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January 17, 2018

Curacao

Fruit boats allowed but borders not open yet

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The trade boycott of Maduro is not over yet, but yesterday there were already some Venezuelan boats with fresh fruit and vegetables. Maduro announced the closure of borders because of illegal smuggling to and from the islands. According to the local government, that accusation is off the table…

More human remains found at Koral Tabak

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Once again a body washed ashore at Koral Tabak, north coast of the island. It is not yet clear whether it is a man or a woman. The body is not complete. It is obvious that it is one of the victims of the same tragedy when a…

Proposals to lead to reopening of border

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – The Dutch Kingdom and Venezuela agreed on Friday to evaluate “new approaches that emerged after the debate” on halting the flow of contraband from the South American country to the neighbouring, so-called ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao). Talks held in Oranjestad by the Netherlands (also on behalf…

KTK baptizes two pilot boats NC 5 and NC 6

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Thursday, January 11th Kompania di Kòrsou Tou (KTK) held a new year’s reception for its personnel and a reception with regards to the baptism of NC 5 and NC 6. This took place on the Chumaceiro Quay. The honor came to pass to Mrs. Conny Martina, wife of…

Undocumented Venezuelans arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Last Friday during a traffic check on the Seru Loraweg, the police arrested eight Venezuelans. They were not able to show any residence papers or permits. However, an investigation showed that they were staying in a house in the Parera area near Willemstad. The couple who rented the…

Caribbean activists welcome Inter-American Court opinion on LGBT rights

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – The Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS) celebrates the recent advisory opinion by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) which referred to its constant case law whereby sexual orientation and gender identity are protected categories against discrimination under the Inter-American Convention on Human…

Yellow Fever: PAHO urges member states to remain vigilant

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) in its recent epidemiological report about yellow fever in the Americas, encourages Member States to continue efforts to immunize the at-risk populations and take the necessary actions to keep travelers informed and vaccinated, when heading to areas where yellow fever vaccination…

Third edition BluesSeas at the end of March

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Blues lovers on the island are back in their element. And by the way, it’s for everyone who likes conviviality. The third edition of the BluesSeas Festival is coming. Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March is the day. The lineup is not yet known, but that is…

UN chief offers Colombia help with Venezuela migration crisis

Source: Curacao Chronicle Colombia’s president has warned of an unfolding “humanitarian crisis” on the border with Venezuela. Nearly half a million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia to escape economic deprivation and a crackdown on dissent. BOGOTA – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has offered Colombia more resources to manage a migration crisis that has seen nearly…

The future of Curacao

Source: Curacao Chronicle From Emily Saïdy de Jongh-Elhage to Eugene Rhuggenaath, Curacao has not improved in ten years! All of them tried, nationalists, populists, communists, Castro-ists, Chavinists, but none were able to show any progress. The economy, the welfare and well-being are down the tube. Year after year we show economic shrinkage and…

Towards a more inclusive community-based tourism development

Source: Curacao Chronicle Exciting Times for Punda WILLEMSTAD – Punda is unique compared to many other islands in the Caribbean. Curaçao’s city center has authentic historical buildings and our Handelskade is on the UNESCO world heritage list. Cruise tourism is growing rapidly, and tourists are spending locally. Punda is doing well, but we’re…

Large-scale gold smuggling from Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Under the watchful eye of the army, thousands of kilos of illegal gold are smuggled monthly from Venezuela to the Caribbean, including Curaçao and Aruba. The Dutch investigative journalist and international criminologist Bram Ebus reports this to NPO Radio 1 at Bureau Buitenland (VPRO). Ebus recently researched illegal…

Venezuela to lift ban after resolution has been signed

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – Today a meeting took place in Aruba between the countries Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands and Venezuela to find a solution to the measures unilaterally imposed by the South American country. After this travel and trade ban, several Dutch citizens from Aruba and Curaçao remained in Venezuela without being…

Grenada to be removed from EU Tax Haven list

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST GEORGE’S – Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says Grenada is expected to be removed from the European Union Blacklist by the end of January. The decision to remove Grenada, one of 17 countries blacklisted by the EU, is expected to follow a meeting of the Financial and Economic Unit of…

PAHO Boss: Climate Change could affect health

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned of the effects of climate change on health, as she called for building resilient health systems. Dr Carissa Etienne says climate change is increasing the risk of disease. She outlined the effects of environmental pollution and climate change…

Volcano in Martinique not erupting, assure officials

Source: Curacao Chronicle FORT-DE-FRANCE – The Volcanic and Seismological Observatory in Martinique has sought to dismiss reports of volcanic activity at Mount Pelée. Images were being circulated via WhatsApp yesterday accompanied by claims that the volcanic mountain in the northern end of the island was experiencing unusual activity, with more than 135 sulphur springs…

The Caribbean remains a top tourist destination

Source: Curacao Chronicle Last month, the Caribbean saw a strong holiday season despite some countries in the region being battered with hurricanes last year. The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association reports that many hotels reported 90 percent occupancies in December. Despite many countries still recovering from damage left by Hurricane Irma and Maria,…

Dead Venezuelans were previously deported from Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Three of the four Venezuelans who were found dead on the coast of Curaçao last Wednesday were deported at the end of last year because they were staying illegally on the island. That is what the local authorities have announced. According to Venezuelan media, they were part of…

Dutch, Venezuelan officials to meet in Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – The Dutch government has scheduled a high-level meeting with Venezuelan officials in Aruba tomorrow to discuss ongoing tensions between Caracas and the Caribbean islands that have significant refining and logistical ties to Venezuela. “We hope for a constructive meeting that hopefully will result in a normalization of relations…

Oil seizure aggravates Venezuela-Curaçao tensions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The seizure of a crude cargo in Curacao’s Bullen Bay terminal has further aggravated tensions between Venezuela and Dutch Caribbean islands that have long provided refining and logistical support to Venezuela’s beleaguered state oil industry. This is according to a report by Argusmedia.com. The Panama-flagged Proteo was detained…

Winair updates post-hurricane progress

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Regional air carrier Winair’s facilities in St Maarten were completely destroyed by hurricanes Irma and Maria resulting in the need for new premises to enable Winair firstly to serve its customers by opening a new sales / reservations office and leasing additional premises for its accounting and human…

No more oil from Venezuela for Haiti because of Trump

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT AU PRINCE – Jude Alix Patrick Salomon, the minister of the economy and finance, has revealed that the financial sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Venezuela, including limiting banking transactions, have resulted in Venezuela no longer sending oil to Haiti since October 2017, because the Bank of the…

The 14 best beaches in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle If you are planning a Caribbean getaway, and want to know what are the best beaches in Curacao, look no further! Here is a list of the top 14 curaçao beaches you need to visit! Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, north of the Venezuelan coast, Curacao consists of the…

Four lifeless bodies washed ashore in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Four lifeless bodies were found today on the north coast of the island today. These were two men and two women. The police indicated that they could be Venezuelan refugees. If they are indeed Venezuelans, it would be the first time – as far as is known -…

For sale: villa on golf resort – great price!

Source: Curacao Chronicle GREAT PRICE for this spacious 6 bedroom villa in a gated golf community in Curacao! This villa has a private pool with Jacuzzi a separate guest apartment and media room. The open floor plan villa with 2 bar-areas is great for entertaining! The villa has a perfect location right next…

Who are you, man in the photographs?

Source: Curacao Chronicle I am from Poland. I bought these photos at an antique fair in my hometown Jaroslaw. The photos are assigned to the years 1934-1936. I have 12 photos where you appear, all taken in Willemstad. I am preparing an exhibition dedicated to you and I hope to visit all the…

Strong earthquake in Caribbean Sea triggers tsunami warning

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGE TOWN – A 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook the Caribbean Sea late last night, triggering tsunami warnings that were cancelled about an hour later. The massive tremor – one of the strongest to hit the Caribbean in recent history – occurred around 9:51 p.m., between the coast of Honduras and the…

Oil tanker PDVSA seized in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle Various shipping companies are demanding a hefty $ 30 million from PdVSA for outstanding invoices. WILLEMSTAD – The Panamanian oil tanker Proteo is not allowed to depart from Bullenbaai. The ship is on the chain. The cargo of Venezuelan crude oil has been seized. According to local Dutch newspaper Amigoe,…

Geerlings calls for more substance within Kingdom

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD/THE HAGUE – An urgent call by St. Maarten Member of Parliament (MP) Perry Geerlings of the Democratic Party (DP) to give more content to relations within the Kingdom was rebuffed by the delegation of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday, the first day of the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation IPKO in…

Update: Venezuelan ties to oil-linked isles further sour

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD – Venezuela says it will not reopen its air and sea borders with the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao until the local authorities implement measures to halt smuggling of coltan, diamonds and gold mined illegally in the South American country. The move ratchets up tensions between Caracas…

Independence

Source: Curacao Chronicle “My name, my reputation, and determination to do more for St. Maarten are constantly covered in fog, a fog not of my doing. The fog is created by the Dutch Government as the premise for their ongoing call for an Overseers Chamber. The Dutch have pumped a lot of money…

Strategy

Source: Curacao Chronicle A strategy is a plan of action to achieve a set of objectives. Although the term reminds us of warfare, we can also consider business a type of war, as the failure to have a strategy in place might lead to the loss of jobs or the closure of a…

Maduro extends border closure ABC Islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – According to a high official in the government of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro just extended the trade ban with the ABC Islands. It is not clear yet for how long the ban will be this time. Last weekend, Nicolas Maduro announced the 72-hour closure of the border with…

Police to check for alcohol

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The draft legislation for alcohol controls is ready. As soon as the parliament has adopted it, alcohol checks can also be carried out on Curaçao with a breathalyser device. The police are already taking blood for control in serious car accidents. For example, in the accident at the…

SMOC wants to consult again about oil refinery fuel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The environmental organization SMOC wants to again consult with the government about the oil refinery Isla. The organization has asked the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath for an appointment. During the last meeting in June, the organization received a promised that Isla would switch to cleaner fuel…

Oil giant reports its largest find in Guyana

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – Oil giant ExxonMobil had made another major oil discovery in Guyana’s waters – the sixth and largest find to date. ExxonMobil’s partner, Esso Exploration, last Friday announced a major oil find at the Ranger-1 field in the Stabroek Block: more than 230 feet of high-quality oil-bearing reservoir. The discovery…

St. Maarten’s Winair to wet-lease an A320 in 1Q18

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Winair (WM, St. Maarten) Vice President and Director (Marketing & Sales), Claudio Buncamper, has confirmed the St. Maarten-based carrier will wet-lease in A320 capacity to run its 2x weekly Port au Prince-St. Maarten service. In a statement to ch-aviation, Buncamper said the aircraft would be sourced from Sunrise…

Hurricane, sustainability, climate are focus of IPKO

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Hurricane Irma, sustainability and climate change and its effect on the small island states are the main themes of next week’s Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation IPKO in Aruba. During the three-day IPKO, delegations of the Parliaments of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, under the chairmanship of…

Dutch studying PDVSA reply to Caribbean oil-facility repair demand

Source: Curacao Chronicle KRALENDIJK – Dutch authorities are evaluating Venezuelan state-run oil company’s PDVSA’s response on Friday to a demand to repair or close a decaying oil-storage facility on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, a spokeswoman said. The terminal is a key PDVSA facility and its loss would hurt shipments to customers in Asia.…

New WaveRunner for ENNIA client

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Friday, January 5, ENNIA handed the key of a brand-new WaveRunner to Mr. Wognum. Customers who take out a boat or yacht insurance with ENNIA were able to become the lucky owner of a new WaveRunner. ENNIA congratulates Mr. Wognum on his prize and hopes that he…

Curaçao calls on Venezuelan diplomat to discuss border closure

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath called on the Representative of Venezuela in Curaçao, the Consul General Marisol Gutiérrez de Almeida for an urgent meeting last Saturday. The Prime Minister did so because Venezuela decided on Friday to close the borders with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire for…

Breaking: Maduro orders closure for 72 hours of the border with Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced the 72-hour closure of the border with the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire through the activation of the “Sentinel Plan for Sovereignty and Contraband.”   Developing… Link: Breaking: Maduro orders closure for 72 hours of the border with Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire

Financial support for Baota Petrochemical Group from ADIB Bank

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a letter dated January 2, 2018, the Asia Development and Investment Bank (ADIB) expressed its financial support to Baota Petrochemical Group for the Curaçao 15 million tons refinery renovation project. Baota was presented by Guangdong Zhenrong Energy as the company that will be in charge of the…

Cable & Wireless shareholder sues telecoms giant

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTON – Telecoms company Cable and Wireless is facing a lawsuit filed by one of its shareholders who claims its parent company, Cable and Wireless UK, unlawfully transferred money out of Jamaica for its exclusive benefit. Eric Jason Abrahams, who holds 60 million shares in Cable and Wireless Jamaica (CWJ), is…

Clean-up at Fuik Bay

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Due to safety concerns that have been expressed by a number of different parties, Santa Barbara Resort has decided to cancel its land-based Fuik Dag event. Santa Barbara apologizes for the inconvenience and disappointment that this decision may cause. In anticipation of Fuik Dag, Sunday, January 7, Santa Barbara…

Thomas Cook acquires operation permit defunct AirBerlin

Source: Curacao Chronicle FRANKFURT – The German travel company Thomas Cook, parent company of the airline Condor, has bought the fly permit (AOC) from the bankrupt Airberlin. This allows Condor to secure valuable slots at German airports. Airberlin was sold in parts after the bankruptcy. Both Lufthansa and EasyJet received aircraft and personnel.…

Curaçao is deporting more Venezuelans than ever before

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – More and more Venezuelans apply for asylum in Curaçao. More and more are also being sent back. In 2017, this involved 200 asylum applications via UNHCR, the United Nations refugee organization and more than 1,000 expulsions by the police and immigration of Curaçao. Curaçao has no asylum procedure,…

Happy New Year 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It is the season of End of the Year and New Year parties and reception. At this time, many organizations reflect on the past year and set goals for the new year ahead. However, many think that this is just a tradition or a ritual, and are not…

Sowing corals: A new approach paves the way for large-scale coral reef restoration

Source: Curacao Chronicle Innovative sowing approach minimizes costs and time required for outplanting corals. WILLEMSTAD – The troubling loss of coral reefs worldwide has prompted scientists and conservationists to assist the reefs’ recovery through active restoration approaches. Transplanting corals on degraded reefs aims at increasing coral cover and subsequently promoting structural habitats. Until now,…

Tariff adjustment fuel prices as per 2 January 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Government of Curaçao has announced a tariff adjustment for the retail prices for the products Mogas 95, Gasoil LSD, LPG 100 lbs and LPG 20 lbs, which is applicable as per 2 January 2018. Click on the link below to download the retail prices. tariefPublicatie_Brandstof-ENG_Januari_2018 Link: Tariff adjustment

Beach party Fuik Dag canceled

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A planned beach party on Fuikdag, next Sunday, has been canceled. This was despite the fact that ticket sales had been going on for weeks. But concerns about damage to nature and safety has made the organization decide to cancel the beach party. There were fears that people…

Vehicle tax 2018 can be paid starting Monday

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Starting next Monday the motor vehicle tax can be paid again. This was announced by the Tax Department. Drivers have two choices. The can pay for the first six months or for the entire year. If they pay for the first six months then in July, they will…

According to the UNWTO Tourism employs 1 in 10 people worldwide

Source: Curacao Chronicle In his New Year message, the Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said that sustained growth offers immense opportunities for economic welfare and development. The new General Secretary of the World Tourism Organization for the period 2018-2021 took issuing a statement which said:.. “Tourism is a popular sector 1 in 10 people worldwide are…

Gamma’s RXPro Adopted by St. Maarten’s Pharmacies

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – In 2016, local software developer Gamma IT Solutions developed RXPro, a complete AIS system for the distribution of prescription and non-prescription medicines with all necessary functions and complete medical control.  The robust pharmacy software is used in Aruba and Curacao, with Gamma customizing the software for each individual…

The first baby of 2018 is a boy: Kaleb

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The first baby of the year is a boy this time. At a little bit before 3:30 am on New Year, Kaleb Aurelien came into the world. He weighs 3010 grams and is 51 centimeters long. Mother Yanitte, father Cinicier and their brand new son are doing well…

Fewer people to emergency room in the last week of the year

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In the last week of the year fewer people reported to the hospital’s emergency room than last year. 22 after car accidents and maltreatment, among others, against 37 the year before. The number of firework victims was six in total yesterday, two of them with injuries on their…

Curaçao scraps deal for Chinese firm to run Isla refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government of Curacao said it has scrapped a preliminary agreement with Guangdong Zhenrong Energy to operate the island’s aging Isla refinery, saying the Chinese firm misrepresented itself and was unable to take on such a large endeavour. The two sides signed a deal in 2016 to invest some…

Kingdom of the Netherlands in U.N. Security Council

Source: Curacao Chronicle NEW YORK – The Kingdom of the Netherlands, including Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten, took up its seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council for a one-year tenure as of January 1. The Kingdom will chair the Security Council during the month March. It has been present as an…

Government stops with Guangdon Zhenrong Energy

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government of Curaçao puts – as expected – an end to the relationship with the Chinese company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE). This paved the way for finding a new strategic partner for the operation of the Isla oil refinery. Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath reports this in a…

Sexual harassment

Source: Curacao Chronicle It is very hard to understand the man/woman relationship, how this mechanism works, I say it is a one hard manual with a long appendix that is updated regularly, of course I believe in gender equality , in equal rights and opportunities on decision making and in the empowerment of…

Caribbean closer to having regional energy efficiency building code

Source: Curacao Chronicle PARAMARIBO – With just a few months left before the Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC) is taken to the Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED), Caribbean energy experts are confident that member states will accept the code that has been developed after a series of regional consultations. Speaking at…

Cabin crew KLM wants to strike on January 8

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The cabin crew of the Dutch airline KLM wants to take action. On January 8, they will lay down their work for 24 hours. It is possible that fewer KLM flights will depart from Schiphol on that day. The cabin crew is protesting against the KLM measure to…

Tomorrow final decision government on GZE as an operator refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Tomorrow, during an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers, the government will decide on Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) as the intended operator of the oil refinery after the contract with PDVSA has expired in the year 2019. Previously, it appeared that the Chinese state-owned company is financially…

Fuik day on January 7

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Fuik day 2018 is relatively late. January 7, because it is the first Sunday of New Year. The rules for that day will be issued on Monday. But they will not be much different from last year. For example, alcohol can still not be sold and music can…

Curaçao first to license Ethereum smart contract casino

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – According to multiple reports, the government of Curacao has issued a gambling license to an online casino known as Edgeless. If the claim is verified it is the first time that a blockchain based casino has received a license to operate gambling services in any recognized jurisdiction. The casino works off the…

Takeover InselAir by Synergy (Avianca) off the table

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The takeover of Inselair by Synergy Aerospace is definitely off the table. This was confirmed by the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina in a press conference. Financial Director of InselAir, Andre Delger and the head of the negotiating committee Etienne Ys were also present at the press…

Central Bank: Economic Developments in 2017 and outlook for 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In her foreword on the latest report of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten, Interim President Mrs. L. Matroos – Lasten said that the preliminary data suggest that real GDP contracted in the monetary union of Curaçao and Sint Maarten in 2017 as activities dropped in both…

Future GZE drawing to a close

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – After a local newspaper hastily printed a fake news claiming that the Chinese state owned enterprise Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) had pulled the plug on the multi-billion-dollar refinery modernization project in Curaçao, the Chinese were quick to point out that “GZE has neither pulled out of Curaçao nor…

Utility company Aqualectra is looking for new director

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The local utility company Aqualectra is looking for a new director. This was confirmed by the Minister of Economic Development, who is also responsible for the company, Steven Martina. Darick Jonis, who has been in charge of the company for some time now, was appointed as the interim…

Venezuela’s oil giant is struggling in Caribbean Sea

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – The misfortunes of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company are now roiling the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.Once the region’s driving force, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, as it is known, faces the prospect of losing its footprint in the Caribbean over unpaid bills and the inability to…

General Pension Fund is improving

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The coverage ratio of the General Pension Fund (APC) remained at 105% in the third quarter of this year. This means that in any case there is enough money to pay all pensions. The assets of the pension fund rose in the third quarter by 23 million guilders…

Corporate Governance

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The latest case of corporate governance is the fact that the Minister of Finance of Curacao (Kenneth Gijsbertha) has written a letter on December 13, 2017, to the CEO of the state-owned utility company Aqualectra. The minister requested attention for the fact that the new pension law has…

Canada to expel Venezuelan diplomat in retaliatory move

Source: Curacao Chronicle TORONTO – Canada will expel a Venezuelan diplomat and also bar the country’s ambassador from returning, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday, two days after Venezuela booted out Canada’s envoy for criticizing its rights record. Western nations and Latin American neighbors have been increasingly critical of Venezuelan President Nicolas…

Navy ship intercepts drug transport in the Caribbean Sea

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The naval ship Zr.Ms. Van Speijk, the station ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy in the Caribbean, intercepted about 550 kg of cocaine on a ‘go-fast’ in the Caribbean Sea during the night of 21 to 22 December. The Dash-8, the maritime patrol aircraft of the Caribbean Coast…

Venezuela releases 80 anti-government activists

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – The Venezuelan government says it is releasing 80 people detained during demonstrations as a Christmas goodwill gesture. By Sunday morning 36 prisoners had been released, a local NGO said. About 150 further detainees remain in custody. It follows a request from Venezuela’s opposition to release those it described as…

Coast Guard detains 30 undocumented migrants south of Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Coast Guard Caribbean (KWCARIB) intercepted a vessel with 30 undocumented migrants south of Daaibooibaai, Curaçao, on Saturday morning 23 December. On Saturday morning, the radar operator of the Rescue and Coordination Center of the Coast Guard detected a suspicious contact on the radar south of Daaibooibaai, Curaçao.…

Precautionary measures taken due to unattended bag

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Monday morning at approximately 09:45AM until 11:45AM, the Airport Police, the local Police Force, Ambulance and the Fire Department took precautionary measures at the Arrivals area of the Curaçao International Airport, when investigating an abandoned bag. The area was evacuated and access towards the airport was limited. At…

Oil hits $60 a barrel for the first time in 2.5 years

Source: Curacao Chronicle HOUSTON – Oil prices spiked to their highest level in two and a half years after a pipeline exploded in Libya. Libya’s state-run National Oil Corporation said the explosion jeopardized output by up to 100,000 barrels a day. The cause of the blast was unclear, the agency said. U.S. crude…

Drowning Nicolas Maduro clutches at a straw

Source: Curacao Chronicle It could not have been clearer this week that Nicolas Maduro -once a well-mannered Caracas bus driver- doesn’t have control of his country as he steers this formerly rich democratic country straight off a cliff. Mr. Maduro’s claim that the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (ABC) which have a…

Once again slight increase prices

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There was a slight increase in the prices on the island this month. This is according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. Especially gasoline and diesel became more expensive. But more had to be paid for electricity and water. Clothes and shoes became cheaper. The prices in Curaçao…

Airport’s expansion project progressing steadily

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Good news for the aircraft aficionados. Soon the airport will have, once again, the outlook post right on top of the new section. The airport’s expansion project is progressing steadily and according to the project manager, Brian Elshot, they are working hard to finish by the end of…

CTB: November visitor arrivals & visitor nights 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting growth in visitor arrivals from key focus markets. Stayover visitors from The Netherlands, United States of America, Canada, Brazil and Colombia performed well in November 2017. The overall November performance is slightly down by 2% despite the positive performance of key…

Curaçao Airport successfully passes TSA Audit

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao International Airport successfully passed this year’s audit by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Curaçao Airport Partners were recently informed by the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority that the official TSA report had entered and that it concluded that the airport operator correctly complies with the international airport and…

Christmas shopping at Mangusa and Centrum

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Christmas shopping is best done at Mangusa Hypermarket. That is what the Consumers Association says. The organization did a research on more than 100 Christmas foods in 13 supermarkets. No account was taken on the quality and origin of the food. Mangusa Rio and Centrum Mahaai came out…

3 opposition parties in Venezuela blocked from elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly on Wednesday effectively stripped three of the country’s most influential opposition parties of the right to participate in next year’s presidential election. The all-powerful assembly passed a decree requiring the parties to reapply for legal status after boycotting mayoral elections in early December. The…

Boasman asks Dutch to start releasing aid

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Caretaker Prime Minister Rafael Boasman has asked the Dutch Government to start releasing hurricane recovery aid now, as St. Maarten has complied with both conditions for release: acceptance of more border control by the Dutch and the establishment of the law to bring about an Integrity Chamber. Dutch…

KTK signs contract with Damen Shipyards for new boat

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao KTK signs contract with Damen Shipyards for the purchase of a boat that is specifically focused on pilot transportation. KTK is responsible for all harbor towage, mooring launch – and pilot transport operations in all Curaçao deep sea ports. The investment in this boat type STAN…

CIBC FirstCaribbean is leading charge in building resilience, infrastructure development in the Caribbean – Nigel Holness, Pim van der Burg

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTON – The extremely active 2017 hurricane season and the devastation of several Caribbean islands by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, have brought into sharp focus, the need for infrastructure development focused on resilience, Nigel Holness, Managing Director, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Jamaica has said. Speaking at the Caribbean…

Premier Rhuggenaath’s reaction to Maduro’s declarations

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a first reaction of the Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath on the declaration of the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro about breaking all commercial ties with the ABC Islands, the Premier stated that he immediately contacted the Dutch Embassy in Caracas and the Venezuelan Consul General…

Children’s firework “grenade” banned

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The ‘Small Grenade’ has been taken out of circulation. It is a small firework that is specially made for young children. But during tests by the fire department, it turned out that the firework exploded after just four seconds. Too dangerous, according to the fire department. The sale…

Curaçao receives 150 Amway entrepreneurs from Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently, Curaçao received a large group of Amway entrepreneurs from Venezuela. The trip, with 150 participating, was organized by Venezuelan travel agent Omega Travel. Amway Venezuela chose Curaçao as the destination for an incentive trip offered to its best salespeople of 2017. The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) offered…

Coast Guard evacuates crew member

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Coast Guard came into action at sea yesterday for a medical evacuation. On board of the cargo ship Punta a crew member had fallen down the stairs and became unconscious. The ship sailed about 100 kilometers northwest of Curaçao. The coastguard with a physician from rescue organization…

Unemployment in the Caribbean rises for third consecutive year

Source: Curacao Chronicle LIMA – Unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean increased for the third consecutive year and affected more than 26 million persons in 2017, according to an International Labour Organisation (ILO report released on Monday in which, despite the worrisome reality, it is noted that there are some positive signs…

Venezuela’s oil industry falling apart

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Corruption in the Venezuelan state oil industry, denounced by the government itself, and with former ministers and senior managers behind bars, is the latest evidence that, in the country with the largest oil reserves on the planet, the industry on which the economy depends is falling apart. There…

How to navigate holiday eating when you have cancer

Source: Curacao Chronicle Family gatherings, office parties and lots and lots of food. The holidays are in full swing and, once again, food and drink seem to be the focus of every event. If you’re coping with cancer during the winter holidays, navigating unpredictable meal times, rich main courses and sugary desserts can…

100 local children received brand new bicycles

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Bikes 4 Kids Curaçao Foundation donated 100 new bicycles, along with a lock and helmet, to underprivileged children during its Sixth Annual Bikes 4 Kids Bike Give Away on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Planet Willemstad.  The children also received safety instructions and riding tips from local cyclists.  The…

Number of refugees from Venezuela is increasing in large numbers

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The number of Venezuelans seeking refuge abroad is increasing in large numbers, even in Curaçao. That is what UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the refugee organization of the United Nations, reports. Last year, there were some 27,000 Venezuelan asylum seekers worldwide. So far in 2017, nearly 150,000 have applied…

American Airlines also in Bonaire

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – American Airlines will start operating flights between Miami and Bonaire. As of June next year, American Airlines will fly back and forth on this route every Saturday. This flight will be done with an Airbus A319 with 128 seats. American Airlines is the third American aviation company at…

Request permit to sell food during 2018 carnival parades

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Ministry of Economic Development (MEO) wants to remind everyone who wants to sell their products on the carnival route in 2018, that they need to have a valid temporal permit to do so. Those who need a permit can apply now at the Ministry of Economic Development.…

Recess Common Court of Justice during the holidays

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In connection with the holidays, the Common Court of Justice announces that they will be on recess. The branches Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten will be on recess from December 18 until January 5. The branch in Bonaire has recess from December 22 until January 5. During the…

Government must assist in the aviation sector

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government of Curaçao must assist in the aviation sector. This was reported by the economic journal ESB in the Netherlands. The market is not working well due to the small scale. The aviation between the islands had a hard time this year due to problems at InselAir.…

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…

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