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Electorate votes for nine new candidates for Parliament

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 03:49

~ Theo, Silveria top two vote getters ~

PHILIPSBURG--There will be several new faces in Parliament for the next four-year governing period from the parties that secured seats in the first Parliamentary elections for St. Maarten.

More than half of the 15 Members of Parliament–elect are new. Several of the sitting MPs were not re-elected.

United People's Party

Five of the seven candidates elected from the United People's (UP) party slate are new. Elected were UP leader Theodore Heyliger with 1,925 votes (or 31 per cent of the 6,157 votes cast for that party); #3 ... Read more

Coalition talks amongst NA, DP, US continue over weekend

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 03:48

CAY HILL--Talks to form a new coalition government for the next governing period continued amongst the Democratic Party (DP), United St. Martin (US) Party and National Alliance (NA) over the weekend.

The Daily Herald understands that parties met on Sunday to hammer out a more detailed agreement on working together in a new government for Country St. Maarten. Sunday's talks followed the signing of a preliminary agreement shortly after election results were announced in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The details of Sunday's talks could not be ascertained.

NA (four seats), DP ... Read more

Holiday starts consultation on formation of new gov’t today

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 03:46

page1a089HARBOUR VIEW--Governor Eugene Holiday will start consultations for the formation of a new government as of today, Monday, September 1. The consultations will be held with Vice Chairperson of the Advisory Council; Ombudsman Nilda Arduin-Lynch; outgoing President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell and the leaders of the four political parties that obtained seats in the elections: United People’s (UP) party ... Read more

UP biggest, but NA, US, DP sign accord

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 09:57

page1a088PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten will have yet another coalition government after Friday's elections. National Alliance (four seats), United St. Maarten Party (two seats) and Democratic Party (two seats) signed a declaration of willingness before dawn today to work together to form a new government.

DP leader Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams told The Daily Herald about the declaration shortly afte ... Read more

Frans: Our message was loud and clear!

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 09:18

page3a088PHILIPSBURG--United St. Maarten party leader Frans Richardson reaffirmed his party's mission of continuing to make life better for the people of St. Maarten in his speech directly following this year's election's preliminary results. The party earned two seats.

"While some of them had counted us out, our message was loud and clear," Richardson said.

"Our message was clear, our message w ... Read more

Sarah: DP to evaluate results, open to talk

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 09:11

page7a088PHILIPSBURG--The Democratic Party (DP) will be "digesting" and "evaluating" the preliminary parliamentary election results and will determine how to proceed, given the distribution of seats announced early this morning.

"We need to digest the results. That's where we will start. Then we see what needs to be done," DP leader Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams told The Daily Herald at the part ... Read more

Govt agrees that suspected directors should step down

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:49

PHILIPSBURG/THE HAGUE--The Government of St. Maarten agrees with the Wit-Samson Committee that directors of government-owned companies, who are a suspect in a criminal investigation, need to step down until this investigation is completed.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson stated this in their formal response to the July 2014 report of the Wit-Samson integrity committee. The response was sent to the Parliament and Governor of St. Maarten, as well as the Kingdom Council of Ministers on August 21.

The integrity committee, installed by th ... Read more

Govt agrees that suspected directors should step down

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:49

PHILIPSBURG/THE HAGUE--The Government of St. Maarten agrees with the Wit-Samson Committee that directors of government-owned companies, who are a suspect in a criminal investigation, need to step down until this investigation is completed.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson stated this in their formal response to the July 2014 report of the Wit-Samson integrity committee. The response was sent to the Parliament and Governor of St. Maarten, as well as the Kingdom Council of Ministers on August 21.

The integrity committee, installed by th ... Read more

Zebec denies asking for changes to conditions

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:47

POINTE BLANCHE--Zebec Development N.V. has refuted the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies' (SHGC's) accusation that it had asked for previously-agreed-on conditions to be altered.

In an invited comment, Zebec also said it had been "first and foremost quite surprised" to learn that SHGC considered its lawsuit "without merit and frivolous," a statement it considered premature, as the complaint had not yet been served.

"Zebec's complaint is over 45 pages long and is accompanied by well over 500 pages of supporting documentation. Since the complaint has not yet been served on ... Read more

Zebec denies asking for changes to conditions

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:47

POINTE BLANCHE--Zebec Development N.V. has refuted the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies' (SHGC's) accusation that it had asked for previously-agreed-on conditions to be altered.

In an invited comment, Zebec also said it had been "first and foremost quite surprised" to learn that SHGC considered its lawsuit "without merit and frivolous," a statement it considered premature, as the complaint had not yet been served.

"Zebec's complaint is over 45 pages long and is accompanied by well over 500 pages of supporting documentation. Since the complaint has not yet been served on ... Read more

Today is Election Day

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:43

page1b087PHILIPSBURG--The lives of fifteen of the ninety candidates of the six political parties will change significantly today, when voters head to the polls to elect the first Parliament of St. Maarten. A total of 21,457 people are eligible to vote for the candidate of their choice to represent them in the fifteen-seat Parliament. The twenty polling stations open from 8:00am until 8:00pm.

All 20 pol ... Read more

Today is Election Day

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:43

page1b087PHILIPSBURG--The lives of fifteen of the ninety candidates of the six political parties will change significantly today, when voters head to the polls to elect the first Parliament of St. Maarten. A total of 21,457 people are eligible to vote for the candidate of their choice to represent them in the fifteen-seat Parliament. The twenty polling stations open from 8:00am until 8:00pm.

All 20 pol ... Read more

Prosecutors agree that UP leaders not sufficiently investigated in vote-buying

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:23

~ Appeal court ruling ~

PHILIPSBURG--The Public Prosecution services said on Wednesday that it shares the view of the Court that the role of United People's (UP) party leaders was "not sufficiently investigated" in the Masbangu vote-buying case, but said it had already made a statement in court.

The Prosecutor's Office has appealed the Court's decision to throw out the case. The Masbangu investigation surrounds the UP paying persons to vote for the party in the September 2010 elections.

The judge had declared the case inadmissible and held it against the Prosecutor's Of ... Read more

Prosecutors agree that UP leaders not sufficiently investigated in vote-buying

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:23

~ Appeal court ruling ~

PHILIPSBURG--The Public Prosecution services said on Wednesday that it shares the view of the Court that the role of United People's (UP) party leaders was "not sufficiently investigated" in the Masbangu vote-buying case, but said it had already made a statement in court.

The Prosecutor's Office has appealed the Court's decision to throw out the case. The Masbangu investigation surrounds the UP paying persons to vote for the party in the September 2010 elections.

The judge had declared the case inadmissible and held it against the Prosecutor's Of ... Read more

Construction worker dies from fall in elevator shaft

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:20

page9c086~ Said to have been fleeing immigration ~

MAHO--The construction sector and Haitian community were plunged into mourning Wednesday when Haitian mason Dieucel Bosse (54) succumbed to injuries sustained when he toppled into an empty elevator shaft at the former Ocean Terrace building, currently under renovation at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.Read more

Construction worker dies from fall in elevator shaft

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:20

page9c086~ Said to have been fleeing immigration ~

MAHO--The construction sector and Haitian community were plunged into mourning Wednesday when Haitian mason Dieucel Bosse (54) succumbed to injuries sustained when he toppled into an empty elevator shaft at the former Ocean Terrace building, currently under renovation at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.Read more

St. Maarten restates objections to Rutte

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:18

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG--The Government of St. Maarten has informed the Kingdom Council of Ministers that it will adopt many of the recommendations by the Wit-Samson Integrity Committee, but not without reiterating its objections to the way The Hague imposed an integrity audit via the governor of St. Maarten and the "continued blurring of norms on the Kingdom level."

In the letter dated August 21, 2014, St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson informed Chairman of the Kingdom Council of Ministers, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the pos ... Read more

St. Maarten restates objections to Rutte

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:18

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG--The Government of St. Maarten has informed the Kingdom Council of Ministers that it will adopt many of the recommendations by the Wit-Samson Integrity Committee, but not without reiterating its objections to the way The Hague imposed an integrity audit via the governor of St. Maarten and the "continued blurring of norms on the Kingdom level."

In the letter dated August 21, 2014, St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson informed Chairman of the Kingdom Council of Ministers, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the pos ... Read more

US Party candidates call voters ‘to make a change’

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:42

page1a085CUL DE SAC--Voters were urged to head to the polls on Friday and make a change by voting for the United St. Maarten Party, headed by independent Member of Parliament Frans Richardson. The party leader and thirteen other candidates shared first final messages of campaign for Parliament at the party's final public meeting at the party's headquarters on Tuesday.

Richardson told supporters, "We ar ... Read more

US Party candidates call voters ‘to make a change’

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:42

page1a085CUL DE SAC--Voters were urged to head to the polls on Friday and make a change by voting for the United St. Maarten Party, headed by independent Member of Parliament Frans Richardson. The party leader and thirteen other candidates shared first final messages of campaign for Parliament at the party's final public meeting at the party's headquarters on Tuesday.

Richardson told supporters, "We ar ... Read more