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Curacao and St Maarten conclude IMF consultation

May 27, 2016
Curacao and St Maarten conclude IMF consultation WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a concluding statement of the preliminary findings of IMF staff at the end of an official staff visit to Curacao and St Maarten as part of regular consultations under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement.

Aruba at heightened state of alert due to political situation in Venezuela

May 14, 2016
Aruba at heightened state of alert due to political situation in Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to a report by the Aruban news site NoticiaCla.com in connection with the current political situation in Venezuela, where protests and civil unrest are a concern, the Aruba Police Force, together with other relevant authorities, has decided to raise...

Ferry service between the ABC islands becoming a reality

May 10, 2016
Ferry service between the ABC islands becoming a reality WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The feasibility study for a ferry service between the ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao – is almost complete and the government can then hold a public tender for interested companies to offer this service. The tickets for the ferry should be affordable...

Curacao records 13 percent tourism growth in March

May 10, 2016
Curacao records 13 percent tourism growth in March WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) has reported an additional 5,210 visitors in the third month of the year. Visitor arrivals in March 2016 recorded double digit growth of 13 percent compared to March 2015. Until now, it is the best performing month, where all regions...

Letter: I do not ever plan to return to Curacao

May 3, 2016
Letter: I do not ever plan to return to Curacao Recently, on March 25, 2016, I visited the island of Curacao, where I flew from Medellin, Colombia. I was to meet my girlfriend there who flew in from Germany and where we planned to spend a two-week vacation. After perusing my passport (from Mexico), the immigration agent refused...

Complaints still on the rise in Dutch Antilles, says national ombudsman

May 2, 2016
Complaints still on the rise in Dutch Antilles, says national ombudsman WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Dutch national ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen again had the chance to assess many official complaints during his latest visit to the Netherlands Antilles, which has now been concluded. All individuals who have a grievance with the government had the chance...

BP ships US crude to Venezuelan terminal in Curacao

April 25, 2016
BP ships US crude to Venezuelan terminal in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) has shipped a cargo of US crude oil to PDVSA’s terminal in Curacao, the third one that the firm has sent since winning a tender along with China Oil last month to provide the Venezuelan state-run oil company with...

Dutch Caribbean economies too dependent on tourism, say finance committees

April 18, 2016
Dutch Caribbean economies too dependent on tourism, say finance committees WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao, St Maarten and Aruba have to focus on more than just tourism. The economies of these three countries in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom remain vulnerable, because there are not enough other sources of income. This is according to special teams...

Curacao court seizes $40 million from lottery boss

April 2, 2016
Curacao court seizes $40 million from lottery boss WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Court of First Instance in Curacao on Friday issued a confiscation order for 72.5 million guilders (US$40.96 million) against local lottery owner Robbie dos Santos, who was found guilty of possession of a firearm, money laundering, making a false tax return...

Curacao 'A-/A-2' ratings affirmed; outlook remains stable

March 26, 2016
Curacao 'A-/A-2' ratings affirmed; outlook remains stable NEW YORK, USA -- On Wednesday, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) affirmed its 'A-/A-2' long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on the government of Curacao. The outlook remains stable. S&P also affirmed its 'A-' transfer and...

Former Curacao PM appeals corruption conviction and sentence

March 14, 2016
Former Curacao PM appeals corruption conviction and sentence WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- As expected, the former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, and his partner Cicely van der Dijs have appealed against the convictions and sentences handed down against them on Friday morning for forgery, corruption and money laundering.

Former Curacao prime minister sentenced to three years in prison for corruption

March 12, 2016
Former Curacao prime minister sentenced to three years in prison for corruption WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Gerrit Schotte, former prime minister of Curacao, has been found guilty of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison. The judge also ruled that Schotte cannot stand for election to public office for five years. The penalty corresponded to that sought by the...

Top five Caribbean casino destinations

March 12, 2016
Top five Caribbean casino destinations There are many international locations around the world that cater to gambling, the most commonly known being Las Vegas. However, there are many other gaming hubs that excite the crowds. One such destination that may surprise many is the Caribbean; known predominately for...

Curacao lottery king in court after eight-year investigation

March 9, 2016
Curacao lottery king in court after eight-year investigation WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Monday saw the start of the major anti-corruption case against the lottery king of Curacao, Robbie dos Santos. The man who sells the most lottery tickets on the island is charged with 16 criminal offences. According to the Public Prosecution (OM), dos Santos...

North American visitors to Curacao increased by eight percent in January

March 8, 2016
North American visitors to Curacao increased by eight percent in January WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Stay over arrivals to Curacao from North America increased by eight percent in January with a total of 8,585 visitors compared to 7,936 visitor arrivals in January 2015. The United States, with 5,155 stay over arrivals, recorded a two percent increase.

US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report

March 5, 2016
US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report WASHINGTON, USA -- Fourteen nations in the wider Caribbean have been named by the US as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released by the US State Department on Wednesday. A major money laundering...

Netherlands foreign minister to discuss ties between Dutch islands and CARICOM

February 29, 2016
Netherlands foreign minister to discuss ties between Dutch islands and CARICOM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Ties between the Dutch islands and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be discussed at the Kingdom of the Netherlands level, according to a report of the Kingdom delegation activities in late September in New York during the 70th UN General Assembly.

Letter: Safety in the village of Westpunt, Curacao

February 29, 2016
Letter: Safety in the village of Westpunt, Curacao There has been a good deal of crime in Westpunt for a long time but up until recently it was burglary primarily. Recently the pace has picked up both in the number of events as well as the violence involved. People are now afraid to even walk from the Kura Hulanda to the fisherman’s beach.

Dutch virologist expects zika epidemic on Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao

February 22, 2016
Dutch virologist expects zika epidemic on Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are on the cusp of a zika-epidemic. That is the expectation of Byron Martina, a virologist at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Poeter Hofmann reported on Caribisch Netwerk. Martina emphasised cooperation between the...

Former PM squandered Curacao's interests, says prosecution

February 19, 2016
Former PM squandered Curacao's interests, says prosecution WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- During his premiership from 2010 to 2012, former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, was a puppet of the Italian gambling boss Francesco Corallo and thus seriously compromised confidence in the Curacao public administration, prosecutors said in calling for...

Court hearings commence in criminal case against former Curacao prime minister

February 18, 2016
Court hearings commence in criminal case against former Curacao prime minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The criminal case against former Curacao prime minister and current Member of Parliament, Gerrit Schotte, leader of the opposition party MFK, and his partner, Cicely van der Dijs, will be substantively heard over two days on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Thirty-five zika cases in Curacao, says health minister

February 16, 2016
Thirty-five zika cases in Curacao, says health minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The minister of public health, Siegfried Victorina, finally appeared before parliament on Monday to answer questions about the zika virus in Curacao. The minister said during his presentation that there are currently 35 people with zika in Curacao.

Former Curacao PM calls for criminal suspects to be suspended from parliament

February 12, 2016
Former Curacao PM calls for criminal suspects to be suspended from parliament WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to former Curacao prime minister and now leader of the political party Pro Korsou, Ivar Asjes, members of parliament and ministers who are considered suspects in a criminal case should in future be suspended or dismissed from their public function.

Oil refinery to remain open, says Curacao PM

February 6, 2016
Oil refinery to remain open, says Curacao PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- During a hastily called press conference, the prime minister of Curacao, Dr Bernard Whiteman confirmed that the government has decided not to renew the lease of the oil refinery with the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, which expires in 2019, under the same...

Curacao government will not renew oil refinery lease with Venezuela

February 5, 2016
Curacao government will not renew oil refinery lease with Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In a letter to the leader of the coalition party PAIS, Alex Rosaria MP, the minister of public health, science and environment, Siegried Victorina, has indicated that the Curacao government will not renew the oil refinery lease agreement with the Venezuelan state oil...

Zika virus may be more easily transmitted than thought

February 4, 2016
Zika virus may be more easily transmitted than thought WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week, the new minister of public health, Sigfried Victorina, noted two cases of the zika virus present in Curacao and, given the proximity to Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil, the island may find its borders more than a little compromised. In addition, it is now...

US supplies OPEC with oil in Curacao after 40-year export ban

February 4, 2016
US supplies OPEC with oil in Curacao after 40-year export ban WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to Bloomberg Business, the US is now supplying OPEC with crude oil through Curacao. Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) received a cargo of West Texas Intermediate crude at the end of January at a terminal in Curacao, where PDVSA operates...

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