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Annual hurricane season clean-up underway

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby informs the community that the annual hurricane season clean-up has started by the various waste haulage companies throughout the residential districts in the country. 

Several of the waste haulage companies have published their schedules in the newspaper with respect to the picking up of bulk and other yard items.

The responsible waste haulage company, district and schedule is as follows for those who missed it:

All Waste In Place N.V.
PHILIPSBURG: July, 18th to July 24th, 2018
SIMPSONBAY: July, 25th to July 31st, 2018
BEACON HILL: August, 1st to August 7th, 2018
CUPECOY: August 8th, to August 14th, 2018

DEFIANCE: June 18th to June 22nd, 2018
MIDDLE REGION (until Madame Estate by the bakery): June 25th to June 29th, 2018
DAWN BEACH: July 2nd to July 6th , 2018

S.M. Green Diamond N.V.
Point Blanche Area/Sucker Garden Area: June 23rd to June 24th, 2018
Guana Bay/Hope Estate Area/Madame Estate/ Over the Pond Areas: June 30th to July 1st, 2018
Dutch Quarter/Union Farm/Nazareth: July 7th to July 8th, 2018
Belvedere Area/Bishop Hill: July 14th to July 15th, 2018

Leonard Enterprises N.V.
Dr. Tjon Sie Fat Drive, Narrow Road, Union Road, Fahrenheit Street, Water Rock Lane, Arlet Peters Road, Cashew Tree Road: June 16th, 2016

Well Road, Wellington Road, Orange Grove Road, Waterfront Road, Diamond Estate, Welfare Road, Windsor Road, Cay Bay Road: June 23rd, 2016
Pelican and Billy Folly Road: July 7th, 2018

Robelto & Sons N.V.

St. Peters: Saturday July 07th, 2018
St. Peters: Sunday July 08th, 2018  
South Reward: Saturday July 14th, 2018
Saunders – Betty Estate – Ebenezer – St. Johns Estate: Sunday July 15th, 2018   
Cay Hill - Bush Road: Saturday July 21st, 2018
Fort Willem – Coralita Road: Sunday July 22nd, 2018  

Some of the waste haulage companies have been busy moving through certain districts since June 16.

Ministry VROMI is requesting residents to take note of the above schedule for their respective district and to take the opportunity to clean-up and around their yards and get rid of items that they no longer need.


ACM Adjusts maximum variable electricity tariffs on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The fuel needed to produce electricity has become more expensive. That is why the Authority for Consumer & Markets (ACM) has increased the maximum rate that the distributors, Water and Energy Company WEB N.V., St. Eustatius Utility Company N.V. and Saba Electric Company N.V. may charge per kilowatt hour.

How much more the distributors will actually charge, they themselves can determine. However, these tariffs may not be higher than the cost effective tariff that was set by the ACM.

ACM sets cost effective tariffs

The ACM has, based on the Law Electricity and Drinking water BES, among other things the task to set rates for electricity and drinking water. This is the maximum rate that a distributor may charge the customers.

The ACM sets these rates each year (effective January 1st). The cost-effective variable usage fee for electricity can also be modified by the ACM effective July 1st.

Fuel costs determine price electricity

The variable usage rate is the rate that customers pay for consuming electricity, it is therefore the price per kilowatt hour. A large part of this rate consists of the cost of fuel needed to produce electricity.

Because of the increase in fuel costs, as a result of the rise in oil prices, also the variable usage increases the rate of electricity. If fuel costs drop, the ACM will then also process this and will use the variable user rate revised downwards.

On Bonaire the ACM also adjusts the pagabon-tariff. In that variable rate the fuel costs are also processed.

All amounts are in USD / kWh


St. Eustatius


Current variable usage rate




Variable usage rate as per July 1, 2018




Current rate Pagabon


(incl 0.0897 subsidy)



Pagabon-rate as per July 1, 2018


(incl 0.0897 subsidy)



The decisions of the ACM and the corresponding calculation models are found on the website of the ACM:


No Hand Outs visit MLK

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) - The No Hand Outs movement visited the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School (MLK) on Tuesday morning. 

Trent Webster one of the founding members and chairman visited the Group 7 class as a motivational guest. 

"This movement is truly inspiring and I am ecstatic Mr. Webster came to our school first," said Stuart Johnson MLK School Manager.

The No Hand Outs movement started after the passage of Hurricane Irma and continues to grow via Facebook. 

Mr. Webster said, "The No Handouts team was honored to have visited our first of many schools, during our school tour! We had a great time speaking to and with the students.

Webster added, "The children were full of life and filled with questions! It was a pleasure to encourage them and push them to work hard for whatever they want to achieve in life!

Some students received T-shirts for their active participation which included the newly launched summer T-shirt collection.

"I wish the team of No Hand Outs continued success with their endeavour as they have my personal support," Johnson added.

Students were left with these inspirational words by Mr. Webster, “remember we spend more time out of school than in school, so make proper use of the time in school, so apply yourself and work hard!”

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School is a Public Education School in the district of Dutch Quarter.


Two arrested in “Albacore” investigation. Two house searches and Ministry of Justice searched

PHILIPSBURG - Two suspects, J.L.La P. (41) and M.J.P. (42) were arrested on Wednesday morning on charges of bribery in the investigation “Albacore”, a statement from the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said.

“This investigation is being conducted by the National Detectives of St. Maarten with support of the Police Force of Sint Maarten and overseen by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

“The investigating team carried out a search at three locations this morning: a home in Sucker Garden, a home in Saunders and at the office of the Ministry of Justice on A.T. Illidge Road. Various administration documents and data carriers were seized. J.L.La P. and M.J.P. are being held in restrictive custody.”


President of Parliament receives Ombudsmen Arduin and van Zutphen

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - President of Parliament, Hon. Sarah A. Wescot-Williams, received Ombudsman, Mrs. Nilda Arduin and her Dutch counterpart, Reinier van Zutphen on June 14th, 2018. 

While it was a courtesy visit paid to the President of Parliament, the opportunity was seized to exchange ideas and thoughts, especially given the renewed focus of the St. Maarten Ombudsman, following hurricane Irma and the current reconstruction phase the country is in. 

While the reconstruction efforts on all fronts are admirable and offer many opportunities to build back better, the massive scope of the reconstruction and the time pressure also bring along unanticipated challenges. 

It should be a comforting thought for the people of St.  Maarten that an institution like that of the Ombudsman remains active and alert, even though that office like the entire country is faced with the aftermath of one of the worst storms on record.

Especially during these trying times, institutional relationships within and outside of the Dutch Kingdom can surely prove to have added value.


Grace period 2018 @ the Library

PHILIPSBURG - It is summer vacation again and the Philipsburg Jubilee Library would like to notify the general public of its grace period.

As of Monday June 25th until Saturday July 7th, 2018 the grace period will commence. Patrons have the opportunity to bring in all their overdue and/or lost books at no cost to them with the exception of DVDs.

The Grace period will also include damaged and /or lost items due to the passing of Hurricane Irma in 2017. At the moment there are still items pending on patron’s names that have not been accounted for.

Thus we are encouraging all patrons to come in and inform us whether the books have been lost and/ or damaged as a result of the devastation by the storm. There will be no penalties issued over the two weeks grace period.

Please note that accumulated fines prior to returning of materials will not be waived. Commencing of charges will take place as of Monday July 9th, 2018. Please use this time to come in and return all library materials that are in your possession.

Please be informed that the fines per book are as follows ANG 0.10 per child and ANG 0.25 per adult with the exception of DVDs which are ANG 1.80 per DVDs per child and ANG 3.60 per adult.

The library’s opening schedule will remain the same over the summer; Mondays we are open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 am to 5pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am to 1pm.

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library wishes all patrons a wonderful summer full of reading pleasure.


EPIC offering three educational programs

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Environment Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) Foundation is once again offering its educational program, adding practical workshops to the curriculum. Within this program they also offer summer activities for students of all ages.

The environment in St. Maarten, as well as the wellbeing of its citizens, is threatened by landfill fires, water pollution, and the devastating effects of climate change as evidenced by a strong hurricane season.

Understanding the roots of problems brings us one step closer to the solution. For this reason, EPIC’s educational program has added practical workshops to its curriculum along with presentations and field trips such as hikes, litter clean-ups, tree planting, and bird watching trips. Students of all ages and diverse community groups can take action, learn new skills, and understand and appreciate nature by putting theory into practice.

By integrating the community into environmental projects, EPIC aims to create environmental awareness, increase knowledge about St. Maarten’s natural heritage, and develop a deeper understanding about current threats to the environment as well as solutions.

The presentations are adapted to different levels of knowledge and age groups.

From tree planting to upcycling crafts to identifying bush tea plants, the educational program workshops will improve participant’s skills.

Participants have a choice of three educational packages 1) Pollution and Recycling 2) Natural Heritage and Biodiversity 3) Climate Change and Consequences for St. Maarten.

To learn more and schedule presentations and workshops, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +1721 523-4443.


Nature Foundation’s Kids Shark Day great success

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Saturday the 9th of June, the Nature Foundation organized a very successful Shark Day for children at Buccaneer Beach Bar, which was attended by about 100 kids. The kids had great fun and learned everything about sharks through games, quizzes and activities. Kids could even be a real scientist by learning everything about shark research and tagging. 

“We have over 400 different shark species in our oceans; you can find sharks in the size of 6 inch up to 40 feet. They are in our ocean for more than 400 million years, reasons enough to protect these species and learn about them! Kids attending the event learned all these facts about sharks, the media often likes to portray sharks as killing machines, however the facts shows us completely the opposite.

“Occasionally shark bites do happen, however no unprovoked attack has been ever recorded on St. Maarten. It is more likely that you get killed by a coconut falling on your head than by a shark.  It is safe to swim and dive with sharks; it is time to change their image’ stated Nature Foundations Project Office Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern.

During the event 23 kids attended the special Shark and Art Workshop from Carla Templeton and made beautiful art on specialized tiles, creating the opportunity for the kids to work on their art skills while considering sharks. Environmental Protection in the Caribbean was there as well to teach the kids about mangroves and their importance in protecting our coastlines and fish stocks.

“It looks like Shark Day is getting more popular every year, however this year is the last year of funding through the ‘Save our Sharks’ project. We hope we are able to find a way to continue funding for this great event, as it is getting very famous on St Maarten” says Nature Foundations Project Office Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern. 

Thanks to all the volunteers and Buccaneer Beach Bar for making this event happening! St Maarten Shark Week is part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance ‘Save our Sharks’ project funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. 

CUTLINE: Shark selfies during the Kids Shark day.

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CUTLINE: Kids Learning about Shark Research and Tagging.

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CUTLINE: Shark Day Staff during the event.

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SXM Electronic Music Festival returns in March 2019

ST. MARTIN (MARIGOT) - Today, Tuesday June 19 SXM Festival, the underground electronic music’s premiere destination getaway, has announced its 2019 return to the idyllic Caribbean home of St Martin. The festival will take place from March 13-17, 2019.

Set within the iconic beaches, nightclubs and spectacular villas of the island, SXM Festival will once again offer the global party elite a week of world-class house and techno programming in an unmatched setting.

The hospitable vibe and infrastructure of St Martin may seem to party-goers as though it was designed specifically for the event, while “The Friendly Island” is also drenched in a rich sense culture and history that is rivaled by few destinations.

In celebration of its return, SXM Festival will release a limited batch of 200 five day discounted SXM Aficionado Passes on May 29 2018 for its most dedicated followers.

These passes will include first access to grab extremely limited Boat Party and Jungle Party tickets as well as pre-release information regarding lineups, special guests and events before they are announced to the public.

The event’s return comes at a pivotal moment for the island of St Martin which was left in need following a series of 2017 hurricanes. SXM Festival organizers were forced to make a difficult decision in postponing the Third Edition in 2018, while concentrating their efforts to create the Two Bunch Palms Foundation with the immediate mission to raise funds to help those affected by Hurricane IRMA and as a future vessel to give back to causes important to the development and health of the community.

As a result of the unmatched spirit and aid of the global electronic music community and the resilience emitted of local people in an effort to rebuild the entire Island, St Martin will return stronger than ever – primed to once again step to the world stage to host this magical festival.

Those who attended the inaugural years of the event were treated to singular moments like Ricardo Villalobos’ beachside 2017 closing set, RPR Soundsystem’s open-air triumph, Black Coffee’s much talked about Happy Bay debut, oceanfront sunrise sessions with Lee Burridge, a pre-dawn club set from The Martinez Brothers, a VIP villa soirée from Thugfucker and Blond:ish featuring vast hilltop views of the Caribbean and many more incomparable moments that emerge only from the fusion of forward-thinking talent and a perfect island setting.

As SXM Festival Founder Julian Prince says, ‘It is very hard to put in words how excited we are to be back to work on producing SXM Festival 2019. This has been an incredibly emotional time for the local community and the partners that make this event happen.

But through these adversities I believe the island and our team have emerged stronger than ever with an unbreakable bond that is destined to produce something incredibly special. We have the intention and ability to design the ultimate party – SXM style.

Saint Martiners are ecstatic to host everyone and in 2019 the energy on the island will be as magnetic as it has ever been! It is with such local spirit and the support of our amazing global community that we return with more momentum and vigor than ever before.

Ironically, we always say that we couldn’t imagine what would come out if we had an extra four months to organize the festival. Like every precious moment in life, SXM Festival is not to be taken for granted as it was almost taken away from us right before our eyes.

It is with this thought that we have taken more steps to ensure that our event is giving direct aid and support to the people of St Martin without whom the event would not be possible.’

Now St Martin makes its return better than ever with a fully renovated island and brand new hotels, villas, clubs, restaurants, and Casinos. SXM Festival attendees may rejoice as all corners of the global scene chart their course to converge once again in the other-wordly, natural setting and inimitable vibe of one of the moment’s most talked about parties.


St. Martin’s new Fantasies recommended summer reading by USA book distributor

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Fantasies – Love-making poems by Fabian Adekunle Badejo is now a recommended summer reading book in the USA, said Jacqueline Sample of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), the book’s publisher.

Small Press Distributors (SPD) picked the book of adult love poems in June for its newest “SPD Recommends” list of 20 titles at SPD, based in California, is a major distributor for indie publishers in the USA.

The newest book by Badejo, a well-known St. Martin writer, has been reviewed as, “A grown-up literary confection that does what verse written by men seems to seldom do these days,” by author/journalist Sharon Leach of the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

At home, Fantasies has also been exciting the imagination. The book had to be re-stocked at Van Dorp bookstore in less than two weeks after its launch before an audience of over 300 people at St. Martin Book Fair’s opening ceremony, June 1, said Sample.

Sample said that, “Some people are still surprised that Mr. Badejo, a mostly serious-topic author, would write erotic poems with names like ‘Strip,’ ‘The First Kiss,’ ‘Beauty & the Priest,’ ‘Lick Me,’ ‘Mating Sounds,’ ‘Girl Talk,’ and ‘Bragging Rights.’”

Guadeloupean novelist Doris Dumabin is probably more to the point when she said that in Fantasies “our excitement climbs to its paroxysm.”

Perhaps with an inkling that the collection would travel soon after being published, Aruban poet Rosabelle Illes said, Fantasies is “A sensual odyssey. Badejo communicates with the intensity only found in infatuation and a truth only discovered through relentless devotion.” 

The poems in Fantasies also “celebrate male strength by exploring in all its big-hearted glory,… its vulnerability, honesty … and, yes, avid beauty,” said Leach. 

Fantasies is available at Van Dorp, Arnia’s bookstore, and SPD

About The Author

Fabian Adekunle Badejo is also the author of Claude — A Portrait of Power, Salted Tongues — Modern Literature in St.Martin, and co-author of Maroon Lives – Tribute to Maurice Bishop & Grenadian Freedom Fighters.

Badejo coordinated the groundbreaking St. Maarten Festival of Culture in 1982; and produced concerts by kaisonian Mighty Dow and humorists Paul Keens Douglas and Fernando Clark.

He has directed plays and film documentaries and presented papers on St. Martin’s literature and culture at regional and international conferences. Between 1989 and 2005, Badejo was managing director/editor, publisher, and news director respectively of The St. Maarten Guardian, St. Martin Business Week, and Today Newspaper.

For over 30 years, Badejo produced and hosted “Culture Time,” the weekly cultural magazine on PJD2 radio. Fantasies — Love-making poems is his first collection of poetry.

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