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December 16, 2017

Curacao

Caribbean’s tourism return shows it is open and has something for everyone

Source: Curacao Chronicle Multifaceted, million-dollar advertising campaign shows successful results of drawing visitors to the Caribbean post-hurricanes, and transitions to continue focusing on the more than one million square miles and range of attractions, activities and cultures offering a “Caribbean for Everyone.” PEMBROKE PINE – Billions of people now know that the Caribbean…

Foreign employees UTS first to go

Source: Curacao Chronicle UTS plans to dismiss almost 300 of the 500 employees WILLEMSTAD – Foreign employees of the telecommunication company UTS threaten to become victims of the discussions between the company, the government and the SITKOM trade union. The union has negotiated through the strike that there will be a committee to…

Minister deliberating import ban RHD cars

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – An import ban on cars with the steering wheel on the right is possibly close. A traffic committee is currently examining the safety of these cars. Based on the report of this committee, the Minister of Traffic and Transportation, Zita Jesus-Leito will make a decision. 6 percent of…

Early start reorganization FEFFIK

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The teachers’ union SITEK hopes that next August the reorganization of FEFFIK will be a fact. The training institute, known for its vocational training, has been in heavy weather for years, while several companies cannot find local craftsmen. According to SITEK chairman Darius Plantijn, a start has been…

Errol Cova: “Actions unions over”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The trade unions have ended their actions. According to their foreman, Errol Cova two of the three points have been reached. The increase in vehicle insurance is off the table and there is an agreement about the dismissal rounds at the telecommunication company UTS. Only the increase in…

Departure of the British Vice Consul in the Dutch Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle LONDON, WILLEMSTAD – The British Embassy in The Hague announces with regret that the British Vice Consul in the Dutch Caribbean, Mrs Anne-Marie Pietersz-Powell, will be leaving her post on 14 December 2017 after 15 years.  During that time, Mrs Pietersz has worked tirelessly to improve bilateral relations with the islands,…

Declining tourism figures call for action

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – As the year draws to a close, CHATA reflects back on the current state of the industry and recent developments within the sector in 2017. Despite optimistic forecasts at the start of 2017, the year has not gone as planned. Tourist arrivals is showing a decline and hotel…

Curaçao RBI League receives donation from Blue Bay Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Blue Bay Curaçao Golf & Beach Resort donated NAf. 8.250,-  to the Curaçao RBI League. This donation came from the CBW charity auction dinner. The Curaçao Baseball Development Foundation and Fundashon pa Nan will use the amount to realize the RBI competition. This competition is an initiative from Major…

Isla unions no longer want actions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The fifteen trade unions in Solidaridat Sindikal are divided. The Isla unions (oil refinery) are deliberating whether they will continue with the actions or not. The actions have taken a long time and, according to the union leaders, there comes a time when you just have to stop.…

New airport digital platforms launched on Airport Boulevard Screen

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Thursday December 14, Curaçao Airport Partners and Curaçao Airport Holding launched three new digital platforms at Curaçao International Airport. CAP CEO Ralph Blanchard and CAH Senior Advisor Airport Operations Giordano Molina, held their speeches in an innovative way by a video presentation on the Airport Boulevard screen,…

Boolchands presents security solutions for your peace of mind

Source: Curacao Chronicle Boolchands in Curaçao now presents Blink, the ultra-affordable, truly wire-free video home security camera and monitoring system with batteries that last for 2 years. It is so affordable and easy to setup, you will use it to protect your entire home inside & out. Boolchands also presents Ring, the next…

Venezuela’s election: how it happened

Source: Curacao Chronicle LONDON – Venezuelans went to the polls again at the weekend, but much of international media coverage was again misrepresentative, writes Francisco Dominguez. Municipal elections took place in Venezuela on Sunday, electing 335 mayors. This was the 24th national election in Venezuela since 1998 and the third in less than…

Evacuated RST members are at work in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Sixteen members of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team (“Recherche Samenwerkings Team” (RST)) stationed in St. Maarten were evacuated from St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma early September. They continue their work from Curaçao pending a decision on their return possibly in March next year. Meanwhile, four persons are manning…

Banco del Orinoco dupes 11,000 Venezuelans on Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – 11,000 Venezuelans can no longer withdraw money from the Banco del Orinoco. This bank is located on Curaçao and falls under the supervision of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten. The troubled bank has not made any payments for 10 months. According to a Venezuelan lawyer,…

InselAir says to have papers in order for Suriname

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The local aviation company InselAir has all papers in order to fly to Suriname. There is an airline agreement between Curaçao and Suriname which applies in this case, says the representatives of the airline. Tickets are already being sold for the first flight on December 18, but the…

Post-Irma clean-up expected to cost 16.4 million guilders

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The clean-up of the country post-Hurricanes Irma and Maria will cost taxpayers some NAf. 16.4 million if the figures given to Parliament by caretaker Finance Minister Richard Gibson Sr. are on point. Gibson Sr. told the legislature on Tuesday that the first phase of the clean-up had a…

HIV infection among young people is increasing

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The number of HIV infections among young people is rising. This is according to a report from the Caribbean Network. 2000 people are now registered. But the ‘Pink House’ in Otrobanda thinks that the actual numbers are higher. Cura + of the Pink house will intensify their information…

CTB Celebrates Curaçao Week in Suriname

Source: Curacao Chronicle With Multiple Marketing and Promotional Activities WILLEMSTAD – A delegation of the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) was recently in Suriname for a number of key meetings on the marketing and promotion of the island. The delegation first celebrated the 55th anniversary of Surinam Airways and its 53 years flying to…

Auction drug plane attracts interest

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Friday auction of the confiscated Canadair LTD aircraft is attracting many interested parties from Canada, Colombia and Saudi Arabia among others. This is according to online auction agency BVA Auctions. The plane was confiscated in October last year by the Public Prosecution, after it had been used…

Actions unions continue today

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – the actions announced by the fifteen unions are in the interest of more than sixty percent of the population of Curaçao who have to manage to live on a minimum wage, said spokesman Errol Cova. “Many of them are oppressed and cannot stand up for themselves, we have…

Hand grenades and firearms found during action Coast Guard

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Coast Guard Caribbean (KWCARIB) intercepted four vessels in cooperation with Customs on Tuesday 12 December. In total there were eight (8) persons on board, all with Venezuelan nationality. They had a large number of firearms with ammunition and also two hand grenades with them. The radar operator…

Strict controls on the way to Banda’bou

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The police are holding intensive checks this week on the road to Bandabou. The main focus is on drivers that are taking chances to pass other cars. This is very dangerous, especially on that road. If drivers get caught by the police car, their car can be confiscated.…

Ultimo Noticia loses case against journalist

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Ultimo Noticia has to pay more than one hundred thousand guilders of compensation to journalist Dick Drayer. The judge decided that yesterday. The morning newspaper has been posting photos made by Dick Dryer since 2014 without asking permission. The judge ruled that the regulation that photographers in the…

Teachers’ union sets other priorities than Solidaridat Sindikal

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The teachers’ union SITEK was one of the great absentees during the actions of Solidaridat Sindikal in recent days. SITEK chairman Lio Plantijn says to have other priorities than to carry out actions. The chairman of the teachers’ union knows that the three demands for which the fifteen…

Bermuda Parliament says no to same-sex marriage, yes to cannabis

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAMILTON – The victory for same-sex couples in Bermuda who earlier won the right to get married in the British Overseas Territory has been overturned. Parliament has passed the Domestic Partnership Act 2017, which replaces same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships that can be entered into by both gay and heterosexual couples.…

Martina in conversation with investors Plaza Hotel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina spoke with investors interested in the Plaza Hotel in downtown Punda during his recent visit to the Netherlands. Martina indicated that he does not want to say much about what he discussed with the investors but that there is hope for…

Former Prime Minister receives award at WPL Conference

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Maria Liberia-Peters recently received the lifetime achievement award at the conference of the Woman Political Leader Global Forum (WPL). The Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) is the global network of female politicians. According to the former Prime Minister, she is…

Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election. He said only parties which took part in Sunday’s mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency. Leaders from the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties boycotted the…

GZE goes belly-up in Myanmar, are we next?

Source: Curacao Chronicle The multi-billion-dollar oil refinery that was to be constructed by Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) in Myanmar failed miserably. This was confirmed last week by the Myanmar Investment Commission. Myanmar decided to cancel the project after it has seen “absolutely no progress at all” in the two years since GZE was…

St. Maarten Airport interior demo work to start this week

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Demolition of the mold-infested interior sheetrock walls of Princess Juliana International Airport’s terminal building is to start this week after a contractor is selected on Tuesday. The airport has followed the required procurement procedures, Michel Hyman, Airport Chief Operations Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said in…

EM City Hotel declared bankrupt

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Another one bites the dust. This time it’s the operator of the former Howard Johnson Hotel in downtown Otrabanda, EMC City Hotel. It has been declared bankrupt. The bankruptcy has been requested by the owner of the building where the hotel and a casino are located, namely Emmazicht…

Vidanova buys ENNIA in Bonaire

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, KRALENDIJK – Ennia Caribe Holding (ENNIA) and Vidanova Pension Fund (Vidanova) announced the signing of a definitive agreement whereby Vidanova buys the assets and business of the ENNIA branch in Bonaire. The subsidiary, which represents 3 percent of the total assets of ENNIA, comprises the affairs of Banco di…

Prime Minister: “We are not negotiating with the unions!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During the press conference of the Council of Ministers, the Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath indicated that the government is not negotiating with the trade unions. There will be no counter-proposal. “We have a responsibility to the community and do not participate in a game to see…

Tropical Dutch Biodiversity now in one database

Source: Curacao Chronicle Launch Dutch Caribbean Species Register WILLEMSTAD – Naturalis Biodiversity Center (NBC) is proud to announce the launch of the Dutch Caribbean Species Register: www.dutchcaribbeanspecies.org For the first time ever, NBC presents a complete overview of the known biodiversity (animals, plants, fungi) from the Dutch Caribbean: over 7.500 species. This online…

Grenada asks European Union to take it off tax haven blacklist

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST GEORGE’S – Grenada is asking the European Union (EU) to remove it from the global tax haven blacklist released earlier this week. Grenada was one of four Caribbean countries on the list of 17 non-cooperative jurisdictions in taxation matters, prepared by the European Council’s Code of Conduct Group after months…

No permission for manifestation

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The strikers, unlike the peaceful manifestation on the Wilhelminaplein Wednesday, did not have permission for the manifestation at the PWFC building yesterday. This was stated by Minister Quincy Girigorie of Justice yesterday during a press conference of the Council of Ministers. The minister also had to note a…

Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean back on growth path

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Following 25 months of uninterrupted contraction, exports of goods from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are back on the path to growth. After shrinking by 3.3 percent in 2016, the year-on-year growth between January and June 2017 reached 13.2 percent. Similarly, exports of services, which had already picked…

Unions threaten to shut down operations at oil refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – “Operations at the Isla refinery has to be shut down today!” That is according to Angelo Meyer, President of the oil refinery union PWFC last night at a press conference of the Solidaridat Sindikal (union solidarity). “The intention is not to run the refinery at full power and…

OM: Continuation case “Magnus / Maximus”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Thursday morning, in the case of “Magnus / Maximus” against Defendant B. “Nini” F. (Curaçao, 1971), the Court decided the following: On 22 March 2018, a pre-trial review / pro forma will take place and on June 6 and 7, 2018 the treatment of the content of…

Parts of Sorsaka plantation house burned down

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Early this morning a part of Sorsaka country house burned down. It was popularly called the residence of the Lieutenant Governor. Lizanne Dindial was the last resident during her term as Lieutenant Governor. Since 2010 it is empty. Rumors are that demonstrators have set fire to the country…

CMU presents certificates to FMA personnel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Foundation for Addiction Treatment (FMA), in cooperation with the Caribbean Medical University (CMU), organized a training for all its personnel, regarding the medical aspects of addiction. Dr. Ryan Jackson, Dean of the Caribbean Medical University, presented the certificates to those who completed the coursework. Link: CMU presents

Caribbean Journal awards Curaçao International Airport the title ‘Caribbean Airport of the Year 2017’

Source: Curacao Chronicle FLORIDA – Caribbean Journal, the largest travel platform covering Caribbean destinations, awarded Curaçao International Airport the title ‘Caribbean Airport of the Year’ in this year’s ‘Caribbean Travel Awards’. The article puts the spotlight on the Airport Expansion Project and airport-experience enhancement activities, stating how Curaçao International Airport is at the forefront…

“Curaçao is Dushi” Fair at Barber

Source: Curacao Chronicle This Sunday, the “Curaçao is Dushi. Live it. Love it” Campaign is Organizing the “Curaçao is Dushi” Fair at Barber WILLEMSTAD -This Sunday, December 10, the ‘Curaçao is Dushi Fair’ will be held at the Himno i Bandera Park at Barber. In September, the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) launched the new…

Integrity Chamber law still not with Parliament

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The draft law to establish an Integrity Chamber for the country has still not reached Parliament. The law is a pivotal piece in the pending release of the 550 million euros in recovery aid from the Netherlands. The Dutch Government set two conditions for the local Government to…

Caribbean countries respond to EU tax haven blacklist

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST GEORGE’S – On Tuesday, European Union finance ministers adopted a blacklist of tax havens that included five countries in the wider Caribbean: Barbados, Grenada, Panama, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago seen as not cooperative on tax matters. According to the ministry of finance in Grenada, the reason put…

Smart suitcases may be banned

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – KLM may refuse smart suitcases as hold baggage. The company is currently researching this, now that several American Airlines are doing the same. Smart suitcases have a battery with which phones can be charged or GPS systems can be supplied with power. From January 15, American Airlines will…

CHATA Stars of the Industry Q3 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The award ceremony of the Stars of the Industry 3rd  quarter of 2017 was held at CHATA member Starbucks Curaçao  at Mambo Beach Boulevard. During this event, the 3rd quarter employees and supervisors nominated by a variety of CHATA members were recognized and celebrated. All the nominees received…

With 3x Fun Miles at Changes, Shana, Converse and ALDO Shoes

Source: Curacao Chronicle Festive Fun Miles Fashion Show in Punda. WILLEMSTAD – On Thursday 7 December, shoppers will enjoy a fascinating fashion show at Plaza Jojo Correa in Punda, during the fun Punda shopping night. Proud Fun Miles partners Changes, Shana, Converse and ALDO Shoes present their collections from 7 pm to 8…

Everyone can tank today

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Everyone can fill up their tank today, says Curoil in response to the announced strike of angry trade unions. The fuel supplier has three months of stock. Part of it is strategically stored at secret locations. Should the oil refinery be blocked, distribution can take place from these…

Schools are open

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The schools are open today. This is according to the Minister of Education Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé. The 15 trade unions united in the ‘solidaridat sindikal’ started their manifestation at 7 o’clock this morning on the Wilhelminaplein and gave the advice yesterday to leave the children at home. But education…

Unemployment in Curaçao is on the rise

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Unemployment on Curaçao is increasing. That says the Central Bureau for Statistics. This year 360 people lost their jobs. It is rising fast especially between the ages of 25 and 34. There is also good news, youth unemployment is dropping about just as quickly. The number of jobs…

Trade unions Curaçao call for great manifestation

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In Curaçao, a coalition of trade unions called on Tuesday evening all employees on the island to a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday morning right in the middle of downtown Punda. With this, the unions want to put pressure on the government to agree with their three demands. The…

Update: Government gives union two out of three demands

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Council of Ministers announced during an urgent press conference that the minimum wage will increase by 10 cents in January 2018. Furthermore, the increase in the premium of car insurance will be put on hold. The dismissal of UTS personnel will continue according to the collective agreement.…

15 unions give government an ultimatum

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During a press conference, the union leader Errol Cova, on behalf of 15 unions gave the government until tomorrow morning 11 o’clock to give satisfactory answers to their demands otherwise they will proceed to plan B. Plan B means that the unions will take action to force the…

CARICOM launches regional building energy efficiency program

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will today launch a programme to improve the use of energy in buildings across the region. The Regional Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) will be launched at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The launch follows the introduction of BEEPs at the CARICOM Secretariat in December 2014,…

Aqualectra launches tender solar energy project

Source: Curacao Chronicle Curaçao’s power utility seeks developers for a 10-15 MW solar park. WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao’s power utility company Aqualectra has issued a tender for the construction of a solar project with a capacity of 10 MW to 15 MW. The company said that the project will consist of rooftop systems installed…

Goodbye to an extremely active Hurricane Season

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – On November 30, marked the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season which matched predictions that it would be extremely active. The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) – two of them Category 5…

St Vincent to host Cybersecurity Forum

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTOWN – Rising cyber crime is stoking growing concern among legislators, law enforcement officials, business leaders and millions of affected citizens across the Caribbean. In response, several Caribbean nations are taking concrete steps to finalise cyber crime legislation, train law enforcement agencies and raise awareness among their vulnerable populations. The latest…

RMHC thanks community from Curacao “from the heart”!

Source: Curacao Chronicle A total of 71,220.92 was raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities Curacao Foundation WILLEMSTAD – Last Friday, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Curacao Foundation closed the fundraising month with its campaign “Un danki di Kurason”. The nice amount collected through the campaign gives the organization a good “boost”, realizing how…

With your naked behind on a cruise ship

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – We will have to wait for more than a year, but in 2019 a boat full of naked people will come to Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba. A special nudist cruise will be organized by Bare Necessities Tour & Travel. Do you want to want to be on that…

The government wants a dialogue with the unions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In an official press release, the Council of Ministers indicated that they will make a decision within three weeks on the increase of the minimum wage in 2018. The government first wants to seek advice and evaluate the consequences for the quality of life for all inhabitants of…

Caribbean Airlift Council

Source: Curacao Chronicle Airlift is a major Caribbean problem that deserves top priority because it is vital for tourism and trade, subsequently for the economic well-being of all population members of the Caribbean communities. The problem has been acknowledged for many years. Just check the on-line archives of the news media to find…

Port St. Maarten ready for first commercial cruise ship call on December 4th. Positive cruise experience can influence future calls

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Port St. Maarten is ready for the return of the first commercial cruise ship call by Viking Cruises on Monday, December 4 with the cruise ship Viking Sea. Port St. Maarten Management calls on all stakeholders, businesses and the public to use this weekend to finalize all preparations…

Six Caribbean territories and states eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Source: Curacao Chronicle The World Health Organization has validated Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis as achieving dual elimination GENEVA – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis were today certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child…

After hurricanes, internet groups form new commission to improve Caribbean network resilience

Source: Curacao Chronicle Cisco, IBM, Intel support new body to strengthen regional telecom infrastructure. PARADISE ISLAND – Still reeling from the utter devastation wrought by a record-breaking 2017 hurricane season, many Caribbean island states are struggling to return to normalcy. By some estimates, relief and recovery efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Maria alone could…

Venezuela is losing its best oil buyer

Source: Curacao Chronicle Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said this week that PdVSA is willing to retaliate against financial sanctions from the U.S. by suspending oil exports to the country, sending crude to Asia instead. This seems highly unlikely, given that the U.S. is one of its largest cash-paying customers. China is PdVSA’s largest customer in…

As announced before; La Prensa newspaper files for bankruptcy

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – La Prensa started in 1957 as a Papiamento newspaper. 60 years later, the newspaper files for bankruptcy. This news does not come as a surprise. In the beginning of November, editor-in-chief, Mariano Heyden, said in an interview that the newspaper is experiencing heavy times. The popular journalist expressed…

EU places Venezuelan Avior Airlines on black list

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRUSSELS – The Venezuelan airline Avior Airlines is no longer allowed to fly in European airspace. The company has been placed on the list of unsafe companies, the European Commission announced. Avior Airlines flies to Aruba and Curaçao, but these destinations do not fall under the territory of the European…

Venezuela’s ex-oil minister and ex-PDVSA head arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle Two powerful Venezuelan former oil officials have been arrested as part of a sweeping anti-corruption operation. CARACAS – A number of senior officials at Citgo, Venezuela’s US-based refining company were detained last week. Critics of President Nicolás Maduro say this is part of a political purge. They say Mr Maduro, who…

New prison in St. Maarten to cost US $60M

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Replacing the Pointe Blanche prison will cost the country US $50-60 million, Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman announced at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. “The Dutch experts on the ground agree that the best option is a new prison,” he stated. “A final assessment was made and…

Airport Runway Run cancelled

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Just this afternoon, Curaçao Airport Partners was unexpectedly notified by the Minister of Transportation and Urban Planning that the event ‘Airport Runway Run’ was cancelled. No reason for this cancellation has been given to CAP. “Run the Runway” events are performed at airports across the world as a…

House for rent in Blue Bay Resort, Curacao

Source: Curacao Chronicle Are you looking for a rental in Blue Bay Resort, Curacao? A spacious home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large covered porch? A house with character, a great location and even partly ocean view? This is it! The huge covered porch connects the spacious living room to the…

Curaçao delegation in Haiti to strengthen economic and cultural ties

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – After celebrating the inaugural flight of the Haitian airline, Sunrise Airways, a Curaçao delegation headed by the Minister of Economic Development, Steven Martina, returned on that same aircraft for an economic trade mission in Haiti. The Curaçao delegation is seeking to increase trade, investment and business opportunities between…

Caribbean friendly skies

Source: Curacao Chronicle Have you ever heard of the ‘Caribbean Friendly Skies’, an airlift concept where all the flight connections are fast, the schedules are efficient, the flight attendants are beautiful, the pilots are good looking, the assistance of the ground staff is above average, the fares are affordable, and the flying convenience…

Installations oil refinery unsafe

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A large number of installations on the Isla site can catch fire or explode. They are unsafe. That is the conclusion of a technical audit into the maintenance of the refinery. The government is now going to do additional investigation. The Venezuelan Oil Company PDVSA is responsible for…

Health inspector Pereira suspended

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Gersji Rodriquez Pereira has been suspended. The Public Health Inspector did not address a complaint against a doctor. As long as the internal investigation is in progress, Pereira is at home. Jan Huurman, Head of the Health Inspectorate, does not comment on ongoing investigations. Photo: Gersji Rodriguez Pereira (credit:…

Kenley Jansen nominated as sportsman of the year

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao’s own Kenley Jansen has been nominated for sportsman of the year by NOC * NSF. The baseball player who was born in Curaçao is one of 11 sportsmen. He has to compete against Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen. The pitcher of the Los Angelos Dodgers is the…

Internet registry brings Caribbean Voices to the table

Source: Curacao Chronicle ARIN Takes Steps Toward Greater Diversity  For some time, the board of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has expressed a desire to have greater diversity across its leadership structures. Finally, steps are being taken to have representation that better reflects the diversity of the ARIN community. ARIN is…

Inaugural flight to Curaçao by Haitian Sunrise Airways

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD –  Sunrise Airways’s non-stop inaugural flight from Haiti to Curaçao was celebrated at the Curaçao Airport with an event that included speeches by the Minister of Economic Development Dr. Steven Martina, Sunrise Airways President Mr. Phillippe Bayard, CEO of the Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), Mr. Ralph Blanchard and CEO of…

The illegal transportation of tourists is punishable by law

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Transport, Transport and Spatial Planning (VVRP), Zita Jesus-Leito, warns resorts, hotels and other companies that they are not allowed to offer passenger transport without this being regulated by law. “Those who do not comply with the law can expect severe punishments, including detention,” according to…

Fat American next to you? 250 euros back

Source: Curacao Chronicle ANDIJK – A couple who complained to travel agency TUI that they had been wedged for a total of 9.5 hours between two very fat Americans have received compensation. The couple was first offered a flower voucher of 15 euros. But after the ombudsman of the Dutch newspaper Haarlems Dagblad…

Nico Schoof new head of St. Maarten mission

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – St. Maarten Progress Committee Chairman Nico Schoof will become the new head of the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations’ BZK’s civil mission in St. Maarten in the start-up of the reconstruction. Schoof, a former Mayor of the town Alphen aan den Rijn in the…

Ys: “Synergy is still interested in InselAir”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Etienne Ys, chairman of the special committee appointed by the government to look for solutions for the embattled aviation company InselAir, is amazed at the reports that appeared in the media, especially in a Dutch morning newspaper on the island, that Synergy, Avianca’s largest shareholder, is not interested…

Attorney still wants to prosecute former ministers

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Attorney Achim Henriquez wants to know what happened to the lawsuit filed by 788 citizens earlier this year. These citizens want the Public Prosecution (OM) to prosecute former minister of the government headed by then Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas of the MFK party. These former ministers wanted to…

Runner dies during KLM Marathon

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The KLM Curaçao Marathon had a sad ending yesterday. During the fourth edition of the running competition, a 50-year-old man died yesterday. The experienced runner Rob Bremer participated in the half marathon and became unwell just before the finish, at the height of the dr. Martin Luther King…

More opportunities to study in the region

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently the Minister of Education, Marilyn Alcala-Walle received a courtesy visit from Dr. Nigel Gravesande B.A., M.A., PhD, who is the registrar of the University of Guyana together with Guno Rugde, a professor at the University of Curaçao. Dr. Gravensande came to Curaçao to represent the Guyanese Minister…

Update: Online auction of private jet

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Auction house BVA Auctions is auctioning the seized aircraft Challenger 601-3A/ER by order of the Public Prosecutor of Curaçao. The auction opens on December 15th and bids can be placed up until 6:00 pm on Saturday, December 30th. The aircraft was built in 1989, its weight category is Class…

An eye for an eye

Source: Curacao Chronicle An eye for an eye, the principle of Lex Talionis as it is called in Christianity, finds its equivalent in radical Islam in the principle of Qisãs. It is allowed for Muslims to kill protected ones—children and elderly bystanders—amongst unbelievers, as an act of reciprocity. The argument is that ordinary…

The CTB Launches its Year Planner for 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle A fantastic job by students of Adriana’s Academy for Arts & Sciences! WILLEMSTAD – This year marks the 20th anniversary of Curaçao’s addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list, and to commemorate that, the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is dedicating its 2018 Year Planner to art, culture and heritage. To…

First visit Viking Sea to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The cruise ship Viking Sea made its first visit to Curaçao last Wednesday. The first contact between representatives of Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd. and Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) took place during the conference of Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale. During this meeting, the Port Operations Manager…

Avalon University gives back

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – At 4 pm on the fourth of November 2017, the MD1 students of Avalon University School of Medicine, took part in a Health Fair at the Mangusa Shopping Center, Santa Rosaweg Road, Willemstad Curaçao. Everyone, including myself, were involved in health fair activities. Faculty and students felt very…

PDVSA in credit talks with Rosneft, Eni, Repsol, Statoil

Source: Curacao Chronicle SANTA CRUZ – Venezuela’s PDVSA is in talks with Russia’s Rosneft, Italy’s Eni, Spain’s Repsol and Norway’s Statoil to get credit for oil and gas projects, a company executive said on Wednesday, in a bid to reverse a slump in output to an almost 30-year low. Venezuela and state-run oil…

Kingdom Council of Ministers wants Premier St. Maarten gone

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Governor of Sint Maarten must do everything in his power to ensure that Prime Minister William Marlin is deposed. Until then, the Netherlands cannot support the island affected by Hurricane Irma. This is what Undersecretary in charge of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops says about the decision…

New tariffs: gasoline cheaper, cooking gas more expensive

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post has published the new rates for fuel, water and electricity on their website. Gasoline will be 7 cents cheaper as of November 28. Gasoline goes from 1.81 to 1.74 guilders on the announced date. Diesel becomes more expensive, an increase of five cents, from…

OM: Conference with attention to domestic violence

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In 2015, the Minister of Justice proclaimed the month of November as a month of awareness on relational violence and violence against children. This year too, the Ministry of Justice of Curaçao and the Public Prosecution (OM) Curaçao wants to shed light on these important themes. A very…

Commemorative coin 150 years of Dutch Red Cross

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Dutch Red Cross, the Central Bank has minted a silver commemorative coin of 5 guilders. The divisions Curaçao and Sint Maarten fall under the Dutch Red Cross. The coin is made of silver and 400 copies have been minted.…

Expedia reports Caribbean Holiday Travel Trends

Source: Curacao Chronicle SEATTLE – With the winter holidays on the horizon, the Expedia group is reporting a large influx of searches and interest for travel to the Caribbean. As snowbirds start traveling south, the Expedia group’s in-depth insights for holiday travel can provide hoteliers the opportunity to better connect with travelers and…

Venezuela’s PDVSA in talks to supply gas to neighbors

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS- Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA is in contract talks to export natural gas to neighbours Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Aruba, a company official said on Wednesday. Gas sales could provide a welcome boost to energy revenues for a country suffering acute cash problems and in talks to restructure its…

US ends temporary protected status for Haitians

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Haitians living in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation have been given 18 months to get out of the country. The Donald Trump administration yesterday announced that it would not be renewing the TPS that has allowed Haitians to remain in the country following the…

Recipe # 25 – Miracle Tree’s Thanksgiving Moringa Banana Bread

Source: Curacao Chronicle You’ll love Miracle Tree’s delicious moringa banana bread as it is so moist and delicious, plus is packed with skin-loving vitamins, iron and is also high in antioxidants.  Get your taste buds buzzing for this inspired recipe! https://youtu.be/TDiwBP9xSck. Ingredients ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil or high…

No parliamentary meetings due to Christmas recess

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Parliament of Curaçao will be in recess. From December 18 until January 3 there will be no parliamentary meetings. The budget meetings are held the week before the recess. After the Christmas break, from 9 to 12 January, the parliaments of all the islands and the Netherlands…

MPs want pension

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The President of Parliament William Millerson wants the government to regulate the pension of the Members of Parliament. The previous bill proposal which was presented on October 10, 2010, was annulled by the Governor. The reason was that the Governor thought the pension for each MP was excessively…

Venezuela arrests CITGO Chief in anti-corruption dragnet

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuelan authorities arrested the acting president of its U.S.-based refiner Citgo and five of the subsidiary’s top executives on Tuesday as part of a spiraling corruption purge in the OPEC country’s oil industry. Military intelligence agents detained Jose Pereira during an event at state oil company PDVSA’s headquarters…

Black and lucky Peter

Source: Curacao Chronicle It is politically incorrect to utter a single mitigating word about the historic slave trade and slavery. The topic is racially heavily charged. Anyone who does not fit the political bill can count on threats and intimidations, mostly by bullying and physical harassment. Historic facts are no longer of any…

Research vessel to visit islands in Feb. & March

Source: Curacao Chronicle TEXEL – A Netherlands Maritime Research Institute NIOZ research ship and a team with almost 100 scientists will visit the Windward Islands during part of February and March 2018 to conduct research in the sea surrounding the islands. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO recently announced the seven-month voyage…

Venezuela chooses Dutch-based firm for Orinoco oil JV

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuela has selected a little-known, Dutch-registered company for a new joint venture at the Junin 10 oil block in its Orinoco Belt region, according to a decree published on Thursday. Stichting Administratiekantoor Inversiones Petroleras Iberoamericanas will have a 40 percent participation in the project, the official government gazette…

Caribbean Businesses stand to profit from Quad9 Cyber Security

Source: Curacao Chronicle Cyber crime is a source of growing concern for businesses in the developing countries of the Caribbean. Law enforcement officials and security experts in those regions and around the world struggle to keep pace with the escalating sophistication of transnational cyber criminal operations. By some estimates, cybercrime will cost approximately…

Staff Sehos worried about future

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The staff at the Saint Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos) are worried about the transition to the new hospital in Otrabanda (HNO). They are afraid that they will lose their jobs as a result. That is why 50 employees laid down the work last week. The management of Sehos has…

Venezuela’s creditors should hold on tight

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Petróleos de Venezuela is the oily lifeblood of the country which owns it, so default should spell the beginning of the end for creditors. PDVSA’s exports are the only reason the government has been able to meet foreign debt repayments. After four years of recession and shortages of…

MoU between police and Interpol

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Leaving Curaçao with a stolen or fake passport is soon impossible. At least if it is up to the police. They have signed a partnership agreement with Interpol. All passports will soon be checked with the Interpol database when travelers leave Curaçao. In this database, among other things,…

SSC almost as many staff as the entire education ministry

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Foundation for Education Financing (SSC) must reduce its staff. This grew under the leadership of the embattled former director Margiet de Freitas, who was a member of the former ruling party Pueblo Soberano, to 74 employees. This is according to the Minister of Education, Marilyn Alcala-Walle. In…

Bad weather causes power interruptions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The current weather with rain, thunder and lightning causes power outages in Banda’bou (western side of the island). Also, fixed phones lines and cable provider TDS suffered from the weather. A large part of the electricity and telephone network lies above ground there. Parts of Banda’riba (eastern side)…

Guangdong Zhenrong Energy blacklisted in Beijing

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) is in financial trouble and is on the blacklist in Beijing. The Chinese government is probably taking over the company now. That may be too late for the operation of the Isla refinery. GZE has two weeks to show that it is financially sound.…

Leaked MDPT’s letter to Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (document)

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Last weekend a letter from the Multidisciplinary Project Team (MDPT), which is in charge of the negotiations for the future of the oil refinery in Curaçao, to the Chinese company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) was leaked to the media. Click on the link below for MDPT’s letter scanbrGZE20171117

Attorney Tromp hopes that OM will ‘let it go’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Former Central Bank director Emsley Tromp has been acquitted of tax fraud today. While it is true that Tromp filled in his tax returns incorrectly, there is still insufficient evidence that he has done this deliberately. The Public Prosecution (OM) has two weeks to appeal this court’s ruling…

Commercial Consul and Vice Consul of China visit the CTB

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Representatives of the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) and the Ministry of Economic Development were recently visited by the Commercial Consul of China, Ms. Ding Cuiyu and Vice Consul of China, Ms. Wang Qi. The island’s tourism industry, the sector’s functioning and opportunities, as well as efforts being made…

Dominican Republic to improve productivity, business climate with IDB support

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $300 million policy-based loan to support Dominican Republic’s efforts to boost productivity and tackle the challenges hampering industrial growth. The funds will help implement reforms in three major areas: • Strengthening financial regulations to raise productivity, create new institutions to…

Small decline in Curaçao’s economy

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Chamber of Commerce expects a drop in the economic climate for the whole of 2017. In the two previous years there was still a slight recovery. The first half of this year was disappointing with a growth of a quarter of a percent. This trend started in…

Venezuelan crisis threatens Curaçao and Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Venezuela is about to collapse and that threatens to hit Aruba and especially Curaçao hard. Both islands are firmly committed to the oil industry, which in turn is heavily dependent on the country that is in danger of bankruptcy. If things go wrong, the Netherlands may have to…

The Netherlands supports compulsory education

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – “We do not have to reinvent the wheel.” Says the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Marilyn Alcala-Walle about compulsory education after her official visit to the Netherlands. In Curaçao, there is hardly any supervision on compulsory education. In order to tackle this, the Minister asked the…

King and Queen to visit Leeward Islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will be in Saba, Sint Maarten and St. Eustatius from November 30 to December 2. They will be accompanied by Undersecretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops, who arrives on the islands three days earlier. On Saba, the royal couple celebrates the Saba Day…

Yankees interview Hensley Meulens for managerial opening

Source: Curacao Chronicle NEW YORK – Hensley Meulens thinks he has the communication skills the New York Yankees want in their next manager, and he can display his prowess in five languages. A former Yankees player and current San Francisco Giants bench coach, Meulens was born in Curacao and speaks English, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch and Papiamento. “Believe…

Company’s information: Damen Shipyards Group

Source: Curacao Chronicle Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality. Damen’s focus on…

MDPT’s new composition and SOAB’s investigation

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Multidisciplinary Project Team (MDPT) is in charge of the negotiations for the future and the modernization of the oil refinery in Curaçao. The MDPT is currently negotiating with the Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE). Recently some of the members of the MDPT have resigned. This…

Prime Minister: Guangdong Zhenrong Energy gets two weeks’ time

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath, as soon as the Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) receive the letter from the Government requesting them proof that they are capable of operating the oil refinery, they have two weeks to reply. In this letter, the…

Ride for the Roses starts with film “Wonder”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The fourteenth edition of Ride for the Roses will be held on January 21 next year. Just as in recent years, 10,000 participants are expected again for the various components of Ride for the Roses: cycling, sailing, swimming, walking, but also spinning. In the latter part, people with…

Uncertain future oil industry Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The future of the oil industry in Curaçao is uncertain and precarious. This is according to the Chairman of the Multidisciplinary Project Team (MDPT) Clift Christiaan during a presentation in Parliament. It is by no means certain that the Chinese State Company Guandong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) has enough…

Banco di Caribe selects Accuity to optimise its transaction and account screening

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI, WILLEMSTAD – Banco di Caribe (BdC), the third-largest bank in Curaçao, has selected Accuity, the leading provider of financial crime compliance, payments and Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions, to optimize its transaction, account screening and onboarding processes. BdC is a provider of financial services, operating primarily in the Caribbean territory…

Oil, oil and oil again

Source: Curacao Chronicle Oil production and consumption have grown from 60 million barrels per day in 1980, to about 100 million, today. Over the last five years, we have seen a steady growth of about 1-2 % per year. The price per barrel has also recovered from a low of US $ 30,…

Dutch Parliament supports hurricane-proof rebuilding

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament supports a hurricane-proof and sustainable construction of buildings in the Windward Islands in the reconstruction period after Hurricane Irma. Parliament adopted a motion to this extent on Tuesday. All parties in the Second Chamber, except for the Party for Freedom…

Nearly half receive a fine during a traffic check

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During a traffic check on the Schottegatweg Zuid this week almost half of the cars inspected received a fine. Of the 54 that were stopped, something was wrong with 23 of them. They either didn’t have all their car documents or no driver’s license on them. They received…

Union talks about minimum wage

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It remains a hot topic: the minimum wage. All trade unions meet this week to discuss a plan to introduce the minimum wage. Not surprisingly, the trade unions want the minimum wage to be increased as quickly as possible. The government wanted to do some research first. Trade…

Central Bank needs new director Friday

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The only remaining director of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS), Alberto “Chos” Romero, will reach the mandatory pension age of seventy this Friday. This means the Councils of Ministers of the two countries in the monetary union need to appoint a new one by…

Isla whistleblower loses lawsuit

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Oil refinery whistleblower Eugene Angelica has lost the lawsuit he filed to get his job back at the CRU and BOO Central. Angelica lost his job early this year when he filed a complaint against Werner Wiels’ multidisciplinary team. Angelica accused Wiels and the Multidisciplinary Project Team of…

Rosaria: “GZE, a wake-up call we’d better answer”

Source: Curacao Chronicle I had mentioned China’s and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CPC) modus operandi and geopolitical ambitions in these types of projects and the lessons learned in Myanmar. This, to enable us to determine what price we are willing to pay for GZE. These warnings have been met with both positivism and…

Curaçao – A unique shore diving haven

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Caribbean has no shortage of awe-inspiring views and vacation destinations, but the real majesty of this region that is nestled to the west of the central Atlantic Ocean, is found below the surface of her azure waves. These naturally clear turquoise waters provide ideal habitats to thousands of species…

The Curaçao Media

Source: Curacao Chronicle Years ago some minister took a popular decision to approve, in one clean sweep, all petitions for radio stations that were lying in the popular drawer for years. I said then that it would start a war and that it would be who would have the longest breath and that…

KLM resumes flights to St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Royal Dutch Airline KLM resumed scheduled service to Princess Juliana International Airport SXM on Sunday following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria which severely damaged the Airport facilities in September. “Although the Dutch national carrier had postponed this flight from an earlier date, it still came almost as…

New station ship arrived this morning in St. Anna Bay

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The new station ship in the Caribbean entered the harbor of Willemstad this morning. The Zr.Ms. Van Speijk of the Royal Navy will be the station ship for the next 4 months. The navy ship sailed the Saint Anna Bay at half past nine and was welcomed as…

Residency permit for investors – “Investors Permit”

Source: Curacao Chronicle In 2014, the government of Curaçao adopted a ministerial decree called ‘Investors Permit’. The Investors Permit is a residence permit for foreign capital-able investors who wish to stay in Curaçao for a certain period. The objective of the Investors Permit is that capital-based foreigners are going to invest in Curaçao…

Sambil Curaçao awarded for its architecture

Source: Curacao Chronicle It has obtained the Silver Award for Excellence in Design and Construction Development granted by the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) WILLEMSTAD – The good news continues for Sambil: the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) has awarded the Sambil Curaçao Shopping Center the Silver Award for Excellence in…

Celebrating the second Chinese listing on the DCSX:WSYS

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Last week October 31-2017 a special DCSX listing celebration was held at the Amidos Lighthouse offices at the Amazia venue. “In a filled presentation room our guests from China with and representatives of our exchange celebrated the second listing of a holding company of a Chinese operating company:…

Curaçao in Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations on Earth

Source: Curacao Chronicle Much like beauty, romance is in the eyes of the beholder. Whether it’s a chilly winter evening spent snuggling under blankets or dipping into an infinity pool in a sultry tropical paradise, there are myriad honeymoon experiences that can quicken a couple’s pulses. But when it comes to finding these…

Maria Liberia-Peters resigns as member MDPT

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Maria Liberia-Petes is no longer member of the Multi-Disciplinary Project Team (MDPT), which is the organization responsible for the future of the refinery. The former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles did not want to comment about her decision. According to reliable sources, more members have resigned from…

Simmons for third time best short stop

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao’s own international baseball player Andrelton Simmons has received the Gold Glove Award in America for the best shortstop in the American League. This is the third time for the Los Angeles Angels player that he won the prestigious award. Earlier, he did that in 2013 and 2014,…

Suriname delegation on an exploratory visit in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A Suriname trade mission was in Curaçao to explore business opportunities between the two countries. The delegation was here from November 6 until 8. The delegation explored the Curaçao market and the possibilities for further cooperation between Suriname and Curacao. The delegation members from Suriname were warmly welcomed…

SOAB also reports on financial mismanagement MDPT

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Multi-Disciplinary Project Team (MDPT) under the leadership of Werner Wiels apparently spent millions of guilders on several issues that have nothing to do with the work that they were mandated to do. The Government’s Accountants Bureau (SOAB) came to this conclusion after a thorough investigation into the…

Russia agrees to restructure Venezuela’s $3bn debt

Source: Curacao Chronicle MOSCOW – Russia’s Finance Ministry said on Wednesday that Venezuela’s $2.8 billion debt to Moscow will be restructured to meet a previously agreed extension of payment terms. “We have an agreement on (debt) restructuring with Venezuela,”Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters, adding the process is nearing its final phase. Earlier…

Moody’s downgrades PDVSA as Venezuela default looms

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD – Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA amid mounting speculation of an imminent corporate default. Moody’s lowered PDVSA’s bond credit ratings to ‘Ca’ from ‘Caa3’ and also demoted the company’s baseline credit assessment (BCA) to ‘ca’ from ‘caa3,’ the New York-based agency said on Tuesday.…

Interactive Technology Applied in Marketing Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle As part of CTB’s ongoing promotional campaign in New York. WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) just launched a game-based advertising experience, to stimulate curiosity to learn more about Curaçao in New York. Gamification has grown into a worldwide trend with a huge impact on multiple industries. With this…

Viking Sky makes her first visit to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Viking Sky cruise ship made her first visit to Curaçao. Viking Sky has a maximum capacity of 944 passengers and is the newest vessel in the ocean fleet of Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd. The ship is almost 230 meters long and weighs approximately 47,800 tons. The initial…

Minister of Education consults with Feffik employees

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Employees of the vocational training school Feffik had a meeting with the Minister of Education Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé. The staff is dissatisfied since a new salary structure has been implemented by the government. This was done without consulting with them. The Board of Directors and Management of the Feffik…

The Caribbean needs ThinkTanks

Source: Curacao Chronicle As an introduction, I could give you one of the many definitions of a ThinkTank, a Brain-Box or what Brainstorming is.  I’ll spare you the futile semantics and just come to point of what is needed from my perspective. The Caribbean needs ‘Think & Do Tanks’ that are characterized by…

GZE accuses government of breach of the non-disclosure agreement

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a letter dated November 3 this year, to Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, Bingyan Chen of Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE), accuses the Curaçao government of violating the non-disclosure agreement between to the parties. According to the GZE representative, the Multi-Disciplinary Project Team (MDPT) which negotiates the future of…

Cuban Etecsa to tap into UTS fibre network to boost internet

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, LA HAVANA – Cuba’s state-owned telecommunications operator Etecsa has reached a deal with Curacao-based operator United Telecommunication Services (UTS) to improve available internet bandwidth in Cuba, reports website CubaSi, citing Etecsa president Mayra Arevich Marin. Under the terms of the deal, Etecsa will be able to tap into UTS’s undersea…

Update: Knops accepts decision OM in Van Putten case

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Undersecretary of Kingdom Relations, Raymond Knops accepts the decision not to prosecute the member of the St. Eustatius Island Council Clyde van Putten. He reports that in response to questions in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. Van Putten had said during a symposium in Curaçao…

Weekly TUI flight Brussels – SXM canceled

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The weekly TUI flight from Brussels via the Dominican Republic to Sint Maarten has been canceled. These flights should have started on October 30, but Sint Maarten can no longer provide accommodations. Most of these accommodations were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. TUI hopes to be able to fly…

CMU Mobile Health Clinic 11-11-2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This coming Saturday November 11th, 2017 the students of Caribbean Medical University (CMU) will be organizing the next CMU Mobile Health Clinic at the Zuikertuin Mall. The time will be from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. During the Health Clinic, all persons who so desire can have their blood pressure taken,…

Fundraising CliniClowns in HNO

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The annual fundraising dinner of the CliniClowns Curaçao foundation took place in a very special location on Saturday: the New Hospital Otrabanda (HNO) which is under construction. The evening was a sign of the new hospital and the nearly 250 guests enjoyed animated performances of the clowns who…

Update St. Maarten: MPs pass motions to meet Dutch conditions

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Having no objections to the conditions for aid from the Dutch government and amending the draft national ordinance on the Integrity Chamber to include the matters raised by the Dutch Government were amongst the resolutions included in two of three motions passed by Members of Parliament (MPs) on…

Small states must insist on rights to climate change compensation

Source: Curacao Chronicle Caribbean small states should be readying themselves for a major joint push to make the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) a landmark occasion for compensation for the damage caused to them by the world’s worst polluting nations.…

Here’s why LIAT says it should be considered for hurricane relief aid too

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – Hurricanes Maria and Irma wreaked havoc on LIAT’s already scarce financial resources and the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones has called for financial relief for the cash-strapped carrier. “Frankly, the discussions about relief efforts going forward should include relief efforts for LIAT,” she told reporters in Bridgetown yesterday.…

Camelia-Römer wants annual accounts HNO

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Public Health Suzanne Camelia-Romer is considering going to court. The Minister said she will do this if the financial institution which is in charge of the construction of the new hospital in Otrabanda (HNO) does not present the annual accounts. SONA is already in default,…

Caribbean Travel Marketplace still on for Puerto Rico

Source: Curacao Chronicle CHTA voices confidence in Puerto Rico readiness by January and urges industry support MIAMI – Puerto Rico will host the Caribbean’s largest tourism marketing event in San Juan from January 30 to February 1, 2018, as officials work rapidly to prepare hotels and meeting facilities impacted by the recent hurricanes. “In rolling…

Social media popular, evening newspaper least popular

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – 70.3 percent of the Curacao population use social media. This is evidenced by a survey held by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). WhatsApp is most commonly used (67 percent) followed by Facebook (55.5) and Youtube (51.5). Other communication tools remain popular: 69 percent of the population use…

34 million guilders in damage for UTS after Irma

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – After Hurricane Irma, it took a few weeks before telephone communication was possible in Sint Maarten again. There was also considerable damage to Internet traffic. Telecom Provider UTS is now disclosing information about the total damage suffered to the equipment in St. Maarten. The total cost of the…

Proposal to change downtown to tax-free shopping area

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Economic Development, Steven Martina wants to make the city of Willemstad tax-free. During the budget debate in Parliament, the Minister declared that the legislation is in the making and he will soon present it to the MP’s for debate and approval. According to Martina, it…

Increase in costs unemployment benefits

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Unemployment benefits are costing the Curaçao community about 43 million guilders a year. This is according to the Minister of Labor, Social Development and Welfare, Hensley Koeiman. There are two main reasons why the costs are so high. Number one reason is the rising unemployment rate. But the…

No criminal investigation against Van Putten

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) BES will not conduct criminal investigations in response to statements by the politician of Sint Eustatius, Clyde van Putten, on Curaçao on October 9, 2017. This decision was taken by the Chief Prosecutor, Henry Hambeukers. The successor of the declarant was informed of…

Curaçao August hotel performance analysis

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The following are the preliminary September hotel performance data compiled by the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association. The following data is based on 12 properties reporting to STR representing 1772 rooms. What happened in September 2017? •Occupancy stayed consistent to September 2016. •Average Daily Rates (ADR) decreased by 0.4% compared to 2016 •Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) stayed consistent…

Constitution change for islands now a fact

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The amendment to the Dutch Constitution to provide a constitutional basis for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and to establish an Electoral College has become a fact with the consent of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday. The Senate unanimously approved the legislation proposal…

Venezuela PDVSA bondholders to receive late payment by Thursday

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Holders of one of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA’s distressed bonds will by Thursday receive an amortization payment that was due last week, according to a message from U.S. trust company DTC seen by five market sources on Tuesday. The news confirmed that the crisis-stricken nation is continuing…

Lawsuit against UTS continues

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The lawsuit filed by the trade unions Sitkom against the telecommunication company UTS continues this afternoon. Sitkom insists on receiving the annual accounts of the company. Since UTS has not provided these reports as requested, the trade union was forced to file a lawsuit forcing the company to…

Before January 1, time to remove illegal billboards

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Companies that have placed or commissioned illegal billboards on public roads must remove these before January 1, 2018. If they fail to do this, they will be fined heavily and the billboards will be removed at the expense of that company or individual. It is not the first…

Curaçao must prepare for Uber

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao must prepare itself for Uber taxi service. This is according to the Minister of Traffic and Transportation, Zita Jesus-Leito. This service is accepted worldwide and therefore also in Curaçao, said the Minister. The Minister does not see the internet taxi service as a competitor for the standard…

Tromp was best paid Central Bank President

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Former Central Bank President Emsley Tromp was the best-earning Central Bank Chief in 2015. This is based on Bloomberg’s calculations from that year. With € 849,000, Tromp earned almost double compared to Belgian counterpart who comes in at second place. Director of the Nederlandsche Bank Klaas Knot earned…

CTB to seek external financing for its master plan

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There is no money to execute the tourism master plan. This became clear during the weekend when the Members of Parliament were debating the budget for the coming year. The government presented the budget to parliament in September as is customary. The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is now…

Former KPMG tax consultant engaged in fraud case in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A former tax consultant of KPMG in the Netherlands Antilles appears to be involved in the scandal surrounding Emsley Tromp, former President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS). That reports Het Financieele Dagblad (a Dutch Financial Newspaper). The FD states that Ralph Palm was…

Press release: InselAir relaunches flights to Surinam

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – InselAir will resume its service between Curacao and Paramaribo starting Monday November 20th 2017 with two flights per week. Paramaribo is the first destination to be re-launched as part of the restructuring plan put forward by the management of the airline, this indicating the importance of the Surinam market…

Curaçao promoted in Toronto

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), along with Diamond PR, organized an interactive cooking class for a group of journalists in Toronto, one of the island’s key geographic markets. Media participants represented the region’s A-list newspapers and magazines, including The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The Globe & Mail, Travelweek,…

OM: “Tromp wanted to take his millions to Miami”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – President Emsley Tromp of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) planned to take his millions, which he kept hidden from the Treasury, to Miami. This is according to the Public Prosecution (OM) in the criminal proceedings against Tromp. The former Central Bank President is being…

Update: Knops has high hopes for accord with St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – New State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops said on Friday that he was “highly motivated” to move forward with the financial assistance to reconstruct St. Maarten. So far, 55 million euros have been spent on assistance to St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma, for which the Dutch…

Hike in gasoline and diesel prices

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The gasoline price will go up again next month. An increase of 9 cents per liter. Drivers will pay at the gas station 1.81 guilders per liter. The diesel price will also go up by 8 cents per liter and drivers will pay 1.20 guilders per liter. The…

St. Maarten Governor suggests Kingdom Disaster Recovery Fund

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – A Kingdom Disaster Recovery Fund with the input of all partners in the Kingdom to help mitigate the consequences of global warming – St. Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday made this suggestion during a meet-and-greet with St. Maarteners in The Hague on Thursday evening. Close to 50 St.…

Port calls on all stakeholders to be ready for RCL December return

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Royal Caribbean Line’s (RCL) announced mid-week that they will now be returning to the destination in December instead of November 5. Port St. Maarten Management encourages the business community and other stakeholders to remain steadfast in rebuilding the nation over the coming weeks in preparation for the first…

CNN: Curaçao coral reef ecotourism

Source: Curacao Chronicle Curaçao on CNN? Yes! CNN presented Reef rescue – Oostpunt, Curaçao “The island nation of Curaçao is home to some of the Caribbean’s last thriving coral reefs. Dive underwater in 360° and discover how scientists and government officials are trying to save these pristine habitats from the threat of rapid…

Dominican Republic hosts 7th Assembly of Caribbean Peoples

Source: Curacao Chronicle SANTO DOMINGO – The 7th Assembly of Caribbean Peoples (ACP) is beginning today in the Dominican Republic, with the participation of delegates from several countries of the region. According to official sources, the event will be held from today to October 30 at the Coop Marena Beach Resort Hotel in Juan…

Recovery Saba with Dutch pre-financing

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE/SABA – The Government of Saba has received approval to start the reconstruction works following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. An amount of US $500,000 is being made available as a pre-financing. Preliminary estimations set the damage on Saba at US $27 million. The Committee for Financial Supervision CFT on…

Dismissal Tromp as President Central Bank

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten, in accordance with Article 20, paragraph 3 of the Central Bank Statute, on September 1, 2017, made the recommendation to dismiss Dr. Emsley Tromp as President of the Central Bank. In their letter of September 2,…

Fixed price for inventory Plaza hotel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Anyone who wants to buy some remaining inventory of the Plaza Hotel can do that this week. They won’t have to make an offer. The inventory is being offered now at fixed prices. The auction for the inventory has already brought three hundred thousand guilders. The remaining ones…

Minister Martina: “Tackle illegal trade!”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina wants to tackle illegal trade over the internet, especially on social media. According to Curaçao laws, an economic permit is needed to do business even via the internet. In many cases, people who are doing business via internet and especially the…

First fireworks on the island

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The first fireworks containers have arrived on the island. The three 40-foot containers were led by police to the warehouse in Brievengat for inspection and storage. The fire department was also present together with the Inspectorate of Economic Affairs and the Tax Accounts Office. All the fireworks are…

Trade unions demand higher Christmas bonus

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The unions want a net Christmas bonus of 500 guilders. Now it is 135 guilders gross. The unions believe find that the civil servants have already sacrificed enough, the 135 guilds was supposed to be temporary. In April, the unions still demanded 250 guilders, but that demand has…

Aruba Airlines canceled first flight to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – Aruba Airlines did not depart from Oranjestad to Curaçao yesterday. It was supposed to be the first flight of the airline to Curaçao after some time of not operating between the two islands. The airline recently announced that it would operate three flights a day between Aruba…

“Discover Curaçao” on the Dutch RTL 4 Channel

Source: Curacao Chronicle Getting viewers in the Netherlands to fall in love with Curaçao … WILLEMSTAD – White sand, blue water, sunshine and plenty of nature as you relax on a terrace or dance, feeling free … It’s the ideal vacation for any European traveler, and exactly what they will find in Curaçao!…

Press statement: Search at ENNIA

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In the context of the Saffier investigation, the Judge for Criminal Cases has commissioned a search at the company ENNIA Caribe Holding. This search took place yesterday October 24th. The management of ENNIA has given all its cooperation and will continue to do so. This is a case…

Hilton Curaçao celebrates Hilton’s Annual Global Week of Service

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Hilton Team Helps Strengthen the Community by Volunteering with local Foundations Curaçao, Willemstad – October 24, 2017 – Hilton Curaçao – In celebration of Hilton’s annual Global Week of Service, throughout October, more than 60 volunteers from Hilton Curaçao have extend their expertise in service and hospitality to…

Prime Minister Rhuggenaath meets with PDVSA executives

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On October 24 a delegation from Venezuela, consisting of the President of the Venezuelan Oil Company PDVSA Dr. Nelson Martinez and Vice Minister of Caribbean Relations Mr. Raul Licausi, visited Curaçao to meet with Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath and representatives of the Curaçao Oil Refinery (RdK) and the…

Consular Corps celebrated 72nd anniversary United Nations

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Consular Corps of Curaçao organized a lunch to celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations at La Belle Alliance, Avila Beach Hotel on Tuesday 24th October 2017. Speeches were held by Prime Minister, Mr. Eugene Rhuggenaath, and the Dean of the Consular Corps of Curaçao, Karel…

TUI from Brussels to Aruba and Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRUSSELS – TUI flies in the summer of 2018 from Brussels Airport to Aruba and Curacao. The airline will operate weekly flights to the islands with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. On the way, the airline will also make a stop in the Dominican Republic. Aruba will be on the schedule…

Curaçao economy contracts in first quarter of 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten has reported that the economy of Curaçao contracted by an estimated 0.9% during the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2016. The economic contraction during 2017’s March quarter was accompanied by accelerated inflationary pressures caused primarily…

Kenley Jansen to World Series

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The baseball players of Los Angeles Dodgers have placed themselves in the World Series, the final of the Major League Baseball. Curaçao’s own Kenley Jansen and his team won with 4-1 against the New York Yankees in the final of the National League. The Dodgers won the World…

Knops appointed Undersecretary for Kingdom Affairs

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Kingdom Affairs will be once again the responsibility of an Undersecretary in The Hague. The Member of Parliament for CDA party, Raymond Knops has been appointed as the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior responsible for Kingdom Affairs. He takes over from his predecessor Ronald Plasterk. The…

Canadians flocking to the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle TORONTO – The love affair between Canadians and the Caribbean is intensifying. For the first six months of the year, more than two million Canadians visited the Caribbean – representing a 5.2 per cent increase over the same period last year. According to Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Tourism Research…

Caribbean hotel industry’s profits fell in 2016

Source: Curacao Chronicle CBRE Hotels Americas Research announced that the average Caribbean hotel in its survey sample suffered a 4.7 percent decrease in gross operating profit (GOP) during 2016, according to its newly released twelfth edition of Caribbean Trends in the Hotel Industry. This decline in profitability follows four consecutive years of double-digit…

DRONES: The new Caribbean lifestyle

Source: Curacao Chronicle Revolutionizing the medical, economic, and logistic sectors. Drones are becoming an inescapable reality in the Caribbean. They have already taken the world by storm and are now infiltrating every area of business and of our collective social experience causing the Caribbean to ask some essential questions going into the future.…

Partnership ENNIA and Sambil

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Sambil and ENNIA have joined their hands together to start collaborating on different projects and events. This is the result of a partnership agreement between the two organizations, whose business philosophies have so much in common, they decided to make an even bigger impact by joining forces. Sambil and…

Cordoba resigns as leader Pueblo Soberano

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Jaime Cordoba is no longer the party leader of the former ruling party Pueblo Soberano (Sovereign People). He laid down his position yesterday by letter. In the letter to PS’s board, he thanked the party and said he was honored to be party leader. He further says he…

Guangdong Zhenrong wants to stop pollution

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) wants to stop air pollution on the island. “We see and smell the pollution,” said the representative of the company Bingyan Chen during his presentation in Parliament this week. There must be a safe production. Instead of using residual fuel,…

405,000 guilders collected for Sint Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The final amount of the ‘One Love SXM’ action is 405,000 guilders. The money has been donated to the Red Cross. They will, in turn, use it for the reconstruction of Saint Maarten, Saba and Saint Eustatius. During the One Love SXM action, there were several activities like…

Internet Week Guyana advances Caribbean tech development agenda

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – Around the world, the growing sophistication of cyber criminals is challenging the capacity of governments, businesses and individuals to defend themselves. Within the Caribbean, governments are forging strategic partnerships with regional actors like the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), the region’s largest…

Action UTS employees during working hours

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The employees of the telecommunication company UTS will not appear at work this morning. They will be present at the Central Committee meeting of Parliament where the unions will discuss the future of the company with the Members of Parliament. The unions present during the meeting are Sitkom,…

The poison of fake news

Source: Curacao Chronicle You’ll never understand the pain of being at the opposite end of fake news until you are the one feeling it. Too many people have personally suffered or had their lives shattered by fake news. Few months before the election in 2016 a local morning paper quoted me in a…

Extradition suspect George Jamaloodin permissible

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, CARACAS – On August 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of Venezuela has considered the request made by the Public Prosecution in Curaçao (OM) to extradite the former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin (40) admissible. In November 2016, the OM made the request to the Venezuelan authorities to extradite Jamaloodin…

Premier: “Guangdong Zhenrong was not authorized to disclose information about PDVSA”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During a Central Committee meeting of Parliament, the Chinese State Company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) disclosed some information about the Venezuelan company PDVSA, which operates the Curaçao refinery. According to Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, GZE was not authorized to do this. The Prime Minister also indicated that GZE…

ILO calls for new strategies to help SMEs get loans

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN – Bank loans can help firms improve job quality and productivity, but are often difficult to get for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Consequently, policy-makers should look into ways to make it easier for SMEs to access such external funding. A ten percentage point larger proportion of…

Curaçao promoted through Caravana 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle With stops in Medellin, Cali and Bogotá WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), together with a group of tourism partners, made a recent visit to Colombia, where they met with some 80 travel agents and over 200 wholesalers in Medellin, Cali and Bogotá at the second edition of the…

FCCA’s Caribbean is open for business campaign launches landing site for cruise vacations

Source: Curacao Chronicle o share that vast majority of Caribbean ports are open and welcoming tens of thousands of daily cruise passengers, landing site-CaribbeanIsOpen.com-provides footage, testimonials, Q&A, map of open destinations and more.   PEMBROKE PINES – The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry…

Union remains steadfast; no layoffs!

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The trade union representing the employees of the telecommunication company UTS, SITKOM maintains its original standpoint. The proposal to lay off more than half of the company’s staff must be taken off the table. It is contrary to the provisions found in the collective employment agreement. The trade…

Sint Eustatius politician apologizes for death threats

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – Politician Clyde van Putten of St. Eustatius has apologized for the earlier death threats he made to Dutch soldiers. On the local radio, Van Putten said his previous comments were dismissive and that he did not want to appeal to violence. However, he believes that the comments have…

Suriname pivots towards Russia; foreign minister to visit Moscow

Source: Curacao Chronicle PARAMARIBO – There has been new and intense diplomatic activity between the Russian Federation and Suriname. The two countries are preparing to sign agreements on military cooperation and a visa-free regime, according to the director of the Russian Latin American Department, Alexandr Schetinin. Schetinin added that Suriname’s minister of foreign…

Digicel rebrands its home entertainment service

Source: Curacao Chronicle The home entertainment service formerly known as Digicel Play has been rebranded to Digicel. Director of Marketing for Digicel Caribbean Limited, Peter Lloyd said the move was about “simplifying our business to deliver the best and most amazing experiences and innovation to our customers as one single unified brand”. “Digicel…

Major sterilization action at Westpunt

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – “Do you have old towels, T-shirts or sheets, and you are not doing anything with them? Deliver them to the animal shelter at Parera on Friday.” This is a call from the Feed Friends Foundation. The foundation organizes this weekend a major sterilization action at Westpunt (western side…

Jampito: Making art with coconut trees

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Have you ever met somebody that is just one of a kind? Well, wait till you meet this Curaçao artist named Jampito Landbrug. Jampito Landbrug an artist inspired by Coco Trees to create a whole zoo of incredible creatures, very charming and creative.  You won’t believe your eyes,…

OM: Check for protected flora and fauna before traveling

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution in Curaçao (OM) warns that many flora and fauna are protected worldwide. When checking a luggage from a passenger at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, Customs officials encountered various living plants, including part of a cactus. The cactus proved to be protected and was therefore…

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