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DH | Even the statues are wearing masks

In an act of immense compassion and kindness, the person placed a mask over his face helping to mitigate the spread of the dreaded disease on the island.

Someone passed by the statue of William Henry Bell, Jr. on Thursday morning and realised that he was inadequately protected from COVID-19 as he sat in his chair overlooking Cole Bay and Simpson Bay. Verder lezen

DH | Courthouse closed until further notice

Scaffolding is being erected for the first phase of renovation of the Courthouse’s entrance and outer walls. | John Halley photo

PHILIPSBURG–Following the measures initiated by the government of St. Maarten in combating COVID-19, the Courthouse will be closed to the public until further notice from Wednesday, April 1. Verder lezen

DH | St. Maarten’s COVID-19 cases jump to 16, first death recorded

~ All ICU beds, ventilators in use by non-COVID-19 patients ~ | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Dutch St. Maarten’s confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases almost tripled on Tuesday with sixteen confirmed cases and with the first COVID-19 death recorded. Verder lezen

DH | ZVK patients return to Statia on chartered flight

Members of the St. Eustatius Public Health Department awaiting passengers, and a security officer standing guard in her protective mask and gloves.

EUSTATIUS–Caribbean Netherlands Health Insurance Office ZVK chartered a flight from Colombia via Bonaire for ZVK St. Eustatius patients returning to the island who had been away for medical reasons. Verder lezen

ParadiseFM | Nieuwe regering SXM

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs

Op Sint Maarten is zaterdag een nieuwe regering geïnstalleerd. De regering staat onder leiding van Silveria Jacobs, die al enkele maanden de leiding had over een interim-regering. Verder lezen

DH | Governor urges new ministers to take up role with sense of urgency

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Rodolphe Samuel; Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA Richard Panneflek; Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Ludmila de Weever; Minister Plenipotentiary Rene Violenus; and Governor Eugene Holiday

HARBOUR VIEW–Governor Eugene Holiday urged the newly sworn-in government on Saturday to take up their roles with a united sense of urgency. Verder lezen

DH | Hotels willing to quarantine persons can contact Tourist Bureau, Health

Interim Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs
~ Decision made to further restrict movement ~

PHILIPSBURG–Government, via the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau has made several attempts to use empty hotels for quarantining or isolating persons without success, Prime Minister and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Chairperson Silveria Jacobs said in a national address on Friday evening. Verder lezen

DH | Fennix Global proposes building private prison

Fennix outlined that proposal in a letter dated December 11, 2019. | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Fennix Global Technologies, which company chief executive officer (CEO) Chey Rodriguez describes as a “criminal justice solutions provider”, has proposed building a private prison in St. Maarten. If government agrees, the company said it would absolve approximately US $500,000 allegedly owed for an earlier electronic surveillance monitoring project. Verder lezen

DH | St. Eustatius closes schools, announces crackdown on self-quarantine violators

The island had tested seven persons for COVID-19 and all persons tested were negative for the virus. Van Rij said COVID-19 has not reached the island up to now.

EUSTATIUS–Government Commissioner Marnix van Rij and Deputy Government Commissioner Alida Francis announced Wednesday that all schools in St. Eustatius would be closed. They also promised a crackdown on violators of the self-quarantine rules in connection with the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Verder lezen

DH | St. Maarten requests military vessel to use as floating hospital

Jacobs said the Royal Netherlands Navy has several vessels that have spacious state-of-the-art sickbays where patients with contagious illnesses can be treated.

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten has submitted a request to the Netherlands for a military vessel that can be used as a floating hospital. Verder lezen

DH | 22 suspected COVID-19 cases, 322 self-quarantined, 57 self-isolated

A table showing the latest figures.

PHILIPSBURG–There are currently 22 suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Dutch St. Maarten and a total of 322 persons in self-quarantine, 57 in self-isolation, twelve negative cases, eight pending cases and two positive cases, as shown by figures provided by Prime Minister and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Chairperson Silveria Jacobs in a press statement released early Tuesday morning. Verder lezen

DH | Former police chief remembered as a strong character with a good heart

The late Derrick Holiday

PHILIPSBURG–Calypsonian Rootsman’s “Live Nice” calypso was loved by former Police Chief Commissioner and labour mediator the late Derrick Holiday (64). His life as remembered by those who knew and worked with him mirrors the sentiments of the calypso that called on people to “live nice” with everyone they encountered and to give a helping hand wherever and whenever it was needed. Verder lezen

DH | Parliament passes UTS law in historic remote meeting

MPs during the virtual meeting on Monday.
~ Remaining funds from UTS sale in 10 days ~

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten is expected to receive the remaining funds from the country’s 12.5 per cent shares in the sale of United Telecommunications Services (UTS) within about ten days. Verder lezen

DH | Returning student is Dutch side’s second COVID-19 case

Interim Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs
~ Movement over borders to render assistance allowed ~

PHILIPSBURG–A student who returned to St. Maarten a week ago and immediately went into self-isolation, is the second confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 case in the country, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs announced on Sunday. Verder lezen

DH | Canadian couple reflects anxiety of tourists trying to leave the island

Ted and Carolynn Fairhurst at their apartment in Orient Bay Village | Daily Herald

MARIGOT–Ted Fairhurst is keeping fingers crossed that his flight out of the island on Westjet on Sunday, March 22, to Toronto will take off as planned, barring any unforeseen last-minute calamity, and crucially that he and his wife will get a seat, not get bumped, and pass the health screening. The flight is said to be full and they have a confirmed reservation. Verder lezen

DH | SZV no longer able to pay monthly invoices for government employees

Social and Health Insurances SZV SXM | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Social and Health Insurances SZV has informed the government of St. Maarten that it has notified all healthcare providers and pharmacies that it will no longer be able to pay in full its monthly invoicing for the services they render to government related employees. Verder lezen

DH | Essential Businesses that are allowed to remain open

Essential Businesses that are allowed to remain open

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DH | Carnival is cancelled this year, says SCDF

SXM carnaval vorig jaar | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) announced on Monday that Carnival 2020 has been cancelled. The 51st edition of St. Maarten Carnival is now scheduled to take place in April 2021. Verder lezen

DH | ‘Costa Magica’ in port today for provisioning, no disembarkation

De Costa Magica

PHILIPSBURG–Cruise ship Costa Magica, which has been turned away from several ports over coronavirus COVID-19 fears, will be in Port St. Maarten today only for provisioning purposes. Verder lezen

DH | Two new cases confirmed in St. Barths, Préfecture states

St. Barths

The Préfecture and regional health authority disclosed Saturday there are two new cases of Covid-19 infection in St. Barths. Verder lezen

DH | Cruise industry almost shut down as 7 more cruise lines halt

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas is seen moored at Port St. Maarten in this file photo taken by Zaida Arrindell | Daily Herald

MIAMI/PHILIPSBURG–Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Costa Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises have all suspended operations, either globally or regionally, due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. This has resulted in a near complete shutdown of the cruise industry. Verder lezen

DH | Suspended Princess, Viking cruise operations to affect St. Maarten

Princess Cruises vessels Regal Princess, Sky Princess and Caribbean Princess will discontinue port calls to St. Maarten until May 20, according to Port St. Maarten.

MIAMI/PHILIPSBURG–Cruise lines Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises have decided to voluntarily suspend their operations temporarily due to the spreading of coronavirus COVID-19. This will result in no cruise calls by these lines to St. Maarten until May. Verder lezen

DH | Defence seeks Prosecution’s inadmissibility in Theo’s case

Attorney Eldon “Peppie” Sulvaran.

BELAIR–Lawyer for the defence Eldon “Peppie” Sulvaran pleaded Wednesday with the judge to declare the prosecutor’s case against former parliamentarian Theodore Heyliger in the “Larimar” investigation inadmissible. Verder lezen

DH | BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutor demands 6 years against Theo

The Prosecutor demanded six years in prison against former politician Theo Heyliger and that he would be incarcerated with immediate effect.

PHILIPSBURG–The Prosecutor demanded six years in prison against former politician Theo Heyliger and that he would be incarcerated with immediate effect. Verder lezen

DH | Travel restrictions now in effect for St. Maarten

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs ~ Airlines notified via Timatic ~

PHILIPSBURG–Persons who have, in the last fourteen days of their travel, visited cities and or countries in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, will not be allowed to transit or enter St. Maarten as travel restrictions to keep novel coronavirus COVID-19 at bay, are now in effect. Verder lezen

DH | Surge in interventions by The Hague after 2010

~ Aubrich Bakhuis receives doctorate degree ~

Audrich Bakhuis receives his doctorate certificate from Professor Lodewijk Rogier at Erasmus University last Friday | Suzanne Koelega

ROTTERDAM–There has been more attention for good governance and interventions since the new constitutional relations went into effect in the Kingdom, while the governors of the Dutch Caribbean countries have been put in a difficult position. Verder lezen

DH | Inner Circle, Flo Rida close out St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Persons dancing on stage during Flo Rida’s performance on Sunday.

COLE BAY–Reggae legends Inner Circle and rap artiste Flo Rida headlined Saturday and Sunday’s shows at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, closing out the fortieth edition of the event in style. Both shows took place at Regatta Village at Princess Port de Plaisance Resort and Casino. Verder lezen

DH | Not 80, but 115 were laid off at Statia oil terminal

 | Foto Statia Oil Storage Terminal – St. Eustatius

THE HAGUE–As far as Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops knows, 115 persons who worked at the St. Eustatius oil terminal were dismissed, and not 80 as was initially reported. Verder lezen

DH | Majority of MPs not happy with draft Criminal Procedure Code

~ Brison to submit amendments ~ | Antilliaans dagblad

PHILIPSBURG–A majority of Members of Parliament (MPs) were critical of the draft Criminal Procedure Code in Friday’s public plenary session of Parliament, highlighting issues with provisions on crown witnesses, among other things. Verder lezen

DH | ‘Detained immigrants are a responsibility of Curaçao’

Aldus de minister van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties

THE HAGUE–The Curaçao government needs to ensure that it complies with its obligations towards undocumented, locked up Venezuelan immigrants. Sensible daily activities have to be offered and the facilities at the barracks need to be in order. Verder lezen