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Central Bank accuses prosecution of confiscating documents not related to Tromp.

Documents that falls under the oath of secrecy now in the hands of the prosecution.

WILLEMSTAD/ ST. MAARTEN:--- In connection with the penal investigation against Mr. Tromp privately, the public prosecutor’s office conducted a house search on October 6th at the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (the Bank), on which occasion also much information was confiscated which falls under the oath of secrecy of the Bank and do not concern Mr. Tromp.
According to the law prior approval from the Common court of Justice is required for a house search and confiscation at the Bank. The legislator has made this a requirement amongst other because of the supervisory task of the Bank and to protect the confidentiality of information that has been submitted to the Bank including the information from financial institutions being under supervision. According to the opinion of the Bank the house search in question and the confiscation were conducted without the required approval. The Bank strongly objects to this.
The Bank considers it desirable, also for future reference, that in connection with the legal oath of secrecy that the court provides clarity on the legal requirements for a house search and confiscation at the Bank. For this reason the Bank has filed a complaint with the court of first instance. This complaint is expected to be dealt with by the court on October 31st.
Taking into consideration its oath of secrecy, The Bank emphasizes that it cooperates fully with the penal investigation against Mr. Tromp privately.
Willemstad, 26 October 2016
Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten .

TelEm Group management, staff make good showing at international tech conference.

internationaltecconf2610201Pond Island:--- TelEm Group management and personnel were well represented in the audience and also on the panels of a major international tech conference that kicked off at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa, Monday.

The event is being organized by Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) and the Internet Society (ISOC) with the theme – St. Maarten on the Move.

It also involves a week of events being coordinated by the Bureau of Telecommunications and Post (St. Maarten) entitled: “Internet Week St. Maarten.”

Monday’s opening session was quickly followed by the first-panel discussion, which featured TelEm Group Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Mr. Eldert Louisa, and fellow panelist, Mr. DeWeever from the Bureau of Telecommunications and Post, and Mr. Osepa of the Internet Society.

After welcoming attendees and visitors to the conference, Mr. Louisa proceeded with a presentation on local development of internet services and telecom on the island, how these services are provided technically and steps that TelEm Group is taking to improve on these services – including installation of a brand new ISP core, preparation for an island-wife fibre to the home (FTTH) rollout and the most recent purchase of a local Cable TV operation for the strategic development of IPTV and coaxial internet cable service to customers on St. Maarten.

According to Mr. Louisa, a global increase in demand for data is causing carriers to tailor their infrastructures and networks to cater to this demand, which in the case of TelEm Group, means capital investments to keep ahead of the game, provision of unlimited bandwidth and providing a very reliable infrastructure and affordable packages.

The CTO, was called into a second panel discussion later in the day and will be addressing attendees again on Thursday when he gives an update on St. Maarten’s own Internet Exchange, founded and coordinated by TelEm Group for several years now.

Mr. Louisa said he would be speaking about plans to join the local exchange with its counterpart in Curacao, and also about an exciting development that could see the popular Netflix Channel being hosted locally on the Xchange before the end of the year.

Mr. Louisa explained that equipment used by the local Internet Exchange means services like Google is being accessed locally by St. Maarten customers, instead of having to access these services from overseas servers, which can be many times slower.

“Customers who are now viewing Netflix and find their connection is not smooth because of buffering must understand that this is happening because the movies or shows they are watching is probably being hosted on servers anywhere in the USA, and that is what is causing interruptions in their viewing.

“Once we start hosting Netflix on the island, these customers will see an instant improvement in their viewing, ” assures Mr. Louisa.

The CTO congratulates all those responsible for staging the tech conference, saying it affords the opportunity for TelEm Group managers and staff, who are most prominent in the sessions, to learn about developments in the industry and also to meet some of their counterparts from Latin America and the Caribbean.

He said the sessions are all the more attractive because they are also being provided free of charge to those attending, also making it possible for more individuals to attend.

Viking Star makes Inaugural Call Opening Cruise Season 2016-2017

vikinginaugural26102016POINTE BLANCHE:---  Port St. Maarten and the destination opened the 2016-2017 cruise season with the inaugural call of the Viking Star, one of Viking Ocean Cruises vessels.
On hand for the occasion was outgoing Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Ingrid Arrindell and incoming Minister Theo Heyliger as well as representatives from Port St. Maarten, Maduro & Sons, the St. Maarten Tourist Office and some other stakeholders.
During the plaque exchange, Captain Rune Lokling stated that he was very pleased to call at Port St. Maarten and thanked the port for a warm welcome on behalf of the crew, passengers, and Viking Ocean Cruises. Lokling added that Port St. Maarten is the most prominent of ports above all others coming in as #1 due to what the destination has to offer is terms of history, shopping. and beaches which are the top areas for cruise passengers.
Minister Ingrid Arrindell welcomed Captain Lokling to the destination on behalf of the Council of Ministers, and the people of Sint Maarten. Minister Arrindell added, “We are very excited to share this special moment with you on your inaugural voyage to our beautiful island. Just like the original word Viking, you sailed into our Great Bay, as a true Viking, now in the 21st century, this time around confident in your pursuit of happiness for your passengers.”
Hector Peters, Acting Human Resources Manager, on behalf of Port St. Maarten management, welcomed the Captain, his crew and passengers to the destination, and wished them a wonderful stay. Plaques were then exchanged as is customary.
The dignitaries and stakeholders were escorted to the ship with the Mighty Dow Steel Pan crew in the lead. Cruise passengers were delighted to the local steel pan music display.
The welcoming of the Viking Star on its inaugural visit signaling the opening of the 2016-2017 cruise season was also one of Minister Arrindell’s last official activities.
“Our harbor where your journey begins and ends is arguably one of the best in the Caribbean. Kudos to our team for being proactive and persistent in its pursuit of providing safety, quality and a diverse product to our customers.
“It is my sincerest desire that the cooperation between the stakeholders which is the cruise industry, St. Maarten Economic Cruise Association, Government and the Harbour Group of Companies, continues in a true partnership offering only the best in quality for our clients, on and offshore.
“I take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone with whom I have had the opportunity and pleasure to work with during this past year. As I leave office and look back at our achievements during this period, humbled and proud at the same time of having the chance to welcome with Port St. Maarten some of the most exciting commercial vessels to Sint Maarten. Again, congratulations to the Captain and crew of Viking Star. Wishing you much success and Bon Voyage,” Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Ingrid Arrindell concluded.
Viking Cruises offers both river cruises and ocean cruises through two product lines, Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises. The global corporation headquartered in the United States with main operational headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, was established in 1997 by a Scandinavian and Dutch consortium led by Torstein Hagen.
In May 2013, the company announced the launch of a new small-ship ocean cruising division, Viking Ocean Cruises, which began with the maiden season of Viking Star in spring of 2015, and features Baltic and Mediterranean itineraries. In 2016 and 2017, Viking Star will be joined by two equally elegant sister ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky.
The Viking Star carries 930 guests. Classified by Cruise Critic as a “small ship,” Viking Star features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design. In its debut season, Viking Star was awarded the cruise industry’s highest honors, including being named Best New Ocean Ship and scoring a 5-star rating by the editors of Cruise Critic, as well as receiving the highest rating in the mid-size ship category in Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2016.
The Viking Star made its first transatlantic crossing and arrived in New York en route to the Caribbean to start its winter sailings as part of its 11-day West Indies Explorer itinerary. On October 11 the vessel officially commemorated its first United States port of call in Boston.
Viking Cruises is a small growing cruise line which places emphasis on new ways to bring the line’s unique destination-focused approach to more regions of the world.
The line’s Caribbean itineraries are inspired by iconic 18th-century navigation routes and were developed to highlight the rich history and culture of the region that includes destination Sint Maarten.
Viking Star will homeport out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The vessel will return to Europe in February 2017.

Plenary Session of Parliament about Examination of credentials and admission of Members of Parliament.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public session on Friday, October 28, 2018.

The plenary public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is Examination of credentials and admission of Members of Parliament.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet and via

Inspectorate TEATT creates booklet with Maximum Price of Hurricane Items.

GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic, and Telecommunications, hereafter referred to as TEATT reminds business owners and the general public that that Minister of TEATT, via ministerial regulation, established a list of maximum prices for hurricane items on August 23rd, 2016 which is valid until November 30, 2016.

The approved list can be found on the website of government at:

Additionally, the Inspectorate has created a booklet titled “Maximum Price of Hurricane Items 2016” and placed them at strategic points island-wide like the Public Service Center in Simpson Bay, Civil Registry, the Department of Economic Licenses and at the Inspectorate itself located at the Yellow Building.

The general public is encouraged to pick up a copy of the booklet from any of these locations and use it as a reference guide when shopping as it establishes the maximum price of specific items and based on quantity and size.
Items not included in the list are not under price control. Once again these prices are in effect until November 30, 2016.

If items with established maximum prices are found to be selling for a higher price than established, consumers can report this to the Inspectorate of TEATT at the Yellow Building; our contact telephone number is 542-4509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It is highly recommended to have a receipt other proof of purchase available when making a formal complaint. Alternatively, you may also provide the name of the business where the violation was found if no purchase was made.

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