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April 23, 2018

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Heyliger requests US $50M from recovery fund as airport loan

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Allocate a US $50-million loan from the Hurricane Irma recovery funds to Princess Juliana International Airport to jolt the rebuilding of the terminal building and related facilities to save its hub function in the north-eastern Caribbean, said United Democrat Leader Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger on Sunday. The hub…

‘Military adventurism’ real threat for ABC islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – ‘Military adventurism’ poses a real threat to Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire. The Lieutenant General of the Marines Rob Verkerk warned the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. This is according to a report from Rene Zwart of ABC online media. The former Brigadier General did so today…

The Caribbean through the eyes of Jacob Gelt Dekker

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – In the book The Caribbean, published this week, author Jacob Gelt Dekker takes the reader on a special journey through the history of the Caribbean. After a life-changing diagnosis, the entrepreneur / philosopher / world traveler / columnist / benefactor and – on Curaçao – persona non grata…

Summary proceedings pro bono lawyers against government

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Lawyers who grant legal aid to people with low income free of charge are preparing a lawsuit against the country of Curaçao. The promised increase in the legal fee has still not been implemented. There has been great unrest and dissatisfaction within the aforementioned group of lawyers about…

CMU Mobile Health Event 28-04-2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This coming Saturday, April 28th, 2018 the students of Caribbean Medical University (CMU) will be organizing the next CMU Mobile Health Event. This time we will be at Sentro di Bario Souax, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fundashon Pro Souax. The time will be from 10:00…

Zr. Ms. Holland arrived in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Zr.Ms. Holland has arrived in the Caribbean. The new station ship will be used for the next 3.5 months to intercept drug transports and to support the Coast Guard. Even before her ceremonial entry, she has already provided a successful assistance to the Coast Guard. With the two…

Coast Guard busier since Venezuela’s reopening borders

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Since the borders between Venezuela and the ABC islands are open again, the Coast Guard has become a lot busier. This was reported by the spokesman for the Coast Guard Roderick Gouverneur. Yesterday morning 20 undocumented Venezuelans were arrested at Fuik. The boat was detected by the radar…

LATAM Airlines would seek to create a low-cost airline

Source: Curacao Chronicle LATAM has been pressured by the entry into the market of “low cost” firms but had ruled out joining the model. SANTIAGO – LATAM Airlines, the largest air transport group in Latin America, would be looking to create a new low-cost airline, amid the boom in flights in that segment.…

King’s Night and King’s Day in Pietermaai District

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Like every year, King’s Night and King’s Day are also celebrated in Pietermaai District. The national holiday on April 27 starts on Thursday 26 April with the Night of Orange from 16.00 with the traditional royal market and from 19.30 with live music on the street at the…

Díaz-Canel elected president of Cuba

Source: Curacao Chronicle HAVANA – Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez was elected president of Cuba on Wednesday during a session of the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP). Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, president of the National Electoral Commission (CEN), at the Havana Convention Center, announced the results of the vote on the 604 ballots cast, when…

Arrests for fraud with prescriptions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This week three house searches took place in Curaçao, namely in North Rozendaal, Kaya Dal Pega and the Cassandraweg. The searches were conducted in the presence of a magistrate and a Public Prosecutor of the Public Prosecution Curaçao (OM). The investigation “Tardor” refers to possible fraud with counterfeit…

Successful Experiential Travel Workshop and Public Presentation

Source: Curacao Chronicle … organized by the CTB WILLEMSTAD – From April 17 to 19, the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) presented a program consisting of two workshops and one public presentation on the topic of Experiential Travel. The program was entitled: “Experiential Travel: Connecting Visitors to the Real Curaçao Experience,” and was conducted by…

Worries about outdated criminal law on islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Chris van Dam and Joba van den Berg, both of the Christian Democratic Party CDA, find it unacceptable that an outdated criminal law can lead to acquittal of certain crimes in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The case…

SONA takes Ballast Nedam to court

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The financial institution SONA filed a lawsuit against the construction company Ballast Nedam. The client, who is constructing the new hospital on behalf of the government, wants to get rid of the 31 million claim placed by Ballast Nedam for future expenses. Ballast Nedam wants to be so…

107 new Dutch citizens in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao has 107 new Dutch citizens. Yesterday the new citizens were at the Governor’s palace during a naturalization ceremony at Fort Amsterdam. Attention is paid to the meaning of Dutch nationality and their connection with society. The ceremony is mandatory. Link: 107 new Dutch citizens in Curaçao

St. Maarten parliament attempts to tackle electoral reform

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Electoral reform may not be the buzz word it was in past years, but the new Parliament has before it a proposal from Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams calling for the establishment of an ad hoc committee on electoral reform and terms of reference to outsource the exploration…

Central Bank warns for Counterfeit money

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a press release, the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten indicated that it has noted through the social media that there are counterfeit banknotes of 50 guilders circulating in Curaçao. The Central Bank wants to warn the public to pay close attention when accepting banknotes, especially…

17,000 students from Curaçao participate in King Games

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This year, more than 17,000 children from Curaçao are participating in the King Games. Since the inauguration of Willem Alexander as King of the Netherlands on April 30, 2013, the King’s Games have become an annual event. The games are held on the last Friday prior to King’s…

ARIN seeks Caribbean candidate for board of trustees

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – Persons from the Caribbean seeking to contribute to the governance ecosystem of the global Internet can now volunteer for an appointment to the board of trustees of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). The call for volunteers will close on April 30 at 5 pm EDT. ARIN is…

St. Maarten sent to prison for tax fraud

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – United Democrats Member of Parliament (MP) Chanel Brownbill was sentenced Tuesday by the Court of First Instance to eighteen months, fifteen of which were suspended, on three years’ probation, with 240 hours of community service, in the “Emerald” case. The Court found it proven that Brownbill had deliberately…

Castro era to end in Cuba as Raul set to step down

Source: Curacao Chronicle It will be the first time in nearly six decades that the island country will not be led by a Castro. HAVANA – Cuba will open a session of its National Assembly on Wednesday that will mark the end of an era in the socialist nation. President Raul Castro, 86, is expected to…

LionsDive and Avila repeat the successful Pasta e Basta

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It is time again for the swinging and singing waiters, delicious dishes, tasteful wines and unforgettable performances by the talented waitresses of Pasta e Basta. This popular event takes place from May 17 until May 20. The restaurants of LionsDive (Nemo and Hemingway) and Avila Beach Hotel (Restaurant…

Once again environmental groups place a lien on oil refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Humanitarian Care Foundation, Clean Environment Foundation (SMOC) and 25 local residents have once again place a 75 million guilders lien on the oil refinery Isla and the Build Own and Operate (BOO) plants. With this, the environmental groups want to force the oil refinery to comply with the…

St. Maarten Minister welcomes the return of United Airlines

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, welcomes the return of United Airlines to the destination. United Airlines returned on Saturday, April 14 to Princess Juliana International Airport.  The airline will provide once a week airlift out of Newark, New Jersey. “The return…

Bucket List: Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle Recently several major publications came out with their 2018 bucket lists of places to visit, things to do, and experiences to be had. We can’t feature them all so we’ve gathered some of them together so you can see what people are writing about our Caribbean island in the sun.…

PDVSA refineries In Venezuela, Curaçao ran at 31% capacity in 1Q

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD – Venezuela’s oil refineries worked at 31 percent of their combined 1.62 million-barrel-per-day capacity in the first quarter, well below 2017 levels, according to an internal document from state-run firm PDVSA. PDVSA’s refining operations have been degraded in recent years due to lack of cash for spare parts…

Guyana government considers establishing gold refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – The Guyana Government is considering modernizing the local gold industry through the establishment of a gold refinery. And Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman, who made the disclosure, said a South African company will be in Guyana on, to conduct a feasibility study. “We are strongly looking at the…

PVV proceeds with draft law to expel ‘criminal Antilleans’

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Despite the opposition of several parties in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, the Party for Freedom PVV continues the process to handle an initiative law proposal to expel persons of the Dutch Caribbean countries from the Netherlands once they have committed a crime. Initiators of…

OM: Boys guilty of animal abuse learn how to deal with animals

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution Curaçao (OM) earlier this year already indicated that deliberately inflicting pain on animals or deliberately killing animals is punishable and that they will act against it. For a few days now, an image recording of a cat being kicked has been on social media. The…

Filling the void: China’s expanding Caribbean presence

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Peace Ark sailed smoothly into Havana Harbor, floating past the aging brick Morro Cabana fortress under a luminous yellow sun. The Ark’s 416 crew members disembarked on a warm Friday afternoon in October 2011 without much pomp, pageantry, or even a token media presence. The white ship featured little…

Bahamasair and Air Caraibes ink interline agreement

Source: Curacao Chronicle NASSAU – France just got a little closer to The Islands Of The Bahamas, thanks to an interline agreement signed between Bahamasair and Air Caraïbes. The agreement was signed after painstaking negotiations, according to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Area Manager for France, Karin Mallet Gautier, who recently brought nine…

Meeting on construction new hospital postponed

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Public Health, Nature and Environment Suzanne Camelia-Römer announced that the meeting about the progress of the construction of the new hospital in Otrabanda has been postponed. The Minister was supposed to explain to Parliament the current situation regarding the construction and the new developments with…

Council of State: Dispute Regulation still necessary

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The continued differences of opinion within the Dutch Kingdom underscore the need for the introduction of a Dispute Regulation (“geschillenregeling”), according to Council of State. In its 2017 annual report, which was published on Thursday, mention was made of the great solidarity that was displayed among the…

Air Century starts routes to Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle SANTO DOMINGO – The Dominican airline Air Century announced the expansion of its flight offer, adding to its portfolio the destinations: Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten, which will start its presale from May 2 and will be incorporated into its regular itinerary from June 4. With these new routes, the…

Sargassum on the south coast

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Sargassum seaweed has also been spotted on the South Coast. That is what Theo Van der Giesen from Unique Curaçao indicated. Unique Curacao reported seeing Sargassum at Sint Joris Bay, but also at Marie Pampoen which is on the south-east side of the island. Later, more sargassum fields…

Inspection finds families who live in a school building

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Inspection Service discovered something very remarkable yesterday. In the classrooms of a former school in Steenrijk, five families were found living with children. None of the parents has a job and most are on a waiting list of the Government Housing Foundation (FKP) for a home. Some…

Cybercrime in the spotlight on Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – More than 150 people from all over the region participated today in the successful Caribbean Cybercrime Conference in Curaçao. The guest speaker was security expert Deon Olton. He is the director of the Caribbean Cyber Security Center in Barbados. He spoke about “The evolution of Cybercrime in the…

CN-Express continues to operate between BES Islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle KRALENDIJK – The lifting by the Dutch government of the ban on civil servants to fly with InselAir has – at least in the short term – no consequences for the flight operations of the CN Express. “The agreements on the CN Express have been entered into for a period…

Education has lost 27 million guilders

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Ministry of Education has lost 27 million guilders. Money that was reserved in 2010 for maintenance of schools. After the Schotte cabinet took office, that money was no longer used for that purpose, but for what purpose it was used it is not known. The current Minister…

ETA Motorcycle Cruises visiting “Dushi” Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The riders of ETA Motorcycle Cruises (ETA) have enjoyed another Curaçao road trip.  ETA members can take a cruise and use their own motorcycles to get around at each port of call. One of ETA’s favorite ports is Curaçao, and they have already made several calls at the…

Research into quality of life

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Interviewers from Sonoro will take the street to visit households in connection with a survey about life in Curacao. 2300 Randomly chosen households answer questions about health and well-being. The data is treated strictly confidentially. The aim of the research is to gain insight into the quality of…

OM: Recidivism in traffic too high

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Driving uninsured on public roads on Curaçao is a big problem. For example, in 2017, the police fined 4,375 motorists for not being able to show a valid insurance certificate for the vehicle on the first request. It concerns 3,896 offenders. There are offenders who have received a…

Digital media take the lead in reporting in Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Online media have taken the lead, ahead of the conventional media, in reporting in the tense political and economic climate in Venezuela, where freedom of speech and of information are under siege. In Venezuela, “the closure of traditional media, the purchase of others and the coercion exercised over…

Bosman requests clarity on support for Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party is asking for clarity on the deal between the Dutch and Curaçao Governments in the process of detaining and expulsion of undocumented persons. Bosman sent five questions to Dutch Minister…

Government discusses return Venezuelan fruit boats

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Tomorrow, the Council of Ministers will meet on the return of Venezuelan sellers. This is according to the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina. He reacts to the opening of the borders between the ABC islands and Venezuela. The last fruit boats left in early March. The popular…

The Netherlands give in to Narco-terrorism

Source: Curacao Chronicle Last Sunday we took notice of the secretly undertaken mission of our new minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok to Venezuela, with the goal to improve the relationship with that country and to achieve the cancelation the blockade with the ABC islands. The mission appeared to be a success now…

SBO students on a study trip Colombia

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Nilda Pinto SBO students are on a study trip to Medellin in Colombia. There they will visit various healthcare institutions. These are students who, after graduating, will start working as a starting professional at various health care institutions on the island. The study trip should provide insight into…

New docks on the way

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – They have to arrive at the end of April and they are ready for use in August. That is according to the planning of Damen Shipyards for the activities of what used to be called the Curacao Dokmaatschappij. Two docks from Damen Shipyards sail under the Juliana Bridge…

CHATA elects new board of directors

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On April 9th, Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) held its Annual General Member Meeting (AGM) at Avila Beach Hotel, where it elected its new board of directors.  A total of 10 candidates were vying for the 7 vacant positions on the board.  In addition to this CHATA…

Carnival adds 20 cruises to Cuba

Source: Curacao Chronicle FLORIDA – Carnival Cruise Line has added another 20 voyages to Cuba aboard Carnival Paradise from Tampa, Florida, next year, complementing the 11 cruises to the island taking place aboard the vessel through next year. The new voyages aboard Carnival Paradise are in addition to the 17 recently announced Cuba cruises aboard Carnival Sensation departing from Miami in 2019, indicating that more and more…

Official Press Release: Visit Blok ends border closure Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD – After his visits to Sint Maarten, Aruba, Curaçao and Colombia, Minister Blok traveled to Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. There, together with vice-presidents El Aissami and Soteldo, he signed an agreement on the lifting of the border blockade that Venezuela had raised earlier this year. This removal…

Dutch civil servants may fly again with InselAir

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Dutch Government officials are allowed to fly with the Curacao airline InselAir. More than a year ago, the government banned business trips with this company for safety reasons. The problems at the airline and the aviation authority on Curaçao (CCAA) have largely been remedied. This was done with…

Separate Directorate-General for Kingdom Relations

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations has decided to transfer the Kingdom Relations file to a separate Directorate-General. Henk Brons has been appointed as a quartermaster for the new department today, which will focus entirely on matters relating to the cooperation of the Netherlands with…

Internet Registry to host Caribbean Forum in Miami

Source: Curacao Chronicle An upcoming gathering of Internet experts could change the conversation around cyber security, network autonomy and network resilience in the Caribbean. On April 19, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will convene a special forum to address the needs of its Caribbean stakeholders. ARIN is one of five bodies,…

DHL upgrades delivery service in Curaçao and Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle Larger aircraft allows increased package capacity New routing means early arrivals and enhanced same-day Customs clearance and delivery capability PLANTATION –  DHL, the world’s leading international express delivery service, has upgraded its services in Curaçao with the deployment of a new aircraft and new routing that brings deliveries into Curaçao with…

Opposition wants annual accounts MDPT

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The opposition parties in Parliament have not yet received the annual accounts from the Multi-disciplinary Project Team (MDPT) which is in charge of the modernization of the oil refinery and finding a new operator. The parliamentary meeting on the MDPT is scheduled for April 13. For a long…

Tariff adjustment water and electricity as of April 1, 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Through this publication, the Government of Curaçao announces that the rates for electricity and water shall be adjusted as per 1 April 2018. The current and new rates are listed in the table below. Explanation The rates for electricity will increase slightly whilst the rates for water will decrease.…

Tariff adjustment fuel prices as of April 3, 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Through this publication, the Government of Curaçao announces that the end user prices for the products Mogas 95, Gasoil LSD, LPG 100 lbs and LPG 20 lbs shall be adjusted as per 3 April 2018. In view of the frequent fluctuations in the international oil prices, the government…

Press Release: Pontoon Festival canceled

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Organizer Sumusica Curaçao B.V. today officially canceled the Curaçao Ponton Festival during a press conference that took place at the Acoya Curaçao Resort. Wednesday evening the decision was made after a concurrence of circumstances ensured that it is no longer financially responsible to organize the festival. “The shrinking…

SER St. Maarten and Curaçao reps talk working relationship

Source: Curacao Chronicle SER Secretaries-General Gerard Richardson (St. Maarten) and Raul Henriquez (Curaçao) with St. Maarten SER Chairman Delano Damien Richardson.  PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Secretary-General of Curaçao’s Social Economic Council SER Raul Henriquez recently paid a courtesy visit to SER St. Maarten where he met with SER Chairman Delano Damien Richardson, Secretary-General Gerard…

Oil exploration to start soon offshore Barbados

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – Exploration of Barbados’ potential offshore petroleum resources is expected to begin within the next year. Speaking in Trinidad last week at a regional symposium on Strengthening CARICOM Energy Collaboration, minister with responsibility for energy, Senator Darcy Boyce stated that Barbados had successfully negotiated exploration licences for two blocks…

Yellow Fever: PAHO urges unvaccinated travellers to get vaccinated

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) in its recent epidemiological report about yellow fever in the Americas, says between January 2016 and 13 March 2018, seven countries and territories of the Region of the Americas reported confirmed cases of yellow fever: Pluri-national State of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia,…

Festive St Elisabeth hospital

Source: Curacao Chronicle A few weeks ago I was at the first aid of the Elisabeth hospital around 10 o’clock in the evening. Some booths were occupied; a child was crying horribly, an older man was so nervous that he had to talk loudly and next to us there was a man who…

Lower stipend for World Bank

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Dutch Government has made a new arrangement with the World Bank which will bring down the price that the organisation will receive for managing the Trust Fund for St. Maarten’s reconstruction by some 4.5 million euros. State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops…

Traffic lights Mahaai out of order; be careful!

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The traffic lights at the Cas Coraweg / Doormanweg intersection in Mahaai are not working. This has been the case for a few days now. The problem, according to the Department of Public Works, is not about the lights, but another part that needs to be replaced. It…

Without a driving test, no new driver’s license

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Driver’s licenses issued without an exam are not renewed. This is according to the Minister of Government Services Armin Konkèt. The Minister reacts to the driving license fraud from 2013, when it turned out that drivers were able to buy their driver’s license, but illegally, at the driving…

Much interest for cyber conference on April 11

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Attorney-general’s Office (PPG), RST and DataExpert are organizing the Caribbean Cybercrime Conference on 11 April 2018. A sequel to a previously organized cyber conference in 2016 on Aruba. The subject at the conference will be “Cybercrime and Digital Forensic” (cybercrime and digital detection). One of the speakers…

‘Valencia’ case before to the judge

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution (OM) Curaçao has summoned, E.R.C. (Curaçao, 1965), L.L.M.L. (Curaçao, 1969) and I.A.T. (Curaçao, 1964) on 28 March 2018 for a pre-trial session on Wednesday, April 11 at 14:00. It concerns the suspects in the “Valencia” case, an investigation into official corruption in connection with the…

Successful fourth trade mission to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Last week, the fourth trade mission of International Ambitious took place in Curaçao. This was once again dominated by a connection between local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from the Netherlands, Suriname and Bonaire. The trade mission took place from 26 to 28 March 2018. International Ambitious is a consultancy…

Venezuelan fruit boats not welcome

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – As long as President Nicolas Maduro keeps the borders closed with Curaçao, Venezuelan fruit vendors are not welcome in Curaçao. This is according to a statement made by the Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath Boats that leave from Vela di Coro to Curaçao are returned to Venezuela.…

Boards of financial supervision visit the Netherlands

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – From March 26th to 28th the Boards of financial supervision visited the Netherlands. There they spoke with State Secretary of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations, the Minister of Finance, members of the First and the Second Chamber and they met with the Ministers Plenipotentiary. They also visited…

InselAir gets new Chairman

Source: Curacao Chronicle Jan Heppener: “Let’s make it happen together!” WILLEMSTAD – Mr. Jan Heppener has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Managing Board of InselAir International B.V. He will succeed Gilles Filiatreault, who held the post for over a year, in April 2018. Mr. Heppener, who brings more than 40 years of…

Frank Comito (CHTA) pays a visit to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Mr. Frank Comito, CEO and General Director of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Assocation visited Curacao on March 27th, 2018. His visit was part of a small tour that he was doing on the ABC-islands. The purpose of Mr. Frank Comito’s visit was to strengthen the relationship with key…

Crisis Venezuela high on agenda Minister Blok

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs travels today for a visit to Sint Maarten, Aruba, Curaçao and Colombia where he will mainly talk about the worrisome situation in Venezuela. Venezuela is in a deep crisis. Because of the problems, many people flee to neighboring countries, such as the…

Curaçao February hotel performance analysis

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The following are the preliminary February hotel performance data compiled by the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association. The following data is based on 10 properties reporting to STR representing 1446 rooms. What happened in February 2018? •Occupancy increased by 1.3% compared to February 2017. •Average Daily Rates (ADR) increased by 19.8% compared to 2017. •Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR)…

CDB announces programme to support increased trade among CARICOM states

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved US$750,000 in funding for a programme that will assist the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with strengthening intra-regional trade. At least five countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia and Suriname – will benefit from three…

Destruction in foreigners’ barracks

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Detained Venezuelans have wreaked havoc in the foreigners’ barracks of the Curaçao prison. That is what the government says in a press release. As a result, the reception capacity has drastically decreased. Foreign nationals must be deported, according to that same press release, to make room for new,…

CTB: February visitor arrivals 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In February, Curaçao welcomed a total of 14,791 stayover visitors from the Netherlands, an increase of 8% compared to February 2017. The Netherlands continues to be the leading country where 43% of our share from stayover arrivals is originating. The second main country in Europe is Germany. Last year…

Hurricane researcher hints at busy season ahead

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGE TOWN – Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach has hinted at a busy hurricane season for the Atlantic this year. Speaking at the US National Hurricane Conference in Florida, less than two weeks before he releases his April forecast, he warned that 2018 is going to be active.…

MDPT disagrees with Standard & Poor’s

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Clift Christiaan, chairman of the Multi-Disciplinary Project Team, which is the organization that is in charge of finding a strategic partner for the oil refinery, disagrees with the Standard & Poor’s report. In the report, S & P writes that the opportunities for Curacao to find a new…

Mathew Passion in Fort Church

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Good Friday, parts of the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion and the Messiah are performed in the Fort Church. The music is interspersed with reading texts. The performance is in the hands of the Bach choir by conductor Dennis Aalse. The concert starts at half…

CHATA Board Elections 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – CHATA’s Board Election is coming up. Every year CHATA elects several new board members to join its board of directors. This year the board elections will take place on April 9th at 9.00AM at the Avila Beach Hotel, where all members will have the opportunity to elect those…

Coast Guard: ‘People smuggling and drug transport’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Recently the Coast Guard of the Dutch Caribbean held two vessels off the coast of Curaçao. This was done during patrols at sea, commissioned by the Underground Action Center Curaçao. One boat was intercepted at Klein Curaçao. The three passengers were found to have a total of 8i…

Wilsoe: Gert Rip must show proof or otherwise get lost

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Gert Rip needs to get lost. This is according to Elmer Wilsoe of the Pueblo Soberano party. The former Minister of Justice reacts to statements of the Public Prosecutor during the pretrial session in the appeal of Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca last week. In it, Prosecutor Rip said that…

City beach City Beach 88 officially opened

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Swim and sunbathe in Pietermaai, while enjoying a freshly baked pizza or refreshing drink. Christina Sieperda of 2B Holidays has turned the previously derelict site in Pietermaai into a temporary city beach. The city beach, which was named City Beach 88, was officially opened on Friday with a…

TUI starts earlier with 10th flight to the islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle SCHIPHOL – TUI will start operating an extra flight to Curaçao from the end of June. It was planned to start in the winter, but the demand for a sunny holiday in Curaçao is growing enormously. First in combination with Punta Cana. Starting next winter, the 10th flight will be…

Cuban special economic zone shows promising economic future

Source: Curacao Chronicle MARIEL – After a little over four years of operations, the Special Development Zone, located in the western Cuban harbour of Mariel, is on the way to becoming a promising platform for foreign investment projects in the region. Although the zone has not experienced yet a development pace as fast…

Many parliamentary meetings first half of April

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The month of April will be a busy month for the 21 Members of Parliament in Willemstad. President of Parliament William Millerson hopes to catch up on the backlog in meeting requests that month. The kick-off is on April 9 with a meeting on various issues in Education.…

What is the value of CARICOM to Curaçao and Sint Maarten?

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN, WILLEMSTAD – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was officially assessing the application of Curaçao and Sint Maarten for associate membership. These two islands are separated by 900 km of water but they share a cultural heritage, central bank, and a view that within CARICOM a brighter future awaits them. It also…

The Netherlands concerned about Curaçao online casinos

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Gaming Authority is seriously concerned about the operators of online casinos from Curaçao that focus on the Dutch market. “International cooperation between supervisors is necessary to be able to effectively monitor the Dutch gaming market and to fight against illegal gambling. In 2017 the illegal gambling…

Deportation can take place without legal assistance

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The immediate deportation of illegal Venezuelans without legal assistance is not against the law. This is according to the Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie. The deportation order that illegal immigrants can take place immediately, says the Minister. The eight Venezuelan women who were deported on Tuesday received no…

Central Bank organizes two-day conference

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The two-day conference titled “Addressing challenges to achieve a higher growth path in small open economies” organized by the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) started in Willemstad. Keynote speaker Sebastian Acevedo (front row, far left) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said there is no…

External interference in Caribbean elections is real

Source: Curacao Chronicle Before getting into the thrust of the serious and threatening matter that lies at the heart of this commentary, I declare that I was an integral part of the management of the campaign of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) for the March 21 general election, and I managed…

FBI to offer reward for woman who went missing 20 years ago

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON, WILLEMSTAD – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $25,000 reward in information that helps find a woman who went missing from a cruise ship 20 years ago. Amy Lynn Bradley was on the Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line’s ship Rhapsody of the Seas. The vessel left San Juan, Puerto…

Credit rating agency S&P more negative about Curaçao’s outlook

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S & P) has become more negative about the prospects for the creditworthiness of Curaçao. The rating agency believes that the economic and budgetary uncertainty in this autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands has increased. The experts of S &…

Government will continue with deportations

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath stated in a recent interview that the government will continue deporting illegal immigrants including Venezuelans. “Our current social economic situation does not allow us to take refugees or to accept illegal immigrants,” said the Prime Minister. “Right now our focus is…

Dock gets new floating docks

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Damen Ship repair will replace the floating docks in Curaçao. They have been in a very bad condition for years. The new docks are made in the Netherlands and are ready for transport. They arrive here in mid-April. The commissioning is three months later, in July. Link: Dock

Instructive visit Intertraffic fair

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Members of Parliament who are part of the standing committee on Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning received information about the latest trends in road safety. The delegation led by committee chairman Stephen Walroud attended the trade fair Intertraffic in the Amsterdam RAI. Around 800 exhibitors from all…

Blue Bank Curaçao denies involvement in bribery Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Blue Bank International, established on Curaçao, denies being involved in the bribery scandal involving the Venezuelan State Oil Company PdVSA or a related Trust. The bank is being accused of buying confidential information about future oil deals from the Venezuelans. “Not true,” says the bank in a motivated…

First female President of Trinidad and Tobago takes office

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN – Paula-Mae Weekes was yesterday sworn in as the first female President and sixth overall Head of State of Trinidad and Tobago. A large crowd, including Government Ministers, Members of Parliament, senior members of the judiciary gathered at the Queen’s Park Oval for the inauguration ceremony where…

InselAir gets green light from CCAA to fly again

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) gave green light to the local aviation company to continue operating its two Fokker 50 aircraft. This is according to the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina. According to the Minister this, of course, is considered a good news for the company…

Dutch MPs to receive information from Cft

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Dutch Parliamentary Committee for Kingdom Relations will receive information from the Financial Supervision Council (Cft) next week. This happens annually, but given the current situation this time there will not be a routine discussion. More than seven years after 10-10-10, the financial situation of 4 of…

China stays on the sidelines as Venezuela spirals downward

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS, BEIJING – China is likely to extend an agreement providing crisis-stricken Venezuela with favorable loans repayment terms but will not lend fresh funds to President Nicolas Maduro’s government, according to sources in Caracas and Beijing familiar with the situation. During a decade, China plowed more than $50 billion into…

CHATA Stars of the Industry Q4 2017

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The award ceremony of the Stars of the Industry 4th quarter of 2017 was held at CHATA member Landhuis Bloemhof. During this event, the 1st quarter employees and supervisors nominated by a variety of CHATA members were recognized and celebrated. All the nominees received a gift provided by…

Ombudsman and lawyers are clamoring for an asylum policy

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao must develop a humane asylum policy. At least that’s what the Ombudsman Keursley Concincion thinks. The lawyers who tried to assist the nine Venezuelan women, who went on hunger strike to prevent their deportation, say they have to think about a solution to avoid Venezuelans from disappearing…

Dutch government: “Attention to defense ABC islands”

Source: Curacao Chronicle In the Foreign and Security Strategy, explicit attention is paid to security in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. THE HAGUE – “The current crisis in Venezuela, the biggest neighbor of the Kingdom, can lead to unrest in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom,” warns the Dutch government in the…

Defense protects what is dear to us

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Ministry of Defense has published a brochure with facts and figures about the armed forces. The overview also lists the Defense components that are stationed in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. “In the light of the provisions of the Constitution and the other tasks of the…

Musical performances Grammy Award winners

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The first edition of the Curaçao Pontoon Festival will culminate in musical evenings with performances by Morgan Heritage and ROCKPACK. Sumusica Curaçao B.V. will bring many Grammy Award winners and nominees to the Curaçao Pontoon Festival on Saturday 6 April. This three-day music festival that takes place on…

Official press release: InselAir airborne incident

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – InselAir International Inc. confirms that one of its Fokker 50 aircraft had to return to the St Maarten airport after developing an airborne engine shutdown. The aircraft safely returned to the airport. The maintenance department of InselAir is currently proceeding with an investigation and will proceed with…

Detained PdVSA oil cargo released in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Venezuelan state-owned PdVSA reached a settlement that released a cargo of crude and bunkers that had been held in Curaçao since December 30. The Panama-flagged Proteo tanker, a Lakemax vessel with 600,000-700,000 bl of capacity, is now free to leave the Curaçao, Roderik van Hees, the attorney representing the plaintiffs,…

Curaçao has a new Harvest Festival Queen

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Giantely ‘Gigi’ Symor is the new Reina Seú. She was elected last Saturday to be the new queen of the harvest festival for 2018. On March 25, the Wela Seú, the grandmother of the harvest festival, will be chosen and the big Seú parade will take place on…

St Kitts and Nevis gets digital independence

Source: Curacao Chronicle BASSETERRE – The government of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis has become the first in the Caribbean to have its own unique identifier on the global Internet. An autonomous system number, called an ASN, was assigned to the Caribbean nation by the American Registry for Internet Numbers, ARIN, on…

Insurance companies under pressure

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Car insurance premiums are under pressure. The rates have to be raised because the police do not enforce the traffic rules. This can be derived from the comments made by the CEO of the insurance company Inter-Assure. Insurers must pay more because of reckless and irresponsible behavior in…

Local vegetables at Building Depot

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – You can find them every Saturday right in front of Building Depot: the farmers of Banda Ariba united in the Kooperatieve Vereniging of Banda Ariba KOABA. They try to get a place in the market. Dozens of local products are displayed as proof that Curaçao can offer its…

InnoTRI strikes supply deal with Penha for Curaçao International Airport duty free contract

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Miami-based InnoTRI Limited (Innovation Travel Retail International) will supply the key categories of liquor, tobacco and confectionery to Curaçao Hato International Airport’s new duty-free retailer Penha. As reported earlier this week, Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) awarded a five-year contract to family-owned travel retailer Penha. Penha and InnoTRI Limited established…

Double digit growth from The Netherlands and USA in January

Source: Curacao Chronicle Both key focus markets grew by 13% in the first month of the year WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting growth in visitor arrivals for the month January. The positive outcome in visitor arrivals is the good performance from key focus markets. Stayover visitors from The Netherlands,…

Travel & Cruise Magazine: St. Maarten serves as a model of the Caribbean’s post-hurricane comeback

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The official magazine of the cruise industry, “Travel & Cruise,” first quarter 2018 edition, featured on its front page, ‘St. Maarten Serves as a Model of the Caribbean’s Post-Hurricane Comeback.’ The four-page feature can be found at: http://www.travelandcruise.com Port St. Maarten Management is elated about the coverage the destination…

Tourism interests urged to invest in agriculture

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTON – Chairman of the Tourism Linkages Council in Jamaica, Adam Stewart, is calling on hoteliers and other tourism interests, to invest in the local agriculture sector, noting that this is a surefire way of enhancing the country’s economic development. He says that “for too long, we have been ignoring the…

Former Prime Minister to appear in court in August

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The lawsuit against former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte will be treated by the Court of Justice on August 1, 2 and if more time is needed on the 3rd. The Public Prosecutor (OM) wants to reclaim 1.8 million guilders from him and also more than 200,000…

The EU behaving like gangsters on blacklisting

Source: Curacao Chronicle The former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Nigel Farage, in a speech to the EU parliament said the EU was acting like the Mafia. He was chastised for insulting the honourable gentle-people of the EU Chamber and later changed it…

Donation for Philipsburg Jubilee Library

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On the occasion of its 190th anniversary, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) decided earlier this year to make a donation to two organizations – Nos ta Konektá in Curaçao (who received their donation last month) and Philipsburg Jubilee Library in Sint Maarten, who received a…

KLM: 2018 summer schedule – a 4.1% increase in capacity

Source: Curacao Chronicle For the 2018 summer season (from 25 March to 27 October 2018), Air France-KLM is increasing capacity by 4.1% compared to the previous summer season. Growth will be driven by Transavia’s low-cost operations (+10.6%), the long-haul passenger network (+3.9%) and the short and medium-haul passenger network (+1.4%). In 2018, the…

DCSX 1st local event of the year – Smart financing: go public

Source: Curacao Chronicle These are very interesting times; times where the opportunities for businesses to start or grow seemingly are all over the place. We hear about and see startups growing again and businesses expanding (sometimes) exponentially. Why? How? What is going on and how can you join that “movement”. From small startups…

Consumer association: research prices fruit and vegetables

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The consumer association wants the government to investigate the price increase of fruits and vegetables. And wants it to intervene where the maximum prices have been exceeded. After the border blockade imposed by the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, the total supply of fruit and vegetables has declined.…

President of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition and Prime Minister of Curacao discuss importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath of Curaçao and Bob Barchiesi, President of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), held an official meeting to reinforce and strengthen their partnership, to discuss tactics to advance the country’s fight against counterfeiting and to highlight the vital role intellectual property (IP) protection plays…

Curaçao can still claim almost 17 million euros from EU funds

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, BRUSSELS – There is still almost 17 million euros from the European Development Fund waiting for sustainable projects to be submitted by the Curaçao government. But time is running out, because the Cabinet Rhuggenaath has only two weeks to claim that available money. The Prime Minister paid a working…

Suspect fatal robbery arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, DORDRECHT – One of the two suspects of the deadly robbery in May 2013 at the Chinese mini-market Hua Jiant on the Caracasbaaiweg in Willemstad was arrested in Dordrecht. It is a 26-year-old Curaçaoan who was the henchman of the suspected shooter Quincley Poppen, who is still at large.…

Confiscated gold costs owner in Dubai $20-30,000 per day

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD – Last Friday, an interesting case was treated in the Court of Justice in Aruba. This concerned a case related to the detention of the man who was arrested at Aruba airport with 50 kilos of gold with a value of approximately USD 2.1 million. The present case…

Isotropic Systems partners with QinetiQ to develop optical apertures for next-generation terminals in multiple satellite frequencies

Source: Curacao Chronicle Companies will optimize cutting-edge technology through technology readiness phases. LONDON – Isotropic Systems, the next-generation satellite terminal provider, announced a long-term strategic cooperation agreement with QinetiQ to further develop its range of optical beam forming devices for Isotropic Systems’ disruptive antenna technology. The agreement with QinetiQ, a multinational defense organization and…

Successful Early Bird Action Curaçao Pontoon Festival

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Early Bird action of the Curaçao Pontoon Festival went very well at Van den Tweel Zeelandia. Last Saturday, March 10, many enthusiastic festival goers were in line from 9 am to get regular and VIP tickets at a reduced price. Last week organizer Sumusica Curaçao B.V announced…

Innovative enhancements chosen for airport F&B and Duty Free

Source: Curacao Chronicle With the Curaçao Airport terminal doubling in size soon… WILLEMSTAD – As Curaçao Airport Partners moves onward and on schedule with the airport expansion project, it has already taken grand leaps towards enhancing the airport experience passengers can expect as of 2019. Two renowned local companies have won the opportunity…

SXM Doet storms Pointe Blanche Beach

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – A small army of volunteers took over Pointe Blanche Beach Saturday morning as part the annual “St. Maarten Doet” (SXM Does). They cleared what was mostly trash washed up on the rocky beach from the ocean. This beach like more of the north west coast of the island…

Minister Bijleveld visits Prime Minister and Minister of Justice

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Thursday, March 8, 2018, Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld paid a visit to Premier Eugene Rhuggenaath and Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie, to be informed about the developments and challenges for the islands. The Minister of Defense of the Kingdom is responsible for defending the independent and…

InselAir continues with 3 aircraft and lease

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The local aviation company InselAir enters the future with three aircraft of its own. The financing for this is almost complete. This was reported by the curator Rogier van den Heuvel. In addition, the company is going to lease aircraft to save on maintenance costs. InselAir hopes to…

Ponzis and death: The stranger ways to lose crypto

Source: Curacao Chronicle Bitcoin Ponzi scams are raking in millions – all without much effort. That may be self-explanatory to those who traffic the social media forums where the subject is discussed, but to researchers, it’s also a fertile ground for new findings. For them, someone asking for money and promising 100x returns…

Culinary Team Cook off

Source: Curacao Chronicle How the Culinary Team is prepping for the Taste of the Caribbean 2018. WILLEMSTAD – The Culinary Team is in full preparation for the Taste of The Caribbean competition taking place in Miami in June of 2018. On Saturday March 10th, the team members had a cook off in which…

St. Maarten Prime Minister in Curaçao for government meetings

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD -Prime Minister of St. Maarten Leona Romeo-Marlin is in Curaçao for meetings with the government. Her visit comes after she and Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath had discussions while in Brussels, Belgium, in February. They were both in Europe for meetings of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the…

Roofs suffer from strong wind

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The fire brigade had to be dispatched several times this weekend because of the strong wind. So strong that roofs were ripped off from houses. This happened on the St. Annaweg in Parera and at a house in the Janwé district. The residents received assistance and advice from…

Quarrel MFK and PAR for artificial turf in Barber

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Soccer Club Barber has a fence, light poles and other infrastructure, but no artificial turf. And that while a subsidy of almost one million guilders was granted. That happened just before October 10, 2010, when the political party PAR was in power. The grant was transferred by the…

The Curaçao Diving Adventures of ScubaHankNYC

Source: Curacao Chronicle The first time I visited Curaçao was for a quick weekender in July 2011. My plan was simple, to see as much of the island as possible during my short stay, explore as many bars and restaurants, and make sure I found my way to the infamous Mambo Beach on the weekend.…

Prime Minister meets with Minister of Agriculture of Panama

Source: Curacao Chronicle PANAMA CITY, WILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath met with the minister of Agriculture in Panama Eduardo Carles, to discuss interesting opportunities for both Curaçao and the Central American country to collaborate. The Kingdom Ambassador in Panama, Dirk Janssen was also present. The recent developments in the agriculture sector in…

Bijleveld: no military threat Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Defense of the Kingdom Ank Bijleveld is worried about the situation in Venezuela, but there is no question of a military threat. She said that yesterday during her visit to Curaçao. However, the soldiers are prepared in case of receiving refugees, if Curaçao requests this.…

Curaçao Present at ITB 2018: World’s Leading Travel Trade Fair

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A team from Curaçao, consisting of representatives of the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) and Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) and accompanied by private-sector partners are currently in Germany, participating in the Internationale Tourismus Börse (ITB) 2018 trade fair, one of the main trade…

Creoles of the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle In my travels across the Caribbean, I’ve often wondered why the accents across certain islands are so different despite their shared language. Why the sing-song of Trinidadian prose and playful ebbing and flowing of Virgin Islanders while the swift gallop of Jamaican patois? Surely a similar situation exists among the…

Saba starts preparations for big harbour project

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE/SABA – Preparations have started for what will be Saba’s largest infrastructural project ever: the expansion of the harbour at Fort Bay that includes the construction of a second, larger pier. A so-called sub-soil study, which entails the testing of the sea floor in the direct vicinity of the…

Minister of Finance: 2018 NRA workshop

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In accordance with the current planning of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Curaçao will be evaluated in the year 2022, as happened in the year 2011, on compliance with the 40 FATF recommendations. These recommendations concern international standards to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and arms…

Radio stations have to pay for played music

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In about two months, radio stations will be obliged to pay for played music. Composers, lyricists and music publishers will then have to receive a fee. This was stated by Maribel Gomes of DK Legal. That office has joined forces with the Canadian copyright organization Socan. Interest organization…

Drug plane auctioned today

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Those who are interested have until today to make a bid on the drug plane which is being auctioned by the Public Prosecution in Curaçao. The highest bid is now at $ 331,000. And that is almost 4 hundred thousand less than the previously offered $ 700,000. The…

Official opening City Beach 88 in Pietermaai

Source: Curacao Chronicle New city beach in Pietermaai officially opens its doors on Friday 23 March with a free live performance by Curaçao Junior Tecla. WILLEMSTAD – On Friday, March 23, pop-up beach club City Beach 88 officially opens its doors in Pietermaai. From four o’clock in the afternoon, there will be a…

AIVD: Concerns about unstable Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The unstable situation in Venezuela has a negative effect on the regional security situation and may therefore also have consequences for the stability in Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba. The General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) writes this in its annual report 2017 that Minister Kajsa Ollongren of…

Curaçao Blockchain and Crypto Taskforce meeting

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Blockchain and Crypto Taskforce (CBCT), which was set up with the purpose to investigate possibilities for Curaçao to position itself as a facilitating jurisdiction to attract investments in digital assets as well as Blockchain technology, tokens and smart contracts for enhanced business conducts, met with representatives…

Fly AllWays cancels flights between Curaçao and Santo Domingo

Source: Curacao Chronicle PARAMARIBO, WILLEMSTAD – The Surinamese Fly AllWays has canceled the planned flights to Santo Domingo for the time being. The airline does not fulfill the conditions for obtaining permission from the Curacao government to carry out the flights. “Fly AllWays was convinced that it fulfilled all requirements, but there has…

Arrest in Curaçao requested by Bonaire

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Early this morning a house search took place in Curaçao in the Seru Grandi district. This is in the context of legal assistance request from the Public Prosecution (OM) on Bonaire. It concerns an opium investigation under the name “Oyster”. The house search in Curaçao was carried out…

CIBC FirstCaribbean holds special session with real estate brokers

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – As CIBC FirstCaribbean celebrated Mortgage Month throughout February, the bank also paid special attention to one of its key partners, real estate brokers, who lead potential homeowners to their dream homes.. The real estate brokers are important intermediaries between those eager to buy a property and those selling…

CTB organizes the first edition of Curaçao Explosion in Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A delegation of the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) and tourism-industry partners were recently in Aruba promoting their events and products at the Curaçao Explosion in Aruba 2018 (CEA). At the CEA, the Curaçao delegation displayed all that the island will have to offer in entertainment during 2018. The…

The Kingdom has new Minister of Foreign Affairs

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Stef Blok becomes the new Kingdom Minister of Foreign Affairs. He follows Halbe Zijlstra who stepped down two weeks ago after he had to admit to lying about a visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Foreign Affairs is a Kingdom affair, which is why the Minister also…

Intertrust hires former U.S. Bank and J.P. Morgan Executive Director James Ferguson to lead Americas

Source: Curacao Chronicle AMSTERDAM – Intertrust N.V. (“Intertrust” or the “Company”) today announces that James Ferguson, former U.S. Bank and J.P. Morgan Executive Director, will join Intertrust as Head of Americas and a member of the Executive Committee, starting 5 March 2018. Ferguson will be responsible for Intertrust’s six offices in the USA,…

Presidential elections in Venezuela pushed back to May

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – The presidential vote in Venezuela will now be held a month later than planned. The National Electoral Council (CNE) announced yesterday that the election that was scheduled for April 22 will now be held on May 20, after an agreement was reached between the government and some of the…

Saba delegation meets Dutch Parliamentarians

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Saba delegation led by Commissioner Bruce Zagers met with several members of the First and Second Chambers of the Dutch Parliament last week. The meetings were deemed constructive and inspiring. The Saba delegation met with members of the First Chamber’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations and…

No more floating market in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It really happened. Something we thought would never happen. The floating fruit market in downtown Punda will close tomorrow. Tomorrow at 3 o’clock in the afternoon the last 4 boats will leave Curaçao. The Venezuelans can no longer get fruit and vegetables from their own country because of…

Wife missing James Hogan summoned

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The American consulate wants the wife of the missing vice-consul James Hogan to appear in court. The reason why is not clear yet. James Hogan is missing since 2009. Clothes and blood were found at Caracas Bay at the time. Abby Maureen Beard-Hogan was convicted in Florida before…

Dysfunctional union Curaçao & St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle On 16 February 2018, the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Monetary Union (ECCU) convenes for the 90th time. The ECCU was born in 1983 to assist members with their financial and economic development agenda and the good of the people. ECCU members are: St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda,…

Love and Marriage Fair

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD  –  This saturday the 3rd of March 2018 the 2nd edition of the Love & Marriage Fair will be organized by Landhuis Chobolobo and Cheers! by Unique Planners. The Love & Marriage fair will host 30 vendors from the wedding industry specializing in beauty, entertainment, decorations, wedding cakes, photography,…

Jamaica may have found oil, but it needs investors to dig into discovery

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTON – Jamaica could be sitting on oil. Two independent live oil seeps have been discovered in different parts of the island – the first documented occurrence of ‘live’, or flowing, oil from onshore Jamaica, CGG GeoConsulting and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) have disclosed. They say the discovery was made…

Cars with destination Netherlands full of drugs

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Customs confiscated two cars yesterday, which were full of drugs. The cars were ready to be shipped to the Netherlands. The cargo company has a notification obligation when cars are transported. The special sniffer dogs of the Customs Service immediately detected the drugs. Link: Cars with destination Netherlands

Opportunity is knocking

Source: Curacao Chronicle CHATA showcases developments with great potential for Economic Growth … WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is on the verge of many interesting opportunities. This was the main message during the latest CHATA Member Meeting held today at CHATA Member Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino. During this meeting various keynote speakers were invited to…

Seventh oil discovery made off Guyana

Source: Curacao Chronicle GEORGETOWN – Oil giant ExxonMobil has struck oil off Guyana yet again. Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman yesterday evening announced in a brief statement after Cabinet met, that a seventh oil find was made – this time at the Pacora-1 well located approximately four miles west of the Payara-1…

Non-Competition clause and relationship clause

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Joint Court of Justice sworn in two new lawyers in Curaçao on February 27, 2018. These two lawyers are C. van der Slikke and C.A.W. van den Broek. According to good practice, a speech was given by the President of the Court Jan de Boer (“edifying words…

The best beach clubs and beaches in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle We recently spent a couple of weeks on the gorgeous tropical Caribbean island of Curaçao. Although we didn’t make it to all the beach clubs and beaches on the island, this is a list of where we went. Below you’ll find a roundup of our thoughts and opinions on the…

Jan Peltenburg (65) died

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Jan Peltenburg passed away yesterday after a long illness. He was one of the founders of the newly restored Pietermaai. Together with Anne-Marieke Holten and Wilfred Hendriksen of the Governor, they renovated more than 40 projects in the city center. Peltenburg was 65 years old. Link: Jan Peltenburg

St. Maarten Governor consults parties following election results

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Governor Eugene Holiday has started consultations with the leaders of the four parties that gained seats in Parliament following Monday’s snap elections. No informateur has yet been named to explore the formation of the country’s new coalition government. None of the four parties which earned seats have obtained the…

St. Maarten election without problems or incidents, observers say

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG -Monday’s parliamentary election passed without flaws or incidents, Members of the Dutch Parliament Alexander Pechtold and Meta Meijer said. According to the two Dutch observers, their presence was much appreciated by voters. Pechtold, who is leader of centre-democrat D66 party and Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations…

“White cat cracker powder not harmful”

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The white cat cracker powder that covered cars, houses, etc. last week in the areas close to the oil refinery Isla is not harmful. This is according to the environmental inspector, Clifford de Lannoy. He relies on information provided by the Isla. “The product information of the powder…

Memorandum of Understanding between the government and Curafresh

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina, the Minister of Public Health, Environment and Nature Suzanne Camelia-Römer, the Minister of Transport, Traffic and Spatial Planning Zita Jesus-Leito, the Minister of Social Development, Labor and Welfare Hensley Koeiman and the Minister of Finance Kenneth Gijsbertha have signed a Memorandum…

Amnesty International 2018 human rights report: Dominican Republic

Source: Curacao Chronicle LONDON – Amnesty International has published its 2018 annual report, covering the human rights situation in the world during 2017, including a number of Caribbean nations. Dominican Republic 2017/2018 Limited progress was made in solving the statelessness crisis. Abortion remained criminalized in all circumstances. Excessive use of force by the…

Temperature at school topic in parliament

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It is often too hot in schools, which makes it difficult for students and teachers to concentrate. That is what both opposition and coalition parties agreed upon in parliament. That is why both sides of parliament will meet to discuss this topic and find a solution for a…

The disappearing act of Plan B refinery Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Multidisciplinary Project Team (MDPT) was installed by Decree on 29th November 2013 to be in charge of modernizing the oil refinery in Curaçao. This Decree also created a sub-committee to lead Plan B, the redevelopment of the area currently occupied by the refinery in case the refinery is shut…

From a patient’s log book

Source: Curacao Chronicle Interior designer Marcel Wanders put in rooms, lobbies and restaurants of the Kameha Grand Hotel of Bonn, Front Moooi’s Pig tables, at Euro 3,000 apiece, in the stunning wing-shaped building by Karl-Heinz Schommer, along the Rhine River. At the opening, the hotel was not expecting too many Muslim and Jewish…

SXM Parliament elections 26 February 2018, 15 districts

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The island of St. Maarten held its election yesterday for a new parliament. The results are as follows: For more detailed results download the pdf files below. (Click on the links) SXM Parliament Elections 26Feb2018 X CANDIDATES 2 AM 260218 SXM Parliament Elections 26Feb2018 X CANDIDATES TOTALS 260218

Copa Airlines to introduce service between Barbados and Panama

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – Barbados’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy has announced a partnership with Copa Airlines that will see the island receiving a twice-weekly service direct from Panama. The flights coming out of the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City will begin on July 17 on an Embraer…

Earthquake recorded off Martinique

Source: Curacao Chronicle FORT-DE-FRANCE – The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre has reported a 3.9 magnitude quake off Martinique that was also felt in Dominica and St Lucia. The tremor occurred last night around 9:25 p.m. It struck about 83 km northeast of Fort-de-France; 106 km east southeast of…

Minister demands rectification from ABC Training

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There is war in the education sector of the island. Last week ABC vocational training places a full-page advertisement in various newspapers. In it, they wrote that a number of courses from the University of Curacao are not officially accredited. Nonsense, according to the Minister of Education Marilyn…

Possible complaint against oil refinery at European Court

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Students from the University in Groningen, the Netherlands are preparing to file a complaint against the oil refinery in Curaçao, the Isla, about pollution. This complaint will be submitted to the European Court of Human Rights. It becomes a complaint against the Dutch State. Everyone in the…

Building a climate-resilient community among matters for discussion at CARICOM meeting

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT-AU-PRINCE – The Caribbean Community’s push to build a more climate-resilient community following the devastating 2017 hurricane season is among matters for deliberation by CARICOM Heads of Government at their 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting in Haiti’s capital next week. Irma and Maria, two back-to-back Category Five hurricanes, swept across the Caribbean…

Price increase gasoline and diesel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The price for a liter of gasoline goes up by 7 cents on Tuesday. At the gas station, drivers will pay 1 guilder and 82 cents. Diesel also becomes more expensive, 5 cents per liter and will cost 1 guilder and 35 cents. The price increase is a…

Local divers unite to protect Curacao’s reefs

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Reefs worldwide are facing threats including climate change, overfishing, water pollution and marine debris from human waste likesingle use plastics.  While the effects of climate change must be addressed on a global scale, local communities can give their reefs the best chance of survival.  They can start by reducing…

Curaçao with important role in OCT organization

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRUSSELS, WILLEMSTAD – On Friday, February 23, 2018, Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath and his delegation made a good impression during the #EU OCT conference in Brussels. For this year, Curaçao has been elected Vice-Chairman of the OCTs, which automatically means that the island will be the Chairman of the organization…