News from Curacao:
March 6, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Now facing extinction, the Sephardic Jewish communities of the Caribbean were once so strong and influential that they helped fuel the success of the American Revolution, and finance the first synagogues in the United States, located in New York City and Rhode Island.
February 24, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Venezuelan minister for foreign affairs, Elias Jaua, has reported that the country’s consular office of Venezuela in Aruba suffered damage from a vehicle on Friday. “We want to make a call to those who have promoted this hatred, to those who have instilled this intolerance...
February 19, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Even though its flights to and from Venezuela are full, it appears that Curacao airline Insel Air will take drastic measures against the South American country. According to the morning newspaper Extra, Insel Air will halt its operations to and from Venezuela.
February 12, 2014
ROME, Italy -- The Court of Appeals in Rome has prohibited, in a recent ruling, the Italian minister of the interior and the DIA (the Italian equivalent of the FBI) connecting Francesco Corallo with the Mafia. Corallo has been connected with the former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte.
February 10, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Three individuals suspected by US authorities of drug trafficking will not be extradited to the United States, a court in Curacao ruled last week. The court based its ruling on infiltration and surveillance by US authorities without the knowledge of the public prosecutor.
February 7, 2014
WILLEMSTAD -- Former fraud prosecutor and prominent member of the Dutch political party VVD, Matthieu van Sint Truiden, paid himself in recent years almost a quarter of a million euro (US$340,000) through companies established in Curacao and the Caribbean island of Anguilla.
February 1, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Coalition leaders in Curacao will discuss with the minister of economic development, Stanley Palm, the minister of aviation, Earl Balborda and the minister of finance, Dr Jose Jardim, the request made by the local airline Insel Air to the Curacao Airport...
January 30, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The raid that took place last month in Curacao at the home of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte is connected with Francesco Corallo, a Sicilian businessman who runs a number of casinos in St Maarten and Curacao. Italian police had earlier raided Corallo’s house and found documents...
January 20, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Some 41 Cubans marched on Friday morning to the Wilhelmina Square in Curacao because their residency papers are not in order. Most of them have stayed for eight years in Curacao without a permit, although such permits were promised to them by previous government leaders.
January 16, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The probability of the chikungunya virus in Curacao has increased now that the virus has been detected in the Dutch part of St Maarten and, according to Minister of Health Ben Whiteman, his ministry must combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito effectively.
January 13, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- President of the Central Bank, Emsley Tromp, has filed an action demanding a retraction from the “Fundashon Korsou Fuerte i Outonomo (KFO) (The Strong and Autonomous Curacao Foundation) of a previously published press release about him.
January 11, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Discover Dominica Authority on Friday announced that Dominica was voted as the third Best Caribbean Island to visit as a getaway by USA Today. The Discover Dominica Authority through its quest to reach 90,000 stay over visitors encouraged fans and citizens of the Nature Island...
January 9, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A meeting was held on Tuesday morning between the Curacao Civil Aviation Authorities, Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) and local airline InselAir International. The topic of discussion was the problems that have arisen between CAP and InselAir regarding a financial dispute.
January 8, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) announced in a letter to local airline Insel Air that they will no longer tolerate the airline’s default towards the airport operator. According to the letter, Insel Air has not fulfilled its financial obligations for use of the airport for years now.
January 7, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Curacao Public Prosecutor (OM) and Curacao Police Corps (KPC) will use modern means to tackle the growing crime during the first quarter of the New Year. The Dutch department of defence has sent an unmanned aircraft called Raven to the island for this period.
December 20, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- It was revealed during a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday in Curacao that 500,000 guilders (US$279,000) was paid for the murder of local political leader and member of parliament, Helmin Wiels. Elvis Kuwas, aka Monster, is considered to be the main suspect.
December 19, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Two of the four suspects charged with the murder of Curacao politician Helmin Wiels, who was shot dead on May 5, have denied having anything to do with the murder. “I’m innocent; I have nothing to do with it. I have become a victim of justice....
December 11, 2013
BELLEVUE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world's largest online travel company, has reported that travel demand for Curacao has continually grown in 2013, with nearly 40,000 room nights garnered via the company’s platforms within the first three quarters of the year, with more than one-third...
December 10, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – On Monday morning, authorities in Curacao raided the residence of the island’s former prime minister, Gerrit Schotte. The raid was one of six that took place under the supervision of an investigative magistrate and in the presence of the Public Prosecutor. According to an official statement...
December 5, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela still owes so much money to airlines in the Dutch Antilles that some of them are acute financial distress, according to sources in Curacao and Aruba. Tiara Air Aruba is in an especially difficult position. Curacao based InselAir is still surviving, though its partner KLM...
November 27, 2013
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Commission on Tuesday urged EU governments to hit Belize, Cambodia and Guinea with trade sanctions over illegal fishing, while warning Curacao, South Korea and Ghana they may be next. The European Union executive called for action against...
November 15, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The government of Curacao has requested assistance from the Netherlands and the other Dutch Caribbean islands to begin an offensive against organized crime. This is according to the minister of justice, Nelson Navarro. Navarro made the statement in response to the...
November 14, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While Curacao’s minister of justice, Nelson Navarro, is accountable in Parliament for the death of Luigi ‘Pretu’ Florentina in police custody and the investigation surrounding this case, he will not resign. Pretu was the second suspect in the murder of the late political leader and...
November 12, 2013
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Head of The Bahamas Renewable Energy Association has called on the government to “stop delaying” advances in renewable energy generation in this nation, in response to a new report indicating that The Bahamas ranks 26th out of 27 countries in the region for its “progress and prospects”.
November 6, 2013
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- King Willem-Alexander and wife Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will begin their first visit to the Dutch Caribbean Islands as king and queen on November 12, 2013, with St Maarten being the first stop. St Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday will host the royal couple.
September 30, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The first Gay Pride event in Curacao has been cancelled. The Curacao government had set additional conditions in the granting of the permit for the event on the island, which was supposed to be held in downtown Punda, the old town of Willemstad, on Saturday.
September 25, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Almost 2,000 volunteers cleaned up 498,350 kilos of waste on Saturday during the Curacao Clean Up Day. By way of comparison, a Boeing 747 weighs 178,800 kilos. The organisers said that this event, the first edition of the island cleanup, took place at about forty locations.