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Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15

January 6, 2017
Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15 PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to reliable sources, the owners of the Suriname airline Fly Allways will cease operation of the airline on January 15 of this year. Fly Allways officially started operations about a year ago on January 10, 2016, with the launch of its inaugural domestic flight.

Arrests made in St Maarten in international corruption probe

December 14, 2016
Arrests made in St Maarten in international corruption probe PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The Anti-corruption Taskforce (TBO) of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team has arrested Francesco Corallo (56), at the request of Italian authorities. Italy will ask for his extradition. He will be prosecuted in Italy among other things for tax evasion and...

Fraud, forgery and money laundering investigation in St Maarten results in searches and seizures

November 30, 2016
Fraud, forgery and money laundering investigation in St Maarten results in searches and seizures PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- House searches and seizures have been taking place in St Maarten since early Monday morning in an ongoing tax fraud, forgery and money laundering investigation code-named ‘Emerald’. The special anticorruption taskforce TBO of the Kingdom...

Dozens of illegal Haitian migrants discovered in St Martin

November 5, 2016
Dozens of illegal Haitian migrants discovered in St Martin MARIGOT, St Martin -- Police officers of French border control, Police aux Frontières (PAF), who suspected trafficking of migrants in Marigot Bay in the French part of the island of St Martin/St Maarten), discovered during a control operation conducted with support of Customs and...

Building the Caribbean internet economy

November 1, 2016
Building the Caribbean internet economy PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- In the Caribbean, change is in the air. In fact, it’s in the cloud. There’s a new conversation among the community of technology experts who spearhead Caribbean Internet development, and the buzz is no longer just about physical infrastructure. The architects of...

Global internet giant backs Caribbean technology development

October 27, 2016
Global internet giant backs Caribbean technology development PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- A global Internet giant is partnering with a Caribbean-based group to advance regional technology development. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is joining forces with the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG).

CaribNOG 12 off to a successful start in St Maarten

October 26, 2016
CaribNOG 12 off to a successful start in St Maarten PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Even with its minor geographical footprint, the Caribbean has a major appetite for the Internet. More and more, Caribbean citizens are reflexively heading online to do their everyday essentials. In order to keep pace with that digital predilection, the modest...

WINAIR supports the Positive Foundation

October 13, 2016
WINAIR supports the Positive Foundation PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) has teamed up with the Positive Foundation in its breast cancer awareness efforts to make St Maarten and other WINAIR destinations more conscious that early detection is the key and is still the best protection in the fight...

St Maarten to host international tech conference

September 28, 2016
St Maarten to host international tech conference PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) and the Internet Society (ISOC) will host an international tech conference called St Maarten On The Move in Philipsburg, from October 27 to 28. “St Maarten on the Move is a unique...

St Maarten government MPs support call for a referendum on independence

September 6, 2016
St Maarten government MPs support call for a referendum on independence GREAT BAY, St Martin -- A majority of St Maarten parliamentarians present at the reconvened meeting of the Central Committee of Parliament held on Friday, September 2, 2016, with a delegation of the Independence for St Martin Foundation (ISMF), expressed support for the foundation’s...

IMF concludes discussions with Curacao and St Maarten

August 24, 2016
IMF concludes discussions with Curacao and St Maarten WASHINGTON, USA -- On July 27, 2016, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2016 Article IV Consultation discussions with Curacao and St Maarten, two autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and considered and endorsed...

Curacao prosecutors suspect central bank president of fraud

August 12, 2016
Curacao prosecutors suspect central bank president of fraud WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Justice officials and police officers concluded extensive searches on Wednesday at the residence of Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten (CBCS) president Emsley Tromp and an office address of Gregory Elias in Curacao, on suspicion of tax fraud and money laundering.

Curacao-St Maarten anti-corruption raid targets central bank president

August 11, 2016
Curacao-St Maarten anti-corruption raid targets central bank president WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Officers of the anti-corruption unit (TBO) of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team (RST) on Wednesday raided the residence of the president of the Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten, Emsley Tromp. In addition to the raid on Tromp’s private home...

US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI

July 18, 2016
US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews ended a four-day search on Saturday for possible survivors of a migrant vessel, which reportedly capsized sometime between the night of July 9, 2016 and last Monday morning in waters between the British Virgin Islands and...

US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI

July 16, 2016
US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews were actively searching the waters between the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean island of St Maarten on Thursday for possible survivors of a capsized migrant vessel. Two St Maarten and two Cuban migrants who...

St Maarten to host CaribNOG 12

June 22, 2016
St Maarten to host CaribNOG 12 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- St Maarten will host the twelfth meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) from October 24 to 26. CaribNOG is the Caribbean’s first volunteer-based community of network engineers, computer security experts and tech aficionados.

New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections

June 20, 2016
New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections MAHO, St Maarten -- Sharks are safer across the Caribbean Sea with the announcement of four new shark sanctuaries in the region. Prime Minister William Marlin of St Maarten and Wayne Panton, minister of financial services, commerce, and environment for the Cayman Islands last week...

WINAIR adds fourth aircraft to summer fleet

June 13, 2016
WINAIR adds fourth aircraft to summer fleet PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) has acquired an additional DHC-3 aircraft for its summer season, which will allow WINAIR to serve new markets and will also enhance its ability to provide additional charter services from its hub in St Maarten.

Curacao and St Maarten conclude IMF consultation

May 27, 2016
Curacao and St Maarten conclude IMF consultation WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a concluding statement of the preliminary findings of IMF staff at the end of an official staff visit to Curacao and St Maarten as part of regular consultations under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement.

Complaints still on the rise in Dutch Antilles, says national ombudsman

May 2, 2016
Complaints still on the rise in Dutch Antilles, says national ombudsman WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Dutch national ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen again had the chance to assess many official complaints during his latest visit to the Netherlands Antilles, which has now been concluded. All individuals who have a grievance with the government had the chance...

Dutch Caribbean economies too dependent on tourism, say finance committees

April 18, 2016
Dutch Caribbean economies too dependent on tourism, say finance committees WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao, St Maarten and Aruba have to focus on more than just tourism. The economies of these three countries in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom remain vulnerable, because there are not enough other sources of income. This is according to special teams...

US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report

March 5, 2016
US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report WASHINGTON, USA -- Fourteen nations in the wider Caribbean have been named by the US as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released by the US State Department on Wednesday. A major money laundering...

WINAIR eliminates fuel surcharges

March 1, 2016
WINAIR eliminates fuel surcharges PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Effective March 1, 2016, all passengers travelling on Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) will benefit in lower ticket prices with the elimination of all fuel surcharges on flights operated by WINAIR. With world fuel prices at record lows, WINAIR will eliminate...

Netherlands foreign minister to discuss ties between Dutch islands and CARICOM

February 29, 2016
Netherlands foreign minister to discuss ties between Dutch islands and CARICOM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Ties between the Dutch islands and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be discussed at the Kingdom of the Netherlands level, according to a report of the Kingdom delegation activities in late September in New York during the 70th UN General Assembly.

St Maarten declares war on mosquitoes

February 19, 2016
St Maarten declares war on mosquitoes PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Minister of tourism, economic affairs, traffic and telecommunication (TEATT), Ingrid Arrindell, and the minister of public health, social development and labour (VSA), Emil Lee, and respective stakeholders are initiating both short-term and long-term preventative...

BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification

February 2, 2016
BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands is participating in a regional study on diversification of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The study was launched on November 26, 2015, and is being conducted by the European Union funded Caribbean Overseas...

WINAIR adds new destinations

January 25, 2016
WINAIR adds new destinations PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- WINAIR has added three new destinations to its winter 2015/2016 schedule. In addition, WINAIR has increased frequencies of flights to St Kitts, Nevis and Tortola. WINAIR commenced scheduled service to Antigua on January 19, providing easy connection...

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