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DH | Clark summoned to appear in court on November 23

Justitieminister Cornelius de Weever vs Frenando Clark | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever has made good on his promise to begin a civil case against former Pointe Blanche prison Chief Operations Officer (COO) Fernando Clark who accused the minister of dismissing him after he refused sexual advances from the minister some eight months ago. Verder lezen

DH | Trust Fund second payment approved

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Kajsa Ollongren on October 31 submitted a proposal to the Dutch Parliament for an incidental subsidiary budgetary law to transfer 150 million euros from the supplementary budget item of the Ministry of Finance to the budget of Kingdom Relations | Foto René Zwart

THE HAGUE–The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved a budgetary amendment to transfer the second tranche of 150 million euros to the St. Maarten Reconstruction Trust Fund. Verder lezen

DH | Dump-smoke litigants: ‘Government hiding behind World Bank’

Dump-smoke litigants: ‘Government hiding behind World Bank’ | SXM Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten residents Barbara Cannegieter and Camiel Koster and law firm Bergman Zwanikken Snow Essed (BZSE) who filed a Court case against Country St. Maarten, the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI and current management company of the landfill Robelto and Son B.V. on August 24 are still waiting for a plan of action and several reports pertaining to the fires and the emanation of smoke, gases and foul smell at the sanitary landfill on Pond Island. Verder lezen

DH | Unity at centre in The Hague St. Maarten Day celebration

Unity at centre in The Hague St. Maarten Day celebration

THE HAGUE–Words of commitment and cooperation to restore St. Maarten to its former glory and the message of unity sounded at the St. Maarten Day celebration at the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary of St. Maarten in The Hague on Friday evening. Verder lezen

DH | Income equality lowest in Saba

Het Saba regeringsgebouw | Daily Herald

THE HAGUE–The Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) concluded based on available data that of the Caribbean Netherlands, Saba had the lowest income equality in 2016, meaning that the difference between what people earned on the island was less than in St. Eustatius and Bonaire. Verder lezen

DH | Suspects deny any wrongdoing in Tourist Bureau fraud investigation

The so-called “Colade” case involves alleged embezzlement and forgery committed at the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB), STB’s New York office and ECD

PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) Stuart Johnson’s policy advisor Regina Labega (59) and East Caribbean Destination (ECD) Management Company managing directors Fabian Badejo (68) and E.A.I.F. headed to Court on Wednesday to answer to charges of embezzlement, forgery, tax evasion and membership in a criminal organisation. Verder lezen

DH | NA wants strong message sent about self-government interference to Hague

William Marlin (NA) | ANP

PHILIPSBURG–The National Alliance (NA) Members of Parliament have called on fellow MPs to unite on a yet-to-be-tabled motion to tell the Dutch government to back off from interfering with St. Maarten’s right to full self-governance and to implore the Dutch to immediately cease and desist from any and all actions in conflict with St. Maarten’s right to a full measure of self-government. Verder lezen

DH | MP: TBO officers stole jewellery and should have been arrested

~ Prosecutor’s Office refutes statement ~ || Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–United St. Maarten Party (US Party) leader Member of Parliament (MP) Frans Richardson claims that two members of the anti-corruption taskforce TBO arresting team stole jewellery from casino boss Francesco Corallo during his arrest and the raid on his residence in December 2016 and were subsequently sent back to the Netherlands without punishment. Verder lezen

DH | GroenLinks seeks 1M euros for Dutch Caribbean nature

~ Party also calls for Shark Action Plan ~

THE HAGUE–The green left party GroenLinks in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants the Dutch government to make one million euros annually available for the Nature Trust Fund to protect the fragile nature in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. GroenLinks also called for a Shark Action Plan. Verder lezen

DH | CFT estimates every St. Maarten child born to NAf. 19,000 debt

CFT Gradus | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Every child who draws breath in St. Maarten does not receive a gift, but a hefty debt racked by government. Verder lezen

DH | Jan Paternotte new chairman Kingdom Relations Committee

Jan Paternotte new chairman Kingdom Relations Committee

THE HAGUE–Jan Paternotte of the Democratic Party D66 is the new Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. Verder lezen

DH | The former Christian Democratic politician Piet Hein Donner says goodbye

“We have to learn a lesson from the past”
~ Donner on departure as vice-president of the Council of State ~

The former Christian Democratic politician Piet Hein Donner says goodbye as vice-president of the Council of State and looks back on the years since the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles. Verder lezen

DH | Wescot-Williams calls for ‘speedy analysis’ of Johnson’s complaint

Minister Stuart Johnson has denied he made any untoward advances and has taken the legal road to clear his name

PHILIPSBURG–Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams has called on justice authorities “to speedily analyse” the complaint filed by Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson against a former male staffer who has accused him of sexual harassment. Verder lezen

DH | Geerlings comes under fire over Gestapo comment distancing

Finance minister Perry Geerlings | Daily herald

PHILIPSBURG–Finance Minister Perry Geerlings came under sustained fire from several Members of Parliament (MPs) on Thursday, after he was quoted by a Dutch news outlet as saying it was “unfortunate” that a comment describing the Dutch government as using “Gestapo tactics” against St. Maarten had been made by a St. Maarten MP. Verder lezen

DH | De Weever decides to head to court over Clark’s slanderous statement

Justitieminister SXM wil in de kast blijven | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever plans to start a civil case against former Pointe Blanche prison Chief Operations Officer (COO) Fernando Clark who accused the minister of dismissing him after he refused sexual advances from the minister some eight months ago. Verder lezen

DH | No certificate of conduct for former prison director Rohan

New decision for Etienne Meyers

PHILIPSBURG–Former Director of Pointe Blanche Prison Edward Rohan will not be provided with a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag (VOG)), the Court of First Instance decided Monday in the appeal filed by Rohan against the Minister of Justice. Verder lezen

DH | Police Chief asks that Dutch police stay on

Korpschef Erik Akerboom en collega’s van SXM, Saba, Eustatius, Bonaire, Aruba en Curacao ontmoeten elkaar in Sint Maarten in het kader van ‘twinning is winning’

PHILIPSBURG–The Chief of Police of the Netherlands Erik Akerboom and his delegation, representatives of Justice and Safety V&J, the Chief of the BES-Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) Police KPCN Jose Rosales, and Chief of the Aruba Police KPA Andrew Hoo were in St. Maarten last week Friday and Saturday for a working visit with the Police Force of St. Maarten KPSM headed by Police Chief Commissioner Carl John. Verder lezen

DH | InselAir pilots new distribution system

NDC platform has been powering InselAir’s Internet bookings since September 2018

WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao-based InselAir has become one of the first carriers in the world to actively begin the process of transitioning to the next generation of airline systems provided by Dublin-based JR Technologies. Verder lezen

DH | De Weever threatens Clark with legal action over abuse of power allegation

Former Pointe Blanche prison Chief of Operations (COO) Fernando Clark

PHILIPSBURG–Former Pointe Blanche prison Chief of Operations (COO) Fernando Clark has accused Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever of abuse of power when De Weever requested that he participate in “sexual activities,” which Clark refused to do. Verder lezen

DH | UTS to pay out NAf. 42 million

Uitbetaling dividenten gekoppeld aan verkoop | Jeu Olimpio

WILLEMSTAD–The payment of 42 million Antillean guilders to government by United Telecommunication Services (UTS) will take place pending the search for a strategic partner. Verder lezen

DH | Court reopens hearings in Casa Blanca appeals

Sexclub Casa Blanca SXM | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–The Joint Court of Justice reopened the investigations in the appeals of the so-called “Papegaai” and “Gier” cases on Monday. These involve charges of human-trafficking and deprivation of liberty allegedly committed in Casa Blanca brothel in Oyster Pond and in Hypnotic Hotel and Entertainment N.V. in Sucker Garden between 2010 and 2015. Verder lezen

DH | InselAir endeavours to stay in the skies as vital Dutch Caribbean link

~ Focus on regaining flyers’ trust ~

AIRPORT–The InselAir plane sitting for months in a corner of Princess Juliana International Airport has become a poignant symbol of a once-vibrant airline that was like a navel string tethering St. Maarten to Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire. That string is now very frayed and is at risk of snapping. Verder lezen

DH | Pointe Blanche prison director to be selected by November 1

Cornelius de Weever | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–A new director for the Pointe Blanche prison will be selected by November 1. Justice Minister Cornelius de Weever told Members of Parliament (MPs) during a meeting of the Central Committee of Parliament on Friday that the application process for a new director has closed and interviews with prospective candidates are being conducted. Verder lezen

DH | Still eyesores

Foto Daily Herald

The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI has repeatedly announced that boat owners and vehicle owners should remove their damaged property after the passing of Hurricane Irma in September last year, but some wrecks are still eyesores. Verder lezen

DH | Saba’s airport runway reopens after 28 days

Saba airport runway | Daily Herald

SABA–After 28 days of rehabilitation of the airport runway and renovation of the airport building, Saba’s airport runway was ceremonially re-opened Monday afternoon with inaugural flights by Windward Islands Airways International Winair and Windward Express. Verder lezen

DH | Orient Beach Club files for liquidation, resort expected to close within 30 days

SXM Orient Beach Club orkaan Irma | Daily Herald

MARIGOT–Orient Beach Club (OBC) has gone to court to file for administration, citing its inability to continue operating what is left of the naturist Club Orient Resort through another high season with no income whatsoever. The resort remains in ruins one year after Hurricane Irma tore through the property last September. Verder lezen

DH | Prosecutor’s Office to join dump injunction

Prosecutors investigate law violations at dump

PHILIPSBURG–The Prosecutor’s Office has joined the injunction filed last month by residents Barbara Cannegieter and Camiel Koster and law firm Bergman Zwanikken Snow Essed (BZSE) against Country St. Maarten, the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning Environment and Infrastructure VROMI and current management company of the sanitary landfill on Pond Island Robelto and Son B.V. in Sucker Garden. Verder lezen

DH | ‘Adopt a Shark’ programme continues due to ‘success’

The “Adopt a Shark St Maarten” programme is part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance ‘Save our Sharks’ project, funded by Dutch National Postcode Lottery.

COLE BAY–Nature Foundation has extended its “Adopt a Shark” programme to yearend, thanks to continued demand. The programme was launched during Shark Week in June. Verder lezen

DH | Black Achievement Month opens in style

Black Achievement Month

AMSTERDAM–Black Achievement Month kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony at the International Theatre Amsterdam on Monday evening that brought traditional dances and songs, opera, ballet and spoken word. Verder lezen

DH | MP Meyers says he never requested list from Rohan

Franklin Meyers said he hopes his statement will at least clear the air | Daily herald

PHILIPSBURG–Member of Parliament Franklin Meyers (United Democrats) has refuted statements made in court by interim Prison Director Edward Rohan. Verder lezen