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Swift action, evacuation for 2nd KLM bomb hoax

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 02:55

page6e041AIRPORT--Another KLM plane was the target of an apparent bomb-scare hoax on Friday afternoon. An anonymous caller phoned airport check-in counter 46 and said that there was a bomb on KLM flight 785. Although no bombs were found after thorough searches of both the plane and the airport building, this is the second such costly and disruptive bomb-sca ... Read more

Swift action, evacuation for 2nd KLM bomb hoax

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 02:55

page6e041AIRPORT--Another KLM plane was the target of an apparent bomb-scare hoax on Friday afternoon. An anonymous caller phoned airport check-in counter 46 and said that there was a bomb on KLM flight 785. Although no bombs were found after thorough searches of both the plane and the airport building, this is the second such costly and disruptive bomb-sca ... Read more

Court orders Housing Foundation to pay damages to Kalmera, Williams

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 02:53

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) was ordered by the court on Friday to award damages to Financial Controller Emilio Kalmera (38) and Executive Assistant Miurica Williams (30).

Both had challenged their suspensions without pay by SMHDF’s Supervisory Board as per December 12, 2014. In both cases the court found it proven that the Housing Foundation had been in default, and ordered it to pay damages to the tune of NAf. 56,268 to Kalmera and NAf. 45 ... Read more

Court orders Housing Foundation to pay damages to Kalmera, Williams

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 02:53

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) was ordered by the court on Friday to award damages to Financial Controller Emilio Kalmera (38) and Executive Assistant Miurica Williams (30).

Both had challenged their suspensions without pay by SMHDF’s Supervisory Board as per December 12, 2014. In both cases the court found it proven that the Housing Foundation had been in default, and ordered it to pay damages to the tune of NAf. 56,268 to Kalmera and NAf. 45 ... Read more

Blogger remains in pre-trial detention

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 02:50

~ Judge: ‘no reason’ to release now ~

 PHILIPSBURG--Blogger J.R. (40), who was arrested on June 30, for a number of offenses, will remain behind bars in pre-trail detention to give police a chance to interrogate her on the charges against her.

R. appeared before a Judge of Instruction on Friday. Prosecutor Tineke Kamps said in a press release that the ... Read more

Blogger remains in pre-trial detention

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 02:50

~ Judge: ‘no reason’ to release now ~

 PHILIPSBURG--Blogger J.R. (40), who was arrested on June 30, for a number of offenses, will remain behind bars in pre-trail detention to give police a chance to interrogate her on the charges against her.

R. appeared before a Judge of Instruction on Friday. Prosecutor Tineke Kamps said in a press release that the ... Read more

Gumbs supports Aruba's call for independent investigation

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 02:49

PHILIPSBURG--Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs has written to Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman expressing support for Eman's call for an independent investigation in connection with the recent death of Aruban Mitch Henriquez (42) while in Dutch police custody in The Hague.

St. Maarten is prepared to support the inclusion of an Aruban on the independent commission, according to the letter sent on Thursday.

Gumbs expressed condolences on behalf of the government and people of St. Maarten to the Aruba Government and people as well as Henriquez's family and friends.

The letter was ... Read more

Gumbs supports Aruba's call for independent investigation

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 02:49

PHILIPSBURG--Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs has written to Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman expressing support for Eman's call for an independent investigation in connection with the recent death of Aruban Mitch Henriquez (42) while in Dutch police custody in The Hague.

St. Maarten is prepared to support the inclusion of an Aruban on the independent commission, according to the letter sent on Thursday.

Gumbs expressed condolences on behalf of the government and people of St. Maarten to the Aruba Government and people as well as Henriquez's family and friends.

The letter was ... Read more

Blogger remains in pre-trial detention

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 20:45

Blogger remains in pre-trial detention

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 20:45

All-clear at airport after bomb threat, operations resumes, roads reopened

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 17:19

AIRPORT--Police have given the all-clear sign and the bomb threat at Princess Juliana International Airport SXM is over. Airport operations are back to normal as of 2:15pm. Access roads leading to the airport from Simpson Bay Causeway roundabout and from Maho roundabout have been reopened.

Persons traveling today, Friday, should check with their airlines for adjusted flight schedules.

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All-clear at airport after bomb threat, operations resumes, roads reopened

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 17:19

AIRPORT--Police have given the all-clear sign and the bomb threat at Princess Juliana International Airport SXM is over. Airport operations are back to normal as of 2:15pm. Access roads leading to the airport from Simpson Bay Causeway roundabout and from Maho roundabout have been reopened.

Persons traveling today, Friday, should check with their airlines for adjusted flight schedules.

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Bomb threat at airport, roads to airport closed

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 17:19

AIRPORT--The Police Department has closed roads leading to Princess Juliana International Airport SXM from Simpson Bay Causeway roundabout and from the Maho roundabout due to a bomb threat at related to KLM flight 785. The bomb threat was received at 11.45am today, Friday.

Motorists are requested to avoid traveling to the airport at this point in time. Police check-points have been established at both roundabouts.

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Friday July 04, 2015 St. Maarten Midday Weather Forcast

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 16:05

rb-lDATE ISSUED:  Friday July 03, 2015 @ 12:00 Lst (16:00 UTC)

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Friday July 04, 2015 St. Maarten Midday Weather Forcast

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 16:05

rb-lDATE ISSUED:  Friday July 03, 2015 @ 12:00 Lst (16:00 UTC)

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Drugs and other items confiscated in search

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:37

page1a040PHILIPSBURG--Authorities confiscated drugs and other undisclosed items during a lengthy search at an apartment located opposite Bobby's Marina late Thursday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson told The Daily Herald an investigation had been conducted and arrests made, based on a request from the French judicial authorities. He could not say specifically when or where ... Read more

Drugs and other items confiscated in search

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:37

page1a040PHILIPSBURG--Authorities confiscated drugs and other undisclosed items during a lengthy search at an apartment located opposite Bobby's Marina late Thursday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson told The Daily Herald an investigation had been conducted and arrests made, based on a request from the French judicial authorities. He could not say specifically when or where ... Read more

Integrity Chamber back on agenda Kingdom Govt

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:36

~ VVD demands AMvRB measure for St. Maarten ~

THE HAGUE--The establishing of the St. Maarten Integrity Chamber is back on the agenda of the Kingdom Council of Ministers. The next meeting is on July 10 and a General Measure of the Kingdom Government ("Algemene Maatregel van Rijksbestuur" AMvRB) is a real option.

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk did not state specifically during a debate in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Thursday that a decision would be taken regarding St. M ... Read more

Integrity Chamber back on agenda Kingdom Govt

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:36

~ VVD demands AMvRB measure for St. Maarten ~

THE HAGUE--The establishing of the St. Maarten Integrity Chamber is back on the agenda of the Kingdom Council of Ministers. The next meeting is on July 10 and a General Measure of the Kingdom Government ("Algemene Maatregel van Rijksbestuur" AMvRB) is a real option.

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk did not state specifically during a debate in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Thursday that a decision would be taken regarding St. M ... Read more

Koos Sneek files charges against Clyde van Putten

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:34

ST. EUSTATIUS--Island Council member and Director of Norako N.V. Nicolaas "Koos" Sneek of the opposition Democratic Party (DP) of St. Eustatius filed a criminal complaint Tuesday against Island Councilman Clyde van Putten of coalition partner Progressive Labour Party (PLP).

Sneek filed a complaint against Van Putten with Acting Prosecutor Jacques van der Horde in connection with defamation, slander and damage to his reputation.

According to a letter sent by Sneek's attorney to Van Putten, the PLP leader allegedly levelled "evidently incorrect and serious allegations" against S ... Read more