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Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure

July 19, 2017
Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The Caribbean will have to strengthen its Internet infrastructure if it is to keep pace with the world’s growing digital economy. That’s the view held by Bevil Wooding, an internet strategist with US-based non-profit Packet Clearing House, an organisation providing operational...

Winair flying towards a bright future

July 19, 2017
Winair flying towards a bright future PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The Winair shareholders from St Maarten and the Netherlands attended the annual general meeting on July 12, 2017, to receive the managing and supervisory boards report on the company’s business and activities for the fiscal year 2016, and to present the audited...

Digital skills needed for Caribbean to stay globally competitive

July 15, 2017
Digital skills needed for Caribbean to stay globally competitive PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The digital era is here to stay but many still lack the skills needed to get ahead in the Internet economy. A 2017 CIGI-Ipsos global survey on Internet security and trust found that a significant percentage of Internet users do not trust the Internet enough to conduct...

Caribbean internet peering forum kicks-off in St Maarten

July 6, 2017
Caribbean internet peering forum kicks-off in St Maarten PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The third Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPIF) kicked off on Wednesday, with the theme “Expanding the Caribbean Internet.”  The annual meeting gathers regional and international experts for talks on technology issues from a Caribbean perspective.

Tourism officials express concern about intra-regional travel

June 26, 2017
Tourism officials express concern about intra-regional travel PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The method by which countries determine the economic impact of tourism arrivals is flawed, says former Bahamas tourism minister and CEO /secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace.  The former tourism executive compared...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Why and how airlines, resorts and governments should cooperate for a common goal

June 7, 2017
Why and how airlines, resorts and governments should cooperate for a common goal PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Caribbean aviation attorney, Bryan P. Winters, will present a lecture entitled “Why and how airlines, resorts and tourism boards should cooperate for a common goal” during the second annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St Maarten from June 13 to 15.

Winair now flies to Haiti and Curacao

May 15, 2017
Winair now flies to Haiti and Curacao PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Effective June 3, 2017, Winair, the national carrier of St Maarten, will commence flights to Haiti and Curacao. These flights will be operated by Winair twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday. Flight routing, operated by a MD-82 will be Curacao – St. Maarten...

BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects

April 11, 2017
BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects ROAD TOWN, BVI -- British Virgin Islands business consultants will soon have the opportunity to bid on regional and international projects under the European Union (EU) portfolio. Consultants in the BVI, and other Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) who are inducted into the Chapter of...

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.

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