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January 10, 2019

Curacao

Ministers of Curaçao and Aruba sign MoU for fast ferry service

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – The Aruban Minister of Transport Chris Romero and the Curaçao Minister of Economy Dr. Steven Martina signed a Memorandum of Understanding on… Link: Ministers of Curaçao and Aruba sign MoU for fast ferry service

The CTB Launching “You’re Tourism Too”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) recently launched a new Papiamento-language series of tourism-themed educational shorts titled “Abo tambe Ta Turismo” (You’re Tourism Too).… Link: The CTB Launching “You’re Tourism Too”

EZ Air obtains a permit and starts with flight operations

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – After months of intensive preparations, the purchase of two new aircraft and the execution of various tests, it is finally time: airline EZ… Link: EZ Air obtains a permit and starts with flight operations

Curaçao has the first smart LED street lighting

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The street lighting in Julianadorp is working again. And that is special for more than one reason. The lampposts are equipped with smart… Link: Curaçao has the first smart LED street lighting

November prices rose slightly

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The prices in November increased slightly compared to the previous months. This was mainly due to adjustments to the price for fuel, water… Link: November prices rose slightly

Legal recognition of ENNIA’s emergency regulations granted in the US

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG – The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (“CBCS”) has issued several press releases in the past period regarding the status of… Link: Legal recognition of ENNIA’s emergency regulations granted in the US

Boy has been missing for a month now

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The police are looking for 16-year-old Jefferson Hart. The boy has been missing for a month now. On November 19th he fled from… Link: Boy has been missing for a month now

PDVSA hopes to retain Bullen Bay terminal, not refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Venezuelan state-owned PDVSA hopes to retain access to Bullen Bay terminal after its lease expires in December 2019, but the Isla refinery… Link: PDVSA hopes to retain Bullen Bay terminal, not refinery

The global increase in cryptocurrency investment

Source: Curacao Chronicle This year has seen the biggest surge in the amount of people investing in cryptocurrencytrading. The concept is now a stable within financial markets and more… Link: The global increase in cryptocurrency investment

Everything you need to know about gambling in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle White sand beaches, sparkling blue beaches and gorgeous sunshine are just a few of the draws to visiting the Caribbean, but if you needed another… Link: Everything you need to know about gambling in the Caribbean

The status of InselAir

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During the court session yesterday, the approval of the agreement accepted by InselAir’s creditors was discussed. The management of InselAir and the superintendent… Link: The status of InselAir

Multi-million-dollar cocaine shipment seized in eastern Caribbean sea

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – The US Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities have seized US$30 million in cocaine and apprehended three suspected smugglers… Link: Multi-million-dollar cocaine shipment seized in eastern Caribbean sea

Great interest in lecture on medicinal cannabis

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Minister of Public Health, Nature and Environment Suzanne Camelia-Römer gave a lecture at the University of Curacao last night about the government’s policy… Link: Great interest in lecture on medicinal cannabis

Caribbean islands can expect greater influx of Venezuelans

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Aruba and Curaçao must be prepared for even more refugees from Venezuela. In Aruba, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago… Link: Caribbean islands can expect greater influx of Venezuelans

Banco del Orinoco celebrates its end of the year

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Employees of the Banco del Orinoco, part of the BOD Group, have celebrated their end of the year with an all-out dinner and… Link: Banco del Orinoco celebrates its end of the year

CRU operational again before the holidays

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a press release, the Curaçao Refinery Utilities, better known as CRU, announced that it will be operational again for the holidays and can… Link: CRU operational again before the holidays

Rhuggenaath wants emergency law to circumvent bureaucracy

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government of Eugene Rhuggenaath wants a special mandate from the Parliament of Curaçao to boost the economy. The bureaucracy must be circumvented… Link: Rhuggenaath wants emergency law to circumvent bureaucracy

Cinelandia is still there!

Source: Curacao Chronicle I work in downtown Punda right next to the ugliest building in town. I don’t mean the design. That is not so bad. Not my… Link: Cinelandia is still there!

CDB launches Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced the launch of a new fund to provide financial support and stability for the region’s cultural… Link: CDB launches Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund

Judge postpones drugs cases

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The judge postponed several drugs cases last Friday. Reason: many reports from the ADC lab were not ready on time. Without a report,… Link: Judge postpones drugs cases

Motiva Enterprises preliminary picked to run Curacao refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, HOUSTON – Motiva Enterprises has preliminarily been chosen by the government of Curacao to operate the 335,000-barrel-per-day Isla refinery, replacing Venezuela’s state-run PDVSA. The refinery… Link: Motiva Enterprises preliminary picked to run Curacao refinery

St. Maarten Parliament busy with preparations for IPKO

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Parliament is preparing for the tripartite meeting of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten and the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation IPKO set for… Link: St. Maarten Parliament busy with preparations for IPKO

Scotiabank postpones its meeting with St. Maarten Government

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The Bank of Nova Scotia management requested a postponement of its meeting with the Council of Ministers, which had been scheduled for Friday,… Link: Scotiabank postpones its meeting with St. Maarten Government

Four creditors were against agreement InselAir

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Four InselAir creditors voted against the agreement with InterCaribbean. This can be deduced from the official report of the creditors’ meeting. It concerned… Link: Four creditors were against agreement InselAir

CARICOM holds talks with Aruba on associate membership

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) secretary-general Irwin LaRocque met on Wednesday with Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes, on associate membership in the Community for… Link: CARICOM holds talks with Aruba on associate membership

Tromp also acquitted on appeal in Saffier case

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Today, the Court of Appeal has also fully acquitted the former president of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten, Emsley Tromp,… Link: Tromp also acquitted on appeal in Saffier case

Prisoners are fed up; situation is tense

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Guards at the SDKK prison in Curaçao used tear gas early this week to get detainees back into their cell again. About 35… Link: Prisoners are fed up; situation is tense

Imposter steals money from Caribbean Airlines at Trinidad Airport

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN – Police in Trinidad and Tobago are searching for a man who pretended to be a security officer and got away with TT$83,000… Link: Imposter steals money from Caribbean Airlines at Trinidad Airport

Three quakes hit Caribbean overnight

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – Three earthquakes occurred in the Caribbean between last night and early this morning, with residents of several islands reporting feeling the tremors. According to… Link: Three quakes hit Caribbean overnight

Aircraft debris found in Bandabou area

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This afternoon a fragment of an aircraft was found at Plastic Bay in Bandabou, western side of the island. The authorities immediately started… Link: Aircraft debris found in Bandabou area

The 5 most insta-worthy places around Willemstad Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle Known for the pastel-colored colonial Dutch buildings, historical Willemstad makes you feel as if you are transported to The Netherlands while experiencing the blue waters and… Link: The 5 most insta-worthy places around Willemstad Curaçao

Islands have their own human rights watchdog

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire have their own ‘human rights watchdog’ since yesterday. The Human Rights Caribbean Foundation. The foundation was created by concerned… Link: Islands have their own human rights watchdog

Police looking for missing girl of 15

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The police are looking for the 15-year-old Kiara Melissa Fingal Suarez from Colombia. On Friday she left her parental home in Buena Vista… Link: Police looking for missing girl of 15

Auction hotel Otrobanda halted

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The auction of Hotel Otrobanda has been stopped temporarily. It was supposed to take place today, but the judge put a stop to… Link: Auction hotel Otrobanda halted

Sections of the new hospital to be delivered this month

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This month the first part of Hospital Nobo Otrobanda (HNO) will be delivered. This involves four departments of which the construction, including the… Link: Sections of the new hospital to be delivered this month

Name KPMG disappears from the Dutch Caribbean islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Fifty auditors from KPMG Dutch Carribean move to EY Americas. This will put an end to the presence of KPMG the Dutch Caribbean… Link: Name KPMG disappears from the Dutch Caribbean islands

Curaçao can now also be seen on Google Street View

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is also on Google Street View since Monday, so now you can also navigate to locations like the Pontoon bridge and Small… Link: Curaçao can now also be seen on Google Street View

10 must-dive destinations for 2019

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – That’s Right… Curacao made the Forbes Top 10 List (and here we thought it was going to be a slow news day!) Its… Link: 10 must-dive destinations for 2019

Countries of the Americas seek to keep region free of polio

Source: Curacao Chronicle GUATEMALA CITY – The region of the Americas registered its last case of poliomyelitis in 1991, and in 1994 was the first in the world to… Link: Countries of the Americas seek to keep region free of polio

CIBC FirstCaribbean takes the lead on key development discussions at major conference

Source: Curacao Chronicle Financial institution discusses trends related to monetary and climate resilient infrastructure. WILLEMSTAD – CIBC FirstCaribbean headed two key sessions at this year’s Caribbean Infrastructure Forum… Link: CIBC FirstCaribbean takes the lead on key development discussions at major conference

Floating docks inaugurated

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The floating docks at Damen Ship repair Curaçao (DSCu) were officially inaugurated yesterday afternoon in a festive setting. Both floating docks have been… Link: Floating docks inaugurated

Dutch military officers arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Three Dutch military officers have been arrested in Curaçao. According to the Public Prosecution, they drove away after an accident and then made… Link: Dutch military officers arrested

Still no strategic partner UTS

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – At the beginning of next year, it will be clear who will be the strategic partner of UTS or the telecommunication company. This… Link: Still no strategic partner UTS

Menki Rojer calls for violent resistance

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Member of Parliament Menki Rojer of ‘Korsou di Nos Tur’ calls for violent resistance. He is convinced that the conviction of Gerrit Schotte… Link: Menki Rojer calls for violent resistance

Ansary declined to cooperate in changing ENNIA’s investments

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of ENNIA Caribe Holding (ECH) has worked out various scenarios that should lead to a conversion of the… Link: Ansary declined to cooperate in changing ENNIA’s investments

Gijsbertha wants to give boost to economic recovery plan

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha has come up with a plan to invite all the government ministries to submit laws with possible… Link: Gijsbertha wants to give boost to economic recovery plan

Seven Venezuelans escaped from SDKK

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Yesterday morning seven Venezuelans escaped from the foreigners’ barracks of the Curaçao Prison (SDKK). Among them also a few that were intercepted early… Link: Seven Venezuelans escaped from SDKK

St. Maarten: TBO searches VROMI Infrastructure offices

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The Anti-Corruption Task Force TBO of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team RST and the Prosecutor’s Office continued their searches on Wednesday. This time… Link: St. Maarten: TBO searches VROMI Infrastructure offices

New ILO figures show 164 million people are migrant workers

Source: Curacao Chronicle GENEVA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 164 million people are migrant workers – a rise of 9 per cent since 2013, when… Link: New ILO figures show 164 million people are migrant workers

‘Let Curaçao jobless work in St. Maarten’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao opposition party “Movementu Progresivo” (MP) leader Marilyn Moses has asked government if local construction workers can be used in the rebuilding of… Link: ‘Let Curaçao jobless work in St. Maarten’

BOO operational again soon

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Build Own and Operate (BOO) plant will soon start up again. Five of the six boilers that produce steam for the refinery… Link: BOO operational again soon

Tackle CSME issues head on, urges CARICOM Chairman

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman, Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica, has urged a “head on” approach to tackling of complex issues during… Link: Tackle CSME issues head on, urges CARICOM Chairman

CARICOM Agency and International Atomic Energy Agency enter agreement

Source: Curacao Chronicle VIENNA – The Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed an agreement to pursue areas of… Link: CARICOM Agency and International Atomic Energy Agency enter agreement

ExxonMobil makes 10th oil discovery offshore Guyana

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – United States oil giant ExxonMobil has made its 10th discovery offshore Guyana at the Pluma-1 well. This latest discovery has increased the estimated recoverable… Link: ExxonMobil makes 10th oil discovery offshore Guyana

Notary and real estate broker fined

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Real estate brokers and notaries are obliged to conduct customer due diligence and report unusual transactions to the FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit, formerly… Link: Notary and real estate broker fined

Qatar is leaving OPEC

Source: Curacao Chronicle Qatar will leave OPEC in January 2019 to focus its efforts on plans to develop and increase its natural gas production, a decision is confirmed… Link: Qatar is leaving OPEC

No support for debate on Dispute Regulation

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Thursday did not support a request of Nevin Özütok of the green left party… Link: No support for debate on Dispute Regulation

Simeón García accused of money laundering in the Dominican Republic

Source: Curacao Chronicle SANTO DOMINGO – The owner of the airlines Aserca, Santa Bárbara Airlines and PAWA, Simeón García, faces charges for ceasing operations, tax fraud, money laundering,… Link: Simeón García accused of money laundering in the Dominican Republic

Sagicor selling all shares to Canadian firm

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited is looking to sell all its shares to the Toronto-based Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation, in a US$536 million deal. The… Link: Sagicor selling all shares to Canadian firm

CHTA President calls for greater investment in Caribbean people

Source: Curacao Chronicle While millions are drawn to the Caribbean’s natural beauty and attractions every year, it is the creativity and warmth of the people that keep visitors… Link: CHTA President calls for greater investment in Caribbean people

PAHO launches campaign to prevent cervical cancer

Source: Curacao Chronicle In the Americas, more than 34,000 women die each year from this disease, which can be prevented through vaccination, screening, and treatment of precancerous lesions.… Link: PAHO launches campaign to prevent cervical cancer

Students UoC gain unique experience in Medellín

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Students and lecturers from the Built Environment department of the Faculty of Technical Sciences (FdTW) of the University of Curaçao Moises da Costa… Link: Students UoC gain unique experience in Medellín

Troya case again in court

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – After three years and including a referral back to the examining magistrate for further investigation, there will again be a pre-trial session in… Link: Troya case again in court

Princes Amalia Bridge temporarily closed for maintenance

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Ports Authority hereby announces that the Princes Amalia Bridge will temporarily not be accessible for pedestrians on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, from 10… Link: Princes Amalia Bridge temporarily closed for maintenance

Dutch help desired with refinery negotiations

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curacao is going to the Netherlands early next year to ask for help in finding a new operator for the Isla refinery. This… Link: Dutch help desired with refinery negotiations

Jamaloodin remains in custody

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Former minister Jamaloodin remains in custody in Bonaire. His defense had asked the Court to allow Jamaloodin to wait for the cases against… Link: Jamaloodin remains in custody

Curaçao court orders tanker seizure

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Court of Justice in Curaçao has ordered the confiscation of a Suezmax carrying 380,225 barrels of Boscan crude to pay a PDVSA… Link: Curaçao court orders tanker seizure

Airbus delivers first A330-900 to launch operator TAP Air Portugal

Source: Curacao Chronicle TAP Air Portugal takes delivery of its first A330-900 jet TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the world’s first new generation widebody A330neo and,… Link: Airbus delivers first A330-900 to launch operator TAP Air Portugal

Caribbean Farmers Prepare for Coconut Boom

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN – Coconuts are a longtime staple of Caribbean cuisine, and practically an emblem of the region’s climate and culture. But a new international… Link: Caribbean Farmers Prepare for Coconut Boom

New auction date for Howard Johnson Hotel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Howard Johnson Hotel on the Brionplein in Otrobanda will be auctioned for the second time on Thursday December 3. The opening bid… Link: New auction date for Howard Johnson Hotel

24 years prison for SDKK murder

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Diablo W, the man suspected of killing Kenroy Patrick Stefania in the SDKK prison, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. In… Link: 24 years prison for SDKK murder

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath indicated on his social media that it was a great honor, at the invitation of… Link: Guess who’s coming to dinner?

First study morning corporate governance big success

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – At the invitation of the Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath and the Minister of Finance Kenneth Gijsbertha, commissioners and directors of the government and… Link: First study morning corporate governance big success

Teaming enables the creation of Smart Nation Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle Key groups are willing to invest in their personal development so they can keep up and adjust to changes cause by Smart Nation. From 2016… Link: Teaming enables the creation of Smart Nation Curaçao

514 million US dollars generated from Tourism in first ten months

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The overall stayover arrivals in the first ten months grew by 6% compared to last year. Curaçao welcomed in total 345,282 stayover visitors in… Link: 514 million US dollars generated from Tourism in first ten months

McDonald’s Curaçao prepares for ‘Great Day’ 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle On that date, McDonald’s Curaçao donates all Big Mac proceeds in benefit of Funditut (Stichting Jeugdcentrale Curaçao) and the local chapter of Ronald McDonald House… Link: McDonald’s Curaçao prepares for ‘Great Day’ 2018

Still no explanation for suspension health inspector

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Both Health Inspector Jan Huurman and Minister of Public Health Suzanne Camelia-Romer are still silent about Huurman’s suspension. The only thing that Huurman… Link: Still no explanation for suspension health inspector

Dubai to host first-ever UAE & Caribbean Cooperation Forum

Source: Curacao Chronicle DUBAI – The first-ever UAE & Caribbean Cooperation Forum is set to take place in Dubai later this month to explore potential to boost economic cooperation… Link: Dubai to host first-ever UAE & Caribbean Cooperation Forum

IMF concludes 2018 consultation with Suriname

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – On November 16, 2018, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2018 Article IV consultation with Suriname. Suriname’s economy… Link: IMF concludes 2018 consultation with Suriname

Agreement between InselAir and InterCaribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There is an agreement between InterCaribbean Airways and the parties negotiating for the local aviation company InselAir. InterCaribbean buys the shares of InselAir… Link: Agreement between InselAir and InterCaribbean

Immigration Service holds Venezuelan refugee unjustly

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The immigration service is still holding a Venezuelan military in prison, while he should have been freed weeks ago. It concerns the sergeant… Link: Immigration Service holds Venezuelan refugee unjustly

MAN faction wants clarity about alleged corruption at RdK

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In parliament, there is a call for the Minister of General Affairs, Eugene Rhuggenaath to give a more detailed explanation of the case… Link: MAN faction wants clarity about alleged corruption at RdK

Cooperation Air Antilles and Winair

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The airlines Air Antilles and Winair presented their plans to work together at the Renaissance Hotel last week. In this way, it will… Link: Cooperation Air Antilles and Winair

Sinterklaas and Black Petes are here

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – True to tradition, Sinterklaas and his Black Petes arrived in Curaçao 2.5 weeks before the celebration of Saint Nicolas. Thousands of children waited… Link: Sinterklaas and Black Petes are here

Winair acquires fourth aircraft for high season

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – This week Windward Islands Airways International (Winair) received its 4th Twin Otter aircraft that will increase the airlines airlift for the 2018-2019 high tourist… Link: Winair acquires fourth aircraft for high season

Amending Constitution is not a priority

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Foreigners who have lived in Curaçao for more than 10 years will not be able to vote in the parliamentary elections for the… Link: Amending Constitution is not a priority

Customs detects drugs on Venezuelan fruit boat

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Customs discovered a large amount of marijuana on a Venezuelan fruit boat after a tip this week. The boat sailed in and moored… Link: Customs detects drugs on Venezuelan fruit boat

OM: Bulgarian extradited to Germany today

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The man Y.R.N. (1982, Bulgaria) was extradited to Germany today, Wednesday 14 November 2018. N. was sentenced to prison in the Sentro di… Link: OM: Bulgarian extradited to Germany today

Parliamentary debate on expanding electoral law

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Can foreigners who have lived in Curaçao for over 10 years vote for the parliamentary elections? They can if it is up to… Link: Parliamentary debate on expanding electoral law

SMOC: The distribution of money within the RdK N.V.

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – RdK N.V. (Refineria di Korsou N.V.) collects the meager rent of the Isla. A meager rent because for the maintenance of the refinery… Link: SMOC: The distribution of money within the RdK N.V.

2018 CNSJF – Reaffirming its Economic Contribution to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The 2018 Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival (CNSJF) was held during the U.S. Labor Day Weekend between August 30th and September 1st, 2018. The… Link: 2018 CNSJF – Reaffirming its Economic Contribution to Curaçao

The number of Venezuelan women on boats is decreasing

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The number of women intercepted on boats from Venezuela is decreasing. That is what the Public Prosecution Service (OM) says. The OM is… Link: The number of Venezuelan women on boats is decreasing

Caribbean looks to protect its seafood from mercury

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT-OF-SPAIN – Four Caribbean countries have done an inventory of the major sources of mercury contamination in their islands, but a great deal of work… Link: Caribbean looks to protect its seafood from mercury

Militaries prosecuted for death navy diver

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Three soldiers are being prosecuted for a diving accident in which a marine diver died in November 2015. According to the Public Prosecution… Link: Militaries prosecuted for death navy diver

Central Bank: Letter to schools about pyramid scheme

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Central Bank of Curaçao and St Maarten sends a letter today to the schools in connection with the phenomenon pyramid scheme. In… Link: Central Bank: Letter to schools about pyramid scheme

LDS Church celebrates International Service Day

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saint celebrated the International Service Day on November 4. The members rolled… Link: LDS Church celebrates International Service Day

Central Bank: Courtesy visit Mr. P.R.J. Comenencia

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG – This morning, the Curaçao member of the Council of State of the Dutch Kingdom, Mr. P.R.J. (Paul) Comenencia paid a courtesy visit… Link: Central Bank: Courtesy visit Mr. P.R.J. Comenencia

New aircraft EZAir arrives in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The aviation sector in Curacao is quite active these days. Another new development came from EZ Air. Today their first Beech B1900 arrived in… Link: New aircraft EZAir arrives in Curaçao

Plaza Hotel sold

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Plaza Hotel has been sold. The hotel in Punda went bankrupt in June 2017 and was initially sold quickly for 16.3 million… Link: Plaza Hotel sold

New markets for free zone Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The company that manages the real estate in both free zones, Curinde, indicated that is has been ‘very active’ in recent years to… Link: New markets for free zone Curaçao

European Union extends sanctions Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRUSSELS – The European Union extends the sanctions against Venezuela by one year. The situation in the South American country continues to deteriorate, the EU… Link: European Union extends sanctions Venezuela

Floating dock Damen in use

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The largest floating dock of Damen Shiprepair is finally in use. The intention is also to get the second smaller dock into operation… Link: Floating dock Damen in use

United States Consulate General organized mid-term election night event

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – United States Consul General Margaret Hawthorne welcomed cabinet members, parliamentarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, other invited guests, and about 100 students into Roosevelt House… Link: United States Consulate General organized mid-term election night event

Scuba Lodge donates over $2.400 to CARF and GreenKidz

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Boutique hotel Scuba Lodge & Ocean Suites in Pietermaai has donated US$ 2.467,- to local foundations Curaçao Animal Rights Foundation (CARF) and GreenKidz. CARF… Link: Scuba Lodge donates over .400 to CARF and GreenKidz

Doing Nothing Corporation

Source: Curacao Chronicle Despite the fact that more and more companies are forced to cut back on their staff, the aforementioned club seems to increasingly enjoy the interest… Link: Doing Nothing Corporation

Curaçao eases visa requirements

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government of Curacao will ease its visa policy. Haitians, Cubans and Dominicans should be able to come to the island more easily.… Link: Curaçao eases visa requirements

Phone betrays drug mule

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Two Colombians, a Venezuelan and a Curaçao native must serve sentences of 5 to 7 years if it is up to the Public… Link: Phone betrays drug mule

Each year 16 billion euros laundered in the Netherlands

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – According to researchers, about 16 billion euros are laundered every year. The money would be 90 percent of drug trafficking and fraud.… Link: Each year 16 billion euros laundered in the Netherlands

Restoration access staircase Fort Beekenburg

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The entrance staircase to Fort Beekenburg is open again. The restoration of the old staircase was carried out by the Maritime Archeology Curaçao… Link: Restoration access staircase Fort Beekenburg

Corendon looking for more shareholders

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The travel company Corendon, which currently seems to be seen by many in Curaçao as the panacea of everything that is wrong in… Link: Corendon looking for more shareholders

CMU Mobile Health Event 10-11-2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This coming Saturday November 10th, 2018 the students of Caribbean Medical University (CMU) will be organizing the next CMU Mobile Health Event at… Link: CMU Mobile Health Event 10-11-2018

Winair and Divi Divi Air discuss cooperation

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Discussions have begun between DIVI DIVI Air, Curacao and WINAIR, St. Maarten to begin the process of cooperation to work together improving… Link: Winair and Divi Divi Air discuss cooperation

Presentation Interim President Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently the Interim President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten gave a very interesting presentation during a Rotary Luncheon. The… Link: Presentation Interim President Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten

The Caribbean golden murder awards

Source: Curacao Chronicle 1st Place Award goes to the US Virgin Islands [top award of the Caribbean, Only El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela have more murders per capita… Link: The Caribbean golden murder awards

Justice should be blind, but blind to everything?

Source: Curacao Chronicle Lately I have been following a peculiar case taking place here in Curaçao. And I was in full expectation of the court verdict. I am… Link: Justice should be blind, but blind to everything?

Missing Dwayne Fluonia found in Miami

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – The Curaçao native who was missing in America for a week has been found. Dwayne Fluonia was in Miami with a group of… Link: Missing Dwayne Fluonia found in Miami

MCB Bank replaces its ATMs

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Maduro & Curiel’s Bank will provide all 64 ATMs in Curaçao with new software and hardware. They all get a touchscreen, among… Link: MCB Bank replaces its ATMs

Police cut back on the use of car wash

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – You should not be surprised if surveillance police cars become dirtier each time. The car wash service of Bob’s car wash in Zeelandia… Link: Police cut back on the use of car wash

Central Trade Union: ‘Not all trade unions want to cooperate’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The joint trade unions organized a conference for tomorrow evening to get everyone looking in the same direction. According to trade union leader… Link: Central Trade Union: ‘Not all trade unions want to cooperate’

First time visit of the cruise ship MV Viking Star to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The cruise ship MV Viking Star of the cruise line Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd. visited Curaçao for the first time last Friday, October… Link: First time visit of the cruise ship MV Viking Star to Curaçao

Rutsel Martha not allowed to defend former Minister of Finance

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The former Minister of Finance for the MFK party, George Jamaloodin cannot be defended Rutsel Martha. The Court of First Instance rejected the… Link: Rutsel Martha not allowed to defend former Minister of Finance

Management old hospital must apply for job

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The entire board of directors of the old hospital must apply for the same job at the New Hospital Otrabanda (HNO) or the… Link: Management old hospital must apply for job

Central Bank: ‘Unfounded publications’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has taken notice of publications in the local media suggesting that the RST (Recherche… Link: Central Bank: ‘Unfounded publications’

New regulations coming for Fintech firms in Barbados

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – Some of the services of financial technology (fintech) firms in Barbados could soon be regulated. The Central Bank of Barbados in a joint statement… Link: New regulations coming for Fintech firms in Barbados

The Venezuelan exodus

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS –  It is difficult to determine exactly how many Venezuelans have left their country. The international press insists that the number reported by the… Link: The Venezuelan exodus

Public Prosecutor Curaçao has enforcement duty in criminal cases

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – At the beginning of 2018, the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) of Curaçao started with intensified convocation and detection of persons who have been… Link: Public Prosecutor Curaçao has enforcement duty in criminal cases

CMU gives medical service in Guatemala

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, GUATEMALA CITY – The dean of the Caribbean Medical University, Dr. Ryan Jackson along with students, graduates and other physicians, nurses, and interpreters, recently… Link: CMU gives medical service in Guatemala

Venezuelan fruit vendors back to their old spot

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Venezuelan fruit boats have moved back to Sha Caprileskade yesterday after a long wait, where the floating market had been established for… Link: Venezuelan fruit vendors back to their old spot

Tariff adjustment fuel prices as of 2 October 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle 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… Link: Tariff adjustment fuel prices as of 2 October 2018

Tariff adjustment electricity and water as of November 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Government of Curaçao has announced an adjustment of the tariffs for electricity and water applicable as per 1 November 2018. Download here the… Link: Tariff adjustment electricity and water as of November 2018

‘Dogs sometimes wait months in a cage for their verdict’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Director of the Animal Protection Service Gregory Berry is worried about dogs that are stuck in small cages for weeks while awaiting a… Link: ‘Dogs sometimes wait months in a cage for their verdict’

Curaçao traveler missing in Miami

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI, WILLEMSTAD – There is a man from Curaçao missing in Miami. His name is Dwayne Fluonia. He has been missing since October 22 this… Link: Curaçao traveler missing in Miami

Caribbean Recipes – Tutu From Curacao

Source: Curacao Chronicle Tutu is a popular side dish on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao and is often substituted for rice or any starch on a meal.… Link: Caribbean Recipes – Tutu From Curacao

Rhuggenaath to the ‘Caribbean OCT’s Resilience Summit’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath is currently in Sint Maarten for an official visit. He will take part in the ‘Caribbean OCT’s Resilience Summit’… Link: Rhuggenaath to the ‘Caribbean OCT’s Resilience Summit’

IMF says recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean has lost momentum

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund’s Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere has marked down its growth forecasts for Latin America and the Caribbean to… Link: IMF says recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean has lost momentum

Meeting ‘Trabou na Kòrsou’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Thursday, October 25, the WeConnect Foundation and the Representation of the Netherlands in Willemstad (VNW) organize a meeting about work in Curaçao. Under… Link: Meeting ‘Trabou na Kòrsou’

Two police officers of Dutch Caribbean Police arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle KRALENDIJK – Two police officers of the Dutch Caribbean Police have been arrested on Bonaire on behalf of the Chief Public Prosecutor of the BES-islands.… Link: Two police officers of Dutch Caribbean Police arrested

Corendon has great plans for Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The vacation giant Corendon gave a sneak peak of its plans for Curaçao. The company announced an 87 million dollar investment in the… Link: Corendon has great plans for Curaçao

No position yet Cifa about new currency for Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curacao International Financial Services Association, Cifa, does not yet have a clear position on the introduction of a new currency for Curacao.… Link: No position yet Cifa about new currency for Curaçao

Albert Schweitzer School starts with flex lessons

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Children from group 7 and 8 of the Albert Schweiz School have to go to school twice a week for half an hour… Link: Albert Schweitzer School starts with flex lessons

Appointments Common Court of Justice

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – Mrs. A.J.M. van Gink and Mr. S.M. van Lieshout will become new members of the Common Court of Justice Aruba, Curaçao,… Link: Appointments Common Court of Justice

Willemstad is indeed tax free, but not yet duty free

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Purchasing products tax-free is the first step to make Punda and Otrobanda more attractive for the shopping cruise tourist, but Curaçao cannot yet… Link: Willemstad is indeed tax free, but not yet duty free

Cft wants the government to be energetic and decisive

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Financial Supervision Board, Cft, believes that the implementation of agreements between Curacao and the Cft is an important step towards sustainable public… Link: Cft wants the government to be energetic and decisive

Curaçao ‘Paints the Town Blue’ at New York’s Color Run 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao as a destination recently participated in the New York Color Run. The Color Run, also known as the “Happiest 5K on the… Link: Curaçao ‘Paints the Town Blue’ at New York’s Color Run 2018

Higher prison sentence in appeal for self-proclaimed apostle

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Common Court of Justice today has sentenced the 54-year-old man Orlando Balentin to a prison sentence of 14 years for a series… Link: Higher prison sentence in appeal for self-proclaimed apostle

Civil Registrations Office: ‘Curaçao’s population is decreasing’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During a recent press conference, the Civil Registry’s Office (Kranshi) indicated that the island’s population fell by 0.8 percent in the first eight… Link: Civil Registrations Office: ‘Curaçao’s population is decreasing’

Curaçao flooded by refugees: ‘crisis unacceptable’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is currently being flooded with refugees from Venezuela, but there is a total lack of help on the island. “The situation is… Link: Curaçao flooded by refugees: ‘crisis unacceptable’

EU: For the time being no new sanctions against Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle LUXEMBURG – The European Union is not taking any new sanctions against Venezuela for the time being. The foreign ministers decided this at a meeting… Link: EU: For the time being no new sanctions against Venezuela

HRW: The Netherlands must protect Venezuelan refugees

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is falling short in its policy towards Venezuelan refugees. This is according to human rights organization Human Rights Watch. Due… Link: HRW: The Netherlands must protect Venezuelan refugees

UN Refugee Agency ramps up support for Venezuelans

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – With the help of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Colombia is showing “extraordinary solidarity” towards Venezuelans displaced amid the country’s on-going economic and political… Link: UN Refugee Agency ramps up support for Venezuelans

SMMC hosts World Bank project launch

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – SMMC is hosting a “Project Launch” with a series of workshops which are conducted by World Bank representatives from October 15– 17. The… Link: SMMC hosts World Bank project launch

CTB in your neighborhood awareness project started

Source: Curacao Chronicle Interactive live show every Saturday on Radio Active! WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) recently launched a new awareness project called ‘CTB in Your… Link: CTB in your neighborhood awareness project started

Kibo Lotto obtained Curaçao gaming license

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The lotto site Kibo announced that it had received its gaming license in Curaçao. Obtaining the license is certainly an important step in… Link: Kibo Lotto obtained Curaçao gaming license

Venezuela prisons ‘beyond monstrous’, warns UN

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Conditions in Venezuela’s prisons are “beyond monstrous”, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said yesterday, before calling for an independent and transparent investigation into… Link: Venezuela prisons ‘beyond monstrous’, warns UN

Death toll from Haiti earthquake rises

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT-AU-PRINCE – The death toll from the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck northwest Haiti over the weekend has risen to 17. And officials say the number… Link: Death toll from Haiti earthquake rises

Statement by U.S. Secretary Pompeo: Curaçao Day

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – On behalf of the Government of the United States, I offer congratulations to the people of Curacao on Curacao Day. This year marks 225… Link: Statement by U.S. Secretary Pompeo: Curaçao Day

FNV complaint against oil company about tax avoidance

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE – The Dutch Trade union FNV, together with the international trade union organizations ITF and PSI, is fighting against tax avoidance by… Link: FNV complaint against oil company about tax avoidance

Utility company shuts off power at World Trade Center

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – After several attempts of getting their money and also warnings towards the management of the World Trade Center (WTC), the utility company has… Link: Utility company shuts off power at World Trade Center

Haiti struck by deadly earthquake

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT AU PRINCE – At least ten people have been killed by an earthquake that struck off the north coast of Haiti at about 8:30… Link: Haiti struck by deadly earthquake

Master class Dutch Karate experts in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Last weekend was a great experience for the students of the Frans Karate School in Curaçao. Two Karate experts from the Netherlands, Jan… Link: Master class Dutch Karate experts in Curaçao

Blok is going to demand attention for Venezuela in Europe

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Kingdom Stef Blok is going to draw attention to the influx of Venezuelan refugees to… Link: Blok is going to demand attention for Venezuela in Europe

The dark side of Curacao transitioning to a different age

Source: Curacao Chronicle The cockhorse of the Prime Minister of Curacao, Mister Eugene Ruggenaath is that Curacao is experiencing a transition. The transition is becoming today’s buzz word… Link: The dark side of Curacao transitioning to a different age

Klein Curaçao – The October Curaçao dive site of the month

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – If you could imagine a picturesque deserted Caribbean island surrounded by warm aquamarine waters, then welcome to Klein Curaçao. Located approximately 6.5 miles off… Link: Klein Curaçao – The October Curaçao dive site of the month

Facebook reveals 50 million accounts affected by security breach

Source: Curacao Chronicle Facebook announced that some 50 million user accounts were impacted by a security breach that allowed the attackers to potentially take over users’ profiles. “This… Link: Facebook reveals 50 million accounts affected by security breach

Black Achievement Month opens in style

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – Black Achievement Month kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony at the International Theatre Amsterdam on Monday evening that brought traditional dances and… Link: Black Achievement Month opens in style

KTK is going through some tough times

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Towing company KTK needs financing to survive. Due to the lack of tankers and other shipping, many tugs are not operating in the… Link: KTK is going through some tough times

InselAir’s contribution to economy is substantial

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The 33 million government support for InselAir was justified. This is according to the Minister of Economic Development Dr. Steven Martina. The Minister… Link: InselAir’s contribution to economy is substantial

Donner says goodbye to Attorney General Bos

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Vice-President of the Council of State of the Kingdom, mr. Piet Hein Donner, was in Curaçao last week. This in the context of… Link: Donner says goodbye to Attorney General Bos

Cuban President meets with U.S. travel companies, artists

Source: Curacao Chronicle NEW YORK – Down the stretch of his historic visit to the United States, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met Friday morning with a prominent number… Link: Cuban President meets with U.S. travel companies, artists

Press Release: InselAir to introduce ‘Customer’s Choice’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – InselAir is excited to introduce ‘Customer’s Choice’, a new, simplified pricing structure which better matches customer demand in the market and provides a… Link: Press Release: InselAir to introduce ‘Customer’s Choice’

Building Depot will refinance loans

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Building Depot will refinance its loan portfolio. The housing and living shopping center does this by issuing a bond loan on the Dutch… Link: Building Depot will refinance loans

Curaçao Pride 2018, an overwhelming success!

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Pride 2018 was an overwhelming success. A record number of people were present at the Curaçao Pride Walk and the Opening Concert… Link: Curaçao Pride 2018, an overwhelming success!

Floating dry docks of Damen Shiprepair Curaçao moored to her dolphins

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Friday September 28, Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu) reached an important milestone. With the help of- and in good cooperation with the pilots and… Link: Floating dry docks of Damen Shiprepair Curaçao moored to her dolphins

The Netherlands has blood on its hands

Source: Curacao Chronicle It seems strongly that the Netherlands knowingly participated in human rights violations. Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Relations has signed a document in Caracas in… Link: The Netherlands has blood on its hands

Insurer and Fintech Company Bitt in new cooperation deal

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) has joined forces with financial technology firm Bitt to leverage blockchain technology aimed at making the nation’s largest… Link: Insurer and Fintech Company Bitt in new cooperation deal