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DH | Crown witness to be heard in St. Maarten in Larimar case

Some of the suspects in this case are suspended Member of Parliament (MP) Theodore Heyliger and his stepfather G.H.W.P., as well as R.J.E. and former Windward Roads Director J.B | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Crown witness R.M. must be heard in St. Maarten in the Larimar investigation, the Court decided on Thursday. The Court is to work with the Prosecutor’s Office and other justice stakeholders to ensure his safety during the trial. Verder lezen

DH | UP Board ‘happy’ with Theo’s acquittal

Update: Theo acquitted in Catfish case

Theo Heyliger acquitted in Catfish case | Larimar continues

PHILIPSBURG–The board and leadership of the United People’s (UP) party on Thursday evening said they were “happy” at the news of the acquittal of suspended Member of Parliament (MP) Theodore Heyliger in connection with the Catfish investigation. Verder lezen

DH | Caretaker government prepares to leave office, swearing in new government soon

SXM overheid-regering | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Several caretaker ministers bade farewell on Wednesday during what they said would be their last Council of Ministers press briefing as they prepared to leave office to make way for the new interim government. Verder lezen

DH | Kingdom countries meet on education

From left: St. Maarten caretaker Minister Plenipotentiary Jorien Wuite, Aruba Minister Plenipotentiary Guillfred Besaril, Aruba Minister Rudy Lampe, Dutch Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and Curaçao Minister Marilyn Alcala-Wallé.

THE HAGUE–Representatives of the governments of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten met in The Hague on Tuesday for the so-called four-country consultation in the area of education. Verder lezen

DH | Coast Guard rescues man drifting at sea

An aerial photo of the Coast Guard rescuing the man on board the adrift sailboat

PHILIPSBURG–The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) rescued a 74-year-old man who had been drifting at sea for four days, on Thursday, November 7. Verder lezen

DH | Wever assures MPs that SZV is financially stable

SXM SZV Social & Health Insurances

PHILIPSBURG — Caretaker Minister of Health, Labour and Social Affairs VSA Chris Wever told Members of Parliament (MPs) in Friday’s meeting that the financial status of Social and Health Insurances SZV is stable. Verder lezen

DH | Ministry of Education to introduce measures to combat school violence

Ministry of Education to introduce measures to combat school violence | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) is implementing new school busing measures to help reduce the increasing number of school fights. Verder lezen

DH | Kingdom is more than formal relations, says Thom de Graaf

Kingdom Council of State Vice-President Thom de Graaf (second from right), member Paul Comenencia (left) and Secretary Ron van der Veer (right) paid a visit to Curaçao Governor Lucille George-Wout early this week.

THE HAGUE/WILLEMSTAD–The Kingdom consists of more than only a structure and formal relations, even though that is what is mostly discussed by the partners. The well-being of the people, broad prosperity for all citizens: that should be the partners’ joint mission. That is where the added value of the Kingdom lies. Verder lezen

DH | Parliament makes history with approval of parliamentary enquiry into Mullet Bay

Waardering Mullet Bay twistpunt. Het voormalige vakantiepark Sun Resorts op Sint-Maarten, ook bekend als Mullet Bay, eind mei 2016. Het verwoeste vastgoedproject is nu eigendom van verzekeraar Ennia. (Foto: Yotam Sandak voor het FD)

PHILIPSBURG–Parliament created history on Tuesday with the unanimous approval of Member of Parliament (MP) Rolando Brison’s proposal for a parliamentary enquiry into Mullet Bay. Verder lezen

DH | Prison is inhumane, unacceptable, says former Bar Association President

Attorney-at-law Remco Stomp

PHILIPSBURG–The situation at the Pointe Blanche prison is inhumane and unacceptable, said attorney-at-law and former president of the St. Maarten Bar Association Remco Stomp on Monday. Verder lezen

DH | Peterson to present motion today ‘to break PJIA financing impasse’

SXM Claude “Chacho” Peterson

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) Member of Parliament (MP) Claude “Chacho” Peterson said he will be tabling a motion to break the financing impasse of Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) during the continuation of the Parliament meeting on the gateway facility today, Monday. Verder lezen

DH | Van Dam says Justice take-over will be beneficial for St. Maarten

Chris van Dam is sinds maart 2017 Tweede Kamerlid namens het CDA. Hij werkte hiervoor twaalf jaar bij de politie omgeving Den Haag en negentien jaar als officier van justitie bij het OM in Den Haag en in Amsterdam.

THE HAGUE–There is no question of a unilateral take-over of the St. Maarten law and order system by The Hague, for such a decision needs to be on the basis of consensus. Verder lezen

DH | Tromp: Gibson was pressured to fire me

Minister Gibson pressured by minister Plasterk and PG Guus Schram | Foto 721 News

WILLEMSTAD–Former President-director of Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp claims the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations applied pressure on then St. Maarten Minister of Finance Richard Gibson to dismiss him. Verder lezen

DH | Kingdom Ombudsmen meet with the King

King Willem-Alexander (second from left) with St. Maarten Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel (left), National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen (second from right) and Curaçao Ombudsman Keursly Concincion (right). Photo by Kick Smeets.

THE HAGUE–King Willem-Alexander met on Wednesday with the three Ombudsmen of the Dutch Kingdom. It was the first time that National Ombudsman Reinier Zutphen, St. Maarten Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel and Curaçao Ombudsman Keursly Concincion had a joint meeting with the King. Verder lezen

DH | Justice stakeholders meet to discuss prison

SXM Justice stakeholders Point Blanche

PHILIPSBURG–The lack of prison cells and the poor quality of prison life in St. Maarten were discussed between the St. Maarten Progress Committee, the Law Enforcement Council, the Pointe Blanche Prison supervisory board and the Prosecutor’s Office, during a meeting on Tuesday, October 29. Verder lezen

DH | Government ordered to pay damages for stabbing incident in prison

As the Court held Country St. Maarten responsible for prison security, the judge ordered the government to pay the inmate an advance of NAf. 100,000 until the exact amount of damages have been established | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–The Court of First Instance on Tuesday awarded compensation to a 28-year-old inmate of the Pointe Blanche prison who was stabbed and injured by a fellow inmate on February 14, 2017. As a result of the attack he sustained severe and permanent injury. Verder lezen

DH | Rouge et Noir responds to concerns on relocating near ‘sensitive buildings’

Gaetano and Francesco Corallo’s first casino Rouge et Noir casino in Frontstreet recently donated computers to Sr. Regina Primary School.

PHILIPSBURG–Rouge et Noir Casino on Sunday responded to concerns expressed in the community about its plans to relocate from its current location to the former Super Plaza building, being close to so-called “sensitive buildings”, and dispelled rumours blaming the establishment “for having issues with contractors.” Verder lezen

DH | DCCG intercepts illegal migrants near St. Kitts

A Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard “go-fast” vessel approaching a drifting sailboat on Wednesday afternoon which had illegal migrants on board.

PHILIPSBURG–The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) intercepted a drifting sailboat near St. Kitts on Wednesday, October 23, that had 35 illegal migrants on board. Verder lezen

DH | Emmanuel, former chief of VROMI cabinet released from detention

Het Sint Maartense Statenlid Christophe Emmanuel

PHILIPSBURG–The Prosecutor’s Office has discontinued the pre-trial detention of National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) and former Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructe VROMI Christophe Emmanuel and the Chief of his Cabinet, a woman M.A.R. Verder lezen

DH | Inmates continue strike, authorities not impressed

Representatives of the striking inmates met with prison director Alvin Queely on Wednesday and were informed that they are “not a priority,” according to a source close to the inmates. | Natasja Gibbs

POINTE BLANCHE–All inmates with jobs inside Pointe Blanche prison are continuing the strike they started Wednesday. Nobody is doing work, such as kitchen work or the distribution of food, until their demands are met. The inmates want human-rights violations to stop and seek improvement to the “inhuman” conditions under which they are being held. Verder lezen

DH | UPDATE: Emmanuel, former Chief of VROMI Cabinet arrested for unlawfully leasing gov’t. land

Authorities conducting a search of MP Christophe Emmanuel’s home early Tuesday morning | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) and former Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure VROMI Christophe Emmanuel and the Chief of his Cabinet while Emmanuel served as Minister, a woman M.A.R., were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of abuse of function and forgery, or complicity in such acts. Verder lezen

DH | Lawyer sounds alarm about deplorable conditions inside Pointe Blanche prison

Sjamira Roseburg van Sulvaran en Peterson advocaten luidt alarmklok

POINTE BLANCHE–Attorney-at-law Sjamira Roseburg has sounded the alarm about the inhumane situation inside Pointe Blanche Prison. Despite a verdict by the European Court of Human Rights, the rights of inmates are still being violated, she says. “The situation is still degrading.” Verder lezen

DH | Rival boards claiming leadership of Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Association

~ Dispute to end in court ~

PHILIPSBURG–There is a dispute regarding the leadership of the Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Association (DSTA), as two groups claim leadership of the organisation’s more than 200 taxi drivers. The dispute is likely to end in court, say representatives of one faction. Verder lezen

DH | Jacobs: Interim gov’t. will not entertain Dutch taking over any local ministries

Informateur NA Leader MP Silveria Jacobs

PHILIPSBURG–Formateur and National Alliance (NA) Leader Member of Parliament (MP) Silveria Jacobs made it clear on Friday that while the incoming interim government will be open to talks, it will “definitely not” be entertaining the Dutch government taking over any ministry in the St. Maarten Government. Verder lezen

DH | Sarah says Dutch motion lacks respect

Sarah Wescot-Williams | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot Williams said on Thursday that the motion passed in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament regarding the take over management of law enforcement on the island, “lacks respect for the autonomous position of St. Maarten within the Dutch Kingdom. Verder lezen

DH | Prices in Statia going up, Saba ‘more or less’ stable

Saba | Lex van Lieshout/ANP

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS–In the third quarter of 2019, consumer prices in St. Eustatius and Saba increased by 0.7 per cent and 0.3 per cent year-on-year, respectively. In Bonaire prices were 1.2 per cent higher than one year previously, the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) Netherlands reported on the basis of the consumer price index. Verder lezen

DH | Johnson says several casinos already operate near sensitive establishments

Casino too close to Sundial School and Philipsburg Jubilee Library

PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) Stuart Johnson said on Wednesday evening that a licence for a casino on Back Street to operate in the former Super Plaza Building was issued in January of this year. Verder lezen

DH | Sarah says MPs make about-face on anti-money laundering legislation

Sarah says MPs make about-face on anti-money laundering legislation

PHILIPSBURG–United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Tuesday that some Members of Parliament (MPs) from the new majority coalition of nine, made an about-face as it relates to the Anti Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism legislation, which she says government “smartly” secured unanimous support for on Friday. Verder lezen

DH | Motion to transfer management law enforcement to The Hague

THE HAGUE–Separating management of and authority for of law enforcement in St. Maarten, and seeing if the Netherlands could take over this task for a period of five years to strengthen this sector, was the essence of a motion filed by Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Chris van Dam of the Christian Democratic Party CDA during the handling of the draft 2020 budget for Kingdom Relations in the Second Chamber last week Thursday. Verder lezen

DH | St. Maarten one step closer to averting FATF blacklisting

~ MPs pass ordinance amending penal code ~

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten came one step closer to being compliant with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations and avoiding being publicly listed as a jurisdiction with weak measures to combat money-laundering and terrorism-financing on Friday when Members of Parliament (MPs) unanimously passed the National Ordinance amending the Penal Code in connection with the implementation of some urgent international obligations. Verder lezen