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May 23, 2017

Curacao

Screening candidate ministers almost finished

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

Asset Recovery Team confiscates three houses in Curaçao

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

Food product expiry date & safety

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

Venezuela death toll nears 50 as protest violence escalates

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

Sneakers

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

Press Release MEO related to recent inspections

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

Pippa Middleton got married

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

USVI, Airbnb sign first tax agreement in the Caribbean

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

Process to amend Constitution resumes, despite protest Statia

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

“WannaCry – A Caribbean Cyber Security Perspective”

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

Creditors meeting InselAir suspended

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

Extradition request Corallo treated behind closed doors

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

New Curaçao promotional video on ABC Network

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

MAN wants debate on expired products

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

Largest Airlift Conference ever held in the Caribbean

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

Investigation to be launched into fire at Isla oil refinery

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

Fire at Isla oil refinery under control

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

Minister Economic Development pleads for centralized government inspectorate

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

Analyst says Caribbean companies at risk for ransomware attacks

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

Ultimatum for InselAir Aruba

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

KLM adopts Ronald McDonald House Charities Curaçao

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

Breast milk may cure cancer, scientists say

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

TUI transfers flights St. Maarten to KLM

Source: Curacao Chronicle | TUI transfers flights St. Maarten to KLM RIJSWIJK – TUI Netherlands will end the Amsterdam-St. Maarten route this winter season and transfer its two weekly flights to Royal Dutch Airlines KLM. This will make more capacity available on TUI flights to Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. TUI announced this in a press

Expectations for the tourist sector in the year 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Expectations for the tourist sector in the year 2017 WILLEMSTAD – The implementation of the tourism master plan is central for the year 2017. The new Implementation Manager Paul Kok is responsible for the coordination and monitoring of the execution of the master plan. The monitoring of the implementation of the

Considerable decline tourism first quarter 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Considerable decline tourism first quarter 2017 WILLEMSTAD – The effects of the problems surrounding the local airline InselAir are becoming visible for the tourism on the island. Almost all markets in the region are in the minus. The figures for the first quarter of this year report a sharp decline in

Corallo cannot pay his bail

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Corallo cannot pay his bail PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Franseco Corallo may be released pending his extradition case if he can post bail which was set at 3 million dollars by the Court of Justice. The casino boss said that he doesn’t have money because all his bank accounts had been seized.

US slaps sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court judges

Source: Curacao Chronicle | US slaps sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court judges WASHINGTON – The United States has imposed sanctions on Venezuela‘s chief judge and seven other members of the country’s Supreme Court as punishment for seizing powers from the opposition-led congress earlier this year. Those sanctioned will have their assets frozen within US jurisdiction,

UTS kicks off major brand revitalisation

Source: Curacao Chronicle | UTS kicks off major brand revitalisation PHILIPSBURG – United Telecommunications Services (UTS) has announced the start of a major brand revitalisation focused on aligning customer experience with new technologies and improved business practices of the company. UTS affirms its belief that creating a meaningful connection with the customer is essential in ensuring

Coast Guard arrests more illegal immigrants in 2016

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Coast Guard arrests more illegal immigrants in 2016 THE HAGUE – The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard apprehended more illegal immigrants in 2016. In total 122 persons were arrested, of whom 36 near St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba. The majority, 60, were caught in Curaçao and another 26 in Aruba. In

Pomp and circumstance

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Pomp and circumstance Pope Benedict XVI had a love for wearing 18-krt golden, Medieval vestments, which weighted so heavy that he required the assistance of two or even four helpers. Followed by a procession of richly adorned Cardinals, the Princes of the Church all with biretta and golden rings as signs

The people were angry; protest at supermarket Goisco

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The people were angry; protest at supermarket Goisco WILLEMSTAD – Yesterday in the afternoon hours a large crowd gathered to protest right in front of the wholesale supermarket Goisco in Biesheuvel. As was recently reported, officials of the multidisciplinary team have confiscated 1000 kilos of meat and other products that are

InselAir hopes to finish layoff process by end of this month

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir hopes to finish layoff process by end of this month WILLEMSTAD – The local aviation company InselAir hopes that by the end of this month, the Department of Labor will finish the layoff process of 250 of its employees. This process is important while InselAir did not receive the last

Rhuggenaath does not want to get rid of financial supervision

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Rhuggenaath does not want to get rid of financial supervision WILLEMSTAD – The future Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath does not want to get rid of the financial supervision. The proposed Prime Minister believes that Committee for Financial Supervision (CFT) plays an important role in keeping public finances healthy. Curacao

Caribbean countries urged to tax tobacco, alcohol, sugar-sweetened beverages

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean countries urged to tax tobacco, alcohol, sugar-sweetened beverages BRIDGETOWN – Taxes on tobacco, alcoholic and sweetened beverages can help reduce consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to improve the health of the Caribbean population, says the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). And it’s encouraging

Venezuelans in Florida send tons of supplies to protesters back home

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuelans in Florida send tons of supplies to protesters back home FLORIDA – Groups of Venezuelans living overseas are sending tons of supplies, including gas masks, safety helmets and first-aid kits, to support the protesters marching in their homeland against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Demonstrations across Venezuela began April

Joint Court hears request for Corallo’s extradition

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Joint Court hears request for Corallo’s extradition PHILIPSBURG–Workers and supporters of businessman Francesco Corallo came out in full force on Tuesday afternoon for his long-awaited extradition hearing at the Court House. Slogans such as “Respect Human Rights, Free Francesco” were shouted by protestors, primarily casino employees, who demanded the release of

Howard Johnson and Paradise Plaza Casino remain closed

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Howard Johnson and Paradise Plaza Casino remain closed WILLEMSTAD – The Howard Johnson hotel with Paradise Plaza Casino remain closed for the time being. The Gaming Control Board (GCB) says that the hotel does not meet the requirements. In addition, the building is not fireproof. In fact, the hotel does not

After election loss, former Bahamas PM steps down as party leader

Source: Curacao Chronicle | After election loss, former Bahamas PM steps down as party leader NASSAU – With the weight of last Wednesday’s crushing election defeat on his shoulders, former Prime Minister Perry Christie announced his resignation as leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and the end of a political career spanning two decades. “My

Klein Curaçao as hub for illegal trade

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Klein Curaçao as hub for illegal trade WILLEMSTAD – For years, the small island east of Curaçao, Klein (small) Curaçao, has been used as a hub for illegal trade. This is according to the spokesman for the Coast Guard, Roderick Gouverneur. Not only with the increase of Venezuelan refugees, but for

Aqualectra warns about issues with electricity supply

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Aqualectra warns about issues with electricity supply WILLEMSTAD – Aqualectra warns that there are issues with their electricity supply. The utility company has problems with three turbines. One of them was irreparably damaged and needs to be replaced. The other two have been out of order for weeks now. Without these

There is hope; Airberlin may continue after the summer

Source: Curacao Chronicle | There is hope; Airberlin may continue after the summer WILLEMSTAD – There is still a chance that Airberlin will continue to fly to Curaçao after October this year. The airline has been flying for several years between Düsseldorf and Curaçao, but recently it was reported that flights would be stopped after

M. Rojer and A. dos Santos sworn in as Members of Parliament

Source: Curacao Chronicle | M. Rojer and A. dos Santos sworn in as Members of Parliament WILLEMSTAD – On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Mr. M.N.J. Rojer and M.A. Dos Santos were sworn in as Members of Parliament. Both took an oath of office in the presence of the Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Lucille George-Wout.

Damage report of the Megapier 2 construction site

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Damage report of the Megapier 2 construction site WILLEMSTAD – Here one can find a description of the damage caused by construction activities for the second mega pier in April 2017. This report (17Mb, so maybe a slow download) is freely available and aims to provide all parties involved with an accurate description

Stern warning for Statia Government

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Stern warning for Statia Government THE HAGUE – Outgoing Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk on Friday sent a stern warning to the St. Eustatius Government: it has to abide by the law, and cannot just toss aside valid legislation and legal decisions. The Minister made it

InselAir former station manager in Sint Maarten arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir former station manager in Sint Maarten arrested PHILIPSBURG – Police arrested the former station manager Alanso Hassel at his Mount William home around 7 am Tuesday morning. Hassel is wanted in connection with the embezzlement of funds from Insel Air. At the time the story broke on the embezzlement of

Weather: Windy days ahead

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Weather: Windy days ahead WILLEMSTAD – According to the Meteorological Department, the weather will be partly to mostly cloudy with an overall dry condition and occasionally windy. The wind is easterly and moderate to fresh; force 4 to 5 (20 to 39 km/hr, 11 to 21 knots). An occasional gust to

RBC continues partnership with Curaçao Little League in 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | RBC continues partnership with Curaçao Little League in 2017 Partnership RBC and Little League contributes to the development of youth of Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – RBC Royal Bank has been the main sponsoring partner of Curaçao Little League for 17 years.  Recently, RBC reaffirmed its partnership with the signing of the sponsorship

Minister of Public Health loses support from her own party

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Minister of Public Health loses support from her own party WILLEMSTAD – Party leader Marilyn Moses (photo) of Movementu Progresivo (MP) has withdrawn support for her own interim Minister of Public Health, Environment and Nature, Sisline Girigoria. Also, the political leader will support a motion of no confidence against her in

Why buy a house in Curaçao?

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Why buy a house in Curaçao? The island has a tropical climate. The sun always shines, the average temperature is 80F and there are constant cool breezes. Curacao is attractive for investors: great location, a stable democracy, no hurricanes, modern facilities and constant economic growth. Offshore banking available. Many multinationals have

Venezuela Health Minister sacked after revealing sharp rise in infant and maternal deaths

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela Health Minister sacked after revealing sharp rise in infant and maternal deaths CARACAS – Venezuela has fired Health Minister Antonieta Caporale after her department released statistics revealing a shocking increase in infant and maternal mortality. Vice-Minister of Hospitals Luis Lopez has been appointed to take her place, according to state media.

Press release: ‘Formateur’ Eugene Rhuggenaath on formation new government

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Press release: ‘Formateur’ Eugene Rhuggenaath on formation new government WILLEMSTAD – On Thursday, May 11, Her Excellence the Governor of Curaçao requested Eugene Rhuggenaath, to form a cabinet supported by the political parties PAR, MAN and PIN. These parties signed a government agreement last week. Based on the Governor’s instructions, Rhuggenaath spoke

Corallo’s Paradise Casino closed after inspection

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Corallo’s Paradise Casino closed after inspection WILLEMSTAD – The authorities of the Gaming Control Board have shut down the operations of the Paradise Casino in Otrobanda. The casino is part of the Howard Johnson Hotel in Otrobanda and belongs to the Atlantis World Group of Fransesco Corallo. According to the supervisor,

Official Complaint to Minister of Justice, Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Official Complaint to Minister of Justice, Curaçao Dear Hon Silie, I have been dealing, well over a month, with an online casino (Rich Casino. www.richcasino.com)  that is licensed in your country. They have owed me money, from winnings on their casino site, for at least a month and since then have

Winair selects PAWA Dominicana as operating partner

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Winair selects PAWA Dominicana as operating partner PHILLIPSBURG – Winair marketing, sales and customer service director Claudio Buncamper told ch-aviation in an e-mail statement that the regional airline has concluded a collaboration agreement with PAWA Dominicana. Under the terms of the agreement, PAWA Dominicana will operate a twice-weekly MD-82 / MD-83 service

Largest Cuban mining project nears completion

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Largest Cuban mining project nears completion HAVANA – The Castellanos Project, the largest Cuban mining investment located in the westernmost province of Pinar del Rio, will be operational in July. Cuban Vice-President Ramiro Valdes visited the site along Energy and Mining Minister Alfredo Lopez, where they were informed that the works

Caribbean Tourism Organization and Travel Foundation launch online training course in sustainable tourism

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean Tourism Organization and Travel Foundation launch online training course in sustainable tourism The programme will deliver training in key sustainability topics as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the resiliency and global competitiveness of the region’s tourism sector BRIDGETOWN – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean’s tourism development agency, and

Ready to govern: New Bahamas PM promises new direction

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Ready to govern: New Bahamas PM promises new direction NASSAU – Declaring it was a new day in The Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis was sworn in as the country’s fourth prime minister last night, promising to chart a new course in the country. “I again thank the Bahamian people for reposing their

Jesus Leito: “We need inspections at all times!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Jesus Leito: “We need inspections at all times!” WILLEMSTAD – “We haven’t had inspections at supermarkets and mini markets for a long time,” said the former Minister of Public Health, Zita Jesus-Leito. “Now everybody knows that we have the people in the public sector to perform these inspections. It’s now a

Entrepreneurs in Haiti will soon have broader access to technical skills training, because of an initiative to promote digital jobs in the country

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Entrepreneurs in Haiti will soon have broader access to technical skills training, because of an initiative to promote digital jobs in the country PORT AU PRINCE – The initiative is led by LACNIC, the Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2013, LACNIC has strengthened the technical skills of more

Sun Country Airlines to fly to Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Sun Country Airlines to fly to Aruba MINNEAPOLIS – Sun Country Airlines has announced nonstop scheduled service to Aruba in its winter/spring 2018 schedule. Seasonal flights to the Caribbean island will be offered December 2017 through April 2018 via Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Service will include one weekly flight, departing on Saturdays

Drugs catch

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Drugs catch PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Caribbean Coastguard, in close cooperation with the St. Maarten Customs Department, on Saturday seized 101 packages of marijuana with a total weight of 35.67 kilos on board the vessel “Scotty Sky,” which was moored in Great Bay. The illicit drugs were hidden between coconut plants.

Menki Rojer after absenteeism: “Nothing’s going on”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Menki Rojer after absenteeism: “Nothing’s going on” WILLEMSTAD – The absence of the two elected Members of Parliament for the Korsou di Nos Tur party during the swearing in ceremony at the Governor’s Palace was the cause for some concern for many on the island. Both Amparo dos Santos and Meindert

More expired meats now at a popular supermarket in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | More expired meats now at a popular supermarket in Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – After their regular inspections, the Ministry of Economic Development, together with police officers and the Tax Accountants Service of the government, decided to pay the popular wholesale supermarket Goisco a visit. They did this after receiving tips from several

Caribbean Tourism Organization teams up with St. Kitts to host Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean Tourism Organization teams up with St. Kitts to host Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum The 6-8 September event is in observance of  International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. BRIDGETOWN – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, is partnering with the ministry of tourism in St. Kitts

Caribbean girls under cyber attack

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean girls under cyber attack Urgent action needed to protect the most vulnerable A cyberbullying victim’s parents are speaking out in Belize against the alarming practice of posting nude photos of young girls online. The couple sit facing away from the camera as they recount the episode that forever changed their

More Defence homes for sale

Source: Curacao Chronicle | More Defence homes for sale THE HAGUE – A new round to sell former houses of the Dutch Defence in Aruba and Curaçao started this week. The Real Estate Department of the Dutch Government, which is in charge of the selling of the homes, had already sold 12 homes last year

Unanimous support for Parliament President

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Unanimous support for Parliament President WILLEMSTAD – Nineteen Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn in by Governor of Curaçao Lucille George-Wout based on the April 28 election result. Two members-elect were absent, namely Amparo dos Santos and Menki Rojer, both of “Kòrsou di Nos Tur” (KdNT). In her speech the governor said

Curacao coastguard rescues Venezuelans fleeing crisis

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curacao coastguard rescues Venezuelans fleeing crisis WILLEMSTAD – Dutch Caribbean Coastguard rescued 26 Venezuelans stranded on nearby Klein (little) Curaçao on Friday, in the latest case of migrants fleeing an economic and social crisis at home. As millions of Venezuelans suffer food shortages, medicine scarcity, political turmoil and soaring crime, some

Canal nudity

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Canal nudity “Sorry, my attention is distracted,” I wrote, “there is a stark naked person on the bench in front of the house.” Oh, well, I thought, no fuss! It’s the way, it is. This is Amsterdam! After only a few minutes, the nudist was now in full front of a

UN, organisations willing to assist Dutch Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle | UN, organisations willing to assist Dutch Caribbean THE HAGUE – The United Nations (UN) and other international organisations visited by the delegation of the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK in March, have expressed willingness to assist Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten to strengthen their capacity. Dutch Minister

Impasse on extending term of Central Bank Managing Director

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Impasse on extending term of Central Bank Managing Director PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – The members of the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) are at an impasse about extending the term of one of its soon-to-be retiring managing directors. The extension is seen as necessary while

HBO films’ The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert de Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, debuts May 20 exclusively on HBO

Source: Curacao Chronicle | HBO films’ The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert de Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, debuts May 20 exclusively on HBO Starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, the film is directed by Barry Levinson with a screenplay by Sam Levinson. MIAMI –  In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around

The Hill 22 – condo with spectacular views over the Caribbean ocean

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The Hill 22 – condo with spectacular views over the Caribbean ocean This condo in Curacao is located in a beautiful apartment building on top of a hill, thus offering wonderful sea view. Within walking distance of the… (Click here for more information)

Stunning 2 Bedroom Blue Bay Condo With Garden, Beach and Ocean Views!

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Stunning 2 Bedroom Blue Bay Condo With Garden, Beach and Ocean Views! Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao Stunning 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo in the exclusive Blue Emerald condominium building at Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao, fully furnished with… Click here for more information

CIBC FirstCaribbean’s mobile banking app named best in the region

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CIBC FirstCaribbean’s mobile banking app named best in the region Less than a year after its launch, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s mobile banking app has been named best in the region. The regional bank’s credit card products were also named best in the region by International Finance Magazine (IFM) in its International Finance

CIA director warns of Venezuela weapons transfers

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CIA director warns of Venezuela weapons transfers WASHINGTON – CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Thursday there are large caches of weapons in Venezuela and a risk of them falling into the wrong hands as the country grapples with an economic crisis and street protests. “It is a real threat,” the

Edward Suares new general manager Lions Dive & Beach Resort

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Edward Suares new general manager Lions Dive & Beach Resort WILLEMSTAD – Edward Suares will be the new general manager at Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curaçao starting June 1, 2017. Together with Will and Katja Vogels, he will form the management team of the hotel until January 1, 2018. During

Pisas and Goeloe to China

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Pisas and Goeloe to China WILLEMSTAD – The interim Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas and Errol Goeloe, interim Minister of Economic Development (MEO), will travel to China to attend the One Belt One Road Summit. This is according to a source close to the interim Prime Minister. It is of strategic importance

25 years in prison for Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca

Source: Curacao Chronicle | 25 years in prison for Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca WILLEMSTAD – 25 years behind bars for the mediator in the assassination of the Pueblo Soberano front man Helmin Magno Wiels. Wies was murdered on May 5, 2013. The Court of First Instance for criminal cases sentenced Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca, who acted as

Curaçao has a new government two weeks after elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao has a new government two weeks after elections WILLEMSTAD – The future new Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath, has signed a new government agreement with two other political parties. This means that the island has a new government one and a half week after the elections. Rhuggenaath hopes to

‘Central Bank must tackle loan sharks’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | ‘Central Bank must tackle loan sharks’ WILLEMSTAD – In a letter to the Central Bank, former Member of Parliament and former PAIS leader Alex Rosaria proposes that a legal maximum interest rate on loans is required to dampen the debt issues that are perceived on the personal level. “This debt issue

Prosecution spokesman’s vehicle torched

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Prosecution spokesman’s vehicle torched WILLEMSTAD — The car of Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Norman Serphos was set on fire and burned out early Wednesday morning. Apparently residents of Jan Thiel where the law enforcement official lives heard an explosion only to see the vehicle already engulfed in flames. Surveillance video from the area

Curaçao Present at ‘#NosVamosDeVacas’ Aviatur Outlet

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao Present at ‘#NosVamosDeVacas’ Aviatur Outlet Curaçao now one of the most affordable international destinations for Colombian travelers WILLEMSTAD – For the Colombian traveler shopping for a Caribbean vacation, Parque de la 93 (“93 Park”) in Bogotá recently became the place to be, and one destination that stood out was Curaçao.

Climate change adaptation project under discussion in Jamaica

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Climate change adaptation project under discussion in Jamaica KINGSTON – Senior officers from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) are meeting in Jamaica with counterparts from the German Development Bank (KfW) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for discussions on a regional Coastal Protection for Climate

OECS trade mission holds consultations in member states

Source: Curacao Chronicle | OECS trade mission holds consultations in member states CASTRIES – Intra-regional and international trade potential has been strengthened following a recent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) trade mission held in St Lucia, Martinique and Dominica from April 24-28, 2017. Minister of agriculture for St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saboto Caesar,

Members of Parliament to be sworn in tomorrow

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Members of Parliament to be sworn in tomorrow WILLEMSTAD – Tomorrow the new Members of Parliament will be sworn in by the Governor of Curaçao, H.E. Lucille George-Wout. The parties that will be represented in Parliament are PAR with 6 MPs, MAN 5, MFK 5, Korsou di Nos Tur (KdNT) 2

Inspection at Mangusa Hypermarket

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Inspection at Mangusa Hypermarket WILLEMSTAD – Another popular supermarket, Mangusa Hypermarket was also visited by the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Economic Development (MEO). Here, MEO also found several expired products that were still on the shelves. For example, some chicken meat which expired in 2015 and was still in the

US Forward Operating Location Treaty extended

Source: Curacao Chronicle | US Forward Operating Location Treaty extended THE HAGUE – The Forward Operating Location (FOL) Treaty between the Dutch Kingdom and the Government of the United States (US) under which the US carries out counter-narcotics operations at Curaçao’s Hato Airport and to a lesser extent at the Reina Beatrix Airport in Aruba

Government agreement will be signed today

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Government agreement will be signed today WILLEMSTAD – The government agreement of the Cabinet-Rhuggenaath, consisting of the parties PAR, MAN and PIN, entitled ‘Realisando e máksimo potensial di Kòrsou’ (Realizing Curaçao’s maximum potential) will be signed today at 17:00 at Kurá di Arte in Pietermaai. The agreement strongly focuses on education,

Centrum Supermarket caught selling expired meat

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Centrum Supermarket caught selling expired meat WILLEMSTAD – The popular supermarket Centrum is now the center of attention after an inspection from the Ministry of Economic Development (MEO). Authorities have discovered that the supermarket is selling a large number of expired frozen products. Some of these products don’t even have a

Vote for Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Vote for Curaçao Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards voting is now open WILLEMSTAD – Great news! Curaçao is included in the ballot for Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, which is now open for voting. Condé Nast Traveler is one of the world’s leading travel publications, with a total readership of more than three million. The Reader’s Choice

Predestination and eternal life

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Predestination and eternal life Martin Luther  (1483-1546), an Augustinian monk of Erfurt, posted 95 statements of criticism of the Catholic Church on a Chapel door in Wittenberg., on 31 October 1517. Protestantism was born. The trigger incident was the vulgar fundraising by a Dominican friar, Johann Tetzel, who sold absolutions to

Corallo’s lawyer denies tax evasion allegations

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Corallo’s lawyer denies tax evasion allegations PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD –“The accusation that Global Starnet committed crimes of tax evasion as a result of non-payment of the special PREU tax that the concessionaires of the legal gaming system must pay to the Italian state, and taxes on business income, is totally devoid of

UN does not exercise permanent supervision on Kingdom

Source: Curacao Chronicle | UN does not exercise permanent supervision on Kingdom WILLEMSTAD – During a recent visit by a number of representatives of Dutch civil servants in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York, they discussed the political structure of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the scope in which The

Eta Aquarid meteor shower to peak this weekend

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Eta Aquarid meteor shower to peak this weekend ALABAMA – Catching a falling star may be beyond our reach, but there’ll be plenty of opportunities to view them this weekend when the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which occurs from roughly late April to mid-May, peaks and offers an array of spectacular shooting

CARICOM urged to send fact-finding mission to Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CARICOM urged to send fact-finding mission to Venezuela In almost daily anti-government protests in the past five weeks, police in riot gear have used tear gas, rubber bullets and fire hoses to drive back protesters armed with stones and petrol bombs. BRIDGETOWN – The Caribbean chapter of the International Network in

Call to take Caribbean cuisine to global heights

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Call to take Caribbean cuisine to global heights Chef hails upcoming culinary and cultural celebration in Miami   Celebrated Trinidadian chef Richardson Skinner asserts firmly that the Caribbean can do much more to promote its cuisine to attract interest and travel to the region. “In the past, visitors came to the

LGBT communities to celebrate IDAHOT on may the 17th

Source: Curacao Chronicle | LGBT communities to celebrate IDAHOT on may the 17th May the 17th is celebrated annually in more than 130 countries as the international day against Homophobia , Biphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT), it observes the world health organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder and tackles the lack

Formation process new government on track

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Formation process new government on track WILLEMSTAD – The formation process of a new Government for Curaçao is progressing steadily, said “Informateur” Etienne Ys during a press conference. He will report his findings back to Governor Lucille George-Wout on Wednesday. The three parties that committed to working together PAR, MAN and PIN

MFK refuses to meet with Ys

Source: Curacao Chronicle | MFK refuses to meet with Ys WILLEMSTAD – The MFK stands firm on their standpoint that they will not meet with Etienne Ys in the information round. This is according to the MFK leader Gerrit Schotte in a letter to the ‘informateur’ Ys. According to Schotte, it is not a good

CPA signs LOI with Air Sea Port

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CPA signs LOI with Air Sea Port WILLEMSTAD – For the development of the Valentijns bay area in Schottegat, Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Air Sea Port (ASP). In this LOI, the parties discuss the development of the mentioned area which is about nine thousand

Caribbean courts need to be better prepared to judge cybercrimes

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean courts need to be better prepared to judge cybercrimes Judicial Education urgently needed, says Belize Chief Justice Institutions worldwide are finding it hard to keep up with the rapid pace of advance in computer-based technology. This is all the more so for courts, which are typically steeped in tradition and

27 undocumented arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle | 27 undocumented arrested WILLEMSTAD – During a recent inspection of the multidisciplinary team, which consists of the police force, immigration, Ministry of Economic Development and Tax Accountants (BAB), 27 undocumented were arrested. The team inspected two bars in the Rio Canario area, Zara at Monte Carmelo and also a bar in

Winair to service Curaçao and Haiti

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Winair to service Curaçao and Haiti PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Winair is in the process of beginning operations to Curaçao and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, weekly via St. Maarten in June. The airline has been negotiating for some time to use a wet-leased MD-82 to service the route. Winair President and Chief Executive Officer Michael

Migration from the Caribbean and South America

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Migration from the Caribbean and South America “At the time of independence, in 1975, Dutch subjects living in the colony of Suriname were given the choice of Dutch or Surinamese citizenship. Amazingly, 220,000 out of a population of 450,000 left Suriname for the Netherlands – a level of migration that is

Press release: Seeking young OCT entrepreneurs for business training in EU

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Press release: Seeking young OCT entrepreneurs for business training in EU BRUSSELS, WILLEMSTAD – A not-to-be-missed Learning-By-Doing opportunity is on offer to a national from any Overseas Country and Territory* (name OCT) in Brussels, Belgium, to work with an experienced business person whose specialization is innovation. This is a great opportunity for

Curacao: completely renovated apartment with garage and pool for sale

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curacao: completely renovated apartment with garage and pool for sale Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curacao Modern 2-bedroom condo for sale in a gated community with 18-holes golf course in Curacao. Great resort- and ocean views and walking distance to the… (click here for more on this listing)

Ys now officially appointed as ‘informateur’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Ys now officially appointed as ‘informateur’ WILLEMSTAD – Etienne Ys has been officially appointed by Governor Lucille George-Wout as ‘informateur’. The former prime minister of the Netherlands Antilles and a long-time PAR member started working yesterday morning to investigate whether the parties PAR, MAN and PIN could come to terms with

Environmental Service’s investigation on oil refinery is not complete

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Environmental Service’s investigation on oil refinery is not complete WILLEMSTAD – The investigation of the Environmental Service into the emissions of the oil refinery Isla is not complete. This is according to Arjan Linthorst of the environmental organization SMOC. Part of the licensing standard has not been investigated. In addition, there

Venezuela’s crisis and the region

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela’s crisis and the region Last week, after months of growing street protests, detentions, escalating violence, at least 36 deaths, and shortages of almost all basic necessities, Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, announced the creation of a constituent assembly with the ability to re-write the country’s constitution. Although he has argued that

Cooperation needed

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Cooperation needed Today’s news that the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) amended the annual percentage rate (APR) is quite interesting. It regards all costs charged for credit. The move is intended to protect consumers against what the bank’s 2016 research said were “abusive rates” of an average 437

Names new Ministers announced

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Names new Ministers announced WILLEMSTAD – The formation process of a new government for Curaçao is progressing steadily. The three parties that committed to working together already announced the names of their candidate-ministers for the government. The ruling party emitted a press release announced that Eugene Rhuggenaath will be the Prime

Quincy Girigorie nominated by PAR as Minister of Justice

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Quincy Girigorie nominated by PAR as Minister of Justice WILLEMSTAD – The winner of the elections of last Friday nominated the young lawyer Quincy Girigorie as Minister of Justice. Girigorie has been active as a lawyer on the island for some years now and has also been involved in politics in

Caribbean Banks see rise in cyber attacks

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean Banks see rise in cyber attacks Imagine doing a routine check on your bank account only to discover that an entire month’s worth of credit had been swiped from your card. The nightmare became reality for one elderly Belizean couple, who fell victim to identity theft. For Alejandro and Leandra

Central Bank to cap rates at 27 per cent

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Central Bank to cap rates at 27 per cent WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG -A maximum annual percentage rate (APR) will be included as of May 5 in the Provisions on the Disclosure of Pricing Information on Consumer Credit (APR provisions), which became effective on May 5, 2015, the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten

Island update: What’s new in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Island update: What’s new in Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – The Southern Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao not only recently graced the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017, the most widely read magazine issue in the world, but this spring, the tiny, yet bustling, nation is upping the ante with a new JetBlue

Press release President of Central Bank Emsley Tromp

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Press release President of Central Bank Emsley Tromp WILLEMSTAD – Today, the Public Prosecutor announced that Mr. Emsley Tromp, President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten, will be prosecuted for tax fraud. Though Tromp believes that the legal discussion should take place at the court hearing and not

Public Prosecution decides to prosecute President of Central Bank

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Public Prosecution decides to prosecute President of Central Bank WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution (OM) of Curacao has decided to prosecute the President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) for tax fraud. The investigation against Mr. Emsley Tromp, called Saffier, started in 2016 following persistent media reports

The near future of retail

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The near future of retail The largest retailer in the world, amazon, is investing in traditional brick and mortar outlets. Many experts and industry pundits are predicting the demise of retail in the face of digitalization. But the notion of ‘Pure Play’ has failed. Digital only and brick and mortar only

Venezuela government support shaky as all sides have their say

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela government support shaky as all sides have their say President Nicolas Maduro appears to be losing support. CARACAS – Support for the socialist administration of President Nicolas Maduro appears to be flagging, as former government stalwarts and even some quarters of the military are speaking out amidst the escalating economic,

33 percent of the workforce does not feel safe in the workplace

Source: Curacao Chronicle | 33 percent of the workforce does not feel safe in the workplace WILLEMSTAD – A survey conducted by the independent organization About Workplace Harassment (AHW) shows that 33 percent of the workforce on Curaçao is a victim of monthly, weekly or daily physical sexual harassment at the workplace. In a working

Ministry continues with registration sessions for work at oil refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Ministry continues with registration sessions for work at oil refinery WILLEMSTAD – There have been more than 2,000 people who registered themselves for work in the modernization of the oil refinery. This was announced by the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Welfare. However, 4,500 workers are required. Therefore, the ministry

Prosecutor launches Asset Recovery Team

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Prosecutor launches Asset Recovery Team PHILIPSBURG – Government and the Prosecutor’s Office of St. Maarten are collaborating to go after money-launderers and combat illegal activities involving financial gain by these criminals. Prosecutor Ton Maan and Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman announced the start of the Afpakteam (Asset Recovery team) in St. Maarten

Latin American nations denounce Venezuela crackdown

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Latin American nations denounce Venezuela crackdown BOGOTA – Eight Latin American nations, including Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, have collectively denounced Venezuela’s “excessive use of force” against civilian protesters after the death toll from anti-government unrest in the country rose to 36. The group of nations, also including Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala,

Helmin Wiels was murdered four years ago

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Helmin Wiels was murdered four years ago WILLEMSTAD – Today marks the four-year anniversary of the murder of the popular Curaçao politician Helmin Magno Wiels. Hi was killed near the beach of Marie Pampoen. Wiels was the founder of the Pueblo Soberano (Sovereign People) party. The party was once the largest

Court of Appeal quashes acquittals, sentences three ‘Masbangu’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Court of Appeal quashes acquittals, sentences three ‘Masbangu’ PHILIPSBURG – The Court of Appeals on Wednesday sentenced three of the four suspects in the so-called “Masbangu-case.” The case concerns the investigation involving the buying and selling of votes on behalf of United People’s (UP) party during the September 17, 2010, parliamentary

Rhuggenaath is in favor of offer Koenders for help GZE

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Rhuggenaath is in favor of offer Koenders for help GZE WILLEMSTAD – Leader of the PAR, Eugene Rhuggenaath has stated that he would like to make use of the offer of the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister Bert Koenders (photo) to assist Curaço in the negotiations with the Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong

Rhuggenaath is in favor of Koenders’ offer for help with GZE

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Rhuggenaath is in favor of Koenders’ offer for help with GZE WILLEMSTAD – Leader of the PAR, Eugene Rhuggenaath has stated that he would like to make use of the offer of the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister Bert Koenders (photo) to assist Curaçao in the negotiations with the Chinese State Company Guangdong

Jamaloodin refuses to cooperate with his extradition

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Jamaloodin refuses to cooperate with his extradition WILLEMSTAD – George Jamaloodin, former Minister of Finance, refuses to cooperate in his extradition process to his native Curaçao and to be tried as a suspect in the criminal investigation called Passaat. Jamaloodin, the suspect in a series of other criminal cases, has come

Clashes in Caracas over plans to rewrite constitution

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Clashes in Caracas over plans to rewrite constitution Opponents of Venezuela’s President Maduro say his move to rewrite the constitution is a way of dodging elections. CARACAS – Violence has broken out in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, with police firing tear gas and protesters hurling petrol bombs during a mass rally against

Two Caribbean Islands among world’s most scenic airport approaches

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Two Caribbean Islands among world’s most scenic airport approaches Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport has the shortest commercial runway in the world. PrivateFly, a booking platform for private jet charters, recently named the world’s top 10 most scenic airport approaches, and the Caribbean took off in style with the number one

Political The Hague heaves sigh of relief

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Political The Hague heaves sigh of relief THE HAGUE–The elections results in Curaçao, with the PAR emerging as the biggest party, were well-received by political The Hague. Satisfaction was expressed that the MFK party of Gerrit Schotte didn’t win, but at the same time the fact that this party went from

InselAir’s loan partly transferred

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir’s loan partly transferred WILLEMSTAD – The interim cabinet Pisas has realized that the previous choice made by the government regarding InselAir’s salary payments was not a good choice and therefore transferred a limited portion of the requested tranche yesterday. With this partial payment, the management of InselAir has been able

WhatsApp goes down WORLDWIDE causing problems for millions

Source: Curacao Chronicle | WhatsApp goes down WORLDWIDE causing problems for millions WHATSAPP has gone down across the world causing problems for thousands of users as the message service crashes. People across the world are reporting the app has crashed – with thousands taking to social media to complain about the outage. Twitter is exploding

US issues travel warning for Europe

Source: Curacao Chronicle | US issues travel warning for Europe WASHINGTON – On Monday, the Department of State issued a travel advisory alerting US citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This travel alert expires on September 1, 2017. According to the State Department, recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and

New emails show Clinton Foundation-State Dept Haiti links

Source: Curacao Chronicle | New emails show Clinton Foundation-State Dept Haiti links WASHINGTON – Washington-based watchdog group, Judicial Watch, on Tuesday released 894 pages of new US State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s staff and Clinton Foundation officials following the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Dos Santos will not meet with the Governor

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Dos Santos will not meet with the Governor WILLEMSTAD – Amparo dos Santos (photo), the leader of Korsou di Nos Tur (KdNT), has rejected Governor Lucille George-Wout’s invitation to speak about the newly formed government. He refused to go on a conversation and has indicated in a bold letter his reasons

CTO adds new category to 2017 Sustainable Tourism Awards

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CTO adds new category to 2017 Sustainable Tourism Awards Deadline for applications: May 31 BRIDGETOWN – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has added a new category to its 2017 Sustainable Tourism Awards. The Agro-Tourism Award was developed to reflect the CTO Year of Adventure and as part of the partnership between

Etienne Ys appointed as ‘formateur’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Etienne Ys appointed as ‘formateur’ WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Etienne Ys has been appointed as formateur of a new government for Curaçao. Eugene Rhuggenaath, the new Prime Minister, has proposed the former Prime Minister to Governor Lucille George-Wout. Ys will form a government with the parties

Plasterk: “Schotte still has influence because of poverty”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Plasterk: “Schotte still has influence because of poverty” THE HAGUE – “I know exactly what the situation is in Curaçao. Gerrit Schotte says that all opposing political parties are pro the Netherlands,” said the Minister of Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk in a televised interview. According to the Dutch Minister, Schotte still

Jamaica makes Facebook history

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Jamaica makes Facebook history KINGSTON – Starting today, alerts about missing children in Jamaica, called Ananda Alerts, will be delivered to Facebook users in the country – the first time this has happened in any Caribbean country. The initiative is a partnership between the Ananda Alert Secretariat in the Office of

Plastic-eating caterpillar could hold key to tackling plastic pollution

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Plastic-eating caterpillar could hold key to tackling plastic pollution CAMBRIDGE – Plastic waste fouls the ocean, poisons marine life, defaces the environment and clogs gutters and landfills; sticking around for years without breaking down and with no viable solution in sight. That was until the recent discovery that a caterpillar commercially

CHATA’s member & partner news

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CHATA’s member & partner news MCB Curaçao Master, a total success! Blue Bay looks back at a very successful 11th edition of the MCB Curaçao Masters. Many visitors were welcomed on the terrace and Masters Arena, located at the new golf clubhouse at the Plantation House at Blue Bay Resort. The

Everything is ready for the 16th edition of the CSEC 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Everything is ready for the 16th edition of the CSEC 2017 WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) held a press conference recently at the Renaissance Resort Curaçao to announce the 16th Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference in Curaçao. During the press conference Mr. Raul Manotas, CCO of CPA, explained the importance for

ECLAC report considers use of blockchain technology to combat de-risking

Source: Curacao Chronicle | ECLAC report considers use of blockchain technology to combat de-risking PORT OF SPAIN – A newly published report prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean has found that recent developments in the field of financial technology (FinTech), namely blockchain technology, may

InselAir employees are still waiting for their salary

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir employees are still waiting for their salary WILLEMSTAD – Employees of the local aviation company InselAir are still waiting in vain for their salary. Interim Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas refuses to transfer the next part of the bridging credit. This would pay the salaries of this month. According to Pisas,

New Prime Minister wants to strengthen ties with the Netherlands

Source: Curacao Chronicle | New Prime Minister wants to strengthen ties with the Netherlands WILLEMSTAD – The Netherlands and Curacao must become big friends again. Eugene Rhuggenaath, who is likely to take over as Prime Minister, wants to strengthen the relationship with the Netherlands, especially after the period where anti-Dutch parties were in power. “If

Soldier of Orange Award awarded to social initiatives

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Soldier of Orange Award awarded to social initiatives THE HAGUE – Stefan de Vries from Hengelo and Deva-Dee Siliee from Curaçao, received an award from the Soldier of Orange Fund last Sunday for their efforts to solve a social problem. De Vries Foundation Bake & Talk from Hengelo and Siliee from

After month of protests, Venezuela’s Maduro triggers shakeup of powers

Source: Curacao Chronicle | After month of protests, Venezuela’s Maduro triggers shakeup of powers CARACAS – Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro announced on Monday the creation of a new popular assembly with the ability to re-write the constitution, which foes decried as a power-grab to stifle weeks of anti-government unrest. “I don’t want a civil war,”

Rhuggenaath most popular politician

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Rhuggenaath most popular politician WILLEMSTAD – From the list of personal votes obtained at last Friday’s parliamentary elections, it indicates that Eugene Rhuggenaath, of the political party PAR, is the most popular politician of the moment. He achieved 15,049 votes or 82 percent of the total number of PAR votes. Gerrit

Results MFK due to Gilmar Pisas

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Results MFK due to Gilmar Pisas WILLEMSTAD – The 3000 votes received by MFK in the elections are entirely attributable to the current interim Prime Minister and former President of Parliament Gilmar Pisas. The interim Prime Minister received over 3200 votes. Gerrit Schotte received the same number of preferential votes as

Humphrey Davelaar resigns as leader PNP

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Humphrey Davelaar resigns as leader PNP WILLEMSTAD – Humphrey Davelaar resigns. The leader of the historical PNP party was unable to get a seat during the elections on Friday last week. For the first time in almost 70 years, the People’s National Party are no longer represented in parliament. The green

Authentic Japanese cuisine by star chef Oshima at Baoase

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Authentic Japanese cuisine by star chef Oshima at Baoase WILLEMSTAD – After two amazing and fully booked evenings in the Master Villa at Baoase Luxury Resort, star chef Akira Oshima together Executive Chef Rene Klop, are looking back on another successful edition of ‘Vive la Gastronomie’. Akira Oshima is the former Chef

Curaçao voted strategically

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao voted strategically WILLEMSTAD – The election results from October last year have been confirmed in the last election. The group of former Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman are now, with this result, more firm in the saddle. This result clearly indicates that the voter has rejected the attempt by Gerrit Schotte

Office of the Governor: Press Release

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Office of the Governor: Press Release WILLEMSTAD – In view of the preliminary outcome of the election, the Governor has begun holding consultations aimed at the formation of a new cabinet. She spoke with the Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Council, the President of Parliament and the Minister of State. On Tuesday,

Negritude is dead

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Negritude is dead Negritude or pan-Africanism do not show up in the Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean political debate. Edward Blyden (1832-1912) of St. Thomas made it his life’s achievement to repatriate Africans to Africa. He became the politician and leading philosopher of “reverse migration” in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Under his direction,

Ronald Plasterk: “Attempted ‘coup’ in Curaçao”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Ronald Plasterk: “Attempted ‘coup’ in Curaçao” WILLEMSTAD – According to Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, the efforts of the interim government in Curaçao to stop the elections were “in fact a coup”. That’s what the Minister said during a recent interview. Is that government really legitimate? “If the elections were

Curaçao votes: PAR winner of the 2017 elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao votes: PAR winner of the 2017 elections WILLEMSTAD – The preliminary results of the 2017 elections are in. The biggest winner with 18,362 votes is the party of the new political leader Eugene Rhuggenaath, the PAR. It is the first time that Rhuggenaath participates in an election as leader of

Update 3: Curaçao Votes

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Update 3: Curaçao Votes WILLEMSTAD – At 7 o’clock it was over. According to the Supreme Electoral Council, 80,070 people voted today. That is about 66.5% of the people who were eligible to vote. This is about the same as last year October. There were 107 polling stations and 11 political

The first flying car is available for pre-order

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The first flying car is available for pre-order AeroMobil is calling this the next-generation vehicle. The company unveiled their flying car in 2014 but it was not commercially available. Now it’s ready and being presented at the Top Marques car show in Monaco. The vehicle is fully functional as both a

Update: Curaçao votes

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Update: Curaçao votes WILLEMSTAD – By 4 o’clock in the afternoon, 51,361 people have voted. This is about 43% of all those who are eligible to vote. According to the Chairman of the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC), Raymond Römer, this is about 6000 more than last year’s elections. Last year around

Governor: Today is an important day

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Governor: Today is an important day WILLEMSTAD – Governor Lucille George-Wout looked forward to today’s elections during the King’s Day Celebration last Wednesday. She called today an important day, perhaps the most important day of this year because the people are able to express their views on a new, popular representation

Curaçao: tropical touches with European flair

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao: tropical touches with European flair I knew the Caribbean island of Curaçao is unfamiliar to many Americans, but the flight attendant’s announcement still caught me by surprise. As she said where the plane was heading, she stumbled over the destination, then sheepishly admitted, “I don’t know how to say the name

Zr.Ms. Van Amstel once again intercepts two drug ships

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Zr.Ms. Van Amstel once again intercepts two drug ships WILLEMSTAD – The Royal Navy station ship in the Caribbean, the M-frigate Zr.Ms. Van Amstel once again intercepted two drug cargo last week. The navy officers seized a total of nearly 1100 kilograms of cocaine on these two ships. There are no

Winair seeks jet equipment for regional ops

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Winair seeks jet equipment for regional ops PHILLIPSBURG – Winair (WM, St. Maarten) is planning to begin jet operations in the coming weeks as part of plans to start 2x weekly flights routed Curaçao-St. Maarten-Port au Prince and return. The St. Maarten-based carrier’s Vice President/Director (Marketing & Sales and Customer Services), Claudio

Curaçao votes today!

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao votes today! WILLEMSTAD – People in Curaçao go to the polls today for the second time in less than seven months to elect a new Parliament. It’s also the second time early elections take place on the island since new constitutional relations within the Dutch Kingdom took effect per 10-10-10, while

The two oldest professions

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The two oldest professions Everyone knows what the world’s oldest profession is. Note that politics is a close second. It’s remarkable that the two jobs are so similar. By Janchi Beaujon, USA

Saba airport wins global travel poll

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Saba airport wins global travel poll SABA – Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin has topped a global travel poll of the world’s most scenic airport landings, conducted by the private jet booking service PrivateFly. The results were announced on Tuesday. St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport made number seven in the poll.

CARICOM’s Energy-Efficient Building Code could be tough sell

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CARICOM’s Energy-Efficient Building Code could be tough sell PORT OF SPAIN – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states are in the process of formulating an energy efficiency building code for the region that would help reduce CO2 emissions, but implementation of the code may depend heavily on moral suasion for its success. Fulgence

Study: diet drinks triple risk of stroke and dementia

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Study: diet drinks triple risk of stroke and dementia MASSACHUSETTS – The consumption of just one can of a diet soft drink daily risks tripling the chance of suffering from a stroke or dementia, a new American study has found. Scientists from Boston University School of Medicine looked at data from

The Netherlands wanted to help with Guangdong Zhenrong deal

Source: Curacao Chronicle | The Netherlands wanted to help with Guangdong Zhenrong deal WILLEMSTAD – The Netherlands wanted to assist in the deal with the Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE). That’s what the Kingdom Foreign Minister Bert Koenders wrote in November of last year to former Prime Minister Dr. Bernhard Whiteman. The letter

Silver King Willem-Alexander Commemorative Coin

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Silver King Willem-Alexander Commemorative Coin WILLEMSTAD – The first commemorative coin of the year 2017 has a royal theme. On the occasion of the 50th birthday of HM King Willem-Alexander the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) has issued a silver 5 guilder commemorative coin. The obverse side of this

“Elections under supervision is a shame”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | “Elections under supervision is a shame” WILLEMSTAD – “It’s a shame that the elections that will be held on Friday are under the supervision of the Governor.” This is according to political analyst, Gilbert Cijntje. He wondered how it got so far that the island has to hold elections under the

Record-breaking performances at Flow CARIFTA Games 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Record-breaking performances at Flow CARIFTA Games 2017 WILLEMSTAD – Caribbean sports fans had a front row seat at the recently concluded Flow CARIFTA Games 2017 as they witnessed record-breaking performances by rising Caribbean star athletes via Flow’s world class coverage of the Games on Flow Sports Premier. Ten athletic records were

Remittances to developing countries decline for second consecutive year

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Remittances to developing countries decline for second consecutive year WASHINGTON – Remittances to developing countries fell for a second consecutive year in 2016, a trend not seen in three decades, says the latest edition of the Migration and Development Brief, released on Friday at the World Bank’s spring meetings. The bank

CARICOM observer mission for Curaçao elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CARICOM observer mission for Curaçao elections GEORGETOWN, WILLEMSTAD – At the invitation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mounting a small Electoral Observer Mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Curaçao on April 28. Following elections on October 5, 2016, and after being in office

Former Guyana attorney general arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Former Guyana attorney general arrested GEORGETOWN – According to a report published in the Guyana Guardian, Former attorney general Anil Nandalall, who is also currently acting as the lawyer for a number of former Guyana government officials who were arrested by the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU), has now found himself

Scuba Lodge donates $2400 to CARF and GreenKidz

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Scuba Lodge donates 00 to CARF and GreenKidz WILLEMSTAD – Today, Scuba Lodge & Ocean Suites has announced it has donated over $2400 to local charities Curaçao Animal Rights Foundation (CARF) and GreenKidz Curaçao. The boutique hotel raised the money during the first quarter of 2017 with their Dollar-a-Night program which was

Solicitor-General to develop international legal aid center

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Solicitor-General to develop international legal aid center PHILLIPSBURG – St. Maarten has had a new Solicitor-General, Jan Spaans (50), since January 1. He represents the Prosecutor’s Office in appeal cases at the Joint Court of Justice, such as the well-known “Menam” and “Masbangu” cases. One of his other tasks is the

Curaçao’s harvest parade was beautiful

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao’s harvest parade was beautiful WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao held its 43rd “Marcha di Seú” on Sunday. The cultural parade to celebrate the harvest season is usually held on Easter Monday but was moved up six days because of the CARIFTA Games hosted by the island April 16 to 17. Participants in

1600 sign up for job at oil refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle | 1600 sign up for job at oil refinery WILLEMSTAD – More than 1,600 people registered for a job at the Isla Refinery. The Minister of Social Development, Labor and Well-being Jaime Cordoba said that after 2019 the lease contract with the Venezuelan State Oil Company PdVSA expires, 4500 people can get

Message to meditate (before the elections)

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Message to meditate (before the elections) The law of the country that is constitutional that supports the principle of freedom in the preservation of rights and privileges, belongs to all humanity and is justifiable before God. Therefore, we are truly free to choose those that will govern our country. However, when

SXM Airways still awaiting permit

Source: Curacao Chronicle | SXM Airways still awaiting permit PHILLIPSBURG – SXM Airways, a new charter company that aims to offer charter services to destinations in the region, is not happy with Government and the Civil Aviation Department, as it is still waiting to hear whether its permit request was granted or denied. The Daily Herald

Tiger sharks in Dutch Caribbean now tracked by satellite tagging

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Tiger sharks in Dutch Caribbean now tracked by satellite tagging PHILIPSBURG – During an expedition last year, a number of tiger sharks were caught on the Saba Bank and fitted with satellite tags to study how these animals move around the Caribbean Sea. This research provides invaluable information about shark migration and

Security stepped up along Haiti/Dominican Republic border

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Security stepped up along Haiti/Dominican Republic border SANTO DOMINGO – Following plans by the United Nations to withdraw its peacekeeping force, MINUSTAH, from Haiti, security along the border with the Dominican Republic is being beefed up. Dominican Defence Minister Rubén Darío Paulino revealed on Friday that the number of Dominican troops

St. Maarten observer for Curaçao elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle | St. Maarten observer for Curaçao elections WILLEMSTAD – St. Maarten is represented on a team of outside observers for Curaçao’s early parliamentary election on Friday, April 28, announced the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC). The others will come from the Organisation of American States (OAS), Caricom and Aruba. They will visit the

Curaçao votes Friday

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Curaçao votes Friday WILLEMSTAD – JCI IOBA held a political debate ahead of Curaçao’s early elections on April 28. Absent were “Kòrsou di Nos Tur” (KdNT), “Pueblo Soberano” (PS), “Movementu Kousa Promé” (MKP) and “Movementu Futuro Kòrsou” (MFK). MFK-leader Gerrit Schotte hours before the forum had sent out an app message

IMF executive board discusses loss of correspondent banking relationships

Source: Curacao Chronicle | IMF executive board discusses loss of correspondent banking relationships WASHINGTON – On April 12, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) discussed the staff report: “Recent Trends in Correspondent Banking Relationships – Further Considerations”. In this regard, directors welcomed the recently launched Caribbean initiative to develop regional responses

General Motors suing after plant seized by Venezuelan government

Source: Curacao Chronicle | General Motors suing after plant seized by Venezuelan government CARACAS – General Motors has denounced Venezuela’s seizure of its plant in the socialist Caribbean country as an “illegal judicial seizure of its assets” and vowed to sue. The company said in a statement last week that vehicles and other assets had

Thousands of Venezuelans in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Thousands of Venezuelans in Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – In Curaçao there are between five and ten thousand illegal Venezuelans. That is what the Dutch news agency NRC stated in an article about the refugees who are trying to get into the island from the neighboring country. Reporter Nina Jurna joined the Coast Guard

No ‘selfies’ behind voting booth

Source: Curacao Chronicle | No ‘selfies’ behind voting booth WILLEMSTAD – Voters are not allowed to take ‘selfies’ while they are behind the voting booth. This is according to a decision made by the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC). The Public Prosecutor also warned to be extra alert in connection with Friday’s elections. In case there

Prime Minister dismisses Crime Fund Committee

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Prime Minister dismisses Crime Fund Committee WILLEMSTAD – Interim Prime Minister, who is also Minister of Justice, Gilmar Pisas has dismissed the committee that is in charge of the crime fund. This is an independent committee that evaluates and scrutinize petitions made for projects that need funding from the crime fund.

CTB is hoping for a good end

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CTB is hoping for a good end WILLEMSTAD – There is hope that Air Berlin will continue to operate the Dusseldorf-Curaçao route until April 2018. The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) conducted positive discussions with the representatives of the airline. Interim Director of CTB Hugo Clarinda says that next week, it will

Politics

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Politics While electorates around the world get ready for ballot boxes, politicians like traders in smoky tavern rooms at farmers’ markets, eager to strike secret deals. “The room where it Happened. No one really knows How The game is played. The art of the trade, How the sausage gets Made. We…

‘No proof of Nini planning murder’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | ‘No proof of Nini planning murder’ WILLEMSTAD – The Prosecutor’s Office in Curaçao was unable to prove that Burney “Nini” Fonseca (45) had indeed been the intermediary between those who executed the murder of politician Helmin Magno Wiels in 2013 and the intellectual authors, said his lawyer Marije Vaders on Friday, asking

Corallo’s extradition may take another year

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Corallo’s extradition may take another year THE HAGUE – St. Maarten/Italian casino boss Francesco Corallo may remain incarcerated in St. Maarten for another year, as his actual extradition to Italy may not take place until the summer of 2018. This is due to a full procedure that needs to be followed

More than 120,000 people eligible to vote

Source: Curacao Chronicle | More than 120,000 people eligible to vote WILLEMSTAD – More than 120,000 people are eligible to vote on Friday next week. This was announced by the Supreme Electoral Council during a recent press conference. They also announced that almost everyone has their voting cards in the mail. For those who did

Caribbean pursues green growth despite uncertain times

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean pursues green growth despite uncertain times A wind farm in Curaçao. In late 2015, Caribbean countries joined a global agreement to phase out fossil fuels and shift to renewable energies such as wind and solar power. (Photo credit: Desmond Brown/IPS) BRIDGETOWN – Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours are continuing to

UTS: SMS messages political parties cannot be blocked

Source: Curacao Chronicle | UTS: SMS messages political parties cannot be blocked WILLEMSTAD – After an SMS from the MFK party leader Gerrit Schotte, you may have also received a message from Jacinta Constancia of the same MFK party or of Amparo dos Santos, leader of Korsou di Nos Tur (KdNT). Do you think that

Caribbean Journal: JetBlue adding more Sint Maarten flights

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean Journal: JetBlue adding more Sint Maarten flights NEW YORK – According to Caribbean Journal, the New York City-based air carrier JetBlue Airways is expanding its service to the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten. The carrier will be adding a second daily roundtrip flight between John F Kennedy Airport and

SDK swimming pool is now Pisina Enith Brigitha

Source: Curacao Chronicle | SDK swimming pool is now Pisina Enith Brigitha WILLEMSTAD – The swimming pool at the Sentro Deportivo Korsou (Curacçao Sports Center) has been renamed to the ‘Pisina Enith Brigitha’. A beautiful tribute to this Curacao swimmer who swam in the world’s top seventies. The appreciation for Brigitha also appears from a

Breakthrough solar powered device pulls water out of dry air

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Breakthrough solar powered device pulls water out of dry air CALIFORNIA – With water woes plaguing many Caribbean countries, the thought of a home appliance that pulls all the water a household needs out of thin air using only solar power sounds like the stuff of fantasy. That fantasy nevertheless became

KLM Curaçao Marathon

Source: Curacao Chronicle | KLM Curaçao Marathon WILLEMSTAD – The organization of the fourth edition of the KLM Curaçao Marathon is preparing for a growth of up to 3,000 participants. In order to ensure the safety of all participants and supporters along the route, no startup certificates are issued. The registration for the competition on

Teenager, student, national guardsman killed in massive Venezuela protests

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Teenager, student, national guardsman killed in massive Venezuela protests Protesters marched against the Maduro government. CARACAS — Clashes erupted yesterday at massive protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, as riot police fired tear gas to push back demonstrators, some of whom threw stones or hurled petrol bombs. At least two civilians

UN urges all efforts be made to lower tensions in Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle | UN urges all efforts be made to lower tensions in Venezuela NEW YORK – The United Nations on Thursday expressed concern about the latest developments in Venezuela, calling on the government and the opposition to address the country’s challenges for the benefit of the people. “We call on the government of

House search and arrests in ‘Robalo’ investigation

Source: Curacao Chronicle | House search and arrests in ‘Robalo’ investigation PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – In connection with the criminal investigation code-named “Robalo ” the suspects E.L.A.H (37) and U.G.A. (55) were arrested on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. A search led by the Judge of Instruction and a Prosecutor was also conducted at E.L.A.H.’s home. Important

Trump’s subsidy stop also affects Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Trump’s subsidy stop also affects Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – One of the first acts of the new President of the United States, Donald Trump was to stop funding to the United Nations Population Funds. This decision also has an impact on Curaçao. This is according to the Planned Family Foundation. The foundation

Robbie dos Santos responds to accusations

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Robbie dos Santos responds to accusations WILLEMSTAD, PHILLIPSBURG – Lottery boss Robbie dos Santos has serious questions about the investigation into the murder of the politician Helmin Wiels, specifically the case named Maximus. This is the investigation into the intellectual authors of the murder. One of the questions Dos Santos has

CTO Earth Day Message 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | CTO Earth Day Message 2017 By Hugh Riley, Secretary General, Caribbean Tourism Organization – 22 April 2017 – Theme: Environmental and Climate Literacy – The Caribbean is Taking Action. As the world pauses to celebrate Earth Day today, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is pleased to declare its support for actions that make

Foreign Affairs: “Do not go to Venezuela!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Foreign Affairs: “Do not go to Venezuela!” WILLEMSTAD – Do not go to Venezuela if that is not necessary. That is the advice given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Kingdom. They have further tightened the travel advice for Venezuela. Yesterday, there were two more deaths in the

D-Day in court for Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca

Source: Curacao Chronicle | D-Day in court for Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca WILLEMSTAD – Today it’s Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca’s turn to prove that he is not the intermediary person between the executors of the murder of the politician Helmin Wiels and the intellectual authors. Lawyer Marije Vaders will plead for her client today. In August 2014,

Special conference in Israel for Catholics and Jews

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Special conference in Israel for Catholics and Jews WILLEMSTAD – Rabbi Daniel Kripper from Aruba and Hazzan Avery Tracht, the Spiritual Leader of Mikvé Israel-Emanuel, better known as the SNOA on Curaçao, have both been invited by the Catholic Church to a special gathering of cardinals, bishops and rabbis from around

Airbnb advances talks with Caribbean Tourism Organization countries

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Airbnb advances talks with Caribbean Tourism Organization countries BRIDGETOWN – Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, and eight member countries, along with representatives Chris Lehane, Bruno Lewicki and Shawn Sullivan from Airbnb, the leading community driven hospitality company,

Live from Curaçao: AFAR announces its first Facebook live series

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Live from Curaçao: AFAR announces its first Facebook live series An immersive social media travel experience through a virtual on-island live broadcast NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO – AFAR Media today announced its first Facebook Live series created with exclusive launch partner, Curacao Tourist Board, as a means to connect with consumers

Missing Indian woman found dead

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Missing Indian woman found dead WILLEMSTAD – Information just came in that the lifeless body of the missing Indian woman was found today. Police authorities found her at Santa Cruz beach. We are still waiting for the police report.

Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of ‘meddling’

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of ‘meddling’ CARACAS – Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticised as “meddling” a joint statement by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela’s government to “guarantee the right to peaceful protest”. In their joint statement, the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala,

Police: Indian woman missing since Monday

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Police: Indian woman missing since Monday WILLEMSTAD – The Indian woman Annu Annand Bhasin is missing. The 30-year-old woman attends the Medical School at the WTC and lives in an apartment at Moomba Beach. She has been missing since Monday. Monday night she was spotted around 20:00 at Moomba Beach, across

Globovision: “Curacao at the forefront in high season”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Globovision: “Curacao at the forefront in high season” The Caribbean island welcomed the tourists in one of the most attractive times of the year, to offer them a diversity of proposals suitable for different types of audience, according to their ages and needs. With 444 square kilometers in size, Curacao is

Radiant sports heroes honored

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Radiant sports heroes honored WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao heroes of the CARIFTA Games were all honored yesterday with a reminder of their earned medals. From left to right. Jaden Bernabela (silver), Glenn Kunst (gold) and bronze medalists Shurianty Mathilda and Qyone Antersijn. Photo credit: Jeu Olimpio

Venezuela’s millions in debt to Russia led to confiscation of oil cargo

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Venezuela’s millions in debt to Russia led to confiscation of oil cargo WILLEMSTAD – Russia is losing patience with ally Venezuela because of the country’s million-dollar debt. Russia confiscated an oil tanker that belonged to the state-owned oil companhy PDVSA because Maduro’s regime owes Russia USD $30 million. According to the Reuters news agency,

Independence dreams

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Independence dreams National liberation and socialist change under “working class leadership” was a dream of many islanders but in fact created the biggest problem for Caribbean Island States.  Working class leadership’s inability to generate intellectual and ideological alternatives for the opportunistic, anti-intellectual, narco-economies, crippled all islands’ political systems and administrations. Colonialism

Case Maximus against Nini Fonseca resumes today

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Case Maximus against Nini Fonseca resumes today WILLEMSTAD – The trial against Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca, considered by justice as the link between the intellectual authors and the executors of the murder of politician Helmin Wiels, continues today. The substantive proceedings today concerns only the role of Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca in the

Despite alliance, Russian shipper holds Venezuela oil hostage over debts

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Despite alliance, Russian shipper holds Venezuela oil hostage over debts PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA, sent a tanker in October to the Caribbean with the expectation that its cargo of crude would fetch about $20 million – money the crisis-stricken nation desperately needs. Instead, the owner of the

Minister Girigoria visits the new hospital project

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Minister Girigoria visits the new hospital project WILLEMSTAD – The construction of the new hospital in Otrabanda is advancing steadily. Recently the Minister of Health, Environment and Nature, Sisline Girigoria paid a visit to the project. The Minister was received by Mr. Doran and Mr. Hart, both from the financing institution SONA.

Rare April storm may be forming in the Atlantic

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Rare April storm may be forming in the Atlantic FLORIDA – It’s still about a month and a half before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, but it could be off to an early start this year. Weather experts are watching a disturbance that could develop into a subtropical

One in 10 deaths worldwide caused by smoking

Source: Curacao Chronicle | One in 10 deaths worldwide caused by smoking LONDON – Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, a major new study shows, with half of them in just four populous countries: China, India, the United States and Russia. There were nearly one billion smokers in 2015, despite tobacco control policies having

Medal count for each country at the CARIFTA Games 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Medal count for each country at the CARIFTA Games 2017 WILLEMSTAD – All the teams at the were commendable and showed true sportsmanship as the curtain came down Monday night at the 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games held at the Ergilio Hato Stadium here in Willemstad, Curaçao. Each athlete gave their all

Banned at sea – Venezuela’s crude-stained oil tankers

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Banned at sea – Venezuela’s crude-stained oil tankers HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO – In the scorching heat of the Caribbean Sea, workers in scuba suits scrub crude oil by hand from the hull of the Caspian Galaxy, a tanker so filthy it can’t set sail in international waters. The vessel is among many

VBC: “Curaçao is not bankrupt; Prime Minister should substantiate his statement”

Source: Curacao Chronicle | VBC: “Curaçao is not bankrupt; Prime Minister should substantiate his statement” WILLEMSTAD – With deep sorrow, the Curaçao Business Association (VBC) announced that after the statements made by Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas about Curaçao being bankrupt, they have received some disturbing comments from both local and international investors. The VBC has

Evidence mounts of flawed US State Department Caribbean report

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Evidence mounts of flawed US State Department Caribbean report WASHINGTON – There is a growing body of evidence that the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) published last month by the US State Department’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contains a number of factual inaccuracies in relation

Marley’s hope to stir up music scene with eco-friendly turntable

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Marley’s hope to stir up music scene with eco-friendly turntable The turntable is made of recyclable aluminium, bamboo, recycled silicone rubber and fabric made from upcycled hemp and plastic bottles. (Photo: House of Marley) MICHIGAN – With vinyl making a comeback, the company named after late reggae star Bob Marley is

Spirit Airlines to drop Cuban operations

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Spirit Airlines to drop Cuban operations MIAMI – South Florida-based Spirit Airlines announced that they would be pulling service to Cuba, joining fellow ultra-low cost carrier Frontier Airlines and regional carrier Silver Airways in leaving the island nation. Spirit’s sole Cuban route between Ft. Lauderdale and Havana will end on May

Always bite off more than you can chew

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Always bite off more than you can chew Not always the people who start out the smartest end up the smartest. Contrary to general belief, intelligence is not an immutable given, determined by nature or nurture, genes or environment. You can always substantially change how intelligent you are. You can always

L.A.B. Rojer appointed Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague

Source: Curacao Chronicle | L.A.B. Rojer appointed Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague WILLEMSTAD – On Thursday, April 13th, 2017 Mr. Leendert A.B. is Rojer WAS sworn in as minister plenipotentiary in The Hague. He will be representing Curaçao in the Netherlands and in the Kingdom Government. Mr. Rojer will be station in The Hague until

Navy intercepts 700 kilos of cocaine

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Navy intercepts 700 kilos of cocaine WILLEMSTAD – The navy ship Zr. Ms. Van Amstel has, in a short time, intercepted two drugs shipments totaling nearly 700 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense in the Netherlands on Tuesday. Van Amstel conducts anti-drug operations

Elvis “Monster” Kuwas from the Netherlands to Bonaire

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Elvis “Monster” Kuwas from the Netherlands to Bonaire THE HAGUE – The man who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of the popular political leader Helmin Magno Wiels has recently been transferred from maximum security prison in Vught, the Netherlands to Bonaire. Elvis “Monster” Kuwas (40), was filmed by

UTS: We do not sell numbers to third parties

Source: Curacao Chronicle | UTS: We do not sell numbers to third parties WILLEMSTAD – Perhaps you received a text message from MFK party leader Gerrit Schotte last weekend. The telecommunication company UTS says on its Facebook that they did not sell your phone number to the MFK party. According to the local telecommunication company,

Four medals for Curaçao at CARIFTA Games

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Four medals for Curaçao at CARIFTA Games WILLEMSTAD – During the CARIFTA Games last weekend in the Curaçao Sports Center (SDK), the Curaçao athletes won a total of four medals. Gold was for pole vaulter Glenn Kunst. He jumped up to 4m 65, which is a record for the CARIFTA games.

InselAir yearns for strategic partner

Source: Curacao Chronicle | InselAir yearns for strategic partner WILLEMSTAD –During his presentation on InselAir in Parliament yesterday, the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles and the Chairman of the Committee of Wise Men, Etienne Ys said that after the government Koeiman agreed to a bridging loan of 33.3 million guilders for InselAir things

Tariffs suggested to protect region’s sugar industry

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Tariffs suggested to protect region’s sugar industry Sugar production quotas in the European Union will be scrapped at the end of September and industry experts warn that the region will suffer the backlash of a drop in prices. KINGSTON – Stakeholders in the region’s sugar industry have laid a strong case

Union leader: No better investor than Guangdong Zhenrong

Source: Curacao Chronicle | Union leader: No better investor than Guangdong Zhenrong WILLEMSTAD – According to union leader Alcides Cova there is no better investor than the Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) for the modernization of the oil refinery Isla. He sees only benefits after his three-week visit to the company in China,

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