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Sint Maarten Library Distributes New Edition of the Caribbean Thinking Book

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - In preparation for the commemorations of May 4th Memorial, and May 5th Liberation Day, the Sint Maarten Library has distributed over 1700 copies of the new edition of the Caribbean Thinking Book to all primary and secondary schools on April 10th and 11th, 2024.

The Caribbean Think Book distribution was made possible by the collaboration of National Committee 4 and 5 May, in collaboration the Dutch Caribbean islands, the Culture Kameleon Foundation, and stakeholders.

This latest edition, the third edition (2024) of the Caribbean Thinking Book has been specifically tailored for students aged 10-12, Carolien Keun has translated the book in English, offering content in their language of choice: English or Dutch, and potentially for grades 1 and 2 of Secondary Education.

Through the Caribbean Thinking Book, students delve into the local history of the Second World War, exploring events on the islands during that time, the individuals involved, and the resulting consequences.

By engaging with wartime narratives, students are prompted to reflect on the significance of peace and freedom in contemporary contexts. The Caribbean Thinking Book is an educational resource filled with illustrations, captivating photographs, and compelling stories.

The committee encourages teachers to use an instructional film along with five digital lessons to explain how to integrate the Caribbean Thinking Book into classroom instruction.

The material offers valuable insights for deeper learning, including access to online educational resources, websites, vlogs about Anne Frank, historical timelines tailored for children, and links to online videos featuring Caribbean war witnesses.

In the accompanying film material and, Catalina Lampe-Antonette, for instance, shares her memories of the moment when the war became a reality in Aruba. Izaline Calister recounts her profound experience of freedom.


Road Works Operations Temporarily Paused on George C. De Weever Road Section 2 due to Inclement Weather

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER/UNION FARM) - The Ministry of VROMI (Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure) would like to inform the public and residents of George C. De Weever Road that the ongoing compaction operations on Section 2 of George Clement De Weever Road have been temporarily suspended due to adverse weather conditions. The recent rainfall has impeded progress, preventing the achievement of desired compaction requirements. For this reason, operations are suspended until tentative next week Monday 9 AM.

Temporary Suspension Details:

Date and Time: From Friday, April 12th to Monday, April 15th, 2024, 9AM

Location: George C. De Weever Road, Dutch Quarter, Union Farm

Reason for Suspension: Inclement weather hampering progress.

Residents and commuters are advised to stay updated on further developments regarding the Concrete Hard Surfacing- Side Roads Program 2023-2024 by following our official Government Facebook page and website.


New Water Tank Construction Commences to Address Hurricane Damage Tank

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - In 2017, Hurricane Irma caused severe damage to the water tank located in Concordia. As a response, NV GEBE came up with a temporary solution to assist the affected communities. Since then, NV GEBE has been working tirelessly to provide temporary measures, to serve the upper regions of South Reward. However, recognizing the need for a permanent solution, NV GEBE has announced the upcoming construction of a new water tank to better serve the Cul-de-Sac area communities. 

After an extensive bidding process, Windward Roads NV has been selected as the contractor for this critical project. Representatives from NV GEBE and Windward Roads NV convened on-site on April 9th, 2024, to mark the commencement of construction. The project is slated to begin on the 1st of May 2024, with completion anticipated before the peak of the hurricane season. 

The new water tank which is manufactured, supplied and will be installed by Florida Aquastore out of Florida. The entire tank’s technical designed was done by both our local engineering company Independent Consulting Engineering (ICE) and Florida Aquastore to withstand hurricane-force winds over Category 5 hurricane (200 mph), ensuring the resilience and reliability of the water supply infrastructure during adverse weather conditions. This initiative underscores NV GEBE's commitment to addressing the challenges faced by the community and enhancing the resilience of essential services. 

"We are excited to embark on this important project that will not only rectify the existing issues but also contribute to the long-term sustainability and well-being of the communities we serve," said Mr. Troy Washington, Special Representative / Interim Manager at NV GEBE. "Our partnership with Winward Roads signifies a collaborative effort towards building stronger and more resilient communities, one project at a time”. 



663 Women are Screened in the AUC-Ministry of VSA Breast Abnormalities Project

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – For the past two weekends, the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Positive Foundation and the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor (Ministry VSA), hosted two successful free breast and health screening events in Philipsburg.  

About two dozen AUC students under supervision of clinical medicine fellows, Drs. Luna Emogene and Pathik Patel, provided 63 women with general health assessments that included background health history, checking vital signs, calculating body-mass index (BMI), measuring waist circumference, visual acuity, and blood glucose and cholesterol levels. 

Each screening also included a free clinical breast examination by Dr. Naira Chobanyan, clinical oncologist, and professor of clinical medicine at AUC.   

The educational part included a presentation of the risk factors for breast cancer, demonstration of the clinical breast exam on plastic models, as well as assessment of individual risk for breast cancer in participating women over 35.  

Results of this study are vital for understanding the prevalence of breast abnormalities within the population of Sint Maarten. All results will be reported to the Ministry of VSA to help establish policies for the screening of breast abnormalities and cancer.

The major educational outcome of this project is the incorporation of the Learners-as-Educators model, which is a unique teaching tool for medical students to cascade medical knowledge from Faculty to Fellows to Medical Students to Community. 

It was developed by Dr. Chobanyan, a principal-investigator of the project from the AUC team.  For medical students and clinical medicine fellows, each health and breast screening event are an opportunity to work side-by-side with patients while practicing clinical and communication skills. 

Students had the opportunity to explain the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of breast cancer, while answering questions about personal breast health and self-care. 

In addition to the benefits this research brings to the community of Sint Maarten, clinical fellows and medical students are afforded an opportunity to gain real-world clinical experience. 

By working with individual people, conducting interviews, and performing an overall health assessment, medical students are able to enhance their preparedness for clinical rotations. 

Up-to date the total number of local women served within the breast screening project is 663, with the target goal of 1000. The project will continue in the next academic semester with the aim to reach its estimated total to obtain a representative sample of the target population.


NPOwer launches 2024 series of capacity building workshops

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - NPOwer, an initiative of the Foresee Foundation (4C), is set to launch its 2024 workshop series with a renewed focus. Observant non-profit organisations (NPOs) will now receive invitations that include the term 'Academy', a subtle yet significant shift highlighting the foundation's commitment to elevating and professionalising the NPO sector in St. Maarten.

Foresee Foundation has planned a series of twenty workshops for 2024, starting from Tuesday, April 16. The first workshop is titled "How Can Community Psychology Empower My Organization?" The presenter for this workshop is Jalika Breaux, a Clinical and Community Psychologist.  According to Director of Foresee Foundation Jose Sommers, the workshop aims to engage non-profit organizations in self-reflection on their mission and implementation. It will apply principles of community psychology to their work to promote positive change, health, and empowerment at individual and systemic levels. Community psychology goes beyond an individual focus and integrates social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, and international influences.

The second workshop is set for Thursday, April 18 and will offer an intensive two-hour workshop designed to equip NPOs with the essential skills needed to craft effective budgets for grant applications. This workshop will delve into the core of budget planning, covering various types of costs, co-financing strategies, and the incorporation of valuable in-kind donations. Participants will gain practical insights and hands-on experience through interactive exercises and real examples of SMDF, R4CR, Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Caribbean, Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben and Fonds Culture participation. This workshop will be presented by Sommers, who brings extensive experience in both writing and evaluating grant applications and budgets gained from various roles throughout her career.

With a mission to 'empower' St. Maarten's non-profit sector, NPOwer's evolution into an ‘Academy’ signifies a commitment to advancing learning, capacity building, and professional growth within the NPO community. The initiative offers a platform for sharing expertise, enhancing organisational capacity, and exploring innovative strategies in funding, fundraising, marketing, and governance. Central to this endeavour are the workshops, designed to bolster NPOs' capabilities, facilitate knowledge sharing, and foster collaborative efforts, thereby fortifying the resilience of the sector in St. Maarten.

NPOwer is committed to helping non-profit organizations streamline their operations and increase their impact through capacity building. The workshops are financed by St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) and Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben. Local foundations are urged to monitor their organisation’s registered email accounts and NPOwer’s social media platforms to find more information and register.

Known for its tagline, "Where NPOs connect", NPOwer is situated at Illidge Road #60, Unit 1, alongside R4CR and Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben. For further information or inquiries, please contact the NPOwer team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1 721 581 5050, or visit


SMYC and Club de Voile de Friars Bay Host Successful Third Friars Bay Race

SAINT-MARTIN (FRIARS BAY) - Last weekend witnessed the spectacle of the third Friars Bay Race, organized by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club together with Saint Martin voile Pour Tous. This two-day regatta, held on April 6 and 7, showcased competition between six Diam 24s. Besides the Diams, there was also one monohull in the CSA 1 fleet: Carib Diesel.

Saturday's racing festivities commenced with two races: the first from Simpson Bay to Galisbay, followed by a second race from Galisbay to Friars Bay. The competitors raced in light weather conditions. Following the day's competition, participants came together for a lunch BBQ on the beach of Friars Bay and for the daily prize-giving ceremony. While enjoying some nice food from the BBQ and drinks the 3 first placed Diams and the only monohull received their daily prizes. Standings after the first race day saw Cry Baby securing third place, Karibuni claiming second, and the Buzz Racing Team in first place.

Sunday's morning action unfolded with a race from Friars Bay back to Simpson Bay, with the day beginning with light winds that gradually intensified, ensuring an exhilarating experience for all competitors. The Diams engaged in an additional race within Simpson Bay.

All the races on both days had different end results for the Diam fleet, which made it very exciting for the final results. Ultimately, as the full regatta concluded, the overall victors emerged, with Karibuni clinching third place, the Buzz Racing Team in second, and Cry Baby claiming first place. The Prize giving took place in the Sint Maarten Yacht Club bar and restaurant.

Organizers would like to thank all volunteers for their time and enthusiasm for making this third edition of the Friars Bay race a great success. Pictures and results can be found online on the SMYC website.

Next Keelboat race will be on May 5th, the third race day of the Grant Thornton Keelboat Season Championship.








Inspectorate of Public Health to Assess Water Production Facilities

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of Public Health which is part of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (Ministry VSA), would like to inform the general public and water production facilities that its Food Safety/Water Surveillance Division will continue to perform inspections at all accommodation facilities that either produce or (internally) distribute potable water during the year 2024 to ensure compliance with potable water legislation. 

The requirements for the production and (internal) distribution of potable water are laid down in the Potable Water Ordinance (Landsverordening Drinkwater, AB 2013, GT no 803 as mentioned lastly by AB 2015 no 9, hereinafter “PWO”) and National Decree regulating the Quality of Potable Water (Landsbesluit Kwaliteit Drinkwater, AB 2013, GT no 754, hereinafter “PWD”).

Potable water is defined as ‘any water intended for human consumption that is – untreated or after treatment – intended for drinking, cooking, food preparation or other household purposes.’ 

Inspectorate VSA is charged with the supervision and enforcement of the legislation pertaining to potable water. In addition to this, the potable water legislation attributes several specific tasks and authorities to the Inspectorate. 

During the inspection, the Inspectorate will perform a site inspection mostly aimed at verifying proper implementation of and adherence to the water control plan and water monitoring program submitted to and approved by the Inspectorate. 

The following updated documents must be available during the inspection: reverse osmosis control plan/logs; legionella control plan/logs; cistern/reservoir monitoring program/logs; and water sampling results. 

These documents can be submitted to the Inspectorate for the inspection by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

If you require additional information about the process, you can contact the Inspectorate at email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like additional information on waterborne diseases, you can contact the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) at phone number 914 or email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


UPDATE: NV GEBE announces load shedding for Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – “Dear valued community members, We regret to inform you that load shedding has commenced today, April 6, 2024. Our team is working diligently around the clock to restore full power and resolve all issues promptly,” NV GEBE said in a statement on Saturday morning.

“We understand the frustration and inconvenience this situation may cause, and we sincerely apologize for the disruption to your daily routines. Your patience and understanding during this challenging time are deeply appreciated.

“Please be assured that we are doing everything in our power to minimize the impact and restore normal service as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation,” NV GEBE concludes.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – NV GEBE announced on Friday morning that they will be implementing temporary load shedding today. The utility company stated on Friday that it is having challenges with its main production unit and that several areas will experience interruptions in power supply for approximately 90 minutes. This measure is necessary to ensure the stability of our power grid according to the utility company.

NV GEBE apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and assure you that they are working diligently to restore full power as soon as possible.



SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Outstanding Sound presents the first edition of their flagship event, entitled “Worship Explosion 2024” (WE-2024), on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the OLAM Convention Centre in Cole Bay.

This experience will feature various local singers and music bands, headlined by multi-award-winning, international gospel sensation Samuel Medas, in a night of explosive praise and worship.

The event provides an all-round, high-quality concert experience for gospel music lovers while motivating and inspiring our home-grown upcoming artists through art exposure and opportunities for meaningful networking.

Samuel Medas’ return to Sint Maarten is highly anticipated in this region, especially with his upcoming new studio album due for release in the same week. The line up of ministers for the evening include singing group Elysian, Total Restoration dance ministry of the Christian Fellowship Church, the Haitian dancers Groupe Mission Pour Christ (GMPC), psalmist Jervier Honore and dancers Shining Light Arts Ministry (SLAM) of Christ Ambassadors Ministries International, Bro Bless, and the vibrant Unison Band.

Worship Explosion 2024 promises a spiritually uplifting experience for Sint Maarten/Saint Martin and the surrounding islands.

Outstanding Sound is a sound rental and gospel entertainment company established in the community of St. Maarten/St. Martin since 2015. As a part of their social responsibility, they strive to encourage, motivate, and create opportunities for young people to develop their talents in the music and creative-arts industry.

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King T-MO set to light up the stage at local Carnival concert

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - In an exciting turn of events, the St. Martin community is buzzing with anticipation for the upcoming “Timo LIVE in Concert.” This cultural extravaganza, organized by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF), promises to be a memorable showcase of local talent and vibrant Caribbean artistry with King T-MO headlining the event.                                                               

Originally slated to host an international concert on May 3rd, the SCDF has pivoted to celebrate local culture with “Timo LIVE in Concert.” This event will not only feature King T-MO but also a host of legendary local bands and other performances, making it a night that promises to be etched in the hearts of attendees for years to come.

King T-MO, also known as King Timo, is often considered a jewel in the crown of St. Martin’s entertainment and music industry. He is known for his mastery in genres such as Calypso, Soca, and local folkloric and Christmas music. Combined with his prowess in music composition, lyrical depth, and arrangement, he has him as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

King T-MO is not only a multi-talented entertainer but also a decorated one. He has earned the prestigious titles of Calypso Monarch and Roadmarch King, accolades that only a few in the Caribbean can claim. His fame reaches beyond St. Martin to the tri-state New York area, and he has proudly represented St. Maarten across the globe and throughout the Caribbean.

“We can’t say enough about how excited we are for this concert. It is something we have had on the table to be executed in the future, but one door closed and another opened this season so we are hosting it this year,” the SCDF said.

“There have been calls from the public to bring Carnival closer to its roots. You can’t get much closer musically than T-Mo. Those in attendance will be brought right back and we expect he will drop some new stuff as well. Everybody knows that you can’t go wrong with a T-MO concert so we are calling for everyone to come out and have a great time with one of our local giants,” the SCDF said.

Entrance price for this concert will be US $10. More information about the rest of the lineup for the night will be released soon.

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