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Plasterk wants ‘sit down’ on integrity recommendations

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:17

PHILIPSBURG--Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk wants a "sit down" with the St. Maarten Government to talk about the execution of recommendations from the Integrity Reports, particularly the one compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Caretaker Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said Plasterk's letter stated that he would make "no decision" on government's approach to the recommendations until such a meeting takes place. Government had submitted its "plan of approach" to the recommendations of the reports to the Dutch Government in October.

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Vorst heirs offer a reduced land price

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:15

PHILIPSBURG--Government has been offered the Vorst land in Cay Hill for US $1 million less by the heirs to the property. This now puts the purchase price at US $4.5 million.

Caretaker Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said the Council of Ministers has not taken a decision on whether to accept the offer. Her preference is to leave the offer for the incoming cabinet to make a decision.

Outgoing Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure VROMI Minister Maurice Lake had come under much fire for opting to purchase the land, instead of following an earlier p ... Read more

Hassink: Govt seeks more tax compliance to generate income

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:14

PHILIPSBURG--Generating income through more tax compliance, rather than increasing taxes continues to be the aim of government. Reducing expenditures is also an integral part making government financially stable, says outgoing Finance Minister Martin Hassink.

Both of those approaches were employed in drafting the 2015 country budget. The budget is deemed "far too late already" to meet all the required deadlines. "This year it was very challenging to handle budget as all the ministries had plans and wish lists that far exceeded the available ceilings," Hassink said.

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Man tries in vain to get friend’s unclaimed corpse buried after two months in freezer

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:08

~ Issue highlights need for legislation ~

PHILIPSBURG--A man has expressed grave concern and has labelled as inhumane the fact that the corpse of his late friend Dick Brand, a Dutch national who passed away on September 25, has been lying unclaimed in the freezer of a funeral home for two months, although he has been trying to get authorities to help find a solution to bury the body.

The issue has exposed the dire need for legislation to be put in place to outline the exact procedures that should be followed in cases where the next of kin cannot be located for persons who pass ... Read more

Alexandre Guerre winner of Heritage Photo contest

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:06

page1a161MARIGOT-- First prize overall in the Heritage Photo competition organised by Association Les Fruits de Mer went to Alexandre Guerre and top honours in the youth competition were awarded to Luna Valenti, it was announced Wednesday.

Their photos, along with many other fantastic entries, will be featured at the upcoming 2014 Heritage Photo Exhibition on December 6 where residents and tourists ali ... Read more

Nearly-expelled pupil now at sister Hillside campus

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:11

ST. PETERS--A nine-year-old child has returned to school after an attempt to expel him from Hillside Christian Schools Asha Stevens Campus.

After a line-up of warnings by the school on the child and his brother, and a meeting with Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs (ECSY) Inspection Division Truancy Officers, a Court of Guardianship (CoG) representative and the child’s parents, the Hillside Christian Schools board ... Read more

Nearly-expelled pupil now at sister Hillside campus

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:11

ST. PETERS--A nine-year-old child has returned to school after an attempt to expel him from Hillside Christian Schools Asha Stevens Campus.

After a line-up of warnings by the school on the child and his brother, and a meeting with Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs (ECSY) Inspection Division Truancy Officers, a Court of Guardianship (CoG) representative and the child’s parents, the Hillside Christian Schools board ... Read more

Cuts in islands’ health care package have Senate worried

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:10

THE HAGUE--The new cut backs in the health care insurance package in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament worried, and in particular the Socialist Party (SP). The Senate will further analyse these adaptations which mainly affect physical therapy and dental care.

The First Chamber's Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations met on Tuesday on the request of SP Senator Nanneke Quik-Schuijt to discuss the revised health care insurance package that Dutch Minister of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Edith Schippers has announced for January 1, 20 ... Read more

Cuts in islands’ health care package have Senate worried

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:10

THE HAGUE--The new cut backs in the health care insurance package in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament worried, and in particular the Socialist Party (SP). The Senate will further analyse these adaptations which mainly affect physical therapy and dental care.

The First Chamber's Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations met on Tuesday on the request of SP Senator Nanneke Quik-Schuijt to discuss the revised health care insurance package that Dutch Minister of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Edith Schippers has announced for January 1, 20 ... Read more

Toddler injured in hit-and-run accident

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:09

CAY BAY--A young child was injured in a hit-and-run accident on Tuesday afternoon. The toddler, who is said to be around three years old, is said to have run out into the street after having escaped the attention of his mother, who was caring for a younger child inside the house.

Eyewitnesses said a small grey or white vehicle had driven along the narrow one-way road at speed, hitting the child. The vehicle stopped some distance away and the driver was seen to step out of the car, look back to where the child was lying in the road, jump back into the car and drive off.

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Toddler injured in hit-and-run accident

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:09

CAY BAY--A young child was injured in a hit-and-run accident on Tuesday afternoon. The toddler, who is said to be around three years old, is said to have run out into the street after having escaped the attention of his mother, who was caring for a younger child inside the house.

Eyewitnesses said a small grey or white vehicle had driven along the narrow one-way road at speed, hitting the child. The vehicle stopped some distance away and the driver was seen to step out of the car, look back to where the child was lying in the road, jump back into the car and drive off.

The pol ... Read more

Shooting victim mistaken for son

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:07

SUCKER GARDEN--The man who drove himself to hospital with a gunshot wound on Monday night was said to have been shot in the abdomen outside his home in The Keys area of Sucker Garden sometime after 9:00pm.

The Daily Herald understands the shooting was a case of mistaken identity and the shooters had been after the victim's son. The son was said to have been involved in a robbery that took place at Beach Plaza Casino on November 2, when some US $500,000 was stolen.

One of the robbers is said to have been arrested since then and had been found in possession of more than US $80,0 ... Read more

Shooting victim mistaken for son

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:07

SUCKER GARDEN--The man who drove himself to hospital with a gunshot wound on Monday night was said to have been shot in the abdomen outside his home in The Keys area of Sucker Garden sometime after 9:00pm.

The Daily Herald understands the shooting was a case of mistaken identity and the shooters had been after the victim's son. The son was said to have been involved in a robbery that took place at Beach Plaza Casino on November 2, when some US $500,000 was stolen.

One of the robbers is said to have been arrested since then and had been found in possession of more than US $80,0 ... Read more

Teens unite to end violence to women

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 03:55

page4b160PHILIPSBURG--November 25th was International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. In observance of the day, Women's Desk with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, together with Community Development, Family and Humanitarian Affairs, organised an awareness event for teenagers in the Philipsburg Cultural Centre.

Some 60 youths, both male and female, a ... Read more

Teens unite to end violence to women

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 03:55

page4b160PHILIPSBURG--November 25th was International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. In observance of the day, Women's Desk with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, together with Community Development, Family and Humanitarian Affairs, organised an awareness event for teenagers in the Philipsburg Cultural Centre.

Some 60 youths, both male and female, a ... Read more

Chief candidate awaits ministerial approval

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:15

PHILIPSBURG--The selection committee in charge of selecting a new chief constable for the St. Maarten Police Force has indeed selected a candidate, chairman of the committee Jan Beaujon confirmed on Monday.

All three candidates for the position met all the criteria for the job as stated in the job description, which was advertised in The Daily Herald a few months ago, Beaujon said.

The committee proposed its chosen candidate to Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson in a meeting on Friday. Beaujon explained that both Solicitor-General Taco Stein as well as the minister of justi ... Read more

Chief candidate awaits ministerial approval

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:15

PHILIPSBURG--The selection committee in charge of selecting a new chief constable for the St. Maarten Police Force has indeed selected a candidate, chairman of the committee Jan Beaujon confirmed on Monday.

All three candidates for the position met all the criteria for the job as stated in the job description, which was advertised in The Daily Herald a few months ago, Beaujon said.

The committee proposed its chosen candidate to Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson in a meeting on Friday. Beaujon explained that both Solicitor-General Taco Stein as well as the minister of justi ... Read more

Controls in Oyster Pond to be conducted in joint cooperation

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:13

MARIGOT--Secretary-General of the Préfecture Matthieu Doligez disclosed for the time being controls conducted by French authorities that encroach on the sensitive border issue will be done in cooperation and consultation with Dutch-side authorities, and vice-versa for Dutch-side authorities carrying out controls on French-side territory.

This was one of the decisions emerging from a meeting held last Thursday between St. Maarten Justice Minister Dennis Richardson and Préfet Philippe Chopin over a number of recent protocol incidents that have caused embarrassment.

Doligez was ... Read more

Controls in Oyster Pond to be conducted in joint cooperation

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:13

MARIGOT--Secretary-General of the Préfecture Matthieu Doligez disclosed for the time being controls conducted by French authorities that encroach on the sensitive border issue will be done in cooperation and consultation with Dutch-side authorities, and vice-versa for Dutch-side authorities carrying out controls on French-side territory.

This was one of the decisions emerging from a meeting held last Thursday between St. Maarten Justice Minister Dennis Richardson and Préfet Philippe Chopin over a number of recent protocol incidents that have caused embarrassment.

Doligez was ... Read more

Delegation satisfied with outcome of youth meeting

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:12

MARIGOT--A delegation led by union representative CĂ©dric AndrĂ© from Union GĂ©nĂ©ral des Travailleurs de Guadeloupe (UGTG) said it was “very satisfied” with the outcome of a meeting held Monday with President Aline Hanson and other officials and technicians to resolve issues that sparked a demonstration by some 50 youths in Sandy Ground last week Thursday.

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