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March 29, 2017

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The Government of Curaçao is not under higher supervision yet

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The Government of Curaçao is not under higher supervision yet Update, Tuesday, April 28, 17:00 pm THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Affairs has confirmed the receipt of the National Decree to postpone or cancel the elections called for April 28, 2017. It was nominated by

Conflict between Government Services and Supreme Electoral Council

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Conflict between Government Services and Supreme Electoral Council WILLEMSTAD – Members of the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) had a meeting today with the new Minister of Government Services, Norberto Ribeiro. The minister believes that the members of the SEC should recognize him as a competent authority and therefore should heed his

Anti-aging

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Anti-aging A 35-year-old overweight lady caused some commotion at the check-out counter of a supermarket when she tried to pay for a few bottles of antioxidants with a Food Stamps Debit Card.  Antioxidants? Do they still exist? What happened to them? “The fountain of youth is discovered,” touted the media with…

Mass lawsuit against the government and third parties

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Mass lawsuit against the government and third parties WILLEMSTAD – More than 500 people have signed up for a mass lawsuit against the government and third parties. The filing of the lawsuit is to ensure that the elections of April 28, 2017 will take place. This is a cooperation with the

Culinary Team in full preparation for Taste of the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Culinary Team in full preparation for Taste of the Caribbean WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Culinary Team is in full preparation for their upcoming competition at Taste of the Caribbean in Miami from June 2nd  to June 6th. On Saturday April 1st, the Curaçao Culinary Team will be organizing a BBQ at

Cabinet drops interim status

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Cabinet drops interim status WILLEMSTAD – Gilmar Pisas (MFK) last Friday became Prime Minister of what was supposed to be Curaçao’s transitional government pending the result of early elections on April 28. The government is now investing all its energy in postponing or canceling the elections. This means that the cabinet

CIFA makes progress on many areas

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CIFA makes progress on many areas WILLEMSTAD – On March 23rd CIFA, the Curaçao International Financial Services Association, held its annual meeting at the Koetshuis of the Avila Hotel. In a detailed presentation, the board explained to members what the association has achieved over the past year and what the plans

The Governor of Curaçao: “Elections must take place!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The Governor of Curaçao: “Elections must take place!” WILLEMSTAD – The Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Lucille George-Wout, believes that it is very important for the development of the democratic life of Curaçao that the elections of April 28, 2017, take place. Curacao is a democratic state in which the Constitution

Eastern Caribbean branded a transit point for drug traffickers by US

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Eastern Caribbean branded a transit point for drug traffickers by US The US State Department says the eastern Caribbean hosts abundant transhipment points for illicit narcotics. WASHINGTON – The Eastern Caribbean has been branded a “transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe” by the US State

Shout Academy: Izaline Calister gives master class in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Shout Academy: Izaline Calister gives master class in Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – Concert and theater organizer Shout Productions founded Shout Academy last year where young people can follow a free master class by famous artists. On Monday, April 10 there is a master with the singer Izaline Calister in Curacao. For the

HBO to premiere two new original films

Source: Curacao Chronicle | HBO to premiere two new original films The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and The Wizard of Lies will premiere exclusively on HBO in April and May of this year. MIAMI –  From groundbreaking documentaries and films to award-winning series, HBO continues its longstanding commitment of delivering the most talked-about, riveting and

Hundred years misled

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Hundred years misled “The secret of the proletariat, “ Karl Marx once said, “ is that it bears within it the destruction of bourgeois society.” But the destruction of the bourgeoisie by the proletariat did not happen. The proletariat aspired to the bourgeoisie and so intensively that it became the consumption

Global experts focus on cybersecurity at LACNIC On the Move Guatemala

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Global experts focus on cybersecurity at LACNIC On the Move Guatemala GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala and other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean must continue to develop a more proactive, all-inclusive response to cybercrime and cyber terrorism. That’s the opinion of an international expert panel at a recently concluded regional

Corned beef ban in Caribbean amid rotten meat scandal

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Corned beef ban in Caribbean amid rotten meat scandal KINGSTON – Several Caribbean countries have ordered the immediate ban on the sale and importation of corned beef from Brazil, following reports that several major meat processors in the South American nation have been selling rotten beef and poultry. Several countries have

Jobs on the line as Scotiabank restructures

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Jobs on the line as Scotiabank restructures KINGSTON – Close to 100 Jamaicans could lose their jobs as Scotiabank embarks on a restructuring exercise. Bank officials confirmed the staff cuts but declined to announce the number. However, according to President General of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) Kavan Gayle, about

Former Prime Minister suggest the use of article 43

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Former Prime Minister suggest the use of article 43 WILLEMSTAD – This morning during a radio talk show, the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles Dominico Martina suggested that the Governor of Curaçao could use article 43 of the Constitution. This article is basically the same as an official instruction

Minister Esprit will continue working towards excellence in education

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Minister Esprit will continue working towards excellence in education WILLEMSTAD – The new Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Mrs. Maurina Esprit-Maduro said, during her inauguration, that her work as Minister has already begun. She was already preparing and started moving immediately. “Education is an extensive field. I just had

Wanted by the FBI: Missing woman Amy Lynn Bradley (video)

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Wanted by the FBI: Missing woman Amy Lynn Bradley (video) WASHINGTON, WILLEMSTAD – A reward of up to $25,000 is available for information leading to the resolution of the case of missing Virginia woman Amy Lynn Bradley, who was last seen while on a cruise in 1998. Twenty-three-year-old Amy Lynn Bradley

Pisas: “Elections will be postponed!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Pisas: “Elections will be postponed!” WILLEMSTAD – “The election of April 28 will be postponed. It will be postponed until the European Supreme Court has made a decision on the letter which was send by the interim government to stop the elections.” This is according to the new Prime Minister of

Pisas sworn in as new Prime Minister of Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Pisas sworn in as new Prime Minister of Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – Gilmar Pisas was just sworn in as Prime Minister of Curaçao. The party of the convicted former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte returns to power thanks to the appointment of his party colleague as head of the interim government. According to

Recourt, driving force behind solid Kingdom relations, leaves

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Recourt, driving force behind solid Kingdom relations, leaves THE HAGUE – “The driving force behind harmonious and constructive consultations, after years of conflict.” President of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Khadija Arib could not have said it better in her farewell words directed at Chairman of the Second Chamber’s

Amerigo Thode is new President of Parliament

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Amerigo Thode is new President of Parliament WILLEMSTAD – The Member of Parliament for the biggest coalition party MFK, Amerigo Thode has been elected as the new President of Parliament. Until today, Amerigo Thode was not a Member of Parliament but since the resignation of Gilmar Pisas to become Prime Minister

Again boat with Venezuelans intercepted

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Again boat with Venezuelans intercepted WILLEMSTAD – Again a boat with Venezuelans on board was intercepted by the Coast Guard. The yola type boat was seen around 10 pm last night in the Fuik and Spanish Water area. It was intercepted when it was approaching the coast. A total of 20

Formateur delivers final report to Governor

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Formateur delivers final report to Governor WILLEMSTAD – Governor Lucille George-Wout, has received the final report from Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia who is in charge of forming a new interim government. The Governor also received a formation agreement which is supported by the political parties MFK, KdNT, PS, MP, and the Independent MPs

Alexander Hamilton

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, was born in 1755, on the Caribbean island of Nevis, at that time, a tropical hellhole by all accounts. In 1727, a minister of the Anglican Church wrote an account of his experiences with the Islanders.

Synergy Aerospace and InselAir reach agreement

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Synergy Aerospace and InselAir reach agreement WILLEMSTAD – Today, with the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI), a first step is taken on the way to a potential strategic partnership between Synergy Aerospace and InselAir. The talks for this LoI were initiated earlier this year between minister Rhuggenaath and Mr

USFOL volunteers organize fun day for BSF youth

Source: Curacao Chronicle | USFOL volunteers organize fun day for BSF youth WILLEMSTAD – On March 17, 2017, 45 members from the U.S. Forward Operating Location (USFOL) organized a Fun Day for 56 youth and five adults from Brigada di Seguridat I Formashon (BSF). Youth from the Brigade participated in workshops at the USFOL that

Screening results in: “Formateur” hopes for quick swearing in ministers interim cabinet

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Screening results in: “Formateur” hopes for quick swearing in ministers interim cabinet WILLEMSTAD – All relevant authorities have now submitted their screening results of the proposed ministers to ‘formateur’ Ruthmilda Larmonie Cecilia. Yesterday afternoon she submitted her final report to Governor Lucille George-Wout. The formateur is hopeful that the new interim

Was there an attempt on a former Haitian president’s life?

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Was there an attempt on a former Haitian president’s life? PORT-AU-PRINCE – Associates of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide say he survived an assassination attempt on Monday evening, but police have rejected the claim that he was any target. According to Aristide’s attorney, Ira Kurzban, gunmen fired at a motorcade carrying

Trinis are the happiest islanders in the Caribbean, says UN report

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Trinis are the happiest islanders in the Caribbean, says UN report NEW YORK – The United Nations annual World Happiness Report was published on Monday (World Happiness Day), but Caribbean people interested in how their country fared were mostly disappointed, with much of the region apparently escaping the attention of the

President of Central Bank Emsley Tromp failed screening

Source: Curacao Chronicle | President of Central Bank Emsley Tromp failed screening WILLEMSTAD, PHILLIPSBURG – The President of the Central Bank Emsley Tromp failed the screening process. This was announced by the Minister of Finance of Sint Maarten, Richard Gibson at the Council of Minister’s press briefing last Wednesday. Minister Gibson said when the government

Pisas to be sworn in as Prime Minister of Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Pisas to be sworn in as Prime Minister of Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – Gilmar Pisa’s, the current President of Parliament, will be sworn in as Prime Minister of Curaçao tomorrow afternoon. This will only be temporary. There are currently two candidate ministers who still did not complete their screening, they will not

Eight Damen Interceptors for Panama

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Eight Damen Interceptors for Panama Ultra-fast vessels to be part of anti-drug trafficking operations in the Caribbean. WILLEMSTAD – The National Air and Naval Service of Panama (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval – SENAN) has taken delivery of four Interceptor 1102 vessels from Damen Shipyards Group. The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, performed the

InselAir pursues its stabilization plan

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir pursues its stabilization plan WILLEMSTAD – As the stabilization plan is unfolding, InselAir is happy to report an important improvement on its on-time performance on routes between the ABC-islands and St. Maarten as well as a great support from the local communities that it is serving. Recent observations strongly indicate that passengers

Plasterk repeats offer of election observers

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Plasterk repeats offer of election observers THE HAGUE – Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk is most willing to assist Curaçao in requesting the invitation of international observers to be present at the island elections on April 28. The Minister stated this in a letter to the

OM: “Jamaloodin still in custody”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | OM: “Jamaloodin still in custody” WILLEMSTAD, CARACAS – The Public Prosecutor Curaçao (OM) confirms that the former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin who was arrested last Friday in Valencia, has now been transferred to the Venezuelan capital Caracas, where he will be brought soon before the Court that has ordered his

Barbados still has the most powerful passport in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Barbados still has the most powerful passport in the Caribbean LONDON – Barbados has the most powerful passport in the region and the 25th most powerful on the planet, according to the results of the latest world travel rankings. Barbados’ position in the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index closely mirrors

Caribbean Tourism officials undertake high-level mission to Brussels in a bid to strengthen relations with European partners

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean Tourism officials undertake high-level mission to Brussels in a bid to strengthen relations with European partners BRIDGETOWN – With the United Kingdom scheduled to officially advise the European Union next Wednesday of its intention to leave the EU, triggering two years of Brexit negotiations, Caribbean tourism officials recently undertook a

British Virgin Islands may seek overseas help in crime fight

Source: Curacao Chronicle | British Virgin Islands may seek overseas help in crime fight TORTOLA – Amid a rapid escalation in crime, British Virgin Islands (BVI) Premier Dr D Orlando Smith says that overseas help should be sought and highly trained police officers returned to active service from retirement if such actions are needed to

Barbados to host CaribNOG 13

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Barbados to host CaribNOG 13 BRIDGETOWN – The thirteenth regional meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group, or CaribNOG, will take place in Barbados from April 18 to 19, 2017. CaribNOG is the region’s first volunteer-based community of network engineers, computer security experts and tech aficionados. “At CaribNOG 13, we’re expecting a

Six law firms leading in Dutch Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Six law firms leading in Dutch Caribbean WILLEMSTAD – International publisher Chambers & Partners has launched the 2017-edition of its global ranking of law firms – Chambers Global. This year, six Dutch Caribbean law firms and twelve individual lawyers have been ranked in bands from 1 to 6 (with 1 being the

State Bank Fortis involved in bribery Italian politicians

Source: Curacao Chronicle | State Bank Fortis involved in bribery Italian politicians There’s no control on the criminal activities of mafia boss Francesco Corallo Prime Minister Berlusconi came up with a remarkable plan, after the ancient town of L’Aquila was hit by a major earthquake in 2009. He wanted to pay the hundreds of millions

Caribbean Generational Poverty

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean Generational Poverty Last year, the World Bank published a report on chronic poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. One out of every five Latin Americans—about 130 million people—have never known anything but poverty, according to the report. At least 130 million are subsisting on less than US$4 a day

Van Raak sticks to Kingdom Relations

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Van Raak sticks to Kingdom Relations THE HAGUE – Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) will stay on as his party’s spokesperson for Kingdom Relations. “I am not letting the islands down,” Van Raak said on Monday. Member of the

OM part screening candidate ministers finalized

Source: Curacao Chronicle | OM part screening candidate ministers finalized WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecutor (OM) Curaçao completed the judicial reference regarding the security checks of the candidate ministers. The outcome of the judicial reference has been presented to the ‘Formateur’ of the interim cabinet and the Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Board respectively. The Prosecution

OAS Head wants Venezuela kicked out unless elections called

Source: Curacao Chronicle | OAS Head wants Venezuela kicked out unless elections called Luis Almagro has accused president Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government of violating human rights and standards of democracy. WASHINGTON DC – Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro wants regional governments to suspend Venezuela from the Washington-based group unless

Elections bring about shift in Kingdom Relations Committee

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Elections bring about shift in Kingdom Relations Committee THE HAGUE – Wednesday’s elections brought major disappointment for two members of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament: Committee Chairman Jeroen Recourt and Roelof van Laar, both of the Labour Party PvdA, were not re-elected. Five

Three “new” parties in elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Three “new” parties in elections WILLEMSTAD – Three parties that are not yet in parliament, will participate in the upcoming elections on April 28. The new political party of former Minister Suzanne Camelia-Römer, Partido Inovashon Nashional (PIN) took almost half of all the signatures to support the parties that had to

CCAA presents Aerodrome Certificate Hato International Airport to CAP

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CCAA presents Aerodrome Certificate Hato International Airport to CAP WILLEMSTAD – Today the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) presented the Aerodrome Certificate Hato International Airport to the Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP). According to procedures stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), all airports must have this certificate issued by the

Group of 12 MPs: Next stop European Court

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Group of 12 MPs: Next stop European Court WILLEMSTAD – The “new majority” in Curaçao’s Parliament wants the European Court to give a correct interpretation on articles 29 and 53 of the country’s Constitution, they announced during a press conference. The move comes after the Kingdom Council of Ministers refused to entertain

Kingdom Govt says no to Curaçao petition

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Kingdom Govt says no to Curaçao petition THE HAGUE – The Curaçao Parliamentary delegation stands no chance at having a meeting with the Kingdom Council of Ministers to discuss the National Decree to dissolve the Parliament and to convene elections on April 28. The Kingdom Government will not annul the decree.

The fifth edition of The Pride Villager published

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The fifth edition of The Pride Villager published WILLEMSTAD – On Friday March 17, the fifth edition of the Pride Villager was launched. The Pride Villager is the only magazine on the island that offers the local gay community a central stage. The magazine has a total of 64 pages, is

Dogs

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Dogs A strange man insists that his dog has learned to play poker. Teachìng the animal was a long process. First, Rover had to learn the suìts: hearts, diamonds, and so forth; then, the numbers and face cards. Finally and most dificult, he had to learn the rules of poker. The…

Mauritsz de Kort appointed Joint Court of Justice VP

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Mauritsz de Kort appointed Joint Court of Justice VP THE HAGUE – Judge Mauritsz de Kort (43) will become the new vice-president of the Joint Court of Justice for the Curaçao and Bonaire branches. The Kingdom Council of Ministers, on Friday, approved the proposal of Dutch Minister of Security and Justice

Former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin arrested in Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin arrested in Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, CARACAS – The former Minister of Finance during the Cabinet Schotte, George Jamaloodin was arrested last Friday in Venezuela. He is a suspect in four different cases, namely Maximus, Bientu, Germaniun and the Divi Divi case. The arrest took place at

PDVSA allowed to pump oil out of chained tanker

Source: Curacao Chronicle | PDVSA allowed to pump oil out of chained tanker PHILIPSBURG – A disputed load of oil of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, which is currently on board of crude oil tanker NS Columbus near St. Eustatius, will have to be pumped out and stored in a bunker at NuStar Statia Terminals. The

InselAir to dismiss 250

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir to dismiss 250 WILLEMSTAD – InselAir on Wednesday sent out dismissal letters for some 250 employees as a result of the ongoing crisis facing the Curaçao-based carrier. The union UGTK/Cadmu that is currently seeking representation of the airline’s maintenance personnel said it was not informed of this beforehand. Since the

New station ship arrives tomorrow

Source: Curacao Chronicle | New station ship arrives tomorrow WILLEMSTAD – At about half past nine tomorrow morning the new station ship of the Dutch Navy, Zr. Ms. Van Amstel arrives in Anna Bay and will receive a ceremonial welcome with salutes from Fort Amsterdam. The multipurpose frigate will then moor at the Matheywerf. Van

Searches going on in Emerald-investigation

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Searches going on in Emerald-investigation PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Since Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017, several house searches have been taking place in connection with the ongoing investigation code-named Emerald. The investigation is still in progress. An update on the investigation will follow as soon as more information becomes available.

Cruise industry brass rings dinner bell at FCCA Gala, gathers stakeholders for unique networking opportunity

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Cruise industry brass rings dinner bell at FCCA Gala, gathers stakeholders for unique networking opportunity FORT LAUDERDALE – The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) 23rd annual Gala again lived up to its legacy as the FCCA’s keynote event of Seatrade Cruise Global, gathering over 50 cruise line executives, presidents and CEOs with

More than 80 percent are notorious water bill defaulters

Source: Curacao Chronicle | More than 80 percent are notorious water bill defaulters WILLEMSTAD – The number of households in Curaçao which has been cut off from the water network for years is around 1400. Most of them are defaulters because they did not pay their utility bills. In 2011, Aqualectra tried to receive payments

Great start of the year for Curaçao at European fairs

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Great start of the year for Curaçao at European fairs WILLEMSTAD – March 16, 2017 – The first quarter is always a busy period for the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) with at least 6 fairs spread through Germany and the Netherlands with the opportunity to engage 1 million consumers in these markets.

VVD wins on Aruba and Curaçao, D66 wins on St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle | VVD wins on Aruba and Curaçao, D66 wins on St. Maarten ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – With 274 votes in Curacao and 112 votes in Aruba, the VVD became the largest party on these islands. In St. Maarten D66 scored 42 votes. At 3:00pm local time the voting boots were closed at the

Not by mail or letter anymore; Report always in person

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Not by mail or letter anymore; Report always in person WILLEMSTAD – Anyone may report a criminal offense. The basic principle is that the person reporting the incident to the police (or the National Detective Agency in cases where the National Detective Agency is in charge of the investigation) should be present

Wooly mammoth

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Wooly mammoth Baleen whale and wooly mammoth fossil bones, dredges from the bottom of the Wester Schelde, the Netherlands, are radioactive.   Supposedly, leaks of fuel rod material of the nuclear plants at Borssele( Netherlands)  and Doel ( Belgium)  caused the radioactivity. Research, published 31 December 2016, (Deinsea, Journal of Natural History:

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge THE HAGUE – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls say. Early results confirmed the exit polls, with his centre-right VVD Party on course for 31 out of 150 seats. Three parties are

To stop negotiations with Chinese State Company is unacceptable

Source: Curacao Chronicle | To stop negotiations with Chinese State Company is unacceptable WILLEMSTAD – The Union Central “Union Sindikato Trahadónan di di Kòrsou” (STK) has announced in a written statement that they find it unacceptable that the new majority in Parliament wants to stop all negotiations with the Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy

Curaçao is part of UNESCO’s “Envisioning the Future of the Global Capacity-Building Program and Its Facilitators’ Network”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao is part of UNESCO’s “Envisioning the Future of the Global Capacity-Building Program and Its Facilitators’ Network” BANGKOK, WILLEMSTAD – From March 6th through 9th UNESCO organized a meeting in Bangkok on “Envisioning the Future of the Global Capacity-Building Program and Its Facilitators’ Network”. An encounter to discuss the role of

Bermuda’s former Premier hit by more corruption allegations

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Bermuda’s former Premier hit by more corruption allegations Former Premier Ewart Brown (right) has been dogged by several allegations of wrongdoing. (Photo credit: Bernews) HAMILTON – Fresh challenges are looming for former Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown who has been dogged by corruption allegations. A Commission of Inquiry investigating issues raised in the

Saving the Caribbean’s Sharks

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Saving the Caribbean’s Sharks WILLEMSTAD – Saving the Caribbean’s Sharks – demystifying sharks & solving the secret of the Dutch Caribbean’s Sharks. As recently as ten years ago, sharks, the apex predator of marine ecosystems, where abundant in Caribbean coastal waters.  Over the past several years however, shark encounters while scuba

Curaçao outstanding during this year’s ANATO

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao outstanding during this year’s ANATO WILLEMSTAD – Recently the Curaçao team participated in the 36th edition of the tourism showcase ANATO held annually in Colombia. This event serves as a platform to expose all the island has to offer to wholesalers and travel agencies interested in doing business with Curaçao.

How social protection can facilitate formalization in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle | How social protection can facilitate formalization in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN –  Representatives from 16 Caribbean countries are in Trinidad and Tobago (14-17 March 2017) to discuss the extension of social protection in the context of formalization policies. Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean,

LACNIC on the move rolls into Guatemala City

Source: Curacao Chronicle | LACNIC on the move rolls into Guatemala City GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala will host this year’s first edition of LACNIC On The Move. The regional technology event will take place at the Hilton Hotel Garden Inn, Guatemala City on March 20 to 22. LACNIC, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address

Punda Vibes goes art Thursday March 16th

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Punda Vibes goes art Thursday March 16th Join us at Punda Vibes this Thursday March 16th for the second week of Plein Air Art Festival. Encourage, motivate, inspire, uplift, and stimulate creativity, come To Punda Vibes on the 16th of March for the second week of Plein Air Art Festival. The

Court grants moratorium to InselAir International

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Court grants moratorium to InselAir International WILLEMSTAD – The Court of Justice in Curaçao granted a provisional moratorium to InselAir International B.V. InselAir management had its request for suspension (deferment) of payment justified by the argument that the company has long been in poor financial condition, but that it expects the

CMU Mobile Health Clinic

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CMU Mobile Health Clinic WILLEMSTAD – This coming Saturday March 18th 2017 the students of Caribbean Medical University (CMU) will be organizing the next CMU Mobile Health Clinic at the Sambil Curaçao Shopping Center. The time period will be from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. During the Health Clinic, all persons who so

InselAir re-organizes around new operational situation

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir re-organizes around new operational situation WILLEMSTAD – Since the end of January 2017, the operations and financial position of Insel Air International B.V. have been severely affected by the ongoing grounding of the aircraft by the Department of Civil Aviation of Aruba. Over that period and as part of the

Jonas

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Jonas Jonas—the Prophet who spent three days and nights in the belly of a giant fish— set up shelter on a hill slope overlooking the city of Nineveh. Jonas waited for the obliteration of the wicked city by God’s wrath, as he had prophesized. The city of Nineveh repented, and God…

Parliament increases its own budget from 19.8 million to 22.6 million

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Parliament increases its own budget from 19.8 million to 22.6 million WILLEMSTAD – Yesterday morning during the Central Committee meeting of Parliament, several agenda items were discussed including parliament’s own budget for the year 2018. One of the Members of Parliament noted that the Parliament is asking for 22.6 million guilders

14 decomposing bodies found in Venezuelan jail

Source: Curacao Chronicle | 14 decomposing bodies found in Venezuelan jail CARACAS – Five months after violent clashes among inmates forced the closure of Venezuela’s largest jail, authorities revealed that they had discovered decomposing remains in the facility. The number of bodies has doubled from seven last Friday to 14. The prison is currently being refurbished

Avalon University- Community services

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Avalon University- Community services WILLEMSTAD – As a medical university, they are committed to being involved in public health activities and providing community services to help serve the local community.  As future physicians, this further educates Avalon students in building communication skills, professionalism and leadership skills. Avalon University School of Medicine

Aruban company will request bankruptcy InselAir International

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Aruban company will request bankruptcy InselAir International ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – After an Aruban company requested the bankruptcy of Insel Air Aruba a week ago, this same company will request the bankruptcy of InselAir International tomorrow. This is according to a report from the Aruban news site NoticiaCla.com. In Aruba the court

A cruise line commits to developing private island in the Bahamas

Source: Curacao Chronicle | A cruise line commits to developing private island in the Bahamas FLORIDA – The world’s largest cruise line, Royal Caribbean International, has committed to enhancing a private island destination in The Bahamas. The plan to construct a pier at Coco Cay, also known as Little Stirrup Cay, situated in the Berry Islands

We’re secure: Digicel denies security breach

Source: Curacao Chronicle | We’re secure: Digicel denies security breach PORT OF SPAIN – Telecommunications company Digicel insists its network is safe, reliable and secure, following a claim that Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister may have had some of his text messages and emails intercepted. The Sunday Express had reported that Dr Keith Rowley had directed

InselAir’s new inter-island time table

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir’s new inter-island time table WILLEMSTAD – As the local airline InselAir announced recently, they have introduced per March 8 this year their new inter-island timetable for Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The airline now offers 4 flights per day between Curaçao and Bonaire, 5 flights per day between Curaçao

Local PSB Bank signs MoU with Chinese State Company GZE

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Local PSB Bank signs MoU with Chinese State Company GZE WILLEMSTAD – The Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) is willing to use the Curaçao PSB Bank as banker for the money transactions in connection with the operation and modernization of the Isla refinery, which is a one billion project.

Order for Venezuela to pay Exxon $1.4 bln in damages overturned

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Order for Venezuela to pay Exxon .4 bln in damages overturned CARACAS – A World Bank tribunal’s order for Venezuela to pay $1.4 billion in damages to Exxon Mobil Corp over nationalizations has been annulled, a lawyer for the Venezuelan government said on Thursday. The case at the World Bank’s International

Support for parties without parliamentary seat

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Support for parties without parliamentary seat WILLEMSTAD – Next weekend, citizens of Curaçao will have to show their support to the six political parties that do not have a seat in Parliament. There will be nine polling stations on the island where this can take place. According to the law, these

Cura Doet a great success this year

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Cura Doet a great success this year WILLEMSTAD – Thousands of volunteers rolled up their sleeves for some 170 projects last Saturday. According to one of the organizers, Deva-Dee Silliee, about 8,000 men, women and children join forces in Curaçao to help in several projects. That is the same as last

Serious business

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Serious business Friday was Nomination Day in Curaçao (see related story) and it’s interesting to see how many candidates are on lists of different parties than the ones with which they ran only five months ago. This should remove any remaining doubts regarding a lack of maturity and consequently stability in

Another earthquake second day in a row

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Another earthquake second day in a row WILLEMSTAD – **SHOCKING** Another earthquake felt again in Curacao. We will keep you informed. Update 10.28: It has just been confirmed that there was an earthquake on the same fault line as yesterday. This time the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.5 on the

PDVSA and 10 shipping companies in court over load of oil

Source: Curacao Chronicle | PDVSA and 10 shipping companies in court over load of oil PHILIPSBURG – Legal representatives of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and ten shipping companies in Liberia squared off in an injunction in the Court of First Instance in St. Maarten. Under dispute is an oil tanker which is anchored off

Names candidate ministers already known

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Names candidate ministers already known WILLEMSTAD – The names of the candidate ministers for the interim government are already known. The new majority in Parliament presented their candidates to become ministers. These candidates will go through a thorough background check and screening before they can take the oath of office. The

Update: 14 parties participate in the upcoming election

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Update: 14 parties participate in the upcoming election WILLEMSTAD – 14 political parties will participate in the elections on April 28 this year. Tomorrow they will have the opportunity to officially present their candidates’ list to the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) in Otrabanda. 5 parties will have to garner support during

Female Customs officers are bold for change

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Female Customs officers are bold for change WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Customs Sports Foundation in commemoration of the International Women’s Day held an empowerment event for female customs officers using the international topic: Be bold for change. There are 49 female customs officers in the Curaçao Customs Service and 143 male officers.

Dutch Caribbean DC-ANSP selects Harmony Horizon

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Dutch Caribbean DC-ANSP selects Harmony Horizon WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Caribbean air navigation service provider DC-ANSP is to deploy Metron Aviation’s Harmony Horizon to provide better situational awareness of air traffic demand and capacity and to support related flow management decisions. With air traffic in Latin America and the Caribbean expected to

Truthiness

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Truthiness “Truthiness (Stephen Colbert, 2005) comes from the gut,” not from facts—“the truth we want to exist,” that feels right. Truthiness is alternative facts, fake news. “Pizzagate,” was such a fake news story about a D.C. restaurant that supposedly housed a pedophilia ring. The ring seemed to include Satanic rituals and…

Meet the young Caribbean couple who run a farm in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Meet the young Caribbean couple who run a farm in Curaçao When I visited Curacao last week, I bumped into Josh and Femi Peiliker, a young couple who decided to move back to their home country after having lived and studied in Amsterdam for five years. When you’re from a tiny Caribbean

CTB: January arrivals 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CTB: January arrivals 2017 WILLEMSTAD – January is categorized as the peak month for visitors from the European market. In January, Curaçao welcomed a total of 14,993 stayover visitors from the Netherlands, an increase of 1% compared to January 2016. Visitors from Holland stayed longer and travelled with larger families than

51.2 million US dollars generated from Tourism for the local economy

Source: Curacao Chronicle | 51.2 million US dollars generated from Tourism for the local economy WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) and the Ministry of Economic Development (MEO) utilizes the ‘Turistika Model’ to calculate the economic impact generated from the tourism industry. During the first month of 2017 we see an increase of 2.8% direct impact

Southwest Airlines boosts service to Puerto Rico

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Southwest Airlines boosts service to Puerto Rico SAN JUAN  – Southwest Airlines will extend its itinerary of flights to Puerto Rico beginning June 4. It will begin a direct route to San Juan from Chicago Midway International Airport and increase the frequency of flights from Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Tampa and

Jamaica police using WhatsApp to tackle sexual exploitation of children

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Jamaica police using WhatsApp to tackle sexual exploitation of children KINGSTON – The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is using messaging service WhatsApp to tackle the sexual exploitation of children via social media. Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the JCF, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said a WhatsApp group was created to encourage

Women hosts have earned over $10 billion on Airbnb

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Women hosts have earned over billion on Airbnb Major progress has been made in advancing economic opportunities for women over the last several decades, but significant obstacles to gender equality still remain. The gender pay gap between men and women is well-documented, and research indicates that while the percentage of women

DJ Maarten Schakel and RO1 Curaçao Pride Ambassadors 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | DJ Maarten Schakel and RO1 Curaçao Pride Ambassadors 2017 WILLEMSTAD – The Curacao Pride is this year represented by two ambassadors, Maarten Schakel and Reginald Offerman aka DJ RO1. Both are well-known DJs and radio producers in Curaçao and speak to a wide audience. Although the two men themselves are not

Schotte: “Stop all negotiations with Guangdong Zhenrong”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Schotte: “Stop all negotiations with Guangdong Zhenrong” WILLEMSTAD – Gerrit Schotte has ordered to stop all talks with the Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy. As the new leader of the majority in the Parliament of Curaçao, the MFK leader finds that these negotiations are not part of the current state

Request to suspend F.C.’s detention rejected

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Request to suspend F.C.’s detention rejected WILLEMSTAD, PHILLIPSBURG – The request by F.C.’s lawyers to suspend his detention has been rejected. That the Joint Court of Justice decided today. The decision of the Court implies that F.C. will remain in detention pending the hearing of the extradition request. That request has been

Camelia-Römer not on PNP’s candidates’ list

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Camelia-Römer not on PNP’s candidates’ list WILLEMSTAD – In an extensive letter to her party leader, the current Minister of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning, Suzanne Camelia-Römer indicates that she will not be on the party’s candidates’ list for the upcoming elections. In the previous election, she received 3,442 votes which

UK Parliamentarian blasts Jamaica for rejecting Britain’s prison offer

Source: Curacao Chronicle | UK Parliamentarian blasts Jamaica for rejecting Britain’s prison offer KINGSTON  – The Jamaican Government is yet to respond to a scathing rebuke by a British parliamentarian who criticized the island’s rejection of a £25 million (US$30.5 million) offer from the United Kingdom government to construct a new prison. Philip Hollobone, a member

Rihanna snags major R&B titles at Iheartradio Music Awards

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Rihanna snags major R&B titles at Iheartradio Music Awards CALIFORNIA – Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna is continuing her reign, adding more jewels to her crown following the staging of the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, California, on Sunday. The 29-year-old star picked up the R&B Song of the Year gong for

A victory for St Vincent’s opposition in election challenge

Source: Curacao Chronicle | A victory for St Vincent’s opposition in election challenge KINGSTOWN  – The governing Unity Labour Party in St Vincent and the Grenadines is preparing itself for election challenges to be heard in the High Court after the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal reinstated two election petitions filed by the main opposition

Is election fraud already happening in Curaçao?

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Is election fraud already happening in Curaçao? The Supreme Electoral Council (KSE) Commissioner, Mr. Pacheco Romer and his Vice-Chairman Charles doRego apparently seemed to intentionally ensure that The Eu-NeoClassical Liberal Leader Josefina Josepha would not be in attendance to the first meeting presentation of potential candidates for the election. Pacheco had

US Coast Guard makes region’s largest coke bust since 1999

Source: Curacao Chronicle | US Coast Guard makes region’s largest coke bust since 1999 SAN JUAN – The US Coast Guard confiscated 4.2 tons of cocaine last week off the coast of Suriname. Four Guyanese men have been apprehended in connection with the bust that, according to Coast Guard, is the largest maritime seizure in

Charles Cooper named as possible interim Prime Minister

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Charles Cooper named as possible interim Prime Minister WILLEMSTAD – Charles Cooper is being named as the candidate for Prime Minister of the new interim government. This is according to several well-informed sources in Willemstad. Cooper, who with his own party PAS did not win any seat in the last elections,

PAR does not work with mafia party KdNT

Source: Curacao Chronicle | PAR does not work with mafia party KdNT WILLEMSTAD – The current opposition party PAR does not work with the party Kòrsou di Nos Tur from Amparo dos Santos that is affiliated to the mafia (photo). This is according to the PAR in a written statement. PAR responded to statements made

13 parties to participate in elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | 13 parties to participate in elections WILLEMSTAD – All political parties in Parliament that do not want elections were still present yesterday at the information evening of the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC). Reportedly there are 13 parties interested in participating. Five of them are not in Parliament and need 900 signatures

InselAir wants to get rid of InselAir Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir wants to get rid of InselAir Aruba WILLEMSTAD – InselAir Curaçao wants to get rid of InselAir Aruba. The latter is not making money at this time. The four MD aircraft are not flying and have been on the ground for six weeks now. The management wants to prevent Insel

Governor formally asks Larmonie-Cecilia to form an interim cabinet

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Governor formally asks Larmonie-Cecilia to form an interim cabinet WILLEMSTAD – The Cabinet of Governor Lucille George-Wout emitted a press release in which they indicate that Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia was requested to become the ‘formateur’ of an interim government that has the support of a majority in the States. This should take

InselAir to focus on Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao & St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir to focus on Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao & St. Maarten Unavailability of aircraft forces InselAir to temporarily suspend some routes WILLEMSTAD – Curacao. As a direct result of the continued grounding of a part of InselAir’s fleet by the Aruban Civil Aviation Authorities InselAir has no choice but to temporarily suspend services

Barbados Tourism Minister warns against rushing to an Airbnb tax

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Barbados Tourism Minister warns against rushing to an Airbnb tax BRIDGETOWN – With an increasing number of visitors choosing homestay options provided through services like Airbnb over hotels, the traditional accommodation sector wants to see those providing unregistered lodging slapped with taxes. But if Barbados’ Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy has his

Dutch assistance with air connections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Dutch assistance with air connections WILLEMSTAD – Dutch senior officials and the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, were convinced by the Ministers Eugene Rhuggenaath of Economic Development and Suzanne Camelia-Römer of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning that the countries should work together to ensure the air link

Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism scholarship applications are open

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism scholarship applications are open MIAMI – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) has advised the application deadline for its scholarship program is Thursday, March 30, 2017. Scholarships are open to Caribbean students and industry professionals pursuing higher education or professional development in the hospitality and

Tempo Curaҫao renews pension plan through ENNIA

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Tempo Curaҫao renews pension plan through ENNIA WILLEMSTAD –Tempo Curaҫao has extended its collective pension plan from ENNIA earlier this month, and has chosen to keep collaborating with ENNIA to invest in the future of its employees. “Tempo is an HR service provider that prides itself on its professionalism and quality”,

Motions against two ministers adopted

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Motions against two ministers adopted WILLEMSTAD – The new majority in the States adopted two motions against Minister Eugene Ruggenaath of Economic Development and Minister Suzanne Camelia-Römer of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning. With these motions, the previous no-confidence motions are emphasized. According to the new majority, which is headed by

Political turmoil

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Political turmoil Curaçao’s Parliament has passed a motion asking the government of caretaker Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman (MAN) to withdraw today, Monday, at the latest its national decree dissolving the legislature and calling snap elections (see related story). If not, the “new majority” expects Governor Lucille George-Wout to send the decree

Motion passed to halt snap election

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Motion passed to halt snap election WILLEMSTAD – With eleven votes for and five against, Curaçao’s Parliament late Friday night adopted a motion calling for the withdrawal of the national decree issued by the outgoing Koeiman Cabinet to dissolve the legislature and call early elections on April 28. The “new majority” comprising

ARUBA is no scapegoat

Source: Curacao Chronicle | ARUBA is no scapegoat The CURACAO CHRONICLE of Thu, Mar 2nd, 2017 reported a press conference held by the management of InselAir International (Curacao). “During their first month, the new management had to deal with a lot of bad publicity. They even had to deal with the U.S. Consulate banning their

Constancia to appear before the court on June 21

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Constancia to appear before the court on June 21 WILLEMSTAD – Yesterday after 7 days behind bars, the Member of Parliament for MFK, Jacintha Constancia was released by the order of the Public Prosecution, specifically the Prosecutor in charge of the investigation. During those 7 days, the Crime Investigation Unit has

Schotte: “Jacintha remains as Member of Parliament”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Schotte: “Jacintha remains as Member of Parliament” WILLEMSTAD – Right after Jacintha Constancia was released from jail the MFK party held a press conference where they announced that she will remain as Member of Parliament. The announcement was made by the party’s political leader Gerrit Schotte. An emotional Constancia once again

Crackdown on corruption in Jamaica’s prisons

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Crackdown on corruption in Jamaica’s prisons Jamaica’s State Minister for National Security Pearnel Charles jr. announced new measures to control what goes in and out of the country’s prisons. (Photo credit: Jamaica Gleaner) KINGSTON – At the height of fiery debate over whether the jailhouse recordings of incarcerated murder convicts, including

Vincentian boat held in record-breaking drug bust at sea

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Vincentian boat held in record-breaking drug bust at sea The cocaine had a street value of over us$71.75 million. KINGSTOWN- ,St Vincent & the Grenadines, Thursday March 2, 2017 – Authorities are trying to get to the bottom of how a Vincentian-owned and registered fishing boat was held in what has been

Constancia goes home but remains a suspect in her case

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Constancia goes home but remains a suspect in her case WILLEMSTAD – This afternoon the Member of Parliament Ms Jacintha Constancia was released. This was ordered by the Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office in Curaçao. The reason for the release is that it is not necessary to keep her behind bars

New direct flight: London Heathrow – Barbados by Virgin Atlantic

Source: Curacao Chronicle | New direct flight: London Heathrow – Barbados by Virgin Atlantic Commencing winter 2017, travelers will be able to fly directly between London Heathrow Airport and Grantley Adams International Airport, thanks to a new service from Virgin Atlantic. The new, twice-weekly service will launch on December 12, 2017, and flights go on

4th Quarter Tourism Performance Report

Source: Curacao Chronicle | 4th Quarter Tourism Performance Report WILLEMSTAD – The overall arrivals to Curaçao in 2016 show a slight decrease of 5.6%. In total 441,331 stayover visitors travelled to Curaçao from January until December 2016. Click on the link below for the report 2016_Fourth_Quarter_Visitor_Arrivals_Report

Right Now in Curaçao launched in Canada

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Right Now in Curaçao launched in Canada WILLEMSTAD, TORONTO – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) in cooperation with The Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) launched the Right Now in Curaçao campaign in Canada during the first in-game activation as the Leafs took on the New York Rangers at the Air Canada

Screening new ‘formateur’ not ready yet

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Screening new ‘formateur’ not ready yet WILLEMSTAD – A week ago the Governor of Curaçao Lucille George-Wout informed about her intentions to appoint Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia as the ‘formateur’ of a new government. She will be in charge of forming an interim government that will govern until a new coalition is formed

Fasting could fix diabetes, new study claims

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Fasting could fix diabetes, new study claims CALIFORNIA – With diabetes so prevalent across the Caribbean, a claim by US researchers that the pancreas can be triggered to regenerate by a type of fasting diet comes as welcome news. In animal experiments, restoring the function of the pancreas reversed symptoms of

Parliament to meet tomorrow about elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Parliament to meet tomorrow about elections WILLEMSTAD – The Parliament of Curaçao will continue its meeting tomorrow on the upcoming elections. The Prime Minister is back on the island and the new majority wants to debate with him about the reason why he dissolved parliament and called for early elections. This

Constancia still officially an MP

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Constancia still officially an MP WILLEMSTAD – Jacinta Constancia is still officially a Member of Parliament for the MFK party. Although she had declared that she will give up her seat in Parliament and leave the party, she still has not done so. Amerigo Thode is the next on the candidates’

InselAir is trying to keep layoffs at a minimum

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir is trying to keep layoffs at a minimum WILLEMSTAD – During a press conference, the new management of InselAir indicated that recently they presented their stabilization plan to the Supervisory Board. Currently, the company is working on reducing its operational costs but what they are doing now is not enough.

Venezuela not in InselAir’s ‘Back to Basics’ plan

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela not in InselAir’s ‘Back to Basics’ plan WILLEMSTAD – During a press conference exactly one month after taking over, the new CEO of the local airline InselAir, Gilles Filiatreault indicated once again that the company’s aircraft are safe and they comply with all the safety regulations. In their stabilization plans

Constancia MP request for release rejected

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Constancia MP request for release rejected WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution informed today that the request for the release of the Member of Parliament Jacintha Constancia was rejected by the court. Last Saturday her remand was extended by eight days. Constancia is currently detained for assaulting another Member of Parliament last

De-skill and re-skill the skill of the unskilled

Source: Curacao Chronicle | De-skill and re-skill the skill of the unskilled For decades, doomsday thinkers bombarded the world with the future role of robots.  Authors forecasted that robots would take over in the world from human workforces, especially leaving the unskilled out of a job. “Now for the first time, human labor is being

Semper: PAIS not ready for elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Semper: PAIS not ready for elections WILLEMSTAD – The PAIS party will not participate in the elections scheduled on April 28. The party is not ready. This is according to the new party chairman Jerry Semper. One of the reasons for dropping out of the race is that a committee that

Avianca unveils new Bogota-L.A. flights

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Avianca unveils new Bogota-L.A. flights BOGOTA – Starting on March 26, in response to high demand from business and leisure travelers, Avianca will increase its flight frequencies on the Bogota, Colombia – Los Angeles route from four weekly frequencies to one daily flight. This route will be operated on modern Boeing 787

Hyatt announces plans for first Hyatt place hotel in Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Hyatt announces plans for first Hyatt place hotel in Aruba ORANJESTAD – A Hyatt Place hotel is expected to open in the Aruba Airport Business Center in Oranjestad next year. The 116-room hotel will be the first Hyatt Place hotel in Aruba, adjacent to the Reina Beatrix International Airport. With construction

Rubis Caribbean ready for battle over oil terminal sale in Barbados

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Rubis Caribbean ready for battle over oil terminal sale in Barbados BRIDGETOWN – Rubis Caribbean has declared war to protect its multi-million dollar investment in Barbados as it anxiously awaits a decision from the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) on the proposed sale of the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL) to

Fundamental changes are needed to improve the labor markets in Curaçao and Sint Maarten in a sustainable manner

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Fundamental changes are needed to improve the labor markets in Curaçao and Sint Maarten in a sustainable manner WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG – In its most recent Quarterly Bulletin, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten notes that because growth has remained lackluster in the monetary union over the past years, the unemployment

Accord on collective employment agreement Selikor

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Accord on collective employment agreement Selikor WILLEMSTAD – There is now an accord on the major outlines in the negotiations for a collective employment agreement (CAO) for the waste management company Selikor. The negotiations are between the unions BTG, ABVO and the company’s management. This accord comes after the employees were

Moody’s: Trump border tax could hit LatAm via currency shift

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Moody’s: Trump border tax could hit LatAm via currency shift The proposed 20% US border adjustment tax, could spur a rapid valuation of the dollar – as high as 25%, generating vulnerabilities for dollar-dominated economies across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in addition to the trade and political fallout from

Koenders: “No naivety when it comes to Venezuela”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Koenders: “No naivety when it comes to Venezuela” ORANJESTAD – The Kingdom must remain ‘very vigilant’ when it comes to the situation in neighboring Venezuela. This is according to the Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders during a press conference after the annual Kingdom External Relations Conference. Koenders spoke with the Prime

Huffington Post contributor expresses her frustration with InselAir

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Huffington Post contributor expresses her frustration with InselAir WILLEMSTAD – The Huffington Post contributor, France Francois had a terrible experience with the local aviation company InselAir. She wrote about it in her article that was published a few days ago on the popular news site. According to Francois InselAir is the

Camelia-Römer to Dijksma: “Substantiate, if not, correction!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Camelia-Römer to Dijksma: “Substantiate, if not, correction!” WILLEMSTAD – Outgoing Minister of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning Suzanne Camelia-Römer asks her Dutch counterpart Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure to substantiate the conclusions of the Dutch inspectors that “there is insufficient independence of the Aviation Authority in relation to InselAir International.” In a

Competitive victimhood

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Competitive victimhood “We will not be free until we reach down to the depths of our souls and sign with the pen and ink of assertive manhood our own emancipation.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Exploitation of victimhood is still a prevailing mentality in many Afro-American and –Caribbean communities. It

Jacintha Constancia MP to resign after assault

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Jacintha Constancia MP to resign after assault WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Member of Parliament (MP) for MFK Jacinta Constancia said she would step down after assaulting and injuring MAN-fraction member Giselle McWilliam. The aggressor was nonetheless detained by police and a criminal investigation is underway. The attack occurred during the public debate

Auction Insel Air Aruba postponed

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Auction Insel Air Aruba postponed ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – The auction of the inventory of InselAir by the Tax Department Aruba (DIMP) has been postponed, at least for the time being. This is according to a report from the Aruban news media NoticiaCla. The Tax Directorate had seized bank accounts and property

Latina plus model makes history in the fashion world

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Latina plus model makes history in the fashion world Jennifer Barreto-Leyva the very first Latina plus model worldwide breaks a record in the fashion world, as being the star of the recent campaign of Nylon Plus. Nylon Plus always focused on “average” sizes got the message of diversity and decided to

Peru President warns about danger of massive Venezuelan emigration

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Peru President warns about danger of massive Venezuelan emigration NEW YORK – Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Friday cautioned against the danger of a massive wave of Venezuelans fleeing their homeland’s crisis to other countries in the region. The Bolivarian republic’s situation is among ‘hot topics’ to be addressed during the

Teenagers show creativity during their parade

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Teenagers show creativity during their parade WILLEMSTAD – The Teen Parade drew yesterday a dancing crowd through the streets. It was colorful and cheerful. The atmosphere was good. The carnival parade of teenagers from different high schools on the island was very creative with beautiful costumes. It was both for the

Reaction Diangelo Maduro on article Olivier Arrindel

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Reaction Diangelo Maduro on article Olivier Arrindel Dear Editor, The undersigned would like to react on your publication of Thursday 23rd of February 2017. Considering the allegations that were published, I think it is only fair if I get the same allocation in your “Opinion Column” as Mr. Arrindell. First of

Curaçao is a popular destination among Expedia group’s consumers

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao is a popular destination among Expedia group’s consumers WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Chronicle recently had an interview with Demetrius Canton, Director of Market Management for the Caribbean – Expedia, group and Brett Minzner, Area Manager for Dutch Caribbean and Puerto Rico – Expedia, group on their plans for Curaçao. What are

Rihanna named humanitarian of the year

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Rihanna named humanitarian of the year NEW YORK – She’s best known for dazzling the world with her music, but a leading United States university says international Barbadian sensation Rihanna also has a big heart for charity. Yesterday, Harvard University named the R&B superstar its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year for

Trump worried about Trinidad and Tobago’s ISIS links

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Trump worried about Trinidad and Tobago’s ISIS links WASHINGTON – United States officials are reportedly concerned that Trinidad and Tobago nationals who have joined ISIS could return and pose a threat to US interests. Following President Donald Trump’s call to Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley over the weekend,

Criminal investigation against Member of Parliament Jacintha Constancia

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Criminal investigation against Member of Parliament Jacintha Constancia WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution has taken note of the events in Parliament this afternoon. In response to these events, the Attorney General has ordered the Investigation Team Curaçao to carry out a criminal investigation. Member of Parliament Giselle McWilliam has not filed

Jacintha Constancia MP assaults Giselle McWilliam MP in Parliament

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Jacintha Constancia MP assaults Giselle McWilliam MP in Parliament WILLEMSTAD – The Member of Parliament for MFK Jacintha Constancia assaulted her colleague the Member of Parliament for MAN during the public debate on the dissolution of Parliament. McWilliam had just spoken and she mentioned a criminal case that Constancia is involved

Plet offered 300 thousand guilders to overthrow the government

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Plet offered 300 thousand guilders to overthrow the government WILLEMSTAD – The Member of Parliament for MAN Yael Plet spoke to various media yesterday the attempt to bribe him to overthrow the government. This attempt was even before the Members of Parliament for Pueblo Soberano (PS) Melvin Cijntje and Sherwin Leonora

New hospital gets Ronald McDonald House

Source: Curacao Chronicle | New hospital gets Ronald McDonald House WILLEMSTAD – The Ronald McDonald House will still be part of the new hospital. The outgoing Minister of Public Health Zita Jesus-Leito agreed with this proposition to include the Ronald McDonald House into the new hospital. Her predecessors, the Ministers Victorina and Whiteman did not agree

Jamaican is among “10 Best Teachers in the World”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Jamaican is among “10 Best Teachers in the World” KINGSTON — A Jamaican teacher is one of 10 finalists in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2017. Tracy-Ann Hall, who teaches at Jonathan Grant High School, was selected from 20,000 people who applied or were nominated from 179 countries. She is

Tax debt now reason for grounding MDs InselAir Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Tax debt now reason for grounding MDs InselAir Aruba ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – The Aruban Civil Aviation Authority now uses the tax debt of InselAir Aruba as a reason to keep the MD fleet of the airline on the ground. First, the aircraft were grounded because of technical reasons, later for administrative

Groundbreaking ceremony new mega pier Tula

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Groundbreaking ceremony new mega pier Tula WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Economic Developments, Mr. Eugene Rhuggenaath and Minister of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning, Mrs. Suzanne Camelia-Römer had the honor to do the groundbreaking at the construction site for the second ‘Mega Pier’, Tula. During the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister Rhuggenaath emphasized

Suzanne Camelia-Römer placed under supervision of the Dutch

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Suzanne Camelia-Römer placed under supervision of the Dutch Because inspection by Dutch aviation authorities has established that the Civil Aviation Authority in Curaçao is not based on the law but on arbitrary decrees of minister Suzanne Camelia-Romer and therefore illegal, whereas parts of the local legislation on aviation is provable not

Development of Marie Pampoen Recreational Area moving forward

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Development of Marie Pampoen Recreational Area moving forward WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Bureau (CTB), commissioned with coordinating the recreational area at Marie Pampoen, recently organized a gathering to report to the ministers involved on the progress being made with the project and the results achieved. The project is an initiative

EU lifts yellow card on Curaçao for illegal fishing

Source: Curacao Chronicle | EU lifts yellow card on Curaçao for illegal fishing WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao has made great progress in the fight against illegal fishing, and can now effectively address this practice. Therefore, the European Commission draws the yellow card which was handed out in 2013. An imminent export prohibition to the EU is

Foods to eat for a good night’s sleep and how to avoid insomnia

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Foods to eat for a good night’s sleep and how to avoid insomnia Recent research showing that insufficient sleep depresses the immune system, increasing the risk of infection and disease, makes a good night’s sleep more important than ever. Unfortunately, many insomniacs are unwittingly sabotaging their sleep, with experts now maintaining

President Trump invites Trinidad PM to Washington

Source: Curacao Chronicle | President Trump invites Trinidad PM to Washington PORT OF SPAIN – Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley got a surprise calls from American President Donald Trump during which the leader of the twin-island republic was invited to Washington. Although not much was disclosed about the conversation, the US Embassy

Costly punishment

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Costly punishment “Social emotions like anger, envy, and spite are very powerful drivers, for those who seek revenge. Revenge behavior often outweighs economic and social self-interest. What follows is called ‘costly punishment’ ( Dr. Molly Crockett,  neuroscientist,  experimental psychologist;  Oxford University, 2017). Populist politicians are eager to capitalize on this thirst

Hell on earth in Haiti’s overcrowded, underfunded jails

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Hell on earth in Haiti’s overcrowded, underfunded jails PORT-AU-PRINCE – Officials and NGOs who monitor Haiti’s jails are sounding the alarm about the overcrowding, malnutrition and infectious diseases that have led to a surge of inmate deaths, including 21 at the Port-au-Prince penitentiary in January alone. According to Dr John May,

Illegal guns a worry in Trinidad and Tobago

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Illegal guns a worry in Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN – Law enforcers in Trinidad and Tobago are disturbed – not just about the country’s spiraling murder rate but the increasing number of illegal weapons on the street. And according to the country’s top cop, the twin-island republic has the highest

Airberlin will lease three A330-200s for long-haul operations

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Airberlin will lease three A330-200s for long-haul operations BERLIN – Airberlin, which is Germany’s second largest airline after Lufthansa and biggest low-cost carrier, is expanding its fleet with three wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft that will carry passengers on long-haul flights to the USA during the summer. The new planes will be leased

Schiphol gets exclusivity on Dutch Caribbean flight

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Schiphol gets exclusivity on Dutch Caribbean flight AMSTERDAM – The Dutch airport Schiphol gets the exclusive right on the flights to the Caribbean islands in the Kingdom. This was announced by the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Stef Bok. The airline TUI requested operations between the Eindhoven airport and Curaçao

Yael Plet MP files complaint for attempted bribery

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Yael Plet MP files complaint for attempted bribery WILLEMSTAD – Member of Parliament for the political party MAN Yael Plett filed a complaint for attempted bribery. This was just confirmed by the Public Prosecution (OM) in Curaçao. Plet was approached by an intermediary with the request to leave the MAN faction

New majority requests meeting with Prime Minister

Source: Curacao Chronicle | New majority requests meeting with Prime Minister WILLEMSTAD – The new majority in parliament formed by 12 MPs signed a petition to meet with the outgoing Prime Minister of Curaçao Hensley Koeiman in a public meeting. The twelve MPs are concerned about the government’s decision to dissolve the parliament. Also about

Curaçao’s Floris Suite Hotel – Spa & Beach Club is improving its TripAdvisor reviews with ALICE

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao’s Floris Suite Hotel – Spa & Beach Club is improving its TripAdvisor reviews with ALICE Hotel staff and guests alike appreciate the convenience of ALICE’s mobile applications. WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao’s Floris Suite Hotel – Spa & Beach Club is delighted to announce that using ALICE’s operations platform is increasing staff

Backed by Trump, Venezuelans march for release of opposition leader

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Backed by Trump, Venezuelans march for release of opposition leader Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was found guilty of inciting violence during protests in 2014. CARACAS – Protest marches staged Saturday saw hundreds of Venezuelans demanding the release of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on the third anniversary of his arrest. The annual

Bon Bini Supermarket cheapest for carnival

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Bon Bini Supermarket cheapest for carnival WILLEMSTAD – If you are going to enjoy carnival this year, you are better off to do your shopping at Bon Bini Supermarket at Brievengat. This is according to the Consumers’ Association. The association studied nearly 160 different products in 15 stores on the island.

Norbert George refuses to rectify

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Norbert George refuses to rectify WILLEMSTAD – The former politician and former leader of the DP party Norbert George refuses to rectify. The judge had ordered him to place a rectification on his Facebook page. But that has not happened yet. That will cost the George 250 guilders a day. If

Not much growth expected in the Caribbean this year

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Not much growth expected in the Caribbean this year CDB President Dr Warren Smith cautions that growth rates were way too low and public debts were still spiraling out of control. BRIDGETOWN – Caribbean economies are projected to record minimal growth – an average of 1.7 per cent this year. But’s

Leased aircraft InselAir has technical problems

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Leased aircraft InselAir has technical problems WILLEMSTAD – It seems like the local airline InselAir just cannot get a break. The leased Boeing 737 of the Venezuelan airline Estelar Airlines had technical problems shortly after taking off from the Sint Maarten airport recently. The pilots had to return to the airport.

Public transport routes are still the same since 1970

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Public transport routes are still the same since 1970 WILLEMSTAD – Public Transport lacks dynamism to respond to new developments. According to a study commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. ABC Bus Company has been operating the same routes in the last 45 years despite the emergence of new neighborhoods

Dutch Junior Minister: “Serious deficiencies in InselAir inspections”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Dutch Junior Minister: “Serious deficiencies in InselAir inspections” WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Junior Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Sharon Dijksma said in a press conference in Aruba that there are serious deficiencies in airline inspections in both Curaçao and Aruba. Dijksma said that while there were some deficiencies in Aruba,

Carnival in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Carnival in Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao’s Carnival is one of the largest and longest-lasting Carnival spectacles of the Caribbean and one of the best times to visit the island. Carnival began as a Catholic rite to represent the Christian practice of “Carne Levale,” or giving up meat for Lent. In the

Sta Rosa is open again for traffic

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Sta Rosa is open again for traffic WILLEMSTAD – Today, the Santa Rosaweg will open again. This was announced by the Ministry in charge of infrastructure. For several months motorists had to take a detour between Barbouqet and Marchena Hardware. With the opening traffic congestion will be largely gone, as is

Rhuggenaath elected as new leader PAR

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Rhuggenaath elected as new leader PAR WILLEMSTAD – Outgoing Minister of Economic Development Eugene Ruggenaath was chosen by the party council to become the new political leader of the PAR. He succeeds Minister Zita Jesus-Leito. She was elected as the new chairman of the yellow party, succeeding the now independent Member

China helps Cuba’s special economic zone fulfill potential

Source: Curacao Chronicle | China helps Cuba’s special economic zone fulfill potential HAVANA – Giant Chinese-built cranes briskly unload shipping containers from cargo ships at Cuba’s deep-water port of Mariel, a fledgling special economic zone the country hopes will drive development over the coming years. China, Cuba’s second largest trading partner, is playing a key role

Port St. Maarten management briefs U.S. Consul general about security measures; Re-enforces commitment to protect U.S. interests

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Port St. Maarten management briefs U.S. Consul general about security measures; Re-enforces commitment to protect U.S. interests PHILLIPSBURG – On Thursday, February 16, Port St. Maarten Management headed by Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo, met with U.S. Consul General Margaret D. Hawthorne where a number of very important matters regarding security

Governor initiates formation process

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Governor initiates formation process WILLEMSTAD – Governor Lucille George-Wout starts consultations on forming an interim cabinet today, Monday, after the “new majority” in Parliament adopted motions of no confidence against Ministers Eugene Rhuggenaath (PAR), Suzanne Camelia-Römer (PNP), Kenneth Gijsbertha (MAN) and Zita Jesus-Leito (PAR), as well as plenipotentiary Minister in The

An agreement between Avianca and InselAir could take months

Source: Curacao Chronicle | An agreement between Avianca and InselAir could take months WILLEMSTAD – The caretaker Minister of Economic Development Eugene Rhuggenaath says that a strategic alliance between InselAir and Avianca is not something that will take place immediately. It will take a few months before the parties can reach a preliminary agreement and

Stop the procrastination! Regional leaders told to press forward on fully implementing CSME

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Stop the procrastination! Regional leaders told to press forward on fully implementing CSME GEORGETOWN – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and stop procrastinating. That was the charge President of Guyana David Granger, issued to Heads of Government and delegates at the opening of

Lost Bob Marley recordings found in London successfully restored

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Lost Bob Marley recordings found in London successfully restored LONDON – A collection of severely damaged Bob Marley tapes, which had lain forgotten for more than four decades in a London hotel basement, has been successfully restored. The 13 reel-to-reel, analogue master tapes were found more than a year ago in

Only Supreme Electoral Council can postpone elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Only Supreme Electoral Council can postpone elections WILLEMSTAD – There is an immense confusion on the island these days. The government recently dissolved the parliament and called snap elections. But there is a new majority which signed an agreement for a coalition that will form a government for the 2017-2020 term.

Political parties preparing for upcoming elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Political parties preparing for upcoming elections WILLEMSTAD – Several parties both with and without representation in parliament have indicated that they are preparing for the upcoming elections. Parties without representation like FOL, PAS and UPN said that they will participate in the elections in April this year. Some other parties without

Coast Guard detains 22 illegal immigrants

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Coast Guard detains 22 illegal immigrants WILLEMSTAD – The Caribbean Coastguard (KWCarib) on Saturday intercepted a boat with twenty-two Venezuelans. The unlit boat was located near the Spaanse Water on the east side of the island. There, and from Caracas Bay all the way to Mambo Beach, more Venezuelan refugees are

Corallo Sr: Prosecutor stalling criminal case

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Corallo Sr: Prosecutor stalling criminal case PHILIPSBURG – Gaetano Corallo, father of detained casino boss Francesco Corallo, wants the Prosecutor’s Office to stop dragging its feet when it comes to the criminal case filed against his son for fraud and embezzlement in November last year. Corallo Sr. met with detectives since

Dannawi signs with new majority

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Dannawi signs with new majority WILLEMSTAD – Independent Member of Parliament Gassan Dannawi, who was an MP for MAN, joined the new majority headed by the MFK leader Gerrit Schotte. Last Friday Dannawi submitted his resignation after ten years as a MAN member and continued as an Independent MP. This surely

Chief, taste of the Caribbean to be held in Miami in June

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Chief, taste of the Caribbean to be held in Miami in June Caribbean stakeholders to benefit from combination of top professional development events in South Florida this year. MIAMI – Two of the Caribbean’s premier tourism events will be staged concurrently in June in Miami during Caribbean-American Heritage Month. The Caribbean

Children’s carnival parade: “Simple but colorful”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Children’s carnival parade: “Simple but colorful” WILLEMSTAD – Yesterday the children on the island celebrated their first parade through the streets of downtown Willemstad. A total of 872 children divided into 14 groups walked the streets of Willemstad dancing and enjoying to the popular tunes of the Tumba. Once again the

Parliament adopt motions to dismiss four ministers and the Minister Plenipotentiary

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Parliament adopt motions to dismiss four ministers and the Minister Plenipotentiary WILLEMSTAD – As was announced by the new majority in Parliament, today they adopted several motions of no confidence against the Ministers Eugene Rhuggenaath, Suzanne Camelia-Römer, Kenneth Gijsbertha, Zita Jesus-Leito and the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague Eunice Eisden. Only

Dannawi resigns from MAN becomes Independent MP

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Dannawi resigns from MAN becomes Independent MP WILLEMSTAD – Parliament has another Independent member. Gassan Dannawi resigned from MAN to become an Independent MP. Since after the elections of October 5 last year, Dannawi had problems with the leadership of his party. After many requests to discuss these issues, and to

Venezuela’s VP shrugs off US sanctions identifying him as international drug trafficker

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela’s VP shrugs off US sanctions identifying him as international drug trafficker CARACAS – Venezuela’s Vice President Tareck El Aissami has dismissed US sanctions identifying him as an international drug kingpin, saying that the move by the Trump administration only deepens his commitment to the anti-imperialist revolution begun by the late Hugo

Cuban Deputy Minister highlights Chinese construction experience

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Cuban Deputy Minister highlights Chinese construction experience HAVANA – Cuban Deputy Minister for Construction, Angel Vilaragut, has highlighted here today the importance of exchanging with China given its experience in the development of this sector. The construction sector has undoubtedly played an important role in the Cuban economic development as well as

Gilmar Pisas is now officially the new President of Parliament

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Gilmar Pisas is now officially the new President of Parliament WILLEMSTAD – This morning the new majority in parliament consisting of the parties MFK, Korsou di Nos Tur, Pueblo Soberano, Movementu Progresivo and the independent MP Edward Braam elected the MFK MP Gilmar Pisas as the new President of Parliament. Norberto

Koeiman: “They tried to bribe one of our MPs!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Koeiman: “They tried to bribe one of our MPs!” WILLEMSTAD – There is one prominent Member of Parliament for the ruling party MAN that they tried to bribe with the purpose to change affiliation and drop support for the coalition. This is according to the leader of the party Hensley Koeiman

“SWORDFISH” investigation still ongoing

Source: Curacao Chronicle | “SWORDFISH” investigation still ongoing PHILIPSBURG – February 15th of 2017 marks exactly one year since the escape of K. Fortune, aka “Kuchi”. The Prosecutor’s Office and KPSM is announcing that this investigation is still ongoing and that a reward of Nafls 5,000.– will be given to anyone for information that could

Crucial parliamentary meeting today after ‘illegal’ urgent meeting last Tuesday

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Crucial parliamentary meeting today after ‘illegal’ urgent meeting last Tuesday WILLEMSTAD – Today the planned parliamentary meeting takes place and the proceedings will be crucial. During the ‘illegal’ emergency meeting last Tuesday, the group of eleven Members of Parliament adopted a motion of no confidence against the caretaker government. They also

Logos Hope gathers people

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Logos Hope gathers people Connecting through onboard events in Willemstad, Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – Logos Hope will soon arrive in Willemstad, Curaçao and be opened to the public at Prins Hendrik Wèrf, Sta Annabaai Otrobanda, from February 4th through March 11th, 2017. This unique vessel with international crewmembers offers exclusive onboard events

KLM: “We will not operate an airline in the Caribbean”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | KLM: “We will not operate an airline in the Caribbean” WILLEMSTAD – Caribbean airline industry suffers from the problems of the Curaçao airline InselAir. The government is asking the Netherlands for help, but KLM is not thinking about operating flights in the Caribbean region. “That does not fit our strategy,” says

Elections again

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Elections again Curaçao chose to govern itself as a democracy, but its constitutions and institutions turn out to be weak and not very popular. Participation in formal and informal institutions is anemic, and not inclusive. Secretive, closed groups seem to manipulate the society to meet their specific needs, regardless of any

Meeting between AVIANCA and InselAir for a possible takeover

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Meeting between AVIANCA and InselAir for a possible takeover BOGOTA, WILLEMSTAD – Minister of Economic Development Eugene Rhuggenaath travelled to Bogota with a delegation from InselAir and the Curaçao Tourism Board (CTB) to meet with top representatives of the Colombian airline Avianca concerning possible synergies and areas of cooperation. According to

Extradition Rietwijk, Koeiman and Felecia a fact

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Extradition Rietwijk, Koeiman and Felecia a fact WILLEMSTAD – This afternoon, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the actual extradition of Ramphis ‘Ronchi’ Rietwijk (1965), Rogelio “Greg” Koeiman (1968) and Gilbertico “Kalala” Felecia (1978) to the United States took place. They left Curaçao and Sint Maarten on a special flight from the US

Sanctioned for drugs, Venezuelan vice president slams U.S. ‘aggression’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Sanctioned for drugs, Venezuelan vice president slams U.S. ‘aggression’ WASHINGTON – Venezuela’s powerful vice president on Tuesday called his blacklisting by the United States on drug charges an “imperialist aggression” in the first flare-up between the two countries under new U.S. President Donald Trump. “We shall not be distracted by these

Opposition member in Dominica questioned over alleged coup plot

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Opposition member in Dominica questioned over alleged coup plot ROSEAU – A member of the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Dominica is considering legal action after being questioned by police over an alleged coup attempt. Dr Thomson Fontaine was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon as he was leaving a local

Why lack of sleep makes you sick

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Why lack of sleep makes you sick A new American study has shed light on why many of us get sick with insufficient rest. Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) Medicine Sleep Center found that sleep deprivation cripples the immune system, diminishing the body’s resistance to infection and disease. For

Curaçao stuns in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao stuns in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 Southern Dutch Caribbean Island Graces the Pages of Iconic Issue Check out all photos from Swimsuit 2017 on si.com/swimsuit and to see additional images from SI Swimsuit 2017 on location in Curaçao, click here: Swim Daily WILLEMSTAD – The colorful ABC island of Curaçao,

If at all possible

Source: Curacao Chronicle | If at all possible It happened once before with a then Central Government of the – since dismantled – Netherlands Antilles, but the latest precedents were set in Willemstad in 2012 and Philipsburg in 2015. It regards a Council of Ministers, having lost majority legislative support, dissolving Parliament and calling early

Appeal case Schotte and Van der Dijs expected before the elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Appeal case Schotte and Van der Dijs expected before the elections WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte should probably appear before three judges soon. This could take place even before the elections. The three judges are handling the appeal case Babel. The defense, consisting of Marije Vaders and the couple

Fierce political power struggle in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Fierce political power struggle in Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – Curacao is witnessing a crackling political showdown. Gerrit Schotte refuses to accept the elections of April 28 called by the Governor after the fall of the government of Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman. The convicted former Prime Minister and current leader of the MFK

Breaking News: “Last night’s parliamentary meeting was illegal!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Breaking News: “Last night’s parliamentary meeting was illegal!” WILLEMSTAD – The Governor of Curaçao Lucille George-Wout indicated to the group of eleven that their meeting last night was illegal. The Governor made this clear during her meeting with the new majority in parliament. The group of eleven Members of Parliament called

Breaking News: New majority in Parliament adopts motion of no confidence against Koeiman and his government

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Breaking News: New majority in Parliament adopts motion of no confidence against Koeiman and his government WILLEMSTAD – In an urgent parliamentary meeting called by the new majority consisting of MFK, Korsou di Nos Tur, Pueblo Soberano, Movementu Progresivo and Independent MP Edward Braam, adopted seven motions of no confidence against

Breaking News: New majority elects another President of Parliament

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Breaking News: New majority elects another President of Parliament WILLEMSTAD – A new majority in parliament consisting of the parties MFK, Korsou di Nos Tur, Pueblo Soberano, Marilyn Moses of Movementu Progresivo and the Independent MP Edward Braam called an urgent meeting to elect a new President of Parliament. The factions

Construction Kooyman Megastore started

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Construction Kooyman Megastore started WILLEMSTAD – Kooyman has begun with the construction of a new Megastore with a drive-thru in Curaçao. This megastore comes at the Jan Noorduynweg. A part of the steel framework of the building is already there. The builder is Remco Ruimtebouw of the Janssen de Jong Group. The

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