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DH | Curaçao, St. Maarten reject Dutch package

~New deadline set for July 15~

St. Maarten Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs as she arrives at the Binnenhof on Friday morning for a meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers. Directly behind her is St. Maarten Minister Plenipotentiary Rene Violenus | Suzanne Koelega

THE HAGUE–As expected, no agreement was reached during the meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers today, Friday regarding the new entity to channel future liquidity support and to implement reforms. Verder lezen

DH | Pension fund acquires Saba’s Breadline Plaza

Breadline Plaza Saba | Sacha van den Bosch

SABA–The Caribbean Netherlands Pension Fund PCN has completed its first investment in Saba with the acquisition of the Breadline Plaza complex in Windwardside. Verder lezen

DH | Parliament unanimously rejects the reform entity

~ Jacobs to Netherlands ~

PHILIPSBURG–Parliament on Wednesday unanimously rejected the Caribbean Reform Entity proposed by the Dutch government as a condition for Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten to receive the third tranche of liquidity support. Verder lezen

DH | Local suppliers for coffee and snack machines, says Knops

State Secretary Raymond Knops | Suzanne Koelega

THE HAGUE–Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops does not share the criticism of Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) regarding the tendering for coffee and snack machines for St. Eustatius and Saba. Verder lezen

DH | UD: Government is leading country into ‘an abyss of unprecedented proportions’

United Democrats leader Sarah Wescot-Williams

PHILIPSBURG–The way government is managing the country is a growing concern for the United Democrats (UD). The party said on Monday that recent events demonstrate that “the government of St. Maarten is not up to the task and by default is leading this nation into an abyss of unprecedented proportions.” Verder lezen

DH | Winair drops Saba, Statia flights as it begins limited commercial operations

One of Winair’s ATR aircraft.

AIRPORT–Windward Islands Airways International Winair resumed its limited commercial operations on Saturday with a flight to Curaçao and Aruba. The resumption was earlier announced for Thursday, July 2, but was pushed back to Saturday. Verder lezen

DH | Saba will not open its borders to St. Maarten

“Doing so not only puts us as an island at risk, but also our limited medical facilities”

SABA–Saba will not open its borders to St. Maarten for visitors and leisure travel, Island Governor Jonathan Johnson said early Thursday evening. Verder lezen

DH | Flight ban extended, some exemptions

The rest of European Union remains off-limits, as well as the United Kingdom and all countries in the Western Hemisphere, with the exception of Aruba, Curaçao and SXM

THE HAGUE–The air space of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will remain closed until August 1. Exemptions are now in place for the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Verder lezen

DH | Bar Association Dean ‘pleased’ with Dutch prison intervention

Bar Association Dean ‘pleased’ with Dutch prison intervention

PHILIPSBURG–A very large majority in the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber adopted on Tuesday a motion in which the Kingdom Council of Ministers was urged to take measures in the Pointe Blanche prison in St. Maarten. Verder lezen

DH | Flights out of Florida not allowed, closure to rest of US to be decided

Several MPs have asked for clarity on the possible postponement to the rest of US.

PHILIPSBURG–Flights out of Florida will not be allowed when St. Maarten opens up to international travel tomorrow, Wednesday, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA Richard Panneflek told Members of Parliament (MPs) during a public meeting of Parliament that started this morning. Verder lezen

DH | WICLU files complaint at Prosecutor’s Office

The official complaint was filed digitally on June 24.

PHILIPSBURG–The Unified Unions represented by Windward Islands Chamber of Labour Unions (WICLU) have filed an official complaint of racial discrimination, embezzlement and theft with the Prosecutor’s Office. Verder lezen

DH | Police called to prison due to guard walk-out

The situation arose because a group of prison guards walked off their jobs, leaving too few to effectively manage the prison | Tim van Dijk

PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Police Force KPSM had to be called to the Pointe Blanche prison early Friday afternoon because disgruntled inmates broke out of their cells after not having been fed for the entire day. Verder lezen

DH | Jacobs concerned about ‘new entity’ to monitor Dutch liquidity support

Jacobs said this entity was the main agenda point to be discussed in a meeting with the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten on Thursday.

PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Friday that she is concerned about the “new entity” that is to monitor St. Maarten’s use of liquidity support funds from the Netherlands. Verder lezen

DH | Air Belgium to offer flights to St. Martin

Earlier this week, Air Belgium announced plans to fly to Dutch Caribbean next year

CHARLEROI, Belgium–Air Belgium has arrived at an agreement with Air Caraïbes, resulting in ticket offers to St. Martin with a transfer in Martinique or Guadeloupe this winter season. Verder lezen

DH | Situation in Curaçao is very serious, says Knops

State Secretary Raymond Knops | Suzanne Koelega

THE HAGUE–“It is very serious what is happening there,” said Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops on Thursday in a reaction to the riots in Curaçao. Verder lezen

DH | Curaçao protest gets out of hand

The demonstrators were angry about the current labour-market situation, cuts in employment conditions and the slow disbursement of coronavirus crisis-related assistance by government.

WILLEMSTAD–Members of Curaçao’s riot squad “wiped clean” the Fort Amsterdam square on Wednesday afternoon by firing tear gas at a group of protesters gathered in the complex where the seat of government is located. Verder lezen

DH | Central Bank top officials’ salaries cut by 39 per cent

Curaçao media, the Amigoe and Antilliaans Dagblad newspapers among them, previously reported that candidate Central Bank president Richard Doornbosch would earn a gross salary of more than NAf. 45,000 per month.

PHILIPSBURG–The Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) developed a new remuneration structure at the end of 2017, and the total salary cost of CBCS management has since been reduced by 39 per cent annually over the past two years. Verder lezen

DH | Inmates give minister ultimatum to improve Pointe Blanche prison

De Pointe Blanche-gevangenis op Sint-Maarten, eerder in 2019 Tim van Dijk | NOS

POINTE BLANCHE–The inmates of Pointe Blanche prison who filed an injunction seeking their transfer to safe penitentiaries in Bonaire and in the Netherlands may have lost a battle last week Friday, when the judge declared their case against Country St. Maarten and the Minister of Justice inadmissible, but they are far from defeated. Verder lezen

DH | Thick blanket of Saharan dust is covering the area

Thick Saharan dust is causing hazy and dusty conditions across the Caribbean island chain and limiting the formation of clouds and showers. Moderate seas are expected for the next few days, allowing for smooth sailing into Simpson Bay Lagoon.

PHILIPSBURG–A massive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert arrived in the local area this weekend and is causing hazy and dusty conditions, said the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS) on Sunday. Verder lezen

DH | Essential workers return to Saba to complete solar installations

to finalise Saba Electric Company’s (SEC’s) solar installations

SABA–Six Enersado workers returned to Saba on Friday to finalise Saba Electric Company’s (SEC’s) solar installations. The Enersado team will be joined by three of SEC’s consultants of The Green World Company (TGWC) to oversee the completion and commissioning of the solar installations. Verder lezen

DH | MPs vote to have Council of Advice render its advice on decolonisation

 (UP) party MPs Grisha Heyliger-Marten, Omar Ottley and Sidharth “Cookie” Bijlani

PHILIPSBURG–Members of Parliament (MPs) voted on Thursday to formally request that the Council of Advice render its advice on finalising the decolonisation process of the Dutch Caribbean islands. Verder lezen

DH | Knops abruptly leaves tense meeting with Jacobs, Irion

The two St. Maarten ministers wished to discuss the capital investment funds approved by the Dutch government last year that have yet to be paid to the country | Persbureau Curacao

PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs says she and Finance Minister Ardwell Irion were stunned when Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops “abruptly ended” his live stream during a virtual meeting on Tuesday about the conditions for Dutch financial support to St. Maarten. Verder lezen

DolfijnFM | Kamerlid Van Raak verbaasd over inkoopbeleid van RCN

Volgens de SP-er zijn dure automaten helemaal niet nodig op de twee Bovenwindse eilanden en kan er prima lokaal koffie worden gezet.

De Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland is voor de aanschaf van koffie-, drank- en snackautomaten op Sint Eustatius en Saba een internationale aanbestedingsprocedure gestart. Verder lezen

DH | Lions provide food bags to 48 families

St. Maarten Lions Club members presenting a gift certificate and a grocery bag of fresh produce to a senior citizen.

SUCKER GARDEN–The St. Maarten Lions Club donated gift certificates and bags full of groceries to 48 families on Sunday. Verder lezen

DH | New COVID-19 ordinance for Saba amidst borders reopening in region

This travel allowance will be referred to as the “BES bubble”

SABA–The Outbreak Management Team (OMT) advised Governor Jonathan Johnson on Thursday, June 11, that Saba could move to alert level one. This change means that there is no longer a limitation on gatherings and events, and contact sports are now fully allowed. Verder lezen

DH | Traveling between Curaçao, islands can now be done without quarantine

Curaçao Minister of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning Zita Jesus-Leito | Extra

WILLEMSTAD–As of Friday, June 12, travel between Curaçao and the BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) can be done without passengers having to quarantine on arrival in Curaçao. As of Monday, June 15, persons can also travel from Aruba and St. Maarten to Curaçao without these restrictions. Verder lezen

DH | IPKO: Decision-taking process liquidity support not optimal

That was one of the conclusions of the first ever virtual Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom (IPKO) which concluded on Thursday.

THE HAGUE–The decision-taking process in granting the first two tranches of liquidity support for Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten which was tied to strict conditions was not optimal and should have included more dialogue. Verder lezen

DH | Paula Busby: ‘Pride can make you feel ashamed to accept free food’


Paula Busby at home in South Reward | Robert Luckock photo

SOUTH REWARD–Paula Busby remembers the night about a week ago when in a deep sleep she felt someone tapping on her shoulder to wake her up. She did not respond, but continued to sleep, knowing it surely could not be an intruder. Apart from her, only her son had a key to her house. And her mother had always told her not to give her voice to anyone while sleeping. Verder lezen

DH | UPDATE: Building evacuated while authorities disposed of a live artillery projectile

Police loading the live artillery round onto an Immigration vehicle on Monday afternoon. The projectile was moved to a safe location to be detonated | Daily Herald

CAY HILL–The St. Maarten Police Force KPSM closed a portion of Welgelegen Road in Cay Hill on Monday afternoon and evacuated the building housing the St. Maarten Archaeological Center SIMARC while police safely disposed of a live World War II-era artillery projectile that was found last week during construction work along the upper parts of Monte Vista Road in Pointe Blanche. Verder lezen

DH | Dutch Prime Minister says he has ‘changed his views’ on Black Pete

Black Pete, the controversial sidekick of St. Nicholas, is traditionally performed in the Netherlands by a white person in blackface makeup.

THE HAGUE–One day after stating that racism is a problem in the Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has now admitted to altering his views on Zwarte Piet (“Black Pete”), the controversial sidekick of Sinterklaas (“St. Nicholas”) who is traditionally performed by a white person in blackface makeup. Verder lezen