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Marlin on track to report to governor on Sept. 24

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:19

PHILIPSBURG--National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament William Marlin expects to complete his tasks of forming a new government by September 24, according to a press statement.

Marlin, who was appointed Formateur by Governor Eugene Holiday, has met three times with the governor to update him on the progress made since his appointment earlier this month.

The governing programme for 2014-2018 should be completed before the swearing-in of the new Parliament on October 10 and the Council of Ministers on the following day.

A team of nine people – three each from the Unit ... Read more

With competition spending millions, Mingo stresses cruise re-invention

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:15

PHILIPSBURG--With news over the weekend of Antigua's intention to construct a multi-million-dollar cruise facility, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Port of St. Maarten Mark Mingo used the opportunity to re-iterate a position he has championed on numerous occasions: the importance of St. Maarten re-inventing itself as a cruise destination.

Local online news outlet Soualiga Newsday

(www. soualiganewsday.com) reported on Friday that the Antigua Port Authority announced a US $200 million redevelopment of its current facilities that serve cruise passengers.

This redevelopme ... Read more

Man shot in chest in drive-by shooting

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:13

page1b101CUL DE SAC--A 25-year-old man from French Quarter was brought into the hospital by friends on Sunday morning after having been shot in the chest, a source confirmed.

K.L.B. had been a passenger in a grey Kia Picanto, which had come from St. Peters and was approaching the roundabout near Le Grand Marché in Cul de Sac in the left lane, preparing to turn left towards Philipsburg.

Another ... Read more

Suspects in grocery store armed robbery released

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:01

MARIGOT--Gendarmes arrested two suspects on Thursday in connection with the armed robbery of a grocery store on Rue de Hollande on Tuesday morning, but subsequently released them from custody pending further investigation into the incident.

A man was detained at 8:00pm on Wednesday for firing shots with a gun at a car in French Quarter. The occupant of the car was not injured. The incident is under investigation.

Elsewhere, there were no incidents to report on Friday, Gendarmerie spokesman Capitaine Sylvain Jouault said.

... Read more

WICSU concerned about safety of prison guards

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 01:59

POINTE BLANCHE--Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) is concerned about the safety of prison guards at the Pointe Blanche Prison, and is calling on government to urgently address the staff shortages at the facility for the safety of inmates and its members.

The union's concerns come on the heels of a serious fight at the facility Thursday, which resulted in an inmate being seriously injured and the discovery of two firearms in a subsequent search of the facility.

WICSU/PSU President Dearie Leonard told The Daily Herald that manpower at the pri ... Read more

Unrest still ongoing in Pointe Blanche Prison

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 01:56

page3a100~Director gets death threat~

POINTE BLANCHE--Police assisted Pointe Blanche Prison for a second day in a row as there was still "unrest" in the prison. A second round of cell searches was completed.

Police spokesman Inspector Henson confirmed that further searches had been completed, and that officers had been asked to work overtime to facilitate the ... Read more

Lamman Rucker visits zoo to kick off fundraising tour

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:02

page1a099By Claudienne Peterson

MADAME ESTATE--Animal lover, activist, educator, entrepreneur, public speaker and actor Lamman Rucker arrived on-island yesterday with his main purpose to help Save our Zoo.

Best known for his roles in Hollywood hits such as "Why Did I Get Married 1 and 2," "Black Coffee" and "The Man in 3B," Rucker wasted no time. He went from the airport straight to the Zoo, sto ... Read more

Lamman Rucker visits zoo to kick off fundraising tour

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:02

page1a099By Claudienne Peterson

MADAME ESTATE--Animal lover, activist, educator, entrepreneur, public speaker and actor Lamman Rucker arrived on-island yesterday with his main purpose to help Save our Zoo.

Best known for his roles in Hollywood hits such as "Why Did I Get Married 1 and 2," "Black Coffee" and "The Man in 3B," Rucker wasted no time. He went from the airport straight to the Zoo, sto ... Read more

Justice in St. Maarten remains a concern for Progress Committee

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:57

THE HAGUE--The Progress Committee St. Maarten remains extremely concerned about the execution of the Plans of Approach for the St. Maarten Police Force and the Pointe Blanche Prison. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk shares these concerns.

Plasterk informed the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Wednesday that the execution of the Plans of Approach for the Police Force and prison in St. Maarten, but also in Curaçao, was "the most problematic" of all Plans of Approach for the different government entities on the two islands.

"Too few a ... Read more

Justice in St. Maarten remains a concern for Progress Committee

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:57

THE HAGUE--The Progress Committee St. Maarten remains extremely concerned about the execution of the Plans of Approach for the St. Maarten Police Force and the Pointe Blanche Prison. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk shares these concerns.

Plasterk informed the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Wednesday that the execution of the Plans of Approach for the Police Force and prison in St. Maarten, but also in Curaçao, was "the most problematic" of all Plans of Approach for the different government entities on the two islands.

"Too few a ... Read more

Vesuvius convict injured in prison machete attack

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:56

~ Two loaded firearms found ~

POINTE BLANCHE--A fight at Pointe Blanche Prison left one inmate seriously injured yesterday after he was set upon with a machete. The injured man was taken to hospital, prison director Edward Rohan stated.

A firearm which had not been fired was seized. Police were called around 3:30pm. Order was restored and a complete check of the prison and all cells was completed. Uniformed officers, detectives and a police dog, with its handler, were on scene. A search of the prison revealed a second firea ... Read more

Vesuvius convict injured in prison machete attack

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:56

~ Two loaded firearms found ~

POINTE BLANCHE--A fight at Pointe Blanche Prison left one inmate seriously injured yesterday after he was set upon with a machete. The injured man was taken to hospital, prison director Edward Rohan stated.

A firearm which had not been fired was seized. Police were called around 3:30pm. Order was restored and a complete check of the prison and all cells was completed. Uniformed officers, detectives and a police dog, with its handler, were on scene. A search of the prison revealed a second firea ... Read more

Customs officer receives 7 years for drug trafficking

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:30

PHILIPSBURG--A customs officer was sentenced to seven years imprisonment after being convicted of trafficking 268kg of cocaine into St. Maarten. This was one year less than the demand of the Prosecutor.

Nestor Sanchez (47) had been a customs officer for 23 years, both in Curaçao and in St. Maarten, when he was arrested for the offence.

On January 30, 2014, the cocaine was found on board an Insel Air flight from Curaçao. Customs officers checked the flight and found 28 boxes containing 268kg of a white substance, which tested as cocaine.

The court described how Sanchez ... Read more

Customs officer receives 7 years for drug trafficking

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:30

PHILIPSBURG--A customs officer was sentenced to seven years imprisonment after being convicted of trafficking 268kg of cocaine into St. Maarten. This was one year less than the demand of the Prosecutor.

Nestor Sanchez (47) had been a customs officer for 23 years, both in Curaçao and in St. Maarten, when he was arrested for the offence.

On January 30, 2014, the cocaine was found on board an Insel Air flight from Curaçao. Customs officers checked the flight and found 28 boxes containing 268kg of a white substance, which tested as cocaine.

The court described how Sanchez ... Read more

Prime minister tenders resignation of Cabinet

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:29

HARBOUR VIEW--Prime Minister Wescot-Williams has tendered the resignation of the entire Wescot-Williams III Cabinet to Governor Eugene Holiday. The governor, according to a statement from his Cabinet, has informed the prime minister that he will consider her request.

The governor also reiterated his call to the ministers and the minister plenipotentiary in The Hague to continue their duties in the interest of St. Maarten and continue working with him until a decision has been taken concerning the request for resignation.

In her letter, dated September 9, the prime minister als ... Read more

Prime minister tenders resignation of Cabinet

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:29

HARBOUR VIEW--Prime Minister Wescot-Williams has tendered the resignation of the entire Wescot-Williams III Cabinet to Governor Eugene Holiday. The governor, according to a statement from his Cabinet, has informed the prime minister that he will consider her request.

The governor also reiterated his call to the ministers and the minister plenipotentiary in The Hague to continue their duties in the interest of St. Maarten and continue working with him until a decision has been taken concerning the request for resignation.

In her letter, dated September 9, the prime minister als ... Read more

CFT says ‘keep on working on multi-annually balanced budget’

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:29

WILLEMSTAD--The execution of their 2014 budgets is running its course in Curaçao and St. Maarten. If the countries continue on this path their budgets will stay balanced this year, according to the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT. Additionally, Curaçao has met "all the requirements" of the 2012 instructions since the beginning of 2014.

In its semi-annual report, CFT still urges both countries "to vigorously deal" with the risks for their long-term budgets and improvement of their financial management.

Based on the positive advice on their 2014 budgets in the first ha ... Read more

CFT says ‘keep on working on multi-annually balanced budget’

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:29

WILLEMSTAD--The execution of their 2014 budgets is running its course in Curaçao and St. Maarten. If the countries continue on this path their budgets will stay balanced this year, according to the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT. Additionally, Curaçao has met "all the requirements" of the 2012 instructions since the beginning of 2014.

In its semi-annual report, CFT still urges both countries "to vigorously deal" with the risks for their long-term budgets and improvement of their financial management.

Based on the positive advice on their 2014 budgets in the first ha ... Read more

Unscheduled visit

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:26

page5a098St. Maarten received an unscheduled visit from an Aero L-39 Albatros on Tuesday night. The pilot had to make a technical stop en route to Brazil. The fighter jet was piloted by a former US Air Force pilot and trainer. The aircraft will be delivered to its new owner in Brazil today, Thursday. This L-39 Albatros is the training version of the fighter jet; the difference is the gun attachment on the fus ... Read more

Unscheduled visit

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:26

page5a098St. Maarten received an unscheduled visit from an Aero L-39 Albatros on Tuesday night. The pilot had to make a technical stop en route to Brazil. The fighter jet was piloted by a former US Air Force pilot and trainer. The aircraft will be delivered to its new owner in Brazil today, Thursday. This L-39 Albatros is the training version of the fighter jet; the difference is the gun attachment on the fus ... Read more