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October 16, 2017

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Santa Famia Choir on tour in the Netherlands

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – In the last nine days, the well-known choir, the Santa Famia (Holy Family) Choir from Curaçao performed at various locations in the Netherlands. The members of the choir sang at top of lungs at several churches across the European country. Also at nurseries, elderly care institutions and theaters.…

Venezuela socialists win governor seats amid fraud claims

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Electoral authorities in Venezuela say the governing Socialist Party has won 17 of 23 state governorships in a crushing victory. President Nicolás Maduro hailed it as a victory for Chavismo, his party’s brand of socialism named after former president Hugo Chávez. But opposition leaders alleged fraud. The Democratic Union…

Expedited immigration process using the E-Gates

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Many travelers to Curaçao ask about the Immigration and Customs processes. A visitor from the US, Canada, or the European Union countries can greatly expedite their entry through immigration by completing an online ED Card (Embarkation and Debarkation Card) ahead of their visit. If the traveler is at…

GCTRT to lead response hurricane damages in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle As the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) State of the Industry Conference(SOTIC) wound down Friday in Grenada, the formation of a Global Caribbean Tourism Recovery Team (GCTRT) is announced as officials address the question: “What’s next?” At a press conference in Grenada on Friday, Joy Jibrilu, chairman of the Board of…

CaribNOG 15 will take place in Miami in April 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – Techies, computer network operators and cybersecurity experts from across the Caribbean will be converging on the city of Miami from 19 to 20 April 2018, for the 15th regional meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group. CaribNOG 15 will feature industry experts from the USA, Caribbean, Europe and Australia. Guest speakers…

Judge: Dynaf’s claim is inadmissible

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The claim filed by Dynaf (one of the companies that participated in the public tender for the temporary production of electricity for Aqualectra) has been rejected in court today. The Court considered that Aqualectra treated tenderers equally and in accordance with the so-called transparency principle. The Court of…

First cruise ship to dock at new mega pier

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to the Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA), if everything goes according to schedule, the cruise ship Britannia, with a passenger capacity of 4,324 people, will arrive on the November 13 at the Tulapier. This will be the first ship to dock at the brand new mega pier. The…

Sehos: Inspection must be patient

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Health Inspectorate must be more patient. That says Anton Casperson, General Director of the St. Elizabeth Hospital (Sehos). The Chairman of the Board of Directors recognizes the problems that the Inspectorate indicates and which lead to some measures. But Sehos does not share the conclusion that…

Aggreko’s generators on Aqualectra’s property

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – While there is still a court case pending against Aqualectra, Aggreko’s generators are already on the utility company’s property in Otrabanda. The company Dynaf believes that the entire process around the public tender did not go according to the rules and principles of equality. That is why they…

PAWA’s return to St. Maarten celebrated

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – On Tuesday 10-10-17, Prime Minister William Marlin and Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication Melissa Arrindell Doncher welcomed the 1st commercial flights to Sint Maarten marking the re-opening of PJIAE / SXM Airport. The two Ministers were present 7:50 am in the morning to welcome the…

‘Curaçao is “dushi.” Live it. Love it.’ signage unveiled

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently, the Minister of Economic Development, Dr. Steven Martina together with the CTB team unveiled the ‘Curaçao is “dushi.” Live it. Love it.’ signage in front of the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) office located at Pietermaai. ‘Curaçao is “dushi.” Live it. Love it.’ is the new awareness campaign…

ENNIA pays out insurance claims hurricane Irma

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – ENNIA recently paid out the first insurance claims in connection with hurricane Irma through its St. Maarten branch. The insurance company’s chief executive officer, Ralph Palm, confirmed that ENNIA strives to resolve all claims as soon as possible. ENNIA is also willing to advance a portion of the…

SER: Curaçao Government needs to address poverty

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to the Social Economic Council (SER), the Government and Parliament of Curaçao must map out poverty on the island and make policies to address it as soon as possible. According to the SER, people are missing the boat. It’s getting hard and harder to make ends meet,…

Soldiers return to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Dutch and Curaçao members of the Dutch military stationed in Curaçao returned to Curaçao from St. Maarten on Tuesday. Commander of the Navy in the Caribbean Brigadier Peter Jan de Vin was at Hato Coast Guard Support Centre to welcome them. This group was sent to St. Maarten immediately…

InselAir’s MD released for commercial operations

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 Inselair in close cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authorities, has met all of the regulatory required for the certification of the MD aircraft (MDI). The final acceptance flight performed today was successful. For the last several months InselAir has been operating between the…

Former representative of the World Bank brings a unique perspective to C-MCC Development Group’s major trade and financial initiative in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, NEW YORK – The C-MCC Development Group has announced that Oltmann Siemens, the eminent Jurist, Banker and Economic Counselor to many countries, has joined the company as Vice Chairman. The C-MCC Development Group LLC, which is based in the U.S. and Curaçao, has extensive experience in real estate development,…

Utility company Aqualectra taken to court

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Dynaf Caribbean, together with Bredenoord from the Netherlands, which supplies emergency power generators, are taking the local utility company Aqualectra to court. They are filing a lawsuit against Aqualectra because, according to them, they presented the lowest and most favorable offer for the delivery of 10 megawatts for…

Coast Guard intercepts drugs

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard has intercepted a bunch of narcotics on a Venezuela vessel on Monday evening. Six persons aboard were arrested. The boat was detected on the radar of the Rescue and Coordination Center. When the Venezuela crew spotted the Coast Guard boat they threw two…

Address by Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Chairman, Caribbean Tourism Organization; Opening of the State of the Industry Conference

Source: Curacao Chronicle This year’s State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) comes at a trying time for Caribbean tourism. Never in the history of the planning this event have situations, circumstances and conditions in our member destinations, and by extension, the Caribbean, changed so dramatically, so drastically, and so disturbingly in such…

Government reluctance may stall recovery

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The two conditions put on the table for continued Dutch Government support for the country’s recovery are being rebuffed by the local Government. Refusal to come to an agreement may see the recovery process stall somewhat due to politics. The lack of an agreement may lead to the…

Caribbean countries urged to monetize intellectual property

Source: Curacao Chronicle NEGRIL – Jamaica’s minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sports, Olivia Grange, has urged Caribbean countries to place greater emphasis on monetizing intellectual property (IP). Addressing the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS) regional conference on October 7, the minister said only a targeted multi-disciplinary approach to monetising IP, which…

Curaçao’s 7th anniversary as an autonomous country in the Kingdom; is there really something to celebrate?

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Since 10 October 2010, the Kingdom of the Netherlands has consisted of four countries: the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten. The Netherlands Antilles has been dissolved and its constituent islands have acquired a new status. What does this mean for Curaçao? Curaçao has, since October 10, 2010,…

For Sale: Oceanfront penthouse on golf resort

Source: Curacao Chronicle Spacious Oceanfront Penthouse for sale on Blue Bay Resort Curacao. The Ocean 25 is a penthouse suite with two floors and great views over the golf resort, Blue Bay Beach and the Caribbean Ocean. Nearby amenities include golf clubhouse, tennis courts, beach, diving sites, bars & restaurants. The penthouse has…

Is Guangdong Zhenrong in financial problems?

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A recent article published by Splash24/7, mentioned that the Chinese State Oil Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE), which is at the front of the negotiations of the acquisition of the oil refinery in Curaçao, is in financial problems. The article refers to the company Titan Petrochemicals which announced…

Punda commences Autonomy Day

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Today begins the celebration of Autonomy Day. Two days of celebration. The kick-off is at Handelskade this evening. The retailers’ association Downtown Management, together with the government, has set up three stages. ‘Musika na Bahia’, or ‘Music at the Bay’ begins at 7 o’clock this evening. Link: Punda

KFO protests in WTC against autonomy

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The group that advocated for an independent Curaçao, the KFO is organizing a demonstration against autonomy at 6 o’clock this evening. This will take place in the World Trade Center (WTC). According to the group, led by lawyers Eustatius, Peterson, and Sulvaran, there is no reason to celebrate…

Turkey, Venezuela deepen cooperation, seeking ‘new era’

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his country does not support any external interventions in South America, speaking after meeting with Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro. Maduro and Erdogan oversaw the signing of five agreements for cooperation on air travel, tourism, culture, agriculture, and international crime. They discussed…

IEA: huge CO2 emissions per capita on Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Due to the burning of fossil fuels, CO2 is released to the atmosphere. This is accompanied with ocean acidification and an increasing sea level. In the end, small island development states (SIDS) and coral reefs will pay the highest price for these developments. Furthermore, many people depend on coral reefs…

CHATA elects 2 new board members

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Friday, October 6th CHATA Members had the opportunity to elect 2 new board members for the interim period until the scheduled board elections of 2018. According to President & CEO Miles Mercera, it was a tight race between the six candidates that put themselves up for election for…

Las Vegas killings

Source: Curacao Chronicle An assassin in Las Vegas killed 58 people and wounded hundreds by shooting from as 32nd-floor hotel room vantage point into a pop-festival crowd. The media stepped up the drama with a few notches by claiming that it was murder, premeditated and contemplated killings. A common pretense in the media…

80/20 regulation off the table for good

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The 80/20 regulation of the Pueblo Soberano is definitely of the table. This is according to the Council of State in the Netherlands. This entity investigates any law not signed by the Governor. The law, which was approved by the Curaçao Parliament is in violation of international regulations.…

Selikor wants to process industrial waste

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Selikor, Curoil, and CDM Holding have signed with the Chinese Guandong Zehnrong Energy Memorandums of Understanding as a first step towards cooperation between these companies and the Chinese who are interested in acquiring the Isla Refinery. According to the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina, Curaçao with the…

First MD80 InselAir ready

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The first MD80 of InselAir can be used again. The civil aviation authorities have given the green light to reincorporate the aircraft into the InselAir flight schedule. A total of four aircraft were grounded due to security issues. An MD 80 aircraft can transport 150 passengers.   Link:

Exxon Mobil makes fifth oil discovery off Guyana

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – Exxon Mobil Corporation today announced a fifth new oil discovery after drilling the Turbot-1 well offshore Guyana. This is its latest discovery to date in the country, adding to previous discoveries at Liza, Payara, Snoek and Liza Deep. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. began drilling…

Curaçao promoted in Germany and the Netherlands

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The KLM and the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) recently organized the KLM Curaçao Roadshow in Germany. The show made stops in Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin, with approximately 160 travel agents in attendance. The aim of these encounters was to create a memorable experience and offer travel agents…

Exploring the depths of the Caribbean Sea

Source: Curacao Chronicle Growing up in 70’s, the underwater world and its mysteries were exemplified in the popular media of that time.  The famous Television series “Sea Hunt” with Lloyd Bridges and “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”, even as re-runs, provided me with fantastic thoughts and incredible inspiration causing my imagination to…

Aqualectra to acquire Aggreko’s generators

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Not local businesses, but British Aggreko will supply generators to the utility company Aqualectra. That was the result of a recent public tender procedure held by Aqualectra to construct a new diesel park. Aggreko’s offer was 1 million dollars higher than the local offer. Aqualectra wants Aggreko to…

Government wants structural solution to the Court of Auditors

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government of Rhuggenaath wants to adjust the mandate of the Court of Auditors so that government companies can also be investigated and audited. Yesterday, the same government also withdrew a cassation case to investigate the telecommunication company UTS. According to Minister Zita Jesus-Leito the reason for the…

Tropical Depression Sixteen forms in western Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – Tropical Depression Sixteen has formed in the western Caribbean, with life-threatening flash floods and mudslides possible over portions of Central America. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the centre of Tropical Depression Sixteen was located about 55 miles (85…

US Government expels Cuban diplomats but says no break in relations

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The United States has expelled 15 Cuban diplomats over Havana’s failure to protect American diplomats from mysterious sonic attacks. Yesterday, four days after warning American citizens not to travel to Cuba and ordering the departure of nonessential employees from the US Embassy in Havana along with their families, the…

Public companies sign MoU with Guangdong Zhenrong

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The latest in a series of MoU’s between government companies in Curaçao and Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co. Ltd. (GZE) / China Zhenrong Holding Limited was signed yesterday. Since signing the Addendum to the Heads of Agreement between Curaçao and GZE on September 26, CDM Holding, CPA / KTK,…

US expels 15 Cuban diplomats

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAVANA – Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla has described the decision by the US government to expel 15 diplomats from the island’s mission in Washington as unfounded and unacceptable. Speaking to more than 60 national and international media, he said that the US decision is a political reprisal, which…

St. Maarten airport reopening to limited service this month

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Dutch flagship carrier KLM has become the first major airline to announce a service resumption date at St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport. The carrier plans to fly twice weekly to the Dutch territory from Amsterdam with a stopover in Curacao beginning Oct. 29. Meanwhile, local St. Maarten carrier…

Internet week Guyana to kick off with ICT Awareness Day

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – In the Caribbean, our growing inventory of web-connected gadgets is constantly changing the way that we do routine business transactions and access critical services. It is also raising interesting questions about how we can get more from information and communications technology, or ICT, while staying safe online. An upcoming…

A letter to my ex-opponent, Mayor of San Juan

Source: Curacao Chronicle By Antonio Carmona Báez* Amsterdam, 2 October 2017 Dear Mayor Carmen Yulín, This week Facebook reminded me that it has been a year since we first met. That was in the second public debate of mayoral candidates for San Juan in the 2016 elections, at the Museum of Puerto Rico…

UTS to lay off half of its employees

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The telecommunication company UTS announced that it will continue with its plans to lay off employees. More than half of the nearly 500 employees will have to leave the company. In three years’ time, the company must reduce its workforce to 200 employees. Due to the high costs of…

Category 1 top priority for Minister Jesus-Leito

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It is not a secret that the Curaçao’s aviation sector was downgraded to category 2 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Since 2012 efforts have been made in order to upgrade the administration of CCAA but this has not yet been successful. After the former Director Fransisco, the…

Sustainable & Responsible Tourism on Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Many tourists who visit Curaçao, travel here to experience the incredible beauty of the Caribbean Sea and the amazing coral reef system, that is a bevy of healthy biodiversity, only seen by scuba diving or snorkeling.  But, like the world over, Curaçao’s coral reefs are facing multiple environmental…

A refinery at Bullenbaai; Not so fast!

Source: Curacao Chronicle For the past couple of years, and more intensively during the last, there has been a lot of public discussions about reconstructing the Isla refinery in the Bullenbaai area; next to COT, the Curaçao Oil Terminal. A case study performed some years ago deemed such project not feasible due to…

Statement of CAP regarding Press Release MFK

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Airport Partners has taken note of the press release sent out by the political party MFK on October 1st, concerning the Food & Beverage concessionaires at Curaçao International Airport. While CAP does not usually engage in publicly discussing information regarding companies operating on, or offering service at, the…

Filmmakers’ awards Crown A Stellar Festival showcasing Caribbean legacy stories

Source: Curacao Chronicle More than 5,000 film enthusiasts enjoy the 12th Annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival. TORONTO – The 12th Annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival honoured eight films at the #INTERSECT: Closing Night and Awards on September 21, 2017 at the packed 500-seat Scotiabank Cineplex. The films had all been screened during the Festival to enthralled…

Earthquake shakes parts of Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTOWN – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 rattled several Caribbean islands this morning, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) reported that the quake was felt in…

MoU between CPA, KTK and GZE

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA), Kompania di Tou Kòrsou (KTK) and Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday afternoon, in which parties expressed their intention to work together in different areas. In the MoU signed by the parties, CPA, KTK and GZE have agreed…

Port St. Maarten welcomes Dutch Navy’s largest vessel HNLMS Karel Doorman

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – A number of officials namely Prime Minister William Marlin, the Vice President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel, Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Doncher-Arrindell, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure Management (Ministry VROMI) Christopher Emmanuel, Member of Parliament Theodore Heyliger, along with Port St. Maarten Management…

Curaçao is suffering from Avianca strike

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Bogota – Curaçao route is starting to suffer from the strikes organized by the 700 pilots of Avianca Colombia. Last weekend several flights between Colombia and Curaçao were canceled. Some passengers are now flying with American Airlines and Copa Airlines. But some of them are stranded in…

The amount of money in circulation is decreasing sharply

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The basic amount of money in Curaçao and St. Maarten increased by just over 2 million guilders after the summer months. Especially because people leave their money in their bank account. The amount of banknotes and coins in circulation decreased sharply, almost 10 million. The demand for foreign…

Construction Mega Pier 2 progressing well

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The construction of the Mega Pier 2 in Otrabanda, Willemstad is progressing well. It is expected that the construction works will be finished in November this year. This means that the pier can be operational in less than two months. Unfortunately, the development around the area has not…

CARPHA test new app in the fight against mosquitoes

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN –  The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is exploring the novel use of mobile technology in its fight against mosquito borne diseases.  The Agency in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently pilot tested an app developed to replace traditional paper-based vector…

CBCS connects to Facebook

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) is keeping up with social media trends. After having launched a Facebook page for the Yotin Kortá money museum a few years ago, the CBCS now has its own page on Facebook. This platform will be used to publish…

After Hurricane Maria we need to reconstitute

Source: Curacao Chronicle This summer, the Netherlands and the world came to know Puerto Rico through the all-time most popular music video Despacito, which received over 3 billion hits on Youtube. But Puerto Rico has never been mentioned in Dutch news as much as it had throughout the last three weeks. First with…

Jamaloodin will be called as a witness

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – George Jamaloodin will be called as a witness in the Fonseca case. That was decided by the Common Court of Justice. The former Minister of Finance is also suspect in the murder case of Helmin Wiels. He is required as a witness to answer questions from the judge,…

Restaurant week in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – From September 29 to October 6, it’s feasting again in Curaçao! During this week you can enjoy the finest 3-course dinners for just 55 guilders at the best restaurants of the island. Have you always wanted to discover a new restaurant, would you like to surprise your great…

Winair issues post-Irma update

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG –  Regional air carrier Winair repositioned its aircraft to St Vincent prior to Hurricane Irma and currently the fleet is operating from the island of St Kitts, as fuel and security for aircraft are not yet available in St Maarten. Winair has performed in excess of 60 relief flights…

For sale: Villa with panoramic views in Jan Sofat Resort, Curacao

Source: Curacao Chronicle This detached, single story villa with unrestricted views and superb breeze, is situated on a large plot (1500 m2) 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…

Trouble in the taxi industry

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There is trouble in the taxi industry on the island. According to the trade union Sinusta, which represents most of the taxi drivers, there is absolutely no control over the licenses. According to Sinusta, it is currently a free for all, especially in the evening and during the…

Vote getter Larmonie-Cecilia resigns from Pueblo Soberano

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia has resigned from the former ruling party Pueblo Soberano. The former Minister in charge of three ministries, including Social Affairs, does not recognize herself in the ideology of the party that was once the biggest in the island politics. During the April elections, she was third…

View Plaza inventory until Friday

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There was little interest yesterday at the first viewing day at the Plaza Hotel. The entire inventory is for sale again and will be auctioned. The money goes to the Social Insurance Bank and the Tax Office. The first auction failed. Everything was bought by one bidder, but…

KLM: More Curaçao, less Sint Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM, WILLEMSTAD – As of the 2017 winter season, KLM flies to Sint-Maarten twice, instead of four times a week. It is not a direct flight, but with a stopover in Curaçao. This new schedule will start on October 29, 2017. Flight frequency Curaçao up Currently, KLM flies to Curaçao…

What is next?

Source: Curacao Chronicle “CRUISE lines plan to steer their ships away from major Caribbean ports after Hurricane Irma ripped through the paradise islands, dealing an extra economic blow to the region ravaged by the storm. Devastated local communities are trying to recover from the killer storm but depend on the daily arrival of…

Curaçao Culinary Team 2018 announces new bartender

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Curaçao Culinary Team 2018 is complete WILLEMSTAD – On Tuesday, CHATA announced the new bartenders of the Curaçao Culinary Team 2018. The bartenders together with the 5 winning chefs of the culinary competition of last Saturday will represent Curaçao internationally at the Taste of the Caribbean competitions in Miami next…

Hon. Consul of Finland organizes seminar on sustainable solution

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Helga Mensing, Honorary Consul of Finland in Willemstad, Curaçao, has been approached by the Embassy of Finland in The Hague, The Netherlands, to organize an event to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the independence of Finland. Mrs. Mensing came up with the idea to organize a seminar with the title: ‘Building…

Prime Minister Rhuggenaath and Guangdong Zhenrong sign Addendum

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Tuesday, September 26, the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath, together with Director of Refineria di Kòrsou N.V., Mr Jose van der Wall-Arnemann and Representative of Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co. Ltd. and China Zhenrong Holding Limited, Mr. Bingyan Chen signed the Addendum to the Heads of Agreement…

Foko: Moses wants to hide diversity

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Member of Parliament Marilyn Moses is poorly informed and distributes incorrect information. This is according to Mario Kleinmoedig of FOKO. FOKO is the organization that represents the LGBT community in Curaçao. The leader of the Progressive Movement (Movementu Progresivo) said yesterday that the Gay Pride and the Parade…

Colombia’s Avianca weathers strike by more than half its pilots

Source: Curacao Chronicle BOGOTA – As a strike by more than half its 1,300 pilots moved into the second week, Colombian flag carrier Avianca has activated what the airline calls an operational mitigation plan. “We have … adjusted our itineraries in the most efficient ways possible with active crews and available physical resources,” Avianca said, advising…

World Tourism Day: Tourism moving forward

Source: Curacao Chronicle We have to make a choice to take a chance or our sector will never change. WILLEMSTAD – On September 27th, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) celebrates World Tourism Day. As an important player within the tourism sector and advocate of sustainable tourism development CHATA would like to take this opportunity on…

Curaçao is “dushi.” Live it. Love it.

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is “dushi.” Live it. Love it. That is the new awareness campaign launched by the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) on September 24 of this year. The campaign’s objective is to make Curaçaoans more keenly aware of what a privilege it is to live in Curaçao and be part…

Why Gay Pride matters even more in 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle We call it Gay pride. A series of events that happen in cities big and small celebrating being gay in a straight world. This celebration of life, love and liberty isn’t just about parades and partying. It is about the gay community being visible and belonging to a community, a…

UTS suffers major damage to infrastructure, remains positive

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSURG – United Telecommunications Services (UTS) employees and management are positive following a full status check of company, staff and operations in the wake of the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the company stated in a press release on Sunday. After carrying out as many emergency repairs as possible…

Blues Cruise is coming to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The legendary Blues Cruise comes to Curaçao. On October 24, the cruise ship will bring about 1800 passengers and 25 blues bands on board. Three of those bands will play at Riffort Village at four o’clock. This continues until eight thirty, then the boat sails to a next…

Canada imposes sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle OTTAWA – In support of the people of Venezuela, Canada has announced sanctions on key figures in the Maduro regime to send a clear message that their anti-democratic behaviour has consequences. Chrystia Freeland, minister of foreign affairs, on Friday announced sanctions against the people responsible for the deterioration of democracy…

Aqualectra to generate power again with generators

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The utility company Aqualectra is going to open a generator park in the area of Mundu Nobo. Due to the extreme heat on the island, the demand for electricity is high. Aqualectra has trouble meeting that demand because there is no spare capacity. The new park has to…

Four new attorneys for VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In August and September 2017, four new attorneys joined the Curaçao office of law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne: of counsel Olaf Komdeur, senior associate Inge van Hees-Wolswijk and junior associates Saul Castaño Ortiz and Ruthnialys Mogen. Olaf Komdeur brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role,…

Trump slaps travel restrictions Venezuela in expanded ban

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia were left on the…

InselAir working on possible route Curaçao – St.Eustatius

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – Statia’s FDR Airport had a special visitor in the form of InselAir’s Fokker50 which executed a directly flight to St. Eustatius. The flight was a charter executed by InselAir on behalf of ZVK for the transportation of patients from Statia. Many residents of Statia expressed happiness about seeing…

Controversial tax sapping life out of Barbados’ renewable energy sector

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – The Barbados Government’s controversial hike in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) has had the effect of sapping vital energy out of this island’s renewable sector, a top official has reported. Vice President of Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) Jerry Franklin told reporters during a BREA news conference that…

CPA organized its World Maritime Day 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) held is World Maritime Day 2017 press conference in cooperation with the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina. CPA will be celebrating the contribution of the maritime sector to the economy of the island during the maritime days on September 28 and 29 at…

Rutte, Hennis and Rhuggenaath to visit St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Dutch caretaker Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert will visit St. Maarten early October and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will follow suit early November. This was announced by the Dutch Government Information Service RVD today, Thursday. Also visiting early October besides Hennis-Plasschaert will be Curaçao Prime Minister…

MARS pro-forma – looter presented to judge of instruction

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG – The investigation “MARS” was treated “pro-forma” on Thursday in the prison Point Blanche on Sint Maarten. It was decided by the judge that the suspects K.K.K. S. and T.J. F. will remain in prison till the next “pro-forma” on November 15th. “MARS” is the investigation into the murder…

The 3rd Caribbean Heritage Conference: making heritage matter

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Heritage Platform, consisting of Stichting Monumentenfonds Curacao, Stichting Monumentenzorg Curacao and Stadsherstel, have joined forces to host the 3rd Caribbean Conference of national trusts and preservation societies in Willemstad Curacao in November 2017. This 3-day conference will take place from November 16th until November 19th at…

Over 300k pounds supplies secured by TEATT Team Relief, PAWA the most

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – (Three Hundred thousand) pounds of hurricane relief supplies were secured and delivered by Ministry TEATT Team Relief SXM in the days following Hurricane Irma. The team, which consisted of several volunteers, was quickly formed once commercial airlines was cleared by Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher to fly into St.…

Reports of death and destruction emerge from Dominica

Source: Curacao Chronicle ROSEAU – Seven people have so far been confirmed dead as a result of Hurricane Maria’s direct hit on Dominica on Monday night. But there are fears that death toll could rise as officials get into communities that have not yet been reached. Much of the island’s housing stock were either…

Conflict rates solar panels not yet solved

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Court of Justice does not have to decide in the solar panels case. The parties concerned have asked for a postponement to reach an agreement between themselves. Aqualectra, Bureau Telecom and the Association for Sustainable Energy are seeking a solution to the conflict. Sellers and owners of…

Why

Source: Curacao Chronicle Why, why and again why do Jihadist terrorists do what they do, kill innocent people??? Almost every week, a terrorist drives a car into crowds of shoppers and tourists, blows up concerts, trains, airports and if at all possible, entire airplanes, with the war cry “Allahu Akbar, Allahu-Akbar! Allahu-Akbar! None…

Prime Minister in New York

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, NEW YORK – Premier Eugene Rhuggenaath is currently in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly 2017 until September 21st. On Monday, the Prime Minister met with members of the Curaçao community in New York and today he is participating in a debate on poverty reduction. Furthermore,…

Hurricane Maria’s damages limited on Dutch islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Hurricane Maria pulled past Sint Maarten during the early hours of Wednesday morning, at first sight without causing much damage. Sint Eustatius and Saba got more wind and rain this time around, compared to hurricane Irma two weeks ago, but there too the damages seem to be limited. The…

Dutch King pays attention to Hurricane Irma, MH17, terrorism and economic equality in budget day speech

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – On Tuesday King Willem-Alexander opened the Netherlands’ parliamentary year with his traditional Budget Day speech. He talked about the devastation Hurricane Irma left of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Dutch Kingdom, terrorism around the world, the prosecution of those responsible for the MH17 disaster, and making…

Venezuela ready to extradite former Minister of Finance

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Everything is ready for the former Minister of Finance, George Jamaloodin to be extradited from Venezuela to Curaçao. Both the Public Prosecution as the Venezuelan authorities are pending to extradite him as was requested by justice here in Curaçao. Authorities here say that it has not been easy…

Update: Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica

Source: Curacao Chronicle ROSEAU – Dominica has suffered “widespread damage” from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says. “We have lost all that money can buy,” he said in a Facebook post. The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a “potentially catastrophic” category five storm, before making landfall on the Caribbean island. Earlier Mr Skerrit…

Community strength in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Caribbean is a special place, appreciated by its residents and citizens around the world for each island’s unique identity and community strength. In the past week, many of the Caribbean OCT islands have dealt with extreme weather conditions and the devastation left by Hurricane Irma. Island territories…

Ungrateful people

Source: Curacao Chronicle I am writing this in English so that my friends in St. Maarten can understand it too because it seems that the kids we “adopted” here after hurricane Irma, had a problem going to school here because they don’t understand Dutch or Papiamentu. Oops, sorry our mistake, but we are…

Nearly 9,000 evacuated after Irma, flights back into the island soon

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Minister Responsible for Civil Aviation and the Princess Juliana International Airport Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Sunday reported that almost 9,000 people have been evacuated from St. Maarten after the passing of hurricane Irma. The Minister has been present at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) almost every day to assist…

Clean Up’s own initiative was also a success

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The fifth Curaçao Clean Up last Saturday was a complete success. This is according to the members of the organization who emphasized that this year was on their initiative. They took care of St. Joris Bay, Caracas Bay, the downtown area and various underwater locations around the island.…

CPA: Ferry back in service

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently the “Havendienst 2” (one of the harbor’s three ferries) was back in the water after extensive maintenance service. The works consisted of maintenance to the hull, especially metal and conservation work. The ferry was taken out of service on July 20. According to the Curaçao Ports Authority,…

Two hundred thousand collected at One Love SXM

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A major fundraising took place in Curaçao to help the people in St. Maarten. In total, two hundred thousand euros were collected. Under the name, ‘One Love SXM’, radio and television stations worked together to collect funds. At the Brionplein in Otrabanda, Willemstad, artists gave their all in…

InselAir conducts test flights with MD jet

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The embattled local aviation company InselAir conducted a test flight with an MD jet yesterday. On board of the aircraft were pilots, InselAir technicians and inspectors of the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA). The test flight went well but some issues were discovered that have to do with…

Willemstad District Platform Launches: ‘Clean, Safe & Attractive Willemstad Movement’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On September 16th during the Curaçao Clean Up National Cleaning Day, Willemstad District Platform (WDP) launches its Clean, Safe & Attractive Willemstad Movement. Willemstad District Platform is a platform consisting of organizations representing companies, property owners and residents in the Otrobanda, Punda, Pietermaai & Scharloo districts. This platform…

Government will accelerate tax collection

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government has lost 50 million guilders in recent months because economic growth is lagging behind. This is what the Minister of Finance Kenneth Gijsbertha reported to the Parliament of Curaçao in a public meeting. In order to get that amount in, a special committee of the tax…

Why cryptocurrency could soon become big news in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle Dealing with currencies when you travel between islands has always been complicated in the Caribbean. With 7,000 islands comprising 12 dependent territories and 13 sovereign island nations, we have a lot of currencies floating around and, to aid with tourism, many businesses on a lot of islands also accept payment…

UTS Curacao hosts benefit concert for Irma victims Sept. 17

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – United Telecommunications Services (UTS) Curaçao and the Curaçao Media Organization are organizing a media-thon and benefit concert called “One Love SXM” to help raise funds for persons affected by Hurricane Irma in St. Maarten, St. Martin, Saba, and St. Eustatius. The full day fundraising event will be held…

Amadeus report explores what drives travelers to book a flight

Source: Curacao Chronicle The study shows that preferences are better understood if a model “product / service / convenience” to provide airlines a plan of action to better communicate their offer and ensure fidelity is used. The new report released today by Amadeus, Embracing airline digital transformation: a spotlight on what Travelers value…

Booking.com drives the “Women in Tech” Summit 2017 program Web

Source: Curacao Chronicle Web Summit is one of the most reputable technology events worldwide, where they meet the Fortune 500, start-ups with innovative ideas and the best speakers to share the latest advances in the technological world. Booking.com, the global leader that connects travelers with the widest offer incredible accommodation, has announced an exclusive…

Minister Martina is optimistic about alternatives to AirBerlin”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Economic Development is confident that Lufthansa and Eurowings, two German airlines, with which the government has been conducting orientation talks, are the alternatives to losing the AirlBerlin flights this month. According to the Minister, orientation talks were conducted three weeks ago and he has positive…

“Air around oil refinery Isla is not so clean after all”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The air quality around the oil refinery Isla is not as good as was announced by the Minister of Public Health, Suzanne Camelia-Römer last week. This is according to the environmental organization SMOC. According to the organization, the measurement was done for a short period of time and…

Governor: “Government is optimistic about the future”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – “Although the Cabinet-Rhuggenaath is looking forward to the future with great optimism, we must also focus on the present.” This is according to Her Excellency Governor Lucille George-Wout yesterday during her speech in honor of the opening of the new parliamentary year. “There is no economic growth to…

Sister islands show immense commitment

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE/WILLEMSTAD – Sister islands Curaçao and Aruba have assumed the admirable role of assisting St. Maarten in whichever way possible. Curaçao is functioning as a hub for disaster relief goods and personnel, an airlift for evacuees and it accommodates patients from St. Maarten. Aruba is taking care of the…

The Fair Trade Authority Curaçao is now a fact

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Fair Trade Authority Curaçao (FTAC) is now a fact. The FTAC is responsible for supervising compliance with the Regulation under the Country Ordinance on Competition (P.B. 2016 no.16). To this end, the FTAC has gained wide scrutiny and enforcement powers. Companies that are being investigated are required…

Second Tuesday of September: Opening Parliamentary Year

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Today was the opening of the new parliamentary year in Curaçao. This has been a tradition since the time of the Netherlands Antilles. Yesterday, the President of Parliament William Millerson gave a presentation on all the activities of the last parliamentary year. Millerson also talked about the attendance…

CARICOM Heads of Government meet on hurricane situation

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in special emergency session on Saturday to receive an update on the effects of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Jose on the region and progress on the coordinated response to provide relief for those affected. The meeting, presided…

Avalon welcomes new students through white coat ceremony

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Avalon University School of Medicine, Curaçao conducted the white coat ceremony for incoming students which took place at Hilton Hotel. White coat ceremony is generally conducted at the beginning of Medical school career. The University does this ceremony to witness the new students, symbolically join this noble profession…

Tourist Guide & Hospitality course for young adults started

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – With the aim of lowering youth unemployment and stimulating tourism, the CTB, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Wellbeing (SOAW) and Reda Sosial, has launched a project offering training to unemployed young adults as entrepreneurs, tourist guides, and hospitality workers. The program will…

A new judge is sworn in by the Governor

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently a new judge for the Common Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, F.W.J. Meijer was sworn in by the Governor of Curaçao, H.E. Lucille George-Wout. We wish Judge Meijer the best of luck. Link: A new judge is sworn in

FTAC is a stimulus to economic growth

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The supervision of the Fair Trade Authority Curaçao (FTAC) on competition stimulates economic development. Because it is raising competition. More fair competition leads to lower prices, better quality and it improves the investment climate. Consumers and companies benefit from it. That fits into this government’s policy. Minister Martina,…

KTK assists in the effort to help St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The towage company KTK and client Koole Mammoet Salvage are supporting the effort to help St. Maarten with the transport of supplies and equipment to the hurricane stricken Island. The pre-planned transportation of the barge H283 by KTK to St Maarten and Statia was postponed last week due…

Flow and CaribbeanTales present world premiere of Caribbean Television Pilots at CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle TORONTO – Three new, original Caribbean TV pilots have their world premiere screenings at the 12th CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) in Toronto, Canada, this September. BattleDream Chronicles, an Animated TV Show, HEAT, and CaribbeanGrlNYC are the result of an ongoing partnership between the CaribbeanTales Media Group, the world’s largest distributor of Caribbean audio-visual content, and…

First 100 evacuees from Sint Maarten being flown to Netherlands

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The first planeload of evacuees from the hurricane-ravaged island of Sint Maarten has taken off for Eindhoven. Around 100 people are being flown to the Netherlands from neighboring Curaçao. At the same time, 550 Dutch soldiers are traveling in the other direction to keep order and help with the relief…

Rojer, Tecau win US Open Men’s Doubles title

Source: Curacao Chronicle The reigning Australian Open champions and top seeds have bowed out with a 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 loss to Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romania’s Horia Tecau. Perhaps the most poignant social commentary has come from retired American tennis pro James Blake, who was forced into addressing the issue of…

Canadians struggle to return home from Caribbean after Hurricane Irma

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – While Floridians began facing Irma’s mighty fury on Sunday, Canadians who survived the hurricane’s charge through the Caribbean islands desperately struggled for days in its chaotic aftermath. For Winny Liang, Janet Han and Ania Danilina, what was supposed to be their annual St. Maarten getaway turned into nerve-wracking…

Airberlin ends Caribbean flight schedule

Source: Curacao Chronicle DUSSELDORF – Airberlin is ending its Caribbean flight schedule from Dusseldorf on 25 September 2017. This brings to an end flights to Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean), Cancun (Mexico), Havana and Varadero (Cuba) as well as Punta Cana and Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) from this date. Airberlin kindly asks passengers who booked…

Dutch Defense resumes work in full force today after José

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG – Now that the impact of Hurricane José seems to have been limited, Dutch Defense personnel can continue in full force with the work of recovery and clearing of debris, with the assistance of a special engineers’ unit of the Marines. A large-scale distribution of food and water…

For sale: spacious house on golf course with sea view!

Source: Curacao Chronicle Are you looking for a spacious house on a golf course in the Caribbean with sea view and lots of space? This is it! 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.…

Issuance of Dutch passports to Dominicans rejected

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Government Policy, Planning and Services Armin Konket confirms that there are problems with issuing a passport. The Member of Parliament for PAR, Ana Maria Pauletta asked a few weeks ago about Dutch people who applied for a new passport and did not get them. That’s…

Curacao’s promotion in the tv series “Narcos”

Source: Curacao Chronicle Everybody’s upset, the newspapers are full of it and everybody is offended because Curaçao was portrayed in the tv series “Narcos” as a money laundering paradise where yachts full of cash would sail in to get laundered. Everybody is yelling that it’s bad publicity for our rock because it’s not…

Caribbean urged to fight President Trump’s move to scrap program protecting immigrants

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – With thousands of undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation from the United States, Caribbean-American legislators are urging the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to urgently mobilize push back against President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA, a policy of former President Barack Obama, had…

Hurricane Irma heads for the Turks and Caicos Islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle FLORIDA – An extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma is heading for the Turks and Caicos Islands. At 11 a.m. the Category 5 hurricane still packing maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour with higher gusts, was located about 120 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island and 75 miles east north…

Dutch military in Curaçao ready to assist in St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Ministry of Defense says two military aircraft will fly to the Caribbean island of Curaçao on Thursday afternoon loaded with relief supplies and troops to help authorities on former Dutch colony St. Maarten recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. The ministry says the troops being…

World famous St Maarten Airport devastated by Hurricane Irma

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – St Maarten’s world famous airport, where planes fly just above tourists’ heads, has been devastated by Hurricane Irma. Terrifying footage shows the moment the 185mph storm ripped through Princess Juliana International Airport, destroying safety fences and battering nearby Maho beach. Sand was flung onto the runway and huge…

Hurricane Irma’s first damages become clear

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – The eye of hurricane Irma has passed over the Leeward Islands. The islands are now experiencing the second half of this major category five storm which has been named catastrophic. Due to power outages, it has been hard to receive information from media colleagues, friends, and family…

Irma barrels across the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle The fierce winds, surf, and rain are en route for a possible landfall in Florida at the weekend. MIAMI – Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, is churning across islands in the northern Caribbean. The fierce winds, surf, and rain are en route for a…

Curaçao family suspected of laundering 320 million dollars

Source: Curacao Chronicle ZWOLLE – A Curaçao family is suspected of laundering 320 million dollars. “About 10 percent of the island’s gross national product went through the hands of this family,” said a Dutch prosecutor at a court house in the city of Zwolle. The family participated in a criminal organization and had…

Government’s urgency plan still needs 3 million guilders

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Government’s urgency plan will officially be presented on Wednesday, September 6 to the public. But a number of members of the press already received this plan yesterday. When going through the plan it appears that there is a shortage of 3 million guilders to implement it. This…

Surinam Airways eyes Boeing for imminent fleet renewal

Source: Curacao Chronicle PARAMARIBO – Surinam Airways (SLM) must renew its fleet by November when the lease of the current three Boeing 737-300s expires and, from recent statements by the CEO of SLM Robbi Lachmisingh, the state owned company will most likely choose the Boeing 737-700, which has the range to reach New…

New Tropical Storm forms behind Hurricane Irma

Source: Curacao Chronicle FLORIDA – Even as the Leeward Islands prepares for the impact of a dangerous Category 5 Hurricane Irma, the 10th tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic season has formed and based on current projections, it could impact that chain of islands as a hurricane as well. The National Hurricane Centre…

Hurricane Irma now extremely dangerous category 5

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – Reports from NOAA and US Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Hurricane Irma continues to strengthen and maximum sustained winds have increased to near 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts.  Irma is now an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some…

Measures against Venezuela possible

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Dutch Government is not excluding taking far-reaching measures as part of the European Union (EU) against the Venezuela Government, but this will be done in close consultation with the Dutch Caribbean countries. Dutch caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders and Minister of Home Affairs and…

UN: Venezuela Government following a “Policy to Repress”

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – After sending a team to investigate the human rights conditions in Venezuela amid growing political and economic crisis, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office has reported that the crushing of anti-government protests point to the “the existence of a policy to repress political dissent and instill fear…

Berenschot gives SONA financial administration new hospital

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The development organization SONA will receive the financial administration of the new hospital project from Berenschot. This is the outcome of a lawsuit filed by SONA on Thursday. Based on this outcome, SONA can now prepare the annual accounts, as requested by the Minister of Public Health, Suzanne…

St. Maarten under hurricane watch, business to continue as usual

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Government offices, schools and businesses are to operate as normal today, Monday. Residents and businesses are urged by Prime Minister William Marlin to complete their storm preparations by Tuesday afternoon as Hurricane Irma continues to make its way to the local area. The country was put under a…

Limits of elitism

Source: Curacao Chronicle Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, should watch his back. Sooner or later, popular uprise will get in the way of his ideological Bolivarian revolution. The end of FARC demonstrated that even after more than a 50-year civil war in Colombia, and 400,000 death, the ideologically motivated Leninists, had no other…

Navy ship to remain in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch government is not in favor of withdrawing its navy ships from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom to stop refugees in the Mediterranean. This is according to the Dutch Minister of Defense, Jeanine Hennis-Plsschaert in her reply to the questions from the Member of…

Murray Attorneys at Law takes a different approach to practicing law

Source: Curacao Chronicle Boutique-style law firm established. WILLEMSTAD – With a fresh perspective, new name, new office building, great team of attorneys, the well-known attorney Mirto F. Murray started the self-named practice: Murray Attorneys at Law. The firm focuses on showing its commitment action-based rather than with exhaustive words. As from September 1st,…

Measures against President Central Bank

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The situation in which there is a criminal investigation against the President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten, Emsley Tromp, is taking place and a possible prosecution, which was announced by the Public Prosecution, makes the maintaining of the President in that position unacceptable. There…

Tromp returns to Central Bank’s office

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) President-Director Emsley Tromp was back in his office for the first time since the Safire tax fraud investigation was launched against him. Curaçao Finance Minister Kenneth Gijsbertha said this was not a development he had hoped for and that Tromp…

Positive news for the weekend: Release of Sea Turtle “Kaycee”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently a young green sea turtle (named Kaycee on the spot) was released in nature after it was found a few months ago in the waters around Klein (little) Curaçao. This took place at Wakawa with the presence of schoolchildren led by Clarette Schoop, Carmabi Director Paul Stokkermans,…

New Attorney General takes oath of office

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Friday September 1, the new Attorney General of Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba), Roger Tijmen Bos was sworn in by the Acting Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Nolda Römer-Kenepa. Link: New Attorney General takes oath of office

InselAir tries other ways to get its money from Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The local airline InselAir has requested the assistance of one of its own customers to recover the 100 million dollars owed to them by Venezuela. The Director of International Affairs, Edward Heerenveen announced this recently during a radio interview. Heerenveen did not want to disclose the name of…

Poverty’s frustration

Source: Curacao Chronicle The poor see their chances of social and economic mobility eroding; they have become second, or even third choice. The new elite of wealth formation is exclusive, locking out capital poor new comers. Income inequality is growing faster than equality and collective efforts to break the cycle of poverty by…

US announces new PDVSA sanctions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Last Friday, the Trump administration introduced new sanctions on the Venezuelan government that will make it more difficult for state-run oil firm PDVSA to access foreign investment. PDVSA is heavily in debt, and is in need of new funds to refinance its maturing bonds. Without access to American…

Avila Beach Hotel gives a helping hand

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Avila Beach Hotel wished Oranjeschool a happy start of the new school year with 15 computer screens, 200 donuts and a huge amount of school supplies brought by their hotel guests with the PackforaPurpose.org project during the summer break. The Avila Beach Hotel became a member of Pack for a Purpose which encourages tourists to bring…

3rd Caribbean Conference to be hosted in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) announced in their recent monthly newsletter that Curaçao is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For this reason, the Curaçao Heritage Platform will host the 3rd Caribbean Conference of national trusts and preservation societies in Willemstad Curaçao…

Court: Extradition M.-M. to the USA is allowed

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Common Court of Justice in Willemstad has declared the request for extradition of the man E.A.M.-M. (1976, Venezuela) admissible. The Court advises the Governor of Curaçao in its decision of August 29, 2017, to proceed with the extradition of the man to the United States. According to…

Gregory Damoen new member for Cft Curaçao and Sint Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Council of Ministers of the Kingdom has appointed Mr. Gregory Damoen on 1 September as a member of the Board of financial supervision of Curaçao and Sint Maarten on behalf of Curacao. Mr. Damoen herewith succeeds Mr. Alberto Romero, whose term of office terminated on February 1st,…

Evaluation shows mixed results in justice projects

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The cooperation programs executed in the Dutch Caribbean from 2010 to 2015 with funds from The Hague have had results in the so-called repression trajectory to improve security and justice, but insufficient was achieved in the areas of prevention, self-reliance and rehabilitation. Dutch caretaker Minister of Home…

Illegal permit issuance doesn’t imply passport

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The recent fraud with residency papers in Curaçao involving personnel of the local immigration service doesn’t mean that the persons who illegally obtained these documents also acquire a Dutch passport. Dutch caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated this on Wednesday in response…

Curaçao Airport focuses on Non-Aero Revenues with CA+

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curacao Airport Partners NV (CAP), operators of Curaçao International Airport, have chosen the Concessionaire Analyzer+ (CA+) software solution to assist in improving the management of its non-aeronautical sector. The solution will focus on automating the collection of detailed sales data from concessions, whilst providing a centralized platform for contracts management,…

Former St. Maarten secret service director found guilty

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Former Security Service of St. Maarten VDSM Director James Richardson was sentenced to a prison term of two years for embezzlement and money-laundering, and ordered to pay NAf. 231.000 back to Government. The money was overcharged on VDSM’s credit card for buying personal goods. The Judge called the…

Four organizations in the race for carnival

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Four groups are in the race for the organization of carnival in the next two years. Coridja stars, by Corinne Djaoen Gennaro, who has been organizing the national event for a few years, artists and musicians AGKK, and two new parties: Stichting J.A.G. and Sumusica BV. They have…

CARICOM extends sympathy to hurricane-damaged US

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended its sympathies to the Government and people of the United States, and especially the state of Texas, on the loss of lives and extensive damage to property and infrastructure following the passage of Hurricane Harvey. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a…

Smart Play drags UTS into court

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG – Where in the law does it say one needs a special permit to organise legal lottery sales via SMS? That’s what attorney Berti Braam queried on behalf of Smart Play against United Telecommunication Services (UTS). The government-owned company per August 15 stopped allowing SMS lotteries on its network.…

NAAM resumes search statue Peter Stuyvesant

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Where was the statue of Peter Stuyvesant? When the statue was removed from the high school that bears its name six years ago, many people remained with that question. The Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, Marilyn Alcala-Wallé has now instructed the Archeological Institute (NAAM) to find…

International experts to gather for Internet Week Guyana in October

Source: Curacao Chronicle Internet experts from around the world will be in Georgetown in October for Internet Week Guyana, a high-level technology conference focused on national and regional development issues. Hosted by the Guyana Ministry of Public Telecommunications, the meeting is jointly organised by the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC),…

Kingdom Representative Isabella to be replaced by 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle KRALENDIJK – Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella will be replaced by a new candidate in 2018. This much can be deducted from a letter Minister Ronald Plasterk from Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations has sent to the Dutch Second chamber today. Some discussion had arisen over the tenure of Isaballe as…

Exhibition features Curaçao slave child at royal court

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Historical Museum of The Hague will dedicate special attention to a Curaçao slave child who, together with a second male slave child from Ginea, served at the court of Stadtholder Willem V in the 1800s at the exhibition titled “African Servants at The Hague’s Court” which opens…

Moses wants money from Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curacao must claim Cadivi’s 100 million debt to InselAir in Venezuela during negotiations with that country. This is according to the Member of Parliament Marilyn Moses. “We should not think too easily that Venezuela has no money. Even if that’s the case, they will pay in oil, because…

Venezuela to prosecute those supporting US sanctions

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuela will prosecute those who supported recent U.S. sanctions against the South American country, its Constituent Assembly, made up of government supporters, agreed on Tuesday. Last week, Washington imposed financial sanctions against Caracas in an effort to cut back funds for the already severely cash-strapped government. President Nicolas…

CHTA calls for joint efforts to spur Caribbean tourism

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) applauds efforts being made by the region’s public and private sectors to grow tourism, but cautions against the inherent risks if the sectors do not work more closely together to resolve differences. With regional and global investor confidence critical to the Caribbean’s tourism…

Alcala-Wallé: Trade union too premature with announcement actions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The trade union for non-teaching staff STSK is too premature to announce actions. This is according to the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Marilyn Alcala-Wallé. The minister, therefore, reacts to STSK’s threats that if she doesn’t respond within forty-eight hours they will go on strike. The…

SONA files lawsuit against Berenschot

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Board of the Netherlands Antilles Development Fund (SONA) has filed a lawsuit against Berenschot. SONA wants to receive Berenschot’s financial numbers to be able to complete its annual reports of 2014, 2015 and 2016. The SONA Foundation is responsible for the construction of the new hospital on…

InselAir to become profitable again next year

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The local airline InselAir can be profitable again by 2018. The current Management takes into account a net profit of 2.8 million dollars, followed by 5 million in 2019. This is evidenced by the presentation of the management to creditors on Monday. InselAir has until August 2018 to…

More oil for Isla soon

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to the Deputy Director of the Isla Refinery, Karel van Haren, soon the refinery will be able to produce to its normal capacity in the last quarter of the year. Then the main plant for processing the crude oil will be back in operation. It is expected…

Too many drivers without their proper car documents

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During a recent police checkpoint, almost half of the drivers were fined. These checkpoints were at Seru Fortunaweg and Regentesselaan near the Emmastad shooting range. Of the 91 checked care, 38 had something missing. The biggest issue was driving without a valid driver’s license. The police announced more…

Airberlin to cut long-haul routes following insolvency

Source: Curacao Chronicle DUSSELDORF – The German aviation company Airberlin, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, will reduce long-haul routes from Berlin Tegel as bookings have dropped dramatically. “Airberlin will further stabilize its operational situation at Berlin Tegel and will cut loss-making routes this coming autumn and winter,” an Airberlin spokesperson confirmed.…

Hilton Curaçao organizes an Open Day Job Market

Source: Curacao Chronicle Open Day at Hilton Curaçao Showcases Diverse and Rewarding Career Opportunities in Hospitality for Job Seekers in Curaçao. WILLEMSTAD – Hilton Curacao organized this past Saturday August 26th an Open Day Job Market showcasing the many opportunities available in the hotel for youth and other job seekers. Over 350 applicants…

Antigua-Barbuda moves towards stronger relations with Canada

Source: Curacao Chronicle OTTAWA – Antigua and Barbuda and Canada took a further step in strengthening relations between the two countries on Monday when Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, met with Antigua and Barbuda’s non-resident High Commissioner, Sir Ronald Sanders. Sanders presented a letter from Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, to…

Who will come to the rescue???

Source: Curacao Chronicle “Yes, Anansi, Essequibo, Berbice, and Surinam is an unfortunate story. Maybe I should not have told you.” “Oh no, I am pleased. Now I know that my nephews called Atta, Accara, and Accabre, are named after heroes. I also know many Cuffies. My family is famous, man!” Anansi swung in…

St Lucia PM: “Time is against us” on climate change

Source: Curacao Chronicle CASTRIES -– A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) prime minister has reiterated the call for developed countries to assist Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in their quest to combat the effects of climate change. The St Lucian leader, Allen Chastanet, said time is running out for small states such as those in…

Threats fly amid Grenada passport controversy

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST JOHN’S – In response to what it describes as “fake news” in relation to the alleged attempted sale of a Grenada diplomatic passport by one of its managing partners, citizenship consultancy firm Henley & Partners has threatened legal action against a financial compliance consultant and also a commercial boycott…

Minister Martina: “Avianca Curaçao is a real possibility”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina sees a good possibility of a restart of InselAir as Avianca Curaçao. The Minister announced this during the recent press conference of the Council of Ministers. InselAir’s routes and staff will be taken over by Avianca. The Colombian company will also…

OPEN LETTER to the government

Source: Curacao Chronicle With reference to the recent exhortation of the Prime Minister in the local newspapers in Curaçao that the business community should take the initiative for the economic development of Curaçao and should not leave everything for the government to accomplish, a serious movement has come into being. Not only in…

FKP charges too much rent for apartment complex

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Rental Housing Committee ruled in favor of the residents of Hofi Monchi. They filed a lawsuit against the housing association FKP. The residents believe that they are paying way too much rent and the Rental Housing Committee agreed with their complaint. Hofi Monchi is a group of…

Plaza Hotel to be auctioned again; buyer has not paid

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The sale of the Plaza Hotel in Punda has been reversed. John Burcham, CEO of Allied United Financial Corporation (AUFC) has not paid and will be held responsible for the costs of the auction. Giro Bank will hold a new auction as soon as possible. Burcham has not…

Curaçao seeks to do more business with Dominican Republic

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, SANTO DOMINGO – A delegation headed by the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina is currently in the Dominican Republic seeking to increase trade, investment, and business opportunities between the two countries. The delegation will be in the country from August 28 until the 31st. The mission is in…

Joint Court gives new judge warm welcome

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – New Judge in civil, administrative and civil servant cases for St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius Paula van der Burgt (52) was officially installed as a member of the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, and of Bonaire, Statia and Saba during an extraordinary sitting…

Former SSC Director Margit de Freitas disappointed

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The suspended director of the Curacao Education Fund Foundation, Margit de Freitas received two setbacks. First, she got a disappointing judicial verdict in view of the lawsuit she had filed against her employer SSC. The judge ruled against her. She does not have to be admitted immediately on…

The Prime Minister’s urgency plan is ready

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The urgency plan of the government of Rhuggenaath is ready. This is according to the Prime Minister to the media. Meanwhile, the plan has already been discussed with the Curaçao Business Association (VBC). They took three months to get a well thought out plan. The government primarily wants…

Rosaria: “Lessons from Myanmar”

Source: Curacao Chronicle On September 15, 2016, just two weeks before elections in Curaçao, I sat in the first row for the signing ceremony of the MoU between the Government of Curaçao and the Chinese state-controlled Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE). I had also hoped to finally learn some details about the memorandum. Unbelievably…

Trump exempts Citgo from Venezuela sanctions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – President Trump is exempting Citgo Petroleum Corp., owned by Venezuela’s government, from the financial sanctions imposed Friday on the country. The latest set of sanctions is meant to punish the government of President Nicolás Maduro as it moves to rewrite the country’s constitution and consolidate his power. To that end, the…

Jazzy city: Punda & Pietermaai District

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Punda and Pietermaai District join forces to continue the jazzy feeling this year. This is why, on Thursday the 31st of August, the City Jazz Walk will take place. From 6 pm both Punda and Pietermaai District will be covered in jazz. Together with the bars and restaurants,…

Venezuela’s PDVSA negotiating Curacao refinery lease

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, CARACAS –  Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA on Thursday said on Friday it was negotiating the continuation of its lease of Curaçao’s Isla refinery but was open to Chinese partners following a preliminary deal between the island and China’s Guangdong Zhenrong Energy to operate the complex. PDVSA has for…

House for rent in gated community in Caribbean – close to beach

Source: Curacao Chronicle Are you looking for a spacious rental villa with open floor plan, private swimming pool and breathtaking views overlooking the Caribbean Sea? We have found your match. This house is for rent in the gated community “Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao”. Resort amenities include a private beach, restaurants,…

Update: Embattled Aruban Minister remains at his post

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – Paul Croes remains a minister in Aruba despite being arrested on suspicion of civil corruption in the Ibis case. This is according to Prime Minister of Aruba Mike Eman. In addition, Croes also continues to receive his salary. Aruba has no legislation about what to do when a…

Premier Rhuggenaath meets Isla and PDVSA management

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath had an introductory meeting with the new Director of the oil refinery Isla, Mrs. Vanessa Flores. The Vice President of the Venezuelan State Oil Company PDVSA, Mr. Guillermo Blanco was also present. The meeting between the parties took place in a pleasant and casual…

Santa Barbara Airlines notifies suspension of flights in Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – As of September 1, the operations of the airline Santa Bárbara Airlines on the route between Panama and Venezuela has been suspended, by orders of the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC). This airline indicated that the decision was taken following a restructuring of the itinerary and especially…

Chamber of Commerce and Holland House with trade mission to Colombia in September 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Curacao has recently organized a highly successful business conference on international business – focusing on Export. During this conference, Mr. Jan Willem van Bokhoven and three Curaçao entrepreneurs gave a presentation about the Colombian market, their experiences and business opportunities. During the…

Who is Latin America and the Caribbean leaving behind?

Source: Curacao Chronicle Last month at the High Level Political Forum in New York, more than 40 countries – 11 from Latin America and the Caribbean – shared their progress in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), within the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The meeting has made evident the region’s political…

Groups plea for better treatment for Venezuelans in Guyana

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – Religious, humanitarian and non-governmental organizations in Guyana have rapped the David Granger administration for its treatment of Venezuelans fleeing their homeland because of the worsening political and economic environment. Venezuelans who enter Georgetown illegally are taken before the law courts, fined and deported. But the groups insist that Venezuelans…

Venezuela police broadcast raid on rebel prosecutor Luisa Ortega’s home, claiming luxury labels and art are proof of corruption

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuelan authorities have raided the home of Luisa Ortega Diaz, the attorney general ousted after speaking out against the government, claiming to have found evidence of a lavish lifestyle financed by corruption. Images broadcast on Venezuelan state television on Wednesday showed designer clothes, expensive wines and artworks by…

97 new citizens in the Dutch Kingdom

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Wednesday, August 22, a total of 97 persons, signed the declaration of solidarity in the presence of the Governor of Curaçao in a naturalization ceremony. They have thus acquired the Dutch citizenship. On the photo: The Governor of Curaçao, Mrs. Lucille George-Wout, along with children who acquired…

Ocean Flower forced to stay in Willemstad

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Ocean Flower ferry which is now docked in the port of Willemstad will stay there for a while. There is disagreement between the Canadian owner and the Trinidad and Tobago government. The ferry would sail between the Trinidad and the Tobago islands, but the government is busy…

Caribbean Tourism Organization calls for United States/Caribbean Strategic Alliance in furtherance of U.S. – Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act

Source: Curacao Chronicle Mechanism Incorporating Caribbean’s Tourism Working Group with Entities Tasked with Implementing the Act Will Be A Winning Formula, Says CTO Secretary General. NEW YORK – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has called for a formal partnership between the region’s tourism sector and those responsible for implementing the United States-Caribbean Strategic…

67 militiamen started training

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – 67 boys started yesterday’s military training for the Curaçao and Aruban Militia. For eleven months, they are trained at Parera’s base to work as militiamen in Aruba and Curaçao. After that, they will be deployed for security and safety tasks. The militiamen are also increasingly involved in military…

Court declares Scarlet bankrupt

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Court of First Instance of Curaçao, declared the telecommunication company Scarlet bankrupt yesterday. This puts an end to a few noisy and uncertain months for both the employees and the company’s customers. The Court decided to declare the company bankrupt because after the deferment of payment was…

Margit de Freitas dismissed as Director of SSC

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Margit de Freitas was dismissed as Director of the Educational Loan Foundation (SSC), which is the foundation that finances the higher education of local students. The Minister of Education, Marilyn Alcala-Wallé already suspended her a few weeks ago. One of the reasons for her dismissal was the big…

Venezuela’s ousted prosecutor accuses Maduro of corruption

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRASILIA – Venezuela’s recently ousted chief prosecutor on Wednesday accused President Nicolas Maduro of participating in acts of corruption, saying she would turn over proof that would help other countries prosecute. Luisa Ortega Diaz spoke during a meeting of Mercosur trade bloc prosecutors in the capital of Brasilia. Ortega was removed by…

Update: Identities of SUV occupants involved in deadly crash

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The identities and nationalities of the suspects/victims of the deadly crash at Kaya Mitologia have been released by the police. Number 1: Suspect/victim (occupant that was sitting next to the driver): The man Enrique Alexander Romero Aguasviva born in the Dominican Republic on September 29, 1970 Number 2:…

Update: Aruban Minister still held, housekeeper freed

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – A foreign woman who was held during Monday morning’s raid at the home of Aruban Minister of Social Affairs, Youth and Labour Paul Croes was released that same evening, when it turned out she did have the necessary papers to work as cleaning lady after all. Croes and his…

Parliament’s attendance list to become public

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – President of Parliament William Millerson says that there is not much he can do about the high absenteeism during the parliamentary meetings. Since the start of the new parliament, this has been an issue. The leader of the opposition party MFK, Gerrit Schotte tops the list and the…

New CBCS board almost complete

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) now consists of six new members (including the chairman) and is now almost complete. The screening of the seventh candidate, whose name is not yet known, will be completed within short. The Supervisory Board comprises…

Seven years later, 37,967 Haitians still live in camps

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT AU PRINCE – Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the number of humanitarian organizations working in the country has been reduced drastically, while 37,967 displaced people are still living in 27 camps in Haiti despite the efforts of the Haitian government and the international community to assist and relocate…

No passport sales here: Grenada denies money exchanged for citizenship

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST GEORGE’S –  Grenada does not sell diplomatic passports. That’s the strong response of the Chairman of Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) in Grenada, Kaisha Ince at the height of damning reports that a Ukrainian businessman was repaid US$1 million after he failed to obtain a Grenada diplomatic passport. “This information…

Curaçao mourns the passing of a beloved Artist: Nena Sanchez

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao grieves for the death of Nena Sanchez. Last Friday, the famous artist died. Curaçao culture and art will never be the same. Since early childhood Nena showed an artistic inclination that developed through her teen years. When she was 18 years old, she decided to participate in…

Colombia offers asylum to ousted Venezuela prosecutor

Source: Curacao Chronicle BOGOTA – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday offered asylum to Venezuela’s ousted chief prosecutor, who fled to the country last week. Luisa Ortega arrived in Colombia on Friday with her husband German Ferrer after Venezuelan authorities ordered his arrest for allegedly running an extortion ring out of the prosecutor’s office. Santos…

SMMC confirms baby born with ‘characteristics of microcephaly’

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) confirmed on Monday that a baby was born at the institution on Saturday, August 19, “with characteristics of microcephaly.” SMMC Medical Director Dr. Felix Holiday told The Daily Herald the hospital’s specialists cannot conclude at this point what caused the microcephaly. However, he said…

Aspiravi high-five on Curacao; Belgian group completes 17.25MW wind farm in Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Belgium’s Aspiravi has completed the 17.25MW Tera Kora 2 wind farm on the Caribbean island of Curacao. Developed with local partner NuCapital, the project features five Vestas V117-3.45MW wind turbines. The completion of what is now Curacao’s third wind farm means the island now gets 30% of its energy needs from renewable energy sources.…

Dominican, Dutch Antilles officials talk economic cooperation

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Dominican Republic on Monday signed the Political Dialogue Act with Curaçao, Aruba, St. Martin and the Netherlands, which creates work groups for economic cooperation, health tourism, sustainable development, connectivity between islands, and in other areas. The agreement was signed by Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas; Curaçao Prime…

Two tropical systems continue to threaten the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – An Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday found that the system still lacks a well-defined centre of circulation, and so far there is no indication of winds to tropical storm force. However, according to the National Hurricane Center…

Successful Jiu Jitsu & self-defense seminar

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On August 19, Medina Grappling Association and PRO-FIT Curaçao successfully organized a Jiu Jitsu & Self-defense course by Master Krupa who is a multiple black belt degree holder in Jiu Jitsu, Kempo Karate & Judo. The seminar was visited by several martial arts practitioners with different types of…

Henk Brons to temporary head Kingdom Relations

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – Henk Brons, currently Representative of the Dutch Government in Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, will temporary head the Directorate of Kingdom Relations of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK per September 15. Brons will combine the temporary position with his work on the islands.…

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