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June 23, 2017

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TUI Netherlands appoints new Area Manager Dutch Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – As of September 1, Sebastiaan de Vries will be the new TUI Area Manager for Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire and Sint Maarten. Sebastiaan is currently Manager Product Group Flight Holidays Long Haul at TUI Netherlands. As of September 1, he is responsible for all commercial, operational and marketing activities…

VKC celebrates its 88th anniversary

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Volunteers Corps (VKC) is 88 years old. And that is going to be celebrated. Today June 23, 2017, which marks the organization’s 88th anniversary, there will be a church service. On Sunday the VKC will hold a march in the Montaña neighborhood. The VCK was founded…

Suspicion of unjustified appointments during Cabinet-Pisas

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Government, Planning and Services, Armin Konket, has suspicions of appointments that did not comply with the rules during the term of the interim Cabinet Pisas. According to Konket, it is necessary to first investigate which requirements were not handled according to the rules and only…

Curaçao soccer team in the finals Caribbean Cup

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao national soccer team has placed itself for the final of the Caribbean Cup, the team managed to win Martinique 2-1 on Thursday night. Jamaica, which previously beat French Guyana, is the other finalist. Coach Remko Bicentini saw his team get behind in the seventeenth minute after…

New construction home for sale in Curacao.

Source: Curacao Chronicle Beautiful new villas to be built on the new J-section of Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort. First pick your favorite lot, then select your preferred villa design. Some lots are right next to the beautiful fair way of hole 8 of the golf course. You can choose from 3 models: Eagle, Birdie and…

CHTA wants better U.S.-Cuba relations

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) regrets the recent U.S. reversal of its travel policies on Cuba and the likely effects on the socio-economic development of Cuba and the wider Caribbean region. The Association continues to support the ending of the U.S.-Cuba embargo and its restrictions on…

Protest against violence

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Sunday at five o’clock, a group of people will be gathering at the Wilhelminaplein for the manifestation against futile violence. The initiative comes from the foundation “UNION ta NOS FORSA” which means together we are strong. “People sometimes seem indifferent to violence. If something happens that is not…

IATA revokes Conviasa’s international license

Source: Curacao Chronicle MONTREAL – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has just revoked the international license of the Venezuelan airline Conviasa. This means that the airline will not be able to issue air tickets or travel to international destinations anymore. All tickets sold in the future through agencies and Conviasa itself do not…

Curaçao’s tourism product presented to independent Dutch travel agents

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Independent travel agents and representatives of tourist destinations and accommodations recently came together at a workshop organized by the Travel Club/Your Travel. The workshop was held at the Golden Tulip “De Heerlickheijd” hotel in Ermelo, the Netherlands. A total of 250 independent travel agents and 50 partners participated…

Certificate of Excellence for Powerboat Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – TripAdvisor announced recently that Powerboat Caribbean has received the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. “Powerboat Caribbean is extremely grateful that so many customers have recognized us and awarded us the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017. Customer experience is our main core of business and we continuously seek to…

United States strategy for engagement in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for enhancing the security and prosperity of the United States and its Caribbean partners. Considered the “third border” of the…

Bret brings misery

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN – Grenada and its smaller family islands as well as the Dutch dependencies of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao were spared the wrath of Tropical Storm Bret as it roared through the Caribbean and northern South American countries this week, dumping tons of rain, snarling traffic, cancelling commercial…

Prime Minister Rhuggenaath and Consul-General Gutiérrez de Almeida discuss Venezuelan – Curaçaoan ties

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On 16 June 2017, Prime Minister Rhuggenaath welcomed Consul-General Gutiérrez de Almeida to Fort Amsterdam for a meeting to discuss relations between Curaçao and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The discussion was positive and focused on the longstanding relationship and future collaboration between the two countries. Prime Minister…

E-Zone Dokweg could cost Customs an extra 300 thousand guilders

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently the Advisory Board (RvA) published an advice given on the proposition to initiate a so-called E-Zone at Dokweg (E-Zone Dock Company). Damen Shipyard Group and CDM Holding Inc. have recently signed an agreement which entails that the Dutch company will take over the operations of the Curaçao…

Substation Curaçao EARN’s TRIPADVISOR’S 2017 CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – TripAdvisor today announced that Substation Curaçao has received the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality & tourism businesses that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, restaurants and attractions…

Eight illegal immigrants from Venezuela arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Last night, Caribbean Coast Guard officers have arrested eight illegal migrants and transferred them to the Police Corps. At 01.45, the coast guard radar detected an unknown vessel at Fuikbaai. The vessel was intercepted by a Coast Guard Super RHIB and the crew of four were detained and…

Join CURCYCLE! An initiative of Rotaract Club of Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Thursday June 29th, service club Rotaract Club of Curaçao (Rotaract) is organizing  CURCYCLE, a fundraiser especially focused on interns on Curaçao. With CURCYCLE Rotaract invites all leaving interns to donate the belongings they will leave behind when rounding of their internship. Instead of throwing their stuff away, Rotaract…

House for Sale in Curacao with Private Pool and Seaview in Blue Bay.

Source: Curacao Chronicle Are you looking for a contemporary house for sale in Curacao with swimming pool and breathtaking views overlooking the Caribbean Sea? We have found your match. This house on Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao is a great family home but also a great rental property in Curacao. Good return on investment, low maintenance costs. Click here for the full…

Several neighborhoods without power due to broken cables

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Several neighborhoods on the island were without power this morning. Due to heavy winds caused by what remained of the tropical storm Bret, several cables were damaged. Neighborhoods in the eastern side of the island and also Westpunt (west point) were affected. The utility company Aqualectra emitted a…

Eating red meat raises risk of death from nine major diseases

Source: Curacao Chronicle The consumption of red meat increases the likelihood of dying from nine major diseases, a new American study claims. Eating beef, lamb and pork hikes susceptibility to death from cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney, liver and lung disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even infections, the researchers found. They nevertheless said…

Colombia pushes financial system reforms with $450 million IDB loan

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved the second phase of an operation to support financial system reforms aimed at boosting Colombia’s economic growth. The loan is for $450 million. The reforms being pushed forward by the government of Colombia seek to safeguard the country’s macroeconomic stability, enhance…

Deal Avianca – InselAir almost failed

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It came really close to a total failure in the negotiations between the owners of the Colombian airline Avianca and the local aviation company InselAir. The Colombian company was negotiating with InselAir and the Curaçao government when MFK leader Gerrit Schotte became involved. He invited himself to a…

Court of Justice: Corallo’s extradition is permissible

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – The Court of Appeal decided today, June 20, 2017 that the extradition of Francesco Corallo (1960) is permissible. The decision was taken after a request by Italy on January 12, 2017 for his extradition. The Governor of Sint Maarten will now have to sign Corallo’s extradition. Link: Court

No deal: OAS stumbles again on Venezuelan vote

Source: Curacao Chronicle CANCUN – A special meeting summoned by the Organization of American States (OAS) to discuss the more than two-month-old turmoil in Venezuela collapsed without a resolution yesterday. The discussion in Cancun, Mexico ended in deadlock after the hemispheric body failed to get the two-thirds majority of the 34 member states…

Rising up together for Change CHATA – Membership meeting Q2 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Monday, June 19th 2017, CHATA held its second quarterly Membership Meeting of 2017 at the Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino. The membership meeting is a platform where CHATA invites speakers to present on current issues of importance to the business and tourism sector. During this meeting CHATA also…

Tropical Storm Bret spreading heavy rain, gusty winds across Windward Islands, northern Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle Tropical Storm Bret will continue to spread heavy rain and gusty winds across the southern Windward Islands and northeastern Venezuela through Tuesday. Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center: Tropical Storm Bret is currently about 75 miles east-southeast of Isla Margarita, moving swiftly toward the west-northwest. Bret is expected to…

Oceanfront house with pool in gated community in Curaçao for sale

Source: Curacao Chronicle We proudly present this open floor plan Caribbean Style home, located on a spacious (1.750 m2) oceanfront lot in a popular gated community in… Click here for more information. Link: Oceanfront house with pool in gated community in Curaçao for sale

Tropical cyclone bulletin no. 3: Tropical Storm Bret approaching southeastern Caribbean – Tropical Storm watch in effect for Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle Warnings in effect: a tropical storm watch is now in effect until further notice. Effect on local conditions: Winds: Becoming northeasterly on Tuesday evening and southeasterly on early Wednesday morning. Wind speeds generally moderate to strong; 20 to 50 km/hr with possible gusts up to 75 km/hr. Seas: Mainly moderate…

PinkCuraçao organizes first mixer

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – PinkCuraçao organizes its first social event called PinkCuraçao Mixer on Thursday the 22nd of May. PinkCuraçao is Curacao’s online travel guide especially aimed at LGBT (lesbians, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) travelers. “We want to connect travelers with local LGBT-friendly businesses, big and small, and with the local LGBT…

Potential Tropical Cyclone approaching the ABC-Islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The National Hurricane Center issued the following Potential Tropical Cyclone Advisory at 2:00 p.m. on June 19, 2017. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curaçao, and Aruba. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48…

Specialized divers are training in Curaçao waters

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Navy divers from the Defense Dive Group (DDG) are currently active in the Caribbean. One of the areas the divers have been working on is the Spanish Water in Curaçao where together with the Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA), Towing Company Curaçao (KvK) and Sea Services and under the…

Only 1 out of 5 companies has cyber security high on the agenda

Source: Curacao Chronicle Alarming findings in KPMG research WILLEMSTAD – Worldwide almost daily Cyber-attacks are experienced by companies with most of the time severe consequences for the continuity of the business and its services to clients. The major impact of Cyber-attacks would certainly justify putting Cyber Security high on the boardroom agenda. KPMG…

Groundation

Source: Curacao Chronicle “Anansi, please tell me, is your Akan family Christian, maybe Catholic or Protestant? Here in Jamaica, there are almost no Catholics; all have become Protestants of the second Reformation, Evangelicals. There is a church at every corner of every street.” “What difference does it make, Sir? Yes for sure, people…

Brazilian sale of tear gas angers Venezuela opposition

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – A Brazilian company acknowledged on Friday that it is supplying Venezuela’s security forces with large amounts of tear gas to control anti-government protests — prompting outrage from the Venezuelan opposition. Rio de Janeiro-based Condor Non-Lethal Technologies confirmed that it is fulfilling two contracts in Venezuela after opposition leaders…

Tropical wave in the Caribbean has big storm potential

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – There’s a high chance that a tropical wave currently located over the western Caribbean Sea will develop into a storm early next week. In fact, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami says there’s a 90 percent probability of it happening within the next five days. There’s still a…

Inter-Parliamentary Conference (IPKO) was very productive

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Inter-Parliamentary Conference (IPKO) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands which took place between June 14 and 16 in The Hague was finalized yesterday with the signing of the list of actions. President of Parliament William MIllerson explained that for the majority of the Curaçao delegation…

Over 100 fines during police checks

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During a police check yesterday, more than 100 drivers were fined. The police checked on the Winston Churchillweg and the F.D. Rooseveltweg between 9.00 and 13.00. Almost half of the fines were handed out for driving without valid insurance. 29 drivers for driving through red light and 6…

OAS General Assembly turns its attention to troubled Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – After much controversy, the ongoing turmoil in Venezuela will get the full attention of the 34 member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) when they meet for the 47th General Assembly next week. The three-day session opens in Cancun, Mexico on Monday, under the theme, “Strengthening dialogue and concerted action…

Van Raak: Tax evasion with the ‘King of Curaçao’

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – It was astonishing to see how easy it is for the rich to evade taxes. Last week, Gregory Elias, also known as the “King of Curaçao”, was heard in the House of Representatives of the Dutch Parliament. The House is investigating tax evasion. Curaçao plays a key…

The WHO is still warning about Zika in over 30 Caribbean nations

Source: Curacao Chronicle NEW YORK – That pesky Zika virus just won’t leave the Caribbean region alone. The World Health Organization’s latest Zika classification table has over 30 Caribbean countries listed as areas “with new introduction or re-introduction with ongoing transmission” of the virus, News Americas Now has found. They are: Anguilla; Antigua and…

Departure Regional Manager Air France KLM Pieter de Man

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The KLM / Air France boss in the Caribbean and Suriname is leaving. Pieter de Man leaves after almost 2 years in Curaçao and goes now to Canada. The regional manager will be succeeded by Cees Ursem as of August 1. He worked in Suriname, the Philippines, Ghana…

1st edition Pré Curaçao Marathon on the Scheveningse Beach

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Thursday evening, June 15th at 5 pm, the sunny start of the 1st edition of the Pré Curaçao Marathon took place on the beach of Scheveningen. Under the motto ‘Curaçao is coming to you this summer’, the organization organized the KLM Curaçao Marathon, a Pré Curacao Marathon on…

Grenada approves new laws with incentives for oil explorers

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST. GEORGE’S – Grenada’s Parliament has passed a Hydrocarbon Exploration Incentive Bill containing a package of incentives for oil and gas exploration. Leader of Government Business Gregory Bowen, who brought the bill before the house, said the plan is to determine the existence of natural deposits of oil and gas as…

Wescot-Williams aims for real progress in The Hague

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Chairwoman Sarah Wescot-Williams of the St. Maarten Parliament today expressed her hope of real progress during the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation for the Kingdom (IPKO). She said she was disappointed that after seven years of ongoing discussions there is still no dispute regulation law (geschillenregeling) or a right to…

Roll back: Trump to announce tougher rules for Cuba

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump has revamped Washington’s friendly overtures towards Cuba, tightening several restrictions that were eased by his predecessor Barack Obama. While it’s not expected to be a full reversal of the measures introduced in 2014, information secured by the Miami Herald has revealed Trump’s plans to…

Clash during IPKO about Venezuelan refugee problem

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The increase in tensions in Venezuela also increases the pressure on Aruba and Curaçao. During the first day of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference of the Kingdom (IPKO), tensions were high in the Netherlands, especially on the role of the Kingdom in the refugee issue from Venezuela. According to…

CBS starts with the National Accounts Survey for the 2016 fiscal year

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) will start on 15 June with the National Accounts Survey for the 2016 fiSCAL year. The purpose of this research is to collect business data from financial companies, non-financial companies, government agencies, foundations, associations and sole proprietors. The collected information is consolidated…

Two Venezuelans arrested for human trafficking

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at around 10 am, the officers of the Organized Crime Unit of the Police, arrested two Venezuelans suspected of human trafficking. The arrest took place during an investigation related to the interception of a boat with Venezuelans on May 29 and 30 by…

Venezuela government takes control of police in opposition-governed state

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuela’s interior ministry has seized control of the police force in the opposition-controlled state of Miranda. The ministry accused Miranda’s police of human rights violations and involvement in criminal networks, according to a BBC News report. The state, which has been governed by Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles since 2008,…

Staff Plaza Hotel wants bankruptcy

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The staff of the Curaçao Plaza Hotel & Casino want the two companies that manage the hotel and the casino to be declared bankrupt by the Court of Justice. In this way, the employees hope to secure their severance payment by the Social Insurance Bank (SVB). That was…

Integrity a hot topic at first day of IPKO

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Curaçao and Aruba are learning – or rather trying to learn – a valuable lesson from the continuing discussion about an integrity chamber in St. Maarten. Members of Parliament of both countries wonder how to prevent interference by the Dutch government. It turned out to be one…

Update: Court needs one more day in Schotte’s case

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Today will be the last day of the court case against the former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte. The hearings must take place in another room because they did not take into account an extra day. Today will be the third day. The prosecution wants former Curaçao…

Update: Mismanagement at Aqualectra and Curaçao Refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Court of Justice confirmed that there was mismanagement in Aqualectra and Refineria di Kòrsou (Curaçao Refinery RDK) between October 10, 2010, and September 29, 2012. At Aqualectra, the Court found that the general meeting of shareholders (government), the supervisory board and, to…

CARICOM consumers may now submit complaints live online

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consumers now have access to the CARREX online electronic platform and the live public portal for providing alerts on dangerous non-foods consumer goods on the markets in all 15 CARICOM member states. The platform, which went live recently, can be accessed via www.carrex.caricom.org Registered national…

Bikers collect funds for good cause

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Motorbikers have collected 5000 guilders for the Handicap Rights Foundation. Last weekend, the tough guys collected at various supermarkets and along the road at traffic lights. This is the month where traditionally funds are collected for the foundation. Those who cooperated were also told that the…

“Unique Curaçao is at the wrong address,” says Selikor

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Unique Curacao Foundation has complained about the fact that the organization has to pay for the dumping of waste at the landfill site Malpais. The Director of the waste management company Wesley Kook suggests that the foundation, like any other social organization, should adhere to the rules.…

Statia earns support at tripartite meeting

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – St. Eustatius got support on Monday, to some extent, from St. Maarten, Curaçao and Aruba. The parliamentary delegations of all three countries acknowledged that any former colony of the Netherlands has the right to self-determination and recognised the uncompromising attitude of the Netherlands. In addition, they promised…

Hill Golfbuilding condo- walking distance to beach- gated community

Source: Curacao Chronicle Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao This condo in Curacao is located in a beautiful apartment building on top of a hill, thus offering wonderful sea view. Within walking distance of the…Click here for more details. Link: Hill Golfbuilding condo- walking distance to beach- gated community

The CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways, the Leading Seaplane Operator in Eastern United States and The Bahamas, Set to Present at the 2nd Annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St. Maarten June 13-15

Source: Curacao Chronicle Rob Ceravolo, the CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways, the leading seaplane operator in Eastern United States and The Bahamas, set to present at the 2nd Annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St. Maarten June 13-15. The meetup will serve as a platform for the airline to showcase its newest addition to…

PDVSA leaves Bahamas oil terminal, expands in St Eustatius

Source: Curacao Chronicle HOUSTON – Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA is moving millions of barrels of oil from a Bahamas storage facility after terminating a contract with the owner, U.S. Buckeye Partners LP, according to internal data and sources close to the decision. Buckeye and PDVSA had tried to resolve payment delays and…

50 passengers with outstanding fines stopped at airport

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Fifty passengers had to pay at the Hato airport if they wanted to board their flight. They had an outstanding fine. Some of them have settled a payment arrangement with the Public Prosecution (OM), the rest paid cash to get rid of it. 10 thousand guilders was collected…

Child marriage now illegal in Trinidad and Tobago

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN – Child marriage is now illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. On June 9, 2017, the country’s parliament unanimously passed legislation to outlaw the practice, changing the legal marriage age to 18. Prior to this amendment of the Marriage Act, some members of the Hindu and Muslim religious…

Puerto Rico governor to argue for statehood in Washington

Source: Curacao Chronicle SAN JUAN – The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, has announced that he will visit Washington, DC, following the victory of statehood in the status referendum held on Sunday on the island, to notify Congress, the White House, and international forums of the results. Rosselló noted that statehood received…

Court confirms mismanagement at Aqualectra and Curaçao Refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Court of Justice in Willemstad just gave its verdict in the civil case against the government, the utility company Aqualectra and the public company Refineria di Korsou (RdK), which is the Curaçao Refinery. A group of concerned citizens pressed charges against the government for possible mismanagement in both…

UTS stops with the gambling sector

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The local telecommunication company United Telecommunication Services (UTS) will stop with its services to betting providers. This is according to the company in a press release. It became clear that UTS is not abiding by the law. The negative reports are so harmful to the telecommunication company at home…

Former Premier says to be innocent in corruption case

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte said on Monday, the first day of substantive hearing of the appeal in the Babel case, that he is innocent. In this case, Schotte was sentenced in 2016 to three years in prison and five years not allowed to exercise his…

Tripartite meeting: Perfect Kingdom is distant dream

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – It is difficult to imagine a perfect future when many problems need solving in the present. This was the general message of the delegations of the Parliaments of St. Maarten, Curaçao and Aruba, who on Monday had their so-called tripartite – a final meeting in The Hague…

Willemstad celebrates its 20th anniversary on the World Heritage List

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Last Sunday, the capital of Curaçao, Willemstad celebrated its 20th anniversary on the UNESCO World Heritage List. To celebrate this the Monuments Foundation organized an open house, or Monumento Habri, in Willemstad. The Curaçao community was given the opportunity to visit 33 monuments yesterday during the celebration. On…

Another foreign company fined for breaking US trade embargo of Cuba

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAVANA – The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has fined the American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC) US$87,255 for violating US regulations that are part of the trade embargo against Cuba. According to a document published on the US Treasury Department website, one of Canada’s AHFC subsidiaries,…

Trump expected to announce new Cuba policies on Friday

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – US President Donald Trump will reportedly visit Miami on Friday to announce he will tighten restrictions on travel to and doing business with Cuba, fulfilling mixed but evolving campaign promises to reverse changes made by former President Barack Obama since December 2014 removing decades of diplomatic and economic…

United latest airline to suspend Venezuela flights

Source: Curacao Chronicle TEXAS – United Airlines will become the latest in a string of carriers to suspend flights to Venezuela next month in a move that will further limit access to the country embroiled in increasingly violent protests and economic free fall. United spokesman Charles Hobart cited low demand for the cancellation of…

Puerto Rico votes to become 51st US State

Source: Curacao Chronicle SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello has announced that the US island territory has overwhelmingly chosen statehood in a nonbinding referendum held yesterday amid a deep economic crisis that has driven hundreds of thousands of its citizens to the US mainland. According to preliminary results, nearly half a million…

InselAir’s negotiations with strategic partner on hold

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – InselAir’s negotiations with the shareholders of the Colombian airlines Avianca are currently on hold. InselAir and Avianca are interested in becoming strategic partners. Earlier this year, the local airline announced that it was negotiating with the Colombian aviation company and that they were making progress. They even created…

Duppy

Source: Curacao Chronicle On a little island in the Caribbean where nobody lived, I anchored my boat in a half circular bay. Nights, I stared at the millions of diamonds in the star sky. One night, I took my dinghy to the white sand beach, just to stretch my legs, when I ran…

Trash along the roads becoming a problem

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Unique Curaçao Foundation, on numerous occasions, alerted about the problem of trash along the roads on the island. In particular the Seru Fortuna road but also the Bullen Bay road where people constantly deposit trash. The foundation knocked on Selikor’s doors on various occasions to help with…

Breakout Gaming Group secures Curaçao gaming licence

Source: Curacao Chronicle SAN JOSE, WILLEMSTAD – The Breakout Gaming Group has secured its own Curacao licence after successfully meeting all of the Curacao eGaming requirements. The new licence will cover the Group’s currently operating BreakoutGaming.com website, and is expected to also provide licencing for the soon-to-launch Breakout Lottos gaming entertainment website. Launched in…

Damen plans to invest 40 million dollars in Curaçao Dry Dock

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Damen Shipyard, a Dutch company that recently took over the operations of the Curaçao Dry Dock, plans to initially invest 40 million dollars in the company, with the possibility of an additional 20 million dollars. This is part of Damen’s plan to optimize the operations of the company…

Former Premier ready for his appeal case

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte and his wife Cicely van der Dijs have to appear before the court on June 12 and 13 for their appeal case. The court hearing of the Babel case will take place during these two days. In this case, Schotte was…

Most luxurious hotel in Cuba officially opens

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Most luxurious hotel in Cuba officially opens HAVANA – The first five-star plus hotel in Cuba, Manzana Kempinski, was officially opened on Wednesday afternoon, in the presence of Cuban minister of tourism Manuel Marrero. The six-story building with 246 rooms is located in the heart of Havana, across from the Central

Tech giants want to make Haiti an information technology hub

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Tech giants want to make Haiti an information technology hub Christine Souffrant NTIM, founding host of the Haiti Tech Summit. PORT-AU-PRINCE – A major upgrade is in the works for Haiti to position the country as a hub for information and technology. That’s the mission of some of the world’s leading

LIAT goes to court to get pilots back in the skies

Source: Curacao Chronicle | LIAT goes to court to get pilots back in the skies ST JOHN’S – With pilots continuing strike action that has forced the cancellation and delays of flights across the region, LIAT has decided to turn to the court for help. Management of the airline has filed an application for a

InselAir Curaçao; necessary and accountable

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir Curaçao; necessary and accountable WILLEMSTAD – The curator of InselAir International is of the opinion that continuation of the company’s activities is “necessary and accountable.” Rogier van den Heuvel writes in his first report to the judge that the air connections between the Caribbean islands of the Kingdom are of

Albertina placed on mandatory leave

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Albertina placed on mandatory leave WILLEMSTAD – The Director of the Communications and Information Department of the Ministry of General Affairs, Roxienne Albertina, was placed on mandatory leave by the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath. The Premier took this action in connection with persistent complaints about the Director’s conduct. Rhuggenaath

Workers continue to defend Corallo

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Workers continue to defend Corallo Some Starz Casino employees on Tuesday, holding up signs and calling for Francesco Corallo’s immediate release. PHILLIPSBURG – Workers of Atlantis Group of companies are still distraught about the six-month pre-trial detention of owner Francesco Corallo (56). Workers reached out to The Daily Herald on Thursday

Kingdom’s future on IPKO agenda

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Kingdom’s future on IPKO agenda THE HAGUE – The Inter-Parliamentary Consultation for the Kingdom IPKO, a gathering of the Parliaments of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, in The Hague from June 14-16 was officially announced on Thursday. The agenda includes a discussion on the future of the Kingdom. The

Island friends; conclusion

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Island friends; conclusion On my cruise around the Caribbean, I met a Businessman who issued Deeds of Ownership, even for all the things that are not owned by anybody. All alone on his island, he was just miserable and played being a Businessman to keep up pretenses. Then there was a

Manager wholesale company arrested for tampering with food labels

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Manager wholesale company arrested for tampering with food labels WILLEMSTAD – The general manager of the wholesale company Hector Henriquez B BV has been arrested on suspicion of forgery of documents and the violation of various food safety laws. The suspect will appear before a judge on Monday morning to confirm

Airberlin will continue its flights after October 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Airberlin will continue its flights after October 2017 Twice-weekly flights between Düsseldorf and Curaçao….. WILLEMSTAD – It is with great pleasure that Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) and Curaçao Airport Holding (CAH) announce the continuation of the twice-weekly flights between Düsseldorf and Curaçao. In April it was reported that Airberlin will stop

Opening second location Green Laundry

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Opening second location Green Laundry WILLEMSTAD – Green Laundry has a new location in Curaçao. The company also celebrates its second anniversary. This is the first eco-friendly laundry service on the island. The company offers dry cleaning, laundry and hotel services. Photo credit: Orlando Molina

Well-loved counter for wealthy Dutchmen

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Well-loved counter for wealthy Dutchmen THE HAGUE – This Friday, the House of Representatives of the Dutch Parliament will hear Gregory Elias, benefactor and trust advisor who helps millionaires in tax structures. A multimillionaire, high listed on the Rich List Quote 500 once said, off the record, “If you really have

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER – 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

A Professor

Source: Curacao Chronicle | A Professor On a little island in the Caribbean was a Professor.  He was all alone, and I decided to visit him. When I entered his library, a spacious room that doubled as debating chambers, a grossly obese man, balancing pince-nez reading glasses on the tip of his nose, was sitting

Bonaire to host Caribbean Ombudsman Association conference

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Bonaire to host Caribbean Ombudsman Association conference KRALENDIJK – In the coming week, Bonaire will host the national ombudsman, Reinier van Zutphen, and the ninth biennial conference of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA). The theme of the conference is: “The Ombudsman-A Key Actor in the Quest for Good Governance/Challenges facing Modern Day

Barbados wins top Caribbean Culinary Honors

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Barbados wins top Caribbean Culinary Honors “Bimshire” Wins Top Team, Bartender and Seafood Honors; BVI Takes Chef of the Year Category at Taste of the Caribbean 2017. MIAMI – Barbados is the Caribbean National Culinary Team of the Year.   The Bajan team won the top honors in the finale of

Sherwin Leonora resigns from Pueblo Soberano

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Sherwin Leonora resigns from Pueblo Soberano WILLEMSTAD – Former Member of Parliament Sherwin Leonora resigns from his party Pueblo Soberano (PS). The party for which he spent 4 years in parliament. During the last election, he was not a candidate on the party’s list. The former MP was not satisfied with

InselAir Aruba declared bankrupt

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir Aruba declared bankrupt ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – The Aruba court has declared the airline InselAir Aruba bankrupt. The court had granted the airline a deferment of payment for a few months and it did not operate flights anymore. There was no chance of selling the airline or restart operations. InselAir Aruba

Inspection destroys more than 5000 crates of beer

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Inspection destroys more than 5000 crates of beer WILLEMSTAD – The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Economic Affairs has destroyed a large quantity of Heineken and Zulia beer yesterday. The beer was from a wholesale distributor located at the Brievengat industrial site. The company had bought these beers for the carnival,

SILVER Medal for Team Curaçao… at the Taste of the Caribbean Competition

Source: Curacao Chronicle | SILVER Medal for Team Curaçao… at the Taste of the Caribbean Competition WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao’s Culinary Team has successfully represented Curaçao at this year’s Taste of the Caribbean competition organized by the Caribbean Hotel & tourism Association (CHTA) in Miami. These highly motivated young chefs and bartender had the opportunity to

Coast Guard reacts cynically on Venezuelan illegal numbers

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Coast Guard reacts cynically on Venezuelan illegal numbers WILLEMSTAD – Hans Lodder, Head of the Coast Guard, reacts cynically via Twitter to the Venezuelan figures of the Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie. Via Twitter, he wrote: “This is how you read some news.” Girigorie said yesterday that on every arrested Venezuelan

Coast Guard reacts cynically on numbers illegal Venezuelans

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Coast Guard reacts cynically on numbers illegal Venezuelans WILLEMSTAD – Hans Lodder, Head of the Coast Guard, reacts cynically via Twitter to the Venezuelan figures of the Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie. Via Twitter, he wrote: “This is how you read some news.” Girigorie said yesterday that on every arrested Venezuelan

Data for passengers KLM now also via Twitter and WeChat

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Data for passengers KLM now also via Twitter and WeChat WILLEMSTAD – KLM passengers can now receive worldwide booking confirmation, check-in information, boarding pass and flight status via Twitter and WeChat. All travelers booking or checking tickets through KLM.com can choose to receive their information via the two social media, reports

Courtesy visit Task Force VNVR

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Courtesy visit Task Force VNVR THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – In connection with the membership of the Dutch Kingdom in the Security Council of the United Nations (UNFCCC), which will commence on January 1, 2018, the Coordinator of the UNVR Task Force of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Marriët Schuurman, paid

No bread for prisoners

Source: Curacao Chronicle | No bread for prisoners WILLEMSTAD – They still have water, but it is only the question whether the prisoners in the Curaçao prison will get to eat bread today. The bakery delivering 1500 fresh bread every day turns out to be illegal. That became apparent after a raid at the wholesale company

Latin America lacks clear policies to tackle human trafficking

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Latin America lacks clear policies to tackle human trafficking Migrants with tired faces laden with the hardships of the hazardous journey from Central America to the United States rest in a shelter in Mexico, which many reach after being cheated by “coyotes” out of everything they had. MEXICO CITY – Each year,

Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors MIAMI – Pan American Finance on Tuesday released the first edition of the Caribbean Basin Renewable Energy Investment Index, measuring the investment potential in renewable energy for then countries in the region: Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,

Isla at 60 percent of capacity

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Isla at 60 percent of capacity WILLEMSTAD – The oil refinery Isla is not operating at full capacity, but is back at 60 percent. After the fire on May 21, only a third of what is considered normal could be produced. Catcracker 3 is still out of service, but the other

Fixed charge solar panels may be in violation of the law

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Fixed charge solar panels may be in violation of the law WILLEMSTAD – The fixed charge to be paid to the utility company Aqualectra for a solar panel may be in violation of the law. That is what the judge says in an interim ruling. The Association for Sustainable Energy launched

Curaçao’s coast closed for a week

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao’s coast closed for a week WILLEMSTAD – To stop the increasing Venezuelan refugee flow, the coast of the island is closed this week. That decision was made by the Council of Ministers (RvM) last week. The Minister of Justice, Quincy Girigorie informed the media about this decision. Several measures are

A King

Source: Curacao Chronicle | A King On a little island in the Caribbean, there was a King. He was all alone, so I decided to visit him. There was not much else on the island, but a small one-room house, and in that room stood a throne and the King was sitting on his throne.

Public Prosecution checking traveling passengers for outstanding traffic fines

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Public Prosecution checking traveling passengers for outstanding traffic fines WILLEMSTAD – Today the Public Prosecution (OM) of Curaçao will be checking traveling passengers who are leaving the island for outstanding traffic fines. These actions started early this morning. Those who have outstanding traffic fines cannot travel until they pay. Several passengers,

Dos Santos: “Curaçao must become independent!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Dos Santos: “Curaçao must become independent!” WILLEMSTAD – There are several political leaders who are expressing their opinion about the political future of the island. In a recent statement to the media, the leader of the opposition party Korsou di Nos Tur (Curaçao for us all) and Member of Parliament, Amparo

Personnel Defense Caribbean Area receive military decoration for humanitarian aid to Haiti

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Personnel Defense Caribbean Area receive military decoration for humanitarian aid to Haiti WILLEMSTAD – The personnel of the Kingdom Defense in the Caribbean granted humanitarian aid in Haiti last October. For their dedication, they received the Remembrance Medal for Humanitarian Assistance at Disasters last Friday. Earlier, the crew of Zr.Ms. Holland

Mood Beach presented ‘Grand Edition’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Mood Beach presented ‘Grand Edition’ Curaçao’s newest Beach Experience WILLEMSTAD – Last Saturday, Mood Beach presented their ‘Grand Edition’. The event started with a VIP gathering and afterwards was opened to the public. Dj’s D-Wayne, Natsuj and Philly M together with Ephrem J had everybody dancing thru the night hours. Everybody

Entrepreneurs from Curaçao and Aruba united in Kingston, Jamaica to enhance opportunities for regional growth

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Entrepreneurs from Curaçao and Aruba united in Kingston, Jamaica to enhance opportunities for regional growth WILLEMSTAD – The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, in collaboration with the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, and Meridian International Center are hosting the “Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Regional Workshop on Entrepreneurship,” to examine unique

The contested legacy of a Panamanian dictator

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The contested legacy of a Panamanian dictator PANAMA CITY – On May 30, Manuel Antonio Noriega died at the age of 83 after being taken off life support. The former leader, once called the strongman of Panama, had been in a coma since March, following an operation to remove brain tumours.

Thousands of people participate in the Color Walk

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Thousands of people participate in the Color Walk WILLEMSTAD – A few thousand people participated in the Curaçao Color Walk yesterday. The fourth edition started at half past seven at Sambil Mall in Veeris. The seven-kilometer route went through Otrobanda along 7 color stations and ended at Sambil. The funds raised

Argentina seeks Antigua bank account information in massive bribery probe

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Argentina seeks Antigua bank account information in massive bribery probe ST JOHN’S – Argentine prosecutors are asking their counterparts in Antigua and Barbuda to share information about accounts at a local bank that was used by Brazilian multinational construction company Odebrecht SA to pay bribes in a massive international corruption scandal.

Cuba reaffirms socialism as Trump isolates the US

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Cuba reaffirms socialism as Trump isolates the US WASHINGTON – As the serial clustercovfefe of the Trump presidency pursues its singular objective of making America great again by alienating, and isolating the US from the rest of the world – in other words, becoming North Korea except with nuclear missiles that

A thief

Source: Curacao Chronicle | A thief A little island in the Caribbean belonged to a thief. He was also the only person on the little island. The poor man was very depressed since he was starting to doubt his status as a thief. When I visited him, he was overjoyed and immediately poured out his

Floris Suite Hotel makes a big investment

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Floris Suite Hotel makes a big investment WILLEMSTAD – Floris Suite Hotel has invested a large amount of money recently in its accommodations. Over the past few years, the hotel, known for its adult only concept, has been very successful, and management looks forward to the future of the hotel as

Curator to request bankruptcy InselAir Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curator to request bankruptcy InselAir Aruba ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – According to the Aruban news site NoticiaCla, the curator in charge of InselAir Aruba will ask the judge to declare the airline bankrupt this week. Jeanot de Cuba, who has been appointed by the Court as curator, has submitted a letter to

Paving way for Curaçao route; Sint Maarten Minister designates Winair as a national airline

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Paving way for Curaçao route; Sint Maarten Minister designates Winair as a national airline PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication (TEATT) of Sint Maarten, Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher designated Windward Islands Airways Winair as a national airline of St. Maarten on Thursday, paving the way for the company

U.S. considers possible sanctions against Venezuela oil sector – officials

Source: Curacao Chronicle | U.S. considers possible sanctions against Venezuela oil sector – officials WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is considering possible sanctions on Venezuela’s vital energy sector, including state oil company PDVSA, senior White House officials said, in what would be a major escalation of U.S. efforts to pressure the country’s embattled leftist government amid

Plasterk condemns case against Statia Governor

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Plasterk condemns case against Statia Governor THE HAGUE – Dutch caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk is not amused by the move of the St. Eustatius Commissioners to take Acting Island Governor Julian Woodley to court. In a letter that he sent to the Statia Executive Council

Anthon Casperson new Director SEHOS

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Anthon Casperson new Director SEHOS WILLEMSTAD – The former director of Aqualectra, Anthon Casperson, is the new general director of the St. Elisabeth Hospital (SEHOS). He is the successor to Frank Poen and was introduced on June 1. The appointment has not yet been officially announced. The staff of the hospital

Cabinet Rhuggenaath is now complete

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Cabinet Rhuggenaath is now complete WILLEMSTAD – Yesterday the two last Ministers took their oath of office before the Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Lucille George-Wout at the Governor’s Palace in Willemstad. The new Ministers are, Zita Jesus-Leito who will be in charge of Traffic, Transportation and Spatial Planning and Steven

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association statement on climate change

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association statement on climate change MIAMI – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), a federation of 32 private sector-led organizations throughout the Caribbean basin, reiterates its previous position to join with the nations throughout the Caribbean in supporting the adoption of the Paris climate change agreement.

Winair begins direct flights to Haiti and Curaçao today

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Winair begins direct flights to Haiti and Curaçao today PHILIPSBURG – Windward Islands Airways International Winair reaches another milestone today, Saturday, when the first direct flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will take place. The company also added Curaçao to its destinations through its partnership with PAWA Dominicana. The twice-weekly service will be

Curaçao well represented at Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao well represented at Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum WILLEMSTAD – This year several local Tourism Professionals will attend the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) taking place in Miami from June 2nd till June 4th. CHIEF is the premier educational forum for Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals organized by the

U.S. Consulate volunteers join oil spill cleanup efforts

Source: Curacao Chronicle | U.S. Consulate volunteers join oil spill cleanup efforts WILLEMSTAD – The United States Consulate General, in coordination with the Curaçao Sea Turtle Conservation, RAC/REMPEITC Caribbean, and the International Maritime Organization, is proud to do its part today in keeping Curaçao clean, green, and pristine for the people of today and children

Consumer Organization wants survey on food safety

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Consumer Organization wants survey on food safety WILLEMSTAD – The Consumer Organization wants a parliamentary survey on food safety and especially meat in Curaçao. The organization has asked the MPs in a letter to Parliament to submit a proposal so that the survey can be held. The purpose of the survey

Two more 4.0-plus magnitude earthquakes recorded in region

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Two more 4.0-plus magnitude earthquakes recorded in region BRIDGETOWN – The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies has reported two early morning earthquakes in the Caribbean in the last two days, both registering magnitudes above 4.0. The latest occurred off Barbados yesterday at 1:08 a.m., 108

Appointments Joint Court of Justice

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Appointments Joint Court of Justice WILLEMSTAD – Mrs. G. Edelenbos, Mrs. P.P.M. Van der Burgt, Mr. Th. Veling and Mr. F.W.J. Meijer have been appointed new members of the Common Court of Aruba, Curaçao, Saint Maarten and the BES Islands (Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba). The Kingdom Council of Ministers has

HBO has confirmed the debut date for the drama series The Deuce

Source: Curacao Chronicle | HBO has confirmed the debut date for the drama series The Deuce MIAMI – HBO has confirmed the debut date for the drama series The Deuce, which will begin its eight-episode season Sunday, September 10. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, THE DEUCE follows

Venezuela’s President announces referendum on constitution to quell unrest

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela’s President announces referendum on constitution to quell unrest “The people who say whether they are in agreement or not with the new, strengthened constitution,” Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said. CARACAS – Embattled Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is making fresh overtures to quash violent anti-government protests that have rocked the country

US sticking to decision to end temporary immigration status for Haitians

Source: Curacao Chronicle | US sticking to decision to end temporary immigration status for Haitians Human rights advocates and other international non-governmental organizations have been pressuring us authorities to grant Haitians an 18-month extension to get their house in order. WASHINGTON – The United States appears unmoved by demands from thousands of Haitians living there

Clean up actions are still needed

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Clean up actions are still needed WILLEMSTAD – Once again there is oil tar on the coast of Curaçao, which necessitates re-cleaning. Corrine van Hal of Sea Turtle Conservation indicates that it is frustrating but the organization will continue cleaning because these actions are desperately needed. Van Hal is especially concerned

Plaza Hotel will be auctioned

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Plaza Hotel will be auctioned WILLEMSTAD – The Plaza Hotel Curaçao & Casino will be auctioned. The Giro Bank instructed notary Igor Naaldijk to prepare and implement the auction of the once leading hotel in Punda. Earlier, conversations were still held with potential buyers, but these continued to decline because of

CFT approves St. Maarten’s NAf. 30 million loan request

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CFT approves St. Maarten’s NAf. 30 million loan request THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG – The Committee for Financial Supervision CFT has approved the St. Maarten Government’s NAf. 30 million loan request for several projects, including the Pointe Blanche prison and the Tax Department. CFT Chairman Age Bakker confirmed this in a letter dated May

More than 11,000 Viagra pills in Plasa Nobo

Source: Curacao Chronicle | More than 11,000 Viagra pills in Plasa Nobo WILLEMSTAD – The Inspectorate of Economic Development, Customs and Police seized more than 11 thousand pills of Viagra and other illegal medicines this week. This action took place at the Plasa Nobo in Downtown Punda. In addition, the multidisciplinary team also found liquor

ITPC boosts global awareness of new HIV prevention medicine

Source: Curacao Chronicle | ITPC boosts global awareness of new HIV prevention medicine Trinidad hosts international talks on daily antiretroviral pill  PORT OF SPAIN—A new once-daily pill to prevent the spread of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is capturing the attention of communities affected by the virus. The daily antiretroviral pill interferes with the earliest stages

Hilton Curaçao participates in Hilton’s largest Annual Global Career Initiative

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Hilton Curaçao participates in Hilton’s largest Annual Global Career Initiative Careers@Hilton Week Showcases the Diverse and Rewarding Career Opportunities in Hospitality for Job Seekers Around the World  WILLEMSTAD – Hilton Curacao has taken part in Careers@Hilton Week, Hilton’s annual global career event showcasing the many opportunities available in the hospitality industry for

‘Oualichi hosts 2nd Dutch Caribbean Women’s Soccer Cup’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | ‘Oualichi hosts 2nd Dutch Caribbean Women’s Soccer Cup’ Tournament starts the 23rd of June 2017 CAYHILL, WILLEMSTAD — The Oualichi Women’s Soccer Association will be organizing for the second time, the Dutch Caribbean Women’s Soccer Cup. This event was first held in 2015 with participating countries- Bonaire, Curacao and Suriname all

Fly Allways to start flights between Paramaribo and Curacao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Fly Allways to start flights between Paramaribo and Curacao PARAMARIBO, WILLEMSTAD – Fly Allways will be launching twice weekly scheduled flights between Paramaribo and Curacao. Beginning on June 25, 2017, Fly Allways will fly to Curacao on Wednesdays and Sundays. The flight will depart from Paramaribo at 10:00 am and arriving

Weather and climate

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Weather and climate The climate change discussion is about changes in long-term averages of daily weather. To add to the confusing  “global warming” and  “climate change,” are also used as interchangeable terms. Global warming describes the average global surface temperature increase from human emissions of greenhouse gases; only one measurable element

Court’s ruling will not affect Giro Bank’s services

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Court’s ruling will not affect Giro Bank’s services WILLEMSTAD – In a press release, the Giro Bank officially reacted to the news about the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the bankruptcy case of Giro Holdings. The press release indicates that on May 23, 2017, the Common Court of Justice

Bermuda divided on same-sex marriage

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Bermuda divided on same-sex marriage A group called preserve marriage is pressuring the government to appeal a Supreme Court decision that legalizes same-sex marriage. HAMILTON – Loud chants of “one woman, one man, we need to take stand” rang out in the Bermuda capital yesterday as thousands joined the group, Preserve

Grenada government rejects ‘no choice’ arbitration claim

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Grenada government rejects ‘no choice’ arbitration claim ST GEORGE’S – Following a request for arbitration filed earlier this month with the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) by Grenada Private Power Limited (GPP), a 50 percent shareholder of Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (Grenlec), along with GPP’s parent

KFO wants a referendum on May 30, 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle | KFO wants a referendum on May 30, 2018 WILLEMSTAD – Korsou Fuerte i Outonomo (KFO), Curaçao Strong and Autonomous wants a referendum on May 31, 2018. A proposal for this has been submitted to the President of Parliament. The action group believes that the people of Curaçao need to decide whether

Region earns 27 billion dollars from tourism

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Region earns 27 billion dollars from tourism KINGSTON – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says tourism remains the most vital source of earnings and economic activity for the majority of Caribbean islands, with region-wide revenues estimated at more than US$27 billion. “Tourism is the single largest generator of foreign exchange

Curaçao Culinary Team departed to Miami

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao Culinary Team departed to Miami WILLEMSTAD – This morning the Curaçao Culinary Team departed to Miami to participate in the Taste of the Caribbean Competitions taking place from June 2nd – June 6, 2017. Curaçao Culinary Team The Curaçao Culinary Team is a group of young professionals in the Culinary

A Deed

Source: Curacao Chronicle | A Deed A little island in the Caribbean belonged to a businessman. He was also the only person on the little island. The man was so busy governing and administrating his island that he did not even raise his head when I visited him. “Twenty million and forty-six million and a

Judge releases former InselAir manager from jail

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Judge releases former InselAir manager from jail PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – InselAir’s former St. Maarten manager A.H. was released under special conditions by the Judge of Instruction last week. He was arrested on May 16 in connection with an embezzlement case involving him and another former employee, for allegedly skimming close to

Raul Alexander extradited to the U.S.

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Raul Alexander extradited to the U.S. WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao delivered the man Raul Alexander (September 25, 1962, Dominican Republic) to the United States on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Alexander has been transferred to the US Marshalls of the United States by officials of the Organized Crime Division (DGC) at Hato Airport

Confiscated expired products destroyed at landfill Malpais

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Confiscated expired products destroyed at landfill Malpais WILLEMSTAD – The destruction of expired beverages and other food items confiscated during inspections goes a little more rigorously than before. An investigation has shown that the expired products delivered to the Malpais landfill were taken by people. A load of expired juices, lemonades,

Millions taken by former banker Garcia from Venezuelan banks

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Millions taken by former banker Garcia from Venezuelan banks WILLEMSTAD – Former Giro Bank Director Eric Garcia was able to realize the purchase of this former state bank by taking millions of dollars from bankruptcies of banks in Venezuela. Garcia was the curator of these banks for many years and took

Minister of Finance: “Central Bank is one of my priorities!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Minister of Finance: “Central Bank is one of my priorities!” WILLEMSTAD – The situation at the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) is a priority for Curaçao’s recently-installed new Finance Minister Kenneth Gijsbertha (MAN). He wants to restore peace and order. CBCS is in danger of being left without

‘We must document ourselves and build lasting relationships’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | ‘We must document ourselves and build lasting relationships’ 14th successful gathering WILLEMSTAD – The 14th Annual Women Conference in Curaçao: ‘About Legacy and Female Leadership’ was another successful gathering of people who want to move forward in life with what is available, who know that there is much more to have

Court of Appeals confirms bankruptcy Giro Holdings

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Court of Appeals confirms bankruptcy Giro Holdings WILLEMSTAD – The Court of Appeals in Curaçao confirmed the bankruptcy of Giro Holdings. By ruling of the General Court of March 2 this year, Giro Holdings N.V. was declared bankrupt. The bankruptcy was requested by the Fundación Privada Giro Mandate. After the ruling

New research shows sugar fuelling various forms of cancer

Source: Curacao Chronicle | New research shows sugar fuelling various forms of cancer One type of cancer – which can be found in the lungs, head, neck, oesophagus and cervix – has a bigger appetite for sugar than others. TEXAS – Health officials across the Caribbean are becoming increasingly concerned about the role played by

CBS: Housing demand on Curaçao increased

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CBS: Housing demand on Curaçao increased WILLEMSTAD – The Central Bureau of Statistics conducted a survey at the end of 2016 to measure housing needs. The aim is to obtain a general insight into the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the existing demand for housing in Curaçao. It concerns insights into

InselAir’s financial situation is ‘ok’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir’s financial situation is ‘ok’ WILLEMSTAD – “In January, the government gave us a financial injection of 33 million guilders. With this money, we also paid the salary of the employees among other things. I believe that there is enough money to pay salaries for the one to two months. After

Venezuela death toll rises over another bloody weekend

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela death toll rises over another bloody weekend There have been almost daily protests that have left several dead. CARACAS — Carnage continued to rage over the weekend in Venezuela as the death toll rose to at least 60 people in continuing anti-government protests waged almost daily since the end of

How to fight poverty

Source: Curacao Chronicle | How to fight poverty Mr. Eugene Rhuggenaath, the new PM of the Island State of Curacao, said that his priority is fighting poverty. ”We will be training the unemployed, so they can eventually work in construction and hospitality.“ Beach Improvement and Maintenance, another governmental program, would also provide some employment for

Update: Petrotrin talks with PDVSA on oil spill

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Update: Petrotrin talks with PDVSA on oil spill PORT OF SPAIN, WILLEMSTAD – State-owned oil company Petrotrin has had discussions with its counterparts at Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA after reports that hydrocarbons had surfaced on the northeastern shoreline of Venezuela since the April 23 oil spill from Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery. The

Ready, Set, Taste!

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Ready, Set, Taste! Final Preparations of the Curaçao Culinary Team prior to the Taste of the Caribbean Competitions. WILLEMSTAD – In preparation for the Taste of the Caribbean competition taking place in Miami, the Curaçao Culinary team hosted their final Cook Out at CHATA Member, Restaurant Nemo on May 29th. During

May 30, 1968; A day not to forget

Source: Curacao Chronicle | May 30, 1968; A day not to forget WILLEMSTAD – The 1969 Curaçao uprising (known as Trinta di Mei in Papiamento, the local language) was a series of riots lasting from May 30 to June 1, 1969. They arose from a labor dispute in Curacao. Background In the 19th century the island’s economy was in poor shape.

Minister: “Do not clean oil residue on your own”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Minister: “Do not clean oil residue on your own” WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Public Health, Environment and Nature Suzanne Camelia-Römer has called on the population not to start cleaning the polluted areas themselves. These areas have been smeared by the oil residues found on the ABC islands in recent days.

Mood Beach presents its ‘Grand Edition’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Mood Beach presents its ‘Grand Edition’ With special appearances of Ephrem J, D-Wayne, Natsuj and Philly M. WILLEMSTAD – Everybody who has visited Mood Beach fell in love with it. For the most beautiful sunset at sea shore or for total relaxation, Mood Beach is the place to be. According to

Carmabi Education school programs & Marine Education Center together with the Curacao Sea Aquarium announces World Oceans Day – Curaçao 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Carmabi Education school programs & Marine Education Center together with the Curacao Sea Aquarium announces World Oceans Day – Curaçao 2017 WILLEMSTAD – In celebration of World Oceans Day 2017, Carmabi Education school programs & Marine Education Center together with the Curacao Sea Aquarium is hosting World Oceans Day – Curaçao

Cyber Security: “Awareness – Priority #1”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Cyber Security: “Awareness – Priority #1” Caribbean Cyber Security Center The penetration of internet access in the Caribbean region has undoubtedly paved the way for greater access to the information super highway and the benefits of competing on the global stage. However, with this access comes great responsibility and risk and

Venezuela opposition accuses Goldman Sachs of financing dictatorship

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela opposition accuses Goldman Sachs of financing dictatorship CARACAS – The president of Venezuela’s opposition-run Congress on Monday accused Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs of “aiding and abetting the country’s dictatorial regime” following a report that it had bought $2.8 billion in bonds from the cash-strapped country. The Wall Street Journal

Update: Leak from Petrotrin tank reaches ABC-Islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Update: Leak from Petrotrin tank reaches ABC-Islands WILLEMSTAD, PORT OF SPAIN – Bunker fuel leaked from a storage tank at Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery has allegedly reached Bonaire’s east coast, says Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) corporate secretary Gary Aboud. He claimed that oil clumps have turned into tar on

Römer will not return to VDC

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Römer will not return to VDC WILLEMSTAD – Michael Römer will not return as Director of the Curaçao Intelligence Agency (VDC). This is according to his lawyer Bertie Braam. In consultation with the government, it has been decided to offer him a suitable other function. Römer was arrested in October last

Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart attack

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart attack MONTREAL – The use of even low doses of common painkillers known as NSAIDs – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, a new Canadian study has found. The scientists calculated that the likelihood of

All calm as strike action by LIAT pilots averted

Source: Curacao Chronicle | All calm as strike action by LIAT pilots averted BRIDGETOWN – It was business as usual for LIAT’s operations across the region today after threatened strike action was averted at the 11th hour An emergency high level meeting in St John’s yesterday, involving Antigua and Barbuda’s Labour Minister Steadroy Benjamin, the

Region’s exports increase for first time in four years

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Region’s exports increase for first time in four years WASHINGTON – After four consecutive years of contraction, Latin American and Caribbean exports returned to a path of growth. In the first quarter of 2017, the value of goods exports increased 17 percent year-on-year, having contracted 2.9 percent in 2016. The recovery

Brace for an above-average hurricane season this year

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Brace for an above-average hurricane season this year FLORIDA – Forecasters at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45

Plans to upgrade oil refinery must be ready in 3 to 6 months

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Plans to upgrade oil refinery must be ready in 3 to 6 months WILLEMSTAD – As the new Prime Minister, Eugene Rhuggenaath will be responsible for the continuation of the negotiations with the Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) about the future of the oil refinery in Curaçao. The Prime

PAR wants to help Otrabanda

Source: Curacao Chronicle | PAR wants to help Otrabanda WILLEMSTAD – The Federashon Otrabanda (FO), Otrabanda Federation, invited the new coalition parties, PAR, MAN and PIN to an informative and interactive tour of the eight neighborhoods that are part of the Otrabanda side of Willemstad last Saturday. Each neighborhood committee had the opportunity to present

May Henriquez is the 12th Outstanding Woman

Source: Curacao Chronicle | May Henriquez is the 12th Outstanding Woman During ‘About Legacy and Female Leadership’ WILLEMSTAD – The 12th Outstanding Woman recognized during the 14th Annual Women Conference in Curaçao ‘About Legacy and Female Leadership’ is the late May Henriquez (1915 – 1999) from Curaçao. The recognition is for the work she did

Customs in Sint Maarten seizes 337 kilos drugs

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Customs in Sint Maarten seizes 337 kilos drugs PHILIPSBURG – Customs officers confiscated approximately 336 kilos of marijuana and one kilo of cocaine during the past week, according to Customs on Thursday. Customs officers at Princess Juliana International Airport SXM confiscated one kilo of cocaine from a traveling man J.E.M. on

Almost

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Almost A friend came to visit and told me the following story. “ I came to see you in the hospital, but when I got to your room, you were asleep. Your face looked like melted wax, yellowish, with a gray, skeletal, death mask shining through. Your skin was tight and…

Curaçao students in Miami help with lionfish project

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao students in Miami help with lionfish project MIAMI, WILLEMSTAD – Several Curaçao students in Miami participated in a project to raise awareness about the threat of the invasive lionfish.  According to Dan Sturgis, a high school marine biology teacher in South Florida, the lionfish invasion has been reported to start

George: Independence yes, but Dutch passport for 150 years after

Source: Curacao Chronicle | George: Independence yes, but Dutch passport for 150 years after PHILIPSBURG – With the retention of the Dutch passport weighing heavily in debates about St. Maarten going independent, National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet has come up with a proposal to satisfy both sides of the fence –

What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis?

Source: Curacao Chronicle | What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis? There’s still a problem of thousands of people who have been stripped of their Dominican nationality. (Photo: Amnesty International) MEXICO CITY – Three years ago today, authorities in the Dominican Republic passed a law seeking to address a statelessness crisis that has

Marijuana may improve memory in the elderly

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Marijuana may improve memory in the elderly Marijuana’s main mind-altering compound, THC, may improve memory in older people, according to a recent German study. Research in mice showed that the older animals experienced “a dramatic improvement in cognitive functions” after they were given small daily doses of the psychoactive compound for

Statement by the Secretary-General, CARICOM Ambassador Irwin Larocque On the Manchester bombing

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Statement by the Secretary-General, CARICOM Ambassador Irwin Larocque On the Manchester bombing GEORGETOWN – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly condemns the vicious terrorist attack perpetrated in Manchester, United Kingdom, on Monday evening. The fact that the majority of the victims were children and young people makes this vile action even more

Wake up call

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Wake up call The situation in Curaçao, where various wholesalers and supermarkets have been caught selling expired items, including meat, should not go unnoticed locally. There are indications of similar practices here that could present a major health hazard. Some are now calling for more inspections in St. Maarten too, but

Screening candidate ministers almost finished

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Screening candidate ministers almost finished WILLEMSTAD – Eugene Rhuggenaath, as the one in charge of forming a new government, will visit the Governor today. The future Prime Minister will present his report on the formation of a new government. The judicial part of the screening which is under the Public Prosecution

Asset Recovery Team confiscates three houses in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Asset Recovery Team confiscates three houses in Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Asset Recovery Team (Afpakteam) confiscated three houses today on the island. These three houses are part of two criminal cases in the Netherlands. The confiscated properties are one house on Caracasbaaiweg and one in Janthiel, better known as Damasco

Food product expiry date & safety

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Food product expiry date & safety Tons of expired meat and products are being sold apparently for a long time on the island of Curacao, raising many questions about efficiency & credibility among big names in the food industry. Many it seems are unaware of this crucial element endangering health and

Venezuela death toll nears 50 as protest violence escalates

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela death toll nears 50 as protest violence escalates Protests in Venezuela continue. CARACAS – A 23-year-old man died from a gunshot wound to the chest on Saturday, raising to 48 the number of people known to have been killed in seven weeks of protests against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro. Gunmen

Sneakers

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Sneakers “Here I stand, I can do no other,” is the side script on a red pair of “All Star” knock-offs. It is Luther Year in Germany and everything sells. A candy shop has a special a grand selection of Praline in a deluxe box in shape of a Gutenberg-Luther Bible.…

Press Release MEO related to recent inspections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Press Release MEO related to recent inspections WILLEMSTAD – The Inspectorate Department of the Ministry of Economic Development (MEO) was very active last week Friday, May 19. During this inspection round the multi-disciplinary team visited the wholesaler Dricoma which is located at Amerikanenkamp. Here the team found fish, chicken and meats

Pippa Middleton got married

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Pippa Middleton got married Nominated as the society event of the year, Philippa Middleton a 33 year old, known to most as Pippa the middle child of the three Middleton children , Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, and James William Middleton, and who graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree

USVI, Airbnb sign first tax agreement in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle | USVI, Airbnb sign first tax agreement in the Caribbean ST THOMAS – The government of the US Virgin Islands and Airbnb have confirmed the first tax agreement in the Caribbean, which will allow the platform to collect the territory’s 12.5 percent hotel room occupancy tax on behalf of hosts and remit

Process to amend Constitution resumes, despite protest Statia

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Process to amend Constitution resumes, despite protest Statia THE HAGUE – The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament has started the process of the second reading to amend the Dutch Constitution to embed the constitutional basis of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and to establish an Electoral Council for the islands, despite

“WannaCry – A Caribbean Cyber Security Perspective”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | “WannaCry – A Caribbean Cyber Security Perspective” “Organizations who continue to run Windows XP, software which cannot adequately detect and protect your information assets, and obsolete software, will make your systems easy targets for hackers and cyber criminals, as these systems will be hardest hit as the level of vulnerabilities and

Creditors meeting InselAir suspended

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Creditors meeting InselAir suspended WILLEMSTAD – The creditors meeting of the provisionally deferred payments of InselAir International has been suspended until the end of August. This has been decided by the Judge last Friday. This meeting would actually take place on June 9th, but the court-appointed curator, Rogier van den Heuvel,

Extradition request Corallo treated behind closed doors

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Extradition request Corallo treated behind closed doors WILLEMSTAD / PHILIPSBURG – Three judges of the court are referring to the Italian authorities’ request via the Public Prosecutor to hand over the contested casino player Francesco Corallo, 56, to Italy. The court will announce its decision on June 20th. The request was

New Curaçao promotional video on ABC Network

Source: Curacao Chronicle | New Curaçao promotional video on ABC Network WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) has launched a new promotional video for the island of Curaçao on ABC Network in the US. This video is part of a campaign that will run for 6 weeks in Curaçao’s main target markets such as

MAN wants debate on expired products

Source: Curacao Chronicle | MAN wants debate on expired products WILLEMSTAD – Member of Parliament for the coalition party MAN, Elsa Rozendal has asked for an emergency meeting to talk about what she calls: “the alarming situation of expired products.” According to the Blue Party, there is a lot of concern and concern among the

Largest Airlift Conference ever held in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Largest Airlift Conference ever held in the Caribbean PHILLIPSBURG – Without exaggeration, the in June upcoming Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St.Maarten may be called the most significant and largest airlift conference ever held in the Caribbean. The numbers speak for themselves; thirty highly qualified professionals making thirty presentations spread over three

Investigation to be launched into fire at Isla oil refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Investigation to be launched into fire at Isla oil refinery WILLEMSTAD – An investigation will be launched following a massive fire that occurred yesterday at the Isla oil refinery. The fire at the facility, run by Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, (PDVSA) broke out at one of the

Fire at Isla oil refinery under control

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Fire at Isla oil refinery under control WILLEMSTAD – Fire broke out this morning at the Isla refinery in Curaçao. It broke out at around 5:40 am local time and was contained about three and a half hours later. There were no victims. Several firefighters on the island have provided assistance.

Minister Economic Development pleads for centralized government inspectorate

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Minister Economic Development pleads for centralized government inspectorate WILLEMSTAD – The inspection departments of all ministries should be united in one inspectorate. This is according to the interim Minister of Economic Development Errol Goeloe in response to inspections at various supermarkets in recent weeks. According to Goeloe, there must be an

Analyst says Caribbean companies at risk for ransomware attacks

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Analyst says Caribbean companies at risk for ransomware attacks BRIDGETOWN – Caribbean companies are at risk of falling prey to large-scale cyber-attacks similar to the one that interrupted computer systems across the globe last week, unless they take operational risk more seriously, a risk analyst has warned. Regional Risk Assurance Leader

Ultimatum for InselAir Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Ultimatum for InselAir Aruba ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – The management of InselAir Aruba has to come up with a rescue plan for the company within two weeks, otherwise, the curator, Jeannot de Cuba, will pull out the plug. The curator will then advise the court to cancel the automatic stay and to

KLM adopts Ronald McDonald House Charities Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | KLM adopts Ronald McDonald House Charities Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – KLM Curaçao will engage in an intensive cooperation with Ronald McDonald House Charities Curacao (RMHC) in the next 2 years. This partnership is in line with the responsibility and ambitions that the KLM imparts for supporting social projects. KLM’s support will include

Breast milk may cure cancer, scientists say

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Breast milk may cure cancer, scientists say Scientists have accidentally discovered a potential new treatment for cancer in breast milk. STOCKHOLM – The accidental discovery of the effects of a compound found in breast milk could mean a more effective and targeted way of killing cancerous cells, Swedish researchers say. Scientists

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