Categoriearchief: SXM-Daily Herald

DH | Jacobs says NA, UP coalition reflects wishes of electorate

NA and UP representatives signing the agreement on Saturday evening.

PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister and National Alliance leader Silveria Jacobs said the National Alliance (NA)/United People’s (UP) party coalition government in no uncertain terms reflects the wishes of the people, as they have been clamouring over the past years for the two largest parties to come together. Verder lezen

DH | NA, UP sign coalition agreement, NA’s Emmanuel has not signed

NA, UP sign coalition agreement, NA’s Emmanuel has not signed

The new Government of St. Maarten will comprise a combination of the two parties that gained the most votes in last Thursday’s snap parliamentary elections. Verder lezen

DH | Minister Arie Slob to meet with Caribbean Netherlands’ educators

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education and Media Arie Slob.

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS–Minister of Primary and Secondary Education and Media Arie Slob will be paying a working visit to the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands from Monday, January 13, to Wednesday, January 15. During these days he will be introduced to local educators. Verder lezen

DH | Proposal for observers at 2021 Kingdom elections

The Dutch parliamentary delegation at the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO in Curaçao this week.

WILLEMSTAD–The Dutch delegation attending the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO in Curaçao this week would like to see concrete decision-taking regarding the presence of election observers from international organisations as well as representatives of the Parliaments in the Kingdom. Verder lezen

DH | IPKO opens with call for cooperation, mutual respect

The delegations of the Dutch, Aruba and Curaçao Parliaments pose for a photo outside the Dreams Curaçao Hotel, formerly the Hilton Hotel, where the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO kicked off on Tuesday. St. Maarten is not present at the IPKO due to the election.

WILLEMSTAD–Having mutual understanding and respect for each other’s autonomy, while displaying the willingness to help and support one another, based on respect – that was the main message during the official opening of the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO in Curaçao on Tuesday morning. Verder lezen

DH | Prosecutor’s Office warns against vote buying, selling

Openbaar Ministerie Sint Maarten SXM

PHILIPSBURG–As residents prepare to cast their votes on election day, January 9, the Prosecutor’s Office issued a warning to the public on Monday about the country’s laws on vote-buying and/or -selling. Verder lezen

DH | Girl is first baby born in St. Maarten for 2020

Proud parents Wendella and Etienne Junior Richardson with their bouncing bundle of joy Jamilla Richardson, son Jayden Richardson, new-born’s grandma Sandra Richardson and some SMMC nurses | John Halley

PHILIPSBURG–It was pure girl power at St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on January 2, when bouncing bundle of joy Jamilla Richardson came out of her mother’s womb, becoming the first baby to be born in Dutch St. Maarten for 2020. Verder lezen

DH | CCSU approves new salary scales for police

Sint Maarten Police station KPSM | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–The Committee of Civil Servants Union (CCSU) has approved new salary scales for the police force. Verder lezen

DH | Tourist drowns in Great Bay

The a woman M.V.C. (70) was a passenger on board cruise ship Queen Mary 2, which was docked in Philipsburg yesterday.

PHILIPSBURG–Paramedics and police personnel were rushed to Great Bay Beach yesterday morning because a tourist, a woman M.V.C. (70), had reportedly drowned. Verder lezen

DH | Fishermen pick up 19 refugees from boat off coast of France

The boat from which 17 adults and two children were rescued in the English Channel. (SNSM Dunkerque photo)

URK–A group of fishermen from the Dutch fishing village of Urk have rescued nineteen asylum seekers from a boat in the English Channel, including a toddler and a baby, according to a French Coast Guard report. Verder lezen

DH | Jacobs says 2020 will bring renewed confidence in government

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs

PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said in her New Year’s message on Monday that it is her belief that 2020 will bring about renewed confidence in government. Verder lezen

DH | Diesel spill pollutes Dawn Beach Pond

Dawn Beach diesel spills | Daily Herald

DAWN BEACH–Nature Foundation St. Maarten received a worrisome report regarding a diesel fuel spill in the pond by Dawn Beach across from The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa on Friday, December 27. Verder lezen

DH | Draft law to restore democracy in Statia to be submitted early 2020

Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops (centre) with Government Commissioner of St. Eustatius Mike Franco (right) and Deputy Commissioner Mervyn Stegers. (File photo)

THE HAGUE/ST. EUSTATIUS–A draft law for the restoration of democracy in St. Eustatius is in preparation. Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK Raymond Knops expects that this law will be submitted for approval early next year, he stated in a letter to the chairperson of the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber. Verder lezen

DH | Man accused of killing friend extradited back to St. Maarten

Forensic personnel at the scene of the killing in 2016. (file photo)

PHILIPSBURG–A man, A.C., who is suspected of being involved in the killing of a Colombian national known as “Pepe” on July 1, 2016, was extradited from the United States (US) to St. Maarten on Monday, December 23. Verder lezen

DH | Governor Holiday calls on residents to reflect

Governor Eugene Holiday

PHILIPSBURG–Governor Eugene Holiday on Wednesday called on residents to reflect as they celebrate the holiday season. Verder lezen

DH | Robbie greeted upon his release

The lottery boss was awaited by family, friends, employees and sympathisers as he exited the SDDK prison | Daily Herald

WILLEMSTAD–Robbie dos Santos walked out of Curaçao’s SDKK prison after a three-judge panel saw no pressing reasons to keep him detained for his alleged involvement in organising the murder of politician Helmin Wiels in 2013. The owner of Robbie’s Lottery had been held for a month. Verder lezen

DH | Big fire in Simpson Bay

SXM Simpson Bay brand | Daily Herald

A fire has broken out in Simpson Bay near the police station. More details to follow. Verder lezen

DH | Court of Human Rights declares detention in police cells unlawful

Attorney-at-law Sjamira Roseburg of the Consider it Solved by Roseburg & Partners

PHILIPSBURG–The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared the detention of a detainee in the holding cells in the Philipsburg police station unlawful. The decision was made on Tuesday, December 17. Verder lezen

DH | Arrindell presents vision for an independent nation

UP leader Rolando Brison: “The UP party is certainly in favour of moving toward more autonomy for the island, with independence being the ultimate goal,”

PHILIPSBURG–Former Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) and current number five candidate on the United People’s (UP) party slate, Rhoda Arrindell presented a paper entitled “Road to Independence” to UP party leader Rolando Brison on Thursday. Verder lezen

DH | Frans calls on parties to not form governments with independent MPs

MP Frans Richardson himself is still under investigation of accepting bribes, committing official coercion and abuse of his position as an official | Daily Herald

MARIGOT–United St. Maarten Party (US Party) leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Frans Richardson calls on all political parties to firmly agree on not forming governments with independent MPs. Verder lezen

DH | Appeals Court releases Robbie from detention

Demonstrators outside the courthouse | Daily Herald

WILLEMSTAD—The Appeals Court in Curaçao suspended the 60-day detention of Robbie’s Lottery owner Robertico “Robbie” dos Santos as there were serious reasons to keep him behind bars pending a possible trial. Verder lezen

DH | Lawyer says Mark Mingo ‘victim of his own success’

Case Emerald ~ Pleadings for full acquittal ~ | Daily herald

PHILIPSBURG–Port St. Maarten Group of Companies (PSGC) and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Mingo (48) have “fallen victim to their own success,” attorney-at-law Geert Hatzmann said on behalf of his client during the third day of hearings in the “Emerald” case on Thursday. Verder lezen

DH | Experts share concerns about St. Maarten law enforcement

Motie Chris van Dam rechtshandhaving SXM

THE HAGUE–A hearing with experts with the Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Wednesday largely focused on law enforcement in St. Maarten. The seven experts generally shared the concerns of Member of the Second Chamber Chris van Dam of the Christian Democratic Party CDA, who requested the hearing. Verder lezen

DH | Brison urges Central Bank to step in on bank actions

UP leader Rolando Brison

PHILIPSBURG–Independent Member of Parliament (MP) and Leader of the United People’s (UP) party Rolando Brison has dispatched a letter to the board and Director of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) urging them to take note of the situation happening in St. Maarten regarding the rights that are being infringed on citizens related to the way banks are managing them. Verder lezen

DH | St. Eustatius patients affected by French protests

Sending the patients to Bonaire was a precautionary measure due to the situation currently unfolding in St. Martin.

A number of dialysis patients from St. Eustatius were airlifted to Bonaire on a chartered flight on Saturday due to the demonstrations and protests in French St. Martin, where these patients would normally be flown for medical treatment. Verder lezen

DH | Christmas tree placed at top of Mount Scenery

The Christmas tree at the top of Mount Scenery.

The Christmas tree at the top of Mount Scenery.

SABA–This past weekend, a Christmas tree was placed at the top of Mount Scenery – at 877 metres (m), the highest point in the Dutch Kingdom. Verder lezen

DH | Government denies request for cargo ships to dock, for military trucks to be transported to French side

Interim PM Silveria Jacobs: Movement over borders to render assistance allowed

PHILIPSBURG–The government of St. Maarten has taken a strong position on the increasingly volatile situation in French St. Martin and has decided that it will not grant clearance for commercial cargo ships to dock at the Port of St. Maarten or for military transportation trucks to be offloaded and transported via the sea to Galisbay as requested by Préfète Déléguée Sylvie Foucher. Verder lezen

DH | US Travel Advisory Level 1 issued for French side

Level 1 = Exercise Normal Precautions | Daily Herald

Dutch Saint Martin (Sint Maarten) authorities are prepared to receive tourists transported from French Saint Martin. Verder lezen

DH | Senior Judge Vogels appointed President Integrity Chamber

Senior Judge Vogels appointed President Integrity Chamber

PHILIPSBURG–The Kingdom Council of Ministers on Friday approved the appointment of Senior Judge in The Hague H.W. “Rian” Vogels as President of the Integrity Chamber of St. Maarten. Verder lezen

DH | Mullet Bay Enquiry Commission members installed by Parliament

Het braakliggende Mullet Bay van Enniabaas Ansary op Sint Maarten, waar Ennia mogelijk een (veel) te hoge waarde aan toedichtte

PHILIPSBURG–The members of the Mullet Bay Enquiry Commission were appointed on Wednesday by Parliament with Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Rolando Brison being appointed Chairman and National Alliance (NA) MP Christophe Emmanuel as Vice-Chairman. Verder lezen