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Curacao PM 'unhappy' with Venezuelan consul

March 30, 2015
Curacao PM 'unhappy' with Venezuelan consul WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Prime Minister Ivar Ajes did not have much to say about his recent conversation with the Venezuelan consul Marisol Gutierrez de Almeida. “It’s delicate. A discussion of this diplomatic level. I cannot say much about it. Except that the government is unhappy with...

Venezuelan consul summoned by Curacao PM

March 28, 2015
Venezuelan consul summoned by Curacao PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The prime minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes, summoned the Venezuelan consul Marisol Gutierrez de Almeida on Friday morning in connection with a petition against US President Barack Obama, which is not only being promoted bt Venezuela in Curacao, but also in other countries.

Venezuelan consul went too far, says Curacao politician

March 24, 2015
Venezuelan consul went too far, says Curacao politician WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Alex Rosaria, leader of the coalition party PAIS, said in an official party statement that the Venezuelan consul has gone over the line with her appeal to the people of Curacao to sign a petition against US President Barack Obama. The consul was responding to...

Dutch intelligence service information leaked to criminals through Curacao

March 24, 2015
Dutch intelligence service information leaked to criminals through Curacao THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Information from the Dutch Intelligence Service (AIVD) has apparently fallen into the hands of criminals. This could have happened after a large data robbery at the Curacao Intelligence Agency (VDC), according to a Dutch MP for the Socialist Party (SP) Ronald van Raak.

Criminal proceedings are hateful witch hunt, says former Curacao PM

March 23, 2015
Criminal proceedings are hateful witch hunt, says former Curacao PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The criminal case that began on Friday against former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, is “a hateful witch hunt led by the Dutch,” said Schotte, the leader of the largest opposition party, Movement for the Future of Curacao (MFK), who is accused of money laundering.

Gambling and money laundering in Curacao and St Maarten again raised in Dutch parliament

March 18, 2015
Gambling and money laundering in Curacao and St Maarten again raised in Dutch parliament THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Dutch Socialist Party (SP) MP Ronald van Raak has once again drawn the attention of the Dutch government to the gambling industry in Curacao and St Maarten. According to the Member of the Lower House in the Dutch parliament, who is also a member of...

Curacao to launch new International BlueSeas Festival in May

March 13, 2015
Curacao to launch new International BlueSeas Festival in May WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Following the success of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao will host its inaugural Curacao International BlueSeas Festival from May 7-9, 2015. The Curacao International BlueSeas Festival, a celebration of traditional and...

Curacao bank venue of choice for criminal gangs, says British newspaper

March 6, 2015
Curacao bank venue of choice for criminal gangs, says British newspaper WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The British newspaper, The Times, in an article entitled “Cash return is a ray of sunshine for the taxpayer”, has reported that taxpayers in Great Britain are to be repaid tens of millions of pounds by a Caribbean bank at the centre of a notorious value added tax (VAT) fraud.

Curacao and St Maarten Central Bank denies preferential treatment by president

March 4, 2015
Curacao and St Maarten Central Bank denies preferential treatment by president WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten (CBCS) has denied issuing a permit for a “master licence” for Western Union money transfer operation to a bank affiliated with its president. CBCS was responding to an anonymous report sent via email, which stated that...

Curacao must tackle illegal gambling industry itself, says Dutch minister

March 4, 2015
Curacao must tackle illegal gambling industry itself, says Dutch minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk has answered questions posed by the Dutch MP for the Socialist Party (SP) Ronald van Raak on the close ties between the government in Curacao and the (illegal) gambling industry.

Dutch Antilles hardly affected by Venezuela situation, says Dutch minister

March 3, 2015
Dutch Antilles hardly affected by Venezuela situation, says Dutch minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The southern Caribbean parts of the Netherlands are hardly affected by the political situation in the neighbouring South American country of Venezuela, according to the Dutch Minister Bert Koenders in a letter to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Parliament.

Montserrat and Curacao commit to new ocean policies

February 28, 2015
Montserrat and Curacao commit to new ocean policies WASHINGTON, USA -- Ocean management in the Caribbean will leap forward this year thanks to new partnerships between the governments of Montserrat and Curacao and the Waitt Institute. These collaborations are the first geographic expansion of the institute’s Blue Halo Initiative.

Dutch ministers to explain relationship between underworld and politics in Curacao, Aruba and St Maarten

February 27, 2015
Dutch ministers to explain relationship between underworld and politics in Curacao, Aruba and St Maarten WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch Ministers of Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk and of Justice Ivo Opstelten will have to appear before parliament in March to explain the situation with the Secret Service of Curacao (VDC) and the relationship between the underworld and politics in Curacao...

Former Curacao secret service agent suspended during investigation of security leak

February 25, 2015
Former Curacao secret service agent suspended during investigation of security leak WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The government of Curacao has launched an investigation into allegations against Lawrence Pietersz, a former agent of the Curacao Secret Service (VDC), formerly the Security Service Netherlands Antilles (VNA). Last week, Pietersz was discredited after documents were leaked.

Venezuela asks Curacao and Aruba not to let Tucano aircraft land

February 25, 2015
Venezuela asks Curacao and Aruba not to let Tucano aircraft land WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela has asked Aruba and Curacao to refuse aircraft such as the Embraer Tucano on the islands. The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro said this in a speech on national television. The reason for this is that Venezuela thinks that this type of aircraft is...

Former Curacao prime minister had a 'mole' in secret service

February 23, 2015
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to a report by the Persbureau Curaçao (Press Office), former Curacao prime minister Gerrit Schotte had, even before establishing his political party Movementu Futuro Korsou, access to confidential data from the Netherlands Antilles Secret Service.

Letter: Venezuela puts its war planes in airspace over sovereign Caribbean islands

February 23, 2015
Letter: Venezuela puts its war planes in airspace over sovereign Caribbean islands In a speech on national television, Venezuela’s President Maduro reports that the air defence areas of the country have been expanded beyond the Windward Islands all the way up to St Maarten. President Nicolas Maduro, said that his country has the right to defend itself in the skies above the Dutch Antilles.

Curacao MP demands clarification of Venezuela's extension of air defence area

February 21, 2015
Curacao MP demands clarification of Venezuela's extension of air defence area WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Alex Rosaria, the leader of PAIS, one of the governing coalition parties in Curacao, has demanded clarification of the statement made by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The president recently said in a nationally televised speech that the country has the right to defend...

Venezuela extends air defence zone beyond Dutch Antilles

February 20, 2015
Venezuela extends air defence zone beyond Dutch Antilles CARACAS, Venezuela -- President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said that his country has the right to defend itself in the skies above the Dutch Antilles, local media reported on Thursday morning. In a speech on national television, the president reports that the air defence areas of the country...

Dutch MP explains how gambling mafia in Curacao paid off secret service

February 20, 2015
Dutch MP explains how gambling mafia in Curacao paid off secret service THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Dutch MP for the Socialist Party (SP), Ronald van Raak, has issued a statement explaining his recent allegation that the gambling mafia in Curacao managed to pay off the Curacao Secret Service (VDC). Van Raak explained: This week I received documents of...

Curacao's gambling mafia paid off local secret service, says Dutch MP

February 19, 2015
Curacao's gambling mafia paid off local secret service, says Dutch MP THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Information about the Dutch Secret Service (AIVD) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is probably in the hands of the wrong people, after the gambling mafia in Curacao managed to pay off the Curacao Secret Service (VDC). This is according to the Dutch MP...

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

Netherlands tightens the noose, says Curacao PM

February 9, 2015
Netherlands tightens the noose, says Curacao PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Netherlands is “tightening the noose” with regard to the oversight and control of its overseas territories, Curacao Prime Minister Ivar Ajes told the media, in response to the establishment of an integrity watchdog on St Maarten. The Netherlands wants permanent control over...

Open Letter: Petition for justice for students in Curacao

February 7, 2015
A belated merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy new year to you, your family and governmental department (Yes! I know it’s February, so let me add in a Happy Valentine’s Day as well), wishing you the very best and that you accomplish all your political and personal goals and objectives.

Dutch MP wants investigation into Curacao intelligence service

February 6, 2015
Dutch MP wants investigation into Curacao intelligence service WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A member of the Dutch Parliament for the Socialist Party, Ronald van Raak, is getting even more concerned about security in Curacao now that it appears that the dismissal of the former head of the Intelligence Service (VDC), Edsel Gumbs, was unlawful. He wants to know what...

Symposium on social medicine concludes in Curacao

February 4, 2015
Symposium on social medicine concludes in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A three-day symposium on social medicine in Curacao, Aruba and The Netherlands, sponsored by the Netherlands-Caribbean Foundation for Clinical Higher Education (NASKHO), concluded in Willemstad, Curacao, on Sunday. In an interview with presenter...

Dismissal of Curacao secret service head annulled

February 4, 2015
Dismissal of Curacao secret service head annulled WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Monday, the former head of the Secret Service of Curacao (VDC), Edsel Gumbs was vindicated by a court ruling that he had not been fired based on incompetency or incapacity. Shortly after the first government of the new country of Curacao, headed by former...

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