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August 19, 2017

Curacao

Tight budget hospital cause for high costs medical treatment abroad

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to the chairman of the Association of Medical Specialists Curaçao, Alexander Saleh, the drastic increase in costs for medical treatment abroad is due to the enormous tight budget of the St. Elizabeth Hospital (SEHOS). Due to a shortage of materials such as a defective MRI machine or…

Digicel founder has hands in business of new telecoms operator

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTON – Irish business magnate Denis O’Brien, founder and chairman of telecommunications provider Digicel, is behind the St Lucia-based subsea cable operator Deep Blue Cable that has announced plans to operate a fibre-optic cable network that will provide connectivity across the Caribbean. Deep Blue Chief Executive Officer Stephen Scott confirmed O’Brien’s…

CARICOM secretary-general asks Sweden for help on blacklisting issue

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – Secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque, has urged Sweden to use its position in two major international organisations to highlight the unfair labelling of some of the Community’s member states as “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions”. Speaking at the CARICOM Secretariat’s Guyana headquarters during the accreditation ceremony of…

Tropical Storm Harvey brings heavy rain to Eastern Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – On Friday morning, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey was located between Barbados and the Windward Islands, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the area. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 8:00 am EDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey was located about 55…

InselAir wants to extend deferment of payment

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The embattled airline InselAir is considering requesting an extension on their deferment of payment. According to the Director of International Affairs, Edward Heerenveen, this has to do with the use of one of the two MD-80s which is almost ready to fly. InselAir wants to use this aircraft…

Still no money for Giro Bank of sale Plaza Hotel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The sale of the Plaza Hotel is still not finished yet and the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina does not understand why the American Allied United Financial Corporation came up with surprising new demands after the group had previously bought the hotel at auction. The Minister is…

Prime Minister recognized added value GreenTown

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Friday, August 11, the Board members of Curaçao GreenTown Foundation were invited by Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath. Rhuggenaath earlier announced that he believes that it is good to have an organization such as GreenTown Foundation play an active role in the process of sustainable development in Curaçao…

OM: 6 firearms seized, action KPC and Defense

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curacao Police Department (KPC), with the assistance of Dutch militaries, conducted searches on various addresses and adjacent areas on Thursday, August 17. This investigation is based on information that there are one or more firearms at those locations. The actions took place at various addresses in the…

Scarlet Curaçao headed for bankruptcy

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Scarlet Curacao is heading for bankruptcy, according to reports. It’s around 3,000 mainly business customers have already been experiencing poor internet services for several months, its customer service is unavailable, and staff have not been paid in several months. In July, a filing for protection from creditors was…

No witch hunt on officials SOAW

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There is no witch hunt on government staff appointed by the previous government. However, the employment contracts are strictly considered. According to Minister Hensley Koeiman, a large number of them have just expired. Those were of a temporary nature. The Minister hereby responds to the dismissal of 6…

McWilliam: Costs medical treatment abroad too high

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The costs of medical treatments abroad is too high. This is according to the Member of Parliament for MAN, Giselle McWilliam. This is her conclusion after an analysis of the core date of the Social Insurance Bank which shows that those costs increased by more than 12 million…

Curaçao must get rid of plastic

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao should reduce its use of plastic. This is according to several cleaning and environmental groups. These organizations are asking people to sign their online petition. This petition is to request the Minister of Health, Environment, and Nature, Suzanne Camelia-Römer to work on this. Away with plastic cups,…

The region on alert over the spread of “Red Eye”

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN –  Several Caribbean islands have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis at health facilities and medical practices. “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is currently monitoring the situation and we want to urge persons to take the necessary precautions to prevent and reduce the spread of this illness,” said Dr…

Future InselAir depends on availability of its fleet

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It is still unclear whether InselAir can repay the emergency credit of the Government of Curaçao. A special committee looking at the prospects of the embattled airline cannot explain the lack of clarity about the fleet. At present, only two Fokker 50’s fly on routes to Aruba, Bonaire…

PwC hit with largest ever fine by financial watchdog…again

Source: Curacao Chronicle LONDON – Accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers has been slapped with a record fine over its audit of crisis-hit finance firm RSM Tenon – months after it was fined a record amount over its handling of another client. The accounting watchdog has “severely reprimanded” PwC and fined it £6m, reduced to £5.1m after…

Wiels received substantial compensation for ‘internship’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Marvelyne Wiels is again in the negative spotlight. In 2012 she worked as an intern at the Education Fund Foundation (Stichting Studiefinanciering Curaçao SSC) and received a substantial compensation for this. All of this became clear during the lawsuit filed by the SSC Director Margiet de Freitas against…

Update: Chinese stores probe

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Six house searches were conducted in Curaçao on Tuesday as part of an investigation into money laundering within the local Chinese community. The probe codenamed “Avior” led authorities to Beurs Minimarket, Wah Sang at Montaña, Luna Park on Caracasbaaiweg, Boulevard Marketplace at Marie Pampoen and Rodriguez Agencies in…

New school year started today; teachers postpone their strike

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Today is the beginning of a new school year in Curaçao. This was also confirmed by the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Marilyn Alcala-Wallé last night during a broadcast of the national TV station Tele Curaçao. According to the Minister, the Government and the teachers’ trade…

Prime Minister during celebration 71st Independence Day of India: “Curaçao is on the same path as India”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During the celebration of the 71st Independence Day of India, the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath congratulated the Indian community with the fact that on that day – 70 years ago – India’s first Prime Minister, Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, raised the Indian National Flag above the Lahori Gate…

Road work on the Rooseveltweg

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – As of the 21st of August there will be road work taking place on the Rooseveltweg, starting approximately near the airport Mirador and ending near the airport exit area. Traffic measures will be taken during this period of time. The work takes place until approximately mid-September. CWM has been…

Baudet: Navy ships Caribbean to the Mediterranean Sea

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Dutch MP Thierry Baudet, who is also a member of the Forum for Democracy, believes that Dutch navy vessels now being sent to the Caribbean should be deployed in the Mediterranean to prevent migrants from crossing from Africa to Europe. In a letter to the Minister…

Eloise Van Wickeren appointed as ‘film commissioner’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curacao has a so-called ‘Film Commissioner’. Last night, Eloise van Wickeren was presented as the one who will fulfil this specially-created job. She will promote the local film industry abroad to bring film productions to the island. Van Wickeren has a lot of experience, she was also a…

Over 41 million for medical treatments abroad

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Social Insurance Bank (SVB) has issued more than 41 million guilders for medical treatments abroad in 2016. That is 8 million guilders more compared to 2015. This is based on the financial report presented by the SVB. In 2016, the SVB had spent more than half billion…

Dive centers band together to combat marine debris

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – With the ever-increasing threat to the marine environment from debris, the Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) dive department has decided to act to protect the marine environment in Curacao. Scubaverse.com reports that CHATA has fully adopted the PADI Project Aware initiatives Adopt a Dive Site and Dive Against Debris. In an effort to combat the…

SONA does not act in the interests of Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Government of Curaçao believes that SONA is too easy to agree to pay the 13 million dollars to Ballast Nedam, the construction company that is building the new hospital in Otrabanda. There is currently a conflict between the government and the Netherlands Antilles Development Foundation (SONA). SONA…

Green Force cleans up Boca Grandi

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Environment and recycling company Green Force, together with a small group of volunteers, has cleaned up the beach and bay of Boca Grandi. There were 4 x 60-gallon waste bags filled with waste. Following an on-the-spot analysis by the environmental company, it has been found that most of…

Several searches in case dubbed Avior

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Six raids were held on Tuesday morning in Curaçao. These were executed by the Investigation Cooperation Team (RST) in collaboration with Defense, the Police Corps Curaçao, the Asset Recovery Team, the Royal Police and the Police Corps Aruba. The searches were conducted in various homes, mini markets and…

St Lucia may impose visa restrictions on Venezuelans who want to visit

Source: Curacao Chronicle CASTRIES – St Lucia is looking to impose visa restrictions on Venezuelans seeking to enter that country, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced. At a news conference yesterday, he said he was concerned about ongoing turmoil in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country, where more than 120 people have died since anti-government protests erupted.…

USA reassures Dutch Minister of Defense about Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON, THE HAGUE – The US Secretary of Defense James Mattis reassured his Dutch counterpart Jeanine Hennis-Plasscheart with the announcement that there is no chance that the United States will arbitrarily take military action against Venezuela. U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that military action in the South American country…

U.S. Consulate General donates mosquito nets to Sehos’ maternity ward

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The U.S. Consulate General together with Curacao’s Analytic Diagnostic Center (ADC) are working on bringing better health and wellbeing to the children of St. Elisabeth Hospital (SEHOS) by distributing 30 king size mosquito nets for Sehos’ maternity ward, Anna Paviljoen. On Tuesday, August 15, U.S. Consul General Margaret…

Airberlin files for insolvency, German Government offers support, continues flight operation

Source: Curacao Chronicle DUSSELDORF – Airberlin has today filed to commence insolvency proceedings under self-administration at the local District Court (Amtsgericht) of Berlin-Charlottenburg, in order to continue with the restructuring process that is already underway. The Federal German Government, Lufthansa and other partners are supporting Airberlin in its restructuring efforts. The Federal Government…

Clubs

Source: Curacao Chronicle After a drive-by shooting that killed at least four and wounded six at a glamour birthday party, supposedly, a local politician stated that Curacao has 58 criminal gangs, or in friendlier terms, let us call them Clubs; not 57 or 59, but 58 exactly. I tried to get membership lists…

Kinder approach Sint Maarten towards Venezuelans

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – While Venezuela’s direct neighbours Aruba and Curaçao are still sending back migrants fleeing the crisis-hit South American nation in turmoil, St. Martin is offering them the opportunity to ask for asylum. As a result, the number of Venezuelans doing so has increased from between 30 and 40…

Importance of our Financial Industry for the development of tourism

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently, CHATA hosted its first Breakfast Meeting of 2017 at CHATA member Osteria Rosso. The Breakfast Meeting featured a presentation by Mr. Daniel Hodge, former Chairman of the Curaçao Bankers Association whom elaborated on the importance of banking for the development of the tourism industry on Curaçao. Throughout…

Opinion: The circling of vultures

Source: Curacao Chronicle On Augustus 11, 2011 an agreement was reached between the government of Curaçao and SONA for the construction of a state of the art new hospital for the island. The present hospital has been there for almost 150 years as one of the mission endeavours by the Roman Catholic Church…

FCCA visits CPA

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) recently invited the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) to Curaçao to discuss the latest cruise developments including the construction of the second Mega pier. The delegation of FCCA consisted of Mrs. Michele Paige, President of the FCCA, Mr. Federico Gonzalez-Denton, Associate Vice president of…

Sarah V. Ribeiro wins scholarship of United World Colleges

Source: Curacao Chronicle Education based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding. WILLEMSTAD – The International School of Curaçao student Sarah V. Ribeiro recently won the competition to earn a full scholarship of the United World Colleges (UWC) a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace…

Eighteen lodging establishments and eleven diving operators certified by the CTB after successfully passing quality audit

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) and the Minister of Economic Development, Dr. Steven Martina recently handed out certificates to 18 lodging establishments and 11 diving operators after they successfully passed an audit program, established by the CTB in close collaboration with the Curaçao Innovation & Technology Institute (CITI).…

Teachers on strike till demands are met

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The union representing teachers Sitek, has announced that they will be on strike on the first day of school. They will call off this strike only if their 48 demands are met. This is what the teachers announced to Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath last night. The Prime Minister,…

Minister Camelia-Römer is losing patience with SONA

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Health, Environment and Nature, Suzanne Camelia-Römer is not very pleased with the SONA foundation. She is even losing patience with them. The reason for this is that she has been waiting for a while now for information about the financial situation surrounding the construction of…

Drop-out committee at work

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao has a drop-out committee, which has to ensure that everyone who falls under the compulsory education law is also really going to school. The committee includes representatives of school boards, unions and the Ministry of Education. The government has included in its government agreement that no student…

Monday, partial solar eclipse in Curaçao and Bonaire

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Never experienced a solar eclipse? Then it’s your chance. Next Monday between two and six o’clock in the afternoon the sun disappears for a large part behind the moon. The partial solar eclipse is greatest at ten to four. Then 63% of the sun is covered. If you…

UoC to offer PhD programs

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Starting next month, it will be possible to obtain a doctorate degree at the University of Curaçao. That is according to the Rector Magnificus Francis de Lanoy. The PhDs should be possible in collaboration with three US universities. The program to promote is aimed at social, economic and…

Survey: Caribbean companies still resistant to digital change

Source: Curacao Chronicle The main impediment to companies achieving digital success was resistance to change. BRIDGETOWN – Resistance to change is the single biggest impediment to companies achieving digital success, according to a new study. The results of the second annual Harvey Nash/KPMG 2017 CIO Survey were presented recently at a Chief Information…

Guyana’s gold sector shines

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – It’s been a golden year so far for Guyana’s lucrative gold sector. Industry experts say production is booming and the country is well on track to meeting its targets for 2017. According to officials, just seven months into the year, more than 360,000 ounces of gold have been…

MP asks questions about illegal prostitution

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Member of Parliament for PAR, Anna-Maria Pauletta asked the Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie several questions about the large number of people working as prostitutes outside the brothel Campo Alegre. These questions came after a documentary about unregulated prostitution on the island. The MP also asked about…

Southern Cuba loses land to the Caribbean Sea due to climate change

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAVANA – The coasts of the south-central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus are losing some 1.3 meters (4.265 ft) every year as a result of climate change, according to local environmental authorities. As a consequence, the progressive sea encroachment is increasing salinization, soil erosion and leading to the disappearance of…

CARICOM heads of government hold emergency meeting on Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST GEORGE’S – Dr Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada and current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), convened a special emergency meeting of heads of government of CARICOM on Tuesday by video conference, to discuss matters relating to the ongoing situation in Venezuela. Varied and robust views expressed during…

Delay Selikor due to strike

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The garbage pickup has suffered some delay due to the strike of last Monday. This has been announced by Selikor’s management yesterday in a written statement. The staff will work through the weekend to catch up and pick up the garbage in all areas. On Monday and Tuesday,…

Payment Plaza Hotel postponed due to Water Fort

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The payment for the sale of the Plaza Hotel has been postponed because the hotel was built on part of the Water Fort which is owned by the Curaçao government. The arches outside the hotel are not included in the purchase. Representative John Burcham of Allied United Financial…

Not even a donkey will trip twice over the same stone

Source: Curacao Chronicle It really does not stop, we keep taking (expensive) decisions without thinking that cost us tons of money. Just to mention a couple, for example, compulsory education and free school for everybody. It is too sad for words, but what do you expect from politicians that do not even know…

CHTA joins forces with travel associations worldwide to unify sector

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is partnering with travel associations around the world to strengthen the tourism sector in the region. President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Karolin Troubetzkoy disclosed that under the stewardship of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), CHTA…

Venezuela Travel Advice: “travel only if necessary’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath advises residents of Curacao to travel to Venezuela only if this is necessary and to follow the travel advice of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There is a code orange for the whole South American country. The political situation in the country is tense…

In political storm, Venezuela state-run oil company PDVSA drifts further

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD – To survive months of street protests and an economy in tailspin, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is trying to turn state oil company PDVSA into a bastion of support, further degrading an already vulnerable enterprise. Political appointees are gaining clout at the expense of veteran oil executives, while…

Cees Ursem Manager KLM Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Cees Ursem is the new Country Manager for KLM Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, based in Curaçao. For 29 years, Mr. Ursem has been in the service of KLM, of which he has been appointed as “expat” in 1994 as General Manager in Ghana, Philippines and Suriname. His most…

Schotte: OM has to prosecute McWilliam

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Member of Parliament for MAN, Giselle McWilliam should be prosecuted. This is according to Gerrit Schotte MP. The MAN MP has made herself guilty of slander, said Schotte. Immediately after the violent act against her on February 23 by the MFK MP Jacinta Constancia, McWilliam said that the…

Tropical Storm Franklin forms in the northwest Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – Tropical Storm Franklin formed in the northwest Caribbean late Sunday night and is expected to strengthen some more before landfall. A hurricane watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Allen. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for Belize City northward…

Presentation Dutch-Caribbean film Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – The short documentary “Clipper Stad Amsterdam: Connecting Continents” produced by the WeConnect Foundation was officially presented in Amsterdam on Sunday in front of an appreciative crowd from the Dutch Caribbean and the Netherlands. Central in the close to 30-minute film is the Stad Amsterdam, a three-mast 19th-century clipper inaugurated…

Extradition Corallo signed

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – The Governor of Sint Maarten signed Francesco Corallo’s extradition decision last Friday. This is according to Norman Serphos, spokesman of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. With this, the extradition of the infamous casino boss to Italy is almost done. The Italian justice suspects Corallo of, among other things,…

Another arrest at Admittance Organization

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – An employee has been arrested at the Admittance Organization. She is suspected of official corruption and for that reason, she has been arrested. This was at the request of the Public Prosecution (OM). According to the OM, that arrest has nothing to do with the earlier arrests, including…

Selikor employees on strike

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The employees of the waste management company Selikor laid down their work yesterday and blocked access to the landfill at Malpais. The strike was declared by the trade union BTG and supported by the General Union of Public Employees (ABVO). This is according to the chairman of the…

34.7 million US dollars generated from Tourism in June 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle All focus markets achieved positive outcome in June. WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting growth in visitor arrivals from all its focus markets. The Netherlands, Germany, United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Colombia and Suriname performed well in June 2017. The June performance is down by 3% despite…

Alex Rosaria: “What price are we prepared to pay?”

Source: Curacao Chronicle Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) is being presented by some politicians as a celestial answer to the economic standstill we’ve been confronting for some decades now. Actually it makes sense because it’s politically easier to bet on GZE than to tackle our structural deficiencies that cause this stagnation (rigid labor market…

Dutch Caribbean at Canal Parade

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – The Dutch Caribbean was represented at Saturday’s Amsterdam Canal Parade with a boat carrying the theme “My Pride, My Family, Our Pride,” which called for the recognition of alternative family ties. Wearing T-shirts with the abbreviation LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer and Inter-sex) in combination with the…

Oil prices steady as Saudi cuts September supplies

Source: Curacao Chronicle LONDON – Oil prices steadied on Tuesday after news of lower crude supplies from Saudi Arabia offset higher production from other large exporters including the United States. Saudi state oil company Aramco will cut allocations to its customers worldwide in September by at least 520,000 barrels per day (bpd), an…

U.S. plans to sanction more Venezuelans tied to Maduro

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The U.S. is preparing to expand sanctions against Venezuela by freezing assets of 10 to 20 additional people tied to the government of President Nicolas Maduro, according to two people familiar with the matter. The action could come as soon as Tuesday, though it may be delayed as…

Press release: No agreement between the CTB and Uber

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) has taken note of posts on social media stating that the CTB has entered into an agreement with Uber without first consulting local taxi drivers on Curaçao. Uber is an international concept to which private drivers affiliate themselves to offer transportation services to…

Koeiman: “The pagatinu system for water is not the solution”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The pagatinu system is not the solution for low-income families. This is according to the Minister of Social Development, Labor and Welfare, Hensley Koeiman. The utility company Aqualectra is currently looking into whether such a prepaid system can be used to prevent a high water bill which cannot…

Find solution for empty buildings in downtown Punda

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Downtown Punda is in disarray because of the remarkably high number of empty buildings. “The result of seven lean years, since October 10, 2010,” says Raygen Zuiverloon, director of the Downtown Management Organization (GMO). Punda is still not a golden pot for business owners. Economic decline, less-spending tourists,…

Chinese Consul General visits Curaçao Parliament

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China stationed on the island Mr. Zhang Weixin and Consul Mrs. Pei Yajuan made an official visit to the Parliament of Curaçao. They were welcomed by the President of Parliament Mr. William Millerson and the clerk Mr. Silvin Cijntje.…

Uprising Venezuela has consequences for Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is keeping a watchful eye on what is going on in neighboring Venezuela. The country is the third largest trading partner of the island, after the Netherlands and the U.S. “The immediate consequences are to an increasing extent that Venezuelans are trying to reach our coast by…

More allure for Curaçao’s calling card Handelskade

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to Mahesh Mukhi, vice president of the Downtown Management Organization (DMO), the Handelskade (Willemstad’s front) must get the international allure it deserves. This can be achieved by creating a dream project that rises alongside the waterfront with apartments in the top floors of the historic buildings. DMO…

Falling stars this week

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Do you like falling stars? Then you have to keep an eye on the sky in the coming nights. The highlight is this coming weekend, from Friday to Saturday. A “falling star” or a “shooting star” has nothing at all to do with a star! These amazing streaks…

ILO calls for recommitment to tripartite dialogue

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN – “Tripartism is like a marriage. You make a vow to be there in good times and in bad times. It requires trust which is earned over time and by demonstrating that you are genuinely interested in making the relationship work. It also requires a real commitment to…

Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the west-central Caribbean Sea. This system is moving west-northwestward…

Colombian airline suspends service to Barbados

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – The Colombia-based Avianca Airlines is no longer flying to Barbados. It suspended the service last Friday, citing operational limitations. “Due to operational limitations, Avianca decided to suspend flights between Bogota and Barbados indefinitely,” the company said in a statement, as it assured that efforts would be made to provide…

Martina positive about InselAir and Avianca

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The negotiations with Avianca as a strategic partner of the local aviation company InselAir are going to be successful. This is according to the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina. He sees light at the end of the tunnel for the embattled airline. August 25, the court will…

New Constituent Assembly installed in Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle Former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez who was sworn in as President of the Constituent Assembly. CARACAS – A new controversial Constituent Assembly has been installed in Venezuela, amid Opposition forces rallying thousands to hit the streets in protest. The 545-member body, elected in marred elections last Sunday, is headed by…

Sale Plaza Hotel still in doubt

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The sale of the Plaza Hotel is in troubled waters. According to the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina, the buyer’s money has not been transferred yet. The Minister said that on Thursday at the end of the afternoon. Thursday in the evening was the deadline for the…

Internet registry strengthens commitment to the Caribbean with new outreach liaison appointment

Source: Curacao Chronicle CENTREVILLE – The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has appointed Bevil Wooding as Caribbean outreach liaison, a newly created role to strengthen the organization’s relationships with community members in the Caribbean region. “ARIN has had a long history of Caribbean engagement,” said John Curran, ARIN’s president and CEO. “We…

Expansion route ABC-Islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle KRALENDIJK, WILLEMSTAD – By the end of the year, a new airline will operate on Bonaire for flights to Curaçao and Aruba. This is according to Commissioner Clark Abraham. “Three Twin Otters were acquired to fly on the ABC routes.” Twin Otters are 19-seat aircraft. “It’s not old news. It’s…

Cuba graduates 170 doctors from the United States

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAVANA – Cuba has graduated 170 doctors from the United States through a project implemented the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which was initiated in November 1999. In an exclusive interview with Cuban News Agency, Zenia Díaz Catalá, director of the general secretariat of the ELAM project, said that…

More than 450 students to the Netherlands

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The annual exodus of young students has been completed. From all of the former Netherlands Antilles islands, a total of over 450 students left to continue their education in the Netherlands. Most of them are from Aruba. The actual number is unknown, as many students also go to…

Illegal bakery shows how things should be done

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – An illegal bakery gets the support of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to become legal. Recently the inspection team visited the Good Price Bakery on the Seru Fortunaweg. The bakery was not registered and indeed did not have a license. But during the inspection, all other things were…

Parliament wants to reduce roaming charges via IPKO

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Next week, the Parliament of Curaçao is back from recess. Almost every day there is a meeting. On Monday, the decisions of the Kingdom’s Inter-Parliamentary Consultations (IPKO) of June this year will be ratified. Among other things, it was agreed to do something about the extra high roaming…

Reward increased for Free Zone assailants

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The reward for finding Tuurtje and Jaymore Winklaar has been increased. The Public Prosecutor’s Office now gives 30,000 guilders for the tip that leads to their arrest. 15 thousand for each separate. Both criminals are being searched for stealing gold at the Airport Hato Free Zone. They also…

Prime Minister meets with trade unions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Representatives of the unions PWFC and Apri visited Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath on August 1. The purpose of the meeting was to inform these unions about the progress of the refinery modernization process. Rhuggenaath is aware of the importance that the trade unions representing the refinery staff are…

UTS gives SMS lotteries another two weeks

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The telecommunication company UTS has given a number of gambling companies two more weeks to discontinue their activities through the telecom provider. Robby’s lottery is one of them. In June, UTS announced its withdrawal by August 1 and no longer facilitates SMS gaming.The reason was the ongoing negative…

Venezuela opposition leaders arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – The top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday expressed deep concern about the detention of two opposition leaders by Venezuelan authorities after Sunday’s elections for a Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolás Maduro. “I am deeply concerned that opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma have again…

LIAT appoints first female CEO

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST JOHN’S – the board of directors of regional air carrier LIAT has confirmed the appointment of Julie Reifer-Jones as chief executive officer, the airline’s first female CEO. Reifer-Jones is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and…

Teenage binge drinking can cause brain damage – study

Source: Curacao Chronicle Scientists from Oregon State University analyzed studies that examined the effects of binge drinking and heavy drinking in teenagers and young adults and found marked effects on their brain structure. OREGON – Heavy drinking during adolescence thins areas of the developing brain, reducing brain activity, jeopardizing the nervous system and…

Legal case fluoride from drinking water continues

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Bit by bit the fluoride disappears from the drinking water, as was ordered by the Minister of Public Health Suzanne Camelia-Römer. The utility company Aqualectra stopped adding the chemical to the drinking water last Tuesday. This means in practice that fluoride is still in the water, but as…

Plasterk visits the Caribbean part of the Kingdom

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk will visit the six islands of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom from Monday August 14 till Friday August 18. The minister will talk with the governments of the countries of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the…

Debut 20-year old Ozzie Albies in Major League Baseball

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Ozzie Albies made his debut in the Major League Baseball. The 20-year-old Curaçao baseball player came to action for the Atlanta Braves last week in the match against Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2). Albies, born in Curacao, is thus the youngest player currently active at the highest American level.…

You are the change; you are waiting for

Source: Curacao Chronicle Since autonomy in 2010, Curacao had seven Prime Ministers and more than 60 ministers. No matter the political signature of the cabinet,  none of these governments managed to create growth in welfare and well being of the island population. The economy remained stagnant at near zero growth with a slightly…

Violin shop owner donates expertise to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle STROUDSBURG – While many Americans spent their Fourth of July weekends barbecuing or watching fireworks, Michael Montero spent his working nearly 2,000 miles from home. Montero went to Curaçao to donate his expertise and perform much-needed repairs on instruments for dozens of young musicians in the island’s youth orchestra and…

Venezuela Election Head: Smartmatic allegations have ‘no basis’

Source: Curacao Chronicle “Smartmatic is responsible for technical services and nothing else,” she added. CARACAS – The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, hit back at SmartMatic after the head of the company claimed the July 30 National Constituent Assembly (ANC) vote was “manipulated.” “It is an irresponsible assertion based on…

Venezuela vote: Turnout figure ‘tampered with’

Source: Curacao Chronicle LONDON – Turnout numbers for Sunday’s controversial vote in Venezuela have been “tampered with”, the company that provided the voting system alleges. Venezuela’s electoral authorities said more than eight million people, or 41.5% of the electorate, had voted for a new constituent assembly. But the CEO of Smartmatic, Antonio Mugica,…

Money transfer companies now under Central Bank supervision

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Money transfer/courier companies are to now fall under the supervision responsibilities of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) with the unanimous adoption of a new piece of legislation by Parliament on Tuesday afternoon. The law, one of two tabled by Finance Minister Richard Gibson…

CHATA ready for Curaçao Culinary Team 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – CHATA presented its plans for the Curaçao Culinary Team 2018 at CHATA Member Licores Maduro. During this evening CTB also awarded the Curaçao Culinary Team 2017 with a Dushi Hende Award in order to celebrate their achievements at the Taste of the Caribbean competition. In addition to this,…

U.S. Consul General Hawthorne hosts reception for CAPSTONE Group

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – U.S. Consul General Margaret Hawthorne hosted a reception for former Commander of SOUTHCOM General Douglas Fraser and the CAPSTONE group, which is a joint service professional military education organization for newly promoted brigadier generals, rear admirals serving in the U.S. military, and some newly appointed members of the civilian…

Profound Projects becomes official Google partner in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao’s leading innovative digital projects agency is now an official Google Cloud partner, which will establish a support system for current Google customers and prospective customers on the island. Managing Director Boudino de Jong had the following statement: “We’ve been working hard for over five years to become…

SOAB to investigate RdK and MDPT

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Government Accountants Bureau (SOAB) will address the alleged irregularities at the public company Refineria di Korsou (Curaçao Refinery) and the Multi-Disciplinary Project Team (MDPT). This is according to Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath who is responsible for these two organizations. There are reports and accusations of financial mismanagement…

TAP makes three-weekly technical stopovers at Curaçao International Airport

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Airbus 330-200 of the airline TAP Portugal now makes three-weekly technical stopovers at Curaçao International Airport. Purpose of the stopover is their crew-change and fueling. The TAP Airbus 330-200 carries approximately 263 passengers on the route Lisbon-Caracas-Lisbon (Lisboa). It’s specifically a technical-stopover for the crew-change, as no passengers…

D66 wants European sanctions against Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Dutch political party D66 wants European sanctions for “wrong” officials in Venezuela, the South American country where President Nicolas Maduro has been involved in a fierce power struggle with his opponents. D66, which contributes to the formation of a new cabinet, calls on Minister Bert Koeners…

Many common hair and skincare products linked to ill health

Source: Curacao Chronicle Hair and skincare products topped the list of adverse events. WASHINGTON – As if there weren’t already enough concerns about the possible damage inflicted by what we eat and drink, a recent report indicates that some common topical beauty products can also be hazardous to your health. The US Food…

Aqualectra stops with fluoride in drinking water today

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Today the utility company Aqualectra stops the addition of fluoride to the drinking water. This was ordered by the Minister of Health, Environment and Nature Suzanne Camelia-Römer. The reason for discontinuing the addition is because fluoridation is legally unjustified. The Minister will not make any statements about the…

Annual Academic Symposium of Avalon University School of Medicine

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Avalon University School of Medicine, Curacao successfully conducted Annual Academic Symposium of Avalon (AASA) 2107 on Saturday, July 29 at Hilton hotel, Curaçao. World renowned lecturers including faculty of Avalon University School of Medicine and Physicians on the island and students have presented the different topics of “Heart…

MOU AirBnB – Where are we today?

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In January of 2017, the government of Curaçao signed an agreement with AirBnB for the collection of taxes. 7 Months later the sector is still pending to receive an update on what the actual agreement is and if this has been implemented. All destinations around the globe are…

U.S. slaps sanctions on Venezuelan president Maduro

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Monday, sending a clear signal of the Trump administration’s opposition to his regime. The move comes a day after Maduro declared a sweeping victory in a vote that will allow him to further consolidate his power over the…

Bye-bye Plastic Bay

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Unique Curaçao has made the area well accessible to locals and tourists. Paths have been made with artistic road signs of driftwood and a solid staircase leads through a cave to a beautiful viewpoint. Everybody can now enjoy this beautiful area in Curaçao. Link: Bye-bye Plastic Bay

Luxurious 3-bedroom apartment for sale in Curacao.

Source: Curacao Chronicle Proudly we present this oceanfront condo to the real estate market in Curacao. This 3-bedroom condo comes completely furnished and decorated and has a perfect waterfront location and breathtaking views.  Walking distance to the Caribbean white sandy beach of Blue Bay Resort and the driving range! The Ocean Apartments is spectacularly situated adjacent to the beach. With a beautiful shared swimming…

Curaçao Dive Centers take action against marine debris

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Our ocean is under siege.  Everyday trash is entering the sea at an alarming rate. More than 250 million tons of plastic is estimated to make its way into our oceans by 2025. The Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association’s (CHATA) Dive Task Force is taking action against Marine…

2 bedroom home for rent on resort with horse ranch in Curacao.

Source: Curacao Chronicle This lovely 2 bedroom rental in Curacao is great for those who love the quiet outdoor of Banda Bou. The gated resort (42.000 m2) has only 5 houses (!) and thus offers lots of space for each resident. The houses are situated around a horse ranch so if you like horses this is a bonus feature! Click here for more…

Suriname police arrest country’s first terrorism suspects

Source: Curacao Chronicle PARAMARIBO – Authorities in Suriname are tight-lipped on the country’s first ever arrests of persons believed to be involved in terrorist activities. Since Sunday, five people who are said to be Muslims have been detained in a secret location by law enforcers. Two of the suspects have been identified as…

Jamaloodin has not been extradited yet

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It is still unclear when the former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin will be extradited to Curaçao. Earlier this week, it was reported that Jamaloodin, who is currently in Venezuela, will be extradited to Curaçao this week and then be transferred to Bonaire. Both the spokesman of the…

Starting Tuesday, no more fluoride in drinking water

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Without a counter notification, fluoride will be extracted from our drinking water starting this coming Tuesday. It will take a while before the water is really fluoride free. More information to follow.   Link: Starting Tuesday, no more fluoride in drinking water

CTO helps to strengthen the business performance and overall competitiveness of tourism enterprises

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – As part of an on-going partnership with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and its Hospitality Assured (HA) certification programme, the European Union under its Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) programme last month hosted an HA Business Advisor Training Workshop at the Curaçao Chamber of Commerce in Punda,…

Dear Anansi

Source: Curacao Chronicle Dear Anansi, I was about to tell you the Battle of Nevis, but now you say that you are sick and tired of all my sea battles and pirates of a long gone past. Then you told me that your ancestors were of Berbice and Essequibo and you much rather…

Dutch television crew films Nature Foundation activities

Source: Curacao Chronicle COLE BAY – Well-known Dutch Television show “Bestemming” was on St. Maarten last week to film and document Nature Foundation’s activities that are funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. The Dutch television episode will mainly showcase the work done by the Foundation and the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance in…

Boeing test in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curacao Airport and the airspace above it will be the test area for the Boeing Dreamliner for the next two weeks. A 787 type 8 aircraft arrived this week and will fly until August 11 around the island and at the airport to test some new techniques.…

Wise men try to bridge gap between Statia and Holland

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST. EUSTATIUS – The Dutch-Government-appointed Committee of Wise Men consisting of Council of State member Jan Franssen and former Governor of Aruba Fredis Refunjol visited St. Eustatius for a week to speak with various persons to find a way forward from the current stalemate that exists between the Dutch Government…

Spacious 2-bedroom apartments for rent with view towards Tafelberg.

Source: Curacao Chronicle Well appointed and beautifully finished apartments for rent in desired Brakkeput Curacao neighborhood. Situated nearby Spanish Water lagoon and viewing towards Tafelberg. These apartments are situated in a car-free and safe apartment resort featuring a large communal swimming pool in the sought after neighborhood of Brakkeput Abao. All units come with a garage box, 2 bedrooms, good…

Ys: “Avianca is not the only option for InselAir”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Avianca or Synergi, shareholder of the Colombian airline, is not the only option for the local airline InselAir. The airline has been plagued by financial downsizing and is looking for a strategic partner to continue its operations. Chairman of the Committee of Wise Men, Etienne Ys, who was…

Per August 1: Gasoline cheaper, water more expensive

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The prices of fuel, water and electricity for the month of August are known. As of August 1, the tariff for gasoline will be more than 7 cents per liter cheaper. Now it is 1.67 guilders per liter. Next Tuesday, drivers will pay about 1.59 guilders per liter.…

Teachers’ union: New school year begins with strike

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The new school year, which starts on August 17, begins with a general strike. At least that is the plan of the teachers’ union Sitek. A year ago, former Minister Irene Dick signed a covenant to address a large number of issues in education. Its progress has been…

Concerned citizens want humanitarian approach illegal Venezuelans

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A group of concerned citizens wants the government to assist Venezuelans if they make their illegal crossing to Curaçao. Neighboring countries take Venezuelan refugees and help them with visas and work permits but Curaçao sends them back without any papers or assistance. According to the concerned citizens, there…

Fair Trade Authority FTAC can now really start

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – As of September 1, new competition rules will apply to Curacao. The supervisor is the Fair Trade Authority Curaçao, the FTAC. By far the most important change in the new law is the ban on cartel formation and price agreements. The sharing of customers in procurement procedures must…

Less business class to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The number of booked business trips to Curacao is decreasing. This is according to a report from market leader BCD-travel that keeps the sale of business tickets. Curaçao falls into a fifth place. New York has been on number one for many years. The report is based on…

USA imposes sanctions on 13 Venezuelan senior officials

Source: Curacao Chronicle Washington has decided to impose new sanctions against Venezuela on the eve of the Constituent Assembly elections. WASHINGTON – The US Treasury Department Announced new sanctions against Venezuela, directed against 13 high-ranking Venezuelan government officials, military and state oil company PDVSA. The Treasury has threatened in an official statement to…

Cicely van der Dijs: “Disappointed in our legal system”

Source: Curacao Chronicle Despite the evidence, the reports of professionals, a professor of a renowned university in the Netherlands and a notary of the Supreme Court, three judges convicted Gerrit and I last Friday. Three judges once again determined the future of our children, me and Gerrit and all the country. Not only…

Consumer prices on Curacao: June 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle Prices 0.1 percent higher than in May, May 2017; Inflation in June 2017 is 0.9 percent. WILLEMSTAD – The consumer price index (CPI) of Curacao increased by 0.1 percent in June 2017, from 125.0 in May to 125.1 in June. The consumer price trend over the past month (June 2017)…

Studying in the region is still not popular

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It’s almost time. The annual exodus of students is scheduled for this coming Saturday. Of the almost 190 students, there are 14 who will continue their education in the region. These will attend colleges in Colombia and Costa Rica. The rest will continue their education in the Netherlands.…

InselAir may soon use one of its MD80 again

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – InselAir can use one of its old MD80 aircraft again if the civil aviation authority has the full documentation. These are documents about maintenance, crew and flight routes. The aircraft in question has been on the ground for five months. The Ministry of Traffic and Transport and the…

Waaigat Relay Race this year on September 17th

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curacao Athletics Association once again organizes the Waaigat Relay, because of its huge success! Last year this street-relay was re-introduced and the association decided to repeat the relay yearly. The aim is to make the sport accessible for everyone on the island and therefor it is now…

Lynch To LIAT: Adopt WINAIR’s profit making ways

Source: Curacao Chronicle BASSETERRE – An aviation consultant who wants to see drastic changes made to LIAT to help the regional airline survive and become profitable, is predicting that LIAT will fold in the near future if far-reaching changes are not implemented. Former LIAT pilot James Lynch is calling for a board of…

“Bounty” removed from Spaanse Water

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On the initiative of the Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA), on June 8th preparations were started for the removal of the sailboat “Bounty” from the Spaanse Water, which sank there in 2015. A pontoon with a container and a mini excavator were used for this purpose. A team consisting of…

Once again a storm in a glass of water

Source: Curacao Chronicle I’m reading in the papers that our government is going to take drastic measures to deal, for once and for all, with all the illegal terrains, landfills, breeding nests, prostitution shacks and God knows what else, to clean all that up and prosecute the guilty. Now, I don’t know if…

End of August clarity acquisition of InselAir

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – At the end of August it becomes clear whether Synergi, the largest shareholder of the Colombian airline Avianca, takes over InselAir. This was confirmed by the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina. According to Martina, Synergi, at the request of the Curacao government, has drawn up a document…

Spacious fully furnished villa for rent on golf resort with beach!

Source: Curacao Chronicle Right next to the golf course of Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao you will find this fully furnished and decorated 2-bedroom, 2 bath villa. Large covered porch (20M2) and sun terrace (30m2) and ample closet space! Nice furniture and perfect location within walking distance of the beach and golf course! Click here for more…

First reaction of Schotte’s lawyer after the verdict

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A first study of the verdict of the Court of Appeals by the lawyers and several experts has already indicated that there are several clearly identifiable arguments that can be brought forth to a Court of Cassation. This Court will destroy the verdict of the Court of Appeals.…

Special team against illegal dumping

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government wants to put an end to illegal waste dumping, the disposal of chemical waste and the Illegal excavations of land. A special team of the Ministries of Health and Justice together with the Public Prosecutor’s Office will get involved. The intention is to keep more controls…

What is in a name, Commander, Count Jean II d’Estrées

Source: Curacao Chronicle The confusion over Isla de Aves and Archipelago Las Aves may have had more consequences than just Queen Isabella’s administrative error and the resulting sovereignty. It may well have caused the disastrous ruin of half the French fleet in 1678, and the death of twenty sailors. The catastrophe happened with…

Road work at Wacawa / Savonet

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The road works between Wacawa and Savonet towards Westpunt have started today. That is if there is enough asphalt. The production of asphalt is lagging behind due to problems with the oil refinery Isla. Currently, it is not running at full power. If everything goes as planned, the…

Innovative New Celebrity Edge Cruise Ship to Debut in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Celebrity Edge will debut next year with itineraries including weeklong eastern and western Caribbean sailings. FLORIDA – Celebrity Cruises has chosen the Caribbean as the location to introduce the first of four new cruise ships that will sail under Celebrity’s Edge Class banner. The Celebrity Edge will debut next…

Doubts about location new theater

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Architect Dennis Klaus has doubts about the new location of the theater. He welcomes the move to the inner city but wonders where all those people who will visit the new theater will have to park. Last week, the announcement was made that the Council of Ministers decided…

Police find skimmer by chance

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During a check at Mount Carmelweg, the police accidentally spotted a man holding a large number of bank cards in his possession. The bank cards looked just like the ones found last week with another suspect of skimming. The man was arrested because he could not explain why…

Contemporary villa with sea view and guest apartment for rent.

Source: Curacao Chronicle This dream home in Curacao has a dream location! Located on a spacious lot in Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao. This house has a private pool and a guest apartment on the lower floor. From the covered porch and sun deck you can enjoy the breathtaking views over the golf course and the sea! On one of the…

Oceanfront house in Curacao for rent.

Source: Curacao Chronicle This one-of-a-kind seafront property in Curacao is located in the prestigious Rif St. Marie Curacao gated community. This home has it all! The residence features nearly 615 m2 (6,620 sq.ft.) of luxury living space situated on a 3,072 m2 (3/4 acres) waterfront lot. House has a great game room! Click here for more information. Link: Oceanfront

Air Canada Vacations adds Cartagena to winter lineup

Source: Curacao Chronicle TORONTO – Air Canada Vacations has added Cartagena, Colombia to its winter lineup, with 11 hotels and new, nonstop Toronto-Cartagena flights on Air Canada Rouge. Departures start Dec. 18, 2017 and run every Monday through April 9, 2018. Flights will be operated on 136-seat Air Canada Rouge A319s offering two…

Senate in Jamaica approves bill for Single Anti-Corruption Agency

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTON – The Senate in Jamaica has approved the Integrity Commission Bill, paving the way for the establishment of a single anti-corruption unit, which will investigate and prosecute corruption in Jamaica. The Bill was piloted in the Senate yesterday by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Leader of…

New Bermuda premier sworn in

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAMILTON – New premier of Bermuda, David Burt, was sworn into office on Wednesday following his Progressive Labour Party (PLP) victory at the polls on Tuesday. The PLP were voted into office in a resounding victory, securing a clear mandate to govern with 59 percent of the vote in a…

TSA enhances security measures for commercial US flights

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The US TSA has ordered all carriers flying into the US, to implement revised security measures for passengers travelling from all destinations to the US. Travellers headed to the United States need to take into account that, as per direct, they will be subject to additional screening of Personal…

Breaking news: Gerrit Schotte guilty!

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte and his life partner Cicely van der Dijs heard their verdict today in their appeal case. Both were declared guilty but do not have to go to prison yet. They still can take their case to the Supreme Court in the…

Corallo withdraws appeal

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Francesco Corallo has withdrawn today his appeal to the Supreme Court in regard to his extradition to Italy. This means that the decision for the extradition has now become irrevocable. The court documents will now go to the Governor of Sint Maarten for the last formalities. Link:

Strike oil refinery employees suspended for the time being

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The strike that was announced last week at the oil refinery Isla has been suspended for the time being. Trade unions have agreed on a partial wage increase of one percent. The parties will talk about the remaining part next month. The employees want more increase but they…

Barceló launches package bookings powered by Expedia

Source: Curacao Chronicle Data shows package bookings drive incremental demand and revenue for hotels BELLEVUE – The Expedia group and Barceló Hotel Group have announced a strategic technology partnership whereby Expedia’s world-class dynamic packaging platform now powerswww.barcelo.com, helping drive incremental demand for the global hotel chain. Expedia’s package bookings typically drive twice the length…

Shary-An Nivillac performs during Curaçao Pride

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao singer Shary-An Nivillac is coming to the island in September during the Curaçao Pride to sing several songs including the Amsterdam Pride Anthem “I am what I am”. Shary-An got famous in the Netherlands after she finished the half-final of the television program The Voice of…

Gerrit Schotte: From Prime Minister to suspect

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Today, the Court of Justice in Curaçao will pronounce sentencing in the case of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. What do we know about this politician? Gerrit Schotte was Prime Minister of Curaçao from 2010 to 2012. He was the first Prime Minister of the island since it…

Romero acting director CBCS

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Current acting president-director of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) Jerry Hasselmeyer stepped down as of the end of this week, because on Saturday he reaches the mandatory retirement age of sixty at the institute. Management member Alberto Romero will succeed him. It is only…

Hotel Plaza sold to only bidder

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Plaza Hotel and Casino was sold for nine million dollars to John Burchan of the Waterfront Hotel Group. Burchan was the only bidder during the action that was organized by the Giro Bank. With this auction, the bank is finally able to pay some of the debts…

Centrally located apartment with amazing sea view in Piscadera

Source: Curacao Chronicle This gorgeous apartment is located on Caribbean Beach Resort, in the centrally located and popular neighborhood Piscadera Curacao. The apartment consists of two floors and offers an amazing view over the Caribbean Sea! As a resident you do not only profit from the beautiful central location, but also from hotel facilities like…

Monument to USS Erie vandalized

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – For the second time within a few months vandals have destroyed the monument to the USS Erie at the Koredor. Battle station Blaauw, which manages the monument, thinks that youth is responsible. The USS Erie was torpedoed on 12 November 1942 at the coast of Curaçao. There were…

“Referendum unsuitable for same-sex marriage”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A referendum on same-sex marriage is completely unsuitable. This is according to the Korsou Solidario i Duradero Foundation (KSD). The foundation believes that there are many assumptions about homosexuality and a large group of people in Curaçao are insufficiently familiar with the topic. KSD therefore finds it unfair…

Aruba to hold Caribbean’s largest vow renewal ceremony

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – Aruba has invited lovebirds to renew their vows on the world’s number three beach this summer in what will be the Caribbean’s largest vow renewal ceremony. More than 100 couples from across the globe are expected to say “I do” again as the sun sets on Eagle Beach on August 8.…

US senator supports improved ties with Cuba

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAVANA – US Senator Patrick Leahy said on Tuesday that he will continue to work hard in Congress to lift restrictions imposed by the US government on Cuba. In an interview with Prensa Latina, the Democrat from Vermont, who supports efforts to eliminate travel and trade bans on the island,…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Is THIS really what we want?

Source: Curacao Chronicle In article 1.4 of the Heads of Agreement (HoA), at least in the  “initialled Draft” of the HoA, but -rumour has it- the text has been copied in the signed version, in accordance with the initialled draft, it is literally stated that: (1) GZE will grant access to Curaçao and…

Bank account Plaza Hotel empty

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There is not much to get from the Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Punda. According to the curator Valerie Maria there is no money in the bank account. Both companies, the hotel and the casino, were declared bankrupt on July 7 this year, Maria is trying to…

Expedia reveals travel patterns of international visitors to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel company, has released new data revealing noteworthy findings and patterns from international visitors to Curacao during the 12 months ending in March 31, 2017. Understanding the travel patterns of international tourists better enables hotel partners to create strategies which meet…

CPA visits Port of Miami

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In connection with the sister-port agreement between the Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) and the Port of Miami, our CCO Mr. Raul Manotas visited the Port of Miami last week and led several meetings with executives at the port. Investment models, price structures, terminal operations and key performance indicators…

Disney Fantasy visits Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On July 2nd, the cruise ship the “Disney Fantasy” visited Curaçao for the first time. As is customary when a cruise ship visits Curaçao for the first time, an inaugural trip is celebrated with a reception on board. A delegation consisting of representatives of the agent of Disney Fantasy,…

Caribbean trails global trend in automation

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – A technology trend known as automation could be a game-changer for developing regions, but the Caribbean is trailing global adoption. Across the industry, the automation of network configuration and network management is already bringing tangible benefits, such as lower operating costs and centralised security. But Caribbean adoption rates have…

CHATA CEO: “We should invest in all markets”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to Miles Mercera, CEO of the Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA), Curaçao must not choose between Europe and U.S.A. but focus more on both markets. There were reports about a debate within his organization about this topic but Mercera indicated not to be aware of this.…

OM appeals case sexual abuse Pastor Rains of Blessing Church

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution has appealed today the sentencing of the Court of First Instance in the case against the pastor of the Rains of Blessing Church, Orlando Balentina (1964). Balentina was sentenced to nine years in prison on July 5, 2017, for the sexual abuse of various minors…

Be part of the next Social-Economic Market (BETH)

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Ministry of Economic Development (MEO) has organized the Social Economic Market called BETH for the 3rd month. BETH stands for cheap products, economic and tourism development and opening up new businesses. BETH is held, since April 1 this year, on the first Saturday of every month on…

Villa with panoramic view over Spanish Water Lagoon and Table Mountain.

Source: Curacao Chronicle This detached, charming, single story villa with unrestricted views and superb breeze, is situated on a large plot of approx 1500 m2 located in Jan Sofat Curacao. When entering the house you will immediately notice the amazing view, which can be described as a “living painting”. Because of the large windows and the spacious porch, one can…

Cleopa MP: CCAA is boycotting InselAir

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In press release emitted by the Member of Parliament for MAN, Eugene Cleopa, he indicates that after all the efforts of the government to safeguard the connection between the ABC Islands and to prevent InselAir from going bankrupt, he observed some practices in the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority…

Asset Recovery Team confiscated 1.7 million in 2016

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The year 2016 was a good one for the Asset Recovery Team. They seized a total of 1,756,180 guilders in goods. This was presented in the annual report 2016 of the Public Prosecution (OM). “Seizing criminal money is an important part in the fight against organized crime. Money…

Caribbeantales International Film Festival: The Legacy Edition

Source: Curacao Chronicle TORONTO – On July 6, 2017, the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) held its Media Launch and Program Reveal, co-presented by the Consul General of Barbados at Toronto, with an evening of community and celebration. The packed event featured the Canadian Premiere screening of Barbadian film legend-in-the-making Shakirah Bourne’s latest…

Low-Cost airlines get a grip of the Central American market

Source: Curacao Chronicle PANAMA CITY – Low cost airlines are finally starting to penetrate the intra-Central America market, driven primarily by the launch of the region’s first local LCC. Mexico’s Volaris launched a subsidiary in Costa Rica at the end of 2016 and the new airline has so far launched five routes – all…

Bahamian firm expands data enter presence in Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle NASSAU – A Bahamas-based cloud service provider has announced plans to expand its services across the Caribbean and Latin America. Cloud Carib, which currently has data centres located in the Bahamian islands of Nassau and Freeport, is launching a newly rebuilt CaribPod data centre in Panama and later this year will…

Two disturbances over the tropical Atlantic Ocean

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – On this Monday morning, NHC is monitoring two disturbances over the tropical Atlantic Ocean. One is an area of low pressure located about 750 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving westward at about 15 mph. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity continue to show some signs of…

Protest against sexual abuse

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Last weekend, care givers in the center of Willemstad protested against the punishment of pastor Orlando Balentina. Balentina, who is a pastor at the Rains of Blessing Church in Groot Kwartier, was sentenced to nine years in prison because he sexually abused teenage girls and young women in…

Venezuela also voted in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to the opposition in Venezuela, more than seven million people voted in an unofficial referendum yesterday. That was also possible in Curaçao. Between three and five thousand Venezuelans cast their votes in Pietermaaiplein and near Coromoto’s Church. Electors were asked whether they would like early elections, or…

Exclusive waterfront mansion with pool for sale in Kura Hulanda.

Source: Curacao Chronicle A perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living spaces, this 8,330 sq.ft. home is located on Curacao’s west coast, near the village of Westpunt Curacao. It has an amazing overflow swimming pool and breathtaking ocean and mountain views. Full privacy in a gated community, also great for vacation rentals! Visitors to this extraordinary home will be stunned by…

More layoffs expected at InselAir

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – That is unofficial information about another round of more layoffs at the local aviation company InselAir. This was neither confirmed nor denied by the airline’s management. After several attempts, the answer was “no comment for now!” But reliable sources close to the airline admitted that there will be…

A Venezuela settlement will require pressure from outside

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuela is stuck between a rock and a very hard place. The government has vowed, in less than 30 days, to elect a “constituent assembly” that will further divide a country in dire straits. President Nicolás Maduro wants a super-body without democratic controls to redraft the constitution and…

Gold for karate fighters

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Idar Wederfoort, Christopher Martis and Luigi Martina have won gold medals at a karate tournament in Suriname. The matches were held in Paramaribo from July 13 to 15, seven countries participated. Wederfoort won gold in the category Junior and Bronze at U21. Martis won gold and bronze in…

Same sex marriage

Source: Curacao Chronicle I don’t get it, nowadays with all the technology we have at our disposal and the daily bombardment of news items, we’re still stuck in the middle ages with our way of thinking. Whole Christian Curaçao is upset because a small group of politicians that is clearly aiming on the…

United States and Sint Maarten sign open skies agreement

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – On July 14, 2017, the United States and Sint Maarten signed a modernized bilateral Open Skies Agreement that will continue to foster opportunities for air travel and commerce between both countries. This modernizes the U.S.-Sint Maarten relationship by reducing administrative burden on carriers and governments, clarifying route rights,…

Public Prosecution and Customs to tackle counterfeit goods

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Over the past few years, the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) Curaçao, in consultation and in cooperation with Customs Curaçao, conducted a number of large-scale actions against individuals and companies that were guilty of importing, storing or offering for sale to the public counterfeit goods. These actions led to…

MCB Bank to close its Free Zone Branch

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – After almost thirty years of service in the Curaçao Free Zone, coming Friday, July 21, the largest bank of the island, Maduro & Curiel’s Bank will close its branch located at Niewe Haven. The bank will continue to offer the services of ATM, Night Depository and other more…

Detention Director Admittance Organization suspended

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In the case named Valencia, which is the investigation into official corruption related to residence permits within the Admittance Organization, the judge, today, Friday, July 14, 2017, has extended the custody of the suspect, the Director of the organization, Esther Cheri. At the same time, the judge suspended…

Belize City to host Caribbean Peering Forum in 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Belize will host the fourth Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, known as CarPIF, on June 6 and 7, 2018. The 2018 meeting is expected to be the largest to date, according to organiser Bevil Wooding, an Internet strategist with Packet Clearing House and executive director of the Caribbean Network…

US Coast Guard repatriates 102 Haitian migrants

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – The US Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk crew repatriated 102 Haitian migrants on Wednesday to Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The Cutter Mohawk crew interdicted the migrants on Tuesday approximately 22 miles south of Great Inagua, Bahamas. This is the largest US Coast Guard migrant interdiction in more than a year. “The…

Small Business Financing on Agenda of Caribbean MSME Conference

Source: Curacao Chronicle MONTEGO BAY – Small-business financing, policy framework to facilitate growth locally and regionally, and matters related to trade within the region are high on the agenda of the inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference slated for July 19 to 21 in Montego Bay. Dubbed ‘Collaboration for Caribbean Sustainability’, the conference will present opportunities…

Curaçao takes refugees temporarily

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao will temporarily grant asylum for political refugees. That is what the Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie said after a visiting from the UN Refugee Organization UNHCR. Curaçao has not signed the International Refugee Convention but may not return refugees. At present, some dozens of refugees reside in…

SSC Director De Freitas suspended

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Margit de Freitas has been suspended. The director of the Curaçao Education Financing (SSC) has been in the clinch for a while with the Minister of Education Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé. Yesterday the new Supervisory Board took action and prohibited De Freitas from entering the SSC premises. The direct reason…

Trouble for InselAir in U.S.A.

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – According to website bisjournals.com, InselAir International has 1.38 million dollars federal tax lien filed in Miami. The article written by Keith Larsen, who is a reporter for South Florida Business Journal says that the troubled airline based in Curaçao had a 1.38 million dollars federal tax lien filed…

Protocol soon to shift part of CBCS operations to Sint Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG – The Sint Maarten branch of Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) does not “reap much” from the overall operations of the financial supervisor of the monetary union, because the lion’s share of operational expenditures is concentrated in Curaçao. However, this is set to change with a…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: “I am a dissident”

Source: Curacao Chronicle I am a dissident, but the outcome of the elections of last year has proven that there are thousands of dissidents with me, mainly among the voters of the PS party, which I do not belong to. Whiteman, the then Prime Minister of Curaçao pitched a fastball, by way of…

What Thomas Morgan did to the Heyligers and Slaak

Source: Curacao Chronicle Dear Anansi, listen to what I just heard on the radio. A rogue politician of St. Maarten is claiming to have become a victim of Dutch persecution. “My name, my reputation, and determination to do more for St. Maarten are constantly covered in a fog, not of my doing. This…

Oil refinery is not a case for the Netherlands

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The big fire at the refinery is no reason for the Netherlands to actively interfere with the Isla. D66 had asked the Minister of Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk for clarification after the incident in May. There was a large fire in one of the facilities on…

New station ship Zr.Ms. Zealand enters the harbor

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This afternoon, between 13.00 and 14.00, the new station ship Zr.Ms. Zeeland entered the Annabaai. The Zeeland has been deployed for four months as a ‘station ship in the West’ to intercept drug transport and support the Coast Guard. In addition, the ship and its crew can provide…

2 suspects extradited today to USA

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao extradited today, July 12th 2017,  two suspects to the United States, namely M.L.D. (May 8, 1966, Dominican Republic) and K.M.H. (January 22, 1959, Lebanon). They were transferred to the US Marshalls of the United States by officials of the Organized Crime Division (DGC) at Hato Airport in…

Rozendal MP wants to know status ‘pedowatch’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Member of Parliament for MAN, Elsa Rozendal wants to know the status of the creation of a so-called ‘pedo watch’. Its establishment is stated in the budget. Recently, paedophilia in Curaçao once again received all the attention with the sentencing of Orlando Balentina, who is the convicted pastor…

Adjustments to the free education system can accommodate VPCO

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Adjustments in the free education system could accommodate the Protestant Christian Education Association, VPCO, in their desire to put an end to unequal treatment. This is according to their lawyer Rogier van den Heuvel. Van den Heuvel responds to the statements made by the Minister of Education, Science,…

Airberlin expansion course to the USA

Source: Curacao Chronicle DUSSELDORF – Germany’s second-largest airline is set to offer more intercontinental flights than ever before during the upcoming winter season. “We are continuing to expand our Dusseldorf services and plan to station twelve rather than eleven long-haul aircraft at this airport from the start of the winter schedule. These will…

OM’s annual reports 2016 (download)

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The annual reports 2016 of the Public Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten, Curaçao, the BES-islands and the Attorney-general’s office have been uploaded today on the website. You can read and download the documents by going to the link: http://www.openbaarministerie.org/images/Jaarverslag_2016/OM_SXM_jaarverslag_2016.pdf http://www.openbaarministerie.org/images/Jaarverslag_2016/OM_Curacao_jaarverslag_2016.pdf   Link: OM’s annual reports 2016 (download)

Justice returns money back to Charles Cooper

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution (OM) returned back the money they confiscated from the Member of Parliament Charles Cooper and his wife. In April this year, the OM confiscated 50,000 guilders from the couple and accused them of money laundering. The wife of the MFK politician was then invited to…

New monument in Barber; the wiri

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao has a new monument. At the roundabout in the little town of Barber in Bandabou. It has been there since Sunday. The monument represents two big-sized hands playing the ‘wiri’. On the pedestal of the sculpture, one can read ‘Patrimonio Nashonal di Pueblo’ (national patrimony of the…

750 guilders fine for illegal taxi driver

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – An illegal taxi driver must pay 750 guilders fine. The man transported passengers late at in the evening but did not have a license for this. He also did not have insurance which causes a significant risk to passengers in the event of an accident. Because the driver…

CARICOM leaders make new commitment to tackle NCDs

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST GEORGE’S – The push for a healthier Caribbean received a considerable boost last week as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders at their 38th annual summit in Grenada made new commitments to tackle the epidemic of chronic diseases which is costing the region dearly in terms of health and development. In…

CTB personnel visits 4 tourist attractions

Source: Curacao Chronicle In connection with the “experiential travel” concept WILLEMSTAD – The personnel of the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) recently visited four tourist attractions that are applying the Experiential Travel concept, which is catching on in many parts of the world. Experiential Travel involves tourist activities focussing on creating authentic experiences by…

Luxurious new villa with ocean views and 2 swimming pools.

Source: Curacao Chronicle For sale on Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao. This luxurious detached villa was built in 2014. This stunning architectural villa has 2 swimming pools, 4 guest houses, absolute privacy and  gorgeous views! A unique house with all kinds of luxury and comfort. Marvellous details like, for instance, the mozaiek poolbeds and the overflow…

InselAir in desperate need of its MD aircraft

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The local airline InselAir should have already been able to use one of its MD-80 according to the business plan presented to the government and the stake holders. But the airline is still in talks with the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA). The aircraft is there, but the…

Forecasters monitoring new tropical system

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – Following the dissipation of Tropical Depression Four at the end of last week, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring a new tropical system as it moves across the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo…

Love, gold, murder, and suicide

Source: Curacao Chronicle “Anansi, let me tell you a story of passion, love, gold, murder, and suicide. It was an incident that happened to Hiram Beakes, a scion of the island of Saba.” The young man was born as the second son of the Councillor of the Island and had lived nothing but…

Divi Divi Air expands; ads to Twin Otter to its fleet

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The local aviation company Divi Divi Air is expanding its fleet. The airline has acquired two de Haviland DHC-6-300 (serial numbers 296 and 369) which were formerly in service in Canada. This acquisition was recently announced by SkyQuest International in a press release. This transaction was done on…

Oral sex blamed for spread of “unstoppable” gonorrhea

Source: Curacao Chronicle GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread. The international health body says that the sexually transmitted infection (STI) is becoming antibiotic-resistant, making it much harder, or impossible, to treat. With…

Heavier sentences for sexual abuse

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Member of Parliament for PIN, Rennox Calmes wants to bring changes to the punishment for sexual abuse in the Criminal Code of Curaçao that dates from October 10, 2010. Calmes indicated this in a recent press release. The reason for this press release is due to the lower…

Asset Recovery Team confiscates boat

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Monday, July 10, in the early hours of the morning, the Asset Recovery Team came into action and confiscated a luxurious boat with a price tag of about 50,000 guilders. The confiscation took place in relation to an investigation into money laundering. The team had already confiscated…

CCJ seeks to trigger digital revolution in Caribbean courts

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is hoping that a set of technological upgrades it recently adopted will trigger a digital revolution in courts across the region, and transform how justice is delivered. CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron, who spearheaded the Court’s adoption of the new digital…

Venezuelan boat capsizes: 14 rescued, 2 missing

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard confirms that the “Rosa Maria” from Vela di Coro with 16 Venezuelan fugitives has capsized in Venezuelan waters. Fourteen people have been rescued by boats back and forth to Vela. Two are still missing. Link: Venezuelan boat capsizes: 14 rescued, 2 missing

‘Pay your fines’ a great success

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Thirty passengers had to pay their outstanding fines last Friday at the Hato Airport. They had to pay otherwise they could not continue with their travel. The Public Prosecution keeps a list of fines that are irrevocable because the court has ruled on this. Another 120 people paid…

Cuba rejects European Parliament resolution

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAVANA – The Commission on International Relations of the National Assembly in Cuba has rejected a non-binding resolution on Cuba approved by the European Parliament last week in Strasburg, France. The “non-legislative resolution”, urging governments to help Cuba toward “democratic standards”, was passed as part of a “Political Dialogue and…

Shafny Vierbergen sworn in as lawyer and expands the FCW-Legal team

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – With the swearing in of Shafny Vierbergen, the law firm FCW-Legal has been expanded with another lawyer. Vierbergen specializes in company and administrative law. The FCW-Legal offers the opportunity to the young graduates to develop further in their field of study. Photo: Shafny Vierbergen (3rd of the right)…

Hidden Treasure

Source: Curacao Chronicle “Anansi, you have been very quiet hanging there in your hammock and listening to my boring stories about the islands and their history. Tell me, why are you still on board?” “Easy man! You know all about pirates with treasure, and I know, sooner or later, you will get us…

Coconut oil health food myth debunked by experts

Source: Curacao Chronicle TEXAS – A recent trend promoting the health benefits of coconut oil has been trashed by the American Heart Association (AHA) which claims it is as unhealthy as animal fats. In newly updated advice, the Dallas-based AHA stresses that coconut oil is packed with saturated fat, which can raise the…

Major renovation for Avila Beach Hotel Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – “As a leading hotel on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, you have to look critically at your own product.” That’s why they are happy to do that at Avila Beach Hotel. That’s why the Ocean Front Blues wing has been completely taken care of. They are a favorite…

CARICOM agrees to Venezuela mission

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST GEORGE’S – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have reached consensus on several critical issues, including their next step on Venezuela and measures to strengthen the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) as they ended their 38th annual summit in Grenada yesterday evening. Chairman of the 15-nation grouping, Grenada’s Prime Minister…

Most illegal Venezuelans enter the island legally

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The flow of people from Venezuela to the ABC islands is limited. That is what the Dutch ministers of Kingdom Relations and Internal Affairs Ronald Plasterk say in a letter to the Dutch House of Representatives. In the first six months of this year, the Coast Guard intercepted…

Beautiful spacious house on golf course with sea view!

Source: Curacao Chronicle This beautiful modern style villa with 4 bedrooms and separate 2 bedroom – guest quarters, is located adjacent to the golf course at Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao. While relaxing on the wide covered terrace you will enjoy the most gorgeous view over the golf course and the Caribbean Sea. The beautiful large private swimming pool is surrounded…

Government agrees to raise minimum wage

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to the Minister of Labor and Social Development, Hensley Koeiman, it is important to understand that this government fully supports the efforts to raise the minimum wage. But on the other hand, everyone must understand that it is not the intention to raise it in such a…

Curaçao Refinery (RdK) denies all accusations

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The public company Refineria di Korsou (Curaçao Refinery) which owns the refinery installations at Schottegat indicates in a press release that they took note of some serious accusations in the media lately. RdK emphatically states that the persons accusing the company do not have the interest of the…

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