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DH | Bad timing

The Mullet Bay golf course road connecting Cupecoy with Maho Village was flooded with rainwater on Sunday morning to the point that cars got stuck and engines were damaged....

DH | Aggressive man jailed for robbery, mistreatment, attempted burglary

PHILIPSBURG--A 25-year-old man with severe aggression problems was sent to prison for six years on Wednesday, after the judge in the Court of First Instance found him guilty of...

DH | Grisha responds to Irion on Dutch-based consortium interested in refinancing loans

PHILIPSBURG--A Dutch-based financial consortium which was interested in exploring the possibilities of refinancing the liquidity support loans that St. Maarten has received from the Netherlands, became a topic of...

DH | Parliament supports Wuite motion on social minimum

THE HAGUE--A broad majority of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of the motion of Jorien Wuite of the Democratic Party D66 which...

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DH | Taxi Association objects to alleged lifting of moratorium

PHILIPSBURG--The Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Association has been informed that Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Omar Ottley plans to lift the moratorium on taxi...

DH | Grisha to face vote on whether she stays as Parliament Chair

PHILIPSBURG--Grisha Heyliger-Marten will have to face a vote that will determine whether she remains as Chairperson of Parliament when the topic is handled as the third agenda point of...

DH | Aruba gets away without instruction

Dutch State Secretary for Kingdom Relations and Digitisation Alexandra van Huffelen and Aruba interim Minister Plenipotentiary Ady Thijsen spoke to the media after Friday’s Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting. THE...

DH | Grisha stays on as Chairperson, proposal to add agenda point to remove MP voted down

PHILIPSBURG--A proposal from United People’s(UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Rolando Brison to add an agenda point to the public meeting on the COVID-19 cuts to relieve UP MP...

DH | Prime Minister says she cannot force her ministers to respond to media questions

PHILIPSBURG--“I cannot hold any minister with a stick over the head to respond to questions,” Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Wednesday during the Council of Ministers press briefing...

DH | Letters sent to casinos to pay outstanding fees

PHILIPSBURG--Letters have been sent out to the various casinos operating in the country to pay up their outstanding casino control fees and licence fees. The letters were issued between...

DH | Firing Grisha as Parliament Chair to be handled in meeting Monday

PHILIPSBURG--An agenda point to relieve United People’s (UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Grisha Heyliger-Marten of her duties as Chairperson of Parliament will be added to the agenda of...

PBC | Rechters: online goksector Curaçao op glad ijs

Met vonnissen | Persbureau Curacao WILLEMSTAD – De goksector op Curaçao, in casu masterlicentiehouder Cyberluck, begeeft zich op glad ijs met het zelf uitgeven van zogenaamde sublicenties en geen adequaat...

DH | Emmanuel launches NOW party, says the time is NOW to rise like a phoenix

Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Monday, October 10, launched his party Nation, Opportunity, Wealth (NOW) and signaled with absolute certainty that it will contest the next Parliamentary...

DH | Ajamu Baly takes the torch as Governor of St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG--“I stand before you today not as a product of my own concern, but of one moulded, encouraged, invested in, loved and inspired by my village,” incoming Governor Ajamu...

DH | Court rules in favour of ECI in injunction case

MULLET BAY--The Court of First Instance ruled Friday in favour of EC Investments BV (ECI), ENNIA Caribe Holding NV and Sun Resorts Ltd. NV in summary proceedings filed on...

DH | Saba exports 6 containers with recyclables in September

SABA--Saba exported six containers with plastics, cardboard and shredded tires abroad for recycling, in September. As usual, the majority of Saba’s recyclables were shipped to the USA for further processing....

DH | Six, seven and nine years demanded in ‘Albatros’ people-smuggling case

PHILIPSBURG--Two men and a woman from the Dominican Republic who are standing trial for alleged involvement in a number of people-smuggling operations between St. Maarten and other islands in...

DH | St. Maarten tasked with becoming an attractive jurisdiction for top brands

St. Maarten’s First Anti-Counterfeiting and Intellectual Property conference was aimed at empowering all the stakeholders and inviting them to play their part in protecting brands and intellectual property. PHILIPSBURG--After concluding...

DH | SNSM extracts three sailors from stranded cargo vessel

MARIGOT--On the instructions of Regional Centre for Surveillance and Rescue Operations Antilles-Guiana CROSS-AG, French-side sea rescue SNSM volunteers went to the assistance of a cargo vessel early Tuesday morning...

DH | Richardson presents new weapon policy

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Justice Anna Richardson has updated and tweaked the Weapon Policy of 2016. The new weapon policy was published in the National Gazette on Friday. Relevant stakeholders in the...

DH | Two new liquidity support tranches for St. Maarten

THE HAGUE--The Kingdom Council of Ministers RMR on Friday gave the formal approval for two liquidity loans for St. Maarten for a total amount of NAf. 24 million (11.3...

DH | Inaugural Arajet Airlines flight lands at Princess Juliana International Airport

AIRPORT--Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) officially welcomed Arajet Airlines from the Dominican Republic with a symbolic inaugural ceremony on Tuesday. The ceremony had been postponed due to the passing...

DH | Countries discuss strategy at tripartite before IPKO

THE HAGUE--The parliaments of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten met in The Hague on Monday in preparation for the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO which starts today, Tuesday. On...

DH | Governor Holiday involved in car accident in Guana Bay

PHILIPSBURG--Governor of St. Maarten, Eugene B. Holiday was involved in a traffic accident on Sunday evening. While leaving Guana Bay around 6:00pm, the governor’s car collided with a car...

DH | Wuite reminds The Hague to include Caribbean Netherlands

THE HAGUE--Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Jorien Wuite of the Democratic Party D66 on Thursday reminded the Dutch government of the fact that it needs...

DH | Richardson contacts State Secretary about alleged misuse of UNOPS funds

Minister of Justice Anna Richardson. PHILIPSBURG--After having read a New York Times article about unusual and questionable investments at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Minister of...

DH | Sarah: Back and forth between Doran, Peterson can harm country

PHILIPSBURG--United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams believes that the back and forth between Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Egbert Doran and...

DH | Pinel Island closed due to Sargassum

The drone footage taken on Saturday by Oswen Corbel shows the bay covered in Sargassum and the island of Little Key surrounded in the foreground. CUL-DE-SAC--The Bay of Cul-de-Sac on...

DH | Marijuana nursery dismantled in Saunders, three arrested

SAUNDERS--Police dismantled what was referred to as “an elaborate marijuana nursery” during a house search in Saunders on Wednesday evening and arrested three persons. Police provided the information to...

DH | Chris says govt. actively trying to distract from Ombudsman report

PHILIPSBURG--Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel says it is embarrassing, yet telling, that Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Egbert Doran is openly and...

DH | Aruba defies The Hague, goes ahead to repay 5%

THE HAGUE--Aruba Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes said on Wednesday that she was unable to convince Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations and Digitisation Alexandra van Huffelen that the Aruba...

DH | Paedophile and corrupt police ordered to be sent to prison

PHILIPSBURG--Pedophile Colin Kristensen (63) and corrupt police officer Jerry-Lee Gerardus (46) have received the same sentences on appeal as more than three years ago at First Instance. The years-long...

DH | PM at United Nations

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs is currently at the United Nations (UN) High-Level Political Forum (HPLF), being held at the UN Headquarters in New York this week. HLPF is an...

DH | Doran escapes no confidence motion after MPs walk out of meeting

MPs Rolando Brison and Hyacinth Richardson walking out of the meeting. PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Egbert Doran on Wednesday escaped facing a motion of no...

DH | Democratic Party to be revived

MP Sarah Wescot-Williams PHILIPSBURG--The Democratic Party (DP) will be making a comeback soon. United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) and DP leader Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Tuesday that efforts...

DH | Roaming animals in Statia will be shot from now on

ST. EUSTATIUS--Animals caught roaming in St. Eustatius will be shot as of now, much to the relief of persons who have complained for years about the level of damage...

DH | Ballast Nedam employees given award for safe work

SIMPSON BAY--Three employees of Ballast Nedam International Projects (BNIP) have recently been awarded with a Health and Safety incentive award. The award is part of a programme dedicated to...

DH | Large crowds turn out for summer J’ouvert

PHILIPSBURG--Thousands of revellers turned out for the Splash Summer J’ouvert early Saturday morning. The J’ouvert began by Carrefour Market on Bush Road around 4:00am and ended at Festival Village. Persons came...

DH | Child molesters convicted to 17 and 13 years in prison

PHILIPSBURG—Child rapist Bernard Stroud (52) was sentenced to seventeen years in prison on Thursday. His extramarital partner, former school secretary Joy Walters, has received a higher sentence than the...

DH | Gasoline price going down, diesel fuel more expensive

PHILIPSBURG--The government of St. Maarten, which regulates the prices of petroleum products by imposing a maximum price at which wholesalers and retailers can sell these products in St. Maarten,...

DH | Causeway Bridge reopens for all motorized traffic

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Causeway Bridge as of Thursday afternoon reopened for motorized traffic. However, it will remain closed for maritime traffic. “Technicians including a software engineer...

DH | Ministry of VROMI announces opening of Great Bay Fresh Water Pond Channel

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), will temporary open the Great Bay Fresh Pond channel as...

DH | First team of divers certified for Kidz at Sea Coastal CleanUp

PHILIPSBURG--Preparations for the SXM Coastal CleanUp project, to be executed by young St Maarteners between the age of 18 and 34, are in full swing. On Sunday, the first...

DH | Over the Pond minimarket robbed by two armed men

PHILIPSBURG--The cashier of a minimarket on Arch Road, a side road of Sucker Garden Road, was robbed at gunpoint late Friday afternoon, when two armed men entered the store...

DH | Other MPs approached to strengthen coalition

PHILIPSBURG--The Leaders of the Coalition parties National Alliance (NA) and the United Peoples (UP) Party jointly announced on Saturday evening that they are exploring the option of "other members...

DH | CBCS: ‘Balanced budget should not be at the expense of recovery’

WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG--When Curaçao and St. Maarten agreed on implementing a reform package, the so-called “Landspakket”, with the Netherlands as a condition for liquidity support amid the COVID-19 pandemic, part of...

DH | Timing considered not right for apology for slavery past

THE HAGUE--The Dutch government has postponed a decision to apologise for the Netherlands’ slavery past until the end of this year because of societal unrest, political sources in The...

DH | Decomposed body of a man found in Statia

ST. EUSTATIUS--The body of a man was found in a house on Mamie Apple Road in St. Eustatius around 4:30pm Tuesday, June 28. The man must have been dead for...

DH | Broad participation of islands at meeting on Dutch slavery past

THE HAGUE--Twenty speakers, many hailing from the Dutch Caribbean, participated in the round table consultation in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Monday to talk about the...

DH | Full cooperation given to Ombudsman, says Doran

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure VROMI Egbert Doran does not share the position of the Ombudsman that the Solid Waste Collection 2021-2026 tendering and awarding...

DH | Aruba may phase out 12.6%, Curaçao, St. Maarten not yet

THE HAGUE--The Kingdom Council of Ministers RMR on Friday decided that Aruba can start with the reversing of the 12.6% labour benefits reduction for its (semi) government employees. No permission...

DH | Inmates attack alleged child rapist in his cell

By Jacqueline Hooftman PHILIPSBURG--B.S. (52), who has been in pre-trial detention in Pointe Blanche for more than a year on suspicion of raping four girls between the ages of five...

DH | Prime ministers reconfirm to keep moving forward united

ORANJESTAD--Following the intense meetings with the Netherlands in Aruba on Sunday and Monday, a tripartite meeting between Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten took place on Tuesday where the countries...

DH | Investigation into Pandora sex crime case not closed

By Jacqueline Hooftman PHILIPSBURG--The wife of the man B.S. (52) from Belvedere who is facing fifteen years in prison for raping four children in the couple’s house is still a...

DH | Court allows woman from Venezuela to be expelled

PHILIPSBURG--A woman of Venezuelan nationality and her two children, who have been residing in St. Maarten illegally for the past three years, can be deported, the Court of First...

DH | Caribbean Business Hub meeting cites big opportunities through cooperation

THE HAGUE--As the largest and richest country in the kingdom, the Netherlands should take the lead in stimulating the economic development of the entire kingdom. That requires vision and...

DH | GEBE has to run numbers to see most feasible way to apply relief

PHILIPSBURG--Utilities company GEBE staff will have to “run their numbers” to determine how and when they can apply relief for consumers, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and...

DH | Jacobs explains cut for Ministers, MPs, says more than 25% was cut

PHILIPSBURG--Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs on Wednesday explained the reduction in the employment benefits of Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs), noting that more than 25% had been cut when...

DH | Basket of goods to be increased to 72 items, bread price to be regulated

~Food importers have not shared redacted invoices~ PHILIPSBURG--Despite food importers not sharing their redacted invoices as requested, authorities are moving forward to increase the Basket of Goods controlled by government...

DH | Prosecutor must clear the name of wrongly fined suspect, Court rules

PHILIPSBURG--Ruben van den Heuvel (21), wrongly identified as a suspect, was fined $480 after being arrested by the police over a year ago. Shortly afterwards the Prosecutor gave him...

DH | No applications for civil works permits published in over a year

PHILIPSBURG--Since the reinstatement of Article 28a of the National Ordinance on Spatial Development Planning LROP on April 26, 2021, no applications for civil works permits have been published in...

DH | MPs give green light for SOAB to check political parties’ financial data accuracy

  PHILIPSBURG--Members of Parliament (MP) on Thursday approved the National Ordinance amending the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties. The amendment means that the Government Accountants Bureau SOAB...

DH | RMR on 12.5% cuts cancelled

THE HAGUE—Friday’s Kingdom Council of Ministers RMR meeting on ending the COVID-19 crisis-related benefits reduction of 12.5% for employees in the (semi)public sector of Curaçao, Aruba (12.6%) and St....

DH | Consumers shocked by bills, GEBE says system glitch caused error, disregard bills

PHILIPSBURG--Many GEBE consumers were shocked and surprised to receive their electronic bills with multiple errors including exorbitant due amounts for their light and water running in the thousands of...

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