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Curacao prime minister resigns

September 2, 2015
Curacao prime minister resigns WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- With elections right around the corner, the prime minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes, resigned on Monday. He will be succeeded as head of government by Dr Bernard Whiteman. Asjes, the fourth and longest serving prime minister of autonomous Curacao, has not yet explained...

Extensive opinion survey to be conducted in Dutch Caribbean islands

August 29, 2015
Extensive opinion survey to be conducted in Dutch Caribbean islands LEIDEN, Netherlands -- Between 14 September and 31 October 2015, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) will carry out a large opinion survey on all six Dutch Caribbean islands. This is an independent, academic survey, which is sponsored financially by...

Stay-over visitor arrivals to Curacao from North America increased 20 percent in July

August 28, 2015
Stay-over visitor arrivals to Curacao from North America increased 20 percent in July WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While the Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) reported little change in the total number of visitor arrivals for the month of July, a fall in arrivals from South America (Venezuela) has been compensated by the other three regions which recorded firm growth in July 2015.

Reciprocal enforcement of legal judgments extended between Suriname and Dutch Antilles

August 27, 2015
Reciprocal enforcement of legal judgments extended between Suriname and Dutch Antilles WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On 14 July 2015, Netherlands and Suriname reached agreement on the extension to cover Aruba, Curacao and St Maarten of the treaty between the two countries on the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of legal judgments and authentic acts in civil cases. As a result...

Council of Europe anti-torture committee issues report on Dutch Caribbean

August 26, 2015
Council of Europe anti-torture committee issues report on Dutch Caribbean STRASBOURG, France -- The Council of Europe anti-torture committee (CPT) on Tuesday published a report on its May 2014 visit to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In its visit to Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao and St Maarten, the CPT found progress in a number of issues.

Curacao considering measures to keep unwanted Venezuelans out, following Aruba's lead

August 25, 2015
Curacao considering measures to keep unwanted Venezuelans out, following Aruba's lead WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Authorities in Aruba have taken measures, which they call “indirect visa” to keep the unwanted Venezuelans out. The Aruban government has identified four categories of Venezuelan tourists. Number one is the “prudent tourist” that visits the island for five to seven days and...

Local IT professionals invited to put Curacao's cyber security software to the test

August 20, 2015
Local IT professionals invited to put Curacao's cyber security software to the test WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Facing more than a thousand verified cyber attacks daily, and totally reliant on the mercies of foreign functioning security software, an independent IT project by a group of developers seem all set to go through a spate of independent tests by locals before its beta deployment.

US presents Curacao with US$873,127.57 from money laundering seizure

August 19, 2015
US presents Curacao with US$873,127.57 from money laundering seizure WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- James Doby, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assistant regional director for the Puerto Rico Field Division, and Hormazd Kanga, acting consul general of the US Consulate General Curacao, presented Curacao Minister of Justice Nelson Navarro and...

Experts hoping to deploy cyber security shield to reduce cyber attacks in Curacao

August 17, 2015
Experts hoping to deploy cyber security shield to reduce cyber attacks in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In response to the more than 1,000 cyber security threats that keep tunneling their way daily into Curacao, a network of cyber security experts is expected to deploy an advance cyber shield system that promises to repel and weaken the impact of such attacks on businesses and...

Lack of training kits forces short reschedule of ethical hacking training project in Curacao

August 15, 2015
Lack of training kits forces short reschedule of ethical hacking training project in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Even though two more of the trainers for the cyber security and ethical hacking training event are already in Curacao, organizers of the event were forced to consider a new date because none of the registrants is in possession of the required training kits. According to Michael Denny...

Venezuelan visitors to Curacao don't want to leave

August 11, 2015
Venezuelan visitors to Curacao don't want to leave WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to the minister of justice, Nelson Navarro, he has observed that there is an increase in the number of Venezuelans who come to Curacao on vacation, but are not traveling back to their country. The minister stressed, however, that there is currently no increase in the...

Wyclef, Usher and Emile Sande promise breathtaking performances in Curacao

August 3, 2015
Wyclef, Usher and Emile Sande promise breathtaking performances in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The much anticipated Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, which will feature international music sensations like Usher, Lionel Richie, Emeli Sandé, Wyclef Jean, Enrique Iglesias, and John Legend among several others, seems all set to maintain its reputation as the annual...

Mystery deepens over abrupt closure of money transfer outlets in Curacao

August 1, 2015
Mystery deepens over abrupt closure of money transfer outlets in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The sudden closure and continued shutter of practically all of the Western Union money transfer locations in Willemstad for more than a month has heightened local consumer concerns since there has been no public announcements surrounding the reason(s) for the closures.

Technology summer camp to teach Curacao's children to build their own Android software

July 28, 2015
Technology summer camp to teach Curacao's children to build their own Android software WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A three-day technology summer camp that will teach children in Curacao from as little as 7 to 12 years old how to build their own smartphone applications and software is slated to be held from the 10 to 12 August 2015 in Curacao. Sponsored by CWD Technologies, with...

Curacao cyber security and ethical hackers training project all set for next month

July 27, 2015
Curacao cyber security and ethical hackers training project all set for next month WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- After several weeks of delays, the Microsoft Learning and CWD sponsored Cyber Security and Ethical Hackers Training Conference is now set to be held in Curacao on the 13th and 14th August, 2015. Touted as a crucial training project for employees and IT professionals...

Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend?

July 25, 2015
Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend? Earlier this year, after hints of the possibility of new oil and gas pockets hit Venezuela elite executives in ALBA and MERCUSUR, a strategic move was made to capture much of the potentially oil producing area; in order to take advantage of smaller countries’ ignorance of the true worth of the natural resources within...

Region's premier tourism conference in Curacao to focus on growth through innovation

July 23, 2015
Region's premier tourism conference in Curacao to focus on growth through innovation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A theme has been announced for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curacao from 21-23 October. This year’s theme, Caribbean Tourism: Growth Through Innovation, reflects the need for Caribbean tourism to...

Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market

July 18, 2015
Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Procolombia, the Colombian government agency that promotes international tourism, foreign investment, non-traditional exports and country brand, has been working closely with the health sector to best position Colombia as the world leader in highly complex medical services.

Visiting yachtsmen warned of thefts in Curacao

July 14, 2015
Visiting yachtsmen warned of thefts in Curacao SPANISH WATERS, Curacao -- Following the latest in a pattern of actual or attempted thefts taking place in Curacao, visiting yachtsman have been warned to be on the lookout for thieves and take appropriate security measures. Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) reported that last week...

American Airlines adds new routes to the Caribbean

July 14, 2015
American Airlines adds new routes to the Caribbean FORT WORTH, USA -- American Airlines plans to add eight new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America later this year, further strengthening its position in these key regions and providing customers with increased options when traveling to these destinations. Expanded service includes...

An interview with Curacao's first and only independent payment gateway

July 6, 2015
An interview with Curacao's first and only independent payment gateway WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Caribbean News Now recently had the opportunity to interview a company that claims to be the first and only independent payment gateway that processes merchant transactions in Curacao, known as CX Pay BV. In an atmosphere where companies look for opportunities to...

Former Curacao minister released from custody, but still a suspect

July 1, 2015
Former Curacao minister released from custody, but still a suspect WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former minister of public health and current member of parliament for the opposition party MFK, Jacinta Constancia, was released from prison in Curacao on Monday. She was arrested just a week ago on suspicion of embezzlement, fraud, forgery and money laundering.

Curacao institute hosts e-commerce seminar

July 1, 2015
Curacao institute hosts e-commerce seminar WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Innovation and Technology Institute (CITI) hosted a mini seminar entitled "Starting eCommerce in Curacao", on Tuesday at the Curacao National Library in Willemstad. There were approximately 55 persons in attendance at the CITI-hosted seminar that included six...

Analysis: Cuban president summons Curacao's prime minister? Curubacao Part1

June 26, 2015
Analysis: Cuban president summons Curacao's prime minister? Curubacao Part1 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Cuban President Raul Castro summons Curacao's Prime Minister Asjes? This could be interpreted as a headline, depending on how much information was released from that four-man private meeting in Havana, Cuba, or that the general public is led to believe or understand.

Former Curacao minister's detention extended

June 25, 2015
Former Curacao minister's detention extended WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former minister of public health and member of parliament for the opposition party MFK, Jacintha Constancia, will remain behind bars in Curacao pending the investigation into the so-called Dubnium case. Her detention has been extended by eight days, the Public Prosecutor reported.

Curacao health services paid $5 for ten-cent face masks in corruption case

June 24, 2015
Curacao health services paid $5 for ten-cent face masks in corruption case WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The investigation into the so called Dubnium corruption case in Curacao has taken a different course now with the arrest of former minister of public health and current opposition member of parliament, Jacintha Constancia. The case involves the purchase of 40,000...

Former Curacao minister arrested on fraud and money laundering charges

June 23, 2015
Former Curacao minister arrested on fraud and money laundering charges WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- An investigation in Curacao into allegations of health care fraud has led to another arrest. This time it was the former minister of public health and current member of parliament for the opposition party MFK, Jacintha Constancia. She is accused of fraud, misappropriation of...

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