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May 24, 2018

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Curaçao makes a splash at the Fort Lauderdale Color Run 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao, as a destination, recently participated in the Fort Lauderdale Color Run. The Color Run is known as the happiest 5 kilometer race on the planet. Over 6 million people worldwide have at some point participated in one of the Color Runs organized in over 35 different countries.…

CMU Mobile Health Event 26-05-2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This coming Saturday May 26th, 2018 the students of Caribbean Medical University (CMU) will be organizing the next CMU Mobile Health Event. This time we will be at the Sentro di Bario Sùr Lumena in Montaña where the Stakamahachi Health Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a…

Fuel delivery resumes

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The oil refinery Isla has resumed the fuel supply to Curoil. In a press release, the refinery stated that they want to take responsibility. A lawsuit against Curoil against Isla to enforce delivery is therefore not necessary anymore. Also, the emergency plan of Curoil to get fuel elsewhere…

American Airlines goes cashless at Curaçao International Airport

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – American today announced that effective June 1, 2018 the airline will be going cashless at Curaçao International Airport (CUR). Passengers will be required to use a credit or debit card to make any transactions at the airport, including purchasing tickets and paying for checked baggage. “American has transitioned…

Clear answer needed on shelving of dispute regulation

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten “need a clear answer” about why the Dutch Kingdom Government has opted to shelf its version of the kingdom law to establish a dispute regulation. This concern was stated by the President of the St. Maarten Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams. Wescot-Williams, who will…

Blok: The Netherlands will not accept refugees from Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – There can be no question of refugees from Venezuela continuing to the Netherlands. Minister of Foreign Affairs says that the Netherlands has offered technical support to Aruba and Curaçao, to help with dealing with refugees. At the same time, he emphasizes that it concerns two independent countries…

House search KPMG in connection with former client

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A house search was conducted at the Curaçao KPMG headquarters. This was confirmed by the spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor (OM) Norman Serphos. Documents, including administrative documents, were seized for the OM’s investigation. No arrests have been made. The search was conducted to obtain information about a former…

The Kingdom does not recognize Venezuela’s election results

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – the Netherlands and with it the other countries of the Kingdom do not acknowledge the result of the presidential elections in Venezuela last Sunday. Minister Stef Blok has stated today in a consultation with the Dutch parliamentary committee for Foreign Affairs. “There was no question of…

Corporate Challenge raises 150 thousand guilders

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The fundraising event Curacao Corporate Challenge raised about 150,000 guilders last Saturday. This is according to the organization. The funds are for swimming lessons for children on Banda’bou. Eighteen companies participated in various sports and play activities in the SDK. Ennia won the challenge. Link: Corporate Challenge raises

Chef Broertje Marshall organizes thank you lunch for the CTB Team

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Chef Broertje Marshall recently organized a lunch to thank the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) for their support as he participated in different competitions as professional chef. Chef Charlwin Marshall, better known as Chef Charlie or Chef Broertje Marshall, has a long and successful track record in the culinary…

Camelia-Römer: Government ready for innovation in agriculture

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Agriculture, fisheries and livestock farming contribute less than one percent to the gross domestic product. That was announced by Minister Suzy Camelia-Römer during the press conference of the Council of Ministers. The minister wants the agricultural sector to grow by five percent annually. She wants to achieve this…

Spike in cyber attacks on regional companies and organization

Source: Curacao Chronicle With cyber attacks on the rise across the Caribbean, Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Israel Centre for Cyber Defense (CICCD), Andre Thomas, has recommended that authorities in Barbados and the region make provision for enhanced legislation and law enforcement capacity, to counter the issue. “They’ve been major hacks recently…

Total sells its retail business in Haiti

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT-AU-PRINCE – French oil company Total is selling its retail business in Haiti, which includes scores of service stations and fuel sale operations. It says it has signed an agreement with Bandari Corporation Ltd, a consortium formed by local and regional players, to take over. But it has not released the…

US does not recognize Venezuela’s election results

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Even before the final result of the Venezuelan presidential election is known, the US has stated that it does not recognize the outcome. This is according to the Deputy Foreign Secretary John Sullivan. The results indicated a re-election of the current head of state, Nicolás Maduro. But under…

Curaçao government pleased with lifting ConocoPhillips seizure

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government of Curaçao is pleased with the judgment in summary proceedings concerning the removal of the third-party seizures laid by ConocoPhillips. Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath stated that the judge put the country’s interests first. The seizure of ConocoPhillips has been lifted to the extent necessary for the…

Minister Martina: Economy is at the turning point

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Minister Steven Martina of Economic Development is not too worried about it. “Curaçao is in a perfect storm. What could go wrong went wrong”, it sounds ominous. Nevertheless, the minister is optimistic. “We have reached the point of the turnaround. This is the momentum for investors because there…

Cellpoint Mobile partners with AVA Airways to provide payment solutions

Source: Curacao Chronicle CellPoint Mobile’s Velocity payment platform will also support ticket pre-sales and hosted payment pages for the Dominican Republic-based startup airline  SANTO DOMINGO – CellPoint Mobile, a leading provider of technology solutions for the worldwide airline and passenger transportation sectors, announced today that it will provide payment processing capabilities for AVA Airways. Velocity, CellPoint…

15 fines by X-Team between 18 April and 11 May

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Between 18 April and 11 May 2018, the X-Team carried out various actions and checks in which fines were issued. The Public Prosecutor (OM) Curaçao issued a total of 15 fines during this period. The following offenses in which fines were issued for the uncovered transport of sand…

Successful launch of The Pride Villager 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Friday 18th May, the first copy of the sixth edition of The Pride Villager was presented to Eliènne Kirindongo, deputy of Mrs Alcalá Wallé, Minister for Education, Science, Culture and Sport. The Pride Villager is a glossy magazine that is published in the months prior to the Curaçao…

Ennia Group announces senior management promotions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – May 18, 2018. Ennia Caribe Holding N.V. announces the following Senior Management promotions: 1: Mr. Richard Gibson is appointed, effective immediately, as President and General Managing Director of Ennia Caribe Holding N.V. Mr. Gibson will also serve as Managing Director of Ennia Caribe Leven and all other Ennia Operating…

Emma Bridge gets new pontoon

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This morning the pontoon bridge was closed. Curaçao Ports Authority indicated in press release that it had to replace one of the pontoons of the famous Emma Bridge or as it is called The Swinging Old Lady. For those who need to cross between Punda and Otrabanda they…

Blok: Curaçao economic positioning abroad

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Curaçao Minister for Economic Development Steven Martina is on a working visit in the Netherlands. Among other things, he held talks with Chairman Hans de Boer of the employers’ organization VNO-NCW and the management of Port of Rotterdam. He spoke with Minister Stef Blok of Foreign…

OECS to observe first-ever regional climate change day

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will tomorrow observe the region’s first-ever Climate Change Day. This observance has its origins in the growing recognition of the impacts that climate change is having, and will continue to have, on OECS Member States, as well as in a partnership recently established…

Kellogg’s closes factory in Venezuela as Maduro claims political meddling

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – US food-manufacturing giant Kellogg’s announced Tuesday that it is immediately shuttering operations in Venezuela, laying off some 570 workers. The Michigan-based firm has been producing in the South American nation for 57 years. President Nicolas Maduro claimed the company’s decision to withdraw was politically motivated, coming just days ahead…

RdK on schedule with refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There will be a strategic partner for the refinery. Everything is running according to schedule. This was announced by the public company Curaçao Refinery (RdK), the owner of the refinery. Potential interested parties will receive an explanation this summer about the technical and financial aspects of the refinery.…

Court case against ConocoPhillips and PDVSA; PDVSA not present

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During the summary proceedings against the American oil company ConocoPhillips and the Venezuelan State Oil Company PDVSA filed by three public companies Curoil, Aqualectra and Curaçao Refinery together with the government, PDVSA was not represented. Quincy Carrega represented Curoil in this case; Eric de Vries represented Curaçao Refinery…

Meeting between Prime Minister Rhuggenaath and ConocoPhillips

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, during a meeting this morning with the American company ConocoPhillips, stated that his government’s primary responsibility is the welfare of the people. For this reason, the dialogue between the two parties was to make sure that the supply of oil derived products could continue…

The CARIBSKY airline alliance was launched in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle It is a collaborative project aimed primarily at optimizing air transport, promoting the free movement of people and boosting economic growth CARIBSKY is a collaborative project mainly aimed at optimizing air transport in the Caribbean area based on a new network of truly interconnected airlines. The goal is ultimately to…

Motion adopted to condemn Dutch intervention on St. Eustatius

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A motion has been adopted today in the Curaçao parliament to condemn Dutch intervention on St. Eustatius. The motion emphasizes the right to free elections on St. Eustatius, because the government was put aside by the Netherlands in February. Opposition party MFK requested the meeting to debate this…

Free education no longer exists

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Free education no longer exists. Yesterday Parliament also agreed to the abolition. Access to education remains guaranteed, but the Rhuggenaath government takes the parents’ income as a benchmark for financial support. Free education was a plan by Helmin Wiels. However, regular financing was not possible. The government indicated…

Three public companies file lawsuit against ConocoPhillips

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a press release, the three public companies Curoil, Aqualectra and Curaçao Refinery indicated that because the management of the oil refinery cannot guarantee that they can meet the obligation to supply fuel, they have decided to go to court. The lawsuit against ConocoPhillips will be filed today.…

The Netherlands refuse to buy AF-KLM shares

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra has said that the government of the Netherlands does not plan to buy equity in Air France-KLM despite the growing concerns about the group’s future and reported frustration at the financial imbalance between KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France. The…

Government cannot have dividend UTS at its disposal

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – For the time being, the government will not be able to have the dividend from 2016 of the public company UTS at its disposal. This is according to the regulator SBTNO. Important documents are missing, so that the regulator cannot determine whether a dividend can be paid out.…

Rutte and Knops pay working visit to Statia

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Dutch State Secretary for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops paid a working visit to St. Eustatius on Sunday. The visitors were met at F.D. Roosevelt Airport by Government Commissioner Marcolino “Mike” Franco and Deputy Government Commissioner Mervyn Stegers. They travelled to…

SONA: The true circumstances surrounding the new hospital

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The structural work of the HNO hospital will be completed by the end of May 2018. The technical delivery will take place in accordance with the planning at the end of August 2018. The loose and fixed medical equipment has already been ordered and partly in the delivery…

Curaçao is looking for third party to operate the refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a recent press conference, the government of Curaçao indicated that it is looking for a third party to operate the oil refinery. This way the government hopes to prevent a major crisis since the seizure of PDVSA assets by the American company ConocoPhillips. During the press conference…

Curaçao pressing PdVSA to pay debt, restart refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is scrambling to persuade Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSASA to settle a 2 billion dollar arbitration dispute with US independent ConocoPhillips to restart the Isla refinery that has been halted for over a month. PDVSA operates the 330,000 b/d refinery and nearby Bullen Bay terminal under a long-term lease…

Fear of chaos around Venezuela elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The rising tension surrounding the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela may lead to an additional influx of refugees to Curacao and Aruba. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes into account serious disturbances and has, therefore, tightened the travel advice for our neighboring country. “The presidential elections…

Venezuela to seek extradition of oil businessmen from US

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Friday said he was looking to extradite two prominent Venezuelan oil businessmen who are awaiting sentencing in Texas as part of a massive bribery scheme. Roberto Rincon and Abraham Shiera were arrested in 2015 and have both pleaded guilty to bribing officials at state…

Government of Curaçao guarantees enough fuel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government of Curaçao guarantees that there will be sufficient fuel on the island. In this way, the government reacts to the fact that the American company ConocoPhillips has seized properties of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company PdVSA in Curaçao, Bonaire and St. Eustatius and the assets of…

Pay your traffic fine before traveling!

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The holiday period is imminent. The Public Prosecution (OM) Curaçao advises drivers with an outstanding fine to pay a visit to the “Paga Bo But” paying agency at the Waaigat before they travel abroad. Officials of the Public Prosecution are in fact stepping up their controls at Hato…

A world less safe: Caribbean not immune

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Events affecting Iran, prompted by the May 8 decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw America from a 2015 nuclear deal, may appear irrelevant to Caribbean countries. They are not. One of the first effects will be a rise in oil prices which has already reached US$77 a…

Economic growth in Latin America and Caribbean picking up

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is picking up, thanks to stronger demand at home, and a favourable global environment helped also by rebounding commodity prices. But to secure more durable growth with widespread benefits, the region needs to invest more in key sectors, like infrastructure and education,…

New names complete line-up Curaçao North Sea Jazz 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival is proud to announce the final artists that complete the line-up of this year’s Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. Friday 31 August sees the return of Sting to the island, joined on stage by Shaggy. Together they are the closing headliner of the…

Police looking for missing girl

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The police are looking for the 15-year-old Bieness Saintcyrilia Jaqueline Saint Cyr. She left home last Saturday at two o’clock in the afternoon and did not return. Bieness is 1 meter 68 long, slender stature and has an afro haircut. On the day she left home she had…

Slightly more tourists in the first quarter

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Tourists chose less for a hotel in the first three months. Room occupancy declined slightly, while total overnight stays in Curaçao rose. More than 110,000 tourists visited our island, 1000 more than last year in the same period. The top 3 holidaymakers were Dutch, 41 percent, Americans, 17…

Free adoption at animal shelter in Parera from May 14

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – From Monday, May 14th, all people who are interested in adopting a dog or cat can get an animal free of charge at the animal shelter in Parera. All interested animal lovers or organizations that care for animals and still have space can also get dogs and cats.…

What next for Venezuela?

Source: Curacao Chronicle Later this month, Venezuela is holding Presidential elections once again. Whatever the outcome of the vote, the next government will be facing significant challenges over the next few years, as the Venezuelan economy is almost entirely dependent on revenue generated from the oil and gas industry, Gibson Shipbrokers said in…

‘Use sewage water for grass and plants’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Arthur Parris of Fresh Meat wants to process sewage that is now dumped into the sea into the water for plants and grass. This is according to the Parris who is behind the cows’ project. According to Parris, we flush champagne through the toilet and it is a…

RdK Director: Seizure ConocoPhillips possible strategic move

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Director of the public company Refineria di Korsou RdK (Curaçao Refinery), Roderick van Kwartel says that the seizure by ConocoPhillips may be a strategic move to force PDVSA to sit down with the group. “RdK is the owner of the refinery and represents the government which is the…

Google launches Tour Creator to make VR experiences from photos and Street View

Source: Curacao Chronicle Creating VR experiences typically requires at least some coding experience, a barrier that Google hopes to eliminate with today’s release of Tour Creator. The new web-based tool is designed to help “students, teachers, and anyone with a story to tell … produce professional-level VR content without a steep learning curve.” Tour Creator combines 360-degree…

Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival: Program Thursday August 30

Source: Curacao Chronicle This is just to start giving you an idea of what to expect during the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival. Silvestre Dangond Colombian singer and instrumentalist Silvestre Dangond has become a star with his updated take on vallenato, a traditional musical style from the Caribbean regions of Colombia. He attributes…

ConocoPhillips also seizes accounts owner oil refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The American oil company ConocoPhillips has seized the accounts of the government Refineria di Korsou (RDK), Curaçao Refinery, the owner of the refinery. Premier Eugene Rhuggenaath expects that the same thing will happen with Curaçao Oil Company (Curoil). With the seizure, the Americans want to force PDVSA to…

Iran sanctions add to Venezuela collapse, jolting oil market

Source: Curacao Chronicle While the world ponders the fate of Iran’s exports, the oil market is exposed more than ever to the effects of Venezuela’s spectacular production collapse. The South American nation, holder of the world’s biggest oil reserves, has seen output fall almost 40 percent since 2015, to 1.5 million barrels a…

U.S. calls on Venezuelan President Maduro to resign

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The Trump administration called Tuesday for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down. “For the safety and security of all the peoples of Latin America, it is time for Maduro to go,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during a speech on Latin America. “I am…

Advent Hospital gets a fine of 20 thousand guilders

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Advent Hospital has received a fine of 20 thousand guilders. According to sources, the internist Nagy Bakir has treated patients independently, while he was not allowed to do so because of an instruction from the Health Inspectorate. The Inspector has now imposed a penalty payment. The Advent…

Boeing and Airbus seek to impose the future of aviation

Source: Curacao Chronicle Boeing has made orders for the manufacture of 221 aircraft, excluding 34 cancellations, compared to 45 net orders from rival Airbus, which suffered 23 cancellations in the first quarter of the year, according to data provided by both manufacturers. This is a much higher number of net orders for Airbus,…

Update: Curacao faces ‘potential crisis’ from Venezuela-Conoco row

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A legal dispute between ConocoPhillips and Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA could leave Curacao’s economically important Isla refinery without crude oil to process, posing a “potential crisis” for the Dutch Antilles island, Curacao’s Prime Minister said on Tuesday. More updates to follow. Link: Update: Curacao faces ‘potential crisis’

Good journalism is a like a toothache: it hurts but it warns

Source: Curacao Chronicle Reporters Without Borders (RWB) just released its 2018 press freedom report and, apart from two of them, the lowest mark for rated Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries is “fairly good”. The worst, rated as “problematic”, are Haiti and Guyana. Jamaica is the only CARICOM country rated “good”. For unknown reasons, The…

CARICOM and Commonwealth Secretariats sign agreement to strengthen cooperation

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – The CARICOM and Commonwealth Secretariats signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further strengthen cooperation between the two Organisations. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland signed the MOU, which will facilitate joint implementation of programmes and projects while harnessing the experience and resources of…

UN Food Relief Agency seeks urgent funds to help Venezuelan migrants

Source: Curacao Chronicle BOGOTÁ – The United Nations emergency food relief agency has issued an urgent appeal for nearly US$46 million to feed some 350,000 impoverished migrants who crossed the border from Venezuela into Colombia, as well as host communities with pre-existing vulnerabilities. “We urgently need funds so that we can bring vital aid…

4 additional weekly flights added to Avianca’s itinerary to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), Curaçao Airport Holding (CAH) and Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) are pleased to announce that as of August 3, 2018, Avianca will increase capacity with 4 additional flights per week from Bogota. Currently, Avianca operates 7 flights per week…

Boasman appointed Integrity Chamber quartermaster in St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The Council of Ministers has appointed former Justice Minister Rafael Boasman as St. Maarten’s Quartermaster of the Integrity Chamber with the task of setting up the institution in St. Maarten. The setting up of the Integrity Chamber involves finding an office and hiring qualified staff to run the…

It’s time to make the move with CIBC FirstCaribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Many people dream about acquiring their own home or upgrading their current home in accordance with their stage of life. It’s a big step but the time is right to do it with a CIBC FirstCaribbean mortgage.   A visit to the Mortgage experts of CIBC FirstCaribbean could make…

Future director Curaçao Refinery uncertain

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The intention of the Government as the sole shareholder of the public company Refineria di Korsou (Curaçao Refinery) to dismiss the director is lawful; there are no serious objections to the proposed dismissal, according to advisor SBTNO. Last December José van den Wall-Arnemann was suspended as director of…

Psychologist to conduct research at new bilingual school

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The psychologist from the University of Amsterdam, Nihayra Leona recently informed the parents who are interested in sending their children to the bilingual school Skaih that she will conduct a research at the school. The Fundashon Skol Humanista offers education at high school level in both Papiamento and…

Van den Tweel sells supermarkets Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Despite earlier denials, the Dutch entrepreneur and supermarket owner Gerard van den Tweel now sells his supermarkets in Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba. This became apparent from a letter sent by Van den Tweel himself to the employees of the supermarkets on May 3. There is not much known…

WTI oil rises above $70 a barrel on U.S.-Iran sanctions

Source: Curacao Chronicle NEW YORK – Crude futures in New York topped $70 a barrel for the first time since November 2014 as traders brace for a re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran that risks disrupting exports from OPEC’s third-largest producer. Oil has rallied 16 percent so far this year as OPEC and allied…

Conoco moves to take over Venezuelan PDVSA’s Caribbean assets

Source: Curacao Chronicle HOUSTON – U.S. oil firm ConocoPhillips has moved to take Caribbean assets of Venezuela’s state-run PDVSA to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award over a decade-oil nationalization of its projects in the South American country, according to three sources familiar with its actions. The U.S. firm targeted facilities on the islands…

The Hague says yes to new Venezuela consul in Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, ORANJESTAD – After initial hesitation, the Dutch Government has given the green light for the appointment of former general Carlos José Mata Figueroa as the new Consul General of Venezuela in Aruba. Aruba Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes on Thursday confirmed the approval of the credentials of Mata Figueroa,…

Ninth member of Advisory Council sworn in by Governor

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Thursday, May 3, Mr. Luigi Virginia sworn in as a member of the Advisory Board. He has taken his oath before the Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Lucille George-Wout. Mr. Virginia obtained the title of master in law at the University of Leiden in 1999 and has extensive…

Remembrance Day commemorations throughout the Netherlands

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – Today is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands – a day on which the atrocities of World War II are remembered and the victims are commemorated. The National Commemoration took place on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Friday . King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended this…

Sumusica Curaçao BV declared bankrupt

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The organizer of the Curaçao Pontoon Festival, Sumusica Curaçao bv, has been declared bankrupt by the judge. From papers of the organization, there is a debt of 350,000 guilders. This debt is mainly to people who bought tickets in pre-sale, suppliers, local and foreign musicians and sponsors. The…

Regional election manipulators file bankruptcy

Source: Curacao Chronicle LONDON – Two of the companies involved in attempting to influence and manipulate elections in a number of Caribbean countries, SCL Elections Ltd, on Wednesday filed an application to commence insolvency proceedings in the UK. Additionally, parallel bankruptcy proceedings will be commenced on behalf of SCL’s associated company, Cambridge Analytica,…

Strengthening the Internet of People in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle BELIZE CITY – Belize will host the fourth Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, known as CarPIF, on June 13 and 14. Since its inception in 2015, CarPIF has brought together regional and international technology experts and telecommunications industry execs to discuss a range of topics related to Internet peering and interconnection…

Santa Barbara Airlines prepares for shutdown in July 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Santa Barbara Airlines has informed its workforce that it plans to officially close its doors by July 2018, with 20% of its employees transferred to Aserca Airlines. Santa Barbara suspended operations in November 2017 due to lack of aircraft. Its AOC was suspended for 90 days in late January…

Corallo Sr. allegedly tried to extort his son

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Gaetano Corallo, father of casino businessman Francesco Corallo, continues to seek money from his son in Italy. The Daily Herald understands that evidence allegedly surfaced showing Gaetano attempting to extort Francesco in Italy where he presently resides. Corallo Sr. was in St. Maarten in 2016 and accused his…

Dutch Kingdom should show more muscles to Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Netherlands has to show more muscle to Venezuela, says Rob Verkerk. The retired Brigadier General argues for more navy ships or even a submarine in Curaçao. “You show that you have the potential to use this type of resource, according to Verkerk. The navy man previously…

Curaçao gets a hippodrome

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government agrees with the idea of building a Hippodrome on Curaçao. This is according to a report in the morning newspaper Extra. The new hippodrome must be constructed in the Brievengat area. Groundbreaking could start in about 2 or 3 months. The horse center costs 18 million…

Curaçao Home Run Contest with Didi Gregorius

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) has partnered with CBS (WFAN), the premier radio station of the New York Tri-State area, thus aligning Curaçao with the most iconic sports brand and leveraging the power and reach of the Yankees’ radio station to position Curaçao as a premier travel partner.…

Curacao and Venezuela Customs to discuss cooperation

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The customs of both Curaçao and Venezuela will meet this week to discuss the improvement of cooperation between the two countries. According to a source, representatives of the Aruba and Bonaire customs will also participate in the meeting which will be held on May 3. According to a…

Former PAR MP Jamaloodin convicted

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Former Member of Parliament for the PAR, Marlon Jamaloodin was convicted of drunk driving. On January 11, he crashed his car into a tree. The police officers indicated that Jamaloodin had red swollen eyes and a heavy tongue. Jamaloodin works as a senior official at the Ministry of…

Prison guards intercept drones with drugs and telephones

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Guards from the SDKK prison have intercepted two drones last weekend. These drones flew over the grounds and dropped drugs and telephones during the recreational time of the prisoners. This is according to SDKK director Urny Florán. How the drones were intercepted, he does not want to say.…

Venezuelans not happy with new floating market location

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Venezuelan fruit and vegetable sellers at Kleine Werf are not happy with their new location. Yesterday they indicated that during an inspection of the Ministry of Economic Development and the Health Inspectorate. For example, they have to stand in the heat of the sun, their barges suffer…

JetBlue Guyana decision imminent

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – US low cost carrier, JetBlue, which has indicated its interest in expanding into the Guyana market, is closer to making a decision, according to local media reports. The Guyana ministry of foreign affairs, without naming the airline, has also indicated that talks are still ongoing and that JetBlue…

Distinction Travel: The two sides of Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle For travelers seeking something a little different, this former Dutch colonial outpost offers culture and luxury. The drive into the capital of Curaçao, the Dutch Caribbean outpost that is the “C” in the ABC islands, allows you to pass by the usual colorful privation of the Caribbean, tiny houses of…

Venezuela faces heavy bill as grace period lapses on China loans

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS, BEIJING – A grace period on Chinese loans to Venezuela has lapsed, according to two Venezuelan sources with knowledge of the matter, potentially depriving the cash-strapped OPEC nation of billions of dollars in desperately needed oil revenue this year. China eased the payment terms two years ago on some $19 billion in…

Floating Fiasco

Source: Curacao Chronicle I really start to believe that the more titles, diplomas and nomination somebody has, the more stupid he becomes because he can’t think realistically. For some time already I wanted to react on the decision the “Think Tank” made to move the Floating Market to the “Kleine Werf” because when…

UNESCO National Commission to be established in St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport of St. Maarten, Jorien Wuite announced on Thursday that the process to formalise and officially install the St. Maarten National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is advancing. Candidate’s names have been submitted to Governor Eugene Holiday…

New Muscle… Pinnacle launches B2B platform

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Malta & Curacao-licensed online bookmaker Pinnacle has expanded its corporate services launching its B2B ‘Pinnacle Solution’ sports betting platform technology. Pinnacle one of the industry’s oldest online bookmakers, seeks to leverage its in-house technology development capabilities combined with its market trading acumen to deliver an ‘unrivalled sportsbook service’ for…

Gasoline price goes up, diesel down

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The gasoline price will increase by 3.5 cents on May 1. At the gas station, a liter will cost almost 1.90 guilders. The cause is the higher purchase price. Diesel is going down by 7.5 cents. One liter will cost just 1.30 guilders from Tuesday. That the price…

Bronze Curaçao’ at debut sports Sambo

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN, WILLEMSTAD – On Saturday April 28th, 2018 Curaçao wrote history in Trinidad & Tobago, by participating at an International Sambo Event for the first time in history. The Curaçao athletes Jensley Rosalina and Robin Housen competed both in the 90kg class of Sports Sambo and they ended…

Turtles all set for nesting season

Source: Curacao Chronicle Thanks to Clean up efforts of several organizations WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Clean Up together with the Curaçao Dive Task Force of  CHATA and Sea Turtle Conservation organized a special clean-up on “Klein Curaçao” in support of the upcoming turtle nesting season. This event was organized on April 21st in honor…

Diving once again allowed at Superior Producer

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Diving in the vicinity of the two mega piers Jacky Voges and Tula and or the Superior Producer wreck when vessels are not moored, is at the diver’s own risk. Diving in the vicinity of the two piers and or the Superior Producer when vessels are moored at…

Share Intertrust plummets after disappointing figures

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – Investors sold Intertrust on Thursday after the trust and advice office in Amsterdam announced disappointing figures. Sales fell slightly, partly due to uncertainty in the Dutch market and a sharp fall in the US dollar. Midkapper Intertrust INTER € 15.98-7.09% went down almost 9% in the morning hours.…

Dutch FIOD looks for black money at a bank in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – From hundreds of Dutch customers of a bank in the Caribbean is suspected that they have deposited black money there. The Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) has started a criminal investigation through a tweet but does not want to make any further statements about it. It…

‘More awareness about father’s rights’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Child protection Curacao wants men to have a better understanding of what their rights are when it comes to their child. This is according to social worker Dyaline Sampeur-Poussin. 60.9 percent of the men who spoke to the Child Protection says that the mother makes or prevents the…

Earth Day Curaçao 2018 – Klein Curaçao Clean-up

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Earth Day is now a global event each year, where more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. The Earth Day Network (EDN), the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, chose the theme…

Heyliger requests US $50M from recovery fund as airport loan

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Allocate a US $50-million loan from the Hurricane Irma recovery funds to Princess Juliana International Airport to jolt the rebuilding of the terminal building and related facilities to save its hub function in the north-eastern Caribbean, said United Democrat Leader Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger on Sunday. The hub…

‘Military adventurism’ real threat for ABC islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – ‘Military adventurism’ poses a real threat to Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire. The Lieutenant General of the Marines Rob Verkerk warned the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. This is according to a report from Rene Zwart of ABC online media. The former Brigadier General did so today…

The Caribbean through the eyes of Jacob Gelt Dekker

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – In the book The Caribbean, published this week, author Jacob Gelt Dekker takes the reader on a special journey through the history of the Caribbean. After a life-changing diagnosis, the entrepreneur / philosopher / world traveler / columnist / benefactor and – on Curaçao – persona non grata…

Summary proceedings pro bono lawyers against government

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Lawyers who grant legal aid to people with low income free of charge are preparing a lawsuit against the country of Curaçao. The promised increase in the legal fee has still not been implemented. There has been great unrest and dissatisfaction within the aforementioned group of lawyers about…

CMU Mobile Health Event 28-04-2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This coming Saturday, April 28th, 2018 the students of Caribbean Medical University (CMU) will be organizing the next CMU Mobile Health Event. This time we will be at Sentro di Bario Souax, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fundashon Pro Souax. The time will be from 10:00…

Zr. Ms. Holland arrived in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Zr.Ms. Holland has arrived in the Caribbean. The new station ship will be used for the next 3.5 months to intercept drug transports and to support the Coast Guard. Even before her ceremonial entry, she has already provided a successful assistance to the Coast Guard. With the two…

Coast Guard busier since Venezuela’s reopening borders

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Since the borders between Venezuela and the ABC islands are open again, the Coast Guard has become a lot busier. This was reported by the spokesman for the Coast Guard Roderick Gouverneur. Yesterday morning 20 undocumented Venezuelans were arrested at Fuik. The boat was detected by the radar…

LATAM Airlines would seek to create a low-cost airline

Source: Curacao Chronicle LATAM has been pressured by the entry into the market of “low cost” firms but had ruled out joining the model. SANTIAGO – LATAM Airlines, the largest air transport group in Latin America, would be looking to create a new low-cost airline, amid the boom in flights in that segment.…

King’s Night and King’s Day in Pietermaai District

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Like every year, King’s Night and King’s Day are also celebrated in Pietermaai District. The national holiday on April 27 starts on Thursday 26 April with the Night of Orange from 16.00 with the traditional royal market and from 19.30 with live music on the street at the…

Díaz-Canel elected president of Cuba

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAVANA – Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez was elected president of Cuba on Wednesday during a session of the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP). Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, president of the National Electoral Commission (CEN), at the Havana Convention Center, announced the results of the vote on the 604 ballots cast, when…

Arrests for fraud with prescriptions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This week three house searches took place in Curaçao, namely in North Rozendaal, Kaya Dal Pega and the Cassandraweg. The searches were conducted in the presence of a magistrate and a Public Prosecutor of the Public Prosecution Curaçao (OM). The investigation “Tardor” refers to possible fraud with counterfeit…

Successful Experiential Travel Workshop and Public Presentation

Source: Curacao Chronicle … organized by the CTB WILLEMSTAD – From April 17 to 19, the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) presented a program consisting of two workshops and one public presentation on the topic of Experiential Travel. The program was entitled: “Experiential Travel: Connecting Visitors to the Real Curaçao Experience,” and was conducted by…

Worries about outdated criminal law on islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Chris van Dam and Joba van den Berg, both of the Christian Democratic Party CDA, find it unacceptable that an outdated criminal law can lead to acquittal of certain crimes in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The case…

SONA takes Ballast Nedam to court

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The financial institution SONA filed a lawsuit against the construction company Ballast Nedam. The client, who is constructing the new hospital on behalf of the government, wants to get rid of the 31 million claim placed by Ballast Nedam for future expenses. Ballast Nedam wants to be so…

107 new Dutch citizens in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao has 107 new Dutch citizens. Yesterday the new citizens were at the Governor’s palace during a naturalization ceremony at Fort Amsterdam. Attention is paid to the meaning of Dutch nationality and their connection with society. The ceremony is mandatory. Link: 107 new Dutch citizens in Curaçao

St. Maarten parliament attempts to tackle electoral reform

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Electoral reform may not be the buzz word it was in past years, but the new Parliament has before it a proposal from Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams calling for the establishment of an ad hoc committee on electoral reform and terms of reference to outsource the exploration…

Central Bank warns for Counterfeit money

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a press release, the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten indicated that it has noted through the social media that there are counterfeit banknotes of 50 guilders circulating in Curaçao. The Central Bank wants to warn the public to pay close attention when accepting banknotes, especially…

17,000 students from Curaçao participate in King Games

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This year, more than 17,000 children from Curaçao are participating in the King Games. Since the inauguration of Willem Alexander as King of the Netherlands on April 30, 2013, the King’s Games have become an annual event. The games are held on the last Friday prior to King’s…

ARIN seeks Caribbean candidate for board of trustees

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – Persons from the Caribbean seeking to contribute to the governance ecosystem of the global Internet can now volunteer for an appointment to the board of trustees of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). The call for volunteers will close on April 30 at 5 pm EDT. ARIN is…

St. Maarten sent to prison for tax fraud

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – United Democrats Member of Parliament (MP) Chanel Brownbill was sentenced Tuesday by the Court of First Instance to eighteen months, fifteen of which were suspended, on three years’ probation, with 240 hours of community service, in the “Emerald” case. The Court found it proven that Brownbill had deliberately…

Castro era to end in Cuba as Raul set to step down

Source: Curacao Chronicle It will be the first time in nearly six decades that the island country will not be led by a Castro. HAVANA – Cuba will open a session of its National Assembly on Wednesday that will mark the end of an era in the socialist nation. President Raul Castro, 86, is expected to…

LionsDive and Avila repeat the successful Pasta e Basta

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It is time again for the swinging and singing waiters, delicious dishes, tasteful wines and unforgettable performances by the talented waitresses of Pasta e Basta. This popular event takes place from May 17 until May 20. The restaurants of LionsDive (Nemo and Hemingway) and Avila Beach Hotel (Restaurant…

Once again environmental groups place a lien on oil refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Humanitarian Care Foundation, Clean Environment Foundation (SMOC) and 25 local residents have once again place a 75 million guilders lien on the oil refinery Isla and the Build Own and Operate (BOO) plants. With this, the environmental groups want to force the oil refinery to comply with the…

St. Maarten Minister welcomes the return of United Airlines

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, welcomes the return of United Airlines to the destination. United Airlines returned on Saturday, April 14 to Princess Juliana International Airport.  The airline will provide once a week airlift out of Newark, New Jersey. “The return…

Bucket List: Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle Recently several major publications came out with their 2018 bucket lists of places to visit, things to do, and experiences to be had. We can’t feature them all so we’ve gathered some of them together so you can see what people are writing about our Caribbean island in the sun.…

PDVSA refineries In Venezuela, Curaçao ran at 31% capacity in 1Q

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD – Venezuela’s oil refineries worked at 31 percent of their combined 1.62 million-barrel-per-day capacity in the first quarter, well below 2017 levels, according to an internal document from state-run firm PDVSA. PDVSA’s refining operations have been degraded in recent years due to lack of cash for spare parts…

Guyana government considers establishing gold refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – The Guyana Government is considering modernizing the local gold industry through the establishment of a gold refinery. And Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman, who made the disclosure, said a South African company will be in Guyana on, to conduct a feasibility study. “We are strongly looking at the…

PVV proceeds with draft law to expel ‘criminal Antilleans’

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Despite the opposition of several parties in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, the Party for Freedom PVV continues the process to handle an initiative law proposal to expel persons of the Dutch Caribbean countries from the Netherlands once they have committed a crime. Initiators of…

OM: Boys guilty of animal abuse learn how to deal with animals

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution Curaçao (OM) earlier this year already indicated that deliberately inflicting pain on animals or deliberately killing animals is punishable and that they will act against it. For a few days now, an image recording of a cat being kicked has been on social media. The…

Filling the void: China’s expanding Caribbean presence

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Peace Ark sailed smoothly into Havana Harbor, floating past the aging brick Morro Cabana fortress under a luminous yellow sun. The Ark’s 416 crew members disembarked on a warm Friday afternoon in October 2011 without much pomp, pageantry, or even a token media presence. The white ship featured little…