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July 20, 2018

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Venezuelans must be vaccinated against yellow fever

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Venezuelans who come to Curaçao have to prove that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Not because they have the chance to contract this disease, but because yellow fever is a health problem in Venezuela. Those who are planning to go to that country are also advised…

One Laser Group selected as partner InselAir

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina announced in a press release that InselAir and the government have selected Miami-based One Laser Group as a strategic partner for the airline. One Laser Group was selected from various parties, four of which eventually remained. The press release states that both…

US Ambassador

Source: Curacao Chronicle The newspapers of Tuesday, July 17, headlined that Pete Hoekstra, the US ambassador in The Hague, had a meeting with mr. Rhuggenaath. We are talking about the same Pete Hoekstra who stated in 2015 that the ‘Islamic movement’ caused chaos in Europe. That there is chaos in the Netherlands, that…

Flights added to Curaçao, Aruba

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Turks and Caicos-based interCaribbean Airways is introducing new routes from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Aruba and between Curaçao and Kingston, Jamaica. These new services add to the airline’s nonstop flights to Tortola, St. Maarten and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, reported Caribbean Journal (CJ). The announcement came from…

U.S. Ambassador visits CARMABI research station

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Ambassador of the United States in The Netherlands, Peter Hoekstra, visited the Carmabi Research Station this week. The visit was planned because of the growing collaboration between Curacao and the United States (US) with regards to the coral reef research and the improvement of the protection of…

Fewer Americans consider traveling to Cuba this year

Source: Curacao Chronicle RICHMOND – Two years after the easing of travel restrictions to Cuba for Americans, an annual survey by leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance reveals that fewer people are interested in taking a trip to the island nation than before – and that there is lingering confusion surrounding the…

European Union steps up support for three hurricane-hit Caribbean countries

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRUSSELS – Representatives of the European Union (EU) and the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and St Lucia yesterday signed agreements in support of the post-hurricane recovery and reconstruction efforts in those Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. The financing agreements amount to €30 million (US$35 million). The agreements were signed…

The abandoned yachts on St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle Ten months after the disaster with Hurricane Irma, St. Maarten is still in ruins. Between the rubble of broken houses, roads and cars, lay expensive yachts that have been thrown onto the land by the hurricane and left behind by the owners. Many of those boats were bought with illegal…

Fonseca in cassation after conviction on appeal

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Lawyer Marije Vaders goes with the convicted Burney “Nini” Fonseca to the Court of Cassation following the verdict of the court in the Maximus case. She does not agree with the ruling that the Court has made and no longer has any confidence in the case-law on the…

Today Velas 2018 ends

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The large tall ships that are still in St. Anna Bay left for Cartagena in Colombia this morning. This brings an end to the Velas Latinoamérica Curaçao 2018. The ships first sail to the Caracas Bay and then leave in a column about an hour or so along…

COPA Airlines expands to daily Curaçao flights

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – As of July 17, Copa Airlines started its daily service from Panama to Curaçao. COPA has been flying 4 times a week to Curaçao since 2012. COPA operates the route with either an E190 or a Boeing 737-700/800. The first flight of the daily service was welcomed at Curaçao…

Ys never involved in Ennia insurance

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) Supervisory Board Chairman Etienne Ys was never involved in the insurance activities of Ennia, he told the Amigoe newspaper after questions about a possible conflict of interest. Until 2014 the former Antillean finance minister worked as advisor to the National Investment…

Art Rules Curaçao 5 years strong

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – International Summer Arts program Art Rules Curaçao KICKS OFF Monday! ARC5 is back STRONGER than ever bringing once again artist educators from all over the world. Let the countdown begin! International Summer Arts program Art Rules Curaçao starts this Monday July 23rd at Pietermaai’s vibrant cultural arts center…

Bulgarian skimmers have been in custody for 8 months

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Lawyer Peppie Sulvaran does not agree with the court to hold two Bulgarians any longer. They have been in custody for 8 months after they have taken money from an ATM by skimming and using fake bank cards. The two deny everything and according to Sulvaran their confinement…

Court: Emsley Tromp rightly dismissed from the Central Bank

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Emsley Tromp was rightly dismissed as president of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS). This is according to a recent ruling of the Court of Justice. Tromp’s request to declare the termination of his employment contract null and void and to allow CBCS to pay…

Veterinary medicine can prevent outbreak Zika

Source: Curacao Chronicle A simple veterinary medicine that is used against ticks, for example, seems to help against the outbreak of diseases such as Zika and Malaria. If 30 percent of the population in tropical areas receives a single dose of the veterinary medicine, this can reduce the number of illnesses by up…

IATA calls on Caribbean to address excessive aviation taxes

Source: Curacao Chronicle Governments and stakeholders must work together with the industry for the greater good, says IATA’s Regional Vice President, The Americas. Excessive taxes across the Caribbean aviation industry are counter-productive, according to Peter Cerda, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional Vice President, The Americas. “While there is no denying the budgetary…

Curaçao boasts double-digit growth in US visitors

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curacao’s 2018 tourism numbers through May reflected an 11% growth in U.S. stayover arrivals, topping the 29,000 mark. The next biggest increases were 10% from Dutch visitors and 7% from Canadian visitors. The positive figures out of the U.S. are the effect of the second weekly flight out of…

DMO wants to take over parking management

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The retailers’ association of Punda wants to take over the parking management in the city center. The money from the parking revenues would then be invested to keep the inner city livable. Punda has, among other things, too few playgrounds for children, problems with street lighting and road…

Ghana to open consulate in Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Ghana’s Ambassador to The Netherlands, Sophia Horner Sam, is reportedly exploring the possibility of opening an Honorary Consulate of Ghana in Curaçao. She is also taking steps to establish trade links with Curaçao and bring the people of Curaçao and Ghana together to rediscover themselves through cultural exchanges and…

Curaçao’s harbor decorated with tall ships

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It was an amazing sight to behold. Early in the morning on July 15, the first tall ship enters the harbor of Curaçao. Spectators were already lined up on both sides of the harbor in the early hours of the morning waiting for the first tall ship. The…

Ailing InselAir to announce new strategic partner next week

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The ailing local airline InselAir will know next week who its new strategic partner will be. The Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina has a choice of four candidates. The intended lender gets 49 percent of the shares, the controlling majority remains in the hands of the government…

Dutch assistance needed for St. Maarten detention system

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The St. Maarten Progress Committee remains extremely concerned about the Pointe Blanche prison. The committee deems the situation “hopeless” and is pressing for a mutual arrangement with the Netherlands to structurally assist in carrying out the detention function in St. Maarten. “Applying bandages doesn’t help anymore,” the…

Senior & Co. opens ‘The Blue Experience’ in Punda

Source: Curacao Chronicle First phase ready next week! WILLEMSTAD – Visitors to the inner city can enjoy a café in the short term, combined with a new concept that will stimulate all the senses of tourists and give a new experience. One can already see the structure that is taking shape at the…

Teacher Training Program in Primary Education (LOFO) of the General Faculty again assessed positively by the NVAO

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On July 11, 2018, the General Faculty of the University of Curaçao Moises da Costa Gomez (UoC) received the joyful message that the Bachelor’s degree in Teacher Training (LOFO) has again been positively assessed by the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO). This teacher training, which educates both Curaçao…

FKP is allowed to build in Wechi

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Social Housing Foundation FKP is allowed to build in Wechi. That has been determined by the judge. The environmentalist Amigu di Tera had objected because the site was not intended for housing. But the destination of the area has never been filled in, so the judge cannot rule…

Capriles wants higher rates

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The budgets for Capriles do not cover the costs of the clinic. This is what the Mental Healthcare Foundation reports in its annual report. As a result, there is a debt of almost 5 million guilders with the pension fund. Capriles now wants the rates to be adjusted…

Staff Veneto filing for bankruptcy

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Veneto’s staff filed for bankruptcy for the Holiday Beach Hotel, casino and restaurant Denny’s. If there is still a reasonable proposal from the management, including wage arrears, the trade union Horacef will withdraw the bankruptcy petition. In case of bankruptcy, the staff receives a one-time payment from the…

The big To-Do about failing Caribbean airlift

Source: Curacao Chronicle In past three weeks, politicians and industry leaders at a number of summits in the Caribbean have expressed the urgent need for better air connections and more reasonable prices. Sorry folks. That’s an old hat to say the least. There may even be a skeleton in the closet. In 2007,…

Prime Minister meets with U.N. Secretary-General

Source: Curacao Chronicle NEW YORK, WILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath had the distinct opportunity and pleasure to meet with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres. They discussed several topics including climate change and security, challenges particular to Small Island Development States (SIDS), the implementation of the Sustainable Development…

Girl (15) missing

Source: Curacao Chronicle The police are looking for the 15-year old Ruchdiënne Miqaela Weverink. She was last seen last Saturday around 11 o’clock in the evening. She then left her parental home in the Weto district. At the time of her missing, she had a pink jacket and colored pants. She was wearing…

BES Islands’ drinking water facilities have improved

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The quality and availability of potable water in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have considerably improved in the past few years thanks to the input of the islands, the subsidies provided by the Dutch government and investments that were made in the facilities and personnel. Minister of…

Subsidized institutions often have high debts

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Most institutions that receive government subsidies have high debts. This is according to a research conducted by the Court of Audit. Many of these institutions are in arrears with the tax authorities and do not pay their social contributions on time. This also means that their entitlement to…

‘Human rights Dutch Antilles not well protected’

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Human rights in the six Caribbean islands of the Kingdom do not keep pace with those in the Netherlands. The Netherlands needs to do more to ensure it, according to the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). The Netherlands and six Caribbean islands together are the Kingdom…

Summer Foodies Event – The vegan food event with summer vibes

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The 15th of July 2018 the 8th event of Vegan Curacao will take place in Hofi Cas Cora. Welcome to the “Summer Foodies Fair”. Several restaurants in Curacao that will participate and surprise your taste buds positively with cruelty-free meals. Try various (new) vegan kitchens in just one day,…

Music Platform Skempi goes international

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Today marks the official launch day of the brand new Skempi platform, for which a press conference was held at the National Library of Curacao (BNK). Skempi is a music streaming platform that launched almost 5 years ago. Initially, Skempi focused on publishing independent Caribbean music. The organization…

Popular store to leave main street Punda

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – For years the popular store Boolchands has been part of main street Punda. Now, according to the company, they have made the difficult decision to leave Breedestraat 50. Since 1930 and throughout its history, Boolchand’s has served both tourists and the local community of Curacao from various locations…

Emmanuel threatens to take Van Raak to court

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – St. Maarten Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel of the National Alliance (NA), through his lawyer Roland Duncan, has summoned Dutch MP Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) to immediately withdraw his remark in a May 25, 2018, column in The Daily Herald and on…

27 in Pietermaai continues as normal

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Café / bar / restaurant 27 continues with live music in Pietermaai. Spokesman Enrico Stenacker indicated that he has a license. Moreover, not one of the neighbors has ever complained about music that is too loud. The police have forbidden all catering establishments in Pietermaai this past weekend…

Civil aviation is doing its utmost for Category 1 in 2019

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Civil Aviation Curacao is looking forward to returning to category 1 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2019. This is according to Hans de Jong, director of the Civil Aviation Curacao. Adaptation of laws and regulations has become a big project and not a job that…

Curaçao gets a Public Integrity Bureau

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao will have its own Public Integrity Bureau in January next year. This was announced by the Minister of Government Services, Planning and Policy, Armin Konket during a recent press conference. The draft national ordinance will be presented to parliament in October. The agency will play an important…

Emergency measure ENNIA in progress

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – PHILIPSBURG – On July 4, 2018, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) applied for the emergency measure to restructure Ennia and as such, protect the interests of all of Ennia’s stakeholders. Today, on July 6, 2018, the Court, at the request of the CBCS, extended…

Conoco to depose Citgo in hunt for PDVSA’s Caribbean assets

Source: Curacao Chronicle HOUSTON – ConocoPhillips moved to bring Venezuelan PDVSA’s U.S. refining unit Citgo Petroleum into its legal battles to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award against the South American country’s nationalization of its Venezuelan assets. A U.S. district court judge in Houston on Thursday ruled Conoco can depose Citgo as preparation for…

CBCS requested emergency measure for ENNIA

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG – After having identified that Ennia Caribe Leven NV, Ennia Caribe Schade NV and Ennia Caribe Zorg NV, (Ennia), has been non-compliant with applicable laws and regulations the Centrale Bank van Curacao en Sint Maarten (CBCS), in accordance with the applicable legislation, has instructed Ennia to take measures to…

GZE is gone, questions linger

Source: Curacao Chronicle Debt-ridden Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) faces the possibility of completely disappearing from the map or getting absorbed by another Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE). This, as a result of a thorough overhaul of many SOEs by the powerful Chinese State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) which embarked on a revamp…

Law Enforcement Council criticizes 911 control room

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – ‘Although the Curaçao Police Corps (KPC), according to the development plan, has a joint control room for the police, the fire brigade and the ambulance service, this was not yet the case at the time of the investigation.’ The Law Enforcement Council reports this in an investigation into…

US official: Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion

Source: Curacao Chronicle BOGOTA – Last August during a meeting in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump pressed aides on the possibility of invading Venezuela. The suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser General H.R. McMaster, who have since left the administration.…

Pilot Travel Agent Reward Program launched

Source: Curacao Chronicle Private Sector initiative to further stimulate demand for Curaçao WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Airport Partners NV (CAP) and Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association (CHATA) successfully launched a pilot   Travel Agents Rewards Program on June 1, 2018, in the USA And Canada. The objective of the program is to stimulate sales…

Press release: ‘Damen Shiprepair Curaçao welcomes royal visit’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – His Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander and Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima have visited Damen Shiprepair Curaçao. The Royal couple arrived by boat together with Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Managing Director Durk-Jan Nederlof. Before disembarking, they viewed the yard’s two new floating docks that will be operational from September. These…

Surinamese, Venezuelan airlines on EU blacklist

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRUSSELS – Over the weekend the European Union (EU) Commission on Transport and Mobility (COTM) revised and released its airline “blacklist,” the EU Air Safety List, of countries, airlines and carriers that are banned or sanctioned with “heavy restrictions” from flying into EU countries and over EU territory. Of the…

IATA urges to enhance Caribbean aviation

Source: Curacao Chronicle The association called on governments and other aviation stakeholders in the Caribbean region to work together to maximize the benefits of connectivity The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments and other aviation stakeholders in the Caribbean region to work together to maximize the benefits of aviation connectivity. “Aviation…

Caribbean Peering Forum brings dream of better Internet closer

Source: Curacao Chronicle BELIZE CITY – The dream of a faster, safer, more affordable Internet in the Caribbean sometimes seems elusive. One group of Internet pioneers is taking steps to make it a reality. The Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, or simply CarPIF, is an annual event that brings together the folk responsible for…

Many employees experience unwanted sexual behavior

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In Curaçao, 64% of employees frequently experience undesirable physical contact. This is shown in the report ‘Sexual harassment in the workplace in Curaçao, Research Report 2017-2018’. The research was conducted by Karin Bosman of ‘About Workplace Harassment’ from the Netherlands. It is a follow-up study on a so-called…

Kluivert Dog Rescue Center started construction

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The construction of the Kluivert Dog Rescue Center on Curaçao started on June 27. A large-scale project, which can also be followed on television in the form of a documentary series after the summer. The intention is to construct an animal shelter with the capacity for 800 dogs.…

“Dutch government has to apologize for slavery”

Source: Curacao Chronicle ROTTERDAM – The Netherlands must officially apologize for the history of slavery. The Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb calls on the government to make this gesture “for the suffering caused by tens of thousands. To finally put a stop behind this dark page in history. “At the commemoration in 2013, then…

Facebook’s Sandberg: Fact-checking delays are frustrating advertisers

Source: Curacao Chronicle Facebook’s recent efforts to prevent fake news and election interference are creating friction with advertisers, its COO, Sheryl Sandberg, acknowledged Thursday. “No one likes the delays — advertisers don’t like them,” Sandberg said via a video call from the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. ”Things are going to be…

Tromp’s tax adviser to testify

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Court has upheld the request of Emsley Tromp’s defense to hear his tax adviser Wendell Meriaan. Meriaan would have been the last tax expert who processed the Tromp tax returns in the period from 2011 to 2014. The pre-trial session in the Saffier case in which investigations…

Citgo Petroleum appoints executives to positions at Aruba refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – Citgo Petroleum, the U.S. refining arm of Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA, said on Thursday it appointed two senior executives to new positions as it works to refurbish an idled Aruba refinery. Luis Marquez was named vice president and general manager at the refinery, a 235,000-barrel-per-day plant in…

Political crisis looms as governing coalition remains two MPs short

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – St. Maarten is facing yet another unique political and constitutional crisis. The governing coalition is two Members of Parliament (MPs) short of a majority. This leaves the two opposition parties combined with more seats in the legislature. Two plenary sittings on Friday to examine and approve the credentials…

A new cooperation between Law Firms established

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A new cooperation between Law Firms has been established. Legally Connected is the trade name of a multi-disciplinary consortium between three independent law firms joining forces to work together on certain projects and to share knowledge while maximizing responsiveness and efficiency for their clients. Legally Connected is a…

Ministry of Justice signs with UTS for camera project

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Justice Quincy Girigorie signed a contract with the telecommunication company UTS on behalf of the government. UTS will broadcast the signal from the security cameras placed at strategic points on the island. The purpose of this is to increase safety and provide the police with…

Curaçao brings innovation and creativity to its ‘Travel Agent educational events’ in São Paulo, Brazil

Source: Curacao Chronicle CTB and private sector partners successfully executed a 5-day promotional roadshow in São Paulo, connecting with Travel Agents, Press/Media and Wholesalers WILLEMSTAD – From the 18th to the 21st of June 2018, the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) and a number of private-sector partners organized a “Curaçao Promotional Roadshow” in the cities…

Certificate Ceremony Customer Service and Tourism Safety Training

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) recently offered two courses aimed at the tourism sector—a Customer Service and a Tourism Safety Course. During a pleasant ceremony at Landhuis Brakkeput Mei Mei, a total of 213 received their certificates after successfully completing one of the above-mentioned courses. The Minister in…

National coach sees opportunities for Curaçao for WC 2022

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Remko Bicentini, national coach of the national soccer team of Curaçao, sees the island playing football during the FIFA World Cup 2022, in Qatar. “In 2026 the rules for the world championships will change, allowing more countries to participate in the tournament,” says Bicentini. The organizing countries are…

Curoil announces less profit this year

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The profit of the Oil Distribution Company Curoil’s was halved in 2017. The year before it was 39 million, last year 22 million remained. The decrease is mainly due to the fact that 2016 was so profitable. But revenues also fell due to a decreasing demand for fuel…

Second Chamber to Windward Islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Nine members of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament will visit the three Windward Islands from July 11 to 15. Key components during this extraordinary visit will be the reconstruction of St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma and the situation…

Number of sex workers to be heard in ‘Pompeii’ case

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – Six witnesses in the so-called “Pompeii” investigation involving charges of human trafficking, exploitation of brothel workers, deprivation of liberty and illegal employment against brothel owner Etienne “Tochi” Meyers (66) and manager D.F.F. (56) and against Le Petit Chateau manager L.M.R. (51) and assistant manager R.R. (48), still need…

InselAir re-introduces daily jet service to St Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle InselAir will re-instate the daily jet-service on the Curacao-St Maarten route effective June 28, 2018. WILLEMSTAD – Over the last 15 months InselAir operated the route with a Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft with 50 seats. This was a consequence of the reorganization and downsizing of the company, during which the…

Parliaments’ cooperation on waste management and elections lauded

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops welcomed the initiative of the four Parliaments of the Kingdom for more cooperation to tackle the urgent waste-management issue in the different Dutch Caribbean countries. He also welcomed the decision to formalise the presence of observers…

Undersecretary Blokhuis visits St. Eustatius, Saba

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE BOTTOM, ORANJESTAD – Undersecretary of Public Health, Welfare and Sport Paul Blokhuis paid a working visit to St. Eustatius and Saba. The Undersecretary and his delegation arrived in St. Eustatius on Monday afternoon around 3:00 on a Winair-chartered flight out of Saba. Upon his arrival in St. Eustatius at…

Dutch MPs pass law banning face veils in public buildings

Source: Curacao Chronicle New law bans veils and other items that hide the face in government buildings, public transport, schools and hospitals. THE HAGUE – The Dutch upper house of parliament has passed a law banning face veils in public buildings, including schools, government offices and hospitals. The lower house passed the law in 2016, after attempts…

‘Solution for discharging sewage must come’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Over 80 percent of sewage water still ends up in the sea. This is according to Timo Brouwer of the environmental organization GreenForce. Brouwer was present last week during a public meeting of the United Nations about, among other things, pollution and sustainability on the island. One of…

Prime Minister signed MoU for innovation

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the cooperation between Curaçao and the research institute TNO was sealed. This took place during the visit of Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath in the Netherlands. This must contribute to improving economic growth. This is how the Ministry…

Masses of seaweed assaulting Caribbean islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle In retrospect, 2011 was just the first wave. That year, massive rafts of Sargassum—a brown seaweed that lives in the open ocean—washed up on beaches across the Caribbean, trapping sea turtles and filling the air with the stench of rotting eggs. “It presented immense challenges,” says Hazel Oxenford, a fisheries…

New government for St. Maarten sworn in

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – “Seize opportunities” was the call issued by Governor Eugene Holiday to the newly sworn-in Leona Romeo-Marlin Cabinet II. St. Maarten’s seventh cabinet in less than eight years since the attainment of country-within-the-Dutch-Kingdom status took the oath of office on Monday, a week shy of the four-month mark since…

Venezuela vice-president Delcy Rodríguez banned from EU

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRUSSELS – The European Union has imposed sanctions on 11 Venezuelan officials following elections in May which the EU says were “neither free nor fair”. Among those sanctioned is newly nominated Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez and her predecessor, Tarek El Aissami. They will be banned from travelling to the EU and…

Judges conclude Fonseca investigation

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Last Friday, the investigation into the role of Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca in the murder of Helmin Wiels was officially concluded. Normally this would take place immediately after the case, but due to the high workload, the three judges needed more time. Fonseca says he is innocent and wants…

Government places the economic cart before the horse

Source: Curacao Chronicle You know there’s something terribly wrong when your country starts facing the real possibility of capital flight. This is a process that usually takes place quietly as people export their savings to foreign countries. It wouldn’t surprise me that soon we’ll get to the point when the Central Bank of…

Chairman Raymond Gradus: ”Aruba has accomplished the CAft recommendations for the 2018 budget; important to shortly draw up a new legal standards framework aimed at sustainable finance”

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – With the purpose to speedily reach the path towards sustainable public finance, the Board of financial supervisoion for Aruba (CAft) has made three recommendations. During its visit the CAft observed that these recommendations have sufficiently been carried out. For now this gives the CAft sufficient trust. Considering the worrisome…

Four kingdom countries intensify health care cooperation

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The four countries within the Kingdom want to be better prepared for future crises like Hurricane Irma. Medical aid must be optimal if the Caribbean part of the Kingdom is hit in the future by a new crisis or disaster. So that victims receive relief and good quality…

Curaçao Port Services orders new harbor cranes

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The container harbor operator Curaςao Port Services (CPS) has ordered new harbor cranes. They financial transaction will take place in April next year and the cranes will arrive at the end of 2019. This is according to an information received from the Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina.…

Interview with thirteen year old did not go down well

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Member of Parliament for the coalition party PAR Anamaria Pauletta still has many questions that were not answered in response to the child abuse that took place at the boarding school Kinderoorden Brakkeput. In a motion, parliament assumed that there should be an extensive investigation into the ins…

A dose of preventive health

Source: Curacao Chronicle I attended the conference ‘Kombersa Salfi’ (Health Dialogue) organized by Fundashon Prevenshon in celebration of their tenth anniversary. It was a very well-organized event; guests were first warmly welcomed to the foyer, where they enjoyed a coffee or tea and a pretty ‘snack box’ while listening to the sweet relaxing…

Huawei MateBook X Pro review: China’s MacBook Pro

Source: Curacao Chronicle Huawei might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of laptops. In fact, most of you probably can’t even pronounce it correctly. It’s “hwah-way,” by the way. But it turns out this Chinese smartphone maker is more than capable of producing a laptop to rival…

First residents in residential building

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The first 15 residents have received their keys from their apartment in Sapaté. These are two and three-room apartments in a residential building of the Social Housing Foundation (FKP) A total of 72 apartments will be delivered. Residents receive guidance from the Ministry of Social Development on how…

Caribbean businesses invited to explore opportunities in Cuba

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTON – Businesses in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean are being encouraged to explore opportunities for trade and investment with Cuba. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Diaz, said his Government is seeking to widen cooperation with countries in the region under its foreign investment law. “We are…

Announcement of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) will soon launch new strategic goals and plans for the period 2018-2020. ‘Openness, agility and customer-friendly’ are terms that the CBCS identifies itself with going forward. In line with the CBCS’ new strategy to be open and transparent, the CBCS…

Dutch Prime Minister during investment conference for Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was present at the investment conference for Curaçao ‘Bon biní for business’ today. ‘Bon Bini for Business,’ Curaçao is open to business. That is the message that was central in a special conference in The Hague today. Premier Rutte was present…

Poverty high on Saba delegation’s agenda

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – Poverty and establishing a social minimum for Saba are high on the agenda of the Saba Island Council delegation visiting The Hague this week. Creating more awareness of Saba’s social ills among Members of the Dutch Parliament and Dutch government officials is a key component. To illustrate…

Region’s newest PM says Caribbean countries need each other

Source: Curacao Chronicle CASTRIES – Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley says Caribbean countries cannot confront the realities of climate change without cooperating with one another. She expressed that view last evening as she delivered remarks during the opening ceremony of the 65th Meeting of the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) Authority, in St.…

Police get new bulletproof vests

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Police Corps gets new bulletproof vests. 200 have already been ordered and intended for agents who have none or whose vest has become too old. A further 250 will be replaced next year. The police have been complaining for a while about a shortage of material,…

Smoke at Goisco

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The wholesale giant Goisco had to keep its doors closed yesterday after a fire alarm in the early morning. Upon arrival of the fire department, there was smoke coming out of the kitchen area. One of the cutting machines had caused a short circuit and was causing the…

The road for legalization online gambling market is open

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – It is likely that the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament will soon give the green light to a bill that should legalize remote games of chance or online gambling. Dutch and foreign providers can then apply for a license from the Gaming Authority, with which they…

Missing: Johailys Beaumont

Source: Curacao Chronicle Please share as much and as fast as you can! Johailys is missing. Lets join in finding her. Thanks for cooperating. Link: Missing: Johailys Beaumont

2018, turning point for luggage tracking in airlines

Source: Curacao Chronicle Airlines around the world once again improved the baggage delivery rate, according to the SITA Baggage Report 2018. Airlines around the world once again improved the baggage delivery rate, according to the SITA Baggage Report 2018 published in Spanish today. This continues the improvement trend of more than a decade,…

SVB checks whether pensioners are still alive

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Social Insurance Bank (SVB) starts an investigation to see if pensioners with an AOV benefit (general pension) are still alive. The elderly are invited by letter to the SVB. This happens on the basis of the month in which they were born. Those who do not appear…

No increase yet on airport tax

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Traffic, Transport, and Urban Planning Zita Jesus-Leito has not yet made a decision to increase the airport tax. The evaluation required for this is not yet complete. With the airport tax, all costs to run the airport are paid. This includes the control tower and…

Screening festival promoters to become stricter

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The screening for promoters of events is becoming stricter. This is what Minister Steven Martina of Economic Development said in a reaction to a letter from the Member of Parliament for the coalition party PAR, Stephen Walroud. Walroud wanted answers after the cancellation of the Ponton festival. He…

US expert says there are opportunities for region in ganja trade

Source: Curacao Chronicle NEW YORK – Caribbean governments contemplating the decriminalization of the cannabis industry have been warned by one United States expert not to overtax the sector. Jamaica and Antigua already have decriminalized the use of small amounts of the herb for personal consumption, with the recently elected Mia Mottley-led administration in Barbados…

Inaugural Flight to Curaçao by Air Century

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Air Century’s inaugural flight from Dominican Republic to Curaçao was celebrated at the Hato International Airport with an event that included speeches by the Minister of Finance Mr. Gijsbertha representing the Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning Mrs. Jesus-Leito, Air Century’s Marketing Manager Arantxa…

List of alternative medicines

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There will be an official list of alternative medicines that must be introduced. That list is currently being discussed with the relevant authorities. This is according to Serving Keli, Director of the Health Department at the Minister of Health, Nature and Environment. Ultimately, the alternative medicines must supplement…

Gijsbertha: InselAir to resume flights to Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD, CARACAS – The local airline InselAir can resume its operations to and from Maiquetía, Valencia and Punto Fijo in Venezuela in the short term. An agreement was reached last week between a Curaçao delegation headed by the Minister of Finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha and the Venezuelan Civil Aviation Authority (INAC).…

Sterilization project progressing; more than 400 dogs

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This week the major sterilization action has started: 400 dogs will be sterilized this week through an initiative of House of Animals in cooperation with five foundations in Curacao. Ten veterinarians have come over from the Netherlands to support this sterilization process. This in response to a documentary…

More attention for alternative medicines

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Public Health Suzanne Camelia-Römer wants to introduce alternative medicines on the island. She said this during a press conference this week. The Minister wants to focus more on wellness and everything that comes with it. Next week Friday and Saturday a conference on this subject…

Venezuelan ladies arrested at snack bar

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The police have arrested an unknown number of Venezuelan ladies yesterday. They did not have any valid residence papers with them. This police action took place at a snack bar on the Avesweg in Buena Vista. Both sides of the street were blocked, but the police could not…

Invitation to celebrate the end of the Ramadan

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Muslim community in Curaçao announces that on Friday June 15 it will be the first day of Eid Al Fitr after 29 days of Ramadan. During Ramadan there is the feasting from 5 o’clock in the morning till 19.00 with no eating or drinking during that time…

Discount if fine is fully paid off

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In the past year, the Public Prosecution (OM) has frequently pointed out the importance of paying imposed fines on time. The fine collection has doubled last year, but there is still a large number of unpaid fines. Some with high payment costs. The OM wants to prevent drivers…

U.S. confiscates $800 million from Venezuelan socialist leader Diosdado Cabello

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – The United States has confiscated $800 million from senior Venezuelan socialist and alleged drug trafficker Diosdado Cabello, according to a Tuesday report from Miami journalist Óscar Haza. Cabello, a close ally of socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro and Vice President of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), was recently sanctioned…

Curaçao Airport starts test phase of new ‘Immigration Hall’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Airport Expansion Project at Curaçao International Airport has been steadily progressing towards it completion, which is scheduled for year-end 2018. Curaçao Airport Partners opens and tests the expanded areas in phases, in order to monitor the process and improve when necessary. This week the new Immigration Hall in…

UTS still has to pay the government 37 million

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government still has to receive another 37 million guilders from the telecommunication company UTS. This is according to the Minister of Finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha. It is a dividend for the years 2012 to 2015. St. Maarten, which owns more than 12 percent of the shares of UTS,…

Venezuela eyes first-ever refining of foreign oil

Source: Curacao Chronicle HOUSTON – Venezuela is considering refining foreign crude for the first time to produce fuels, the latest sign of the country’s strain to meet its obligations despite having the world’s largest crude reserves. State-run oil company PDVSA has drawn up a plan to process up to 57,000 barrels per day…

Press Release: Curaçao International Financial Association

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao International Financial Association (CIFA) has for many years, and together with other organisations such as the VAB (Association of Antillian Tax Advisors), cooperated with the Curaçao Government to ensure improvement and amendment of the legislation to keep pace with the constantly changing international requirements regarding compliance,…

The government is ready for hurricane season 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of General Affairs, Eugene Rhuggenaath, in his role as commander in chief during a calamity, met with the members of the Permanent Disaster Staff. This organization is comprised of national disaster coordinator, operational leader, national disaster coordinator medical, Chief of Police and secretary of the disaster…

More independence for Court of Audit

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Court of Audit must be able to conduct research within government-owned companies such as Curaçao Refinery, Aqualectra and Curoil. The need to be able to do this without the intervention of a minister, as is the case now. This is according to the Advisory Council. The…

Police arrest two robbers from Ride for the Roses

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The police arrested two boys in connection with the robbery on Ride for the Roses. Last month, a video was released showing the robbers aged 20 and 23 when they took the registration box at Orco Bank on January 17 this year. The first arrest was on May…

Ministry ready to work with Public Transport

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Ministry of Traffic and Transport has started a consultation with bus drivers in Public Transport. They must be better attuned to the wishes of the passengers. An estimated 9 percent of the population is dependent on public transportation. The traveler, according to research, mainly wants better information…

MFK wants vote rights for foreigners

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The opposition party of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, MFK also wants foreigners older than 18 to vote for during parliamentary elections. An initiative bill has been submitted for this purpose. The foreign national must have been born in Curaçao or have a permanent residence permit here. In…

Copa Airlines increases service to Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle With the increase from four to seven weekly flights between Panama and Curacao, Copa looks forward to fostering stronger business and commercial ties between these destinations and the rest of the Americas. Offering more flight options through the Hub of the Americas in Panama City than any other international airline,…

Carmabi did not agree with development Jan Thiel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has not agreed with the plans to construct a new Papagayo Resort at Jan Thiel on a nature area. The nature organization says not to be against tourism development, but it has to be within the framework of the law.…

Traffic fatalities continue to increase

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The number of traffic fatalities in Curaçao has increased in recent years and has been around 20 victims per year in the last three years. This is shown in the report “The State of Law Enforcement Curaçao 2017” of the Council for Law Enforcement. The highest number of…

SUBWAY opens new restaurant at Curaçao Airport

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – With a festive official moment, special deals, free parking and much more, SUBWAY officially opened their new Curaçao Airport branch on June 8, 2018. Curaçao Airport Partners welcomes SUBWAY! Link: SUBWAY opens new restaurant at Curaçao Airport

Funds available for phase two Marie Pampoen

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The second phase of the beach at Marie Pampoen continues anyway. After the completion of the first phase, nothing more happened, while a total of 900 meters of the coastal strip was supposed to be developed. The reason for the delay is not known. The Ministry of Economic…

Martina seventh at 200 meters in Oslo

Source: Curacao Chronicle OSLO – Churandy Martina still has a lot of work to do for the European championships in Berlin. The 33-year-old athlete did not impress during the 200 meters at the Diamond League match in Oslo this week. He was seventh in 20.86 seconds. According to his trainer, Martina does not…

Investigation “Football”: 3 arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Sunday afternoon, June 10, 2018, members of the National Criminal Intelligence Agency (LrC) arrested a policeman at Hato airport as part of an investigation dubbed “Football”. It concerns the man F.A.W. (Curaçao, 33 years old). Continuing the investigation, a Customs official in training was also arrested. It…

Caribbean Airlines remains committed to the Caribbean Region

Source: Curacao Chronicle NEW YORK – Caribbean Airlines has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the Caribbean region, by its strong support of Caribbean Week in New York, as the “official Caribbean Carrier of Caribbean Week 2018.” Caribbean Week is organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the regional tourism development agency, that took…

Navy errors in fatal diving accident Curaçao

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During a diving exercise at the Navy in Curaçao in 2015, in which a 23-year-old sailor died, mistakes were made. This is evident from an internal investigation on which the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament was informed this week. According to the investigation, procedures were not properly…

Bachelor Program in Human Resource Management at the University of Curaçao positively assessed by the NVAO

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It is with great pride that the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics can announce that the quality of the new bachelor program in Human Resource Management (BHRM) at the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises da Costa Gomez (UoC) has been positively assessed by the NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie)…

Gijsbertha: Curaçao is not bankrupt

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha, announced that Curaçao is not bankrupt. Several other politicians made this statement but the Minister denies it. The government is in serious financial trouble but it can still fulfil its obligations. The Committee for Financial Supervision (CFT) has recently expressed its concerns.…

Europe tries saving Venezuela, gives ‘Dictator’ Maduro $47 million

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRUSSELS – The European Commission will give the government of sanctioned Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro around $47 million. The EU called Venezuela’s elections unacceptable, exclusive, and undemocratic. The funds are designed to go to Venezuelans and countries receiving Venezuelan migrants, the European Commission said in a note on Thursday. Neven…

PVV law criminal Antilleans dies in Second Chamber

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – A bill proposal with which criminal Antilleans can be sent back to their island of origin dies in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. The PVV hoped for its initiative law with right-wing support to get a majority, but that was in vain. PVV Member of…

OM has new evidence against alleged clients in Helmin Wiels case

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution (OM) says it has more evidence for a case against the ‘intellectual perpetrators’ of the murder, more than five years ago, of the popular and controversial politician Helmin Wiels. This became clear during the first of three days in court. The item was the appeal…

CARICOM countries divided in OAS vote on suspending Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were split yesterday, when the Organization of American States (OAS) voted to pass a resolution that can initiate the process of Venezuela’s suspension from the organization. The General Assembly voted with 19 member states in favour – including The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica; four…

Pompeo calls for kicking Venezuela out of OAS and more sanctions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called for Venezuela to be suspended from the Organization of American States for crushing democracy and causing a humanitarian crisis that has driven millions of people from the country. Pompeo’s remarks at the opening of the OAS General Assembly reflected a…

OM demands 26 years in Magnus / Maximus case

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecutor (OM) has demanded 26 years in prison against Nini Fonseca. That happened today during the first day of the appeal case. Fonseca is seen as the intermediary between the intellectual authors and the perpetrators of the murder of popular politician Helmin Wiels. For the appeal…

Sint Maarten heritage inscribed in UNESCO Register

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – May 29, 2018 marks the anniversary of a historic event that took place 170 years ago. On Monday, May 29th,1848, the day after slavery was abolished in the French territories, 26 slaves residing on the Diamond Estate Plantation took the brave decision and made a dash for freedom…

Chance of malaria in Curaςao is small

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The chance of the malaria disease appearing in Curaςao is small. This is according to entomologist Gisette Seferina. In Venezuela, the number of malaria cases has increased fivefold in recent years. The malaria mosquito does not exist in Curaçao and the circumstances are also not favorable for them.…

UoC meets payment obligations

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a press release, the University of Curacao Dr. ir. Moises da Costa Gomez (UoC) stated that it fulfills its duty to inform the community correctly. Contrary to what is being ventilated in the local media by the director of ABC Education & Training, the UoC informs that…

Bridging Financial Innovation and Regulation Seminar 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On the 28th and 29th of June, 2018, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS), in collaboration with CINEX, will be hosting the Bridging Financial Innovation and Regulation Seminar 2018. During this event, several renowned guest speakers, such as Paul Andrews (Secretary General at IOSCO), Gabriel Abed…

Jamaica and United States sign MoU to combat child trafficking

Source: Curacao Chronicle KINGSTON – The Governments of Jamaica and the United States of America yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, which is aimed at combating the trafficking of children in Jamaica. As part of the agreement, the US will provide Jamaica with funding valued at…

Copa Airlines returns to St. Maarten

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – The return of scheduled flights by Copa Airlines since Hurricane Irma brought more to St. Maarten than additional seats and wider access to the South and Central American market. The Panama-based airline’s return as of Saturday means the country again has a better air link for patients who…

Green Force angry with gas station owners

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Green Force is angry with the owners of gas stations on the island. They would want to stop driving electrically. According to the Environmental and Recycling Organization, the gasoline vendors only think about their own wallets. They are not allowed to determine what the consumer wants to drive.…

Wiels must hand in sensitive information to the government and RdK

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Werner Wiels must transfer all relevant information from the MDPT multidisciplinary team within four weeks. That has been determined by the judge in the court of first instance in Willemstad. The dismissed project leader would have sensitive information about companies interested in taking over the operations of the…

How do you solve disputes in the Kingdom?

Source: Curacao Chronicle With a mature dispute settlement Disputes are at all times. Sometimes they are big, sometimes small. Sometimes of a principled nature, sometimes they deal with (small) earthly matters. Disputes can exist between people, but also between countries. There are also (strong) disputes between the countries within our Kingdom. When it…

Churandy Martina is not yet at his best at the FBK Games

Source: Curacao Chronicle HENGELO, WILLEMSTAD – Churandy Martina did not really make a ‘battle’ of 200 meters at the FBK Games in Hengelo. The popular athlete was not involved in the strong field and ran to the sixth place in 20.85. Hensley Paulina ran behind his teacher Martina and finished seventh in 21.05.…

Winair flies TUI-tourists between ABC islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Tourists who travel to the Dutch Antilles with TUI can again hop from island to island. Hopping between the ABC islands. Winair flies the tourists from Tui from July 1 between Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, reports Tui. Tui has found a partner in Winair that will fly tourists…

White Yellow Cross Academy is now a fact

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – As of June 2018, the White Yellow Cross Academy of the White Yellow Cross Foundation for Home Care “Princess Margriet” will officially start training on wound care and administer medication. On 29 March last, the foundation signed an agreement with Breederode Hogeschool to jointly set up the White…

Well-attended meet & greet with Curaçao Members of Parliament

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – ‘Team Curaçao’, as Minister Plenipotentiary Anthony Begina introduced the Curacao Members of Parliament that participated this week in the Interparliamentary Kingdom Council (IpKo) and tonight, traditionally for a (well-attended) meet & greet was received at the Curaçao House. Giselle McWilliam, Ana-Maria Pauletta and William Millerson said they…

Uncertainty prevails at Veneto Casino

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Uncertainty predominates over the survival of Veneto Casino. The staff have now received their salary – two weeks later than normal – and the light was still on last night. The Beach Resort has a debt at Aqualectra of over 2 million guilders and is in talks to…

‘People are chasing flamingos with drones’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Unique Curacao advocates for signs or a ban on drones in the vicinity of flamingos. That was confirmed by director Theo Van der Giessen. The request comes after an employee found a dead flamingo in the area of Jan Kok. It cannot be said with certainty that a…

Coast Guard and Citro bring divers in for safety

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Coast Guard yesterday received the call that a boat from a diving school had problems with its steering. Immediately an interceptor boat was sent to the location and the Citro was informed. The diving vessel was anchored at Coral Estate and had a total of seven people.…

‘Legislation to protect nature is missing’

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There is no legislation that protects the nature of Curaçao. This is according to Timo Brouwer of GreenForce. “This allows trees and plants to be cut down and removed without anyone thinking about the consequences.” Brouwer sounded the alarm this week because at the Spanish Water in Brakkeput…

Venezuela: Maduro rival Henri Falcon demands new election

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuela presidential challenger calls for new election as Canada slaps new sanctions on the Latin American country. President Nicolas Maduro’s closest challenger in this month’s presidential polls, Henri Falcon, is asking the Supreme Court to order a new vote. “Today we are presenting before the Supreme Court of Justice…

Maduro wins, PDVSA loses

Source: Curacao Chronicle Despite presiding over a period when the Venezuelan economy has been imploding – with skyrocketing inflation, rampant corruption and massive food shortages – Nicolas Maduro was re-elected as President last week. In an election branded as a ‘sham’ by many in the international community, the result does nothing to address…

Dutch marine found dead in Curaçao, husband arrested

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Navy corporal Iris Homan from Hengelo, the Netherlands was found dead in a swimming pool on the island of Curacao on May 21st. Her husband Bart D., also a corporal in the Dutch navy, was arrested. D. is not suspected of murder or manslaughter, “but of a certain…

IPKO considers formalizing election monitors’ presence

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The four Parliaments in the Kingdom agreed on Wednesday to draft the rules and context for the presence of observers of the Kingdom at national elections in Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands. Observers from the Netherlands were present during the elections in St. Maarten in…

Dark clouds over Holiday Veneto Beach Hotel

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Holiday Veneto Beach Hotel will probably be without electricity again. The owners could not reach an agreement yesterday about the payment of their debts to Aqualectra. Reportedly, it amounts to more than 2 million guilders. The hotel has more problems, the staff is still waiting for the payment…

Natural disasters present opportunities for development, says resilience expert

Source: Curacao Chronicle ST GEORGE’S – Natural disasters present an opportunity for sustainable development, says Professor Mark Pelling of King’s College London. Delivering the 19th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 29 in Grenada, the resilience expert argued that, although generally unwelcome, disasters provide focus and momentum to address previously existing development…

IpKo delegations feel displeased with Undersecretary Knops

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The delegations taking part in the Interparliamentary Kingdom Council feel themselves to be insulted by Undersecretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops. The reason for the shared indignation is the minister’s answer to the question of what his plans are with regard to the establishment of a dispute…

PdVSA guarantees oil to the islands

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD – The Venezuelan State Oil Company PdVSA guarantees delivery of crude oil via Petrocaribe. The message comes from the Venezuelan minister of energy, also director of PdVSA, who received a trade union delegation from Curaçao. According to a court ruling, PdVSA has to deliver oil to Curaçao and…

Curaçao Culinary Team organizes successful Cook Out event

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In preparation for the Taste of the Caribbean competition taking place in Miami, the Curaçao Culinary team hosted their first famous Cook Out at CHATA Member, Mosa Restaurant on May 28th. This cook out was the first of two cook out events that will be organized by the…

Experts: Probable ‘crimes against humanity’ in Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Venezuelan officials in the government of President Nicolas Maduro have committed crimes against humanity, a panel of experts said Tuesday, recommending their finding be forwarded for possible prosecution. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, said he will forward the three-member panel’s 400-page report and…

Region urged to brace for wetter than usual period of rain

Source: Curacao Chronicle BRIDGETOWN – A few days before the start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season, the Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says the precipitation outlook trends to a usual or a wetter than usual period in the Leeward Islands, but drier than usual in Barbados, the Guianas, Trinidad and…

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank toasts its employees during Employee Appreciation Day 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle Underscoring their commitment, dedication and teamwork WILLEMSTAD – CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank recently to pamper its employees as the bank celebrated Employee Appreciation Day 2018. Employees who excelled in their work during the past year were heralded for their commitment and dedication. The bank’s Country Manager Edward Pietersz emphasized and…

Curaçao and Aruba could join Constitutional Court

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – St. Maarten supports a scenario whereby Aruba and Curaçao would join the St. Maarten Constitutional Court. Aruba and Curaçao are interested in having a Constitutional Court. The countries haven’t decided whether to set up their own Constitutional Court or whether to join St. Maarten’s existing Court and…

CAP 5th Annual Aviation Security Conference

Source: Curacao Chronicle Information exchange is essential for the protection of Civil Aviation WILLEMSTAD – The 5th Annual Curaçao Airport Partners Aviation Security Conference (AVSEC Conference) takes place on May 30th, with presentations by renowned international professionals in the aviation industry. The focus of this years’ conference is mainly on the great importance of…

OM demands 15 years against captain

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution Office (OM) has demanded 15 years of prison against the captain of the boat that hit the cliffs and killed at least five Venezuelans. That incident took place in January this year. The lawsuit shows that they paid 100 dollars per person for the crossing.…

Ten times the same order: ten times different taxes

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Order the same package ten times from the United States and pay ten times a different amount of taxes. That happened to research agency RE-Quest. They did research on the costs of online shopping. From that research, it appears that e-Zone is the cheapest service to have your…

At least 15 undocumented people arrested during inspections

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Early Friday morning, police teams, together with staff from the Immigration and Tax Administration BAB, visited various locations, including in Suffisant, at the Gosieweg, Rooseveltweg and in Otrobanda. There, various nightclubs were checked, with a total of at least 15 people without documents being arrested. This involved both…

2018 Outstanding Woman is Leonilda ‘Ida’ Curie

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Leonilda ‘Ida’ Curie was recognized last Saturday during the 15th Annual Female Leadership Conference in Curaçao as the 2018 Outstanding Woman. This recognition is to recognize and document a woman from the Caribbean, older than 60 years and the work she did benefits other women. Her contribution to community is…

CTB: April Visitor Arrivals 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao welcomed a total of 15,029 stayover visitors from the Netherlands in April 2018. An increase of 11% compared to April 2017. The Netherlands continues to be the leading country where 47% of our share from stayover arrivals is originating. The second main country in Europe is Germany. From…

RBC becomes the first bank to launch contactless payment technology for merchants across the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle RBC contactless-enabled point-of-sale devices across the Caribbean will allow merchants to accept contactless-enabled payment cards, enhancing the overall point-of-sale experience for their customers. PORT OF SPAIN – Over the coming weeks, RBC will be enhancing its Merchant Services across the Caribbean region by enabling RBC point-of-sale devices with contactless payment acceptance,…

Dutch Senate wants fast delivery of social minimum report

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, the Senate, is keeping pressure on the Dutch government to make haste with releasing the research report to set a benchmark for the social minimum in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The Senate’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations sent a…

Curaçao makes a splash at the Fort Lauderdale Color Run 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao, as a destination, recently participated in the Fort Lauderdale Color Run. The Color Run is known as the happiest 5 kilometer race on the planet. Over 6 million people worldwide have at some point participated in one of the Color Runs organized in over 35 different countries.…

CMU Mobile Health Event 26-05-2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This coming Saturday May 26th, 2018 the students of Caribbean Medical University (CMU) will be organizing the next CMU Mobile Health Event. This time we will be at the Sentro di Bario Sùr Lumena in Montaña where the Stakamahachi Health Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a…

Fuel delivery resumes

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The oil refinery Isla has resumed the fuel supply to Curoil. In a press release, the refinery stated that they want to take responsibility. A lawsuit against Curoil against Isla to enforce delivery is therefore not necessary anymore. Also, the emergency plan of Curoil to get fuel elsewhere…

American Airlines goes cashless at Curaçao International Airport

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – American today announced that effective June 1, 2018 the airline will be going cashless at Curaçao International Airport (CUR). Passengers will be required to use a credit or debit card to make any transactions at the airport, including purchasing tickets and paying for checked baggage. “American has transitioned…

Clear answer needed on shelving of dispute regulation

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten “need a clear answer” about why the Dutch Kingdom Government has opted to shelf its version of the kingdom law to establish a dispute regulation. This concern was stated by the President of the St. Maarten Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams. Wescot-Williams, who will…

Blok: The Netherlands will not accept refugees from Venezuela

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – There can be no question of refugees from Venezuela continuing to the Netherlands. Minister of Foreign Affairs says that the Netherlands has offered technical support to Aruba and Curaçao, to help with dealing with refugees. At the same time, he emphasizes that it concerns two independent countries…

House search KPMG in connection with former client

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A house search was conducted at the Curaçao KPMG headquarters. This was confirmed by the spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor (OM) Norman Serphos. Documents, including administrative documents, were seized for the OM’s investigation. No arrests have been made. The search was conducted to obtain information about a former…

The Kingdom does not recognize Venezuela’s election results

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – the Netherlands and with it the other countries of the Kingdom do not acknowledge the result of the presidential elections in Venezuela last Sunday. Minister Stef Blok has stated today in a consultation with the Dutch parliamentary committee for Foreign Affairs. “There was no question of…

Corporate Challenge raises 150 thousand guilders

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The fundraising event Curacao Corporate Challenge raised about 150,000 guilders last Saturday. This is according to the organization. The funds are for swimming lessons for children on Banda’bou. Eighteen companies participated in various sports and play activities in the SDK. Ennia won the challenge. Link: Corporate Challenge raises

Chef Broertje Marshall organizes thank you lunch for the CTB Team

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Chef Broertje Marshall recently organized a lunch to thank the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) for their support as he participated in different competitions as professional chef. Chef Charlwin Marshall, better known as Chef Charlie or Chef Broertje Marshall, has a long and successful track record in the culinary…

Camelia-Römer: Government ready for innovation in agriculture

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Agriculture, fisheries and livestock farming contribute less than one percent to the gross domestic product. That was announced by Minister Suzy Camelia-Römer during the press conference of the Council of Ministers. The minister wants the agricultural sector to grow by five percent annually. She wants to achieve this…

Spike in cyber attacks on regional companies and organization

Source: Curacao Chronicle With cyber attacks on the rise across the Caribbean, Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Israel Centre for Cyber Defense (CICCD), Andre Thomas, has recommended that authorities in Barbados and the region make provision for enhanced legislation and law enforcement capacity, to counter the issue. “They’ve been major hacks recently…

Total sells its retail business in Haiti

Source: Curacao Chronicle PORT-AU-PRINCE – French oil company Total is selling its retail business in Haiti, which includes scores of service stations and fuel sale operations. It says it has signed an agreement with Bandari Corporation Ltd, a consortium formed by local and regional players, to take over. But it has not released the…

US does not recognize Venezuela’s election results

Source: Curacao Chronicle WASHINGTON – Even before the final result of the Venezuelan presidential election is known, the US has stated that it does not recognize the outcome. This is according to the Deputy Foreign Secretary John Sullivan. The results indicated a re-election of the current head of state, Nicolás Maduro. But under…

Curaçao government pleased with lifting ConocoPhillips seizure

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The government of Curaçao is pleased with the judgment in summary proceedings concerning the removal of the third-party seizures laid by ConocoPhillips. Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath stated that the judge put the country’s interests first. The seizure of ConocoPhillips has been lifted to the extent necessary for the…

Minister Martina: Economy is at the turning point

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Minister Steven Martina of Economic Development is not too worried about it. “Curaçao is in a perfect storm. What could go wrong went wrong”, it sounds ominous. Nevertheless, the minister is optimistic. “We have reached the point of the turnaround. This is the momentum for investors because there…

Cellpoint Mobile partners with AVA Airways to provide payment solutions

Source: Curacao Chronicle CellPoint Mobile’s Velocity payment platform will also support ticket pre-sales and hosted payment pages for the Dominican Republic-based startup airline  SANTO DOMINGO – CellPoint Mobile, a leading provider of technology solutions for the worldwide airline and passenger transportation sectors, announced today that it will provide payment processing capabilities for AVA Airways. Velocity, CellPoint…

15 fines by X-Team between 18 April and 11 May

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Between 18 April and 11 May 2018, the X-Team carried out various actions and checks in which fines were issued. The Public Prosecutor (OM) Curaçao issued a total of 15 fines during this period. The following offenses in which fines were issued for the uncovered transport of sand…

Successful launch of The Pride Villager 2018

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – On Friday 18th May, the first copy of the sixth edition of The Pride Villager was presented to Eliènne Kirindongo, deputy of Mrs Alcalá Wallé, Minister for Education, Science, Culture and Sport. The Pride Villager is a glossy magazine that is published in the months prior to the Curaçao…

Ennia Group announces senior management promotions

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – May 18, 2018. Ennia Caribe Holding N.V. announces the following Senior Management promotions: 1: Mr. Richard Gibson is appointed, effective immediately, as President and General Managing Director of Ennia Caribe Holding N.V. Mr. Gibson will also serve as Managing Director of Ennia Caribe Leven and all other Ennia Operating…

Emma Bridge gets new pontoon

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – This morning the pontoon bridge was closed. Curaçao Ports Authority indicated in press release that it had to replace one of the pontoons of the famous Emma Bridge or as it is called The Swinging Old Lady. For those who need to cross between Punda and Otrabanda they…

Blok: Curaçao economic positioning abroad

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Curaçao Minister for Economic Development Steven Martina is on a working visit in the Netherlands. Among other things, he held talks with Chairman Hans de Boer of the employers’ organization VNO-NCW and the management of Port of Rotterdam. He spoke with Minister Stef Blok of Foreign…

OECS to observe first-ever regional climate change day

Source: Curacao Chronicle The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will tomorrow observe the region’s first-ever Climate Change Day. This observance has its origins in the growing recognition of the impacts that climate change is having, and will continue to have, on OECS Member States, as well as in a partnership recently established…

Kellogg’s closes factory in Venezuela as Maduro claims political meddling

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – US food-manufacturing giant Kellogg’s announced Tuesday that it is immediately shuttering operations in Venezuela, laying off some 570 workers. The Michigan-based firm has been producing in the South American nation for 57 years. President Nicolas Maduro claimed the company’s decision to withdraw was politically motivated, coming just days ahead…

RdK on schedule with refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – There will be a strategic partner for the refinery. Everything is running according to schedule. This was announced by the public company Curaçao Refinery (RdK), the owner of the refinery. Potential interested parties will receive an explanation this summer about the technical and financial aspects of the refinery.…

Court case against ConocoPhillips and PDVSA; PDVSA not present

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – During the summary proceedings against the American oil company ConocoPhillips and the Venezuelan State Oil Company PDVSA filed by three public companies Curoil, Aqualectra and Curaçao Refinery together with the government, PDVSA was not represented. Quincy Carrega represented Curoil in this case; Eric de Vries represented Curaçao Refinery…

Meeting between Prime Minister Rhuggenaath and ConocoPhillips

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, during a meeting this morning with the American company ConocoPhillips, stated that his government’s primary responsibility is the welfare of the people. For this reason, the dialogue between the two parties was to make sure that the supply of oil derived products could continue…

The CARIBSKY airline alliance was launched in the Caribbean

Source: Curacao Chronicle It is a collaborative project aimed primarily at optimizing air transport, promoting the free movement of people and boosting economic growth CARIBSKY is a collaborative project mainly aimed at optimizing air transport in the Caribbean area based on a new network of truly interconnected airlines. The goal is ultimately to…

Motion adopted to condemn Dutch intervention on St. Eustatius

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – A motion has been adopted today in the Curaçao parliament to condemn Dutch intervention on St. Eustatius. The motion emphasizes the right to free elections on St. Eustatius, because the government was put aside by the Netherlands in February. Opposition party MFK requested the meeting to debate this…

Free education no longer exists

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Free education no longer exists. Yesterday Parliament also agreed to the abolition. Access to education remains guaranteed, but the Rhuggenaath government takes the parents’ income as a benchmark for financial support. Free education was a plan by Helmin Wiels. However, regular financing was not possible. The government indicated…

Three public companies file lawsuit against ConocoPhillips

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a press release, the three public companies Curoil, Aqualectra and Curaçao Refinery indicated that because the management of the oil refinery cannot guarantee that they can meet the obligation to supply fuel, they have decided to go to court. The lawsuit against ConocoPhillips will be filed today.…

The Netherlands refuse to buy AF-KLM shares

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE – The Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra has said that the government of the Netherlands does not plan to buy equity in Air France-KLM despite the growing concerns about the group’s future and reported frustration at the financial imbalance between KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France. The…

Government cannot have dividend UTS at its disposal

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – For the time being, the government will not be able to have the dividend from 2016 of the public company UTS at its disposal. This is according to the regulator SBTNO. Important documents are missing, so that the regulator cannot determine whether a dividend can be paid out.…

Rutte and Knops pay working visit to Statia

Source: Curacao Chronicle ORANJESTAD – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Dutch State Secretary for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops paid a working visit to St. Eustatius on Sunday. The visitors were met at F.D. Roosevelt Airport by Government Commissioner Marcolino “Mike” Franco and Deputy Government Commissioner Mervyn Stegers. They travelled to…

SONA: The true circumstances surrounding the new hospital

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – The structural work of the HNO hospital will be completed by the end of May 2018. The technical delivery will take place in accordance with the planning at the end of August 2018. The loose and fixed medical equipment has already been ordered and partly in the delivery…

Curaçao is looking for third party to operate the refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – In a recent press conference, the government of Curaçao indicated that it is looking for a third party to operate the oil refinery. This way the government hopes to prevent a major crisis since the seizure of PDVSA assets by the American company ConocoPhillips. During the press conference…

Curaçao pressing PdVSA to pay debt, restart refinery

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is scrambling to persuade Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSASA to settle a 2 billion dollar arbitration dispute with US independent ConocoPhillips to restart the Isla refinery that has been halted for over a month. PDVSA operates the 330,000 b/d refinery and nearby Bullen Bay terminal under a long-term lease…

Fear of chaos around Venezuela elections

Source: Curacao Chronicle THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The rising tension surrounding the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela may lead to an additional influx of refugees to Curacao and Aruba. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes into account serious disturbances and has, therefore, tightened the travel advice for our neighboring country. “The presidential elections…

Venezuela to seek extradition of oil businessmen from US

Source: Curacao Chronicle CARACAS – Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Friday said he was looking to extradite two prominent Venezuelan oil businessmen who are awaiting sentencing in Texas as part of a massive bribery scheme. Roberto Rincon and Abraham Shiera were arrested in 2015 and have both pleaded guilty to bribing officials at state…

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