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August 19, 2017

St. Maarten & St. Martin

BREAKING NEWS: Man shot during scuffle in Middle Region

Source: The Daily Herald | BREAKING NEWS: Man shot during scuffle in Middle Region MIDDLE REGION–Police patrols rushed to Philips Drive close to 2:00pm on Tuesday afternoon after hearing reports of a shooting in the area. One man was found injured on the floor of his home, according to police.

Island Council discusses Marine Ordinance and national holidays

Source: The Daily Herald | Island Council discusses Marine Ordinance and national holidays Island Councilwoman for Progressive Labour Party (PLP) Rechelline Leerdam (standing) addressing the Island Council.   ST. EUSTATIUS–Topics such as the Marine Ordinance, Emancipation Day (July 1) as a national holiday and a national day of prayer were discussed during Friday’s Island Council

One million euros available for opportunities for children

Source: The Daily Herald | One million euros available for opportunities for children Commissioner Rolando Wilson (standing) speaking to social organisations during the information session on Saba. SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS–Last week, the social organizations on Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius were informed about the new funding scheme “Opportunities for all Children” of the Ministry of Social

Probe into fire at Isla

Source: The Daily Herald | Probe into fire at Isla The day after. WILLEMSTAD–An investigation will be launched following the massive fire that occurred on Sunday at Curaçao’s Isla oil refinery. The fire at the facility run by Venezuelan state oil company “Petróleos de Venezuela” PDVSA started at one of the crude distillation units. President of PDVSA

Mother’s Day fundraiser

Source: The Daily Herald | Mother’s Day fundraiser A group of women from the Indian community recently came together to celebrate Mother’s Day and raise funds for a good cause. After the festivities that included games and prizes for the best Indian outfits in Newa Chopstix restaurant on Front Street, event organisers Harsha Shivlani and

Pig feast

Source: The Daily Herald | Pig feast Roaming pigs and piglets continued to wreak havoc on garbage bins and collection points in St. Peters. This single parent and her drove had a fiesta in this garbage pile on Sugar Apple Road on Monday a few hours before the garbage was collected. Aside from pigs making

Ortega on board

Source: The Daily Herald | Ortega on board St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently welcomed its newest board member Benjamin Ortega. The new member was elected in April to fill the seat vacated by now Member of Parliament Sidharth “Cookie” Bijlani. In photo: Ortega is welcomed by Louis Bute (Treasurer), Peggy-Ann Brandon (President)

Haitian community celebrates 214th anniversary of their flag

Source: The Daily Herald | Haitian community celebrates 214th anniversary of their flag A model in traditional wear on stage during the evening to commemorate the 214th anniversary of the Haitian Flag. MARIGOT–Association Les A organised an event at the Sandy Ground Cultural Center on May 18 to celebrate the 214th anniversary of the Haitian

Charlotte Brookson Academy students to compete in France

Source: The Daily Herald | Charlotte Brookson Academy students to compete in France PHILIPSBURG–Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts (CBA) students Faith Peterson, Kiara Vanterpool, Lian Borsje, Ray Angel Boasman and Jeremiah David will be forming part of the National Institute of Arts (NIA) delegation to compete in Champagne, France, May 25-28. The five CBA

Joint Court delays Corallo’s bail request indefinitely

Source: The Daily Herald | Joint Court delays Corallo’s bail request indefinitely PHILIPSBURG–Businessman Francesco Corallo will have to wait a bit longer to hear his faith, as the Joint Court postponed a verdict on the request to release him on a US $3 million dollar bail. Prosecutor’s Office Spokesman Norman Serphos made the announcement on

Non-active Coast Guard Officer Illidge shot dead

Source: The Daily Herald | Non-active Coast Guard Officer Illidge shot dead WILLEMSTAD–Gregory Bertrand Illidge, born in Aruba on January 8, 1963, was shot and killed in Curaçao on Sunday.

GEBE meeting on Wednesday

Source: The Daily Herald | GEBE meeting on Wednesday PHILIPSBURG–Members of Parliament (MPs) will continue their discussion about the current state of affairs at utilities company GEBE on Wednesday starting at 2:00pm in Parliament House. Energy Affairs Minister and Shareholder’s Representative Christophe Emmanuel will be present for the session together with the management team of

‘La Case Creole’ recreation a highlight of St. Louis Fête

Source: The Daily Herald | ‘La Case Creole’ recreation a highlight of St. Louis Fête MARIGOT–The historic cultural grounds of St. Louis hosted the annual Rambaud St. Louis Freetown Fête on Sunday, a reminder that a legacy of cultural activities always existed in this village and who better to revive them than the Rambaud St.

Boasman: ‘No witch hunt’ will be tolerated from Asset Team

Source: The Daily Herald | Boasman: ‘No witch hunt’ will be tolerated from Asset Team PHILIPSBURG–No witch hunt will be tolerated from the recently installed Asset Recovery Team, Justice Minister Rafael Boasman assured Members of Parliament (MPs) on Monday afternoon. His assurance to Parliament and the community comes on the heels of serious concerns and

Minister Doncher’s brother tipped to serve on Airport Holding board

Source: The Daily Herald | Minister Doncher’s brother tipped to serve on Airport Holding board AIRPORT–Businessman Dexter Doncher has been identified as a candidate to fill the Chairman’s position on the Airport Holding Board of Princess Juliana International Airport SXM. The Council of Ministers will vote this week on his appointment.

Suspicious men held at Hollywood Casino

Source: The Daily Herald | Suspicious men held at Hollywood Casino COLE BAY–Police reported on Monday that a patrol was directed to Hollywood Casino on Sunday close to 2:00am which resulted in the arrest of three men.

First murder for 2017 reported in Anguilla

Source: The Daily Herald | First murder for 2017 reported in Anguilla ANGUILLA–Police are reporting a shooting incident in the area of the Yellow Banana store in Stoney Ground that resulted in the death of 24 year old Anderson Carty of North Hill. This is the first murder in Anguilla for 2017.

Anguillians take the stage at Lit Fest on Saturday

Source: The Daily Herald | Anguillians take the stage at Lit Fest on Saturday Anguillian presenters at the Rise up and Shine breakfast session. ANGUILLA–Presenters on Saturday, May 20, Rise up and Shine breakfast session at the Lit Fest were from Anguilla. It was under the theme “Revolution Revelations” and held in the beautiful setting

Young motorcyclist dies in La Samanna accident

Source: The Daily Herald | Young motorcyclist dies in La Samanna accident MARIGOT–A 20-year-old man died on Saturday after succumbing to injuries caused by a motorcycle accident. According to the Gendarmerie, the victim hit a wall outside the entrance to La Samanna Hotel at 4:30pm after apparently losing control of the motorbike. Despite the best

MPs to dissect Asset Recovery Team today

Source: The Daily Herald | MPs to dissect Asset Recovery Team today PHILIPSBURG–The installation of an Asset Recovery Team to seize assets acquired via criminal means will be the topic of discussion between Members of Parliament (MPs) and Justice Minister Rafael Boasman today, Monday. The urgent public plenary session of Parliament will be held at

Process to amend Constitution resumes, despite protest Statia

Source: The Daily Herald | Process to amend Constitution resumes, despite protest Statia THE HAGUE–The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament has started the process of the second reading to amend the Dutch Constitution to embed the constitutional basis of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and to establish an Electoral Council for the islands, despite

Venezuelans in St. Maarten

Source: The Daily Herald | Venezuelans in St. Maarten Venezuelans in St. Maarten once again gathered at Simpson Bay Saturday evening to express concern about the ongoing crisis in their homeland and solidarity with the people rising up against the Maduro regime. They have also started collecting medical supplies that are scarce in the South

APS signs agreement for pension reform financing

Source: The Daily Herald | APS signs agreement for pension reform financing PHILIPSBURG–Actual pension reforms in St. Maarten are one step closer to being implemented following the signing of an agreement between the general pension fund administrator APS and St. Maarten’s Finance Minister Richard Gibson, Sr.

Largest airlift conference ever held in the Caribbean

Source: The Daily Herald | Largest airlift conference ever held in the Caribbean AIRPORT–Without exaggeration, the upcoming Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St. Maarten June 13-15 may be called the most significant and largest airlift conference ever held in the Caribbean. The numbers speak for themselves; thirty highly qualified professionals making thirty presentations spread over three

Lake believes Parliament will do right thing about independence

Source: The Daily Herald | Lake believes Parliament will do right thing about independence PHILIPSBURG–Independence for St. Martin Foundation (ISMF) Co-Founder and President José Lake Jr. said the Foundation is encouraged by the response of Parliament about its call for a referendum on the country’s constitutional future.

Appointment booking for SMART starts now

Source: The Daily Herald | Appointment booking for SMART starts now PHILIPSBURG–The appointment booking for St. Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) between international tour operators and agents, local hoteliers and activity providers opens as of today, Monday, tradeshow organisers said on Sunday. SMART kicks off on Wednesday, June 14, in The Westin Dawn Beach

St. Maarten stays on TUI’s radar

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten stays on TUI’s radar RIJSWIJK–The decision of tour operator TUI to cease flights to St. Maarten per November does not mean that the destination is completely off the radar. TUI fly Belgium starts flying from Brussels late October, while TUI fly Netherlands will keep selling holiday packages to

Fire at Curaçao refinery under control

Source: The Daily Herald | Fire at Curaçao refinery under control WILLEMSTAD – Fire broke out this morning at the Isla oil refinery in Curaçao on Sunday about 5:40am and was contained some three and a half hours later. There were no victims. Several fire brigades on the island provided assistance. The blaze occurred for

Ombudsman urges MPs to make use of High Councils

Source: The Daily Herald | Ombudsman urges MPs to make use of High Councils PHILIPSBURG–Make use of the expertise and seek advice from the country’s High Councils of State and do extensive research before approving any law was the firm advice of Ombudsman Nilda Arduin to Members of Parliament (MPs) on Friday.

Court says Ocean Explorers may stay at Kim Sha beach

Source: The Daily Herald | Court says Ocean Explorers may stay at Kim Sha beach SIMPSON BAY–Ocean Explorers dive center, operated by Go Dive St. Maarten NV and Beach Bums Watersports NV, will be allowed to conduct their business on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay, the Court of First Instance decided in an injunction

St. Maarten police have cyber attacks on radar

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten police have cyber attacks on radar PHILIPSBURG–The Police Force of St. Maarten (KPSM) has been handling different forms of complaints of cybercrime over the years. In the wake of the recent global threats by ransomware viruses, KPSM has embarked on an initiative to raise awareness of the growing

MAC High student wins Junior Minister of Tourism competition

Source: The Daily Herald | MAC High student wins Junior Minister of Tourism competition PHILIPSBURG–Kiara Meyers won the title of Junior Minister of Tourism at Sonesta Great Bay Resort on Friday morning. St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) organised its Junior Minister of Tourism Inter-Scholastic Panel Discussion, with nine schools competing.

No compensation for pension loss

Source: The Daily Herald | No compensation for pension loss THE HAGUE–Retired civil servants of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba receiving a pension will not be compensated for the 3.5 per cent reduction of their monthly pay-out by Caribbean Netherlands Pension Fund PCN.

Dutch islands and DR seek to strengthen ties

Source: The Daily Herald | Dutch islands and DR seek to strengthen ties THE HAGUE–Representatives of St. Maarten, Aruba, and Curaçao recently met with Dominican Republic Minister for Regional Integration Policy Miguel Mejia and his delegation about strengthening ties between the kingdom and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island.

Real Auto dealership opens new location in Grand Case

Source: The Daily Herald | Real Auto dealership opens new location in Grand Case GRAND CASE–Real Auto dealership has expanded its operations with a new location at 2 Z.A. de L’Esperance, Grand Case. This comes nine months after Real Auto was launched on the Dutch side.

‘Letters of May’ art exhibit, book raise awareness for mental health

Source: The Daily Herald | ‘Letters of May’ art exhibit, book raise awareness for mental health CAY HILL–Escaping the Vault and Mental Health Foundation (MHF) on Friday afternoon jointly launched “Letters of May,” an art exhibition and book launch at MHF’s Faraja Center on Leopard Road.

Violations Saba Bank persistent

Source: The Daily Herald | Violations Saba Bank persistent THE HAGUE–Violations by the maritime sector at the Saba Bank remain a problem. Ship owners keep trespassing in the restricted area, and the number of violations has not decreased last year. The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard wants harsher measures against multiple offenders.

Cadastre office officially opens

Source: The Daily Herald | Cadastre office officially opens ST. EUSTATIUS–A ceremony to commemorate the official opening of the Cadastre Office at Fort Oranje was held on Monday. A Dutch delegation travelled to St. Eustatius to take part in the ceremony, consisting of Sybilla Dekker, Kadaster NL Head Dorine Burmanje, Frank Tierolff, Ron Icke, Richard

Belvedere homeowners battling crumbling houses

Source: The Daily Herald | Belvedere homeowners battling crumbling houses PHILIPSBURG–The dream of homeownership is crumbling, sinking and sagging for a number of homeowners in Belvedere. At least four owners, among them Priscilla Jack-Johnson, want St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) to remedy what they deem is the result of shoddy construction on the homes

CFBC-CEMSS partnership launches schools’ hydroponics programme

Source: The Daily Herald | CFBC-CEMSS partnership launches schools’ hydroponics programme Minister Richards (left) inspects a plant at the hydroponics farm. ST. KITTS–An Agricultural Hydroponics System was launched at the Charles E. Mills Secondary School (CEMSS) on Wednesday, May 17, when lecturer from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), Stuart Laplace officially handed over the

Governor and Govt. officials attend meetings in St. Martin

Source: The Daily Herald | Governor and Govt. officials attend meetings in St. Martin Participants in the discussions with Préfète Anne Laubies and Governor Scott.   ANGUILLA– Governor Christina Scott and a delegation from the Anguilla Government attended meetings in Marigot, St. Martin on Tuesday, May 16. Representatives from the customs, immigration, fisheries, police, maritime

English as first language course given to teachers

Source: The Daily Herald | English as first language course given to teachers ST. EUSTATIUS–With the change of the language of instruction to English, it is required that teaching staff and other school employees have a good command of the English language. Therefore, the Department of Education is to ensure that all primary and secondary

Junior Carnival Queen Pageant to re-emerge this year on Statia

Source: The Daily Herald | Junior Carnival Queen Pageant to re-emerge this year on Statia Junior Carnival Queen Pageant contestants, from left: Navienska Cuvalay, Guillermallien Dorset, Gercia Brown, Dayna Richardson,  Elshe Spanner and Cathryn Sanchez.   ST. EUSTATIUS–The Junior Carnival Queen Pageant has come to life again on St. Eustatius. Six beautiful and talented young ladies, ranging

Coast Guard arrests more illegal immigrants in 2016

Source: The Daily Herald | Coast Guard arrests more illegal immigrants in 2016 THE HAGUE–The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard apprehended more illegal immigrants in 2016. In total 122 persons were arrested, of whom 36 near St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba. The majority, 60, were caught in Curaçao and another 26 in Aruba. In 2015,

Two robbers target Cappuccino Diner

Source: The Daily Herald | Two robbers target Cappuccino Diner COLE BAY–Two masked men with guns rushed inside Cappuccino Restaurant and Bar on Wednesday at approximately 11:20pm. Police reported on Thursday that the two men threatened everyone inside the business.

Meeting Plasterk, Simmons stranded

Source: The Daily Herald | Meeting Plasterk, Simmons stranded THE HAGUE–The meeting between St. Eustatius Commissioner of Constitutional Affairs Derrick Simmons and caretaker Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk on Thursday did not go ahead. Other than that, Simmons was positive about his visit to The Hague this week.

ODM: Prepare for hurricane season

Source: The Daily Herald | ODM: Prepare for hurricane season PHILIPSBURG–The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) is calling on the community to begin to prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1, and to have the necessary plans in place before the peak period of the season, which is from August to

Two seriously hurt in traffic accident

Source: The Daily Herald | Two seriously hurt in traffic accident PHILIPSBURG–The Police Traffic Department was alerted to a serious traffic accident that took place on L.B. Scott Road at 1:20am Thursday. The driver of a vehicle with license plate M-7486 travelling from St. Peters toward the Church Hill roundabout lost control and collided with

Armed robbery suspect facing 12 years in jail

Source: The Daily Herald | Armed robbery suspect facing 12 years in jail PHILIPSBURG–Twenty-seven year old O.T.G, suspected of having committed eleven armed robberies at Chinese supermarkets and restaurants between July and October 2016, may be facing twelve years imprisonment.

MPs start discussion on supervision law changes

Source: The Daily Herald | MPs start discussion on supervision law changes PHILIPSBURG–Members of Parliament (MPs) started their discussion on Thursday, with Finance Minister Richard Gibson Sr. on the draft law aimed at harmonizing supervision of financial institutions on Curaçao and St. Maarten by the Central Bank.

UTS kicks off major brand revitalisation

Source: The Daily Herald | UTS kicks off major brand revitalisation PHILIPSBURG–United Telecommunications Services (UTS) has announced the start of a major brand revitalisation focused on aligning customer experience with new technologies and improved business practices of the company. UTS affirms its belief that creating a meaningful connection with the customer is essential in ensuring continued

Six awarded for cultural role by Native Sons Productions

Source: The Daily Herald | Six awarded for cultural role by Native Sons Productions ANGUILLA–Six persons were recognised and awarded for the part they have played in Anguilla’s culture through the Culturally Yours Show on Kool FM Radio. The awardees were John Edwards. Bob Harrigan, Norril Gumbs, Janice Hodge, Lana Connor Hoyoung and Joan Carty.

Anguillian student recognised with Commonwealth Universities Award

Source: The Daily Herald | Anguillian student recognised with Commonwealth Universities Award ANGUILLA–Anguillian doctoral student at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, Michelle Queeley, is among top students in the International community rewarded for her outstanding academic performance. She has been selected and awarded an Associated Commonwealth Universities (ACU) partial bursary to

Venezuelans protest crisis

Source: The Daily Herald | Venezuelans protest crisis Demonstrating at the Consulate. WILLEMSTAD–Venezuelans residing in Curaçao are trying to gain attention for their compatriots back home who are going through some hard times in the neighbouring South American country.   Venezuela is going through a chaotic situation. Most of the population doesn’t have enough to

Central Committee discusses trip to Holland and NuStar agreement

Source: The Daily Herald | Central Committee discusses trip to Holland and NuStar agreement ST. EUSTATIUS–The Island Council’s Central Committee discussed a wide range of topics ranging from the trip of Members of the Executive Council to the Netherlands, the NuStar agreement, the electoral college of the Dutch Parliament’s First Chamber and an interest-free loan

Book Week

Source: The Daily Herald | Book Week Commissioner Rolando Wilson officially opened Saba Book Week 2017 on Monday at Sacred Heart School. The Commissioner encouraged each student to read daily, as this will broaden their vocabulary and knowledge. Book Week is an annual event hosted by the Queen Wilhelmina Public Library that promotes literacy, both

Bonaire crisis

Source: The Daily Herald | Bonaire crisis “Movementu di Pueblo Boneriano” (MPB) leader Elvis Tjin-Asjoe has pulled out of the governing agreement he signed with independent Island Council members Jeanoushka “Nunu” Raphaela and Esther Bernabela (photo) as well as UPB’s James Kroon (not in picture) a year ago. The party says it’s tired of discussions

Traffic cops met with French counterparts

Source: The Daily Herald | Traffic cops met with French counterparts From left: Chief Inspector Benjamin Gout, Sergeant Rexcarlos Courtar, Deputy Chief Christophe Schalbretter and Sergeant Sidney van Bosse.   MARIGOT–Police officers in charge of traffic on the Dutch side of the island paid a working visit to their French counterpart in charge of traffic

PM in China

Source: The Daily Herald | PM in China Prime Minister William Marlin (fourth from right) and Founder and Board Member of the Carib China People Foundation Cengiz Kucuk (third from right) attended the One Belt, One Road Forum for International Cooperation held on May 14-15 in Beijing, China. The officials also met with the developers

UP declines to attend IPKO

Source: The Daily Herald | UP declines to attend IPKO PHILIPSBURG–The United People’s (UP) party will not have a representative at the upcoming Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation set for the Netherlands in mid-June. This announcement came on Wednesday from UP fraction leader Member of Parliament Franklin Meyers.

Mahi-Mahi suspects back in Court on October 25

Source: The Daily Herald | Mahi-Mahi suspects back in Court on October 25 PHILIPSBURG–Two suspects in the so-called Mahi-Mahi investigation into a shooting that took place at The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa parking lot on May 29, 2016, will be back in Court on October 25, the Court of First Instance

Civil Aviation and Doncher still sitting on SXM Airways request

Source: The Daily Herald | Civil Aviation and Doncher still sitting on SXM Airways request AIRPORT–SXM Airways Managing Director Elvis Queeley is losing faith in the promises of local Civil Aviation head Lou Halley and Minister of Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher who have been sitting on SXM Airways’ request for far too long now.

Gilbert Richardson search called off as body found

Source: The Daily Herald | Gilbert Richardson search called off as body found MARIGOT–The Gendarmerie said Wednesday it had found the lifeless body of missing person Gilbert Richardson near the horse riding stables at Le Galion and has called off the search. It added he died of “natural causes.”

George: Independence yes, but Dutch passport for 150 years after

Source: The Daily Herald | George: Independence yes, but Dutch passport for 150 years after PHILIPSBURG–With the retention of the Dutch passport weighing heavily in debates about St. Maarten going independent, National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet has come up with a proposal to satisfy both sides of the fence – independence

Man arrested for threat and illegal gun possession

Source: The Daily Herald | Man arrested for threat and illegal gun possession PHILIPSBURG–A suspect with initials F.C.G. was arrested by Police detectives in the afternoon on Sunday, May 15, after a complaint was filed against him for threatening the victim with initials J.A.M. and his partner with a gun and also for illegal gun

Lawyers request to hear witnesses in Ostrich case

Source: The Daily Herald | Lawyers request to hear witnesses in Ostrich case PHILIPSBURG–Lawyers for the defence filed requests for the hearing of witnesses during Wednesday’s pro-forma hearing in the investigation code-named “Ostrich.”

St. Maarten, Statia have Audit Chamber worried

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten, Statia have Audit Chamber worried THE HAGUE–The Netherlands General Audit Chamber expressed concerns about the financial situation of Country St. Maarten and the financial management of the Caribbean Netherlands in its 2016 annual report regarding Kingdom Relations and the BES Fund that was released on Wednesday.

Police identify bones found as Robert Brous

Source: The Daily Herald | Police identify bones found as Robert Brous PHILIPSBURG—The human remains found inside a BMW discovered in Great Bay just off Walter Plantz Square on January 23 this year have been identified by police as those of missing tourist Robert Brous.   In the month of January 2010 family members of

TUI transfers flights St. Maarten to KLM

Source: The Daily Herald | TUI transfers flights St. Maarten to KLM RIJSWIJK–TUI Netherlands will end the Amsterdam-St. Maarten route this winter season and transfer its two weekly flights to Royal Dutch Airlines KLM. This will make more capacity available on TUI flights to Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire.

St. Kitts taxi drivers honk horns to demand ‘fair share’

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Kitts taxi drivers honk horns to demand ‘fair share’ A placard is displayed inside a taxi taking part in the protest.  ST. KITTS–The St. Kitts capital Basseterre witnessed its third protest action in the past nine days, on Tuesday.   Disgruntled taxi drivers demanding their “fair share” from the

Statia’s oldest man turns 99

Source: The Daily Herald | Statia’s oldest man turns 99 William Euson (centre) with his niece Zaida Euson hugging him in the presence of her daughter, Island Councilmembers Clyde van Putten and Adelka Spanner, and Euson’s nephew and another family member.   ST. EUSTATIUS–A birthday celebration was held Tuesday morning for William W. Euson, also

Mosera’s Desperado exhibit opens Sat.

Source: The Daily Herald | Mosera’s Desperado exhibit opens Sat. WILLEMSTAD–Well-known St. Maarten-based Artist Ras Mosera will open an exhibition of his work entitled “Desperado” in Gallery Alma Blou located in Landhuis Habaai, the oldest and largest gallery on Curaçao. The opening reception will be held from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.   Mosera is known as an

CBA students write CXC Cambridge Examinations

Source: The Daily Herald | CBA students write CXC Cambridge Examinations Charlotte Brookson Academy students. (File photo) PHILIPSBURG–Charlotte Brookson Academy (CBA) of the Performance Arts has been preparing the first set of students to write the examinations offered by the Caribbean Examinations Council CXC as part of their high school graduation requirements. These students will

Minister loses party’s support

Source: The Daily Herald | Minister loses party’s support Sisline Girigoria WILLEMSTAD–“Movementu Progresivo” (MP) leader Marilyn Moses withdrew support for her own interim Minister of Public Health, Environment and Nature Sisline Girigoria in Curaçao. The one-seat party will back a motion of no-confidence against Girigoria in Parliament. They are also considering to expel her from the

Cop killer confesses

Source: The Daily Herald | Cop killer confesses The fatally injured officer being put into an ambulance BONAIRE–A Venezuelan man confessed to killing Dutch policeman Ferry Bakx after the officer caught him and others in the act of a robbery on Bonaire in August last year. The confession by 21-year-old Nitzael P.G. was made on Monday,

Joint Court hears request for Corallo’s extradition

Source: The Daily Herald | Joint Court hears request for Corallo’s extradition ~ Supporters demand his release ~ PHILIPSBURG–Workers and supporters of businessman Francesco Corallo came out in full force on Tuesday afternoon for his long-awaited extradition hearing at the Court House. Slogans such as “Respect Human Rights, Free Francesco” were shouted by protestors, primarily

IPKO to proceed two weeks later

Source: The Daily Herald | IPKO to proceed two weeks later THE HAGUE–The Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO will be held mid-June, two weeks later than the original date. Representatives of the Parliaments of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten arrived at this agreement on Tuesday.

Jacobs pays respects to the late Neville York

Source: The Daily Herald | Jacobs pays respects to the late Neville York PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs paid tribute to the late Culture Department head Neville York, who was laid to rest on Tuesday. She said in her address that York had been a cultural icon, accomplished musician, scholar, policy developer, heritage specialist, businessman,

No water tank in commission for Cupecoy, Maho and Lowlands

Source: The Daily Herald | No water tank in commission for Cupecoy, Maho and Lowlands PHILIPSBURG–A drought could be coming soon for residents and guests of the Cupecoy, Maho and Lowlands areas. Utilities company GEBE indicates in documents obtained by The Daily Herald that it needs to expand its water-storage facilities in the Cupecoy, Maho

Man shot in the hand in Sandy Ground robbery

Source: The Daily Herald | Man shot in the hand in Sandy Ground robbery MARIGOT–The Gendarmerie said Tuesday an attempted armed robbery occurred at a house in Sandy Ground on Monday evening at 6:00 and resulted in a victim being treated in hospital for a bullet wound.

SMMC and ZVK intensify cooperation

Source: The Daily Herald | SMMC and ZVK intensify cooperation CAY HILL–St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and Zorgverzekeringskantoor BES ZVK of the Caribbean Netherlands have further developed the arrangement of their cooperation in a recently signed agreement.

SMART attendees to get preview of Adventure Park

Source: The Daily Herald | SMART attendees to get preview of Adventure Park PHILIPSBURG–Attendees of the St. Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) will receive a sneak preview and experience St. Maarten’s newest attraction Rainforest Adventure Park under construction at Rockland Estate. Visitors will enjoy a sneak peek of the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, a

Two robberies added to police’s caseload

Source: The Daily Herald | Two robberies added to police’s caseload PHILIPSBURG–Detectives of the Special Robbery Unit are investigating two separate robberies which recently took place. The first robbery took place last week Friday at 3:45pm on the Union Farm Road.

Still missing

Source: The Daily Herald | Still missing By press time on Tuesday, the Gendarmerie indicated missing person Gilbert Richardson had not been found despite enquiries conducted in Orient Bay, Le Galion and French Quarter. Richardson was born in Aruba on June 30, 1946, and lives at 9, Around the Pond, in French Quarter. He was

Supporters demand Corallo’s release

Source: The Daily Herald | Supporters demand Corallo’s release Supporters demand Corallo’s release video   PHILIPSBURG–Workers and supporters of businessman Francesco Corallo came out in full force on Tuesday afternoon for his long awaited extradition hearing at the Court House.

NIA officials close Bath Bridge due to erosion by heavy rains

Source: The Daily Herald | NIA officials close Bath Bridge due to erosion by heavy rains A team of officials from the Nevis Island Administration checking damage to the Bath Bridge on May 15, following recent heavy rains. NEVIS–The structural failure of critical sections of the Bath Bridge has pushed officials in the Nevis Island

Big Stone Fellowship celebrates Firemen’s Day, Mother’s Day

Source: The Daily Herald | Big Stone Fellowship celebrates Firemen’s Day, Mother’s Day Statia’s fire personnel posing with Big Stone Fellowship’s Pastor Morris Howard and his wife Joyce. ST. EUSTATIUS–Firemen, their spouses and significant others, attended a church service at Big Stone Fellowship, hosted by Pastor Morris Howard and his wife Joyce. The service was

Asparagus and a ring

Source: The Daily Herald | Asparagus and a ring Jackie Anderson Bennett was not expecting any carrots when the starter course was served at the White Asparagus Dinner held in Holland House on Saturday evening, but she did receive them in another form: a diamond ring. Her now-fiancé John Wolff got down on one knee

Lucky ride

Source: The Daily Herald | Lucky ride Winner of the 2017 TelCell I Am Carnival Car Raffle Vibert Richards (right) received his brand new 2017 Hyundai i20 recently from TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer Kendall Dupersoy (left), Motorworld representative Lorenzo Gomez (second left), and Marketing Officers Cheryl Rismay and Stepahni J. Jong Loy. Dupersoy and

Abraham now ‘independent’

Source: The Daily Herald | Abraham now ‘independent’ BONAIRE–Just one week after he was installed, former PDB-leader Clark Abraham broke with the opposition party’s fraction and declared himself a so-called independent member of Bonaire’s Island Council.   His letter to Island Council President mentioned “disturbed relations” with in particular current fraction-leader Robbie Beukenboom.

Carnival Finale

Source: The Daily Herald | Carnival Finale Guests of Simpson Bay Resort and Marina were treated to four mini-carnival parades and Soca-themed poolside happy hour events in the past month to coincide with the country’s annual carnival. The series was the resort’s fresh take on improving visitor experience while promoting local culture. Royal Jump Up,

Tourism debate

Source: The Daily Herald | Tourism debate Charlotte Brookson Academy will be represented in the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau’s Junior Minister of Tourism Interscholastic Panel Discussion by Chanel Almonte, Zoria Arrindell, Marie Fidel-Balthazar, Jeremiah David and third-former Aiyaunty Romney. Students have already completed “an impressive amount” of research on their topic, according to discussion organisers.

Possible lower lease for Parliament House

Source: The Daily Herald | Possible lower lease for Parliament House PHILIPSBURG–Taxpayers may be in for a bit of relief on the rent they are paying to house Members of Parliament in three of the four floors of the former Caribbean Palm building situated on Front Street and Wilhelminastraat.

Winair starts flights to Haiti, Curaçao June 3

Source: The Daily Herald | Winair starts flights to Haiti, Curaçao June 3 SIMPSON BAY–Travelers heading to Haiti and Curaçao now have another alternative air carrier – Windward Islands Airways International Winair. The local airline will start its semi-weekly service on Tuesday and Saturday to the two routes as of June 3.

MPs and Emmanuel to talk about state of GEBE today

Source: The Daily Herald | MPs and Emmanuel to talk about state of GEBE today PHILIPSBURG–The state of affairs at utilities company GEBE will be the topic of discussion when Members of Parliament (MPs) meet with Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI and Shareholder’s Representative Christophe Emmanuel in a Central Committee

Military plane stir

Source: The Daily Herald | Military plane stir A United States Air Force Boeing C-17 military transport aircraft caused a stir in and around Princess Juliana International Airport on Sunday, after its pilots did at least three touch-and-go landings. These were said to be part of a training exercise, similar to one’s carried out in

Drugs catch

Source: The Daily Herald | Drugs catch The Dutch Caribbean Coastguard, in close cooperation with the St. Maarten Customs Department, on Saturday seized 101 packages of marijuana with a total weight of 35.67 kilos on board the vessel “Scotty Sky,” which was moored in Great Bay. The illicit drugs were hidden between coconut plants. The

Minister Arrindell-Doncher clears large part business-license backlog

Source: The Daily Herald | Minister Arrindell-Doncher clears large part business-license backlog PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication (TEATT) Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher dedicated several days last week to signing business licenses and clearing up what was described as a “significant part” of the backlog that has built up over the past few months.

Court of Guardianship and K1 partnership continues

Source: The Daily Herald | Court of Guardianship and K1 partnership continues PHILIPSBURG–K1 Britannia Foundation and the Court of Guardianship recently signed an agreement to continue working together for the next five years to help vulnerable youths, in particular children under protective custody and young offenders.

Feyenoord fans celebrate title in Café Rembrandt

Source: The Daily Herald | Feyenoord fans celebrate title in Café Rembrandt MADAME ESTATE–Fans of Dutch soccer club Feyenoord gathered at Café Rembrandt on Sunday morning to cheer their favourites on in clinching the fifteenth Dutch title, following their club’s last success in 1999. Feyenoord won the championship, with a one-point advantage over arch rival

Home burns

Source: The Daily Herald | Home burns A house in the upper reaches of St. James was destroyed by fire Sunday morning. Fortunately there were no injuries or loss of life, but the occupants of the house had to be temporarily relocated

Port records 4.6 per cent growth in cruise arrivals

Source: The Daily Herald | Port records 4.6 per cent growth in cruise arrivals POINTE BLANCHE–A 4.6 per cent growth in cruise passenger arrivals to the country has been reported by Port St. Maarten for January through April. This translates into a total of 833,755 passengers via 324 ship calls.

West Indies Armed Forces seize 1,000kg of marijuana

Source: The Daily Herald | West Indies Armed Forces seize 1,000kg of marijuana MARIGOT–The Armed Forces of the West Indies disclosed it seized some 1,000kg of marijuana during five coordinated inter-island narcotics operations that took place in the space of eight days under the authority of the Préfet of Martinique, Fabrice Rigoulet-Roze.

SCDF cancels Calypso outsourcing agreement with Raw Promotions

Source: The Daily Herald | SCDF cancels Calypso outsourcing agreement with Raw Promotions PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has cancelled the outsourcing agreement signed a year ago with Raw Promotions to host the NAGICO Senior Calypso Competition. SCDF took the decision during its annual evaluation of the Carnival season, the Foundation said in a

Commissioner Simmons says UN supports autonomy quest

Source: The Daily Herald | Commissioner Simmons says UN supports autonomy quest ST. EUSTATIUS–Commissioner of Constitutional Affairs Derrick Simmons said that the outcome of the visit of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK to the United Nations as described in a letter by Minister Ronald Plasterk of May 11 seems to confirm

Migrants rescued at Klein Curaçao

Source: The Daily Herald | Migrants rescued at Klein Curaçao WILLEMSTAD–The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard rescued 26 Venezuelans stranded on the small, uninhabited island off Curaçao called “Klein (Little) Curaçao” Friday, in the latest case of migrants fleeing an economic and social crisis at home.

Island Council discusses constitutional process

Source: The Daily Herald | Island Council discusses constitutional process ST. EUSTATIUS–The Island Council’s meeting on the constitutional process and the visit of Commissioner Derrick Simmons to the Netherlands continued on Tuesday, after an abrupt closure by Chairman and Acting Island Governor Julian Woodley during the meeting.

Writer speaks

Source: The Daily Herald | Writer speaks Saban author Theodore “Ted” Johnson, in daily life a notary in Aruba, was the guest lecturer at the Aruba House in The Hague on Friday evening. He gave a most interesting presentation about Saban English in front of a very appreciative audience which largely comprised people from Saba,

New handbags

Source: The Daily Herald | New handbags The Spring 2017 collection of the luxury bag and accessories brand LAND Leather was celebrated with a wine and cheese party in AMA Jewelers’ flagship store on Front Street. Along with scoping out and shopping the new collection, attendees were treated to a variety of wines and cheeses.

CPS Vaccination Open House today

Source: The Daily Herald | CPS Vaccination Open House today PHILIPSBURG–The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA Collective Prevention Services (CPS) invites parents and guardians to its Vaccination Open House for children 0-17 years at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg today from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Academy to crown its King and Queen

Source: The Daily Herald | Academy to crown its King and Queen CUL DE SAC–Who will be the first St. Maarten Academy King and Queen to be crowned in close to two decades? This question will be answered this evening when the school’s Parent Teachers Foundation (PTF) hosts this long-dormant pageant in its gym hall

UP condolences

Source: The Daily Herald | UP condolences Representatives of United People’s (UP) party Board signed the condolence book for the late Neville York set up in the Government Administration Building on behalf of the party.

VOICES preps for July 1 celebrations

Source: The Daily Herald | VOICES preps for July 1 celebrations PHILIPSBURG–VOICES Foundation is again in charge of the annual Cultural Ancestral Emancipation Day celebration at Emilio Wilson Park on July 1.

Soca Rumble winners receive their prizes

Source: The Daily Herald | Soca Rumble winners receive their prizes COLE BAY–Winners of Carnival show Soca Rumble on April 25 received their prizes at Rum and Peas restaurant Friday evening.

Nini Fonseca gets 25 years

Source: The Daily Herald | Nini Fonseca gets 25 years WILLEMSTAD–Burney “Nini” Fonseca was sentenced to 25 years behind bars in Curaçao as mediator for the murder of “Pueblo Soberano” (PS) leader Helmin Magno Wiels on May 5, 2013.   Fonseca acted as coordinator between the still to be tried intellectual authors and executors of the

Dozens of poultry die for lack of feed

Source: The Daily Herald | Dozens of poultry die for lack of feed ST. KITTS–Laying birds are dying because Minister of Agriculture Eugene Hamilton, his Ministry and the Department of Agriculture are unable to provide farmers with an adequate supply of feed.   One pig farmer is also complaining about the frequent inability of the

Day Care workers trained in use of safety equipment

Source: The Daily Herald | Day Care workers trained in use of safety equipment ANGUILLA–Twenty-two persons from Day Care facilities across the island recently received training in basic life-saving skills and techniques facilitated by Anguilla Red Cross. The training covered several areas, including adult, child and infant choking CPR and fire and safety training. Topics

Statia to receive EDF funding for underground cable project

Source: The Daily Herald | Statia to receive EDF funding for underground cable project Employees of St. Eustatius Utility Company STUCO connecting cables at the solar park. ST. EUSTATIUS–Commissioner of Energy and Water Distribution Derrick Simmons signed an agreement with the eleventh European Development Fund (EDF) to receive two million euros in funding for underground

In too deep

Source: The Daily Herald | In too deep This motorist dared to do the impossible and tried driving through a heavily flooded area at the Oyster Pond Border on Thursday afternoon. The driver came from the French side when he saw two other vehicles go through the water.

Country’s human rights strides highlighted at Geneva review

Source: The Daily Herald | Country’s human rights strides highlighted at Geneva review GENEVA, Switzerland–The country’s strides in combating human trafficking, tackling the financing of terrorism and money laundering and general social developments have been highlighted at the current session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) being held in the United Nations (UN) Office in

SHTA against Govt.’s plans to increase room taxes

Source: The Daily Herald | SHTA against Govt.’s plans to increase room taxes PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is not amused by Government’s plans to increase room and other taxes, even though Finance Minister Richard Gibson Sr. has called it a pending indexation of the existing taxes.

UN, organisations willing to assist Dutch Caribbean

Source: The Daily Herald | UN, organisations willing to assist Dutch Caribbean THE HAGUE–The United Nations (UN) and other international organisations visited by the delegation of the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK in March, have expressed willingness to assist Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten to strengthen their capacity.

Suspect in rape case flown out to Bonaire

Source: The Daily Herald | Suspect in rape case flown out to Bonaire ST. EUSTATIUS–The man with the initials O.A.R., who was arrested Monday morning as a suspect in a rape case, was flown out to Bonaire on Wednesday morning.

Restoration ongoing on Statia Govt. Guesthouse

Source: The Daily Herald | Restoration ongoing on Statia Govt. Guesthouse ST. EUSTATIUS–Restoration work is being done on the historical Government Guesthouse on St. Eustatius. The building has been in a bad shape for quite some time now and several minor accidents had occurred on the premises including an elderly man falling on the stairs.

Saba Festival Foundation presents safe Carnival plan

Source: The Daily Herald | Saba Festival Foundation presents safe Carnival plan SABA–Members of Saba Festival Foundation (SFF) met Monday with safety stakeholders to discuss their safety plan. The meeting was facilitated by the Public Entity Saba.

Academy’s CAPE Science students back from Guyana

Source: The Daily Herald | Academy’s CAPE Science students back from Guyana CUL DE SAC–Thirteen students pursuing their Associate’s degrees in Natural Sciences under the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) at St. Maarten Academy successfully completed an extraordinary educational field trip to Guyana.

Sunrise Airways to start serving SXM from June

Source: The Daily Herald | Sunrise Airways to start serving SXM from June AIRPORT–Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher announced on Wednesday that growing Caribbean carrier Sunrise Airways, headquartered in Haiti, will commence service to St. Maarten at the end of June.

Search organised for missing 17-year-old

Source: The Daily Herald | Search organised for missing 17-year-old ST. KITTS–Amidst unconfirmed reports that a person of interest is being held in relation to missing 17-year-old Leanna Napoleon, a search party is being organised.

Increases pending to room, car rental, timeshare taxes

Source: The Daily Herald | Increases pending to room, car rental, timeshare taxes POND ISLAND–Increases in the taxes levied on hotel rooms, timeshare units and car rentals are under consideration by Government. The implementation of a departure tax is also still on the books. The increases will most likely take effect in January 2018.

Coral friendly sunscreen

Source: The Daily Herald | Coral friendly sunscreen Nature Foundation encourages the community to use Coral Isles Reef Friendly sunscreen/suntan lotions.

Gibbs visits St. Barths

Source: The Daily Herald | Gibbs visits St. Barths President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs has wrapped up a string of protocol visits to his closest neighbours with a courtesy visit to the President of the Collectivité of St. Barths, Bruno Magras, on Friday, May 5.

Pearl of China developers hit a snag with deed restrictions

Source: The Daily Herald | Pearl of China developers hit a snag with deed restrictions POND ISLAND–Negotiations are underway between the developers of the planned massive Pearl of China project for the Belair beachfront and the original seller of the land to come to an agreement about the height of the planned hotel, conference centre

Judge hears requests for witnesses in Colade-case

Source: The Daily Herald | Judge hears requests for witnesses in Colade-case PHILIPSBURG–The Court of First Instance on Wednesday heard the lawyers’ requests for the hearing of witnesses during the procedural hearing in the so-called Colade case. This case involves embezzlement, theft and forgery committed at the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) and East Caribbean

Four armed robbers go on trial June 22

Source: The Daily Herald | Four armed robbers go on trial June 22 PHILIPSBURG–Four young suspects ranging in ages from eighteen to twenty years will have to stand trial June 22 on a number of armed robbery charges, the Prosecutor informed them during a so-called pro-forma hearing Wednesday, at the Court of First Instance.

Discounted local fares as Seaborne goes daily

Source: The Daily Herald | Discounted local fares as Seaborne goes daily PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday announced that Seaborne Airlines, after discussions with the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB), have launched daily flights out of San Juan, Puerto Rico with the main purpose of driving prices lower on that critical route ahead

Prosecution spokesman’s vehicle torched

Source: The Daily Herald | Prosecution spokesman’s vehicle torched WILLEMSTAD—The car of Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Norman Serphos was set on fire and burned out early Wednesday morning in Curaçao. Apparently residents of Jan Thiel where the law enforcement official lives heard an explosion only to see the vehicle already engulfed in flames. Surveillance video from the

Street flooding

Source: The Daily Herald | Street flooding The clouds opened up on Tuesday to wash this island with some much-needed rain. The cool, light sweater weather, unfortunately brought with it street flooding in several places, including this spot on A.J.C. Brouwers Road. More showers are in the forecast.

Vandalised car

Source: The Daily Herald | Vandalised car This vehicle was vandalised by an unknown person(s) on Monday evening. Police were called to the Belvedere border point on Tuesday morning to investigate the incident. Reports suggest that the owner of the vehicle had parked the car late on Monday and found it vandalised the next day.

Falling rocks

Source: The Daily Herald | Falling rocks Heavy showers caused rock slides in the Great Bay area on Tuesday. Public Works personnel were seen clearing the streets during showers. Several low-lying areas were flooded due to the heavy showers.

Driving instructor faces trial for issuing false driving licences

Source: The Daily Herald | Driving instructor faces trial for issuing false driving licences MARIGOT–A resident of Dutch Quarter, B.R. is to appear in court in Marigot on September 28, 2017, accused of selling false documents, namely international driving licences, and swindling many innocent victims.

Tourists robbed at gunpoint in Maho

Source: The Daily Herald | Tourists robbed at gunpoint in Maho MAHO–Two South American tourists informed police on Monday that they were suddenly attacked by two unknown men armed with handguns in the vicinity of the Platinum Room in Maho close to midnight.

Two men held after attempted robbery

Source: The Daily Herald | Two men held after attempted robbery PHILIPSBURG–Detectives are investigating an attempted robbery that took place on Boardwalk Boulevard in the vicinity of Pasanggrahan Hotel on Sunday at approximately 2:10pm.

Cyber-security specialist weighs in on cyber threats

Source: The Daily Herald | Cyber-security specialist weighs in on cyber threats PHILIPSBURG–“The dangers of cyber threats in the Caribbean continue to evolve and spike at a rate never seen before. As the telecom providers in the Caribbean seek opportunities to increase their revenues through increased Internet penetration across the region, risks mushroom,” said Deon

Governor swears in temporary judge

Source: The Daily Herald | Governor swears in temporary judge ANGUILLA–Governor Christina Scott has welcomed Darshan Ramdhani to Anguilla. He was sworn in as Acting High Court Judge for Anguilla, and will be in that position for approximately two months.

PCN informs about pension cuts, measures and court case

Source: The Daily Herald | PCN informs about pension cuts, measures and court case ST. EUSTATIUS–Pension Fund Caribbean Netherlands PCN held an informative meeting Monday for pensioners and (former) contributors to the fund about the recent pension reduction of 3.5 per cent.

Saba Festival Foundation presents safe Carnival plan

Source: The Daily Herald | Saba Festival Foundation presents safe Carnival plan SABA–Members of Saba Festival Foundation (SFF) met Monday with safety stakeholders to discuss their safety plan. The meeting was facilitated by the Public Entity Saba.

US Forward Operating Location Treaty extended

Source: The Daily Herald | US Forward Operating Location Treaty extended THE HAGUE–The Forward Operating Location (FOL) Treaty between the Dutch Kingdom and the Government of the United States (US) under which the US carries out counter-narcotics operations at Curaçao’s Hato Airport and to a lesser extent at the Reina Beatrix Airport in Aruba has

PM: Situation with Chinese national began during Douglas administration

Source: The Daily Herald | PM: Situation with Chinese national began during Douglas administration Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris speaking on Sugar City 90.3FM’s The People’s Voice programme. ST. KITTS–Prime Minister (PM) Dr. Timothy Harris says the Government of National Unity has once again been thrust into a bad situation inherited from the former Dr.

Protesters demand PM Harris deals with China fugitive issue

Source: The Daily Herald | Protesters demand PM Harris deals with China fugitive issue ST. KITTS–Protesters demanded Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris deal with the issue of the Chinese fugitive, who China says is getting protection in Basseterre from the local authorities.   Prime Minister Harris walked into the placard-bearing protesters when leaving a radio

Statia Waste Solution starts distribution of recycle bins

Source: The Daily Herald | Statia Waste Solution starts distribution of recycle bins Statia Waste Solution’s Khalil Houtman (second right) shaking hands with The Daily Herald’s correspondent Althea Merkman (right) after delivering the grey and orange waste-collection bins. Also in photo are two of his colleagues.   ST. EUSTATIUS–Statia Waste Solution (SWS) began distributing recycle

Watch winner

Source: The Daily Herald | Watch winner Clement Golaz (left) is the lucky winner of a sporty Gill Watch – the prize in a week-long promotion by Budget Marine. His name was picked live on radio by Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin of Island 92 and Ellen van Holland-Little (right) of Budget Marine. When picking the

165 registrants participate In Leadercast 2017 event

Source: The Daily Herald | 165 registrants participate In Leadercast 2017 event Attendees at the Leadercast mingling during the conference. CAY HILL–“Awesome” and “inspiring” are a few of the words attendees at the recently-held Leadercast seminar used to describe their experience. Leadercast, the largest one-day global leadership conference, hosted locally by Victorious Living Foundation (VLF)

2017 edition Fête de la Mer to take place June 3 , 4

Source: The Daily Herald | 2017 edition Fête de la Mer to take place June 3 , 4 At the announcement of Fête de la Mer were, from left back: board member Laurence Vallette, Métimer President Bülent Gülay, Treasurer Régine Hée, and Secretary Brigitte Delaître. Front (l): Event Coordinators Agnes Benezech, Alexina Paya, and Eve

Sams receives econ. degree from University of Tampa

Source: The Daily Herald | Sams receives econ. degree from University of Tampa TAMPA, Florida–St. Maarten can claim another young economist amongst her sons with the recent graduation of Kashif Omari Sams from University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics specialising in the areas of Public Policy and Monetary Analysis. After receiving graduate

UN stays out of Kingdom debate

Source: The Daily Herald | UN stays out of Kingdom debate THE HAGUE–The Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten have to make their own decision where it comes to giving content to the mutual relations within the Dutch Kingdom.

Nurses March

Source: The Daily Herald | Nurses March The St. Maarten Nurses Association hosted its annual march accompanied by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church drum band on Monday evening.

Wreath-laying ceremony marks Fête de la Victoire

Source: The Daily Herald | Wreath-laying ceremony marks Fête de la Victoire MARIGOT–Elected officials, members of the St. Martin War Veterans Association and Junior Territorial Council members celebrated the 72nd anniversary of Fête de la Victoire at a ceremony in the garden of Hotel de la Collectivité on Monday.

Van Putten calls Governor Woodley ‘puppet of the Dutch Government’

Source: The Daily Herald | Van Putten calls Governor Woodley ‘puppet of the Dutch Government’ ST. EUSTATIUS–The extraordinary island council meeting that was held on Monday was closed prematurely after a disagreement between Island Councilmembers Clyde van Putten and Rechelline Leerdam of Progressive Labour Party (PLP) and Acting Island Governor Julian Woodley turned contentious.

USM involved in PhD defences

Source: The Daily Herald | USM involved in PhD defences PHILIPSBURG–It is one thing to have local St. Maarten talent attain a PhD abroad, it is another for the local university to develop in such a way that in the future it can also begin to confer such degrees.

Back Street upgrades are on track, work continues

Source: The Daily Herald | Back Street upgrades are on track, work continues   PHILIPSBURG–The resurfacing of Back Street is progressing on schedule. The first stage, up to the alley by the Anglican Church, is now complete. The second stage, up to Angelo’s Boutique, is currently underway. The project will continue in stages until completion.

Town Promo Board wants ‘city manager’

Source: The Daily Herald | Town Promo Board wants ‘city manager’ PHILIPSBURG–A city manager is needed for the Dutch side’s capital, said the Philipsburg Promotion Board, which has already begun to draft a job description for the post. It plans to present the description to Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI

Nurses Week

Source: The Daily Herald | Nurses Week To commence nurses’ week on St. Maarten this week, nurses from the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and several nursing homes came together at the Philipsburg Seventh-day Adventist Church this past weekend to give thanks, praise and ask the Lord’s continued blessings.

Statia public turns out to support first-time author Juliette George

Source: The Daily Herald | Statia public turns out to support first-time author Juliette George From left: Jose Golindano of Tampa Tanks, first-time author Juliette “Julie” George, Commissioner Derrick Simmons, Island Councilwoman Rechelline Leerdam, and former Island Councilman Franklin Brown.   ST. EUSTATIUS–Debuting author Juliette George, fondly called Julie by those that know her, held

Sundial students take part in first Language Village

Source: The Daily Herald | Sundial students take part in first Language Village Students interacting. PHILIPSBURG–Sundial School third form students took part in their first-ever Language Village (“Taaldorp”) at the school on Friday. Students were expected to visit several everyday situations such as a doctor’s office, day-care centre, police station, civil registry, market, clothing store

U 2 Can Move group encourages check-ups

Source: The Daily Herald | U 2 Can Move group encourages check-ups U 2 Can Move members after their hike this past weekend. PHILIPSBURG–As part of U 2 Can Move’s (U2CM’s) fifth anniversary, members will be engaging the services of the Mobile Health Bus today, Monday. The mobile health bus is coordinated by the Ministry

Teenagers in K1 Britannia work programme complete workshops

Source: The Daily Herald | Teenagers in K1 Britannia work programme complete workshops PHILIPSBURG–As part of the Training section of the K1 Britannia Work, Training and Social Development (WTSD) Programme, eight teenagers participated in the four-week course given by the Philipsburg Jubilee Library Media Lab.   The WTSD programme gives foster teenagers and teenagers under

Formation process said to be on track

Source: The Daily Herald | Formation process said to be on track  “Informateur” Etienne Ys (2nd from left) with his team.  WILLEMSTAD–The formation process of a new Government for Curaçao is progressing steadily, said “Informateur” Etienne Ys during a press conference. He will report his findings back to Governor Lucille George-Wout on Wednesday.   The

BBC feature on St. Maarten ‘terrific marketing opportunity’

Source: The Daily Herald | BBC feature on St. Maarten ‘terrific marketing opportunity’ One of the hosts of the BBC Travel Show doing a segment in St. Maarten. PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher praised part one of the BBC Travel Show feature on St. Maarten over the weekend as “marketing and promotion you cannot buy”

The ‘forgotten legacy’ of the Caribbean and World War II

Source: The Daily Herald | The ‘forgotten legacy’ of the Caribbean and World War II Author Mulberry Egstorf-Pantophlet (centre) flanked by Philipsburg Jubilee Library Director Monique Alberts (right) and librarian Maryland Powell.   PHILIPSBURG–Mulberry Egstorf-Pantophlet will be presenting her book A Different Stick o’ Fire: World War Two in the Caribbean, Fragments of a forgotten

GEBE retreat

Source: The Daily Herald | GEBE retreat GEBE power-plant employees attended a retreat May 4 to 5 that focused on improving services to customers and reviewedpolicies and procedures to ensure GEBE is providing the best services possible. The retreat was a continuation of a prior retreat held earlier in the year that identified a new

Police give robbery awareness training

Source: The Daily Herald | Police give robbery awareness training PHILIPSBURG–In the continued effort to provide a safer environment for residents and visitors to the island, the St. Maarten Police Force partnered with the recently-formed Philipsburg Safety Committee to provide a series of robbery awareness training sessions to the Indian Merchants of Front Street.  

BBQ Hut allowed to continue operations

Source: The Daily Herald | BBQ Hut allowed to continue operations SIMPSON BAY–Captain D’s Hut re-opened on Wednesday after being closed down for nearly two weeks by the Economic Affairs Department for not having the proper permits in place to operate its business on Kim Sha Beach.

Police notice improvement in conduct of Carnival revellers

Source: The Daily Herald | Police notice improvement in conduct of Carnival revellers PHILIPSBURG–The Police Force has released statistics relating to the 2017 Carnival season from the official opening of Carnival Village on April 17 through the close of Carnival on May 3.

Steady influx of seaweed recorded in St. Maarten

Source: The Daily Herald | Steady influx of seaweed recorded in St. Maarten COLE BAY–A steady influx of Sargassum seaweed to St. Maarten waters over the past few weeks has been reported by Nature Foundation. The influx of seaweed is very evident along the eastern shore of the island since mid-April.

Fundraising dinner

Source: The Daily Herald | Fundraising dinner It was gourmet food and creative choreography at the recent fundraising dinner held in Holland House Beach Hotel in support of the island’s culinary team. The funds collected will help propel the team of chefs and bartenders to the Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition slated for June

Hospitals coop agreement now in Paris for signature

Source: The Daily Herald | Hospitals coop agreement now in Paris for signature PHILIPSBURG–A pending cooperation agreement between St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and the French-side hospital has been approved by the Council of Ministers and is now in Paris for signature by the French Government.

Central Bank to cap rates at 27 per cent

Source: The Daily Herald | Central Bank to cap rates at 27 per cent WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG–A maximum annual percentage rate (APR) will be included as of May 5 in the Provisions on the Disclosure of Pricing Information on Consumer Credit (APR provisions), which became effective on May 5, 2015, the Central Bank of Curaçao and St.

UPDATE: Tromp's lawyer rejects charges

Source: The Daily Herald | UPDATE: Tromp’s lawyer rejects charges WILLEMSTAD–The Public Prosecutor’s Office has decided to summon President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) Emsley Tromp for tax fraud. However, his lawyer Niels van der Laan of SMS Attorneys says the charges are unfounded because taxes on pension income don’t

Tromp to be prosecuted

Source: The Daily Herald | Tromp to be prosecuted WILLEMSTAD–The Public Prosecutor’s Office has decided to summon President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) Emsley Tromp for tax fraud. The investigation called Safire, was launched in early 2016 following ongoing media reports on potential financial malpractice committed by the suspect. A number

Carnival continues to grow on the heels of 50 years

Source: The Daily Herald | Carnival continues to grow on the heels of 50 years By Andrew Dick PHILIPSBURG–Carnival 2017 ended on Wednesday and The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has already started to prepare for the 49th year of St. Maarten’s Carnival. Looking back at the 48th season, there is much to learn

Memorial Day

Source: The Daily Herald | Memorial Day The Government of St. Maarten observed Memorial Day (“Dodenherdenkingsdag”) on Thursday, similar to the other countries within the Dutch Kingdom, at Captain Hodge Wharf in Philipsburg. During this National Commemoration Day all Dutch victims – civilians and soldiers – who have been killed or murdered in the Kingdom

Call for conviction in dead cyclist case

Source: The Daily Herald | Call for conviction in dead cyclist case PHILIPSBURG–Witnessed by some of Bas de Haan’s family members in the public stands, as well as by relatives via video connection with the Netherlands, the trial of T.H. (26) started on Thursday. T.H. is suspected of killing popular physical education teacher at Milton

Prosecutor launches Asset Recovery Team

Source: The Daily Herald | Prosecutor launches Asset Recovery Team ~ Prosecutor Ton Maan says Crime does not pay ~ PHILIPSBURG–Government and the Prosecutor’s Office of St. Maarten are collaborating to go after money-launderers and combat illegal activities involving financial gain by these criminals. Prosecutor Ton Maan and Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman announced the

Tri-Sport nominated for award for environmental sustainability

Source: The Daily Herald | Tri-Sport nominated for award for environmental sustainability SIMPSON BAY–Biking and eco-business Tri-Sport has been nominated for the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism CHIEF Environmental Sustainability Award by St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) Foundation.

Gibbs denounces ‘extremism’ of Le Pen, supports Macron

Source: The Daily Herald | Gibbs denounces ‘extremism’ of Le Pen, supports Macron MARIGOT–President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs urged French-side voters to make a major effort to turn up at the polls on Saturday for the second round of the Presidential election, to make amends for the shockingly-low turnout in the first round two

Update: Court of Appeal quashes acquittals, sentences three ‘Masbangu’ suspects

Source: The Daily Herald | Update: Court of Appeal quashes acquittals, sentences three ‘Masbangu’ suspects PHILIPSBURG–The Court of Appeals, on Wednesday, sentenced three of the four suspects in the so-called “Masbangu case” concerning the buying and selling of votes on behalf of United People’s (UP) party during the September 17, 2010, parliamentary election.   Defendants

Etienne Ys ‘formateur’

Source: The Daily Herald | Etienne Ys ‘formateur’ WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles Etienne Ys has been appointed “formateur” of a new government for Curaçao.   Leader of the winning party in Friday’s parliamentary elections PAR Eugene Rhuggenaath, the intended next Prime Minister, had proposed Ys to Governor Lucille George-Wout.

Carnival season ends on high note

Source: The Daily Herald | Carnival season ends on high note CARNIVAL VILLAGE–The 2017 Carnival season came to an end on Wednesday evening with the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Last Lap Jump-Up that started in Cay Hill and ended at Carnival Village. SCDF President Alston Lourens introduced TelEm Group CEO Kendall Dupersoy who

Future Prime Minister to strengthen Kingdom ties

Source: The Daily Herald | Future Prime Minister to strengthen Kingdom ties WILLEMSTAD – The Netherlands and Curaçao must become big friends again. PAR-leader Eugene Rhuggenaath, who is likely to take over as Prime Minister, wants to strengthen the relationship with The Hague, especially after the period where, what he considers anti-Dutch parties were in

Marlin to attend Belt, Road Forum in China

Source: The Daily Herald | Marlin to attend Belt, Road Forum in China POND ISLAND–Prime Minister William Marlin will join Russian President Vladimir Putin, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, among others, at the One Belt, One Road Forum for International Cooperation May 14-15 in Beijing, China.

Crew murder case explained

Source: The Daily Herald | Crew murder case explained BONAIRE–A press conference was held by the Law Enforcement Triangle Bonaire on developments in the investigation into the death of Adriana Morales de Florencio. The case has been given the name “Saturnus”.

Pro-forma hearing in Ostrich case May 17

Source: The Daily Herald | Pro-forma hearing in Ostrich case May 17 PHILIPSBURG–A pro-forma hearing in the investigation code-named “Ostrich” will be held on Wednesday, May 17, the Judge at the Court of First Instance decided after ample consultations with the Prosecutor and the lawyers representing the six suspects in this case.

Young lady dies of natural cause, not ecstasy overdose

Source: The Daily Herald | Young lady dies of natural cause, not ecstasy overdose PHILIPSBURG–Twenty-year-old Rachelle Thomas passed away on Monday, May 1, at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) as a result of natural causes. The young lady was hospitalized last week Thursday due to ruptured vein in her brain. She was surrounded by

Cargo vessel ‘Sirena’ finally being salvaged

Source: The Daily Herald | Cargo vessel ‘Sirena’ finally being salvaged MV Sirena (left) with the salvage barge at right. (Rijkswaterstaat/ Suzanne van Beek-Smeeman photo)   ST. EUSTATIUS–The salvaging operation of motor vessel Sirena, which ran ashore at the northwest of St. Eustatius on August 11, 2016, has finally started.   The inter-island cargo vessel

Motorcyclist flown off island after being knocked off vehicle

Source: The Daily Herald | Motorcyclist flown off island after being knocked off vehicle Personnel of Queen Beatrix Medical Center assisting the motorcyclist after Thursday’s road accident.   ST. EUSTATIUS–On Thursday around 4:00pm, the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN received a call that an accident took place on Van Rheeweg and Heyligerweg between a motorcycle

Job shadowing for SCS students

Source: The Daily Herald | Job shadowing for SCS students A student at Saba Comprehensive School job shadowing on a backhoe.   SABA–Choosing a career can put a lot of pressure on young people when they are trying to study. Most students are unaware of which career path to choose and what qualifications are required

Rhuggenaath most popular

Source: The Daily Herald | Rhuggenaath most popular WILLEMSTAD–From the list of individual votes obtained in Curaçao’s parliamentary elections last Friday it appears that PAR-leader Eugene Rhuggenaath is the most popular politician of the moment. He received 15,049 votes, or 82 per cent of the total number of his party’s votes. Gerrit Schotte of MFK followed

‘Vote was strategic’

Source: The Daily Herald | ‘Vote was strategic’ WILLEMSTAD–To a certain extent the results from October last year were confirmed in Curaçao’s snap elections on Friday.   Political observers say that while former Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman’s MAN came in second this time, PAR’s win means the two parties together have a minimal majority of 11

Old number plates

Source: The Daily Herald | Old number plates Several vehicles, including this one spotted on the French side over the weekend, are still carrying old licence plates either from last year or older. Many of the vehicles traverse the roads of the French side avoiding Dutch-side roads and authorities. If caught on the Dutch side,

Show of solidarity

Source: The Daily Herald | Show of solidarity Venezuelans both living in and visiting St. Maarten gathered in Simpson Bay holding Venezuela’s flag to show support for those in their country who are lobbying for freedom and sovereignty of all the Venezuelans in their politically volatile country. Venezuela’s opposition blocked streets in Caracas on Tuesday

PAR celebrates election victory

Source: The Daily Herald | PAR celebrates election victory UPDATE WILLEMSTAD – The preliminary results of Curaçao’s 2017 elections are in. The biggest winner with 18,362 votes is PAR headed by Eugene Rhuggenaath. It was the first time he participated as political leader. The MAN led by former Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman came in second

PAR wins, MAN in tie with MFK

Source: The Daily Herald | PAR wins, MAN in tie with MFK Voting was relatively quiet and no major incidents were reported. ~ Rhuggenaath likely PM ~ WILLEMSTAD–PAR earned four regular and two residual seats to win Curaçao’s early election on Friday, while MAN and MFK were not far behind, tied with five seats each.

UPDATE: Man robs RBC bank with note

Source: The Daily Herald | UPDATE: Man robs RBC bank with note   PHILIPSBURG–Police are investigating another robbery, this time at local bank RBC in Philipsburg on Friday afternoon. Reports suggest that an unidentified man stood in line like any other customer and when he approached one of the tellers, demanded cash from her and

VVD chair under fire over crematorium deal

Source: The Daily Herald | VVD chair under fire over crematorium deal THE HAGUE–The chairman of the conservative VVD party is under fire for his involvement in a controversial million euro crematorium deal. Henry Keizer took over the commercial branch of the Dutch crematorium association in 2012 for 12.5 million euros, even though the company

Unions honour three activists

Source: The Daily Herald | Unions honour three activists PHILIPSBURG–The Windward Island Chamber of Labour Unions (WICLU) will be hosting a Labour Day Honouring and Awards Celebration Ceremony on Monday, May 1. This year again, Minister of Public Health and Labour collaborated with the WICLU tri-partite committee to bring out the Spirit of Labour on

GB Energy announces completion of US $1M jet fuel storage tank

Source: The Daily Herald | GB Energy announces completion of US M jet fuel storage tank PHILIPSBURG—GB Energy has disclosed it has completed construction of an additional jet fuel storage tank at its terminal in Cay Bay, doubling its capacity from 17,000 barrels (a barrel equals 42 gallons) to 34,000 barrels, marking a total investment

Turquin’s widow transferred to Guadeloupe for murder enquiry

Source: The Daily Herald | Turquin’s widow transferred to Guadeloupe for murder enquiry MARIGOT–The wife of murdered veterinarian Jean-Louis Turquin was transferred to Guadeloupe on Friday to appear before a Judge of Instruction in the Pointe-à-Pitre court.

Gendarmes, KPSM collaborate on escort of prisoners to court

Source: The Daily Herald | Gendarmes, KPSM collaborate on escort of prisoners to court MARIGOT–The Gendarmerie on Friday collected two inmates from the Pointe Blanche prison for a scheduled appearance at the court in Marigot, marking the first time a joint operation of this nature has been carried out with the Dutch side and the

Statia politicians reminded of necessary broad support

Source: The Daily Herald | Statia politicians reminded of necessary broad support THE HAGUE–The documents that the St. Eustatius representatives want to discuss during their visit to The Hague in the week of May 8 lack the necessary broad support, Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk recently informed the Executive Council.

Again large cocaine busts by Dutch Navy

Source: The Daily Herald | Again large cocaine busts by Dutch Navy The NH90 helicopter of the Royal Dutch Navy hovers above the suspected go-fast situated in between the two Navy’s RHIB boats. (Dutch Defence photo) THE HAGUE–The Royal Dutch Navy ship Van Amstel this week has intercepted two large batches of cocaine in the

Youth Department launches after-school arts programme

Source: The Daily Herald | Youth Department launches after-school arts programme Shellya Rogers, Collette Jones-Chin, Samara Gumbs, Cora Richardson-Hodge (Minister of Home Affairs), Hyacinth Bradley and Bren Romney at the launch   ANGUILLA–“YOUth Create” was launched by the Department of Youth and Culture last week. It is a programme that will expose students to theatre,

King’s Day in Statia

Source: The Daily Herald | King’s Day in Statia Louise “Goddie” van Putten (85), a former captain and now St. Eustatius Girls Brigade’s oldest member, hoisted flags to signal the start of King’s Day activities, as the Dutch Anthem – Het Wilhelmus – was sung at Fort Oranje on Thursday morning. Van Putten, who will

King’s Day Market

Source: The Daily Herald | King’s Day Market St. Eustatius residents flocked to Johnson’s compound on Thursday for King’s Day Flea Market, held in celebration of the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander. Various items ranging from household to garden plants were on sale. One of the Flea Market organisers Maaike Patrick-Fisher jokingly said, “I felt

SCDF announces Jouvert lineup

Source: The Daily Herald | SCDF announces Jouvert lineup CARNIVAL VILLAGE–The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation annouced the Jouvert Morning Jump-Up lineup on Wednesday.  The jump will  start at 4:00am this Thursday close to the village. The lineup is as follows: Ok ok the line up Mixmaster Pauly  Official Band  Explosion  Rohie Riddim TG Band

Youngsters shine at Youth Extravaganza

Source: The Daily Herald | Youngsters shine at Youth Extravaganza ~ Police stop show 20 minutes before shut-off time ~ CARNIVAL VILLAGE–Youngsters came out in large numbers to see their peers perform on stage Monday evening. The show started at 6:30pm and three public schools kicked off the packed programme.

UPATE: Man dead after truck runs over him at dump

Source: The Daily Herald | UPATE: Man dead after truck runs over him at dump POND ISLAND–A roll-on-roll-off truck ran over a Dominicano man J.R. (58) on the sanitary landfill (dump) early Tuesday. The driver did not see the man and drove over him, killing him on the spot.

SMMC and Inspectorate fight battle of competence

Source: The Daily Herald | SMMC and Inspectorate fight battle of competence PHILIPSBURG–The Judge at the Court of First Instance, on Monday, heard a court case between St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and the Inspectorate of Public Health IVSA regarding differences of opinion on the meaning of certain stipulations in (outdated) legislation and about the

TUI adds weekly flight Brussels-St. Maarten

Source: The Daily Herald | TUI adds weekly flight Brussels-St. Maarten BRUSSELS–TUI Fly Belgium will operate a weekly flight between Brussels and St. Maarten this winter season, a spokesperson of the Belgian subsidiary of tour operator TUI confirmed on Tuesday.

Saba airport wins global travel poll

Source: The Daily Herald | Saba airport wins global travel poll SABA–Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin has topped a global travel poll of the world’s most scenic airport landings, conducted by the private jet booking service PrivateFly. The results were announced on Tuesday. St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport made number seven in the poll.

Fire Departments trained in airplane firefighting

Source: The Daily Herald | Fire Departments trained in airplane firefighting Two members of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department combating a simulated airplane fire at Bonaire International Airport. SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS–The Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department BKCN held an airplane firefighting training exercise recently at the grounds of Bonaire International Airport (BIA).   BKCN is not only

Workers for Curaçao refinery

Source: The Daily Herald | Workers for Curaçao refinery A total of 1,627 persons in Curaçao last Saturday registered for a possible job in the modernisation of the local Isla refinery once Guangdon Zhenrong Energy (GZE) takes it over. People could do so from 8:00am to 8:00pm at five different locations. It’s also possible to

Crew goes missing

Source: The Daily Herald | Crew goes missing A Mexican female crew member of the cruise ship “Navigator of the Seas” has gone missing in Bonaire since the vessel paid its final visit to the island for this season on Friday. Adriana Morales de Florencio (23) was last seen disembarking and walking around the capital

Vehicles impounded after Maho shooting

Source: The Daily Herald | Vehicles impounded after Maho shooting MAHO–Two Hyundai vehicles have been impounded by police following Saturday night’s shooting in Maho.  The shootout between two unknown groups occurred in full view of island visitors and residents around 7:45pm. Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.

‘Aruban development projects were effective’

Source: The Daily Herald | ‘Aruban development projects were effective’ From left: Chairman of the committee that guided the FDA Evaluation Report John Newton, Minister Ronald Plasterk and Minister Angel Bermudez. (Photo by Valerie Kuypers/BZK Ministry)   THE HAGUE–The multi-annual programmes and projects of the Aruba Development Fund FDA were executed in an effective manner,

Customs dog killed

Source: The Daily Herald | Customs dog killed Thursday, April 20, the Caribbean Netherlands Customs/Tax Office proudly presented the new customs detective dogs. Jacky, the special detective dog for coral and sea turtles, (in photo at far left) was the star of the show which took place on Bonaire. On Sunday, April 23, Jacky was

Job skills

Source: The Daily Herald | Job skills A donation of several programmes and curricula for the fields of carpentry, automotive and tile setter was made by Regionaal Opleidingen Centrum (ROC) Mondriaan in The Hague to the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA). The programmes will be used to complement NIPA’s programmes. In photo: NIPA Interim

No ‘selfies’ in voting booths

Source: The Daily Herald | No ‘selfies’ in voting booths WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao voters are not allowed to take “selfies” while in the voting booth during the April 28 Parliamentary election, according to a decision made by the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC).   The Prosecutor’s Office warned it would be extra alert in connection with Friday’s early

Man arrested for assault

Source: The Daily Herald | Man arrested for assault ST. PETERS–A piece of wood has been confiscated by police in an investigation into an altercation that landed one man in the hospital on Friday night.

François Fillon captures the popular vote in St. Martin

Source: The Daily Herald | François Fillon captures the popular vote in St. Martin MARIGOT–Resurgent centre-right candidate François Fillon emerged as the biggest vote-getter in St. Martin capturing 1,376 votes (27.19 per cent) in the first round of France’s Presidential Election, proving here at least that allegations of paying his wife and children for fake

PSVE Pageant

Source: The Daily Herald | PSVE Pageant St. Maarten Academy PSVE will hold its Mr. and Ms. PSVE Pageant in Philipsburg Community and Cultural Center on Saturday, April 29. Contestants are Brendon Charlemagne, Alex Castillo Reyes, Cheyenne Nunes, Abigail Pinnock, Adriana Bisasor and Ashanteny Martina. Tickets cost US $20 each for the pageant and are

Clearing drain

Source: The Daily Herald | Clearing drain The covered drain along Bush Road was cleared of debris and silt in the past days. Several trenches and waterways are being cleared to decrease street flooding and in preparation of the upcoming hurricane season. (John Halley photo)

St. Maarten observer for Curaçao elections

Source: The Daily Herald | St. Maarten observer for Curaçao elections WILLEMSTAD–St. Maarten is represented on a team of outside observers for Curaçao’s early parliamentary election on Friday, April 28, announced the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC).   The others will come from the Organisation of American States (OAS), Caricom and Aruba. They will visit the

Bartenders compete in Angostura competition

Source: The Daily Herald | Bartenders compete in Angostura competition Judges of the competition: Lavon Richardson, Jacquie Ruan and Ron Webster. ANGUILLA–Seven bartenders in Anguilla recently competed in a competition organised by Anguilla Life Magazine, in cooperation with Tropical Distributors and Angostura.   Seven bartenders competed from five hotels, Cap Juluca, CuisinArt, Four Seasons, Malliouhana

Statia band at Flag Fest

Source: The Daily Herald | Statia band at Flag Fest Rebels High Definition Band of St. Eustatius was one of the bands that performed at the Carib Beer Caribbean Flag Fest on Saturday in Festival Village in St. Maarten. The band took time out to pose for a photo at FDR Airport on Friday before

Maria Bass passes away

Source: The Daily Herald | Maria Bass passes away PHILIPSBURG/STATIA–Maria Bass, former State Secretary in the Netherlands Antilles, passed away over the weekend. Bass, a tax lawyer, also worked at the Tax Inspectorate on Statia and St. Maarten, and was a member of the first Constitutional Referendum Committee on St. Maarten in 1994.    

Free helmets

Source: The Daily Herald | Free helmets Three young St. Martiners were presented with brand-new crash helmets by the Gendarmerie and Police Territorial at the kiosk on Rue Coralita, French Quarter, on Friday. The French Quarter insertion association Centre Symphorien d’Insertion (CSI) has collaborated with the Gendarmerie on a road safety awareness programme, “Never without

Low turnout

Source: The Daily Herald | Low turnout A voter casts his ballot in the Hotel de la Collectivité polling station supervised by President of the Territorial Council Daniel Gibbs on Saturday during voting for France’s Presidential Election. The Préfecture reported a very low turnout of voters during the day. By 5:00pm only 19.76 % of

Performers ready for Youth Extravaganza

Source: The Daily Herald | Performers ready for Youth Extravaganza Three-time Dance champions Otmar Angels will be one of the headline groups for tonight’s Youth Extravaganza. PHILIPSBURG–Youth Extravaganza is set to take place tonight, Monday, starting at 6:00pm, and is the only evening in Carnival Village this year that has no age limit, organisers announced

Govt. breaks ground on Back Street again

Source: The Daily Herald | Govt. breaks ground on Back Street again PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher symbolically “broke ground” on the Back Street project Saturday.

LED lights

Source: The Daily Herald | LED lights Some LED lights have been installed on the Government Administration Building on Pond Island. The lights project has a price tag of NAf. 225,000.

Prison guards abandon posts for hours Sunday

Source: The Daily Herald | Prison guards abandon posts for hours Sunday PHILIPSBURG–Guards at the Pointe Blanche prison walked out from the job on Sunday after working overtime. The Daily Herald understands that a number of guards called in sick and many guards who were working believed it had to do with it being Carnival

SCDF wants ‘mess on Pondfill’ seriously addressed next year

Source: The Daily Herald | SCDF wants ‘mess on Pondfill’ seriously addressed next year CARNIVAL VILLAGE–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will seek a meeting with the Ministries of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) and Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI following the Carnival season to discuss what it calls the

‘No proof of Nini planning murder’

Source: The Daily Herald | ‘No proof of Nini planning murder’ WILLEMSTAD–The Prosecutor’s Office in Curaçao was unable to prove that Burney “Nini” Fonseca (45) had indeed been the intermediary between those who executed the murder of politician Helmin Magno Wiels in 2013 and the intellectual authors, said his lawyer Marije Vaders on Friday, asking

Ortega clinches COCI seat by small margin

Source: The Daily Herald | Ortega clinches COCI seat by small margin PHILIPSBURG–Of the several hundred small businesses registered with the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI), only representatives of 85 cast a ballot in Friday’s by-election to fill the vacant small business seat on the Chamber Board.

King Fish reels in fifth calypso crown

Source: The Daily Herald | King Fish reels in fifth calypso crown  CARNIVAL VILLAGE–Fish the Mega Boss came out on top as the 2017 Calypso King at this year’s NAGICO Calypso Finals hosted by Raw Promotions in Carnival Village that ended early Friday morning.

RSA debt ‘a Damocles’ sword over our heads,’ Gibbs cautions

Source: The Daily Herald | RSA debt ‘a Damocles’ sword over our heads,’ Gibbs cautions MARIGOT–President of the Territorial Council Daniel Gibbs has given a sobering reminder, that despite a balanced budget, there is still a matter of 48 million euros owed to Caisse Allocation Familiale (CAF) from the social benefit Revenu Solidarité Active (RSA),

Corallo’s extradition may take another year

Source: The Daily Herald | Corallo’s extradition may take another year THE HAGUE–St. Maarten/Italian casino boss Francesco Corallo may remain incarcerated in St. Maarten for another year, as his actual extradition to Italy may not take place until the summer of 2018. This is due to a full procedure that needs to be followed because

CBS data a good indicator of how the islands develop

Source: The Daily Herald | CBS data a good indicator of how the islands develop THE HAGUE–As a neutral organisation the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) doesn’t get involved in political discussions on the issue of poverty in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Nonetheless, CBS Manager Henk van de Velden painted an interesting picture of

Robbie reacts to accusations

Source: The Daily Herald | Robbie reacts to accusations Robbie reacts to accusations WILLEMSTAD–Lottery boss Robbie dos Santos has serious questions about the investigation into the murder of Curaçao politician Helmin Magno Wiels, specifically the “Maximus” probe into the intellectual authors of the murder. His name was mentioned during the first day of the case against

Repairers of Broken Walls begins development series

Source: The Daily Herald | Repairers of Broken Walls begins development series MARIGOT–Repairers of Broken Walls International Ministries will host the first of its self-development series today, Friday. Pastor Brenda Abbott-Gumbs is encouraging everyone to come out to Galisbay, St. Martin, opposite the Bethany Home.

Fresh meat, vegetables on sale today Friday

Source: The Daily Herald | Fresh meat, vegetables on sale today Friday ST. EUSTATIUS–The Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fishery LVV will be holding a fresh meat and vegetables sale at the Slaughterhouse today, Friday, April 21, from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

President Gibbs receives Préfet Pierre-Etienne Bisch

Source: The Daily Herald | President Gibbs receives Préfet Pierre-Etienne Bisch MARIGOT–President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs received a visit from the senior Préfet of Guadeloupe Pierre-Etienne Bisch in the context of the latter’s responsibility for monitoring the presidential elections in St. Martin, St. Barths and Guadeloupe.

Pro-bono lawyers on strike over non-payment of fees

Source: The Daily Herald | Pro-bono lawyers on strike over non-payment of fees PHILIPSBURG–Pro-bono lawyers have called a strike from Wednesday, April 19, as Government has failed to honour an ultimatum set by the lawyers for payment of fees due to them.

SCDF Culture Night set to mesh island cultures

Source: The Daily Herald | SCDF Culture Night set to mesh island cultures PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will stage a Culture Night in Carnival Village, today, Friday, featuring groups representing the various national communities of St. Maarten.

Donations

Source: The Daily Herald | Donations Donations were made to three local organisations recently during the celebration of Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle’s 20th anniversary, The donations were presented to Lottie Petersen of Diabetes Foundation, which offers awareness of diabetes in the community and does regular testing on Saturdays at various locations; Raymond Jessurun

Anguilla youth did well in St. Maarten

Source: The Daily Herald | Anguilla youth did well in St. Maarten Anguilla’s representatives Rushanna Welcome, Kyliyah Baird and Michealanne Benjamin.   ANGUILLA–Michaelanne Benjamin and Rushanna Welcome represented Anguilla at the Annual Interscholastic Idol Competition held on Saturday, April 15, in St. Maarten.   According to a report from the Department of Youth and Culture

Rotary Sunrise congratulates Butterfly Story Book winners

Source: The Daily Herald | Rotary Sunrise congratulates Butterfly Story Book winners Rotary Sunrise members with Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC) pupils who participated in the Butterfly Story Book contest. PHILIPSBURG–The Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, District 7020 Butterfly Story-Writing contest was recently concluded and with much appreciation to young authors on the island, Rotary Sunrise

Stenapa Lionfish Fry a resounding success

Source: The Daily Herald | Stenapa Lionfish Fry a resounding success Johan Stapel from CNSI and Mishka van Dijk displaying the poison from the lionfish. ST. EUSTATIUS–St. Eustatius National Parks Stenapa held its annual Lionfish Fry at the Gallows Bay office, on Good Friday, April 14. Attendees were allowed free tastings of lionfish served in

Amuseum Naturalis to host Endemic Animal Festival Sun.

Source: The Daily Herald | Amuseum Naturalis to host Endemic Animal Festival Sun. This Sunday’s Endemic Animal Festival celebrates the amazing wildlife that can only be found here, like this Bearded Anole.  MARIGOT–People of all ages are invited to discover the incredible animals that live only on St. Martin and only in our region at

SMCU members to have first preference for 60 new homes

Source: The Daily Herald | SMCU members to have first preference for 60 new homes Minister Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday.   PHILIPSBURG–Housing Minister Christophe Emmanuel announced on Wednesday that the St. Maarten Communication Union (SMCU) headed by Ludson Evers had contacted him last week after hearing about the plan to construct 160 homes for first-time

Lee discusses health care cooperation with Dutch

Source: The Daily Herald | Lee discusses health care cooperation with Dutch Minister Emil Lee and Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk in the Netherlands last week.  PHILIPSBURG–With the new hospital project back on track, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Emil Lee travelled to the Netherlands last week

Customs Head is sent on leave

Source: The Daily Herald | Customs Head is sent on leave Jules Ilario. WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao Customs Director Jules Ilario has been placed on administrative leave by interim Minister of Finance Lourdes Alberto. She did not want to use the term “mandatory” because the two had agreed on this temporary order measure.   The staff stated to

Michelline Hunte crowned 2017 Miss Mature Queen

Source: The Daily Herald | Michelline Hunte crowned 2017 Miss Mature Queen PHILIPSBURG–Four strong ladies went head-to-head in the annual Miss Mature Carnival Queen pageant at Carnival Village on Wednesday evening, organised by Posh Productions. Michelline Hunte captured the Mature crown close to 1:00am.

UPDATE: Pompier, Powell dominate shows

Source: The Daily Herald | UPDATE: Pompier, Powell dominate shows PHILIPSBURG–Shakainah Arrindell-Pompier became Teen Carnival Queen and Shanice Powell captured the Senior Queen title in Carnival Village close to 4:30am Wednesday. The two ladies dominated their respective segments and went home with most of the sashes in the early morning.

Minister Jacobs re-emphasises safe and fun Carnival message

Source: The Daily Herald | Minister Jacobs re-emphasises safe and fun Carnival message PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Silveria Jacobs congratulated Teen Carnival Queen Shakainah Arrindell-Pompier and Senior Carnival Queen Shanice Powell, who she said were front runners for capturing the crown in her mind based on their performance during the Queen Show

Government seeks to increase civil servants’ pensionable age

Source: The Daily Herald | Government seeks to increase civil servants’ pensionable age PHILIPSBURG–In his capacity as Minister of General Affairs, Prime Minister William Marlin was the last cabinet member to present his Ministry’s plans to Parliament’s Central Committee on Wednesday.

SHTA calls on Govt. to use sprinkler systems on dump

Source: The Daily Herald | SHTA calls on Govt. to use sprinkler systems on dump POND ISLAND–The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) has suggested that authorities use a sprinkler system at the sanitary landfill (dump) to help combat the constant fires at the site.  

Kuwas apologises to family of Wiels

Source: The Daily Herald | Kuwas apologises to family of Wiels WILLEMSTAD–During the first day of the “Maximus” trial against Burney “Nini” Fonseca as the suspected intermediary between the killers of then PS-leader Helmin Magno Wiels and those who paid them, convicted triggerman Elvis “Monster” Kuwas apologised to the family of the late parliamentarian. Two

Accident

Source: The Daily Herald | Accident The driver of this SUV was injured during a traffic accident on Airport Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.

MPC’s and Sundial’s jubilee booklet on sale

Source: The Daily Herald | MPC’s and Sundial’s jubilee booklet on sale The cover of the anniversary booklet.  SOUTH REWARD–Interested persons can now learn about the history of Milton Peters College (MPC) and Sundial School, as well as go down memory lane with pictures of the schools in their earlier years in a jubilee anniversary

Saharan dust over Curaçao

Source: The Daily Herald | Saharan dust over Curaçao A satellite image. WILLEMSTAD–Dust particles from sand storms in Africa’s Sahara desert have blanketed sections of the Caribbean including the ABC-islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao).   Each year this dust passes through the region, usually in the spring and summer months, reported the Meteorological Department of

Minister of Justice ‘hit ground running’

Source: The Daily Herald | Minister of Justice ‘hit ground running’ Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman. PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman says he “hit the ground running” when he took office in late December 2016. “Yet there is so much left to be done,” he said during Tuesday’s presentation of the Justice Ministry’s year plan

VSA Ministry ‘bound by budget constraints’

Source: The Daily Herald | VSA Ministry ‘bound by budget constraints’ Minister Emil Lee presenting his Ministry’s plans. PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA Emil said during Tuesday’s presentation of the year plans that his Ministry is bound by budget constraints and outdated legislation.   The Ministry’s budget stands at NAf. 53.6

Marijuana advocates point to 4-20 to raise awareness

Source: The Daily Herald | Marijuana advocates point to 4-20 to raise awareness Emilio Kalmera, Roland Joe ‘Ras Bushman’ and Arun Jagtani at Ital Shack to discuss marijuana legalization issues. PHILIPSBURG–Herbal Awareness SXM wants to remind the island’s residents that April 20, also known as 4-20, is an international day set aside for raising awareness

Kuwas in Bonaire for Maximus case

Source: The Daily Herald | Kuwas in Bonaire for Maximus case Prosecutor Gert Rip WILLEMSTAD–The man sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2013 murder of then PS-leader and parliamentarian Helmin Magno Wiels in Curaçao has been transferred from the maximum security prison in Vught, the Netherlands to Bonaire. Elvis “Monster” Kuwas (40) was filmed as

Simpson Bay Resort is hosting carnival events, public welcome

Source: The Daily Herald | Simpson Bay Resort is hosting carnival events, public welcome Spectators gather around Generation New Status Drum Band for a performance at the Simpson Bay Resort poolside. SIMPSON BAY–In an effort to have its guests experience a bit of carnival feting the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina will be hosting a

Know the law

Source: The Daily Herald | Know the law Member of Parliament Claret Connor (United People’s party) presented copies of the English translation of St. Maarten’s Constitution and the other organic laws to the Pointe Blanche prison and Philipsburg Jubilee Library. The translation of the 38 organic laws was recently compiled in book form by Info

Man arrested for burglary attempt

Source: The Daily Herald | Man arrested for burglary attempt PHILIPSBURG–One man was arrested as a suspect in an attempted break-in in Cole Bay at approximately 12:20am Sunday, April 16. A police patrol, after receiving information of a burglary in progress at Money 4 Gold, immediately went to the scene to investigate.

Motorcade held for two Idol champions

Source: The Daily Herald | Motorcade held for two Idol champions ST. EUSTATIUS–A motorcade was held on Sunday evening for returning champions Ishn Courtar and Z’Dijah Romney. Ishn Courtar won the Junior Division of the Third Interscholastic Idol Competition on St. Maarten. Z’dijah Romney ended first runner-up in the Senior Division.

Statia J’Ouvert

Source: The Daily Herald | Statia J’Ouvert A large crowd turned out for the Easter Morning J’Ouvert Jump-Up. Not only persons from St. Eustatius turned up to jam, but also revellers from St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, St. Maarten, Curaçao, the Netherlands, and the United States. The J’Ouvert jamming started at 4:00 at the Monument near

Easter eggs galore

Source: The Daily Herald | Easter eggs galore Queen Productions hosted its second annual Nature Easter Egg Hunt at the Agriculture Garden in Marigot this past Saturday. Children from both sides of the island searched the garden for more than 7,000 eggs and the child who found the most eggs won a grand prize. Organisers

Czech fashion model on superyacht Sherakhan for new wine promotion

Source: The Daily Herald | Czech fashion model on superyacht Sherakhan for new wine promotion SIMPSON BAY–Well-known superyacht Sherakhan, a regular visitor to St. Maarten every yachting season, accommodated Czech fashion model Michaela Junova last week during a photoshoot for the new Cuvee Jean Jarreau wines.

Dutch Navy makes large coke bust in Caribbean

Source: The Daily Herald | Dutch Navy makes large coke bust in Caribbean The two RHIB motor boats of the Zr. Ms. Van Amstel, with a boarding team of the US Coast Guard, near the suspect go-fast vessel. (Photo by Dutch Defence) THE HAGUE–The Royal Dutch Navy in the Caribbean last week caught two shipments

Jumping into the village

Source: The Daily Herald | Jumping into the village Thousands revelled behind the music trucks during the Jump-Up preceding the opening of Carnival Village on Easter Monday. Ban Clash winners XP Band (photo), TG Band, No Limit, Mixmaster Pauly, DJ Tools and Lock, and Loaded Sound accompanied them from MPC in South Reward to the

Council of Ministers info sessions for civil servants

Source: The Daily Herald | Council of Ministers info sessions for civil servants PHILIPSBURG–The Council of Ministers hosted an Information Session last week Friday for the Secretaries-General of the seven Ministries and their management teams, the staffs of the Ministers’ cabinets, and the staff of the Council of Ministers Secretariat.

New Mid Isle member

Source: The Daily Herald | New Mid Isle member Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle, while celebrating its 20th Anniversary, inducted its newest member Femke Jansen recently at one of its meetings. Jansen, a lawyer with Lexwell Attorneys at Law, was proposed by Immediate Past President David Antrobus. She has qualifications in corporate law, contract

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