Orchestrated sabotage and political spin


By now we understand we were hit by a super storm like nothing before in the Atlantic hurricane basin. While opinions and sentiments abound as to our level of preparedness and actions before, during and after the storm, we should consider the process when a threat to life, property and the national interest becomes imminent. Like with storms before More...

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Cdr Bud Slabbaert
By webadmin On Friday, October 20th, 2017

Changing Caribbean Economies

The Caribbean is being stuck with economies that are over-proportionally depending on revenue from tourism and related activities. No, this is not just about hurricanes. If it wasn’t the weather, then it was the More...

Hilbert Haar
By webadmin On Friday, October 13th, 2017

Power play

By Hilbert Haar Minister Plasterk said it during his last visit to St. Maarten: the Netherlands is not just going to open a bank account and let the island help itself. That makes sense. Funds that are available More...

Cdr Bud Slabbaert
By webadmin On Monday, October 9th, 2017

Building a new Caribbean

Having experienced two hurricanes cat. 5, having seen the devastation and been around to feel and understand the inconveniences, to just express it mildly; no water, no electricity or no telecommunication for an More...

Ocean Explorers 20170927 HH
By webadmin On Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Down but not out: Businesses reopening

GREAT BAY –Things are not what they used to be, but we see the island slowly but surely recovering from the devastation Hurricane Irma created. Some readers have asked us not to sugarcoat the situation. And while More...

Hercules Jet landing at SXM Airport
By webadmin On Friday, September 15th, 2017

Airlift vital to recovery process St. Maarten

SXM Airport — Just as airlift is vital to St. Maarten’s tourism economy, so it is for the recovery process to normalize the situation on the island, to fly in aid and relief goods, food and water, to More...

By Online Editor On Monday, August 14th, 2017

Matters of the Mind: Sticks & Stones

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me,” is an old rhyme created to persuade victims of name-calling to ignore the taunts, refrain from physical retaliation and remain calm and More...

By Online Editor On Monday, July 31st, 2017

Matters of the Mind: The Pain of Emotional Numbness

Emotional numbness can be difficult to imagine if you haven’t experienced it yourself. Some people describe it as feeling emptiness or despondency, while others report feeling isolated. Some feel as though they More...

By Online Editor On Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Not so fast

In the past two to three weeks the news has been rife with reports on the implementation of the NHI scheme for St. Maarten. This idea is not new as it was presented in the 2014 election without much information More...

By Online Editor On Monday, July 24th, 2017

Matters of the Mind: Suicide

I was around the age of 12 when I first attempted suicide. And though some may argue that a child doesn’t have anything to be depressed about, I highly disagree. I grew up in an abusive household – watching More...