Categoriearchief: SXM-Daily Herald

DH | MPs have mixed feelings on airport aid assistance

~ Prime Minister says Government is just the facilitator of funds for reconstruction of PJIA ~ | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin represented Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) shareholder representative Tourism Minister Stuart Johnson on Monday during a meeting of Parliament dealing with government accepting conditions from the Dutch Government last week regarding the US $100 million funding from World Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the reconstruction of the airport. Verder lezen

DH | Government acquires US $15M bridge loan for airport

Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and Finance Minister Perry Geerlings recently negotiated bridge loan with the Netherlands during a visit to The Hague | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Government has acquired a US $15 million bridge loan for Princess Juliana International Airport. This vitally-needed cash injection will aid in paying airport workers’ salaries and servicing other financial obligations in the coming months. Verder lezen

DH | Inso, Italian govt. want to proceed with hospital project as scheduled

General hospital St. Maarten and Inso | Daily Herald

CAY Hill–General contractor for the construction of the general hospital for St. Maarten Inso and the Italian Government have a “strong desire” to start with the construction of the new hospital in February in line with the original planning. Verder lezen

DH | SXM Festival has big names for upcoming island festival

The SXM Festival | Daily herald

PHILIPSBURG–SXM Festival organisers have announced the phase two line-up for its March 13-17 return to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Programmed among the island’s vast collection of beaches, nightclubs, and cliff-top villas, the festival offers a singular assemblage of some of the world’s best electronic music artistes in an unmatched beach-side setting. Verder lezen

DH | PJIA security chief arrested for bribery

Composite photo: TBO officers at the home of PJIA Chief of Security J.S. on Wednesday.

PHILIPSBURG–The Anti-Corruption Task Force TBO detained head of Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) Chief of Security J.S. (48) at his home on Wednesday. Verder lezen

DH | Parliament demands transfer work-permit authority to Saba

Parliament demands transfer work-permit authority to Saba

SABA–The Public Entity Saba must be enabled to handle work-permit requests, the Dutch Parliamentarians unilaterally agreed during a meeting with the Executive Council on Saturday. The transfer of this authority has been pending for too long and needs to happen “pronto,” they said. Verder lezen

DH | RST investigations not hampered, says minister

RST Recherche Samenwerkings Team

THE HAGUE–Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ferd Grapperhaus says detective work in important criminal and subversive cases did not suffer due to past problems at management level of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team RST. Verder lezen

DH | IPKO agrees to disagree where dispute regulation is concerned

~ Search for solution for Venezuelan refugees ~ | Daily Herald

SIMPSON BAY–The Parliaments of Curaçao, Aruba, St. Maarten and the Netherlands believe the Governments of the four countries within the Kingdom should keep searching for solutions to the problems in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom which result from the influx of refugees and undocumented persons from Venezuela. Verder lezen

DH | IPKO delegates updated on housing and landfill

Veel huizen en gebouwen nog steeds geen dak | Persbureau Curacao

SIMPSON BAY–The delegations of the Parliaments of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten, gathered at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina for the bi-annual Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultations IPKO, were updated on the housing situation before and after the Hurricanes Irma and Maria and on the sanitary landfill. Verder lezen

DH | Dutch parliamentarians pay one-day visit to St. Eustatius

Dutch parliamentarians pay one-day visit to St. Eustatius

Members of the Dutch Parliament’s First and Second Chamber moments after their arrival in St. Eustatius on Monday morning. Verder lezen

DH | Saba moving ahead with harbour project

Saba moving ahead with harbour project | Daily Herals

SABA–Saba is moving ahead with the Fort Bay Harbour project to extend the big pier and to build a new, bigger pier on the location of the current small pier. This will be funded by 15 million euros from the Recovery Fund the Dutch government made available for Saba after the 2017 hurricanes and 12.5 million euros from the Regional Envelope of the Dutch government. Verder lezen

DH | Emmanuel wants discovery of drug lab in CDA affiliate’s yard raised in IPKO

Het Sint Maartense Statenlid Christophe Emmanuel | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel said on Sunday that members of Parliament’s Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR) should raise the issue of the discovery of a drug lab in the yard of a Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) affiliate’s yard, during the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultations IPKO, which starts today in St. Maarten and continues until January 11. Verder lezen

DH | Police station repair contract slated to be signed next week

Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever says he will sign the contract to repair the police headquarters next week. The Philipsburg police station and Simpson Bay substation are in dire need of repairs post-Hurricane Irma more than a year ago. Verder lezen

DH | Dutch Parliament delegation eager to hear about recovery

~ Party also calls for Shark Action Plan ~

THE HAGUE–The Dutch delegation that participates in next week’s Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO in St. Maarten is curious to learn about St. Maarten’s recovery after Hurricane Irma and the lessons that can be learned from that for the cooperation within the Kingdom. Verder lezen

DH | The sky over Great Bay was illuminated with colourful fireworks at the stroke of midnight

The sky over Great Bay was illuminated with colourful fireworks | Daily Herald

The sky over Great Bay was illuminated with colourful fireworks at the stroke of midnight to usher in 2019. The huge bursts of colours and shapes awed onlookers on Boardwalk Boulevard and in neighbourhoods surrounding the bay. Verder lezen

DH | D66 enquires about anticipated increase of Venezuela refugees

The Dutch broadcasting company NOS reported on December 18 that Aruba and Curaçao can expect more refugees.

THE HAGUE–Three Democratic Party D66 Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament are seeking clarity on media reports that Curaçao and Aruba can expect an increase in illegal immigration from Venezuela. Verder lezen

DH | Issue of the Year: The Smoking Dump

SXM dump pondfill vuilnis | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–“I would start coughing and then I can’t breathe. … It affects my asthma,” said thirteen-year-old Sara Bharwani of the always-smouldering and smoking dump looming over St. Maarten’s capital Philipsburg. Verder lezen

DH | No good conduct certificate for attorney Brenda Brooks

No good conduct certificate for attorney Brenda Brooks

PHILIPSBURG–Attorney-at-law Brenda Brooks has lost her bid for a certificate of good conduct. The Court of First Instance ruled against the lawyer who had filed a petition with the Court against the Minister of Justice and the Prosecutor’s Office. Verder lezen

DH | Schotte to court over prison visits

While the 14 detainees complain of poor conditions inside the penitentiary and the quality of the food, the former prime minister wants to hold business meetings in prison

WILLEMSTAD–Not only a group of 14 inmates at Curaçao’s “Sentro di Detenshon i Korekshon Korsou” (SDKK) but also MFK-leader Gerrit Schotte, currently serving a sentence for accepting a bribe, forgery and money laundering, is filing a case against the government of Curaçao, be it for other reasons, Verder lezen

DH | Grant Agreement signed for debris, landfill project

Emergency Debris Management Project signed by Leona Romeo-Marlin + World Bank

PHILIPSBURG–The grant agreement for the US $25 million Emergency Debris Management Project was signed on Friday by Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin with the World Bank. The project is to tackle fires on the landfill, salvaging of damaged vessels in Simpson Bay Lagoon and clearing remaining hurricane debris from the country. Verder lezen

DH | 12-member Dutch delegation to IPKO

The central themes of this IPKO will be mutual cooperation, recent developments in Venezuela, the law proposal to establish a Dispute Regulation for the Kingdom and structural observing of elections.

THE HAGUE–Twelve members of the First and Second Chambers of the Dutch Parliament will be travelling to St. Maarten to attend the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO which takes place there January 8-11, 2019. Verder lezen

DH | Request to US for joint First Salute celebration

Ronald van Raak (SP) en Andre Bosman (VVD) | Suzanne Koelenga

THE HAGUE–The Dutch government will be asked to make a formal proposal to the United States (US) government to have a joint celebration in St. Eustatius in 2026 to commemorate 250 years of the First Salute. Verder lezen

DH | Getting rid of eyesores

Eustatius orkaan Irma opruiming autowrakken | Daily herald

The wrecks removal programme on St. Eustatius has entered its second phase. All vehicular wrecks will be collected and taken to a salvage yard to be stripped and prepared for shipment. Verder lezen

DH | Integrity Chamber law in effect December 28

The legal trajectory to establish Integrity Chamber completed from April to December

THE HAGUE–The national ordinance to formally establish the St. Maarten Integrity Chamber is expected to become effective December 28. Verder lezen

DH | To be reborn once again

Windward Islands Airways International Winair plane on its way to be scrubbed down and prepared for its third incarnation as an artificial reef | Daily Herald

It is not every day you see a plane in traffic, but that was just the case on Saturday when the old Windward Islands Airways International Winair plane, turned into the former Air Lekkerbek restaurant, was moved from its long-time spot on W.J.A. Nisbeth Road to Bobby’s Marina on the way to Pointe Blanche. Verder lezen

DH | Prosecutor: litigants keep government under pressure in landfill case

Foto landfill case Guus Dubbeldam

PHILIPSBURG–Strict rules and guidelines attached to the World Bank grant agreement for the Emergency Debris Management Project at the dumpsite cause delays in the start of the fire suppression project, it emerged during Friday’s Court hearing in the injunction filed by Barbara Cannegieter, Camiel Koster and BZSE Attorneys at Law and Tax Lawyers against Country St. Maarten and contractors Robelto and Son BV in September. Verder lezen

DH | Tromp also acquitted on appeal in tax case

Former president of Central Bank fully acquitted of charges | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Former president of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp has been acquitted of intentional misregistration of income-tax returns between March 28, 2007, and March 23, 2015, the Court of Appeals in Willemstad announced Thursday. Verder lezen

DH | Prosecutor’s Office persists in request for harbour inquiry

~ Court to decide February 2019 ~ | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–The Joint Court of Justice will give its decision on the Prosecutor’s Office’s request for a civil inquiry into the state of affairs within the Port of St. Maarten before or on February 22, 2019, at the latest, the Court said Thursday. Verder lezen

DH | Netherlands seeks better coordination in disasters

Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ferd Grapperhaus

THE HAGUE–The Dutch government will engage in talks with Dutch Caribbean countries and the Dutch public entities about strengthening operational coordination in disaster and crisis management on a higher level. Verder lezen

DH | Tender process started for dump management

Tender process started for dump management | Daily Herald

POND ISLAND–The Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure VROMI has started the public tender process for a new management company for the dump. The management will be paid for by government. Verder lezen