Researchers study mosquito population

war on mosquitoes

PHILIPSBURG – A research team from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden is in St. Maarten to conduct a study into the island’s mosquito-population. “The objective is to identify the number of various mosquito-species,” Minister Emil Lee (Public Health) sad during Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. Specific diseases are More...

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Dump fire smoke - Photo provided by SHTA
By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Dump gets hardly attention in draft budget

PHILIPSBURG – The Ministry of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) does not spend a word on the situation at the dump in the draft 2018 budget.  Under a heading that addresses More...

Aerial photo both fires dump sites - 20180206 Photo provided
By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

A brief history of the dump

By Hilbert Haar In June 2008  I wrote an article under the headline “Landfill remains until the end of 2010.” It appeared in the now defunct Today newspaper. In the meantime we know better. The landfill is More...

St. Maarten landfill dump on fire smoking
By The Publisher On Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Dollars, not guilders

By Hilbert Haar An alert reader pointed out to me that the price the waste-to-energy plant would charge GEBE for a Kilowatt of electricity is $0.26 and not 0.26 guilders. This is correct and I apologize for the More...

St. Maarten landfill dump on fire smoking
By The Publisher On Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

The question nobody ever asked

By Hilbert Haar The dump remains a hot item and for good reason. For decades dump fires have affected the health of citizens and for decades the government had failed to do something about it. The construction of More...

Dump fire on Pond Island - Provided by SHTA
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 19th, 2018

SHTA Call to Action Regarding the Dump

PHILIPSBURG – “Dear His Majesty King Willem Alexander, His Excellency the Governor Eugene Holiday, Council of Ministers, Honorable Members of Parliament, State Secretary of Kingdom Affair Raymond Knops, Head More...

Official ribbon cutting opening ceremony Rainforest Adventures Park Rockland Estate Theo Heyliger Wycliffe Smith CEO RFA - 20180411 MP
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Preschel: We will have something more magnificent in 10 years

CUL-DE-SAC -- Just when you thought that the 360 degree view from the crest of Sentry Hill, the highest point of the Rain Forest Adventure Park on Rockland Estate, provided the wow factor. The 45 second adrenaline More...

Dump fire extinguishing - 20180411 HH
By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

New dump-fire emits low-hanging smoke

PHILIPSBURG – A fire on the post-Irma dumpsite on Pond Island ignited on Tuesday night and continued to be a nuisance throughout the day on Wednesday. Low-hanging smoke wafted over Soualiga Boulevard and on social More...

Research vessel Pelagia
By The Publisher On Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Research scientists discover healthy coral reef near Saba

THE BOTTOM – Scientist of Wageningen Marine Research and the Royal Dutch Institute for Sea Research have discovered a previously unknown coral reef off the coast of Saba, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday. The More...

Galis Bay beached barge - 20180305 HH
By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Waterfront Marigot takes a hit from Sunday’s storm

MARIGOT – The storm that hit the island on Sunday had a serious impact on the waterfront in Marigot. The government closed down the road through Galis Bay, where the turbulent water had thrown rocks on the road; More...