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Candlelight Memorial

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:26

page4a001A large gathering reflected on this year’s theme “Supporting the future” at the annual St. Maarten AIDS Foundation and Helping Ourselves in a Positive Environment HOPE International Candlelight Memorial at Carl’s Unique Inn on Sunday. The event was attended by several government officials, including Health Minister Rita Bourne-Gumbs and Member of Parliament Cornelius de Weever, donors, we ... Read more

Police officer arrested for Akeem Isidora shooting

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:16

PHILIPSBURG--Police officer R.Y. was arrested on Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting of Akeem Isidora (22) during an altercation in Happy Estate, Belvedere, on March 4.

Y. was off duty at the time of the incident. Prosecutor Tineke Kamps and Chief of Police Peter de Witte confirmed that Y. had been detained on Sunday morning. Kamps said Y. would be charged with manslaughter or murder.

Y. now will be interviewed by detectives and will appear before the Judge of Instruction in two days for the regular process when persons are detained.

A forensic investigation wa ... Read more

No separate probe on relation island gov’ts with underworld

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:09

THE HAGUE--Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk will not initiate a separate investigation into the flow of money between the governments of Curaçao and St. Maarten and criminal organisations as was instructed through a motion adopted recently by the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament.

The motion of Second Chamber members Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) and André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party instructed the Dutch Government to initiate a broad investigation, preferably with the input of Curaçao and St. Maarten, into the ... Read more

Confiscation of PCs, phones bottleneck for Police Force

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:07

PHILIPSBURG--The confiscation of items such as computers and telephones was cited as one of the main bottlenecks for the Police Force in a Council for Law Enforcement report on the daily confiscation of items by the police.

The report was one of two the Council presented to Justice Minister Dennis Richardson on Friday. According to the report, these items “are not centrally managed or registered. With the absence of an administrator, there is no overview of such items a ... Read more

SNSM sea rescue RIB christened at marina

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:49

page6c297MARIGOT--The volunteers of French-side sea rescue service SNSM savoured an uplifting moment Friday evening when their second-hand semi-rigid inflatable boat (RIB) was christened officially at a ceremony on the shore next to Marina Fort Louis in front of elected officials an ... Read more

SNSM sea rescue RIB christened at marina

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:49

page6c297MARIGOT--The volunteers of French-side sea rescue service SNSM savoured an uplifting moment Friday evening when their second-hand semi-rigid inflatable boat (RIB) was christened officially at a ceremony on the shore next to Marina Fort Louis in front of elected officials an ... Read more

Woman admits leaving baby to die on cruise ship docked here

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:47

HAMMOND, INDIANA--A Northwest Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to giving birth on Carnival Dream and leaving the baby girl to die under a bed.

The deceased infant was discovered in a guest cabin by a Carnival Dream employee while the ship was in port in St. Maarten on October 12, 2011. The cruise line informed authorities in St. Maarten about the incident. That same day Dutch authorities took custody of the infant's body and interviewed the mother. The mother, ... Read more

Woman admits leaving baby to die on cruise ship docked here

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:47

HAMMOND, INDIANA--A Northwest Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to giving birth on Carnival Dream and leaving the baby girl to die under a bed.

The deceased infant was discovered in a guest cabin by a Carnival Dream employee while the ship was in port in St. Maarten on October 12, 2011. The cruise line informed authorities in St. Maarten about the incident. That same day Dutch authorities took custody of the infant's body and interviewed the mother. The mother, ... Read more

Autopsy confirms crime in death of Dawn Beach body

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:45

PHILIPSBURG--An autopsy performed on the badly decomposed body of the unidentified corpse found in Dawn Beach on April 29 has confirmed that a crime was committed.

Prosecutor Tineke Kamps told The Daily Herald late last night that although the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition the Dutch Forensic Institute, which conducted the autopsy in the Netherlands on Wednesday, had managed to confirm that a crime had taken place. Kamps declined to give details of the probable cause of death. The autopsy also showed that the body was that of a male.

While the identity of the v ... Read more

Autopsy confirms crime in death of Dawn Beach body

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:45

PHILIPSBURG--An autopsy performed on the badly decomposed body of the unidentified corpse found in Dawn Beach on April 29 has confirmed that a crime was committed.

Prosecutor Tineke Kamps told The Daily Herald late last night that although the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition the Dutch Forensic Institute, which conducted the autopsy in the Netherlands on Wednesday, had managed to confirm that a crime had taken place. Kamps declined to give details of the probable cause of death. The autopsy also showed that the body was that of a male.

While the identity of the v ... Read more

First step for islands’ free-trade zone at Kingdom Conference

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:44

THE HAGUE--The four countries of the Dutch Kingdom are planning to sign a cooperation agreement in the area of competition at the Kingdom Conference in Curaçao on June 16 in anticipation of a Dutch Caribbean free-trade zone. The website “Doing Business in the Kingdom” will be launched to facilitate trade with and via the Dutch Caribbean.

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated this in a letter which was sent to the Second Chamber o ... Read more

First step for islands’ free-trade zone at Kingdom Conference

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:44

THE HAGUE--The four countries of the Dutch Kingdom are planning to sign a cooperation agreement in the area of competition at the Kingdom Conference in Curaçao on June 16 in anticipation of a Dutch Caribbean free-trade zone. The website “Doing Business in the Kingdom” will be launched to facilitate trade with and via the Dutch Caribbean.

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated this in a letter which was sent to the Second Chamber o ... Read more

Friday blackout caused by over-heated cable

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:42

PHILIPSBURG--GEBE promptly provided an explanation of Friday’s widespread blackout that lasted approximately two hours for most consumers. The company said it had started with a transformer cable overheating.

“On May 15, 2015, at 11:32am, NV GEBE technicians detected smoke in the high tension room. This was caused by the overheating of a cable from a transformer,” a company press release read.

“ ... Read more

Friday blackout caused by over-heated cable

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:42

PHILIPSBURG--GEBE promptly provided an explanation of Friday’s widespread blackout that lasted approximately two hours for most consumers. The company said it had started with a transformer cable overheating.

“On May 15, 2015, at 11:32am, NV GEBE technicians detected smoke in the high tension room. This was caused by the overheating of a cable from a transformer,” a company press release read.

“ ... Read more

SMART hosts 14th annual tradeshow

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:38

page5e296MAHO--The on-going fourteenth St. Martin/St. Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART), dubbed the most important tradeshow of the Northeastern Caribbean, hosted its main day of activities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino yesterday, May 14.

Although attendance was not as high as the 2014 event, which boasted one of the best turnouts in years, even participants who did not make any new c ... Read more

SMART hosts 14th annual tradeshow

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:38

page5e296MAHO--The on-going fourteenth St. Martin/St. Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART), dubbed the most important tradeshow of the Northeastern Caribbean, hosted its main day of activities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino yesterday, May 14.

Although attendance was not as high as the 2014 event, which boasted one of the best turnouts in years, even participants who did not make any new c ... Read more

Multiracial coalition unseats Guyana ruling PPP/C party

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:37

GEORGETOWN--Guyana's multiracial opposition coalition has won a national election, breaking the ruling Indo-Guyanese party's 23 year-old grip on power, the election board said on Thursday, signalling a new era in the ethnically-divided South American nation.

The APNU+AFC coalition, led by former army brigadier and publisher David Granger, won 206,817 votes, versus 201,457 for President Donald Ramotar's PPP party, the election authorities said after all votes were counted.

Ramotar said the elections were rigged and demanded a recount, without giving more details of his accusati ... Read more

Multiracial coalition unseats Guyana ruling PPP/C party

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:37

GEORGETOWN--Guyana's multiracial opposition coalition has won a national election, breaking the ruling Indo-Guyanese party's 23 year-old grip on power, the election board said on Thursday, signalling a new era in the ethnically-divided South American nation.

The APNU+AFC coalition, led by former army brigadier and publisher David Granger, won 206,817 votes, versus 201,457 for President Donald Ramotar's PPP party, the election authorities said after all votes were counted.

Ramotar said the elections were rigged and demanded a recount, without giving more details of his accusati ... Read more

Management of SMHDF fights suspension, seeks compensation

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:35

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation's (SMHDF's) Finance Manager Emilio Kalmera and Executive Assistant Miurica Williams challenged their suspensions by the foundation's Supervisory Board in the Court of First Instance on Wednesday.

Managing Director Henry Lynch saw his service agreement with SMHDF end on February 4, based on a host of allegations concerning financial mismanagement and embezzlement.

Representing Kalmera and Williams, attorney Cindy Marica called her clients' suspension invalid and illegitimate, as only the Board of Directors, not the Supervi ... Read more

Management of SMHDF fights suspension, seeks compensation

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:35

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation's (SMHDF's) Finance Manager Emilio Kalmera and Executive Assistant Miurica Williams challenged their suspensions by the foundation's Supervisory Board in the Court of First Instance on Wednesday.

Managing Director Henry Lynch saw his service agreement with SMHDF end on February 4, based on a host of allegations concerning financial mismanagement and embezzlement.

Representing Kalmera and Williams, attorney Cindy Marica called her clients' suspension invalid and illegitimate, as only the Board of Directors, not the Supervi ... Read more