News from Curacao:
October 24, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The governor of Falcon State in Venezuela, Stella Lugo, has lifted the decree banning the export of fruits and vegetables from the state that had taken effect on October 1, 2016. The move was announced by Venezuela’s consul general in Curacao and the...
October 12, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The MAN, PAR, PNP and Pueblo Soberano (PS) political parties have presented a joint letter indicating their willingness to form the next government in Curacao, representing a majority of 12 of the 21 seats in Parliament. The letter was presented to Governor...
October 7, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Wednesday’s general elections in Curacao produced yet another fragmented parliament that will require a new coalition to be negotiated from among the eight parties successful in gaining one or more seats to form the next government. The successful...
October 3, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Preparations were underway in Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday in anticipation of the approach of the powerful category four Hurricane Matthew on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by several ministers and...
October 2, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Matthew, which remained a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Saturday, is expected to approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday, bringing life-threatening rainfall to portions of Haiti. The government of Jamaica...
October 1, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Matthew rapidly strengthened to a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and on its forecast track the centre will move north across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica on Sunday.
September 30, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Matthew strengthened to hurricane force on Thursday after leaving one dead and causing widespread flooding and landslides as it slowly made its way across the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday evening. Officials in St Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed...
September 29, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.
September 28, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Reports from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft on Tuesday indicated that a tropical wave located about 250 miles east of Barbados does not yet have a closed surface circulation. However, the system is producing winds to near tropical storm force and...
September 27, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The 2016 Curacao Election Debate (CED-2016) on world affairs to be hosted by Caribbean News Now and moderated by Curacao correspondent, Josefina Josepha, takes place just 24 hours after the first Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton US presidential debate.
September 26, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- General elections are due to take place in Curacao on Friday and Caribbean News Now has invited the leaders of all 13 qualified political parties to participate in a public debate on Tuesday, a first of its kind in the Dutch Caribbean. Candidates have been asked to...
September 22, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The independent polling research for the 2016 Curacao general election conducted by Caribbean News Now indicates that almost 90 percent of those surveyed believe that their vote would not make a difference, compared to nine percent who believe it would.
September 21, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), will not renew its lease with Curacao's government to operate the 325,000 b/d Isla refinery when the current lease expires on 31 December 2019, the energy ministry said on Monday.
September 20, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The independent polling research for the 2016 Curacao election conducted by Caribbean News Now has indicated that, if elections were to be held today, the Democratic Party would receive the largest percentage of the votes, while still falling short of an overall majority.
September 19, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Independent polling conducted by Caribbean News Now demonstrated that, if elections were to be held today in Curacao, the Democratic Party (DP) would walk away with a greater percentage of parliamentary seats, followed by Movementu Progressivo.
September 8, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Who gave the order to murder the popular Curacao politician Helmin Wiels on May 5, 2013? The actual assassin was previously convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in August 2014. But identifying and prosecuting the sponsors of the assassination has...
September 6, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A Member of Parliament of the ruling party in Curacao, Pueblo Soberano (PS), Elmber Wilsoe, has resigned from parliament after a leaked document from the Investigation Cooperation Team (RST) named Wilsoe as one of the suspects in the 2013 assassination...
August 25, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Children that grow up in vulnerable situations are the focus of the Appeltjes van Oranje 2017. With the theme Powerful Children in mind, the Oranje Fonds seeks organizations that devote themselves to these children. In order to be considered for this prize...
August 24, 2016
WASHINGTON, USA -- On July 27, 2016, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2016 Article IV Consultation discussions with Curacao and St Maarten, two autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and considered and endorsed...
August 20, 2016
My name is Josefina Josepha, an independent; and leader of LKKK, Liberalismo Klasiko Komunidat di Korsou, and I am an Eu-Neoclassical liberalist offering myself for public service. The state of affairs of the country has led me to take on my Exploratory Committee for The Staten Van Curacao...
August 16, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Justice department officials in Curacao on Monday morning raided two companies owned by former minister of justice George Jamaloodin, including a security company, Speedy Security, in Saliña. A house elsewhere in the city was also searched.
August 16, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, from 8 am to 8 pm throughout four polling divisions, Curacao's Primaries Selection Days (PSD-2016) may or may not produce a viable option to the six incumbent political parties for the representatives of the Second...
August 12, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Justice officials and police officers concluded extensive searches on Wednesday at the residence of Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten (CBCS) president Emsley Tromp and an office address of Gregory Elias in Curacao, on suspicion of tax fraud and money laundering.
August 11, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Officers of the anti-corruption unit (TBO) of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team (RST) on Wednesday raided the residence of the president of the Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten, Emsley Tromp. In addition to the raid on Tromp’s private home...
August 8, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- FACTA is now being enforced in Curacao as of August 3, 2016. What is FATCA? FATCA is the acronym for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act passed by the US Congress in 2010, and its function is to “detect, deter and discourage offshore tax evasion”.
August 8, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While various islands in the Caribbean are working hard on their connection with a ferry, the ABC islands ferry project is struggling. The ferry project to connect Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by sea looked very promising but it appears that it might not crystallize.
August 6, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Model 1 intergovernmental agreement (IGA) signed between Curacao and the United States implementing the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is now in force, according to sources in Washington. The US Congress enacted FATCA in 2010.