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March 29, 2017

St. Maarten & St. Martin

Governor Woodley confirms March 15’s final vote count

Source: The Daily Herald | Governor Woodley confirms March 15’s final vote count Acting Island Governor Julian Woodley casting his vote in the general election of March 15. ST. EUSTATIUS–Acting Island Governor Julian Woodley on Thursday confirmed the final vote count of St. Eustatius in the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber election, which took place on

Salvage of motor yacht at Ladder Bay to get started

Source: The Daily Herald | Salvage of motor yacht at Ladder Bay to get started Luxury motor yacht “Elsa” stranded at Ladder Bay. (Saba News photo)   SABA–Since last Thursday, the owners of the luxury motor yacht Elsa, which ran aground at Ladder Bay on Wednesday evening, March 22, have been working on a plan

Top cops regulate traffic on Monday

Source: The Daily Herald | Top cops regulate traffic on Monday Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson.   PHILIPSBURG–As a tribute to the late Annick Arrindell, the police management team came out on Monday at 7:00am to regulate the heavy flow of traffic coming from the busy school districts of South Reward and St. Peters.

Solar bus stops

Source: The Daily Herald | Solar bus stops Minister Christophe Emmanuel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Adopt-A-Stop SXM for 60 solar-panelled bus shelters to be constructed and installed around the country. Some bus stops will include USB portals for the public to charge devices. The project should start in the third quarter

St. Maarten Lions receive high marks from District Governor

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten Lions receive high marks from District Governor District Governor Lion Errol Lee (seated, fourth from left), St. Maarten Lions Club President Lion Davey Woods (seated, third from left) with the board and general membership of the St. Maarten Lions Club after the audit meeting. PHILIPSBURG– Lions District Governor

Cross-border music

Source: The Daily Herald | Cross-border music Youth Extravaganza plans to showcase bands from both sides of the island this year. Strike Up Band will represent the French side with its creative songs and lively performances. No Limit Band continues to represent the Dutch side with its well-known road songs. Youth Extravaganza 2017 will take

Elections must take place, says governor

Source: The Daily Herald | Elections must take place, says governor Lucille George-Wout WILLEMSTAD-Curaçao Governor Lucille George-Wout believes it is very important for the development of the democratic life of the island that the elections scheduled for April 28 continue.   In a press release, she reminded everyone that Curaçao is a democratic state in

Head-on crash

Source: The Daily Herald | Head-on crash Traffic on L.B. Scott Road was interrupted on Monday evening when a black Mitsubishi Outlander heading toward Star Mart collided head-on with a grey Toyota Yaris making a left turn into a side road. The impact was so severe that the driver of the black SUV was knocked

Don suggests use article 43

Source: The Daily Herald | Don suggests use article 43 WILLEMSTAD–Former Antillean Prime Minister and co-founder of the MAN party Dominico “Don” Martina suggested during a talk show that Curaçao Governor Lucille George-Wout use article 43 of the Constitution in connection with the recently-sworn-in interim cabinet’s move to indefinitely postpone the early elections scheduled for

Cabinet drops interim status

Source: The Daily Herald | Cabinet drops interim status WILLEMSTAD–Gilmar Pisas (MFK) last Friday became Prime Minister of what was supposed to be Curaçao’s transitional government pending the result of early elections on April 28, but the latter have now been postponed for an indefinite period.

Vandals graffiti officers’ project

Source: The Daily Herald | Vandals graffiti officers’ project PHILIPSBURG–Police officers Sharetti Hooi and Lavell Wilson under the guidance of Community Police Officer Helen Romeo, along with members of the community and assistance from the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI, launched their beautification project called “Turning the page” at the

Nzinga re-elected head of Small Properties Assoc.

Source: The Daily Herald | Nzinga re-elected head of Small Properties Assoc. PHILIPSBURG–Hotelier Nzinga Lake was re-elected for a second term as president of the St. Maarten Small Properties Association (SMSPA). Jeanina Dupersoy was elected as the new treasurer and Lorraine Scot as new secretary. The elections were held on March 22, in Carl and

Harlem Gospel Choir impresses audience

Source: The Daily Herald | Harlem Gospel Choir impresses audience DAWN BEACH–The Harlem Gospel Choir serenaded audience members at The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa on Sunday. The concert was a mix of contemporary gospel as performed in the black churches in Harlem, New York, USA, today, as well as a couple

Large turnout for annual father-daughter dance

Source: The Daily Herald | Large turnout for annual father-daughter dance CAY HILL–Learning Unlimited (LU) School hosted its second annual Kings and Princesses (daddies and daughters) Dance on Friday. Under the theme colours of lavender and silver, the LU gymnasium was transformed into an elegant and fun-filled ballroom for the Kings and Princesses of LU’s

Nature Foundation petition calls for landfill solution now

Source: The Daily Herald | Nature Foundation petition calls for landfill solution now POND ISLAND–Nature Foundation St. Maarten has launched a petition with the aim of getting Government to address the constantly on-fire landfill.

‘No quarrel with the Netherlands’

Source: The Daily Herald | ‘No quarrel with the Netherlands’ WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao’s incoming MFK/KdNT/PS/MP/Braam/Dannawi government in a press release denied that a collision with The Hague is imminent or that there is a need for any confrontation with the European kingdom partner. Reports suggesting otherwise are biased and may be motivated by the need to place

New Territorial Council to be installed April 2

Source: The Daily Herald | New Territorial Council to be installed April 2 MARIGOT–Following Sunday’s elections, the renewed Territorial Council will be officially installed during a ceremony at Hotel de La Collectivité this coming Sunday April 2.

New report doubts cause of death Mitch Henriquez

Source: The Daily Herald | New report doubts cause of death Mitch Henriquez THE HAGUE—The court case against two police officers who were involved in the death of Mitch Henriquez, the Aruban who died at a music festival in The Hague in June 2015, has been suspended due to a new report which showed that

Teen Times donates to dancer Marine Caillet

Source: The Daily Herald | Teen Times donates to dancer Marine Caillet PHILIPSBURG–The young crew of the youth publication Teen Times recently made two monetary donations to young dancer Marine Caillet to assist her as she chases her dream of becoming a professional dancer. Caillet is a Teen Times Talent Showdown champion and other competitions,

Calypso artistes prepare for Friday’s eliminations

Source: The Daily Herald | Calypso artistes prepare for Friday’s eliminations PHILIPSBURG–Calypsonians have been busy rehearsing for the upcoming NAGICO Calypso Eliminations under the tent at Princess Port de Plaisance Resort scheduled for Friday, March 31. During the rehearsal sessions on Saturday, the calypsonians took time to pull the numbers that determine the line-up of

Police Officers execute ‘Turning Page’ project

Source: The Daily Herald | Police Officers execute ‘Turning Page’ project SUCKER GARDEN–Positivity and beauty in the place of depression and defacement were the goals of the “Turning the Page” project initiated by Police Officers Sharetti Hooi and Lavell Wilson.   They kicked off the project at the crossing of Arch Road/Soualiga Road, next to

Ladies shine at Healthy Body Swimsuit & Sportswear show

Source: The Daily Herald | Ladies shine at Healthy Body Swimsuit & Sportswear show COLE BAY–It was a tough night for judges on Saturday as they judged the delegates of the Healthy Body Swimsuit and Sportswear competition hosted by Posh Productions under the white tent at Princess Port de Plaisance Resort.   The Junior and

Gas prices down Tuesday.

Source: The Daily Herald | Gas prices down Tuesday. PHILIPSBURG–Motorists with both gasoline- and diesel-fuelled vehicles will pay less at the pump as of 6:00am Tuesday when the Government-regulated prices decrease due to change on the international oil market.   Unleaded gasoline will cost NAf. 1.82 per litre as of Tuesday morning, a decrease from

Connor queries stalling of prison renovation, security

Source: The Daily Herald | Connor queries stalling of prison renovation, security PHILIPSBURG–Addressing the dire situation at Pointe Blanche Prison cannot come about just with a change of management, it requires equipping management with tools required to execute tasks they were entrusted to do, said United People’s (UP) party Member of Parliament Claret Connor on

Crowd favourite wins 2017 Jr. Queen title

Source: The Daily Herald | Crowd favourite wins 2017 Jr. Queen title COLE BAY–Zidania Charles-Gumbes became the Junior Carnival Queen on Sunday evening during the Junior Queen pageant under the white tent in Princess Port de Plaisance Resort. Charles-Gumbes won almost all sashes in the competition and was considered the most popular contestant from the

EPIC, SHTA sign agreement in support of sustainable tourism

Source: The Daily Herald | EPIC, SHTA sign agreement in support of sustainable tourism PHILIPSBURG–The partnership between St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and the non-profit foundation Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) was strengthened by the signing of the collaborative agreement to promote sustainable tourism through the Blue Flag and Green Key eco-label

UPDATE: Two bodies recovered from sea

Source: The Daily Herald | UPDATE: Two bodies recovered from sea MULLET BAY—The bodies of two young men were recovered from the sea on Sunday afternoon, after they had gone missing while swimming at Mullet Bay Beach a day earlier.   Initial reports were that it regarded a woman and her child, but it turned

Two bodies recovered from sea

Source: The Daily Herald | Two bodies recovered from sea MULLET BAY—The bodies of two young men were recovered from the sea on Sunday afternoon, after they had gone missing while swimming at Mullet Bay Beach a day earlier.   Initial reports were that it regarded a woman and her child, but it turned out

Mother and child missing while swiming in Mullet Bay

Source: The Daily Herald | Mother and child missing while swiming in Mullet Bay MULLET BAY– Authorities are presently investigating another missing persons case. Report suggest that a woman and child were last seen swimming in Mullet Bay on Saturday afternoon. A off duty Fireman noticed the two struggling to come ashore  and decided to

Rotary-Mid Isle continues its Water Filter project at schools

Source: The Daily Herald | Rotary-Mid Isle continues its Water Filter project at schools PHILIPSBURG–World Water Day, as declared by the United Nations on March 22, was also observed by Rotary International as its focus in April as Water and Sanitation Month.

Free HIV testing at Lions Fair today

Source: The Daily Herald | Free HIV testing at Lions Fair today PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten AIDS Foundation will offer free HIV tests at St. Maarten Lions Club’s ninth annual Lion Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair at the Festival Village, scheduled for 9:00am to 4:00pm today.

Two trucks rock Town Jump-Up

Source: The Daily Herald | Two trucks rock Town Jump-Up PHILIPSBURG–The annual Round the Town Jump-Up took place on Friday evening with two trucks leading the way and hundreds of revellers enjoying the music. The 2016 Band of the Year No Limit Band and TG Band played their road songs while onlookers enjoyed the Jump-Up

St. Maarten on new US list as money launderer

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten on new US list as money launderer   PHILIPSBURG–The United States (US) has named 21 Caribbean nations among a wider global list of Major Money Laundering Countries of 2016. The list includes all three Dutch Caribbean countries Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten.

Commitment to work on solid Kingdom relations

Source: The Daily Herald | Commitment to work on solid Kingdom relations THE HAGUE–Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the liberal democratic VVD party, Democratic Party D66 leader Alexander Pechtold and Christian Democratic Party CDA leader Sybrand Buma confirmed their commitment to good relations within the Kingdom in separate meetings with Aruba Prime Minister Mike

Plasterk again says no to island Parliaments

Source: The Daily Herald | Plasterk again says no to island Parliaments THE HAGUE–The arguments of the Parliaments of Aruba and St. Maarten to amend the Kingdom Charter to grant the Dutch Caribbean Parliaments the right of initiative have not convinced Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk.

Landfill management top priority for Government

Source: The Daily Herald | Landfill management top priority for Government PRESS RELEASE –The situation at the dump has the Government’s full attention, Minister of Health Emil Lee announced in a press release on Friday afternoon.

Pisas to become Prime Minister

Source: The Daily Herald | Pisas to become Prime Minister WILLEMSTAD–Gilmar “Pik” Pisas (MFK), the current President of Parliament, will take the oath of office as Prime Minister of Curaçao today, Friday.

Dump fire on again

Source: The Daily Herald | Dump fire on again The sanitary landfill (dump) caught fire again today, Thursday morning. The Fire Department was at the landfill yesterday, Wednesday to put out the flames and assist the contractor in charge of the facility with smothering the fire. Authorities had advised persons living downwind from the landfill

Mandatory tourism training in the offing

Source: The Daily Herald | Mandatory tourism training in the offing Acting Tourism Minister Rafael Boasman POND ISLAND–A mandatory tourism awareness training will soon become part of the industry. The training will initially target the country’s ambassadors – taxi drivers and tour operators, but will expand to encompass everyone directly in contact with stay-over and

Lions Health Fair set for Saturday

Source: The Daily Herald | Lions Health Fair set for Saturday Lions Health Fair 2016.   PHILIPSBURG–All is set for the St. Maarten Lions Club’s ninth annual “Lion Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair,” scheduled for 9:00am to 4:00pm this coming Saturday at the Festival Village.   Twenty-five stakeholders involved in healthcare, prevention and wellness

Update: Dump fire over

Source: The Daily Herald | Update: Dump fire over The sanitary landfill (dump) caught on fire Wednesday afternoon. The Fire Department was at the landfill to put out the flames and assist the contractor in charge of the facility with smothering the fire. Authorities advised persons living downwind from the landfill to close windows and

Country number two in Caribbean

Source: The Daily Herald | Country number two in Caribbean PHILIPSBURG–TripAdvisor announced this week that St. Maarten/St. Martin has achieved the number two position as a Caribbean destination, and 19th spot worldwide. The sharp increase was the result of a shared St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) campaign that

Former VKS-officer gets sentence for ill-treatment

Source: The Daily Herald | Former VKS-officer gets sentence for ill-treatment PHILIPSBURG–A 47-year-old former officer of the Voluntary Corps St. Maarten VKS was sentenced Wednesday to two weeks suspended, on two years’ probation, with fifty hours of community service, mandatory anger management training and treatment at Turning Point rehabilitation centre for alcohol addiction, for several

Two juveniles stand trial for violent armed robbery

Source: The Daily Herald | Two juveniles stand trial for violent armed robbery PHILIPSBURG–Two young suspects appeared in the Court of First Instance on Wednesday for their involvement in the violent midday robbery of Jewelry Avenue on November 10, 2016. The retail value of the robbed jewels was estimated at US $350,000.

St. Maarten suspect transfer requested

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten suspect transfer requested AMSTERDAM–Dutch authorities have requested the transfer of André B., the owner of Bakker Recycling in St. Maarten who was arrested in St. Maarten on March 14 in connection with a large international money laundering investigation.   The 49-year-old B. remained in custody in St. Maarten,

Van Raak sticks to Kingdom Relations

Source: The Daily Herald | Van Raak sticks to Kingdom Relations THE HAGUE–Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) will stay on as his party’s spokesperson for Kingdom Relations. “I am not letting the islands down,” Van Raak said on Monday.   The Dutch Parliamentary

BREAKING NEWS: New search in Emerald-investigation

Source: The Daily Herald | BREAKING NEWS: New search in Emerald-investigation Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017, another house search took place in the Emerald-investigation. The search took place at an abandoned office building on the Van Goghstraat, but where the tenant had left records and computers behind.

Driving without a seat belt tops 2016 fines list

Source: The Daily Herald | Driving without a seat belt tops 2016 fines list PHILIPSBURG–The Prosecutor’s Office announced on Monday that a total of 5,318 fines for traffic violations and violations at sea were given out by law enforcement in 2016. This is an increase of 894 (31 per cent), according to a statement from

UP calls on Govt. to take action against cyber attacks

Source: The Daily Herald | UP calls on Govt. to take action against cyber attacks HILIPSBURG–The board of United People’s (UP) party has issued a call to Government to protect the civil service against cyber-attacks after the government’s network was crippled earlier this month by a Ransom Virus for the second time in five months.

Van Raak sticks to Kingdom Relations

Source: The Daily Herald | Van Raak sticks to Kingdom Relations THE HAGUE–Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) will stay on as his party’s spokesperson for Kingdom Relations. “I am not letting the islands down,” Van Raak said on Monday.

Arts & crafts supplies for Basilia from Island Gems

Source: The Daily Herald | Arts & crafts supplies for Basilia from Island Gems PHILIPSBURG–Island Gems Charity Foundation recently donated a large quantity of arts and crafts supplies to Sister Basilia Centre. The supplies will aid the Centre’s residents with their therapy, motor skills and just for fun.

Renewed talks about merger of UTS, TelEm

Source: The Daily Herald | Renewed talks about merger of UTS, TelEm PHILIPSBURG–There are “renewed talks” about a possible merger between St. Maarten Telephone Group of Companies TelEm and United Telecommunication Services (UTS) Eastern Caribbean. That merger, should it come to fruition, will see the Government of St. Maarten become the majority shareholder with 60

Police on the lookout for tinted car windows

Source: The Daily Herald | Police on the lookout for tinted car windows PHILIPSBURG–Prosecutor’s Office and St. Maarten Police Force representatives met on Monday to discuss a joint clampdown on dark tinted vehicle windows, to be combined with intensive monitoring for non-payment of the 2017 road tax.

Royal Caribbean to increase passenger numbers by 13%

Source: The Daily Herald | Royal Caribbean to increase passenger numbers by 13% PHILIPSBURG–Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is set to increase its number of cruise passengers to St. Maarten by thirteen per cent for the 2017-2018 season. This will translate into an increase of some 100,000 passengers.

Abstentions accounted for 57.32% of registered voters

Source: The Daily Herald | Abstentions accounted for 57.32% of registered voters MARIGOT–The first round of the 2017 Territorial Council Election on Sunday was remembered as much for the dominance of Team Gibbs as it was for the alarming number of abstentions said to be a record in St. Martin with 57.32 per cent of

Half make it

Source: The Daily Herald | Half make it Three of the six parties without current representation in Curaçao’s Parliament trying to participate in the early election on April 28 were able to get enough voter support during a pre-election qualification round last Saturday and Sunday. A total of 6,219 votes, of which five blank and

Victims identified

Source: The Daily Herald | Victims identified The names of four men shot dead in an attack with automatic weapons at Alaska Snack in Berg Altena last Saturday night have been released by Curaçao authorities. Locally-born Elery Zedelkia Harvey Aeneas Jair Cijntje (39) died on the spot. The other three died on their way to

Support for lists

Source: The Daily Herald | Support for lists Six political parties wanting to participate in Curaçao’s early elections on April 28 and currently without representation in Parliament had to seek endorsement for their respective candidate lists in a pre-qualification round weekend on Saturday and Sunday. They needed 792 votes each, one per cent of the

Johnson receives findings from Youth Consultation

Source: The Daily Herald | Johnson receives findings from Youth Consultation Deputy Secretary-General of the Dutch Ministry of Health Gea van Craaikamp receives the Youth Consultation Document from Deputy Dutch Representative Chris Johnson. Team members of St. Maarten AIDS Foundation Youth Wings along with Chintaman, Johnson and Robert-Jan de Wilde of the Dutch Representative Office

New station ship arrives

Source: The Daily Herald | New station ship arrives Entering the harbour. WILLEMSTAD–The new station ship of the Dutch Navy to the Caribbean Zr. Ms. Van Amstel arrived in Curaçao’s Anna Bay on Saturday and received the usual ceremonial welcome with canon salutes from Fort Amsterdam.   The multipurpose frigate moored at Mathey Wharf. The

Next stop European Court

Source: The Daily Herald | Next stop European Court The “new majority” in Curaçao’s Parliament wants the European Court to give a correct interpretation on articles 29 and 53 of the country’s Constitution, they announced during a press conference. The move comes after the Kingdom Council of Ministers refused to entertain revoking the national decree

Causeway Jump-Up gets massive support

Source: The Daily Herald | Causeway Jump-Up gets massive support SIMPSON BAY–The annual Causeway Jump-Up brought back memories to some who remember dancing on Cole Bay Hill during the Unity Jump-Up hosted several years ago. Revellers were quickly reminded that it was easier said than done, as many persons who were dancing during the regular

Driver seriously hurt during car accident

Source: The Daily Herald | Driver seriously hurt during car accident DUTCH QUARTER–The Police Traffic Department was called out urgently on Saturday at approximately 2:45am to investigate a very serious traffic accident which took place on A.Th. Illidge Road in Lower Prince’s Quarter.

Mauritsz de Kort appointed Joint Court of Justice VP

Source: The Daily Herald | Mauritsz de Kort appointed Joint Court of Justice VP THE HAGUE–Judge Mauritsz de Kort (43) will become the new vice-president of the Joint Court of Justice for the Curaçao and Bonaire branches.

Four killed in shooting

Source: The Daily Herald | Four killed in shooting The scene at Alaska Snack after the incident WILLEMSTAD—Four men were killed in a drive-by shooting in Curaçao Saturday night.   They had been standing at Alaska Snack in Berg Altena when gunmen suddenly opened fire on them with automatic weapons from a passing car. One

Jamaloodin held in Venezuela

Source: The Daily Herald | Jamaloodin held in Venezuela WILLEMSTAD—Former Curaçao Finance Minister for “Movementu Futuro Kòrsou” (MFK) George “Jorge” Jamaloodin was detained in Venezuela on Friday afternoon.   There is no extradition treaty between the two countries, but their law enforcement authorities cooperate on a practical basis. Jamaloodin is suspected of forgery while in

Suspects in Emerald-investigation released

Source: The Daily Herald | Suspects in Emerald-investigation released All five suspects detained in the Emerald-investigation will be released from pre-trial detention by the Prosecutor’s Office during the course of the day on Saturday March 18, 2017. They are the suspects C.B., S.W., A.A., C.D. and K.L. The Prosecutor’s Office does not find it necessary

Road closure section Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road/Percy Labega on Sunday

Source: The Daily Herald | Road closure section Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road/Percy Labega on Sunday News Release GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a complete road closure at the intersection Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road/Percy Labega on Sunday, March 19.

Kingdom Govt says no to Curaçao petition

Source: The Daily Herald | Kingdom Govt says no to Curaçao petition Minister Ronald Plasterk (right) greets waiting spectators outside the Ministry of General Affairs in The Hague on Friday after the meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers and the Dutch Council of Ministers. (Suzanne Koelega photo) THE HAGUE–The Curaçao Parliamentary delegation stands no

Minister collaborates with Lions anti-drug and alcohol campaign

Source: The Daily Herald | Minister collaborates with Lions anti-drug and alcohol campaign From left: Truancy Officer Sachel Hyman; Inspectorate Chief Operations Officer Suënah Martis; Culture, Youth and Sport Inspector Betty Ellis, Minister Silveria Jacobs, St. Maarten Lions Club President Davey Woods; St. Maarten Leos Club Advisor Lisandra Ellis Havertong; and St. Maarten Lions Club

Sarah: D66 ‘will push for improved relations’

Source: The Daily Herald | Sarah: D66 ‘will push for improved relations’ PHILIPSBURG–The Democrats 66, led by Alexander Pechtold, “will push for improved and respectful relations in the Dutch Kingdom, that is my fervent hope, in any case,” said Democratic Party (DP) leader Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams following the results of the Dutch Elections

Rotary Mid-Isle marks annual Rotaract Week

Source: The Daily Herald | Rotary Mid-Isle marks annual Rotaract Week Rotaractors during the recent meeting sharing a picture together. SIMPSON BAY–Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle invited Regional Assistant Director Rotaractor Micaela Hart, Rotoract Sunrise President Georgette Rampersad, Secretary Chanelle Hart and Rotaractors Lerissa Rey, Hendrick Snijders and Franklyn Solomon to their fellowship dinner

Carnival names Out Island 2016 Leading Tour Operator

Source: The Daily Herald | Carnival names Out Island 2016 Leading Tour Operator PHILIPSBURG–Out Island Charters has been named the 2016 Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator for St. Maarten by Carnival Cruise Line.   Out Island Charters, a family-owned company, started in 1987 and operates many tours including the Golden Eagle Catamarans and The Explorer Cruise

MP stays behind bars, US Party supports him

Source: The Daily Herald | MP stays behind bars, US Party supports him PHILIPSBURG–Thursday marked the second day Member of Parliament (MP) Chanel Brownbill stayed in detention on order of the Anti-Corruption Team that detained him on Wednesday morning. Brownbill is a suspect in the Emerald investigation.   The United St. Maarten Party (US Party)

Amuseum Naturalis celebrates 5,000 visitors with free eBook

Source: The Daily Herald | Amuseum Naturalis celebrates 5,000 visitors with free eBook MARIGOT–It’s only been two months since Amuseum Naturalis officially launched its 2017 season in January, but the free natural history museum has already had over 5,000 visitors this year. To celebrate, Amuseum Naturalis creators Les Fruits de Mer are sharing a free

Road upgrade

Source: The Daily Herald | Road upgrade The upgrade of Mildrum Road in Weymouth Hill is in progress and residents have started to breathe a sigh of relief. The fixing of the road is a collaboration of Prima Vista Estate and the Ministry of Infrastructure VROMI. Residents remind road users and renters not to speed

Jacobs focuses on parents, youth in Carnival speech

Source: The Daily Herald | Jacobs focuses on parents, youth in Carnival speech Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs. (File photo)   PHILIPSBURG–As the Carnival season quickly approaches with jump-ups, pageants, calypso eliminations and parades ahead of the opening of the Carnival Village, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs stressed several key factors

Health Minister Schippers to start formation process

Source: The Daily Herald | Health Minister Schippers to start formation process THE HAGUE–The leaders of all 13 parties elected to the Dutch Parliament’s 150-seat Second Chamber met for the first time on Thursday afternoon and asked Minister of Public Health, Welfare and Sport Edith Schippers to start the process of forming a new government.

PDVSA allowed to pump oil out of chained tanker

Source: The Daily Herald | PDVSA allowed to pump oil out of chained tanker PHILIPSBURG–A disputed load of oil of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, which is currently on board of crude oil tanker NS Columbus near St. Eustatius, will have to be pumped out and stored in a bunker at NuStar Statia Terminals. The

SHTA ‘Calm in Your Storm’ campaign in Northeast US

Source: The Daily Herald | SHTA ‘Calm in Your Storm’ campaign in Northeast US PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten as a refuge from the snow storm that clobbered the North-eastern United States was the message of a mini-movie launched on social media by St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) on Wednesday.

Elections bring about shift in Kingdom Relations Committee

Source: The Daily Herald | Elections bring about shift in Kingdom Relations Committee By Suzanne Koelega THE HAGUE–Wednesday’s elections brought major disappointment for two members of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament: Committee Chairman Jeroen Recourt and Roelof van Laar, both of the Labour Party PvdA, were

Voters to choose who governs St. Martin for next five years

Source: The Daily Herald | Voters to choose who governs St. Martin for next five years MARIGOT–On Sunday, March 19, voters in French St. Martin will go to the polls to choose the list that will govern the territory for the next five years.

SXM Festival in full swing

Source: The Daily Herald | SXM Festival in full swing The SXM Festival opened their week-long activities on Wednesday with the opening of their main event at Happy Bay and their first night event at Refuge. On Thursday, their extended line up was able to cater to the more than 2000 travellers that have already

Clarification

Source: The Daily Herald | Clarification During the Court hearing in the Papegaai investigation on Tuesday, March 14, the Prosecutor’s Office stated among other things that the management of Casa Blanca succeeds in employing women for periods longer than six months and that these “women are placed as newcomers on the list of Immigration [and

Chickenpox outbreak not yet under control on Saba

Source: The Daily Herald | Chickenpox outbreak not yet under control on Saba SABA–There are still many people with chickenpox on Saba. The Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is very contagious and as people are infectious before they have symptoms it is very hard to stop further spread. The virus is, therefore, expected to spread for some

Govt. files complaint with Prosecutor on virus attack

Source: The Daily Herald | Govt. files complaint with Prosecutor on virus attack POND ISLAND–Government had filed a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office following the second Ransom Virus attack a week ago on its computer network. The first attack took place in November 2016.   Prime Minister William Marlin said on Wednesday the complaint is

Rat droppings cause of Civil Registry closure

Source: The Daily Herald | Rat droppings cause of Civil Registry closure POND ISLAND–Rats droppings coating the ceiling of the Civil Registry Department has been blamed for the foul stench that emanated from one area of the building and for the two-day closure that followed last week.   Prime Minister William Marlin told the press

Minister Lee to continue inspections at businesses

Source: The Daily Herald | Minister Lee to continue inspections at businesses Ministers Emil Lee, William Marlin and Christophe Emanuel with the Inspection team on Friday.  PHILIPSBURG–As reported in The Daily Herald on Saturday, March 11, a multi-disciplinary control was conducted last Friday by Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA inspectors with

Lions Health and Wellness Fair is set for Saturday, March 25

Source: The Daily Herald | Lions Health and Wellness Fair is set for Saturday, March 25 2016 Lions Health Fair at Festival Village. PHILIPSBURG–It is time for the ninth annual Lion Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair at the Festival Village in Philipsburg scheduled for 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday, March 25, with a variety of

Post Office strike over after protocol agreement signed

Source: The Daily Herald | Post Office strike over after protocol agreement signed Post Office sorting centre in Concordia.   MARIGOT–Direction de La Poste Guadeloupe indicated last night by press release that the indefinite post office strike that started Monday in St. Martin is now over after management signed a protocol agreement with the union

Many Sabans vote for first time in the Second Chamber election

Source: The Daily Herald | Many Sabans vote for first time in the Second Chamber election SABA–The majority of Sabans voted for centre-democrat D66 in Wednesday’s election for the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber. Saba saw a considerably large turnout of voters. With a population of about 2,000, almost 900 residents were eligible to vote and

InselAir to dismiss 250

Source: The Daily Herald | InselAir to dismiss 250 WILLEMSTAD-InselAir on Wednesday sent out dismissal letters for some 250 employees as a result of the ongoing crisis facing the Curaçao-based carrier. The union UGTK/Cadmu that is currently seeking representation of the airline’s maintenance personnel said it was not informed of this beforehand.

Two men arrested for having fake bills

Source: The Daily Herald | Two men arrested for having fake bills PHILIPSBURG–Two men with initials F.F.F.A (34) and A.L. (30) were arrested on Monday for possession of counterfeit US dollar bills. An unspecified amount of counterfeit currency was found on these men by police. The US $100 bills had the same serial number, which

Rutte on course for election victory over far-right Wilders

Source: The Daily Herald | Rutte on course for election victory over far-right Wilders ~ PvdA suffers dramatic loss ~ THE HAGUE–The Netherlands’ centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on course for a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-European Union (EU) Geert Wilders in the general election on Wednesday, offering huge relief to other EU

D66 winner in St. Maarten

Source: The Daily Herald | D66 winner in St. Maarten PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten residents with the right to vote in the Dutch Elections moved to the centre on Wednesday and gave Alexander Pechtold’s Democrats 66 (D66) the majority of the votes. This is a change from 2012 when conservative VVD of incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte

We have acted on integrity issues, Marlin tells Plasterk

Source: The Daily Herald | We have acted on integrity issues, Marlin tells Plasterk PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Government has shown the willingness to stick to agreements regarding the execution of the three integrity reports that were drafted in the past. The appointment by the Dutch Government of Hans Leijtens as quartermaster for the St. Maarten

Second Chamber election on Statia runs smoothly

Source: The Daily Herald | Second Chamber election on Statia runs smoothly ST. EUSTATIUS–Voters came out slowly but at a steady flow to cast their votes in Wednesday’s election for a new Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. There were 1,875 eligible voters and the same amount of voting cards were sent out to be

Hundreds arrive for SXM Music Festival

Source: The Daily Herald | Hundreds arrive for SXM Music Festival ~ 3,000 tickets sold internationally ~ AIRPORT–The Princess Juliana International Airport SXM saw the first wave of music festival lovers hyped and excited for the second annual SXM Music Festival presently going on until this Sunday. The organisation announced that they sold just over

MP Brownbill detained by anti-corruption team

Source: The Daily Herald | MP Brownbill detained by anti-corruption team PHILIPSBURG–United St. Maarten party (USP) Member of Parliament Chanel Brownbill has been detained by authorities on Wednesday morning along with two other suspects in connection with the Emerald investigation. Brownbill and the other suspects in the case are suspected of forgery and tax evasion.

Gunshot victim dies in ICU

Source: The Daily Herald | Gunshot victim dies in ICU PHILIPSBURG–One of the victims who suffered multiple gunshot wounds during an assault on Tuesday evening passed away in the early hours of the morning at the St. Maarten Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit. The man was identified as Nino Thewet. The other victim is still

Member of Parliament Brownbill home searched

Source: The Daily Herald | Member of Parliament Brownbill home searched UPDATE ~3 persons arrested during other home searches~ PHILIPSBURG- Anti-corruption taskforce TBO conducted several house searches on Wednesday morning, including the home of Member of Parliament Chanel Brownbill. The searches were in connection with the Emerald investigation. The Public Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Gino Bernadina

Bankruptcy for InselAir denied

Source: The Daily Herald | Bankruptcy for InselAir denied WILLEMSTAD–The Court of Justice in Curaçao denied a request for the bankruptcy of InselAir International. The Dutch Caribbean carrier was granted the same stay of payment as earlier in Aruba.   The ruling is based on the airline’s expectation that it remains viable once certain measures

Minister Jacobs attends Arrowroot Jollification

Source: The Daily Herald | Minister Jacobs attends Arrowroot Jollification Minister Jacobs pounding the arrowroot with Gilbert Gibs. PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs attended the Arrowroot Jollification in Colombier, French Saint Martin, last week Saturday. The Association de Nature Valley Colombier organised the event during which the plucking, washing and pounding of arrowroot were on

Called to share

Source: The Daily Herald | Called to share The pupils of St. Dominic Primary School recently visited the clients at St. Martin’s Home where they made a donation of items for the White and Yellow Cross Foundation Activity Department of the home. In keeping with the theme “We Are Called to Share with Others,” every

Gendarmerie and insertion association collaborate on road safety awareness

Source: The Daily Herald | Gendarmerie and insertion association collaborate on road safety awareness President of insertion association CSI Marie-Paule Rousseau and Gendarmes engage in exchanges with young people during a road safety awareness session in French Quarter on Monday.   MARIGOT–French Quarter association Centre Symphorien d’Insertion (CSI) and the Gendarmerie conducted an awareness initiative

Post Office on strike 4 days before French-side election

Source: The Daily Herald | Post Office on strike 4 days before French-side election MARIGOT–In connection with the unlimited Post Office strike in St. Martin called by the union SUD PTT GWA, The Direction Regionale de La Pôste in Guadeloupe informs the population it has taken measures to ensure election propaganda material is distributed and

Govt. to present Governing Programme on March 23

Source: The Daily Herald | Govt. to present Governing Programme on March 23 PHILIPSBURG–The red, white and blue coalition is set to present its Governing Programme to Parliament on Thursday, March 23, in a Central Committee meeting slated for Parliament House starting at 10:00am.   Parliament Chairwoman Sarah Wescot-Williams told the press on Tuesday the

Searches going on in Emerald-investigation

Source: The Daily Herald | Searches going on in Emerald-investigation Press Release Prosecutor’s Office Since Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017, several house searches have been taking place in connection with the ongoing investigation code-named Emerald. The investigation is still in progress. An update on the investigation will follow as soon as more information becomes available.

Police officer arrested

Source: The Daily Herald | Police officer arrested P O L I C E   P R E S S   R E L E A S E On Wednesday March 15th in the morning hours a police officer of the KPSM with initials A.A. was arrested in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation by the T.B.O

Sarah declines meeting with new quartermaster

Source: The Daily Herald | Sarah declines meeting with new quartermaster PHILIPSBURG–Parliament Chairwoman Sarah Wescot-Williams has declined to meet with the Dutch Government-appointed quartermaster for the yet-to-be-established Integrity Chamber.

Road Tax controls to start on Monday

Source: The Daily Herald | Road Tax controls to start on Monday POND ISLAND–All motorists who are yet to pay their 2017 Road Tax or who have their number plates covered with tinted plastic will face fines as of Monday, March 20, when road controls commence throughout the country.

UPDATE–Prosecutor paints pitch-black image of Casa Blanca brothel

Source: The Daily Herald | UPDATE–Prosecutor paints pitch-black image of Casa Blanca brothel ~ Suspects face 4 to 8 years in Papegaai case ~ PHILIPSBURG–The Prosecutor’s Office painted a pitch-black picture Tuesday of the daily routine at Casa Blanca brothel in Oyster Pond between 2010 and 2015. In calling for prison sentences ranging from four

Letter from Plasterk to Marlin on Leijtens’ appointment released

Source: The Daily Herald | Letter from Plasterk to Marlin on Leijtens’ appointment released THE HAGUE–Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk informed St. Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin regarding the appointment of Hans Leijtens as quartermaster for the St. Maarten Integrity Chamber by letter on January 30.

Man held in St. Maarten in international investigation

Source: The Daily Herald | Man held in St. Maarten in international investigation THE HAGUE–A Dutch citizen was arrested in St. Maarten on Tuesday as part of a large-scale, international money laundering investigation.

Philipsburg Promotional Board officially incorporated at notary

Source: The Daily Herald | Philipsburg Promotional Board officially incorporated at notary PHILIPSBURG–A group of professionals and business persons, who came together last year to form a group called the Philipsburg Promotional Board Foundation to help revitalise Philipsburg at night and grow the capital’s day-time economy, officially incorporated their articles of incorporation at Tjon Ajong

Lawyer files official complaint about non-arrest of abusive son

Source: The Daily Herald | Lawyer files official complaint about non-arrest of abusive son PHILIPSBURG–Attorney-at-law Geert Hatzmann on Monday filed an official complaint with the Joint Court of Justice against the non-arrest of a man (35) who allegedly severely mistreated his 58-year-old mother on February 22.

Vocational Training School enforces 0-tolerance policy

Source: The Daily Herald | Vocational Training School enforces 0-tolerance policy ~ Students without guardians not allowed in school ~ SOUTH REWARD–In light of the recent stabbing of a student at St. Maarten Vocational Training School, parents and guardians were informed on Friday to report with their children at the school for an urgent meeting

Prosecutor’s Office calls attention to cybercrime

Source: The Daily Herald | Prosecutor’s Office calls attention to cybercrime ~ Calls for response team ~ By John van Kerkhof PHILIPSBURG–A number of Government Departments’ information communication technology (ICT) networks were affected by cyber-attacks recently. One attack took place in November 2016, while the other effectively shut down most departments that cater to the

Election candidates warned of 9,000-euro fine for illegal posters

Source: The Daily Herald | Election candidates warned of 9,000-euro fine for illegal posters MARIGOT–The Préfecture has warned election candidates that unauthorised and random placement of election posters can incur a fine of 9,000 euros (article L.90 of the Electoral Code).

Gibbs campaign rally marred by disturbance, supporters evacuated

Source: The Daily Herald | Gibbs campaign rally marred by disturbance, supporters evacuated MARIGOT–Around 100 supporters attending a Team Gibbs 2017 campaign rally in Grand Case were evacuated from premises in Shanty Town, Grand Case, near the primary school Sunday at 10:10pm when an escalating dispute between persons in the vicinity of the meeting and

Second earthquake loud, but without much shaking

Source: The Daily Herald | Second earthquake loud, but without much shaking POINTE BLANCHE–It was the loud rumble let out by the earth and not the shaking that sent some residents running for safety on Monday night.

Island pensions cut, PvdA seeks clarity

Source: The Daily Herald | Island pensions cut, PvdA seeks clarity THE HAGUE–Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Jeroen Recourt and Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party PvdA on Monday demanded answers from the Dutch Government about the pending reduction of the pension payments of the Caribbean Netherlands Pension Fund PCN.

GEBE backs annual Carilec conference

Source: The Daily Herald | GEBE backs annual Carilec conference PHILIPSBURG–Utilities company GEBE continues to support the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation Carilec conference for the second consecutive year. The conference, which started on March 10 and will end on March 14, is being hosted at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa.

Standard posters

Source: The Daily Herald | Standard posters Posters of the eight parties contesting this coming Sunday’s Territorial Council Election first round in Marigot are seen on a billboard in La Savanne. Their low key appearance is in direct contrast to the extravagant giant posters highlighting candidates for Dutch-side elections. Strict French campaigning rules prohibit such

Collectivité attends first ACS conference on cooperation

Source: The Daily Herald | Collectivité attends first ACS conference on cooperation MARIGOT–Territorial Councillor in charge of cooperation Louis Fleming participated in the first cooperation conference for the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Havana, Cuba, on March 8, and also the 22nd meeting of the ACS Council of Ministers on March 10, 2017.

Youth Extravaganza 2017 features lip-sync battle

Source: The Daily Herald | Youth Extravaganza 2017 features lip-sync battle PHILIPSBURG–As the island’s biggest youth show draws closer, organiser Laugh Out Loud Productions continues to release some of the new segments that will be introduced at the Carnival Village come April 24. For the first time ever there will be a lip-sync battle during

Inspections complete, all ready for Causeway Jump

Source: The Daily Herald | Inspections complete, all ready for Causeway Jump The Traffic Department of the Police Force of St. Maarten conducted inspections of the four trucks and trailers this past Saturday.   ~ Three bands, one deejay on the road ~ PHILIPSBURG–There will be three bands and one deejay on the road for

20 calypsonians ready to compete in eliminations

Source: The Daily Herald | 20 calypsonians ready to compete in eliminations PHILIPSBURG–The 2017 NAGICO Calypso eliminations, slated for Friday, March 31, under the white tent at Princess Port de Plaisance Resort, will see some twenty calypsonians competing this year. Ten will move on to the calypso finals in the Carnival Village on April 20.

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN Noon

Source: The Daily Herald | PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN Noon PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTENDATE ISSUED: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)VALID UNTIL: Tuesday midday (12:00 LST) March 14, 2017 …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…

18 months prison for one of two supermarket robbers

Source: The Daily Herald | 18 months prison for one of two supermarket robbers MARIGOT–Prosecutor Yves Paillard disclosed that Axel A. (22), one of two suspects held for the supermarket armed robberies in Sandy Ground on February 13 and 23 was sentenced by the court in Basse Terre on Friday to eighteen months in prison,

PM Marlin hosts Queens Dinner

Source: The Daily Herald | PM Marlin hosts Queens Dinner PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister William Marlin hosted the ladies of the Junior, Teen, Senior and Miss Mature pageants at a Queens Dinner on Saturday evening. The four reigning Carnival queens were also present for the special evening.

Junior Parade moved to April 8

Source: The Daily Herald | Junior Parade moved to April 8 PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has shifted the Junior Carnival Parade from April 9 to April 8 and will celebrate a full day of Carnival activities on that day. There was some concern about the Junior Parade being held on Palm Sunday, which

UPDATE: Masked robbers caught trying to rob Carrefour

Source: The Daily Herald | UPDATE: Masked robbers caught trying to rob Carrefour ~ Security guard taken hostage ~ COLE BAY–Major supermarket Carrefour became the target of two masked robbers dressed in dark clothing who found their way into the restrooms of the business without being noticed and waited for the security guard on duty

SMHDF announces repair Programme, future plans

Source: The Daily Herald | SMHDF announces repair Programme, future plans BELVEDERE–The St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) Supervisory Board of Directors and management announced on Sunday that they embarked on a progressive repair and rehabilitation programme for their housing community in December 2016.

Airport to host airlift conference

Source: The Daily Herald | Airport to host airlift conference AIRPORT–Twenty-six speakers from twenty countries and 22 nationalities will gather in St. Maarten for the second annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference June 13-15.

Armed robbers caught in the act at Carrefour Supermarket

Source: The Daily Herald | Armed robbers caught in the act at Carrefour Supermarket COLE BAY—Police foiled a robbery in progress at Carrefour Supermarket early Sunday evening, arresting two suspects and confiscating a gun.   On Sunday March 12th at approximately 06.25 p.m. a call came into the 911 dispatch informing them of an ongoing

Ties with islands important, says Amhaouch of CDA

Source: The Daily Herald | Ties with islands important, says Amhaouch of CDA By Suzanne Koelega THE HAGUE–Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Mustafa Amhaouch of the Christian Democratic Party CDA is relatively new to the Kingdom Relations portfolio, but he is committed to the Kingdom, as is his party. “The connection

Lone accident

Source: The Daily Herald | Lone accident Police and paramedics rushed to an accident involving a woman who drove into a light pole near Dr. De Windt’s office in Cay Hill. The woman seemed to have lost control of her vehicle and slammed into the pole close to 2:00pm on Thursday. Police are investigating the

Some 19 voter stations available for Territorial Council elections

Source: The Daily Herald | Some 19 voter stations available for Territorial Council elections MARIGOT–The Collectivité has indicated nineteen voting stations are available throughout the territory for the 20,152 registered voters in the upcoming Territorial Elections on March 19 and 26.

Intensified inspections start, businesses closed

Source: The Daily Herald | Intensified inspections start, businesses closed PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA Emil Lee kept to his word and started intensified inspections at several businesses on Friday with a team from the VSA Inspectorate.

Fifth Border Protection officer arrested Thurs.

Source: The Daily Herald | Fifth Border Protection officer arrested Thurs. PHILIPSBRUG–The St. Maarten Police Force Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling Unit arrested a fifth Border Protection Service employee on Thursday, according to Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Gino Bernadina. 

Second quake at ABC-islands

Source: The Daily Herald | Second quake at ABC-islands WILLEMSTAD–A 5.5-magnitude earthquake shook Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (ABC-islands) in the southern Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela on Friday, but caused no reported damage.

Parties submit candidate lists

Source: The Daily Herald | Parties submit candidate lists WILLEMSTAD–There was the usual carnival-like atmosphere in Curaçao on Friday, as 14 political parties wishing to participate in the early elections of April 28 presented their respective lists of candidates.

World's biggest ship to call here next year

Source: The Daily Herald | World’s biggest ship to call here next year MIAMI, Florida–The biggest cruise ship ever built will operate nearly half a dozen distinct seven-night itineraries in the Caribbean.

Bonaire govt. is patched up

Source: The Daily Herald | Bonaire govt. is patched up BONAIRE–The Government of Bonaire is in the saddle again as independent Island Council member Jeanoushka “Nunu” Raphaela and UPB’s James Kroon reversed their earlier decision to withdraw support for the MPB-led coalition. 

Alain Richardson inaugurates Campaign HQ, reveals full list

Source: The Daily Herald | Alain Richardson inaugurates Campaign HQ, reveals full list Alain Richardson talks at the inauguration of his campaign headquarters on Tuesday evening as fellow candidates look on.   MARIGOT–Former President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson inaugurated his campaign headquarters on Tuesday evening, and revealed the full list of candidates on the

Shirma France wins St. Martin Toastmasters Speech Contest

Source: The Daily Herald | Shirma France wins St. Martin Toastmasters Speech Contest MARIGOT–Toastmaster Shirma France won the first Saint-Martin Evolution Toastmasters Club International speech contest on Tuesday, March 7.   The audience was able to relate to her speech entitled “Culture Shock”. Toastmaster Shirma will represent the Club at the next competition slated for

FIBC hosts International Women’s Day discussion

Source: The Daily Herald | FIBC hosts International Women’s Day discussion PHILIPSBURG–Women in St. Maarten were challenged by attorney Dagmar Daal to take bold action to challenge social rules and break down sexist barriers, as she spoke as part of a panel discussion held at the Phillipsburg branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean on Wednesday to mark

Suzy’s new party ‘PIN’

Source: The Daily Herald | Suzy’s new party ‘PIN’ WILLEMSTAD–A total of fourteen political parties are expected to seek participation in Curaçao’s early elections on April 28.   Today, Friday, they must officially present their candidates lists to the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) in Otrobanda.   Six of them will have to garner the support

Youth who hurled stone that injured Gendarme arrested

Source: The Daily Herald | Youth who hurled stone that injured Gendarme arrested MARIGOT–A repeat offender who had already been condemned for violence with a weapon was arrested Thursday morning and placed in custody for injuring a gendarme during an altercation with a group of youths in Sandy Ground, Prosecutor Yves Paillard disclosed.   On

Names candidate ministers known

Source: The Daily Herald | Names candidate ministers known WILLEMSTAD–The names proposed for the interim cabinet being formed in Curaçao are already known.   The “new majority” in Parliament has presented its candidates to become ministers. They will go through a thorough background check and screening before they can take the oath of office.  

Washed ashore

Source: The Daily Herald | Washed ashore The UK-registered cargo vessel “Yacht Hop” that was stuck on a sandbank off Baie Nettle days ago has now been driven ashore due to the current weather conditions and is proving to be a difficult situation to solve. Salvage company Aquatic Solutions indicated previous attempts to re-float the

Anti-Poverty Platform lobbies Parliament for strong support

Source: The Daily Herald | Anti-Poverty Platform lobbies Parliament for strong support PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform (SMAPP) lobbied for support from Parliament as well as Government to change an extensive list of social inequalities, chief among which is poverty in the country. SMAPP believes all parts of the Dutch Kingdom should have the same levels

Methodist Agogic Centre celebrates Founder’s Day

Source: The Daily Herald | Methodist Agogic Centre celebrates Founder’s Day PHILIPSBURG–The Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC) marks 41 years on the island today, Friday. The institution will open the day with appreciation services that will be held at all MAC locations.   The services are being organised by the school’s chaplain, Rev. Hunkins. He has

Earthquake shakes residents awake

Source: The Daily Herald | Earthquake shakes residents awake CUL DE SAC–Many residents, in particular light sleepers, were given an unexpected wake up call around 2:00am today, Friday when an earthquake shook them up.

2012 Annual Accounts approved by Parliament

Source: The Daily Herald | 2012 Annual Accounts approved by Parliament PHILIPSBURG–The country is catching up on its backlog of annual accounts. The accounts for 2012 were approved unanimously by Parliament in a plenary session on Thursday afternoon. The accounts for the two following years will soon be on their way to the legislature.

Receiver’s Office offers alternative payment plans

Source: The Daily Herald | Receiver’s Office offers alternative payment plans POND ISLAND–The Receiver’s Office requests the general public and the business community in particular to make alternative payment plans as a temporary solution while its offices are closed. The Receiver’s Office is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

Suspect opens fire on police team during raid

Source: The Daily Herald | Suspect opens fire on police team during raid PHILIPSBURG–The Police Arrest Team came under gunfire on Thursday morning while conducting a house raid in Fort Willem. As the Team was about to enter the house, a shot was fired at the officers from inside.

New temporary crew policy welcomed by SMMTA, SHTA

Source: The Daily Herald | New temporary crew policy welcomed by SMMTA, SHTA SIMPSON BAY–Changes made to the Temporary Crew Admittance Policy by the Justice Ministry have been welcomed by St. Maarten Marine Trade Association (SMMTA) and St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA). An updated policy was issued on March 2 to replace the

Fireman James Hassell promoted to shiftleader

Source: The Daily Herald | Fireman James Hassell promoted to shiftleader  SABA–Veteran fireman James Hassell of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Brigade BKCN was promoted to shiftleader Tuesday during a brief ceremony in which Commander of the Saba Fire Brigade Julio Every presented him with his decree and stripes.   “At BKCN we invest a great

Jacobs calls on women to make ‘business to strengthen society’

Source: The Daily Herald | Jacobs calls on women to make ‘business to strengthen society’ PHILIPSBURG–“Women, let’s make it our business to strengthen our society one woman, one man and one child at a time.” This was the rallying call of Education and Culture Minister Silveria Jacobs in her International Women’s Day (IWD) message.  

Regatta pictures exhibition

Source: The Daily Herald | Regatta pictures exhibition Photographer/Graphic Artist Mark Martelly will unveil his collection of photographs of the annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta at Axum Café on Front Street, on Saturday, March 11, starting at 7:00pm. The Café’s “Regatta Experience” seeks to illustrate the essence of the historical sailing event through photos and

Suzy not on PNP candidate list

Source: The Daily Herald | Suzy not on PNP candidate list WILLEMSTAD–In an extensive letter to the PNP-board Curaçao’s caretaker Minister of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning Suzanne Camelia-Römer indicated that she will not be on the party’s candidate list for the early elections of April 28.   In last year’s regular election she received

‘Governor sending us to The Hague’

Source: The Daily Herald | ‘Governor sending us to The Hague’ WILLEMSTAD–During his dissertation in Curaçao’s Parliament fraction leader of “Pueblo Soberano” (PS) Melvin “Mac” Cijntje said that if Governor Lucille George-Wout in her letter suggests going to the Netherlands to talk about the elections, then they will do just that.   According to Cijntje,

SCDF and Deviage Team up for first DJ Crossover Competition

Source: The Daily Herald | SCDF and Deviage Team up for first DJ Crossover Competition PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has teamed up with Deviage Entertainment to host the first-ever DJ Competition of different genres in Carnival Village as part of the 2017 Carnival festivities. The event is sponsored by Tropixx 105.5FM under the

Drugs in car doors

Source: The Daily Herald | Drugs in car doors ROTTERDAM–The Dutch Customs Department at the Rotterdam harbour has discovered 51 kilograms of cocaine in old car doors in a shipment of scrap metal from Aruba.   The discovery was made last month following a tip that narcotics had been hidden in a shipment with scrap

Cash & Carry Robbed

Source: The Daily Herald | Cash & Carry Robbed Divico in Cole Bay was the latest victim of an armed robbery. Two men entered the business at 4:10pm and ordered the cashier to hand over cash. The men arrived on a scooter that was used to flee the scene. One customer who witnessed the robbery

Marlin queries revoking of exotic dancers’ visas

Source: The Daily Herald | Marlin queries revoking of exotic dancers’ visas POND ISLAND–Prime Minister William Marlin has queried Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders about the Dutch Government’s revoking of visas for women who were destined for brothels in St. Maarten.   Marlin said the revoking of the visas that would allow these

Dump on fire again

Source: The Daily Herald | Dump on fire again Black smoke bellowing out of the dump.   link to video UPDATE Residents are urged to close their windows and doors if downwind from landfill fire. GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Fire Department, is advising persons living in the Philipsburg and surrounding areas downwind from

Request to free Corallo rejected

Source: The Daily Herald | Request to free Corallo rejected PHILIPSBURG–The request by Francesco Corallo’s awyers to suspend his detention was rejected by the Joint Court of Justice. The decision implies that the casino boss will remain in detention pending the hearing of a request for his extradition submitted by the Italian authorities. A date

Tadzio Bevoets receives McFarlane Enviro. Award

Source: The Daily Herald | Tadzio Bevoets receives McFarlane Enviro. Award COLE BAY–Nature Foundation Mananger and Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Chairman Tadzio Bervoets has been awarded the Euan MCFarlane Environmental Leadership Award in recognition of his important work as a dedicated and passionate Caribbean conservationist.    Recipients of the McFarlane Award are recognized to

Apostle Romney honoured with appreciation service

Source: The Daily Herald | Apostle Romney honoured with appreciation service  Milan presents Apostle Romney with an award and gifts during the appreciation service as Clémence Romney looks on holding a bouquet of flowers. MARIGOT–Apostle Rosemond Romney and his wife Clémence were honoured with an appreciation service organised by Radio Maranatha in Sandy Ground Cultural

SXM DOET hosts initiative launch

Source: The Daily Herald | SXM DOET hosts initiative launch Volunteers at the launch event hosted at Axum Café.     PHILIPSBURG –The SXM DOET Project Management Team hosted a successful launch for this year’s volunteer initiative at Axum Art Café recently. Thus far 74 projects of approximately forty organisations have been registered and are actively

MLK School starts its SocaFit classes

Source: The Daily Herald | MLK School starts its SocaFit classes SocaFit class pupils with School Manager Stuart Johnson and Instructor Chai Riley.   DUTCH QUARTER–Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Primary School has added SocaFit classes as part of its weekly activities. A select group of fifteen pupils of Group 7 and Group 8

Miss Mature 2016 Anatol hosts queen workshop

Source: The Daily Herald | Miss Mature 2016 Anatol hosts queen workshop 2017 Queen Pageant delegates pose for the camera after wrapping up a session with one of the presenters, D’Shnay Mathew York, at “Queen Whip 2017,” organised by Miss Mature Queen 2016 Norrisa Anatol.   COLE BAY–Miss Mature Queen 2016 Norrisa Anatol organised a

Much progress in education on islands, but still vulnerable

Source: The Daily Herald | Much progress in education on islands, but still vulnerable THE HAGUE–The quality of education in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has greatly improved in the past few years, but the progress is vulnerable and a number of permanent risk factors remain. The position of vulnerable students requires more attention. Dutch

Dutch walk off vs. Taipei, advance to Round 2

Source: The Daily Herald | Dutch walk off vs. Taipei, advance to Round 2 After his flyout is called back due to time being called, Jurickson Profar walks with the bases loaded for a walk-off Netherlands victory By Oliver Macklin (MLB.com) KOREA–Curaçao centre fielder Jurickson Profar drew a bases-loaded walk to help the Kingdom of

Two suspects in custody for robberies in Sandy Ground

Source: The Daily Herald | Two suspects in custody for robberies in Sandy Ground MARIGOT–Two St. Martiners currently in custody will be brought before the court in Marigot this morning to be charged with committing armed robberies in Sandy Ground.

Referendum request sent on to Central Committee

Source: The Daily Herald | Referendum request sent on to Central Committee PHILIPSBURG–It is now in the hands of the Central Committee of Parliament to explore the possibility of holding a referendum to determine the direction for the constitutional future of the country.

Doran-York honours 12 in Netherlands for IWD

Source: The Daily Herald | Doran-York honours 12 in Netherlands for IWD THE HAGUE–Minister Plenipotentiary Doran-York honoured twelve women in The Hague, ahead of International Women’s Day today, Wednesday. The women were singled out for their individual achievements and contribution to St. Maarteners living in the Netherlands.

Julian Woodley to remain Act. Governor after April 1

Source: The Daily Herald | Julian Woodley to remain Act. Governor after April 1 ~Status consultations to start ~ ST. EUSTATIUS–Acting Island Governor of St. Eustatius Julian Woodley will remain at his post after April 1. He will be supported by civil servants from the Netherlands. A procedure to appoint a new Island Governor for

Prime Minister talks gender equality in IWD message

Source: The Daily Herald | Prime Minister talks gender equality in IWD message PHILIPSBURG–“If, indeed, gender equality is a condition sine qua non to achieve good governance, shouldn’t we on St. Maarten, where good governance has become such a coveted political ideal, be bold and change our laws to guarantee equal representation for women in

Philips cancels Survivors Children’s Balloon parade

Source: The Daily Herald | Philips cancels Survivors Children’s Balloon parade PHILIPSBURG–Carnival troupe Survivors announced on Tuesday that the annual Children’s Balloon parade, which is usually set two weekends before the start of Carnival in April, has been cancelled. Troupe coordinator Jasmine Philips issued a short press statement saying it has been cancelled, but did

Youth Extravaganza presents modelling groups showcase

Source: The Daily Herald | Youth Extravaganza presents modelling groups showcase Hott Strotterzz models   PHILIPSBURG–Organisers of this year’s Youth Extravaganza announced on Monday that two prominent modelling agencies will showcase their style and class during this year’s show slated for April 24. Under the theme “We run it – Dutch side vs. French side,”

Second motion passed against two ministers

Source: The Daily Herald | Second motion passed against two ministers Parliament President Gilmar “Pik” Pisas welcomes back to Parliament his MFK-fraction colleague Jacinta Constancia upon her return following the incident in which she hit and injured MAN-parliamentarian Giselle McWilliam. ~ Dissolution decree won’t be withdrawn ~ WILLEMSTAD–The “new majority” in Curaçao’s Parliament adopted two

PDVSA, 10 shipping companies at loggerheads over load of oil

Source: The Daily Herald | PDVSA, 10 shipping companies at loggerheads over load of oil PHILIPSBURG–Legal representatives of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and ten shipping companies in Liberia squared off in an injunction in the Court of First Instance in St. Maarten. Under dispute is an oil tanker which is anchored off the coast

Larmonie-Cecilia named ‘formateur’

Source: The Daily Herald | Larmonie-Cecilia named ‘formateur’ WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao Governor Lucille George-Wout on Monday afternoon gave Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia the task to form an interim cabinet that is to run the country until the next government is installed after the April 28 snap elections.

St. Maarten back on Dutch tourism market

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten back on Dutch tourism market AMSTERDAM–St. Maarten’s new tourism office for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg AVIAREPS has started several campaigns to put ‘The Friendly Island’ back on the Dutch market. St. Maarten is once again represented on the Dutch market since September last year after an absence

Princess Beatrix to visit Aruba’s national park

Source: The Daily Herald | Princess Beatrix to visit Aruba’s national park THE HAGUE–Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will pay a working visit to Aruba’s national park Arikok from March 30 to April 1, it was announced by the Dutch Government Information Service RVD on Monday. The former Queen will visit Aruba on the invitation

Police expand

Source: The Daily Herald | Police expand Three of the 12 bike patrol officers.   PHILIPSBURG–As part of the measures to increase safety and improve security in Philipsburg and surrounding areas, the Police Force has increased the number of officers attached to its bike team, bringing the team to a total of twelve officers. Flexible

Parliament staff take oath of office

Source: The Daily Herald | Parliament staff take oath of office PHILIPSBURG–Civil servants attached to the Secretariat of Parliament took an oath of office before Parliament Chairwoman Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams on Friday.

Senior wins $35,000 Lucky Pick jackpot

Source: The Daily Herald | Senior wins ,000 Lucky Pick jackpot PHILIPSBURG–Seventy-year-old St. Maarten resident Amelie Gumbs has hit the Lucky Pick jackpot, walking away with US $35,500 in cash from the draw held on Tuesday, February 28.

Holiday tells Academy students imagination can lead to success

Source: The Daily Herald | Holiday tells Academy students imagination can lead to success CUL DE SAC–Governor Eugene Holiday recently paid a special visit to St. Maarten Academy as part of his efforts to familiarise students on the role of civic responsibility and pride in St. Maarten.

Consistency rewarded at Culture Time Awards

Source: The Daily Herald | Consistency rewarded at Culture Time Awards PHILIPSBURG–Winners at the 2016 Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards were rewarded for consistency in their various fields. Hosts Fabian Badejo and Rhoda Arrindell announced the winners in eighteen categories on Sunday, during the hour-long cultural programme which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

MAC-CSE holds first Culture Day

Source: The Daily Herald | MAC-CSE holds first Culture Day EBENEZER–The Methodist Agogic Center-Comprehensive Secondary Education (MAC-CSE), held its first annual Culture Day Celebrations at the institution on Friday, February 24.

Handling of draft law to expand voters postponed

Source: The Daily Herald | Handling of draft law to expand voters postponed PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten students living aboard will have to wait a little longer to find out how Parliament feels about giving to them voting rights in Parliamentary Elections.

Government system suffers another attack

Source: The Daily Herald | Government system suffers another attack PHILIPSBURG–A number of Government departments’ information communication technology (ICT) networks were affected by another cyber-attack that took place late last week. This caused for most Government departments that cater to the public to close today, Tuesday. Systems were down all day on Monday.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY

Source: The Daily Herald | A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY Meteorological Department of St. Maarten SPECIAL BULLETIN DATE ISSUED:  Monday, March 06, 2017                         TIME ISSUED: 06:00 PM

Father and son shot in Oyster Pond burglary

Source: The Daily Herald | Father and son shot in Oyster Pond burglary MARIGOT—A father and his 15-year-old son were shot during a burglary attempt at a residence in Oyster Pond in the early morning hours of Sunday, and both have received hospital treatment. In addition the family dog was killed with two bullets.

Poise and intelligence aim of Mr. and Mrs. PSVE Pageant

Source: The Daily Herald | Poise and intelligence aim of Mr. and Mrs. PSVE Pageant Contestants in the Mr. and Mrs. PSVE Pageant. EBENEZER–Six St. Maarten Academy students will demonstrate their poise and intelligence at the Mr. and Mrs. PSVE Pageant on April 29 in the Philipsburg Community and Cultural Centre starting at 7:00pm.  

Junior, Grand Parade meeting on Tuesday

Source: The Daily Herald | Junior, Grand Parade meeting on Tuesday All mas camps are already open for the major Carnival troupes in preparation for Carnival 2017.   PHILIPSBURG–All Junior and Grand Parade troupe leaders and others involved in Carnival parades are invited to a very important meeting at St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF)

Insel only within Dutch Caribbean

Source: The Daily Herald | Insel only within Dutch Caribbean WILLEMSTAD–As a direct result of the continued grounding of a part of its fleet by the Aruban Civil Aviation Authorities since January 26, Curaçao-based InselAir says it has no choice but to temporarily suspend flights to all destinations outside of the Dutch Caribbean per Wednesday,

New Route, same energy for Causeway Jump-Up Mar. 18

Source: The Daily Herald | New Route, same energy for Causeway Jump-Up Mar. 18 The Causeway Jump-Up will be the first sighting of Carnival’s signature “big rigs” for the season.   PHILIPSBURG–Time for the big rigs to take the road again. St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will host the annual Causeway Jump-Up on Saturday,

Violent robberies under investigation

Source: The Daily Herald | Violent robberies under investigation PHILIPSBURG–The Special Robbery Unit has added to its workload two more cases having to do with two separate armed robberies that took place last week Thursday.   The first robbery took place in the vicinity of Sky Lounge Bar on Amazon Road around 2:30am. A woman was

Annual parade hosted for Dominicana independence

Source: The Daily Herald | Annual parade hosted for Dominicana independence PHILIPSBURG–Dominican Republic organisation Semana Dominicana hosted the annual Dominicana Independence Day celebration on Sunday.

Thousands attend Regatta St. Maarten by Air event

Source: The Daily Herald | Thousands attend Regatta St. Maarten by Air event SIMPSON BAY–Caribbean dancehall and reggae sensations Collie Buddz and Antiguan singer Asher Otto and Itchyfeet rocked Kim Sha Beach on Saturday evening for the third evening of the 37th annual Heineken Regatta party events.

Dump site to be fenced off to prevent more fires

Source: The Daily Herald | Dump site to be fenced off to prevent more fires ST. EUSTATIUS–Black smoke was billowing from the dump site on St. Eustatius on Sunday morning. The smoke on the dump could be seen from as far away as Lower Town area. The smoke and smell cause problems to residents in

Theo seeks meeting with integrity quartermaster

Source: The Daily Herald | Theo seeks meeting with integrity quartermaster PHILIPSBURG–United People’s (UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger wants to meet with the Dutch Government-appointed quartermaster for the integrity chamber. He has submitted his request via the Office of the Dutch Representative in Philipsburg for a sit down with the quartermaster the

Motion passed to halt snap election

Source: The Daily Herald | Motion passed to halt snap election WILLEMSTAD–With eleven votes for and five against, Curaçao’s Parliament late Friday night adopted a motion calling for the withdrawal of the national decree issued by the outgoing Koeiman Cabinet to dissolve the legislature and call early elections on April 28.

Parliament meets today on 3 draft ordinances

Source: The Daily Herald | Parliament meets today on 3 draft ordinances PHILIPSBURG–Three draft national ordinances will be before Parliament today, Monday, in a public session starting at 3:30pm. Prime Minister/General Affairs Minister William Marlin will table the ordinances.

Thousands attend second night of Regatta parties

Source: The Daily Herald | Thousands attend second night of Regatta parties PHILIPSBURG–Boardwalk Boulevard came alive on Friday evening with the annual Heineken Regatta concert and fun market for Regatta participants and residents.

Police issue public fines list for Regatta events

Source: The Daily Herald | Police issue public fines list for Regatta events PHILIPSBURG–In connection with Heineken Regatta this year, which started on Thursday and is set to end on Sunday, the Police Force reminds the public about the fines that will be issued to persons who do not behave properly.

USM promoting academic tourism

Source: The Daily Herald | USM promoting academic tourism PHILIPSBURG–University of St. Martin (USM) is promoting academic tourism with new course offerings to teachers in French St. Martin.

GEBE makes presentation on solar car park to government

Source: The Daily Herald | GEBE makes presentation on solar car park to government PHILIPSBURG–The board of utilities company GEBE recently made a presentation to the Government of St. Maarten regarding the development of a solar car park along the Walter Nisbeth Road.

Former Cadastre Director wins appeal case against his dismissal

Source: The Daily Herald | Former Cadastre Director wins appeal case against his dismissal PHILIPSBURG–The Joint Court of Justice on Friday awarded damages to former Cadastre Director Clemens Roos in connection with his dismissal as per August 19, 2015, after it emerged that he had kept information about his conviction of fraud in the Netherlands

Voting papers arrive late abroad, on time on islands

Source: The Daily Herald | Voting papers arrive late abroad, on time on islands   THE HAGUE–The late or non-arrival of voting papers of Dutch voters abroad has raised concerns. Democratic Party D66 candidate Eelco Keij is taking action and D66 Member of the Second Chamber Sjoerd Sjoerdsma is seeking clarity from the Dutch Government.

Prosecutor’s Office Bulletin

Source: The Daily Herald | Prosecutor’s Office Bulletin The Judge on instruction on Friday March 3, 2017 in connection with the MARS Investigation into the disappearance of the two men S.L. Sarante-Diaz and E. Rosario. ordered the custody of suspect K.K.K.S. for eight (8) days she was arrested and detained on February 21. The suspect

Constancia is released

Source: The Daily Herald | Constancia is released WILLEMSTAD–Thursday afternoon Curaçao Parliamentarian Jacinta Constancia (MFK) was released from custody on order of the Prosecutor’s Office in Willemstad.  The reason was that it’s not considered necessary to keep her behind bars in the interest of the investigation into her assault on MAN-fraction member Giselle McWilliam in

Sr. Regina School celebrates anniversary with bike-a-thon

Source: The Daily Herald | Sr. Regina School celebrates anniversary with bike-a-thon A scene during the bike-a-thon. PHILIPSBURG–The Sr. Regina Primary School recently celebrated its 49th anniversary educating pupils in St. Maarten with a fundraising bike-a-thon, which is now in its tenth year.   The early morning rainy weather did not deter participants from coming

Carib Marine Dinghy to be won in Kidz At Sea Raffle

Source: The Daily Herald | Carib Marine Dinghy to be won in Kidz At Sea Raffle Ellen van Holland-Little of Budget Marine and Garth Steyn of Kidz At Sea Foundation   SIMPSON BAY–Kidz At Sea Foundation is offering a Carib Marine dinghy in its fundraising raffle. The dinghy was donated by Budget Marine and is

Dutch Caribbean STAT System launched at CBS conference

Source: The Daily Herald | Dutch Caribbean STAT System launched at CBS conference From left:  Curacao CBS Director Sean de Boer, STAT Director Makini Hickinson, Dutch CBS Director-General Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi, Caribbean Netherlands CBS Manager Quintin Knuf and CBS Aruba Director Marlon Faarup.   WILLEMSTAD–The Dutch Caribbean Statistical System (DCSS) was recently launched at the first

Ladies and the law

Source: The Daily Herald | Ladies and the law The lovely Heineken ladies were the highlight of the night with their cheerful smiles and great personalities. Regatta participants and visitors took the opportunity to take pictures with the ladies during Thursday’s opening party.   Voluntary Corps St. Maarten VKS officers were on duty along with

UTS’ Chippie has special giveaways during Regatta

Source: The Daily Herald | UTS’ Chippie has special giveaways during Regatta UTS Marketing and Communications Officer Ivy Lambert and Heineken Regatta Director Michele van der Werff holding the CaribServe trophy, which will be presented to the sailing crew with the most worthy performance.  PHILIPSBURG–United Telecommunication Services (UTS) Chippie service is again on board as

Sailors Lounge set up at Walter Plantz Square

Source: The Daily Herald | Sailors Lounge set up at Walter Plantz Square From left: Regatta Director Michelle van der Werff, Port St. Maarten Project and Cruise Provisioning Coordinator Lela Simmonds, Walter Plantz Square Manager Addison Richardson, and St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Chairman John Gifford.   PHILIPSBURG–A sailors lounge will be set up at Walter

St. Eustatius Island Council discusses Van Zwol’s visit

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Eustatius Island Council discusses Van Zwol’s visit Members of the Island and Executive Councils. ST. EUSTATIUS–The Island Council of St. Eustatius met on Monday to discuss pending matters including the visit of General Secretary Richard van Zwol.   Present at the meeting were Chairman Julian Woodley, Council members Clyde

Government Simpson Bay Parking Lot Reserved for Heineken Regatta

Source: The Daily Herald | Government Simpson Bay Parking Lot Reserved for Heineken Regatta News Release Government Simpson Bay Parking Lot Reserved for Heineken Regatta GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the Government Parking Lot in Simpson Bay (Kim Sha Beach) has

Swipe 37 winners

Source: The Daily Herald | Swipe 37 winners Windward Islands Bank (WIB) Managing Director Derek Downes (centre) recently presented the prizes to the two winners of the bank’s St. Maarten Heineken Regatta “Swipe 37” campaign. The two winners received VIP passes. Sumara Goring (left) won a VIP pass for UB40 Show on Sunday, while Swinda

Brunache’s brother convicted of illegal firearm possession

Source: The Daily Herald | Brunache’s brother convicted of illegal firearm possession PHILIPSBURG–Ronald Brunache (35), the brother of Franky Brunache who was shot and killed in Hope Estate on January 24, stood trial Wednesday on illegal firearm possession charges.   Ronald was found in possession of a Glock firearm, which was found in a cupboard

MJP deposits list of election candidates

Source: The Daily Herald | MJP deposits list of election candidates MJP candidates at the Préfecture after depositing their list for the March 19 Territorial Council elections. Louis Mussington (centre) is holding the deposit slip.   Marigot–The Movement for Justice and Prosperity (MJP) deposited its final list of candidates at the Préfecture on Wednesday afternoon.

French-side sea rescue evacuates crew member from cruise ship

Source: The Daily Herald | French-side sea rescue evacuates crew member from cruise ship SNSM’s Rescue Star approaches the cruise ship Braemar during the early morning hours of Monday to evacuate a sick crew member.   MARIGOT–French-side sea rescue SNSM volunteers were called out early Monday morning to evacuate an engine room crew member from

Koenders values islands’ input on foreign issues

Source: The Daily Herald | Koenders values islands’ input on foreign issues The joint press conference in Aruba. From left: St. Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman and caretaker Curaçao Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman.   THE HAGUE–Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders said

164 students apply for study financing

Source: The Daily Herald | 164 students apply for study financing PHILIPSBURG–A total of 164 students applied for study financing to pursue their tertiary studies, Education Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Wednesday.    A total of 74 of the applicants are students who have already completed high school; 29 are already pursuing tertiary studies; 29

Ash Wednesday

Source: The Daily Herald | Ash Wednesday The fete and partying across the Christian world came to a close as Lent started on Ash Wednesday. The faithful headed to mass and other prayers and received the sign of the cross on their forehead at the end of the worship. Parishioners of St. Martin of Tours

MSU students visit on comparative law trip

Source: The Daily Herald | MSU students visit on comparative law trip Gracita Arrindell (centre) with Michigan State University students at USM.   PHILIPSBURG–Students from Michigan State University (MSU) and Professor Steven Bow along with exchange programme assistant Linda Bow are visiting St. Maarten as part of their comparative law studies.   Former Parliament Chairwoman

Additional Bridge Opening Times for Heineken Regatta

Source: The Daily Herald | Additional Bridge Opening Times for Heineken Regatta Press release  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 SIMPSON BAY – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) would like to advise motorists in connection with the 37th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta activities in the Simpson Bay area during the

Excavation permit for Pearl of China

Source: The Daily Herald | Excavation permit for Pearl of China BELAIR–Government has issued an excavation permit and a permit for the construction of a retaining wall to the developers of the Pearl of China project slated for Belair Beachfront.

Police seeking info from Hope Estate residents

Source: The Daily Herald | Police seeking info from Hope Estate residents PHILIPSBURG–The Police Force is again reaching out to the entire community, in particular residents of Hope Estate, for cooperation in the ongoing investigation of the fatal shooting of Franklin Brunache just after 11:00pm January 24.

Meyers calls on Govt. to explain how shortfalls will be addressed

Source: The Daily Herald | Meyers calls on Govt. to explain how shortfalls will be addressed PHILIPSBURG–Government needs to explain to Parliament as soon as possible how it intends to cover the shortfalls in revenue from dwindling cruise ship calls, said United People’s (UP) party deputy leader Member of Parliament (MP) Franklin Meyers .

French-side Carnival

Source: The Daily Herald | French-side Carnival The French-side Carnival officially came to an end on Wednesday night with the burring of King Momo, a straw figure that is the manifested spirit of Carnival. Thousands attended the Wete Fete organized by Carnavalesque de St. Martin (FCDSM) with performances by several popular local and regional acts.

Three arrested for firearm possession

Source: The Daily Herald | Three arrested for firearm possession COLE BAY– A white Hyundai i10 with licence plate R-1862 was stopped and controlled by police close to 10:00pm Monday during a general vehicle control at the border roundabout on Union Road.

CDA asks about high food prices on islands

Source: The Daily Herald | CDA asks about high food prices on islands THE HAGUE–The Christian Democratic Party CDA wants to know whether there is an agriculture and/or food policy for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba to curb the high food prices and trade deficit on the islands.

SXM DOET partners with Domino’s Pizza

Source: The Daily Herald | SXM DOET partners with Domino’s Pizza PHILIPSBURG–The SXM DOET Project Management Team has announced a new partnership with Domino’s Pizza.

Hot N Spicy overall winner of Adult Grand Carnival parade

Source: The Daily Herald | Hot N Spicy overall winner of Adult Grand Carnival parade MARIGOT–Frederique Porier’s Hot N Spicy troupe emerged as the overall winner of Sunday’s Grand Parade while the Cultural Association of Sandy Ground took the overall honours for the Children’s Parade when results were announced in Carnival Village last night.

Govt. urged to draft action plan to improve conditions in prison

Source: The Daily Herald | Govt. urged to draft action plan to improve conditions in prison PHILIPSBURG–The Pointe Blanche Inmates Association, with lawyers Sjamira Roseburg and Shaira Bommel as their legal representatives, took Government to Court on Tuesday because the safety of inmates at Pointe Blanche prison cannot be guaranteed and the living conditions are

The Cliff also closed on Governor’s orders

Source: The Daily Herald | The Cliff also closed on Governor’s orders ST. EUSTATIUS–Following the closure of adult entertainment centre Zeelandia Lounge/Pink Pearl last week Wednesday, Acting Island Governor of St. Eustatius Julian Woodley on Monday announced that The Cliff entertainment club was also closed down.

First prize for Els Mommers at Mexico City Quilt Festival

Source: The Daily Herald | First prize for Els Mommers at Mexico City Quilt Festival Els Mommers with her prize-winning quilt.   SABA–Resident of Saba Els Mommers captured first prize with her entry for the International Quilt Festival in Mexico City last week. Entries had to be based on the motto: “Endemic flora and fauna

School fire

Source: The Daily Herald | School fire Police and Fire Department officials rushed to Hillside Christian Primary School on Monday morning to respond to a fire that broke out near the new classrooms presently being constructed at the school. The fire was contained by fire-fighters and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire

MOCSAM presents list for March 19 elections

Source: The Daily Herald | MOCSAM presents list for March 19 elections MOCSAM members pose with Julien Gumbs at Le Beach Hotel.   MARIGOT–Head of Mouvement Citoyen de Saint Martin (MOCSAM) Julien Gumbs presented his list of candidates for the March 19 and 26 Territorial Council elections at Le Beach Hotel on Friday evening. Not

Generation Hope: ‘We will turn this shattered economy around’

Source: The Daily Herald | Generation Hope: ‘We will turn this shattered economy around’ Jules Charville talks at the public meeting where his list to contest the Territorial Election was presented. Members of the list look in the background.   MARIGOT–Independent Territorial Councillor Jules Charville on Friday evening presented the full list of Generation Hope’s

Tropicalife launches Carnival troupe for children and teens

Source: The Daily Herald | Tropicalife launches Carnival troupe for children and teens Tropicalife Zebra section. (Andrew Dick photo) PHILIPSBURG–Catering to youngsters, Tropicalife launched its five-section Carnival troupe at the Philipsburg Cultural Centre on Saturday. The troupe plans to take part in the 2017 Carnival parade in April and parents flocked to the event to see

SCDF members promoting St. Maarten Carnival abroad

Source: The Daily Herald | SCDF members promoting St. Maarten Carnival abroad Former president and current SCDF member Gina Illidge (centre) represented SCDF and, by extension, St. Maarten during Aruba’s 2017 Carnival festivities. She is pictured here with Stichting Maneho di Aruba su Carnaval (SMAC) President Shannon Henriquez (third from right) and members of Aruba’s

Job Placement, Social Welfare staffers conclude ILO training

Source: The Daily Herald | Job Placement, Social Welfare staffers conclude ILO training Labour Minister Emil Lee pose with participants of the ILO training and other representatives of the Ministry.   PHILIPSBURG–Staffers at the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour’s VSA Job Placement and Social Welfare Units participated in a five-day International Labour

Nature Foundation re-launches marine mammal monitoring

Source: The Daily Herald | Nature Foundation re-launches marine mammal monitoring Humpback Whale Mother and Calf taken around St. Maarten COLE BAY–Nature Foundation has started its Marine Mammal Monitoring Project which will run until May and entails a wide scale census of all Marine Mammals found in St. Maarten/ St. Martin territorial waters, including within

Attorney released for health reasons

Source: The Daily Herald | Attorney released for health reasons ~Remains a suspect in Ostrich case~ PHILIPSBURG–The Judge of Instruction on Friday deemed the arrest and detention of Attorney Brenda Brooks lawful, however her detention was suspended by the Prosecutor’s Office because of health reasons.   The judge believes there are sufficient suspicions of involvement

Orléans Hardware celebrated 35 years serving community

Source: The Daily Herald | Orléans Hardware celebrated 35 years serving community Chamber of Commerce President Jean Arnell (right) presents Laurent Flanders with an “honour and merit” plaque for serving the community for 35 years. Looking on is Chamber of Commerce Director Magguy Gumbs with flowers and Mervin “Junior” Flanders (far left).   MARIGOT–On Saturday,

Sheriff helps Anguilla students

Source: The Daily Herald | Sheriff helps Anguilla students Sheriff Security Force Anguilla went on board as a sponsor of students from the Albena Lake–Hodge Comprehensive School on that island, who participated in the Leeward Island Debating Competition in Nevis. The company’s Sales and Marketing representative in St. Maarten Kenty Lichtenberg said students had been

Dutch Caribbean makes impact on Literature Festival in Havana

Source: The Daily Herald | Dutch Caribbean makes impact on Literature Festival in Havana From left: Aruban-Spanish scholar Mirto Laclé and his wife, authors Loekie Morales and Diana Lebacs, consul of the Dominican Republic Pedro Ureña Rib, librarian/researcher Emilio Rodriguez, author Leo Regals and his wife at the consul’s residence in Havana, Cuba, during the

Agri-cultural market on St. Peters streets

Source: The Daily Herald | Agri-cultural market on St. Peters streets Local produce on display and on sale at Sunday’s Market Day and Music Festival in St. Peters.     ST. PETERS–The streets of St. Peters were transformed into an open-air produce market and agri-cultural manifestation Sunday, organised by the St. Peters Community Garden Research

Women’s empowerment dissected at conference

Source: The Daily Herald | Women’s empowerment dissected at conference A section of attendees at the conference. PHILIPSBURG–The topic of the economic empowerment of women in the changing world of work was dissected at a conference hosted by the Windward Islands Teachers Union’s (WITU’s) Status of Women’s Committee at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel

InselAir Aruba auction delayed

Source: The Daily Herald | InselAir Aruba auction delayed ARUBA–The auction of the inventory of InselAir by the Tax Department of Aruba has been postponed for the time being, according to a report from news outlet NoticiaCla.   The fiscal authorities had seized bank accounts and property of InselAir Aruba because of a hefty tax

Final booth-holder meeting Tuesday

Source: The Daily Herald | Final booth-holder meeting Tuesday PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is inviting all Carnival 2017 booth-holders to their final meeting before the 2017 Carnival season gets underway in Dutch St. Maarten, at University of St. Maarten (USM) room 202 at 7:00pm Tuesday.

Port hires locals in Cargo Ops Division

Source: The Daily Herald | Port hires locals in Cargo Ops Division POINTE BLANCHE–Port St. Maarten has recently hired two young local professionals in its Cargo Operations Division. Keevan Gipson was hired as an Operation Analyst and Eugenio Jones is a Crane Operator Trainee.

Mixed figures in Statia crime report for 2016

Source: The Daily Herald | Mixed figures in Statia crime report for 2016 ST. EUSTATIUS–The 2016 crime report for St. Eustatius showed a decline in certain crimes, whereas other categories of crime increased last year, Local Chief of Basic Police Care Maurice van Velzen said.

St. Maarten receives draft US pre-clearance agreement

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten receives draft US pre-clearance agreement MAHO–Efforts to realise pre-clearance for the United States introduced at Princess Juliana International Airport SXM moved one step closer to reality when the first round of meetings were held between St. Maarten and negotiators for the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and

Father shot son Friday

Source: The Daily Herald | Father shot son Friday PHILIPSBURG–A man reportedly shot his son in the arm on Friday evening in Philipsburg after a heated argument. The son who was shot had already gone to the St. Maarten Medical Center for treatment before police arrived at his home.

Island Gems donates art supplies to MAC Early Stimulation Centre

Source: The Daily Herald | Island Gems donates art supplies to MAC Early Stimulation Centre PHILIPSBURG–Island Gems Charity Foundation recently donated a significant amount of art supplies to the Methodist Agogic Centre’s (MAC) Early Stimulation Centre. The supplies will be used to support and foster the artistic talents of pupils.

Community Garden hosts Agri-cultural Market Day

Source: The Daily Herald | Community Garden hosts Agri-cultural Market Day ST. PETERS–St. Peters Community Gardens will be hosting a “Cultural Xpression” Agri-cultural Community Market Day and Music Festival at Rupert Maynard Community Centre in St. Peters on Sunday, 11:00am to 10:00pm.

Clifton and Galvani win Carnival crowns

Source: The Daily Herald | Clifton and Galvani win Carnival crowns By Andrew Dick MARIGOT– Euphoria in collaboration with Festivités Carnavalesques de Saint Martin (FCDSM) hosted two pageants at the same time at the Carnival Village in Galisbay on Thursday evening. Tasyanna Clifton was crowned Teen Queen and Shaïna Galvani won the Senior Queen tittle.

St. Maarten listed as spot of rich travellers

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten listed as spot of rich travellers PHILIPSBURG– St. Maarten has been named the number four destination that the rich like to trip to in the Caribbean in a recent article published online on Bloomberg.com.

UP requests a meeting on state of GEBE and outages

Source: The Daily Herald | UP requests a meeting on state of GEBE and outages PHILIPSBURG–The recent spate of countrywide power outages and load-shedding and the current financial state of utilities company GEBE are the catalyst for a request by United People’s (UP) party Members of Parliament for a Central Committee meeting with the company’s

MP to resign after assault

Source: The Daily Herald | MP to resign after assault Constancia being led away by police ~Criminal investigation opened~ WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao Member of Parliament (MP) for MFK Jacinta Constancia said she would step down after assaulting and injuring MAN-fraction member Giselle McWilliam. The aggressor was nonetheless detained by police and a criminal investigation is underway.  

ExCo survives confidence vote, agreement with NuStar ratified

Source: The Daily Herald | ExCo survives confidence vote, agreement with NuStar ratified Opening of the Island Council meeting at the public library.   ST. EUSTATIUS–The Executive Council survived a vote of no-confidence during the Island Council meeting in which the agreement between NuStar N.V. and St. Eustatius was ratified.   The other discussions ranged

Dr. Simmonds galvanises base at congress closure

Source: The Daily Herald | Dr. Simmonds galvanises base at congress closure JP President Louis Mussington presenting the team at the party’s first congress. (Soualiga Post photo).   Marigot–The visit of Political Science Professor, Dr. Keith Simmonds from Florida A&M University was the highlight of Movement for Justice and Prosperity’s (MJP) first party congress held

Attorney Brooks arrested in connection with Ostrich case

Source: The Daily Herald | Attorney Brooks arrested in connection with Ostrich case PHILIPSBURG–Brenda Brooks was detained on Wednesday at her home in Saunders by detectives in connection with the Border Protection Services officers who were arrested for human smuggling, bribery and abuse of their function. It regards the “Ostrich” investigation. Brooks, a long-time attorney,

Trade deficits down in Saba, Statia, going up on Bonaire

Source: The Daily Herald | Trade deficits down in Saba, Statia, going up on Bonaire Trade deficits in, from left: Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in 2014, 2015 and 2016. SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS–Bonaire’s trade deficit has increased for the second consecutive year in 2016, whereas the trade deficits of St. Eustatius and Saba declined compared with

Rhuggenaath PAR leader

Source: The Daily Herald | Rhuggenaath PAR leader Former political leader Zita Jesus-Leito and her successor Eugene Rhuggenaath.  WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao’s caretaker Minister of Economic Development Eugene Ruggenaath was chosen by the party council to become the new political leader of PAR.   He succeeds also outgoing Health Minister Zita Jesus-Leito. She was in turn elected as

CC1 presents Carnival troupe Reign of Olympus

Source: The Daily Herald | CC1 presents Carnival troupe Reign of Olympus Coca-Cola-inspired section CAY HILL–CC1 St. Maarten, the official distributor of Coca-Cola on the island, in collaboration with Blue Etoile Production unveiled its Carnival troupe “Reign of Olympus” at Tantra Nightclub and Sanctuary last weekend.   Club-goers were bedazzled by the three colourful sections

Mid-Isle donates items collected by Interactors

Source: The Daily Herald | Mid-Isle donates items collected by Interactors CIA Interact Club members donating the items collected. SIMPSON BAY–The Caribbean International Academy (CIA) Interact Club held a donation drive in December 2016 to help those in need in the community. The Interactors were asked to collect books, toys, personal and sanitary items, non-perishable

Six to represent St. Maarten at Leeward Islands Debate

Source: The Daily Herald | Six to represent St. Maarten at Leeward Islands Debate From left: Rayjenni Carty (St. Dominic High), Dawud Chapman (St. Maarten Academy); Yashika Nandwani (St. Dominic High), Stefanus Waakzaam (St. Dominic High); Diandra Marlin (MPC and USM) and Imani Henry (St. Maarten Academy).   PHILIPSBURG–Six students from three high schools in

Sex education, reproductive health discussed by MPs and teenagers

Source: The Daily Herald | Sex education, reproductive health discussed by MPs and teenagers PHILIPSBURG–Members of St. Maarten AIDS Foundation Youth Wing urged lawmakers on Tuesday to look into several issues that affect sexual and reproductive health and rights of teenagers in a Central Committee meeting of Parliament.

Two arrests in fatal shooting at Hope Estate

Source: The Daily Herald | Two arrests in fatal shooting at Hope Estate POINT BLANCHE–Members of the St. Maarten Police Force and the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team (RST) led by the Prosecutor’s Office and in the presence of the investigative judge held two house searches in Pointe Blanche and in Belvedere on Tuesday afternoon.

More arrests in ongoing MARS-investigation

Source: The Daily Herald | More arrests in ongoing MARS-investigation OM Spokesperson G. Bernadina PHILIPSBURG–In light of the ongoing investigation code-named “MARS” a house search took place on Tuesday, February 21 early in the morning in Dutch Quarter.  The investigation was led by the Prosecutor’s Office in collaboration with members of the Police Force (KPSM)

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