Presentation IBA Annual Conference

Frank Kunneman of Law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne will give a presentation on insurance fraud at the IBA Annual Conference, which is to be held in Buenos Aires.

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IBA Argentina presentation by Freeke Kunst

Freeke Kunst of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne will give a presentation under the title “The Netherlands Antilles - Challenging Jurisdiction” at this year’s Annual Conference of the International Bar Association which is held from 12-17 October 2008 in Buenos Aires.

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Lobby De Jongh-Elhage against VIA in vain

The lobby that Premier Emily de Jongh-Elhage (PAR) pursued in the past days during her working visit to the Netherlands, against the Index Reference Antilleans (VIA), didn’t help.

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BC sends 46 laws to the Island Council

The BC has sent a list with 46 organic laws to the Island Council. These are laws that are outlined according to the State Settlement of the Land Curacao.

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Judge from Maastricht returns to Antillean Court

Judge Johannes Romke Sijmonsma from Maastricht returns to the Netherlands Antilles. He starts effective December 1, as member of the Joint Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

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Debt restructuring can start

The Minister Council for the Kingdom has agreed today with the Order in Council for the Kingdom (AMvRB) that arranges the provisional financial supervision for the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao, and St. Maarten in the transition period.

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Parliament agrees on prohibiting child pornography

Parliament has approved the amendment of the Criminal Code of the Netherlands Antilles this morning, which would officially prohibit child pornography.  This is a private member’s bill of former Parliament-member and current Minister Omayra Leeflang (Public health and Social Development, PAR).

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Budget 2009 meets standards debt restructuring

The draft-budget of the island territory of Curacao for 2009, shows a deficit of 15 million guilders. This budget meets the standards agreed with the Netherlands to qualify for the debt restructuring as included in the order in Council for the Kingdom (AMvRB) Financial Supervision.

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Agreement on consensus-statutory law Police

The common service, part of the consensus-statutory law Police, was for months an obstacle in the negotiations between the island territories Curacao and St. Maarten, the Netherlands Antilles, and the Netherlands.  Yet, an agreement was reached on this yesterday evening.

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CAP wins case

Airport company Curaçao Airport Partners (“CAP”) is allowed to ask the airlines a fee for the use of the facilities at Hato. But because a regulatory board has not yet been established, the Court wishes to be informed by an expert about the amount of the fee. This is the outcome of legal proceedings of CAiP against American Airlines, KLM, DAE, Air Jamaica, SLM, Avior, Divi Divi, and TUI Airlines (ArkeFly). Judge Van der Bunt rendered the judgment this week.

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Economic situation inquiry: 75 Percent of businesses expects to make profit

From the results of the 9th economic situation inquiry conducted in June by the Central Bureau for Statistics in Curacao, Bonaire, and St. Maarten, it appears that more than 75 percent of the businesses (76 percent) expects to make profit in 2008.

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Corporate Governance week

The University of the Dutch Caribbean (UDC) and the Governance University (GU) Nederland are organizing The Week of Corporate Governance.  After a Master-class Corporate Governance in May and June of this year, UDC, GU Nederland, and Key Corporate decided to hold the Week of Corporate Governance from October 13 until 17. 

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Central committee on financial crises

There will be a central-committee meeting in the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles this Thursday at 15:00 about the possible local consequences of the international – especially American – financial crisis that prevails these days.

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Criticism, also on judges, can lead to innovations

“Sometimes, criticism can lead to pioneering results. The justice system nowadays would have been very different if it hadn't had, because concepts like slavery, discrimination, death penalty, or euthanasia that were once considered as normal, were abandoned due to pure criticism”, said vice-chairman Chester Peterson in a speech he delivered on behalf of president of the Bar Association Eric de Vries, who was unable to attend the appointment of three new judges last week.

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Van Doorne,associated with the Antillean law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, number 1

The in Amsterdam and London established law firm Van Doorne that is associated with the in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba established law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, has become number 1 in the Incompany 100 of business magazine Incompany.

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Three New Judges at the Court

Although they have been ruling already at the Antillean Court for some time, yesterday the judges Rene van Veen, Edward van der Bunt and Joost Veerman were officially installed.

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Student council UNA goes to Court

The student council, student association Unese, Supervisory Council, rector of the UNA, and the instructors of the Social Economic Faculty (SEF) met this morning about the SEF’s situation.

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The Court is not a toy

The future of the Joint Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba is now being used as a toy in the conflict between Aruba and the Netherlands about the distribution of the proceeds of the auction of the Plant Hotel.

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Aqualectra takes Executive Council (BC) to court

Commissioner Humphrey Davelaar (Energy, PNP) is of the opinion that Aqualectra is too hasty in wanting to go to court to force an increase of the water tariff. “But they have the right to, just like the government also has the right to long for her public enterprises to work effectively and efficiently.”

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BNA: Credit crisis well manageable

The consequences of the credit crisis that controls the financial markets since 2007 and has escalated lately are up till now well manageable for the local financial institutions and the situation in the Netherlands Antilles. Recent contacts of the Bank of the Netherlands Antilles (BNA) with the local financial sector reveal that, states the BNA in a press release today.

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