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DH | Alida Francis to become Governor of St Eustatius

ST.EUSTATIUS -- Government Commissioner Alida Francis is to become the next governor of Statia in the coming months. The state secretary of kingdom relations and digitisation Alexandra van Huffelen has...

DH | Government and marine sector initiate study on yachting sector’s economic impact

PHILIPSBURG--The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT), St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) and St. Maarten Harbor Group are embarking on a crucial initiative to conduct...

DH | FCIB takes customer to court over email request to the Central Bank to investigate

PHILIPSBURG--Following a request from FirstCaribbean International Bank’s long-standing client Demitrus Marlin to the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) to conduct a fraud investigation, FirstCaribbean is taking...

DH | Dutch military assist Bonaire with oil spill

KRALENDIJK--A group of about fifteen military troops have been on Bonaire since last Wednesday to speed up the clearing of oil residue from the coastline, acting Island Governor Reynolds...

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DH | Sundial School launches new teen pregnancy prevention programme

PHILIPSBURG--The Sundial School is launching the “Baby Think It Over” programme, an initiative aimed at promoting teen pregnancy prevention and fostering responsible decision-making among its students. The Baby Think It...

DH | Fire breaks out at Geminga boatyard in Sandy Ground

MARIGOT--St. Martin firefighters (pompiers) intervened Saturday night to extinguish a fire that broke out in a 200-square-metre shed in the Geminga boatyard in Sandy Ground. According to a joint...

DH | Fire breaks out at Geminga boatyard in Sandy Ground

MARIGOT--St. Martin firefighters (pompiers) intervened Saturday night to extinguish a fire that broke out in a 200-square-metre shed in the Geminga boatyard in Sandy Ground.    page11b198e Burnt out...

DH | Matter of concern (Telem Group)

An urgent request for a closed-door Central Committee meeting to discuss the latest developments at the TelEm Group was submitted to Parliament on Thursday by Democratic Party (DP) MP...

DH | Governor receives first 19 of hundreds of National Decrees for justice workers

PHILIPSBURG--Caretaker Minister of Justice Anna Richardson sent out a press release on Thursday, an hour before midnight, stating that the Cabinet of Governor Ajamu Baly had confirmed receipt of...

DH | Domestic violence film Chokehold winning awards at film festivals

MARIGOT--Since the glitzy, star-studded premiere at Caribbean Cinemas in St. Martin on November 25, 2023, the locally-made and produced domestic violence movie “Chokehold”, has since garnered a number of...

DH | Dr. Richardson presents caretaker PM Jacobs with legal reference book

PHILIPSBURG--On Monday, Dr. Linda Richardson unveiled her latest literary contribution, “Trilingual Terminology in Criminal Proceedings”, to caretaker Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs. This seminal work, crafted over decades of experience,...

DH | Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance hosting second annual SXM Lagoon Festival

Overhead view of the Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance. SIMPSON BAY--The Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance has announced the launch of the second annual SXM Lagoon Festival, set...

DH | Attorney pleads for protection of mental health patients’ rights

PHILIPSBURG--Criminal lawyer and former dean of the Bar Association of St. Maarten Geert Hatzmann urges the Court of St. Maarten for a legal review of mental health patients’ deprivation...

DH | Last Parliament passed 35 laws over its four-year term

~ Had 3 chairs, 5 factions, 5 independent MPs ~ PHILIPSBURG--The fifth Parliament of St. Maarten handled and gave the green light for 35 national ordinances over the four years...

DH | Defendant walks free before verdict in armed robbery, kidnapping case

PHILIPSBURG--Just one day after standing trial in the Court of First Instance on armed robbery and kidnapping charges, a man M.K.A. (33) was released from the Point Blanche prison...

DH | SXM DOET invites volunteers for its 10th edition celebration

Volunteers can now register to help 69 projects to come to fruition. PHILIPSBURG--The SXM DOET Project Coordination Team is thrilled to announce the launch of volunteer registration for the 10th...

DH | Court reduces sentence of a child rapist by 5 years

PHILIPSBURG--The Joint Court of Justice on Tuesday reduced the sentence of convicted child rapist Joy Walters (36) from thirteen years in prison to eight, as the appellate judges considered...

DH | “Icon of the Seas’” inaugural call celebrated with fireworks display

PHILIPSBURG--Port St. Maarten Group (PSG) is thrilled to announce a grand fireworks display to commemorate the inaugural call of Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI’s) remarkable new vessel, “Icon of the...

DH | Unanimous vote for Sarah as Chairperson of Parliament

PHILIPSBURG--Democratic Party (DP) leader Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams made history on Saturday when she became the first person to be unanimously elected to serve as Chairperson of...

DH | Appeal for cooperation and patience during roadworks

PHILIPSBURG--As road improvement works continue in Dutch Quarter and St. Peters, the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment Infrastructure VROMI urges the public to extend their cooperation and...

DH | Driver escapes uninjured after vehicle accident on Belair Road

BELAIR--In the early hours of Wednesday, at approximately 1:45am, a vehicle veered off Belair Road near a local school. The incident, precipitated by the actions of another vehicle, led...

DH | UNOPS looking for suppliers for construction of new prison facility

PHILIPSBURG--Following the publication of an ad from United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) inviting companies to register for a February 16 workshop regarding a new prison facility in...

DH | Yacht stranded on Simpson Bay Beach gifted to a VKS officer

SIMPSON BAY--The yacht “Mitsuha” that has been floundering in the surf on Simpson Bay Beach since it broke free from its anchor line in rough seas two days ago...

DH | Doornbosch: Clock cannot be turned back on new currency, it is coming

PHILIPSBURG--The clock cannot be turned back on the introduction of the new Caribbean guilder Cg. currency (International Organization for Standardization (ISO) currency code XCG) for the monetary union of...

DH | Police looking into apparent sabotage of harbour crane

SABA--The Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN is investigating an apparent case of vandalism after acid was thrown onto mechanical parts of the only government-owned crane in Saba’s harbour last...

DH | Cruise, stay-over tourist numbers continue to increase, although still less than before Irma

PHILIPSBURG--More than 1.3 million cruise passengers and almost 400,000 stay-over visitors arrived St. Maarten in 2023, according to figures published by the government’s Department of Statistics STAT on Thursday. Compared...

DH | Residents urged to take steps against rising dengue cases

PHILIPSBURG--In light of the surge in Dengue cases, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and Department of Communication DCOMM are calling on residents to prioritise their well-being and that of...

DH | Former counsellor sent to prison for five years in foster home rape case

PHILIPSBURG--The Court of First Instance on Wednesday sentenced former counsellor Antoine Jermin (25) to five years in prison for raping a fourteen-year-old girl living at a foster home in...

DH | Largest cruise ship in the world to make inaugural call Feb. 13

PHILIPSBURG--Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI’s) largest cruise ship in the world Icon of the Seas will make its inaugural call to St. Maarten on Tuesday, February 13.     RCI executives...

DH | Heineken Regatta announces lineup for this year’s events

PHILIPSBURG--The 44th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has announced a mélange of the Caribbean, where music, dance and flavours will come together in celebration this February 29 to March 3. Event...

DH | QR code stickers not yet available for motorists

A screen grab from an ad that has been running on social media urging motorists to pay their motor vehicle tax online and collect their QR code stickers at...

DH | BES Summit focused on common interests, cooperation, say Island & Executive Councils

The Island and Executive Councils of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba after the BES Summit last week. ST. EUSTATIUS/SABA--Fostering dialogue on formal cooperation and establishing joint positions on areas of...

DH | 3 armed, masked suspects rob Porto Cupecoy Casino

CUPECOY--Three masked individuals, brandishing guns and dressed in dark clothing carried out a brazen early morning robbery at Port Cupecoy Casino around 1:30am Thursday. Police said in...

DH | Youngsters stealing beach bags, personal items on Boardwalk

~One apprehended ~ PHILIPSBURG--The Police Force on Thursday sounded the alarm about a group of youngsters who go around stealing beach bags and the personal items of persons enjoying the...

DH | New attorney general visits police station

PHILIPSBURG--Newly appointed Attorney General of Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands Guillano Schoop paid an introductory visit to the Philipsburg Police Station on January 23. During this visit he...

DH | Appeals Court comes down harder on former MP Richardson in bribery case

PHILIPSBURG--The Joint Court of Justice has increased the prison sentence and election ban of former Member of Parliament (MP) Frans Richardson, who was convicted for bribery and abuse of...

DH | Winair passengers first to use new check-in hall at Airport

AIRPORT--Passengers to Saba and St. Eustatius were in for a surprise when they were welcomed to the new check-in hall on Monday morning by management and staff of Princess...

DH | Residents angered by blocked beach access at Anse des Sables

MARIGOT--Inhabitants of Sandy Ground have demanded a fence that has closed off beach access at Residence Anse des Sables in Sandy Ground be removed, as all beaches on the...

DH | Police say foul play may be involved in disappearance of missing Jamaican man

PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Police Force said on Tuesday that it has gathered sufficient information to indicate that foul play may be involved in the disappearance of missing Jamaica national...

DH | Six parties drop in votes after recount, seat allocation, MPs-elect remain same

~ New Parliament to sit Feb. 10 ~ PHILIPSBURG--Six of the eight political parties that contested the January 11 parliamentary elections dropped in votes after a total recount conducted by...

DH | Errors being uncovered in total recount of votes

PHILIPSBURG--A number of errors are being uncovered in the total recount of the votes from last week’s parliamentary elections, which the Central Voting Bureau began on Tuesday morning after...

DH | Voting Bureau: Public hearing crucial step for integrity, transparency electoral process

PHILIPSBURG--The Central Voting Bureau’s public hearing set for 10:00am today, Tuesday represents a crucial step in ensuring the integrity and transparency of the electoral process, the Bureau said...

DH | Theo ordered to report to prison tomorrow to serve his sentence

PHILIPSBURG--Former high-ranking politician Theo Heyliger (53) has been ordered to report to the Point Blanche prison tomorrow, Monday, to begin serving his five-year sentence for accepting bribes and money-laundering. Heyliger’s...

DH | NA maintains position as biggest party in elections

~ Ottley biggest overall vote-getter ~ PHILIPSBURG--With 3,468 of the 14,490 votes cast, National Alliance (NA) maintained its position as the largest political party after the preliminary results were released...

DH | Weapons, drugs seized in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD--Soldiers supported the Curaçao Police Corps KPC from December 11 last year to January 7, during its holiday season operation “Ta basta awor” (It’s enough now). Various vehicles were checked...

DH | Final preparations in full swing for Election Day

PHILIPSBURG--Final preparations are in full swing for the parliamentary elections slated for Thursday, November 11. Polling stations will be open from 8:00am to 8:00pm. The Central Voting Bureau, Civil Registry...

DH | Grisha concerned about non-payment of some local sub-contractors at PJIA

PHILIPSBURG--Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Grisha Heyliger-Marten has expressed concerns about information she received concerning the reconstruction process at Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA).     Heyliger-Marten said she has...

DH | Prosecutor and National Detectives unite to combat election corruption

PHILIPSBURG--As the 2024 Parliamentary Elections draw near in St. Maarten, the St. Maarten Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM and the National Detectives (Landsrecherche) are intensifying their efforts to combat bribery...

DH | Jewellery store robbers ordered to pay $83,617 in criminal proceeds

PHILIPSBURG--The Court of First Instance on Thursday ordered two convicted armed robbers to each pay US $41,808 for the unrecovered jewellery that was taken during their May 7, 2022,...

DH | Over 3,900 deregistered in Civil Registry clean-up

PHILIPSBURG--More than 3,900 persons of varying nationalities were deregistered from the Civil Registry as part of a clean-up project which was identified as necessary after research in 2010 unearthed...

DH | Jacobs ushers St. Maarten into 2024 with a vision of prosperity and unity

PHILIPSBURG--In a heartfelt address to the people of St. Maarten, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs expresses gratitude and optimism as the nation steps into the promising new year of 2024. Focused...

DH | Jacobs ushers St. Maarten into 2024 with a vision of prosperity and unity

PHILIPSBURG--In a heartfelt address to the people of St. Maarten, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs expresses gratitude and optimism as the nation steps into the promising new year of 2024. Focused...

DH | Person of the Year: Michael Cleaver, the former CEO of WINAIR

WINAIR’s CEO Michael Cleaver gave his all to keep the airline in the sky after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. He is pictured here next to his temporary...

DH | People can petition court to be added to voters’ list

PHILIPSBURG--Persons who believe they were wrongfully taken off or excluded from the list of voters for the upcoming parliamentary election can petition the local court to have themselves added...

DH | Law proposal envisions right to basic bank accounts for all

PHILIPSBURG--The much-anticipated law proposal championed by United People’s (UP) party leader and Member of Parliament Rolando Brison’s, advocating for the right to a basic current account for all residents...

DH | Minister of Justice co-signs justice legislative package on Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Justice Anna Richardson co-signed the justice legislative package at the Government Administration Building on Wednesday, December 27. The official signing of the national decrees solidified the legal position...

DH | Streets turned festive in red and white parade

ST. EUSTATIUS--St. Eustatius became a festive display on Monday as groups danced down the island’s streets in the annual red and white parade organised by Marcella “Lady of Culture”...

DH | Police inspect cars in Philipsburg to ensure safety during holiday season

PHILIPSBURG--In a concerted effort to ensure traffic safety and facilitate smoother traffic flow during the bustling holiday season, St. Maarten Police Force KPSM has ramped up its initiatives in...

DH | Team of fire fighters prevents tragedy in Ebenezer house fire

EBENEZER--In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Central Dispatch of St. Maarten Police Force KPSM received multiple calls alerting them to a house fire on R.S Nicolson Road in...

DH | Police forces enhance their training with Dutch Caribbean Police Chiefs’ support

PHILIPSBURG--In pursuit of visionary goals set by St. Maarten’s Chief of Police Carl John, a comprehensive training plan has been initiated in collaboration with counterparts across the Dutch Caribbean. Supported...

DH | Christmas baskets for Statia’s less fortunate

ST. EUSTATIUS--A group of individuals have decided to give 31 Christmas baskets to St. Eustatius’ elderly, unemployed, struggling families and a shut-in. The group consists of Juliette George, Nadine Arnaud,...

DH | Former head cashier to repay more than $115,500 stolen from Receiver’s Office

PHILIPSBURG--Between May and August 2022, Lathasha Mills (43) stole more than US $115,500 of taxpayer money when she was head cashier at the Receiver’s Office. On Thursday, the Court...

DH | CBCS: Extreme weather events permanent risk, climate adaptation strategy needed

PHILIPSBURG--The Caribbean basin is the most exposed region to climate-related natural disasters. Hence, the occurrence of extreme weather events, which are expected to increase in frequency and severity due...

DH | Parliament meeting postponed

PHILIPSBURG-The plenary session of Parliament concerning the draft National ordinance on Higher Education which was to be held today Monday, December 11. 2023 at 11.00am with as agenda points: 1....

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