News from Curacao:
August 30, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Elvis Kuwas, aka ‘Monster’, the principal suspect in last year’s assassination of Curacao political leader Helmin Wiels, has been found guilty of three contract killings, including Weils’ murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
August 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- On July 30, 2014, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund concluded the 2014 Article IV consultation discussions with Curacao and St Maarten, two autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and considered and endorsed the...
August 23, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to Edward Herenveen, the director of international affairs of the Curacao aviation company Insel Air, Suriname is seeking a confrontation with Aruba and Curacao over air routes. He made this statement in an interview with De Ware Tijd.
August 22, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A member party of the coalition government in Curacao, the Partido pa Adelanto i Inovashon Soshal (PAIS), has spoken out against any form of discrimination against homosexuals on the island. According to party officials, the declaration came in response to recent statements...
August 19, 2014
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- A tripartite meeting of the parliaments of Aruba, Curacao and St Maarten was due to start on Monday in St Maarten but was not likely to count on the participation of the Aruban opposition party MEP. Leader of the party, Evelyn Wever-Croes, indicated that her party cannot...
August 18, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Parliament in Curacao has unanimously adopted a motion that calls on the government to come up with a national plan against crime, among other things. The 21 MPs agreed that the government must act against crime. Parliament wants the government to introduce...
August 5, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Four murder suspects were due in court on Monday in Curacao in connection with the murder of the late political leader and member of parliament, Helmin Magnus Wiels. The “mega-trial”, as it is called, will take place in the high security courtroom of the Common Court.
August 4, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Friday, the judge in the court of first instance of Curacao ruled that, at this stage, there is sufficient suspicion against the accused former minister of finance, George Jamaloodin, in relation to last year’s murder of political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels...
July 31, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways will launch a new route to Curacao International Airport (CUR) from JFK International Airport (JFK) on December 2, 2014, subject to government approval, providing the only nonstop service from New York. The twice weekly service will operate on...
July 30, 2014
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- A top official in Aruba said on Monday that Venezuela used economic and military pressure on two Dutch islands in the Caribbean in order to secure the release of accused drug trafficker General Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal, who had been arrested in Oranjestad.
July 30, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- At 6:40 on Tuesday morning, Curacao lottery boss, Robby dos Santos, the owner of Robbies Lottery was arrested by the investigation team in charge of the probe into the intellectual authors of the murder of the late political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels.
July 28, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Dutch government has “torpedoed” good relations between Venezuela and Aruba and the other former Netherlands Antilles, according to the president of the Venezuelan parliament and vice president of ruling party, Diosdado Cabello. The Netherlands is, Cabello claimed, behind the arrest of...
July 25, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former minister of finance George Jamaloodin was arrested in Curacao on Thursday morning as a suspect in the investigation into the murder of the late political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels. His house was searched and some items were seized.
July 24, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Curacao experienced a 17.1 percent drop in tourist arrivals from the US in the first five months of 2014, but that number was offset slightly by a significant jump in tourism from Canada.
July 17, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Two men were killed in a shooting at the Curacao airport on Tuesday night. Six other people were wounded, police said. According to reports, a car drove in front of the arrivals hall and one of the occupants opened fire on a group of people.
July 12, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Fancy a bet on the World Cup Final? How about staking $1million? That is the staggering bet limit on offer at online bookmaker, Curacao-based Pinnacle Sports, for Sunday's match in Rio between Argentina and Germany.
July 11, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week authorities in the Dominican Republic dismantled a network that recruited Dominican women for prostitution in the region and beyond. The women were lured on the pretext that they were going to work as dancers.
July 5, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Economic development in Curacao declined in 2013 by 0.8 percent, according to a report from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Economic growth is calculated on the basis of the volume growth in the production and economic development.
July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...
July 1, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to a press release from the leader of the opposition party in Curacao, former prime minister Gerrit Schotte, there are shady transactions that, for many years, have been validated by the Central Bank. There are also wrongful actions that...
July 1, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Stanley Palm, Curacao’s minister of economic development, said on Thursday that, on November 7, Air Canada will start weekly direct flights to and from Toronto. As of January 2015, the Canadian airline will also start direct flights to and from Montreal.
June 27, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Curacao government has been called on to do more against trafficking and smuggling, and forced labour on the island. Some recommendations are the deploying of Spanish-speaking assistants in medical examinations of “legal” prostitutes and...
June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, recently published by the US State Department, claims that the 30,000 Cuban doctors working in Venezuela do this in circumstances that in some cases may even be considered forced labour.
June 18, 2014
WILLEMSTAD Curacao – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that Curacao has to reform its economy. Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Interior and Kingdom Relations indicates this in a letter to the Dutch Parliament. The results of the report by the IMF were presented at the end of May.
June 18, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- CADIVI, the Venezuelan foreign exchange authority, has paid a large part of the outstanding debt of $75 million to Curacao airline InselAir. This was confirmed by one of the directors of the airline, Edward Heerenveen. The exact amount is not known.
June 16, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Research is being conducted with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) into the creation of a new development bank, the Curacao Development and Financial Institution (CDFI). Minister of Economic Development Stanley Palm is expecting...
June 6, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Netherlands will involve three islands in the Caribbean in the foreign policy of the Dutch Kingdom, it was agreed during the Dutch minister of foreign affairs’ visit to Curacao, Aruba and St Maarten. Frans Timmermans’ visit to the Dutch Caribbean...