Kingdom recognises Guaido as president of Venezuela

THE HAGUE--A large number of European countries including the Kingdom of Netherlands, officially recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela on Monday.
 
This move also applies to the Dutch Caribbean territories neighbouring the troubled South American nation, namely the so-called ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao). It came after the expiration of an ultimatum, as the European Union (EU) had imposed a deadline for the calling of new elections by incumbent President Nicolas Maduro.
 
The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France, among others, recognised Guaidó in an official statement on Monday morning. Sweden, Austria and Denmark also support the Parliament chairman.

Top hotels sued for 'industry-wide failures' to prevent sex trafficking

NEW YORK--Landmark U.S. legal action was filed on Monday accusing several major hotel groups of profiting from sex trafficking on behalf of 13 women who claimed they were sold for sex in hotel rooms.

Agreement signed for renovation Courthouse Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG--Last week the Joint Court of Justice signed a construction agreement with Leeward Island Construction Company LICCOM for repairs and renovation of the historical Courthouse in the heart of Philipsburg.

Hotel art wall exceeded height allowed in building regulations

MARIGOT--The colourful murals on the perimeter wall fronting Hotel Mercure in Baie Nettle may be in jeopardy since a court ruling in Marigot deemed the height of the wall exceeds that permitted in the building regulations.