with regard to the soft-opening for this new service will be published in a subsequent release. 


Cariburo announces the 2nd edition of its Golf Trophy for Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Mullet Bay Golf Course

SINT MAARTEN (MULLET BAY) - Cariburo organized the first golf competition on the island after Irma in December 2017, to the delight of most players on the island.

Encouraged by this success, the company, which has been specialised in office furniture and equipment for 35 years, has decided to organise its 2nd Trophy in July 2020. This event will receive the support of the Sint Maarten Golf Association (SMGA) and its experienced organisation.

More than 60 participants are expected to attend Saturday to this event, with a simultaneous tee-off of all teams at 8am (shot-gun).

The awards ceremony of this beautiful competition will be held at the Sunset Beach Bar & Restaurant in Maho, where participants will enjoy a buffet offered by Cariburo.

A draw of scorecards with many gifts will end this day of conviviality and friendship around the little white ball.

Cariburo and the SGMA thank all the sponsors and will meet the participants on Saturday 25 July at 7.15 am at Mullet Bay golf course for the briefing, before going by foot or by cart to each of the allocated tee-offs, for a kick-off at 8 am.


Motorworld and Republic Bank Partner to Host “Driving Forward” Summer Car Sale!

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Motorworld Group, comprised of Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi, has partnered with Republic Bank to present the “DRIVING FORWARD SUMMER CAR SALE!” This great week of special deals and excitement will take place from Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 24th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and climaxes on Saturday, July 25th from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Motorworld’s showroom located at Welfare Road # 20 in Colebay.

“The Sizzling Hot Summer Sale was developed to provide major discounts with some of the lowest prices ever on some of the hottest models,” shares Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, Motorworld Group of Companies. The Summer Sale is now being further extended to offer an unbelievable auto loan finance package in partnership with Republic Bank, with even more attractive low rates, plus FREE installments for the 1st and 2nd months, on any vehicle of your choice.  


  • Hot Sales on ALL New & Used Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles
  • Two (2) Monthly Payments Free!
  • Low interest rates on auto loans, unlike ever before

All vehicles are discounted during this period, along with low interest rates on car loans and affordable financing packages, for a limited time only.  This allows customers to take advantage of the sales promotions on the extensive fleet of quality vehicles from Motorworld Group, with the peace of mind that the first 2 months of payments are already covered, courtesy of Motorworld and Republic Bank. Zero down payment (100% financing) is also available.

Several loan officers from Republic Bank will be onsite at Motorworld daily throughout this period to provide on-the-spot bank financing, as well as first-hand information on the wide range of products and services available at Republic Bank. 

“Our vision is to be a bank for the people of St. Maarten.  The recent crisis forced many of us to have a different appreciation for mobility and what owning a vehicle can do for our lives and the lives of our loved ones.  Today we are partnering with Motorworld because through this initiative we can help our society ‘Drive Forward’ and fulfill personal dreams, as we rebuild our country together”, said Mr. Sterl Lyons – Managing Director, Republic Bank St. Maarten. We encourage everyone to organize their necessary documents in advance, and bring along the paperwork required in order to take advantage of the financing packages that Republic Bank will have available during this period ONLY at the “DRIVING FORWARD SUMMER SALE!”

The wide range of vehicles from Motorworld Group include several of the latest 2020 All New models from Hyundai, Volkswagen, Jeep, Ford, Isuzu, Mazda, Honda, and the super-hot and sleek Audis on sale. For those interested in commercial trucks, discounts are also available off the durable Hyundai and Isuzu models, built for business and, made to last “For Life!”

In addition, for the customers’ convenience, also included during the “DRIVING FORWARD SUMMER SALE” will be:

  • Complimentary Snacks & Refreshments
  • Onsite Entertainment
  • Free Giveaways & Prizes!

This promises to be a week filled with great deals and discounts to make your dream car a reality! Please log onto the website: for a listing of the New & Used vehicles on sale, as well as the bank loan financing requirements.


Sunscreen increases the damaging effects of climate change on coral reefs

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - In recent years, there has been an increase in the detection of UV filters from sunscreens in coastal waters. A new study by Wageningen University and Research found that these UV filters seem to weaken corals, allowing warmed seawater as a result of global warming to further damage the reefs.  

Scientists from Wageningen University & Research conducted an experiment where water temperature was raised from 26 to 33 degrees Celsius in tanks containing two types of stony corals to mimic the effects of climate change. In addition, the artificial UV filter oxybenzone from sunscreen was added to the water to recreate conditions based on levels reported from coastal waters around Bonaire. 

Prolonged Stress

Corals were examined for more than six weeks. "That is really unique," says Diana Slijkerman of Wageningen Marine Research. "These stress experiments are usually short-term, but this chronic exposure to a low concentration of a harmful substance has allowed us to simulate the field situation as closely as possible.

It turns out that temperature elevation can greatly affect the health of corals.  In addition, these results suggest that sunscreen intensifies this damage. Slijkerman stated "The warm seawater is the largest threat, but it seems that oxybenzone adds insult to injury by weakening corals in the face of global warming ".

Coral Reefs Under Pressure

Coral reefs are under pressure worldwide due to an increase in seawater temperatures, deterioration of water quality, increased diseases, and acidification. Recently scientists have discovered a new pressure, the high amounts of artificial UV filters present in coastal waters due to the use of sunscreens by people.

This study emphasizes the importance of implementing local measures. "The biggest problem is climate change and you have little influence on that locally," explains Slijkerman. "But you do have local control over water quality." You can choose “reef friendly” sunscreen without oxybenzone, apply 30 minutes before entering the water or to wear protective clothing. Besides, water quality not only concerns pollution from sunscreens, but also, for example, discharge of wastewater and erosion.

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